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2021 VFLW Round 10 preview: Pride on the line in more ways than one for huge round of action

THE Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s Pride Round kicks off in a Super Saturday stretching from the mid-morning to a game under lights, with plenty on the line and a number of virtual elimination finals or finals tuneups.

HAWTHORN vs. DAREBIN
Saturday, May 8 @ 10:00am
Box Hill City Oval

Opening the round is a must-win clash for Hawthorn hosting the last placed Darebin Falcons. If the Hawks get up, they are still a chance for finals, but a loss will all but put a line through their chances. For the Falcons, finals is a bit beyond them, but they will be hoping to double their wins tally with a victory here, and finish strongly in the last five rounds. Gippsland Power’s Grace McRae made her debut in the brown and gold last week, and another young talent will join her this week with Ashanti Bush cracking through to team up with fellow Darwin Buffettes prospect Dominique Carbone. The AFL Women’s Academy member will start on the bench, whilst Calder Cannons’ Peppa Poultney is back in the team after her side was eliminated from the NAB League Girls competition, and ex-Pioneer Katelyn Hazlett back for her second game after a strong debut. Given the AFL Women’s experience that keeps building at the Hawks, the latest is Geelong Cats’ Phoebe McWilliams who teams up with fellow experienced tall Meg Hutchins in attack. The Hawks have plenty of present and former AFLW talents, so expect they will be too strong in this one.

WESTERN BULLDOGS vs. CARLTON
Saturday, May 8 @ 12:00pm
Whitten Oval

A virtual elimination final takes place at midday on Saturday, with the loser of Western Bulldogs and Carlton effectively putting a line through their finals hopes. For the winner, they live to fight another day, which means there is plenty on the line for the teams. The Western Bulldogs have brought back Jess Fitzgerald to the team, with Kirsten McLeod and Naomi Ferres coming in for their first games of the season. Brisbane Lions’ Beth Pinchin is an interesting inclusion for the Dogs at centre half-back, while Western Jets’ Caitlin Sargent, Nikita Wright and Stephanie Asciak all remain in the side. For the Blues, they have kept fairly consistent wiht their lineups, getting games into Charlotte Hammans, Maddy Guerin and Serena Gibbs. Abbie McKay, Grace Egan and Daisy Walker all return for their second games back at the level, and Natalie Plane for her first, in what is a tough game on the road. The Dogs have that bit more class about them, but it will be whether or not they can win the midfield in what looks like a star-studded group on both sides.

GEELONG vs. ESSENDON
Saturday, May 8 @ 1:00pm
Deakin University Waurn Ponds

Two teams headed for finals will clash in a blockbuster VFLW match at Deakin University. Geelong have been strong down there, and with Stephanie Williams, Sophie Van De Heuvel, Rebecca Webster and Richelle Cranston all in the side, there is enough AFLW talent to lead by experience. Carly Remmos remains but Darcy Moloney and Laura Gardiner are out of the side after suffering repeated leather poisoning each week. They take on an Essendon side that is building very nicely, bringing in Bendigo Pioneers’ Jemma Finning for her debut this week, switching in for another Pioneer in Elizabeth Snell. The Calder Cannons talents feature all through the emergencies with talls Kasey Lennox and Neve Crowley likely to come in the following week, while Mia-Rae Clifford and Georgia Nanscawen represent AFL Women’s experience. The defence is solid for the Bombers, as Eloise Gardner and Courtney Ugle will provide some run and carry, while Ruby Svarc is a natural ball-winner and will provide good defensive pressure inside 50. At home Geelong has the upper hand, though the Bombers are a chance in this one.

NORTH MELBOURNE vs. COLLINGWOOD
Saturday, May 8 @ 2:00pm
Arden Street

In the traditional timeslot on Saturday afternoon, North Melbourne host Collingwood in a must-win clash for the Roos. The Magpies are cruising along nicely at 9-0 and unless the wheels completely fall off, a top two spot – and likely minor premiership beckons. The Magpies have brought in Mikala Cann for her first VFLW game of the season, giving the Pies mostly an AFLW spine including Sophie Alexander, Abbi Moloney and Maddie Shevlin, whilst Jasmine Ferguson has been one of the most reliable defenders in the competition. Add in the dangerous Matilda Zander up forward and the ball-winning Marla Neal in midfield, and the Magpies have plenty of top VFLW talents as well. For North Melbourne, they remain determined to keep a fairly consistent VFLW lineup, with Alexia Hamilton and Reni Hicks a couple of former AFLW players while Sarah Skinner and Meagan Kiely join them in the midfield as in-form talents. Camilla Taylor returns to the level after Tasmania Devils’ exit from the NAB League Girls competition, while Molly Eastman is another Roo in great form. They have had a real mixed bag this season, but are not without a chance the Roos, though the Pies are deservedly favourites for this clash.

PORT MELBOURNE vs. SOUTHERN SAINTS
Saturday, May 8 @ 2:00pm
ETU Stadium

Southern Saints can go a long way towards securing a finals spot with an upset win over top two side, Port Melbourne at ETU Stadium on Saturday. The Saints hold the precious sixth spot, and still will after this round given their far superior percentage to the chasing pack, but cannot afford to drop too many or the lower teams will pounce. Dandenong Stingrays co-captain Ash Richards and versatile runner Jaide Anthony both make their debuts at VFLW level, but unlike many of their teammates, they will be running out for the opposition side Port Melbourne. They are joined in the side by Maddy Brancatisano who returns to the level for the first time this season, with a host of current and past AFLW talent, including Katherine Smith, Sophie Molan and Emily Harley who stood up last week with four goals. Zoe Hill has been named as an emergency for the Saints, with Jemma Radford retaining her spot in the back pocket for some Dandenong Stingrays flavour, and the AFLW talent led by Alice Burke, Tahlia Meyer and Renee Saulitis. Port Melbourne have more depth in the side and should win, with the Saints needing to make the most of their chances if they are to get up.

WILIAMSTOWN vs. CASEY DEMONS
Saturday, May 8 @ 7:00pm
Downer Oval

Playing a special Saturday night game under lights for the Pride Round under lights at Downer Oval, Williamstown will be hoping to cause a boilover agains a strong Casey Demons side that is gearing up for finals. The Seagulls need to win the remainder of their games to qualify for finals just about, and have been able to welcome Gold Coast Suns’ Bess Keaney to the lineup. She will lineup in the back pocket, with Georgia Garnett also coming into the defence for her debut in the VFLW following the announcement that Williamstown had formed a link with the GWS GIANTS. Lisa Steane has also been named in the side, with Ella Baxter, Aimee Whelan and Ruby Tripodi among the in-form players. Casey Demons have a damaging forward line with Maddison Gay, Alyssa Bannan and Imogen Milford one of the strong forward trios going around. Libby Birch in defence, Eden Zanker and Megan Fitzsimon in midfield, and the newest debutant Grace Matser – a Gippsland Power ruck – will all provide plenty of talent and depth around the ground.

2021 VFLW Round 9 wrap: Contenders solidify the top six

EACH of the current top six Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s sides earned wins in Round 9, as the ladder positions grow increasingly rigid. Among the victors, Essendon, Geelong, and Collingwood all flexed their muscle to come away over 50 points to the good, hitting top form with finals time now just over a month away. We take you through the results from all six fixtures, five of which were played on a super Saturday.

