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AFL Women’s preview: Round 3 – Make or break games set the scene for third round of action

IT is now or never for a number of teams who sit on a knifes-edge when it comes to their finals aspirations. While some sides will finish the round undefeated with three wins, other teams will head into Monday doing the maths as to how many wins they need to make finals. With many teams at 1-1, this is the earliest junction in the season where sides can make a getaway from the sides around them, or fall back and have to play catch-up football in the run home.

Friday, February 21

St Kilda v. Melbourne at RSEA Park, 7:10pm, AEDT

Taylah Melki

With St Kilda still looking for their first win in AFLW history, Melbourne will be hoping to keep the good times rolling and make it three from three. it has been a tricky initiation for the Saints who have been competitive for large chunks of time but lack that little bit of finesse and experience in the crucial moments as opposed to the Demons. Melbourne have been in hot form downing premiership favourites North Melbourne in Round 1 and dismissing the Dogs by 20 points last round proving just how damaging they can be when on song.

It is hard to deny that Melbourne look like a much better side with Daisy Pearce back in the mix. The skilful footballer can extract the footy out of congestion and use the ball efficiently by hand or foot adding that touch of class to an already strong side. Teammates, Karen Paxman and Elise O’Dea provide an experienced head across the field something they will be hoping to use against a relatively young and inexperienced Saints side. Libby Birch is a ball magnet and will be hoping to once again have a profound impact across the ground with her silky skills. In their second year of AFLW youngsters Tyla Hanks and Shelley Heath have been building into some hot form with their tackling pressure the key aspect of their game play.

Despite taking it to the Crows last round, St Kilda let it slip when it counted and will be hoping for a more rounded four quarter performance against some tough opposition. The Saints have plenty of young talent with Rising Star nominee Georgia Patrikios leading the pack with her cleanliness below her knees, quick hands and spatial awareness. Patrikios has made a seamless transition into AFLW with fellow draftee Tarni White also making a splash with an impressive 18 disposals last round while Molly McDonald and Nicola Xenos will be hoping to leave a lasting imprint this round. Expect the young guns to look to the likes of Tilly Lucas-Rodd, Jessica Sedunary and Rhiannon Watt to lead the way and provide some guidance given their experience and high footy nous.

Tip: Melbourne by 22 points.

ST KILDA

B: T.White 29 T.Luke 22
HB: H.Priest 14 A.Brown 2 T.Lucas-Rodd 18
C: N.Exon 15 J.Sedunary 10 M.McDonald 1
HF: C.Munn 13 K.McCarthy 9 C.Greiser 17
F: K.Shierlaw 12 G.Patrikios 21
Foll: R.Watt – C 7 O.Vesely 23 C.Phillips 35
I/C: D.Guttridge 5 R.Dillon 25 A.Drennan 8 N.Xenos 27 I.Shannon 11

Emerg: S.Johnson 6 P.Kelly 16

In: T.Luke, I.Shannon
Out: C.Fitzpatrick (concussion), C.Whitfort

MELBOURNE

B: L.Birch 9 M.Downie 2
HB: S.Lampard 8 S.Goldrick 23 D.Pearce – C 6
C: S.Heath 30 T.Hanks 28 C.Emonson 11
HF: K.Hore 10 E.Zanker 29 S.Scott 12
F: T.Cunningham 1 A.Newman 16
Foll: H.Cordner 21 K.Paxman 4 M.Gay 3
I/C: G.Colvin 32 C.Sherriff 18 N.McEvoy 17 M.Guerin 22 E.O’Dea 5

Emerg: B.Tarrant 20 K.Petrevski 31

In: M.Guerin
Out: A.Kemp (knee)

Saturday, February 22

Western Bulldogs v. Carlton at Whitten Oval, 3:10pm, AEDT

Taylah Melki

The Western Bulldogs will be hoping to take advantage of their home ground and inflict pain on the Blues who were well and truly shocked last round by Collingwood. The Dogs have had an up and down start to the 2020 season getting an easy win in the opening round and then well held in Round 2 much like their opposition making for an interesting battle on Saturday. Both sides will be vying for their second win and given it is a short season a win here means everything. But after a seething comment last round expect the Blues to come out firing on all cylinders.

After a relatively disappointing outing the Dogs will be hoping to right their wrongs and get back on the winners list. Once again Bonnie Toogood provided the pressure up forward and will have to keep that going if they are to topple the Blues. The likes of Aisling McCarthy and Naomi Ferres have stepped up to the plate with their ball winning ability on full display while the likes of best and fairest winner Ellie Blackburn is in ripping form. Blackburn is a machine in the midfield able to dig deep and provide a constant threat. Both Elisabeth Georgostathis and Gemma Lagioia still have plenty to develop but have shown promising signs with their physical pressure and ability to hunt the footy.

Carlton have a plethora of stars across the ground, none bigger than ball magnet and bull Maddy Prespakis with the 20-year-old not afraid to burrow in. She struggled at times throughout Round 2 given the heavy tag but has shown that she has the class, strength and smarts to think her way through challenges pairing with the likes of fellow youngster Grace Egan. The two proved to be a dominant force last round and will be seeking to replicate their form again this round. After an early goal Tayla Harris faded out of the game against Collingwood something that she won’t let happen twice with the talented footballer able to pluck balls from the sky and kick truly. Another one in the forward brigade that will be seeking retribution is Darcy Vescio who failed to find the big sticks but has shown that she is a force to be reckoned with her goal sense and forward pressure.

Tip: Carlton by 14.

WESTERN BULLDOGS

B: A.Gogos 36 L.Spark 11
HB: K.Herron 31 E.Gamble 14 N.Ferres 16
C: B.Hunt 21 K.Lamb 27 G.Lagioia 12
HF: G.Newton 5 B.Toogood 8 K.McLeod 6
F: E.Georgostathis 17 D.Berry 7
Foll: K.Rennie 24 E.Blackburn – C 2 A.McCarthy 15
I/C: E.Brown 9 D.Marshall 26 I.Huntington 4 H.Scott 22 B.Lochland 1

Emerg: N.Callinan 10 H.Munyard 20

In: I.Huntington, B.Lochland
Out: N.Callinan, A.Van Oosterwijck

CARLTON

B: G.Pound 6 C.Wilson 20
HB: K.Harrington – C 9 V.Laloifi 8 N.Stevens 21
C: C.Dalton 15 K.Loynes 2 S.Hosking 10
HF: B.Walker 14 T.Harris 7 N.Plane 32
F: A.Downie 30 D.Vescio 3
Foll: B.Moody 16 G.Egan 1 M.Prespakis 4
I/C: J.Hosking 11 L.McEvoy 13 L.Brazzale 12 G.Gee 19 J.Edwards 25

Emerg: B.Vernon 31 C.Jones 22

In: J.Edwards
Out: J.Doonan

Gold Coast v Brisbane, Metricon Stadium, 4.10pm AEST

Tom Cheesman

The first ever AFLW Q Clash will be played on Saturday in the Sunshine State, as expansion side Gold Coast look to topple their undefeated Conference A rival Brisbane. The Lions are sitting pretty on top of the table thanks to a dominant round one victory over Adelaide and a come-from-behind win on the road against Geelong. Meanwhile, the Suns evened their ledger at 1-1 last weekend with an 11-point victory over fellow newcomers Richmond. Both sides have strong percentages to work with and are building momentum heading into round three, so this contest should be a belter.

Ex-North Melbourne and Brisbane midfielder Jamie Stanton has been Gold Coast’s most reliable player through the opening two rounds, rated best for the SUNS by Draft Central in both matches. She averages 18 disposals, four tackles and two marks so far this season. Leah Kaslar was great last week with 15 disposals and four tackles, while Kate Surman is proving to be an excitement machine for the Suns up forward. Northern Territory recruit Tayla Thorn will look to make an impact in defence for the hosts in what will be her first match of the season.

Brisbane NAB rising star nominee Jesse Tawhiao-Wardlaw plans on replicating last week’s entertaining three-goal performance. She trails Fremantle’s Sabreena Duffy by one in the race for the AFLW Leading Goalkicker award and would love to take the lead through a dominant performance against the Suns. Lion midfielders Emily Bates and Ally Anderson led from the front in Geelong with 38 disposals between them, while Lily Postlethwaite is showing plenty of physicality early in her debut season. She has amassed 11 tackles over the first two rounds and with a physical clash set to take place on Saturday, this number should continue to rise.

Tip: Brisbane by 9.

GOLD COAST

B: J.Pregelj 42 J.Hickey 4
HB: S.Virgo – C 22 L.Ahrens 7 S.Watson 14
C: T.Ernst 19 H.Dunn 24 C.Hammond 29
HF: B.Perry 16 L.Kaslar 11 K.Surman 26
F: E.Hampson 21 K.Howarth 23
Foll: L.Bella 2 J.Yorston 5 J.Stanton 17
I/C: J.Hewett 20 D.Heslop 25 P.Parker 1 M.Ritson 12 T.Thorn 15

Emerg: S.Riley 8 A.Hamilton 30

In: T.Thorn
Out: S.Riley

BRISBANE

B: C.Svarc 25 S.Webb 4
HB: R.Lugg 11 K.Lutkins 13 S.Campbell 20
C: E.Zielke – C 8 B.Koenen 3 N.Grider 10
HF: L.Arnell 16 J.Wardlaw 30 G.Bodey 15
F: D.Davidson 14 S.Conway 12
Foll: J.Keeffe 27 A.Anderson 18 E.Bates 1
I/C: I.Dawes 17 O.O’Dwyer 9 L.Postlethwaite 6 G.Collingwood 7 M.Moloney 28

Emerg: J.Ellenger 5 J.Zanchetta 2

In: None
Out: None

Fremantle v. Collingwood at Fremantle Oval, 7:10pm

Taylah Melki

The top of the table clash will bring plenty of excitement with both sides undefeated and looking to make it three straight wins. It is fair to say that both the Dockers and Collingwood have shocked the competition with just how well they are going with Fremantle romping it home last round against cross-town rivals. Collingwood have found a new lease on life with their running style of play paying dividends and often giving them first purchase on the footy whereas the Dockers have a more attacking style.

Scoring has proven no issue for the Dockers posting some hefty totals already this season with the likes of leading goal kicker Sabreena Duffy doing a wealth of damage on the scoreboard. Both Kara Antonio and Ebony Antonio have proven to be a deadly duo with their tackling pressure and intensity a constant feature of their game. Roxy Roux bounded into Rising Star contention last week with a couple of impressive grabs and two goals to her name an effort she will want to repeat again this week while Mim Strom is continuing to ply her trade. Kiara Bowers had a best on field performance last week getting her hands to ball with ease and disposing of it cleanly with teammates Evangeline Gooch and Katie-Jayne Greive others who can inflict pain on the Pies if left unattended.

The return of Magpies star Chloe Molloy has been everything the club could have asked for with her running ability, hard edge and cleanliness along with her versatility a key aspect to the line-up. Molloy is a real excitement machine while livewire Jaimee Lambert has gone from strength to strength already and it is only entering Round 3. The potential return of the injured Bri Davey could further bolster Collingwood’s midfield stocks making them an ominous threat for the Dockers. Defensively the Pies have stood up to the task with damaging duo Stacey Livingstone and Ash Brazill acting as a wall down back and propelling anything that comes their way while in the ruck Sharni Layton has taken her craft to a whole other level. Brittany Bonnici and Mikayla Cann have been in ripping form for the black and white army and will be hoping to front up once again to get their side over the line.

