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Weekend previews: VFLW – Round 16

THE home and away season comes to an end with a number of teams jostling for positions both within the top four and outside the top four. Despite Collingwood, Hawthorn, NT Thunder and Geelong being secure in the top four and thus having a finals position, there is still plenty to play for as the teams fight for home finals. Teams outside the top four look to end the season on a high and build, moving forward into next season.

 

Southern Saints vs Richmond

Saturday August 25, 11am, SkyBus Stadium

Two sides that have disappointed in season 2018 battle in what will be their season finale. The Saints can finish as high as sixth with a win and other results going their way while a loss could see them drop as low as tenth. The Tigers on the other hand can secure 11th position with a win, however a loss accompanied by a Williamstown victory could see them fall to twelfth (second last). The Saints were held goalless against the ladder-leading Pies last week, despite winning plenty of the footy around the contest. Alison Brown continued her strong stretch of play with a 24-possession performance. Tara Bohanna will have another opportunity to work her way up the goal kicking leader board, and will be looking to bounce back after a poor performance last week. Richmond should be well-prepared for the contest after it enjoyed a bye last week. The Tigers put together a strong performance in the last outing, unfortunately falling to Williamstown by one point. Many of their season-long issues seemed to be resolved in the contest, with their forward line functioning extremely well, kicking five goals, which was their highest score in quite some time. Expect a big game from Phoebe Monahan, who will look to put the finishing touches on a superb season.

 

Casey Demons vs Collingwood

Saturday August 25, 11:30am, Casey Fields

Collingwood enter the final round with an opportunity to clinch top spot and a home final in the first week of September. The Pies limp into the final round, with a number of key players missing the home and away finale, including Sophie Alexander, who has been a pivotal part of their success so far this season. Jaimee Lambert will return to the line-up this week as she looks to pick up right where she left off. An impressive outing last week saw Vic Metro representative, Katie Lynch put together her best game of the season with a 24-possession game, adding to what is a huge list of contributors for the side throughout the year. Casey burst out the blocks last week, taking a quarter-time lead against the flag-fancies, Geelong in what looked to be a looming upset. Unfortunately for the Demons, they only managed one behind for the next three quarters as Geelong ran out 37-point winners. The Demons will be hoping to end the season on a high note, with the potential to move up to sixth position with a win. Despite not playing finals, the biggest success of Casey’s season without a doubt has been the development of youngster, Eden Zanker. Zanker showed plenty of promise over the summer in the AFLW season and has continued to progress nicely, showing she will be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years.

 

Hawthorn vs Geelong

Saturday August 25, 11:30am, Box Hill City Oval

The game of the round takes place on Saturday morning with the Hawks playing host to the Cats in Box Hill. There is plenty at stake for both teams, with the winner assuring themselves at least second place and potentially the minor premiership if Collingwood was to lose. Hawthorn recorded its biggest victory of the year last week, defeating the Thunder and ending its win streak, which in turn secured the Hawks a finals spot and the opportunity to leap-frog the Thunder once all is said and done. Phoebe McWilliams was damaging in front of goal, kicking three goals from her five opportunities to go along with 12 possessions. Emma Mackie also continued her run of form with 24 possessions and two goals, while Rebecca Beeson was a ball magnet through the middle of the ground, with game-high 30 possessions. The Cats took care of business against the Demons last week and will need to bring the same intensity they showed after quarter time if they are to beat the in form Hawthorn. The win should fill the Cats with confidence as star player, Richelle Cranston had a quiet game by her lofty standards, but it was the role players who stepped up and led the side to victory. Mia-Rae Clifford produced her second consecutive strong performance, kicking two goals and leading the Geelong forward line. This is a huge game which will shape the entire finals series and give both teams a taste of finals-type pressure.

 

Darebin vs Western Bulldogs

Saturday August 25, 12pm, Bill Lawry Oval

The Falcons are locked into fifth place, whilst the Bulldogs can secure sixth with a victory and ensure they do not drop down the ladder. After starting the season with no wins and four losses, the Bulldogs put together six incredible weeks of footy to put themselves at six wins and four losses, entering the final three games of the season. Two poor performances have resulted in two losses and the Dogs now find themselves eliminated from the finals. The Bulldogs have proven their best footy can match up with the best of the best and the champions of AFLW will be looking to end on a high and show the rest of the competition they will be a force next season and beyond. For Darebin, its loss last week ended any faint hopes the side had of playing a part in September. The absence of three key players, Elise O’Dea, Jessica Dal Pos and Hannah Mouncey, was ultimately too much to overcome. O’Dea and Dal Pos return to the line-up this week and should provide a huge lift for the Falcons. Melbourne AFLW teammates, Lauren Pearce and Lily Mithen were unbelievable last week and will once again be key if the side is able to pull off the victory.

 

Essendon vs Carlton

Saturday August 25, 3pm, Windy Hill

The Bombers secured the dreaded wooden spoon last week after their loss to Williamstown. A win against the Blues would end their inaugural season on a high, as the club continues to build their list. With only one win to date, on paper, the Bombers’ season has been a disappointment. However, looking beyond the results it can be viewed as a positive. Hayley Bullas has proven herself to be relentless in and around the contest and has truly emerged as a star. Simone Nalder had an impressive performance in the ruck last week and showed she can be an integral part of the line-up in the future. Carlton’s season began with so much promise but much like its AFLW campaign, it will end in disappointment. The Blues have put together a good patch of footy, winning three of their past five games, including a dominant win over Darebin last week. The Blues’ accuracy in front of goal continues to be an issue however, kicking eight behinds to half-time before finally kicking their first goal. Darcy Vescio will have an opportunity to win the goalkicking title this week with a strong performance to cap off another strong campaign. Gabriella Pound has been a shining light for the Blues over the past month, cementing her spot in the side and putting together some nice games in the back half of the season.

 

Melbourne Uni vs Williamstown

Sunday August 25, 2:30pm, Melbourne Uni Main Oval

The final game of the home and away season takes place on Sunday afternoon when Melbourne University battles Williamstown. The Seagulls have won their previous two contests after only having won one game prior. The big three starred for the Seagulls, as Jasmine Garner kicked two goals from her five shots on goal, Jess Duffin had another dominating performance with 28 possessions, and Jenna Bruton gathered 22 possessions. The three have starred all year for the side and will be lining up against a number of teammates for the next AFLW season, as they will be playing for North Melbourne. Melbourne University dominated against the Western Bulldogs last week to record its fifth win of the season and continue its late season resurgence up the ladder. Having won their past two games, the Mugars now have the opportunity to move up to as high as sixth with a win. Madison Prespakis and Ashleigh Riddell starred in the side’s win last week, with both amassing over 25 possessions. They’ll once again be key in Melbourne Uni’s quest to end the season with three consecutive victories. North Melbourne recruit and reigning AFLW Best and Fairest, Emma Kearney will be also be a key inclusion into the line-up.

