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Weekend preview: AFLW – Round 4

THE AFL Women’s season is about to pass the halfway point, with a Conference Round occurring in Round 4. Of the five games, four matches involve same-conference teams, while the cross-conference battle sees the reigning grand finalists go head-to-head in the prime time Saturday night match.

GEELONG vs. CARLTON
Saturday, February 23, 4.45pm
GMHBA Stadium

It seems somewhat strange that these two teams are the top two sides in Conference B with Carlton suffering the heavy Round 1 loss and Geelong going down in the past two encounters, but the sole victory for each side was enough to see them slot into first and second. The winner will take outright first depending if Brisbane can upset the Western Bulldogs, and go a long way to securing a finals place in the 2019 AFL Women’s competition. Carlton have been building over the past two weeks, looking more dangerous under new coach, Daniel Harford with dash and dare from defence to half-forward. Key forward Tayla Harris and young gun, Madison Prespakis both booted three goals last week and gave the GIANTS coaching staff some serious headaches. Geelong will look to counter the forward talent of the Blues, with the likes of Meg McDonald and former Blue, Madeline Keryk in great form this season. Mel Hickey and Richelle Cranston returned last week and will be keen to make a statement, while Darcy Vescio is yet to fire consistently this season and could be one in for a big game.

H2H: Geelong 0 | Carlton 0 | Draws 0
Venue: Geelong 1-0-0 | Carlton 0-0-0

Last time they met: N/A

WESTERN BULLDOGS vs. BRISBANE
Saturday, February 23, 7.10pm
Whitten Oval

H2H: Western Bulldogs 1 | Brisbane 2 | Draws 0
Venue: Western Bulldogs 5-3-0 | Brisbane 0-0-0

In the only cross-conference game, we have a Grand Final replay between Western Bulldogs and Brisbane at Whitten Oval. It is the first time these teams have clashed at the venue, while the Bulldogs holding a 5-3 record when at home. Brisbane has the upperhand against the Dogs overall, winning both regular season games, with the Dogs’ only win between the sides coming in last year’s grand final. This game is crucial for both sides, but particularly the Bulldogs who sit in a stronger pool. The Dogs had a heavy loss against North Melbourne on the weekend and are anchored to the bottom but level with third placed Melbourne and fourth placed Adelaide. With those two sides playing the undefeated teams, the Bulldogs can jump to third spot with the right results. For Brisbane, they have a chance to try and catch Carlton and Geelong on percentage, and a win would guarantee them a top two spot after four rounds. The battle between midfield duos, Ellie Blackburn and Monique Conti against Ally Anderson and Emily Bates will be fascinating, and Sabrina Frederick-Traub will be keen for a big game after being well held by Melbourne’s Harriet Cordner last week, although it does not get any easier this week with a stringent Bulldogs defence.

Last time they met: Western Bulldogs 4.3 (27) defeated Brisbane 3.3 (21) at Ikon Park, Grand Final, 2018

It was the most memorable game of last season, as the Western Bulldogs took home the AFL Women’s Premiership Cup at Ikon Park in the 2018 decider. Monique Conti was best afield for her 13 disposals (12 contested), four clearances, three inside 50s and a goal, while Ellie Blackburn had 17 disposals (12 contested), five clearances, three inside 50s and two inside 50s. Emma Kearney racked up 15 disposals, one mark, five clearances and a goal. All-Australian full-back Kate Lutkins had a game-high 21 touches as well as six marks, four tackles and four rebounds, while Jamie Stanton had 20 disposals, two marks, four inside 50s and five rebounds.

ADELAIDE vs. FREMANTLE
Saturday, February 23, 9.35pm
TIO Stadium

Up in Darwin the Crows and Dockers clash in what could well be the game of the round. Adelaide lost to the Western Bulldogs by a point in Round 1 but have not missed a beat since, while Fremantle have opened eyes with their performances both at home and away. Now the teams clash in a game that has enormous ramifications, with the winner putting themselves in a great position for finals in the final few rounds, while the loser drops back to the back. For Fremantle, they have the extra game in hand, and could well be primed for a finals spot if they take down the Crows, while Adelaide cannot afford to lose with both Western Bulldogs and Melbourne battling with the Crows in the mid-table. Erin Phillips and Ebony Marinoff have been unbelievable this season, while Anne Hatchard was terrific last round to add an extra dimension to the midfield. Fremantle’s Dana Hooker and Kara Donnellan have been a ray of consistency, while Kiara Bowers has been a terrific find for the West Australian side. Fremantle’s forward line against Adelaide’s defence will be a battle within a battle.

H2H: Adelaide 2 | Fremantle 0 | Draws 0
Venue: Adelaide 1-1-0 | Fremantle 0-1-0

Last time they met: Adelaide 6.4 (40) defeated Fremantle 5.6 (36) at TIO Stadium, Round 6, 2018

In the only game at TIO Stadium in Round 6 last season, these two teams battled it out in a thriller which resulted in the “home” team getting home by four points. The Crows had lost to Melbourne in the only other game at TIO Stadium the year before, so winning in front of the passionate crowd with Northern Territory players in Crows colours was important. Erin Phillips had a day out up forward with three goals from nine disposals, while NT Thunder star Angela Foley had 15 disposals, four marks, six tackles, three inside 50s and two rebounds. Fremantle ball winner, Dana Hooker had a game-high 20 disposals, three marks, six clearances, three inside 50s, two rebounds and two goals, while Lisa Webb racked up 16 touches, three marks, two clearances, five inside 50s and four rebounds.

COLLINGWOOD vs. GWS GIANTS
Sunday, February 24, 2.05pm
Morwell Recreation Reserve

After playing in Moe last year, Collingwood returns to Gippsland, this time in Morwell for the Magpies to take on the GIANTS. In contrast to many of the other games, this game is the end of the line for one team, with both sides staring down the barrel of 0-4 starts. The premiership dreams of the loser would appear to be all over for season 2019, while the winner could join two other sides in equal second with victory. Being in the weaker conference, both sides are still in contention for a finals spot, but both sets of supporters’ hopes would be soon draining. Collingwood and the GIANTS’ fanbases are keen for a win, and victory in this clash could change the course of their season. Both are quite young with the likes of Jordyn Allen and Alyce Parker both impressing for the teams after coming in as first round draft picks. Mel Kuys returns for the first game of the season post-injury and helps with the Magpies’ experience, but the loss of Ash Brazill will hurt. For the GIANTS, Nicola Barr is a huge inclusion, while Haneen Zreika also returns to add some excitement into the team. While it might not be a top two blockbuster, both teams will not leave anything behind in search of a much-needed win.

H2H: Collingwood 1 | GWS GIANTS 1 | Draws 0
Venue: Collingwood 0-0-0 | GWS GIANTS 0-0-0

Last time they met: GWS GIANTS 7.6 (48) defeated Collingwood 5.5 (35) at Olympic Park Oval, Round 3, 2018

In reversing the result at the same ground the year before, GWS GIANTS took home an important four points to hand Collingwood its third loss of the season. Former Magpie, Alicia Eva was the star with 23 disposals, three marks, four tackles, two clearances and four inside 50s, while Courtney Gum and Phoebe McWilliams both booted two goals from 15 and 12 disposals respectively. Jaimee Lambert was the top Pie with 19 disposals, three marks, five tackles, two inside 50s and three rebounds, while Mo Hope found some form booting two goals and Emma King was dominant in the ruck with 18 hitouts, 11 disposals, three inside 50s and four rebounds.

MELBOURNE vs. NORTH MELBOURNE
Sunday, February 24, 4.05pm
Casey Fields

In the final game of the round, Melbourne hosts North Melbourne in what is a crucial game for the Demons. After a Round 1 loss at Casey Fields, Melbourne will be keen to upset the all-powerful Kangaroos who have emerged as the clear premiership favourites with three high-scoring wins. Harriet Cordner will have a big job on any one of a number of dangerous Kangaroo forwards, while the Melbourne midfield will need to win against the Kangaroos’ onball brigade if they are to be a chance of taking home the four points. Elise O’Dea and Karen Paxman continue to find plenty of the ball, while Aliesha Newman crumbs to Eden Zanker and Tegan Cunningham inside 50. The star power of the Roos might be too much considering the form of Emma Kearney, Jess Duffin, Jasmine Garner and Emma King among others, but a loss for Melbourne could see them slip eight points outside the top two, while for North, a defeat could mean they forfeit top spot. North look certain to play finals, while Melbourne would love to grab the four points against a team that has shown to be the benchmark thus far in season 2019.

H2H: Melbourne 0 | North Melbourne 0 | Draws 0
Venue: Melbourne 5-2-0 | North Melbourne 0-0-0

Last time they met: N/A

DRAFT CENTRAL TIPPING

Leaderboard:

1st : Michael Alvaro [ 11 ]
2nd : Sophie Taylor [ 10 ]
3rd : Taylah Melki [ 9 ]
Eq 4th : Peter Williams, Matthew Cocks [ 8 ]

 

Peter Williams

Chief Editor

Last week: 3

Round 3 selections:

Carlton
Western Bulldogs
Adelaide
GWS GIANTS
Melbourne

 

Taylah Melki

Assistant Chief Editor

Last week: 3

Round 2 selections:

Geelong
Western Bulldogs
Fremantle
GWS GIANTS
North Melbourne

 

Sophie Taylor

Women’s Football Editor

Last week: 3

Round 3 selections:

Geelong
Western Bulldogs
Adelaide
Collingwood
Melbourne

 

Michael Alvaro

Men’s Football Editor

Last week: 5

Round 4 selections:

Carlton
Western Bulldogs
Fremantle
GWS GIANTS
North Melbourne

 

Matthew Cocks

Guest Tipster

Last week: 3

Round 4 selections:

Carlton
Western Bulldogs
Adelaide
GWS GIANTS
North Melbourne

Team of the Week: AFLW – Round 3

ADELAIDE and Melbourne have dominated Draft Central’s AFL Women’s Team of the Week for Round 3, making up almost half of the 24-player squad. Both sides had big wins over their opposition and had plenty of individual performers, with five players apiece named in the Team of the Week. Other winners, Carlton, Fremantle and North Melbourne all had three players named in the side, while the five losing sides had just the one nominee each.

Adelaide’s Ebony Marinoff broke the league disposal record on the weekend with 33 touches and slots straight into the midfield alongside teammate, Anne Hatchard, while Chelsea Randall, Erin Phillips and Jess Foley ensure all thirds of the ground are covered. Melbourne defender, Harriet Cordner‘s work on Brisbane goalkicker Sabrina Frederick-Traub was superb and she earns a place in the team alongside regular Karen Paxman, talls Eden Zanker and Lauren Pearce, and electric small forward, Aliesha Newman.

North Melbourne had another three players make the Team of the Week with debutant Courteney Munn making the side after four goals, while Jenna Bruton and Jamie Stanton also slot into the team. Fremantle captain, Kara Donnellan was named in the centre, while Parris Laurie and Kiara Bowers also made the team. Carlton had its first trio of players in the side, with young gun, Madison Prespakis and key forward, Tayla Harris both combining for six goals in the forward half for the Blues, while Gabriella Pound was terrific off half-back.

For the five losing sides, there was not a lot to cheer about, but Meg McDonald (Geelong), Stacey Livingstone (Collingwood), Ally Anderson (Brisbane), Monique Conti (Western Bulldogs) and Yvonne Bonner (GWS GIANTS) made the squad.

Weekend wash-up: AFLW – Round 3

IN a round that certainly shook up the ladder, North Melbourne continued their outstanding form for the season, sitting on a comfortable 250.8 per cent to finish Round 3. Carlton put their first win on the board for 2019 with a convincing win over GWS GIANTS, while Conference A’s bottom, Melbourne, took on Conference B’s top, Brisbane, in a match that proved the difference between the two conferences.

