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Number Crunching: AFLW – Round 3

A record-breaking effort from Adelaide star, Ebony Marinoff was the highlight in a round of big individual performances across AFLW. The Round 3 edition of number crunching reveals who fared best in each stat, including a nod to the players who managed to dominate multiple areas.

The epitome of dominance this week was Marinoff, who helped herself to a record 33 disposals against the Cats to eclipse Emma Kearney‘s pervious feat of 30, and Erin Phillips‘ club record of 28. The versatile Crow also managed round-highs in uncontested possessions (20), kicks (18), and goal assists (two), while placing second for inside 50s (eight) and clearances (seven) in one of the more remarkable individual AFLW games to date.

Her closest rival in the disposals department was teammate, Anne Hatchard (27) who led the way in contested possessions (16) and handballs (18). North Melbourne’s Jenna Bruton fell just short of Marinoff’s kicks stat to have 17, but beat her out in the inside 50 count with a league-best of nine. Another to better Marinoff’s efforts was Demon, Lauren Pearce who managed an impressive nine clearances to lead the way from four players on seven.

One of those was GWS Giant, Rebecca Beeson who was the highest ball-winner of those to record a disposal efficiency of 90 per cent. Melbourne’s Meg Downie was one of 15 players to go at 100 per cent, claiming the most amount of ball of them all with eight disposals.

Beeson’s teammates, Yvonne Bonner (eight marks) and Erin McKinnon (26 hit-outs) dominated the air, with McKinnon only beaten out by Cat, Erin Hoare (29 hit-outs) in the ruck stakes. It took two Blues talls to nullify the impact of McKinnon though, with Breann Moody and Alison Downey combining for 34 taps to eclipse the Giant’s efforts. Fellow Blue, Tayla Harris also had a good day out, putting on a marking clinic to be one of three players with six marks – including a round-high four contested and equal-best of three inside 50 to go with three goals.

Harris was joined by young Carlton gun, Madison Prespakis on three majors, along with two others who managed the feat. They were all outdone in front of goal though by AFLW newcomer, Courteney Munn who booted four goals in an incredible breakout performance for the ‘Roos. On the flip-side, Fremantle’s Ashley Sharp had the dishonour of being the only player to notch three behinds, while three others had two.

It is hard to go past Marinoff in terms of the week’s best all-round performers, but teammate Phillips put her hand up with 19 disposals (14 contested) at 84 per cent, six tackles, four clearances, three goals, two assists to snap up a perfect 10 coaches votes. Another to do so was Round 2 Rising Star nominee, Prespakis, who had 21 disposals (14 contested) at 76 per cent, seven clearances, three goals, two assists. Undeniably a round for top individuals, with a good dose of free-flowing footy.

Weekend previews: AFLW – Round 2

AFTER an exhilarating first round, which saw four of the five matches go down to the wire, teams prepare to tweak game styles or mix up team sheets in order to get an advantage over their opponents. Four of the first round losers face off, with Melbourne heading to Victoria Park on Saturday to face the Magpies, while Carlton hosts Adelaide at Ikon Park on Sunday. The two sides who head home without any points face an uphill battle in the race for finals action. The fifth losing side from Round 1, GWS GIANTS has its own mammoth effort – trying to take down North Melbourne who simply blitzed Carlton. A maximum of three sides can remain undefeated after Round 2 with first round winners, Geelong and Western Bulldogs, and Fremantle and Brisbane facing off over the weekend.

GWS GIANTS vs. NORTH MELBOURNE
Friday, February 8, 7.15pm
Drummoyne Oval

In the opening game of the round, new side North Melbourne fresh off a huge victory over Carlton, head to Drummoyne Oval to face the GIANTS. The GIANTS are playing just their second game at the venue, following a loss to the Blues this time last year. The battle within the contest is the All-Australian rucks going head-to-head with Kangaroos’ Emma King and GIANTS’ Erin McKinnon. North Melbourne’s midfield has great depth to it, lead by last year’s League Best and Fairest winner, Emma Kearney, Jamie Stanton, Jess Duffin and Ash Riddell, of whom the latter was ultra-impressive on debut. North Melbourne’s dynamic forward line features former Magpies, Jasmine Garner and Mo Hope, premiership-winning Bulldog Jenna Bruton, and former Lion Kaitlyn Ashmore. With the strength around the ground, it will be hard to contain the Roos if they win the midfield battle.

The one area the GIANTS could get an upper hand is through rebounding forward with an equally impressive, albeit underrated forward line. Jess Dal Pos, former Magpie Christina Bernardi and defender-turned-forward Cora Staunton are all capable of multiple goals, while Haneen Zreika was impressive on debut last week. The midfield simply has to win its fair share of head-to-heads, with Courtney Gum, Rebecca Beeson, Alicia Eva and Alyce Parker leading the way, while Amanda Farrugia, Emma Swanson and Tanya Hetherington will have big jobs coming out of defence. The Kangaroos took a massive 56 marks in last week’s huge win over Carlton, while still laying 66 tackles. The GIANTS laid just the 42 and only five in the forward 50, and will need to show more pressure inside 50 against a side capable of hurting you on the scoreboard really quickly. Both teams are generally good ball users and make the most of their opportunities so it will be fascinating to see which team can take the early advantage and put it on the scoreboard. North Melbourne will head in as favourites, but it is far from completely clear cut, and this will be a huge win for the GIANTS if they can get the job done at home.

H2H: GWS GIANTS 0 | North Melbourne 0 | Draws 0
Venue: GWS GIANTS 0-1-0 | North Melbourne 0-0-0

Last time they met: N/A

Fun facts:

  • Emma Kearney averages 20 disposals, 6.5 tackles, 4.5 clearances, four inside 50s and a goal against the GIANTS from two clashes.
  • Both AFL Women’s All Australian rucks are set to go head-to-head with Emma King taking on Erin McKinnon. In the battle between the pair last year, King won convincingly with 11 disposals and 18 hitouts to McKinnon’s three disposals and 14 hitouts.
  • GWS GIANTS’ only game at the venue resulted in a loss to Carlton last year, while North Melbourne looks to back up its only game – a huge win over Carlton last week.
  • The GIANTS have won two, drawn two and lost three games in New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory.

 

COLLINGWOOD vs. MELBOURNE
Saturday, February 9, 4.45pm
Victoria Park

At one of the homes of traditional football, Collingwood hosts Melbourne in what has become a must-win for both sides. After heart-breaking losses in Round 1 despite leading at the final change, neither team can afford to go 0-2, with the reality that teams need at least four wins to secure a finals berth. A second loss means they must win four of their final five games as a minimum and with both still to play their respective conference favourites, it would spell trouble for their post-season hopes. However, for the winner, it is a chance to balance the ledger and get back on track early in the season. Collingwood has been a slow starter in year’s gone by, and has been overhauled with youth since last season, while Melbourne has also brought a number of young players into the team, furthering the development of players who got their starts last season. With both teams defensively capable, it will make for a great clash. The sides also sit at one win each in the head-to-head, funnily enough after the losing side in each game got a head start, but was run over the top of in the second halves.

Both teams have made two changes, with a debutant and a return from a long-term injury headlining the selection moves. Oakleigh Chargers’ tall, Katie Lynch comes into the side after Sophie Alexander’s concussion last week ruled her out of the game. Kristy Stratton was also ruled out through injury, with the Magpies opting to go tall by bringing in Eliza Hynes to try and stretch the Melbourne defence when forward, while rotating with Sharni Layton and Eliza Fowler. Melbourne have brought in Ainslie Kemp who has not played since 2017 due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear – sadly replacing Shae Sloane who suffered the exact same injury. The Dees have also brought in Ashleigh Guest for Claudia Whitfort. The key to victory for the Demons is restricting the run of Collingwood’s defence, which helped the Magpies hold up against Geelong last week with Ash Brazill causing all sorts of headaches, while Jordyn Allen was equally as impressive. They also need to clamp down on Jaimee Lambert who has the ability to turn a game with great plays, while Catherine Phillips could be the one asked to restrict Sarah D’Arcy from dominating in the air. For the Magpies, they need to be wary of Melbourne’s firepower with Tegan Cunningham and Eden Zanker likely to stretch the defence, while Aliesha Newman has pace to burn and both Kate Hore and Maddison Gay are capable of getting over the back and hurting teams on the rebound. Elise O’Dea, Karen Paxman and Lily Mithen are up there with the best midfields in the competition, and will look to control the stoppages around the ground and give their forwards early opportunities.

H2H: Collingwood 1 | Melbourne 1 | Draws 0
Venue: Collingwood 0-0-0 | Melbourne 0-0-0

Last time they met: Collingwood 9.4 (58) defeated Melbourne 3.6 (24) at TIO Traeger Park, Round 4, 2018

After booting the opening two goals of the match and keeping Collingwood goalless in the opening term, the Demons only managed 1.4 for the rest of the match as the Magpies piled on 9.4 to run away with the match by 34 points. Magpies captain, Steph Chiocchi played one of her best games under lights, booting a goal from 17 disposals, two marks, four clearances and three inside 50s, while Jaimee Lambert had a team-high 19 disposals as well as three inside 50s and two rebounds. Caitlyn Edwards and Mo Hope both booted two goals in the victory, but arguably the best performance was that of Brittany Bonnici who tagged Melbourne captain, Daisy Pearce and restricted her to a career-low nine disposals. For the Demons, Elise O’Dea was the top performer with 19 disposals, two clearances, three inside 50s and a goal, while Karen Paxman had 18 touches and three rebounds.

