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Weekend wash-up: AFLW – Round 3

IN a round that certainly shook up the ladder, North Melbourne continued their outstanding form for the season, sitting on a comfortable 250.8 per cent to finish Round 3. Carlton put their first win on the board for 2019 with a convincing win over GWS GIANTS, while Conference A’s bottom, Melbourne, took on Conference B’s top, Brisbane, in a match that proved the difference between the two conferences.

North Melbourne 8.5 (53) defeated Western Bulldogs 3.4 (22)
By: James Halley

North Melbourne has emerged as favourites for the 2019 AFLW flag after a great start to the season. The Kangaroos won their third straight match with a comfortable 31-point win over the Western Bulldogs. Kangaroo, Courteney Munn helped inspire the victory with a dominant debut match kicking four goals. Captain, Emma Kearney took control of the midfield against her former side, collecting 17 disposals.

It was a slow start to the match, with the first goal of the game not coming until the fourth minute of the second quarter through Roos debutant, Munn. She continued to impress, kicking a second goal mere minutes later. Munn kicked two more late goals, including one dribbled home from the boundary putting an exclamation mark on a great start to the season for the Kangaroos.

Along with Munn’s two early goals, North kicked five unanswered majors in the second term to create a thirty-point buffer against the Bulldogs, ultimately putting an end to the match. It took until the third quarter for the Bulldogs to kick their first goal of the night through Ash Utri. This spurred a more competitive second half from the Dogs, although it was too little too late as they could not overcome the first half deficit.

North Melbourne will play in Victoria for the first time next week, against Melbourne at home next Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Western Bulldogs have a chance to get back on the winners list next week when they host the Brisbane Lions.

GWS GIANTS 5.6 (36) defeated by Carlton 10.5 (65)
By: Brandon Hutchinson

A revitalised Carlton leave the track victorious following a comprehensive showing at Blacktown over GWS. Both teams started Saturday without a win, but Carlton have seemingly revived their chances for finals footy as GWS slips further away. In the congestion, Carlton won a lot of the hard ball and contested well in the air with Tayla Harris on the receiving end. Their intense brand of offensive football rocked GWS and set the pace for the game early. Despite the GIANTS having a few glimpses, the Blues kept history from repeating itself and remained focused on how they wanted to play.

Carlton secured the first goal off a GWS kick-in and subsequent mark infringement. Gabriella Pound was awarded the 50m and secured her first in front of the sticks. Soon after, Harris kicked her first from an advantage call, running in on an angle to increase Carlton’s lead. The GIANTS responded by playing tighter on the football – keeping both sides goalless for seven minutes. The GIANTS hit their first major at the end of the first term with a scoop and snap by Jacinda Barclay, shortening the margin to seven-points as they entered the second.

Darcy Vescio kicked her first directly in front to start the second. She immediately followed up with a mark and kick to first-year, Madison Prespakis to get her first for the day. While Carlton quickly increased the lead, Yvonne Bonner and Cora Staunton restored the GIANTS’ momentum with a goal each in succession to return the margin to seven points. Prespakis and Harris combined twice in the final minutes to help them secure a goal each, with Prespakis first hitting Harris on the lead, while in the closing seconds Harris returned the favour, giving Prespakis a run-on goal.

In the second half, Bonner opened the forward line for the Giants, assisting Christina Bernardi with two goals, while Harris and Prespakis closed out the final quarter with their respective third goals for the game. GWS trailed for the second half but could not crack above Carlton’s scoring and compete with their numbers around the ball.

Prespakis has notched it up another level. Her performance on the track might be the best of the weekend, with a game-high 21 disposals and career-high three goals. Harris (nine disposals and six marks) was a pillar for Carlton up forward, also kicking three goals. While on the opposite end, Bonner (one goal, 13 disposals and eight marks) and Bernardi (two goals, 10 disposals and five tackles) cleaned up for the Giants.

This match marks a new beginning for Carlton and may even spark a finals campaign. For the GIANTS, there is a lot of work to be done if they plan on salvaging this season.

Fremantle 7.9 (51) defeated Collingwood 2.6 (18)
By: Michael Alvaro

Fremantle kept its undefeated streak alive with a resounding victory over the winless Magpies. The Dockers started well with the breeze at their backs as season one marquee, Kellie Gibson slotted a goal with less than 40 seconds taken from the clock, setting a ruthless tone for the encounter. Magpie vice-captain, Britt Bonnici missed the chance to hit straight back and Ebony Antonio made the Magpies pay with a clinical finish to a breakneck defensive transition.

That minute-passage was a perfect window into the game as a whole, with the Magpies getting plenty of the ball forward of centre but not being able to capitalise. That lack of a finishing touch or clear link into forward 50 was a sore spot for the travelling side despite Sophie Alexander’s inclusion, and it showed in a goalless first half. Fremantle’s 31-point half time lead was extended to 33 in a more even second half, with Sarah D’Arcy slotting Collingwood’s first goal halfway through the third stanza on the back of two 50-metre penalties.

Antonio and Gibson dealt the most damage with two goals each as the only multiple goal kickers, while D’Arcy and Jaimee Lambert were the only Pies to trouble the scorers. D’Arcy was their best, while Bonnici played a good role on Dana Hooker in the midfield and Ash Brazill continued her outstanding defensive form. Leading ball-winner, Kara Donnellan was again Freo’s best, aided by Paris Laurie and Kiara Bowers.

Collingwood now has perhaps its best opportunity to get on the board in 2019 as the Pies host fellow winless side, GWS in a game that could see them scrape off the bottom of Conference B. The Dockers hit the road to face a Crows side coming into form, hoping to maintain their flawless record and a spot in Conference A’s top two.

Adelaide 10.6 (66) defeated Geelong 6.1 (37)
By: Nikki Jamieson

Heartbreak continued for Geelong after being crushed by a superior Adelaide side. In what started as a close game, with the Crows leading by only one-point early in the second quarter, it did not take long for the elite side to end the half leading by 28.

As the match continued, the Cats could not keep up with Adelaide, going nearly 45 minutes without putting up a score. Goals by Danielle Orr and Kate Darby late in the third gave Geelong possible hope, but it proved to be too little too late.

Geelong struggled against Adelaide’s tight midfield and paid the price more than a few times against a more experienced backline. The Crows were to be too much for the newcomers, who despite putting up a good fight were no match for Adelaide’s efficiency and skill in front of the goals.

Crows captain, Erin Phillips led with a dominating performance putting 19 points (3 goals, 1 behind) on the board for her team. Tough midfielder, Ebony Marinoff was on fire breaking records within the Crows with 33 disposals. Anne Hatchard had another exceptional game with 27 touches as well as kicking a goal.

Despite the continued bad luck for Geelong, young gun, Olivia Purcell had a phenomenal moment on the ball, kicking a fantastic goal early in the second quarter by sidestepping an Adelaide defender and getting herself wide open. Richelle Cranston’s first game for the Cats wasn’t the win that was desired but she still demonstrated why she’s a high-impact player, leading her team with 18 disposals.

