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AFL Women’s Draft preview: Melbourne & Western Bulldogs

THE AFL Women’s Draft is fast approaching and in the lead-up to the draft, we take a look at each of the AFL women’s sides in pairs and see what they might look for, and who might be available with the selections they have. Next up in our series are the two inaugural sides from Victoria, in Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs.

Melbourne – Victorian Pool

Draft selections: 5 (3), 15 (9), 17 (11), 35 (24), 40 (27), 47 (30)

Off-season summary:

With somewhat of an ageing list and the premiership window closing, Melbourne seemed to recognise both factors during the sign and trade period. As one of the busier clubs, the Dees enacted a big turnover of established players, allowing them to bolster their draft hand to make the most of a bumper crop and regenerate ahead of the 2021 season.

Elise O’Dea was the biggest loss, as she was packaged up and sent to the Blues alongside Maddy Guerin, while defender Harriet Cordner was shipped to Richmond, Aliesha Newman to Collingwood, Bianca Jakobsson to St Kilda, and Katherine Smith to GWS. A strong, established core remains, but that’s a big loss in starting-21 players. Coming the other way, though is a third Irishwoman on the Dees’ list in Lauren Magee, a star of the Gaelic code.

A draft look:

This is as important a draft as ever for Melbourne, with a lot riding on its first pick and the value lying in its remaining hand. The Dees also boast the equal-most selections available with six, ensuring they’ll be able to cover each loss at the least.

With pick five, the third in the Victorian pool, Melbourne will likely look to bolster its defensive stocks. Sandringham Dragons tall Sarah Hartwig seems a good fit to plug a key position gap, while Western’s Isabelle Pritchard is a versatile option who can also move through midfield. Should the Bulldogs (see below) opt to overlook Northern key forward Alyssa Bannan, she could well land at Demonland.

The Demons’ remaining hand should see them further boost that defensive line with depth of all sizes, while potentially targeting another key position forward depending on what happens with pick five. Youth should be the priority, though mature-age recruits have payed off for many clubs throughout the draft, especially last year.

Western Bulldogs – Victorian Pool

Draft selections: 2 (2), 11 (6), 16 (10)

Off-season summary: 

The Bulldogs have been gutted of some serious senior talent over the expansion years, so a quieter sign and trade period would have been a refreshing change for their fans. Still, Aisling McCarthy leaves a gap in midfield as she departs for West Coast, while Hannah Munyard has returned home to Adelaide, and Nicole Callinan is the sole retiree. 20-year-old key forward Katie Lynch was their only recruit, and may well help predict what the Dogs will do with their first pick in the draft. Having traded well to land three top-end selections, the Bulldogs’ rebuild is in decent shape.

A draft look:

Familiar themes could well arise from what the Bulldogs decide to do with picks two, 11, and 16 – the second, sixth, and 10th choices in the Victorian pool. After taking in a bunch of Vic Metro based talent last year, all familiar to coach Nathan Burke, the Bulldogs will likely again revert to the deep Northern Knights well of talent. While the recruit of Lynch fills a massive key position forward requirement, don’t be surprised if the Bulldogs opt for another in Alyssa Bannan with pick two. Otherwise, Olivia Barber could be the key forward they’re after with one of the two later selections.

Should they feel that area is covered, midfield support for Ellie Blackburn is another important area of improvement. Ellie McKenzie could then become the second Northern Knights captain to land at the kennel in as many years, joining Gabby Newton, while Dandenong’s Tyanna Smith is the other likely number one pick who could get a look-in. Both are damaging midfielders who should be ready to set the competition alight from Round 1. Keeping with the Knights’ theme, Jessica Fitzgerald would be a handy choice with either of the two remaining selections, a balanced midfielder who co-captained her side with McKenzie.

Featured Image: Jess Fitzgerald and Gabby Newton at this year’s NAB League Girls launch | Credit: AFL Photos

Q&A: Jamarra Ugle-Hagan (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Country)

AS the postponement of all seasons commenced over the last few weeks, we head back to the pre-season where we sat down with a number of athletes across the country. In a special Question and Answer (Q&A) feature, Draft Central‘s Michael Alvaro chatted with Oakleigh Chargers’ Jamarra Ugle-Hagan at the NAB League Fitness Testing Day hosted by Rookie Me.

