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Waratah in seventh heaven after premiership victory

FOR the seventh time in eight years, Waratah was crowned premiers in the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League. The Warriors battled it out on a wet day for footy in a tight matchup against Southern Districts, who failed to kick a major through the downpour. With bad weather only the beginning for the Southern Districts, Waratah managed to work through the onslaught, outlasting the Crocs in a low-scoring affair.

WARATAH: 2.1 | 2.3 | 2.3 | 3.3 (21)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS: 0.1 | 0.2 | 0.3 | 0.3 (3)

GOALS:

Waratah: S. Nalder, J. De Melo, M. Gault.
Southern Districts: Nil.

BEST:

Waratah: L.Roberts, A.Stanley, M.Gault, S.Bishop, J.Kolodziej, A.Healy
Southern Districts: E.Miller, T.Thorn, M.Moussa, R.Busch, I.Sleeth, T.Holtze

The Warriors kicked off the game with a bang. Madeline Gault got plenty of the ball early and hit up Sue Nalder, who slotted her first goal for the day. Jade De Melo was next to hit the scoreboard, with a contested mark in the goal square and a simple set shot that had the Southern Districts rattled early on. Lisa Roberts was dominant in defence as she rebounded everything from the defensive 50, while Joanna Kolodziej held her own in the ruck.

With the Crocs’ situation dire, Ebony Miller was placed in defense while Indy Sleeth took over the ruck responsibilities. In the second term, Sleeth was getting the upper hand over Kolodziej while Tayla Thorn was getting busy. The Crocs soon found themselves in front of goal with Amelia Bartlem winning a free kick. However, Bartlem shanked the kick and Waratah piled on the pressure. Some missed opportunities by the Warriors kept the Southern Districts in the game, but nobody was prepared for the storm that came.

At the beginning of the third quarter, the rain hit TIO Stadium hard. Experienced players had trouble controlling the ball in the extreme weather and pressurised conditions. It was here that the Crocs started to fight hard and gain momentum. The wet weather seemed to suit the Crocs as Thorn had a breakaway snap at goal but failed to convert. Continuation of the match was called into question with sightings of lightning, causing a break five minutes into the quarter and breaking the Crocs’ momentum. Eventually the game went on as both teams fought to a standstill heading into the final quarter.

Waratah’s defense was a wall that held strong in the last term. In the end, the margin that seemed so close was impossible for the Crocs to match. Gault managed to put some icing on the cake in the final moments, as a poor lapse in judgment by Thorn in defense had Gault capitalise for her first major. After that it was official, as Waratah were named the 2018/2019 premiers. Roberts won the medal for Best on Ground, while Lateesha Jeffrey praised her girls for their performance in a tough game. As for the Tahs, it’s just another Grand Final victory for a superb side.

Weekend wash ups: NTFL Women’s – Week 2 finals

THERE is no greater build up for this year’s Grand Final. Southern Districts outworked Palmerston and the reigning premiers smashed their old rivals, Darwin. This weekend Waratah will look to win back to back premierships, while the Southern Districts will play their first Grand Final in NTFL Women’s history.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 2.2 | 3.3 | 5.3 | 5.3 (33)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 2.1 | 3.2 | 4.4 | 7.9 (51)

GOALS:

Palmerston Magpies: F. Puruntatameri 2, Shenaida Bush, Michaeline Brown
Southern Districts: K. Patterson 3, T. Holtze, E. Miller, T. Thorn, L. Jeffrey

BEST:

Palmerston Magpies: B. Byers, F.Puruntatameri, J. Baird, J. Stassi, J. Misob, J. Brock
Southern Districts: T.Thorn, M. Moussa, E. Miller, I. Sleeth, C. Deegan, R. Busch

During the home and away season, the Southern Districts met the Pies twice and lost twice. This time was different as they raised their intensity to block the superior speed of Palmerston and win the game.

The Magpies drew first blood, but the Crocs quickly responded through Kelsey Patterson and Lateesha Jeffrey who snuck forward. Ebony Miller was controlling the hit-outs, but Jessica Stassi kept finding the ball despite the ruck dominance. Shenaida Bush struck back for the Pies by booting a goal late to finish the first term. Down back, Billie Byers was impressive with her run and carry, as she ran around seemingly unchecked by her opposition. However, on the other side of the field, Tayla Thorn was the difference for the Crocs. Thorn’s clearance ability and second efforts at the contest were second to none in the Districts back line.

The second quarter saw a great pack mark by Michaeline Brown inside attacking 50. Dead in front, she made no mistake extending the Pies’ lead to seven points. The Crocs answered quickly as Miller took a mark 40 meters from goal. Miller had no problem making the distance, her goal ending the term. Freda Puruntatameri had been busy for most of the game, but in the premiership quarter she gave Palmerston a touch of magic with a pack mark in the goal-square to kick her first goal of the match. The Crocs bounced back with a quick snap by Patterson, but Puruntatameri kicked an inspirational goal off the burst to head into the final quarter.

The Pies had a five-point buffer but Southern Districts would not be denied. Thorn, Rhiannon Busch, and Charles Deegan were chucked into the centre of the ground. It was the smartest move for the side, as the trio proved their skill in the competition. The clearances and tackles were dominated by the Districts, while the Magpies seemed to be running on empty fumes. Patterson kicked her third to put the Crocs in front, but it was Tayla Thorn’s booming goal that put the game beyond doubt. Tahlia Holtze ended the game with a free kick after the siren to end the well-fought victory for the Southern Districts.

WARATAH: 2.4 | 4.6 | 8.8 | 8.8 (56)
DARWIN BUFFETTES: 1.0 | 2.1 | 3.2 | 3.3 (21)

GOALS:

Waratah: A. Chittick 4, J. De Melo 2, S. Prunntatemeri, S. Nalder.
Darwin Buffettes: M. Roberts 2, M. Breed.

BEST:

Waratah: A. Chittick, L. Roberts, A. Healy, T. O’Hehir, M. Gault
Darwin Buffettes: M. Roberts, K. Duggan, N. Dunn, A. Bryan, C. Whan

A game of missed opportunities and bad mistakes saw Waratah walk away comfortable winners over Darwin.