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ESSENDON 2.4 | 6.9 | 6.11 | 10.12 (72)
CARLTON 1.0 | 2.0 | 2.1 | 3.1 (19)

Essendon solidified its standing in the top six with a thumping win over traditional rival, Carlton on Saturday morning, coming away 53-point victors at Windy Hill. A six-goal to two first half meant the Bombers were well on top and while the Blues managed to bring it back to an arm-wrestle in term three, they had few answers for Essendon’s forward firepower and depth across the field.

Skipper Georgia Nanscawen continued her spectacular season with 24 touches and nine tackles to earn full votes for the Bombers, while Federica Frew led a brigade of eight individual goalkickers with three majors. Also among the goalkickers, Brisbane-listed gun Ruby Svarc returned in the red and black with aplomb, as Mia-Rae Clifford looked lively for her 1.3 from 12 touches.

On a tough day for the Blues, senior-listed midfield pair proved a class above the rest in midfield. Abbie McKay notched a game-high 26 disposals and 10 tackles in her first VFLW hitout for the year, supported well by Grace Egan who added 19 touches and a goal. Courtney Jones was another of Carlton’s three goalkickers, staying busy despite her side’s low score.

GOALS:

Essendon: F. Frew 3, M. Clifford, K. Heil, R. Svarc, J. Davies, L. Stepnell, T. Crook, N. MacDonald
Carlton: G. Egan, S. Lawrence, C. Jones

BEST:

Essendon: G. Nanscawen, E. Hosking, F. Frew, R. Svarc, J. Davies, S. Nalder
Carlton: A. McKay, C. Jones, P. Trudgeon, C. Hammans, E. Honybun, G. Egan

DAREBIN FALCONS 2.2 | 4.2 | 5.3 | 5.4 (34)
PORT MELBOURNE 2.5 | 3.6 | 6.8 | 8.10 (58)

Port Melbourne bounced back onto the winners list on Saturday morning, but was made to earn it against a plucky Darebin Falcons outfit at Bill Lawry Oval. After the Falcons made better of their chances to draw level at half time, the Borough managed to edge ahead at the last break before kicking away in term four to secure the 24-point away victory. The result keeps Port firmly in second spot.

Richmond-listed youngster Sophie Molan earned full votes for the Borough with an equal-game high 20 disposals, matched by Courteney Bromage. Recently delisted Tigers forward Emily Harley served a reminder of her potential with four goals, as Katherine Smith slotted seamlessly into the Borough side with 17 touches and five tackles.

For the Falcons, Victoria Blackwood was the third player on the day to notch 20 disposals, supported well by those with AFLW experience in Jess Dal Pos and Nicole Callinan, who each managed 18 touches. Alice Caddy was Darebin’s sole multiple goalkicker, booting three to make up over half of her side’s overall score.

GOALS:

Darebin: A. Caddy 3, A. Reibelt, J. Dal Pos
Port Melbourne: E. Harley 4, S. Locke, L. McClelland, N. Borg, S. Molan

BEST:

Darebin: V. Blackwood, K. Hazlett, J. Dal Pos, N. Callinan, A. Lister, A. Caddy
Port Melbourne: S. Molan, E. Harley, C. Bromage, C. Dyett, S. Frederick, M. Kuys

GEELONG 4.1 | 9.5 | 11.5 | 15.9 (99)
WESTERN BULLDOGS 0.1 | 0.1 | 1.1 | 2.2 (14)

Geelong fell just short of registering a ton in its comprehensive win over the Western Bulldogs on Saturday, extending the Cats’ win streak to five while ending the Dogs’ two-game run. Having shot out of the blocks with nine goals to nil in a first half romp at Deakin University, the Cats never looked back and rode out the match comfortable 75-point victors.

Four of the Cats’ eight individual goalkickers snared multiples, with Georgia Clarke and Richelle Cranston doing the most damage in a riotous outing. Single goalkicker Annabel Johnson was named Geelong’s best, as Laura Gardiner accumulated a game-high 27 disposals, and Madeline Keryk and Amy McDonald both had 23.

Debutant Caitlin Sargent was among the Bulldogs’ two goalkickers, as the likes of Angelica Gogos and Danielle Marshall (both 22 disposals) led the charge. Youngsters Isabelle Pritchard (17 disposals, eight tackles) and Sarah Hartwig (13 and 12) both got their hands dirty in the loss, with the latter playing just her second VFLW game after an outstanding first senior season.

GOALS:

Geelong: G. Clarke 4, R. Cranston 3, S. Williams 2, T. Smith 2, J. Woollett, D. Moloney, A. Johnson, P. Sheppard
Bulldogs: N. Morris-Dalton, C. Sargent

BEST:

Geelong: A. Johnson, M. Keryk, C. Gunjaca, G. Clarke, A. McDonald, T. Smith
Bulldogs: A. Gogos, D. Marshall, S. Ruedin, S. Hartwig, I. Pritchard, G. Lagioia

NORTH MELBOURNE 1.1 | 2.1 | 2.1 | 4.2 (26)
CASEY DEMONS 3.3 | 7.4 | 10.6 | 10.8 (68)

Casey’s spot in the top six is looking more secure after a 42-point victory over North Melbourne at Arden Street Oval on Saturday afternoon. The Demons boasted a handy half time buffer and continued to apply scoreboard pressure thereafter, with the game all but over at three quarter time as they led by 53 points. North added a couple of consolation goals in term four, but were soundly beaten.

A three-pronged Demon attack of Alyssa Bannan, Imogen Milford, and Gabby Colvin produced six majors as the trio snared two apiece in a show of great firepower. Meanwhile, Eliza West led all comers with 26 disposals and also found the big sticks, as senior-listed players like Libby Birch continue to filter into the state league and make an impact.

Meg Sinclair proved North’s greatest form of response as she booted three of the Roos’ four goals in just her third game for 2021. Reni Hicks dug in to finish with 14 disposals and 10 tackles, while Meagan Kiely managed a team-high 25 touches. Currently a game outside the top six and with stiff competition behind, the Roos will have to dig deep to qualify for finals this season.

GOALS:

North: M. Sinclair 3, B. Lynch
Casey: G. Colvin 2, I. Milford 2, A. Bannan 2, M. Gay, E. West, K. Thompson, M. Harasimiuk

BEST:

North: R. Hicks, M. Sinclair, B. Lynch, S. Wright, A. Runnalls, A. Smith
Casey: E. West, L. Birch, C. Sherriff, A. Kirkwood, M. Macdonald, B. Winbanks

WILLIAMSTOWN 0.1 | 0.1 | 0.1 | 0.2 (2)
COLLINGWOOD 2.2 | 4.2 | 7.2 | 11.3 (69)

Collingwood extended its perfect streak in season 2021 with an ominous 67-point thumping of Williamstown on Saturday afternoon, making it eight wins on the trot. The Magpies kept their opponents goalless throughout, and scoreless for half the game while feasting at the other end with ruthless accuracy. A seven-goal second half truly put the cherry on top of a dominant performance.

The Seagulls had no answer for Abbi Moloney, who snagged four goals from 16 disposals in a best afield display. The young tall was joined by Matilda Zander and Sophie Alexander in the goals as they both booted three and featured among the winners’ votes. Sarah King also battled hard in the ruck for 28 hitouts.

