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Ulverstone dominate scoreboard to book final decider spot with Glenorchy

ULVERSTONE has booked its spot in the Tasmanian Women’s Statewide Grand Final after getting the job done in an imposing performance against Launceston at Dial Park in Penguin on the weekend. The Robins controlled play for nearly the entirety of the match, having 15 scoring shots to six – including 11 to two by the final break, but it took until a goal in the last two minutes from Amy Bissett to seal the 19-point victory.

In the first year of the new-look women’s football structure in Tasmania, Ulverstone and Launceston were the respective premiers in the NWFL and NTFA in the north of the state. By winning their respective leagues, they booked a spot in the preliminary final in order to have a shot at the winner of the Southern Football League (SFL) competition. Both sides came into the clash with some impressive young players and experienced heads, and in perfect football conditions, produced a hard-fought spectacle throughout four quarters.

For the most part, the game was dominated by Ulverstone in the forward half, with respective captains Meg Thompson (Ulverstone) and Dearne Taylor (Launceston) the best on ground for their respective sides. The Robins had more depth around the ground however, with ex-AFLW listed talents in Chloe and Libby Haines up opposite ends, and a sprinkling of talented Tasmania Devils players such as Meghan Gaffney and Candice Belbin through midfield and Bissett up forward who all caught the eye.

Neither team could really get on the board in a meaningful way early, with five behinds shared between the teams, and Ulverstone leading by three points at the first break. Bissett had a great run and set it up to Georgia Anderson, but the subsequent set shot missed. The Robins did the bulk of the attacking as it would prove to be the case for most of the game, with Bissett and Chloe Haines both having rushed shots on goal, which saw the Launceston defence up to the task. Up the other end, Kiara Mills had a chance on goal but was marked on the line, with Molly Clark‘s strong hands and booming kick around the ground having an impact for the Blues.

The second term saw Anderson put through the first major of the game six minutes into the term, with a contested ball win by Belbin getting the ball forward on the wing to a teammate in space, and leading to Anderson kicking the major. The Blues tried to respond immediately with Mills having a quick snap under pressure but bouncing through for a behind. It would be Launceston’s only goal of the game, as Bissett missed a chance she would usually gobble up, to put the margin at nine points heading into half-time. Ruby Mitchell was productive for the Robins alongside Thompson, Gaffney and Belbin, with Mikayla Binns and ruck Monique Duffy also getting involved with Clark and Taylor for the Blues.

It was complete one-way traffic for the Robins in the third term as they built an incredible 19-point lead by the final break. It should have been a lot larger, with Ulverstone kicked 1.4 to 0.0 to suffocate the Launceston attack and maintain forward possession for the majority of the term. The move of Belbin on-ball permanently was a huge success with the bottom-age talent having the ball on a string, whilst Thompson and Gaffney were busy again, and lead to Anderson having a crack at a second goal but was saved on the line by Hayley Whyte. The defensive work from Whyte had been great close to goal, but she tried to bite off too much charging out, tackled by Anderson who had another shot, but just missed.

Moments later she would get her chance though, with Thompson winning a free kick and it drifted to the pocket for Chloe Haines to mark uncontested, she popped it up to the top of the goalsquare where Anderson marked and slotted the major for her, and her team’s second goal. Despite the likes of Taylor, Whyte and Elyse Page working hard to stem the damage, the Robins kept on attacking, with Thompson having a couple of shots, with Page touching one on the line and another one being rushed across. The siren sounded soon other with an imposing 19-point lead to the Robins.

With a quarter to play, Launceston needed a quick response, and after Bissett had a snap around her body that was rushed through early in the term, the Blues provided it. They rushed it forward and had the best chance for goal after a free kick for downfield was paid to Despina Amerikanos. Her set shot missed though, and when Clark intercepted and had a shot from 40m that fell short and was cleared after a Duffy mark claim was not paid, it appeared their time, and luck had run out. They still attacked over the course of the next 10 minutes, peppering the goals desperate to get back into it, with a couple of rushed behinds with Ulverstone’s back six up to the task.

Finally Launceston got the goal they were deserving of, with Maddison Shaw winning a free kick 15m out and slotting it to cut the deficit to nine points with the faint sniff of a comeback. That was put to bed in the final few minutes though, with the Robins attacking and Bissett reading the play brilliantly off hands at the top of the goalsquare to snap the goal and send her team into the grand final. She had another chance running into goal in the final minute and almost began to celebrate her effort before it cannoned into the woodwork. Regardless, Ulverstone had got up by 19 points and progressed into the Women’s Statewide Grand Final.

Ulverstone will take on Glenorchy in the Tasmanian Women’s Stateleague Grand Final next weekend after the Magpies defeated Claremont 10.8 (68) to 5.2 (32) in the SFL Women’s Grand Final on Sunday.