The game opened up with Machaelia Roberts kicking the first, pushing into the forward line and making an immediate impact. Waratah hit back but only managed four behinds due to inaccuracy. Lisa Roberts was sent to defense, proving a class above the rest with her intercept marking and disposal efficiency. Kylie Duggan, on the other hand, was working hard around the ground. Duggan seemed to be working overtime again for the Buffs, getting plenty of the ball early. Jade de Melo broke the ice for the Warriors, booting their first goal. Amy Chittick was soon to follow with her first to end the term.

Darwin began the second quarter with a positive start. Nicolette Dunn kicked her first goal for the Buffs, keeping her team’s momentum up. It was quickly shattered when Zoe Anderson missed the perfect opportunity to run into an open goal and put the Buffs in front. Waratah responded in kind with Sue Nalder kicking her first for the day, before Sherayn Paruntatameri was next to extend the margin to 17 points and end the first half.

Machaelia Roberts lifted her team in the third quarter by booting the first goal of the term. Mattea Breed was next to snap a goal for the Buffs, bringing the deficit back to 10 points. Unfortunately, Amy Chittick had an instant response for Waratah, kicking two majors. De Melo would add to Darwin’s pain kicking her second, followed by Chittick booted her fourth shortly after, meaning Waratah headed into the final quarter with a heavy lead.

Only one behind was scored in the final quarter as both teams were out on their feet. Waratah simply proved too powerful for the Buffs, and will now head into their seventh consecutive Grand Final.

AFLW season previews: Fremantle

PRIOR to the inaugural AFLW season, Fremantle was touted as a premiership favourite. But the Dockers have struggled in the competition, and will be hoping to improve with a new coach at the helm. They opted for experience over youth in the draft, hoping to fast-track their development and experience a taste of success.

Last season: 7th – three wins, four losses.

Changes:

In: Jasmin Stewart, Sabreena Duffy, Philipa Seth, Courtney Stubbs, Parris Laurie, Laura Pugh, Matila Sergeant, Ebony Dowson, Katie-Jayne Grieve

Out: Stacey Barr, Kirby Bentley, Jade de Melo, Beatrice Devlyn, Lara Filocamo, Tiah Haynes, Emily McGuire, Belinda Smith, Lisa Webb, Jodie White, Amy Lavell

Some tough calls were made by the Dockers at the end of the off-season, with a Rising Star-nominated player in Emily McGuire, consistent defender, Lara Filocamo and the experienced Kirby Bentley being shown the door. Fremantle also farewelled some experienced players with Amy Lavell and Lisa Webb departing for the coach’s box, after Lavell chose to hang up the boots and Webb was delisted. On the bright side, the Dockers have included two exciting young talents in Sabreena Duffy and Matilda Sergeant. Both players have represented Western Australia, with Duffy in particular making inroads as a five-time All-Australian.

Area of strength: Defence

Despite the loss of Kirby Bentley and Lara Filocamo, the Dockers still have a good enough defence that can challenge the opposition. Former Western Australian captain, Sabreena Duffy will slot straight into the backline, and as shown in the Under 18 Championships in 2018, she is able to do most of the kicking in and do it precisely as well. Expect her to be joined by Sergeant, as well as new draftee, Laura Pugh, who hails from the West Perth Falcons. Ebony Dowson will also slot into the backline after a consistent year for the Peel Thunderbirds, while the ever consistent Ebony Antonio will run around again in 2019, looking to punish forwards with her intercept marking and defensive pressure at the contest.

Area of weakness: Forward line

After delisting known goalkickers, Emily McGuire and Stacey Barr, as well as losing Amy Lavell, the Dockers did not really patch up these holes in the draft. They instead opted for midfield and defensive depth, which will hold teams in good stead, but will not win games. The delisting of Kira Phillips at the end of the 2017 season could come back and hurt the Dockers, as she was the leading goal scorer in the Western Australian Women’s Football League (WAWFL). Ashley Sharp is a player that will need to stand up if she plays forward, as she has the potential to dominate, having shown that for Swan Districts.

Players to watch:

Sabreena Duffy

Duffy is a wonderful on-field leader who leads by example. She was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for Western Australia in the 2018 Under 18 Championships, after having played a massive role through the midfield and the back line. A player with solid hands and composed under pressure, expect Duffy to control the back line with her finesse and precision with the ball in hand.

Matilda Sergeant

Matilda Sergeant is a hard nut who just knows how to find the football. Featuring prominently in the midfield for Western Australia, she attacked the ball hard and used her clean hands and smart kicks to get her teammates out of trouble. She can also play a support role in the defensive 50 if needed, adding versatility to the Fremantle line-up.

Dana Hooker

The club’s 2018 Best and Fairest winner will be raring to go again in 2019. She only just finished short of winning the league Best and Fairest, proving how important she is in the Dockers’ midfield. Her clean hands and precise kicking has been what has held Fremantle in good stead so far, and expect no different in 2019.

2019 prediction: 5th in Conference A  

The Dockers just do not have enough star-power to compete with the might of the other clubs in Conference A. In the first three rounds of the season, they will have to come up against two of last year’s top four teams, which will be a massive challenge. They may have a chance against the Pies in Round 3, but meet Adelaide the week after. The Dockers will also give themselves a chance at home, as they have been consistent over the past two seasons. They will play four home games this season in the hope that they can take home four wins, but the task will not be easy.

 

2019 Fremantle AFLW Fixture

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Casey FieldsRound 1
Fremantle OvalRound 2
Fremantle OvalRound 3
TIO StadiumRound 4
Fremantle OvalRound 5
GMHBA StadiumRound 6
Fremantle OvalRound 7

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 8

THE ladder-leading team again changed in Round 8, as Waratah re-claimed top spot with a big win over Pint, who came into this game on top of the table and ended it sitting at fourth. Elsewhere, the Southern Districts continued to prove themselves as a key player in the premiership race, while the Palmerston Magpies strung together a good win against fellow contenders, Darwin. Despite being at the bottom of the ladder, St Marys and the Wanderers put on a good high-scoring contest, but it was not enough to secure the Wanderers’ first win of the season.

 

ST MARYS 2.0 | 4.4 | 6.5 | 8.7 (55)
WANDERERS 0.1 | 2.3 | 4.5 | 7.6 (48)

GOALS:

St Marys: K. Dann 2, M. Gunderson 2, J. Chisholm, D. Ponter, D. Bishop, A. Baptista.
Wanderers: Not supplied.

