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Team Selection: VFLW – Round 13

WITH five teams returning from the Round 12 bye, plenty of fresh legs will be ready to take to the field in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition. Some teams have opted to make few changes, trusting that the week off has allowed the girls to rest, while others continue to make lots of alterations. Round 13 sees some new faces, some important re-inclusions and the prospect for plenty of good football, kicking off with the Casey Demons and Carlton.

 

CASEY DEMONS v. CARLTON

Saturday August 4, 10:30am
Casey Fields, Cranbourne

The Casey Demons have made five key changes to their Round 13 team who will take on the Blues on Saturday. After being sidelined last week, Demons fans will be excited to see AFLW player, Claudia Whitfort back in the mix alongside Catherine Phillips and Kasey Guttridge. While recent recruit, Talia Radan has been named out this week, another recruit for Melbourne’s 2019 AFLW team, Maddison Gay, arriving from Carlton’s AFLW team, has been selected for her first game in the red and navy blue. Dandenong Stingrays product, Georgia Gourlay has been named as the 23rd person.

Coming off a big win last week, the Blues will be looking to continue to prove themselves in what should be a tight contest between eighth and ninth on the ladder. Carlton have selected four inclusions highlighted by AFLW talents, Reni Hicks and Alison Downie. Also coming back into the side are former Sandringham Dragon TAC Cup Girls Best and Fairest, Olivia Vesely and the consistent Sarah Last. Kerryn Harrington, Isabella Gietzmann and Natalie Plane will all miss the clash.

Casey Demons

B: 22. K. Guttridge, 27. A. Harrison, 17. S. Scott
HB: 28. M. Gay, 29. E. Zanker , 2. A. Newman
C: 9. A.  Johnson, 34. D.  Guttridge, 35. C.  Phillips
HF: 16. C. Sheriff, 14. T. Orgill, 20. C. Whitfort
F: 7. B. Jakobsson, 26. S. Sloane, 25. M. Shevlin
R: 18. K. Bentvelzen , 41. T. Mesiti, 13. K. Smith
Int: 46. E. Haeusler , 47. M. Hogg, 10. K. Hore, 15. S. Phillips
23P: 23. G. Gourlay

In: G. Gourlay, C. Whitfort, K. Guttridge, M. Gay, C. Phillips
Out: S. Fyfield,  B. Struylaart,  T. Radan

Carlton

B: 34. A. Chuot, 25. T. Morgan, 22. G. Fisher
HB: 27. K. Cox, 50. J. Borg, 6. G. Pound
C: 55. C.  Dalton, 10. S.  Hosking, 90. B.  Walker
HF: 40. K. Harvey, 30. A. Downie, 18. T. Lucas-Rodd
F: 20. C. Bromage, 3. D. Vescio, 7. S. Last
R: 36. C. Moody, 66. O. Vesely, 19. G. Gee
Int: 8. M. Brancatisano, 82. N. Burns, 24. R. Hicks, 37. B. Schultz
23P: 31. R. Caris

In: O. Vesely, A. Downie, R. Hicks, S. Last
Out: I. Gietzmann, N. Plane, K. Harrington

 

GEELONG CATS v. RICHMOND

Saturday August 4, 11.30am
GMHBA Stadium, Geelong

Sitting just inside the top four, Geelong will need a big win against Richmond, who sit with only three wins so far for the season. Geelong has not made many changes to its team ahead of the match as the Cats come off a bye in Round 12. They have however made two key changes, reintroducing some faces in Jamie Woollett and Millie Klingbeil. Leopold junior, Woollett returns from injury to take on the Tigers after rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament in July last year, while Klingbeil has been named as part of the starting 22, coming off the emergency list. Geelong Falcons ruck, Zoe Inei has been named as the 23rd player.

AFLW talent, Lauren Tesoriero has not been named for this week’s match, leaving big shoes to fill in Richmond’s Round 13 list. Strong Murray Bushrangers defender, Grace Egan has been named in alongside Jacqueline Radnell, Emily Findlay and Louise Bieniara. On the other hand, Courtney Wakefield, Natarsha Bamblett and Grace Bibby have not been selected after a physical match against the Blues last week.

Geelong Cats

B: 54. G. Clarke, 44. R. Goring, 26. R. Pearce
HB: 25. E. Coventry, 24. M. McMahon, 34. A. McDonald
C: 4. C.  Blakeway, 13. M.  Fogas, 3. H.  Burchell
HF: 5. J. Ivey, 2. D. Orr, 33. H. Trevean
F: 7. M. Clifford, 6. M. Boyd, 8. K. Darby
R: 46. E. Hoare, 45. M. Keryk, 30. R. Cranston
Int: 11. M. Klingbeil , 17. H. Mangan, 40. A. Teague, 1. J. Woollett
23P: 49. Z. Inei

Richmond

B: 69. E. Burry, 63. J. Graham, 65. E. King
HB: 54. L. Bailey, 73. L. Davie, 83. J. Gardner
C: 60. K.  Dempsey, 87. G.  Egan, 88. P.  Monahan
HF: 72. J. Radnell, 70. E. Findlay, 76. E. Ross
F: 75. B. Lynch , 90. S. Damon, 78. V. Tonin
R: 68. A. Edmonds, 59. A. Woodward, 52. J. Kennedy
Int: 84. L. Bieniara, 53. K. Dixon, 64. E. Gunn, 75. B. Lynch
23P: 92. T.Smith

In:  J. Radnell, E. Findlay, L. Bieniara, G. Egan
Out: C. Wakefield , N. Bamblett, G. Bibby, L. Tesoriero

 

WILLIAMSTOWN v. NT THUNDER

Saturday August 4, 11.30AM
Avalon Airport Oval, Werribee

Williamstown will not go into Round 13 as favourites, as it takes on the strong performing NT Thunder. In a hope to shake the tables, Williamstown has made seven important changes. Former Queensland Women’s Australian Football League (QWAFL) player, Morgan Lowe will be a welcome addition to this week’s side as well as Georgia Harris, Jess Duffin, Megan Williamson, Jess Bartolo and Isabelle Porter. Western Jets talent, Sharnie Whiting has also been promoted to the starting line-up this week after being named as the 23rd player in Round 11, leaving room for Maddison James to take on that role. 

Once again, NT Thunder has made plenty of changes to accommodate for the travel to Williamstown this weekend. Highlighting the inclusions are vice-captains, Sally Riley and Lisa Roberts as well as influential forward, Jessica Sedunary who has so far kicked 14 goals for the season with no sign of stopping. The Thunder will also be re-injecting some experience this week with Dayna Cox, Courtney Cramey and Anne Hatchard all being named in. Also in this week are Jasmyn Hewett, Stevie-Lee Thompson, Georgia Bevan, Sam Barnett, Katie Streader and Jordann Hickey. South Australia Under-18 representative, Nikki Gore has been named as the 23rd player.

Williamstown

B: 1. R. Dardengo, 10. B. Hateley, 34. J. Reid
HB: 19. E. Meade, 31. J. Cranny, 8. C. Portelli
C: 22. M.  Lowe, 17. S.  Chapman, 11. K.  Smith
HF: 12. G. Harris, 33. S. Van De Heuvel, 24. A. Saxton
F: 2. J. Duffin, 39. S. Whiting, 36. M. Williamson
R: 9. R. Achampong, 35. J. Bruton, 16. A. Cameron
Int: 23. J. Bartolo, 44. I. Porter, 20. S. Seabrook, 13. N. Wallace
23P: 37. M. James

NT Thunder

B: 16. S. Armitstead, 10. S. Barnett, 13. L. Roberts
HB: 14. C. Cramey, 37. S. Allan, 53. S. Thompson
C: 33. D.  Cox, 3. A.  Foley, 32. K.  Streader
HF: 5. M. Roberts, 55. T. Thorn, 31. J. Sedunary
F: 24. G. Bevan, 27. A. Hatchard, 11. J. Hickey
R: 20. J. Hewett, 17. E. Swanson, 8. S. Riley
Int: 18. T. Holtze, 21. K. Irvine, 9. L. Jeffrey, 38. M. Keeble
23P: 48. N. Gore

In: A. Hatchard, J. Sedunary, J. Hewett, C. Cramey, S. Riley, G. Bevan, S. Thompson , K. Streader, N. Gore, S. Barnett, L. Roberts, D. Cox
Out: M. Ellis, J. Iacono, K. Rosenzweig, E. Jones, R. Forth, J. Allan, J. McCormick, A. Holmes

 

DAREBIN  v. HAWTHORN

Saturday August 4, 12pm
Bill Lawry Oval, Northcote

Darebin has made four changes going into Round 13 where it will take on the formidable Hawks outfit. AFLW player, Nicole Callinan will look to bring some experience and class to Darebin’s game this Saturday. Strong forward, Georgia Hammond has been named in alongside Maddy Guerin and Lena Skipper. Missing out this week will be Tamara Olcorn, Shannon Egan, Esther Honybun and Lauren Jacobs.

