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Weekly wrap: NSW/ACT state leagues

IN the weekend just gone, a NSW/ACT Under 18s star won a premiership medallion and was best on ground, while others competed in the final rounds of their competitions with finals quickly approaching.

Alyce Parker became the first premiership player this season from NSW/ACT Under-18 representatives, when her side, the Thurgoona Bulldogs, defeated Wodonga Raiders by 52 points in the North East Border Grand Final. Parker was a star for the winners, named best on ground in the decider, booting three goals. In her six games, Parker was named best on ground five times, booting 18 goals to be a class above.

Angela Priftis was named at centre-half back in the Auburn-Penrith Giants’ 43-point loss to UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs in Round 16 of the AFL Sydney Women’s Premier Division. Priftis has been in good form and continued that in the weekend’s match, named among the team’s best. With one round remaining, the Giants are locked into finals action and will finish third on the table ahead of the post-season series. It was a tough day at the office for Jemima Wrigley, who was named among the best for Southern Power, but her team succumbed to a 57-point loss at the hands of Sydney University Bombers. In Division One, Georgia Garnett had a day out stepping up to the senior grade, booting five goals and named among the best in a classy effort for the East Coast Eagles in their 138-point demolition of UNSW Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs. Brenna Tarrant also played in the Eagles’ big win.

In the Sydney Harbour Youth Girls Division One, Emily Hurley played in Kellyville Rouse Hill’s big 10-goal win over Queenwood, as did Alice Mitchell in her side – Willoughby Mossman’s – win by the same margin. In the AFL North Coast, Ahlani Eddy‘s Sawtell Toormina Saints had the bye and finished clear minor premiers, with the Saints to take on Port Macquarie Magpies for a spot in the grand final. In the Youth Girls, Lillian Doyle booted two goals in Grafton Tigers’ 10-goal win over Port Macquarie Magpies. The Tigers held the Magpies scoreless and did not miss a shot on goal, finishing second on the table and heading into the first week of finals with a chance to advance to the grand final. Zoe Hurrell did not play on the weekend.

In South Broken Hill’s nail-biting low-scoring seven-point win over Central Broken Hill, Melisa Keenan and Eliza Cumming were both named in the best. Keenan was named best on ground in the 3.1 (19) to 1.6 (12) victory, while Cumming was also impressive. South now heads into the finals series on top of the table, facing fourth placed South for a spot in the grand final. Meanwhile further south across the border, Eloise-Ashley Cooper had a weekend off with Finley’s triumph in the first final the week before following a big win over Echuca.

Weekly wrap: NSW/ACT state leagues

THERE were wins a plenty and a couple of best-ons for the New South Wales/Australia Capital Territory (NSW/ACT) Under 18 players across the region’s leagues. We dissected the games and noted some of the action that occurred over the weekend.

Angela Priftis continued her solid run of form in the AFL Sydney Women’s Premier Division, being named second best in the Auburn-Penrith Giants’ win over Newtown. Meanwhile, the team that’s one place below the Giants on the ladder also got the job done on Saturday. Young star, Jemima Wrigley featured in the Southern Power’s 45-point win over the UTS Shamrocks and contributed well. The Power was able to bounce back from a 67-point loss last week to sit in the top four at the end of Round 15. Over in Division One, NSW/ACT Under 18 representative, Brenna Tarrant was named best on ground for the East Coast Eagles in their 12-point win over the Pennant Hill Demons. Tarrant made her return to the side last week and it didn’t take long for her to hit her strides.

In the Sydney Harbour Youth Girls Division One, Zoe Hurrell got on the board with a goal in the Willoughby-Mosman Swans’ loss against the Kellyville Rouse Hill Magpies. In this match, Hurrell and Alice Mitchell went up against fellow state representatives, Georgia Garnett and Emily Hurley. Hurrell and Mitchell’s Kellyville Rouse Hill Magpies sit third on the ladder while Garnett and Hurley’s Willoughby Mosman Swans are on top.

Ahlani Eddy’s Sawtell Toormina Saints got another win under their belt in the AFL North Coast, defeating the Port Macquarie Magpies by 32 points. Eddy’s Under 18 NSW/ACT teammate, Lillian Doyle was also involved in a win on the weekend, as the Grafton Tigers defeated the Macleay Valley Eagles in the AFL North Coast Youth Girls competition. The Tigers sit second on the ladder on nine wins and four losses, and are just one point away from the Coffs Harbour Breakers at the top of the table.

Over in the AFL Broken Hill league, NSW/ACT Under 18 representative duo, Eliza Cumming and Melisa Keenan were named first and second best for the South Football Club on the weekend. However, their side experienced an excruciating loss, going down to the North Football Club by one point. It was a battle were first played against second on the ladder and it certainly did not disappoint, which will make the last two rounds very interesting in this competition.

In the North East Border League, star midfielder, Alyce Parker had the week off due to her Thurgoona Bulldogs winning the qualifying final last week. The Bulldogs will face the Wodonga Raiders in this weekend’s Grand Final, after the Raiders smashed the Panthers by 51 points on the weekend. Wodonga finished fourth on the ladder but made it to the Grand Final, making for a very intriguing contest on Sunday.

Over in the Shepparton and Districts Junior Football League, Eloise-Ashley Cooper benefitted from Finley’s bye, as she was named the best on ground for her side. The Cats defeated Echuca by a whopping 78 points and the Murray Bushrangers star was solid all day, contributing a goal in the big win.

NSW/ACT weekly wrap: Under-18 girls impress in various victories

ACROSS New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory (NSW/ACT), many Under-18 state representatives featured in matches across the weekend. We analyse how some of the players and their teams went across the competitions.

