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Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 11

IT is the last round of 2018, as fans will have to wait until January to get their Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s fix. The round will kick off on Saturday with St Marys and Tracy Village going head to head. Both sides have suffered a form slump in the last month, meaning the Razorbacks and Saints are starving for a win. The Wanderers have been flying as of late but may hit a roadblock when they face the Buffettes in a twilight match. On Sunday, the Magpies will face the ultimate test when they play against the Warriors. Waratah is the reigning champion of this competition and has only dropped one game this season. The final game of the round will see Nightcliff take on the Queen Ants in an intriguing encounter. The Tigers won their first match last weekend due to a boost of recently signed talent. Pint will have to tread carefully this weekend, as the Tigers are starting to bare their teeth.

TRACY VILLAGE V ST MARYS

Round 11 –  Saturday December 15th, 10:30 am

TIO Stadium

These two clubs would be fuming over their poor displays last weekend. The Saints had their world turned upside-down as Nightcliff brought in some ringers to raise the stakes. St Marys forward, Natasha Dunn-Richards still kicked three despite the loss, yet she has not been as damaging in front of goal when compared to previous seasons. Danielle Ponter may not have had her best game against the Tigers, but she could easily bounce back this weekend. The Razorbacks seem to be relying on Kristy Irvine and it isn’t going well for them, as they continue to struggle on the scoreboard. Other leaders will look to stand up for the Razorbacks to break them out of their rut.

DARWIN BUFFETTES V WANDERERS

Round 11 – Saturday December 15th, 4:00 pm

Darwin youngster, Dominique Carbone played a fantastic game against the Southern Districts. Carbone, alongside Buffettes midfielders, Kylie Duggan and Jemma Iacono dug deep against the hungry Crocs in a tight game. In the end, it was Duggan who kicked the last goal in the final term to seal the win for Darwin. The Buffettes have got their momentum back since the bye, and this weekend, they will look to continue their fine form. However, the Eagles have won their last two matches and are looking good. The Wanderers have forsaken their poor efforts from earlier this season and have become a very competitive outfit. The Eagles have finally found a deadly combination up forward with Lee-Anne Allia and Northern Territory Under-18 representative, Arthurina Moreen. In the previous two weeks, this pair has bested their defenders with a heavy impact on the scoreboard. Darwin will be clear favourites in this game, but if the Eagles can sustain their game plan, they will give the Buffettes a fight.

WARATAH V PALMERSTON

Round 11 – Sunday December 16th, 12:00 pm 

Gardens Oval

Two top teams in the Darwin Buffettes and Southern Districts have gone down to Palmerston during the season. The Magpies face their biggest challenge yet this season when they take on the Warriors, a team they have not beaten this year. The Warriors may have lost only one game this year, but that just shows that any team can be beaten on the right day. Natasha Membrey will have her hands full in this game, as Waratah will know she is the biggest threat and could target her. The youth of the Magpies is another factor to consider. Northern Territory Under 18 representatives, Tabitha May and Janet Baird have spearheaded the youth in Palmerston, going above and beyond for their team each week. Waratah, on the other hand, is different case. The Warriors may have talented youth like Madeline Gault, but their team is built on experience. Lisa Roberts can play in defence or through the midfield, Lauren O’Shea has turned into the ultimate utility and Lisa Miceli is averaging a bag of goals each week. There is a reason why the Warriors are so successful, and only few can topple them. This Saturday, the Pies might just do that.

PINT V NIGHTCLIFF

Round 11 – Sunday December 16th, 2:00 pm

MCG

Now that Chloe Scheer has entered the fray, Nightcliff is looking like a different team.  Her four-goal haul against St Marys sparked new life into the Tigers, as Emily Wolsey kicked three goals of her own. The Queen Ants are another story, as they appear to have run out of legs. Pint’s early victories at the beginning of this season were well-fought wins, but lately, the team’s performance has been slack. Pint guns, Katie Streader, Madeline Keeble, and Samantha Barnett need to wring this team back into shape. Pint is still favoured to win this match but considering its recent form, the Tigers may surprise again.

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 10

LAST weekend’s redemption round saw every losing team from Round 1 get their revenge. Saturday kicked off with the Magpies getting the goods over the Queen Ants. Sunday had three games of payback, starting off with Nightcliff’s upset win over St Marys, as the Tigers scored their first victory for the season. At Gardens Oval, the Wanderers toppled the Razorbacks, who have been in poor form of late. The heavyweight bout between Darwin and the Southern Districts was a tight duel, but the end result was the Buffettes defeating the Crocs by one point.

 

PINT 1.0 I 2.2 I 3.2 I 3.4 (22)
PALMERSTON 0.1 I 2.3 I 4.3 I 6.3 (39)

GOALS:

Pint: D. Suddaby, M. Gunn, J. McFee
Palmerston: N. Medbury 2, F. Puruntatameri 2, T. May, S. Bush

BEST:

Pint: Not Supplied.
Palmerston: J. Misob, N. Medbury, T. May, I. Hughes, H. Davey, F. Puruntatameri

In the first quarter, Pint applied the pressure to keep Palmerston to a single behind in the first term. In the second quarter, the Magpies awoke to match the pressure of the Queen Ants. Palmerston’s Natasha Medbury was quieter than last week, but it didn’t stop her from kicking a pair of majors and being ranked among the best players on the day. Under 18 representative, Tabitha May produced another consistent performance as she headlines a number of talented youth girls donning the black and white banner. As for the Queen Ants, forward, Kristen Smits was goalless again and Katie Streader was barely sighted. The Magpies currently sit second on the ladder, but they will be tested this week against a well-rested Waratah. It will take a big performance to stop the Warriors, but if the Magpies can pull it off, they will prove to the competition that they are a real finals contender.

