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Hawthorn claims VFLW premiership

THE Hawks have made history in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s league after an 11-point win over Geelong in the Grand Final.

Not only did the team lift up its first ever VFLW premiership cup, but it was also stalwarts of female football, Meg Hutchins, Lou Wotton and Phoebe McWilliams who got to experience premiership success for the first time.

Basketball convert, Chantella Perera was the deserving recipient of the Lisa Hardeman medal with 13 disposals, four marks and five tackles in defence. Greater Western Sydney (GWS) forward, Rebecca Beeson (24 disposals, three marks, four tackles), VFLW rising star, Jayde Van Dyk (19 disposals, four marks, six tackles) and Eastern Ranges midfielder, Mikala Cann (14 disposals, nine tackles) also impressed for the Hawks.

If Geelong had won, Vic Country duo, Olivia Purcell and Nina Morrison would have been hot favourites to claim the best-on-ground accolade, and could have claimed it even though their side lost. Purcell gathered 19 disposals and a game-high 11 tackles while Morrison racked up 20 disposals and laid five tackles.

New Geelong AFL Women’s forward, McWilliams was up and about early, creating the first goal for her side. She marked the ball just outside 50 and kicked it to the top of the square where Tamara Luke marked and kicked truly for the Hawk’s first of the day. Geelong fought back with a strong goal-line tackle provided by ruck/forward, Maddie Boyd. Boyd dispossessed Hawthorn defender, Jessica Sibley and then booted through the Cats’ first major from a tough angle just outside the goal square. Despite a dominant first quarter for the Hawks, they matched their goal with four behinds, giving them a slim two-point lead at quarter time.

After two behinds from McWilliams and Meg Hutchins to kick off the second quarter, it was unsurprisingly captain, Emma Mackie who steadied the ship with a goal halfway through the term. At the other end, the Hawks’ defence kept Geelong scoreless for the quarter, giving them an 11-point lead at the main break.

The Cats tried to bounce back in the third term but wasted their opportunities. They finished the term goalless, with behinds from Hannah Burchell, Maighan Fogas, Danielle Orr and Mia-Rae Clifford. These wasted opportunities hurt more when Sarah Perkins kicked a major in the dying stages of the game. In the Hawks’ only inside 50 of the quarter, McWilliams was again involved with a long kick inside 50 ending up with Perkins. Perkins gathered the ball with two opponents hanging off her, yet still managed to grab it cleanly and snap it through for the Hawks’ third goal. This gave them a lead of 13 points at the last break, leaving Geelong with a lot of work to do in the last 20 minutes of the game.

The Cats responded immediately though, with a long kick from ruck/forward, Maddy McMahon ending up in the reliable hands of new Geelong AFL Women’s recruit, Kate Darby at the top of the square. She made no mistake from directly in front, reducing the deficit to seven points. But not long after, it was Hawthorn forward, Emily Gilder who kicked the sealer with a set-shot goal from about 25 metres out.

This ended the scoring for both sides, and meant that Hawthorn claimed one of the most historic 11-point wins in female football.

HAWTHORN 1.3 | 2.6 | 3.6 | 4.6 (30)
GEELONG 1.1 | 1.1 | 1.5 | 2.7 (19)

GOALS:

Hawthorn: S. Perkins, T. Luke, E. Mackie, E. Gilder.
Geelong: M. Boyd, K. Darby.

BEST:

Hawthorn: C. Perera, P. McWilliams, M. Hutchins, R. Beeson, T. Luke, J. Van Dyk
Geelong: H. Burchell, N. Morrison, M. McMahon, M. Keryk, C. Blakeway, O. Purcell

Scouting notes: VFLW – Collingwood vs Hawthorn

HAWTHORN has won its way through to the Grand Final after defeating minor premiers, Collingwood. AFL Draft Central‘s Carly McClen was there to witness the action. The notes for the NT Thunder vs Geelong game will be online tomorrow.

 

Collingwood vs Hawthorn

Collingwood: 

#2 Chloe Molloy

Collingwood AFLW star Chloe Molloy was in impressive form, in the second quarter after being on the ground a minute and a half she kicked the first goal for the Pies to level the scores. She kicked another in the last, a 40 metre goal on the run that bounced through. It was a rare individual effort and she laid eight strong tackles.

#3 Nicole Hildebrand

Played a steady defensive role, crucial to keeping the margin within two goals. She read the ball better than her opponent and was often prepared to play on and kick long out of defence to clear her team from danger. She was crucial in holding up the momentum of the Hawks.

#4 Sarah D’Arcy

Her speed and slick ball movement was a sharp contrast to the Collingwood outfit on the day. She had 17 kicks, her work rate was high for four quarters.

#8 Brittany Bonnici

Had 12 disposals and laid seven tackles. She was gutsy and attacked hard but found it difficult to break the lines of the Hawks defence.

 

Hawthorn:

#1 Emma Mackie

Continued her strong form with three goals and 18 possessions. Excellent captain’s game. Her influence set the tone for the Hawks and backed it up for four quarters.

#19 Lou Wotton

She outmuscled her in-form opponent Eliza Hynes, generating more positive outcomes from stoppages.

#21 Pepa Randall

Was a dominant force in the backline. She smashed packs for the contested ball and took three good marks.

#24 Rosie Dillon

She broke through traffic to boot the first major and set the tone for the Hawks. She racked up 11 kicks, nine handballs and four tackles and consistently troubled Collingwood’s trademark defensive pressure with her pace and agility at both ends of the ground.

#28 Sarah Perkins

A real team lifter on the day. The one percenters were paramount by Perkins. Her hard chase and run-down tackle followed by an overhead mark and goal before half time really lifted the Hawks.

#32 Kim Ebb

Provided plenty of run down the wing, ran all day and created opportunities for her team and consistently troubled her opponent.

#45 Mikala Cann

A force on the half back line. She had 21 disposals and laid eight tackles for the Hawks. Kept her opponent scoreless and hardly with the ball.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Week 1 finals

BOTH favourites suffered losses in a cracking first week of Victorian Football League (VFL) finals. Collingwood went down to the Hawks on Saturday, giving Hawthorn the first spot in the decider. Meanwhile, Geelong managed to knock out the high-scoring outfit, NT Thunder on Sunday, setting up a mouth-watering clash between the Pies and the Cats on Sunday.

 

Collingwood 3.3 (21) defeated by Hawthorn 5.2 (32) 

By: Carly McClen 

Led by captain Emma Mackie, Hawthorn capitalised on its double-chance by booking in a well-earned place in the VFLW Grand Final with a semi-final win over the Collingwood Magpies.

The Hawks despatched Collingwood with their characteristic spread game and run and carry that could not be interfered with, despite the Pies’ best defensive pressure attempts on the day.  Hawthorn leader, Meg Hutchins, who played 12 games for Collingwood across the 2017 and 2018 AFL Women’s seasons, was impressive with her pace and composure and showed her experience and leadership against her old side. The Hawks had 19 more handballs than the opposition, they stuck to their game plan, and created forward opportunities that converted on the scoreboard. Hawthorn applied consistent pressure, causing uncharacteristic turnovers and wasted opportunities in attack by the Magpies. Although it was an 11-point margin to the Hawks at half-time, the Pies had not found what would galvanise the group to lift and getting the job done looked out of their hands.  

