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Victorian AFL Women’s Under 18 Championship teams announced

REIGNING premiers, Geelong Falcons have dominated the Victorian representation with nine players in the Vic Country 29-player squad, while minor premiers Northern Knights, finalists Eastern Ranges and fifth placed Oakleigh Chargers have six apiece in the 30-player Vic Metro squad. Of the other sides, Dandenong Stingrays also has six players in the Country team, meaning more than half the squad are Falcons or Stingrays, including St Kilda pre-listed duo, Molly McDonald and Isabella Shannon. Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels and Sandringham Dragons have five players each in the Country and Metro squads respectively, while Murray Bushrangers and Western Jets have four apiece. Bendigo Pioneers and Calder Cannons have three players in their representative squad, while Gippsland Power has the two.

Vic Country has included eight middle-agers (not eligible to be drafted until next year) in its squad, while Vic Metro has seven. The two coaches will have more than their fair share of AFL and AFLW experience, with Nathan Burke taking the reigns at Vic Metro, while Aasta O’Connor will coach Vic Country. The sides face off on June 22, before squads are reduced to fly to Gold Coast for three games against other states from July 8-12. AFL Draft Central will be on the ground in Queensland providing you all the latest.

State Talent Manager Paul Hamilton said the Championships gave Victoria’s best emerging female footballers the chance to highlight their skills on a big stage.

“The NAB AFL Women’s Under-18 Championships have the potential to put our up-and-coming female players firmly on the radar of AFL Women’s clubs,” Hamilton said. “Our Vic Country and Vic Metro girls will have access to some of the best coaching resources in women’s football in order to develop their games and will be able to experience playing at elite-level venues against the best talent the rest of Australia has to offer. “Travelling to the Gold Coast in July will also provide them an extra opportunity to bond with girls who share a common goal of furthering their careers within the elite talent pathway.”

The Country vs Metro under-18 match on June 22 will be part of a double-header along with an under-16 Country vs Metro clash (commencing at 12pm), with the initial squads for those teams to be announced next week. All the non-Victorian state lists will be posted once the final team lists are completed, with some out, while others are yet to be released.

Tomorrow we will provide more details on each of those players selected in the Victorian squads.

VIC COUNTRY

NO. NAME   DOB HT NAB LEAGUE GIRLS CLUB
1 Elise Vella 05-Sep-01 156 Geelong Falcons
2 Teagan Brett 08-Feb-01 157 Murray Bushrangers
3 Paige Sheppard 23-Apr-01 158 Geelong Falcons
4 Renee Saulitis 14-Aug-02 163 GWV Rebels
5 Luka Lesosky-Hay 07-Jan-01 164 Geelong Falcons
6 Laura Gardiner 21-Nov-02 164 Geelong Falcons
7 Ella Wood 14-Feb-01 164 GWV Rebels
8 Elizabeth Snell 14-Mar-02 165 Bendigo Pioneers
9 Darcy Moloney 20-Nov-02 165 Geelong Falcons
10 Sophie Locke 24-Apr-01 166 Murray Bushrangers
11 Brooke Hards 19-Jul-02 166 Bendigo Pioneers
12 Tyanna Smith 29-Oct-02 167 Dandenong Stingrays
13 Molly McDonald 04-May-01 168 Dandenong Stingrays
14 Abbey Chapman 15-Apr-01 170 Geelong Falcons
15 Nikia Webber 29-Aug-01 170 Gippsland Power
16 Renee Tierney 23-May-02 168 Geelong Falcons
17 Mia Skinner 30-Jan-01 170 Geelong Falcons
18 Kate Douglass 19-Jul-01 171 Bendigo Pioneers
19 Brooke Vernon 20-Oct-01 172 Dandenong Stingrays
20 Zoe Hill 13-May-02 173 Dandenong Stingrays
21 Sophie Molan 24-Mar-01 175 GWV Rebels
22 Millie Brown 15-Jan-01 175 Murray Bushrangers
23 Lucy McEvoy 13-May-01 172 Geelong Falcons
24 Isabella Simmons 19-Apr-02 181 GWV Rebels
25 Olivia Barber 14-Jul-02 184 Murray Bushrangers
26 Isabella Shannon 30-Jun-01 178 Dandenong Stingrays
27 Shanara Notman 27-Jul-01 178 Gippsland Power
28 Georgia Howes 26-Jul-00 183 Dandenong Stingrays
29 Maggie Caris 21-Dec-02 188 GWV Rebels

 

VIC METRO

NO. NAME   DOB HT NAB LEAGUE GIRLS CLUB
1 Olivia Meagher 10-Dec-02 158 Eastern Ranges
2 Felicity Theodore 14-Mar-01 159 Calder Cannons
3 Gemma Lagioia 03-May-01 160 Oakleigh Chargers
4 Nicola Xenos 08-Mar-01 161 Oakleigh Chargers
5 Elisabeth Georgostathis 17-Oct-01 162 Western Jets
6 Madeleine Edwards 19-Jan-01 164 Eastern Ranges
7 Amelia Van Oosterwijck 08-Nov-01 164 Oakleigh Chargers
8 Mimi Hill 04-Oct-01 165 Oakleigh Chargers
9 Bella Eddey 02-Nov-02 165 Sandringham Dragons
10 Alana Barba 26-Sep-01 166 Calder Cannons
11 Tarni Brown 26-Mar-02 166 Eastern Ranges
12 Alice Burke 10-Mar-02 166 Sandringham Dragons
13 Britney Gutknecht 20-Apr-01 167 Northern Knights
14 Laura McClelland 03-Jul-01 169 Eastern Ranges
15 Alyssa Bannan 13-Apr-02 169 Northern Knights
16 Emily Harley 04-Dec-01 169 Oakleigh Chargers
17 Georgia Patrikios 30-Mar-01 170 Calder Cannons
18 Emma Horne 29-Nov-01 170 Eastern Ranges
19 Marguerite Purcell 27-Jul-01 170 Sandringham Dragons
20 Sarah Sansonetti 02-Aug-01 172 Northern Knights
21 Ellie McKenzie 17-Oct-02 173 Northern Knights
22 Sarah Hartwig 04-Dec-02 173 Sandringham Dragons
23 Nell Morris-Dalton 05-Apr-01 174 Northern Knights
24 Isabella Grant 21-Sep-01 174 Western Jets
25 Tahlia Merrett 08-Jan-01 174 Eastern Ranges
26 Gabrielle Newton 31-Aug-01 175 Northern Knights
27 Molly Denahy Maloney 25-Feb-01 175 Sandringham Dragons
28 Isabelle Pritchard 08-Mar-02 176 Western Jets
29 Cleo Saxon-Jones 04-Nov-01 181 Western Jets
30 Amelia Peck 13-Jan-00 183 Oakleigh Chargers

Team of the Week: NAB League Girls – Round 7

IN a NAB League Girls competition that continues to provide the goods through close even sides, the bottom two teams in Gippsland Power and Western Jets both had wins on the weekend, while ninth placed Murray Bushrangers also tasted victory. The Jets have the equal most players named in the Draft Central NAB League Girls Team of the Week for Round 7, along with fellow winners and top two sides, Geelong Falcons and Northern Knights. All three teams have three players in the squad of 24, while the Power, Bushrangers, Eastern Ranges and Oakleigh Chargers were other winners who have two players in the side. Round 7 loser, Calder Cannons still have two players in the team as does Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels, while remaining sides, Bendigo Pioneers, Dandenong Stingrays and Sandringham Dragons all have one player in the team. This round saw the introduction of Tasmania, but given they are just in for the one round – and had the extra benefit of playing two games, opted not to have them in Team of the Week, however Amy Prokopiec and Mia King would have made the side for their performances across two games.

Western Jets had key defender, Isabelle Pritchard and captain Elisabeth Georgostathis making the side once again, while forward, Jasmine Goodman makes the team for the first time. Reigning premiers Geelong Falcons make up the other key defensive post with Abbey Chapman named at full-back, while Paige Sheppard and Lucy McEvoy have made the team. The other side with three players is Northern Knights, as Britney Gutknecht continues her terrific season to be named in the team, while Alyssa Bannan and Jess Fitzgerald also made the squad.

Gippsland Power’s first win of the season resulted in Grace McRae slotting into the midfield, while Matilda Van Berkel made the side again in defence. Their opponents, GWV Rebels had captain Sophie Molan named at centre half-forward – having spent time there despite being predominant in the midfield, but it was hard to squeeze out a midfielder – and Nekaela Butler in the back pocket yet again. Murray Bushrangers’ Olivia Barber has been named at full-forward and will rotate through the ruck, while Millie Brown will provide run off half-back. In the ruck is Eastern Ranges’ Serena Gibbs who kicked two goals in a match-winning performance against Tasmania, joined in the side by teammate Emma Horne.

Oakleigh Chargers and Calder Cannons also have two players each in the side, with Taylah Morton and Joanna Lin making the side for the Chargers after impressive games, while Team of the Week regulars, Georgie Prespakis and Georgia Patrikios slot into the midfield after a combined 63 disposals. The remaining players filling out the side as their teams’ only representatives are Maeve Tupper (Bendigo), Madeline Pearson (Dandenong) and Sarah Hartwig (Sandringham) of which the latter has been prominent in our Team of the Week this season.

Weekend wash-up: NAB League Girls – Round 7

THE Geelong Falcons continued their winning streak, staking their claim as genuine finals contenders while the Western Jets notched up their second win of the season. The Gippsland Power also made their way off the bottom of the ladder with a hard fought win over the Rebels at home.

 

WESTERN JETS 1.3 | 2.3 | 4.8 | 5.8 (38)
TASMANIA DEVILS 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.1 (1)

By: Sophie Taylor

GOALS:

Western: E. Quinn 2, J. Goodman 2, C. Saxon-Jones.
Tasmania: Nil.

