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VFL Women’s wash-up: Round 1 – Tigers stamp authority, while 2018 top three suffer losses

ROUND 1 of Victorian Football League Women’s (VFLW) commenced across the past two weekends, with five matches across three days of footy action all but setting the tone for the season to come. Carlton, Western Bulldogs and Williamstown had the bye this week, so will be rearing to go come Round 2.

SOUTHERN SAINTS 0.2 | 2.7 | 3.8 | 5.13 (43)
COLLINGWOOD 0.0 | 0.0 | 1.1 | 1.2 (8)

GOALS
Southern:
C. Greiser 2, T. Bohanna, C. Jones, A. Allsopp.
Collingwood: M. Doherty.

BEST
Southern:
J. Kelly, C. Phillips, O. Vesely, E. Keaney, C. Greiser, A. Drennan
Collingwood: J. Ferguson, G. Buchan, A. Bild , B. Bonnici, K. Lee, J. Lambert

It was a dominant performance from the Saints in the season opener, coming away 35 point winners against a struggling Magpies outfit. Despite all the momentum in their favour, the Saints were inaccurate inside 50 and missed opportunities to drag out the margin. Caitlin Greiser was the only multiple goalkicker, with two majors to her name, while Morgan Doherty was the sole goalkicker for the Pies. Collingwood’s Jaimee Lambert was the leading disposal winner for the match with 33 touches and six tackles, while the Magpies’ tackling pressure was solid with the likes of Katelyn Lee and Jasmine Ferguson racking up nine and seven alike. Despite the low scoring affair, the Magpies did a good job defensively to keep the Saints’ score down, showing some good composure as they controlled entries inside defensive 50 and piled on the pressure to deny space for marking contests. The Magpies will want to boost their opportunities forward in order to get a win on the board, with the defensive pressure of the Saints just too good.

ESSENDON 1.0 | 2.1 | 4.2 | 5.2 (32)
CASEY DEMONS 0.0 | 2.2 | 2.3 | 5.5 (35)

GOALS
Essendon:
M. DeMatteo 3, M. Collier, S. Audley.
Casey: M. Guerin 3, B. Jakobsson 2.

BEST
Essendon:
S. Nalder, R. Svarc, S. Wilson, A. Morcom, H. Bullas, M. DeMatteo
Casey: E. Zanker , E. Birch, B. Jakobsson, M. Guerin, C. Emonson, K. Bentvelzen

A burst from the Demons in the final moments of the game gifted the side a win to start the season after trailing by 11 at the final change. Multiple goal hauls to two Melbourne AFL Women’s players – Maddy Guerin (three goals) and Bianca Jakobsson (two) – lead the way for the Demons, as they struggled to contain the likes of Monique DeMatteo, who kicked 3.1 in a solid outing for the Bombers. Casey’s Jakobsson and Essendon’s Georgia Nanscawen were among the leading ball winners, with 20 and 19 touches respectively, while Jakobsson’s nine marks and four tackles proved pivotal to the Demons’ success. The likes of Shae Audley and Courtney Ugle provided much needed tackling pressure, combining for 21 tackles as the Demons threatened to overrun the Bombers. Eden Zanker proved to be a solid option across the field for Casey, accumulating 24 hitouts, 12 touches and four marks.

DAREBIN 0.0 | 2.0 | 3.1 | 7.2 (44)
RICHMOND 3.1 | 7.1 | 10.6 | 12.7 (79)

GOALS
Darebin:
J. Stanton, C. Byrne, E. McLaughlin, G. Hammond, L. Szigeti, E. Gardner, M. Wilson.
Richmond: T. Stahl-Smith 6, C. Wakefield 2, M. Klingbeil , J. Colwell, H. Ibrahim, E. Paterno.

BEST
Darebin:
J. Stanton, A. Lister, E. McLaughlin, S. Fairchild, G. Hammond, S. Simpson
Richmond: T. Stahl-Smith, H. Ibrahim, G. Campbell, A. Edmonds, R. Miller, C. Wakefield

A dominant performance from Tayla Stahl-Smith saw the Tigers blow the Falcons out of the water, with six goals alone almost equaling Darebin’s final tally. That being said, it was not all bad news for the Falcons as they shared around possession and showed they have options and versatility across the board. Seven individual goalkickers all but proves Darebin’s depth inside 50, giving the Falcons plenty of opportunity in front of the big sticks despite the defensive pressure of the Tigers. Jamie Stanton (19 disposal, four marks, four tackles) and Hannah Ibrahim (17 touches, two marks, six tackles) lead the way for their respective sides, putting pressure both on and off the ball with their respective ability to take control of possession. Both Shree Fairchild and Alana Woodward came away with 10 tackles to their name, however it was the backup provided by fellow Tigers teammates that kept the pressure on around the ground as Kodi Jacques and Shayla Marsh also came away with solid tackling numbers (nine and eight, respectively).

HAWTHORN 0.1 | 3.1 | 3.2 | 4.3 (27)
NT THUNDER 1.3 | 3.8 | 5.10 | 6.13 (49)

GOALS
Hawthorn:
J. Sibley 2, C. Perera, T. Luke.
NT: A. Considine 2, J. Hewett, J. Baird, A. Foley, L. Roberts.

BEST
Hawthorn:
T. Luke, C. Perera, E. Nixon, P. Peschke, R. Dillon, N. Cormack
NT: T. Thorn, C. Randall, D. Varnhagen, J. Hewett, A. Foley, M. Roberts

It was a slow start for both sides in this matchup, however a second half boost from the Thunder saw the interstate side take control from that point onwards and did not look back. Chelsea Randall (28 disposals, seven marks, four tackles), Ailish Considine (22 touches, two goals) and Angela Foley (20 disposals, one goal, six marks) were named in the best for the NT side, while the likes of Deni Varnhagen (18 touches, seven marks) and Jasmyn Hewitt (one goal, eight tackles) also made their mark on the game. For the Hawks, it took a full field defensive unit to stop the press of the Thunder’s attack, proving strong as they limited Thunder’s accuracy with the constant pressure inside defensive 50. Philippa Peschke and Meg Hutchins were among Hawthorn’s best with 22 and 21 disposals respectively, while Peschke also notched up five marks and five tackles. Also up there for the Hawks was Ebony Nixon, who finished with a solid 20 touches, six marks and five tackles. Jess Sibley was a good option inside 50, kicking an equal game-high two goals to keep her side in the match.

MELBOURNE UNI 3.0 | 7.1 | 9.2 | 12.5 (77)
GEELONG CATS 2.1 | 3.1 | 3.3 | 5.3 (33)

GOALS
Uni:
A. Price 4, J. Garner 3, L. Amelung 2, J. Bruton, M. McDonald, E. King.
Geelong: M. Boyd 2, M. Keryk, B. Beckley, R. Benham.

BEST
Uni:
T. Mesiti, J. Garner, J. Grierson, K. Angelis, A. Price, M. McDonald
Geelong: R. Webster, A. McDonald, J. Ivey, M. Boyd, C. Blakeway, M. Keryk

Melbourne Uni made their presence felt on the field winning comfortably against Geelong. It was a close start but as the game went on Melbourne Uni pushed ahead credit to their accuracy in front of goal and making the most of their opportunities with ball in hand. Geelong were unable to stop the Muggars who were crisp with ball in hand and flexed their muscles in the second term nailing four goals to one, to take a 24 point lead into the main break and did not look back. Jasmine Garner was prolific across the field picking up plenty of the ball with a game high 31 disposals. She also impacted the scoreboard nailing three goals to add to her impressive afternoon. Asha Price was a dead in eye in front of goal booting four goals for Melbourne University while Laura Amelung was also important in the forward half kicking two goals straight, showcasing their accuracy in front of goal. Jenna Bruton was a major ball winner for the Muggars who relished her hard-nosed attitude at the contest, amassing 22 touches and a goal while Kate Gillespie-Jones led the way in physicality with 10 tackles for the game. In a disappointing outing for Geelong, Rebecca Webster recorded the highest number of disposals with 20 touches, using the ball well to hit up teammates and create space. In the forward 50 Maddie Boyd was impressive, slotting two majors and securing a game high seven marks showcasing her strong hands in the contest.

