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Weekend wash-up: AFLW – Round 2

ROUND 2 of AFLW 2019 is done and dusted, with Melbourne and Adelaide entering the winners list for the first time this year. North Melbourne continued their dominant start to the season, while Collingwood struggled and Carlton were unlucky to come away with a loss to Adelaide. Three matches recorded high scores in Round 2, showing good signs for the rest of the season.

North Melbourne 7.6 (48) defeated GWS GIANTS 2.11 (23)
By: James Halley

North Melbourne continued its perfect start to the AFL Women’s, defeating GWS GIANTS by 25 points in treacherous conditions. Two weather delays could not stop the flag favourites from proving their worth. The midfield duo of Emma Kearney and Jess Duffin, alongside dominating ruck, Emma King led the way for the Kangaroos. The formidable trio will prove hard to beat deep into the season.

Alicia Eva kicked the opening goal of the match for the GIANTS, but once Jasmine Garner and Kate Gillespie-Jones found the big sticks for North Melbourne, the Roos maintained their lead for the rest of the match. A third quarter flurry from GIANT, Yvonne Bonner gave the Kangaroos a scare, however GWS did not capitalise on its opportunities, finishing the game with two goals and 11 behinds. At the final break, the GIANTS only trailed by eight points, giving them hope of snatching the match at the death. All hope was lost when Roos ruck, King was pushed forward early and kicked two quick goals proving too much for GWS defender, Louise Stephenson. Kangaroos’ captain, Kearney leads her team out in Tasmania against her former side, 2018 Premiers the Western Bulldogs next Friday night. GWS hosts Carlton in Blacktown next Saturday.

 

Collingwood 1.3 (9) defeated by Melbourne 3.8 (26)
By: Sophie Taylor

In gusty conditions Melbourne battled it out against traditional rivals, Collingwood at Victoria Park in Abbotsford, marking a historic day at the ground as it hosted a women’s game for the first time in park history. With over 7000 faithful turning up to see the two teams battle it out, the match was looking to be a big one.

Melbourne’s Harriet Cordner was the seventh Cordner and third-generation Melbourne player to take the field, marking the occasion with a win her family name is sure to be proud of. Ainsley Kemp was an exciting returnee to the Dees, having sat out the 2018 season with an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.

An inaccurate first term from both sides saw the scores sit at 2-all at the end of the first change. Though Melbourne had opportunities on goal and options forward, the side was kicking into the wind and unlucky on the scoreboard.
Collingwood were unlucky early, unable to capitalise on their opportunities inside 50, and losing Emma Grant to a suspected AC-joint injury midway through the first term.

Melbourne’s tight defence was commendable, with a constant body-on-body making it hard for the Pies to get boot to ball. The Magpies struggled with their forward structure throughout the game, having difficulty making it through Melbourne’s strong backline. However, a shining light for the Pies was Mikala Cann, providing a constant blockade on the wing and preventing Melbourne’s run downfield. Cann picked up 11 tackles, highest on field. Cross-coder, Ash Brazill was dominant for the losing side, proving her ability on the field picking up 23 touches and three tackles to her name, one of which stopped an opportunity at goal for Demon, Tegan Cunningham (five tackles, four marks).

The Dees were around every contest, but were unable to capitalise on their midfield performance with a goal until late in the second quarter, courtesy of co-captain and best on ground, Elise O’Dea. O’Dea was dominant in the match, picking up 26 disposals for the game with 18 by half time. Melbourne draftee, Tyla Hanks was impressive in her second game for the red and blue with 11 touches and a goal to her name, as well as a perfectly placed kick to tall, Lauren Pearce, setting up Melbourne’s second goal of the game.

Collingwood remained scoreless through the second and third term, despite constant pressure preventing Melbourne’s attack from running away with an easy win. The third quarter was highly contested, with neither team managing to get a goal on the board. The wind was once again not in the Dees’ favour, kicking three behinds for the quarter.

Karen Paxman looked dangerous early for the Dees, however finished out the match with four behinds to her name to go with her 18 touches. Sarah Rowe (eight tackles), Jaimee Lambert (seven tackles) and captain, Steph Chiocci (11 disposals, five tackles) were also effective for the Pies, getting around the ball at pivotal points of the match and making it difficult for Melbourne to take advantage of the midfield.

The Pies looked like a different side in the final term, smothering the ball to get as many opportunities forward as possible. With a three quarter time score of 0.2 (2), the Pies needed a goal to ensure they didn’t come away with the lowest AFLW score in the league’s three year history, finally managing a goal midway through the final term, courtesy of Sarah Dargan. Melbourne’s clean game play through the second half paved the way for the 17 point win, marking a historic occasion at Victoria Park.

Western Bulldogs 5.4 (34) defeated Geelong 2.4 (16)
By: Peter Williams

The night game between reigning premiers, Western Bulldogs, and newcomers, Geelong was expected to be a thrilling contest, and the final 18-point margin did not do the match justice. In a polar opposite to the earlier game at Victoria Park, both sides backed their running ability, while also winning one-on-ones in their defensive ends. Space opened up inside 50 at times for the likes of Phoebe McWilliams and Katie Brennan to run into and clunk marks for their respective sides. In fact it took just 110 seconds for McWilliams to get on the board much to the satisfaction of the visiting fans who an hour earlier witnessed the Bulldogs unfurling their 2018 premiership flag.

The Cats knew the Dogs would be a tougher challenge than the week before, especially under lights at Whitten Oval, and when Deanna Berry put on the after burners inside and open 50 to slam home the Dogs’ second right in front of the Footscray faithful, the crowd sensed the reigning premiers were starting to click. Bonnie Toogood put her hand up for a Goal of the Year nomination with a terrific snap under immense pressure, and then a longe-range conversion from co-captain, Ellie Blackburn had the Dogs up by 16 points at the main break.

Geelong debutant Georgia Clarke showed why she earned a spot in the team, playing strong in defence while drifting forward to be on the end of fellow draftees’ Denby Taylor and Olivia Purcell handballs to give the Cats a sniff early in the third. Less than two minutes later, Bulldogs debutant Aisling McCarthy kicked a goal and handed the Dogs a 16-point buffer again. McWilliams could have been the hero as she had two very gettable chances but squandered both, as did Bulldogs sharp shooter, Brennan. Neither team kicked a goal in the final term as the Dogs took out the game, ad the four points in a three-goal win.

Blackburn was unbelievable in leading her Bulldogs’ team through the midfield, bashing and crashing her way to 18 disposals, eight tackles and that crucial goal in the second term. Kirsty Lamb also had 18 touches, two marks and five tackles, while Monique Conti buzzed around for 19 disposals, two marks and five tackles. For the Cats, Meg McDonald had another inspired performance with 21 disposals and four marks, while Julia Crockett-Grills laid eight tackles to go with her 13 touches. Teenager, Purcell had 17 disposals, three marks and four tackles in the midfield, while VFL Women’s captain, Renee Garing led the way defensively with 12 tackles.

 

Carlton 7.2 (44) defeated by Adelaide 9.3 (57)
By: Sophie Taylor

After a less than perfect start to 2019, the Blues were looking to claim a position on the winners list in round two. Hosting interstaters, Adelaide at Ikon Park, the clash was looking to be an interesting one, with an intense start to the match setting the tone for the afternoon. The Blues certainly put up a fight on home turf, but unfortunately for the local fans, could not get the job done against the Crows’ ruthless forward line, going down by 13 points.

Though the Blues had a good run out of defence, there was no one forward to receive the ball allowing turnovers by a clinical and offence-driven Crows side. However, with the Blues relentlessly pressing forward, some goals were bound to break through the Crows’ backline, allowing for spurts of Carlton greatness up forward. Carlton took the lead midway through the second term, looking to be in control of the ball and maintaining a four-point lead come the main break. With an intense face off for the lead come half-time, the only score of the second term was a goal courtesy of Carlton’s Natalie Plane, who kicked two for the day.

