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Team Selection: VFLW – Round 11

THERE are changes galore in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition with plenty of ins and outs, beginning with the Williamstown and Western Bulldogs clash on Saturday morning. Many TAC Cup Girls return to the fold, or make their debuts in what should be a fantastic weekend for future AFL Women’s talent in Victoria.

Williamstown vs Western Bulldogs

Saturday July 21, 11:30am
Williamstown Football Ground, Williamstown

The Seagulls will welcome back six players, including strong forward Sophie Van De Heuvel who returns from Vic Country commitments. Lauren Suleiman, Kayla Koropeckyj, Anna Saxton, Rebecca Dardengo and Sharni Dixon have also been named in the mix.

The Dogs have also made plenty of changes this week, with six ins. They have injected lots of extra talent into their line up for this weekend, welcoming back AFLW stars, Angelica Gogos and Brooke Lochland. They will replace the AFLW experienced duo who have been brought to the sidelines this week in Ashleigh Guest and Tiarna Ernst. Greater Western Victoria Rebels captain, Lauren Butler, Elise Muller and Brittany Wunhym have also been named in. Western Jet, Lauren Basto is the final change for the Dogs in Round 11 and she will make her debut in the red, blue and white when she comes on as the 23rd person.

Williamstown

B: 8. C. Portelli, 31. J. Cranny, 34. J. Reid
HB: 1. R. Dardengo, 10. B. Hateley, 19. E. Meade
C: 30. A.  Melnikas, 17. S.  Chapman, 27. L.  Suleiman
HF: 16. A. Cameron, 6. S. Cross, 28. J. Rowe
F: 29. K. Koropeckyj, 9. R. Achampong, 4. E. Paterno
R: 20. S. Seabrook, 33. S. Van De Heuvel, 35. J. Bruton
Int: 21. S. Dixon, 24. A. Saxton, 11. K. Smith, 13. N. Wallace
Emg: 23. J. Bartolo, 12. G. Harris, 3. S. Murphy-Burke, 32. B. Stevens
23P: 39. S. Whiting

In: L. Suleiman, S. Dixon, K. Koropeckyj, S. Van De Heuvel, A. Saxton, R. Dardengo
Out: I. Porter,  M. Williamson,  J. Duffin,  K. Raymundo,  M. Lowe

Western Bulldogs

B: 9. T. Dinuccio, 42. N. Paul, 37. B. Wunhym
HB: 15. R. Ashley, 14. E. Gamble, 18. E. Birch
C: 29. J.  Davies, 10. S.  Jolly, 27. E.  Muller
HF: 7. D. Berry , 1. B. Lochland, 13. L. Butler
F: 2. E. Blackburn, 32. A. Mifsud, 41. A. Scott
R: 47. N. McMahon, 36. A. Gogos , 16. N. Ferres
Int: 25. R. Gastin, 40. N. Gills, 21. B. Hunt, 30. A. Tessari
Emg: 38. C. O’Brien, 26. S. Walmsley
23P: 50. L. Basto

In: E. Muller, L. Butler, B. Lochland, A. Gogos , B. Wunhym, L. Basto
Out: S. Ruedin, A. Guest, M. Ward, R. Martinuzzo, T. Ernst

 

Darebin vs Essendon

Saturday July 21, 12pm
Bill Lawry Oval, Northcote

Also making a handful of changes this week is Darebin, who will take on Essendon in Round 11 after a disappointing loss to the Northern Territory Thunder last week. They will head into the match without influential players Nat Exon and Aasta O’Connor. However, this lack of AFLW experience has been reimbursed by the likes of Lily Mithen and Jessica Dal Pos. Impactful defender, Grace Egan and forward, Kate Shierlaw have also been named in. Northern Knights junior, Marnie Jarvis will come in as the 23rd person, making her debut for Darebin.

Essendon have only made three changes ahead of their round 11 match up. The teenage trio of Molly Warburton, Danielle Ponter and Carla Rendelmann have each been named to take on Darebin while Aysha Ward and Bridie Winbanks have been named out. Despite Warburton, Ponter and Rendelmann’s ages, their tenacity and skill is well beyond their years which they will have the opportunity to prove this week when they search for Essendon’s second win.

Darebin

B: 31. E. Gardner, 10. G. Lawson-Tavan, 21. K. Roe
HB: 32. G. Colvin, 14. M. McDonald, 49. R. Hibbert
C: 15. A.  Lister, 9. M.  Eastman, 11. K.  Tyndall
HF: 12. J. Dal Pos, 26. T. Olcorn, 13. K. Shierlaw
F: 44. S. Fairchild, 45. N. Deiter, 43. H. Mouncey
R: 40. L. Pearce, 30. E. O’Dea, 7. L. Mithen
Int: 34. S. Egan, 1. E. Honybun, 48. L. Jacobs, 24. B. Patterson
Emg: 37. J. Bertoni, 2. N. Callinan, 28. A. Morrow, 46. L. Szigeti|
23P: 39. M. Jarvis

In: K. Shierlaw, L. Mithen, L. Szigeti, J. Dal Pos, M. Jarvis, N. Callinan, S. Egan, J. Bertoni
Out: S. Simpson,  A. O’Connor,  N. Exon,  C. Delbridge

Essendon

B: 25. R. Neaves, 17. T. Hetherington, 5. M. Warburton
HB: 20. J. Anwyl, 7. K. Hicks, 27. A. Morcom
C: 46. C.  Ugle, 22. N.  MacDonald, 9. L.  Williams
HF: 18. K. Heil, 6. A. Quigley, 35. V. Moreau
F: 3. M. DeMatteo, 16. L. Morecroft, 32. T. Mackrill
R: 30. S. Nalder, 8. H. Bullas, 44. M. Collier
Int: 15. L. Caruso, 4. N. Hardy, 43. D. Ponter, 1. J. Trend
Emg: 45. E. Flack, 40. G. Golds, 12. B. Kearney, 37. I. Malliaras
23P: 36. C. Rendelmann

In: M. Warburton, B. Kearney, I. Malliaras, D. Ponter, G. Golds, C. Rendelmann
Out: A. Ward, B. Winbanks

 

Richmond vs NT Thunder

Saturday July 21, 12pm
Swinburne Centre, Richmond

Richmond will take on the Northern Territory Thunder this weekend from the Swinburne Centre. In preparation for the game, the Tigers have made four key changes. Trish Muller and Phoebe Monahan have been welcomed back to the starting 22 this week alongside two new faces, Jacqueline Radnell and Ruby Edmeades. Radnell is an exciting prospect for the Tigers, proven by her recent accolade for best on ground playing for the Central Victorian Football League Women’s representative team.

In their second consecutive away game, the Northern Territory Thunder have rested players. This has allowed for the inclusion of four debutants for their round 11 side. Ebony Miller, Madeline Keeble, and Stevie-Lee Thompson, all based in Alice Springs and Darwin are set to debut, as well as Rheanne Lugg who is based in Adelaide. PINT junior, Keeble’s speed and aggression paired with  Miller’s ruck skill, and Thompson and Lugg’s AFLW experience is sure to give the Thunder an edge this weekend. Eloise Jones, Emma Swanson and Deni Varnhagen will also join the squad this week after being rested.

