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NTFL Women’s Premier Division preview: Round 7 – Top five clash headlines round

THE Northern Territory Football League Women’s Premier League is set for another big week, with Round 7 ultimately starting the lead-up to the middle of the season. Five teams side on the same win-loss ratio and are separated by percentage alone, creating some real unpredictability across the ladder with a number of matches this round that could potentially go either way regardless of ladder position.

Waratah v. Pint
16/11/19 – Round 7
2:00pm
Gardens Oval

Pint is set for an interesting match this round against Waratah, a strong side that has not necessarily yet shown the firepower we have come to expect from them bar last round against the bottom of the ladder. For Waratah, this will be an opportunity to latch onto another win, and with confidence aplenty after last round Pint could really be under the pump despite sitting in the top five. Jenna Singh and Madeline Gault are sure to get up and about after a solid few weeks on track for the ‘Tahs, while Madison Yarran will hope to get a second call-up after booting six goals in her season debut last round. For Pint, Jasmyn Hewett is the leading goalkicker thus far with seven goals to her name while Emma Greaves and Erin Hetherington are sure to put in the hard yards.

Big River Hawks v. Southern Districts
16/11/19 – Round 7
2:30pm
Katherine Oval

While the Big River Hawks will be on home turf in Round 7, they will have a real tough one when they take on fourth ranked Southern Districts. As the newest side to the league the Hawks have struggled to find form this season and are yet to win a match after struggling in most of their matches. While they have plenty of potential, they will have a tough time against the Crocs who have firepower and pressure to boot. Crystal Browne, Deanna Peckham and Gretel Bailey-Preston have proved themselves to be strong competitors for the Hawks despite issues getting goals on the board, so are sure to stand up in front of a home crowd in Katherine. For the Districts, Lateesha Jeffrey has been a dominant force down back, swinging forward when required and playing a vital role across the field. Meanwhile, Ebony Miller will provide a solid target forward.

Darwin Buffettes v. Wanderers
16/11/19 – Round 7
2:30pm
TIO Oval 2

It’s the Wanderers’ turn to take on the ladder leaders in Darwin Buffettes this week, with a massive contest ahead of them. The Wanderers have started the season fairly well with three wins on the board, only lower on the ladder due to their percentage – something that could be an even bigger issue after this week, given the Buffettes’ ability to not only apply phenomenal scoreboard pressure but also deny other teams chances at goal. The Buffs are well and truly dominating at this early stage of the season so will want to keep that consistency alive with a big match against Waratah coming next round. Jemma Iacono and Tayla Hart-Aluni have proved their consistency across the start of the season, while the 18 individual goalkickers on the Buffettes list proves they can really play any combination of players on their list and rely on any number to stand up in the forward line. As for the Wanderers, Shekeine De Satge has been a dominant performer every round with clean hands and kicking to boot along with Pierre-Agelique Koulakis, while Ahmi Narkle had a good week on the track so will want to back up last round’s effort.

St Mary’s v. Tracy Village
16/11/19 – Round 7
5:00pm
TIO Oval 2

The second match of the TIO Oval 2 double header will see an interesting battle between eighth and ninth on the ladder, with Tracy Village only having won one match and raring to go. The Saints haven’t started much better, only winning two games so far, but coming away with solid margins in both matches to give St Mary’s a leg-up going into this contest. Danielle Ponter and Sharna Edwards have been consistent performers for the Saints across the first few rounds, creating plenty of ball movement and proving they can have an impact on the scoreboard with young gun Aaliyah Bailey will want to get back in the forward line to create scoring opportunities. For the Razorbacks, Tara Everett and Alexandra Biggs have been solid performers throughout the season so far while the consistency of Lisa-Maree Toner and Zhoe Clarke has been vital for the side.

Palmerston Magpies v. Nightcliff
17/11/19 – Round 7
2:30pm
Palmerston Oval

This match will be a real kicker, with the two teams separated by a number of other teams in a battle of third and sixth on the ladder, however going into this match having won the same amount of games making for an interesting contest. Nightcliff have had an unprecedented start to the season while the Magpies have had some bumps along the way, so both are sure to go hard into this match with plenty of good matchups across the field. Arthurina Moreen has had a massive few weeks for Palmerston with 12 goals across six matches, while Billie Byers, Iesha Ronberg and Natasha Medbury have been repeated performers proving the side has plenty to offer. Nightcliff has benefited with the addition of Mickayla Ward over the past few weeks, earning best on ground nominations across all three of her matches while Eliza Morrison and Emma-Lou Wolsey have continued to perform despite strong efforts from their opposition.

NTFL Women’s Premier League wrap: Round 5 – Crocs and Magpies show bite

WITH another big round of Northern Territory Football League Women’s (NTFLW) done and dusted, all 10 sides have seen plenty of shuffling on the ladder. A number of key players put their best kicking foot forward this week, with seven players kicking three or more goals individually to put their side at their best chance of a tough contest.

PINT 2.0 | 3.0 | 3.3 | 4.3 (27)
ST MARY’S 3.3 | 5.6 | 7.6 | 8.10 (58)

GOALS

Pint: L. Bahen-Wright, C. Morris, J. Hewett, J. Baksh.
St Mary’s: n/A

BEST

Pint: N/A
St Mary’s: N/A

The opening match of Round 5 saw St Mary’s get a solid win on the board for the first time since Round 1, beating Pint by 31 points in one of the closer games of the round. Despite the wet weather and a relatively even start, St Mary’s got the upper hand and took a solid lead into the second half, never looking back as they peppered the goalposts at every opportunity. The Saints ruined the party for stand-in Pint captain Ellie Ryan in her fifteeth match, with a solid team effort defensively making it hard for the Queen Ants to get boot to ball inside 50. In a difficult match the likes of Casey Morris, Jasmyn Hewett, Louisa Bahen-Wright and Jasmin Baksh still managed to put goals on the board, while strong efforts from Saints’ Danielle Ponter and Sharna Edwards kept the side ahead of the pack. This win sees St Mary’s jump into fifth after sinking to seventh with last round’s loss, swapping positions with Pint who were the favourites coming into this match in fifth last round. This will be a big confidence booster for the Saints, but will need to back it up next round to ensure it means something in the long term.