A dominant third quarter effort by the Blues looked to seal the game, leading by 17 points midway through the third term. Seven goals were kicked in the third, with Adelaide forward and game breaker Stevie-Lee Thompson kicking two of her career-high four goals for the match in the third quarter. However 2017 premiers, Adelaide were not to be ruled out of the match, with late third quarter goals from captain Erin Philips and returnee, Sarah Perkins taking the Crows back into the lead ahead of the final quarter.

A three goals to one burst in the final quarter gave Adelaide their second win of the season, with Anne Hatchard and Philips steaming home to finish with 22 and 21 disposals respectively. Crows midfielder, Ebony Marinoff came away with a confidence-boosting eight tackles. Blues’ fan favourite, Tayla Harris was a shock late omission from the side, replaced by newbie Rhiannon Watt on her AFLW debut. Madison Prespakis showed off her footy smarts, picking up a casual 20 disposals and a goal in only her second game of AFLW, while Kerryn Harrington (20 disposals) and Shae Audley (eight tackles) were also impressive in the loss.

Despite Carlton’s hungry four quarter effort, they could not beat the efficient Crows side on a mission, losing by a margin much less telling than the intensity of the game itself.

 

Fremantle 10.7 (67) defeated Brisbane 6.4 (59)
By: Brandon Hutchinson

Local fans were treated to a thriller on Sunday evening as Fremantle secured their first win against Brisbane since the league’s launch in 2017. The match opened in Brisbane’s favour as they outscored Fremantle three goals to one.

Fremantle found their footing in the second, keeping Brisbane scoreless and adding three majors to the board. They went into the main break with a 13-point lead and multiple goal kickers, dominating the overhead contest, disputed and firing hard off momentum.

Brisbane’s Jess Wuetschner opened the third with her second goal, but Fremantle quickly replied with a penetrating run into their forward 50 and a subsequent goal from Ashley Sharp. Ebony Antonio followed up with a second soon after and increased their lead to 14 as they opened the final quarter. Despite kicking multiple goals for the first time since the first quarter, Brisbane were greatly outscored by Fremantle in the closer, kicking two goals to four.

First year player, Sabreena Duffy added two more goals to her stat sheet in an outstanding performance for Fremantle. Teammates, Gabby O’Sullivan and Sharp were also among their multiple goal kickers, each having two apiece. Dana Hooker followed up a phenomenal Round 1 performance with a team-high 24 disposals and five tackles. Kiara Bowers also impressed (15 disposals, four marks and five tackles) alongside Kara Donnellan (14 disposals, three marks and three tackles).

Nat Exon (15 disposals, two marks and four tackles) and Wuetschner (nine disposals and three marks) also kicked two apiece for Brisbane. Alexandra Anderson (26 disposals, one goal, four marks and five tackles) dominated the midfield while Kate Lutkins (13 disposals and six marks) remained a pillar with excellent disposal efficiency (77 per cent).

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 6

GEELONG and Northern Territory (NT) Thunder continued their dominance in round six, keeping their undefeated streaks alive. The Bulldogs also registered their first win in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition this year after welcoming back a host of AFL Women’s players.

 

Carlton 2.3 (15) defeated by NT Thunder 8.3 (51)

By: Taylah Melki

NT dominated from start to finish, keeping the Blues to one goal in the opening half of footy. Carlton struggled to compete with the defensive pressure applied by the Thunder players, who were solid down back and stopped any forward momentum sparked by the Blues. Up the other end, NT hit the scoreboard with ease.

Jessica Sedunary was in ominous form up forward for NT, slotting three goals for the match and competing hard to win the footy. Teammate, Jenna McCormick was also impressive imposing herself on the contest and hitting the packs hard. AFLW star, Chelsea Randall continued her consistent ways while Adelaide teammate, Courtney Cramey starred with 17 disposals showcasing her class around the stoppages on debut for NT.

For the Blues the likes of Sophie Li and Caroline Hardeman stood out in a disappointing outing, gathering plenty of touches and working hard across the ground. Li lead the way for disposals, amassing 19 possessions credit to her ability to find the footy and use it efficiently. Jess Hosking was also influential for Carlton, hitting the packs hard and winning plenty of the footy, gathering 16 possessions for the game.

 

Western Bulldogs 12.11 (83) defeated Williamstown 4.3 (27)

By: Taylah Melki

The Western Bulldogs put on a masterclass at Henry Turner Memorial Reserve, keeping the Seagulls to four goals for the game and piling on a whopping 12 themselves. Their dominant start held them in good stead for the game, as they applied plenty of physical pressure. Williamstown struggled to control the goal fest, letting the Dogs run rampant in their forward 50.

For the Bulldogs, Alyssa Mifsud was an absolute star up forward, bagging five goals. She looked dangerous all game and found herself in damaging positions, credit to her ability to lead up at the footy and take strong marks. The other goal-scoring machine for the Dogs was Jessica Francke who slotted four goals for the game. Libby Birch and Hayley Wildes also impressed with their ability to win the footy and impact the contest.

Down the other end, Williamstown midfielder, Jess Duffin was one of the best afield, scoring an important goal and gathering plenty of touches. She competed hard all game and was aided by teammate Jenna Bruton who was influential across the ground. Jasmine Garner and Georgia Harris were key players for the Seagulls, scoring a goal apiece and applying good physical pressure on their opponents.

 

Geelong Cats 4.7 (31) defeated Darebin 2.4 (16)

By: Julia Montesano

The Cats kept their winning streak intact when they defeated the in-form Darebin Falcons. Geelong led for the whole game, but the Falcons won the last quarter as they scored all their goals in that period.

Mia-Rae Clifford scored half her team’s goals in a brilliant display. The Cats star also notched up 20 disposals and seven tackles in a great all-round performance. She was complemented by new Geelong AFLW recruit, Richelle Cranston, who was flawless in her 26-disposal, five-mark performance. Her tackling was also ferocious, as she laid six of them. Former Carlton midfielder, Madeline Keryk impressed in her debut in the blue and white hoops, kicking a goal and notching up 14 disposals.

AFLW duo, Nat Exon and Lily Mithen were the leading disposal-getters for Darebin, with 22 and 21 respectively. But a gallant performance from Stephanie Simpson nearly won the Falcons the game. Simpson kicked all of her team’s goals, booting two last quarter goals. She also laid five tackles in a solid performance.

 

Hawthorn 6.9 (45) defeated Southern Saints 1.6 (12)

By: Julia Montesano

This match was headlined by a lovely tribute to the passing of Eurydice Dixon, as the players stood arm in arm to pay tribute to the comedian. In terms of the game, the Hawks held the high-flying Saints goalless at half-time, going on to win by 33 points.

Emily Gilder had an impressive day out in the forward line, kicking two majors for the Hawks. She was complemented by former Collingwood AFLW defender, Meg Hutchins and Adelaide AFLW forward, Sarah Perkins, who also got a major on the board. Hutchins’ former AFLW teammate, Melissa Kuys was deemed best-on-ground by her coaches in her return to the Hawthorn line-up.

Despite having their first AFLW signing, Lauren Arnell in the side, the Southern Saints couldn’t get the job done on Sunday. But captain, Georgia Walker led the way for her side in a tough day out at Box Hill. Kate Macqueen was the side’s solitary goal-scorer while Eastern Ranges recruit, Ashleigh Allsopp had an impressive performance in her VFLW debut.

