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Team Selection: NAB League Girls – Round 2

TEAMS have brought in a number of talented players for Round 2 of the NAB League Girls competition as sides strive to either back up strong performances from Round 1, or hope to bounce back from losses in the opening round. Georgia Patrikios (Calder Cannons) has been named on the bench having missed the first round, while Millie Brown (Murray Bushrangers) and Molly McDonald (Dandenong Stingrays) are also back into their respective sides, certain to boost the team’s chances of victory.

After two triple headers in Round 1, the six games are spread across six different venues, from Bendigo to Ballarat, Geelong to Yarrawonga, Moorabbin to Bundoora in a chance for spectators across the state to take in some terrific football action. Below are how the 12 teams have been named for the weekend’s action.

BENDIGO PIONEERS v. EASTERN RANGES

Round 2 – 16/03/2019
12:45pm
Epsom Huntly Reserve – Bendigo

BENDIGO PIONEERS

B: 25. K. Hazlett, 36. K. Douglass, 24. S. Oliver
HB: 28. E. Gretgrix, 40. T. Slender, 46. K. Mitchell
C: 3. E. Snell, 33. B. Heiden, 1. M. Tupper
HF: 14. A. Strahan, 30. H. Stewart, 20. D. Villiva
F: 50. M. Barton, 44. J. Jolliffe, 9. T. Miaoudis
R: 37. G. Sladden, 19. J. Finning, 4. B. Hards
Int: 34. E. Cooper, 48. D. Kelly-Guthrie, 26. C. Mitchell, 41. E. Peacock

EASTERN RANGES

B: 17. M. Kendall, 51. S. Zappia, 54. E. Odria
HB: 11. M. Edwards, 49. C. Wilsmore, 1. C. Smith
C: 29. M. Di Cosmo, 39. L. McClelland, 20. J. Richardson
HF: 26. T. Brown, 41. T. Merrett, 48. I. Khoury
F: 31. S. Collard, 46. S. Gibbs, 12. M. Taverna
R: 25. J. Grace, 33. T. Flintoff, 21. O. Meagher
Int: 44. S. Bowden, 23. M. Church, 35. L. Hilton, 16. E. Horne

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS v. CALDER CANNONS

Round 2 – 16/03/2019
12:45pm
Mars Stadium – Ballarat

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS

B: 2. Z. Denahy, 16. L. Sykes, 11. L. Donegan
HB: 5. N. Butler, 27. G. Pidgeon, 12. V. Jewell
C: 13. B. Thompson, 24. S. Molan, 3. A. Trigg
HF: 29. P. Metcalfe, 34. K. Harris, 28. I. Robson
F: 6. M. Ciavarella, 23. I. Rustman, 9. R. Saulitis
R: 35. M. Caris, 10. E. Wood, 15. C. Leonard
Int: 1. L. Condon, 20. E. Friend, 21. A. Stevens, 4. K. Tomkins

CALDER CANNONS

B: 24. K. Delia, 6. K. Reid, 36. Z. Penno
HB: 32. T. Fry, 35. I. Young, 41. G. Prespakis
C: 8. Z. Friswell, 31. K. Petrevski, 3. E. Yassir
HF: 46. G. Elarmaly, 18. T. Gillard, 34. Z. Hardiman
F: 22. M. Muller, 44. I. McNeill-Wren, 2. F. Theodore
R: 49. T. Crook, 11. A. Barba, 38. L. Cocomello
Int: 1. H. Cooke, 43. C. Leahy, 25. A. Magri, 21. G. Patrikios

NORTHERN KNIGHTS v. OAKLEIGH CHARGERS

Round 2 – 17/03/2019
12:45pm
La Trobe University – Bundoora

NORTHERN KNIGHTS

B: 32. A. Snow, 2. S. Fell, 34. M. Uwland
HB: 10. P. Chisholm, 18. S. Sansonetti, 17. C. Fitzgerald
C: 6. A. Bannan, 21. E. McKenzie, 9. M. Chaplin
HF: 7. A. Bennett, 23. G. Newton, 29. T. Pulcino
F: 20. C. Linssen, 3. N. Morris-Dalton, 25. T. Mills
R: 1. J. Nelson, 14. J. Fitzgerald, 22. B. Gutknecht
Int: 11. M. Appleby, 16. Z. Flanigan, 30. M. Plunkett, 36. T. Smart
Emg: 8. G. Ceravolo, 24. J. Nursey, 26. M. Papachristos, 35. J. Simpson

