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Team Selection: VFLW – Round 13

WITH five teams returning from the Round 12 bye, plenty of fresh legs will be ready to take to the field in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition. Some teams have opted to make few changes, trusting that the week off has allowed the girls to rest, while others continue to make lots of alterations. Round 13 sees some new faces, some important re-inclusions and the prospect for plenty of good football, kicking off with the Casey Demons and Carlton.

 

CASEY DEMONS v. CARLTON

Saturday August 4, 10:30am
Casey Fields, Cranbourne

The Casey Demons have made five key changes to their Round 13 team who will take on the Blues on Saturday. After being sidelined last week, Demons fans will be excited to see AFLW player, Claudia Whitfort back in the mix alongside Catherine Phillips and Kasey Guttridge. While recent recruit, Talia Radan has been named out this week, another recruit for Melbourne’s 2019 AFLW team, Maddison Gay, arriving from Carlton’s AFLW team, has been selected for her first game in the red and navy blue. Dandenong Stingrays product, Georgia Gourlay has been named as the 23rd person.

Coming off a big win last week, the Blues will be looking to continue to prove themselves in what should be a tight contest between eighth and ninth on the ladder. Carlton have selected four inclusions highlighted by AFLW talents, Reni Hicks and Alison Downie. Also coming back into the side are former Sandringham Dragon TAC Cup Girls Best and Fairest, Olivia Vesely and the consistent Sarah Last. Kerryn Harrington, Isabella Gietzmann and Natalie Plane will all miss the clash.

Casey Demons

B: 22. K. Guttridge, 27. A. Harrison, 17. S. Scott
HB: 28. M. Gay, 29. E. Zanker , 2. A. Newman
C: 9. A.  Johnson, 34. D.  Guttridge, 35. C.  Phillips
HF: 16. C. Sheriff, 14. T. Orgill, 20. C. Whitfort
F: 7. B. Jakobsson, 26. S. Sloane, 25. M. Shevlin
R: 18. K. Bentvelzen , 41. T. Mesiti, 13. K. Smith
Int: 46. E. Haeusler , 47. M. Hogg, 10. K. Hore, 15. S. Phillips
23P: 23. G. Gourlay

In: G. Gourlay, C. Whitfort, K. Guttridge, M. Gay, C. Phillips
Out: S. Fyfield,  B. Struylaart,  T. Radan

Carlton

B: 34. A. Chuot, 25. T. Morgan, 22. G. Fisher
HB: 27. K. Cox, 50. J. Borg, 6. G. Pound
C: 55. C.  Dalton, 10. S.  Hosking, 90. B.  Walker
HF: 40. K. Harvey, 30. A. Downie, 18. T. Lucas-Rodd
F: 20. C. Bromage, 3. D. Vescio, 7. S. Last
R: 36. C. Moody, 66. O. Vesely, 19. G. Gee
Int: 8. M. Brancatisano, 82. N. Burns, 24. R. Hicks, 37. B. Schultz
23P: 31. R. Caris

In: O. Vesely, A. Downie, R. Hicks, S. Last
Out: I. Gietzmann, N. Plane, K. Harrington

 

GEELONG CATS v. RICHMOND

Saturday August 4, 11.30am
GMHBA Stadium, Geelong

Sitting just inside the top four, Geelong will need a big win against Richmond, who sit with only three wins so far for the season. Geelong has not made many changes to its team ahead of the match as the Cats come off a bye in Round 12. They have however made two key changes, reintroducing some faces in Jamie Woollett and Millie Klingbeil. Leopold junior, Woollett returns from injury to take on the Tigers after rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament in July last year, while Klingbeil has been named as part of the starting 22, coming off the emergency list. Geelong Falcons ruck, Zoe Inei has been named as the 23rd player.

AFLW talent, Lauren Tesoriero has not been named for this week’s match, leaving big shoes to fill in Richmond’s Round 13 list. Strong Murray Bushrangers defender, Grace Egan has been named in alongside Jacqueline Radnell, Emily Findlay and Louise Bieniara. On the other hand, Courtney Wakefield, Natarsha Bamblett and Grace Bibby have not been selected after a physical match against the Blues last week.

