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The run home: Bendigo Pioneers

BENDIGO Pioneers sit at the bottom of the TAC Cup table despite some competitive efforts, claiming two victories thus far this season. One came against the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels in Round 1, before shocking the Gippsland Power at Windy Hill later in the year. It was their best performance of the year, and a reward for effort after a narrow loss to Western Jets at Williamstown. To finish off the season they have fellow bottom four side GWV Rebels up at Mars Stadium, before finishing off the regular season against Western Jets at Queen Elizabeth Oval.

Wins: 2
Losses: 12
Draws: 0
Position: 12th
Points For: 648 (12th)
Points Against: 1152 (12th)
Percentage: 56
Points: 8

Fixtures:

R15: vs. GWV Rebels – MARS Stadium
R16: vs. Western Jets – Queen Elizabeth Oval

National Combine Invitations: [1] Jye Caldwell

State Combine Invitations: [2] Jacob Atley, Zane Keighran

The Bendigo Pioneers will face one of Murray Bushrangers, Oakleigh Chargers or Western Jets in the Wildcard Round in three weeks, entrenched in the bottom two. A win in the final fortnight would see them overtake Eastern Ranges into eleventh which should hand them a slightly better chance at upsetting a challenger in the Wildcard Round. They have a star midfielder in Jye Caldwell, while the likes of Jacob Atley, Zane Keighran, Noah Wheeler, Hunter Lawrence, Flynn Perez and Brodie Kemp form a solid nucleus around the ground.

Top Fives:

Disposals:

1 – Noah Wheeler – 292 (8th overall)
2 – Liam Marciano – 250
2 – Hunter Lawrence 250
4 – Flynn Perez – 199
5 – Jacob Atley – 190

Marks:

1 – Jacob Atley – 59 (19th overall)
2 – Noah Wheeler – 50
2 – Flynn Perez – 50
4 – Hunter Lawrence – 49
5 – Liam Marciano – 48

Contested Possessions:

1 – Noah Wheeler – 133 (11th overall)
2 – Liam Marciano – 104
3 – Hunter Lawrence – 89
4 – Zane Keighran – 76
5 – Jacob Atley – 66
5 – Flynn Perez – 66

Tackles:

1 – Hunter Lawrence – 69 (eq. 10th overall)
2 – Noah Wheeler – 60
3 – Jack McHale – 34
3 – Callum McCarty – 34
5 – Flynn Perez – 32
5 – Daniel Keating – 32
5 – Riley Ironside – 32

Hitouts:

1 – Daniel Keating – 190 (5th overall)
2 – Mitchell Christensen – 47
3 – Daine Grace – 41
4 – Max Johnson – 25
5 – Matt Hird – 23

Clearances:

1 – Noah Wheeler – 57 (eq. 6th overall)
2 – Liam Marciano – 34
3 – Hunter Lawrence – 24
4 – Zane Keighran – 21
5 – Bailey Henderson – 18

Inside 50s:

1 – Noah Wheeler – 62 (eq. 1st overall)
2 – Hunter Lawrence – 44
3 – Bailey Henderson – 31
4 – Flynn Perez – 30
5 – Liam Marciano – 21

Rebounds:

1 – Hunter Lawrence – 42 (6th overall)
2 – Noah Wheeler – 34
2 – Jackson Williams – 34
4 – Flynn Perez – 30
5 – Jacob Atley – 29

Goals:

1 – Will Holt – 10 (eq. 34th overall)
2 – Noah Wheeler – 7
3 – Hunter Lawrence – 6
4 – Zane Keighran – 5
5 – Braydon Vaz/Brodie Kemp/Oscar Perez, Lucas Caccaviello/Riley Clarke – 4

Team Selection: VFLW – Round 6

ROUND six sees many AFLW stars line up for rival clubs in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s, as many teams look to record wins after the bye. Two ladder leaders in Geelong and Darebin will go head-to-head while the Bulldogs will hope to secure their first win against the Seagulls.

CARLTON  v. NT THUNDER

Round 6 – Saturday, June 16, 12pm
RAMS Arena

After last week’s bye round, Carlton and NT Thunder will be raring to kick off round six. The Blues have made four important changes to their line-up, welcoming back AFLW players Reni Hicks and Shae Audley alongside Sarah Last and Oakleigh Charger, Isabella Geitzmann. They will take the place of Bridie Kennedy and Sarah Hosking as well as Kate Shierlaw and Madeline Keryk, who have both taken up opportunities at other clubs.

The undefeated Thunder will introduce six new faces to RAMS Arena on Saturday as part of ten changes for its round six side. One of these debutants is Amy Chittick, a four-time Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) premiership player for Waratah. PINT junior, Katie Streader and Wanderers junior, Lauren Motlop are also exciting new inclusions.

The last two newcomers to don the Thunder guernsey this week are Adelaide Crows 2017 AFLW premiership players, Courtney Cramey and Jenna McCormick. Their knowledge and experience is sure to bring class to the Thunder’s game. Joining them will be Sarah Allan, Sophie Armitstead, Chelsea Randall and Emma Swanson.

Carlton

B: 40. K. Harvey, 12. S. Last, 24. R. Hicks
HB: 34. A. Chuot, 44. D. Pedersen, 56. C. Williams
C: 17. T.  Lucas-Rodd, 37. B.  Schultz, 90. B.  Walker
HF: 20. C. Bromage, 50. J. Borg, 38. L. McCarthy
F: 27. K. Cox, 42. C. Hardeman, 41. K. Cunico
R: 16. B. Moody, 35. S. Li, 26. S. Audley
Int: 82. N. Burns, 55. C. Dalton, 11. J. Hosking, 45. R. King
Emg: 33. G. Green, 10. S. Hosking, 66. T. Plowman, 63. O. Vesely
23P: 15. I. Gietzmann
In: G. Green, O. Vesely, I. Gietzmann, S. Audley, R. Hicks, S. Last, A. Chuot
Out: M. Keryk,  K. Shierlaw,  B. Kennedy,  K. Harrington

NT Thunder

B: 8. S. Riley, 7. L. O’Shea, 6. L. Motlop
HB: 14. C. Cramey, 37. S. Allan, 22. J. McCormick
C: 24. G.  Bevan, 26. C.  Randall, 32. K.  Streader
HF: 5. M. Roberts, 31. J. Sedunary, 17. E. Swanson
F: 16. S. Armitstead, 4. S. Nalder, 43. K. Duggan
R: 30. R. Metcalfe, 3. A. Foley, 28. R. Forth
Int: 10. S. Barnett, 41. A. Chittick, 21. K. Irvine, 23. S. Mauboy
Emg: 44. M. Johnston
23P: 49. M. Gault

In: L. Motlop, M. Johnston, C. Cramey, A. Chittick, S. Armitstead, K. Streader, R. Metcalfe, E. Swanson, C. Randall, S. Allan, K. Irvine, J. McCormick
Out: A. Hatchard, J. Hickey, D. Varnhagen, J. Mules, J. Hewett, R. Wallace, M. Rajcic, T. Thorn, E. Jones, L. Roberts, J. Anderson

 

WESTERN BULLDOGS v. WILLIAMSTOWN

Round 6 – Saturday, June 16, 1pm
Henry Turner Memorial Reserve

In their clash with Williamstown this week, the Western Bulldogs have made some key changes to ensure their best chance at victory. They will welcome back Bulldogs AFLW premiership players, Kim Rennie and Hayley Wildes as well as Melbourne listed AFLW player, Alyssa Mifsud, who comes in for her first game with the Dogs. This brings their tally to eight AFLW listed players for the round, hopefully giving them the edge they need to secure their first win of the season.

Williamstown have named six changes for their round six side. The Seagulls will be glad to welcome back their captain, Sarah Chapman this week now that she has recovered from injury. Isabelle Porter has also been recalled to the field after returning from injury. Williamstown have named Bendigo Pioneers captain, Megan Williamson as the 23rd player. Emma Ludolff, Kaitlin Smith and Anna Saxton have been sidelined.

Western Bulldogs

B: 9. T. Dinuccio, 30. A. Tessari, 21. B. Hunt
HB: 13. L. Bailey, 18. E. Birch, 26. T. Morgan
C: 15. R.  Ashley, 36. A.  Gogos , 34. E.  Mackay
HF: 1. B. Lochland, 12. J. Francke, 6. K. McLeod
F: 10. S. Jolly, 32. A. Mifsud, 41. A. Scott
R: 24. K. Rennie, 16. N. Ferres, 17. H. Wildes
Int: 5. R. Martinuzzo, 43. N. McMahon, 38. C. O’Brien, 52. K. Rebuffo
Emg: 31. A. Gunn, 28. T. Hamilton, 48. A. Rooth
23P: 27. E. Muller

In: K. Rennie, A. Mifsud, H. Wildes, K. Rebuffo, A. Rooth
Out: A. Guest,  E. Gamble

 

Williamstown

B: 8. C. Portelli, 10. B. Hateley, 32. B. Stevens
HB: 19. E. Meade, 26. J. Heard, 34. J. Reid
C: 22. M.  Lowe, 17. S.  Chapman, 44. I.  Porter
HF: 12. G. Harris, 25. J. Garner, 4. E. Paterno
F: 35. J. Bruton, 6. S. Cross, 16. A. Cameron
R: 9. R. Achampong, 2. J. Duffin, 13. N. Wallace
Int: 1. R. Dardengo, 3. S. Murphy-Burke, 20. S. Seabrook, 27. L. Suleiman
Emg: 14. C. Balshaw, 21. S. Dixon, 30. A. Melnikas, 7. K. Raymundo
23P: 36. M. Williamson

In: I. Porter, A. Melnikas, M. Williamson, C. Balshaw, S. Dixon, S. Chapman
Out: E. Ludolff, K. Smith, A. Saxton

 

GEELONG CATS v. DAREBIN

Round 6 – Saturday, June 16, 2:45pm
GMHBA Stadium

Geelong is currently sitting at the top of the VFLW ladder with a few teams hot on its toes, including this week’s competitor, Darebin, who will be looking to secure its fourth win for the season. The Cats will be going into the match without their 2017 leading goalkicker, Kate Darby as well as influential players in Renee Garing, Evelyn Dhamarrandji, Sachi DeGiacomi, Krista Woodroffe and Bianca Cheever.