Brisbane 3.3 (21) defeated by Melbourne 9.6 (60)
By: Taylah Melki

Melbourne dominated from the get go, nailing seven goals in the opening half to the Lions’ one. The Demons attacked the footy with speed and intent, helping them to secure their second win for the season. Brisbane struggled to combat Melbourne’s offensive pressure with the Dees using their quick hands and clever kicks into space to create scoring opportunities.

After a dominant performance last week, Elise O’Dea starred once again for the Demons, amassing plenty of touches while her partner in crime, Karen Paxman also dominated slotting a goal and getting her hands to plenty of the ball. Young gun, Tyla Hanks also impressed on the big stage taking it up to the Lions with her clever kicks into space and clean hands. Up forward speedster, Aliesha Newman stamped her authority on the competition slotting three goals. Newman showed off her speed and impressive football smarts to evade tacklers and get into the right positions. Bianca Jakobsson also starred across the field racking up plenty of touches and contributing on the scoreboard with two majors.

Star Brisbane forward, Sabrina Frederick-Traub struggled against the defensive pressure of the Dees, while the experience of Nat Exon shone through working hard to win the footy and nailing a good goal to keep her side in the contest. Alexandra Anderson was the major ball winner for the Lions, going in hard to win the footy and laying plenty of tackles. Veteran, Kate Lutkins was also a standout for Brisbane in what was a disappointing outing, using the ball efficiently and cleverly.

AFLW H2H Battle: Early 90s v Late 90s

IN our first AFL Women’s Head-to-Head Battle, we have created teams of 24 players to determine which end of the 90s might prevail in a head-to-head clash. For the early 90s team, we have those AFL Women’s players born between 1990-1994, and for the late 90s, we have the 1995-1999 births. We have not included any player that made their debut in season 2019. As you will see from the two different sides, the early 90s is stacked through the forward line with a strong defence, while the late 90s midfield is very deep with strong players up both ends. It made for a very difficult task of picking just 24 players for each side, and picking a winner is just as difficult.

Early 90s – 1990-1994:

B: Nicola Stevens – Chelsea Randall – Hannah Scott
HB: Bianca Jakobsson – Elise O’Dea – Ebony Antonio
C: Alicia Eva – Kara Donnellan – Kaitlyn Ashmore
HF: Christina Bernardi – Katie Brennan – Jasmine Garner
F: Jess Wuetschner – Darcy Vescio – Brooke Lochland
R: Emma King – Dana Hooker – Jessica Dal Pos
INT: Nat Exon – Sarah D’Arcy – Jaimee Lambert –  Kate McCarthy – Sarah Perkins – Deni Varnhagen

The Early 90s team features the best of the best from 1990-1994 births, with a forward line that is All Australian quality, and an enviable spine that would win one-on-ones galore. In defence, captains, Adelaide’s Chelsea Randall and Melbourne’s Elise O’Dea hold down key spots, with Hannah Scott taking the third tall role, and the likes of Nicola Stevens, Bianca Jakobsson and Ebony Antonio providing run from the back half.

In the midfield, the early 90s team features some seriously underrated players. Fremantle duo, Kara Donnellan and Dana Hooker, GWS GIANTS’ duo Jessica Dal Pos and Alicia Eva, and North Melbourne’s Kaitlyn Ashmore fill out the starting five, with Nat Exon, Jaimee Lambert and Deni Varnhagen able to rotate through there, as would O’Dea and Jakobsson who push up the ground. With Emma King in the ruck, the early 90s would have a strong chance to win the hitouts, although the opposition midfield would be hard to combat.

Up forward, it is littered with stars from start to finish, in what is an unbelievably powerful front six. Katie Brennan and Darcy Vescio as a one-two combo would bring the crowds alone, but throw in goal machines, Jess Wuetschner and Brooke Lochland, as well as great playmakers, Christina Bernardi and Jasmine Garner who provide both defensive and offensive pressure respectively, and add a different element to the mix. Add in the likes of Sarah D’Arcy, Nat Exon, Kate McCarthy and Sarah Perkins, and the forward rotation would be the envy of any side.

Even those who missed out could consider themselves incredibly unlucky, with Rhiannon MetcalfeStevie-Lee ThompsonAmelia MullaneMeghan McDonald, Aimee Schmidt, Jacinda Barclay, Lauren Pearce, Catherine Phillips, Kate Gillespie-Jones, Brittany Gibson and Hayley Wildes among some seriously talented depth for the five years.

VS

Late 90s – 1995-1999:

B: Nicola Barr – Libby Birch – Chloe Molloy
HB: Brianna Davey – Tahlia Randall – Emma Swanson
C: Emily Bates – Ebony Marinoff – Ally Anderson
HF: Ashley Sharp – Sabrina Frederick-Traub – Monique Conti
F: Aliesha Newman – Tayla Harris – Rebecca Beeson
R: Erin McKinnon – Ellie Blackburn – Lily Mithen
INT: Deanna Berry – Brittany Bonnici – Jenna Bruton – Sarah Hosking – Breann Moody – Jamie Stanton

The late 90s team has a deep midfield that would worry any opposition midfield with its uncompromising attack on the ball and ball carrier. Around the ground the side has good options in attack and defence, and while they might not be as experienced as their early 90s counterparts, they show the future of the game over the next five to 15 years. In defence, Tahlia Randall and Libby Birch are the two key backs, with Chloe Molloy capable of playing tall or small. Nicola Barr, Brianna Davey and Emma Swanson provide the fierce attack out of the back half, with the ability to roam through the midfield too.

In the middle, talented young ruck Erin McKinnon leads a massively inside midfield brigade, with Ellie Blackburn, Lily Mithen and Ebony Marinoff likely to lay a record amount of tackles in a game between them. Brisbane pair, Emily Bates and Ally Anderson will provide support on the wings, while Sarah Hosking, Brittany Bonnici, Jenna Bruton and Jamie Stanton are able to also rotate off the bench into the team. Breann Moody would be McKinnon’s back-up ruck, and also allows Randall to purely focus on her defensive match-ups.

Up front, Sabrina Frederick-Traub and Tayla Harris join forces inside 50 as the key targets. Around their, feet speed demons, Ashley Sharp, Monique Conti and Aliesha Newman will always have defenders worried, while Rebecca Beeson is consistent as they come. Deanna Berry will add to the pace inside 50 and will add some extra running off the bench.

Among those unlucky, injured talents Jess Hosking and Isabel Huntington would make the team with some luck in the future, while Jasmine GriersonBonnie ToogoodEden ZankerEloise JonesJordan ZanchettaHayley Miller, Stephanie Cain and Maddison Gay are among those in contention for a spot in the 24-player team.

