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2019/20 AFLW off-season review: Melbourne

THE 2019 AFLW season was an interesting one for the Demons, who found themselves in a difficult conference playing against premiers, Adelaide and flag favourites, North Melbourne, winning four of their seven matches and ultimately would have made finals in the alternate conference. However, the Dees have proved they have consistency over the first three seasons, finishing mid-range on the ladder every season. Melbourne were one of the lucky teams heading out of the 2019 AFL Women’s season, managing to retain a large portion of their lineup while adding some impressive names to the list. Ultimately one of the biggest ins to the side is the return of Daisy Pearce following a season out of the sport with pregnancy, something that will surely bolster the Demons’ already impressive midfield. The addition of Western Bulldogs defender, Libby Birch will kick Melbourne’s defensive pressure up a notch, while the core side sticking together will ensure Melbourne continue their consistency and hopefully go one better in 2020.

With Birch the key cog and retaining Pearce key, the Demon’s had a mostly uneventful off-season, delisting four players and picking up four late picks in the AFL Women’s Draft. Interstaters Jacqueline Parry (Canberra) and Brenna Tarrant (East Coast Eagles) join the side alongside Calder Cannons’ Krstel Petrevski, while Darebin Falcons’ Gabby Colvin will have the chance to prove herself at the top level after three seasons at VFL Women’s. The Dees will also benefit from the addition of Irish recruits, Sinead Goldrick and Niamh McEvoy who join the rookie list for 2020.

OFF-SEASON CHANGES:

IN: Libby Birch (Western Bulldogs), Brenna Tarrant (East Coast Eagles), Gabby Colvin (Darebin Falcons), Krstel Petrevski (Calder Cannons), Jacqueline Parry (Canberra), Shae Sloane (promoted from rookie list to primary), Sinead Goldrick (gaelic), Niamh McEvoy (gaelic)
OUT: Maddy Brancatisano (Richmond), Ashleigh Guest (Western Bulldogs), Cat Phillips (St Kilda), Claudia Whitfort (St Kilda), Jordann Hickey, Talia Radan, Brooke Patterson, Ashleigh Woodland (delisted)

2020 TEAM LIST:

Libby Birch
Gabrielle Colvin
Harriet Cordner
Tegan Cunningham
Meg Downie
Maddison Gay
Madeleine Guerin
Tyla Hanks
Shelley Heath
Kate Hore
Bianca Jakobsson
Ainslie Kemp
Sarah Lampard
Lily Mithen
Aliesha Newman
Elise O’Dea
Jacqueline Parry
Karen Paxman
Daisy Pearce
Lauren Pearce
Krstel Petrevski
Shelley Scott
Casey Sherriff
Shae Sloane
Katherine Smith
Brenna Tarrant
Eden Zanker

Rookies: Chantel Emonson, Sinead Goldrick, Niamh McEvoy

POTENTIAL 2020 SIDE:

B: Meg Downie, Harriet Cordner, Chantel Emonson
HB: Sarah Lampard, Libby Birch, Karen Paxman
C: Elise O’Dea
HF: Maddison Gay, Kate Hore, Shelley Scott
F: Eden Zanker, Tegan Cunningham, Aliesha Newman
R: Lauren Pearce, Lily Mithen, Daisy Pearce
INT: Bianca Jakobsson – Tyla Hanks – Katherine Smith – Maddy Guerin – Ainslie Kemp
EMG: Jacqueline Parry – Shae Sloane – Shelley Heath

DEPTH: Gabby Colvin, Krstel Petrevski, Casey Sherriff, Brenna Tarrant, Sinead Goldrick, Niamh McEvoy

It will likely be difficult for some of the new recruits to break into the 2020 lineup, with the Demons maintaining a number of key combinations across the field. Harriet Cordner proved her dominance defensively last season and with the addition of Birch they could form a real formidable trio down back. Through the midfield, look to key ruck, Lauren Pearce who had a fantastic run in the 2019 season. She followed up her form awarded with the VFL Women’s Lambert-Pearce Medal over the off-season. Pearce’s ability to find co-captains Elise O’Dea and Shelley Scott plays a massive role in making headway down the field, with key ball movers the likes of Lily Mithen and Daisy Pearce able to have an impact both in the air and at ground level, while young gun Tyla Hanks found her form in a similar manner, playing up the ground with ball magnets Aliesha Newman, Eden Zanker and Kate Hore.

Melbourne’s first draft pick in Jacqueline Parry is a relatively unknown quantity with plenty of class traits but will have to fight her way into the side, while the likes of Krstel Petrevski, Gabby Colvin and Brenna Tarrant will also provide good support and try and force their way in.

VFL Women’s wash-up: Round 3 – Three sides undefeated as ladder takes shape

AN interesting Round 3 of VFL Women’s ensued over the weekend with ladder positions taking shape as three sides remained undefeated, while four sides suffered big losses yet again to sit down the bottom of the ladder. NT Thunder sat out of this round with the draw in a round that saw more bigger margins than not.

GEELONG 0.2 | 0.3 | 1.3 | 2.3 (15)
COLLINGWOOD 1.1 | 1.2 | 2.4 | 3.4 (22)

GOALS

Geelong: R. Webster, J. Ivey.
Collingwood: J. Lambert 2, M. Shevlin.

BEST

Geelong: J. Ivey, R. Webster, G. Rankin, M. Maguire, R. Caris, C. Blakeway
Collingwood: J. Lambert, R. Schleicher, K. Lynch, S. King, B. Bonnici, N. Hales

Little could separate the traditional rivals in the opening match of Round 3, staying neck and neck before the Magpies held on for a seven point win. Despite the low-scoring affair, the intensity and pressure was pulpable with both sides only having managed one win on the board. However, it was the Magpies’ clean hands under pressure that was far too strong for the Cats in the end, finishing with a whopping 43 marks to 16 as they used posession to their advantage. Jaimee Lambert starred across the board, racking up an enormous 30 disposals, two goals, eight marks and six tackles as she dominated in all areas of the field. Also among the best were fellow Pie, Britt Bonnici with 22 touches and 10 tackles, while Geelong’s Amy McDonald picked up 24 and seven tackles to lead her side. Also high in the stats were Collingwood’s Mikala Cann with 17 disposals and 11 tackles, almost equalled by Geelong’s Jordan Ivey with 15 and 11 respectively. Collingwood dominated the hitouts with 48 – 39 courtesy of Sarah King – while also maintaining posession for a larger portion of the game despite the Cats’ attempts to whittle down the lead. Collingwood’s Maddie Shevlin and Geelong’s Rebecca Webster were also solid, picking up 15 touches, four tackles and a goal apiece as they cancelled the other out with their respective efforts.

