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2020 AFL Women’s Round 2 preview: Expansion sides to face off as inaugural sides do battle under lights tonight

ROUND 2 of the AFL Women’s is sure to bring plenty of big clashes and ignite old rivalries with Collingwood and Carlton set to do battle on Sunday while Fremantle and West Coast will take place in their inaugural Western Derby.

Friday, February 14

Western Bulldogs v. Melbourne at Whitten Oval, 7:40pm, AEDT

Taylah Melki

With one win on the board each expect a high intensity battle from the opening bounce in search of each teams’ respective second win. The Demons announced themselves to the rest of the competition last round, downing premiership favourites North Melbourne by two points and will be riding a wave of confidence heading into their Round 2 match-up. Similarly, the Dogs inflicted their fair share of pain on newcomers St Kilda with an impressive 25-point win. The Bulldogs were slick from the beginning, exploiting their oppositions’ inexperience and making them pay while the Dees fought hard to just get over the line and set up the makings of what could be a strong season.

After waiting 693 days the return of Daisy Pearce was exactly what the doctor ordered for Melbourne and their fans. The talented midfielder-turned-defender was right back in the mix, throwing her weight around and winning plenty of the pill around the contest, something that was sorely missed last season. Karen Paxman is as experienced as they come, able to sense the moment and have an impact while the likes of Elise O’Dea and Lily Mithen could prove a handful for the Dogs who lost a couple of key players during the off-season. Forward, Tegan Cunningham will be looking to have a big game after failing to trouble the scorers last round, only registering a point. But if Cunningham and Kate Hore get going the two could pose a dominant force inside forward 50, plus throw in the likes of Eden Zanker and the Dees have a lot to work with.

With Katie Brennan and Monique Conti both departing the kennel, the likes of Ellie Blackburn and Kirsty Lamb have taken their game to another level and will be hoping to have the same dominant impact as last round. Blackburn is a class act, able to read the play, apply strong tackles and consistently get involved while Hannah Scott has upped the ante. Number one draft pick Gabby Newton did not look out of place in Round 1 with her contested ball work and cleanliness, but will be keen to prove it was not a one-off with a strong showing against Melbourne. Up forward, Bonnie Toogood will have to deliver for the Dogs if they are to apply scoreboard pressure and get over the line.

Tip: Melbourne by 15.

WESTERN BULLDOGS

B: A.Gogos 36 L.Spark 11
HB: K.Herron 31 E.Gamble 14 N.Ferres 16
C: B.Hunt 21 K.Lamb 27 G.Lagioia 12
HF: G.Newton 5 B.Toogood 8 K.McLeod 6
F: E.Georgostathis 17 D.Berry 7
Foll: K.Rennie 24 E.Blackburn – C 2 A.McCarthy 15
I/C: E.Brown 9 D.Marshall 26 N.Callinan 10 H.Scott 22 A.Van Oosterwijck 28
Emerg: N.Morris-Dalton 25 H.Munyard 20

In: E.Brown, A.Van Oosterwijck
Out: I.Huntington (concussion), C.Moody (ankle)

MELBOURNE

B: L.Birch 9 M.Downie 2
HB: S.Lampard 8 S.Goldrick 23 D.Pearce – C 6
C: S.Heath 30 T.Hanks 28 C.Emonson 11
HF: K.Hore 10 E.Zanker 29 S.Scott 12
F: T.Cunningham 1 A.Newman 16
Foll: H.Cordner 21 K.Paxman 4 M.Gay 3
I/C: G.Colvin 32 C.Sherriff 18 N.McEvoy 17 A.Kemp 36 E.O’Dea 5
Emerg: B.Tarrant 20 M.Guerin 22

In: N.McEvoy
Out: M.Guerin

Saturday, February 15 

North Melbourne v. GWS GIANTS at University of Tasmania Stadium, 3:10pm AEDT

Michael Alvaro

North Melbourne will be looking to make good on a shock Round 1 loss when it hosts the GWS GIANTS in Launceston. Premiership points may soon become a premium for Scott Gowans‘ side as it looks to top a tricky Conference A, and the pre-season premiership fancies will expect to pick up their first set in this clash. But the GIANTS are one of the few sides which can match the ‘Roos for experience throughout their squad, and already ground out a win against league newcomer, Gold Coast in an opening round thriller. While North’s home ground advantage paid dividends in its inaugural season, the GIANTS were already made to endure tough conditions last time out, which should put them in good stead to tackle the often-windy Launceston afternoons. Last year’s result – which swung convincingly to the way of the ‘Roos – will also be in the back of players’ minds, but North knows it cannot take anything for granted.

The debut of Lisa Steane looms as one of the stories of the weekend, with the 24-year-old teacher surprised mid-week with news of her inclusion while working. Steane’s replacement of Ellie Brush in the side is the only change for GWS, with its strong and experienced core remaining for what should be a tough test. The midfield combination of skipper Alicia Eva and young gun Alyce Parker will again look to lead from the engine room, and their work will be cut out for them given the depth and strength of North’s midfield. The Kangaroos have made two changes as Daria Bannister (collarbone) and Bethany Lynch come out of the side for Jas Grierson and local girl, Abbey Green, whose inclusion could free up Emma King to play a more permanent key forward role. It makes the North Melbourne forward line one to behold, with a couple of capable tall targets and the likes of Daisy Bateman and Katlyn Ashmore at their feet.

Given how deep the hosts’ talent runs through midfield and around the ground, they are rightly fancied to bounce back to more typical form. The ‘Roos should also take solace in the feats of reigning premier Adelaide, as the Crows overcame a surprise first round loss in 2019 to go undefeated throughout the rest of the season. While last week’s outcome should drive North Melbourne to better results, the pressure will be on given not many would expect GWS to trouble them a whole lot. Nonetheless, the Kangaroos should fare much better in this clash against a side which looks like battling for mid-conference status, so do not be surprised if a statement is made.

NORTH MELBOURNE

B: T.Randall 16 B.Gibson 18
HB: T.Nestor 24 D.Hardiman 31 A.Gilroy 8
C: J.Trend 21 E.Kearney – C 9 A.Riddell 7
HF: S.Abbatangelo 1 K.Gillespie-Jones 5 K.Ashmore 10
F: E.King 60 D.Bateman 11
Foll: V.Saad 39 J.Garner 25 J.Bruton 35
I/C: E.King 4 S.Wright 17 J.Grierson 19 E.Gavalas 22 A.Green 26
Emerg: M.King 23 B.Lynch 20

In: J.Grierson, A.Green
Out: D.Bannister (collarbone), B.Lynch

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY

B: P.Randall 21 T.Hetherington 9
HB: R.Beeson 6 L.Stephenson 12 A.Lister 14
C: E.Bennetts 22 A.Eva – C 2 N.Barr 8
HF: H.Zreika 24 C.Staunton 13 J.Hicks 5
F: R.Privitelli 19 I.Nielsen 25
Foll: E.McKinnon 23 J.Dal Pos 7 A.Parker 3
I/C: Y.Bonner 27 L.Steane 20 J.Allan 39 A.Schmidt 11 B.Tully 36
Emerg: T.Mackrill 32 S.Halvorsen 30

In: L.Steane
Out: E.Brush (unavailable)

Tip: North Melbourne by 20 points

Gold Coast v. Richmond at Metricon Stadium, 5:10pm AEDT

Taylah Melki

Two expansion teams are set to face off in an exciting clash at Metricon Stadium, the Suns’ first home game of the season. Both teams will be looking for their inaugural AFLW win, meaning there is plenty at stake for each side. The Suns were highly competitive over the weekend, narrowly edged out by the Giants by a mere one point while the Tigers simply had no answers for the rampaging Blues. Gold Coast went down in trying conditions with rain and wind impacting their ability to handle the ball cleanly and hit the scoreboard. On the other hand, Richmond were simply outclassed – unable to combat the torrential storm that was Carlton credit to their onslaught of pressure in the forward 50. But the girls in yellow and black know how to fight, not willing to be bullied across the field and will be hoping to assert themselves on a relatively young and inexperienced Gold Coast Suns outfit.

Richmond has a plethora of star power across the footy field, none bigger than captain Katie Brennan who has showcased her ability to turn a game on its head. Brennan will have to push up through the midfield, more to give players a chop out and provide added support despite her best work being done inside forward 50 with her leading patterns and strong hands. Full forward Sabrina Frederick could prove to be a handful for the Suns given her strength around the contest and ability to gobble up anything that comes her way while the nifty Monique Conti has shown she is all class with ball in hand, able to hit a target from a mile away. Phoebe Monahan was a ball magnet last round along with Christina Bernardi. The two will have to combine once again if they are to trouble the Suns.

Despite not being top-loaded in a-list class the Suns have a wealth of young up and coming stars that can do damage anywhere on the field. Youngsters in Serene Watson and Ellie Hampson offer plenty of excitement for the Suns’ line-up which could give them that upper hand thanks to their raw talent and unpredictability. Lauren Aherns led from the front last round, recording an equal team-high 15 touches running around ragged and burrowing in hard while Jamie Stanton was strong across the ground for the Suns. Captain Leah Kaslar will have her work cut out for her up against a strong Tigers side.

Tip: Richmond by 5.