Scouting notes: VFLW – Round 15

GEELONG has secured its spot in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s finals after a come-from-behind win over Casey. At the other end of the ladder, Essendon and Williamstown battled it out at Windy Hill under three new rule changes. The Seagulls came away with the win, ending their season on a high.

 

Essendon vs. Williamstown 

By: James Halley

Essendon:

#25 Rebecca Neaves

With the ball often in Williamstown’s forward 50, Neaves was under a lot of pressure quite often and rose to the occasion. She gave the Bombers drive out of the backline on numerous occasions, whether it was a long kick or a searching run.

#30 Simone Nalder

She had a real clear dominance in the ruck from the start until the end of the game. She is a very capable ruck and gave Essendon first use all day.

#35 Valerie Moreau

She kicked the Bombers’ only goal in the second term when she streamed through the corridor and kicked a goal on the run. She was one of the best for Essendon as she was really lively across half forward.

#44 Maddy Collier

She was Essendon’s best player in my opinion. She tried her best in the midfield where she amassed 20 disposals but did not get enough help. In the wet conditions, she still managed to hit targets when a lot struggled to do so.

 

Williamstown:

#2 Jess Duffin

I thought she was once again one of the best for Williamstown. She not only got a lot of contested ball with 28 disposals but also was a threat in the air, taking many intercept marks in the tough conditions.

#4 Emily Paterno

In tough conditions, she managed to kick a snap from the boundary in the last quarter, which was one of the best goals of the game.

#25 Jasmine Garner

She had three chances early in the second term to kick away from set shots, but they all missed. Early in the final term, she took an impressive contested mark and kicked her first goal for the game. Only moments later, she repeated her efforts to kick two majors in two minutes and break away from Essendon. Garner had terrific hands in the miserable conditions, which allowed her to have numerous shots on goal as well as setting up teammates for shots.

#33 Sophie Van De Heuvel

After a brilliant chase-down tackle inside 50, she was awarded a free kick 30 metres out straight in front and converted truly for the first goal of the game. In the second term, she repeated her heroics with her tackling pressure, winning a free kick. She could not convert this time round. Van De Heuvel was really handy, winning her fair share of the contested ball and gathering disposals across the ground. She also snuck forward to kick a prized goal in the first quarter.

 

Casey vs. Geelong

By: Julia Montesano

Casey:

#12 Georgia McLean

Delivered a good kick to centre-half forward and also did well to find space and take a mark. Later in the game, McLean received a 50-metre penalty and demonstrated good awareness to handpass it to her running teammate in Eden Zanker.

#14 Tarryn Orgill

Did extremely well in the ruck and won the battle for mine. Did well to kick the ball off the ground after missing the tap, showing her ability to rove her own footy. In another instance, she took it out of the ruck and got a good kick out, following this up by selling some candy. Laid a good bump which allowed Maddison Gay to run onto the ball. Orgill also took a good intercept mark and bustled her way through players to kick the ball out of congestion.

#18 Kaila Bentvelzen

Did well to get a free kick after tackling Kate Darby, which occurred after Bentvelzen ran past the ball. Bentvelzen also applied good tackling pressure and got lots of the footy throughout the day. Took a good mark at half-back and followed the play up by selling some candy nicely.

#25 Madelaine Shevlin

Applied good pressure on Maddie Boyd to prevent her getting the ball out on hands and knees. Also took a strong mark up forward to have a shot from 40 metres out. Shevlin also kicked the first goal of game to get the momentum going for the Demons.

#31 Holly Bailey

Bailey was prominent early, gathering plenty of touches. She took a good intercept mark off a Richelle Cranston kick and delivered a good kick to the pocket to create a foot race between Georgia Clarke and Kasey Guttridge. Bailey was also ferocious in her attack, applying immense tackling pressure.

#38 Jordyn Allen

Took a good intercept mark off an Olivia Purcell kick. Also gave off a good quick handpass to get herself out of trouble, allowing her to propel back into the contest. Delivered a nice high kick to Eden Zanker at centre-half forward which was good. Allen’s pressure stood out on the day, often creating turnovers.

 

Geelong:

#2 Danielle Orr

Did well to kick the ball down the ground to keep it alive. Also executed a good pick-up and kicked a clever low ball for her first goal of the day.

#5 Jordan Ivey

Showed good run and carry to create the passage of play that resulted in a Kate Darby goal. She kicked the ball off the carpet then chased it up and got it back to kick it forward, which landed in the hands of Maddie Boyd for a set shot. Ivey also got a free kick and kicked her first goal of the day in heavy rain.

#7 Mia-Rae Clifford

Showed good awareness to pounce on Sally Fyfield’s mistake and kick the Cats’ first goal of the day. Had a good one-on-one battle from a high kick to try and get the footy. Clifford went into defence in third quarter, and executed a good quick pick-up off the deck and kick away.

#8 Kate Darby

Showed good endurance to get from the ruck contest to the forward line to chip through a goal. Did well to lay a good tackle on Shelley Scott after the ball flew over her head.

#20 Nina Morrison

Laid a strong tackle on Holly Bailey and kicked a nice goal in the third quarter. Demonstrated good run and dash with the ball and delivered a good kick forward. Morrison then chased hard to get the ball, pick it up and give off a handball inside 50, despite running pressure from Darcy Guttridge.

#30 Richelle Cranston

Delivered a good kick to centre-half forward and followed this up with a nice kick to centre wing. Cranston delivered yet another good kick when she booted a high ball towards the middle of the ground. In another instance, she was able to read the ruck tap well and get it out of the stoppage. Also did well to evade a tackle and get the ball forward.

#45 Madeline Keryk

Keryk demonstrated good hands throughout the day, starting off her day with a quick handball out of a stoppage. She followed this up with a good mark, showing her intent to hunt the footy early. Keryk was always at the bottom of the pack, digging in hard. She delivered a good kick inside 50 and showed good kicking and intent to win the footy in general. She was one of the key ball-winners on the day.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 15

HAWTHORN has spoiled the party for the Northern Territory (NT) Thunder in Round 15 of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s, knocking them back to second on the ladder after a 25-point win at TIO Stadium. Collingwood regained top spot on the ladder with a big win over the Southern Saints, while the other top-four side, Geelong secured a big win over the Casey Demons.

 

Western Bulldogs 2.2 (14) defeated by Melbourne Uni 7.5 (47)

Melbourne Uni is ending its season on an emphatic high, winning its last two games. In the process, the Mugars defeated the once top-four favourites, the Western Bulldogs. The Bulldogs were held scoreless for the first half of this game, with Melbourne University piling on 5.1 to take a handy 31-point halftime lead. The home side finally got that coveted goal in the third quarter but it wasn’t enough, as Melbourne University’s early lead proved to be too big to overcome.