NIGHTCLIFF 3.2 I 3.2 I 4.2 I 10.6 (66)
ST MARYS 2.1 I 2.3 I 2.3 I 7.7 (49)

GOALS:

Nightcliff: C. Scheer 4, E. Wolsey 3, S. Hatzismalis 2, S. Miskin-Ripia
St Marys: N. Dunn-Richards 3, D. Ponter, E. Casey, M. Gunderson, L. Niven

BEST:

Nightcliff: E. Wolsey, K. Simmons, S. Hatzismalis, H. Turnbull
St Marys: Not supplied

For months, Nighcliff was screaming for a saviour, and in Round 10, Chloe Scheer answered the call. The recent draftee of the Adelaide Crows made an astounding debut, kicking four goals for the Tigers. However, she was not the hero of the day, as that privilege belonged to Emily Wolsey, who kicked three for the day and played out every quarter of the game. The Saints were nothing short of stunned from the opening bounce. They would have been expecting an easy win, but the Tigers denied them all day. Natasha Dunn-Richards was a shining beacon for the Saints up forward. She finished with three for the day while Crows draftee, Danielle Ponter also had a solid game. The Saints have struggled this year to reclaim their competitive nature from last season.

WANDERERS 1.0 I 4.4 I 4.4 I 4.4 (28)
TRACY VILLAGE: 1.0 I 1.1 I 2.2 I 4.2 (26)

GOALS:

Wanderers: Not supplied
Tracy Village:  K. Irvine 2, K. Lansdown, R. Bull

BEST:

Wanderers: Not supplied
Tracy Village: K. Irvine, K. Lansdown, K. Dumbris, S. Grainger, A. Gray, K. Brown

The Eagles have got their second win in a row, as Tracy Village continues to fall down the ladder each week. The game may have started off with one goal a piece, but in the second term, the Wanderers kicked away to a 22-point lead. Remarkably, the Eagles would not score for the rest of the game as the Razorbacks played catch-up.  Kristy Irvine played her heart out and kicked two for the day, but the support was not there for the Razorbacks star, and another defeat was handed to Tracy Village. The Eagles took a nap in the second half, yet the Razorbacks didn’t take full advantage of the situation. Earlier this season, Tracy Village beat the Eagles by 33 points. Questions of where that team has gone still remain.

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 1.1 I 2.2 I 2.4 I 2.5 (17)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 1.0 I 2.0 I 2.0 I 3.0 (18)

GOALS:

Southern Districts: T. Holtze, C. Deegan
Darwin Buffettes: M. Breed, K. Duggan, D. Carbone

BEST:

Southern Districts: Not supplied
Darwin Buffettes: D. Carbone, R. Henderson, N. Anderson, D. Totham, D. Ah Wang
The main event of redemption round saw the Buffs and the Crocs fight out a close game at TIO Stadium, but it was the Buffettes who snatched the win by a single point. The game was a battle of the backlines in this match. Lateesha Jeffrey of the Districts and Nicolette Dunn of Darwin were causing defensive headaches at both ends of the ground. Goals were scarce in this game, but in the dying minutes of the last term, Kylie Duggan pushed forward to seal the win. Darwin young gun, Dominique Carbone was awarded best-on-ground for her performance in the midfield in her third game for the year. Darwin was fortunate with three straight goals, but the Crocs’ lack of goal accuracy finally came back to bite them. Charles Deegan has been a weapon for the Districts up forward, but with Tayla Thorn absent on Sunday, Deegan’s influence was small against the Buffettes. The Crocs have the bye this weekend and will not play until January, meaning they will have ample time to recover as they head into Round 12.

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 10

IT IS redemption round this weekend as some teams look for some payback from their previous encounters. On Saturday, Palmerston faces the Queen Ants, who defeated the Magpies in their first match by three points. However, with the Magpies’ current form, they will be heavy favourites to rectify that loss. On Sunday morning, Nightcliff plays St Marys, where the Saints will be looking for a decisive victory over the Tigers. At Gardens Oval, Tracy Village and the Wanderers meet in an intriguing encounter. The Razorbacks have been scoreless for two weeks in a row, while the Eagles will attempt to build on last week’s victory. At the same time on Sunday, TIO Stadium will host the Darwin Buffettes and Southern Districts. In their last match, the Crocs shocked experts by downing the Buffs in a close game. The Crocs have been on fire recently, but Darwin will be no easy team to beat.

 

PINT V PALMERSTON MAGPIES

Round 10 – Saturday December 8th, 1:00pm

TIO Stadium

The Magpies have shot into finals form in the past month. Their under 18s representatives, Tabitha May, Janet Baird and Freda Puruntatemeri have been heavy contributors for the Magpies this year. It seems that Palmerston has built a culture of youth that is reaping its rewards from every game. That is not to overshadow Natasha Medbury’s efforts, who is now ranked third for goals despite being predominantly a midfielder. Medbury will be Pint’s greatest challenge, and tagging her is a must in this weeks match. Queen Ants rovers, Erin Hetherington and Katie Streader will have to shake off their horrific performance last weekend and get busy in the clearances. If the Ants can deny the quick pace of the Pies through the middle of the ground, they may be able to free up forward, Kristen Smits to put some real hurt on the scoreboard.

NIGHTCLIFF V ST MARYS

Round 10 – Sunday December 9th, 10:00am

PSC BM Oval

St Marys was competitive in the first half against the Magpies, but could not sustain a four quarter effort. This weekend, the Saints go up against the bottom of the ladder Tigers, who remain winless in another poor week. The Saints clearly have the advantage. Star, Danielle Ponter may be pushed forward as Simone Garner and Natasha Dunn-Richards may prove more than enough for Nightcliff’s rovers. Ponter is a proven goalsneak and with her class, and she may threaten to tear this game apart. If the Tigers have any chance, they will have to bypass Saints defenders, Nikita Long and Lori Nevan. This will be no easy task for the Tigers, as they have been screaming for somebody to stand up and lead them to a victory.

WANDERERS V TRACY VILLAGE

Round 10 – Sunday December 9th 12:00pm

Gardens Oval

This match is hard to predict. The Wanderers have been competitive recently but the Razorbacks have been in real strife. Although Tracy Village’s position on the ladder is higher than the Wanderers, the Eagles have momentum heading into this game. Eagles spearhead, Lee-Anne Alia nearly kicked a bag last weekend, and under 18 representative Arthurina Moreen kicked a pair of goals herself. This deadly alliance up forward may be enough to rattle the Razorbacks’ defence and prove the difference in the game. Tracy Village superstar, Kristy Irvine had a quiet match against Waratah, so she will need to find a new gear if the Razorbacks are to defeat the Eagles.

