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2021 NAB League Boys snapshot: Round 16

THE 2021 NAB League season made its latest return on Sunday, with a quartet of Victorian regions getting on the park for a couple of all-country clashes. Geelong Falcons and Gippsland Power both earned victories over higher-ranked sides, with shaking up the ladder with finals fast-approaching. We run you through all the results and big performances in the Round 16 snapshot, stay tuned for Scouting Notes to follow tomorrow evening.

>> Round 16 POTW: Mitch Knevitt

BENDIGO PIONEERS 2.16 (28) def. by GEELONG FALCONS 9.12 (66)

IN A SENTENCE:

The Geelong Falcons kept and inaccurate Bendigo Pioneers side goalless in the first and fourth quarters, running out impressive 38-point winners in ideal conditions at Queen Elizabeth Oval.

TEAM STATS:

  • Bendigo Pioneers won the handballs (128-124) and rebound 50s (43-33)
  • Geelong Falcons won the kicks (218-168), marks (95-56), and inside 50s (52-39)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Sam Conforti (Bendigo Pioneers) 25 disposals, 2 marks, 11 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 6 rebound 50s
  • Jack Hickman (Bendigo Pioneers) 17 disposals, 1 mark, 5 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s
  • Harley Reid (Bendigo Pioneers) 16 disposals, 2 marks, 8 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 4 rebound 50s
  • Mitch Knevitt (Geelong Falcons) 36 disposals, 10 marks, 3 tackles, 8 inside 50s, 1 goal
  • Jhye Clark (Geelong Falcons) 25 disposals, 10 marks, 5 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 1 goal
  • Cooper Whyte (Geelong Falcons) 21 disposals, 9 marks, 6 tackles, 7 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Mitch Knevitt (Geelong Falcons)
4 – Jhye Clark (Geelong Falcons)
3 – Harley Reid (Bendigo Pioneers)
2 – Olivier Northam (Geelong Falcons)
1 – Sam Conforti (Bendigo Pioneers)

NEXT UP:

To be confirmed.

GIPPSLAND POWER 8.7 (55) def. GWV REBELS 6.12 (48)

IN A SENTENCE: 

The Gippsland Power pulled off another massive boilover on home turf, leading the highly-touted GWV Rebels at every break and holding on to win by seven points in Morwell.

TEAM STATS:

  • Gippsland Power won the rebound 50s (44-26) and hit-outs (32-20)
  • GWV Rebels won the disposals (338-287), inside 50s (52-35), and tackles (71-52)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Luis D’Angelo (Gippsland Power) 28 disposals, 1 mark, 7 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s
  • Mitchell Moschetti (Gippsland Power) 25 disposals, 3 marks, 7 tackles, 9 inside 50s, 4 rebound 50s
  • Jess McGrath (Gippsland Power) 16 disposals, 5 marks, 8 rebound 50s
  • Ben Hobbs (GWV Rebels) 32 disposals, 2 marks, 5 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 1 goal
  • Nick Hodgson (GWV Rebels) 32 disposals, 2 marks, 8 tackles, 6 inside 50s
  • Sam Butler (GWV Rebels) 27 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles, 1 inside 50, 1 rebound 50

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Ben Hobbs (GWV Rebels)
4 – Sam Butler (GWV Rebels)
3 – Luis D’Angelo (Gippsland Power)
2 – Charlie Molan (GWV Rebels)
1 – Bailey Humphrey (Gippsland Power)

NEXT UP:

To be confirmed.

2021 NAB League Boys snapshot: Round 12

WITH many of Victoria’s best top-agers running out for Vic Country and Vic Metro during last week’s Under 19 National Championships fixture, Round 12 of the NAB League provided bottom-agers the chance to shine, with many coming off their own representative honours. There were a couple of close games among the weekend’s offering, including a one-point thriller, but some dominant second half showings saw most margins exceed the five-goal mark. We run you through all the results and big performances in the Round 12 snapshot, stay tuned for Scouting Notes to follow tomorrow evening.

CALDER CANNONS 2.2 (14) def. by SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS 11.12 (78)

IN A SENTENCE:

A stingy Sandringham Dragons outfit kept the Calder Cannons to just two goals, both after half time, while managing 11 of their own to win by 64 points at RAMS Arena.

TEAM STATS:

  • Calder Cannons won the rebound 50s (39-21)
  • Sandringham Dragons won the disposals (341-271), marks (78-48), inside 50s (51-24), and hitouts (44-16)
  • The tackles were even at 68-apiece

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Flynn Gentile (Calder Cannons) 28 disposals, 1 mark, 2 tackles, 5 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50
  • Paul Pascu (Calder Cannons) 20 disposals, 3 marks, 8 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s
  • Flynn Lakey (Calder Cannons) 20 disposals, 2 marks, 7 tackles, 1 inside 50, 3 rebound 50s
  • Charlie McKay (Sandringham Dragons) 26 disposals, 1 mark, 7 tackles, 5 inside 50s
  • Max Heath (Sandringham Dragons) 21 disposals, 8 marks, 1 tackle, 2 inside 50s, 26 hitouts, 2 goals
  • Harry Sheezel (Sandringham Dragons) 21 disposals, 6 marks, 6 tackles, 5 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s, 3 goals

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Max Heath (Sandringham Dragons)
4 – Harry Sheezel (Sandringham Dragons)
3 – Charlie McKay (Sandringham Dragons)
2 – Lachlan Benton (Sandringham Dragons)
1 – Paul Pascu (Calder Cannons)

NEXT UP:

Calder Cannons vs. Eastern Ranges | Saturday July 17, 11:00am @ RAMS Arena
Sandringham Dragons vs. Northern Knights | Saturday July 17, 2:00pm @ Preston City Oval

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS 12.8 (80) def. by TASMANIA DEVILS 12.9 (81)

IN A SENTENCE:

A four-goal flurry in the final 10 minutes was not enough to see Murray Bushrangers pull off a miracle comeback against Tasmania, with the Devils holding firm to win by a single point on neutral territory.

TEAM STATS:

  • Murray Bushrangers won the kicks (196-190), rebound 50s (30-26), and marks (92-91)
  • Tasmania Devils won the handballs (125-116), inside 50s (42-38), and tackles (66-42)
  • The hitouts were even at 29-apiece

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Tom Bracher (Murray Bushrangers) 31 disposals, 7 marks, 2 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 5 rebound 50s
  • Zavier Maher (Murray Bushrangers) 17 disposals, 4 marks, 7 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s
  • Brayden George (Murray Bushrangers) 11 disposals, 4 marks, 1 tackle, 4 goals
  • Baynen Lowe (Tasmania Devils) 29 disposals, 8 marks, 2 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Tyler McGinnis (Tasmania Devils) 24 disposals, 7 marks, 3 tackles, 1 inside 50, 4 rebound 50s
  • Sam Banks (Tasmania Devils) 17 disposals, 3 marks, 1 tackle, 1 inside 50, 2 rebound 50s, 1 goal

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Tyler McGinnis (Tasmania Devils)
4 – Zach Morris (Tasmania Devils)
3 – Tom Bracher (Murray Bushrangers)
2 – Brayden George (Murray Bushrangers)
1 – Sam Banks (Tasmania Devils)

NEXT UP:

Murray Bushrangers – Bye
Tasmania Devils vs. Geelong Falcons | Sunday July 18, 1:30pm @ Avalon Airport Oval

NORTHERN KNIGHTS 8.7 (55) def. GEELONG FALCONS 6.11 (47)

IN A SENTENCE:

Northern Knights wrestled momentum in the second half with four goals to one, helping defeat the Geelong Falcons by eight points in a scrappy affair at Preston City Oval.

TEAM STATS:

  • Northern Knights won the disposals (296-257), rebound 50s (28-26), marks (73-62), and tackles (71-66)
  • Geelong Falcons won the inside 50s (36-34) and scoring shots (17-15)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Joel Trudgeon (Northern Knights) 35 disposals, 6 marks, 15 tackles, 7 inside 50s, 4 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Joel Fitzgerald (Northern Knights) 27 disposals, 8 marks, 1 tackle, 2 inside 50s, 6 rebound 50s
  • Jackson Bowne (Northern Knights) 21 disposals, 9 marks, 7 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 4 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Gennaro Bove (Geelong Falcons) 23 disposals, 5 marks, 6 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 4 rebound 50s, 3 behinds
  • Cooper Whyte (Geelong Falcons) 13 disposals, 2 marks, 3 tackles, 7 inside 50s
  • Tom Gillett (Geelong Falcons) 12 disposals, 5 marks, 1 inside 50, 1 goal, 3 behinds

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Joel Trudgeon (Northern Knights)
4 – Jackson Bowne (Northern Knights)
3 – Gennaro Bove (Geelong Falcons)
2 – Joel Fitzgerald (Northern Knights)
1 – Tom Gillett (Geelong Falcons)

NEXT UP:

Northern Knights vs. Sandringham Dragons | Saturday July 17, 2:00pm @ Preston City Oval
Geelong Falcons vs. Tasmania Devils | Sunday July 18, 1:30pm @ Avalon Airport Oval

WESTERN JETS 14.11 (95) def. BENDIGO PIONEERS 10.7 (67)

IN A SENTENCE:

A six-goal to nil third term was the difference as Western Jets overcame a half time deficit to beat Bendigo Pioneers by 28 points, overrunning the country region in style.

TEAM STATS:

  • Western Jets won the kicks (191-159), inside 50s (53-45), marks (64-55), and hitouts (49-17)
  • Bendigo Pioneers won the rebound 50s (38-34)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Liam Conway (Western Jets) 32 disposals, 9 marks, 5 tackles, 9 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s
  • Paul Tsapatolis (Western Jets) 21 disposals, 4 marks, 1 tackle, 4 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 41 hitouts, 1 goal
  • Nash Reynolds (Western Jets) 21 disposals, 2 marks, 8 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s
  • Cobi Maxted (Bendigo Pioneers) 25 disposals, 9 marks, 5 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 4 goals
  • Harvey Gallagher (Bendigo Pioneers) 27 disposals, 2 marks, 6 tackles, 5 inside 50s, 4 rebound 50s
  • Cooper Smith (Bendigo Pioneers) 6 marks, 3 tackles, 5 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s, 1 goal

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Cobi Maxted (Bendigo Pioneers)
4 – Liam Conway (Western Jets)
3 – Nash Reynolds (Western Jets)
2 – Paul Tsapatolis (Western Jets)
1 – Harvey Gallagher (Bendigo Pioneers)

NEXT UP:

Western Jets vs. Oakleigh Chargers | Saturday July 17, 12:00pm @ Warrawee Park
Bendigo Pioneers vs. Gippsland Power | Saturday July 17, 2:00pm @ Shepley Oval

GIPPSLAND POWER 7.6 (48) def. by EASTERN RANGES 11.12 (78)

IN A SENTENCE:

Eastern Ranges made it three-straight wins on Saturday, leading at every break and kicking away late to beat a competitive Gippsland Power side by 30 points on the road.

TEAM STATS:

  • Gippsland Power won the handballs (151-125) and rebound 50s (33-23)
  • Eastern Ranges won the kicks (193-145), inside 50s (50-30), and marks (93-71)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Mitchell Moschetti (Gippsland Power) 30 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50
  • Cooper Alger (Gippsland Power) 21 disposals, 4 marks, 1 inside 50, 1 rebound 50
  • Will Papley (Gippsland Power) 13 disposals, 5 marks, 2 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 2 goals
  • Max Hall (Eastern Ranges) 29 disposals, 9 marks, 6 tackles, 9 inside 50s, 1 goal
  • Jake Arundell (Eastern Ranges) 23 disposals, 9 marks, 4 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 3 goals
  • Nick Watson (Eastern Ranges) 15 disposals, 3 marks, 2 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 3 goals

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Max Hall (Eastern Ranges)
4 – Jake Arundell (Eastern Ranges)
3 – Nick Watson (Eastern Ranges)
2 – Mitchell Moschetti (Gippsland Power)
1 – Will Papley (Gippsland Power)

NEXT UP:

Gippsland Power vs. Bendigo Pioneers | Saturday July 17, 2:00pm @ Shepley Oval
Eastern Ranges vs. Calder Cannons | Saturday July 17, 11:00am @ RAMS Arena

DANDENONG STINGRAYS 8.8 (56) def. by OAKLEIGH CHARGERS 15.7 (97)

IN A SENTENCE:

An injection of gun bottom-agers helped Oakleigh overturn a narrow half time deficit, piling on 10 goals thereafter to defeat the Dandenong Stingrays by 41 points.