Hawthorn will be desperate for a win this week, sitting third on the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s ladder but missing out on top spot only by percentage. Needing to get across the line this week, the skipper, Emma Mackie will be a welcome addition to the side as well as Greater Western Sydney (GWS) forward, Phoebe McWilliams. Vic Metro Under 18 representative, Sarah Kendall comes in for her first game of the season after proving her talent in the TAC Cup Girls competition. The Eastern Ranges ruck has been named as the 23rd player.

Darebin

B: 31. E. Gardner, 10. G. Lawson-Tavan, 21. K. Roe
HB: 32. G. Colvin, 14. M. McDonald, 49. R. Hibbert
C: 15. A.  Lister, 9. M.  Eastman, 11. K.  Tyndall
HF: 12. J. Dal Pos, 20. M. Guerin, 13. K. Shierlaw
F: 44. S. Fairchild, 22. G. Hammond, 43. H. Mouncey
R: 40. L. Pearce, 30. E. O’Dea, 7. L. Mithen
Int: 2. N. Callinan, 45. N. Deiter, 24. B. Patterson, 35. L. Skipper
23P: 39. M. Jarvis

Hawthorn

B: 21. P. Randall, 32. K. Ebb, 36. J. Van Dyk
HB: 13. E. Nixon, 4. S. Carroll, 31. J. Sibley
C: 9. M.  Kuys, 1. E.  Mackie, 12. T.  Nestor
HF: 8. R. Beeson, 25. M. Hutchins, 14. O. Flanagan
F: 22. T. Luke, 7. P. McWilliams, 28. S. Perkins
R: 19. L. Wotton, 6. J. Crockett-Grills, 5. C. Perera
Int: 33. E. Gilder, 3. E. Mcilvena , 35. C. O’Donnell, 43. E. Woods
23P: 44. S. Kendall

In: E. Mackie, P. McWilliams, S. Kendall
Out: M. Cann

 

WESTERN BULLDOGS v. SOUTHERN SAINTS

Sunday August 5, 12pm
Henry Turner Memorial Reserve, Footscray

Sixth and seventh on the ladder come head to head this week at Henry Turner Memorial Reserve, and both teams will be hungry for the win as finals approach. Coming off a bye last week, knowing they need to win all games to make finals, the Dogs will be raring to go and have brought in two AFLW heavyweights for the occasion. Premiership duo, Hannah Scott and Lauren Spark will debut this weekend for the Bulldogs VFLW team and will be expected to bring all their experience and finesse in order to get the job done. VU Western Spurs junior, April Goldring also comes in for her first game, while Bailey Hunt, Deanna Berry and Ellie Blackburn have been rested.

The Southern Saints have made five changes to their Round 13 side. Alison Brown will be an important addition this week, who is sure to bolster the Saints midfield. Also coming in this week are Kelly Thompson, Sophie Bolding, Georgia Ricardo and Eastern Ranges defender, Charlotte Wilson.

Western Bulldogs

B: 9. T. Dinuccio, 14. E. Gamble, 38. C. O’Brien
HB: 29. J. Davies, 18. E. Birch, 11. L. Spark
C: 20. R.  Gastin, 10. S.  Jolly, 42. N.  Paul
HF: 15. R. Ashley, 12. J. Francke, 22. H. Scott
F: 28. T. Hamilton, 32. A. Mifsud, 35. S. Ruedin
R: 47. N. McMahon, 17. A. Guest, 36. A. Gogos
Int: 19. T. Ernst, 40. N. Gills, 31. A. Gunn, 41. A. Scott
23P: 43. A. Goldring

Southern Saints

B: 11. T. Annear, 45. S. Binder, 30. C. Wilson
HB: 17. L. Olsen, 38. S. Karlson, 19. A. Silver
C: 39. E.  Brown, 2. A.  Brown, 43. S.  Heath
HF: 40. M. Maitland, 15. T. Bohanna, 24. K. Ripari
F: 49. A. Allsopp, 13. C. Munn, 35. G. De Angelis
R: 28. R. Watt, 8. A. Drennan, 32. S. Johnson
Int: 36. S. Bolding, 21. D. Lawrence, 4. G. Ricardo, 16. K. Thompson
23P: 6. J. Tait

In: S. Bolding, K. Thompson, E. Brown, G. Ricardo, C. Wilson
Out: J. Owen, J. Rolland, C. Jones, T. Gordon

 

ESSENDON  v. COLLINGWOOD

Sunday August 5, 1pm
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

Returning from its Round 12 bye, Essendon has made three changes this week. This includes Calder Cannons representative Eleanor Cornish, who is now the first graduate from Essendon’s development train-on squad. She will come in as the 23rd player in her debut match. Alexa Madden and Irena Malliaras have also been named in.

Collingwood has made 11 changes ahead of its Round 13 match-up. AFLW talent has been brought in and out of Collinwood’s side this week with Chloe Molloy, Eliza Hynes and Sarah D’Arcy all making room for Holly Whitford, Jaimee Lambert and Ruby Schleicher to take to the field. Paris Davey, Julia Halaseh-Russo, Carle Rooks, Ally Bild, Elise Korteman, Bianca Jones, Amy Malander and Vic Metro forward, Daisy Bateman have also all been selected to play.

Essendon

B: 15. L. Caruso, 20. J. Anwyl, 41. M. Warburton
HB: 17. T. Hetherington, 7. K. Hicks, 25. R. Neaves
C: 46. C.  Ugle, 22. N.  MacDonald, 9. L.  Williams
HF: 37. I. Malliaras, 16. L. Morecroft, 35. V. Moreau
F: 3. M. DeMatteo, 18. K. Heil, 1. J. Trend
R: 30. S. Nalder, 8. H. Bullas, 44. M. Collier
Int: 4. N. Hardy, 26. A. Madden, 27. A. Morcom, 39. C. Rendelmann
23P: 10. E. Cornish

Collingwood

B: 48. A. Bild , 18. R. Schleicher, 61. A. Malander
HB: 22. S. Casey, 17. S. Chiocci, 21. I. Ross
C: 60. J.  Halaseh-Russo , 47. J.  Edwards, 90. C.  Rooks
HF: 8. B. Bonnici, 66. D. Bateman, 28. H. Whitford
F: 54. H. Grubb, 49. S. Alexander, 81. B. Jones
R: 92. S. King, 5. E. Grant, 13. J. Lambert
Int: 56. P. Davey, 62. E. Korteman, 67. H. McLaren, 41. K. Stratton
23P: 68. S. Yoannidis

In: P. Davey, H. Whitford, J. Halaseh-Russo, C. Rooks, A. Bild ,E. Korteman, B. Jones, D. Bateman, A. Malander, J. Lambert, R. Schleicher
Out: N. Hildebrand, C. Molloy, J. Ferguson, E. Hynes, G. Buchan, K. Lee, S. Marsh, N. Hales, S. D’Arcy

Crunching the numbers: VFLW – Round 4

WITH so many talented TAC Cup Girls making the transition to the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s, this week’s number crunching will look at 10 top-age prospects who had an impact for their sides at senior level.

1 Madison Prespakis (Calder Cannons -> Melbourne University)
23 disposals (70 per cent efficiency), five marks, five tackles

It is no surprise to see Prespakis up the top of the list, notching up 23 disposals at 70 per cent efficiency, while also taking five marks and five tackles. The former Cannons captain did not miss a beat in stepping up to the senior level and it is to easy to see why she will be considered with the top pick in the AFL Women’s National Draft.

