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VFLW weekend wrap: Round 13 – Top teams remain on the hunt for big wins

ROUND 13 of Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s saw a number of big results, with two close matches and two blowouts all but predicting the final match of the round being a close but high scoring affair. With the top three once again putting away wins they are unlikely to slip out of finals contention, though percentage will certainly play a big role coming into the final rounds with a number of teams hoping to make the cut.

ESSENDON 4.0 | 5.0 | 7.1 | 7.2 (44)
SOUTHERN SAINTS 0.3 | 3.4 | 4.4 | 7.4 (46)

GOALS
Essendon:
J. Stassi 2, A. Quigley 2, M. Collier, M. DeMatteo, L. Stepnell.
Southern Saints: K. Shierlaw 3, E. Mackie, T. Bohanna, O. Vesely, C. Greiser.

BEST
Essendon:
A. Quigley, G. Nanscawen, M. Collier, K. Heil, F. Frew, J. Stassi
Southern Saints: K. Shierlaw, E. Mackie, R. Watt, T. Lucas-Rodd, S. Johnson, O. Vesely

The first match of the round was a down to the wire clash between two sides at completely different ends of the ladder, with the Bombers pushing the Saints at every turn and coming so close to a massive upset. Essendon came out strong, kicking four goals nil in the first to set up a solid lead, however were unable to consolidate their lead in the second, conceding 19 points as the game started to shape up to be an eight-point contest at the main change. The Bombers had another good quarter after the break, finding plenty of the footy and limiting the Saints access, before a massive final quarter from the Saints saw them snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. While Southern Saints fought hard for the victory to continue their winning ways, full credit to the Bombers side keeping the Saints on their toes with accuracy on their side. Jess Stassi and Alexandra Quigley impressed in front of goal, kicking two apiece as the Bombers sought to control the contest. Also right in the action was Georgia Nanscawen, collecting 23 touches and racking up 10 tackles, joined by Shae Audley (22 touches, 10 tackles) and Simone Nalder (30 hitouts). Kate Shierlaw was the sole multiple goalkicker for the Saints with three majors from 15 disposals and five marks, while Tilly Lucas-Rodd and Emma Mackie (21 disposals, four marks apiece) made their presence felt and Samantha Johnson, Alison Drennan and Fiona Steiert combined for 25 tackles.

RICHMOND 1.4 | 2.12 | 6.15 | 7.16 (58)
WILLIAMSTOWN 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.1 | 1.4 (10)

GOALS
Richmond:
S. Frederick 2, M. Conti 2, G. Egan, M. Brancatisano, J. Colwell.
Williamstown: S. Whiting.

BEST
Richmond:
M. Conti, K. Dempsey, M. Brancatisano, S. Frederick, A. Woodward, K. Jacques
Williamstown: J. Kawa, S. Whiting, J. Heard, A. Melnikas, I. Porter, E. Straford

It took a dominant performance by the Tigers to jump back into the top four after an average few weeks on the turf, beating a struggling Williamstown by a convincing 48-point margin. But while Richmond well and truly were in control from the get-go, there was little to be happy about with only a 24-point margin at half-time. Granted, the Seagulls had as yet been unable to put a score on the board, however the Tigers’ inaccuracy was a massive issue with 12 behinds and only two goals on the board at the main change – if it were not for the Tigers’ missed opportunities, they would have had a much bigger percentage boosting margin on their hands. The Tigers lifted their game in the second half, kicking five goals to one to cement a convincing win, however the side will be concerned with their accuracy – or lack thereof – heading into the last few rounds before finals. Monique Conti took the field for the first time since early June to bolster the side, kicking two goals on return and collection 18 disposals, five marks and five tackles on her way to best on ground for Richmond. Alice Edmonds was prolific in the ruck with 35 hitouts while Sabrina Frederick kicked two goals from 10 touches in her first win at the club and Alana Woodward collected a whopping 20 tackles. Despite a disappointing overall performance, the likes of Sharnie Whiting (24 disposals, five marks, one goal) and Gemma Anderson (12 disposals, seven tackles) were among the best for the Seagulls.

COLLINGWOOD 1.2 | 3.4 | 4.4 | 5.5 (35)
CARLTON 0.3 | 0.3 | 2.3 | 4.4 (28)

GOALS
Collingwood:
J. Lambert 2, S. Alexander, N. Hales, S. Chiocci.
Carlton: D. Vescio, C. Leighton, B. Gurr, C. Wilson.

BEST
Collingwood:
B. Davey, J. Lambert, G. Lagioia, A. Porter, S. Casey, G. Buchan
Carlton: C. Dalton, D. Vescio, K. Loynes, L. Brazzale, G. Parker, C. Wilson

It was another close match following Saturday’s battle, with Carlton well and truly taking it to the ladder-leading Magpies to only go down by seven points. The Blues struggled in the first half to put goals on the board, before a four goal to two late resurgence showed some of the impressive intent and intensity this Carlton side can apply. However it was a case of too little and too late with the Magpies just too strong this time around. Once again a match saving goal from Sophie Alexander was what the Pies needed to get over the line, leaving little opportunity for the Blues to claw back. For Collingwood Jaimee Lambert was impressive as ever, kicking another two goals to add to her tally while also picking up 23 touches as she used her footy smarts to both set up clever plays and put goals on the board. Steph Chiocci (20 disposals, seven tackles, one goal) continued her good form with another consistent performance while Bri Davey collected 19 touches against her former side despite being ruled out with injury in the final term. For the Blues, Maddy Prespakis was solid with 22 disposals and four marks while Katie Loynes (17 disposals, eight tackles) and Chloe Dalton (16 disposals, 10 tackles) were also right up in the contest.

CASEY 1.0 | 1.1 | 1.2 | 2.6 (18)
DAREBIN 0.0 | 1.2 | 1.3 | 2.5 (17)

GOALS
Casey:
K. Hore 2.
Darebin: S. Fairchild, N. Morris-Dalton.

BEST
Casey:
T. Hanks, K. Smith, H. Cordner, G. McLean, M. Downie, A. McDonough
Darebin: L. Pearce, E. O’Dea, V. Blackwood, S. David, A. Lister, K. Roe

In yet another match that kept players on their toes down to the final siren, Darebin gave Casey a scare in a one point thriller at Casey Fields. With two Falcons playing their AFL Women’s side there was a lot on the line for both teams in the relatively low scoring affair, with neither side able to capitalise in front of goal. The Demons started well defensively, keeping the Falcons scoreless in the first but having plenty of issues getting on the board with only one goal in the first half, before the Falcons shot back with one of their own midway through the second to even up the ledger, sitting ahead by one point at half-time. A highly contested third quarter came next, with neither team able to find the goals before a 1.4 final term from the Dees just barely got them over the line after trailing by one at the final change. Kate Hore was Casey’s saving grace, kicking both Demons goals and collecting nine tackles – only behind Shelley Scott with 11 tackles, while Lily Mithen (26 disposals, six marks, seven tackles) and Libby Birch (17 disposals, four tackles) combined well across the field. Meanwhile, Darebin’s Lauren Pearce showcased her versatility to finish with a whopping 35 hitouts, 25 touches, six marks and six tackles, aided by Elise O’Dea who continued her fine form with 24 touches and 10 tackles while Nell Morris-Dalton impressed in her second outing for the side with one goal from 12 touches and six tackles.

GEELONG 4.1 | 6.3 | 7.7 | 9.8 (62)
NT THUNDER 1.1 | 2.1 | 2.1 | 3.1 (19)

GOALS
Geelong:
S. Van De Heuvel 2, G. Clarke 2, R. Caris 2, J. Woollett, M. Maguire, R. Benham.
NT Thunder: T. Thorn, M. Roberts, C. Whan.