 

DAREBIN 1.0 | 3.1 | 3.1 | 3.1 (19)
HAWTHORN 1.3 | 3.6 | 6.10 | 8.13 (61)

GOALS

Hawthorn: J. Sibley 2, N. Cormack , P. Peschke, M. Hutchins, E. Gilder, S. Carroll, O. Flanagan.
Darebin: E. Buckley, S. Simpson, S. David.

BEST

Hawthorn: O. Flanagan, A. Tanner, R. Dillon, N. Cormack , E. Gilder, P. Peschke
Darebin: A. Lister, L. Pearce, R. Hicks, L. Szigeti, S. Simpson, C. Byrne

The blowout of the round saw a severely depleted Falcons side go down by 42 points to the Hawks – who thus far have sat towards the bottom of the ladder with no wins on the board. This loss could be a huge wakeup call to the Falcons as they let Hawthorn run wild inside 50, with 21 scores on the board from 34 inside 50s. The Hawksd lead the stats in all but rebounds, but while Darebin took five more rebounds that their opposition they were unable to use the ball to their advantage with only ten inside 50s less than the Hawks (24) but ultimately unable to get a score on the board after half time. What looked to be a tight match in the early stages saw the Hawks take control in parts before the Falcs wrestled back some momentum, but inconsistency cost the losing side as Hawthorn played their own game to win the match. Dominant ruck, Lauren Pearce was well matched by Hawthorn’s Abbey Tanner, with the pair unable to be seperated in hitouts. Darebin looked to have a fight on their hands with some strong tackling pressure from the likes of Reni Hicks (10 tackles) and Annalyse Lister (eight), while Rachel Hibbert collected five marks and 14 touches. Ellen Buckley, Samara David and Stephanie Simpson all got goals on the board early before the Hawks tightened up and the Falcons’ defence fell apart. It was a shared effort with posession that got the Hawks over the line, with no clear standout stat separating Olivia Flanagan (17 disposals, eight tackles, one goal), Rebecca Beeson (17 disposals, three marks, three tackles) and Meg Hutchins (17 disposals, four marks, one goal). Jess Sibley was the sole multiple goalkicker with two majors to her name among 11 scorers for the Hawks.

 

RICHMOND 3.2 | 3.4 | 7.10 | 8.10 (58)
ESSENDON 1.0 | 1.0 | 2.1 | 3.5 (23)

GOALS

Richmond: L. Bailey 2, K. Brennan 2, T. Stahl, J. Colwell, E. Gunn, A. Makur Chuot.
Essendon: A. Moreen 2, M. DeMatteo.

BEST

Richmond: A. Edmonds, A. Makur Chuot, K. Brennan, J. Colwell, G. Campbell, L. Bailey
Essendon: M. Collier, A. Anderson, E. Ashley-Cooper, A. Morcom, K. Hicks, G. Nanscawen

In Katie Brennan‘s first match in the yellow and black, this match was always looking to be a confidence booster for the Tigers. True to expectations, Brennan stormed out of the blocks with 23 touches, two goals and eight tackles to lead her side to victory, working well with fellow Western Bulldogs-turned-Richmond teammate, Monique Conti (22 touches, four tackles), while Laura Bailey also switched on for two goals and four tackles. The scoreline could have been far worse with the likes of Tayla Stahl-Smith unable to kick straight, with the leading goalkicker only managing one goal from five attempts. Also among the goalkickers was Akec Makur-Chuot with one major and 17 touches, while Jenna Colwell was also solid with one goal, 12 touches, three marks and five tackles. The match was won and lost in hitouts, with Alice Edmonds a star in the ruck with 45 hitouts alone compared to the Bombers’ combined number of 14, while there was no shortage of forward 50 entries for the Tigers as they outnumbered Essendon 38 to 19, scoring from 18 entries. In a disappointing day for the Bombers, Georgia Nanscawen (14 disposals, three marks, five tackles), Alexandra Anderson (13 disposals, three marks, three tackles) and Maighan Fogas (11 disposals, nine tackles) put in the hard yards around the ground while the usual suspects in Arthurina Moreen and Monique De Matteo combined for three goals. Essendon have little to be excited about given the scoreline, but should at least be happy keeping Richmond to only one goal in the final term.

 

WESTERN BULLDOGS 0.0 | 2.1 | 2.1 | 3.4 (22)
MELBOURNE UNI 0.1 | 0.2 | 1.5 | 1.6 (12)

GOALS

Western Bulldogs: D. Marshall 2, A. Scott.
Melbourne Uni: V. Saad.

BEST

Western Bulldogs: T. Dinuccio, N. McMahon, L. Bibby, E. Mackay, B. Toogood, M. Ward
Melbourne Uni: A. Riddell, K. Gillespie-Jones, A. Runnalls, H. Whitford, K. Ebb, K. Cox

The Bulldogs brought an end to Melbourne Uni’s dominance so far this season with a 10 point win to land them second on the ladder and knock the Muggars into fourth. The Dogs were dominant across the ground, ultimately having less of the footy but doing more with it as they kicked straight under pressure. Uni lead the stats in all but two categories – hitouts and rebounds, telling a tale of the defensive structure put in place by the Bulldogs to take control and force errors from the usually composed side. Leading the stats on the day was Uni’s Ashleigh Riddell, finishing with an exceptional 34 touches, 6 marks and nine tackles, followed by fellow ball-magnet Kate Gillespie-Jones with 31 and eight tackles, putting in a valient effort that ultimately was undone by the dominance of the Western Bulldogs’ efficiency under pressure. Nicole McMahon dominated the hitouts with 30 – compared to the Muggars’ overall number of 21 – largely putting the ball in the safe hands of Eleanor Brown (20 disposals, eight tackles), Emma Mackay (20 disposals, six tackles) and Bonnie Toogood (18 disposals, eight marks). Danielle Marshall got hands to the ball well with eight touches and two goals, while Annabel Scott slotted the final major of the day with minutes left in the match. Vivien Saad slotted Uni’s only goal for the match in the third term to keep the side in reaching distance after keeping the Bulldogs scoreless in the third, before the Dogs took back control in the final quarter.