The Western Bulldogs Next Generation Academy member is a mercurial talent, able to rip games apart with his high marking and extraordinary athleticism. While he as been utilised up either end of the ground thus far, the 194cm prospect looks most at home inside forward 50, where his sticky hands and pace off the lead come to the fore.

Having made the transfer over to Oakleigh’s region via a scholarship at Scotch College, Ugle-Hagan played an integral role in the Chargers’ 2019 NAB League premiership and is poised to once again juggle his time between school, NAB League, and representative commitments. Given he hails from Warrnambool, Ugle-Hagan will run out for Vic Country should an Under 18 national carnival go ahead.

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Q&A:


MA: Jamarra, how has the day been so far?

JUH: “It’s actually been a really good experience with all the other clubs, you can just see your competition. “It’s pretty good.”

 

You’re coming off an outstanding bottom-age year, how did you find the transition with Oakleigh and Scotch College?

“It’s been unreal. “Getting the scholarship with Scotch College, it’s a great opportunity. “Also coming here and getting the opportunity to play for Oakleigh Chargers is just really good.”

 

Obviously you’ve already drawn some attention with your connection to the Western Bulldogs, how do you keep on top of the hype?

“With all the hype, they’re just words. “It doesn’t get to my head.”

 

Being around some talented players from Oakleigh and the Vic Country Hub, who are some of the players you enjoy playing alongside?

“Obviously it was good to play with Rowelly (Matt Rowell), Ando (Noah Anderson), Dyl Williams, but I reckon it was good to play with the whole squad. Everyone has their different roles, but it was just an unreal experience, especially to win a flag at the end of the year.”

 

There’s a few fellow Indigenous boys alongside you in different teams, what’s that been like for you?

“It’s actually really good. Going to Scotch from like three hours away, and (Maurice Rioli Jnr) is coming from the NT, it’s pretty hard for us to keep track with homesickness and all that. But once you’re with all the boys it’s a big family.”

 

What are some of the goals you’re looking to tick off coming into your top-age season?

“Obviously you’d like to think of the draft, All Australian and all that, but I’m just thinking of the next training session because you look at Elijah Hollands, no one saw that (knee injury) coming. “You never know when your last training session is so I just think of the next training session really.”

 

Having played down back in the Under 17 Futures game last year, are you open to playing there or are you keen to nail down a forward role?

“I played back for Scotch College as a bottom-ager. “Obviously I loved it there so now seeing the different switch, it’s pretty good. I’d love to play back, I don’t mind.”

 

Are there any things you’re looking to work on?

“Obviously because of the hype, I’ve just got to keep doing the same thing because it just resets now. “So I’m just back to the bottom, and (will) just keep grinding.”

>> FULL INTERVIEW


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Marquee Matchup
2020 U18 Key Forwards
2020 Vic Country U18 Squad Prediction

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Draft Central’s 2020 Top 50 AFLW Players: #7 – Monique Conti

WITH the AFL Women’s 2020 season officially come to a close now the awards are done and dusted, Draft Central looks back on our Top 50 Players of season 2020. This countdown purely looks at the 2020 season so does not look at past performances and will not include injured stars such Erin Phillips or Chelsea Randall.

In this edition, we continue the journey towards our top five with another prized draftee who has quickly broken into the elite ranks.

#7 MONIQUE CONTI

6 GAMES AVE: 19.8 disposals, 11 contested possessions, 2.7 marks, 4.8 tackles, 3.7 clearances, 3.2 inside 50s, 2.7 rebound 50s

Richmond’s winless inaugural AFL Women’s season may not have gone to plan, but the continual emergence of one of its marquee recruits, Conti gave Tigers fans something to smile about by is end. The zippy midfielder made a permanent move into the centre bounces and quickly became her side’s prime ball winner, proving she has a lot more than her patented run on the outside.

At just 20 years of age, Conti took up the responsibility of leading her side through action, as skipper and fellow former Bulldog, Katie Brennan went down with concussion in Round 4. The 165cm jet’s durability and toughness shone through significantly in those times as she posted season-best numbers in the final month despite being the primary target for opposition attention.