Despite these teams being closer to the bottom of the ladder, this match was one of the highest scoring games of the season. In the end, it was St Marys who got up by seven points, leaving the Wanderers win-less so far this season. The Saints got off to a fast start, kicking two goals to one behind in the first term. The Wanderers evened up the scoring in the second quarter, with both teams scoring two goals. However, it was the Saints who had the upper hand at that point, going into half-time with a 13-point lead. The Wanderers fought back in the third term, pegging the margin back to 12 points with a two-goal third term. They went one better in the last quarter, but it wasn’t enough to gain the lead, with St Marys adding to its margin with another two goals in the term. It was an even spread of contributors for the Saints, with Katherine Dann and Marlee Gunderson each scoring two goals. Danarra Bishop, Jadeen Chisholm and Advenia Baptista each kicked a major in the win, and were joined by a new AFL Women’s recruit in Danielle Ponter, who also scored a goal in her first appearance for St Marys this season.

 

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 1.1 | 3.3 | 5.6 | 6.7 (43)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 2.3 | 4.3 | 5.4 | 5.9 (39)

GOALS:

Palmerston: J. Stassi 2, T. May, N. Medbury, F. Puruntatameri.
Darwin: K. Duggan 2, J. Alley, Z. Anderson , M. Roberts.

BEST:

Palmerston: T. May, F. Puruntatameri, J. Baird, C. Marshall, L. Santo, B. Byers
Darwin: T. Docherty-Cole, Z. Anderson , M. Roberts, D. Ah Wang, D. Totham

Darwin has been dealt with a blow to its premiership chances with a loss at the hands of the Palmerston Magpies. The Buffettes started off as the better team, scoring two goals to one in the first term. They continued to have the upper hand in the second term, despite both teams kicking two goals, as they took a six-point lead into half-time. Palmerston then dug deep in the third term, kicking 2.3 to 1.1 to take a slim two-point lead into the main break. The Buffettes wasted their opportunities to retake the lead in the fourth term, scoring five behinds compared to 1.1, ultimately losing by four points. Jessica Stassi was Palmerston’s only multiple goal scorer, and was complemented by Natasha Medbury and Freda Puruntatameri, who each kicked a goal. Undoubtedly, the star of the day was Tabitha May. May, who also kicked a major, was named best-on-ground for the second consecutive week. For Darwin, Kylie Duggan was proactive inside 50 with two goals, while Jaala Alley, Zoe Anderson and Machaelia Roberts all did well to kick majors on the day. After getting on the scoreboard last week, Tikesa Docherty-Cole continued to shine in Round 8 with a best-on-ground performance for her side.

 

PINT 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 1.0 (6)
WARATAH 4.0 | 6.3 | 10.7 | 14.9 (93)

GOALS:

Pint: K. Smits.
Waratah: L. Miceli 5, L. O”Shea 2, S. Nalder 2, J. de Melo 2, A. Perkins, A. Chittick, A. Healy.

BEST:

Pint: Not supplied
Waratah: J. Kolodziej, L. Miceli, J. de Melo, A. Stanley, B. Martin

In the shock of the round, the top-of-the-table Queen Ants were thrashed by reigning premiers, Waratah. After coming off their first loss of the season last week, it was expected that the Warriors were going to be hungry for a win, and they were nothing short of clinical against the team that took their spot on the top of the ladder last round. Waratah stormed out of the blocks with four straight majors in the first term, putting the game out of Pint’s reach early. In the second term, the Warriors managed two more majors, still managing to keep the Queen Ants scoreless, which resulted in a 39-point half-time margin. The scoring continued in the third term with the Warriors kicking three goals to none. They finally conceded in the first quarter, with Pint scoring for the first time in the game. But that didn’t seem to faze Waratah, who scored four goals to extend its winning margin to 87 points. Lisa Miceli was back to her best up forward after a quiet game last week, kicking five goals in the big victory. She was complemented by Lauren O’Shea, Sue Nalder and Jade de Melo, who all scored two majors each. Joanna Kolodziej built on her good form from last week, as she was named best-on-ground for the Warriors. Her side managed to shut down in-form Pint forward, Kristen Smits, who scored the Queen Ants’ only goal of the game.

 

TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 4.4 | 6.12 | 7.13 | 7.15 (57)

GOALS:

Tracy Village: N/A.
Southern Districts: T. Thorn 2, M. Wehipeihana 2, M. Clarke, I. Sleeth, C. Pember.

BEST:

Tracy Village: K. Irvine, Z. Clarke, K. McNeill, B. Angel, K. Hughes, I. Hoadley
Southern Districts: T. Thorn 2, M. Wehipeihana 2, M. Clarke, I. Sleeth, C. Pember

After a win over the Warriors last week, the Crocs gave the Razorbacks no chance of disrupting their winning formula. The Southern Districts held Tracy Village scoreless for the whole game, bursting out of the gates with a four-goal first term. The game looked finished at half-time when the Crocs extended their margin to 48 points, but it could have been much more, as they kicked 2.8 for the quarter. In the third term, the Razorbacks improved defensively, restricting the Southern Districts to one goal. They did even better in the last term, holding the dominant Crocs outfit to just two behinds. However, they were still on the end of a 57-point loss, giving the Southern Districts a big percentage-boosting win. NT Thunder forward, Tayla Thorn and Melody Wehipeihana were the dominant players inside 50 for the Crocs, with each player kicking two majors a piece. Maili Clarke, Indy Sleeth and Chelsea Pember rounded out the scoring for Southern Districts, kicking a major each. Despite no goal scorers for the Razorbacks, NT Thunder’s Kristy Irvine continued to impress with a best-on-ground performance, while Zhoe Clarke was able to back up her best-on-ground performance last week by being named second-best against the Crocs. Kate McNeill, Buffy Angel, Kate Hughes and Isabelle Hoadley were the other standouts for the Razorbacks on a disappointing day.

WAWFL weekly wrap: Semi-finals

SUBIACO has knocked off the reigning premiers and sent them packing, while advancing to the preliminary final themselves to take on Peel Thunderbirds. Minor premiers, East Fremantle moved on to book a spot in the decider and await the winner of the preliminary final.