ULVERSTONE 0.4 | 1.5 | 2.9 | 3.12 (30)
LAUNCESTON 0.1 | 0.2 | 0.2 | 1.5 (11)


Ulverstone: G. Anderson 2, A. Bissett.
Launceston: M. Shaw.


Ulverstone: M. Thompson, M. Gaffney, C. Belbin, G. Anderson R. Mitchell, A. Bissett
Launceston: D. Taylor, M. Clark, M. Brazendale, K. Mills, M. Duffy, M. Binns

2021 VFLW team review: Southern Saints

IN summarising the 2021 Victorian Football League Women’s (VFLW) season, Draft Central will run through a team-by-team review of how each of the sides fared, and who some of the standout VFLW-listed performers throughout the clubs were. The next team in the firing line is Southern Saints.

Position: 6th
Wins: 7
Losses: 7
Draws: 0
Percentage: 115.2%

Season in a Sentence: “2021 offered a bit of everything for the Southern Saints, who produced both three-game winning and losing runs in what was ultimately a satisfyingly even 7-7 season.”


Tara Bohanna

The 26-year-old key forward returned sensational numbers as the Saints’ focal point in attack, averaging 16.8 disposals, 4.4 marks, 7.2 hit-outs and booting 19 goals in her 16 games. Bohanna was held goalless just four times in 2021, and her efforts culminated in richly deserved best and fairest honours.

Gabriella De Angelis

From tall to small, De Angelis was another important part of the Saints’ forwardline. The speedy 20-year-old snared 11 goals in her 15 appearances this season, booting two on four seperate occasions to showcase her constant attacking threat. She ended up third in her side’s best and fairest count.

Deanna Jolliffe

One of three co-captains who means plenty to the Southern Saints squad, Jolliffe lead from the front in her 15 outings this season. She averaged 14.3 disposals and 5.7 tackles and 2.8 clearances as a tough member of the midfield group, capping her season by taking out the Saints’ coaches award.

Hannah Stuart

Another of the Saints’ prime midfield movers, Stuart hardly missed a beat in her 15-game campaign with strong averages of 18.5 disposals, 5.9 tackles, and 3.8 clearances. The 27-year-old was named among her side’s best players on nine occasions in 2021, enough to be the runner-up best and fairest.


So consistent was Alice Burke‘s form at VFLW level, she finished fourth in the best and fairest count with averages of 21 disposals and 6.5 tackles in 11 games. Fellow youngster Renee Saulitis also fared well with an extended run, while Jess Matin was another who earned a senior berth on the back of strong form. The likes of Hannah Priest, Tyanna Smith and Molly McDonald impacted in their short stints, and Nadia Von Bertouch played nine games before being delisted and suiting up for Hawthorn.


The Saints had a nice spread of contributors from their VFLW-listed group. Alexandra Hynes emerged as a promising ruck option throughout the season, while Lucy Burke held down her post in defence, and Rebecca Neaves earned plaudits alongside Madison Capsalis and Melanie Bertuna. Co-captain Frankie Hocking was another valuable member of the squad across her six appearances, as Kayla Ripari rounded out a trio of players to feature in all 16 games.

Image Credit: Darrian Traynor/AFL Photos

NT troops trump Glenelg as rep footy returns to the Top End

REPRESENTATIVE football returned to the Northern Territory on Saturday as an out-of-season Glenelg outfit took on the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) rep side at TIO Stadium. The NTFL Buffaloes won out by 24 points in a competitive outing played amid soggy conditions, finishing the game strongly with three goals to Glenelg’s nil in the final term.

NT captain Cam Ilett took home the Australia Day medal as best afield, leading a side packed with a mix of local talent and guns from around the nation. Territorians Neil Vea Vea and Marlon Motlop were among the Bays’ most valuable players, providing physicality and spark going forward. The game was the first NT representative fixture in 15 years, and the first hitout against Glenelg in 36 years.

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The hosts readied themselves for battle and came out the better side early, applying smothering defensive pressure and locking the ball in their front half for much of the opening term. It translated to the scoreboard too, as the rushed and undisciplined Bays gifted two goals via 50-metre penalties to trail by 11 points at quarter time.

An elongated team talk at the first break spurred Glenelg into action though, with former Richmond key forward Liam McBean booting his second major and Reid Kuller adding another in quick time to put their side ahead. A Nate Paredes bomb from nothing helped steady the NT, who remained ahead by five points at half time as the sides began to trade goals.

The scoring dried up as the rain began to fall harder in the second half, but that did not stop Lachie Hosie from expertly roving a pack and putting Glenelg back ahead. Both sides showed a bit of feeling as the stakes were raised, with the goal-for-goal streak continuing in term three but resulting in Glenelg gaining the ascendancy as the final turn approached.

