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Even spread of talent to lead Cannons in 2020

CALDER Cannons’ NAB League Girls list was finalised last last week as the Craigieburn-based side prepares to head into the 2020 season. Reaching the 2019 Grand Final before ultimately falling a win short at the hands of the Northern Knights, Female Talent Coordinator Russell Humphrey said there was roughly around a 10-player split across top, middle and bottom-age players. With a different coaching group coming on board, Humphrey said he is feeling more comfortable ahead of his second season in the role.

“It helps going around again,” Humphrey said. “I had a little bit of a handle on it beforehand but being in the coordinator’s chair you’ve got to have a bigger handle on it and I’ve gone out last year and watched a fair amount of local footy which I’ll do again this year just to see what’s out there. “With our list (compared to the boys) it’s a little bit harder because our season starts before the local season starts so it only gives them three or four weeks before our season finishes so it’s a little bit difficult that way. “We rely a little bit on going out and watching them during the year and things like that.”

Last year the Cannons had two players drafted, with captain Georgia Patrikios going in the top five to St Kilda – and already earning a Rising Star nomination – and Krstel Petrevski picked up by Melbourne later in the draft. Humphrey said Patrikios’ influence on the club as captain had been profound.

“It was interesting for Georgia, at the start of the year she hurt her ankle so it made her work a little bit harder to go through the injury issue, getting right and then to start playing,” he said. “I think that because of that, it gives her a good understanding of what’s required going into AFLW. I know that when she played state footy she played very well for Vic Metro and then when she played for Essendon VFLW she played well there as well so she gave the girls an understanding of what’s required and I think a lot of the top-agers followed that. “Krystal got drafted, Alana Barba, Felicity Theodore and Terira Fry and Zoe Hardiman all ended up playing VFLW footy, and Makeisha Muller as well. “At Williamstown, North (Melbourne), and Essendon. So I think that group was dragged along by themselves and the results showed with them all playing VFL footy. “Getting two drafted was fantastic, if we got three it would’ve topped it off.”

While Patrikios has already made an impact in her first game, Humphrey said Melbourne fans had plenty to look forward to with Petrevski when she gets her chance to don the red and blue.

Competitive, competitive, very competitive young lady,” he said. “Does the right things, everyone knows the story about her moving from Halls Creek, down to Sydney and then across here to Melbourne, that in itself shows resilience. “And I think that’s what they’ll get, they’ll get a hard-working person that understands what’s required.”

The future looks bright for the Cannons, who regularly have past players – such as Patrikios and Petrevski – dropping in at training to keep them informed of what’s happening in the world of AFL Women’s. Former Cannon, Sarah Dargan is an assistant coach at the club, which has plenty of future talent on the list at Under-17 and Under-16 level coming through.

We were lucky last year, we got an exceptional group of Under-16 players who are now Under 17s,” Humphrey said. “And like it does in the boys, it goes in circles like that and we were just lucky to get that group of probably 10 quality Under-16 players. “We’re hoping that the development of our top-age players this year sort of drags them along as well, the 17s came back in better shape than maybe previous years and I think that’s experience for them, learning what’s going on a bit more. “Around the whole competition the 16s and the 17s are now getting a better idea of what’s required when they come back from their 16th year to their 17th, and 17th again to 18th.” We don’t want to rely on our 17s but they will be part of the going forward.”

For such a young group to make the grand final was huge, but Humphrey said the Knights were too good on the day, and did not enable the Cannons to play with the same freedom they had against an equally strong Falcons side.

It was for our playing group, reward,” Humphrey said. “For the coaching group it was reward. “I know the work that they had put in to get to the final, to beat Geelong who are a quality side and had quality people around them, to be able to get past them was probably more important for the girls than the grand final. “That’s no disrespect to Northern because they played great footy on that day but that high of beating Geelong, it was hard for our girls to get back up and play Northern, and Northern didn’t allow us to play the footy that obviously we played the week before. “It was an exciting time for (the players), making the finals and then winning the game against Geelong and leading into grand final week we were positive but unfortunately we just couldn’t get the chocolates at the end of the day, but Northern were a quality side and so were Geelong. I think the competition’s getting closer and closer every year which is fantastic.”

The name that has been and will regularly be touted is Georgie Prespakis, the younger sister of Carlton’s Rising Star Madison, who is still a year away from being draft eligible. In one game against the Rebels last year, the Under-16 talent booted seven goals after moving to full-forward in the second quarter. Humphrey said while the hype was genuine, the Cannons had plenty of players to watch from that age group that were worthy of the same praise.

“I think we all get excited with Georgie and I understand that,” Humphrey said. “We don’t have any expectations on her, we just expect them to play.” The hardest part for Georgie is being a bottom-ager and how well Maddy (Prespakis) is going, the scrutiny on her is a fair bit from this sort of forum (media). “I think we’re missing out on Tahlia Gillard who’s in the Academy, Neve Crowley, (Emilia) Yassir, Kasey Lennox, Peppa Poultney that played in the Vic Metro 16s – we’ve got a group of six to eight players in that group who are possibly draftable, again they have to do the work and we have to do our end. But everyone’s all about talking about Georgie a lot and I understand that but I think they’re missing some quality players there. “Tahlia Gillard is 186cm tall and her birthday’s at the end of the year so she doesn’t turn 17 until December.”

Those names are still a year away from being draft-eligible, and to focus on this year’s crop, Humphrey said there were certainly some to keep an eye on.

“I think you’ll find that Laura (Cocomello) will play in the midfield, probably mid-forward. “Kiara (Delia) will probably play down back and through the middle as well. “Tamsyn Crook we’re going to probably start her off down back and let her play one position instead of throwing her around – similar to what the boys will do with Cody (Brand) – and just let her give her a spot down back and let her hold down centre half-back for a while. That’s not to say she won’t go forward or won’t go in the middle but we’ll probably look at her beginning down back.”

The Cannons have managed to have a top five pick in the first three years of the system, with Chloe Molloy, Monique Conti, Prespakis and Patrikios all going early in the AFL Women’s drafts. In 2020, the Cannons have a more even top-age spread without a clear standout.

“I think that’s a great call, (in) our top-agers we don’t have the standout,” Humphrey said. “We have a top-age group that’ve worked pretty hard and there’s no outstanding sort of touted draft prospect. “But I think again if we do the job properly with the coaching and everything else, we’re hoping again to get one or two (drafted). “Our aim is obviously to get minimum one a year so if we can do that, that’ll be great. It’s an even group, most definitely. “And we’ve brought a couple of girls in who’ve never played NAB League footy or TAC Cup footy before, top-agers so that’ll be interesting to see how that goes. “But again if they’ve got the talent, you need to have a look at them and give them the opportunity so that’s what we’ll do.”

The Cannons will bring in a couple of 19-year-old’s with Grace Dicker coming back after a year off to recover from a shoulder injury sustained in 2018, as well as Freda Puruntatameri who spent some time at Essendon VFL last season having travelled down from the Tiwi Islands. With Matthew O’Connor now taking the reins of the girls’ side, the team has a different leader, but a similar game style to the previous year. In preparation for the year ahead, the Cannons will head up to Yarrawonga to face Murray Bushrangers, before another match against Western Jets the following Friday in a lead-up to their Round 1 clash.

Calder takes on Northern in a grand final rematch, played on Saturday, February 29 at RMIT Bundoora.

Scouting notes: TAC Cup Girls- Round 9

THE 2018 TAC Cup Girls grand final has been set. The Northern Knights successfully defeated Murray Bushrangers in the first game of the day, booking themselves a grand final spot against the Falcons. But the other games throughout the day at Craigieburn were no less entertaining! 

 

Northern Knights vs. Murray Bushrangers 

By: Julia Montesano

Northern Knights:

#4 Neve O’Connor

Laid a nice tackle after her kick got smothered, displaying a good second effort. Got nice elevation in the ruck and was able to tap the ball down nicely. Attempted to take a great mark running back with the flight, but when she didn’t mark it, she laid a strong tackle to hold the ball up.

#5 Madeline Brancatisano

Did well to trap the ball on the ground and got quick hands away. The captain did that on a couple of occasions, showing that she has really good agility to bend down and get straight back up.

#18 Sarah Sansonetti

Great smother off her body which stopped a forward thrust for Murray. Tackled hard throughout the day, especially when she laid a great defensive tackle that saved a goal in the goal-square for Murray. Took a great mark in defensive 50 and stepped up her game in the second half.

#22 Britney Gutknecht

Elevated her body well to get her arms free in a tackle. Was able to take a nice mark in space but her kick got smothered by Webster’s body. Gutknecht again worked some magic in a tackle, getting a handball away while under pressure. Did well to pursue the ball on the boundary line to try and keep it in. Got a great pick-up off the deck and kicked it off one step while being tackled.

#23 Gabrielle Newton

Tapped the ball down well and came down with it swiftly to receive the quick hands from a teammate. She then kicked it into space, creating a forward thrust for Northern. Gave off two great handballs under pressure and stood tall in the tackle. Computed her weight well to gently tackle Tamara Smith, and got a holding-the-ball free kick. Newton took a great mark running back with the flight of the ball. Ended up with two holding-the-ball free kicks from strong tackles.

 

Murray Bushrangers:

#1 Julia Harvey

Got on the end of some quick hands by Millie Brown. Was a good link in the chain throughout the day and was able to showcase her speed. Harvey was a quick thinker and used the ball well, whether it was by hand or by foot. Was on the bottom of the pack plenty of times.

#17 Rebecca Webster

Read the tap well and got a nice kick away. Webster did well to follow up the kick and trap the ball after she got a handball she wasn’t expecting. Great pick-up and acceleration out of the pack. Webster was really good at reading the ball in the air and was able to bring it down to ground on plenty of occasions. Kicked nicely, smothered nicely, and tackled nicely. Produced some good run and kick off half-back. Webster excellently burst off half-back and ran well into space. She then tripped over but somehow managed to get a handball away on her knees. Good all-round performance from her. 

#19 Millie Brown

Did a good job kicking out of full-back when she was required to do so. Nice long kick around the body. Kicked it nicely inside 50, where the ball fell out the back but just went through for a behind. Read the tap well and got a good clearance away.

#22 Tamara Smith

Kicked the ball nicely inside 50 to create a scoring opportunity for Murray. Did well to break away from congestion. Never stopped trying for the Bushrangers all day, showcasing her speed and aggression in the depths of the contest.

 

Greater Western Victoria Rebels vs. Oakleigh Chargers 

By: Taylah Melki

Greater Western Victoria Rebels:

#2 Renee Saulitis

She was instrumental up forward for the Rebels, bagging two goals for the game and competing hard to win the footy in the forward 50. Saulitis applied plenty of good forward pressure and looked promising when she had the ball in hand.

#16 Lauren Butler

She showed some really good footy smarts throughout the game and helped to open up space across the field with her strong leads. Butler applied plenty of good strong tackles and showed a lot of fight to win the footy both at ground level and in the air. She took a good intercept mark and used her long penetrating kick to propel her team forward. Her clean hands in and around the contest and at stoppages were important for the Rebels.

#18 Sophie Van De Heuvel

Presented a good option up forward and constantly offered good leads. She showcased her ability to run hard and covered the ground really well for the Rebels. In difficult conditions, Van De Heuvel displayed her impressive strong kick and was quite dynamic up forward.  

 #23 Sophie Molan

Molan was a clear standout for the Rebels and worked hard all game to win the ball at the coalface. Her effort in and around the stoppages allowed her to release her teammates and open up space, creating scoring opportunities for GWV. She constantly went in hard at the stoppages and scored a goal in the second term from a free kick. Molan looked dangerous all game and really showcased her footy smarts by putting the ball into space and applying plenty of forward pressure to keep the footy trapped inside their forward 50.

#25 Georgia Clarke

Clarke was solid down back once again for the Rebels and showed great composure with ball in hand. She was a real general down back and helped to control the flow of the play in the defensive end for her side. She went down with a possible back injury and received treatment at three-quarter time but returned to the field in the final term. Clarke impressed with her ability to shut down her opponent.

#35 Rene Caris

Competed really hard in the ruck and showcased her impressive leap. Caris got her hands to plenty of the ball in the ruck and displayed some good tap downs to advantage. Her follow-up work around the ground was also important for the Rebels.

 

Oakleigh Chargers:

#2 Mimi Hill

Hill showcased her physicality, applying plenty of good tackling pressure throughout the match. She fought hard to win the ball and create opportunities for her teammates.

#11 Bridie Winbanks

Had a really consistent game but laid a really strong tackle in the third quarter that affected a shot at goal. She showed great fight for the ball and never gave up around the contest, competing hard to win the ball both in the air and at ground level.

#14 Hannah McLaren

McLaren competed hard all game for Oakleigh and was never far from the contest. She covered the ground really well and was a key player for the Chargers.

#30 Gemma Lagioia

Lagioia shone with her good tackling pressure and persistent fight to win the footy at ground level. She was really clean in and around the stoppages and showcased her footy smarts throughout the match. Her ability to read the play allowed her to take important intercepts and propel her team forward into attack. Lagioia applied plenty of good forward pressure and tried hard all game to create scoring opportunities for her teammates with her long penetrating kick into the forward 50.

#38 Daisy Bateman

In difficult and windy conditions Bateman competed hard all game to try and win the footy when it came her way. Her intensity really lifted in the final term as she showed plenty of run and carry. The full forward imposed herself on the contest and applied some good forward pressure, laying a strong tackle in the last quarter. Bateman used her speed and footy knowledge to try and break through the Rebels pressure and open up space for her teammates. 

