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Team Selection: AFLW – Round 7

IN the final round of the home and away season there are some big ins and some important outs. The Adelaide Crows look set to lock away top spot in Conference A, while in Conference B it is Carlton’s spot to lose. Up the other end of the ladder the Magpies, will be hoping to secure an upset win despite the loss of Iilish Ross.

Unfortunately, the Fremantle Dockers have lost star defender Alex Williams due to an ACL injury but will be pleased to see Kellie Gibson back on the park after missing last round with a concussion.

For Geelong, Aasta O’Connor is set to come back into the side after her two week suspension, while youngster Sophie Van De Heuvel will also take the field this week. After concerns were raised about Nicola Barr the GIANTS will be pleased to have her suit up for the club, but will be without Jacinda Barlcay and Jodie Hicks.

The Adelaide Crows have been boosted by the return of Courtney Cramey and Jessica Sedunary proving their depth and star power across the ground.

Lions captain Leah Kaslar will miss the final round after succumbing to an injury.

Hannah Burchell and Delma Gisu are both named to play their first game for the Cats and GIANTS respectively on Friday night.

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY v. GEELONG

Round 7- Friday, March 15
UNSW Oval, 7.15pm AEDT

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY
B: P.Randall 21 E.Brush 10 A.Farrugia 18?
HB: P.Monahan 28 T.Hetherington 9 N.Barr 8?
C: R.Beeson 6
?HF: Y.Bonner 27 J.Dal Pos 7 E.Bennetts 22?
F: D.Gisu 30 C.Staunton 13 C.Bernardi 4?
Foll: E.McKinnon 23 A.Parker 3 A.Eva 2?
I/C: L.Stephenson 12 H.Zreika 24 L.Whiteley 15 C.Gum 26 B.Perry 19 ?
Emerg: T.Mackrill 32 M.Collier 14      

In: P.Monahan, D.Gisu, H.Zreika
?Out: J.Hicks (injured), J.Barclay (injured), I.Nielsen

GEELONG
B: C.Blakeway 4 R.Goring 44 M.McMahon 24?
HB: M.Hickey 18 M.McDonald 11 D.Taylor 28?
C: R.Cranston 30 ?
HF: J.Ivey 5 M.Boyd 26 S.Van De Heuvel 27?
F: K.Darby 8 P.McWilliams 23 D.Orr 2
?Foll: E.Hoare 46 R.Garing 12 O.Purcell 16?
I/C: A.O’Connor 14 M.Clifford 7 H.Burchell 3 J.Crockett-Grills 6 M.Keryk 45
Emerg: M.Fogas 13 G.Clarke 17      

In: S.Van De Heuvel, A.O’Connor, H.Burchell?
Out: R.Caris, G.Rankin, G.Clarke 

MELBOURNE v. ADELAIDE

Round 7- Saturday, March 16
Casey Fields, 4.45pm AEDT

MELBOURNE
B: M.Downie 2 H.Cordner 21 K.Smith 13?
HB: S.Lampard 8 C.Phillips 35 C.Emonson 11
?C: E.O’Dea 5 ?
HF: M.Gay 3 K.Hore 10 S.Scott 12?
F: E.Zanker 29 T.Cunningham 1 A.Newman 16?
Foll: L.Pearce 15 L.Mithen 14 K.Paxman 4?
I/C: B.Jakobsson 7 T.Hanks 28 M.Guerin 22 A.Kemp 36 S.Heath 30
?Emerg: J.Hickey 31 B.Patterson 24      

In: A.Kemp?
Out: B.Patterson 

ADELAIDE
B: D.Cox 31 S.Allan 39 C.Cramey 22
?HB: D.Varnhagen 9 M.Rajcic 32 J.Mules 23?
C: E.Marinoff 10
?HF: E.Jones 2 C.Randall 26 D.Ponter 15?
F: C.Scheer 4 E.Phillips – C 13 S.Thompson 14?
Foll: J.Foley 24 A.Hatchard 33 A.Foley 3?
I/C: J.McCormick 5 S.Li 19 A.Considine 16 R.Forth 27 H.Martin 6 ?
Emerg: S.Riley 8 M.Nankivell 12      

In: C.Cramey, A.Considine
?Out: N.Gore, S.Riley 

FREMANTLE v. NORTH MELBOURNE

Round 7- Saturday, March 16
Fremantle Oval, 4.10pm AWST

FREMANTLE
B: S.Duffy 6 T.Bresland 5 A.Stannett 24?
HB: K.Donnellan 15 E.Gooch 8 P.Seth 18?
C: K.Bowers 2
?HF: A.Atkins 37 E.Antonio 12 H.Miller 19?
F: K.Gibson 21 G.Houghton 27 A.Sharp 1?
Foll: P.Laurie 11 D.Hooker 17 S.Cain 20?
I/C: L.Mascall 14 A.Janz 30 G.O’Sullivan 22 M.Sergeant 23 M.Caulfield 10
?Emerg: L.Pugh 32 K.Grieve 13      

In: K.Gibson?
Out: A.Williams (injured)

NORTH MELBOURNE
B: J.Grierson 19 D.Hardiman 31 J.Trend 21
?HB: J.Duffin 27 T.Randall 16 B.Gibson 18?
C: E.Kearney 9 ?
HF: K.Gillespie-Jones 5 J.Garner 25 S.Abbatangelo 1?
F: D.Bannister 2 M.Hope 23 K.Ashmore 10?
Foll: E.King 60 J.Stanton 17 J.Bruton 35?
I/C: T.Mesiti 3 E.King 4 A.Drennan 8 D.Bateman 11 N.Bresnehan 12 ?
Emerg: E.Humphries 6 B.Lynch 20      

In: N.Bresnehan
?Out: B.Lynch

COLLINGWOOD v. BRISBANE

Round 7- Sunday, March 17
Victoria Park, 2.05pm AEDT

COLLINGWOOD
B: J.Allen 6 S.Casey 22 R.Schleicher 18?
HB: E.Grant 5 S.Livingstone 12 A.Brazill 10?
C: B.Bonnici 8
?HF: D.Guttridge 34 J.Membrey 31 M.Shevlin 35?
F: S.Rowe 7 S.D’Arcy 4 K.Stratton 41
?Foll: E.Hynes 11 S.Chiocci – C 17 J.Lambert 13?
I/C from: S.Layton 1 K.Lynch 16 E.Fowler 15 G.Gourlay 32 S.Dargan 46 L.Butler 23 M.Cann 25 

In: E.Fowler, L.Butler, M.Cann?
Out: I.Ross (injured) 

BRISBANE
B: N.Grider 17 S.Campbell 20 E.Bates 1?
HB: S.Virgo 5 K.Lutkins 13 E.Zielke – C 8?
C: B.Koenen 3 ?
HF: L.Arnell 16 J.Keeffe 27 J.Ellenger 29
?F: J.Wuetschner 23 S.Webb 4 K.McCarthy 9
?Foll: S.Frederick-Traub 14 J.Yorston 25 A.Anderson 18?
I/C from: P.Parker 10 L.Bella 32 E.Pittman 19 N.Exon 15 M.Dowrick 33 J.Tawhiao-Wardlaw 30 J.Zanchetta 7     

In: N.Grider, P.Parker, L.Bella, E.Pittman
?Out: L.Kaslar (injured), G.Collingwood

WESTERN BULLDOGS v. CARLTON

Round 7- Sunday, March 17
VU Whitten Oval, 4.05pm AEDT 

WESTERN BULLDOGS
B: N.Ferres 16 L.Spark 11 L.Birch 18
?HB: H.Scott 22 T.Ernst 19 B.Toogood 28?
C: K.Lamb 27 ?
HF: A.McCarthy 15 B.Lochland 1 K.Bartlett 20?
F: I.Huntington 4 K.Brennan – C 3 C.Moody 13?
Foll: K.Rennie 24 E.Blackburn 2 M.Conti 8
?I/C from: E.Brown 9 A.Gogos 36 N.Callinan 10 K.McLeod 6 A.Utri 23 E.Gamble 14 B.Hunt 21      

In: K.Bartlett, C.Moody, B.Hunt
?Out: S.Karlson 

CARLTON
B: N.Stevens 21 J.Van Dyk 36 B.Walker 14?
HB: J.Hosking 11 K.Harrington 9 G.Pound 6
?C: K.Loynes 2
?HF: M.Prespakis 4 T.Harris 7 B.Moody 16
?F: D.Vescio 3 B.Davey – C 1 G.Gee 19
?Foll: A.Downie 30 S.Hosking 10 C.Dalton 15
?I/C from: C.Wilson 20 A.McKay 5 T.Lucas-Rodd 18 A.Mullane 8 L.Brazzale 12 R.Hicks 24 C.Webb 17     

In: R.Hicks, C.Webb?
Out: –

AFLW season previews: Brisbane

THE Brisbane Lions have come so close to winning an AFLW premiership, being runners-up in both years of the AFLW. They would love to go one step further in 2019, but it will be hard considering the mass exit of players to North Melbourne. They will field a new-look side in 2019 dominated by exciting youth rather than experienced guns, which has been the theme of the Brisbane line-up in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Last season: 2nd- four wins, three losses.