DARWIN BUFFETTES V SOUTHERN DISTRICTS

Round 10 – Sunday December 9th, 12:00pm

TIO Stadium

Second plays fourth as the Buffettes take on the Crocs in what should be an epic encounter. In Round 1, Darwin had a 10-point lead going into the final quarter, but a late surge by the Districts caught the Buffs off guard for an upset win. This game is a toss of the coin. The Buffs have the experience but the Crocs have been smashing teams of late. In the centre of the ground, Southern Districts’ Tahlia Holtze, Ebony Miller, and Lateesha Jeffrey will try to combat Darwin stars, Tikesa Docherty Cole, Jemma Iacono, and Kylie Duggan. Up forward, Darwin has an arsenal of goal scorers, with Machaelia Roberts and Meredith Turner being the most dangerous. The Crocs will need to lock down this pair in order to settle their back line. The Southern Districts’ forward line, on the other hand, is another story. The Crocs have proven to be inaccurate in recent weeks, but it is yet to come back and haunt them. Perhaps this could be the game where it does.

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 9

THE Razorbacks experienced their worst defeat of the season last week when they were held scoreless for the entire game. This week, they meet ladder-leaders, Waratah in an attempt to redeem a poor performance. The Magpies are flying at the moment after downing Darwin last weekend, and will look to continue their good form when they face the Saints on Saturday. On Sunday, the Crocs will meet the Queen Ants. The Southern Districts have been on a roll these past weeks but Pint has proven to be a competitive outfit and may push the Crocs to their limit. The last match of the round will see the Wanderers play Nightcliff. Both teams are still searching for their first win of the season, and one team will finally get to sing their song after Sunday’s match, given the result isn’t a draw.

 

TRACY VILLAGE V WARATAH

Round 9 – Saturday December 1, 10:30am

TIO Stadium

The Warriors may have lost one game this season, but still remain the team to beat as they hover over the rest of the league. After a poor performance against the Crocs, the Warriors clicked into gear in their last game by smashing Pint. Waratah forward, Lisa Miceli has been damaging all season, but defenders, Alysha Healy and Lauren O’Shea have pushed forward from the back half in recent weeks to hit the scoreboard. The Warriors’ versatility has shown that they can kick majors from any position. Tracy Village started off the season strongly but has hit a slump in the past month. Kristy Irvine has had to carry her team through the midfield and up forward, standing as the club’s dual leading goal scorer. The Razorbacks cannot allow Irvine to carry this load alone if they are any chance to beat Waratah. Kristi Barnes once looked to be the spearhead up forward for Tracy Village, but is yet to string together some consistent performances. A few goals to Barnes against Waratah may give her a shot of confidence again.

 

PALMERSTON MAGPIES V ST MARYS

Round 9 – Saturday December 1, 3pm

TIO Oval No.2

The Saints escaped the Wanderers by the skin of their teeth last week, but on Saturday they will have to fend off a hungry Magpies army. Palmerston got the better of the Buffettes on the weekend with a gutsy performance by Under 18 representatives, Tabitha May, Freda Puruntatameri and Janet Baird. Baird has been causing all kinds of havoc since moving into forward line, and could have the same profound influence again this week. St Marys defenders, Nikita Long and Lori Neven will need to be at their best if they are to stop last year’s Rising Star. The talent of youth in the Magpies is deep, but the Saints have a young gun of their own in Danielle Ponter. Ponter was recently drafted by the Adelaide Crows and has just recently returned to the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s competition. Her skill in the midfield, as well as up forward, could prove to be the difference against Palmerston.

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V PINT

Round 9 – Sunday December 2, 10am

Norbuilt Oval

Inconsistency in front of goal has not yet come back to bite the Crocs, as they have torn apart their competition in recent games and now sit second on the ladder. Southern Districts’ Tayla Thorn and Charles Deegan may not be the most accurate forwards, but their efforts week after week have been nothing short of first class. The pair has kicked 16 goals between them, and could’ve had more if it weren’t for inaccuracy. Crocs stars, Lateesha Jeffrey, Tahlia Holtze and Ebony Miller have been admirable in the centre of the ground, but the Queen Ants trio of Erin Hetherington, Katie Streader, and Cassie Henderson may give them a challenge this week. Southern Districts defenders, Holly Engelhardt, Tyler Thornton and Northern Territory Under 18 representative Bella Clarke have shut down the best of opposition forwards, so Pint’s leading goal kickers, Kristen Smits and Madeline Keeble will have to put in some extra effort if they are to penetrate this Crocs defence.

 

WANDERERS VS NIGHTCLIFF

Round 9 – Sunday December 2, 11:30am

Gardens Oval No.2

Despite the fact that both teams currently sit at the bottom of the ladder, this game could prove to be a real nail-biter. Last week, the Eagles put up a good fight against St Marys but just let them slip away in the final quarter. A stronger defensive effort will be needed if they are to avoid sinking to last place. Northern Territory Under 18 representative, Arthurina Moreen has been lively up forward but has also been starved of opportunity all season. Wanderers’ midfielders, Calista Boyd and Keyona De Satge will need to dig deep this game and supply Moreen with some genuine opportunity in front of goal. On the other hand, the Tigers will need their own heroes to stand up and find a way to kick some goals. In previous matches, the efforts of defenders like Eliza Wear have held strong early in games, but the severe lack of scoring power has led to some crushing defeats by their opposition. Nightcliff must find a way to correct this weakness if they want to defeat the Eagles.

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 8

THE ladder-leading team again changed in Round 8, as Waratah re-claimed top spot with a big win over Pint, who came into this game on top of the table and ended it sitting at fourth. Elsewhere, the Southern Districts continued to prove themselves as a key player in the premiership race, while the Palmerston Magpies strung together a good win against fellow contenders, Darwin. Despite being at the bottom of the ladder, St Marys and the Wanderers put on a good high-scoring contest, but it was not enough to secure the Wanderers’ first win of the season.