 

WILLIAMSTOWN 1.1 | 2.1 | 2.1 | 2.1 (13)
CASEY DEMONS 0.0 | 2.2 | 5.4 | 7.6 (48)

GOALS

Williamstown: J. Kawa 2.
Casey: T. Tatterson 2, K. Smith, E. Archer, E. Birch, E. Zanker , L. Davies.

BEST

Williamstown: J. Kawa, M. Hope, S. Dixon, R. Dardengo, E. Meade, A. Newman
Casey: T. Hanks, C. Emonson, K. Smith, A. McDonough, B. Winbanks, G. McLean

A slow start for Casey saw the side ultimately get up against the Seagulls to land top spot on the ladder, with an immense defensive effort leaving the home side scoreless after half time. Casey’s start to the season is still unblemished with three wins under their belts, and the side’s composure to dig deep and get the match on track in the second half should be commended. To Williamstown’s credit, they kept the Demons scoreless in the first term to scare the side into action, staying even until after half time when the Dees kicked five goals nil. Seagulls’ Jasmine Kawa was the lone goalkicker for the side with two majors to her name while Sharnie Whiting put a behind on the board. Solid defence from ther Demons saw Melbourne AFL Women’s teammate and speedster, Aliesha Newman pick up 14 touches and five tackles but kept scoreless, while Mo Hope took charge to lead the disposal count with 19 and four tackles, improving remarkably from her five touches in Round 2. The Demons all but dominated posession, largely aided by the ruck work of Bridie Winbanks (32 hitouts) and Eden Zanker (15 disposals) while the likes of Libby Birch (17 disposals, four marks and a goal), Chantel Emonson (15 disposals, 11 tackles) and Katherine Smith (14 touches, 12 tackles and a goal) found some good space to share the ball around. Tayla Tatterson had little posession but made the most of it with two goals, while six others made a dint on the scoreboard for a well deserved win.

 

SOUTHERN SAINTS 0.0 | 2.3 | 2.4 | 4.10 (34)
CARLTON 0.2 | 0.2 | 1.4 | 1.4 (10)

GOALS

Saints: J. Vogt, C. Greiser, T. Lucas-Rodd, A. Brown.
Carlton: N. Plane.

BEST

Saints: O. Vesely, C. Phillips, K. O’Neill, C. Fitzpatrick, D. Jolliffe, T. Lucas-Rodd
Carlton: G. Wright, S. Wright, A. McKay, S. Hosking, M. Clifford, N. Plane

A valiant effort by Carlton to stay in the match fell short in the final game of the round, with the Saints dominating posession in the final quarter to take home their second win for the season. Carlton spent majority of the game within touching distance of their opposition, before the Saints unleashed a final quarter peppering of the goals (2.6) to come home with a 24-point win. Natalie Plane was Carlton’s sole goalkicker with one major to her name, along with 18 touches and four tackles as she did what she could to fight her way into the match, while Jess and Sarah Hosking led the stats with a combined 41 touches, six marks and 13 tackles. In the ruck, Breann Moody and Poppy Kelly were almost split down the middle with 22 and 23 hitouts respectively, though Saints’ Cat Phillips and Alison Drennan arguably did more with and off the ball, racking up a respective 25 and 23 disposals and nine and seven tackles. Alison Brown and Jacqui Vogt kicked 1.2 apiece as two other goalkickers in Tilly Lucas-Rodd (20 touches, three marks, four tackles) and Caitlin Greiser (seven touches) made their way onto the board, while four other players registered behinds. The Saints’ inaccuracy in front of goal could be an issue next week as they take on top-of-the-table Casey Demons, whose pressing defence and ability to use the ball efficiently makes them a huge threat.

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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Casey FieldsRound 1
Victoria ParkRound 2
Hickey ParkRound 3
Casey FieldsRound 4
Blacktown International SportsparkRound 5
Marvel StadiumRound 6
Casey FieldsRound 7

Season reviews: VFLW – Casey Demons

TO finish off the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s season, AFL Draft Central will be reviewing each team’s year. The Casey Demons were one of the new teams in the competition and while the ladder position wasn’t too flash, they did show some promising signs.

 

Position: 10th
Win-loss: 5-9
Percentage: 70%

Results:

Round 1: Bye
Round 2: Lost against Hawthorn by seven points
Round 3: Lost against Southern Saints by eight points
Round 4: Lost against Darebin by 64 points
Round 5: Defeated Williamstown by 12 points
Round 6: Bye
Round 7: Lost against Western Bulldogs by three points
Round 8: Defeated Essendon by 26 points
Round 9: Defeated Southern Saints by 11 points
Round 10: Defeated Richmond by 18 points
Round 11: Lost against Geelong Cats by 41 points
Round 12: Lost against NT Thunder by 12 points
Round 13: Defeated Carlton by 10 points
Round 14: Lost against Melbourne University by 53 points
Round 15: Lost against Geelong by 37 points
Round 16: Lost against Collingwood by 32 points

 

Key players:

#5 Stacey Poke

A hard nut at the contest and a key contributor to the side, Stacey Poke was impressive throughout the season. She was able to make an impact in each of her eight games and showed promising signs. In Round 2, she led the way with 17 disposals and eight tackles.

#7 Bianca Jakobsson

An accomplished Melbourne defender, Jakobsson was able to shift into the midfield this season for Casey and have an impact. One of her best games was against Richmond where she racked up 20 disposals, nine marks and seven tackles. She hit the contest hard and was a proven ball magnet during the season.

#13 Katherine Smith

Smith was a workhorse in the midfield for the Dees, working hard to get the ball in congestion. She was able to feed the ball out of stoppages and was able to swiftly move the ball through the ground. One of her best games was in Casey’s narrow three-point loss against the Bulldogs, where she gathered 26 disposals, laid six tackles and kicked a goal.

#16 Casey Sherriff

A real classy player who could play anywhere, but was suited in defence. She was composed with ball in hand, and skilful by hand or foot. She would often be used in transition to move the ball out of the back half and hit a target down field, or push up to the wing and get the ball going forward. Earned a call-up to Melbourne’s list, replacing Daisy Pearce.