Geelong Cats

B: 54. G. Clarke, 44. R. Goring, 26. R. Pearce
HB: 25. E. Coventry, 24. M. McMahon, 34. A. McDonald
C: 4. C.  Blakeway, 13. M.  Fogas, 3. H.  Burchell
HF: 5. J. Ivey, 2. D. Orr, 33. H. Trevean
F: 7. M. Clifford, 6. M. Boyd, 8. K. Darby
R: 46. E. Hoare, 45. M. Keryk, 30. R. Cranston
Int: 11. M. Klingbeil , 17. H. Mangan, 40. A. Teague, 1. J. Woollett
23P: 49. Z. Inei

Richmond

B: 69. E. Burry, 63. J. Graham, 65. E. King
HB: 54. L. Bailey, 73. L. Davie, 83. J. Gardner
C: 60. K.  Dempsey, 87. G.  Egan, 88. P.  Monahan
HF: 72. J. Radnell, 70. E. Findlay, 76. E. Ross
F: 75. B. Lynch , 90. S. Damon, 78. V. Tonin
R: 68. A. Edmonds, 59. A. Woodward, 52. J. Kennedy
Int: 84. L. Bieniara, 53. K. Dixon, 64. E. Gunn, 75. B. Lynch
23P: 92. T.Smith

In:  J. Radnell, E. Findlay, L. Bieniara, G. Egan
Out: C. Wakefield , N. Bamblett, G. Bibby, L. Tesoriero

 

WILLIAMSTOWN v. NT THUNDER

Saturday August 4, 11.30AM
Avalon Airport Oval, Werribee

Williamstown will not go into Round 13 as favourites, as it takes on the strong performing NT Thunder. In a hope to shake the tables, Williamstown has made seven important changes. Former Queensland Women’s Australian Football League (QWAFL) player, Morgan Lowe will be a welcome addition to this week’s side as well as Georgia Harris, Jess Duffin, Megan Williamson, Jess Bartolo and Isabelle Porter. Western Jets talent, Sharnie Whiting has also been promoted to the starting line-up this week after being named as the 23rd player in Round 11, leaving room for Maddison James to take on that role. 

Once again, NT Thunder has made plenty of changes to accommodate for the travel to Williamstown this weekend. Highlighting the inclusions are vice-captains, Sally Riley and Lisa Roberts as well as influential forward, Jessica Sedunary who has so far kicked 14 goals for the season with no sign of stopping. The Thunder will also be re-injecting some experience this week with Dayna Cox, Courtney Cramey and Anne Hatchard all being named in. Also in this week are Jasmyn Hewett, Stevie-Lee Thompson, Georgia Bevan, Sam Barnett, Katie Streader and Jordann Hickey. South Australia Under-18 representative, Nikki Gore has been named as the 23rd player.

Williamstown

B: 1. R. Dardengo, 10. B. Hateley, 34. J. Reid
HB: 19. E. Meade, 31. J. Cranny, 8. C. Portelli
C: 22. M.  Lowe, 17. S.  Chapman, 11. K.  Smith
HF: 12. G. Harris, 33. S. Van De Heuvel, 24. A. Saxton
F: 2. J. Duffin, 39. S. Whiting, 36. M. Williamson
R: 9. R. Achampong, 35. J. Bruton, 16. A. Cameron
Int: 23. J. Bartolo, 44. I. Porter, 20. S. Seabrook, 13. N. Wallace
23P: 37. M. James

NT Thunder

B: 16. S. Armitstead, 10. S. Barnett, 13. L. Roberts
HB: 14. C. Cramey, 37. S. Allan, 53. S. Thompson
C: 33. D.  Cox, 3. A.  Foley, 32. K.  Streader
HF: 5. M. Roberts, 55. T. Thorn, 31. J. Sedunary
F: 24. G. Bevan, 27. A. Hatchard, 11. J. Hickey
R: 20. J. Hewett, 17. E. Swanson, 8. S. Riley
Int: 18. T. Holtze, 21. K. Irvine, 9. L. Jeffrey, 38. M. Keeble
23P: 48. N. Gore

In: A. Hatchard, J. Sedunary, J. Hewett, C. Cramey, S. Riley, G. Bevan, S. Thompson , K. Streader, N. Gore, S. Barnett, L. Roberts, D. Cox
Out: M. Ellis, J. Iacono, K. Rosenzweig, E. Jones, R. Forth, J. Allan, J. McCormick, A. Holmes

 

DAREBIN  v. HAWTHORN

Saturday August 4, 12pm
Bill Lawry Oval, Northcote

Darebin has made four changes going into Round 13 where it will take on the formidable Hawks outfit. AFLW player, Nicole Callinan will look to bring some experience and class to Darebin’s game this Saturday. Strong forward, Georgia Hammond has been named in alongside Maddy Guerin and Lena Skipper. Missing out this week will be Tamara Olcorn, Shannon Egan, Esther Honybun and Lauren Jacobs.

