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Weekend preview: AFLW – Round 1

FOOTY is back and for the first time, 10 AFL Women’s clubs are preparing to achieve the ultimate glory. Each week we will preview and review the games, provide a Team of the Week, Draftee Watch piece and analyse the week’s statistics, as well as plenty more for the third season of the competition. Stay tuned on Draft Central for all the coverage.

GEELONG vs. COLLINGWOOD
Saturday, February 2, 6.40pm
GMHBA Stadium, Geelong

The opening game of the AFL Women’s season has a massive question mark for both sides. On one side of the head-to-head is a brand new team with no historical data at the elite level, aside from some of the players who have crossed from other clubs. On the other side is a team that has been gutted in terms of experience, especially in the forward half, but has picked up a number of elite young kids as well as players who can have an impact in the short-term. Playing in front of a home crowd will help the Cats in their inaugural clash,  while the Magpies will be keen to finally get a good start to their season after two losses in opening round games. Both teams are deemed to be in the “weaker” conference – by means of avoiding both past premiers and the heavily stacked North Melbourne – and a win against a conference rival is vitally important in the stakes for securing a top four place. The advantage both these teams have is the fact much of their core group played VFL Women’s together, and therefore in terms of team chemistry over a 12-month period are well adjusted.

Both teams head into the clash with key personnel out, as Collingwood’s Best and Fairest and 2018 AFLW Rising Star winner, Chloe Molloy unavailable for the season, while Richelle Cranston will miss the first two rounds through suspension.  When talking about key youth, it is hard to look past some of the talent both clubs picked up in the draft. Geelong looked to its TAC Cup affiliate to select number one pick, Nina Morrison, as well as premiership teammates, Olivia Purcell and Denby Taylor. Add in talented GWV Rebels, Sophie Van De Heuvel and Georgia Clarke, as well as Murray Bushrangers’ inside midfielder and defender, Rebecca Webster, and the future is very bright at the Cats. The Magpies also heavily invested in the draft, picking up two first rounders in Dandenong Stingrays’ captain, Jordyn Allen and Oakleigh Chargers’ tall, Katie Lynch. Expected to play up opposite ends, they are well complemented by Eastern Ranges’ speedster, Mikala Cann who 12 months ago was yet to play a competitive match of football. Versatile youngster, Lauren Butler is also expected to become a key feature in the Magpies’ side. With Geelong having the likes of Bec Goring, Madeline Keryk, Julia Crockett-Grills and Meghan McDonald among their contingent of impressive VFLW performers last season, they have a cohesive unit. The Magpies will look to the experience of captain Stephanie Chiocchi, Emma Grant, Sarah D’Arcy and Jaimee Lambert to lead the young side this season.

H2H: Geelong 0 | Collingwood 0 | Draws 0
Venue: Geelong 0-0-0 | Collingwood 0-0-0

Last time they met: N/A

Fun facts:

  • The game marks the first ever AFL Women’s game at GMHBA Stadium, the first time Geelong’s AFL Women’s side will play a match for premiership points, but the third consecutive year Collingwood will be involved in the opening match of the season.
  • Unfortunately for the Magpies, the opening match of the season has not been kind for them, losing both games to Carlton at Ikon Park, albeit in a much closer game in 2018.
  • The last time these two teams played in any form was the VFL Women’s Preliminary Final, which saw the Cats upset the minor premiers to bundle the Magpies out in straight sets and head into the decider against Hawthorn. Collingwood’s loss was compounded by an injury to 2018 Rising Star winner, Chloe Molloy that would keep her out of the 2019 AFL Women’s season.
  • Collingwood booted 42 goals in season 2018. Players that contributed 36 of them are now either no longer on the Magpies’ list, or injured (Chloe Molloy – one).

 

ADELAIDE vs. WESTERN BULLDOGS
Saturday, February 2, 8.10pm
Norwood Oval, Adelaide

The game of the round is surely the match between the two AFL Women’s premiers. The 2017 champions, Adelaide take on the reigning premiers, Western Bulldogs in an evening game at Norwood Oval. Last season was a remarkable story for the Bulldogs, who overcame some key injuries, and the suspension of captain, Katie Brennan to topple Brisbane in the 2018 AFL Women’s decider. Adelaide would have been disappointed to not make the decider, but considering their injuries at different times, it was worth applauding their never-say-die attitude. A loss to Collingwood in the final round knocked them out of the race to go back-to-back, but they are now hungry as ever and keen to make amends in this match.

Both teams lost key players to long-term injuries in practice games a fortnight ago, with Adelaide’s number one ruck, Rhiannon Metcalfe and Western Bulldogs’ league leading goalkicker, Brooke Lochland both out. While the Crows will look to try and fill the void in the ruck, the Dogs certainly showed they have no shortage of forwards who can step up, and could turn to the likes of West Australian, Kate Bartlett who comes into the team with great forward nous at Under 18s level. Adelaide do have some serious firepower returning to the team with a fully fit Erin Phillips, and a dangerous youngster by the name of Chloe Scheer causing headaches inside 50. Adelaide could have the edge in the midfield given its depth with Phillips, Ebony Marinoff and Chelsea Randall all running through there, but the Dogs’ key position players could stretch the Crows’ defence. If the Crows can keep it from the Dogs talls getting supply, then it will go a long way to deciding the match, but if the Dogs get on top of the Crows’ highly rated midfield, then they will be able to put on some serious scoreboard pressure. In saying that, the Dogs’ midfield is far from shabby itself with Ellie Blackburn and Monique Conti among the most talented in the competition. It all adds up to being a cracker of a match.

H2H: Adelaide 2 | Western Bulldogs 0 | Draws 0
Venue: Adelaide 2-2-0 | Western Bulldogs 0-1-0

Last time they met: Adelaide 6.5 (41) defeated Western Bulldogs 5.4 (34) at Norwood Oval, Round 3, 2018

Trailing the entire game, the Crows found something special in the final term to overrun the Bulldogs at home by just seven points. Chelsea Randall picked up 24 disposals (15 contested), had five rebounds and laid six tackles, while Ebony Marinoff laid a whopping 15 tackles on her way to 21 disposals, four inside 50s and five rebounds. But the inspiration was inaugural league best and fairest winner, Erin Phillips. The star played exclusively forward and had 15 disposals, but booted four of the Crows’ six goals to single-handedly dominate up forward and show Crows fans that there was going to be no second year blues – until injury unfortunately struck. Jenna McCormick booted the other two goals for the Crows, while for the Bulldogs, Katie Brennan was the multiple goalkicker with two from nine touches and three marks. Emma Kearney (20 disposals, three marks, three clearances, three inside 50s, five rebounds and six tackles) was everywhere, as was Ellie Blackburn (17 disposals, five clearances, five tackles and four inside 50s).

Fun facts:

  • Ebony Marinoff averages 19.5 disposals, four clearances, 10.5 tackles and four inside 50s against the Western Bulldogs from two clashes, the most of any Crow.
  • Now North Melbourne skipper, Emma Kearney averaged the most touches against the Crows in both meetings, with Ellie Blackburn set to take over the mantle, averaging 18 touches, four clearances, four tackles and five inside 50s from two games.
  • It is the first time two AFL Women’s Premiers have met in the history of the competition.
  • Western Bulldogs are yet to lose an opening round match in the AFL Women’s season.

 

NORTH MELBOURNE vs. CARLTON
Sunday, February 3, 1.05pm
North Hobart Oval, Hobart

The second history making match for Round 1 sees one of the premiership favourites, North Melbourne take on last year’s wooden spooners, Carlton. Both head into the game with relative different looking sides. The Kangaroos strategically targeted experience, picking up players from other AFL Women’s sides as part of the free agency and expansion period, while Carlton headed to the draft. As such, the Kangaroos head into the game as strong favourites in the clash, and their pre-season victory over Melbourne did nothing to sway opinions from the fact they will be a contender this season. Carlton took it up to Geelong at times in the practice game, but much like at times last season, it is just finding some four quarter consistency. The strong football state of Tasmania will get around the clash which is the first of the AFL Women’s competition, and with a number of local talents wearing blue and white, expect there to be a strong contingent of home support.

With no past head-to-head clashes to go by, there are plenty of questions leading into this clash. The biggest question mark is that of the Kangaroos and how they will gel with so many players from other teams. They brought over key Magpies, Emma King, Jess Duffin, Jasmine Garner and Mo Hope to supply their forward line and ruck division with power, while securing the biggest name from the 2018 season in Emma Kearney – the league best and fairest winner – to come across from the Dogs. Carlton has the potential to have the best one-two forward combination in the league with Darcy Vescio and Tayla Harris, but it is just getting the talented duo to click. With the midfield and forward half boosted by young guns, Madison Prespakis, Abbie McKay and Emerson Woods, and the defence sured up by Collingwood VFLW captain, Jess Edwards, as well as Charlotte Wilson and Jayde Van Dyk, Carlton’s future is looking bright. Realistically, it will take an unbelievable effort to knock off North Melbourne, but Blues fans will be keen to see what new coach, Daniel Harford can do to create more scoring opportunities – something the Blues lacked last season. A four-goal practice game by returning captain, Brianna Davey gave fans a hint of what to expect, creating all sorts of headaches for opposing teams.