#18 Kaila Bentvelzen

A key position forward whose leads and aerial work proved damaging. Bentvelzen was able to read the play well and positioned herself well against experienced opponents. She kicked 11 goals in 14 games and had a good all-round game in Round 2. In this match, Bentvelzen kicked one major, racked up 10 disposals and took five marks.

#25 Madelaine Shevlin

Shevlin proved to be a ball magnet in the Casey line-up, always going in hard to win the football. She ran well on the inside and outside and is clever with the ball in hand. Shevlin was consistent, playing 14 out of a possible 16 games and impressing in the majority of them. One of her best performances was against Melbourne University, where she kicked a goal, recorded 22 disposals and laid three tackles.

 

Season summary:

The Demons showed signs of improvement at the start of the season with two narrow losses to follow their bye. After a 64-point loss proving to be a backward step for the Demons, they made up for it by getting their first win straight after the hefty loss. After a loss and a bye, Casey’s season picked up again with three straight wins, looking promising to push for a high ladder position. But the Demons could only get one more victory in their last six games, ending the season with a tough run of games. They had players such as Taylor Mesiti and Tarryn Orgill standing up in certain games but less games from experienced AFLW players such as Shelley Scott and Catherine Phillips hurt their chances of pushing for a finals finish.

Scouting notes: VFLW – Round 13

TWO of the closest games this week occured in the Casey v Carlton and Darebin v Hawthorn clashes. Casey got the job done over the Blues by 10 points while the Falcons caused an upset, defeating the finals-bound Hawks by four points. We watched both games in the round and noted down which players made an impact during their respective matches.  

 

Casey Demons vs. Carlton 

By: James Halley

#13 Katherine Smith

The in and under specialist kicked a late goal in the third term with a quick kick out of a pack. She was her usual best in the midfield for Casey.

#25 Madelaine Shevlin

After being on the end of a beautiful kick from Eden Zanker, she kicked truly from 30 metres out. She was in the play a lot up forward putting on a lot of pressure.

#26 Shae Sloane

She is capable of taking good contested marks on the last line of defence. She is really good under pressure and rarely makes a mistake. In the last quarter she was really handy, affecting a lot of shots on goals.

#29 Eden Zanker

Zanker worked her way into the front on a nice lead and converted in the first minute nicely. Only minutes later, she was awarded a free kick after being blocked off the ball. It resulted with another goal for Casey. Also early in the first term, she delivered a beautiful kick inside 50 to hit Madelaine Shevlin on the chest for another early goal. She presented all day and created multiple chances as a result. Early in the third term, Zanker snapped her third goal from the boundary, showing her skill level.

#35 Catherine Phillips

Nice evasive footwork, allowing her to weave in and out of traffic. Her gut running across the wing gave her many opportunities to drive the ball inside 50.

 

Carlton:

#3 Darcy Vescio

Although in the first term there was not much ball in the forward line, Vescio still got plenty of the ball. Late in the last term, she played down back to make sure the Blues did not concede any more goals. She puts on a lot of forward pressure, which allowed lots of Carlton exit kicks to be executed. She was one on one with Casey Sherriff in the goal square and managed to edge her opponent off the ball and soccer through the Blues’ second goal of the game. Moments later, she had another chance but had more time then she thought and squandered it.

#10 Sarah Hosking

In the second quarter, she was one of the catalysts as to why the Blues were able to make a comeback, as she was dominating the midfield. She laid many bone-crunching tackles to keep the Blues in the contest.

#19 Georgia Gee

She kicked her first goal in her third game of Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s and the first goal for Carlton. She took advantage of a loose ball and hacked a kick along the ground in a display of footy smarts.

#34 Akec Chuot

In the second term, Chuot showed her dash from across back half and her superb foot skills to hit up Sarah Hosking. Later in the term, she marked strongly and converted easily after the half time siren.

 

Darebin vs. Hawthorn 

By: Taylah Melki

Darebin:

#12 Jessica Dal Pos

She created a good forward thrust to create a scoring opportunity for her teammates through her hard running across the ground. Dal Pos dazzled with her strong run and carry through the middle of the ground and really opened up the defence of the Hawks with her clever kicks and bursts of speed.

#13 Kate Shierlaw

Shierlaw showcased her strong hands throughout the match, taking plenty of good grabs under immense physical pressure. She impressed with her ability to read the play of the game and get into damaging positions. She opened the Falcons’ goal scoring account, nailing a goal from about 30 metres out on a slight angle. Her second efforts were good, working hard throughout the game to win the footy and trap it inside the Falcons attacking 50. Overall, she had a really solid game and was a real presence up forward providing good leads and footy smarts to win the ball at the contest.

#14 Meghan McDonald

Once again she was a key ingredient down back to stop the attack of the Hawks. McDonald read the play well and dropped into the holes to take good strong defensive marks showing that she backed herself at crucial times.  She impressed with a good pick up off her toes and was clean with ball in hand.

#20 Maddy Guerin

Guerin worked hard all game to win the ball, going in hard at the contests and putting her body on the line. She was involved in a great scrumming play to bag an important goal in the last term. She showed some great awareness to shrug off a few players and open up the space to allow herself to throw the ball onto her boot and give the Falcons a much needed win.  

#24 Brooke Patterson

She was strong in the one on one contests and used her body well to position behind the ball. Patterson showed composure and awareness when the footy came her way, checking her kicks and handballs. She imposed herself around the contest by laying strong tackles and good bumps to try and win the footy for the Falcons.

#30 Elise O’Dea

O’Dea starred once again for the Falcons with her class around the ground on display. Her clean hands in close and ability to release teammates was second to none. She worked tirelessly throughout the match and was rewarded for her hard work with a good goal in the second quarter. She is a real play-maker for the Falcons, setting up some good forward thrusts with clever kicks and strong marks. She impressed with her ability to read the play and put the ball into space to allow her teammates to open up the ground ahead of them.

#40 Lauren Pearce

Really impressive game across the field. She showcased her footy smarts in the ruck with clever taps to advantage, allowing her midfielders to run onto the footy and break away from the packs. Pearce proved to be a key player, taking a few big grabs and imposing herself on the contest, tackling hard to help trap the ball inside their forward half. She used her good long booming kick to create scoring opportunities for her team by bombing the ball into a dangerous position in the forward 50.

 

Hawthorn:

 #6 Julia Crockett-Grills

She displayed some good bursts of speed through the centre to open up the forward line and create a scoring opportunity for the Hawks. Crockett-Grills showcased her clean hands around the contest to dish the ball off to her teammates effectively and cleverly.