2019 VFLW weekend Round 1b preview: Eight teams begin their campagins

AFTER the Southern Saints made a statement in the opening round with a victory over last year’s minor premiers Collingwood, the other Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s sides take to the field, as four games are played across the competition. The Western Bulldogs and Carlton have the bye, as do Williamstown, however the Seagulls are facing off against GWS GIANTS in an invitational match which will see the GIANTS match-up against some of the Victorian sides. Below are the teams and season previews.

ESSENDON v. CASEY DEMONS

Round 1 – 11/05/2019
11:30
Windy Hill

Essendon

B: 7. K. Hicks, 11. M. Warburton, 29. C. Laan
HB: 18. K. Heil, 27. A. Morcom, 21. K. McFadyen
C: 28. R. Svarc, 39. M. Fogas, 1. C. Ugle
HF: 25. L. Stepnell, 23. M. Collier, 24. S. Wilson
F: 3. M. DeMatteo, 38. E. Gogerly, 40. A. Moreen
R: 30. S. Nalder, 22. N. MacDonald, 8. H. Bullas
Int: 13. S. Audley, 2. I. Currenti, 43. G. Nanscawen, 4. A. Saundry
Emg: 45. E. Ashley-Cooper, 15. L. Caruso, 33. E. Hosking, 14. T. Zagontinos
23P: 31. J. Stassi

Casey Demons

B: 50. G. McLean, 13. K. Smith, 15. T. Tatterson
HB: 34. A. Kirkwood, 7. B. Jakobsson, 8. S. Lampard
C: 23. E. Birch, 16. M. Hogg, 22. M. Guerin
HF: 42. H. Bailey, 29. E. Zanker , 11. C. Emonson
F: 24. N. Garner, 40. H. Dyson, 27. B. Winbanks
R: 38. K. Bentvelzen , 41. R. Edmeades, 47. K. Guttridge
Int: 48. E. Archer, 9. A. Johnson, 32. A. McDonough, 54. K. Oates
Emg: 57. L. Davies, 51. A. Francese, 37. T. Nash, 62. G. Speedy
23P: 46. B. Pratt

 

DAREBIN v. RICHMOND

Round 1 – 11/05/2019
12:00
Swinburne Centre

Darebin

B: 32. G. Colvin, 21. K. Roe, 19. R. Hibbert
HB: 16. B. Kennedy, 56. R. Ashley, 43. N. Wolfe
C: 1. E. Honybun, 9. M. Eastman, 28. A. Morrow
HF: 17. S. Simpson, 22. G. Hammond, 7. L. Szigeti
F: 36. E. Buckley, 31. E. Gardner, 23. M. Wilson
R: 37. E. McLaughlin, 15. A. Lister, 33. J. Stanton
Int: 18. C. Byrne, 39. S. David, 25. C. Delbridge, 20. S. Fairchild
Emg: 46. R. Coombs, 55. M. Hubbard, 49. A. Ladson, 50. M. Suzuki
23P: 57. P. Kearney

Richmond

B: 26. E. Burry, 41. S. Last, 15. R. Miller
HB: 19. K. Dempsey, 2. P. Monahan, 34. A. Makur Chuot
C: 25. G. Egan, 5. M. Brancatisano, 8. J. Graham
HF: 33. J. Colwell, 16. C. Wakefield , 36. E. Paterno
F: 17. E. Gunn, 24. T. Stahl-Smith, 46. H. Ibrahim
R: 11. A. Edmonds, 13. A. Woodward, 1. J. Kennedy
Int: 43. G. Campbell, 30. D. Edward, 37. M. Klingbeil , 22. S. Marsh
Emg: 39. M. Lindsay , 32. I. Milford, 23. T. Smith
23P: 29. K. Jacques

 

HAWTHORN v. NT THUNDER

Round 1 – 12/05/2019
11:30
Box Hill City Oval

Hawthorn

B: 25. M. Hutchins, 6. T. Radan, 31. J. Sibley
HB: 13. E. Nixon, 40. E. MacDonald, 21. P. Randall
C: 33. E. Gilder, 24. R. Dillon, 5. C. Perera
HF: 12. N. Cormack , 26. C. Dyett, 18. E. Wroe
F: 17. A. Dowler, 2. K. Henderson, 30. A. Sarec
R: 22. T. Luke, 10. P. Peschke, 8. R. Beeson
Int: 14. O. Flanagan, 11. D. Haines, 15. B. Struylaart, 29. A. Tanner
Emg: 4. S. Carroll, 35. C. O’Donnell, 27. K. Scott
23P: 23. G. Macpherson

NT Thunder

B: 37. M. Rajcic, 33. T. Thorn, 31. A. Stanley
HB: 23. E. Miller, 9. L. Jeffrey, 26. C. Randall
C: 13. L. Roberts, , 12. K. Streader
HF: 11. J. Hickey, 10. A. Chittick, 18. T. Holtze
F: 27. A. Considine, 7. M. Ellis,
R: 20. J. Hewett, 3. A. Foley, 1. M. Johnston
Int: 17. S. Bishop, 24. S. Hoogeveen-Hill, 21. K. Irvine, 5. M. Roberts, 48. K. Rosenzweig, 34. D. Varnhagen
Emg: 32. B. Byers, 29. C. Deegan
23P: 2. J. Baird

 

MELBOURNE UNI v. GEELONG CATS

Round 1 – 12/05/2019
02:30
Melbourne University Main Oval

Melbourne Uni

B: 45. A. Arundel, 3. T. Mesiti, 17. E. Hay
HB: 22. J. Anwyl, 26. N. O’Connor, 32. C. Daniec
C: 53. J. Grierson, 36. N. Julian, 14. M. McDonald
HF: 38. K. Angelis, 51. J. Tancred, 40. A. Runnalls
F: 4. E. King, 57. A. Price, 18. A. Tupper
R: 5. K. Gillespie-Jones, 25. J. Garner, 35. J. Bruton
Int: 34. K. Cox, 47. M. Hare, 46. A. Roan , 52. M. Shone
Emg: 42. L. Amelung, 44. E. Bult, 30. S. Farmer, 41. J. Thomas
23P: 39. V. Saad

Geelong Cats

B: 49. E. Ramsay, 4. C. Blakeway, 23. H. Rowe
HB: 20. R. Pearce, 44. R. Goring, 11. J. Woollett
C: 3. A. McDonald, 27. R. Webster, 10. G. Rankin
HF: 45. M. Keryk, 17. G. Clarke, 9. T. Love
F: 42. B. Beckley, 8. K. Darby, 7. R. Benham
R: 1. R. Caris, 5. J. Ivey, 41. A. Haigh
Int: 14. N. French, 33. Z. Inei, 43. M. Maguire, 13. L. Taylor
Emg: 26. M. Boyd, 15. G. Deller, 16. O. Purcell
23P: 19. S. DeGiacomi

 

SEASON PREVIEWS: (Including byes)

CARLTON BLUES

Coach: Shannon McFerran
Last year: 7th (6-8)

The entire Carlton side would be buzzing with the AFL Women’s achievement of making the Grand Final and hoping to follow in the senior side’s footsteps. Last year the Blues showed signs within games, but could not quite put together a four quarter effort. They had an enormous amount of future AFL Women’s talent on their list last season with Tyla Hanks and Madeline Brancatisano (both Melbourne), Rene Caris (Geelong) and Celine Moody (Western Bulldogs) all poached by other clubs in the draft, while Abbie McKay, Chloe Dalton and Brooke Walker made the transition up to senior football at the Blues. Darcy Vescio won the leading goalkicker award after another terrific season inside 50 and look for her to be a key player in Shannon McFerran‘s side. With the close bond between Carlton and Northern Knights – and the strength of the Knights program in 2019 – do not be surprised for the Blues to be bolstered mid-season by the likes of Gabby Newton and Britney Gutknecht among others. They have picked up Marnie Jarvis and Taylah Manson from the Knights last year, and with continued improvement and recruitment of Madison Prespakis, Emerson Woods and Charlotte Wilson – who all had TAC Cup Girls and VFLW experience prior to being drafted, the Blues are a sleeper side that is not to be taken lightly.