Richmond

B: 84. L. Bieniara, 63. J. Graham, 69. E. Burry
HB: 83. J. Gardner, 73. L. Davie, 64. E. Gunn
C: 60. K.  Dempsey, 89. G.  Deller, 75. B.  Lynch
HF: 80. J. Louttit, 71. R. Edmeades, 55. C. Wakefield
F: 82. G. Bibby, 90. S. Damon, 72. J. Radnell
R: 62. T. Muller, 59. A. Woodward, 52. J. Kennedy
Int: 54. L. Bailey, 53. K. Dixon, 88. P. Monahan, 76. E. Ross
Emg: 85. N. Clarke, 61. J. Colwell, 81. E. George, 79. L. Tesoriero
23P: 67. N. Bamblett

In: T. Muller, J. Colwell, R. Edmeades, J. Radnell, E. George, N. Clarke, P. Monahan
Out: J. Hocking,  G. Egan,  A. Edmonds

NT Thunder

B: 9. L. Jeffrey, 10. S. Barnett, 13. L. Roberts
HB: 16. S. Armitstead, 42. G. Cusack, 53. S. Thompson
C: 2. E.  Jones, 40. D.  Varnhagen, 32. K.  Streader
HF: 4. S. Nalder, 29. M. Rajcic, 31. J. Sedunary
F: 11. J. Hickey, 26. A. Holmes, 17. E. Swanson
R: 20. J. Hewett, 28. R. Forth, 52. E. Marinoff
Int: 38. M. Keeble, 54. R. Lugg, 23. E. Miller, 7. L. O’Shea
Emg: 12. J. Anderson, 36. M. Ellis, 18. T. Holtze, 5. M. Roberts
23P: 46. S. Bishop

In: M. Ellis, R. Lugg, T. Holtze, D. Varnhagen, M. Keeble, S. Thompson , E. Jones, E. Miller, E. Swanson, J. Anderson, M. Roberts
Out: T. Thorn, J. Mules, C. Cramey, S. Riley, K. Duggan, G. Bevan, A. Foley

 

Geelong vs Casey

Saturday July 21, 1pm
Queens Park, Highton

After a big win last week against the Southern Saints, the Geelong Cats have made few changes to their round 11 side. The Cats will be thrilled to welcome back Melbourne listed AFLW player, Anna Teague after she missed last weeks game. Also coming in are GWV Rebels and Vic Country key defender Georgia Clarke for her second game, and former basketballer Cortney Williamson.

Coming off a win as well, the Casey Demons have only made three changes ahead of their round 11 game. Melbourne listed AFLW player, Claudia Whitfort has been brought into the starting 22 alongside Stacey Poke. Defender Emily Haeusler from Gippsland Power comes in as the 23rd person and will be making her debut for the Demons. On the other hand, Darcy Guttridge and Bianca Jakobsson have been called to the sidelines.

Geelong Cats

B: 26. R. Pearce, 44. R. Goring, 40. A. Teague
HB: 25. E. Coventry, 24. M. McMahon, 34. A. McDonald
C: 4. C.  Blakeway, 45. M.  Keryk, 3. H.  Burchell
HF: 5. J. Ivey, 2. D. Orr, 33. H. Trevean
F: 7. M. Clifford, 6. M. Boyd, 8. K. Darby
R: 46. E. Hoare, 13. M. Fogas, 30. R. Cranston
Int: 54. G. Clarke, 53. T. Love, 17. H. Mangan, 19. E. Ramsay
Emg: 23. I. Currenti, 11. M. Klingbeil , 10. L. Taylor, 35. K. Woodroffe
23P: 51. C. Williamson

In: A. Teague, G. Clarke, C. Williamson

Casey Demons

B: 31. H. Bailey, 27. A. Harrison, 9. A. Johnson
HB: 2. A. Newman, 29. E. Zanker , 25. M. Shevlin
C: 48. S.  Fyfield, 3. R.  Clayton, 20. C.  Whitfort
HF: 16. C. Sherriff, 18. K. Bentvelzen , 26. S. Sloane
F: 22. K. Guttridge, 37. L. Lowerson, 14. T. Orgill
R: 41. T. Mesiti, 13. K. Smith, 6. A. McDonough
Int: 1. R. Guglielmino, 47. M. Hogg, 15. S. Phillips, 8. M. Tatham
Emg: 10. K. Hore, 12. G. McLean, 5. S. Poke, 32. J. Turner
23P: 46. E. Haeusler

In: S. Poke, C. Whitfort, R. Guglielmino, E. Haeusler
Out: D. Guttridge, B. Jakobsson

 

Carlton vs Collingwood

Sunday, July 22, 12pm
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

Classic rivals go head-to-head in Round 11 and each side has made team changes to fit. Carlton, coming off a win last week, has brought in five players including two debutants. Small forward, Georgia Gee will pull on the navy-blue jumper for the first time. Tara Morgan will also make her debut after moving from the Western Bulldogs. They will be joined by young Blues, Tyla Hanks and Madeline Brancatisano who return from their successful endeavours in the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships where Hanks was named in the Under 18 All Australian squad. Powerhouse, Darcy Vescio will be missing this week’s clash and, in her place, AFLW player, Bridie Kennedy will re-inject some experience to the line-up.

All Collingwood players will be rearing to get back on the field after their bye last week. The Pies have made eight changes to their squad, bringing in plenty of AFLW talent in Sophie Casey, Brittany Bonnici and Nicole Hildebrand. Katelyn Lee, Stacey Livingstone, Sophie Alexander, Paige Nash and Erica Fowler have also been named in.

Carlton

B: 22. G. Fisher, 51. T. Hanks, 6. G. Pound
HB: 34. A. Chuot, 5. D. Pedersen, 37. B. Schultz
C: 55. C.  Dalton, 19. G.  Gee, 18. T.  Lucas-Rodd
HF: 23. B. Kennedy, 36. C. Moody, 90. B. Walker
F: 20. C. Bromage, 40. K. Harvey, 10. S. Hosking
R: 42. C. Hardeman, 27. K. Cox, 32. N. Plane
Int: 8. M. Brancatisano, 82. N. Burns, 41. K. Cunico, 66. O. Vesely
23P: 13. M. Suzuki

In: G. Gee, T. Hanks, T. Lucas-Rodd, M. Brancatisano, B. Kennedy
Out: R. Hicks,  J. Borg

Collingwood

B: 52. N. Hales, 72. K. Lee, 12. S. Livingstone
HB: 22. S. Casey, 18. R. Schleicher, 21. I. Ross
C: 50. G.  Buchan, 47. J.  Edwards, 99. S.  Marsh
HF: 49. S. Alexander, 73. G. Biedenweg-Webster, 8. B. Bonnici
F: 77. C. Leighton, 75. E. Fowler, 2. C. Molloy
R: 11. E. Hynes, 5. E. Grant, 4. S. D’Arcy
Int: 53. R. Grant, 3. N. Hildebrand, 63. P. Nash, 41. K. Stratton
Emg: 81. B. Jones, 92. S. King, 62. E. Korteman, 90. C. Rooks
23P: 57. J. Ferguson

 

Southern Saints vs Melbourne Uni

Sunday, July 22, 3pm
SkyBus Stadium, Frankston

The Southern Saints are coming off a big loss last week and have made lots of changes which are sure to alter their Round 11 dynamic. AFLW stars, Alison Brown and Lauren Arnell come back into the side this week alongside Isabel Quintal, Eleanor Brown, Gabriella De Angelis and Charlotte Wilson. Dandenong Stingrays junior, Courtney Jones has been named as the 23rd person.