H2H: North Melbourne 0 | Carlton 0 | Draws 0
Venue: North Melbourne 0-0-0 | Carlton 0-0-0

Last time they met: N/A

Fun facts:

  • The match marks the first official match to be played in Tasmania, with the North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos opening their season in the Apple Isle, and of course marking their first match in the competition.
  • Carlton’s Brianna Davey has averaged 21 disposals, five rebounds and 2.5 inside 50s in her two opening round clashes, as Carlton beat arch-rivals Collingwood under lights on both occasions.
  • Darcy Vescio booted four goals in the inaugural AFL Women’s match in 2017, before being held goalless by debutant, Chloe Molloy last year, who would go on to win the Rising Star Award.
  • North Melbourne captain, Emma Kearney has averaged 22 disposals, six marks, five clearances and six inside 50s in her two matches against Carlton.

 

MELBOURNE vs. FREMANTLE
Sunday, February 3, 3.05pm
Casey Fields, Cranbourne

With predicted temperatures around the south-eastern suburbs predicted to be mid-to-late thirties, fans heading to the clash between Demons and Fremantle are recommended to stay hydrated. The game at Melbourne’s spiritual home, has become a fortress of late, winning five of a possible six games, including a thrashing victory over their Round 1 opponents back in 2017. Last year the Dockers got the better of Melbourne over in the west, using straight goalkicking to get the job done early in the season and chalk up a win against a premiership contender. The Demons have always been thereabouts, just missing out on the deciders, while Fremantle has had disappointing starts to the seasons which have ultimately cost them. With a new coaching panel and new-look side, Fremantle will be keen to topple the Demons at their home ground, especially a Demons side minus Daisy PearceMel Hickey and Richelle Cranston, among others.

Both teams are bringing in some serious young talent this season, with the Demons looking to the likes of Gippsland Power co-captain, Tyla Hanks and Northern Knights captain, Maddy Brancatisano. Both have incredible work ethics and a desire to just hunt the footballer and play their role, potentially being future leaders at the club. Throw in Dandenong Stingrays’ speedster, Shelley Heath and Casey Demons slick ball user, Casey Sherriff and the Dees have added some speed and skills to their inside grunt and contested ball-winning ability. The Dockers have also added some great local talent to their stocks, led by West Australian Under 18s state captain, Sabreena Duffy as well as overagers, Matilda Sergeant and Jasmin Stewart. The big question mark regarding Fremantle is how they will line-up as the off-season seemed to be a clean-out of sorts through their own choosing, whereas Melbourne lost players due to free agency and expansion. The difference in this game could well be the top-end star factor of the Demons, with Karen Paxman, Lily Mithen, Bianca Jakobsson and Elise O’Dea all roaming through the midfield at times. With Eden Zanker providing a target up forward, they have good depth across the ground, The Dockers have Kara Donnellan and Dana Hooker amongst their arsenal, but with a relatively new-looking side, it will be fascinating to see how they perform.

H2H: Melbourne 1 | Fremantle 1 | Draws 0
Venue: Melbourne 5-1-0 | Fremantle 0-0-0

Last time they met: Fremantle 6.0 (36) defeated Melbourne 4.7 (31) at Fremantle Oval, Round 3, 2018

Fremantle had to come from behind twice as they held Melbourne to a combined one behind in the second and fourth quarters, kicking the only two goals of the final term. In a display of precision accuracy, the Dockers did not kick a behind all game, and after not scoring in the opening term, booted six straight goals to secure a win at Fremantle Oval. Kara Donnellan and Lisa Webb both picked up 17 disposals, while Emily McGuire booted two goals. For the Dees, Daisy Pearce had another day out with 24 disposals, three marks, five clearances and four inside 50s, while Tegan Cunningham booted two majors in the loss.

Fun facts:

  • Since losing their inaugural AFL Women’s Round 1 clash to Brisbane at Casey Fields, Melbourne has not lost a game, winning five consecutive matches at the venue, including a nine-goal win over Fremantle in 2017.
  • Both sides are likely to head into the clash very different to the previous encounter with a maximum of 13 players each from their sides of 21 just 12 months ago, still on their respective lists.
  • Dana Hooker averaged 17 disposals (11 contested) and 5.5 tackles in her two matches for the Dockers against the Demons, and was Fremantle’s best player in the disastrous 54-point belting back in 2017.
  • Melbourne will need to find a way to replace the influence of Daisy Pearce, who has been a headache for the Dockers in the past, averaging 25 disposals, five tackles, four clearances and 3.5 inside 50s.

 

BRISBANE vs. GWS GIANTS
Sunday, February 3, 4.05pm
Moreton Bay Sporting Complex, Moreton Bay

The final game of the round pits back-to-back grand finalist, Brisbane against the team they knocked out of the decider contention in the final round last year, GWS GIANTS. The quirky fact between these teams is they have played each other four times – twice in the pre-season and twice in the regular season. On both occasions, GWS has triumphed in the pre-season practice matches, while Brisbane has got the job done – and convincingly so – when playing for premiership points. The GIANTS average just two goals per game against the Lions during the season, and they will be keen to repeat the effort of a fortnight ago when they were too good for the young Lions. Brisbane has played just the one game at Moreton Bay Sporting Complex – the Lions new home for 2019 – which was a disappointing and almost season-defining loss to Collingwood, whereas the GIANTS are yet to run out at the venue.

Both teams have young line-ups coming through with the teams losing players such as Kaitlyn Ashmore, Jamie Stanton and Tahlia Randall (Brisbane), and Phoebe McWilliams and Renee Forth (GIANTS). They have also picked up some experience with Brisbane scooping up Lauren Arnell from Carlton and the GIANTS adding Magpie, Christina Bernardi to its forward mix. Heading to the draft, the GIANTS picked up one of the most decorated and talented juniors in Alyce Parker who will slot straight into the midfield and undoubtedly be a key cog in that onball division. Former netballer, Taylah Davies is already looking like a valuable pick-up for the GIANTS, while Haneen Zreika hit the scoreboard in the practice match as well. Any team with Alicia Eva, Jessica Dal Pos and Amanda Farrugia has to be respected. Brisbane’s forward power with Sabrina Frederick-Traub and Jess Wuetschner is always going to be a key consideration for opposition coaches, while Lions coach Craig Starcevich has the luxury of bringing up his Queensland Under 18 young guns into the senior team at draft time. All Australian ruck Lauren Bella, state captain Natalie Grider and key Queensland players Jesse Tawhaio-Wardlaw, Jade Ellenger, Tori Groves-Little and Jacqui Yorston join West Australian, McKenzie Dowrick as the future of the Lions.

H2H: Brisbane 2 | GWS 0 | Draws 0
Venue: Brisbane 0-1-0 | GWS 0-0-0

Last time they met: Brisbane 10.4 (64) defeated GWS GIANTS 3.6 (24) at Blacktown ISP, Round 7, 2018.

With an AFL Women’s Grand Final spot on the line, it was the Brisbane Lions who were all over the GIANTS, running out 40-point winners to keep their premiership dreams alive – albeit with their fate in Collingwood’s hands. The GIANTS had improved remarkably from the inaugural season, but fell short of a grand final place, and will have rued that final game over the summer. Ally Anderson and Emily Bates had days out against the GIANTS, collecting a combined 46 disposals, seven marks and eight clearances. Up forward, Sabrina Frederick-Traub was unstoppable with four goals to go with 18 disposals, five marks and five hitouts. Jess Wuetschner was equally as impressive with three majors from 11 touches, doing all the damage at ground level. For the GIANTS, Alicia Eva tried her best with a team-high 18 disposals, three marks, six tackles and five inside 50s, while Jessica Dal Pos and Amanda Farrugia were the next highest ball winners with 14 apiece.

Fun facts:

  • Brisbane has played just the one match at Moreton Bay Sporting Complex, and unfortunately it was one to forget, losing to Collingwood in Round 6, 2018. It put their premiership aspirations in serious doubt, before ironically the Magpies knocked off the Crows in the final round to hand the Lions a second consecutive Grand Final berth.
  • The Lions bounced back from the above loss with that 40-point win over GWS in the last round, knocking out the GIANTS from Grand Final contention, and replacing them in the decider.
  • In the two games against the GIANTS, Sabrina Frederick-Traub has booted five goals, whereas the entire GIANTS team have booted just the four.
  • Emma Swanson averages the most disposals for a GIANT against the Lions, at 15, while Jessica Dal Pos averages 13 touches per game.