In their place Geelong have named six ins to take on Darebin including the likes of AFLW player and former elite netballer, Erin Hoare. Fellow AFLW talent, Anna Teague will also join the side this week alongside Georgia Watson and Emma Oliver. Madeline Keryk will take the field in the blue and white for the first time after moving from Carlton. North Geelong junior, Ruby Benham has been named as the 23rd player.

Darebin will be excited to welcome Kate Shierlaw to their side this week following her move from Carlton. She will take to the field alongside Western Bulldogs premiership player, Aasta O’Connor, Tamara Olcorn and Cherelle Byrne. AFLW players, Nicole Callinan and Lauren Pearce will miss the round six clash.

Geelong Cats

B: 25. E. Coventry, 44. R. Goring, 16. L. Williams
HB: 34. A. McDonald, 40. A. Teague, 26. R. Pearce
C: 4. C.  Blakeway, 45. M.  Keryk, 3. H.  Burchell
HF: 13. M. Fogas, 2. D. Orr, 17. H. Mangan
F: 28. M. Fedele, 24. M. McMahon, 21. E. Oliver
R: 46. E. Hoare, 7. M. Clifford, 30. R. Cranston
Int: 20. L. Brancatisano, 18. M. Maguire, 10. L. Taylor, 31. G. Watson
Emg: 32. A. Habib, 15. M. Janssen, 11. M. Klingbeil , 19. E. Ramsay
23P: 27. R. Benham

In: E. Hoare, A. Teague, E. Ramsay, G. Watson, A. Habib, M. Klingbeil , E. Oliver, M. Keryk, R. Benham, M. Janssen
Out: E. Dhamarrandji,  S. DeGiacomi,  K. Darby,  R. Garing,  K. Woodroffe,  B. Cheever

 

Darebin

B: 32. G. Colvin, 27. S. Hogan, 35. L. Skipper
HB: 48. L. Jacobs, 14. M. McDonald, 21. K. Roe
C: 15. A.  Lister, 12. J.  Dal pos, 26. T.  Olcorn
HF: 31. E. Gardner, 20. M. Guerin, 11. K. Tyndall
F: 7. L. Mithen, 43. H. Mouncey, 17. S. Simpson
R: 41. A. O’Connor, 9. M. Eastman, 8. N. Exon
Int: 36. C. Byrne, 44. S. Fairchild, 1. E. Honybun, 13. K. Shierlaw
Emg: 22. G. Hammond, 49. R. Hibbert, 30. E. O’Dea, 2. N. Callinan
23P: 56. M. Wilson

In: E. O’Dea, A. O’Connor, K. Shierlaw, T. Olcorn, C. Byrne
Out: L. Pearce, N. Callinan

 

HAWTHORN  v. SOUTHERN SAINTS

Round 6 – Sunday, June 17, 11:30am
Box Hill City Oval

Hawthorn will take on the Southern Saints this Sunday with five team changes. The impactful AFLW player, Melissa Kuys will be an important inclusion to the Hawks line-up and will be called into the round six clash with Julia Crockett-Grills, Sarah McNamara, Ellie MacDonald and Samara David. They will take the places of Tahni Nestor, Lauren Costello, Kara Henderson and Sarah Yule.

The Southern Saints will go into round six with an exciting addition to their team with the experienced Lauren Arnell pulling on the red, white and black guernsey for the first time. The former Blues captain ans newly listed Brisbane player will make the move to the Saints and is sure to bring poise and leadership to the side. Eastern Ranges player, Ashleigh Allsopp has been named as the 23rd player.

Hawthorn

B: 5. C. Perera, 31. J. Sibley, 21. P. Randall
HB: 13. E. Nixon, 16. C. Papadopoulos, 36. J. Van Dyk
C: 4. S.  Carroll, 9. M.  Kuys, 17. S.  David
HF: 8. R. Beeson, 14. O. Flanagan, 33. E. Gilder
F: 22. T. Luke, 39. S. McNamara, 28. S. Perkins
R: 19. L. Wotton, 1. E. Mackie, 25. M. Hutchins
Int: 6. J. Crockett-Grills, 32. K. Ebb, 40. E. Macdonald, 35. C. O’Donnell
Emg: 37. J. Barnden, 24. R. Dillon, 34. A. Dowler, 18. J. Foster
23P: 48. Y. Price

In: J. Crockett-Grills, S. McNamara, E. Macdonald, S. David, M. Kuys, R. Dillon, J. Barnden
Out: L. Costello,  K. Henderson,  S. Yule,  T. Nestor

 

Southern Saints

B: 17. L. Olsen, 14. I. Quintal, 26. A. Ryan
HB: 10. L. Arnell, 38. S. Karlson, 31. G. Walker
C: 52. T.  Gordon, 2. A.  Brown, 22. D.  Smith
HF: 21. D. Lawrence, 15. T. Bohanna, 24. K. Ripari
F: 12. J. Hull, 13. C. Munn, 27. K. Macqueen
R: 28. R. Watt, 8. A. Drennan, 32. S. Johnson
Int: 29. M. Macdonald, 40. M. Maitland, 19. A. Silver, 16. K. Thompson
Emg: 11. T. Annear, 36. S. Bolding, 9. S. Long, 23. J. Rolland
23P: 49. A. Allsopp

 

RICHMOND  v. MELBOURNE UNI

Round 6 – Sunday, June 17, 2:30pm
Queen Elizabeth Oval

Richmond and Melbourne Uni will meet in Bendigo this weekend with the Tigers making two changes to their line-up. New Greater Western Sydney (GWS) forward, Christina Bernardi will be a welcome addition to the team as well as Kate Dempsey. Richmond have yet to name who will take to the sidelines.

In search of their second win, Melbourne Uni will employ the likes of Kaitlyn Ashmore and Danielle Hardiman, who are both recent signings to North Melbourne’s exciting 2019 AFLW list. They will be joined by fellow Kangaroos recruits, Jamie Stanton and Jasmine Grierson. Prudence Cordes and Millie Shone have also been named to take to the field, while Stephanie De Bortoli and Nicole Bresnehan have been named out.

Richmond

B: 84. L. Bieniara, 63. J. Graham, 69. E. Burry
HB: 88. P. Monahan, 73. L. Davie, 71. L. Stephenson
C: 60. K.  Dempsey, 66. A.  Barden, 75. B.  Lynch
HF: 78. C. Bernardi, 61. J. Colwell, 55. C. Wakefield
F: 83. J. Gardner, 79. L. Tesoriero, 57. E. King
R: 68. A. Edmonds, 59. A. Woodward, 52. J. Kennedy
Int: 53. K. Dixon, 70. E. Findlay, 77. J. Hocking, 76. E. Ross
Emg: 82. G. Bibby, 74. G. Fisher, 81. E. George, 64. E. Gunn
23P: 89. G. Egan

In: K. Dempsey, G. Fisher, E. George, C. Bernardi

 

Melbourne Uni

B: 41. K. Gillespie-Jones, 29. K. Klatt, 50. J. Stanton
HB: 53. J. Grierson, 31. D. Hardiman, 24. S. Wilson
C: 19. L.  Ahrens, 15. E.  Kearney, 6. E.  Keaney
HF: 10. K. Ashmore, 9. K. Price, 12. M. Cantwell
F: 1. S. Abbatangelo, 27. J. Anderson, 38. K. Angelis
R: 28. A. Dalley, 2. H. Ibrahim, 7. A. Riddell
Int: 20. L. Belza, 11. P. Cordes, 44. A. Runnalls, 18. A. Tupper
Emg: 33. C. Adams, 45. M. McDonald, 43. L. Munday, 16. T. Watson
23P: 35. M. Shone

In: J. Stanton, P. Cordes, K. Ashmore, D. Hardiman, M. Shone, J. Grierson
Out: N. Bresnehan, S. De Bortoli

Victorian Under 16s Girls prepare for National Championships

VICTORIA’S top Under 16s footballers from the TAC Cup Girls competition will converge on country venues this weekend in a couple of matches to test themselves against the best from other states. Vic Metro takes on South Australia in Horsham on Sunday, while Vic Country heads to the border to face NSW/ACT in Albury. The following week, Vic Metro will face off against Vic Country at GMHBA Stadium in a curtain raiser to the Under 18 Girls’ sides. For those wondering, the Under 16s are made up of players born in 2002 and are not eligible to be drafted until 2020.

