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Weekend previews: AFLW – Round 2

AFTER an exhilarating first round, which saw four of the five matches go down to the wire, teams prepare to tweak game styles or mix up team sheets in order to get an advantage over their opponents. Four of the first round losers face off, with Melbourne heading to Victoria Park on Saturday to face the Magpies, while Carlton hosts Adelaide at Ikon Park on Sunday. The two sides who head home without any points face an uphill battle in the race for finals action. The fifth losing side from Round 1, GWS GIANTS has its own mammoth effort – trying to take down North Melbourne who simply blitzed Carlton. A maximum of three sides can remain undefeated after Round 2 with first round winners, Geelong and Western Bulldogs, and Fremantle and Brisbane facing off over the weekend.

GWS GIANTS vs. NORTH MELBOURNE
Friday, February 8, 7.15pm
Drummoyne Oval

In the opening game of the round, new side North Melbourne fresh off a huge victory over Carlton, head to Drummoyne Oval to face the GIANTS. The GIANTS are playing just their second game at the venue, following a loss to the Blues this time last year. The battle within the contest is the All-Australian rucks going head-to-head with Kangaroos’ Emma King and GIANTS’ Erin McKinnon. North Melbourne’s midfield has great depth to it, lead by last year’s League Best and Fairest winner, Emma Kearney, Jamie Stanton, Jess Duffin and Ash Riddell, of whom the latter was ultra-impressive on debut. North Melbourne’s dynamic forward line features former Magpies, Jasmine Garner and Mo Hope, premiership-winning Bulldog Jenna Bruton, and former Lion Kaitlyn Ashmore. With the strength around the ground, it will be hard to contain the Roos if they win the midfield battle.

The one area the GIANTS could get an upper hand is through rebounding forward with an equally impressive, albeit underrated forward line. Jess Dal Pos, former Magpie Christina Bernardi and defender-turned-forward Cora Staunton are all capable of multiple goals, while Haneen Zreika was impressive on debut last week. The midfield simply has to win its fair share of head-to-heads, with Courtney Gum, Rebecca Beeson, Alicia Eva and Alyce Parker leading the way, while Amanda Farrugia, Emma Swanson and Tanya Hetherington will have big jobs coming out of defence. The Kangaroos took a massive 56 marks in last week’s huge win over Carlton, while still laying 66 tackles. The GIANTS laid just the 42 and only five in the forward 50, and will need to show more pressure inside 50 against a side capable of hurting you on the scoreboard really quickly. Both teams are generally good ball users and make the most of their opportunities so it will be fascinating to see which team can take the early advantage and put it on the scoreboard. North Melbourne will head in as favourites, but it is far from completely clear cut, and this will be a huge win for the GIANTS if they can get the job done at home.

H2H: GWS GIANTS 0 | North Melbourne 0 | Draws 0
Venue: GWS GIANTS 0-1-0 | North Melbourne 0-0-0

Last time they met: N/A

Fun facts:

  • Emma Kearney averages 20 disposals, 6.5 tackles, 4.5 clearances, four inside 50s and a goal against the GIANTS from two clashes.
  • Both AFL Women’s All Australian rucks are set to go head-to-head with Emma King taking on Erin McKinnon. In the battle between the pair last year, King won convincingly with 11 disposals and 18 hitouts to McKinnon’s three disposals and 14 hitouts.
  • GWS GIANTS’ only game at the venue resulted in a loss to Carlton last year, while North Melbourne looks to back up its only game – a huge win over Carlton last week.
  • The GIANTS have won two, drawn two and lost three games in New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory.

 

COLLINGWOOD vs. MELBOURNE
Saturday, February 9, 4.45pm
Victoria Park

At one of the homes of traditional football, Collingwood hosts Melbourne in what has become a must-win for both sides. After heart-breaking losses in Round 1 despite leading at the final change, neither team can afford to go 0-2, with the reality that teams need at least four wins to secure a finals berth. A second loss means they must win four of their final five games as a minimum and with both still to play their respective conference favourites, it would spell trouble for their post-season hopes. However, for the winner, it is a chance to balance the ledger and get back on track early in the season. Collingwood has been a slow starter in year’s gone by, and has been overhauled with youth since last season, while Melbourne has also brought a number of young players into the team, furthering the development of players who got their starts last season. With both teams defensively capable, it will make for a great clash. The sides also sit at one win each in the head-to-head, funnily enough after the losing side in each game got a head start, but was run over the top of in the second halves.

Both teams have made two changes, with a debutant and a return from a long-term injury headlining the selection moves. Oakleigh Chargers’ tall, Katie Lynch comes into the side after Sophie Alexander’s concussion last week ruled her out of the game. Kristy Stratton was also ruled out through injury, with the Magpies opting to go tall by bringing in Eliza Hynes to try and stretch the Melbourne defence when forward, while rotating with Sharni Layton and Eliza Fowler. Melbourne have brought in Ainslie Kemp who has not played since 2017 due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear – sadly replacing Shae Sloane who suffered the exact same injury. The Dees have also brought in Ashleigh Guest for Claudia Whitfort. The key to victory for the Demons is restricting the run of Collingwood’s defence, which helped the Magpies hold up against Geelong last week with Ash Brazill causing all sorts of headaches, while Jordyn Allen was equally as impressive. They also need to clamp down on Jaimee Lambert who has the ability to turn a game with great plays, while Catherine Phillips could be the one asked to restrict Sarah D’Arcy from dominating in the air. For the Magpies, they need to be wary of Melbourne’s firepower with Tegan Cunningham and Eden Zanker likely to stretch the defence, while Aliesha Newman has pace to burn and both Kate Hore and Maddison Gay are capable of getting over the back and hurting teams on the rebound. Elise O’Dea, Karen Paxman and Lily Mithen are up there with the best midfields in the competition, and will look to control the stoppages around the ground and give their forwards early opportunities.

H2H: Collingwood 1 | Melbourne 1 | Draws 0
Venue: Collingwood 0-0-0 | Melbourne 0-0-0

Last time they met: Collingwood 9.4 (58) defeated Melbourne 3.6 (24) at TIO Traeger Park, Round 4, 2018

After booting the opening two goals of the match and keeping Collingwood goalless in the opening term, the Demons only managed 1.4 for the rest of the match as the Magpies piled on 9.4 to run away with the match by 34 points. Magpies captain, Steph Chiocchi played one of her best games under lights, booting a goal from 17 disposals, two marks, four clearances and three inside 50s, while Jaimee Lambert had a team-high 19 disposals as well as three inside 50s and two rebounds. Caitlyn Edwards and Mo Hope both booted two goals in the victory, but arguably the best performance was that of Brittany Bonnici who tagged Melbourne captain, Daisy Pearce and restricted her to a career-low nine disposals. For the Demons, Elise O’Dea was the top performer with 19 disposals, two clearances, three inside 50s and a goal, while Karen Paxman had 18 touches and three rebounds.

Fun facts:

  • Of the 42 players to take the field in last year’s clash in the Top End, just 24 players remain available for selection in season 2019. Even more remarkably, just eight players from Collingwood’s first match against the Demons – two years ago – remain on the list.
  • Elise O’Dea (17 disposals) and Karen Paxman (16.5 disposals) average the most disposals against the Magpies from their two clashes.
  • Sarah D’Arcy and Emma Grant average the most disposals against the Demons, with 10 touches apiece.
  • Both sides were in the lead at three quarter time after holding their opponent scoreless in the third term last week only to go on to lose the game in heartbreaking circumstances.

 

WESTERN BULLDOGS vs. GEELONG
Saturday, February 9, 7.15pm
VU Whitten Oval

H2H: Western Bulldogs 0 | Geelong 0 | Draws 0
Venue: Western Bulldogs 4-3-0 | Geelong 0-0-0

In the other game that will be the first time these teams go head-to-head is between reigning premiers, Western Bulldogs and new side, Geelong. Both teams had a win in Round 1 and this weekend marks the first home game for the Bulldogs, which means they will unfurl the 2018 AFL Women’s flag in front of what is predicted to be a strong crowd at VU Whitten Oval. The winner will most certainly get an early advantage given the strength of their opponent, and it marks the first game for the sides which sees them pitted against a non-conference rival. Both teams also know how to close out tight games, having survived one-point thrillers in the opening round to secure the four points. Given their experience and depth across the field, Western Bulldogs will head in as favourites, but Geelong are expected to throw down a challenge with a couple of key players returning.

The Cats have welcomed back key forward, Phoebe McWilliams and ruck, Erin Hoare to bolster their side against the reigning premiers. Georgie Rankin and Maighan Fogas have been the two unlucky players omitted from the victorious side last Saturday night, with Fogas and key defender, Georgia Clarke named as emergencies for the clash. The Dogs will unveil Irish debutant, Aisling McCarthy who comes into the side, replacing the omitted Belinda Smith. The enticing battle will see which defence holds up the best as both sides proved to have their respective opposition’s measure last week. Co-captain, Katie Brennan booted the Bulldogs’ two goals against the Crows, while Meg McDonald, Rebecca Goring and Madeline Keryk were among the Cats’ best under pressure when the Magpies were attacking. While the heartbreaking story of Nina Morrison doing her ACL at training will dominate headlines, Geelong still has a huge core of youth including Denby Taylor, Olivia Purcell and Sophie Van De Heuvel who will face established young talents in Monique Conti and Bonnie Toogood, and first round draftee, Eleanor Brown. Co-captain Ellie Blackburn is always a crucial player for the Dogs and will look to take control in the midfield, while the Dogs’ defence of Lauren Spark, Libby Birch and Hannah Scott will provide plenty of rebound.

Last time they met: N/A

Fun facts:

  • The Western Bulldogs lost three consecutive matches at VU Whitten Oval in 2017, but have since won all three games they have played there, and is the Dogs’ first home game since winning the 2018 AFL Women’s flag.
  • Aasta O’Connor will play against her old side for the first time, lining up in the ruck to face Kim Rennie, while sharing the ruck duties with Erin Hoare in the blue and white hoops.
  • Ellie Blackburn averaged 16.9 disposals, 2.9 marks, 3.25 tackles and 3.25 clearances last season, the most of any current Western Bulldogs player.
  • With Brooke Lochland injured for the season, Phoebe McWilliams will be the leading goal kicker from last season in the match, booting seven goals for the GIANTS.

 

CARLTON vs. ADELAIDE
Sunday, February 10, 4.05pm
Ikon Park

H2H: Carlton 0 | Adelaide 2 | Draws 0
Venue: Carlton 4-1-2 | Adelaide 0-0-0

For the first time in 2019, Ikon Park hosts a match with the Blues heading back home to welcome the Crows in a Sunday evening game. The ground has traditionally been the host of the opening game of the year between bitter rivals, Carlton and Collingwood but that has changed in 2019. These teams are both heading into the match off the back of a loss, with Carlton’s heavy defeat to North Melbourne not the ideal start to the season following a wooden spoon, while the Crows will rue missed opportunities in front of goal after booting 1.11 against the Bulldogs at Norwood Oval. Adelaide is yet to play at Ikon Park, while Carlton has made it somewhat of a fortress winning four and drawing a fifth game from its seven matches at the venue. Considering they have only won one match outside Ikon Park, it has been a comfort zone and the Crows cannot afford to take them lightly. With Adelaide in the tougher conference, they would not want to drop this game and go 0-2 to start the season, while Carlton will look for its first win under Daniel Harford who would have learnt plenty from the round one defeat.