Fun facts:

  • Of the 42 players to take the field in last year’s clash in the Top End, just 24 players remain available for selection in season 2019. Even more remarkably, just eight players from Collingwood’s first match against the Demons – two years ago – remain on the list.
  • Elise O’Dea (17 disposals) and Karen Paxman (16.5 disposals) average the most disposals against the Magpies from their two clashes.
  • Sarah D’Arcy and Emma Grant average the most disposals against the Demons, with 10 touches apiece.
  • Both sides were in the lead at three quarter time after holding their opponent scoreless in the third term last week only to go on to lose the game in heartbreaking circumstances.

 

WESTERN BULLDOGS vs. GEELONG
Saturday, February 9, 7.15pm
VU Whitten Oval

H2H: Western Bulldogs 0 | Geelong 0 | Draws 0
Venue: Western Bulldogs 4-3-0 | Geelong 0-0-0

In the other game that will be the first time these teams go head-to-head is between reigning premiers, Western Bulldogs and new side, Geelong. Both teams had a win in Round 1 and this weekend marks the first home game for the Bulldogs, which means they will unfurl the 2018 AFL Women’s flag in front of what is predicted to be a strong crowd at VU Whitten Oval. The winner will most certainly get an early advantage given the strength of their opponent, and it marks the first game for the sides which sees them pitted against a non-conference rival. Both teams also know how to close out tight games, having survived one-point thrillers in the opening round to secure the four points. Given their experience and depth across the field, Western Bulldogs will head in as favourites, but Geelong are expected to throw down a challenge with a couple of key players returning.

The Cats have welcomed back key forward, Phoebe McWilliams and ruck, Erin Hoare to bolster their side against the reigning premiers. Georgie Rankin and Maighan Fogas have been the two unlucky players omitted from the victorious side last Saturday night, with Fogas and key defender, Georgia Clarke named as emergencies for the clash. The Dogs will unveil Irish debutant, Aisling McCarthy who comes into the side, replacing the omitted Belinda Smith. The enticing battle will see which defence holds up the best as both sides proved to have their respective opposition’s measure last week. Co-captain, Katie Brennan booted the Bulldogs’ two goals against the Crows, while Meg McDonald, Rebecca Goring and Madeline Keryk were among the Cats’ best under pressure when the Magpies were attacking. While the heartbreaking story of Nina Morrison doing her ACL at training will dominate headlines, Geelong still has a huge core of youth including Denby Taylor, Olivia Purcell and Sophie Van De Heuvel who will face established young talents in Monique Conti and Bonnie Toogood, and first round draftee, Eleanor Brown. Co-captain Ellie Blackburn is always a crucial player for the Dogs and will look to take control in the midfield, while the Dogs’ defence of Lauren Spark, Libby Birch and Hannah Scott will provide plenty of rebound.

Last time they met: N/A

Fun facts:

  • The Western Bulldogs lost three consecutive matches at VU Whitten Oval in 2017, but have since won all three games they have played there, and is the Dogs’ first home game since winning the 2018 AFL Women’s flag.
  • Aasta O’Connor will play against her old side for the first time, lining up in the ruck to face Kim Rennie, while sharing the ruck duties with Erin Hoare in the blue and white hoops.
  • Ellie Blackburn averaged 16.9 disposals, 2.9 marks, 3.25 tackles and 3.25 clearances last season, the most of any current Western Bulldogs player.
  • With Brooke Lochland injured for the season, Phoebe McWilliams will be the leading goal kicker from last season in the match, booting seven goals for the GIANTS.

 

CARLTON vs. ADELAIDE
Sunday, February 10, 4.05pm
Ikon Park

H2H: Carlton 0 | Adelaide 2 | Draws 0
Venue: Carlton 4-1-2 | Adelaide 0-0-0

For the first time in 2019, Ikon Park hosts a match with the Blues heading back home to welcome the Crows in a Sunday evening game. The ground has traditionally been the host of the opening game of the year between bitter rivals, Carlton and Collingwood but that has changed in 2019. These teams are both heading into the match off the back of a loss, with Carlton’s heavy defeat to North Melbourne not the ideal start to the season following a wooden spoon, while the Crows will rue missed opportunities in front of goal after booting 1.11 against the Bulldogs at Norwood Oval. Adelaide is yet to play at Ikon Park, while Carlton has made it somewhat of a fortress winning four and drawing a fifth game from its seven matches at the venue. Considering they have only won one match outside Ikon Park, it has been a comfort zone and the Crows cannot afford to take them lightly. With Adelaide in the tougher conference, they would not want to drop this game and go 0-2 to start the season, while Carlton will look for its first win under Daniel Harford who would have learnt plenty from the round one defeat.

Looking at the Round 1 matches, efficiency inside 50 looks to be key, with Adelaide having a 75 per cent scoring efficiency with 18 shots from 24 attempts, while Carlton had just 10 shots from 29 attempts – 35 per cent scoring efficiency. Both sides have impressive forward lines on paper, but they will need to convert their opportunities. Any forward 50 with Darcy Vescio, Tayla Harris and Brianna Davey – who has actually been named in defence – is going to worry opposition defenders, while Erin Phillips is as good as anyone one-on-one and is lining up at full-forward, while Chloe Scheer is a young star who will only get better. Speaking of young stars, Madison Prespakis carried the weight of the midfield on her shoulders last week and was ultra-impressive on debut, so the Crows will need to be aware of her presence. The Adelaide midfield has greater depth and the Blues should look to limit the influence of Ebony Marinoff who racked up 23 disposals and laid 11 tackles in Round 1. If Carlton can restrict her influence on the inside and win the contested ball – with the likes of Jess Hosking and Katie Loynes getting on top, it will go a long way to causing an upset. Chelsea Randall leads the defence, while the experience of Renee Forth through the midfield will be important. Carlton will need to control the ruck contest through Breann Moody, and break even in the middle, while the Crows will focus on clearance domination to give their forwards first opportunity and more importantly, those forwards need to convert.

Last time they met: Adelaide 8.7 (55) defeated Carlton 2.8 (20) at Norwood Oval, Round 5, 2018.

Adelaide flexed their muscles against the Blues when the sides were heading in opposite directions. The Crows at home booted six goals to one after quarter time to run away from the Blues, but counted the cost of the win with injuries to Erin Phillips and Courtney Cramey. Ruth Wallace booted three goals, while Eloise Jones finished with two, as Ebony Marinoff and Chelsea Randall shared 31 disposals. Breann Moody was dominant in the ruck for the Blues with 29 hitouts from 11 disposals and four clearances, while Tayla Harris had 11 disposals, three marks and booted a goal.

Fun facts:

  • Despite winning the wooden spoon last season, Carlton has a strong record at Ikon Park, having won four and drawn one from seven attempts.
  • If Carlton lose the match, it will mark more than a year since they won their last match.
  • While she picked up an injury in the second game, Erin Phillips was everywhere in the Crows’ first win over the Blues, racking up 21 disposals and eight clearances. In the same game, Ebony Marinoff laid 14 tackles from 16 disposals, her exact disposal average against Carlton.
  • Of the Carlton players to play against Adelaide in both games, the omitted Tilly Lucas-Rodd averages the most disposals with 13.5, while Darcy Vescio averages two goals per game against the Crows.

 

FREMANTLE vs. BRISBANE
Sunday, February 10, 3.05pm
Fremantle Oval

H2H: Fremantle 0 | Brisbane 2 | Draws 0
Venue: Fremantle 2-3-0 | Brisbane 1-0-0

Both sides won against the odds in Round 1, with Fremantle toppling Melbourne in scorching weather at Casey Fields after being 14 points down at the final break, while Brisbane knocked off GWS GIANTS a fortnight after succumbing to the GIANTS in a heavy practice match loss. Both sides had plenty to be positive about last week, most importantly securing an early four points, while also having plenty to improve upon for this week. Fremantle are back at home in Western Australia, but at their only other clash at the venue, Brisbane took home the points, though it was two years ago. Both teams look to be very different to that clash, with the Lions having a host of youth coming through, as do the Dockers while also filtering in some experienced local talent. Brisbane will go in as favourites given their history in the competition, but Fremantle’s performance last week certainly raised eyebrows and showed that everyone could be underrating the Dockers.