In the AFL Sydney Women’s Premier Division, Angela Priftis was named among Auburn-Penrith’s best players for the second consecutive week. Her NSW/ACT Under-18 teammate, Jemima Wrigley was also named in the best for her team, the Southern Power, despite going down by 67 points to the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs. Wrigley also scored one of the Power’s two goals on the day. The 17 year-old is continuing her remarkable run of form for the Southern Power, as this is now the sixth consecutive week that she has been named in the best. In Division One, Brenna Tarrant returned to the East Coast Eagles side and made an immediate impact. She was named third best in the side’s 13-point win over Manly Warringah Wolves.

Over in the Sydney Harbour Youth Girls Division One, Emily Hurley booted two goals for Kellyville Rouse-Hill Magpies in their 60-point thrashing of the Manly Bombers. This takes her goal kicking tally to eight goals in five matches for the Magpies. She is one major behind teammate, Georgia Garnett, who has kicked nine goals from seven games this season. Garnett is the leading the way in terms of goals for the Under-18 NSW/ACT representatives in this competition. Willoughby Mosman continued its strong season at the top of the ladder, with Under-18 contingent, Zoe Hurrell and Alice Mitchell featuring in the Swans’ 18-point win over the Southern Power.

In the AFL North Coast, Ahlani Eddy featured in the Sawtell Toormina Saints’ 32-point win over Coffs Breakers. The Saints sit on top of the ladder with seven wins and one loss. Over in the Youth Girls, Lilian Doyle featured in the Grafton Tigers’ 25-point win over the Macleay Valley Tigers. In the AFL Broken Hill competition, Eliza Cumming played in the South Football Club’s 34-point win over West Football Club. Cumming’s side sits on top of the ladder with 10 wins and two losses.

Across to the North East Border League, Alyce Parker continued her fantastic form for the Thurgoona Bulldogs. She was named third best in the Bulldogs’ 77-point win over the Lavington Panthers in the qualifying final. In the Shepparton and Districts Junior Football League, Murray Bushrangers star, Eloise Ashley-Cooper had the week off with Finley having a bye. Ashley-Cooper’s side sits on top of the ladder undefeated.

AFLW U18 Championships reviews: Eastern Allies

WITH an opening day win and two admirable performances in the remaining games, the Eastern Allies would be pleased with the performances at the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships. They had four All-Australians in the squad, but plenty could consider themselves unlucky, and we take a look at some of the key players, and results of the championships.


Key players:

Alyce Parker

The clear standout player from the Monday through to the Friday in the Championships and is well deserving of her Most Valuable Player (MVP) accolade for the Eastern Allies. There were big wraps on her ability and seeing her live, she is up there with the best players in the country and has a well balanced game. Her strength in midfield was a clear standout and a few fend-offs were reminiscent of Madison Prespakis, and the pair are not too dissimilar in the way they cover ground and influence a contest. Parker was probably a few unlucky misses away from having a complete carnival. A really well balanced player and does not do a lot wrong.

Alexia Hamilton

Hamilton showed she can play at either end, rebounding well in defence, then having stints up forward. Her final game got a massive tick for her ability to play in attack – booting the Eastern Allies only two goals for the game in the first term, and clunking a huge pack mark on the final siren and converting the set shot shortly after. Earned All-Australian squad honours and was consistent in her role throughout the carnival.

Brianna McFarlane

Earned All-Australian honours and was one of those players that was consistent across the board in the three games. Leading up from the forward 50, she booted a goal against the Central Allies on the first day, and had a number of other dangerous opportunities up the attacking end. Hailing from Coolangatta, McFarlane would have felt right at home on the southern Queensland grounds.

Mia King

A classy bottom-ager who showed plenty of potential across the week. She was Tasmania’s only All-Australian squad nominee, and backed up her good form in series one, with consistent form in series two. Playing through the midfield, she showed she is not afraid to crack in and win the hard ball, while spreading well and hurting the opposition on the outside. Will be one to look for next season as she continues to develop.

Lauren Stevenson

Overager from Tasmania, but she was ultra-impressive in defence. She rebounds really well, is good one-on-one and backs herself in taking the game on. Stevenson was certainly one of the shining lights across the carnival, because she settles the defence down and runs off her opponent to kick long downfield. Along with Libby and Chloe Haines, she showed Tasmania has plenty of footballing talent that can stand up on the big stage.

Lillian Doyle

Had the one standout game, but boy it was a game to remember. When the Eastern Allies were narrowly up at the final break, two huge goals to Doyle in the last quarter gave the side the separation it needed to defeat the Central Allies. A bottom-ager who can play tall or small roles, Doyle is another one who will be closely watched next year after some impressive forward craft his year.

Chloe Haines

Played everywhere really, predominantly in defence, but went forward and provided good pressure up there too. She has a long kick, and like her sister, did what she could to help the team. The Eastern Allies had a strong defence which was shown across the three days, and Haines was a big reason for this. She was the best player against Western Australia on the Wednesday, and while the final game was a little quieter, she spent practically the entire game in the back 50.

Libby Haines

Spent time through the midfield and in defence, and particularly stood out on the opening day and then against Western Australia in the loss. Strong overhead and moves well, she was able to roam on the outside, while also spending time on the inside to win her own football. Has a long kick and was versatile, nearly always beating her opponent one-on-one.

Netty Garlo

The X-factor of the team who was remarkably just 15 years old at the carnival. With two more years of development to come, you can see why they have picked her to match it against more experienced players. Her acceleration, speed and hardness at the contest was fantastic, and once she builds more consistency and game sense, she will be a really strong all-round prospect. Played off half-back and on the inside, one of those players you would not want to be chasing you down.

Georgia Garnett

Tough as nails and a classy mover, Garnett was a player who played a really important role in the midfield. She has a very neat sidestep, and while she is not a huge accumulator like others, she uses the ball well and is often the one players turn to in transition. Copped a knock on the final day, but got back up and ran straight to the next contest after choosing to stay on. A real team player.