Looking at the Round 1 matches, efficiency inside 50 looks to be key, with Adelaide having a 75 per cent scoring efficiency with 18 shots from 24 attempts, while Carlton had just 10 shots from 29 attempts – 35 per cent scoring efficiency. Both sides have impressive forward lines on paper, but they will need to convert their opportunities. Any forward 50 with Darcy Vescio, Tayla Harris and Brianna Davey – who has actually been named in defence – is going to worry opposition defenders, while Erin Phillips is as good as anyone one-on-one and is lining up at full-forward, while Chloe Scheer is a young star who will only get better. Speaking of young stars, Madison Prespakis carried the weight of the midfield on her shoulders last week and was ultra-impressive on debut, so the Crows will need to be aware of her presence. The Adelaide midfield has greater depth and the Blues should look to limit the influence of Ebony Marinoff who racked up 23 disposals and laid 11 tackles in Round 1. If Carlton can restrict her influence on the inside and win the contested ball – with the likes of Jess Hosking and Katie Loynes getting on top, it will go a long way to causing an upset. Chelsea Randall leads the defence, while the experience of Renee Forth through the midfield will be important. Carlton will need to control the ruck contest through Breann Moody, and break even in the middle, while the Crows will focus on clearance domination to give their forwards first opportunity and more importantly, those forwards need to convert.

Last time they met: Adelaide 8.7 (55) defeated Carlton 2.8 (20) at Norwood Oval, Round 5, 2018.

Adelaide flexed their muscles against the Blues when the sides were heading in opposite directions. The Crows at home booted six goals to one after quarter time to run away from the Blues, but counted the cost of the win with injuries to Erin Phillips and Courtney Cramey. Ruth Wallace booted three goals, while Eloise Jones finished with two, as Ebony Marinoff and Chelsea Randall shared 31 disposals. Breann Moody was dominant in the ruck for the Blues with 29 hitouts from 11 disposals and four clearances, while Tayla Harris had 11 disposals, three marks and booted a goal.

Fun facts:

  • Despite winning the wooden spoon last season, Carlton has a strong record at Ikon Park, having won four and drawn one from seven attempts.
  • If Carlton lose the match, it will mark more than a year since they won their last match.
  • While she picked up an injury in the second game, Erin Phillips was everywhere in the Crows’ first win over the Blues, racking up 21 disposals and eight clearances. In the same game, Ebony Marinoff laid 14 tackles from 16 disposals, her exact disposal average against Carlton.
  • Of the Carlton players to play against Adelaide in both games, the omitted Tilly Lucas-Rodd averages the most disposals with 13.5, while Darcy Vescio averages two goals per game against the Crows.

 

FREMANTLE vs. BRISBANE
Sunday, February 10, 3.05pm
Fremantle Oval

H2H: Fremantle 0 | Brisbane 2 | Draws 0
Venue: Fremantle 2-3-0 | Brisbane 1-0-0

Both sides won against the odds in Round 1, with Fremantle toppling Melbourne in scorching weather at Casey Fields after being 14 points down at the final break, while Brisbane knocked off GWS GIANTS a fortnight after succumbing to the GIANTS in a heavy practice match loss. Both sides had plenty to be positive about last week, most importantly securing an early four points, while also having plenty to improve upon for this week. Fremantle are back at home in Western Australia, but at their only other clash at the venue, Brisbane took home the points, though it was two years ago. Both teams look to be very different to that clash, with the Lions having a host of youth coming through, as do the Dockers while also filtering in some experienced local talent. Brisbane will go in as favourites given their history in the competition, but Fremantle’s performance last week certainly raised eyebrows and showed that everyone could be underrating the Dockers.

Both sides play a different brand of football which is really exciting for this clash. In Round 1, Fremantle battered and bruised their way to an impressive contested ball style, getting the pull forward to record a huge 11 marks inside 50, while laying 10 tackles in the arc. They harassed and pressured the Demons into making uncharacteristic mistakes, laying 77 tackles in the process. The Lions have tall targets up forward, but opted for a balanced possession game and spread well around the ground. They intercepted the GIANTS 51 times and took the game on, trying to unsettle the defence with possession football, but going when required. This game could well be a combination of both styles and sets up for a huge clash. The Lions forward line is severely underrated with Sabrina Frederick-Traub the dominant key position player, while McKenzie Dowrick and Jess Wuetschner are incredibly clever and dangerous around goals. Throw in Jordan Zanchetta, Emma Zielke and the defensively-minded but strong, Lauren Arnell and the Lions front six is as good as any. Ebony Antonio and Tayla Bresland were strong in defence last week, while the midfield of Dana Hooker and Kara Donnellan are not huge ball winners, but always effective. They tackle the biggest ball-winning duo of Emily Bates and Ally Anderson who had the ball on a string last week, while the potential match-up of Kiara Bowers and Sam Virgo could be entertaining based on Round 1 form. Both teams have immensely talented youth coming through, and both teams’ first round picks, Sabreena Duffy and Paige Parker, have been named in the side.

Last time they met: Brisbane 3.4 (22) defeated Fremantle 2.3 (15) at South Pine Sports Complex, Round 4, 2018.

In a low-scoring affair that saw just one goal kicked in the first half, Brisbane held on in a thriller to win by seven points and remain on track for a grand final berth. Dynamic forward, Jess Wuetschner booted two goals from 18 disposals, three marks and four inside 50s, while Kate Lutkins and Ally Anderson both had 18 touches in the win. For the Dockers, Lara Filocamo had 18 disposals and laid five tackles. Kara Donnellan laid a whopping 10 tackles and had five clearances and 15 disposals.

Fun facts:

  • In their only clash at the venue, Brisbane defeated Fremantle by 13 points in Round 2, 2017. Fremantle has a 100 per cent winning ratio at Fremantle Oval over Victorian sides, but a zero per cent winning ratio over non-Victorian sides.
  • Jess Wuetschner has been the dominant goal kicker in the matches between these sides, averaging two goals per game.
  • Lara Filocamo averages the most disposals between the sides, with 17.5 per match.
  • Both sides won their opening round matches by less than a kick, with Fremantle getting a dress rehearsal for the scorching West Australian heat, winning at Casey Fields in 38 degrees Celcius.

 

DRAFT CENTRAL TIPPING

Leaderboard:

Eq. 1st : Sophie Taylor, Matthew Cocks [ 3 ]
Eq. 3rd : Peter Williams, Taylah Melki, Michael Alvaro [ 2 ]

 

Peter Williams

Chief Editor

Last week: 2

Round 2 selections:

North Melbourne
Collingwood
Western Bulldogs
Adelaide
Brisbane

 

Taylah Melki

Assistant Chief Editor

Last week: 2

Round 2 selections:

North Melbourne
Melbourne
Western Bulldogs
Adelaide
Brisbane

 

Sophie Taylor

Women’s Football Editor

Last week: 3

Round 2 selections:

North Melbourne
Melbourne
Western Bulldogs
Adelaide
Brisbane

 

Michael Alvaro

Men’s Football Editor

Last week: 2

Round 2 selections:

North Melbourne
Melbourne
Western Bulldogs
Adelaide
Brisbane

 

Matthew Cocks

Guest Tipster

Last week: 3

Round 2 selections:

GWS GIANTS
Collingwood
Western Bulldogs
Adelaide
Brisbane

AFLW season previews: Melbourne

THE Demons have been one of the stronger sides in the AFLW during the past two seasons. But with a big loss of players in the off-season, we will see a new-look Melbourne outfit on the park in 2019. Perhaps the biggest loss of the season was losing star midfielder, Daisy Pearce, which will undoubtedly challenge Mick Stinear to change his game plan heading into 2019.

Last season: 3rd – four wins, three losses.

Changes:

In: Maddison Gay, Talia Radan, Tyla Hanks, Madeline Brancatisano, Jordann Hickey, Shelley Heath, Chantel Emonson, Shae Sloane, Casey Sherriff, Ashleigh Woodland

Out: Richelle Cranston, Melissa Hickey, Erin Hoare, Anna Teague, Jasmine Grierson, Emma Humphries, Laura Duryea, Maddie Shevlin, Alyssa Mifsud

Melbourne’s list changes have seem to go under the radar compared to the likes of the Collingwood and Brisbane lists. Geelong caused the most havoc to the Melbourne line-up, taking Richelle Cranston, Melissa Hickey, Erin Hoare and Anna Teague to Kardinia Park. The other expansion team, North Melbourne took two Tasmanian natives in Jasmine Grierson and Emma Humphries, leaving a gap in Melbourne’s defence. However, the Dees have covered this quite well with the recruitment of Talia Radan and Shelley Heath, who are handy defenders who can run or play on a key player. They have also boosted their midfield stocks with the loss of Pearce and Cranston, recruiting Under-18 representatives, Tyla Hanks and Madeline Brancatisano, who are two midfielders with great agility.

Area of strength: Midfield

Melbourne’s midfield has always been one of the strongest in the competition, but they will be without Daisy Pearce and Richelle Cranston this season. A recruit who has not been talked about much is Maddison Gay from the Blues. Gay was voted the Best First Year player when she was Carlton, and is a smart midfielder who is clever with the ball in hand. She should help to assist Elise O’Dea and Karen Paxman, who have always been consistent in the middle of the ground for the Dees. Add in Brancatisano and Hanks, and Melbourne has a good core group of midfielders. Katherine Smith and Kate Hore are also set for a good season after finding some consistency for the Casey Demons in the VFLW season.

Area of weakness: Forward line

The Demons are lacking some numbers in the forward line. While they boast the likes of Tegan Cunningham and Aliesha Newman, the list does not go much further than that. Jordann Hickey is a crucial pick-up for the Dees to rectify this issue. She will be a key target up forward thanks to her solid hands and accurate kick. Eden Zanker should be set for a good year as well, finding some form in the Casey Demons VFLW side, but she was starved of opportunity last year, so she will also be pretty new to the AFLW environment.

Players to watch:

Tyla Hanks

Tyla Hanks has made the All-Australian Under 18s side two years in a row and is a force to be reckoned with in the midfield. On the inside, she is sharp with her hands and can clear congestion with her forceful kicking. She co-captained the Gippsland Power in the TAC Cup Girls competition, so is no stranger to being an on-field leader. Hanks can also float up forward and make an impact to steady the ship for her team, highlighting her ability to be versatile in a Melbourne line-up that lacks forward depth.

Jordann Hickey

Originally from Alice Springs, Hickey made her mark on the 2018 VFLW season with 14 goals for the NT Thunder. From her 14 games, she also averaged 8.25 disposals per game, with her season-high coming against Richmond, where she racked up 16 disposals and also kicked two goals. Hickey managed to kick goals in seven of her games for the Thunder, showing great consistency across the season. She fought hard inside 50 and provides a tall target, which will be pivotal for the Demons.

Eden Zanker

Zanker got to play some consistent football again for the Casey Demons in the VFLW, after only playing three games for the Demons in the AFLW last year. She kicked nine goals from her 14 games with Casey and was named in the best four times. Zanker has a calm run-up and a precise kick, and is also great at winning the ball inside 50. She was the Demons’ first selection in the 2017 draft so Melbourne will have high hopes for her to show why she was selected so high in the draft.