Tip: Fremantle by 10.

FREMANTLE

B: J.Cuthbertson 29 E.Gooch 8
HB: A.Stannett 24 P.Seth 18 L.Mascall 14
C: K.Grieve 13 H.Miller 19 B.Webb 26
HF: E.Antonio 12 R.Roux 17 A.Sharp 1
F: S.Duffy 6 G.Houghton 27
Foll: M.Strom 21 K.Bowers 2 K.Antonio – C 15
I/C: K.Flood 44 J.Stewart 7 L.Pugh 32 L.Rohde 11 G.O’Sullivan 22

Emerg: E.O’Driscoll 3 M.Clifford 4

In: None
Out: None

COLLINGWOOD

B: A.Porter 9 S.Livingstone 12
HB: L.Butler 23 A.Brazill 10 C.Molloy 2
C: S.Rowe 7 S.Casey 22 S.Chiocci – C 17
HF: A.Sheridan 14 J.Lambert 13 B.Bonnici 8
F: M.Cann 25 R.Schleicher 18
Foll: S.Layton 1 E.Fowler 15 S.D’Arcy 4
I/C: S.Dargan 46 B.Davey 3 J.Allen 6 J.Membrey 21 K.Stratton 41

Emerg: M.Shevlin 35 E.O’Dea 50

In: R.Schleicher, B.Davey, K.Stratton
Out: E.O’Dea, S.Alexander, M.Shevlin

Sunday, February 23

Greater Western Sydney v West Coast, Blacktown International Stadium, 1.10pm AEDT

Peter Williams

Kicking off proceedings on Sunday, one of the expansion clubs makes its longest trip yet when West Coast crosses the country to face GWS GIANTS at Blacktown. The Eagles have shown signs in their opening two games, but have ultimately been overwhelmed, while the GIANTS survived an almighty scare in Round 1 to just get the points against Gold Coast, before going down to North Melbourne last week. It was lucky the GIANTS did get the win against the SUNS, or they could be all but out of the finals race if they dropped this match as well. As it stands, that is the predicament facing West Coast, with realistically three losses the maximum a team could have and still make finals, though not many would expect West Coast to make the post-season series in its first season. The GIANTS on the otherhand are desperate to get there having not yet tasted finals action in three seasons.

The GIANTS have a consistent list across the board with a lot of underrated stars. Alicia Eva and Alyce Parker are a damaging duo in the competition, with Parker one of the top few talents in her second year. She has worked well winning the hard ball out of the middle and using her skills, while Eva’s evasion and speed make her a damaging prospect out of congestion or in space on a wing. The GIANTS have an experienced defence that just nullifies opposition forwards, with Tanya Hetherington and Pepa Randall back on the last line, and Jess Dal Pos providing the touch of class off half-back. Up forward, Cora Staunton is always a player you have to watch out for as an opposition defender, while Rebecca Privitelli is enjoying career-best form. Also in good form is ex-Crow Jess Allen, who becomes even more crucial in this clash in the absence of All-Australian ruck Erin McKinnon.

Parris Laurie will look to continue her great form through the middle as the leading tap ruck, amassing more than 20 hitouts a game so far. She has a very strong midfield at her feet, with Dana Hooker a top five player in the league, and captain Emma Swanson a real talent with ball-in-hand. Imahra Cameron has genuinely lit up moments in games with her breakaway speed and has been a huge inclusion into the side as a mature-age recruit. Mikayla Bowen provides the toughness around the contest, and McKenzie Dowrick adds the class and skill playing off half-back. While the Eagles forward line is still learning to function as a unit, former Dockers, Kellie Gibson and Ashlee Atkins make a damaging duo, and once the midfield and forward lines can link-up regularly, they will be a strong force.

Tip: GWS by 20.

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY

B: P.Randall 21 T.Hetherington 9
HB: J.Dal Pos 7 E.Bennetts 22 A.Lister 14
C: Y.Bonner 27 A.Eva – C 2 R.Beeson 6
HF: A.Schmidt 11 C.Staunton 13 J.Hicks 5
F: I.Nielsen 25 R.Privitelli 19
Foll: J.Allan 39 B.Tully 36 A.Parker 3
I/C: N.Barr 8 L.Steane 20 J.Barclay 34 L.Stephenson 12 H.Zreika 24 T.Mackrill 32 S.Halvorsen 30

In: J.Barclay, T.Mackrill, S.Halvorsen
Out: E.McKinnon

WEST COAST

B: C.Perera 27 T.Radan 26
HB: B.Smith 14 S.McDonald 35 M.Dowrick 5
C: M.Bowen 1 I.Cameron 19 N.Kelly 12
HF: A.Atkins 9 K.Gibson 2 M.Collier 8
F: G.Kelly 15 T.Tester 23
Foll: P.Laurie 25 D.Hooker 17 E.Swanson – C 13
I/C: B.Devlyn 7 C.Guard 4 H.Bullas 24 E.Bonser 6 K.Orme 32 C.Davidson 33 D.Pisconeri 11

In: E.Bonser, C.Davidson
Out: None

Richmond v North Melbourne, Ikon Park, 3.10pm AEDT

Peter Williams

The Sunday mid-afternoon game pits an expansion side against one of last year’s expansion teams when Richmond plays host to North Melbourne at Ikon Park. The Tigers enter this game without a win on the board just yet, and suffered defeats at the hands of Carlton and Gold Coast SUNS who are also 1-1 having lost their other respective matches. North Melbourne also sits at 1-1 from its two games, having gone down to Melbourne in a tight one out at Casey Fields, before bouncing back with a win over the GIANTS in Tasmania last week. It is fair to say the star-studded talent of North Melbourne will head in as strong favourites for this game, but with a number of fresh faces coming into Richmond’s team, it will be interesting to see how they line-up.

Joining Richmond’s extended squad in the game are debutant Ella Wood – with the former Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels midfielder named on the wing – as well as potential debutants, Ciara Fitzgerald and surprise non-listed call-up, Hannah McLaren. Both have been named on the extended bench in case of any injuries, while Tayla Stahl misses with a hamstring problem. The Tigers have a strong top-end with Monique Conti and Katie Brennan leading the midfield. Brennan copped flak throughout the week in the media and is likely to come out firing to silence the critics, which the North Melbourne midfield will have to be aware of for this game. Up forward, Sabrina Frederick provides a tall marking target, while Christina Bernardi and Kodi Jacques have been in good form this season. In defence, Akec Makur Chuot and Phoebe Monahan are just quietly going about their business but are statistically the top one-two duo when thinking about marks and rebounds. Wood adds extra hardness at the contest, and joins GWV teammate Sophie Molan, and a number of other youngsters, such as Laura McClelland and Sarah Sansonetti in the team.

North Melbourne’s depth is one of the envies of the competition and there is a reason the Roos headed into the 2020 season as the premiership favourites. With a strong list despite missing one of its stars in Jess Duffin (maternity leave), North Melbourne has more players that stand up in big moments than any other side. Emma Kearney is a Most Valuable Player (MVP) winner a couple of seasons ago and well heralded, but the work of Jenna Bruton and recently, Ash Riddell should not be underestimated. With Jasmine Garner in career-best form – which is saying something – and Kaitlyn Ashmore roving at the feet of Emma King up forward, the Roos have plenty of scoring options.They are missing that Duffin-type role off half-back, though Tahlia Randall and Danielle Hardiman have provided good strength in the air for the midfielders who drop back and help out to run the ball down the field. Overall, this North Melbourne side on paper should win this game fairly easily, but as we know with any match, games are not won on paper.

Tip: North Melbourne by 28.

RICHMOND

B: S.Sansonetti 18 A.Makur Chuot 34
HB: L.McClelland 16 P.Monahan 2 G.Seymour 28
C: E.Wood 17 K.Brennan – C 3 R.Miller 15
HF: S.Frederick 14 K.Jacques 10 C.Bernardi 6
F: C.Wakefield 8 M.Brancatisano 5
Foll: A.Edmonds 11 M.Conti 4 G.Campbell 43
I/C: L.Tesoriero 7 L.Bailey 12 S.Molan 1 A.Woodward 13 H.Burchell 9 H.McLaren 29 C.Fitzgerald 26

In: E.Wood, H.McLaren, C.Fitzgerald
Out: T.Stahl (hamstring)

NORTH MELBOURNE

B: T.Randall 16 B.Gibson 18
HB: T.Nestor 24 D.Hardiman 31 J.Grierson 19
C: J.Trend 21 A.Riddell 7 E.Kearney – C 9
HF: S.Abbatangelo 1 K.Gillespie-Jones 5 E.King 4
F: E.King 60 K.Ashmore 10
Foll: V.Saad 39 J.Garner 25 J.Bruton 35
I/C: A.Gilroy 8 D.Bateman 11 S.Wright 17 B.Lynch 20 E.Gavalas 22 M.King 23 A.Green 26

In: B.Lynch, M.King
Out: None

Geelong v Adelaide, GMHBA Stadium, 5.10pm AEDT

Peter Williams

The final game of the round might well be the best of the lot, perhaps barring the top of the table clash between the Dockers and Magpies. Geelong is hungry for a win, sitting at 0-2 despite statistically looking pretty good across the board and plenty of their teenage talents stepping up already in season 2020. Adelaide has been the walking wounded, having to bring in a top-up player back in Round 1 due to the multitude of injuries, and then bouncing back with a win – albeit not entirely convincing – over newcomers St Kilda. This feels like a game that could make or break both these side’s seasons. Geelong win, and the Cats are back in contention, while they lose and it is pretty much curtains for season 2020 unless they really get on a roll. Adelaide win, and the Crows are flying high on confidence and can sustain it long enough to receive some extra troops in the run home to finals, while they lose and the reigning premiers will be in a bit of trouble for their title defence aspirations.

Geelong lost at home last week to Brisbane, and will want to give the home fans who turn up for the second week in a row something to cheer about. The Cats have lost promising youngster, Denby Taylor to an ankle injury, but have regained All-Australian defender Meg McDonald, which would be a huge relief for coach Paul Hood. Maddy Boyd and Rebecca Goring have been added to the squad as well for the clash, as Geelong understands the importance of a win here for its finals calculations. The core group of second year players in the blue and white hoops have been simply sensational and a blueprint for clubs going forward. Olivia Purcell is in the top five ball winners across the league, while Rebecca Webster has been a marking machine and is the most improved player in the competition. Along with Sophie Van De Heuvel and 2018 AFL Women’s number one draft pick Nina Morrison, the Cats have a plethora of talent across the board. They still have more to get out of some of the depth around the ground, but with McDonald back, it releases some of the pressure off captain Mel Hickey, while Phoebe McWilliams will enjoy having Boyd back in the side as another target up forward.

The Crows go in with top selection from last year’s draft, Montana McKinnon – who dominated in the SANFL Women’s competition last week – and Courtney Cramey of whom both have been added to the extended side. The midfield duo of Anne Hatchard and Ebony Marinoff is ranked first and second in terms of disposals won, while Eloise Jones have gained some important minutes in the absence of star, Erin Phillips. Up forward, Nikki Gore and Danielle Ponter have improved in their second year, adding extra dimensions to the side, while Courtney Gum‘s new role as a deep forward has been important in providing leadership around the young players. The midfield battle between these teams will be fascinating, and if the Crows can continue their ball-winning and stoppage ways, then expect their forwards to have a good day in Geelong. But if the Cats can neutralise the midfield, then they will also have a huge chance of taking out the contest.