 

WAWFL:

SWAN DISTRICTS 1.2  | 1.2 | 4.3 | 4.8 (32)
SUBIACO 3.0 | 5.0 | 8.1 | 9.2 (56)

GOALS:

Swan Districts: A. Sharp 2, R. Williams, E. McGuire
Subiaco: A. Lavell 4, L. Filocamo, M. Dowrick, T. Lake, C. Stubbs, L. Jeffers.

Subiaco took it up to the third-placed Swan Districts side early and made a statement against its highly fancied opponents, booting 5.0 to 1.2 in the opening half to hold a 22-point advantage at the main break. Swan Districts hit back in the third term with three goals, including a clever couple of pieces of play from Rhonda Williams and Emily McGuire to keep the home side in it, but it was still a 22-point deficit at the final change after another late goal to the Lions. Subiaco then booted the only goal of the final term, with Swan Districts ruing missed opportunities – booting five behinds for the game to go down by 24 points. Amy Lavell booted four majors for the winners, while Lara Filocamo and McKenzie Dowrick each got on the scoreboard and were among the best on the day. Ashley Sharp finished with two majors for the losing side. Now Subiaco heads to the preliminary final to face Peel Thunderbirds, while last year’s premiers are now out of the flag race.

 

EAST FREMANTLE 4.4 | 7.5 | 9.9 | 12.11 (83)
PEEL THUNDERBIRDS 0.0 | 1.1 | 1.1 | 3.3 (21)

GOALS:

East Fremantle: J. de Melo 4, B. Smith 2, K. Sprlyan 2, R. Roux, A. Atkins, C. Edwards, G. O”Sullivan.
Peel Thunderbirds: K. Phillips, E. Hardie, B. Molloy

East Fremantle advanced to the 2018 WAWFL Grand Final after a stunning win over Peel Thunderbirds in the semi-final. Despite the Thunderbirds holding the X-factor goalscoring machine in Kira Phillips, it took until late in the second term for Phillips to nail her first, and by then, the Sharks had piled on seven majors and led by 40 points. Their dominance continued after half-time, booting five goals to two – both of which came in the last term. Jade de Melo booted four goals to be the dominant goal kicker on the ground, while Belinda Smith and Kahra Sprlyan managed two majors each. Teenager, Roxanne Roux and former Collingwood AFL Women’s player Caitlyn Edwards both hit the scoreboard in the big win. For Peel. Ebonee Hardie and Bailey Molloy booted late goals to join Phillips as the only goal kickers on the day for the Thunderbirds. Now Peel heads into a do-or-die preliminary final with Subiaco.

 

Reserves:

Swan Districts 3.3 (21) defeated by East Fremantle 7.6 (48)
Peel Thunderbirds 2.1 (13) defeated by Claremont 9.15 (69)

A six-goal haul to Stephanie Sparke has handed East Fremantle a fantastic 27-point win to keep its premiership hopes alive. The Sharks defeated Swan Districts after a three goals to one final term meant that the visitors were too good for the third-placed side, led by Sparke’s fantastic effort up forward. Claremont peppered the goals, but proved too strong for minor premiers Peel Thunderbirds, booting nine goals from 24 scoring shots on their way to a 56-point win. Amber Ugle-Hagan booted three goals for the winners, while Holly Cattermole finished with two majors to see Claremont advance through to the Grand Final.

 

Rogers Cup:

East Fremantle 3.4 (22) defeated Swan Districts 3.3 (21)
Peel Thunderbirds 6.9 (45) defeated South Fremantle 0.2 (2)

East Fremantle has survived a huge scare to remain alive in the 2018 finals series, defeating Swan Districts by a solitary point in the do-or-die semi-final clash. Trailing at half-time, the Sharks booted two of the three second half goals to get over the top of Swan Districts to face South Fremantle next week. In the other game, Peel Thunderbirds overcame a tight first half to boot four second half goals and record a 43-point win and book a spot in the Rogers Cup Grand Final. Leading by just 14 points at half-time and 20 at the final break, the Thunderbirds showed why they were the premiership favourites, booting three goals in the last stanza to win comfortably.

Weekend wash-up: WAWFL – Round 15

THE penultimate round of the Western Australian Women’s Football League (WAWFL) action threw up some amazing individual performances, with two sides still battling for fourth place on the table.

PEEL THUNDERBIRDS 9.3 | 14.7 | 24.9 | 30.15 (195)
PERTH ANGELS 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 1.0 (6)

GOALS:

Peel Thunderbirds: K. Phillips 10, B. Molloy 4, K. Bartlett 4, K. Grieve 2, T. Bresland 2, A. Muir 2, S. Duffy 2, H. Church, G. Mckinley, B. Bond, J. Fenton.
Perth Angels: K. Spanos.

Motivation is clearly not a problem at Peel Thunderbirds as the premiership favourites continued their impressive season with a 189-point shellacking of Perth Angels. The Thunderbirds are still equal on points with East Fremantle and percentage is everything for the top side. On the weekend, the Thunderbirds slammed on nine goals in the opening term to race to a 57-point quarter time lead. By half-time it was 91 points, and three quarter time it was a remarkable 153 points. Perth Angels scored their first goal of the game in the final term, while Peel booted six, to win easily, but more importantly gain vital percentage in a four quarter effort. Goal-kicking machine Kira Phillips booted 10 goals, while Bailey Molloy and Kate Bartlett booted four apiece, among 11 individual goal scorers, including West Australian Under-18 captain Sabreena Duffy. Krystal Spanos was the sole goal kicker for the Angels, as they head in against Subiaco next week and can knock them out of the finals with an upset win.

 

CLAREMONT N/A | N/A | N/A | 5.7 (37)
SUBIACO N/A | N/A | N/A | 7.7 (49)

GOALS:

Claremont: C. Lewis 2, A. Arnup, B. Erceg, A. Robertson
Subiaco: A. Lavell 3, H. Miller 2, K. Lamb, L. Stammers

Subiaco has maintained fourth spot on the table with a must-win victory over Claremont. The finals-bound had to battle hard against the sixth placed Claremont, who have shown they can match it with most sides on their day. Amy Lavell booted three goals for the winners, while Hayley Miller finished with two majors. Katie Lamb and Lauren Stammers were the other two goal kickers, while AFL Women’s Academy talent McKenzie Dowrick was on the winners side. For Claremont, Caitlin Lewis was the only multiple goal kicker with two majors, while Adele Arnup, Brooke Erceg and Amanda Robertson also hit the scoreboard. Western Australia Under-18 representatives Sarah Garstone and Matilda Sergeant were on the Claremont side unlucky not to get the win.