Both sides play a different brand of football which is really exciting for this clash. In Round 1, Fremantle battered and bruised their way to an impressive contested ball style, getting the pull forward to record a huge 11 marks inside 50, while laying 10 tackles in the arc. They harassed and pressured the Demons into making uncharacteristic mistakes, laying 77 tackles in the process. The Lions have tall targets up forward, but opted for a balanced possession game and spread well around the ground. They intercepted the GIANTS 51 times and took the game on, trying to unsettle the defence with possession football, but going when required. This game could well be a combination of both styles and sets up for a huge clash. The Lions forward line is severely underrated with Sabrina Frederick-Traub the dominant key position player, while McKenzie Dowrick and Jess Wuetschner are incredibly clever and dangerous around goals. Throw in Jordan Zanchetta, Emma Zielke and the defensively-minded but strong, Lauren Arnell and the Lions front six is as good as any. Ebony Antonio and Tayla Bresland were strong in defence last week, while the midfield of Dana Hooker and Kara Donnellan are not huge ball winners, but always effective. They tackle the biggest ball-winning duo of Emily Bates and Ally Anderson who had the ball on a string last week, while the potential match-up of Kiara Bowers and Sam Virgo could be entertaining based on Round 1 form. Both teams have immensely talented youth coming through, and both teams’ first round picks, Sabreena Duffy and Paige Parker, have been named in the side.

Last time they met: Brisbane 3.4 (22) defeated Fremantle 2.3 (15) at South Pine Sports Complex, Round 4, 2018.

In a low-scoring affair that saw just one goal kicked in the first half, Brisbane held on in a thriller to win by seven points and remain on track for a grand final berth. Dynamic forward, Jess Wuetschner booted two goals from 18 disposals, three marks and four inside 50s, while Kate Lutkins and Ally Anderson both had 18 touches in the win. For the Dockers, Lara Filocamo had 18 disposals and laid five tackles. Kara Donnellan laid a whopping 10 tackles and had five clearances and 15 disposals.

Fun facts:

  • In their only clash at the venue, Brisbane defeated Fremantle by 13 points in Round 2, 2017. Fremantle has a 100 per cent winning ratio at Fremantle Oval over Victorian sides, but a zero per cent winning ratio over non-Victorian sides.
  • Jess Wuetschner has been the dominant goal kicker in the matches between these sides, averaging two goals per game.
  • Lara Filocamo averages the most disposals between the sides, with 17.5 per match.
  • Both sides won their opening round matches by less than a kick, with Fremantle getting a dress rehearsal for the scorching West Australian heat, winning at Casey Fields in 38 degrees Celcius.

 

DRAFT CENTRAL TIPPING

Leaderboard:

Eq. 1st : Sophie Taylor, Matthew Cocks [ 3 ]
Eq. 3rd : Peter Williams, Taylah Melki, Michael Alvaro [ 2 ]

 

Peter Williams

Chief Editor

Last week: 2

Round 2 selections:

North Melbourne
Collingwood
Western Bulldogs
Adelaide
Brisbane

 

Taylah Melki

Assistant Chief Editor

Last week: 2

Round 2 selections:

North Melbourne
Melbourne
Western Bulldogs
Adelaide
Brisbane

 

Sophie Taylor

Women’s Football Editor

Last week: 3

Round 2 selections:

North Melbourne
Melbourne
Western Bulldogs
Adelaide
Brisbane

 

Michael Alvaro

Men’s Football Editor

Last week: 2

Round 2 selections:

North Melbourne
Melbourne
Western Bulldogs
Adelaide
Brisbane

 

Matthew Cocks

Guest Tipster

Last week: 3

Round 2 selections:

GWS GIANTS
Collingwood
Western Bulldogs
Adelaide
Brisbane

AFLW season previews: Melbourne

THE Demons have been one of the stronger sides in the AFLW during the past two seasons. But with a big loss of players in the off-season, we will see a new-look Melbourne outfit on the park in 2019. Perhaps the biggest loss of the season was losing star midfielder, Daisy Pearce, which will undoubtedly challenge Mick Stinear to change his game plan heading into 2019.

Last season: 3rd – four wins, three losses.

Changes:

In: Maddison Gay, Talia Radan, Tyla Hanks, Madeline Brancatisano, Jordann Hickey, Shelley Heath, Chantel Emonson, Shae Sloane, Casey Sherriff, Ashleigh Woodland

Out: Richelle Cranston, Melissa Hickey, Erin Hoare, Anna Teague, Jasmine Grierson, Emma Humphries, Laura Duryea, Maddie Shevlin, Alyssa Mifsud

Melbourne’s list changes have seem to go under the radar compared to the likes of the Collingwood and Brisbane lists. Geelong caused the most havoc to the Melbourne line-up, taking Richelle Cranston, Melissa Hickey, Erin Hoare and Anna Teague to Kardinia Park. The other expansion team, North Melbourne took two Tasmanian natives in Jasmine Grierson and Emma Humphries, leaving a gap in Melbourne’s defence. However, the Dees have covered this quite well with the recruitment of Talia Radan and Shelley Heath, who are handy defenders who can run or play on a key player. They have also boosted their midfield stocks with the loss of Pearce and Cranston, recruiting Under-18 representatives, Tyla Hanks and Madeline Brancatisano, who are two midfielders with great agility.

Area of strength: Midfield

Melbourne’s midfield has always been one of the strongest in the competition, but they will be without Daisy Pearce and Richelle Cranston this season. A recruit who has not been talked about much is Maddison Gay from the Blues. Gay was voted the Best First Year player when she was Carlton, and is a smart midfielder who is clever with the ball in hand. She should help to assist Elise O’Dea and Karen Paxman, who have always been consistent in the middle of the ground for the Dees. Add in Brancatisano and Hanks, and Melbourne has a good core group of midfielders. Katherine Smith and Kate Hore are also set for a good season after finding some consistency for the Casey Demons in the VFLW season.

Area of weakness: Forward line

The Demons are lacking some numbers in the forward line. While they boast the likes of Tegan Cunningham and Aliesha Newman, the list does not go much further than that. Jordann Hickey is a crucial pick-up for the Dees to rectify this issue. She will be a key target up forward thanks to her solid hands and accurate kick. Eden Zanker should be set for a good year as well, finding some form in the Casey Demons VFLW side, but she was starved of opportunity last year, so she will also be pretty new to the AFLW environment.

Players to watch:

Tyla Hanks

Tyla Hanks has made the All-Australian Under 18s side two years in a row and is a force to be reckoned with in the midfield. On the inside, she is sharp with her hands and can clear congestion with her forceful kicking. She co-captained the Gippsland Power in the TAC Cup Girls competition, so is no stranger to being an on-field leader. Hanks can also float up forward and make an impact to steady the ship for her team, highlighting her ability to be versatile in a Melbourne line-up that lacks forward depth.

Jordann Hickey

Originally from Alice Springs, Hickey made her mark on the 2018 VFLW season with 14 goals for the NT Thunder. From her 14 games, she also averaged 8.25 disposals per game, with her season-high coming against Richmond, where she racked up 16 disposals and also kicked two goals. Hickey managed to kick goals in seven of her games for the Thunder, showing great consistency across the season. She fought hard inside 50 and provides a tall target, which will be pivotal for the Demons.

Eden Zanker

Zanker got to play some consistent football again for the Casey Demons in the VFLW, after only playing three games for the Demons in the AFLW last year. She kicked nine goals from her 14 games with Casey and was named in the best four times. Zanker has a calm run-up and a precise kick, and is also great at winning the ball inside 50. She was the Demons’ first selection in the 2017 draft so Melbourne will have high hopes for her to show why she was selected so high in the draft.

2019 prediction: 4th in Conference A

Despite a strong midfield, the Demons could struggle in their 50s, making for a difficult run in a difficult conference. However, they could get off to a good start with Fremantle and Collingwood looming as their first opponents of the season. It then gets a whole lot harder with Brisbane, North Melbourne and Greater Western Sydney (GWS) to come. When the Demons’ defence comes up against a powerful forward line like North Melbourne’s, and their forwards go head-to-head against Brisbane’s A-grade defenders, it could spell trouble for them.

2019 Melbourne AFLW Fixture

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Victoria ParkRound 2
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Blacktown International SportsparkRound 5
Marvel StadiumRound 6
Casey FieldsRound 7

AFLW season previews: Geelong

THE Geelong Cats are one of the two new sides entering the AFLW competition this year, and rather than finding players from other clubs, they have largely focused on adding local talent to their line-up. The Cats received the first two picks in the draft and snapped up two of the most exciting players in Nina Morrison and Sophie Van De Heuvel, who will certainly turn heads as the competition goes on.

List: Rene Caris, Danielle Orr, Hannah Burchell, Cassie Blakeway, Jordan Ivey, Julia Crockett-Grills, Mia-Rae Clifford, Kate Darby, Nina Morrison, Georgie Rankin, Meghan McDonald, Renee Garing, Maighan Fogas, Aasta O’Connor, Olivia Purcell, Georgia Clarke, Melissa Hickey, Rebecca Webster, Phoebe McWilliams, Madaleine McMahon, Elise Coventry, Madeleine Boyd, Sophie Van De Heuvel, Denby Taylor, Richelle Cranston, Hayley Trevean, Anna Teague, Rebecca Goring, Madeline Keryk, Erin Hoare

Local talent dominates this list, with 20 players featuring in Geelong’s 2018 Victorian Football League (VFLW) side. The Cats made the Grand Final and came up short against the Hawks, but showed what they are capable of with their list. Add experienced spearheads like Aasta O’Connor, Melissa Hickey and Phoebe McWilliams to the side and Geelong has a very potent line-up.