Speaking of the ruck, Eliza McGrath registered a whopping 58 hitouts, as Aimee Whelan was the only Seagull to tick over 20 touches on the day. Tahlia Merrett was named best-on in the losing effort, ahead of the likes of Whelan, and pair Eliza Straford and Ruby Tripodi who combined for 16 disposals and 17 tackles.

GOALS:

Williamstown: Nil
Collingwood: A. Moloney 4, M. Zander 3, S. Alexander 3, A. Newman

BEST:

Williamstown: T. Merrett, A. Whelan, R. Tripodi, E. Straford, A. Dickie, L. Suleiman
Collingwood: A. Moloney, S. Alexander, K. Lee, J. Ferguson, M. Zander, S. King

SOUTHERN SAINTS 3.4 | 3.5 | 4.8 | 6.8 (44)
HAWTHORN 0.2 | 3.2 | 3.3 | 4.8 (32)

The Southern Saints remain clear in sixth spot after fending off a valiant Hawthorn side in Sunday’s standalone fixture, winning by 12 points at Trevor Barker Oval. Having shot to a three-goal lead at the opening break, the Saints were pegged back well in a low-scoring affair and could only edge just over a goal ahead going into the last. They held firm, extending that buffer for their fourth win of the year.

First year midfielder Alice Burke again topped the disposal charts with 21 in the red, white and black, but Alexandra Hynes (10 disposals, 15 hitouts) was named the Saints’ best. Claudia Whitfort registered a goal from her 19 touches, while the likes of Hannah Stuart and Rebecca Neaves also earned votes in the win.

Kristen Hay had arguably her best game of the year with 14 disposals and three marks, seeing her earn plaudits from the Hawthorn staff. Tamara Luke had as many hitouts as disposals (12), while Kristy Stratton again found the goals in her second game for the Hawks, and Grace McRae had a solid debut with 11 touches and five tackles.

GOALS:

Southern: T. Bohanna 2, R. Saulitis, K. Ripari, A. Harris, T. Kearns
Hawthorn: E. Gilder 2, K. Stratton, C. O’Malley

BEST:

Southern: A. Hynes, C. Whitfort, R. Neaves, A. Burke, L. Burke, H. Stuart
Hawthorn: K. Hay, T. Luke, N. Garner, S. Bolding, K. Stratton, E. Gilder

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2021 VFLW Round 5 wrap: Pies and Borough continue runs

IN Round 5 of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition, Carlton, Southern Saints and North Melbourne both grabbed their second wins, Collingwood and Port Melbourne extended their lead at the top of the table, as Geelong kept its opposition goalless in an impressive win on the road.

COLLINGWOOD 2.2 | 4.3 | 5.4 | 8.4 (52)
CASEY DEMONS 0.2 | 1.4 | 3.5 | 3.6 (24)

Collingwood maintained its perfect start to the VFL Women’s season with a 28-point victory over fellow strong starters Casey Demons at Victoria Park on Saturday. The Magpies got on the board in the opening term with a couple of goals and manage to restrict their opponents to just the one major by half-time. A further four goals to one in the second half meant the home team left happy, kicking 8.4 to 3.6 from only three more scoring shots for a comfortable victory.

Kristy Stratton slotted three majors in the win and was clearly a standout in the forward half of the ground. Tenacious mid/forward Matilda Zander, as well as Jasmine Ferguson, Tricia Cowan and Sarah King were also impressive in the victory. For the Demons, Imogen Milford did all she could with three goals of her own up forward, the only goalkicker in the red and blue. Young gun ruck Maggie Caris impressed, while ex-Pie Nicole Hales, and Samantha Johnson were also among the Demons’ best in the loss.

GOALS:

Collingwood: K. Stratton 3, G. Ricardo, I. Barnett, C. Bunker, A. Green, J. Guy.
Casey: I. Milford 3.

BEST:

Collingwood: M. Zander, K. Stratton, J. Ferguson, T. Cowan, S. King, D. Hallett
Casey: I. Milford, N. Hales, S. Johnson, M. Caris, S. Fairchild, N. McEvoy

SOUTHERN SAINTS 1.3 | 3.8 | 6.12 | 9.13 (67)
DAREBIN 0.1 | 1.1 | 1.1 | 1.1 (7)

Southern Saints snapped a three-game losing streak in the best possible fashion, dominating the winless Darebin Falcons by 10 goals. The Saints only conceded one goal and two scoring shots for the entire match, including holding the Falcons scoreless in the second half. Up their own end, the home team shook off some inaccuracy concerns, booting 9.13 (67) to take home the points comfortably – including a six-goal second half – by an even 60 points.

Tara Bohanna and Tenaya Sooalo both slotted two majors each for the winners, while Tayla Kearns was named best on ground in the victory. Tamara Luke, Deanna Jolliffe and Madi Capsalis were also among the best, as was ex-Eastern Ranges talent, Gabbi De Angelis. Sabine Cowley Du Parquet was the sole goalkicker for the Falcons and was among the best players alongside Gena Lawson-Tavan, Alyssa Mifsud and Victoria Blackwood.

GOALS:

Southern Saints: T. Bohanna 2, T. Sooalo 2, V. Moreau, G. De Angelis, M. Capsalis, G. Hodder, K. Ripari.
Darebin: S. Cowley du Parquet.

BEST:

Southern Saints: T. Kearns, T. Luke, D. Jolliffe, M. Capsalis, T. Bohanna, G. De Angelis
Darebin: G. Lawson-Tavan, S. Cowley du Parquet, A. Mifsud, V. Blackwood, A. Caddy, S. Lynch

CARLTON 3.4 | 4.7 | 9.10 | 9.11 (65)
HAWTHORN 1.0 | 1.2 | 1.4 | 5.5 (35)

Carlton had its most impressive performance of the year, shutting the lights out against Hawthorn in the first three quarters to win its second match of the year by five goals. The Blues piled on five goals in the third term to stretch its lead out to as much as 54 points at the main break. While the Hawks were admirable in the last quarter, slotting four goals to just one behind to cut the deficit back to 30, the damage was done prior to that, and the Blues got up, 9.11 (65) to 5.5 (35).

AFL Women’s listed Blues Courtney Jones (four goals) and Serena Gibbs (two) both looked impressive up forward and were amongst the standouts, while Ally Bild, Olivia Madden, Teresa Zampaglione and Bryannen Gull were also named in Carlton’s best. For the Hawks, Katie Angelis kicked two majors and tried to inspire the brown and gold, while Jessie Williams and Tayah Kelly also hit the scoreboard and were amongst the best. Nicole Cormack and Catherine Brown were others who drew praise from the coaches despite the loss.

GOALS:

Carlton: C. Jones 4, S. Gibbs 2, M. Wilson, P. Trudgeon, S. Lawrence.
Hawthorn: K. Angelis 2, T. Kelly, J. Williams, A. Malander.