 

SOUTH FREMANTLE N/A | N/A | N/A | 0.2 (2)
WEST PERTH N/A | N/A | N/A 12.19 (91)

GOALS:

South Fremantle: Nil.
West Perth: L. Pignatiello 3, A. Robinson 3, T. Wineti 2, T. Garlett, T. Golisano, J. Valentini, L. Pugh.

Needing a win to remain in contention of a finals place, West Perth did what it had to do, defeating South Fremantle by 89 points on the weekend. The Falcons held the bottom side to just two behinds for the game, while having 31 scoring shots themselves. While West Perth would have liked to have been more accurate, they gained some important percentage ahead of the final round. Lisa Pignatiello and Angela Robinson both booted two goals, while Tui Belle Wineti finished with two majors. There were seven individual goal kickers in the Falcons’ big win, including West Australian Under-18 representative Jacinta Valentini. While South Fremantle did not kick a goal, they continued their trend of not allowing highly fancied opponents to kick more than 100 points – as they had done the week before against Peel Thunderbirds.

 

SWAN DISTRICTS 1.3 | 1.4 | 1.4 | 2.4 (16)
EAST FREMANTLE 2.0 | 5.1 | 6.3 | 11.8 (74)

GOALS:

Swan Districts: T. Mcauliffe, R. Williams.
East Fremantle: R. Roux 2, J. de Melo 2, S. Sparke 2, A. Atkins, C. Edwards, M. Caulfield, J. Norrish, L. Versaci.

They got the job done, but it was far from easy for top two side East Fremantle, defeating Swan Districts by 58 points. While the margin might look great, the difference was just 29 points at the final break, with Swan Districts doing a fantastic job defensively on one of the premiership contenders. In a game which looks likely to be a potential preliminary final match-up, the third placed Swan Districts lost no fans having restricted the Sharks to just two goals in the opening term to trail by three points. A three goals to zero second term opened up a buffer, and while Swan Districts struggled to put goals on the board, they had contained the favourites. The last quarter saw the dam wall break with the Sharks piling on five goals to one to run away with the game and grab vital percentage points. With Peel Thunderbirds’ percentage too much to catch in the final round, the Sharks will be hoping Swan Districts can upset the Thunderbirds this weekend. Teenager Roxanne Roux booted two goals, as did Jade De Melo and Stephanie Sparke, among eight individual goal kickers for the Sharks. Tayla McAuliffe and Rhonda Williams were the two goal kickers for the losing side.

 

Reserves:

Peel Thunderbirds 15.17 (107) defeated Perth Angels 0.0 (0)
Subiaco 3.7 (25) defeated by East Perth 5.6 (36)
South Fremantle 7.15 (57) defeated West Perth 4.1 (25)
Swan Districts 6.3 (39) defeated East Fremantle 2.1 (13)

Narelle McIntyre was the key up forward for Peel Thunderbirds in their big win over Perth Angels. Holding the Angels scoreless, the Thunderbirds had 32 scoring shots and McIntyre finished with eight majors. Chloe Colledge and Anne Tosi both booted multiple goals in the victory. Hannah O’Brien was the difference in East Perth’s narrow 11-point win over Subiaco. O’Brien booted three of East Perth’s five goals to ensure they at least grabbed fifth spot above the sixth placed Subiaco. South Fremantle had reason to celebrate with a 32-point win over West Perth – just its second of the season. Larisa Bennell booted three goals, while Melissa Silcock managed two in the spirit-lifting win over the seventh placed side. Swan Districts got an important 26-point win over East Fremantle in what is set to be a week one finals clash between third and fourth. Emily Stott was the key goal kicker for the winners, booting three goals in the low-scoring win.

 

Rogers Cup:

Peel Thunderbirds 9.14 (68) defeated Perth Angels 3.1 (19)
Subiaco 1.2 (8) defeated by East Perth 15.7 (97)
South Fremantle 10.8 (68) defeated West Perth 1.1 (7)
Swan Districts 2.4 (16) defeated by East Fremantle 4.2 (26)

Peel Thunderbirds kept their unbeaten season alive with a big win over Perth Angels. Shani Garrod, Jacklyn Atkinson and Kaitlyn Hayes booted two goals each in the 49-point win. In East Perth’s 89-point belting of Subiaco, the fifth placed side again showed off its top-end young talent with Tanisha Anderson backing up her five-goal performance last week, going one better with six goals in the big win, among eight individual goal kickers. South Fremantle also had a big win, defeating West Perth by 61 points at home. Hannah Corney booted three goals and was the only multiple goal kicker on the ground as the home team had eight individual goal scorers, while Holli Taggart as West Perth’s sole scorer. In the match of the round and what will end up being a knockout semi-final, third placed East Fremantle had a narrow 10-point win over fourth placed Swan Districts. Roisin Walsh proved to be crucial on the scoreboard, booting two of the game’s six goals.

WAWFL weekly wrap: Round 14

SOME big wins headline Round 14 of the Western Australia Women’s Football League (WAWFL), as the sides head into the last two rounds of the home and away season. We take a look at how the weekend of footy went in the entertaining league.

 

2018 League

PEEL THUNDERBIRDS 5.3 | 6.5 | 11.6 | 14.8 (92)
SOUTH FREMANTLE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.1 | 0.1 (1)

GOALS:

Peel Thunderbirds: K. Phillips 6, B. Bond 2, C. Lange 2,G. McKinley, D.Okely
South Fremantle: Nil.

