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Draftee Watch: AFLW – Round 7

THE final round of the AFL Women’s home and away season for 2019 saw the end of the road for six teams as finals loom next week. A number of young players stood out in Round 7, with a few familiar faces gracing the Draft Central Draftee Watch list once again.

Adelaide: Jess Foley
Foley has been undoubtedly one of the biggest pick-ups of 2018 as she bullied her way to another top performance for Adelaide. Foley led the game in AFL Fantasy Points with 98, led in hitouts (16), kicked two goals and finished with 15 disposals, two marks and six tackles. Of all the rucks in the league, Foley has been the most successful when combining her impact in and out of the ruck contest. This weekend she comes up against Geelong in her first AFLW Preliminary Final and is likely to have another huge impact for the Crows.

Brisbane: Jacqui Yorston
Yorston reached a new level in her final game this season as she finished among Brisbane’s best against a tough Collingwood outfit. She notched up 21 disposals, two marks and nine tackles with 90 AFL Fantasy Points. Despite the loss, Brisbane fans should be happy to see the talent emerging in one of their newest recruits.

Carlton: Madison Prespakis
With the most appearances on Draftee Watch< this year, Prespakis is a definite frontrunner for the NAB AFLW Rising Star Award and will one day contend for the Best & Fairest Trophy if she continues her impressive form. In a must-win game she remained prolific, notching up 19 disposals and four tackles with 66 AFL Fantasy Points. Carlton face Fremantle at Ikon Park this Saturday for the first Preliminary Final where we hope to see Prespakis reach another level and assist her team to a Premiership. Collingwood: Sarah Rowe
After coming up short in all the rounds prior, Rowe finally saw a win in a Collingwood jumper. The 23-year-old continued her strong form from last week, notching up 16 disposals, 13 kicks, four marks and one tackle with 61 AFL Fantasy Points. She has shown some good signs in the last fortnight so it will be exciting to see her progress in 2020.

Fremantle: Matilda Sergeant
Sergeant chose the right game to step it up, with Fremantle contesting for a Preliminary Finals spot against one of the league’s best. Previously only playing two games where she tallied 30 and 35 AFL Fantasy Points respectively, Sergeant emerged set to have impact. For the game, she earned 12 disposals, three marks and four tackles on her way to 58 AFL Fantasy Points. Rookie teammates, Parris Laurie (12 disposals, three marks and three tackles) and Sabreena Duffy (two goals, seven disposals and five tackles), were also pivotal in Fremantle’s win.

Geelong: Renee Garing
The former St. Mary’s netball star showed no problem transitioning into a contact sport, finishing as one of the league’s top tacklers this season. Against GWS she reached a new personal best, landing 14 tackles in a team-best performance, along with 15 disposals, two marks and 96 AFL Fantasy Points. Rookie teammates, Madaleine McMahon (14 disposals, five marks and six tackles) and Olivia Purcell (19 disposals and four tackles), accompanied Garing, rounding out Geelong’s three best performers. This Sunday Geelong face Adelaide for the second Preliminary Final and a chance at a Grand Final appearance.

GWS GIANTS: Alyce Parker
Parker gave it her all in her final hit-out for the season, finishing among the GIANTS’ best in their win over Geelong. She finished with 19 disposals, one mark and five tackles on her way to 73 AFL Fantasy Points. Parker has consistently been a great contributor for her side and continued to show it until the very end. With a season under her belt, the Thurgoona product should step it up another level in the 2020 season.

Melbourne: Chantel Emonson
The former cricketer gave it a decent crack this year, finishing among Melbourne’s best last Saturday against a dominant Adelaide outfit. Emonson put out a career-best performance with 14 disposals, 13 kicks and five tackles earning herself 71 AFL Fantasy Points. She also kicked her first career goal in the final quarter, and Melbourne’s only goal for the game. She has showed good signs for next season, and with her final game in the red and blue for the year, she should be itching to play come 2020.

North Melbourne: Alison Drennan
While not her greatest performance, Drennan stood up well in the loss against Fremantle. She was not afraid to contest the ball and go in hard. The first-year player finished her game with nine disposals and three tackles with 33 AFL Fantasy Points.

Western Bulldogs: Aisling McCarthy
Among many others, McCarthy had a career best performance in her final game. The Irish native notched up 16 disposals, three marks and five tackles with 77 AFL Fantasy Points. She also kicked a goal in the final quarter, assisting in her team’s resurgence, but the game was done and won for Carlton. McCarthy has kicked five goals in her first season across six games, and is a player to watch in 2020.

Weekend preview: AFLW – Round 1

FOOTY is back and for the first time, 10 AFL Women’s clubs are preparing to achieve the ultimate glory. Each week we will preview and review the games, provide a Team of the Week, Draftee Watch piece and analyse the week’s statistics, as well as plenty more for the third season of the competition. Stay tuned on Draft Central for all the coverage.

GEELONG vs. COLLINGWOOD
Saturday, February 2, 6.40pm
GMHBA Stadium, Geelong

The opening game of the AFL Women’s season has a massive question mark for both sides. On one side of the head-to-head is a brand new team with no historical data at the elite level, aside from some of the players who have crossed from other clubs. On the other side is a team that has been gutted in terms of experience, especially in the forward half, but has picked up a number of elite young kids as well as players who can have an impact in the short-term. Playing in front of a home crowd will help the Cats in their inaugural clash,  while the Magpies will be keen to finally get a good start to their season after two losses in opening round games. Both teams are deemed to be in the “weaker” conference – by means of avoiding both past premiers and the heavily stacked North Melbourne – and a win against a conference rival is vitally important in the stakes for securing a top four place. The advantage both these teams have is the fact much of their core group played VFL Women’s together, and therefore in terms of team chemistry over a 12-month period are well adjusted.

Both teams head into the clash with key personnel out, as Collingwood’s Best and Fairest and 2018 AFLW Rising Star winner, Chloe Molloy unavailable for the season, while Richelle Cranston will miss the first two rounds through suspension.  When talking about key youth, it is hard to look past some of the talent both clubs picked up in the draft. Geelong looked to its TAC Cup affiliate to select number one pick, Nina Morrison, as well as premiership teammates, Olivia Purcell and Denby Taylor. Add in talented GWV Rebels, Sophie Van De Heuvel and Georgia Clarke, as well as Murray Bushrangers’ inside midfielder and defender, Rebecca Webster, and the future is very bright at the Cats. The Magpies also heavily invested in the draft, picking up two first rounders in Dandenong Stingrays’ captain, Jordyn Allen and Oakleigh Chargers’ tall, Katie Lynch. Expected to play up opposite ends, they are well complemented by Eastern Ranges’ speedster, Mikala Cann who 12 months ago was yet to play a competitive match of football. Versatile youngster, Lauren Butler is also expected to become a key feature in the Magpies’ side. With Geelong having the likes of Bec Goring, Madeline Keryk, Julia Crockett-Grills and Meghan McDonald among their contingent of impressive VFLW performers last season, they have a cohesive unit. The Magpies will look to the experience of captain Stephanie Chiocchi, Emma Grant, Sarah D’Arcy and Jaimee Lambert to lead the young side this season.

