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2020 AFL Women’s Round 2 preview: Expansion sides to face off as inaugural sides do battle under lights tonight

ROUND 2 of the AFL Women’s is sure to bring plenty of big clashes and ignite old rivalries with Collingwood and Carlton set to do battle on Sunday while Fremantle and West Coast will take place in their inaugural Western Derby.

Friday, February 14

Western Bulldogs v. Melbourne at Whitten Oval, 7:40pm, AEDT

Taylah Melki

With one win on the board each expect a high intensity battle from the opening bounce in search of each teams’ respective second win. The Demons announced themselves to the rest of the competition last round, downing premiership favourites North Melbourne by two points and will be riding a wave of confidence heading into their Round 2 match-up. Similarly, the Dogs inflicted their fair share of pain on newcomers St Kilda with an impressive 25-point win. The Bulldogs were slick from the beginning, exploiting their oppositions’ inexperience and making them pay while the Dees fought hard to just get over the line and set up the makings of what could be a strong season.

After waiting 693 days the return of Daisy Pearce was exactly what the doctor ordered for Melbourne and their fans. The talented midfielder-turned-defender was right back in the mix, throwing her weight around and winning plenty of the pill around the contest, something that was sorely missed last season. Karen Paxman is as experienced as they come, able to sense the moment and have an impact while the likes of Elise O’Dea and Lily Mithen could prove a handful for the Dogs who lost a couple of key players during the off-season. Forward, Tegan Cunningham will be looking to have a big game after failing to trouble the scorers last round, only registering a point. But if Cunningham and Kate Hore get going the two could pose a dominant force inside forward 50, plus throw in the likes of Eden Zanker and the Dees have a lot to work with.

With Katie Brennan and Monique Conti both departing the kennel, the likes of Ellie Blackburn and Kirsty Lamb have taken their game to another level and will be hoping to have the same dominant impact as last round. Blackburn is a class act, able to read the play, apply strong tackles and consistently get involved while Hannah Scott has upped the ante. Number one draft pick Gabby Newton did not look out of place in Round 1 with her contested ball work and cleanliness, but will be keen to prove it was not a one-off with a strong showing against Melbourne. Up forward, Bonnie Toogood will have to deliver for the Dogs if they are to apply scoreboard pressure and get over the line.

Tip: Melbourne by 15.

WESTERN BULLDOGS

B: A.Gogos 36 L.Spark 11
HB: K.Herron 31 E.Gamble 14 N.Ferres 16
C: B.Hunt 21 K.Lamb 27 G.Lagioia 12
HF: G.Newton 5 B.Toogood 8 K.McLeod 6
F: E.Georgostathis 17 D.Berry 7
Foll: K.Rennie 24 E.Blackburn – C 2 A.McCarthy 15
I/C: E.Brown 9 D.Marshall 26 N.Callinan 10 H.Scott 22 A.Van Oosterwijck 28
Emerg: N.Morris-Dalton 25 H.Munyard 20

In: E.Brown, A.Van Oosterwijck
Out: I.Huntington (concussion), C.Moody (ankle)

MELBOURNE

B: L.Birch 9 M.Downie 2
HB: S.Lampard 8 S.Goldrick 23 D.Pearce – C 6
C: S.Heath 30 T.Hanks 28 C.Emonson 11
HF: K.Hore 10 E.Zanker 29 S.Scott 12
F: T.Cunningham 1 A.Newman 16
Foll: H.Cordner 21 K.Paxman 4 M.Gay 3
I/C: G.Colvin 32 C.Sherriff 18 N.McEvoy 17 A.Kemp 36 E.O’Dea 5
Emerg: B.Tarrant 20 M.Guerin 22

In: N.McEvoy
Out: M.Guerin

Saturday, February 15 

North Melbourne v. GWS GIANTS at University of Tasmania Stadium, 3:10pm AEDT

Michael Alvaro

North Melbourne will be looking to make good on a shock Round 1 loss when it hosts the GWS GIANTS in Launceston. Premiership points may soon become a premium for Scott Gowans‘ side as it looks to top a tricky Conference A, and the pre-season premiership fancies will expect to pick up their first set in this clash. But the GIANTS are one of the few sides which can match the ‘Roos for experience throughout their squad, and already ground out a win against league newcomer, Gold Coast in an opening round thriller. While North’s home ground advantage paid dividends in its inaugural season, the GIANTS were already made to endure tough conditions last time out, which should put them in good stead to tackle the often-windy Launceston afternoons. Last year’s result – which swung convincingly to the way of the ‘Roos – will also be in the back of players’ minds, but North knows it cannot take anything for granted.

The debut of Lisa Steane looms as one of the stories of the weekend, with the 24-year-old teacher surprised mid-week with news of her inclusion while working. Steane’s replacement of Ellie Brush in the side is the only change for GWS, with its strong and experienced core remaining for what should be a tough test. The midfield combination of skipper Alicia Eva and young gun Alyce Parker will again look to lead from the engine room, and their work will be cut out for them given the depth and strength of North’s midfield. The Kangaroos have made two changes as Daria Bannister (collarbone) and Bethany Lynch come out of the side for Jas Grierson and local girl, Abbey Green, whose inclusion could free up Emma King to play a more permanent key forward role. It makes the North Melbourne forward line one to behold, with a couple of capable tall targets and the likes of Daisy Bateman and Katlyn Ashmore at their feet.

Given how deep the hosts’ talent runs through midfield and around the ground, they are rightly fancied to bounce back to more typical form. The ‘Roos should also take solace in the feats of reigning premier Adelaide, as the Crows overcame a surprise first round loss in 2019 to go undefeated throughout the rest of the season. While last week’s outcome should drive North Melbourne to better results, the pressure will be on given not many would expect GWS to trouble them a whole lot. Nonetheless, the Kangaroos should fare much better in this clash against a side which looks like battling for mid-conference status, so do not be surprised if a statement is made.

NORTH MELBOURNE

B: T.Randall 16 B.Gibson 18
HB: T.Nestor 24 D.Hardiman 31 A.Gilroy 8
C: J.Trend 21 E.Kearney – C 9 A.Riddell 7
HF: S.Abbatangelo 1 K.Gillespie-Jones 5 K.Ashmore 10
F: E.King 60 D.Bateman 11
Foll: V.Saad 39 J.Garner 25 J.Bruton 35
I/C: E.King 4 S.Wright 17 J.Grierson 19 E.Gavalas 22 A.Green 26
Emerg: M.King 23 B.Lynch 20

In: J.Grierson, A.Green
Out: D.Bannister (collarbone), B.Lynch

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY

B: P.Randall 21 T.Hetherington 9
HB: R.Beeson 6 L.Stephenson 12 A.Lister 14
C: E.Bennetts 22 A.Eva – C 2 N.Barr 8
HF: H.Zreika 24 C.Staunton 13 J.Hicks 5
F: R.Privitelli 19 I.Nielsen 25
Foll: E.McKinnon 23 J.Dal Pos 7 A.Parker 3
I/C: Y.Bonner 27 L.Steane 20 J.Allan 39 A.Schmidt 11 B.Tully 36
Emerg: T.Mackrill 32 S.Halvorsen 30

In: L.Steane
Out: E.Brush (unavailable)

Tip: North Melbourne by 20 points

Gold Coast v. Richmond at Metricon Stadium, 5:10pm AEDT

Taylah Melki

Two expansion teams are set to face off in an exciting clash at Metricon Stadium, the Suns’ first home game of the season. Both teams will be looking for their inaugural AFLW win, meaning there is plenty at stake for each side. The Suns were highly competitive over the weekend, narrowly edged out by the Giants by a mere one point while the Tigers simply had no answers for the rampaging Blues. Gold Coast went down in trying conditions with rain and wind impacting their ability to handle the ball cleanly and hit the scoreboard. On the other hand, Richmond were simply outclassed – unable to combat the torrential storm that was Carlton credit to their onslaught of pressure in the forward 50. But the girls in yellow and black know how to fight, not willing to be bullied across the field and will be hoping to assert themselves on a relatively young and inexperienced Gold Coast Suns outfit.

Richmond has a plethora of star power across the footy field, none bigger than captain Katie Brennan who has showcased her ability to turn a game on its head. Brennan will have to push up through the midfield, more to give players a chop out and provide added support despite her best work being done inside forward 50 with her leading patterns and strong hands. Full forward Sabrina Frederick could prove to be a handful for the Suns given her strength around the contest and ability to gobble up anything that comes her way while the nifty Monique Conti has shown she is all class with ball in hand, able to hit a target from a mile away. Phoebe Monahan was a ball magnet last round along with Christina Bernardi. The two will have to combine once again if they are to trouble the Suns.

Despite not being top-loaded in a-list class the Suns have a wealth of young up and coming stars that can do damage anywhere on the field. Youngsters in Serene Watson and Ellie Hampson offer plenty of excitement for the Suns’ line-up which could give them that upper hand thanks to their raw talent and unpredictability. Lauren Aherns led from the front last round, recording an equal team-high 15 touches running around ragged and burrowing in hard while Jamie Stanton was strong across the ground for the Suns. Captain Leah Kaslar will have her work cut out for her up against a strong Tigers side.

Tip: Richmond by 5.