 

CASEY DEMONS

Coach: Damien Keeping
Last year: 10th (5-9)

Despite a disappointing season on the ladder, Casey Demons were raided at the AFL Women’s draft with six drafted on the night, and a further one (Taylor Mesiti) prelisted. Jordyn Allen, Georgia Gourlay and Maddie Shevlin all swapped red and blue for black and white, while Casey Sherriff, Chantel Emonson and Shae Sloane showed enough to be picked up the Dees. The Demons have brought in some height with the recruitment of former Oakleigh Chargers and Essendon ruck, Bridie Winbanks, while putting an emphasis on retaining Melbourne AFLW listed players, something they did not have the luxury of having with many playing at Darebin given the players history with the Falcons. Now just Elise O’Dea, Lauren Pearce and Brooke Patterson are at the Falcons, so the Demons can have a stronger link to the AFLW side. Harriet Cordner and Maddison Gay were two big improvers of the 2019 AFLW season and will be ones to watch for the Demons in the upcoming VFLW season. A couple of key pickups for the Demons include Gippsland Power duo, Nikia Webber and Shanara Notman who could provide service up opposite ends. Overall look for the Demons to improve this year.

 

DAREBIN FALCONS

Coach: Michael Ericson (NEW)
Last year: 5th (8-6)

Darebin Falcons defied odds by finishing fifth last season and on track for finals up until a couple of rounds out from the post-season series. Michael Ericson has taken over from Jane Lange at the helm, and with it faces a new challenge of keeping the side competitive. O’Dea, Pearce and Patterson loom as the keys to the team, while Jamie Stanton who moved from Melbourne University – to align with her shift from North Melbourne to Gold Coast AFLW – is another AFLW listed player. Bridie Kennedy also joins the team from Carlton after having that AFLW experience, but mostly the Falcons will be relying on the yourh of the team and experienced VFLW players. Captain Stephanie Simpson is one of six players with 30 or more VFLW games under her belt which in the scheme of the relatively new competition is vital. Northern Knights, Nell Morris-Dalton and Ciara Fitzgerald have also joined Darebin, while former Eastern Ranges’ Lauren Szigeti will have benefited from her six games last year. Overall the Falcons will still give the top teams something to think about on their day, and rack up wins against the bottom handful, but it will be a test to be a genuine contender.

 

ESSENDON BOMBERS

Coach: Brendan Major
Last year: 13th (1-13)

It was fair to say Essendon did not have the season it had hoped for, winning just the one game and taking out the wooden spoon in season 2019. With limited AFL Women’s experience, the Bombers just lacked that top-end talent that other clubs had, and while the Bombers had that tackling ferocity through best and fairest winner, Hayley Bullas and the class and skill of future Adelaide AFLW premiership player, Danielle Ponter, they did not have enough talent across the board to compete with the sides that were flushed with AFLW signatures. The one win against Richmond was terrific to see, as it meant the Bombers got some reward for effort after a long season. Along with Bullas, Courtney Ugle and Simone Nalder have returned to the club, while former Murray Bushrangers’ defender and Eastern Allies representative, Eloise Ashley-Cooper will add some class to the side. The Bombers have four players with AFLW experience, including Maddy Collier and Hayley Trevean. With NAB League Girls club, Calder Cannons having some great talent coming through the ranks, expect the likes of Georgia Patrikios to open some eyes late in the season with her agility and goal sense, while Felicity Theodore, Alana Barba, Gloria Elamaly and Krstel Petrevski will add a mix of skill and toughness to the Bombers’ team. The Bombers will still lack the star quality other AFLW experienced teams have, so the goal will be to be more competitive and try and get off the bottom of the table this season.

 

GEELONG CATS

Coach: Natalie Wood (NEW)
Last year: 4th (10-3-1) Grand final loss

Natalie Wood has taken over from Paul Hood who opted to just focus on the AFLW side in the blue and white hoops, but has inherited a genuine premiership contender. After Geelong had fewer AFLW listed players compared to others last season, they now have 20 on their VFLW books, topped up by local players including former Geelong Falcons premiership players, Tarryn Love, Zoe Inei and Sachi DeGiacomi who managed six games at VFLW level between them last season. They have not only retained the majority of the their list, but picked up teh likes of Julia Crockett-Grills (Hawthorn), Rebecca Webster (Melbourne University) and Sophie Van De Heuvel (Williamstown), keeping them in the Geelong system. It is hard not to picture a scenario where Geelong are not in finals considering the now deep and strong bond the players have and having reached the grand final, before strengthening their list even more. The Geelong AFLW side made finals in its first year and expect the VFLW side to follow suit with the same talent on its list.

 

HAWTHORN HAWKS

Coach: Patrick Hill
Last year: 2nd (12-2) Premiers

The reigning premiers had a number of players drafted including Rising Star Jayde Van Dyk, Emerson Woods and Mikala Cann in what was a perfectly timed season, finishing second, pouncing on Collingwood in the semi-final, and then making the most of their opportunities against Geelong in the decider. In great news for the Hawks, Van Dyk has returned to the club for the VFLW season, as have key forward Phoebe McWilliams (Geelong), Rebecca Beeson and Pepa Randall (both GWS GIANTS). With super coach, Patrick Hill at the reigns again, the Hawks will be predicted to be thereabouts again and a genuine premiership contender. Sarah Perkins will be primed for a big season in the brown and gold, hoping to force her way back onto an AFLW list after being delisted by the Crows following the 2019 season. The forward combination between Perkins and McWilliams is as good as it gets in the competition, and with Eastern Rangers youngsters Serena Gibbs and Laura McClelland in the side later in the year, expect the reigning premiers to have a potent forward line. Gippsland Power’s Maddison Shaw has also joined the Hawks, and is one of just two 2001-birth players on the list. A huge contender.

 

MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY MUGARS

Coach: Scott Gowans
Last year: 9th (5-9)

The Mugars were up and down at times throughout the 2018 VFLW season, finishing with five wins from 14 games, but having some great young talent come into the side last in the year, including Prepsakis and Webster who were both drafted by AFLW clubs. Sophie Abbatangelo, Ashleigh Riddell, Maddison Smith, Chloe Haines, Libby Haines and Nicole Bresnehan all stepped up to the senior side, with many showing their ability to adapt to the faster pace of the game. After a huge season that ultimately fell short of a finals berth in the AFLW, North Melbourne and Melbourne Uni coach, Scott Gowans will be keen to continue the form shown by the Kangaroos at AFLW level, into the VFLW system. Emma Kearney was terrific for the Mugars last year along with Kaitlyn Ashmore, and expect them to be key players once again. They have added experience to their list with Hawthorn duo, Tahni Nestor and Kim Ebb, as well as Essendon’s Jessica Anwyl who showed promising signs last season in the red and black. Throw in league best and fairest winner, Jess Duffin, Jasmine Garner and Jenna Bruton, and the Mugars have to be considered one of the premiership favourites. All up they have 23 AFL Women’s listed players and will be another tough team to beat.

