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Western Australia's Roxy Roux against Vic Metro at the AFLW U18 Championships

2019/20 AFLW off-season review: Fremantle

FREMANTLE was one of two non-Victorian clubs forced to share the state pool of players this year, with the introduction of West Coast Eagles to the AFL Women’s competition. In doing so, the Dockers lost nine players to their cross-state rivals, with Dana Hooker the most notable of the departures. Elsewhere, Maddy Collier headed to GWS GIANTS and Belinda Smith went to the Bulldogs. They used the free agency to scoop up Mia-Rae Clifford and convince the talented forward to play for her third club, whilst also looking overseas, recruiting Gaelic football duo Kate Flood and Aine Tighe, as well as netballer Lindal Rohde.

Heading into the AFL Women’s Draft, Fremantle was well placed to pick up some serious top-end talent. Roxanne Roux is an incredible talent and will be a franchise player in the future with her high leaping, contested marking and goalscoring ability. Along with Roux, Mim Strom completed her remarkable rise this season to join the club as a developing ruck – though might be thrown into the spotlight given the loss of Parris Laurie and Alicia Janz. Emma O’Driscoll, Sarah Garstone and Bianca Webb are another trio of players who have represented Western Australia at Under 18 level and have plenty of development left in them, while Ann McMahon and Janelle Cuthbertson provide some experience amongst the youth.


IN: Mia-Rae Clifford (Geelong), Kate Flood, Aine Tighe (Gaelic football), Lindal Rohde (netball), Roxanne Roux, Ann McMahon (East Fremantle), Mim Strom, Emma O’Driscoll, Bianca Webb (Swan Districts), Sarah Garstone (Claremont), Janelle Cuthbertson (Perth Angels)
OUT: Dana Hooker, Ashlee Atkins, Melissa Caulfield, Kellie Gibson, Brianna Green, Courtney Guard, Parris Laurie, Cassie Davidson, Alicia Janz (West Coast), Maddy Collier (GWS GIANTS), Belinda Smith (Western Bulldogs), Ebony Dowson, Tayla McAuliffe, Brianna Moyes (delisted)


Ebony Antonio
Kara Antonio (nee Donnellan)
Kiara Bowers
Tayla Bresland
Steph Cain
Mia-Rae Clifford
Janelle Cuthbertson
Sabreena Duffy
Sarah Garstone
Evie Gooch
Katie-Jayne Grieve
Gemma Houghton
Leah Mascall
Ann McMahon
Hayley Miller
Emma O’Driscoll
Gabby O’Sullivan
Laura Pugh
Roxanne Roux
Matilda Sergeant
Philipa Seth
Ashley Sharp
Angelique Stannett
Jasmin Stewart
Mim Strom
Bianca Webb
Alex Williams

Rookies: Kate Flood, Lindal Rohde, Aine Tighe


B: Tayla Bresland – Janelle Cuthbertson – Phillipa Seth
HB: Emma O’Driscoll – Stephanie Cain – Evie Gooch
C: Hayley Miller
HF: Sabreena Duffy – Roxanne Roux – Ebony Antonio
F: Ashley Sharp – Gemma Houghton – Mia-Rae Clifford
R: Mim Strom – Kara Antonio – Kiara Bowers
INT: Angela Stannett – Alex Williams –  Gabby O’Sullivan – Leah Mascall – Ann McMahon
EMG: Laura Pugh – Katie-Jayne Grieve – Matilda Sergeant

DEPTH: Sarah Garstone, Jasmin Stewart, Bianca Webb, Kate Flood*, Lindal Rohde*, Aine Tighe*

Fremantle is one of the most difficult clubs to predict a potential 2020 side from given its losses over the off-season. Whilst the forward half remains relatively untouched, the defensive end had some holes and the loss of a couple of rucks made it difficult for the Dockers to replace immediately. They picked up a number of key defenders in the draft, with the experienced Cuthbertson and youthful O’Driscoll potentially lining up in Round 1. Up forward, Roux is likely to be thrown in from the start, as well Strom in the ruck given the losses. McMahon is also expected to make an early debut, while the forward line packs a punch with the inclusion of Clifford.

The toughest area is predicting how the defence will line-up with Tayla Bresland, Phillipa Seth and Evie Gooch all more defensive nullifying players, while Stephanie Cain is the offensive runner. With Justin Cooper at the helm, expect a number of changes to occur for the Dockers as they look to continue building the side for the future. Kiara Bowers was a revelation last season, and will be a tackling machine around the contest once again. The Dockers are probably a year or two away from being a serious contender, but they surprised many in 2019, and with more youth added to the side, could be a dark horse in season 2020.