BEST:

Carlton: A. Bild, O. Madden, C. Jones, T. Zampaglione, B. Gurr, S. Gibbs
Hawthorn: K. Angelis, N. Cormack , C. Brown, J. Williams, T. Kelly, J. Richardson

WESTERN BULLDOGS 0.4 | 0.4 | 0.5 | 0.6 (6)
GEELONG CATS 1.0 | 2.4 | 4.6 | 5.10 (40)

Geelong reaffirmed its status as a strong defensive side, keeping its opponent Western Bulldogs to just six points in fairly good conditions at Whitten Oval. The Bulldogs’ woes in front of goal continued for yet another week, having plenty of chances early and not capitalising, and then losing the momentum. Geelong booted a goal in each quarter and two in the third quarter to maintain a distance between them and their opponents, and then things went from bad to worse for the home team as no less than three Dogs were helped off in the last 30 minutes of the match, leaving rotations restricted and some a little sore during the 5.10 (40) to 0.6 (6) defeat.

Stephanie Williams was a livewire up forward for the Cats, slotting two goals and threatening to kick quite a few more, while Paige Sheppard had a day out through the midfield. Olivia Fuller, Teresia Meissner and Tahlia Tatlock were also among the best in the blue hoops, while Claudia Gunjaca kicked a goal and was also in the bests. Bailey Hunt, Katelyn Betts and Isabella Grant never stopped trying for the Dogs, with Annabel Strahan and Eliza Vale also trying to provide run and carry for the home team, and captain Riley Christgoergl putting her body on the line in the contest.

GOALS:

Bulldogs: Nil.
Geelong: S. Williams 2, N. French, P. Sheppard, C. Gunjaca

BEST:

Bulldogs: B. Hunt, A. Strahan, K. Betts, I. Grant, R. Christgoergl, E. Vale
Geelong: P. Sheppard, O. Fuller, T. Meissner, C. Gunjaca, T. Tatlock, S. Williams

ESSENDON 1.1 | 2.1 | 3.1 | 4.3 (27)
PORT MELBOURNE 3.0 | 5.1 | 6.2 | 6.2 (38)

Port Melbourne’s unbeaten start to the season rolled on in Round 5 with a well-fought 11-point victory over Essendon at The Hangar. The Bombers came into the clash with a 3-1 record themselves, but from the start it was clear the Borough were up for a fight. The visitors booted five goals to two in the opening half to open up a handy 18-point advantage, and whilst Essendon restricted the opposition to 1.1 in the second half, could only convert the 2.2 themselves, and ultimately cut down the final score which was in favour of Port Melbourne, to 6.2 (38) to 4.3 (27).

Richmond-listed key forwards, Cleo Saxon-Jones and Emily Harley both slotted two goals apiece, while Kate Adams returned from another match at NAB League Girls level to kick a major herself. Pip Peschke, Sarah McNamara and Courteney Bromage were all amongst the best, as was Claire Dyett (one goal) and the multiple goalkickers. Another ex-Murray Bushrangers talent in Eloise Ashley-Cooper was named best on ground for Essendon in the loss, as Courtney Ugle, Alana Barba and Alexandra Morcom were also impressive, while Federica Flew snagged two goals in defeat.

GOALS:

Essendon: F. Frew 2, A. Barba, F. Theodore.
Port Melbourne: C. Saxon-Jones 2, E. Harley 2, K. Adams, C. Dyett.

BEST:

Essendon: E. Ashley-Cooper, C. Ugle, A. Barba, A. Morcom, F. Frew, G. Nanscawen
Port Melbourne: P. Peschke, S. McNamara, E. Harley, C. Dyett, C. Bromage, C. Saxon-Jones

NORTH MELBOURNE 1.2 | 1.3 | 3.6 | 4.6 (30)
WILLIAMSTOWN 2.0 | 3.1 | 3.1 | 4.2 (26)

In a battle of two sides outside the eight, North Melbourne picked up its second win with a four-point victory over Williamstown, joining the Seagulls on two wins from five games. The Kangaroos only managed one goal in the first half and trailed by 10 points at the main break, but the second half worries for the Seagulls returned with the Kangaroos running over the top of them at Arden Street, booting 3.3 to 1.1 in the second half to win, 4.6 (30) to 4.2 (26).

Meagan Kiely and Jess Mourney impressed and were among four individual goalkickers for the Roos, with Sarah Skinner and Laura Wright also adding their names to the goalkickers list. Alexia Hamilton was named best-on for her performance, while Reni Hicks and Molly Eastman stood strong as well. Aimee Whelan kicked a goal and was named best-on for the Towners, while Olivia Purcell, Lana King and Scarlett Dunnell were among the best in the unfortunate tight loss.

GOALS:

North: S. Skinner, M. Kiely, L. Wright, J. Mourney.
Williamstown: A. Price, A. Whelan, S. Georgas, B. Hanrahan.

BEST:

North: A. Hamilton, M. Kiely, R. Hicks, J. Mourney, M. Eastman, T. Nestor
Williamstown: A. Whelan, L. King, O. Purcell, S. Dunell, E. Baxter, B. Hanrahan

2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 13

THE Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League season resumed over the weekend following the Christmas break, with a huge round of action recommencing and seeing the top sides remain in charge of the 2020/21 ladder. Waratah was granted an extra week off thanks to the bye and Pint continued its winning streak with a twelfth straight win on the board, while St Mary’s and Darwin Buffettes continue to hold ground in second and third, respectively, with fourth place Southern Districts continuing its rise up the ladder adding another four points to their tally. All that, and more in our weekly wrap.

DARWIN BUFFETTES | 4.3 | 13.7 | 19.11 | 22.19 (151)
TRACY VILLAGE | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)

Darwin Buffettes got off the perfect start opening the round, with a huge 151-point victory putting the side in an excellent position heading into the latter stage of the season. While the massive win did come against the lowly Tracy Village, who are yet to win a game this season and have had little scoring opportunities, the Buffettes more than proved once again that they are one of the teams to beat this season with a plethora of key options around the ground who can take control and command the footy. The tough match saw Tracy Village once again rendered scoreless, with no bests named, while the Buffs also are yet to name their best on ground. That being said, there is no doubt Ashanti Bush had a huge impact on proceedings with a whopping seven goals to her name, aided by the likes of Melinda Taylor and Talia Corrie who booted three apiece and Michelle Sliwinski (two), with seven more single goalkickers also on the board. While the Buffs were not at their most accurate in this win, it was more than enough to prove the side will be a tough contender heading into the last few rounds of the 2020/21 season.

NIGHTCLIFF | 0.1 | 0.3 | 0.5 | 2.6 (18)
PINT | 3.3 | 6.5 | 9.6 | 11.7 (73)

Ladder leaders Pint continued their excellent form with another straight win on the board, with three goalless quarters from the Tigers testament to not only the scoring ability of the Queen Ants – who booted three goals in each quarter – but also the defensive pressure the side continuously applies week in week out. While Nightcliff certainly brought some hunger, it was not enough to really test the top side, who saw their reliable core group of players step up as per usual with four multiple goalkickers in Jessie BaumerJasmyn HewettReni Hicks and Claudia Fabris, two of whom were also named amongst the best alongside Hillary GrubbCasey Morris and Amy Chittick. For Nightcliff, the two final quarter goals came from Amy Pittman and Lauren Gooden, with Pittman named amongst the best with Emily Casey and Eliza Morrison. Pint’s consistency is what makes them so threatening at the moment, leaving sides unable to penetrate their defence or maintain control of the footy.

