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2021 WAFL Women’s Round 2 preview: Grand Final rematch opens action

ROUND 2 of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Women’s competition kicks off with a Saturday night and early Sunday morning fixture to help with the heat, as a number of young guns aim to state their claims against experienced opposition.

SUBIACO vs. PEEL THUNDER
Saturday, February 27 @ 6pm
Leederville Oval

A grand final rematch kicks off Round 2 of the WAFL Women’s, with reigning premiers Peel Thunder unfurling their flag last week, then grabbing their first points of 2021 with an impressive win over East Fremantle. Now they come up against a Subiaco side looking to also go 2-0 after surviving a late fightback from South Fremantle in the last quarter of their Round 1 encounter.

Ella Roberts picked up where she left off in 2020 last week, booting two first half goals before being locked down by the Sharks in the second half. Subiaco knows just how dangerous she can be, so expect another tough day for the teenager who will learn to deal with extra attention. Fellow young gun Courtney Rowley showed good signs in Round 1 and will look to build on that for Round 2, providing a crucial run-and-carry on the outside. Beth Schilling provided a target up forward for the Thunder in Round 1, and throw in Jade Briggs and Kate Bartlett, and the Thunder have heaps of X-factor inside 50. Tanisha Anderson and Jaide Britton are another couple of talents to watch out for, with Britton named as co-captain for Western Australia ahead of the Under 19 Championships.

Despite the Thunder getting up in the grand final last year, Subiaco had won all of the previous four clashes against the Thunder, and will be hoping to restore that back in this game. They have some young talent of their own with Claire Ortlepp off half-back and Jamie Rust up forward. Captain Tarnica Golisano will also give a four-quarter effort, whilst Fremantle AFL Women’s injury replacement player Maggie MacLachlan has been named for the game. Similarly, Kia Buckley and Abbey Dowrick have both been named on the bench with the hope they can return to the side.

Both these sides have some terrific young talent, as well as some crucial state league and top-level experience, so expect it to be a terrific match, though Peel Thunder will be favourites after stamping their authority in Round 1.

 

SOUTH FREMANTLE vs. SWAN DISTRICTS
Sunday, February 28 @ 9.30am
Fremantle Community Bank Oval

Two sides that were on opposite sides of the coin in nail-biting encounters do battle in the second Round 2 clash, with South Fremantle hosting Swan Districts at Fremantle Community Bank Oval. An early 9.30am fixture provides fans with a way of avoiding an averse weather conditions like the Swans suffered through during their six-point low-scoring win over Claremont last week. The Bulldogs lost the points, but certainly lost no fans in a spirited fightback against Subiaco in the final term only to fall short.

Pia Durk in the midfield has been touted as one to watch this season for the red and whites, with Lauren Vecchio the ever-reliable leader onball. Poppy Stockwell returns to the side as a crucial forward option, while Ash Reidy and Tahlia Holtze are others for the Bulldogs who have been named at opposite ends on the flanks. South Fremantle coach Beau McCormack said in the preseason that ex-rugby player Makaela Tuhakaraina is one to keep an eye on in 2021. Zoe Huggett booted three goals in the narrow loss last week and will be a key target once again inside 50.

Swan Districts are a young side, but have plenty of upside, with Dana East and Jessica Cox among the developing talents at the black and whites. They provide the inside presence with ruck Sarah Wielstra getting better by the week as a ruck/forward, while Tara Stribley is the outside distributor needed for that touch of clash. Bella Edgley was the difference for the Swans in Round 1, with her two goals because crucial in challenging conditions, while Jamie Henry is another young talent who will play in defence with the likes of experienced backs, captain Emily McGuire, and Lauren Osborne.

Swan Districts will be favourites to continued South Fremantle’s losing streak, but the Bulldogs showed terrific signs last week and been at home, they know anything is possible with the talent they have brought into the club.

 

CLAREMONT vs. EAST FREMANTLE
Sunday, February 28 @ 1pm
Revo Fitness Stadium

The final game of the round takes place at 1pm on Sunday when two Round 1 losers face-off. Claremont went down in a narrow loss to Swan Districts last week, whilst East Fremantle was competitive early, but ultimately overwhelmed by the end against a dangerous Peel Thunder outfit. The Tigers will be hungry for more success in 2021 after just letting the game slip despite having chances, while the Sharks will need to overcome the loss of Rachel Ashley to injury which was one of the turning points in the game last week after the returning utility booted two goals from full-forward.

East Fremantle have a balance of youth and experience on the field, but are a very different-looking side to 2020. Rosie Walsh returns to the side after missing Round 1 and will look to take up a ruck role teaming up with Laura McClelland who stepped up to League football last week. Sharon Wong provided the four-quarter consistency you expect from her, while Ashleigh Gomes and Kahra Sprylan will be some of the crucial talents in adding experience to the Sharks’ lineup. Chloe Reilly has been named to start in defence again, with the forward taking on fellow West Australian Under-19 State Academy talent Amy Franklin in a huge head-to-head. With Alex Williams named in a back pocket and Sara Lewis up forward, the Sharks having marking targets at both ends.

For the Tigers, Rachel Ortlepp was a source of rebound last week, and she will go head-to-head with another young talent in Zoe Gillard. West Coast’s Sophie McDonald has been named to suit up for the Tigers this week for some crucial stability in defence, while the onball brigade of Ella Smith, Jess Low and Sasha Goranova are as hard as they come. Up forward, Franklin is always an imposing figure with her marking and athleticism, while Jacinta Valentini and Sarah Garstone also have State Academy experience. The Tigers are a well-balanced squad with Brooke Hongell showing some promising signs up forward last week and will be keen to capitalise more in this match.

Claremont seem to be set for a win after getting so close last week, but some important inclusions for the Sharks mean they will be more competitive for longer.

Picture: WAFL

WAFLW Round 1 wrap: Peel Thunders to opening round victory

REIGNING premiers Peel Thunder unfurled the flag and then unleashed their potential – albeit after a comical mishap in hindsight – to win by 32 points over a vastly-different East Fremantle side on the weekend. Opening up the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Women’s competition, the Thunder and Sharks were set to battle in repeat of last year’s preliminary final. On both occasions the Thunder emerged victorious, and this time it was 8.7 (55) to 3.5 (23).

After celebrating their 2020 WAFL Women’s flag in front of home fans, the Thunder players were so delirious they actually went to the wrong end of the field, with the defenders and forwards needing to switch and re-evaluate. Within 46 seconds, East Fremantle had a goal on the board through returning Sharks talent, Rachel Ashley. It would be the first of two goals for the talented utility who was moved forward after previously playing in defence.

After the first minute of mayhem for the Thunder, the reigning premiers steadied and took full control of the match, starting with a clever snap from Kate Bartlett and then one from star bottom-ager Ella Roberts. Having announced herself in last year’s grand final, the 16-year-old again came to the party for Peel, booting two ridiculous goals – one from long-range into the breeze and another in the second term under pressure tight on the boundary – and having an array of eye-catching moments.

East Fremantle locked down on her in the second half to limit her influence, but they could not contain the entire team, as Roberts was just one of three multiple goalkickers. Bartlett slotted three – including a final term ripper that was arguably the goal of the day to seal the match – and fellow youngster Jade Briggs booted two. With Ashley icing up a hamstring in the second half, the Sharks struggled to find avenues to goal, and aside from Ann McMahon kicking a consolation major in the fourth, went a full 36 minutes without a goal.

Roberts was clearly among the best-on in the first half before being tagged in the second half, with fellow youngsters Briggs, Courtney Rowley and Beth Schilling all showing some serious talent. From a more experienced point of view, Katie-Jayne Grieve and Nel Baxter were also impressive, as was Tanisha Anderson coming off half-back.

For the Sharks, Kate Inglis-Hodge stood out, with Amber Kinnane, Sharon Wong, Hayley O’Donnell and debutant Mylee Leitch having some impressive moments. While East Fremantle showed some potential, the loss of their experience due to AFL Women’s showed a team bringing through plenty of new faces.

The other two matches provided a couple of thrillers as Swan Districts ground out a narrow six-point win over Claremont in hot conditions yesterday afternoon. The Swans got up 2.6 (18) to 1.6 (12) at Steel Blue Oval, with the teams both going goalless in the second half. Claremont did hit back with three behinds to one, but the Tigers not taking their chances really hurt.