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS

B: 2. M. Hill, 26. A. Micallef, 29. C. Rowbottom
HB: 33. E. Chamberlain, 12. A. Peck, 18. C. O’Malley
C: 34. G. Larkey, 17. N. Xenos, 22. J. Lin
HF: 1. G. Lagioia, 10. T. Cowan, 5. A. van Oosterwijck
F: 11. M. Bertuna, 15. C. Russell, 4. E. Harley
R: 3. K. Kearns, 8. A. Porter, 32. E. James
Int: 14. G. Byrne, 9. E. Jackson, 38. D. Lloyd, 31. S. Morley, 13. T. Morton, 21. S. Reid

GEELONG FALCONS v. GIPPSLAND POWER

Round 2 – 17/03/2019
12:45pm
Deakin University – Geelong

GEELONG FALCONS

B: 7. M. Holdsworth, 21. A. Chapman, 44. J. Robinson
HB: 16. E. Mahoney, 32. K. Haustorfer , 11. D. Smith
C: 12. L. Gardiner, 23. L. Lesosky-Hay, 28. A. Sanderson
HF: 24. M. Skinner, 8. P. Sheppard, 1. E. Vella
F: 34. S. Milsome, 39. R. Tierney, 25. L. Ryan
R: 20. S. Hovey, 38. L. McEvoy, 18. D. Moloney
Int: 14. Z. Garth, 37. A. Lee, 46. A. McKee, 4. P. Schaap
Emg: 36. M. Featherston , 6. T. Hassett, 45. T. Lewis

GIPPSLAND POWER

B: 19. H. Booth, 47. E. Williams, 7. L. Raymond
HB: 26. G. McRae, 45. M. Van Berkel, 9. M. Shaw
C: 13. H. Andrews, 8. C. Abrahams , 30. A. Rippon
HF: 2. S. Beaton, 27. N. Webber, 40. C. Robinson
F: 3. M. Gilmour, 50. G. Matser, 11. S. Walker
R: 49. G. Radford, 12. M. Fitzsimon, 17. S. Trewin
Int: 15. C. Bailey, 20. J. Chila, 16. A. Hardwick, 21. C. Prestidge
Emg: 1. S. Brisbane, 24. N. Williams

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS v. WESTERN JETS

Round 2 – 17/03/2019
12:45pm
J.C. Lowe Oval – Yarrawonga

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS

B: 24. H. Doohan, 44. M. Quade, 6. C. Hargreaves
HB: 14. C. Boschetti, 43. A. Williams, 10. S. Locke
C: 7. K. Adams, 19. M. Brown, 8. A. Favell
HF: 31. M. Trethowan, 45. O. Barber, 37. T. Verhoeven
F: 18. Z. Spencer, 34. E. McPherson, 40. K. Whitehead
R: 39. A. Morphett, 22. A. Richardson, 11. T. Brett
Int: 2. O. Antonello, 33. E. Mifka, 21. C. Styan , 27. J. Ward
Emg: 16. M. Jones, 20. S. Lang, 41. L. Sharp

WESTERN JETS

B: 19. A. Anthony, 11. K. O’Keefe, 20. T. Kolevski
HB: 1. M. Huta, 23. I. Pritchard, 15. N. Wright
C: 13. I. Grant, 9. R. Tripodi, 16. H. Herring
HF: 6. E. Kiely, 25. C. Saxon-Jones, 8. O. Millar
F: 5. I. Cavka, 26. C. Weston-Sirett, 14. L. Wright
R: 22. C. Singleton, 12. E. Quinn, 17. E. Georgostathis
Int: 10. T. Evans, 30. T. Kotoski, 24. J. Mwaka, 21. E. Robinson

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS v. DANDENONG STINGRAYS

Round 2 – 17/03/2019
1:00pm
RSEA Park – Moorabbin

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS

B: 57. C. Bowen, 24. N. Borg, 44. D. Walker
HB: 38. G. Strangio, 25. S. Hartwig, 7. R. Woods
C: 42. M. Purcell, 17. B. Arnold, 26. C. Saultry
HF: 33. I. Eddey, 2. S. Rothfield, 40. A. Moloney
F: 65. E. Angelopoulos, 1. M. Denahy Maloney, 29. I. Stutt
R: 13. T. Grasso, 22. E. McNamara, 28. A. Burke
Int: 15. C. Cody, 30. W. Laing, 21. E. Turner , 58. T. Tysoe
Emg: 47. K. Lynch, 3. C. Murphy, 50. P. Staltari