2 Eleanor Brown (Sandringham Dragons -> Southern Saints)
25 disposals (52 per cent efficiency), three marks, seven tackles, one goal

Brown had a habit of just finding the ball at TAC Cup Girls level, and it appears her methods have worked at senior level as well. Not only did she pick up 25 disposals – the most of any top-age prospect this round – but she also took three marks and laid seven tackles. Her debut with the Southern Saints was capped off with a goal.

3 Megan Williamson (Bendigo Pioneers -> Williamstown)
15 disposals (60 per cent efficiency), five marks, nine tackles, one goal

The hardworking midfielder loves the contested work and that was clear when she was named the Seagulls best from 15 disposals. Laying nine tackles and taking five marks while also getting forward to boot a goal, Williamson is one who is ready for the senior football and it showed on the weekend with a top performance.

4 Daisy Bateman (Oakleigh Chargers -> Collingwood)
11 disposals (36 per cent efficiency), two marks, two tackles, three goals

While the permanent forward just had the 11 touches, Bateman booted three goals in a game where goals were a premium, and for an 18 year-old to do that against more experienced opponents is important. She also laid two tackles and took two marks.

5 Tyla Hanks (Gippsland Power -> Carlton)
20 disposals (45 per cent efficiency), five tackles, one goal

No surprises to see Hanks make the list as well, notching up 20 disposals and laying five tackles in her debut in the Navy Blue. She also booted a goal and showed she was not overwhelmed by the more experienced opposition, and will be another who is selected in the top handful of picks.

6 Sophie Van De Heuvel (GWV Rebels -> Wiliamstown)
21 disposals (33 per cent efficiency), three marks, eight tackles

Van De Heuvel really stepped up for the Seagulls in their first win, amassing 21 disposals, taking three marks and laying eight tackles. The GWV Rebels product is often not as big of a ball winner as others in the TAC Cup Girls competition, but usually uses it well. She did record just the 33 per cent efficiency, but in challenging conditions it was good to see her get her hands on it – also booting two behinds.

7 Georgia Clarke (GWV Rebels -> Geelong)
Eight disposals (88 per cent efficiency), two tackles

A really promising display coming in as the 23rd player for Geelong. The GWV Rebels AFLW Academy member racked up eight disposals and seven of them found a target, while also laying two tackles in the blue and white hoops.

8 Lauren Butler (GWV Rebels -> Western Bulldogs)
Six disposals (50 per cent efficiency), one mark, six tackles, one goal

The GWV Rebels captain got a good taste of VFL Women’s action in her limited time, picking up six disposals and applying her trademark hard-nosed attitude to lay six tackles and get on the scoreboard for her first goal in the competition.

9 Gabriella De Angelis (Eastern Ranges -> Southern Saints)
Eight disposals (50 per cent efficiency), two tackles, one goal

One of those impact players at TAC Cup Girls level, De Angelis played forward and picked up eight disposals and booted a goal, while also laying two tackles to not be overawed by the occasion.

10 Jordyn Allen (Dandenong Stingrays -> Casey Demons)
Nine disposals (44 per cent efficiency), four marks, two tackles

A player who will only get better as the season goes on once she camps back in her usual half-back position, Allen notched up nine disposals, four marks and laid two tackles for Casey and will be a vital player for them throughout the year.

Others:

Eastern Ranges’ defender Lauren Szigeti was super effective through limited touches, having five disposals at 80 per cent efficiency, while also taking a mark and laying two tackles. Sandringham Dragons’ captain Jemma Owen notched up 10 disposals for the Southern Saints in her debut, while Oakleigh Chargers captain Hannah McLaren was strong for Collingwood with six disposals and four tackles. McLaren’s teammate Bridie Winbanks had nine hitouts and four tackles against more experienced opposition, while Isabella Gietzmann finished with three touches and a tackle for Carlton.

Fantastic Five: Memorable moments from the weekend

WITH a new TAC Cup Girls premier and the future of the AFLW on show, it was a weekend to sit back and enjoy what looks to be an enjoyable few years as women’s football continues to go from strength to strength.

Geelong Falcons win inaugural Grand Final

Nothing is more memorable than a premiership and Geelong Falcons’ grand final win over a spirited Northern Knights side was one to remember. They had their work cut out for them, but a few positional changes and the belief within the group to fight back from a two-goal half-time deficit saw them etch their names into history. The likes of Denby Taylor, Olivia Purcell, Tarryn Love and Nina Morrison led the way, while captain Lucy McEvoy was everywhere.

AFLW future talent on show

Following on from the memorable moment of a premiership, it is impossible not to sit back and enjoy what will be the future of AFL Women’s in the next three years. Aside from the clear top-end talent to come out of this year’s draft at the end of the season, bottom agers Gabby Newton, Britney Gutknecht, Nell Morris-Dalton, Ciara FitzgeraldSarah Sansonetti, Lucy McEvoy, Abbey Chapman and Luka Lesosky Hay were all impressive. Throw in some of the best 15/16 year-olds in the competition in Ellie McKenzie, Alyssa Bannan, Abigail Bennett, Ashleigh Snow, Jess Fitzgerald, Laura Gardiner, Renee Tierney and Jerusha Devarakonda and the 2020 draft crop is already at an advanced level compared to their predecessors.

Brisbane Lions’ maiden win

It was a long time coming, but the Brisbane Lions cubs finally recorded their first win, coming from behind in the opening term to storm home and claim a memorable victory over Hawthorn. It was extra special for veteran Luke Hodge against his old side, while Matt Eagles and Charlie Cameron celebrated their first AFL and Brisbane Lions’ wins respectively. After a few lean years, the Lions are providing supporters with some serious hope going forward.

Big bags are back in fashion

There is nothing quite like a dominant key position forward in a game where athleticism and scoreboard pressure from smalls has been placed at a premium. On the weekend we saw not one, not two, but three key position forwards booting bags of goals. Murray Bushrangers’ Hudson Garoni continued his sensational form with seven majors, while Corey Ellison (Dandenong Stingrays) and Jordan Rossiter (Eastern Ranges) booted six each. Harry Bede who is no shrimp himself, booting four in the Sandringham Dragons’ win.

Teenagers step up to the big time

We are already seeing a number of talented TAC Cup Girls make the transition through to the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition. With a number of players suiting up for different VFL Women’s sides, and not having the National Under 18 Championships on the horizon, Oakleigh Chargers’ Isabella Gietzmann and Eastern Ranges’ Ashleigh Allsopp donned the Carlton and Southern Saints’ jumpers respectively.

Team Selection: VFLW – Round 3

ROUND three of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition sees two undefeated sides go head-to-head, a match in Darwin and very special individual milestone. Many teams have made some big changes to welcome in these special occasions. 

HAWTHORN  v. CARLTON

Round 3 

Saturday 11:30AM, Box Hill City Oval

THE two undefeated sides, Carlton and Hawthorn will go head-to-head to kick off round three. Hawthorn will go into the game without former Eastern Devil, Pepa Randall, however coming in is Melissa Kuys. She will be playing her 250th game for the Hawks in their first home game for the season. She comes in alongside Jess Foster, Cassandra Papadopoulos, Kara Henderson and Kim Ebb who have been named as part of the extended bench.

Carlton have made three changes to its side this week, including the addition of AFLW vice-captain Lauren Arnell. The Blues are yet to name who will be taking to the sidelines for round three, however Oakleigh Chargers forward, Isabella Gietzmann has been selected to play her first VFLW game for 2018. The Oakleigh Charger’s junior looks to provide something exciting for The Blues considering her premier cricket background.