Young gun Bella Edgley showed some promising signs with a couple of second quarter goals – one from a set shot and another from a tight angle – to be the chief destroyer for the home team, while AFL Women’s Academy member Amy Franklin showed off her athleticism to get goalside and take plenty of grass on her way to slamming home the opening major of the day.

Franklin was a standout up forward as a target and roaming up the ground, whilst Jess Low was everywhere on the day. Emily Bennett had a great day out for the Tigers, while Rachel Ortlepp and captain Ella Smith also won their fair share of the footy despite the loss.

Swan Districts had a real even team performance across the board, with Bianca Webb and Mikayla Hyde showing off their AFL Women’s experience with great defensive efforts and athleticism respectively. Youngsters Tara Stribley and Emma Nanut had some great moments, as did 15-year-old Jamie Henry, while Emily McGuire was rock solid as usual in the back half, and Sarah Wielstra provided a tall target inside 50.

Meanwhile an inaccurate Subiaco escaped with the win against a fast-finishing and much improved South Fremantle. While the Bulldogs did not manage to breakthrough for their maiden victory, they certainly gave the Lions a scare, piling on three goals to three behinds in the final term, only to fall short by three points.

Casey Byrne was the standout goalscorer on the day, slotting home three majors for the losing side, while Ella Higgins and Lauren Vecchio both added goals to their name. Maggie MacLachlan looked to have benefited from a preseason at AFL Women’s level, kicking two majors for the winners, while Amy Hunt and Jamie Rust both slotted one apiece.

WAFL Women’s Round 1 results:

Peel Thunder 8.7 (55) defeated East Fremantle 3.5 (23)
Subiaco 4.13 (37) defeated South Fremantle 5.4 (34)
Swan Districts 2.6 (18) defeated Claremont 1.6 (12)

Picture credit: Owen Davies / Peel Thunder

Sharks youth set to shine in 2021

A NEW squad that has changed “dramatically”, coached by a fresh face, and a new role for one of its talented up-and-coming youngsters in Rosie Walsh has East Fremantle buoyant about the season ahead. The Sharks were back-to-back premiers in 2018-19 and then preliminary final losers last season in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Women’s competition, but are now firmly focused on a fresh season which is much earlier than usual.

For Walsh who received a Draft Combine invite last year after stepping up to the League side, she has enjoyed the preseason and meeting new faces as the experienced Sharks prepare for most of the season without their AFL Women’s talent.

“It’s actually been really good,” Walsh said of the preseason. “We had a new coach so that’s been really good. “It’s been a bit of a change, trying some new footy styles with a different coach, and we’ve had a really different team to last season. It’s changed dramatically, but I reckon it’s changed in a good way, see some fresh faces.”

“We haven’t been hit by COVID too bad (this season). “We missed out on one week of training, (but) luckily games hadn’t started then, so I reckon that we honestly got it easy compared to all the other states who have had it bad. “It’s been really good, the girls got to do their training from home for that week, and we all came back and we’re eager to get back into it for Round 1 coming this weekend. “I don’t think that’s stopped us from getting where we want to be which is good.”

New coach Simon Quayle knows just how formidable the Sharks can be, having coached against them as Subiaco’s mentor in the 2018 West Australian Women’s Football League (WAWFL) Grand Final. Walsh said Quayle had come in and put an emphasis on skills and decision making, something that the Sharks have identified as an area to focus on with so many new players in the team.

“His (Quayle’s) coaching style is working on skills a lot more,” Walsh said. “Hitting those targets, working on our kicking, on our handpasses, just those really basic skills that those little things that will get you to where you want to be. “I reckon switching different coaching styles is hard, but I reckon it’s been really good with the new coach and from winning two premierships in a row, and going down last year in the prelim, I think that working as a team honestly and getting that really club culture going, is what we’re working on really hard.”

For Walsh herself, she has not let missing out on the draft worry her as she focuses on a new role – in the ruck – for the 2021 season. Having played predominantly as a key forward and aiding the ruck when the ball was inside 50, Walsh has identified that fitness and her ruck craft were key areas to base her preseason improvements around.

“Getting to every contest, getting my first hand on the ball which would be really good, getting that front position, my bodywork, building that strength in my arms and my core so I can jump higher and get my hands on the ball first,” Walsh said. “That’s what I’m working on, getting my ruck work up to scratch.”

Despite being bundled out of the 2020 WAFL Women’s finals series by the Thunder, Walsh said the team had not changed their thought process or how they wanted to play any differently knowing that Peel was their opponent for Round 1. Walsh said both teams had changed, but the Sharks were also experienced in how the Thunder played, and had to play at their best to try and stop them.

“I don’t really think that anything changed when we knew we were playing Peel,” she said. “I think we didn’t think about Peel, we were thinking about what we needed to do to win the game, what we needed to do as a team, what we needed to do to improve. “With half a new team, it’s going to be different with having those new faces and obviously not played together before.”

With so many new faces coming into the team from either the East Fremantle Reserves or Rogers Cup sides, or returning from a year off, Walsh said there were plenty of names to keep an eye on in 2020. Specifically, Walsh said ruck/forward Laura McClelland stepping up from the Reserves last season, and Mia Schleicher and Mylee Leitch coming in from the Rogers Cup team. Rachel Ashley – who played in the 2019 League Grand Final – returns after a year off to add extra strength to the forward line.

“Mia Schleicher, it’s her first year playing League as well, she played Colts last year and I definitely think she is a gun to look out for,” Walsh said. “Her sister plays for Collingwood, Ruby Schleicher. “I definitely think she will have some experience there coming into our League team.

Mylee Leitch, she has come up from the Colts, she has gone into the League team, she’s a small forward, really kick and knows how to put the ball through the sticks, she is pretty good.”

East Fremantle will call upon its youth and depth like every WAFL Women’s side this season, when players such as Ruby Schleicher are out due to AFL Women’s commitments. Walsh said it would be “different” without the AFLW talent, but said it was a double-edged sword in that regard.

“It’s going to be different without the AFL Women’s players, because obviously with their experience and expertise of the game, that really helps with their leadership qualities, but I also think it’s a good opportunity for us to have some of the Under 18s players, the Colts players come up and play in the League team,” Walsh said. “It gives other girls opportunities to play at that level which they’ve always wanted to do. “It’s always good to bring in new talent and bring in experienced players into the League team to potentially, who knows where they’ll end up.

“It’s really good to see the new faces and some of the girls have been down there which is good, because they’re still getting around the club, still helping do some training and coaching, but they’re just not going to be playing with us, which is unfortunate, but I think it’s really cool but I think we get to see a lot of other girls come through to the club.”

For Walsh, she still has her eyes on the ultimate prize – getting drafted – with the 20-year-old a late developer and one who is constantly improving areas of her game to be a more complete player.

“I definitely by the 2021 Draft, I would hope to get drafted to an AFL club,” Walsh said. “That would be number one. “But even just improving myself as a footy player, so working on my ruckwork as I said, I haven’t played ruck for a whole season before, so this is going to be my first season, so being the best ruck that I can. “Being the number one ruck in the team which should be great, and also just building my culture for myself and building the team so we can become one and have that strong community.”

East Fremantle take on Peel Thunder at David Grays Arena on Saturday, February 20 from 5pm local time (8pm AEDST).

Picture credit: East Fremantle Women’s Facebook

AFLW season previews: Western Bulldogs

THE reigning premiers will come into 2019 hoping to go back-to-back for the first time in the AFLW competition, having picked up a wealth of experienced players to join their side this year. But with the loss of last year’s Best and Fairest, Emma Kearney to North Melbourne and leading goalkicker, Brooke Lochland to injury for the majority of the season, their Bulldogs’ plans could be skewed.

Last season: 1st – five wins, two losses.