BEST
Geelong:
R. Webster, R. Cranston, T. Love, R. Caris, G. Clarke, S. Van De Heuvel
NT Thunder: E. Marinoff, M. Breed, T. Thorn, K. Streader, J. Baird, C. Deegan

In the second blowout margin of the round, Geelong got a convincing win over Thunder to put themselves in a position to push for a top-six finish. A convincing first half all but set up the victory, with six goals to two at the main change giving the Cats plenty of confidence coming into the second half. A more inaccurate second half saw the Cats unable to replicate their strong start, however their defensive effort left little to be desired with only one score on the board to Thunder in the second half. Sophie Van De Heuvel, Georgia Clarke and Rene Caris kicked two goals apiece in a shared effort, collecting a combined 36 touches while Caris followed up her effort in the ruck with 31 hitouts against young gun, Mattea Breed with 18 hitouts and 10 touches. Richelle Cranston racked up 24 touches and 11 tackles in an impressive effort, while Danielle Orr picked up 25 touches and four behinds. For Thunder, Ebony Marinoff made her triumphant return having sat out since Round 2, collecting 25 touches and a phenomenal 19 tackles to be best on ground. Lisa Roberts also put in the hard yards with 15 disposals and seven tackles while Tayla Thorn had 13 touches, five tackles and a goal for her best and most consistent performance this season.

MELBOURNE UNI 2.0 | 6.2 | 7.4 | 8.4 (52)
HAWTHORN 3.0 | 5.0 | 11.0 | 12.3 (75)

GOALS
Melbourne Uni:
K. Angelis 2, K. Gillespie-Jones 2, K. Ashmore, L. Walsh, H. Whitford, J. Garner.
Hawthorn: T. Luke 3, S. Perkins 3, S. Gibbs 2, O. Flanagan 2, P. McWilliams, R. Beeson.

BEST
Melbourne Uni:
K. Gillespie-Jones, J. Garner, J. Bruton, K. Ashmore, H. Whitford, B. Gibson
Hawthorn: S. Perkins, T. Luke, C. O’Donnell, S. Gibbs, O. Flanagan, J. Sibley

The highest scoring match of the round was always set to be the final game of the weekend with a big battle between fourth and sixth – only separated by percentage. A win to the Hawks sees the two sides all but swap their ladder positions, with Hawthorn jumping into fifth while Uni slip into sixth with Geelong hot on their tail. It was a relatively close affair up to half time with both sides finding patches of good form, before Hawthorn took hold of the lead in the third and refused to let go against a gallant Mugars outfit. The Hawks’ composure and cleanliness impressed, with the side kicking straight for the most part and 11 straight goals by three quarter time to well and truly control the contest. To Uni’s credit they stayed in the match with their tenacity going for the footy, but were unable to consolidate their halftime lead with only two goals after the main break. With six multiple goal kickers spread across the two teams it was an impressive contest, while both sides shared the load well across the field with no dominant standouts. The ruck match between Lou Wotton (34 hitouts, 10 touches, five tackles) and Vivien Saad (28 hitouts, 11 touches, four tackles) was relatively even, making for a very interesting contest with plenty of players getting good access to the footy. Sarah Perkins and Tamara Luke both kicked three for the Hawks, closely followed by Serena Gibbs and Olivia Flanagan with two apiece. For the Mugars, Kate Gillespie-Jones was consistent as ever with 21 disposals and two goals followed by Katie Angelis with another two goals and 14 touches, while Jasmine Garner had another strong performance with 19 touches and a goal.

VFLW wrap: Round 11 – Richmond drops three on the trot and Casey victory

ROUND 11 of the VFL Women’s saw Casey Demons finally break an eight match losing streak with an impressive win over NT Thunder, while Richmond’s current losing streak extended with a third loss in a row. Meanwhile, Collingwood remain at the top of the ladder after a narrow win against Melbourne Uni and Southern Saints continue to stake a claim on the competition after another confident victory.

ESSENDON 1.5 | 2.7 | 2.9 | 4.10 (34)
DAREBIN 0.1 | 2.2 | 2.2 | 4.2 (26)

GOALS

Essendon: C. McIntosh 2, L. Stepnell, M. Collier.
Darebin: L. Arnell 2, J. D’Amato, S. Simpson.

BEST

Essendon: L. Ahrens, M. Warburton, G. Nanscawen, K. Hicks, S. Audley, E. Hosking
Darebin: L. Arnell, B. Patterson, V. Blackwood, A. Lister, E. Gardner, E. O’Dea

It was a frustrating win for Essendon, who despite getting a third win had clear issues getting on the board. However defensively the side was strong enough to keep Darebin out of the contest, leading to an eight point victory won only by the side’s 10 behinds. While Darebin will be happy with their comeback effort to get back into the contest, their slow start left something to be desired with only one point scored in the first. For Essendon, Georgia Nanscawen was impressive with 21 disposals and eight tackles, while Lauren Ahrens (20 disposals, five marks, seven tackles) and Cecilia McIntosh (two goals) were equally important in the victory. Darebin’s Lauren Pearce put in the hard yards in the ruck with 33 hitouts while Elise O’Dea was solid around the ground with 19 touches. Reni Hicks (13 touches, 13 tackles) and Annalyse Lister (16 touches, 12 tackles) impressed with their defensive tackling pressure, while Lauren Arnell‘s two goals kept the Falcons right in the contest.

COLLINGWOOD 2.0 | 4.2 | 4.3 | 6.4 (40)
MELBOURNE UNI 2.3 | 2.3 | 3.4 | 5.6 (36)

GOALS

Collingwood: S. Alexander 2, A. Bild , K. Lee, K. Lynch, S. Chiocci.
Melbourne Uni: A. Riddell, K. Cox, K. Gillespie-Jones, S. Abbatangelo, E. King.

BEST

Collingwood: C. Molloy, G. Buchan, K. Lynch, S. Livingstone, M. Shevlin, S. Chiocci
Melbourne Uni: J. Trend, A. Riddell, J. Bruton, K. Ebb, K. Gillespie-Jones

It was a close contest between the two high-ranking sides on the weekend, with Collingwood prevailing to win by four points after a second half comeback from the Mugars. The first quarter saw Uni sit three points ahead before a goalless second term gave the Magpies a push to lead and dominate every contest. While Uni put in the hard yards defensively in the third to deny the Pies a goal, they still trailed by five heading into the final term. With both teams putting two goals on the board in the last it seemed like Uni had the ability to get the job done, however the Magpies held on well. Uni’s Ashleigh Riddell, Jasmine Garner and Jenna Bruton were solid across the field collecting plenty of ball and amassing a combined 76 disposals and 22 tackles while Riddell also got a goal on the board. Kate Gillespie-Jones had a quiet game compared to her usual lofty standards given the shared effort across the field, collecting 15 touches, 12 tackles and a goal, able to settle with the rest of the side contributing well. For the Magpies, Steph Chiocci lead the charge with 23 touches and a goal to her name, while Sophie Alexander booted two for the second week in a row and Grace Buchan racked up eight tackles from 10 touches.

NT THUNDER 1.0 | 2.0 | 3.2 | 3.2 (20)
CASEY DEMONS 3.3 | 7.5 | 9.7 | 13.7 (85)

GOALS

NT Thunder: A. Hatchard 2, S. Thompson.
Casey: D. Wearne 3, E. Zanker 3, K. Hore 2, C. Sherriff, B. Jakobsson, H. Cordner, N. Webber, G. Howes.

BEST

NT Thunder: A. Hatchard, L. Jeffrey, D. Cox, K. Duggan, L. Roberts, K. Streader
Casey: T. Hanks, K. Smith, R. Clayton, H. Bailey, S. Heath

Casey Demons finally got a win back on the board for the season, getting a convincing 65 point victory over Thunder. It was a massive four goal second and final quarter effort that got the side over the line, with Thunder unable to take control of any aspect of the match as the Demons ran rampant across the field. The Demons had plenty of ball from the get-go, sharing around possession and finding options with ease to head downfield. For the home side, Anne Hatchard was her usual impressive self with 31 disposals, 10 marks, eight tackles and two goals as arguably Thunder’s best, leading most of the side’s stats. Jordann Hickey and Lisa Roberts combined for 27 touches, five marks and 12 tackles in an altogether lack lustre performance by Thunder. For Casey, Eden Zanker (20 disposals, eight marks) and Danielle Wearne (nine disposals) kicked three goals apiece, aided by Kate Hore‘s two goals and singles to five other players. Libby Birch (22 disposals, eight marks, three tackles) and Lily Mithen (21 disposals, five marks, three tackles) shared plenty of the ball.

CARLTON 2.2 | 3.4 | 4.5 | 9.5 (59)
WILLIAMSTOWN 0.1 | 2.2 | 3.2 | 4.2 (26)

GOALS

Carlton: J. Hosking 3, C. Dalton 2, B. Gurr, M. Prespakis, S. Cubasch, N. Stevens.
Williamstown: S. Whiting, M. Hope, J. Kawa, G. Anderson.