Weekend previews: AFLW – Round 2

AFTER an exhilarating first round, which saw four of the five matches go down to the wire, teams prepare to tweak game styles or mix up team sheets in order to get an advantage over their opponents. Four of the first round losers face off, with Melbourne heading to Victoria Park on Saturday to face the Magpies, while Carlton hosts Adelaide at Ikon Park on Sunday. The two sides who head home without any points face an uphill battle in the race for finals action. The fifth losing side from Round 1, GWS GIANTS has its own mammoth effort – trying to take down North Melbourne who simply blitzed Carlton. A maximum of three sides can remain undefeated after Round 2 with first round winners, Geelong and Western Bulldogs, and Fremantle and Brisbane facing off over the weekend.

Friday, February 8, 7.15pm
Drummoyne Oval

In the opening game of the round, new side North Melbourne fresh off a huge victory over Carlton, head to Drummoyne Oval to face the GIANTS. The GIANTS are playing just their second game at the venue, following a loss to the Blues this time last year. The battle within the contest is the All-Australian rucks going head-to-head with Kangaroos’ Emma King and GIANTS’ Erin McKinnon. North Melbourne’s midfield has great depth to it, lead by last year’s League Best and Fairest winner, Emma Kearney, Jamie Stanton, Jess Duffin and Ash Riddell, of whom the latter was ultra-impressive on debut. North Melbourne’s dynamic forward line features former Magpies, Jasmine Garner and Mo Hope, premiership-winning Bulldog Jenna Bruton, and former Lion Kaitlyn Ashmore. With the strength around the ground, it will be hard to contain the Roos if they win the midfield battle.

The one area the GIANTS could get an upper hand is through rebounding forward with an equally impressive, albeit underrated forward line. Jess Dal Pos, former Magpie Christina Bernardi and defender-turned-forward Cora Staunton are all capable of multiple goals, while Haneen Zreika was impressive on debut last week. The midfield simply has to win its fair share of head-to-heads, with Courtney Gum, Rebecca Beeson, Alicia Eva and Alyce Parker leading the way, while Amanda Farrugia, Emma Swanson and Tanya Hetherington will have big jobs coming out of defence. The Kangaroos took a massive 56 marks in last week’s huge win over Carlton, while still laying 66 tackles. The GIANTS laid just the 42 and only five in the forward 50, and will need to show more pressure inside 50 against a side capable of hurting you on the scoreboard really quickly. Both teams are generally good ball users and make the most of their opportunities so it will be fascinating to see which team can take the early advantage and put it on the scoreboard. North Melbourne will head in as favourites, but it is far from completely clear cut, and this will be a huge win for the GIANTS if they can get the job done at home.

H2H: GWS GIANTS 0 | North Melbourne 0 | Draws 0
Venue: GWS GIANTS 0-1-0 | North Melbourne 0-0-0

Last time they met: N/A

Fun facts:

  • Emma Kearney averages 20 disposals, 6.5 tackles, 4.5 clearances, four inside 50s and a goal against the GIANTS from two clashes.
  • Both AFL Women’s All Australian rucks are set to go head-to-head with Emma King taking on Erin McKinnon. In the battle between the pair last year, King won convincingly with 11 disposals and 18 hitouts to McKinnon’s three disposals and 14 hitouts.
  • GWS GIANTS’ only game at the venue resulted in a loss to Carlton last year, while North Melbourne looks to back up its only game – a huge win over Carlton last week.
  • The GIANTS have won two, drawn two and lost three games in New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory.


Saturday, February 9, 4.45pm
Victoria Park

At one of the homes of traditional football, Collingwood hosts Melbourne in what has become a must-win for both sides. After heart-breaking losses in Round 1 despite leading at the final change, neither team can afford to go 0-2, with the reality that teams need at least four wins to secure a finals berth. A second loss means they must win four of their final five games as a minimum and with both still to play their respective conference favourites, it would spell trouble for their post-season hopes. However, for the winner, it is a chance to balance the ledger and get back on track early in the season. Collingwood has been a slow starter in year’s gone by, and has been overhauled with youth since last season, while Melbourne has also brought a number of young players into the team, furthering the development of players who got their starts last season. With both teams defensively capable, it will make for a great clash. The sides also sit at one win each in the head-to-head, funnily enough after the losing side in each game got a head start, but was run over the top of in the second halves.