Melbourne Uni have also made a number of changes after a narrow loss to Hawthorn last weekend. Airlie Runnalls, Kira Price, Millie Shone, Aisling Tupper and Mietta McDonald have been named in the mix. Adding some experience and leadership to the side, Melbourne Uni have also named Vic Metro captain, Madison Prespakis and North Melbourne AFLW recruit, Sophie Abbatangelo. Rebecca Webster has been named as the 23rd person after impressing at the AFLW under-18 titles.

Southern Saints

B: 14. I. Quintal, 23. J. Rolland, 30. C. Wilson
HB: 17. L. Olsen, 38. S. Karlson, 19. A. Silver
C: 39. E.  Brown, 33. J.  Owen, 4. G.  Ricardo
HF: 10. L. Arnell, 15. T. Bohanna, 24. K. Ripari
F: 35. G. De Angelis, 13. C. Munn, 21. D. Lawrence
R: 28. R. Watt, 8. A. Drennan, 32. S. Johnson
Int: 49. A. Allsopp, 2. A. Brown, 12. J. Hull, 40. M. Maitland
Emg: 11. T. Annear, 45. S. Binder, 36. S. Bolding, 37. T. Gordon
23P: 42. C. Jones

In: A. Brown, I. Quintal, T. Annear, L. Arnell, E. Brown, S. Binder, G. De Angelis, C. Jones, C. Wilson
Out: L. Attard,  M. Macdonald,  S. Casey,  B. Hanrahan,  D. Smith

Melbourne Uni

B: 17. E. Hay, 29. K. Klatt, 6. E. Keaney
HB: 19. L. Ahrens, 31. D. Hardiman, 12. M. Cantwell
C: 22. D.  Edward, 18. A.  Tupper, 44. A.  Runnalls
HF: 1. S. Abbatangelo, 26. C. Greiser, 45. M. McDonald
F: 38. K. Angelis, 9. K. Price, 48. M. Prespakis
R: 8. C. Fitzpatrick, 2. H. Ibrahim, 7. A. Riddell
Int: 20. L. Belza, 13. R. Green, 34. A. Price, 35. M. Shone
Emg: 33. C. Adams, 11. P. Cordes, 43. L. Munday, 24. S. Wilson
23P: 21. R. Webster

In: A. Runnalls, S. Abbatangelo, C. Adams, A. Price, R. Webster, M. Shone, A. Tupper, M. Prespakis, M. McDonald
Out: K. Gillespie-Jones, S. De Bortoli, K. Ashmore, E. Humphries, J. Grierson

 

BYE – HAWTHORN

Weekend previews: VFLW – Round 10

WITH the end of the season nearing and ladder positions becoming increasingly important, all clubs will be looking to secure another win. The Magpies have continued their impressive ways, yet to drop a game this season and have a well-earned rest, while the Falcons will be looking to bounce back and redeem their Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s campaign.

 

Darebin vs. NT Thunder

Saturday July 14, Preston City Oval, 12:00PM

After suffering a big loss in the previous round, Darebin will be hoping to join the winners list. The Falcons struggled to hit the scoreboard, only slotting two goals for the game and will be wanting their stars such as Elise O’Dea, Nat Exon and Meghan McDonald to stand up for them once again. They were influential across the ground, applying plenty of pressure and racking up a number of touches. But Darebin will need more of a team performance to bring down the Thunder, who have been firing on all cylinders. With six wins under their belt, the Thunder will be wanting to secure their spot in the top four with another dominant performance. In round nine’s outing, Jessica Sedunary wreaked havoc up forward with four goals between them and will be aiming to bring that same accuracy and intensity. The likes of Emma Swanson and Jasmyn Hewett were also influential for NT, making for a very hotly contested battle across the ground.

 

Geelong vs. Southern Saints

Saturday July 14, Deakin University, 1:00PM

Both Geelong and the Southern Saints have had an up and down season so far and will be fighting hard to get some consistency. After a disappointing loss in round nine, the Cats will want to put out an impressive four quarter performance. Geelong will be relying on Richelle Cranston’s ability to go in hard and win the contested footy, while Rebecca Goring has also been in hot form in recent weeks.  The Southern Saints are coming off a loss, but have shown some good signs over the past dew rounds. The likes of young gun Ashleigh Allsopp impressed, while experienced player Lauren Arnell found plenty of the footy.  

 

Carlton vs. Williamstown

Sunday July 15, Ikon Park, 11:30AM

The Blues have struggled this season, only managing two wins, but a victory over Williamstown could help to keep them off the bottom of the ladder. A shining light for the side has been Darcy Vescio, who is sitting third in the leading goal kickers. Vescio has been running hot since returning, scoring nine goals in four games and will be hoping to continue her impressive form. Her teammates such as Kristi Harvey and Katelyn Cox have also been instrumental and will play a major role in trying to secure Carlton’s third win of the year. On the other hand, the Seagulls will want to prove themselves after coming off four straight losses. Experienced players such as Jess Duffin and Jenna Bruton will need to stand up once again if the Seagulls are any chance to secure their second win.

Western Bulldogs v. Essendon

Sunday July 15, Henry Turner Reserve, 1:00PM

Essendon will be going into this round 10 match up with their tails up after securing their first win of the season. But the Western Bulldogs will be looking to dampen Essendon’s season and increase their chances of playing in the finals. Currently, the Bombers have only managed one win for the season and with the Dogs coming off an impressive win, they could be in for some more hardship. The Bulldogs have plenty of star players such as Ellie Blackburn and Naomi Ferres who can really open the game up and provide some good run and carry, which will make it hard for the Bombers. For the Dons, they will be wanting to wriggle off the bottom of the table and claim another big scalp. Monique Dematteo starred last week bagging two goals while Maddy Collier impressed with her tackling pressure and kicking efficiency, and will be hoping to keep that form going.

 

Melbourne University v. Hawthorn

Sunday July 15, Melbourne Uni Main Oval, 2:30PM

Hawthorn is in hot form, sitting pretty in second position on the ladder and will be looking to make it five straight wins on Sunday. The Hawks have been in ominous form with the likes of Rebecca Beeson and Jayde Van Dyk firing. Their cleanliness around the contest and ability to hit up a target has been important for the brown and gold and they will be looking to maintain that form. Meanwhile for Melbourne Uni, youngster Caitlin Greiser has stood out, slotting three goals and proving how damaging she can be up forward. Teammates such as Kaitlyn Ashmore and Emma Kearney have also been influential and will be looking to make an impact on the contest against the Hawks. 

 

Richmond v. Casey

Sunday July 15, Queen Elizabeth Oval, 2:30PM

With neither side officially out of finals contention, it will make for a hotly contested match with the Tigers sitting eighth on the ladder and the Demons ninth. After a disappointing start to the season, the Casey Demons have found some recent form, winning their past two games and will be looking to extend their winning streak against the Tigers. The Demons showed some good grit last week to hang on with the likes of Holly Bailey starring in her first game and Taryn Orgill at her damaging best. On the other hand, Richmond is coming off a narrow loss and will be looking to bounce back. Youngster, Sophie Damon left a lasting impression last week, named amongst the best and scoring a major, while the likes of Lauren Tesoriero also stood tall, winning plenty of the footy. Jessica Kennedy and Evelyn Burry will also be influential in shaping the outcome of Sunday’s game.