BEST:

Western: E. Georgostathis, J. Goodman, L. Wright, I. Pritchard, P. Ozols, R. Tripodi
Tasmania: E. Brickhill, E. Dixon, A. Prokopiec, H. Smith, M. King, A. Clark

It was a cold and wet game on Friday night footy over the weekend as the Western Jets hosted the Tasmania Devils at RAMS Arena, registering their second win of the season with a 37 point margin. The Jets had all the momentum early, keeping the ball inside 50 for majority of the first quarter as Tasmania struggled to get boot to ball. The Devils showed some good defensive play before the Jets were able to take advantage of a dropped mark and get their first goal on the board courtesy of Jasmine Goodman (two goals, 14 disposals) for her first of the night. Jets struggled with accuracy throughout the match, wasting opportunities forward and spraying the ball across the face to register minor scores. Despite the likes of Isabelle Pritchard (18 disposals, five tackles) and Elisabeth Georgostathis (24 disposals, seven tackles) in fine form spoiling the Devils’ chances at goal, Western did themselves no favours bombing the ball inside 50, while their difficulty converting meant the Devils were able to hold onto a fighting chance if they were to get a score on the board. Mia King, Ellen Brickhill and Amy Prokopiec were among the best for Tasmania, as King racked up 16 touches off half back while Brickhill picked up 14 of her own, as well as a behind in the final quarter to get the Devils on the board. Prokopiec was prolific in defence, notching up 14 touches and eight rebound 50s. Despite only getting the one score for the match in the final term, the Devils showcased some good skill and pressure around the ball, registering 54 tackles to the Jets’ 60.

 

CALDER CANNONS 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0| 1.0 (6)
GEELONG FALCONS 2.1 | 3.2 | 3.2 | 3.2 (20)

By: Taylah Melki

GOALS:

Calder: G. Patrikios.
Falcons: T. Lewis 2, P. Sheppard.

BEST:

Calder: G. Patrikios, P. Poultney, F. Theodore, G. Prespakis, A. Barba, T. Gillard
Falcons: A. Chapman, D. Smith, E. Dowling, P. Sheppard, S. Hovey, E. Mahoney

The Geelong Falcons claimed their seventh consecutive win of the season unfazed by the final term come back from the Cannons. They kept Calder goalless up until the fourth minute of the final term while the Falcons themselves did not manage to register a score after half time. The game was mainly played between the arcs with both sides contesting hard throughout the game. Georgie Prespakis and Georgia Patrikios combined exceptionally well across the ground for the Cannons, using their speed, spatial awareness and clean hands at the stoppages to push their side forward. Tahlia Gillard and Alana Barba were also important for the Cannons working tirelessly but it was so to no avail with the Falcons flexing their muscles around the contest. Tamika Lewis was solid up forward for the Falcons slotting two goals she was ably assisted by teammate Paige Sheppard who also chipped in on the scoreboard and around the ground. Captain Lucy McEvoy was also impressive for Geelong leading the way for her side with 12 tackles and five marks while also racking up the possessions to finish the game with a side high 23 touches. Luka Lesosky-Hay also won plenty of the ball but was unable to capitalise with ball in hand at times.

 

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS 0.1 | 3.2 | 3.2 | 5.6 (30)
SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS 1.4 | 1.6 | 1.9 | 1.11 (17)

By: Taylah Melki

GOALS:

Murray: O. Barber 3, K. Adams, M. Jones.
Sandringham: L. Enders.

BEST:

Murray: M. Brown, O. Barber, T. Brett, K. Adams, L. Sharp, M. Trethowan
Sandringham: G. Strangio, D. Walker, S. Hartwig, S. Trim, C. Cody, K. Lynch

The Sandringham Dragons were good off the mark holding a nine point lead at quarter time but were unable to maintain that intensity falling to the Bushrangers who overran them. Sandringham were inaccurate in front of goal missing multiple opportunities to secure a win. On the other hand the Bushrangers made the most of it when they went forward and applied plenty of pressure to remain in the hunt and convert when they needed to. A big second quarter from Olivia Barber spurred her team on to success nailing two crucial goals before putting the nail in the coffin in the final term to slot her third for the game. Kate Adams was equally as impressive for Murray working her way around the ground and scoring a major while the likes of Abby Favell also made her presence felt on the field laying some crunching tackles (four) and winning the ball at the coalface finishing with a game high 23 disposals. Millie Brown was also prolific for the Bushies who valued her ferocity and run and carry across the ground racking up six rebound 50s, 22 touches and four tackles. For Sandringham, Alice Burke recorded the highest touches with 16 disposals while her teammate Sarah Hartwig was influential across the ground with her 16 possessions, five rebound 50s and five tackles. Gemma Strangio was also impressive for the Dragons while Lily Enders scored her teams only goal for the game and picked up a couple of disposals around the field.

 

DANDENONG STINGRAYS 1.3 | 1.3 | 2.4 | 2.4 (16)
OAKLEIGH CHARGERS 2.2 | 4.5 | 6.5 | 7.7 (49)

By: Brandon Hutchinson

GOALS:

Dandenong: J. Anthony 2.
Oakleigh: E. James, M. Bertuna, J. Lin, A. Porter, C. O’Malley, G. Lagioia, J. D’Amato.

BEST:

Dandenong: M. Pearson, P. Swayn, M. McDonald, A. Jordan, L. Grocock, J. Anthony
Oakleigh: J. Lin, T. Morton, A. van Oosterwijck, K. Kearns (two players listed that didn’t play)

Oakleigh Chargers earn some much-needed separation from Dandenong Stingrays with a big away win at Shepley Oval on Saturday. Despite the quick response to Oakleigh’s opening goal in the first, Dandenong were unable to hold on as the Chargers surged away in the second, kicking four to one by the main break. Leading into the third, Oakleigh showed no signs of slowing, adding two more to the board with Dandenong responding late. The home side managed to defend well in the final quarter, letting through one, but ultimately conceded defeat 2.4 (16) to 7.7 (49). Emily Harley was pivotal to Oakleigh’s victory, recording 20 disposals, four marks and three rebounds, while Eliza James stood up in the midfield with 19 disposals, four marks, five inside 50s and a goal. Joanna Lin also had a season-best performance, collecting 18 disposals, three marks, six tackles, two inside 50s and a goal. Taylah Morton, Amelia Van Oosterwijck and Alana Porter were also among their team’s best, while Kalarni Kearns performed well in the ruck. For Dandenong, Lucy Grocock was among their best with 10 disposals, three marks and 10 tackles, while Molly McDonald continued to dominate off half-back. Jaide Anthony kicked two in her first game with two marks and two tackles, while Abbey Jordan remained pivotal alongside teammate’s Madeline Pearson and Piper Swayn.

 

GIPPSLAND POWER 0.1 | 1.2 | 4.4 | 5.4 (34)
GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS 1.2 | 3.3 | 3.4 | 4.4 (28)

By: Brandon Hutchinson

GOALS:

Gippsland Power: K. Te Huia 2, N. Webber 2, M. Fitzsimon
GWV Rebels: V. Jewell, I. Robson, S. Molan, E. Wood

BEST:

Gippsland Power: G. McRae, M. Van Berkel, M. Fitzsimon, C. Abrahams, N. Webber, M. Shaw
GWV Rebels: N. Butler, L. Condon, M. Caris, E. Wood, V. Jewell

In one of the tightest finishes of the season, Gippsland Power endured a fierce contest against GWV Rebels, earning a six-point victory at Shepley Oval on Sunday. With the game close to ending in a draw, both sides contested well throughout with neither team ever seeming out of the match. At the main break, GWV held a 13-point lead and were holding Gippsland off well. Though come the conclusion of the third, GWV were turned goalless and Gippsland had stolen the lead with a forward onslaught led by Nikia Webber. Come the final term, both teams added a goal each but GWV were pressing hard in their forward half. The rebels were awarded a chance for a kick after the siren with Sophie Molan tasked with the job 35 metres out. Unfortunately for GWV, the kick did not travel, and Gippsland left with a much-needed and rare victory.

 

EASTERN RANGES 1.1 | 2.1 | 2.1 | 3.3 (21)
TASMANIA DEVILS 1.2 | 1.3 | 2.4 | 2.4 (16)

By: Peter Williams

GOALS:

Eastern: S. Gibbs 2, T. Merrett.
Tasmania: H. Breward, B. Oates.

BEST:

Eastern: S. Gibbs, J. Dunning, E. Horne, J. Richardson, M. Kendall, L. McClelland
Tasmania: H. Smith, B. Oates, M. King, C. Lovell, P. King

Eastern Ranges have kept their finals hopes alive with a nail-biting five-point win over Tasmania Devils at RAMS Arena on Sunday. Following the Devils going down to Western by 37 points on Friday night, many would have predicted the fifth placed Ranges to win comfortably. However, it was far from the case with Tasmania booting the first goal of the game through Hannah Breward, leading at two of the four breaks, and competing for the full four quarters. In fact, had it not being for two clever snaps from Victorian Netball League netballer Serena Gibbs, Eastern might have headed home without any points and a sense of deja vu from last year where a tight loss ultimately saw them miss out. This time was different however, as the Ranges held firm, dominating the last term and having a number of chances, but it took until the thirteenth minute for Gibbs to put ball to boot amongst congestion and see it dribble through past the Devils defence. Gibbs was crucial around the ground and a standout player on the day, with her two majors and Tahlia Merrett‘s soccer goal in the first term showing Eastern had to get creative with their majors. Laura McClelland had a big last term, and was named among the best with Jessica Dunning, Emma Horne, Jenna Richardson and Mietta Kendall. For Tasmania, Mia King was all class throughout the day with some impressive ball-winning abilities, while Hannah Smith and Brianna Oates (one goal) were also named in the Devils’ best.