 

Gippsland Power vs. Sandringham Dragons

By: Taylah Melki

Gippsland Power:

#6 Emily Haeusler

Haeusler showcased her strong hands for the Power, taking a few strong grabs down in defence and using her long penetrating kick to move the ball forward. Her run and carry for Gippsland was important, and she showcased her footy smarts with a clever shepherd to allow her teammate a free run at the footy.

 #8 Chandra Abrahams

Abrahams imposed herself around the ground, applying strong tackling pressure and applying an impressive smother against her opponent

#27 Nikia Webber

Webber was on fire in the opening minutes of the match, kicking the first major of the game and putting the Power in good stead. She worked hard to try and open up space and displayed her strong set of hands, taking a few big grabs. Webber showcased her versatility and clean hands to pick the ball up in difficult and windy conditions.

 #28 Tyla Hanks

Hanks continued her hot form, dazzling with her impressive evasive skills and clever footwork along the boundary line to turn her opponents inside out. She also showed great composure to be able to hit targets while under pressure. Her ability to read the play allowed her to create opportunities for teammates and help propel her team forward. Whenever Hanks had the ball in hand she seemed to have plenty of time and space to think her options through and impact the play. Hanks took a huge contested grab and her ability to create a contest even when out-numbered was invaluable for the Power.

#45 Lily Van Berkel

Van Berkel took a huge pack mark in the second quarter in blustery conditions. Her ability to read the play and her strong hands made for a good marking contest for the Power. 

 

Sandringham Dragons:

#25 Isabella Eddey

Eddey really stood up in the last quarter, scoring a huge goal to get the Dragons back in front. In testing conditions she showcased her booming and accurate kick that helped to propel her team forward. Eddey applied a lot of good forward pressure to help trap the ball inside Sandringham’s forward 50 and get repeat entries. 

#30 Eleanor Brown

Brown is a really smooth mover and covers the ground well to get herself into damaging positions. She was really good with her follow-up efforts and competed hard to win the footy, whether it be aerially or on the deck. Brown also impressed with her clean pick-ups and quick hands in and around the contest. Her speed and ability to open up space across the ground was really important in creating spread for the Dragons.  

#33 Molly Denahy Maloney

She imposed herself on the contest and covered the ground really well in wet and cold conditions. Denahy Maloney positioned herself well throughout the game and moved into damaging positions to try and create forward pressure.

#36 Jemma Owen

Owen showcased her footy smarts and ability to read the play, bagging an impressive soccer goal in the last quarter of the game. Her forward pressure lifted in the final term, scoring two majors within six minutes which helped her team secure a big win. She worked really hard throughout the game to win the footy at the coalface and was not afraid to go in and scrap for the ball.

#50 Holly Bate

Kicking into the wind, Bate missed a set shot in the second quarter but went on to make amends later in the match, slotting a goal in the dying minutes of the fourth quarter. She impressed with her strong hands and took an impressive mark at full extension in the last quarter.

 

Geelong Falcons vs. Western Jets

By: Peter Williams

Geelong Falcons:

#7 Olivia Purcell

Another top performance from the talented midfielder who enjoyed many tough one-on-one contests with the Jets midfielders. She was the dominant clearance player on the day and won the football on both the inside and outside. Purcell is able to find space where there seems to be none, and can kick out of a stoppage well.

#18 Nina Morrison

Played almost exclusively at full-forward and gave us more of a sneak peak into her versatility as a permanent forward. The wind reeked havoc on any attempt on goal, with Morrison finishing with three majors and a number of behinds as well. She was strong in the air and unbeatable on the lead, she also provided serious forward pressure and continually harassed the ball-carrier to win the football back.

#23 Lucy McEvoy

An anchor off half-back, McEvoy was always there to clean up the crumbs and propel the ball forward. A noticeable trait for the captain is her ability to weigh her kicks and take power off them to find teammates 20 metres away with a “chip” kick over the top of an opponent. She is a fierce tackler and often forces her teammates to lead or run into open space and she puts it to their advantage. A booming kick who was able to be effective going long from half-back to half-forward.

#27 Denby Taylor

Played at both ends like she did in the AFLW Academy match against Geelong. She seems to have a natural aggression at the football and is more of a marking player than a spoiling one which is why she has been able to influence up forward. A huge grab in the second term was a highlight, but she just missed the set shot. Did well with a couple of handballs to teammates in the third term.

#38 Renee Tierney

The forward played her role once again for the Falcons, kicking two goals in the match and also pushed up the ground. She won a contested ball on the wing and had the vision to handball to Stephanie Williams on the outside by putting it in front of her in space.

#39 Tarryn Love

A consistent midfielder who applies fantastic pressure on the ball carrier. For a smaller player she can roost the ball a fair way and just continually buzzes around the contest. Along with Purcell, Love was one of the best midfielders on the ground.

#42 Sachi DeGiacomi

The other permanent Falcons forward had another good day out, booting two goals and causing headaches on the lead for the opposition. Almost assisted in a goal in the second term as well but the shot was touched on the line. DeGiacomi showed good bodywork in one-on-one contests and provided a presence in attack for Geelong.

 

Western Jets:

#16 Elisabeth Georgostathis

A really impressive game from Georgostathis, whose performance is always littered with pressure acts and strong tackles. She wins free kicks from her tackling pressure, and one of her best efforts was a fantastic run-down tackle on Olivia Purcell in the second term when her opponent tried to side-step her. She was composed under pressure and able to dispose of the ball quickly, winning plenty of it throughout the game. In one instance in the third term she won a 1v2 contest when she was out-numbered and was able to clear the ball to a teammate. Really held her own against a number of AFLW Academy midfielders on the day.

#30 Isabelle Pritchard

Saw plenty of the ball down her end but showed good composure when flying for marks. In the third term she took a good contested grab and did push up the ground at times, particularly when Western was kicking with the wind. Early in the fourth term she stopped a certain goal when a couple of Falcons opponents tried to handball through the defence but her pressure was enough to cause a mistake and force a throw in on the boundary line.

#43 Caitlin Greiser

Greiser kicked Western’s first and only goal late in the opening term before heading to defence. She nailed a powerful set shot with the wind to open the Jets’ account then showed off her versatility by playing in the defensive half, most notably at full-back. In one instance of a kickout she cleared the 50 metre line with the aid of the wind in the third term, and won a one-on-one on the defensive side of the wing, protecting the ball drop area and clearing the ball with a long kick to half-forward.

 

Calder Cannons vs. Eastern Ranges

By: Peter Williams 

Calder Cannons:

#2 Felicity Theodore

A composed user of the ball, Theodore spread well across the course of the game and showed sure hands in the wet conditions with a good mark on the lead at half-back. She can take the game on at times and back herself in as well.

#3 Madison Prespakis

There is not much more that can be said about Prespakis that has not been said 1000 times before. Another best on ground performance and vintage display from the midfielder who just continues to battle hard throughout four quarters. She was a dominant player once again, and aside from working hard and kicking clear of the congestion on a number of occasions, she impacts up forward week-in, week-out. Booted an early foal from a set shot 45 metres out and assisted in more forward entries. Rarely puts a foot wrong.

#21 Georgia Patrikios

I would probably have her up there as one of the most naturally intuitive forwards going around. Every time she gets the ball inside 50, you get a sense that she could kick a clever goal and she did it again on the weekend. In the first term she got goal side of a contest and kicked a fantastic goal, but her second was one for the ages. Bucketing down at times and a heavy ball and wet ground, Patrikios managed to somehow kick a goal from the boundary line with an outside of the boot snap under pressure in which should not only be one of the highlights of the round, but highlights of the season.

#23 Grace Dicker

Talented bottom-ager who has a great blend of courage and natural talent. She won a free sliding into a contest to take a mark in the second term and moments later went back with the flight in another marking contest to impact in defence. She zipped around the ground and showed good acceleration, missed a couple of kicks with the wet ball, but just kept applying enormous amounts of defensive pressure, and applied a great spoil on a much taller opponent in the third quarter.

 

Eastern Ranges:

#3 Emerson Woods

The co-captain has put together a really consistent second half of the season and in the wet, she showed good leadership with strong hands. She wins the ball on the inside and often handballs into the path of her teammates running on the outside, directing them where to run and therefore leading by her actions. She is a quick thinker and has lightning quick hands in a stoppage. Knew to keep the ball moving and get it forward at all costs in poor conditions.

#21 Mikala Cann

A classy display in the wet with another good balance of offensive and defensive acts. Cann provided good tackling pressure and just continued to attack the contest hard throughout the four quarters. Despite the wet ball she seemed to be clean with her disposal and not flustered by the slippery conditions.

#38 Laura McClelland

Not a great day for forwards but McClelland did her best in the wet. She showed good hands out in front and in the pouring rain of the second quarter, managed to collect the ball off the deck with one swift pick-up, turned and disposed of it inside 50. She applied a good shepherd on the wing in the third term to allow her teammate to win the ball and then showed good defensive pressure inside 50 with a bone-crunching tackle.

 

Dandenong Stingrays vs. Bendigo Pioneers 

By: Julia Montesano

Dandenong Stingrays:

#1 Shelley Heath

Displayed a good quick burst out of a stoppage and delivered a nice kick inside 50. Displayed good work to hold the ball up for a stoppage and did nicely to trap the ball in a two-on-one. She won that battle as she got up on her feet first.

#3 Courtney Jones

Executed a nice wrap-around tackle, and her all-round tackling was great on the day. Jones worked hard to get the ball and when it didn’t go her way, she followed up with a second effort and created a stoppage. Took a great mark when she read the ball really well off Brooke Struylaart’s centring kick, just letting the ball go onto her chest. A highlight for me was when she had a set shot at goal. Jones dropped the ball lower on her run-up and just kicked it gently through the goal, which was smart play as she knew she couldn’t hack it because the wind would just take it. Displayed a high footy IQ in that instance. Executed a great one-two with Zoe Hill and then delivered a huge kick on the run which sailed through the goals. Jones really stepped up her game in the fourth quarter but had a good all-round performance.

#15 Jordyn Allen

Executed a great passage of play when she took a nice mark on the lead, gave off a quick handball and performed a nice one-two with a teammate. She was able to evade a tackler and gave off a quick handball on the inside to Lucy Cripps. She then evaded another tackle and got a kick away once the tackle stuck, showing great strength in the contest. Executed a great pick-up and spun her way out of trouble to kick well to a lead. Displayed excellent gut-running throughout the game, despite the trying conditions. 

 

#26 Isabella Shannon

Read the conditions well when she picked up the ball and kicked it along the ground. Executed a nice kick forward and took a great contested mark. Shannon played a good all-round game, not just inside 50 but all around the ground. Did well when she won a free kick for holding the ball, got a 50 metre penalty and scored a goal.  

#35 Lucy Cripps

For wet conditions, Cripps played the boundary line extremely well. This was shown when she displayed some nice work to keep the ball inside the boundary line and keep it alive for the Stingrays. In one instance, she got tackled but followed up well to pursue the ball. Executed a great pick-up on the boundary line and then gave off a nice quick handball to Isabella Shannon. Cripps displayed good work to follow up the ball and kept running after it after it got away from her. She did really well in one instance to shepherd the ball and got a kick into space. A highlight of Cripps’ game was when she managed to kick the ball out of the pack perfectly towards a target.

 

 

 

Bendigo Pioneers:

#19 Kodi Jacques

Jacques was outstanding for Bendigo. She displayed good hustle at the contest and good running to be involved wherever she could. Jacques fought hard for the footy and it paid off when she picked up the ball swiftly off the deck and got the ball into space. Executed a nice clearance, always seeming to find the footy. Jacques was able to get good penetration on her kicks and was rewarded through winning a couple of free kicks. Laid a good smother then did well to trap the ball to ensure it didn’t go anywhere. Executed a nice kick out of a stoppage and a nice fist over the boundary line. Did well in the heart of the contest where she got a few great clearances on the day. She read the taps perfectly and did everything she could for Bendigo. 

#20 Kate Douglass

Took a great mark in the back line and was able to follow up after missed marks. Worked really hard back there.  

#28 Megan Williamson

Displayed hard running towards the footy and was a general on-field leader. Williamson is a great role model for her teammates, always going in hard at the contest. She used the footy really well on the day and tackled hard when she needed to do so. She’s not so much a ‘wow factor’ player, but she’s certainly one that never stops working, and her efforts certainly don’t go unnoticed. 

 

Team Selection: TAC Cup Girls – Round 9

AFTER an extra four games in 2018 compared to last year, for 10 of the 12 TAC Cup Girls sides, their season comes to an end on Saturday. All 12 sides want to go out with a bang and each and every one of the six matches are being played at RAMS Arena for a ‘Super Saturday’ of football. For Geelong Falcons, they know they have a week remaining in their season, with their likely opponents the Northern Knights – unless the Sandringham Dragons pull off more than a miracle to overtake the Knights on percentage. For many, it is one last chance to watch the most talented junior footballers in action in what is expected to be a huge day for players, clubs, staff, families and friends.

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS v. OAKLEIGH CHARGERS

Saturday, May 12, 11.15am
RAMS Arena (Oval 2), Craigieburn

In the first game on the second oval at Craigieburn, the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels face the Oakleigh Chargers. The Rebels are firing on all cylinders of late, and welcome the likes of Hannah Simpson, Denver Henson and Maggie Caris into the side, with four changes confirmed for the final game of the season. Oakleigh has brought in Laura Mayne and centre-half back Emily Hastie, while Elisabeth Jackson is the one confirmed out.