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY THUNDER

Coach: Heidi Thompson (NEW)
Last year: 3rd (11-3) – Semi-final loss

Much was spoken about the Thunder and whether or not the experienced top-heavy side with Adelaide Crows, could be allowed to play so much talent at once. Early in the season it looked like the Thunder would skip through the season, but in the end, ultimately fell in the first week of finals to the Cats. After missing out on her AFLW dream last year, Janet Baird is the biggest junior recruit to the Thunder in season 2019, with the NTFL Women’s top player signing on at the Thunder for the upcoming season. She joins the likes of Madeline Gault, Arthurina Moreen and Tabitha May, who all played for Central Allies in 2018, but missed out on a chance in the AFLW. The top-end and upcoming talent at the Thunder is clear, with Ebony Marinoff, Stevie-Lee Thompson, Marijana Rajcic, Renee Forth, Eloise Jones and Sarah and Jess Allen among a ridiculous among of Crows talent in the side. They were arguably a premiership favourite early in 2018, and should be in that place once again given the improvement of many of the Crows through the 2019 AFLW premiership year. With Heidi Thompson now taking the reigns from Tim Weatherald, it will be interesting to see how she balances the AFLW talent throughout the season.

 

RICHMOND TIGERS

Coach: Tom Hunter
Last year: 12th (4-10)

The Tigers had a disappointing season in 2018, finishing twelfth and losing to Essendon, the only side to do so. They, like the Bombers just lacked that star quality in the 2018 VFLW season, but if their 2019 AFLW trade period is anything to go by, expect them to shoot up the ladder in season 2019. Jessica Kennedy and Jacqueline Graham were two standouts for the Tigers, it was just a case of adding depth to the obvious talent that was coming through the ranks. While some will play limited games, the likes of Monique Conti, Katie Brennan and Sabrina Frederick make for a scary forward line. With Richmond able to pre-list players this season, every player on the list will be keen to impress in front of the Tigers’ hierarchy and see what they can do to try and get an AFLW spot for the 2020 season. Overlooked Murray Bushrangers, Tamara Smith, Grace Egan and Sophie Damon are back at Punt Road, while Kodi Jacques has also joined the club with the Bendigo Pioneers’ midfielder looking to stake her claim this year. Former Magpies, Shayla Marsh and Hannah McLaren will don the yellow and black this year, making the Tigers stocked with young talent that will create run and excitement throughout the 2019 season. Expect the Tigers to rise up the ladder, and while they might lack the AFLW talent other teams have outside their forward 50, they could overtake a number of the clubs around their level in season 2018, this year.

 

WESTERN BULLDOGS

Coach: Sean Kavanagh (NEW)
Last year: 6th (7-7)

Sean Kavanagh has taken over from Debbie Lee who is now VFLW General Manager at the club, and will be looking to reshape the side that has lost some serious AFLW talent. Conti always spent the majority of the season playing basketball, while Brennan will be a big lose inside 50. However with 20 AFLW players on their list, they still have more than enough talent and experience to get them by. Their three top-age players they have picked up from NAB League Girls clubs are Sophie Molan, Ella Wood and Elisabeth Georgostathis which is arguably the best trio of pick-ups across the league. Molan will make an immediate impact, while Wood and Georgostathis can play both off half-back and through the middle. They will be unavailable during the AFLW National Championships, but expect them to show their talent. Overager Georgia Pidgeon will also provide some height for the Bulldogs, while a host of local players joins the likes of Ellie Blackburn, Brooke Lochland, Isabel Huntington and Deanna Berry as key players. When talking about experience, the Bulldogs have 14 players with 30 or more games, making them a very experienced side in the competition, and one that while they might not be in the top handful, could still challenge for finals.

 

WILLIAMSTOWN

Coach: Amy Catterall
Last year: 11th (4-10)

Williamstown finished eleventh in 2019, notching up the four wins, but had some serious top-end talent at the Gulls’ disposal. Duffin won the league best and fairest despite the team struggles, while Garner and Bruton were stars for Williamstown before emulating that for the Kangaroos at AFLW level. Big question marks remain over the Seagulls with all three departing the club. It means the load falls onto their VFLW listed players shoulders and puts them in a similar position to Essendon and Richmond last year. They had a good win over the Western Bulldogs in a pre-season practice match, and can have the continuity that teams with restricted AFLW numbers cannot. However this year is set to be a massive challenge for the Seagulls after losing so much top-end talent, with Demon, Aliesha Newman being a key signing – the only AFLW player on the list – and likely to cause headaches inside 50 for opposition defences. In doing so, there might be some serious youngsters step up and then make a case to land at an AFLW club, like former Bendigo Pioneers’ captain Megan Williamson, Eastern Ranges’ tall Tahlia Merrett and Bendigo Pioneers’ key defender Kate Douglass.

Scouting notes: VFLW – Collingwood vs. Geelong

GEELONG has booked its place in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s decider, after knocking Collingwood out in straight sets with an impressive 14-point win. We took a look at some of the top players from both sides on the day.

Collingwood:

#3 Nicole Hildebrand

Did some nice things throughout the game, playing as the loose player in defence. Often she came across to help teammate, Jazz Ferguson who the Cats tried to isolate one-on-one inside 50. She also had a big moment punching a ball across the ground later in the game when Richelle Cranston had a shot on goal.

#4 Sarah D’Arcy

Was really good intercepting, but did miss a few kicks going forward. Had a forgettable moment in the third term dropping a mark in the back pocket, but worked hard to mop up. Got amongst it throughout the four quarters and never stopped trying.

#11 Eliza Hynes

Too tall for her opponents in the ruck and often punched it clear of the contest to keep the ball moving on the outside. Not overly mobile at ground level given her height, but laid tackles and put defensive pressure on opponents.

#13 Jaimee Lambert

One of, if not Collingwood’s best on the day. She worked hard at both ends, dropping back into the defensive 50 to take some good marks, laid great tackles on the wing, and kicked a consolation goal running hard to the goal square and quickly getting boot-to-ball. Her tackling pressure and intensity on the ball carrier was definitely the highlight.

#47 Jess Edwards

Stood tall against the flow and was one of the key reasons Collingwood was still in the contest early. She was composed in defence and able to use the ball well under pressure. Edwards had plenty of defensive efforts and then kicked a goal in the final term, four and a half minutes in to cut the deficit to 20 and give them a glimmer of hope.

#49 Sophie Alexander

Another player who kept trying throughout and had a few good moments, spreading to the wings and taking some good marks. She kicked Collingwood’s first major after making a half-lead inside 50, taking the grab and nailing the all-important set shot.

#70 Jasmine Ferguson

Superb in defence, along with Lambert was one of Collingwood’s best. She continually got to the right position one-on-one and ensured her opponents could not get a clean run at the ball. The opposition tried to isolate her one-on-one inside 50 against stronger bodies, but Ferguson held her own. She also ran off her opponent on a number of occasions trying to create drive off half-back. Took a strong mark on the wing late in the game, using her body well to outmark an opponent.

#75 Erica Fowler

Provided an aerial target when she flew for her marks, and did cause some headaches for the opposition when up forward. Won a free kick for being held in the last quarter, but her shot from 35m out just drifted in the breeze and narrowly missed.

#99 Shayla Marsh

Did not win a heap of it, but had some classy moments. One example was a clean pick-up off the deck and quick handball to a teammate who kicked long inside 50 late in the game.