H2H: Geelong 0 | Collingwood 0 | Draws 0
Venue: Geelong 0-0-0 | Collingwood 0-0-0

Last time they met: N/A

Fun facts:

  • The game marks the first ever AFL Women’s game at GMHBA Stadium, the first time Geelong’s AFL Women’s side will play a match for premiership points, but the third consecutive year Collingwood will be involved in the opening match of the season.
  • Unfortunately for the Magpies, the opening match of the season has not been kind for them, losing both games to Carlton at Ikon Park, albeit in a much closer game in 2018.
  • The last time these two teams played in any form was the VFL Women’s Preliminary Final, which saw the Cats upset the minor premiers to bundle the Magpies out in straight sets and head into the decider against Hawthorn. Collingwood’s loss was compounded by an injury to 2018 Rising Star winner, Chloe Molloy that would keep her out of the 2019 AFL Women’s season.
  • Collingwood booted 42 goals in season 2018. Players that contributed 36 of them are now either no longer on the Magpies’ list, or injured (Chloe Molloy – one).

 

ADELAIDE vs. WESTERN BULLDOGS
Saturday, February 2, 8.10pm
Norwood Oval, Adelaide

The game of the round is surely the match between the two AFL Women’s premiers. The 2017 champions, Adelaide take on the reigning premiers, Western Bulldogs in an evening game at Norwood Oval. Last season was a remarkable story for the Bulldogs, who overcame some key injuries, and the suspension of captain, Katie Brennan to topple Brisbane in the 2018 AFL Women’s decider. Adelaide would have been disappointed to not make the decider, but considering their injuries at different times, it was worth applauding their never-say-die attitude. A loss to Collingwood in the final round knocked them out of the race to go back-to-back, but they are now hungry as ever and keen to make amends in this match.

Both teams lost key players to long-term injuries in practice games a fortnight ago, with Adelaide’s number one ruck, Rhiannon Metcalfe and Western Bulldogs’ league leading goalkicker, Brooke Lochland both out. While the Crows will look to try and fill the void in the ruck, the Dogs certainly showed they have no shortage of forwards who can step up, and could turn to the likes of West Australian, Kate Bartlett who comes into the team with great forward nous at Under 18s level. Adelaide do have some serious firepower returning to the team with a fully fit Erin Phillips, and a dangerous youngster by the name of Chloe Scheer causing headaches inside 50. Adelaide could have the edge in the midfield given its depth with Phillips, Ebony Marinoff and Chelsea Randall all running through there, but the Dogs’ key position players could stretch the Crows’ defence. If the Crows can keep it from the Dogs talls getting supply, then it will go a long way to deciding the match, but if the Dogs get on top of the Crows’ highly rated midfield, then they will be able to put on some serious scoreboard pressure. In saying that, the Dogs’ midfield is far from shabby itself with Ellie Blackburn and Monique Conti among the most talented in the competition. It all adds up to being a cracker of a match.

H2H: Adelaide 2 | Western Bulldogs 0 | Draws 0
Venue: Adelaide 2-2-0 | Western Bulldogs 0-1-0

Last time they met: Adelaide 6.5 (41) defeated Western Bulldogs 5.4 (34) at Norwood Oval, Round 3, 2018

Trailing the entire game, the Crows found something special in the final term to overrun the Bulldogs at home by just seven points. Chelsea Randall picked up 24 disposals (15 contested), had five rebounds and laid six tackles, while Ebony Marinoff laid a whopping 15 tackles on her way to 21 disposals, four inside 50s and five rebounds. But the inspiration was inaugural league best and fairest winner, Erin Phillips. The star played exclusively forward and had 15 disposals, but booted four of the Crows’ six goals to single-handedly dominate up forward and show Crows fans that there was going to be no second year blues – until injury unfortunately struck. Jenna McCormick booted the other two goals for the Crows, while for the Bulldogs, Katie Brennan was the multiple goalkicker with two from nine touches and three marks. Emma Kearney (20 disposals, three marks, three clearances, three inside 50s, five rebounds and six tackles) was everywhere, as was Ellie Blackburn (17 disposals, five clearances, five tackles and four inside 50s).

Fun facts:

  • Ebony Marinoff averages 19.5 disposals, four clearances, 10.5 tackles and four inside 50s against the Western Bulldogs from two clashes, the most of any Crow.
  • Now North Melbourne skipper, Emma Kearney averaged the most touches against the Crows in both meetings, with Ellie Blackburn set to take over the mantle, averaging 18 touches, four clearances, four tackles and five inside 50s from two games.
  • It is the first time two AFL Women’s Premiers have met in the history of the competition.
  • Western Bulldogs are yet to lose an opening round match in the AFL Women’s season.

 

NORTH MELBOURNE vs. CARLTON
Sunday, February 3, 1.05pm
North Hobart Oval, Hobart

The second history making match for Round 1 sees one of the premiership favourites, North Melbourne take on last year’s wooden spooners, Carlton. Both head into the game with relative different looking sides. The Kangaroos strategically targeted experience, picking up players from other AFL Women’s sides as part of the free agency and expansion period, while Carlton headed to the draft. As such, the Kangaroos head into the game as strong favourites in the clash, and their pre-season victory over Melbourne did nothing to sway opinions from the fact they will be a contender this season. Carlton took it up to Geelong at times in the practice game, but much like at times last season, it is just finding some four quarter consistency. The strong football state of Tasmania will get around the clash which is the first of the AFL Women’s competition, and with a number of local talents wearing blue and white, expect there to be a strong contingent of home support.

With no past head-to-head clashes to go by, there are plenty of questions leading into this clash. The biggest question mark is that of the Kangaroos and how they will gel with so many players from other teams. They brought over key Magpies, Emma King, Jess Duffin, Jasmine Garner and Mo Hope to supply their forward line and ruck division with power, while securing the biggest name from the 2018 season in Emma Kearney – the league best and fairest winner – to come across from the Dogs. Carlton has the potential to have the best one-two forward combination in the league with Darcy Vescio and Tayla Harris, but it is just getting the talented duo to click. With the midfield and forward half boosted by young guns, Madison Prespakis, Abbie McKay and Emerson Woods, and the defence sured up by Collingwood VFLW captain, Jess Edwards, as well as Charlotte Wilson and Jayde Van Dyk, Carlton’s future is looking bright. Realistically, it will take an unbelievable effort to knock off North Melbourne, but Blues fans will be keen to see what new coach, Daniel Harford can do to create more scoring opportunities – something the Blues lacked last season. A four-goal practice game by returning captain, Brianna Davey gave fans a hint of what to expect, creating all sorts of headaches for opposing teams.

H2H: North Melbourne 0 | Carlton 0 | Draws 0
Venue: North Melbourne 0-0-0 | Carlton 0-0-0

Last time they met: N/A

Fun facts:

  • The match marks the first official match to be played in Tasmania, with the North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos opening their season in the Apple Isle, and of course marking their first match in the competition.
  • Carlton’s Brianna Davey has averaged 21 disposals, five rebounds and 2.5 inside 50s in her two opening round clashes, as Carlton beat arch-rivals Collingwood under lights on both occasions.
  • Darcy Vescio booted four goals in the inaugural AFL Women’s match in 2017, before being held goalless by debutant, Chloe Molloy last year, who would go on to win the Rising Star Award.
  • North Melbourne captain, Emma Kearney has averaged 22 disposals, six marks, five clearances and six inside 50s in her two matches against Carlton.