2019 prediction: 4th in Conference A

Despite a strong midfield, the Demons could struggle in their 50s, making for a difficult run in a difficult conference. However, they could get off to a good start with Fremantle and Collingwood looming as their first opponents of the season. It then gets a whole lot harder with Brisbane, North Melbourne and Greater Western Sydney (GWS) to come. When the Demons’ defence comes up against a powerful forward line like North Melbourne’s, and their forwards go head-to-head against Brisbane’s A-grade defenders, it could spell trouble for them.

2019 Melbourne AFLW Fixture

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Blacktown International SportsparkRound 5
Marvel StadiumRound 6
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Weekend previews: VFLW – Round 14

ROUND 14 is another huge round of footy with several teams battling for positions as we head towards September action. In perhaps the game of the season, Collingwood battle the Thunder at Victoria Park in a game with huge implications at the top of the ladder. Important games for both Hawthorn and Geelong will also take place, as they look to lock up a top four position before they both face tough challenges in their final two games. 

 

Casey vs Melbourne Uni

Saturday August 11th, 11:30am
Casey Fields, Cranbourne

Round 14 action kicks off with Casey hosting Melbourne Uni. The Demons come off a solid victory over Carlton, as they improved their record to five wins from 11 matches. Sitting two and a half games out of fourth place, the Demons will be looking to continue their momentum against a struggling Melbourne University side. Eden Zanker starred again last week, as she continues to be a huge positive in an otherwise disappointing season for the side overall. Kate Hore also turned out another strong game as she continues to build some good form. Melbourne University, who is fresh off the bye, is looking to close the season on a high and move its way up the ladder. Vic Metro midfielder, Madison Prespakis has been in great form for the Mugars, consistently racking up over 20 possessions. She will be joined in the side this week with fellow state representatives, Rebecca Webster (Vic Country) and Libby Haines (Tasmania and Eastern Allies), who could cause some headaches for their opponents. 

 

Collingwood vs NT Thunder

Saturday August 11th, 12pm
Victoria Park, Collingwood

A massive encounter takes centre stage on Saturday as the ladder-leading Collingwood takes on the second-placed NT Thunder at Victoria Park. The teams met in Round 8, with the Pies getting the better of the Thunder in a blowout. The Thunder has since gone on to win its next five matches following the defeat and has kept pace with the Magpies, who have continued their undefeated season. Chloe Molloy will miss the game again this week in what could be a huge out for Collingwood, as well as Jaimee Lambert, who has been an impact player for them this season. Steph Chiocci played herself back into form last week with a strong 13-possession, two-goal performance in just her second game back from injury. The Thunder has been unbelievable in the past month and registered another blowout win last week against Williamstown. With dominant performances across the board, NT comes into the game in as good of form as anyone in the competition. Anne Hatchard kicked four goals and was extremely effective inside the forward 50 with five marks to go along with 15 possessions. She was complemented by fellow AFLW player, Emma Swanson, who was a ball magnet through the midfield with 27 touches. This is a huge game which will shape the entire season, as the winner will move into top spot with just two games remaining.

 

Darebin vs Southern Saints

Saturday August 11th, 12pm
Bill Lawry Oval, Northcote

Darebin appears to be hitting its stride at the right time of year, but it may be too little, too late. Following a huge win over premiership fancies, Hawthorn, the Falcons take on the Southern Saints at home. A huge midfield match-up this week could see Falcons star, Elise O’Dea go head-to-head with Saints gun, Alison Drennan in one of the best individual match-ups of the season. O’Dea was prolific last week with 26 possessions, and continued what has been an incredibly strong stretch of play. Lily Mithen also continues to develop nicely and is playing a big part in the Falcons’ late season surge. The Saints enter the game with extreme confidence, having beaten the Bulldogs comprehensively last week to end their six-game winning streak. Alison Brown was dominant through the middle of the ground with 28 possessions, and Tara Bohanna also had an impressive outing up forward. Her three-goal haul last week pushes her into the top five goal kickers for the season. Although finals are out of the question for the Saints, they have the opportunity to play the spoiler role and end the Falcons’ season.

 

Geelong vs Essendon

Saturday August 11th, 4:30pm
GMHBA Stadium, Geelong

The Cats host the Bombers in the final game of Saturday action as they look to continue their premiership quest. Geelong sits in fourth position and will be looking to move up the ladder in the final three rounds, with this round especially looming as important. The Cats find themselves in a game they should be able to take care of business in, while the sides above them face tough competition as the Hawks take on the in-form Bulldogs and Collingwood battles the Thunder in a head-to-head match-up. A win for the Cats allows them to close the gap on those above them and push towards a home final. Essendon continues to struggle with just one win to its name at this point in the season. A strong second half against Collingwood last week should give the Bombers the belief that they can hang with the best teams in the competition, with it just being a matter of putting together a full four quarter effort. Tanya Hetherington has been fantastic for the Bombers in recent weeks and will once again be a key performer if the Bombers are able to pull off one of the upsets of the season.

 

Richmond vs Williamstown

Sunday August 12th, 12pm
Swinburne Centre, Richmond

Sunday action kicks off with Richmond taking on Williamstown down at Tigerland. In a game with no impact on finals, both sides will be hoping to end their respective losing streaks and build some momentum heading into next season. The Tigers come in on a six-game losing streak and will need to bounce back following their worst loss of the season last week in a 10-goal loss to Geelong. Richmond’s forward line continues to be an issue, kicking just one goal last week, in what has been a poor stretch offensively for the team. Two big ins should boost the Tigers’ chances with Lauren Tesoriero and Christina Bernardi making their return to the line-up. Williamstown has just one win to date, with that being in Round 4 against Richmond. The Seagulls are also coming off a poor performance last week, losing by 45 points against the Thunder. The consistency from their middle to low-end players continues to be an issue with Jess Duffin and Jenna Bruton continuing to carry the load, with more help required from their depth. With games against Essendon and Melbourne University to follow, the Seagulls have an opportunity to close the season out strong and put some wins together heading into the off-season.

 

Western Bulldogs vs Hawthorn

Sunday August 12th, 2pm
Box Hill City Oval, Box Hill

The Bulldogs saw their magical winning streak come to an end last week in a poor performance against the Saints. The Dogs were simply noncompetitive after the first term and have put themselves in a vulnerable position with only three games remaining. Needing to win their remaining games, as well as have results go their way, finals now look unlikely for the champions of the AFLW. The Dogs will need a number of big outings across the board and will hope that their inclusions this week, lead by Deanna Berry and Bonnie Toogood, will have an immediate impact in their entry to the side. The Hawks find themselves firmly entrenched within the top four and have the opportunity to officially clinch their finals berth with a win this week. They will be looking to bounce back following just their third loss of the season last week in a thriller against the Falcons. Emma Mackie returns to the line-up in what should be a boost to the team and help cover the loss of Melissa Kuys, who will be a key out.

Weekend previews: VFLW – Round 12

ROUND 12 promises to be another big one as the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s season draws closer to the end. Five teams will enjoy a bye (Darebin, Essendon, Geelong, Williamstown and the Western Bulldogs), whilst the eight teams in action look to build towards finals.

 

NT Thunder vs Casey

Saturday July 28, 11:30AM
Traeger Park, Alice Springs

The Thunder come into Round 12 just half a game behind the ladder-leading Collingwood, as they take on the middle-of-the-pack Demons. After a shaky month in June, the Thunder have been back to their dominant form over the past number of weeks and last week was no different as they dominated the Tigers to the tune of a 23-point victory. Ebony Marinoff was spectacular with 28 possessions as well as Emma Swanson, who had 24 possessions and two goals. The Thunder’s ability to get contributions from their entire line-up has been a strength for them all year long, with different standout performers each week.

The Demons will be looking for a much better performance this week, after being smashed by 41 points against the Cats last week in a completely uncompetitive game. A poor performance overall from the team with no real standouts, the Demons will need to bounce back if they are to make a late season charge towards the finals. Youngster, Eden Zanker has developed nicely and will be looking for more consistent strong outings in the back half of the year. Players such as Kate Hore and Katherine Smith will need to continue their strong form from earlier in the year.

 

Carlton vs Richmond

Saturday July 28, 11:30AM
Ikon Park, Carlton

Traditional rivals battle on Saturday morning at the home of the Blues when Carlton battle Richmond. With both teams sitting at 3-7 and firmly out of finals contention, this game looms as an opportunity for bragging rights among supporters. Following their win in Round 10, the Blues put up a great fight against the Pies, leading by a goal heading into the fourth quarter and in a great position to pull off a huge upset and hand the Pies their first loss. Unfortunately for the Blues, they ran out of legs and fell by 17 points, however there were plenty of positives to come out of the game. In particular, Kristi Harvey dominated with three goals and 17 possessions and put forward a great effort which almost got the Blues the win.

The Tigers have been disappointing in the past month, losing a number of winnable games. They will be hoping to return to their form of a little over a month ago which saw them in the hunt for a finals spot. Courtney Wakefield accounted for more than two thirds of the Tigers total score last week, kicking three goals and two behinds out of the Tigers total 29 points. Phoebe Monahan will also be pivotal in their clash this week, as she looks to continue her terrific form.

 

Southern Saints vs Hawthorn

Saturday July 28, 11:45AM
Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham

The Saints come into the game with only four wins. With finals in doubt, they look to play spoiler and knock the Hawks down the ladder. Coming off a disappointing loss to Melbourne Uni which saw their opponent win just its third game of the season, the Saints will be looking to avenge that performance and knock off the Hawks who have lost just one game to date. The one positive to come out of the game last week was the fact that the Saints finished strong. After kicking just two goals in the first three quarters, they kicked three goals in the last quarter and almost ran over the top of Melbourne Uni but fell by three points. Tara Bohanna in particular took over in the last quarter, kicking two goals to bring them within striking distance, while Alison Drennan was her usual, consistent self with 28 possessions.

For the Hawks, they come off the bye sitting in third position on the ladder, with a game in hand on second-placed NT Thunder. The consistent Jayde Van Dyk and experienced additions to the side, Pepa Randall and Steph Carroll will be looking to continue their run of form that put the Hawks in position to contend for the premiership. With an incredibly tough final month coming up which sees them battle the Falcons, Bulldogs, Thunder and Cats, the Hawks will need to take care of business in this one before they take on four of the best teams in the competition leading into September action.

 

Melbourne Uni vs Collingwood

Sunday July 29, 10:40AM
Avalon Airport Oval, Werribee

In the final game of the round, Melbourne Uni take on top-of-the-table, Collingwood in a Sunday morning clash. After a huge confidence-boosting win a week ago, the Mugars will be full of belief that they can knock off the best team in the competition. Madison Prespakis put together one of the best all-round games of the season, with a huge 33 possessions, four tackles and one goal. Melbourne Uni has seen a number of impressive performances from their role players over the past month and this has been much-needed, given the attention Emma Kearney has been given from the opposition, with just a 13-possession game last week against the Saints.