 

Geelong:

#1 Jaime Woollett

Played in defence and laid a number of strong tackles. She provided a good run-down tackle on Jaimee Lambert in the third term, forcing Lambert’s kick to sail out on the full instead of hitting a target inside 50.

#3 Hannah Burchell

Set the tone early with a big tackle at half-forward to lock the ball up. Had a shot on goal after receiving a 50m penalty but just missed to the left. Her best work was done in close.

#6 Maddie Boyd

One of the most impressive players, she was so strong in the air, taking a ton of marks inside 50 and giving her team scoring opportunities. She could not quite capitalise on the set shots, but one-on-one she was fantastic and she positions herself so well.

#8 Kate Darby

Another player who impressed me with some good hands in the air to take a few important grabs. She also did the defensive things right with her highlight coming in the third term. With the time ticking down she laid a huge tackle on Hannah McLaren to win a free kick just inside 50 and then launched from long range to hand the Cats a 21-point lead.

#13 Maighan Fogas

Had a couple of eye-catching moments when she tried to burst away and break the lines, did not always come off but was still noticeable. she had a shot on goal in the third term which just missed.

#16 Olivia Purcell

The youngster stood up in the finals intensity and put her body on the line when she needed to. Her stoppage work is superb and she is not afraid to fend-off an opponent and give herself an extra few seconds to clear the ball out of congestion.

#24 Maddy McMahon

Very impressive in both attack and defence and one of the main reasons why Geelong strangled Collingwood in the first three quarters. Ran hard to receive the handball in the opening term and then kicked the first goal of the game. Dropped back into defence in the second quarter to mark well, then had an attempt from long range in the third term that just missed. In the fourth term she went back into defence and took a courageous mark at half-back between two opponents.

#30 Richelle Cranston

Thought she had a quiet game to start, but then turned it on in the third term when she seemed to be everywhere. Geelong needed a statement to stop the Pies coming, and Cranston did just that. Her combination of power, acceleration and penetrating kick really turned the game in the third term, fending off a number of players and just bombing long to give her teammates the best chance of scoring.

#44 Rebecca Goring

Defenders do not often get much love, but Goring was absolutely spectacular. Along with Maddy McMahon and a number of others who refused to let their opponents beat them, Goring just worked incredibly hard over four quarters to stand in front of her opponents and rebound well, taking a number of intercept marks. Goring also pushed up to the wing when required to chop off any quick kicks going forward for the Magpies.

Team selection: VFLW – Round 14

AS the home and away season begins to wind up, many teams are starting to settle their weekly changes. However, some vital changes are still being made going into Round 14, particularly in arguably the biggest clash of the weekend, when the two ladder-leaders, Collingwood and the NT Thunder go head to head. All in all, Round 14 is shaping up to be another exciting round for the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s Competition.

 

CASEY DEMONS v. MELBOURNE UNI

Round 14 – Saturday, August 11, 11:30AM
Casey Fields, Cranbourne

Round 14 kicks off at Casey Fields with the Casey Demons taking on Melbourne University. Coming off a strong Round 13 performance, the Demons have kept changes to a minimum, bringing in three players. Former Vic Country skipper, Darcy Guttridge will be a welcome addition to the team alongside Jemma Turner and debutant, Amy Dunn. The Gippsland Power co-captain, who is currently balancing Year 12 and her football career, will be an exciting addition to the Demons’ side and comes in as the 23rd player this week. Gippsland teammate, Emily Haeusler and AFLW forward, Aliesha Newman have been named out.

Returning from their Round 13 bye, the Mugars will be hoping to secure a few more wins before the season’s end. For the occasion, they have made six changes, swapping out star player, Emma Kearney for her 2019 North Melbourne AFLW teammates, Danielle Hardiman and Sophie AbbatangeloAlexandra Saundry, Clara Fitzpatrick, Tasmanian Under 18s representative, Libby Haines and Vic Country Under-18 representative, Rebecca Webster have also been selected to play.

Casey Demons

B: 23. G. Gourlay, 18. K. Bentvelzen , 12. G. McLean
HB: 24. D. Guttridge, 1. S. Sloane, 16. C. Sherriff
C: 7. B.  Jakobsson, 17. S.  Scott, 4. C.  Phillips
HF: 10. K. Hore, 11. E. Zanker , 9. A. Johnson
F: 22. J. Allen, 5. T. Mesiti, 8. M. Gay
R: 14. T. Orgill, 20. C. Whitfort, 13. K. Smith
Int: 6. M. Hogg, 15. S. Phillips, 25. M. Shevlin, 2. J. Turner
23P: 19. A. Dunn

In: D. Guttridge, J. Turner, A. Dunn
Out: E. Haeusler ,  A. Newman

 

Melbourne Uni

B: 17. E. Hay, 29. K. Klatt, 6. E. Keaney
HB: 19. L. Ahrens, 31. D. Hardiman, 20. L. Belza
C: 22. D.  Edward, 47. E.  Humphries, 4. A.  Saundry
HF: 1. S. Abbatangelo, 26. C. Greiser, 7. A. Riddell
F: 38. K. Angelis, 9. K. Price, 46. M. Prespakis
R: 8. C. Fitzpatrick, 2. H. Ibrahim, 41. K. Gillespie-Jones
Int: 27. J. Anderson, 3. K. Ashmore, 12. M. Cantwell, 49. L. Haines
23P: 21. R. Webster

 

COLLINGWOOD v. NT THUNDER

Round 14 – Saturday, August 11, 12pm
Victoria Park, Collingwood

Collingwood has made 10 team changes ahead of its important clash against the NT Thunder this week. With the home ground advantage on their side and top spot up for grabs, the Pies have made plenty of changes to suit. AFLW duo, Eliza Hynes and Nicole Hildebrand have been named to take to the field amongst many others. Grace Buchan, Katelyn Lee, Stacey Livingstone, Paige Nash, Shayla MarshNicole Hales and Gippsland Power ruck, Jasmine Ferguson have also all been selected to play. Coming in as the 23rd player, Vic Metro midfielder, Katie Lynch has also been named, in what will be her debut performance.

The Thunder, desperate to clinch top spot this week, has followed suit with Collingwood, making plenty of changes ahead of the big game. Classy goal kicker, Sue Nalder has been named back in the side this week alongside Ebony Marinoff, Kylie Duggan, Sharona Bishop and Gemma Cusack. While the Thunder have been renowned for its numerous changes each week, they will now be looking to settle as finals approach, finalising this week’s team with the addition of Adelaide AFLW duo, Jenna McCormick and Justine Mules as well as Central Allies Under 18s representative, Madeline Gault.