GOLD COAST

B: J.Pregelj 42 J.Hickey 4
HB: S.Virgo 22 L.Ahrens 7 S.Watson 14
C: T.Ernst 19 J.Stanton 17 C.Hammond 29
HF: P.Parker 1 K.Surman 26 L.Kaslar – C 11
F: E.Hampson 21 B.Perry 16
Foll: L.Bella 2 J.Yorston 5 H.Dunn 24
I/C: J.Hewett 20 M.Ritson 12 S.Riley 8 D.Heslop 25 K.Howarth 23
Emerg: T.Thorn 15 T.Groves-Little 3

In: E.Hampson
Out: A.Hamilton

RICHMOND

B: R.Miller 15 G.Seymour 28
HB: S.Sansonetti 18 P.Monahan 2 A.Makur Chuot 34
C: K.Jacques 10 K.Brennan – C 3 H.Burchell 9
HF: S.Frederick 14 C.Wakefield 8 T.Stahl 24
F: L.McClelland 16 C.Bernardi 6
Foll: A.Edmonds 11 M.Conti 4 A.Woodward 13
I/C: L.Tesoriero 7 L.Bailey 12 S.Molan 1 M.Brancatisano 5 G.Campbell 43
Emerg: E.Wood 17 C.Fitzgerald 26

In: G.Campbell
Out: H.Whitford (injured)

West Coast Eagles v. Fremantle Dockers at Optus Stadium 7:10pm AEDT

Peter Williams

The Western Derby is the pride of Western Australia and for the first time ever at AFL Women’s level, the two sides can continue the tradition. West Coast and Fremantle go head-to-head in a Saturday night blockbuster with both teams coming off varying form. Last week, West Coast looked strong up against Collingwood at Victoria Park, booting the first goal and holding the Magpies scoreless in the opening term, before Collingwood took control and ran away comfortable victors in the end. Fremantle on the other hand did finish the job, knocking over fellow finalist Geelong in Western Australia in an effort that saw youngster, Sabreena Duffy win Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the week with four of her side’s six goals in the win. Both in Conference B – the more competitive conference – every win is absolutely crucial and neither side will want to relent against its biggest rival.

West Coast is the new kid on the block and they showed last week that they will be competitive, it will just be for how long. Dana Hooker plays her former side this week and it will unlikely faze the star who booted the club’s inaugural – and in the end, only – goal last week with a clever snap out of the pack. She was simply sensational across the four quarters, while Emma Swanson was also impressive with the pair leading from the front as vice-captain and captain respectively. Mikayla Bowen brought her tackling pressure from the Under 18s up to the elite level, while Imahra Cameron showed she has a nice set of wheels to burst away from stoppages and cause headaches for the opposition. Add in the smooth skills of McKenzie Dowrick coming off half-back and the reliability of Chantella Perera and Talia Radan on the last line and the Eagles are strong defensively. The Eagles have made just the one change for the this game, with the club’s social media coordinator Kate Orme making her debut for the injured Ashton Hill.

The expansion side will need to be strong defensively against a forward line that has plenty of excitement and X-factor, including Roxanne Roux, who showed exactly why she was the first West Australian taken last year with her high leaping and booming kick. She is a franchise player at centre half-forward, and with fellow teenage talent Mim Strom, the Dockers have a couple of gems they can build a side around through the ruck and key forward spots. Also up forward is Duffy who was simply sensational, and Ebony Antonio, who with partner and captain Kara and tackling machine Kiara Bowers rotating inside 50, there is no shortage of scoring options. The Dockers have made two changes for the team in Round 2 with Leah Mascall and debutant Bianca Webb coming in for Steph Cain – who unfortunately did her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) – and Mia-Rae Clifford. The question this season will be around the Dockers’ defence given the young rucks have already earned their stripes, but against an Eagles side still looking to gel, they should be able to contain their yellow and blue state-based rivals. In order to win they will want to shut down Hooker and restrict the flow forward while putting plenty of pressure on the opposition defence. Given many of the Eagles have come from the Dockers, the remaining Fremantle players would love nothing more than to get one-up on them early in the season and it will likely happen.

Tip: Fremantle by 35.

WEST COAST

B: C.Perera 27 T.Radan 26
HB: B.Smith 14 S.McDonald 35 M.Dowrick 5
C: M.Collier 8 I.Cameron 19 N.Kelly 12
HF: A.Atkins 9 K.Gibson 2 M.Bowen 1
F: G.Kelly 15 D.Pisconeri 11
Foll: P.Laurie 25 D.Hooker 17 E.Swanson – C 13
I/C: T.Tester 23 C.Guard 4 H.Bullas 24 B.Devlyn 7 K.Orme 32
Emerg: E.Bonser 6 C.Davidson 33

In: K.Orme
Out: A.Hill (knee)

FREMANTLE

B: J.Cuthbertson 29 L.Pugh 32
HB: A.Stannett 24 E.Gooch 8 L.Mascall 14
C: L.Rohde 11 H.Miller 19 J.Stewart 7
HF: E.Antonio 12 R.Roux 17 S.Duffy 6
F: G.O’Sullivan 22 G.Houghton 27
Foll: M.Strom 21 K.Bowers 2 K.Antonio – C 15
I/C: K.Flood 44 B.Webb 26 P.Seth 18 K.Grieve 13 A.Sharp 1
Emerg: E.O’Driscoll 3 M.Clifford 4

In: L.Mascall, B.Webb
Out: S.Cain (knee), M.Clifford

Sunday, February 16

Geelong Cats v. Brisbane Lions at GMHBA Stadium, 1:10pm AEDT

Peter Williams

This Conference A clash on Sunday looms as one of the more intriguing contests of the weekend. The teams head into the match with differing results from Round 1, as Brisbane toppled the Crows at home while the Cats fell to a Duffy-inspired Dockers outfit in the west. Heading into the clash, Geelong will start favourites against the current conference leaders, playing at home and with more experience in the line-up. For the Lions, they have youthful excitement about them and will worry a few teams. They will not win every game in the manner they did in Round 1, but you get the feeling they will push most teams and show that they are building something special for the future.

The Cats have not had to make any major changes to its line-up that fell to the Dockers last Sunday evening, bringing in Rene Caris and Maddy Boyd to their extended squad. Last week it was the developing midfield of Olivia Purcell and Rebecca Webster, teaming with fellow 19-year-olds, Sophie Van De Heuvel and Nina Morrison, while Julia Crockett-Grills found plenty of the ball as well. They are still missing All Australian defender, Meg McDonald from their back five, but the Cats have the reliable Mel Hickey and Maddy McMahon helping youngsters Millie Brown and Denby Taylor. Geelong is growing a great culture of youth all coming through together, and with Phoebe McWilliams and Richelle Cranston bringing experience to the forward half, there is a nice balance of talent that should get the job done in this match.

Brisbane does not necessarily have the names on paper that Geelong has, but some of the players will become household names sooner rather than later. Jess Wuetschner is a big loss for the Lions, having been rested after being struck by lightning on the eve of the season. While she got through the first game, the Lions have erred on the side of caution for a game-by-game basis. Coming into the side on an extended bench are Gabby Collingwood, Jordan Zanchetta and Jade Ellenger. Of the trio, Ellenger has played just the two games and is one of a number of teenagers who are in the Lions line-up alongside recent draftees, Lily Postlethwaite and Isabel Dawes, and second year players, Nat Grider and Jesse Tawhiao-Wardlaw. Sophie Conway made a successful return from a long term knee injury last round, and along with Ally Anderson and Emily Bates providing plenty of run and hardness through the midfield. Throw in the impenetrable Kate Lutkins at centre half-back and they have enough about them to worry the Cats.

Tip: Geelong by 15.

GEELONG

B: M.Brown 19 M.McMahon 24
HB: M.Keryk 45 M.Hickey – C 18 D.Taylor 28
C: S.Van De Heuvel 27 R.Cranston 30 N.Morrison 9
HF: J.Crockett-Grills 6 M.Maguire 7 R.Garing 12
F: P.McWilliams 23 J.Ivey 5
Foll: A.O’Connor 14 R.Webster 21 O.Purcell 16
I/C: A.McDonald 3 D.Higgins 2 G.Rankin 10 R.Goring 44 G.Clarke 17 R.Caris 1 M.Boyd 26

In: R.Caris, M.Boyd
Out: None

BRISBANE

B: N.Grider 10 S.Campbell 20
HB: R.Lugg 11 K.Lutkins 13 C.Svarc 25
C: E.Zielke – C 8 B.Koenen 3 S.Webb 4
HF: L.Arnell 16 J.Tawhiao-Wardlaw 30 S.Conway 12
F: D.Davidson 14 G.Bodey 15
Foll: J.Keeffe 27 A.Anderson 18 E.Bates 1
I/C: I.Dawes 17 M.Moloney 28 G.Collingwood 7 O.O’Dwyer 9 L.Postlethwaite 6 J.Zanchetta 2 J.Ellenger 5

In: G.Collingwood, J.Zanchetta, J.Ellenger
Out: J.Wuetschner (managed)

Carlton v. Collingwood at Ikon Park, 3:10pm AEDT

Michael Alvaro

Traditional rivals and Conference B hopefuls Carlton and Collingwood are set to do battle at Ikon Park for a four time in their histories, in what promises to be a test of either sides’ true credentials. Both teams come in having feasted on competition newcomers in their opening fixtures, both running out on home turf in comfortable starts to the season. Bizarrely, last week’s season opener was an away match for Carlton, but the Blues once again hold home status against the ‘Pies in this match-up. While the extended history between these two powerhouse clubs is storied, their AFLW meetings have been much more one-sided – with Carlton taking out all three fixtures but the Magpies getting closer to a win every year. The Blues also fared much better in season 2019, embarking on a grand final run while Collingwood floundered and took out the Conference B wooden spoon. But with marked improvement already shown, Collingwood has the elite talent to take it to the Blues.