BEST

Carlton: S. Wright, S. Hosking, A. Prins, E. Woods, N. Plane, J. Nelson
Williamstown: D. Pedersen, M. Williamson, E. Straford, R. Tripodi, I. Porter, A. Melnikas

Carlton finally got their second win on the board after weeks of close margins, securing a solid 33 point victory over the Seagulls. It was a confident start and finish for the Blues, who started well with two goals to nil on the board in the first before running away with it in the last quarter with five goals to one to secure the win. The Seagulls will be rueing missed opportunities, while their defensive efforts left something to be desired as the Blues took control and did not look back. Jess Hosking (11 disposals, four tackles, three goals) and Chloe Dalton (16 disposals, four marks, two goals) impressed for the Blues, while the likes of Nicola Stevens (19 disposals, five marks, four tackles, one goal) and Maddy Prespakis (13 disposals, six tackles, one goal) held up well against the Seagulls. For Williamstown, Danica Pederson (17 disposals, six marks, six tackles) stuck it out, while Sharnie Whiting and Mo Hope combined for 35 disposals and kicked a goal apiece.

HAWTHORN 2.1 | 4.4 | 6.6 | 7.9 (51)
RICHMOND 2.0 | 2.0 | 4.2 | 6.2 (38)

GOALS

Hawthorn: P. McWilliams 4, R. Dillon 2, S. Perkins.
Richmond: S. Frederick 2, C. Wakefield, A. Makur Chuot, G. Egan, G. Seymour.

BEST

Hawthorn: P. McWilliams, R. Beeson, R. Dillon, C. Dyett, G. Bevan, S. Perkins
Richmond: S. Frederick, R. Miller, G. Egan, G. Campbell, M. Brancatisano, G. Seymour

While Hawthorn got another big win on the board, it was a different story for Richmond who look a completely different side to their early season form. While it was an even contest through the first quarter, Hawthorn took control in the second and refused to let it go. They maintained their lead through the middle of the match before winning by 13 points despite a final quarter fight back from the Tigers. The Tigers are fortunate to still sit high on the ladder, with three losses in a row keeping them in third on the ladder based on percentage alone. Bec Beeson collected 35 touches, six marks and six tackles while Phoebe McWilliams was a dominant target with four goals from 17 disposals and five marks while Rosie Dillon had 19 disposals, seven tackles and two goals. Sabrina Frederick kicked two goals from 12 touches in her third match in yellow and black while Grace Egan (17 disposals, six marks, one goal) and Grace Campbell (16 disposals, 10 tackles) also made their mark on the game.

SOUTHERN SAINTS 2.1 | 3.3 | 4.4 | 5.6 (36)
WESTERN BULLDOGS 0.0 | 1.1 | 1.2 | 3.3 (21)

GOALS

Southern Saints: C. Greiser 3, T. Bohanna, A. Brown.
Western Bulldogs: M. Ward, C. Moody, E. Blackburn.

BEST

Southern Saints: C. Greiser, S. Johnson, D. Guttridge, K. Shierlaw, C. Fitzpatrick, R. Watt
Western Bulldogs: K. McLeod, B. Hunt, K. Lamb, N. Ferres, V. Laloifi, M. Ward

The Bulldogs will be rueing a missed opportunity to jump into third with this loss, going down to premiership contenders, Southern Saints by 15 points after a slow start all but gifted the Saints an easy victory. The Saints were clinical from the start, much cleaner with the ball than their opposition to deny them easy ball and keep the Dogs off the board in the first. Despite not being able to drag out the margin, the Saints kept drilling the ball forward to stay in the lead and hold on for an all important win heading into the final stretch. For the Dogs, Kirsty Lamb (24 disposals, five marks, seven tackles) and Ellie Blackburn (20 disposals, one goal) were among the best on field while Celine Moody held her own in the ruck with 17 hitouts and a goal. For the Saints, Tilly Lucas-Rodd was up to her usual tricks collecting 24 disposals and three marks, closely followed by Allison Drennan with 19 disposals and seven tackles while Caitlin Greiser kicked three goals from 14 touches.

VFLW Round 6 preview: Fourth and fifth clash to stay in touch with the top

THREE more sides have the bye this week as the Victorian Football League Women’s (VFLW) competition heads toward the midway point of the season. With most sides playing teams at the opposite end of the ladder, matchups between the middle-ranked sides will set the scene for the competition come Round 7.

CARLTON v. WESTERN BULLDOGS

Round 6 – 15/06/19
10.30
IKON Park

Carlton have a tough slog on Saturday morning as they host top of the ladder Western Bulldogs to open Round 6. Sitting at zero from four after a bye in Round 1, Carlton’s start to the season has been far from ideal, scoring less than 20 points in each of their three away matches in Rounds 2, 3 and 4. However, the side put up a good fight last round when they hosted NT Thunder, kicking seven goals – more than their opening three rounds combined – and only going down by seven points. The Bulldogs have had an incomparable start to the season, starting on a high with a 47 point win over Williamstown in Round 2 before continuing their fine form, keeping all of their opposition to less than 15 points. The Blues will hope for Natalie Plane to have another big one, with an average of 20 touches and a score on the board in every match this season, while young-gun Maddy Prespakis will hope for another dominant performance after accruing 29 disposals and five tackles last week in her first match of the season. The Bulldogs’ success this season has largely been down to the dominant ruck work of Nicole McMahon, averaging 31 hitouts per game, while Bonnie Toogood (averaging 20 disposals) and Tayla Dinuccio (averaging nine tackles) have done a wealth of work around the ground.

ESSENDON v. HAWTHORN

Round 6 – 15/06/19
11.30
Windy Hill

In the first of two closely matched games of the round, ninth placed Essendon and eighth placed Hawthorn will face off with the winner hoping to stay in touch with the top sides. Both teams had a bye last round, and while sitting close on the ladder, Hawthorn will come into this match as the favourites with two wins under their belt – one a dominant 42 point victory over Darebin. Essendon have only won one of their four matches but have no issue getting access to goal having kicked five goals in three of their four matches, but have struggled defensively with an average of 38 points kicked against. The Bombers will hope for another strong performance from Hayley Bullas, who has averaged eight tackles and 18 touches per game this season, while the likes of Jess Sibley and Emily Gilder have shared the brunt of the goalkicking load for the Hawks. It will be an interesting ruck battle between Abbey Tanner (Hawks) and Simone Nalder (Bombers), who are sitting on 95 and 94 hitouts from four matches, respectively. Hawthorn have done a good job sharing the load across the field, with no one player who can be targeted and tagged out.

DAREBIN v. COLLINGWOOD

Round 6 – 15/06/19
12.00
Preston City Oval

Collingwood will aim for their fifth win on the trot this round as they take on cellar dwellers, Darebin Falcons. The Falcons have struggled so far this season, unable to string along consistent performances. While Darebin’s points scored in the opening rounds would have been enough to beat a number of sides, the first five rounds saw Darebin face three of the current top five. A four point win over Casey has solidified Collingwood’s spot in the top four after five rounds, so the side will likely come in confident this week against the severely depleted Falcons side. Collingwood AFLW captain, Steph Chiocci took the field in Round 5 for the first time this season, kicking two goals and gathering 13 touches and three tackles in a solid day out. Meanwhile, Bri Davey will be a big one for the Falcs to watch out for if she returns this week, collecting 57 touches and 14 tackles from just two matches. Jamie Stanton has been one of the big performers for the Falcons this season with an average of 20 touches while Lauren Pearce has had a good run in the ruck with an average of 18 touches and 24 hitouts from three matches.

NT THUNDER v. RICHMOND

Round 6 – 15/06/19
3:30
TIO Stadium

NT Thunder face a massive challenge this round when they host an undefeated Richmond side on Saturday afternoon. A dominant first few rounds was cut short by a bye, with Thunder dropping their next match before sticking it out in a close match against Carlton in Round 5. Richmond have scored over 50 points in three of their four matches, with their closest coming down to three points against sixth place Melbourne Uni in Round 4. Thunder will need to bring their A-game against the Tigers, but will have the added bonus of a home ground advantage in Darwin. Richmond’s Tayla Stahl has been one of the big names this season, sitting atop the goal leaderboard despite a bye in Round 2. Stahl has kicked nine goals and 10 behinds for the season so far, so if she kicks on target she could be a massive threat when coupled with the dominant force of ex-Western Bulldogs pair, Katie Brennan and Monique Conti. If Thunder have Chelsea Randall back in the side she could give them a massive boost, having only played two games but sitting on 59 touches, while Angela Foley has been solid with an average of 23 disposals across three matches. Thunder have struggled with consistency so far this season, unable to click given only five players have taken the field for all four matches.