Monday July 9

EASTERN ALLIES: 2.1 | 3.4 | 3.5 | 6.8 (44)
CENTRAL ALLIES: 0.2 | 1.3 | 2.3 | 2.4 (16)

Eastern Allies: Lillian Doyle 3, Zoe Hurrell, Brea Quinlivan, Brianna McFarlane.
Central Allies: Arthurina Moreen, Katelyn Rosenzweig.

Eastern Allies: Lillian Doyle, Alyce Parker, Chloe Haines, Zoe Hurrell, Brianna McFarlane.
Central Allies: Nikki Gore, Katelyn Rosenzweig, Esther Boles, Montana McKinnon, Arthurina Moreen.


Wednesday July 11

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 1.1 | 3.2 | 4.3 | 7.3 (45)
EASTERN ALLIES: 0.0. | 0.1 | 2.3 | 2.3 (15)

Western Australia: Mikayla Hyde 3, Caitlin Hill, Kate Bartlett, Abbey Dowrick, Sarah Verrier.
Eastern Allies: Chloe Haines, Brea Quinlivan.

Western Australia: Sabreena Duffy, McKenzie Dowrick, Mikayla Hyde, Matilda Sergeant, Abbey Dowrick, Emma O’Driscoll.
Eastern Allies: Chloe Haines, Alyce Parker, Brea Quinlivan, Libby Haines, Alexia Hamilton, Georgia Garnett.


Friday July 13

QUEENSLAND: 1.2 | 3.4 | 4.5 | 5.5 (35)
EASTERN ALLIES: 2.1 | 2.2 | 2.6 | 2.6 (18)

Queensland: Jesse Tawhiao-Wardlaw 2, Charlotte Hammans, Georgia Eller, Taylor Smith.
Eastern Allies: Alexia Hamilton 2.

Queensland: Lily Postlethwaite, Ellie Hampson, Serene Watson, Chloe Gregory, Jade Ellenger, Zimmorlei Farquharson.
Eastern Allies: Alyce Parker, Netty Garlo, Lauren Stevenson, Alexia Hamilton, Mia King, Alice Mitchell.

Scouting notes: AFLW National Championships – Monday, July 9

IN an entertaining opening day of AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships on the Gold Coast, Vic Country, Vic Metro and the Eastern Allies came out on top. However, their opponents, Queensland, Western Australia and the Central Allies were exciting to watch and were competitive in patches as they tried to get over the line. Peter Williams and Julia Montesano were there to witness all the action at Metricon Stadium. 


Vic Country vs. Queensland 

Vic Country:

By: Julia Montesano

#1 Shelley Heath

Heath was like a mosquito on the day, pestering her opponents with her speed and ‘never say die’ attitude. She laid great pressure on the ball carrier when she thought she was in space, which created a contest as numbers flooded to the ball. Her tackling was fierce all day, and she was able to win a free kick at the top of the 50 from her effprts to send Country forward. Heath displayed an excellent second effort when she executed great run and carry after dropping  a mark. She created great run down the wing and a scoring opportunity for Country, creating many forward thrusts from her hard work in defence.

#2 Julia Harvey

Harvey played a fantastic game in the forward line, and if it wasn’t for McEvoy’s purple patches, she would’ve been the best forward on the ground. She took a great mark and kicked it well down the line. Also executed an excellent snap around the body, thanks to some great positioning in the forward line. This resulted in her second goal of the day, proving how lively she was inside 50. Harvey led well towards the footy, and provided some X-factor when she spun one way then the other then centered it well towards the middle of the ground.

#5 Emily Haeusler

Haeusler had a really solid game in defence, proving to be important on the day for Country. Her clean hands off the deck were outstanding and she used them to effect on multiple occasions. After a clean pick-up, Haeusler was able to spot a one-on-one contest to kick to or kick the ball nicely down the line. She was an agile mover throughout the day and displayed wonderful acceleration down the line. Took a great intercept mark and executed a great fend off, which enabled her to handball it out of trouble. A highlight of her game was when she displayed great hands to send the ball across the goal line, saving a major.

#6 Tyla Hanks

Hanks began her day with a great goal on the run to get Country on the board. She stayed forward for most of the game, involving herself in as many contests as she could. Her hands in close were on display, and an excellent fend off and kick down the line made for great viewing. Hanks nicely delivered a kick to Julia Harvey on the lead and followed it up with a great chip kick to Nina Morrison when she saw no other option down the line, which demonstrated her elite kicking on the day. When she went back into the midfield temporarily, she had an immediate impact, as she hacked it out of the middle of the ground which resulted in Lucy McEvoy running into a goal.

#7 Olivia Purcell

Purcell got plenty of the ball on the day, playing a lively game through the midfield. She delivered a good handball to reach the player behind her and displayed excellent quick hands out of the contest. Purcell lowered her eyes on many occasions and found the right option rather than hacking it clear, showing her composure in the contest.

#8 Sophie Van De Huevel

Van De Heuvel was lively for Country throughout the day. She was able to pick up the ball off the deck and execute quick hands to get the ball out of trouble quickly. Her hands in general were great all day, allowing for quick transition throughout the afternoon. A highlight of her game was when she used brilliant acceleration to lay a great run-down tackle, earning her a set shot on goal.

#9 Nina Morrison

Nina Morrison was the star of the side on the day, displaying exciting run and outstanding hands throughout the day. She took a great contested mark and executed those signature quick hands on the wing, beginning with a bang. She then executed a good pick up off the deck and fired off a handball to keep the play flowing for her side. Morrison also did well to prevent a mark thanks to her gut-running to involve herself in the one-on-one contest. She was then able to centre it back towards the goal square, creating a forward play for Country. Morrison simply played out of her skin, getting plenty of the ball and demonstrating an incredible work rate. Delivered a magnificent kick into the forward line that rolled through the goals, capping off her great day with a reward in front of the big sticks.