Tip: Geelong by 4.

GEELONG

B: M.Brown 19 M.McMahon 24
HB: M.Keryk 45 M.McDonald 11 M.Hickey – C 18
C: S.Van De Heuvel 27 R.Webster 21 N.Morrison 9
HF: J.Crockett-Grills 6 P.McWilliams 23 J.Ivey 5
F: M.Boyd 26 R.Garing 12
Foll: A.O’Connor 14 R.Cranston 30 O.Purcell 16
I/C: M.Maguire 7 D.Higgins 2 G.Rankin 10 R.Caris 1 G.Clarke 17 R.Goring 44 A.McDonald 3

In: M.McDonald, M.Boyd, R.Goring
Out: D.Taylor (ankle)

ADELAIDE

B: D.Cox 31 S.Allan 39
HB: S.Li 19 M.Rajcic 32 C.Cramey 22
C: A.Foley – C 3 A.Hatchard 33 J.Mules 23
HF: N.Gore 7 C.Gould 1 S.Thompson 14
F: C.Gum 5 D.Ponter 15
Foll: J.Foley 24 E.Marinoff 10 E.Jones 2
I/C: A.Considine 16 M.McKinnon 21 C.Biddell 12 N.Allen 8 M.Newman 17 N.Campbell 20 R.Forth 27

In: C.Cramey, M.McKinnon
Out: None

ROUND 3 TIPS: [Total tips in brackets]

Michael Alvaro [10]: Melbourne / Carlton / Brisbane / Fremantle / GWS / North Melbourne / Adelaide
Taylah Melki [12]: Melbourne / Carlton / Brisbane / Collingwood / GWS / North Melbourne / Adelaide
Sophie Taylor [10]: Melbourne / Carlton / Brisbane / Fremantle / GWS / North Melbourne / Adelaide
Peter Williams [9]: Melbourne / Carlton / Brisbane / Fremantle / GWS / North Melbourne / Geelong

2020 AFL Women’s Round 2 preview: Expansion sides to face off as inaugural sides do battle under lights tonight

ROUND 2 of the AFL Women’s is sure to bring plenty of big clashes and ignite old rivalries with Collingwood and Carlton set to do battle on Sunday while Fremantle and West Coast will take place in their inaugural Western Derby.

Friday, February 14

Western Bulldogs v. Melbourne at Whitten Oval, 7:40pm, AEDT

Taylah Melki

With one win on the board each expect a high intensity battle from the opening bounce in search of each teams’ respective second win. The Demons announced themselves to the rest of the competition last round, downing premiership favourites North Melbourne by two points and will be riding a wave of confidence heading into their Round 2 match-up. Similarly, the Dogs inflicted their fair share of pain on newcomers St Kilda with an impressive 25-point win. The Bulldogs were slick from the beginning, exploiting their oppositions’ inexperience and making them pay while the Dees fought hard to just get over the line and set up the makings of what could be a strong season.

After waiting 693 days the return of Daisy Pearce was exactly what the doctor ordered for Melbourne and their fans. The talented midfielder-turned-defender was right back in the mix, throwing her weight around and winning plenty of the pill around the contest, something that was sorely missed last season. Karen Paxman is as experienced as they come, able to sense the moment and have an impact while the likes of Elise O’Dea and Lily Mithen could prove a handful for the Dogs who lost a couple of key players during the off-season. Forward, Tegan Cunningham will be looking to have a big game after failing to trouble the scorers last round, only registering a point. But if Cunningham and Kate Hore get going the two could pose a dominant force inside forward 50, plus throw in the likes of Eden Zanker and the Dees have a lot to work with.

With Katie Brennan and Monique Conti both departing the kennel, the likes of Ellie Blackburn and Kirsty Lamb have taken their game to another level and will be hoping to have the same dominant impact as last round. Blackburn is a class act, able to read the play, apply strong tackles and consistently get involved while Hannah Scott has upped the ante. Number one draft pick Gabby Newton did not look out of place in Round 1 with her contested ball work and cleanliness, but will be keen to prove it was not a one-off with a strong showing against Melbourne. Up forward, Bonnie Toogood will have to deliver for the Dogs if they are to apply scoreboard pressure and get over the line.

Tip: Melbourne by 15.

WESTERN BULLDOGS

B: A.Gogos 36 L.Spark 11
HB: K.Herron 31 E.Gamble 14 N.Ferres 16
C: B.Hunt 21 K.Lamb 27 G.Lagioia 12
HF: G.Newton 5 B.Toogood 8 K.McLeod 6
F: E.Georgostathis 17 D.Berry 7
Foll: K.Rennie 24 E.Blackburn – C 2 A.McCarthy 15
I/C: E.Brown 9 D.Marshall 26 N.Callinan 10 H.Scott 22 A.Van Oosterwijck 28
Emerg: N.Morris-Dalton 25 H.Munyard 20

In: E.Brown, A.Van Oosterwijck
Out: I.Huntington (concussion), C.Moody (ankle)

MELBOURNE

B: L.Birch 9 M.Downie 2
HB: S.Lampard 8 S.Goldrick 23 D.Pearce – C 6
C: S.Heath 30 T.Hanks 28 C.Emonson 11
HF: K.Hore 10 E.Zanker 29 S.Scott 12
F: T.Cunningham 1 A.Newman 16
Foll: H.Cordner 21 K.Paxman 4 M.Gay 3
I/C: G.Colvin 32 C.Sherriff 18 N.McEvoy 17 A.Kemp 36 E.O’Dea 5
Emerg: B.Tarrant 20 M.Guerin 22

In: N.McEvoy
Out: M.Guerin

Saturday, February 15 

North Melbourne v. GWS GIANTS at University of Tasmania Stadium, 3:10pm AEDT

Michael Alvaro

North Melbourne will be looking to make good on a shock Round 1 loss when it hosts the GWS GIANTS in Launceston. Premiership points may soon become a premium for Scott Gowans‘ side as it looks to top a tricky Conference A, and the pre-season premiership fancies will expect to pick up their first set in this clash. But the GIANTS are one of the few sides which can match the ‘Roos for experience throughout their squad, and already ground out a win against league newcomer, Gold Coast in an opening round thriller. While North’s home ground advantage paid dividends in its inaugural season, the GIANTS were already made to endure tough conditions last time out, which should put them in good stead to tackle the often-windy Launceston afternoons. Last year’s result – which swung convincingly to the way of the ‘Roos – will also be in the back of players’ minds, but North knows it cannot take anything for granted.

The debut of Lisa Steane looms as one of the stories of the weekend, with the 24-year-old teacher surprised mid-week with news of her inclusion while working. Steane’s replacement of Ellie Brush in the side is the only change for GWS, with its strong and experienced core remaining for what should be a tough test. The midfield combination of skipper Alicia Eva and young gun Alyce Parker will again look to lead from the engine room, and their work will be cut out for them given the depth and strength of North’s midfield. The Kangaroos have made two changes as Daria Bannister (collarbone) and Bethany Lynch come out of the side for Jas Grierson and local girl, Abbey Green, whose inclusion could free up Emma King to play a more permanent key forward role. It makes the North Melbourne forward line one to behold, with a couple of capable tall targets and the likes of Daisy Bateman and Katlyn Ashmore at their feet.

Given how deep the hosts’ talent runs through midfield and around the ground, they are rightly fancied to bounce back to more typical form. The ‘Roos should also take solace in the feats of reigning premier Adelaide, as the Crows overcame a surprise first round loss in 2019 to go undefeated throughout the rest of the season. While last week’s outcome should drive North Melbourne to better results, the pressure will be on given not many would expect GWS to trouble them a whole lot. Nonetheless, the Kangaroos should fare much better in this clash against a side which looks like battling for mid-conference status, so do not be surprised if a statement is made.

NORTH MELBOURNE

B: T.Randall 16 B.Gibson 18
HB: T.Nestor 24 D.Hardiman 31 A.Gilroy 8
C: J.Trend 21 E.Kearney – C 9 A.Riddell 7
HF: S.Abbatangelo 1 K.Gillespie-Jones 5 K.Ashmore 10
F: E.King 60 D.Bateman 11
Foll: V.Saad 39 J.Garner 25 J.Bruton 35
I/C: E.King 4 S.Wright 17 J.Grierson 19 E.Gavalas 22 A.Green 26
Emerg: M.King 23 B.Lynch 20

In: J.Grierson, A.Green
Out: D.Bannister (collarbone), B.Lynch

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY

B: P.Randall 21 T.Hetherington 9
HB: R.Beeson 6 L.Stephenson 12 A.Lister 14
C: E.Bennetts 22 A.Eva – C 2 N.Barr 8
HF: H.Zreika 24 C.Staunton 13 J.Hicks 5
F: R.Privitelli 19 I.Nielsen 25
Foll: E.McKinnon 23 J.Dal Pos 7 A.Parker 3
I/C: Y.Bonner 27 L.Steane 20 J.Allan 39 A.Schmidt 11 B.Tully 36
Emerg: T.Mackrill 32 S.Halvorsen 30

In: L.Steane
Out: E.Brush (unavailable)

Tip: North Melbourne by 20 points

Gold Coast v. Richmond at Metricon Stadium, 5:10pm AEDT

Taylah Melki

Two expansion teams are set to face off in an exciting clash at Metricon Stadium, the Suns’ first home game of the season. Both teams will be looking for their inaugural AFLW win, meaning there is plenty at stake for each side. The Suns were highly competitive over the weekend, narrowly edged out by the Giants by a mere one point while the Tigers simply had no answers for the rampaging Blues. Gold Coast went down in trying conditions with rain and wind impacting their ability to handle the ball cleanly and hit the scoreboard. On the other hand, Richmond were simply outclassed – unable to combat the torrential storm that was Carlton credit to their onslaught of pressure in the forward 50. But the girls in yellow and black know how to fight, not willing to be bullied across the field and will be hoping to assert themselves on a relatively young and inexperienced Gold Coast Suns outfit.

Richmond has a plethora of star power across the footy field, none bigger than captain Katie Brennan who has showcased her ability to turn a game on its head. Brennan will have to push up through the midfield, more to give players a chop out and provide added support despite her best work being done inside forward 50 with her leading patterns and strong hands. Full forward Sabrina Frederick could prove to be a handful for the Suns given her strength around the contest and ability to gobble up anything that comes her way while the nifty Monique Conti has shown she is all class with ball in hand, able to hit a target from a mile away. Phoebe Monahan was a ball magnet last round along with Christina Bernardi. The two will have to combine once again if they are to trouble the Suns.

Despite not being top-loaded in a-list class the Suns have a wealth of young up and coming stars that can do damage anywhere on the field. Youngsters in Serene Watson and Ellie Hampson offer plenty of excitement for the Suns’ line-up which could give them that upper hand thanks to their raw talent and unpredictability. Lauren Aherns led from the front last round, recording an equal team-high 15 touches running around ragged and burrowing in hard while Jamie Stanton was strong across the ground for the Suns. Captain Leah Kaslar will have her work cut out for her up against a strong Tigers side.

Tip: Richmond by 5.