Team of the Week: AFLW – Round 2

AT the conclusion of Round 2 in the AFL Women’s season, clear ladder leaders have emerged. North Melbourne, Western Bulldogs and Fremantle have all jumped clear to eight points, showing Conference A to be the stronger of the two conferences.

Round 2 of the AFL Women’s season was highlighted by many individual performances. Elise O’Dea, Ellie Blackburn – whose five rebounds and work in the defensive half allowed us to slot the midfield dynamo onto half-back – and Dana Hooker all polled 10 coaches’ votes for their dominant midfield displays, while Adelaide’s Stevie-Lee Thompson became the third Crow behind Erin Phillips and Sarah Perkins to kick four goals in a match.

North Melbourne’s commanding performance over GWS GIANTS on Friday night saw the Kangaroos rewarded with three players in the 24-player AFL Women’s Draft Central Team of the Week, as did other winners, Adelaide, Fremantle, Melbourne and Western Bulldogs in an even team performance across the board.

The GIANTS and Collingwood had just the one nominee each, while other losers Carlton and Geelong had two, and Brisbane’s defeat still yielded three nominees in our Team of the Week.

Players who earned back-to-back Team of the Week nominations were Adelaide’s Erin Phillips, Brisbane’s Jess Wuetschner and Ally Anderson, Collingwood’s Ash Brazill, Fremantle’s Dana Hooker and Kiara Bowers, Geelong’s Meg McDonald, GWS GIANTS’ Cora Staunton, Melbourne’s Elise O’Dea and Karen Paxman, North Melbourne’s Jess Duffin and Emma King, and Western Bulldogs’ Ellie Blackburn. Among the first timers in our Team of the Week were Rising Star nominees, Madison Prespakis and Sabreena Duffy, as well as Geelong midfielder, Olivia Purcell.

Weekend wash-up: AFLW – Round 2

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

AFLW season previews: Brisbane

THE Brisbane Lions have come so close to winning an AFLW premiership, being runners-up in both years of the AFLW. They would love to go one step further in 2019, but it will be hard considering the mass exit of players to North Melbourne. They will field a new-look side in 2019 dominated by exciting youth rather than experienced guns, which has been the theme of the Brisbane line-up in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Last season: 2nd- four wins, three losses.

Changes:

In: Lauren Arnell, Paige Parker, Natalie Grider, McKenzie Dowrick, Lauren Bella, Tori Groves-Little, Jesse Tawhiao-Wardlaw, Jacqueline Yorston, Jade Ellenger.

Out: Kaitlyn Ashmore, Brittany Gibson, Tahlia Randall, Jamie Stanton, Nicole Hildebrand, Renee Cowan, Kalinda Howarth, Molly Ritson.

Brisbane was dealt with a mass exit of players with the introduction of expansion team, North Melbourne. The Lions saw four of their players head down south, as Kaitlyn Ashmore, Brittany Gibson, Tahlia Randall and Jamie Stanton opted to don the blue and white in 2019. On top of that, Nicole Hildebrand jetted down to the Pies, spending the 2018 Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s season with them, leaving a massive hole in Brisbane’s defence. But the Lions had a big advantage heading into the draft, with coach, Craig Starcevich coaching the Queensland Under-18 representative side and identifying the top talent that could slot into the Brisbane line-up. Six players from the Under 18 side made their way onto the Lions’ list after a successful Under 18 Championships campaign in which the side beat Vic Metro for the first time in its history. In addition, gun Western Australian, McKenzie Dowrick made the decision to take her footy up north, presenting a huge boost for the Brisbane line-up in 2019.

Area of strength: Midfield

Despite the loss of Ashmore, Gibson and Stanton in the middle of the ground, Brisbane drafted well enough to cover the loss. Tori Groves-Little is a clever footballer that is guaranteed to go hard at every contest. Her tackling is quite impressive, as is her run and carry. Jacqueline Yorston is likely to complement her well in the middle of the ground, as she is a natural ball-winner. Expect Jade Ellenger to also contribute, as her speed is quite impressive and will help her to burn opponents. Combine these exciting youth prospects with the experience of players like Nat Exon and Ally Anderson and Brisbane’s midfield looks quite potent. Exon had a wonderful VFLW campaign for Darebin, being named either the first or second best player on the ground in six of her seven games. Expect her to continue to turn it on for the Lions in 2019.

Area of weakness: Forward line

The Lions’ forward line still remains a problem in 2019. They’ve based their game in the past two seasons around their strong defence, which has managed to work considering the form of players like Kate Lutkins and Leah Kaslar. But they might find it difficult to play this style of football this year, with other clubs such as North Melbourne boasting potent forward lines. Sabrina Frederick-Traub has been the focal point up forward for the Lions in the past two seasons, but if she had a bad game, it would often spell trouble for her side. She will need some more assistance in 2019 if the Lions are to score more. Bella Ayre will need to return to the form that saw her get nominated for the Rising Star in 2017, while Kate McCarthy’s X factor will be even more important than ever in AFLW 3.0. The loss of the exciting Sophie Conway for the 2019 season hurts the forward line even more, as she had a sensational 2018 campaign inside 50.

Players to watch:

McKenzie Dowrick

Craig Starcevich and his coaching group would have been licking their lips when McKenzie Dowrick nominated to play her 2019 football in Queensland. Dowrick is originally from Western Australia and has played all her junior football there. A member of the AFL Women’s Academy, Dowrick hardly puts a foot wrong when she sweeps across the backline and through the midfield, as her booming left foot kick and reliable hands often got her side out of trouble. She has been a star for Western Australia in the Under 18 Championships, being named in the All-Australian side at half-back for the past two years. Expect her to add composure and class to Brisbane’s defence in 2019.

Nat Exon

Nat Exon is coming into the 2019 season off the back of some scintillating form for Darebin in the VFLW season. She came second in the Falcons’ best and fairest count despite only playing half of the season. She impressed with her ferocity at the contest for Darebin, averaging 5.9 tackles in her seven games. Her disposal average was also impressive in the VFLW, racking up an average of 18.4 disposals per game. She should be a key ball winner for the Lions in 2019, and will add some aggression to the midfield.

Jordan Zanchetta

Zanchetta showed promise in the 2018 AFLW season for the Lions after missing the inaugural season with an ACL tear. She showed good intent through the midfield and was a strong tackler. If she can match her aggression with disposals, she could be a dangerous player for Brisbane in 2019.

2019 prediction: 2nd in Conference B

The conference system becomes an interesting situation in this instance, because Brisbane certainly have the easier conference group. If the Lions were in conference A alongside teams like the Bulldogs, Demons and Crows, it would be likely that they would miss the finals. But in conference B, they sit alongside 2018 bottom side, Carlton, a depleted Collingwood outfit as well as the unknown side in Geelong. Greater Western Sydney (GWS) is likely to be Brisbane’s biggest challenge this year, with the GIANTS finishing 2018 strongly. Brisbane still has the line-up to be a strong side in 2019, despite the loss of experience.