North Melbourne 8.5 (53) defeated Western Bulldogs 3.4 (22)
By: James Halley

North Melbourne has emerged as favourites for the 2019 AFLW flag after a great start to the season. The Kangaroos won their third straight match with a comfortable 31-point win over the Western Bulldogs. Kangaroo, Courteney Munn helped inspire the victory with a dominant debut match kicking four goals. Captain, Emma Kearney took control of the midfield against her former side, collecting 17 disposals.

It was a slow start to the match, with the first goal of the game not coming until the fourth minute of the second quarter through Roos debutant, Munn. She continued to impress, kicking a second goal mere minutes later. Munn kicked two more late goals, including one dribbled home from the boundary putting an exclamation mark on a great start to the season for the Kangaroos.

Along with Munn’s two early goals, North kicked five unanswered majors in the second term to create a thirty-point buffer against the Bulldogs, ultimately putting an end to the match. It took until the third quarter for the Bulldogs to kick their first goal of the night through Ash Utri. This spurred a more competitive second half from the Dogs, although it was too little too late as they could not overcome the first half deficit.

North Melbourne will play in Victoria for the first time next week, against Melbourne at home next Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Western Bulldogs have a chance to get back on the winners list next week when they host the Brisbane Lions.

GWS GIANTS 5.6 (36) defeated by Carlton 10.5 (65)
By: Brandon Hutchinson

A revitalised Carlton leave the track victorious following a comprehensive showing at Blacktown over GWS. Both teams started Saturday without a win, but Carlton have seemingly revived their chances for finals footy as GWS slips further away. In the congestion, Carlton won a lot of the hard ball and contested well in the air with Tayla Harris on the receiving end. Their intense brand of offensive football rocked GWS and set the pace for the game early. Despite the GIANTS having a few glimpses, the Blues kept history from repeating itself and remained focused on how they wanted to play.

Carlton secured the first goal off a GWS kick-in and subsequent mark infringement. Gabriella Pound was awarded the 50m and secured her first in front of the sticks. Soon after, Harris kicked her first from an advantage call, running in on an angle to increase Carlton’s lead. The GIANTS responded by playing tighter on the football – keeping both sides goalless for seven minutes. The GIANTS hit their first major at the end of the first term with a scoop and snap by Jacinda Barclay, shortening the margin to seven-points as they entered the second.

Darcy Vescio kicked her first directly in front to start the second. She immediately followed up with a mark and kick to first-year, Madison Prespakis to get her first for the day. While Carlton quickly increased the lead, Yvonne Bonner and Cora Staunton restored the GIANTS’ momentum with a goal each in succession to return the margin to seven points. Prespakis and Harris combined twice in the final minutes to help them secure a goal each, with Prespakis first hitting Harris on the lead, while in the closing seconds Harris returned the favour, giving Prespakis a run-on goal.

In the second half, Bonner opened the forward line for the Giants, assisting Christina Bernardi with two goals, while Harris and Prespakis closed out the final quarter with their respective third goals for the game. GWS trailed for the second half but could not crack above Carlton’s scoring and compete with their numbers around the ball.

Prespakis has notched it up another level. Her performance on the track might be the best of the weekend, with a game-high 21 disposals and career-high three goals. Harris (nine disposals and six marks) was a pillar for Carlton up forward, also kicking three goals. While on the opposite end, Bonner (one goal, 13 disposals and eight marks) and Bernardi (two goals, 10 disposals and five tackles) cleaned up for the Giants.

This match marks a new beginning for Carlton and may even spark a finals campaign. For the GIANTS, there is a lot of work to be done if they plan on salvaging this season.

Fremantle 7.9 (51) defeated Collingwood 2.6 (18)
By: Michael Alvaro

Fremantle kept its undefeated streak alive with a resounding victory over the winless Magpies. The Dockers started well with the breeze at their backs as season one marquee, Kellie Gibson slotted a goal with less than 40 seconds taken from the clock, setting a ruthless tone for the encounter. Magpie vice-captain, Britt Bonnici missed the chance to hit straight back and Ebony Antonio made the Magpies pay with a clinical finish to a breakneck defensive transition.

That minute-passage was a perfect window into the game as a whole, with the Magpies getting plenty of the ball forward of centre but not being able to capitalise. That lack of a finishing touch or clear link into forward 50 was a sore spot for the travelling side despite Sophie Alexander’s inclusion, and it showed in a goalless first half. Fremantle’s 31-point half time lead was extended to 33 in a more even second half, with Sarah D’Arcy slotting Collingwood’s first goal halfway through the third stanza on the back of two 50-metre penalties.

Antonio and Gibson dealt the most damage with two goals each as the only multiple goal kickers, while D’Arcy and Jaimee Lambert were the only Pies to trouble the scorers. D’Arcy was their best, while Bonnici played a good role on Dana Hooker in the midfield and Ash Brazill continued her outstanding defensive form. Leading ball-winner, Kara Donnellan was again Freo’s best, aided by Paris Laurie and Kiara Bowers.

Collingwood now has perhaps its best opportunity to get on the board in 2019 as the Pies host fellow winless side, GWS in a game that could see them scrape off the bottom of Conference B. The Dockers hit the road to face a Crows side coming into form, hoping to maintain their flawless record and a spot in Conference A’s top two.

Adelaide 10.6 (66) defeated Geelong 6.1 (37)
By: Nikki Jamieson

Heartbreak continued for Geelong after being crushed by a superior Adelaide side. In what started as a close game, with the Crows leading by only one-point early in the second quarter, it did not take long for the elite side to end the half leading by 28.

As the match continued, the Cats could not keep up with Adelaide, going nearly 45 minutes without putting up a score. Goals by Danielle Orr and Kate Darby late in the third gave Geelong possible hope, but it proved to be too little too late.

Geelong struggled against Adelaide’s tight midfield and paid the price more than a few times against a more experienced backline. The Crows were to be too much for the newcomers, who despite putting up a good fight were no match for Adelaide’s efficiency and skill in front of the goals.

Crows captain, Erin Phillips led with a dominating performance putting 19 points (3 goals, 1 behind) on the board for her team. Tough midfielder, Ebony Marinoff was on fire breaking records within the Crows with 33 disposals. Anne Hatchard had another exceptional game with 27 touches as well as kicking a goal.

Despite the continued bad luck for Geelong, young gun, Olivia Purcell had a phenomenal moment on the ball, kicking a fantastic goal early in the second quarter by sidestepping an Adelaide defender and getting herself wide open. Richelle Cranston’s first game for the Cats wasn’t the win that was desired but she still demonstrated why she’s a high-impact player, leading her team with 18 disposals.

Brisbane 3.3 (21) defeated by Melbourne 9.6 (60)
By: Taylah Melki

Melbourne dominated from the get go, nailing seven goals in the opening half to the Lions’ one. The Demons attacked the footy with speed and intent, helping them to secure their second win for the season. Brisbane struggled to combat Melbourne’s offensive pressure with the Dees using their quick hands and clever kicks into space to create scoring opportunities.

After a dominant performance last week, Elise O’Dea starred once again for the Demons, amassing plenty of touches while her partner in crime, Karen Paxman also dominated slotting a goal and getting her hands to plenty of the ball. Young gun, Tyla Hanks also impressed on the big stage taking it up to the Lions with her clever kicks into space and clean hands. Up forward speedster, Aliesha Newman stamped her authority on the competition slotting three goals. Newman showed off her speed and impressive football smarts to evade tacklers and get into the right positions. Bianca Jakobsson also starred across the field racking up plenty of touches and contributing on the scoreboard with two majors.

Star Brisbane forward, Sabrina Frederick-Traub struggled against the defensive pressure of the Dees, while the experience of Nat Exon shone through working hard to win the footy and nailing a good goal to keep her side in the contest. Alexandra Anderson was the major ball winner for the Lions, going in hard to win the footy and laying plenty of tackles. Veteran, Kate Lutkins was also a standout for Brisbane in what was a disappointing outing, using the ball efficiently and cleverly.

Scoreboard Sweep: AFLW, SANFLW

IN this weekend’s Scoreboard Sweeo, we take a look at how Round 3 in the AFL Women’s went down, as well as the SANFL Women’s League kicking off.

AFLW results:

North Melbourne 8.5 (53) defeated Western Bulldogs 3.4 (22)
GWS GIANTS 5.6 (36) defeated by Carlton 10.5 (65)
Fremantle 7.9 (51) defeated Collingwood 2.6 (18)
Adelaide 10.6 (66) defeated Geelong 6.1 (37)
Brisbane 3.3 (21) defeated by Melbourne 9.6 (60)

  • North Melbourne’s premiership dream in its inaugural season look massively on track after destroying the reigning premiers by 31 points
  • The Kangaroos’ ball use was superb, averaging 68 per cent compared to the Dogs’ 54 per cent.
  • Former Dog, Jenna Bruton recorded a game-high 22 touches, six marks and six tackles, while Jamie Stanton had 20 disposals, seven marks and three tackles in the win.
  • Monique Conti was the sole Bulldog over 15 touches, with 16 disposals, three marks and three tackles, while Katie Brennan had 14 disposals and booted a goal.
  • Carlton won its first game in more than a year, defeating the GWS GIANTS at Blacktown – ironically the last opponent the Blues defeated.
  • The Blues looked a completely different team to a fortnight ago, running at a massive 70 per cent disposal efficiency, while winning the inside 50 count, 33-21.
  • Madison Prespakis put in a stunning performance, booting three goals from 21 disposals, four marks and two tackles, while Tayla Harris also booted three goals in arguably her best AFL Women’s game.
  • Rebecca Beeson had the most GIANTS disposals with 17, while Courtney Gum and Alyce Parker worked hard, racking up 15 touches each in the loss.
  • Fremantle looks the most likely challenger to the Kangaroos, after dominating Collingwood in the first half to post a 33-point win and remain undefeated.
  • Fremantle simply dominated for three quarters, and finished the game with 43-23 inside 50s. Had it not being for the last term, the differential would have been greater. An 11 tackles to two inside forward 50 also showed the pressure in attack by the Dockers.
  • While ball magnet Dana Hooker was relatively held to 12 disposals, Kara Donnellan went on her merry way, racking up 19 touches, while Kiara Bowers was lively again inside 50 with 15 touches, eight tackles and a goal.
  • Sarah D’Arcy looked to Collingwood’s most influential player with 15 disposals and a goal, while there were some nervous times late in the game when the Magpies’ best player so far this season, Ash Brazill came off after being sandwiched by two Dockers.
  • It was a tough game all round, but the strength of the Crows’ resolve up forward was too much for the Cats.
  • Crow Ebony Marinoff broke a disposal record, racking up 33 touches in the win.
  • Richelle ‘Rocky’ Cranston and Mel Hickey took the field as Cats for the first time, with Rocky picking up 18 touches and leading her side in the tough loss.
  • Melbourne’s five second term goals set up the big win, with Aliesha Newman bagging three in the first half and Bianca Jakobsson kicking two. Karen Paxman also kicked a goal to go with her 24 touches and four tackles.
  • Harriet Cordner held Sabrina Frederick-Traub at bay, with the dominant forward only managing four touches to go with her four tackles for the game.
  • Nat Exon and Jordan Zanchetta were dominant, picking up six tackles apiece while Ally Anderson generated 21 touches and five tackles to her name.