A fast-finishing Collingwood saw off a brave Carlton side last week, outscoring them 23-0 in the final quarter to win by 17 points. Sophie Alexander continued to play well up forward, with six shots on goal from her 13 possessions, however was only able to convert two into majors. Stacey Livingstone also made the most of her opportunities up forward, kicking two goals from just six possessions. With a big clash against the Thunder looming in Round 14, Collingwood must take care of business in games such as this if it wants to secure top spot at the end of the home and away season, and establish themselves as premiership favourites.

Team of the Week: VFLW – Round 8

AFTER their impressive wins over the weekend, Melbourne University and Casey have three representatives each in this week’s best 22. Meanwhile, Essendon, Williamstown and NT only have one player each who made the cut after their disappointing defeats in round eight of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition.

Jess Duffin was exceptional for the Seagulls against Darebin and was a shinning light, despite their loss on Sunday. Her 31 disposals was a massive feat and her 25 kicks were truly impressive. Joining Duffin as a lock in the Team of the Week was Collingwood forward, Sophie Alexander. She kicked a round-high four goals to accompany her 18 disposals.

The AFL Draft Central VFLW Team of the Week has seen a regular set of defenders perform well week in, week out. The likes of Meghan McDonald, Jayde Van Dyk, Jacqueline Graham and Courtney Ugle have seen their names appear in the best 22 on many occasions this season, which is reward for their defensive efforts. 

Alice Edmonds played a prolific ruck role for Richmond in the absence of AFLW North Melbourne ruck, Emma King. Edmonds gathered 17 touches as well as giving the Richmond midfield silver service. She was unlucky to miss out on selection this week, but was edged out of the team by Carlton’s Breann Moody.

Williamstown pair, Georgia Harris and Jenna Bruton are also unlucky to miss out on a place in this week’s best 22, after each of them had standout performances. Harris was a spearhead up forward with two goals while Bruton recorded 27 disposals. However, it was not enough for her to claim a spot this week with teammate, Duffin edging her out.

Team Selection: VFLW- Round 8

A host of TAC Cup Girls stars may be out of Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s action this week but the sides are still littered with young talent from the competition. Many sides also welcome back AFLW stars and key players, as they look to get a round eight win.
Essendon v Casey Demons
Kicking off round eight, Essendon and the Casey Demons will go head to head at RAMS arena. Still in search of victory, Essendon will be bringing back Danielle Ponter and Jessica Anwyl, in place of Molly Warburton and Carla Rendelmann. Former St Kilda player, Carlee Portlock has also been promoted to the starting 22 after spending weeks as one of the emergencies. Liz Flack has been named as the 23rd player. The Casey Demons will be hungry for a win this week after their narrow loss to the Western Bulldogs last weekend. They have made four changes for their round eight line up, bringing in Frankston’s Amy Marshall, who will pull the red and blue jumper on for the first time this year. They have also welcomed back AFLW duo Cat Phillips and Kate Hore as well as Taylor Mesiti.
Essendon
B: 15. L. Caruso, 16. L. Morecroft, 7. K. Hicks
HB: 27. A. Morcom, 17. T. Hetherington, 25. R. Neaves
C: 44. M. Collier, 8. H. Bullas, 46. C. Ugle
HF: 22. N. MacDonald, 18. K. Heil, 35. V. Moreau
F: 4. N. Hardy, 43. D. Ponter, 28. C. Portlock
R: 30. S. Nalder, 9. L. Williams, 32. T. Mackrill
Int: 20. J. Anwyl, 3. M. DeMatteo, 12. B. Kearney, 1. J. Trend
Emg: 14. J. Barker, 37. I. Malliaras, 6. A. Quigley, 47. A. Ward 23P: 45. E. Flack
In: J. Anwyl, J. Barker, E. Flack, D. Ponter, C. Portlock, A. Quigley Out: M. Warburton, C. Rendelmann
Casey Demons
B: 37. L. Lowerson, 27. A. Harrison, 30. A. Marshall
HB: 48. S. Fyfield, 12. G. McLean, 2. A. Newman
C: 7. B. Jakobsson, 21. H. Cordner, 35. C. Phillips
HF: 18. K. Bentvelzen , 29. E. Zanker , 41. T. Mesiti
F: 34. D. Guttridge, 22. K. Guttridge, 15. S. Phillips
R: 14. T. Orgill, 13. K. Smith, 10. K. Hore
Int: 9. A. Johnson, 6. A. McDonough, 5. S. Poke, 25. M. Shevlin
Emg: 3. R. Clayton, 46. M. Hogg, 49. B. Struylaart, 39. M. Wright 23P: 26. S. Sloane
In: M. Hogg, M. Wright, A. Marshall, C. Phillips, K. Hore, T. Mesiti, R. Clayton Out: J. Allen, M. Tatham, C. Sheriff
Carlton v Melbourne Uni
Carlton will be bringing in plenty of fresh legs this week to take on Melbourne Uni. Of seven changes, the Blues will rotate in two AFLW players in defender, Kerryn Harrington and midfielder, Sophie Li. Star AFLW ruck, Alison Downie will also come in this week for the first time in the 2018 Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s season. Olivia Veseley, Genevieve Green and Isabella Gietzmann have all also been named in for the round eight clash. The seventh inclusion, coming in as the 23rd player, is Northern Knights player, Mika Suzuki, who will be debuting on Saturday. Melbourne Uni have also made a plethora of changes this week. Headlining the changes is the exclusion of Emma Kearney from the round eight line up leaving big shoes to fill, alongside Madison Prespakis, AFLW star, Jasmine Grierson, Kathryn Klatt, Kira Price, Lauren Belza and Jessica Anderson. Melbourne Uni have named North Melbourne recruits, Jamie Stanton and Danielle Hardiman back in for the round eight match up alongside Sophie Abbatangelo, Elyce Hay, Clara Fitzpatrick, Mietta McDonald, Taylah Watson and Western Jets forward, Caitlin Greiser.
Carlton
B: 24. R. Hicks, 8. K. Harrington, 56. C. Williams
HB: 50. J. Borg, 5. D. Pedersen, 34. A. Chuot
C: 55. C. Dalton, 35. S. Li, 90. B. Walker
HF: 33. G. Green, 42. C. Hardeman, 32. N. Plane
F: 15. I. Gietzmann, 36. C. Moody, 45.
R. King R: 16. B. Moody, 40. K. Harvey, 27. K. Cox
Int: 82. N. Burns, 30. A. Downie, 7. S. Last, 66. O. Vesely
Emg: 26. S. Audley, 23. B. Kennedy, 38. L. McCarthy, 63. T. Plowman 23P: 13. M. Suzuki
In: A. Downie, T. Plowman, R. King, S. Li, I. Gietzmann, O. Vesely, G. Green, M. Suzuki, K. Harrington Out: T. Hanks, T. Lucas-Rodd, M. Brancatisano, B. Schultz, K. Cunico
Melbourne Uni
B: 4. A. Saundry, 41. K. Gillespie-Jones, 50. J. Stanton
HB: 10. K. Ashmore, 8. C. Fitzpatrick, 31. D. Hardiman
C: 2. H. Ibrahim, 7. A. Riddell, 45. M. McDonald
HF: 11. P. Cordes, 34. A. Price, 22. D. Edward
F: 38. K. Angelis, 17. E. Hay, 24. S. Wilson
R: 33. C. Adams, 18. A. Tupper, 47. E. Humphries
Int: 19. L. Ahrens, 6. E. Keaney, 44. A. Runnalls, 35. M. Shone
Emg: 1. S. Abbatangelo, 13. R. Green, 43. L. Munday, 16. T. Watson 23P: 26. C. Greiser
In: R. Green, S. Abbatangelo, J. Stanton, E. Hay, C. Fitzpatrick, C. Greiser, D. Hardiman, M. McDonald, E. Humphries, T. Watson
Out: J. Anderson, K. Price, K. Klatt, L. Belza, E. Kearney, M. Prespakis, J. Grierson
Richmond v Hawthorn
Coming off last week’s bye, Richmond has made six changes to its round eight side. A few big name outs will strike a blow in the tigers outfit, including power forward, Christina Bernardi and fellow AFLW players, Amelia Barden and Lauren Tesoriero. North Melbourne AFLW recruit, Emma King, strong ruck, Jenna Colwell and Emily Findlay will also miss the round eight game. This leaves room for others to step up, with the likes of AFLW star, Sophie Conway, Grace Bibby, Trish Muller, Emma Gunn, Jacinta Louttit and Ellie Georgie being named in. After resting from concussion last week, Hawks fans will be excited to see Sarah Perkins back on the field for Hawthorn this weekend. They have also named Tahni Nestor, Rosie Dillon  and Clare O’Donnell to take to the field. Meanwhile Eastern Ranges pair, Mikala Cann and Emerson Woods have been named out.
Richmond
B: 84. L. Bieniara, 63. J. Graham, 69. E. Burry
HB: 88. P. Monahan, 73. L. Davie, 71. L. Stephenson
C: 60. K. Dempsey, 81. E. George, 75. B. Lynch
HF: 80. J. Louttit, 54. S. Conway, 55. C. Wakefield
F: 82. G. Bibby, 62. T. Muller, 83. J. Gardner
R: 68. A. Edmonds, 59. A. Woodward, 52. J. Kennedy
Int: 53. K. Dixon, 64. E. Gunn, 77. J. Hocking, 76. E. Ross
Emg: 86. N. Clarke, 85. N. Clarke, 61. J. Colwell, 79. L. Tesoriero 23P: 89. G. Egan
Hawthorn
B: 21. P. Randall, 32. K. Ebb, 31. J. Sibley
HB: 9. M. Kuys, 36. J. Van Dyk, 13. E. Nixon
C: 4. S. Carroll, 8. R. Beeson, 35. C. O’Donnell
HF: 24. R. Dillon, 25. M. Hutchins, 33. E. Gilder
F: 22. T. Luke, 14. O. Flanagan, 28. S. Perkins
R: 19. L. Wotton, 1. E. Mackie, 6. J. Crockett-Grills
Int: 37. J. Barnden, 12. T. Nestor, 16. C. Papadopoulos, 5. C. Perera
Emg: 17. S. David, 11. D. Haines, 40. E. Macdonald, 39. S. McNamara 23P: 48. Y. Price
In: D. Haines, C. O’Donnell, R. Dillon, T. Nestor, S. Perkins, Y. Price Out: M. Cann, E. Woods
NT Thunder v Collingwood
After suffering their first loss of the season, the Thunder will be looking for a win on the home turf this weekend when it takes on the undefeated Collingwood. The Thunder has made numerous changes to its list, bringing in three debutants. Lateesha Jeffrey will follow in her father’s footsteps, who also represented Thunder, when she takes to the field for the first time this weekend. The former Southern Districts captain and best and fairest winner in the NTFL Women’s Premier League is sure to bring some class to her new team. NTFL Premiership player for Waratah, Gemma Cusack will also debut this week, alongside seventeen-year-old Nikki Gore who has been part of the South Australian Academy and has been named as the 23rd player. Others named in for this week include co-vice-captain, Sally Riley, Sophie Armitstead, Georgia Bevan, Jenna McCormick, Eloise Jones, Courtney Cramey and Rhiannon Metcalfe. Collingwood will be bringing back proven talent and also showcasing new talent in round eight. AFLW players Cecilia McIntosh, Holly Whitford, Ruby Schleicher and Illish Ross will be welcome additions to the side, all adding experience and drive to Collingwood’s line up. Gippsland Power junior, Jasmine Ferguson will pull on the black and white jumper for the first time this weekend and will be starting as 23rd player. Similarly, Fitzroy junior, Sarah King will also debut in round eight.
NT Thunder
B: 16. S. Armitstead, 7. L. O’Shea, 13. L. Roberts
HB: 9. L. Jeffrey, 10. S. Barnett, 22. J. McCormick
C: 12. J. Anderson, 14. C. Cramey, 2. E. Jones
HF: 24. G. Bevan, 42. G. Cusack, 17. E. Swanson
F: 6. L. Motlop, 30. R. Metcalfe, 8. S. Riley
R: 20. J. Hewett, 28. R. Forth, 19. J. Iacono
Int: 43. K. Duggan, 11. J. Hickey, 18. T. Holtze, 44. M. Johnston
Emg: 41. A. Chittick, 47. T. May, 35. T. Thorn 23P: 48. N. Gore
In: G. Cusack, C. Cramey, S. Riley, G. Bevan, S. Armitstead, N. Gore, T. Thorn, R. Metcalfe, E. Jones, L. Jeffrey, J. McCormick
Out: R. Wallace, K. Streader, J. Sedunary, S. Allan, J. Allan, A. Foley, L. Adam, M. Roberts
Collingwood
B: 52. N. Hales, 61. A. Malander, 72. K. Lee
HB: 47. J. Edwards, 18. R. Schleicher, 21. I. Ross
C: 50. G. Buchan, 41. K. Stratton, 99. S. Marsh
HF: 55. L. French, 77. C. Leighton, 54. H. Grubb
F: 5. E. Grant, 49. S. Alexander, 2. C. Molloy
R: 75. E. Fowler, 13. J. Lambert, 4. S. D’Arcy
Int: 92. S. King, 20. C. McIntosh, 63. P. Nash, 28. H. Whitford
Emg: 53. R. Grant, 81. B. Jones, 51. G. Ploegsma, 68. S. Yoannidis 23P: 70. J. Ferguson
In: S. King, H. Whitford, S. Yoannidis, J. Ferguson, I. Ross, R. Grant, G. Ploegsma, C. McIntosh, R. Schleicher
Out: E. Browning, D. Bateman, E. Hynes, S. Casey, E. Korteman
Williamstown v Darebin
Williamstown will take on a formidable Darebin outfit this weekend and has made three changes to its line-up. Jorja Rowe has been named back in the squad for her second game of the season. The Seagulls have also named Sharni Dixon and Ashlea Melnikas to take to the field. Darebin has named six changes to their round eight line-up, including a range of AFLW stars. Brooke Patterson, Nat Exon and Elise O’Dea will bring leadership and experience back to Darebin’s side this week. Esther Honybun will also rejoin the Falcons this week as well as talented young Knights junior, Alex Pronesti who has been named as the 23rd player.
Williamstown
B: 1. R. Dardengo, 10. B. Hateley, 8. C. Portelli
HB: 19. E. Meade, 20. S. Seabrook, 34. J. Reid
C: 2. J. Duffin, 17. S. Chapman, 22. M. Lowe
HF: 4. E. Paterno, 12. G. Harris, 28. J. Rowe
F: 16. A. Cameron, 6. S. Cross, 44. I. Porter
R: 9. R. Achampong, 25. J. Garner, 35. J. Bruton
Int: 21. S. Dixon, 26. J. Heard, 30. A. Melnikas, 32. B. Stevens
Emg: 3. S. Murphy-Burke, 24. A. Saxton, 27. L. Suleiman, 13. N. Wallace 23P: 36. M. Williamson
Darebin
B: 31. E. Gardner, 27. S. Hogan, 21. K. Roe
HB: 32. G. Colvin, 14. M. McDonald, 49. R. Hibbert
C: 2. N. Callinan, 20. M. Guerin, 1. E. Honybun
HF: 40. L. Pearce, 22. G. Hammond, 17. S. Simpson
F: 36. C. Byrne, 43. H. Mouncey, 29. S. Normington – Dickens
R: 41. A. O’Connor, 30. E. O’Dea, 8. N. Exon
Int: 44. S. Fairchild, 48. L. Jacobs, 24. B. Patterson, 11. K. Tyndall
Emg: 37. J. Bertoni, 45. N. Deiter, 9. M. Eastman, 26. T. Olcorn 23P: 52. A. Pronesti
In: L. Pearce, N. Deiter, E. O’Dea, N. Exon, T. Olcorn, B. Patterson, A. Pronesti, J. Bertoni, E. Honybun
Out: L. Szigeti, K. Shierlaw, J. Dal pos, A. Lister, M. Wilson
Western Bulldogs v Geelong Cats
After a triumphant win over the Casey Demons last weekend, the Dogs will be looking to build momentum against ladder leaders, Geelong, in round eight. For the clash they have welcomed back seven players, including AFLW players, Naomi Ferres, Angelica Gogos, Ashleigh Guest and Tiarna Ernst. Ellyce Gamble and Mikayla Ward have also been named in. Returning from their round seven bye, the Geelong Cats will be looking to continue their undefeated streak. For the round eight match they have included the young former Geelong Falcon, Tiahna Andree-Jansz who will join the side for her first game of the season. Also named in are power forward, Kate Darby, Maddie Boyd, Hayley Trevean and Krista Woodroffe. Rebecca Pearce, Emma Oliver, Richelle Cranston, Lily Brancatisano and Georgia Watson will miss this week’s clash.
Western Bulldogs
B: 5. R. Martinuzzo, 14. E. Gamble, 42. N. Paul
HB: 9. T. Dinuccio, 18. E. Birch, 19. T. Ernst
C: 13. L. Bailey, 16. N. Ferres, 10. S. Jolly
HF: 2. E. Blackburn, 6. K. McLeod, 51. K. Rebuffo
F: 1. B. Lochland, 44. M. Ward, 41. A. Scott
R: 24. K. Rennie, 17. H. Wildes, 36. A. Gogos
Int: 20. A. Guest, 47. N. McMahon, 27. E. Muller, 38. C. O’Brien
Emg: 12. J. Francke, 25. R. Gastin, 21. B. Hunt, 34. E. Mackay 23P: 37. B. Wunhym
In: E. Muller, E. Mackay, E. Gamble, N. Ferres, R. Gastin, A. Guest, A. Gogos , M. Ward, T. Ernst
Out: A. Gunn, T. Hamilton, T. Morgan, D. Berry
Geelong Cats
B: 25. E. Coventry, 40. A. Teague, 44. R. Goring
HB: 34. A. McDonald, 16. L. Williams, 35. K. Woodroffe
C: 3. H. Burchell, 45. M. Keryk, 18. M. Maguire
HF: 37. T. Andree-Jansz, 4. C. Blakeway, 2. D. Orr
F: 28. M. Fedele, 8. K. Darby, 24. M. McMahon
R: 46. E. Hoare, 7. M. Clifford, 13. M. Fogas
Int: 6. M. Boyd, 17. H. Mangan, 10. L. Taylor, 33. H. Trevean
Emg: 11. M. Klingbeil , 19. E. Ramsay, 31. G. Watson 23P: 27. R. Benham
In: Andree-Jansz, K Darby, M Boyd, H Trevean, K Woodroffe
Out: R Pearce, E Oliver, R Cranston, L Brancatisano, G Watson