 

Richmond 6.6 (42) defeated Melbourne University 2.1 (13)

By: Taylah Melki

The Tigers applied plenty of defensive pressure at Queen Elizabeth Oval, keeping Melbourne University to a mere two goals for the whole game. In difficult wet and windy conditions, Richmond continued its winning ways with another four-quarter performance. Meanwhile Melbourne University struggled to compete with the intensity and class of the Tigers who seemed to dominate across the board.

Up forward for the yellow and black, the likes of Jess Gardner and Jenna Colwell stood tall, bagging important goals given the wet weather. New GWS recruit, Christina Bernardi was one of the best for the Tigers, showcasing her ability to win the footy at the coalface and use the footy well no matter the conditions. Teammates, Louise Stephenson and Lisa Davie were also influential across the ground, displaying their ability to create a contest and use the ball effectively.

For Melbourne University, Kaitlyn Ashmore worked tirelessly all game and slotted one of the two goals for her side. The likes of Prudence Cordes and Jasmine Grierson also starred in difficult conditions, using the ball well and hitting targets when it counted. Katherine Gillespie-Jones was another key player for Melbourne Uni, hitting the packs hard and gathering plenty of touches.

Team Selection: VFLW – Round 5

WITH many TAC Cup Girls players ramping up preparations for the National Under 18 Championships, it means that many have taken to the sidelines in round five. This leaves it up to the AFLW and Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s talent to step it up and earn a win for their side. This round sees two top four sides go head-to-head at Box Hill while an historic Dream time clash will headline the weekend.  

HAWTHORN  v. COLLINGWOOD 

Round 5 – 02/06/2018 11:30AM
Box Hill City Oval

To kick off round five, two undefeated sides in Hawthorn and Collingwood will go head-to-head at Box Hill City Oval. Hawthorn will take to the field with an unchanged side following its bye last week, trusting previous form to continue their winning streak. On the other hand, Collingwood have made a few changes to make sure it put its best foot forward against the Hawks. The inclusion of Magpies best and fairest, Chloe Molloy is sure to bring some class to the side in her first game for the club. The Pies will also welcome back Sarah D’Arcy and Erica Fowler in place of Oakleigh Chargers pair, Hannah McLaren and Daisy Bateman. AFLW vice-captain, Brittany Bonnici will also take to the sidelines. Ally Bild will come in as the 23rd player, and former Oakleigh player, Sarah Cameron has also been named to make her debut in the black and white this weekend after impressing at training.

Hawthorn

B: 32. K. Ebb, 21. P. Randall, 25. M. Hutchins
HB: 12. T. Nestor, 36. J. Van Dyk, 13. E. Nixon
C: 6. J.  Crockett-Grills, 8. R.  Beeson, 16. C.  Papadopoulos
HF: 33. E. Gilder, 14. O. Flanagan, 35. C. O’Donnell
F: 22. T. Luke, 30. K. Henderson, 28. S. Perkins
R: 19. L. Wotton, 1. E. Mackie, 5. C. Perera
Int: 4. S. Carroll, 20. L. Costello, 18. J. Foster, 31. J. Sibley
Emg: 17. S. David, 24. R. Dillon, 34. A. Dowler, 55. S. Yule
23P: 48. Y. Price  

Collingwood

B: 22. S. Casey, 93. V. Laloifi, 52. N. Hales
HB: 72. K. Lee, 47. J. Edwards, 61. A. Malander
C: 99. S.  Marsh, 54. H.  Grubb, 63. P.  Nash
HF: 73. G. Biedenweg-Webster, 49. S. Alexander, 65. E. Browning
F: 77. C. Leighton, 75. E. Fowler, 2. C. Molloy
R: 11. E. Hynes, 4. S. D’Arcy, 13. J. Lambert
Int: 50. G. Buchan, 58. S. Cameron, 81. B. Jones, 28. H. Whitford
Emg: 53. R. Grant, 57. G. Knox, 51. G. Ploegsma, 68. S. Yoannidis
23P: 48. A. Bild  

In: S. Yoannidis, C. Molloy, E. Fowler, A. Bild , R. Grant, S. Cameron, S. D’Arcy
Out: B. Bonnici, D. Bateman, H. McLaren  

CARLTON  v. DAREBIN

Round 5 – 02/06/2018 11:30AM
IKON Park

Carlton and Darebin will meet at Ikon Park this Saturday. The Blues have made seven changes ahead of their clash naming some major outs, including the likes of AFLW players, Darcy Vescio, Lauren Brazzale, Reni Hicks and Lauren Arnell. Also missing out this week are Celine Moody and Gippsland co-captain, Tyla Hanks, who was the leading disposal-getter for the Blues last week. Coming into the side includes Caitlin Williams, Louella McCarthy, Bridie Kennedy, Sophie Li, Tilly Lucas-Rodd and Kate Shierlaw. Carlton have also called upon debutant, Danica Pedersen to take to the field. The St Kilda Sharks junior will hopefully provide Carlton with some new talent to dig them out of their losing slump after back-to-back losses. Darebin have sent Eastern Ranges defender, Lauren Szigeti and Melbourne AFLW midfielder, Karen Paxman to the sidelines. In their place is Kathleen Roe, Rachel Hibbert and Greater Western Sydney (GWS) AFLW talent, Jessica Dal Pos, who comes in for her first VFLW game this season.

Carlton

B: 9. K. Harrington, 40. K. Harvey, 23. B. Kennedy
HB: 2. M. Keryk, 44. D. Pedersen, 56. C. Williams
C: 55. C.  Dalton, 10. S.  Hosking, 17. T.  Lucas-Rodd
HF: 20. C. Bromage, 42. C. Hardeman, 90. B. Walker
F: 41. K. Cunico, 31. K. Shierlaw, 38. L. McCarthy
R: 16. B. Moody, 35. S. Li, 27. K. Cox
Int: 82. N. Burns, 11. J. Hosking, 45. R. King, 37. B. Schultz
Emg: 15. I. Gietzmann, 33. G. Green, 12. S. Last, 32. N. Plane
23P: 50. J. Borg  

In: K. Shierlaw, S. Last, L. McCarthy, S. Li, N. Plane, C. Williams, T. Lucas-Rodd, B. Kennedy, D. Pedersen
Out: T. Hanks,  L. Brazzale,  R. Hicks,  D. Vescio,  L. Arnell,  C. Moody    

Darebin

B: 21. K. Roe, 27. S. Hogan, 35. L. Skipper
HB: 48. L. Jacobs, 14. M. McDonald, 15. A. Lister
C: 2. N.  Callinan, 9. M.  Eastman, 1. E.  Honybun
HF: 26. T. Olcorn, 22. G. Hammond, 17. S. Simpson
F: 8. N. Exon, 43. H. Mouncey, 11. K. Tyndall
R: 40. L. Pearce, 20. M. Guerin, 7. L. Mithen
Int: 32. G. Colvin, 12. J. Dal Pos, 44. S. Fairchild, 49. R. Hibbert
Emg: 37. J. Bertoni, 31. E. Gardner, 28. A. Morrow, 29. S. Normington – Dickens, 52. A. Pronesti
23P: 56. M. Wilson  

In: K. Roe, A. Morrow, J. Dal Pos, R. Hibbert, S. Normington – Dickens, A. Pronesti, M. Wilson

Out: L. Szigeti, K. Paxman  

NT THUNDER v. WESTERN BULLDOGS

Round 5 – 02/06/2018 04:00PM
TIO Stadium

NT Thunder will hope to make it 4-0 this week when they come up against the winless Dogs. In its team line-up it has named four debutants including AFLW premiership players, Anne Hatchard and Justine Mules. Waratah junior, Madeline Gault will also don the Thunder colours for the first time this weekend. She has well and truly earned her spot after winning best on ground in this year’s Northern Territory Football League Women’s Premier League grand final. AFLW forward, Ruth Wallace will also come in for her first game with Thunder after working closely with the Adelaide Crows. The Western Bulldogs have made five changes to their round five side in search of their first win. Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels captain, Lauren Butler will not take the field this week, and she will be joined on the sidelines by AFLW star, Kimberley Rennie. Bree White, Rachel Gastin, and Nicole Paul have also been named out, leaving opportunity for some fresh legs to take to the field. AFLW players, Angelica GogosAshleigh Guest, and Kristen McLeod will come into the side. Ellyse Gamble, and Tara Morgan will also join them for the trip up north.