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Fremantle OvalRound 2
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Whitten OvalRound 4
Moreton Bay Sporting ComplexRound 5
Ikon ParkRound 6
Victoria ParkRound 7

Number Crunching: VFLW – Round 12

IN this week’s edition of number crunching, we look into the best performances from AFLW players in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s 2018 season. Due to so many teams being shuffled around from what they were back in 2017, this season has shown how players can adapt in weaker and stronger teams. In no particular order, here is the best 10 AFLW players in the VFLW.

Williamstown’s Jess Duffin played for Collingwood in the AFLW in 2018 and will play for North Melbourne in 2019. She has had a fantastic season so far in Seagulls colours, playing nine games. Duffin has kicked eight goals and has constantly been chosen as one of the best on ground for her games. Her disposals and mark stats are always high, and that’s something that deserves to be seen in the next AFLW season.

Following Duffin is Collingwood star, Chloe Molloy. Though only a first year player in the 2018 AFLW season, the 19 year-old has made a name for herself with her athleticism and style of play. With only playing six games so far, Molloy has been quieter than expected but has made an impact despite this. Molloy is still a young player, so it’s exciting to see her progress.

The next and final Collingwood player in the top 10 is Jamiee Lambert. Lambert has had a brilliant season for Collingwood, kicking six goals in the eight games she has played. The midfielder is a near shoo-in for the Best and Fairest due to her experience leading to her strong performances. Despite being sometimes overlooked during the AFLW, Lambert shouldn’t be this season.

Richelle Cranston, current Geelong player and former Demons player, has been strong in the Cats midfield. With playing nine games and ranking in the top six in eight of those games, it’s clear that the coaches see how Cranston is a force on the field. Cranston has led the competition for inside 50s and continues to have high stat numbers in disposals.

Reigning AFLW Best and Fairest winner and Bulldogs premiership player, Emma Kearney has picked up where she left off in the AFLW, dominating for Melbourne Uni in the VFLW. Kearney, who recently transferred to North Melbourne, has only played six games for Melbourne Uni this season but has still been strong as their centre. The midfielder has frequently displayed her strong style of play for Melbourne Uni and will continue to show that as the season wraps up.

Following Kearney is Carlton superstar, Darcy Vesico. Vescio is always a prominent face in the AFLW and VFLW, and for good reason. Even though she has played six games this season, Vesico has kicked 15 goals, making her second ranked in the league for goals kicked. The key forward also has one of the highest goal averages in the league, with 2.50 goals per game.

Nat Exon has proven to be an elite player for both Darebin and the Brisbane Lions. Exon has had a great season and is one of the top Best and Fairest prospects for the league, with ranking in the top six for her team in six out of her seven games played. Exon has continuously performed with an unrivaled persistence, proving her necessity in the midfield for Darebin.  

NT Thunder has had a historical debut in the VFLW, currently sitting second on the ladder. It would be unfair to not acknowledge the amazing players like Jessica Sedunary who have put them there. Sedunary, who also plays for the Crows, has had an unbelievable VFLW debut herself, kicking 14 goals in her eight games for NT. She is the third highest goal kicker in the league and has been a key factor in NT’s success.

Another key player for NT has been their captain, Angela Foley. The versatile Adelaide midfielder/defender has been a notable leader for the young Thunder side, kicking seven goals in the nine games she has played for the Thunder. Foley has been a real link in NT’s midfield, allowing her teammates to have a very fluid style of play this season. Her position as in the middle has allowed her to dominate the field for her team.

The final player for this list is NT and Greater Western Sydney’s (GWS) Emma Swanson. Swanson is NT’s fourth highest goal scorer with nine goals in her nine games, leaving her with a nice 1.1 average. The GWS marquee star has been an important player for NT, usually playing in the forward line. Swanson’s dynamic style of play has led to her being an important player for NT, placing her as one of their best players in a team full of weapons.

Best Games For Each Player

PLAYER

TEAM

DATE

BST

G

BHD

KE

KIE

HE

HIE

HR

CM

UM

MKS

TKS

Chloe Molloy

Collingwood Sat 2/6 3 1 3 5 6 2 0 2 1 3 4 1

Jaimee Lambert

Collingwood Sat 23/6 1 0 0 10 6 2 1 7 1 2 3 3

Jess Duffin

Williamstown Sun 13/5 1 3 0 12 2 3 3 6 5 3 8 2

Richelle Cranston

Geelong Cats Sat 14/7 1 0 1 6 9 11 2 6 1 3 4 5

Emma Kearney

Melbourne Uni Sun 3/6 1 2 0 10 7 10 5 10 0 2 2 7
Darcy Vescio Carlton Sat 5/5 2 3 1 10 5 1 1 2 3 2 5 1
Nat Exon Darebin Sat 2/6 1 1 0 8 2 6 0 7 0 2 2 4
Jessica Sedunary NT Thunder Sat 16/6 1 3 1 5 7 1 2 5 1 4 5 2
Angela Foley NT Thunder Sat 26/5 1 0 0 11 6 6 1 9 1 4 5 2
Emma Swanson NT Thunder Sat 5/5 3 2 0 8 10 8 5 9 0 5 5 3

 

Number crunching: VFLW – Round 11

THE Best and Fairest is by far one of the most coveted awards in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s. They say that personal awards should not matter in a team sport, but credit is due to the fantastic individuals who can lead their teams to finals or just show unmatched skill on the field. In the Round 11 edition of Number Crunching, we will try to predict the 2018 VFL Women’s Best and Fairest winner. This was done by tallying the amount of times a player was named either the first or second best by their coaches in each match. 

Leading the table is Darebin player, Nat Exon. Exon has made it into the top two six times out of the seven games she has played in. The midfielder has shown to be strong for Darebin, with an average of five tackles per game. Exon’s ability to command her midfield has led to four wins out of the seven games she has played.

Second to Exon is AFLW Best and Fairest winner, Emma Kearney. Despite only have played five games this season, Kearney’s style of play has proven her to be just as great as a player in the VFLW as she in the AFLW. With an average of 23 disposals per game, her ability to move the ball around does not go unnoticed. The Melbourne Uni star continues to make a statement on the field, with the drive to win Best and Fairest twice this year.

The third most likely to win the VFLW Best and Fairest is Collingwood’s Jaimee Lambert. With six goals already this season, Lambert is Collingwood’s second highest goal kicker. The midfielder’s skill doesn’t stop there with an average of five tackles per game. Lambert’s attacking style of play has proven to be very successful for Collingwood with six wins out of the eight games she has played for the Pies. Lambert is a quieter personality, but with Collingwood’s great season so far, she shouldn’t be overlooked for the Best and Fairest.

With the season only just over half completed, there is still plenty of chances for the list to change. In saying that, these players have shown great individual merit and therefore deserve to be acknowledged for that.