Area of strength: Midfield

The Geelong midfield is stacked with talent, led by Geelong Best and Fairest winner, Richelle Cranston. Cranston consistently racked up high numbers of disposals for the Cats during the VFLW season, and was complemented by a core group in Cassie Blakeway, Maighan Fogas and Hannah Burchell, who stepped up each week and are likely to do so again in the AFLW. Add in Geelong Falcons premiership duo, Nina Morrison and Olivia Purcell, who both also played in the Grand Final for the Cats. Morrison’s chase-down speed is unbelievable, and she has shown that she can come up against bigger bodies, having to deal with a Meg Hutchins tag in the VFLW Grand Final. Purcell is a tackling machine and led the way for both the Falcons and the Cats with her ferocity, so expect 2019 to be much the same from her.

Area of weakness: Defence

While Geelong has plenty of exciting forwards, its defence may come under pressure with the attacking forward lines that a lot of sides boast. Georgia Clarke will come into the mix as a calm and composed defender, and will have to work with the likes of Elise Coventry and Bec Goring, who were mainstays in the Cats’ defence in the VFLW. While Coventry is a consistent player, she often goes missing in the disposal count, so she will need to work on that coming into the AFLW season. Rebecca Webster is likely to be a key part of Geelong’s defence, even though she can play through the midfield too. Webster has a booming kick and strong hands, so if she floats into the midfield, it could leave a big gap in the defensive 50.

Players to watch:

Nina Morrison

Being the number one pick comes with a lot of pressure, but Morrison knows how to handle it. Having only picked up a football in a competitive environment three years ago, Morrison had a ripper 2018, sharing the TAC Cup Girls Best and Fairest and the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award at the Under 18 Championships. Her outside run is incredible, and her take-off speed is really something to watch. She is a precise kick and has shown that she can use it anywhere, having spent some time up forward for the Falcons last year in the TAC Cup Girls competition. Expect her to get a Rising Star nomination this season.

Olivia Purcell

The Geelong Falcons Best and Fairest was one of the most fierce tacklers in the TAC Cup Girls competition. She’s also a great clearance player, and knows how to hack it out of congestion with ease. She thrived in the Geelong VFLW environment, having played alongside players like Richelle Cranston. Purcell represented Vic Country in 2018 as well and was one of the leading disposal-getters in every match, highlighting her ability to find the footy with ease.

Maddy Boyd

A player that already has experience in the AFLW, Boyd will be a pivotal player for the Cats this year. She thrived in the ruck and through the forward line for Geelong’s VFLW side, taking big grabs and kicking crucial goals when needed. With plenty of ruck support in the team in the form of Aasta O’Connor, Kate Darby and Rene Caris, expect Boyd to spend some time up forward, as her marking prowess will give defenders massive headaches.

2019 prediction: 3rd in Conference B
The Cats certainly have the line-up to turn a few heads this season. With all the focus on North Melbourne’s star-studded line-up, the Cats’ has largely gone unnoticed, which the side will not mind at all. With Melissa Hickey leading the brigade as skipper and VFLW Grand Final coach, Paul Hood at the helm, it is hard to see where the Cats could go wrong in 2019. Gelling together will be the main challenge, as it always is for a new side. They have a hard draw to start off with, taking on the AFLW’s two premiership teams in Adelaide and the Bulldogs in the first four weeks, but those games are bookended by matches against Carlton and Collingwood. Expect Geelong to come out firing in 2019 and turn a few heads.

 

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GMHBA StadiumRound 6
UNSW Canberra OvalRound 7

AFLW Draft review: Melbourne

MELBOURNE will field a new-look line-up in 2019, suffering a loss of players to expansion clubs, North Melbourne and Geelong. With only five spots (they passed one pick) in the draft, the Demons had to pick their players carefully.

 

What they needed:

  • Midfielders to aid the loss of Daisy Pearce (inactive) and Richelle Cranston
  • Rucks to replace Erin Hoare and Alyssa Mifsud
  • Defenders to support Talia Radan and cover the loss of Laura Duryea and Anna Teague

 

Players selected:

Tyla Hanks – Gippsland Power

Hanks was one of the hardest and most skillful midfielders in the TAC Cup Girls competition. She plays very similarly to Madison Prespakis through her clean ball-use and long kicking. She can also head up forward when her side is in trouble, making her a very valuable asset for the Demons. Hanks was awarded with a place in the TAC Cup Girls Team of the Year and the AFL Women’s Under 18 All Australian side, after being a co-captain of the Gippsland Power this year. She will be a key player in helping to aid the loss of Daisy Pearce.

Madeline Brancatisano – Northern Knights

Like Hanks, Brancatisano also had a leadership role this year, leading her Northern Knights to a TAC Cup Girls Grand Final. Brancatisano is a smart inside midfielder who has clean hands and a consistent desire to win the ball in congestion. She can also add valuable defensive pressure in the middle, proving how much of a role player she is. Brancatisano earned a spot in the TAC Cup Girls Team of the Year and also spent some time with Carlton in the VFLW, adding some valuable experience to her game ahead of her AFL Women’s debut in 2019.

Jordann Hickey – NT Thunder

Jordann Hickey covers the loss of Alyssa Mifsud, who was delisted by the Demons in the AFL Women’s off-season. Hickey was consistent up forward for the NT Thunder this season, kicking 14 goals from 14 games. She played 14 matches and was named in the best three times. Hickey’s overhead marking and accurate kicking will be quite valuable in the Demons’ line-up, and she can also act as a back-up ruck.

Shelley Heath – Dandenong Stingrays

Shelley Heath is a great addition to the Melbourne line-up, thanks to her exciting run and carry out of the back pocket. She will inject some speed into the defensive 50, and could burn off a lot of players with that pace. Heath is also clever with the ball in hand, thanks to her clean hands and long kicks. She should do well to cover the losses of Anna Teague and Laura Duryea in the back line.

 

How they went:

Melbourne definitely needed midfielders in this draft and the Demons took two great ones in Hanks and Brancatisano. The duo will be great additions to a potent midfield that contains the likes of Karen Paxman and Elise O’Dea. Up forward, Tegan Cunningham will combine with Jordann Hickey, giving the Demons a powerful line-up inside 50. The Demons might struggle in defence, as the loss of bigger bodies such as Anna Teague could hurt them. It will be interesting to see how Melbourne approaches its ruck situation after losing Erin Hoare and Alyssa Mifsud. The Demons could have picked up a designated ruck in the draft but elected not to.

AFLW Draft review: Geelong

THE Cats trusted in their local talent, drafting six players from either the TAC Cup Girls or Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s team ahead of their inaugural season. Two players were drafted from the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels, while one hailed from the Murray Bushrangers. After making it to the VFLW Grand Final, coach, Paul Hood appears to have huge faith in his local ready-made talent.

 

What they needed:

  • Midfield support for Richelle Cranston and Cassie Blakeway
  • Defenders to assist Anna Teague and Melissa Hickey
  • Versatility to cover any injury troubles

 

Players selected:

Nina Morrison – Geelong Falcons

There is not much that hasn’t been said about Nina Morrison. She was long touted as the number one pick, and lived out that dream. At the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, Morrison also took home the Vic Country Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the overall tournament MVP with Madison Prespakis. She also shared the TAC Cup Girls Best and Fairest award with Prespakis. Now, Morrison has the opportunity to show the nation what she’s made of and undoubtedly, her electric chase-down speed and fierce tackling will be on display. Her explosiveness down the wing combined with her ability to rack up the footy will be invaluable for the Cats.

Sophie Van De Heuvel – GWV Rebels

Van De Heuvel’s versatility will be of much use to the Cats. She played mostly in the forward line during the TAC Cup Girls season but also spent some time in the midfield in the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, highlighting her ability to break the lines and penetrate forward. Van De Heuvel was GWV’s leading goal kicker this year with six goals from seven games and made the 2018 TAC Cup Girls and All Australian teams on the half-forward flank. She will be a great help to Kate Darby, Danielle Orr and Phoebe McWilliams inside 50.

Rebecca Webster – Murray Bushrangers

Webster is another versatile player, but thrives off running off the half-back line. She can shift into the midfield when needed as well, due to her valuable booming kick that sends her team forward. She was named at full-back in the TAC Cup Girls Team of the Year and represented Vic Country this year, making herself known in defence. Webster is a great overhead mark and has brilliant run and carry, which will really assist the smarts of Anna Teague and Melissa Hickey.