Expectations were high on Conti after she crossed from the Bulldogs for pick one, boasting a best afield medal in her former side’s 2018 premiership team, a best and fairest award, and All-Australian honours. But having also taken out Richmond’s VFLW best and fairest in 2019, there was little doubt about how she would fare in the yellow and black at the elite level.

Conti led her new side for disposals, contested possessions, clearances, and inside 50s in 2020, helping her become the sole Richmond representative in the All Australian squad. While she failed to make the final cut on this occasion, she was undoubtedly one of the unlucky few to be squeezed out due to the competition’s wealth of midfield stars.

Just three years into her career, Conti remains on the incline having entered the grade as a coveted junior and overall athlete given her prowess in other sports. She will inevitably be the face of Richmond’s attempt to capture premiership points for the first time in its next campaign.

Draft Central’s 2020 Top 50 AFLW Players: #19 – Isabel Huntington

WITH the AFL Women’s 2020 season officially come to a close now the awards are done and dusted, Draft Central looks back on our Top 50 Players of season 2020. This countdown purely looks at the 2020 season so does not look at past performances and will not include injured stars such Erin Phillips or Chelsea Randall.

In this edition, we look number 19 in our count, an injury-prone Bulldog who finally had her day, and made it count with a huge season.

#19 Isabel Huntington

5 GAMES AVE: 13.0 disposals, 4.8 marks, 2.6 tackles, 1.4 inside 50s, 3.4 rebounds, 1 goal

The number one pick in the 2017 AFL Women’s Draft finally got some well deserved consistency in her football, playing as many games in 2020 as she had in the previous season. Huntington racked up an average of 13 disposals per game, taking 4.8 marks and 3.4 rebounds, settling well at half-back.

Her transition from a centre half-forward to centre half-back was reminiscent of Collingwood’s Chloe Molloy who initially was drafted as a forward and then became renowned for her defensive work. Huntington’s season was one to remember, making the All-Australian side and winning the Rising Star Award at age 21.

To compare her seasons, she booted her disposals by 7.7, her marks by 2.5 and had a much greater impact behind the ball whilst still booting a goal – having only booted two majors last season in three games. Her game has gone to another level and she showed just why she was picked at number one.

With versatility to boot – Huntington can still go forward and have an impact – as well as a ranking kick, strength overhead and great football nous, she is someone who will only get better. After a few frustrating years with injury, it was terrific to see the talented tall get out and give Doggies fans something to be excited for in the future.

While the Western Bulldogs did not have the season they would have liked with just the one win, they showed the glimpses of the future with so many young guns on their list having an impact. Huntington is a huge part of that future and will be a centrepiece to build around in coming years.

AFL Draft Watch: Jamarra Ugle-Hagan (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Country)

IN the build up to football eventually returning, Draft Central  takes a look at some of this year’s brightest names who have already represented their state at Under-17 or Under 18s level in 2019. While plenty can change between now and then, we will provide a bit of an insight into players, how they performed at the NAB League Preseason Testing Day hosted by Rookie Me and some of our scouting notes on them from last year.

Next under the microscope in our AFL Draft watch is highly-touted Oakleigh Chargers key forward Jamarra Ugle-Hagan, who is a prime candidate to be taken first off the board come draft time after a stellar bottom-aged season. The Warrnambool native represents Vic Country despite his current zoning in Oakleigh’s system via boarding at Scotch College, and will be well sought after despite his ties to the Western Bulldogs as a Next Generation Academy (NGA) product. The 194cm prospect returned elite numbers at the pre-season testing day, showing off an elite vertical leap off both feet while also registering under the three-second mark over 20 metres and over 21 in the yo-yo test. A star athlete across the board, Ugle-Hagan has the raw potential to be anything at the next level.


NAB LEAGUE PRESEASON TESTING HIGHLIGHTS:

Speed: Elite (#14)
Vertical Jump: Above Average (#15)
Running Vertical Jump: Elite (#1)
Endurance: Above Average (#25)

Ugle-Hagan on testing day:

“It’s actually been a really good experience with all the other clubs, you can just see your competition which is pretty good.”