Much of the off-season talk and narrative coming in to the match surrounded ex-Carlton skipper and new Magpie, Bri Davey. Unfortunately for both neutrals and ‘Pies fans, the 2017 All Australian is set to miss this game after picking up a lower leg injury in Round 1. Davey’s sole omission opens the door for one of Kristy Stratton, Eliza Hynes, or Ebony O’Dea to enter the winning lineup, which has struggled at times to fill out depth outside of its formidable spine. With Davey out, the emphasis down back will be firmly placed on the pairing of Stacey Livingstone and Ash Brazill, while Brittany Bonnici and skipper Stephanie Chiocci will have to dig in hard to combat a powerhouse Carlton midfield. The ruck battle between Sharni Layton and Carlton’s pairing of Breann Moody and Alison Downie will also be one to watch, with Layton’s ability to provide use to her midfielders potentially key to shutting down a usually dominant Carlton engine room.

Twins Sarah and Jess Hosking will take the field together for the first time this year in navy blue, as the latter slots in on the wing while Jess Edwards and Abbie McKay help make up an extended bench. The Carlton core of Madison Prespakis, co-captain Katie Loynes, Grace Egan, and Georgia Gee remains, while the forward targets of Tayla Harris, Darcy Vescio, and Nicola Stevens should also work to stretch the aerial capabilities of Collingwood’s back five. Round 1 Rising Star nominee Lucy McEvoy is also primed to back up an eye-catching debut performance as part of the midfield-forward rotation, only adding to the hardness of Carlton’s overall unit. The only potential concern for the Blues may come down back as Jayde Van Dyk exits the side through injury, but the half back line of Kerryn Harrington, Lauren Brazzale, and popular mature-age draftee Vaomua Laloifi has already proven solid and will have to be as much against the likes of Chloe Molloy and Sarah Dargan. While this fixture has been somewhat of a mismatch in previous years, the increasing number of intriguing match-ups on across the field suggests this one should be a corker, with the Pies looking to elevate their game against the better-established Blues.

CARLTON

B: G.Pound 6 C.Wilson 20
HB: K.Harrington – C 9 V.Laloifi 8 L.Brazzale 12
C: C.Dalton 15 G.Gee 19 J.Hosking 11
HF: N.Stevens 21 T.Harris 7 L.McEvoy 13
F: A.Downie 30 J.Doonan 26
Foll: B.Moody 16 G.Egan 1 M.Prespakis 4
I/C: S.Hosking 10 N.Plane 32 B.Walker 14 K.Loynes 2 D.Vescio 3 J.Edwards 25 A.McKay 5

In: J.Hosking, J.Edwards, A.McKay
Out: J.Van Dyk (injured)

COLLINGWOOD

B: A.Porter 9 S.Livingstone 12
HB: L.Butler 23 A.Brazill 10 E.Fowler 15
C: S.Rowe 7 B.Bonnici 8 S.Chiocci – C 17
HF: C.Molloy 2 S.D’Arcy 4 S.Dargan 46
F: M.Cann 25 J.Allen 6
Foll: S.Layton 1 A.Sheridan 14 J.Lambert 13
I/C: S.Casey 22 K.Stratton 41 S.Alexander 24 J.Membrey 21 M.Shevlin 35 E.Hynes 11 E.O’Dea 50

In: K.Stratton, E.Hynes, E.O’Dea
Out: B.Davey (shin)

Adelaide Crows v. St Kilda at Hisense Stadium, 5:10pm AEDT

Peter Williams

This is expected to be an exciting show of talent for the future, with one side having been there and done it all – twice – while the other is still looking to find its feet in the new league as part of the expansion. A wounded Adelaide Crows side welcomes back some troops for the Round 2 clash against St Kilda with this match considered a must-win contest for the reigning premiers. The Crows were well beaten by a hungry Brisbane Lions side in Queensland, showing how tight the competition has become. Not even a record-breaking disposal count from Anne Hatchard (35) was enough to help the Crows get up in Round 1, and they will want to get a win on the board before the top sides in their conference get too far away. The benefit for the Crows was that fellow premiership contender, North Melbourne also lost, while last year’s finalist Geelong went down too. For the Saints, there are no expectations on their season with such a young list, but being competitive is the bare minimum expected, and after a nervous first quarter last week, the Saints settled and seemed to match it with the Western Bulldogs for large parts of the second half.

The Crows are still missing a host of names heading into this game led by Erin Phillips and Chelsea Randall – the latter of whom will play no further part in the season – but have brought in a couple of debutants in Caitlin Gould and Montana McKinnon. Gould hails from Glenelg and provides a tall presence up either end, while McKinnon is a dual All-Australian at Under 18s level, and could genuinely start ruck if they required her to. Expect her to spend time as a forward however, a role she played in South Adelaide’s premiership side, while rotating through the ruck and providing some strong contested marking ability around the ground. Ebony Marinoff, Hatchard and SANFL Women’s best and fairest winner Najwa Allen form a strong onball brigade and with former MVP, Courtney Gum in the team up forward alongside Danielle Ponter and Stevie-Lee Thompson, they still have the firepower to get the job done. Sophie Li has also come into the side for the Crows, as the only omission was Rachelle Martin – a top-up player who was brought on due to Adelaide’s expansive injury list.

The Saints have made three confirmed changes, with South Australian Nadia Von Bertouch – missing a return to the state where she captained North Adelaide last season – while Kelly O’Neill and Emma Mackie have been omitted. Coming into the side is a mix of youth and experience with former Collingwood talent, Darcy Guttridge and ex-North Melbourne players Alison Drennan and Courteney Munn named in the extended side. Also in to potentially make their debuts are ruck, Poppy Kelly and tall utility, Isabella Shannon who continue the trend of youth at the club. Georgia Patrikios starred in Round 1 with a Rising Star nomination, and expect her to show just as much excitement out on Hisense Stadium. Teaming up with the likes of Molly McDonald, Nicola Xenos and Tarni White, the youth of the Saints will come good in time. They still have experience on the list, with former Crow Jess Sedunary set to make her return to the AFL Women’s having kicked one of the Saints’ two goals last week. While the Saints have plenty to like, expect the Crows to do enough to win in a tight one, even with a few still out. They are desperate, hungry and at home, so a win is non-negotiable when it comes to their premiership aspirations.

ADELAIDE

B: D.Cox 31 C.Biddell 12
HB: A.Foley 3 S.Allan 39 M.Rajcic 32
C: S.Li 19 E.Marinoff 10 J.Mules 23
HF: E.Jones 2 C.Gum 5 R.Forth 27
F: D.Ponter 15 S.Thompson 14
Foll: J.Foley – C 24 A.Hatchard 33 N.Allen 8
I/C: C.Gould 1 A.Considine 16 M.Newman 17 N.Campbell 20 N.Gore 7 M.McKinnon 21 J.Tabb 28

In: S.Li, C.Gould, M.McKinnon
Out: R.Martin (ineligible)

ST KILDA

B: T.White 29 C.Fitzpatrick 24
HB: H.Priest 14 C.Phillips 35 T.Lucas-Rodd 18
C: D.Guttridge 5 J.Sedunary 10 M.McDonald 1
HF: N.Exon 15 K.McCarthy 9 C.Greiser 17
F: K.Shierlaw 12 G.Patrikios 21
Foll: R.Watt – C 7 O.Vesely 23 R.Dillon 25
I/C: I.Shannon 11 A.Brown 2 C.Munn 13 N.Xenos 27 C.Whitfort 4 A.Drennan 8 P.Kelly 16

In: D.Guttridge, I.Shannon, C.Munn, A.Drennan, P.Kelly
Out: K.O’Neill, N.Von Bertouch (knee), E.Mackie

ROUND 2 TIPS: [Total tips in brackets]

Michael Alvaro [5]: Melbourne / North Melbourne / Richmond / Fremantle / Geelong / Carlton / Adelaide
Taylah Melki [5]: Melbourne / North Melbourne / Richmond / Fremantle / Brisbane / Collingwood / Adelaide
Sophie Taylor [4]: Melbourne / North Melbourne / Richmond / Fremantle / Brisbane / Carlton / Adelaide
Peter Williams [4]: Melbourne / North Melbourne / Richmond / Fremantle / Geelong / Carlton / Adelaide

2020 AFL Women’s team preview: Brisbane

AFTER back-to-back Grand Final losses, the off-season changes of 2018 hurt the Brisbane Lions in 2019, as the Lions missed finals for the first time in their history. Going through a mini-rebuild, the Lions continued the theme over the off-season given the poaching of players from cross-state rivals, Gold Coast SUNS. They have a number of reasons to be more optimistic heading into season 2020 with more youth walking in the door, and others having more opportunities to step up. They picked up a host of mature-age players at the AFL Women’s Draft to compliment the youth, and a couple of players are returning from long-term injuries. They are a year away from being a serious contender, but similar to the AFL Lions, expect these Lions to roar to life and provide plenty of excitement this year.

KEY PLAYER:

Jess Wuetschner (forward turned defender)

With plenty of turnover at the club, the Lions fans will look to the experienced players left and someone like Wuetschner packs out a stadium. She is a classy and talented forward who played in defence during the QAFLW and Winter Series and could line-up down there with reliable defender, Kate Lutkins. If thrown forward fans know she can turn a game on its head and hit the scoreboard, making her a headache for whichever opponent has to stand her.

RISING STAR:

Lily Postlethwaite (midfielder)

This midfield gem is not just one to be considered a Brisbane Rising Star, but one of the potential contenders overall. Despite often playing against opponents taller than her, Postlethwaite packs a punch and never takes a backwards step. She has good decision making, covers the ground well and will always look for the team option. She is a player who will be popular at the club, and captained Queensland last year at the AFL Women’s Under-18 Championships on the back of a huge 2018 where she was named best-on in each of the Series Two of the championships. A back-to-back All-Australian.