Team of the Week: VFLW – Round 9

ROUND nine of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s saw the gap at the top of the ladder widen, with Hawthorn, Collingwood and NT all notching up impressive wins over the weekend. On the other end of the table, Essendon was able to win its first game of the season against the Tigers at home.

NT smashed Geelong by 65 points in the Saturday twilight match and as a result has registered five players in this week’s best 22, which is the most a team has been represented this season. They had contributors all over the ground from Samantha Barnett in defence, Angela Foley in the midfield and Jessica Sedunary up forward. Contrarily, the Southern Saints did not manage to record a player in the best 22 this week after their loss against Casey.

Western Jets forward, Caitlin Greiser was really impressive, kicking three goals as the 23rd player for Melbourne University. She was not the only standout up forward this week with NT’s Jessica Sedunary and Jenna McCormick combining for seven goals in their side’s massive win against Geelong.

Nicole Hildebrand was unlucky to miss out this week with an impressive showing for Collingwood, recording two goals to her name. The ruck was a hard position to pick this week with three players putting their hands up for the role. The unlucky two were Nicole McMahon, who was instrumental in the Bulldogs’ 21-point win over Melbourne University, and Alice Edmonds, who dominated in the ruck against Essendon on Sunday.

It is a positive sign to see so many fresh faces in this week’s best 22. Richmond captain, Jessica Kennedy is one name that stands out of the pack in terms of new faces. 

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 9

AFTER nine rounds of Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s action, all teams now have a win under their belt. The only winless team to date, Essendon recorded its first ever VFLW win while the Cats stumbled again for their second loss in a row.

 

Casey Demons 3.3.21 defeated Southern Saints 1.4.10

After defeating the red-hot NT Thunder two weeks ago, the Southern Saints slumped to the ninth-placed Casey Demons. The Demons kept the Saints goalless for three terms and managed to add on three themselves in a low-scoring affair.

In her return to the Casey line-up, Taryn Orgill played a blinder of a game in the ruck. She was complemented by midfielder, Madelaine Shevlin who backed up last week’s promising performance against the Bombers with another solid outing. Defender, Georgia McLean and forward, Melanie Hogg also played well in their side’s 11-point win. Hogg was complemented in the forward line with goals from Kaila Bentvelzen, Sophie Phillips and Taylor Mesiti.

For the Saints, it was up to the defenders to keep the Demons to a low score. They did this successfully and it was thanks to the likes of new Brisbane recruit, Lauren Arnell and Eastern Ranges gun, Ashleigh Allsopp. They were complemented by midfielder, Amy Silver who played a solid game for the Saints. Up forward, Danielle Lawrence kicked the side’s only goal while Kayla Ripari gave her all, earning her the best on ground accolade from her coaches.

 

NT Thunder 13.7.85 defeated Geelong Cats 2.8.20

By: James Halley

An aggressive mindset has helped lift NT Thunder to a massive 65-point win over Geelong. Geelong was down two on the bench after half time, losing Lara Williams (knee) and Anna Teague (shoulder) to injury. The Thunder’s manic pressure just did not give Geelong a chance from the first bounce until the last.

Thunder forward, Jessica Sedunary kicked the first three goals of the match, which demonstrated pure supremacy up forward. AFLW teammate, Jenna McCormick kicked another just after 19 minutes which was ultimately match over. Unable to score a major in the first term, the drought would continue for the Cats in the second. It was not through a lack of trying or possession though. They had the first four scoring shots of the term for the return of three behinds and an out of bounds on the full. Sally Riley profited from a 50 metre penalty to extend NT’s lead to 33 points at half-time and what started out as a positive quarter for the visitors had just got a lot worse. Minutes into the third term, Geelong was able to kick its first through Danielle Orr after a mark and a 50-metre penalty. Only one more major would be scored for the term to Thunder’s Emma Swanson, which was a great snap from the boundary.

The last term was not so even as the Thunder were hungry for goals and a percentage boost. McCormick and captain, Angela Foley kicked two each to take their side’s goal kickers to an impressive spread of seven. Sedunary and McCormick were real standouts for NT up forward, combining for seven goals. Angela Foley played a captains game with 20 disposals and two goal. Richelle Cranston was a real standout for the Cats in the midst of their hiding from the NT. She kicked one of Geelong’s two goals as well as finishing with 20 disposals, highlighting that she didn’t stop trying all day. Teammate, Madeline Keryk was a workhorse in the midfield, leading everyone in disposals with 23.

 

Hawthorn 6.6.42 defeated Williamstown 6.2.38

Hawthorn was given an almighty scare by the 12th-placed Seagulls on Sunday. Williamstown kicked four straight goals in the first quarter to open up an early 16-point lead, which shocked the Hawks from the get-go. The Seagulls’ lead narrowed at each of the breaks, and it ultimately turned into a deficit at full-time, as Hawthorn’s experience prevailed and slowly edged the margin in its favour.

Two goals from former Eastern Ranges forward, Olivia Flanagan and Greater Western Sydney (GWS) forward, Rebecca Beeson were extremely handy for the Hawks. The two goals from Beeson in particular were crucial, as she kicked them both in succession in the last quarter, with the second one giving her side the match-winning lead. The pair were complemented by majors from Samara David and Clare O’Donnell. In defence, Jayde Van Dyk stood up as usual while Ellie Macdonald tore it up in the midfield.

Williamstown was able to share its goal kicking around on the day, with Emily Paterno being the only multiple goal-kicker. Isabelle Porter, Western Jets star, Sharnie Whiting and North Melbourne duo, Jess Duffin and Jasmine Garner also got a major on the board. Meanwhile, Rebecca Dardengo and Jamilla Cranny held the fort down well in the back line, enabling the Seagulls to keep their lead for the majority of the game.

 

Essendon 5.4.34 defeated Richmond 3.8.26

It took them nine rounds to get a win, but the Bombers have finally got one on the board, defeating Richmond by eight points at their spiritual home, Windy Hill. Essendon kicked the first goal of the game before the Tigers fought back and kicked three second-term goals to wrestle the lead back. However, Essendon’s resilience and Richmond’s inaccuracy proved to be a recipe for disaster for the away side.

GWS talent, Maddy Collier played a fantastic game in the midfield for the Bombers, as she continues to play some wonderful football for her side. She was aided by good delivery from Simone Nalder in the ruck, who has not let her team down this season. Tait Mackrill also continued her good form in the middle of the ground while Rebecca Neaves was solid as always in defence. Up forward, Monique DeMatteo starred with two majors while Sunbury Lions duo, Natasha Hardy and Alex Quigley, and Canadian star, Kendra Heil were able to get solitary goals on the day.

Nalder’s opposite ruck also starred, with Alice Edmonds having another blinder for the Tigers. She was complemented by her back-up ruck in Murray Bushrangers star, Sophie Damon, who was also able to get a goal on the board to back up her solid debut in the yellow and black. On the receiving end of the duo’s solid ruck work was the likes of captain, Jessica Kennedy and Bethany Lynch, who were able to make the most of the tap work. Up forward, Lauren Tesoriero impressed while Courtney Wakefield did well in defence.