Hawthorn will be desperate for a win this week, sitting third on the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s ladder but missing out on top spot only by percentage. Needing to get across the line this week, the skipper, Emma Mackie will be a welcome addition to the side as well as Greater Western Sydney (GWS) forward, Phoebe McWilliams. Vic Metro Under 18 representative, Sarah Kendall comes in for her first game of the season after proving her talent in the TAC Cup Girls competition. The Eastern Ranges ruck has been named as the 23rd player.

Darebin

B: 31. E. Gardner, 10. G. Lawson-Tavan, 21. K. Roe
HB: 32. G. Colvin, 14. M. McDonald, 49. R. Hibbert
C: 15. A.  Lister, 9. M.  Eastman, 11. K.  Tyndall
HF: 12. J. Dal Pos, 20. M. Guerin, 13. K. Shierlaw
F: 44. S. Fairchild, 22. G. Hammond, 43. H. Mouncey
R: 40. L. Pearce, 30. E. O’Dea, 7. L. Mithen
Int: 2. N. Callinan, 45. N. Deiter, 24. B. Patterson, 35. L. Skipper
23P: 39. M. Jarvis

Hawthorn

B: 21. P. Randall, 32. K. Ebb, 36. J. Van Dyk
HB: 13. E. Nixon, 4. S. Carroll, 31. J. Sibley
C: 9. M.  Kuys, 1. E.  Mackie, 12. T.  Nestor
HF: 8. R. Beeson, 25. M. Hutchins, 14. O. Flanagan
F: 22. T. Luke, 7. P. McWilliams, 28. S. Perkins
R: 19. L. Wotton, 6. J. Crockett-Grills, 5. C. Perera
Int: 33. E. Gilder, 3. E. Mcilvena , 35. C. O’Donnell, 43. E. Woods
23P: 44. S. Kendall

In: E. Mackie, P. McWilliams, S. Kendall
Out: M. Cann

 

WESTERN BULLDOGS v. SOUTHERN SAINTS

Sunday August 5, 12pm
Henry Turner Memorial Reserve, Footscray

Sixth and seventh on the ladder come head to head this week at Henry Turner Memorial Reserve, and both teams will be hungry for the win as finals approach. Coming off a bye last week, knowing they need to win all games to make finals, the Dogs will be raring to go and have brought in two AFLW heavyweights for the occasion. Premiership duo, Hannah Scott and Lauren Spark will debut this weekend for the Bulldogs VFLW team and will be expected to bring all their experience and finesse in order to get the job done. VU Western Spurs junior, April Goldring also comes in for her first game, while Bailey Hunt, Deanna Berry and Ellie Blackburn have been rested.

The Southern Saints have made five changes to their Round 13 side. Alison Brown will be an important addition this week, who is sure to bolster the Saints midfield. Also coming in this week are Kelly Thompson, Sophie Bolding, Georgia Ricardo and Eastern Ranges defender, Charlotte Wilson.

Western Bulldogs

B: 9. T. Dinuccio, 14. E. Gamble, 38. C. O’Brien
HB: 29. J. Davies, 18. E. Birch, 11. L. Spark
C: 20. R.  Gastin, 10. S.  Jolly, 42. N.  Paul
HF: 15. R. Ashley, 12. J. Francke, 22. H. Scott
F: 28. T. Hamilton, 32. A. Mifsud, 35. S. Ruedin
R: 47. N. McMahon, 17. A. Guest, 36. A. Gogos
Int: 19. T. Ernst, 40. N. Gills, 31. A. Gunn, 41. A. Scott
23P: 43. A. Goldring

Southern Saints

B: 11. T. Annear, 45. S. Binder, 30. C. Wilson
HB: 17. L. Olsen, 38. S. Karlson, 19. A. Silver
C: 39. E.  Brown, 2. A.  Brown, 43. S.  Heath
HF: 40. M. Maitland, 15. T. Bohanna, 24. K. Ripari
F: 49. A. Allsopp, 13. C. Munn, 35. G. De Angelis
R: 28. R. Watt, 8. A. Drennan, 32. S. Johnson
Int: 36. S. Bolding, 21. D. Lawrence, 4. G. Ricardo, 16. K. Thompson
23P: 6. J. Tait

In: S. Bolding, K. Thompson, E. Brown, G. Ricardo, C. Wilson
Out: J. Owen, J. Rolland, C. Jones, T. Gordon

 

ESSENDON  v. COLLINGWOOD

Sunday August 5, 1pm
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

Returning from its Round 12 bye, Essendon has made three changes this week. This includes Calder Cannons representative Eleanor Cornish, who is now the first graduate from Essendon’s development train-on squad. She will come in as the 23rd player in her debut match. Alexa Madden and Irena Malliaras have also been named in.