 

MELBOURNE vs. FREMANTLE
Sunday, February 3, 3.05pm
Casey Fields, Cranbourne

With predicted temperatures around the south-eastern suburbs predicted to be mid-to-late thirties, fans heading to the clash between Demons and Fremantle are recommended to stay hydrated. The game at Melbourne’s spiritual home, has become a fortress of late, winning five of a possible six games, including a thrashing victory over their Round 1 opponents back in 2017. Last year the Dockers got the better of Melbourne over in the west, using straight goalkicking to get the job done early in the season and chalk up a win against a premiership contender. The Demons have always been thereabouts, just missing out on the deciders, while Fremantle has had disappointing starts to the seasons which have ultimately cost them. With a new coaching panel and new-look side, Fremantle will be keen to topple the Demons at their home ground, especially a Demons side minus Daisy PearceMel Hickey and Richelle Cranston, among others.

Both teams are bringing in some serious young talent this season, with the Demons looking to the likes of Gippsland Power co-captain, Tyla Hanks and Northern Knights captain, Maddy Brancatisano. Both have incredible work ethics and a desire to just hunt the footballer and play their role, potentially being future leaders at the club. Throw in Dandenong Stingrays’ speedster, Shelley Heath and Casey Demons slick ball user, Casey Sherriff and the Dees have added some speed and skills to their inside grunt and contested ball-winning ability. The Dockers have also added some great local talent to their stocks, led by West Australian Under 18s state captain, Sabreena Duffy as well as overagers, Matilda Sergeant and Jasmin Stewart. The big question mark regarding Fremantle is how they will line-up as the off-season seemed to be a clean-out of sorts through their own choosing, whereas Melbourne lost players due to free agency and expansion. The difference in this game could well be the top-end star factor of the Demons, with Karen Paxman, Lily Mithen, Bianca Jakobsson and Elise O’Dea all roaming through the midfield at times. With Eden Zanker providing a target up forward, they have good depth across the ground, The Dockers have Kara Donnellan and Dana Hooker amongst their arsenal, but with a relatively new-looking side, it will be fascinating to see how they perform.

H2H: Melbourne 1 | Fremantle 1 | Draws 0
Venue: Melbourne 5-1-0 | Fremantle 0-0-0

Last time they met: Fremantle 6.0 (36) defeated Melbourne 4.7 (31) at Fremantle Oval, Round 3, 2018

Fremantle had to come from behind twice as they held Melbourne to a combined one behind in the second and fourth quarters, kicking the only two goals of the final term. In a display of precision accuracy, the Dockers did not kick a behind all game, and after not scoring in the opening term, booted six straight goals to secure a win at Fremantle Oval. Kara Donnellan and Lisa Webb both picked up 17 disposals, while Emily McGuire booted two goals. For the Dees, Daisy Pearce had another day out with 24 disposals, three marks, five clearances and four inside 50s, while Tegan Cunningham booted two majors in the loss.

Fun facts:

  • Since losing their inaugural AFL Women’s Round 1 clash to Brisbane at Casey Fields, Melbourne has not lost a game, winning five consecutive matches at the venue, including a nine-goal win over Fremantle in 2017.
  • Both sides are likely to head into the clash very different to the previous encounter with a maximum of 13 players each from their sides of 21 just 12 months ago, still on their respective lists.
  • Dana Hooker averaged 17 disposals (11 contested) and 5.5 tackles in her two matches for the Dockers against the Demons, and was Fremantle’s best player in the disastrous 54-point belting back in 2017.
  • Melbourne will need to find a way to replace the influence of Daisy Pearce, who has been a headache for the Dockers in the past, averaging 25 disposals, five tackles, four clearances and 3.5 inside 50s.

 

BRISBANE vs. GWS GIANTS
Sunday, February 3, 4.05pm
Moreton Bay Sporting Complex, Moreton Bay

The final game of the round pits back-to-back grand finalist, Brisbane against the team they knocked out of the decider contention in the final round last year, GWS GIANTS. The quirky fact between these teams is they have played each other four times – twice in the pre-season and twice in the regular season. On both occasions, GWS has triumphed in the pre-season practice matches, while Brisbane has got the job done – and convincingly so – when playing for premiership points. The GIANTS average just two goals per game against the Lions during the season, and they will be keen to repeat the effort of a fortnight ago when they were too good for the young Lions. Brisbane has played just the one game at Moreton Bay Sporting Complex – the Lions new home for 2019 – which was a disappointing and almost season-defining loss to Collingwood, whereas the GIANTS are yet to run out at the venue.

Both teams have young line-ups coming through with the teams losing players such as Kaitlyn Ashmore, Jamie Stanton and Tahlia Randall (Brisbane), and Phoebe McWilliams and Renee Forth (GIANTS). They have also picked up some experience with Brisbane scooping up Lauren Arnell from Carlton and the GIANTS adding Magpie, Christina Bernardi to its forward mix. Heading to the draft, the GIANTS picked up one of the most decorated and talented juniors in Alyce Parker who will slot straight into the midfield and undoubtedly be a key cog in that onball division. Former netballer, Taylah Davies is already looking like a valuable pick-up for the GIANTS, while Haneen Zreika hit the scoreboard in the practice match as well. Any team with Alicia Eva, Jessica Dal Pos and Amanda Farrugia has to be respected. Brisbane’s forward power with Sabrina Frederick-Traub and Jess Wuetschner is always going to be a key consideration for opposition coaches, while Lions coach Craig Starcevich has the luxury of bringing up his Queensland Under 18 young guns into the senior team at draft time. All Australian ruck Lauren Bella, state captain Natalie Grider and key Queensland players Jesse Tawhaio-Wardlaw, Jade Ellenger, Tori Groves-Little and Jacqui Yorston join West Australian, McKenzie Dowrick as the future of the Lions.

H2H: Brisbane 2 | GWS 0 | Draws 0
Venue: Brisbane 0-1-0 | GWS 0-0-0

Last time they met: Brisbane 10.4 (64) defeated GWS GIANTS 3.6 (24) at Blacktown ISP, Round 7, 2018.

With an AFL Women’s Grand Final spot on the line, it was the Brisbane Lions who were all over the GIANTS, running out 40-point winners to keep their premiership dreams alive – albeit with their fate in Collingwood’s hands. The GIANTS had improved remarkably from the inaugural season, but fell short of a grand final place, and will have rued that final game over the summer. Ally Anderson and Emily Bates had days out against the GIANTS, collecting a combined 46 disposals, seven marks and eight clearances. Up forward, Sabrina Frederick-Traub was unstoppable with four goals to go with 18 disposals, five marks and five hitouts. Jess Wuetschner was equally as impressive with three majors from 11 touches, doing all the damage at ground level. For the GIANTS, Alicia Eva tried her best with a team-high 18 disposals, three marks, six tackles and five inside 50s, while Jessica Dal Pos and Amanda Farrugia were the next highest ball winners with 14 apiece.

Fun facts:

  • Brisbane has played just the one match at Moreton Bay Sporting Complex, and unfortunately it was one to forget, losing to Collingwood in Round 6, 2018. It put their premiership aspirations in serious doubt, before ironically the Magpies knocked off the Crows in the final round to hand the Lions a second consecutive Grand Final berth.
  • The Lions bounced back from the above loss with that 40-point win over GWS in the last round, knocking out the GIANTS from Grand Final contention, and replacing them in the decider.
  • In the two games against the GIANTS, Sabrina Frederick-Traub has booted five goals, whereas the entire GIANTS team have booted just the four.
  • Emma Swanson averages the most disposals for a GIANT against the Lions, at 15, while Jessica Dal Pos averages 13 touches per game.