TEAM STATS:

  • Dandenong Stingrays won the rebound 50s (27-23)
  • Oakleigh Chargers won the kicks (183-163), inside 50s (43-33), marks (64-59), and hitouts (42-24)
  • The handballs (121-apiece) and tackles (60-apiece) were even

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Declan Cole (Dandenong Stingrays) 25 disposals, 3 marks, 9 tackles, 5 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50
  • James Cahill (Dandenong Stingrays) 23 disposals, 5 marks, 2 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50
  • Henry Berenger (Dandenong Stingrays) 14 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles, 5 rebound 50s
  • Henry Brown (Oakleigh Chargers) 26 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 4 inside 50s
  • Blake Drury (Oakleigh Chargers) 21 disposals, 5 marks, 1 tackle, 6 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50
  • George Wardlaw (Oakleigh Chargers) 19 disposals, 1 mark, 7 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – George Wardlaw (Oakleigh Chargers)
4 – Blake Drury (Oakleigh Chargers)
3 – James Cahill (Dandenong Stingrays)
2 – Jack O’Sullivan (Oakleigh Chargers)
1 – Henry Brown (Oakleigh Chargers)

NEXT UP:

Dandenong Stingrays vs. GWV Rebels | Saturday July 17, 11:30am @ Shepley Oval
Oakleigh Chargers vs. Western Jets | Saturday July 17, 12:00pm @ Warrawee Park

Image Credit: Cameron Grimes/AFL Photos

2021 NAB League Boys snapshot: Round 11

SQUADS were stacked in Round 11 of the NAB League as plenty of draft eligible stars returned to their regions after last week’s representative trial games. Cold conditions and blustery breezes ensured the class of those players was tested though, with four of the six fixtures decided by a goal or less. There was still a raft of big performances to be marvelled at, and we highlight them in our weekend snapshot. Stay tuned for Scouting Notes to follow tomorrow evening.

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CALDER CANNONS 8.5 (53) def. GEELONG FALCONS 7.8 (50)

IN A SENTENCE:

Calder Cannons held off Geelong Falcons in a three-point thriller at Highgate Recreation Reserve, with 12 of the total 15 goals kicked at one end of the ground.

TEAM STATS:

  • Calder Cannons won the disposals (373-309), kicks (198-160), and marks (86-64)
  • Geelong Falcons won the inside 50s (44-41), tackles (69-54), and hit-outs (43-26)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Zac Taylor (Calder Cannons) 34 disposals, 7 marks, 9 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 4 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Josh Goater (Calder Cannons) 33 disposals, 7 marks, 1 inside 50, 5 rebound 50s
  • Sam Paea (Calder Cannons) 13 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 5 goals
  • Noah Gribble (Geelong Falcons) 39 disposals, 7 marks, 5 tackles, 7 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s
  • Mitch Knevitt (Geelong Falcons) 27 disposals, 6 marks, 11 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Tom Gillett (Geelong Falcons) 20 disposals, 7 marks, 1 tackle, 3 inside 50s, 3 goals, 3 behinds

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Sam Paea (Calder Cannons)
4 – Zac Taylor (Calder Cannons)
3 – Noah Gribble (Geelong Falcons)
2 – Mitch Knevitt (Geelong Falcons)
1 – Flynn Lakey (Calder Cannons)

NEXT UP:

Calder Cannons vs. Sandringham Dragons | Saturday July 10, 10:30am @ RAMS Arena
Geelong Falcons vs. Northern Knights | Saturday July 10, 1:00pm @ Preston City Oval

GWV REBELS 5.7 (37) def. OAKLEIGH CHARGERS 4.11 (35)

IN A SENTENCE:

GWV Rebels took out a low-scoring slog by two points against the Oakleigh Chargers, who missed a late chance to snatch victory after managing just one goal to three quarter time.

TEAM STATS*:

  • GWV Rebels won the disposals (238-209) and handballs (112-87)
  • Oakleigh Chargers won the tackles (66-50) and scoring shots (15-12)

KEY PLAYERS*:

  • Ben Hobbs (GWV Rebels) 24 disposals, 4 marks, 1 tackle, 2 inside 50s, 4 rebound 50s
  • Charlie Molan (GWV Rebels) 18 disposals, 4 marks, 1 tackle, 4 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s
  • Marcus Herbert (GWV Rebels) 17 disposals, 2 marks, 3 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 1 goal
  • Youseph Dib (Oakleigh Chargers) 16 disposals, 1 mark, 7 tackles, 2 inside 50s
  • Sam Tucker (Oakleigh Chargers) 11 disposals, 2 marks, 1 tackle, 1 inside 50, 2 goals, 2 behinds
  • Patrick Voss (Oakleigh Chargers) 18 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 5 inside 50s, 4 rebound 50s

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Ben Hobbs (GWV Rebels)
4 – Charlie Molan (GWV Rebels)
3 – Youseph Dib (Oakleigh Chargers)
2 – Sam Tucker (Oakleigh Chargers)
1 – Marcus Herbert (GWV Rebels)

NEXT UP:

GWV Rebels – Bye.
Oakleigh Chargers vs. Dandenong Stingrays | Sunday July 11, 2:15pm @ Shepley Oval

* – Note: Statistics only recorded to three quarter time.

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS 11.5 (71) def. NORTHERN KNIGHTS 8.7 (55)

IN A SENTENCE:

Murray Bushrangers stood firm in the face of Northern Knights’ third term challenge, kicking clear in the final quarter to win by 16 points on home turf.

TEAM STATS:

  • Murray Bushrangers won the kicks (212-168), marks (111-67), and rebound 50s (31-27)
  • Northern Knights won the handballs (133-120), inside 50s (40-38), and tackles (74-66)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Josh Rachele (Murray Bushrangers) 17 disposals, 8 marks, 1 tackle, 2 inside 50s, 6 goals
  • Jedd Longmire (Murray Bushrangers) 26 disposals, 3 marks, 11 tackles, 5 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50
  • Charlie Byrne (Murray Bushrangers) 24 disposals, 9 marks, 1 tackle, 4 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s
  • Josh Ward (Northern Knights) 35 disposals, 3 marks, 9 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 4 rebound 50s
  • Joel Fitzgerald (Northern Knights) 31 disposals, 5 marks, 1 tackle, 4 inside 50s, 7 rebound 50s
  • Jason McCormick (Northern Knights) 14 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles, 1 inside 50, 4 goals

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Josh Rachele (Murray Bushrangers)
4 – Josh Ward (Northern Knights)
3 – Charlie Byrne (Murray Bushrangers)
2 – Tom Bracher (Murray Bushrangers)
1 – Jason McCormick (Northern Knights)

NEXT UP:

Murray Bushrangers vs. Tasmania Devils | Saturday July 10, 1:00pm @ RAMS Arena
Northern Knights vs. Geelong Falcons | Saturday July 10, 1:00pm @ Preston City Oval

TASMANIA DEVILS 2.6 (18) def. by SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS 6.20 (56)

IN A SENTENCE:

Sandringham Dragons overwhelmed the Tasmania Devils forward of centre to register 26 scoring shots to eight en route to a 38-point victory, with their wealth of opportunities cancelling out their inaccuracy.

TEAM STATS:

  • Sandringham Dragons won the disposals (376-274), inside 50s (65-28), marks (116-78), and scoring shots (26-8)
  • Tasmania Devils won the tackles (65-48) and rebound 50s (56-26)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Tyler McGinnis (Tasmania Devils) 25 disposals, 10 marks, 2 tackles, 1 inside 50, 5 rebound 50s
  • Baynen Lowe (Tasmania Devils) 19 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles, 7 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s
  • Baker Smith (Tasmania Devils) 18 disposals, 9 marks, 4 tackles, 3 rebound 50s
  • Finn Callaghan (Sandringham Dragons) 28 disposals, 7 marks, 4 tackles, 7 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50
  • Luke Cleary (Sandringham Dragons) 25 disposals, 3 marks, 1 inside 50, 1 rebound 50
  • Blake Howes (Sandringham Dragons) 24 disposals, 9 marks, 1 tackle, 5 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s, 4 behinds

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Finn Callaghan (Sandringham Dragons)
4 – Blake Howes (Sandringham Dragons)
3 – Luke Cleary (Sandringham Dragons)
2 – Tyler McGinnis (Tasmania Devils)
1 – Lachlan Benton (Sandringham Dragons)

NEXT UP:

Tasmania Devils vs. Murray Bushrangers | Saturday July 10, 1:00pm @ RAMS Arena
Sandringham Dragons vs. Calder Cannons | Saturday July 10, 10:30am @ RAMS Arena

DANDENONG STINGRAYS 7.8 (50) def. by EASTERN RANGES 7.10 (52)

IN A SENTENCE:

Eastern Ranges snuck back ahead with five minutes on the clock after relinquishing their three quarter time lead, coming away two-point victors over Dandenong Stingrays under Saturday night lights.

TEAM STATS:

  • Dandenong Stingrays won the handballs (112-110) and rebound 50s (35-29)
  • Eastern Ranges won the kicks (186-163), inside 50s (43-36), and marks (78-59)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Connor Macdonald (Dandenong Stingrays) 37 disposals, 7 marks, 1 tackle, 10 inside 50s, 6 rebound 50s, 2 behinds
  • Judson Clarke (Dandenong Stingrays) 27 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 1 goal
  • Justin Davies (Dandenong Stingrays) 11 disposals, 7 marks, 2 tackles, 4 rebound 50s
  • Max Hall (Eastern Ranges) 33 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Jake Soligo (Eastern Ranges) 28 disposals, 9 marks, 6 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Corey Preston (Eastern Ranges) 20 disposals, 9 marks, 1 tackle, 3 inside 50s, 4 rebound 50s

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Connor Macdonald (Dandenong Stingrays)
4 – Judson Clarke (Dandenong Stingrays)
3 – Max Hall (Eastern Ranges)
2 – Jake Soligo (Eastern Ranges)
1 – Henry Berenger (Dandenong Stingrays)

NEXT UP:

Dandenong Stingrays vs. Oakleigh Chargers | Sunday July 11, 2:15pm @ Shepley Oval
Eastern Ranges vs. Gippsland Power | Sunday July 11, 1:00pm @ Morwell Recreation Reserve

GIPPSLAND POWER 9.3 (57) def. WESTERN JETS 7.9 (51)

IN A SENTENCE:

Gippsland Power were made to earn their first win of the season, pushed all the way by the Western Jets but finishing six points to the good on home turf.

TEAM STATS:

  • Gippsland Power won the disposals (302-287), handballs (141-121), and rebound 50s (43-25)
  • Western Jets won the kicks (166-161), inside 50s (51-34), and tackles (62-54)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Luis D’Angelo (Gippsland Power) 22 disposals, 1 mark, 1 inside 50, 2 rebound 50s
  • Tristen Waack (Gippsland Power) 21 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 9 rebound 50s
  • Nathan Noblett (Gippsland Power) 15 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles, 4 goals
  • Liam Conway (Western Jets) 34 disposals, 5 marks, 2 tackles, 11 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50
  • Harrison White (Western Jets) 21 disposals, 3 marks, 1 tackle, 2 inside 50s, 2 goals
  • Billy Cootee (Western Jets) 21 disposals, 6 marks, 4 tackles, 5 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Liam Conway (Western Jets)
4 – Luis D’Angelo (Gippsland Power)
3 – Harrison White (Western Jets)
2 – Nathan Noblett (Gippsland Power)
1 – Caleb Van Oostveen (Gippsland Power)

NEXT UP:

Gippsland Power vs. Eastern Ranges | Sunday June 11, 1:00pm @ Morwell Recreation Reserve
Western Jets vs. Bendigo Pioneers | Sunday July 11, 11:00am @ Downer Oval

Image Credit: Martin Keep/AFL Photos

2021 NAB League Boys snapshot: Round 10

WHILE Victorian Under 19 trials and the Under 17 National Championships saw a bunch of the state’s talent honoured with representative duties, the 2021 NAB League season rolled on into Round 10 on the weekend. Five fixtures were played, with all six Metro regions competing between themselves on Saturday, before Tasmania and Bendigo played host on Sunday. Check out the key performances and stats in our weekend snapshot, with Scouting Notes to follow tomorrow evening.