Changes:

In: Lauren Arnell, Paige Parker, Natalie Grider, McKenzie Dowrick, Lauren Bella, Tori Groves-Little, Jesse Tawhiao-Wardlaw, Jacqueline Yorston, Jade Ellenger.

Out: Kaitlyn Ashmore, Brittany Gibson, Tahlia Randall, Jamie Stanton, Nicole Hildebrand, Renee Cowan, Kalinda Howarth, Molly Ritson.

Brisbane was dealt with a mass exit of players with the introduction of expansion team, North Melbourne. The Lions saw four of their players head down south, as Kaitlyn Ashmore, Brittany Gibson, Tahlia Randall and Jamie Stanton opted to don the blue and white in 2019. On top of that, Nicole Hildebrand jetted down to the Pies, spending the 2018 Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s season with them, leaving a massive hole in Brisbane’s defence. But the Lions had a big advantage heading into the draft, with coach, Craig Starcevich coaching the Queensland Under-18 representative side and identifying the top talent that could slot into the Brisbane line-up. Six players from the Under 18 side made their way onto the Lions’ list after a successful Under 18 Championships campaign in which the side beat Vic Metro for the first time in its history. In addition, gun Western Australian, McKenzie Dowrick made the decision to take her footy up north, presenting a huge boost for the Brisbane line-up in 2019.

Area of strength: Midfield

Despite the loss of Ashmore, Gibson and Stanton in the middle of the ground, Brisbane drafted well enough to cover the loss. Tori Groves-Little is a clever footballer that is guaranteed to go hard at every contest. Her tackling is quite impressive, as is her run and carry. Jacqueline Yorston is likely to complement her well in the middle of the ground, as she is a natural ball-winner. Expect Jade Ellenger to also contribute, as her speed is quite impressive and will help her to burn opponents. Combine these exciting youth prospects with the experience of players like Nat Exon and Ally Anderson and Brisbane’s midfield looks quite potent. Exon had a wonderful VFLW campaign for Darebin, being named either the first or second best player on the ground in six of her seven games. Expect her to continue to turn it on for the Lions in 2019.

Area of weakness: Forward line

The Lions’ forward line still remains a problem in 2019. They’ve based their game in the past two seasons around their strong defence, which has managed to work considering the form of players like Kate Lutkins and Leah Kaslar. But they might find it difficult to play this style of football this year, with other clubs such as North Melbourne boasting potent forward lines. Sabrina Frederick-Traub has been the focal point up forward for the Lions in the past two seasons, but if she had a bad game, it would often spell trouble for her side. She will need some more assistance in 2019 if the Lions are to score more. Bella Ayre will need to return to the form that saw her get nominated for the Rising Star in 2017, while Kate McCarthy’s X factor will be even more important than ever in AFLW 3.0. The loss of the exciting Sophie Conway for the 2019 season hurts the forward line even more, as she had a sensational 2018 campaign inside 50.

Players to watch:

McKenzie Dowrick

Craig Starcevich and his coaching group would have been licking their lips when McKenzie Dowrick nominated to play her 2019 football in Queensland. Dowrick is originally from Western Australia and has played all her junior football there. A member of the AFL Women’s Academy, Dowrick hardly puts a foot wrong when she sweeps across the backline and through the midfield, as her booming left foot kick and reliable hands often got her side out of trouble. She has been a star for Western Australia in the Under 18 Championships, being named in the All-Australian side at half-back for the past two years. Expect her to add composure and class to Brisbane’s defence in 2019.

Nat Exon

Nat Exon is coming into the 2019 season off the back of some scintillating form for Darebin in the VFLW season. She came second in the Falcons’ best and fairest count despite only playing half of the season. She impressed with her ferocity at the contest for Darebin, averaging 5.9 tackles in her seven games. Her disposal average was also impressive in the VFLW, racking up an average of 18.4 disposals per game. She should be a key ball winner for the Lions in 2019, and will add some aggression to the midfield.

Jordan Zanchetta

Zanchetta showed promise in the 2018 AFLW season for the Lions after missing the inaugural season with an ACL tear. She showed good intent through the midfield and was a strong tackler. If she can match her aggression with disposals, she could be a dangerous player for Brisbane in 2019.

2019 prediction: 2nd in Conference B

The conference system becomes an interesting situation in this instance, because Brisbane certainly have the easier conference group. If the Lions were in conference A alongside teams like the Bulldogs, Demons and Crows, it would be likely that they would miss the finals. But in conference B, they sit alongside 2018 bottom side, Carlton, a depleted Collingwood outfit as well as the unknown side in Geelong. Greater Western Sydney (GWS) is likely to be Brisbane’s biggest challenge this year, with the GIANTS finishing 2018 strongly. Brisbane still has the line-up to be a strong side in 2019, despite the loss of experience.

2019 Brisbane AFLW Fixture

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Moreton Bay Sporting ComplexRound 1
Fremantle OvalRound 2
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Hickey ParkRound 3
Whitten OvalRound 4
Moreton Bay Sporting ComplexRound 5
Ikon ParkRound 6
Victoria ParkRound 7

AFLW Previews: Round 4

ROUND three saw the return of reigning AFLW MVP, Erin Phillips, whose presence gifted her side with its first win of the season. Meanwhile, Melbourne suffered its first loss of the season against the Dockers, who are finding some form in recent weeks. Carlton struggled without captain, Brianna Davey, and now without star forward, Tayla Harris for this week, they will have to really step it up against the Bulldogs. Up north, the bottom-of-the-ladder Magpies and the high-flying Dees will battle for premiership points in what will be a memorable match in Darwin. 

 

Western Bulldogs vs. Carlton

Friday February 23, 7.05pm at VU Whitten Oval

The Western Bulldogs’ loss to the reigning premiers came as a surprise, as the Dogs had been dominant and had put their hand up for grand final contention this year. But the loss was not the biggest blow for the game, with the Dogs losing superstar forward, Katie Brennan to an ankle injury. Brennan will be hard to replace, as her presence in front of goal and on-field leadership is second to none. But as one door closes, another opens, making room for code-crosser, Kim Rennie to come into the Bulldogs side for the first time. For the Blues, their impressive start to the season came to an end last week, losing against a dominant Brisbane outfit. The Blues were outclassed, and unfortunately will continue to miss the skill of captain, Brianna Davey, who is out for the season with an ACL injury. Teammate, Tayla Harris will also be missed, after her hit on Brisbane’s Leah Kaslar last week cost her a spot in the round-four team. Last year’s AFLW leading goal-kicker, Darcy Vescio will be out to bag a few majors, after having a slow start to the season. Keep an eye out for debutant, Courtney Webb who will be looking to secure a spot in the midfield for the Blues. Former Carlton captain, Lauren Arnell has also been named in the team, and will be hoping to pull out all stops for the Blues in her first outing since round one. With the Western Bulldogs and Carlton coming off unexpected losses, expect the sides to come out firing, making for a highly contested AFLW Pride Match.