 

ST MARYS 2.0 | 4.4 | 6.5 | 8.7 (55)
WANDERERS 0.1 | 2.3 | 4.5 | 7.6 (48)

GOALS:

St Marys: K. Dann 2, M. Gunderson 2, J. Chisholm, D. Ponter, D. Bishop, A. Baptista.
Wanderers: Not supplied.

Despite these teams being closer to the bottom of the ladder, this match was one of the highest scoring games of the season. In the end, it was St Marys who got up by seven points, leaving the Wanderers win-less so far this season. The Saints got off to a fast start, kicking two goals to one behind in the first term. The Wanderers evened up the scoring in the second quarter, with both teams scoring two goals. However, it was the Saints who had the upper hand at that point, going into half-time with a 13-point lead. The Wanderers fought back in the third term, pegging the margin back to 12 points with a two-goal third term. They went one better in the last quarter, but it wasn’t enough to gain the lead, with St Marys adding to its margin with another two goals in the term. It was an even spread of contributors for the Saints, with Katherine Dann and Marlee Gunderson each scoring two goals. Danarra Bishop, Jadeen Chisholm and Advenia Baptista each kicked a major in the win, and were joined by a new AFL Women’s recruit in Danielle Ponter, who also scored a goal in her first appearance for St Marys this season.

 

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 1.1 | 3.3 | 5.6 | 6.7 (43)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 2.3 | 4.3 | 5.4 | 5.9 (39)

GOALS:

Palmerston: J. Stassi 2, T. May, N. Medbury, F. Puruntatameri.
Darwin: K. Duggan 2, J. Alley, Z. Anderson , M. Roberts.

BEST:

Palmerston: T. May, F. Puruntatameri, J. Baird, C. Marshall, L. Santo, B. Byers
Darwin: T. Docherty-Cole, Z. Anderson , M. Roberts, D. Ah Wang, D. Totham

Darwin has been dealt with a blow to its premiership chances with a loss at the hands of the Palmerston Magpies. The Buffettes started off as the better team, scoring two goals to one in the first term. They continued to have the upper hand in the second term, despite both teams kicking two goals, as they took a six-point lead into half-time. Palmerston then dug deep in the third term, kicking 2.3 to 1.1 to take a slim two-point lead into the main break. The Buffettes wasted their opportunities to retake the lead in the fourth term, scoring five behinds compared to 1.1, ultimately losing by four points. Jessica Stassi was Palmerston’s only multiple goal scorer, and was complemented by Natasha Medbury and Freda Puruntatameri, who each kicked a goal. Undoubtedly, the star of the day was Tabitha May. May, who also kicked a major, was named best-on-ground for the second consecutive week. For Darwin, Kylie Duggan was proactive inside 50 with two goals, while Jaala Alley, Zoe Anderson and Machaelia Roberts all did well to kick majors on the day. After getting on the scoreboard last week, Tikesa Docherty-Cole continued to shine in Round 8 with a best-on-ground performance for her side.

 

PINT 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 1.0 (6)
WARATAH 4.0 | 6.3 | 10.7 | 14.9 (93)

GOALS:

Pint: K. Smits.
Waratah: L. Miceli 5, L. O”Shea 2, S. Nalder 2, J. de Melo 2, A. Perkins, A. Chittick, A. Healy.

BEST:

Pint: Not supplied
Waratah: J. Kolodziej, L. Miceli, J. de Melo, A. Stanley, B. Martin

In the shock of the round, the top-of-the-table Queen Ants were thrashed by reigning premiers, Waratah. After coming off their first loss of the season last week, it was expected that the Warriors were going to be hungry for a win, and they were nothing short of clinical against the team that took their spot on the top of the ladder last round. Waratah stormed out of the blocks with four straight majors in the first term, putting the game out of Pint’s reach early. In the second term, the Warriors managed two more majors, still managing to keep the Queen Ants scoreless, which resulted in a 39-point half-time margin. The scoring continued in the third term with the Warriors kicking three goals to none. They finally conceded in the first quarter, with Pint scoring for the first time in the game. But that didn’t seem to faze Waratah, who scored four goals to extend its winning margin to 87 points. Lisa Miceli was back to her best up forward after a quiet game last week, kicking five goals in the big victory. She was complemented by Lauren O’Shea, Sue Nalder and Jade de Melo, who all scored two majors each. Joanna Kolodziej built on her good form from last week, as she was named best-on-ground for the Warriors. Her side managed to shut down in-form Pint forward, Kristen Smits, who scored the Queen Ants’ only goal of the game.

 

TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 4.4 | 6.12 | 7.13 | 7.15 (57)

GOALS:

Tracy Village: N/A.
Southern Districts: T. Thorn 2, M. Wehipeihana 2, M. Clarke, I. Sleeth, C. Pember.

BEST:

Tracy Village: K. Irvine, Z. Clarke, K. McNeill, B. Angel, K. Hughes, I. Hoadley
Southern Districts: T. Thorn 2, M. Wehipeihana 2, M. Clarke, I. Sleeth, C. Pember

After a win over the Warriors last week, the Crocs gave the Razorbacks no chance of disrupting their winning formula. The Southern Districts held Tracy Village scoreless for the whole game, bursting out of the gates with a four-goal first term. The game looked finished at half-time when the Crocs extended their margin to 48 points, but it could have been much more, as they kicked 2.8 for the quarter. In the third term, the Razorbacks improved defensively, restricting the Southern Districts to one goal. They did even better in the last term, holding the dominant Crocs outfit to just two behinds. However, they were still on the end of a 57-point loss, giving the Southern Districts a big percentage-boosting win. NT Thunder forward, Tayla Thorn and Melody Wehipeihana were the dominant players inside 50 for the Crocs, with each player kicking two majors a piece. Maili Clarke, Indy Sleeth and Chelsea Pember rounded out the scoring for Southern Districts, kicking a major each. Despite no goal scorers for the Razorbacks, NT Thunder’s Kristy Irvine continued to impress with a best-on-ground performance, while Zhoe Clarke was able to back up her best-on-ground performance last week by being named second-best against the Crocs. Kate McNeill, Buffy Angel, Kate Hughes and Isabelle Hoadley were the other standouts for the Razorbacks on a disappointing day.