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS 17.12 (114) def. OAKLEIGH CHARGERS 2.5 (17)

IN A SENTENCE:

The Sandringham Dragons emphatically beat their rivals, Oakleigh Chargers by 97 points on home turf, piling on 13 goals at one end while restricting the Chargers to just two in total.

TEAM STATS:

  • Sandringham Dragons won the disposals (332-244), inside 50s (54-25), marks (93-55), and scoring shots (29-7)
  • Oakleigh Chargers won the rebound 50s (54-25) and tackles (58-57)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Charlie McKay (Sandringham Dragons) 30 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles, 5 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 1 goal
  • Lachlan Benton (Sandringham Dragons) 26 disposals, 9 marks, 6 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 1 goal
  • Felix Flockart (Sandringham Dragons) 12 disposals, 5 marks, 1 tackle, 1 inside 50, 13 hitouts, 3 goals
  • Lochlan Jenkins (Oakleigh Chargers) 22 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 1 goal
  • Sam Collins (Oakleigh Chargers) 21 disposals, 6 marks, 5 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s
  • Henry Brown (Oakleigh Chargers) 17 disposals, 2 marks, 7 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Lachlan Benton (Sandringham Dragons)
4 – Charlie McKay (Sandringham Dragons)
3 – Felix Flockart (Sandringham Dragons)
2 – Luca MacNab (Sandringham Dragons)
1 – Sam Collins (Oakleigh Chargers)

NEXT UP:

Sandringham Dragons vs. Tasmania Devils | Saturday July 3, 2:00pm @ Kingston Twin Ovals
Oakleigh Chargers vs. GWV Rebels | Saturday July 3, 1:00pm @ Mars Stadium

NORTHERN KNIGHTS 6.15 (51) def. CALDER CANNONS 6.1 (37)

IN A SENTENCE:

14 behinds were the difference between the Northern Knights and Calder Cannons on Saturday, as the home side held firm despite its goalkicking inaccuracy to pick up a fourth-straight win.

TEAM STATS:

  • Northern Knights won the handballs (176-106), inside 50s (47-30), and tackles (78-65)
  • Calder Cannons won the rebound 50s (40-23) and marks (92-85)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Josh Hamilton (Northern Knights) 29 disposals, 5 marks, 6 tackles, 1 inside 50, 3 rebound 50s
  • Jackson Bowne (Northern Knights) 26 disposals, 8 marks, 4 tackles, 5 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s
  • Jackson Archer (Northern Knights) 17 disposals, 6 marks, 5 tackles, 2 rebound 50s
  • Flynn Lakey (Calder Cannons) 27 disposals, 7 marks, 11 tackles, 1 inside 50, 3 rebound 50s
  • Riley Mason (Calder Cannons) 26 disposals, 11 marks, 1 tackle, 3 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Sam Clohesy (Calder Cannons) 23 disposals, 5 marks, 6 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Josh Hamilton (Northern Knights)
4 – Jackson Archer (Northern Knights)
3 – Flynn Lakey (Calder Cannons)
2 – Jackson Bowne (Northern Knights)
1 – Riley Mason (Calder Cannons)

UP NEXT:

Northern Knights vs. Murray Bushrangers | Saturday July 3, 1:00pm @ Norm Minns Oval
Calder Cannons vs. Geelong Falcons | Saturday July 3, 1:00pm @ RAMS Arena

WESTERN JETS 5.8 (38) def. by EASTERN RANGES 9.11 (65)

IN A SENTENCE:

The Eastern Ranges overcame a half time deficit and notched three goals to nil in the final term to knock off the Western Jets by 27 points away from home.

TEAM STATS:

  • Eastern Ranges won the disposals (375-284), kicks (202-165), handballs (202-165), and marks (73-55)
  • Western Jets won the rebound 50s (45-42) and hitouts (41-22)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Billy Cootee (Western Jets) 28 disposals, 4 marks, 1 tackle, 5 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Nash Reynolds (Western Jets) 19 disposals, 4 marks, 7 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Cameron Kizan (Western Jets) 17 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 6 rebound 50s
  • Josh Clarke (Eastern Ranges) 38 disposals, 7 marks, 2 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Bradley Watson (Eastern Ranges) 25 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles, 6 inside 50s
  • Max Hall (Eastern Ranges) 24 disposals, 5 marks, 8 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 1 goal

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Josh Clarke (Eastern Ranges)
4 – Billy Cootee (Western Jets)
3 – Max Hall (Eastern Ranges)
2 – Bradley Watson (Eastern Ranges)
1 – Nash Reynolds (Western Jets)

UP NEXT:

Western Jets vs. Gippsland Power | Sunday July 4, 1:00pm @ Morwell Recreation Reserve
Eastern Ranges vs. Dandenong Stingrays | Sunday July 4, 11:00am @ Shepley Oval

TASMANIA DEVILS 11.17 (83) def. DANDENONG STINGRAYS 8.2 (50)

IN A SENTENCE:

Consistent scoreboard pressure saw the Tasmania Devils come away 33-point victors over an undermanned Dandenong Stingrays at UTAS Stadium, seeing the hosts return to the winners list.

TEAM STATS:

  • Tasmania Devils won the kicks (215-184), inside 50s (50-33), and tackles (64-43)
  • Dandenong Stingrays won the rebound 50s (39-24) and hitouts (33-31)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Baynen Lowe (Tasmania Devils) 33 disposals, 6 marks, 9 tackles, 10 inside 50s, 3 behinds
  • Sam Foley (Tasmania Devils) 29 disposals, 3 marks, 6 tackles, 7 inside 50s, 1 goal
  • Tom McCallum (Tasmania Devils) 23 disposals, 11 marks, 2 tackles, 7 inside 50s, 2 goals
  • Daniel Didomenicantonio (Dandenong Stingrays) 26 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 6 rebound 50s
  • Declan Cole (Dandenong Stingrays) 23 disposals, 10 marks, 1 inside 50, 3 rebound 50s
  • Jai Culley (Dandenong Stingrays) 16 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 2 goals

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Baynen Lowe (Tasmania Devils)
4 – Sam Foley (Tasmania Devils)
3 – Daniel Didomenicantonio (Dandenong Stingrays)
2 – Sam Tilley (Tasmania Devils)
1 – Tom McCallum (Tasmania Devils)

UP NEXT:

Tasmania Devils vs. Sandringham Dragons | Saturday July 3, 2:00pm @ Kingston Twin Ovals
Dandenong Stingrays vs. Eastern Ranges | Sunday July 4, 11:00am @ Shepley Oval

BENDIGO PIONEERS 15.14 (104) def. MURRAY BUSHRANGERS 8.3 (51)

IN A SENTENCE:

A seven-goal final term saw the Bendigo Pioneers power away from Murray Bushrangers on Sunday, ending up 53-point winners in the Echuca all-country clash.

TEAM STATS:

  • Bendigo Pioneers won the disposals (347-296), kicks (211-174), inside 50s (56-38), and tackles (78-60)
  • Murray Bushrangers won the rebound 50s (40-29), marks (82-60), and hitouts (53-27)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Jack Hickman (Bendigo Pioneers) 27 disposals, 6 marks, 5 tackles, 9 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Anthony Depasquale (Bendigo Pioneers) 24 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles, 5 inside 50s, 4 rebound 50s
  • Ricky Monti (Bendigo Pioneers) 21 disposals, 3 marks, 11 tackles, 2 inside 50s
  • Charlie Byrne (Murray Bushrangers) 32 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles, 11 inside 50s
  • Ethan Warburton (Murray Bushrangers) 26 disposals, 8 marks, 4 tackles, 9 rebound 50s
  • Hunter Gottschling (Murray Bushrangers) 21 disposals, 6 marks, 7 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Jack Hickman (Bendigo Pioneers)
4 – Charlie Byrne (Murray Bushrangers)
3 – Anthony Depasquale (Bendigo Pioneers)
2 – Ethan Warburton (Murray Bushrangers)
1 – Ricky Monti (Bendigo Pioneers)

UP NEXT:

Bendigo Pioneers – Bye
Murray Bushrangers vs. Northern Knights | Saturday July 3, 1:00pm @ Norm Minns Oval

2021 NAB League Boys snapshot: Round 9

FULL competition resumed in the NAB League, with seven games played across Round 9 as metropolitan regions returned to the fold. Four of the fixtures were decided by 33 points or more, with Dandenong romping to the weekend’s widest margin of victory (97 points), while the GIANTS Academy rounded out their undefeated cameo with a one-goal triumph. Check out the key performances and stats in our weekend snapshot, with Scouting Notes to follow tomorrow evening.

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS 7.10 (52) def. by NORTHERN KNIGHTS 14.10 (94)

IN A SENTENCE:

The determined Northern Knights stormed Warrawee Park to take home a rare win over Oakleigh, beating the Chargers by 42 points on the back of a five-goal opening term and consistent scoreboard pressure.

TEAM STATS:

  • Northern Knights won the disposals (326-279), handballs (153-112), and inside 50s (42-36)
  • Oakleigh Chargers won the tackles (60-57) and hitouts (35-26)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Nick Daicos (Oakleigh Chargers) 37 disposals, 3 marks, 2 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Patrick Voss (Oakleigh Chargers) 20 disposals, 9 marks, 8 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 4 rebound 50s
  • Sam Darcy (Oakleigh Chargers) 14 disposals, 8 marks, 1 rebound 50, 4 hitouts, 1 goal
  • Josh Ward (Northern Knights) 34 disposals, 3 marks, 2 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s
  • Joel Trudgeon (Northern Knights) 30 disposals, 8 marks, 9 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s, 1 goal, 3 behinds
  • Jason McCormick (Northern Knights) 7 disposals, 4 marks, 1 tackle, 4 goals, 2 behinds

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Josh Ward (Northern Knights)
4 – Joel Trudgeon (Northern Knights)
3 – Jason McCormick (Northern Knights)
2 – Sam Darcy (Oakleigh Chargers)
1 – Patrick Voss (Oakleigh Chargers)

NEXT UP:

Oakleigh Chargers vs. Sandringham Dragons | Saturday June 26, 10:45am @ RSEA Park
Northern Knights vs. Calder Cannons | Saturday June 26, 2:15pm @ Preston City Oval

GWV REBELS 11.8 (74) def. MURRAY BUSHRANGERS 6.5 (41)

IN A SENTENCE:

Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels boosted their buffer atop the table with a 33-point win over Murray, kicking away via seven goals across the second half.

TEAM STATS:

  • GWV Rebels won the handballs (199-85), tackles (92-76), and hitouts (55-26)
  • Murray Bushrangers won the rebound 50s (33-25)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Ben Hobbs (GWV Rebels) 34 disposals, 3 marks, 9 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 2 goals, 2 behinds
  • Sam Breuer (GWV Rebels) 35 disposals, 4 marks, 12 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Marcus Herbert (GWV Rebels) 31 disposals, 3 marks, 8 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 4 rebound 50s
  • Zavier Maher (Murray Bushrangers) 25 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles, 7 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s
  • Kade Chalcraft (Murray Bushrangers) 17 disposals, 1 mark, 9 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s
  • Tom Bracher (Murray Bushrangers) 17 disposals, 5 marks, 5 rebound 50s

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Ben Hobbs (GWV Rebels)
4 – Sam Breuer (GWV Rebels)
3 – Tom Bracher (Murray Bushrangers)
2 – Marcus Herbert (GWV Rebels)
1 – Zavier Maher (Murray Bushrangers)

NEXT UP:

GWV Rebels vs. Western Jets | Sunday June 27, 12:00pm @ Mars Stadium
Murray Bushrangers vs. Bendigo Pioneers | Sunday June 27, 1:00pm @ Victoria Park (Echuca)

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS 12.11 (83) def. EASTERN RANGES 5.5 (35)

IN A SENTENCE:

Sandringham Dragons dominated territory and did enough to penetrate a plucky Eastern Ranges defence, winning by 48 points on home turf.