Greater Western Victoria Rebels

B: 15. T. Jasper, 26. G. Pidgeon, 14. L. Sykes
HB: 6. N. Butler, 25. G. Clarke, 4. A. Nicholson
C: 27. N.  Dojiok, 44. E.  Bibby, 10. H.  Simpson
HF: 34. S. Glover, 21. D. Henson, 18. S. Van De Heuvel
F: 13. C. Leonard, 22. I. Rustman, 2. R. Saulitis
R: 35. R. Caris, 16. L. Butler, 23. S. Molan
Int: 43. M. Caris, 45. A. Humphries, 33. I. Robson, 28. I. Simmons
Emg: 11. T. Marra, 7. A. McAuliffe

In: A. McAuliffe, G. Pidgeon, I. Rustman, H. Simpson, M. Caris, D. Henson
Out: K. Harris,  A. Trigg,  T. Heath,  V. Jewell

Oakleigh Chargers

B: 15. A. Ling, 45. T. Cowan, 13. T. Morton
HB: 68. A. Dyer, 43. E. Hastie, 50. C. Nancarrow
C: 30. G.  Lagioia, 19. E.  Harley, 5. A.  van Oosterwijck
HF: 3. J. D’Amato, 18. I. Gietzmann, 10. A. Oloughlin
F: 38. D. Bateman, 14. H. McLaren, 29. M. Bertuna
R: 11. B. Winbanks, 16. A. Porter, 32. C. O’Malley
Int: 70. P. Fennell, 2. M. Hill, 69. L. Mayne, 51. G. Relph
Emg: 33. G. Byrne, 26. A. Micallef

In: E. Hastie, L. Mayne, G. Byrne
Out: E. Jackson

 

NORTHERN KNIGHTS v. MURRAY BUSHRANGERS

Saturday, May 12, 11.15am
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

On the main oval, Northern Knights will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season against an out-of-form Murray Bushrangers. The Bushrangers will be buoyed by a number of stars returning including Rebecca Webster, Claudia McKimmie and Olivia Barber all named in the side, while Grace Egan and Ada Chessor have been named as emergencies. The Knights will look to overcome the loss of Marnie Jarvis who is out for the round nine clash, while Gulia Ceravolo and Taylah Manson have made the interchange bench for the 11.15am clash.

Northern Knights

B: 27. P. Kearney, 26. E. Clayton, 13. M. Suzuki
HB: 12. O. Dikranis, 18. S. Sansonetti, 32. A. Snow
C: 1. M.  Antypas, 5. M.  Brancatisano, 17. C.  Fitzgerald
HF: 7. A. Bennett, 6. A. Bannan, 21. E. McKenzie
F: 24. A. Pronesti, 22. B. Gutknecht, 29. T. Pulcino
R: 4. N. O’Connor, 23. G. Newton, 3. N. Morris-Dalton
Int: 8. G. Ceravolo, 10. P. Chisholm, 14. J. Fitzgerald, 16. T. Manson
Emg: 33. T. Curavic, 20. J. McCarthy, 25. T. Mills, 30. M. Rodezno

In: G. Ceravolo, M. Rodezno, T. Curavic, T. Mills, T. Manson
Out: M. Jarvis

Murray Bushrangers

B: 16. E. Ashley-Cooper, 32. N. Watts, 14. A. Duguid
HB: 5. C. Hargreaves, 17. R. Webster, 26. E. Nicholson
C: 3. P.  Crelley, 22. T.  Smith, 33. M.  Trethowan
HF: 45. O. Barber, 1. J. Harvey, 8. O. Hall
F: 6. K. Adams, 37. S. Damon, 36. C. Mckimmie
R: 43. T. Verhoeven, 4. C. Knight, 19. M. Brown
Int: 13. E. Balaburov, 15. A. Favell, 34. E. McPherson, 9. C. Styan
Emg: 11. A. Chessor, 42. G. Egan, 25. E. Freeman

In: C. Styan , C. Mckimmie, R. Webster, E. Freeman, O. Barber, T. Verhoeven, A. Favell, G. Egan, O. Hall
Out: M. Burke , G. Kelly, H. Doohan, C. Boschetti, Z. Spencer, M. Jones

 

WESTERN JETS v. GEELONG FALCONS

Saturday, May 12, 1pm
RAMS Arena (Oval 2), Craigieburn

By the time the Geelong Falcons take the field they should have a confirmed grand final opponent – if the Knights do indeed get the four points – however a loss and the Falcons might cast their eyes over to the other ground where the Dragons are playing. Western Jets will look to finish their season on a high, bringing in four players including Hannah Bult and Kaitlyn O’Keefe who should both add some firepower to the Jets’ forward line. For the Falcons, Mia Sheppard in the one confirmed out from the side, with defender Sarah Hungerford taking her place in the 22 for the match.

Western Jets

B: 8. E. Gardner, 31. K. Rebuffo, 2. C. Gashi
HB: 27. P. Ozols, 30. I. Pritchard, 40. S. Whiting
C: 19. O.  Forsythe, 33. L.  Basto, 14. I.  Grant
HF: 43. C. Greiser, 39. C. Saxon-Jones, 12. K. O’Keefe
F: 15. H. Bult, 41. S. Forbes, 38. E. Hitch
R: 25. T. Kolevski, 16. E. Georgostathis, 13. C. Jansen
Int: 22. A. Chivell, 5. M. Daw, 21. M. Fenech, 44. C. Myors-Moore
Emg: 34. T. Evans, 17. I. Freeman, 28. E. Hannett, 9. N. Wright

In: H. Bult, C. Myors-Moore, A. Chivell, K. O’Keefe

Geelong Falcons

B: 21. K. Haustorfer , 36. A. Chapman, 20. D. Smith
HB: 37. S. Dinneen, 23. L. McEvoy, 27. D. Taylor
C: 35. S.  Walmsley, 39. T.  Love, 50. S.  Williams
HF: 31. E. Mahoney, 42. S. DeGiacomi, 18. N. Morrison
F: 40. E. Shannon, 38. R. Tierney, 2. E. Vella
R: 33. Z. Inei, 7. O. Purcell, 6. P. Sheppard
Int: 10. S. Atkins, 15. J. Devarakonda, 16. L. Gardiner, 34. S. Hungerford
Emg: 5. J. Dover, 28. L. Ryan, 26. M. Skinner

In: S. Hungerford, L. Ryan, J. Dover, M. Skinner
Out: M. Sheppard

 

GIPPSLAND POWER v. SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS

Saturday, May 12, 1pm
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

Sandringham fans will undoubtedly be keeping a close eye on the Knights’ match prior to the Dragons’ own match despite the most unlikely of miracles needing to happen. For those who like mathematical probabilities, there needs to be about an 80-point or more differential between a Sandringham win and a Northern loss for the Dragons to catch the Knights’ percentage. Julia Redmond returns for the final clash and has been named up forward, while defender Ella Cornish, and Charlize Bird are the other inclusions, while overager Jennifer Ross is an omission. For the Dragons, they have brought back some serious X-factor with the likes of Molly Denahy Maloney, Laura Amelung and Winnie Laing all back in to a side that is in red-hot form.

Gippsland Power

B: 47. E. Cornish , 45. L. Van Berkel, 48. C. Prestidge
HB: 6. E. Haeusler , 8. C. Abrahams , 17. S. Trewin
C: 13. H.  Andrews, 28. T.  Hanks, 30. A.  Rippon
HF: 12. M. Fitzsimon, 60. E. Williams, 27. N. Webber
F: 10. T. Dower, 65. J. Redmond, 11. S. Walker
R: 58. A. Dunn, 57. J. Ferguson, 49. M. Shaw
Int: 32. C. Bird, 29. C. Bray, 1. E. Jones, 50. M. Van Berkel
Emg: 7. L. Raymond , 34. S. Symes, 9. T. Whitehead

In: C. Bird, J. Redmond, S. Symes, E. Cornish
Out: J. Ross

Sandringham Dragons

B: 58. G. Bridges, 23. C. Bowen, 60. G. Strangio
HB: 2. W. Laing, 32. S. Hartwig, 65. C. Saultry
C: 30. E.  Brown, 43. A.  McKay, 5. J.  Tait
HF: 49. L. Amelung, 3. S. Rothfield, 38. M. Cairns
F: 25. I. Eddey, 50. H. Bate, 1. M. Wilson
R: 20. A. Dalley, 36. J. Owen, 64. E. McNamara
Int: 31. B. Arnold, 46. A. Burke, 33. M. Denahy Maloney, 39. M. Purcell
Emg: 40. N. Borg, 24. T. Grasso, 53. I. Stutt

In: W. Laing, L. Amelung, M. Denahy Maloney

 

DANDENONG STINGRAYS v. BENDIGO PIONEERS

Saturday, May 12, 2.45pm
RAMS Arena (Oval 2), Craigieburn

In the final game on oval two, the Dandenong Stingrays look to make it four from four to close out the season. The Stingrays have thrown the magnets around and brought in Zoe Hill, Alice O’Sullivan, Saige Bayne, Grace Hodder and Eloise Allen-Burns who have all shown they can be important players to the Stingrays outfit, while Molly McDonald is among three players out of the round nine side. For Bendigo, ruck Dayna Kelly-Guthrie returns as does important players midfielder Jemma Finning and small forward Maeve Tupper, while Maddie Baldwin is among four outs from their round eight team.

Dandenong Stingrays

B: 40. R. Clancy – Dillon, 51. Z. Hill, 46. J. George
HB: 15. J. Allen, 26. I. Shannon, 18. S. Bayne
C: 5. E.  Allen-Burns, 28. T.  Smith, 10. A.  Jordan
HF: 1. S. Heath, 35. L. Cripps, 44. S. Ryan
F: 19. B. Borchard, 31. B. Vernon, 4. J. Guy-Toogoo
R: 42. A. O’Sullivan, 3. C. Jones, 20. E. Wilson-Macdonald
Int: 45. M. Graham, 21. G. Hodder, 29. B. Struylaart, 16. A. West
Emg: 48. A. Carroll, 30. P. Swayn

In: Z. Hill, A. O’Sullivan, S. Bayne, G. Hodder, E. Allen-Burns
Out: M. McDonald,  N. Taylor,  A. Nagtzaam

Bendigo Pioneers

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

In: S. Barker, T. Bollard , D. Kelly-Guthrie, M. Tupper, J. Finning, B. Tranter
Out: M. Baldwin, T. Shepherd, G. Murley, I. Gould

 

CALDER CANNONS v. EASTERN RANGES

Saturday, May 12, 2.45pm
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

In the last game of the day, the Calder Cannons host the Eastern Ranges with both teams hoping to finish on a high. The speedy Grace Dicker is among three confirmed ins, while Kayley Reid and Sophie Cameron are out of the round nine side. For Eastern, Paige Buruma returns, as does the likes of full-back Sophia Zappia and Brittany Cubitt as 23rd player. Kate Ridley is the only confirmed out for the Ranges.

Calder Cannons

B: 11. A. Barba, 46. G. Elarmaly, 8. E. Vale
HB: 2. F. Theodore, 48. C. Brown, 9. M. Warburton
C: 22. M.  Muller, 3. M.  Prespakis, 41. G.  Prespakis
HF: 32. T. Fry , 17. E. Cornish, 34. Z. Hardiman
F: 23. G. Dicker, 49. T. Crook, 37. F. Holloway
R: 18. C. Rendelmann, 31. K. Petrevski, 21. G. Patrikios
Int: 38. L. Cocomello, 29. S. Elias, 25. A. Magri, 33. B. Pepper
Emg: 16. C. Hodgson, 43. C. Leahy, 27. E. Woodley

In: E. Woodley, G. Dicker, B. Pepper, C. Hodgson, K. Petrevski
Out: S. Cameron,  K. Reid

Eastern Ranges

B: 11. M. Edwards, 50. S. Zappia, 16. E. Horne
HB: 37. G. Macpherson, 49. C. Wilson, 48. L. Szigeti
C: 8. C.  Delbridge, 21. M.  Cann, 41. J.  Richardson
HF: 38. L. McClelland, 40. T. Merrett, 3. E. Woods
F: 18. A. Allsopp, 28. L. Kelly, 22. C. Chamberlain
R: 46. S. Kendall, 6. G. De Angelis, 39. O. Meagher
Int: 9. P. Buruma, 10. N. Cormack , 47. J. Provan, 45. M. Wandin
Emg: 34. S. Bowden, 36. J. Grace, 23. C. Smith
23P: 35. B. Cubitt

In: S. Zappia, J. Grace, S. Bowden, B. Cubitt, P. Buruma
Out: K. Ridley

Victorian squads named for National AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships

VICTORIA’S top youth girl prospects have been selected to represent Vic Metro and Vic Country at the upcoming AFL Women’s Under 18 and Under 16 National Championships.

The players will begin training immediately after the TAC Cup Girls Grand Final on Saturday, May 19, with the first training session to be held at Ikon Park the following day. A second training session will be held at Windy Hill on June 3 ahead of the competition with Vic Country Under 16s hosting Vic Metro on May 27 in both Albury and Horsham. On June 16, both Under 16s and Under 18s will face off against each other at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong. The teams then fly north to compete in the AFL Women’s Under 18 National Championships with three games held on July 9, July 11 and July 13.

Murray Bushrangers’ coach Sam Ahmet and Eastern Ranges’ coach Tom Humphrey will lead Vic Country and Vic Metro respectively. Geelong Falcons’ Jason Armistead and Geelong VFLW assistant coach Natalie Wood were named as Vic Country assistants, while Northern Knights’ coach Marcus Abney-Hastings and Calder Cannons’ coach Paul Tilley will be the Vic Metro assistants.