 

BENDIGO PIONEERS: 0.1 | 0.4 | 1.5 | 1.5 (11)
NORTHERN KNIGHTS: 2.4 | 4.5 | 6.8 | 9.10 (64)

By: Sophie Taylor

GOALS:

Bendigo: A. Thompson.
Northern: A. Bannan 3, G. Pirdis 2, M. Appleby 2, A. Reibelt, B. Gutknecht.

BEST:

Bendigo: M. Tupper, B. Hards, E. Snell, D. Villiva, M. Barton, K. Douglass
Northern: J. Fitzgerald, S. Sansonetti, A. Bannan, E. McKenzie, B. Gutknecht, G. Newton

Sunday’s match between the Bendigo Pioneers and Northern Knights was always shaping up to be a big one, with both sides on the higher end of the ladder. The Knights once again proved their depth and ability across the field to register another big win, still undefeated for the season and sitting in second on the ladder with two rounds to go. Clean play from the Knights saw the first two scoring shots of the game, before a goal from Maykaylah Appleby in space got the first major on the board. The Pioneers struggled under pressure from the likes of Sarah Sansonetti defensively, struggling to find avenues into their forward 50 and wasteful when opportunities came up. High, rushed kicks to the disadvantage of teammates proved ineffective as the side only managed the one major for the game. The Knights were smooth transitioning from defence through to their forward 50, with plenty of options forward and locking the ball inside 50 at turnovers. Alyssa Bannan (three goals), Georgia Purvis (two) and Appleby (two) were on song in front of goal, while Abby Thompson was Bendigo’s only goalkicker with a dribble through in the third term, courtesy of some stellar teamwork and workrate forward by the likes of Maeve Tupper and Brooke Hards.

Team of the Week: NAB League Girls – Round 3

DANDENONG Stingrays and Geelong Falcons have recorded the most members in the Draft Central NAB League Girls Team of the Week for Round 3, following terrific victories. In one of the most even spreads thus far, only Bendigo Pioneers and Western Jets had one player in the team, while the other eight sides contributed two players.

Stingrays’ full-back Zoe Hill makes the team for the third consecutive week, joined in this week’s side by fellow defender Brooke Vernon, and St Kilda pre-listed recruit, Isabella Shannon. For the Falcons, Paige Sheppard and Laura Gardiner slot onto the wings, while Mia Skinner‘s four goals ensure she makes the forward line. Also in attack is forward pocket regular Britney Gutknecht, who like Hill, makes her third consecutive side. Gutknecht is joined in the team by Gabby Newton who has been named in midfield. The other two players to have been named in each Team of the Week so far, are Western Jets’ captain, Elisabeth Georgostathis and Calder Cannons’ Georgie Prespakis – who this week is joined in the side by teammate Krystel Petrevski.

There are plenty of debutants in the Round 3 Team of the Week, with Gippsland Power defenders, Maddison Shaw and Matilda Van Berkel both making the side, as did Eastern Ranges forwards, Riley Hall and Emma Horne. Oakleigh Chargers onballer, Charlie Rowbottom – sister of Sydney’s James – had her best game so far, named in the side with the slick Gemma Lagioia. Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels ruck, Isabelle Rustman also makes her debut in Team of the Week, joined by Team of the Week regular, Sophie Molan.

Olivia Barber is the presence at full forward after a couple of goals on the weekend, with the Murray Bushrangers’ bottom-ager named for the first time this year, while midfielder Abby Favell backs up her debut from Round 2. Two players who have become comfortable with the Draft Central Team of the Week are Sandringham Dragons duo, Alice Burke and Sarah Hartwig. Hartwig was named in the Team of the Week in Round 1 and is back at centre half-back again this week, while Burke was named for the second time this year for her terrific effort through midfield.

Round 3 was a tough round to pick a side, with Bendigo Pioneers’ Brooke Hards, Dandenong Stingrays’ Tyanna Smith, GWV Rebels’ Ella Wood, Western Jets’ Isabella Grant and Eastern Ranges’ Tarni Brown all in contention for a place in the team, but the strength of the midfielders this week was unbelievable.

 

Weekend Wash-up: NAB League Girls – Round 3

ROUND 3 of the NAB League Girls saw Geelong Falcons and Calder Cannons remain undefeated proving their dominance of the competition. While the likes of the Western Jets, Sandringham Dragons and Gippsland Power are yet to register a win this season after a tricky start. The Murray Bushrangers made it two wins in a row, with Northern Knights making their way back onto the winner’s list after a draw in Round 2.  

GWV REBELS 0.1 | 0.2 | 2.2 | 2.3 (15)
DANDENONG STINGRAYS 0.2 | 3.3 | 5.3 | 8.4 (52)

By: Cameron Ross

GOALS:

GWV: S. Molan 2.
Dandenong: M. McDonald 2, L. Grocock 2, I. Shannon 2, J. Radford, T. Smith.

BEST:

GWV: I. Rustman, C. Leonard, S. Molan, E. Wood, G. Pidgeon, V. Jewell.
Dandenong: B. Vernon, Z. Hill, T. Smith, G. Howes, I. Shannon, A. Liddle.

The Dandenong Stingrays won their second game of the season against the GWV Rebels at MARS Stadium in Ballarat. The windy conditions made things difficult for both sides as they had trouble adjusting early. There was a cross breeze early in the game that slightly favoured the Wendouree end, yet the breeze became more prominent as the game went on. The Rebels could not take advantage of this early breeze and despite having more of the ball, were not able to register a goal in the first term. The Stingrays defence held up well with the key defender Zoe Hill, making things difficult for the Rebels.

The Stingrays took advantage of the wind in the second quarter, and the Rebels really struggled to get any penetration on their kicks. Rebels captain, Sophie Molan, attempted to lead the way and prove to her teammates what was required when kicking into the wind, but the Stingrays were simply too good. Tyanna Smith had a great quarter, finding space around the ground, and producing an amazing highlight. Smith cleanly scooped up the ball on the wing, took a bounce and kicked the ball long into the Stingray forward line. Unfortunately for Isabella Simmons, the Stingray’s third goal for the quarter came from her running the ball out of the square the wrong way and kicking it long into the Stingrays forward line. The goal was duly converted. This was even more unfortunate, as Simmons would have been one of the leading possession winners on the ground at the time, and also one of the Rebels best.

The third quarter was exciting, and the Rebels announced that they were not going to be pushed over. After Stingrays ruck Georgia Howes left early in the quarter, the Rebels were dominant at stoppages. Molan again led the way, going forward and kicking two goals in six minutes, and there was a sense at the ground, that the tide was changing. Ella Wood also started to get her hands on the footy a lot more, having an important 5 minutes when the Stringrays resistance began. It was not enough for the Rebels. Isabella Shannon kicked a goal against the run of play, but the dagger blow game when the Stingrays kicked another, after a brutal 50 metre penalty that brought them within point blank range and only 30 seconds in the quarter remaining. This meant that Stingrays increased their buffer back to 3 goals, and severely impacted the Rebels comeback.

Chloe Leonard started the final quarter well for the Rebels, winning back to back clearances and attempting desperately to bring the margin back within reason. Yet the Stingrays finally put the game away after the seven minute mark of the final term, after Molly McDonald goaled with a volley from the goal square. There would be some concerns for the Rebels with Wood going off late with a shoulder injury, but the game was much closer than the score line suggested.

Molan was impressed with the young Rebels’ sides fight.

“Our effort was much better this week. I thought we showed a lot of intensity at the ball, and when we used it well, we were really hard to stop,” she said. “It was just those couple of slight brain fades at the end of the quarters which made it really hard to get back into the match.” Molan also did not want to blame the wind for the sides struggles in the second and final quarters stating, “we haven’t played a game where it hasn’t been windy yet, and we’re used to it because of the lack of protection at this ground. It does make a difference, but we train here and we play here, we need to get used to it!”

Stingray Isabella Shannon was the best player on the field, and an absolute moral for votes in the league count, but Molly McDonald and Tyanna Smith were also solid contributors for the Stingrays. For the home side, the captain Sophie Molan led from the front, but Ella Wood and Chloe Leonard were also terrific.

 

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS 1.0 | 1.1 | 1.2 | 1.3 (9)
CALDER CANNONS 0.2 | 0.2 | 1.7 | 4.8 (32)

By Peter Williams

GOALS:

Sandringham: E. Stuber.
Calder: G. Elarmaly, H. Cooke, N. Crowley, A. Magri.

BEST:

Sandringham: A. Burke, W. Laing, S. Hartwig, C. Saultry, E. McNamara, S. Trim.
Calder: K. Petrevski, Z. Friswell, G. Prespakis, H. Cooke, Z. Hardiman, G. Elarmaly.

 

Calder Cannons won their third consecutive match with a terrific last term to overrun a determined Sandringham Dragons outfit, handing the Dragons their third consecutive loss to start the 2019 season. Both teams were evenly matched throughout the game, and it took until the final term for the undefeated Cannons to finally shake off their opponents in challenging conditions at Trevor Barker Oval. Emma Stuber booted the first goal of the game for the Dragons to get them off to the perfect start, and due to weather conditions, the home side added the only score – one behind – in the second term to head into half-time with a five-point advantage. Calder dominated the third term, peppering the goals but could not find a major until Alisa Magri finally put through a goal after a great kick from Georgie Prespakis. They led by five points at the final break, but ran out the last quarter stronger, as Haylea Cooke booted the first less than two minutes into the quarter, then a couple of late ones to Gloria Elarmaly and Neve Crowley sealed the deal in a 4.8 (32) to 1.3 (9) victory. Krstel Petrevski was impressive throughout, particularly early as she collected 16 disposals, laid three tackles and had four inside 50s, while Prespakis had 23 disposals, three marks, four inside 50s, two rebounds and eight tackles, while missing a couple of chances on goal. For the Dragons, Alice Burke was enormous laying 10 tackles from 16 disposals and six marks, laying some crucials smothers as well. Sarah Hartwig was impressive in defence with 13 disposals, three marks, five tackles and six rebounds, while Winnie Laing and Eliza McNamara had 11 touches each on the inside.