DARWIN BUFFETTES 2.3 | 2.5 | 3.5 | 6.5 (41)
NIGHTCLIFF 0.2 | 0.3 | 1.4 | 1.4 (10)

GOALS

Darwin Buffettes:
Nightcliff:
K. Hill-Carter

BEST

Darwin Buffettes: N/A
Nightcliff: H. Turnbull, M. Ward, E. Morrison, E. Wear

Darwin continued their unbeaten run in Round 5, putting in a tough effort against a strong defence line in Nightcliff to get a solid 31-point victory on the board. Nightcliff’s improvement over the off-season has been put into place well, with the side pushing the top side in patches and denying plenty of opportunities for the Buffettes. Despite rain through the third quarter, the Buffettes did not relent on their pressure, forcing plenty of turnover ball and creating scoring opportunities despite the change in conditions. Machaelia Roberts impressed in her final match for the side, with the Collingwood AFL Women’s recruit finishing her NTFL season early ahead of pre-season AFLW training. For the Tigers, Kirra Hill-Carter booted the side’s only goal in her season debut, while the likes of Hannah Turnbull and Mickayla Ward were named among the Tigers’ best despite the Buffettes keeping the side well under control.

TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.1 | 0.1 (1)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 2.0 | 5.5 | 7.9 | 12.12 (84)

GOALS

Tracy Village: N/A
Southern Districts: E. Miller 6, K. Patterson 3, G. Mulvahil 2, L. Niven.

BEST

Tracy Village: N/A
Southern Districts: L. Jeffrey, G. Mulvahil, E. Forsyth, M. Derschow, T. Holtze

Ebony Miller starred in the middle clash of the weekend, producing a dominant performance to spur the Crocs to victory against Tracy Village. While the Razorbacks did not give up throughout, keeping the Districts under 100 points, they struggled to post a score or even find their way inside 50. Alongside Miller’s whopping six goals, Kelsey Patterson booted three, while Grace Mulvahil kicked two in her season debut. Among the best on the day were Districts’ Lateesha Jeffrey who was stalwart as ever intercepting through defence, while Tahlia Holtze and Mulvahil put in solid performances across the board. For the Razorbacks, despite having little chance to get the ball forward there were still some solid performers in Alexandra Biggs and Tara Everett who pushed hard despite the massive deficit. With two breach notices in recent weeks the Districts have not looked too good off the field, so a solid win this round within the rules will go a long way to restoring the side’s record.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES 6.4 | 7.9 | 12.19 | 14.19 (103)
BIG RIVER HAWKS 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.1 (1)

GOALS

Palmerston Magpies: A. Moreen 5, J. Brock 3, F. Puruntatameri 3, K. White, I. Ronberg, W. Barlow.
Big River Hawks: N/A

BEST

Palmerston Magpies: I. Ronberg, J. Brock, F. Puruntatameri, N. Medbury, B. Byers
Big River Hawks: G. Bailey-Preston, M. Dunn, D. Peckham, C. Browne, J. De La Coeur, T. Campbell

Palmerston Magpies cracked one hundred points for the first time this season with a massive 102-point victory over struggling Big River Hawks. The competition’s newest side has struggled to show any real fight against the higher ranked sides this season, well and truly run over week after week which is surely affecting morale around the Hawks camp. Regardless, the likes of Jayde De La Coeur, Crystal Browne and Deanna Peckham have consistently proved they can stand up at premier league level, pushing themselves and their teammates to ensure a contest is fought against their opposition. It was a big match for Arthurina Moreen of the Magpies, booting five more goals to add to her bag of five last week and dominant tally this early in the season, and well and truly setting the bar high for matches to come. Along with Moreen, Freda Puruntatameri and Jessie Brock followed close behind with three goals apiece. While the Magpies came away with a hefty margin and win, they struggled with accuracy at times, kicking 19 behind to their 12 goals, and proving that the Magpies will be a real side to be reckoned with if they can tighten up inside 50.

WARATAH 5.4 | 7.7 | 9.8 | 12.10 (82)
WANDERERS 1.1 | 3.2 | 5.2 | 5.7 (37)

GOALS

Waratah: G. Cusack 4, M. Campbell 3, J. Singh 2, L. Roberts, M. Hunter, L. O’Shea.
Wanderers: S. De Satge 2, T. Bush 2, P. Koulakis.

BEST

Waratah: L. Roberts, M. Gault, M. Gissing, H. Goodall, L. O’Shea
Wanderers: M. Johnston, S. De Satge, P. Koulakis, S. Mauboy, A. Narkle, T. Bush

Waratah put a convincing win on the board this week against a fighting Wanderers outfit, with the Wanderers putting in the hard yards from the get-go but unable to get a third win on the board. However, it was a solid effort for the side given where the differing sides placed last season, proving a massive improvement from the Eagles over the off-season, and delivering a better four-quarter effort than their other losses this season. For the Warriors, this win is a good indication the side is heading back to it’s past season form after a relatively shaky start to the season, with some impressive performers standing up regularly like Jenna Singh (two goals), Madeline Gault and Lisa Roberts. Meanwhile, Gemma Cusack (four goals) and Melissa Campbell (three) well and truly put their names on the map this week with high impact performances. For the Wanderers, Shekeine De Satge and Tedisha Bush booted two apiece to be named in the Eagles best, while Morgan Johnston and Pierre-Angelique Koulakis were consistent as ever despite the hefty loss.

NTFL Women’s Premier League wrap: Round 4 – Waratah on its way up

NONE of the five home sides this week got wins on the board, with the Darwin Buffettes continuing their impressive unbeaten record to start the season, while both Waratah and Palmerston Magpies have pushed their way up the ladder to sit in second and fourth respectively after respective shaky starts to the season.

ST MARY’S 2.2 | 2.2 | 4.3 | 4.3 (27)
WARATAH 1.2 | 5.6 | 6.7 | 10.12 (72)

GOALS

St Mary’s: N/A.
Waratah: M. Hunter 3, B. Martin 2, J. Kerinaiua 2, L. Roberts 2, M. Campbell.