 

Melbourne Uni 6.3.39 defeated by Western Bulldogs 9.6.60

The Western Bulldogs kept their red-hot winning streak alive with a win over Melbourne Uni. The Bulldogs came out of the blocks early with the first four goals of the match before the Mugars fought back with two goals in the second term. They were then held scoreless in the third term before mounting a mini comeback in the fourth, ultimately falling short to a rejuvenated Bulldogs outfit.

AFLW leading goalkicker, Brooke Lochland starred for the Bulldogs, kicking three goals and being a workhorse for her side. Bulldogs AFLW teammate, Naomi Ferres was also impressive with another solid outing in the midfield in this VFLW season. This time, it was ruck, Nicole McMahon and winger, Rachel Ashley who joined the party, with each player having a solid outing in the red, white and blue. Inside 50, full forward, Mickayla Ward performed well, kicking a goal for her side and demonstrating a high work rate.

It was a strange situation for Emma Kearney on Sunday, as the new Kangaroos recruit went head-to-head against her former Bulldogs teammates for the first time since making the move over to Arden Street. She did not seemed fazed by the occasion though, playing another great game for the Mugars in the midfield. Bendigo Pioneers graduate, Aisling Tupper also performed well in the middle of the ground, as she continues to impress this season. Up forward, it was Western Jets forward, Caitlin Greiser who led the way, kicking three majors for the day. She was complemented by two goals from new North Melbourne recruit, Kaitlyn Ashmore who played a magnificent game for the Mugars.

 

Collingwood 7.3.45 defeated Darebin 2.3.15

By: Carly McClen

It was the first time a Collingwood women’s football team came out to play on the spiritual home ground of the mighty Magpies, the iconic Victoria Park. With star Brisbane Lions recruit, Nicole Hildebrand playing a fantastic game, and a usual class-above performance from Chloe Molloy, the Pies won convincingly and continued their undefeated run. 

In the first half, the teams matched up evenly providing a tough contested game to watch, with both teams applying consistent pressure and causing missed targets in kicking.  The rain favoured the Darebin Falcons but the talent and ball use of the Magpies and sheer pressure for four quarters made inside 50’s rare for the Falcons and it showed on the scoreboard. 

Important marks in defence by Magpie, Ruby Schleicher, and Grace Buchan’s consistent hunting of the footy all day helped keep Darebin to one straight shot in the first half when Esther Honybun was able to convert.  The Falcons applied consistent pressure on Collingwood with Elise O’Dea winning a lot of the ball. The first half majors Collingwood scored were from Molloy and Eliza Hynes

The third quarter was a different story and Collingwood was able to get away and play their game.  Emma Grant was strong and did her job well. Sarah D’Arcy took strong marks in defence right when Darebin were using more initiative with the ball and even a bigger presence and dominance from Aasta O’Connor did not hold back the Pies. 

Falcon, Kate Tyndall converted from a 50 metre penalty with 25 seconds to go in the third quarter but it was Collingwood’s second half. Nicole Hildebrand let loose, taking some strong marks and kicking two goals including one set shot from a 45 degree angle that never looked like missing when she peeled a little to the left and threaded it cleanly. Hildebrand then set up a goal passing cleverly to Gabrielle Biedenweg-Webster who played on and kicked their final goal in the last quarter.

There were two players taken off the ground with injuries. Shevaun Hogan was taken off for Darebin and Magpie, Kristy Stratton was taken off on a stretcher with a suspected knee injury.

Weekend previews: VFLW – Round 9

WE officially head into the second half of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s season this round, as the competition continues to heat up. Huge games this week see the once unstoppable NT Thunder looking to bounce back and return to the winners list when it takes on second-placed Geelong Cats. Another huge game pits the league-leading Pies against the explosive Darebin Falcons at Victoria Park. 

 

Casey vs Southern Saints

Saturday July 7, Casey Fields, 11:30AM

The Demons have had a disappointing start to the season and find themselves with just two wins from their first six games. Although not out of contention for the finals, if they wish to play any part in the series at the end of the season they will have to start stringing together some wins, as they did last week in their dominance over the Bombers. Bianca Jakobsson and Katherine Smith have been in great form recent weeks and will be key to the Demons kick-starting their run to the finals. The Saints come off their second bye sitting comfortably at 4-2, right up with the top contenders. This weekend’s clash is a huge game for them, given they take on two flag fancies in Geelong and Hawthorn in the coming weeks, so the Saints will be looking to take care of business in a game they should win. Alison Drennan has been a star for the Saints this season and as always will be instrumental in the Southern Saints earning a victory.

 

NT Thunder vs Geelong

Saturday July 7, TIO Stadium, 4PM

In the game of the round, the second-placed Geelong takes on the NT Thunder in Darwin. The Thunder had been in unbelievable form prior to faltering the past two weeks against the Saints and the Magpies. With just two points separating them the Thunder from the Cats, the home side can move back into third place and close the gap on the Hawks and Pies at the top of the ladder. Their defence was absolutely dominated last week in the match-up against Collingwood and will need to put in a better collective performance if they wish to beat the impressive Geelong outfit. The Cats’ perfect start to the season came to an end last week, as they suffered their first loss of the season in an extremely disappointing outing which saw them kick just one goal. Star players, Renee Garing and Richelle Cranston missed the game and the team were unable to step up in their absence with poor performances across the ground. Cranston returns to the line-up this week and will be hoping to return to her form from earlier in the season.

 

Essendon vs Richmond

Sunday July 8, Windy Hill, 11:30AM

A day of rivalries for the Bombers as first they take on Richmond at Windy Hill in the VFLW before their men’s side take on the Pies at the MCG in a blockbuster. The Bombers will look to notch their first win of the competition against a side in Richmond who have also been struggling. The Tigers took out the first meeting between these teams a little over a month ago in a one-sided game, so the Bombers will be looking for revenge. Hayley Bullas continues to be a shining light for the winless side, giving 100 per cent energy and effort each week in the hope of one day pulling her side to victory. For the Tigers, they have rebounded from a slow start to the season and sit at 3-4 from their seven matches. The match-up against the Hawks last week showed they can match it with the best in the league, however they ultimately fell by less than a goal. Phoebe Monahan starred with 26 possessions, Jacqueline Graham added 22 possessions and Kate Dempsey also had an impressive outing.

 

Hawthorn vs Williamstown

Sunday July 8, Box Hill City Oval, 11:30AM

The Hawks have been fantastic this season and find themselves second on the ladder with six wins from their first seven outings and a healthy percentage. The strength of the Hawks is their ability to get contributions from so many and not be dependent on any one person on a given week. This was exemplified in their close win against the Tigers last week as they had strong games from a number of players including Meg Hutchins, Rebecca Beeson and Jayde Van Dyk to name a few. For Williamstown, it has been a difficult season with only one win to date and it will be extremely difficult to add one more against the red-hot Hawks. Jess Duffin had a game-high 31 possessions last week as she continues to dominate for the Seagulls and make her case as one of the best players in the entire competition. Jenna Bruton also churned out an impressive performance with 27 possessions, but will be duly missed this weekend.