Collingwood has made 11 changes ahead of its Round 13 match-up. AFLW talent has been brought in and out of Collinwood’s side this week with Chloe Molloy, Eliza Hynes and Sarah D’Arcy all making room for Holly Whitford, Jaimee Lambert and Ruby Schleicher to take to the field. Paris Davey, Julia Halaseh-Russo, Carle Rooks, Ally Bild, Elise Korteman, Bianca Jones, Amy Malander and Vic Metro forward, Daisy Bateman have also all been selected to play.

Essendon

B: 15. L. Caruso, 20. J. Anwyl, 41. M. Warburton
HB: 17. T. Hetherington, 7. K. Hicks, 25. R. Neaves
C: 46. C.  Ugle, 22. N.  MacDonald, 9. L.  Williams
HF: 37. I. Malliaras, 16. L. Morecroft, 35. V. Moreau
F: 3. M. DeMatteo, 18. K. Heil, 1. J. Trend
R: 30. S. Nalder, 8. H. Bullas, 44. M. Collier
Int: 4. N. Hardy, 26. A. Madden, 27. A. Morcom, 39. C. Rendelmann
23P: 10. E. Cornish

Collingwood

B: 48. A. Bild , 18. R. Schleicher, 61. A. Malander
HB: 22. S. Casey, 17. S. Chiocci, 21. I. Ross
C: 60. J.  Halaseh-Russo , 47. J.  Edwards, 90. C.  Rooks
HF: 8. B. Bonnici, 66. D. Bateman, 28. H. Whitford
F: 54. H. Grubb, 49. S. Alexander, 81. B. Jones
R: 92. S. King, 5. E. Grant, 13. J. Lambert
Int: 56. P. Davey, 62. E. Korteman, 67. H. McLaren, 41. K. Stratton
23P: 68. S. Yoannidis

In: P. Davey, H. Whitford, J. Halaseh-Russo, C. Rooks, A. Bild ,E. Korteman, B. Jones, D. Bateman, A. Malander, J. Lambert, R. Schleicher
Out: N. Hildebrand, C. Molloy, J. Ferguson, E. Hynes, G. Buchan, K. Lee, S. Marsh, N. Hales, S. D’Arcy

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 4

THERE were some close encounters in round four of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s, as teams begin to find their form. The round also saw many TAC Cup Girls players make their VFLW debut, with many more debuts to come. AFL Draft Central wraps up all the action from the weekend.

 

Melbourne University 3.1 (19) defeated by NT Thunder 13.10 (88)

By: Taylah Melki

The NT Thunder dominated from start to finish, applying plenty of pressure on Melbourne University. The Thunder lead at all the breaks and did not seem to take their foot off the pedal, sharing the goal-kicking duties between them and continuing their undefeated start to the season. Melbourne University struggled to combat the intense pressure and slick ball movement of the Thunder but had some moments of brilliance.

Marijana Rajcic starred for NT, slotting two majors for the game and racking up plenty of touches while Jordann Hickey bagged three goals to help the Thunder on their way. Chelsea Randall was at her devastating best, closely followed by the likes of teammates, Angela Foley, who was the leading disposal-getter with 24 possessions, Sarah Allan and Machaelia Roberts, who gathered plenty of touches and imposed themselves on the contest. 

Ashleigh Riddell opened the account for Melbourne University, slotting an important goal and continuing her accumulative ways, gathering plenty of touches, Sophie Abbatangelo also bagged a major for Melbourne University in the opening term. In her debut game at VFLW level Calder Cannons captain, Madison Prespakis impressed, gathering 23 touches and imposing herself around the ground laying five tackles, proving why she is a future star of the game.

 

Darebin Falcons 11.7 (73) def. Casey Demons 1.3 (9)

By: Taylah Melki

It was a tight tussle but a third-quarter spark proved to be the difference between the two sides. The Darebin Falcons kept Casey to one goal for the game and applied plenty of scoreboard pressure after half time, going on to score nine majors. The Falcons seemed to outclass Casey, who struggled to keep up with the intensity and fast pace of the game.

The Falcons forward line came out firing after half time, with the likes of Hannah Mouncey and Maddy Guerin standing up for Darebin. Mouncey provided a strong option up forward taking plenty of good strong contested marks and leading up at the footy. Mouncey’s afternoon was topped off with five goals while teammate, Guerin bagged an impressive three goals. Eloise Gardner was never far from the action either with two goals while Karen Paxman and Nat Exon gathered plenty of touches and showcased their footy smarts in tricky situations.