Talent Manager Jy Bond said in the preseason:

“Jamarra’s just Jamarra, he’s a fantastic leader and obviously works really hard. “There’s a lot going on this year, obviously these boys are NGA eligible, they’re training with their AFL clubs, they’re training in their respective hubs and they’ve both got school for Scotch (College) and they’ve got the Chargers program. “We’re just monitoring their workloads and their wellbeing and we’ll know that they’ll play great footy for us and we’re really excited that they’re in our program”

FULL INTERVIEW WITH JAMARRA UGLE-HAGAN:

PLAYER PAGE:

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan

Height: 194.3cm
Weight: 83.9kg
Position: Key Forward

2019 NAB LEAGUE STATS: 9 games | 10 disposals (50 per cent contested) | 5.2 marks | 1.4 tackles | 1.7 inside 50s | 24 goals

Strengths: Athleticism, overhead marking, acceleration on lead, game-breaker
Improvements: Field kicking

2019 SCOUTING NOTES:

Under 17 Futures All Stars

By: Michael Alvaro

It was a promising display from the Bulldogs NGA product, played out of position for the most part at centre half-back. He started off on his usual leads up forward but soon slotted in behind the ball and did well to leap at whatever came his way. He was terrific at the drop of the ball in the third term with his athleticism, and would have been a really effective player had he stuck more of his kicks on the run.

Grand Final vs. Eastern Ranges

By: Peter Williams

Worked hard throughout the game on his way to three behinds from 10 disposals and eight marks and worked up the ground to present and produce six inside 50s as well… Ugle-Hagan took a towering mark early and gave spectators a reason to see why he is so highly rated for next year.

Preliminary Final vs. Sandringham

By: Ed Pascoe

Another dominant outing from the 2020 draft prospect who is tied to the Western Bulldogs’ NGA. The talented athlete was again the clear standout key forward with his speed off the lead and marking power too much for Sandringham to handle. Ugle-Hagan had a great start taking two great lead up marks an converting both set shots but his best goal came in the third quarter marking deep in the pocket and kicking a sensational goal right on the siren.

Qualifying Final vs. Gippsland

By: Ed Pascoe

His lead up marking was superb with every one sticking and he kicked two nice goals and even passed another off unselfishly. He would show again he was not just a lead up and mark player with a great chase down tackle in the last quarter, converting the set shot to reward his effort. The bottom age talent could have had an even bigger day if he had kicked straight, going on to collect 13 disposals, six marks and kicking 3.3 with a few kicks going out on the full as well.

Round 10 vs. Calder Cannons

By: Taylah Melki

Had an impressive game, contested the ball hard and was good at ground level. Nailed an impressive goal off a couple of steps and working his way through traffic, showcasing his clever goal sense and long booming kick. That goal was closely followed by another major credit to his hard running, clever lead and strong hands to take a good mark in the forward 50 and convert… ended the game with five goals and proved to be a real dangerous prospect in the forward 50.

2020 AFL Women’s team preview: Western Bulldogs

AFTER a quiet 2019 AFL Women’s season saw the Western Bulldogs finish at the bottom of Conference A, they are sure to switch on in season 2020 with a clean slate but plenty of player turnover to contend with. Losing key cogs in Katie Brennan and Monique Conti to expansion club, Richmond threw a spanner in the works for the side but in return the Dogs picked up some highly talented youngsters in the 2019 AFLW Draft who are sure to provide the excitement needed to spark a big season. 

KEY PLAYER:

Ellie Blackburn (midfielder/forward)

A key cog throughout the Bulldogs’ three seasons, Blackburn’s influence out on the field is even more required than ever with the departure of so many dominant players. Able to generate plenty of excitement with her physical game style and consistency, Blackburn’s leadership will be key to ensure the side stays on track to create an exciting brand of footy to move past a quiet 2019.

RISING STAR:

Gabby Newton (midfielder)

Picked at number one overall at the 2019 AFLW National Draft, Newton has been a key cog across the field throughout her Under-18s career with plenty of accolades to her name despite her youth, making for an exciting player to join the Bulldogs who were lacklustre at best last season. Newton has the cleanliness, speed and tenacity to get the job done, with an innate ability to create something out of nothing thanks to her game smarts and clean hands. With versatility and clean hands to boot, expect big things from Newton. 