Vic Metro squad:

No Name Ht DOB TAC Region
1 Olivia Meagher 151 10/12/02 Eastern Ranges
2 Mietta Kendall 154 3/9/02 Eastern Ranges
3 Taylah Morton 157 23/7/02 Oakleigh Chargers
4 Leah Spargo 157 28/1/02 Western Jets
5 Mary Daw 159 11/3/02 Western Jets
6 Abigail Bennett 160 18/10/02 Northern Knights
7 Jessica Fitzgerald 161 8/3/02 Northern Knights
8 Bella Eddey 163 11/2/02 Sandringham Dragons
9 Winnie Laing 164 25/5/02 Sandringham Dragons
10 Ashleigh Snow 156 23/10/02 Northern Knights
11 Eliza McNamara 166 19/4/02 Sandringham Dragons
12 Tarni Brown 166 26/3/02 Eastern Ranges
13 Alice Burke 168 3/10/02 Sandringham Dragons
15 Mimi Hill 167 4/10/02 Oakleigh Chargers
16 Alice O’Loughlin 169 8/7/02 Oakleigh Chargers
17 Alisa Magri 170 19/3/02 Calder Cannons
18 Amber Micallef 170 21/2/02 Oakleigh Chargers
19 Sarah Hartwig 173 12/4/02 Sandringham Dragons
20 Ellie McKenzie 174 17/10/02 Northern Knights
21 Tamsin Crook 176 3/10/02 Calder Cannons
22 Isabelle Pritchard 176 8/3/02 Western Jets
23 Jess Grace 176 25/12/02 Eastern Ranges
24 Alyssa Bannan 177 13/4/02 Northern Knights
25 Isabel Young 179 13/7/02 Calder Cannons

Some names to watch:

Isabelle Pritchard
Key Position Defender | 176cm | Western Jets

Strong overhead, great leader and rarely beaten one-on-one. Her game knowledge and awareness is ahead of her years. A standout performer this season for the Jets.

Ellie McKenzie
Tall Utility | 174cm | Northern Knights

Unbelievable impact so far this season, named in the best every game she played. Can play forward, midfield or back, and is strong in the air. Sister of Vic Metro boys’ representative, Tom. Strong in the air, can kick goals at will, shown by her huge day out against Bendigo Pioneers.

Alyssa Bannan
Key Position Forward | 175cm | Northern Knights

Lit up Beaconsfield earlier in the year with three goals in three minutes and provides a good target up forward. Mobile tall who can kick goals and very few players her height are quicker once she gets goal side.

Sarah Hartwig
Key Position Defender | 173cm | Sandringham Dragons

Good one-on-one defender, quick on the lead to spoil and provides good rebounds out of the back half. Will create a strong 1-2 partnership with Pritchard in the back half.

Alice Burke
General Defender | 168cm | Sandringham Dragons

A good user of the footy, can play up the ground but is really settled in the back half. Daughter of St Kilda champion, Nathan. Crossed over from soccer and has been a revelation at the Dragons.

Abigail Bennett
Small Forward | 160cm | Northern Knights

Another Knights player who has had some impressive moments at half-forward. Can push into the midfield as well.

Tarni Brown
General Forward | 166cm | Eastern Ranges

Very raw, but clearly talented. Has a very nice sidestep and can create something out of nothing. Daughter of Gavin and sister to Callum and Tyler.

Olivia Meagher
Small Forward/Midfielder | 151cm | Eastern Ranges

Seemed to get better as the season went on, plays a link-up role at half-forward, and can kick goals or win the footy through the midfield.

Mimi Hill
Outside Midfielder | 167cm | Oakleigh Chargers

Winger who provides good run in transition and played some impressive games throughout the season, especially in the absence of the Chargers top-age midfielders.

Jess Fitzgerald
Small Utility | 161cm | Northern Knights

Tends to play forward, but can play through midfield as well. A creative player who can kick goals from tight angles.

Winnie Laing
Inside Midfielder | 164cm | Sandringham Dragons

As tough as they come on the inside, loves the contest and does not take a backwards step.

Bella Eddey
General Forward | 163cm | Sandringham Dragons

Another creative forward who is good in the air or at ground level and just got better as the season went on.

Alice O’Loughlin
General Forward | 169cm | Oakleigh Chargers

Starred late in the season at half-forward and can push up the ground as well. Creative and a good user of the football going inside 50.

Ashleigh Snow
Small Defender | 156cm | Northern Knights

Was one of the Knights’ best in the grand final and plays taller than her 156cm. Good overhead and creates some great drive out of defence.

Alisa Magri
Tall Forward | 170cm | Calder Cannons

Was a mainstay of the Cannons forward line this season and managed to get on the end of a few goals throughout. Another tall target inside 50 for Metro.

Eliza McNamara
Inside Midfielder | 166cm | Sandringham Dragons

Had a blistering start to the season and had the ball on a string early. A crucial part of the inside midfield at the Dragons, she showed good strength and an ability to move out of traffic.

Vic Country squad:

No Name DOB Ht TAC Region
1 Jerusha Devarakonda 3/3/02 158 Geelong Falcons
2 Leila Raymond 9/3/02 158 Gippsland Power
3 Holly Andrews 15/8/02 160 Gippsland Power
4 Elizabeth Snell 14/3/02 161 Bendigo Pioneers
5 Megan Fitzsimon 10/8/02 162 Gippsland Power
6 Renee Saulitis 14/8/02 163 GWV Rebels
7 Jemma Finning 19/3/02 165 Bendigo Pioneers
8 Kate Adams 15/3/02 165 Murray Bushrangers
9 Emily Nicholson 19/3/02 165 Murray Bushrangers
10 Abbey Jordan 8/9/02 165 Dandenong Stingrays
11 Brooke Hards 19/7/02 166 Bendigo Pioneers
12 Tyanna Smith 29/10/02 166 Dandenong Stingrays
13 Chloe Leonard 1/2/02 167 GWV Rebels
15 Chandra Abrahams 24/3/02 169 Gippsland Power
16 Sharmaine Reilly 8/11/02 170 Bendigo Pioneers
17 Sophie Milsome 23/4/02 172 Geelong Falcons
18 Zoe Hill 13/5/02 173 Dandenong Stingrays
19 Matilda Van Berkel 6/9/02 174 Gippsland Power
20 Stephanie Glover 11/11/02 176 GWV Rebels
21 Isabella Robson 26/4/02 176 GWV Rebels
22 Renee Tierney 23/5/02 168 Geelong Falcons
23 Isabella Simmons 19/4/02 181 GWV Rebels
24 Olivia Barber 14/7/02 184 Murray Bushrangers
25 Maggie Caris 21/12/02 188 GWV Rebels

Renee Tierney
Tall Forward | 168cm | Geelong Falcons

Has had a really consistent season for the Falcons. Good overhead, booted a bag of goals against Oakleigh at Warrawee Park earlier in the season.

Jemma Finning
Balanced Midfielder | 165cm | Bendigo Pioneers

After the two top-age girls in Megan Williamson and Kodi Jacques, Finning was one of the more consistent midfielders at the Pioneers, regularly named in the best.

Brooke Hards
General Defender | 166cm | Bendigo Pioneers

A rebounding defender who can play forward, Hards is good in the air and reads the play well.

Renee Saulitis
Small Forward | 163cm | GWV Rebels

Talented small forward who can kick some great goals from tight angles. Very quick and can pounce on a spillage from a marking contest.

Isabella Simmons
Key Position Forward | 181cm | GWV Rebels

Tall target up forward who pushes up the ground and provides a contest. Raw but has shown some good signs.

Zoe Hill
Key Position Defender | 173cm | Dandenong Stingrays

One of the more consistent 15-16 year-old defenders in the league. Worked well with Lucy Cripps to ensure the Stingrays had good defensive strength in the air.

Olivia Barber
Ruck/Key Position Forward | 184cm | Murray Bushrangers

Rotated between ruck and key forward and was named in the Bushrangers best a number of times. Could rotate with Maggie Caris through the ruck or up forward.

Chandra Abrahams
Tall Utility | 169cm | Gippsland Power

Has played a mixture of forward and back, and while the consistency is still building, she has tricks that not many players have, such as a penetrating kick from 50m on the run from a couple of steps.

Kate Adams
General Forward | 165cm | Murray Bushrangers

Buzzes around the forward line and can push up into the midfield. Fairly clean and clearly talented, will be a player to watch at the Bushies over the next couple of years.

Maggie Caris
Ruck | 188cm | GWV Rebels

With her sister Rene in the AFLW Academy, Maggie followed her into the Rebels program and looked good in the final game of the season against Oakleigh. Already 188cm, Caris will likely play ruck, but could be tried in key position positions as well.

Tyanna Smith
Balanced Midfielder | 166cm | Dandenong Stingrays

Another player who seemed to get better as the season went on, Smith played through the midfield and won her own ball as well as created run in transition.

Jerusha Devarakonda
Small Defender | 158cm | Geelong Falcons

Raw, but talented defender who pushed up to the wing for the Falcons. Got involved a number of times in the grand final and has plenty of scope for the future. Quick and fierce.

Stephanie Glover
Key Position Utility | 176cm | GWV Rebels

Impressed down back, but also showed she could go forward and kick a goal for the Rebels. Good overhead and nimble, she provides plenty of rebound out of the back half.

Holly Andrews
Outside Midfielder/Small Forward | 160cm | Gippsland Power

Played all nine games this season and was named among the best a couple of times for the Power. Had some nice moments within games.

Chloe Leonard
General Forward | 167cm | GWV Rebels

Booted four goals in eight games, including two against Calder Cannons. Was named in the Rebels’ best a number of times and provided a target inside 50.

Emily Nicholson
General Defender | 165cm | Murray Bushrangers

Played every game this season for the Bushrangers and became a regular in the back six. She was named among the best on a couple of occasions.

U16 Fixtures:

June 10 – Vic Metro vs. South Australia in Horsham & Vic Country vs. NSW/ACT in Albury
June 16 – Vic Country vs Vic Metro at GMHBA Stadium, Geelong

Backwards journey proves successful for Kodi Jacques

BENDIGO Pioneers midfielder, Kodi Jacques’ football journey did not begin with a stint at her local football club.

Instead, the talented 17 year-old went straight to a talent search day, and caught the eye of one of the most knowledgeable females in football.

“I went to this talent search day and Chyloe Kurdas came up to me and approached me,” Jacques recalled. “The first ever training session I went to was a Vic Country one and she got me to Pioneers. Then the rest is history.”