Collingwood

B: 72. K. Lee, 18. R. Schleicher, 12. S. Livingstone
HB: 22. S. Casey, 17. S. Chiocci, 21. I. Ross
C: 50. G.  Buchan, 47. J.  Edwards, 99. S.  Marsh
HF: 8. B. Bonnici, 66. D. Bateman, 28. H. Whitford
F: 54. H. Grubb, 49. S. Alexander, 3. N. Hildebrand
R: 11. E. Hynes, 5. E. Grant, 41. K. Stratton
Int: 70. J. Ferguson, 52. N. Hales, 67. H. McLaren, 63. P. Nash
23P: 59. K. Lynch

In: E. Hynes, G. Buchan, K. Lee, N. Hildebrand, S. Livingstone, P. Nash, J. Ferguson, K. Lynch, S. Marsh, N. Hales
Out: B. Jones,  P. Davey,  S. Yoannidis,  J. Halaseh-Russo ,  J. Lambert,  C. Rooks, A. Bild ,  E. Korteman

 

NT Thunder:

B: 10. S. Barnett, 37. S. Allan, 13. L. Roberts
HB: 22. J. McCormick, 42. G. Cusack, 53. S. Thompson
C: 34. J.  Mules, 3. A.  Foley, 32. K.  Streader
HF: 5. M. Roberts, 55. T. Thorn, 31. J. Sedunary
F: 16. S. Armitstead, 27. A. Hatchard, 11. J. Hickey
R: 20. J. Hewett, 52. E. Marinoff, 8. S. Riley
Int: 46. S. Bishop, 43. K. Duggan, 38. M. Keeble, 4. S. Nalder
23P: 49. M. Gault

In: G. Cusack, J. Mules, E. Marinoff, K. Duggan, M. Gault, S. Bishop, J. McCormick, S. Nalder
Out: N. Gore, C. Cramey, E. Swanson, K. Irvine, G. Bevan, L. Jeffrey, D. Cox

 

DAREBIN  v. SOUTHERN SAINTS

Round 14 – Saturday, August 11, 12pm
Bill Lawry Oval, Northcote

Backing up last week’s strong performance against Hawthorn, Darebin has only made one key change for Round 14. The Falcons have selected the prolific Stephanie Smith to take to the field and help them get across the line, while Vic Metro defender, Lauren Szigeti has been named out.

The Southern Saints have also made very few changes this week, bringing in two players. Meghan McDonald and AFL Women’s Academy member, Courtney Jones have both been selected to play in place of Vic Metro representative, Gabriella De Angelis. Jones comes into the side fresh off a Herald Sun Shield Grand Final win so she could be a key player at Bill Lawry Oval.

Darebin Falcons:

B: 31. E. Gardner, 10. G. Lawson-Tavan, 21. K. Roe
HB: 32. G. Colvin, 14. M. McDonald, 35. L. Skipper
C: 15. A.  Lister, 9. M.  Eastman, 11. K.  Tyndall
HF: 12. J. Dal pos, 20. M. Guerin, 13. K. Shierlaw
F: 44. S. Fairchild, 17. S. Simpson, 43. H. Mouncey
R: 40. L. Pearce, 30. E. O’Dea, 7. L. Mithen
Int: 2. N. Callinan, 45. N. Deiter, 49. R. Hibbert, 24. B. Patterson
23P: 39. M. Jarvis

In: A. Morrow, S. Simpson
Out: L. Szigeti

 

Southern Saints:

B: 11. T. Annear, 30. C. Wilson, 4. G. Ricardo
HB: 17. L. Olsen, 38. S. Karlson, 6. J. Tait
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, 19. A. Silver
R: 28. R. Watt, 8. A. Drennan, 32. S. Johnson
Int: 45. S. Binder, 42. C. Jones, 29. M. Macdonald, 16. K. Thompson
23P: 3. H. Bate

In: M. Macdonald, C. Jones
Out: G. De Angelis

 

GEELONG CATS v. ESSENDON

Round 14 – Saturday, August 11, 4:30pm
GMHBA Stadium, Geelong

Geelong, who currently sits fourth on the ladder, will be in desperate need of a repeat performance of last week in Round 14. Ahead of the game, the Cats have made four changes, bringing in Laura Taylor and Isabel Currenti. Geelong has also selected two debutants for the match in Vic Country duo, Nina Morrison and Olivia Purcell. The pair impressed in this year’s TAC Cup Girls competition as part of the Geelong Falcons’ premiership team, and will look to continue to impress when they take to the field this weekend. Morrison in particular will be one to watch, as she was awarded the equal Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the recent AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, so she will be a key addition against the Bombers.

Essendon has kept changes to a minimum this week, bringing in three inclusions. Erin Bult, Carlee Portlock and Alex Quigley have all been named while Alexa Madden has been called to the sidelines.

Geelong Cats:

B: 26. R. Pearce, 44. R. Goring, 40. A. Teague
HB: 25. E. Coventry, 1. J. Woollett, 34. A. McDonald
C: 4. C.  Blakeway, 45. M.  Keryk, 3. H.  Burchell
HF: 7. M. Clifford, 2. D. Orr, 5. J. Ivey
F: 8. K. Darby, 6. M. Boyd, 33. H. Trevean
R: 49. Z. Inei, 13. M. Fogas, 30. R. Cranston
Int: 11. M. Klingbeil , 17. H. Mangan, 20. N. Morrison, 10. L. Taylor
23P: 16. O. Purcell

In: L. Taylor, N. Morrison, O. Purcell
Out: E. Hoare,  G. Clarke,  M. McMahon

 

Essendon:

B: 20. J. Anwyl, 17. T. Hetherington, 27. A. Morcom
HB: 25. R. Neaves, 7. K. Hicks, 41. M. Warburton
C: 1. J.  Trend, 46. C.  Ugle, 9. L.  Williams
HF: 35. V. Moreau, 16. L. Morecroft, 28. C. Portlock
F: 49. E. Bult, 3. M. DeMatteo, 6. A. Quigley
R: 30. S. Nalder, 8. H. Bullas, 44. M. Collier
Int: 15. L. Caruso, 22. N. MacDonald, 37. I. Malliaras, 39. C. Rendelmann
23P: 10. E. Cornish

In: E. Bult, C. Portlock, J. Wallace, A. Quigley
Out: A. Madden

 

RICHMOND  v. WILLIAMSTOWN

Round 14 – Sunday, August 12, 12pm
Swinburne Centre, Richmond

After a disappointing loss last week to the Geelong Cats, The Tigers will be looking to redeem themselves when they come up against Williamstown this weekend. They have named four inclusions for the match, headlined by AFLW talents, Christina Bernardi and Lauren Tesoriero, who should bring some stability and experience back to the side. Jenna Colwell and Ruby Edmeades have also been named in while Emma Gunn, Grace Egan and Gabrielle Deller will miss the clash.

Williamstown has also made four changes to its Round 14 side. The Seagulls have fielded two debutants for the match in Melton Centrals junior, Rachael Jackson and Western Jet, Emily Gardner. The pair will be joined by Jasmine Garnerand Emily Paterno, who have also been named in. On the other hand, Rachel Achampong, Erin Meade, Jess Bartoloand Maddy James have come out of the squad.

Richmond:

B: 69. E. Burry, 63. J. Graham, 65. E. King
HB: 54. L. Bailey, 73. L. Davie, 83. J. Gardner
C: 60. K.  Dempsey, 79. L.  Tesoriero, 88. P.  Monahan
HF: 72. J. Radnell, 70. E. Findlay, 76. E. Ross
F: 93. C. Bernardi, 90. S. Damon, 61. J. Colwell
R: 68. A. Edmonds, 59. A. Woodward, 52. J. Kennedy
Int: 84. L. Bieniara, 53. K. Dixon, 71. R. Edmeades, 75. B. Lynch
23P: 92. T. Smith

In: J. Colwell, R. Edmeades, L. Tesoriero, C. Bernardi
Out: E. Gunn,  G. Egan,  G. Deller

 

Williamstown:

B: 8. C. Portelli, 10. B. Hateley, 34. J. Reid
HB: 31. J. Cranny, 24. A. Saxton, 1. R. Dardengo
C: 11. K.  Smith, 17. S.  Chapman, 33. S.  Van De Heuvel
HF: 44. I. Porter, 25. J. Garner, 36. M. Williamson
F: 12. G. Harris, 39. S. Whiting, 4. E. Paterno
R: 20. S. Seabrook, 35. J. Bruton, 2. J. Duffin
Int: 16. A. Cameron, 18. R. Jackson, 22. M. Lowe, 13. N. Wallace
23P: 15. E. Gardner

In: R. Jackson, E. Gardner, E. Paterno, J. Garner
Out: J. Bartolo, M. James, E. Meade, R. Achampong

 

HAWTHORN  v. WESTERN BULLDOGS

Round 14 – Sunday, August 12, 2pm
Box Hill City Oval, Box Hill

The Hawks will be glad to have their captain back this week after their narrow loss to Darebin last weekend. Emma Mackie has been selected to play alongside Dianna Haines, who make up only two inclusions this week as Hawthorn try to settle its line-up as finals approach. AFLW talents, Melissa Kuys and Pepa Randall have been named out.