Hawthorn

B: 31. J. Sibley, 22. T. Luke, 55. S. Yule
HB: 25. M. Hutchins, 36. J. Van Dyk, 9. M. Kuys
C: 4. S.  Carroll, 6. J.  Crockett-Grills, 14. O.  Flanagan
HF: 24. R. Dillon, 13. E. Nixon, 35. C. O’Donnell
F: 7. P. McWilliams, 33. E. Gilder, 28. S. Perkins
R: 19. L. Wotton, 1. E. Mackie, 5. C. Perera
Int: 17. S. David, 18. J. Foster, 11. D. Haines, 12. T. Nestor
Emg: 34. A. Dowler, 32. K. Ebb, 30. K. Henderson, 16. C. Papadopoulos
23P: 26. C. Dyett

In: J. Foster, M. Kuys, K. Henderson, K. Ebb, C. Papadopoulos
Out: P. Randall

Carlton

B: 24. R. Hicks, 12. S. Last, 32. N. Plane
HB: 82. N. Burns, 42. C. Hardeman, 90. B. Walker
C: 55. C.  Dalton, 35. S.  Li, 11. J.  Hosking
HF: 20. C. Bromage, 36. C. Moody, 45. R. King
F: 41. K. Cunico, 3. D. Vescio, 31. K. Shierlaw
R: 16. B. Moody, 2. M. Keryk, 38. L. Arnell
Int: 40. K. Harvey, 17. T. Lucas-Rodd, 37. B. Schultz, 56. C. Williams
Emg: 50. J. Borg, 34. A. Chuot, 27. K. Cox, 23. B. Kennedy
23P: 15. I. Gietzmann

In: I. Gietzmann, M. Keryk, L. Arnell, A. Chuot

 

SOUTHERN SAINTS v. CASEY DEMONS

Round 3 

Saturday 3:30PM, SkyBus Stadium, Frankston

The Casey Demons will look for their first win of the season at SkyBus Stadium this weekend. They are yet to name any outs, however Amanda McDonough and Naomi Fullwood have been selected to take the field. After a momentous win last weekend, the Southern Saints will be hoping to secure a second win when they come up against the Casey Demons on Saturday. Jas Rolland and Natarsha Rappos have been named out for this weekend, leaving room for the likes of Monique Maitland, Megan Supple, Steph Binder, Jennifer Vissenjoux and Sasha Long to fill their shoes.

Southern Saints

B: 11. T. Annear, 14. I. Quintal, 26. A. Ryan
HB: 29. M. Macdonald, 38. S. Karlson, 17. L. Olsen
C: 16. K.  Thompson, 2. A.  Brown, 31. G.  Walker
HF: 12. J. Hull, 15. T. Bohanna, 21. D. Lawrence
F: 36. S. Bolding, 13. C. Munn, 27. K. Macqueen
R: 28. R. Watt, 8. A. Drennan, 32. S. Johnson
Int: 49. A. Allsopp, 34. S. Casey, 40. M. Maitland, 24. K. Ripari
Emg: 45. S. Binder, 9. S. Long, 7. M. Supple, 6. J. Vissenjoux
23P: 22. D. Smith

In: M. Maitland, M. Supple, S. Binder, J. Vissenjoux, A. Allsopp, S. Long
Out: J. Rolland,  N. Rappos

Casey Demons

B: 24. N. Garner, 16. C. Sheriff, 27. A. Harrison
HB: 34. D. Guttridge, 21. H. Cordner, 12. G. McLean
C: 5. S.  Poke, 4. C.  Emonson, 25. M.  Shevlin
HF: 22. K. Guttridge, 29. E. Zanker , 8. M. Tatham
F: 18. K. Bentvelzen , 19. J. Grierson, 15. S. Phillips
R: 14. T. Orgill, 13. K. Smith, 10. K. Hore
Int: 44. N. Fullwood, 1. R. Guglielmino, 9. A. Johnson, 6. A. McDonough
Emg: 11. L. Duryea, 48. S. Fyfield, 30. A. Marshall, 2. A. Newman
23P: 3. R. Clayton

In: N. Fullwood, A. McDonough

 

NT THUNDER v. ESSENDON

Round 3 

Saturday 4:00PM, TIO Stadium, Darwin

The NT Thunder head into round three with no team changes. After their rest last week, the Thunder will have fresh legs against Essendon in Darwin this Saturday. However their opposition have trusted in some fresh talent to get themselves over the line. Irena Malliaris, Natalie MacDonald and Aysha Ward have each been selected for their first game with Essendon as well as the re-inclusion of Jenna Barker following concussion in round one.

NT Thunder

B: 10. S. Barnett, 37. S. Allan, 13. L. Roberts
HB: 18. T. Holtze, 35. T. Thorn, 44. M. Johnston
C: 2. E.  Jones, 26. C.  Randall, 40. D.  Varnhagen
HF: 11. J. Hickey, 30. R. Metcalfe, 17. E. Swanson
F: 24. G. Bevan, 20. J. Hewett, 5. M. Roberts
R: 25. J. Allan, 3. A. Foley, 28. R. Forth
Int: 1. L. Adam, 12. J. Anderson, 36. M. Ellis, 31. J. Sedunary
Emg: 43. K. Duggan, 23. S. Mauboy
23P: 39. J. Baird

Essendon

B: 14. J. Barker, 16. L. Morecroft, 26. A. Madden
HB: 27. A. Morcom, 7. K. Hicks, 25. R. Neaves
C: 44. M.  Collier, 9. L.  Williams, 46. C.  Ugle
HF: 43. D. Ponter, 18. K. Heil, 6. A. Quigley
F: 4. N. Hardy, 30. S. Nalder, 35. V. Moreau
R: 12. B. Kearney, 8. H. Bullas, 20. J. Anwyl
Int: 22. N. MacDonald, 37. I. Malliaras, 1. J. Trend, 49. A. Ward
Emg: 40. G. Golds, 21. K. McFadyen, 28. C. Portlock, 42. K. Waldie
23P: 15. L. Caruso

In: I. Malliaras, J. Barker, A. Ward, N. MacDonald, C. Portlock, K. Waldie
Out: M. DeMatteo, T. Mackrill

 

WILLIAMSTOWN v. GEELONG CATS

Round 3 

Sunday 2:00PM, Williamstown Football Ground

A winless Williamstown have made a number of changes heading into round three. This includes Amanda Walsh, Georgia Harris and Kayla Koropeckyj having to miss out. In their place are three debutants. Carisbrook junior, Jessica Kile and West Brunswick junior, Jessica Malouf will both pull on the yellow and blue guernsey after strong performances in their local league. The Seagulls have also named former Western Jet, Maddison James to be the 23rd player in her first game with the club. Geelong has also making numerous changes to their team line-up. While Hayley Trevean and Courtney Stevens have been named out, Madison Maguire and Greater Western Victoria Female Talent Manager, Krista Woodroffe will be welcomed back to the side.

Williamstown

B: 8. C. Portelli, 24. A. Saxton, 32. B. Stevens
HB: 1. R. Dardengo, 10. B. Hateley, 3. S. Murphy-Burke
C: 44. I.  Porter, 17. S.  Chapman, 11. K.  Smith
HF: 28. J. Kile, 20. S. Seabrook, 4. E. Paterno
F: 21. S. Dixon, 26. J. Heard, 22. M. Lowe
R: 9. R. Achampong, 13. N. Wallace, 2. J. Duffin
Int: 16. A. Cameron, 15. J. Malouf, 19. E. Meade, 34. J. Reid
Emg: 14. C. Balshaw, 30. A. Melnikas, 7. K. Raymundo, 27. L. Suleiman
23P: 37. M. James

In: M. James, L. Suleiman, A. Melnikas, J. Kile, A. Cameron, J. Malouf
Out: G. Harris,  K. Koropeckyj,  A. Walsh

Geelong Cats

B: 19. E. Ramsay, 44. R. Goring, 16. L. Williams
HB: 25. E. Coventry, 26. R. Pearce, 34. A. McDonald
C: 3. H.  Burchell, 12. R.  Garing, 10. L.  Taylor
HF: 17. H. Mangan, 2. D. Orr, 21. E. Oliver
F: 36. E. Dhamarrandji, 8. K. Darby, 32. A. Habib
R: 24. M. McMahon, 30. R. Cranston, 7. M. Clifford
Int: 23. I. Currenti, 28. M. Fedele, 13. M. Fogas, 15. M. Janssen
Emg: 20. L. Brancatisano, 18. M. Maguire, 35. K. Woodroffe
23P: 22. B. Cheever

In: M. Maguire, L. Brancatisano, I. Currenti, K. Woodroffe, M. Fedele
Out: H. Trevean, C. Stevens

 

COLLINGWOOD v. RICHMOND

Round 3

Sunday 02:00PM, Swinburne Centre

Collingwood and Richmond will face off on Sunday from the Swinburne Centre, each hoping to find their second win for the season. Erica Fowler and AFLW player, Emma Grant will take to the sidelines for the Pies, leaving opportunity for Katelyn Lee, Georgia Ploegsma and the young Ally Bild to join the field. Richmond have named an extended bench, still to decide their outs.