Top Prospects for VFLW Best and Fairest

Player

Team

Number of times

in top two club bests

Nat Exon

Darebin Falcons

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Emma Kearney

Melbourne Uni

5

Jaimee Lambert

Collingwood

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Lauren Pearce

Darebin Falcons

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Sarah D’Arcy

Collingwood

3

Jessica Duffin

Williamstown

3

Richelle Cranston

Geelong

3

Katherine Smith

Casey Demons

3

Maighan Fogas

Geelong

3

Kristi Harvey

Carlton

3

Courtney Ugle

Essendon

3

Kate Gillespie-Jones

Carlton

3

Jasmyn Hewett

NT Thunder

3

Naomi Ferres

Western Bulldogs

3

Kayla Ripari

Southern Saints

3

Maddy Collier

Essendon

3

Team Selection: VFLW – Round 11

THERE are changes galore in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition with plenty of ins and outs, beginning with the Williamstown and Western Bulldogs clash on Saturday morning. Many TAC Cup Girls return to the fold, or make their debuts in what should be a fantastic weekend for future AFL Women’s talent in Victoria.

Williamstown vs Western Bulldogs

Saturday July 21, 11:30am
Williamstown Football Ground, Williamstown

The Seagulls will welcome back six players, including strong forward Sophie Van De Heuvel who returns from Vic Country commitments. Lauren Suleiman, Kayla Koropeckyj, Anna Saxton, Rebecca Dardengo and Sharni Dixon have also been named in the mix.

The Dogs have also made plenty of changes this week, with six ins. They have injected lots of extra talent into their line up for this weekend, welcoming back AFLW stars, Angelica Gogos and Brooke Lochland. They will replace the AFLW experienced duo who have been brought to the sidelines this week in Ashleigh Guest and Tiarna Ernst. Greater Western Victoria Rebels captain, Lauren Butler, Elise Muller and Brittany Wunhym have also been named in. Western Jet, Lauren Basto is the final change for the Dogs in Round 11 and she will make her debut in the red, blue and white when she comes on as the 23rd person.

Williamstown

B: 8. C. Portelli, 31. J. Cranny, 34. J. Reid
HB: 1. R. Dardengo, 10. B. Hateley, 19. E. Meade
C: 30. A.  Melnikas, 17. S.  Chapman, 27. L.  Suleiman
HF: 16. A. Cameron, 6. S. Cross, 28. J. Rowe
F: 29. K. Koropeckyj, 9. R. Achampong, 4. E. Paterno
R: 20. S. Seabrook, 33. S. Van De Heuvel, 35. J. Bruton
Int: 21. S. Dixon, 24. A. Saxton, 11. K. Smith, 13. N. Wallace
Emg: 23. J. Bartolo, 12. G. Harris, 3. S. Murphy-Burke, 32. B. Stevens
23P: 39. S. Whiting

In: L. Suleiman, S. Dixon, K. Koropeckyj, S. Van De Heuvel, A. Saxton, R. Dardengo
Out: I. Porter,  M. Williamson,  J. Duffin,  K. Raymundo,  M. Lowe

Western Bulldogs

B: 9. T. Dinuccio, 42. N. Paul, 37. B. Wunhym
HB: 15. R. Ashley, 14. E. Gamble, 18. E. Birch
C: 29. J.  Davies, 10. S.  Jolly, 27. E.  Muller
HF: 7. D. Berry , 1. B. Lochland, 13. L. Butler
F: 2. E. Blackburn, 32. A. Mifsud, 41. A. Scott
R: 47. N. McMahon, 36. A. Gogos , 16. N. Ferres
Int: 25. R. Gastin, 40. N. Gills, 21. B. Hunt, 30. A. Tessari
Emg: 38. C. O’Brien, 26. S. Walmsley
23P: 50. L. Basto

In: E. Muller, L. Butler, B. Lochland, A. Gogos , B. Wunhym, L. Basto
Out: S. Ruedin, A. Guest, M. Ward, R. Martinuzzo, T. Ernst

 

Darebin vs Essendon

Saturday July 21, 12pm
Bill Lawry Oval, Northcote

Also making a handful of changes this week is Darebin, who will take on Essendon in Round 11 after a disappointing loss to the Northern Territory Thunder last week. They will head into the match without influential players Nat Exon and Aasta O’Connor. However, this lack of AFLW experience has been reimbursed by the likes of Lily Mithen and Jessica Dal Pos. Impactful defender, Grace Egan and forward, Kate Shierlaw have also been named in. Northern Knights junior, Marnie Jarvis will come in as the 23rd person, making her debut for Darebin.

Essendon have only made three changes ahead of their round 11 match up. The teenage trio of Molly Warburton, Danielle Ponter and Carla Rendelmann have each been named to take on Darebin while Aysha Ward and Bridie Winbanks have been named out. Despite Warburton, Ponter and Rendelmann’s ages, their tenacity and skill is well beyond their years which they will have the opportunity to prove this week when they search for Essendon’s second win.

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, 26. T. Olcorn, 13. K. Shierlaw
F: 44. S. Fairchild, 45. N. Deiter, 43. H. Mouncey
R: 40. L. Pearce, 30. E. O’Dea, 7. L. Mithen
Int: 34. S. Egan, 1. E. Honybun, 48. L. Jacobs, 24. B. Patterson
Emg: 37. J. Bertoni, 2. N. Callinan, 28. A. Morrow, 46. L. Szigeti|
23P: 39. M. Jarvis

In: K. Shierlaw, L. Mithen, L. Szigeti, J. Dal Pos, M. Jarvis, N. Callinan, S. Egan, J. Bertoni
Out: S. Simpson,  A. O’Connor,  N. Exon,  C. Delbridge

Essendon

B: 25. R. Neaves, 17. T. Hetherington, 5. M. Warburton
HB: 20. J. Anwyl, 7. K. Hicks, 27. A. Morcom
C: 46. C.  Ugle, 22. N.  MacDonald, 9. L.  Williams
HF: 18. K. Heil, 6. A. Quigley, 35. V. Moreau
F: 3. M. DeMatteo, 16. L. Morecroft, 32. T. Mackrill
R: 30. S. Nalder, 8. H. Bullas, 44. M. Collier
Int: 15. L. Caruso, 4. N. Hardy, 43. D. Ponter, 1. J. Trend
Emg: 45. E. Flack, 40. G. Golds, 12. B. Kearney, 37. I. Malliaras
23P: 36. C. Rendelmann

In: M. Warburton, B. Kearney, I. Malliaras, D. Ponter, G. Golds, C. Rendelmann
Out: A. Ward, B. Winbanks

 

Richmond vs NT Thunder

Saturday July 21, 12pm
Swinburne Centre, Richmond

Richmond will take on the Northern Territory Thunder this weekend from the Swinburne Centre. In preparation for the game, the Tigers have made four key changes. Trish Muller and Phoebe Monahan have been welcomed back to the starting 22 this week alongside two new faces, Jacqueline Radnell and Ruby Edmeades. Radnell is an exciting prospect for the Tigers, proven by her recent accolade for best on ground playing for the Central Victorian Football League Women’s representative team.