AFLW Draft review: Fremantle

THE Dockers were ruthless again this year with their delistings, deciding to throw all their hopes in this year’s draft. The Dockers seem to target midfielders and half-back flankers to give the team some much-wanted speed. However, some talented Western Australian players opted to travel interstate, and this lost talent would have been useful for the Fremantle rebuild.

 

What they needed

  • Forwards to replace Amy Lavell and Emily Mcguire
  • Midfielders to assist Dana Hooker and Kara Donnellan
  • Half-back flankers to replace Belinda Smith and support Ebony Antonio

 

Players selected:

Jasmin Stewart – Claremont

There were many high-profile players from Western Australia who could have been Fremantle’s first pick, however, the honours went to Jasmin Stewart. The 19 year-old left-footer has had an outstanding year for Claremont with her elite ball use and hard work ethic. This year she claimed the Tigers’ Best and Fairest award for all her efforts in the West Australian Women’s Football League (WAWFL) . Stewart could be the tag-team partner that Dana Hooker has been looking for.

Sabreena Duffy – Peel Thunder

When Belinda Smith went to play for the Western Bulldogs, it left a huge hole in the Fremantle backline. Under-18 All Australian, Sabreena Duffy is the perfect candidate to fill the gap. Duffy can play half-back or midfield, and her skills shown in the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships saw her become the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for Western Australia. For most experts, Duffy was a no-brainer to be picked by Fremantle.

Phillipa Seth – East Fremantle

This year, the East Fremantle Sharks took home the WAWFL premiership with Phillipa Seth playing off halfback. Seth was the runner-up for the Sharks’ Best and Fairest this year and has been a heavy contributor to East Fremantle all year. Her premiership experience will be a valuable asset to the the Dockers as they bolster their defensive stocks.

Courtney Stubbs- Subiaco

The Subiaco Lions were the underdogs of the WAWFL competition but made it all the way to the Grand Final  Courtney Stubbs was part of that midfield that battled week after week. Stubbs has had the pleasure of playing with greats Hayley Miller, Lara Filocamo, and young gun, McKenzie Dowrick. Stubbs was an equal contributor among this elite midfield growing each week. Unfortunately, her teammate Filocamo was delisted by Fremantle earlier this year, and now Stubbs will be taking her place at Fremantle.

Parris Laurie – Claremont

After two years of WAWFL, Parris Laurie was promoted to captain of the Claremont Tiger in 2018. Laurie showed a lot early this season in the ruck but had to leave towards the end of the year. She is surprisingly mobile for her height and covers the ground well. Alicia Janz has been waiting for some assistance in the hit-outs, and Laurie will have no problem with that.

Laura Pugh – West Perth

After this year’s draft, Laura Pugh made history. She is the first player from the West Perth Falcons to be drafted in the AFL Women’s competition. One of the reasons for this is Pugh’s defensive intercept marking, which has been a shining light for the Falcons in a poor year. Fremantle will be eager to slot her into a back line that has been under immense pressure in previous years.

Matilda Sergeant – Claremont

Another Claremont player selected for Fremantle, and at this pick, Matilda Sergeant is a steal. Sergeant was selected in the Under 18 All Australian squad for this year. Her run and carry is similar to the likes of Sabreena Duffy. Sergeant mainly plays midfield but can play the role of flanker if she must. Her clean foot skills and strong hands could see her playing in Round 1 for the Dockers.

Ebony Dowson – Peel Thunderbirds

Ebony Downson has played well across half-back for the Thunderbirds and has shown enough talent to be drafted with Fremantle’s last pick. The Peel Thunderbirds finished minor Premieres this year in the WAWFL with Dowson an important cog in defense. Dowson could be another important cog in Fremantle’s defense.

 

How they went:

The Dockers have definitely boosted their defensive stocks and added more depth to their midfield. However, they were in desperate need of forwards, and they didn’t pick one. Under 18 representatives, Sonia Dorizzi and Kate Bartlett would have been perfect, but Bartlett was drafted to the Western Bulldogs and Dorizzi was overlooked. Another forward who was overlooked was Kira Phillips, who kicked 79 goals in the WAWFL season. With the retirement of Amy Lavell and the delisting of Emily McGuire, question marks loom as to who will kick Fremantle’s goals.

2018 AFLW Draft Order

2018 NAB AFLW DRAFT ORDER

FIRST ROUND
1 Geelong – Nina Morrison (Geelong Falcons/Vic Country)
2 Geelong – Sophie Van De Heuvel (GWV Rebels/Vic Country)
3 Carlton – Madison Prespakis (Calder Cannons/Vic Metro)
4 Fremantle – Jasmin Stewart (Claremont/Western Australia)
5 Collingwood – Jordyn Allen (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Country)
6 Melbourne – Tyla Hanks (Gippsland Power/Vic Country)
7 Geelong – Rebecca Webster (Murray Bushrangers/Vic Country)
8 Adelaide – Nikki Gore (South Adelaide/South Australia/Central Allies)
9 Brisbane –  Paige Parker (Coorparoo/Queensland)
10 Western Bulldogs – Eleanor Brown (Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro)
11 Collingwood – Katie Lynch (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)
12 Greater Western Sydney – Alyce Parker (Thurgoona Bulldogs/NSW-ACT/Eastern Allies)

SECOND ROUND
13 Collingwood – Mikala Cann (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
14 Geelong – Olivia Purcell (Geelong Falcons/Vic Country)
15 Melbourne . – Madeline Brancatisano (Northern Knights/Vic Metro)
16 Carlton – Abbie McKay (father-daughter selection – Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro)
17 Fremantle – Sabreena Duffy (Peel Thunderbirds/Western Australia)
18 Collingwood – Lauren Butler (GWV Rebels/Vic Country)
19 Collingwood – Maddie Shevlin (Casey Demons)
20 Geelong – Denby Taylor (Geelong Falcons/Vic Country)
21 Carlton – Jayde Van Dyk (Hawthorn VFLW)
22 Brisbane – Natalie Grider (University of Queensland/Queensland)
23 Western Bulldogs – Aisling McCarthy (Ireland)
24 Geelong – Georgia Clarke (GWV Rebels/Vic Country)
25 North Melbourne – Daisy Bateman (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro)

THIRD ROUND
26 Western Bulldogs – Kate Bartlett (Peel Thunder/Western Australia)
27 Carlton – Charlotte Wilson (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
28 Fremantle – Phillipa Seth (East Fremantle/Western Australia)
29 Collingwood – Sophie Alexander (compensation)
30 Adelaide – Jessica Foley (Fitzroy/South Australia)
31 Melbourne – Jordann Hickey (NT Thunder VFLW)
32 Collingwood –  Georgia Gourlay (Casey Demons VFLW)
33 Brisbane – McKenzie Dowrick (Subiaco/Western Australia)
34 Western Bulldogs – Selena Karlson (Southern Saints VFLW)
35 Geelong – Rene Caris (GWV Rebels/Vic Country)
36 North Melbourne –  Courtney Munn (Southern Saints VFLW)