 

Brisbane vs. Fremantle

Saturday February 24, 4.35pm at South Pine Sports Complex

The Brisbane Lions put on a clinic against the Blues, once again raising their hand for grand final contention. The Lions are yet to feel the loss of marquee player, Tayla Harris, with the likes of star forward, Sabrina Frederick-Traub stepping up to fill the void. Frederick-Traub has impressed with her marking so far, but will be keen to hit the scoreboard in a big way this week. University of Queensland recruit, Gabby Collingwood comes back into the side to replace the injured Sophie Conway, and will be hoping to keep her spot in the team with a promising performance against Fremantle. With two wins under their belt, the Dockers have a spring in their step, and would be aiming for a third consecutive win this week. Their accuracy in front of goal proved to be their point of difference last week, with young gun and Rising Star nominee, Emily McGuire making a name for herself in her first outing as a Docker. Captain, Kara Donnellan stood tall once again for Fremantle, racking up plenty of touches and applying immense pressure on the Melbourne midfield. After serving her suspension, expect Stacey Barr to be out to prove a point at South Pine Sports Complex, and cement her spot in Fremantle’s line-up. 

 

Melbourne vs. Collingwood

Saturday February 24, 7.10pm at TIO Traeger Park 

After three rounds, Collingwood is still winless, and will be hoping to end its losing streak against the Demons this week. Brittany Bonnici and Stephanie Chiocci each had dominant starts in last week’s game against the Giants, getting the Pies on the scoreboard. The Magpies showed glimpses of their ability to control games, but fell away late in the match, succumbing to GWS’ pressure. If Collingwood can keep its intensity up throughout the game, the Demons could feel the pressure, after struggling in front of goal last week. Forward, Moana Hope slotted two goals and found some much-needed form, which she will be eager to maintain. Round 1 Rising Star nominee, Chloe Molloy will aiming to continue to show her excellent footy skills and strength for the Pies. Collingwood will be hoping that after serving her two-match ban, Sarah D’Arcy will be firing on all cylinders, and the inclusion of Holly Whitford will give a much-needed spark to the side. Up the other end, Melbourne will be seeking to get back in the winners’ column with a dominant performance over the struggling Pies. The Collingwood defenders will have their work cut out for them, having to control power forward, Tegan Cunningham, who has scored in every match so far. The class of Melbourne’s ever-reliable captain, Daisy Pearce and experienced defender, Karen Paxman may be hard for the Pies to stop. Speedy forward, Aliesha Newman has also proven to be a handy goal-sneak, and may be able to use the conditions to her advantage. The Northern Territory clash will prove to be a difficult one for the players, as they must also contend with the extreme heat and humidity.

 

GWS vs. Adelaide

Sunday February 25, 4.35pm at Blacktown International Sportspark

With both teams securing their first win for the 2018 season in round three, they will be searching to claim that elusive second win. The Crows had a sluggish start to the year but will be hoping to hit their straps late this season. The return of superstar, Erin Phillips kick-started Adelaide’s season, after struggling without her goal-kicking ability, class through the middle, and leadership across the field. The Adelaide line-up has been further bolstered with the experienced Courtney Cramey set to play her first game for the season. The All-Australian defender will be a huge in for the Crows, who will be hunting to take down GWS. Superstar forward, Sarah Perkins will also be looking to have a big day out this week, as she has struggled in front of goals in the past few outings for the Crows. Down the other end, keep an eye out for GWS forward, Aimee Schmidt who was explosive against the Pies. Star midfielder, Courtney Gum also impressed, and showed that age does not matter in AFLW, racking up plenty of touches and bagging two goals in her outing last week. Nelson Marlins Bay recruit, Pippa Smyth is set to make waves for in her first appearance for GWS, after delivering some promising results in the AFLW Draft Combine last year. The Giants can expect to see big things from the former netballer, and will be hoping that she can perform on the big stage. Sitting on even points on the ladder, the Giants and Crows are evenly poised, making for a close contest between the teams. A win for either team would restore some much-needed faith from their supporters, after a disappointing start to the season.

Team Selection: AFLW – Round 4

THE Bulldogs are staring down a tough battle with the loss of star captain, Katie Brennan this week, after she went down with an ankle injury in round three. Brennan’s stellar performance in the competition so far leaves big boots to fill for debutant, Kim Rennie. The first-gamer comes from a basketball background, and is an exciting prospect for the club.

Facing the Dogs this week, Carlton have also endured a major loss to its starting line up. Star forward, Tayla Harris received a one-week suspension for striking former teammate, Leah Kaslar in a heated affair at Ikon Park last week. But coming in is Lauren Arnell, former captain of the side, who will hopefully guide the Blues to a win this week. 

On Saturday, Brisbane’s Sophie Conway will be forced to watch from the sidelines after a shin injury. The Rising Star nominee should be back next week, as it has only been declared as a minor injury. In her place, University of Queensland recruit, Gabby Collingwood will come into the side for her third game of the season.

Former Eastern Devil, Sophie Casey won’t be pulling on a black and white jumper this week, after being suspended for striking GWS’ Cora Staunton. This has left her with a one-week suspension, and has handed an opportunity to the young Holly Whitford to play her second game for Collingwood.

For the Crows, star defender, Courtney Cramey will take the field on Sunday for the first time in 2018. Cramey will be faced with the tough task of containing the in-form Phoebe McWilliams, and will need to regain her 2017 best as an All-Australian defender.

But fellow defender, Dayna Cox has been forced to take a seat on the sidelines this week, after she was suspended for striking. This looks to hinder Adelaide in their conquest against GWS this weekend.

Friday, February 23

Western Bulldogs v Carlton at VU Whitten Oval, 7.05pm AEDT

WESTERN BULLDOGS
B: H.Wildes 17, L.Birch 18, N.Callinan 10
HB: H.Scott 22, B.Toogood 28, B.Lochland 1
C: E.Blackburn 2
HF: J.Bruton 35, L.Spark 11, M.Conti 8
F: K.McLeod 6, A.O’Connor 4, N.Ferres 16
Foll: T.Ernst 19, E.Kearney, 5, K.Lamb 27
I/C: A.Gogos 36, K.Rennie 24, B.Hunt 21, A.Utri 23, L.Bailey 13
In: K.McLeod, K.Rennie, L.Bailey
Out: K.Brennan (ankle), J.Anderson, D.Berry

CARLTON
B: K.Gillespie-Jones 5, D.Hardiman 31, K.Harrington 9
HB: N.Plane 32 N.Stevens 21, C.Webb 17
C: M.Gay 8
HF: K.Shierlaw 25, B.Moody 16, K.Loynes 2
F: T.Lucas-Rodd 18, D.Vescio 3, G.Pound 6
Foll: A.Downie 30, S.Hosking 10, J.Hosking 11
I/C: R.Hicks 24, S.Li 35, L.Arnell 13, M.Keryk 4, S.Audley 26
In: N.Plane, C.Webb, L.Arnell, M.Keryk
Out: L.Brazzale (shoulder), T.Harris (suspension), G.Gee (rested), K.Grieve

Saturday, February 24

Brisbane v Fremantle at South Pine Sports Complex, 3.35pm AEST

BRISBANE
B: B.Koenen 3, K.Lutkins 13, J.Stanton 17
HB: N.Exon 15, L.Kaslar 11, S.Campbell 20
C: E.Bates 1
HF: K.McCarthy 9, T.Randall 16, E.Zielke 8
F: J.Wuetschner 23, I.Ayre 2, K.Ashmore 10
Foll: S.Frederick-Traub 14, J.Zanchetta 7, A.Anderson 18
I/C: N.Hildebrand 22, A.Clarke 21, S.Webb 4, G.Collingwood 28, B.Gibson 25
In: G.Collingwood
Out: S.Conway (injured)

FREMANTLE
B: E.Antonio 12, A.Williams 9, E.Gooch 8
HB: B.Smith 18, C.Davidson 33, S.Cain 20
C: D.Hooker 17
HF: H.Miller 19, S.Barr 10, K.Donnellan 15
F: M.Caulfield 29, E.McGuire 31, A.Atkins 37
Foll: A.Janz 30, G.O’Sullivan 22, L.Webb 16
I/C: L.Mascall 14, A.Lavell 7, A.Sharp 1, J.White 11, L.Filocamo 4
In: S.Barr
Out: G.Houghton (omitted)

Melbourne v Collingwood at TIO Traeger Park, 5.40pm ACST

MELBOURNE
B: H.Cordner 21, L.Duryea 11, B.Jakobsson 7
HB: K.Smith 13, J.Grierson 19, A.Guest 17
C: E.O’Dea 5
HF: R.Cranston 30, L.Mithen 14, S.Scott 12
F: K.Hore 10, T.Cunningham 1, A.Newman 16
Foll: E.Hoare 46, K.Paxman 4, D.Pearce 6
I/C: M.Hickey 18, B.Patterson 24, A.Mifsud 9, M.Downie 2, C.Phillips 35
In: H.Cordner, A.Mifsud
Out: E.Humphries, L.Pearce