GOLD COAST

B: J.Pregelj 42 J.Hickey 4
HB: S.Virgo 22 L.Ahrens 7 S.Watson 14
C: T.Ernst 19 J.Stanton 17 C.Hammond 29
HF: P.Parker 1 K.Surman 26 L.Kaslar – C 11
F: E.Hampson 21 B.Perry 16
Foll: L.Bella 2 J.Yorston 5 H.Dunn 24
I/C: J.Hewett 20 M.Ritson 12 S.Riley 8 D.Heslop 25 K.Howarth 23
Emerg: T.Thorn 15 T.Groves-Little 3

In: E.Hampson
Out: A.Hamilton

RICHMOND

B: R.Miller 15 G.Seymour 28
HB: S.Sansonetti 18 P.Monahan 2 A.Makur Chuot 34
C: K.Jacques 10 K.Brennan – C 3 H.Burchell 9
HF: S.Frederick 14 C.Wakefield 8 T.Stahl 24
F: L.McClelland 16 C.Bernardi 6
Foll: A.Edmonds 11 M.Conti 4 A.Woodward 13
I/C: L.Tesoriero 7 L.Bailey 12 S.Molan 1 M.Brancatisano 5 G.Campbell 43
Emerg: E.Wood 17 C.Fitzgerald 26

In: G.Campbell
Out: H.Whitford (injured)

West Coast Eagles v. Fremantle Dockers at Optus Stadium 7:10pm AEDT

Peter Williams

The Western Derby is the pride of Western Australia and for the first time ever at AFL Women’s level, the two sides can continue the tradition. West Coast and Fremantle go head-to-head in a Saturday night blockbuster with both teams coming off varying form. Last week, West Coast looked strong up against Collingwood at Victoria Park, booting the first goal and holding the Magpies scoreless in the opening term, before Collingwood took control and ran away comfortable victors in the end. Fremantle on the other hand did finish the job, knocking over fellow finalist Geelong in Western Australia in an effort that saw youngster, Sabreena Duffy win Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the week with four of her side’s six goals in the win. Both in Conference B – the more competitive conference – every win is absolutely crucial and neither side will want to relent against its biggest rival.

West Coast is the new kid on the block and they showed last week that they will be competitive, it will just be for how long. Dana Hooker plays her former side this week and it will unlikely faze the star who booted the club’s inaugural – and in the end, only – goal last week with a clever snap out of the pack. She was simply sensational across the four quarters, while Emma Swanson was also impressive with the pair leading from the front as vice-captain and captain respectively. Mikayla Bowen brought her tackling pressure from the Under 18s up to the elite level, while Imahra Cameron showed she has a nice set of wheels to burst away from stoppages and cause headaches for the opposition. Add in the smooth skills of McKenzie Dowrick coming off half-back and the reliability of Chantella Perera and Talia Radan on the last line and the Eagles are strong defensively. The Eagles have made just the one change for the this game, with the club’s social media coordinator Kate Orme making her debut for the injured Ashton Hill.

The expansion side will need to be strong defensively against a forward line that has plenty of excitement and X-factor, including Roxanne Roux, who showed exactly why she was the first West Australian taken last year with her high leaping and booming kick. She is a franchise player at centre half-forward, and with fellow teenage talent Mim Strom, the Dockers have a couple of gems they can build a side around through the ruck and key forward spots. Also up forward is Duffy who was simply sensational, and Ebony Antonio, who with partner and captain Kara and tackling machine Kiara Bowers rotating inside 50, there is no shortage of scoring options. The Dockers have made two changes for the team in Round 2 with Leah Mascall and debutant Bianca Webb coming in for Steph Cain – who unfortunately did her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) – and Mia-Rae Clifford. The question this season will be around the Dockers’ defence given the young rucks have already earned their stripes, but against an Eagles side still looking to gel, they should be able to contain their yellow and blue state-based rivals. In order to win they will want to shut down Hooker and restrict the flow forward while putting plenty of pressure on the opposition defence. Given many of the Eagles have come from the Dockers, the remaining Fremantle players would love nothing more than to get one-up on them early in the season and it will likely happen.

Tip: Fremantle by 35.

WEST COAST

B: C.Perera 27 T.Radan 26
HB: B.Smith 14 S.McDonald 35 M.Dowrick 5
C: M.Collier 8 I.Cameron 19 N.Kelly 12
HF: A.Atkins 9 K.Gibson 2 M.Bowen 1
F: G.Kelly 15 D.Pisconeri 11
Foll: P.Laurie 25 D.Hooker 17 E.Swanson – C 13
I/C: T.Tester 23 C.Guard 4 H.Bullas 24 B.Devlyn 7 K.Orme 32
Emerg: E.Bonser 6 C.Davidson 33

In: K.Orme
Out: A.Hill (knee)

FREMANTLE

B: J.Cuthbertson 29 L.Pugh 32
HB: A.Stannett 24 E.Gooch 8 L.Mascall 14
C: L.Rohde 11 H.Miller 19 J.Stewart 7
HF: E.Antonio 12 R.Roux 17 S.Duffy 6
F: G.O’Sullivan 22 G.Houghton 27
Foll: M.Strom 21 K.Bowers 2 K.Antonio – C 15
I/C: K.Flood 44 B.Webb 26 P.Seth 18 K.Grieve 13 A.Sharp 1
Emerg: E.O’Driscoll 3 M.Clifford 4

In: L.Mascall, B.Webb
Out: S.Cain (knee), M.Clifford

Sunday, February 16

Geelong Cats v. Brisbane Lions at GMHBA Stadium, 1:10pm AEDT

Peter Williams

This Conference A clash on Sunday looms as one of the more intriguing contests of the weekend. The teams head into the match with differing results from Round 1, as Brisbane toppled the Crows at home while the Cats fell to a Duffy-inspired Dockers outfit in the west. Heading into the clash, Geelong will start favourites against the current conference leaders, playing at home and with more experience in the line-up. For the Lions, they have youthful excitement about them and will worry a few teams. They will not win every game in the manner they did in Round 1, but you get the feeling they will push most teams and show that they are building something special for the future.

The Cats have not had to make any major changes to its line-up that fell to the Dockers last Sunday evening, bringing in Rene Caris and Maddy Boyd to their extended squad. Last week it was the developing midfield of Olivia Purcell and Rebecca Webster, teaming with fellow 19-year-olds, Sophie Van De Heuvel and Nina Morrison, while Julia Crockett-Grills found plenty of the ball as well. They are still missing All Australian defender, Meg McDonald from their back five, but the Cats have the reliable Mel Hickey and Maddy McMahon helping youngsters Millie Brown and Denby Taylor. Geelong is growing a great culture of youth all coming through together, and with Phoebe McWilliams and Richelle Cranston bringing experience to the forward half, there is a nice balance of talent that should get the job done in this match.

Brisbane does not necessarily have the names on paper that Geelong has, but some of the players will become household names sooner rather than later. Jess Wuetschner is a big loss for the Lions, having been rested after being struck by lightning on the eve of the season. While she got through the first game, the Lions have erred on the side of caution for a game-by-game basis. Coming into the side on an extended bench are Gabby Collingwood, Jordan Zanchetta and Jade Ellenger. Of the trio, Ellenger has played just the two games and is one of a number of teenagers who are in the Lions line-up alongside recent draftees, Lily Postlethwaite and Isabel Dawes, and second year players, Nat Grider and Jesse Tawhiao-Wardlaw. Sophie Conway made a successful return from a long term knee injury last round, and along with Ally Anderson and Emily Bates providing plenty of run and hardness through the midfield. Throw in the impenetrable Kate Lutkins at centre half-back and they have enough about them to worry the Cats.

Tip: Geelong by 15.

GEELONG

B: M.Brown 19 M.McMahon 24
HB: M.Keryk 45 M.Hickey – C 18 D.Taylor 28
C: S.Van De Heuvel 27 R.Cranston 30 N.Morrison 9
HF: J.Crockett-Grills 6 M.Maguire 7 R.Garing 12
F: P.McWilliams 23 J.Ivey 5
Foll: A.O’Connor 14 R.Webster 21 O.Purcell 16
I/C: A.McDonald 3 D.Higgins 2 G.Rankin 10 R.Goring 44 G.Clarke 17 R.Caris 1 M.Boyd 26

In: R.Caris, M.Boyd
Out: None

BRISBANE

B: N.Grider 10 S.Campbell 20
HB: R.Lugg 11 K.Lutkins 13 C.Svarc 25
C: E.Zielke – C 8 B.Koenen 3 S.Webb 4
HF: L.Arnell 16 J.Tawhiao-Wardlaw 30 S.Conway 12
F: D.Davidson 14 G.Bodey 15
Foll: J.Keeffe 27 A.Anderson 18 E.Bates 1
I/C: I.Dawes 17 M.Moloney 28 G.Collingwood 7 O.O’Dwyer 9 L.Postlethwaite 6 J.Zanchetta 2 J.Ellenger 5

In: G.Collingwood, J.Zanchetta, J.Ellenger
Out: J.Wuetschner (managed)

Carlton v. Collingwood at Ikon Park, 3:10pm AEDT

Michael Alvaro

Traditional rivals and Conference B hopefuls Carlton and Collingwood are set to do battle at Ikon Park for a four time in their histories, in what promises to be a test of either sides’ true credentials. Both teams come in having feasted on competition newcomers in their opening fixtures, both running out on home turf in comfortable starts to the season. Bizarrely, last week’s season opener was an away match for Carlton, but the Blues once again hold home status against the ‘Pies in this match-up. While the extended history between these two powerhouse clubs is storied, their AFLW meetings have been much more one-sided – with Carlton taking out all three fixtures but the Magpies getting closer to a win every year. The Blues also fared much better in season 2019, embarking on a grand final run while Collingwood floundered and took out the Conference B wooden spoon. But with marked improvement already shown, Collingwood has the elite talent to take it to the Blues.

Much of the off-season talk and narrative coming in to the match surrounded ex-Carlton skipper and new Magpie, Bri Davey. Unfortunately for both neutrals and ‘Pies fans, the 2017 All Australian is set to miss this game after picking up a lower leg injury in Round 1. Davey’s sole omission opens the door for one of Kristy Stratton, Eliza Hynes, or Ebony O’Dea to enter the winning lineup, which has struggled at times to fill out depth outside of its formidable spine. With Davey out, the emphasis down back will be firmly placed on the pairing of Stacey Livingstone and Ash Brazill, while Brittany Bonnici and skipper Stephanie Chiocci will have to dig in hard to combat a powerhouse Carlton midfield. The ruck battle between Sharni Layton and Carlton’s pairing of Breann Moody and Alison Downie will also be one to watch, with Layton’s ability to provide use to her midfielders potentially key to shutting down a usually dominant Carlton engine room.

Twins Sarah and Jess Hosking will take the field together for the first time this year in navy blue, as the latter slots in on the wing while Jess Edwards and Abbie McKay help make up an extended bench. The Carlton core of Madison Prespakis, co-captain Katie Loynes, Grace Egan, and Georgia Gee remains, while the forward targets of Tayla Harris, Darcy Vescio, and Nicola Stevens should also work to stretch the aerial capabilities of Collingwood’s back five. Round 1 Rising Star nominee Lucy McEvoy is also primed to back up an eye-catching debut performance as part of the midfield-forward rotation, only adding to the hardness of Carlton’s overall unit. The only potential concern for the Blues may come down back as Jayde Van Dyk exits the side through injury, but the half back line of Kerryn Harrington, Lauren Brazzale, and popular mature-age draftee Vaomua Laloifi has already proven solid and will have to be as much against the likes of Chloe Molloy and Sarah Dargan. While this fixture has been somewhat of a mismatch in previous years, the increasing number of intriguing match-ups on across the field suggests this one should be a corker, with the Pies looking to elevate their game against the better-established Blues.