PALMERSTON MAGPIES | 1.0 | 2.1 | 2.1 | 3.1 (19)
ST MARY’S | 4.2 | 7.2 | 8.5 | 9.6 (60)

It was too little to late for the Magpies in this matchup against second-placed St Mary’s, with the side applying tough defensive pressure in the second half but ultimately unable to stop an early rampage from St Mary’s. An excellent first half from the Saints was enough to control proceedings with seven goals to two, though inaccuracy seemed to plague the usually reliable side in the second half with 2.4 recorded as the Magpies switched on the afterburners. The 41-point buffer was more than enough to maintain second on the ladder though, with seven goalkickers plying their trade out the front and both Jasmine Anderson and Laelia Dunn booting two apiece thanks to the work rate of Shailyn Doreen Peris and J’Noemi Anderson, who were both named in the bests. For the Magpies, Georgina Garling booted two, aided by Nadine Braun who slotted the side’s third goal while Tabitha May, Iesha Ronberg and Billie Byers proved crucial as ever.

WANDERERS | 2.0 | 2.0 | 2.1 | 4.2 (26)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS | 1.4 | 4.4 | 4.7 | 6.7 (43)

The closest match of the round saw a great challenge from the Wanderers as they pressured the ever-improving Districts outfit, however it was just not enough in this encounter with the Crocs maintaining control and running out 17-point victors. While the Wanderers grabbed an early lead, kicking two straight goals in the first term, the Crocs had more scoring opportunities and capitalised on their missed chances as the second term rolled in. A highly defensive and competitive third quarter saw neither side really gain control, with both sides adding to their respective tallies in the final quarter and seeing the Crocs remain in front. While Districts are yet to release goalkickers and bests, Wanderers’ ever reliable Kaitlyn Armstrong continued her impressive form with another three goals to her name, named in the best alongside Sophia Mauboy and Cassie Ormsby.

Picture credit: Chris Kent – AFLNT Media

2020/21 NTFL Women’s – Midseason review: Pint, St Mary’s, Southern Districts

HEADING into a break over the Christmas period Draft Central takes a look at the NTFL Women’s Premier League so far, putting each team under the microscope and considering elements such as key standouts for each side, current win-loss ratio and who they are set to face when play returns in January 2021.

Pint

Position: 1st
Win-loss-draw: 11-0-0
Percentage: 362.36%

Sitting pretty in first place on the ladder, the Queen Ants have been in ripping form and are yet to drop a game showcasing their ability to close out games and weather the storm from opposition teams. The only team that has gotten close to Pint so far this season was Darwin back in Round 8 where the Queen Ants got up by a mere two points. They are cool, calm and collected and most importantly have placed themselves in a good position to challenge for a premiership and will be hoping to inflict plenty of pain on Nightcliff when the action resumes in January.

Pint has no shortage of players able to step up and steer the ship with the goal scoring shared between three main contributors in Amy Chittick, Casey Morris and Jasmyn Hewett. Chittick leads the pack with 14 goals, Morris has 13 and Hewett with 12 while Jessie Baumer has proven to be a handy option in front of the big sticks with a season total of nine. Chittick is not only integral in front of goal but so too across the ground named in the bests six times alongside Cassie Henderson. Reni Hicks has proven to be effective for Pint as has Jacinta Reid with the duo frequently making their way onto the top performers list throughout the season.

St Mary’s

Position: 2nd
Win-loss-draw: 8-3-0
Percentage: 360.69%

Currently second on the ladder St Mary’s will be keen to keep their two game winning streak intact when they return against Palmerston Magpies. After somewhat of a slow start to the season the Saints built some strong form through the midpart stringing together four consecutive wins and subsequently rising up the ladder. However the past five games have not been as convincing coming off the bye and losing two games before downing both Tracy Village and Wanderers to recapture their mojo.

The Saints have a number of players that are able to take the game by the scruff of the neck and have an influence with Michaela Long leading the pack with 17 goals in 11 games while Ashlea Melnikas has also chimed in to average a goal a game. Danielle Ponter has not played since mid-November but was a commanding presence with her eight goals while Jasmine Anderson and Tesharna Maher have both been consistent figures for the Saints. Megan Williamson has been a real ball magnet for St Mary’s and has been regularly recognised for her efforts while Alana Coombes is another one to keep an eye out for.

Southern Districts

Position: 4th
Win-loss-draw: 6-3-2
Percentage: 158.41%

The Southern Districts have been up and down throughout the 2020/21 season registering six wins and three losses but could have been higher up the ladder had they closed out games as shown via their two draws. Currently holding down fourth spot on the ladder heading into the break the Crocs will be hoping to regroup after going down to Pint in the final round. But prior to the loss were flying, going on a three game winning streak and registering a draw. They face the Wanderers in their first game back.

There are two main options inside 50 with Tayla Thorn a key cog and able to kick multiple goals each time she steps out taking her tally to 25 for the year. She is often assisted by teammate Grace Mulvahil who is a real livewire in attack recording 11 goals for the year while Jessie Brock is the next best with six majors to her name. In terms of bests it is no surprise that Thorn is right up there given her influence on the scoreboard while Bella Clarke and Emma Forsyth are also formidable figures for the Crocs. Malory Nankervis has steadily found her groove as has Ebony Miller with the two featuring highly for the side.

2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 12

PINT remained undefeated heading into the break of the NTFL Women’s Premier League with Round 12 seeing a number of close shaves and a couple of big blowouts highlighting the difference between the top and bottom sides while Darwin Buffettes were handed the bye this week.

Tracy Village 0.0  | 0.1 | 1.1 | 1.1 (7)
Nightcliff 5.3 | 10.4 | 13.8 | 18.11 (119)

Nightcliff got out to a fast start piling on five goals to nothing and steadily extended that lead in the second quarter opening up a 63 point margin against Tracy Village. The Razorbacks ended their goalless streak nailing their first major in the third quarter however that is all they wrote as Nightcliff kept them goalless in the final quarter and piled on five goals themselves to run out 112 point victors in a convincing performance. It is fair to say that it was all one way traffic from the opening minutes of the game and Tracy Village were never within fighting distance however did manage to slot that all elusive goal.

There was no shortage of multiple goal kickers for Nightcliff with four players managing two or more goals showcasing the array of talent they have inside 50. Jessica Sara-Peris slotted four majors while Amy Pittman also managed four. Rose Russell returned to the goalkickers list while the ever-reliable Jacqueline Anyon-Smith bobbed up with two goals of her own to take her season tally to 16. Olivia Hatzismalis starred in her second outing of the year as did Eliza Morrison with the latter notching up her third consecutive week in the bests. The sole goalkicker for Tracy Village was Kahla Dumbris while Zhoe Clarke was her usual consistent self and Lisa-Maree Toner managed to have an impact across the ground.

Pint 2.4 | 2.5 | 2.11 | 2.11 (23)
Southern Districts 2.0 | 2.0 | 2.0 | 2.3 (15)

It was an uncharacteristic performance by Pint who despite being kept to 23 points still managed to get the job done against the Southern Districts running out eight point winners in a close contest. Accuracy proved to be an issue for the ladder leaders notching up 11 points while only managing to slot two majors for the game, meaning they could have had a day out, had they been more accurate in front of the big sticks. Nevertheless the win enabled Pint to stay on top of the ladder and create more of a gap while the loss saw the separation form between the Crocs and top three.