COLLINGWOOD
B: E.Grant 5, R.Schleicher 18, I.Ross 21
HB: C.Molloy 2, C.McIntosh 20, M.Kuys 9
C: A.Barden 38
HF: S.D’Arcy 4, J.Garner 43, S.Chiocci 17
F: M.Hutchins 25, M.Hope 23, C.Bernardi 6
Foll: E.King 60, J.Lambert 13, B.Bonnici 8
I/C: H.Whitford 28, S.Dargan 46, L.Tesoriero 7, J.Duffin 27, C.Edwards 1
In: S.D’Arcy, H.Whitford, S.Dargan
Out: T.Morgan, S.Casey (Suspension), B.White

Sunday, February 25

Greater Western Sydney v Adelaide at Blacktown International Sportspark, 4.35pm AEDT

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY
B: A.Farrugia 18, T.Hetherington 9, R.Forth 27
HB: N.Barr 8, P.Monahan 28, E.Brush 10
C: A.Eva 2
HF: J.Dal Pos 7, P.McWilliams 3 J.Hicks 5
F: J.Barclay 34, C.Staunton 13 R.Beeson 6
Foll: E.McKinnon 23, C.Gum 26 E.Swanson 17
I/C: M.Freckelton 20, M.Collier 14, P.Smyth 15, A.Schmidt 11, E.Bennetts 22, B.Tully 16, P.Randall 21

In: M.Freckelton, M.Collier, P.Smyth
Out: L.Stephenson (Omitted)

ADELAIDE
B: S.Thompson 14, S.Allan 39, M.Rajcic 32
HB: A.Foley 3, J.Hewett 20, C.Cramey 22
C: E.Phillips 13
HF: D.Varnhagen 9, S.Perkins 28, J.McCormick 5
F: R.Wallace 15, J.Allan 25, J.Sedunary 17
Foll: R.Metcalfe 11, C.Randall, 26, E.Marinoff 10
I/C: S.Armitstead 16, A.Holmes 1, E.Jones 2, J.Mules 23, R.Killian 7, A.Hatchard 33, G.Bevan 4

In: A.Foley, C.Cramey, S.Armitstead, A.Hatchard
Out: D.Cox (suspension), R.Lugg (injured)

Team of the Week: AFLW – Round 3

ADELAIDE Crows started round three of the 2018 AFLW season on the bottom of the ladder, and a major contributor to their slow start was the absence of their awe-inspiring captain Erin Phillips. Phillips was a late out in round one with a quad complaint, and the reigning premiers struggled without her until she made her triumphant return at Norwood Oval on the weekend. Phillips demonstrated why she is the reigning AFLW MVP, with a tantalising display of class against the Bulldogs. Her skill in front of goal was a particular highlight, as she finished with four majors on the board, and inspired her side’s first win of the year. 

Round three saw a more even spread amongst the Team of the Week, with plenty of new faces making their way into the side. Four Fremantle players earned a spot in the best 21, while the Bulldogs and Crows also contributed their fair share with three representatives each. But the even spread does not include any Blues players, after they succumbed to a loss against Brisbane at home. 

After a two week hiatus, premiership captain, Erin Phillips was a lock in the Team of the Week, thanks to a stellar performance in the forward line. Fremantle captain, Kara Donnellan was picked second in the team this week, with the St Albans product playing an exceptional captain’s game against Melbourne. She racked up 17 disposals, and took a match-saving mark in the dying seconds of the game.

Emily Bates starred for Brisbane with 20 disposals, with the prolific ball-winner trying her heart out all night against the Blues. But the Yeronga junior just could not fit into the jam-packed Team of the Week. Fremantle’s Lisa Webb was also unlucky to miss out in being in this week’s best 21, after a stellar performance in her second AFLW outing, racking up 17 disposals and kicking a goal.

FB: Chelsea Randall (Adel), Kate Lutkins (Bris), Leah Kaslar (Bris)

HB: Evangeline Gooch (Frem), Sarah Allan (Adel), Ebony Antonio (Frem)

C: Kara Donnellan (Frem)

HF: Sophie Conway (Bris), Tegan Cunningham (Melb), Phoebe McWilliams (GWS)

FF: Katie Brennan (WB), Erin Phillips (Adel), Emily McGuire (Frem)

F: Emma King (Coll), Alicia Eva (GWS), Daisy Pearce (Melb)

I/C: Courtney Gum (GWS), Emma Kearney (WB), Ebony Marinoff (Adel), Chloe Molloy (Coll), Kaitlyn Ashmore (Bris)

Scouting notes: AFLW – Round 3

SEESAWING contests and surprising victories headlined an action-packed round three. Melbourne stumbled at Fremantle Oval against the Dockers, who continue to rectify their disappointing start to the season, while the reigning premiers welcomed back superstar, Erin Phillips, who got her side over the line for their first win of the year. At Ikon Park, Lion Nat Exon ran amuck against her old side, who struggled without captain Brianna Davey. For the Pies, they sit winless at the bottom of the ladder, and are under pressure to kick-start their 2018 campaign. 

Carlton vs. Brisbane

#1: Emily Bates- Brisbane

Absolute bull. Worked well under pressure. Nearly beat three Carlton players to the ball at one point.

#2: Nat Exon- Brisbane

Got plenty of the ball throughout the night and kicked a ripper goal to sink her old side. Her best game in Brisbane colours.

#3: Jamie Stanton- Brisbane

Brilliant performance. 18 disposals including 14 kicks. Knows how to use the footy.

#4: Ally Anderson- Brisbane

Ball magnet as usual. 16 disposals, in which 10 of them were kicks. So smart with the ball in hand.

#5: Nicola Stevens- Carlton

Aggressive as usual. Imposed on the ball with 13 disposals.

#6: Kate Lutkins- Brisbane

Smart in defence and good run-and-carry. Never rushes her kick.

#7: Shae Audley- Carlton

Tackling was outrageous! 10 tackles to go with 10 disposals isn’t a bad night out.

#8: Jess Wuetschner- Brisbane

She’s the person you’d want kicking for your life from the boundary. Kicked a ripper at the beginning of the third quarter.

#9: Breann Moody- Carlton

Stood tall in defence and took three early marks. Has a booming kick and a great ability to smother the footy.

#10: Sophie Li- Carlton

Was proactive in defence. Didn’t stop trying all night. Deserved a goal but couldn’t convert on what should’ve been a gimme.

#11: Sophie Conway- Brisbane

Opened up the play by playing along the boundary and wider parts of the ground. Took four impressive grabs and kicked two goals.

#12: Maddison Gay- Carlton

Really good pressure player. Showed intent throughout the whole game. A third-quarter clearance exposed us to her immense pace.

#13: Kerryn Harrington- Carlton

Got plenty of the ball in defence. Her best game for the year.

#14: Katie Loynes- Carlton

Good, hard running all game. Such an aggressive player.

#15: Sabrina Frederick-Traub- Carlton

Was all over the ground. Took some killer marks, just not in the forward line.

#16: Brittany Gibson- Brisbane

Kicked a good left-to-right goal. Was active with the footy, collecting 12 disposals.

#17: Danielle Hardiman- Carlton

Calm and composed in defence. Straight down to business after taking a mark, always looks for the best option.

#18: Emma Zielke- Brisbane

Solid captain’s game again. Only nine disposals but laid five tackles. Really wanted to get involved in the pressure side of the game.

#19: Sharni Webb- Brisbane

Had 14 disposals but could not kick a goal. Tried hard all night.

#20: Leah Kaslar- Brisbane

Played really tight on Tayla Harris and kept her quiet. Forced her up the ground. Made Harris frustrated, as she gave away two free kicks in quick succession.

 

Adelaide vs. Western Bulldogs

By Connor Ferris 

#1: Erin Phillips- Adelaide

Unbelievable in her first game of the season. Played a huge part in getting the Crows on the board, kicking four goals from six opportunities. Dangerous with ball in hand all day, constantly creating scoring chances, and intimidating the Bulldogs defence.