Jacques did not make the Vic Country squad in that year, but she will feature in this year’s tournament after being one of the leading players for the Pioneers this season. Although Bendigo only recorded one win in 2018, Jacques said that her teammates have been really supportive of each other.

“Our team is really connected and there’s a lot of younger girls,” she said. “The girls are really good, they listen, and I’ve made a couple of friends, which is good.”

The teenager has also made friends at her local football club, the Bendigo Thunder. At the Thunder, Jacques got to play in a range of different positions on the field, which enabled her to realise her football potential.

“I played women’s last year for Bendigo Thunder and I felt like that matured me and matured my game style as well coming into this year,” she said. “I’m a different player to what I was last year.”

Jacques came second in the Bendigo Thunder’s best and fairest in the Northern Football Netball League in 2017, and has continued to play quality football in 2018. She was also featured in Bendigo Pioneers’ best players on six occasions in the nine-round TAC Cup Girls season.

Jacques draws inspiration from Collingwood AFLW midfielder, Jaimee Lambert and Melbourne AFLW captain, Daisy Pearce. The Pioneers midfielder admits that she would love to emulate Pearce’s skills and class in particular.

“I kind of like the way Lambert her footy and just the forwards and midfielders like Daisy Pearce,” Jacques said. “I don’t play like her but I would love to take some of her game and try to put it in mine.”

Outside of footy, Jacques helps out her mum with their family business. But her schedule is about to amp up, as she will be training with Vic Country and with Richmond’s Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s side, giving her an opportunity to showcase her skills on the bigger stages.

Weekend Wash-up: TAC Cup – Round 8

IT was a weekend of upsets, with two of the bottom three sides claiming victory, and the other levelling the scores in the dying minutes only to lose the lead again with a match-winning goal. Oakleigh Chargers grabbed a top four spot with victory against Murray Bushrangers on Saturday in the standalone day.

Northern Knights 7.7 (49) defeated by Eastern Ranges 10.8 (68)

By: Michael Alvaro

In perfect conditions at Preston City Oval, the Knights and Ranges could only manage three first half goals between them in what was an end-to-end contest. The travelling side broke the game open in the third quarter with five goals to two, as well as the opening two goals of the final term to set up an unassailable lead. The Knights fought to trim the margin back late, with forward Sunny Brazier booting two of the last three goals to have the final deficit sit at 19 points. 

Eastern were on top in the midfield battle thanks largely to midfielder Kye Quirk, who collected 39 disposals, 11 clearances, nine tackles and three marks. He was aided well by Adrian Kalcovski (24 disposals, six tackles) and skipper Joel Burleigh (18 disposals, 14 tackles), while their forward line clicked with three multiple goal kickers.

Stefan Uzelac (17 disposals, five marks, three tackles) stood up under pressure in defence for the Knights, setting them up well with 88% disposal efficiency to be named their best. Patrik Della Rocca provided a big body in the midfield, collecting 20 disposals, five marks, four tackles and a goal alongside bottom ager Josh D’Intinosante, who also had it 20 times to go with six marks and eight tackles. Brazier (13 disposals, six tackles, four marks, three goals) was their only real bright spot up forward, popping up in the right place when given the opportunity. 

The Ranges now climb off equal-last on the ladder with their second win for the year, while the Knights hold on to seventh place for another round.

Calder Cannons 7.19 (61) defeated by GWV Rebels 10.11 (71)

By: Liam Connop

In perfect footy conditions at RAMS Arena, the Cannons’ inaccuracy in front of goal cost them a golden opportunity to win the their fourth game of the season. Kicking with the breeze in the opening term, Calder dominated proceedings but could not put it on the scoreboard, kicking 2.8 (20) to quarter-time. This would come back to haunt them, as the Rebels kicked five goals to one in the second quarter to take the ascendency at half-time. The second half was an arm wrestle, with a couple of late goals giving the Rebels a 10-point win and their second win of the season.

Thomas Berry (16 possessions, six marks) was the X-factor in the game, showing off his pace and taking a mark that Warwick Capper would have been proud of. Elliott Lamb (24 possessions, eight marks) had an excellent game in the midfield, rarely wasting a possession. In what was an even performance from the Rebels, Matty Lloyd (23 possessions, seven marks) had a strong game in the midfield and across half-back, while Charlie Wilson and Mitchell Martin (three goals each) did the damage up forward.

For the Cannons, ball-magnet Mitchell Podhajski (30 possessions, 12 tackles, two goals) continued his outstanding season, while Curtis Taylor (29 possessions, 10 marks) backed up his best-on-ground performance last week, despite being wasteful in front of goals, booting five behinds. Lachlan Sholl (32 possessions, 18 handball receives) was also very impressive rebounding off half-back.

Western Jets 9.11 (65) defeated Bendigo Pioneers 8.10 (58)

Western Jets played their get out of jail card in the dying moments of their narrow win against Bendigo Pioneers. It was a close game throughout, until the Jets looked like they had broken free in the third term with three consecutive goals to open up a healthy 22-point margin. Bendigo refused to give in, booting the last two goals of the quarter to draw within eight points at the final break. When Hamish Murphy ran into an open goal in the final term it looked beyond the Pioneers, before Phill Moi Moi and Zane Keighran slammed home goals to tie the game with less than three minutes remaining. The Jets managed to get it forward and Malwal Maguang received a free kick, converting from a tight angle which ended up being the winning goal.

For the Jets, Buku Khamis (22 disposals, nine marks and four rebounds) was superb off half-back, controlling the airways and rebounding anything that came his way. Darcy Cassar was busy through midfield, linking up to a high half-forward, with a game-high 25 disposals and six inside 50s. Connor Thar (24 disposals, four clearances), Jack Watkins (22 disposals, 11 tackles) and Jaden Rice (21 disposals, seven clearances) were also among the key on-ballers, while Zak Butters (21 disposals, six marks) and Stefan Radovanovic (20 disposals, seven marks, six rebounds, four inside 50s and a goal) were instrumental from defence through to attack.

For the Pioneers, Keighran had 19 disposals, four marks and kicked that crucial goal, while Noah Wheeler was enormous in the middle with eight clearances and nine inside 50s to go with his 24 disposals – a key reason the Pioneers turned the momentum in the third quarter. Hunter Lawrence was busy with 23 disposals and six inside 50s, while Liam Marciano (22 disposals, seven rebounds) and Daniel Keating (14 disposals, seven marks, 19 hitouts and three rebounds) were top players once again.

Dandenong Stingrays 15.15 (105) defeated Sandringham Dragons 4.4 (28)

By: Ed Pascoe

Despite missing nine players from the Vic Country squad, top of the ladder Dandenong easily defeated a young Sandringham Dragons team. Dandenong played a great team defence with their defenders setting up well behind the ball and their forwards putting on good pressure to cause many mistakes for the inexperienced Sandringham defenders. Sandringham did not lack in effort, they where just beaten by a red hot team looking to impress on their home turf.

Ruckman Riley Bowman was a standout with two goals (15 disposals, five marks), moving well around the ground and often following up his ruck work to providing a good target when forward. Matthew Gahan had a field day in defence with his intercept marking and drive (19 disposals, seven marks) and young leaders Campbell Hustwaite (24 disposals) and Jamie Plumridge (23 disposals) controlled the midfield, Hustwaite was busy at stoppages while Plumridge owned the Wing with both players looking both strong and composed around the ball.

It was not all doom and gloom for Sandringham with young key defender Corey Watts (15 disposals, nine marks) a standout in defence with some good contested and intercept marks, while his long kicking was also an asset. Darcy Chirgwin (21 disposals, six tackles) showed class on the wing and was willing to work hard deep in defence, even managing a goal. Jeremy Goddard (14 disposals, 11 tackles) competed hard in the midfield – despite his small frame, he wasn’t afraid to go in and have a crack against the bigger Dandenong bodies.

Gippsland Power 10.5 (65) defeated Geelong Falcons 3.13 (31)

By: Ed Pascoe

As they say, ‘bad kicking is bad football’ and that rang true for Geelong who struggled to turn opportunities into goals, scoring 11 behinds before Samuel Torpy kicked a classy goal from the boundary late in the 3rd quarter. With the scorecard reading 3.13 Geelong will be ruing what could have been. Credit has to go to Gippsland however since they took their opportunities and their entries inside 50 made the difference. Gippsland still looked the better team on the day and deserved the win.

Gippsland had an even spread of contributors – Bailey Beck was influential on the wing using the ball well, taking some fantastic marks under pressure (seven marks, two contested) he also finished with 20 disposals and a goal in a classy display. The backline was well controlled with the likes of Tye Hourigan (15 disposals), Ryan Sparkes (24 disposals) and Bailey Patterson (19 disposals) all providing run and drive from the backline with the ball coming out of the defensive 50 very quickly. The midfield had a good mix with the grunt coming from overager Austin Hodge (18 disposals) and the class coming from fellow overager Tyrone Hayes (18 disposals).

Vic Country representative Blake Schlensog was the standout tall player on the ground competing hard and following up his ruck work (21 disposals) while also helping out the defence staying strong taking some quality intercept marks to finish with eight overall. Geelong’s other Vic Country representative and bottom ager Cooper Stephens was the standout midfielder for the day winning the contested ball at stoppages and also working hard to get on the outside. He had the ball on a string in the first three minutes to finish with 20 disposals. Sam Torpy kicked Geelong’s first goal late in the third quarter and finished the game with two of his team’s three goals, working hard to also collect 17 disposals.