SANFLW results:

Woodville-West Torrens 2.4 (16) defeated by Glenelg 7.9 (51)
Norwood 2.10 (22) defeated North Adelaide 1.5 (11)
South Adelaide 6.10 (46) defeated Sturt 2.2 (14)
West Adelaide 6.7 (43) defeated Central District 3.5 (23)

  • Last year’s wooden spooners, Glenelg start the season off with a big win over newcomers, Woodville-West Torrens.
  • Glenelg record 33 inside 50s to 18 in a complete performance forward of centre
  • Kiana Lee boots 2.2 for the Eagles, showing the talent that the teenager has inside 50 despite the loss.
  • Lucy Bellinger has a day out with 23 touches, 10 marks, four inside 50s, five tackles and two goals.
  • Norwood overcomes inaccuracy in the first three terms, going from 0.9 to 2.10 in a term to secure the win over Sturt.
  • Sturt dominated the hitouts 24-14, while Norwood had 30 inside 50s to 17.
  • Norwood’s Hannah Dunn amassed a massive 29 disposals, four marks and five inside 50s for the Redlegs, while Najwah Allen booted two goals from 20 disposals
  • Roosters defender, Amber Ward had a game-high nine rebounds to go with her 17 touches and two marks
  • South Adelaide put in early claim for its premiership defence with big win over Sturt.
  • The Panthers racked up 34 inside 50s to 10, and had 16 scoring shots to four.
  • Panthers young gun Teah Charlton was damaging up forward booting three goals from 14 disposals and four marks, while Nikki Gore and Hannah Munyard both racked up plenty of the ball with 19 disposals apiece.
  • Double Blues’ former AFL Women’s player, Georgia Bevan was gallant in defeat with 12 touches, six tackles and six rebounds.
  • West Adelaide start season on high by downing newcomers, Central District.
  • The teams were evenly matched on the stats sheet, but the Bloods had the upperhand at the stoppages with 27 hitouts to 14.
  • Madison Newman and Rachelle Martin combined for 49 disposals, seven inside 50s and 10 rebounds in a dominating display for West Adelaide.
  • Jayme-Lee Sonneman topped the Bulldogs’ disposal winners in the club’s first game, notching up 16 touches and three marks.

AFLW H2H Battle: Early 90s v Late 90s

IN our first AFL Women’s Head-to-Head Battle, we have created teams of 24 players to determine which end of the 90s might prevail in a head-to-head clash. For the early 90s team, we have those AFL Women’s players born between 1990-1994, and for the late 90s, we have the 1995-1999 births. We have not included any player that made their debut in season 2019. As you will see from the two different sides, the early 90s is stacked through the forward line with a strong defence, while the late 90s midfield is very deep with strong players up both ends. It made for a very difficult task of picking just 24 players for each side, and picking a winner is just as difficult.

Early 90s – 1990-1994:

B: Nicola Stevens – Chelsea Randall – Hannah Scott
HB: Bianca Jakobsson – Elise O’Dea – Ebony Antonio
C: Alicia Eva – Kara Donnellan – Kaitlyn Ashmore
HF: Christina Bernardi – Katie Brennan – Jasmine Garner
F: Jess Wuetschner – Darcy Vescio – Brooke Lochland
R: Emma King – Dana Hooker – Jessica Dal Pos
INT: Nat Exon – Sarah D’Arcy – Jaimee Lambert –  Kate McCarthy – Sarah Perkins – Deni Varnhagen

The Early 90s team features the best of the best from 1990-1994 births, with a forward line that is All Australian quality, and an enviable spine that would win one-on-ones galore. In defence, captains, Adelaide’s Chelsea Randall and Melbourne’s Elise O’Dea hold down key spots, with Hannah Scott taking the third tall role, and the likes of Nicola Stevens, Bianca Jakobsson and Ebony Antonio providing run from the back half.

In the midfield, the early 90s team features some seriously underrated players. Fremantle duo, Kara Donnellan and Dana Hooker, GWS GIANTS’ duo Jessica Dal Pos and Alicia Eva, and North Melbourne’s Kaitlyn Ashmore fill out the starting five, with Nat Exon, Jaimee Lambert and Deni Varnhagen able to rotate through there, as would O’Dea and Jakobsson who push up the ground. With Emma King in the ruck, the early 90s would have a strong chance to win the hitouts, although the opposition midfield would be hard to combat.

Up forward, it is littered with stars from start to finish, in what is an unbelievably powerful front six. Katie Brennan and Darcy Vescio as a one-two combo would bring the crowds alone, but throw in goal machines, Jess Wuetschner and Brooke Lochland, as well as great playmakers, Christina Bernardi and Jasmine Garner who provide both defensive and offensive pressure respectively, and add a different element to the mix. Add in the likes of Sarah D’Arcy, Nat Exon, Kate McCarthy and Sarah Perkins, and the forward rotation would be the envy of any side.

Even those who missed out could consider themselves incredibly unlucky, with Rhiannon MetcalfeStevie-Lee ThompsonAmelia MullaneMeghan McDonald, Aimee Schmidt, Jacinda Barclay, Lauren Pearce, Catherine Phillips, Kate Gillespie-Jones, Brittany Gibson and Hayley Wildes among some seriously talented depth for the five years.

VS

Late 90s – 1995-1999:

B: Nicola Barr – Libby Birch – Chloe Molloy
HB: Brianna Davey – Tahlia Randall – Emma Swanson
C: Emily Bates – Ebony Marinoff – Ally Anderson
HF: Ashley Sharp – Sabrina Frederick-Traub – Monique Conti
F: Aliesha Newman – Tayla Harris – Rebecca Beeson
R: Erin McKinnon – Ellie Blackburn – Lily Mithen
INT: Deanna Berry – Brittany Bonnici – Jenna Bruton – Sarah Hosking – Breann Moody – Jamie Stanton

The late 90s team has a deep midfield that would worry any opposition midfield with its uncompromising attack on the ball and ball carrier. Around the ground the side has good options in attack and defence, and while they might not be as experienced as their early 90s counterparts, they show the future of the game over the next five to 15 years. In defence, Tahlia Randall and Libby Birch are the two key backs, with Chloe Molloy capable of playing tall or small. Nicola Barr, Brianna Davey and Emma Swanson provide the fierce attack out of the back half, with the ability to roam through the midfield too.

In the middle, talented young ruck Erin McKinnon leads a massively inside midfield brigade, with Ellie Blackburn, Lily Mithen and Ebony Marinoff likely to lay a record amount of tackles in a game between them. Brisbane pair, Emily Bates and Ally Anderson will provide support on the wings, while Sarah Hosking, Brittany Bonnici, Jenna Bruton and Jamie Stanton are able to also rotate off the bench into the team. Breann Moody would be McKinnon’s back-up ruck, and also allows Randall to purely focus on her defensive match-ups.

Up front, Sabrina Frederick-Traub and Tayla Harris join forces inside 50 as the key targets. Around their, feet speed demons, Ashley Sharp, Monique Conti and Aliesha Newman will always have defenders worried, while Rebecca Beeson is consistent as they come. Deanna Berry will add to the pace inside 50 and will add some extra running off the bench.

Among those unlucky, injured talents Jess Hosking and Isabel Huntington would make the team with some luck in the future, while Jasmine GriersonBonnie ToogoodEden ZankerEloise JonesJordan ZanchettaHayley Miller, Stephanie Cain and Maddison Gay are among those in contention for a spot in the 24-player team.

Weekend previews: AFLW – Round 2

AFTER an exhilarating first round, which saw four of the five matches go down to the wire, teams prepare to tweak game styles or mix up team sheets in order to get an advantage over their opponents. Four of the first round losers face off, with Melbourne heading to Victoria Park on Saturday to face the Magpies, while Carlton hosts Adelaide at Ikon Park on Sunday. The two sides who head home without any points face an uphill battle in the race for finals action. The fifth losing side from Round 1, GWS GIANTS has its own mammoth effort – trying to take down North Melbourne who simply blitzed Carlton. A maximum of three sides can remain undefeated after Round 2 with first round winners, Geelong and Western Bulldogs, and Fremantle and Brisbane facing off over the weekend.

GWS GIANTS vs. NORTH MELBOURNE
Friday, February 8, 7.15pm
Drummoyne Oval

In the opening game of the round, new side North Melbourne fresh off a huge victory over Carlton, head to Drummoyne Oval to face the GIANTS. The GIANTS are playing just their second game at the venue, following a loss to the Blues this time last year. The battle within the contest is the All-Australian rucks going head-to-head with Kangaroos’ Emma King and GIANTS’ Erin McKinnon. North Melbourne’s midfield has great depth to it, lead by last year’s League Best and Fairest winner, Emma Kearney, Jamie Stanton, Jess Duffin and Ash Riddell, of whom the latter was ultra-impressive on debut. North Melbourne’s dynamic forward line features former Magpies, Jasmine Garner and Mo Hope, premiership-winning Bulldog Jenna Bruton, and former Lion Kaitlyn Ashmore. With the strength around the ground, it will be hard to contain the Roos if they win the midfield battle.

The one area the GIANTS could get an upper hand is through rebounding forward with an equally impressive, albeit underrated forward line. Jess Dal Pos, former Magpie Christina Bernardi and defender-turned-forward Cora Staunton are all capable of multiple goals, while Haneen Zreika was impressive on debut last week. The midfield simply has to win its fair share of head-to-heads, with Courtney Gum, Rebecca Beeson, Alicia Eva and Alyce Parker leading the way, while Amanda Farrugia, Emma Swanson and Tanya Hetherington will have big jobs coming out of defence. The Kangaroos took a massive 56 marks in last week’s huge win over Carlton, while still laying 66 tackles. The GIANTS laid just the 42 and only five in the forward 50, and will need to show more pressure inside 50 against a side capable of hurting you on the scoreboard really quickly. Both teams are generally good ball users and make the most of their opportunities so it will be fascinating to see which team can take the early advantage and put it on the scoreboard. North Melbourne will head in as favourites, but it is far from completely clear cut, and this will be a huge win for the GIANTS if they can get the job done at home.

H2H: GWS GIANTS 0 | North Melbourne 0 | Draws 0
Venue: GWS GIANTS 0-1-0 | North Melbourne 0-0-0

Last time they met: N/A

Fun facts:

  • Emma Kearney averages 20 disposals, 6.5 tackles, 4.5 clearances, four inside 50s and a goal against the GIANTS from two clashes.
  • Both AFL Women’s All Australian rucks are set to go head-to-head with Emma King taking on Erin McKinnon. In the battle between the pair last year, King won convincingly with 11 disposals and 18 hitouts to McKinnon’s three disposals and 14 hitouts.
  • GWS GIANTS’ only game at the venue resulted in a loss to Carlton last year, while North Melbourne looks to back up its only game – a huge win over Carlton last week.
  • The GIANTS have won two, drawn two and lost three games in New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory.

 

COLLINGWOOD vs. MELBOURNE
Saturday, February 9, 4.45pm
Victoria Park

At one of the homes of traditional football, Collingwood hosts Melbourne in what has become a must-win for both sides. After heart-breaking losses in Round 1 despite leading at the final change, neither team can afford to go 0-2, with the reality that teams need at least four wins to secure a finals berth. A second loss means they must win four of their final five games as a minimum and with both still to play their respective conference favourites, it would spell trouble for their post-season hopes. However, for the winner, it is a chance to balance the ledger and get back on track early in the season. Collingwood has been a slow starter in year’s gone by, and has been overhauled with youth since last season, while Melbourne has also brought a number of young players into the team, furthering the development of players who got their starts last season. With both teams defensively capable, it will make for a great clash. The sides also sit at one win each in the head-to-head, funnily enough after the losing side in each game got a head start, but was run over the top of in the second halves.