Team selection: VFLW – Round 7

A host of TAC Cup Girls will make their Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s debut this week, as they prepare for the AFL Women’s National Under 18 Championships commencing on July 9. A couple of traditional rivals will go head-to-head this weekend as well with both Carlton and Collingwood and Hawthorn and Essendon battling it out for a round seven victory.

 

SOUTHERN SAINTS v. NT THUNDER

Round 7 – 23/06/2018

11:15AM

SkyBus Stadium

The Southern Saints will have to fight hard to get back on the winner’s list this week as they face the undefeated NT Thunder this Saturday. Sandringham Dragons duo, Eleanor Brown and Jemma Owen will retake to the field this week after representing Vic Metro in the AFL Women’s National Under 18 Championships. They have been named in alongside Carlton AFLW player, Laura Attard, Eastern Ranges pair, Gabriella De Angelis and Charlotte Wilson as well as Dandenong Stingrays duo, Shelley Heath and Courtney Jones.

NT Thunder have made 11 changes with lots of Northern Territory talent being re-injected into the side. Tabitha May will be making her senior debut this week after being named most valuable player in round one of the AFL Women’s National Under 18 Championships. Coming back to the side will be defenders, Tahlia Holtze, Jemma Iacono, Morgan Johnstonand Lisa Roberts. Similarly, Jasmine Anderson, Lucy Adam and ruck, Jess Allan will be welcomed back into the midfield. For the forward line, the skillful Jasmyn Hewett will return from rest alongside Jordann Hickey and Ruth Wallace. However, the Thunder has rested AFLW Adelaide Crows stars, Sophie Armitstead, Georgia Bevan, Courtney Cramey, Chelsea Randall, Deni Varnhagen, Jenna McCormick and Sally Riley in line with an AFL Victoria directive to reduce the number of South Australian-based players in the team each weekMadeline Gault, Sue Nalder and Kristy Irvine will also miss this week’s match up.

Southern Saints
B: 29. M. Macdonald, 14. I. Quintal, 30. C. Wilson
HB: 17. L. Olsen, 38. S. Karlson, 31. G. Walker
C: 39. E. Brown, 2. A. Brown, 52. T. Gordon
HF: 21. D. Lawrence, 15. T. Bohanna, 27. K. Macqueen
F: 35. G. De Angelis, 13. C. Munn, 33. J. Owen
R: 28. R. Watt, 8. A. Drennan, 32. S. Johnson
Int: 10. L. Arnell, 18. L. Attard, 43. S. Heath, 40. M. Maitland
Emg: 49. A. Allsopp, 24. K. Ripari, 19. A. Silver, 22. D. Smith
23P: 42. C. Jones

In: E. Brown, J. Owen, L. Attard, G. De Angelis, C. Jones, C. Wilson, S. Heath
Out: S. Bolding, A. Ryan, K. Thompson

NT Thunder
B: 5. M. Roberts, 7. L. O’Shea, 44. M. Johnston
HB: 18. T. Holtze, 37. S. Allan, 13. L. Roberts
C: 12. J. Anderson, 3. A. Foley, 32. K. Streader
HF: 31. J. Sedunary, 11. J. Hickey, 15. R. Wallace
F: 28. R. Forth, 20. J. Hewett, 6. L. Motlop
R: 25. J. Allan, 17. E. Swanson, 43. K. Duggan
Int: 1. L. Adam, 10. S. Barnett, 41. A. Chittick, 19. J. Iacono
Emg: 42. G. Cusack, 23. S. Mauboy, 47. T. May
23P: 48. N. Gore

In: T. May, J. Hickey, T. Holtze, M. Johnston, J. Iacono, J. Hewett, L. Adam, R. Wallace, N. Gore, L. Roberts, J. Anderson, J. Allan
Out: D. Varnhagen, C. Cramey, S. Riley, G. Bevan, S. Armitstead, M. Gault, C. Randall, K. Irvine, J. McCormick, S. Nalder

 

COLLINGWOOD v. CARLTON

Round 7 – 23/06/2018

01:00PM

Warrawee Park

Collingwood will be coming off a week’s rest when it takes on Carlton at Warrawee Park this weekend. The Magpies have made four key changes to their line-up, bringing in AFLW talents, Ruby Schleicher, Kristy Stratton and Emma GrantLeah French will also join the side this week, while Mua LaloifiGabrielle Biedenweg-Webster, Sarah Cameron and AFLW player, Holly Whitford have been named out. Oakleigh Chargers forward, Daisy Bateman comes back into the side as the 23rd player after scoring three goals on debut for the Magpies.