GOLD COAST

B: J.Pregelj 42 J.Hickey 4
HB: S.Virgo 22 L.Ahrens 7 S.Watson 14
C: T.Ernst 19 J.Stanton 17 C.Hammond 29
HF: P.Parker 1 K.Surman 26 L.Kaslar – C 11
F: E.Hampson 21 B.Perry 16
Foll: L.Bella 2 J.Yorston 5 H.Dunn 24
I/C: J.Hewett 20 M.Ritson 12 S.Riley 8 D.Heslop 25 K.Howarth 23
Emerg: T.Thorn 15 T.Groves-Little 3

In: E.Hampson
Out: A.Hamilton

RICHMOND

B: R.Miller 15 G.Seymour 28
HB: S.Sansonetti 18 P.Monahan 2 A.Makur Chuot 34
C: K.Jacques 10 K.Brennan – C 3 H.Burchell 9
HF: S.Frederick 14 C.Wakefield 8 T.Stahl 24
F: L.McClelland 16 C.Bernardi 6
Foll: A.Edmonds 11 M.Conti 4 A.Woodward 13
I/C: L.Tesoriero 7 L.Bailey 12 S.Molan 1 M.Brancatisano 5 G.Campbell 43
Emerg: E.Wood 17 C.Fitzgerald 26

In: G.Campbell
Out: H.Whitford (injured)

West Coast Eagles v. Fremantle Dockers at Optus Stadium 7:10pm AEDT

Peter Williams

The Western Derby is the pride of Western Australia and for the first time ever at AFL Women’s level, the two sides can continue the tradition. West Coast and Fremantle go head-to-head in a Saturday night blockbuster with both teams coming off varying form. Last week, West Coast looked strong up against Collingwood at Victoria Park, booting the first goal and holding the Magpies scoreless in the opening term, before Collingwood took control and ran away comfortable victors in the end. Fremantle on the other hand did finish the job, knocking over fellow finalist Geelong in Western Australia in an effort that saw youngster, Sabreena Duffy win Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the week with four of her side’s six goals in the win. Both in Conference B – the more competitive conference – every win is absolutely crucial and neither side will want to relent against its biggest rival.

West Coast is the new kid on the block and they showed last week that they will be competitive, it will just be for how long. Dana Hooker plays her former side this week and it will unlikely faze the star who booted the club’s inaugural – and in the end, only – goal last week with a clever snap out of the pack. She was simply sensational across the four quarters, while Emma Swanson was also impressive with the pair leading from the front as vice-captain and captain respectively. Mikayla Bowen brought her tackling pressure from the Under 18s up to the elite level, while Imahra Cameron showed she has a nice set of wheels to burst away from stoppages and cause headaches for the opposition. Add in the smooth skills of McKenzie Dowrick coming off half-back and the reliability of Chantella Perera and Talia Radan on the last line and the Eagles are strong defensively. The Eagles have made just the one change for the this game, with the club’s social media coordinator Kate Orme making her debut for the injured Ashton Hill.

The expansion side will need to be strong defensively against a forward line that has plenty of excitement and X-factor, including Roxanne Roux, who showed exactly why she was the first West Australian taken last year with her high leaping and booming kick. She is a franchise player at centre half-forward, and with fellow teenage talent Mim Strom, the Dockers have a couple of gems they can build a side around through the ruck and key forward spots. Also up forward is Duffy who was simply sensational, and Ebony Antonio, who with partner and captain Kara and tackling machine Kiara Bowers rotating inside 50, there is no shortage of scoring options. The Dockers have made two changes for the team in Round 2 with Leah Mascall and debutant Bianca Webb coming in for Steph Cain – who unfortunately did her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) – and Mia-Rae Clifford. The question this season will be around the Dockers’ defence given the young rucks have already earned their stripes, but against an Eagles side still looking to gel, they should be able to contain their yellow and blue state-based rivals. In order to win they will want to shut down Hooker and restrict the flow forward while putting plenty of pressure on the opposition defence. Given many of the Eagles have come from the Dockers, the remaining Fremantle players would love nothing more than to get one-up on them early in the season and it will likely happen.

Tip: Fremantle by 35.

WEST COAST

B: C.Perera 27 T.Radan 26
HB: B.Smith 14 S.McDonald 35 M.Dowrick 5
C: M.Collier 8 I.Cameron 19 N.Kelly 12
HF: A.Atkins 9 K.Gibson 2 M.Bowen 1
F: G.Kelly 15 D.Pisconeri 11
Foll: P.Laurie 25 D.Hooker 17 E.Swanson – C 13
I/C: T.Tester 23 C.Guard 4 H.Bullas 24 B.Devlyn 7 K.Orme 32
Emerg: E.Bonser 6 C.Davidson 33

In: K.Orme
Out: A.Hill (knee)

FREMANTLE

B: J.Cuthbertson 29 L.Pugh 32
HB: A.Stannett 24 E.Gooch 8 L.Mascall 14
C: L.Rohde 11 H.Miller 19 J.Stewart 7
HF: E.Antonio 12 R.Roux 17 S.Duffy 6
F: G.O’Sullivan 22 G.Houghton 27
Foll: M.Strom 21 K.Bowers 2 K.Antonio – C 15
I/C: K.Flood 44 B.Webb 26 P.Seth 18 K.Grieve 13 A.Sharp 1
Emerg: E.O’Driscoll 3 M.Clifford 4

In: L.Mascall, B.Webb
Out: S.Cain (knee), M.Clifford

Sunday, February 16

Geelong Cats v. Brisbane Lions at GMHBA Stadium, 1:10pm AEDT

Peter Williams

This Conference A clash on Sunday looms as one of the more intriguing contests of the weekend. The teams head into the match with differing results from Round 1, as Brisbane toppled the Crows at home while the Cats fell to a Duffy-inspired Dockers outfit in the west. Heading into the clash, Geelong will start favourites against the current conference leaders, playing at home and with more experience in the line-up. For the Lions, they have youthful excitement about them and will worry a few teams. They will not win every game in the manner they did in Round 1, but you get the feeling they will push most teams and show that they are building something special for the future.

The Cats have not had to make any major changes to its line-up that fell to the Dockers last Sunday evening, bringing in Rene Caris and Maddy Boyd to their extended squad. Last week it was the developing midfield of Olivia Purcell and Rebecca Webster, teaming with fellow 19-year-olds, Sophie Van De Heuvel and Nina Morrison, while Julia Crockett-Grills found plenty of the ball as well. They are still missing All Australian defender, Meg McDonald from their back five, but the Cats have the reliable Mel Hickey and Maddy McMahon helping youngsters Millie Brown and Denby Taylor. Geelong is growing a great culture of youth all coming through together, and with Phoebe McWilliams and Richelle Cranston bringing experience to the forward half, there is a nice balance of talent that should get the job done in this match.

Brisbane does not necessarily have the names on paper that Geelong has, but some of the players will become household names sooner rather than later. Jess Wuetschner is a big loss for the Lions, having been rested after being struck by lightning on the eve of the season. While she got through the first game, the Lions have erred on the side of caution for a game-by-game basis. Coming into the side on an extended bench are Gabby Collingwood, Jordan Zanchetta and Jade Ellenger. Of the trio, Ellenger has played just the two games and is one of a number of teenagers who are in the Lions line-up alongside recent draftees, Lily Postlethwaite and Isabel Dawes, and second year players, Nat Grider and Jesse Tawhiao-Wardlaw. Sophie Conway made a successful return from a long term knee injury last round, and along with Ally Anderson and Emily Bates providing plenty of run and hardness through the midfield. Throw in the impenetrable Kate Lutkins at centre half-back and they have enough about them to worry the Cats.

Tip: Geelong by 15.

GEELONG

B: M.Brown 19 M.McMahon 24
HB: M.Keryk 45 M.Hickey – C 18 D.Taylor 28
C: S.Van De Heuvel 27 R.Cranston 30 N.Morrison 9
HF: J.Crockett-Grills 6 M.Maguire 7 R.Garing 12
F: P.McWilliams 23 J.Ivey 5
Foll: A.O’Connor 14 R.Webster 21 O.Purcell 16
I/C: A.McDonald 3 D.Higgins 2 G.Rankin 10 R.Goring 44 G.Clarke 17 R.Caris 1 M.Boyd 26

In: R.Caris, M.Boyd
Out: None

BRISBANE

B: N.Grider 10 S.Campbell 20
HB: R.Lugg 11 K.Lutkins 13 C.Svarc 25
C: E.Zielke – C 8 B.Koenen 3 S.Webb 4
HF: L.Arnell 16 J.Tawhiao-Wardlaw 30 S.Conway 12
F: D.Davidson 14 G.Bodey 15
Foll: J.Keeffe 27 A.Anderson 18 E.Bates 1
I/C: I.Dawes 17 M.Moloney 28 G.Collingwood 7 O.O’Dwyer 9 L.Postlethwaite 6 J.Zanchetta 2 J.Ellenger 5

In: G.Collingwood, J.Zanchetta, J.Ellenger
Out: J.Wuetschner (managed)

Carlton v. Collingwood at Ikon Park, 3:10pm AEDT

Michael Alvaro

Traditional rivals and Conference B hopefuls Carlton and Collingwood are set to do battle at Ikon Park for a four time in their histories, in what promises to be a test of either sides’ true credentials. Both teams come in having feasted on competition newcomers in their opening fixtures, both running out on home turf in comfortable starts to the season. Bizarrely, last week’s season opener was an away match for Carlton, but the Blues once again hold home status against the ‘Pies in this match-up. While the extended history between these two powerhouse clubs is storied, their AFLW meetings have been much more one-sided – with Carlton taking out all three fixtures but the Magpies getting closer to a win every year. The Blues also fared much better in season 2019, embarking on a grand final run while Collingwood floundered and took out the Conference B wooden spoon. But with marked improvement already shown, Collingwood has the elite talent to take it to the Blues.

Much of the off-season talk and narrative coming in to the match surrounded ex-Carlton skipper and new Magpie, Bri Davey. Unfortunately for both neutrals and ‘Pies fans, the 2017 All Australian is set to miss this game after picking up a lower leg injury in Round 1. Davey’s sole omission opens the door for one of Kristy Stratton, Eliza Hynes, or Ebony O’Dea to enter the winning lineup, which has struggled at times to fill out depth outside of its formidable spine. With Davey out, the emphasis down back will be firmly placed on the pairing of Stacey Livingstone and Ash Brazill, while Brittany Bonnici and skipper Stephanie Chiocci will have to dig in hard to combat a powerhouse Carlton midfield. The ruck battle between Sharni Layton and Carlton’s pairing of Breann Moody and Alison Downie will also be one to watch, with Layton’s ability to provide use to her midfielders potentially key to shutting down a usually dominant Carlton engine room.