 

NORTHERN KNIGHTS 2.0 | 4.4 | 4.4 | 5.7 (37)
WESTERN JETS 1.2 | 1.4 | 1.6 | 1.6 (12)

By: Taylah Melki

GOALS:

Northern: A. Bannan 2, T. Pulcino, M. Ramsay, B. Gutknecht.
Western: N. Wright.

BEST:

Northern: G. Newton, B. Gutknecht, J. Fitzgerald, S. Sansonetti, E. McKenzie, A. Bennett
Western: R. Tripodi, E. Georgostathis, T. Kolevski, E. Quinn, C. Sargent, J. Woods

The Northern Knights stamped their authority on the competition with a 25-point victory over the Western Jets at RAMS Arena. After a relatively close start, Northern put on the after burners to push the lead out and did not look back keeping the Jets goalless in the second half. The Knights looked like a polished outfit with the likes of Gabby Newton, Ellie McKenzie and Britney Gutknecht starring in the middle and contributing to the scoreboard. The three were clean with ball in hand and worked tirelessly across the ground to win the footy in the contest. For the Western Jets, Elisabeth Georgostathis once again dominated going in hard at the stoppages and using her speed to try and break away from the packs but it was not enough to stop the Knights who were on top across the field. Ruby Tripodi was a tackling machine and got hands to plenty of ball throughout the game and combined well with Western teammate, Taylah Kolevski.

 

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS 0.4 | 0.11 | 1.11 | 4.12 (36)
GIPPSLAND POWER 0.0 | 0.0 | 1.3 | 1.3 (9)

By: Peter Williams

GOALS:

Murray: O. Barber 2, L. Sharp, T. Verhoeven.
Gippsland: G. McRae.

BEST:

Murray: O. Barber, T. Brett, A. Favell, C. Hargreaves, M. Quade, Z. Spencer.
Gippsland: M. Van Berkel, M. Fitzsimon, G. McRae, C. Abrahams, M. Shaw.

Murray Bushrangers made it two wins on the trot with a hard-fought victory over the winless Gippsland Power at RAMS Arena. Following a disappointing Round 1 defeat to Northern Knights, the Bushrangers have strung two impressive wins together, with the latest being a 4.12 (36) to 1.3 (9) win against the Power yesterday. Neither side could find the big sticks in the first half, with the Bushrangers holding the Power scoreless to half-time, while booting 11 behinds themselves. Olivia Barber looked impressive early, but missed a couple of close chances, before being rewarded in the second half with a couple of majors. The Bushrangers booted the last four goals of the game after Grace McRae became the first goalkicker with a major in the tenth minute. It put the Power within three points, before Barber gave the Bushrangers deserved breathing space at the final break by eight points. They managed to finally get reward for effort in the last quarter with Barber, Lily Sharp and Tali Verhoeven all slotting goals to secure the 27-point victory. Barber was the best on ground with her work inside 50, but the defensive work of Matilda Van BerkelMegan Fitzsimon and Maddison Shaw was critical in the Power staying in the contest. Abby Favell and Grace McRae were prominent in midfield for their respective sides, while Teagan Brett put out another consistent performance as well. Chelsea Hargreaves was impressive up the Bushrangers’ defensive end, while Chandra Abrahams laid a number of strong tackles and defensive efforts.

 

EASTERN RANGES 0.2 | 2.3 | 2.5 | 4.7 (31)
OAKLEIGH CHARGERS 1.2 | 2.3 | 3.7 | 3.7 (25)

By: Taylah Melki

GOALS:

Eastern: T. Flintoff, R. Hall, L. Hilton, L. McClelland.
Oakleigh: E. Harley, A. Peck, J. D”Amato.

BEST:

Eastern: E. Horne, R. Hall, T. Flintoff, O. Meagher, T. Brown, S. Zappia
Oakleigh: C. Rowbottom, G. Lagioia, G. Larkey, E. Jackson, A. Micallef, M. Bertuna

After a slow start to the game the Eastern Ranges claimed their second win of the season against the Oakleigh Chargers. The Ranges kept the Chargers scoreless in the second half of the match piling on two goals themselves. Emma Horne proved to be a key player for the Ranges while teammate Laura McClelland slotted a major. Tarni Brown was instrumental across the field while Riley Hall was solid for the Ranges who went home six point winners. Tess Flintoff was also amongst the best for Eastern chipping in with one major and getting her hands to plenty of ball throughout the game. For the Chargers, the likes of Charlie Rowbottom and Gemma Lagioia were impressive with Rowbottom racking up the touches. Emily Harley and Jasmine D’Amato combined to score two goals between them and keep the Chargers in the game.

 

GEELONG FALCONS 2.2 | 5.2 | 6.5 | 9.5 (59)
BENDIGO PIONEERS 0.0 | 0.1 | 0.1 | 1.4 (10)

By: Michael Alvaro

GOALS: 

Geelong:M. Skinner 4, E. Vella, I. Long, R. Tierney, L. Ryan, A. Chapman 
Bendigo: M. Ward

BEST:

Geelong: L. Gardiner, P. Sheppard, L. Lesosky-Hay, M. Skinner, K. Haustorfer, P. Schapp
Bendigo: B. Hards, K. Douglass, E. Snell, M. Tupper, J. Jolliffe, D. Villiva

The Geelong Falcons kept their perfect NAB League record in tact with another dominant display on Sunday, accounting for Bendigo Pioneers by 49 points. 

With their wings unclipped atop the table, the Falcons looked sturdy across every line throughout the game and put the result beyond much doubt early on. Mia Skinner was at the centre of each Geelong attack, booting three first-half goals and ending with a bag of four to have seven in the last two games. Her forward partners, Renee Tierney and Elise Vella, were also dangerous but Skinner prevailed as the sole Falcons multiple goal kicker. Typically stingy in defence, the Falcons kept their opponents goalless across three quarters for the second week running, but Mia Ward broke through for the Pioneers in a fighting final term to slot through her side’s only major. Skipper Lucy McEvoy was thrown back in the final term as Abbey Chapman went forward and fetched a goal, but was worn tightly all day by Bendigo’s Brooke Hards. While the Pioneers were valiant, the ladder leaders were simply too strong and flex their muscle to run out comfortable winners.

Team Selection: TAC Cup Girls – Round 7

WITH only three rounds left in the TAC Cup Girls competition, team selection is becoming increasingly unpredictable, with many exciting young new faces coming into line-ups this week. However, there are also some big outs with a few teams having to take the field without some of their stars this weekend.

 

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS v. DANDENONG STINGRAYS

Round 7 – Saturday, April 28, 12pm
Warrawee Park, Oakleigh

Oakleigh will be without star midfielders, Alana Porter and Katie Lynch as well as their dominant force in the ruck, Charlotte Moon. Nicola Xenos will also be watching from the sidelines instead of playing her usual role in defence. But there is no shortage of talent among the incoming players with two Bulleen Templestowe players in Elisabeth Jackson and Georgia Relph making their way into the line-up.

Dandenong enjoyed its first win in round six but lose AFLW Academy forward, Brooke Struylaart to injury this weekend. The Stingrays will be glad to see Grace Hodder come into the side this week and will be hoping to see her continue to play some good footy. Abbey Jordan and Brooke Borchard are also among the other ins for the Stingrays.

Oakleigh Chargers

B: 13. T. Morton, 51. G. Relph, 5. A. van Oosterwijck
HB: 14. H. McLaren, 39. T. Nichols, 26. A. Micallef
C: 31. K.  Hunter-Scott, 50. C.  Nancarrow, 30. G. Lagioia
HF: 3. J. D’Amato, 43. E. Hastie, 19. E. Harley
F: 29. M. Bertuna, 38. D. Bateman, 18. I. Gietzmann
R: 11. B. Winbanks, 32. C. O’Malley, 2. M. Hill
Int: 33. G. Byrne, 9. E. Jackson, 15. A. Ling, 22. Z. Makris, 69. L. Mayne, 10. A. Oloughlin

In: T. Morton, L. Mayne, E. Jackson, A. Ling, G. Relph, G. Byrne, A. Oloughlin
Out: N. Xenos,  A. Porter, K. Lynch,  C. Moon, T. Cowan

Dandenong Stingrays

B: 21. G. Hodder, 40. R. Clancy – Dillon, 28. T. Smith
HB: 15. J. Allen, 51. Z. Hill, 1. S. Heath
C: 12. M.  McDonald, 3. C.  Jones, 31. B. Vernon
HF: 48. A. Carroll, 26. I. Shannon, 2. S. Stratton
F: 19. B. Borchard, 44. S. Ryan, 46. J. George
R: 45. M. Graham, 35. L. Cripps, 20. E. Wilson-Macdonald
Int: 8. T. Giddings-Constable, 10. A. Jordan, 42. A. O’Sullivan, 16. A. West
Emg: 5. E. Allen-Burns, 18. S. Bayne

In: T. Giddings-Constable, A. Jordan, B. Borchard, G. Hodder
Out: L. O’Connell-Webb, B. Struylaart

 

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS v. MURRAY BUSHRANGERS

Round 7 –  Saturday, April 28, 12pm
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

One of Greater Western Victoria’s (GWV) best players last week, Ella Wood will miss this week, and will join Katie McAloon, Ally Trigg, Ayesha Nicholson, Chloe Leonard and Nekaela Butler on the sidelines. But the Rebels have bought in key players, Renee Saulitis, Stephanie Glover, Isabella Simmons and Rene Caris to fill the hole left by the outs, giving them a chance to compete strongly against Murray.