DANDENONG STINGRAYS

B: 14. L. Grocock, 51. Z. Hill, 17. M. Layfield
HB: 32. J. Radford, 50. A. Nagtzaam, 31. B. Vernon
C: 21. G. Hodder, 28. T. Smith, 10. A. Jordan
HF: 48. A. Carroll, 24. A. Liddle, 20. P. Wilson-Macdonald
F: 2. S. Stratton, 49. K. McKenzie, 55. H. Thomas
R: 58. G. Howes, 12. M. McDonald, 26. I. Shannon
Int: 40. R. Clancy – Dillon, 23. D. Fennell, 4. J. Guy-Toogood, 53. O. Mauerhofer, 34. A. Richards

NAB League season preview: Bendigo Pioneers

AN ADDITIONAL training base, renewed optimism and fresh opportunities headline a successful off-season for the Bendigo Pioneers. The club with the largest land mass in the competition is ready and raring to go in season 2019, after a number of top-agers impressed as bottom-agers last season. Talent Manager Stephen Sharp said he was optimistic about the year ahead.

“We had a reasonably strong 17-year-old group last year who are obviously now top-age,” he said. “We think we’ve got some good prospects, and getting access to all our kids together would be a dream for us, to be able to have them all train together and play together because we think that would be able to help our performances. “Not mentioning wins because it’s not the focus of the program. “We’re pretty excited, but we do get access to most of them.”

While some of the Pioneers top prospects, Brodie Kemp and Thomson Dow will board at Geelong Grammar, Bendigo will have access to them in the first few rounds and late in the season. It will boost the Pioneers, who Sharp said have a number of raw potential draft prospects for the 2019 season.

“(Kemp) would be one of the top prospects,” Sharp said. “There’s himself, there’s Thomson Dow, there’s Flynn Perez who’s out with an ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) for the year, he’s had an ACL reconstruction so he won’t play any footy, but he’ll get himself ready for the combine. “He’s a real leader. “There’s James Schischka, there’s Aaron Gundry who’s about 200cm. “We’ve got Matt Hird who’s a developing tall who’s had a bit of injury interruption, he’s 203cm, he ran in the state trials of 800, 1500m for his school in NSW, he lives in Barham. “We’ve got some raw talent up there. “Braydon Vaz is another key forward/defender, hybrid sort of player. “Cooper Vick, we’ve got some good talent at the top end. We think we’ve got a handful, whether that be five, it could be one.”

Sharp said the 2019 draft crop had the potential to emulate that of the 2017 crop which saw Paddy Dow, Lochie O’Brien, Angus Schumacher (all Carlton), Jarrod Brander (West Coast), Brent Daniels (GWS GIANTS) and Kane Farrell (Port Adelaide) all land at AFL clubs.

“We think there’s good prospects this year, not too dissimilar to 2017,” he said. “We were a bit lean last year, we thought we might get two. “We thought Jacob Atley might have gone, and he was pretty close, I think Essendon were keen to take him. “He’s been contracted to their VFL. “Obviously Jye Caldwell went to GWS at 11. “But we think there could be three or four.

“We’re happy with the way the program is progressing. “We’ve had 14 players drafted in the past four years, just under four a year. “If you can get another four this year, that keeps that consistency up there which is really good. That sends a good message to the kids in our region, if you come into our region you can get drafted.”

With the Bendigo region stretching up to both the New South Wales and South Australian borders, the Pioneers network stretches across the north west of the state. While the region is large, it provides its own challenges with travel a staple of Pioneers players routines. Sharp was excited to announce a fourth training base to reduce travel over the off-season.

“I think it’s ticking along well,” Sharp said. “We’ve got some really good staff, we’ve opened up a Moama training base this year so we’ve got four regional centres, so we’ve got Bendigo, Moama, Swan Hill and Mildura who train from November through to nearly the end of February. “Purely because of the size of the region we can’t get everyone together. “In saying that we do have our testing down here in Bendigo at the end of December and had some trial games in early February, which is always good to get the kids together when we can.”

In 2019, the new-look NAB League features interstate sides once again, and brings back memories for Sharp, who recalls a time when non-Victorian sides were a regular fixture on the then-TAC Cup calendar. Sharp said Tasmania being a full-time side was particularly exciting for the competition and the Pioneers program.

“It’s exciting for us because I was involved many years ago with the NSW/ACT Rams when we were in Canberra,” he said. “The (Tasmania) Mariners and the Rams were a part of the normal fixturing back in that 96 (1996) through to the early 2000s. “So we’re excited by that prospect because we played Tassie in Tassie in 2015 in May, and we play them twice this year.”

