BY THE NUMBERS (averages in brackets)
Kicks: 38 (5.4) Handballs: 33 (4.7) Disposals: 71 (10.1) Goals: 8 Goals missed: 0 Tackles: 25 (3.6)
2020 was Georgia Gee’s year.
Now in her third year at the Blues, Gee set the competition alight with her ever-improving skills, willingness to play above her size and her accuracy in front of goal. It was a campaign which ended in her being included in the All-Australian squad of 40.
Playing deep in Carlton’s forward line, the 20-year-old made every kick count in a season where she did not had a perfect conversion rate, ultimately finish with a career-best eight goals.
When she wasn’t kicking goals, Gee provided endless forward pressure, running down opposition defenders on a number of occasions and helping the Game Changers keep the ball locked in their forward 50.
Having only kicked two goals in her career leading up to the 2020 season, Gee’s time in the forward line alongside the likes of Tayla Harris, Brooke Walker and Darcy Vescio saw her flourish and demonstrate the talent that those within Carlton’s walls had long known about.
In a season full of consistent performances, Gee’s game against the Western Bulldogs in Round 3 was an absolute standout.
Running out on a sunny day at Whitten Oval, the Blues put on a strong performance from the very first bounce.
Gee was instrumental in Carlton’s eventual 21-point victory, finishing with three goals and playing a starring role up forward.
Aside from her direct contribution with three goals, Gee also had a hand in a number of the team’s other five goals and laid six tackles.
Gee’s ability to create opportunities from very little was highlighted when she collected the ball at pace while bursting through a stoppage to assist Nicola Stevens for the match-winning goal.
“Underestimate Georgia Gee at your own peril.”
A line written by AFL.com.au’s Riley Beveridge outlining Gee’s ferocity in the contest is the perfect description for one of just many season highlights for the young forward.
In Carlton’s semi final against the Brisbane Lions, Gee’s aggression was once again on show.
When the game truly hung in the balance during the early stages of the third quarter, Gee made a play that would help the Blues gain ascendency and stamp their authority over the game.
Lions defender Shannon Campbell, who easily outsizes Gee in height, tried her luck against the Blues’ agile forward to no avail.
Gee quickly circled Campbell and was able to get her to the ground with a tackle that would win a free kick and ended in one of Gee’s three goals for the game.