#14 Jordyn Allen

Executed an excellent fend off and a great handball forward. She showed great composure as she always does the on last line of defence. This was shown when she executed a good pick up off the deck and used nice body work to evade her opponent. I thought Allen did well to act as a second hand in defence and a solid link in the chain on the day.

#18 Denby Taylor

Taylor laid a fantastic tackle to stop her opponent in her tracks and win the free kick, starting off her nice day in defence. She delivered a nice long kick into space and followed it up with a great pick up off the deck, hacking into space. Taylor was able to read the play and the situation well, and was courageous in the back line. This was shown when she took a great mark with an opponent coming hard at her.

#20 Isabella Shannon

Took a good mark off a Shelley Heath free kick and displayed a nice kicking action towards goal that just missed on distance. Shannon also chased the ball hard down the line and flicked the ball on well at ground level, demonstrating a high footy IQ.

#21 Rene Caris

Caris was solid in the ruck and shouldered most of the duties throughout the day. She also displayed good hands at the contests, delivering some nice handballs into space. She is an absolute work horse in the ruck and barely took a rest on the day.

#22 Rebecca Webster

Executed fantastic run and carry through a bunch of opponents in the middle of the ground to create the one-two with Nina Morrison, which ultimately resulted in a forward entry for Country. Webster continued to create opportunities thanks to her ability to rack up plenty of the ball. She displayed great acceleration to hunt the ball down and centered it well with a booming kick in the middle of the ground. She was exceptional all day.

#23 Lucy McEvoy

McEvoy was the star of the day for Country, booting through five goals for the match. Her first goal came from a great contested mark, which put Country 15 points in front. Also provided a highlight when she executed an excellent pick up off the deck followed up by a great spin around her opponent on the boundary line. McEvoy proved to be the excitement machine when she kicked three goals in two minutes late in the second quarter, which pretty much sealed the win for Country even at that point in the game. Her marking was outstanding throughout the day. Whether she was on the lead or in a contested situation, it was more than likely that she would take it. On the goal line, McEvoy snatched the ball from the opposition to kick her fourth major of the day, and followed this up with some excellent positioning work to kick her fifth. You just knew it was her day when she celebrated before the ball went through the goals!

#32 Courtney Jones

Took a great mark from a kick in down the line and contested well throughout the day. Followed this up with a  good intercept mark and an excellent handball under pressure. She displayed excellent pressure in the one on one contest to keep the ball in play, tackled her player and won a free kick for it. Using it well as always, Jones delivered a great kick to Sophie Van De Huevel in the forward line, spotting up a great option.



By: Peter Williams

#5 Lily Postlethwaite

Really impressed with her game through the midfield. She has that good balance of offense and defence with the way she goes about her football. Postlethwaite has clean hands at ground level or in the air, shows good vision in the way she is able to handpass into space to her teammates, and has a neat sidestep she uses to evade an oncoming tackler. She also lays tackles herself and leads by example. She worked well on the inside and outside, kicking inside 50 to advantage on a number of occasions.

#6 Zimmorlei Farquharson

Queensland’s best for mine because of her ability to show relentless work rate and tackling pressure. Farquharson lead up to the ball on countless times, reading the play well when she noticed her midfielders were about to win the clearance. She laid some strong tackles and was smart when she went into the middle. Farquharson’s strong run-down tackle at half-forward in the second half to win a free was indicative of the effort she showed throughout the match. She also has a handy vertical leap, taking a strong grab in the final term, just missing the set shot.

#7 Isabel Dawes

A really hard runner who laid a fantastic tackle on Nina Morrison in the second term to win a free. She just continued to run and put her hand up as an option on the outside. Dawes also dives in and is not afraid to win the hard ball as well.

#8 Jade Ellenger

Covered ground really well and was one of Queensland’s more prominent ball winners. She laid a number of strong tackles and won a free for a push in the back in midfield and kicked neatly inside 50. She reads the taps well at stoppages and has a good closing speed which helps in marking contests and in congestion.

#17 Brooke Randall

Had a really big third term, laying a bump on Shelley Heath and winning the footy on the wing, then laid a great tackle in defence to lock up the ball after it was knocked down in a marking contest on the last line. Randall showed good vision to handball into space over a long distance.

#18 Ellie Hampson

One of Western Australia’s best, Hampson showed great intent in defence and pushing up the ground when required. She set the tone for a great run-down tackle in the opening minutes as Country ran in to score, forcing a behind. Hampson has a penetrating kick and is strong overhead, with good vision. She attacked the ball at speed and had the smarts to quickly give the ball off to Lily Postlethwaite for her to kick long inside 50. A really promising player off half-back.

#19 Dee Heslop

Started strongly up forward, using good positioning to pounce on a loose ball and snap truly for Queensland. She came off for a break, and almost instantly won the footy upon return, having a long kick to the goal square which just missed. The ball did not go down there as much later in the game, but she presented well and had a lovely kick inside 50 in the third quarter.

#20 Natalie Grider

Started the game really strongly, taking a mark against the flight on the wing in the opening term. She won a free kick inside 50 for holding but her shot on goal just missed. She showed off her good agility and speed to lay some strong tackles through the middle and up forward. Grider was not afraid to go in hard through the midfield.

#22 Georgia Eller

Eller lead up at the football well early and won a free for in the back. She was clean at ground level and kicked the ball to a dangerous area inside 50.