WATCH FOR:

Sophie Conway (forward)

The classy forward missed 2019 with a season-long knee injury but has been working diligently to be ready for 2020. Considered one of the best players from her draft year, Conway is 170cm and can play forward or through the midfield but most importantly has a bag of tricks with ball-in-hand. Her fitness and work ethic is just as impressive as her technical ability and while there are plenty of players you could name here, she could be the perfect player to slot into a Brisbane side that had a lot of turnover last season.

CONFERENCE OPPONENTS: Adelaide, Geelong, Gold Coast, GWS GIANTS, North Melbourne, Richmond.

FIXTURE:

Round 1 – vs. Adelaide
Round 2 – @ Geelong
Round 3 – @ Gold Coast
Round 4 – vs. GWS GIANTS
Round 5 – @ Fremantle
Round 6 – vs. Collingwood
Round 7 – @ Richmond
Round 8 – vs. North Melbourne

A tough draw all things considered, with a trip out west to face Fremantle and hosting bogey team Collingwood as the crossover games do not help. Where the Lions finish will be largely determined early in the season with a first-up game at home against reigning premiers, Adelaide. Back-to-back road trips against Conference rivals Geelong and Gold Coast, and a home game against GWS GIANTS, of whom all three are likely to be in the mid-to-bottom end of Conference A. To make finals they realistically will need to win all three of those games, or head into Round 5 with a 3-1 record.

PREDICTION: 5th/6th in Conference A

Losing so many players over the past two off-seasons is always going to be tough, but with the expansion now complete for the SUNS, the Lions know they can begin the process of retaining the players they currently have. The influx of youth and some crucial leaders will guide the club through the season, but Brisbane fans should be patient as success will not happen overnight, particularly with the likes of two-time premiers Adelaide and one of the title contenders in North Melbourne in the Conference.

2019/20 AFLW off-season review: Brisbane

WITHOUT a doubt the team hardest hit by the expansion clubs was Brisbane, losing half of its list over the off-season. State rivals Gold Coast picked off seven players, including a number of young stars from last year’s draft and experienced heads. Nat Exon and Kate McCarthy were two of Brisbane’s best last season but departed for the Saints, Sabrina Frederick went to Richmond and McKenzie Dowrick headed home to Perth to fly with the Eagles. It meant all up, 11 players were lost to expansion clubs, while Bella Ayre and Ruby Blair retired and Megan Hunt and Krystal Scott were delisted. Adelaide’s Rheanne Lugg was the only established AFL Women’s player who joined the den. Brisbane had to head to the draft.

Head to the draft they did, picking up the two brightest Queensland talents available in Lily Postlethwaite and Isabel Dawes. Remember those names because the pair will no doubt have an impact in 2020, particularly Postlethwaite who captained her state Under 18s side and could well play midfield first up if given the chance. Catherine Svarc had a terrific season in the QAFLW and provides midfield strength, while the selections of Hannah Hillman, Tahlia Hickie and Lucy Bellinger give the Lions versatility in the key position spots. Selena Priest, Dakota Davidson and Maria Moloney earned a call-up after impressive QAFLW seasons, while they also pre-signed a couple of rookies in Orla O’Dwyer from Gaelic football and Greta Bodey from soccer. All in all, while Brisbane lost a lot of talent, they invested in the future, and wile they might be a year off contending, they sure are going to be an exciting team in 2020.

OFF-SEASON CHANGES:

IN: Rheanne Lugg (Adelaide), Orla O’Dwyer (Gaelic gootball), Greta Bodey (soccer), Lily Postlethwaite, Isabel Dawes (Maroochydore), Catherine Svarc (Wilston Grange), Hannah Hillman, Tahlia Hickie (Coorparoo), Lucy Bellinger (Glenelg), Selena Priest (Coolangatta-Tweed Heads), Dakota Davidson, Maria Moloney (University of Queensland)
OUT: Tori Groves-Little, Paige Parker, Sam Virgo, Jacqui Yorson, Lauren Bella, Leah Kaslar, Emma Pittman (Gold Coast), Nat Exon, Kate McCarthy (St Kilda), Sabrina Frederick (Richmond), McKenzie Dowrick (West Coast), Bella Ayre, Ruby Blair (retired), Megan Hunt, Krystal Scott (delisted)

2020 TEAM LIST:

Ally Anderson
Lauren Arnell
Emily Bates
Lucy Bellinger
Shannon Campbell
Arianna Clarke
Gabby Collingwood
Sophie Conway
Dakota Davidson
Isabel Dawes
Jade Ellenger
Natalie Grider
Tahlia Hickie
Hannah Hillman
Jessy Keeffe
Breanna Koenen
Rheanne Lugg
Kate Lutkins
Maria Moloney
Lily Postlethwaite
Selina Priest
Catherine Svarc
Jesse Wardlaw
Sharni Webb
Jess Wuetschner
Jordan Zanchetta
Emma Zielke

Rookies: Greta Bodey, Brianna McFarlane, Orla O’Dwyer

POTENTIAL 2020 SIDE:

B: Jess Wuetschner – Kate Lutkins – Natalie Grider
HB: Rheanne Lugg – Lucy Bellinger – Lauren Arnell
C: Catherine Svarc
HF: Sophie Conway – Tahlia Hickie – Emma Zielke
F: Isabel Dawes – Jesse Wardlaw – Lily Postlethwaite
R: Hannah Hillman – Ally Anderson – Emily Bates
INT: Shannon Campbell – Arianna Clarke – Gabby Collingwood – Jordan Zanchetta – Breanna Koenen
EMG: Sharni Webb – Jade Ellenger – Jessy Keefe

DEPTH: Dakota Davidson, Maria Moloney, Selina Priest, Greta Bodey*, Brianna McFarlane*, Orla O’Dwyer*

Trying to guess the Lions’ best 21 is incredibly difficult for two reasons. First off, Brisbane has had such a list overhaul of changes, there will be some players in new roles or perhaps making way for the young stars to come in, and the balance between youth and experience will be a tough call for coach Craig Starcevich. The Lions drafted versatile talls with Hillman and Hickie able to rotate through the ruck or key forward which could be the way they opt to go, with Jesse Wardlaw also filling that role. Bellinger can play up either end, but given the strength of the forward half and a missing role at half-back, she could team up with Kate Lutkins as reliable key defensive posts. Jess Wuetschner has played in defence over the winter so expect her to fill that new role, while the experience of Lugg and Lauren Arnell will be crucial off half-back.

The forward half is quite inexperienced with Postlethwaite and Dawes capable of stepping straight in and while they are long-term midfielders, will probably play forward and relieve the likes of Ally Anderson and Emily Bates who made the midfield their own last season, while the mature-age Catherine Svarc could step into the role. Emma Zielke and Sophie Conway could rotate through there, but with Conway coming off a long term injury, it is fair enough to ease her back into it up forward. There is a lot of youth or players yet to really impact consistently at AFL Women’s level, but Nat Grider is a season in and expect her to own a defensive role, while the bench has plenty of versatility in terms of height and roles. It might be a challenging year for Brisbane in 2020, but they will be better for it because they could be back challenging in 2021 once the team has been established.

Weekend preview: AFLW – Round 6

IN the penultimate regular season round of AFLW for 2019, a number of teams are coming into this round for do-or-die contests that could further or endanger their push for finals.

Saturday, March 9, 2:35pm
Geelong vs. Fremantle
GMHBA Stadium

This is Geelong’s final home game for 2019 as the Fremantle Dockers travel to GMHBA Stadium for a clash that is likely to determine positions in both Conference A and B. Fremantle need to finish off the season perfectly to ensure they don’t miss out on finals, while the Cats will want another win to cement their position at the top of the Conference B ladder. Geelong have thrived at home this season so far, so despite Fremantle’s success in 2019, the Cats will be on the prowl for that all important extra win and percentage boost. Dana Hooker and Kiara Bowers have paired well in recent weeks, racking up a combined 44 disposals and 21 tackles in Round 5 alone against the Bulldogs. Geelong’s Renee Garing has been excellent over the past few weeks, while Kate Darby will want to back up her strong Round 5 effort, after kicking three goals in the win over the Lions.

H2H: Geelong 0 | Fremantle 0 | Draws 0
Venue: Geelong 2-0-0 | Fremantle 0-0-0

Last time they met: N/A

Saturday, March 9, 4:45pm
Collingwood vs. North Melbourne
Marvel Stadium

The first match of an AFLW double header in the heart of Melbourne will see bottom of Conference B, Collingwood take on Conference A’s, North Melbourne, who despite having a loss in Round 5, are still heavy favourites for the premiership. Collingwood is sitting on zero wins from five for the season, while the ‘Roos have only dropped one game, so the Pies will have to bite the bullet and go out hard in this match. North Melbourne will be hard to stop, with stars at the calibre of Emma Kearney and Jess Duffin holding up the midfield. Meanwhile, Collingwood’s midfield has struggled this season with little forward line to kick to, with the side tending to look to ball carriers Jaimee Lambert and Ash Brazill to get the job done. It will be the first time Mo Hope, Jasmine Garner, Emma King and Duffin take on their old side in Collingwood since jumping ship to the Kangaroos, so it will certainly be an interesting match.

H2H: Collingwood 0 | North Melbourne 0 | Draws 0
Venue: Collingwood 0-0-0 | North Melbourne 0-0-0

Last time they met: N/A

Saturday, March 9, 7:15pm
Western Bulldogs vs. Melbourne
Marvel Stadium

The Western Bulldogs will host Melbourne on Saturday night for a battle of Conference A sides. Sitting fourth in Conference A, Melbourne need a perfect two-from-two end to the season to give themselves any opportunity to break into the top two and make finals. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are unlikely to make finals at this point given their low percentage and three losses in a row, so will be doing everything in their power to deliver an upset to the Dees. Defender, Harriet Cordner is likely to be tasked with the job of keeping Katie Brennan at bay, while returnees, Isabel Huntington and Brooke Lochland are players the Dees will have to watch out for, as both returned for the Dogs last week for the first time in 2019. Meanwhile, the Dees will be looking to prolific ball movers Lily Mithen, Karen Paxman and co-captain, Elise O’Dea to lead the charge.