#2: Ebony Marinoff- Adelaide

Great game across the board, with over 20 possessions. A number of those set the Crows up for forward attacks. Displayed relentless pressure, and was the leading tackler on the ground, laying an astounding 15 of them! One of the best players of the day.

#3: Chelsea Randall- Adelaide

Terrific contest with Katie Brennan when she pushed up into the midfield. Leading possession-getter on the ground with 24, and stood up when it mattered most.

#4: Monique Conti- Western Bulldogs

Solid game in all areas of the ground. Accumulated 15 possessions, and put in a tremendous effort in the final minutes, but could not quite get the Dogs over the line.

#5: Emma Kearney- Western Bulldogs

Opportunistic first goal. Should have had more than just one, missing two shots on goal later in the game. Was a key contributor for the Dogs.

#6: Ellie Blackburn- Western Bulldogs

Played a great game with 17 possessions and a behind, but just couldn’t snag a major. Provided good run through the midfield, and looked dangerous up forward.

#7: Brooke Lochland- Western Bulldogs

Continued what has been a terrific start to the season. The small forward took advantage of the opportunities coming her way with 16 possessions and a goal.

#8: Georgia Bevan- Adelaide

Quiet day at the office numbers-wise, but was still able to have an impact on the game. She laid six tackles, including a clutch tackle in the dying minutes to set up the winning goal.

#9: Katie Brennan- Western Bulldogs

Played her way into the game after a slow start. Ended up kicking two goals, but overall was held in-check well by the Crows defence and midfield.

#10: Sarah Perkins- Adelaide

The early move into the middle of the ground allowed her to find some form after a disappointing first two games. Moved back up forward in the second half, and registered a minor score.

#11: Jenna McCormick- Adelaide

Continued to build on what has been a good start to the season. Kicked two goals for the Crows from her seven possessions.

#12: Sarah Allan- Adelaide

Good composure down back to fend off a number of the Bulldogs’ scoring opportunities. Provided a tough contest across the back-line.

#13: Aisling Utri- Western Bulldogs

Got off to an excellent start with a lot of the ball early, including a goal in the first term. Was held down well for the remainder of the game.

#14: Tiarna Ernst- Western Bulldogs

Spent some time in the ruck throughout the day but was beaten by Rhiannon Metcalfe. Racked up eight possessions for the day through moving around the ground.

#15: Hannah Scott- Western Bulldogs

Another good outing down in defence, which was under constant pressure. Laid a number of tackles, and showed good composure with ball in hand.

#16: Marijana Rajcic- Adelaide

Played a solid game with 11 possessions. Impactful in a number of key moments down the stretch to set up a victory.

#17: Angelica Gogos- Western Bulldogs

So aggressive around the contest. Gogos was the Bulldogs’ leading tackler, with 10 for the day.

#18: Rheanne Lugg- Adelaide

Presented a strong target, taking three marks. Accumulated eight possessions, and showed positive signs through her effort around the contest.

#19: Dayna Cox- Adelaide

Was reported in the first quarter for a hit on Ellie Blackburn. Physicality was on display all day, and was something that seemed to inspire her teammates. 

#20: Rhiannon Metcalfe- Adelaide

Got the better of the ruck battle throughout the day with 25 hit-outs, a number of those to advantage. Not much impact outside of the ruck contests, with only three touches.

Collingwood vs. GWS

By Taylah Melki

 

#1: Courtney Gum- GWS

She had a stellar game with plenty of possessions, and a goal-saving smother in the second quarter. Showed great desperation and commitment, going hard at the footy and putting her body on the line. Her tackling was intense, yet she had great composure in front of goal, slotting two majors.

#2: Alicia Eva- GWS

Her kicking game was on show with 20 of her 23 touches being kicks. She had clean hands and showed great poise and decision-making with ball in hand. Great on-field leader.

#3: Amanda Farrugia- GWS

The captain was unstoppable once again with 15 disposals. She racked up 10 kicks for the game which were long, penetrating and accurate. Her intensity and aggression around the ground was felt, laying six tackles and imposing herself in the contest.

 #4: Emma King- Collingwood

She took plenty of good contested marks around the ground, and imposed herself on the contest throughout the match.

 #5: Brittany Bonnici- Collingwood

Skilful use of the footy, and slotted an extraordinary goal in the first term. She used her speed and agility throughout the game to manoeuvre herself into dangerous positions and rack up plenty of the footy.

 #6: Phoebe McWilliams- GWS

Dominant in front of goal and used the footy cleanly and accurately. Showed good awareness and skill with ball in hand. Took good contested marks and showed plenty of composure, slotting the match-winning goal.

 #7: Jaimee Lambert- Collingwood

Great on-field leader. Got plenty of disposals and displayed good decision-making. Dished the ball off cleanly to teammates. Impressed again for the Pies, racking up 19 disposals.

#8: Jessica Dal Pos- GWS

Her tackling intensity was up, laying six tackles for the match. She made her physical presence felt with her 11 touches, and used her poise to control the flow of the game. Good speed.

#9: Emma Grant- Collingwood

Belter of a first quarter, as she imposed herself on the contest from the outset. She tackled aggressively and chased down opponents, placing pressure on GWS. Got plenty of the ball with 12 touches.

 #10: Jacinda Barclay- GWS

Showed great composure to score an important goal late in the last quarter. Scrummed hard to win the contested ball and provide opportunities for teammates.

 #11: Stephanie Chiocci- Collingwood

The Collingwood captain stood tall again, bagging an important goal in the first quarter. She had clean hands around the footy, and kicked the ball with penetration.

#12: Chloe Molloy- Collingwood

Starred in the last quarter providing plenty of run and carry, helping to break up the congestion on the field. She also took a few intercept marks and racked up 14 touches, with 11 of those being kicks.  

 #13: Aimee Schmidt- GWS

She was accurate in front of goal. Helped to spark the onslaught for GWS with her forward pressure and leads to the footy. Hit the contest hard on the ground and in the air.

#14: Elle Bennetts- GWS

Her tackling pressure was intense, laying four tackles for the game. Got involved and competed for the ball in and around the contest.

#15: Meg Hutchins- Collingwood

She was her ever-reliable self, taking important intercept marks and racking up 11 touches. Good on-field leader for the Pies.

 #16: Moana Hope- Collingwood

She found some impressive form after being dropped from the team. She slotted two skilful goals; one around her body and another dribbling through the goals. Her bag of tricks was on display with clean pick-ups and classy finishes.

#17: Cora Staunton- GWS

Imposed herself in contests and fought hard to try and win the contested footy. Copped a nasty hit to the face but played out the rest of the match, showing her mental and physical toughness.

#18: Jess Duffin- Collingwood

Ran hard and opened up space for the Pies. Supported her teammates, through providing them with leads and options. Scored an important goal late in the third quarter.

 #19: Christina Bernardi- Collingwood

Got herself into space and contested for the ball. She made her physical presence felt laying three big tackles. Showed great speed.

#20: Amelia Barden- Collingwood

Clean pick up of the footy. Good footwork to move herself around opponents.

 

Fremantle vs. Melbourne

By James Halley

#1: Kara Donnellan- Fremantle

Great eyes in traffic to be able to spot teammates in space. Took responsibility and went to Pearce to try and nullify her impact in the last quarter. Took the match-saving mark in the dying seconds, which shows why she was named captain of the Dockers.

#2: Daisy Pearce- Melbourne

Showed Dusty-like traits with a ‘don’t argue’ on a Fremantle opponent! Dominated the middle of the ground with a game-high 24 disposals. A complete captain’s game.

#3: Lisa Webb- Fremantle

She had the skill and composure to convert a set shot in the third term on a relatively hard angle. Continued to impress in her debut season, with 17 disposals and four marks.

#4: Ebony Antonio- Fremantle

She is not scared to go back with the flight and take a gutsy mark. Puts her head over the ball in the contest. Has a great set shot for a defender, and kicked a beautiful goal in the second quarter.

#5: Emily McGuire- Fremantle

She has a fantastic goal-sense and showed tremendous skill on debut. Finished with two goals for the game, and created a buzz in the forward line. She had free reign inside 50, and showed Richelle Cranston-like attributes. 