BEST

St Mary’s: N/A
Waratah: R. Pryer, G. Cusack, B. Martin, B. Eckersley, M. Campbell

The opening match of the round started out relatively close with the Saints getting on top early, before Waratah well and truly got on top of the home side by half-time. With the scoring end after half time giving St Mary’s an opportunity to take back some control, it was not enough against the reigning premiers who kicked four goals and held the Saints scoreless in the final term to win by a solid 45-point margin. While Waratah were true to form, missing more attempts on goal than they scored, their high-quality forward line produced the goods once more with four players putting multiple goals on the board. Monet Hunter was prolific putting ball to boot, kicking three majors alone to almost outscore the Saints, while Rebecca Pryer put in the hard yards across the four terms to put their third consecutive win on the board.

BIG RIVER HAWKS 0.3 | 1.3 | 1.5 | 3.6 (24)
WANDERERS 0.2 | 2.6 | 5.7 | 6.8 (44)

GOALS

Big River Hawks: N/A.
Wanderers: M. Johnston 2, S. Armitstead, K. De Satge, S. De Satge, T. Bush

BEST

Big River Hawks: N/A
Wanderers: S. De Satge, P. Koulakis, M. Johnston, S. Armitstead, T. Davern, S. Mauboy

It was a solid and impressive win for the Wanderers this week, with the Eagles toppling the league’s newest side and putting another win on the board to take the side up to three victories – albeit one by default in Round 2 thanks to a player breach. While the Hawks have had a rough start to the competition they have shown some good signs in recent weeks and should be relatively pleased with this outcome, keeping their consistency up for a second match in a row after two massive losses to start the season. While the Hawks kept close for the first half of the game thanks to Eagles inaccuracy, the Eagles cleared up their act in the second half to well and truly earn the win. For the Wanderers, Morgan Johnston put two goals on the board to open her account this season, while Shekeine De Satge and Pierre-Angelique Koulakis impressed once more in the victory, with the side sitting up in third.

TRACY VILLAGE 1.0 | 1.0 | 1.0 | 1.0 (6)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES 3.4 | 7.6 | 13.9 | 19.12 (126)

GOALS

Tracy Village: B. McDougall.
Palmerston Magpies: A. Moreen 5, M. Brown 2, J. Stassi 2, N. Medbury 2, T. Jeffrey 2, B. Byers, I. Ronberg, T. Williams, J. Baird.

BEST

Tracy Village: K. Marschall, L. Toner, K. Dumbris, T. Everett, A. Lang, M. Lowndes
Palmerston Magpies: T. Jeffrey, A. Moreen, T. Williams, B. Byers, J. Baird, I. Ronberg

Tracy Village were dealt another rough trot again this round, going down by a whopping 120 points to Palmerston Magpies in the highest scoring match of the round. Arthurina Moreen proved why she is a key player for the Magpies with five goals under her belt against the Razorbacks, who were on the back foot from the starting whistle. The Razorbacks snuck a goal onto the board early thanks to Bonnie McDougall, aided by the efforts of Kiri Marschall and Lisa-Maree Toner, but were unable to penetrate the Magpies’ backline for long with a solid defensive effort from Palmerston rebounding entries and constantly pushing the footy back down the ground. Tulaha Jeffrey was key for the Magpies, booting two goals and creating plenty of setup play, while three other individuals put multiple goals on the board showcasing the side’s versatility and range of options inside forward 50.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 1.1 | 3.6 | 3.6 | 4.6 (30)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 3.0 | 3.0 | 6.2 | 6.4 (40)

GOALS

Southern Districts: N/A.
Darwin Buffettes: C. Boyd 2, B. Stokes 2, M. Ellis, K. O’Connell.

BEST

Southern Districts: N/A
Darwin Buffettes: N. Dunn, M. Ellis, J. Iacono, T. Hart-Aluni, M. Roberts

The Buffettes were put through their paces again this week when they took on Southern Districts, defeating the Crocs by 10 points to uphold their position atop the ladder. It was a scoreless third term from the Districts that gave the Buffettes the opportunity to slam home victory, with the Crocs unable to force their way through Darwin’s impenetrable defensive unit enough to get over the line, despite rendering the Buffettes goalless in the final term. The Buffettes well and truly took advantage of the clear scoring end in the first and third quarters, applying scoreboard pressure to keep the Districts chasing on the back foot even when they had the wind in their favour. For the Buffettes, Bianca Stokes and Calista Boyd kicked two goals apiece to open up the match, while Nicolette Dunn and Michelle Ellis also created plenty of opportunity around the ground, able to impact on the contest.

NIGHTCLIFF 0.2 | 2.2 | 3.3 | 3.3 (21)
PINT 3.2 | 4.2 | 6.7 | 7.8 (50)

GOALS

Nightcliff: M. Ward, J. Anyon-Smith, S. Politis.
Pint: J. Hewett 3, K. Smits, J. Baksh, J. Downey, J. McFee.

BEST

Nightcliff: L. de Hommel, E. Wolsey, H. Turnbull, M. Ward, R. Russell, G. Skehan
Pint: N/A

The final match of the round saw a battle between third and sixth, with Nightcliff’s fairytale start to the season well and truly ended after two solid losses in a row. Pint were far too good for the Tigers from the get-go, kicking three goals in the first term to set up a solid lead by quarter time. Though inaccuracy was a minor issue for Pint in the second half, they had taken the lead and were unwilling to relinquish it to the Tigers who despite their best efforts were only able to put on one goal after half time. Despite the loss, Laura de Hommel and Emma-Lou Wolsey contested well throughout while Mickayla Ward kicked a debut goal in her inaugural NTFL Women’s match. For the victors, Jasmyn Hewett added another three goals to her season bank, proving she is a solid option forward and certainly one to watch out for.

VFL Women’s preview: Grand Final – Western Bulldogs vs. Collingwood Magpies

A MASSIVE VFL Women’s season and finals series all leads up to the Grand Final this weekend, with a blockbuster match between Western Bulldogs and Collingwood kickstarting a big day of footy action at IKON Park. While Collingwood sat atop the ladder for majority of the season and have class and confidence to boot, the Bulldogs have the added bonus of a six game winning streak, with the most recent a 12 point victory against the Pies in the semi-final two weeks ago. However, the Magpies cannot be written off, with a stellar performance in the preliminary final last week earning them a well-deserved spot in the grand final.