Both teams have made two changes, with a debutant and a return from a long-term injury headlining the selection moves. Oakleigh Chargers’ tall, Katie Lynch comes into the side after Sophie Alexander’s concussion last week ruled her out of the game. Kristy Stratton was also ruled out through injury, with the Magpies opting to go tall by bringing in Eliza Hynes to try and stretch the Melbourne defence when forward, while rotating with Sharni Layton and Eliza Fowler. Melbourne have brought in Ainslie Kemp who has not played since 2017 due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear – sadly replacing Shae Sloane who suffered the exact same injury. The Dees have also brought in Ashleigh Guest for Claudia Whitfort. The key to victory for the Demons is restricting the run of Collingwood’s defence, which helped the Magpies hold up against Geelong last week with Ash Brazill causing all sorts of headaches, while Jordyn Allen was equally as impressive. They also need to clamp down on Jaimee Lambert who has the ability to turn a game with great plays, while Catherine Phillips could be the one asked to restrict Sarah D’Arcy from dominating in the air. For the Magpies, they need to be wary of Melbourne’s firepower with Tegan Cunningham and Eden Zanker likely to stretch the defence, while Aliesha Newman has pace to burn and both Kate Hore and Maddison Gay are capable of getting over the back and hurting teams on the rebound. Elise O’Dea, Karen Paxman and Lily Mithen are up there with the best midfields in the competition, and will look to control the stoppages around the ground and give their forwards early opportunities.

H2H: Collingwood 1 | Melbourne 1 | Draws 0
Venue: Collingwood 0-0-0 | Melbourne 0-0-0

Last time they met: Collingwood 9.4 (58) defeated Melbourne 3.6 (24) at TIO Traeger Park, Round 4, 2018

After booting the opening two goals of the match and keeping Collingwood goalless in the opening term, the Demons only managed 1.4 for the rest of the match as the Magpies piled on 9.4 to run away with the match by 34 points. Magpies captain, Steph Chiocchi played one of her best games under lights, booting a goal from 17 disposals, two marks, four clearances and three inside 50s, while Jaimee Lambert had a team-high 19 disposals as well as three inside 50s and two rebounds. Caitlyn Edwards and Mo Hope both booted two goals in the victory, but arguably the best performance was that of Brittany Bonnici who tagged Melbourne captain, Daisy Pearce and restricted her to a career-low nine disposals. For the Demons, Elise O’Dea was the top performer with 19 disposals, two clearances, three inside 50s and a goal, while Karen Paxman had 18 touches and three rebounds.

Fun facts:

  • Of the 42 players to take the field in last year’s clash in the Top End, just 24 players remain available for selection in season 2019. Even more remarkably, just eight players from Collingwood’s first match against the Demons – two years ago – remain on the list.
  • Elise O’Dea (17 disposals) and Karen Paxman (16.5 disposals) average the most disposals against the Magpies from their two clashes.
  • Sarah D’Arcy and Emma Grant average the most disposals against the Demons, with 10 touches apiece.
  • Both sides were in the lead at three quarter time after holding their opponent scoreless in the third term last week only to go on to lose the game in heartbreaking circumstances.

 

WESTERN BULLDOGS vs. GEELONG
Saturday, February 9, 7.15pm
VU Whitten Oval

H2H: Western Bulldogs 0 | Geelong 0 | Draws 0
Venue: Western Bulldogs 4-3-0 | Geelong 0-0-0

In the other game that will be the first time these teams go head-to-head is between reigning premiers, Western Bulldogs and new side, Geelong. Both teams had a win in Round 1 and this weekend marks the first home game for the Bulldogs, which means they will unfurl the 2018 AFL Women’s flag in front of what is predicted to be a strong crowd at VU Whitten Oval. The winner will most certainly get an early advantage given the strength of their opponent, and it marks the first game for the sides which sees them pitted against a non-conference rival. Both teams also know how to close out tight games, having survived one-point thrillers in the opening round to secure the four points. Given their experience and depth across the field, Western Bulldogs will head in as favourites, but Geelong are expected to throw down a challenge with a couple of key players returning.

The Cats have welcomed back key forward, Phoebe McWilliams and ruck, Erin Hoare to bolster their side against the reigning premiers. Georgie Rankin and Maighan Fogas have been the two unlucky players omitted from the victorious side last Saturday night, with Fogas and key defender, Georgia Clarke named as emergencies for the clash. The Dogs will unveil Irish debutant, Aisling McCarthy who comes into the side, replacing the omitted Belinda Smith. The enticing battle will see which defence holds up the best as both sides proved to have their respective opposition’s measure last week. Co-captain, Katie Brennan booted the Bulldogs’ two goals against the Crows, while Meg McDonald, Rebecca Goring and Madeline Keryk were among the Cats’ best under pressure when the Magpies were attacking. While the heartbreaking story of Nina Morrison doing her ACL at training will dominate headlines, Geelong still has a huge core of youth including Denby Taylor, Olivia Purcell and Sophie Van De Heuvel who will face established young talents in Monique Conti and Bonnie Toogood, and first round draftee, Eleanor Brown. Co-captain Ellie Blackburn is always a crucial player for the Dogs and will look to take control in the midfield, while the Dogs’ defence of Lauren Spark, Libby Birch and Hannah Scott will provide plenty of rebound.

Last time they met: N/A

Fun facts:

  • The Western Bulldogs lost three consecutive matches at VU Whitten Oval in 2017, but have since won all three games they have played there, and is the Dogs’ first home game since winning the 2018 AFL Women’s flag.
  • Aasta O’Connor will play against her old side for the first time, lining up in the ruck to face Kim Rennie, while sharing the ruck duties with Erin Hoare in the blue and white hoops.
  • Ellie Blackburn averaged 16.9 disposals, 2.9 marks, 3.25 tackles and 3.25 clearances last season, the most of any current Western Bulldogs player.
  • With Brooke Lochland injured for the season, Phoebe McWilliams will be the leading goal kicker from last season in the match, booting seven goals for the GIANTS.

 

CARLTON vs. ADELAIDE
Sunday, February 10, 4.05pm
Ikon Park

H2H: Carlton 0 | Adelaide 2 | Draws 0
Venue: Carlton 4-1-2 | Adelaide 0-0-0

For the first time in 2019, Ikon Park hosts a match with the Blues heading back home to welcome the Crows in a Sunday evening game. The ground has traditionally been the host of the opening game of the year between bitter rivals, Carlton and Collingwood but that has changed in 2019. These teams are both heading into the match off the back of a loss, with Carlton’s heavy defeat to North Melbourne not the ideal start to the season following a wooden spoon, while the Crows will rue missed opportunities in front of goal after booting 1.11 against the Bulldogs at Norwood Oval. Adelaide is yet to play at Ikon Park, while Carlton has made it somewhat of a fortress winning four and drawing a fifth game from its seven matches at the venue. Considering they have only won one match outside Ikon Park, it has been a comfort zone and the Crows cannot afford to take them lightly. With Adelaide in the tougher conference, they would not want to drop this game and go 0-2 to start the season, while Carlton will look for its first win under Daniel Harford who would have learnt plenty from the round one defeat.

Looking at the Round 1 matches, efficiency inside 50 looks to be key, with Adelaide having a 75 per cent scoring efficiency with 18 shots from 24 attempts, while Carlton had just 10 shots from 29 attempts – 35 per cent scoring efficiency. Both sides have impressive forward lines on paper, but they will need to convert their opportunities. Any forward 50 with Darcy Vescio, Tayla Harris and Brianna Davey – who has actually been named in defence – is going to worry opposition defenders, while Erin Phillips is as good as anyone one-on-one and is lining up at full-forward, while Chloe Scheer is a young star who will only get better. Speaking of young stars, Madison Prespakis carried the weight of the midfield on her shoulders last week and was ultra-impressive on debut, so the Crows will need to be aware of her presence. The Adelaide midfield has greater depth and the Blues should look to limit the influence of Ebony Marinoff who racked up 23 disposals and laid 11 tackles in Round 1. If Carlton can restrict her influence on the inside and win the contested ball – with the likes of Jess Hosking and Katie Loynes getting on top, it will go a long way to causing an upset. Chelsea Randall leads the defence, while the experience of Renee Forth through the midfield will be important. Carlton will need to control the ruck contest through Breann Moody, and break even in the middle, while the Crows will focus on clearance domination to give their forwards first opportunity and more importantly, those forwards need to convert.

Last time they met: Adelaide 8.7 (55) defeated Carlton 2.8 (20) at Norwood Oval, Round 5, 2018.

Adelaide flexed their muscles against the Blues when the sides were heading in opposite directions. The Crows at home booted six goals to one after quarter time to run away from the Blues, but counted the cost of the win with injuries to Erin Phillips and Courtney Cramey. Ruth Wallace booted three goals, while Eloise Jones finished with two, as Ebony Marinoff and Chelsea Randall shared 31 disposals. Breann Moody was dominant in the ruck for the Blues with 29 hitouts from 11 disposals and four clearances, while Tayla Harris had 11 disposals, three marks and booted a goal.

Fun facts:

  • Despite winning the wooden spoon last season, Carlton has a strong record at Ikon Park, having won four and drawn one from seven attempts.
  • If Carlton lose the match, it will mark more than a year since they won their last match.
  • While she picked up an injury in the second game, Erin Phillips was everywhere in the Crows’ first win over the Blues, racking up 21 disposals and eight clearances. In the same game, Ebony Marinoff laid 14 tackles from 16 disposals, her exact disposal average against Carlton.
  • Of the Carlton players to play against Adelaide in both games, the omitted Tilly Lucas-Rodd averages the most disposals with 13.5, while Darcy Vescio averages two goals per game against the Crows.

 

FREMANTLE vs. BRISBANE
Sunday, February 10, 3.05pm
Fremantle Oval

H2H: Fremantle 0 | Brisbane 2 | Draws 0
Venue: Fremantle 2-3-0 | Brisbane 1-0-0

Both sides won against the odds in Round 1, with Fremantle toppling Melbourne in scorching weather at Casey Fields after being 14 points down at the final break, while Brisbane knocked off GWS GIANTS a fortnight after succumbing to the GIANTS in a heavy practice match loss. Both sides had plenty to be positive about last week, most importantly securing an early four points, while also having plenty to improve upon for this week. Fremantle are back at home in Western Australia, but at their only other clash at the venue, Brisbane took home the points, though it was two years ago. Both teams look to be very different to that clash, with the Lions having a host of youth coming through, as do the Dockers while also filtering in some experienced local talent. Brisbane will go in as favourites given their history in the competition, but Fremantle’s performance last week certainly raised eyebrows and showed that everyone could be underrating the Dockers.

Both sides play a different brand of football which is really exciting for this clash. In Round 1, Fremantle battered and bruised their way to an impressive contested ball style, getting the pull forward to record a huge 11 marks inside 50, while laying 10 tackles in the arc. They harassed and pressured the Demons into making uncharacteristic mistakes, laying 77 tackles in the process. The Lions have tall targets up forward, but opted for a balanced possession game and spread well around the ground. They intercepted the GIANTS 51 times and took the game on, trying to unsettle the defence with possession football, but going when required. This game could well be a combination of both styles and sets up for a huge clash. The Lions forward line is severely underrated with Sabrina Frederick-Traub the dominant key position player, while McKenzie Dowrick and Jess Wuetschner are incredibly clever and dangerous around goals. Throw in Jordan Zanchetta, Emma Zielke and the defensively-minded but strong, Lauren Arnell and the Lions front six is as good as any. Ebony Antonio and Tayla Bresland were strong in defence last week, while the midfield of Dana Hooker and Kara Donnellan are not huge ball winners, but always effective. They tackle the biggest ball-winning duo of Emily Bates and Ally Anderson who had the ball on a string last week, while the potential match-up of Kiara Bowers and Sam Virgo could be entertaining based on Round 1 form. Both teams have immensely talented youth coming through, and both teams’ first round picks, Sabreena Duffy and Paige Parker, have been named in the side.