Changes:

In: Belinda Smith, Eleanor Brown, Aisling McCarthy, Kate Bartlett, Selena Karlson, Jessie Davies, Tessa Boyd, Celine Moody

Out: Daria Bannister, Jenna Bruton, Emma Kearney, Aasta O’Connor, Jess Anderson, Rachel Ashley, Laura Bailey, Kim Ebb

With a lot of experience lost in the off-season, the Bulldogs opted to do a straight swap in the draft, opting for more experience over youth. Paul Groves and his assistants would’ve followed the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition closely, picking up four players who had experience in that league. Classy midfielder, Eleanor Brown had the honour of adding TAC Cup Girls and Vic Metro experience to her VFLW experience last year, proving she has what it takes to shine at AFLW level. Brown can play an inside or outside role in the midfield and can roll across to the half-back line, which she did successfully in the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships in July. Brown came up against a clever forward in Kate Bartlett during those championships, who she will now play alongside at the Dogs. Bartlett played for Western Australia as a 19 year-old last year, working hard to earn a chance to play AFLW alongside another ‘KB’ in Katie Brennan.

Area of strength: Forward line

The Bulldogs have one of the most attractive forward lines in the competition. This is of course headlined by Brennan, who is a class above with her marking and goal kicking ability. If she can stay injury and suspension free this season, she will be a key part in taking the Bulldogs to the top again. She will also have Kate Bartlett inside 50 to complement her. The Western Australian forward is also strong overhead and has a great goal sense under pressure, playing as a deep or high forward. AFLW fans were starved of seeing Isabel Huntington reach her potential last season due to her heartbreaking Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury. While she had another knee scare in the off-season, the 2016 number one draft pick will be ready to go in 2019, and she will certainly be one to watch with her prowess in the air and long kick. Add in the best on ground in the Grand Final, Monique Conti and the Bulldogs have a dangerous forward line that combines dominance in the air and speed on the field.

Area of weakness: Midfield

The Bulldogs lost a key midfield duo in the off-season to North Melbourne, waving goodbye to Kearney and Jenna Bruton. While Aasta O’Connor mainly plays in defence, she was often a key cog in the ruck for the Bulldogs in seasons gone by, meaning she is another loss in the middle of the ground for the reigning premiers. The Bulldogs are fortunate that Ellie Blackburn has still stuck around, as she and Kearney combined to be a lethal duo last season. Blackburn has been elevated to the club’s co-captain alongside Brennan this season, allowing her to relish her on-field leadership as well as her obvious talent. Sandringham Dragons product, Brown could be the one to combine with Blackburn this season, as Blackburn’s great hands and precise kicks have given opposition midfields headaches in past years.

Players to watch:

Isabel Huntington

Huntington’s debut game was cruelly halted in the first half when she ruptured her ACL against Brisbane, not even getting to complete a full game in her debut appearance for the side. Now having been cleared of another ACL rupture after an innocuous training incident, Huntington is on track to play her debut game for the Bulldogs in Round 1, and if last year’s glimpse is anything to go by, she will be a dominant force inside 50. Huntington’s overhead marking is elite and she is strong in the contests. Combine that with her long kick, and she is certainly one to keep an eye on.

Naomi Ferres

Ferres had a brilliant season in the VFLW for the Western Bulldogs, taking out the club’s Best and Fairest at the end of the season. Despite only playing seven matches, Ferres was named in the best in each game, averaging 17.4 disposals per game. This included finishing off her season with three consecutive games in which she racked up 20 disposals per game. Clearly, Ferres is one that knows how to find the football and is clever both by hand and by foot, which will make her a key cog in the Bulldogs’ 2019 midfield, given the loss of Bruton and Kearney.

Eleanor Brown

Brown was one of the most composed players in the TAC Cup Girls competition last year, winning the ball with ease in the midfield. She was often able to clear space with her long kick or create space with her outside running, making her one of Sandringham’s key players across the season. Brown was named in the TAC Cup Girls Team of the Year at half-forward for her efforts, highlighting her versatility across the field. In the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, she found herself at half-back on the last day of the Gold Coast tournament, and was a key playmaker, racking up plenty of disposals and acting as an anchor across the back line. She made the Under-18 All-Australian team because of this game and her efforts across the tournament for Vic Metro.

2019 prediction: 1st in Conference A

Despite some key losses in the off-season, the Bulldogs should still be the ones to watch when it comes to the premiership race. A forward line containing Brennan, Huntington, Conti and Bartlett, a defence containing the likes of Hannah Scott, Libby Birch and Lauren Spark and a midfield which consists of bona-fide stars in Blackburn, Brown and Ferres still makes the Bulldogs a highly talented team. Considering their success last season, they do have one of the harder draws in the 2019 season, facing off against Adelaide and the two new expansion teams in Geelong and North Melbourne, and hosting a Grand Final rematch against the Lions in the first four rounds of the season. If the Bulldogs can win at least two of those games, they will be well on track for another premiership berth, as they have an easy draw after that, facing off against Fremantle, Melbourne and Carlton in the last three rounds of the season.

AFLW Draft review: Western Bulldogs

THE reigning premiers have chosen to defend their premiership title by bolstering their forward line stocks. While the Bulldogs lost star players such as Emma Kearney, Jenna Bruton and Aasta O’Connor, they don’t seem to be too worried, recruiting some young, experienced and international talent into their 2019 side.

 

What they needed:

  • Midfielders to replace Emma Kearney, Daria Bannister and Jenna Bruton
  • Ruck/ versatility to fill the void of Aasta O’Connor
  • Defenders to cover the loss of Rachel Ashley, Laura Bailey and Kim Ebb

 

Players selected:

Eleanor Brown – Sandringham Dragons

Eleanor Brown will be a fitting replacement for Emma Kearney in the midfield. She possesses elite ball-use, especially by hand, often disposing of the ball quickly and cleanly to escape congestion. Brown also has a long and powerful kick, and can make an influence all over the ground. She spent some time at half-back during the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, racking up numerous disposals. She can also mark the ball well, making her a good fit to replace the loss of an important premiership trio.

Aisling McCarthy – Tipperary (Ireland)

Coming from the Crosscoders program, McCarthy impressed the Bulldogs, who took the forward with their 23rd pick. McCarthy played in the forward line for her Gaelic football side, and has now crossed over to Australian Rules to display her speed and agility in the competition. She will be a great addition to one of the most exciting forward lines in the league, which contains the likes of Katie Brennan, Isabel Huntington, Bonnie Toogood and Brooke Lochland.

Kate Bartlett – Peel Thunderbirds

The Bulldogs have further bolstered their inside 50 stocks with the addition of 19 year-old Kate Bartlett. Bartlett missed out on being drafted last year but will get her chance in the red, white and blue this season. It was hard to look past her at the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, as she dominated inside 50 for Western Australia, kicking six goals in five games and creating plenty of scoring opportunities. She earned a place in the All Australian team as a result, and will now fly across the country to join the Bulldogs.

Selena Karlson – Southern Saints

Selena Karlson will help aid the loss of Bailey, Ebb and Ashley, who departed the club in the off-season. She is a smart defender who played 12 games for the Southern Saints this season and finished in the top 10 of their Best and Fairest. Karlson was also named in the best three times.

Jessie Davies – Western Bulldogs

Jessie Davies is no stranger to the Western Bulldogs outfit, having spent time with them during the VFLW. She is a versatile utility who will add some depth to the side. Davies played seven games for the Bulldogs this season and is also a member of the VU Western Spurs. Having a player that can be used all over the ground will help the Bulldogs cover their off-season losses, especially that of Aasta O’Connor, who can be used in different areas of the ground.

 

How they went:

Instead of replacing their losses, the Bulldogs went in a different direction for the draft, opting to boost their already powerful forward line. This isn’t a bad strategy at all, as more firepower inside 50 gives them more of a chance to defend their premiership title. But in the midfield, they could struggle, as the loss of Emma Kearney, Jenna Bruton and Daria Bannister will be hard to replace. Thankfully, Eleanor Brown will fill a part of this void, thanks to her brilliant hands and strong kicking. Selena Karlson will also fill part of the absence of Ebb, Bailey and Ashley in defence, after playing for the Southern Saints this year. Having a versatile player like Jessie Davies will also be valuable to add support roles into different sections of the field. Despite a stellar inside 50 line-up, the Bulldogs could struggle through the midfield and in defence, with the loss of some key players. Aasta O’Connor’s void in the ruck has also not been filled, making the ruck situation an interesting one.