Carlton has made five changes in the lead up to this week’s match, starting with the exciting inclusion of this year’s TAC Cup Girls Northern Knights captain, Maddy Brancatisano. She will come in as the 23rd player and bring her leadership experience after leading her side to the inaugural TAC Cup Girls Grand Final. She will be joined by another TAC Cup Girls leader in Gippsland co-captain, Tyla Hanks, who was one of the best on ground for Vic Country in its first Nationals hit-out. Carlton AFLW players, Natalie Plane and Bridie Kennedy have also been named to take the field this week, as well as sister of Breann Moody, Celine Moody. They will have big shoes to fill with AFLW teammates, Jess Hosking and Sophie Li being rested. Oakleigh Chargers forward, Isabella Gietzmann and Rachel King have been omitted while Courtney Bromage has shifted her focus from football back to her studies for the remainder of the season.

Collingwood
B: 52. N. Hales, 61. A. Malander, 72. K. Lee
HB: 22. S. Casey, 18. R. Schleicher, 47. J. Edwards
C: 81. B. Jones, 4. S. D’Arcy, 99. S. Marsh
HF: 49. S. Alexander, 77. C. Leighton, 2. C. Molloy
F: 54. H. Grubb, 75. E. Fowler, 13. J. Lambert
R: 11. E. Hynes, 5. E. Grant, 55. L. French
Int: 65. E. Browning, 50. G. Buchan, 63. P. Nash, 41. K. Stratton
Emg: 56. P. Davey, 53. R. Grant, 62. E. Korteman, 68. S. Yoannidis
23P: 66. D. Bateman

Carlton
B: 24. R. Hicks, 7. S. Last, 56. C. Williams
HB: 34. A. Chuot, 5. D. Pedersen, 40. K. Harvey
C: 55. C. Dalton, 32. N. Plane, 18. T. Lucas-Rodd
HF: 38. L. McCarthy, 50. J. Borg, 90. B. Walker
F: 27. K. Cox, 42. C. Hardeman, 41. K. Cunico
R: 16. B. Moody, 26. S. Audley, 51. T. Hanks
Int: 82. N. Burns, 23. B. Kennedy, 36. C. Moody, 37. B. Schultz
Emg: 45. R. King, 35. S. Li, 66. T. Plowman, 63. O. Vesely
23P: 8. M. Brancatisano

In: O. Vesely, N. Plane, T. Hanks, M. Brancatisano, B. Kennedy, C. Moody
Out: J. Hosking, C. Bromage

 

CASEY DEMONS v. WESTERN BULLDOGS

Round 7 – 23/06/2018

04:00PM

Casey Fields

Both the Casey Demons and Western Bulldogs come into round seven with one win under their belt and hungry for more. Coming off last week’s bye, the Demons have brought in AFLW players, Laura Duryea and Kate Hore, Bianca Jakobsson and Katherine Smith. They will be joined by Dandenong Stingrays and Vic Country captain, Jordyn Allen, as well as Taylor Mesiti and Sally Fyfield. This week the Demons also signed Shae Sloane, sister of Rory Sloane, who will don the red and blue jumper for the first time this weekend as the 23rd player. The former Volleyroos captain is an exciting addition to the team.

Coming off their first win of the season, the Bulldogs have pulled the ace from their sleeve this week, bringing in AFLW premiership captain, Ellie Blackburn for her VFLW debut. She will be joined by another debutant in AFLW premiership forward, Deanna Berry. Both girls are no stranger to a tough game of football and are sure to add class to the Dogs’ line-up. Laura Bailey, Nicole Paul, Brittney Wunhym and Katerina Rebuffo have also been named in for the round seven clash.

Casey Demons
B: 37. L. Lowerson, 27. A. Harrison, 15. S. Phillips
HB: 34. D. Guttridge, 21. H. Cordner, 16. C. Sheriff
C: 25. M. Shevlin, 22. K. Guttridge, 8. M. Tatham
HF: 18. K. Bentvelzen , 29. E. Zanker , 41. T. Mesiti
F: 38. J. Allen, 12. G. McLean, 7. B. Jakobsson
R: 14. T. Orgill, 13. K. Smith, 2. A. Newman
Int: 48. S. Fyfield, 9. A. Johnson, 6. A. McDonough, 5. S. Poke
Emg: 3. R. Clayton, 47. M. Hogg, 30. A. Marshall, 33. L. Rutter, 49. B. Struylaart
23P: 26. S. Sloane

Western Bulldogs
B: 9. T. Dinuccio, 42. N. Paul, 5. R. Martinuzzo
HB: 26. T. Morgan, 18. E. Birch, 38. C. O’Brien
C: 13. L. Bailey, 21. B. Hunt, 10. S. Jolly
HF: 1. B. Lochland, 12. J. Francke, 6. K. McLeod
F: 7. D. Berry , 32. A. Mifsud, 41. A. Scott
R: 24. K. Rennie, 2. E. Blackburn, 17. H. Wildes
Int: 31. A. Gunn, 29. T. Hamilton, 47. N. McMahon, 51. K. Rebuffo
Emg: 16. N. Ferres, 40. N. Gills, 36. A. Gogos , 27. E. Muller
23P: 37. B. Wunhym

In: L. Bailey, N. Paul, B. Wunhym, N. Gills, D. Berry , E. Blackburn, K. Rebuffo
Out: E. Mackay, R. Ashley, A. Tessari

 

MELBOURNE UNI  v. DAREBIN

Round 7 – 23/06/2018

06:30PM

Melville Oval, Hamilton

Melbourne Uni will go into this week’s clash against Darebin missing two Kangaroo recruits, Jamie Stanton and Danielle HardimanMarta Cantwell has also been named out. In their place, Vic Metro captain, Madison Prespakis will be welcomed back to the field alongside the fearless Sophie Abbatangelo, Asha Price, Alexandra Saundry, Candice Adams and Lauren Munday.

Darebin has made six changes to its round seven side. This involves the inclusion of AFLW player, Nicole Callinan as well as Cherelle Byrne, Janelle Bertoni, Shree Fairchild and Eastern Ranges and Vic Metro defender, Lauren Szigeti who comes in as the 23rd player. The Falcons will be going into the game without powerhouse, Lily Mithen, who is a former captain of Vic Country, and Melbourne AFLW player. Fellow AFLW midfielder, Nat Exon is another big out for the Falcons this week.

Melbourne Uni
B: 27. J. Anderson, 29. K. Klatt, 6. E. Keaney
HB: 53. J. Grierson, 43. L. Munday, 24. S. Wilson
C: 10. K. Ashmore, 15. E. Kearney, 44. A. Runnalls
HF: 11. P. Cordes, 9. K. Price, 2. H. Ibrahim
F: 1. S. Abbatangelo, 34. A. Price, 7. A. Riddell
R: 33. C. Adams, 41. K. Gillespie-Jones, 18. A. Tupper
Int: 19. L. Ahrens, 38. K. Angelis, 20. L. Belza, 4. A. Saundry
Emg: 28. A. Dalley, 45. M. McDonald, 35. M. Shone, 16. T. Watson
23P: 46. M. Prespakis

In: S. Abbatangelo, C. Adams, L. Munday, A. Price, T. Watson, A. Saundry, M. Prespakis
Out: J. Stanton, D. Hardiman, M. Cantwell

Darebin
B: 32. G. Colvin, 27. S. Hogan, 49. R. Hibbert
HB: 48. L. Jacobs, 14. M. McDonald, 21. K. Roe
C: 2. N. Callinan, 9. M. Eastman, 15. A. Lister
HF: 26. T. Olcorn, 24. K. Shierlaw, 56. M. Wilson
F: 22. G. Hammond, 43. H. Mouncey, 17. S. Simpson
R: 41. A. O’Connor, 20. M. Guerin, 12. J. Dal pos
Int: 36. C. Byrne, 44. S. Fairchild, 31. E. Gardner, 11. K. Tyndall
Emg: 37. J. Bertoni, 1. E. Honybun, 29. S. Normington – Dickens, 30. E. O’Dea
23P: 35. L. Szigeti

In: S. Fairchild, L. Szigeti, G. Hammond, N. Callinan, S. Normington – Dickens, C. Byrne, J. Bertoni
Out: L. Skipper, N. Exon, L. Mithen

 

HAWTHORN  v. ESSENDON

Round 7 – 24/06/2018

11:45AM

Box Hill City Oval

Hawthorn will be looking for repeat efforts of last weekend when it takes on the winless Essendon. They have brought in two debutants for the occasion, including Eastern Ranges duo, Emerson Woods and Mikala Cann. Both girls have proven to be tough competitors after their TAC Cup Girls experience this year. Clare O’Donnell and Nicky Cormack have had to make way for the young midfielders.

Yet to experience victory, Essendon will be desperate for a win, coming off the bye. The Bombers have trusted in three debutants to bring them the result they desire. Greater Western Sydney defender, Tanya Hetherington and 17-year-old Calder Cannons defender, Molly Warburton will hopefully bolster the Dons’ defensive pressure. Another 17-year-old Cannons recruit, Carla Rendelmann will also play her first game, being named as the 23rd player. Aysha Ward and Monique DeMatteo have also been named in while Jessica Anwyl, Danielle Ponter, Alex Quigley, Jenna Barker and Erin Bult have been named out.

Hawthorn
B: 22. T. Luke, 21. P. Randall, 31. J. Sibley
HB: 4. S. Carroll, 36. J. Van Dyk, 13. E. Nixon
C: 17. S. David, 1. E. Mackie, 9. M. Kuys
HF: 14. O. Flanagan, 25. M. Hutchins, 33. E. Gilder
F: 8. R. Beeson, 28. S. Perkins, 5. C. Perera
R: 32. K. Ebb, 39. S. McNamara, 6. J. Crockett-Grills
Int: 45. M. Cann, 40. E. Macdonald, 16. C. Papadopoulos, 19. L. Wotton
Emg: 37. J. Barnden, 24. R. Dillon, 11. D. Haines, 29. A. Tanner
23P: 43. E. Woods

In: D. Haines, M. Cann, A. Tanner, R. Dillon, E. Woods, J. Barnden
Out: C. O’Donnell, N. Cormack

Essendon
B: 25. R. Neaves, 7. K. Hicks, 5. M. Warburton
HB: 17. T. Hetherington, 16. L. Morecroft, 27. A. Morcom
C: 44. M. Collier, 37. I. Malliaras, 46. C. Ugle
HF: 35. V. Moreau, 18. K. Heil, 47. A. Ward
F: 4. N. Hardy, 12. B. Kearney, 22. N. MacDonald
R: 30. S. Nalder, 9. L. Williams, 8. H. Bullas
Int: 15. L. Caruso, 3. M. DeMatteo, 32. T. Mackrill, 1. J. Trend
Emg: 14. J. Barker, 49. E. Bult, 26. A. Madden, 28. C. Portlock
23P: 36. C. Rendelmann

Weekend previews: VFLW – Round 5

THE Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition continues to roll along as we establish contending teams and star players continue to dominate the competition. A big game between two top sides in the Hawks and the Pies kicks off the round while the Bombers and the Tigers go head-to-head down at Punt Road for a twilight encounter as the curtain raiser to the Dreamtime at the G showdown.  