Last time they met: Brisbane 3.4 (22) defeated Fremantle 2.3 (15) at South Pine Sports Complex, Round 4, 2018.

In a low-scoring affair that saw just one goal kicked in the first half, Brisbane held on in a thriller to win by seven points and remain on track for a grand final berth. Dynamic forward, Jess Wuetschner booted two goals from 18 disposals, three marks and four inside 50s, while Kate Lutkins and Ally Anderson both had 18 touches in the win. For the Dockers, Lara Filocamo had 18 disposals and laid five tackles. Kara Donnellan laid a whopping 10 tackles and had five clearances and 15 disposals.

Fun facts:

  • In their only clash at the venue, Brisbane defeated Fremantle by 13 points in Round 2, 2017. Fremantle has a 100 per cent winning ratio at Fremantle Oval over Victorian sides, but a zero per cent winning ratio over non-Victorian sides.
  • Jess Wuetschner has been the dominant goal kicker in the matches between these sides, averaging two goals per game.
  • Lara Filocamo averages the most disposals between the sides, with 17.5 per match.
  • Both sides won their opening round matches by less than a kick, with Fremantle getting a dress rehearsal for the scorching West Australian heat, winning at Casey Fields in 38 degrees Celcius.

 

DRAFT CENTRAL TIPPING

Leaderboard:

Eq. 1st : Sophie Taylor, Matthew Cocks [ 3 ]
Eq. 3rd : Peter Williams, Taylah Melki, Michael Alvaro [ 2 ]

 

Peter Williams

Chief Editor

Last week: 2

Round 2 selections:

North Melbourne
Collingwood
Western Bulldogs
Adelaide
Brisbane

 

Taylah Melki

Assistant Chief Editor

Last week: 2

Round 2 selections:

North Melbourne
Melbourne
Western Bulldogs
Adelaide
Brisbane

 

Sophie Taylor

Women’s Football Editor

Last week: 3

Round 2 selections:

North Melbourne
Melbourne
Western Bulldogs
Adelaide
Brisbane

 

Michael Alvaro

Men’s Football Editor

Last week: 2

Round 2 selections:

North Melbourne
Melbourne
Western Bulldogs
Adelaide
Brisbane

 

Matthew Cocks

Guest Tipster

Last week: 3

Round 2 selections:

GWS GIANTS
Collingwood
Western Bulldogs
Adelaide
Brisbane

AFLW season previews: Melbourne

THE Demons have been one of the stronger sides in the AFLW during the past two seasons. But with a big loss of players in the off-season, we will see a new-look Melbourne outfit on the park in 2019. Perhaps the biggest loss of the season was losing star midfielder, Daisy Pearce, which will undoubtedly challenge Mick Stinear to change his game plan heading into 2019.

Last season: 3rd – four wins, three losses.

Changes:

In: Maddison Gay, Talia Radan, Tyla Hanks, Madeline Brancatisano, Jordann Hickey, Shelley Heath, Chantel Emonson, Shae Sloane, Casey Sherriff, Ashleigh Woodland

Out: Richelle Cranston, Melissa Hickey, Erin Hoare, Anna Teague, Jasmine Grierson, Emma Humphries, Laura Duryea, Maddie Shevlin, Alyssa Mifsud

Melbourne’s list changes have seem to go under the radar compared to the likes of the Collingwood and Brisbane lists. Geelong caused the most havoc to the Melbourne line-up, taking Richelle Cranston, Melissa Hickey, Erin Hoare and Anna Teague to Kardinia Park. The other expansion team, North Melbourne took two Tasmanian natives in Jasmine Grierson and Emma Humphries, leaving a gap in Melbourne’s defence. However, the Dees have covered this quite well with the recruitment of Talia Radan and Shelley Heath, who are handy defenders who can run or play on a key player. They have also boosted their midfield stocks with the loss of Pearce and Cranston, recruiting Under-18 representatives, Tyla Hanks and Madeline Brancatisano, who are two midfielders with great agility.

Area of strength: Midfield

Melbourne’s midfield has always been one of the strongest in the competition, but they will be without Daisy Pearce and Richelle Cranston this season. A recruit who has not been talked about much is Maddison Gay from the Blues. Gay was voted the Best First Year player when she was Carlton, and is a smart midfielder who is clever with the ball in hand. She should help to assist Elise O’Dea and Karen Paxman, who have always been consistent in the middle of the ground for the Dees. Add in Brancatisano and Hanks, and Melbourne has a good core group of midfielders. Katherine Smith and Kate Hore are also set for a good season after finding some consistency for the Casey Demons in the VFLW season.

Area of weakness: Forward line

The Demons are lacking some numbers in the forward line. While they boast the likes of Tegan Cunningham and Aliesha Newman, the list does not go much further than that. Jordann Hickey is a crucial pick-up for the Dees to rectify this issue. She will be a key target up forward thanks to her solid hands and accurate kick. Eden Zanker should be set for a good year as well, finding some form in the Casey Demons VFLW side, but she was starved of opportunity last year, so she will also be pretty new to the AFLW environment.

Players to watch:

Tyla Hanks

Tyla Hanks has made the All-Australian Under 18s side two years in a row and is a force to be reckoned with in the midfield. On the inside, she is sharp with her hands and can clear congestion with her forceful kicking. She co-captained the Gippsland Power in the TAC Cup Girls competition, so is no stranger to being an on-field leader. Hanks can also float up forward and make an impact to steady the ship for her team, highlighting her ability to be versatile in a Melbourne line-up that lacks forward depth.

Jordann Hickey

Originally from Alice Springs, Hickey made her mark on the 2018 VFLW season with 14 goals for the NT Thunder. From her 14 games, she also averaged 8.25 disposals per game, with her season-high coming against Richmond, where she racked up 16 disposals and also kicked two goals. Hickey managed to kick goals in seven of her games for the Thunder, showing great consistency across the season. She fought hard inside 50 and provides a tall target, which will be pivotal for the Demons.

Eden Zanker

Zanker got to play some consistent football again for the Casey Demons in the VFLW, after only playing three games for the Demons in the AFLW last year. She kicked nine goals from her 14 games with Casey and was named in the best four times. Zanker has a calm run-up and a precise kick, and is also great at winning the ball inside 50. She was the Demons’ first selection in the 2017 draft so Melbourne will have high hopes for her to show why she was selected so high in the draft.

2019 prediction: 4th in Conference A

Despite a strong midfield, the Demons could struggle in their 50s, making for a difficult run in a difficult conference. However, they could get off to a good start with Fremantle and Collingwood looming as their first opponents of the season. It then gets a whole lot harder with Brisbane, North Melbourne and Greater Western Sydney (GWS) to come. When the Demons’ defence comes up against a powerful forward line like North Melbourne’s, and their forwards go head-to-head against Brisbane’s A-grade defenders, it could spell trouble for them.

2019 Melbourne AFLW Fixture

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Blacktown International SportsparkRound 5
Marvel StadiumRound 6
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Team selection: VFLW – Round 14

AS the home and away season begins to wind up, many teams are starting to settle their weekly changes. However, some vital changes are still being made going into Round 14, particularly in arguably the biggest clash of the weekend, when the two ladder-leaders, Collingwood and the NT Thunder go head to head. All in all, Round 14 is shaping up to be another exciting round for the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s Competition.

 

CASEY DEMONS v. MELBOURNE UNI

Round 14 – Saturday, August 11, 11:30AM
Casey Fields, Cranbourne

Round 14 kicks off at Casey Fields with the Casey Demons taking on Melbourne University. Coming off a strong Round 13 performance, the Demons have kept changes to a minimum, bringing in three players. Former Vic Country skipper, Darcy Guttridge will be a welcome addition to the team alongside Jemma Turner and debutant, Amy Dunn. The Gippsland Power co-captain, who is currently balancing Year 12 and her football career, will be an exciting addition to the Demons’ side and comes in as the 23rd player this week. Gippsland teammate, Emily Haeusler and AFLW forward, Aliesha Newman have been named out.

Returning from their Round 13 bye, the Mugars will be hoping to secure a few more wins before the season’s end. For the occasion, they have made six changes, swapping out star player, Emma Kearney for her 2019 North Melbourne AFLW teammates, Danielle Hardiman and Sophie AbbatangeloAlexandra Saundry, Clara Fitzpatrick, Tasmanian Under 18s representative, Libby Haines and Vic Country Under-18 representative, Rebecca Webster have also been selected to play.

Casey Demons

B: 23. G. Gourlay, 18. K. Bentvelzen , 12. G. McLean
HB: 24. D. Guttridge, 1. S. Sloane, 16. C. Sherriff
C: 7. B.  Jakobsson, 17. S.  Scott, 4. C.  Phillips
HF: 10. K. Hore, 11. E. Zanker , 9. A. Johnson
F: 22. J. Allen, 5. T. Mesiti, 8. M. Gay
R: 14. T. Orgill, 20. C. Whitfort, 13. K. Smith
Int: 6. M. Hogg, 15. S. Phillips, 25. M. Shevlin, 2. J. Turner
23P: 19. A. Dunn

In: D. Guttridge, J. Turner, A. Dunn
Out: E. Haeusler ,  A. Newman

 

Melbourne Uni

B: 17. E. Hay, 29. K. Klatt, 6. E. Keaney
HB: 19. L. Ahrens, 31. D. Hardiman, 20. L. Belza
C: 22. D.  Edward, 47. E.  Humphries, 4. A.  Saundry
HF: 1. S. Abbatangelo, 26. C. Greiser, 7. A. Riddell
F: 38. K. Angelis, 9. K. Price, 46. M. Prespakis
R: 8. C. Fitzpatrick, 2. H. Ibrahim, 41. K. Gillespie-Jones
Int: 27. J. Anderson, 3. K. Ashmore, 12. M. Cantwell, 49. L. Haines
23P: 21. R. Webster

 

COLLINGWOOD v. NT THUNDER

Round 14 – Saturday, August 11, 12pm
Victoria Park, Collingwood

Collingwood has made 10 team changes ahead of its important clash against the NT Thunder this week. With the home ground advantage on their side and top spot up for grabs, the Pies have made plenty of changes to suit. AFLW duo, Eliza Hynes and Nicole Hildebrand have been named to take to the field amongst many others. Grace Buchan, Katelyn Lee, Stacey Livingstone, Paige Nash, Shayla MarshNicole Hales and Gippsland Power ruck, Jasmine Ferguson have also all been selected to play. Coming in as the 23rd player, Vic Metro midfielder, Katie Lynch has also been named, in what will be her debut performance.

The Thunder, desperate to clinch top spot this week, has followed suit with Collingwood, making plenty of changes ahead of the big game. Classy goal kicker, Sue Nalder has been named back in the side this week alongside Ebony Marinoff, Kylie Duggan, Sharona Bishop and Gemma Cusack. While the Thunder have been renowned for its numerous changes each week, they will now be looking to settle as finals approach, finalising this week’s team with the addition of Adelaide AFLW duo, Jenna McCormick and Justine Mules as well as Central Allies Under 18s representative, Madeline Gault.