Collingwood

B: 22. S. Casey, 56. P. Davey, 47. J. Edwards
HB: 52. N. Hales, 93. V. Laloifi, 18. R. Schleicher
C: 99. S.  Marsh, 63. P.  Nash, 28. H.  Whitford
HF: 49. S. Alexander, 73. G. Biedenweg-Webster, 13. J. Lambert
F: 77. C. Leighton, 61. A. Malander, 51. G. Ploegsma
R: 11. E. Hynes, 46. S. Dargan, 4. S. D’Arcy
Int: 65. E. Browning, 50. G. Buchan, 53. R. Grant, 54. H. Grubb
Emg: 48. A. Bild , 88. M. Brown, 92. S. King, 57. G. Knox
23P: 72. K. Lee

In: A. Bild , K. Lee, G. Ploegsma
Out: E. Fowler,  E. Grant

Richmond

B: 84. L. Bieniara, 77. J. Hocking, 69. E. Burry
HB: 73. L. Davie, 63. J. Graham, 70. E. Findlay
C: 60. K.  Dempsey, 76. E.  Ross, 58. C.  Musico
HF: 53. K. Dixon, 64. E. Gunn, 56. E. Hogan
F: 86. N. Clarke, 79. L. Tesoriero, 71. L. Stephenson
R: 88. P. Monahan, 61. J. Colwell, 52. J. Kennedy
Int: 83. J. Gardner, 80. J. Louttit, 62. T. Muller, 59. A. Woodward
Emg: 85. N. Clarke, 74. G. Fisher, 81. E. George, 78. V. Tonin
23P: 75. B. Lynch

In: J. Louttit, G. Fisher, L. Tesoriero, P. Monahan

TAC Cup Girls previews: Round 8

There are plenty of big games in round eight with many teams competing for some much-needed wins. The Western Jets and Bendigo Pioneers will be looking to claim their second win of the season while the fight will continue at the top of the table with the Knights and Falcons going head-to-head.

 

CALDER CANNONS v. DANDENONG STINGRAYS?
Round 8 – Friday 4 May, 7.30pm
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

The Cannons have only secured one win for the season but will be looking to claim their second victory against the eighth-placed Stingrays. Molly Warburton’s addition will help further boost Calder’s defence with the likes of Madison Prespakis and Laura Cocomello also named to take on Dandenong. Terira Fry will also line up for the Cannons and provide a great option up forward for her teammates.   

The Dandenong Stingrays came off a big win in round seven and will be looking to duplicate that form against the Cannons. With the likes of Isabella Shannon starring with two goals and Amie Carroll at her damaging best, the Stingrays will come into the match with some confidence, making for a hotly contested match.

 

EASTERN RANGES v. MURRAY BUSHRANGERS
Round 8 – Saturday 5 May, 11.30am
Warrawee Park, Oakleigh

With plenty of big games this round, the match-up between the Eastern Ranges and Murray Bushrangers will be one to watch. Both teams are relatively evenly poised, with the Ranges sitting on five wins and Bushrangers on three. Eastern have named key mid/ forward, Olivia Meagher who wins plenty of footy across the ground. The Ranges will be hoping co-captain, Emerson Woods has a big game, as her clean pick-ups and work around the stoppages are invaluable.

On the other hand, the Bushrangers will be looking to claim a big win over the Ranges but will have to do so without star midfielder, Rebecca Webster. Murray will bring in the likes of dynamic forward, Julia Harvey and Ada Chessor to try and keep their finals hopes alive.

 

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS v. WESTERN JETS
Round 8 – Saturday 5 May, 1.00pm
Warrawee Park, Oakleigh

After a disappointing year the Western Jets will be wanting to claim their second victory for the 2018 season over the Oakleigh Chargers, but the Chargers have been boosted by the return of Alana Porter who offers great composure with ball in hand. Oakleigh came off a big loss last week and will be hoping to bounce back through the likes of classy midfielder, Emily Harley, ruck, Bridie Winbanks and forward, Isabella Gietzmann.

In hope to secure their first win since round five the Jets have brought in goal-kicking machine, Caitlin Greiser who was sorely missed last week. Greiser provides a good target up forward for Western while the battle in the midfield will be one to watch with Isabella Grant and Elisabeth Georgostathis coming off a solid game in the previous round.

 

GEELONG FALCONS v. NORTHERN KNIGHTS
Round 8 – Saturday 5 May, 1.15pm
St Mary’s Oval (Kardinia Park West Oval), Geelong

In a top-of-the-table clash the Geelong Falcons and Northern Knights will be looking to keep their undefeated record intact. It could easily shape up to be one of the best games of the round as both teams are littered with star players. The Falcons will be looking to make the most of their home ground advantage and put in a consistent four-quarter effort. With the return of star defender, Denby Taylor, Geelong will look to stop the Knights who are filled with scoring fire-power. After a strong performance last week, Nina Morrison and Sophie Walmsley will be looking to dominate once again in the midfield.

The Knights will welcome back sharp shooters Alyssa Bannan and Abigail Bennett who will look to apply plenty of scoreboard pressure on the Falcons and add to the potent forward line that saw Britney Gutknecht kick six majors last week. The return of Bannan and Bennett will help to boost Northern while the likes of midfielders Gabby Newton and captain Madeline Brancatisano will look to have big games to secure their eighth straight win.

 

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS v. BENDIGO PIONEERS
Round 8 – Saturday 5 May, 1.15pm
Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham

Sandringham are coming off a 50-point victory against the Jets and will be looking to dominate once again both in front of goal and across the ground. Holly Bate nailed a whopping five goals and will be hoping to replicate that impressive form against the Pioneers. Nayely Borg and Chelsea Bowen have been named to help boost the Dragons down in defence. The Dragons have won the past four games and will be looking to make it five in a row and secure a spot in the top four.

On the other hand, the Bendigo Pioneers will be looking to claim a big upset and end the Dragons’ winning spree. The Pioneers have only managed to win one game for the season but have made a few changes to their line-up in hope to move up the ladder. Bendigo have brought in Tess Goodrem and will be relying on Kodi Jacques and Elizabeth Snell to stand up for them in the contest.

 

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS v. GIPPSLAND POWER
Round 8 – Saturday 5 May, 3.00pm
Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham

The Rebels are coming off a hard-fought win against Murray and will be hoping that they can bring the same intensity and hunt for the footy again this week. Their forward line will be bolstered with the inclusions of Chloe Leonard and Ella Bibby, while they will be hoping that Sophie Van De Heuvel continues her red-hot form.

The Power suffered a narrow loss in round seven, going down by nine points, and will be seeking some redemption against Greater Western Victoria. Gippsland will be bolstered by the return of damaging small forward Nikia Webber who was sorely missed last week. Tyla Hanks and Jazz Ferguson starred in round seven with their impact around stoppages and ability to read the play. They will be looking to impose themselves on the contest once again to claim their fourth win for the season.

VFL Women’s 2018 season preview

THE new-look VFL Women’s season features 10 new teams in a 13 team competition. The sides feature plenty of elite AFLW, TAC Cup and local talent in what is shaping up to be a fascinating season of the state league. We have looked at each side’s players in the lead-up to the season’s commencement on Saturday.

 

Carlton Blues

The Carlton Blues have one of the most exciting TAC Cup Girls players joining their new team in 2018.

Gippsland Power co-captain and gun midfielder, Tyla Hanks will pull on the navy blue to test her skills against some bigger bodies. Hanks has been named in the best players in each game she has played for the Power this season and is a member of the AFLW Academy. Hanks will be joined by fellow AFLW Academy member, Rene Caris. Caris has been a solid force in the ruck for the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels this season and has been awarded with a navy blue jumper. Oakleigh’s Isabella Gietzmann will also suit up for the Blues this season. Gietzmann plays cricket as well as footy and could be a potent player for Carlton.

The Blues have also secured the services of their AFLW players including 2017 AFLW leading goal-kicker, Darcy Vescio, 2018 club best and fairest, Breann Moody, 2017 TAC Cup Girls best and fairest, Bridie Kennedy, 2018 Carlton captain, Sarah Hosking and 2017 Carlton captain, Lauren Arnell.

 

Casey Demons

The Casey Demons have combined Melbourne stars with Dandenong guns in their inaugural VFL Women’s side.