SOUTHERN SAINTS v. MELBOURNE UNI

Round 6 – 16/06/19
12.00
Trevor Barker Beach Oval

The final match of the round is set to be the best matchup, with the Saints (fourth) taking on Melbourne Uni (fifth) in a bid to stay among the top sides in the competition. The Saints have had a fairly good run this season sitting on three wins from four matches and come into this round fresh off the bye in Round 5. Melbourne Uni had a dominant first few rounds before falling to two of the top sides in consecutive weeks, and were challenged by winless Williamstown last week, so will want to bounce back to prove their position on the ladder. Alison Drennan has been one of the most consistent for the Saints this season, averaging 24 touches and 5.5 tackles across four matches, while Caitlin Greiser has kicked a goal in every game so far. Despite only taking the field for three games, Uni’s Jasmine Garner is sitting second in the competition for goals (eight) and has an average of 26 touches, while Holly Whitford managed a massive 10 tackles against Williamstown last week, taking her season tally to 31. Uni will hope to put out a similar performance to their Round 4 match against Richmond, coming back from an 18 point margin to only go down by three points in the nailbiter.

BYE: Williamstown, Casey, Geelong

VFLW weekend wash-up: Hope tears it up as Bulldogs, Tigers and Pies continue good form

ROUND 5 is done and dusted with two teams still sitting undefeated from five rounds of action, meaning the ladder has almost fully shaped up with the teams to beat well and truly sorted. Carlton were pipped at the post once more, going down by only seven points to remain winless, while the Magpies came away with their fourth win on the trot over the Demons. Meanwhile, Mo Hope showed the competition why she was an AFL Women’s marquee player.

CARLTON: 1.2 | 3.3 | 5.4 | 7.4 (46)
NT THUNDER 2.1 | 2.3 | 6.4 | 8.5 (53)

By: James Halley

GOALS:

Carlton: B. Moody, N. Plane, N. Stevens, M. Clifford, M. Jarvis, T. Cassar, S. Wright.
NT Thunder: T. Holtze 2, K. Irvine 2, S. Riley 2, M. Roberts, S. Hoogeveen-Hill.

BEST:

NT Thunder: K. Irvine, C. Randall, N. Gore, K. Streader, M. Roberts, S. Miskin-Ripia
Carlton: A. McKay, M. Prespakis, J. Hosking, N. Stevens, T. Cassar

Carlton went down to the Northern Territory in their home away from home at La Trobe University by seven points. There was a strong wind going towards the left side of the ground all day, which Carlton were not able to fully capitalise on in the last quarter. The first quarter was hotly contested which resulted in many turnovers for both sides, but Northern Territory was able to edge ahead by five points at the first break. The Blues dominated the second term, keeping the Thunder goalless while kicking two themselves. Thunder’s Tayla Thorn tried her hardest in defence but the volume of entries was too much to handle. The third quarter belonged to the Thunder as they were able to wrestle the momentum back their way, kicking four goals to one to regain the lead heading into the final term. In the last quarter both teams went goal for goal, until Northern Territory’s Machaelia Roberts was able to shrug off two tacklers and stream inside 50 and kick the winning goal for the Thunder with less than two minutes left on the clock. Maddy Prespakis and Breann Moody were instrumental for the Blues in the midfield, while Fremantle AFLW recruit Mia-Rae Clifford was a focal point for Carlton in the forward line. Thorn was massive for the Thunder on the last line of defence, while Chelsea Randall was very classy, using her speed and agility to make the Blues look second rate. The Thunder were very dangerous up forward with Sally Riley, Tahlia Holtze and Kristy Irvine all kicking two goals apiece. To make the loss worse for Carlton, defender Jess Edwards looked to have seriously injured herself in the dying minutes of the match, needing medical assistance long after the final siren sounded.

WILLIAMSTOWN 1.1 | 1.4 | 3.5 | 4.8 (32)
MELBOURNE UNI 0.5 | 2.7 | 5.7 | 6.7 (43)

By: Peter Williams

GOALS:

Williamstown: S. Whiting 2, G. Anderson, J. Heard.
Melbourne Uni: N. Bresnehan, H. Whitford, D. Bannister, K. Angelis, K. Cox, B. Gibson.

BEST:

Williamstown: M. Hope, A. Newman, M. Williamson, S. Whiting, J. Reid, R. Dardengo
Melbourne Uni: B. Gibson, T. Mesiti, E. Hay, A. Runnalls, K. Cox, D. Bannister

A massive game from former Collingwood and North Melbourne AFL Women’s player, Mo Hope was not enough to get Williamstown across the line against Melbourne University on Saturday. The Seagulls led at the first break by two points courtesy of an inaccurate quarter by the Mugars who went goalless with five behinds on the board. The visitors hit the front in the second term, delivering the only two goals of the term to head into half-time with a nine-point advantage. They then extended the lead to 14 points in a high scoring third term which saw five goals kicked, before both teams managed a goal in the final stanza for the Mugars to win and ensure the Seagulls remained winless to start the season. Hope was the talking point in the game, amassing a mind-boggling 39 disposals, two marks, three tackles and a behind, while Melbourne AFLW livewire Aliesha Newman had 22 touches, one mark and four tackles in the defeat. The Mugars on the other hand had an even team effort, with Jess Trend (19 disposals, six marks, one tackle), Sophie Abbatangelo (15 disposals, four marks, four tackles and three behinds) and Daria Bannister (15 disposals, one mark, eight tackles and a goal) all impressive. Sharnie Whiting continued her good form this season for the Seagulls with 2.3 from 14 touches and two marks to be the only multiple goal kicker in the game.

WESTERN BULLDOGS 1.0 | 3.2 | 3.3 | 5.6 (36)
DAREBIN FALCONS 0.0 | 0.0 | 1.0 | 1.2 (8)

By: Peter Williams

GOALS:

Western Bulldogs: M. Ward, S. Jolly, H. Wildes, M. Sandral, E. Gavalas.
Darebin: S. David.

BEST:

Western Bulldogs: K. McLeod, S. Jolly, B. Hunt, E. Gavalas, B. Lochland, B. Toogood
Darebin: B. Patterson, C. Byrne, G. Colvin, S. David, R. Hibbert, A. Lister

Western Bulldogs piled on more pain to Darebin Falcons to remain one of the teams to beat after five rounds, winning four consecutive games to start the season, while Darebin remains winless. The Bulldogs have proven to do it in low-scoring slogs, being only the eighth highest scoring side, but are far and away the number one defensive team, and this weekend was no different, restricting Darebin to just one goal for the match. The Bulldogs had 11 scoring shots throughout the game, starting slowly, and were outscored in the third term when they were held goalless, but steadied to kick the final two goals of the match to win by 28 points. Ellie Gavalas was impressive with 23 disposals, two marks, three tackles and a goal, while Katelyn Betts also played well, notching up 20 touches, one mark and laying a massive nine tackles. Western Bulldogs listed players, Kirstie Lamb and Bonnie Toogood found plenty of the ball too, registering 18 touches each and sharing in 12 marks. For Darebin, the experienced names stood up despite the loss, with Melbourne AFLW ruck, Lauren Pearce helping herself to 22 touches, six marks, three tackles and 23 hitouts, while Gold Coast’s Jamie Stanton finished with 18 touches, one mark and three tackles.

RICHMOND 2.1 | 7.1 | 7.3 | 8.7 (55)
GEELONG 3.2 | 3.3 | 4.3 | 5.3 (33)

By: Peter Williams

GOALS:

Richmond: J. Colwell 2, K. Jacques 2, E. Gunn, T. Stahl, C. Wakefield , J. Kennedy.
Geelong: M. Maguire 2, J. Crockett-Grills, O. Purcell, R. Webster.