TEAM STATS:

  • Sandringham Dragons won the handballs (139-96), inside 50s (64-33), and hitouts (45-21)
  • Eastern Ranges won the kicks (186-175), rebound 50s (51-28), and marks (94-82)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Finn Callaghan (Sandringham Dragons) 31 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 7 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s
  • Darby Hipwell (Sandringham Dragons) 26 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 5 inside 50s
  • Blake Howes (Sandringham Dragons) 19 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Jake Soligo (Eastern Ranges) 29 disposals, 8 marks, 10 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s
  • Tyreece Leiu (Eastern Ranges) 26 disposals, 9 marks, 1 tackle, 2 inside 50s, 9 rebound 50s
  • Nick Watson (Eastern Ranges) 13 disposals, 2 marks, 5 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 2 goals

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Finn Callaghan (Sandringham Dragons)
4 – Jake Soligo (Eastern Ranges)
3 – Tyreece Leiu (Eastern Ranges)
2 – Nick Watson (Eastern Ranges)
1 – Blake Howes (Sandringham Dragons

UP NEXT:

Sandringham Dragons vs. Oakleigh Chargers | Saturday June 26, 10:45am @ RSEA Park
Eastern Ranges vs. Geelong Falcons | Saturday June 26, 1:00pm @ TBC

GWS GIANTS ACADEMY 8.16 (64) def. TASMANIA DEVILS 8.10 (58)

IN A SENTENCE:

The Greater Western Sydney (GWS) Academy capped off its unbeaten NAB League cameo with another tight victory, this time by six points as the GIANTS snuck past Tasmania Devils.

TEAM STATS:

  • GIANTS Academy won the disposals (338-322), handballs (150-133), and inside 50s (57-35)
  • Tasmania Devils won the rebound 50s (49-27) and tackles (54-44)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Sam Frost (GIANTS Academy) 30 disposals, 6 marks, 2 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 10 rebound 50s
  • Matthew Hamblin (GIANTS Academy) 29 disposals, 7 marks, 3 tackles, 5 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Luke Fellows (GIANTS Academy) 28 disposals, 5 marks, 6 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s
  • Baynen Lowe (Tasmania Devils) 29 disposals, 7 marks, 1 tackle, 3 inside 50s, 5 rebound 50s
  • Ryley Sanders (Tasmania Devils) 25 disposals, 8 marks, 3 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s
  • Jye Menzie (Tasmania Devils) 15 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 3 goals

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Sam Frost (GIANTS Academy)
4 – Matthew Hamblin (GIANTS Academy)
3 – Jye Menzie (Tasmania Devils)
2 – Baynen Lowe (Tasmania Devils)
1 – Luke Fellows (GIANTS Academy)

UP NEXT:

Tasmania Devils vs. Dandenong Stingrays | Sunday June 27, 12:00pm @ UTAS Stadium

CALDER CANNONS 10.12 (72) def. WESTERN JETS 8.9 (57)

IN A SENTENCE:

A three-goal flurry in the final term saw Calder Cannons open up a tight contest against the Western Jets, eventually coming away 15-point victors at RAMS Arena.

TEAM STATS:

  • Calder Cannons won the disposals (317-279), kicks (206-149), and marks (114-58)
  • Western Jets won the handballs (130-111) and rebound 50s (32-31)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Zac Taylor (Calder Cannons) 32 disposals, 10 marks, 6 tackles, 9 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s
  • Josh Goater (Calder Cannons) 28 disposals, 9 marks, 4 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s
  • Sam Paea (Calder Cannons) 13 disposals, 8 marks, 2 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 4 goals, 2 behinds
  • Harrison White (Western Jets) 23 disposals, 3 marks, 2 tackles, 7 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s
  • Billy Cootee (Western Jets) 22 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Paul Curtis (Western Jets) 11 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles, 1 inside 50, 3 goals, 2 behinds

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Zac Taylor (Calder Cannons)
4 – Sam Paea (Calder Cannons)
3 – Josh Goater (Calder Cannons)
2 – Billy Cootee (Western Jets)
1 – Harrison White (Western Jets)

NEXT UP:

Calder Cannons vs. Northern Knights | Saturday June 26, 2:15pm @ Preston City Oval
Western Jets vs. GWV Rebels | Sunday June 27, 12:00pm @ Mars Stadium

BENDIGO PIONEERS 6.10 (46) def. by DANDENONG STINGRAYS 22.11 (143)

IN A SENTENCE:

Dandenong Stingrays overwhelmed the Bendigo Pioneers forward of centre, accelerating to a 97-point victory on the road with 33 scoring shots to 16.

TEAM STATS:

  • Bendigo Pioneers won the rebound 50s (36-31) and tackles (52-48)
  • Dandenong Stingrays won the kicks (197-150), marks (83-48), inside 50s (59-38), and scoring shots (33-16)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Bode Stevens (Bendigo Pioneers) 17 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles, 1 inside 50, 5 rebound 50s
  • Cooper Smith (Bendigo Pioneers) 17 disposals, 1 mark, 5 tackles, 1 inside 50, 3 rebound 50s
  • Jack Stewart (Bendigo Pioneers) 15 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 2 goals
  • Bryce Milford (Dandenong Stingrays) 16 disposals, 6 marks, 1 tackle, 3 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50, 4 goals
  • Will Bravo (Dandenong Stingrays) 22 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles, 6 inside 50s
  • James Cahill (Dandenong Stingrays) 18 disposals, 6 marks, 7 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 2 goals, 2 behinds

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Bryce Milford (Dandenong Stingrays)
4 – Colby Nayna (Dandenong Stingrays)
3 – Will Bravo (Dandenong Stingrays)
2 – Josiah Kyle (Dandenong Stingrays)
1 – James Cahill (Dandenong Stingrays)

UP NEXT:

Bendigo Pioneers vs. Murray Bushrangers | Sunday June 27, 1:00pm @ Victoria Park (Echuca)
Dandenong Stingrays vs. Tasmania Devils | Sunday June 27, 12:00pm @ UTAS Stadium

GIPPSLAND POWER 6.9 (45) def. by GEELONG FALCONS 9.13 (67)

IN A SENTENCE:

Geelong Falcons stretched its winning run to three games, holding firm against a competitive Gippsland Power outfit to come out 22 points to the good.

TEAM STATS:

  • Geelong Falcons won the kicks (198-166), rebound 50s (35-30), and marks (94-55)
  • Gippsland Power won the tackles (67-57)
  • The inside 50s were level at 41-apiece

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Chance Doultree (Gippsland Power) 29 disposals, 4 marks, 7 tackles, 5 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Luis D’Angelo (Gippsland Power) 27 disposals, 1 mark, 1 tackle, 4 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s
  • Will Papley (Gippsland Power) 21 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles, 5 inside 50s
  • Noah Gribble (Geelong Falcons) 32 disposals, 9 marks, 4 tackles, 2 inside 50s
  • Noah Gadsby (Geelong Falcons) 28 disposals, 9 marks, 6 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 4 rebound 50s, 1 goal, 3 behinds
  • Olivier Wiltshire (Geelong Falcons) 20 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles, 5 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Noah Gadsby (Geelong Falcons)
4 – Noah Gribble (Geelong Falcons)
3 – Luis D’Angelo (Gippsland Power)
2 – Olivier Wiltshire (Geelong Falcons)
1 – Chance Doultree (Gippsland Power)

UP NEXT:

Gippsland Power – Bye
Geelong Falcons vs. Eastern Ranges | Saturday June 26, 1:00pm @ TBC

2021 NAB League Boys snapshot: Round 8

THE 2021 NAB League season is slowly returning to normalcy, with four games played across a pair of double-headers on Saturday. Geelong and Greater Western Victoria (GWV) picked up points in all-country showdowns, while Tasmania returned to the fold with a win over the Sydney Swans Academy, and the Greater Western Sydney (GWS) Academy trumped Northern Territory Thunder. Check out the key figures and stats in our weekend snapshot, with Scouting Notes to follow tomorrow evening.

SYDNEY SWANS ACADEMY 13.6 (84) def. by TASMANIA DEVILS 14.4 (88)

IN A SENTENCE:

Tasmania Devils marked a captivating return to the NAB League, winning by four points via a Will Splann goal with six minutes left to play having trailed at the first three breaks.

TEAM STATS:

  • Swans Academy won the handballs (161-133) and tackles (61-55)
  • Tasmania Devils won the kicks (162-146) and marks (62-34)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Marco Rossmann (Swans Academy) 31 disposals, 5 marks, 7 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 2 goals
  • Felix Rogers (Swans Academy) 26 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 2 goals
  • Pierce Roseby (Swans Academy) 25 disposals, 5 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50
  • Baynen Lowe (Tasmania Devils) 28 disposals, 2 marks, 5 tackles, 8 inside 50s
  • Sam Tilley (Tasmania Devils) 22 disposals, 4 tackles, 2 rebound 50s
  • Jye Menzie (Tasmania Devils) 22 disposals, 6 marks, 2 tackles, 7 inside 50s, 2 goals

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Marco Rossmann (Swans Academy)
4 – Baynen Lowe (Tasmania Devils)
3 – Felix Rogers (Swans Academy)
2 – Jye Menzie (Tasmania Devils)
1 – Sam Tilley (Tasmania Devils)

NEXT UP:

TBC.

GEELONG FALCONS 9.10 (64) def. BENDIGO PIONEERS 7.12 (54)

IN A SENTENCE:

Geelong Falcons toppled higher-ranked opposition for the second week running, edging the Bendigo Pioneers by 10 points after giving up the lead in term four.

TEAM STATS:

  • Geelong Falcons won the handballs (121-110), inside 50s (47-41) and hitouts (55-21)
  • Bendigo Pioneers won the kicks (179-157) and rebound 50s (36-33)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Mitch Knevitt (Geelong Falcons) 28 disposals, 4 marks, 6 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 1 goal
  • Noah Gribble (Geelong Falcons) 28 disposals, 9 marks, 4 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s
  • Cooper Whyte (Geelong Falcons) 22 disposals, 2 marks, 5 tackles, 6 inside 60s
  • Harvey Gallagher (Bendigo Pioneers) 24 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 2 goals
  • Sam Conforti (Bendigo Pioneers) 24 disposals, 5 marks, 8 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 3 behinds
  • Harley Reid (Bendigo Pioneers) 6 disposals, 2 marks, 3 tackles, 3 goals

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Mitch Knevitt (Geelong Falcons)
4 – Noah Gribble (Geelong Falcons)
3 – Harvey Gallagher (Bendigo Pioneers)
2 – Sam Conforti (Bendigo Pioneers)
1 – Cooper Whyte (Geelong Falcons)

NEXT UP:

TBC.

GWV REBELS 16.20 (116) def. GIPPSLAND POWER 6.1 (37)

IN A SENTENCE:

The GWV Rebels overwhelmed Gippsland Power with 36 scoring shots to seven, returning to the winners list via a 79-point thumping on home turf.

TEAM STATS:

  • GWV Rebels won the disposals (398-245), inside 50s (65-26), and marks (93-55)
  • Gippsland Power won the rebound 50s (49-20), tackles (68-65) and hitouts (43-20)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Sam Breuer (GWV Rebels) 30 disposals, 3 marks, 7 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Sam Butler (GWV Rebels) 27 disposals, 6 marks, 7 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 2 goals
  • Fraser Marris (GWV Rebels) 38 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles, 5 inside 50s
  • Jai Serong (Gippsland Power) 18 disposals, 7 marks, 4 tackles, 5 rebound 50s, 2 goals
  • Max Walton (Gippsland Power) 17 disposals, 7 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s
  • Mitchell Moschetti (Gippsland Power) 16 disposals, 12 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Sam Butler (GWV Rebels)
4 – Charlie Molan (GWV Rebels)
3 – Sam Breuer (GWV Rebels)
2 – Kai Lohmann (GWV Rebels)
1 – Vincent Huf (GWV Rebels)

NEXT UP:

TBC.

GWS GIANTS ACADEMY 15.14 (104) def. NT THUNDER ACADEMY 3.8 (26)

IN A SENTENCE:

The GIANTS Academy proved far too strong for their Northern Territory counterparts, piling on scoreboard pressure after quarter time and running out comfortable 78-point victors in Blacktown.

TEAM STATS:

  • GIANTS Academy won the disposals (285-198), inside 50s (50-25), and marks (70-63)
  • NT Thunder won the rebound 50s (34-22)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Sam Frost (GIANTS Academy) 28 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles, 5 inside 50s, 6 rebound 50s
  • Matthew Hamblin (GIANTS Academy) 24 disposals, 7 marks, 1 tackle, 3 rebound 50s
  • Maximus Monaghan (GIANTS Academy) 19 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles, 4 inside 50s
  • Andy Moniz-Wakefield (NT Thunder) 24 disposals, 7 marks, 4 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 6 rebound 50s, 1.3
  • Lloyd Johnston (NT Thunder) 21 disposals, 6 marks, 2 tackles, 1 inside 50, 7 rebound 50s
  • Ronald Fejo Jnr (NT Thunder) 19 disposals, 7 marks, 5 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Matthew Hamblin (GIANTS Academy)
4 – Angus Curry (GIANTS Academy)
3 – Luke Lawrence (GIANTS Academy)
2 – Maximus Monaghan (GIANTS Academy)
1 – Andy Moniz Wakefield (NT Thunder)

NEXT UP:

TBC.