Hawthorn vs Collingwood

Saturday June 2, 11:30AM, Box Hill City Oval

A huge game between two of the in-form sides of the competition kicks off a huge round of footy. Hawthorn enter the game off the bye and look to maintain its perfect record after a trifecta of impressive wins to start its VFLW campaign. The Hawks have shown great ability so far to adjust to the flow of the game, with impressive offensive displays scoring over 60 points in rounds one and three. They have also been able to grind out a low scoring, defensive game, such as their clash against the Demons in round two. Collingwood also come into the game in unbelievable form and sit second on the ladder. The Magpies will get a huge boost with AFLW Rising Star award winner, Chloe Molloy making her VFLW debut. Molloy was unbelievable throughout the entire AFLW season, remaining a steady presence down back, and was one of the few bright spots of a disappointing campaign for Collingwood.  

Carlton vs Darebin

Saturday June 2, 11:30AM, Ikon Park

After an impressive start out of the blocks, the Blues have stumbled in the past two weeks, dropping their record to two wins and two losses. Despite the loss to the league-leading Cats last week, Carlton was extremely impressive and held a one-goal lead heading into the fourth quarter before ultimately falling. Darcy Vescio was the star of the game, kicking four goals from her 11 possessions in what continued an excellent run of form. AFLW Academy member, Tyla Hanks was also particularly impressive with her 20 possessions and a major. The Blues face the Falcons who were absolutely unstoppable last week in a 10-goal demolition of the Demons. With standout performances across the board, the Falcons couldn’t do a thing wrong led by former Northern Knight, Maddy Guerin’s 18 possessions and three goals, AFLW midfielder, Lily Mithen’s 32 possessions and Hannah Mouncey’s five-goal haul. This is an important game for both sides as they look to keep pace with the top teams as the season rolls along.  

NT Thunder vs Western Bulldogs

Saturday June 2, 4PM, TIO Stadium

The Thunder has been absolutely unstoppable throughout its first three matches, making a huge statement to the rest of the league. There were stars aplenty in its last match with Adelaide duo, Marijana Rajcic and Jess Sedunary as well as NT native, Jordann Hickey, kicking three goals each. The Thunder has been an offensive juggernaut to begin the season and will be sure to cause the Bulldogs defence a number of problems. The Bulldogs have been disappointing to start the season, sitting at the bottom of the table, winless from their three games. Their near-victory against the unbeaten Collingwood should give them great confidence and belief that they can hang with the best of them and will need the same intensity if they wish to end the Thunder’s run of dominance. Naomi Ferres has enjoyed a nice run of form in the past two weeks, building off her Rising Star nomination in the AFLW competition, and will be a player to watch for the Bulldogs moving forward.  

Essendon vs Richmond

Saturday June 2, 4PM, Swinburne Centre

Two teams who are in desperate need of a win go head-to-head for the first of two battles between the Bombers and Tigers on Saturday. Both teams come off demoralising losses in the last round, with both teams being noncompetitive throughout the game. The Bombers backline has been under plenty of pressure in recent weeks with the majority of play being situated in their defensive half. Despite their poor results, their pressure in and around the contest has been stellar, led by Hayley Bullas, who leads the competition in tackles. The Tigers again struggled to get going offensively last week with just three goals next to their name. Two of these came from AFLW Collingwood talent, Lauren Tesoriero, who played one of her better games of the season and will be a force to be reckoned with once again this week. Phoebe Monahan has also been a bright spot early on in the season and will be a big factor in the Tigers ending their poor run of form.  

Williamstown vs Casey

Sunday June 3, 11:30AM, Williamstown Football Ground

Another match-up of two struggling sides who are in need of a victory kicks off the Sunday afternoon action in Williamstown. The Seagulls notched their first win last week in an impressive outing against the Tigers, running out 31-point winners. They look to continue to build off of the form they found last week and keep the momentum going as they surge up the ladder. New North Melbourne recruit, Jess Duffin produced her best performance of what has already been a great start to the season, with 33 possessions and a goal. Teammate, Jasmine Garner was also impressive with 19 possessions and a goal of her own. For the Demons, they were completely overrun by Darebin last week after playing them tightly for the first quarter. Melbourne AFLW forward, Kate Hore has had a solid start to the season for Casey and continues to play her role each week. She will look to have an even larger impact this week and lead her side to victory.  

Melbourne Uni vs Geelong

Sunday June 3, 2:30PM, Melbourne Uni Main Oval

The round draws to a close as the league-leading Geelong Cats take on Melbourne University in what should be a compelling contest. Geelong was able to fight off a gutsy Carlton side last week and grind out an eight-point win, continuing its unbeaten start to the season. They have had consistent performances from players such as Maddy McMahon and Renee Garing, who have led from the front each week and been instrumental in their start. Geelong has seen great contributions from role players to begin the season and will need another total team effort to get over the line once again. Melbourne University had been in good prior to running into the juggernaut that is the NT Thunder, who obliterated them to the tune of 69 points. Despite the loss, AFLW Academy member, Maddison Prespakis and Mugars captain, Ashleigh Riddell impressed in the midfield. Without Prespakis this week, Riddell will be relying on her other key midfielders to step up in the Mugars’ first home game of the VFLW season.

Scouting notes: VFLW – Round 4

ROUND four saw TAC Cup Girls talent combine with AFLW’s elite stars, with some wonderful performances over the weekend. From Hannah Mouncey’s five goals for Darebin, to a number of new TAC Cup Girls players entering the competition, there were highlights across the weekend. We attended two games in round four and took note of some of these standout performances. 

 

Darebin Falcons vs. Casey Demons 

By: Taylah Melki

Darebin Falcons:

#2 Nicole Callinan

Callinan was clean out of the stoppages for the Falcons and worked hard in close to get the ball out. She also showcased her strong hands taking multiple grabs both above her head and at chest height.

#4 Karen Paxman

Paxman demonstrated her quick hands under pressure and showed good composure with ball in hand.  She showed her footy smarts at multiple times and looked dangerous up forward. Paxman had a ping at goal but missed but was quick on her feet to continue her good form. She hit her targets while under pressure.

#7 Lily Mithen

Had a really strong four-quarter performance for the Falcons, taking a good intercept mark, which is credit to her ability to read the play. Mithen racked up plenty of possessions with 32 touches for the game and was instrumental with ball in hand, hitting targets and opening up space.

# 8 Nat Exon

Exon was a tackling machine and won plenty of the footy, showcasing her footy smarts and ability to go in hard for the ball.

#22 Georgia Hammond

Hammond worked hard all game and demonstrated her clean hands with a good pick up and running goal in the third term. She was smooth in congestion and demonstrated her footy smarts, keeping the ball just in on the goal line and tapping it back to a teammate who ran into an open goal.

#31 Eloise Gardner

Gardner looked dangerous all game and was especially clean at the coal-face, going in hard to win the footy. She showcased her footy smarts to goose step around a number of opponents and slot an impressive goal.

#32 Gabrielle Colvin

Colvin hit the pack hard all day and competed hard to win the footy. She had a good strong set of hands and took a few strong intercept marks, which was credit to her ability to read the play and flight of the ball. Colvin impressed with her evasive skills and showed good bursts of speed to break through the pack.

#43 Hannah Mouncey

She had an absolute blinder of a game for the Falcons. Mouncey opened the account for Darebin, scoring the first goal of the game. She imposed herself around the contest and even had a stint in the ruck in the third quarter. Her follow-up work around the ground was good. Mouncey took a big contested mark and bombed a long goal from about 50 metres out. She then used her strength to burst through the pack and kick a running goal from about 45 metres out. Mouncey was unstoppable up forward and showed her versatility, shrugging off her opponent in the fourth quarter and dribbling through another goal to get her tally to five for the game.

 

Casey Demons

#4 Chantel Emonson

She took a few good strong marks and showcased her ability to lead up at the footy. Emonson was clever at stoppages and kept her arms free to allow for her to release the ball quickly to her teammates running past. She also applied a lot of pressure on the ball carrier, laying seven tackles.

#8 Marlee Tatham

Tatham had clean hands around the contest and had a really good passage of play where she picked up the footy cleanly while under immense pressure. She imposed herself around the contest, leading the way with nine tackles for the match.

#9 Alicia Johnson

Johnson worked tirelessly all game and attacked the ball carrier, laying plenty of strong tackles. Credit to her physical presence and fight for the footy, she won a free kick in the second term and played on quickly to keep the ball moving forward.

#10 Kate Hore

Hore stood up for Casey in a difficult outing for the red and blue. She demonstrated her footy IQ with clever kicks to the advantage of teammates and demonstrated her good evasive skills to burst away from her opponents. Hore was good under pressure and showed good composure with ball in hand.

#14 Taryn Orgill

Orgill was a workhorse for the Demons and laid a really strong tackle in the forward 50 to try and keep the ball locked in their forward half. She imposed herself on the contest and showcased her impressive leap in the ruck to be able to tap the footy down to advantage for her teammates.

#21 Harriet Cordner

Cordner showcased her good run and carry with a long run down the boundary line to help propel her team forward. Her burst through the pack helped to open up space for the Demons. She worked hard all game to try and impose herself on the contest and give her teammates an opportunity to go forward and create scoring opportunities.

#34 Darcy Guttridge

Guttridge showed some good dash and ability to break away from the pack to open up space for her teammates. Her hands in close were invaluable for the Demons and she imposed herself on the contest winning the ball in tricky situations. She amassed plenty of possession and took a few strong marks.  

Southern Saints vs. Essendon 

Southern Saints: 

#8 Alison Drennan

Drennan was a ball magnet as usual. She always found a way to get the footy, even in the midst of heavy congestion. Drennan was able to work in tandem with Rhiannon Watt by reading her taps well and gaining clearance to get the ball out of the stoppage and forward for her teammates. She often got good purchase on her kicks and was dangerous all over the ground. Her hands in tight were a highlight in her game, as she was the catalyst for many Saints forward thrusts. She would often deliver a quick handball to a teammate on the outside to get the play rolling for her side. Drennan is a really smart footballer and one of the best midfielders in the competition right now.

#28 Rhiannon Watt

Watt was a dominant force in the ruck, winning plenty of hit-outs throughout the day. She got good penetration on her taps and just fed the midfielders the ball. She was a huge reason behind the Saints’ surge towards victory in the latter stages of the game. Watt really threatened opposing ruck, Bridie Winbanks with her height and prowess.

#31 Georgia Walker

Captain, Georgia Walker stood up in moments that mattered, making her presence known across the ground when Essendon was pressing hard. Her kicking in particular was a highlight as she would get good purchase on them, which often benefitted the teammate on the receiving end of the kick. This was demonstrated when she delivered a great penetrating kick inside 50, giving her side a forward 50 entry. Walker also provided great run and carry throughout the afternoon, demonstrating her willingness to use her endurance to her advantage against some tired Essendon legs.