Team selection: VFLW – Round 15

WITH only two weeks left of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s Competition, teams are fighting for a chance to play in the finals. Most teams have made minimal changes this week and are trying to create some momentum to finish the home and away season off strongly. Round 15 looks like another important week in the VFLW competition, kicking off with the Western Bulldogs taking on Melbourne Uni.

 

WESTERN BULLDOGS v. MELBOURNE UNI

Round 15 – 18/08/2018

02:00PM

Victoria University Whitten Oval

The Western Bulldogs take on Melbourne Uni this weekend and have made four changes for the occasion. After their disappointing loss to Hawthorn last weekend, the Dogs have brought in AFLW premiership player, Hannah Scott to help guide the team to victory. Also included this week are Rachel Ashley and Nicole Paul. Coming in as the 23rd player this week, the Dogs have also named the young Aleshia Bettels to make her debut in the red, white and blue.

The Dogs might have brought home the win in their last encounter, but this week Melbourne Uni will be hoping to back up its Round 14 victory to turn the tables. The Mugars have also made four changes ahead of the clash, bringing in Bendigo Pioneers graduate, Aisling TupperMietta McDonald and debutant, Jacinta Limbrick. Limbrick comes into the VFLW side after being part of North Melbourne’s Tasmanian Senior State Academy and impressing in the Tasmania State League (TSL) Women’s competition. She kicked 24 goals from 12 games this season.

Western Bulldogs

B: 5. R. Martinuzzo, 40. N. Gills, 42. N. Paul
HB: 29. J. Davies, 11. L. Spark, 12. J. Francke
C: 19. T.  Ernst, 9. T.  Dinuccio, 21. B.  Hunt
HF: 20. A. Guest, 32. A. Mifsud, 10. S. Jolly
F: 15. R. Ashley, 6. K. McLeod, 43. A. Goldring
R: 47. N. McMahon, 22. H. Scott, 28. B. Toogood
Int: 31. A. Gunn, 35. S. Ruedin, 41. A. Scott, 30. A. Tessari
23P: 39. A. Bettels

In: A. Bettels, R. Ashley, N. Paul, H. Scott
Out: R. Gastin,  D. Berry,  C. O’Brien

Melbourne Uni

B: 12. M. Cantwell, 29. K. Klatt, 9. K. Price
HB: 4. A. Saundry, 54. J. Limbrick, 55. M. Smith
C: 19. L.  Ahrens, 18. A.  Tupper, 45. M.  McDonald
HF: 22. D. Edward, 6. E. Keaney, 17. E. Hay
F: 38. K. Angelis, 27. J. Anderson, 7. A. Riddell
R: 8. C. Fitzpatrick, 3. K. Ashmore, 46. M. Prespakis
Int: 1. S. Abbatangelo, 20. L. Belza, 26. C. Greiser, 2. H. Ibrahim
23P: 21. R. Webster

In: A. Tupper, M. Smith, M. McDonald, J. Limbrick
Out: K. Gillespie-Jones, L. Haines, D. Hardiman, E. Humphries

 

COLLINGWOOD v. SOUTHERN SAINTS

Round 15 – 18/08/2018

02:00PM

Ted Summerton Reserve, Moe

The Magpies continue to make plenty of changes in the final weeks of the home and away season. After their narrow loss to the formidable NT Thunder outfit in Round 14, they will be desperate to stay in second spot on the ladder with a couple of teams on their toes. AFLW talent comes in and out of their side this week with Emma Grant and Steph Chiocci taking to the sidelines while Eliza Hynes and Chloe Molloy fill their shoes. Also named in are Gabrielle Biedenweg-Webster, Amy Malander, Elise Korteman and Erica Fowler.

Coming up against the Pies this week, the Saints have made three changes going into Round 15. Vic Metro representative, Gabriella De Angelis has been selected to play this week, alongside Meg McDonald and TAC Cup Girls leading goal kicker, Holly Bate, who has been named as the 23rd player. Coming out of the side this week are Keely FitzgeraldJasmine Tait and Selena Karlson.

Collingwood

B: 72. K. Lee, 18. R. Schleicher, 12. S. Livingstone
HB: 22. S. Casey, 67. H. McLaren, 52. N. Hales
C: 50. G.  Buchan, 2. C.  Molloy, 99. S.  Marsh
HF: 8. B. Bonnici, 66. D. Bateman, 28. H. Whitford
F: 75. E. Fowler, 49. S. Alexander, 3. N. Hildebrand
R: 11. E. Hynes, 54. H. Grubb, 41. K. Stratton
Int: 73. G. Biedenweg-Webster, 70. J. Ferguson, 62. E. Korteman, 61. A. Malander
23P: 59. K. Lynch

In: G. Biedenweg-Webster, E. Hynes, E. Korteman, C. Molloy, A. Malander, E. Fowler
Out: S. King,  P. Nash,  E. Grant,  I. Ross,  S. Chiocci,  J. Edwards

Southern Saints

B: 4. G. Ricardo, 23. J. Rolland, 30. C. Wilson
HB: 45. S. Binder, 29. M. Macdonald, 17. L. Olsen
C: 39. E.  Brown, 2. A.  Brown, 43. S.  Heath
HF: 21. D. Lawrence, 15. T. Bohanna, 24. K. Ripari
F: 36. S. Bolding, 13. C. Munn, 35. G. De Angelis
R: 28. R. Watt, 8. A. Drennan, 32. S. Johnson
Int: 42. C. Jones, 40. M. Maitland, 19. A. Silver, 16. K. Thompson
23P: 3. H. Bate

In: M. Macdonald, G. De Angelis, H. Bate
Out: K. Fitzgerald, J. Tait, S. Karlson

 

ESSENDON  v. WILLIAMSTOWN

Round 15 – 18/08/2018

03:00PM

Windy Hill

Former Diamond Creek player, Maddy Collier and Oakleigh Chargers ruck, Bridie Winbanks are the only inclusions in Essendon’s side going into Round 15. Their side will face Williamstown this week where three new VFLW rules will feature.

Williamstown will be looking for back-to-back wins after its triumph against Richmond last weekend. The Seagulls have made two changes for the clash at Windy Hill, welcoming back Rachel Achampong and Erin Meade who have both recovered from injury. Ashlea Melnikas has also been named as part of the interchange. Belinda Hateley and Jamilla Cranny have both been sidelined due to injury.

Essendon

B: 20. J. Anwyl, 17. T. Hetherington, 41. M. Warburton
HB: 27. A. Morcom, 7. K. Hicks, 25. R. Neaves
C: 18. K.  Heil, 22. N.  MacDonald, 9. L.  Williams
HF: 35. V. Moreau, 16. L. Morecroft, 1. J. Trend
F: 28. C. Portlock, 3. M. DeMatteo, 6. A. Quigley
R: 30. S. Nalder, 8. H. Bullas, 46. C. Ugle
Int: 15. L. Caruso, 44. M. Collier, 26. A. Madden, 19. B. Winbanks
23P: 10. E. Cornish

In: M. Collier, B. Winbanks

Williamstown

B: 19. E. Meade, 20. S. Seabrook, 8. C. Portelli
HB: 1. R. Dardengo, 24. A. Saxton, 34. J. Reid
C: 22. M.  Lowe, 2. J.  Duffin, 11. K.  Smith
HF: 4. E. Paterno, 25. J. Garner, 33. S. Van De Heuvel
F: 16. A. Cameron, 39. S. Whiting, 12. G. Harris
R: 9. R. Achampong, 17. S. Chapman, 35. J. Bruton
Int: 30. A. Melnikas, 44. I. Porter, 13. N. Wallace, 36. M. Williamson
23P: 15. E. Gardner

In: E. Meade, A. Melnikas, R. Achampong
Out: J. Cranny, B. Hateley

 

NT THUNDER v. HAWTHORN

Round 15 – 18/08/2018

04:30PM (AEST)

TIO Stadium

The NT Thunder will be celebrating its last home game for the 2018 season in Round 15, and a host of local talent has been brought back into the side. AFLW talents take over the Thunder’s line up, with Renee Forth, Abbey Holmes, Marijana Rajcic, Courtney Cramey, Jessica Allan and Emma Swanson all being selected to play. Midfielder, Kristy Irvine has also been named in the squad this week, alongside Northern Territory Under 18 representative, Janet Baird, Lateesha Jeffrey and Tahlia Holtze.