BEST:

Richmond: M. Conti, G. Campbell, K. Jacques, L. Davie, A. Makur Chuot, G. Egan
Geelong: J. Crockett-Grills, M. Maguire, O. Purcell, R. Goring, R. Webster, M. Keryk

The high-scoring Tigers remain undefeated in season 2019 after another big win, this time over last year’s grand finalists Geelong. The Cats raced out of the blocks to lead by seven points at the first break, before Richmond clicked into gear with five straight majors to the Cats’ one behind. It was Geelong’s turn to take the advantage in the premiership quarter, booting the only goal of the term while restricting Richmond to two behinds, before the Tigers held firm in the final quarter with a goal each, but extending the final margin to 22 points. The Tiger recruits in Monique Conti and Katie Brennan were sensational, as Conti picked up a game-high 29 disposals, three marks and five tackles, while Brennan had 22 disposals, five marks, five tackles and booted two behinds. Of the non AFLW-listed players, Grace Campbell (16 disposals, four marks and 11 tackles) and Grace Egan (13 disposals, one mark) were busy, while Jenna Colwell and Kobi Jacques both snagged two majors. For the Cats, young gun Olivia Purcell was terrific with 23 disposals, one mark, seven tackles and a goal, while Madeline Keryk helped herself to 15 touches, two marks and three tackles. Rene Caris had a tough task in the ruck against Alice Edmonds as her opponent had 12 touches and 30 hitouts, but Caris was always involved, having 11 touches and 13 hitouts, while Madisen Maguire booted two majors for the Cats.

CASEY DEMONS 2.1 | 2.1 | 4.1 | 5.1 (31)
COLLINGWOOD 1.0 | 4.4 | 4.5 | 5.5 (35)

By: Peter Williams

GOALS:

Casey: M. Guerin 2, K. Smith, A. Kemp, H. Cordner.
Collingwood: S. Dargan 2, S. Chiocci 2, G. Buchan.

BEST:

Casey: H. Cordner, E. Birch, N. Garner, G. McLean, T. Hanks, B. Winbanks
Collingwood: B. Davey, J. Allen, B. Bonnici, R. Schleicher, P. Nash, K. Lee

Collingwood has held on in a thriller to make it four consecutive wins, while handing Casey its second consecutive loss for season 2019. The victory pushed the Magpies into third spot just behind the Bulldogs and Tigers, and marked the return of AFLW captain, Steph Chiocci. The Demons led early with a seven-point advantage at quarter time, but the Magpies capitalised in the second term with three goals from seven scoring shots while strangling the life out of the home side. Casey hit back in the third term to hold the Magpies goalless and cut the deficit to just four points, but a steadying goal in the final term extended the lead to 10, before Harriet Cordner cut the deficit to four once again, but the time ran out for Casey. Chiocci made a successful return with two goals from 13 touches, one mark and three tackles, while Bri Davey had a massive second game back through the middle with 24 disposals, four marks and nine tackles. Sarah Dargan (19 disposals, four marks, 10 tackles and two goals) was sensational, while Maddie Shevlin won 13 touches, one mark and two tackles against her former side. For the Demons, Libby Birch remains a solid investment with another 20 disposals and whopping 13 tackles, while Tyla Hanks goes from strength to strength with 19 disposals and nine tackles. Cordner also had 15 touches, five marks, four tackles and six hitouts in the loss, while Maddy Guerin added another two majors to her total for the year, as well as 14 disposals, two marks and four tackles.

Team of the Week: AFLW – Round 7

ROUND 7 sees the end of the 2019 AFL Women’s home and away season, and thus the end of the Draft Central Team of the Week for this year. This week saw four Crows make it into the squad after a magnificent win over Melbourne, while Geelong is the only side that doesn’t have a player represented.

Adelaide’s Erin Phillips (22 disposals, three tackles), Courtney Cramey (18 disposals and a goal), Jess Foley (15 disposals, six tackles, two goals) and Ebony Marinoff (19 disposals, eight tackles) all made it into the team of the week after a comfortable Round 7 win that cements them as Conference A’s minor premiers. The four were prolific through the midfield and forward against Melbourne, clinical in front of goal and being a battering ram through Melbourne’s defence. Defender, Harriet Cordner was the only Melbourne player to make the cut this week, standing up and managing 19 disposals, seven marks and three rebound 50s.

Collingwood won their first game of the season and were rewarded with three players listed in this round’s team of the week. Ash Brazill was pivotal down back against Brisbane, firing 19 kicks from her 23 disposals with nine rebound 50s, while Sarah D’Arcy (20 disposals, two goals) and Steph Chiocci (18 disposals, seven marks, three tackles) were also major contributors in the upset.

The Brisbane Lions and the Western Bulldogs both had two players make the team, despite their respective Round 7 losses. Brisbane’s Jacqui Yorston was named on the interchange as she impressed in what was only her fourth game at AFLW level, notching up 21 disposals and nine tackles on her way to 90 AFLW Fantasy Points, while Kate Lutkins was impressive down back against the Magpies, picking up 14 disposals, six marks and three rebound 50s. Bulldogs, Monique Conti and Ellie Blackburn also made the side, with Conti racking up a career high 25 disposals, four marks while Blackburn managed 23 touches and was pivotal in the Bulldogs’ final quarter comeback against Carlton, kicking a goal in the dying minutes to take the Dogs to within two goals of the Blues. Credit to Carlton’s resolve they held on to win the match with first year, Brooke Walker kicking a career high three goals, while Madison Prespakis (19 disposals, four tackles) continued her dominant debut season. Brianna Davey (21 disposals, 11 tackles) stood up as captain, leading her side to their first AFLW finals campaign.

GWS GIANTS, North Melbourne and Fremantle each had a trio of players make the list, with wins helping on the way to the GIANTS’ and Fremantle’s selection chances this week, while Geelong’s loss saw them miss out completely on the team of the week despite still making finals.

Alicia Eva, Christina Bernardi and Alyce Parker represent the GIANTS this week, as Parker racked up 19 touches and five tackles to pair well with Eva’s goal, 17 disposals and nine tackles, putting immense pressure on Geelong’s defence. Meanwhile, Bernardi’s two goals and 10 disposals gave the Cats a big fright on their way to finals.

North Melbourne saw their second big loss of the season to Fremantle, but still had some high flyers who deserved to be mentioned. Jess Duffin was phenomenal in the backline for the Kangaroos, notching up 22 disposals, five tackles and five rebound 50s. Emma Kearney continued her dominant form, picking up 24 disposals, seven tackles and a goal while Jenna Bruton produced her best performance of the season, racking up 26 touches and six tackles.

North Melbourne’s great stats just go to show how well the Dockers played to come away as 27 point victors, with Fremantle also having three players who made their case for team of the week this round. Kiara Bowers (23 disposals, 13 tackles) and Melissa Caulfield (17 disposals, two marks) were dominant on field, while Ebony Antonio, though not making a statement in statistics, was clinical down back in denying the Kangaroos access to the footy, notching up 11 disposals, three rebound 50s and five marks.

Weekend wash-up: AFLW – Round 2

ROUND 2 of AFLW 2019 is done and dusted, with Melbourne and Adelaide entering the winners list for the first time this year. North Melbourne continued their dominant start to the season, while Collingwood struggled and Carlton were unlucky to come away with a loss to Adelaide. Three matches recorded high scores in Round 2, showing good signs for the rest of the season.

North Melbourne 7.6 (48) defeated GWS GIANTS 2.11 (23)
By: James Halley

North Melbourne continued its perfect start to the AFL Women’s, defeating GWS GIANTS by 25 points in treacherous conditions. Two weather delays could not stop the flag favourites from proving their worth. The midfield duo of Emma Kearney and Jess Duffin, alongside dominating ruck, Emma King led the way for the Kangaroos. The formidable trio will prove hard to beat deep into the season.

Alicia Eva kicked the opening goal of the match for the GIANTS, but once Jasmine Garner and Kate Gillespie-Jones found the big sticks for North Melbourne, the Roos maintained their lead for the rest of the match. A third quarter flurry from GIANT, Yvonne Bonner gave the Kangaroos a scare, however GWS did not capitalise on its opportunities, finishing the game with two goals and 11 behinds. At the final break, the GIANTS only trailed by eight points, giving them hope of snatching the match at the death. All hope was lost when Roos ruck, King was pushed forward early and kicked two quick goals proving too much for GWS defender, Louise Stephenson. Kangaroos’ captain, Kearney leads her team out in Tasmania against her former side, 2018 Premiers the Western Bulldogs next Friday night. GWS hosts Carlton in Blacktown next Saturday.