#6: Karen Paxman- Melbourne

Wasn’t just influential in the middle of the ground, but was also able to go forward and take a contested mark, and convert from close range. Good intercept marker, and great intent on the ball. She was buzzing around the packs.

#7: Tegan Cunningham- Melbourne

Able to manhandle her opponents to get her hands on the ball. Being 186cm tall and having a basketball background gives her a supreme advantage over her opponents. She also has a good goal-kicking technique. She is able to chip in the ruck, which is very valuable for the Demons.

#8: Dana Hooker- Fremantle

Began where she left off last week with a lively start. Made an impact in the contest and racked up 13 possessions.

#9: Evangeline Gooch- Fremantle

She has great speed, and executed some impressive run-down tackles in the first quarter and second quarters. Appeared to be everywhere, and contributed nicely on the day.

#10: Katherine Smith- Melbourne

She has good rebounding speed and a penetrating kick. Was very determined to find the footy, and looks like she is benefiting from complementing Bianca Jakobsson in the back-line. 

#11: Cassie Davidson- Fremantle

Great pace and acceleration shown throughout the day. Did the little things right. Racked up 12 disposals, of which 11 of those were kicks.

#12: Shelley Scott- Melbourne

Her effort could not be questioned, as she showed impressive intent all day. Accumulated 11 possessions. Her tackling was a highlight for the Dees, laying seven for the day.

#13: Elise O’Dea- Melbourne

Impressed again with 11 disposals, and did the job that she needed to do. A rare brain fade for her in the dying minutes, as she rushed and missed an easy shot on goal.

#14: Melissa Caulfield- Fremantle

She beat Jakobsson inside 50 to kick an amazing goal in the final quarter. Has immense speed and class, and showed that to kick her third goal of the season.

#15: Hayley Miller- Fremantle

Miller has a huge kick, and can mimic Tayla Harris’ scissor kick! A promising 16 disposals for her in another great outing for the Dockers.

#16: Richelle Cranston- Melbourne

Loves to take her opponents on and break through tackles. Had a big influence on the match, with her big body being a roadblock for Melbourne.

#17: Aliesha Newman- Melbourne

She has great explosive speed, and has the ability to push her opponent under the ball. She is hard to catch, which was evident with her soccer goal in the third quarter.

#18: Kate Hore- Melbourne

She lead up to the ball all day, and took some nice marks on the lead. Never gave up and kept presenting.

#19: Stephanie Cain- Fremantle

She puts the team first, and loves the one percenters. She has a team-first attitude, and loves to tackle and smother.

#20: Amy Lavell- Fremantle

In the third term, she had good skill and composure to finish nicely with a goal on her left foot.

AFLW previews: Round 2

AFTER an interesting first round of matches, AFLW sides are looking for ways to either improve or consolidate on their efforts from week one. Each week AFL Draft Central will preview the weekend’s matches and look ahead to what is set to be an entertaining sequel to the inaugural 2017 season.

GWS vs. Carlton

Friday February 9, 7.05pm at Drummoyne Oval

Last week Carlton once again claimed the four points in round one against the Pies in the season opener, while the Giants came up short against an experienced Melbourne line-up, after dominating for most of the match. 2017 AFLW leading goal-kicker, Darcy Vescio will be hoping for a big performance in navy blue, after she was kept quiet by the round one Rising Star nominee, Chloe Molloy. But at the other end, expect fireworks from exciting GWS forward, Phoebe McWilliams, who booted three goals to keep her side in the game when it began to slip away from them. Dandenong recruit Georgia Gee will get her chance in the midfield for Carlton, but former Stingrays teammate, Bridie Kennedy, will once again sit on the sidelines. This comes after an impressive performance by the Blues’ ruck, Alison Downie, who booted a goal against the Pies, and was lively throughout the game. The GWS recruits shined at Casey Fields last week, and expect no different this week. Despite being 36 years-old, Courtney Gum kept up with the 19-year-olds and was an efficient ball-user, while Irishwoman, Cora Staunton had some real X-factor with the ball in hand. Watch out for her in front of goal, in what will be a tight contest between two rapidly-improving sides.

 

Melbourne vs. Adelaide

Saturday February 10, 5.05pm at Casey Fields

Melbourne put its hand up for premiership contention with a come-from-behind win over the Giants last week, but it was not good news for the reigning premiers at Norwood Oval. The Crows unfurled their flag in their season opener, but came up short of last year’s runner-up, Brisbane. Expect a much better performance from the Crows, with the experienced Abbey Holmes slotting into their line-up. The goal-sneak will be able to help out Sarah Perkins in the forward line, who struggled against Brisbane’s Leah Kaslar’s  wonderful shut-down performance. But without the reigning AFLW MVP Erin Phillips in the midfield, it may mean that experienced spearheads, Daisy Pearce and Karen Paxman can run free in the middle of the ground. Paxman dominated early last week but was slowed by a lower-back injury, so a full game from her will cause huge issues for the Crows. Norwood recruit Ruth Wallace was up-and-about in the forward line last week, and even kicked a goal to complement her energy. Watch out for her and Glenelg product, Eloise Jones, who both had a solid run in the forward 50 last week. The second-gamers will be hoping to help their side secure its first win of the season, and get them back to the status that saw them claim the 2017 AFLW premiership.

 

Fremantle vs. Collingwood

Saturday February 10, 7.10pm at Optus Stadium

It has been the most talked-about game throughout the week, as a sell-out crowd is expected at Perth’s new Optus Stadium. Despite a lacklustre performance from the Dockers, their fans have stayed loyal and purchased tickets to what is expected to be a much better performance from the women in purple. However, they will be without experienced campaigner, Lara Filocamo, after she was left out of the side for the round two blockbuster. That was not even the most controversial omission of the week though. Collingwood star forward, Moana Hope, will not board the flight to Perth joined on the sidelines by suspended forward, Sarah D’Arcy. Hope did not score in the season-opener last week, and seemed frustrated at times throughout the night. But instead of redeeming herself this week on the field, she will have to sit back and watch as her team fights for its first win of the season. With TAC Cup joint Best and Fairest winner, Chloe Molloy in the backline, it gives the Pies every chance to claim the four points. At the other end, expect a huge debut from Cranbourne product, Holly Whitford, who looks set to light up the forward line for the Pies. But she will have to overcome the determined Dockers, who will be looking to put on a show for their home crowd. Coastal Titans recruit Amy Lavell was the shining light for Fremantle last week, and will be hoping to continue her good form this week to get the Dockers over the line.

 

Brisbane vs. Western Bulldogs

Sunday February 11, 4.35pm at South Pine Sports Complex

You know you are watching an entertaining competition when you get to witness a top-of-the-table clash in round two! The Bulldogs and Lions both got to enjoy impressive wins in their season-openers, but only one can win at South Pine Sports Complex. Brisbane will be hoping to silence the doubters again, with recruits Sophie Conway and Jordan Zanchetta raring to impress in round two. But they will come up against the Bulldogs’ brilliant Melbourne Uni duo Isabel Huntington and Monique Conti, who both starred on debut at VU Whitten Oval last week. Another Melbourne Uni product who had a stellar game was Ellie Blackburn, as she racked up plenty of possessions in her side’s thumping win over the Dockers. But all eyes will be on each side’s forward line, with Sabrina Frederick-Traub and Katie Brennan lining up at either end of the ground. Frederick-Traub starred for the Lions last week with a whopping 10 marks, but could not convert any into goals. But it was the opposite story for Katie Brennan, who slotted three first-half goals for the Dogs at VU Whitten Oval. Will it be Brennan who continues on her merry way or will Frederick-Traub hit the scoreboard in a big way for the first time in 2018?