AFL Victoria Female Talent Manager Darren Flanigan said it is pleasing to have a number of current TAC Cup Girls head coaches overseeing the U18 teams.

“Both Sam and Tom have good knowledge of the competition and the players within it,” Flanigan said. “We have been able to attract strong assistant coaching staff as well, which the players will benefit from.

“The Academy program provides players with the perfect opportunity to test themselves against the best players at this level, and start to showcase their capabilities to recruiters for the upcoming AFLW draft later in the year.

“Draftees such as Darcy Guttridge, Eden Zanker, Bridie Kennedy and Maddy Guerin all performed well at the 2017 championships, which certainly helped their draft chances later in the year. “It is a great learning experience to be part of the U18 Academy program, learning from other players and coaches in the competition.”

At Under 16 level, players selected will benefit from being mentored by current and former AFLW and VFLW players Mel Hickey, Emma Grant, Katherine Smith and Lauren Morecroft.

“The ability of these players to provide their time will only benefit the those selected in our program,” Flanigan said.

“Playing at the highest level possible, they will be able to share their experiences from the various levels of the female talent pathway, and help educate and develop these players to be ready to take the next step with their football.

In the under 18s, the Vic Metro midfield could contain the likes of top prospect Madison Prespakis, and fellow AFLW Academy teammates Emerson Woods and Gabby Newton, while the likes of Georgia Patrikios, Britney Gutknecht and Daisy Bateman add some X-factor up forward. Mikala Cann, Maddy Brancatisano, Katie Lynch and Eleanor Brown are a number of other players likely to roam through the midfield, while in defence, Georgia Macpherson, Molly Warburton and Hannah McLaren will hold up the fort.

For Vic Country, their midfield will include an AFLW Academy littered centre line featuring Tyla Hanks, Nina Morrison, Rebecca Webster and Olivia Purcell, who will rove to fellow AFLW Academy ruck Rene Caris. Lucy McEvoy, Georgia Clarke, Lucy Cripps, Denby Taylor and Jordyn Allen provide some strong numbers in defence, while up forward, Courtney Jones, Nikia Webber and Sophie Van De Heuvel will be key targets.

Under 18s:

Vic Metro:

Calder Cannons: Grace Dicker, Georgia Patrikos, Madison Prespakis, Carla Rendelmann, Felicity Theodore, Molly Warburton
Eastern Ranges: Mikala Cann, Gabriella De Angelis, Sarah Kendall, Georgia Macpherson, Laura McClelland, Jenna Richardson, Lauren Szigeti, Charlotte Wilson, Emerson Woods
Oakleigh Chargers: Daisy Bateman, Gemma Lagioia, Katie Lynch, Hannah McLaren, Bridie Winbanks, Nicola Xenos,
Northern Knights: Maddy Brancatisano, Britney Gutknecht, Marnie Jarvis, Neve O’Connor, Gabby Newton, Sarah Sansonetti
Sandringham Dragons: Holly Bate, Eleanor Brown, Molly Denahy Maloney, Abbie McKay, Jemma Owen, Jasmine Tait
Western Jets: Elisabeth Georgostathis, Isabella Grant, Cleo Saxon-Jones

Vic Country:

Bendigo Pioneers: Maddie Baldwin, Kate Douglass, Kodi Jacques, Megan Williamson
Dandenong Stingrays: Jordyn Allen, Lucy Cripps, Shelley Heath, Courtney Jones, Molly McDonald, Isabella Shannon
Geelong Falcons: Abbey Chapman, Zoe Inei, Tarryn Love, Lucy McEvoy, Nina Morrison, Olivia Purcell, Denby Taylor
Gippsland Power: Amy Dunn, Emily Haeusler, Tyla Hanks, Nikia Webber
GWV Rebels: Lauren Butler, Rene Caris, Georgia Clarke, Nyakoat Dojiok, Sophie Molan, Sophie Van De Heuvel, Ella Wood
Murray Bushrangers: Julia Harvey, Millie Brown, Tamara Smith, Rebecca Webster

The championships will begin June, with list reductions made in the lead-up to the first game.

The full Under 16s squads will be named on Wednesday.

 

TAC Cup Girls: Team Selection – Round 8

ROUND eight marks the penultimate round of the TAC Cup Girls home and away season, intensifying the fight for a spot in the finals. Many teams have made some big changes through bringing in key players, while others have been faced with some big outs.

CALDER CANNONS v. DANDENONG STINGRAYS

Round 8 – Friday 4 May, 7.30pm
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

The Cannons will be without Molly Hemburrow and Grace Dicker but bring in a host of other players to fill the void. After missing round seven, forward, Terira Fry will take the field and be a good option inside 50 for the Cannons. They will also be pleased to see the return of star defender, Molly Warburton who will help to boost Calder’s line-up and complement the likes of Madison Prespakis in the middle off the ground.

The Stingrays have brought in six players for their round eight clash against the Cannons, with the likes of Jess Guy-Toogood down in defence. Key forward Brooke Struylaart will also return and will offer a great target up forward for Dandenong, while Natalie Eve Taylor will also take her spot in the forward line alongside Struylaart.

Calder Cannons

 B: 41. G. Prespakis, 46. G. Elarmaly, 8. E. Vale
HB: 11. A. Barba, 48. C. Brown, 21. G. Patrikios
C: 34. Z.  Hardiman, 38. L.  Cocomello, 43. C.  Leahy
HF: 29. S. Elias, 17. E. Cornish, 37. F. Holloway
F: 32. T. Fry , 49. T. Crook, 25. A. Magri
R: 18. C. Rendelmann, 3. M. Prespakis, 2. F. Theodore
Int: 30. S. Cameron, 22. M. Muller, 6. K. Reid, 9. M. Warburton
Emg: 44. I. McNeill-Wren, 33. B. Pepper, 27. E. Woodley

In: M. Warburton, S. Cameron, K. Reid, B. Pepper, T. Fry , I. McNeill-Wren
Out: M. Hemburrow,  G. Dicker,  I. Young

Dandenong Stingrays

 B: 46. J. George, 40. R. Clancy – Dillon, 4. J. Guy-Toogood
HB: 15. J. Allen, 35. L. Cripps, 16. A. West
C: 28. T.  Smith, 12. M.  McDonald, 31. B.  Vernon
HF: 1. S. Heath, 26. I. Shannon, 29. B. Struylaart
F: 48. A. Carroll, 44. S. Ryan, 39. N. Taylor
R: 45. M. Graham, 3. C. Jones, 20. E. Wilson-Macdonald
Int: 19. B. Borchard, 10. A. Jordan, 50. A. Nagtzaam, 30. P. Swayn
Emg: 5. E. Allen-Burns, 21. G. Hodder

In: N. Taylor, A. Nagtzaam, B. Struylaart, J. Guy-Toogood, E. Allen-Burns, P. Swayn
Out: T. Giddings-Constable, S. Stratton, Z. Hill, A. O’Sullivan

 

EASTERN RANGES v. MURRAY BUSHRANGERS

Round 8 – Saturday 5 May, 11.30am
Warrawee Park, Oakleigh

After a good win last week, the Eastern Ranges have not made many changes, only bringing in a handful of players. A big inclusion for the Ranges is the return of mid/forward, Olivia Meagher who will provide an extra spark across the ground. Brittany Cubitt, Sophia Zappia and co-captain, Charlotte Wilson have also been named in the line-up.

Murray will be without key player Rebecca Webster who provides great composure and footy smarts with ball in hand but will be boosted with the return of Ada Chessor and damaging forward Julia Harvey. Another big in for the Bushrangers is Sophie Damon who is a consistent and versatile player, while Grace Kelly has also been named to start up forward.

Eastern Ranges

 B: 11. M. Edwards, 23. C. Smith, 41. J. Richardson
HB: 37. G. Macpherson, 49. C. Wilson, 48. L. Szigeti
C: 8. C.  Delbridge, 21. M.  Cann, 24. K.  Ridley
HF: 38. L. McClelland, 40. T. Merrett, 3. E. Woods
F: 18. A. Allsopp, 28. L. Kelly, 22. C. Chamberlain
R: 46. S. Kendall, 6. G. De Angelis, 39. O. Meagher
Int: 10. N. Cormack , 16. E. Horne, 47. J. Provan, 45. M. Wandin
Emg: 34. S. Bowden, 9. P. Buruma, 35. B. Cubitt, 36. J. Grace, 50. S. Zappia

 In: S. Zappia, O. Meagher, L. Kelly, B. Cubitt, C. Wilson

Murray Bushrangers

B: 14. A. Duguid, 39. H. Doohan, 26. E. Nicholson
HB: 16. E. Ashley-Cooper, 32. N. Watts, 5. C. Hargreaves
C: 6. K.  Adams, 22. T.  Smith, 3. P.  Crelley
HF: 21. C. Boschetti, 1. J. Harvey, 41. Z. Spencer
F: 11. A. Chessor, 37. S. Damon, 10. G. Kelly
R: 34. E. McPherson, 4. C. Knight, 19. M. Brown
Int: 13. E. Balaburov, 40. M. Burke , 35. M. Jones, 33. M. Trethowan
Emg: 44. M. Eze, 25. E. Freeman

 In: G. Kelly, E. Freeman, S. Damon, J. Harvey, E. Balaburov, A. Chessor, M. Jones, M. Eze
Out: S. Locke, C. Mckimmie, G. Egan, E. Jones, O. Hall, R. Webster

 

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS v. WESTERN JETS

Round 8 – Saturday 5 May, 1.00pm
Warrawee Park, Oakleigh

In hope of claiming their third win for the season, the Oakleigh Chargers have made a few changes to their line-up, bringing Elisabeth Jackson and Tricia Cowan. Speedy midfielder Alana Porter has also been named which will help to boost the midfield depth for the Chargers. Absent from the clash will be Zoe Makris and Georgia Byrne who will watch from the sidelines.

The Western Jets will be pleased to see the return of talented forward, Caitlin Greiser who is a scoring machine while Eden Cassar has also been named as an emergency for the Jets clash against the Chargers. The likes of Allison Chivell and half-forward Jasmine Goodman have been not been named in this week’s squad.

Oakleigh Chargers

B: 2. M. Hill, 45. T. Cowan, 13. T. Morton
HB: 14. H. McLaren, 68. A. Dyer, 50. C. Nancarrow
C: 30. G.  Lagioia, 19. E.  Harley, 5. A.  van Oosterwijck
HF: 3. J. D’Amato, 29. M. Bertuna, 10. A. Oloughlin
F: 38. D. Bateman, 18. I. Gietzmann, 9. E. Jackson
R: 11. B. Winbanks, 32. C. O’Malley, 16. A. Porter
Int: 70. P. Fennell, 43. E. Hastie, 31. K. Hunter-Scott, 15. A. Ling, 26. A. Micallef, 51. G. Relph

In: P. Fennell, E. Jackson, A. Ling, G. Relph, A. Porter, T. Cowan
Out: L. Mayne,  T. Nichols,  Z. Makris,  G. Byrne

 Western Jets

B: 8. E. Gardner, 31. K. Rebuffo, 2. C. Gashi
HB: 27. P. Ozols, 30. I. Pritchard, 40. S. Whiting
C: 19. O.  Forsythe, 13. C.  Jansen, 14. I.  Grant
HF: 43. C. Greiser, 39. C. Saxon-Jones, 12. K. O’Keefe
F: 34. T. Evans, 41. S. Forbes, 38. E. Hitch
R: 25. T. Kolevski, 16. E. Georgostathis, 33. L. Basto
Int: 5. M. Daw, 21. M. Fenech, 17. I. Freeman
Emg: H. Bult, E. Cassar, M. Gregory, E. Hannett

In: E. Cassar, C. Greiser, H. Bult, E. Hitch, S. Forbes, I. Freeman
Out: A. Chivell, J. Goodman, A. Bolt

 

GEELONG FALCONS v. NORTHERN KNIGHTS

Round 8 – Saturday 5 May, 1.15pm
St Mary’s Oval (Kardinia Park West Oval), Geelong

Both teams have brought in the big guns for the top-of-the-table clash. The Falcons have made five changes to their line-up in hope to keep their undefeated record in-tact. After missing round seven, star defender, Denby Taylor is set to take the field along with midfielder Tarryn Love who has been absent from the team due to injury. Jemma Dover and Eliza Shannon have also been named in Geelong’s extended squad.

The Knights have brought in the cavalry ahead of their clash against the first-placed Falcons, naming leading goal-kicker Alyssa Bannan to help cause havoc up forward for Geelong. Abigail Bennett will also return for the Knights, helping to boost their forward line while the likes of Maeve Chaplin and Sarah Moore will be watching on from the sidelines.