Casey was ravaged with injuries in the last term but the likes of Kate Hore and Taryn Orgill were influential across the ground. Kasey Guttridge was the sole goal-kicker for the Demons while sister Darcy Guttridge imposed herself across the ground, racking up 17 touches and laying a big tackle. Making her debut appearance, Dandenong Stingrays captain, Jordyn Allen left her imprint on the game, taking four marks and racking up the disposals. Harriet Cordner was also an important player for Casey, amassing 13 touches and a whopping seven tackles in a difficult outing for her side.

 

Western Bulldogs 4.6 (30) defeated by Collingwood 6.2 (38)

By: Julia Montesano

Collingwood survived a fourth-quarter Bulldogs comeback to record its third VFLW win. The Bulldogs’ inaccuracy hurt them early, with only five points to half time.

Oakleigh Chargers forward, Daisy Bateman starred on the day, kicking three of the the Pies’ six goals. Teammate and Chargers captain, Hannah McLaren also put in a formidable performance, contributing six disposals and four tackles to be named in the best. AFLW star, Jaimee Lambert continued her fine form, this time against some former Bulldogs teammates. Lambert chipped in with a goal and racked up 19 touches. Vaomua Laloifi was named best-on-ground by her coaches, after clunking seven marks and amassing 13 disposals in defence.

Experienced campaigner and former Pie, Bree White was the leading disposal-getter on the ground with 21 touches next to her name to go along with five tackles. Bulldogs AFLW defender, Libby Birch was not too far off from White, as she racked up 20 disposals and six tackles in her first VFLW game. Nicole McMahon was awarded best-on-ground by her coaches with nine disposals, two marks and three tackles. Emma Mackay was also named amongst the best with one goal, 12 disposals and four tackles.

 

Geelong 8.3 (51) defeated Carlton 7.2 (44)

By: Julia Montesano

The scores were all-square at quarter time and three-quarter time in a seesawing contest. But Geelong’s three goals to two last quarter sealed the deal in the curtain-raiser at GMHBA Stadium.

Maddy McMahon starred for the Cats with 22 disposals, four marks and five tackles. She was complemented by explosive midfielder, Renee Garing, who continues to set the competition alight. Garing amassed 20 disposals and laid a whopping 12 tackles. Michelle Fedele was a wonderful presence up forward for the Cats with three goals, while fellow forward, Danielle Orr chipped in with a goal and 15 disposals. Mia-Rae Clifford also floated up forward to boot through a goal to go along with her 16 disposals.

For the Blues, it’s hard to look past AFLW forward, Darcy Vescio. Vescio kicked four of the Blues’ seven goals and amassed 11 disposals to go with it. Gippsland Power co-captain and AFLW Academy member, Tyla Hanks was the leading disposal-getter for Carlton in an outstanding VFLW debut. Hanks racked up 20 disposals, kicked a goal, and laid five tackles. Rugby 7s Olympic medalist, Chloe Dalton also pitched in with a goal to earn a spot amongst Carlton’s best. Recently announced captain, Kristi Harvey also had a solid outing with nine disposals and five marks.

 

Southern Saints 9.6 (60) defeated Essendon 3.6 (24)

By: Julia Montesano

The Southern Saints continued their great run of form with a commanding win over the Bombers. The Saints were down at quarter time but fought back immediately with a four-goal second quarter, which was the catalyst for a forward surge that the Bombers couldn’t combat.

Captain, Georgia Walker was named best-on-ground for the Saints and was complemented by Kate Macqueen, who backed up her solid round three performance. Sandringham Dragons star, Eleanor Brown played a great game, chipping in a goal and being named amongst the best. Fellow TAC Cup Girls talent and Eastern Ranges midfielder, Gabriella De Angelis also got on the scoreboard with a goal. She was one of the Saints’ eight goal-scorers.

Essendon’s defence stood up again with Courtney Ugle, Hayley Bullas and Kirby Hicks named amongst the best. Up forward, it was Alex Quigley who provided the shining light for the Bombers, kicking two of her side’s three goals. Simone Nalder also backed up her best-on-ground performance in round three by making her second consecutive appearance in the best for the Bombers.

 

Williamstown 8.4 (52) def. Richmond 3.3 (21)

By: Taylah Melki 

After a disappointing start to the season both teams brought their A-game, fighting hard to win the footy at the cold face but in the end it was Williamstown that came away with the four points, claiming their first win of the season. Williamstown put on a strong performance but really ran away with it in the final term.