#24 Charlotte Hammans

A strong player across the ground, winning possessions through defence and midfield. She stood up in a tackle and was able to kick the ball to midfield, and then without the pill she lead hard and took a strong mark on the lead and dished off to Hayley Moore. An early snap on goal in the third term just missed, but she was lively inside 50. She produced a great kick on the move to Zimmorlei Farquharson who dragged down a big grab.

#26 Serene Watson

Watson showed good vision at the coal face, able to weigh her kicks and find Natalie Grider on the wing. She also took a good intercept mark on the defensive 50 and once again used top vision to hit-up a teammate up the ground.Good vision to weigh her kick out of a stoppage and find Natalie Grider on the wing. Good defensive intercept mark at back 50, great vision to spot a running player on the wing

#27 Tiarna Ahwang

A smart player who had a good tap at ground level when she knew she could not take possession cleanly, and won a free for in the back for the effort. Ahwang took a good intercept mark inside the attacking 50.

#28 Kitara Farrar

One of Queensland’s best, starting like a house on fire, shrugging off a tackle in defence and showing polish to deliver cleanly. She had a great balance of offensive and defensive qualities, laying a few good tackles, while creating dash out of defence. Farrar was clean throughout the match and was a lovely kick of the football under pressure. She used her hands to advantage and on the final siren took a terrific intercept mark and kicked forward.

#35 Lauren Bella

A strong and clever ruck, she had a good battle with Rene Caris. She palmed down to her midfielders well and then sometimes cleared the zones with big thumps. She turned it on as the game went on.


Vic Metro vs. Western Australia 

Vic Metro:

By: Julia Montesano

#6 Madison Prespakis

As usual, Prespakis got plenty of the ball on the day and while she did not provide real X-factor, she was still her talented self. Executed an excellent take on the boundary line and accelerated wonderfully towards her forward end of the ground, which set up a forward opportunity for Metro. Showed great acceleration again when she burst out of a contest and delivered a lovely kick into the forward 50, presenting hard up forward throughout the day.

#7 Mikala Cann

Made her way into the game as each quarter progressed, ending up being the leading disposal-getter for Metro. As always, Cann displayed good hands throughout the day and delivered a good handball under pressure. She always fought hard for the footy and her good handballing often provided a good link in the chain. Cann was particularly explosive out of stoppages, helping Metro get forward on multiple occasions.

#8 Georgia Patrikios

Patrikios was solid all day and provided excitement when she got the ball in hand. In one instance, she spoiled the ball well which saved a certain Western Australia goal. Also displayed excellent acceleration and delivered a lovely kick into the forward line, backing it up with excellent running in the forward line. In this instance, she ran behind Mikala Cann to run into goal but just missed. Despite this, her trademark side step was on show, which is always exciting to watch. Patrikios delivered a great kick into the forward line and displayed excellent run and carry.

#9 Daisy Bateman

As usual, Bateman was as lively as ever up forward, creating plenty of chances and converting two majors herself. For her first goal, she read the ball well when it ricocheted off a teammate’s head to kick Metro’s second of the day. Bateman positioned herself well in the forward line and put herself in prime spots to kick majors. A highlight of her game was when she executed a strong tackle to win a holding the ball free kick and then delivered a great centering ball.

#10 Madeline Brancatisano

Brancatisano worked hard in the midfield and used her strengths to her advantage throughout the day. Executed a great burst of acceleration after a wonderful pick up of the footy following a smother. Followed this up with great strength to battle through a tackle and displayed good hard ball gets in general. Also delivered a good handball that allowed Georgia Patrikios to stream forward, demonstrating her clean hands on the inside.

#13 Molly Warburton

Warburton delivered a good chip kick off the ground to get it forward and did well when she cleverly stopped the ball with her foot. Took a great mark in the back line and followed it up with a second effort to get the ball out of an opponent’s hands who she nearly turned it over to, showing her intent to back up her efforts throughout the day.

#14 Isabella Grant

Took an amazing contested mark running back with the flight of the ball, which was undoubtedly the highlight of her game. Grant collided with her player side on, then saw that nobody was on the mark and streamed forward with a long kick. Also displayed clean hands when she delivered a good handball to release Georgia Patrikios on the outside. Grant’s run and carry out of defence was exciting and excellent throughout the day.

#15 Hannah McLaren

Started off her day when she dived across the goal line to save a certain goal for Western Australia. Also executed a great fend off as well as excellent run and carry in defence. McLaren showed her agility in the back line throughout the day, proving to be a handy player for Metro.

#17 Georgia Macpherson

Took a great intercept mark in the back line and was generally solid as always in defence. Made a rare cameo up forward when she kicked an excellent goal off the back of the pack. She also did well to come to the footy rather than waiting for it, creating opportunities for Metro.

#18 Abbie McKay

McKay was a handy player for Metro, working hard in the midfield. She delivered a nice long kick down the line, and her kicking in general was quite good. She emerged wonderfully out of the pack to kick a snap from boundary line, showing sheer acceleration. Although she just missed, it fell into the hands of Gabby Newton.

#20 Gabby Newton

Newton was one of the leading disposal-getters on the day, finding the ball wherever she went. She ran well throughout the day and her hands and kicking were marvellous as usual. When she went up forward, she missed an easy shot but followed with a goal, displaying good intent to keep going until she gets the reward. Ended up with two majors for the day in a great all-round game. Newton also moved well throughout the day and evaded her opponents with effect.

#22 Katie Lynch

Lynch’s hands were solid as usual for Metro and she created opportunities in almost every instance when she got the ball. Executed a great fend off to free the ball from pressure and get it forward. She then followed this up with a good mark inside 50 for a set shot chance. She always got the ball in different areas on the ground, displaying wonderful endurance and her willingness to win the footy.

#31 Britney Gutknecht

Kicked a great goal on the siren to get the energy up for Metro. Gutknecht also executed a great handball while being tackled and did really well to fend off a couple of players and aim for a snap at goal. She was quite lively when she got the ball in hand.