Geelong Falcons

B: 37. S. Dinneen, 36. A. Chapman, 21. K. Haustorfer
HB: 32. M. Sheppard, 23. L. McEvoy, 27. D. Taylor
C: 18. N.  Morrison, 39. T.  Love, 35. S.  Walmsley
HF: 10. S. Atkins, 42. S. DeGiacomi, 16. L. Gardiner
F: 31. E. Mahoney, 38. R. Tierney, 50. S. Williams
R: 33. Z. Inei, 7. O. Purcell, 6. P. Sheppard
Int: 15. J. Devarakonda, 40. E. Shannon, 20. D. Smith, 2. E. Vella
Emg: 5. J. Dover, 34. S. Hungerford, 26. M. Skinner

In: T. Love, S. Williams, D. Taylor, J. Dover, E. Shannon
Out: L. Ryan, B. Thompson

Northern Knights

B: 27. P. Kearney, 26. E. Clayton, 32. A. Snow
HB: 10. P. Chisholm, 18. S. Sansonetti, 13. M. Suzuki
C: 12. O.  Dikranis, 5. M.  Brancatisano, 2. M.  Jarvis
HF: 7. A. Bennett, 6. A. Bannan, 21. E. McKenzie
F: 1. M. Antypas, 24. A. Pronesti, 22. B. Gutknecht
R: 4. N. O’Connor, 23. G. Newton, 14. J. Fitzgerald
Int: 17. C. Fitzgerald, 20. J. McCarthy, 3. N. Morris-Dalton, 29. T. Pulcino
Emg: 8. G. Ceravolo, 33. T. Curavic, 30. M. Rodezno

In: G. Ceravolo, A. Bannan, M. Rodezno, J. McCarthy, C. Fitzgerald, A. Bennett
Out: G. Malloy, M. Chaplin, S. Moore

SANDRIGNHAM DRAGONS v. BENDIGO PIONEERS

Round 8 – Saturday 5 May, 1.15pm
Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham

Though Sandringham are going from strength to strength they have made a host of changes, bringing in key defenders Nayley Borg and Chelsea Bowen to help shut down the Pioneers forward line. Isabella Stutt has also been included for their clash against the Pioneers while Molly Denahy Maloney and Ruby Woods have been listed as omissions.

On the other hand, the Bendigo Pioneers have only made three changes to their starting line-up with Tess Goodrem returning. The Pioneers will be without Dayna Kelly Guthrie, Maeve Tupper and forward Grace Barton for the trip to Sandringham.

Sandringham Dragons

B: 40. N. Borg, 60. G. Strangio, 65. C. Saultry
HB: 23. C. Bowen, 32. S. Hartwig, 58. G. Bridges
C: 30. E.  Brown, 43. A.  McKay, 5. J.  Tait
HF: 3. S. Rothfield, 39. M. Purcell, 53. I. Stutt
F: 50. H. Bate, 1. M. Wilson, 38. M. Cairns
R: 20. A. Dalley, 36. J. Owen, 25. I. Eddey
Int: 31. B. Arnold, 46. A. Burke, 24. T. Grasso, 64. E. McNamara
Emg: 49. L. Amelung, 2. W. Laing, 13. D. Walker

In: N. Borg, L. Amelung, I. Stutt, D. Walker, M. Cairns, C. Bowen
Out: G. Cooper, M. Denahy Maloney, R. Woods

Bendigo Pioneers

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

 In: T. Shepherd, T. Goodrem, G. Murley
Out: D. Kelly-Guthrie, M. Tupper, G. Barton

 

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS v. GIPPSLAND POWER

 Round 8- Saturday 5 May, 3.00pm

Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham

The Rebels rung in the changes for their match against the Power, making eight changes to their squad. The changes will see the inclusion of Chloe Leonard and Ella Bibby who will start in the forward line for Greater Western Victoria (GWV). Georgia Pidgeon and Hannah Simpson will be missing from defence but the Rebels have included the likes of Lauren Sykes to help fill the void down back.

After narrowly going down in round seven, the Gippsland Power will be pleased to see the return of forward, Nikia Webber who provides a great target inaide 50 and across the ground. Leila Raymond and Jennifer Ross are also set to take the field while Hayley Balmer and Tylah Whitehead have been named as emergencies for the match.

Greater Western Victoria Rebels

B: 11. T. Marra, 45. A. Humphries, 14. L. Sykes
HB: 15. T. Jasper, 25. G. Clarke, 4. A. Nicholson
C: 27. N.  Dojiok, 34. S.  Glover, 28. I.  Simmons
HF: 13. C. Leonard, 41. K. Harris, 18. S. Van De Heuvel
F: 44. E. Bibby, 43. M. Caris, 2. R. Saulitis
R: 35. R. Caris, 16. L. Butler, 23. S. Molan
Int: 6. N. Butler, 20. T. Heath, 5. V. Jewell, 33. I. Robson
Emg: 9. J. McAuliffe , 1. A. Trigg

In: A. Trigg, E. Bibby, A. Nicholson, L. Sykes, J. McAuliffe , C. Leonard, N. Butler, V. Jewell
Out: L. Moloney ,  G. Pidgeon,  I. Rustman,  B. Gregory,  H. Simpson,  D. Henson

 Gippsland Power

B: 17. S. Trewin, 65. J. Redmond, 45. L. Van Berkel
HB: 6. E. Haeusler , 8. C. Abrahams , 49. M. Shaw
C: 48. C.  Prestidge, 28. T.  Hanks, 30. A.  Rippon
HF: 13. H. Andrews, 27. N. Webber, 12. M. Fitzsimon
F: 1. E. Jones, 60. E. Williams, 11. S. Walker
R: 58. A. Dunn, 10. T. Dower, 57. J. Ferguson
Int: 29. C. Bray, 7. L. Raymond, 4. J. Ross, 50. M. Van Berkel
Emg: 21. H. Balmer, 9. T. Whitehead

In: J. Ross, N. Webber, L. Raymond, T. Whitehead, H. Balmer
Out: C. Bird, S. Beaton, E. Cornish

Weekend wash-up: TAC Cup Girls – Round 7

ROUND seven confirmed the two grand finalists for the TAC Cup Girls competition. The Geelong Falcons and Northern Knights have now won seven games in a row, and sit two games ahead of Sandringham and Eastern at third and fourth (respectively). All four teams had a win on the weekend and were joined by Greater Western Victoria (GWV) and Dandenong on the winners’ list.

Greater Western Victoria Rebels  5.8.38 defeated Murray Bushrangers 5.2.32

By: Peter Williams

The Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels continued their fantastic form with their third straight win, following a thrilling six-point victory over the Murray Bushrangers. The Bushrangers have found themselves on the opposite side of the formline, with the loss making it three consecutive defeats since going nine games without a loss in the first season and a half of TAC Cup Girls football. Both sides were impressive throughout with a number of AFLW Academy stars putting on a show.

For the winners, Georgia Clarke was immense at centre-half back in the first half, rebounding all the Murray attacks, while up the other end, Sophie Van De Heuvel booted two goals and could have had a couple more had it not been for a few unlucky misses, or unselfish plays. Sophie Molan continued her fantastic form through the midfield and around the ground, while up forward, the exciting Renee Saulitis booted a goal and almost had a second, just looking dangerous every time she went near it. Captain Lauren Butler was another consistent player across four quarters playing all across the ground.

The Bushrangers’ midfield was the shining loss in the defeat, with Rebecca Webster leading the way despite being closely watched by her opponents, while Tamara Smith, Chelsea Knight and Millie Brown all threw themselves into the contest. Kate Adams was lively between midfield and forward, while Grace Egan was solid off half-back, producing some good rebounds and run-and-carry.

Oakleigh Chargers 4.4.28 defeated by Dandenong Stingrays 8.8.56

The Dandenong Stingrays backed up their first win of the season last week with a clinical 28-point win over the Oakleigh Chargers. The Stingrays led all day but in a positive for the Chargers, they outscored the away side by a point in the last quarter.

Alice O’Sullivan was the best afield for the Stingrays and was joined by usual suspect, Jordyn Allen among the top Dandenong players. The Stingrays captain has been a consistent performer in the back line all season and Saturday was no different. Isabella Shannon backed up her two-goal performance last week with another two goals against the Chargers. Amie Carroll was one of seven goal-kickers for the Stingrays, and also found her name in the best for the away side.

Playing without last week’s best-on-ground, Katie Lynch was always going to be a big challenge for Oakleigh. But the Chargers had plenty of players who stepped up in her place, including Chloe O’Malley, Melanie Bertuna and captain, Hannah McLaren. Bridie Winbanks was named the best player for Oakleigh after having another dominant performance in the black and white. Cricketer Isabella Gietzmann got on the board with a goal and also featured among Oakleigh’s best.

Eastern Ranges 4.5.29 defeated Gippsland Power 3.2.20

By: Taylah Melki

In a close encounter, it was the Eastern Ranges that came away with a nine-point win over the Gippsland Power. Both teams brought their a-game and competed hard throughout the game, with plenty of good match-ups across the ground. The Power threw everything at the Ranges in the last quarter but the Ranges showed great composure and held on to claim their fifth win for the season.

For the Ranges, Emerson Woods impressed both in the air and at ground level, going in hard to win the footy. Woods took a few good strong marks and consistently provided an option for her teammates. Nicole Cormack also played a big role in the Ranges win, slotting an important goal in the dying minutes to help secure the victory for Eastern. Georgia Macpherson applied plenty of pressure and was clean in and around the contest while Catherine Chamberlain imposed herself on the scoreboard, slotting a major.

Tyla Hanks was in impressive form yet again for the Power, slotting a big goal to keep them in the game and racking up plenty of touches. Her ability to read the play allowed her to release her teammates into space and propel her team forward. Jazz Ferguson also had a stellar game for the Power, laying plenty of strong tackles and taking a heap of intercept marks. Ferguson was really strong around the contest and showed her clean hands in tight. Emily Haeusler was in fine form once again winning plenty of the footy while teammate Chelsea Bray slotted an important goal for the Power.  

Sandringham Dragons 8.9.57 defeated Western Jets 1.1.7

By: Carly McClen and Julia Montesano

Sandringham kept the Western Jets goalless until late in the last quarter, making more noise on the ground than ever before and proving it near impossible for the Jets to get the ball- not just into their attacking 50, but across the halfway line. Nobody could get near Dragons forward Holly Bate, who kicked five majors for the day while Kaitlyn O’Keefe kicked the only goal for the Jets late in the last quarter.

Midfielder, Eliza McNamara was among the standouts on the weekend, continuing to show how much of an asset she is to the Dragons line-up. Alice Burke and Bryanna Arnold stood up in defence and had solid performances. But it was Holly Bate who stole the show for Sandringham, kicking five goals in a dominant performance inside 50. Abbie McKay also got on the board with two majors, and was named among the Dragons’ best players. 

For the Jets, Elisabeth Georgostathis had another fine day through the middle of the ground and never gave up throughout the match. Isabelle Pritchard was solid once again in defence and continues to trouble opposition forwards. Cleo Saxon-Jones had another commendable performance while Isabella Grant found her name in Western’s best once again, proving how valuable she is to the side. 

Northern Knights 14.7.91 defeated Bendigo Pioneers 3.2.20

By: James Halley

After an even first quarter, it was all the Knights from then on as they piled on 12 goals to two to stay undefeated after seven rounds. At quarter time, the match could have gone either way, but the Knights flicked the switch and kicked five goals to none in the second term to give themselves a game winning 35-point lead at half time.

Britney Gutknecht was enormous with six goals, jumping to second on the league’s top goal kickers list. Ellie McKenzie was influential in the middle of the ground, and was assisted by Neve O’Connor dominating the ruck and getting plenty of hit-outs throughout the game.

Kodi Jacques was clearly the best for the Pioneers, digging in deep in the midfield all day while also kicking a goal. Captain, Megan Williamson and Dayna Kelly-Guthrie were among the other leading performers for the Pioneers. 

The Knights will look to claim top spot in round eight against Geelong Falcons in a top-of-the-table clash, while Bendigo will face another tough game against third-placed Sandringham.

Calder Cannons 4.2.26 defeated by Geelong Falcons 7.4.46

At the end of the first quarter, the Cannons were leading the Falcons, prompting them to go bang with a six-goal second quarter. Calder fought back in the third quarter with three goals but Geelong’s second quarter was dominant enough to secure the victory at RAMS Arena.

Sophie Walmsley had a dominant performance for the Falcons, kicking two goals for the day and having a strong presence around the ground. Ella Mahoney also got on the board with two majors in her first game of the season. Nina Morrison continued her stellar season in the midfield with a high work ethic throughout the match, and was complemented by Zoe Inei in the ruck.

Madison Prespakis again starred for the Cannons, playing in the midfield and contributing at full forward. Prespakis kicked two goals for the day and her on-field leadership was second-to-none. Carla Rendelmann starred in the ruck and absolutely dominated, winning plenty of hit-outs. Midfielders, Felicity Theodore and Grace Dicker were among the best for the Cannons, providing important run throughout the day.

Story so far: TAC Cup Girls – Metro

THE Story so far continues on from the Country sides, with a review of the TAC Cup Girls Metro sides. There have been plenty of impressive players and team performances across the first five rounds, with one metro team sitting second on the ladder. If the first five rounds are anything to go by, the next four rounds will be full of fantastic battles.

Calder Cannons

Position: 11th
Win-loss: 1 win – 4 losses
Percentage: 43%

Results:

R1: lost to Murray Bushrangers by 46 points
R2: lost to Northern Knights by 48 points
R3: defeated Western Jets by 12 points
R4: lost to Gippsland Power by 3 points
R5: lost to Sandringham Dragons by 55 points

The Calder Cannons enjoyed a premiership last season so coming into this year, they would have been hoping to continue their hot run of form. Unfortunately, they did not get off to the start that they would have liked, with heavy defeats against Murray Bushrangers and Northern Knights. But the competition was high as both are top four sides, and Calder were without draftees, Monique Conti, Chloe Molloy and Sarah Dargan, who were integral to their 2017 program. But this year, being the Calder captain has allowed the already talented Madison Prespakis to spread her wings. Prespakis has been unstoppable in the midfield and has really been able to lift her team when needed. She has been complemented by some great young talent in Felicity Theodore, Zoe Hardiman and Grace Dicker, who have all shown great signs throughout the season. The next four weeks could be tough for the Cannons, but with a young side willing to throw everything on the line, expect some close contests to finish off their 2018 campaign.  