FOURTH ROUND
37 Adelaide – Chloe Scheer (Central District/South Australia)
38 Carlton – Emerson Woods (Eastern Ranges/Vic Metro)
39 Fremantle – Courtney Stubbs (Subiaco/Western Australia)
40 Carlton – Rhiannon Watt (Southern Saints VFLW)
41 Adelaide – Katelyn Rosenzweig (Central District/South Australia)
42 Carlton – Jessica Edwards (Collingwood VFLW)
43 Greater Western Sydney Brittany Perry (North Adelaide/South Australia)
44 Melbourne –  Shelley Heath (Southern Saints VFLW)
45 Brisbane – Lauren Bella (Bond University/Queensland)
46 Western Bulldogs – Jessie Davies (Western Bulldogs VFLW)
47 Geelong – Maighan Fogas (Geelong VFLW)
48 Adelaide – Danielle Ponter (Northern Territory/Central Allies)

FIFTH ROUND
49 Fremantle – Parris Laurie (Claremont/Western Australia) *Carlton passed this pick
50 Collingwood – Jordan Membrey (Wilston Grange/Queensland)
51 Adelaide – Hannah Martin (West Adelaide/South Australia)
52 GWS – Lisa Whiteley (South Adelaide/South Australia)
53 North Melbourne – Chloe Haines (Burnie Dockers/ Tasmania)
54 Brisbane – Tori Groves-Little (Coorparoo/ Queensland)
55 Geelong- Elise Coventry (Geelong VFLW)
56 North Melbourne- Libby Haines (Burnie Dockers/ Tasmania)
57 Fremantle- Laura Pugh (West Perth/Western Australia)
58 Greater Western Sydney- Ingrid Nielsen (UNSW Hawks)

SIXTH ROUND
59 Brisbane – Jesse Tawhaio-Wardlaw (Bond University /Queensland)
60 Geelong – Madeline Keryk (Geelong VFLW)
61 North Melbourne – Nicole Bresnehan (Clarence Roos/Tasmania)
62 Fremantle – Matilda Sergeant (Claremont/Western Australia)
63 Greater Western Sydney – Renee Tomkins (Auburn Giants/NSW-ACT)

SEVENTH ROUND
64 Fremantle – Ebony Dowson (Peel Thunder/Western Australia)
65 Greater Western Sydney – Delma Gisu (Wilston Grange/Queensland)

EIGHTH ROUND
66 Greater Western Sydney – Haneen Zreika (Auburn Giants/NSW-ACT)
67 Collingwood – Erica Fowler (Collingwood VFLW)

NINTH ROUND
68 Fremantle – Ebony O’Dea (Adelaide University/South Australia)
69 Brisbane – Jacqueline Yorston (Wilston Grange/ Queensland) *compensation
70 Brisbane – Jade Ellenger (Coorparoo/ Queensland) *compensation

AFLW Draft preview: Fremantle

FREMANTLE has had a quiet off-season, looking to young talent to fill the void left by departing players. With the recent announcement of Amy Lavell and Lisa Webb as assistant coaches for the 2019 season as well as cross-coders, Brianna Moyes and Angelique Stannett, the Dockers have a bright future to look forward to.

 

Last season: 7th

IN: Brianna Moyes (rookie), Angelique Stannett (rookie)
OUT: Stacey Barr, Kirby Bentley, Jade De Melo (rookie), Beatrice Devlyn (rookie), Lara Filocamo, Tiah Haynes, Emily McGuire, Belinda Smith, Lisa Webb (rookie), Jodie White, Amy Lavell

FREMANTLE AFLW LIST (20/30)

  • Ashlee Atkins
  • Ebony Antonio  
  • Kiara Bowers
  • Tayla Bresland  
  • Stephanie Cain
  • Melissa Caulfield
  • Cassie Davidson
  • Kara Donnellan
  • Kellie Gibson
  • Evangeline Gooch  
  • Brianna Green
  • Dana Hooker
  • Gemma Houghton
  • Alicia Janz
  • Leah Mascall
  • Tayla McAuliffe
  • Brianna Moyes
  • Hayley Miller
  • Gabby O’Sullivan
  • Ashley Sharp
  • Angelique Stannett
  • Alex Williams

DRAFT PICKS

4, 17, 28, 39, 49, 58, 63, 68

POSSIBLE DRAFTEES

Western Australia Under-18 captain, Sabreena Duffy appears to be the leading Western Australia candidate. Duffy plays primarily in defence but can go into the midfield if needed. She is a great kick of the football and has a high football IQ, and her combination of those traits has earned her multiple All-Australian jumpers. Sonia Dorizzi is another player that could come into Fremantle’s side to provide some support for Alicia Janz. Dorizzi was Western Australia’s leading ruck in the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships and has an agile leap. Matilda Sergeant, a similar player to Duffy, could also suit up for the Dockers. Sergeant has clean hands and is a strong footballer that can have a big impact on the game. The Dockers will be sad to hear the news of leading prospect, McKenzie Dowrick nominating to go to Queensland in the AFL Women’s Draft. Dowrick is an AFL Women’s Academy member and has been in the AFL Women’s Under 18 All Australian side for two consecutive years, so she will be a big loss for the state of Western Australia. 

Victoria claims 16-point win over All Stars in AFLW Under 18 State of Origin

VICTORIA has emerged triumphant from a low-scoring thriller against the All Stars in an AFL Women’s Under 18 State of Origin exhibition match. The top players from Vic Metro and Vic Country combined to form Victoria, while those who had stood out from the rest of the nation donned the All Stars jumpers in a clash at Adelaide Oval last night.

Victoria led all game, booting the opening goal of the match and then extending its lead to by 12 points at the main break. Much like the first term, both sides had one scoring shot, but Victoria’s was a major compared to the All Stars’ behind. The All Stars had the best chance to clinch a come-from-behind victory in the final term with four scoring shots, while Victoria had the two. When McKenzie Dowrick, who had been one of the most prominent All Stars players all game, nailed a major at the five and a half minute mark, her side drew within 11 points. Alexia Hamilton and Jaimi Tabb both had a couple of chances in the final term but registered behinds to reduce the deficit to nine points with a few minutes to play. A Nina Morrison goal in the dying minutes put the game to rest and guaranteed a Victorian win.

The Victorian onball brigade proved too strong in the midfield despite Tyla Hanks sitting out the match and the strong Alyce Parker also missing from the action. Kitara Farrar and Denby Taylor were the other two talents who sat out on the night from the original 24-player squads that were named. Victoria dominated the clearances despite a clear advantage in the ruck to Lauren Bella, who amassed 25 hitouts to Rene Caris‘ 12, however Caris won the points around the ground with a midfielder-like effort of 13 disposals and three tackles, displaying the two different types of ruck talent in action

Madison Prespakis starred on the night, racking up game-high disposals (21) and clearances (five), while also laying three tackles and having four inside 50s and two rebounds. Fellow AFL Women’s Under 18 Most Valuable Player (MVP), Nina Morrison was equally as effective, racking up 19 disposals, three marks, four clearances, five inside 50s, three tackles, two rebounds and that final quarter goal. Mikala Cann was again ferocious with a massive 14 tackles – six more than any other player on the field – to go with her 15 touches, two marks, two clearances and two inside 50s. Olivia Purcell (17 disposals, seven tackles and four clearances) and Katie Lynch (15 disposals, two rebounds and one goal) were impressive, while Abbie McKay worked hard with three clearances and three inside 50s from 11 disposals and four tackles. Sophie Van De Heuvel had nine touches and laid five tackles, while the standout bottom-ager was Calder Cannons’ Georgia Patrikios who shone with 17 disposals, three clearances, two inside 50s and two rebounds. Exciting forward, Daisy Bateman was the only multiple goal kicker on the ground, finishing with two majors from five disposals, two marks and two tackles.