Coach and former Melbourne defender, Colin Garland will be able to work with plenty of AFLW talent, including Aliesha Newman, Bianca Jakobsson, Kate Hore, Katherine Smith and Shelley Scott. Two well-known former TAC Cup Girls players will also join the Melbourne brigade, with Eden Zanker and Darcy Guttridge donning the red and blue in this VFL Women’s season. Zanker hails from the Bendigo Pioneers and starred in her late appearances for the Demons in the AFLW. Guttridge on the other hand is a former Gippsland Power player who suited up for the Pies in the AFLW season, and will now get an opportunity to combine her skills with a new group of players in the VFL Women’s season.

In terms of TAC Cup players, the Demons have gone with two talented Dandenong Stingrays to fill their side. Captain, Jordyn Allen is a key acquisition for the club, as she is a talented defender who oozes composure and class. She will be joined by forward, Brooke Struylaart, who knows how to find the goals and provides plenty of assists along the way.

 

Collingwood Magpies

Collingwood’s VFL Women’s coach is a pioneer in female football.

Penny Cula-Reid was instrumental in getting the Youth Girls competition up and running. After being told at the age of 14 that she could not play football with the boys anymore, she took the case to the Victorian and Civil and Administrative Tribunal, and AFL Victoria created the competition for the young female footballers. Although Cula-Reid only played two games for Collingwood, she played in excess of 150 games at the St Kilda Sharks VFL Women’s club and has a brilliant footy mind.

Collingwood will have a very strong line-up with plenty of its AFLW players joining the Magpie brigade in the VFL Women’s season. 2018 Collingwood best and fairest, Chloe Molloy will be joined by AFLW captain, Stephanie Chiocci, former Calder Cannon, Sarah Dargan, and plenty more. The club also has a strong connection to TAC Cup Girls club, Oakleigh Chargers, signing three players for its inaugural VFL Women’s campaign. Oakleigh captain, Hannah McLaren is the most notable of the signings. McLaren has been one of the Chargers’ most important players this year, demonstrating her versatility in the side’s line-up. Other Oakleigh signings include former players, Julia Halaseh-Russo and Sarah Cameron, who will be players to watch throughout the VFL Women’s season.

 

Darebin Falcons

The Darebin Falcons are the most successful VFL Women’s side, having won five consecutive premierships.

The Falcons have lost Melbourne AFLW captain, Daisy Pearce, who will take a year off from VFL Women’s. However, they have plenty of players from local roots, with all but three coming from Darebin. These include AFLW players, Karen Paxman, Elise O’Dea, Lauren Pearce and Maddy Guerin. But that’s just from Melbourne. The Falcons will also have the services of Greater Western Sydney star, Jessica Dal Pos, as well as Aasta O’Connor and Nicole Callinan from the Western Bulldogs. Perhaps the most notable signing is Ainslie’s Hannah Mouncey. The transgender footballer was ineligible for the 2017 AFLW draft, but will be keen to play some good football for Darebin.

Darebin has also recruited the services of three TAC Cup Girls stars. Northern Knights forward, Alex Pronesti will pull on the Falcons jumper this year, after kicking nine goals for the undefeated Knights so far. She will be joined by teammate, Marnie Jarvis, who has been a valuable player for the Knights with her agility and speed around the contest. Eastern Ranges defender, Lauren Szigeti also has the opportunity to pull on the Darebin jumper in the VFL Women’s season. Szigeti has been a solid asset in defence for the Ranges, and could have the same impact for the Falcons.

 

Essendon Bombers

The Essendon Bombers have recruited a number of Calder Cannons and Diamond Creek players to join the newly-formed VFL Women’s side.

Current Calder players, Carla Rendelmann and Molly Warburton have earned a spot on the Bombers’ list this year. Rendelmann is a dominant force in the ruck and has represented Vic Metro while Warburton is a hard-working defender who boasts a place in the AFLW Academy squad. Premiership Cannons captain, Lauren Caruso also has an opportunity to pull on the footy boots again after not playing as an over-ager in the TAC Cup Girls this season. Caruso was a fantastic on-field leader in the midfield and 2018 is likely not to be any different. The Calder trio will be joined by another solid ruck presence in Bridie Winbanks from the Oakleigh Chargers. In the upcoming VFL Women’s season, Winbanks will have an opportunity to go head-to-head against Chargers teammate, Hannah McLaren, who will play for Collingwood.

The Bombers have also poached 17 (14 VFL Women’s players and three development players) Diamond Creek players, including the face of their AFLW bid, Michaela Long, who is the daughter of Essendon legend, Michael Long. Essendon has also recruited some local talent, including Natasha Hardy, who hails from the Sunbury Lions in the Essendon District Football League (EDFL). Hardy is a fantastic on-field leader and adds a mature presence in the Bombers’ VFL Women’s line-up. She will be joined by another experienced player in GWS defender, Tanya Hetherington, who often matched up on the damaging key forwards in the AFLW this year.

 

Geelong Cats

The Geelong Cats boast a number of AFLW players as well as some TAC Cup talent, but not who you may think.

GWV Female Talent Manager, Krista Woodroffe will line up for the cats in 2018, having an opportunity to do battle against Rebels ruck, Rene Caris, who will don the navy blue in the VFL Women’s competition. She will be joined by GWV defender, Georgia Clarke, who has been fantastic in the Rebels backline this seasonGeelong’s Mia-Rae Clifford will be another player who will be involved in an intriguing battle. Clifford, who is a former Melbourne AFLW player will play against the side that her partner, Penny Cula-Reid coaches, in the Collingwood Magpies.

Speaking of Melbourne, Geelong boasts two current AFLW Demons players on its VFL Women’s list. Powerful forward, Richelle Cranston and agile ruck, Erin Hoare will line up for the Cats in 2018. Hoare, who is a former Melbourne Vixen, got the opportunity to play AFLW this year for the Demons after being a rising star for the Cats last year.

 

Hawthorn Hawks

Hawthorn boasts a very experienced VFL Women’s list, with a host of AFLW players donning the brown and gold for the upcoming season.

Recently retired Pie, Meg Hutchins was one of the club’s first signings, and will provide a level head in defence. The forward line on the other hand, will be explosive with Adelaide’s Sarah Perkins and Greater Western Sydney’s (GWS) Phoebe McWilliams headlining the Hawks forward 50 line-up. Perkins was named as an AFLW All-Australian forward in 2017 while McWilliams was the Giants’ leading goal-kicker in 2018. Perkins grew up in Waverley and was a Hawthorn supporter growing up. The club also welcomes back Collingwood AFLW mid/ forward, Melissa Kuys, who captained Box Hill in 2017.

There is also no shortage of TAC Cup talent, with 2017 TAC Cup Girls Team of the Year member, Olivia Flanagan suiting up for the Hawks. Flanagan played for Box Hill last year and was also a key cog in the forward line for the Eastern Ranges. She will be joined by current Eastern Ranges players, Emerson Woods, Georgia Macpherson, Mikala Cann and Sarah Kendall. Woods is the co-captain of the Ranges side this year and is a member of the AFLW Academy. Macpherson is also a member of the Academy, and has been a key cog in Eastern’s defence this year with one some of the best hands in the TAC Cup Girls competition. Cann is a basketballer, and has showed her immense speed in the midfield this year for Eastern. Kendall has been dominant in the ruck and can also play a sweeping role in defence.

 

Melbourne University

There is plenty of TAC Cup Girls talent in the Melbourne University lineup this year, including one Calder Cannon who has been tearing up the competition so far.

Calder captain Madison Prespakis will have the opportunity to play VFL Women’s for the first time this year, and could be a key cog in the Melbourne University midfield. She will be joined by fellow AFLW Academy member, Rebecca Webster, who has been a versatile player across the midfield and in defence for the Murray Bushrangers this year. Up forward, Western Jet Caitlin Greiser will have an opportunity to continue her solid goal-kicking form into the VFL Women’s competition, after kicking eight goals for the Jets so far this season. Former Bendigo Pioneer, Aisling Tupper will be one to keep an eye out for, as the small and powerful midfielder starred for the Pioneers last season. Sandringham’s Alanna Dalley and Nicole Amiet round out the elite list of TAC Cup Girls players in the Melbourne University side.