Hawthorn has made only one change going into Round 15, bringing in Mikala Cann for Emily McIlvena. Cann was named as one of the 36 players invited to the AFL Women’s Draft Combine, and will be a key cog in the midfield for this exciting battle.

NT Thunder

B: 8. S. Riley, 10. S. Barnett, 13. L. Roberts
HB: 14. C. Cramey, 55. T. Thorn, 22. J. McCormick
C: 24. G.  Bevan, 3. A.  Foley, 32. K.  Streader
HF: 4. S. Nalder, 29. M. Rajcic, 17. E. Swanson
F: 25. J. Allan, 26. A. Holmes, 11. J. Hickey
R: 20. J. Hewett, 52. E. Marinoff, 28. R. Forth
Int: 18. T. Holtze, 21. K. Irvine, 9. L. Jeffrey, 38. M. Keeble
Emg: 12. J. Anderson, 46. S. Bishop, 7. L. O’Shea, 45. K. Rosenzweig
23P: 39. J. Baird

In: T. Holtze, J. Baird, C. Cramey, G. Bevan, A. Holmes, M. Rajcic, E. Swanson, K. Irvine,  R. Forth, J. Allan, L. Jeffrey
Out: G. Cusack,  A. Hatchard,  J. Mules,  J. Sedunary,  K. Duggan,  S. Armitstead, M. Gault,  S. Thompson,  S. Allan,  M. Roberts

Hawthorn

B: 5. C. Perera, 32. K. Ebb, 31. J. Sibley
HB: 13. E. Nixon, 25. M. Hutchins, 36. J. Van Dyk
C: 4. S.  Carroll, 6. J.  Crockett-Grills, 12. T.  Nestor
HF: 14. O. Flanagan, 8. R. Beeson, 33. E. Gilder
F: 22. T. Luke, 28. S. Perkins, 7. P. McWilliams
R: 19. L. Wotton, 45. M. Cann, 1. E. Mackie
Int: 24. R. Dillon, 11. D. Haines, 35. C. O’Donnell, 43. E. Woods
23P: 44. S. Kendall

In: M. Cann
Out: E. Mcilvena

 

DAREBIN  v. CARLTON

Round 15 – 19/08/2018

12:00PM

Bill Lawry Oval

Darebin, who is sitting just outside the top four, has made some important changes ahead of its match-up with Carlton this weekend. Some big names have been called to the sidelines in Jessica Dal Pos, Hannah Mouncey and Nicole Callinan. However, plenty of talented fresh legs will be taking their place. Vic Metro defender, Lauren Szigeti comes in this week alongside Anna Morrow, Lena Skipper and Esther HonybunChelsea Delbridge has been named as the 23rd player.

Returning from its Round 14 bye, Carlton has made three changes to this weekend’s line-up. Former St Kilda Shark, Danica Pedersen returns to the side this week and she will be joined by TAC Cup Girls duo, Isabella Gietzmann (Oakleigh Chargers) and Mika Suzuki (Northern Knights).

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: 28. A. Morrow, 45. N. Deiter, 13. K. Shierlaw
F: 44. S. Fairchild, 17. S. Simpson, 46. L. Szigeti
R: 40. L. Pearce, 20. M. Guerin, 7. L. Mithen
Int: 22. G. Hammond, 1. E. Honybun, 24. B. Patterson, 35. L. Skipper
23P: 50. C. Delbridge

In: L. Szigeti, A. Morrow, L. Skipper, C. Delbridge, E. Honybun
Out: H. Mouncey,  J. Dal Pos,  N. Callinan

Carlton

B: 50. J. Borg, 25. T. Morgan, 24. R. Hicks
HB: 34. A. Chuot, 12. S. Last, 6. G. Pound
C: 55. C.  Dalton, 8. M.  Brancatisano, 90. B.  Walker
HF: 18. T. Lucas-Rodd, 5. D. Pedersen, 36. C. Moody
F: 20. C. Bromage, 3. D. Vescio, 27. K. Cox
R: 30. A. Downie, 19. G. Gee, 66. O. Vesely
Int: 82. N. Burns, 31. R. Caris, 15. I. Gietzmann, 37. B. Schultz
23P: 11. M. Suzuki

 

CASEY DEMONS v. GEELONG CATS

Round 15 – 19/08/2018

01:00PM

Casey Fields

The Casey Demons will be looking to bounce back after their loss in Round 14 but will be faced with the hard task of taking on the in-form Geelong Cats, who are sitting just inside top four. For the clash, the Demons have named six key ins including Shelley Scott, Amy Harrison, Kasey Guttridge, Shae Sloane, Marlee Tatham and Holly Bailey. On the other hand, AFLW trio, Katherine Smith, Kate Hore and Catherine Phillips alongside Jemma Turner and Lorianne Lowerson have all been named out.

Geelong, who is sitting just within finals contention, will be fighting hard for two straight wins in the final weeks of the regular season. Coming off last week’s big win over Essendon, the Cats have only named three changes to their squad. Vic Country key defender, Georgia Clarke will be a welcome addition to the side this week, as will Jordan Ivey and Courtney Stevens.

Casey Demons

B: 18. K. Bentvelzen , 27. A. Harrison, 26. S. Sloane
HB: 34. D. Guttridge, 41. T. Mesiti, 16. C. Sherriff
C: 7. B.  Jakobsson, 47. M.  Hogg, 9. A.  Johnson
HF: 38. J. Allen, 29. E. Zanker , 22. K. Guttridge
F: 31. H. Bailey, 12. G. McLean, 8. M. Tatham
R: 14. T. Orgill, 28. M. Gay, 17. S. Scott
Int: 3. R. Clayton, 23. G. Gourlay, 25. M. Shevlin, 20. C. Whitfort
23P: 50. A. Dunn

In: S. Scott, A. Harrison, K. Guttridge, S. Sloane, M. Tatham, H. Bailey
Out: J. Turner,  L. Lowerson,  K. Smith,  C. Phillips,  K. Hore

Geelong Cats

B: 26. R. Pearce, 44. R. Goring, 40. A. Teague
HB: 25. E. Coventry, 1. J. Woollett, 34. A. McDonald
C: 3. H.  Burchell, 45. M.  Keryk, 20. N.  Morrison
HF: 5. J. Ivey, 2. D. Orr, 33. H. Trevean
F: 7. M. Clifford, 6. M. Boyd, 13. M. Fogas
R: 8. K. Darby, 4. C. Blakeway, 30. R. Cranston
Int: 55. G. Clarke, 11. M. Klingbeil , 41. C. Stevens, 10. L. Taylor
23P: 16. O. Purcell

In: J. Ivey, G. Clarke, C. Stevens
Out: H. Mangan, Z. Inei

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 9

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

 

Casey Demons 3.3.21 defeated Southern Saints 1.4.10

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

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

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

 

NT Thunder 13.7.85 defeated Geelong Cats 2.8.20

By: James Halley

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

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

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

 

Hawthorn 6.6.42 defeated Williamstown 6.2.38

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

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

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

 

Essendon 5.4.34 defeated Richmond 3.8.26

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

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

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

 

Melbourne Uni 6.3.39 defeated by Western Bulldogs 9.6.60

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

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

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

 

Collingwood 7.3.45 defeated Darebin 2.3.15

By: Carly McClen

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

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

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

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

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

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

Team Selection: VFLW – Round 9

WITH both Geelong and the NT going down in recent weeks, the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition has been blown wide open. Collingwood is now the only undefeated side in the competition, but sides like Hawthorn are hot on their tails. To catch up, many teams have made some crucial changes to snatch a round nine victory.

 

CASEY DEMONS v. SOUTHERN SAINTS

Round 9 – 07/07/2018
11:30AM
Casey Fields

The Demons will take on the Saints this weekend in the first match of round nine. The Demons had a strong performance last week but are still to bring in some important new talent for this round. This includes former Vic Country Captain, Darcy Guttridge, who will return to the backline. Other ins include Eastern Rangers junior, Melanie Hogg who has been moved from the emergency list into the starting 22 for the first time this season. Jemma Turner will also pull on the blue and red jumper in her debut. Amy Harrison will also return this week alongside Taryn Orgill and AFLW Academy member, Brooke Struylaart. These players will have big shoes to fill, with AFLW talents, Harriet Cordner and Catherine Phillips named out.