H2H: Western Bulldogs 1 | Melbourne 1 | Draws 0
Venue: Western Bulldogs 0-0-0 | Melbourne 0-0-0

Last time they met: Western Bulldogs 5.3 (33) defeated Melbourne 4.7 (31), Round 7 2018.

It was a heartbreaking end to Melbourne’s second season of AFLW, finishing third and missing out on the Grand Final based on percentage for the second year running. The Bulldogs took the confidence gained from this match and went on to win their inaugural AFLW premiership. Melbourne forward, Tegan Cunningham had a self-confessed ‘shocker’, not managing a single touch, while the side played out majority of the match with one less on the interchange, after Sarah Lampard was carried off with a knee injury early. Karen Paxman played 100 per cent game time, proving her worth to the side, as Richelle Cranston put up another dominant performance. Ellie Blackburn and Emma Kearney lead the charge for the Dogs, putting constant pressure on the Dees.

Sunday, March 10, 1:35pm
Adelaide vs. GWS Giants
Unley Oval

It is the final home game for Adelaide in 2019, played at Unley Oval for the first time in AFLW history. The Crows are sitting happy on the top of Conference A after a dominant performance against premiership favourites, North Melbourne in Round 5, and will be confident as they line up against the GIANTS on Sunday afternoon. Ebony Marinoff has consistently put in the hard yards for the Crows this season, notching up 22 disposals and ten tackles last week, while goalsneak Stevie-Lee Thompson is lead goalkicker of the side. GIANTS’ Alicia Eva was excellent in last week’s loss to Melbourne, picking up 20 disposals, while Cora Staunton and Yvonne Bonner are players to watch, always dangerous around the ball.

H2H: Adelaide 1 | GWS GIANTS 0 | Draws 1
Venue: Adelaide 0-0-0 | GWS GIANTS 0-0-0

Last time they met: GWS GIANTS 2.7 (19) drew Adelaide 2.7 (19), Round 4 2018.

It was a low scoring affair the last time these two sides played, with bad weather plaguing the match and making it difficult to mark and move the ball efficiently. The Crows trailed for majority of the match, managing to pull back the margin early in the final quarter, before the game ended in a stalemate despite scoring opportunities for both sides all game. Crows’ Ebony Marinoff starred, notching up an AFL/AFLW record-breaking 21 tackles, while Alicia Eva picked up 22 disposals.

Sunday, March 10, 4:05pm
Carlton vs. Brisbane
Ikon Park

Both Conference B sides are sitting on a 2-3 loss-win ratio for the 2019 season, battling out for a top two position in their conference with finals just around the corner. Carlton will hope that Tayla Harris and Darcy Vescio have their eyes in this week, as both players have struggled with accuracy over the past few weeks – Vescio kicking 1.3 in Round 5. Carlton midfielder, Madison Prespakis has had an outstanding start to her AFLW career, so will be hard to stop in the midfield. Meanwhile, Brisbane is likely to look to leading tackler Nat Exon, averaging six tackles per game in 2019, and Alexandra Anderson, a player who has consistently managed 20 or more disposals per game in 2019.

H2H: Carlton 0 | Brisbane 1 | Draws 1
Venue: Carlton 5-1-2 | Brisbane 1-0-0

Last time they met: Carlton 2.6 (18) defeated by Brisbane 6.4 (40), Round 3 2018.

In their last clash Brisbane delivered Carlton a 22-point smashing in front of 6200 spectators, dominating inside 50s for most of the night, before converting the majority of their scoreboard pressure in the second half of the match. The Blues were goalless until after half time, missing captain, Brianna Davey’s influence across the field. Kate McCarthy was prolific for the Lions, moving well inside 50, while Sophie Conway kicked two final quarter goals to give Carlton no chance at coming back into the match. Maddison Gay and Darcy Vescio were Carlton’s two goalkickers for the night, while Jess Wuetschner and Sabrina Frederick-Traub were named in Brisbane’s best.

DRAFT CENTRAL TIPPING

Leaderboard:

1st : Michael Alvaro [ 16 ]
Eq. 2nd : Sophie Taylor [ 14 ]
Taylah Melki [ 14 ]
Peter Williams [ 14 ]
5th : Matthew Cocks [ 13 ]

 

Peter Williams

Chief Editor

Round 6 selections:

Fremantle
Collingwood
Melbourne
Adelaide
Carlton

 

Taylah Melki

Assistant Chief Editor

Round 6 selections:

Geelong
North Melbourne
Western Bulldogs
Adelaide
Brisbane

 

Sophie Taylor

Women’s Football Editor

Round 6 selections:

Fremantle
North Melbourne
Melbourne
Adelaide
Brisbane

 

Michael Alvaro

Men’s Football Editor

Round 6 selections:

Geelong
North Melbourne
Melbourne
Adelaide
Carlton

 

Matthew Cocks

Guest Tipster

Round 6 selections:

Fremantle
North Melbourne
Western Bulldogs
Adelaide
Carlton

AFLW season previews: Brisbane

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

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

Changes:

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

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

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

Area of strength: Midfield

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

Area of weakness: Forward line

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

Players to watch:

McKenzie Dowrick

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

Nat Exon

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

Jordan Zanchetta

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

2019 prediction: 2nd in Conference B

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

2019 Brisbane AFLW Fixture

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Moreton Bay Sporting ComplexRound 1
Fremantle OvalRound 2
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Hickey ParkRound 3
Whitten OvalRound 4
Moreton Bay Sporting ComplexRound 5
Ikon ParkRound 6
Victoria ParkRound 7

Team Selection: VFLW – Round 9

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

 

CASEY DEMONS v. SOUTHERN SAINTS

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

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

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

Casey Demons

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

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

Southern Saints

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

 

NT THUNDER v. GEELONG CATS

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

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

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

NT Thunder

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

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

Geelong Cats

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

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

 

HAWTHORN  v. WILLIAMSTOWN

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

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

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

Hawthorn

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

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

Williamstown

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

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

 

ESSENDON  v. RICHMOND

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

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

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

Essendon

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

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

Richmond

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

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

 

MELBOURNE UNI  v. WESTERN BULLDOGS

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

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

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

Melbourne Uni

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

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

Western Bulldogs

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

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

 

COLLINGWOOD v. DAREBIN

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

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

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

Collingwood

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

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

Darebin

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

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

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 8

IT was not a good weekend for the home sides in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition, as five out of the six home teams went down to the away sides in their respective matches. The only home win was perhaps the biggest win, as the Western Bulldogs knocked the Geelong Cats off the top of the VFLW ladder. But with the average round eight winning margin being 15 points, wins certainly did not come easy for those victors.

 

Essendon 3.3 (21) defeated by Casey Demons 6.11 (47)

In a morning of scattered rain and cold wind, it was the Casey Demons who recorded their second win of the season. With only one behind a piece in the opening quarter, it looked like Essendon was really going to push the Demons in the conditions. But the away side stepped up after that, kicking two goals in each quarter to record a 26-point win at RAMS Arena.

Melbourne AFLW defender, Katherine Smith is certainly enjoying her midfield role at Casey, as she continued her good form with a 22 disposal game. She was outdone by fellow AFLW defender, Bianca Jakobsson, who tore it up in the back line with 20 disposals, six marks and nine tackles. Casey’s leading goal kicker, Kaila Bentvelzen also impressed with one goal and 18 disposals and she was joined by Harriet Cordner, who almost shared identical stats with her. Cordner also kicked a major and racked up 17 disposals on the day.

Although the Bombers didn’t get the win, they sure were glad to welcome forward, Danielle Ponter into the side. Ponter kicked two goals from her four disposals and also laid two tackles. In terms of disposals, Jessica Trend led the way for Essendon with 20 touches, as well as two marks and six tackles. Speaking of tackles, Hayley Bullas was back to her ferocious best, laying 18 tackles for the second time this season. She was complemented by GWS defender, Maddy Collier who recorded a season-high herself with 14 tackles.

 

Carlton 6.6 (42) defeated by Melbourne Uni 7.6 (48)

Carlton recorded another close VFLW loss on Saturday, going down to Melbourne Uni by a goal. The Blues stormed out of the blocks with five goals in the first quarter and looked like they were going to win their first game since round three. But the Mugars fought back in the second quarter, keeping Carlton scoreless and kicking three goals themselves. It was then extremely close in the second half with Melbourne Uni scoring 2.4 to Carlton’s 1.4, which ultimately led them to a much-needed victory.

Kate Angelis starred for the Mugars, kicking three of her side’s seven majors. In the middle, it was captain, Ashleigh Riddell who led the way once again with 24 disposals and four tackles. While AFLW Best and Fairest, Emma Kearney was kept quiet with 12 disposals, she led the way for tackles on the ground, laying nine of them. Western Jets forward, Caitlin Greiser had a solid performance in her first game for Melbourne Uni, kicking a goal, racking up six touches and laying six tackles.

For the Blues, Kerryn Harrington performed well, as she kicked two goals and racked up 16 touches. She got some good delivery from AFLW teammate, Sophie Li who recorded a game-high 27 disposals. Natalie Plane was next in line with 24 disposals and also laid six tackles to complete a good all-round game. Oakleigh Chargers forward, Isabella Geitzmann also did well, kicking a goal from her five disposals.