#32 Lauren Szigeti

Szigeti provided a good link in the chain in the back line, as she was always ready to mop up the ball when her side was in trouble. Continually applied great pressure on her opponent and kept feet while she on the ground, which was crucial in that instance. Also took some great one on one marks on the day.  


Western Australia:

By: Peter Williams

#2 Mikayla Bowen

One of the most impressive West Australians through the midfield, she was fierce, but also clean, and showed great closing speed. She covered ground really well, winning the ball in all thirds of the ground and laid a number of big tackles on Metro forwards Georgia Patrikios and Daisy Bateman, who are both very agile. A nice kick of the football, Bowen fought hard at the coal face to win the contested ball as well.

#5 Mikayla Hyde

Finished with one major – coming in the last quarter and was lively up forward. She showed good pace along the wing and was able to execute quick handballs at half-back, covering the ground well.

#9 Sabreena Duffy

A really lively type, she caused headaches up forward for the Metro defence, having an early snap on goal which was spoiled on the last line by Hannah McLaren. In the second term she had a great shot on goal from long range, and also had a clean pick-up off the deck to kick forward. Provided good run between midfield and half-forward.

#10 Matilda Sergeant

One of West Australia’s top prospects on the day, Sergeant was clean with ball in hand and provided great rebound out of the back half. She had a nice sidestep around an opponent in the third term to handball clear to a running teammate. In the final term she clunked a mark on the wing and kicked forward, then took another on the defensive 50 but her kick went a little too wide and was out on the full. A strong tackler on the day.

#11 Shannon Whale

Played more of a defensive role on the likes of Britney Gutknecht and Daisy Bateman, and matched them one-on-one in the contest. She managed to win more of the football in the second half, winning a couple of crucial one-on-ones including one in the final term. She won a free for push in the back and then produced an elite kick to the wing which cleared the zone, found a teammate perfectly and she delivered inside 50 which lead to a Mikayla Hyde goal.

#14 Rikkiesha Carling

Really busy in the first half and just continued to win the football throughout the four quarters. Clean, fast and courageous, Carling sometimes rushed her kicks going forward, but her intent and acceleration was impressive. She kicked to Roxanne Roux’s advantage on the half-time siren resulting in a goal, and after copping a knock in the third term, came back on and still laid some strong tackles.

#16 Tanisha Anderson

Kicked Western Australia’s first goal of the game by pouncing on a loose ball and nailing the goal under pressure from all sides deep in attack.

#17 McKenzie Dowrick

A star on the day, the top-age AFL Women’s Academy member was the most consistent West Australian in the match. She set the tone with a strong tackle on Emerson Woods on the wing, which allowed Sabreena Duffy to take it away. She produced a nice clearance in the second term and gave it to Roxanne Roux on a silver platter and then in turn to Kate Bartlett who converted. A thumping kick, good in traffic and able to intercept behind the ball as well, Dowrick is a really versatile player.

#20 Abbey Dowrick

A fierce attack on the ball, she played through the middle and consistently added pressure into the team. She slowed down opposition defenders from clearing the zone in the second term and took a great intercept mark at half-back later on. A shot on goal in the final term form long range but it missed to the left.

#21 Kate Bartlett

A really impressive game up forward, the overager reads the play well and leads hard at the football. She just clunks marks with Velcro-like hands and also forces turnovers through her run-down tackles. She started the third term on fire, leading up, receiving the handball, going one way and then the other and snapping towards goal with great goal sense and agility. Finished the game with two majors and was the clear standout forward in the match.

#22 Sonia Dorizzi

For a taller player, Dorizzi has great closing speed and is versatile in the way she plays. She can win the ball in the air or at ground level, and is often decisive in the way she palms the ball down. She had a set shot on goal on the three quarter time siren but it hit the post.

#24 Roxanne Roux

Really impressive game with some highlight-reel worthy moments. The first was a huge bone-crunching tackle at half-back to win a free and kick long. Then she took a massive grab, clunking the mark with a big vertical leap and hit-up Caitlin Hill up forward. Another tackle late in the second term forced a turnover and she had a shot on goal in the last quarter but it went too far to the right. Finishing off a terrific game, Roux laid a huge tackle on Marnie Jarvis to stop her running into goal, and then Katie Lynch at half-forward, rewarding the West Australian with a free.

#27 Caitlin Hill

Hill continued to lead up at the football throughout the game and took a number of strong marks. While she did not manage a major in the game, she had a number of opportunities, although had a strange lead-up, swaying the ball a bit side to side, with her set shot hitting the post.


Eastern Allies vs. Central Allies 

Eastern Allies:

By: Peter Williams

#1 Alyce Parker

A standout performer and one of the top players on the day. Through the midfield she was everywhere and her clear class shone through in the match. Parker is rarely worried out of it or rushed, she just glides out of congestion with ease, which was shown in the second term when she was in between four players and just worked her way out of it with a quick glide, then had a shot on goal which just fell short. She had a couple of other chances in the game but could not quite convert, but her work rate and ability to impact the contest was evident.

#11 Lillian Doyle

The match winner in the end, Doyle capped off her performance with two goals in the last term and just put the game beyond reach for the Central Allies. All three goals came from opportunistic moments and Doyle has a great goal sense and ability to pounce when required. A great dribble goal to seal the game was a highlight.

#13 Zoe Hurrell

Was solid up forward across the game but hurt the opposition on the scoreboard in the final term, kicking a vital goal. Moments earlier she missed a set shot after taking a good mark, but made no mistake with her second attempt.

#16 Lauren Stevenson

A really good defensive pressure player, she was able to work hard one-on-one and provided a good spoil on the wing pushing up the ground. She also laid some strong tackles and was constantly involved with pressure plays.