#7 Phoebe McWilliams

Yet another strong performance by McWilliams, working hard across the ground to win the footy. She starred with her strong lead-up at the footy and ability to take good strong marks. In the third quarter, McWilliams clunked a big contested mark inside the forward 50 but was unable to convert missing the shot after the siren. 

#13 Ebony Nixon

Nixon was really solid down in defence, taking a few good intercept marks and helping to halt any forward play by the Falcons. She showcased her good strong hands and positioned herself well behind the ball to protect the backspace and stop the forwards from getting out the back.

 #14 Olivia Flanagan

She looked ominous up forward throughout the match, taking a strong juggling mark in the opening term showcasing both her control and aerial ability. Flanagan only registered a behind though, missing from about 40 metres out on a slight angle. She applied plenty of forward pressure to trap the footy inside the Hawks’ forward half, laying strong tackles. Flanagan was really clean out of the centre and sent a long driving ball into the forward 50, sparking a scoring chance for the Hawks.

#25 Meg Hutchins

Hutchins was solid once again showcasing her fierce intent, tackling hard and trying to trap the ball in her side’s attacking half. Her clean hands in and around the contest were second to none and she used the footy effectively and efficiently. She used her long booming kick to send the ball into the forward 50 and created a real presence on the field. Hutchins as per usual provided a good option for her teammates to hit up with strong leads and good hands in tight. She was a real play-maker for the Hawks, constantly getting involved and working hard to extract the footy in tight situations.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 13

BIG wins from NT Thunder and Geelong combined with a loss to Hawthorn made for a shake-up of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s top four in Round 13. In other games, the Casey Demons defeated the Blues, the Saints upset the Dogs and the Pies took care of business at RAMS Arena against the bottom of the table Bombers. 

 

Casey Demons 5.7 (37) defeated Carlton 3.9 (27)

By: James Halley

The Casey Demons held on to a 10-point victory against Carlton as the Blues failed to capitalise on their chances late in the final quarter at Casey Fields. Carlton was 16 points down at the final change, needing four goals in the last quarter to win. However, the Blues had only kicked three majors for the game, making for a very difficult task. They had the advantage of a major breeze in the last term but unfortunately for the Blues, they only were able to kick six behinds in the last quarter, missing crucial chances in front of goal.

The Demons’ dominant first term negated Carlton of any chance of scoring, as they locked the ball inside their forward 50 for the majority of the quarter. Their first quarter dominance was soon squandered as Carlton got its chance to attack with the breeze, as Vescio showed why she is such a star. The Blues denied Casey for a large part of the third term, as they placed a number behind the ball, but Katherine Smith broke the drought with a smart goal out a pack moments before three quarter-time, allowing the Demons to hold on for victory. 

Eden Zanker starred for the Demons up forward as she kicked two goals within the first five minutes of the game, ending up with three for the match. For Carlton, Darcy Vescio stood up when needed, taking big marks and kicking a crucial goal. She made her Demon opponents nervous whenever she was near the ball.

 

Williamstown 4.2 (26) defeated by NT Thunder 11.5 (71)

NT Thunder got another win on the board in stunning fashion, defeating the struggling Seagulls by 55 points. The Thunder led at every break and did the most damage in the third quarter. The away side kept Williamstown scoreless and kicked four unanswered goals to sit a at second on the ladder and a game ahead of Hawthorn.

In her return to the NT lineup, Anne Hatchard did not disappoint. The Adelaide AFLW forward booted four goals while Crows teammates, Jessica Sedunary and Georgia Bevan each kicked one major. Bevan was named best on ground for the Thunder and was complemented by fellow goal kicker, Emma Swanson, who has been in fine form for the Thunder this season. Tayla Thorn also played a great game for NT, kicking two goals and making her way into the best as well.

It was all single goal kickers for Williamstown, as the side only scored four majors for the day. Georgia Harris, Jess Duffin, Sarah Chapman and Sharnie Whiting were the ones who got on the board with a goal each, doing what they could to provide a contest. A standout in that area was Rebecca Dardengo, who was named best afield for the Seagulls in the loss. She was complemented by Belinda Hateley, Chloe Portelli, Jenna Bruton and Jessica Bartolo.

 

Geelong Cats 10.7 (67) defeated Richmond 1.2 (8)

In one of the biggest wins of the season, the Cats took care of the Tigers, easily beating them by 59 points. Geelong held Richmond scoreless for three quarters and used the third quarter to blow the game out of the water. In that quarter, the Cats got out to a 65-point lead, thanks to kicking six unanswered goals.

Mia-Rae Clifford had an absolute day out in the blue and white hoops, kicking four majors for the day, two of which came in the first quarter. Maddie Boyd also joined in the scoring, kicking two goals and being named best on ground for her efforts. Richelle Cranston continued her stellar season at Geelong, as she booted a goal on the weekend and contributed well around the ground. She too was named in the best Geelong players for her great game. Maighan Fogas, Erin Hoare and Cassandra Blakeway also had performances to remember, playing solid games on the day.

For Richmond, it is no surprise to see who was named best on ground. Phoebe Monahan has been an exceptional midfielder for the Tigers this season and was no different on Saturday. Despite the heavy loss, she managed to make her efforts shine through which was a positive for Richmond on a dour day. Monahan was complemented by good games from Murray Bushrangers midfielder, Tamara Smith as well as Ella Ross, Alice Edmonds, Laura Bailey and Lisa Davie. Jess Gardner was the only goal kicker for Richmond, booting through a major in the last quarter.

 

Darebin 4.5 (29) defeated Hawthorn 3.7 (25)

By: Taylah Melki

In a relatively low-scoring affair, it was the Darebin Falcons that took home the four points, knocking off the third-placed Hawks. It was a scrappy game with neither side able to capitalise on their scoring opportunities and often fumbling the ball. Both teams struggled to break away from one another with the final margin being a mere four points, making for a hotly contested match. Most of the game was played between the arcs, resulting in a lot of stoppages and very few shots on goal.

For the Falcons, the experience and class of players such as Elise O’Dea and Jessica Dal Pos stood out with their ability to open up the space and create some good run and carry through the middle. O’Dea bagged an important goal for her side, and showed great leadership in trying times to will her side back into the contest. Teammate, Kate Shierlaw also impressed for Darebin with her composure and ability to take strong marks under pressure while Meghan McDonald starred down back, taking a number of good intercept marks to stop the flow of the Hawks.