 

Collingwood vs Darebin

Sunday July 8, Victoria Park, 2:30PM

What an incredible run it has been for the Collingwood Football Club of late! Not only are their men’s side on a six-game win streak and sitting second on the ladder but their VFLW side have been even more impressive, as they are unbeaten in their first seven games (including one draw). Perhaps the most impressive win of the season thus far came last week, when the Pies flew up to Darwin and defeated the Thunder. AFLW Best and fairest runner-up, Chloe Molloy has been in amazing form since returning to the line-up a month ago, not missing a beat from her great performances over the summer. The side as a whole have been firing on all cylinders as well with Sarah D’Arcy, Sophie Alexander and Jaimee Lambert among those. The Falcons sit in the middle of the table with five wins and two losses. A tough, grinding win against Williamstown last week put the Falcons in a good position heading into the stretch, with a favourable schedule coming up. Nat Exon played extremely well with 20 possessions and was her usual aggressive self, with nine tackles. After having a slow start to the year, AFLW standout, Elise O’Dea has started to find form in recent weeks, which will be great for the Falcons midfield as they look to get on top around the contest.

 

Melbourne Uni vs Western Bulldogs

Sunday July 8, Melbourne Uni Main Oval, 2:30PM

Melbourne Uni has found some form of late and look to build off it heading into the second half of the season. An impressive performance last week got the Mugars the win against Carlton with standout games from Ashleigh Riddell, who had 24 possessions and Katie Angelis, who booted three goals. With only two wins to date, the Mugars need to start stringing together some wins if they are to have any hope of featuring late in the season. The Bulldogs put together their most impressive performance of the season in their win against the previously unbeaten Geelong, holding them to just one goal. Ellie Blackburn dominated with 25 touches and a goal while Brooke Lochland continued her impressive run of late with another strong performance. With impressive outings in recent weeks, the Bulldogs have put themselves right back in contention for finals but like Melbourne Uni, must string the wins together, as two games separate them from the top five teams in the competition.

Number crunching: VFLW – Round 7

WITH seven rounds of Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s football completed, AFL Draft Central looks at the top disposal-getters across the competition throughout the first half of the season. We take a look at outstanding individual game performances from the past weekend, the best single game performances from players thus far, as well as the top possession-getters by average.

Round seven saw some outstanding individual performances, led by the AFLW Best and Fairest winner, Emma Kearney, who was terrific with 30 disposals in a best on ground performance for the Mugars. Kearney has dominated all season long for Melbourne Uni and has continued her unbelievable 2018 on the back of the second AFLW season. Other standouts included the Thunder’s Angela Foley, who had 26 possessions and used the ball extremely well to set the Thunder up in attack (20 kicks). Saints superstar, Alison Drennan was her usual reliable self with 21 possessions, rounded out by Bulldogs forward, Brooke Lochland who had a sensational game with 25 possessions and a major.

As well as the great individual performances, a number of players have been able to show unbelievable consistency in their games and this is outlined by their average disposals per game. Geelong’s Renee Garing leads the way with a total of 135 possessions from her five games at an average of 27 per game. The usual suspects such as Emma Kearney, Jess Duffin, Angela Foley and Alison Drennan have also been fantastic, averaging well over 20 possessions per game. While Kearney leads the competition for most 30 possession games this season, it has been Garing’s consistency which has seen her record the most average disposals per game, having had over 20 disposals in each of her five games. Jess Duffin’s numbers are particularly impressive given the fact that she’s been able to hit the scoreboard consistently as well as rack up high numbers of possessions in a side that hasn’t been performing particularly well.

Average disposals per game: Minimum five games played

Player Team Avg disposals per game
Renee Garing Geelong 27
Jess Duffin Williamstown 25
Emma Kearney Melbourne Uni 24.2
Angela Foley NT Thunder 22.8
Alison Drennan Southern Saints 22

Most Disposals: Round seven

Player Team Disposals in round seven
Emma Kearney Melbourne Uni 30
Maddy Prespakis Melbourne Uni 27
Katherine Smith Casey Demons 26
Angela Foley NT Thunder 26
Brooke Lochland Western Bulldogs 25
Hayley Wildes Western Bulldogs 24
Rebecca Beeson Hawthorn 24
Jessica Edwards Collingwood 23
Alison Brown Southern Saints 22
Katie Streader NT Thunder 22

Most individual disposals: Season so far 

Player Team Disposals Round
Alison Drennan Southern Saints 35 2
Jess Duffin Williamstown 33 4
Emma Kearney Melbourne Uni 32 5
Lily Mithen Darebin 32 4
Emma Swanson NT Thunder 31 1
Emma Kearney Melbourne Uni 30 7
Renee Garing Geelong Cats 30 1
Angela Foley NT Thunder 30 1
Jenna Bruton Williamstown 29 1 & 5
Emma Mackay Western Bulldogs 29 3

 

Team of the Week: VFLW – Round 7

HAWTHORN dominates the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s round seven Team of the Week with four players, which is the most of any team, after thrashing Essendon on Sunday. On the other hand, Essendon, Carlton and Casey all only have one representative after their losses on the weekend.

Hannah Mouncey once again claimed the full forward position after another dominant three-goal performance for Darebin in its win over Melbourne University. Chloe Molloy was also instrumental up forward for Collingwood, amassing 20 disposals as well as kicking a goal in a standout game for the former Calder Cannon star.

Lauren Arnell is quickly repaying the faith after her mid-season switch from Carlton to the Southern Saints, as she was superb on Saturday. She collected 19 disposals as well as getting a goal in a real captain’s game. She was not picked in the best 22 this week, but if she can continue her form she will not find it hard to slot in next week.

As the halfway mark of the season approaches, Mouncey is really stamping her claim at full forward for the VFLW Team of the Year as she has been featured many times. Hawthorn’s Jade Van Dyk is also honing in on a key back position as she has found herself in some great form. NT captain, Angela Foley has perhaps been the most consistent of all, winning lots of the ball every week in the Thunder’s midfield. 

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 7

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

 

Southern Saints 6.2.38 defeated NT Thunder 2.6.18

By: Peter Williams

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

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

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

 

Collingwood 8.4.52 defeated Carlton 2.5.17

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

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

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

 

Casey Demons vs. Western Bulldogs

By: Peter Williams 

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

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

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

 

Melbourne Uni 6.3.39 defeated by Darebin 7.9.51

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

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

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

 

Hawthorn 5.11.41 defeated Essendon 2.1.13

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

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

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

Team of the Week: VFLW – Round 5

ROUND five of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s saw some familiar faces of the competition shine once again. The round also saw NT, Collingwood and Geelong distance themselves at the top of the ladder. After their losses in round five, Carlton and Hawthorn do not have any representatives in the Team of the Week.

First-time winners, Casey dominate the backline, with Harriet Cordner and Darcy Guttridge lining up in the best 22. Meanwhile, Kaila Bentvelzen takes her rightful spot at centre-half forward after her five goal haul. AFLW players, Emma Kearney and Angela Foley were the standouts on the weekend. Foley dominated in the midfield for NT, and also kicked two goals. Emma Kearney also lived up to her AFLW reputation and shone in the midfield, while also kicking two goals for Melbourne University.

Emily Paterno was unlucky to miss out on a spot in the Team of the Week, as she was a star up forward for Williamstown with two goals. Sophie Li is also unfortunate to miss out as she was a shinning light for the Blues in their big loss to Darebin.