Kaitlyn Ashmore led the way for the Mugars inside 50, kicking two goals from her nine disposals. The North Melbourne recruit also laid six tackles, and was complemented in that department by Maddison Smith, who laid seven. Captain, Ashleigh Riddell also laid six tackles for the day and led the way with a game-high 26 disposals and three marks. Vic Metro midfielder, Madison Prespakis wasn’t far behind with one goal, 25 disposals and two tackles.

For the Bulldogs, Sarah Jolly led the way in disposals with 19 for the day. Ashleigh Guest also contributed well in that department, with 18 disposals as well as four marks and eight tackles. Tayla Dinuccio went one better, laying nine tackles for the day and making an impact, despite recording only three disposals. Premiership players, Kirsten McLeod (one goal, 13 disposals, five tackles) and Hannah Scott (one goal, 17 disposals, five tackles) were the goal kickers for the Dogs.

 

Collingwood 6.6 (42) defeated Southern Saints 0.4 (4)

Collingwood has returned to form very quickly this week, bouncing back from last week’s loss with a 38-point win over the Southern Saints. The Pies got out of the blocks quickly, kicking the first three goals of the match to go on and kick six unanswered majors. After no goals were kicked in the second quarter, Collingwood fought back with two majors in the third, extending its margin to 36 points at the last break. Unfortunately, inaccuracy hurt the Saints, kicking just four behinds for the match.

Vic Metro forward, Daisy Bateman led the way inside 50, kicking three of her team’s six goals as well as gathering nine disposals and laying six tackles. Her Vic Metro and Oakleigh Chargers teammate, Katie Lynch was also a pivotal player with 24 disposals, two marks and three tackles. Sophie Alexander was able to back up her solid game last week with a game-high 27 disposals. Erica Fowler led the way in tackles with a whopping 13 to go with her six disposals. AFLW ruck, Eliza Hynes led the way in marks for the Pies, taking four grabs to go with her one goal and 13 disposals.

Alison Brown was dominant for the Saints, gathering 24 disposals and laying five tackles in another good midfield performance from her. She was complemented by good delivery from ruck, Rhiannon Watt, who racked up 21 disposals, three marks and five tackles. Jas Rolland took four marks for the day and also laid four tackles to go with her six disposals. TAC Cup Girls players, Shelley Heath (12 disposals, two tackles), Gabriella De Angelis (10 disposals, three tackles), Ashleigh Allsopp (eight disposals, five tackles), Jemma Owen (eight disposals, four tackles) and Courtney Jones (seven disposals, two tackles) all contributed well on the day.

 

Essendon 1.3 (9) defeated by Williamstown 5.7 (37)

By: James Halley

Williamstown was able to outlast Essendon in terrible winter conditions, kicking away in the last term to win by 28 points. For the second time this year, the two sides have played in terrible conditions, yet last time was worse as play had to be halted for five minutes due to hail.

Jasmine Garner was huge for Williamstown up forward, kicking two fourth-quarter goals. She was a threat up forward all day but in the second term was when she managed to convert. Williamstown’s engine room was once again outstanding with Jess Duffin and Jenna Bruton leading the way. Duffin ended up being an obstacle in the air for Essendon, taking numerous intercept marks. A highlight for the game was Emily Paterno’s impossible goal on the boundary in the last quarter, which was a kick of high difficulty and capped of a great day for Williamstown. 

Simone Nalder can hold her head up high, as she won the ruck for the Bombers. Due to the conditions, they were not able to capitalise on her dominance. Valerie Moreau was also a shinning light for Essendon on a dark day, kicking the side’s only goal and being lively all day. In Round 16, the Seagulls face Melbourne University while Essendon will take on Carlton at home to finish the home and away season.

 

NT Thunder 4.4 (28) defeated by Hawthorn 8.5 (53)

In the second game of the year at Alice Springs, Hawthorn secured a big win over flag favourites, NT Thunder. The Hawks got out of the blocks early, kicking the first goal of the game and piling on another three in the second quarter to take a comfortable lead into half time. The trend continued in the third quarter when the away side kicked another three goals, making it very difficult for the Thunder to make a comeback.

Greater Western Sydney (GWS) forward, Phoebe McWilliams returned to form with three majors for the day, taking her season tally to five goals from five games. McWilliams’ GWS teammate, Rebecca Beeson continued her good form with a best-on-ground performance at TIO Traeger Stadium. She was complemented by a player who has been in consistent form in Sarah Perkins, who kicked two goals to take her tally to 12 goals from 10 games. Skipper, Emma Mackie also got on the board with two majors and has been solid ever since returning from injury.

It was all single goal kickers for the Thunder with Jordann Hickey, Sue Nalder, Jasmyn Hewett and Angela Foley all kicking one major each. Hickey is closing in on her teammate, Jess Sedunary on the goal kicking tally, as she has kicked 14 goals from 13 games while Sedunary has kicked 15 goals from 10 games. Foley was also named best-on-ground for the Thunder in another blistering performance from her. She was complemented by AFLW contingent, Ebony Marinoff and Emma Swanson, as well as Katie Streader, Kristy Irvine and Tayla Thorn.

 

Darebin 1.3 (9) defeated by Carlton 4.10 (34)

Carlton nearly lost this game with its inaccuracy, kicking five behinds to start the first quarter. Darebin then kicked its first and only goal in the second quarter while the Blues kicked three more behinds to take their score to 0.8.8 at half time. They then kicked into gear in the third quarter, kicking two goals to none and wrestling back the lead. The Blues did the same in the fourth quarter, ultimately earning them a surprise 24-point win against one of the better sides in the competition.

Northern Knights captain, Madeline Brancatisano was named best afield for the Blues in a breakout game for her at Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s level. She was aided by good performances from AFLW players, Alison Downie, Tilly Lucas-Rodd and former Dandenong Stingrays winger, Georgia Gee. Nicola Burns and Celine Moody were also solid contributors in the win, with Moody kicking one of the Blues’ four goals. Gee was one of the other goal kickers and was joined by Bailey Schultz and Darcy Vescio on the scoreboard. Vescio now sits one major behind VFLW leading goal kicker, Hannah Mouncey. Mouncey has kicked 18 goals from 11 games while Vescio has kicked 17 goals from eight games, with an average of 2.12 goals per game.

There was not much happening on the goal kicking side of things for the Falcons, with Stephanie Simpson the only one getting on the board. That goal took her tally to 11 goals from 10 games in what has been a good season inside 50 for her. Simpson also earned a spot among the best players for Darebin on the day. Melbourne AFLW ruck, Lauren Pearce played another blinder of a game, being named best-on-ground for her side. Melbourne teammate, Lily Mithen also continued her solid season by being named among the best as well. Gabrielle Colvin, Meghan McDonald and Kathleen Roe also contributed well at Bill Lawry Oval.