CARLTON

B: G.Pound 6 C.Wilson 20
HB: K.Harrington – C 9 V.Laloifi 8 L.Brazzale 12
C: C.Dalton 15 G.Gee 19 J.Hosking 11
HF: N.Stevens 21 T.Harris 7 L.McEvoy 13
F: A.Downie 30 J.Doonan 26
Foll: B.Moody 16 G.Egan 1 M.Prespakis 4
I/C: S.Hosking 10 N.Plane 32 B.Walker 14 K.Loynes 2 D.Vescio 3 J.Edwards 25 A.McKay 5

In: J.Hosking, J.Edwards, A.McKay
Out: J.Van Dyk (injured)

COLLINGWOOD

B: A.Porter 9 S.Livingstone 12
HB: L.Butler 23 A.Brazill 10 E.Fowler 15
C: S.Rowe 7 B.Bonnici 8 S.Chiocci – C 17
HF: C.Molloy 2 S.D’Arcy 4 S.Dargan 46
F: M.Cann 25 J.Allen 6
Foll: S.Layton 1 A.Sheridan 14 J.Lambert 13
I/C: S.Casey 22 K.Stratton 41 S.Alexander 24 J.Membrey 21 M.Shevlin 35 E.Hynes 11 E.O’Dea 50

In: K.Stratton, E.Hynes, E.O’Dea
Out: B.Davey (shin)

Adelaide Crows v. St Kilda at Hisense Stadium, 5:10pm AEDT

Peter Williams

This is expected to be an exciting show of talent for the future, with one side having been there and done it all – twice – while the other is still looking to find its feet in the new league as part of the expansion. A wounded Adelaide Crows side welcomes back some troops for the Round 2 clash against St Kilda with this match considered a must-win contest for the reigning premiers. The Crows were well beaten by a hungry Brisbane Lions side in Queensland, showing how tight the competition has become. Not even a record-breaking disposal count from Anne Hatchard (35) was enough to help the Crows get up in Round 1, and they will want to get a win on the board before the top sides in their conference get too far away. The benefit for the Crows was that fellow premiership contender, North Melbourne also lost, while last year’s finalist Geelong went down too. For the Saints, there are no expectations on their season with such a young list, but being competitive is the bare minimum expected, and after a nervous first quarter last week, the Saints settled and seemed to match it with the Western Bulldogs for large parts of the second half.

The Crows are still missing a host of names heading into this game led by Erin Phillips and Chelsea Randall – the latter of whom will play no further part in the season – but have brought in a couple of debutants in Caitlin Gould and Montana McKinnon. Gould hails from Glenelg and provides a tall presence up either end, while McKinnon is a dual All-Australian at Under 18s level, and could genuinely start ruck if they required her to. Expect her to spend time as a forward however, a role she played in South Adelaide’s premiership side, while rotating through the ruck and providing some strong contested marking ability around the ground. Ebony Marinoff, Hatchard and SANFL Women’s best and fairest winner Najwa Allen form a strong onball brigade and with former MVP, Courtney Gum in the team up forward alongside Danielle Ponter and Stevie-Lee Thompson, they still have the firepower to get the job done. Sophie Li has also come into the side for the Crows, as the only omission was Rachelle Martin – a top-up player who was brought on due to Adelaide’s expansive injury list.

The Saints have made three confirmed changes, with South Australian Nadia Von Bertouch – missing a return to the state where she captained North Adelaide last season – while Kelly O’Neill and Emma Mackie have been omitted. Coming into the side is a mix of youth and experience with former Collingwood talent, Darcy Guttridge and ex-North Melbourne players Alison Drennan and Courteney Munn named in the extended side. Also in to potentially make their debuts are ruck, Poppy Kelly and tall utility, Isabella Shannon who continue the trend of youth at the club. Georgia Patrikios starred in Round 1 with a Rising Star nomination, and expect her to show just as much excitement out on Hisense Stadium. Teaming up with the likes of Molly McDonald, Nicola Xenos and Tarni White, the youth of the Saints will come good in time. They still have experience on the list, with former Crow Jess Sedunary set to make her return to the AFL Women’s having kicked one of the Saints’ two goals last week. While the Saints have plenty to like, expect the Crows to do enough to win in a tight one, even with a few still out. They are desperate, hungry and at home, so a win is non-negotiable when it comes to their premiership aspirations.

ADELAIDE

B: D.Cox 31 C.Biddell 12
HB: A.Foley 3 S.Allan 39 M.Rajcic 32
C: S.Li 19 E.Marinoff 10 J.Mules 23
HF: E.Jones 2 C.Gum 5 R.Forth 27
F: D.Ponter 15 S.Thompson 14
Foll: J.Foley – C 24 A.Hatchard 33 N.Allen 8
I/C: C.Gould 1 A.Considine 16 M.Newman 17 N.Campbell 20 N.Gore 7 M.McKinnon 21 J.Tabb 28

In: S.Li, C.Gould, M.McKinnon
Out: R.Martin (ineligible)

ST KILDA

B: T.White 29 C.Fitzpatrick 24
HB: H.Priest 14 C.Phillips 35 T.Lucas-Rodd 18
C: D.Guttridge 5 J.Sedunary 10 M.McDonald 1
HF: N.Exon 15 K.McCarthy 9 C.Greiser 17
F: K.Shierlaw 12 G.Patrikios 21
Foll: R.Watt – C 7 O.Vesely 23 R.Dillon 25
I/C: I.Shannon 11 A.Brown 2 C.Munn 13 N.Xenos 27 C.Whitfort 4 A.Drennan 8 P.Kelly 16

In: D.Guttridge, I.Shannon, C.Munn, A.Drennan, P.Kelly
Out: K.O’Neill, N.Von Bertouch (knee), E.Mackie

ROUND 2 TIPS: [Total tips in brackets]

Michael Alvaro [5]: Melbourne / North Melbourne / Richmond / Fremantle / Geelong / Carlton / Adelaide
Taylah Melki [5]: Melbourne / North Melbourne / Richmond / Fremantle / Brisbane / Collingwood / Adelaide
Sophie Taylor [4]: Melbourne / North Melbourne / Richmond / Fremantle / Brisbane / Carlton / Adelaide
Peter Williams [4]: Melbourne / North Melbourne / Richmond / Fremantle / Geelong / Carlton / Adelaide

AFLW season previews: GWS GIANTS

THE GIANTS had a consistent season in 2018, going from finishing eighth in the AFLW’s first season to fourth last year. The side will again be led by Amanda Farrugia in 2019 as she sets her sights on being the longest serving AFLW captain. The new recruits will also be looking to make a big impact in the new conference system.

Last season: 4th – three wins, three losses.

Changes:

In: Christina Bernardi, Alyce Parker, Brittany Perry, Lisa Whiteley, Ingrid Nielsen, Renee Tomkins, Delma Gisu, Haneen Zreika, Ebony O’Dea, Yvonne Bonner, Taylah Davies

Out: Maddy Boyd, Phoebe McWilliams, Renee Forth, Melissa Freckleton, Rebecca Privitelli, Alex Saundry, Pippa Smyth

The GIANTS lost three of their most experienced players in Maddy Boyd, Phoebe McWiliams and Renee Forth over the off-season, which left a gap in key positions on the field for the GIANTS. But to fill the hole in the ruck, Greater Western Sydney (GWS) picked up Ingrid Nielsen, who is a premiership played with the UNSW-ES Bulldogs in the AFL Sydney competition. To cover the X-factor of McWilliams, the GIANTS picked up Christina Bernardi, who is almost a straight swap for McWilliams, as both players possess smarts inside 50 as well as accurate kicks. Renee Forth has been a harder one to replace for the GIANTS, as her versatility was pivotal for them during the last two seasons. Given she can rotate through the midfield and the forward line, Alyce Parker is probably the closest player in terms of position to Forth, as she can play a role in the forward line if her team is on the back foot. The Thurgoona midfielder is as exciting as it gets, with a booming kick and a set of football smarts that are second to none, meaning she is a very important pick-up for the GIANTS.

Area of strength: Midfield

The GIANTS have incredible midfield depth heading into 2019, with the usual stars in Alicia Eva, Courtney Gum, Jessica Dal Pos and Rebecca Beeson being joined by the likes of Alyce Parker, Brittany Perry, Haneen Zreika and Phoebe Monahan. Parker had a standout Under-18 year last year, being named captain of the All-Australian team and the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for both New South Wales and the Eastern Allies in the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships on the Gold Coast. Monahan had a similar influence for Richmond in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s season, being among the highest disposal-getters each week for the Tigers. Zreika is likely to add that X-factor that the midfield needs, as she has speed to burn and is a tenacious midfielder that should excite all GWS fans. She was on the GIANTS’ rookie list last season but has now been moved into the primary list for 2019.

Area of weakness: Defence

There’s not too much to worry about here for the GIANTS, as they have skilful defenders that can all play a role on dangerous forwards. With new recruits coming in, Alan McConnell will have to decide who fits where, as he has an extensive list of defenders on his hands. Renee Tomkins is likely to take the opposition’s leading forward, with Pepa Randall and Tanya Hetherington there to assist with other forward targets. Amanda Farrugia, Ellie Brush and Elle Bennetts will play as a running defenders. The problem comes into the equation if one of these players has to sit out a game, as the depth doesn’t expand much further than that in the GIANTS’ defensive 50.

Players to watch:

Haneen Zreika

Zreika was on the rookie list last season for the GIANTS and did not get to make her AFLW debut, but she will be a good chance to do so in 2019. She has exciting breakaway speed that is vital in a clogged midfield. Zreika is also a player that can break the lines and tackle aggressively, making her a complete player in the midfield. She played for Auburn-Penrith in the AFL Sydney competition during the off-season, being named in the best nine times from 12 games.

Phoebe Monahan

Monahan was one of Richmond’s leading players in the VFLW season, finishing equal third in the Tigers’ Best and Fairest count. She is a ball magnet and uses it well both by hand and by foot. Monahan played 11 games for the Tigers and was named in the best five times. She averaged 20 disposals per game last season and stood out amongst a struggling Richmond side.

Alyce Parker

Alyce Parker is one of the most talented players out of last year’s Under-18 crop. Just last year, she was named the All-Australian captain, the MVP for the Central Allies and New South Wales, played in a premiership for the Thurgoona Bulldogs and was named the best on ground in their victory. She’s received all these accolades because she is a smart midfielder who has a long clearing kick, giving her an advantage in the clearances. She tackles hard and has good hands as well, making her an all-round talent. Parker matched it with the bigger bodies when playing for Thurgoona, so she should fit right in to the AFLW.

2019 prediction: 1st in Conference B

This may be the GIANTS’ year, as they boast a strong list with plenty of depth. They are also in the easier conference, and with Brisbane losing a lot of talent over the off-season, GWS should be favourites heading in. Geelong may also be another team to contend with, but the GIANTS’ experience from the first two seasons should hold them in good stead. They have a couple of big tests in the first two rounds of the season, taking on Brisbane and North Melbourne. However, if they are to drop any of those games, they have an opportunity to bounce back against the Pies and Blues. If the GIANTS’ list can stay healthy, they will definitely be a side to watch in 2019.