The Hawks had team-lifters across the ground such as Sarah Perkins with her hard chase and run-down tackle followed by an overhead mark and goal. Rosie Dillon had 20 disposals and was dangerous at both ends. Lou Wotton was dominant with her ruck work, muscling out Eliza Hynes and winning in hitouts. The three goals by skipper, Emma Mackie, one being a long bomb from centre half forward to bounce through, proved the combination of these individual efforts was too lethal and most damaging in securing the upset victory.

The Pies needed team-lifters and there was the usual class from Chloe Molloy early in the second quarter when she cleverly collected the ball and easily ran past a defender to kick straight and bounce a goal through. Molloy was solid in her role throughout but some real magic was on display in the last quarter when she kicked a 40-metre goal on the run that bounced through. The steady defensive work from Nicole Hildebrand and the high disposals and hard hitting from Sarah D’Arcy impacted the game, but these efforts did not ignite the Collingwood mindset to play their game, and they were unable to hold up the momentum of the Hawks. Both teams stepped up their physical presence on the day, but it was the Hawks who put it on the scoreboard and were unperturbed by the off-the-ball chat from the Pies.

 

NT Thunder 6.6 (42) defeated by Geelong 7.9 (51)

By: Connor Ferris

Sunday’s elimination final saw a thrilling contest from start to finish. The Thunder got the jump at the start, benefiting from a strong breeze as they dominated time in forward half. Despite the dominance, the Thunder were only able to register one goal on the scoreboard, squandering several opportunities en route to kicking five behinds.

Geelong failed to take advantage of the wind in the second quarter as the Thunder extended their quarter time lead from nine points to 15 at the main break. As the wind died down in the third quarter, it was the Cats who took control of the game, kicking three goals to one and cutting the Thunder lead to just one point heading into the final term, setting up a grandstand finish.

In the end it was Geelong who came out on top with a dominant fourth quarter to run out nine-point winners and book their place in the preliminary final against Collingwood next week.

Richelle Cranston was spectacular all day long with two goals and 19 possessions as she willed her side to victory. Fellow midfielder, Olivia Purcell also impressed, kicking one goal to go along with 19 possessions. For the Thunder, Marijana Rajcic was dangerous up forward kicking three goals, while captain, Angela Foley led from the front with a terrific game. The loss signals the end of the Thunder’s season, which had incredible promise. They’ll look to re-group and return even stronger in 2019. For Geelong, their victory gives them the opportunity to take on Collingwood in another do-or-die contest for a position in the Grand Final against Hawthorn in two weeks’ time.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 12

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

 

Carlton 7.10 (52) defeated Richmond 1.5 (11)

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

By: Taylah Melki

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

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

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

Team selection: VFLW – Round 10

THERE will be some close battles anticipated in round 10 of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s season with the Casey Demons taking on Richmond and Carlton taking on Williamstown. Many teams have bought in AFLW heavyweights ahead of their clashes, making for some interesting clashes across the weekend.

 

DAREBIN  v. NT THUNDER

Round 10 – 14/07/2018
12:00PM
Preston City Oval

Coming off a win last week, Darebin will be hungry for more when it comes up against the NT Thunder this weekend. The Falcons have made plenty of changes ahead of the clash with AFLW powerhouse, Lily Mithen, Molly Eastman, Hannah Mouncey, Tamara Olcorn, Genevieve Lawson-Tavan and Annalyse Lister returning to the side. Shree Fairchild and Lauren Jacobs have been named in after missing last week.

The NT Thunder showed all of their class and skill last week against the Cats and will be looking to do the same when they take on Darebin away from home. They have named two Thunder debutants for the game, who are in no way new comers to the sport, including AFLW premiership players Abbey Holmes and Ebony MarinoffCourtney Cramey, NTFL premiership player Sue Nalder, as well Marijana Rajcic and Justine Mules have also all been named in.

Darebin

B: 31. E. Gardner, 10. G. Lawson-Tavan, 21. K. Roe
HB: 32. G. Colvin, 14. M. McDonald, 49. R. Hibbert
C: 15. A.  Lister, 9. M.  Eastman, 11. K.  Tyndall
HF: 7. L. Mithen, 26. T. Olcorn, 40. L. Pearce
F: 44. S. Fairchild, 45. N. Deiter, 43. H. Mouncey
R: 41. A. O’Connor, 30. E. O’Dea, 8. N. Exon
Int: 36. C. Byrne, 1. E. Honybun, 48. L. Jacobs, 24. B. Patterson
Emg: 37. J. Bertoni, 28. A. Morrow, 17. S. Simpson, 56. M. Wilson
23P: 50. C. Delbridge

In: M. Eastman, S. Fairchild, A. Morrow, G. Lawson-Tavan, L. Mithen, H. Mouncey, T. Olcorn, L. Jacobs, C. Delbridge, A. Lister
Out: M. Guerin,  S. Hogan,  G. Hammond,  N. Callinan,  S. Normington – Dickens,  A. Pronesti

NT Thunder

B: 10. S. Barnett, 13. L. Roberts, 7. L. O’Shea
HB: 16. S. Armitstead, 35. T. Thorn, 14. C. Cramey
C: 24. G.  Bevan, 3. A.  Foley, 32. K.  Streader
HF: 4. S. Nalder, 29. M. Rajcic, 31. J. Sedunary
F: 11. J. Hickey, 26. A. Holmes, 52. E. Marinoff
R: 20. J. Hewett, 8. S. Riley, 28. R. Forth
Int: 42. G. Cusack, 43. K. Duggan, 9. L. Jeffrey, 34. J. Mules
Emg: 12. J. Anderson, 19. J. Iacono, 5. M. Roberts, 17. E. Swanson
23P: 46. S. Bishop

In: M. Rajcic, J. Mules, J. Iacono, E. Marinoff, C. Cramey, J. Anderson, S. Nalder, A. Holmes
Out: D. Varnhagen, E. Jones, K. Irvine, J. McCormick

 

GEELONG CATS v. SOUTHERN SAINTS

Round 10 – 14/07/2018
01:00PM
Deakin University – Geelong

After a disappointing loss last week, the Geelong Cats have made a number of changes to their round ten list. An exciting in for the Cats this week is Erin Hoare, who will hopefully reignite the team with her AFLW experience. She comes in alongside Emily Ramsay, Isabel Currenti and Jordan Ivey. Geelong Falcons premiership player, Tarryn Love has been named as the 23rd player. The Cats will however be missing AFLW talent Anna Teague, as well as Evelyn Dhamarrandji, Ruby Benham and Lara Williams.

The Southern Saints will be hoping to get back on the winners list this week when they take on the Cats. They will be going without AFLW Brisbane recruit, Lauren Arnell as well as Kate Macqueen and captain, Georgia Walker. In their place will be Sophie Bolding, Tiara Annear and Old Haileybury junior, Sarah Casey, who comes in for her first game of 2018.