 

Collingwood 1.3 (9) defeated by Melbourne 3.8 (26)
By: Sophie Taylor

In gusty conditions Melbourne battled it out against traditional rivals, Collingwood at Victoria Park in Abbotsford, marking a historic day at the ground as it hosted a women’s game for the first time in park history. With over 7000 faithful turning up to see the two teams battle it out, the match was looking to be a big one.

Melbourne’s Harriet Cordner was the seventh Cordner and third-generation Melbourne player to take the field, marking the occasion with a win her family name is sure to be proud of. Ainsley Kemp was an exciting returnee to the Dees, having sat out the 2018 season with an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.

An inaccurate first term from both sides saw the scores sit at 2-all at the end of the first change. Though Melbourne had opportunities on goal and options forward, the side was kicking into the wind and unlucky on the scoreboard.
Collingwood were unlucky early, unable to capitalise on their opportunities inside 50, and losing Emma Grant to a suspected AC-joint injury midway through the first term.

Melbourne’s tight defence was commendable, with a constant body-on-body making it hard for the Pies to get boot to ball. The Magpies struggled with their forward structure throughout the game, having difficulty making it through Melbourne’s strong backline. However, a shining light for the Pies was Mikala Cann, providing a constant blockade on the wing and preventing Melbourne’s run downfield. Cann picked up 11 tackles, highest on field. Cross-coder, Ash Brazill was dominant for the losing side, proving her ability on the field picking up 23 touches and three tackles to her name, one of which stopped an opportunity at goal for Demon, Tegan Cunningham (five tackles, four marks).

The Dees were around every contest, but were unable to capitalise on their midfield performance with a goal until late in the second quarter, courtesy of co-captain and best on ground, Elise O’Dea. O’Dea was dominant in the match, picking up 26 disposals for the game with 18 by half time. Melbourne draftee, Tyla Hanks was impressive in her second game for the red and blue with 11 touches and a goal to her name, as well as a perfectly placed kick to tall, Lauren Pearce, setting up Melbourne’s second goal of the game.

Collingwood remained scoreless through the second and third term, despite constant pressure preventing Melbourne’s attack from running away with an easy win. The third quarter was highly contested, with neither team managing to get a goal on the board. The wind was once again not in the Dees’ favour, kicking three behinds for the quarter.

Karen Paxman looked dangerous early for the Dees, however finished out the match with four behinds to her name to go with her 18 touches. Sarah Rowe (eight tackles), Jaimee Lambert (seven tackles) and captain, Steph Chiocci (11 disposals, five tackles) were also effective for the Pies, getting around the ball at pivotal points of the match and making it difficult for Melbourne to take advantage of the midfield.

The Pies looked like a different side in the final term, smothering the ball to get as many opportunities forward as possible. With a three quarter time score of 0.2 (2), the Pies needed a goal to ensure they didn’t come away with the lowest AFLW score in the league’s three year history, finally managing a goal midway through the final term, courtesy of Sarah Dargan. Melbourne’s clean game play through the second half paved the way for the 17 point win, marking a historic occasion at Victoria Park.

Western Bulldogs 5.4 (34) defeated Geelong 2.4 (16)
By: Peter Williams

The night game between reigning premiers, Western Bulldogs, and newcomers, Geelong was expected to be a thrilling contest, and the final 18-point margin did not do the match justice. In a polar opposite to the earlier game at Victoria Park, both sides backed their running ability, while also winning one-on-ones in their defensive ends. Space opened up inside 50 at times for the likes of Phoebe McWilliams and Katie Brennan to run into and clunk marks for their respective sides. In fact it took just 110 seconds for McWilliams to get on the board much to the satisfaction of the visiting fans who an hour earlier witnessed the Bulldogs unfurling their 2018 premiership flag.

The Cats knew the Dogs would be a tougher challenge than the week before, especially under lights at Whitten Oval, and when Deanna Berry put on the after burners inside and open 50 to slam home the Dogs’ second right in front of the Footscray faithful, the crowd sensed the reigning premiers were starting to click. Bonnie Toogood put her hand up for a Goal of the Year nomination with a terrific snap under immense pressure, and then a longe-range conversion from co-captain, Ellie Blackburn had the Dogs up by 16 points at the main break.

Geelong debutant Georgia Clarke showed why she earned a spot in the team, playing strong in defence while drifting forward to be on the end of fellow draftees’ Denby Taylor and Olivia Purcell handballs to give the Cats a sniff early in the third. Less than two minutes later, Bulldogs debutant Aisling McCarthy kicked a goal and handed the Dogs a 16-point buffer again. McWilliams could have been the hero as she had two very gettable chances but squandered both, as did Bulldogs sharp shooter, Brennan. Neither team kicked a goal in the final term as the Dogs took out the game, ad the four points in a three-goal win.

Blackburn was unbelievable in leading her Bulldogs’ team through the midfield, bashing and crashing her way to 18 disposals, eight tackles and that crucial goal in the second term. Kirsty Lamb also had 18 touches, two marks and five tackles, while Monique Conti buzzed around for 19 disposals, two marks and five tackles. For the Cats, Meg McDonald had another inspired performance with 21 disposals and four marks, while Julia Crockett-Grills laid eight tackles to go with her 13 touches. Teenager, Purcell had 17 disposals, three marks and four tackles in the midfield, while VFL Women’s captain, Renee Garing led the way defensively with 12 tackles.

 

Carlton 7.2 (44) defeated by Adelaide 9.3 (57)
By: Sophie Taylor

After a less than perfect start to 2019, the Blues were looking to claim a position on the winners list in round two. Hosting interstaters, Adelaide at Ikon Park, the clash was looking to be an interesting one, with an intense start to the match setting the tone for the afternoon. The Blues certainly put up a fight on home turf, but unfortunately for the local fans, could not get the job done against the Crows’ ruthless forward line, going down by 13 points.

Though the Blues had a good run out of defence, there was no one forward to receive the ball allowing turnovers by a clinical and offence-driven Crows side. However, with the Blues relentlessly pressing forward, some goals were bound to break through the Crows’ backline, allowing for spurts of Carlton greatness up forward. Carlton took the lead midway through the second term, looking to be in control of the ball and maintaining a four-point lead come the main break. With an intense face off for the lead come half-time, the only score of the second term was a goal courtesy of Carlton’s Natalie Plane, who kicked two for the day.

A dominant third quarter effort by the Blues looked to seal the game, leading by 17 points midway through the third term. Seven goals were kicked in the third, with Adelaide forward and game breaker Stevie-Lee Thompson kicking two of her career-high four goals for the match in the third quarter. However 2017 premiers, Adelaide were not to be ruled out of the match, with late third quarter goals from captain Erin Philips and returnee, Sarah Perkins taking the Crows back into the lead ahead of the final quarter.

A three goals to one burst in the final quarter gave Adelaide their second win of the season, with Anne Hatchard and Philips steaming home to finish with 22 and 21 disposals respectively. Crows midfielder, Ebony Marinoff came away with a confidence-boosting eight tackles. Blues’ fan favourite, Tayla Harris was a shock late omission from the side, replaced by newbie Rhiannon Watt on her AFLW debut. Madison Prespakis showed off her footy smarts, picking up a casual 20 disposals and a goal in only her second game of AFLW, while Kerryn Harrington (20 disposals) and Shae Audley (eight tackles) were also impressive in the loss.

Despite Carlton’s hungry four quarter effort, they could not beat the efficient Crows side on a mission, losing by a margin much less telling than the intensity of the game itself.

 

Fremantle 10.7 (67) defeated Brisbane 6.4 (59)
By: Brandon Hutchinson

Local fans were treated to a thriller on Sunday evening as Fremantle secured their first win against Brisbane since the league’s launch in 2017. The match opened in Brisbane’s favour as they outscored Fremantle three goals to one.

Fremantle found their footing in the second, keeping Brisbane scoreless and adding three majors to the board. They went into the main break with a 13-point lead and multiple goal kickers, dominating the overhead contest, disputed and firing hard off momentum.

Brisbane’s Jess Wuetschner opened the third with her second goal, but Fremantle quickly replied with a penetrating run into their forward 50 and a subsequent goal from Ashley Sharp. Ebony Antonio followed up with a second soon after and increased their lead to 14 as they opened the final quarter. Despite kicking multiple goals for the first time since the first quarter, Brisbane were greatly outscored by Fremantle in the closer, kicking two goals to four.