NT Thunder

B: 23. S. Mauboy, 7. L. O’Shea, 13. L. Roberts
HB: 27. A. Hatchard, 35. T. Thorn, 31. J. Sedunary
C: 2. E.  Jones, 3. A.  Foley, 40. D.  Varnhagen
HF: 11. J. Hickey, 29. M. Rajcic, 34. J. Mules
F: 43. K. Duggan, 15. R. Wallace, 5. M. Roberts
R: 20. J. Hewett, 8. S. Riley, 28. R. Forth
Int: 12. J. Anderson, 10. S. Barnett, 24. G. Bevan, 4. S. Nalder
Emg: 1. L. Adam, 19. J. Iacono, 44. M. Johnston 23P: 47. T. May  

In: T. May, A. Hatchard, D. Varnhagen, J. Mules, L. Adam, R. Wallace, E. Jones, L. O’Shea
Out: E. Swanson,  S. Allan,  C. Randall,  J. Allan,  S. Armitstead    

Western Bulldogs

B: 18. E. Birch, 30. A. Tessari, 9. T. Dinuccio
HB: 15. R. Ashley, 38. C. O’Brien, 13. L. Bailey
C: 36. A.  Gogos , 21. B.  Hunt, 34. E.  Mackay
HF: 31. A. Gunn, 12. J. Francke, 1. B. Lochland
F: 6. K. McLeod, 43. N. McMahon, 41. A. Scott
R: 14. E. Gamble, 16. N. Ferres, 20. A. Guest
Int: 28. T. Hamilton, 5. R. Martinuzzo, 26. T. Morgan, 35. A. Rooth
Emg: 10. S. Jolly 23P: 27. E. Muller  

In: A. Gogos , A. Guest, E. Gamble, T. Hamilton, T. Morgan, K. McLeod
Out: L. Butler, R. Gastin, K. Rennie, B. White, N. Paul  

RICHMOND  v. ESSENDON

Round 5 – 02/06/2018 04:00PM
Swinburne Centre

After suffering its third straight defeat in round four, Richmond will be doing some soul-searching this weekend in its match-up against Essendon. The Tigers will be missing the prolific Kate Dempsey, who was chosen to play in AFL Victoria’s Female Young Guns match last year. Coming into the side is ruck, Jenna Colwell, who missed last week. She will be joined by GWS star, Louise Stephenson and new North Melbourne recruit, Emma King. Courtney Musico, Alice Edmonds and Bethany Lynch will also don the yellow and black in the Dreamtime clash. Murray Bushrangers defender, Grace Egan has been named as the 23rd player. Essendon will be hoping for its first win of the season against the Tigers this weekend, making two team changes. The Bombers have sent Aysha Ward and Oakleigh ruck, Bridie Winbanks to the sidelines, leaving room for Tait Mackrill and influential key forward, Danielle Ponter to join the team. Erin Bult has been named as the 23rd player.

Richmond

B: 84. L. Bieniara, 77. J. Hocking, 69. E. Burry
HB: 73. L. Davie, 63. J. Graham, 70. E. Findlay
C: 75. B.  Lynch, 76. E.  Ross, 55. C.  Wakefield
HF: 53. K. Dixon, 64. E. Gunn, 57. E. King
F: 66. A. Barden, 79. L. Tesoriero, 61. J. Colwell
R: 88. P. Monahan, 83. J. Gardner, 51. J. Kennedy
Int: 82. G. Bibby, 68. A. Edmonds, 71. L. Stephenson, 59. A. Woodward
Emg: 86. N. Clarke, 80. J. Louttit, 62. T. Muller, 58. C. Musico
23P: 89. G. Egan  

In: J. Colwell, L. Stephenson, C. Musico, E. King, G. Egan, A. Edmonds, B. Lynch
Out: K. Dempsey,  E. Hogan ,  G. Deller    

Essendon

B: 20. J. Anwyl, 23. L. Morecroft, 15. L. Caruso
HB: 27. A. Morcom, 7. K. Hicks, 25. R. Neaves
C: 44. M.  Collier, 8. H.  Bullas, 46. C.  Ugle
HF: 35. V. Moreau, 18. K. Heil, 43. D. Ponter
F: 4. N. Hardy, 6. A. Quigley, 32. T. Mackrill
R: 30. S. Nalder, 9. L. Williams, 37. I. Malliaras
Int: 14. J. Barker, 12. B. Kearney, 22. N. MacDonald, 1. J. Trend
Emg: 3. M. DeMatteo, 47. I. Farchione, 26. A. Madden, 28. C. Portlock
23P: 49. E. Bult  

In: M. DeMatteo, I. Farchione, E. Bult, C. Portlock, T. Mackrill, D. Ponter
Out: A. Ward, B. Winbanks  

WILLIAMSTOWN v. CASEY DEMONS

Round 5 – 03/06/2018 11:30AM
Williamstown Football Ground

Williamstown has named seven changes in preparation for its clash with the Casey Demons this Sunday. Vic Country commitments have forced GWV forward, Sophie Van De Heuvel and Bendigo Pioneers captain, Megan Williamson to miss the game, as well as Sarah Chapman, who has been named out suffering from injury. Rebecca Dardengo, Andrea Cameron, Lauren Suleiman, Jess Malouf, Jess Bartolo and Katilin Smith have all been included in the round five team, as well as former Western Jet, Emma Ludolff who has been chosen as the 23rd player. The Casey Demons will be desperate for their first win this weekend, welcoming back Melbourne AFLW forward, Aliesha Newman, Melanie Hogg and Lucy Rutter to the team. Dandenong Stingrays forward and AFLW Academy member, Brooke Struylaart has been named as the 23rd player. The Demons have listed Stingrays captain, Jordyn Allen and Naomi Fullwood as out of this week’s match.

Williamstown

B: 19. E. Meade, 10. B. Hateley, 34. J. Reid
HB: 3. S. Murphy-Burke, 24. A. Saxton, 32. B. Stevens
C: 1. R.  Dardengo, 13. N.  Wallace, 2. J.  Duffin
HF: 6. S. Cross, 8. C. Portelli, 20. S. Seabrook
F: 25. J. Garner, 12. G. Harris, 22. M. Lowe
R: 9. R. Achampong, 44. I. Porter, 4. E. Paterno
Int: 35. J. Bruton, 16. A. Cameron, 26. J. Heard, 27. L. Suleiman
Emg: 23. J. Bartolo, 15. J. Malouf, 30. A. Melnikas, 11. K. Smith
23P: 38. E. Ludolff  

In: J. Bartolo, L. Suleiman, E. Ludolff, A. Cameron, K. Smith, J. Malouf, R. Dardengo
Out: M. Williamson,  S. Van De Heuvel,  S. Chapman    