The likes of Meg Hutchins and Phoebe McWilliams continued to impress for the brown and gold with their constant intent to win the footy and impact on the contest. Jayde Van Dyk was also amongst the Hawks’ best with her clean hands in close and ability to read the play well. Teammates, Rebecca Beeson and Jessica Sibley also worked tirelessly all game, racking up the touches and imposing themselves around the contest.

 

Western Bulldogs 1.3 (9) defeated by Southern Saints 6.4 (40)

In one of the biggest upsets of the round, the Bulldogs were knocked off their high horse and came crashing back down to Earth against the Southern Saints. They kicked their only goal of the game in the first quarter, and were completely shut down by the Saints for the rest of the game. The Saints were able to increase their lead at each quarter break and ended up taking home a 31-point win.

Tara Bohanna was the focal point up forward with three majors while Courtney Munn, Amy Silver and Holly Bate all chipped in with one major a piece. Kayla Ripari continued her solid season on Sunday, being named best on ground for the winning team. Ruck, Rhiannon Watt was just as impressive and has also had a consistent season, backing it up on Sunday by being named second best. The duo were complemented by Vic Metro Under 18 pair, Eleanor Brown and Gabriella De Angelis, who also earned a spot among the best players.

For the Bulldogs, April Goldring and Libby Birch were the standouts in the loss. In her first game for the season, Hannah Scott contributed well in her first VFLW game, although she would’ve liked to have taken home the win. Fellow AFLW teammates, Angelica Gogos, Lauren Spark and Ashleigh Guest all also did well on the day.

 

Essendon 3.5 (23) defeated by Collingwood 6.13 (49)

Collingwood got off to a fast start in this match, kicking the first four majors of the game. Essendon then fought back in the second quarter, outscoring the Pies two goals to one. But Collingwood’s winning form prevailed, holding onto victory in a tight tussle at RAMS Arena.

Oakleigh Chargers skipper, Hannah McLaren was named best on ground for the Magpies in what was a memorable performance for her. Her Chargers teammate, Daisy Bateman also made an impact by kicking a goal on the day. Iilish Ross, Jessica Edwards and Sophie Casey also kicked singles while AFLW captain, Steph Chiocci booted two majors. Collingwood AFLW teammates, Brittany Bonnici and Holly Whitford also put in solid performances in the win.

Irena Malliaras, Monique DeMatteo and Tanya Hetherington were the goal kickers for the Bombers in windy conditions. Hetherington was also named in the best for Essendon for her great game but she was bettered by one player in Jessica Anwyl, who was named best on ground for the losing side. The duo were complemented solid performances from Courtney Ugle, Natalie MacDonald, Maddy Collier and Alexa Madden.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 12

COLLINGWOOD remains on top of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s ladder without a loss, after scoring six straight goals and no behinds to defeat Melbourne Uni. NT Thunder and Hawthorn also recorded wins and remain in contention to take top spot, sitting comfortably in the top four.

 

Carlton 7.10 (52) defeated Richmond 1.5 (11)

After nearly upsetting Collingwood at RAMS Arena last week, Carlton recorded an emphatic win over Richmond this week. The Blues opened up the game by kicking four first-quarter goals, and kept the Tigers goalless for the first half.

Captain, Kristi Harvey and AFLW forward, Darcy Vescio each kicked two goals on the day and were complemented by single goal kickers, Sarah Hosking, Georgia Fisher and Bailey Schultz. Hosking in particular played a wonderful game, adding 21 disposals, five marks and 10 tackles to her major. In terms of disposals, it was AFLW defender, Gabriella Pound who led the way with 27. Katelyn Cox also touched the ball a lot, racking up 18 disposals, four marks and also laying five tackles.

Richmond’s only goal came from star midfielder, Phoebe Monahan, who also led the way for her side in disposals. Monahan recorded 20 touches, took three marks and laid nine tackles. She was complemented by Jacqueline Graham, who also recorded 20 disposals as well as taking seven marks. Graham led the way for marks on the day, while Kate Dixon wasn’t far behind with five.

 

Southern Saints 4.5 (29) defeated by Hawthorn 5.8 (38)

After a tight tussle throughout the match, Hawthorn escaped with a nine-point win. At half-time, the Hawks had only scored seven behinds while the Saints had kicked three straight majors. Then after the main break, Hawthorn straightened up and got the upper hand, kicking 5.1 to the Saints’ 1.5.

It was an even performance in terms of goals for the Hawks, with no multiple goal-kickers on the day. Instead, Rebecca Beeson, Emily Mcilvena, Sarah Perkins, Emily Gilder and Lou Wotton all kicked a major each. As usual, the experienced Jayde Van Dyk was as impressive as ever in defence, and earned best on ground honours from her coaches for her efforts in the back half. She was complemented by great games from Clare O’Donnell, Kim Ebb, Julia Crockett-Grills and Ebony Nixon.

The Saints too also shared the goals around with Danielle Lawrence, Tara Bohanna, Kayla Ripari and Ashleigh Allsopp all getting majors on the board. Rhiannon Watt dominated in the ruck and was consequently named the Saints’ best player on the day. Samantha Johnson, AFLW Academy member, Courtney Jones, Leah Olsen and star midfielder, Alison Drennan also performed well on Saturday.

 

NT Thunder 8.9 (57) defeated Casey Demons 7.3 (45)

With a 42-point lead at half-time, it looked like the Thunder was going to come away with a thumping win. But a late fightback from the Demons reduced the final margin to 12 points, after they kicked five goals to none in the second half.

Jordann Hickey and South Australia Under 18 representative, Katelyn Rosenzweig led the way in goals, each kicking two majors for the Thunder on Saturday. Rosenzweig also led the way in marks, taking five for the day to go along with her 14 disposals. Fellow forwards, Jenna McCormick and Emma Swanson also had stunning performances on the day, despite not getting on the scoreboard. McCormick racked up 26 disposals, two marks and five tackles while Swanson touched the ball 24 times, took four marks and laid four tackles.