The Saints have made six changes to their line-up following their bye last round. They have brought Kayla Ripari, Amy Silver and Ashleigh Allsopp from the emergency list to the starting 22, while Sandringham midfielder, Eleanor Brown, Dandenong Stingrays pair, Courtney Jones and Shelley Heath and Eastern Ranges duo, Charlotte Wilson and Gabriella De Angelis to the sidelines due to the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships. Former Vic Metro player, Georgia Ricardo will also make her debut with the Saints this weekend and is in an exciting prospect for the club. Beaumaris junior, Sasha Long has been named as the 23rd player.

Casey Demons

B: 23. L. Lowerson, 4. A. Harrison, 12. G. McLean
HB: 24. D. Guttridge, 18. K. Bentvelzen , 8. M. Tatham
C: 7. B.  Jakobsson, 10. K.  Hore, 9. A.  Johnson
HF: 22. K. Guttridge, 11. E. Zanker , 17. M. Hogg
F: 15. S. Phillips, 19. T. Mesiti, 21. B. Struylaart
R: 14. T. Orgill, 25. M. Shevlin, 6. A. McDonough
Int: 20. S. Fyfield, 2. A. Newman, 5. S. Poke, 1. J. Turner
Emg: 27. H. Bailey, 3. R. Clayton, 26. A. Marshall, 13. K. Smith
23P: 16. A. O’Sullivan

In: D. Guttridge, M. Hogg, J. Turner, A. O’Sullivan, A. Harrison, T. Orgill, B. Struylaart, H. Bailey
Out: M. Wright,  H. Cordner,  S. Sloane,  C. Phillips

Southern Saints

B: 18. L. Attard, 14. I. Quintal, 29. M. Macdonald
HB: 17. L. Olsen, 38. S. Karlson, 31. G. Walker
C: 52. T.  Gordon, 2. A.  Brown, 19. A.  Silver
HF: 33. J. Owen, 15. T. Bohanna, 24. K. Ripari
F: 21. D. Lawrence, 13. C. Munn, 27. K. Macqueen
R: 28. R. Watt, 8. A. Drennan, 32. S. Johnson
Int: 49. A. Allsopp, 10. L. Arnell, 40. M. Maitland, 4. G. Ricardo
Emg: 11. T. Annear, 34. S. Casey, 48. B. Hanrahan, 22. D. Smith
23P: 9. S. Long

 

NT THUNDER v. GEELONG CATS

Round 9 – 07/07/2018
04:00PM (ACST)
TIO Stadium

Both the Thunder and the Cats will be desperate to get back on the winner’s list where they have sat for the majority of the season, after both suffering losses last week. The round nine clash will be held at Thunder’s fortress, TIO Stadium, and the side has made eight changes ahead of the game. Captain, Angela Foley has been named in the mix for Saturday’s game alongside former Adelaide Crows AFLW teammate, Tayla Thorn. Thunder has also named an exciting debutant for round nine, welcoming former NTFL Waratah and premiership player, Sharona Bishop to the field. Sharona’s endurance and running is sure to set her apart when she comes up against the Cats this week as 23rd player, as she has trained as part of the Indigenous Marathon Project. Also in this week are Kristy Irvine, Deni Varnhagen, Katie Streader, Machaelia Roberts and Jessica Sedunary.

The Geelong Cats have named three ins for their round nine team. AFLW ruck, Erin Hoare is a significant out for the Cats this week, as she will be leaving big shoes to fill. In her place, Rebecca Pearce will return to the side as well as Evelyn Dhamarrandji and Richelle Cranston.

NT Thunder

B: 16. S. Armitstead, 10. S. Barnett, 13. L. Roberts
HB: 9. L. Jeffrey, 35. T. Thorn, 55. H. Martin
C: 2. E.  Jones, 3. A.  Foley, 40. D.  Varnhagen
HF: 24. G. Bevan, 31. J. Sedunary, 22. J. McCormick
F: 11. J. Hickey, 42. G. Cusack, 8. S. Riley
R: 20. J. Hewett, 28. R. Forth, 17. E. Swanson
Int: 43. K. Duggan, 21. K. Irvine, 7. L. O’Shea, 32. K. Streader
Emg: 12. J. Anderson, 19. J. Iacono, 4. S. Nalder, 5. M. Roberts
23P: 46. S. Bishop

In: D. Varnhagen, J. Sedunary, J. Iacono, H. Martin, A. Foley, K. Streader, T. Thorn, S. Bishop, K. Irvine, M. Roberts, S. Nalder
Out: L. Motlop,  T. Holtze,  N. Gore,  R. Metcalfe,  M. Johnston,  C. Cramey, A. Chittick

Geelong Cats

B: 25. E. Coventry, 40. A. Teague, 44. R. Goring
HB: 34. A. McDonald, 16. L. Williams, 26. R. Pearce
C: 3. H.  Burchell, 51. M.  Keryk, 10. L.  Taylor
HF: 13. M. Fogas, 4. C. Blakeway, 2. D. Orr
F: 6. M. Boyd, 8. K. Darby, 17. H. Mangan
R: 24. M. McMahon, 7. M. Clifford, 30. R. Cranston
Int: 36. E. Dhamarrandji, 18. M. Maguire, 33. H. Trevean, 35. K. Woodroffe
Emg: 37. T. Andree-Jansz, 28. M. Fedele, 19. E. Ramsay
23P: 27. R. Benham

In: R. Pearce, E. Ramsay, R. Cranston, E. Dhamarrandji
Out: E. Hoare

 

HAWTHORN  v. WILLIAMSTOWN

Round 9 – 08/07/2018
11:30AM
Box Hill City Oval

Sitting second on the ladder, but only after a narrow win last week, the Hawks will be looking to secure another four points against Williamstown this week to remain strong finals contenders. For the round nine match they have welcomed back their skipper, Emma Mackie who should bring experience and leadership back to the line-up. On the other side of the spectrum, the Hawks will also be bringing in Whitehorse junior, Abbey Tanner, who will bring enthusiasm and fresh legs when she debuts in the ruck. Alison Dowler and Dianna Haines have also been named in.

Williamstown will be relying on plenty of new faces to deliver when they come up against the Hawks on Saturday. Redan junior, Jamilla Cranny, Caroline Springs junior, Krystyn Raymundo and Western Jets star, Sharnie Whiting will all debut this week, and the Seagulls have also welcomed Kaitlin Smith and Shae-Lee Murphy-Burke back to the team. Jorja Rowe and Jenna Bruton have been named out with injury.

Hawthorn

B: 5. C. Perera, 32. K. Ebb, 31. J. Sibley
HB: 13. E. Nixon, 36. J. Van Dyk, 21. P. Randall
C: 25. M.  Hutchins, 1. E.  Mackie, 40. E.  Macdonald
HF: 4. S. Carroll, 28. S. Perkins, 14. O. Flanagan
F: 8. R. Beeson, 33. E. Gilder, 22. T. Luke
R: 29. A. Tanner, 9. M. Kuys, 6. J. Crockett-Grills
Int: 34. A. Dowler, 11. D. Haines, 12. T. Nestor, 35. C. O’Donnell
Emg: 17. S. David, 24. R. Dillon, 39. S. McNamara, 15. S. Yule
23P: 48. Y. Price

In: A. Dowler, D. Haines, E. Mackie, A. Tanner, S. David, R. Dillon, S. Yule
Out: L. Wotton,  J. Barnden,  C. Papadopoulos

Williamstown

B: 31. J. Cranny, 10. B. Hateley, 1. R. Dardengo
HB: 19. E. Meade, 20. S. Seabrook, 32. B. Stevens
C: 22. M.  Lowe, 36. M.  Williamson, 11. K.  Smith
HF: 4. E. Paterno, 25. J. Garner, 44. I. Porter
F: 17. S. Chapman, 6. S. Cross, 12. G. Harris
R: 9. R. Achampong, 2. J. Duffin, 16. A. Cameron
Int: 30. A. Melnikas, 3. S. Murphy-Burke, 8. C. Portelli, 7. K. Raymundo
Emg: 21. S. Dixon, 26. J. Heard, 29. K. Koropeckyj, 13. N. Wallace
23P: 39. S. Whiting

In: S. Whiting, S. Murphy-Burke, K. Koropeckyj, J. Cranny, K. Raymundo, N. Wallace, K. Smith
Out: J. Rowe, J. Bruton, J. Reid

 

ESSENDON  v. RICHMOND

Round 9 – 08/07/2018
11:30AM
Windy Hill

The Bombers will take on the Tigers in a classic clash of rival clubs on Sunday. The still winless Essendon will want to do some soul searching now that the halfway mark of the season has been surpassed. The Bombers have made four changes going into round nine, bringing in Irena Malliaras, Chloe Laan and Alex Quigley. Oakleigh Chargers ruck, Bridie Winbanks has been named as the 23rd player. Important key forward, Danielle Ponter will miss the clash due to the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships alongside Elizabeth Kearney and AFLW defender,Tanya Hetherington, who have also been named out.