Murray Bushrangers 7.10 (52) defeated by Oakleigh Chargers 17.10 (112)

A blistering first quarter set up Oakleigh’s huge 10-goal win over Murray Bushrangers in the standalone game on Saturday. The Chargers booted seven goals to two in a massive opening quarter, then maintained the rage with a 38-point lead at half-time courtesy of a four goals to three second term. After a low-scoring third quarter which saw the home side boot the only goal of the quarter, Oakleigh stormed home with six of the last seven goals to run away with the massive 60-point win and jump into the top four.

Matthew Day was a star with seven goals from 19 disposals and six marks, acting as the key forward in the absence of a number of players due to Vic Metro duties. Despite both sides missing a huge chunk of their top-end talent, a number of bottom-agers stood out. Trent Bianco racked up 19 disposals, four marks, three inside 50s, two rebounds and two clearances, while Dylan Williams had four inside 50s from nine disposals. Jack Ross was a standout in midfield with 19 disposals, five marks, six clearances, six inside 50s and four tackles, while Lucas Westwood had six rebounds from 17 disposals.

For the Bushrangers, Ely Smith was the highest disposal winner with 21 touches, three clearances, three inside 50s and six tackles, while Kyle Clarke had four clearances from his 18 disposals. Potential Brisbane father-son prospect Jake Bradshaw was busy with 18 disposals, four marks, three inside 50s and three rebounds. The classy Mathew Walker booted two important goals from his 15 touches, nine marks, seven tackles and five inside 50s to be a clear standout of the losing side. Mark Marriott and Ben Kelly were strong in the ruck, notching up 21 and 20 hitouts respectively.

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

Long travel hours not a deterrent for footy “addict” Williamson

THE total kilometres Swan Hill’s Megan Williamson clocks up each week on public transport might be mind boggling for many, but for the Bendigo Pioneers skipper and now Williamstown VFL Women’s midfielder, she would not have it any other way.

Williamson has university in Melbourne from Monday to Thursday, but it does not stop her attending three nights of football training a week and travelling countless hours a week for the game she loves.

“I live in Swan Hill but I’m currently at uni in Melbourne,” she said. “On a Sunday arvo I get on the train from Swan Hill and travel back to Melbourne four hours, and then Monday night I go to Williamstown VFL for a recovery, and then Tuesday nights is my own personal fitness things. “Then Wednesday nights I’m back at Williamstown for footy training. “I finish class on a Thursday, get straight on a train at Southern Cross head to Bendigo, have my Pioneers training and then travel another two hours home after footy training back to Swan Hill. “Then wherever TAC (Cup Girls) is for the weekend, travel there. “Then travel back to Melbourne for uni for the week. “So I’m travelling a fair bit, but it’s so I can fit all my studies, footy and seeing family in.”

For someone so dedicated to the sport, it is hard to believe she is relative newcomer to the code, having crossed over from the roundball counterpart.

“I was a crossover, so I’ve only been playing footy for four years,” Williamson said. “I was doing a few other sports and mainly soccer, but it was just a matter of my hometown Swan Hill – we got a local girls side – so we got the Woorinen Youth Girls and it was the first season for them starting and I thought ‘why not?’. “Footy was growing, I’ll have a go.”

At first, Williamson tried her hand at juggling both sports, but her attention turned to the newest addition in her repertoire.

“I was playing footy and soccer both at the same time and enjoying both, and then eventually, footy was just of more interest,” she said. “I had a great group of friends there and it’s an addictive sport to be honest. “It was clear the choice to give up the soccer and really focus on my footy and I’m glad that I have, because it’s starting to take me places now.”

But what is it about football that is so addictive to the 18 year-old?

“There’s probably two aspects,” she said. “It would certainly be the sisterhood that you create with the girls that you play with week-in, week-out, you’re there battling each week and I think there’s a sort of sense of family; you look after each other. “You don’t want to let anyone down, so I think the bonds you create is something really exciting. “You want to come back each week, you want to get to training, you want to see your girls again. “Certainly the atmosphere it creates, it’s pretty exciting. “Each contest is a new battle and it’s exciting and your blood’s always pumping and when the crowd gets behind you it’s a good feeling.”

It is no surprise to see the Bendigo Pioneers’ captain named in the AFL Draft Central TAC Cup Girls’ Team of the Year after a consistent season, as well as earning Vic Country honours for the upcoming National AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships.

“I’ve been genuinely happy with my season,” Williamson said. “I think I’ve tried to take the approach that how you train is how you play so I’ve tried to make the most of every training, especially since I travel back two hours to get to my Pioneers training. “I think I’ve worked hard during the season and I’m starting to reap the rewards a little bit. “A few more team wins would have been nicer, but genuinely happy.”

The Pioneers had just the one victory – a Round 1 win over Western Jets. But when asked of her highlight for the year, Williamson named another TAC Cup Girls match.

“I think seeing the girls grow and I think if I pick out one game, it would probably be our game against Eastern Ranges,” she said. “It wasn’t a scoreboard win, but it was definitely an effort-based win. “Week-in, week-out we try to base our team games on effort and being ruthless at the ball and I think that game against Eastern Ranges our backs were against the wall and they’re a great side. “I think we really put it up to them and that was a defining moment, a line in the sand. “Whilst we might not have the girls the other teams do and whilst we have bottom-agers and we don’t get to train together very often, that was the moment if we give it our best, we can put it to the better sides.”

The season ended with four consecutive 10-goal losses, and while travel is always a factor for a young side, Williamson said the travel is what also made it special.

“Yes and no [the travel affected the side towards the end of the season],” she said. “But I think that’s why it’s great. “Footy is such a really inclusive, team sport and that bond. “It’s not a lonely sport, so they can travel that far and they see us girls and we get around them and we can carpool together and make the time worthwhile. “So I think because there’s that great bond, it eliminates the loneliness.”

Williamson has become renowned for being an uncompromising inside midfielder who never takes a backwards step – an area of her game she recognises as one of her strengths.

“I’d like to say I’m a see-ball, get-ball player,” she said. “I like to work my game around being hard at it and hard at the footy and try and get other girls involved. “This year something different [happened] – I’ve never had a leadership role in footy before but this year being captain that was something that was a new challenge. “I really enjoyed a leadership side of it and trying to get more of a team aspect going and make sure the girls are enjoying it and learning and growing. “So as well as trying to play good footy myself, trying to get good team outcome as well.”

As for her improvements, Williamson said she is hoping to become more versatile throughout the year.

“I’d like to become more than just a midfielder, I’d like to have something else to my name,” she said. “If I can improve myself down back which is what I tried to do this year, but as being captain, I tried to take it on board that I wanted to help out the backline. “I think that’s what I’d like to see in my game that I can be an onballer and be hard at it and be good at that, but also float back in defence and try and help out my team as well.”

Last weekend, Williamson made her debut in the blue and gold, with the new Seagull wasting no time at senior level. She picked up 15 disposals, took five marks, laid nine tackles and booted a goal to be named among the best. What made it all the more sweeter – it was Williamstown’s first victory for the season, overcoming Richmond by 31 points.

“I’ve been training with them since I moved down to Melbourne, so it’s been really exciting,” Williamson said. It’s been great having that extra training in and a new team to learn and go with so I’m very excited to start with them. “They’re a great bunch of girls and I’m looking forward to playing some good footy and improving myself and hopefully some wins.”

If the first game is anything to go by, there is no doubt all of those wishes will come true.

Weekend wash-up: TAC Cup Girls – Round 9

THE TAC Cup Girls 2018 season came to an end on Saturday, with all 12 teams playing out games at RAMS Arena. The Northern Knights secured a grand final spot with a win against the Bushrangers, joining Geelong in the grand final on Saturday. The Falcons themselves as well as Dandenong got big wins on the day while the Cannons got their first win since round three. 

 

Northern Knights 6.9 (45) defeated Murray Bushrangers 1.9 (15)

By: Julia Montesano 

The Northern Knights eradicated all mathematical grand final probabilities with a 30-point win over Murray Bushrangers in the first game of the day. Although the Bushrangers applied good attacking pressure, they were plagued by inaccuracy thanks to a strong breeze at RAMS Arena. The win sees the Knights claim a grand final spot on Saturday against Geelong.

Fifteen year-old Ellie McKenzie was the star of the day for Northern. She booted three goals and was a proactive presence in the forward line. Nell Morris-Dalton, Alex Pronesti and Alyssa Bannan were the other goal kickers for the Knights. Northern also had a strong presence in the ruck with Gabby Newton and Neve O’Connor rotating throughout the day. The duo won plenty of hit-outs, allowing Knights midfielders such as Madeline Brancatisano and Abigail Bennett to display good ball-use in the convincing win.

The Bushrangers tried desperately to keep themselves in the game with relentless pressure. They were stunned when Northern got out to an early 30-point lead at quarter time but fought hard in the remaining quarters. Unfortunately, they just couldn’t convert in front of goal, demonstrated by kicking 0.7 in the last quarter. Olivia Barber was the only goal-scorer for Murray and provided a good presence around the ground. Usual suspects in the midfield, Tamara Smith, Julia Harvey and Rebecca Webster were once again the stars for Murray, with all of them having good stints in the heart of the contest.

 

Greater Western Victoria Rebels 5.8 (38) def. Oakleigh Chargers 2.1 (13)

By: Taylah Melki 

In difficult conditions the Rebels were off to a quick start, scoring the first two goals of the match. They applied a lot of defensive pressure across the ground and kept that momentum up throughout the game, winning by 25 points over the Chargers. The blustery conditions did not seem to favour either side but the Rebels made the most of it and competed hard to win the footy. On the other hand, Oakleigh struggled to match the intensity applied by the Rebels, only managing to score two majors for the match.