In a low scoring affair it was Jasmyn Hewett and Laura Wright that led the way for Pint with the duo nailing a goal apiece. Hewett was also named in the bests for her efforts alongside the likes of Amy Chittick, Reni Hicks and Cassie Henderson. For Southern Districts, Bella Clarke and Grace Mulvahil shared the goal kicking duties with a major each while Tahlia Holtze also got amongst the bests. She was joined by the likes of Lateesha Jeffrey and Rhiannon Busch who both impressed across the ground despite being in a losing side.

 

Wanderers 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.1 (1)
St Mary’s 0.5 | 2.10 | 6.14 | 9.16 (70)

It was easy pickings for the Saints who made light work of the Wanderers keeping them to a mere point for the entire game. Despite struggling to hit the scoreboard themselves in patches due to their inaccuracy St Mary’s managed to find their mojo and post a handy total to notch up a 69-point win.

There were a number of key contributors across the board for the Saints with Tesharna Maher having no trouble finding the big sticks with her three majors and subsequently named in the bests for her performance. Tamia De Araujo weaved her magic with a goal in her first outing for the season while Jasmine Anderson also slotted a goal to add to her building tally. Shannon Ponter managed to have an influence on the scoreboard and across the ground as did Michaela Long. Although the Wanderers did not have any goal scorers the likes of Tishara Davern, Sophia Mauboy and Kaitlyn Armstrong all strong competitors.

 

Palmerston Magpies 0.1 | 1.2 | 2.3 | 2.3 (15)
Waratah 1.1 | 1.4 | 3.7 | 5.14 (44)

Waratah notched up their fourth win for the season downing Palmerston by 29 points in the final game of the round. It was a slow start to the game with only two goals scored in the first half of football between the two sides. The Magpies were kept scoreless in the final term while Waratah managed to kick away but will be rueing their missed opportunities with some wayward kicking.

Toya Norris found her kicking boots with a goal as did Crystal Browne with the duo hitting the scoreboard for Palmerston. Tabitha May was in the midst of it on the footy field while Iesha Ronberg was once again named in the bests highlighting her consistency for Palmerston. Looking over to Waratah and Lisa Miceli was the key contributor with two majors of her own while Lauren O’Shea, Breanna Martin and Tarryn O’Hehir also contributed to the scoreboard.

2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 11

ROUND 11 of the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s Premier League saw the top sides bolster their standings at the pointy end of the ladder, headlining a mixed bag of results. Pint is still undefeated and top of the standings after a 10th win, as Darwin remains the closest challenger after surviving a danger game against Nightcliff, while Southern Districts and St Mary’s dined out on bottom three sides in a couple of genuine blowouts. All that, and more in our weekend wrap.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS | 0.2 | 5.3 | 8.7 | 10.8 (68)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES | 2.1 | 2.2 | 2.2 | 2.3 (15)

Southern Districts stretched its undefeated streak to eight games with a comprehensive beating of bottom three side, Palmerston at Norbuilt Oval on Saturday afternoon. Competition leading goalkicker Tayla Thorne snapped up seven of the Crocs’ 10 goals, playing a leading hand in the 10.8 (68) to 2.3 (15) result. She was not alone either, with Grace Mulvahil booting two majors and fellow goalkicker Bella Clarke among the victors’ best contributors. Nat Medbury and Billie Byers put Palmerston ahead at quarter time with their respective majors, but could do little to thwart Districts’ charge thereafter. Meanwhile, Tabitha May was named the Magpies’ best player in their third-consecutive loss.

NIGHTCLIFF | 1.1 | 3.3 | 5.4 | 6.4 (40)
DARWIN | 1.3 | 3.7 | 4.8 | 5.12 (42)

Darwin escaped its danger game against Nightcliff with a full set of premiership points, helping the Buffettes remain clear in second place with eight wins in 10 outings. The Double Blues led by under a goal at the first two breaks but were rather wasteful within scoring range, with Nightcliff taking full toll to snatch the three-quarter time lead. Darwin stood up at the close though, sneaking back ahead at the ideal time to win 5.12 (42) to 6.4 (40). Machaelia Roberts and Jacqueline Anyon-Smith both booted two goals for their respective sides, with Kylie Duggan another to find the big sticks as one of Darwin’s best, while Kristy Irvine did the same as Nightcliff’s leading performer. Kiera Kurnoth was also among the action as her side won out for the third-consecutive time.

PINT | 2.1 | 3.1 | 6.3 | 6.3 (39)
WARATAH | 0.0 | 1.1 | 1.2 | 3.5 (23)

A final term fightback from Waratah was hardly enough to put a dent in Pint’s 16-point victory at DXC Arena on Saturday, with the 6.3 (39) to 3.5 (23) result seeing the Queenants remain undefeated after 10 games. Having kept Tahs to just one goal after three terms, Pint steadily compiled six majors of their own to set up a 31-point lead at half time. Waratah left its best effort for last with two goals to nil, but it did little to change the outcome. Jessie Baumer and Laura Wright combined to boot five of the winners’ six goals, while Rebecca Pryer was named best afield as the likes of Reni Hicks and Jasmyn Hewett again returned big performances. Waratah ended with three individual goalkickers as the side again fell to back-to-back losses.

ST MARY’S | 5.3 | 10.11 | 14.16 | 19.20 (134)
TRACY VILLAGE | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)

It was raining goals as 11 individual goalkickers headlined the 134-point thumping St Mary’s inflicted on Tracy Village, seeing the Saints keep touch with the competition frontrunners while the Razorbacks remain winless. The tone was set early as St Mary’s piled on five goals in the opening term, a feat which was matched twice thereafter all while keeping Tracy Village scoreless. Charli Simmonds, Marrietta Puautjimi, and Michaela Long all booted three majors for the victors, while Tesharna Maher was also among her side’s best with two goals. Kaitlin Battel was named Tracy Village’s most valuable player in another heavy loss, while Zhoe Clarke was again a reliable figure for the embattled side which has lost seven games by over 100 points.

Featured Image: St Mary’s were big winners over Tracy Village in Round 11 | Credit: Felicity Elliott/AFLNT Media

2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 10

IN a round of highly anticipated NTFL Women’s Premier League clashes, things did not quite go to plan as all four matches saw significant margins. While not necessarily seeing huge blowouts as has become the norm for some teams, the closest result of the round saw an 18-point buffer and plenty of tough battles across the round. Another solid win for Pint leaves the side well on their way to taking out the minor premiership given their continued dominance, while Darwin Buffettes overtook St Mary’s to jump into second on the ladder and Tracy Village escaped another consecutive loss with a bye this round.

NIGHTCLIFF 4.1 | 5.3 | 8.6 | 10.7 (67)
WANDERERS 2.0 | 3.2 | 4.5 | 5.6 (36)

Nightcliff got back on the winners list this week with a comprehensive win over the Wanderers, with a four goal to two first quarter effort setting the tone of the match and allowing the Tigers to maintain a solid margin throughout. While the Wanderers, to their credit, never took the foot off the pedal, Nightcliff continued to push with a finals position ultimately on the line here and came away with a 31-point margin and plenty to be happy about.