The Western Bulldogs have called upon assistant coach, Bree White to take to the field this week as part of a series of changes to their Round 14 side. Bailey Hunt, Kirsten McLeod, Amanda Tessari, Deanna Berry and Tiarna Ernst have all been named in this week as well as Western Bulldogs AFLW premiership player, Bonnie Toogood. Toogood will make her VFLW debut this week and is sure to be a key asset to the Dogs’ game play.

Hawthorn:

B: 32. K. Ebb, 5. C. Perera, 31. J. Sibley
HB: 13. E. Nixon, 11. D. Haines, 36. J. Van Dyk
C: 14. O.  Flanagan, 6. J.  Crockett-Grills, 25. M.  Hutchins
HF: 33. E. Gilder, 35. C. O’Donnell, 12. T. Nestor
F: 7. P. McWilliams, 22. T. Luke, 28. S. Perkins
R: 19. L. Wotton, 8. R. Beeson, 1. E. Mackie
Int: 4. S. Carroll, 24. R. Dillon, 3. E. Mcilvena , 43. E. Woods
23P: 44. S. Kendall

In: D. Haines, E. Mackie
Out: M. Kuys,  P. Randall

 

Western Bulldogs:

B: 5. R. Martinuzzo, 11. L. Spark, 38. C. O’Brien
HB: 29. J. Davies, 12. J. Francke, 9. T. Dinuccio
C: 19. T.  Ernst, 10. S.  Jolly, 25. R.  Gastin
HF: 7. D. Berry , 28. B. Toogood, 6. K. McLeod
F: 41. A. Scott, 21. B. Hunt, 33. B. White
R: 47. N. McMahon, 32. A. Mifsud, 20. A. Guest
Int: 40. N. Gills, 31. A. Gunn, 35. S. Ruedin, 30. A. Tessari
23P: 43. A. Goldring

In: B. Hunt, A. Tessari, K. McLeod, D. Berry, B. White, B. Toogood, T. Ernst
Out: A. Gogos , E. Gamble, R. Ashley, T. Hamilton, N. Paul, H. Scott, E. Birch

Scouting notes: VFLW – Round 11

ROUND 11 of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s saw some tight matches take place across the weekend. Our writers watched three games and noted the standout performers. 

 

Richmond vs. NT Thunder

By: James Halley

Richmond:

#60 Kate Dempsey

She scored Richmond’s sole goal of the last term, barraging through a scrimmage and gathering a loose ball get. Along with Lynch, she gave Richmond run on the wing, using her prolific kicking to set up shots on goal.

#75 Bethany Lynch

She played on the wing in a new role for her. She was quite prolific, making many runs along the flanks using her speed to burn off opponents.

#55 Courtney Wakefield

She kicked the first goal of the game from an easy set shot. After taking a great pack mark, she kicked truly to kick Richmond’s second goal of the game from the goal square. Only a minute later she kicked another after her opponent became worried after her previous effort and gave away a holding free behind the ball. She took many contested marks, throwing her weight around.

#88 Phoebe Monahan

She was a shinning light for Richmond in the midfield. She was the everywhere person for the Tigers. When the third quarter onslaught began, she was placed back to try and stem the flow.

 

NT Thunder:

#11 Jordann Hickey

She was able to finish a goal along the ground after the ball trickled out after a big pack contest. Late in the game she took a big pack mark and kicked her second goal for the game with an unconventional helicopter set shot.

#26 Abbey Holmes

She played as the focal point at full forward after her heroic four goals last week. Although she didn’t have the same impact on the scoreboard this week she was still influential. She crashed many packs and set up numerous other goals. It just wasn’t quite her day in front of goals.

#17 Emma Swanson

She managed to soccer through goal on the goal line after a Holmes effort on goal was denied. She was quite simply in the right place at the right time. For the whole game she was in the midst of attacks for the Thunder and it was clear that she had a presence.

#20 Jasmyn Hewett

She was the clear winner in the ruck against her lesser light opponents. With Alice Edmonds and Emma King out of Richmond’s team, she took advantage in the hit outs and clearances and gave the Territory midfield silver service.

#52 Ebony Marinoff

Hewett and Marinoff were the perfect pair in this match as it was tap to clearance over and over. In just her second match for NT, she had a best on ground performance in the midfield.

 

Carlton vs. Collingwood

#8 Madeline Brancatisano

Played her familiar role from the Northern Knights through the middle and crashed in hard, earning an early free. She read the taps well around the ground and had a number of touches through the middle of the game, handballing out of congestion to a teammate on the outside. One handball in particular started a chain in the third term which led to a Kristi Harvey goal.

#10 Sarah Hosking

A really strong performance both figuratively and literally. The inside midfielder laid some massive tackles and had some vital clearances out of the middle. She did not mind getting involved in a few scuffles when the battle got heated, and did everything she could for her side. Some of her clearances bursting out of the middle were really eye-catching including one in the final term as she desperately tried to turn the tide of momentum.

#13 Mika Suzuki

Coming in as the 23rd player, Suzuki did well with her pressure and determination to crack in and win the hard ball. She won a good clearance on the wing by going in hard in the opening term. In the third quarter she had a purple patch, marking in space and kicking forward, then was involved in a play not long after. Bumped off the ball by an opponent, she bounced back up and kept chasing the ball carrier and laid a fantastic tackle.

#19 Georgia Gee

A pocket rocket around the ground. Often found chasing the ball carrier or throwing herself under a pack, Gee provided great defensive attributes throughout the match.

#27 Katelyn Cox

Prominent through the middle, Cox crashed into packs and constantly fought hard for the contested ball working in tandem with Sarah Hosking. She then spread to the outside and provided some good run for the Blues

#37/51 Tyla Hanks

Had an unusual jumper change in the middle of the match, but regardless of the number on her back, still did plenty of nice things throughout the game, Playing up forward and pushing up the ground, Hanks kicked a vital goal from a tight angle in the third term and set up another earlier in the term with a good fend-off and snap to Kristi Harvey who nailed the goal. Hanks had a chance later in the third quarter but just missed. The ball did not get near her in the last term, but it was a promising third term where she was all over the action.

#40 Kristi Harvey

Enormous throughout the match. Harvey played up the end where the breeze was blowing towards, booting three goals in a half up forward and then rebounding everything she could with strong marks in the back 50. Her two goals in the third term were telling, and missed a chance for a third. Her kicking into the breeze proved tough at times, but he dominance with her strong body and reading of the play was very good.

 

Collingwood:

#2 Chloe Molloy

Played predominantly through the midfield and did as much defensively right as she did offensively. While she was not on the end of goals, she was helping set up her teammates. In the first half she applied some good shepherds and tackles to lock the ball up. Had a shot on goal in the final term from an Iilish Ross handball, but hit the post.

#3 Nicole Hildebrand

Playing up forward, Hildebrand lead out and provided a target for her midfielders. She took a courageous mark under pressure in the opening term and kicked forward, then had a flying shot on the goal in the second quarter but just missed. A fantastic effort from tight in the pocket was just touched on the line.

#4 Sarah D’Arcy

A booming kick, D’Arcy was able to boot the ball long into dangerous positions, and was able to give off quick handballs to teammates when they went forward. In the final term she had a shot on goal which hit the post, and then showed composure under pressure on the last lane, stepping around an opponent and then took an extra second to hit-up a target at half-back.