Number Crunching: VFLW – Week 1 Finals

WEEK one of the 2018 Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s finals series went off with a bang, with two favourites beaten in blockbuster matches. With the Hawks claiming victory over Collingwood, they advance to the Grand Final in two weeks’ time whereas the Pies have this weekend to decide their fate in the preliminary final. A surprise, but well-fought, win against NT has also bolstered Geelong into the preliminary final. The Cats found themselves trailing for most of the game, but with a magnificent fourth quarter, they were able to snatch the victory in the end.

Hawthorn’s dominance on Saturday was attributed to the excellent game and leadership of captain, Emma Mackie. Mackie was the player to disrupt the goal-for-goal game, kicking two unanswered majors against the Pies. She kicked a total of three goals for her team. Similarly, Hawthorn’s Rosie Dillon had an amazing game, moving the ball across the field with 20 disposals. Dillon’s ability wasn’t only in moving the ball through the Pies’ defence, but also up forward, as she kicked a goal.

Despite losing, Collingwood showed serious promise. Hawthorn’s defence was far too tight for the Pies, but a solid performance from Chloe Molloy attempted to keep the team afloat. Molloy kicked two of the Pies’ three goals for the match, showing her determination to win, especially with her final goal in the dying minutes of the match. Molloy’s drive showed potential for a Collingwood comeback, but Hawthorn still persisted with its strong backline.

Despite a ‘rocky’ start to the Cats’ semi-final, they displayed more and more determination as the game went on. Richelle Cranston was a major catalyst in this, being able to win even the toughest contests, with five marks and two goals. Due to Cranston’s resilience, she was able to kick an absolute screamer of a goal from more than 50 metres out to seal the game for her side. Another important player for Geelong was TAC Cup Girls Best and Fairest, Nina Morrison. Morrison showed keen skill, being able to link the ball through NT’s defence and into the goal square. Morrison’s disposals aided in Geelong’s dominance in the final quarter. She will be a key player against Collingwood in the preliminary final.  

Kicking half of her team’s goals, Marijana Rajcic was a powerhouse for NT in the first half. Rajcic’s ability to consistently mark the ball and kick goals was a main factor in NT leading for the majority of the game. With Rajcic’s third goal coming at the start of the fourth term, it was thought that she would have won NT the game. Similarly, Jenna McCormick was a primary reason for NT’s success earlier in the game. McCormick moved the ball all around the field, usually being the key connection to a goal for Rajcic.

Top player stats: VFLW Finals Week 1

PLAYER TEAM G BHD KE KIE HE HIE HR CM UM MKS TKS
Emma Mackie Hawthorn 3 0 4 0 11 3 4 0 0 0 4
Rosie Dillon Hawthorn 1 0 3 8 7 2 9 1 1 2 4
Chloe Molloy Collingwood 3 0 3 4 3 0 2 1 2 3 8
Richelle Cranston Geelong Cats 2 1 11 2 3 3 2 0 5 5 6
Nina Morrison Geelong Cats 0 1 7 4 4 3 3 0 1 1 7
Marijana Rajcic NT Thunder 3 0 4 1 5 0 1 1 3 4 3
Jenna McCormick NT Thunder 1 0 10 7 4 3 9 0 2 2 0

Scouting notes: VFLW – NT Thunder vs Geelong

DOMINANT force, NT Thunder was knocked out of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s finals last week by the ever-consistent Cats. Geelong was able to get the upper hand in a tight tussle and advance to a do-or-die preliminary final against the Pies this weekend. AFL Draft Central’s Connor Ferris was at Port Melbourne to take note of the standout performers at Stannards Stadium.

 

NT Thunder vs Geelong

NT:

#3 Angela Foley

Great leadership all game long from the captain. Got on top in the clearances and attacked the footy with great intent throughout the day.

#5 Machaelia Roberts

Great run and carry off the forward flank. Had several pressure acts throughout the game including a great chase and tackle resulting in a goal late in the third quarter.

#22 Jenna McCormick

Terrific second quarter to get the Thunder on top. Great ball-use all day through the middle of the ground to drive the Thunder into attack.

#29 Marijana Rajcic

Took advantage of her opportunities in front of goal, kicking three straight. Kept the Thunder in the game with an early fourth-quarter goal.

#52 Ebony Marinoff

Dominant performance from the Adelaide AFL Women’s midfielder. She was an absolute ball magnet, tallying 28 disposals and using the ball extremely well.

 

Geelong:

#3 Hannah Burchell

Good forward pressure and hard running, which resulted in two goals. Was instrumental in helping the Cats get on top in the third quarter.

#6 Maddie Boyd

Presented as a strong target all day. Did not hit the scoreboard but brought the ball to ground multiple times to set up Geelong’s small forwards for scoring opportunities.

#16 Olivia Purcell

Strong midfield performance. She got plenty of the ball with 16 possessions and linked up well with her teammates up the ground.

#20 Nina Morrison

Great tackling pressure. Gave the Thunder’s midfielders headaches all day with her ferocious attack on the footy.

#30 Richelle Cranston

Began asserting herself in the second quarter and never looked back. Great in and around the contest, highly efficient and kicked a crucial goal at the start of the fourth quarter to draw the scores level.

Weekend previews: VFLW – Week 1 Finals

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

 

Collingwood vs. Hawthorn

Saturday September 8, Stannards Stadium, 10:15AM

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

 

Northern Territory (NT) Thunder vs. Geelong

Sunday September 9, Stannards Stadium, 11:45AM

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

Weekend previews: VFLW – Round 15

WITH just two weeks remaining in the home and away season, the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s ladder is really beginning to take shape. Following its huge win over Collingwood last week, the NT Thunder now sits in top spot (44 points) with just one game remaining on their schedule. Collingwood (42 points) and Hawthorn (40 points) sit right behind the Thunder and will be hoping that their game in hand can catapult them into top spot once all is said and done. Geelong sits comfortably in fourth position for now but a slight slip-up could see Darebin seize the opportunity and move to within half a game of the coveted spot.

 

Collingwood vs Southern Saints

Saturday August 18, Ted Summerton Recreational Reserve, 2PM

The Magpies look to bounce back from their first loss of the season this past week as they host the Saints in an important contest. Collingwood has made several changes, with the most important being the return of superstar, Chloe Molloy, who returns to the line-up after two weeks on the sidelines. AFLW captain, Steph Chiocci will miss the game after having played herself into some nice form following a return from injury. Despite the loss last week, Sophie Alexander was particularly impressive with 23 disposals as she continues to be a key part of the Magpies’ premiership quest. The Saints put together a very strong game against the Falcons last week, battling right to the end against an in-form Darebin side before losing by just four points. The duo of Eleanor Brown and Alison Drennan were superb and did everything they could to drag their side over the line. Finals are now officially out of the question for the Saints, however there is plenty to play for in order to build moving forward as well as individual success, with Tara Bohanna currently in the top five goal scorers of the competition.

 

Western Bulldogs vs Melbourne University

Saturday August 18, VU Whitten Oval, 2PM

After an incredible two month stretch where the Bulldogs won six games in a row, they have now dropped two consecutive games and as a result find themselves officially out of finals contention. Another poor performance last week saw them suffer one of the biggest losses of the season in a lifeless 55-point loss against the Hawks. The Bulldogs were simply dominated in every category with the Hawks having almost 100 more possessions and well over twice the amount of inside 50s. A rebound performance across the board is certainly needed in order for the Bulldogs to finish the season on a high. Melbourne University comes into the game in some good form of its own, following a 53-point smashing of Casey. The win continues what has been a good month of footy, having won two matches over that stretch after a poor start to the season. It was stars aplenty last week as Madison Prespakis put together another huge game with 28 possessions in a best on ground performance. The forwards also dominated with Sophie Abbatangelo and Caitlin Greiser each kicking two goals.

 

Essendon vs Williamstown

Saturday August 18, Windy Hill, 3PM

The Bombers host Williamstown in their first of two home games at Windy Hill to close out the season. Currently sitting in last place with just one win to date, the Bombers have two winnable games in the next two weeks to close their inaugural season on a high and move up the ladder. Hayley Bullas continues to be a shining light for the side, with an astounding 17 tackles last week to go along with 20 possessions in one of the best individual performances of the season. Jessica Trend has also put together a nice stretch of form and will be key for the Dons in the final two games of the season. The Seagulls come off an unbelievable comeback win against Richmond which saw them register just their second victory of the season. Down by as many as 20 points midway through the third quarter, Williamstown battled all the way back to steal a one-point victory. The second half performance should instill confidence into the side as it has a big opportunity to close the season out well. After weeks of reliance on Jess Duffin and Jenna Bruton, the role players for the Seagulls really stepped it up last week, particularly Jasmine Garner who was damaging with two goals and 21 possessions.