Geelong Cats

B: 26. R. Pearce, 44. R. Goring, 19. E. Ramsay
HB: 25. E. Coventry, 24. M. McMahon, 34. A. McDonald
C: 3. H.  Burchell, 45. M.  Keryk, 10. L.  Taylor
HF: 4. C. Blakeway, 2. D. Orr, 33. H. Trevean
F: 7. M. Clifford, 6. M. Boyd, 8. K. Darby
R: 46. E. Hoare, 13. M. Fogas, 30. R. Cranston
Int: 23. I. Currenti, 5. J. Ivey, 17. H. Mangan, 35. K. Woodroffe
Emg: 15. M. Janssen, 18. M. Maguire, 51. C. Williamson
23P: 53. T. Love

In: E. Hoare, E. Ramsay, T. Love, J. Ivey, I. Currenti, M. Janssen
Out: A. Teague,  E. Dhamarrandji,  R. Benham,  L. Williams

Southern Saints

B: 18. L. Attard, 14. I. Quintal, 29. M. Macdonald
HB: 11. T. Annear, 38. S. Karlson, 17. L. Olsen
C: 33. J.  Owen, 40. M.  Maitland, 19. A.  Silver
HF: 21. D. Lawrence, 15. T. Bohanna, 24. K. Ripari
F: 49. A. Allsopp, 13. C. Munn, 4. G. Ricardo
R: 28. R. Watt, 8. A. Drennan, 32. S. Johnson
Int: 36. S. Bolding, 34. S. Casey, 52. T. Gordon, 12. J. Hull
Emg: 9. S. Long, 23. J. Rolland, 26. A. Ryan, 22. D. Smith
23P: 48. B. Hanrahan

In: S. Bolding, A. Ryan, T. Annear, J. Rolland, S. Casey, D. Smith, S. Long
Out: K. Macqueen, L. Arnell, G. Walker

 

CARLTON  v. WILLIAMSTOWN

Round 10 – 15/07/2018
11:30AM
IKON Park

Carlton will come into round ten with fresh legs after its bye in round nine. With only two wins to their name, the Blues have turned to the likes of Darcy Vescio, Sarah Hosking and Gabriella Pound to install some class and leadership into the line-up. Their AFLW experience is sure to be an asset for Carlton this weekend, however they are not the only ins this round with talented forward, Kim Cunico and two debutants also named. Former Richmond player, Georgia Fisher comes into the side while former Williamstown player, Jess Malouf will be going up against her old team.

For Williamstown, Jorja Rowe and Jenna Bruton both return from injury and Jacinta Reid has also been named in. Jasmine Garner will take to the sidelines this week with injury alongside Brodie Stevens who has also been named out. With few changes to the Seagulls’ round ten side, they will be trusting in previous performers to step up when they come up against Carlton’s strong list that boasts a host of AFLW players.

Carlton

B: 22. G. Fisher, 24. R. Hicks, 6. G. Pound
HB: 50. J. Borg, 5. D. Pedersen, 34. A. Chuot
C: 55. C.  Dalton, 66. O.  Vesely, 90. B.  Walker
HF: 40. K. Harvey, 36. C. Moody, 7. S. Last
F: 27. K. Cox, 3. D. Vescio, 41. K. Cunico
R: 42. C. Hardeman, 10. S. Hosking, 32. N. Plane
Int: 20. C. Bromage, 82. N. Burns, 17. J. Malouf, 37. B. Schultz
Emg: 30. A. Downie, 33. G. Green, 23. B. Kennedy, 38. L. McCarthy
23P: 13. M. Suzuki

In: S. Hosking, G. Fisher, B. Schultz, L. McCarthy, K. Cunico, G. Pound, B. Kennedy, D. Vescio, C. Bromage, J. Malouf
Out: I. Gietzmann,  C. Williams,  B. Moody,  K. Harrington,  R. King,  S. Li

Williamstown

B: 1. R. Dardengo, 10. B. Hateley, 30. A. Melnikas
HB: 19. E. Meade, 31. J. Cranny, 8. C. Portelli
C: 22. M.  Lowe, 36. M.  Williamson, 11. K.  Smith
HF: 44. I. Porter, 6. S. Cross, 28. J. Rowe
F: 35. J. Bruton, 4. E. Paterno, 17. S. Chapman
R: 9. R. Achampong, 2. J. Duffin, 16. A. Cameron
Int: 12. G. Harris, 7. K. Raymundo, 34. J. Reid, 20. S. Seabrook
Emg: 21. S. Dixon, 29. K. Koropeckyj, 3. S. Murphy-Burke, 13. N. Wallace
23P: 39. S. Whiting

In: J. Rowe, K. Koropeckyj, J. Bruton, N. Wallace, J. Reid, S. Dixon
Out: B. Stevens, J. Garner

 

WESTERN BULLDOGS v. ESSENDON

Round 10 – 15/07/2018
01:00PM
Henry Turner Memorial Reserve

The Western Bulldogs have named four changes to their round ten side. In their clash against Essendon, the Dogs will welcome back Natalie Gills, Rachael Gastin and Caterina O’Brien, as well as debutant Simone Ruedin. The Western Spurs junior will come in as the 23rd player. Looking for win number five on the trot, the Dogs will go into the match as favourites, however they will not be facing an easy fight when they take on the Bombers who secured their first victory last weekend and are sure to be hungry for more.

After their exciting win, Essendon will be backing their round nine list, with only one inclusion. AFLW defender, Tanya Hetherington has been named in and will start the game as part of the interchange.

Western Bulldogs

B: 9. T. Dinuccio, 42. N. Paul, 5. R. Martinuzzo
HB: 18. E. Birch, 14. E. Gamble, 19. T. Ernst
C: 15. R.  Ashley, 10. S.  Jolly, 45. J.  Davies
HF: 7. D. Berry , 44. M. Ward, 41. A. Scott
F: 2. E. Blackburn, 32. A. Mifsud, 25. R. Gastin
R: 47. N. McMahon, 16. N. Ferres, 20. A. Guest
Int: 40. N. Gills, 21. B. Hunt, 38. C. O’Brien, 30. A. Tessari
Emg: 50. L. Basto, 52. S. Walmsley, 37. B. Wunhym
23P: 35. S. Ruedin

In: S. Ruedin, R. Gastin, N. Gills, S. Walmsley, L. Basto, C. O’Brien
Out: E. Muller,  B. Lochland,  K. Rebuffo

Essendon

B: 15. L. Caruso, 7. K. Hicks, 45. E. Flack
HB: 27. A. Morcom, 29. C. Laan, 25. R. Neaves
C: 46. C.  Ugle, 22. N.  MacDonald, 9. L.  Williams
HF: 32. T. Mackrill, 16. L. Morecroft, 35. V. Moreau
F: 3. M. DeMatteo, 6. A. Quigley, 18. K. Heil
R: 30. S. Nalder, 8. H. Bullas, 44. M. Collier
Int: 20. J. Anwyl, 4. N. Hardy, 17. T. Hetherington, 1. J. Trend
Emg: 14. J. Barker, 26. A. Madden, 37. I. Malliaras, 47. A. Ward
23P: 19. B. Winbanks

In: T. Hetherington, J. Barker, A. Ward, A. Madden

 

RICHMOND  v. CASEY DEMONS

Round 10 – 15/07/2018
02:30PM
Queen Elizabeth Oval

Richmond has named four inclusions for its match-up against the Casey Demons this Sunday. Consistent defender, Jess Gardner has been welcomed back to the team, alongside AFLW Bulldogs player, Laura BaileyGabrielle Deller has also been named in. West Preston Lakeside junior, Natarsha Bamblett will come in as the 23rd player.