Collingwood

B: 72. K. Lee, 18. R. Schleicher, 12. S. Livingstone
HB: 22. S. Casey, 17. S. Chiocci, 21. I. Ross
C: 50. G.  Buchan, 47. J.  Edwards, 99. S.  Marsh
HF: 8. B. Bonnici, 66. D. Bateman, 28. H. Whitford
F: 54. H. Grubb, 49. S. Alexander, 3. N. Hildebrand
R: 11. E. Hynes, 5. E. Grant, 41. K. Stratton
Int: 70. J. Ferguson, 52. N. Hales, 67. H. McLaren, 63. P. Nash
23P: 59. K. Lynch

In: E. Hynes, G. Buchan, K. Lee, N. Hildebrand, S. Livingstone, P. Nash, J. Ferguson, K. Lynch, S. Marsh, N. Hales
Out: B. Jones,  P. Davey,  S. Yoannidis,  J. Halaseh-Russo ,  J. Lambert,  C. Rooks, A. Bild ,  E. Korteman

 

NT Thunder:

B: 10. S. Barnett, 37. S. Allan, 13. L. Roberts
HB: 22. J. McCormick, 42. G. Cusack, 53. S. Thompson
C: 34. J.  Mules, 3. A.  Foley, 32. K.  Streader
HF: 5. M. Roberts, 55. T. Thorn, 31. J. Sedunary
F: 16. S. Armitstead, 27. A. Hatchard, 11. J. Hickey
R: 20. J. Hewett, 52. E. Marinoff, 8. S. Riley
Int: 46. S. Bishop, 43. K. Duggan, 38. M. Keeble, 4. S. Nalder
23P: 49. M. Gault

In: G. Cusack, J. Mules, E. Marinoff, K. Duggan, M. Gault, S. Bishop, J. McCormick, S. Nalder
Out: N. Gore, C. Cramey, E. Swanson, K. Irvine, G. Bevan, L. Jeffrey, D. Cox

 

DAREBIN  v. SOUTHERN SAINTS

Round 14 – Saturday, August 11, 12pm
Bill Lawry Oval, Northcote

Backing up last week’s strong performance against Hawthorn, Darebin has only made one key change for Round 14. The Falcons have selected the prolific Stephanie Smith to take to the field and help them get across the line, while Vic Metro defender, Lauren Szigeti has been named out.

The Southern Saints have also made very few changes this week, bringing in two players. Meghan McDonald and AFL Women’s Academy member, Courtney Jones have both been selected to play in place of Vic Metro representative, Gabriella De Angelis. Jones comes into the side fresh off a Herald Sun Shield Grand Final win so she could be a key player at Bill Lawry Oval.

Darebin Falcons:

B: 31. E. Gardner, 10. G. Lawson-Tavan, 21. K. Roe
HB: 32. G. Colvin, 14. M. McDonald, 35. L. Skipper
C: 15. A.  Lister, 9. M.  Eastman, 11. K.  Tyndall
HF: 12. J. Dal pos, 20. M. Guerin, 13. K. Shierlaw
F: 44. S. Fairchild, 17. S. Simpson, 43. H. Mouncey
R: 40. L. Pearce, 30. E. O’Dea, 7. L. Mithen
Int: 2. N. Callinan, 45. N. Deiter, 49. R. Hibbert, 24. B. Patterson
23P: 39. M. Jarvis

In: A. Morrow, S. Simpson
Out: L. Szigeti

 

Southern Saints:

B: 11. T. Annear, 30. C. Wilson, 4. G. Ricardo
HB: 17. L. Olsen, 38. S. Karlson, 6. J. Tait
C: 39. E.  Brown, 2. A.  Brown, 43. S.  Heath
HF: 21. D. Lawrence, 15. T. Bohanna, 24. K. Ripari
F: 36. S. Bolding, 13. C. Munn, 19. A. Silver
R: 28. R. Watt, 8. A. Drennan, 32. S. Johnson
Int: 45. S. Binder, 42. C. Jones, 29. M. Macdonald, 16. K. Thompson
23P: 3. H. Bate

In: M. Macdonald, C. Jones
Out: G. De Angelis

 

GEELONG CATS v. ESSENDON

Round 14 – Saturday, August 11, 4:30pm
GMHBA Stadium, Geelong

Geelong, who currently sits fourth on the ladder, will be in desperate need of a repeat performance of last week in Round 14. Ahead of the game, the Cats have made four changes, bringing in Laura Taylor and Isabel Currenti. Geelong has also selected two debutants for the match in Vic Country duo, Nina Morrison and Olivia Purcell. The pair impressed in this year’s TAC Cup Girls competition as part of the Geelong Falcons’ premiership team, and will look to continue to impress when they take to the field this weekend. Morrison in particular will be one to watch, as she was awarded the equal Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the recent AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, so she will be a key addition against the Bombers.

Essendon has kept changes to a minimum this week, bringing in three inclusions. Erin Bult, Carlee Portlock and Alex Quigley have all been named while Alexa Madden has been called to the sidelines.

Geelong Cats:

B: 26. R. Pearce, 44. R. Goring, 40. A. Teague
HB: 25. E. Coventry, 1. J. Woollett, 34. A. McDonald
C: 4. C.  Blakeway, 45. M.  Keryk, 3. H.  Burchell
HF: 7. M. Clifford, 2. D. Orr, 5. J. Ivey
F: 8. K. Darby, 6. M. Boyd, 33. H. Trevean
R: 49. Z. Inei, 13. M. Fogas, 30. R. Cranston
Int: 11. M. Klingbeil , 17. H. Mangan, 20. N. Morrison, 10. L. Taylor
23P: 16. O. Purcell

In: L. Taylor, N. Morrison, O. Purcell
Out: E. Hoare,  G. Clarke,  M. McMahon

 

Essendon:

B: 20. J. Anwyl, 17. T. Hetherington, 27. A. Morcom
HB: 25. R. Neaves, 7. K. Hicks, 41. M. Warburton
C: 1. J.  Trend, 46. C.  Ugle, 9. L.  Williams
HF: 35. V. Moreau, 16. L. Morecroft, 28. C. Portlock
F: 49. E. Bult, 3. M. DeMatteo, 6. A. Quigley
R: 30. S. Nalder, 8. H. Bullas, 44. M. Collier
Int: 15. L. Caruso, 22. N. MacDonald, 37. I. Malliaras, 39. C. Rendelmann
23P: 10. E. Cornish

In: E. Bult, C. Portlock, J. Wallace, A. Quigley
Out: A. Madden

 

RICHMOND  v. WILLIAMSTOWN

Round 14 – Sunday, August 12, 12pm
Swinburne Centre, Richmond

After a disappointing loss last week to the Geelong Cats, The Tigers will be looking to redeem themselves when they come up against Williamstown this weekend. They have named four inclusions for the match, headlined by AFLW talents, Christina Bernardi and Lauren Tesoriero, who should bring some stability and experience back to the side. Jenna Colwell and Ruby Edmeades have also been named in while Emma Gunn, Grace Egan and Gabrielle Deller will miss the clash.

Williamstown has also made four changes to its Round 14 side. The Seagulls have fielded two debutants for the match in Melton Centrals junior, Rachael Jackson and Western Jet, Emily Gardner. The pair will be joined by Jasmine Garnerand Emily Paterno, who have also been named in. On the other hand, Rachel Achampong, Erin Meade, Jess Bartoloand Maddy James have come out of the squad.

Richmond:

B: 69. E. Burry, 63. J. Graham, 65. E. King
HB: 54. L. Bailey, 73. L. Davie, 83. J. Gardner
C: 60. K.  Dempsey, 79. L.  Tesoriero, 88. P.  Monahan
HF: 72. J. Radnell, 70. E. Findlay, 76. E. Ross
F: 93. C. Bernardi, 90. S. Damon, 61. J. Colwell
R: 68. A. Edmonds, 59. A. Woodward, 52. J. Kennedy
Int: 84. L. Bieniara, 53. K. Dixon, 71. R. Edmeades, 75. B. Lynch
23P: 92. T. Smith

In: J. Colwell, R. Edmeades, L. Tesoriero, C. Bernardi
Out: E. Gunn,  G. Egan,  G. Deller

 

Williamstown:

B: 8. C. Portelli, 10. B. Hateley, 34. J. Reid
HB: 31. J. Cranny, 24. A. Saxton, 1. R. Dardengo
C: 11. K.  Smith, 17. S.  Chapman, 33. S.  Van De Heuvel
HF: 44. I. Porter, 25. J. Garner, 36. M. Williamson
F: 12. G. Harris, 39. S. Whiting, 4. E. Paterno
R: 20. S. Seabrook, 35. J. Bruton, 2. J. Duffin
Int: 16. A. Cameron, 18. R. Jackson, 22. M. Lowe, 13. N. Wallace
23P: 15. E. Gardner

In: R. Jackson, E. Gardner, E. Paterno, J. Garner
Out: J. Bartolo, M. James, E. Meade, R. Achampong

 

HAWTHORN  v. WESTERN BULLDOGS

Round 14 – Sunday, August 12, 2pm
Box Hill City Oval, Box Hill

The Hawks will be glad to have their captain back this week after their narrow loss to Darebin last weekend. Emma Mackie has been selected to play alongside Dianna Haines, who make up only two inclusions this week as Hawthorn try to settle its line-up as finals approach. AFLW talents, Melissa Kuys and Pepa Randall have been named out.

The Western Bulldogs have called upon assistant coach, Bree White to take to the field this week as part of a series of changes to their Round 14 side. Bailey Hunt, Kirsten McLeod, Amanda Tessari, Deanna Berry and Tiarna Ernst have all been named in this week as well as Western Bulldogs AFLW premiership player, Bonnie Toogood. Toogood will make her VFLW debut this week and is sure to be a key asset to the Dogs’ game play.

Hawthorn:

B: 32. K. Ebb, 5. C. Perera, 31. J. Sibley
HB: 13. E. Nixon, 11. D. Haines, 36. J. Van Dyk
C: 14. O.  Flanagan, 6. J.  Crockett-Grills, 25. M.  Hutchins
HF: 33. E. Gilder, 35. C. O’Donnell, 12. T. Nestor
F: 7. P. McWilliams, 22. T. Luke, 28. S. Perkins
R: 19. L. Wotton, 8. R. Beeson, 1. E. Mackie
Int: 4. S. Carroll, 24. R. Dillon, 3. E. Mcilvena , 43. E. Woods
23P: 44. S. Kendall

In: D. Haines, E. Mackie
Out: M. Kuys,  P. Randall

 

Western Bulldogs:

B: 5. R. Martinuzzo, 11. L. Spark, 38. C. O’Brien
HB: 29. J. Davies, 12. J. Francke, 9. T. Dinuccio
C: 19. T.  Ernst, 10. S.  Jolly, 25. R.  Gastin
HF: 7. D. Berry , 28. B. Toogood, 6. K. McLeod
F: 41. A. Scott, 21. B. Hunt, 33. B. White
R: 47. N. McMahon, 32. A. Mifsud, 20. A. Guest
Int: 40. N. Gills, 31. A. Gunn, 35. S. Ruedin, 30. A. Tessari
23P: 43. A. Goldring

In: B. Hunt, A. Tessari, K. McLeod, D. Berry, B. White, B. Toogood, T. Ernst
Out: A. Gogos , E. Gamble, R. Ashley, T. Hamilton, N. Paul, H. Scott, E. Birch

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 7

AFTER being told to reduce its Adelaide-based AFLW players, the NT Thunder experienced its first loss of the season. Meanwhile, Collingwood capitalised on this loss at Warrawee Park, defeating Carlton by 25 points. Hawthorn too, got a big win against traditional rivals, Essendon, making for a very tight squeeze in the top four of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s ladder.