In their second consecutive away game, the Northern Territory Thunder have rested players. This has allowed for the inclusion of four debutants for their round 11 side. Ebony Miller, Madeline Keeble, and Stevie-Lee Thompson, all based in Alice Springs and Darwin are set to debut, as well as Rheanne Lugg who is based in Adelaide. PINT junior, Keeble’s speed and aggression paired with  Miller’s ruck skill, and Thompson and Lugg’s AFLW experience is sure to give the Thunder an edge this weekend. Eloise Jones, Emma Swanson and Deni Varnhagen will also join the squad this week after being rested.

Richmond

B: 84. L. Bieniara, 63. J. Graham, 69. E. Burry
HB: 83. J. Gardner, 73. L. Davie, 64. E. Gunn
C: 60. K.  Dempsey, 89. G.  Deller, 75. B.  Lynch
HF: 80. J. Louttit, 71. R. Edmeades, 55. C. Wakefield
F: 82. G. Bibby, 90. S. Damon, 72. J. Radnell
R: 62. T. Muller, 59. A. Woodward, 52. J. Kennedy
Int: 54. L. Bailey, 53. K. Dixon, 88. P. Monahan, 76. E. Ross
Emg: 85. N. Clarke, 61. J. Colwell, 81. E. George, 79. L. Tesoriero
23P: 67. N. Bamblett

In: T. Muller, J. Colwell, R. Edmeades, J. Radnell, E. George, N. Clarke, P. Monahan
Out: J. Hocking,  G. Egan,  A. Edmonds

NT Thunder

B: 9. L. Jeffrey, 10. S. Barnett, 13. L. Roberts
HB: 16. S. Armitstead, 42. G. Cusack, 53. S. Thompson
C: 2. E.  Jones, 40. D.  Varnhagen, 32. K.  Streader
HF: 4. S. Nalder, 29. M. Rajcic, 31. J. Sedunary
F: 11. J. Hickey, 26. A. Holmes, 17. E. Swanson
R: 20. J. Hewett, 28. R. Forth, 52. E. Marinoff
Int: 38. M. Keeble, 54. R. Lugg, 23. E. Miller, 7. L. O’Shea
Emg: 12. J. Anderson, 36. M. Ellis, 18. T. Holtze, 5. M. Roberts
23P: 46. S. Bishop

In: M. Ellis, R. Lugg, T. Holtze, D. Varnhagen, M. Keeble, S. Thompson , E. Jones, E. Miller, E. Swanson, J. Anderson, M. Roberts
Out: T. Thorn, J. Mules, C. Cramey, S. Riley, K. Duggan, G. Bevan, A. Foley

 

Geelong vs Casey

Saturday July 21, 1pm
Queens Park, Highton

After a big win last week against the Southern Saints, the Geelong Cats have made few changes to their round 11 side. The Cats will be thrilled to welcome back Melbourne listed AFLW player, Anna Teague after she missed last weeks game. Also coming in are GWV Rebels and Vic Country key defender Georgia Clarke for her second game, and former basketballer Cortney Williamson.

Coming off a win as well, the Casey Demons have only made three changes ahead of their round 11 game. Melbourne listed AFLW player, Claudia Whitfort has been brought into the starting 22 alongside Stacey Poke. Defender Emily Haeusler from Gippsland Power comes in as the 23rd person and will be making her debut for the Demons. On the other hand, Darcy Guttridge and Bianca Jakobsson have been called to the sidelines.

Geelong Cats

B: 26. R. Pearce, 44. R. Goring, 40. A. Teague
HB: 25. E. Coventry, 24. M. McMahon, 34. A. McDonald
C: 4. C.  Blakeway, 45. M.  Keryk, 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, 13. M. Fogas, 30. R. Cranston
Int: 54. G. Clarke, 53. T. Love, 17. H. Mangan, 19. E. Ramsay
Emg: 23. I. Currenti, 11. M. Klingbeil , 10. L. Taylor, 35. K. Woodroffe
23P: 51. C. Williamson

In: A. Teague, G. Clarke, C. Williamson

Casey Demons

B: 31. H. Bailey, 27. A. Harrison, 9. A. Johnson
HB: 2. A. Newman, 29. E. Zanker , 25. M. Shevlin
C: 48. S.  Fyfield, 3. R.  Clayton, 20. C.  Whitfort
HF: 16. C. Sherriff, 18. K. Bentvelzen , 26. S. Sloane
F: 22. K. Guttridge, 37. L. Lowerson, 14. T. Orgill
R: 41. T. Mesiti, 13. K. Smith, 6. A. McDonough
Int: 1. R. Guglielmino, 47. M. Hogg, 15. S. Phillips, 8. M. Tatham
Emg: 10. K. Hore, 12. G. McLean, 5. S. Poke, 32. J. Turner
23P: 46. E. Haeusler

In: S. Poke, C. Whitfort, R. Guglielmino, E. Haeusler
Out: D. Guttridge, B. Jakobsson

 

Carlton vs Collingwood

Sunday, July 22, 12pm
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

Classic rivals go head-to-head in Round 11 and each side has made team changes to fit. Carlton, coming off a win last week, has brought in five players including two debutants. Small forward, Georgia Gee will pull on the navy-blue jumper for the first time. Tara Morgan will also make her debut after moving from the Western Bulldogs. They will be joined by young Blues, Tyla Hanks and Madeline Brancatisano who return from their successful endeavours in the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships where Hanks was named in the Under 18 All Australian squad. Powerhouse, Darcy Vescio will be missing this week’s clash and, in her place, AFLW player, Bridie Kennedy will re-inject some experience to the line-up.

All Collingwood players will be rearing to get back on the field after their bye last week. The Pies have made eight changes to their squad, bringing in plenty of AFLW talent in Sophie Casey, Brittany Bonnici and Nicole Hildebrand. Katelyn Lee, Stacey Livingstone, Sophie Alexander, Paige Nash and Erica Fowler have also been named in.