2019 GWS AFLW Fixture

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Morwell Recreational ReserveRound 4
Blacktown International SportsparkRound 5
Unley OvalRound 6
UNSW Canberra OvalRound 7

AFLW Draft review: GWS Giants

THIS year, the Giants took a massive leap forward in their development, but with the emergence of the expansion clubs, their forward line has been hit hard. Luckily enough, the Giants have drafted young gun Alyce Parker, who will no doubt have a presence in the midfield. However, there were many holes to fill in Greater Western Sydney’s (GWS) forward line.

 

What they needed:

  • Forwards to replace the losses of Maddy Boyd and Phoebe McWilliams
  • Defensive stocks to help Pepa Randall
  • Backup ruck
  • Extra A-grade midfielder

 

Alyce Parker – Thurgoona 

Parker has been a New South Wales (NSW) prospect for some time, as her efforts in the youth girls competitions are nothing short of elite. She received three Under 18 All-Australian nods, was this year’s captain of the Under 18 team, and the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the Eastern Allies. This was the surest pick of the draft, as Parker, Alicia Eva, and Courtney Gum will provide the Giants with an A-grade midfield.

Brittany Perry – North Adelaide

Being the North Adelaide inaugural Best and Fairest, and a member of the South Australian National Football League Women’s (SANFLW) Team of the Year meant that Brittany Perry was a steal at pick 65. Perry traditionally plays as a midfield but has the ability to play as a half-forward flanker. She might be the answer to Renee Forth‘s departure.

Lisa Whiteley – South Adelaide

This year in the SANFLW, it was Lisa Whiteley‘s South Adelaide Panthers that won the premiership. Whiteley was an integral part in the midfield and has caught the eye of the Giants. She will provide even more support to an already powerful midfield.

Ingrid Nielsen – UNSW Bulldogs

AFL Women’s All Australian ruck, Erin McKinnon has been a force to be reckoned with this year. However, every player needs a break when playing in the heat, and Ingrid Nielsen is the right person for the job. Named as the ruck for AFL Sydney Women’s Premier Division (AFLSW) Team of the Year, Nielson will no doubt play an important role in 2019.

Renee Tomkins – Auburn Giants

Renee Tomkins was delisted this year, but has proven her worth in the AFLSW competition, and has been redrafted to the Giants. In the first year of the AFL Women’s, Tomkins was nominated for the All-Australian team, but due to injury, she was unable to show her previous year’s form. A lifeline could pay in spades for the Giants, as they haven’t let good talent go to waste.

Delma Gisa – Wilston Grange

Another state premiership player, this time from the Queensland Women’s Football League (QWAFL).  With the Giants forward stocks depleted, Delma Gisa will be a welcomed addition to their forward line.

Haneen Zrieka – Auburn Giants

Much like Renee Tomkins, Haneen Zrieka was also redrafted this year.  Zrieka played in the AFL Sydney Women’s Premier Division and would have won the Best and Fairest if not for her suspension. Zrieka was also a member of the Under 18 All Australian Squad in 2017. She was one of only five NSW-based players who were selected for the squad.

Ebony O’Dea – Norwood

A member of Norwood’s premiership side in 2017, Ebony O’Dea‘s club again challenged for another premiership in 2018, but fell short in the end. O’Dea is a midfielder that can drift into the backline to create support for her team. She was the last pick of the 2018 draft.

 

How they went:

The talent needed to replace forwards such as Phoebe McWilliams, Maddy Boyd, and Renee Forth was very difficult in this year’s draft. Alexia Hamilton was talked up as a possible replacement, but the Giants chose to go in a different direction. They could possibly have the strongest midfield in the league with the inclusion of Parker, however, it looks like superstar, Christina Bernardi will have to shoulder most of the load up forward in 2019.

AFLW Draft review: Geelong

THE Cats trusted in their local talent, drafting six players from either the TAC Cup Girls or Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s team ahead of their inaugural season. Two players were drafted from the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels, while one hailed from the Murray Bushrangers. After making it to the VFLW Grand Final, coach, Paul Hood appears to have huge faith in his local ready-made talent.

 

What they needed:

  • Midfield support for Richelle Cranston and Cassie Blakeway
  • Defenders to assist Anna Teague and Melissa Hickey
  • Versatility to cover any injury troubles

 

Players selected:

Nina Morrison – Geelong Falcons

There is not much that hasn’t been said about Nina Morrison. She was long touted as the number one pick, and lived out that dream. At the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, Morrison also took home the Vic Country Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the overall tournament MVP with Madison Prespakis. She also shared the TAC Cup Girls Best and Fairest award with Prespakis. Now, Morrison has the opportunity to show the nation what she’s made of and undoubtedly, her electric chase-down speed and fierce tackling will be on display. Her explosiveness down the wing combined with her ability to rack up the footy will be invaluable for the Cats.

Sophie Van De Heuvel – GWV Rebels

Van De Heuvel’s versatility will be of much use to the Cats. She played mostly in the forward line during the TAC Cup Girls season but also spent some time in the midfield in the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, highlighting her ability to break the lines and penetrate forward. Van De Heuvel was GWV’s leading goal kicker this year with six goals from seven games and made the 2018 TAC Cup Girls and All Australian teams on the half-forward flank. She will be a great help to Kate Darby, Danielle Orr and Phoebe McWilliams inside 50.

Rebecca Webster – Murray Bushrangers

Webster is another versatile player, but thrives off running off the half-back line. She can shift into the midfield when needed as well, due to her valuable booming kick that sends her team forward. She was named at full-back in the TAC Cup Girls Team of the Year and represented Vic Country this year, making herself known in defence. Webster is a great overhead mark and has brilliant run and carry, which will really assist the smarts of Anna Teague and Melissa Hickey.

Olivia Purcell – Geelong Falcons

Purcell was one of the fiercest players in the TAC Cup Girls competition, hurting players with her clearances and aggressive tackling. Purcell’s immense power helps her break through congestion and enforce her blistering run and carry. She had a marvellous year, taking home the Geelong Falcons’ Best and Fairest, playing in a premiership with the side, playing in a Grand Final for the Cats’ VFLW side, making the TAC Cup Girls Team of the Year and All Australian team. She will provide great support for Richelle Cranston, who can also hurt players with her power, aggression and run and carry.

Denby Taylor – Geelong Falcons

Denby Taylor was one of the smartest defenders in the TAC Cup Girls season, hurting players with her solid hands and run and carry off the half-back flank. She can be rotated through any position in defence, and also proved she could dominate on the wing, winning the best on ground award in the TAC Cup Girls Grand Final while playing in that position. It will be interesting to see what Paul Hood does with her, given her capabilities, but undoubtedly, she is a very handy pick-up for the Cats.

Georgia Clarke – GWV Rebels

Another defender with solid hands, Clarke and Taylor should work together in the back half to prevent opposition scoring. The Rebels defender made centre-half back her own in the TAC Cup Girls competition, creating a wall with her strong marking and kicking. Clarke was named in the TAC Cup Girls Team of the Year as the centre-half back, represented Vic Country in this year’s AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships and also spent some time with the AFL Women’s Academy.

Rene Caris – GWV Rebels

With a ruck line-up of Erin Hoare, Aasta O’Connor, Maddy Boyd, Kate Darby and the newly added Rene Caris, the Cats should dominate the midfield. Caris not only has a great leap but is agile at ground level, thanks to her clean hands and precise kicking. She was named in the TAC Cup Girls Team of the Year and also spent some time with the AFL Women’s Academy, giving her valuable experience in the Cats line-up. Caris featured for Carlton in the VFLW season, and proved that she could match it up against the bigger bodies in the AFL Women’s competition.

Maighan Fogas – Geelong VFLW

Maighan Fogas was one of Geelong’s most consistent midfielders this year in the VFLW, thanks to her exciting run and carry, clean hands and accurate kicking. She came second in Geelong’s VFLW Best and Fairest after playing 17 matches and being named in the best seven times. Her ability to fight for the ball in congestion made her a standout during the season, and if she continues to bring this trait into the AFL Women’s season, it will prove vital in the Geelong midfield.

Elise Coventry – Geelong VFLW

Coventry is your traditional no-fuss defender that consistently gets the job done. She is a great lockdown defender, which will prove vital if the Cats are to stop dangerous attacking teams such as the Western Bulldogs. Coventry finished in the top 10 of Geelong’s Best and Fairest and played 17 games for six appearances in the best.

Madeline Keryk – Geelong VFLW

Keryk worked incredibly hard to get back onto an AFL Women’s list in the off-season, after getting delisted by the Blues. She went over to the Cats halfway through the VFLW season and made an immediate impact with her ability to consistently rack up the footy and kick or handball long to get it out of congestion. Out of her 12 games during the season, she featured in the best on eight occasions, proving how damaging she is in the midfield. Her finals series was one to remember as well, gathering double-figure disposals in each match. Keryk’s experience combined with the youth of Morrison and Purcell will be fantastic to watch.

 

How they went:

Geelong has built a fantastic AFL Women’s side ahead of its first season in the competition.The Cats’ midfield will include Morrison, Purcell, Keryk, their forward line will feature the likes of Darby, Orr and McWilliams while their defence will be stacked with Clarke, Taylor and Coventry set to make a big impact. Add the ruck stocks of Aasta O’Connor, Erin Hoare and Rene Caris, and the Cats all of a sudden look very threatening to make a big statement in their first season of AFL Women’s.