Twins Sarah and Jess Hosking will take the field together for the first time this year in navy blue, as the latter slots in on the wing while Jess Edwards and Abbie McKay help make up an extended bench. The Carlton core of Madison Prespakis, co-captain Katie Loynes, Grace Egan, and Georgia Gee remains, while the forward targets of Tayla Harris, Darcy Vescio, and Nicola Stevens should also work to stretch the aerial capabilities of Collingwood’s back five. Round 1 Rising Star nominee Lucy McEvoy is also primed to back up an eye-catching debut performance as part of the midfield-forward rotation, only adding to the hardness of Carlton’s overall unit. The only potential concern for the Blues may come down back as Jayde Van Dyk exits the side through injury, but the half back line of Kerryn Harrington, Lauren Brazzale, and popular mature-age draftee Vaomua Laloifi has already proven solid and will have to be as much against the likes of Chloe Molloy and Sarah Dargan. While this fixture has been somewhat of a mismatch in previous years, the increasing number of intriguing match-ups on across the field suggests this one should be a corker, with the Pies looking to elevate their game against the better-established Blues.

CARLTON

B: G.Pound 6 C.Wilson 20
HB: K.Harrington – C 9 V.Laloifi 8 L.Brazzale 12
C: C.Dalton 15 G.Gee 19 J.Hosking 11
HF: N.Stevens 21 T.Harris 7 L.McEvoy 13
F: A.Downie 30 J.Doonan 26
Foll: B.Moody 16 G.Egan 1 M.Prespakis 4
I/C: S.Hosking 10 N.Plane 32 B.Walker 14 K.Loynes 2 D.Vescio 3 J.Edwards 25 A.McKay 5

In: J.Hosking, J.Edwards, A.McKay
Out: J.Van Dyk (injured)

COLLINGWOOD

B: A.Porter 9 S.Livingstone 12
HB: L.Butler 23 A.Brazill 10 E.Fowler 15
C: S.Rowe 7 B.Bonnici 8 S.Chiocci – C 17
HF: C.Molloy 2 S.D’Arcy 4 S.Dargan 46
F: M.Cann 25 J.Allen 6
Foll: S.Layton 1 A.Sheridan 14 J.Lambert 13
I/C: S.Casey 22 K.Stratton 41 S.Alexander 24 J.Membrey 21 M.Shevlin 35 E.Hynes 11 E.O’Dea 50

In: K.Stratton, E.Hynes, E.O’Dea
Out: B.Davey (shin)

Adelaide Crows v. St Kilda at Hisense Stadium, 5:10pm AEDT

Peter Williams

This is expected to be an exciting show of talent for the future, with one side having been there and done it all – twice – while the other is still looking to find its feet in the new league as part of the expansion. A wounded Adelaide Crows side welcomes back some troops for the Round 2 clash against St Kilda with this match considered a must-win contest for the reigning premiers. The Crows were well beaten by a hungry Brisbane Lions side in Queensland, showing how tight the competition has become. Not even a record-breaking disposal count from Anne Hatchard (35) was enough to help the Crows get up in Round 1, and they will want to get a win on the board before the top sides in their conference get too far away. The benefit for the Crows was that fellow premiership contender, North Melbourne also lost, while last year’s finalist Geelong went down too. For the Saints, there are no expectations on their season with such a young list, but being competitive is the bare minimum expected, and after a nervous first quarter last week, the Saints settled and seemed to match it with the Western Bulldogs for large parts of the second half.

The Crows are still missing a host of names heading into this game led by Erin Phillips and Chelsea Randall – the latter of whom will play no further part in the season – but have brought in a couple of debutants in Caitlin Gould and Montana McKinnon. Gould hails from Glenelg and provides a tall presence up either end, while McKinnon is a dual All-Australian at Under 18s level, and could genuinely start ruck if they required her to. Expect her to spend time as a forward however, a role she played in South Adelaide’s premiership side, while rotating through the ruck and providing some strong contested marking ability around the ground. Ebony Marinoff, Hatchard and SANFL Women’s best and fairest winner Najwa Allen form a strong onball brigade and with former MVP, Courtney Gum in the team up forward alongside Danielle Ponter and Stevie-Lee Thompson, they still have the firepower to get the job done. Sophie Li has also come into the side for the Crows, as the only omission was Rachelle Martin – a top-up player who was brought on due to Adelaide’s expansive injury list.

The Saints have made three confirmed changes, with South Australian Nadia Von Bertouch – missing a return to the state where she captained North Adelaide last season – while Kelly O’Neill and Emma Mackie have been omitted. Coming into the side is a mix of youth and experience with former Collingwood talent, Darcy Guttridge and ex-North Melbourne players Alison Drennan and Courteney Munn named in the extended side. Also in to potentially make their debuts are ruck, Poppy Kelly and tall utility, Isabella Shannon who continue the trend of youth at the club. Georgia Patrikios starred in Round 1 with a Rising Star nomination, and expect her to show just as much excitement out on Hisense Stadium. Teaming up with the likes of Molly McDonald, Nicola Xenos and Tarni White, the youth of the Saints will come good in time. They still have experience on the list, with former Crow Jess Sedunary set to make her return to the AFL Women’s having kicked one of the Saints’ two goals last week. While the Saints have plenty to like, expect the Crows to do enough to win in a tight one, even with a few still out. They are desperate, hungry and at home, so a win is non-negotiable when it comes to their premiership aspirations.

ADELAIDE

B: D.Cox 31 C.Biddell 12
HB: A.Foley 3 S.Allan 39 M.Rajcic 32
C: S.Li 19 E.Marinoff 10 J.Mules 23
HF: E.Jones 2 C.Gum 5 R.Forth 27
F: D.Ponter 15 S.Thompson 14
Foll: J.Foley – C 24 A.Hatchard 33 N.Allen 8
I/C: C.Gould 1 A.Considine 16 M.Newman 17 N.Campbell 20 N.Gore 7 M.McKinnon 21 J.Tabb 28

In: S.Li, C.Gould, M.McKinnon
Out: R.Martin (ineligible)

ST KILDA

B: T.White 29 C.Fitzpatrick 24
HB: H.Priest 14 C.Phillips 35 T.Lucas-Rodd 18
C: D.Guttridge 5 J.Sedunary 10 M.McDonald 1
HF: N.Exon 15 K.McCarthy 9 C.Greiser 17
F: K.Shierlaw 12 G.Patrikios 21
Foll: R.Watt – C 7 O.Vesely 23 R.Dillon 25
I/C: I.Shannon 11 A.Brown 2 C.Munn 13 N.Xenos 27 C.Whitfort 4 A.Drennan 8 P.Kelly 16

In: D.Guttridge, I.Shannon, C.Munn, A.Drennan, P.Kelly
Out: K.O’Neill, N.Von Bertouch (knee), E.Mackie

ROUND 2 TIPS: [Total tips in brackets]

Michael Alvaro [5]: Melbourne / North Melbourne / Richmond / Fremantle / Geelong / Carlton / Adelaide
Taylah Melki [5]: Melbourne / North Melbourne / Richmond / Fremantle / Brisbane / Collingwood / Adelaide
Sophie Taylor [4]: Melbourne / North Melbourne / Richmond / Fremantle / Brisbane / Carlton / Adelaide
Peter Williams [4]: Melbourne / North Melbourne / Richmond / Fremantle / Geelong / Carlton / Adelaide

2019/20 AFLW off-season review: Carlton

CARLTON might have had the most talked about departure of the off-season, but as a whole, the Blues retained the majority of their list, whilst heading to the AFL Women’s Draft in a really strong position to pick up a heap of youth prospects for the future. The Blues lost captain Brianna Davey to Collingwood, but in doing so received a bounty full of picks to position themselves in a great spot to pick up natural-born leader Lucy McEvoy from the Geelong Falcons with their first selection at Pick 2.

They also picked up fellow NAB League Girls’ players Brooke Vernon and Serena Gibbs, while selecting a trio of players just a year out of the Under 18s pathway following strong seasons at VFL Women’s level. Grace Egan, Sharnie Whiting and Courtney Jones all earned places on the Blues’ list, with Vaomua Laloifi the exception as the once listed Collingwood defender gained a second chance at the elite level following an impressive year for a Western Bulldogs VFLW side that reached the grand final. Aside from six delistings, Amelia Mullane retired, proving even further the Blues’ need for an inside midfield replacement – and Rhiannon Watt headed back to her roots at St Kilda. Carlton was savvy enough to pick up players with a hard edge and uncompromising ability to win the football, while Gibbs will be that ruck depth replacement who can also play forward.

OFF-SEASON CHANGES:

IN: Joanne Doonan (Gaelic football), Katie Harrison (Rugby sevens), Lucy McEvoy (Geelong Falcons), Grace Egan (Richmond VFLW), Brooke Vernon (Dandenong Stingrays), Sharnie Whiting (Williamstown VFLW), Serena Gibbs (Eastern Ranges), Vaomua Laloifi (Western Bulldogs VFLW), Courtney Jones (Southern Saints VFLW)
OUT: Rhiannon Watt (St Kilda), Brianna Davey (Collingwood), Shae Audley, Kirby Bentley, Reni Hicks, Bridie Kennedy, Tilly Lucas-Rodd, Courtney Webb (delisted), Amelia Mullane (retired)

2020 TEAM LIST:

Lauren Brazzale
Chloe Dalton
Alison Downie
Jess Edwards
Grace Egan
Georgia Gee
Serena Gibbs
Kerryn Harrington
Tayla Harris
Jess Hosking
Sarah Hosking
Courtney Jones
Vaomua Laloifi
Katie Loynes
Lucy McEvoy
Abbie McKay
Breann Moody
Natalie Plane
Gabriella Pound
Madison Prespakis
Nicola Stevens
Jayde Van Dyk
Brooke Vernon
Darcy Vescio
Brooke Walker
Sharnie Whiting
Charlotte Wilson
Emerson Woods

Rookies: Joanne Doonan, Katie Harrison

POTENTIAL 2020 SIDE:

B: Jayde Van Dyk – Kerryn Harrington – Nicola Stevens
HB: Chloe Dalton – Charlotte Wilson – Gabriella Pound
C: Lucy McEvoy
HF: Lauren Brazzale – Breann Moody – Georgia Gee
F: Darcy Vescio – Tayla Harris – Brooke Walker
R: Alison Downie – Madison Prespakis – Sarah Hosking
INT: Jess Edwards – Jess Hosking – Katie Loynes – Grace Egan – Abbie McKay
EMG: Vaomua Laloifi – Natalie Plane – Emerson Woods

DEPTH: Serena Gibbs, Courtney Jones, Brooke Vernon, Sharnie Whiting, Joanne Doonan*, Katie Harrison*

After making a grand final last season, Carlton do not need to adjust too much to the side for it to be potent again in 2020. They have lost Davey and Mullane from the best 22, with McEvoy and Egan slotting into those roles with a shuffling of magnets around the board. Tilly Lucas-Rodd is the third player to be gone from the side that ran out in last year’s grand final, and expect the likes of Abbie McKay to step up and get more games in season 2020, as will Emerson Woods in that half-forward role which could free up Georgia Gee for her run and carry further up the ground.