Carlton

B: 22. G. Fisher, 51. T. Hanks, 6. G. Pound
HB: 34. A. Chuot, 5. D. Pedersen, 37. B. Schultz
C: 55. C.  Dalton, 19. G.  Gee, 18. T.  Lucas-Rodd
HF: 23. B. Kennedy, 36. C. Moody, 90. B. Walker
F: 20. C. Bromage, 40. K. Harvey, 10. S. Hosking
R: 42. C. Hardeman, 27. K. Cox, 32. N. Plane
Int: 8. M. Brancatisano, 82. N. Burns, 41. K. Cunico, 66. O. Vesely
23P: 13. M. Suzuki

In: G. Gee, T. Hanks, T. Lucas-Rodd, M. Brancatisano, B. Kennedy
Out: R. Hicks,  J. Borg

Collingwood

B: 52. N. Hales, 72. K. Lee, 12. S. Livingstone
HB: 22. S. Casey, 18. R. Schleicher, 21. I. Ross
C: 50. G.  Buchan, 47. J.  Edwards, 99. S.  Marsh
HF: 49. S. Alexander, 73. G. Biedenweg-Webster, 8. B. Bonnici
F: 77. C. Leighton, 75. E. Fowler, 2. C. Molloy
R: 11. E. Hynes, 5. E. Grant, 4. S. D’Arcy
Int: 53. R. Grant, 3. N. Hildebrand, 63. P. Nash, 41. K. Stratton
Emg: 81. B. Jones, 92. S. King, 62. E. Korteman, 90. C. Rooks
23P: 57. J. Ferguson

 

Southern Saints vs Melbourne Uni

Sunday, July 22, 3pm
SkyBus Stadium, Frankston

The Southern Saints are coming off a big loss last week and have made lots of changes which are sure to alter their Round 11 dynamic. AFLW stars, Alison Brown and Lauren Arnell come back into the side this week alongside Isabel Quintal, Eleanor Brown, Gabriella De Angelis and Charlotte Wilson. Dandenong Stingrays junior, Courtney Jones has been named as the 23rd person.

Melbourne Uni have also made a number of changes after a narrow loss to Hawthorn last weekend. Airlie Runnalls, Kira Price, Millie Shone, Aisling Tupper and Mietta McDonald have been named in the mix. Adding some experience and leadership to the side, Melbourne Uni have also named Vic Metro captain, Madison Prespakis and North Melbourne AFLW recruit, Sophie Abbatangelo. Rebecca Webster has been named as the 23rd person after impressing at the AFLW under-18 titles.

Southern Saints

B: 14. I. Quintal, 23. J. Rolland, 30. C. Wilson
HB: 17. L. Olsen, 38. S. Karlson, 19. A. Silver
C: 39. E.  Brown, 33. J.  Owen, 4. G.  Ricardo
HF: 10. L. Arnell, 15. T. Bohanna, 24. K. Ripari
F: 35. G. De Angelis, 13. C. Munn, 21. D. Lawrence
R: 28. R. Watt, 8. A. Drennan, 32. S. Johnson
Int: 49. A. Allsopp, 2. A. Brown, 12. J. Hull, 40. M. Maitland
Emg: 11. T. Annear, 45. S. Binder, 36. S. Bolding, 37. T. Gordon
23P: 42. C. Jones

In: A. Brown, I. Quintal, T. Annear, L. Arnell, E. Brown, S. Binder, G. De Angelis, C. Jones, C. Wilson
Out: L. Attard,  M. Macdonald,  S. Casey,  B. Hanrahan,  D. Smith

Melbourne Uni

B: 17. E. Hay, 29. K. Klatt, 6. E. Keaney
HB: 19. L. Ahrens, 31. D. Hardiman, 12. M. Cantwell
C: 22. D.  Edward, 18. A.  Tupper, 44. A.  Runnalls
HF: 1. S. Abbatangelo, 26. C. Greiser, 45. M. McDonald
F: 38. K. Angelis, 9. K. Price, 48. M. Prespakis
R: 8. C. Fitzpatrick, 2. H. Ibrahim, 7. A. Riddell
Int: 20. L. Belza, 13. R. Green, 34. A. Price, 35. M. Shone
Emg: 33. C. Adams, 11. P. Cordes, 43. L. Munday, 24. S. Wilson
23P: 21. R. Webster

In: A. Runnalls, S. Abbatangelo, C. Adams, A. Price, R. Webster, M. Shone, A. Tupper, M. Prespakis, M. McDonald
Out: K. Gillespie-Jones, S. De Bortoli, K. Ashmore, E. Humphries, J. Grierson

 

BYE – HAWTHORN

Scouting notes: VFLW – Round 10

ROUND 10 saw the Carlton Blues take home their first win since round two, while NT Thunder continues to bounce back convincingly from its two losses. Our writers watched the Blues take on the Seagulls and the Falcons go head-to-head against the Thunder this week, and took notes on some admirable performances.

 

Darebin vs. NT Thunder 

By: Taylah Melki

Darebin:

#8 Nat Exon

She was clever at the stoppages, working hard to keep the ball moving forward. Exon wasn’t afraid to put her body on the line and competed hard all game, showcasing her strength around the hips to shake off a tackle and then chip kick it to a leading player into Darebin’s attacking 50. Her game really elevated in the second half, getting more involved in the third quarter and utilising her booming long kick to create forward 50 thrusts.

#14 Meghan McDonald

McDonald impressed down back for the Falcons, taking a number of strong intercept marks throughout the game. She showed good composure while under pressure, using her beautiful long penetrating kick to get her team out of trouble. She laid a good smother in the second quarter to stop the forward thrust of the Thunder and wasn’t afraid to put her body on the line. Her ability to hit targets was also important helping to release the pressure down in defence.  

#28 Anna Morrow

Morrow really impressed, named among the best afield which was credit to her strong marking ability and good hands under pressure. Her composure was second to none, making clever decisions and hitting up leading teammates. Her work around the stoppage was also important, working tirelessly all game to win the footy.

#30 Elise O’Dea

She had a relatively quiet start but worked her way into the game. She demonstrated her strong marking ability and cleanliness around the ground, especially in the forward 50. O’Dea’s creativity with ball in hand and footy smarts were paramount to her good performance.

#43 Hannah Mouncey

Mouncey had a relatively quiet game as she was unable to hit the scoreboard. In saying that, she did demonstrate a strong set of hands and competed well in the air. She used her footy smarts to create strong leads into space as well as position well to hold space for the ball drop. Mouncey took a strong mark but much like her teammates was unable to convert, missing her set shot from about 25 metres out on an angle.  

 

NT Thunder:

#3 Angela Foley

It was another impressive game for Foley who continues to perform well this season. She demonstrated good run and carry through the middle of the ground, breaking lines and propelling her team forward. Foley cleanly picked up the footy multiple times and her quick hands to release teammates was pivotal to keeping the Thunder moving. She showcased her strong marking ability and applied good tackling pressure to keep the footy trapped in their forward half.

#13 Lisa Roberts

She was really solid all game and had some moments of brilliance, laying a crunching tackle in the first quarter resulting in a holding the ball call. Roberts used the footy well throughout the match, showcasing her beautiful strong kick of the footy and ability to read the play.

#14 Courtney Cramey

Cramey continued her impressive ways down back, taking heaps of intercept marks and nullifying her opponent. Her ability to cleanly pick up the footy was important and she provided some good run out of the back half. She is a real smooth mover and was able to dance her way through traffic and dispose of the ball effectively.

#24 Georgia Bevan

Bevan showed some good tackling pressure and follow-up work across the ground. She used her speed to break away from her opponent and try and set up a scoring opportunity for her teammates. Her agility and ability to turn on a dime was important as it helped to create space across the ground. Bevan’s good use of the footy and strong leads also created an overlap run for the Thunder.