Olivia Purcell – Geelong Falcons

Purcell was one of the fiercest players in the TAC Cup Girls competition, hurting players with her clearances and aggressive tackling. Purcell’s immense power helps her break through congestion and enforce her blistering run and carry. She had a marvellous year, taking home the Geelong Falcons’ Best and Fairest, playing in a premiership with the side, playing in a Grand Final for the Cats’ VFLW side, making the TAC Cup Girls Team of the Year and All Australian team. She will provide great support for Richelle Cranston, who can also hurt players with her power, aggression and run and carry.

Denby Taylor – Geelong Falcons

Denby Taylor was one of the smartest defenders in the TAC Cup Girls season, hurting players with her solid hands and run and carry off the half-back flank. She can be rotated through any position in defence, and also proved she could dominate on the wing, winning the best on ground award in the TAC Cup Girls Grand Final while playing in that position. It will be interesting to see what Paul Hood does with her, given her capabilities, but undoubtedly, she is a very handy pick-up for the Cats.

Georgia Clarke – GWV Rebels

Another defender with solid hands, Clarke and Taylor should work together in the back half to prevent opposition scoring. The Rebels defender made centre-half back her own in the TAC Cup Girls competition, creating a wall with her strong marking and kicking. Clarke was named in the TAC Cup Girls Team of the Year as the centre-half back, represented Vic Country in this year’s AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships and also spent some time with the AFL Women’s Academy.

Rene Caris – GWV Rebels

With a ruck line-up of Erin Hoare, Aasta O’Connor, Maddy Boyd, Kate Darby and the newly added Rene Caris, the Cats should dominate the midfield. Caris not only has a great leap but is agile at ground level, thanks to her clean hands and precise kicking. She was named in the TAC Cup Girls Team of the Year and also spent some time with the AFL Women’s Academy, giving her valuable experience in the Cats line-up. Caris featured for Carlton in the VFLW season, and proved that she could match it up against the bigger bodies in the AFL Women’s competition.

Maighan Fogas – Geelong VFLW

Maighan Fogas was one of Geelong’s most consistent midfielders this year in the VFLW, thanks to her exciting run and carry, clean hands and accurate kicking. She came second in Geelong’s VFLW Best and Fairest after playing 17 matches and being named in the best seven times. Her ability to fight for the ball in congestion made her a standout during the season, and if she continues to bring this trait into the AFL Women’s season, it will prove vital in the Geelong midfield.

Elise Coventry – Geelong VFLW

Coventry is your traditional no-fuss defender that consistently gets the job done. She is a great lockdown defender, which will prove vital if the Cats are to stop dangerous attacking teams such as the Western Bulldogs. Coventry finished in the top 10 of Geelong’s Best and Fairest and played 17 games for six appearances in the best.

Madeline Keryk – Geelong VFLW

Keryk worked incredibly hard to get back onto an AFL Women’s list in the off-season, after getting delisted by the Blues. She went over to the Cats halfway through the VFLW season and made an immediate impact with her ability to consistently rack up the footy and kick or handball long to get it out of congestion. Out of her 12 games during the season, she featured in the best on eight occasions, proving how damaging she is in the midfield. Her finals series was one to remember as well, gathering double-figure disposals in each match. Keryk’s experience combined with the youth of Morrison and Purcell will be fantastic to watch.

 

How they went:

Geelong has built a fantastic AFL Women’s side ahead of its first season in the competition.The Cats’ midfield will include Morrison, Purcell, Keryk, their forward line will feature the likes of Darby, Orr and McWilliams while their defence will be stacked with Clarke, Taylor and Coventry set to make a big impact. Add the ruck stocks of Aasta O’Connor, Erin Hoare and Rene Caris, and the Cats all of a sudden look very threatening to make a big statement in their first season of AFL Women’s.

Weekend previews: VFLW – Week 1 Finals

THE home and away season has come to an end and the finals have finally arrived in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s season. Collingwood, Hawthorn, NT Thunder and Geelong all battle it out over the coming weeks with the hope of raising the premiership cup.

 

Collingwood vs. Hawthorn

Saturday September 8, Stannards Stadium, 10:15AM

Collingwood and Hawthorn finished the home and away season in the top two spots and as a result have an opportunity to advance straight through to the Grand Final. Collingwood suffered just two slip-ups throughout the season; an early season draw against Geelong and a late season loss against the Thunder, both of whom will head into battle in the elimination final on Sunday. The Pies have a number of huge inclusions into their line-up with Sarah D’Arcy, Sophie Alexander and Brittany Bonnici among others returning to the line-up. The three inclusions will look to re-discover their early season form and re-establish themselves in the side. Collingwood will also be looking for a big contribution from star, Chloe Molloy who has been unbelievable all season long with her poise under pressure, elite decision-making and overall strong play. For the Hawks, they also enter the game with extreme confidence having defeated fellow finalists Geelong and the Thunder in their past two games. The Hawks lost just two games for the season and played consistent footy throughout the year, establishing themselves as a true contender. They make several inclusions (extended bench) highlighted by Melissa Kuys, who can be a real game-breaker at her best. Their forward line featuring Sarah Perkins and Phoebe McWilliams has been dangerous all year and should once again play a huge role in getting the Hawks over the line. The injection of youth, including Eastern Ranges duo Emerson Woods and Sarah Kendall joining Mikala Cann, provides the Hawks with plenty of excitement. Midfielder, Emma Mackie will also look to continue her terrific home and away season form with a big game in the finals to push the Hawks towards the Grand Final and a hugely important week off.

 

Northern Territory (NT) Thunder vs. Geelong

Sunday September 9, Stannards Stadium, 11:45AM

The NT Thunder meet Geelong on Sunday morning in the elimination final with both sides desperate to keep their premiership dreams alive. The Thunder have looked unstoppable at times throughout the season, posting several dominating defeats by high margins. By far the highest scoring team in the competition, their forward line has been firing on all cylinders, with some scoring contributions from the midfield to assist. They will have had plenty of preparation time, having not played since their Round 15 defeat at the hands of Hawthorn, with their bye coming in the final round of the home and away season. Jess Sedunary, Jenna McCormick and Angela Foley have all been huge for the team throughout the season and should once again have a big impact on the outcome. For the Cats, they narrowly missed out on an opportunity to face the Pies in the qualifying final, having lost to Hawthorn in the last round of the season. They look to shake off the disappointment and move into the second week of finals with a win, while also preventing elimination. Erin Hoare and Megan McMahon are among several inclusions for the Cats, with each having played a pivotal role in Geelong’s early season success. Richelle Cranston will be the player to watch for Geelong as she has been the catalyst in a number of victories this season with her commanding presence throughout the ground. A huge game of footy with both sides hoping to keep their dream alive for at least one more week.

Team Selection: VFLW – Week 1 Finals

As this week is the first week of finals, all of the remaining teams are making numerous changes in an attempt to find their best team when it counts. Audiences will be treated to two great games this weekend as the four best teams remain. It all starts will Collingwood and Hawthorn on Saturday morning.

 

VFLW Semi-Final 1

Collingwood v Hawthorn
Saturday September, 10.15am
Stannards Stadium

Hawthorn

B: Kim Ebb, Pepa Randall, Dianna Haines
HB: Jess Sibley, Melissa Kuys, Jayde Van Dyk
C: Meg Hutchins, Emma  Mackie, Tahni  Nestor
HF: Rebecca Beeson, Mikala Cann, Clare O’Donnell
F: Tamara Luke, Sarah Perkins, Phoebe McWilliams
R: Lou Wotton, Chantella Perera, Julia Crockett-Grills
Int: Steph Carroll, Rosie Dillon, Sarah Kendall, Ebony Nixon, Claire Dyett, Emily Gilder, Kara Henderson, Ellie Macdonald
23P: Emerson Woods

In: Emily Gilder, Melissa Kuys, Kara Henderson, Emerson Woods, Sarah Kendall
Out: Nicky Cormack

Hawthorn still has a selection dilemma on their hands with three further players to miss out on the final team that takes on Collingwood on Saturday. The Hawks will be ecstatic that they are regaining midfield superstar Melissa Kuys for the massive match against the Pies. Nicky Cormack is the unlucky one to miss out so far, but she will be waiting in the wings as an emergency for her chance to play on the big stage.

Collingwood

B: Katelyn Lee, Ruby Schleicher, Iilish Ross
HB: Sophie Casey, Hannah McLaren, Nicole Hales
C: Grace Buchan, Jamiee Lambert, Shayla Marsh
HF: Holly Whitford, Sophie Alexander, Brittany Bonnici
F: Chloe Molloy, Erica Fowler, Nicole Hildebrand
Foll: Eliza Hynes, Jessica Edwards, Kristy Stratton
Int: Sarah D’Arcy, Hillary Grubb, Emma Grant, Paige Nash
23P: Daisy Bateman

IN: Hannah McLaren, Sophie Alexander, Brittant Bonnici, Erica Fowler, Hillary Grubb, Sarah D’Arcy, Paige Nash, Emma Grant
OUT: Stacey Livingstone, Ally Bild, Carle Rooks, Amy Malander, Katie Lynch, Chloe Leighton, Julia Halaseh-Russo, Sarah King

Collingwood have made eight changes for their first final, with the hope that their inclusions will make the difference come game day. Hannah McLaren should help sure up their key back stocks while Collingwood are hoping Sophie Alexander can make a difference up forward. The Pies have lost AFLW star Sophie Livingstone, although they will be hoping to regain her later in the finals series.