For the All Stars, Dowrick was the top ball winner, amassing 18 disposals along with three marks, three clearances, three tackles, one goal and a team-high four rebounds. Her West Australian teammates were also prominent across the ground, with Matilda Sergeant (15 disposals and three marks), Mikayla Bowen (13 disposals, six tackles and two inside 50s) and Sabreena Duffy (12 disposals and two rebounds) among the All Stars’ best. Kate Bartlett also booted a goal from eight disposals, five marks and three tackles, while bottom-age prospects, Queenslander Lily Postlethwaite and Tasmanian, Mia King were also very impressive. Postlethwaite finished with 12 disposals, two marks, six tackles, and equal team-high three clearances, and three inside 50s, while King had 10 disposals, two clearances and laid six tackles as well.

VICTORIA 1.0 | 3.2 | 4.3 | 5.4 (34)
ALL STARS 0.1 | 1.2 | 1.3 | 2.6 (18)

GOALS:

Victoria: Daisy Bateman 2, Nina Morrison, Mikala Cann, Katie Lynch.
All Stars: McKenzie Dowrick, Kate Bartlett.

BEST:

Victoria: Madison Prespakis, Nina Morrison, Georgia Patrikios, Mikala Cann, Olivia Purcell, Sophie Van De Heuvel.
All Stars: McKenzie Dowrick, Mikayla Bowen, Matilda Sergeant, Lily Postlethwaite, Mia King, Kate Bartlett.

AFL Women’s Under 18 State of Origin sides announced

VICTORIA’S top junior female footballers will take on the best young stars from around the country in the AFL Women’s Under-18 State of Origin match at Adelaide Oval tomorrow night. The 24-player Victorian team contains 12 Metro and 12 Country players, including five bottom-agers who are predicted to be crucial players for their respective teams in 2019. The All Stars side is even younger, with one third of the players not eligible to be drafted until next year.

Queensland has a remarkable talent base, with 10 players named in the 24-player squad, while Western Australia is the next highest represented in the All Stars side with six. New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory (NSW-ACT) and South Australia have three representatives each, while Tasmania and Northern Territory have one player each in the final side.

Gates open at Adelaide Oval at 5.15pm, with the first bounce at 5.25pm. The game is a curtain raiser to the EJ Whitten Legends Game.

Victoria:

#1 Georgia Patrikios (Calder Cannons)***
#2 Emerson Woods (Eastern Ranges)
#3 Nina Morrison (Geelong Falcons)
#4 Sophie Van De Heuvel (GWV Rebels)
#5 Olivia Purcell (Geelong Falcons)
#6 Daisy Bateman (Oakleigh Chargers)
#7 Madison Prespakis (Calder Cannons)
#8 Eleanor Brown (Sandringham Dragons)
#9 Abbie McKay (Sandringham Dragons)
#10 Isabella Grant (Western Jets)***
#11 Jordyn Allen (Dandenong Stingrays)
#12 Courtney Jones (Dandenong Stingrys)
#13 Bec Webster (Murray Bushrangers)
#14 Georgia Clarke (GWV Rebels)
#15 Lucy McEvoy (Geelong Falcons)***
#16 Gabby Newton (Northern Knights)***
#17 Katie Lynch (Oakleigh Chargers)
#18 Hannah McLaren (Oakleigh Chrgers)
#19 Georgia Macpherson (Eastern Ranges)
#20 Mikala Cann (Eastern Ranges)
#21 Lucinda Cripps (Dandenong Stingrays)***
#22 Rene Caris (GWV Rebels)
#23 Tyla Hanks (Gippsland Power)
#24 Denby Taylor (Geelong Falcons)

All Stars:

#1 Mia King (Tasmania)***
#2 Mikayla Bowen (Western Australia)
#3 Janet Baird (Northern Territory)
#4 Alyce Parker (NSW-ACT)
#5 Lily Postlethwaite (Queensland)***
#6 Belle Dawes (Queensland)***
#7 Rikkiesha Carling (Western Australia)
#8 Tori Groves-Little (Queensland)
#9 Dee Heslop (Queensland)***
#10 Natalie Grider (Queensland)
#11 Nikki Gore (South Australia)
#12 Sabreena Duffy (Western Australia)
#13 Kitara Farrar (Queensland)***
#14 Katelyn Rosenzweig (South Australia)
#15 Alexia Hamilton (NSW-ACT)
#16 Charlotte Hammans (Queensland)***
#17 Serene Watson (Queensland)***
#18 Jacqueline Yorston (Queensland)
#19 McKenzie Dowrick (Western Australia)
#20 Matilda Sergeant (Western Australia)
#21 Kate Bartlett (Western Australia)
#22 Montana McKinnon (South Adelaide)***
#23 Lauren Bella (Queensland)
#24 Brianna McFarlane (NSW-ACT)

*** bottom-ager

 

From not trying out for state to being a key player: Sergeant flourishes in football

LAST year, Western Australia’s (WA) Matilda Sergeant did not try out for the state side, despite coming up the ranks in Auskick, Youth Girls and League football.

Sergeant was instead asked to be a part of the side, and is so glad that she was approached to do so.

“I did not actually try out (for the WA state side) because I just thought I wasn’t really ready for that,” she said. “But I had a couple of coaches that I knew that were part of it and they said we really want you to come down. “I was like I may as well give it a shot and I’m so glad I did. “Last year’s carnival was so much fun. “The jump from last year to this year has just been huge and if I hadn’t done it last year, I wouldn’t have been here today I don’t reckon.”

In just her second year of the state program, Sergeant already sees the opportunity to progress further with the sport. She attributes this belief to the booming state of the AFL Women’s competition, admitting that it gives her and many others motivation to perform well in the sport.

“I feel like we have so much opportunity,” the top-ager said. “I feel like now’s the time to really pursue it. “I was just playing footy for fun and there wasn’t a league. “Then when it got to be the AFLW a couple of years ago, I was like this is something that I can actually really have a crack at and have a go.”

This has meant that Sergeant has been able to get closer to achieving her childhood dream.

“When they ask you want you want to be when you grow up in Grade 6, I always used to say I want to do a sport professionally,” she said. “I thought footy was something you could take to the next level.”

Sergeant did not think the same about basketball, a sport which she has played since she was a five years old. Although she played at a high level, she sees more of an opportunity to play Australian Rules professionally.

“I played almost 15 years of basketball,” the Western Australian said. “I played at a reasonably high level but then once I got into footy, I’ve always loved footy, and I just thought there was a bit more opportunity with footy. “It was just something exciting and new. “I think basketball’s just a really fun hobby but footy is something that I want to do for a while.”

Despite this, Sergeant is still playing basketball and coaches a team. She still does enjoy the sport, but it certainly puts a lot on her plate.

“I don’t have a day off basically,” the 19 year-old said. “So basically my life is just wake up, uni (university), work, footy and then repeat. “It’s alright, I really really enjoy both sports and I feel like both complement each other. “I think to see the next level and an end goal, it just keeps you motivated.”