In her first VFLW outing Greater Western Victoria (GWV) forward, Sophie Van De Heuvel impressed for Williamstown, competing hard at the contest, while experienced players such as Jasmine Garner and Jess Duffin stood up at the stoppages. Both Garner and Duffin bagged a goal each in the convincing win over Richmond. Georgia Harris also found her kicking boots, scoring two goals. Teammate, Morgan Lowe was also influential across the ground, applying plenty of physical pressure on her opponents and racking up the touches for Williamstown.

For Richmond, Lauren Tesoriero provided a lot of run and carry for Richmond and slotted two goals for the yellow and black. Emily Findlay also had an impressive game, imposing herself around the contest in what was a disappointing outing for the Tigers. The likes of Evelyn Burry and Lisa Davie worked tirelessly all game to try and create some moments of magic for their teammates and gathered plenty of touches for their hard work

Scouting notes: VFLW – Round 3

AFTER three rounds of Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s football, NT, Hawthorn, Geelong and Collingwood are the undefeated teams. Down the other end of the ladder, Casey, Williamstown, Essendon and the Bulldogs hare yet to experience their first win. We watched three games on the weekend and took notes on all the players that impressed across the round. 

 

NT Thunder vs. Essendon

By: Julia Montesano

NT Thunder:

#26 Chelsea Randall

Always put her head over the footy and busted her way through tacklers. Showed her agility with an excellent spin around her opponent, turning her inside out to get the ball forward. Her intercept marking was fantastic as usual, she reads the footy so well. I thought her running was also fantastic this game, as she impacted the contest at both ends of the ground. When she was kicking the ball inside 50, she instructed her forwards of where to go, showing great on-field leadership. A highlight was when she delivered a kick perfectly to Eloise Jones, which was one of many perfectly pinpointed kicks. Randall chases every ball hard and tackles even stronger, giving her opponent no chance to dispose of the ball at times. Her composure with the ball in hand is exquisite. Randall proved that she can do anything when she took an excellent contested mark, ran around the player on the mark and attempted a torpedo inside 50.

#24 Georgia Bevan

Bevan was unstoppable in the midfield, as she was a ball magnet at every contest. She laid a fantastic tackle that halted the Bombers’ momentum, which slowed down a fast passage of play. Delivered a nice clearing kick from the centre square which sailed a long way towards forward 50. Bevan was able to burst through the middle towards inside 50 on plenty of occasions, racking up key clearances for the Thunder. She executed a great hack kick out of a pack and used that same quickness to tackle opponents immediately, stopping them in their tracks. She earned a free kick off one of her tackles, and booted the kick through for a goal, topping off her hard work throughout the day.

#3 Angela Foley

Started her day off marvellously with a great outside of the boot kick towards goal that sailed through. Foley had the ball on a string, getting plenty of the footy and clearing it out of the pack on many occasions. She usually makes an impact in defence but against the Bombers, she created so many scoring opportunities, which played a huge part in piling the pressure on the Bombers. Foley always tackled hard, and displayed great vision to switch the ball to Georgia Bevan who was on her own in space. Executed a good spin around her opponent to get the ball into space inside 50. Played a great captain’s game.

#17 Emma Swanson

Swanson was extremely lively inside 50. She displayed great hands as well as quick and accurate kicking. Laid a great run-down tackle to trap the ball inside 50, and backed it up with strong tackling throughout the game. A highlight of Swanson’s game was when she chased the ball on the ground, ducked under a pack to get the ball and worked in tandem with Sarah Allan for a great one-two to set up a forward thrust for NT, which resulted in an Angela Foley goal. Took a great leading mark when she worked in tandem with Deni Varnhagen, who told her where to run. Swanson was strong force in the contest, taking a good contested one-on-one mark. For one of her goals, she read the ball well off the bounce to pick it up and kick it through for a major. She has been on fire in the season so far.

#40 Deni Varnhagen

Varnhagen was everywhere, with her trademark long kick having an impact throughout the day. What impressed me most about Varnhagen was her unselfish play, as she always looks up when she gets the ball in hand. She used her booming kick to boot a goal from long range, and also used it on the boundary line. The kick went high but stayed in. demonstrating Varnhagen’s ability to manipulate her kicks. A highlight of her game was when she burst through a pack of players to kick a goal. She also delivered plenty of great goal assists, with one to Renee Forth and another to Emma Swanson off a beautiful long kick to the goal square, which landed perfectly out the back of the contest. Took a great intercept mark and executed a lovely lace-out kick to Emma Swanson. Varnhagen just gets and goes whenever she gets the ball, which is a real asset in her game.  