First year player, Sabreena Duffy added two more goals to her stat sheet in an outstanding performance for Fremantle. Teammates, Gabby O’Sullivan and Sharp were also among their multiple goal kickers, each having two apiece. Dana Hooker followed up a phenomenal Round 1 performance with a team-high 24 disposals and five tackles. Kiara Bowers also impressed (15 disposals, four marks and five tackles) alongside Kara Donnellan (14 disposals, three marks and three tackles).

Nat Exon (15 disposals, two marks and four tackles) and Wuetschner (nine disposals and three marks) also kicked two apiece for Brisbane. Alexandra Anderson (26 disposals, one goal, four marks and five tackles) dominated the midfield while Kate Lutkins (13 disposals and six marks) remained a pillar with excellent disposal efficiency (77 per cent).

Weekend previews: VFLW – Round 15

WITH just two weeks remaining in the home and away season, the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s ladder is really beginning to take shape. Following its huge win over Collingwood last week, the NT Thunder now sits in top spot (44 points) with just one game remaining on their schedule. Collingwood (42 points) and Hawthorn (40 points) sit right behind the Thunder and will be hoping that their game in hand can catapult them into top spot once all is said and done. Geelong sits comfortably in fourth position for now but a slight slip-up could see Darebin seize the opportunity and move to within half a game of the coveted spot.

 

Collingwood vs Southern Saints

Saturday August 18, Ted Summerton Recreational Reserve, 2PM

The Magpies look to bounce back from their first loss of the season this past week as they host the Saints in an important contest. Collingwood has made several changes, with the most important being the return of superstar, Chloe Molloy, who returns to the line-up after two weeks on the sidelines. AFLW captain, Steph Chiocci will miss the game after having played herself into some nice form following a return from injury. Despite the loss last week, Sophie Alexander was particularly impressive with 23 disposals as she continues to be a key part of the Magpies’ premiership quest. The Saints put together a very strong game against the Falcons last week, battling right to the end against an in-form Darebin side before losing by just four points. The duo of Eleanor Brown and Alison Drennan were superb and did everything they could to drag their side over the line. Finals are now officially out of the question for the Saints, however there is plenty to play for in order to build moving forward as well as individual success, with Tara Bohanna currently in the top five goal scorers of the competition.

 

Western Bulldogs vs Melbourne University

Saturday August 18, VU Whitten Oval, 2PM

After an incredible two month stretch where the Bulldogs won six games in a row, they have now dropped two consecutive games and as a result find themselves officially out of finals contention. Another poor performance last week saw them suffer one of the biggest losses of the season in a lifeless 55-point loss against the Hawks. The Bulldogs were simply dominated in every category with the Hawks having almost 100 more possessions and well over twice the amount of inside 50s. A rebound performance across the board is certainly needed in order for the Bulldogs to finish the season on a high. Melbourne University comes into the game in some good form of its own, following a 53-point smashing of Casey. The win continues what has been a good month of footy, having won two matches over that stretch after a poor start to the season. It was stars aplenty last week as Madison Prespakis put together another huge game with 28 possessions in a best on ground performance. The forwards also dominated with Sophie Abbatangelo and Caitlin Greiser each kicking two goals.

 

Essendon vs Williamstown

Saturday August 18, Windy Hill, 3PM

The Bombers host Williamstown in their first of two home games at Windy Hill to close out the season. Currently sitting in last place with just one win to date, the Bombers have two winnable games in the next two weeks to close their inaugural season on a high and move up the ladder. Hayley Bullas continues to be a shining light for the side, with an astounding 17 tackles last week to go along with 20 possessions in one of the best individual performances of the season. Jessica Trend has also put together a nice stretch of form and will be key for the Dons in the final two games of the season. The Seagulls come off an unbelievable comeback win against Richmond which saw them register just their second victory of the season. Down by as many as 20 points midway through the third quarter, Williamstown battled all the way back to steal a one-point victory. The second half performance should instill confidence into the side as it has a big opportunity to close the season out well. After weeks of reliance on Jess Duffin and Jenna Bruton, the role players for the Seagulls really stepped it up last week, particularly Jasmine Garner who was damaging with two goals and 21 possessions.

 

NT Thunder vs Hawthorn

Saturday August 18, TIO Stadium, 4PM

The Thunder recorded their sixth consecutive victory last week with a massive win over the previously undefeated Collingwood, which saw them move into first place with just two rounds remaining. The Thunder have the bye this week so this will be their home and away season finale and can also lock up a top two finish with a win. Angela Foley took the game away from Collingwood last week with 29 possessions and two goals and was complemented by Ebony Marinoff (28 possessions) and Jenna McCormick (31 possessions) also putting together strong games. For the Hawks, this game is critical in order for their top two push and a home final. A win pushes them into a tie with the Thunder, with an opportunity to surpass them in the final round into either first or second. A loss on the other hand could be very damaging, as they face Geelong in the final round and become in danger of falling to fourth come the end of the season. Sarah Perkins has been in terrific form recently, including her three-goal haul against the Bulldogs last week. She will be key in going toe-to-toe against the prolific offence of the Thunder down the other end. Another marquee game late in the season, which will shape the entire season once again.

 

Darebin vs Carlton

Sunday August 19, Bill Lawry Oval, 12PM

Darebin looks to keep its slim finals hopes alive when it takes on Carlton at home. Having won their last three games, the Falcons have put themselves in a position to contend for the final spot in the top four. Hannah Mouncey put together her best performance in some time, kicking two goals to go along with 16 possessions, however she will miss the game in what could be a costly out. Elise O’Dea does return to the line-up and should boost their midfield. Lauren Pearce also continues to be dominant in the ruck, winning plenty of centre clearances for the Falcons midfielders as well as getting plenty of the ball herself, tallying 21 possessions last week. Carlton come in fresh off the bye and is looking to continue its strong end to the season. The Blues sit in ninth position with just four wins thus far. However, the Blues have played some good footy over the past month, although results may not show it. Darcy Vescio has the opportunity to win the goal kicking title this week, currently sitting on 16 goals, needing three to surpass leader, Mouncey.

 

Casey vs Geelong

Sunday August 19, Casey Fields, 1PM

Round 15 comes to an end when Casey hosts Geelong. The Demons will not take part in September action, however a win over Geelong could be potentially damaging to the Cats’ hopes of playing finals. The home side will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing performance against Melbourne Uni, losing by 53 points in a game they were favoured to win. Maddie Shevlin was a shining light for the Demons with 22 possessions and the team’s only goal. AFLW star, Bianca Jakobsson was also impressive. The Cats can secure their spot in the top four with a victory and potentially move up towards a top two finish if they win their final two games, given the tough competition the teams above them face. Geelong has made a habit of beating up on lower teams and Sunday should present them with another opportunity to do so. Danielle Orr and Mia-Rae Clifford were great last week with two goals each. Richelle Cranston was her usual self with 24 possessions as she continues to build on what has been an impressive season.

Team selection: VFLW – Round 15

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

 

WESTERN BULLDOGS v. MELBOURNE UNI

Round 15 – 18/08/2018

02:00PM

Victoria University Whitten Oval

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

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

Western Bulldogs

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

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

Melbourne Uni

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

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

 

COLLINGWOOD v. SOUTHERN SAINTS

Round 15 – 18/08/2018

02:00PM

Ted Summerton Reserve, Moe

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

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

Collingwood

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

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

Southern Saints

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

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

 

ESSENDON  v. WILLIAMSTOWN

Round 15 – 18/08/2018

03:00PM

Windy Hill

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

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

Essendon

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

In: M. Collier, B. Winbanks

Williamstown

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

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

 

NT THUNDER v. HAWTHORN

Round 15 – 18/08/2018

04:30PM (AEST)

TIO Stadium

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

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

NT Thunder

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

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

Hawthorn

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

In: M. Cann
Out: E. Mcilvena

 

DAREBIN  v. CARLTON

Round 15 – 19/08/2018

12:00PM

Bill Lawry Oval

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

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

Darebin

B: 31. E. Gardner, 10. G. Lawson-Tavan, 21. K. Roe
HB: 32. G. Colvin, 14. M. McDonald, 49. R. Hibbert
C: 15. A.  Lister, 9. M.  Eastman, 11. K.  Tyndall
HF: 28. A. Morrow, 45. N. Deiter, 13. K. Shierlaw
F: 44. S. Fairchild, 17. S. Simpson, 46. L. Szigeti
R: 40. L. Pearce, 20. M. Guerin, 7. L. Mithen
Int: 22. G. Hammond, 1. E. Honybun, 24. B. Patterson, 35. L. Skipper
23P: 50. C. Delbridge

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

Carlton

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

 

CASEY DEMONS v. GEELONG CATS

Round 15 – 19/08/2018

01:00PM

Casey Fields

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

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

Casey Demons

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

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

Geelong Cats

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

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

Weekend previews: VFLW – Round 14

ROUND 14 is another huge round of footy with several teams battling for positions as we head towards September action. In perhaps the game of the season, Collingwood battle the Thunder at Victoria Park in a game with huge implications at the top of the ladder. Important games for both Hawthorn and Geelong will also take place, as they look to lock up a top four position before they both face tough challenges in their final two games. 