 

Richmond 4.1 (25) defeated by Hawthorn 4.5 (29)

By: James Halley

Hawthorn has edged Richmond by four points in a tense afternoon at the Swinburne Centre in round eight of the VFLW competition. Richmond was dealt with a blow before the first whistle with several big stars out for their round eight encounter. AFLW stars Emma King, Sophie Conway, Lauren Tesoriero and Christina Bernardi were all absent from their clash with Hawthorn. But the Tigers proved their depth as they matched up to one of the most experienced teams in the league. Meanwhile, Hawthorn welcomed back spearhead Sarah Perkins after being rested last week with concussion.

Ruck, Alice Edmonds was productive for the Tigers on the day. Her contested work at stoppages and her movement around the ground were supreme. She gave the Richmond midfielders an advantage with her taps all day. Midfielder, Phoebe Monahan was one of Richmond’s best as she collected 26 disposals and topped most of Richmond’s stats for the day.

Jayde Van Dyk was everywhere for Hawthorn, amassing a game-high 26 disposals. She took numerous intercept possessions to help rebound attacks for the Hawks. She was rarely beaten one-on-one, displaying her all-round game.

 

NT Thunder 4.4 (28) defeated by Collingwood 6.8 (44)

NT succumbed to its second consecutive loss by going down to the Magpies in Darwin. The Thunder handed them top spot in the process, after Collingwood put the foot on the accelerator in the second half to overturn a half-time deficit. The Pies kicked 5.3 to NT’s 2.2, which saw them keep their undefeated streak alive.

Collingwood forward, Sophie Alexander was absolutely sensational with four goals, 18 touches, seven marks and five tackles. AFLW defender, Sarah D’Arcy joined Alexander on seven marks, with the duo leading the way in that statistic. Meanwhile Collingwood Best and Fairest winner, Chloe Molloy had the ball on a string, recording 24 touches, six marks and four tackles. She was complemented by captain, Jessica Edwards, whose form keeps improving. The skipper racked up 20 touches and laid a whopping 12 tackles at TIO Stadium.

W-League star, Jenna McCormick led the way for the Thunder with 21 touches and six marks, playing a great all-round game. She was complemented by Adelaide AFLW teammate, Sally Riley who recorded 20 touches. Jasmyn Hewett was also solid, kicking a goal from her 18 disposals and laying seven tackles. GWS forward, Renee Forth also kicked a goal and racked up 15 touches and five tackles in the process, continuing her solid form for the Thunder.

 

Williamstown 5.7 (37) defeated by Darebin 7.9 (51)

Darebin recorded its second consecutive win with a 14-point win over the Seagulls. However, Williamstown didn’t make it easy for the Falcons, reducing a 24-point quarter time deficit to an eight point margin at three quarter time.

Georgia Hammond starred for the Falcons, kicking three of her side’s seven goals. She was complemented by Lauren Pearce, Stephanie Normington-Dickens, Nat Exon and Stephanie Simpson who all kicked one goal for the day. Melbourne AFLW midfielder, Elise O’Dea was deemed the best-on-ground for the Falcons with another solid outing in the middle of the ground.

For Williamstown, Georgia Harris was the only multiple goal kicker with two majors next to her name. Bendigo Pioneers captain, Megan Williamson also got on the board with the first goal of the match, boosting her confidence in the yellow and blue. Fijian ruck, Rachel Achampong was fantastic for the Seagulls, and she was aided by great performances from Sally Seabrook and North Melbourne duo, Jasmine Garner and Jess Duffin.

 

Western Bulldogs 4.4 (28) defeated Geelong Cats 1.0 (6)

The Western Bulldogs have hit their straps at the perfect time of the season with their third consecutive win. This time, they knocked off ladder-leaders, Geelong with a stunning performance at Ballarat. The Bulldogs led at every change and kept the Cats scoreless for three quarters, handing them their first loss of the season in the process.

Mickayla Ward kicked half of her team’s goals and was joined by Elise Muller and AFLW midfielder, Ellie Blackburn on the scoreboard. AFLW trio, Ashleigh Guest, Naomi Ferres and Libby Birch also impressed for the Dogs in what was a great defensive effort on the day.

In her return to the Cats line-up, forward, Kate Darby kicked Geelong’s only goal of the match in the last quarter. She was aided by good performances from Hayley Trevean, Maighan Fogas and Maddy McMahon. Former Carlton midfielder, Maddy Keryk also continued her good form in the blue and white hoops, being named among the Cats’ best once again.

