THE VFLW Blues are beginning to hit stride, recording their second straight win of the season on Sunday.
Critical in both victories, Akayla Peterson has been a standout for Carlton over the opening rounds.
Rotating between roles on the wing and at half-forward, Peterson doesn’t stop running and tracks the ball from one end of the ground to the other.
“I play on the wing mostly and I just go into the forward [fifty] when I need a rest,” Peterson told Carlton Media.
However, there didn't seem to be much resting going on as Peterson hit the scoreboard against North Melbourne on Sunday, continuing her steady run of goal-scoring in every game so far.
Switching to increase options up forward, Peterson likes supporting her teammates in offence.
“I think that it can be quite deadly to have that extra person there,” she said.
A member of the five-women leadership unit, Peterson reflected that there was a missing link within the playing group in their initial two games of the season.
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“After the second game the leadership group decided that we really needed to do something different,” she said.
“We just felt there was a lack of connection, and a huge part of team sport is playing as a team and connecting with each other.”
However, with a bit of additional work, it hasn’t taken long for bonds to blossom and leaders within the side to emerge.
“We have a lot of leaders in our [playing] group,” she said.
“We make sure we say to the girls ‘you don’t have to be in the leadership group to be a leader’."
This has created an ethos where every player leads in some way on the field.
“The leadership group is starting to get a lot more confident in leading and I think the girls are definitely feeling a lot more supported,” she said.
The VFLW Blues prepare to take on Hawthorn in Round 5 of the VFLW at Ikon Park on Saturday.