Laloifi is a readymade option to add to the defensive half, but can play forward as well, while Natalie Plane showed she can come in and complete a role if required. The depth is filled with young talent in four of this year’s draftees, as Gibbs, Jones, Vernon and Whiting could add something across the ground if injury strikes. Overall, the Blues surprised many with their ability to step up despite being a relatively young side, and with Daniel Harford at the helm, anything is possible next year.

AFLW season previews: Carlton

THE Blues did not see much success last season, finishing on the bottom of the ladder for the first time in their AFLW history. However, this result gave them some high-end picks in the draft, and they recruited quite well to fix the gaps of players lost. With new coach, Daniel Harford at the helm, Carlton is set for a big year, testing out its new-look line-up and coaching panel.

Last season: 8th – two wins, five losses.

Changes:

In: Amelia Mullane (nee Barden), Madison Prespakis, Abbie McKay, Jayde Van Dyk, Charlotte Wilson, Emerson Woods, Rhiannon Watt, Jess Edwards, Kirby Bentley, Brooke Walker, Chloe Dalton

Out: Maddison Gay, Lauren Arnell, Danielle Hardiman, Kate Gillespie-Jones, Maddy Keryk, Sarah Last, Laura Attard, Kate Shierlaw, Tiahna Cochrane, Katie Jayne-Grieve

Carlton’s defence was dealt a big blow with experienced trio, Lauren Arnell, Danielle Hardiman and Kate Gillespie-Jones all departing the Blues. They also made the interesting decision to let go of talented midfielder, Madeline Keryk, which could come back to bite them. Inaugural Best First Year player, Maddison Gay has also left a hole in the midfield with her departure to Melbourne. But Carlton has seemed to sew up those gaps in its midfield, picking up Vic Metro gun duo, Madison Prespakis and Abbie McKay. Prespakis was the equal winner of the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships Most Valuable Player (MVP) and TAC Cup Girls’ Best and Fairest, while McKay was pre-selected by the Blues due to a interest from other clubs. In defence, Charlotte Wilson and Jayde Van Dyk help fill the void of Gillespie-Jones, Hardiman and Arnell. Wilson was the co-captain of the Eastern Ranges in the TAC Cup Girls competition while Van Dyk won the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s Rising Star award and Hawthorn’s Best and Fairest after a stellar 2018 campaign.

Area of strength: Midfield

Carlton’s midfield depth is quite threatening, as at any given time, it could contain the likes of Prespakis, McKay, Amelia Mullane, Sarah Hosking, Jess Hosking, Katie Loynes, Tilly Lucas-Rodd, Georgia Gee, Shae Audley and Natalie Plane. Not only does it contain plenty of talent, but the Blues have also managed to combine its experience and youth quite well. Coming across from Collingwood, Mullane should be a great addition as she has already worked under Daniel Harford, and adds valuable experience. Loynes will be raring to go after her Best and Fairest year last year, while Jess Hosking and Lucas-Rodd both enjoyed some key minutes in the Blues’ VFLW midfield.

Area of weakness: Forward line

It is hard to imagine that a forward line containing Darcy Vescio and Tayla Harris could be an area of weakness for the Blues, but it certainly was last season. Carlton finished miles below any other team in percentage, racking up just 54.1 per cent, with the next worst being Fremantle with 89.8. While Vescio and Harris are dangerous, they will require more support in the 2019 season if Carlton is to surge up the ladder. Emerson Woods is one player who could provide assistance, as she floated up forward and through the midfield for both the Eastern Ranges and the Hawks in the VFLW season. Being a member of the AFLW Academy, Woods has had plenty of experience at a high level, and is also an athletic machine. Carlton may also utilise Alison Downie up forward, as she can take a big mark and is an accurate kick. Thanks to the ruck support of Breann Moody and Rhiannon Watt, she may not be required in the middle as much, and can make herself a target inside 50.

Players to watch:

Madison Prespakis

If players were not able to select which region they wanted to go to, Prespakis would have seriously contended Nina Morrison for the number one pick. Prespakis led the Calder Cannons this year and also had a stint captaining Vic Metro in its rotating captaincy during the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships. She is a fantastic on-field leader, as she demonstrates ferocity and a desire to win the ball. Prespakis has one of the most damaging kicks from the Under-18 draftees and is a genuine ball magnet. Carlton supporters should be excited to see her in the navy blue.

Jayde Van Dyk

Van Dyk had an outstanding year for Hawthorn in 2018. Not only did she take out Hawthorn’s Best and Fairest and the VFLW Rising Star award, she was also named in the VFLW Team of the Year and played in the Hawks’ historic premiership. She was a mainstay in the Hawks’ backline, often taking the most dangerous opposition forward. Her run and carry is something to be excited by and her football smarts are second to none. Strong in the air and on foot, Van Dyk should provide some serious presence in the Blues’ defensive 50.

Natalie Plane

A player who has gone under the radar in the last two seasons, Plane is a pretty consistent player and can play a team role when required. She had a solid year for Carlton in the 2018 VFLW season, coming fourth in Carlton’s Best and Fairest. Plane achieved this feat on the back of just eight games out of a possible 14. She averaged 13.4 disposals and six tackles from those games, demonstrating her ability to make an impact in the middle of the ground.

2019 prediction: 4th in Conference B

Improving from last to a finals berth in a year is a hard feat for any team, and it is hard to see Carlton storm into the finals in its conference, considering only the top two teams go through. The Blues will certainly improve with a potent midfield and defence, but their forward line will continue to come into question if Vescio and Harris are left to do all the work inside 50. It will be interesting to see the Blues in Round 1, as they face the Kangaroos, who seem to have one of the most dangerous line-ups in the competition. If they can get the win over in Hobart, they could be set for a big turnaround from 2018. But if they don’t get the win that game, they could be in for a losing streak to start their season, with their next three games coming against Adelaide, Greater Western Sydney (GWS) and Geelong. A good start will be crucial if Carlton is any chance to surge up the ladder in 2019.

2019 AFLW Carlton Fixture

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North Hobart OvalRound 1
Ikon ParkRound 2
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Blacktown International SportsparkRound 3
GMHBA StadiumRound 4
Ikon ParkRound 5
Ikon ParkRound 6
Whitten OvalRound 7
Ikon ParkPreliminary Finals
Adelaide OvalGrand Final

 

Future is bright for women’s football

IF anyone ever had any doubts about the future of AFL Women’s, then they need look no further than this week’s V/Line Cup. The best 14-16 year-olds from across regional and rural Victoria tackled each other in Gippsland in the annual tournament held at Moe, Morwell and Traralgon. Walking away from the event, I was blown away by the quality of the competitors, not just in terms of skill development, but in terms of game smarts and decision making.

Put it down to coaching, natural development or other factors, the women’s game is growing, fast. Having watched the inaugural TAC Cup Girls competition in 2017, you had your absolute standouts like Chloe Molloy and Monique Conti tearing it up for Calder Cannons, and everyone had been talking about Isabel Huntington for years. Then there were the next group of talented players that made their way onto AFL Women’s lists such as Maddy Guerin, Sarah Dargan, Iilish Ross, Bridie Kennedy and Georgia Gee, plus others.

Fast forward 12 months, and attending the TAC Cup Girls competition in 2018, I attended 26 matches in the nine round season, and instead of having two or three unbelievable players, that had grown into double figures – that is, of players who could seriously impact at senior level almost immediately. Geelong Falcons duo Nina Morrison and Olivia Purcell were outstanding against their peers, and had no troubles finding the ball at higher levels. Mikala Cann is a perfect example of how players from other sports can adapt in such a short amount of time, while Emerson Woods joined Cann as a premiership player at senior level.

Even at the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, having witnessed all the games on the Gold Coast, you saw those players who had starred at TAC Cup Girls level, go up to face the best players from across the country. Talents like Alyce Parker, McKenzie Dowrick, Nikki Gore, Nat Grider, and Chloe and Libby Haines showed why they had been held in such high regard in their respective states. All of the above earned invites to the National Draft Combine.

But what was just as pleasing at those championships, was the development of the bottom-age players who shone through. It is hard to believe the likes of Georgia Patrikios, Gabby Newton, Lucy McEvoy, Lily Postlethwaite, Montana McKinnon, Mia King and Mikayla Bowen should all be running around on the Gold Coast for their respective states again next year. Remarkably, the 2020 draft crop already has names that are worthy of representing their state, as Abbey Dowrick, Abbie Ballard, Netty Garlo and Zimmorlei Farquharson were among those double bottom-agers who still matched it with more experienced players. Add in the likes of Ellie McKenzie, Isabelle Pritchard, Renee Saulitis and Tyanna Smith who were all impressive for the Victorian Under 16s outfits, and the foundations for the future are certainly there. An extra element will be the possible father-daughter selections, with Abbie McKay (Carlton) being the first possible case study this year, while Tarni Brown (Collingwood) and Alice Burke (St Kilda) loom as two more.

While we will go into more detail about the V/Line Cup recap next week, the overall standard of the competition was arguably equal to or even better than the 2017 TAC Cup competition. Or in other words, the players are two to three years more advanced than their predecessors. In the Geelong Falcons game against Bendigo Pioneers, there were two players that were worth highlighting even early on in the game. In one instance, a player was against two opponents just inside 50 and the easiest option would have been to bring the ball out and cause a forward stoppage. Instead, she tapped the ball in front of her, not taking possession, but maintaining speed, and kept dribbling it ahead of her pursuing opponents, then without even taking possession, managed to kick it off the ground into the goal square, where a teammate soccered it through.