Team Selection: VFLW- Round 8

A host of TAC Cup Girls stars may be out of Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s action this week but the sides are still littered with young talent from the competition. Many sides also welcome back AFLW stars and key players, as they look to get a round eight win.
Essendon v Casey Demons
Kicking off round eight, Essendon and the Casey Demons will go head to head at RAMS arena. Still in search of victory, Essendon will be bringing back Danielle Ponter and Jessica Anwyl, in place of Molly Warburton and Carla Rendelmann. Former St Kilda player, Carlee Portlock has also been promoted to the starting 22 after spending weeks as one of the emergencies. Liz Flack has been named as the 23rd player. The Casey Demons will be hungry for a win this week after their narrow loss to the Western Bulldogs last weekend. They have made four changes for their round eight line up, bringing in Frankston’s Amy Marshall, who will pull the red and blue jumper on for the first time this year. They have also welcomed back AFLW duo Cat Phillips and Kate Hore as well as Taylor Mesiti.
Essendon
B: 15. L. Caruso, 16. L. Morecroft, 7. K. Hicks
HB: 27. A. Morcom, 17. T. Hetherington, 25. R. Neaves
C: 44. M. Collier, 8. H. Bullas, 46. C. Ugle
HF: 22. N. MacDonald, 18. K. Heil, 35. V. Moreau
F: 4. N. Hardy, 43. D. Ponter, 28. C. Portlock
R: 30. S. Nalder, 9. L. Williams, 32. T. Mackrill
Int: 20. J. Anwyl, 3. M. DeMatteo, 12. B. Kearney, 1. J. Trend
Emg: 14. J. Barker, 37. I. Malliaras, 6. A. Quigley, 47. A. Ward 23P: 45. E. Flack
In: J. Anwyl, J. Barker, E. Flack, D. Ponter, C. Portlock, A. Quigley Out: M. Warburton, C. Rendelmann
Casey Demons
B: 37. L. Lowerson, 27. A. Harrison, 30. A. Marshall
HB: 48. S. Fyfield, 12. G. McLean, 2. A. Newman
C: 7. B. Jakobsson, 21. H. Cordner, 35. C. Phillips
HF: 18. K. Bentvelzen , 29. E. Zanker , 41. T. Mesiti
F: 34. D. Guttridge, 22. K. Guttridge, 15. S. Phillips
R: 14. T. Orgill, 13. K. Smith, 10. K. Hore
Int: 9. A. Johnson, 6. A. McDonough, 5. S. Poke, 25. M. Shevlin
Emg: 3. R. Clayton, 46. M. Hogg, 49. B. Struylaart, 39. M. Wright 23P: 26. S. Sloane
In: M. Hogg, M. Wright, A. Marshall, C. Phillips, K. Hore, T. Mesiti, R. Clayton Out: J. Allen, M. Tatham, C. Sheriff
Carlton v Melbourne Uni
Carlton will be bringing in plenty of fresh legs this week to take on Melbourne Uni. Of seven changes, the Blues will rotate in two AFLW players in defender, Kerryn Harrington and midfielder, Sophie Li. Star AFLW ruck, Alison Downie will also come in this week for the first time in the 2018 Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s season. Olivia Veseley, Genevieve Green and Isabella Gietzmann have all also been named in for the round eight clash. The seventh inclusion, coming in as the 23rd player, is Northern Knights player, Mika Suzuki, who will be debuting on Saturday. Melbourne Uni have also made a plethora of changes this week. Headlining the changes is the exclusion of Emma Kearney from the round eight line up leaving big shoes to fill, alongside Madison Prespakis, AFLW star, Jasmine Grierson, Kathryn Klatt, Kira Price, Lauren Belza and Jessica Anderson. Melbourne Uni have named North Melbourne recruits, Jamie Stanton and Danielle Hardiman back in for the round eight match up alongside Sophie Abbatangelo, Elyce Hay, Clara Fitzpatrick, Mietta McDonald, Taylah Watson and Western Jets forward, Caitlin Greiser.
Carlton
B: 24. R. Hicks, 8. K. Harrington, 56. C. Williams
HB: 50. J. Borg, 5. D. Pedersen, 34. A. Chuot
C: 55. C. Dalton, 35. S. Li, 90. B. Walker
HF: 33. G. Green, 42. C. Hardeman, 32. N. Plane
F: 15. I. Gietzmann, 36. C. Moody, 45.
R. King R: 16. B. Moody, 40. K. Harvey, 27. K. Cox
Int: 82. N. Burns, 30. A. Downie, 7. S. Last, 66. O. Vesely
Emg: 26. S. Audley, 23. B. Kennedy, 38. L. McCarthy, 63. T. Plowman 23P: 13. M. Suzuki
In: A. Downie, T. Plowman, R. King, S. Li, I. Gietzmann, O. Vesely, G. Green, M. Suzuki, K. Harrington Out: T. Hanks, T. Lucas-Rodd, M. Brancatisano, B. Schultz, K. Cunico
Melbourne Uni
B: 4. A. Saundry, 41. K. Gillespie-Jones, 50. J. Stanton
HB: 10. K. Ashmore, 8. C. Fitzpatrick, 31. D. Hardiman
C: 2. H. Ibrahim, 7. A. Riddell, 45. M. McDonald
HF: 11. P. Cordes, 34. A. Price, 22. D. Edward
F: 38. K. Angelis, 17. E. Hay, 24. S. Wilson
R: 33. C. Adams, 18. A. Tupper, 47. E. Humphries
Int: 19. L. Ahrens, 6. E. Keaney, 44. A. Runnalls, 35. M. Shone
Emg: 1. S. Abbatangelo, 13. R. Green, 43. L. Munday, 16. T. Watson 23P: 26. C. Greiser
In: R. Green, S. Abbatangelo, J. Stanton, E. Hay, C. Fitzpatrick, C. Greiser, D. Hardiman, M. McDonald, E. Humphries, T. Watson
Out: J. Anderson, K. Price, K. Klatt, L. Belza, E. Kearney, M. Prespakis, J. Grierson
Richmond v Hawthorn
Coming off last week’s bye, Richmond has made six changes to its round eight side. A few big name outs will strike a blow in the tigers outfit, including power forward, Christina Bernardi and fellow AFLW players, Amelia Barden and Lauren Tesoriero. North Melbourne AFLW recruit, Emma King, strong ruck, Jenna Colwell and Emily Findlay will also miss the round eight game. This leaves room for others to step up, with the likes of AFLW star, Sophie Conway, Grace Bibby, Trish Muller, Emma Gunn, Jacinta Louttit and Ellie Georgie being named in. After resting from concussion last week, Hawks fans will be excited to see Sarah Perkins back on the field for Hawthorn this weekend. They have also named Tahni Nestor, Rosie Dillon  and Clare O’Donnell to take to the field. Meanwhile Eastern Ranges pair, Mikala Cann and Emerson Woods have been named out.
Richmond
B: 84. L. Bieniara, 63. J. Graham, 69. E. Burry
HB: 88. P. Monahan, 73. L. Davie, 71. L. Stephenson
C: 60. K. Dempsey, 81. E. George, 75. B. Lynch
HF: 80. J. Louttit, 54. S. Conway, 55. C. Wakefield
F: 82. G. Bibby, 62. T. Muller, 83. J. Gardner
R: 68. A. Edmonds, 59. A. Woodward, 52. J. Kennedy
Int: 53. K. Dixon, 64. E. Gunn, 77. J. Hocking, 76. E. Ross
Emg: 86. N. Clarke, 85. N. Clarke, 61. J. Colwell, 79. L. Tesoriero 23P: 89. G. Egan
Hawthorn
B: 21. P. Randall, 32. K. Ebb, 31. J. Sibley
HB: 9. M. Kuys, 36. J. Van Dyk, 13. E. Nixon
C: 4. S. Carroll, 8. R. Beeson, 35. C. O’Donnell
HF: 24. R. Dillon, 25. M. Hutchins, 33. E. Gilder
F: 22. T. Luke, 14. O. Flanagan, 28. S. Perkins
R: 19. L. Wotton, 1. E. Mackie, 6. J. Crockett-Grills
Int: 37. J. Barnden, 12. T. Nestor, 16. C. Papadopoulos, 5. C. Perera
Emg: 17. S. David, 11. D. Haines, 40. E. Macdonald, 39. S. McNamara 23P: 48. Y. Price
In: D. Haines, C. O’Donnell, R. Dillon, T. Nestor, S. Perkins, Y. Price Out: M. Cann, E. Woods
NT Thunder v Collingwood
After suffering their first loss of the season, the Thunder will be looking for a win on the home turf this weekend when it takes on the undefeated Collingwood. The Thunder has made numerous changes to its list, bringing in three debutants. Lateesha Jeffrey will follow in her father’s footsteps, who also represented Thunder, when she takes to the field for the first time this weekend. The former Southern Districts captain and best and fairest winner in the NTFL Women’s Premier League is sure to bring some class to her new team. NTFL Premiership player for Waratah, Gemma Cusack will also debut this week, alongside seventeen-year-old Nikki Gore who has been part of the South Australian Academy and has been named as the 23rd player. Others named in for this week include co-vice-captain, Sally Riley, Sophie Armitstead, Georgia Bevan, Jenna McCormick, Eloise Jones, Courtney Cramey and Rhiannon Metcalfe. Collingwood will be bringing back proven talent and also showcasing new talent in round eight. AFLW players Cecilia McIntosh, Holly Whitford, Ruby Schleicher and Illish Ross will be welcome additions to the side, all adding experience and drive to Collingwood’s line up. Gippsland Power junior, Jasmine Ferguson will pull on the black and white jumper for the first time this weekend and will be starting as 23rd player. Similarly, Fitzroy junior, Sarah King will also debut in round eight.
NT Thunder
B: 16. S. Armitstead, 7. L. O’Shea, 13. L. Roberts
HB: 9. L. Jeffrey, 10. S. Barnett, 22. J. McCormick
C: 12. J. Anderson, 14. C. Cramey, 2. E. Jones
HF: 24. G. Bevan, 42. G. Cusack, 17. E. Swanson
F: 6. L. Motlop, 30. R. Metcalfe, 8. S. Riley
R: 20. J. Hewett, 28. R. Forth, 19. J. Iacono
Int: 43. K. Duggan, 11. J. Hickey, 18. T. Holtze, 44. M. Johnston
Emg: 41. A. Chittick, 47. T. May, 35. T. Thorn 23P: 48. N. Gore
In: G. Cusack, C. Cramey, S. Riley, G. Bevan, S. Armitstead, N. Gore, T. Thorn, R. Metcalfe, E. Jones, L. Jeffrey, J. McCormick
Out: R. Wallace, K. Streader, J. Sedunary, S. Allan, J. Allan, A. Foley, L. Adam, M. Roberts
Collingwood
B: 52. N. Hales, 61. A. Malander, 72. K. Lee
HB: 47. J. Edwards, 18. R. Schleicher, 21. I. Ross
C: 50. G. Buchan, 41. K. Stratton, 99. S. Marsh
HF: 55. L. French, 77. C. Leighton, 54. H. Grubb
F: 5. E. Grant, 49. S. Alexander, 2. C. Molloy
R: 75. E. Fowler, 13. J. Lambert, 4. S. D’Arcy
Int: 92. S. King, 20. C. McIntosh, 63. P. Nash, 28. H. Whitford
Emg: 53. R. Grant, 81. B. Jones, 51. G. Ploegsma, 68. S. Yoannidis 23P: 70. J. Ferguson
In: S. King, H. Whitford, S. Yoannidis, J. Ferguson, I. Ross, R. Grant, G. Ploegsma, C. McIntosh, R. Schleicher
Out: E. Browning, D. Bateman, E. Hynes, S. Casey, E. Korteman
Williamstown v Darebin
Williamstown will take on a formidable Darebin outfit this weekend and has made three changes to its line-up. Jorja Rowe has been named back in the squad for her second game of the season. The Seagulls have also named Sharni Dixon and Ashlea Melnikas to take to the field. Darebin has named six changes to their round eight line-up, including a range of AFLW stars. Brooke Patterson, Nat Exon and Elise O’Dea will bring leadership and experience back to Darebin’s side this week. Esther Honybun will also rejoin the Falcons this week as well as talented young Knights junior, Alex Pronesti who has been named as the 23rd player.
Williamstown
B: 1. R. Dardengo, 10. B. Hateley, 8. C. Portelli
HB: 19. E. Meade, 20. S. Seabrook, 34. J. Reid
C: 2. J. Duffin, 17. S. Chapman, 22. M. Lowe
HF: 4. E. Paterno, 12. G. Harris, 28. J. Rowe
F: 16. A. Cameron, 6. S. Cross, 44. I. Porter
R: 9. R. Achampong, 25. J. Garner, 35. J. Bruton
Int: 21. S. Dixon, 26. J. Heard, 30. A. Melnikas, 32. B. Stevens
Emg: 3. S. Murphy-Burke, 24. A. Saxton, 27. L. Suleiman, 13. N. Wallace 23P: 36. M. Williamson
Darebin
B: 31. E. Gardner, 27. S. Hogan, 21. K. Roe
HB: 32. G. Colvin, 14. M. McDonald, 49. R. Hibbert
C: 2. N. Callinan, 20. M. Guerin, 1. E. Honybun
HF: 40. L. Pearce, 22. G. Hammond, 17. S. Simpson
F: 36. C. Byrne, 43. H. Mouncey, 29. S. Normington – Dickens
R: 41. A. O’Connor, 30. E. O’Dea, 8. N. Exon
Int: 44. S. Fairchild, 48. L. Jacobs, 24. B. Patterson, 11. K. Tyndall
Emg: 37. J. Bertoni, 45. N. Deiter, 9. M. Eastman, 26. T. Olcorn 23P: 52. A. Pronesti
In: L. Pearce, N. Deiter, E. O’Dea, N. Exon, T. Olcorn, B. Patterson, A. Pronesti, J. Bertoni, E. Honybun
Out: L. Szigeti, K. Shierlaw, J. Dal pos, A. Lister, M. Wilson
Western Bulldogs v Geelong Cats
After a triumphant win over the Casey Demons last weekend, the Dogs will be looking to build momentum against ladder leaders, Geelong, in round eight. For the clash they have welcomed back seven players, including AFLW players, Naomi Ferres, Angelica Gogos, Ashleigh Guest and Tiarna Ernst. Ellyce Gamble and Mikayla Ward have also been named in. Returning from their round seven bye, the Geelong Cats will be looking to continue their undefeated streak. For the round eight match they have included the young former Geelong Falcon, Tiahna Andree-Jansz who will join the side for her first game of the season. Also named in are power forward, Kate Darby, Maddie Boyd, Hayley Trevean and Krista Woodroffe. Rebecca Pearce, Emma Oliver, Richelle Cranston, Lily Brancatisano and Georgia Watson will miss this week’s clash.
Western Bulldogs
B: 5. R. Martinuzzo, 14. E. Gamble, 42. N. Paul
HB: 9. T. Dinuccio, 18. E. Birch, 19. T. Ernst
C: 13. L. Bailey, 16. N. Ferres, 10. S. Jolly
HF: 2. E. Blackburn, 6. K. McLeod, 51. K. Rebuffo
F: 1. B. Lochland, 44. M. Ward, 41. A. Scott
R: 24. K. Rennie, 17. H. Wildes, 36. A. Gogos
Int: 20. A. Guest, 47. N. McMahon, 27. E. Muller, 38. C. O’Brien
Emg: 12. J. Francke, 25. R. Gastin, 21. B. Hunt, 34. E. Mackay 23P: 37. B. Wunhym
In: E. Muller, E. Mackay, E. Gamble, N. Ferres, R. Gastin, A. Guest, A. Gogos , M. Ward, T. Ernst
Out: A. Gunn, T. Hamilton, T. Morgan, D. Berry
Geelong Cats
B: 25. E. Coventry, 40. A. Teague, 44. R. Goring
HB: 34. A. McDonald, 16. L. Williams, 35. K. Woodroffe
C: 3. H. Burchell, 45. M. Keryk, 18. M. Maguire
HF: 37. T. Andree-Jansz, 4. C. Blakeway, 2. D. Orr
F: 28. M. Fedele, 8. K. Darby, 24. M. McMahon
R: 46. E. Hoare, 7. M. Clifford, 13. M. Fogas
Int: 6. M. Boyd, 17. H. Mangan, 10. L. Taylor, 33. H. Trevean
Emg: 11. M. Klingbeil , 19. E. Ramsay, 31. G. Watson 23P: 27. R. Benham
In: Andree-Jansz, K Darby, M Boyd, H Trevean, K Woodroffe
Out: R Pearce, E Oliver, R Cranston, L Brancatisano, G Watson