WATCH FOR:

Isabel Huntington (forward)

The 2017 number one draft pick will hope for a clean run through injury this season, having not played a full season on the AFL Women’s stage since being drafted. Her clean hands and contested marking ability will be sought after across the field alongside her goalkicking accuracy, and with the versatility to move through the midfield when required, Huntington will hope to prove she still has the talent to back up her exceptional top-age year.

CONFERENCE OPPONENTS: Carlton, Collingwood, Fremantle, Melbourne, St Kilda, West Coast Eagles.

FIXTURE:

Round 1 – @ St Kilda
Round 2 – vs. Melbourne
Round 3 – vs. Carlton
Round 4 – @ West Coast Eagles
Round 5 – @ Collingwood
Round 6 – vs. Fremantle
Round 7 – @ North Melbourne
Round 8 – vs. GWS GIANTS

The Bulldogs have an interesting draw this season, with a smattering of predicted high-ladder sides but ultimately plenty of chances to excel and put their best foot forward. An opening round victory against expansion side, St Kilda will be key for the season to get off to a good start with two interesting matches against quality opposition in Melbourne and Carlton coming next, before facing West Coast Eagles in Perth – something they will hope not to throw a spanner in the works. With further matches coming against quality sides in Fremantle and North Melbourne, the Bulldogs will need to take advantage of every winning opportunity.

PREDICTION: 3rd/4th in Conference B

With plenty of young talent in the side expect some strong performances but perhaps some consistency issues with lots of new faces at the club. While a number of 2019 draftees come into the side having played together in the past, the real test will be against the experience of other clubs in the conference. They should not be discounted however, with plenty of familiar faces gracing the field in 2020. This season will ultimately be a rebuilding phase for the Bulldogs after so many key departures following the 2019 season.

Improved Georgostathis backs up sensational bottom-age year

IT is hard to imagine that a player who won their club’s best and fairest award in their bottom-age year could surprise you in their top-age one, but for Western Jets’ captain Elisabeth Georgostathis, she has gone to another level in 2019. Her numbers, influence, opportunities and testing show just that, with the tireless midfielder turned utility leaving no stone unturned in her goal to reach the AFL Women’s competition. But her journey all began down at St Albans.

“I saw my brothers playing, I started at a local club at East Keilor but they didn’t have enough girls,” Georgostathis said. “One of the coaches told me to come down to St Albans, started with them, changed to Spurs and then just got picked up by the Western Jets and started playing that.”

For Georgostathis, she could not have landed in a better place, praising the Jets for their development and social atmosphere around the club.

“It’s been so good,” she said. “Western Jets and just local, they’re both great experiences and I’ve loved playing with both of them, making new friends and learning new skills, it’s been really good.”

When the tough inside midfielder with the tackling presence was named the 2017 Western Jets Best and Fairest winner, she could hardly believe it herself.

“It was really good,” Georgostathis said. “Like I was surprised because we’ve got a lot of good girls in our team and it was just amazing.”

From there, she was named captain by her peers, an opportunity she said she was “grateful” for, and “really happy” that she was chosen as their leader. When you understand her mindset and strengths, it is no surprise she is a natural-born leader. When asked what she prided her game on, it was pretty simple.

“Just run hard and work hard, put all my effort in the whole game,” Georgostathis said. “If I get tired I know I can swap, go on the bench, have my rest and come back on hard and more determined.”

If there was a clear improvement for Georgostathis in 2019, it was to improve her kicking, which she admitted at the NAB League Fitness Testing Day was a real focus.

“(I want to improve) my kicking on the run,” she said. “Sometimes it just goes a bit off target and just trying to pinpoint that kick.”

At the same event, Georgostathis was just hoping to be picked up by a Victorian Football League Women’s (VFLW) side and put her best foot forward to play in the AFL Women’s competition next year. She ticked the first box, playing for Western Bulldogs and having a key role at half-forward and through the midfield on the pressure-cooker stage of finals. Now the second box is waiting to be ticked.

After a sensational season where she was one of Vic Metro’s best at the AFL Women’s Under-18 Championships – having been named emergency the year before – Georgostathis added more strings to her bow than just about any player, becoming a real standout off half-back for the Jets, before spending time forward for the Bulldogs. Now with the AFL Women’s Draft just a couple of weeks away, the tenacious onballer could be edging ever so close to her dream of playing at the elite level.