 

NT Thunder vs Hawthorn

Saturday August 18, TIO Stadium, 4PM

The Thunder recorded their sixth consecutive victory last week with a massive win over the previously undefeated Collingwood, which saw them move into first place with just two rounds remaining. The Thunder have the bye this week so this will be their home and away season finale and can also lock up a top two finish with a win. Angela Foley took the game away from Collingwood last week with 29 possessions and two goals and was complemented by Ebony Marinoff (28 possessions) and Jenna McCormick (31 possessions) also putting together strong games. For the Hawks, this game is critical in order for their top two push and a home final. A win pushes them into a tie with the Thunder, with an opportunity to surpass them in the final round into either first or second. A loss on the other hand could be very damaging, as they face Geelong in the final round and become in danger of falling to fourth come the end of the season. Sarah Perkins has been in terrific form recently, including her three-goal haul against the Bulldogs last week. She will be key in going toe-to-toe against the prolific offence of the Thunder down the other end. Another marquee game late in the season, which will shape the entire season once again.

 

Darebin vs Carlton

Sunday August 19, Bill Lawry Oval, 12PM

Darebin looks to keep its slim finals hopes alive when it takes on Carlton at home. Having won their last three games, the Falcons have put themselves in a position to contend for the final spot in the top four. Hannah Mouncey put together her best performance in some time, kicking two goals to go along with 16 possessions, however she will miss the game in what could be a costly out. Elise O’Dea does return to the line-up and should boost their midfield. Lauren Pearce also continues to be dominant in the ruck, winning plenty of centre clearances for the Falcons midfielders as well as getting plenty of the ball herself, tallying 21 possessions last week. Carlton come in fresh off the bye and is looking to continue its strong end to the season. The Blues sit in ninth position with just four wins thus far. However, the Blues have played some good footy over the past month, although results may not show it. Darcy Vescio has the opportunity to win the goal kicking title this week, currently sitting on 16 goals, needing three to surpass leader, Mouncey.

 

Casey vs Geelong

Sunday August 19, Casey Fields, 1PM

Round 15 comes to an end when Casey hosts Geelong. The Demons will not take part in September action, however a win over Geelong could be potentially damaging to the Cats’ hopes of playing finals. The home side will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing performance against Melbourne Uni, losing by 53 points in a game they were favoured to win. Maddie Shevlin was a shining light for the Demons with 22 possessions and the team’s only goal. AFLW star, Bianca Jakobsson was also impressive. The Cats can secure their spot in the top four with a victory and potentially move up towards a top two finish if they win their final two games, given the tough competition the teams above them face. Geelong has made a habit of beating up on lower teams and Sunday should present them with another opportunity to do so. Danielle Orr and Mia-Rae Clifford were great last week with two goals each. Richelle Cranston was her usual self with 24 possessions as she continues to build on what has been an impressive season.

Number Crunching: VFLW – Round 14

AS the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition begins to wrap up, patterns are clearly seen as powerful players dominate in the round-leading stats. In this week’s edition of Number Crunching, we look into those players who lead in goals, disposals, handballs, tackles and marks in Round 14.

Hawthorn has had a fantastic debut season, currently sitting third on the ladder on 40 points. This can be mainly due to great performances from players like Sarah Perkins. Perkins was the leading goal kicker for Round 14 with three in Hawthorn’s big win against the Dogs.

NT Thunder’s Jenna McCormick lead the round in disposals. McCormick’s key role in the blockbuster match-up between first and second was a vital and match-winning one. With 31 disposals in total, the half-back’s presence in NT’s comeback and eventual win in the tight 38-28 game against Collingwood was one to remember.

Saints midfielder, Alison Drennan led the way in handballs. For Round 14, Drennan recorded 22 handballs in the Saints’ clash against Darebin. The Falcons have had a great season thus far, despite her team’s below-average ranking at seventh on the ladder.

Hayley Bullas of Essendon leads this round in tackles. Bullas laid a whopping 17 tackles in the match, but Essendon still conceded to the stronger Geelong side. Bullas continues to be a strong player for Essendon, constantly being top ranked in tackles for her team.

Finally for most marks, two players take out the top position. Hawthorn’s Ebony Nixon as well as previously mentioned round leader, McCormick lead with an equal seven marks. Nixon’s command as a half-back for Hawthorn allowed her to have plenty of space to get six out of seven marks uncontested, assisting her team in another vital win. McCormick’s ability to do the same in difficult conditions against her team’s major competition proved to be also exactly what NT needed.

Round 14: Most individual disposals

Player

Team

Disposals

Jenna McCormick

NT Thunder

31

Jess Duffin

Williamstown

30

Alison Drennan

Southern Saints

30

Angela Foley

NT Thunder

29

Ebony Marinoff

NT Thunder

28

 

Round 14: Most individual handballs

Player

Team

Handballs

Alison Drennan

Southern Saints

22

Eleanor Brown

Southern Saints

15

Maighan Fogas

Geelong Cats

14

Sophie Alexander

Collingwood

13

Hayley Trevean

Geelong Cats

13

 

Round 14: Most individual marks 

Player

Team

Marks

Jenna McCormick

NT Thunder

7

Ebony Nixon

Hawthorn

7

Lauren Spark

Western Bulldogs

6

Meghan McDonald

Darebin Falcons

6

Nicole Callinan

Darebin Falcons

6

 

Team of the Week: VFLW – Round 14

DAREBIN and Geelong headline the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s Team of the Week with three representatives each, after impressive wins on the weekend. On the other hand, Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs have one each after their losses in Round 14, while last-placed Essendon has no representatives after suffering a big defeat against the Cats. Every other team has two representatives in this week’s best 22.

The backline is spearheaded once again by Jayde Van Dyk, who is a mainstay in the back six. Western Bulldogs defender, Lauren Spark, who held her own against the Hawks, accompanies Van Dyk in the key position stocks. NT’s Jenna McCormick managed to get her hands on the ball a lot, gathering 31 disposals in an impressive game across half-back.

The midfield picked itself this week with NT captain, Angela Foley demanding her spot after a match-winning two goal and 29-disposal performance. Jess Duffin was also instrumental in Williamstown’s one-point win against Richmond with 30 touches and a goal. Vic Metro representative, Madison Prespakis dominated for Melbourne University, kicking a goal to go with her 28 disposals.

Round 14 was the round of the spearhead forward in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition with Hannah Mouncey, Kate Dixon and Sarah Perkins all prominent in their matches. Hannah Mouncey has found herself in some form once again with two goals to go with her 16 disposals for Darebin. Richmond’s Kate Dixon also managed to kick two goals while Sarah Perkins kicked three majors in Hawthorn’s mauling of the Dogs.

Melbourne University captain, Ashleigh Riddell can count herself as unlucky to miss out on a spot in the best 22 this week. She was a pivotal cog in the midfield with one goal from 18 touches. Geelong pair, Richelle Cranston and Mia-Rae Clifford are also extremely unlucky. Cranston was superb in the middle of the ground with 24 touches, while Clifford’s two goals from 13 touches were vital in the win.

Scouting notes: VFLW – Round 14

MELBOURNE University, Darebin and the NT Thunder all recorded crucial wins in Round 14 of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition. Our writers were there to watch these three teams on their way to victory, and noted down some of the top performers in each cracking match.

 

Casey Demons vs. Melbourne Uni

By: Peter Williams

Casey Demons:

#11 Eden Zanker

Showed good strength around the ground playing through the ruck and spending time forward. Zanker showed off her athletic capabilities, often leaping much higher than the opposition ruck and getting a clean tap to her midfielders. She also laid some great tackles and looked comfortable in the position.

#12 Georgia McLean

Had a few classy moments in the second half, breaking up a series of stoppages with great acceleration, but her shot on goal just missed. She applied good pressure on the ball carrier to force a ball over the boundary line, and read the taps from her rucks well, hitting the ball at top speed to burst away from her opponents.

#16 Casey Sherriff

A prominent player in defence who stepped up in the second half. In the third term she stopped a certain Sophie Abbatangelo goal, going back with the flight to earn a free kick, and then in the next play, used her smarts to keep the ball in play and in front of her, kicking it along the ground to gain extra distance. In wet conditions, Sherriff was one of the cleanest players around and showed good vision and disposal by hand or foot to teammates around the ground. Laid some vital tackles too, balancing between offensive and defensive traits.

#19 Amy Dunn

The Gippsland Power tall contributed in patches on debut, lining up at full-forward as the 23rd player. In the second term she contested strongly one-on-one and won a free kick on the wing for in the back and gave the handball off to a running teammate. In the final quarter, she marked the first ball inside 50, working hard on the lead. Her shot on goal missed to the right and was rushed over.