#35 Gabriella De Angelis

Was able to pick up the ball well off the deck and was not afraid to get the ball on her boot and snap. De Angelis never gave up on the footy, following up every ball she could not get directly. She kicked the Southern Saints’ first goal of the game from close range which was a great and well-deserved occasion for the Eastern Ranges midfielder. In one instance, she displayed extreme pace out of a pack inside 50 and snapped the ball in a blistering fashion towards goal. The ball went out on the full but she should be commended for her bravery at the coal-face. In another instance, De Angelis picked up the ball well to intercept an Essendon handball out of a pack. Laid a great tackle on an Essendon opponent to stop her in her tracks.

#39 Eleanor Brown

Brown played a wonderful game on debut for the Saints, displaying quick hands and never being too far away from the contest. She displayed strong kicking throughout, demonstrated when she kicked the ball out of a pack in the centre of the ground that landed well inside 50. Brown laid a great tackle and then got a handball out while lying down, showing her body strength in the contest. She followed up that remarkable effort by getting a handball away on hands and knees. Brown was able to burst out of the contest and use the ball well by hand in particular, working in tandem with players like Alison Drennan to feed the ball forward for the Saints. She also did well to create a stoppage while being tackled in a pack, in what was a great all-round game.

 

Essendon:

#6 Alexandra Quigley

Quigley has proved that she is an extremely dangerous forward. Every time she picks up the ball, she looks like she’s going to kick a goal, which is a handy asset for the Bombers. She provides great speed inside 50 and reads the play well to get on the end of some long range kicks. She booted two majors for the game in what is shaping up to be a solid season for her in the red and black.

#7 Kirby Hicks

Hicks is one of the in-form defenders of the competition, showing poise in defence each week. Hicks mopped up well in the back line many times, saving some goals from the Southern Saints. She had a clever moment where she kicked the ball towards the boundary line to prevent further Southern Saints scoring in the latter stages of the first quarter, demonstrating that she has good game awareness.

#16 Lauren Morecroft

I thought Morecroft was solid in defence and probably played one of her best games for the season so far. She provided a strong presence on the ground, trying hard to accumulate as many possessions as she could. She dug deep for the Bombers throughout the game, using her accurate kicking to get them out of trouble at multiple times.

#30 Simone Nalder

While she was not exactly dominating the ruck this week, Nalder certainly worked hard and had an influence at times. If she was not winning the tap, she would be pushing back waiting for the quick handball out of the pack. She knows she has a long kick and seems to use it to her advantage, helping her teammates conjure up a score in many instances throughout the game. Nalder seems to be improving each week and is a key player in Essendon’s midfield and defensive structure.

#35 Valerie Moreau

Moreau is one of those players who provides excitement every time she gets the ball. Every time she gets it, she never goes for the safe option, always trying to outdo herself to create some momentum moving forward for Essendon. Moreau had multiple snaps at goal but unfortunately none were to avail, but she certainly deserved a major for her brave efforts inside 50 throughout the day. She had a great moment when she attempted to sprint down the wing with the ball in hand and when the bounce didn’t go her way, she worked in tandem with Lauren Morecroft to ensure that she didn’t lose the ball. She then continued to stride down the ground with a blistering pace, which she did many times throughout the afternoon. Moreau is an excitement machine.

#46 Courtney Ugle

Ugle did not give up for the Bombers and was best-on-ground for her side in my opinion. She combined endurance and speed multiple times to provide run and carry through the corridor of Trevor Barker Beach Oval, helping to keep the ball out of danger for the Bombers. She did well to win a free kick inside a pack in one instance,  as she dived for the ball and got reward. Ugle always has eyes for the footy, demonstrated when she took a great overhead mark. She then had an innate ability to play on quickly, and demonstrated this multiple times throughout the game, as she always looked to try and get something going for the Bombers.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 4

THERE were some close encounters in round four of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s, as teams begin to find their form. The round also saw many TAC Cup Girls players make their VFLW debut, with many more debuts to come. AFL Draft Central wraps up all the action from the weekend.

 

Melbourne University 3.1 (19) defeated by NT Thunder 13.10 (88)

By: Taylah Melki

The NT Thunder dominated from start to finish, applying plenty of pressure on Melbourne University. The Thunder lead at all the breaks and did not seem to take their foot off the pedal, sharing the goal-kicking duties between them and continuing their undefeated start to the season. Melbourne University struggled to combat the intense pressure and slick ball movement of the Thunder but had some moments of brilliance.

Marijana Rajcic starred for NT, slotting two majors for the game and racking up plenty of touches while Jordann Hickey bagged three goals to help the Thunder on their way. Chelsea Randall was at her devastating best, closely followed by the likes of teammates, Angela Foley, who was the leading disposal-getter with 24 possessions, Sarah Allan and Machaelia Roberts, who gathered plenty of touches and imposed themselves on the contest. 

Ashleigh Riddell opened the account for Melbourne University, slotting an important goal and continuing her accumulative ways, gathering plenty of touches, Sophie Abbatangelo also bagged a major for Melbourne University in the opening term. In her debut game at VFLW level Calder Cannons captain, Madison Prespakis impressed, gathering 23 touches and imposing herself around the ground laying five tackles, proving why she is a future star of the game.

 

Darebin Falcons 11.7 (73) def. Casey Demons 1.3 (9)

By: Taylah Melki

It was a tight tussle but a third-quarter spark proved to be the difference between the two sides. The Darebin Falcons kept Casey to one goal for the game and applied plenty of scoreboard pressure after half time, going on to score nine majors. The Falcons seemed to outclass Casey, who struggled to keep up with the intensity and fast pace of the game.

The Falcons forward line came out firing after half time, with the likes of Hannah Mouncey and Maddy Guerin standing up for Darebin. Mouncey provided a strong option up forward taking plenty of good strong contested marks and leading up at the footy. Mouncey’s afternoon was topped off with five goals while teammate, Guerin bagged an impressive three goals. Eloise Gardner was never far from the action either with two goals while Karen Paxman and Nat Exon gathered plenty of touches and showcased their footy smarts in tricky situations.

Casey was ravaged with injuries in the last term but the likes of Kate Hore and Taryn Orgill were influential across the ground. Kasey Guttridge was the sole goal-kicker for the Demons while sister Darcy Guttridge imposed herself across the ground, racking up 17 touches and laying a big tackle. Making her debut appearance, Dandenong Stingrays captain, Jordyn Allen left her imprint on the game, taking four marks and racking up the disposals. Harriet Cordner was also an important player for Casey, amassing 13 touches and a whopping seven tackles in a difficult outing for her side.

 

Western Bulldogs 4.6 (30) defeated by Collingwood 6.2 (38)

By: Julia Montesano

Collingwood survived a fourth-quarter Bulldogs comeback to record its third VFLW win. The Bulldogs’ inaccuracy hurt them early, with only five points to half time.

Oakleigh Chargers forward, Daisy Bateman starred on the day, kicking three of the the Pies’ six goals. Teammate and Chargers captain, Hannah McLaren also put in a formidable performance, contributing six disposals and four tackles to be named in the best. AFLW star, Jaimee Lambert continued her fine form, this time against some former Bulldogs teammates. Lambert chipped in with a goal and racked up 19 touches. Vaomua Laloifi was named best-on-ground by her coaches, after clunking seven marks and amassing 13 disposals in defence.

Experienced campaigner and former Pie, Bree White was the leading disposal-getter on the ground with 21 touches next to her name to go along with five tackles. Bulldogs AFLW defender, Libby Birch was not too far off from White, as she racked up 20 disposals and six tackles in her first VFLW game. Nicole McMahon was awarded best-on-ground by her coaches with nine disposals, two marks and three tackles. Emma Mackay was also named amongst the best with one goal, 12 disposals and four tackles.

 

Geelong 8.3 (51) defeated Carlton 7.2 (44)

By: Julia Montesano

The scores were all-square at quarter time and three-quarter time in a seesawing contest. But Geelong’s three goals to two last quarter sealed the deal in the curtain-raiser at GMHBA Stadium.

Maddy McMahon starred for the Cats with 22 disposals, four marks and five tackles. She was complemented by explosive midfielder, Renee Garing, who continues to set the competition alight. Garing amassed 20 disposals and laid a whopping 12 tackles. Michelle Fedele was a wonderful presence up forward for the Cats with three goals, while fellow forward, Danielle Orr chipped in with a goal and 15 disposals. Mia-Rae Clifford also floated up forward to boot through a goal to go along with her 16 disposals.

For the Blues, it’s hard to look past AFLW forward, Darcy Vescio. Vescio kicked four of the Blues’ seven goals and amassed 11 disposals to go with it. Gippsland Power co-captain and AFLW Academy member, Tyla Hanks was the leading disposal-getter for Carlton in an outstanding VFLW debut. Hanks racked up 20 disposals, kicked a goal, and laid five tackles. Rugby 7s Olympic medalist, Chloe Dalton also pitched in with a goal to earn a spot amongst Carlton’s best. Recently announced captain, Kristi Harvey also had a solid outing with nine disposals and five marks.

 

Southern Saints 9.6 (60) defeated Essendon 3.6 (24)

By: Julia Montesano

The Southern Saints continued their great run of form with a commanding win over the Bombers. The Saints were down at quarter time but fought back immediately with a four-goal second quarter, which was the catalyst for a forward surge that the Bombers couldn’t combat.

Captain, Georgia Walker was named best-on-ground for the Saints and was complemented by Kate Macqueen, who backed up her solid round three performance. Sandringham Dragons star, Eleanor Brown played a great game, chipping in a goal and being named amongst the best. Fellow TAC Cup Girls talent and Eastern Ranges midfielder, Gabriella De Angelis also got on the scoreboard with a goal. She was one of the Saints’ eight goal-scorers.

Essendon’s defence stood up again with Courtney Ugle, Hayley Bullas and Kirby Hicks named amongst the best. Up forward, it was Alex Quigley who provided the shining light for the Bombers, kicking two of her side’s three goals. Simone Nalder also backed up her best-on-ground performance in round three by making her second consecutive appearance in the best for the Bombers.

 

Williamstown 8.4 (52) def. Richmond 3.3 (21)

By: Taylah Melki 

After a disappointing start to the season both teams brought their A-game, fighting hard to win the footy at the cold face but in the end it was Williamstown that came away with the four points, claiming their first win of the season. Williamstown put on a strong performance but really ran away with it in the final term.

In her first VFLW outing Greater Western Victoria (GWV) forward, Sophie Van De Heuvel impressed for Williamstown, competing hard at the contest, while experienced players such as Jasmine Garner and Jess Duffin stood up at the stoppages. Both Garner and Duffin bagged a goal each in the convincing win over Richmond. Georgia Harris also found her kicking boots, scoring two goals. Teammate, Morgan Lowe was also influential across the ground, applying plenty of physical pressure on her opponents and racking up the touches for Williamstown.

For Richmond, Lauren Tesoriero provided a lot of run and carry for Richmond and slotted two goals for the yellow and black. Emily Findlay also had an impressive game, imposing herself around the contest in what was a disappointing outing for the Tigers. The likes of Evelyn Burry and Lisa Davie worked tirelessly all game to try and create some moments of magic for their teammates and gathered plenty of touches for their hard work