Image Credit: Martin Keep/AFL Photos

2021 NAB League Boys snapshot: Round 7

THE 2021 NAB League season rolled on into Round 7 amid the current Victorian lockdown, with a quartet of country regions back in action after a fortnight away. Two fixtures took place in Ballarat and Echuca respectively, with the Geelong Falcons and Bendigo Pioneers picking up wins. Check out the key figures and stats in our weekend snapshot, with Scouting Notes to follow in the evening.

GWV REBELS 4.10 (34) def. by GEELONG FALCONS 8.8 (56)

IN A SENTENCE:

The Geelong Falcons upset the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels amid heavy fog to pick up their first win of the season, powering away with four goals to nil in the final quarter.

TEAM STATS:

  • GWV Rebels won the handballs (99-84) and inside 50s (42-38)
  • Geelong Falcons won the kicks (157-143) and marks (47-41)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Nick Hodgson (GWV Rebels) 26 disposals (19 kicks), 13 tackles, 7 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s
  • Sam Butler (GWV Rebels) 20 disposals, 4 marks, 9 tackles, 1 inside 50, 2 rebound 50s
  • Josh Rentsch (GWV Rebels) 6 disposals, 4 tackles, 1 inside 50, 8 hitouts, 3 goals
  • Blake Reid (Geelong Falcons) 24 disposals (21 kicks), 4 marks, 5 inside 50s, 5 rebound 50s
  • Noah Gribble (Geelong Falcons) 21 disposals, 4 marks, 6 tackles, 4 inside 50s
  • Mitch Knevitt (Geelong Falcons) 20 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 2 rebound 50s, 2 behinds

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Nick Hodgson (GWV Rebels)
4 – Blake Reid (Geelong Falcons)
3 – Cooper Whyte (Geelong Falcons)
2 – Jhye Clark (Geelong Falcons)
1 – Sam Butler (GWV Rebels)

NEXT UP:

GWV Rebels vs. Northern Knights | Mars Stadium | Saturday June 19, 11:30am
Geelong Falcons vs. Sandringham Dragons | Mars Stadium | Saturday June 19, 2:00pm

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS 8.5 (53) def. by BENDIGO PIONEERS 12.12 (84)

IN A SENTENCE:

Bendigo Pioneers led at every break, piling on scoreboard pressure throughout the contest to come away comfortable 31-point victors against the Murray Bushrangers.

TEAM STATS:

  • Murray Bushrangers won the handballs (181-136), marks (91-80), and rebound 50s (42-25)
  • Bendigo Pioneers won the kicks (206-188), inside 50s (54-34), tackles (82-68), and scoring shots (24-13)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Charlie Byrne (Murray Bushrangers) 33 disposals, 7 marks, 2 tackles, 10 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Kade Chalcraft (Murray Bushrangers) 29 disposals (22 kicks), 7 marks, 5 tackles, 5 inside 50s, 4 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Josh Rachele (Murray Bushrangers) 21 disposals, 5 marks, 7 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50
  • Hugh Hamilton (Bendigo Pioneers) 23 disposals, 7 marks, 3 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 3 goals
  • Harvey Gallagher (Bendigo Pioneers) 22 disposals, 2 marks, 11 tackles, 3 inside 50s
  • Caleb Ernst (Bendigo Pioneers) 15 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 3 goals

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Hugh Hamilton (Bendigo Pioneers)
4 – Charlie Byrne (Murray Bushrangers)
3 – Caleb Ernst (Bendigo Pioneers)
2 – Noah Long (Bendigo Pioneers)
1 – Oliver Hollands (Murray Bushrangers)

NEXT UP:

Murray Bushrangers vs. Tasmania Devils | RAMS Arena | Saturday June 12, 12:30pm
Bendigo Pioneers vs. Tasmania Devils | RAMS Arena | Sunday June 20, 12:00pm

Image Credit: Martin Keep/Getty Images via AFL Photos

2021 NAB League Boys snapshot: Round 4

THE 2021 NAB League season returned over the weekend, with five Northern Academies entering the fray across a bumper nine-game round of action. While some of Victoria’s best prospects were plying their trade in the APS Football competition, there was still plenty of high-end talent remaining, including players returning with newfound VFL experience and those staking their claims for mid-season draft honours.

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS 9.9 (63) def. by WESTERN JETS 11.12 (78)

IN A SENTENCE:

Inspired by the goalkicking feats of Paul Curtis, Western jetted to a terrific upset win over Sandringham, booting nine goals to four in the second half to overturn the early deficit.

TEAM STATS:

  • Sandringham Dragons won the disposals (325-273) and handballs (172-106)
  • Western Jets won the kicks (167-153), marks (67-54) and scoring shots (23-18)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Charlie McKay (Sandringham Dragons) 37 disposals, 3 marks, 11 tackles, 5 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s
  • Finn Callaghan (Sandringham Dragons) 31 disposals, 3 marks, 6 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s
  • Blake Howes (Sandringham Dragons) 16 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles, 5 inside 50s, 2 goals
  • Liam Conway (Western Jets) 26 disposals, 6 marks, 9 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 1 goal
  • Paul Curtis (Western Jets) 14 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 4 goals, 4 behinds
  • Harrison White (Western Jets) 19 disposals, 1 mark, 4 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 2 goals

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Liam Conway (Western Jets)
4 – Paul Curtis (Western Jets)
3 – Finn Callaghan (Sandringham Dragons)
2 – Harrison White (Western Jets)
1 – Charlie McKay (Sandringham Dragons)

NEXT UP:

Sandringham Dragons vs. Gold Coast Suns Academy @ South Pine Sports Complex, 2:30pm on Sunday May 30
Western Jets vs. Bendigo Pioneers @ Macphersons Park (Melton), 1:00pm on Sunday May 30

NORTHERN KNIGHTS 15.14 (104) def. BRISBANE LIONS ACADEMY 4.1 (25)

IN A SENTENCE:

Northern charged ahead after a steady opening period, opening up the game with seven goals to one in term two to set up a dominant 79-point win over the undermanned Brisbane Lions Academy on home turf.

TEAM STATS:

  • Northern Knights won the disposals (333-196), inside 50s (53-28), marks (63-37) and tackles (80-68)
  • Lions Academy won the rebound 50s (36-24)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Joel Trudgeon (Northern Knights) 36 disposals, 8 marks, 14 tackles, 7 inside 50s, 1 goal
  • Ben De Bolfo (Northern Knights) 25 disposals, 7 marks, 3 tackles, 4 rebound 50s
  • Anthony Caminiti (Northern Knights) 10 disposals, 2 marks, 1 tackle, 2 inside 50s, 5 goals
  • Jaspa Fletcher (Lions Academy) 13 disposals, 1 mark, 6 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s
  • Shatna Cashen-Harris (Lions Academy) 15 disposals, 2 marks, 6 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50
  • Lochlan Harrop (Lions Academy) 12 disposals, 7 marks, 1 tackle, 3 inside 50s, 4 rebound 50s

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Joel Trudgeon (Northern Knights)
4 – Anthony Caminiti (Northern Knights)
3 – Josh Watson (Northern Knights)
2 – Jaspa Fletcher (Lions Academy)
1 – Darcy Wilmot (Northern Knights)

NEXT UP:

Northern Knights vs. Geelong Falcons @ Preston City Oval, 2:30pm on Saturday May 29
Brisbane Lions Academy vs. Calder Cannons @ South Pine Sports Complex, 12:00pm on Sunday May 30

GEELONG FALCONS 10.11 (71) def. by GWS GIANTS ACADEMY 11.6 (72)

IN A SENTENCE:

The GWS Giants Academy trailed all game, but snuck in front with just under five minutes left on the clock to snatch a remarkable one-point win over the Geelong Falcons.

TEAM STATS:

  • Geelong Falcons won the disposals (302-283), marks (75-58) and scoring shots (21-17)
  • Giants Academy won the rebound 50s (38-32)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Noah Gribble (Geelong Falcons) 36 disposals, 8 marks, 2 tackles, 6 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Gennaro Bove (Geelong Falcons) 20 disposals, 7 marks, 5 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 2 goals
  • Josh Sorgiovanni (Geelong Falcons) 20 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Harry Grintell (Giants Academy) 12 disposals, 9 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 3 goals
  • Sam Frost (Giants Academy) 27 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles, 12 rebound 50s
  • Maximus Monaghan (Giants Academy) 22 disposals, 6 marks, 8 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s, 1 goal

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Harry Grintell (Giants Academy)
4 – Sam Frost (Giants Academy)
3 – Noah Gribble (Geelong Falcons)
2 – Maximus Monaghan (Giants Academy)
1 – Gennaro Bove (Geelong Falcons)

NEXT UP:

GWS Academy vs. Murray Bushrangers @ Albury Sports Ground, 1:00pm on Saturday May 29
Geelong Falcons vs. Northern Knights @ Preston City Oval, 2:30pm on Saturday May 29

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS 13.5 (83) def. OAKLEIGH CHARGERS 10.11 (71)

IN A SENTENCE:

A game of momentum shifts saw Murray take advantage of the scoring end at the ideal time, booting five goals to Oakleigh’s one in the final term to run out 12-point victors at home.

TEAM STATS:

  • Murray Bushrangers won the disposals (351-304), rebound 50s (38-28) and marks (95-71)
  • Oakleigh Chargers won the inside 50s (48-41), tackles (56-34), and hitouts (33-18)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Paddy Parnell (Murray Bushrangers) 30 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 7 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Zavier Maher (Murray Bushrangers) 30 disposals, 7 marks, 1 tackle, 5 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s
  • Cameron McLeod (Murray Bushrangers) 15 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles, 5 inside 50s, 4 goals
  • Nick Daicos (Oakleigh Chargers) 44 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles, 7 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Ned Moyle (Oakleigh Chargers) 19 disposals, 3 marks, 6 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 23 hitouts
  • Luke Kelvie (Oakleigh Chargers) 20 disposals, 6 marks, 4 tackles, 8 rebound 50s, 1 goal

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Paddy Parnell (Murray Bushrangers)
4 – Zavier Maher (Murray Bushrangers)
3 – Nick Daicos (Oakleigh Chargers)
2 – Ned Moyle (Oakleigh Chargers)
1 – Cameron McLeod (Murray Bushrangers)

NEXT UP:

Murray Bushrangers vs. GWS Giants Academy @ Albury Sports Ground, 1:00pm on Saturday May 29
Oakleigh Chargers vs. Tasmania Devils @ Dial Park (Penguin), 12:30pm on Saturday May 29

DANDENONG STINGRAYS 8.17 (65) def. GOLD COAST SUNS ACADEMY 5.6 (36)

IN A SENTENCE:

Dandenong Stingrays led from the first goal to outshine the Gold Coast Suns Academy, putting inaccuracy aside to win by 29 points, having been ahead by as many as 47.

TEAM STATS:

  • Dandenong Stingrays won the disposals (363-299), inside 50s (46-34) and scoring shots (25-11)
  • Suns Academy won the rebound 50s (37-29), marks (72-60) and tackles (60-57)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Bayleigh Welsh (Dandenong Stingrays) 33 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 4 rebound 50s
  • Will Bravo (Dandenong Stingrays) 27 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50
  • Miller Bergman (Dandenong Stingrays) 22 disposals, 5 marks, 1 tackle, 3 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s
  • Bodhi Uwland (Suns Academy) 29 disposals, 7 marks, 3 tackles, 7 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s, 2 goals
  • Austin Harris (Suns Academy) 29 disposals, 8 marks, 4 tackles, 8 rebound 50s
  • Will Bella (Suns Academy) 14 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 7 hitouts, 1 goal

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Miller Bergman (Dandenong Stingrays)
4 – Bryce Milford (Dandenong Stingrays)
3 – Will Bravo (Dandenong Stingrays)
2 – Bodhi Uwland (Suns Academy)
1 – Josiah Kyle (Dandenong Stingrays)

NEXT UP:

Dandenong Stingrays vs. Sydney Swans Academy @ SkyBus Stadium, 11:00am on Saturday May 29
Gold Coast Suns Academy vs. Sandringham Dragons @ South Pine Sports Complex, 2:30pm on Sunday May 30

GIPPSLAND POWER 9.7 (61) def. SYDNEY SWANS ACADEMY 16.9 (105)

IN A SENTENCE:

An 11-goal second half helped the Sydney Swans Academy crush the Gippsland Power by 44 points, marking an emphatic start to their cameo in the NAB League competition.