Some of the Bushrangers’ most consistent players in Sophie Damon, Julia Harvey and Ada Chessor will not take the field at RAMS Arena on Saturday. They will be replaced by some key ins though, with Eloise Ashley-Cooper returning to defence while Chelsea Knight rejoins fellow midfielder, Claudia McKimmie, who is fresh off a two-goal game.

Greater Western Victoria Rebels

B: 15. T. Jasper, 26. G. Pidgeon, 11. T. Marra
HB: 22. I. Rustman, 25. G. Clarke, 10. H. Simpson
C: 27. N.  Dojiok, 34. S.  Glover, 7. A. McAuliffe
HF: 28. I. Simmons, 21. D. Henson, 18. S. Van De Heuvel
F: 45. A. Humphries, 41. K. Harris, 2. R. Saulitis
R: 35. R. Caris, 16. L. Butler, 23. S. Molan
Int: 43. M. Caris, 20. T. Heath, 3. L. Moloney , 33. I. Robson
Emg: 42. B. Gregory

In: R. Saulitis, A. Humphries, S. Glover, I. Simmons, I. Robson, M. Caris
Out: K. McAloon,  A. Trigg, A. Nicholson,  C. Leonard, E. Wood, N. Butler

Murray Bushrangers

B: 21. C. Boschetti, 39. H. Doohan, 14. A. Duguid
HB: 16. E. Ashley-Cooper, 32. N. Watts, 26. E. Nicholson
C: 3. P.  Crelley, 22. T.  Smith, 33. M. Trethowan
HF: 8. O. Hall, 5. C. Hargreaves, 31. S. Locke
F: 6. K. Adams, 40. M. Burke , 23. E. Jones
R: 43. T. Verhoeven, 4. C. Knight, 36. C. Mckimmie
Int: 19. M. Brown, 42. G. Egan, 41. Z. Spencer, 17. R. Webster
Emg: 11. G. Kelly, 34. E. McPherson

In: M. Burke , E. Jones, E. Ashley-Cooper, Z. Spencer, C. Knight, A. Duguid
Out: S. Damon, J. Harvey, R. Winiata, A. Chessor

 

EASTERN RANGES v. GIPPSLAND POWER

Round 7 – Saturday, April 28, 1pm
Healesville Sporting Complex, Healesville

Following two consecutive losses, the Ranges have bought in all their big guns for this week’s clash against Gippsland. AFLW Academy defender, Georgia Macpherson, along with the likes of Paige Buruma and Emma Horne come into the Eastern line-up to fill the gaps of key outs, Abbey Tognazzini and Olivia Meagher.

Gippsland forward, Nikia Webber will not have a chance to continue her climb up the goal-kicking tally this round, but will hopefully return next week to continue her blistering form inside 50. The Power will be hoping that Sophie Walker, who comes into the side this week, can kick some goals in Webber’s absence.

Eastern Ranges

B: 18. A. Allsopp, 23. C. Smith, 11. M. Edwards
HB: 37. G. Macpherson, 49. C. Wilson, 48. L. Szigeti
C: 41. J.  Richardson, 21. M.  Cann, 24. K Ridley
HF: 16. E. Horne, 40. T. Merrett, 38. L. McClelland
F: 22. C. Chamberlain, 36. J. Grace, 47. J. Provan
R: 46. S. Kendall, 6. G. De Angelis, 3. E. Woods
Int: 34. S. Bowden, 9. P. Buruma, 10. N. Cormack , 8. C. Delbridge
Emg: 35. B. Cubitt, 45. M. Wandin, 50. S. Zappia

In: G. Macpherson, E. Horne, M. Wandin, C. Smith, J. Grace, S. Bowden, P. Buruma
Out: J. McCormick,  A. Tognazzini, O. Meagher,  L. Kelly, J. Torney

Gippsland Power

B: 2. S. Beaton, 65. J. Redmond, 47. E. Cornish
HB: 6. E. Haeusler , 45. L. Van Berkel, 17. S. Trewin
C: 13. H.  Andrews, 28. T.  Hanks, 30. A. Rippon
HF: 10. T. Dower, 8. C. Abrahams , 12. M. Fitzsimon
F: 1. E. Jones, 32. C. Bird, 11. S. Walker
R: 58. A. Dunn, 57. J. Ferguson, 49. M. Shaw
Int: 29. C. Bray, 48. C. Prestidge, 50. M. Van Berkel, 60. E. Williams
Emg: 21. H. Balmer, 9. T. Whitehead

In: S. Walker, S. Beaton, E. Williams, C. Prestidge, H. Balmer, M. Van Berkel
Out: J. Ross, C. Beale, N. Webber, L. Raymond

 

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS v. WESTERN JETS

Round 7 – Saturday, April 28, 1pm
Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham

The Sandringham Dragons are flying at the moment and as a result, Georgia Emberton is the sole omission from the round six side. Taylah Grasso and Grace Bridges are among the ins this week, and will be hoping to keep the Dragons’ winning streak going.

The Western Jets will be without their leading goal-kicker, Caitlin Greiser this week but welcome in Taylor Rose Evans and Taylah Kolevski into the forward line to fill the gap. Mollie-Ann Gregory, Chelsea Jansen and Abbi Bolt are the other players who have been named in the Jets’ line-up this round.

Sandringham Dragons

B: 2. W. Laing, 32. S. Hartwig, 60. G. Strangio
HB: 58. G. Bridges, 65. C. Saultry, 42. R. Woods
C: 30. E.  Brown, 43. A.  McKay, 5. J. Tait
HF: 61. G. Cooper, 50. H. Bate, 25. I. Eddey
F: 24. T. Grasso, 3. S. Rothfield, 1. M. Wilson
R: 33. M. Denahy Maloney, 36. J. Owen, 64. E. McNamara
Int: 31. B. Arnold, 46. A. Burke, 20. A. Dalley, 39. M. Purcell
Emg: 49. L. Amelung, 23. C. Bowen, 13. D. Walker

In: T. Grasso, G. Cooper, R. Woods, G. Bridges
Out: G. Emberton

Western Jets

B: 5. M. Daw, 31. K. Rebuffo, 8. E. Gardner
HB: 21. M. Fenech, 30. I. Pritchard, 40. S. Whiting
C: 14. I.  Grant, 13. C.  Jansen, 27. P. Ozols
HF: 36. J. Goodman, 39. C. Saxon-Jones, 12. K. O’Keefe
F: 34. T. Evans, 41. S. Forbes, 2. C. Gashi
R: 25. T. Kolevski, 16. E. Georgostathis, 19. O. Forsythe
Int: 42. A. Bolt , 22. A. Chivell, 1. M. Gregory, 28. E. Hannett
Emg: 33. L. Basto, 44. C. Myors-Moore

In: T. Kolevski, M. Gregory, T. Evans, C. Jansen, A. Bolt
Out: E. Cassar, C. Greiser, A. Lowe

 

NORTHERN KNIGHTS v. BENDIGO PIONEERS

Round 7 – Sunday, April 29, 12.45pm
Preston City Oval, Preston

The Northern Knights have had a huge shake-up to their side, naming goal-kicking forward, Alyssa Bannan and mid/ forward, Abigail Bennett as emergencies this week. But the Knights welcome back some important players this week, including Jessica Fitzgerald, Ellie McKenzie and Neve O’Connor, who will look to make it seven from seven on Sunday.

Key players including Bree Heiden and Olivia Taverna will be watching from the sidelines in round seven, but Bendigo has brought in some talented players for the trip to Preston. Emily Cooper, Sharmaine Reilly, Mia Ward and Tess Goodrem come into the side and would love to cause an upset win over the high-flying Knights.

Northern Knights

B: 33. T. Curavic, 26. E. Clayton, 12. O. Dikranis
HB: 10. P. Chisholm, 27. P. Kearney, 32. A. Snow
C: 2. M.  Jarvis, 13. M.  Suzuki, 18. S. Sansonetti
HF: 22. B. Gutknecht, 1. M. Antypas, 21. E. McKenzie
F: 24. A. Pronesti, 5. M. Brancatisano, 29. T. Pulcino
R: 4. N. O’Connor, 23. G. Newton, 14. J. Fitzgerald
Int: 9. M. Chaplin, 19. G. Malloy, 28. S. Moore, 3. N. Morris-Dalton
Emg: 6. A. Bannan, 7. A. Bennett, 16. T. Manson, 20. J. McCarthy, 30. M. Rodezno

In: J. Fitzgerald, G. Malloy, E. McKenzie, M. Rodezno, N. O’Connor, T. Pulcino, S. Moore
Out: G. Ceravolo,  T. Shell

Bendigo Pioneers

B: 24. E. Gretgrix, 32. S. Reilly, 25. T. Stewart
HB: 27. B. Hards, 20. K. Douglass, 3. C. Isaac
C: 11. J.  Finning, 28. M.  Williamson, 29. E.  Snell
HF: 26. L. Newton, 8. S. Knoll, T. Shepherd
F: 12. T. Coad, 7. G. Barton, 17. G. Sladden
R: 9. D. Kelly-Guthrie, 2. M. Baldwin, 19. K. Jacques
Int: 16. E. Cooper, 6. M. Curran, 1. M. Tupper, 5. E. Turnbull, 22. M. Ward

In: E. Cooper, S. Reilly, M. Ward, L. Newton
Out: B. Heiden, T. Goodrem, O. Taverna, H. Spencer

 

CALDER CANNONS v. GEELONG FALCONS

Round 7 –  April 29, 2018
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

Calder consistent players, Kellie Sutton and Terira Fry will not take the field against Geelong, but the host of ins are quite remarkable for the home side. Important players such as Makeisha Muller and Laura Cocomello come into the side as well as Madison Prespakis’ sister, Georgie Prespakis, which could spell trouble for the Falcons!