Season reviews: VFLW – Western Bulldogs

THE Western Bulldogs took a while to get going in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s season. But when they got going, they looked unstoppable, winning six consecutive games to get their season back on track. With seven wins and seven losses in their first season of VFLW, the Dogs can be happy with their 2018 campaign.

 

Position: 6th
Win-loss: 7-7
Percentage: 84%

Results:

Round 1: Lost against Richmond by 38 points
Round 2: Lost against Carlton by 46 points
Round 3: Bye
Round 4: Lost against Collingwood by eight points
Round 5: Lost against NT Thunder by 36 points
Round 6: Defeated Williamstown by 56 points
Round 7: Defeated Casey Demons by three points
Round 8: Defeated Geelong Cats by 22 points
Round 9: Defeated Melbourne University by 21 points
Round 10: Defeated Essendon by six points
Round 11: Defeated Williamstown by 40 points
Round 12: Bye
Round 13: Lost against Southern Saints by 31 points
Round 14: Lost against Hawthorn by 55 points
Round 15: Lost against Melbourne University by 33 points
Round 16: Defeated Darebin by four points

 

Key players:

#10 Sarah Jolly

Jolly impressed with her run and carry through the midfield and ability to win the ball in congestion. She played all 14 games this season and kicked six goals. Jolly was also named in the best four times, with one of her standout performances coming in Round 10 when she racked up 20 disposals.

#16 Naomi Ferres

Ferres was one of the Bulldogs’ most consistent midfielders all season, consistently going in hard for the football. She won the Western Bulldogs’ Best and Fairest count on 76 votes, highlighting her ability to capture the attention of others. Ferres had an impressive performance against the Mugars with 20 disposals, two marks and six tackles.

#18 Libby Birch

Birch continued her great AFL Women’s form in defence with the Bulldogs’ VFLW side. She was agile and great in the air and impressed with her run and carry as well as her marking. She came third in the Western Bulldogs Best and Fairest count and made the VFLW Team of the Year, which is a remarkable effort considering she only played eight games this season. One of her best games was in Round 6, when she gathered 19 disposals, took six marks and laid two tackles.

#20 Ashleigh Guest

Guest never disappointed in the midfield for the Bulldogs, impressing with her football smarts. She had clean hands under pressure and kicked the ball well too. Like Birch, she only played eight games this season, but she finished ahead of the defender in the Best and Fairest, coming second with 60 votes. Guest was named in the best five times, with one of her stellar performances coming against Darebin. In that game, she led the way on the ground with 23 disposals, and also took six marks to go along with her four tackles.

#47 Nicole McMahon

In her first year of football, McMahon looked right at home in Bulldogs colours. She was trusted with the ruck duties for the season, and did well to give her midfielders first use of the football. She was awarded the Best First Year player at the Bulldogs’ Best and Fairest after a great year.

 

Season summary:

The Bulldogs looked in trouble at the start of the season, losing their first four games. But after this, the side kicked into gear, bringing some of its AFL Women’s talent back in to score some much-needed wins. From Round 6, the Dogs won six straight games and looked like possible finals contenders at that point. But a couple of late losses gave them a sixth place finish, which is a respectable feat in their first season of VFLW.

Number Crunching: VFLW – Round 13

IN this week’s edition of Number Crunching, we look at which teams have been the most damaging in this year’s Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition. While it is easy to look at the ladder and see who is doing well, we decided to take a look at which teams have recorded the biggest winning margins and the biggest average winning margins this season.

The top three biggest winning margins all belong to the dominant NT Thunder outfit. The Thunder defeated the Bombers, Melbourne University and even the fourth-placed Cats all by more than 60 points. It is easy to see why the Thunder have the highest percentage in the VFLW, sitting on 219.20 after Round 13.

These three big wins, among many others, have helped contribute to NT’s average winning margin. This margin sits at 45.2 points after 13 rounds, but it could get reduced by the season’s end, as the Thunder faces the Pies and Hawks in the closing rounds of the competition. Surprisingly sitting behind the Thunder in second is Carlton, who has an average winning margin of 34.5 points. Although the Blues have only won four games this season, they have been able to beat teams convincingly, with their biggest winning margin of the season being 46 points. One team that has had to work hard for its wins is Melbourne University. The Mugars have won three games this season with an average winning margin of 5.67 points, and are therefore no stranger to close encounters.