Both teams have made two changes, with a debutant and a return from a long-term injury headlining the selection moves. Oakleigh Chargers’ tall, Katie Lynch comes into the side after Sophie Alexander’s concussion last week ruled her out of the game. Kristy Stratton was also ruled out through injury, with the Magpies opting to go tall by bringing in Eliza Hynes to try and stretch the Melbourne defence when forward, while rotating with Sharni Layton and Eliza Fowler. Melbourne have brought in Ainslie Kemp who has not played since 2017 due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear – sadly replacing Shae Sloane who suffered the exact same injury. The Dees have also brought in Ashleigh Guest for Claudia Whitfort. The key to victory for the Demons is restricting the run of Collingwood’s defence, which helped the Magpies hold up against Geelong last week with Ash Brazill causing all sorts of headaches, while Jordyn Allen was equally as impressive. They also need to clamp down on Jaimee Lambert who has the ability to turn a game with great plays, while Catherine Phillips could be the one asked to restrict Sarah D’Arcy from dominating in the air. For the Magpies, they need to be wary of Melbourne’s firepower with Tegan Cunningham and Eden Zanker likely to stretch the defence, while Aliesha Newman has pace to burn and both Kate Hore and Maddison Gay are capable of getting over the back and hurting teams on the rebound. Elise O’Dea, Karen Paxman and Lily Mithen are up there with the best midfields in the competition, and will look to control the stoppages around the ground and give their forwards early opportunities.

H2H: Collingwood 1 | Melbourne 1 | Draws 0
Venue: Collingwood 0-0-0 | Melbourne 0-0-0

Last time they met: Collingwood 9.4 (58) defeated Melbourne 3.6 (24) at TIO Traeger Park, Round 4, 2018

After booting the opening two goals of the match and keeping Collingwood goalless in the opening term, the Demons only managed 1.4 for the rest of the match as the Magpies piled on 9.4 to run away with the match by 34 points. Magpies captain, Steph Chiocchi played one of her best games under lights, booting a goal from 17 disposals, two marks, four clearances and three inside 50s, while Jaimee Lambert had a team-high 19 disposals as well as three inside 50s and two rebounds. Caitlyn Edwards and Mo Hope both booted two goals in the victory, but arguably the best performance was that of Brittany Bonnici who tagged Melbourne captain, Daisy Pearce and restricted her to a career-low nine disposals. For the Demons, Elise O’Dea was the top performer with 19 disposals, two clearances, three inside 50s and a goal, while Karen Paxman had 18 touches and three rebounds.

Fun facts:

  • Of the 42 players to take the field in last year’s clash in the Top End, just 24 players remain available for selection in season 2019. Even more remarkably, just eight players from Collingwood’s first match against the Demons – two years ago – remain on the list.
  • Elise O’Dea (17 disposals) and Karen Paxman (16.5 disposals) average the most disposals against the Magpies from their two clashes.
  • Sarah D’Arcy and Emma Grant average the most disposals against the Demons, with 10 touches apiece.
  • Both sides were in the lead at three quarter time after holding their opponent scoreless in the third term last week only to go on to lose the game in heartbreaking circumstances.


Saturday, February 9, 7.15pm
VU Whitten Oval

H2H: Western Bulldogs 0 | Geelong 0 | Draws 0
Venue: Western Bulldogs 4-3-0 | Geelong 0-0-0

In the other game that will be the first time these teams go head-to-head is between reigning premiers, Western Bulldogs and new side, Geelong. Both teams had a win in Round 1 and this weekend marks the first home game for the Bulldogs, which means they will unfurl the 2018 AFL Women’s flag in front of what is predicted to be a strong crowd at VU Whitten Oval. The winner will most certainly get an early advantage given the strength of their opponent, and it marks the first game for the sides which sees them pitted against a non-conference rival. Both teams also know how to close out tight games, having survived one-point thrillers in the opening round to secure the four points. Given their experience and depth across the field, Western Bulldogs will head in as favourites, but Geelong are expected to throw down a challenge with a couple of key players returning.