WESTERN BULLDOGS v. COLLINGWOOD

Grand Final – 22/9/19
11:35am
IKON Park

With big names headlining both sides, this match is a battle that will be won through the midfield. Though both coaches have their own game plan, Collingwood’s Penny Cula-Reid and Western Bulldogs’ Sean Kavanagh can agree on one thing – they must stop the midfield flow to limit ball movement coming out of their attack.

“We’ll really need to control and influence the supply, not just through our backs but emphasising through our midfield and the way it comes out of our forward line as well,” Kavanagh said, stating that star players like Jaimee Lambert will find the footy regardless of defensive efforts.

“It seems like we’ve got similar game plans,” Cula-Reid said. “It’s stopping it at the source, trying to defend the whole ground and not just our back half. We know they’ve got a few speedsters down back so it’s just making sure the ball doesn’t get down there, that’s the biggest thing,” she said.

Dominant players such as Britt Bonnici and Bri Davey have the ability to find the ball anywhere on the ground so it is key for the Bulldogs to limit ball movement coming out of their attack. The Western Bulldogs will be aiming to prevent the Pies from getting any freedom in the forward half, with Lambert able to take advantage of any ball coming her way.

The 2019 leading goalkicker has impressed week on week, dictating play with ball in hand and proving to be a massive threat inside 50 with her accuracy and footy smarts to boot.

While the Dogs may not have that one star player up forward who they rely on to boot a bag, it creates a host of issues for the Magpies who will need to lock up their defensive half to reduce the options inside forward 50. Brooke Lochland and Danielle Marshall are just two of a smattering of impressive performers inside 50 for the Bulldogs who could cause headaches for the Pies.

The Bulldogs’ semi-final victory graced the side with a week off prior to the grand final, while the Magpies played the Southern Saints in the prelim. With both sides making their first VFLW grand final appearances on the weekend, it make this match a big one for the progression of women’s footy especially ahead of the AFLW draft.

“One of our main things was to play as many games as possible, giving our VFL girls the opportunity to showcase what they have ahead of the drafting,” Cula-Reid said, with the extra game last round hopefully giving the Magpies an added edge when they take on the Bulldogs.

For Kavanagh, it is the improvement of young up and comers that has spurred on the Dogs in their finals campaign. The Bulldogs come into this match with confidence in their back pocket and a good batch of players that has solidified with every match this season, forging connections across the field with young gun Elisabeth Georgostathis fitting in seamlessly with the likes of captain Mickayla Ward.

“The gap between our AFL and VFL girls is closing which has been very pleasing. That’s our role, that’s my role, to develop these girls for the draft,” Kavanagh said. “If they end up in a Bulldogs jumper – fantastic, and if they don’t, if they’re on an AFLW list next season that’s ultimately where we want to get them to. So that development is probably where our improvement has come from.”

While the Bulldogs have confidence and improvement on their side, the Magpies have the belief, class and determination to call the shots if they play their game right.

“It’s which team can play their brand the longest, which team can play four quarters, who doesn’t have the lapse of concentration during the game,” Cula-Reid said. “It’s been a long season for the girls, the staff, the coaches, but it’s one more week, one more game, it just happens to be the most important game of the season.”

“The Bulldogs play a great brand of footy and we’re really excited … hopefully we play our game a little longer than they play their game and see the best team win.”

VFLW Preview: Finals Week 1 – Two to be eliminated

WITH four weeks of VFL Women’s finals well and truly upon us, the top six teams in Collingwood, Southern Saints, Western Bulldogs, Richmond, Melbourne Uni and Geelong will be raring to go as they head into the new finals structure. With the two sides bumped out of contention for the second round of finals determined by this week’s results, every team will need to put their best foot forward to come out on top against their respective opposition.

Melbourne Uni v. Geelong
Elimination Final 2 – 31/8/19
11:45am
Adcon Stadium

For one of fifth and sixth placed Melbourne Uni and Geelong, the knowledge that this will be the end of the road for the unfortunate loser will surely be the kick they need to get over the line this weekend. Both sides ultimately only made it into the finals on the back of other results, winning eight and dropping six. While Uni have the highest points-scored in the competition after some impressive margins, they have also conceded the fourth most points – with the three sides higher sitting in the bottom three. Meanwhile, Geelong have conceded 92 less points-against this season, perhaps not having the same flair with big margins as other teams toward the top of the ladder, but keeping sides to close margins in their losses. While both sides have had some impressive wins and disappointing losses, what Geelong will need to look out for is the Mugars’ number of players who can have an impact on the scoreboard. Though the Mugars have not been overly accurate in front of goal this season they have a range of options who pose targets inside 50. AFL Women’s listed Kate Gillespie-Jones and Jasmine Garner have proven to be key throughout the season. North Melbourne AFLW captain, Emma Kearney has also been a massive threat in recent weeks since taking the field. For Geelong, Rene Caris and Renee Garing have been solid finding plenty of the footy and causing mayhem at stoppages, while Richelle Cranston continues to provide a force whenever close to the footy.

Collingwood v. Southern Saints
Qualifying Final – 31/8/19
12.00pm
Victoria Park

Collingwood finished minor premiers for the second year running and are well deserving of top spot after a mostly unblemished season, only dropping two games. While one of those two games was against this week’s opponents in the Southern Saints back in the opening round of the season, both losses saw the Pies put out inexperienced sides making this an unpredictable contest for all involved. The Saints had a similarly impressive season but dropped off the top of the ladder with a third loss of the season on the weekend, missing out on a home advantage this week. While Southern Saints have a solid season under their belt there is still plenty they will want to improve on, namely their ability to put ball to boot inside 50. Both teams certainly have the fire power forward and defensive pressure down back, meaning this match may come down to the better ball users through the midfield, shaping up for an interesting contest. Jaimee Lambert has starred this season for the Magpies, sitting number one in the league for goals with 21.7 from 11 games and in the top three for total disposals. The influence and leadership of Bri Davey on the field this season has been noted, despite only playing five games so far, while Chloe Molloy kicked nine goals from six games so could be a big threat to take some of the load from Lambert. For the Saints, Tilly Lucas-Rodd has been a regular in the bests along with Alison Drennan, while Caitlin Greiser and Samantha Johnson have found some good form to provide solid options around the field.