Sophie Molan starred for Greater Western Victoria (GWV) with her ability to win the footy at ground level and impact on the contest. She was rewarded for her hard work, slotting a goal in the second term and impressed with her footy smarts to set up her teammates.  The likes of Lauren Butler and Sophie Van De Heuvel also played important roles in the Rebels win, applying plenty of forward pressure and opening up space with their clever leads. AFLW Academy player Rene Caris starred down back for GWV, controlling the play and imposing herself on the contest.

In the last quarter, the likes of Daisy Bateman and Gemma Lagioia really lifted their intensity around the ball and tried hard to create a contest both in the air and at the ground. Alana Porter also provided some good run and carry and was clean at stoppages for the Chargers, helping to propel them forward. Meanwhile Emily Harley kick-started the Chargers’ account, bagging the first major for them in the second quarter.

 

Gippsland Power 2.6 (18) def. by Sandringham Dragons 6.6 (42)

By: Taylah Melki 

Gippsland and Sandringham came to play in the last game of the season with only three points separating them at three quarter time. Both teams were evenly poised, making for a tight tussle across the ground. The Power dominated the play in the third term but were unable to capitalise on their scoring opportunities. But the tables turned in the fourth with the Dragons coming out firing and bagging four unanswered goals to claim victory by 24 points.

The ever-reliable Tyla Hanks starred once again for the Power with her ability to turn opponents inside out and hit targets even while she’s under immense pressure. Hanks’ composure with ball in hand allowed her to set up play for teammates and create forward thrusts for Gippsland. Nikia Webber also played an important role, slotting the first goal of the match and applying plenty of pressure, while Emily Hauesler and Jazz Ferguson continued their hot form, taking big grabs and competing hard for the footy.

For the Dragons, the likes of Jemma Owen stood tall, bagging two last quarter goals within minutes of each other, showcasing her ability to read the play and hit the scoreboard. In their last quarter berth, Isabella Eddey stood up, taking charge in the forward line to score her first major of the game and get the Dragons back in front. Teammate, Eleanor Brown also starred for Sandringham with her impressive work rate across the ground and willingness to compete hard and win the footy.

 

Western Jets 1.2 (8) defeated by Geelong Falcons 9.9 (63)

By: Peter Williams 

A four goals to one first term into the breeze set minor premiers Geelong Falcons up for a comfortable win over Western Jets. Despite the wind heavily favouring the Jets in the opening quarter, it was the Falcons that put the scores on the board, led by Nina Morrison (two goals) who played exclusively forward and was dominant in the air. Caitlin Greiser kicked the Jets’ only goal of the game in the first term, but in a positive, Western restricted Geelong to just five more goals for the game, including three when the Falcons had the breeze.

Olivia Purcell put in another top performance to be best on ground, her work around the stoppages was a real highlight. Denby Taylor showed she is capable of playing up either end, while Sachi DeGiacomi booted two majors to work well with Morrison (three goals). Renee Tierney also slotted two majors, while Tarryn Love and Lucy McEvoy were others who impressed throughout the contest.

For the Jets, it was Elisabeth Georgostathis who was everywhere, producing plenty of strong tackles, including a rundown one on Purcell, and always fighting hard for the losing side. Taylah Kolevski‘s efforts in the ruck against Zoe Inei were superb, while Olivia Forsythe and Sharnie Whiting were others who stood out for Western.

 

Calder Cannons 5.2 (32) defeated Eastern Ranges 1.2 (8)

By: Peter Williams 

In what was probably considered an upset given ladder positions and form, Calder Cannons proved too good for Eastern Ranges, courtesy of a fast start. The Cannons booted three goals in the first term and then held on well against the Ranges in a dour, wet weather affair. Mikala Cann booted the Ranges’ only goal from a free kick, as Georgia Patrikios put her hat in the ring for one of the goals of the year with a snap from the boundary line in the third term. While neither side could make the Grand Final, Calder got the four points and claimed its second win of the season.

Madison Prespakis was best on ground again after a performance everyone has come to expect from the top star. She was everywhere and just dominated at ground level or in the air, booting a great goal in the first term from an intercept mark inside forward 50. Patrikios was also electric up forward, while Carla Rendelmann and Madison’s sister, Georgie Prespakis were also good in the wet. AFLW Academy member, Molly Warburton was named in the best for her work in defence.

For Eastern, Cann showed clean hands throughout the contest, while Emerson Woods produced another hard-working effort around the stoppages. Laura McClelland tried to be creative up forward and worked hard throughout the match, while Sarah Kendall put pressure on her opponents around the stoppages and down back. Co-captain, Charlotte Wilson took a few strong intercept marks in defence.

 

Dandenong Stingrays 10.8 (68) defeated Bendigo Pioneers 1.2 (8)

By: Julia Montesano 

The Dandenong Stingrays finished their season with their biggest win of the year, defeating the Bendigo Pioneers by 60 points. The rain did not seem to bother the Stingrays, who managed to kick 10 goals in the slippery conditions.

AFLW Academy forward, Courtney Jones was sensational for the Stingrays, kicking three goals and laying some strong tackles. Brooke Borchard also got three majors on the board, working in tandem with Jones to cause some headaches for the Pioneers. Regular contributors, Isabella Shannon and Jordyn Allen also got on the scoreboard. Shannon applied fantastic pressure throughout the afternoon while Allen continued to play her signatory composed style of football to get Dandenong over the line.

It was a hard slog for the Pioneers, but there was no shortage of shining lights. Midfielder Kodi Jacques was outstanding for the Pioneers, with her innate ability to clear the ball out of a stoppage. Jacques handled herself with composure during the match and used the ball extremely well. She was complemented as usual by captain, Megan Williamson who has not put a foot wrong all season. Williamson displayed hard running on the day and was a brilliant leader on the field.

Scouting notes: TAC Cup Girls- Round 9

THE 2018 TAC Cup Girls grand final has been set. The Northern Knights successfully defeated Murray Bushrangers in the first game of the day, booking themselves a grand final spot against the Falcons. But the other games throughout the day at Craigieburn were no less entertaining! 

 

Northern Knights vs. Murray Bushrangers 

By: Julia Montesano

Northern Knights:

#4 Neve O’Connor

Laid a nice tackle after her kick got smothered, displaying a good second effort. Got nice elevation in the ruck and was able to tap the ball down nicely. Attempted to take a great mark running back with the flight, but when she didn’t mark it, she laid a strong tackle to hold the ball up.

#5 Madeline Brancatisano

Did well to trap the ball on the ground and got quick hands away. The captain did that on a couple of occasions, showing that she has really good agility to bend down and get straight back up.

#18 Sarah Sansonetti

Great smother off her body which stopped a forward thrust for Murray. Tackled hard throughout the day, especially when she laid a great defensive tackle that saved a goal in the goal-square for Murray. Took a great mark in defensive 50 and stepped up her game in the second half.

#22 Britney Gutknecht

Elevated her body well to get her arms free in a tackle. Was able to take a nice mark in space but her kick got smothered by Webster’s body. Gutknecht again worked some magic in a tackle, getting a handball away while under pressure. Did well to pursue the ball on the boundary line to try and keep it in. Got a great pick-up off the deck and kicked it off one step while being tackled.

#23 Gabrielle Newton

Tapped the ball down well and came down with it swiftly to receive the quick hands from a teammate. She then kicked it into space, creating a forward thrust for Northern. Gave off two great handballs under pressure and stood tall in the tackle. Computed her weight well to gently tackle Tamara Smith, and got a holding-the-ball free kick. Newton took a great mark running back with the flight of the ball. Ended up with two holding-the-ball free kicks from strong tackles.

 

Murray Bushrangers:

#1 Julia Harvey

Got on the end of some quick hands by Millie Brown. Was a good link in the chain throughout the day and was able to showcase her speed. Harvey was a quick thinker and used the ball well, whether it was by hand or by foot. Was on the bottom of the pack plenty of times.

#17 Rebecca Webster

Read the tap well and got a nice kick away. Webster did well to follow up the kick and trap the ball after she got a handball she wasn’t expecting. Great pick-up and acceleration out of the pack. Webster was really good at reading the ball in the air and was able to bring it down to ground on plenty of occasions. Kicked nicely, smothered nicely, and tackled nicely. Produced some good run and kick off half-back. Webster excellently burst off half-back and ran well into space. She then tripped over but somehow managed to get a handball away on her knees. Good all-round performance from her. 

#19 Millie Brown

Did a good job kicking out of full-back when she was required to do so. Nice long kick around the body. Kicked it nicely inside 50, where the ball fell out the back but just went through for a behind. Read the tap well and got a good clearance away.

#22 Tamara Smith

Kicked the ball nicely inside 50 to create a scoring opportunity for Murray. Did well to break away from congestion. Never stopped trying for the Bushrangers all day, showcasing her speed and aggression in the depths of the contest.

 

Greater Western Victoria Rebels vs. Oakleigh Chargers 

By: Taylah Melki

Greater Western Victoria Rebels:

#2 Renee Saulitis

She was instrumental up forward for the Rebels, bagging two goals for the game and competing hard to win the footy in the forward 50. Saulitis applied plenty of good forward pressure and looked promising when she had the ball in hand.

#16 Lauren Butler

She showed some really good footy smarts throughout the game and helped to open up space across the field with her strong leads. Butler applied plenty of good strong tackles and showed a lot of fight to win the footy both at ground level and in the air. She took a good intercept mark and used her long penetrating kick to propel her team forward. Her clean hands in and around the contest and at stoppages were important for the Rebels.

#18 Sophie Van De Heuvel

Presented a good option up forward and constantly offered good leads. She showcased her ability to run hard and covered the ground really well for the Rebels. In difficult conditions, Van De Heuvel displayed her impressive strong kick and was quite dynamic up forward.  