The Cats have welcomed back key forward, Phoebe McWilliams and ruck, Erin Hoare to bolster their side against the reigning premiers. Georgie Rankin and Maighan Fogas have been the two unlucky players omitted from the victorious side last Saturday night, with Fogas and key defender, Georgia Clarke named as emergencies for the clash. The Dogs will unveil Irish debutant, Aisling McCarthy who comes into the side, replacing the omitted Belinda Smith. The enticing battle will see which defence holds up the best as both sides proved to have their respective opposition’s measure last week. Co-captain, Katie Brennan booted the Bulldogs’ two goals against the Crows, while Meg McDonald, Rebecca Goring and Madeline Keryk were among the Cats’ best under pressure when the Magpies were attacking. While the heartbreaking story of Nina Morrison doing her ACL at training will dominate headlines, Geelong still has a huge core of youth including Denby Taylor, Olivia Purcell and Sophie Van De Heuvel who will face established young talents in Monique Conti and Bonnie Toogood, and first round draftee, Eleanor Brown. Co-captain Ellie Blackburn is always a crucial player for the Dogs and will look to take control in the midfield, while the Dogs’ defence of Lauren Spark, Libby Birch and Hannah Scott will provide plenty of rebound.

Last time they met: N/A

Fun facts:

  • The Western Bulldogs lost three consecutive matches at VU Whitten Oval in 2017, but have since won all three games they have played there, and is the Dogs’ first home game since winning the 2018 AFL Women’s flag.
  • Aasta O’Connor will play against her old side for the first time, lining up in the ruck to face Kim Rennie, while sharing the ruck duties with Erin Hoare in the blue and white hoops.
  • Ellie Blackburn averaged 16.9 disposals, 2.9 marks, 3.25 tackles and 3.25 clearances last season, the most of any current Western Bulldogs player.
  • With Brooke Lochland injured for the season, Phoebe McWilliams will be the leading goal kicker from last season in the match, booting seven goals for the GIANTS.


Sunday, February 10, 4.05pm
Ikon Park

H2H: Carlton 0 | Adelaide 2 | Draws 0
Venue: Carlton 4-1-2 | Adelaide 0-0-0

For the first time in 2019, Ikon Park hosts a match with the Blues heading back home to welcome the Crows in a Sunday evening game. The ground has traditionally been the host of the opening game of the year between bitter rivals, Carlton and Collingwood but that has changed in 2019. These teams are both heading into the match off the back of a loss, with Carlton’s heavy defeat to North Melbourne not the ideal start to the season following a wooden spoon, while the Crows will rue missed opportunities in front of goal after booting 1.11 against the Bulldogs at Norwood Oval. Adelaide is yet to play at Ikon Park, while Carlton has made it somewhat of a fortress winning four and drawing a fifth game from its seven matches at the venue. Considering they have only won one match outside Ikon Park, it has been a comfort zone and the Crows cannot afford to take them lightly. With Adelaide in the tougher conference, they would not want to drop this game and go 0-2 to start the season, while Carlton will look for its first win under Daniel Harford who would have learnt plenty from the round one defeat.

Looking at the Round 1 matches, efficiency inside 50 looks to be key, with Adelaide having a 75 per cent scoring efficiency with 18 shots from 24 attempts, while Carlton had just 10 shots from 29 attempts – 35 per cent scoring efficiency. Both sides have impressive forward lines on paper, but they will need to convert their opportunities. Any forward 50 with Darcy Vescio, Tayla Harris and Brianna Davey – who has actually been named in defence – is going to worry opposition defenders, while Erin Phillips is as good as anyone one-on-one and is lining up at full-forward, while Chloe Scheer is a young star who will only get better. Speaking of young stars, Madison Prespakis carried the weight of the midfield on her shoulders last week and was ultra-impressive on debut, so the Crows will need to be aware of her presence. The Adelaide midfield has greater depth and the Blues should look to limit the influence of Ebony Marinoff who racked up 23 disposals and laid 11 tackles in Round 1. If Carlton can restrict her influence on the inside and win the contested ball – with the likes of Jess Hosking and Katie Loynes getting on top, it will go a long way to causing an upset. Chelsea Randall leads the defence, while the experience of Renee Forth through the midfield will be important. Carlton will need to control the ruck contest through Breann Moody, and break even in the middle, while the Crows will focus on clearance domination to give their forwards first opportunity and more importantly, those forwards need to convert.

Last time they met: Adelaide 8.7 (55) defeated Carlton 2.8 (20) at Norwood Oval, Round 5, 2018.