The Tigers have made a few changes in the lead up to the round nine game. However, contrary to expectation, Sophie Conway will not be able to make her Richmond debut due to rupturing her ACL at training. On a more positive note, Murray Bushrangers ruck, Sophie Damon will be debuting in the yellow and black. Molan is a versatile player who is an exciting prospect for the club. All-rounder, Jenna Colwell and AFLW talent, Lauren Tesoriero have also been named in.

Essendon

B: 15. L. Caruso, 7. K. Hicks, 25. R. Neaves
HB: 20. J. Anwyl, 29. C. Laan, 27. A. Morcom
C: 1. J.  Trend, 22. N.  MacDonald, 9. L.  Williams
HF: 32. T. Mackrill, 23. L. Morecroft, 35. V. Moreau
F: 4. N. Hardy, 18. K. Heil, 6. A. Quigley
R: 30. S. Nalder, 44. M. Collier, 8. H. Bullas
Int: 3. M. DeMatteo, 45. E. Flack, 37. I. Malliaras, 46. C. Ugle
Emg: 14. J. Barker, 26. A. Madden, 28. C. Portlock, 47. A. Ward
23P: 19. B. Winbanks

In: I. Malliaras, J. Barker, A. Ward, C. Laan, B. Winbanks, A. Madden, A. Quigley
Out: B. Kearney,  T. Hetherington,  D. Ponter

Richmond

B: 84. L. Bieniara, 63. J. Graham, 69. E. Burry
HB: 61. J. Colwell, 73. L. Davie, 88. P. Monahan
C: 60. K.  Dempsey, 81. E.  George, 75. B.  Lynch
HF: 80. J. Louttit, 79. L. Tesoriero, 55. C. Wakefield
F: 82. G. Bibby, 62. T. Muller, 89. G. Egan
R: 68. A. Edmonds, 59. A. Woodward, 52. J. Kennedy
Int: 53. K. Dixon, 64. E. Gunn, 77. J. Hocking, 76. E. Ross
Emg: 86. N. Clarke, 85. N. Clarke, 70. E. Findlay, 58. C. Musico
23P: 90. S. Damon

In: S. Damon, J. Colwell, C. Musico, E. Findlay, N. Clarke, L. Tesoriero
Out: J. Gardner, L. Stephenson

 

MELBOURNE UNI  v. WESTERN BULLDOGS

Round 9 – 08/07/2018
02:30PM
Melbourne University Main Oval

After beating Carlton last week, Melbourne Uni will be in search of win number three when it comes up against the Western Bulldogs on Sunday. Melbourne Uni have named three ins, including North Melbourne AFLW recruit, Sophie Abbatangelo, Lauren Belza and Marta Cantwell. The Mugars have also named some big outs for round nine with the likes of super midfielder and captain, Ashleigh Riddell taking to the sidelines as well as Kangaroos recruit, Jamie Stanton.

For the Dogs, AFLW players, Angelica Gogos and Kim Rennie have been named out, leaving room for other AFLW talent to stretch their legs. Bailey Hunt, Alyssa Mifsud and Deanna Berry have all been named in for the round nine match. Rachel Ashley will also take to the field, alongside debutant VU Western Spurs junior, Jessie Davies.

Melbourne Uni

B: 4. A. Saundry, 41. K. Gillespie-Jones, 24. S. Wilson
HB: 10. K. Ashmore, 8. C. Fitzpatrick, 31. D. Hardiman
C: 20. L.  Belza, 18. A.  Tupper, 17. E.  Hay
HF: 11. P. Cordes, 34. A. Price, 22. D. Edward
F: 1. S. Abbatangelo, 12. M. Cantwell, 38. K. Angelis
R: 33. C. Adams, 2. H. Ibrahim, 25. S. De Bortoli
Int: 19. L. Ahrens, 6. E. Keaney, 44. A. Runnalls, 35. M. Shone
Emg: 28. A. Dalley, 13. R. Green, 43. L. Munday, 16. T. Watson
23P: 26. C. Greiser

In: R. Green, A. Dalley, S. Abbatangelo, L. Munday, L. Belza, M. Cantwell, T. Watson
Out: J. Stanton,  A. Riddell,  E. Humphries

Western Bulldogs

B: 9. T. Dinuccio, 42. N. Paul, 19. T. Ernst
HB: 45. J. Davies, 18. E. Birch, 14. E. Gamble
C: 15. R.  Ashley, 16. N.  Ferres, 10. S.  Jolly
HF: 7. D. Berry , 32. A. Mifsud, 2. E. Blackburn
F: 1. B. Lochland, 44. M. Ward, 41. A. Scott
R: 47. N. McMahon, 17. H. Wildes, 20. A. Guest
Int: 21. B. Hunt, 5. R. Martinuzzo, 27. E. Muller, 51. K. Rebuffo
Emg: 13. L. Bailey, 6. K. McLeod, 38. C. O’Brien
23P: 37. B. Wunhym

In: B. Hunt, A. Mifsud, R. Ashley, J. Davies, D. Berry
Out: K. Rennie, A. Gogos

 

COLLINGWOOD v. DAREBIN

Round 9 – 08/07/2018
02:30PM
Victoria Park

After a convincing win last weekend, Collingwood will look to hold top spot when it comes up against the formidable Darebin outfit in round nine. For all of the players this will be an exciting game, as the girls get their first opportunity to step foot onto the Pies’ hallowed turf, Victoria Park this season. It will be an especially exciting game for Elise Korteman,who will pull on the black and white guernsey for the first time. Gabrielle Biedenweg-Webster, Eliza Hynes and Rebecca Grant have also been named in, while Katelyn Lee, Paige Nash, Erica Fowler and Sophie Alexander have been named out.

Darebin has made four changes to its round nine team, bringing in Anna Morrow, Janelle Bertoni and Maddison Wilson. Nikola Deiter has also been included for her first game of the season. Shree Fairchild and Lauren Jacobs have been named out.

Collingwood

B: 52. N. Hales, 61. A. Malander, 62. E. Korteman
HB: 47. J. Edwards, 18. R. Schleicher, 21. I. Ross
C: 50. G.  Buchan, 41. K.  Stratton, 99. S.  Marsh
HF: 55. L. French, 73. G. Biedenweg-Webster, 54. H. Grubb
F: 77. C. Leighton, 92. S. King, 2. C. Molloy
R: 11. E. Hynes, 5. E. Grant, 4. S. D’Arcy
Int: 53. R. Grant, 13. J. Lambert, 20. C. McIntosh, 28. H. Whitford
Emg: 88. M. Brown, 56. P. Davey, 81. B. Jones, 68. S. Yoannidis
23P: 57. J. Ferguson

In: B. Jones, G. Biedenweg-Webster, P. Davey, S. Yoannidis, E. Hynes, E. Korteman, R. Grant
Out: P. Nash,  S. Alexander,  E. Fowler,  K. Lee

Darebin

B: 31. E. Gardner, 27. S. Hogan, 21. K. Roe
HB: 32. G. Colvin, 14. M. McDonald, 49. R. Hibbert
C: 2. N.  Callinan, 20. M.  Guerin, 11. K.  Tyndall
HF: 40. L. Pearce, 22. G. Hammond, 17. S. Simpson
F: 36. C. Byrne, 37. J. Bertoni, 29. S. Normington – Dickens
R: 41. A. O’Connor, 30. E. O’Dea, 56. M. Wilson
Int: 45. N. Deiter, 1. E. Honybun, 28. A. Morrow, 24. B. Patterson
Emg: 9. M. Eastman, 8. N. Exon, 43. H. Mouncey
23P: 52. A. Pronesti

In: M. Eastman, N. Deiter, A. Morrow, J. Bertoni, M. Wilson
Out: S. Fairchild, L. Jacobs

Team of the Week: VFLW – Round 6

AFTER the Queen’s birthday bye it is still Geelong and Northern Territory (NT) Thunder who are sitting pretty on top of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s ladder with five wins after six rounds. Essendon are still on the bottom of the ladder as the only side yet to record a win following the Western Bulldogs’ triumph in round six.