As far as AFLW players go, Melbourne University only has one. But it is the best of the lot, as 2018 AFLW best and fairest, Emma Kearney will suit up for Melbourne University this season. After dominating in the midfield for the Bulldogs in 2018, Kearney will be a North Melbourne player in 2019, as the club prepares to enter AFLW for the first time.

 

Northern Territory Thunder

The Northern Territory (NT) Thunder unsurprisingly has a number of Adelaide AFLW players in its VFL Women’s side.

The club has a strong connection to the Crows, and could be a surprise package in the VFL Women’s competition. This is because the club has acquired the services of Adelaide co-captain, Chelsea Randall, Adelaide United’s Jenna McCormick, leading ruck, Rhiannon Metcalfe and exciting forward, Ruth Wallace. Defenders, Marijana Rajcic, Deni Vernhagen, Jasmyn Hewett and Angela Foley are among the other notable inclusions for the side.

The Thunder outfit also features two GWS players in Renee Forth and Emma Swanson. Forth was a solid presence for the Giants in the AFLW season, and is a mentor in the AFLW Academy program. Swanson is the GWS vice-captain and was a fantastic on-field leader for the side in 2018.

 

Richmond Tigers

Richmond have poached some Collingwood AFLW players ahead of its first season in the VFL Women’s competition.

Emma King, Lauren Tesoriero and Amelia Barden will swap the black and white for yellow and black, as they prepare to suit up as Tigers for the 2018 VFL Women’s season. All three players were key contributors to Collingwood’s AFLW outfit, with King dominating in the ruck, Barden having some nice moments in the forward line while Tesoriero was a lively player around the ground.

The Tigers have also acquired two Murray Bushrangers, Grace Egan and Sophie Damon. Egan has been a star in defence for the Bushrangers this season, and has also proven her versatility through stints in the midfield. Damon has been solid in the ruck for Murray and has been one of the most valuable players for the side in the TAC Cup Girls season. Eastern Ranges’ Jess Provan will also pull on a yellow and black jumper this season, after formerly playing at Diamond Creek.

 

Southern Saints

The Southern Saints are one of the new sides in the VFL Women’s competition, and have a diverse line-up.

The line-up will feature two Sandringham Dragons stars in Eleanor Brown and Jemma Owen. Brown has been a key cog in the midfield and has produced plenty of fantastic performances throughout the TAC Cup Girls season. Owen, who is the Dragons captain, has been leading from the front, as she has been dominant in the midfield and has even found herself up forward a couple of times, proving her versatility. Dandenong midfielder, Shelley Heath also joins the Saints side, and may have an opportunity to match up against TAC Cup Girls teammates, Jordyn Allen and Brooke Struylaart, who will suit up for Casey this season.

While the Saints have no AFLW players, they have a combination of players from Cranbourne, Seaford, and Mornington, recruiting local talent to boost their side’s chances in 2018.

 

Western Bulldogs

The Western Bulldogs have a host of AFLW premiership players in their VFL Women’s side.

Players include 2018 leading goal-kicker, Brooke Lochland, captain, Katie Brennan, and Rising Star nominees, Monique Conti, Aisling Utri and Bonnie Toogood. Star midfielder, Ellie Blackburn has also joined the side after making the move from Melbourne University. The club has also acquired the services of Bree White, who retired from AFLW in 2018 after playing for the Pies.

Three TAC Cup Girls players will also feature for the Bulldogs’ VFL Women’s outfit. GWV Rebels captain, Lauren Butler has been a wonderful leader for the Rebels this season, after making solid contributions in the midfield. Also joining the Bulldogs is Western Jets, Lauren Basto and Katarina Rebuffo. Rebuffo has been a key cog in defence for the Jets and will look to continue her form into the VFL Women’s season. Basto played for the Jets last season and would be keen to make an impact at the Bulldogs. 

 

Williamstown Seagulls

Williamstown has an even mix of local, AFLW and TAC Cup talent in its inaugural VFL Women’s side.

Bendigo captain Megan Williamson will play for the Seagulls this year, after being a shining light for the Pioneers in the midfield this season. She will be joined by AFLW Academy forward, Sophie Van De Heuvel. Van De Heuvel has kicked five goals in five games for the GWV Rebels this season, and has been a key link in the chain in the Rebels forward line. Western Jets defender, Sharnie Whiting will also have the opportunity to stay close to home, after doing a wonderful job in the Jets’ backline during the TAC Cup Girls season.

The Seagulls have one of the leading AFLW defenders lining up for their side this year. Collingwood’s Jess Duffin was dominant in the back line, and was able to show composure and class at all times. She will be joined by teammate, Jasmine Garner, who revolutionised her game through moving from the forward line to the back line. Garner showed that she can dominate in both roles, which is a dangerous prospect in the VFL Women’s competition. Bulldogs premiership player, Jenna Bruton rounds out the AFLW players who are featuring in the Seagulls outfit.

From TAC Cup Girls to VFLW, talented juniors set to test themselves in the state league

AT least 28 TAC Cup Girls will take part in the groundbreaking new season of the Victorian Football League Women’s (VFLW), with the competition kicking off this weekend. While the TAC Cup Girls still have at least two matches of under 18s to play, they have been training with their respective VFLW clubs as some of the more experienced players get to test themselves against senior bodies, including a number of AFLW opponents.

Among the top TAC Cup Girls players to take part in the competition are Calder Cannons captain Madison Prespakis and fellow star AFLW Academy member Rebecca Webster who will join Western Jets leading goal kicker Caitlin Greiser at Melbourne University. Eastern Ranges’ quartet Georgia Macpherson, Emerson Woods, Sarah Kendall and Mikala Cann will swap their blue for brown after they signed on with Hawthorn’s VFLW side.

Gippsland Power dynamo Tyla Hanks will rove to her AFLW Academy and Vic Country ruck in GWV Rebels’ Rene Caris at Carlton, while Dandenong Stingrays captain Jordyn Allen will team up with forward Brooke Struylaart at Casey Demons. They might face Stingrays teammate Shelley Heath at some point, with the speedster joining Southern Saints along with talented Sandringham Dragons pair, Jemma Owen and Eleanor Brown.

Northern Knights duo Marnie Jarvis and Alex Pronesti join the reigning premiers Darebin Falcons, as does Eastern Ranges defender Lauren Szigeti. Essendon has opted for height out of the TAC Cup Girls, picking up Oakleigh Chargers’ ruck Bridie Winbanks, as well as Calder Cannons ruck Carla Rendelmann. The latter’s Cannons teammate Molly Warburton will also don the red and black in the 2018 VFLW season.

Murray Bushrangers pair Grace Egan and Sophie Damon will head to Tigerland for the 2018 VFLW season, joining Eastern Ranges’ Jessica Provan at Richmond. Sandringham Dragons pair Alanna Dalley and Nicola Amiet will front up for Melbourne Uni, while Oakleigh Chargers players have been divided up with Isabella Gietzmann (Carlton) and Hannah McLaren (Collingwood) set to face off as bitter rivals on the field after being teammates this season. While not named on the VFLW lists that came out yesterday, GWV Rebels’ defender Georgia Clarke confirmed she will join her Rebels Female Talent Manager Krista Woodroffe at the Cats after the conclusion of the TAC Cup Girls season.

Geelong Falcons’ Sophie Walmsley will be aligned with the Western Bulldogs, as will GWV Rebels captain Lauren Butler, and Western Jets pair Lauren Basto and Katarina Rebuffo.

It is worth noting that VFLW sides can make up to 10 changes to their list throughout the 2018 season, meaning more TAC Cup Girls prospects can be added to clubs at different stages. Some players will consider playing VFLW at the conclusion of the National Under 18 Championships.