The Casey Demons have named three changes to their round nine team, in what is sure to be a close game between eighth and ninth on the ladder. AFLW player, Katherine Smith, as well as Shae Sloane and Casey Sherriff have all been named in while AFLW Academy member, Brooke Struylaart has been named out.

Richmond

B: 84. L. Bieniara, 63. J. Graham, 69. E. Burry
HB: 83. J. Gardner, 73. L. Davie, 77. J. Hocking
C: 60. K.  Dempsey, 89. G.  Deller, 75. B.  Lynch
HF: 80. J. Louttit, 79. L. Tesoriero, 55. C. Wakefield
F: 82. G. Bibby, 90. S. Damon, 87. G. Egan
R: 68. A. Edmonds, 59. A. Woodward, 52. J. Kennedy
Int: 54. L. Bailey, 53. K. Dixon, 64. E. Gunn, 76. E. Ross
Emg: 85. N. Clarke, 61. J. Colwell, 81. E. George, 78. V. Tonin
23P: 67. N. Bamblett

In: J. Gardner, L. Bailey, N. Bamblett, V. Tonin , N. Clarke, G. Deller
Out: T. Muller,  P. Monahan

Casey Demons

B: 37. L. Lowerson, 27. A. Harrison, 12. G. McLean
HB: 16. C. Sherriff, 41. T. Mesiti, 8. M. Tatham
C: 7. B.  Jakobsson, 10. K.  Hore, 9. A.  Johnson
HF: 34. D. Guttridge, 29. E. Zanker , 25. M. Shevlin
F: 22. K. Guttridge, 18. K. Bentvelzen , 15. S. Phillips
R: 14. T. Orgill, 13. K. Smith, 6. A. McDonough
Int: 31. H. Bailey, 48. S. Fyfield, 47. M. Hogg, 2. A. Newman
Emg: 3. R. Clayton, 30. A. Marshall, 5. S. Poke, 32. J. Turner
23P: 26. S. Sloane

In: K. Smith, A. Marshall, S. Sloane, C. Sherriff, R. Clayton
Out: A. O’Sullivan, B. Struylaart

 

MELBOURNE UNI  v. HAWTHORN

Round 10 – 15/07/2018
02:30PM
Melbourne University Main Oval

Melbourne Uni has made seven changes to its round ten side after a disappointing loss to the Dogs last weekend. Hopefully the return of Mugars captain, Ashleigh Riddell will bring the team the leadership they need this week. Riddell returns for round ten alongside AFLW player, Jasmine Grierson, Kira Price, Kathryn Klatt, Hannah Ibrahim, Marta Cantwell and Emma Humphries. North Melbourne AFLW recruit, Sophie Abbatangelo will miss this week’s clash as well Alexandra Saundry and Aisling Tupper.

Hawthorn has not made too many changes this week after an impressive win over Williamstown in round nine, now sitting second on the ladder. The Hawks have included Nicky Cormack, who has been named as part of the primary list for the first time after impressing at training. Experienced players, Lou Wotton and Kim Ebb have also been named in.

Melbourne Uni

B: 25. S. De Bortoli, 29. K. Klatt, 17. E. Hay
HB: 19. L. Ahrens, 31. D. Hardiman, 8. C. Fitzpatrick
C: 6. E.  Keaney, 13. R.  Green, 44. A.  Runnalls
HF: 10. K. Ashmore, 9. K. Price, 53. J. Grierson
F: 38. K. Angelis, 20. L. Belza, 47. E. Humphries
R: 41. K. Gillespie-Jones, 7. A. Riddell, 2. H. Ibrahim
Int: 12. M. Cantwell, 11. P. Cordes, 22. D. Edward, 24. S. Wilson
Emg: 33. C. Adams, 43. L. Munday, 34. A. Price, 35. M. Shone
23P: 26. C. Greiser

In: K. Price, K. Klatt, A. Riddell, H. Ibrahim, M. Cantwell, E. Humphries, J. Grierson
Out: S. Abbatangelo,  A. Saundry,  A. Tupper

Hawthorn

B: 5. C. Perera, 32. K. Ebb, 31. J. Sibley
HB: 11. D. Haines, 36. J. Van Dyk, 13. E. Nixon
C: 40. E.  Macdonald, 1. E.  Mackie, 12. T.  Nestor
HF: 17. S. David, 25. M. Hutchins, 9. M. Kuys
F: 8. R. Beeson, 33. E. Gilder, 34. A. Dowler
R: 19. L. Wotton, 14. O. Flanagan, 6. J. Crockett-Grills
Int: 22. T. Luke, 35. C. O’Donnell, 29. A. Tanner, 15. S. Yule
Emg: 4. S. Carroll, 3. E. Mcilvena , 39. S. McNamara, 16. C. Papadopoulos
23P: 52. N. Cormack

In: L. Wotton, S. McNamara, N. Cormack , E. Mcilvena , K. Ebb, C. Papadopoulos
Out: P. Randall, L. Kelly

Team of the Week: VFLW – Round 7

HAWTHORN dominates the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s round seven Team of the Week with four players, which is the most of any team, after thrashing Essendon on Sunday. On the other hand, Essendon, Carlton and Casey all only have one representative after their losses on the weekend.

Hannah Mouncey once again claimed the full forward position after another dominant three-goal performance for Darebin in its win over Melbourne University. Chloe Molloy was also instrumental up forward for Collingwood, amassing 20 disposals as well as kicking a goal in a standout game for the former Calder Cannon star.

Lauren Arnell is quickly repaying the faith after her mid-season switch from Carlton to the Southern Saints, as she was superb on Saturday. She collected 19 disposals as well as getting a goal in a real captain’s game. She was not picked in the best 22 this week, but if she can continue her form she will not find it hard to slot in next week.

As the halfway mark of the season approaches, Mouncey is really stamping her claim at full forward for the VFLW Team of the Year as she has been featured many times. Hawthorn’s Jade Van Dyk is also honing in on a key back position as she has found herself in some great form. NT captain, Angela Foley has perhaps been the most consistent of all, winning lots of the ball every week in the Thunder’s midfield. 

Scouting notes: VFLW: Round 5

COLLINGWOOD, Darebin, Richmond, NT, Casey and Geelong were the round five Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s winners. For the Magpies, Thunder and Cats, their wins extend their undefeated streaks while for the Demons, their win was their first in the competition. We watched four games on the weekend and took some notes on the standout performers from each game.

 

Hawthorn vs. Collingwood 

By: Peter Williams 

Hawthorn:

#1 Emma Mackie

The Hawthorn skipper led by example in the midfield, continually cracking in at the coal face to win a number of frees. She showed a good ability to stand up while being tackled and kick clear of the stoppage, while also being composed under pressure with ball-in-hand. She took a great intercept mark backing back in the first term in the Collingwood attack, filling the hole and showing no fear.

#5 Chantella Perera

Had the job on Chloe Molloy and had a good old fashioned scrap back there. Both players were relentless in giving it to each other and gave away free kicks for holding. Molloy finished the game with one goal – in the first term – and missed a number of set shots, but the pressure Perera put on her was good. It could have ended a lot worse on the scoreboard, but Perera did well in the one-on-ones where she did not give away the free.