 #23 Sophie Molan

Molan was a clear standout for the Rebels and worked hard all game to win the ball at the coalface. Her effort in and around the stoppages allowed her to release her teammates and open up space, creating scoring opportunities for GWV. She constantly went in hard at the stoppages and scored a goal in the second term from a free kick. Molan looked dangerous all game and really showcased her footy smarts by putting the ball into space and applying plenty of forward pressure to keep the footy trapped inside their forward 50.

#25 Georgia Clarke

Clarke was solid down back once again for the Rebels and showed great composure with ball in hand. She was a real general down back and helped to control the flow of the play in the defensive end for her side. She went down with a possible back injury and received treatment at three-quarter time but returned to the field in the final term. Clarke impressed with her ability to shut down her opponent.

#35 Rene Caris

Competed really hard in the ruck and showcased her impressive leap. Caris got her hands to plenty of the ball in the ruck and displayed some good tap downs to advantage. Her follow-up work around the ground was also important for the Rebels.

 

Oakleigh Chargers:

#2 Mimi Hill

Hill showcased her physicality, applying plenty of good tackling pressure throughout the match. She fought hard to win the ball and create opportunities for her teammates.

#11 Bridie Winbanks

Had a really consistent game but laid a really strong tackle in the third quarter that affected a shot at goal. She showed great fight for the ball and never gave up around the contest, competing hard to win the ball both in the air and at ground level.

#14 Hannah McLaren

McLaren competed hard all game for Oakleigh and was never far from the contest. She covered the ground really well and was a key player for the Chargers.

#30 Gemma Lagioia

Lagioia shone with her good tackling pressure and persistent fight to win the footy at ground level. She was really clean in and around the stoppages and showcased her footy smarts throughout the match. Her ability to read the play allowed her to take important intercepts and propel her team forward into attack. Lagioia applied plenty of good forward pressure and tried hard all game to create scoring opportunities for her teammates with her long penetrating kick into the forward 50.

#38 Daisy Bateman

In difficult and windy conditions Bateman competed hard all game to try and win the footy when it came her way. Her intensity really lifted in the final term as she showed plenty of run and carry. The full forward imposed herself on the contest and applied some good forward pressure, laying a strong tackle in the last quarter. Bateman used her speed and footy knowledge to try and break through the Rebels pressure and open up space for her teammates. 

 

Gippsland Power vs. Sandringham Dragons

By: Taylah Melki

Gippsland Power:

#6 Emily Haeusler

Haeusler showcased her strong hands for the Power, taking a few strong grabs down in defence and using her long penetrating kick to move the ball forward. Her run and carry for Gippsland was important, and she showcased her footy smarts with a clever shepherd to allow her teammate a free run at the footy.

 #8 Chandra Abrahams

Abrahams imposed herself around the ground, applying strong tackling pressure and applying an impressive smother against her opponent

#27 Nikia Webber

Webber was on fire in the opening minutes of the match, kicking the first major of the game and putting the Power in good stead. She worked hard to try and open up space and displayed her strong set of hands, taking a few big grabs. Webber showcased her versatility and clean hands to pick the ball up in difficult and windy conditions.

 #28 Tyla Hanks

Hanks continued her hot form, dazzling with her impressive evasive skills and clever footwork along the boundary line to turn her opponents inside out. She also showed great composure to be able to hit targets while under pressure. Her ability to read the play allowed her to create opportunities for teammates and help propel her team forward. Whenever Hanks had the ball in hand she seemed to have plenty of time and space to think her options through and impact the play. Hanks took a huge contested grab and her ability to create a contest even when out-numbered was invaluable for the Power.

#45 Lily Van Berkel

Van Berkel took a huge pack mark in the second quarter in blustery conditions. Her ability to read the play and her strong hands made for a good marking contest for the Power. 

 

Sandringham Dragons:

#25 Isabella Eddey

Eddey really stood up in the last quarter, scoring a huge goal to get the Dragons back in front. In testing conditions she showcased her booming and accurate kick that helped to propel her team forward. Eddey applied a lot of good forward pressure to help trap the ball inside Sandringham’s forward 50 and get repeat entries. 

#30 Eleanor Brown

Brown is a really smooth mover and covers the ground well to get herself into damaging positions. She was really good with her follow-up efforts and competed hard to win the footy, whether it be aerially or on the deck. Brown also impressed with her clean pick-ups and quick hands in and around the contest. Her speed and ability to open up space across the ground was really important in creating spread for the Dragons.  

#33 Molly Denahy Maloney

She imposed herself on the contest and covered the ground really well in wet and cold conditions. Denahy Maloney positioned herself well throughout the game and moved into damaging positions to try and create forward pressure.

#36 Jemma Owen

Owen showcased her footy smarts and ability to read the play, bagging an impressive soccer goal in the last quarter of the game. Her forward pressure lifted in the final term, scoring two majors within six minutes which helped her team secure a big win. She worked really hard throughout the game to win the footy at the coalface and was not afraid to go in and scrap for the ball.

#50 Holly Bate

Kicking into the wind, Bate missed a set shot in the second quarter but went on to make amends later in the match, slotting a goal in the dying minutes of the fourth quarter. She impressed with her strong hands and took an impressive mark at full extension in the last quarter.

 

Geelong Falcons vs. Western Jets

By: Peter Williams

Geelong Falcons:

#7 Olivia Purcell

Another top performance from the talented midfielder who enjoyed many tough one-on-one contests with the Jets midfielders. She was the dominant clearance player on the day and won the football on both the inside and outside. Purcell is able to find space where there seems to be none, and can kick out of a stoppage well.

#18 Nina Morrison

Played almost exclusively at full-forward and gave us more of a sneak peak into her versatility as a permanent forward. The wind reeked havoc on any attempt on goal, with Morrison finishing with three majors and a number of behinds as well. She was strong in the air and unbeatable on the lead, she also provided serious forward pressure and continually harassed the ball-carrier to win the football back.

#23 Lucy McEvoy

An anchor off half-back, McEvoy was always there to clean up the crumbs and propel the ball forward. A noticeable trait for the captain is her ability to weigh her kicks and take power off them to find teammates 20 metres away with a “chip” kick over the top of an opponent. She is a fierce tackler and often forces her teammates to lead or run into open space and she puts it to their advantage. A booming kick who was able to be effective going long from half-back to half-forward.

#27 Denby Taylor

Played at both ends like she did in the AFLW Academy match against Geelong. She seems to have a natural aggression at the football and is more of a marking player than a spoiling one which is why she has been able to influence up forward. A huge grab in the second term was a highlight, but she just missed the set shot. Did well with a couple of handballs to teammates in the third term.

#38 Renee Tierney

The forward played her role once again for the Falcons, kicking two goals in the match and also pushed up the ground. She won a contested ball on the wing and had the vision to handball to Stephanie Williams on the outside by putting it in front of her in space.

#39 Tarryn Love

A consistent midfielder who applies fantastic pressure on the ball carrier. For a smaller player she can roost the ball a fair way and just continually buzzes around the contest. Along with Purcell, Love was one of the best midfielders on the ground.

#42 Sachi DeGiacomi

The other permanent Falcons forward had another good day out, booting two goals and causing headaches on the lead for the opposition. Almost assisted in a goal in the second term as well but the shot was touched on the line. DeGiacomi showed good bodywork in one-on-one contests and provided a presence in attack for Geelong.

 

Western Jets:

#16 Elisabeth Georgostathis

A really impressive game from Georgostathis, whose performance is always littered with pressure acts and strong tackles. She wins free kicks from her tackling pressure, and one of her best efforts was a fantastic run-down tackle on Olivia Purcell in the second term when her opponent tried to side-step her. She was composed under pressure and able to dispose of the ball quickly, winning plenty of it throughout the game. In one instance in the third term she won a 1v2 contest when she was out-numbered and was able to clear the ball to a teammate. Really held her own against a number of AFLW Academy midfielders on the day.

#30 Isabelle Pritchard

Saw plenty of the ball down her end but showed good composure when flying for marks. In the third term she took a good contested grab and did push up the ground at times, particularly when Western was kicking with the wind. Early in the fourth term she stopped a certain goal when a couple of Falcons opponents tried to handball through the defence but her pressure was enough to cause a mistake and force a throw in on the boundary line.

#43 Caitlin Greiser

Greiser kicked Western’s first and only goal late in the opening term before heading to defence. She nailed a powerful set shot with the wind to open the Jets’ account then showed off her versatility by playing in the defensive half, most notably at full-back. In one instance of a kickout she cleared the 50 metre line with the aid of the wind in the third term, and won a one-on-one on the defensive side of the wing, protecting the ball drop area and clearing the ball with a long kick to half-forward.

 

Calder Cannons vs. Eastern Ranges

By: Peter Williams 

Calder Cannons:

#2 Felicity Theodore

A composed user of the ball, Theodore spread well across the course of the game and showed sure hands in the wet conditions with a good mark on the lead at half-back. She can take the game on at times and back herself in as well.

#3 Madison Prespakis

There is not much more that can be said about Prespakis that has not been said 1000 times before. Another best on ground performance and vintage display from the midfielder who just continues to battle hard throughout four quarters. She was a dominant player once again, and aside from working hard and kicking clear of the congestion on a number of occasions, she impacts up forward week-in, week-out. Booted an early foal from a set shot 45 metres out and assisted in more forward entries. Rarely puts a foot wrong.

#21 Georgia Patrikios

I would probably have her up there as one of the most naturally intuitive forwards going around. Every time she gets the ball inside 50, you get a sense that she could kick a clever goal and she did it again on the weekend. In the first term she got goal side of a contest and kicked a fantastic goal, but her second was one for the ages. Bucketing down at times and a heavy ball and wet ground, Patrikios managed to somehow kick a goal from the boundary line with an outside of the boot snap under pressure in which should not only be one of the highlights of the round, but highlights of the season.