Updated list of TAC Cup Girls on VFLW lists, as of May 3*:

Carlton: Isabella Gietzmann (Oakleigh Chargers), Rene Caris (GWV Rebels), Tyla Hanks (Gippsland Power)

Casey Demons: Jordyn Allen (Dandenong Stingrays), Brooke Struylaart (Dandenong Stingrays)

Collingwood: Hannah McLaren (Oakleigh Chargers)

Darebin Falcons: Marnie Jarvis (Northern Knights), Lauren Szigeti (Eastern Ranges), Alex Pronesti (Northern Knights)

Essendon: Bridie Winbanks (Oakleigh Chargers), Carla Rendelmann (Calder Cannons), Molly Warburton (Calder Cannons)

Geelong: Georgia Clarke (GWV Rebels)

Hawthorn: Georgia Macpherson (Eastern Ranges), Emerson Woods (Eastern Ranges), Sarah Kendall (Eastern Ranges), Mikala Cann (Eastern Ranges)

Melbourne Uni: Maddison Prespakis (Calder Cannons), Caitlin Greiser (Western Jets), Alanna Dalley (Sandringham Dragons), Nicole Amier (Sandringham Dragons), Rebecca Webster (Murray Bushrangers)

NT Thunder: Nil.

Richmond: Jessica Provan (Eastern Ranges), Grace Egan (Murray Bushrangers), Sophie Damon (Murray Bushrangers)

Southern Saints: Jemma Owen (Sandringham Dragons), Eleanor Brown (Sandringham Dragons), Shelley Heath (Dandenong Stingrays)

Western Bulldogs: Lauren Butler (GWV Rebels), Lauren Basto (Western Jets), Katarina Rebuffo (Western Jets), Sophie Walmsley (Geelong Falcons).

*Note: Some TAC Cup Girls players might be aligned to clubs, but may not be officially on lists yet due to the uncertainly of availability with the National Under 18 Championships and other commitments over the next six months.

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.

TAC Cup Girls previews: Round 4

WITH the Easter festivities done and dusted, it is time for the TAC Cup Girls to get back in action for what is set to be an jam-packed round four. All games will take place on Tuesday this week at plenty of locations around Victoria. As it sits, there are four undefeated teams and three winless teams who all have tough games coming up in the round ahead.

 

DANDENONG STINGRAYS V. SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS

Round 4 – Tuesday, April 3, 12pm
Robinson Reserve, Doveton

Dandenong has had a tough start to the season with games against the Northern Knights, Eastern Ranges and Geelong Falcons, who are all undefeated teams in the competition. Surprisingly the Stingrays sit at the bottom of the ladder despite the likes of Jordyn Allen and Shelley Heath playing some stellar football.

The round four encounter between the Stingrays and the Sandringham Dragons is anyone’s game, with the teams evenly poised after three rounds of the TAC Cup Girls competition. The Dragons put up a huge fight against the top-of-the-ladder Knights last week, with Eleanor Brown running a muck all over the ground. She was complemented by Eliza McNamara who got more dangerous as the game went on. If these two are up and firing, the Stingrays midfield will have a lot on their hands. Others that have impressed this season include Winnie Laing and Sarah Hartwig.

However, their bookends have been doing their job in the first three rounds and will look to trouble the Dragons outfit at Doveton. Eloise Allen-Burns, Lucinda Cripps and Courtney Jones are doing some solid work in defence while Shelley Heath and Brooke Struylaart do not stop working up forward.

 

BENDIGO PIONEERS V. EASTERN RANGES

Round 4 – Tuesday, April 3, 1pm
Epsom Huntly Reserve, Bendigo

The young Bendigo Pioneers have a real challenge on their hands with an in-form Eastern Ranges side looking to continue their dominance away from home. Exciting forward Sophie Kerridge is undoubtedly a big loss for Bendigo but expect Maeve Tupper and Shelby Knoll to give their all in the front half of the ground.

They could be road-blocked by Ranges Georgia Macpherson and Lauren Szigeti though, as they have both been a revelation for Eastern down back. Macpherson in particular has one of the best sets of hands in the competition, with plenty of intercept marks already in the competition’s first three rounds. Kate Douglass has also been playing some wonderful footy in defence for the Pioneers and will look to continue her form on Tuesday.

Eastern’s Laura McClelland is currently the competition’s leading goal-kicker after bagging four majors last week in the Ranges’ win over Oakleigh. Her and Olivia Meagher are a very dangerous duo and could give the Bendigo defence a few headaches at Epsom Huntly Reserve. Co-captain, Emerson Woods played one of her best games of the season last week and was prolific in helping McClelland and Meagher take the game away from the Chargers early on Sunday.

 

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS V. WESTERN JETS

Round 4- Tuesday, April 3, 1.45pm
Memorial Oval, Euroa

The Murray Bushrangers are still undefeated in the TAC Cup Girls competition, but had to split the points in a draw against Gippsland Power last week. They would undoubtedly be looking to bounce back from the tough encounter at RAMS Arena and will have an opportunity to do so at Euroa.

The Western Jets have been extremely competitive in the first three rounds of the competition, making some significant developmental progress. Elizabeth Georgiostathis was a star against the Cannons, using the space on the wing to create scoring opportunities for her side. Isabella Pritchard also did some nice things in defence, as she has been doing for the first three rounds of the competition.

Pritchard could have her hands full against Murray’s Julia Harvey, who was a great contributor in their draw last week. Murray’s firepower is in the middle of the ground as Rebecca Webster, Tamara Smith and Chelsea Knight playing some A-grade football. Webster in particular is a multiple AFL Draft Central TAC Cup Girls’ Team of the Week member and could back up her efforts again this week.

 

NORTHERN KNIGHTS V. GWV REBELS

Round 4 – Tuesday, April 3, 2.45pm
Mill Park Lakes Recreation Reserve, Mill Park

The Northern Knights have been a revelation in the competition so far with an even spread of players getting them three straight wins to kick-start their season. Greater Western Victoria (GWV) enjoyed a nice win against the Pioneers last week and would be looking to back up its efforts against a formidable Knights outfit this week.

Ellie McKenzie made her debut for the Knights last week and was one of the best players on the ground. Despite being just 15 years of age, McKenzie was a brute down back and created plenty of run out of defensive 50. But she will have AFLW Academy member, Rene Caris sitting at full-forward, ready to prevent the Knights from getting any run out of defence.

Caris comes in for her first game of the season and joins fellow AFLW Academy members, Georgia Clarke and Sophie Van De Huevel. Clarke was one of the best players on the ground in Ballarat last week, making her presence known at half-back. But this week, she will have to come up against Nell Morris-Dalton, who is one of the strongest players in the competition. Morris-Dalton can make an impact both in the forward line and in the middle of the ground so it will be interesting to see whether Clarke moves with her up the ground when she gets dangerous.

 

GIPPSLAND POWER V. CALDER CANNONS

Round 4 – Tuesday, April 3, 2.45pm
Morwell Recreation Reserve, Morwell

Gippsland goes into this game with all the momentum, after getting its first win in the TAC Cup Girls competition in round two and drawing against the undefeated Murray Bushrangers in round three. But the Calder Cannons also have some momentum going into the game after recording their first win of the season last week.

The battle that everyone will keep their eye on will undoubtedly be between Gippsland’s Tyla Hanks and Calder’s Madison Prespakis. The players have extremely similar features, with both being small midfielders, AFLW Academy members and game-changers for their sides. It will be a fantastic match-up that could ultimately decides which team wins or loses at Morwell.

Cannon Eleanor Cornish will test her versatility by lining up at centre half-back. The former basketballer usually plays up forward and in the ruck, so it will be interesting to see how she matches up against Gippsland’s Nikia Webber who has been named at centre-half forward. Webber played wonderfully last week and will be looking to continue her dominance in that position.

 

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS V. GEELONG FALCONS

Round 4 – Tuesday, April 3, 2.45pm
Warrawee Park, Oakleigh

The Chargers will get to suit up against Geelong at home this week in a bid to regain the form they showed in round one when they knocked off Gippsland Power – who have managed a six points from a possible eight since. But the Falcons are no easy-beats, as they currently sit undefeated and are in wonderful form ahead of round four.

Isabella Gietzmann is set to play her first game of the season for Oakleigh on Tuesday. Gietzmann comes from a cricket background and will be able to show her footy skills in the forward pocket this week. But she will have to come up against the ever-consistent Denby Taylor, who has been a rock in defence for Geelong. She will be complemented by Abbey Chapman and Mia Sheppard, who together could be a damaging trio at Warrawee Park.

Despite Katie Lynch missing in action for Oakleigh, Gemma Lagioia, Alana Porter and Charlotte Moon will undoubtedly step up in her absence. But the Falcons are aware of the Chargers’ firepower in the middle of the ground and have thrown captain, Lucy McEvoy in the centre to prevent the Oakleigh midfielders from running away with the game.

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