Versatile AFLW Academy member, Denby Taylor will not make the trip to Craigieburn this round but Geelong has brought in fellow AFLW Academy member, Eliza Shannon to take her place. Other ins for the Falcons include Sophie Dinneen, Ella Mahoney and Jemma Dover.

Calder Cannons

B: 46. G. Elarmaly, 48. C. Brown, 8. E. Vale
HB: 11. A. Barba, 17. E. Cornish, 2. F. Theodore
C: 29. S.  Elias, 3. M.  Prespakis, 9. M.  Warburton
HF: 34. Z. Hardiman, 15. G. Marsland, 37. F. Holloway
F: 10. M. Hemburrow, 49. T. Crook, 25. A. Magri
R: 18. C. Rendelmann, 21. G. Patrikios, 23. G. Dicker
Int: 30. S. Cameron, 38. L. Cocomello, 43. C. Leahy, 22. M. Muller, 41. G. Prespakis, 27. E. Woodley, 35. I. Young

In: L. Cocomello, S. Cameron, M. Muller, G. Prespakis, T. Crook, E. Woodley, C. Leahy, I. Young
Out: B. Tolson,  K. Sutton, E. Vukovic,  L. Philippou, T. Fry

Geelong Falcons

B: 37. S. Dinneen, 36. A. Chapman, 21. K. Haustorfer
HB: 32. M. Sheppard, 34. S. Hungerford, 20. D. Smith
C: 16. L.  Gardiner, 18. N.  Morrison, 35. S. Walmsley
HF: 6. P. Sheppard, 42. S. DeGiacomi, 2. E. Vella
F: 26. M. Skinner, 38. R. Tierney, 4. B. Thompson
R: 33. Z. Inei, 7. O. Purcell, 23. L. McEvoy
Int: 10. S. Atkins, 15. J. Devarakonda, 31. E. Mahoney, 28. L. Ryan
Emg: 5. J. Dover, 40. E. Shannon

In: S. Dinneen, E. Mahoney, J. Dover, E. Shannon
Out: L. Lesosky-Hay, D. Taylor

Scouting notes: TAC Cup Girls – Round 1

THE opening round of the TAC Cup Girls competition had it all. Draft prospects kick-started their season in a big way, debutants shone on the big stage, and while one team enjoyed their first win, another endured their first loss. The Oakleigh Chargers’ first win was a big one, as they sit on the top of the ladder after one round of action. Meanwhile for the Cannons, they sit unfamiliarly towards the bottom of the ladder, after being defeated by the Murray Bushrangers at Yarrawonga. The AFL Draft Central scouts were able to attend four games this week, and we took detailed notes on who we thought were the standouts in each game.

GEELONG FALCONS VS. SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS

By Julia Montesano

Geelong Falcons:

#27: Denby Taylor

So composed in the back-line, and was able to take a mark running back with the flight of the ball. Laid some great tackles in the second quarter especially, when Sandringham was putting the Falcons under the pump. Her speed was a factor in defence, particularly when she chased down and tackled a Dragons forward. This really changed the momentum of the game, as Sandringham was pushing the Geelong defence. Taylor was able to clear the ball out quickly at multiple times, thanks to her quick thinking and quick hands.

#39: Tarryn Love

Love’s acceleration stood out on the day, as she was able to get away from her opponent when they were attempting to lay a tackle on her. She was able to move the ball quickly and well. Her run and carry off half-back was exceptional, nobody could stop her. She not only made some great defensive efforts, but she was able to run into the middle of the ground and make an impact. One of the fastest players on the ground that was able to stand up at multiple times throughout the game.

#33: Zoe Inei

Inei did all the hard work in the ruck, but her impact was felt more so around the ground. Showed great intent to chase down players, especially in the middle of the ground, where the ball was won and lost. Was able to clear the ball into space, allowing her teammates to run onto the ball and execute a running style of footy that proved successful. Got plenty of the ball in the middle of the ground where it mattered. Simply monstered through her opponents, with her aggression and size. A massive force across the ground that helped the Falcons penetrate the ball into their forward line.

#18: Nina Morrison

Great speed out of the pack and in the middle of the ground. Good tackling and run-down chasing was evident early, and only improved throughout the game. Was able to take a great mark while her opponent pushed her under the ball, showing her strength in the contest. Quick thinker, and used her footy smarts to hack the ball onto her boot and clear it into space. Morrison was always zipping around the contest, and was able to chase down players of any size especially in the heart of the contest. Did well to accelerate away from the Dragons midfielders at multiple times.

#42: Sachi DeGiacomi

Played a great role down forward, not only kicking goals but providing plenty of assists. DeGiacomi was able to kick the ball right onto the chest of Lucy McEvoy at multiple times, and both combined for some great highlights in the forward line. To me, she was the link in the chain in the forward 50, getting plenty of score involvements throughout the afternoon. She had quick hands and quick feet, particularly when she elected to kick the ball off the ground to move it deeper into the forward line. Displayed good strength to break away from the play and push away two players while running into goal. Ended up with three majors herself- a reward for a good day inside 50.

Others:

#6: Paige Sheppard

Sheppard’s endurance was the most impressive on the ground. She was able to cover all areas of the ground, despite playing in the forward pocket. Was able to accumulate a lot of the footy in the back-line, and executed some great kicks under pressure. At one point, she was wrestled off the ball but kept her feet, showing her great core strength.

#7: Olivia Purcell

Purcell started off her day with a strong tackle in the middle of the ground, and from then I just knew she was going to be unstoppable. Tackling was on-show all day, and to me she looked like a mini Ebony Marinoff! Always put her head over the footy, and got it out of the contest, whether it was a kick, handball or a simple tap. Was able to follow up on her efforts around the ground. She dropped a mark, then quickly picked the ball up and kicked it around her body.

#36: Abbey Chapman

Great run and carry off half-back. Was able to back herself and clear the ball into space. Evident in the third quarter when she backed her speed, took a few bounces and sent the ball into the middle of the ground. Was able to take plenty of great marks, and stood tall in the defensive 50 multiple times.

#23: Lucy McEvoy

The Geelong captain worked extremely well with Sachi DeGiacomi in the forward 50. Was able to capitalise on some great assists, and slotted in well into her new role up forward. Missed two set shots but was still able to get two majors on the board for her side. Teared it up in the forward line, and will only improve as the season goes on.

#26: Mia Skinner

Kicked a great goal in the first quarter to start off her day. Protected the footy really well when she marked the ball. Had a good day up forward, where she was able to complement the bigger bodies of Lucy McEvoy and Sachi DeGiacomi. Skinner was zipping around the ball deep in the forward line, putting pressure on the Dragons defenders.

 

Sandringham Dragons:

#5: Winnie Laing

Laing was able to put her head over the footy in the heart of the contest. Was always around the contest and attacking the ball. She got plenty of the ball through the middle of the ground, and was an integral part of Sandringham’s fight-back late in the game. Used her footy smarts to wrestle the ball from the Geelong midfielders at crucial times throughout the game.

#7: Eliza McNamara

McNamara was able to burst out of the pack, especially in the middle of the ground. Was able to fight hard for the ball on numerous occasions, and combine her speed and power to penetrate the ball forward for the Dragons. Worked well with Laing around the contest, and together, they orchestrated the Sandringham fight-back in the midfield.

#2: Sophie Rothfield

Had plenty of good moments during the game, and was the best-on-ground when it came to one percenters. She displayed some good work to push Geelong’s Mia Skinner under the ball, after Rothfield followed up her dropped mark. She ensured that the Falcons didn’t get their hands on the ball at crucial parts of the ground. Good kick and shepherd to allow her teammate to run forward. Executed all the little things during the day

#43: Bryanna Arnold

Scrapped in hard for the footy throughout the day. Good clearing kick out of the back line, creating space for her teammates to run onto the ball and penetrate it forward. She even did this in the forward line, when she got a free kick at the top of the 50, and booted it to the goal square. Was able to work towards the front of the ground, highlighting her impressive endurance. Has a long kick for a small player!

#1: Isabella Stutt

Was pivotal in the forward line for the Dragons, kicking two of her side’s four majors. Dug in deep for her side when Geelong was starting to take control. Used all of her energy to run onto the footy when it was kicked into space, but was unlucky that two Falcons were there to mop it up. Read the footy really well, particularly when she was delivered a magnificent centering kick from her teammate. Was able to convert in front of goal, and will be able hit the scoreboard frequently throughout the season.

Others:

#15: Abbie McKay

Displayed great acceleration out of the back-line. But also did some great work in the middle of the ground. She had quick hands and was able to clear the ball out of congestion. Her endurance was fantastic.

#9: Eleanor Brown

Was able to kick the ball into space plenty of times throughout the match. What impressed me most was that she kept running after she kicked the ball, following up on every effort she performed on the ground.

#45: Sarah Hartwig

Broke through the contest with some impressive clearances. Her strength in the contest was very impressive, and was one of the stars in the middle of the ground.

#8: Nicole Amiet

Managed to kick the ball into the right area at multiple times throughout the game. Her ability to find space was remarkable, and she was able to use it to advantage to get her team forward.