Peel Thunderbirds have backed up a 50-point Round 13 win with a 91-point victory in Round 14. The big wins help to boost their percentage to 370.93, which is within striking distance of East Fremantle’s percentage of 371.13 on top of the ladder. In the Thunderbirds’ battle against South Fremantle, the competition’s leading goal kicker, Kira Phillips booted home six majors to take her season tally to an astonishing 66 goals from 14 games, leading Subiaco’s Amy Lavell by 39 goals. On the day, Phillips was complemented by Bailey Molloy, Bethany Bond and Chalise Lange, who all kicked two goals each. All hope was lost for South Fremantle in the first quarter, as it was held scoreless while Peel piled on five goals. By the end of the game, the Thunderbirds were able to turn a 41-point half-time margin into a 91-point final margin and got a much-needed win.

 

EAST FREMANTLE 3.1 | 7.3 | 8.3 | 12.4 (76)
CLAREMONT 1.1 | 1.1 | 1.1 | 1.2 (8)

GOALS:

East Fremantle: R. Roux 2, J. de Melo 2, S. Sparke 2, M. Caulfield 2, G. O’Sullivan, C. Edwards, A. Atkins, B. Smith.
Claremont: A. Ugle-Hayward.

East Fremantle continued its winning ways on the weekend with a 68-point win over Claremont. After only narrowly getting the victory against Subiaco last week, the Sharks would have been glad to get a big percentage-boosting win to remain at the top of the ladder heading into the last two rounds of the season. After a slow start, East Fremantle put the game away with a four goals to none second quarter, and asserted its dominance further by keeping Claremont goalless for the rest of the game. Western Australia Under 18s representative, Roxanne Roux and Fremantle AFLW duo, Jade De Melo and Melissa Caulfield got two goals for the day. Stephanie Sparke also got on the board with two majors, taking her season goal kicking tally to seven goals from eight games.

 

WEST PERTH 4.1 | 4.1 | 5.2 | 5.5 (35)
SWAN DISTRICTS 4.0 | 8.1 | 9.1 | 9.2 (56)

GOALS:

West Perth: A. Szeliga 2, T. Garlett, B. Whyte, K. Jayasuria
Swan Districts: E. McGuire 2, R. Williams 2, G. Houghton 2, R. Holwill 2, T. Blight

In the closest match of the round which saw third and fourth go head-to-head, it was third that came out on top as Swan Districts defeated West Perth by 21 points. As a result, West Perth has now slipped out of the top four, making for an intriguing run home. On the day however, Amy Szeliga shone with two goals while Tyhara Garlett, Brooke Whyte and Kristen Jayasuria all did well to get one major on the board. For Swan Districts, Fremantle AFLW forward, Emily McGuire was the side’s only multiple goal kicker in what was a tight tussle. Ultimately, a four goals to none second quarter made it difficult for West Perth to make a come back and save its top four spot.  

 

PERTH ANGELS 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)
SUBIACO 4.6 | 10.12 | 16.16 | 22.21 (153)

GOALS:

Perth Angels:
Subiaco: A. Lavell 7, J. Harken 3, H. Miller 3, L. Stammers 2, S. Lewis 2, T. Lake 2, D. Pisconeri, E. Blackmore, T. Haynes

Subiaco has stormed into the top four after a scintillating 153-point win over Perth Angels. The win takes its percentage to 140.25, which is a comfortable lead over West Perth’s 118.72. With both teams sitting on equal wins and losses, the win was huge for the Titans in the context of the season. They had six multiple goal kickers against the Angels, with Fremantle AFLW star, Amy Lavell leading the way with seven majors to take her goal kicking tally to 27 goals from 10 games this season. Fellow AFLW teammate, Hayley Miller kicked three majors for the day, as did Jayme Harken. Lauren Stammers. Sara Lewis and Trisha Lake also contributed to the big win with two majors apiece.

 

2018 Reserves

Peel Thunderbirds were the only team this week to have both their seniors and reserves sides come away with victories in the WAWFL. The Thunderbirds took home a big 84-point win over South Fremantle to remain at the top of the ladder. Chloe Colledge starred with four goals while Narelle McIntyre booted three. Second-placed Claremont are trying to chase Peel at the top of the ladder, and made big inroads to doing so by recording a 73-point win over Subiaco. Amy Smeding was a huge influence in the win with six goals to take her season tally to 35 goals from nine games. In a battle where eighth took on fifth on the ladder, eighth came out on top. While their seniors experienced a nasty loss, the Angels’ reserves experienced a memorable win, coming out on top against East Perth in a nail-biting two-point victory. West Perth, Swan Districts and East Fremantle had the bye this week.

 

2017 Rogers Cup

Some comfortable wins headlined the Rogers Cup, with Peel Thunderbirds, Claremont and East Perth getting the job done in their respective matches. The Thunderbirds got over the line against South Fremantle by 41 points where Shani Garrod performed solidly to get two majors on the board. She sits equal second on the goal kicking tally with 21 majors for the season. Although Claremont was inaccurate with 5.10 for the day, it still defeated Subiaco by 37 points. The bottom-placed Titans fought hard in the match with two majors on the board against the sixth-placed Claremont. Western Australia Under 18s representative, Tanisha Anderson stole the show for East Perth with five majors in her side’s 61-point win over Perth Angels. West Perth, Swan Districts and East Fremantle all had a bye this weekend.

Team Selection: AFLW – Round 7

With one round left of the home and away season and five clubs in contention for the flag, selecting strong sides is a must if any team hopes to secure a grand final spot. Ladder leaders the Western Bulldogs are in particularly good stead for their round seven match with the anticipated return of captain, Katie Brennan. After their loss to the Giants last week, the Dogs will be hoping that Brennan can lead them to the win they need in order to keep their grand final dream alive. Alongside Brennan, Aisling Utri will also take the field, while Kirsten McLeod and Emma Mackie have been omitted from the squad.

Taking on the Dogs, Melbourne will have a tough task ahead of them this weekend with the loss of All-Australian, Melissa Hickey who tore her ACL in last weeks clash. Meanwhile, experienced Cranbourne junior, Bianca Jakobsson has returned from injury and should add stability and class to the Melbourne outfit.

Friday night’s clash leaves both Brisbane and GWS with no room for error as they battle it out for a potential spot in the elusive grand final. In response to this, Brisbane have named an unchanged side, trusting previous efforts to get them over the line. Similarly, GWS have made few changes, except for one forced change following Aimee Schmidt’s injury last weekend. Renee Forth will take her place on the field.