Western Bulldogs v. Richmond
Elimination Final 1 – 1/9/19
11:45am
Adcon Stadium

This will be an interesting match for the final position in week two of finals, with Richmond sure to come into the contest with all guns blazing but also with the knowledge that the Western Bulldogs defeated them twice this season, by a goal margin the first time and extending it to 43 points only two weeks ago. For the Bulldogs, this match will be as much about locking the ball inside 50 as it is about the mind-game, playing the game at hand without focusing too much on past results. The Tigers have the talent and forward options to provide a big threat if they can take control, with a number of confidence players sitting in the forward half and able to contest marking opportunities if only someone can get them the footy. The likes of Monique Conti and Sabrina Frederick have been big pickups this season while Tayla Stahl has had no issue getting on the board, and with a smattering of talent across the field for both sides the Tigers will need to do more than rely on their big names to get the job done. For the Bulldogs, Emma Mackay, Tayla Dinuccio and Ellie Gavalas played majority of games during the season and have been consistently in the mix for best credit to their respective pressure on the footy and ability to find the ball, while Mickayla Ward (10 goals) and Danielle Marshall (nine goals) have been solid targets inside 50.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 10

HAWTHORN has regained top spot on the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s league after an important victory in round 10. Meanwhile, former ladder-leaders, Geelong regained some form after defeating the Southern Saints in a compelling round of football.

 

Darebin Falcons 1.4 (10) def. by NT Thunder 7.8 (50)

By: Taylah Melki

The NT Thunder set the pace early in this game, scoring three goals in the opening term and keeping the Falcons goalless to three quarter time. The Thunder applied plenty of physical pressure, tackling hard and getting numbers around the contest to win the ball at the coal face. Darebin seemed to struggle with the ferocity and intent of the Thunder, unable to move the ball into its attacking 50 throughout the game and failing to convert opportunities in front of goal.

The Thunder had a number of major contributors with the likes of Angela Foley dominating across the ground with her ability to win the footy in the contest and dispose of the ball cleverly and efficiently. Meanwhile, Abbey Holmes dominated on the scoreboard once again with her accuracy in front of goal proving to be deadly. Holmes slotted four goals and looked ominous up forward with her clean hands and ability to read the play. Fellow teammates, Ebony Marinoff and Georgia Bevan also showed their composure while under pressure, showcasing their ability to take the game on with clever kicks and good bursts of speed. Katie Streader also impressed with her fierce tackling and clean hands around the contest.

For the Falcons, the likes of Nat Exon stood up, especially in the third quarter, where she put her body on the line and competed for everything. She worked tirelessly all game and demonstrated her strength to be able to shake off a strong tackle and then deliver a clever ball inside 50. Though Hannah Mouncey did not impact the scoreboard, she did provide a strong option inside 50, taking some big strong grabs. Down back for the Falcons, Meghan McDonald was really solid and more importantly showed great composure with the ball in hand, using her long penetrating kick to clear the footy. The likes of Esther Honybun and Annalyse Lister were also solid throughout the match for the Falcons.

 

Geelong Cats 8.7 (55) defeated Southern Saints 2.5 (17)

Geelong got back on the winners list with a comprehensive 38-point win over the Southern Saints. After gathering momentum in recent rounds, the Saints have failed to register a victory after the bye, succumbing to their second loss in a row.

As usual, Kate Darby was solid up forward for the Cats with two goals and 14 disposals. She was complemented by Jordan Ivey who booted the first goal of the day with an amazing kick which brought the house down, as she played her first game in 14 months after she ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament. In the midfield, it was Richelle Cranston who wreaked havoc once again, racking up 29 disposals, four marks and five tackles. Hayley Trevean also racked up numbers in the 20s, recording 21 disposals, as well as a goal and six marks.

Alison Drennan starred for the Saints yet again, recording 27 disposals, four marks and six tackles. She got a heap of the ball on the day, as she almost doubled the second best amount of disposals accumulated by a Saint on the day. Leah Olsen recorded 15 disposals and laid three tackles, trying hard throughout the match for the Saints. Courtney Munn and Tara Bohanna were the goal kickers on the day.

 

Carlton 8.4 (52) defeated Williamstown 3.5 (23)

Carlton recorded its first win since round two, beating Williamstown by 29 points at the home of female football. The Blues controlled the game from start to finish, making it difficult for the Seagulls to wrestle back the lead.

AFLW star, Darcy Vescio returned to the Blues’ lineup this week and proved extremely valuable, kicking four of her side’s eight goals. Katelyn Cox also chipped in with two majors ad created great run and carry across the field. Captain, Kristi Harvey used her strong hands to advantage while Chloe Dalton showed her tackling prowess.

For the Seagulls, Western Jets tall, Sharnie Whiting starred with two goals on the day. In the midfield, Jess Duffin stood up once again, using the ball well to get it forward for her side. Fellow North Melbourne recruit, Jenna Bruton returned to the lineup against the Blues and contributed well on the day with a goal and an intent to win the footy at all costs.

 

Western Bulldogs 5.5 (35) defeated Essendon 4.5 (29)

The Western Bulldogs were given an almighty scare by Essendon. The Bombers looked to back up their first win of the year with a huge upset and did so by keeping the Dogs scoreless in the third quarter. The experienced side fought right back though, kicking 1.3 to 0.1 in the last quartet to seal the win.

Mickayla Ward was crucial on the day for the Dogs, kicking two of her side’s five goals. She was complemented by fantastic performances by Ellie Blackburn and Naomi Ferres in the midfield. Annabel Scott also contributed well on the day, kicking a goal and showing intent to win the ball all day.

Canadian forward, Valerie Moreau scored half her side’s goals on the day with another memorable performance inside 50. Up the other end, it was the dangerous duo of Rebecca Neaves and Courtney Ugle who battled hard for the Bombers all day. Usual defender, Lauren Morecroft even streamed up forward to kick a goal, proving her versatility.