 

Southern Saints 6.2.38 defeated NT Thunder 2.6.18

By: Peter Williams

If you had said at the start of the season the side without any AFL Women’s players would topple the premiership favourite, littered with Adelaide superstars, you would have been in the minority, but that is exactly what happened on the weekend. The Southern Saints, on the back of some sterling performances from their TAC Cup Girls contingent, were too quick and slick for the Thunder, who were missing a number of their top players after an AFL Victoria ruling asked them to restrict the South Australian based players. It was the first loss the NT Thunder has had this season, with the Southern Saints piling on three last quarter goals to claim the 20-point victory.

Tara Bohanna booted three goals, but it was the work of Lauren Arnell (19 disposals, two marks, six tackles and one goal) and Kayla Ripari (14 disposals, one mark and two tackles) who played selfless roles, using experience and strength to trouble the Thunder defence. Shelley Heath was superb on debut for the Saints, making the most of her 11 disposals, but more importantly, six tackles. Courtney Jones and Gabriella De Angelis also had cameo’s throughout the game, while Charlotte Wilson played a steady defensive game in the back half. Alison Drennan played another four quarter game with 21 disposals and 13 tackles. Eleanor Brown also had a solid 12 disposals and four tackles in the win.

For the visitors, Angela Foley had the ball on a string with 26 disposals, five marks and three tackles, while Emma Swanson picked up 17 disposals, one mark and laid six tackles. Jess Sedunary was strong down forward, laying eight tackles and booting a goal from 10 disposals, while Jess Allan was vital in the ruck. Sarah Allan and Katie Streader were other important players for NT.

 

Collingwood 8.4.52 defeated Carlton 2.5.17

Collingwood continued its undefeated streak and in the process continued Carlton’s winless streak. The two traditional rivals went head-to-head at Warrawee Park, where the Magpies led at every change and kept the Blues goalless up until three quarter time.

Oakleigh Chargers forward, Daisy Bateman shone on her TAC Cup Girls home ground, kicking two goals. She was the only multiple goal scorer for the day and took her goal kicking season tally to five goals from two games in the black and white. Captain, Jessica Edwards played her best game for the Pies, racking up 23 disposals, four marks and 11 tackles. She was complemented by former Calder Cannon, Chloe Molloy, who kicked a goal to go along with her 20 disposals.

Katelyn Cox was the shining light for the Blues, with a goal, 19 disposals and five marks next to her name. Vic Country representative, Tyla Hanks was also a solid contributor, racking up 14 disposals and laying seven tackles in her second game for Carlton. Fellow TAC Cup Girls player and Northern Knights captain, Maddy Brancatisano amassed seven disposals.

 

Casey Demons vs. Western Bulldogs

By: Peter Williams 

The Western Bulldogs recorded their second win in a row, but not without a scare, holding on against the Casey Demons to win by just three points. The Dogs had all the ascendancy late in the third term, but the Demons booted the final two goals of the game to force the visitors on the back foot and start to worry about what had looked to be an assured four points. With the inclement weather and the fading light posing extra challenges for the players, both sides produced a hard fought slog from which the Bulldogs will be happy to bank the four points.

Brooke Lochland was absolutely sensational for the Bulldogs, racking up 25 disposals, five marks and booting 1.2, but most importantly laying a whopping 13 tackles, stopping her opponents in their tracks. Hayley Wildes was equally as important, notching up 24 disposals, one mark and five tackles while also slotting an important goal. Libby Birch had 18 disposals, four marks and six tackles coming out of the back half, while Kirsten McLeod was the one multiple goal scorer on the ground with two majors.

For the Demons, Katherine Smith was the best with 26 disposals, one mark, six tackles and a goal, while Casey Sheriff was inspirational on the inside with 19 disposals, three marks and five tackles. Harriet Cordner was strong in attack with 14 touches, three marks and a goal, while Aliesha Newman (13 disposals, five tackles and a goal) and Eden Zanker (15 disposals, two marks, three tackles and two behinds) were other important forwards. Darcy Guttridge provided some great run off half-back for the Demons, amassing 16 disposals on the night.

 

Melbourne Uni 6.3.39 defeated by Darebin 7.9.51

Two female football powerhouses went head-to-head at Hamilton to play out their annual Pride Match. After both teams came off a loss last week, it was Darebin who was able to bounce back, winning by 12 points.

This was largely thanks to three goals from Hannah Mouncey, as she bounced back from being held goalless against Geelong last week. Former Northern Knight, Maddy Guerin also had an impressive performance, guiding her team to a win. She was complemented by Annalyse Lister, Shree Fairchild, Lauren Jacobs and former Carlton player, Kate Shierlaw.

Vic Metro and Calder Cannons captain, Madison Prespakis shone in her second game for the Mugars, scoring a goal and being named best on ground by her coaches. She did this amongst AFLW stars such as Emma Kearney, Kate Gillespie-Jones and Jasmine Grierson, who were also named in the best. Asha Price was Melbourne Uni’s only multiple goal scorer, and was complemented by Katie Angelis and Airlie Runnalls who also got on the board.

 

Hawthorn 5.11.41 defeated Essendon 2.1.13

After scoring a goal in the first 20 seconds of the match, Hawthorn never looked back, leading at every change. Essendon applied great pressure throughout the game to cause inaccuracy, but it wasn’t enough as the Bombers couldn’t capitalise on the scoreboard.

It was the debutants who led the way for the Hawks, as Greater Western Sydney (GWS) forward, Rebecca Beeson and Eastern Ranges duo, Emerson Woods and Mikala Cann all had solid performances. Beeson was the leading disposal-getter on the ground, racking up 24 touches and taking five marks. Cann was able to get on the scoreboard with a goal and amassed 21 disposals, complementing this with a whopping 10 tackles. Teammate, Woods also kicked a goal, as well as racking up 13 disposals and taking four marks.

For the Bombers, it was GWS midfielder, Maddy Collier who led the way, as she racked up 17 disposals, four marks and six tackles. Hayley Bullas also got a lot of the ball, accumulating 17 disposals and backing up her 18 tackles last week with five at Box Hill. Defender, Jessica Trend was also impressive as she wandered up forward for a goal and amassed 13 disposals.

Team Selection: VFLW – Round 5

WITH many TAC Cup Girls players ramping up preparations for the National Under 18 Championships, it means that many have taken to the sidelines in round five. This leaves it up to the AFLW and Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s talent to step it up and earn a win for their side. This round sees two top four sides go head-to-head at Box Hill while an historic Dream time clash will headline the weekend.  

HAWTHORN  v. COLLINGWOOD 

Round 5 – 02/06/2018 11:30AM
Box Hill City Oval

To kick off round five, two undefeated sides in Hawthorn and Collingwood will go head-to-head at Box Hill City Oval. Hawthorn will take to the field with an unchanged side following its bye last week, trusting previous form to continue their winning streak. On the other hand, Collingwood have made a few changes to make sure it put its best foot forward against the Hawks. The inclusion of Magpies best and fairest, Chloe Molloy is sure to bring some class to the side in her first game for the club. The Pies will also welcome back Sarah D’Arcy and Erica Fowler in place of Oakleigh Chargers pair, Hannah McLaren and Daisy Bateman. AFLW vice-captain, Brittany Bonnici will also take to the sidelines. Ally Bild will come in as the 23rd player, and former Oakleigh player, Sarah Cameron has also been named to make her debut in the black and white this weekend after impressing at training.

Hawthorn

B: 32. K. Ebb, 21. P. Randall, 25. M. Hutchins
HB: 12. T. Nestor, 36. J. Van Dyk, 13. E. Nixon
C: 6. J.  Crockett-Grills, 8. R.  Beeson, 16. C.  Papadopoulos
HF: 33. E. Gilder, 14. O. Flanagan, 35. C. O’Donnell
F: 22. T. Luke, 30. K. Henderson, 28. S. Perkins
R: 19. L. Wotton, 1. E. Mackie, 5. C. Perera
Int: 4. S. Carroll, 20. L. Costello, 18. J. Foster, 31. J. Sibley
Emg: 17. S. David, 24. R. Dillon, 34. A. Dowler, 55. S. Yule
23P: 48. Y. Price  

Collingwood

B: 22. S. Casey, 93. V. Laloifi, 52. N. Hales
HB: 72. K. Lee, 47. J. Edwards, 61. A. Malander
C: 99. S.  Marsh, 54. H.  Grubb, 63. P.  Nash
HF: 73. G. Biedenweg-Webster, 49. S. Alexander, 65. E. Browning
F: 77. C. Leighton, 75. E. Fowler, 2. C. Molloy
R: 11. E. Hynes, 4. S. D’Arcy, 13. J. Lambert
Int: 50. G. Buchan, 58. S. Cameron, 81. B. Jones, 28. H. Whitford
Emg: 53. R. Grant, 57. G. Knox, 51. G. Ploegsma, 68. S. Yoannidis
23P: 48. A. Bild  

In: S. Yoannidis, C. Molloy, E. Fowler, A. Bild , R. Grant, S. Cameron, S. D’Arcy
Out: B. Bonnici, D. Bateman, H. McLaren  

CARLTON  v. DAREBIN

Round 5 – 02/06/2018 11:30AM
IKON Park

Carlton and Darebin will meet at Ikon Park this Saturday. The Blues have made seven changes ahead of their clash naming some major outs, including the likes of AFLW players, Darcy Vescio, Lauren Brazzale, Reni Hicks and Lauren Arnell. Also missing out this week are Celine Moody and Gippsland co-captain, Tyla Hanks, who was the leading disposal-getter for the Blues last week. Coming into the side includes Caitlin Williams, Louella McCarthy, Bridie Kennedy, Sophie Li, Tilly Lucas-Rodd and Kate Shierlaw. Carlton have also called upon debutant, Danica Pedersen to take to the field. The St Kilda Sharks junior will hopefully provide Carlton with some new talent to dig them out of their losing slump after back-to-back losses. Darebin have sent Eastern Ranges defender, Lauren Szigeti and Melbourne AFLW midfielder, Karen Paxman to the sidelines. In their place is Kathleen Roe, Rachel Hibbert and Greater Western Sydney (GWS) AFLW talent, Jessica Dal Pos, who comes in for her first VFLW game this season.

Carlton

B: 9. K. Harrington, 40. K. Harvey, 23. B. Kennedy
HB: 2. M. Keryk, 44. D. Pedersen, 56. C. Williams
C: 55. C.  Dalton, 10. S.  Hosking, 17. T.  Lucas-Rodd
HF: 20. C. Bromage, 42. C. Hardeman, 90. B. Walker
F: 41. K. Cunico, 31. K. Shierlaw, 38. L. McCarthy
R: 16. B. Moody, 35. S. Li, 27. K. Cox
Int: 82. N. Burns, 11. J. Hosking, 45. R. King, 37. B. Schultz
Emg: 15. I. Gietzmann, 33. G. Green, 12. S. Last, 32. N. Plane
23P: 50. J. Borg  

In: K. Shierlaw, S. Last, L. McCarthy, S. Li, N. Plane, C. Williams, T. Lucas-Rodd, B. Kennedy, D. Pedersen
Out: T. Hanks,  L. Brazzale,  R. Hicks,  D. Vescio,  L. Arnell,  C. Moody    

Darebin

B: 21. K. Roe, 27. S. Hogan, 35. L. Skipper
HB: 48. L. Jacobs, 14. M. McDonald, 15. A. Lister
C: 2. N.  Callinan, 9. M.  Eastman, 1. E.  Honybun
HF: 26. T. Olcorn, 22. G. Hammond, 17. S. Simpson
F: 8. N. Exon, 43. H. Mouncey, 11. K. Tyndall
R: 40. L. Pearce, 20. M. Guerin, 7. L. Mithen
Int: 32. G. Colvin, 12. J. Dal Pos, 44. S. Fairchild, 49. R. Hibbert
Emg: 37. J. Bertoni, 31. E. Gardner, 28. A. Morrow, 29. S. Normington – Dickens, 52. A. Pronesti
23P: 56. M. Wilson  

In: K. Roe, A. Morrow, J. Dal Pos, R. Hibbert, S. Normington – Dickens, A. Pronesti, M. Wilson

Out: L. Szigeti, K. Paxman  

NT THUNDER v. WESTERN BULLDOGS

Round 5 – 02/06/2018 04:00PM
TIO Stadium

NT Thunder will hope to make it 4-0 this week when they come up against the winless Dogs. In its team line-up it has named four debutants including AFLW premiership players, Anne Hatchard and Justine Mules. Waratah junior, Madeline Gault will also don the Thunder colours for the first time this weekend. She has well and truly earned her spot after winning best on ground in this year’s Northern Territory Football League Women’s Premier League grand final. AFLW forward, Ruth Wallace will also come in for her first game with Thunder after working closely with the Adelaide Crows. The Western Bulldogs have made five changes to their round five side in search of their first win. Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels captain, Lauren Butler will not take the field this week, and she will be joined on the sidelines by AFLW star, Kimberley Rennie. Bree White, Rachel Gastin, and Nicole Paul have also been named out, leaving opportunity for some fresh legs to take to the field. AFLW players, Angelica GogosAshleigh Guest, and Kristen McLeod will come into the side. Ellyse Gamble, and Tara Morgan will also join them for the trip up north.