The second example was even better, and exemplified the game sense that players have developed over time. A player had the ball tight against the boundary line under pressure not far from the behind post. In year’s gone by, regardless of competition, most young players, especially at the age where goals are usually the only statistical measure you can brag about to your mates on the league website, would blaze away and go for the miracle snap. With so many opposition players inside 50, it would have been the easy option, and no-one would have blamed her for doing so. Instead, she calmly assessed her options and spotted a teammate amongst the chaos about 25m out, sending a nice kick to her advantage, setting up an easy shot on goal. Without being their live, you do not see these things, but it is little moments like that, which make all the difference.

Another example, just to show it was not just one game, was on the second day when a Western Bulldogs Next Generation Academy (GWV Rebels region) player won the ball at half-back. She won the ball in defence, had an opponent chasing her from a 45-degree angle to close her down, and backed her speed to take her on and get around her. She did just that, but looking ahead, the opposition had blocked up the easiest option along the wing. She would have to kick long to a contest, probably outnumbered. Instead she briefly glanced inside and in one of the toughest kicks to do, managed to hit that kick around her body to the defensive 50 where a teammate marked, and not only was it an effective kick, but it opened up the corridor, and the game, with the opponents already set in running towards the wing.

Aside from the few examples, there was more contested marking, more protecting of ball drops and ground balls, more fend-offs, more deft taps to teammates. Areas in which players generally do not always think of as first options. But the past week, it was happening more and more. There is no doubt there has been some serious critics of women’s football, and no doubt that will continue, but if you can stop and look hard enough, you do not have to look too far to see the game is blossoming, and I for one, am excited for what 2019 and beyond holds.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 15

HAWTHORN has spoiled the party for the Northern Territory (NT) Thunder in Round 15 of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s, knocking them back to second on the ladder after a 25-point win at TIO Stadium. Collingwood regained top spot on the ladder with a big win over the Southern Saints, while the other top-four side, Geelong secured a big win over the Casey Demons.

 

Western Bulldogs 2.2 (14) defeated by Melbourne Uni 7.5 (47)

Melbourne Uni is ending its season on an emphatic high, winning its last two games. In the process, the Mugars defeated the once top-four favourites, the Western Bulldogs. The Bulldogs were held scoreless for the first half of this game, with Melbourne University piling on 5.1 to take a handy 31-point halftime lead. The home side finally got that coveted goal in the third quarter but it wasn’t enough, as Melbourne University’s early lead proved to be too big to overcome.

Kaitlyn Ashmore led the way for the Mugars inside 50, kicking two goals from her nine disposals. The North Melbourne recruit also laid six tackles, and was complemented in that department by Maddison Smith, who laid seven. Captain, Ashleigh Riddell also laid six tackles for the day and led the way with a game-high 26 disposals and three marks. Vic Metro midfielder, Madison Prespakis wasn’t far behind with one goal, 25 disposals and two tackles.

For the Bulldogs, Sarah Jolly led the way in disposals with 19 for the day. Ashleigh Guest also contributed well in that department, with 18 disposals as well as four marks and eight tackles. Tayla Dinuccio went one better, laying nine tackles for the day and making an impact, despite recording only three disposals. Premiership players, Kirsten McLeod (one goal, 13 disposals, five tackles) and Hannah Scott (one goal, 17 disposals, five tackles) were the goal kickers for the Dogs.

 

Collingwood 6.6 (42) defeated Southern Saints 0.4 (4)

Collingwood has returned to form very quickly this week, bouncing back from last week’s loss with a 38-point win over the Southern Saints. The Pies got out of the blocks quickly, kicking the first three goals of the match to go on and kick six unanswered majors. After no goals were kicked in the second quarter, Collingwood fought back with two majors in the third, extending its margin to 36 points at the last break. Unfortunately, inaccuracy hurt the Saints, kicking just four behinds for the match.

Vic Metro forward, Daisy Bateman led the way inside 50, kicking three of her team’s six goals as well as gathering nine disposals and laying six tackles. Her Vic Metro and Oakleigh Chargers teammate, Katie Lynch was also a pivotal player with 24 disposals, two marks and three tackles. Sophie Alexander was able to back up her solid game last week with a game-high 27 disposals. Erica Fowler led the way in tackles with a whopping 13 to go with her six disposals. AFLW ruck, Eliza Hynes led the way in marks for the Pies, taking four grabs to go with her one goal and 13 disposals.

Alison Brown was dominant for the Saints, gathering 24 disposals and laying five tackles in another good midfield performance from her. She was complemented by good delivery from ruck, Rhiannon Watt, who racked up 21 disposals, three marks and five tackles. Jas Rolland took four marks for the day and also laid four tackles to go with her six disposals. TAC Cup Girls players, Shelley Heath (12 disposals, two tackles), Gabriella De Angelis (10 disposals, three tackles), Ashleigh Allsopp (eight disposals, five tackles), Jemma Owen (eight disposals, four tackles) and Courtney Jones (seven disposals, two tackles) all contributed well on the day.

 

Essendon 1.3 (9) defeated by Williamstown 5.7 (37)

By: James Halley

Williamstown was able to outlast Essendon in terrible winter conditions, kicking away in the last term to win by 28 points. For the second time this year, the two sides have played in terrible conditions, yet last time was worse as play had to be halted for five minutes due to hail.

Jasmine Garner was huge for Williamstown up forward, kicking two fourth-quarter goals. She was a threat up forward all day but in the second term was when she managed to convert. Williamstown’s engine room was once again outstanding with Jess Duffin and Jenna Bruton leading the way. Duffin ended up being an obstacle in the air for Essendon, taking numerous intercept marks. A highlight for the game was Emily Paterno’s impossible goal on the boundary in the last quarter, which was a kick of high difficulty and capped of a great day for Williamstown. 

Simone Nalder can hold her head up high, as she won the ruck for the Bombers. Due to the conditions, they were not able to capitalise on her dominance. Valerie Moreau was also a shinning light for Essendon on a dark day, kicking the side’s only goal and being lively all day. In Round 16, the Seagulls face Melbourne University while Essendon will take on Carlton at home to finish the home and away season.

 

NT Thunder 4.4 (28) defeated by Hawthorn 8.5 (53)

In the second game of the year at Alice Springs, Hawthorn secured a big win over flag favourites, NT Thunder. The Hawks got out of the blocks early, kicking the first goal of the game and piling on another three in the second quarter to take a comfortable lead into half time. The trend continued in the third quarter when the away side kicked another three goals, making it very difficult for the Thunder to make a comeback.

Greater Western Sydney (GWS) forward, Phoebe McWilliams returned to form with three majors for the day, taking her season tally to five goals from five games. McWilliams’ GWS teammate, Rebecca Beeson continued her good form with a best-on-ground performance at TIO Traeger Stadium. She was complemented by a player who has been in consistent form in Sarah Perkins, who kicked two goals to take her tally to 12 goals from 10 games. Skipper, Emma Mackie also got on the board with two majors and has been solid ever since returning from injury.

It was all single goal kickers for the Thunder with Jordann Hickey, Sue Nalder, Jasmyn Hewett and Angela Foley all kicking one major each. Hickey is closing in on her teammate, Jess Sedunary on the goal kicking tally, as she has kicked 14 goals from 13 games while Sedunary has kicked 15 goals from 10 games. Foley was also named best-on-ground for the Thunder in another blistering performance from her. She was complemented by AFLW contingent, Ebony Marinoff and Emma Swanson, as well as Katie Streader, Kristy Irvine and Tayla Thorn.

 

Darebin 1.3 (9) defeated by Carlton 4.10 (34)

Carlton nearly lost this game with its inaccuracy, kicking five behinds to start the first quarter. Darebin then kicked its first and only goal in the second quarter while the Blues kicked three more behinds to take their score to 0.8.8 at half time. They then kicked into gear in the third quarter, kicking two goals to none and wrestling back the lead. The Blues did the same in the fourth quarter, ultimately earning them a surprise 24-point win against one of the better sides in the competition.

Northern Knights captain, Madeline Brancatisano was named best afield for the Blues in a breakout game for her at Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s level. She was aided by good performances from AFLW players, Alison Downie, Tilly Lucas-Rodd and former Dandenong Stingrays winger, Georgia Gee. Nicola Burns and Celine Moody were also solid contributors in the win, with Moody kicking one of the Blues’ four goals. Gee was one of the other goal kickers and was joined by Bailey Schultz and Darcy Vescio on the scoreboard. Vescio now sits one major behind VFLW leading goal kicker, Hannah Mouncey. Mouncey has kicked 18 goals from 11 games while Vescio has kicked 17 goals from eight games, with an average of 2.12 goals per game.

There was not much happening on the goal kicking side of things for the Falcons, with Stephanie Simpson the only one getting on the board. That goal took her tally to 11 goals from 10 games in what has been a good season inside 50 for her. Simpson also earned a spot among the best players for Darebin on the day. Melbourne AFLW ruck, Lauren Pearce played another blinder of a game, being named best-on-ground for her side. Melbourne teammate, Lily Mithen also continued her solid season by being named among the best as well. Gabrielle Colvin, Meghan McDonald and Kathleen Roe also contributed well at Bill Lawry Oval.

 

Casey Demons 2.4 (16) defeated by Geelong Cats 8.5 (53)

The Casey Demons jumped the Cats early, kicking the first two goals of the game to take an eight-point lead into quarter time. Geelong responded immediately though, kicking the next two goals in the second quarter to wrestle back the lead at the main break. The goal kicking continued in the third quarter, as the Cats outscored the Demons three goals to none. After the first quarter, Casey could not register a major, giving the Cats licence to secure a big win as they approach the finals.

Two of Geelong’s eight goals came from Mia-Rae Clifford, who has had a solid season for the Cats. Clifford has kicked 13 goals from 13 games and continues to be a vital player for her side. She shares the same goal kicking tally as Danielle Orr, who was also able to get on the board with a major, and equal her goal kicking tally with Clifford’s. Millie Klingbeil, Courtney Stevens, Kate Darby, Jordan Ivey and Geelong Falcons midfielder, Nina Morrison were the other goal kickers on the day. Ivey was also named best-on-ground for the Cats, while Morrison and Darby also featured in the best. Morrison was complemented by Vic Country duo, Olivia Purcell and Georgia Clarke, who played great games for the Cats. Richelle Cranston also continued her marvellous season with another appearance in Geelong’s best players.