Casey Demons

B: 12. G. McLean, 27. A. Harrison, 16. C. Sheriff
HB: 34. D. Guttridge, 11. L. Duryea, 2. A. Newman
C: 4. C.  Emonson, 21. H.  Cordner, 25. M.  Shevlin
HF: 3. R. Clayton, 29. E. Zanker , 1. R. Guglielmino
F: 22. K. Guttridge, 18. K. Bentvelzen , 15. S. Phillips
R: 14. T. Orgill, 10. K. Hore, 5. S. Poke
Int: 9. A. Johnson, 37. L. Lowerson, 6. A. McDonough, 8. M. Tatham
Emg: 48. S. Fyfield, 47. M. Hogg, 30. A. Marshall, 33. L. Rutter
23P: 49. B. Struylaart  

In: M. Hogg, A. Newman, L. Rutter, B. Struylaart
Out: J. Allen, N. Fullwood  

MELBOURNE UNI  v. GEELONG CATS

Round 5 – 03/06/2018 02:30PM
Melbourne University Main Oval

On Sunday, Melbourne University will face the Geelong Cats at Melbourne University Main Oval. Melbourne Uni have called upon Candice Adams, Martha Cantwell and Taylah Watson to don the blue and black guernsey, while Rhiannon Green and Vic Metro representative, Madison Prespakis will sit the week out. Geelong have named four ins this week including Lara Williams, Lily Brancatisano, Bianca Cheever and Geelong Falcons forward, Sachi DeGiacomi as the 23rd player. They will come in for Emma Oliver, GWV Rebels defender, Georgia Clarke and six-time VFLW premiership player, Alisha Habib.

Melbourne Uni

B: 20. L. Belza, 29. K. Klatt, 25. S. De Bortoli
HB: 19. L. Ahrens, 27. J. Anderson, 24. S. Wilson
C: 6. E.  Keaney, 15. E.  Kearney, 44. A.  Runnalls
HF: 11. P. Cordes, 9. K. Price, 41. K. Gillespie-Jones
F: 1. S. Abbatangelo, 28. A. Dalley, 38. K. Angelis
R: 33. C. Adams, 2. H. Ibrahim, 7. A. Riddell
Int: 12. M. Cantwell, 45. M. McDonald, 18. A. Tupper, 16. T. Watson
Emg: 32. I. Milford, 43. L. Munday, 10. A. Price, 36. L. Watkin
23P: 51. N. Bresnehan  

In: C. Adams, K. Angelis, N. Bresnehan, M. Cantwell, T. Watson, L. Watkin
Out: R. Green,  M. Prespakis    

Geelong Cats

B: 25. E. Coventry, 44. R. Goring, 35. K. Woodroffe
HB: 34. A. McDonald, 16. L. Williams, 26. R. Pearce
C: 3. H.  Burchell, 12. R.  Garing, 10. L.  Taylor
HF: 13. M. Fogas, 2. D. Orr, 17. H. Mangan
F: 22. B. Cheever, 8. K. Darby, 28. M. Fedele
R: 24. M. McMahon, 7. M. Clifford, 30. R. Cranston
Int: 4. C. Blakeway, 20. L. Brancatisano, 36. E. Dhamarrandji, 18. M. Maguire
Emg: 23. I. Currenti, 15. M. Janssen, 11. M. Klingbeil , 31. G. Watson
23P: 38. S. DeGiacomi  

In: M. Klingbeil , S. DeGiacomi, L. Brancatisano, M. Janssen, G. Watson, B. Cheever, L. Williams
Out: E. Oliver, G. Clarke, A. Habib

Scouting notes: VFLW – Round 2

ROUND two of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s produced many highlights, with some teams experiencing victory for the first time while others had to deal with the odd feeling of a draw. But no matter what the result was, the entertainment was still top notch across all games. We were at three games on the weekend and took down notes on some of the top performers.

 

Richmond vs. Darebin 

By: James Halley

Richmond:

#76 Ella Ross

She was a constant contributor all day for Richmond, finishing with 18 touches. She was the link from midfield to forward many times, and went inside 50 four times.

#64 Emma Gunn

She applied really good forward pressure. She was rewarded for her good work with a shot on goal from a free kick from the square but it hit the post.

#71 Louise Stephenson

Very good tackler and won herself a free for holding the ball in a chase-down tackle early in the first term. The Giant played mostly in attack, and set up many attempts on goal. Although none prevailed, she still had a serviceable game with 10 disposals.

#59 Alana Woodward

Her pressure was huge and exemplified by her tackling. She finished with 11 tackles, the most on the ground.

#61 Jenna Colwell

She was the Tigers best and most influential in the midfield, with 25 disposals for the match. Although she did not score any goals this week, she can hold her head up high.

 

Darebin:

#40 Hannah Mouncey

She presented well at the ball and she was able to mark the ball on the lead from 50 metres out. She kicked a goal off one step from the long range to start the game. She repeated this a minute later with another contested grab and goal from 50 metres. She kicked her third for the quarter when she was left out the back and waltzed into an open goal square. Mouncey took another mark on the lead but could not convert, with her shot off a few steps hitting the post. She set up her teammate in the last for a goal with a really clever piece of play hitting her on the chest 50 metres away.

#27 Shevaun Hogan

She played at full-back and played more of a quarter-back role as she always stayed at least a kick behind the play and time after time the Tigers midfielders kicked it straight to her.

#14 Meghan McDonald

McDonald was the best midfielder on the day for the Falcons finishing with 23 disposals. Her teammates always tried to get the ball in her hands as she is a very good kick. She kicked the ball 14 times on the day. 

#17 Stephanie Simpson

Kicked a good snap from the boundary early in the first after a kick-in mistake from the Tigers. She had a shot from general play, which didn’t go through as it hit the post. She intercepted a Tiger seconds later and it was the same result, a behind.

#63 Lauren Pearce

Dominated the ruck and even brought out a don’t argue! She also managed to get a lot of the ball around the ground as she finished with 17 disposals.

 

Carlton vs. Western Bulldogs

By: Julia Montesano

Carlton:

#41 Kimberley Cunico

Took a lovely one-on-one mark and earned a 50 metre penalty. She made no mistake from close range and slotted through the Blues’ third goal of the match. Took a great mark in the goal-square, and almost had to wrestle it from Celine Moody! Kicked her second goal of the game in this instance.

#35 Sophie Li

Ran hard all day and got some nice kicks away. Uses the ball with precision and kicks deftly, never having to rush. Read the bounce of the ball perfectly and sent it back into the Blues’ forward 50 when it looked like the Bulldogs were going to slingshot it towards their goal. Did everything she could to trap the ball inside the boundary line and just generally tried hard all game. 

#11 Jess Hosking

She got plenty of the footy and chased it down wherever it went. She didn’t give up all day. Kicked a great goal to begin the last quarter and celebrated in style. Looked like she was really enjoying herself out there. Hosking was at the bottom of every pack, showing her determination to get the footy. Had a brilliant day out, kicking the last goal of the game for the Blues after marking it straight in front to give herself a nice set-shot.

#16 Breann Moody

Has excellent run and carry for her height and is another Carlton player that’s a fighter. Produced a nice passage of run and carry and when the bounce didn’t go her way, she kept moving it forward instead of giving up on it, soccering it forward.

#31 Kate Shierlaw

Took a sensational mark on the lead in the third quarter. She kicked truly from a set shot and kept Carlton’s momentum going. Her goal gave them their biggest lead of the match at the time, which was 31 points. Had great awareness to see that the kick was dropping short from a set-shot and marked out on the lead from close range. Had a really good day in the forward line, finishing off her work with a play-on mark from the goalsquare. This resulted in her second goal of the day.

 

Western Bulldogs:

#24 Kimberley Rennie

Picked the ball up nicely and hit a target well. Got a good kick away while being tackled. Took a great mark on the lead in defence with a couple of players pushing and shoving her.