#18: Alanna Dalley

Tried hard in the ruck against Geelong’s Zoe Inei. Got the ball down to her midfielders plenty of times. Has a great leap that could be damaging against the smaller sides of the competition.

 

DANDENONG STINGRAYS VS. NORTHERN KNIGHTS

Dandenong Stingrays:

#1: Shelley Heath

Heath played in defence and up until three quarter time was best on ground in my opinion, despite her team losing. She started strongly with a great run-down tackle at half-forward and set the tone for the rest of her teammates. She stopped a certain goal with an outreached hand on the goal line and produced some of the best defensive pressure on the field. Heath not only showed defensive attributes, but was strong offensively, running down the wing and breaking the game open. She also was proactive in defence, rebounding nearly everything that came her way, absorbing Northern’s pressure like a sponge. She teamed up well with captain Jordyn Allen, who was often on the receiving end of Heath’s rebounds.

#3: Courtney Jones

Jones was not a huge possession winner, but she was one I was interested to watch given the high wraps on her heading into the match. In the few glimpses I saw, I was impressed with her composure under pressure and her ability to weigh up her options before disposing of the football. She kicked out on occasion early on and that gives an indication of the expectations placed upon her kicking skills.

#15: Jordyn Allen

The Dandenong Stingrays’ captain was everywhere and certainly one of the best. She is a strong overhead mark, intercepts nearly anything that comes her way, and she opens up the game for her teammates. Her vision and ability to see teammates before they have even seen her is a real asset to her game. She loves to fend off players and almost always tries to spin out of trouble. I did notice a couple of times she spun to a left-dominant side yet still kicked with her right foot, so this is something that she might work on over time. Sometimes she can over kick the ball a little, but on most occasions she puts the ball into space to demand a teammate to run onto it. Overall a really impressive game.

#26: Isabella Shannon

I was quite impressed with Shannon’s game up forward. She moves well and snapped a couple of goals at important times when the game was in the Knights’ favour. She also moved up the ground and won possessions in the midfield and she just has that knack of moving smoothly through traffic. She is a hunter of the football just getting to every contest she could and having eyes for the ball. At times her disposal could be tidied up a little, but as an inside midfielder/forward she certainly stood out.

#35: Lucinda Cripps

The Stingrays’ full-back was a rock of consistency. She is strong one-on-one, rarely gets beaten overhead and is a reliable kick by foot. At times under pressure her disposal by hand was not as clean, but her defensive attributes, particularly one-on-one and the one percenters were a joy to watch and she could be one to keep an eye on throughout the season.

Others:

#18: Saige Bayne

Laid a great tackle in the second half to earn a free kick.

#19: Brooke Borchard

Produced a great smother on the goal line to stop a certain goal.

#31: Brooke Vernon

I was impressed with her clean hands off a volley from the deck and turned around to dispose of it cleanly.

#51: Zoe Hill

Another player who worked hard to stop a certain goal in the second term.

#55: Harmony Thomas

Was quiet early but took a huge contested grab in the final term which indicates there’s a lot more to come from her this season.

 

Northern Knights:

#5: Maddy Brancatisano

The Northern Knights captain is a pure inside midfielder who just crashes into the contest with no regard for her own safety. She lays fierce tackles and does all the right one percenters to assist her teammates and bring them into the game. Her first touch could improve, but her inside work burrowing under packs and forcing the ball free really adds a strong dimension to the Knights’ inside brigade.

#6: Alyssa Bannan

At three quarter time I thought she had been a really solid contributor. Three minutes later she was best on ground. Bannan booted three goals in the opening few minutes of the final term and broke the game open, shutting the door on any chance of a Stingrays revival. It is hard not to award her best on ground honours purely for that three minute purple patch as it won Northern the game. But it was not just her last quarter heroics that impressed me. Earlier on in the first quarter, she showed fantastic composure to pick up the ball cleanly, take a bounce running inside 50 and then take a shot on the run from 20m out. 

#7: Abigail Bennett

The lightly-framed Bennett is a quick thinker with good skills. She played through the midfield and up forward, using pinpoint kicking to hit up targets over short distances. When inside 50, she positioned herself well under the drop zone and protected the ball making it hard for opponents to spoil. Her hard work to get into space paid off in the last term when she capped off her performance with a goal. One of the better Knights on the day for sure.

#23: Gabby Newton

The top star for mine from the Knights. She was the one I was most interested to see given the high wraps around the bottom-age star and she did not disappoint. I do not use the word lightly, but she has “elite” hands in traffic, reminding a bit of Matt Crouch when he was playing at the Rebels a few years ago. Newton seems to slot in everywhere, but she is a really balanced player, both offensively and defensively and that player you can use in transition. She even spent time in the ruck, winning a clean hitout to a teammate. Her tackling is immense, laying a number of bone-crunching tackles, so I think inside midfield is the way to go, with stints up forward where she could hit the scoreboard as well.

#24: Alex Pronesti

Pronesti did not win as much of the footy as her teammates, playing up forward in a strong team effort, but when she did, she did not waste a disposal. She became the first goal kicker in the team for the season, using great composure to sidestep an opponent, straighten up and goal from 30 metres out. She just has the air of class and she does not need to win a heap of the football to have a damaging influence on the contest.

Others:

#3: Nell Morris-Dalton

Really strong overhead, became a target up forward early and took a good contested mark. Her shot on goal missed, but she has a good presence there.

#12: Olivia Dikranis

Took the game on at one stage coming out of defence, was caught and pinged but earned the trust back with a smother from the resulting free kick.

#22: Britney Gutknecht

Had a few very nice highlights coming out of the middle, using great speed and agility to boot the ball forward.

#32: Ashley Snow

Showed a good sidestep out of traffic in defence and her agility shone.

 

EASTERN RANGES VS. GWV REBELS

Eastern Ranges:

#3: Emerson Woods

The AFLW Academy member had no trouble exerting her influence on the game and was one of the more consistent four-quarter performers on the day. Woods’ strengths lie in her ability to cover ground and do all the defensive things right. She tackles, lays bumps, sets up her teammates and is really strong one-on-one. This strength was emphasised late in the game when she took a huge contested mark at half-back. She just kept popping up around the ground and if you tracked her distance covered, it would be considerably high. A few times her kicks would be a little errant, but as an overall game she was certainly one of the better performers in a good team effort.

#21: Mikala Cann

Another player who I had heard big wraps about crossing from an athletics background, and did not disappoint. I expected the speed and athleticism, but Cann also provided plenty of defensive pressure as well, laying a number of strong tackles. In close, Cann was really strong with clean hands and danced around opponents as if she was working in a telephone box. Managed to save a certain goal with a touch on the line too. Cann also showed off her great acceleration in the third term, burning off opponents by sprinting away from the centre stoppage. Later on she sprinted forward, grabbed the ball off the deck, snapped but just missed. A top performer on the day.

#26: Tarni Brown

Brown is one player who really caught my eye on the weekend because of her super speed and agility. The amount of times she tucked the ball under her arm and put on the afterburners and just left players in her dust was quite phenomenal. In one passage of play later in the game, she sidestepped a couple of opponents, weaved through traffic, straightened up and hit-up a target inside 50. She also sold a fair bit of candy on the day, showing she has confidence in spades and it is no surprise given she is the daughter of Collingwood legend Gavin Brown, and brother to Collingwood-listed pair Callum and Tyler Brown.

#37: Georgia Macpherson

One of the players that just picked up where she left off last year – as a damaging rebound defender. Macpherson started her day playing on opposing AFLW Academy member Georgia Clarke, but played on a multitude of opponents, moving from half-back to a wing at times. She is one of the best marks in the competition, rarely beaten one-on-one and rarely dropping the pill in the air. She is also a really strong kick and hits up targets over short, medium or long distances. To go with this, Macpherson also has top vision and can open up the play with her decision making. In one instance she actually tried to make a play happen before her teammates were ready and the ball was intercepted given Clarke read the play first, but more often than not she was able to really get the run going from half-back. An instance that was one of the plays of the day was in the final term, where she intercepted a ball in front of her at half-back, received a shepherd from a teammate and did not break stride as she sprinted down the wing, producing a pinpoint kick to her teammate.

#46: Sarah Kendall

One player who I thought covered a fair bit of ground and was one of the better performers on the day was Sarah Kendall. She seemed to slot into defence, midfield and up forward because of her ability to stand tall in a marking contest and clunk a grab. Kendall is a booming kick and as the game went on it seemed to improve in terms of accuracy and depth. She had a couple of kicks early clearing the area, then showed that she can size up her options with more time and space. When forward she was a clear target, taking a few grabs and being the figurehead inside the forward 50.

Others:

#9: Paige Buruma

In one instance she tucked the ball under her arm and at full speed, managed to find a target up forward.

#16: Emma Horne

I liked her defensive ability one-on-one, winning a number of crucial contests.

#22: Catherina Chamberlain

She did not win a heap of it, but used her speed to set up a goal and her attack on the ball inside forward 50 was a real highlight.

#42: Marina Taverna

The Ranges’ multiple goal-scorer is a good focal point up forward. She leads to the hole inside forward 50 and protects the drop zone to mark in front of her opponent. She kicked a couple and earned them because of her smarts around goal.

#47: Jess Proven

Like Taverna, booted two goals but both came in the first term., She worked incredibly hard sprinting from the midfield to run onto the ball and kick the opening goal of the game, then kicked another inside 50 shortly after. Proven was a bit rushed in her field kicking, but strong overhead and strong standing up in a tackle to get her hands free.

 

GWV:

#16: Lauren Butler

The GWV Rebels captain was consistent throughout the match, playing her part through the midfield and down back. She is composed with the ball in hand, a trait which shone when under pressure. Butler weighed up her options before disposing of the football and did not put a foot wrong. There were others who might have stood out more, but defensively Butler was a star, laying quite a few tackles to keep the opposition guessing every time they were nearby.