Team Selection: VFLW- Round 8

A host of TAC Cup Girls stars may be out of Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s action this week but the sides are still littered with young talent from the competition. Many sides also welcome back AFLW stars and key players, as they look to get a round eight win.
Essendon v Casey Demons
Kicking off round eight, Essendon and the Casey Demons will go head to head at RAMS arena. Still in search of victory, Essendon will be bringing back Danielle Ponter and Jessica Anwyl, in place of Molly Warburton and Carla Rendelmann. Former St Kilda player, Carlee Portlock has also been promoted to the starting 22 after spending weeks as one of the emergencies. Liz Flack has been named as the 23rd player. The Casey Demons will be hungry for a win this week after their narrow loss to the Western Bulldogs last weekend. They have made four changes for their round eight line up, bringing in Frankston’s Amy Marshall, who will pull the red and blue jumper on for the first time this year. They have also welcomed back AFLW duo Cat Phillips and Kate Hore as well as Taylor Mesiti.
Essendon
B: 15. L. Caruso, 16. L. Morecroft, 7. K. Hicks
HB: 27. A. Morcom, 17. T. Hetherington, 25. R. Neaves
C: 44. M. Collier, 8. H. Bullas, 46. C. Ugle
HF: 22. N. MacDonald, 18. K. Heil, 35. V. Moreau
F: 4. N. Hardy, 43. D. Ponter, 28. C. Portlock
R: 30. S. Nalder, 9. L. Williams, 32. T. Mackrill
Int: 20. J. Anwyl, 3. M. DeMatteo, 12. B. Kearney, 1. J. Trend
Emg: 14. J. Barker, 37. I. Malliaras, 6. A. Quigley, 47. A. Ward 23P: 45. E. Flack
In: J. Anwyl, J. Barker, E. Flack, D. Ponter, C. Portlock, A. Quigley Out: M. Warburton, C. Rendelmann
Casey Demons
B: 37. L. Lowerson, 27. A. Harrison, 30. A. Marshall
HB: 48. S. Fyfield, 12. G. McLean, 2. A. Newman
C: 7. B. Jakobsson, 21. H. Cordner, 35. C. Phillips
HF: 18. K. Bentvelzen , 29. E. Zanker , 41. T. Mesiti
F: 34. D. Guttridge, 22. K. Guttridge, 15. S. Phillips
R: 14. T. Orgill, 13. K. Smith, 10. K. Hore
Int: 9. A. Johnson, 6. A. McDonough, 5. S. Poke, 25. M. Shevlin
Emg: 3. R. Clayton, 46. M. Hogg, 49. B. Struylaart, 39. M. Wright 23P: 26. S. Sloane
In: M. Hogg, M. Wright, A. Marshall, C. Phillips, K. Hore, T. Mesiti, R. Clayton Out: J. Allen, M. Tatham, C. Sheriff
Carlton v Melbourne Uni
Carlton will be bringing in plenty of fresh legs this week to take on Melbourne Uni. Of seven changes, the Blues will rotate in two AFLW players in defender, Kerryn Harrington and midfielder, Sophie Li. Star AFLW ruck, Alison Downie will also come in this week for the first time in the 2018 Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s season. Olivia Veseley, Genevieve Green and Isabella Gietzmann have all also been named in for the round eight clash. The seventh inclusion, coming in as the 23rd player, is Northern Knights player, Mika Suzuki, who will be debuting on Saturday. Melbourne Uni have also made a plethora of changes this week. Headlining the changes is the exclusion of Emma Kearney from the round eight line up leaving big shoes to fill, alongside Madison Prespakis, AFLW star, Jasmine Grierson, Kathryn Klatt, Kira Price, Lauren Belza and Jessica Anderson. Melbourne Uni have named North Melbourne recruits, Jamie Stanton and Danielle Hardiman back in for the round eight match up alongside Sophie Abbatangelo, Elyce Hay, Clara Fitzpatrick, Mietta McDonald, Taylah Watson and Western Jets forward, Caitlin Greiser.
Carlton
B: 24. R. Hicks, 8. K. Harrington, 56. C. Williams
HB: 50. J. Borg, 5. D. Pedersen, 34. A. Chuot
C: 55. C. Dalton, 35. S. Li, 90. B. Walker
HF: 33. G. Green, 42. C. Hardeman, 32. N. Plane
F: 15. I. Gietzmann, 36. C. Moody, 45.
R. King R: 16. B. Moody, 40. K. Harvey, 27. K. Cox
Int: 82. N. Burns, 30. A. Downie, 7. S. Last, 66. O. Vesely
Emg: 26. S. Audley, 23. B. Kennedy, 38. L. McCarthy, 63. T. Plowman 23P: 13. M. Suzuki
In: A. Downie, T. Plowman, R. King, S. Li, I. Gietzmann, O. Vesely, G. Green, M. Suzuki, K. Harrington Out: T. Hanks, T. Lucas-Rodd, M. Brancatisano, B. Schultz, K. Cunico
Melbourne Uni
B: 4. A. Saundry, 41. K. Gillespie-Jones, 50. J. Stanton
HB: 10. K. Ashmore, 8. C. Fitzpatrick, 31. D. Hardiman
C: 2. H. Ibrahim, 7. A. Riddell, 45. M. McDonald
HF: 11. P. Cordes, 34. A. Price, 22. D. Edward
F: 38. K. Angelis, 17. E. Hay, 24. S. Wilson
R: 33. C. Adams, 18. A. Tupper, 47. E. Humphries
Int: 19. L. Ahrens, 6. E. Keaney, 44. A. Runnalls, 35. M. Shone
Emg: 1. S. Abbatangelo, 13. R. Green, 43. L. Munday, 16. T. Watson 23P: 26. C. Greiser
In: R. Green, S. Abbatangelo, J. Stanton, E. Hay, C. Fitzpatrick, C. Greiser, D. Hardiman, M. McDonald, E. Humphries, T. Watson
Out: J. Anderson, K. Price, K. Klatt, L. Belza, E. Kearney, M. Prespakis, J. Grierson
Richmond v Hawthorn
Coming off last week’s bye, Richmond has made six changes to its round eight side. A few big name outs will strike a blow in the tigers outfit, including power forward, Christina Bernardi and fellow AFLW players, Amelia Barden and Lauren Tesoriero. North Melbourne AFLW recruit, Emma King, strong ruck, Jenna Colwell and Emily Findlay will also miss the round eight game. This leaves room for others to step up, with the likes of AFLW star, Sophie Conway, Grace Bibby, Trish Muller, Emma Gunn, Jacinta Louttit and Ellie Georgie being named in. After resting from concussion last week, Hawks fans will be excited to see Sarah Perkins back on the field for Hawthorn this weekend. They have also named Tahni Nestor, Rosie Dillon  and Clare O’Donnell to take to the field. Meanwhile Eastern Ranges pair, Mikala Cann and Emerson Woods have been named out.
Richmond
B: 84. L. Bieniara, 63. J. Graham, 69. E. Burry
HB: 88. P. Monahan, 73. L. Davie, 71. L. Stephenson
C: 60. K. Dempsey, 81. E. George, 75. B. Lynch
HF: 80. J. Louttit, 54. S. Conway, 55. C. Wakefield
F: 82. G. Bibby, 62. T. Muller, 83. J. Gardner
R: 68. A. Edmonds, 59. A. Woodward, 52. J. Kennedy
Int: 53. K. Dixon, 64. E. Gunn, 77. J. Hocking, 76. E. Ross
Emg: 86. N. Clarke, 85. N. Clarke, 61. J. Colwell, 79. L. Tesoriero 23P: 89. G. Egan
Hawthorn
B: 21. P. Randall, 32. K. Ebb, 31. J. Sibley
HB: 9. M. Kuys, 36. J. Van Dyk, 13. E. Nixon
C: 4. S. Carroll, 8. R. Beeson, 35. C. O’Donnell
HF: 24. R. Dillon, 25. M. Hutchins, 33. E. Gilder
F: 22. T. Luke, 14. O. Flanagan, 28. S. Perkins
R: 19. L. Wotton, 1. E. Mackie, 6. J. Crockett-Grills
Int: 37. J. Barnden, 12. T. Nestor, 16. C. Papadopoulos, 5. C. Perera
Emg: 17. S. David, 11. D. Haines, 40. E. Macdonald, 39. S. McNamara 23P: 48. Y. Price
In: D. Haines, C. O’Donnell, R. Dillon, T. Nestor, S. Perkins, Y. Price Out: M. Cann, E. Woods
NT Thunder v Collingwood
After suffering their first loss of the season, the Thunder will be looking for a win on the home turf this weekend when it takes on the undefeated Collingwood. The Thunder has made numerous changes to its list, bringing in three debutants. Lateesha Jeffrey will follow in her father’s footsteps, who also represented Thunder, when she takes to the field for the first time this weekend. The former Southern Districts captain and best and fairest winner in the NTFL Women’s Premier League is sure to bring some class to her new team. NTFL Premiership player for Waratah, Gemma Cusack will also debut this week, alongside seventeen-year-old Nikki Gore who has been part of the South Australian Academy and has been named as the 23rd player. Others named in for this week include co-vice-captain, Sally Riley, Sophie Armitstead, Georgia Bevan, Jenna McCormick, Eloise Jones, Courtney Cramey and Rhiannon Metcalfe. Collingwood will be bringing back proven talent and also showcasing new talent in round eight. AFLW players Cecilia McIntosh, Holly Whitford, Ruby Schleicher and Illish Ross will be welcome additions to the side, all adding experience and drive to Collingwood’s line up. Gippsland Power junior, Jasmine Ferguson will pull on the black and white jumper for the first time this weekend and will be starting as 23rd player. Similarly, Fitzroy junior, Sarah King will also debut in round eight.
NT Thunder
B: 16. S. Armitstead, 7. L. O’Shea, 13. L. Roberts
HB: 9. L. Jeffrey, 10. S. Barnett, 22. J. McCormick
C: 12. J. Anderson, 14. C. Cramey, 2. E. Jones
HF: 24. G. Bevan, 42. G. Cusack, 17. E. Swanson
F: 6. L. Motlop, 30. R. Metcalfe, 8. S. Riley
R: 20. J. Hewett, 28. R. Forth, 19. J. Iacono
Int: 43. K. Duggan, 11. J. Hickey, 18. T. Holtze, 44. M. Johnston
Emg: 41. A. Chittick, 47. T. May, 35. T. Thorn 23P: 48. N. Gore
In: G. Cusack, C. Cramey, S. Riley, G. Bevan, S. Armitstead, N. Gore, T. Thorn, R. Metcalfe, E. Jones, L. Jeffrey, J. McCormick
Out: R. Wallace, K. Streader, J. Sedunary, S. Allan, J. Allan, A. Foley, L. Adam, M. Roberts
Collingwood
B: 52. N. Hales, 61. A. Malander, 72. K. Lee
HB: 47. J. Edwards, 18. R. Schleicher, 21. I. Ross
C: 50. G. Buchan, 41. K. Stratton, 99. S. Marsh
HF: 55. L. French, 77. C. Leighton, 54. H. Grubb
F: 5. E. Grant, 49. S. Alexander, 2. C. Molloy
R: 75. E. Fowler, 13. J. Lambert, 4. S. D’Arcy
Int: 92. S. King, 20. C. McIntosh, 63. P. Nash, 28. H. Whitford
Emg: 53. R. Grant, 81. B. Jones, 51. G. Ploegsma, 68. S. Yoannidis 23P: 70. J. Ferguson
In: S. King, H. Whitford, S. Yoannidis, J. Ferguson, I. Ross, R. Grant, G. Ploegsma, C. McIntosh, R. Schleicher
Out: E. Browning, D. Bateman, E. Hynes, S. Casey, E. Korteman
Williamstown v Darebin
Williamstown will take on a formidable Darebin outfit this weekend and has made three changes to its line-up. Jorja Rowe has been named back in the squad for her second game of the season. The Seagulls have also named Sharni Dixon and Ashlea Melnikas to take to the field. Darebin has named six changes to their round eight line-up, including a range of AFLW stars. Brooke Patterson, Nat Exon and Elise O’Dea will bring leadership and experience back to Darebin’s side this week. Esther Honybun will also rejoin the Falcons this week as well as talented young Knights junior, Alex Pronesti who has been named as the 23rd player.
Williamstown
B: 1. R. Dardengo, 10. B. Hateley, 8. C. Portelli
HB: 19. E. Meade, 20. S. Seabrook, 34. J. Reid
C: 2. J. Duffin, 17. S. Chapman, 22. M. Lowe
HF: 4. E. Paterno, 12. G. Harris, 28. J. Rowe
F: 16. A. Cameron, 6. S. Cross, 44. I. Porter
R: 9. R. Achampong, 25. J. Garner, 35. J. Bruton
Int: 21. S. Dixon, 26. J. Heard, 30. A. Melnikas, 32. B. Stevens
Emg: 3. S. Murphy-Burke, 24. A. Saxton, 27. L. Suleiman, 13. N. Wallace 23P: 36. M. Williamson
Darebin
B: 31. E. Gardner, 27. S. Hogan, 21. K. Roe
HB: 32. G. Colvin, 14. M. McDonald, 49. R. Hibbert
C: 2. N. Callinan, 20. M. Guerin, 1. E. Honybun
HF: 40. L. Pearce, 22. G. Hammond, 17. S. Simpson
F: 36. C. Byrne, 43. H. Mouncey, 29. S. Normington – Dickens
R: 41. A. O’Connor, 30. E. O’Dea, 8. N. Exon
Int: 44. S. Fairchild, 48. L. Jacobs, 24. B. Patterson, 11. K. Tyndall
Emg: 37. J. Bertoni, 45. N. Deiter, 9. M. Eastman, 26. T. Olcorn 23P: 52. A. Pronesti
In: L. Pearce, N. Deiter, E. O’Dea, N. Exon, T. Olcorn, B. Patterson, A. Pronesti, J. Bertoni, E. Honybun
Out: L. Szigeti, K. Shierlaw, J. Dal pos, A. Lister, M. Wilson
Western Bulldogs v Geelong Cats
After a triumphant win over the Casey Demons last weekend, the Dogs will be looking to build momentum against ladder leaders, Geelong, in round eight. For the clash they have welcomed back seven players, including AFLW players, Naomi Ferres, Angelica Gogos, Ashleigh Guest and Tiarna Ernst. Ellyce Gamble and Mikayla Ward have also been named in. Returning from their round seven bye, the Geelong Cats will be looking to continue their undefeated streak. For the round eight match they have included the young former Geelong Falcon, Tiahna Andree-Jansz who will join the side for her first game of the season. Also named in are power forward, Kate Darby, Maddie Boyd, Hayley Trevean and Krista Woodroffe. Rebecca Pearce, Emma Oliver, Richelle Cranston, Lily Brancatisano and Georgia Watson will miss this week’s clash.
Western Bulldogs
B: 5. R. Martinuzzo, 14. E. Gamble, 42. N. Paul
HB: 9. T. Dinuccio, 18. E. Birch, 19. T. Ernst
C: 13. L. Bailey, 16. N. Ferres, 10. S. Jolly
HF: 2. E. Blackburn, 6. K. McLeod, 51. K. Rebuffo
F: 1. B. Lochland, 44. M. Ward, 41. A. Scott
R: 24. K. Rennie, 17. H. Wildes, 36. A. Gogos
Int: 20. A. Guest, 47. N. McMahon, 27. E. Muller, 38. C. O’Brien
Emg: 12. J. Francke, 25. R. Gastin, 21. B. Hunt, 34. E. Mackay 23P: 37. B. Wunhym
In: E. Muller, E. Mackay, E. Gamble, N. Ferres, R. Gastin, A. Guest, A. Gogos , M. Ward, T. Ernst
Out: A. Gunn, T. Hamilton, T. Morgan, D. Berry
Geelong Cats
B: 25. E. Coventry, 40. A. Teague, 44. R. Goring
HB: 34. A. McDonald, 16. L. Williams, 35. K. Woodroffe
C: 3. H. Burchell, 45. M. Keryk, 18. M. Maguire
HF: 37. T. Andree-Jansz, 4. C. Blakeway, 2. D. Orr
F: 28. M. Fedele, 8. K. Darby, 24. M. McMahon
R: 46. E. Hoare, 7. M. Clifford, 13. M. Fogas
Int: 6. M. Boyd, 17. H. Mangan, 10. L. Taylor, 33. H. Trevean
Emg: 11. M. Klingbeil , 19. E. Ramsay, 31. G. Watson 23P: 27. R. Benham
In: Andree-Jansz, K Darby, M Boyd, H Trevean, K Woodroffe
Out: R Pearce, E Oliver, R Cranston, L Brancatisano, G Watson