Scouting notes: VFLW: Round 5

COLLINGWOOD, Darebin, Richmond, NT, Casey and Geelong were the round five Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s winners. For the Magpies, Thunder and Cats, their wins extend their undefeated streaks while for the Demons, their win was their first in the competition. We watched four games on the weekend and took some notes on the standout performers from each game.

 

Hawthorn vs. Collingwood 

By: Peter Williams 

Hawthorn:

#1 Emma Mackie

The Hawthorn skipper led by example in the midfield, continually cracking in at the coal face to win a number of frees. She showed a good ability to stand up while being tackled and kick clear of the stoppage, while also being composed under pressure with ball-in-hand. She took a great intercept mark backing back in the first term in the Collingwood attack, filling the hole and showing no fear.

#5 Chantella Perera

Had the job on Chloe Molloy and had a good old fashioned scrap back there. Both players were relentless in giving it to each other and gave away free kicks for holding. Molloy finished the game with one goal – in the first term – and missed a number of set shots, but the pressure Perera put on her was good. It could have ended a lot worse on the scoreboard, but Perera did well in the one-on-ones where she did not give away the free.

#14 Olivia Flanagan

One of Hawthorn’s best over the four quarters, just wins the footy in a no-fuss approach to the game. Wins the pill on the inside or the outside, and is not afraid to take the game on. Had a really busy opening term and it set the tone for the rest of her match and the team. Worked well with Mackie on the inside and played arguably her best game of the year.

#19 Lou Wotton

Prominent early in the ruck, might not have had the athleticism that her opposition Eliza Hynes had, but Wotton had the game smarts and the strength to position herself well in the ruck contests. She had a dominant first term and worked well in tandem with Tamara Luke.

#22 Tamara Luke

Had a few clearances out of the ruck and pumped the ball forward off quick kicks. Luke worked hard to win the contested ball and taps to space for her midfielders. More importantly, her ability to get down and work hard for second efforts was another highlight of her game. Won a free kick late in the second term but her set shot just missed to the left.

#25 Meg Hutchins

Just smart and experienced playing in defence and pushing up to the wing. Uses good body contact on her opponents and knows when she needs to boot it long to safety. Hutchins had the nous to use momentum to dive forward in a Sarah D’Arcy tackle and draw a free for in the back in the third term.

#28 Sarah Perkins

Led up at the footy continually and had a set shot from a free kick on the boundary line in the third term but did not make the distance. Did not have the normal space she could be afforded to on occasions, but continued to work hard throughout the match.

 

Collingwood:

#2 Chloe Molloy

Returned to the Magpies side in style worrying opposition defenders with her presence and having multiple shots on goal. Booted 1.3 in the first half alone, with the goal coming off a smart kick off the ground running goal side of her opponent. Won a number of free kicks for holding or pushing, playing a strong game. Would be disappointed she missed a couple of shots she would normally nail.

#4 Sarah D’Arcy

Just cracked in hard and won so many frees across the game. She got to the contest first on a number of occasions, and when she did not, she applied a number of crunching tackles to win holding the ball free kicks. She produced a perfect lace-out kick to Molloy in the opening term and had a great steal, blind turn and snap out of a contest in the forward 50 in the third quarter.

#13 Jaimee Lambert

Covered the ground well in all thirds and draws free kicks from getting to the contest first. She is able to fire out handballs at ground level under pressure and plays smart, often kicking for distance as she did when she was hugged up against the boundary line in the second term. Finds plenty of the football across the four quarters.

#22 Sophie Casey

Really liked her game off half-back. She took a number of marks and laid some fierce tackles to stop opponents in their tracks. In one instance in the second term, she took a good mark and kicked off half-back to a teammate who was spoiled, then she charged at the contest, won the ball back and kicked wide to a teammate on the lead who marked.

#28 Holly Whitford

The type of player who teammates love and opponents love to hate. Never takes a backwards step and wins multiple free kicks for going in hard. Had a great pass inboard to see Chloe Leighton diving into space in the second term, then won consecutive free kicks and goaled from the set shot 20 metres out. She came off early in the third term after a hard knock, then returned to have a few things to say to the opposition.

#47 Jessica Edwards

A player with a good turn of speed, able to completely change direction without losing too much momentum. Played well out of the defensive 50 providing some good rebound and showed fantastic acceleration. The captain led by example in defence and created pressure on opposition forwards.

#65 Emily Browning

Laid a great hip-and-shoulder on the wing in the opening term and then had a snap on goal in the second term but was smothered. Provided good defensive pressure up forward throughout.

#73 Gabrielle Biedenweg-Webster

Liked her attack on the contest and her ability to hunt the ball and harass the opposition. Just went in hard every chance she got.

 

Carlton vs. Darebin 

By: Taylah Melki

Carlton: 

#2 Madeline Keryk

Her follow up work around the ground was good for Carlton while she applied plenty of physical pressure, laying four tackles for the game. Keryk was accurate by foot and got her hands on plenty of the footy.

#10 Sarah Hosking

Hosking was a tackling machine, laying seven tackles for the game and imposing herself on the contest. She applied plenty of pressure on the ball carrier and won her fair share of the footy both in the air and at ground level.

#17 Tilly Lucas-Rodd

Lucas-Rodd was important for the Blues with her clever use of the footy and ability to impact the contest. She looked dangerous around the stoppages in the first quarter and extracted the footy well from the contest. She impressed with her pin-point passing inside the forward 50. Lucas-Rodd was a ball magnet, getting plenty of touches and using the ball effectively for Carlton.

#31 Kate Shierlaw

Shierlaw was a workhorse for Carlton and was good out of defence. She had a real give it and go attitude, hitting the contest hard and competing hard to win the footy. Shierlaw had some good strong leads, and took a strong mark which led to a goal in the third quarter.

 #42 Caroline Hardeman

Hardeman put her body on the line, hitting the packs hard and picking up the ball cleanly. Her silky skills were on display, breaking a tackle and then slotting the first goal of the match for the Blues.

#44 Danica Pedersen

In her first game, Pedersen starred, amassing plenty of touches and using her physical presence, laying five tackles for the game. She worked tirelessly all game in a difficult outing for the Blues.

#50 Jorja Borg

Borg took a good mark going back with the flight of the footy and was a real general down back. She helped to control the Blues’ defence and was efficient by foot.

 

Darebin Falcons:

#8 Nat Exon

Exon had good break-away speed and opened up the middle of the field. She showcased her kicking ability with a strong kick into the forward 50. Exon used her booming kick to slot a good goal from about 40 metres out. Exon impressed with her clean pick-ups and was a real ball magnet throughout the four quarters, taking strong grabs and imposing herself on the contest laying strong tackles.

#14 Meghan McDonald

McDonald was a key player down in defence, showcasing her ability to read the play and take intercept marks. She impressed with her long booming kick and was in charge of kick outs from defence for the majority of the game, credit to her ability to hit targets.

#20 Maddy Guerin

Guerin showcased her footy smarts, dancing around her opponent on the boundary line and then kicking a centering ball. She was really good around the stoppages and had quick hands at the coal-face to release the footy to the voice of a teammate.