#22 Jordyn Allen

Showed off her trademark penetrating kick, leading out from half-forward and weighing her disposal well. She applied pressure to the ball carrier and was neat by hand or foot in transition and while she did not win a heap of the football, she laid some great tackles.

#24 Darcy Guttridge

A general in defence, Guttridge just patrolled the backline and showed great attack on the ball carrier. In the opening term she showed good strength to shrug off a tackler at half-back and kick cleanly to the wing. She constantly pushed up to the wing and hit the contest at full speed, trying her best to pump the ball long. She is a straight runner and can kick long inside 50. Copped a knock in the final term and was helped off, but could at least walk to the bench which was promising.

#25 Maddie Shevlin

Had a big day out around the ground, winning plenty of the football in the midfield and taking a kick-first approach. She laid some good tackles, but her highlight of the day was a monster kick from 50 metres which bounced through for a huge goal.

 

Melbourne University:

#1 Sophie Abbatangelo

Played a perfect forwards game, finishing with two goals, but also assisting her teammates in a couple more. She lead out and took strong marks, missing an early chance but then conjured something out of nothing, snapping a ball from the pocket. In the second term she set up Caitlin Greiser with a great lead out and then pass to her advantage, then nailed a second goal from a set shot which bent around the post to curl in. In the final term she marked deep and was unselfish to handball off to Kaitlyn Ashmore who ran in and kicked the easiest of goals.

#7 Ashleigh Riddell

The Melbourne University captain was prominent throughout the four quarters, cracking in hard and winning the ball in tight. She would spread to the outside, and hit the scoreboard with a fantastic goal off a step from the left boot deep in the pocket under pressure. She showed how clean she was at ground level on the wet turf, and also had good vision and decision making to kick to her teammates’ advantage in space. She continued to run hard all game and won her fair share of the ball.

#21 Rebecca Webster

Had a good inside game, working hard and putting pressure on the ball carrier, as well as using her stronger frame to assist her teammates. She laid some good tackling pressure in the opening term to force a turnover, and had a highlight reel moment in the second term where she charged from congestion. Unfortunately she found out how wet the ground was, taking a bounce which saw the ball roll away from her, but she recovered and handballed clear. Really strong in the midfield and clean at ground level.

#26 Caitlin Greiser

A prominent forward on the day who was one of Melbourne Uni’s best, dropping into the hole in the first term and intercepting a quick kick from a Demons defender. Her shot was on target but touched on the line. Not long after she used footy smarts to keep the ball in front of her while being chased, enabling a teammate to pick it up in space. She worked hard inside 50 to outbody her opponent in the second term, turn around and kick the goal from 15m out. She had another chance moments later with a snap under pressure but just missed. In the third term she lead out, protected the ball drop well and kicked inside 50. But her highlight-worthy moment came with less than two minutes to go as she won a one-on-one, picked up the ball tucked against the boundary line and snapped on goal, bouncing once before going through for goal of the day.

#29 Kathryn Klatt

Liked her work out of defence, she rarely made a mistake in her ability to peel off her player, take a good intercept mark and kick long, or think her way out of trouble. She was clean and accurate with her disposal on a day which made it tough considering the conditions, and had a number of crucial rebounds throughout the game.

#37 Libby Haines

Just a handful of touches on debut, but she put pressure on her opponents when down back. She used quick hands to keep the ball moving, and the one thing that stood out, perhaps more than any other player, was her closing speed and tenacity at the ball carrier. She mowed down opponents and in the final term, laid two huge tackles in a row, rewarded for her second effort, working super hard defensively.

#38 Kate Angelis

A tackling machine, Angelis just thrived on the contested ball and applying pressure all over, tackling an opponent in the second term to force a turnover. She also pounced on a loose ball and kicked it off the ground for a great goal.

#48 Madison Prespakis

You begin to run out of things to say about this talent, and it is easy to see why. She wins the ball at ease and just has fantastic vision and ability to fire handballs to teammates at will. She missed a shot at goal running in early, as the breeze tucked it away, and another only after which was intercepted. In the third term, Prespakis showed unbelievable courage going back with the flight to spoil a mark and managed to avoid giving away a free, then got up and a moment later, snapped a goal out of nothing. Bounced off opponents at stoppages and never stopped running, having the ball on a string and dominating. Best on ground again.

 

Darebin vs. Hawthorn

By: Taylah Melki

Darebin:

#2 Nicole Callinan

She was solid throughout the game, winning plenty of the ball and taking a heap of good contested marks. Callinan’s use of the ball was efficient and effective, hitting up targets while under pressure, showing good composure with ball in hand.

#7 Lily Mithen

Mithen applied plenty of physical pressure, laying a really strong tackle and winning a holding the ball call in their forward 50 leading to a goal from a teammate who played advantage. She used the footy well throughout the game showing great composure with ball in hand to check her kicks and hit up a teammate.

#14 Meghan McDonald

Solid down in defence once again, hitting the packs hard and showed good composure under pressure. She showcased her class with a clean pick up off her toes and then good hustle to break a tackle and get boot to ball in the second quarter. McDonald continued her impressive intercept marking game, taking some goal saving grabs down back once again for the Falcons. She was a key player down back proving how important she is to their side.

#15 Annalyse Lister

Lister took a good strong mark going back with the flight in the second quarter and showed good agility to get around her opponent and then bomb it inside 50. Her second efforts were good all game, showing she was not afraid to put her body on the line and win the ball at the coal-face.

#22 Georgia Hammond

Good strong juggling mark just outside the goal square and converted in front of goal. Hammond showed some good hustle to trap and win the footy at ground level in the forward 50 and was clean in and around the stoppages with a really good pick up off the deck in the middle of the ground. She highlighted her footy smarts to dish off to a teammate and create a forward thrust for her side.

#40 Lauren Pearce

Pearce continued her good form, taking a heap of good strong intercept marks which was credit to her ability to read the flight of the ball. She consistently impacted the contest and showcased her footy smarts, winning plenty of taps in the ruck and hitting it to her team’s advantage. She laid a crunching tackle in the third term where she chased down her opponent and won a holding the ball call, showing how important the one percenters are.

# 43 Hannah Mouncey

Mouncey had a really good game for the Falcons taking a heap of contested marks under pressure and offering good leads through the middle of the ground for her teammates to hit up. She provided a good presence in the forward line and was effective in the ruck, showcasing her footy smarts with some good taps to advantage. She worked herself into the game and hit the scoreboard at a critical moment with a clever scrumming goal in the third term. Mouncey also bagged another major in the fourth quarter, helping to secure the win for the Falcons.

 

Southern Saints:

#2 Alison Brown

Brown showcased her good hands in tight and around the stoppages. She used her long kick to clear the ball and move it forward for her team. She really started to work herself into the game in the second half, highlighting her strong hands and ability to read the flight of the footy. Brown worked tirelessly throughout the game, impacting the contest and scrapped hard at ground level to extract and win the footy.

#28 Rhiannon Watt

Watt was solid across the ground for the Southern Saints and showcased her good quick hands to release teammates into space. Her leads up at the footy were strong, helping to create space in the forward half and took a big contested mark. Watt created a real presence up forward and worked tirelessly throughout the game, proving to be one of the key players on the field. 

#36 Sophie Bolding

She showed some good dash and covered the ground with ease, highlighting her ability to run both ways. Bolding burnt off her opponent in the third term while streaming into the forward 50 but missed her shot at goal. She had some good passages of play but just missed a sense of composure with ball in hand, needing a few more steps to balance and compose herself before having a shot at goal or dishing off to a teammate.

#39 Eleanor Brown

Had a really solid game for the Southern Saints and was not afraid to go in hard and win the footy at the stoppages. Brown showcased good clean hands in close and worked hard to release her teammates on the outside. Her ability to get into damaging positions and use the footy effectively and efficiently was second to none. She was strong around the stoppages, scrapping hard and imposing herself on the contest as well as laying some strong tackles across the field.  

#42 Courtney Jones

Jones was cool, calm and collected throughout the game, taking a good strong mark under a heap of pressure from the Falcons. She slotted a big goal from about 40 metres out, showing her footy smarts and composure to go back and take her time to keep the Saints in it. Jones flicked the ball out of congestion with ease and was relatively accurate by foot, ensuring that she checked her kicks and hit her targets.  

#43 Shelley Heath

Heath showed some good break-away speed to burst away from the pack and was good in tight, dishing off effective and clever handballs. She worked herself into the game, gathering a few possessions and tackling well to win the ball for her team. Her strong hands were a highlight of her game along with her good leads into space through the middle of the ground.