Adelaide flexed their muscles against the Blues when the sides were heading in opposite directions. The Crows at home booted six goals to one after quarter time to run away from the Blues, but counted the cost of the win with injuries to Erin Phillips and Courtney Cramey. Ruth Wallace booted three goals, while Eloise Jones finished with two, as Ebony Marinoff and Chelsea Randall shared 31 disposals. Breann Moody was dominant in the ruck for the Blues with 29 hitouts from 11 disposals and four clearances, while Tayla Harris had 11 disposals, three marks and booted a goal.

Fun facts:

  • Despite winning the wooden spoon last season, Carlton has a strong record at Ikon Park, having won four and drawn one from seven attempts.
  • If Carlton lose the match, it will mark more than a year since they won their last match.
  • While she picked up an injury in the second game, Erin Phillips was everywhere in the Crows’ first win over the Blues, racking up 21 disposals and eight clearances. In the same game, Ebony Marinoff laid 14 tackles from 16 disposals, her exact disposal average against Carlton.
  • Of the Carlton players to play against Adelaide in both games, the omitted Tilly Lucas-Rodd averages the most disposals with 13.5, while Darcy Vescio averages two goals per game against the Crows.


Sunday, February 10, 3.05pm
Fremantle Oval

H2H: Fremantle 0 | Brisbane 2 | Draws 0
Venue: Fremantle 2-3-0 | Brisbane 1-0-0

Both sides won against the odds in Round 1, with Fremantle toppling Melbourne in scorching weather at Casey Fields after being 14 points down at the final break, while Brisbane knocked off GWS GIANTS a fortnight after succumbing to the GIANTS in a heavy practice match loss. Both sides had plenty to be positive about last week, most importantly securing an early four points, while also having plenty to improve upon for this week. Fremantle are back at home in Western Australia, but at their only other clash at the venue, Brisbane took home the points, though it was two years ago. Both teams look to be very different to that clash, with the Lions having a host of youth coming through, as do the Dockers while also filtering in some experienced local talent. Brisbane will go in as favourites given their history in the competition, but Fremantle’s performance last week certainly raised eyebrows and showed that everyone could be underrating the Dockers.

Both sides play a different brand of football which is really exciting for this clash. In Round 1, Fremantle battered and bruised their way to an impressive contested ball style, getting the pull forward to record a huge 11 marks inside 50, while laying 10 tackles in the arc. They harassed and pressured the Demons into making uncharacteristic mistakes, laying 77 tackles in the process. The Lions have tall targets up forward, but opted for a balanced possession game and spread well around the ground. They intercepted the GIANTS 51 times and took the game on, trying to unsettle the defence with possession football, but going when required. This game could well be a combination of both styles and sets up for a huge clash. The Lions forward line is severely underrated with Sabrina Frederick-Traub the dominant key position player, while McKenzie Dowrick and Jess Wuetschner are incredibly clever and dangerous around goals. Throw in Jordan Zanchetta, Emma Zielke and the defensively-minded but strong, Lauren Arnell and the Lions front six is as good as any. Ebony Antonio and Tayla Bresland were strong in defence last week, while the midfield of Dana Hooker and Kara Donnellan are not huge ball winners, but always effective. They tackle the biggest ball-winning duo of Emily Bates and Ally Anderson who had the ball on a string last week, while the potential match-up of Kiara Bowers and Sam Virgo could be entertaining based on Round 1 form. Both teams have immensely talented youth coming through, and both teams’ first round picks, Sabreena Duffy and Paige Parker, have been named in the side.

Last time they met: Brisbane 3.4 (22) defeated Fremantle 2.3 (15) at South Pine Sports Complex, Round 4, 2018.

In a low-scoring affair that saw just one goal kicked in the first half, Brisbane held on in a thriller to win by seven points and remain on track for a grand final berth. Dynamic forward, Jess Wuetschner booted two goals from 18 disposals, three marks and four inside 50s, while Kate Lutkins and Ally Anderson both had 18 touches in the win. For the Dockers, Lara Filocamo had 18 disposals and laid five tackles. Kara Donnellan laid a whopping 10 tackles and had five clearances and 15 disposals.

Fun facts:

  • In their only clash at the venue, Brisbane defeated Fremantle by 13 points in Round 2, 2017. Fremantle has a 100 per cent winning ratio at Fremantle Oval over Victorian sides, but a zero per cent winning ratio over non-Victorian sides.
  • Jess Wuetschner has been the dominant goal kicker in the matches between these sides, averaging two goals per game.
  • Lara Filocamo averages the most disposals between the sides, with 17.5 per match.
  • Both sides won their opening round matches by less than a kick, with Fremantle getting a dress rehearsal for the scorching West Australian heat, winning at Casey Fields in 38 degrees Celcius.