Mickayla Ward starred for the Tigers with four goals to her name, and named best on for her efforts. Add in the respective two-goal hauls from Rose RussellKristy Irvine and Jacqueline Anyon-Smith, and Nightcliff once again proved how hard they are to stop when they get going. Eliza Morrison found plenty of the footy to be listed on the bests, whilst Irvine and Russell also got nods for their solid efforts up forward. The Wanderers are yet to release their goalkickers or bests.

WARATAH 0.2  0.2 | 0.4 | 1.5 (11)
SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 2.1 | 3.2 | 3.5 | 7.5 (47)

Waratah were blown out of the water by a tenacious Southern Districts outfit, and still look like a shade of their 2019/2020 side which finished minor premiers last season. While the grand final rematch once again saw plenty of competitive moments, the Warriors could not seem to hit a target inside 50 which allowed the Districts to well and truly dominate across the ground and create an ominous 36-point margin. It was an excellent four goal final term that saw the Crocs really lift and solidify their top four chances, with five wins, two losses and two draws telling the tale of their season.

Lisa Miceli was Waratah’s lone goalkicker this round, while Southern Districts proved impressive with six players hitting the scoreboard, as Bella Clarke booted two for the side. Tayla Thorn, Grace Mulvahil and Jessie Brock continued their excellent form with a goal apiece, all hitting the scoreboard for the third week straight while Megan Craufurd and Emma Forsyth were both named among the best in a solid win for the Crocs.

ST MARY’S 1.0 | 1.0 | 1.0 | 2.1 (13)
DARWIN BUFFETTES 2.0 | 2.3 | 4.6 | 4.7 (31)

The Buffettes sent an ominous sign to ladder-leaders Pint with this victory, well and truly dominating against the Saints in a tough, low-scoring battle. While the match did not see a wealth of goals hit the scoreboard, both teams were relentless in their pursuit for the elusive top two spot – which the Buffs secured, albeit potentially temporarily – and saw excellent defensive efforts across the ground which well and truly showcased the depth across both sides, which typically have no issue finding the goals.

St Mary’s had an uncharacteristically tough time finding the goals in this match, with just Jasmine Anderson and Michaela Long finding the big sticks, while Eliza and Annabelle Shannon both were named among the best for the second straight week. For the Buffs, Zoe Anderson once again proved handy for the side with another two majors added to her tally, while Machaelia Roberts was consistent as ever out the front and was named amongst the best for her continued efforts. Jemma Iacono was also an influential figure around the ground for the Buffs, while Delsey Ah Wang got the job done.

PINT 4.3 | 6.3 | 7.4 | 11.5 (71)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES 0.1 | 2.1 | 3.1 | 3.2 (20)

Pint continued its fantastic season with another win on the board making it nine straight wins from nine matches. While the Magpies had their chances, they were no match for the Queen Ants and just could not quite match the intensity of the ladder leaders. To their credit, they did manage to keep the side accountable in the second term and booted two goals apiece, however it was Pint’s ability to reset at the main break and come out firing once more that saw the Magpies struggle to keep up, with a five goal to one second half seeing Pint run out with a 51-point victory.

As per usual, Pint had no shortage of quality options up forward with eight individual goalkickers hitting the scoreboard once more. Jasmyn Hewett and Casey Morris combined for five goals between them, with both players named among the best for their consistency and continued dominance around the grounds. Gemma Cusack and Reni Hicks also found plenty of the ball, with Hicks booting her sixth goal for the season. For the Magpies, Jo GuthridgeCrystal Browne and Litonya Motlap booted a goal apiece, while the usual suspects in Iesha Ronberg and Shanoah Leedie continued their solid form to be named amongst the best once again.

2020/21 NTFL Women’s Premier League weekly wrap – Round 9

ROUND 9 of the NTFL Women’s Premier League saw some huge results, and while not a heap of ladder movement was seen across the round, there is no doubt teams came to play this week with some intriguing scores on the board. Pint remains on top of the table with another huge win on the board, while Southern Districts upset St Mary’s and Waratah proved their form this season is still able to be turned around. Meanwhile, Nightcliff escaped much of the craziness with the bye this round.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 1.4 | 1.6 | 3.8 | 4.9 (33)
ST MARY’S 1.2 | 3.2 | 3.3 | 3.5 (23)

Southern Districts made a huge leap this round with a come-from-behind victory against the Saints, with the seesawing contest seeing the Crocs lead at the first change before forced to pick up their game after a two goal to nil second quarter. While the Saints showcased their ability to hold strong under pressure once more, relegating the Crocs to a relatively low-scoring contest, the Districts came out with a point to prove and desire to back up their recent form, using their defensive capabilities and excellent firepower to impact on the contest. While the 10-point deficit did not make a huge dint in the Saints’ percentage, the side is now two wins behind ladder-leading Pint, and only leads Darwin Buffettes on percentage with the same win count now.

An excellent effort from young gun Georgia Mulvahil proved handy for the Districts in this encounter, booting two goals alongside Tayla Thorn and Jessie Brock who both added a goal to their respective tallies. Bella Clarke was named among the bests alongside Kelsey Patterson and Brock, while for the Saints, Annabelle Shannon and Eliza Shannon led the charge. Michaela LongAaliyah Bailey and Laelia Dunn all booted a goal apiece in the close battle.

TRACY VILLAGE 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)
PINT 4.4 | 8.5 | 12.7 | 20.10 (130)

The battle between top and bottom of the ladder was always going to be a tough one, and a 130-point deficit rendering the Razorbacks scoreless once more was unfortunately what happened. With Pint coming in off a tight margin last round there is no doubt the side was headed for a big margin this week to make up for it, and that they did – not only switching on the offensive power but once again showcasing their ability to dominate defensively too.

There is no doubt that Amy Chittick and Reni Hicks had an influence in this one, booting seven and five goals respectively, and named atop the bests list for Pint. The duo may have been the go-to girls inside 50, but the likes of Shae-Lee Murphy-Burke and Casey Morris also put multiple scores on the board each, with three more players on the goalkicker list showcasing the side’s amount of key options up the field. For the Razorbacks, Kahla DumbrisSophie Hammill and Zhoe Clarke once again proved influential, but unfortunately could not negate the huge impact of Pint’s forward line.

WARATAH 1.0 | 4.2 | 11.4 | 12.4 (76)
WANDERERS 3.3 | 4.3 | 5.3 | 6.4 (40)

Waratah may have had a shaky start in this encounter, but well and truly flew out of the blocks after half time with a whopping seven goals to one third quarter. While the final term was not quite as prolific, the Warriors still showcased a side that has not quite reared its head yet this season after dominating the past few years, which saw the Wanderers struggle to maintain pressure after an excellent start. While Waratah still sit in the lower half of the ladder given their slow start to the season, the side seems leaps and bounds ahead of the other sides below them – Magpies, Wanderers and Razorbacks – and are more than capable of challenging the higher-ranked teams.

While the victors only had four goalkickers throughout, all four players put multiple scores on the board with Tarryn O’Hehir the main problem for Wanderers with four goals to her name. Both Lisa Miceli and Breanna Martin booted three apiece, while Lauren O’Shea added another two to her tally. For the Wanderers, Kaitlyn Armstrong continued her consistent ways with three to her name, while Shekeine de Satge was competitive as ever with two goals, named among the best once more alongside Tishara Davern.