Queensland weekly wrap: Suns, Lions go down; spirited Inclusion Carnival finish

THIS week in Queensland football was highlighted by the efforts of Queensland’s squad in the National Inclusion Carnival. Despite not registering a win in the second division, the team fought hard to represent their state with pride against the best in the country. Elsewhere, both AFL teams suffered losses while the Brisbane’s AFLW side notched their second win in the Winter Series.

Queensland successful at National Inclusion Carnival

Queensland produced a successful campaign at the 2018 AFL National Inclusion Carnival, finishing the week-long event with a fourth-place finish overall. The AFL National Inclusion Carnival aimed at bringing together footballers with intellectual disabilities from across Australia in a round-robin style carnival to provide them with the chance to represent their state or territory.

Queensland played very well on Tuesday June 19 in the Lighting Rounds where all teams played off to determine division allocation. Queensland won enough games to qualify in Division 1 alongside Vic Metro, Vic Country and South Australia. Queensland showed off their Queenslander spirit despite not winning a game in Division 1, playing with pride having already achieved a great feat to just be in Division 1. A further achievement for the state was the naming of captain Josh Correa and vice-captain Brad Lawrence in the 2018 AFL All-Australian Inclusion Team.

To cap off the carnival, all teams watched the Hawthorn vs. Gold Coast match at UTAS Stadium and did a lap of honour on the field at half-time.

Lions and Suns go down

The Lions and Suns both suffered losses in the AFL this past round. First up on Saturday was the Suns and Hawks from Tasmania where Gold Coast got off to a good start to lead 22-13 at quarter time thanks to two goals from Tom Lynch. The Hawks kicked into gear though after quarter time though, seizing control by kicking 11 goals to two over the final three terms including a hat-trick to Jack Gunston to run out 96-43 winners.

Jarryd Lyons was impressive for the Suns with 29 disposals bettering his season average of 24. Peter Wright and Tom Lynch were the Suns’ multiple goal kickers with Lynch taking his goal kicking tally to 20 for the season thus far.

The Suns next face Collingwood on Saturday night at Metricon from 7:25pm.

The Lions went down 109-82 to the GWS Giants at the Gabba in game highlighted by a massive hit from Jeremy Cameron on Lions star Harris Andrews. Eleven minutes into the contest Andrews copped an intentional flying elbow from Cameron in a marking contest that would halt the game for a few minutes. Andrews was taken off the field and would play no further part in the match, a big blow for the Lions. Incidentally, Cameron would later cop a five-match ban from the AFL Tribunal.

The loss of Andrews would prove costly as the Giants big forwards Cameron and Jon Patton kicked three goals apiece to lead their side home.

Eric Hipwood brought his kicking boots drilling three straight goals whilst Allen Christensen kicked two along with 17 touches. Luke Hodge and Daniel Rich were brilliant of half back despite the losing effort collecting 30 disposals each. Josh Kelly also had 30 to lead the way for GWS.

The Lions the Dockers on Sunday afternoon from Optus Stadium Perth at 4:40pm.

Lions win second AFLW Winter Series game

The Brisbane Lions’ AFLW side made it two from two in the Winter Series with a strong victory over GWS North on Saturday at Graham Road.

It was the Lions’ fast start that set up their victory. A three goals to zero opening quarter was the difference in the end as GWS North would storm back with four goals to two over the next three terms. Unfortunately for GWS North it was too little too late as the Lions walked away eleven point victors. It could have been a bigger win if not for the Lions’ inaccuracy in front of goal.

Sophie Conway kicked two goals in a great performance up forward whilst Emily Bates was terrific in the midfield, along with ruck Jessy Keeffe.

Lions 3.3 4.4 5.9 5.10 (40)
GWS North 0.1 3.2 3.2 4.5 (29)

The Lions’ next Winter Series match is against the Gold Coast Suns on Saturday, July 14, at 4.40pm at Metricon Stadium.

Queensland weekly wrap: Scott stars for Allies; U16s go down

WITH the National Championships underway at the Under 16 and 18 levels, there has been plenty of opportunity for Queensland youngsters to strut their stuff on the big stage. Meanwhile at the elite level, it was a disappointing weekend for the AFL sides, but the Lions AFLW side roared in their winter series opener.

Suns academy prospect stars for Allies

Potential father-son and Gold Coast academy prospect Bailey Scott played a starring role in the Allies’ Round One victory over Vic Country in the under 18 National Championships. Scott was in the conversation for best on ground grabbing 23 touches and kicking two goals. The 186cm midfielder also had five clearances and five tackles to round out a complete game.

Brisbane Lions Academy’s Connor McFadyen was very solid also collecting 19 disposals, an impressive feat for a 190cm key position player who also spent some time in the midfield.

Queensland representatives in the Allies squad have a tough matchup this Saturday when they face Vic Metro, who looked in full control against Western Australia in their first-round win. Scott particularly will have his work cut out when he goes face to face with Vic Metro’s gun midfielders Bailey Smith and Rhylee West. Tip-off is 11:00am from Southport AFC, Saturday June 16.

Queensland U16 go down to Tassie

The NAB AFL Under 16 Championships started on Monday when the division two sides battled in Blacktown. Tasmania, Queensland, NSW-ACT and the Northern Territory will fight it out for the title over three rounds, with the division one state sides opening their championships later this month.

Queensland went down to Tasmania by 22 points. Read the full report here.

Tough week for Suns and Lions

It was a hard pill to swallow for the Gold Coast Suns, going down by over 100 points to fellow expansion team Greater Western Sydney. Aaron Young kicked two goals to be the Suns only multiple goal scorer whilst Jarrad Harbrow was busy off half-back with 27 touches. It’s been a tough few weeks with the loss in Shanghai to Port and now two big defeats on the trot. The Suns though have only had one true home game this season and should smell a win this coming round when they face St Kilda at Metricon Saturday afternoon.

The Lions may only have themselves to blame for their loss to Essendon. The Lions were without arguably their two most influential players in Charlie Cameron and Mitch Robinson and they proved to be big losses not being out on the field for Brisbane. The Bombers ran out 84-62 victors in a game of lacklustre finishing in front of goal.

The Lions were missing Cameron’s class in front of goal all day and it was no more evident than in the last term when three consecutive misses for goal. Daniel McStay missed from 15 metres out in front which would have put the Lions right back in it after a day where he took some great marks. Essendon did enough to win by 22 in the end, with Jake Stringer kicking three for the Bombers and Zach Merrett grabbing 29 possessions. For the Lions, Daniel Rich and Alex Witherdan got 29 apiece also with Harris Andrews also a fair case for best on ground.

The Lions have the bye next week then face the Giants at the Gabba in Round 14 on a Saturday afternoon.

Fagan pops his hammy

During the 2018 Big Freeze where coaches slid in on the Monday clash between Melbourne and Collingwood, Chris Fagan bizarrely managed to injure himself. Fagan requires surgery after scans showed he ruptured his hamstring tendon after slipping during Monday’s Big Freeze MND event at the MCG. Fagan fell awkwardly as he left the icy pool of water following his turn to take the plunge to raise money for motor neurone disease research. Fagan’s slip is another sight of bad luck for the brave Lions during this one-win season.

Lions roar in AFLW Winter Series opener

The Brisbane Lions AFLW side opened their Winter Series with a monster 18.8 (106) to 0.0 (0) victory over the GWS Giants South side. Jess Wuetschner and Sophie Conway benefitted most up forward kicking seven majors between them. The scoreboard might not suggest it, but GWS did have numerous attacking opportunities, but the Lions’ defence was rock-solid and rebounded the ball back every time.

Next up for the Lions is a home match against GWS North in two weeks’ time at Graham Road Aspley on Saturday, June 23 from 11am.