 

Casey Demons 2.4 (16) defeated by Geelong Cats 8.5 (53)

The Casey Demons jumped the Cats early, kicking the first two goals of the game to take an eight-point lead into quarter time. Geelong responded immediately though, kicking the next two goals in the second quarter to wrestle back the lead at the main break. The goal kicking continued in the third quarter, as the Cats outscored the Demons three goals to none. After the first quarter, Casey could not register a major, giving the Cats licence to secure a big win as they approach the finals.

Two of Geelong’s eight goals came from Mia-Rae Clifford, who has had a solid season for the Cats. Clifford has kicked 13 goals from 13 games and continues to be a vital player for her side. She shares the same goal kicking tally as Danielle Orr, who was also able to get on the board with a major, and equal her goal kicking tally with Clifford’s. Millie Klingbeil, Courtney Stevens, Kate Darby, Jordan Ivey and Geelong Falcons midfielder, Nina Morrison were the other goal kickers on the day. Ivey was also named best-on-ground for the Cats, while Morrison and Darby also featured in the best. Morrison was complemented by Vic Country duo, Olivia Purcell and Georgia Clarke, who played great games for the Cats. Richelle Cranston also continued her marvellous season with another appearance in Geelong’s best players.

Another player who has had a marvellous season is Maddie Shevlin, who kicked one of Casey’s two goals on Sunday. New Melbourne AFLW recruit, Maddison Gay was the other goal kicker for the Demons, booting a major late in the first quarter. Kaila Bentvelzen was named as the Demons’ best, continuing a solid season in the red and blue. Former Gippsland defender, Darcy Guttridge and former Bendigo forward, Eden Zanker also stood out for Casey. Georgia McLean and Melbourne AFLW recruit, Shae Sloane were the other players named in Casey’s best, contributing well in the loss.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 9

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

 

Casey Demons 3.3.21 defeated Southern Saints 1.4.10

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

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

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

 

NT Thunder 13.7.85 defeated Geelong Cats 2.8.20

By: James Halley

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

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

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

 

Hawthorn 6.6.42 defeated Williamstown 6.2.38

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

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

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

 

Essendon 5.4.34 defeated Richmond 3.8.26

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

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

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

 

Melbourne Uni 6.3.39 defeated by Western Bulldogs 9.6.60

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

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

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

 

Collingwood 7.3.45 defeated Darebin 2.3.15

By: Carly McClen

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scouting notes: VFLW: Round 5

COLLINGWOOD, Darebin, Richmond, NT, Casey and Geelong were the round five Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s winners. For the Magpies, Thunder and Cats, their wins extend their undefeated streaks while for the Demons, their win was their first in the competition. We watched four games on the weekend and took some notes on the standout performers from each game.

 

Hawthorn vs. Collingwood 

By: Peter Williams 

Hawthorn:

#1 Emma Mackie

The Hawthorn skipper led by example in the midfield, continually cracking in at the coal face to win a number of frees. She showed a good ability to stand up while being tackled and kick clear of the stoppage, while also being composed under pressure with ball-in-hand. She took a great intercept mark backing back in the first term in the Collingwood attack, filling the hole and showing no fear.

#5 Chantella Perera

Had the job on Chloe Molloy and had a good old fashioned scrap back there. Both players were relentless in giving it to each other and gave away free kicks for holding. Molloy finished the game with one goal – in the first term – and missed a number of set shots, but the pressure Perera put on her was good. It could have ended a lot worse on the scoreboard, but Perera did well in the one-on-ones where she did not give away the free.

#14 Olivia Flanagan

One of Hawthorn’s best over the four quarters, just wins the footy in a no-fuss approach to the game. Wins the pill on the inside or the outside, and is not afraid to take the game on. Had a really busy opening term and it set the tone for the rest of her match and the team. Worked well with Mackie on the inside and played arguably her best game of the year.

#19 Lou Wotton

Prominent early in the ruck, might not have had the athleticism that her opposition Eliza Hynes had, but Wotton had the game smarts and the strength to position herself well in the ruck contests. She had a dominant first term and worked well in tandem with Tamara Luke.

#22 Tamara Luke

Had a few clearances out of the ruck and pumped the ball forward off quick kicks. Luke worked hard to win the contested ball and taps to space for her midfielders. More importantly, her ability to get down and work hard for second efforts was another highlight of her game. Won a free kick late in the second term but her set shot just missed to the left.

#25 Meg Hutchins

Just smart and experienced playing in defence and pushing up to the wing. Uses good body contact on her opponents and knows when she needs to boot it long to safety. Hutchins had the nous to use momentum to dive forward in a Sarah D’Arcy tackle and draw a free for in the back in the third term.

#28 Sarah Perkins

Led up at the footy continually and had a set shot from a free kick on the boundary line in the third term but did not make the distance. Did not have the normal space she could be afforded to on occasions, but continued to work hard throughout the match.

 

Collingwood:

#2 Chloe Molloy

Returned to the Magpies side in style worrying opposition defenders with her presence and having multiple shots on goal. Booted 1.3 in the first half alone, with the goal coming off a smart kick off the ground running goal side of her opponent. Won a number of free kicks for holding or pushing, playing a strong game. Would be disappointed she missed a couple of shots she would normally nail.

#4 Sarah D’Arcy

Just cracked in hard and won so many frees across the game. She got to the contest first on a number of occasions, and when she did not, she applied a number of crunching tackles to win holding the ball free kicks. She produced a perfect lace-out kick to Molloy in the opening term and had a great steal, blind turn and snap out of a contest in the forward 50 in the third quarter.

#13 Jaimee Lambert

Covered the ground well in all thirds and draws free kicks from getting to the contest first. She is able to fire out handballs at ground level under pressure and plays smart, often kicking for distance as she did when she was hugged up against the boundary line in the second term. Finds plenty of the football across the four quarters.

#22 Sophie Casey

Really liked her game off half-back. She took a number of marks and laid some fierce tackles to stop opponents in their tracks. In one instance in the second term, she took a good mark and kicked off half-back to a teammate who was spoiled, then she charged at the contest, won the ball back and kicked wide to a teammate on the lead who marked.

#28 Holly Whitford

The type of player who teammates love and opponents love to hate. Never takes a backwards step and wins multiple free kicks for going in hard. Had a great pass inboard to see Chloe Leighton diving into space in the second term, then won consecutive free kicks and goaled from the set shot 20 metres out. She came off early in the third term after a hard knock, then returned to have a few things to say to the opposition.

#47 Jessica Edwards

A player with a good turn of speed, able to completely change direction without losing too much momentum. Played well out of the defensive 50 providing some good rebound and showed fantastic acceleration. The captain led by example in defence and created pressure on opposition forwards.