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AFLW Previews: Round 6

ROUND six sees plenty of debutants pull on an AFLW jumper for the first time. Former Hockeyroo, Georgie Parker and Magpies netballer, Ash Brazill will both suit up for the Pies, while former Bendigo Pioneer, Tiahna Cochrane will make her first appearance for Carlton. There will be a lot of youth running around this weekend, as the sides continue to fight for the ultimate premiership glory. With only two rounds to go, many teams must win this week to have any chance of playing on the big stage. 

Adelaide vs. Fremantle

Friday March 9, 7:05pm at TIO Stadium

After beginning the season with two losses, the Crows have really hit their stride in the past three weeks with impressive wins over Melbourne and Carlton, and a draw against GWS. Their recent run of form has coincided with the return of superstar Erin Phillips, who came off in the second quarter last week with a quad injury. The club’s reigning best and fairest was in doubt this week, but has been named in the team to face the Dockers on Friday which will no doubt give the Crows, who head into the game unchanged, a massive confidence boost. Fremantle face a do-or-die game, needing a win to keep their grand final chances alive, as they currently sit a game and percentage behind second-placed Brisbane. The Dockers will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing outing in round five, where they were defeated comfortably by the Giants. The game will bring some exciting news for Dockers fans, as Tiah Haynes makes her return to the lineup for the first time since the opening round. Defender Tayla Bresland also comes into the side, and will be keen to assist fellow defenders Dana Hooker and Ebony Antonio in slowing down Adelaide’s prolific forward line. The high stakes and recent form of both sides should make for a very compelling game!

Brisbane vs. Collingwood

Saturday March 10, 3:35pm at Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex

Brisbane head into the important round six clash in control of their own destiny, currently holding second position on the AFLW ladder. After a tough loss to fellow powerhouse Melbourne last week, the Lions will be looking to make a statement and regain their form of the early rounds, as they continue their push to make it back to the grand final. Watch out for Sabrina Frederick-Traub, whose Herculean-type effort almost got her team over the line last week, kicking three of their four goals. Fellow star, Kate Lutkins will look to continue the recent form she’s been on across the half-back flank, as she remains a match-up nightmare for opposition forwards. With the loss last week, Collingwood was eliminated from finals contention for the second consecutive year. But in round six, they have the opportunity to play spoiler and put a wrench in Brisbane’s finals hopes. The Pies will be without their captain, Steph Chiocci who will miss the remainder of the season as a result of her suspension. But in place of her, the Magpies welcome in their cross-coders in Ash Brazill (netball), and Georgie Parker (hockey), who have both been training hard to prepare for their AFLW debuts. 

GWS vs. Western Bulldogs

Saturday March 10, 7:10pm at UNSW Canberra Oval

In perhaps the most intriguing game of the round, two teams in red-hot form meet on Saturday night in prime-time. The top-of-the-table Bulldogs will look to move one step closer to sewing up top spot and make it five wins from six games. The Bulldogs midfield duo of Ellie Blackburn and Emma Kearney will look to get on top early and set up the prolific Bulldogs forward line, which has been firing on all cylinders lately. The Bulldogs have shown their diversity in wins over the past two weeks, with a seven-goal haul from Brooke Lochland setting up victory against Carlton, followed by six individual goal-scorers contributing in their win over Collingwood. This will present a number of match-up nightmares for the GWS defence. The Giants have been in fantastic form all year and have reeled off two wins and a draw in their last three games, after narrowly losing the first two outings. A win here would push them to within two points of the Bulldogs, and dependent on other results, could have them sitting in second place with one round remaining. Courtney Gum was spectacular for the Giants last week in the win against Fremantle, and will once again be a key component to their line-up alongside her teammates in the midfield, who will look to get control early and neutralise the Dogs’ forward-line.

Carlton vs. Melbourne

Sunday March 11, 4:35pm at Ikon Park

After a terrific start to the season, the Blues find themselves near the bottom of the AFLW ladder with just two weeks to go, and with very little chance of playing finals football. The recent run of poor form and bad luck with injuries has led to them going into the game with six changes. The positive for Carlton is that Jess Hosking and Madeline Keryk come back into the line-up, and will be hoping to make a big impact upon return. Off-season recruit, Tayla Harris has been in good form, but has not been able to translate it into scores. If she is able to have the same kind of impact she has had in the past few games and improve on her goal-kicking accuracy, it will go a long way towards the Blues pulling off the upset. Melbourne will be looking to keep pace with the league-leading Western Bulldogs, as they currently sit a game behind on the ladder. In what is a classic ‘danger game’, the Dees will hope to see their midfield domination continue with stars Karen Paxman, Daisy Pearce and Elise O’Dea in sparkling form. After an impressive game in the ruck last week, Lauren Pearce managed to retain her spot and will look to put forward another strong outing heading into the final stretch of the season.