Team of the Week: AFLW – Round 1

THERE were many highlights across the board in an entertaining opening round of AFLW. Promising debutants and experienced superstars showcased their talent, and we kept our eye on all of them. Each week, we will compile the AFL Draft Central Team of the Week, where the best 22 players of the round get a spot, while others may be unlucky to miss out. AFLW Round 1 Rising Star nominee, Chloe Molloy entered the week with no experience on the big stage. But her lack of experience did not faze the Diamond Creek junior, who gained seven coaches’ votes in Friday night’s match against Carlton. The debutant’s 20 disposals meant she was a certainty to feature in the AFL Draft Central Team of the Week. Brisbane and GWS featured prominently in this week’s best 22, with four players included from each side. Melbourne and the Bulldogs are also well represented, with three players from each side included in the team. On the contrary, Collingwood and Adelaide only have one representative each, and Fremantle has none. Brisbane’s Sabrina Frederick-Traub and Bulldogs midfielder, Ellie Blackburn were locks in the Team of the Week, with best-on-ground performances in their respective matches. Frederick-Traub made the most of having reign inside forward 50 with 10 contested marks, evidently not fazed by Tayla Harris’ move to Carlton in the offseason. Similarly, with a competition-high 23 possessions, Blackburn dominated the middle of the ground in her side’s battle against the Dockers. The biggest omission from the Team of the Week was South Adelaide recruit, Courtney Gum. The Giants took a risk by recruiting her at 36 years of age, but the midfielder restored the faith after a solid debut. She racked up 17 disposals and four clearances for the Giants, but could not break into a star-studded Team of the Week. FB: Kate Lutkins (Bris), Chloe Molloy (Coll), Brianna Davey (Carl) HB: Danielle Hardiman (Carl), Leah Kaslar (Bris), Chelsea Randall (Adel) C: Ellie Blackburn (WB) HF: Phoebe McWilliams (GWS), Sabrina Frederick-Traub (Bris), Richelle Cranston (Melb) FF: Katie Brennan (WB), Tayla Harris (Carl), Jess Wuetschner (Bris) R: Erin McKinnon (GWS), Daisy Pearce (Melb), Emma Kearney (WB) I/C: Amy Lavell (Frem), Jamie Stanton (Bris), Jacinda Barclay (GWS), Elise O’Dea (Melb), Amanda Farrugia (GWS), Gabriella Pound (Carl)

Scouting notes: AFLW – Round 1

PLENTY of debutants showcased their talent in the first round of AFLW 2.0, while experienced stars continued on their merry way. The AFL Draft Central women’s footy writers watched every game closely, and analysed each player in what was an entertaining first round of AFLW. From our notes, we ranked the top 20 players from each game, and will do so each week.

Carlton v Collingwood

By Julia Montesano 

#1: Chloe Molloy- Collingwood 

Easily the best-on-ground, even in defence. Kept Darcy Vescio quiet, and ran rampage on her own. Her athleticism is second-to-none. 20 disposals on debut is a fair effort!

#2: Brianna Davey- Carlton

Started off quiet but broke into the game in a big way. She was the star for Carlton in the second half. Hard running in defence was outstanding, and her innate ability to find the footy caused some issues for the Pies.

#3: Nicola Stevens- Carlton

Her tackling stood out like a stunned mullet. She was Carlton’s most aggressive player of the night. Dominated against her old side.

#4: Danielle Hardiman- Carlton

Knows how to find the footy. Already looking like a leader in defence.

#5: Tayla Harris- Carlton

Went off with a bang and showcased her athleticism. Could’ve made more of an impact in the second half, but will definitely have a full, solid game during the season.

#6: Amelia Barden- Collingwood

Kicked a goal and was lively throughout the game. Had 12 important disposals for the match

#7: Katie Loynes- Carlton

Superb tackling, and her intent to find the footy was evident throughout the entire game. Was definitely one of Carlton’s best.

#8: Jess Hosking- Carlton

Hard worker and always has an intent to hunt the ball. An exceptional team player.

#9: Shae Audley- Carlton

Good hands and a strong tackler. Watch out for her this season.

#10: Stephanie Chiocci- Collingwood

Not at her usual level of dominance, but still had 13 disposals.Her leadership was felt on the field, particularly in the second half.

#11: Caitlyn Edwards- Collingwood 

A solid game from the Thornlie junior. A good-sized midfielder with plenty of footy smarts. One of the leading disposal-getters for the Pies.

#12: Cecilia McIntosh- Collingwood

Stalwart in the back line, consistent option to kick to. Got away from her opponent frequently, and created space to help Molloy in the backline.

#13: Jaimee Lambert- Collingwood

Hard-nosed player who racked up plenty of disposals. Stalwart in the midfield and continued from where she left off in 2017, but this time, she wore black and white.

#13: Brittany Bonnici- Collingwood 

Showed her courageousness from last year on the big stage. Needs to refine her kicking, but it will come. Always put her head over the footy, and went in hard.

#14: Gabriella Pound- Carlton

A very energetic defender. Showed that she had the goods to become a consistent star defender for the Blues.

#15: Kate Shierlaw- Carlton

Booted a nice goal early. Was up and about throughout the entire game.

#16: Georgia Gee- Carlton

Speedy chaser and always hungry for the footy. Showed signs of being a good pressure forward.

#17: Jasmine Garner- Collingwood 

Kicked the first goal of the game, and season, again! Was the only one who looked proactive in the forward line for a while during the game.

#18: Melissa Kuys- Collingwood 

Missed a crucial goal to get Collingwood back in the game. Had a solid game otherwise.

#19: Emma King- Collingwood 

Won pretty much every hitout. She’s a huge force to be reckoned with in AFLW.

#20: Christina Bernardi- Collingwood 

A handy 12 disposals for her to start the year. Will continue to display the good form that we got a glimpse of last year.

 

Melbourne v GWS

By Connor Ferris 

#1: Richelle Cranston- Melbourne 

Efficient day up forward, kicking three goals from eight possessions. Great displays of strength throughout the day, and kicked the game-winning goal in the final moments to get Melbourne over the line.

#2: Phoebe McWilliams- GWS 

Continued to build on a solid campaign last season, providing constant energy and pressure for the Giants, including three goals to keep them in the game.

#3: Daisy Pearce- Melbourne 

Excellent second half after a relatively slow start. Stood up for her side when the game was on the line with a number of crucial plays in the final minutes to lead Melbourne to victory.

#4: Elise O’Dea- Melbourne 

A fantastic game, incredible efficiency all day, and was involved in several key passages of play to set up scoring opportunities. One of the stars of the game.

#5: Courtney Gum- GWS 

Lively around the ground with 17 possessions, displaying high levels of efficiency by foot.

#6: Shelley Scott- Melbourne 

One of the better players on the ground, provided relentless pressure for the Demons all day, laying a team-high seven tackles and kicking two goals.

#7: Alicia Eva- GWS

Gained a high number of possessions and, although not incredibly efficient, made her presence felt with a game-high 13 tackles.

#8: Lily Mithen- Melbourne 

Continued strong form from last season with a 15-possession game, providing strong run and carry.

#9: Maddy Boyd- GWS 

Solid game showcasing improvement from last season. Looking to continue developing throughout the season.

#10: Catherine Phillips- Melbourne 

Nine possessions on debut; potential player to watch. Has a great tank, and knows how to accumulate the footy.

#11: Kate Hore- Melbourne 

Lively up forward throughout the day, however struggled in front of goal, kicking only one goal from three attempts.

#12: Cora Staunton- GWS

Kicked an incredibly important goal for the Giants late in the first half. Will continue to develop throughout the competition as she becomes more familiar with the game.

#13: Meg Downie- Melbourne 

Tallied 13 possessions at an efficient rate, and marked the ball very well.

#14 Erin Hoare- Melbourne 

Impressive game in the ruck, certainly a player to watch throughout the competition. Had over 20 hit-outs, with a number of those going to advantage, allowing Melbourne to gain an advantage from stoppages.

#15: Bianca Jakobsson- Melbourne

Solid in defence. Gained 14 possessions to go with her four marks. Laid five impressive tackles.

#16: Tegan Cunningham- Melbourne 

The basketball convert made a strong first impression, tallying 10 possessions and a goal off the excellent set-up from star, Elise O’ Dea.

#17: Amanda Farrugia- GWS

Able to gain a number of possessions. However, she was inefficient with ball in hand throughout the afternoon.

#18: Renee Forth- GWS

Rather quiet game, made good use of possession when ball was in hand. Was able to apply high levels of pressure when the Demons had the ball.

#19: Erin McKinnon- GWS

Made things happen with the ball in hand, battled hard in the ruck all day, however was beaten by Hoare.

#20: Melissa Hickey- Melbourne 

Provided good energy for the Demons, battled hard all day and provided constant pressure, laying a high number of tackles.