 

Melbourne Uni 3.4 (22) defeated by Hawthorn 3.10 (28)

Inaccuracy hurt the Hawks on Sunday, as their victory came solely from a superior amount of behinds. However, they managed to sneak over the line to record their eighth win of the season and snatch top spot fromf Collingwood on the ladder.

Up forward, it was Nicky Cormack, Rebecca Beeson and Emily Gilder who booted through crucial goals on the day. Olivia Flanagan also stood tall inside 50 and contested well, despite not scoring a goal. In the back line, Jayde Van Dyk starred once again for Hawthorn and she was complemented by a great game from midfielder, Julia Crockett-Grills, who continues to rack up the disposals this season.

For the Mugars, their three goals came from Caitlin Greiser, Katie Angelis and Elizabeth Keaney. In defence, new Kangaroos recruits, Kate Gillespie-Jones and Danielle Hardiman teamed up to trouble the Hawks forward, which proved effective, as they kept the opposition to three goals.

 

Richmond 2.9 (21) defeated by Casey Demons 5.9 (39)

Both sides travelled over to Bendigo in a game that went down to the wire. Richmond led at the first and third changes but a three-goal to none fourth quarter undid all the hard work for the Tigers, as they succumbed to their third consecutive loss.

Young guns, Kasey Guttridge and Eden Zanker starred up forward, kicking two goals a piece for their side. They were complemented by new Melbourne AFLW recruit, Shae Sloane, who was able to get a major on the board and contribute well in a solid win. As usual, Katherine Smith tore it up in the midfield and continues to have a good season for the Demons.

Richmond’s goals came from Collingwood AFLW player, Lauren Tesoriero and Murray Bushrangers tall, Sophie Damon. In the midfield, captain, Jessica Kennedy has continued to back up her solid form, competing hard in the middle of the ground. Courtney Wakefield, Bethany Lynch and Emma Gunn also contributed well in the side’s loss.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 9

AFTER nine rounds of Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s action, all teams now have a win under their belt. The only winless team to date, Essendon recorded its first ever VFLW win while the Cats stumbled again for their second loss in a row.

 

Casey Demons 3.3.21 defeated Southern Saints 1.4.10

After defeating the red-hot NT Thunder two weeks ago, the Southern Saints slumped to the ninth-placed Casey Demons. The Demons kept the Saints goalless for three terms and managed to add on three themselves in a low-scoring affair.

In her return to the Casey line-up, Taryn Orgill played a blinder of a game in the ruck. She was complemented by midfielder, Madelaine Shevlin who backed up last week’s promising performance against the Bombers with another solid outing. Defender, Georgia McLean and forward, Melanie Hogg also played well in their side’s 11-point win. Hogg was complemented in the forward line with goals from Kaila Bentvelzen, Sophie Phillips and Taylor Mesiti.

For the Saints, it was up to the defenders to keep the Demons to a low score. They did this successfully and it was thanks to the likes of new Brisbane recruit, Lauren Arnell and Eastern Ranges gun, Ashleigh Allsopp. They were complemented by midfielder, Amy Silver who played a solid game for the Saints. Up forward, Danielle Lawrence kicked the side’s only goal while Kayla Ripari gave her all, earning her the best on ground accolade from her coaches.

 

NT Thunder 13.7.85 defeated Geelong Cats 2.8.20

By: James Halley

An aggressive mindset has helped lift NT Thunder to a massive 65-point win over Geelong. Geelong was down two on the bench after half time, losing Lara Williams (knee) and Anna Teague (shoulder) to injury. The Thunder’s manic pressure just did not give Geelong a chance from the first bounce until the last.

Thunder forward, Jessica Sedunary kicked the first three goals of the match, which demonstrated pure supremacy up forward. AFLW teammate, Jenna McCormick kicked another just after 19 minutes which was ultimately match over. Unable to score a major in the first term, the drought would continue for the Cats in the second. It was not through a lack of trying or possession though. They had the first four scoring shots of the term for the return of three behinds and an out of bounds on the full. Sally Riley profited from a 50 metre penalty to extend NT’s lead to 33 points at half-time and what started out as a positive quarter for the visitors had just got a lot worse. Minutes into the third term, Geelong was able to kick its first through Danielle Orr after a mark and a 50-metre penalty. Only one more major would be scored for the term to Thunder’s Emma Swanson, which was a great snap from the boundary.

The last term was not so even as the Thunder were hungry for goals and a percentage boost. McCormick and captain, Angela Foley kicked two each to take their side’s goal kickers to an impressive spread of seven. Sedunary and McCormick were real standouts for NT up forward, combining for seven goals. Angela Foley played a captains game with 20 disposals and two goal. Richelle Cranston was a real standout for the Cats in the midst of their hiding from the NT. She kicked one of Geelong’s two goals as well as finishing with 20 disposals, highlighting that she didn’t stop trying all day. Teammate, Madeline Keryk was a workhorse in the midfield, leading everyone in disposals with 23.

 

Hawthorn 6.6.42 defeated Williamstown 6.2.38

Hawthorn was given an almighty scare by the 12th-placed Seagulls on Sunday. Williamstown kicked four straight goals in the first quarter to open up an early 16-point lead, which shocked the Hawks from the get-go. The Seagulls’ lead narrowed at each of the breaks, and it ultimately turned into a deficit at full-time, as Hawthorn’s experience prevailed and slowly edged the margin in its favour.

Two goals from former Eastern Ranges forward, Olivia Flanagan and Greater Western Sydney (GWS) forward, Rebecca Beeson were extremely handy for the Hawks. The two goals from Beeson in particular were crucial, as she kicked them both in succession in the last quarter, with the second one giving her side the match-winning lead. The pair were complemented by majors from Samara David and Clare O’Donnell. In defence, Jayde Van Dyk stood up as usual while Ellie Macdonald tore it up in the midfield.

Williamstown was able to share its goal kicking around on the day, with Emily Paterno being the only multiple goal-kicker. Isabelle Porter, Western Jets star, Sharnie Whiting and North Melbourne duo, Jess Duffin and Jasmine Garner also got a major on the board. Meanwhile, Rebecca Dardengo and Jamilla Cranny held the fort down well in the back line, enabling the Seagulls to keep their lead for the majority of the game.