#22 Georgia Hammond

She impressed with her good break-away speed, going for a run and bounce through the middle and creating some forward momentum with a good long penetrating kick into the forward 50. Hammond positioned herself well and took a good mark in the goal square, going on to slot a nice goal for Darebin.

#32 Gabrielle Colvin

Colvin was really strong around the stoppages and her clean hands were invaluable for the Falcons. She showcased her footy smarts, weaving out of trouble and helping to propel them forward.

#40 Lauren Pearce

Pearce had sticky fingers from start to finish. She really imposed herself on the marking contest, competing hard in the air and at ground level. She took a heap of intercept marks and worked hard to keep her opponent out of the contest.

#43 Hannah Mouncey

Mouncey was strong in the ruck, showcasing her good jump and ability to tap the footy to advantage for her midfielders, demonstrating her versatility to play in multiple positions. She showed great attack on the footy and applied a lot of good forward pressure. She missed a few opportunities at goal but made up for it, taking a strong grab in the third quarter which resulted in a goal from about 5 metres out. Mouncey ended up with three majors for the game and provided plenty of good leads for her teammates.

 

Richmond vs. Essendon 

By: James Halley

Richmond:

#53 Kate Dixon

She is clearly the focal point of the forward line for Richmond, as her teammates continue to look for her and she takes marks accordingly.

#57 Emma King

She has a clear advantage in the ruck. Her taps lead to clear stoppage break-aways for Richmond. After an uncontested grab, she kicked the Tigers’ first goal with a monster kick from 50 metres out.

#79 Lauren Tesoriero

She used her body to her advantage, using her opponents to keep her at bay and slot through two goals. She is able to rag-doll her opponents with ball in hand. Tesoriero finished with nine kicks, 13 disposals and three clearances, as the veteran midfielder provided constant support for her teammates.

#61 Jenna Colwell

She is capable of taking big contested grabs but just needs to work on the penetration of her kicking. From a free kick she kicked truly from the goal square in the last term.

#88 Phoebe Monahan

Utility Phoebe Monahan was spectacular for the Tigers, leading the team for touches (27), to go with nine inside 50s and eight clearances. She was best afield in the Dreamtime match, being announced as the recipient of the Aunty Joy Murphy Award.

 

Essendon:

#8 Hayley Bullas

She kicked the first goal of the game in a great kick from 25 metres out on the run. The midfielder played a really good game, as she got lots of the ball as well as kicking a goal.

#46 Courtney Ugle

She is very quick and nimble and is able to get around Tiger forwards at ease. Her kicking is very precise, and allows her to cut through the middle of the ground. Her tackling is superb, as she recorded four holding the ball free kicks for the match. She displayed a four-quarter performance and a well-rounded game.

#35 Valerie Moreau

She has quick hands and had a lot of inside 50s. She has a really good kick and often found targets in the forward 50, which gave Essendon shots on target.

#30 Simone Nalder

She kicked her first goal from a ruck free kick. Nalder was everywhere for Essendon with her great ball use. One of the best for the day.

#37 Irena Malliaras

She was instrumental for Bombers in the midfield. Malliaras was at the bottom of the packs all day and they relied on her a lot for good distribution.

 

NT Thunder vs. Western Bulldogs

By: Julia Montesano 

NT Thunder:

#40 Deni Varnhagen

Her intercept marking was fantastic all day. Her contested marking also provided a highlight. Varnhagen was a great sweeper in defence and a general down back.

#27 Anne Hatchard

Came in for her first game for NT Thunder and set the field alight. Kicked four well-deserved goals, displaying her dominance inside 50. Hatchard was really proactive up forward and positioned well in the goal square. She just attacked the ball with acceleration and grit every time the ball was in her vicinity. Also displayed some great hands in a contested situation to kick some nice goals from close range.

#20 Jasmyn Hewett

Hewett played her best game for the NT Thunder. She dominated in the ruck, getting a fantastic vertical leap over her opponent. She was extremely proactive whenever the ball was in her vicinity,  running hard to ensure that the ball was used effectively. Displayed this when she ran hard through a contest, got tackled, yet still got on the end of a good goal. Took an early contender for VFLW Mark of the Year with a fantastic overhead mark over a Western Bulldogs player. She sat perfectly on top of her opponent’s shoulders and had all eyes for the footy. She is becoming a really solid player for NT Thunder.

#4 Sue Nalder

Nalder’s marking was spectacular. She took a great juggling mark in one instance and then centered the ball magnificently. In another instance, she threaded the needle well to find Anne Hatchard in the goal square. Nalder’s marking was on display again when she took a great sliding mark off a Renee Forth kick. Her strong hands gave her a platform to take her time and ensure that her kicks hit targets, which was quite valuable for the Thunder.

#49 Madeline Gault

The 17 year-old NT native came in for her first match for the Thunder after playing in the National Under 18 Championships. Gault showed outstanding composure in defence, making it difficult to believe that she is only 17 years-old. There was never a moment where she didn’t attack the footy hard. In many instances, she came hard to the ball and didn’t wait for it. Spoiled the ball well which helped to move the ball forward for NT.

#3 Angela Foley

Foley was everywhere as usual, setting up the play on plenty of occasions. Whether it was in the midfield, up forward or in defence, you just knew that Foley was going to make an impact. She was targeted hard in this game by the Bulldogs midfielders but adapted to the pressure really quickly to play her natural style of footy. A highlight of her game was when she kicked a great goal while being tackled.

 

Western Bulldogs:

#16 Naomi Ferres

Ferres did not stop working for the Bulldogs all day. She was always in and around the contest, going in hard for the footy. This was shown when she dived on the ball and trapped it in the middle of the ground to create a stoppage when the Bulldogs were leading. Provided a great highlight when she laid a strong tackle on one of the hardest players to bring down in Angela Foley. Ferres continued her tackling throughout the whole game. Gave away a clever no-look handball while she on the deck. Kicked two well-deserved goals in the last quarter to top off a great individual performance.

#6 Kirsty McLeod

McLeod was a key player for the Bulldogs. She did well to get up after being spoiled in a marking contest and was involved in Bulldogs’ second goal. She troubled her opponents at multiple times, displayed when she took a good intercept mark off an Eloise Jones kick. Also had great awareness to spot Jessica Sedunary playing on after a free kick and tackled her immediately, which affected a kick inside 50.

#1 Brooke Lochland

In this game, we got to see Brooke Lochland’s courageous side. She took a couple of big hits but continued to run and battle hard in each contest. She seems to have worked on her running during the off-season, as she covered ground exceptionally well with her improved endurance. Kicked well on the day, allowing her teammates to run onto the space that she would kick it to.

#34 Emma Mackay

Mackay was another one who worked hard for the Bulldogs. She delivered a lovely spearing pass inside 50, which helped her teammates run onto the ball. She laid a great run-down tackle, and even when she got tackled, she wouldn’t give up and just kept running and working hard. Delivered a nice hack kick towards 50, doing her best work around the forward 50 mark. Was able to execute disposals well from a dangerous position.

#18 Libby Birch

Courageously got up after a big hit and still went on to kick the ball after earning a free kick. Her kicking was precise throughout the game, as she was another Bulldogs player that liked to utilise the space around her. She ran hard all game and worked particularly well on the wings where she tried and work the ball down the line. Birch has the capacity to know when to hack a kick or use it deftly, which is a really valuable trait for her and her team.