 

VFLW Semi-Final 2

NT Thunder vs Geelong Cats
Sunday September, 9, 11.45am
Stannards Stadium, Port Melbourne

NT Thunder:

B: Samantha Barnett, Sarah Allan, Lisa Roberts
HB: Jenna McCormick, Tayla Thorn, Stevie-Lee Thompson
C: Katie Streader, Angela Foley, Jessica Sedunary
HF: Sally Riley, Anne Hatchard, Marijana Rajcic
F: Renee Forth, Jordann Hickey, Machaelia Roberts
FOLL: Jasmyn Hewett, Ebony Marinoff, Emma Swanson
INT: Sharona Bishop*, Lauren O’Shea, Sue Nalder, Kylie Duggan, Lateesha Jeffrey

IN: Sarah Allan, Sharona Bishop, Kylie Duggan, Anne Hatchard, Lauren O’Shea, Machaelia Roberts, Jessica Sedunary, Stevie-Lee Thompson
OUT:  Jessica Allan, Janet Baird, Georgia Bevan, Courtney Cramey, Abbey Holmes, Tahlia Holtze, Kristy Irvine, Madeline Keeble

Northern Territory has continued to make numerous changes with an unprecedented eight changes for the first week of the finals. Their inclusions are headlined by five AFLW players some big names who will make a difference in seeing NT making the grand final. Jess Sedunary has been a revelation up forward this VFLW season kicking 15 goals, which has her third in the competition. NT will be hoping that Stevie-Lee Thompson can light up the half back line and use her pace to set up attacks for NT.

Geelong Cats

B: Rebecca Pearce, Rebecca Goring, Anna Teague
HB: Amy McDonald, 25. Elise Coventry, Jamie Woollett
C: Cassandra Blakeway, Maighan Fogas, Hannah Burchell
HF: Nina Morrison, Jordan Ivey, Danielle Orr
F: Maddy Boyd, Mia Rae Clifford, Kate Darby
R: Erin Hoare, Madeline Keryk, Richelle Cranston
Int: Hannah Mangan, Maddy McMahon, Courtney Stevens, Hayley Trevean
23P: Olivia Purcell

In: E. Hoare, H. Trevean, N. Morrison, M. McMahon, M. Fedele, O. Purcell
Out: T. Love

Tarryn Love would be heartbroken to miss out in her first taste of finals football. While Hayley Trevean will add some added experience and leadership as she is apart of the team’s leadership group. Erin Hoare‘s inclusion will give them an advantage in the air, as her 194cm frame should dominate for Geelong.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 13

BIG wins from NT Thunder and Geelong combined with a loss to Hawthorn made for a shake-up of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s top four in Round 13. In other games, the Casey Demons defeated the Blues, the Saints upset the Dogs and the Pies took care of business at RAMS Arena against the bottom of the table Bombers. 

 

Casey Demons 5.7 (37) defeated Carlton 3.9 (27)

By: James Halley

The Casey Demons held on to a 10-point victory against Carlton as the Blues failed to capitalise on their chances late in the final quarter at Casey Fields. Carlton was 16 points down at the final change, needing four goals in the last quarter to win. However, the Blues had only kicked three majors for the game, making for a very difficult task. They had the advantage of a major breeze in the last term but unfortunately for the Blues, they only were able to kick six behinds in the last quarter, missing crucial chances in front of goal.

The Demons’ dominant first term negated Carlton of any chance of scoring, as they locked the ball inside their forward 50 for the majority of the quarter. Their first quarter dominance was soon squandered as Carlton got its chance to attack with the breeze, as Vescio showed why she is such a star. The Blues denied Casey for a large part of the third term, as they placed a number behind the ball, but Katherine Smith broke the drought with a smart goal out a pack moments before three quarter-time, allowing the Demons to hold on for victory. 

Eden Zanker starred for the Demons up forward as she kicked two goals within the first five minutes of the game, ending up with three for the match. For Carlton, Darcy Vescio stood up when needed, taking big marks and kicking a crucial goal. She made her Demon opponents nervous whenever she was near the ball.

 

Williamstown 4.2 (26) defeated by NT Thunder 11.5 (71)

NT Thunder got another win on the board in stunning fashion, defeating the struggling Seagulls by 55 points. The Thunder led at every break and did the most damage in the third quarter. The away side kept Williamstown scoreless and kicked four unanswered goals to sit a at second on the ladder and a game ahead of Hawthorn.

In her return to the NT lineup, Anne Hatchard did not disappoint. The Adelaide AFLW forward booted four goals while Crows teammates, Jessica Sedunary and Georgia Bevan each kicked one major. Bevan was named best on ground for the Thunder and was complemented by fellow goal kicker, Emma Swanson, who has been in fine form for the Thunder this season. Tayla Thorn also played a great game for NT, kicking two goals and making her way into the best as well.

It was all single goal kickers for Williamstown, as the side only scored four majors for the day. Georgia Harris, Jess Duffin, Sarah Chapman and Sharnie Whiting were the ones who got on the board with a goal each, doing what they could to provide a contest. A standout in that area was Rebecca Dardengo, who was named best afield for the Seagulls in the loss. She was complemented by Belinda Hateley, Chloe Portelli, Jenna Bruton and Jessica Bartolo.

 

Geelong Cats 10.7 (67) defeated Richmond 1.2 (8)

In one of the biggest wins of the season, the Cats took care of the Tigers, easily beating them by 59 points. Geelong held Richmond scoreless for three quarters and used the third quarter to blow the game out of the water. In that quarter, the Cats got out to a 65-point lead, thanks to kicking six unanswered goals.

Mia-Rae Clifford had an absolute day out in the blue and white hoops, kicking four majors for the day, two of which came in the first quarter. Maddie Boyd also joined in the scoring, kicking two goals and being named best on ground for her efforts. Richelle Cranston continued her stellar season at Geelong, as she booted a goal on the weekend and contributed well around the ground. She too was named in the best Geelong players for her great game. Maighan Fogas, Erin Hoare and Cassandra Blakeway also had performances to remember, playing solid games on the day.

For Richmond, it is no surprise to see who was named best on ground. Phoebe Monahan has been an exceptional midfielder for the Tigers this season and was no different on Saturday. Despite the heavy loss, she managed to make her efforts shine through which was a positive for Richmond on a dour day. Monahan was complemented by good games from Murray Bushrangers midfielder, Tamara Smith as well as Ella Ross, Alice Edmonds, Laura Bailey and Lisa Davie. Jess Gardner was the only goal kicker for Richmond, booting through a major in the last quarter.

 

Darebin 4.5 (29) defeated Hawthorn 3.7 (25)

By: Taylah Melki

In a relatively low-scoring affair, it was the Darebin Falcons that took home the four points, knocking off the third-placed Hawks. It was a scrappy game with neither side able to capitalise on their scoring opportunities and often fumbling the ball. Both teams struggled to break away from one another with the final margin being a mere four points, making for a hotly contested match. Most of the game was played between the arcs, resulting in a lot of stoppages and very few shots on goal.

For the Falcons, the experience and class of players such as Elise O’Dea and Jessica Dal Pos stood out with their ability to open up the space and create some good run and carry through the middle. O’Dea bagged an important goal for her side, and showed great leadership in trying times to will her side back into the contest. Teammate, Kate Shierlaw also impressed for Darebin with her composure and ability to take strong marks under pressure while Meghan McDonald starred down back, taking a number of good intercept marks to stop the flow of the Hawks.

The likes of Meg Hutchins and Phoebe McWilliams continued to impress for the brown and gold with their constant intent to win the footy and impact on the contest. Jayde Van Dyk was also amongst the Hawks’ best with her clean hands in close and ability to read the play well. Teammates, Rebecca Beeson and Jessica Sibley also worked tirelessly all game, racking up the touches and imposing themselves around the contest.

 

Western Bulldogs 1.3 (9) defeated by Southern Saints 6.4 (40)

In one of the biggest upsets of the round, the Bulldogs were knocked off their high horse and came crashing back down to Earth against the Southern Saints. They kicked their only goal of the game in the first quarter, and were completely shut down by the Saints for the rest of the game. The Saints were able to increase their lead at each quarter break and ended up taking home a 31-point win.

Tara Bohanna was the focal point up forward with three majors while Courtney Munn, Amy Silver and Holly Bate all chipped in with one major a piece. Kayla Ripari continued her solid season on Sunday, being named best on ground for the winning team. Ruck, Rhiannon Watt was just as impressive and has also had a consistent season, backing it up on Sunday by being named second best. The duo were complemented by Vic Metro Under 18 pair, Eleanor Brown and Gabriella De Angelis, who also earned a spot among the best players.