2018 AFLW Draft Order

2018 NAB AFLW DRAFT ORDER

FIRST ROUND
1 Geelong – Nina Morrison (Geelong Falcons/Vic Country)
2 Geelong – Sophie Van De Heuvel (GWV Rebels/Vic Country)
3 Carlton – Madison Prespakis (Calder Cannons/Vic Metro)
4 Fremantle – Jasmin Stewart (Claremont/Western Australia)
5 Collingwood – Jordyn Allen (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country)
6 Melbourne – Tyla Hanks (Gippsland Power/Vic Country)
7 Geelong – Rebecca Webster (Murray Bushrangers/Vic Country)
8 Adelaide – Nikki Gore (South Adelaide/South Australia/Central Allies)
9 Brisbane –  Paige Parker (Coorparoo/Queensland)
10 Western Bulldogs – Eleanor Brown (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro)
11 Collingwood – Katie Lynch (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
12 Greater Western Sydney – Alyce Parker (Thurgoona Bulldogs/NSW-ACT/Eastern Allies)

SECOND ROUND
13 Collingwood – Mikala Cann (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
14 Geelong – Olivia Purcell (Geelong Falcons/Vic Country)
15 Melbourne . – Madeline Brancatisano (Northern Knights/Vic Metro)
16 Carlton – Abbie McKay (father-daughter selection – Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro)
17 Fremantle – Sabreena Duffy (Peel Thunderbirds/Western Australia)
18 Collingwood – Lauren Butler (GWV Rebels/Vic Country)
19 Collingwood – Maddie Shevlin (Casey Demons)
20 Geelong – Denby Taylor (Geelong Falcons/Vic Country)
21 Carlton – Jayde Van Dyk (Hawthorn VFLW)
22 Brisbane – Natalie Grider (University of Queensland/Queensland)
23 Western Bulldogs – Aisling McCarthy (Ireland)
24 Geelong – Georgia Clarke (GWV Rebels/Vic Country)
25 North Melbourne – Daisy Bateman (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)

THIRD ROUND
26 Western Bulldogs – Kate Bartlett (Peel Thunder/Western Australia)
27 Carlton – Charlotte Wilson (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
28 Fremantle – Phillipa Seth (East Fremantle/Western Australia)
29 Collingwood – Sophie Alexander (compensation)
30 Adelaide – Jessica Foley (Fitzroy/South Australia)
31 Melbourne – Jordann Hickey (NT Thunder VFLW)
32 Collingwood –  Georgia Gourlay (Casey Demons VFLW)
33 Brisbane – McKenzie Dowrick (Subiaco/Western Australia)
34 Western Bulldogs – Selena Karlson (Southern Saints VFLW)
35 Geelong – Rene Caris (GWV Rebels/Vic Country)
36 North Melbourne –  Courtney Munn (Southern Saints VFLW)

FOURTH ROUND
37 Adelaide – Chloe Scheer (Central District/South Australia)
38 Carlton – Emerson Woods (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
39 Fremantle – Courtney Stubbs (Subiaco/Western Australia)
40 Carlton – Rhiannon Watt (Southern Saints VFLW)
41 Adelaide – Katelyn Rosenzweig (Central District/South Australia)
42 Carlton – Jessica Edwards (Collingwood VFLW)
43 Greater Western Sydney Brittany Perry (North Adelaide/South Australia)
44 Melbourne –  Shelley Heath (Southern Saints VFLW)
45 Brisbane – Lauren Bella (Bond University/Queensland)
46 Western Bulldogs – Jessie Davies (Western Bulldogs VFLW)
47 Geelong – Maighan Fogas (Geelong VFLW)
48 Adelaide – Danielle Ponter (Northern Territory/Central Allies)

FIFTH ROUND
49 Fremantle – Parris Laurie (Claremont/Western Australia) *Carlton passed this pick
50 Collingwood – Jordan Membrey (Wilston Grange/Queensland)
51 Adelaide – Hannah Martin (West Adelaide/South Australia)
52 GWS – Lisa Whiteley (South Adelaide/South Australia)
53 North Melbourne – Chloe Haines (Burnie Dockers/ Tasmania)
54 Brisbane – Tori Groves-Little (Coorparoo/ Queensland)
55 Geelong- Elise Coventry (Geelong VFLW)
56 North Melbourne- Libby Haines (Burnie Dockers/ Tasmania)
57 Fremantle- Laura Pugh (West Perth/Western Australia)
58 Greater Western Sydney- Ingrid Nielsen (UNSW Hawks)

SIXTH ROUND
59 Brisbane – Jesse Tawhaio-Wardlaw (Bond University /Queensland)
60 Geelong – Madeline Keryk (Geelong VFLW)
61 North Melbourne – Nicole Bresnehan (Clarence Roos/Tasmania)
62 Fremantle – Matilda Sergeant (Claremont/Western Australia)
63 Greater Western Sydney – Renee Tomkins (Auburn Giants/NSW-ACT)

SEVENTH ROUND
64 Fremantle – Ebony Dowson (Peel Thunder/Western Australia)
65 Greater Western Sydney – Delma Gisu (Wilston Grange/Queensland)

EIGHTH ROUND
66 Greater Western Sydney – Haneen Zreika (Auburn Giants/NSW-ACT)
67 Collingwood – Erica Fowler (Collingwood VFLW)

NINTH ROUND
68 Fremantle – Ebony O’Dea (Adelaide University/South Australia)
69 Brisbane – Jacqueline Yorston (Wilston Grange/ Queensland) *compensation
70 Brisbane – Jade Ellenger (Coorparoo/ Queensland) *compensation

2018 AFL Women’s Draft Preview

TOMORROW marks another chapter in the rise of AFL Women’s with the third draft since the competition’s inception, and this year is likely to be littered with primarily youth players as the talent numbers increase at junior ranks. We take a look at tomorrow’s draft and answer some key questions you might have.