 

Essendon 5.4.34 defeated Richmond 3.8.26

It took them nine rounds to get a win, but the Bombers have finally got one on the board, defeating Richmond by eight points at their spiritual home, Windy Hill. Essendon kicked the first goal of the game before the Tigers fought back and kicked three second-term goals to wrestle the lead back. However, Essendon’s resilience and Richmond’s inaccuracy proved to be a recipe for disaster for the away side.

GWS talent, Maddy Collier played a fantastic game in the midfield for the Bombers, as she continues to play some wonderful football for her side. She was aided by good delivery from Simone Nalder in the ruck, who has not let her team down this season. Tait Mackrill also continued her good form in the middle of the ground while Rebecca Neaves was solid as always in defence. Up forward, Monique DeMatteo starred with two majors while Sunbury Lions duo, Natasha Hardy and Alex Quigley, and Canadian star, Kendra Heil were able to get solitary goals on the day.

Nalder’s opposite ruck also starred, with Alice Edmonds having another blinder for the Tigers. She was complemented by her back-up ruck in Murray Bushrangers star, Sophie Damon, who was also able to get a goal on the board to back up her solid debut in the yellow and black. On the receiving end of the duo’s solid ruck work was the likes of captain, Jessica Kennedy and Bethany Lynch, who were able to make the most of the tap work. Up forward, Lauren Tesoriero impressed while Courtney Wakefield did well in defence.

 

Melbourne Uni 6.3.39 defeated by Western Bulldogs 9.6.60

The Western Bulldogs kept their red-hot winning streak alive with a win over Melbourne Uni. The Bulldogs came out of the blocks early with the first four goals of the match before the Mugars fought back with two goals in the second term. They were then held scoreless in the third term before mounting a mini comeback in the fourth, ultimately falling short to a rejuvenated Bulldogs outfit.

AFLW leading goalkicker, Brooke Lochland starred for the Bulldogs, kicking three goals and being a workhorse for her side. Bulldogs AFLW teammate, Naomi Ferres was also impressive with another solid outing in the midfield in this VFLW season. This time, it was ruck, Nicole McMahon and winger, Rachel Ashley who joined the party, with each player having a solid outing in the red, white and blue. Inside 50, full forward, Mickayla Ward performed well, kicking a goal for her side and demonstrating a high work rate.

It was a strange situation for Emma Kearney on Sunday, as the new Kangaroos recruit went head-to-head against her former Bulldogs teammates for the first time since making the move over to Arden Street. She did not seemed fazed by the occasion though, playing another great game for the Mugars in the midfield. Bendigo Pioneers graduate, Aisling Tupper also performed well in the middle of the ground, as she continues to impress this season. Up forward, it was Western Jets forward, Caitlin Greiser who led the way, kicking three majors for the day. She was complemented by two goals from new North Melbourne recruit, Kaitlyn Ashmore who played a magnificent game for the Mugars.

 

Collingwood 7.3.45 defeated Darebin 2.3.15

By: Carly McClen

It was the first time a Collingwood women’s football team came out to play on the spiritual home ground of the mighty Magpies, the iconic Victoria Park. With star Brisbane Lions recruit, Nicole Hildebrand playing a fantastic game, and a usual class-above performance from Chloe Molloy, the Pies won convincingly and continued their undefeated run. 

In the first half, the teams matched up evenly providing a tough contested game to watch, with both teams applying consistent pressure and causing missed targets in kicking.  The rain favoured the Darebin Falcons but the talent and ball use of the Magpies and sheer pressure for four quarters made inside 50’s rare for the Falcons and it showed on the scoreboard. 

Important marks in defence by Magpie, Ruby Schleicher, and Grace Buchan’s consistent hunting of the footy all day helped keep Darebin to one straight shot in the first half when Esther Honybun was able to convert.  The Falcons applied consistent pressure on Collingwood with Elise O’Dea winning a lot of the ball. The first half majors Collingwood scored were from Molloy and Eliza Hynes

The third quarter was a different story and Collingwood was able to get away and play their game.  Emma Grant was strong and did her job well. Sarah D’Arcy took strong marks in defence right when Darebin were using more initiative with the ball and even a bigger presence and dominance from Aasta O’Connor did not hold back the Pies. 

Falcon, Kate Tyndall converted from a 50 metre penalty with 25 seconds to go in the third quarter but it was Collingwood’s second half. Nicole Hildebrand let loose, taking some strong marks and kicking two goals including one set shot from a 45 degree angle that never looked like missing when she peeled a little to the left and threaded it cleanly. Hildebrand then set up a goal passing cleverly to Gabrielle Biedenweg-Webster who played on and kicked their final goal in the last quarter.

There were two players taken off the ground with injuries. Shevaun Hogan was taken off for Darebin and Magpie, Kristy Stratton was taken off on a stretcher with a suspected knee injury.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 8

IT was not a good weekend for the home sides in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition, as five out of the six home teams went down to the away sides in their respective matches. The only home win was perhaps the biggest win, as the Western Bulldogs knocked the Geelong Cats off the top of the VFLW ladder. But with the average round eight winning margin being 15 points, wins certainly did not come easy for those victors.

 

Essendon 3.3 (21) defeated by Casey Demons 6.11 (47)

In a morning of scattered rain and cold wind, it was the Casey Demons who recorded their second win of the season. With only one behind a piece in the opening quarter, it looked like Essendon was really going to push the Demons in the conditions. But the away side stepped up after that, kicking two goals in each quarter to record a 26-point win at RAMS Arena.

Melbourne AFLW defender, Katherine Smith is certainly enjoying her midfield role at Casey, as she continued her good form with a 22 disposal game. She was outdone by fellow AFLW defender, Bianca Jakobsson, who tore it up in the back line with 20 disposals, six marks and nine tackles. Casey’s leading goal kicker, Kaila Bentvelzen also impressed with one goal and 18 disposals and she was joined by Harriet Cordner, who almost shared identical stats with her. Cordner also kicked a major and racked up 17 disposals on the day.