AFLW Draft: Geelong holds prized picks after initial order confirmed

GEELONG holds the two most prized picks in October’s 2018 AFL Women’s Draft ahead of the trade period kicking off. The Cats are one of two expansion sides in the competition next season, with North Melbourne adopting an experience-first mentality.

Whilst the Cats have picked up a number of experienced faces including Melbourne’s Mel Hickey and Richelle Cranston, and GWS’ Phoebe McWilliams and Maddy Boyd, North Melbourne has gone all-out in search of experienced talent with 2018 AFLW Best and Fairest winner Emma Kearney and teammate Jemma Bruton, Brisbane’s Kaitlyn Ashmore among four Lions, and four of Collingwood’s top players in Emma King, Jennifer Garner, Jess Duffin and Mo Hope among others.

North Melbourne’s ambitious title-tilt has seen the Kangaroos penalised in the draft order, moved to last (or twelfth pick in the first round) and the final pick in each round thereafter. However, excluding Adelaide, Brisbane, Fremantle and GWS GIANTS who can still only have access to players that nominate their respective state, the Kangaroos effectively have pick eight. Geelong on the other hand, have been compensated as a new side in the competition, with picks one and two, as well as picks 14 and 15 (effectively picks 10 and 11 in the Victorian draft).

The Kangaroos have also only been allocated five selections in the draft (no compensation pick), with each of the established Victorian clubs receiving a pick at the start of a round based on the quality lost from their list. Collingwood was deemed to have lost the most quality and thus received pick nine in the Victorian draft as compensation, whilst the Western Bulldogs received pick 18, Melbourne received pick 25 and Carlton received pick 33.

Effectively Geelong head into the draft with four picks inside the top 10 and six inside the top 16, while Collingwood has four inside the top 20 – the most of any established club. Wooden spooners Carlton will enter the draft with pick three. Of course, all of this can change with the re-signing and trade period kicking off today and going until June 4.

Club by club picks (Victorian draft):

Carlton: 3, 12, 19, 26, 32, 33
Collingwood: 4, 9, 13, 20, 27, 34
Geelong: 1, 2, 7, 10, 11, 16, 23, 30, 37
Melbourne: 5, 14, 21, 25, 28, 35
North Melbourne: 8, 17, 24, 31, 38
Western Bulldogs: 6, 15, 18, 22, 29, 36

Selection order for the 2018 NAB AFL Women’s Draft

ROUND ONE
1 Geelong Cats (compensation pick)
2 Geelong Cats (compensation pick)
3 Carlton
4 Fremantle
5 Collingwood
6 Adelaide
7 GWS Giants
8 Melbourne
9 Brisbane Lions
10 Western Bulldogs
11 Geelong Cats
12 North Melbourne

ROUND TWO
13 Collingwood (compensation pick)
14 Geelong Cats (compensation pick)
15 Geelong Cats (compensation pick)
16 Carlton
17 Fremantle
18 Collingwood
19 Adelaide
20 GWS Giants
21 Melbourne
22 Brisbane Lions
23 Western Bulldogs
24 Geelong Cats
25 North Melbourne

ROUND THREE
26 Western Bulldogs (compensation pick)
27 Carlton
28 Fremantle
29 Collingwood
30 Adelaide
31 GWS Giants
32 Melbourne
33 Brisbane Lions
34 Western Bulldogs
35 Geelong Cats
36 North Melbourne

ROUND FOUR
37 Melbourne (compensation pick)
38 Carlton
39 Fremantle
40 Collingwood
41 Adelaide
42 GWS Giants
43 Melbourne
44 Brisbane Lions
45 Western Bulldogs
46 Geelong Cats
47 North Melbourne

ROUND FIVE
48 Carlton (compensation pick)
49 Carlton
50 Fremantle
51 Collingwood
52 Adelaide
53 GWS Giants
54 Melbourne
55 Brisbane Lions
56 Western Bulldogs
57 Geelong Cats
58 North Melbourne

Scouting notes: AFLW – Round 1

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

Carlton v Collingwood

By Julia Montesano 

#1: Chloe Molloy- Collingwood 

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

#2: Brianna Davey- Carlton

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

#3: Nicola Stevens- Carlton

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

#4: Danielle Hardiman- Carlton

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

#5: Tayla Harris- Carlton

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

#6: Amelia Barden- Collingwood

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

#7: Katie Loynes- Carlton

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

#8: Jess Hosking- Carlton

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

#9: Shae Audley- Carlton

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

#10: Stephanie Chiocci- Collingwood

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

#11: Caitlyn Edwards- Collingwood 

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

#12: Cecilia McIntosh- Collingwood

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

#13: Jaimee Lambert- Collingwood

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

#13: Brittany Bonnici- Collingwood 

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

#14: Gabriella Pound- Carlton

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

#15: Kate Shierlaw- Carlton

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

#16: Georgia Gee- Carlton

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

#17: Jasmine Garner- Collingwood 

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

#18: Melissa Kuys- Collingwood 

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

#19: Emma King- Collingwood 

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

#20: Christina Bernardi- Collingwood 

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

 

Melbourne v GWS

By Connor Ferris 

#1: Richelle Cranston- Melbourne 

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

#2: Phoebe McWilliams- GWS 

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

#3: Daisy Pearce- Melbourne 

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

#4: Elise O’Dea- Melbourne 

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

#5: Courtney Gum- GWS 

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

#6: Shelley Scott- Melbourne 

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

#7: Alicia Eva- GWS

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

#8: Lily Mithen- Melbourne 

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

#9: Maddy Boyd- GWS 

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

#10: Catherine Phillips- Melbourne 

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

#11: Kate Hore- Melbourne 

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

#12: Cora Staunton- GWS

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

#13: Meg Downie- Melbourne 

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

#14 Erin Hoare- Melbourne 

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

#15: Bianca Jakobsson- Melbourne

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

#16: Tegan Cunningham- Melbourne 

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

#17: Amanda Farrugia- GWS

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

#18: Renee Forth- GWS

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

#19: Erin McKinnon- GWS

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

#20: Melissa Hickey- Melbourne 

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

 

Adelaide v Brisbane

By James Halley 

#1: Sabrina Frederick-Traub- Brisbane 

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

#2: Kate Lutkins- Brisbane 

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

#3: Ally Anderson- Brisbane 

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

#4: Leah Kaslar- Brisbane 

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

#5: Kaitlyn Ashmore- Brisbane

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

#6: Emily Bates- Brisbane 

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

#7: Jess Wuetschner- Brisbane 

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

#8: Chelsea Randall- Adelaide 

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

#9: Deni Varnhagen- Adelaide 

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

#10: Ruth Wallace- Adelaide 

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

#11: Ebony Marinoff- Adelaide 

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

#12: Emma Zielke- Brisbane

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

#14: Sharni Webb- Brisbane 

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

#15: Rhiannon Metcalfe- Adelaide 

Won the ruck dual convincingly. Has an impressive leap.

#16: Nicole Hilderbrand- Brisbane 

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

#17: Stevie-Lee Thompson- Adelaide 

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

#18: Sophie Conway- Brisbane 

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

#19: Angela Foley- Adelaide 

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

#20: Tahlia Randall- Brisbane 

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

 

Western Bulldogs v Fremantle

By Carly McClen 

#1: Ellie Blackburn- Western Bulldogs

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

#2: Katie Brennan- Western Bulldogs 

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

#3: Isabel Huntington- Western Bulldogs 

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

#4: Emma Kearney- Western Bulldogs

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

#5: Monique Conti- Western Bulldogs 

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

#6: Brooke Lochland- Western Bulldogs 

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

#7: Aisling Utri- Western Bulldogs 

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

#8: Aasta O’Connor- Western Bulldogs 

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

#9: Lauren Spark- Western Bulldogs 

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

#10: Amy Lavell- Fremantle 

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

#11: Bonnie Toogood- Western Bulldogs 

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

#12: Daria Bannister- Western Bulldogs 

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

#13: Ebony Antonio- Fremantle

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

#14: Deanna Berry- Western Bulldogs 

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

#15: Nicole Callinan- Western Bulldogs 

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

#16: Hannah Scott- Western Bulldogs 

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

#17: Libby Birch- Western Bulldogs 

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

#18: Naomi Ferres- Western Bulldogs 

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

#19: Lara Filocamo- Fremantle 

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

#20: Kara Donnellan- Fremantle 

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