TEAM STATS:

  • Swans Academy won the disposals (342-268), inside 50s (52-40) and tackles (63-50)
  • Gippsland Power won the rebound 50s (33-31) and hitouts (35-25)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Chance Doultree (Gippsland Power) 34 disposals, 5 marks, 8 inside 50s, 2 goals
  • Zane Duursma (Gippsland Power) 12 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 3 goals
  • Max Walton (Gippsland Power) 14 disposals, 2 marks, 6 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 1 goal
  • Angus Anderson (Swans Academy) 28 disposals, 1 mark, 4 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Pierce Roseby (Swans Academy) 27 disposals, 2 marks, 8 tackles, 5 inside 50s, 2 goals
  • Felix Rogers (Swans Academy) 25 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles, 10 inside 50s, 1 goal

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Angus Anderson (Swans Academy)
4 – Felix Rogers (Swans Academy)
3 – Zane Duursma (Gippsland Power)
2 – Pierce Roseby (Swans Academy)
1 – Max Walton (Gippsland Power)

NEXT UP:

Gippsland Power vs. Eastern Ranges @ Morwell Recreation Reserve, 1:00pm on Sunday May 30
Sydney Swans Academy vs. Dandenong Stingrays, 11:00am on Saturday May 29

CALDER CANNONS 7.22 (64) def. BENDIGO PIONEERS 9.4 (58)

IN A SENTENCE:

Calder Cannons overcame inaccuracy to snatch victory by a single goal over Bendigo Pioneers, trailing for most of the match before Matthew Weber put the hosts ahead with under two minutes left on the clock.

TEAM STATS:

  • Calder Cannons won the disposals (318-264), inside 50s (50-27) and scoring shots (29-13)
  • Bendigo Pioneers won the rebound 50s (43-17) and tackles (75-61)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Zac Taylor (Calder Cannons) 23 disposals, 8 marks, 5 tackles, 7 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50
  • Josh Goater (Calder Cannons) 21 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50
  • Jack Newitt (Calder Cannons) 15 disposals, 8 marks, 3 tackles, 1 inside 50, 2 goals
  • Cobi Maxted (Bendigo Pioneers) 11 disposals, 8 marks, 1 inside 50, 1 rebound 50, 5 hitouts, 3 goals
  • Jack Evans (Bendigo Pioneers) 23 disposals, 2 tackles, 1 inside 50, 8 rebound 50s
  • Xavier Mitchell (Bendigo Pioneers) 16 disposals, 7 marks, 3 tackles, 8 rebound 50s

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Zac Taylor (Calder Cannons)
4 – Cobi Maxted (Bendigo Pioneers)
3 – Jack Newitt (Calder Cannons)
2 – Josh Goater (Calder Cannons)
1 – Xavier Mitchell (Bendigo Pioneers)

NEXT UP:

Calder Cannons vs. Brisbane Lions Academy @ South Pine Sports Complex, 12:00pm on Sunday May 30
Bendigo Pioneers vs. Western Jets @ Macphersons Park (Melton), 1:00pm on Sunday May 30

TASMANIA DEVILS 13.12 (90) def. NT THUNDER ACADEMY 5.7 (37)

IN A SENTENCE:

Tasmania Devils broke away from the Northern Territory Thunder Academy with a five-goal to nil second quarter, ending up comfortable 53-point victors on neutral territory.

TEAM STATS:

  • Tasmania Devils won the disposals (312-212), inside 50s (41-28), marks (83-44) and scoring shots (25-12)
  • NT Thunder Academy won the rebound 50s (27-23) and hitouts (27-25)
  • The tackles were evenly split, 35-apiece

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Darcy Gardner (Tasmania Devils) 27 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles, 4 inside 50s
  • Dom White (Tasmania Devils) 21 disposals, 6 marks, 1 tackle, 4 inside 50s, 1 goal
  • Oliver Sanders (Tasmania Devils) 19 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles, 5 inside 50s
  • Ronald Fejo Jnr (NT Thunder Academy) 20 disposals, 6 marks, 1 tackle, 3 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50
  • Andy Moniz-Wakefield (NT Thunder Academy) 22 disposals, 4 marks, 1 tackle, 6 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50
  • Beau Tedcastle (NT Thunder Academy) 16 disposals, 2 marks, 2 tackles, 2 inside 50s, 2 goals

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Darcy Gardner (Tasmania Devils)
4 – Oliver Sanders (Tasmania Devils)
3 – Dom White (Tasmania Devils)
2 – Ronald Fejo Jnr (NT Thunder Academy)
1 – Beau Tedcastle (NT Thunder Academy)

NEXT UP:

Tasmania Devils vs. Oakleigh Chargers @ Dial Park (Penguin), 12:30pm on Saturday May 29
NT Thunder Academy vs. GWV Rebels @ Mars Stadium, 1:00pm on Sunday May 30

EASTERN RANGES 7.7 (49) def. by GWV REBELS 13.9 (87)

IN A SENTENCE:

The Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels overcame a sluggish start to storm past the Eastern Ranges, winning by 38 points on the back of a redemptive six-goal second term.

TEAM STATS:

  • GWV Rebels won the disposals (372-302), inside 50s (58-29) and marks (93-75)
  • Eastern Ranges won the rebound 50s (44-22), tackles (61-55) and hitouts (33-24)

KEY PLAYERS:

  • Jake Soligo (Eastern Ranges) 25 disposals, 7 marks, 6 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Tyler Sonsie (Eastern Ranges) 24 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 2 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Tyreece Leiu (Eastern Ranges) 17 disposals, 7 marks, 2 tackles, 6 rebound 50s
  • Fraser Marris (GWV Rebels) 38 disposals, 8 marks, 5 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 4 rebound 50s, 1 goal
  • Nick Hodgson (GWV Rebels) 31 disposals, 2 marks, 9 tackles, 7 inside 50s, 1 rebound 50
  • Josh Rentsch (GWV Rebels) 15 disposals, 9 marks, 1 tackle, 6 hitouts, 5 goals

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Fraser Marris (GWV Rebels)
4 – Josh Rentsch (GWV Rebels)
3 – Tyreece Leiu (Eastern Ranges)
2 – Charlie Molan (GWV Rebels)
1 – Nick Hodgson (GWV Rebels)

NEXT UP:

Eastern Ranges vs. Gippsland Power @ Morwell Reaction Reserve, 1:00pm on Sunday May 30
GWV Rebels vs. Northern Territory Thunder Academy @ Mars Stadium, 1:00pm on Sunday May 30

2021 NAB League Girls: Round 9 wrap – Finals places locked in

THE ultimate 2021 NAB League Girls home-and-away round was completed over the weekend, with finals fixtures locked in as each region returned after nearly a month away from competition. For some teams, Round 9 presented the opportunity to finish their season of a high, while those in the postseason hunt were able to get back up to speed on the eve of finals. Catch up on the action from all seven games in our weekend wrap.

GEELONG FALCONS 3.3 | 3.3 | 5.5 | 7.6 (48)
CALDER CANNONS 0.1 |  1.4 | 3.5 | 4.5 (29)

By: Declan Reeve

One of the most important matches in regards to finals for the round did not disappoint for viewers, as Geelong Falcons continued their good pre-break form to topple Calder Cannons by 19 points. The Falcons ended with 7.6 (48) to 4.5 (29) against a determined Calder side, who despite the scoreboard looked right in it throughout the contest, with some passages of slick ball movement through the midfield.

With a total of 16 girls playing for Country or Metro in the recent U17’s and U19’s representative games between these two sides, it comes as no surprise that the game was entertaining viewing, with both teams having plenty of contributors throughout the game. 

The Falcons can thank Renee Tierney and Poppy Schaap for their multiple goals, with Schaap also noticeable around the ground as a pressure player and ball winner. Ingrid Houtsma also bobbed up at some crucial moments, using it well along with midfielder Tess Craven who again found ways to control the tempo. Elizabeth Dowling and Annie Lee were rock solid in defence, moving it well into the middle of the ground, with bottom-aged defender Taiya Morrow also taking some strong intercept marks.

The Cannons were unsurprisingly served well by the ever consistent midfield trio of Georgie Prespakis, Emelia Yassir and Zali Friswell who all battled hard around the ground to create anything they could. Bottom-agers Tahlia Read and Abbey McDonald also had good performances splitting their time between the forwardline and the midfield, both showing that they’re ready to step up into a more permanent move next season, whilst Jessica Zakkour contributed two goals for Calder.

GOALS:

Geelong: R. Tierney 3, P. Schapp 2, K. Hardingman, I. Houtsma
Calder: J. Zakkour 2, O. Manfre, G. Prespakis, 

DC BEST:

Geelong: E. Dowling, P. Schapp,  I. Houtsma, T. Craven, R. Tierney, A. Lee
Calder: G. Prespakis, E. Yassir,  T. Read, A. McDonald, Z. Friswell, J. Zakkour

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Elizabeth Dowling (Geelong Falcons)
4 – Georgie Prespakis (Calder Cannons)
3 – Emelia Yassir (Calder Cannons)
2 – Poppy Schapp (Geelong Falcons)
1 – Ingrid Houtsma (Geelong Falcons)

DANDENONG STINGRAYS 2.1 | 3.3 | 5.3 | 7.3 (45)
NORTHERN KNIGHTS 3.0 | 6.1 | 6.3 | 9.5 (59)

By: Michael Alvaro

The Northern Knights flexed their muscle ahead of the most important stage of their premiership defence, defeating the highly fancied Dandenong Stingrays by 14 points on Saturday. While the Knights lead at every break, three-goal efforts in the second and fourth terms saw them break away at crucial stages, especially after the Stingrays cut the margin to a single straight kick at three quarter time. In the end, the reigning premiers notched a terrific pre-finals win on the road, 9.5 (59) to 7.3 (45).

Both sides had an even spread of contributors, comprising of usual suspects and prospects on the rise. Maeve Chaplin returned from an excellent Under 19 national carnival in good form, enjoying more time around the ball with Ava Jordan. Tannah Hurst stood up in an important repelling role, while tall Phoebe Nelson clunked five marks and the 2005-born Molly McErlain notched her best performance to date. Three Knights finished with two goals, as Rylie Wilcox snared one and performed well.

For Dandenong, bottom-age standout Emily Shepherd led all comers with 24 touches in a top outing, while Ashleigh Richards booted two majors from her 15 touches and five marks. Elsewhere, Felicity Crank‘s rich vein of form continued, as Abbey Jordan and Charley Ryan pitched in well, and Mikayla Williamson and Sarah Hosking also earned votes from the Stingrays staff for their efforts.

In the first week of finals, Northern will take on Eastern Ranges on Saturday afternoon at Warrawee Park, while the Stingrays will host Geelong Falcons in a second-straight game at Shepley Oval.

GOALS:

Dandenong: A. Liddle 2, A. Richards 2, C. Blair, H. Monk, B. Lyne
Northern: C. Laurie 2, T. Mills 2, T. Smart 2, L. Jatczak, R. Wilcox, M. Girolami

DC BEST:

Dandenong: A. Richards, E. Shepherd, F. Crank, M. Williamson, A. Jordan, S. Hosking
Northern: M. Chaplin, T. Hurst, P. Nelson, A. Jordan, M. McErlain, R. Wilcox

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Maeve Chaplin (Northern Knights)
4 – Ashleigh Richards (Dandenong Stingrays)
3 – Tannah Hurst (Northern Knights)
2 – Emily Shepherd (Dandenong Stingrays)
1 – Phoebe Nelson (Northern Knights)

GWV REBELS 1.2 | 1.5 | 2.6 | 2.6 (18)
TASMANIA DEVILS 2.0 | 3.0 | 4.0 | 6.5 (41)

By: Declan Reeve

In a rare contest where the two sides will be facing each other again just a week later, Tasmania Devils knocked off the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels by 23 points, for what they’ll be hoping is the first of two wins over their opposition. The result secured the top spot in the Tasmania/Victoria Country pool for the Devils, earning them a match against the fourth-placed Rebels in the first week of the NAB League Girls finals series. The final scores were 2.6 (18) to 6.5 (41).