#23 Grace Dicker

Talented bottom-ager who has a great blend of courage and natural talent. She won a free sliding into a contest to take a mark in the second term and moments later went back with the flight in another marking contest to impact in defence. She zipped around the ground and showed good acceleration, missed a couple of kicks with the wet ball, but just kept applying enormous amounts of defensive pressure, and applied a great spoil on a much taller opponent in the third quarter.

 

Eastern Ranges:

#3 Emerson Woods

The co-captain has put together a really consistent second half of the season and in the wet, she showed good leadership with strong hands. She wins the ball on the inside and often handballs into the path of her teammates running on the outside, directing them where to run and therefore leading by her actions. She is a quick thinker and has lightning quick hands in a stoppage. Knew to keep the ball moving and get it forward at all costs in poor conditions.

#21 Mikala Cann

A classy display in the wet with another good balance of offensive and defensive acts. Cann provided good tackling pressure and just continued to attack the contest hard throughout the four quarters. Despite the wet ball she seemed to be clean with her disposal and not flustered by the slippery conditions.

#38 Laura McClelland

Not a great day for forwards but McClelland did her best in the wet. She showed good hands out in front and in the pouring rain of the second quarter, managed to collect the ball off the deck with one swift pick-up, turned and disposed of it inside 50. She applied a good shepherd on the wing in the third term to allow her teammate to win the ball and then showed good defensive pressure inside 50 with a bone-crunching tackle.

 

Dandenong Stingrays vs. Bendigo Pioneers 

By: Julia Montesano

Dandenong Stingrays:

#1 Shelley Heath

Displayed a good quick burst out of a stoppage and delivered a nice kick inside 50. Displayed good work to hold the ball up for a stoppage and did nicely to trap the ball in a two-on-one. She won that battle as she got up on her feet first.

#3 Courtney Jones

Executed a nice wrap-around tackle, and her all-round tackling was great on the day. Jones worked hard to get the ball and when it didn’t go her way, she followed up with a second effort and created a stoppage. Took a great mark when she read the ball really well off Brooke Struylaart’s centring kick, just letting the ball go onto her chest. A highlight for me was when she had a set shot at goal. Jones dropped the ball lower on her run-up and just kicked it gently through the goal, which was smart play as she knew she couldn’t hack it because the wind would just take it. Displayed a high footy IQ in that instance. Executed a great one-two with Zoe Hill and then delivered a huge kick on the run which sailed through the goals. Jones really stepped up her game in the fourth quarter but had a good all-round performance.

#15 Jordyn Allen

Executed a great passage of play when she took a nice mark on the lead, gave off a quick handball and performed a nice one-two with a teammate. She was able to evade a tackler and gave off a quick handball on the inside to Lucy Cripps. She then evaded another tackle and got a kick away once the tackle stuck, showing great strength in the contest. Executed a great pick-up and spun her way out of trouble to kick well to a lead. Displayed excellent gut-running throughout the game, despite the trying conditions. 

 

#26 Isabella Shannon

Read the conditions well when she picked up the ball and kicked it along the ground. Executed a nice kick forward and took a great contested mark. Shannon played a good all-round game, not just inside 50 but all around the ground. Did well when she won a free kick for holding the ball, got a 50 metre penalty and scored a goal.  

#35 Lucy Cripps

For wet conditions, Cripps played the boundary line extremely well. This was shown when she displayed some nice work to keep the ball inside the boundary line and keep it alive for the Stingrays. In one instance, she got tackled but followed up well to pursue the ball. Executed a great pick-up on the boundary line and then gave off a nice quick handball to Isabella Shannon. Cripps displayed good work to follow up the ball and kept running after it after it got away from her. She did really well in one instance to shepherd the ball and got a kick into space. A highlight of Cripps’ game was when she managed to kick the ball out of the pack perfectly towards a target.

 

 

 

Bendigo Pioneers:

#19 Kodi Jacques

Jacques was outstanding for Bendigo. She displayed good hustle at the contest and good running to be involved wherever she could. Jacques fought hard for the footy and it paid off when she picked up the ball swiftly off the deck and got the ball into space. Executed a nice clearance, always seeming to find the footy. Jacques was able to get good penetration on her kicks and was rewarded through winning a couple of free kicks. Laid a good smother then did well to trap the ball to ensure it didn’t go anywhere. Executed a nice kick out of a stoppage and a nice fist over the boundary line. Did well in the heart of the contest where she got a few great clearances on the day. She read the taps perfectly and did everything she could for Bendigo. 

#20 Kate Douglass

Took a great mark in the back line and was able to follow up after missed marks. Worked really hard back there.  

#28 Megan Williamson

Displayed hard running towards the footy and was a general on-field leader. Williamson is a great role model for her teammates, always going in hard at the contest. She used the footy really well on the day and tackled hard when she needed to do so. She’s not so much a ‘wow factor’ player, but she’s certainly one that never stops working, and her efforts certainly don’t go unnoticed. 

 

Weekend previews: TAC Cup Girls – Round 9

ROUND nine marks the last game of the home and away season, making the fight for a spot in the top two hotly contested. With the Geelong Falcons securing their spot in the grand final, it is left to the Northern Knights and Sandringham Dragons to fight for second spot on the ladder. Down the other end of the table, the Jets, Cannons and Pioneers will be wanting to claim their second win of the year and end the season on a high.

NORTHERN KNIGHTS v. MURRAY BUSHRANGERS

Round 9 – Saturday 12 May, 11.15am

RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

The Knights suffered their first loss of the year and will be looking to get back into the winning books with a dominant display against the out-of-form Bushrangers. Northern will be desperate to secure their spot in the grand final and will be relying on the likes of their star players such as Maddy Brancatisano, Gabby Newton and goal-kicking machine, Alyssa Bannan to get them over the line on Saturday.  

After only managing to score a point for the whole match in their round eight clash, the Murray Bushrangers will be looking to bounce back and put on an impressive performance against the Knights. Though both teams are filled with plenty of firepower in the midfield, Murray will be boosted with the return of AFLW Academy player, Rebecca Webster, who provides plenty of run and carry through the midfield. Claudia McKimmie and Olivia Barber will also make their way back into the Bushrangers side in hope of winning their fourth game for the year.

 

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS v. OAKLEIGH CHARGERS

 Round 9- Saturday 12 May, 11.15am

RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

The Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels have won their past four games and will be hoping to bring their hot form into Saturday’s clash with the Chargers at Craigieburn. Sophie Van De Heuvel has been a machine up forward for the Rebels while the likes of Chloe Leonard have also been important across the ground for GWV.

The Oakleigh Chargers have had an up and down season but will be looking to end the year on a high note by claiming their fourth win. The Chargers have been bolstered by the inclusion of Laura Mayne and Emily Hastie, and will be relying on Daisy Bateman, who was deadly in front of goal last week.

 

GIPPSLAND POWER v. SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS

Round 9 – Saturday 12 May, 1.00pm

RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

The Gippsland Power are coming off a loss last week and will be wanting to end the season with a win. They have brought in some big-name players such as Charlize Bird and Julia Redmond in hopes to try and end Sandringham’s winning spree. The Power will be hoping that the likes of Tyla Hanks, Emily Hauesler and Jazz Ferguson continue their impressive form to help them claim the club’s fourth win of the year.

For the Sandringham Dragons, all eyes will be on the Northern Knights clash, if the Knights lose the Dragons can sneak into the top two by winning against the Power. The Dragons have been in red hot form and bring in the likes of superstars Molly Denahy MaloneyLaura Amelung and Winnie Laing to further boost their line-up, making for a hotly contested match.

 

WESTERN JETS v. GEELONG FALCONS

Round 9 – Saturday 12 May, 1.00pm

RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

The Western Jets will be hoping to cause a big upset and ruffle the feathers of the Falcons in what is set to be their last game of the 2018 season. The Jets will be looking to the likes of Caitlin Gashi, Elisabeth Georgostathis and Caitlin Greiser who starred last week to help them claim a major scalp against the undefeated Falcons.

After eight rounds the Geelong Falcons are yet to drop a game and will be looking to put out another strong performance against the eleventh-placed Jets. Geelong have been strong around the contest thanks to players like Denby Taylor down in defence along with Olivia Purcell and Nina Morrison who are not afraid to go in and win the footy. To help further strengthen their line-up going into the grand final, defender, Sarah Hungerford has been named in the 22.

 

CALDER CANNONS v. EASTERN RANGES

Round 9 – Saturday 12 May, 2.45pm

RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

The Calder Cannons are coming off a narrow loss to the Stingrays but will throw everything at the Ranges to secure their second win of the season. The Cannons have plenty of firepower across the ground with the likes of captain Madison Prespakis, Laura Cocomello and Molly Warburton consistently starring for them.

Meanwhile, the Eastern Ranges have come home hard, bagging a 46-point victory over Murray in last week’s clash. The Ranges will fall just short of making it to the grand final but have proved that they have plenty of talent with the likes of Olivia Meagher, Ashleigh Allsopp and Jess Provan standing tall for Eastern, making for an interesting clash between the two sides.

 

DANDENONG STINGRAYS v. BENDIGO PIONEERS

Round 9 – Saturday 12 May, 2.45pm

RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

Late in the season the Stingrays have found some hot form, claiming three wins on the trot, and will be hoping to add to their total. Dandenong have made a host of changes for their clash against the Pioneers with the likes of Eloise Allen-Burns and Alice O’Sullivan being named in the 22. A win against Bendigo could push the Stingrays as high as sixth place on the ladder.

On the other hand, the Pioneers would love to get a win against the Stingrays to end their year on a high and propel them up the table. They will be pleased to see the return of Jemma Finning and Maeve Tupper, while they will be hoping that Megan Williamson continues her impressive form.