Team Selection: AFLW – Round 6

WITH round six just around the corner, some clubs have backed previous performers while others have opened opportunity for new young guns. In a major out for the Pies, captain, Stephanie Chiocci faces a two-week suspension following her front-on-collision with Bulldog, Libby Birch last week. Her consistent performances will be missed for the remainder of the home and away season, leaving Brittany Bonnici with big shoes to fill as she steps up as captain.

Collingwood has also made three other changes this week, including defender, Sophie Casey who will miss the rest of the season due to injury. In her place, Georgie Parker will debut in the black and white this weekend. Parker is an exciting prospect for the club and her history as a former Hockeyroo and Commonwealth Games medallist will make her a fascinating player to watch. On Saturday, the Pies will take on Brisbane who have also made numerous changes to its round six side. This includes the return of Rising Star nominee, Sophie Conway, who will bring great tenacity and skill to Brisbane’s side. University of Queensland recruit, Emma Pittman will also return for the Lions in her second game for the season.

For Friday night’s clash, Adelaide will be counting on a continuation of last week’s efforts against Carlton, as they present an unchanged team to face the formidable Fremantle outfit. Despite her injury scare last week, co-captain Erin Phillips has been named in the team to take on the Dockers. Meanwhile Fremantle has made two changes to their line-up, bringing in the Peel Thunderbirds junior, Tayla Bresland as well as midfielder, Tiah Haynes.

The Dogs have only made one change for their round six clash, reflective of their comfortable position at the top of the AFLW ladder, with former Melbourne player, Deanna Berry coming in for Laura Bailey. As a 2017 Rising Star nominee, Berry is a handy addition to ensure that the Bulldogs continue their success this season. However, the Giants seem confident going into round six against the ladder leaders, making no changes to their winning team.

Following a disappointing loss to Adelaide in round five, Carlton have made four changes in their conquest against Melbourne this Sunday. Unfortunately, both Lauren Arnell and Lauren Brazzale will be forced to watch from the sidelines after succumbing to injury. These two big outs don’t make this Sunday’s campaign against Melbourne any easier. However, in exciting news for Carlton fans, Tiahna Cochrane will make her debut. Cochrane was recruited from Bendigo Thunder in 2017 and has Blues blood in her veins with her Great Uncle, Trevor Keagh being a Blues Team of the Century member. This exciting, young prospect along with Jess Hosking, Laura Attard and Madeline Keryk will hopefully bring the Blues the fresh legs they need this weekend.

Friday, March 9

Adelaide v Fremantle at TIO Stadium, 7.05


B: S.Thompson 14, S.Allan 39, D.Cox 31
HB: C.Cramey 22, A.Hatchard 33, J.Sedunary 17
C:                    C.Randall 26
HF: D.Varnhagen 9, J.Hewett 20, A.Foley 3
F: R.Wallace 15, S.Perkins 28, J.McCormick 5
Foll: R.Metcalfe 11, E.Phillips 13, E.Marinoff 10
I/C: M.Rajcic 32, E.Jones 2, R.Lugg 45, J.Mules 23, S.Armitstead 16

Emerg: S.Riley 8, G.Bevan 4

No changes


B: A.Williams 9, E.Antonio 12, E.Gooch 8
HB: C.Davidson 33, S.Cain 20, D.Hooker 17
C:                   K.Donnellan 15
HF: L.Webb 16, A.Lavell 7, M.Caulfield 29
F: T.Bresland 5, S.Barr 10, G.O’Sullivan 22
Foll: A.Janz 30, A.Atkins 37, H.Miller 19
I/C: J.de Melo 28, T.Haynes 6, L.Filocamo 4, L.Mascall 14, T.McAuliffe 25

Emerg: B.Smith18,A.Sharp1

In: T.Bresland, T.Haynes
Out: B.Smith (omitted), E.McGuire (omitted)

Saturday, March 10

Brisbane v Collingwood at Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex, 4.35