Fixtures:

R6: vs. GWV Rebels
R7: vs. Geelong Falcons
R8: vs. Dandenong Stingrays
R9: vs. Eastern Ranges

Eastern Ranges

Position: 3rd
Win-loss: 4 wins – 1 loss
Percentage: 189%

Results:

R1: defeated GWV Rebels by 19 points
R2: defeated Dandenong Stingrays by 39 points
R3: defeated Oakleigh Chargers by 28 points
R4: defeated Bendigo Pioneers 17 points
R5: lost to Western Jets by 5 points

The Eastern Ranges’ season has been spectacular, despite a round five loss against the Jets. The TAC Cup Girls competition is all about development, meaning losses are often a good learning curve for the players. This is particularly good for the Ranges, who face ladder-leaders, Geelong in round six, where they would love to fix their mistakes from round five and claim a win. Players like Georgia Macpherson and Emerson Woods have been fantastic for Eastern and are showing no signs of slowing down. Forward Laura McClelland is the joint leading goalkicker in the competition with 11 majors, and has been prolific inside 50. In the midfield, it has been Gabriella De Angelis’ quick hands and Mikala Cann’s explosive speed that have been the catalyst behind the Ranges’ admired ability to swiftly penetrate the ball forward.

Fixtures:

R6: vs. Geelong Falcons
R7: vs. Gippsland Power
R8: vs. Murray Bushrangers
R9: vs. Calder Cannons

Northern Knights

Position: 2nd
Win-loss: 5 wins – 0 losses
Percentage: 268%

Results:

R1: defeated Dandenong Stingrays by 35 points
R2: defeated Calder Cannons by 48 points
R3: defeated Sandringham Dragons by 30 points
R4: defeated GWV Rebels by 16 points
R5: defeated Oakleigh Chargers by 51 points

The Northern Knights have been a surprise packet this year, going undefeated so far from five rounds. The wins have been extremely convincing, winning four out of five games by over 30 points. The Knights have an innate ability to burst the game open through one quarter of blistering footy, and leaders such as Madeline Brancatisano, Gabrielle Newton and Britney Gutknecht have been pivotal in these electric passages of play. Abigail Bennett has shown her versatility for the Knights with impressive stints both in the forward-line and in the midfield. Alex Pronesti and Alyssa Bannan have been a dangerous duo inside 50, kicking eight and 11 goals for the season, respectively. The Knights’ lesser-known players have also been standouts, with Ellie McKenzie running amok in each of her three games for the Knights, while Marnie Jarvis has provided fantastic speed throughout the season. Northern’s talent has stood up so far, and will need to continue to do so, as they face their fellow top-four sides in the last rounds of the season. These next four rounds could significantly shape the Knights’ season.

Fixtures:

R6: vs. Gippsland Power
R7: vs. Eastern Ranges
R8: vs. Geelong Falcons
R9: vs. Murray Bushrangers

Oakleigh Chargers

Position: 10th
Win-loss: 1 win – 4 losses
Percentage: 55%

Results:

R1: defeated Gippsland Power by 67 points
R2: lost to Sandringham Dragons by 33 points
R3: lost to Eastern Ranges by 28 points
R4: lost to Geelong Falcons by 70 points
R5: lost to Northern Knights by 51 points

The Oakleigh Chargers enjoyed a magnificent win in round one to open their season, however the next four rounds have not been ideal for the Chargers. They have not won a game since, but their development has been good. Gemma Lagioia, Alana Porter and Katie Lynch have been important in the midfield and have stood up when the side has been down. Captain Hannah McLaren has shown great leadership throughout Oakleigh’s 2018 campaign, demonstrating her versatility across the backline and through the middle of the ground. Players like Chloe O’Malley, Mimi Hill and Nicola Xenos have also had convincing performances in patches throughout the season. The Chargers play four of the bottom six teams coming up, in which they can prove a point to the rest of the competition.

Fixtures:

R6: vs. Bendigo Pioneers
R7: vs. Dandenong Stingrays
R8: vs. Western Jets
R9: vs. GWV Rebels

Sandringham Dragons

Position: 6th
Win-loss: 3 wins – 2 losses
Percentage: 136%

Results:

R1: lost to Geelong Falcons by 20 points
R2: defeated Oakleigh Chargers by 33 points
R3: lost to Northern Knights by 30 points
R4: defeated Dandenong Stingrays by 15 points
R5: defeated Calder Cannons by 55 points

The Sandringham Dragons have plenty of talent in their side, with players like Sarah Hartwig holding up the backline, Eliza McNamara dominating in the midfield, and Maddison Wilson playing well up forward. Eleanor Brown has been damaging all over the ground and has proved that she can have an impact in any position, while captain Jemma Owen has been in fine form of late. The Dragons have now won two consecutive games and have a chance to keep their momentum going against a Murray side who experienced its first loss in the TAC Cup Girls competition in round five. Despite no AFLW Academy members in the side, Sandringham still has the firepower to match it up against the sides that do.

Fixtures:

R6: vs. Murray Bushrangers
R7: vs. Western Jets
R8: vs. Bendigo Pioneers
R9: vs. Gippsland Power

Western Jets

Position: 9th
Win-loss: 1 win – 4 losses
Percentage: 57%

Results:

R1: lost to Bendigo Pioneers by 37 points
R2: lost to Gippsland Power by 15 points
R3: lost to Calder Cannons by 12 points
R4: lost to Murray Bushrangers by 25 points
R5: defeated Eastern Ranges by 5 points

It was extremely pleasing to see the Western Jets get their first win of the TAC Cup Girls competition as their development has been positive throughout the season. Isabelle Pritchard has been solid in defence, Isabella Grant can make an impact wherever she plays, and Elisabeth Georgostathis has been sensational through the middle of the ground. Despite four losses to start the season, the losses were not heavy, with the biggest loss coming in round one against Bendigo. But in the last two weeks in particular, we have seen the emergence of forward, Caitlin Greiser. Greiser has kicked seven goals in two rounds and will continue to be a key cog inside 50 as the Jets approach the Stingrays in round six, who are yet to win a game in 2018.

Fixtures:

R6: vs. Dandenong Stingrays
R7: vs. Sandringham Dragons
R8: vs. Oakleigh Chargers
R9: vs. Geelong Falcons

TAC Cup Girls previews: Round 5

WITH the AFLW Academy stars out of TAC Cup Girls action this week, it will undoubtedly be a test of depth for all sides across the board. Headlining the round five action is the battle between two undefeated teams in Murray and Geelong. This will be the last of a triple-header at Bendigo in what is set to be a huge day, and round, of TAC Cup Girls football.

WESTERN JETS V. EASTERN RANGES

Round 5 – Saturday April 7, 12.15pm
Williamstown Football Ground, Williamstown

In the first true home match for the Jets, they go into the game relatively unscathed with Isabella Grant being the only AFLW Academy member for Western. But they come up against the Eastern Ranges who remain undefeated after four rounds of TAC Cup Girls football.

This will be an opportunity for Western’s defence to mimic the efforts of the Pioneers last week, who kept Eastern to four goals. Katarina Rebuffo has been one of the standouts for the Jets this season and could play a big role on the weekend. Caitlin Greiser has been named in the ruck, but could assert her dominance up forward after being the sole goal-kicker for the Jets last round.

For the Eastern Ranges who have to travel to the other side of town, it will no doubt be a big test for them to get a win. Although they are undefeated, Western is hungry for a victory and Eastern’s depth will have to match the pace of the young Jets. The Ranges can trust in Lauren Szigeti who played a wonderful game against Bendigo in defence. They will also have the speedy Mikala Cann in the midfield to provide some inside run and speed.

 

BENDIGO PIONEERS V. GIPPSLAND POWER

Round 5 – Sunday April 8, 11am
Epsom Huntly Reserve, Epsom

This will be an intriguing battle between two young sides. The Pioneers boast the likes of Megan Williamson and Kodi Jacques in the midfield while the Power have plenty of depth to fill Tyla Hanks’ absence this week.

Co-captain Amy Dunn will have the opportunity to take the reigns on her own at Epsom and will undoubtedly be complemented by Jazz Ferguson and Alana Rippon, who have been among Gippsland’s best players each week. The Power also have a strong defensive set-up this week with Julia Redmond and Emily Haeusler floating across half-back.

Bendigo comes into the game with an unchanged side after restricting top side Eastern Ranges to just four goals last week. Keep an eye out for Jemma Finning and Maddie Baldwin who have been playing some wonderful footy for the Pioneers. Kate Douglass has been outstanding in defence and will look to minimise the impact of Chandra Abrahams and Nikia Webber, who booted two goals in a row last week in a match-winning performance.

 

NORTHERN KNIGHTS V. OAKLEIGH CHARGERS

Round 5 – Sunday April 8, 12.15pm
Preston City Oval, Preston

All eyes will be on Oakleigh in this game as gun players Hannah McLaren and Gemma Lagioia will sit out the match at Preston this week after being involved in a head clash in round four. The story is not any better for the Knights as they will be without versatile leader, Gabby Newton who is in the AFLW Academy.

However Northern has a strong line-up of players and they will certainly step up in Newton’s absence. Abigail Bennett played another stellar game last week and would be keen to get on the scoreboard in this match, starting on the half-forward flank. A key name on the team sheet is Ellie McKenzie in the midfield. McKenzie has been playing fantastic in defence since her round three debut, and will be tested against Oakleigh’s Alana Porter and Mimi Hill .

One of the biggest ins for the Chargers is star midfielder, Katie Lynch who will undoubtedly provide some firepower through the middle of the ground. Lynch was one of the best performers in her last TAC Cup game in round three and she is likely to be up there again at Preston. Daisy Bateman and Melanie Bertuna also come into the side and will be looking to tear it up in the forward-line against a formidable Northern backline.

 

DANDENONG STINGRAYS V. GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS

Round 5 – Sunday April 8, 12.45pm
Epsom Huntly Reserve, Epsom

In the second game of a triple-header at Bendigo, the Stingrays and the Rebels will go head-to-head with some key players missing from the game. For Dandenong, Jordyn Allen, Courtney Jones and Brooke Struylaart will sit out the round five clash while Sophie Van De Huevel, Rene Caris and Georgia Clarke will watch from the sidelines for Greater Western Victoria (GWV).

But the Rebels still have plenty of firepower in their side, with Lauren Butler likely to dominate in the midfield. Nyakoat Dojiok has hardly put a foot wrong this season and will be looking to put the pressure on the Stingrays with her pace. Sophie Molan will also be a huge presence in the midfield alongside Butler and Dojiok, getting shifted there in the absence of Caris in the ruck.

Shelley Heath will line up for the Stingrays in the midfield as she always does and could go head-to-head with the likes of Butler and Molan, which should be an intriguing battle. Also keep an eye out for Eloise Allen-Burns and Lucinda Cripps, who have been as consistent as ever in defence. Samantha Ryan will start at full-forward for the Stingrays and will be hungry to kick some goals to lead her side to their first win of the season.

 

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS V. CALDER CANNONS

Round 5 – Sunday April 8, 1.15pm
Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham

The Sandringham Dragons are arguably one of the strongest sides going into this round with no AFLW Academy absentees holding them back. It is a different story for the Cannons though as captain, Madison Prespakis as well as Georgia Patrikios and Molly Warburton will have to sit out the match.

Prespakis has been Calder’s best player in pretty much every match they have played this season so her loss will be a massive test for the Cannons. To soften the blow of her absence, the Cannons have the speed and acceleration of Grace Dicker as well as the endurance of Faith Holloway to provide some run through the middle of the ground. Zoe Hardiman will line up forward alongside Georgia Marsland, who was proactive inside 50 last week.

But Hardiman and Marsland could have a battle on their hands with Sarah Hartwig, Alice Burke and Laura Amelung in great form across the back-line. Eliza McNamara and Jasmine Tait will look to nullify the impact of Dicker and Holloway in the midfield, and could also float around the ground to add some versatility to the Dragons line-up. Jemma Owen played a true captain’s game against Dandenong and will be looking to lead her side to a win at home.

 

GEELONG FALCONS V. MURRAY BUSHRANGERS

Round 5 – Sunday April 8, 2.30pm
Epsom Huntly Reserve, Epsom

Round five has saved the best until last with two undefeated teams going head-to-head at Epsom. But both teams have quite a lengthy list of outs. Geelong will be without Lucy McEvoy, Olivia Purcell, Denby Taylor, Eliza Shannon and Nina Morrison. The Bushrangers will be without Rebecca Webster, Eloise Ashley-Cooper and Millie Brown.

But Murray still has star player Grace Egan, who will start forward after playing in defence throughout the season. Julia Harvey and Tamara Smith will also still be running around for the Bushrangers, and will be looking to continue their red-hot form against Geelong. Chelsea Knight and Sophie Damon will be key players in the midfield as they aim to combat the Falcons who are fresh off a 70-point victory.

Despite the absence of five key players, Geelong’s side still looks strong as Sophie Walmsley, Paige Sheppard and Tarryn Love headline the midfield. Abbey Chapman and Mia Sheppard will look to hold down the fort in defence in the absence of Denby Taylor. The Geelong forward-line is still strong with Sachi DeGiacomi dominating at half-forward while Renee Tierney is coming off a four-goal performance last week.