#14 Ellyse Gamble

Took a nice intercept mark that saved a forward 50 entry for the Blues. Followed up the ball well when it was on the ground and didn’t give up on it despite it rolling away. Got a high free kick while she pursued the ball, so she got reward for her efforts. Lead to the ball well in defence to ensure that the Carlton forwards didn’t. Read it best in that instance, and was generally good at reading the play throughout the afternoon. 

#17 Hayley Wildes

Wildes made history! She kicked the Bulldogs’ first ever VFLW goal from a tight angle on the boundary line. When it sailed through, the players sure got around her! Also produced great run and carry where she backed herself to take a couple of bounces. This created an inside 50 entry for the Dogs. She looks like she’s fitting in well at this level. Really proactive around the ground and with the ball in hand. Took a great one-on-one mark in the centre square. Executed a great side-step and big kick inside 50 off one step. 

#34 Emma Mackay

Executed brilliant run and carry. Backed herself to run away with it. She was proactive when she got the ball and always had the intent to use it cleanly. She was a solid presence around the ground for the Bulldogs.     

#9 Tayla Dinuccio

Did well to prevent a Darcy Vescio mark then followed up the spilled ball to get a kick away out of defensive 50. Did some nice things in defensive 50 and was able to accumulate the ball. 

 

Collingwood vs. Geelong 

By: Taylah Melki

Collingwood:

#4 Sarah D’Arcy

D’Arcy consistently went in hard to win the footy at ground level, getting down low to get first hands at it. She was never far from the contest and used her long clearing kick to help propel her team out of defence.  

#13 Jaimee Lambert

Lambert was at her usual best, showcasing her clean pick-ups at the coalface and opening up space to try and create a good spread across the ground. She impressed with her ability to breaks line and shrug off tackles while using her explosive speed through the middle of the ground to propel the Pies forward. Lambert was not afraid to scrap hard to win the footy and was a real play-maker for the Pies. She particularly instrumental in the middle of the ground.

#61 Amy Malander

Put out a complete performance for the Pies, helping to create forward thrusts for her teammates. She competed hard in and around the stoppages and showcased her clean hands which was important for Collingwood.

#63 Paige Nash

Nash was inspirational up forward for the Pies. She showcased her footy smarts and ability to read the play getting into damaging positions across the field.

#75 Erica Fowler

Fowler competed well in the ruck, showcasing her impressive lead and ability to read the flight of the footy. She won a few taps to advantage which allowed her midfielders to run onto the footy and break through the packs. Fowler’s follow-up work was really good as well.

 

Geelong:

#2 Danielle Orr

Orr was a playmaker for Geelong, showcasing her footy smarts and ability to hit targets even when under pressure. She impressed with her willingness to go hard at the footy and imposed herself at the contest, laying strong tackles.

#3 Hannah Burchell

Opened the Cats’ goal-scoring account, kicking the first major of the game in the second quarter. She worked hard all game and committed herself to winning the footy.

#7 Mia-Rae Clifford

She provided some good run and carry for the Cats and really opened up space in the middle. Having to compete with the wind, she impressed with her strong kick which helped to propel her team forward.

#30 Richelle Cranston

Cranston was a tackling beast in the first quarter of the game applying heaps of physical pressure on her opponents causing them to turn the footy over. She laid an impressive tackle in the first quarter leading to a holding the ball free kick, allowing the Cats to try and create some forward momentum. She made the most of her strong booming kick and played on quickly to help keep the game moving.

#34 Amy McDonald

McDonald was really clean out of defence and thought her way out of trouble. She used her speed to evade on coming players and highlighted her footy smarts and composure to hit targets even while under pressure.

#36 Evelyn Dhamarrandji

She was strong up forward took a strong contested mark in the opening quarter to help set the tone of the match. Dhamarrandji impressed with her follow-up work at ground level and fight to win the ball and dish it out to her teammates.

Weekend previews: VFLW – Round 2

ROUND two is here and it brings plenty of intriguing match-ups across the board. We preview each match and tell you which players to look out for.


Essendon vs. Melbourne Uni

Saturday 12pm at Windy Hill

Two big names are making debuts for their respected sides at Windy Hill.

One is a well-known name while the other is a name we will all come to know very shortly. AFLW best and fairest, Emma Kearney will run out for her first game with Melbourne Uni this year on Saturday. Kearney swapped the red, white and blue for the blue and white stripes in the AFLW off-season, and would be keen to continue to display the blistering form that we saw in the AFLW.

Kendra Heil is the other notable debutant, as she hails from Canada and made her way onto an AFLW list. Heil was drafted to Collingwood but a knee injury cut her AFLW career short. She now has the opportunity to show what she’s made of in the red and black on Saturday.

 

Richmond vs. Darebin

Saturday 1pm at Swinburne Centre

Richmond are coming off a big round one win while Darebin suffered a shock loss.

The Tigers have co vice-captain, Kate Dixon to thank for this, as she kicked four goals in the win over the Bulldogs. This week, she will be joined by GWS AFLW star, Louise Stephenson, who played two games for the Giants this year. They will both line up in the forward line and could be a formidable duo.

Darebin have responded by throwing former Ainslie footballer, Hannah Mouncey in the back pocket. Mouncey began her career at Darebin at full-forward last week and kicked a goal. AFLW stars, Lauren Pearce and Nat Exon are the notable ins for the Falcons. Pearce strung together a few good games towards the end of the AFLW season for the Dees while Exon was consistent as ever in the Lions midfield.

 

Casey vs. Hawthorn

Sunday 11.30am at Casey Fields

Casey have hired new coach, Damien Keeping to lead the Dees brigade against a Hawthorn team that came off a big round one win.

Keeping has not held back in his first round of selection, bringing in plenty of Melbourne AFLW players to combat Hawthorn’s fire-power. The Demons boast an all-AFLW half-back line with Jasmine Grierson, Harriet Cordner and Darcy Guttridge all looking to make their presence known at Casey Fields.

However, the Hawks also boast a dangerous back line, with Meg Hutchins, Pepa Randall and Melissa Kuys all lining up in the defensive half. But Hawthorn’s midfield could be the difference in this game, with Julia Crockett-Grills and captain, Emma Mackie coming off stunning round one performances. Also be sure to keep an eye out for the duo of GWS’ Phoebe McWIliams and former Eastern Ranges player, Olivia Flanagan, who will feature in Hawthorn’s forward line yet again.

 

Carlton vs. Western Bulldogs

Sunday 12pm at RAMS Arena

Last time Carlton played the Bulldogs in the AFLW, Brooke Lochland kicked seven goals. But the Bulldogs are without her amongst other important AFLW stars while Carlton is flying high after a round one win.

The Blues will be without Sarah Hosking this weekend but you wouldn’t even know, as Jess Hosking will be out there at RAMS Arena and is likely to bring the same aggression as her sister. Be sure to keep an eye out on Darcy Vescio in the forward line, who found some form last week with two goals and 17 disposals after a quiet season in the AFLW by her standards.

The Bulldogs have bolstered their midfield this week, bringing a current and former AFLW star into their round two line-up. Kimberley Rennie, Bailey Hunt and Hayley Wildes all featured in the Bulldogs’ premiership year and will be joined by Collingwood retiree, Bree White, who is an experienced star. Be sure to look out for debutant, Tara Morgan, who is likely to have the match-up on the dangerous Darcy Vescio on Sunday.

 

Williamstown vs. Southern Saints

Sunday 2pm at Williamstown Football Ground

Both teams are coming into round two searching for a win, after the Seagulls went down to the Pies and the Saints went down to the Blues.

Williamstown have left Jasmine Garner out of its round two side despite a wonderful performance last week. Garner played in the forward line for most of the game but was able to go back in the last quarter and make an impact. The Seagulls have still included Garner’s AFLW teammate, Jess Duffin in the side, who relished in her role through the middle of the ground. Bulldogs premiership player, Jenna Bruton is also a notable out, so it will certainly be a challenge for the Seagulls on Sunday.