B: B.Koenen 3, K.Lutkins 13, S.Campbell 20
HB: N.Exon 15, I.Ayre 2, L.Kaslar 11
C:                       E.Bates 1
HF: S.Conway 12, T.Randall 16, E.Zielke 8
F: J.Wuetschner 23, S.Frederick-Traub 14, K.Ashmore 10
Foll: S.Webb 4, J.Stanton 17, A.Anderson 18
I/C: B.Gibson 25, K.McCarthy 9, A.Clarke 21, E.Pittman 29, M.Hunt 6

Emerg: J.Zanchetta 7, G.Collingwood 28

In: S.Conway, E.Pittman, M.Hunt
Out: N.Hildebrand (injured), G.Collingwood (omitted), J.Zanchetta (omitted)


B: E.Grant 5, J.Duffin 27, A.Brazill 10
HB: C.Molloy 2, C.McIntosh 20, R.Schleicher 18
C:                    K.Stratton 41
HF: S.D’Arcy 4, J.Garner 43, C.Bernardi 6
F: M.Hutchins 25, M.Hope 23, C.Edwards 1
Foll: E.King 60, J.Lambert 13, B.Bonnici 8
I/C: G.Parker 19, T.Morgan 26, L.Tesoriero 7, A.Barden 38, M.Kuys 9

Emerg: H.Whitford 28, S.Dargan 46

In: A.Brazill, K.Stratton, G.Parker, T.Morgan
Out: I.Ross (injured), S.Chiocci (suspension), H.Whitford (omitted), S.Dargan (omitted)

Saturday, March 10

Greater Western Sydney v Western Bulldogs at UNSW Canberra Oval, 7.10


B: A.Farrugia 18, T.Hetherington 9, P.Monahan 28
HB: N.Barr 8, E.Swanson 17, M.Collier 14
C:                          A.Eva 2
HF: J.Dal Pos 7, P.McWilliams 3, E.Brush 10
F: J.Barclay 34, C.Staunton 13, R.Beeson 6
Foll: E.McKinnon 23, C.Gum 26, B.Tully 16
I/C: A.Schmidt 11, E.Bennetts 22, R.Tomkins 1, J.Hicks 5, P.Randall 21

Emerg: A.Saundry 4, M.Freckelton 20

No changes


B: H.Wildes 17, L.Birch 18, N.Callinan 10
HB: H.Scott 22, A.O’Connor 4, A.Gogos 36
C:                    E.Blackburn 2
HF: B.Lochland 1, L.Spark 11, M.Conti 8
F: J.Bruton 35, B.Toogood 28, K.Rennie 24
Foll: T.Ernst 19, E.Kearney 5, K.Lamb 27
I/C: K.McLeod 6, A.Utri 23, D.Berry 7, N.Ferres 16, E.Mackie 25

Emerg: B.Hunt 21, L.Bailey 13

In: D.Berry
Out: L.Bailey

Sunday, March 11

Carlton v Melbourne at Ikon Park, 4.35 AEDT


B: G.Pound 6, K.Gillespie-Jones 5, B.Kennedy 23
HB: M.Gay 8, D.Hardiman 31, T.Lucas-Rodd 18
C:                       J.Hosking 11
HF: N.Stevens 21, T.Harris 22, M.Keryk 4
F: K.Harrington 9, A.Downie 30, S.Hosking 10
Foll: B.Moody 16, S.Audley 26, D.Vescio 3
I/C: T.Cochrane 15, N.Plane 32, K.Loynes 2, S.Li 35, L.Attard 14, C.Gee 19, S.Last 7

In: J.Hosking, M.Keryk, T.Cochrane, N.Plane, L.Attard, S.Last
Out: R.Hicks (rested), L.Brazzale (injured), L.Arnell (injured), C.Webb (rested)


B: A.Guest 17, A.Teague 40, H.Cordner 21
HB: K.Paxman 4, M.Hickey 18, B.Patterson 24
C:                          E.O’Dea 5
HF: K.Hore 10, R.Cranston 30, L.Mithen 14
F: E.Zanker 29, T.Cunningham 1, S.Scott 12
Foll: L.Pearce 15, D.Pearce 6, K.Smith 13
I/C: M.Downie 2, L.Duryea 11, J.Grierson 19, C.Whitfort 20, A.Newman 16, C.Phillips 35, E.Humphries 3

In: M.Downie, L.Duryea, E.Humphries
Out: B.Jakobsson (injured)