NT Thunder

B: 23. S. Mauboy, 7. L. O’Shea, 13. L. Roberts
HB: 27. A. Hatchard, 35. T. Thorn, 31. J. Sedunary
C: 2. E.  Jones, 3. A.  Foley, 40. D.  Varnhagen
HF: 11. J. Hickey, 29. M. Rajcic, 34. J. Mules
F: 43. K. Duggan, 15. R. Wallace, 5. M. Roberts
R: 20. J. Hewett, 8. S. Riley, 28. R. Forth
Int: 12. J. Anderson, 10. S. Barnett, 24. G. Bevan, 4. S. Nalder
Emg: 1. L. Adam, 19. J. Iacono, 44. M. Johnston 23P: 47. T. May  

In: T. May, A. Hatchard, D. Varnhagen, J. Mules, L. Adam, R. Wallace, E. Jones, L. O’Shea
Out: E. Swanson,  S. Allan,  C. Randall,  J. Allan,  S. Armitstead    

Western Bulldogs

B: 18. E. Birch, 30. A. Tessari, 9. T. Dinuccio
HB: 15. R. Ashley, 38. C. O’Brien, 13. L. Bailey
C: 36. A.  Gogos , 21. B.  Hunt, 34. E.  Mackay
HF: 31. A. Gunn, 12. J. Francke, 1. B. Lochland
F: 6. K. McLeod, 43. N. McMahon, 41. A. Scott
R: 14. E. Gamble, 16. N. Ferres, 20. A. Guest
Int: 28. T. Hamilton, 5. R. Martinuzzo, 26. T. Morgan, 35. A. Rooth
Emg: 10. S. Jolly 23P: 27. E. Muller  

In: A. Gogos , A. Guest, E. Gamble, T. Hamilton, T. Morgan, K. McLeod
Out: L. Butler, R. Gastin, K. Rennie, B. White, N. Paul  

RICHMOND  v. ESSENDON

Round 5 – 02/06/2018 04:00PM
Swinburne Centre

After suffering its third straight defeat in round four, Richmond will be doing some soul-searching this weekend in its match-up against Essendon. The Tigers will be missing the prolific Kate Dempsey, who was chosen to play in AFL Victoria’s Female Young Guns match last year. Coming into the side is ruck, Jenna Colwell, who missed last week. She will be joined by GWS star, Louise Stephenson and new North Melbourne recruit, Emma King. Courtney Musico, Alice Edmonds and Bethany Lynch will also don the yellow and black in the Dreamtime clash. Murray Bushrangers defender, Grace Egan has been named as the 23rd player. Essendon will be hoping for its first win of the season against the Tigers this weekend, making two team changes. The Bombers have sent Aysha Ward and Oakleigh ruck, Bridie Winbanks to the sidelines, leaving room for Tait Mackrill and influential key forward, Danielle Ponter to join the team. Erin Bult has been named as the 23rd player.

Richmond

B: 84. L. Bieniara, 77. J. Hocking, 69. E. Burry
HB: 73. L. Davie, 63. J. Graham, 70. E. Findlay
C: 75. B.  Lynch, 76. E.  Ross, 55. C.  Wakefield
HF: 53. K. Dixon, 64. E. Gunn, 57. E. King
F: 66. A. Barden, 79. L. Tesoriero, 61. J. Colwell
R: 88. P. Monahan, 83. J. Gardner, 51. J. Kennedy
Int: 82. G. Bibby, 68. A. Edmonds, 71. L. Stephenson, 59. A. Woodward
Emg: 86. N. Clarke, 80. J. Louttit, 62. T. Muller, 58. C. Musico
23P: 89. G. Egan  

In: J. Colwell, L. Stephenson, C. Musico, E. King, G. Egan, A. Edmonds, B. Lynch
Out: K. Dempsey,  E. Hogan ,  G. Deller    

Essendon

B: 20. J. Anwyl, 23. L. Morecroft, 15. L. Caruso
HB: 27. A. Morcom, 7. K. Hicks, 25. R. Neaves
C: 44. M.  Collier, 8. H.  Bullas, 46. C.  Ugle
HF: 35. V. Moreau, 18. K. Heil, 43. D. Ponter
F: 4. N. Hardy, 6. A. Quigley, 32. T. Mackrill
R: 30. S. Nalder, 9. L. Williams, 37. I. Malliaras
Int: 14. J. Barker, 12. B. Kearney, 22. N. MacDonald, 1. J. Trend
Emg: 3. M. DeMatteo, 47. I. Farchione, 26. A. Madden, 28. C. Portlock
23P: 49. E. Bult  

In: M. DeMatteo, I. Farchione, E. Bult, C. Portlock, T. Mackrill, D. Ponter
Out: A. Ward, B. Winbanks  

WILLIAMSTOWN v. CASEY DEMONS

Round 5 – 03/06/2018 11:30AM
Williamstown Football Ground

Williamstown has named seven changes in preparation for its clash with the Casey Demons this Sunday. Vic Country commitments have forced GWV forward, Sophie Van De Heuvel and Bendigo Pioneers captain, Megan Williamson to miss the game, as well as Sarah Chapman, who has been named out suffering from injury. Rebecca Dardengo, Andrea Cameron, Lauren Suleiman, Jess Malouf, Jess Bartolo and Katilin Smith have all been included in the round five team, as well as former Western Jet, Emma Ludolff who has been chosen as the 23rd player. The Casey Demons will be desperate for their first win this weekend, welcoming back Melbourne AFLW forward, Aliesha Newman, Melanie Hogg and Lucy Rutter to the team. Dandenong Stingrays forward and AFLW Academy member, Brooke Struylaart has been named as the 23rd player. The Demons have listed Stingrays captain, Jordyn Allen and Naomi Fullwood as out of this week’s match.

Williamstown

B: 19. E. Meade, 10. B. Hateley, 34. J. Reid
HB: 3. S. Murphy-Burke, 24. A. Saxton, 32. B. Stevens
C: 1. R.  Dardengo, 13. N.  Wallace, 2. J.  Duffin
HF: 6. S. Cross, 8. C. Portelli, 20. S. Seabrook
F: 25. J. Garner, 12. G. Harris, 22. M. Lowe
R: 9. R. Achampong, 44. I. Porter, 4. E. Paterno
Int: 35. J. Bruton, 16. A. Cameron, 26. J. Heard, 27. L. Suleiman
Emg: 23. J. Bartolo, 15. J. Malouf, 30. A. Melnikas, 11. K. Smith
23P: 38. E. Ludolff  

In: J. Bartolo, L. Suleiman, E. Ludolff, A. Cameron, K. Smith, J. Malouf, R. Dardengo
Out: M. Williamson,  S. Van De Heuvel,  S. Chapman    

Casey Demons

B: 12. G. McLean, 27. A. Harrison, 16. C. Sheriff
HB: 34. D. Guttridge, 11. L. Duryea, 2. A. Newman
C: 4. C.  Emonson, 21. H.  Cordner, 25. M.  Shevlin
HF: 3. R. Clayton, 29. E. Zanker , 1. R. Guglielmino
F: 22. K. Guttridge, 18. K. Bentvelzen , 15. S. Phillips
R: 14. T. Orgill, 10. K. Hore, 5. S. Poke
Int: 9. A. Johnson, 37. L. Lowerson, 6. A. McDonough, 8. M. Tatham
Emg: 48. S. Fyfield, 47. M. Hogg, 30. A. Marshall, 33. L. Rutter
23P: 49. B. Struylaart  

In: M. Hogg, A. Newman, L. Rutter, B. Struylaart
Out: J. Allen, N. Fullwood  

MELBOURNE UNI  v. GEELONG CATS

Round 5 – 03/06/2018 02:30PM
Melbourne University Main Oval

On Sunday, Melbourne University will face the Geelong Cats at Melbourne University Main Oval. Melbourne Uni have called upon Candice Adams, Martha Cantwell and Taylah Watson to don the blue and black guernsey, while Rhiannon Green and Vic Metro representative, Madison Prespakis will sit the week out. Geelong have named four ins this week including Lara Williams, Lily Brancatisano, Bianca Cheever and Geelong Falcons forward, Sachi DeGiacomi as the 23rd player. They will come in for Emma Oliver, GWV Rebels defender, Georgia Clarke and six-time VFLW premiership player, Alisha Habib.

Melbourne Uni

B: 20. L. Belza, 29. K. Klatt, 25. S. De Bortoli
HB: 19. L. Ahrens, 27. J. Anderson, 24. S. Wilson
C: 6. E.  Keaney, 15. E.  Kearney, 44. A.  Runnalls
HF: 11. P. Cordes, 9. K. Price, 41. K. Gillespie-Jones
F: 1. S. Abbatangelo, 28. A. Dalley, 38. K. Angelis
R: 33. C. Adams, 2. H. Ibrahim, 7. A. Riddell
Int: 12. M. Cantwell, 45. M. McDonald, 18. A. Tupper, 16. T. Watson
Emg: 32. I. Milford, 43. L. Munday, 10. A. Price, 36. L. Watkin
23P: 51. N. Bresnehan  

In: C. Adams, K. Angelis, N. Bresnehan, M. Cantwell, T. Watson, L. Watkin
Out: R. Green,  M. Prespakis    

Geelong Cats

B: 25. E. Coventry, 44. R. Goring, 35. K. Woodroffe
HB: 34. A. McDonald, 16. L. Williams, 26. R. Pearce
C: 3. H.  Burchell, 12. R.  Garing, 10. L.  Taylor
HF: 13. M. Fogas, 2. D. Orr, 17. H. Mangan
F: 22. B. Cheever, 8. K. Darby, 28. M. Fedele
R: 24. M. McMahon, 7. M. Clifford, 30. R. Cranston
Int: 4. C. Blakeway, 20. L. Brancatisano, 36. E. Dhamarrandji, 18. M. Maguire
Emg: 23. I. Currenti, 15. M. Janssen, 11. M. Klingbeil , 31. G. Watson
23P: 38. S. DeGiacomi  

In: M. Klingbeil , S. DeGiacomi, L. Brancatisano, M. Janssen, G. Watson, B. Cheever, L. Williams
Out: E. Oliver, G. Clarke, A. Habib