Former Adelaide player, Kellie Gibson, will don the Fremantle jumper for the first time as the Dockers face Carlton on Saturday. Team mate, Ashley Sharp will also come in for Jade De Melo and Stacey Barr who have both been omitted. Their opposition, Carlton, have been no stranger to injury this season, however, just in time for round seven Lauren Brazzale and Lauren Arnell have been called into the side following injuries in round five. Carlton have also named South Bunbury junior, Katie-Jayne Grieve as part of the squad to take on the Dockers.

Adelaide will be experiencing some déjà vu when they are faced with the Pies this Sunday, as they fight for a spot in the grand final under similar conditions as last year. Adelaide have suggested two prospective ins, with Sally Riley and Georgia Bevan being named in their extended squad. Ruby Schleicher’s injury has forced the Pies to bring in Bree White in hope to claim an upset win in the final game of their season. 

Friday, March 16:

Greater Western Sydney v Brisbane at Blacktown International Sportspark, 7.05pm AEDT

GWS

B: T.Hetherington 9, E.Brush 10, P.Randall 21
HB: N.Barr 8, P.Monahan 28, A.Farrugia 18
C:                      C.Gum 26
HF: J.Dal Pos 7, P.McWilliams 3, J.Hicks 5
F: J.Barclay 34, C.Staunton 13, R.Beeson 6
Foll: E.McKinnon 23, A.Eva 2, B.Tully 16
I/C: E.Swanson 17, R.Tomkins 1, E.Bennetts 22, M.Collier 14, R.Forth 27

Emerg: L.Stephenson 12, A.Saundry 4

In: R.Forth
Out:A.Schmidt (Injured)

BRISBANE

B: E.Pittman 29, L.Kaslar 11, B.Koenen 3
HB: E.Zielke 8, K.Lutkins 13, K.McCarthy 9
C:                         N.Exon 15
HF: E.Bates 1, T.Randall 16, M.Hunt 6
F: J.Wuetschner 23, B.Gibson 25, K.Ashmore 10
Foll: S.Frederick-Traub 14, J.Stanton 17, A.Anderson 18
I/C: S.Webb 4, I.Ayre 2, S.Campbell 20, S.Conway 12, A.Clarke 21

Emerg: J.Zanchetta 7, J.Keeffe 27

No changes

 

Saturday, March 17:

Fremantle v Carlton at Fremantle Oval, 5.05pm AWST

FREMANTLE

B: A.Williams 9, T.Bresland 5, E.Gooch 8
HB: M.Caulfield 29, E.Antonio 12, D.Hooker 17
C:                    K.Donnellan 15
HF: L.Webb 16 , A.Atkins 37, K.Gibson 21
F: S.Cain 20, T.Haynes 6, G.O’Sullivan 22
Foll: A.Janz 30, L.Mascall 14, H.Miller 19
I/C: A.Sharp 1, C.Davidson 33, L.Filocamo 4, A.Lavell 7, T.McAuliffe 25

Emerg: B.Smith 18 G.Houghton 27

In: K.Gibson, A.Sharp
Out: J.de Melo, S.Barr

CARLTON

B: G.Pound 6, D.Hardiman 31, S.Li 35
HB: K.Loynes 2 , K.Gillespie-Jones 5, N.Stevens 21
C:                    K.Grieve 28
HF: D.Vescio 3, T.Harris 22, G.Gee 19
F: M.Gay 8, B.Moody 16, S.Hosking 10
Foll: A.Downie 30, S.Audley 26, L.Brazzale 12
I/C: L.Arnell 13, T.Lucas-Rodd 18, K.Harrington 9, B.Kennedy 23, J.Hosking 11

Emerg: R.Hicks 24, S.Last 7

In: K.Grieve, L.Brazzale, L.Arnell
Out: L.Attard, T.Cochrane, M.Keryk

 

Saturday, March 17:

Western Bulldogs v Melbourne at VU Whitten Oval, 7.10pm AEDT

WESTERN BULLDOGS

B: L.Birch 18, B.Toogood 28, N.Callinan 10
HB: H.Scott 22, A.O’Connor 4, A.Gogos 36
C:                    E.Blackburn 2
HF: B.Lochland 1, K.Brennan 3, M.Conti 8
F: J.Bruton 35, L.Spark 11, A.Utri 23
Foll: T.Ernst 19, E.Kearney 5, K.Lamb 27
I/C: N.Ferres 16, B.Hunt 21, H.Wildes 17, K.Rennie 24, D.Berry 7

Emerg: E.Mackie 25, J.Anderson 26

In: K.Brennan, A.Utri
Out: K.McLeod (Injured), E.Mackie

MELBOURNE

B: A.Teague 40, M.Downie 2, A.Guest 17
HB: C.Whitfort 20, H.Cordner 21, B.Jakobsson 7
C:                         E.O’Dea 5
HF: S.Scott 12, K.Paxman 4, T.Cunningham 1
F: E.Zanker 29, R.Cranston 30, K.Hore 10
Foll: L.Pearce 15, D.Pearce 6, K.Smith 13
I/C: S.Lampard 8, J.Grierson 19, L.Mithen 14, B.Patterson 24, A.Newman 16

Emerg: C.Phillips 35, E.Humphries 3

In: B.Jakobsson, S.Lampard
Out: M.Hickey (knee), C.Phillips

 

Sunday, March 18:

Collingwood v Adelaide at Olympic Park Oval, 2.35pm AEDT

COLLINGWOOD

B: E.Grant 5, J.Duffin 27, A.Brazill 10
HB: C.Molloy 2, C.McIntosh 20, T.Morgan 26
C:                    A.Barden 38
HF: S.D’Arcy 4, J.Garner 43, C.Bernardi 6
F: M.Kuys 9, M.Hope 23, C.Edwards 1
Foll: E.King 60, J.Lambert 13, B.Bonnici 8
I/C: B.White 33, G.Parker 19, L.Tesoriero 7, K.Stratton 41, M.Hutchins 25, H.Whitford 28, S.Darga 46

In: B.White, H.Whitford, S.Dargan
Out: R.Schleicher (Injured)

ADELAIDE

B: S.Thompson 14, S.Allan 39, D.Cox 31
HB: C.Cramey 22, J.Hewett 20, A.Foley 3
C:                     E.Phillips 13
HF: D.Varnhagen 9, A.Hatchard 33, J.Sedunary 17
F: R.Wallace 15, S.Perkins 28 J.McCormick 5
Foll: R.Metcalfe 11, C.Randall 26, E.Marinoff 10
I/C: M.Rajcic 32, R.Lugg 45, E.Jones 2, J.Mules 23, S.Armitstead 16, S.Riley 8, G.Bevan 4

In: S.Riley, G.Bevan
Out: Nil.