#18 Brianna McFarlane

Kicked a great goal in the second term and was among the best across the four quarters, providing an option by leading up and getting involved in the play. One of a number of versatile Eastern Allies players who contributed to the win.

#21 Chloe Haines

Started in defence and took a good mark at half-back and used her raking kick to hit-up a target on the wing. Moments later she was on the receiving end of a free kick inside 50, with her shot on goal just missing. She had a couple more opportunities but could not quite make them count, spraying one out on the full and the other just missing when it came off the side of her boot. Was still clearly in the Eastern Allies’ best and was always involved in the play. A great smother in attack late in the game was indicative of her intent on the day.

#25 Libby Haines

Strong overhead and at ground level, she laid some good tackles and took good grabs in space. Haines’ second efforts were impressive and she covered the ground well and was another player who was versatile in where she could play and impact the contest.

#28 Alice Mitchell

Just had a few impressive moments throughout the game, particularly in the first half. Mitchell showed good hands in passing quickly to teammates and also great strength, producing a good fend-off in the opening half. Just buzzed around and was a solid contributor in the win.


Central Allies:

By: Julia Montesano

#4 Madeline Gault

Worked hard to win the footy throughout the day. Showed tenacity and intent to win the footy and when it didn’t work out for her, she kept trying. Never gave up for the Central Allies on the day and did well defensively, laying some great tackles.

#5 Tabitha May

Executed great run and carry down the line and showed sheer speed throughout the day. Took a good mark in defence but also made an impact in other areas of the ground. She was simply in everything and put a lot of pressure on the ball carrier.

#15 Nikki Gore

Gore was an important player for the Central Allies, doing all the little things to ensure her side stayed in the hunt. Laid some good tackles on the day and delivered some nice kicks into space to get the ball out of trouble. In one instance, she laid an excellent run down tackle to shut down an opponent, displaying excellent closing speed. Also took a good mark and followed this up with some great run and carry down the line.

#19 Arthurina Moreen

Moreen is an excitement machine and was responsible for two of the Central Allies’ goals. She converted her side’s first major of the day when she got a free kick and converted the set shot. Her run and carry was also exciting as it created opportunities for her side to stream forward.

#26 Katelyn Rosenzweig

Rosenzweig was one of the Central Allies’ best players on the day thanks to a lively performance up forward. Executed a great pick up and quick kick and took many good marks in the in the forward line. Kicked the ball well around her body to get it forward, creating many forward thrusts for her side. A highlight of her day was when she trapped the ball magnificently and did nicely to get up and kick around the body for her second goal of the day.

#28 Montana McKinnon

McKinnon’s hands were the best of the day for the Central Allies. McKinnon always managed to position herself well and took some memorable grabs. Did well in a contested situation and a one on one situation, showing her versatility. Also displayed great kicking, demonstrated when she delivered a nice high kick out of the contest.

#29 Esther Boles

Boles was huge for the Central Allies, doing everything she could to win the ball. She ran hard to every contest that she was involved in to try and win the footy. Delivered a nice kick to the top of the square and her kicks in general were sound and precise. A highlight of her game was when she took a great one hand grab and executed a great clearing kick from a stoppage.

Doyle’s hat-trick sees Eastern Allies grab win

EASTERN Allies have started the AFL Women’s Under 18s Championships off with a good win over Central Allies on the back of a three goals to zero final term. Lillian Doyle was the inspiration in the last term, nailing two majors and three for the game, while Alyce Parker was superb through midfield.

The Central Allies started strongly as Parker won the opening two clearances. She led the team through the midfield and her work ended up leading to a goal on the board in the opening couple of minutes courtesy of a great snap which saw a tussle in the goal square and a goal to Brea QuinlivanChloe Haines‘ ability to cover the ground was evident early on, taking an intercept mark at half-back, then finding herself on the receiving end of a free kick down forward. Her set shot just missed, but Eastern Allies were doing all the attacking. Running into another open goal, Hannah Munyard stopped her in her tracks. Doyle then made it two with a goal on the line courtesy of a great opportune kick. Then in one of the Central Allies’ first opportunities, dominant goal kicker, Katelyn Rosenzweig stepped up for a strong mark, but her set shot faded. South Australian captain Esther Boles was battling away, continually cracking in hard. The quarter came to an abrupt end after the scoreboard clock did not start for some time and quarter time siren sounded just five and a half minutes in to the term with Eastern Allies leading by 11 points.

The second term started with a couple of shots on goal to the Eastern Allies including a snap from Alyce Parker off the deck. It resulted in a behind, and then the work of Arthurina Moreen off half-back to clear by breaking the lines was impressive. Parker’s work through congestion was very eye-catching, managing to remain calm under pressure and somehow got out of a stoppage with four opposition players surrounding her. A subsequent shot on goal fell short, as did Chloe Haines’ snap which went out on the full and then dribbled a behind shortly after. All the play was up the Eastern Allies’ end but they were not capitalising on their chances. Then Brianna McFarlane did capitalise, with a flying shot on goal that managed to bounce through before a desperate defender could touch it. Rosenzweig had a chance to get on the board for Central Allies late in the quarter but her shot drifted wide for another behind. Then a kick forward put it to the advantage of Moreen who won a free kick then converted the set shot perfectly. It was the last meaningful disposal of the game, with Moreen dragging her team back to within 13 points at the main break. Central Allies’ star Nikki Gore had a strong second term, lifting up and maintaining intensity across the term.