Amy Prokopiec was well assisted by her midfield teammates, with Perri King, Claire Ransom, Olivia Smith, Meghan Gaffney and Ella Maurer all performing well through the contest against a strong and contested GWV midfield group, along with Shania Saward who impacted up either end. The Rebels had their fair share of contributors as well, with Lilli Condon and Tahlia Meier standing up through the midfield, using their speed to get the ball moving. Nyakoat Dojiok and Molly Walton were solid in defence all day, rebounding and intercepting well whilst Ella Friend was also strong when down there, but also played on the wing and through the midfield at times.

GOALS:

GWV: P. Scott, Z. Larkins
Tasmania: A. Prokopiec 2, A. Bisset 2, E. Maurer, G. Clark

DC BEST:

GWV: L. Condon, T. Meier, E. Friend, N. Dojiok, M. Walton
Tasmania: P. King, C. Ransom, O. Smith, S. Saward, A. Prokopiec 

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Perri King (Tasmania)
4 – Lilli Condon (GWV Rebels)
3 – Tahlia Meier (GWV Rebels)
2 – Claire Ransom (Tasmania)
1 – Ella Friend (GWV Rebels)

EASTERN RANGES 0.0 | 3.1 | 5.2 | 5.2 (32)
NORTHERN TERRITORY 1.1 | 1.1 | 1.1 | 1.1 (7)

By: Peter Williams

Eastern Ranges have secured a comfortable 25-point victory over Northern Territory Thunder to lock up seconds spot in the metropolitan pool as a result. After the Thunder got the jump on the Ranges thanks to a goal from Madison Harris in the first term, it was all Eastern from then on, scoring 5.2 to 0.0 for the remainder of the game. The Ranges led by 12 points at half-time, and kicked on to win by just over four goals.

Georgia Wilson slotted two majors for the winners, while Jorja Livingstone joined regular scoreboard contributors Alyssia Pisano and Matilda Hardy as goalkickers. Keeley Sherar was her productive self, as Ruby O’Dwyer, Bridget Deed and Livingstone all found plenty of the footy. Georgia Campbell and Jess Grace took control to dominate the ruck, while Mia Busch and Isabelle Khoury were also impressive.

For the Thunder, Djimila Totham was named best-on for her defensive work, while Tatyana Perry and Shanoah Leedie were also impressive with Allies representatives, Kasey Marsden and Grace Mulvahil, and past representative Bella Clarke. The result marks the end of the two-game campaign for the Thunder, whilst the Ranges will go on to play Northern Knights in the first week of finals next weekend.

GOALS:

Eastern: G. Wilson 2, J. Livingstone, A. Pisano, M. Hardy
Northern Territory: M. Harris

DC BEST:

Eastern: M. Busch, K. Sherar, R. O’Dwyer, B. Deed, J. Livingstone
Northern Territory: D. Totham, K. Marsden, T. Perry, B, Clarke, G. Mulvahil

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Mia Busch (Eastern Ranges)
4 – Keeley Sherar (Eastern Ranges)
3 – Ruby O’Dwyer (Eastern Ranges)
2 – Djimila Totham (NT Thunder)
1 – Kasey Marsden (NT Thunder)

WESTERN JETS 4.0 | 5.1 | 7.6 | 8.8 (56)
BENDIGO PIONEERS 0.2 | 0.3 | 0.4 | 1.6 (12)

By: Michael Alvaro

Western Jets capped off their season with a belting win over the Bendigo Pioneers on Saturday afternoon, soaring 44 points to the good by the final siren of both sides’ campaigns. The Jets lead from the first goal and hardly gave the Pioneers a sniff at the other end, keeping them without a major score until the final term. Forward firepower was a key factor for the winners, with their 8.8 (56) total one point shy of a season high, while notching their best defensive effort to restrict Bendigo to 1.6 (12).

Bottom-age gun Charlotte Baskaran returned alongside Montana Ham from Under 19 representative duties in fine form, leading all comers as both players made a sizeable splash. The marking of Caitlin Sargent was a feature up forward as she booted a game-high four goals, while the dynamic Jemima Woods snared two. Usual defender Ciara Singleton also got on the board with skipper Leah Spargo, while Trinity Skenderis, Kiera Whiley, and Laura Elliott were also solid in a terrific team effort.

For the Pioneers, it was an almost-day for 2006-born prospect Lucia Painter, who managed three behinds from 12 disposals in just her second NAB League appearance. Drew Ryan and Octavia Di Donato were among Bendigo’s best and led the disposal count, as the likes of Jemma Finning, Scarlett Orritt, and Tegan Williams also stood up at times in the heavy loss.

GOALS:

Western: C. Sargent 4, J. Woods 2, L. Spargo, C. Singleton
Bendigo: C. Mitchell

DC BEST:

Western: C. Baskaran, C. Sargent, M. Ham, J. Woods, T. Skenderis, C. Singleton
Bendigo: L. Painter, D. Ryan, O. Di Donato, S. Orritt, T. Williams, J. Finning

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Charlotte Baskaran (Western Jets)
4 – Caitlin Sargent (Western Jets)
3 – Montana Ham (Western Jets)
2 – Jemima Woods (Western Jets)
1 – Lucia Painter (Bendigo Pioneers)

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS 4.3 | 8.8 | 15.9 | 15.11 (101)
GIPPSLAND POWER 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.1 | 0.1 (1)

By: Declan Reeve

The final game of the year for Gippsland Power ended in a disappointing loss to ladder leaders Oakleigh Chargers at Warrawee Park, with Oakleigh holding the Power goalless for the game and scoreless for the first half in an unforgiving performance. The comprehensive display saw the Chargers run out 100-point victors, 15.11 (101) to 0.1 (1).

In an impressive display of teamwork, the Chargers had a total of nine individual goalkickers, as Charlie Rowbottom and Amanda Ling led the way with three each. Rowbottom in particular looked dangerous all game, she could’ve had five or six had she been more accurate in front of goal, with Stella Reid and debutant Jasmine Fleming also getting multiple goals for the Chargers.

The Power, despite not having any goalkickers, will be proud of the work of Taylah Bourne in the defensive 50, along with Grace McRae in the middle, not giving up despite the margin. Looking strong for next year, bottom-aged pair Yasmin Duursma and Leesa Guastella were also impressive throughout with their efforts.

GOALS:

Oakleigh: C. Rowbottom 3, A. Ling 3, S. Reid 2, J. Fleming 2, E. James, A. Smith, H. Kennealy, K. James, B. Vickers
Gippsland: Nil

DC BEST:

Oakleigh: J. Fleming, C. Rowbottom, L. Hart, A. Ling, E. James, B. Vickers
Gippsland: T. Bourne, G. McRae, L. Guastella, Y. Duursma, T. Angwin, A. Guy-Toogood

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Jasmine Fleming (Oakleigh Chargers)
4 – Charlie Rowbottom (Oakleigh Chargers)
3 – Lily Hart (Oakleigh Chargers)
2 – Amanda Ling (Oakleigh Chargers)
1 – Eliza James (Oakleigh Chargers) 

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS 2.5 | 5.9 | 8.10 | 9.11 (65)
SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS 0.0 | 2.1 | 4.1 | 5.3 (33)

By: Peter Williams

Finishing the season in style, Murray Bushrangers won three of their last four games to head into the post-season with plenty to take from 2021. The Bushrangers proved too good for Sandringham Dragons, having 20 scoring shots to eight and piling on nine goals to win by 32 points up in Wangaratta. With the Bushrangers’ strongest side on the park all season – also thanks to the return of Cassidy Mailer from a long-term injury – the Bushrangers booted five goals to two in the opening half, and led by 33 points at the final break, holding that margin firm to secure the 9.11 (65) to 5.3 (33) victory.

Olivia Cicolini was damaging up forward with another three goals to her name alongside Sophia McCarthy, while Vic Country representatives – and top two in their best and fairest award – Aurora Smith and Keeley Skepper – also shone in the victory. Allies representative Ally Morphett had a day out in the ruck, while Lucy Anderson was also named among the Bushrangers’ best. For the Dragons, Bridie Hipwell stood up in defeat, with Ebony Angelopoulos being the key goalkicker with three of her team’s five majors. J’Noemi Anderson, Ella Schiberras, Kiana Lynch and Natasha Morris were also named amongst the Dragons’ best in the loss.

GOALS:

Murray: O. Cicolini 3, S. McCarthy 3, T. Gray, K. Skepper, C. Mailer.
Sandringham: E. Angelopoulos 3, M. Mottram, L. Mitchell.

DC BEST:

Murray: K. Skepper, A. Morphett, A. Smith, O. Cicolini, S. McCarthy
Sandringham: B. Hipwell, E. Angelopoulos, J. Anderson, E. Schiberras, K. Lynch

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Keeley Skepper (Murray Bushrangers)
4 – Ally Morphett (Murray Bushrangers)
3 – Aurora Smith (Murray Bushrangers)
2 – Bridie Hipwell (Sandringham Dragons)
1 – Olivia Cicolini (Murray Bushrangers)

2021 NAB League Girls: Round 6 wrap – Knights complete remarkable comeback

ROUND 6 of the 2021 NAB League Girls season saw the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney (GWS) academies enter the fray, though fans will have to wait a little longer to see the Brisbane and Gold Coast squads in action. The postponement of their arrival made for a particularly memorable makeshift fixture though, as Northern Knights completed a remarkable comeback against Eastern Ranges on Sunday. That, and more in our weekend wrap.

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS 1.1 | 2.1 | 2.2 | 4.2 (26)
OAKLEIGH CHARGERS 3.0 | 4.1 | 5.1 | 5.2 (32)

By: Declan Reeve

Oakleigh Chargers continued their undefeated start to 2021 with a thrilling six-point win over local rivals, Sandringham Dragons at RSEA Park for Thursday night football. The Chargers led from the first goal and looked to have had the game wrapped up heading into the final quarter, but Sandringham were not going down without a fight, locking the ball in their forward half for the majority of the last quarter. Ultimately, the Dragons were unable to break through Oakleigh’s strong defence to get the final goal needed to split the points. 

Oakleigh has a lot to owe to its defence as a whole for the victory, with the ever consistent duo of Brooke Vickers and Alexandra McCulloch providing reliable options as rebounders and interceptors, and bottom-ager Lily Hart stepping up for a big performance. Midfielders Stella Reid, Eliza James and Amanda Ling were good throughout the game as well, with work-rate a common theme between the three of them. 

Sandringham bottom-ager and previous winner of the Draft Central Player of the Week, Sofia Hurley was once again a high level ball winner and driver from the Sandringham midfield, assisted well by Bridie Hipwell, who was playing her first game since suffering an ankle injury in Round 1, as well as Tayla Jones and captain Kiana Lynch. 2023 eligible Mia Zielinski was an aerial threat in the forward half and Abby Thompson was a similar presence in the Dragons’ defence

The next match for each club sees Oakleigh head to Ballarat’s MARS Stadium to play GWV Rebels on Sunday March 21, while Sandringham will play Dandenong Stingrays at a venue yet to be confirmed on Wednesday night, in the reshuffled Round 2 fixture.

GOALS:

Sandringham: M. Zielenski 2, C. Murphy, E. Angelopoulos.
Oakleigh: E. James, A. Smith, H. Kenealy, C. Rowbottom, J. Rigoni.

DC BEST:

Sandringham: S. Hurley, T. Jones, B. Hipwell, M. Zielenski, K. Lynch, A. Thompson
Oakleigh: S. Reid, B. Vickers, E. James, A. Ling, A. McCulloch, L. Hart

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Stella Reid (Oakleigh Chargers)
4 – Sofia Hurley (Sandringham Dragons)
3 – Brooke Vickers (Oakleigh Chargers)
2 – Eliza James (Oakleigh Chargers)
1 – Amanda Ling (Oakleigh Chargers)

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS 0.0 | 0.0 | 1.2 | 2.4 (16)
GWS GIANTS ACADEMY 0.4 | 1.8 | 4.9 | 7.13 (55)

By: Peter Williams

GWS GIANTS Academy stormed to a 39-point win over Murray Bushrangers in New South Wales, booting six goals to two in the second half to run away with the contest at Lavington. The GIANTS had 20 scoring shots to six, but the staunch Murray defence restricted them for as long as they could, before the game opened up after half-time. Cynthia Hamilton had a day out for the GIANTS, booting two goals and being a standout, while Hayley McDonald also impressed up forward with a couple of majors herself. Through the ruck, Ally Morphett caused headaches for her NAB League teammates, one of a number of Bushrangers donning the orange and charcoal on the day.