#65 Emily Browning

Laid a great hip-and-shoulder on the wing in the opening term and then had a snap on goal in the second term but was smothered. Provided good defensive pressure up forward throughout.

#73 Gabrielle Biedenweg-Webster

Liked her attack on the contest and her ability to hunt the ball and harass the opposition. Just went in hard every chance she got.

 

Carlton vs. Darebin 

By: Taylah Melki

Carlton: 

#2 Madeline Keryk

Her follow up work around the ground was good for Carlton while she applied plenty of physical pressure, laying four tackles for the game. Keryk was accurate by foot and got her hands on plenty of the footy.

#10 Sarah Hosking

Hosking was a tackling machine, laying seven tackles for the game and imposing herself on the contest. She applied plenty of pressure on the ball carrier and won her fair share of the footy both in the air and at ground level.

#17 Tilly Lucas-Rodd

Lucas-Rodd was important for the Blues with her clever use of the footy and ability to impact the contest. She looked dangerous around the stoppages in the first quarter and extracted the footy well from the contest. She impressed with her pin-point passing inside the forward 50. Lucas-Rodd was a ball magnet, getting plenty of touches and using the ball effectively for Carlton.

#31 Kate Shierlaw

Shierlaw was a workhorse for Carlton and was good out of defence. She had a real give it and go attitude, hitting the contest hard and competing hard to win the footy. Shierlaw had some good strong leads, and took a strong mark which led to a goal in the third quarter.

 #42 Caroline Hardeman

Hardeman put her body on the line, hitting the packs hard and picking up the ball cleanly. Her silky skills were on display, breaking a tackle and then slotting the first goal of the match for the Blues.

#44 Danica Pedersen

In her first game, Pedersen starred, amassing plenty of touches and using her physical presence, laying five tackles for the game. She worked tirelessly all game in a difficult outing for the Blues.

#50 Jorja Borg

Borg took a good mark going back with the flight of the footy and was a real general down back. She helped to control the Blues’ defence and was efficient by foot.

 

Darebin Falcons:

#8 Nat Exon

Exon had good break-away speed and opened up the middle of the field. She showcased her kicking ability with a strong kick into the forward 50. Exon used her booming kick to slot a good goal from about 40 metres out. Exon impressed with her clean pick-ups and was a real ball magnet throughout the four quarters, taking strong grabs and imposing herself on the contest laying strong tackles.

#14 Meghan McDonald

McDonald was a key player down in defence, showcasing her ability to read the play and take intercept marks. She impressed with her long booming kick and was in charge of kick outs from defence for the majority of the game, credit to her ability to hit targets.

#20 Maddy Guerin

Guerin showcased her footy smarts, dancing around her opponent on the boundary line and then kicking a centering ball. She was really good around the stoppages and had quick hands at the coal-face to release the footy to the voice of a teammate.

#22 Georgia Hammond

She impressed with her good break-away speed, going for a run and bounce through the middle and creating some forward momentum with a good long penetrating kick into the forward 50. Hammond positioned herself well and took a good mark in the goal square, going on to slot a nice goal for Darebin.

#32 Gabrielle Colvin

Colvin was really strong around the stoppages and her clean hands were invaluable for the Falcons. She showcased her footy smarts, weaving out of trouble and helping to propel them forward.

#40 Lauren Pearce

Pearce had sticky fingers from start to finish. She really imposed herself on the marking contest, competing hard in the air and at ground level. She took a heap of intercept marks and worked hard to keep her opponent out of the contest.

#43 Hannah Mouncey

Mouncey was strong in the ruck, showcasing her good jump and ability to tap the footy to advantage for her midfielders, demonstrating her versatility to play in multiple positions. She showed great attack on the footy and applied a lot of good forward pressure. She missed a few opportunities at goal but made up for it, taking a strong grab in the third quarter which resulted in a goal from about 5 metres out. Mouncey ended up with three majors for the game and provided plenty of good leads for her teammates.

 

Richmond vs. Essendon 

By: James Halley

Richmond:

#53 Kate Dixon

She is clearly the focal point of the forward line for Richmond, as her teammates continue to look for her and she takes marks accordingly.

#57 Emma King

She has a clear advantage in the ruck. Her taps lead to clear stoppage break-aways for Richmond. After an uncontested grab, she kicked the Tigers’ first goal with a monster kick from 50 metres out.

#79 Lauren Tesoriero

She used her body to her advantage, using her opponents to keep her at bay and slot through two goals. She is able to rag-doll her opponents with ball in hand. Tesoriero finished with nine kicks, 13 disposals and three clearances, as the veteran midfielder provided constant support for her teammates.

#61 Jenna Colwell

She is capable of taking big contested grabs but just needs to work on the penetration of her kicking. From a free kick she kicked truly from the goal square in the last term.

#88 Phoebe Monahan

Utility Phoebe Monahan was spectacular for the Tigers, leading the team for touches (27), to go with nine inside 50s and eight clearances. She was best afield in the Dreamtime match, being announced as the recipient of the Aunty Joy Murphy Award.

 

Essendon:

#8 Hayley Bullas

She kicked the first goal of the game in a great kick from 25 metres out on the run. The midfielder played a really good game, as she got lots of the ball as well as kicking a goal.

#46 Courtney Ugle

She is very quick and nimble and is able to get around Tiger forwards at ease. Her kicking is very precise, and allows her to cut through the middle of the ground. Her tackling is superb, as she recorded four holding the ball free kicks for the match. She displayed a four-quarter performance and a well-rounded game.

#35 Valerie Moreau

She has quick hands and had a lot of inside 50s. She has a really good kick and often found targets in the forward 50, which gave Essendon shots on target.

#30 Simone Nalder

She kicked her first goal from a ruck free kick. Nalder was everywhere for Essendon with her great ball use. One of the best for the day.

#37 Irena Malliaras

She was instrumental for Bombers in the midfield. Malliaras was at the bottom of the packs all day and they relied on her a lot for good distribution.

 

NT Thunder vs. Western Bulldogs

By: Julia Montesano 

NT Thunder:

#40 Deni Varnhagen

Her intercept marking was fantastic all day. Her contested marking also provided a highlight. Varnhagen was a great sweeper in defence and a general down back.

#27 Anne Hatchard

Came in for her first game for NT Thunder and set the field alight. Kicked four well-deserved goals, displaying her dominance inside 50. Hatchard was really proactive up forward and positioned well in the goal square. She just attacked the ball with acceleration and grit every time the ball was in her vicinity. Also displayed some great hands in a contested situation to kick some nice goals from close range.

#20 Jasmyn Hewett

Hewett played her best game for the NT Thunder. She dominated in the ruck, getting a fantastic vertical leap over her opponent. She was extremely proactive whenever the ball was in her vicinity,  running hard to ensure that the ball was used effectively. Displayed this when she ran hard through a contest, got tackled, yet still got on the end of a good goal. Took an early contender for VFLW Mark of the Year with a fantastic overhead mark over a Western Bulldogs player. She sat perfectly on top of her opponent’s shoulders and had all eyes for the footy. She is becoming a really solid player for NT Thunder.