#14 Olivia Flanagan

One of Hawthorn’s best over the four quarters, just wins the footy in a no-fuss approach to the game. Wins the pill on the inside or the outside, and is not afraid to take the game on. Had a really busy opening term and it set the tone for the rest of her match and the team. Worked well with Mackie on the inside and played arguably her best game of the year.

#19 Lou Wotton

Prominent early in the ruck, might not have had the athleticism that her opposition Eliza Hynes had, but Wotton had the game smarts and the strength to position herself well in the ruck contests. She had a dominant first term and worked well in tandem with Tamara Luke.

#22 Tamara Luke

Had a few clearances out of the ruck and pumped the ball forward off quick kicks. Luke worked hard to win the contested ball and taps to space for her midfielders. More importantly, her ability to get down and work hard for second efforts was another highlight of her game. Won a free kick late in the second term but her set shot just missed to the left.

#25 Meg Hutchins

Just smart and experienced playing in defence and pushing up to the wing. Uses good body contact on her opponents and knows when she needs to boot it long to safety. Hutchins had the nous to use momentum to dive forward in a Sarah D’Arcy tackle and draw a free for in the back in the third term.

#28 Sarah Perkins

Led up at the footy continually and had a set shot from a free kick on the boundary line in the third term but did not make the distance. Did not have the normal space she could be afforded to on occasions, but continued to work hard throughout the match.

 

Collingwood:

#2 Chloe Molloy

Returned to the Magpies side in style worrying opposition defenders with her presence and having multiple shots on goal. Booted 1.3 in the first half alone, with the goal coming off a smart kick off the ground running goal side of her opponent. Won a number of free kicks for holding or pushing, playing a strong game. Would be disappointed she missed a couple of shots she would normally nail.

#4 Sarah D’Arcy

Just cracked in hard and won so many frees across the game. She got to the contest first on a number of occasions, and when she did not, she applied a number of crunching tackles to win holding the ball free kicks. She produced a perfect lace-out kick to Molloy in the opening term and had a great steal, blind turn and snap out of a contest in the forward 50 in the third quarter.

#13 Jaimee Lambert

Covered the ground well in all thirds and draws free kicks from getting to the contest first. She is able to fire out handballs at ground level under pressure and plays smart, often kicking for distance as she did when she was hugged up against the boundary line in the second term. Finds plenty of the football across the four quarters.

#22 Sophie Casey

Really liked her game off half-back. She took a number of marks and laid some fierce tackles to stop opponents in their tracks. In one instance in the second term, she took a good mark and kicked off half-back to a teammate who was spoiled, then she charged at the contest, won the ball back and kicked wide to a teammate on the lead who marked.

#28 Holly Whitford

The type of player who teammates love and opponents love to hate. Never takes a backwards step and wins multiple free kicks for going in hard. Had a great pass inboard to see Chloe Leighton diving into space in the second term, then won consecutive free kicks and goaled from the set shot 20 metres out. She came off early in the third term after a hard knock, then returned to have a few things to say to the opposition.

#47 Jessica Edwards

A player with a good turn of speed, able to completely change direction without losing too much momentum. Played well out of the defensive 50 providing some good rebound and showed fantastic acceleration. The captain led by example in defence and created pressure on opposition forwards.

#65 Emily Browning

Laid a great hip-and-shoulder on the wing in the opening term and then had a snap on goal in the second term but was smothered. Provided good defensive pressure up forward throughout.

#73 Gabrielle Biedenweg-Webster

Liked her attack on the contest and her ability to hunt the ball and harass the opposition. Just went in hard every chance she got.

 

Carlton vs. Darebin 

By: Taylah Melki

Carlton: 

#2 Madeline Keryk

Her follow up work around the ground was good for Carlton while she applied plenty of physical pressure, laying four tackles for the game. Keryk was accurate by foot and got her hands on plenty of the footy.

#10 Sarah Hosking

Hosking was a tackling machine, laying seven tackles for the game and imposing herself on the contest. She applied plenty of pressure on the ball carrier and won her fair share of the footy both in the air and at ground level.

#17 Tilly Lucas-Rodd

Lucas-Rodd was important for the Blues with her clever use of the footy and ability to impact the contest. She looked dangerous around the stoppages in the first quarter and extracted the footy well from the contest. She impressed with her pin-point passing inside the forward 50. Lucas-Rodd was a ball magnet, getting plenty of touches and using the ball effectively for Carlton.

#31 Kate Shierlaw

Shierlaw was a workhorse for Carlton and was good out of defence. She had a real give it and go attitude, hitting the contest hard and competing hard to win the footy. Shierlaw had some good strong leads, and took a strong mark which led to a goal in the third quarter.

 #42 Caroline Hardeman

Hardeman put her body on the line, hitting the packs hard and picking up the ball cleanly. Her silky skills were on display, breaking a tackle and then slotting the first goal of the match for the Blues.

#44 Danica Pedersen

In her first game, Pedersen starred, amassing plenty of touches and using her physical presence, laying five tackles for the game. She worked tirelessly all game in a difficult outing for the Blues.

#50 Jorja Borg

Borg took a good mark going back with the flight of the footy and was a real general down back. She helped to control the Blues’ defence and was efficient by foot.

 

Darebin Falcons:

#8 Nat Exon

Exon had good break-away speed and opened up the middle of the field. She showcased her kicking ability with a strong kick into the forward 50. Exon used her booming kick to slot a good goal from about 40 metres out. Exon impressed with her clean pick-ups and was a real ball magnet throughout the four quarters, taking strong grabs and imposing herself on the contest laying strong tackles.

#14 Meghan McDonald

McDonald was a key player down in defence, showcasing her ability to read the play and take intercept marks. She impressed with her long booming kick and was in charge of kick outs from defence for the majority of the game, credit to her ability to hit targets.

#20 Maddy Guerin

Guerin showcased her footy smarts, dancing around her opponent on the boundary line and then kicking a centering ball. She was really good around the stoppages and had quick hands at the coal-face to release the footy to the voice of a teammate.

#22 Georgia Hammond

She impressed with her good break-away speed, going for a run and bounce through the middle and creating some forward momentum with a good long penetrating kick into the forward 50. Hammond positioned herself well and took a good mark in the goal square, going on to slot a nice goal for Darebin.

#32 Gabrielle Colvin

Colvin was really strong around the stoppages and her clean hands were invaluable for the Falcons. She showcased her footy smarts, weaving out of trouble and helping to propel them forward.

#40 Lauren Pearce

Pearce had sticky fingers from start to finish. She really imposed herself on the marking contest, competing hard in the air and at ground level. She took a heap of intercept marks and worked hard to keep her opponent out of the contest.

#43 Hannah Mouncey

Mouncey was strong in the ruck, showcasing her good jump and ability to tap the footy to advantage for her midfielders, demonstrating her versatility to play in multiple positions. She showed great attack on the footy and applied a lot of good forward pressure. She missed a few opportunities at goal but made up for it, taking a strong grab in the third quarter which resulted in a goal from about 5 metres out. Mouncey ended up with three majors for the game and provided plenty of good leads for her teammates.

 

Richmond vs. Essendon 

By: James Halley

Richmond:

#53 Kate Dixon

She is clearly the focal point of the forward line for Richmond, as her teammates continue to look for her and she takes marks accordingly.

#57 Emma King

She has a clear advantage in the ruck. Her taps lead to clear stoppage break-aways for Richmond. After an uncontested grab, she kicked the Tigers’ first goal with a monster kick from 50 metres out.