Another player who has had a marvellous season is Maddie Shevlin, who kicked one of Casey’s two goals on Sunday. New Melbourne AFLW recruit, Maddison Gay was the other goal kicker for the Demons, booting a major late in the first quarter. Kaila Bentvelzen was named as the Demons’ best, continuing a solid season in the red and blue. Former Gippsland defender, Darcy Guttridge and former Bendigo forward, Eden Zanker also stood out for Casey. Georgia McLean and Melbourne AFLW recruit, Shae Sloane were the other players named in Casey’s best, contributing well in the loss.

Team of the Week: VFLW – Round 13

THIS round’s Team of the Week is evenly spread out, with no team having more than two representatives in the best 22. After their disappointing losses on the weekend, Williamstown and the Western Bulldogs are the only two teams to only have one player represented. Every other team has two players who made the cut in a week with many solid performances.

Eden Zanker had a breakout game for Casey up forward in its win against Carlton. She kicked three goals and had a real presence up forward all game. Anne Hatchard was also superb up forward for the Northern Territory, kicking four goals from 15 disposals in its big win over Williamstown. These two were locks in the Team of the Week after their stellar performances.

In the midfield, Alison Brown dominated for the Saints with 28 disposals. As well as Brown, the Thunder’s Emma Swanson was also a lock in this week’s midfield as she kicked one goal from 27 disposals. In the back line, Hawthorn’s Jayde Van Dyk and Richmond’s Jacqueline Graham once again held their spots after 18 and 20 disposals each, respectively. Tanya Hetherington from Essendon and Iilish Ross from Collingwood both managed to get forward and kick goals from the back line as well as racking up a number of disposals each. The back line was easy picking this week with performances like these.

Jess Sedunary can count herself as unlucky not to be in the best 22 this week after a really good game for NT on the weekend. She kicked 21 disposals from the half forward flank and also managed to kick a goal in a really positive performance. Jenna Bruton is also in the same position, as Bruton and Jess Duffin were fighting for the same spot and Bruton unluckily missed out. She lit up the midfield for the Seagulls with 22 disposals in a losing effort to the Thunder.

Scouting notes: VFLW – Round 13

TWO of the closest games this week occured in the Casey v Carlton and Darebin v Hawthorn clashes. Casey got the job done over the Blues by 10 points while the Falcons caused an upset, defeating the finals-bound Hawks by four points. We watched both games in the round and noted down which players made an impact during their respective matches.  

 

Casey Demons vs. Carlton 

By: James Halley

#13 Katherine Smith

The in and under specialist kicked a late goal in the third term with a quick kick out of a pack. She was her usual best in the midfield for Casey.

#25 Madelaine Shevlin

After being on the end of a beautiful kick from Eden Zanker, she kicked truly from 30 metres out. She was in the play a lot up forward putting on a lot of pressure.

#26 Shae Sloane

She is capable of taking good contested marks on the last line of defence. She is really good under pressure and rarely makes a mistake. In the last quarter she was really handy, affecting a lot of shots on goals.

#29 Eden Zanker

Zanker worked her way into the front on a nice lead and converted in the first minute nicely. Only minutes later, she was awarded a free kick after being blocked off the ball. It resulted with another goal for Casey. Also early in the first term, she delivered a beautiful kick inside 50 to hit Madelaine Shevlin on the chest for another early goal. She presented all day and created multiple chances as a result. Early in the third term, Zanker snapped her third goal from the boundary, showing her skill level.

#35 Catherine Phillips

Nice evasive footwork, allowing her to weave in and out of traffic. Her gut running across the wing gave her many opportunities to drive the ball inside 50.

 

Carlton:

#3 Darcy Vescio

Although in the first term there was not much ball in the forward line, Vescio still got plenty of the ball. Late in the last term, she played down back to make sure the Blues did not concede any more goals. She puts on a lot of forward pressure, which allowed lots of Carlton exit kicks to be executed. She was one on one with Casey Sherriff in the goal square and managed to edge her opponent off the ball and soccer through the Blues’ second goal of the game. Moments later, she had another chance but had more time then she thought and squandered it.

#10 Sarah Hosking

In the second quarter, she was one of the catalysts as to why the Blues were able to make a comeback, as she was dominating the midfield. She laid many bone-crunching tackles to keep the Blues in the contest.

#19 Georgia Gee

She kicked her first goal in her third game of Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s and the first goal for Carlton. She took advantage of a loose ball and hacked a kick along the ground in a display of footy smarts.

#34 Akec Chuot

In the second term, Chuot showed her dash from across back half and her superb foot skills to hit up Sarah Hosking. Later in the term, she marked strongly and converted easily after the half time siren.

 

Darebin vs. Hawthorn 

By: Taylah Melki

Darebin:

#12 Jessica Dal Pos

She created a good forward thrust to create a scoring opportunity for her teammates through her hard running across the ground. Dal Pos dazzled with her strong run and carry through the middle of the ground and really opened up the defence of the Hawks with her clever kicks and bursts of speed.

#13 Kate Shierlaw

Shierlaw showcased her strong hands throughout the match, taking plenty of good grabs under immense physical pressure. She impressed with her ability to read the play of the game and get into damaging positions. She opened the Falcons’ goal scoring account, nailing a goal from about 30 metres out on a slight angle. Her second efforts were good, working hard throughout the game to win the footy and trap it inside the Falcons attacking 50. Overall, she had a really solid game and was a real presence up forward providing good leads and footy smarts to win the ball at the contest.

#14 Meghan McDonald

Once again she was a key ingredient down back to stop the attack of the Hawks. McDonald read the play well and dropped into the holes to take good strong defensive marks showing that she backed herself at crucial times.  She impressed with a good pick up off her toes and was clean with ball in hand.

#20 Maddy Guerin

Guerin worked hard all game to win the ball, going in hard at the contests and putting her body on the line. She was involved in a great scrumming play to bag an important goal in the last term. She showed some great awareness to shrug off a few players and open up the space to allow herself to throw the ball onto her boot and give the Falcons a much needed win.  

#24 Brooke Patterson

She was strong in the one on one contests and used her body well to position behind the ball. Patterson showed composure and awareness when the footy came her way, checking her kicks and handballs. She imposed herself around the contest by laying strong tackles and good bumps to try and win the footy for the Falcons.

#30 Elise O’Dea

O’Dea starred once again for the Falcons with her class around the ground on display. Her clean hands in close and ability to release teammates was second to none. She worked tirelessly throughout the match and was rewarded for her hard work with a good goal in the second quarter. She is a real play-maker for the Falcons, setting up some good forward thrusts with clever kicks and strong marks. She impressed with her ability to read the play and put the ball into space to allow her teammates to open up the ground ahead of them.

#40 Lauren Pearce

Really impressive game across the field. She showcased her footy smarts in the ruck with clever taps to advantage, allowing her midfielders to run onto the footy and break away from the packs. Pearce proved to be a key player, taking a few big grabs and imposing herself on the contest, tackling hard to help trap the ball inside their forward half. She used her good long booming kick to create scoring opportunities for her team by bombing the ball into a dangerous position in the forward 50.

 

Hawthorn:

 #6 Julia Crockett-Grills

She displayed some good bursts of speed through the centre to open up the forward line and create a scoring opportunity for the Hawks. Crockett-Grills showcased her clean hands around the contest to dish the ball off to her teammates effectively and cleverly.

#7 Phoebe McWilliams

Yet another strong performance by McWilliams, working hard across the ground to win the footy. She starred with her strong lead-up at the footy and ability to take good strong marks. In the third quarter, McWilliams clunked a big contested mark inside the forward 50 but was unable to convert missing the shot after the siren. 

#13 Ebony Nixon

Nixon was really solid down in defence, taking a few good intercept marks and helping to halt any forward play by the Falcons. She showcased her good strong hands and positioned herself well behind the ball to protect the backspace and stop the forwards from getting out the back.

 #14 Olivia Flanagan

She looked ominous up forward throughout the match, taking a strong juggling mark in the opening term showcasing both her control and aerial ability. Flanagan only registered a behind though, missing from about 40 metres out on a slight angle. She applied plenty of forward pressure to trap the footy inside the Hawks’ forward half, laying strong tackles. Flanagan was really clean out of the centre and sent a long driving ball into the forward 50, sparking a scoring chance for the Hawks.

#25 Meg Hutchins

Hutchins was solid once again showcasing her fierce intent, tackling hard and trying to trap the ball in her side’s attacking half. Her clean hands in and around the contest were second to none and she used the footy effectively and efficiently. She used her long booming kick to send the ball into the forward 50 and created a real presence on the field. Hutchins as per usual provided a good option for her teammates to hit up with strong leads and good hands in tight. She was a real play-maker for the Hawks, constantly getting involved and working hard to extract the footy in tight situations.

Scouting notes: VFLW – Round 12

AN entertaining Round 12 saw traditional rivals, Carlton and Richmond go head-to-head and Collingwood defeated Melbourne University in a tight tussle. Our writers watched both of those matches and noted the outstanding performances from the weekend.

 

Carlton vs. Richmond

Carlton:

#3 Darcy Vescio

Executed a nice pick-up off the deck and gave off a good handball to Natalie Plane. Delivered a great kick inside 50 that started the passage of play that resulted in a Kristi Harvey goal. Vescio moved higher up the ground in this game and created more opportunities through assists, as well as kicking it off her own boot. She combined the two well in a different role for her. Kicked a nice dribbling goal for her first of the game. Her second came from a good mark out the back and an easy conversion.

#6 Gabriella Pound

Took a nice intercept mark and delivered a good clearing kick. Was able to follow up the ball well and got clean hands away on plenty of occasions. Pound ended up getting lots of the ball and used it well both by hand and by foot.

#10 Sarah Hosking

Showed good endeavour to run towards 50 and try and boot through a goal. Followed this up with another bout of good endeavour to run and carry after a free kick. Hosking hunted the footy with purpose and as a result, got lots of the ball. She also won lots of free kicks because she went in hard for the ball and got rewarded. Executed nice run and carry to execute a switch kick.