#4 Sue Nalder

Nalder’s marking was spectacular. She took a great juggling mark in one instance and then centered the ball magnificently. In another instance, she threaded the needle well to find Anne Hatchard in the goal square. Nalder’s marking was on display again when she took a great sliding mark off a Renee Forth kick. Her strong hands gave her a platform to take her time and ensure that her kicks hit targets, which was quite valuable for the Thunder.

#49 Madeline Gault

The 17 year-old NT native came in for her first match for the Thunder after playing in the National Under 18 Championships. Gault showed outstanding composure in defence, making it difficult to believe that she is only 17 years-old. There was never a moment where she didn’t attack the footy hard. In many instances, she came hard to the ball and didn’t wait for it. Spoiled the ball well which helped to move the ball forward for NT.

#3 Angela Foley

Foley was everywhere as usual, setting up the play on plenty of occasions. Whether it was in the midfield, up forward or in defence, you just knew that Foley was going to make an impact. She was targeted hard in this game by the Bulldogs midfielders but adapted to the pressure really quickly to play her natural style of footy. A highlight of her game was when she kicked a great goal while being tackled.

 

Western Bulldogs:

#16 Naomi Ferres

Ferres did not stop working for the Bulldogs all day. She was always in and around the contest, going in hard for the footy. This was shown when she dived on the ball and trapped it in the middle of the ground to create a stoppage when the Bulldogs were leading. Provided a great highlight when she laid a strong tackle on one of the hardest players to bring down in Angela Foley. Ferres continued her tackling throughout the whole game. Gave away a clever no-look handball while she on the deck. Kicked two well-deserved goals in the last quarter to top off a great individual performance.

#6 Kirsty McLeod

McLeod was a key player for the Bulldogs. She did well to get up after being spoiled in a marking contest and was involved in Bulldogs’ second goal. She troubled her opponents at multiple times, displayed when she took a good intercept mark off an Eloise Jones kick. Also had great awareness to spot Jessica Sedunary playing on after a free kick and tackled her immediately, which affected a kick inside 50.

#1 Brooke Lochland

In this game, we got to see Brooke Lochland’s courageous side. She took a couple of big hits but continued to run and battle hard in each contest. She seems to have worked on her running during the off-season, as she covered ground exceptionally well with her improved endurance. Kicked well on the day, allowing her teammates to run onto the space that she would kick it to.

#34 Emma Mackay

Mackay was another one who worked hard for the Bulldogs. She delivered a lovely spearing pass inside 50, which helped her teammates run onto the ball. She laid a great run-down tackle, and even when she got tackled, she wouldn’t give up and just kept running and working hard. Delivered a nice hack kick towards 50, doing her best work around the forward 50 mark. Was able to execute disposals well from a dangerous position.

#18 Libby Birch

Courageously got up after a big hit and still went on to kick the ball after earning a free kick. Her kicking was precise throughout the game, as she was another Bulldogs player that liked to utilise the space around her. She ran hard all game and worked particularly well on the wings where she tried and work the ball down the line. Birch has the capacity to know when to hack a kick or use it deftly, which is a really valuable trait for her and her team.  

Scouting notes: VFLW – Round 4

ROUND four saw TAC Cup Girls talent combine with AFLW’s elite stars, with some wonderful performances over the weekend. From Hannah Mouncey’s five goals for Darebin, to a number of new TAC Cup Girls players entering the competition, there were highlights across the weekend. We attended two games in round four and took note of some of these standout performances. 

 

Darebin Falcons vs. Casey Demons 

By: Taylah Melki

Darebin Falcons:

#2 Nicole Callinan

Callinan was clean out of the stoppages for the Falcons and worked hard in close to get the ball out. She also showcased her strong hands taking multiple grabs both above her head and at chest height.

#4 Karen Paxman

Paxman demonstrated her quick hands under pressure and showed good composure with ball in hand.  She showed her footy smarts at multiple times and looked dangerous up forward. Paxman had a ping at goal but missed but was quick on her feet to continue her good form. She hit her targets while under pressure.

#7 Lily Mithen

Had a really strong four-quarter performance for the Falcons, taking a good intercept mark, which is credit to her ability to read the play. Mithen racked up plenty of possessions with 32 touches for the game and was instrumental with ball in hand, hitting targets and opening up space.

# 8 Nat Exon

Exon was a tackling machine and won plenty of the footy, showcasing her footy smarts and ability to go in hard for the ball.

#22 Georgia Hammond

Hammond worked hard all game and demonstrated her clean hands with a good pick up and running goal in the third term. She was smooth in congestion and demonstrated her footy smarts, keeping the ball just in on the goal line and tapping it back to a teammate who ran into an open goal.

#31 Eloise Gardner

Gardner looked dangerous all game and was especially clean at the coal-face, going in hard to win the footy. She showcased her footy smarts to goose step around a number of opponents and slot an impressive goal.

#32 Gabrielle Colvin

Colvin hit the pack hard all day and competed hard to win the footy. She had a good strong set of hands and took a few strong intercept marks, which was credit to her ability to read the play and flight of the ball. Colvin impressed with her evasive skills and showed good bursts of speed to break through the pack.

#43 Hannah Mouncey

She had an absolute blinder of a game for the Falcons. Mouncey opened the account for Darebin, scoring the first goal of the game. She imposed herself around the contest and even had a stint in the ruck in the third quarter. Her follow-up work around the ground was good. Mouncey took a big contested mark and bombed a long goal from about 50 metres out. She then used her strength to burst through the pack and kick a running goal from about 45 metres out. Mouncey was unstoppable up forward and showed her versatility, shrugging off her opponent in the fourth quarter and dribbling through another goal to get her tally to five for the game.

 

Casey Demons

#4 Chantel Emonson

She took a few good strong marks and showcased her ability to lead up at the footy. Emonson was clever at stoppages and kept her arms free to allow for her to release the ball quickly to her teammates running past. She also applied a lot of pressure on the ball carrier, laying seven tackles.

#8 Marlee Tatham

Tatham had clean hands around the contest and had a really good passage of play where she picked up the footy cleanly while under immense pressure. She imposed herself around the contest, leading the way with nine tackles for the match.

#9 Alicia Johnson

Johnson worked tirelessly all game and attacked the ball carrier, laying plenty of strong tackles. Credit to her physical presence and fight for the footy, she won a free kick in the second term and played on quickly to keep the ball moving forward.

#10 Kate Hore

Hore stood up for Casey in a difficult outing for the red and blue. She demonstrated her footy IQ with clever kicks to the advantage of teammates and demonstrated her good evasive skills to burst away from her opponents. Hore was good under pressure and showed good composure with ball in hand.