That’s because midfielder, Alison Drennan kicked off her season perfectly with a dominant display in the midfield. Drennan collected 15 disposals and laid 11 tackles against the Blues and would love to have a repeat performance at Williamstown. Also be sure to keep an eye out for Samantha Johnson, who complemented Drennan well with 16 disposals and three marks.

 

Collingwood vs. Geelong

Sunday 2.30pm at Olympic Park Oval

While the men go head-to-head at the MCG, the women will take centre-stage just outside at Olympic Park Oval.

The Pies are coming off a close win against the Seagulls and their AFLW stars stood up in the performance. Sarah Dargan starred in the midfield with 24 disposals and six tackles while Sarah D’Arcy was a solid contributor in defence with 17 disposals and eight marks. Dargan and D’Arcy would be hoping to build on these performances against a formidable Geelong outfit.

The Cats have brought in a name that we will all come to learn in time, with Northern Territory player, Evelyn Dhamarrandji coming into their round two side. She will play in the forward line alongside Kate Darby, who has been in some nice form as of late. Richelle Cranston and Rebecca Garing will be the ones to look out for, as they dominated the midfield last week with 30 disposals and 20 disposals respectively.

Team Selection: VFLW – Round 2

ROUND two sees plenty of big AFLW names play their first game in the new-look Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition. We will also get to have a look at the Casey Demons this round, as they had the bye in round one. There are big matches across the board this week and the teams have brought in the big guns to give us another entertaining round of football. 

ESSENDON  v. MELBOURNE UNI

Saturday, April 12, 12:00pm
Windy Hill, Essendon

Essendon have selected Canadian, Kendra Heil for its round two encounter against Melbourne Uni. Heil was formerly on Collingwood’s AFLW list and previously played at Eastern Devils. GWS midfielder, Maddy Collier and West Australian, Courtney Ugle will also pull on the red and black at Windy Hill. 

AFLW best and fairest, Emma Kearney will suit up for Melbourne Uni for the first time this year, after a busy off-season for her. Rhiannon Green, Airlie Runnalls and Candice Adams are among the other ins to take on the Bombers. 

Essendon

B: 14. J. Barker, 16. L. Morecroft, 27. A. Morcom
HB: 26. A. Madden, 7. K. Hicks, 25. R. Neaves
C: 44. M.  Collier, 9. L.  Williams, 1. J.  Trend
HF: 35. V. Moreau, 6. A. Quigley, 43. D. Ponter
F: 3. M. DeMatteo, 30. S. Nalder, 4. N. Hardy
R: 12. B. Kearney, 8. H. Bullas, 32. T. Mackrill
Int: 20. J. Anwyl, 40. G. Golds, 18. K. Heil, 46. C. Ugle
Emg: 22. N. MacDonald, 37. I. Malliaras, 21. K. McFadyen, 10. D. Pedersen
23P: 15. L. Caruso

In: K. Heil, M. Collier, C. Ugle

Melbourne Uni

B: 25. S. De Bortoli, 29. K. Klatt, 24. S. Wilson
HB: 6. E. Keaney, 9. K. Price, 3. L. Walsh
C: 19. L.  Ahrens, 2. H.  Ibrahim, 45. M.  McDonald
HF: 1. S. Abbatangelo, 27. J. Anderson, 50. J. Stanton
F: 13. R. Green, 10. A. Price, 36. L. Watkin
R: 8. C. Fitzpatrick, 15. E. Kearney, 7. A. Riddell
Int: 12. M. Cantwell, 11. P. Cordes, 44. A. Runnalls, 18. A. Tupper
Emg: 33. C. Adams, 5. A. Gittings , 32. I. Milford, 43. L. Munday
23P: 35. M. Shone

In: R. Green, A. Runnalls, C. Adams, J. Stanton, L. Ahrens, E. Kearney
Out: L. Belza, D. Edward

 

RICHMOND  v. DAREBIN

Saturday, April 12, 1pm
Swinburne Centre, Richmond

Richmond have brought in GWS’ Louise Stephenson and Collingwood AFLW star, Lauren Tesoriero for the clash against the Falcons, Stephenson has been named in the forward line, alongside Tigers co vice-captain, Kate Dixon, who is fresh off a four-goal performance. Georgia Fisher and Grace Bibby are among the lucky ones to be included for the match at Swinburne Centre. 

Four AFLW powerhouses in Lauren Pearce, Karen Paxman, Nat Exon and Aasta O’Connor come into Darebin’s round two side. The Falcons have also listed forward, Hannah Mouncey in the back pocket in an interesting positional change.  

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, 71. L. Stephenson
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

In: L. Stephenson, G. Fisher, G. Bibby, L. Tesoriero, N. Clarke
Out: J. Louttit

Darebin

B: 37. J. Bertoni, 32. G. Colvin, 43. H. Mouncey
HB: 9. M. Eastman, 34. S. Egan, 26. T. Olcorn
C: 8. N.  Exon, 31. E.  Gardner, 44. S.  Fairchild
HF: 20. M. Guerin, 22. G. Hammond, 29. S. Normington – Dickens
F: 49. R. Hibbert, 1. E. Honybun, 27. S. Hogan
R: 10. G. Lawson-Tavan, 15. A. Lister, 14. M. McDonald
Int: 48. L. Jacobs, 40. L. Pearce, 17. S. Simpson, 11. K. Tyndall
Emg: 5. K. McNiece, 28. A. Morrow, 41. A. O’Connor, 4. K. Paxman
23P: 35. L. Skipper

In: L. Pearce, K. McNiece, A. O’Connor, K. Paxman, N. Exon
Out: C. Byrne

 

CASEY DEMONS v. HAWTHORN

Sunday, May 13, 11.30am
Casey Fields, Cranbourne

The Casey Demons play their first game in the VFL Women’s competition, and have some exciting players lining up in red and blue. Melbourne AFLW players, Harriet Cordner, Jasmine Grierson, Kate Hore, Eden Zanker, Aliesha Newman, Laura Duryea and Katherine Smith will all line up for the Demons on Sunday. They will be joined by former Gippsland star, Darcy Guttridge, who has swapped the black and white in the AFLW for red and blue in the VFLW. 

After a big win against the Bombers, the Hawks have brought in four players in the hope of making it two from two in the competition. Chantella Perera, Dianna Haines, Jess Foster and Sarah McNamara all come into the side for the big clash at Casey Fields. 

Casey Demons

B: 12. G. McLean, 27. A. Harrison, 16. C. Sheriff
HB: 19. J. Grierson, 21. H. Cordner, 34. D. Guttridge
C: 4. C.  Emonson, 10. K.  Hore, 25. M.  Shevlin
HF: 22. K. Guttridge, 29. E. Zanker , 2. A. Newman
F: 1. R. Guglielmino, 11. L. Duryea, 15. S. Phillips
R: 14. T. Orgill, 6. A. McDonough, 13. K. Smith
Int: 18. K. Bentvelzen , 24. N. Garner, 9. A. Johnson, 5. S. Poke
Emg: 44. N. Fullwood, 48. S. Fyfield, 30. A. Marshall, 8. M. Tatham
23P: 3. R. Clayton

Hawthorn

B: 25. M. Hutchins, 21. P. Randall, 31. J. Sibley
HB: 9. M. Kuys, 13. E. Nixon, 36. J. Van Dyk
C: 15. S. Yule, 6. J.  Crockett-Grills, 12. T.  Nestor
HF: 24. R. Dillon, 22. T. Luke, 33. E. Gilder
F: 7. P. McWilliams, 14. O. Flanagan, 28. S. Perkins
R: 19. L. Wotton, 1. E. Mackie, 4. S. Carroll
Int: 17. S. David, 34. A. Dowler, 35. C. O’Donnell, 16. C. Papadopoulos
Emg: 18. J. Foster, 11. D. Haines, 39. S. McNamara, 5. C. Perera
23P: 26. C.  Dyett

In: C. Perera, D. Haines, J. Foster, S. McNamara

 

CARLTON  v. WESTERN BULLDOGS

Sunday, May 13, 12pm
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

Carlton have rotated their AFLW players for the clash against the Bulldogs, as Sarah Hosking and Madeline Keryk make way for Kate Shierlaw, Reni Hicks, Jess Hosking and Sarah Last. But all eyes will be on Rugby 7s gold medalist, Chloe Dalton, who will make her VFLW debut on Sunday. Dalton will start in the back line for the clash at RAMS Arena. 