Casey also had two multiple goalkickers, with Melbourne AFLW duo, Eden Zanker and Shelley Scott each kicking two majors. Bianca Jakobsson was one of the most impressive Demons on the day, racking up 20 disposals and taking five marks. Katherine Smith wasn’t too far off, as she recorded 19 disposals, laid five tackles and kicked a goal. Kaila Bentvelzen also did well with almost identical stats, kicking a goal to go along with her 18 disposals and eight tackles.

 

Melbourne Uni 2.7 (19) defeated by Collingwood 6.0 (36)

By: Taylah Melki

The Pies have made a name for themselves this season, sitting pretty at the top of the ladder, and this game was no different. Melbourne University set the tone early with plenty of forward 50 entries but was unable to capitalise on its scoring opportunities. The Mugars had some good glimpses of play but were unable to keep up with the relentless pressure of the Magpies who ended up coming away with a 17-point win. It took a while for the Magpies to get into the game but they showcased their dash across the ground and fierce intensity to win the footy.

For the Pies, the likes of young gun Chloe Molloy impressed once again with her silky skills and ability to read the play, taking some strong intercept marks across the back half. In the midfield, stars such as Steph Chiocci and Brittany Bonnici took control, showcasing their footy smarts with clever kicks. Grace Buchan starred for the black and white with her quick release handballs to teammates and work around the stoppages. Sophie Alexander was also important for Collingwood, scoring two majors and looking ominous up forward.

Melbourne University has plenty to look forward to, with the likes of youngsters Madison Prespakis and Caitlin Greiser showing great promise with their composure with ball in hand and ability to win the footy. Prespakis was in everything once again, imposing herself on the contest. Meanwhile, the likes of Emma Kearney and Kaitlyn Ashmore were impressive, showcasing their experience with ball in hand.  Kearney starred with her dash across the ground and long penetrating kick into the forward 50.

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.

Number crunching: VFLW – Round 11

THE Best and Fairest is by far one of the most coveted awards in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s. They say that personal awards should not matter in a team sport, but credit is due to the fantastic individuals who can lead their teams to finals or just show unmatched skill on the field. In the Round 11 edition of Number Crunching, we will try to predict the 2018 VFL Women’s Best and Fairest winner. This was done by tallying the amount of times a player was named either the first or second best by their coaches in each match. 

Leading the table is Darebin player, Nat Exon. Exon has made it into the top two six times out of the seven games she has played in. The midfielder has shown to be strong for Darebin, with an average of five tackles per game. Exon’s ability to command her midfield has led to four wins out of the seven games she has played.

Second to Exon is AFLW Best and Fairest winner, Emma Kearney. Despite only have played five games this season, Kearney’s style of play has proven her to be just as great as a player in the VFLW as she in the AFLW. With an average of 23 disposals per game, her ability to move the ball around does not go unnoticed. The Melbourne Uni star continues to make a statement on the field, with the drive to win Best and Fairest twice this year.

The third most likely to win the VFLW Best and Fairest is Collingwood’s Jaimee Lambert. With six goals already this season, Lambert is Collingwood’s second highest goal kicker. The midfielder’s skill doesn’t stop there with an average of five tackles per game. Lambert’s attacking style of play has proven to be very successful for Collingwood with six wins out of the eight games she has played for the Pies. Lambert is a quieter personality, but with Collingwood’s great season so far, she shouldn’t be overlooked for the Best and Fairest.

With the season only just over half completed, there is still plenty of chances for the list to change. In saying that, these players have shown great individual merit and therefore deserve to be acknowledged for that.

Top Prospects for VFLW Best and Fairest

Player

Team

Number of times

in top two club bests

Nat Exon

Darebin Falcons

6

Emma Kearney

Melbourne Uni

5

Jaimee Lambert

Collingwood

4

Lauren Pearce

Darebin Falcons

3

Sarah D’Arcy

Collingwood

3

Jessica Duffin

Williamstown

3

Richelle Cranston

Geelong

3

Katherine Smith

Casey Demons

3

Maighan Fogas

Geelong

3

Kristi Harvey

Carlton

3

Courtney Ugle

Essendon

3

Kate Gillespie-Jones

Carlton

3

Jasmyn Hewett

NT Thunder

3

Naomi Ferres

Western Bulldogs

3

Kayla Ripari

Southern Saints

3

Maddy Collier

Essendon

3

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 11

LADDER leader, Collingwood was given a big scare by the gallant Blues while Melbourne Uni just scraped over the line in a tight contest at Frankston. The Pies now have the NT Thunder on their heels, after they recorded a handy win over Richmond. The Thunder sit second on the ladder and will be keen to push the high-flying Pies in the coming rounds.

 

Williamstown 4.5 (29) defeated by Western Bulldogs 10.9. (69)

After a close first quarter that saw the Seagulls and Western Bulldogs level, Williamstown was not able to keep that momentum after that. Instead the Bulldogs went bang in the second quarter, kicking four goals to none in a display of dominance. From then on, the away team was able to flex its muscles and come away with a comfortable 40-point win.

Alyssa Mifsud performed well inside 50 for the Dogs, kicking three goals from her seven disposals. She was complemented by Greater Western Victoria (GWV) captain, Lauren Butler, who also kicked three majors for the day to go with her 13 disposals and four tackles. Sarah Jolly was a ball magnet as she racked up 23 disposals, seven marks and six tackles to go along with a nice goal.

For Williamstown, Andrea Cameron was the shining light, recording 20 disposals and kicking a goal. The other goals came from Western Jets forward, Sharnie Whiting, Emily Paterno, Jorja Rowe and Chloe Portelli. Paterno in particular attacked the ball hard, laying seven tackles and accumulating 15 disposals.

 

Darebin 5.11 (41) defeated Essendon 2.2 (14)

Darebin has returned to its winning ways, defeating Essendon by 27 points. The Falcons held the Bombers scoreless in the second half while managing to kick two goals themselves in a tight battle.

Melbourne AFL Women’s ruck, Lauren Pearce starred in this match, kicking two of her side’s five goals, racking up 19 disposals and taking 10 marks. Eastern Ranges defender, Lauren Szigeti also racked up the possessions with 17 touches to go along with her four marks. Greater Western Sydney (GWS) star, Jessica Dal Pos also had a good day out with 17 disposals and eight tackles.

Dal Pos’ AFL Women’s teammate, Maddy Collier was one of the Bombers’ most influential players on the day, racking up 21 disposals, four marks and six tackles. She was complemented by tackling machine, Hayley Bullas who recorded 19 touches. Monique DeMatteo and NT Under 18 representative, Danielle Ponter were Essendon’s goalkickers.