AFLW Previews: Round 5

IF the multiple record breaking round four sets the tone for the rest of the season then we are in for another explosive round of footy this weekend.  At this point in the season we move into the round having a better idea of the sides who can win the premiership and just how crucial percentage can be.

With a 73-point win and Brooke Lochland’s seven goal haul when three of their forwards are out, the Bulldogs made it official. They have their paws in the door for a spot in the grand final.  As do the Brisbane Lions, after flying somewhat under the radar so far and seemingly sneaking into second spot on the ladder.  Brisbane will take their shared team effort to the Demons’ home ground where the Dees will be aiming to bring out their early round form and flow after a fruitless couple of weeks on the road. 

The Bulldogs take on the Pies who celebrated a well overdue win against Melbourne in the extreme heat having waited almost a year to sing the song.   

Round five on paper looks the most crucial this season, with each side still within reach of a top two spot on the ladder.  But that will all be over come Monday.  The ability to respond will be the difference this weekend. 

Melbourne v Brisbane Lions

Friday, March 2, 7.05pm ACDT at Casey Fields

The Brisbane Lions have showed they can adapt to whatever conditions may come, with their ability to play as a group and stick to their structures. They were triumphant over Melbourne in severe weather last time they met. After being on the road since round three the Dees are set to play at their home ground against the strong moving pride of the Lions and get some much needed relief from the extreme weather they’ve had to contend with. This is an opportunity for Melbourne to take back control of their final prospects, get the game on their terms and bring back the Demon style of football.  They will be looking to keep Jess Wuetschner under control and limit the effectiveness of Sabrina Frederick- Traub.

The Demons have named Eden Zanker, who will bring some great strength to the forward line with her excellent marking ability and good kick on goal. First gamer Claudia Whitfort also comes in, who has great speed and will likely be an excitement factor for the Dees. Lauren Pearce will be back in the ruck while defender Brooke Patterson also returns for Melbourne.  The backline will be without experienced defender Meg Downie after suffering a shoulder injury against the Pies. 

For the Brisbane Lions, Shannon Campbell is back into the side in defence replacing Emma Pittman, the only change from their round four side. 

Fremantle v GWS

Saturday, March 3, 2.05pm WST at Fremantle Oval

On the back of a painful draw against Adelaide, GWS desperately need a win to stay in touch with the competition ladder leaders. They will be keen to lay the memory of the 2017 draw with Fremantle to rest with both teams scoring 43 points a piece on that day.

Fremantle sits in fourth position and is in good contention for a top two position with impressive wins over Melbourne and Collingwood.  The Dockers will have to keep an eye out for star GWS recruit Alicia Eva to limit the amount of damage the midfielder can do. Eva has been dominant with ball in hand and the Fremantle midfield will need to have the ability to respond to her impressive form. Fremantle may look to the likes of Lisa Webb, Kara Donnellan and Dana Hooker to take up the task of stopping Eva. Fremantle has included ruck, Tayla McAuliffe along with forward Jade De Melo into the side.  Meanwhile, GWS has omitted midfielder Renee Forth and Pippa Smyth.

GWS’ Cora Staunton is a strong presence and an under-the-radar forward who has had eight scoring shots in 2018. Staunton has impressed in front of goal and has cemented her spot in the GWS line-up with her accuracy in front of goal and ability to take strong grabs.

For both sides, a loss will end any Grand Final hopes for the 2018 season. 

Adelaide v Carlton

Saturday, March 3, 6.40pm CDT at Norwood Oval

After a big loss to the Western Bulldogs, the Blues have made a heap of changes to this weeks line-up in hope to find some much needed form. In last year’s match against Adelaide, the Blues were competitive but fell away in the last quarter and no doubt realise this will be a great one to win if they bring their best to Norwood Oval, this Saturday.  The return of star forward Tayla Harris from her one week suspension may help to spark Carlton’s revival with her agility, accurate kicking and marking ability second to none. Harris is a true Blues’ game-changer and will be looking to get some early goals and momentum in the forward line.  Georgia Gee is a big factor too, she’s exciting to watch and back in the side this week for the clash in Adelaide. Katie Loynes is also in, the on-baller is hard to stop from playing her ‘tough’ style of footy.

After last weeks draw, the Crows have made some changes to the side with Rhianne Lugg and Sophie Armistead added to the midfield and Dayna Cox and Anne Hatchard in defence.  The Adelaide Crows are sitting seventh on the ladder on percentage below Fremantle and two points below Carlton.  The Crows are not out of the race just yet.  This is a must-win for both sides if they want to have a crack at making the grand final.

Collingwood v Western Bulldogs

Sunday, March 4, 2.35pm EDT at Ted Summerton Reserve

Both teams are coming off huge wins. Things went well for Collingwood in Alice Springs against Melbourne and if the momentum continues this will be a game of two in-form sides.  It makes sense that the same 21 Pies players are being named to travel to Moe for the clash against the ladder leaders with Kristy Stratton and Bree White on board.  Pies are on the bottom and have nothing to lose.  Last week their errors were low and Jasmine Garner and Christina Bernadi were pivotal.  Moana Hope was able to find some space and be a dominant figure for Collingwood in their forward. The Pies game plan seemed to fall into place with the fierce midfield pressure on the usual off-the-chain Melbourne midfield dynamic. The likes of experienced defender, Meg Hutchins, lead by example for the Pies scoring her first AFLW goal.

The Dogs launched an attack of their own against the Blues in round four.  They broke records with superstar Brooke Lochland slotting herself into the history books scoring a whopping seven goals for the game. The Western Bulldogs had a great day out, dominating across the ground and will be hard to beat coming off this form with the likes of Emma Kearney and Ellie Blackburn continuing to impress.  They’ve also included Emma Mackie and Deanna Berry up forward. 

A takeaway from round four is, anything is possible.