For the Bulldogs, April Goldring and Libby Birch were the standouts in the loss. In her first game for the season, Hannah Scott contributed well in her first VFLW game, although she would’ve liked to have taken home the win. Fellow AFLW teammates, Angelica Gogos, Lauren Spark and Ashleigh Guest all also did well on the day.

 

Essendon 3.5 (23) defeated by Collingwood 6.13 (49)

Collingwood got off to a fast start in this match, kicking the first four majors of the game. Essendon then fought back in the second quarter, outscoring the Pies two goals to one. But Collingwood’s winning form prevailed, holding onto victory in a tight tussle at RAMS Arena.

Oakleigh Chargers skipper, Hannah McLaren was named best on ground for the Magpies in what was a memorable performance for her. Her Chargers teammate, Daisy Bateman also made an impact by kicking a goal on the day. Iilish Ross, Jessica Edwards and Sophie Casey also kicked singles while AFLW captain, Steph Chiocci booted two majors. Collingwood AFLW teammates, Brittany Bonnici and Holly Whitford also put in solid performances in the win.

Irena Malliaras, Monique DeMatteo and Tanya Hetherington were the goal kickers for the Bombers in windy conditions. Hetherington was also named in the best for Essendon for her great game but she was bettered by one player in Jessica Anwyl, who was named best on ground for the losing side. The duo were complemented solid performances from Courtney Ugle, Natalie MacDonald, Maddy Collier and Alexa Madden.

Team selection: VFLW – Round 10

THERE will be some close battles anticipated in round 10 of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s season with the Casey Demons taking on Richmond and Carlton taking on Williamstown. Many teams have bought in AFLW heavyweights ahead of their clashes, making for some interesting clashes across the weekend.

 

DAREBIN  v. NT THUNDER

Round 10 – 14/07/2018
12:00PM
Preston City Oval

Coming off a win last week, Darebin will be hungry for more when it comes up against the NT Thunder this weekend. The Falcons have made plenty of changes ahead of the clash with AFLW powerhouse, Lily Mithen, Molly Eastman, Hannah Mouncey, Tamara Olcorn, Genevieve Lawson-Tavan and Annalyse Lister returning to the side. Shree Fairchild and Lauren Jacobs have been named in after missing last week.

The NT Thunder showed all of their class and skill last week against the Cats and will be looking to do the same when they take on Darebin away from home. They have named two Thunder debutants for the game, who are in no way new comers to the sport, including AFLW premiership players Abbey Holmes and Ebony MarinoffCourtney Cramey, NTFL premiership player Sue Nalder, as well Marijana Rajcic and Justine Mules have also all been named in.

Darebin

B: 31. E. Gardner, 10. G. Lawson-Tavan, 21. K. Roe
HB: 32. G. Colvin, 14. M. McDonald, 49. R. Hibbert
C: 15. A.  Lister, 9. M.  Eastman, 11. K.  Tyndall
HF: 7. L. Mithen, 26. T. Olcorn, 40. L. Pearce
F: 44. S. Fairchild, 45. N. Deiter, 43. H. Mouncey
R: 41. A. O’Connor, 30. E. O’Dea, 8. N. Exon
Int: 36. C. Byrne, 1. E. Honybun, 48. L. Jacobs, 24. B. Patterson
Emg: 37. J. Bertoni, 28. A. Morrow, 17. S. Simpson, 56. M. Wilson
23P: 50. C. Delbridge

In: M. Eastman, S. Fairchild, A. Morrow, G. Lawson-Tavan, L. Mithen, H. Mouncey, T. Olcorn, L. Jacobs, C. Delbridge, A. Lister
Out: M. Guerin,  S. Hogan,  G. Hammond,  N. Callinan,  S. Normington – Dickens,  A. Pronesti

NT Thunder

B: 10. S. Barnett, 13. L. Roberts, 7. L. O’Shea
HB: 16. S. Armitstead, 35. T. Thorn, 14. C. Cramey
C: 24. G.  Bevan, 3. A.  Foley, 32. K.  Streader
HF: 4. S. Nalder, 29. M. Rajcic, 31. J. Sedunary
F: 11. J. Hickey, 26. A. Holmes, 52. E. Marinoff
R: 20. J. Hewett, 8. S. Riley, 28. R. Forth
Int: 42. G. Cusack, 43. K. Duggan, 9. L. Jeffrey, 34. J. Mules
Emg: 12. J. Anderson, 19. J. Iacono, 5. M. Roberts, 17. E. Swanson
23P: 46. S. Bishop

In: M. Rajcic, J. Mules, J. Iacono, E. Marinoff, C. Cramey, J. Anderson, S. Nalder, A. Holmes
Out: D. Varnhagen, E. Jones, K. Irvine, J. McCormick

 

GEELONG CATS v. SOUTHERN SAINTS

Round 10 – 14/07/2018
01:00PM
Deakin University – Geelong

After a disappointing loss last week, the Geelong Cats have made a number of changes to their round ten list. An exciting in for the Cats this week is Erin Hoare, who will hopefully reignite the team with her AFLW experience. She comes in alongside Emily Ramsay, Isabel Currenti and Jordan Ivey. Geelong Falcons premiership player, Tarryn Love has been named as the 23rd player. The Cats will however be missing AFLW talent Anna Teague, as well as Evelyn Dhamarrandji, Ruby Benham and Lara Williams.

The Southern Saints will be hoping to get back on the winners list this week when they take on the Cats. They will be going without AFLW Brisbane recruit, Lauren Arnell as well as Kate Macqueen and captain, Georgia Walker. In their place will be Sophie Bolding, Tiara Annear and Old Haileybury junior, Sarah Casey, who comes in for her first game of 2018.

Geelong Cats

B: 26. R. Pearce, 44. R. Goring, 19. E. Ramsay
HB: 25. E. Coventry, 24. M. McMahon, 34. A. McDonald
C: 3. H.  Burchell, 45. M.  Keryk, 10. L.  Taylor
HF: 4. C. Blakeway, 2. D. Orr, 33. H. Trevean
F: 7. M. Clifford, 6. M. Boyd, 8. K. Darby
R: 46. E. Hoare, 13. M. Fogas, 30. R. Cranston
Int: 23. I. Currenti, 5. J. Ivey, 17. H. Mangan, 35. K. Woodroffe
Emg: 15. M. Janssen, 18. M. Maguire, 51. C. Williamson
23P: 53. T. Love

In: E. Hoare, E. Ramsay, T. Love, J. Ivey, I. Currenti, M. Janssen
Out: A. Teague,  E. Dhamarrandji,  R. Benham,  L. Williams

Southern Saints

B: 18. L. Attard, 14. I. Quintal, 29. M. Macdonald
HB: 11. T. Annear, 38. S. Karlson, 17. L. Olsen
C: 33. J.  Owen, 40. M.  Maitland, 19. A.  Silver
HF: 21. D. Lawrence, 15. T. Bohanna, 24. K. Ripari
F: 49. A. Allsopp, 13. C. Munn, 4. G. Ricardo
R: 28. R. Watt, 8. A. Drennan, 32. S. Johnson
Int: 36. S. Bolding, 34. S. Casey, 52. T. Gordon, 12. J. Hull
Emg: 9. S. Long, 23. J. Rolland, 26. A. Ryan, 22. D. Smith
23P: 48. B. Hanrahan

In: S. Bolding, A. Ryan, T. Annear, J. Rolland, S. Casey, D. Smith, S. Long
Out: K. Macqueen, L. Arnell, G. Walker

 

CARLTON  v. WILLIAMSTOWN

Round 10 – 15/07/2018
11:30AM
IKON Park

Carlton will come into round ten with fresh legs after its bye in round nine. With only two wins to their name, the Blues have turned to the likes of Darcy Vescio, Sarah Hosking and Gabriella Pound to install some class and leadership into the line-up. Their AFLW experience is sure to be an asset for Carlton this weekend, however they are not the only ins this round with talented forward, Kim Cunico and two debutants also named. Former Richmond player, Georgia Fisher comes into the side while former Williamstown player, Jess Malouf will be going up against her old team.

For Williamstown, Jorja Rowe and Jenna Bruton both return from injury and Jacinta Reid has also been named in. Jasmine Garner will take to the sidelines this week with injury alongside Brodie Stevens who has also been named out. With few changes to the Seagulls’ round ten side, they will be trusting in previous performers to step up when they come up against Carlton’s strong list that boasts a host of AFLW players.