#14 Taryn Orgill

Orgill was a workhorse for the Demons and laid a really strong tackle in the forward 50 to try and keep the ball locked in their forward half. She imposed herself on the contest and showcased her impressive leap in the ruck to be able to tap the footy down to advantage for her teammates.

#21 Harriet Cordner

Cordner showcased her good run and carry with a long run down the boundary line to help propel her team forward. Her burst through the pack helped to open up space for the Demons. She worked hard all game to try and impose herself on the contest and give her teammates an opportunity to go forward and create scoring opportunities.

#34 Darcy Guttridge

Guttridge showed some good dash and ability to break away from the pack to open up space for her teammates. Her hands in close were invaluable for the Demons and she imposed herself on the contest winning the ball in tricky situations. She amassed plenty of possession and took a few strong marks.  

Southern Saints vs. Essendon 

Southern Saints: 

#8 Alison Drennan

Drennan was a ball magnet as usual. She always found a way to get the footy, even in the midst of heavy congestion. Drennan was able to work in tandem with Rhiannon Watt by reading her taps well and gaining clearance to get the ball out of the stoppage and forward for her teammates. She often got good purchase on her kicks and was dangerous all over the ground. Her hands in tight were a highlight in her game, as she was the catalyst for many Saints forward thrusts. She would often deliver a quick handball to a teammate on the outside to get the play rolling for her side. Drennan is a really smart footballer and one of the best midfielders in the competition right now.

#28 Rhiannon Watt

Watt was a dominant force in the ruck, winning plenty of hit-outs throughout the day. She got good penetration on her taps and just fed the midfielders the ball. She was a huge reason behind the Saints’ surge towards victory in the latter stages of the game. Watt really threatened opposing ruck, Bridie Winbanks with her height and prowess.

#31 Georgia Walker

Captain, Georgia Walker stood up in moments that mattered, making her presence known across the ground when Essendon was pressing hard. Her kicking in particular was a highlight as she would get good purchase on them, which often benefitted the teammate on the receiving end of the kick. This was demonstrated when she delivered a great penetrating kick inside 50, giving her side a forward 50 entry. Walker also provided great run and carry throughout the afternoon, demonstrating her willingness to use her endurance to her advantage against some tired Essendon legs.

#35 Gabriella De Angelis

Was able to pick up the ball well off the deck and was not afraid to get the ball on her boot and snap. De Angelis never gave up on the footy, following up every ball she could not get directly. She kicked the Southern Saints’ first goal of the game from close range which was a great and well-deserved occasion for the Eastern Ranges midfielder. In one instance, she displayed extreme pace out of a pack inside 50 and snapped the ball in a blistering fashion towards goal. The ball went out on the full but she should be commended for her bravery at the coal-face. In another instance, De Angelis picked up the ball well to intercept an Essendon handball out of a pack. Laid a great tackle on an Essendon opponent to stop her in her tracks.

#39 Eleanor Brown

Brown played a wonderful game on debut for the Saints, displaying quick hands and never being too far away from the contest. She displayed strong kicking throughout, demonstrated when she kicked the ball out of a pack in the centre of the ground that landed well inside 50. Brown laid a great tackle and then got a handball out while lying down, showing her body strength in the contest. She followed up that remarkable effort by getting a handball away on hands and knees. Brown was able to burst out of the contest and use the ball well by hand in particular, working in tandem with players like Alison Drennan to feed the ball forward for the Saints. She also did well to create a stoppage while being tackled in a pack, in what was a great all-round game.

 

Essendon:

#6 Alexandra Quigley

Quigley has proved that she is an extremely dangerous forward. Every time she picks up the ball, she looks like she’s going to kick a goal, which is a handy asset for the Bombers. She provides great speed inside 50 and reads the play well to get on the end of some long range kicks. She booted two majors for the game in what is shaping up to be a solid season for her in the red and black.

#7 Kirby Hicks

Hicks is one of the in-form defenders of the competition, showing poise in defence each week. Hicks mopped up well in the back line many times, saving some goals from the Southern Saints. She had a clever moment where she kicked the ball towards the boundary line to prevent further Southern Saints scoring in the latter stages of the first quarter, demonstrating that she has good game awareness.

#16 Lauren Morecroft

I thought Morecroft was solid in defence and probably played one of her best games for the season so far. She provided a strong presence on the ground, trying hard to accumulate as many possessions as she could. She dug deep for the Bombers throughout the game, using her accurate kicking to get them out of trouble at multiple times.

#30 Simone Nalder

While she was not exactly dominating the ruck this week, Nalder certainly worked hard and had an influence at times. If she was not winning the tap, she would be pushing back waiting for the quick handball out of the pack. She knows she has a long kick and seems to use it to her advantage, helping her teammates conjure up a score in many instances throughout the game. Nalder seems to be improving each week and is a key player in Essendon’s midfield and defensive structure.

#35 Valerie Moreau

Moreau is one of those players who provides excitement every time she gets the ball. Every time she gets it, she never goes for the safe option, always trying to outdo herself to create some momentum moving forward for Essendon. Moreau had multiple snaps at goal but unfortunately none were to avail, but she certainly deserved a major for her brave efforts inside 50 throughout the day. She had a great moment when she attempted to sprint down the wing with the ball in hand and when the bounce didn’t go her way, she worked in tandem with Lauren Morecroft to ensure that she didn’t lose the ball. She then continued to stride down the ground with a blistering pace, which she did many times throughout the afternoon. Moreau is an excitement machine.

#46 Courtney Ugle

Ugle did not give up for the Bombers and was best-on-ground for her side in my opinion. She combined endurance and speed multiple times to provide run and carry through the corridor of Trevor Barker Beach Oval, helping to keep the ball out of danger for the Bombers. She did well to win a free kick inside a pack in one instance,  as she dived for the ball and got reward. Ugle always has eyes for the footy, demonstrated when she took a great overhead mark. She then had an innate ability to play on quickly, and demonstrated this multiple times throughout the game, as she always looked to try and get something going for the Bombers.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 4

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

 

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

By: Taylah Melki

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

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

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

 

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

By: Taylah Melki

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

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

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

 

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

By: Julia Montesano

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

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

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

 

Geelong 8.3 (51) defeated Carlton 7.2 (44)

By: Julia Montesano

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

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

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

 

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

By: Julia Montesano

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

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

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

 

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

By: Taylah Melki 

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

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

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

Scouting notes: VFLW – Round 3

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

 

NT Thunder vs. Essendon

By: Julia Montesano

NT Thunder:

#26 Chelsea Randall

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

#24 Georgia Bevan

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

#3 Angela Foley

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

#17 Emma Swanson

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

#40 Deni Varnhagen

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

#28 Renee Forth

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

 

