SENIOR coach Daniel Harford has sung the praises of Tayla Harris, after the forward produced a commanding performance in the 29-point win over GWS.
Returning from the shoulder injury which sidelined her in last week’s game against Adelaide, it didn’t take long for Harris to stamp her authority at Blacktown.
The key forward produced a dominant attacking display, hauling in six marks and hitting the scoreboard on the way to the Blues recording their biggest score in the AFLW.
Harford, who enjoyed his first win in his stint as Carlton coach, said the performance of Harris was impressive for a number of reasons — more than just her three goals.
“For her to get the reward was really pleasing,” Harford said.
“From my perspective, she brought her teammates into the contest a few times as well and made them better.
“When you’ve got players of such talent who don’t need to be the star all the time but can bring their teammates into the game and make them better, that’s really powerful as well.”
An early goal settled the nerves for the 21-year-old, as she would go onto kick two more and have a hand in a number of others — either directly or indirectly.
Her ability to bounce back from last week’s disappointment was a feature on the day, after she was a late exclusion from an injury picked up the day before the home game against the Crows.
Harford said her performance against the Giants was testament to her application to training throughout the week.
“She missed last week which was a bit of a setback, but she threw herself into training and made sure her rehab was done to the absolute minute,” Harford said.
“She got herself in a really good position mentally as well as physically to have an impact on the contest.”