#79 Lauren Tesoriero

She used her body to her advantage, using her opponents to keep her at bay and slot through two goals. She is able to rag-doll her opponents with ball in hand. Tesoriero finished with nine kicks, 13 disposals and three clearances, as the veteran midfielder provided constant support for her teammates.

#61 Jenna Colwell

She is capable of taking big contested grabs but just needs to work on the penetration of her kicking. From a free kick she kicked truly from the goal square in the last term.

#88 Phoebe Monahan

Utility Phoebe Monahan was spectacular for the Tigers, leading the team for touches (27), to go with nine inside 50s and eight clearances. She was best afield in the Dreamtime match, being announced as the recipient of the Aunty Joy Murphy Award.

 

Essendon:

#8 Hayley Bullas

She kicked the first goal of the game in a great kick from 25 metres out on the run. The midfielder played a really good game, as she got lots of the ball as well as kicking a goal.

#46 Courtney Ugle

She is very quick and nimble and is able to get around Tiger forwards at ease. Her kicking is very precise, and allows her to cut through the middle of the ground. Her tackling is superb, as she recorded four holding the ball free kicks for the match. She displayed a four-quarter performance and a well-rounded game.

#35 Valerie Moreau

She has quick hands and had a lot of inside 50s. She has a really good kick and often found targets in the forward 50, which gave Essendon shots on target.

#30 Simone Nalder

She kicked her first goal from a ruck free kick. Nalder was everywhere for Essendon with her great ball use. One of the best for the day.

#37 Irena Malliaras

She was instrumental for Bombers in the midfield. Malliaras was at the bottom of the packs all day and they relied on her a lot for good distribution.

 

NT Thunder vs. Western Bulldogs

By: Julia Montesano 

NT Thunder:

#40 Deni Varnhagen

Her intercept marking was fantastic all day. Her contested marking also provided a highlight. Varnhagen was a great sweeper in defence and a general down back.

#27 Anne Hatchard

Came in for her first game for NT Thunder and set the field alight. Kicked four well-deserved goals, displaying her dominance inside 50. Hatchard was really proactive up forward and positioned well in the goal square. She just attacked the ball with acceleration and grit every time the ball was in her vicinity. Also displayed some great hands in a contested situation to kick some nice goals from close range.

#20 Jasmyn Hewett

Hewett played her best game for the NT Thunder. She dominated in the ruck, getting a fantastic vertical leap over her opponent. She was extremely proactive whenever the ball was in her vicinity,  running hard to ensure that the ball was used effectively. Displayed this when she ran hard through a contest, got tackled, yet still got on the end of a good goal. Took an early contender for VFLW Mark of the Year with a fantastic overhead mark over a Western Bulldogs player. She sat perfectly on top of her opponent’s shoulders and had all eyes for the footy. She is becoming a really solid player for NT Thunder.

#4 Sue Nalder

Nalder’s marking was spectacular. She took a great juggling mark in one instance and then centered the ball magnificently. In another instance, she threaded the needle well to find Anne Hatchard in the goal square. Nalder’s marking was on display again when she took a great sliding mark off a Renee Forth kick. Her strong hands gave her a platform to take her time and ensure that her kicks hit targets, which was quite valuable for the Thunder.

#49 Madeline Gault

The 17 year-old NT native came in for her first match for the Thunder after playing in the National Under 18 Championships. Gault showed outstanding composure in defence, making it difficult to believe that she is only 17 years-old. There was never a moment where she didn’t attack the footy hard. In many instances, she came hard to the ball and didn’t wait for it. Spoiled the ball well which helped to move the ball forward for NT.

#3 Angela Foley

Foley was everywhere as usual, setting up the play on plenty of occasions. Whether it was in the midfield, up forward or in defence, you just knew that Foley was going to make an impact. She was targeted hard in this game by the Bulldogs midfielders but adapted to the pressure really quickly to play her natural style of footy. A highlight of her game was when she kicked a great goal while being tackled.

 

Western Bulldogs:

#16 Naomi Ferres

Ferres did not stop working for the Bulldogs all day. She was always in and around the contest, going in hard for the footy. This was shown when she dived on the ball and trapped it in the middle of the ground to create a stoppage when the Bulldogs were leading. Provided a great highlight when she laid a strong tackle on one of the hardest players to bring down in Angela Foley. Ferres continued her tackling throughout the whole game. Gave away a clever no-look handball while she on the deck. Kicked two well-deserved goals in the last quarter to top off a great individual performance.

#6 Kirsty McLeod

McLeod was a key player for the Bulldogs. She did well to get up after being spoiled in a marking contest and was involved in Bulldogs’ second goal. She troubled her opponents at multiple times, displayed when she took a good intercept mark off an Eloise Jones kick. Also had great awareness to spot Jessica Sedunary playing on after a free kick and tackled her immediately, which affected a kick inside 50.

#1 Brooke Lochland

In this game, we got to see Brooke Lochland’s courageous side. She took a couple of big hits but continued to run and battle hard in each contest. She seems to have worked on her running during the off-season, as she covered ground exceptionally well with her improved endurance. Kicked well on the day, allowing her teammates to run onto the space that she would kick it to.

#34 Emma Mackay

Mackay was another one who worked hard for the Bulldogs. She delivered a lovely spearing pass inside 50, which helped her teammates run onto the ball. She laid a great run-down tackle, and even when she got tackled, she wouldn’t give up and just kept running and working hard. Delivered a nice hack kick towards 50, doing her best work around the forward 50 mark. Was able to execute disposals well from a dangerous position.

#18 Libby Birch

Courageously got up after a big hit and still went on to kick the ball after earning a free kick. Her kicking was precise throughout the game, as she was another Bulldogs player that liked to utilise the space around her. She ran hard all game and worked particularly well on the wings where she tried and work the ball down the line. Birch has the capacity to know when to hack a kick or use it deftly, which is a really valuable trait for her and her team.  

Team Selection: VFLW – Round 1

IN what will be a groundbreaking round of football, the brand new Victorian Football League Women’s (VFLW) will see just three sides from the 2017 season take the field, while so many others have changed sides. Northern Territory (NT) Thunder and Hawthorn are two teams with strong line-ups in round one, while the least experienced side in Southern Saints will be hoping to match it with Carlton in both teams’ first games in the league to kick off the first round of action.

SOUTHERN SAINTS v. CARLTON
Round 1 – Saturday, May 5, 11.15am
Skybus Stadium, Frankston

In the opening game of the round, the Southern Saints have a real challenge on their hands, fronting up against a Carlton side which has plenty of AFLW talent. The Saints are the least experienced team in terms of AFLW games, but they will be hoping it adds an element of unpredictability to their line-up. The Saints have the home ground advantage in Frankson, and the likes of former Collingwood youngster Georgia Walker, and ex-Sandringham Dragons talents in Georgia Ricardo and Isabel Quintal will be able to get their season off on the right foot. It will not be easy however, with the opposition posting a strong line-up including marquee forward Darcy Vescio who has crossed from Diamond Creek, and Sarah Hosking who makes the move from Seaford. Other Carlton players to watch include Gabriella Pound, Maddison Gay and Tilly Lucas-Rodd. Named as an emergency, ex-Seaford player Katelyn Cox is one to watch in the coming weeks.