Sharp said the club was excited to both travel down to Tasmania in July, and welcome the Devils to Queen Elizabeth Oval in May.

“It’s a good opportunity for the kids to get away and stay overnight, so we’re looking forward to playing Tassie,” he said. “Particularly with them coming here adds a bit more profile to our program with an interstate team coming here.”

With an exciting batch of raw talents in 2019, Sharp said spectators could expect the Pioneers to play an exciting brand of football to give themselves the best chance of being drafted, while maintaining accountability.

“I think that’s a philosopy of our program,” he said. “We’ve got to showcase the kids’ talents; defensive mindset and accountability when need be, but you’ve got to get the footy and take the game on and showcase what you’ve got because it is that sort of program, so Rick’s got a really simple game style. “We’re working his coaching principles around teaching the fundamentals, your clean ground ball, your kicking skills, your handballing, your marking, your decision making, all that simple stuff is a real strong focus of his coaching. Whether he’s coaching groups or throughout our region, you can get caught up in structures of the game, gameplans and setups and all that, but if you can’t execute it… you could have the best gameplan in the world couldn’t you? We thought we’d keep it pretty simple.”

The Bendigo Pioneers begin their season on Sunday, March 24 against Geelong Falcons at Central Reserve, Colac.

U18 Girls season preview: Bendigo Pioneers

AFTER a strong start to the 2018 TAC Cup Girls season by defeating the Western Jets in Round 1, Bendigo Pioneers were unable to capitalise for the rest of the season as they failed to register another win. However there were still positives to take from the season, with Pioneers’ Talent Manger Steve Sharp highlighting the fact they were able to get games into bottom-agers and 16 year olds.

“That was a good positive start to the season, it’s hard yards if you don’t get any positive stuff until later in the season, you’re sort of dragging the chain because you lose interest so the engagement levels were up,” he said. “It’s all learning for the girls and particularly with the infancy of the competition it’s just getting their teeth into it and starting to get some development through.”

There were no Pioneers players drafted in 2018, though Sharp notes that coming from a smaller area means the talent pool is not necessarily comparable to the metropolitan areas where talent is in abundance.

“We’re still a bit depleted as far as our depth goes and our numbers across the board, we’re probably similar to Gippsland where we both don’t have a huge talent pool compared to metropolitan areas where they have a lot of girls to pick from,” he said.

Despite the lack of players drafted to the AFLW, Sharp says Pioneers 2018 top agers, Kody Jacques and Megan Williamson, who played in the Victorian Football League Women’s (VFLW) competition, gained valuable experience that could give them further opportunities to break into AFLW in 2019.

“ I think Kody might be doing it (VFLW) at Richmond,” he said. “I think Megan will stay at Williamstown, she was happy there and she played really well there. “Though I suppose Williamstown aren’t going to have an AFLW side, but Richmond are in 2020, so I would say she would be on the radar there I would think. “Kody certainly is a beautiful kick of the footy, so she just needs to understand that she needs to get into that environment where she is living it and breathing it. I think she’ll put herself in a good position.”

The Pioneers took on the Murray Bushrangers in a practice match in Shepparton in the weeks prior to the season, beating the Bushrangers in a ten goals to five game.

“The practice match on the weekend – if that’s any indication we think we improved a bit… It was a ten goals to five game, so that’s a positive indicator, but that was one game,” he said. “You just don’t know where the girls will be at.”

Looking ahead to the 2019 season, Sharp says that player development is key, with a lot to look forward to. An increased number on the playing list is a change from 2018, while development of the playing list has been adapted to cater for what the AFLW may need in coming years to make the players as draftable as possible.

“We’re pretty happy, we think there has been a bit of development with some of these girls over the summer,” he said. “We haven’t had to do a lot of cuts to our list this year and even similarly last year we had an even smaller list of about 40 so we’ve increased it to about 50 this year just to make sure that we have enough numbers for our futures games. “We didn’t have a lot of top end, top age girls last year, we sort of concentrated and we’ve developed our list based on talent irrespective of their age.

“We can sit and go through all the theories, you speculate on how the individuals might develop and where they might be placed from a drafting point of view, then you’ve got to pull the whole team together to play a team game, but we’re hopeful. “It changes every day in the women’s space, particularly with the different styles of body composition. “I suppose they’re looking for more of that athletic running profile toward more of what the AFLW was like in the first year, so I think there is going to be a lot more emergence of these young girls coming through.”

Sharp said the Pioneers have some good young talent coming through, with versatility and skill off the boot key features of the squad in 2019.