In Round 6, Williamstown and the Western Bulldogs have dominated this round’s AFL Draft Central VFL Women’s Team of the Week to have four players each. Melbourne University and the Southern Saints only have one representative each after their disappointing performances in round six.

Jessica Francke of the Western Bulldogs was a automatic pick for the Team of the Week, as she dominated the forward line with five goals. Richmond’s Jenna Colwell was also very instrumental up forward with two goals and 14 disposals. Other regulars who made the team include Williamstown’s Jess Duffin and Jenna Bruton, as well as Western Bulldogs’ Libby Birch and Geelong’s Richelle Cranston.

Lily Mithen tried hard all day for Darebin but unfortunately not quite enough to earn a spot in the Team of the Week. Melbourne University duo, Ashleigh Riddell and Emma Kearney were also unlukcy omissions, as they were shinning lights in a disappointing outing for the Mugars. 

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 2

IT is only round two in the new-look Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition, but we already have our first draw! Carlton and Hawthorn also headlined the round, with both teams taking their win tally to two from two early on in the season. 

 

Essendon 4.4 (28) defeated by Melbourne Uni 5.6 (36) 

Melbourne Uni’s straight kicking was a huge factor in the game, with five straight majors at three-quarter-time giving them the lead, which Essendon held at half-time. A goalless fourth quarter made for a nerve-wracking contest for both sides but it was ultimately the Mugars who prevailed. 

Diamond Creek recruit, Ashleigh Riddell was the star of the day for Melbourne Uni, kicking three of her side’s five goals and racking up 22 disposals. AFLW best and fairest, Emma Kearney was the leading disposal-getter on the ground, recording 25 disposals which included 15 kicks. Bendigo Pioneers graduate, Aisling Tupper also had another successful outing for the Mugars, racking up 13 disposals and laying seven tackles. 

Danielle Ponter once again got on the scoreboard for the Bombers and was joined by Canadian teammate, Valerie Moreau. Jessica Anwyl also got on the board, which complemented her 11 disposals and three tackles. Captain, Lisa Williams was the Bombers’ leading disposal-getter, racking up 19 of them to go along with her 10 tackles. Canadian, Kendra Heil, who has recovered from two ACL injuries, recorded five disposals and five tackles. 

 

Richmond 0.4 (4) defeated by Darebin 6.7 (43) 

By: James Halley 

Darebin was able to bounce back after its big round one loss to NT Thunder with an emphatic victory over Richmond, who were red-hot after their impressive maiden club victory last week. But on Saturday, Richmond could not back their performance up, although they fought gallantly against the experienced Darebin side in drizzly conditions.

Darebin blazed away early in the match and kicked four unanswered goals in the first 10 minutes. But the Tigers kept them at bay for the remainder of the game, which proved to be an armwrestle. After the first quarter, Richmond boosted their intensity around the ball and drove harder into contests. Darebin scored just one goal in the second term, three points in the third, and one goal in the fourth. It was a much fiercer battle than what the scoreboard suggested.

Hannah Mouncey was a level above in this match. Whether it was in a one-on-one contest or on the ground, she was hard to stop. She was huge for Darebin as she kicked three goals with two coming from outside 50. Stephanie Simpson was also quite prolific for the Falcons as she kicked two goals to go along with her 13 disposals in a tantalising display. Meghan McDonald was another important contributor for Darebin in the middle of the ground as she collected 23 disposals, which was the most on the ground.

Among the best for the Tigers was Jenna Colwell with 25 disposals, as the midfielder showed her all-round game. She even had a stint in the ruck! Tiger, Alana Woodward was really effective in putting pressure around the ball, gathering 11 tackles, the highest on the ground. Kate Dempsey was prolific for the Tigers with 18 touches and 14 kicks.

 

Casey Demons 3.6 (24) defeated by Hawthorn 4.7 (31) 

At three-quarter time, the Casey Demons were on the verge of making history. But the Hawks flexed their muscles and kicked two goals to the Demons’ three behinds in the fourth quarter, which kept their winning momentum going.

Chantella Perera led the way for Hawthorn, and complemented captain, Emma Mackie, who was able to back up her solid round one performance at Casey Fields. Adelaide AFLW forward, Sarah Perkins also played a convincing game despite not hitting the scoreboard on Sunday. Jayde Van Dyk, Ebony Nixon and Louise Wotton were the other standout performers on the day. 

For Casey, it was Melbourne AFLW defender, Katherine Smith who was the shining light. Smith found some consistent form at the end of the AFLW season and continued to deliver in the Demons’ first match in the VFLW competition. She was complemented by fellow AFLW defender, Darcy Guttridge, who also had a solid outing at Casey Fields. Rebecca Guglielmino was the history-maker for the Demons, kicking their first goal of the competition early on in the first quarter. 

 

Carlton 9.7 (61) defeated Western Bulldogs 2.3 (15)

The Blues made it two from two in their inaugural VFLW season. But the Bulldogs managed to also make history on the day, with Hayley Wildes kicking the team’s first ever goal.

Carlton had three multiple goalkickers at RAMS Arena, with Jess Hosking, Kimberley Cunico and Kate Shierlaw each kicking two goals. Hosking in particular was a star, as she was at the bottom of every pack and generated great run throughout the day. AFLW ruck, Breann Moody was sensational, as she worked around the ground to make her impact felt. Midfielder, Sophie Li also did some nice things on the day, running hard and using the ball really well to get the Blues going forward. Jorja Borg was another standout, particularly making her presence known with some aggressive tackles.

Hayley Wildes was unstoppable for the Bulldogs, as she accumulated plenty of the ball and made history in front of goals. She was joined by Rachel Ashley on the scoreboard, who scored the Dogs’ second goal of the day, and in their VFLW history, in the last quarter. Kimberley Rennie also played a fantastic game for the Bulldogs, racking up the disposals all over the ground. Tayla Dinuccio and Emma Mackay also contributed with some nice moments in the 46-point loss.

 

Collingwood 3.9 (27) drew Geelong 4.3 (27) 

By: Taylah Melki

It was a tight tussle throughout the game but neither side could be separated with 27 points each. In difficult windy conditions the first major was not scored until the ninth minute of the second quarter. Both teams fought hard but the Pies were plagued with inaccuracy in front of goal, slotting nine behinds for the match. For most of the game the play seemed to take part in the midfield with both teams struggling to keep it in their forward 50, making scoring opportunities few and far between.

For the Pies, the likes of Jaimee Lambert stood tall in tricky conditions, slotting a goal and using her run and carry to help propel the Magpies forward. Lambert impressed with her ability to impact the contest and use her quick hands at stoppages to help open space for Collingwood. Sarah D’Arcy was another key player for the black and white, making her presence felt across the field and using her long clearing kick to help relieve the pressure. Mua Laloifi was named amongst Collingwood’s best with her strong performance against the Cats, winning plenty of the footy and imposing herself on the contest.

Hannah Burchell helped to kick start the scoring for Geelong, kicking an important major and sparking a forward flurry for Geelong. The likes of new Geelong AFLW recruit Richelle Cranston also dominated for the Cats in the first quarter, imposing herself on the contest and laying plenty of bone-crunching tackles. Renee Garing was also a standout  for the Cats while Evelyn Dhamarrandji provided a good option up forward and impressed with her follow-up work across the ground