 

Casey vs Melbourne Uni

Saturday August 11th, 11:30am
Casey Fields, Cranbourne

Round 14 action kicks off with Casey hosting Melbourne Uni. The Demons come off a solid victory over Carlton, as they improved their record to five wins from 11 matches. Sitting two and a half games out of fourth place, the Demons will be looking to continue their momentum against a struggling Melbourne University side. Eden Zanker starred again last week, as she continues to be a huge positive in an otherwise disappointing season for the side overall. Kate Hore also turned out another strong game as she continues to build some good form. Melbourne University, who is fresh off the bye, is looking to close the season on a high and move its way up the ladder. Vic Metro midfielder, Madison Prespakis has been in great form for the Mugars, consistently racking up over 20 possessions. She will be joined in the side this week with fellow state representatives, Rebecca Webster (Vic Country) and Libby Haines (Tasmania and Eastern Allies), who could cause some headaches for their opponents. 

 

Collingwood vs NT Thunder

Saturday August 11th, 12pm
Victoria Park, Collingwood

A massive encounter takes centre stage on Saturday as the ladder-leading Collingwood takes on the second-placed NT Thunder at Victoria Park. The teams met in Round 8, with the Pies getting the better of the Thunder in a blowout. The Thunder has since gone on to win its next five matches following the defeat and has kept pace with the Magpies, who have continued their undefeated season. Chloe Molloy will miss the game again this week in what could be a huge out for Collingwood, as well as Jaimee Lambert, who has been an impact player for them this season. Steph Chiocci played herself back into form last week with a strong 13-possession, two-goal performance in just her second game back from injury. The Thunder has been unbelievable in the past month and registered another blowout win last week against Williamstown. With dominant performances across the board, NT comes into the game in as good of form as anyone in the competition. Anne Hatchard kicked four goals and was extremely effective inside the forward 50 with five marks to go along with 15 possessions. She was complemented by fellow AFLW player, Emma Swanson, who was a ball magnet through the midfield with 27 touches. This is a huge game which will shape the entire season, as the winner will move into top spot with just two games remaining.

 

Darebin vs Southern Saints

Saturday August 11th, 12pm
Bill Lawry Oval, Northcote

Darebin appears to be hitting its stride at the right time of year, but it may be too little, too late. Following a huge win over premiership fancies, Hawthorn, the Falcons take on the Southern Saints at home. A huge midfield match-up this week could see Falcons star, Elise O’Dea go head-to-head with Saints gun, Alison Drennan in one of the best individual match-ups of the season. O’Dea was prolific last week with 26 possessions, and continued what has been an incredibly strong stretch of play. Lily Mithen also continues to develop nicely and is playing a big part in the Falcons’ late season surge. The Saints enter the game with extreme confidence, having beaten the Bulldogs comprehensively last week to end their six-game winning streak. Alison Brown was dominant through the middle of the ground with 28 possessions, and Tara Bohanna also had an impressive outing up forward. Her three-goal haul last week pushes her into the top five goal kickers for the season. Although finals are out of the question for the Saints, they have the opportunity to play the spoiler role and end the Falcons’ season.

 

Geelong vs Essendon

Saturday August 11th, 4:30pm
GMHBA Stadium, Geelong

The Cats host the Bombers in the final game of Saturday action as they look to continue their premiership quest. Geelong sits in fourth position and will be looking to move up the ladder in the final three rounds, with this round especially looming as important. The Cats find themselves in a game they should be able to take care of business in, while the sides above them face tough competition as the Hawks take on the in-form Bulldogs and Collingwood battles the Thunder in a head-to-head match-up. A win for the Cats allows them to close the gap on those above them and push towards a home final. Essendon continues to struggle with just one win to its name at this point in the season. A strong second half against Collingwood last week should give the Bombers the belief that they can hang with the best teams in the competition, with it just being a matter of putting together a full four quarter effort. Tanya Hetherington has been fantastic for the Bombers in recent weeks and will once again be a key performer if the Bombers are able to pull off one of the upsets of the season.

 

Richmond vs Williamstown

Sunday August 12th, 12pm
Swinburne Centre, Richmond

Sunday action kicks off with Richmond taking on Williamstown down at Tigerland. In a game with no impact on finals, both sides will be hoping to end their respective losing streaks and build some momentum heading into next season. The Tigers come in on a six-game losing streak and will need to bounce back following their worst loss of the season last week in a 10-goal loss to Geelong. Richmond’s forward line continues to be an issue, kicking just one goal last week, in what has been a poor stretch offensively for the team. Two big ins should boost the Tigers’ chances with Lauren Tesoriero and Christina Bernardi making their return to the line-up. Williamstown has just one win to date, with that being in Round 4 against Richmond. The Seagulls are also coming off a poor performance last week, losing by 45 points against the Thunder. The consistency from their middle to low-end players continues to be an issue with Jess Duffin and Jenna Bruton continuing to carry the load, with more help required from their depth. With games against Essendon and Melbourne University to follow, the Seagulls have an opportunity to close the season out strong and put some wins together heading into the off-season.

 

Western Bulldogs vs Hawthorn

Sunday August 12th, 2pm
Box Hill City Oval, Box Hill

The Bulldogs saw their magical winning streak come to an end last week in a poor performance against the Saints. The Dogs were simply noncompetitive after the first term and have put themselves in a vulnerable position with only three games remaining. Needing to win their remaining games, as well as have results go their way, finals now look unlikely for the champions of the AFLW. The Dogs will need a number of big outings across the board and will hope that their inclusions this week, lead by Deanna Berry and Bonnie Toogood, will have an immediate impact in their entry to the side. The Hawks find themselves firmly entrenched within the top four and have the opportunity to officially clinch their finals berth with a win this week. They will be looking to bounce back following just their third loss of the season last week in a thriller against the Falcons. Emma Mackie returns to the line-up in what should be a boost to the team and help cover the loss of Melissa Kuys, who will be a key out.

Team of the Week: VFLW – Round 13

THIS round’s Team of the Week is evenly spread out, with no team having more than two representatives in the best 22. After their disappointing losses on the weekend, Williamstown and the Western Bulldogs are the only two teams to only have one player represented. Every other team has two players who made the cut in a week with many solid performances.

Eden Zanker had a breakout game for Casey up forward in its win against Carlton. She kicked three goals and had a real presence up forward all game. Anne Hatchard was also superb up forward for the Northern Territory, kicking four goals from 15 disposals in its big win over Williamstown. These two were locks in the Team of the Week after their stellar performances.

In the midfield, Alison Brown dominated for the Saints with 28 disposals. As well as Brown, the Thunder’s Emma Swanson was also a lock in this week’s midfield as she kicked one goal from 27 disposals. In the back line, Hawthorn’s Jayde Van Dyk and Richmond’s Jacqueline Graham once again held their spots after 18 and 20 disposals each, respectively. Tanya Hetherington from Essendon and Iilish Ross from Collingwood both managed to get forward and kick goals from the back line as well as racking up a number of disposals each. The back line was easy picking this week with performances like these.

Jess Sedunary can count herself as unlucky not to be in the best 22 this week after a really good game for NT on the weekend. She kicked 21 disposals from the half forward flank and also managed to kick a goal in a really positive performance. Jenna Bruton is also in the same position, as Bruton and Jess Duffin were fighting for the same spot and Bruton unluckily missed out. She lit up the midfield for the Seagulls with 22 disposals in a losing effort to the Thunder.