Mia King Tasmania's standout in under-18 championships

RULE AND REIGN: Launceston young gun Mia King. Picture: Twitter
RULE AND REIGN: Launceston young gun Mia King. Picture: Twitter

A year after showing enough to be picked for the All-Star game, Launceston teenager Mia King has again starred at the women’s under-18 national championships.

The hard-nosed midfielder was Tasmania’s best performer for the Eastern Allies, racking up at least 13 disposals in all three games and being named in her side’s best two players on two occasions.

Still 17, King collected 17 touches and five inside-50s in her side’s loss to Queensland before wrapping up the week with 16 touches, five tackles and five clearances in Friday’s 17-point loss to Western Australia.

“I felt like sometimes I was a bit fumbly picking it up or getting caught holding the ball a few times, but other than that I felt like I attacked it well,” King told AFL Tasmania after the Queensland clash.

“(The AFLW is) something I really want to work towards.

“Growing up there wasn’t a pathway for women and now there is, so it’s something to really look forward to and having North Melbourne is really exciting.”

King’s Launceston teammate Camilla Taylor played her best game of the championships on Friday, winning seven possessions, while Clarence defender Netty Garlo recorded a game-high eight tackles.

Burnie twins Chloe and Libby Haines were both solid across the week, with the former named in the best on two occasions and the latter twice collecting 10 touches.