DARWIN BUFFETTES 1.3 | 3.4 | 4.8 | 8.11 (59)
PALMERSTON MAGPIES 1.1 | 2.1 | 3.1 | 3.1 (19)

The Buffettes continued on their merry way with another clinical victory, and although inaccuracy seemed to prove more of an issue than usual, the side showcased their scoring ability against the struggling Palmerston Magpies with a solid 40-point margin as the final siren sounded. With seven goalkickers proving the Buffs’ ability to share around the footy, the Magpies were unable to limit their opposition’s scoring capacity, well and truly outclassed not only inside 50 but also through the midfield. 

When it came to top performers, for Darwin it was the workrate of Katelyn Hazlett and Dominique Carbone that stood out, with Carbone contributing a major alongside Ashanti Bush (two goals), Machaelia Roberts and a flurry of other players. For the Magpies, Tabitha May proved a solid target as per usual with a goal to her name, while Yasmen Roe and Mesapa Frank also put a major apiece on the board. As for top performers, Shanoah LeedieIesha Ronberg and Billie Byers impressed with their cleanliness.

VFLW Preview: Round 16 – Fight to finals

IN the final round of the VFL Women’s home and away season Collingwood Magpies will look to regain top spot while the Southern Saints will be hoping to maintain their hot form heading into finals. Up the other end of the ladder, Williamstown and Carlton will be hoping to end their season on a high with one last win on the board.

ESSENDON v. WILLIAMSTOWN

Round 16 – 24/8/19
11:00
Windy Hill

Coming off a surprise win last week against the ladder leaders, Essendon will be looking to build on their form and notch up their sixth win of the season. The Bombers have had a relatively up and down season showing glimpses of brilliance but have been unable to do so consistently. Young gun Georgia Patrikios has been a revelation for the side with her ball winning ability, explosiveness and skill across the ground while Georgia Nanscawen has been crucial for the side. If the Bombers can pull out a similar performance to last week it will go a long way in getting them across the line against a desperate Williamstown outfit. Although they are sitting at the bottom of the ladder and have suffered plenty of big losses throughout the season the Seagulls will be wanting to end their year on a high. Emily Gardner has shown that she can hit the scoreboard making her a valuable asset if she is named while Sharnie Whiting is not afraid to go in hard at the contest.

HAWTHORN v. COLLINGWOOD

Round 16 – 24/8/19
11:30
Box Hill City Oval

After suffering their first loss since Round 1 the Magpies will be wanting to get back on the winners list ahead of their finals campaign. They have been the in form team of the competition thanks to their strong structures, clever game play and talented list so expect them to come out all guns blazing in hope to reclaim top spot. Jaimee Lambert has proven to be a sharp shooter for the Magpies line-up, leading the goal kicking tally with 20 goals for the season and will be a welcomed addition into the side if named this week to take on the Hawks. Stacey Livingstone and Brit Bonnici have also made their way back into the side for the final round of the season with their strength and leadership a key aspect of the Pies’ game plan. If the Hawks win they could climb up the ladder and really assert themselves on the competition with the likes of Phoebe McWilliams (named as emergency however) and Rebecca Beeson steering the ship. If both are able to break free against the Magpies they could pose a dominant threat given their ability to hit the scoreboard and win plenty of ball.

DAREBIN v. WESTERN BULLDOGS

Round 16 – 24/8/19
12:00
La Trobe University, Bundoora

After a relatively lacklustre season the Darebin Falcons will be hoping to go out with a bang whereas the Bulldogs will be wanting to iron out all the creases ahead of finals. The Falcons have pushed teams to their limit this season, contesting hard and putting up a strong fight but their inability to put out a four quarter performance has been their Achilles heel. Lauren Arnell has been a handy player for the Falcons and will be wanting to have her usual impact on the game in the final round of the season. Annalyse Lister and Reni Hicks have both been major ball winners for Darebin and if left unattended could pose a dominant threat for the finals-bound Dogs. The Western Bulldogs have shown that they have plenty of game changers but will need to overcome the losses of Ellie Blackburn and Brooke Lochland in order to find victory. The addition of youngsters Elisabeth Georgostathis and Ella Wood has also paid dividends for the side which will be hoping to maintain third spot on the ladder with a win against the 11th placed Falcons.

SOUTHERN SAINTS v. RICHMOND

Round 16 – 24/8/19
12:00
Trevor Barker Beach Oval

The Southern Saints have gone from strength to strength throughout the season, only losing the two games for the year. The Saints currently sit in top spot while the Tigers are hot on their tail in fourth making for an exciting and intense battle. Both sides have plenty of star power and will want to hit their straps heading into the finals in hope to claim the coveted premiership. After coming off a disappointing loss last round the Tigers will be hoping to rectify their issues across the ground and impose themselves as competition front-runners. Tayla Stahl has been a focal point in the Tigers forward line giving her accuracy in front of goal and ability to bring ball down with 17 goals for the season while Sabrina Frederick has had a hot and cold season with only a number of games under her belt but definitely can turn a game on its head. Monique Conti has been a real ball magnet for Richmond but could be rivalled by Saints star Alison Drennan who has had the ball on a string in the past couple of games. Up forward, Kate McCarthy and Molly McDonald could create havoc for the Tigers defenders given their ability to hit the scoreboard and take strong contested marks.

GEELONG v. CARLTON

Round 16 – 24/8/19
1:45
GMHBA Stadium

Geelong have plenty to play for with ladder position and finals up the grabs. The Cats put out an impressive performance last round to keep their opponents to one goal while showcasing their ability to hit the scoreboard. With a home ground advantage the Cats will be hoping to put together a strong performance and notch up another win ahead of finals. Rene Caris was crucial last round finding both the goals and ball with ease making her a huge asset heading into this round against Carlton. Richelle Cranston and Amy McDonald have both proven that they can tear games open with their ball winning abilities for the Cats. Although the Blues have not had the season they would have wanted, only managing three wins, they will be wanting to end on a positive note. A hard fought win last round will fill them with some confidence heading into the clash with Katie Loynes and Abbie McKay coming off match winning performances. Lauren Brazzale and Jess Hosking could both play a big role in the match if named credit to their strength and general football nous.

MELBOURNE UNI v. NT Thunder

Round 16 – 25/8/19
12:00
Ardern Street, North Melbourne

In a disappointing season for the Thunder they will be wanting to go out with a bang while Melbourne Uni will be fighting to claim ascendancy heading into finals. The Mugars are fresh off the bye but on the other hand Thunder are coming off a big loss last round unable to get their clever ball movement and game style up and running. With a week off expect Jasmine Garner and Katie Angelis to be hungry for ball in front of goal with both players proving they know how to score sitting third and fourth respectively on the goal kicking tally. If Jenna Bruton and Emma Kearney can find plenty of ball for Melbourne Uni it will go a long way in helping to set their side up for a victory given their class and vision with ball in hand. Thunder speedster Danielle Ponter has showcased her class and goal smarts in recent weeks and will want to encapsulate that form in the final round while Lisa Roberts has led the way in regards to disposals.