#19 Georgia Gee

Took a nice mark on the flank and displayed good run and carry throughout the match. Gee seemed to always have space to run into which she was able to use well. Executed a good kick around the corner to Darcy Vescio. Gee’s marking and intent to move the footy on with the ball in hand was impressive.

#20 Courtney Bromage

Took a nice mark and laid a nice tackle laid in the forward pocket. Bromage was able to turn her opponent inside out and showed good footy smarts to soccer the ball along the ground to get it forward. Showed strong hands again and followed it up with a good kick. Also displayed good bodywork to impact the contest.

#27 Katelyn Cox

Delivered a nice centering ball which she used more than once to create scoring opportunities. Executed a nice kick to the top of the square to complement her good attacking work inside 50. Cox was able to evade her opponents well and followed it up with great kicks. Also applied good pressure on her opponent.

#34 Akec Chuot

Chuot played one of her best games for Carlton on Sunday. Displayed nice agility and good pace. This was demonstrated when she followed up her poor kick with sheer acceleration. She took an excellent stretched mark and demonstrated an excellent ability to play on from outside 50 to create a quick passage of play. She did well up and down the ground when rotating through back pocket to forward, excelling in both roles. Also spoiled a Phoebe Monahan kick inside 50, complementing a great game where she got plenty of the ball.

 

Richmond:

#60 Kate Dempsey

Took a good mark and applied good pressure on Georgia Gee who was hunting down the ball fiercely. Executed a nice tap of the ball to get it forward.

#63 Jacqueline Graham

Took a couple of nice intercept marks on the day. Kicked well and showed good intent to hunt down the football. Graham also displayed good work to get rid of the ball before she got tackled and then executed a good follow-up to get it back after she had lost it.

#64 Emma Gunn

Laid a nice tackle laid on Gabriella Pound. Also displayed good run and carry and did well to avoid a chasing opponent.

#69 Evelyn Burry

Laid an excellent smother on the pacey Georgia Gee, which generated plenty of crowd noise. Burry took a good mark on the outer side and laid an excellent run-down tackle to pressure a Kristi Harvey kick towards goal.

#79 Lauren Tesoriero

Got plenty of the ball thanks to her fierce attack. Tesoriero would often run through players, going in hard for the footy on multiple occasions. Took an excellent mark on the boundary line for a shot at goal and laid a good tackle on Gabriella Pound to trap the ball inside 50 after a kick out. Tesoriero was also able to execute good hands, such as when she got clean hands out to Alice Edmonds. Demonstrated good agility and run and carry for a big kick inside 50 toward goal.

#88 Phoebe Monahan

Tried hard for the Tigers all game and racked up lots of disposals. Delivered a nice centering ball to the top of the goal square and did well to cut off a kick on another occasion. Monahan was able to get a handball away while being brought to ground. Gave off a good handball out of congestion while under pressure.

 

Melbourne Uni vs. Collingwood

By: Taylah Melki

Melbourne Uni:

#7 Ashleigh Riddell

Was a ball magnet across the ground. Her ability to run both ways was impressive and provided a good option for her teammates. Was not afraid to go in hard and win the footy, putting her body on the line. Applied plenty of pressure and took a heap of strong marks. Provided a good option across the ground and created a forward thrust for her side.

#15 Emma Kearney

Looked dangerous up forward, scrumming well and reading the flight of the ball. Showed some good dash out of the back half and helped to open up space across the ground. Kearney impressed with her ability to break free from tackles and use the footy effectively and efficiently. She peppered away at the goals and slotted a much-needed major in the third term.

 #19 Lauren Ahrens

Racked up plenty of the ball and used the footy well. Good intercept mark and strong hands, she displayed her ability to read the flight of the ball.

#26 Caitlin Greiser

Strong hands to take a good intercept mark. Kept herself in the contest, bringing the ball to ground and giving her teammates an opportunity to run onto the ball and pick it up. Executed a long booming kick and provided a solid target in the forward line for Melbourne Uni.

 #41 Katherine Gillespie-Jones

She had a stellar game. She was in everything from the get go, working hard to stop the forward thrusts from the Pies. Gillespie-Jones had sticky fingers, impressing with her strong marks and good use of the footy. Her ability to read the play and drop back into holes was important for Melbourne Uni and she provided good link up play through the middle of the ground.

#48 Madison Prespakis

Imposed herself around the contest with her strong body and footy smarts. Good strong penetrating kick and used the ball well. Was never far from the contest and wasn’t afraid to put her body on the line. Had a hard tag throughout the game but that did not seem to phase her, winning plenty of footy across the ground.

#52 Kaitlyn Ashmore

Good strong mark and lead up at the footy. Had a set shot from about 35 metres out directly in front but was unable to capitalise, kicking it out on the full. Good speed to break away through the middle of the ground and set up a forward thrust.

 

Collingwood:

#2 Chloe Molloy

Used her break away speed to open up the space and propel her team forward. She showcased her clean hands and showed good agility to pick the ball up off her toes. Real classy player and displayed great composure given the repeat entries inside 50. Was a real ball magnet and set up a lot of play throughout the match. She showcased her ability to hit targets while under pressure and take strong marks.

#3 Nicole Hilderbrand

Executed a clean pick up off her toes and nailed an amazing goal from an impossible angle in the second quarter. She showcased her ability to dodge players and use the ball cleverly throughout the match.

#4 Sarah D’Arcy

D’Arcy started the game off really well, strongly demonstrating her good hands while under pressure, taking an impressive mark going back with the flight in defence. Was in everything in the opening term and showcased her footy smarts with her clearing kick and ability to hit targets.

#5 Emma Grant

Grant was solid down in defence and applied plenty of strong tackles on her opponents. She showcased her ability to win the footy at ground level, working hard to release the ball to teammates. She impressed with her strong hands and follow up work to provide a back-up play when her team needed her.

#8 Brittany Bonnici

Good clearing kick out of defence for the Pies and showed some good dash with ball in hand. Strong tackling pressure to trap the ball in Collingwood’s forward half. Positions well behind the ball and took a heap of good intercept marks at half back.

#17 Steph Chiocci

Looked a bit rusty to start off with but worked herself into the game, credit to her footy smarts. Laid a strong tackle in the first quarter in which she chased her opponent down. Opened up the space for her teammates and created plenty of scoring opportunities with her quick kicks into one on ones in the forward 50.

#21 Ilish Ross

She was really impressive and worked hard all game to win the footy. Her effort in both defence and attack was second to none, getting involved in the contest. She applied plenty of pressure, tackling hard to trap the footy and taking a number of strong marks.

#49 Sophie Alexander

Alexander was a real play maker up forward for the Pies, bagging two goals for the match. She looked dangerous throughout the match, hitting the packs hard and imposing herself in the forward half with her strong tackling pressure. She showcased her quick hands in and around congestion to move the ball out of the pack and into open space.

Scouting notes: VFLW – Round 11

ROUND 11 of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s saw some tight matches take place across the weekend. Our writers watched three games and noted the standout performers. 

 

Richmond vs. NT Thunder

By: James Halley

Richmond:

#60 Kate Dempsey

She scored Richmond’s sole goal of the last term, barraging through a scrimmage and gathering a loose ball get. Along with Lynch, she gave Richmond run on the wing, using her prolific kicking to set up shots on goal.

#75 Bethany Lynch

She played on the wing in a new role for her. She was quite prolific, making many runs along the flanks using her speed to burn off opponents.

#55 Courtney Wakefield

She kicked the first goal of the game from an easy set shot. After taking a great pack mark, she kicked truly to kick Richmond’s second goal of the game from the goal square. Only a minute later she kicked another after her opponent became worried after her previous effort and gave away a holding free behind the ball. She took many contested marks, throwing her weight around.

#88 Phoebe Monahan

She was a shinning light for Richmond in the midfield. She was the everywhere person for the Tigers. When the third quarter onslaught began, she was placed back to try and stem the flow.

 

NT Thunder:

#11 Jordann Hickey

She was able to finish a goal along the ground after the ball trickled out after a big pack contest. Late in the game she took a big pack mark and kicked her second goal for the game with an unconventional helicopter set shot.

#26 Abbey Holmes

She played as the focal point at full forward after her heroic four goals last week. Although she didn’t have the same impact on the scoreboard this week she was still influential. She crashed many packs and set up numerous other goals. It just wasn’t quite her day in front of goals.

#17 Emma Swanson

She managed to soccer through goal on the goal line after a Holmes effort on goal was denied. She was quite simply in the right place at the right time. For the whole game she was in the midst of attacks for the Thunder and it was clear that she had a presence.

#20 Jasmyn Hewett

She was the clear winner in the ruck against her lesser light opponents. With Alice Edmonds and Emma King out of Richmond’s team, she took advantage in the hit outs and clearances and gave the Territory midfield silver service.

#52 Ebony Marinoff

Hewett and Marinoff were the perfect pair in this match as it was tap to clearance over and over. In just her second match for NT, she had a best on ground performance in the midfield.

 

Carlton vs. Collingwood

#8 Madeline Brancatisano

Played her familiar role from the Northern Knights through the middle and crashed in hard, earning an early free. She read the taps well around the ground and had a number of touches through the middle of the game, handballing out of congestion to a teammate on the outside. One handball in particular started a chain in the third term which led to a Kristi Harvey goal.

#10 Sarah Hosking

A really strong performance both figuratively and literally. The inside midfielder laid some massive tackles and had some vital clearances out of the middle. She did not mind getting involved in a few scuffles when the battle got heated, and did everything she could for her side. Some of her clearances bursting out of the middle were really eye-catching including one in the final term as she desperately tried to turn the tide of momentum.

#13 Mika Suzuki

Coming in as the 23rd player, Suzuki did well with her pressure and determination to crack in and win the hard ball. She won a good clearance on the wing by going in hard in the opening term. In the third quarter she had a purple patch, marking in space and kicking forward, then was involved in a play not long after. Bumped off the ball by an opponent, she bounced back up and kept chasing the ball carrier and laid a fantastic tackle.

#19 Georgia Gee

A pocket rocket around the ground. Often found chasing the ball carrier or throwing herself under a pack, Gee provided great defensive attributes throughout the match.