 

Collingwood vs. NT Thunder

By: Julia Montesano

Collingwood:

#3 Nicole Hildebrand

Hildebrand delivered a good kick inside 50, penetrating the ball forward. She won a good one-on-one battle against Jenna McCormick. Also delivered a nice centering kick into the centre square.

#8 Brittany Bonnici

Laid some great tackles, showing her intent to win the footy. A highlight of her game was when she streamed through a couple of players and gave off the handball. Also took a good intercept mark.

#28 Holly Whitford

Delivered a magnificent pinpointed pass to Kristy Stratton on the lead inside 50. In another instance, Whitford sold the candy, evaded two tackles and thumped the ball forward, which was a highlight of her game. She also displayed good run and carry towards forward 50 during the game.

#54 Hillary Grubb

Grubb won a lot of the footy and got a well-deserved goal on the board for her efforts. Executed a great fend-off and followed it up with a nice kick inside 50. Grubb also displayed great run and carry through the middle of the ground.

#59 Katie Lynch

Lynch was able to read the play well and show good composure. Delivered a nice short kick to Hannah McLaren and took a good mark on the edge of defensive 50 out of the full back kick-in. Also delivered a good kick to Jessica Edwards, which started a forward thrust.

#66 Daisy Bateman

Had excellent awareness to chip a kick to Stacey Livingstone in the goal square rather than try to attempt the goal from a difficult angle. In another instance, Bateman read the bounce of the footy beautifully and converted her first major of the day.

#67 Hannah McLaren

Played a sensational game for the Pies and was their best-on-ground in my opinion. She executed a good burst of speed and followed this up with quick hands out of the pack. Was able to play on out of defensive 50 to find a target, highlighting her footy smarts out of the back half. McLaren also took some good defensive marks and did whatever she could to get the ball moving. This was demonstrated when she gave off a great handball on hands and knees which opened up the play for the Pies. In another instance, she evaded her opponent well and got the ball forward. Also gave off a nice high handball to get it out of the contest.

 

NT Thunder:

#3 Angela Foley

Took a good intercept mark off a Brittany Bonnici kick. Also read the the play well to get her boot on the ball and kick a goal to bring the margin within one point.

#5 Machaelia Roberts

Roberts did well to kick the ball inside 50, always trying to penetrate the ball forward. She was able to hit targets with her kicks and even did so while being tackled on one instance. Roberts executed a great pick-up of the footy and followed this up by streaming inside 50 to put the Thunder in front in the dying stages.

#11 Jordann Hickey

Hickey was the main target up forward and led hard to the footy all day. She was able to kick the ball nice and straight through the goals, highlighting her sound kicking action. Hickey too showed great run and carry inside 50 with an exciting element of acceleration. She was able to use this acceleration on her leads, bursting away from her opponents to mark the ball lace-out.

#22 Jenna McCormick

Like Thorn, McCormick played a sensational game for NT. Delivered a nice spearing pass to the wing, getting the ball on her boot plenty of times. Also delivered a nice long ball down the wing and also used her hands well, executing a long handpass. Executed a nice kick toward forward 50 and backed it up with some great intercept marking throughout the game. A highlight of her performance was when she stopped Jessica Edwards in her tracks when she was streaming inside 50. Laid another great tackle to dispossess her opponent and kick it down the line.

#31 Jessica Sedunary

Executed a good kick while being pushed, showing her strength in the contest. Did well to burst through traffic and showed good run and carry out of the back half. Sedunary also hit up Sue Nalder nicely inside 50.

#55 Tayla Thorn

She was NT’s best for mine. Executed a good fend-off and burst well into the forward line. She evaded a couple of players and kicked it to Jordann Hickey for a set shot in a marvellous piece of play. Thorn fended off well again in another instance, this time against the strong Emma Grant. Worked well with Hickey inside 50, delivering another good kick to her. Thorn displayed excellent run and carry and combined this with good bursts of speed. Took a great uncontested mark off a Sue Nalder kick that dropped short to give her a shot at goal. Also laid a great tackle on Stacey Livingstone.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 14

COLLINGWOOD lost its first game of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s after 14 rounds of action and consequently lost top spot on the ladder. At the bottom of the ladder, the Seagulls experienced a rare highlight for their season when they clinched a thrilling one-point win over Richmond. With only two rounds to go, the ladder could still change in what looks to be a thrilling finals series.

 

Casey Demons 1.6 (12) defeated by Melbourne University 10.5 (65) 

By: Peter Williams

Melbourne University has claimed a huge 53-point win over Casey Demons, courtesy of a dominant first half. The Mugars booted the only five goals of the first two quarters, with the Demons managing just the one behind in challenging conditions. With the ground wet and the blustery wind causing problems for some, the Mugars made the most of it. Casey played well in the third term, with Maddie Shevlin producing a huge 50 metre goal for the Demons’ only of the game, to outscore the visitors. Unfortunately for the home team, Melbourne University got back on top in the final term, booting two goals early to wrap up the match, and then two in the final two minutes to blow the margin out to almost nine goals.

Madison Prespakis starred again for the winners, doing some unbelievable things, including a snap out of nowhere for a goal, on her way to 28 disposals, two marks, six tackles and a goal. Captain Ashleigh Riddell was prominent with 18 disposals and an important first quarter goal, while Sophie Abbatangelo (15 disposals, four marks and two goals) and Caitlin Greiser (12 disposals, three marks and two goals) worked hard together in attack.

For Casey, Shevlin was the big ball winner, racking up 22 disposals and booting the Demons’ only goal, while Casey Sherriff was arguably the best for her clean ball use in defence, racking up 14 disposals and laying six tackles. Sherriff teamed well with Darcy Guttridge back there, who picked up 11 disposals and three marks, while Eden Zanker was promising in the ruck.

 

Darebin 7.1 (43) defeated Southern Saints 6.3 (39)

By: Taylah Melki

It was a good old fashioned shoot-out at Bill Lawry Oval, with both the Falcons and Saints going goal-for-goal. In a hotly contested match, Darebin looked to have broken away in the second term, but the Saints fought back to go in even at half-time. Accuracy did not seem to be a problem for either team with no behinds scored in the first half of footy, credit to their cleanliness by foot. But in the end, it was the Falcons that secured the win by four points in a very tight game to keep their finals hopes alive.

The Falcons were on song with the likes of Hannah Mouncey finding the goals and imposing herself around the contest with her strong hands. Teammates, Lily Mithen and Georgia Hammond were also impressive with their clean hands at the coal face and ability to dish off clever handballs under pressure. Down in defence, Meghan McDonald played her usual role, taking a heap of intercept marks and controlling the defensive 50 for the Falcons.

Meanwhile for the Southern Saints, Alison Brown showcased her good hands in tight, extracting the footy out of the congestion cleanly and cleverly. Rhiannon Watt provided a good target up forward and worked tirelessly throughout the match to win the footy. Courtney Jones was impressive for the Saints, opening their scoring account and getting involved in the contest, as was Alison Drennan who was influential across the ground with her silky skills.

 

Collingwood 4.4 (28) defeated by NT Thunder 5.8 (38)

Collingwood experienced the losing feeling for the first time this year on the hallowed turf of Victoria Park. The Pies couldn’t kick a goal during the whole second half while the Thunder kicked three crucial majors to claim a vital win, and top spot on the ladder.

Captain, Angela Foley had a blinder of a game, being one of two multiple goal kickers for the Thunder, as well as racking up 29 disposals and taking four marks. The other multiple goal kicker was 23 year-old, Jordann Hickey, who booted home two majors from her 10 disposals. In terms of disposals, Adelaide AFLW forward, Jenna McCormick led the way with 31 touches to go along with seven marks.

Vic Metro forward, Daisy Bateman was one of four single goal kickers for the Pies, and also racked up nine disposals. Her Oakleigh Chargers teammate, Hannah McLaren racked up the disposals, gathering 20 touches for the Pies. She was complemented by a great all-round game from Sophie Alexander, who gathered 23 disposals and laid six tackles. Former Murray Bushrangers defender, Iilish Ross led the way in the tackling department, laying 11 for the match.

 

Geelong Cats 8.11 (59) defeated Essendon 2.2 (14)  

Geelong took care of business at GMHBA Stadium, recording another big win over another cellar-dweller in the competition. This time, Essendon was on the end of the big margin, only managing two goals for the game, while the Cats booted eight.

Danielle Orr and Mia-Rae Clifford were the two multiple goal kickers for the Cats with two majors each. In the midfield, it was Richelle Cranston who dominated yet again with 24 disposals, two marks and three tackles. Geelong Falcons duo, Olivia Purcell (18 touches) and Nina Morrison (16 touches) also contributed well on the day.

For the Bombers, Hayley Bullas provided some positives with her 20 disposals, three marks and a whopping 17 tackles. She was complemented by the consistent Jessica Trend, who racked up 18 disposals, five marks and nine tackles. Trend led the way for marks in the match, taking the most grabs out of any player in the match. Alex Quigley and Monique DeMatteo were Essendon’s goal kickers.