 

Richmond 4.5 (29) defeated Northern Territory Thunder 7.10 (52)

By: James Halley 

After an even first term which saw just two points separating the teams, Northern Territory (NT) Thunder was able take control of the contest. Richmond started the better out of the two, kicking the first three scoring shots of the game, with Courtney Wakefield kicking 1.2.

Wakefield continued to cause headaches for NT in the second quarter, booting her team’s two majors for the term. After an Emma Swanson wonder goal from the boundary it left the visitors trailing by five points at half-time. NT owned the third quarter as Thunder piled on three goals to none and attempted to build a decent lead in a low-scoring match. The last quarter continued the Thunder dominance with another two goals piled on. Richmond was held goalless in the second half in superb defending by NT.

Wakefield was one of Richmond’s best with three goals, while Phoebe Monahan was one of the Tigers’ best midfielders in a hard day against seasoned AFLW players. While there were many standouts for Northern Territory, highlighted by Ebony Marinoff in the midfield. Marinoff is a contested freak. She was helped out by the ruck dominance of Jasmyn Hewett.

 

Geelong Cats 10.8 (68) defeated Casey Demons 4.3 (27)

A six goals to two second half earned the Cats a convincing victory at Queens Park. Geelong maintained its lead at every quarter break and didn’t look like slowing down throughout the match, holding a two-point lead at quarter time and booted five goals to one over the next two quarters to lead by 28 points at the last change. A four goals to two final term resulted in Geelong running away with a 41-point win to continue its fantastic form.

Up forward, Maddie Boyd and Kate Darby each kicked two majors. Maighan Fogas also chipped in with one goal and was the leading disposal-getter with 25 disposals as well as six tackles. Rebecca Goring also performed well with 18 disposals and seven marks.

Casey Sherriff played a wonderful game for the Demons with 14 of her 15 disposals being kicks. She also led the way for marks with nine and laid nine tackles. Consistent performers, Madelaine Shevlin and Katherine Smith also racked up 15 apiece while Kaila Bentvelzen kicked two majors.

 

Carlton 4.7 (31) defeated by Collingwood 6.12 (48)

By: Peter Williams 

Collingwood survived a scare from arch rivals Carlton to remain unbeaten, following a 17-point win over the Blues at RAMS Arena in Craigieburn. With the famous RAMS breeze blowing from the Grand Boulevard end, it meant nearly all the goals were kicked up the other end. In fact, Stacey Livingstone can hold claim to the only player to kick majors into the wind, booting two in the space of a couple of minutes, which were vital in the end. Carlton led by eight points at quarter time, but found themselves trailing at the half by five. It could have been a lot worse given the Magpies had eight scoring shots, but converted just the one goal, as the ball was trapped inside their forward half for the majority of the 20 minutes. Carlton nudged ahead with three goals to two in the third quarter, was Kristi Harvey and Livingstone both booted two, while young Blues star Tyla Hanks converted a tight-angled set shot from the boundary. The final term saw the Magpies predictably run away with it courtesy of the breeze and Sophie Alexander booted two majors and ensured the Magpies returned to the top of the table.

Harvey was a star at both ends, camping up the end with the breeze, converting when in attack and rebounding when in defence. Sarah Hosking was her usual dominant self around the stoppages and probably the best midfielder on the ground. Tilly Lucas-Rodd was also impressive, while Hanks and fellow TAC Cup Girls’ captain Madeline Brancatisano also showed glimpses of what they are capable of, as did Mika Sukuzi who came in as the 23rd player and showed good hardness at the ball.

The Magpies did not have a standout, rather having many contributors in the win, as Alexander and Livingstone both booted two majors, while Iilish Ross was impressive with her run and carry out of midfield into attack. Brittany Bonnicis attack on the football from half-back, and Nicole Hales‘ work in defence was also admirable. Ruby Schleicher used the ball well by foot in tough conditions, while Emma Grant, Chloe Molloy and Sarah D’Arcy worked hard through midfield.

 

Southern Saints 5.6 (36) defeated by Melbourne University 6.3 (39)

By: Peter Williams

In a thrilling contest that was never quite over until the final siren, Melbourne University toppled the Southern Saints in chilly conditions at Skybus Stadium in Frankston. The game brought plenty of AFL Women’s recruiters to Frankston, with some of this year’s top prospects battling away for their VFL Women’s sides. Melbourne Uni had all the ascendancy in the first term, booting the only two goals of the quarter, including a pin-point curling on-the-run goal from Calder Cannons star Madison Prespakis who set the tone for the match, right after fellow TAC Cup Girls player Caitlin Greiser had got on the board early. The second term was a tight affair, with both sides slotting a goal and competing relatively well with the blustery conditions. A two goals to one third term gave the Mugars a three-goal advantage heading into the final term and looked to have done enough. But when Ashleigh Allsopp and Tara Bohanna slotted goals, the deficit was less than a kick. Bohanna would have been kicking herself, missing two more gettable chances, as the Mugars’ Imogen Milford made them pay with the visitors only score of the final term – a goal. Bohanna kicked a major in the dying minutes, but great work from Melbourne Uni to hold up play in the final minute and ensure a narrow three-point win. There was some controversy at the end with young gun Courtney Jones going down with an injury in the final seconds of the game and the umpire called time off, but the siren sounded a few seconds later. With reportedly five seconds left on the clock, it mattered little what could have happened and all concern from both teams was with Jones’ injury which eventually saw her limp from the field a promising sign from first glance.

Prespakis was the clear standout once against for the Mugars, finding the ball everywhere and copping knocks left, right and centre and just getting straight back up again. Asha Price was impressive up forward, constantly leading for the football, while the likes of Elizabeth Keaney and Hannah Ibrahim were also named in the best. Captain Ashleigh Riddell lead from the front, while Sophie Abbatangelo and Elyce Hay were also good around the ground.

For the Saints, Rhiannon Watt was massive in the ruck and around the ground, while Bohanna, Kayla Ripari and Gabriella De Angelis formed a dynamic trio up forward, all offering something different to the Saints’ set-up. Eleanor Brown was ultra-impressive with her ability to read the play and chop off a number of passes directed inboard by her opposition. Jones was also good in transition, while Jemma Owen stepped up around the contest and put her body on the line on a number of occasions.