#26 Abbey Holmes

Holmes was damaging in front of goal, slotting four majors for the game. Her clever kicks and accuracy by foot was a key feature of her game. More importantly, she showed a good ability to read the play and created scoring opportunities for her teammates. In the last quarter, she ran onto the ball and kicked a good goal to top off her impressive game. Holmes scrapped hard to win the footy at ground level and was clean in and around the contest with her quick hands.  

#29 Marijiana Rajcic

Rajcic took a beautiful strong contested mark on the wing, ran into open space and opened up the forward 50 for her teammates to stream forward. Her footy smarts were on display throughout the game with her clever use of the ball and ability to hit up a target.

#31 Jessica Sedunary

Though she was not as dominant in terms of goals sheet this week, Sedunary was still a force to be reckoned with up forward, going in hard to extract the footy at the stoppages. Her quick hands helped to release teammates into space and she provided plenty of good leads into space for her teammates to hit up. A key asset of her game was her ability to apply forward pressure and keep the footy trapped in their attacking 50. Sedunary worked tirelessly all game.

#32 Katie Streader

She was strong around the contest, displaying her clean hands. In one play in particular she showcased her strength to shrug off a tackle and then dispose of the footy cleanly. Streader was good in traffic and created good space across the ground. She put her body on the line continuously throughout the game with a really good strong tackle in the third quarter, signalling her intent to win the footy and winning a free kick for it. She also impressed with her good footwork to move around her opponent.

#52 Ebony Marinoff

Marinoff was in good form, highlighting her long clearing kick. She was strong through the congestion, showcasing her good side step and agility to dodge a few players and create space. Marinoff showed some good footy awareness to put the ball into damaging positions while under immense tackling pressure and applied plenty of physical pressure herself, laying strong tackles throughout the match.

 

Carlton vs. Williamstown

By: Julia Montesano

Carlton:

#3 Darcy Vescio

Was the star of the day with four goals on return. Vescio was dispossessed of the ball but then got straight back up and pounced on it, evaded an opponent then dribbled it through for a goal, which was a great second effort. Read the footy well when she took a mark at eye level, simultaneously jumping to her side when she leaped for it. Kicked two goals in the second quarter which asserted her dominance on the game. Executed a great lead to the footy off Katelyn Cox’s kick, which resulted in that third goal off a nice set shot. Also burst well out of the stoppage and executed a nice kick forward.

#5 Danica Pedersen

Pedersen continued to improve as the game went on, as she worked her way into the game after a relatively quiet first quarter. She took a good mark where she did well to come up and meet the ball and caresses it into her hands. Also executed a nice high kick into the forward line and sent it into a clever direction to the boundary line.

#6 Gabriella Pound

Executed a great chase and then balanced herself on the deck to get up and kick it. In one instance, she kicked the ball cleverly to the boundary line for a stoppage, reading the blustery conditions well. Pound also executed a great spin and kick under pressure.

#10 Sarah Hosking

Laid some good tackles and executed some great bursts out of the middle of the ground. Hosking displayed great acceleration out of the stoppage in the forward 50, where she just bullocked through the pack. Showed her footy smarts when she kicked the ball towards the boundary line to reset the forward structure. Also did well to run through the pack and get the ball away while getting tackled by two players.

#27 Katelyn Cox

Did well with two goals on the day, creating chances and converting them herself. Executed a good chip kick to the wing and backed this up by following the ball on the ground and soccering it through for a major. Executed a good pick-up off the deck and did well to get a kick away. Cox also displayed great run and carry and delivered a perfect spearing pass to Darcy Vescio on the lead. Also showed aggression when she laid a really strong tackle on her opponent.

#34 Akec Chuot

Displayed excellent run and carry along the boundary line with her lightning pace. Took a good mark on the boundary line, where she displayed strong hands. Chuot also took an excellent leap to tap the ball out of bounds.

#40 Kristi Harvey

Displayed good hands to Chloe Dalton on the outside and executed a good pick-up off the deck. Followed this up with a nice centering handball, demonstrating clean hands throughout the day. The skipper showed good intent to grab the ball and just kick it, continually creating forward penetration. Had a lovely kicking action and split the middle with her long kick from a set shot. Harvey displayed good body work and did well to get the ball on the deck after the ball spilled out of her hands while going for the mark.

#55 Chloe Dalton

Dalton played probably her best game in Carlton colours, with her fierce tackling standing up in the win. Executed an excellent chase-down tackle on Kaitlin Smith, which got everyone up and about. Moments later, she laid another excellent tackle on Jess Duffin inside forward 50, which is hard to do considering Duffin’s exceptional skills. Dalton also delivered a nice kick towards forward 50, complementing her tackling with her kicking. She was able to lay a good tackle to send Morgan Lowe over the boundary line with aggression, which again generated a warm round of applause from teammates and the crowd.

 

Williamstown:

#2 Jess Duffin

Duffin was amazing as usual, never giving up in a bid to win the ball for her side. Gave off a nice handball in close in the middle of the ground then backed it up moments later with excellent run and carry from the full back kick in, displaying her elite endurance. In one instance, Duffin used the space she had well and took a couple of bounces, running along the boundary line. Gets herself involved with a couple of one-twos with teammates, allowing swift ball movement and a chance to compose the ball movement as well. Laid a nice tackle on Katelyn Cox in the middle of the ground and mopped up well off a Darcy Vescio kick, hacking it towards the boundary line.

#4 Emily Paterno

Laid a great tackle to dispossesses her opponent and followed this up with another great tackle and a nice kick forward. Paterno also executed a clean pick-up off the deck and gave off a nice handball, demonstrating her clean hands.  

#17 Sarah Chapman

A highlight of her game was when she spun one way then the other then got the kick away. Took a nice uncontested mark while leading to the ball and had good awareness to spot Jenna Bruton behind her to handball it off after a free kick was awarded her way.

#22 Morgan Lowe

Laid an excellent tackle and followed it up with a nice kick to the wing. Did the little one per centers throughout the day, such as when she smothered Danica Pedersen’s kick. Lowe displayed excellent run and carry and showed great agility as well, side-stepping her opponents. After this effort, she timed the kick perfectly as she just got it away before she got tackled. Also displayed good pace to chase the ball as it was bouncing over the boundary line, highlighting her desperation to win the footy.

#36 Megan Williamson

Williamston laid a great tackle to dispossess her opponent, and was lively when she got the ball in hand. Displayed great run and carry and executed a nice kick out into space, playing her role well on the day.

#39 Sharnie Whiting

A shining light for the Seagulls with two goals from the day. She kicked Williamstown’s first of the day with a great get and kick through the goals. Whiting led up well to the footy and took a great mark in the forward line. After this, she went back and kicked her second of the day, showing composure in front of goals. Also gave off a good handball on hands and knees, trying hard all day for her side.

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.