#8 Brittany Bonnici

One of the best on ground in my opinion for her ability to read the play and attack the ball hard coming off half-back and along the wing. She often left her opponent to win the football and kick long down the ground. In the second term she avoided being caught holding the ball by using her strength to fend off Georgia Gee. Later that quarter she ran off half-back, beat her opponent to the ball and delivered it lace-out inside 50. Had a flying shot on goal but missed, then continued running hard in the third term and did not have to do a lot in the final term back there.

#12 Stacey Livingstone

Changed the course of the game with a purple patch in the third term. With Carlton doing all the attacking and no goals kicked up the Grand Boulevard end, Livingstone broke the deadlock with a couple of goals in as many minutes. She snapped a goal for her first, and then ran into space from a Jessica Edwards long bomb, out-sprinted her opponent and booted a goal on the run.

#18 Ruby Schleicher

Used the ball well going forward and kicked a lovely ball to a teammate early in the game and also pushed back into defence and laid strong tackles. Just bobbed up throughout the game and had some nice moments.

#21 Iilish Ross

Stepped up in the second half, having booted Collingwood’s first goal in the second term with a flying shot running in towards the big sticks. In the third term, she worked hard on the inside, gave quick handballs off to outside teammates and created good run going forward. In the final term she laid an important tackle on the wing and gave the handpass to Chloe Molloy in the final term after winning a free on the boundary, but Molloy’s subsequent shot missed.

#49 Sophie Alexander

After having a few chances through hard leading in the second term and missing a shot in that quarter, Alexander stepped up in the final quarter, booting two goals and being the difference on the scoreboard in that term. She led into space and marked, then nailed the set shot from 20m out. A second shot from a standing start missed, but a long range bomb from outside 50 got the crowd up and about to seal the game.

#52 Nicole Hales

A brave game in defence, in what was a hard-working effort for two quarters and an easier game in the opposite quarters. She battled away in defence, coming up at the ball and pumping it out of the danger zone. Hales laid some good spoils and put body contact on her opponents.

#63 Paige Nash

Showed a great attack on the football and won a free for front-on contact midway through the first term. She was able to rebound the ball out of the defensive half, proving particularly important in the final term when Carlton was attacking.

#99 Shayla Marsh

Worked well on the outside winning a bit of the ball through midfield and half-forward and trying to kick it forward. Missed a chance in the final term kicking it out on the full, but more often than not looked to kick long inside 50 and put it to dangerous areas.

 

Southern Saints vs. Melbourne University

Southern Saints:

#4 Georgia Ricardo

Had a number of chances on goal early in the game but just missed, but buzzed around the forward line and laid a great blind-side run-down tackle on an opponent in the third term at half-back.

#8 Alison Drennan

The prominent midfielder just wins the football at will and goes in hard around the packs. She draws free kicks from getting to the ball first and from opponents aware of what she can do. She laid a great tackle to force a turnover at a crucial stage in the final term.

#15 Tara Bohanna

Made a huge difference by the end of the game and could have done even more damage had she managed to kick a couple of gettable chances. She booted two goals in the final term, and had two more chances – one from a snap and another from a set shot – but both missed. Created havoc up there all day though and was one of the best Saints.

#24 Kayla Ripari

Plays that high half-forward and defensive forward role well, in the sense that she tackles, creates forward pressure, and can still have offensive chances. She runs hard, has clean hands and had a chance in the second term but her shot which was on target, took a wrong bounce and went off for a behind.

#28 Rhiannon Watt

Enormous through the ruck and around the ground, she was one of the Saints most influential players. She worked strongly at the ruck stoppages and drifted into defence to clear the ball out of the back half and into safety.

#30 Charlotte Wilson

Had a solid game in defence, running down an opponent at half-back to force a turnover in the opening term and then took a good mark in the third term after reading the play well.

#33 Jemma Owen

Went in hard and won the football, clearing it out of the congestion to teammates on the outside. Owen booted a fantastic goal in the third term, winning the ball at ground level, turning her opponent inside out and snapping around the body for it to bounce home. Showed good strength at the coal face.

#35 Gabriella De Angelis

Was another Saint who stepped up in the last term and put the ball into dangerous positions. She guarded a Jemma Owen snap to allow it to bounce through in the third term and then tried to create some of her own chances in the final quarter.

#39 Eleanor Brown

Really impressive performance from Brown who stepped up after returning from the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships. She showed good hands and game smarts by chopping off a number of passes including a handball from an opponent at ground level in the first term and a kick at half-back in the second term. Won plenty of the football and was a shining light on the outside.

#42 Courtney Jones

Was a prominent player in the second half, kicking well out of the congestion and taking a good run inside 50 with a bounce and a shot which just missed, Had a long range shot from 45m out but it fell short. Copped a knock in the final seconds of the game but at least was able to limp off rather than be carried off.

#49 Ashleigh Allsopp

Booted an important goal in the final term after a chance in the second term. She lead into space and made the most of her opportunities. Allsopp also pushed up to the wing to create a target for her teammates.

 

Melbourne University:

#1 Sophie Abbatangelo

Gave off a goal assist to Madison Prespakis in the first term and then played behind the ball. She took a good intercept mark at half-back in the second term and worked hard to mop up in defence and lead by example with composure.

#6 Elizabeth Keaney

One of the Mugars’ best, she had a massive win in the third term when she went up against three opposition players in defence. The ball bounced high and she ran hard to spoil it to an area that she could get too, laying a follow-up tackle to lock the ball in. One of the most prominent players throughout the game.

#7 Ashleigh Riddell

Went in hard through the middle and won the footy to release quickly by hand. Showed composure under pressure and was able to dispose of it well going forward.

#17 Elyce Hay

Had an almost highlight-reel worthy run in the second term, taking four bounces along the wing, but her kick ended up being a bit scrappy along the ground. Hay created good spread and won the foot at half-back and along the wing.

#20 Lauren Belza

Very composed under pressure and this showed in the dying seconds when the Saints were attacking. Belza took crucial mark in the goal square and kicked out to make sure the visitors retained the lead.

#21 Rebecca Webster

Did not win a heap of it, but showed glimpses of her talent. She received the handball in midfield in the final term, fended off two players and kicked neatly to half-forward.

#26 Caitlin Greiser

The tall forward did a lot of leading up the ground and started the game with the first goal. While not a huge accumulator there were a couple of moments to point out that were smart play. One came in the second term when leading at the football she was worked under it but drew multiple opponents because of her strength and it lead to an Asha Price goal. Then in the final term, she kept the ball in front of her when an opponent was in pursuit, kicking it 20m along the ground for Imogen Milford to kick the final quarter goal, sealing the game.

#34 Asha Price

Worked hard up forward for two goals and was the main target deep inside 50. She had another couple of chances including a shot from 15m out but hit the post. In the second term she lead out and doubled back to run into goal. Was a forward who had her chances and rewarded with the two majors.

#38 Kate Angelis

Kicked a fantastic goal from just inside 50 early in the third term and used her strong body throughout to impact the contest in the midfield or up forward. She was unlucky not to get a free for front-on contact n the third term in a marking contest which would have given her a shot on goal 20m out straight in front. A solid performance.

#48 Madison Prespakis

Kicked a goal from just inside 50 on the run and spread well throughout the four quarters, winning a heap of the ball. She was often under pressure but used it fairly well and was strong by fending off an opponent in the third term, weaving back inside to kick forward but it was unfortunately intercepted. She copped a big front-on knock midway through the final term but bounced straight back up. A really strong performance from the top star and she continues to get the job done at senior level.