Weekend Wash-up: TAC Cup Girls – Round 4

THE TAC Cup Girls ladder experienced plenty of movement after round four, with a new ladder-leader emerging. Geelong now sits at the top of the ladder after a 70-point win over the Chargers, overtaking the Northern Knights. After finishing at the bottom of the ladder last season, Gippsland now sits in fifth place after coming off two wins and a draw in the last three rounds. Meanwhile Dandenong moved off the bottom of the ladder thanks to a convincing performance against the Sandringham Dragons. 

Dandenong Stingrays 5.6 (36) defeated by Sandringham Dragons 8.3 (51)

By: Peter Williams

In one of the most thrilling matches of the year, Sandringham Dragons claimed an important 15-point victory over Dandenong Stingrays at Doveton. The Dragons moved to a win-loss ratio of 2-2 after the win, while the Stingrays remain remarkably winless despite being competitive in every match. It was a tight tussle for most of the contest, with the Dragons getting out to as much as a 24-point lead at one stage, before the Stingrays booted three consecutive goals to get within three points. Luckily late goals to Alice Burke and Eliza McNamara iced the game, but it was quite a contest.

It was a captain’s day for both sides as Jemma Owen and Jordyn Allen produced sensational performances for their respective teams. Owen provided great run-and-carry from half-back down the wing, while Allen played a strong role at half-back before going forward, taking a contested grab and hurling her team back into the match with a great goal. Isabella Shannon also starred for the Stingrays, while Courtney Jones was a consistent performer across the four quarters.

For the Dragons, they had no shortage of contributors, with Burke, Abbie McKay, Isabella Eddey and Georgia Emberton among the top players. Laura Amelung was damaging at ground level and always looking dangerous up forward, while Brooke Struylaart was equally threatening up the other end. Lucinda Cripps did her best for the Stingrays in defence, while Sarah Hartwig was consistent alongside Cripps.

Bendigo Pioneers 2.4 (16) defeated by Eastern Ranges 4.9 (33) 

The Eastern Ranges continued their undefeated streak with a 17-point win over Bendigo. But the Pioneers fought hard throughout the match, keeping the Ranges to just four goals on Tuesday. The win means that the Eastern Ranges sit third on the ladder while Bendigo moved up to eighth spot. 

Laura McClelland continues to be the leading goal-kicker in the TAC Cup Girls competition after kicking two goals to back up her four-goal performance against the Chargers. McClelland was the Ranges’ only multiple goal-kicker with Mikala Cann and Marina Taverna each kicking one. Lauren Szigeti continues to improve each week and played a wonderful game against the Pioneers. Usual suspect and co-captain Emerson Woods had another great game in Eastern colours, continuing her great run of form. 

For the Pioneers, Kate Douglass wandered up forward to boot a goal for the home side and played a great all-round game. Megan Williamson shone once again with another dominant performance, backing up her best-on-ground performance last round. Maddie Baldwin and Jemma Finning also backed up their solid performances last week and gave their all in Bendigo’s 17-point loss. 

Murray Bushrangers 7.4 (46) defeated Western Jets 3.3 (21) 

By: Taylah Melki

A dominant first quarter helped the Murray Bushrangers set up an impressive win, ultimately coming out 25-point victors against the Western Jets. The Bushrangers came out firing in the opening quarter, hitting targets and booting multiple goals and applying immense pressure to the young Jets side. After quarter time, the Jets did well to restrict the Bushrangers, booting two of their own goals, keeping the eventual winners to just one goal per term in the final three quarters.

The Bushrangers piled on four goals to one in the first term with Millie Brown bagging two goals in the opening term. They capitalised on their scoring opportunities when going forward and applied plenty of forward pressure to trap the footy inside 50 for most of the quarter. The Bushrangers looked dangerous each time they went forward and took plenty of big grabs in the forward 50 to set up shots at goal.

Rebecca Webster was at her damaging best again for the Murray Bushrangers, racking up plenty of touches and competing hard for the footy. Her work in and around the contest was impressive and her effective ball use helped her teammates get into damaging positions in the forward line. Millie Brown was also a key player for the Bushrangers, scoring two goals in the opening term of the game. Tamara Smith impressed for Murray, competing hard to win the footy and laying some good strong tackles to help trap the ball inside their forward 50.

For the Western Jets, Caitlin Gashi showcased her speed and evasive skills to move her way through contests and win the footy. Isabella Grant also showed her speed and ability to run and carry the ball, while Caitlin Greiser was a force to be reckoned after bagging three goals for the game. Greiser showed accuracy in front of goal and a lot of composure to score all the majors for her team.

Northern Knights 7.11 (53) defeated Greater Western Victoria Rebels 6.1 (37)

By: James Halley

Round four of the TAC Cup Girls competition saw the Northern Knights looking to keep their undefeated streak alive against the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels at South Morang. The Knights ended up defeating the Rebels in a see-sawing affair. Northern was able to defend impressively against the wind in the final term, as throughout the rest of the game it was a three-goal breeze.

The Knights had many positives to bring out of the match as Alexandra Pronesti showed her worth in the forward half, kicking two early goals and being an imposing figure in the match. She often demanded two or three Rebels opponents as they noted how dangerous she could be early. Abigail Bennett was also instrumental in Northern’s win. She was important for the Knights in transition as she could break the lines and get through the traffic. When the game was standing still and becoming more like a rugby scrum, players like Bennett were needed to stand up to get the ball onto the outside and create scoring opportunities. Jessica Fitzgerald was also a prominent ball-user early in the contest. She seemed to be everywhere, gathering lots of touches and being a big presence on the ground. In one instance she kicked an impressive goal in general play, managing to convert while being tackled, which added to her day out.

Although it was not the Rebels’ day, they could still draw some positives out of their defeat. Nyakoat Dojiok looked really lively and gave the Rebels a spark late when she was pushed to half-forward from the wing. Her running capabilities were really impressive, especially on the wing. When she was pushed forward she created three chances on goal but could only convert one, but that one was a goal to behold on a highlight reel. Sophie Van De Heuvel was instrumental up forward, kicking a goal from the boundary which was a sight to see. Georgia Clarke was also key for the Rebels down back as she took many intercept possessions and was often trusted with distributing the ball out of the back half.

Gippsland Power 6.2 (38) defeated Calder Cannons 5.5 (35) 

After round four, Gippsland is the feel-good story of the TAC Cup Girls competition so far. The Power got their first win of the competition in round two, drew the undefeated Murray Bushrangers in round three and defeated the reigning premiers in round four. The Cannons sure put up a fight at Morwell though, only going down by three points in a close encounter. 

Nikia Webber was dominant in front of goal, bagging a crucial three majors for the day. Webber has been one of Gippsland’s most consistent players and she continued her solid form on Tuesday. Meanwhile Tyla Hanks had another blinder as she dominated in the midfield throughout the game. Usual suspects Amy Dunn, Jazz Ferguson and Emily Haeusler also played a big part in the Power’s nail-biting win at Morwell. 

It was no surprise that Madison Prespakis dominated for Calder. Prespakis continued her dominant season in the midfield and dug in deep for the Cannons throughout the match. Forward, Georgia Marsland came in for her first match of the season and kicked a goal to give Calder its biggest lead of the match. Georgia Patrikios backed up her great performance last round with another solid outing on Tuesday, as did Grace Dicker. 

Oakleigh Chargers 0.3 (3) defeated by Geelong Falcons 11.7 (73)

The Geelong Falcons put on a clinical performance against Oakleigh, locking the ball in their forward half for most of the match. The Falcons were on the ball right from the opening bounce, with their midfielders and forwards working in tandem to put the home side under pressure right away. Their defenders held down the fort in the defensive 50, preventing Oakleigh from scoring a goal throughout the whole match. This win sees the Falcons take first spot on the ladder and solidifies that they are serious premiership contenders. 

It was a hot footy at the start of the game with the ball often being stuck in congestion, but Geelong’s Denby Taylor was pivotal in penetrating the ball from the back-line to allow her team to surge forward. Taylor’s long kick got the ball moving for the Falcons and was key in their 70-point win. Captain, Lucy McEvoy was clinical through the midfield and up forward, bringing her teammates into the game with slick hands and clever kicks. Olivia Purcell was the standout midfielder of the day with incredible running and her innate ability to leap over opponents to take some great marks. Purcell tackled hard as usual and was able to burst through the congestion to clear the ball into space. Renee Tierney made the forward-line her own with a swagger of goals, and played one of her best games of the year. 

Nicola Xenos dug in deep for the Chargers all day and made the clubroom end of the ground her own. Xenos rebounded the ball extremely well off the half-back line and was able to get Oakleigh out of trouble at times. Alana Porter had a solid game at Warrawee Park with plenty of one percenters. Porter was able to get the hard ball, lay some great tackles and ran hard all game for the Chargers. Chloe O’Malley was another Oakleigh player who did not stop trying all day. O’Malley went in hard for the ball and got plenty of it, playing a consistent all-round game for the home side. 

Team selection: TAC Cup Girls – Round 4

THERE are plenty of changes for round four of the TAC Cup Girls competition which will be played on Tuesday following the long Easter weekend. With names such as Sophie Van De Heuvel, Rene Caris, Isabella Gietzmann and Paige Buruma among those set to return, the teams are packed to the brim full of talent. As they are scattered across Victoria, it is hoped plenty of spectators will get down to check out the top junior girls football competition in the state.

DANDENONG STINGRAYS vs. SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS 
Round 4 – Tuesday, April 3, 12pm
Robinson Reserve, Doveton

In the opening game of the round, Dandenong Stingrays will take on Sandringham Dragons at Doveton in what could be the match of the round. The Stingrays are still searching for their first win, while the Dragons have one win from three matches, but both sides seem considerably better than their win-loss ratios. The Stingrays have made three changes to the side that fell short against the Geelong Falcons in round two, and are looking quite strong across the pitch.

Stingrays Eloise Allen-Burns, Courtney Jones and Lucinda Cripps will hold down the fort in defence, while Jordyn Allen, Isabella Shannon and inclusion Eliza Wilson-Macdonald will look to take advantage through the middle. The half-forward line of Shelley Heath, Samantha Ryan and Brooke Struylaart looks ominous and will match up well against the Dragons’ half-backs.

Winnie Laing will start on-ball after beginning in defence the last couple of weeks, while Eleanor Brown will look to continue her red-hot form along the wing. Sarah Hartwig is a lynch-pin in defence, while Jasmine Tait, Alice Burke and Abbie McKay are among the other players who have had some good form of late.

Dandenong Stingrays

B: 5. E. Allen-Burns, 51. Z. Hill, 37. J. Lilley
HB: 3. C. Jones, 35. L. Cripps, 12. M. McDonald
C: 46. J.  George, 20. E.  Wilson-Macdonald, 28. T.  Smith
HF: 1. S. Heath, 44. S. Ryan, 29. B. Struylaart
F: 2. S. Stratton, 42. A. O’Sullivan, 31. B. Vernon
R: 45. M. Graham, 26. I. Shannon, 15. J. Allen
Int: 19. B. Borchard, 40. R. Clancy – Dillon, 47. L. Metcalfe, 7. L. O’Connell-Webb

In: L. O’Connell-Webb, J. Lilley, E. Wilson-Macdonald
Out: A. Jordan,  N. Taylor,  G. Hodder

Sandringham Dragons

B: 58. G. Bridges, 24. T. Grasso, 46. A. Burke
HB: 49. L. Amelung, 32. S. Hartwig, 23. C. Bowen
C: 30. E.  Brown, 43. A.  McKay, 5. J.  Tait
HF: 25. I. Eddey, 3. S. Rothfield, 36. J. Owen
F: 31. B. Arnold, 50. H. Bate, 1. M. Wilson
R: 20. A. Dalley, 64. E. McNamara, 2. W. Laing
Int: 48. N. Amiet, 33. M. Denahy Maloney, 56. G. Emberton, 60. G. Strangio

In: T. Grasso, G. Emberton, N. Amiet, C. Bowen
Out: T. Tysoe

BENDIGO PIONEERS vs. EASTERN RANGES
Round 4 – Tuesday, April 3, 1pm
Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve, Epsom Huntly

The Bendigo Pioneers will be looking to bounce back from two consecutive losses when they welcome the Eastern Ranges to Epsom Huntly on Tuesday. The Ranges are in superb form having not lost a game and will be looking to continue their winning streak in round four. Respective captains, Megan Williamson for the Pioneers, and Emerson Woods and Charlotte Wilson for the Ranges, will lead from the front in the clash to try and get their teams over the line.

While goalkicking forward Sophie Kerridge will be a big loss for the Pioneers, the two sides have made a combined 12 changes meaning there will be plenty of fresh talent out on the park. Kodi Jacques will no doubt continue her strong form through the midfield, while Kate Douglass is a rock in defence. 15 year-old Grace Barton will head straight to full-forward and is one of many bottom-age and 15/16 year-olds fronting up for the Pioneers side. Dayna Kelly-Guthrie will have her work cut out for her in the ruck taking on the in-form Sarah Kendall, while winger Jemma Finning and rover Maddie Baldwin are others who will form a strong Pioneers midfield.

For Eastern, the half-back line of Wilson, Georgia Macpherson and Lauren Szigeti provide plenty of rebound out of defence, while Olivia Meagher will move into the strong midfield group including Woods and Mikala Cann after Meagher played and outstanding match last week. Laura McClelland is the dangerous half-forward, while Paige Buruma is a strong inclusion to an already talented squad. The Ranges have good depth across the park and the game is expected to be quite fast with plenty of nimble, smaller players, while the Ranges height could be a key factor in the game.