 

Adelaide v Brisbane

By James Halley 

#1: Sabrina Frederick-Traub- Brisbane 

Dominated in the air against Adelaide with 10 marks. She has a big presence around the ground. She just needs to work on her goal kicking with three behinds for the game, which let her down from completely dominating proceedings.  

#2: Kate Lutkins- Brisbane 

Great interceptor across half-back, finished with 15 disposals for the match. Very mature player.

#3: Ally Anderson- Brisbane 

Racked up plenty of possessions early with some lovely kicking. Finished with 15 disposals for the game.

#4: Leah Kaslar- Brisbane 

Played on Sarah Perkins all day and easily won the battle. She was beating her to the footy all day. Finished the day with 14 disposals, and was a general down back.

#5: Kaitlyn Ashmore- Brisbane

Good hands. Didn’t have an opponent for a large period of the game and enjoyed the free reign. Has good contested marking skills and good finishing ability.

#6: Emily Bates- Brisbane 

Really good body strength to hold off opponents in the contest to her advantage.

#7: Jess Wuetschner- Brisbane 

Vision outstanding, sold candy multiple times. She is very classy with hands and feet. Good reader of the ball in the air. Great shot on goal.

#8: Chelsea Randall- Adelaide 

Playing behind the ball down back and is cool and composed for the Crows. Great tackler. Kicked the Crows’ third goal from a 50m penalty in the second term, smart game sense. One of the best on ground.

#9: Deni Varnhagen- Adelaide 

Great explosive speed and kick on the run to set up Jones for Adelaide’s first goal. Capable of taking big contested marks. Long accurate kick.

#10: Ruth Wallace- Adelaide 

Speed is evident through heavy traffic and had the goal sense and skill to snap the Crows’ second goal in the second quarter.

#11: Ebony Marinoff- Adelaide 

Likes to play-on quick to advantage. High- risk, high-reward type player. Just needs better composure.

#12: Emma Zielke- Brisbane

Great kick and accumulator of the ball. Created plenty of opportunities for her team.

#14: Sharni Webb- Brisbane 

Good hands in the contest. She is small, but her netball background gives her an advantage with a bigger leap than most girls. Impressive rundown play in the last quarter.     

#15: Rhiannon Metcalfe- Adelaide 

Won the ruck dual convincingly. Has an impressive leap.

#16: Nicole Hilderbrand- Brisbane 

Came off in the first quarter with a shoulder issue, got strapped up, and came back on. Knows how to use her body in a contest to her advantage.

#17: Stevie-Lee Thompson- Adelaide 

Speedster, just needs to polish up kicking on the run. She needs to improve on her spatial awareness as there was multiple times where she was caught holding the ball.

#18: Sophie Conway- Brisbane 

Booted the first goal of the day and was up and about. Kept the energy going throughout the match, making an impressive debut for the Lions.

#19: Angela Foley- Adelaide 

The Adelaide midfielder racked up 13 possessions against the Lions, although it had little effect, with her going at less than 40 per cent kicking efficiency. Key cog in the Adelaide midfield.

#20: Tahlia Randall- Brisbane 

Got her fair share of taps, tried hard all day, but was beaten by Metcalfe.

 

Western Bulldogs v Fremantle

By Carly McClen 

#1: Ellie Blackburn- Western Bulldogs

Played mainly in the midfield last year, averaging three goals. Moved to the forward line for this game and was effective. Quick hands and good clearing kicks from O’Connor’s ruck work. Kicked the Bulldogs’ third goal from Ernst’s strong ruckwork in the centre. Shared it around and delivered a perfect kick to Lochland for a 15m slight-angled kick for goal. Great at maintaining possession of the ball in the forward 50, as most of the Bulldogs’ forwards did on the day.

#2: Katie Brennan- Western Bulldogs 

After the long road back, she kicked the first goal of the day, a 45-metre set shot, into a strong breeze with ease. Understanding the Bulldogs’ home ground, she worked her second goal back in with the breeze from right to left, hurting the Dockers on the scoreboard. Fremantle moved Ebony Antonio off Brennan early, giving Alex Williams the job. Great display of goal kicking and effective leadership.

#3: Isabel Huntington- Western Bulldogs 

Strong debut and a performance that showed great promise. Good strong overhead marks and an influential presence in the forward line. Phenomenal forward 50 pressure. With her first game under her belt, we’ll see more of what she really can do in attack.

#4: Emma Kearney- Western Bulldogs

Cool, calm and pivotal in the midfield, which showed on the scoreboard. Fed it in cleverly to Katie Brennan for first goal in the game. Creative and exciting player.

#5: Monique Conti- Western Bulldogs 

Third-highest possession winner, played under the radar because she is small and nips in and out of trouble. Strong presence in the forward line. Unselfish kicking in the forward 50 to Kirsty Lamb in the first quarter. Had her first touch in the first quarter inside 50 when she wheeled around but kicked it into the mark, exciting and fast player.  Good overhead mark for a small player.  Great ability to run up the wing.

#6: Brooke Lochland- Western Bulldogs 

Strong pressure in the forward line from the beginning, near miss from left snap, bounced through for a point in the first quarter. Accurate kicks inside 50. Great ability to wheel and go. Good kicking through the ball.

#7: Aisling Utri- Western Bulldogs 

Strong in defence and able to shrug tackles. Strong marks overhead. Good scrapping which stopped Fremantle’s midfielders, and created stoppages. Good defensive clearing kicks. Explosive 19 year-old. Strong leadership for a young player.

#8: Aasta O’Connor- Western Bulldogs 

Solid ruck work and follow-up tackles. Played a strong midfield role, running into space and kicking on the run. Created lots of opportunities inside 50. Was moved into the ruck to start the second quarter, and created the play to Brennan’s snap goal. Huge goal in the final term, O’Connor style, distance and accuracy no issue.

#9: Lauren Spark- Western Bulldogs 

Courageous defender running back into blind marking contests, and effective disposals generally.

#10: Amy Lavell- Fremantle 

Vice Captain displayed strong marks and long kicks. Kicked Fremantle’s first goal convincingly with a strong breeze helping. Backed herself and lifted the team.

#11: Bonnie Toogood- Western Bulldogs 

Brilliant hands as well plucking marks on the run. Kicked a clever snap in the final quarter to stop the momentum of the Dockers. Strong and confident play exerting influence, especially in the final quarter.

#12: Daria Bannister- Western Bulldogs 

Quick on her feet and accurate kicking. Didn’t threaten in the forward line but created opportunities in the midfield, and fed down to the forward 50 well in the first half. Debutant who went down in the final quarter with an ACL injury sadly.

#13: Ebony Antonio- Fremantle

Good strong marking in defence. A bit slow moving and too ambitious at times, which resulted in Antonio being tackled. Gave away a notable free kick, leading to the Bulldogs’ second goal. Was moved off Katie Brennan early, but seemed to learn from it and picked it up in the second half to deliver four strong tackles.

#14: Deanna Berry- Western Bulldogs 

Strong tackling early in Fremantle’s forward line. Has quick hands and was able to cleverly snaffle the ball from Fremantle’s control without fuss. Was easily tackled and lost possession at times. Quick bursts out of defensive 50, creates pace and kicks long.

#15: Nicole Callinan- Western Bulldogs 

Applied pressure well and chased hard. Tackled well in the forward line, waited and chipped in cleverly to her captain in the first quarter. Out-ran her opponent on several occasions to deliver kicks into the forward line, including to Ellie Blackburn in the first quarter, where the ball just bounced through against the breeze. Lifted the team.

#16: Hannah Scott- Western Bulldogs 

Good kick of the footy and had plenty of inside 50s. Good defensive marks.

#17: Libby Birch- Western Bulldogs 

Great defensive bursts from the midfield, and accurate kicking into the forward line. Strong leadership.

#18: Naomi Ferres- Western Bulldogs 

Quick and accurate hands, including to Katie Brennan for her third goal of the day. She is fast and pivotal in the Bulldogs’ forward group.

#19: Lara Filocamo- Fremantle 

Strong mark-taker in the midfield. Some easy fumbles but went hard at the ball.  Outplayed by Emma Kearney. Fit on-baller, covered a lot of ground. Work rate good all day.

#20: Kara Donnellan- Fremantle 

Agile midfielder. Some untidy play, and was risky with the new out-of-bounds rule. Quiet in first half, but it was a dominant half by the Bulldogs.