#18: Sophie Van De Heuvel

One of three AFLW Academy members, Van De Heuvel started slowly for mine but worked her way into being one of the better players on the day. She played up forward a bit and then through the midfield, with a knack of positioning herself well, taking a strong mark and then using her foot skills to hurt opposing players. She is one of the better kicks in the competition and she has that vision to hit up teammates who might be running laterally, mixing things up and keeping the game flowing rather than stop-starting or predictably kicking long. Given how she finished the game, particularly in the third term, it will be great to see how she follows on from this performance with the round one cobwebs out of the way.

#21: Denver Henson

The midfielder caught my eye early reading the ball off the first hit-out and taking a first few quick steps before kicking long inside 50. Henson has clean hands and works hard to win the footy, while also taking the game on. In one instance she picked up the ball on the wing, had a run and used her composure to deliver the ball well inside forward 50. Another player who might sneak under opposition guard given her highly regarded teammates, but certainly is capable of doing some damage.

#23: Sophie Molan

Molan’s work at full-back was really impressive. Her key attributes are her strength and ability to position herself well one-on-one, rarely losing a contest. In one scenario she was on the wrong side of her opponent (because an opposition player had naturally kicked to direct opposition’s favour), but she worked hard to reposition herself and get a fist on it, then back up with a rebound to clear for her side. Additionally, her rebounding and disposal by foot was quite good and she consistently applied pressure in the defensive 50.

#25: Georgia Clarke

Heading into the match, I suspected she might be the one to watch given the high wraps and she lived up to expectations. She is a really smart player who anticipates situations before they happen and is a key link in the Rebels’ transition movement. Clarke is someone who ideally would play forward because of her contested marking, positioning and ability to read the play. But you get the feeling she will also spend a fair bit of time through the midfield in order to open the game up and use her good foot skills to advantage. She seems like a player who is constantly switched on, intercepting a pass inside forward 50 and then having the smarts to deliver the short pass to an open teammate in the pocket. Hardly put a foot wrong all day.

Others:

#27: Nyakoat Dojiok

Her football skills were off, but her acceleration and agility was bordering on unbelievable. She would grab the ball and seemingly glide past multiple players without them laying a hand on her at times. If she can sharpen up her disposal, she has the athletic tools to be a wildcard in the team.

#28: Isabella Simmons

Worked really hard, running on inside forward 50 and kicking a good goal.

#41: Kayetlan Harris

For a taller player, Harris’ agility and turning circle was quite impressive.

 

GIPPSLAND POWER VS. OAKLEIGH CHARGERS

Gippsland:

#6: Emily Haeusler

I was ultra impressed with Haeusler’s game because for mine, she was the next best after Tyla Hanks for the Power. The reason being, while others might win more of the ball, each time I saw her dispose of it, she used it really well. More importantly, she was able to dispose of it under pressure, both by hand or foot. The attributes she showed certainly suggested there’s talent there and she also has that defensive side to her game, laying a number of fierce tackles and burrowing in defensively. It just means she can play inside or outside and hit targets regardless of her role or pressure she might be under.

#8: Chandra Abrahams

Abrahams’ positioning seems to be her greatest strength because she played at half-forward and positioned herself well to protect the ball drop. One-on-one she is solid and clearly has smarts in that area, so will be good to see how she progresses through the season. Playing up forward she did not get a heap of looks, but presented on multiple occasions which was promising for a leading forward.

#27: Nikia Webber

A reliable defensive effort from Webber who held her own more often than not. One-on-one she is strong and took a really good defensive mark going back with the flight. Along with her strength and good one-on-one body work, Webber showed a high work rate by her efforts at the defensive end. She was one of the better and more consistent Power players on the day and certainly helped stall the Chargers’ attack somewhat.

#28: Tyla Hanks

The clear standout for Gippsland and it’s no surprise why the Power co-captain is one player who will be carefully watched by clubs over the course of the year. Hanks might only be 158cm, but she has impressive offensive and defensive attributes. She has a huge work rate which sees her win possessions in each third of the ground, primarily playing as an inside midfielder. She is a reliable kick of the football, but her greatest strength is her quick hands and smart thinking which can release a teammate on the outside. She often looks for the give-and-go, trying to break open the game from half-back or along the wing. More often than not, Hanks just willed herself to the contest and it was clear the opposition was aware of her influence, keeping an eye on her throughout the match. She intercepted a number of Oakleigh attacking movements and got the ball back on her terms. No doubt she is the kind of player Gippsland would love to have in spades because she just produces over four quarters.

#57: Jazz Ferguson

Ferguson played in the ruck and off half-back and battled hard throughout the game. She is not as quick as others, but she is strong and looked to break the game open through brute strength and fend-offs. While she might not have been considered one of the best on the day, you could see there is a bit to work with there, and having not come from a footballing background, there were at least some promising signs. She always had a crack and had a few extra smarts, which included a couple of deft taps forward when she knew she was unable to take possession cleanly. In one instance, Ferguson charged off half-back, won the ball and and hit up a target through the midfield. I felt she got better as the game went on, which is something to look forward to in future games.

Others:

#7: Leila Raymond

Laid some good tackles and earned a free kick for going in hard.

#17: Seanen Trewin

Copped a couple of hard knocks later in the game, but worked into the match well, laying a goal-saving tackle in the final term.

#30: Alana Rippon

Positioned herself well in marking contests and showed good running through the middle.

#31: Leyla Berry

Had a real glimpse of her speed with the athletics state medallist racing away from a contest.

#50: Matilda Van Berkel

On multiple occasions Van Berkel showed super quick hands in close, which was promising.

#58: Amy Dunn

Took a strong mark in the second quarter and kicked the Power’s only goal. Also performed admirably in the ruck, often against taller opponents.

#65: Julia Redmond

Took a few strong goal-saving marks in defence.

 

Oakleigh Chargers:

#14 Hannah McLaren

McLaren started the day as an inside midfielder, progressed up forward and then settled into the defence. She showed off her versatility and ability to play anywhere, in particular her strength both above her head and at ground level. She has a tendency to clunk a mark and continue her motion moving forward, which can unsettle the opposition because of her ability to not let them break and set up defensively. At half-forward, McLaren took a strong overhead mark and looked a lively target, while in defence, she read the play well and timed her leads right to either spoil or clunk a contested mark in front of her opponent. In one instance she took the grab, kept running but unfortunately got pinged for holding the ball. Sometimes she rushes her kicks a little, but the endeavour and her play-reading ability is certainly there.

#19 Emily Harley

A solid rock in defence. She was rarely beaten one-on-one and just took intercept mark after intercept mark, backing back into the contest and playing her opponent under the ball to put herself in best position to mark. In one instance she marked on the goal line to stop a Gippsland goal and cleared it back out of the defensive 50. Along with her marking, her body work and ability to back herself coming out of defence was good.

#30 Gemma Lagioia

Lagioia is a player I had not heard much about coming into the match, but for me she was the most damaging midfielder for the Chargers. It is a big call, but she might be one of the best kicks in the TAC Cup competition, with her ability to not only penetrate over long distances, but spear a pass to a leading forward. The amount of times she teamed up with Daisy Bateman to impact the scoreboard was amazing. Along with her elite foot skills, she is really good one-on-one in the air and also brings her teammates into the match. In one instance deep inside her forward 50, Lagioia was under pressure and allowed a couple of opponents to come at her so she could time a handball to release Melanie Burtuna on the outside to snap a goal. A real talent here.

#38 Daisy Bateman

The star up forward who is equally athletically talented as she is skilful. She booted a couple of goals in the first term, including an amazing goal from the boundary line, then proceeded to be the most damaging forward on the field. She won a one-on-one against a bigger defender, showing off her strength and more important, balance, in the contest. Bateman also has super acceleration and agility which was seen by her ability to back herself against an opponent hugged up against the boundary line, weave around them and sprint into the corridor leaving them in her wake. Not only did she crumb, but she lead up at teammates and just ran into the open space which her teammates honoured her leads. Bateman set up Melanie Burtuna with a goal, and had a number of other impressive plays deep inside 50, showing off her good vision and football IQ.

#41 Katie Lynch

A real utility, Lynch covered ground well across the four quarters. Early on she had an attempt on goal which just missed, then marked the kick back out from the opposition defender, negotiated the breeze perfectly and slotted it through the middle. The next stoppage she was in the centre square, won the clearance and sprinted away, showing off some good pace and movement through traffic. Lynch also worked hard throughout the game, got free and found herself all alone in the goal square later on to mark and goal, a reward for her hard running.

Others:

#2 Jasmine D’Amato

D’Amato had really good pace and agility, sprinting away from the contest and was one of the Chargers’ better players in the win, linking up the midfield into the forward 50.

#11 Bridie Winbanks

The dominant ruck on the day, Winbanks towered over her opponents and was effective in her hitouts, with the opposition trying to read it off her hands. She used her strength on a couple of occasions to fend off her opponents and boot the ball forward.

#16 Alana Porter

The pacy midfielder sprinted away from a stoppage and looked to have set her sights on goal in the first term, but was taken down in a fierce tackle.

#17 Nicola Xenos

Another Oakleigh player who covered the ground well and won possessions in all thirds of the ground. She won a crucial hard ball at ground level through the midfield and got the ball moving in the Chargers’ direction, found space inside 50 and took an uncontested mark, and moments later won a free kick inside defensive 50.

#29 Melanie Burtuna

Burtuna is your stereotypical dangerous small forward. She constantly buzzed around the packs and was rewarded with three goals. Burtuna also set up a goal with a nice lateral kick to Georgia Byrne.