Bendigo Pioneers

B: 3. C. Isaac, 32. S. Reilly, 14. O. Taverna
HB: 24. E. Gretgrix, 20. K. Douglass, 25. T. Stewart
C: 11. J.  Finning, 28. M.  Williamson, 21. H.  Spencer
HF: 30. B. Heiden, 8. S. Knoll, 26. L. Newton
F: 27. B. Hards, 7. G. Barton, 1. M. Tupper
R: 9. D. Kelly-Guthrie, 19. K. Jacques, 2. M. Baldwin
Int: A. Bodilly, 15. T. Goodrem, 29. E. Snell, 5. E. Turnbull

In: A. Bodilly, E. Snell, E. Gretgrix, S. Knoll, G. Barton, L. Newton, H. Spencer
Out: E. Cooper,  S. Kerridge ,  T. Coad,  G. Murrell,  M. Ward,  G. Sladden,  I. Gould

Eastern Ranges

B: 18. A. Allsopp, 43. A. Tognazzini, 45. M. Wandin
HB: 37. G. Macpherson, 49. C. Wilson, 48. L. Szigeti
C: 35. B.  Cubitt, 39. O.  Meagher, 8. C.  Delbridge
HF: 6. G. De Angelis, 42. M. Taverna, 38. L. McClelland
F: 47. J. Provan, 28. L. Kelly, 15. J. Torney
R: 46. S. Kendall, 21. M. Cann, 3. E. Woods
Int: 9. P. Buruma, 16. E. Horne, 51. J. McCormick, 41. J. Richardson

In: M. Wandin, J. McCormick, A. Tognazzini, L. Kelly, J. Torney, P. Buruma
Out: M. Kendall, N. Cormack , C. Chamberlain, S. Bowden

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS vs. WESTERN JETS
Round 4 – Tuesday, April 3, 1.45pm
Memorial Oval, Euroa

Both these teams will have a point to prove heading into round four. After a draw last week, the Bushrangers will be going all-out to collect the four points against the Western Jets in their clash at Memorial Oval, Euroa. But for the Jets, they almost knocked off Calder Cannons to claim their first win in the competition, but a last quarter burst by the Cannons saw Calder take the win.

On Tuesday, the Bushrangers head in with another strong side, minus Kate Adams who was among five changes for the home team. With Grace Egan and Eloise Ashley-Cooper providing great support down back, Rebecca Webster the star in midfield, and Sophie Damon, Julia Harvey and Claudia McKimmie providing plenty of firepower up forward, there is no shortage of depth across the team. Small midfielder Tamara Smith has shown some good form this season, as has ruck Olivia Barber who can also turn a game down forward.

For the Jets, they have made at least seven changes with three added to emergencies for their road trip up north. Their key forward combination of Isabella Grant, Cleo Saxon-Jones and Caitlin Greiser will provide plenty of height inside 50, while Isabella Pritchard and Maddison Eve-Fenech have been named as respective half-backs. Last week Elizabeth Georgiostathis was named in our TAC Cup Girls Team of the Week after some great form, while the exciting Kelera Ratu is among the inclusions for Western.

Murray Bushrangers

B: 33. M. Trethowan, 44. M. Eze, 32. N. Watts
HB: 16. E. Ashley-Cooper, 42. G. Egan, 14. A. Duguid
C: 11. A.  Chessor, 17. R.  Webster, 3. P.  Crelley
HF: 19. M. Brown, 5. C. Hargreaves, 1. J. Harvey
F: 8. O. Hall, 37. S. Damon, 36. C. Mckimmie
R: 45. O. Barber, 22. T. Smith, 4. C. Knight
Int: 40. M. Cook, 25. E. Freeman, 23. E. Hibble, 34. E. McPherson

In: C. Hargreaves, M. Cook, E. Hibble, M. Eze, E. Freeman
Out: K. Adams,  T. Verhoeven,  S. Locke,  C. Boschetti,  E. Nicholson

Western Jets

B: 1. M. Gregory, 42. A. Bolt , 26. I. Negri
HB: 21. M. Fenech, 40. S. Whiting, 30. I. Pritchard
C: 22. A.  Chivell, 19. O.  Forsythe, 27. P.  Ozols
HF: 43. C. Greiser, 14. I. Grant, 12. K. O’Keefe
F: 15. H. Bult, 39. C. Saxon-Jones, 2. C. Gashi
R: 25. T. Kolevski, 16. E. Georgiostathis, 8. E. Gardner
Int: 33. L. Basto, 3. A. Lowe, 44. C. Myors-Moore, 20. K. Ratu

In: K. Ratu, K. O’Keefe, A. Bolt , I. Negri, E. Cassar, A. Lowe, M. Gregory, H. Bult, E. Hannett, S. Forbes
Out: L. Spargo, L. Wright, T. Evans, J. Goodman, I. Freeman, K. Rebuffo, M. Daw

GIPPSLAND POWER vs. CALDER CANNONS
Round 4 – Tuesday, April 3, 2.45pm
Morwell Recreation Reserve, Morwell

Heading down the highway on Tuesday, Gippsland Power face the Calder Cannons at home. Gippsland has collected six of a possible eight points in the past two weeks, while Calder won its first game of the season against Western last weekend. A head-to-head between Power star Tyla Hanks and Calder gun Madison Prespakis would be a highlight for spectators.

Gippsland’s form over the past fortnight has unearthed some more depth with defenders Emily Haeusler and Julia Redmond, midfielders Alana Rippon and Ebony Jones, and forwards Nikia Webber, Chandra Abrahams and the versatile ruck/forward/midfielder Jazz Ferguson all impressive of late. The Power have some impressive kicks of the football and they will look to control the tempo and hit-up targets down forward while running all day long.

Calder will look to win the midfield battle with Prespakis, Georgia Patrikios, Grace Dicker and Felicity Theodore among the names rotating through there. Patrikios played her best game for the season last week with a strong performance going forward and kicking a crucial last quarter goal. Down back, Eleanor Cornish and Molly Warburton will provide good support, while up forward, Rose Love and Georgia Marsland are just a couple of four tall targets up front for the Cannons, while Zoe Hardiman will provide the crumbing work at ground level.

Gippsland Power

B: 29. C. Bray, 65. J. Redmond, 17. S. Trewin
HB: 6. E. Haeusler , 45. L. Van Berkel, 49. M. Shaw
C: 1. E.  Jones, 28. T.  Hanks, 30. A.  Rippon
HF: 8. C. Abrahams, 27. N. Webber, 12. M. Fitzsimon
F: 47. E. Cornish , 60. E. Williams, 4. J. Ross
R: 58. A. Dunn, 31. L. Berry, 57. J. Ferguson
Int: 13. H. Andrews, 21. H. Balmer, 2. S. Beaton, 9. T. Whitehead

In: S. Beaton, L. Raymond , S. Symes, T. Whitehead, H. Balmer, E. Cornish
Out: S. Walker,  T. Dower,  M. Van Berkel

Calder Cannons

B: 29. S. Elias, 48. C. Brown, 44. I. McNeill-Wren
HB: 8. E. Vale, 17. E. Cornish, 9. M. Warburton
C: 11. A.  Barba, 23. G.  Dicker, 21. G.  Patrikios
HF: 32. T. Fry , 28. R. Love, 34. Z. Hardiman
F: 49. T. Crook, 15. G. Marsland, 25. A. Magri
R: 18. C. Rendelmann, 2. F. Theodore, 3. M. Prespakis
Int: 4. T. Cook, 37. F. Holloway, 31. K. Petrevski, 35. I. Young

In: H. Cooke, K. Sutton, G. Elarmaly, L. Philippou, G. Marsland, T. Cook
Out: M. Muller, C. Hodgson

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS vs. GEELONG FALCONS
Round 4 – Tuesday, April 4, 2.45pm
Warrawee Park, Oakleigh

Oakleigh Chargers will be able to test themselves against another genuine challenger this week in the Geelong Falcons. The Chargers were well beaten by the Eastern Ranges last week, but managed to show signs later in the game they could compete with the top clubs. Geelong racked up its third week against the Stingrays, but had a real fight on its hands for most of the game.

The Chargers have some really talented ball users through the midfield, with Gemma Lagioia on the wing with Mimi Hill attacking from the other side of the ground. Hannah McLaren and Bridie Winbanks straighten up the side in the key position forward posts, while Nicola Xenos provides some run out of defence with Amber Micallef. The team will be without Katie Lynch this week but could finally see Isabella Gietzmann in action who was due to play last week but did not. Alana Porter, Emily Harley and Charlotte Moon are a strong onball brigade, with Porter having speed to burn.

Looking at Geelong’s side, the versatile Lucy McEvoy has been named in the centre just when you thought the Falcons ominous midfield could not get any stronger. Nina Morrison and Olivia Purcell are among the top midfielders in the competition and they will look to rove to Zoe Inei who has shown good form early in the season. Up forward, Sachi DeGiacomi has become a target, while Samantha Atkins provides great tackling pressure, as does Denby Taylor down back.

Oakleigh Chargers

B: 50. C. Nancarrow, 45. T. Cowan, 17. N. Xenos
HB: 6. T. Johnson, 39. T. Nichols, 26. A. Micallef
C: 2. M.  Hill, 70. P.  Fennell, 30. G.  Lagioia
HF: 29. M. Bertuna, 14. H. McLaren, 43. E. Hastie
F: 33. G. Byrne, 11. B. Winbanks, 18. I. Gietzmann
R: 21. C. Moon, 19. E. Harley, 16. A. Porter
Int: 52. L. Harris, 9. E. Jackson, 15. A. Ling, 32. C. O’Malley

In: E. Hastie, I. Gietzmann, G. Relph, Z. Makris, A. Dyer
Out: A. van Oosterwijck,  K. Lynch

Geelong Falcons

B: 24. S. Dinneen, 23. A. Chapman, 22. M. Sheppard
HB: 11. K. Haustorfer , 21. S. Hungerford, 17. D. Taylor
C: 16. K.  Gleeson, 15. L.  McEvoy, 10. N.  Morrison
HF: 8. S. Atkins, 26. S. DeGiacomi, 9. L. Lesosky-Hay
F: 18. S. Milsome, 25. R. Tierney, 1. E. Vella
R: 19. Z. Inei, 7. O. Purcell, 14. T. Love
Int: 30. E. Allan, 12. J. Devarakonda, 27. E. Lawson, 20. S. Walmsley

In: S. Hungerford, E. Allan Out: P. Sheppard, M. Skinner

NORTHERN KNIGHTS v. GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS
Round 4 – Tuesday, April 3, 2.45pm
Mill Park Lakes Recreation Reserve, Mill Park

A bolstered GWV Rebels outfit will travel to Mill Park full of confidence after obtaining victory over Bendigo Pioneers – the Rebels’ first for the season. Meanwhile the Knights need no confidence booster, having met every challenge thrown at them thus far. This game is building to be a great contest, as both sides will front up with plenty of stars out on the park.

The midfield battle in particular will be one to watch. The Knights have got Neve O’Connor, Britney Gutknecht, Gabby Newton and Maddy Brancatisano on-ball, while Alyssa Bennett and Mika Suzuki provide the need for speed down back. Nell Morris-Dalton and Alyssa Bannan are strong targets up forward for the Knights, while Jess and Ciara Fitzgerald, and Alex Pronesti are among the made players that can rotate through the forward line. Many are excited to see what Ellie McKenzie can do this week after the 15 year-old was sensational off half-back last weekend.

For the Rebels, Rene Caris comes in for her first game of the season and is named at full-forward, while the talented and classy Sophie Van De Heuvel also returns to the team among five changes. Van De Heuvel joins the in-form pair of Lauren Butler and Sophie Molan on the ball, while Nyakoat Dojiok and Hannah Simpson will provide drive into the forward line. Centre-half back Georgia Clarke will be a leader in defence, while the likes of Isabella Simmons and Nekaela Butler will provide support across the ground coming off the bench.

Northern Knights

B: 1. M. Antypas, 26. E. Clayton, 27. P. Kearney
HB: 7. A. Bennett, 18. S. Sansonetti, 13. M. Suzuki
C: 12. O.  Dikranis, 5. M.  Brancatisano, 2. M.  Jarvis
HF: 17. C. Fitzgerald, 3. N. Morris-Dalton, 14. J. Fitzgerald
F: 8. G. Ceravolo, 6. A. Bannan, 24. A. Pronesti
R: 4. N. O’Connor, 22. B. Gutknecht, 23. G. Newton
Int: 10. P. Chisholm, 21. E. McKenzie, 25. T. Mills, 34. M. Uwland

In: M. Uwland, S. Sansonetti, M. Rodezno, T. Mills
Out: T. Manson

Greater Western Victoria Rebels

B: 34. S. Glover, 26. G. Pidgeon, 14. L. Sykes
HB: 15. T. Jasper, 25. G. Clarke, 7. A. McAuliffe
C: 27. N.  Dojiok, 18. S.  Van De Heuvel, 10. H.  Simpson
HF: 13. C. Leonard, 21. D. Henson, 2. R. Saulitis
F: 9. J. McAuliffe , 35. R. Caris, 22. I. Rustman
R: 43. M. Caris, 16. L. Butler, 23. S. Molan
Int: 6. N. Butler, 11. T. Marra, 19. K. McAloon, 28. I. Simmons

In: K. McAloon, R. Caris, S. Van De Heuvel, T. Heath, M. Caris
Out: K. Harris, E. Bibby, A. Nicholson, E. Wood, I. Robson