Southern Saints

B: 11. T. Annear, 45. S. Binder, 26. A. Ryan
HB: 29. M. Macdonald, 17. L. Olsen, 31. G. Walker
C: 38. S. Karlson, 2. A. Brown, 19. A. Silver
HF: 27. K. Macqueen, 15. T. Bohanna, 24. K. Ripari
F: 21. D. Lawrence, 23. J. Rolland, 13. C. Munn
R: 28. R. Watt, 8. A. Drennan, 32. S. Johnson
Int: 36. S. Bolding, 34. S. Casey, 12. J. Hull, 40. M. Maitland
Emg: 9. S. Long, 7. M. Supple, 16. K. Thompson, 6. J. Vissenjoux
23P: 22. D. Smith

Carlton

B: 23. B. Kennedy, 50. J. Borg, 4. M. Keryk
HB: 35. S. Li, 34. A. Chuot, 90. B. Walker
C: 56. C. Williams , 10. S. Hosking, 8. M. Gay
HF: 45. R. King, 36. C. Moody, 17. T. Lucas-Rodd
F: 20. C. Bromage, 42. C. Hardeman, 3. D. Vescio
R: 16. B. Moody, 82. N. Burns, 6. G. Pound
Int: 40. K. Harvey, 32. N. Plane, 66. T. Plowman, 63. O. Vesely
Emg: 27. K. Cox, 41. K. Cunico, 33. G. Green, 38. L. McCarthy
23P: 37. B. Schultz

 

DAREBIN v. NT THUNDER
Round 1 – Saturday, May 5, 12pm
Preston City Oval, Preston

Reigning premiers Darebin Falcons kick off their season at their new home of Preston City Oval against new side Northern Territory Thunder on Saturday. With the Thunder likely to be a premiership favourite, the Falcons will need all their experience at state level to counter the AFLW experience of their opposition. Darebin has picked up Melbourne youngster Maddy Guerin, who will be familiar with the ground having come through the ranks as a Northern Knight, while all eyes will be on full-forward recruit Hannah Mouncey. The tall forward was dominant in Canberra last season and was a hot topic of conversation over the summer, but now she will be hoping her football can do the talking in this game. She will likely be opposed to Adelaide Crows defender Sarah Allan, one of 22 players in the NT Thunder outfit yet to play a VFLW game. But Adelaide co-captain Chelsea Randall, young guns Ebony Jones and Jessica Allan, GWS vice captain, Emma Swanson, and Adelaide stars, Rhiannon Metcalfe and Jasmyn Hewett, the NT Thunder outfit is star-studded. With no Jessica Dal Pos, Karen Paxman or Elise O’Dea this week, and Daisy Pearce taking a 12-month sabbatical, the Falcons will be looking to their less experienced players to do the damage.

Darebin

B: 27. S. Hogan, 10. G. Lawson-Tavan, 48. L. Jacobs
HB: 1. E. Honybun, 49. R. Hibbert, 11. K. Tyndall
C: 32. G. Colvin, 9. M. Eastman, 15. A. Lister
HF: 20. M. Guerin, 14. M. McDonald, 29. S. Normington – Dickens
F: 22. G. Hammond, 43. H. Mouncey, 17. S. Simpson
R: 34. S. Egan, 26. T. Olcorn, 36. C. Byrne
Int: 37. J. Bertoni, 44. S. Fairchild, 31. E. Gardner, 28. A. Morrow
Emg: 5. K. McNiece, 41. A. O’Connor, 24. B. Patterson, 21. K. Roe
23P: 35. L. Skipper

NT Thunder

B: 10. S. Barnett, 37. S. Allan, 44. M. Johnston
HB: 33. D. Cox, 35. T. Thorn, 13. L. Roberts
C: 2. E. Jones, 26. C. Randall, 40. D. Varnhagen
HF: 29. M. Rajcic, 30. R. Metcalfe, 17. E. Swanson
F: 16. S. Armitstead, 20. J. Hewett, 11. J. Hickey
R: 25. J. Allan, 5. M. Roberts, 3. A. Foley
Int: 1. L. Adam, 12. J. Anderson, 18. T. Holtze, 7. L. O’Shea
Emg: 6. L. Motlop
23P: 39. J. Baird

 

COLLINGWOOD v. WILLIAMSTOWN
Round 1 – Saturday, May 5, 2.30pm
Warrawee Park, Oakleigh

In a game likely to attract a crowd, two new sides battle it out in a traditional Saturday afternoon game at Warrawee Park. Collingwood takes on Williamstown at Oakleigh, with the Magpies and Chargers holding close alignment in the competition. But it will be a match that pits some familiar faces against each other, with two of Collingwood’s most in-form players of the 2018 AFLW season in Jasmine Garner and Jess Duffin on the opposition side. Along with the pair, Williamstown has also recruited Western Bulldogs midfield Jenna Bruton, who has crossed the West Gate Bridge after playing in Box Hill last season. Along with Garner, other former St Kilda Sharks players in Georgia Harris and Rachel Achampong will provide much needed support and team chemistry in key position players. For the Magpies, Sarah D’Arcy, Sarah Dargan, Emma Grant and Jamiee Lambert are just a handful of AFLW names everyone has become familiar with, while West Australian youngster Ruby Schleicher and Gippsland Power talent Holly Whitford also had glimpses throughout the AFLW season.

Collingwood

B: 49. S. Alexander, 73. G. Biedenweg-Webster, 50. G. Buchan
HB: 22. S. Casey, 4. S. D’Arcy, 46. S. Dargan
C: 56. P. Davey, 47. J. Edwards, 75. E. Fowler
HF: 55. L. French, 5. E. Grant, 54. H. Grubb
F: 52. N. Hales, 11. E. Hynes, 81. B. Jones
R: 93. V. Laloifi, 13. J. Lambert, 61. A. Malander
Int: 99. S. Marsh, 63. P. Nash, 18. R. Schleicher, 28. H. Whitford
Emg: 48. A. Bild , 53. R. Grant, 57. G. Knox, 77. C. Leighton
23P: 65. E. Browning

Williamstown

B: 19. E. Meade, 32. B. Stevens, 34. J. Reid
HB: 1. R. Dardengo, 24. A. Saxton, 3. S. Murphy-Burke
C: 4. E. Paterno, 17. S. Chapman, 44. I. Porter
HF: 16. A. Cameron, 12. G. Harris, 5. A. Walsh
F: 21. S. Dixon, 25. J. Garner, 22. M. Lowe
R: 9. R. Achampong, 35. J. Bruton, 2. J. Duffin
Int: 10. B. Hateley, 26. J. Heard, 30. A. Melnikas, 8. C. Portelli
Emg: 14. C. Balshaw, 28. J. Kile, 20. S. Seabrook, 13. N. Wallace
23P: 29. K. Koropeckyj

 

WESTERN BULLDOGS v. RICHMOND
Round 1 – Saturday, May 5, 4pm
VU Whitten Oval, Footscray

The reigning AFLW premier and a future AFLW side clash in an evening game in Footscray, with the Western Bulldogs not unleashing much of their AFLW talent across the ground, while the Tigers bring in a vastly unknown side to the competition. Hayley Wildes has crossed from Cranbourne to continue her work with her AFLW club, but the exciting talents of Brooke Lochland, Ellie Blackburn, Katie Brennan and Deanna Berry among others are not in the side for a multitude of reasons. Experienced VFLW campaigners Jessica Francke and Kylie Nicolaci will continue their work at the VU Western Spurs and hope to get the Bulldogs off to a winning start. For the Tigers, they must have an omen about jumper numbers under 50, with players represented between 51 and 89. Of those named in the side, Jess Gardner and Jenna Colwell will use their partnership at the St Kilda Sharks to help gel the side, while Jessica Kennedy has crossed from Bendigo Thunder.