McFarlane started the third term how she left off in the second term, having a shot on goal. It dropped short, but Eastern Allies were still pushing hard early in the opening couple of minutes. Jemima Wrigley produced a good tackle to dispossess her opponent and have a shot on goal, but it too just fell short. Doyle had a shot for her second but it also just missed. Boles and Montanna McKinnon were working hard on the wing to make something happen, but the strength of the Eastern Allies defence repelled their efforts. Madeline Gault was having a nice patch in the third term, going in hard and winning some possessions through hard running. Parker had a spell on the bench then immediately had an impact upon return late in the quarter, taking a strong mark on the lead and having a set shot from long range. It was just touched on the line and brought down. Gore continued to have the ball on a string, running hard and dropping back into defence to help out her defenders. Jaimi Tabb had a rare inside 50 for the Central Allies, but once again Eastern Allies’ defence was up to the task. Gore’s fierce tackling was on show on the wing and she was beginning to have a massive influence on the game and her efforts led to Rosenzweig pounced with the final kick of the third quarter to add a bit of spice to the final term.

The final term continued as had been the game so far with Eastern Allies taking control early. Doyle pounced on a loose ball and ran into goal kicking a major. McKinnon was strong in the opening minutes, taking a powerful mark at half-back, while Gault was busy in midfield. But Eastern Allies’ relentless attack on the ball was starting to pay dividends on the scoreboard, with Zoe Hurrell kicking a great goal on the run. Then Doyle made it two for the term and three for the game, with a great dribble goal for Eastern Allies’ sixth of the game. But not to lie down without a fight, a long kick inside 50 found Rosenzweig. Unfortunately her shot missed, but Central Allies were beginning to even out the contest in the quarter. It would not be enough though, held goalless in the final term, going down 6.8 (44) to 2.4 (16). Gore, Rosenzweig and Boles were clear standouts for the Central Allies.

EASTERN ALLIES 2.1 | 3.4 | 3.5 | 6.8 (44)
CENTRAL ALLIES 0.2 | 1.3 | 2.3 | 2.4 (16)

EASTERN ALLIES: Lillian Doyle 3, Zoe Hurrell, Brea Quinlivan, Brianna McFarlane.
CENTRAL ALLIES: Arthurina Moreen, Katelyn Rosenzweig.

EASTERN ALLIES: Lillian Doyle, Alyce Parker, Chloe Haines, Zoe HurRell, Brianna McFarlane.
CENTRAL ALLIES: Nikki Gore, Katelyn Rosenzweig, Esther Boles, Montana McKinnon, Arthurina Moreen.

NSW/ACT and Western Australia claim wins in Series One of AFLW National Championships

AS the opening series of the AFL Women’s National Under 18 Championships continues, four teams took to the field on the weekend to display their skills. New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory (NSW/ACT) and Western Australia were the big winners, with many players standing out across the four games.

NSW/ACT 6.7 (43) defeated Tasmania 1.1 (7)

NSW/ACT kept Tasmania scoreless up until half time, asserting its dominance at Blacktown International Sports Park.

Emily Hurley got on the board with two majors for NSW/ACT, and was complemented by Brea Quinlivan, Lillian Doyle, Zoe Hurrell and Eliza Cumming, who all scored a goal in the 36-point win. Georgia Garnett was named best afield for NSW/ACT while Alexia Hamilton and Brenna Tarrant also had solid performances. AFLW Academy member, Alyce Parker began her Nationals tournament strongly with a great performance. Fellow AFLW Academy member,

Libby Haines was also impressive, named amongst the best for Tasmania. She was joined by Mia King, Kelsie Hill, Tahlia Bortington, Hailee Baldwin and Netty Garlo. Mya Slatter was Tasmania’s only goalkicker on the day.

Western Australia 4.6 (30) defeated Queensland 3.9 (27)

Western Australia recorded a brilliant come-from-behind win at Domain Stadium. Queensland led at every change but after being kept scoreless in the last quarter, Western Australia ran over the top by just three points.

AFLW Academy member, McKenzie Dowrick was named best afield for Western Australia, and was complemented by fellow Academy member, Sabreena Duffy. Duffy also got a goal on the board, which brought Western Australia’s deficit to 10 points. She was complemented by Mikayla Hyde, who scored two majors, and Kate Bartlett, who scored one. Bartlett’s goal was a crucial one, as it gave Western Australia the lead for the first time in the game, which ultimately delivered the win.

It was a brave effort by Queensland, whose goals came from Charlotte Hammans, Jemma Abbott and Georgia Brehmer. Dee Heslop was named best-on-ground for Queensland and was complemented by Lily Postlethwaite, Kitara Farrar, Lauren Bella and Zimmorlei Farquharson.

NSW/ACT 6.8 (44) defeated Tasmania 0.3 (3)

In the second battle between NSW/ACT and Tasmania, it was NSW/ ACT that came out on top with another big win.

Lillian Doyle was NSW/ACT’s only multiple goalkicker with two majors, while Brea Quinlivan and Eliza Cumming got on the scoreboard once again. This time, it was Ahlani Eddy who was judged best afield for NSW/ACT, but AFLW Academy member, Alyce Parker and the best-on-ground in NSW/ACT’s first hit-out against Tasmania, Georgia Garnett were not far off the mark. Although there were no goalkickers for Tasmania, there was still a host of impressive performances.

Backing up their solid performances from their last match against NSW/ACT were Tahlia Bortington, Hailee Baldwin, Libby Haines, Netty Garlo and Mia King. They were complemented by Elise Barwick, who played a solid game against NSW/ACT.

Western Australia 6.4 (40) defeated Queensland 2.3 (15)

Western Australia continued its winning ways with another big victory over Queensland.

AFLW Academy member, McKenzie Dowrick was again named in the best for Western Australia. This time she was joined by Mikayla Bowen, Emma O’Driscoll, Roxanne Roux, Abbey Dowrick and Taylor Pescud. The goalkickers in the last match stepped up again on Monday’s hit-out, as Kate Bartlett got on the board with two majors while Sabreena Duffy and Mikayla Hyde each kicked one.