The Western Bulldogs have matched Carlton’s long list of AFLW ins by bringing in Bailey Hunt, Kimberley Rennie and Bree White. Hunt and Rennie featured in the Bulldogs’ premiership-winning year while White announced her AFLW retirement at the end of last year after playing some great football with the Pies. Tara Morgan and Natalie Gills are among the other ins who will pull on the red, white and blue on Sunday. 

Carlton

B: 82. N. Burns, 12. S. Last, 24. R. Hicks
HB: 55. C. Dalton, 40. K. Harvey, 23. B. Kennedy
C: 17. T.  Lucas-Rodd, 11. J.  Hosking, 56. C.  Williams
HF: 45. R. King, 36. C. Moody, 35. S. Li
F: 20. C. Bromage, 42. C. Hardeman, 3. D. Vescio
R: 16. B. Moody, 37. B. Schultz, 32. N. Plane
Int: 27. K. Cox, 41. K. Cunico, 31. K. Shierlaw, 90. B. Walker
Emg: 8. M. Gay, 33. G. Green, 63. T. Plowman, 66. O. Vesely
23P: 50. J. Borg

In: K. Shierlaw, K. Cox, R. Hicks, S. Last, J. Hosking, K. Cunico
Out: S. Hosking,  M. Keryk,  L. McCarthy,  A. Chuot

Western Bulldogs

B: 9. T. Dinuccio, 30. A. Tessari, 26. T. Morgan
HB: 15. R. Ashley, 14. E. Gamble, 38. C. O’Brien
C: 20. R.  Gastin, 17. H.  Wildes, 34. E.  Mackay
HF: 11. A. Gunn, 12. J. Francke, 10. S. Jolly
F: 1. K. Clarke, 35. N. McMahon, 41. A. Scott
R: 24. K. Rennie, 21. B. Hunt, 33. B. White
Int: 40. N. Gills, 28. T. Hamilton, 46. T. Moss, 37. L. Murphy
Emg: 27. K. Nicolaci
23P: 43. A. Goldring

In: B. Hunt, K. Rennie, B. White, T. Hamilton, N. Gills, T. Morgan
Out: R. Martinuzzo, N. Paul, K. McLeod, E. McLaughlin, A. Rooth

 

WILLIAMSTOWN v. SOUTHERN SAINTS

Sunday, May 13, 2pm
Williamstown Football Ground, Williamstown

Williamstown come into the clash against the Southern Saints without Bulldogs AFLW midfielder, Jenna Bruton and Collingwood AFLW forward-turned-defender, Jasmine Garner. However, the Seagulls have brought in plenty of players in the hope of getting their first VFLW win. Sally Seabrook, Caitlyn Balshaw, Nikki Wallace, and Kaitlin Smith will all have the opportunity to run out for the Seagulls on Saturday. 

The Southern Saints have also welcomed in a host of changes as they also search for their first win in the competition. Megan Supple, Isabel Quintal, and Kelly Thompson have all been selected for the round two side. 

Williamstown

B: 8. C. Portelli, 24. A. Saxton, 32. B. Stevens
HB: 1. R. Dardengo, 10. B. Hateley, 3. S. Murphy-Burke
C: 44. I.  Porter, 17. S.  Chapman, 11. K.  Smith
HF: 4. E. Paterno, 12. G. Harris, 5. A. Walsh
F: 21. S. Dixon, 26. J. Heard, 22. M. Lowe
R: 9. R. Achampong, 13. N. Wallace, 2. J. Duffin
Int: 14. C. Balshaw, 19. E. Meade, 34. J. Reid, 20. S. Seabrook
Emg: 23. J. Bartolo, 28. J. Kile, 15. J. Malouf, 27. L. Suleiman
23P: 29. K. Koropeckyj

In: J. Bartolo, L. Suleiman, J. Kile, S. Seabrook, C. Balshaw, N. Wallace, K. Smith, J. Malouf
Out: A. Melnikas,  J. Bruton,  J. Garner,  A. Cameron

Southern Saints

B: 11. T. Annear, 14. I. Quintal, 26. A. Ryan
HB: 29. M. Macdonald, 38. S. Karlson, 17. L. Olsen
C: 16. K.  Thompson, 2. A.  Brown, 31. G.  Walker
HF: 12. J. Hull, 15. T. Bohanna, 21. D. Lawrence
F: 36. S. Bolding, 13. C. Munn, 27. K. Macqueen
R: 28. R. Watt, 8. A. Drennan, 32. S. Johnson
Int: 34. S. Casey, 40. M. Maitland, 24. K. Ripari, 23. J. Rolland
Emg: 45. S. Binder, 9. S. Long, 7. M. Supple, 6. J. Vissenjoux
23P: 22. D. Smith

In: M. Supple, J. Vissenjoux, I. Quintal, K. Thompson, S. Long
Out: A. Silver

 

COLLINGWOOD v. GEELONG CATS

Sunday, May 13, 2.30pm
Olympic Park Oval, Richmond

Collingwood go into the clash at Olympic Park Oval with a strong lineup, keeping all of their AFLW players in the round two side. The Pies have brought in Chloe Leighton to complement their AFLW stars in what should be a great contest against the Cats. 

Geelong has welcomed an exciting player from the Northern Territory, Evelyn Dhamarrandji, who will a player to watch throughout the VFLW season. She will be joined by Laura Taylor and Bianca Cheever in the round two side. 

Collingwood

B: 99. S. Marsh, 18. R. Schleicher, 28. H. Whitford
HB: 13. J. Lambert, 77. C. Leighton, 61. A. Malander
C: 52. N.  Hales, 11. E.  Hynes, 93. V.  Laloifi
HF: 5. E. Grant, 53. R. Grant, 54. H. Grubb
F: 56. P. Davey, 47. J. Edwards, 75. E. Fowler
R: 46. S. Dargan, 4. S. D’Arcy, 22. S. Casey
Int: 49. S. Alexander, 73. G. Biedenweg-Webster, 50. G. Buchan, 63. P. Nash
Emg: 81. B. Jones, 57. G. Knox, 51. G. Ploegsma, 68. S. Yoannidis
23P: 65. E. Browning

In: S. Yoannidis, C. Leighton, R. Grant
Out: L. French

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: 36. E. Dhamarrandji, 8. K. Darby, 32. A. Habib
R: 41. C. Stevens, 30. R. Cranston, 33. H. Trevean
Int: 22. B. Cheever, 13. M. Fogas, 15. M. Janssen, 10. L. Taylor
Emg: 29. M. Arthur, 23. I. Currenti, 28. M. Fedele, 35. K. Woodroffe
23P: 24. M. McMahon

In: L. Taylor, E. Dhamarrandji, M. Arthur, B. Cheever

BYE – NT THUNDER