What time does it start?

The AFL website will stream the AFL Women’s Draft from 11.45am, with the official proceedings to get underway from midday. After initial speeches and welcoming, Geelong coach, Paul Hood will have the first two chances to read out the names of players to run out in the blue and white hoops.

Who will be pick one?

It was a race to the finish between Nina Morrison andMadison Prespakis – with a number of others putting their hands up – but expect the tackling machine from the Falcons, Morrison to be the first name called out after nominating Geelong as her region of choice, whereas Prespakis nominated Vic Metro.

Which players can teams select?

For the first time, there will be six Victorian sides heading to the draft, with Geelong and North Melbourne joining the league. Given it’s regional base, the fact AFL Women’s players are still on part-time contracts and the costs associated with committing to the competition, the Cats have the ability to select any player that picked the “Geelong only” region, or the “All of Victoria” region. The other five teams may select players from the “Vic Metro” region, or the “All of Victoria” region. For the interstate clubs, they select players that have nominated their state. With only one side in each state, it means they will head to the draft knowing which players they will add to their list – but still hold suspense for their fans!

Who are the names to look out for?

Aside from Morrison and Prespakis, who will likely be off the board early, other Victorians to keep in mind are Olivia Purcell (Geelong only), who will come into consideration at Pick 2, as will cricketer/footballer, Sophie Van De Heuvel, who has had interest from multiple clubs, including the Cats. Given Geelong is guaranteed to lock away Purcell, the Cats have the ability to select Van De Heuvel with Pick 2, and then secure her for 2019 before the other Victorian sides enter the draft. Dandenong Stingrays skipper, Jordyn Allen, and Gippsland Power’s Tyla Hanks are the other two who have come into consideration in the first round early, with Collingwood and Melbourne waiting on exactly what Geelong will do with Pick 2, and Carlton with Pick 3. For Geelong fans, other names to look out for a bit later on are Georgia Clarke and Rebecca Webster, who both primarily play off half-back, with Webster also able to fill a role on the inside.

Across the country, Sabreena Duffy is the name that will be the big one for Fremantle fans, with the West Australian captain leading the team throughout her accolade-littered junior career and will join the purple army. Nikki Gore has been the name whispered throughout South Australia this year, and the Crows will be very excited to have her on board, while Alyce Parker is the steal of the draft at Pick 12, with the Thurgoona Bulldogs star right up with the top couple of players in the draft crop. The Brisbane Lions have an interesting dilemma on their hands with both ruck, Lauren Bella, and utility, McKenzie Dowrick, worthy first round picks after the latter chose to leave Western Australia and nominate for Queensland. North Melbourne also has first access to Tasmanian players as part of their arrangement coming into the league, so twin sisters, Libby and Chloe Haines will be high on their radar, as could Lauren Stevenson as the three players from the Apple Isle who have stood out the most this year.

What about mature-agers?

There are still plenty of mature-agers floating about that will slot into AFL Women’s sides at the draft. Jayde Van Dyk is a young star who took out the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s Rising Star Award. There was talk of her potentially going Pick 1, and while it is hard to see Geelong not choosing the Falcons poster girl, Van Dyk could well come into consideration at Pick 2, or perhaps Pick 7 depending on the level of interest from other clubs. While the list of region choices is not publicly available, the fact the talk about her potentially going Pick 1, meant there is a hint she might have selected the “All of Victoria” region.

Outside of Van Dyk, others who have shone in the VFL Women’s who were not already picked up are Essendon hardnut, Hayley Bullas, who was a tackling machine, and named in the VFL Women’s Team of the Year. She is sure to attract interest from clubs after her superb season, as is Richmond’s Alice Edmonds who was also named in the Team of the Year on the bench. Collingwood’s Jess Edwards comes with high regard for her leadership and versatility, with the South Australian recruit sure to be another coming into consideration for clubs, including the Magpies.

Who is already drafted prior to the draft?

There are three players who have already been selected in the AFL Women’s Draft after being subjected to a bidding process. Abbie McKay, the first ever father-daughter selection was picked up by Carlton with Pick 16, after matching a bid for the tough, inside midfielder. Meanwhile, Collingwood has picked up two of it’s VFL Women’s players in Team of the Year representative, Sophie Alexander and Erica Fowler. Alexander drew a bid from Melbourne at Pick 31 – the only Victorian team between Collingwood’s two picks – that has cost the Magpies Pick 29. Fowler did not draw a bid and was penciled in Round 9, with the final selection of the AFL Women’s Draft – Pick 70.

Some players worth keeping an eye on their names throughout the draft?

The first place to look is the AFL Women’s Academy, which holds the players who have been identified as some of the top talents prior to this season. Emerson Woods blitzed the testing at the AFL Women’s Draft Combine and will be one that might come into consideration in the early stages of the draft, while ruck, Rene Caris is the standout tall from Victoria, and Georgia Macpherson is a rebounding defender who can play tall or small. Courtney Jones has shown an ability to play at either end or through the middle, while Denby Taylor will not stray too far from the Falcons homebase when she lands at Geelong.

There are those teenagers who have impressed more at senior level, including Collingwood’s Daisy Bateman, Katie Lynch and Hannah McLaren, Williamstown’s Megan Williamson, Carlton’s Maddy Brancatisano, Hawthorn’s Mikala Cann and Southern Saints’ Eleanor Brown. For South Australia, Janet Baird and Danielle Ponter are classy players who could be Crows players by the end of tomorrow, while Courtney Hodder (Fremantle) whose AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships were ruined by injury, and Tori Groves-Little (Brisbane) are other AFL Academy players who will be considered.

Where can I find out more information about the players?

We have conducted 60 interviews with top-age players, including every Victorian representative in 2018. To hear their story in their own words, head to our AFLW Draft Features page.