Essendon:

#6 Alex Quigley

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

#35 Valerie Moreau

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

#8 Hayley Bullas

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

#7 Kirby Hicks

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

#46 Courtney Ugle

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

#30 Simone Nalder

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

 

Collingwood vs. Richmond

By: James Halley

Collingwood: 

#93 Vaomua Laloifi

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

#73 Gabrielle Biedenweg-Webster

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

#11 Eliza Hynes

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

#46 Sarah Dargan

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

#53 Rebecca Grant

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

 

Richmond:

#77 Justine Hocking

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

#63 Jacqueline Graham

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

#76 Ella Ross

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

#58 Courtney Musico

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

#64 Emma Gunn

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

 

Williamstown vs. Geelong

By: Julia Montesano

Williamstown:

#9 Rachel Achampong

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

#22 Morgan Lowe

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

#19 Erin Meade

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

#13 Nikki Wallace

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

#2 Jess Duffin

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

 

Geelong:

#44 Rebecca Goring

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

#30 Richelle Cranston

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

#8 Kate Darby

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

#24 Maddy McMahon

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

#36 Evelyn Dhamarrandji

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

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 3

AFLW experience is standing up in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition, with NT Thunder and Hawthorn getting big wins. However, the VFLW talent also made an impact in round three, with the Southern Saints, who have no AFLW players, getting their second consecutive win. The players endured sun, rain and even extreme heat to battle away at the task in an action-packed round three. 

 

Hawthorn 9.10 (64) def. Carlton 2.1 (13)

By: Taylah Melki 

In a dominant display, the Hawks stunned the Blues with a 51-point thrashing at Box Hill City Oval. The Hawks starred with their crisp ball movement and ability to shut down Carlton’s forward line, keeping them to two goals for the match. The Hawks had eight individual goal-kickers, highlighting their ability to share the workload up forward and get the footy into damaging scoring positions.

The likes of key forward Sarah Perkins stood up for the brown and gold, nailing two majors for the game. She provided a good target up forward for the Hawks while Emma Mackie was a tackling machine with 11 for the game. The captain also gathered 29 touches and scored a goal for the Hawks. The ever-reliable Meg Hutchins was also a key player for Hawthorn with nine tackles, 23 disposals and a major. Talented midfielder, Stephanie Carroll was another standout, imposing herself around the contest with 19 possessions and a goal to help get her team the four points.

In a disappointing outing for the Blues, Darcy Vescio was a shining light, scoring one of the two goals for Carlton while the other major came from Celine Moody. Lauren Arnell also imposed herself in and around the contest, applying 10 tackles for the game while young gun Kristi Harvey accumulated plenty of touches. Harvey was the leading disposal-getter for the Blues with 14-all of which were kicks.

 

Southern Saints 6.3 (39) def. Casey 4.7 (31)

By: Taylah Melki

In a last quarter thriller, it was the Southern Saints that claimed the eight-point victory. Casey had the majority of the play throughout the game, keeping the Saints to two goals up until three-quarter time. However, the Demons struggled to capitalise in front of goal, scoring seven behinds. The Saints on the other hand had a huge last quarter, bagging four goals to Casey’s one. The Saints lifted their intensity and applied plenty of physical pressure throughout the game, laying 30 more tackles with 97 to 67.

Kate McQueen helped to kick-start the last quarter comeback, scoring two goals in four minutes. McQueen was influential around the ground with 18 touches and four tackles. The likes of Alison Brown and Alison Drennan also starred for the Southern Saints, each booting a major in the final term and lifting their intensity in and around the contest to open up space for teammates.

Former Bendigo Pioneer, Eden Zanker stood tall for Casey, taking five big grabs and scoring a goal in the final term to try and get the Demons back into the game. Melbourne AFLW player, Harriet Cordner lead the way for Casey gathering 19 touches, four marks and three tackles, while the likes of Kate Hore also impressed with her one goal and 16 possessions.

 

NT Thunder 14.12 (96) defeated Essendon 4.0 (24)

By: Julia Montesano

The NT Thunder have once again sent a huge warning to the competition with another thumping win. The Thunder kept the Bombers scoreless after quarter time while piling on 11 goals to make their way onto the top of the VFLW ladder.

Captain, Angela Foley was a star for the Thunder with two goals, 28 disposals and six tackles. Greater Western Sydney (GWS) vice-captain, Emma Swanson played a similar game, also kicking two goals, as well as amassing 19 touches and laying seven tackles. GWS teammate, Renee Forth also had a good day out with one goal and 18 disposals.

Hayley Bullas and Rebecca Neaves were the leading disposal-getters for the Bombers, each amassing 16 touches. Canadian duo, Kendra Heil and Valerie Moreau each provided highlights for Essendon throughout the game, with Heil booting through the first two goals and Moreau amassing 12 disposals and five tackles. But it was Simone Nalder who was the star for the Bombers, clunking five marks and racking up 13 disposals.

 

Collingwood 9.3.(57) defeated Richmond to 2.2.(14)

By: James Halley

In tough conditions at the Swinburne Centre, Collingwood claimed a 43-point victory over the Tigers. After an even first quarter, the Pies flew away in the second term to score five goals to nothing, which proved to be a match-winning lead. However, Richmond showed some fight to not let the match blow out as it did in the second term.

In the Pies’ forward line, Gabrielle Biedenweg-Webster led with two goals. Vaomua Laloifi was exceptional in defence, playing the role of a rock and not letting anything get past her all day. She was a leading force in restricting Richmond to two goals all afternoon.

For the Tigers, Jacqueline Graham was once again solid in defence. At the other end of the ground, Ella Ross was able to kick a beautiful goal from the boundary to provide a rare highlight in the wet conditions.

 

Williamstown 0.4 (4) defeated by Geelong 8.9 (57)

By: Julia Montesano

Geelong bounced back from its draw against the Pies in round two with an emphatic win over the Seagulls. The Cats kept Williamstown goalless throughout the game and put on a clinical performance away from home.

Northern Territory recruit, Evelyn Dhamarrandji was turning heads throughout the afternoon with her strong hands and goal-kicking ability. The clever forward booted through a game-high two majors at Williamstown Football Ground. At the other end of the ground, it was captain, Rebecca Goring who held down the fort in defence, with her composed kicks and clean hands. Forward, Megan McMahon and midfielder, Mia-Rae Clifford were also key contributors on the day.

For Williamstown, former St Kilda Shark, Rachel Achampong showed some good signs  in the ruck while Jessica Kile impressed on debut. Newly named North Melbourne player, Jess Duffin showed just how valuable she is with plenty of possessions around the ground and a ‘never say die’ attitude on the day. Duffin led by example and nearly booted through a wonderful goal to top it off. She was complemented by Jacinta Reid and Belinda Hateley, who dug deep for the Seagulls on the day.