Although the Bombers didn’t get the win, they sure were glad to welcome forward, Danielle Ponter into the side. Ponter kicked two goals from her four disposals and also laid two tackles. In terms of disposals, Jessica Trend led the way for Essendon with 20 touches, as well as two marks and six tackles. Speaking of tackles, Hayley Bullas was back to her ferocious best, laying 18 tackles for the second time this season. She was complemented by GWS defender, Maddy Collier who recorded a season-high herself with 14 tackles.

 

Carlton 6.6 (42) defeated by Melbourne Uni 7.6 (48)

Carlton recorded another close VFLW loss on Saturday, going down to Melbourne Uni by a goal. The Blues stormed out of the blocks with five goals in the first quarter and looked like they were going to win their first game since round three. But the Mugars fought back in the second quarter, keeping Carlton scoreless and kicking three goals themselves. It was then extremely close in the second half with Melbourne Uni scoring 2.4 to Carlton’s 1.4, which ultimately led them to a much-needed victory.

Kate Angelis starred for the Mugars, kicking three of her side’s seven majors. In the middle, it was captain, Ashleigh Riddell who led the way once again with 24 disposals and four tackles. While AFLW Best and Fairest, Emma Kearney was kept quiet with 12 disposals, she led the way for tackles on the ground, laying nine of them. Western Jets forward, Caitlin Greiser had a solid performance in her first game for Melbourne Uni, kicking a goal, racking up six touches and laying six tackles.

For the Blues, Kerryn Harrington performed well, as she kicked two goals and racked up 16 touches. She got some good delivery from AFLW teammate, Sophie Li who recorded a game-high 27 disposals. Natalie Plane was next in line with 24 disposals and also laid six tackles to complete a good all-round game. Oakleigh Chargers forward, Isabella Geitzmann also did well, kicking a goal from her five disposals.

 

Richmond 4.1 (25) defeated by Hawthorn 4.5 (29)

By: James Halley

Hawthorn has edged Richmond by four points in a tense afternoon at the Swinburne Centre in round eight of the VFLW competition. Richmond was dealt with a blow before the first whistle with several big stars out for their round eight encounter. AFLW stars Emma King, Sophie Conway, Lauren Tesoriero and Christina Bernardi were all absent from their clash with Hawthorn. But the Tigers proved their depth as they matched up to one of the most experienced teams in the league. Meanwhile, Hawthorn welcomed back spearhead Sarah Perkins after being rested last week with concussion.

Ruck, Alice Edmonds was productive for the Tigers on the day. Her contested work at stoppages and her movement around the ground were supreme. She gave the Richmond midfielders an advantage with her taps all day. Midfielder, Phoebe Monahan was one of Richmond’s best as she collected 26 disposals and topped most of Richmond’s stats for the day.

Jayde Van Dyk was everywhere for Hawthorn, amassing a game-high 26 disposals. She took numerous intercept possessions to help rebound attacks for the Hawks. She was rarely beaten one-on-one, displaying her all-round game.

 

NT Thunder 4.4 (28) defeated by Collingwood 6.8 (44)

NT succumbed to its second consecutive loss by going down to the Magpies in Darwin. The Thunder handed them top spot in the process, after Collingwood put the foot on the accelerator in the second half to overturn a half-time deficit. The Pies kicked 5.3 to NT’s 2.2, which saw them keep their undefeated streak alive.

Collingwood forward, Sophie Alexander was absolutely sensational with four goals, 18 touches, seven marks and five tackles. AFLW defender, Sarah D’Arcy joined Alexander on seven marks, with the duo leading the way in that statistic. Meanwhile Collingwood Best and Fairest winner, Chloe Molloy had the ball on a string, recording 24 touches, six marks and four tackles. She was complemented by captain, Jessica Edwards, whose form keeps improving. The skipper racked up 20 touches and laid a whopping 12 tackles at TIO Stadium.

W-League star, Jenna McCormick led the way for the Thunder with 21 touches and six marks, playing a great all-round game. She was complemented by Adelaide AFLW teammate, Sally Riley who recorded 20 touches. Jasmyn Hewett was also solid, kicking a goal from her 18 disposals and laying seven tackles. GWS forward, Renee Forth also kicked a goal and racked up 15 touches and five tackles in the process, continuing her solid form for the Thunder.

 

Williamstown 5.7 (37) defeated by Darebin 7.9 (51)

Darebin recorded its second consecutive win with a 14-point win over the Seagulls. However, Williamstown didn’t make it easy for the Falcons, reducing a 24-point quarter time deficit to an eight point margin at three quarter time.

Georgia Hammond starred for the Falcons, kicking three of her side’s seven goals. She was complemented by Lauren Pearce, Stephanie Normington-Dickens, Nat Exon and Stephanie Simpson who all kicked one goal for the day. Melbourne AFLW midfielder, Elise O’Dea was deemed the best-on-ground for the Falcons with another solid outing in the middle of the ground.

For Williamstown, Georgia Harris was the only multiple goal kicker with two majors next to her name. Bendigo Pioneers captain, Megan Williamson also got on the board with the first goal of the match, boosting her confidence in the yellow and blue. Fijian ruck, Rachel Achampong was fantastic for the Seagulls, and she was aided by great performances from Sally Seabrook and North Melbourne duo, Jasmine Garner and Jess Duffin.

 

Western Bulldogs 4.4 (28) defeated Geelong Cats 1.0 (6)

The Western Bulldogs have hit their straps at the perfect time of the season with their third consecutive win. This time, they knocked off ladder-leaders, Geelong with a stunning performance at Ballarat. The Bulldogs led at every change and kept the Cats scoreless for three quarters, handing them their first loss of the season in the process.

Mickayla Ward kicked half of her team’s goals and was joined by Elise Muller and AFLW midfielder, Ellie Blackburn on the scoreboard. AFLW trio, Ashleigh Guest, Naomi Ferres and Libby Birch also impressed for the Dogs in what was a great defensive effort on the day.

In her return to the Cats line-up, forward, Kate Darby kicked Geelong’s only goal of the match in the last quarter. She was aided by good performances from Hayley Trevean, Maighan Fogas and Maddy McMahon. Former Carlton midfielder, Maddy Keryk also continued her good form in the blue and white hoops, being named among the Cats’ best once again.