Carlton

B: 22. G. Fisher, 24. R. Hicks, 6. G. Pound
HB: 50. J. Borg, 5. D. Pedersen, 34. A. Chuot
C: 55. C.  Dalton, 66. O.  Vesely, 90. B.  Walker
HF: 40. K. Harvey, 36. C. Moody, 7. S. Last
F: 27. K. Cox, 3. D. Vescio, 41. K. Cunico
R: 42. C. Hardeman, 10. S. Hosking, 32. N. Plane
Int: 20. C. Bromage, 82. N. Burns, 17. J. Malouf, 37. B. Schultz
Emg: 30. A. Downie, 33. G. Green, 23. B. Kennedy, 38. L. McCarthy
23P: 13. M. Suzuki

In: S. Hosking, G. Fisher, B. Schultz, L. McCarthy, K. Cunico, G. Pound, B. Kennedy, D. Vescio, C. Bromage, J. Malouf
Out: I. Gietzmann,  C. Williams,  B. Moody,  K. Harrington,  R. King,  S. Li

Williamstown

B: 1. R. Dardengo, 10. B. Hateley, 30. A. Melnikas
HB: 19. E. Meade, 31. J. Cranny, 8. C. Portelli
C: 22. M.  Lowe, 36. M.  Williamson, 11. K.  Smith
HF: 44. I. Porter, 6. S. Cross, 28. J. Rowe
F: 35. J. Bruton, 4. E. Paterno, 17. S. Chapman
R: 9. R. Achampong, 2. J. Duffin, 16. A. Cameron
Int: 12. G. Harris, 7. K. Raymundo, 34. J. Reid, 20. S. Seabrook
Emg: 21. S. Dixon, 29. K. Koropeckyj, 3. S. Murphy-Burke, 13. N. Wallace
23P: 39. S. Whiting

In: J. Rowe, K. Koropeckyj, J. Bruton, N. Wallace, J. Reid, S. Dixon
Out: B. Stevens, J. Garner

 

WESTERN BULLDOGS v. ESSENDON

Round 10 – 15/07/2018
01:00PM
Henry Turner Memorial Reserve

The Western Bulldogs have named four changes to their round ten side. In their clash against Essendon, the Dogs will welcome back Natalie Gills, Rachael Gastin and Caterina O’Brien, as well as debutant Simone Ruedin. The Western Spurs junior will come in as the 23rd player. Looking for win number five on the trot, the Dogs will go into the match as favourites, however they will not be facing an easy fight when they take on the Bombers who secured their first victory last weekend and are sure to be hungry for more.

After their exciting win, Essendon will be backing their round nine list, with only one inclusion. AFLW defender, Tanya Hetherington has been named in and will start the game as part of the interchange.

Western Bulldogs

B: 9. T. Dinuccio, 42. N. Paul, 5. R. Martinuzzo
HB: 18. E. Birch, 14. E. Gamble, 19. T. Ernst
C: 15. R.  Ashley, 10. S.  Jolly, 45. J.  Davies
HF: 7. D. Berry , 44. M. Ward, 41. A. Scott
F: 2. E. Blackburn, 32. A. Mifsud, 25. R. Gastin
R: 47. N. McMahon, 16. N. Ferres, 20. A. Guest
Int: 40. N. Gills, 21. B. Hunt, 38. C. O’Brien, 30. A. Tessari
Emg: 50. L. Basto, 52. S. Walmsley, 37. B. Wunhym
23P: 35. S. Ruedin

In: S. Ruedin, R. Gastin, N. Gills, S. Walmsley, L. Basto, C. O’Brien
Out: E. Muller,  B. Lochland,  K. Rebuffo

Essendon

B: 15. L. Caruso, 7. K. Hicks, 45. E. Flack
HB: 27. A. Morcom, 29. C. Laan, 25. R. Neaves
C: 46. C.  Ugle, 22. N.  MacDonald, 9. L.  Williams
HF: 32. T. Mackrill, 16. L. Morecroft, 35. V. Moreau
F: 3. M. DeMatteo, 6. A. Quigley, 18. K. Heil
R: 30. S. Nalder, 8. H. Bullas, 44. M. Collier
Int: 20. J. Anwyl, 4. N. Hardy, 17. T. Hetherington, 1. J. Trend
Emg: 14. J. Barker, 26. A. Madden, 37. I. Malliaras, 47. A. Ward
23P: 19. B. Winbanks

In: T. Hetherington, J. Barker, A. Ward, A. Madden

 

RICHMOND  v. CASEY DEMONS

Round 10 – 15/07/2018
02:30PM
Queen Elizabeth Oval

Richmond has named four inclusions for its match-up against the Casey Demons this Sunday. Consistent defender, Jess Gardner has been welcomed back to the team, alongside AFLW Bulldogs player, Laura BaileyGabrielle Deller has also been named in. West Preston Lakeside junior, Natarsha Bamblett will come in as the 23rd player.

The Casey Demons have named three changes to their round nine team, in what is sure to be a close game between eighth and ninth on the ladder. AFLW player, Katherine Smith, as well as Shae Sloane and Casey Sherriff have all been named in while AFLW Academy member, Brooke Struylaart has been named out.

Richmond

B: 84. L. Bieniara, 63. J. Graham, 69. E. Burry
HB: 83. J. Gardner, 73. L. Davie, 77. J. Hocking
C: 60. K.  Dempsey, 89. G.  Deller, 75. B.  Lynch
HF: 80. J. Louttit, 79. L. Tesoriero, 55. C. Wakefield
F: 82. G. Bibby, 90. S. Damon, 87. G. Egan
R: 68. A. Edmonds, 59. A. Woodward, 52. J. Kennedy
Int: 54. L. Bailey, 53. K. Dixon, 64. E. Gunn, 76. E. Ross
Emg: 85. N. Clarke, 61. J. Colwell, 81. E. George, 78. V. Tonin
23P: 67. N. Bamblett

In: J. Gardner, L. Bailey, N. Bamblett, V. Tonin , N. Clarke, G. Deller
Out: T. Muller,  P. Monahan

Casey Demons

B: 37. L. Lowerson, 27. A. Harrison, 12. G. McLean
HB: 16. C. Sherriff, 41. T. Mesiti, 8. M. Tatham
C: 7. B.  Jakobsson, 10. K.  Hore, 9. A.  Johnson
HF: 34. D. Guttridge, 29. E. Zanker , 25. M. Shevlin
F: 22. K. Guttridge, 18. K. Bentvelzen , 15. S. Phillips
R: 14. T. Orgill, 13. K. Smith, 6. A. McDonough
Int: 31. H. Bailey, 48. S. Fyfield, 47. M. Hogg, 2. A. Newman
Emg: 3. R. Clayton, 30. A. Marshall, 5. S. Poke, 32. J. Turner
23P: 26. S. Sloane

In: K. Smith, A. Marshall, S. Sloane, C. Sherriff, R. Clayton
Out: A. O’Sullivan, B. Struylaart

 

MELBOURNE UNI  v. HAWTHORN

Round 10 – 15/07/2018
02:30PM
Melbourne University Main Oval

Melbourne Uni has made seven changes to its round ten side after a disappointing loss to the Dogs last weekend. Hopefully the return of Mugars captain, Ashleigh Riddell will bring the team the leadership they need this week. Riddell returns for round ten alongside AFLW player, Jasmine Grierson, Kira Price, Kathryn Klatt, Hannah Ibrahim, Marta Cantwell and Emma Humphries. North Melbourne AFLW recruit, Sophie Abbatangelo will miss this week’s clash as well Alexandra Saundry and Aisling Tupper.

Hawthorn has not made too many changes this week after an impressive win over Williamstown in round nine, now sitting second on the ladder. The Hawks have included Nicky Cormack, who has been named as part of the primary list for the first time after impressing at training. Experienced players, Lou Wotton and Kim Ebb have also been named in.

Melbourne Uni

B: 25. S. De Bortoli, 29. K. Klatt, 17. E. Hay
HB: 19. L. Ahrens, 31. D. Hardiman, 8. C. Fitzpatrick
C: 6. E.  Keaney, 13. R.  Green, 44. A.  Runnalls
HF: 10. K. Ashmore, 9. K. Price, 53. J. Grierson
F: 38. K. Angelis, 20. L. Belza, 47. E. Humphries
R: 41. K. Gillespie-Jones, 7. A. Riddell, 2. H. Ibrahim
Int: 12. M. Cantwell, 11. P. Cordes, 22. D. Edward, 24. S. Wilson
Emg: 33. C. Adams, 43. L. Munday, 34. A. Price, 35. M. Shone
23P: 26. C. Greiser

In: K. Price, K. Klatt, A. Riddell, H. Ibrahim, M. Cantwell, E. Humphries, J. Grierson
Out: S. Abbatangelo,  A. Saundry,  A. Tupper

Hawthorn

B: 5. C. Perera, 32. K. Ebb, 31. J. Sibley
HB: 11. D. Haines, 36. J. Van Dyk, 13. E. Nixon
C: 40. E.  Macdonald, 1. E.  Mackie, 12. T.  Nestor
HF: 17. S. David, 25. M. Hutchins, 9. M. Kuys
F: 8. R. Beeson, 33. E. Gilder, 34. A. Dowler
R: 19. L. Wotton, 14. O. Flanagan, 6. J. Crockett-Grills
Int: 22. T. Luke, 35. C. O’Donnell, 29. A. Tanner, 15. S. Yule
Emg: 4. S. Carroll, 3. E. Mcilvena , 39. S. McNamara, 16. C. Papadopoulos
23P: 52. N. Cormack

In: L. Wotton, S. McNamara, N. Cormack , E. Mcilvena , K. Ebb, C. Papadopoulos
Out: P. Randall, L. Kelly