#28 Renee Forth

Burst well out of the centre and delivered a lovely chip kick inside 50. Displayed great acceleration throughout the afternoon. Read the play wonderfully and looked like one of the smartest players out there. This was demonstrated when the ball fell out the back of the pack and she snapped it around the body perfectly for a great goal. Forth took a great intercept mark to send the ball back inside 50 and got plenty of the ball. I thought she did her best work at the top of 50, where she would deliver long booming kicks that would create space for the Thunder’s forwards.

 

Essendon:

#6 Alex Quigley

Started her day by taking a strong mark between two players in a pack. She then delivered the ball perfectly inside 50 for Essendon’s first score of the match, which was a Lisa Williams miss. Ran well next to her teammate to create the one-two. Quigley kicked a remarkable goal when she picked up the ball and snapped around the body from long range. Quigley showed great goal sense, and has been doing so at the beginning of the competition.

#35 Valerie Moreau

The Canadian pocket rocket was really lively early on the day, getting plenty of touches in the first quarter. She was one of the reasons that Essendon got in top in the first term, with her great run and carry as well as her ability to create forward thrusts from the back half of the ground. Took a nice mark in defensive 50, and took it right up to Rhiannon Metcalfe, despite the size difference, with a really strong tackle, which stopped her flow. Moreau used the ball well off a free kick with a perfectly delivered kick inside space in the 50 metre arc for the Bombers.  

#8 Hayley Bullas

Took a nice mark and used it to switch the play and open up the ground. Bullas was really proactive with the ball in hand, creating plenty of opportunities for Essendon to get forward. Bullas loves to get the footy and run, and does it really well as she has immense speed and endurance to back up her innate agility.

#7 Kirby Hicks

Did a great job of kicking out for the Bombers. She was able to easily transition from a long, booming kick to a short, deft kick in order to hit a target. Hicks had one of the longest kicks of the ground, which was handy for the Bombers to try and get some momentum going forward. A highlight of her game came in the form of a great run-down tackle to save a goal.

#46 Courtney Ugle

Laid a perfect tackle on Jessica Sedunary, where she pinned one arm and got a free kick. Ugle tried hard for the Bombers all day, displaying good run and carry throughout the back half. She was rewarded for hard work with free kicks. She often mopped up well on the back line and showed great composure for her side.

#30 Simone Nalder

Nalder was Essendon’s best-on-ground for me because her marking was second to none. Although the Bombers faded away in the end, without her strong hands, the margin in the end would’ve been even bigger. She took a great contested mark that saved a crucial goal, courageously clunking the ball and bringing it down in a pack. Nalder was a general down back, holding her own in the toughest of contests. She probably had the best set of hands on the ground and used them to effect, making her Essendon teammates proud.

 

Collingwood vs. Richmond

By: James Halley

Collingwood: 

#93 Vaomua Laloifi

She is really good deep in defence under immense pressure. She was probably the cleanest player on the ground in the wet conditions. When many would fall to their feet, she would keep her composure and gather many loose balls.

#73 Gabrielle Biedenweg-Webster

She was a really dangerous forward for Collingwood with one goal for the day. She kicked Collingwood’s third for the game with a free kick from the pocket, using her smarts to run around the corner to open up the angle and have an easy shot. 

#11 Eliza Hynes

She played in the ruck and was a lot taller then every other player. She used her height to her advantage as she took a pack mark in the goal square for the first goal of the game. She also took numerous marks.

#46 Sarah Dargan

Dargan is often used as the distributor into the forward 50, and she is quite proficient in the role. She rarely misses a kick!

#53 Rebecca Grant

She has a very nice kick where she can pinpoint teammates deep forward. After immense pressure, she was let out the back and kicked one through the goals to finish the half.

 

Richmond:

#77 Justine Hocking

She won herself a free kick on the 50 and after ill-discipline from Sarah D’Arcy. Hocking was then brought forward 50 metres and kicked Richmond’s first goal for the game from the goal line. She bobbed up a few times and did her job when needed. Hocking was not disgraced. 

#63 Jacqueline Graham

She has a lot of courage as she took a mark going back with the flight in the second term. She was a key player for Richmond, taking numerous intercepts possessions. She is very clean with her hands and rarely drops a mark.

#76 Ella Ross

She was able to kick a miraculous soccer goal from the pocket in the third quarter. This was the highlight of the game for Richmond.

#58 Courtney Musico

Due to the large amount of ball that came her way in defence, she was solid in her role. She chose to spoil almost every time the ball came near her. This was effective in parts but cost Richmond a goal as well. Going for a simple chest mark would have been more effective. 