Western Bulldogs

B: 9. T. Dinuccio, 14. E. Gamble, 5. R. Martinuzzo
HB: 15. R. Ashley, 42. N. Paul, 12. J. Francke
C: 25. R. Gastin, 27. K. Nicolaci, 34. E. Mackay
HF: 39. K. Clarke, 30. A. Tessari, 6. K. McLeod
F: 38. C. O’Brien, 46. T. Moss, 17. H. Wildes
R: 45. E. McLaughlin, 10. S. Jolly, 31. A. Gunn
Int: 37. L. Murphy, 48. A. Rooth, 41. A. Scott, 47. N. McMahon
Emg: 24. K. Rennie
23P: 43. A. Goldring

Richmond

B: 84. L. Bieniara, 77. J. Hocking, 69. E. Burry
HB: 73. L. Davie, 63. J. Graham, 70. E. Findlay
C: 60. K. Dempsey, 76. E. Ross, 58. C. Musico
HF: 53. K. Dixon, 64. E. Gunn, 56. E. Hogan
F: 86. N. Clarke, 81. E. George, 80. J. Louttit
R: 68. A. Edmonds, 61. J. Colwell, 52. J. Kennedy
Int: 83. J. Gardner, 62. T. Muller, 78. V. Tonin , 59. A. Woodward
Emg: 82. G. Bibby, 85. N. Clarke, 74. G. Fisher, 79. L. Tesoriero
23P: 75. B. Lynch

 

GEELONG CATS v. MELBOURNE UNI
Round 1 – Sunday, May 6, 12.30pm
GMHBA Stadium, Geelong

Kicking off the Sunday games, Geelong hosts Melbourne University at GMHBA Stadium after a promising pre-season. On the Cats list is some AFLW talent led by Richelle Cranston, the exciting midfielder/forward from Melbourne, and Mia-Rae Clifford who has crossed from the St Kilda Sharks to don the blue and white hoops. Kate Darby booted six goals in a pre-season match to announce herself as a key target up forward, while Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels Female Talent Manager Krista Woodroffe has made the 22, lining up for the Cats a day after guiding her TAC Cup club in their round eight match against Gippsland Power. Melbourne University have recruited well from Diamond Creek, picking up Sophie Abbatangelo and Ashleigh Riddle, both players who came into draft consideration last year. Throw in ex-Bendigo Pioneers pocket rocket Aisling Tupper and casually slotting the AFLW Best and Fairest winner Emma Kearney onto the bench, and Melbourne University have plenty of firepower through the midfield.

Geelong Cats

B: 19. E. Ramsay, 44. R. Goring, 16. L. Williams
HB: 25. E. Coventry, 26. R. Pearce, 34. A. McDonald
C: 3. H. Burchell, 12. R. Garing, 7. M. Clifford
HF: 17. H. Mangan, 2. D. Orr, 21. E. Oliver
F: 28. M. Fedele, 8. K. Darby, 32. A. Habib
R: 41. C. Stevens, 30. R. Cranston, 33. H. Trevean
Int: 23. I. Currenti, 13. M. Fogas, 15. M. Janssen, 35. K. Woodroffe
Emg: 22. B. Cheever, 36. E. Dhamarrandji, 10. L. Taylor
23P: 24. M. McMahon

Melbourne Uni

B: 20. L. Belza, 29. K. Klatt, 43. L. Munday
HB: 25. S. De Bortoli, 27. J. Anderson, 3. L. Walsh
C: 45. M. McDonald, 22. D. Edward, 32. I. Milford
HF: 1. S. Abbatangelo, 9. K. Price, 24. S. Wilson
F: 11. P. Cordes, 10. A. Price, 36. L. Watkin
R: 8. C. Fitzpatrick, 7. A. Riddell, 2. H. Ibrahim
Int: 12. M. Cantwell, 5. A. Gittings , 6. E. Keaney, 18. A. Tupper
Emg: 33. C. Adams, 19. L. Ahrens, 44. A. Runnalls, 4. A. Saundry
23P: 35. M. Shone

 

ESSENDON v. HAWTHORN
Round 1 – Sunday, May 6, 1pm
Windy Hill, Essendon

In the final game of the round, Essendon takes on Hawthorn at the Bombers’ traditional home of Windy Hill. If the traditional rivalry is anything like that of the AFL one, expect there to be fireworks. Much has been talked about Hawthorn’s star-studded line-up, and they have gone out of their way to pick up some experienced players, but Essendon will be hoping to get a win on their home soil. Led by Lisa Williams, the Bombers have some VFLW experience in centre-half back Kirby Hicks and Western Bulldogs stopper Lauren Morecroft who has crossed from Diamond Creek. Hayley Bullas is one to keep an eye on through the midfield, while Kendra Heil – named as an emergency – is a name some Pies fans might be familiar with, after the Canadian signed with the club only to suffer a horrific knee injury and miss the chance at playing in the inaugural AFLW season. Turning to Hawthorn, a spine of Meg Hutchins, Sarah Perkins and Phoebe McWilliams is unbelievable experience for the side, while Emma Mackie will lead the Hawks after a strong season with Box Hill last year. Olivia Flanagan, Melissa Kuys and Lou Wotton are a mix of youth and experience and are others to watch for in this match.

Essendon

B: 14. J. Barker, 16. L. Morecroft, 27. A. Morcom
HB: 26. A. Madden, 7. K. Hicks, 25. R. Neaves
C: 1. J. Trend, 8. H. Bullas, 9. L. Williams
HF: 35. V. Moreau, 6. A. Quigley, 43. D. Ponter
F: 3. M. DeMatteo, 30. S. Nalder, 4. N. Hardy
R: 12. B. Kearney, 32. T. Mackrill, 37. I. Malliaras
Int: 20. J. Anwyl, 40. G. Golds, 21. K. McFadyen, 10. D. Pedersen
Emg: 49. E. Bult, 18. K. Heil, 22. N. MacDonald, 46. C. Ugle
23P: 15. L. Caruso

Hawthorn

B: 21. P. Randall, 22. T. Luke, 31. J. Sibley
HB: 13. E. Nixon, 25. M. Hutchins, 36. J. Van Dyk
C: 14. O. Flanagan, 1. E. Mackie, 9. M. Kuys
HF: 6. J. Crockett-Grills, 28. S. Perkins, 35. C. O’Donnell
F: 33. E. Gilder, 7. P. McWilliams, 12. T. Nestor
R: 19. L. Wotton, 17. S. David, 4. S. Carroll
Int: 24. R. Dillon, 34. A. Dowler, 16. C. Papadopoulos, 15. S. Yule
Emg: 18. J. Foster, 11. D. Haines, 39. S. McNamara, 29. A. Tanner
23P: 26. C. Dyett

BYE – CASEY DEMONS