“We just recently nominated some girls for the initial clubs for Vic Country, so for the powers at be to have a look at,” he said. Kate Douglass would be one of those girls, she’s 18 this year and is a key defender but can play forward, she’s a beautiful kick of the footy, left footer, so we’re looking for some good things from her this year. “We did push her forward, you want it in her hands from within 40, no one else. So you’ve got to play people in positions while we don’t have the depth to play two of them.

“We have a younger girl that will probably play half-back this year and probably go forward, Tara Slender. “She’ll be 17 in November, key forward or key back, pretty smart player and is a beautiful kick of the footy, good intercept mark and quite tall. “Tara is a really good player and Kate is just a really beautiful kick of the footy. “We see some further opportunities for Kate and I think we have a bit more depth this year, so Kate won’t necessarily have to shoulder all a lot of that, she’s a year older too, so she might be more mature to do that. She’s a good kid, she’s got a bit of a cricket background, regional sort of cricket person, so she’d certainly be one.

“We’ve got Jemma (Finning) – she’s a good young midfielder or half-back player, she turned 17 in March, she’s a really good kid. “We’ve got a girl by the name of Brooke Hards, she’s a 17-year-old in February, she’s a midfielder – a real hard-running player, she’d be the best performed athlete in our program we think. “She’d be under eight minutes or low sevens in regards to her 2km stuff so she’d show up some of the boys, so we’re looking for some exciting things from her. “There’s another young girl, hardly played any footy – Annabel Strahan, been a netballer or basketballer but she’s got some really raw talent and she’d played really well against Murray last week, that’s the first real opportunity I’ve gotten to see her play and she was really excellent. Then Elizabeth Snell, she’s another March birthday, good running midfield or half-forward but she’s got some real plusses in her game, she’s got some real attributes so we think she’ll be a good player for us.”

When it comes to the Pioneers, it is hard to ignore the distances these girls travel to give themselves opportunities in football.

“They’ve got no choice, our girls,” Sharp said. “I think we’ll have possibly six that are on the list that come from Sunraysia, Mildura and it’s four-and-a-half hours here, then you’ve got another two hours to Melbourne so they’ve really got no choice. “I think they’re conditioned to the travel earlier than just the playing footy bit because they’ve always had to travel to go to Melbourne to do things so we don’t have the privilege to just come in three nights a week and train from half an hour or forty minutes away. “These kids aren’t getting home until half past ten at night from training and have to go to school the next morning, it’s just the way it is – they’re a bit more resilient I think.

Maddie Baldwin, a girl from Cohuna, played Vic Country U16 and played really well. “She’s coming back from a bit of an injury, she had a meniscus issue with her knee. “So she’s not quite there yet, but maybe in the latter part of the season, so we hope that she will show some and get an opportunity to play free and show her ability,” he said. “There’s another girl, Hannah Stewart. Hannah’s a girl from Hay sort of up on the Murrumbidgi River about 3 hours from here (Bendigo), so that’s where she lives with about 3000 people. She set the standard in the Swan Hill training base because she comes across from Hay – she’s going to battle to get to training a bit, she might do her own training and get down every two or three weeks to train. she might play NSW, I don’t know what their spots and squads look like but she played on the weekend and was really impressive, beautiful kick of the footy, good mark, played centre half forward for us. She’s good athletically, ran an 8 minute or under 2km time trial on Monday which is pretty good. But she’s a pretty exciting prospect.”

Jordyn (Jollis) is coming back, but we’re watching her slowly. “She was All-Australian Under 16 so she’s got a bit of talent, but again, she’s on the Murrumbidgi River in Balranald and that’s probably still three hours away. “She’s a 19-year-old, she’s been approved because she was part of the GWS Academy – she’s certainly not match-fit at the moment because she’s had a back issue but she’s in pretty good nick, she plays netball and that now and she’s been doing conditioning to get her fitter, she’s got to get through that next stage. But we’re hopeful, we’ll probably play her deep forward early to build her up a bit to play in other spots.

“The girls need to understand that you do have to play a defensive role when the opposition have got the footy, but it is a development program and we want to showcase their skills so it’s about if you want to take the game on and you want to try run-and-bouncing, we’re going to encourage that. Take the game on and show us what you got, really. “There’s an accountability to your opponents that the girls have to learn, but we think we’ve got some girls there that we think will showcase a bit. “Show your skills and take the game on and don’t worry about making any mistakes, let’s just try and develop your game.”

The Bendigo Pioneers will take on the Eastern Ranges in Round 1 of the Under 18 Girls Competition at RAMS Arena in Craigieburn on March 2.

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.