 

Biggest winning margins (Rounds 1-13)

Round

Score

Margin

3

NT 14.12.96 def Ess 4.0.24

72 points

4

NT 13.10.88 def Melb Uni 3.1.19

69 points

9

NT 13.7.85 def Geel 2.8.20

65 points

13

Geel 10.7.67 def Rich 1.2.8

59 points

6

WB 12.11.83 def Will 4.3.27

56 points

1

NT 12.14.86 def Darebin 5.2.32

54 points

2

Carlton 9.7.61 def WB 2.3.15

46 points

11

Geel 10.8.68 def Casey 4.3.27

41 points

12

Carl 7.10.52 def Rich 1.5.11

41 points

10

NT 7.8.50 def Darebin 1.4.10

40 points

5

NT 13.5.83 def WB 7.5.47

36 points

7

Coll 8.5.53 def Carl 2.5.17

36 points

8

Casey 6.11.47 def Ess 3.3.21

26 points

 

Highest average winning margins

Rank

Team

Average winning margin

1

NT Thunder

45.2

2

Carlton

34.5

3

Richmond

33.67

4

Geelong Cats

31.62

5

Williamstown*

31

6

Darebin

29.86

7

Western Bulldogs

24.67

8

Collingwood

21.9

9

Hawthorn

19.89

10

Southern Saints

19.4

11

Casey Demons

15.4

12

Essendon*

8

13

Melbourne University

5.67

 

*These teams have only recorded one win this season.

Number Crunching: VFLW – Round 10

WHEN it comes to Australian Rules, if kicks are the bread, then surely handballs are the butter. In keeping with last weeks’ theme, we are continuing with taking a deeper look into disposal stats in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition. This time we specifically are looking at most handballs in round ten and all throughout the season. Round ten saw a outstanding effort from all teams, proving that despite the season drawing to a close, no team has the dream of finals out of its sight.

Alison Drennan of the Southern Saints topped with 69 per cent handball efficiency as well as having the most handballs in the league with 115 in eight games. Bulldog’s Naomi Ferres and Sarah Jolly both made the top 10 with their win over Essendon (35-2), with 80 per cent and 83 per cent efficiency respectfully. Geelong also saw three of its team making the list. Midfielder Richelle Cranston showed a dominant performance against the Saints with 79 per cent efficiency and topping disposals for that game. Following Cranston was Madaleine McMahon with 62 per cent and Kate Darby 80 per cent efficiency.

In the season so far, Drennan once again has shown clear command as far as individual handballs go. Drennan has three separate positions in the top 10, taking out both the first, second and seventh spots. Other honourable mentions include Renee Garing who feature three times on the list too, as well as keen utility player Kate Gillespie-Jones with two spots also. There is a clear distribution among the list where players of teams that are high and low on the ladder are presented, which really shows how spectacular the talent in the VFL Women’s really is.

Most Handballs: Round Ten

Player Team Handballs in Round 10
Alison Drennan Southern Saints 16
Naomi Ferres Western Bulldogs 15
Richelle Cranston Geelong 14
Madaleine McMahon Geelong 13
Tahni Nestor Hawthorn 13
Sarah Jolly Western Bulldogs 12
Lauren Tesoriero Richmond 11
Emily Paterno Williamstown 11
Clara Fitzpatrick Melbourne Uni 11
Kate Darby Geelong 10

Most Individual Handballs: Season so Far

Player Team Number of Handballs Round
Alison Drennan Southern Saints 22 4
Alison Drennan Southern Saints 20 2
Renee Garing Geelong 18 5
Lily Mithen Darebin 17 4
Renee Garing Geelong 16 1
Kate Gillespie-Jones Melbourne Uni 16 5
Alison Drennan Southern Saints 16 10
Renee Garing Geelong 15 2
Kate Gillespie-Jones Melbourne Uni 15 4
Bianca Jakobsson Casey Demons 15 9
Emma Mackie Hawthorn 15 9
Naomi Ferres Western Bulldogs 15 10