 

Richmond 5.7 (37) defeated by Williamstown 5.8 (38) 

Williamstown has recorded a thrilling come from behind win to secure its second win of the season. The Seagulls hadn’t scored a goal up to half time, but found their mojo in the second half, outscoring Richmond five goals to two.

North Melbourne recruit, Jasmine Garner had a marvelous game for the Seagulls, kicking two goals and racking up 21 disposals as well as five marks. Her fellow Kangaroos recruit, Jess Duffin led the way in disposals, gathering 30 touches as well as two marks and four tackles in another sensational performance. Jenna Bruton’s fierce attack on the ball was key to Williamstown’s victory, as she laid a game-high 12 tackles to go with her 19 disposals.

Phoebe Monahan once again led the way in disposals for Richmond, gathering 25 disposals and seven tackles. Of those 25 disposals, 23 were kicks, highlighting her ability to get the ball on the boot and penetrate it forward. She was complemented by Lauren Tesoriero, who gathered 22 touches and took three marks. Kate Dixon was a focal point up forward, kicking two majors to go with her 10 disposals.

 

Hawthorn 11.13 (79) defeated Western Bulldogs 4.0 (24) 

The Bulldogs succumbed to their second consecutive loss, but this time the margin was much greater, hurting their late finals charge. The Hawks led at each break and did the most damage in the third quarter, where they kicked three unanswered goals.

The Hawks had three multiple goal kickers in Sarah Perkins (three), Emily Gilder (two), Phoebe McWilliams (two) and Rosie Dillon (two). One player that could have kicked multiple goals was Rebecca Beeson, who finished the match with one goal and three behinds. That didn’t seem to faze her though, as she was the leading disposal-getter on the ground, gathering 25 disposals. Julia Crockett-Grills and Meg Hutchins also found plenty of the footy, racking up 18 touches each.

For the Bulldogs, it was Lauren Spark who led the way in disposals. She gathered 17 touches and took six marks on the day. Ashleigh Guest was next best with 14, while Bonnie Toogood racked up 12 touches in her first VFLW game. Bailey Hunt provided some positivity for the Dogs, as she kicked a goal and led the way in tackles, laying eight for the match.

Team selection: VFLW – Round 14

AS the home and away season begins to wind up, many teams are starting to settle their weekly changes. However, some vital changes are still being made going into Round 14, particularly in arguably the biggest clash of the weekend, when the two ladder-leaders, Collingwood and the NT Thunder go head to head. All in all, Round 14 is shaping up to be another exciting round for the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s Competition.

 

CASEY DEMONS v. MELBOURNE UNI

Round 14 – Saturday, August 11, 11:30AM
Casey Fields, Cranbourne

Round 14 kicks off at Casey Fields with the Casey Demons taking on Melbourne University. Coming off a strong Round 13 performance, the Demons have kept changes to a minimum, bringing in three players. Former Vic Country skipper, Darcy Guttridge will be a welcome addition to the team alongside Jemma Turner and debutant, Amy Dunn. The Gippsland Power co-captain, who is currently balancing Year 12 and her football career, will be an exciting addition to the Demons’ side and comes in as the 23rd player this week. Gippsland teammate, Emily Haeusler and AFLW forward, Aliesha Newman have been named out.

Returning from their Round 13 bye, the Mugars will be hoping to secure a few more wins before the season’s end. For the occasion, they have made six changes, swapping out star player, Emma Kearney for her 2019 North Melbourne AFLW teammates, Danielle Hardiman and Sophie AbbatangeloAlexandra Saundry, Clara Fitzpatrick, Tasmanian Under 18s representative, Libby Haines and Vic Country Under-18 representative, Rebecca Webster have also been selected to play.

Casey Demons

B: 23. G. Gourlay, 18. K. Bentvelzen , 12. G. McLean
HB: 24. D. Guttridge, 1. S. Sloane, 16. C. Sherriff
C: 7. B.  Jakobsson, 17. S.  Scott, 4. C.  Phillips
HF: 10. K. Hore, 11. E. Zanker , 9. A. Johnson
F: 22. J. Allen, 5. T. Mesiti, 8. M. Gay
R: 14. T. Orgill, 20. C. Whitfort, 13. K. Smith
Int: 6. M. Hogg, 15. S. Phillips, 25. M. Shevlin, 2. J. Turner
23P: 19. A. Dunn

In: D. Guttridge, J. Turner, A. Dunn
Out: E. Haeusler ,  A. Newman

 

Melbourne Uni

B: 17. E. Hay, 29. K. Klatt, 6. E. Keaney
HB: 19. L. Ahrens, 31. D. Hardiman, 20. L. Belza
C: 22. D.  Edward, 47. E.  Humphries, 4. A.  Saundry
HF: 1. S. Abbatangelo, 26. C. Greiser, 7. A. Riddell
F: 38. K. Angelis, 9. K. Price, 46. M. Prespakis
R: 8. C. Fitzpatrick, 2. H. Ibrahim, 41. K. Gillespie-Jones
Int: 27. J. Anderson, 3. K. Ashmore, 12. M. Cantwell, 49. L. Haines
23P: 21. R. Webster

 

COLLINGWOOD v. NT THUNDER

Round 14 – Saturday, August 11, 12pm
Victoria Park, Collingwood

Collingwood has made 10 team changes ahead of its important clash against the NT Thunder this week. With the home ground advantage on their side and top spot up for grabs, the Pies have made plenty of changes to suit. AFLW duo, Eliza Hynes and Nicole Hildebrand have been named to take to the field amongst many others. Grace Buchan, Katelyn Lee, Stacey Livingstone, Paige Nash, Shayla MarshNicole Hales and Gippsland Power ruck, Jasmine Ferguson have also all been selected to play. Coming in as the 23rd player, Vic Metro midfielder, Katie Lynch has also been named, in what will be her debut performance.

The Thunder, desperate to clinch top spot this week, has followed suit with Collingwood, making plenty of changes ahead of the big game. Classy goal kicker, Sue Nalder has been named back in the side this week alongside Ebony Marinoff, Kylie Duggan, Sharona Bishop and Gemma Cusack. While the Thunder have been renowned for its numerous changes each week, they will now be looking to settle as finals approach, finalising this week’s team with the addition of Adelaide AFLW duo, Jenna McCormick and Justine Mules as well as Central Allies Under 18s representative, Madeline Gault.

Collingwood

B: 72. K. Lee, 18. R. Schleicher, 12. S. Livingstone
HB: 22. S. Casey, 17. S. Chiocci, 21. I. Ross
C: 50. G.  Buchan, 47. J.  Edwards, 99. S.  Marsh
HF: 8. B. Bonnici, 66. D. Bateman, 28. H. Whitford
F: 54. H. Grubb, 49. S. Alexander, 3. N. Hildebrand
R: 11. E. Hynes, 5. E. Grant, 41. K. Stratton
Int: 70. J. Ferguson, 52. N. Hales, 67. H. McLaren, 63. P. Nash
23P: 59. K. Lynch

In: E. Hynes, G. Buchan, K. Lee, N. Hildebrand, S. Livingstone, P. Nash, J. Ferguson, K. Lynch, S. Marsh, N. Hales
Out: B. Jones,  P. Davey,  S. Yoannidis,  J. Halaseh-Russo ,  J. Lambert,  C. Rooks, A. Bild ,  E. Korteman

 

NT Thunder:

B: 10. S. Barnett, 37. S. Allan, 13. L. Roberts
HB: 22. J. McCormick, 42. G. Cusack, 53. S. Thompson
C: 34. J.  Mules, 3. A.  Foley, 32. K.  Streader
HF: 5. M. Roberts, 55. T. Thorn, 31. J. Sedunary
F: 16. S. Armitstead, 27. A. Hatchard, 11. J. Hickey
R: 20. J. Hewett, 52. E. Marinoff, 8. S. Riley
Int: 46. S. Bishop, 43. K. Duggan, 38. M. Keeble, 4. S. Nalder
23P: 49. M. Gault

In: G. Cusack, J. Mules, E. Marinoff, K. Duggan, M. Gault, S. Bishop, J. McCormick, S. Nalder
Out: N. Gore, C. Cramey, E. Swanson, K. Irvine, G. Bevan, L. Jeffrey, D. Cox

 

DAREBIN  v. SOUTHERN SAINTS

Round 14 – Saturday, August 11, 12pm
Bill Lawry Oval, Northcote

Backing up last week’s strong performance against Hawthorn, Darebin has only made one key change for Round 14. The Falcons have selected the prolific Stephanie Smith to take to the field and help them get across the line, while Vic Metro defender, Lauren Szigeti has been named out.