#64 Emma Gunn

After a scrimmage in the goal square she managed to get a kick away but only managed a point for the Tigers’ first score for the game. She was lively all day but just couldn’t convert in front of goal.

 

Williamstown vs. Geelong

By: Julia Montesano

Williamstown:

#9 Rachel Achampong

Delivered a really long kick off one step, and displayed that same skill throughout the game. A highlight of her game was when she took a great one-handed mark. I thought she did really well in the ruck, getting plenty of hit-outs and getting penetration on her taps. She worked hard at the contest, and she was in most ruck contests, displaying her endurance around the ground.

#22 Morgan Lowe

Laid a great wrap-around tackle that won her a free kick and finished with a nice kick towards the goal-square. Seemed to always pop up around the contest and never failed to make an impact with the ball in hand.

#19 Erin Meade

Meade is a really speedy player who has that trademark acceleration that can tear a game wide open. Unfortunately, her team couldn’t make much of an impact but she did. Meade was lively and got plenty of the ball. Her acceleration was a highlight of her game, as she just took the ball and burst into space.

#13 Nikki Wallace

Delivered a great kick towards the centre-square and showed good endurance when she followed up her kick to provide the next link in the chain. Executed a nice hack kick out of a contest towards the coal-face Always tried to provide an option for her teammate and never gave up trying throughout the afternoon.

#2 Jess Duffin

Duffin was the star of the day for the Seagulls once again. She was able to spin out of trouble on many occasions, giving her teammates opportunity to run. Did some of her finest work on the boundary line, as she delivered a quick-fire handball to a teammate and also curled the line perfectly with her kick towards the Seagulls’ forward 50. Duffin even managed to stop the best-on-ground in Richelle Cranston, when she stole the footy off her in the contest and burst away to kick the ball forward. She also took a fantastic pack mark in the back line and delivered a precise kick to a teammate. At one point, she beat four players in a contest inside 50, steaming towards goal.

 

Geelong:

#44 Rebecca Goring

The Geelong captain was solid as ever in the back line, mopping up everything that came her way. Was able to execute some really nice deft kicks out of defensive 50 and kicked it long when she needed to. Goring was never in a rush to get the ball out of defensive 50, always looking for an option instead of hacking the ball away. Her defensive pressure contributed to keeping Williamstown goalless.

#30 Richelle Cranston

Cranston was unstoppable for the Cats, she seemed to have the ball on a string for the whole afternoon! Her acceleration was unbelievable as there were numerous occasions where she would get the ball, tuck it under her arm and just burst. She got past whoever was in her way and did everything she could to propel Geelong forward. Cranston combined her exceptional speed and composure, when she lowered her eyes magnificently to hit Kate Darby perfectly on the lead. Cranston even mopped up well in the backline when she saved the ball going through for a point, keeping the ball in play and letting her defenders mop up on transition. She pinpointed her kick on another occasion when she hit Danielle Orr perfectly on the chest lace-out. Delivered some great balls inside 50. Whether it was long, short or speared, you just knew Cranston’s kick was going to hit a target.

#8 Kate Darby

I thought Darby did well around the ground, working hard to get the footy. She read the ball quite well in defensive 50 to take some handy intercept marks to disrupt the flow of the Seagulls. At the other end of the ground, she led to the ball really well and was a key presence inside 50, as she always is. She was lively and displayed good acceleration at times as well. A highlight for her was when she displayed good endurance to run hard and keep hunting a dribbling ball. Her effort paid off as the ball spilled out the back of the pack and she ran into an open goal to sign off on a good day at Williamstown.

#24 Maddy McMahon

Executed a perfect bump on her opponent, and attempted to trap the footy shortly after. She looked dangerous inside 50 throughout the afternoon. McMahon delivered a beautiful long kick towards the goal-square, always helping her teammates to get on the scoreboard. She got a major herself, capping off an unselfish performance in the forward line. The best part of her game for me was her strong hands, as she took a great mark in the goal-square as well as a great juggling mark in a pack.

#36 Evelyn Dhamarrandji

Dhamarrandji had a stellar performance in the blue and white hoops, as she killed it inside 50. Her marking was superb, clunking everything that came in her vicinity. She always kept her eyes on the footy in any situation, whether she was marking the ball in a pack or leading out rapidly to capture it on her chest. Also displayed good second and third efforts in multiple instances throughout the contest. At one point, she laid a strong tackle after her kick got smothered, then went and tackled an opponent in her vicinity to stop the ball from spilling out of a contest. Was not only on the end of goals, kicking two herself, but also got plenty of score involvements, with a nice kick from the centre-square towards the forward 50.