Not only is the Western Australian focused on football, but she is also working hard to be a physical education teacher, currently studying at The University of Notre Dame in Fremantle. Although she admits the balance between football and studies can be stressful sometimes, she overcomes that because she is really committed to being a teacher.

“I’m second year uni (university), I’m doing a Bachelor of Health and Phys Ed (physical education) so I want to be a teacher,” Sergeant said. “It’s really good actually, it can be a bit stressful with footy and uni work but it’s alright, it’s something I really want to do.”

Sergeant also wanted to get her name out at the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships. She did so successfully, earning a place in the All Australian squad after a consistent tournament. The 19 year-old not only had personal goals, but was committed to getting the results as a team.

“I just hope to get my name out there,” Sergeant said. “I think it’s a really good opportunity for a lot of guys to watch you and watch what you can do. “I mean obviously we want to win games, we’ve worked really hard as a team. “I think our team this year has been one of the strongest, like it’s been a really cohesive team. “Personally for me, I just want to get my name talking amongst people really. “I just want to show what I can do on the footy field and how I can help the team.”

Weekend wash-up: WAWFL – Round 15

THE penultimate round of the Western Australian Women’s Football League (WAWFL) action threw up some amazing individual performances, with two sides still battling for fourth place on the table.

PEEL THUNDERBIRDS 9.3 | 14.7 | 24.9 | 30.15 (195)
PERTH ANGELS 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 1.0 (6)

GOALS:

Peel Thunderbirds: K. Phillips 10, B. Molloy 4, K. Bartlett 4, K. Grieve 2, T. Bresland 2, A. Muir 2, S. Duffy 2, H. Church, G. Mckinley, B. Bond, J. Fenton.
Perth Angels: K. Spanos.

Motivation is clearly not a problem at Peel Thunderbirds as the premiership favourites continued their impressive season with a 189-point shellacking of Perth Angels. The Thunderbirds are still equal on points with East Fremantle and percentage is everything for the top side. On the weekend, the Thunderbirds slammed on nine goals in the opening term to race to a 57-point quarter time lead. By half-time it was 91 points, and three quarter time it was a remarkable 153 points. Perth Angels scored their first goal of the game in the final term, while Peel booted six, to win easily, but more importantly gain vital percentage in a four quarter effort. Goal-kicking machine Kira Phillips booted 10 goals, while Bailey Molloy and Kate Bartlett booted four apiece, among 11 individual goal scorers, including West Australian Under-18 captain Sabreena Duffy. Krystal Spanos was the sole goal kicker for the Angels, as they head in against Subiaco next week and can knock them out of the finals with an upset win.

 

CLAREMONT N/A | N/A | N/A | 5.7 (37)
SUBIACO N/A | N/A | N/A | 7.7 (49)

GOALS:

Claremont: C. Lewis 2, A. Arnup, B. Erceg, A. Robertson
Subiaco: A. Lavell 3, H. Miller 2, K. Lamb, L. Stammers

Subiaco has maintained fourth spot on the table with a must-win victory over Claremont. The finals-bound had to battle hard against the sixth placed Claremont, who have shown they can match it with most sides on their day. Amy Lavell booted three goals for the winners, while Hayley Miller finished with two majors. Katie Lamb and Lauren Stammers were the other two goal kickers, while AFL Women’s Academy talent McKenzie Dowrick was on the winners side. For Claremont, Caitlin Lewis was the only multiple goal kicker with two majors, while Adele Arnup, Brooke Erceg and Amanda Robertson also hit the scoreboard. Western Australia Under-18 representatives Sarah Garstone and Matilda Sergeant were on the Claremont side unlucky not to get the win.

 

SOUTH FREMANTLE N/A | N/A | N/A | 0.2 (2)
WEST PERTH N/A | N/A | N/A 12.19 (91)

GOALS:

South Fremantle: Nil.
West Perth: L. Pignatiello 3, A. Robinson 3, T. Wineti 2, T. Garlett, T. Golisano, J. Valentini, L. Pugh.

Needing a win to remain in contention of a finals place, West Perth did what it had to do, defeating South Fremantle by 89 points on the weekend. The Falcons held the bottom side to just two behinds for the game, while having 31 scoring shots themselves. While West Perth would have liked to have been more accurate, they gained some important percentage ahead of the final round. Lisa Pignatiello and Angela Robinson both booted two goals, while Tui Belle Wineti finished with two majors. There were seven individual goal kickers in the Falcons’ big win, including West Australian Under-18 representative Jacinta Valentini. While South Fremantle did not kick a goal, they continued their trend of not allowing highly fancied opponents to kick more than 100 points – as they had done the week before against Peel Thunderbirds.

 

SWAN DISTRICTS 1.3 | 1.4 | 1.4 | 2.4 (16)
EAST FREMANTLE 2.0 | 5.1 | 6.3 | 11.8 (74)

GOALS:

Swan Districts: T. Mcauliffe, R. Williams.
East Fremantle: R. Roux 2, J. de Melo 2, S. Sparke 2, A. Atkins, C. Edwards, M. Caulfield, J. Norrish, L. Versaci.

They got the job done, but it was far from easy for top two side East Fremantle, defeating Swan Districts by 58 points. While the margin might look great, the difference was just 29 points at the final break, with Swan Districts doing a fantastic job defensively on one of the premiership contenders. In a game which looks likely to be a potential preliminary final match-up, the third placed Swan Districts lost no fans having restricted the Sharks to just two goals in the opening term to trail by three points. A three goals to zero second term opened up a buffer, and while Swan Districts struggled to put goals on the board, they had contained the favourites. The last quarter saw the dam wall break with the Sharks piling on five goals to one to run away with the game and grab vital percentage points. With Peel Thunderbirds’ percentage too much to catch in the final round, the Sharks will be hoping Swan Districts can upset the Thunderbirds this weekend. Teenager Roxanne Roux booted two goals, as did Jade De Melo and Stephanie Sparke, among eight individual goal kickers for the Sharks. Tayla McAuliffe and Rhonda Williams were the two goal kickers for the losing side.

 

Reserves:

Peel Thunderbirds 15.17 (107) defeated Perth Angels 0.0 (0)
Subiaco 3.7 (25) defeated by East Perth 5.6 (36)
South Fremantle 7.15 (57) defeated West Perth 4.1 (25)
Swan Districts 6.3 (39) defeated East Fremantle 2.1 (13)

Narelle McIntyre was the key up forward for Peel Thunderbirds in their big win over Perth Angels. Holding the Angels scoreless, the Thunderbirds had 32 scoring shots and McIntyre finished with eight majors. Chloe Colledge and Anne Tosi both booted multiple goals in the victory. Hannah O’Brien was the difference in East Perth’s narrow 11-point win over Subiaco. O’Brien booted three of East Perth’s five goals to ensure they at least grabbed fifth spot above the sixth placed Subiaco. South Fremantle had reason to celebrate with a 32-point win over West Perth – just its second of the season. Larisa Bennell booted three goals, while Melissa Silcock managed two in the spirit-lifting win over the seventh placed side. Swan Districts got an important 26-point win over East Fremantle in what is set to be a week one finals clash between third and fourth. Emily Stott was the key goal kicker for the winners, booting three goals in the low-scoring win.