AFLW Draft preview: Adelaide

ADELAIDE heads into the 2018 AFL Women’s Draft with six available spots on its list. The Crows have retained the majority of their side, and have added GWS GIANTS’ Renee Forth and Carlton’s Sophie Li, the latter of whom has returned to South Australia for work. They have also picked up two cross-coders in Ailish Considine and Maisie Nankivell who slot in as international rookies. With 2017 AFL Women’s League Best and Fairest, Erin Phillips to be back at full fitness, the Crows loom as a dark horse in the premiership race, but could still do with filling some important spots in their 22.

Last year: Fifth

IN: Renee Forth, Sophie Li, Ailish Considine, Maisie Nankivell
OUT: Jess Allan, Sophie Armistead, Georgie Bevan, Abbey Holmes, Rachael Killian, Talia Radan, Ruth Wallace, Calista Boyd (rookie), Becchara Palmer (rookie), Brianna Walling (rookie),

ADELAIDE AFLW list (24/30):

  • Sarah Allan
  • Ailish Considine**
  • Dayna Cox
  • Courtney Cramey
  • Angela Foley
  • Renee Forth
  • Anne Hatchard
  • Jasmyn Hewett
  • Eloise Jones
  • Sophie Li
  • Rheanne Lugg
  • Ebony Marinoff
  • Jenna McCormick
  • Rhiannon Metcalfe
  • Justine Mules
  • Maisie Nankivell**
  • Sarah Perkins
  • Erin Phillips
  • Marijana Rajcic
  • Chelsea Randall
  • Sally Riley
  • Jess Sedunary
  • Stevie-Lee Thompson
  • Deni Varnhagen

**International rookies

DRAFT PICKS

8, 30, 37, 41, 48, 53.

POSSIBLE DRAFT PROSPECTS

Georgia Bevan was delisted due to minimum numbers needing to be upheld prior to the off-season movement period, but having played all bar two matches since the first game of AFL Women’s, she is one who would have to come into consideration to be re-drafted. From those invited to the AFL Women’s Draft Combine, midfielder Nikki Gore looms as the obvious selection for the Crows, having had an outstanding season at state level, and represented Central Allies at the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships. Her state teammate, Katelyn Rosenzweig has been prominent in front of the big sticks with multiple leading goal kicker awards, and expect her to work in tandem with Sarah Perkins up forward. Northern Territory product and exciting forward, Danielle Ponter is another player who earned a National Draft Combine invite, and it will be interesting to see where she nominates, having played for Essendon in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s, but falls under the Crows’ zone. Likewise, Janet Baird is a Northern Territory talent who has had experience playing for NT Thunder in the VFL Women’s. A potential option raised by Women’s Australian Rules Football (WARF) Radio’s Peter Holden, was Chloe Scheer, who similar to Gore, was no stranger to awards before injury struck. Now an over-ager, Scheer could be an out of the box option if she has recovered and chooses to pursue the career.

2018/19 NTFL Women’s preview

IN the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League, the top six qualify for finals in the nine-team competition. In the post-season, the top two guarantee themselves a double chance, playing off in a quarter final, while third takes on sixth and fourth takes on fifth in elimination finals. The winner of the qualifying final takes on the lowest finishing winner from week one, and the loser takes on the highest finishing winner. From the semi-finals, the two winners play off in the decider. We will be covering the competition with a preview and review each week, and ahead of the first round we take a look at how each of the sides went last season.

 

Darwin Buffettes

Last year: Grand Finalists

The Darwin Buffettes finished second on the ladder last year with 13 wins and three losses. Their season began with a 150-point win and ended with a 35-point loss in the Grand Final. Darwin experienced some thumping wins but its losses were all close, especially when the Buffettes went down to Palmerston by one point in Round 4. Delsey Ah Wang was the side’s leading goal kicker for the season, kicking 25 goals from 18 matches, including a five-goal haul. Northern Territory Under 18 representative, Machaelia Roberts was one of the standouts last season, with 15 goals to go along with appearing 10 times in the best players. NT Thunder teammates, Kylie Duggan, Jordann Hickey and former Adelaide AFL Women’s player, Jasmine Anderson also had impressive seasons.

Round 1: vs. Southern Districts – TIO Oval No. 2, Saturday, 6pm

 

Nightcliff

Last year: Wooden spoon

Did not record a victory in season 2017/18, but had a number of spirited losses, including a 12-point defeat to third placed Palmerston in the penultimate round. Alexandra Biggs was the Tigers’ leading goal kicker with three goals from 11 games. American midfielder, Jess Blecher played three games with Nightcliff before heading down to Melbourne to play for Northern Football Netball League (NFNL) side, Keilor.

Round 1: vs. St Marys – TIO Stadium, Saturday, 10.30am

 

Palmerston

Last year: Semi-Final

Came within four points of an upset win in the semi-final against Darwin Buffettes, but had to be satisfied with a top four finish after an impressive third-placed finish in the regular NTFL Women’s season. The Magpies started off the season well, with six straight wins to open up their campaign. Their losses came against quality sides in Waratah, Darwin Bufferttes and St Marys, who all finished in the top four last season. Jessica Stassi was Palmerston’s leading goal kicker, with 14 goals from 13 matches. Northern Territory Under 18 AFL Women’s Most Valuable Player, Janet Baird was a member of the side last year and kicked six goals in her 17 games. Fellow Northern Territory representative and NT Thunder player, Tabitha May was also a member of the side.

Round 1: vs. Pint – Asbuild Oval, Sunday, 2pm

 

Pint

Last year: Elimination final

The Green Ants went down to St Marys by 23 points in the elimination final, making the post-season series ahead of other teams in the mid-table logjam. Six wins and 10 losses saw them finish fifth, with wins coming against the Wanderers, Southern Districts and Nightcliff. Elise Fenna was the Green Ants’ leading goal kicker, with 17 goals from eight matches, including a bag of six. Cara Evans was another player who consistently scored goals, kicking 14 majors from 13 games.