The Southern Saints have also made very few changes this week, bringing in two players. Meghan McDonald and AFL Women’s Academy member, Courtney Jones have both been selected to play in place of Vic Metro representative, Gabriella De Angelis. Jones comes into the side fresh off a Herald Sun Shield Grand Final win so she could be a key player at Bill Lawry Oval.

Darebin Falcons:

B: 31. E. Gardner, 10. G. Lawson-Tavan, 21. K. Roe
HB: 32. G. Colvin, 14. M. McDonald, 35. L. Skipper
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, 17. S. Simpson, 43. H. Mouncey
R: 40. L. Pearce, 30. E. O’Dea, 7. L. Mithen
Int: 2. N. Callinan, 45. N. Deiter, 49. R. Hibbert, 24. B. Patterson
23P: 39. M. Jarvis

In: A. Morrow, S. Simpson
Out: L. Szigeti

 

Southern Saints:

B: 11. T. Annear, 30. C. Wilson, 4. G. Ricardo
HB: 17. L. Olsen, 38. S. Karlson, 6. J. Tait
C: 39. E.  Brown, 2. A.  Brown, 43. S.  Heath
HF: 21. D. Lawrence, 15. T. Bohanna, 24. K. Ripari
F: 36. S. Bolding, 13. C. Munn, 19. A. Silver
R: 28. R. Watt, 8. A. Drennan, 32. S. Johnson
Int: 45. S. Binder, 42. C. Jones, 29. M. Macdonald, 16. K. Thompson
23P: 3. H. Bate

In: M. Macdonald, C. Jones
Out: G. De Angelis

 

GEELONG CATS v. ESSENDON

Round 14 – Saturday, August 11, 4:30pm
GMHBA Stadium, Geelong

Geelong, who currently sits fourth on the ladder, will be in desperate need of a repeat performance of last week in Round 14. Ahead of the game, the Cats have made four changes, bringing in Laura Taylor and Isabel Currenti. Geelong has also selected two debutants for the match in Vic Country duo, Nina Morrison and Olivia Purcell. The pair impressed in this year’s TAC Cup Girls competition as part of the Geelong Falcons’ premiership team, and will look to continue to impress when they take to the field this weekend. Morrison in particular will be one to watch, as she was awarded the equal Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the recent AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, so she will be a key addition against the Bombers.

Essendon has kept changes to a minimum this week, bringing in three inclusions. Erin Bult, Carlee Portlock and Alex Quigley have all been named while Alexa Madden has been called to the sidelines.

Geelong Cats:

B: 26. R. Pearce, 44. R. Goring, 40. A. Teague
HB: 25. E. Coventry, 1. J. Woollett, 34. A. McDonald
C: 4. C.  Blakeway, 45. M.  Keryk, 3. H.  Burchell
HF: 7. M. Clifford, 2. D. Orr, 5. J. Ivey
F: 8. K. Darby, 6. M. Boyd, 33. H. Trevean
R: 49. Z. Inei, 13. M. Fogas, 30. R. Cranston
Int: 11. M. Klingbeil , 17. H. Mangan, 20. N. Morrison, 10. L. Taylor
23P: 16. O. Purcell

In: L. Taylor, N. Morrison, O. Purcell
Out: E. Hoare,  G. Clarke,  M. McMahon

 

Essendon:

B: 20. J. Anwyl, 17. T. Hetherington, 27. A. Morcom
HB: 25. R. Neaves, 7. K. Hicks, 41. M. Warburton
C: 1. J.  Trend, 46. C.  Ugle, 9. L.  Williams
HF: 35. V. Moreau, 16. L. Morecroft, 28. C. Portlock
F: 49. E. Bult, 3. M. DeMatteo, 6. A. Quigley
R: 30. S. Nalder, 8. H. Bullas, 44. M. Collier
Int: 15. L. Caruso, 22. N. MacDonald, 37. I. Malliaras, 39. C. Rendelmann
23P: 10. E. Cornish

In: E. Bult, C. Portlock, J. Wallace, A. Quigley
Out: A. Madden

 

RICHMOND  v. WILLIAMSTOWN

Round 14 – Sunday, August 12, 12pm
Swinburne Centre, Richmond

After a disappointing loss last week to the Geelong Cats, The Tigers will be looking to redeem themselves when they come up against Williamstown this weekend. They have named four inclusions for the match, headlined by AFLW talents, Christina Bernardi and Lauren Tesoriero, who should bring some stability and experience back to the side. Jenna Colwell and Ruby Edmeades have also been named in while Emma Gunn, Grace Egan and Gabrielle Deller will miss the clash.

Williamstown has also made four changes to its Round 14 side. The Seagulls have fielded two debutants for the match in Melton Centrals junior, Rachael Jackson and Western Jet, Emily Gardner. The pair will be joined by Jasmine Garnerand Emily Paterno, who have also been named in. On the other hand, Rachel Achampong, Erin Meade, Jess Bartoloand Maddy James have come out of the squad.

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, 79. L.  Tesoriero, 88. P.  Monahan
HF: 72. J. Radnell, 70. E. Findlay, 76. E. Ross
F: 93. C. Bernardi, 90. S. Damon, 61. J. Colwell
R: 68. A. Edmonds, 59. A. Woodward, 52. J. Kennedy
Int: 84. L. Bieniara, 53. K. Dixon, 71. R. Edmeades, 75. B. Lynch
23P: 92. T. Smith

In: J. Colwell, R. Edmeades, L. Tesoriero, C. Bernardi
Out: E. Gunn,  G. Egan,  G. Deller

 

Williamstown:

B: 8. C. Portelli, 10. B. Hateley, 34. J. Reid
HB: 31. J. Cranny, 24. A. Saxton, 1. R. Dardengo
C: 11. K.  Smith, 17. S.  Chapman, 33. S.  Van De Heuvel
HF: 44. I. Porter, 25. J. Garner, 36. M. Williamson
F: 12. G. Harris, 39. S. Whiting, 4. E. Paterno
R: 20. S. Seabrook, 35. J. Bruton, 2. J. Duffin
Int: 16. A. Cameron, 18. R. Jackson, 22. M. Lowe, 13. N. Wallace
23P: 15. E. Gardner

In: R. Jackson, E. Gardner, E. Paterno, J. Garner
Out: J. Bartolo, M. James, E. Meade, R. Achampong

 

HAWTHORN  v. WESTERN BULLDOGS

Round 14 – Sunday, August 12, 2pm
Box Hill City Oval, Box Hill

The Hawks will be glad to have their captain back this week after their narrow loss to Darebin last weekend. Emma Mackie has been selected to play alongside Dianna Haines, who make up only two inclusions this week as Hawthorn try to settle its line-up as finals approach. AFLW talents, Melissa Kuys and Pepa Randall have been named out.

The Western Bulldogs have called upon assistant coach, Bree White to take to the field this week as part of a series of changes to their Round 14 side. Bailey Hunt, Kirsten McLeod, Amanda Tessari, Deanna Berry and Tiarna Ernst have all been named in this week as well as Western Bulldogs AFLW premiership player, Bonnie Toogood. Toogood will make her VFLW debut this week and is sure to be a key asset to the Dogs’ game play.

Hawthorn:

B: 32. K. Ebb, 5. C. Perera, 31. J. Sibley
HB: 13. E. Nixon, 11. D. Haines, 36. J. Van Dyk
C: 14. O.  Flanagan, 6. J.  Crockett-Grills, 25. M.  Hutchins
HF: 33. E. Gilder, 35. C. O’Donnell, 12. T. Nestor
F: 7. P. McWilliams, 22. T. Luke, 28. S. Perkins
R: 19. L. Wotton, 8. R. Beeson, 1. E. Mackie
Int: 4. S. Carroll, 24. R. Dillon, 3. E. Mcilvena , 43. E. Woods
23P: 44. S. Kendall

In: D. Haines, E. Mackie
Out: M. Kuys,  P. Randall

 

Western Bulldogs:

B: 5. R. Martinuzzo, 11. L. Spark, 38. C. O’Brien
HB: 29. J. Davies, 12. J. Francke, 9. T. Dinuccio
C: 19. T.  Ernst, 10. S.  Jolly, 25. R.  Gastin
HF: 7. D. Berry , 28. B. Toogood, 6. K. McLeod
F: 41. A. Scott, 21. B. Hunt, 33. B. White
R: 47. N. McMahon, 32. A. Mifsud, 20. A. Guest
Int: 40. N. Gills, 31. A. Gunn, 35. S. Ruedin, 30. A. Tessari
23P: 43. A. Goldring

In: B. Hunt, A. Tessari, K. McLeod, D. Berry, B. White, B. Toogood, T. Ernst
Out: A. Gogos , E. Gamble, R. Ashley, T. Hamilton, N. Paul, H. Scott, E. Birch