After making her debut with North Melbourne in the VFL Women’s last week, Jayde Hamilton had a busy day out, and Jessica Whelan was also lively. The Bushrangers had strong performances from Aurora Smith, Keeley Skepper and Zara Hamilton in the midfield, while Grace Hay, Kristy Whitehead and Mindy Quade were steadfast in the back 50. The results leaves the Bushrangers without a win thus far, but they take on fellow winless side Gippsland Power next weekend, while the GIANTS head back home to prepare for next months’s AFL Women’s Under 19 Championships.

GOALS:

Murray: N. Wilson, O. Cicolini.
GIANTS: H, Macdonald 2, C. Hamilton 2, A. Martin, J. Whelan, L. Anderson.

DC BEST:

Murray: A. Smith, G. Hay, Z. Hamilton, M. Quade, K. Whitehead
GIANTS: C. Hamilton, H. Macdonald, J. Whelan, A. Morphett, J. Hamilton

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Cynthia Hamilton (GIANTS Academy)
4 – Aurora Smith (Murray Bushrangers)
3 – Hayley McDonald (GIANTS Academy)
2 – Jessica Whelan (GIANTS Academy)
1 – Grace Hay (Murray Bushrangers)

GEELONG FALCONS 1.1 | 1.1 | 2.2 | 2.2 (14)
SYDNEY ACADEMY 1.0 | 3.0 | 3.0 | 4.3 (27)

In what could be a fantastic argument for upset of the season, Sydney Swans Academy travelled to Geelong to face the unbeaten Falcons and came away with the 13-point win in an inspirational four-quarter effort. The Swans Academy had talent on their list, but having only begun to play competitive matches this season, and being the first NAB League Girls match in their history, were not expected to halt the run of the Falcons who had seen off some strong efforts from more experienced Victorian sides. No one told the red and white side that though, as the Swans stuck with the Falcons throughout four quarters, and ran out the stronger side, 4.3 (27) to 2.2 (14).

After Keeley Hardingham booted the first major for the Falcons and Geelong had all the play in its forward half, it was seemingly a matter of time before the dam wall burst. Instead, the Swans defence held firm, then grabbed a goal against the flow to AFL Womens’ Academy member Jessica Doyle – who would finish with two majors for the game – and with help from her teammates would boot four of the next five goals. Only a Tess Craven special would interrupt the Swans’ parade, but as the rain fell down, it was no surprise that the Swans flourished in the wet and recorded the most memorable of victories.

It was a strange old game with the Falcons missing bookends, Annie Lee and Renee Tierney who played in the VFL Women’s match straight after, but the usual suspects in Craven, Poppy Schaap and Charlotte Simpson all dominated possession in the middle of the ground. Eloise Morgan and April Devine both controlled the ruck taps, but it was the trio of Falcons who shared in 68 disposals between them. Taiya Morrow and Elizabeth Dowling were industrious as ever in the back half, while Hardingham stepped up as a target inside 50. The Swans had a real even contribution across the board, with Ella Heads and Maddy Hendrie catching the eye, and then the work of Ruby Sargent-Wilson and Doyle moving the ball in transition. Kahli Gilchrist and Danika Spamer were among the other Swans to fly in the win.

GOALS:

Geelong: K. Hardingham, T. Craven.
Swans: J. Doyle 2, A. Devine, R. Beuzeville.

DC BEST:

Geelong: T. Craven, P. Schaap, T. Morrow, K. Hardingham, C. Simpson
Swans: E. Heads, J. Doyle, R. Sargent-Wilson, D. Spamer, M. Hendrie

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Tess Craven (Geelong Falcons)
4 – Poppy Schaap (Geelong Falcons)
3 – Ella Heads (Swans Academy)
2 – Jessica Doyle (Swans Academy)
1 – Ruby Sargent-Wilson (Swans Academy)

TASMANIA DEVILS 2.1 | 4.2 | 5.3 | 6.3 (39)
DANDENONG STINGRAYS 0.1 | 1.2 | 1.3 | 3.4 (22)

By: Michael Alvaro

Tasmania continued its sparkling season with a 17-point victory over the highly-fancied Dandenong Stingrays, marking two-straight losses for the Victorian region. Dial Park in Penguin set the scene for Tasmania’s terrific outing, with the win all but sewn up at three quarter time on the back of five goals to Dandenong’s one. Debutant Emilie Saward, who hails from the north-west, sealed the deal in the final term with a major to put the Devils 29 points ahead – a lead which proved unassailable.

Tassie pair Jemma Webster and Meghan Gaffney led all comers with 20 disposals apiece, impacting greatly in the win alongside Ella Maurer who managed 18 touches and two goals. Perri King was another standout, while Charlotte Vandenberg proved ominous in the ruck with 17 of the game’s 30 total hitouts.

It was no surprise to see Amber Clarke put her hand up for Dandenong as she topped the Stingrays’ disposal count and snared 1.2. Felicity Crank was again solid in the loss, while Zoe Hill was again a presence and Charley Ryan played a key role with six tackles and six inside 50s among her nine disposals.

The Stingrays’ next assignment comes on Wednesday as they complete a quick turnaround against Sandringham, while Tasmania will enjoy a Round 7 bye and return to action against Northern in another home outing the following week.

GOALS:

Tasmania: E. Maurerm 2, A. Auton, A. Prokopiec, E. Saward, J. Webster.
Dandenong: A. Clarke, G. Malkoun, C. Blair.

DC BEST:

Tasmania: M. Gaffney, E. Maurer, J. Webster, P. King, C. Vandenberg, A. Crooks
Dandenong: A. Clarke, F. Crank, Z. Hill, A. Richards, A. Jordan, C. Ryan

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Meghan Gaffney (Tasmania Devils)
4 – Ella Maurer (Tasmania Devils)
3 – Amber Clarke (Dandenong Stingrays)
2 – Jemma Webster (Tasmania Devils)
1 – Perri King (Tasmania Devils)

GWV REBELS 2.0 | 3.1 | 4.2 | 4.2 (26)
WESTERN JETS 0.0 | 1.1 | 1.4 | 2.5 (17)

By: Declan Reeve

It was a highly contested game at MARS Stadium, with the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels coming out on top of the Western Jets by nine points. The first half was largely controlled by the Rebels, doing well to keep the ball in their forward half and constantly pressure the Jets’ backline. However, the second half saw the Jets come out with a newfound fury, having the ball in their forward half for most of the time but just unable to properly capitalise on the opportunities they created.

The home side had a lot of contributors, with Chloe Leonard and Lilli Condon the major ball winners in the midfield. AFLW Academy duo Ella Friend and Nyakoat Dojiok topping the marks for the game with five each, bottom-aged star Paige Scott leading the game for goals with two, and the likes of Molly Walton and Stephanie Glover being solid in the backline, especially when under siege later in the piece.

The Jets were brave in defeat, with bottom-ager Charlotte Baskaran getting her usual high disposal numbers and being damaging with it heading forward. Montana Ham battled hard in the midfield all day to make the most of the ruck work from Krystal Russell. They were aided by Jemima Woods, Paige Ryan and Stephanie Asciak around the ground.

Round 7 will see the Jets hitting the road again, facing off against fellow Metro side Sandringham Dragons at RSEA Park on Sunday morning, with the Rebels welcoming undefeated powerhouse Oakleigh Chargers to MARS Stadium on the same day.

GOALS:

GWV: P. Scott 2, N. Dojiok, S. Bridgewater.
Western: C. Sargent, E. Tyson.

DC BEST:

GWV: C. Leonard, P. Scott, N. Dojiok, E. Friend, L. Condon, S. Bridgewater
Western: C. Baskaran, M. Ham, K. Russell, J. Woods, P. Ryan, S. Asciak

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Chloe Leonard (GWV Rebels)
4 – Paige Scott (GWV Rebels)
3 – Charlotte Baskaran (Western Jets)
2 – Nyakoat Dojiok (GWV Rebels)
1 – Ella Friend (GWV Rebels)

GIPPSLAND POWER 0.2 | 1.2 | 2.2 | 2.2 (14)
CALDER CANNONS 2.0 | 4.5 | 5.8 | 7.13 (55)

By: Declan Reeve

A dominant Calder Cannons put away Gippsland Power by 41 points on Sunday, in a game where inaccuracy from the Cannons saw them almost double their goals kicked in behinds. Despite the scoreline, the Power battled hard and were unfortunate not get on the scoreboard more with the Cannons’ defence switched on all day despite it not being down there too often.

It is no surprise that superstar Georgie Prespakis was a big contributor for the day, leading all comers for disposals, and being assisted well by the likes of Olivia Manfre, Reese Sutton and Emelia Yassir, with Neve Crowley being moved forward and leading the game for goals with three. Gippsland had its contributors as well, with Lily-Rose Williamson in particular impressing with her work in the midfield and backline, assisted by the likes of Sunday Brisbane and Courtney Fletcher in the midfield, with ruck Grace Matser often giving them first use.

Both these teams have good match-ups coming up, with Calder preparing to face Eastern Ranges on Thursday night at Highgate Reserve in a game that could have huge finals implications. Gippsland will be playing at the same venue on Saturday afternoon, coming up against fellow winless side Murray Bushrangers in what should be a tight match.

GOALS:

Gippsland: A. Molesworth, I. Makai.
Calder: N. Crowley 3, A. Magri, O. Manfre, S. Ibrahim, T. Gillard.

DC BEST:

Gippsland: L. Williamson, S. Brisbane, G. Matser, Y. Duursma, M. Van Berkel, G. McRae
Calder: G. Prespakis, O. Manfre, N. Crowley, R. Sutton, T. Gillard, E. Yassir

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Georgie Prespakis (Calder Cannons)
4 – Lily-Rose Williamson (Gippsland Power)
3 – Olivia Manfre (Calder Cannons)
2 – Neve Crowley (Calder Cannons)
1 – Reese Sutton (Calder Cannons)

NORTHERN KNIGHTS 1.0 | 1.3 | 2.4 | 6.5 (41)
EASTERN RANGES 4.1 | 5.2 | 5.2 | 5.3 (33)

By: Michael Alvaro

In a contender for game of the season so far, the Northern Knights claimed a stunning come-from-behind victory over Eastern Ranges on Sunday afternoon. The conditions at La Trobe University were conducive to clean and fast footy, and the Ranges took toll with five goals to one in the first half. A third term stalemate was broken by Ava Jordan late in the piece, who gave Northern a sniff heading into the last. It was all the Knights needed, as they stormed home with four goals to nil to claim a stirring win.

Jordan won plaudits from a raft of high profile onlookers for her 24 disposals and two goals, which proved enormous in helping Northern edge back into the contest and eventually, ahead. Tarrah Delgado was strong in defence before a game-changing move to midfield, while Ella Smallacombe worked hard to urge her side into attacking positions and Monique Ramsay was combative in the ruck.

Keeley Sherar was Eastern’s standout player from midfield, spurring her side on with 16 touches and a goal. 15-year-old Alyssia Pisano was also dangerous forward of centre and booted two majors, while Georgia Campbell showed rare athleticism in bursts through the ruck and Ruby O’Dwyer was kept busy further afield.

The Ranges’ next task promises to be another ripping match-up as they face Calder on Thursday night in an all-Metro battle. Meanwhile, the Knights travel down the highway to take on Geelong at Deakin University on Sunday.

GOALS:

Northern: T. Mills 2, A. Jordan, T. Delgado, M. Ramsay.
Eastern: A. Pisano 2, S. Potter 2, K. Sherar.

DC BEST:

Northern: A. Jordan, T. Delgado, E. Smallacombe, T. Smart, M. Ramsay, L. Beatty
Eastern: K. Sherar, A. Pisano, G. Campbell, R. O’Dwyer, B. Deed, I. Khoury

DC MEDAL VOTES:

5 – Ava Jordan (Northern Knights)
4 – Keeley Sherar (Eastern Ranges)
3 – Tarrah Delgado (Northern Knights)
2 – Alyssia Pisano (Eastern Ranges)
1 – Ella Smallacombe (Northern Knights)