#27 Katelyn Cox

Prominent through the middle, Cox crashed into packs and constantly fought hard for the contested ball working in tandem with Sarah Hosking. She then spread to the outside and provided some good run for the Blues

#37/51 Tyla Hanks

Had an unusual jumper change in the middle of the match, but regardless of the number on her back, still did plenty of nice things throughout the game, Playing up forward and pushing up the ground, Hanks kicked a vital goal from a tight angle in the third term and set up another earlier in the term with a good fend-off and snap to Kristi Harvey who nailed the goal. Hanks had a chance later in the third quarter but just missed. The ball did not get near her in the last term, but it was a promising third term where she was all over the action.

#40 Kristi Harvey

Enormous throughout the match. Harvey played up the end where the breeze was blowing towards, booting three goals in a half up forward and then rebounding everything she could with strong marks in the back 50. Her two goals in the third term were telling, and missed a chance for a third. Her kicking into the breeze proved tough at times, but he dominance with her strong body and reading of the play was very good.

 

Collingwood:

#2 Chloe Molloy

Played predominantly through the midfield and did as much defensively right as she did offensively. While she was not on the end of goals, she was helping set up her teammates. In the first half she applied some good shepherds and tackles to lock the ball up. Had a shot on goal in the final term from an Iilish Ross handball, but hit the post.

#3 Nicole Hildebrand

Playing up forward, Hildebrand lead out and provided a target for her midfielders. She took a courageous mark under pressure in the opening term and kicked forward, then had a flying shot on the goal in the second quarter but just missed. A fantastic effort from tight in the pocket was just touched on the line.

#4 Sarah D’Arcy

A booming kick, D’Arcy was able to boot the ball long into dangerous positions, and was able to give off quick handballs to teammates when they went forward. In the final term she had a shot on goal which hit the post, and then showed composure under pressure on the last lane, stepping around an opponent and then took an extra second to hit-up a target at half-back.

#8 Brittany Bonnici

One of the best on ground in my opinion for her ability to read the play and attack the ball hard coming off half-back and along the wing. She often left her opponent to win the football and kick long down the ground. In the second term she avoided being caught holding the ball by using her strength to fend off Georgia Gee. Later that quarter she ran off half-back, beat her opponent to the ball and delivered it lace-out inside 50. Had a flying shot on goal but missed, then continued running hard in the third term and did not have to do a lot in the final term back there.

#12 Stacey Livingstone

Changed the course of the game with a purple patch in the third term. With Carlton doing all the attacking and no goals kicked up the Grand Boulevard end, Livingstone broke the deadlock with a couple of goals in as many minutes. She snapped a goal for her first, and then ran into space from a Jessica Edwards long bomb, out-sprinted her opponent and booted a goal on the run.

#18 Ruby Schleicher

Used the ball well going forward and kicked a lovely ball to a teammate early in the game and also pushed back into defence and laid strong tackles. Just bobbed up throughout the game and had some nice moments.

#21 Iilish Ross

Stepped up in the second half, having booted Collingwood’s first goal in the second term with a flying shot running in towards the big sticks. In the third term, she worked hard on the inside, gave quick handballs off to outside teammates and created good run going forward. In the final term she laid an important tackle on the wing and gave the handpass to Chloe Molloy in the final term after winning a free on the boundary, but Molloy’s subsequent shot missed.

#49 Sophie Alexander

After having a few chances through hard leading in the second term and missing a shot in that quarter, Alexander stepped up in the final quarter, booting two goals and being the difference on the scoreboard in that term. She led into space and marked, then nailed the set shot from 20m out. A second shot from a standing start missed, but a long range bomb from outside 50 got the crowd up and about to seal the game.

#52 Nicole Hales

A brave game in defence, in what was a hard-working effort for two quarters and an easier game in the opposite quarters. She battled away in defence, coming up at the ball and pumping it out of the danger zone. Hales laid some good spoils and put body contact on her opponents.

#63 Paige Nash

Showed a great attack on the football and won a free for front-on contact midway through the first term. She was able to rebound the ball out of the defensive half, proving particularly important in the final term when Carlton was attacking.

#99 Shayla Marsh

Worked well on the outside winning a bit of the ball through midfield and half-forward and trying to kick it forward. Missed a chance in the final term kicking it out on the full, but more often than not looked to kick long inside 50 and put it to dangerous areas.

 

Southern Saints vs. Melbourne University

Southern Saints:

#4 Georgia Ricardo

Had a number of chances on goal early in the game but just missed, but buzzed around the forward line and laid a great blind-side run-down tackle on an opponent in the third term at half-back.

#8 Alison Drennan

The prominent midfielder just wins the football at will and goes in hard around the packs. She draws free kicks from getting to the ball first and from opponents aware of what she can do. She laid a great tackle to force a turnover at a crucial stage in the final term.

#15 Tara Bohanna

Made a huge difference by the end of the game and could have done even more damage had she managed to kick a couple of gettable chances. She booted two goals in the final term, and had two more chances – one from a snap and another from a set shot – but both missed. Created havoc up there all day though and was one of the best Saints.

#24 Kayla Ripari

Plays that high half-forward and defensive forward role well, in the sense that she tackles, creates forward pressure, and can still have offensive chances. She runs hard, has clean hands and had a chance in the second term but her shot which was on target, took a wrong bounce and went off for a behind.

#28 Rhiannon Watt

Enormous through the ruck and around the ground, she was one of the Saints most influential players. She worked strongly at the ruck stoppages and drifted into defence to clear the ball out of the back half and into safety.

#30 Charlotte Wilson

Had a solid game in defence, running down an opponent at half-back to force a turnover in the opening term and then took a good mark in the third term after reading the play well.

#33 Jemma Owen

Went in hard and won the football, clearing it out of the congestion to teammates on the outside. Owen booted a fantastic goal in the third term, winning the ball at ground level, turning her opponent inside out and snapping around the body for it to bounce home. Showed good strength at the coal face.

#35 Gabriella De Angelis

Was another Saint who stepped up in the last term and put the ball into dangerous positions. She guarded a Jemma Owen snap to allow it to bounce through in the third term and then tried to create some of her own chances in the final quarter.

#39 Eleanor Brown

Really impressive performance from Brown who stepped up after returning from the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships. She showed good hands and game smarts by chopping off a number of passes including a handball from an opponent at ground level in the first term and a kick at half-back in the second term. Won plenty of the football and was a shining light on the outside.

#42 Courtney Jones

Was a prominent player in the second half, kicking well out of the congestion and taking a good run inside 50 with a bounce and a shot which just missed, Had a long range shot from 45m out but it fell short. Copped a knock in the final seconds of the game but at least was able to limp off rather than be carried off.

#49 Ashleigh Allsopp

Booted an important goal in the final term after a chance in the second term. She lead into space and made the most of her opportunities. Allsopp also pushed up to the wing to create a target for her teammates.

 

Melbourne University:

#1 Sophie Abbatangelo

Gave off a goal assist to Madison Prespakis in the first term and then played behind the ball. She took a good intercept mark at half-back in the second term and worked hard to mop up in defence and lead by example with composure.

#6 Elizabeth Keaney

One of the Mugars’ best, she had a massive win in the third term when she went up against three opposition players in defence. The ball bounced high and she ran hard to spoil it to an area that she could get too, laying a follow-up tackle to lock the ball in. One of the most prominent players throughout the game.

#7 Ashleigh Riddell

Went in hard through the middle and won the footy to release quickly by hand. Showed composure under pressure and was able to dispose of it well going forward.

#17 Elyce Hay

Had an almost highlight-reel worthy run in the second term, taking four bounces along the wing, but her kick ended up being a bit scrappy along the ground. Hay created good spread and won the foot at half-back and along the wing.

#20 Lauren Belza

Very composed under pressure and this showed in the dying seconds when the Saints were attacking. Belza took crucial mark in the goal square and kicked out to make sure the visitors retained the lead.

#21 Rebecca Webster

Did not win a heap of it, but showed glimpses of her talent. She received the handball in midfield in the final term, fended off two players and kicked neatly to half-forward.

#26 Caitlin Greiser

The tall forward did a lot of leading up the ground and started the game with the first goal. While not a huge accumulator there were a couple of moments to point out that were smart play. One came in the second term when leading at the football she was worked under it but drew multiple opponents because of her strength and it lead to an Asha Price goal. Then in the final term, she kept the ball in front of her when an opponent was in pursuit, kicking it 20m along the ground for Imogen Milford to kick the final quarter goal, sealing the game.

#34 Asha Price

Worked hard up forward for two goals and was the main target deep inside 50. She had another couple of chances including a shot from 15m out but hit the post. In the second term she lead out and doubled back to run into goal. Was a forward who had her chances and rewarded with the two majors.

#38 Kate Angelis

Kicked a fantastic goal from just inside 50 early in the third term and used her strong body throughout to impact the contest in the midfield or up forward. She was unlucky not to get a free for front-on contact n the third term in a marking contest which would have given her a shot on goal 20m out straight in front. A solid performance.

#48 Madison Prespakis

Kicked a goal from just inside 50 on the run and spread well throughout the four quarters, winning a heap of the ball. She was often under pressure but used it fairly well and was strong by fending off an opponent in the third term, weaving back inside to kick forward but it was unfortunately intercepted. She copped a big front-on knock midway through the final term but bounced straight back up. A really strong performance from the top star and she continues to get the job done at senior level.

Team Selection: VFLW – Round 11

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

Williamstown vs Western Bulldogs

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

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

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

Williamstown

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

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

Western Bulldogs

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

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

 

Darebin vs Essendon

Saturday July 21, 12pm
Bill Lawry Oval, Northcote

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

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

Darebin

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

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

Essendon

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

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

 

Richmond vs NT Thunder

Saturday July 21, 12pm
Swinburne Centre, Richmond

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

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

Richmond

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

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

NT Thunder

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

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

 

Geelong vs Casey

Saturday July 21, 1pm
Queens Park, Highton

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

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

Geelong Cats

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

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

Casey Demons

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

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

 

Carlton vs Collingwood

Sunday, July 22, 12pm
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

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

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

Carlton

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

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

Collingwood

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

 

Southern Saints vs Melbourne Uni

Sunday, July 22, 3pm
SkyBus Stadium, Frankston

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

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

Southern Saints

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

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

Melbourne Uni

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

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

 

BYE – HAWTHORN