 

Rogers Cup:

Peel Thunderbirds 9.14 (68) defeated Perth Angels 3.1 (19)
Subiaco 1.2 (8) defeated by East Perth 15.7 (97)
South Fremantle 10.8 (68) defeated West Perth 1.1 (7)
Swan Districts 2.4 (16) defeated by East Fremantle 4.2 (26)

Peel Thunderbirds kept their unbeaten season alive with a big win over Perth Angels. Shani Garrod, Jacklyn Atkinson and Kaitlyn Hayes booted two goals each in the 49-point win. In East Perth’s 89-point belting of Subiaco, the fifth placed side again showed off its top-end young talent with Tanisha Anderson backing up her five-goal performance last week, going one better with six goals in the big win, among eight individual goal kickers. South Fremantle also had a big win, defeating West Perth by 61 points at home. Hannah Corney booted three goals and was the only multiple goal kicker on the ground as the home team had eight individual goal scorers, while Holli Taggart as West Perth’s sole scorer. In the match of the round and what will end up being a knockout semi-final, third placed East Fremantle had a narrow 10-point win over fourth placed Swan Districts. Roisin Walsh proved to be crucial on the scoreboard, booting two of the game’s six goals.

AFLW U18 Championships reviews: Western Australia

WESTERN Australia might have just had the one win throughout the week, but had one of the toughest draws, coming up against both Victorian teams. They pushed Vic Metro all the way on day one, then matched it with Vic Country for the most part on the final day, while defeating Eastern Allies in the final game at Broadbeach on the Wednesday. They not only had impressive top-agers, but bottom-agers and 15/16 year-olds which will hold them in good stead for the future. We take a look at some of the key players, and results of the championships.

 

Key players:

Sabreena Duffy

The team captain and West Australian Most Valuable Player (MVP), Duffy was a rock of consistency across the three games, just doing everything she could on the field through the midfield. Duffy continually worked hard on the inside, ran on the outside and had a number of crucial inside 50s to her leading forwards. Has a nice balance between inside and outside, and is versatile as well. One of six West Australians in the All-Australian squad.

Mikayla Bowen

Really impressed with her work in midfield and in terms of consistency, would have been my top three for Western Australia across the carnival for the MVP stakes. Just burrows in through the midfield, bursts away and does everything right defensively as well as offensively. Bowen seems to cover ground really well and wins it in all thirds of the ground. Seems to play an underrated role through midfield, but she leads by example and is a really important player in there.

McKenzie Dowrick

The AFL Women’s Academy member was another who had a consistent carnival and just kept working hard through midfield. Just has that extra touch of class compared to most players, and is a lovely kick of the football. One of those players you want with ball-in-hand if you are a leading forward. Dowrick also does the defensive things right, laying strong tackles and throwing herself into smothers to ensure her team regains possession. Can play anywhere, but looks a real impressive midfielder and is a good height that can play tall or small around the ground. Just an eye-catching player overall.

Kate Bartlett

The overage forward looked damaging inside 50, particularly on the open spaces at Metricon Stadium. She clunks marks, leads hard and is a penetrating kick of the football. One of the standouts up forward from all teams, she is able to pick the right gaps to lead into, and then finish off with scores on the board. Booted just the three goals for the carnival, but showed glimpses of what she is capable of when given an inch.

Matilda Sergeant

Playing through the midfield, Sergeant was well deserving of her All-Australian nomination. She won the ball in midfield, moved well and would have one of the highest inside 50 counts across the competition. She has the smarts to stand a kick behind play when dropping back and ensure the ball is constantly pumped forward, and is able to change direction cleanly. A composed user of the football who is another overage player in the West Australian side who stood up and performed well.

Rikki Ryan-Carling

A nimble and determined player, Carling hunts the ball carrier and is clean at ground level. She is one of a number of impressive top-agers and while she is not a huge accumulator compared to others, she just adds that element of class, and is able to dance around her opponents with grace and poise. Carling has great closing speed and is able to run down the ball carrier before they even know they are in trouble, and her ability to use the ball well was on show on the second day, when she managed to extract the ball from a stoppage, spin around and dispose of it before anyone could touch her.

Roxanne Roux

A bottom-ager who really had a profound impact up forward, and her work rate was enormous running up to the wing to provide a target. So strong at ground level or in the air, Roux clunks the marks she has to take, and is a really hard worker at ground level if she does not take the grab. Able to apply blocks and lay tackles, Roux is one to keep an eye on at next year’s carnival after an impressive series this year.

Abbey Dowrick

For a 15 year-old, Dowrick really stood out and gave West Australian fans a glimpse into the next few years. She played through the midfield and loved going in hard and then spreading well to balance the load on the other midfielders. She was by far the loudest on the ground, often having a cheeky dig at opposition players going for goal, and seems like one of those players that teammates love to play alongside. Just so hungry to win the ball at every opportunity, and attacks the contest with a natural ferocity that not all players have, which was fantastic to see.

Mikayla Hyde

A goal sneak who finished the carnival as the only West Australian to boot a goal in every game, as well as lead the goal kicking for the state with five majors. She was the difference in game two against the Eastern Allies, booting three second half goals to close the door when the opposition was pushing hard. Hyde has a really keen goal sense and loves to run into open space, tricking her opponents by leading up then doubling back, with teammates often booting the ball in front of her, and letting her run onto the pill and give her the space out the back. Like Abbey Dowrick, Hyde has another two years of development, which is really exciting for West Australian football.

Emma O’Driscoll

A team player who was rarely beaten in defence, she played a great solid role back there, intercepting and rebounding throughout the carnival. Strong overhead and smart with her positioning, O’Driscoll was a rock and had great closing speed on the lead. Most importantly, she was often clean at ground level and did not panic under pressure. A top-ager who stood out in defence and was a shining light back there for the Black Swans.

 

Results:

Monday, July 9

VIC METRO: 3.2 | 5.2 | 7.5 | 7.9 (51)
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 1.1 | 4.4 | 4.5 | 6.7 (43)

GOALS:
Vic Metro: Daisy Bateman 2,Gabby Newton 2, Georgia Macpherson, Britney Gutknecht, Cleo Saxon-Jones.
Western Australia: Kate Bartlett 2, Mikayla Hyde, Tanisha Anderson, Sabreena Duffy, Roxanne Roux.

ADC BEST:
Vic Metro: Mikala Cann, Gabby Newton, Madison Prespakis, Abbie McKay, Katie Lynch, Georgia Patrikios.
Western Australia: McKenzie Dowrick, Kate Bartlett, Matilda Sergeant, Rikkiesha Carling, Mikayla Bowen, Roxanne Roux.

 

Wednesday, July 11

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

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

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

 

Friday, July 13

VIC COUNTRY: 2.1 | 2.7 | 4.9 | 7.11 (53)
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 0.3 | 1.3 |  2.4 | 2.5 (17)

GOALS:
Vic Country: Sophie Van de Heuvel 3, Nikia Webber, Lucy McEvoy, Courtney Jones, Nina Morrison.
Western Australia: Mikayla Hyde, Savannah Ahearn.

ADC BEST:
Vic Country: Sophie Van De Heuvel, Olivia Purcell, Nina Morrison, Courtney Jones, Georgia Clarke, Rebecca Webster.
Western Australia: Sabreena Duffy, Emma O’Driscoll, Mikayla Hyde, McKenzie Dowrick, Sonia Dorizzi, Brianna Hyde.