Round 1: vs. Palmerston – Asbuild Oval, Sunday, 2pm

 

St Marys

Last year: Semi-Final

St Marys was outclassed by eventual premiers, Waratah by 60 points in the semi-final, but enjoyed an elimination final win over Pint by 23 points. Laelia Dunn was the competition’s leading goal kicker with 42 goals from 18 games. In one match, she kicked a whopping 14 majors. Alana Coombes finished fifth in the competition, with 23 goals from 16 games. Northern Territory Under 18 representative and Essendon Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s player, Danielle Ponter was a member of the side and kicked 16 goals from 15 games, being named in the best three times. Other notable names include Essendon VFLW player, Michaela Long.

Round 1: vs. Nightcliff – TIO Stadium, Saturday, 10.30am

 

Southern Districts

Last year: Seventh

Recorded the five wins in season 2017/18, missing out on a finals berth by percentage. NT Thunder player, Tahlia Holtze was the side’s leading goal kicker with 14 majors from 16 games. She was also named in the best six times and kicked a bag of five on one occasion. Fellow Thunder player, Lateesha Jeffrey was also a member of the Southern Districts, playing 17 games for seven appearances in the best. Despite a couple of hefty losses at the start of the season, the Southern Districts bounced back throughout the season with some hard-fought wins throughout the middle and end of the season.

Round 1: vs. Darwin Buffettes – TIO Oval No. 2, Saturday, 6pm.

 

Tracy Village

Last year: Elimination final

The Razorbacks went down to Palmerston by 15 points in the elimination final in a brave effort against the third placed side, a team which had seven more wins in the regular NTFL Women’s season. NT Thunder player, Kristy Irvine led the way in goals, with 19 goals in 13 matches. She was also named in the best seven times. Some convincing wins against Nightcliff, Wanderers and Pint were highlights of its season.

Round 1: vs. Wanderers – Gardens Oval No. 2, Sunday, 11.30am.

 

Wanderers

Last year: Eighth

Had the four wins in season 2017/18, finishing ahead of wooden spooners Nightcliff, but just one win short of a finals berth. Keyona Desatge was the side’s leading goal kicker with six goals from 13 games. Georgia Halkitis and Shekeine De Satge each kicked five majors for the season. A 141-point win against Nightcliff in Round 1 kickstarted their season but they feel away in the subsequent rounds, recording a further three wins for the season.

Round 1: vs. Tracy Village – Gardens Oval No. 2, Sunday, 11.30am.

 

Waratah

Last year: Premiers

Took home a remarkable sixth flag in seven seasons after winning the 2017/18 premiership, toppling Darwin Buffettes by 35 points in the decider. NT Thunder star, Sue Nalder led the way in the goal kicking, with 32 goals from 15 matches, including a bag of 10. Thunder teammate, Madeline Gault also got amongst the goals with 19 goals from 14 games, including a bag of six. The duo also featured prominently in the best, with Nalder appearing six times and Gault appearing five times. Waratah only lost one match during the season, recording 15 wins. The Warriors will certainly come in as favourites this season.

Round 1: Bye.

Family-oriented Sonia Dorizzi goes from shock to success in football career

WEST Australian (WA) ruck, Sonia Dorizzi started playing football when she was 15 years old.

She would spend lots of time with her family kicking a football around or smashing a cricket ball, and she was all ears when she found out her cousin was playing for a local club, wanting to try out her first competitive sport.

“I think in replacing of sports, we were just with family instead,” the WA ruck said. “We played sport altogether but not at a club level. “I always loved footy, I always wanted to play but just didn’t really have the opportunity. “A lot of girls play Auskick but I didn’t so I found out about my cousin playing at a club level, that was when I was 15, so I went down, looked at myself then got into that along with my sister and started playing for South Fremantle Women’s Football Club.”

Dorizzi continued to play with her sister in WA’s KickStart squad, which is a program where Indigenous players get to experience being in an elite AFL environment. She admits she was initially shocked about getting selected for the squad at such a young age.

“So playing football in my first year, everyone’s kind of like where have you come from?,” Dorizzi said. “Me and my sister, we both didn’t really know. “Initially, we made the KickStart team back in 2014, that was in our first year of football, and then from that, we just had so much people say to us ‘you should try out for 18s’ and sort of doing all this stuff that we didn’t know about at all. “I felt like I just wasn’t supposed to be there, I felt like I was too young. “I was 16 and there was other 16 year-olds and a couple of people that were a year younger than me but I just felt like it was kind of like a shock. “Like you didn’t expect yourself to be there and now you’re there, you’re kind of just like woah.”

Ever since then, her football career has grown in leaps and bounds, as she has gone from not realising how much of an honour playing for her state was to immersing herself in the privilege.

“It was such an honour (playing for WA) and I didn’t really grasp that whole concept until much later when I was like it actually is an honour to play for your state,” Dorizzi said. “I was kind of just like yeah, we’re playing for our state, cool, when I was younger. “But now I’m realising that it actually is an honour and a big thing. “I probably didn’t get that a lot when I was younger. “I kind of just played just for fun really.”

She cannot put her finger on just one memorable moment in her career, but has just loved playing for WA overall, as she has made everlasting friendships.

“I always love playing for WA to be honest,” Dorizzi said. “Making it a good memory, a lot of things contribute to it. “For example, Danielle Ponter from the Northern Territory, I met her back when I played KickStart in 2014 and from then, I didn’t see her and I rucked against her back then and coming to now, I had national academy with her and then my All Stars programs and stuff. “Them things, like seeing the girls, is what makes it better. “Yeah you have your WA team but it’s also good to know girls from Victoria and Queensland and New South Wales and Tasmania, you know, wherever else the girls are from. “I think all them different academies and All Star matches is what contributes to having good footy moments.”

Her good footy moments began right from her first year of football because she knew straight away that this was the sport for her, and she never wanted to leave.

“I always did want to play sport but I never just really had the opportunity to,” the 19 year-old said. “My mum and dad never really put me into a sport back when I was younger. “So playing football, when I was playing my first year, I was like I love it, I’m playing again next year. “I was kind of stuck there, they wouldn’t let me go. “I had no choice but to stay there I guess.”

Dorizzi now feels comfortable in the elite environment and has AFLW on her mind as a realistic goal.

“I do see it as a real goal,” she said. “Growing up, I was finding it hard where I could fit it but I definitely want to be there and go there as a goal.”