It was all NT from there, with the likes of James Tsitas and Abe Ankers popping up to show their class in the clutch moments. The in-season factor proved telling as Glenelg fell away late and went scoreless in the final term, a period which was capped by Shaun Edwards‘ game-sealing snap. The celebratory major made for a game-high lead and put the cherry on top of NT’s terrific showing.

While Ilett earned another piece of silverware for his extraordinary personal collection, ball magnet Dane McFarlane was unlucky not to be recognised as the NT’s best player. Rebounding key defender Brodie Newman was also exceptional, while bigman Matthew Dennis battled hard in the ruck, Harley Puruntatameri was lively up forward, and Paredes had patches of dominance.

Vea Vea’s physicality was a highlight for Glenelg as he rotated forward through the ruck, while Motlop came up clutch with a handy third term goal to aid the Bays’ Territorian influence. McBean proved a reliable target up forward and Hosie was dangerous at his feet, with Brady Searle a handy factor down back and Darcy Bailey influential between the arcs.

Earlier, the NTFL Women’s representative team took on their Glenelg counterparts in an historic meeting between the two sides. The wet weather wreaked havoc but did not stop the Territorians from establishing a three-goal lead in the first half, before seeing out a 28-point victory; 5.5 (35) to 1.1 (7). NT standout Jasmyn Hewett won the Australia Day medal, while Mickayla Ward booted two goals.

The night’s other featured match saw the Alice Springs Redtails defeat Katherine’s Big Rivers Football League side by 50 points in an exciting interleague clash. Nigel Lockyer Jnr was among the victors’ best, booting an equal game-high three majors as his team ran out 12.18 (90) to 5.10 (40) winners, largely credit to their superior fluency with ball in hand.


NTFL BUFFALOES | 3.1 | 5.2 | 6.5 | 9.12 (66)
GLENELG TIGERS | 1.2 | 4.3 | 6.6 | 6.6 (42)


NTFL: B. Eddy, R. Turnbull, C. Ilett, N. Paredes, H. Puruntatameri, J. Stokes, J. Tsitas, A. Ankers, S. Edwards
Glenelg: L. McBean 2, R. Kuller, D. Bailey, L. Hosie, M. Motlop


NTFL: D. McFarlane, B. Newman, M. Dennis, C. Ilett, H. Puruntatameri, N. Paredes
Glenelg: N. Vea Vea, L. McBean, M. Motlop, D. Bailey, R. Kuller, L. Hosie, B. Searle

Australia Day Medal: Cam Ilett (NT)

Featured Image: The NT Buffaloes and Glenelg Tigers join for a photo post-match | Credit: Felicity Elliott/AFLNT Media

AFL Women’s Draft preview: Richmond & St Kilda

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 recent expansion sides from Victoria, in Richmond and St Kilda.

Richmond – Victorian Pool

Draft selections: 1, 42 (28), 52 (33)

Off-season summary:

There’s no way around it, Richmond’s maiden AFL Women’s season was a disaster. But the fast-moving nature of the competition means the Tigers can quickly turn it around, and they have started anew (again) by targeting some more mature talent, with help from concessions.

Richmond’s end-of-first-round pick (15) granted by the AFL was used well, transferred to Carlton in exchange for heart-and-soul inaugural Blue, Sarah Hosking. The hardened midfielder adds some much-needed grunt to the engine room alongside long-term midfielder/forward Sarah Dargan, with fellow former-Magpie Sarah D’Arcy and Harriet Cordner (ex-Melbourne) within the experienced age bracket.

Grace Campbell, a pacy raw midfielder was lost to North Melbourne for not much, with 19-year-old Ella Wood a shock retirement to go with that of Laura Bailey and Lauren Tesoriero. Nekaela Butler, Ciara Fitzgerald, and Emma Horne were all delisted too, sealing what was a relatively big turnover in players for the second-year club.

A draft look:

All eyes will be on what the Tigers decide to do with pick one. The two frontrunners are Northern Knights midfielder/forward Ellie McKenzie, and Dandenong Stingrays midfielder Tyanna Smith. McKenzie, a mercurial type who boasts a well-rounded game may edge out her country counterpart at this stage, but both would be fine selections. As expected from such high draft picks, particularly of late, both will be able to immediately impact the Tigers’ side from Round 1 and provide a much-needed spark to the unit. They could also be generational players for all the loyal Tigers fans to adore for years to come.

With their later picks, 28 and 33 in the Victorian pool, the Tigers may look to consolidate their midfield even further, potentially freeing Katie Brennan up to spend more time forward, while taking some pressure off the shoulders of Monique Conti, and the incoming pick one. In a team which lacked goals in 2019, Richmond could also do with some firepower up forward – mostly in the medium/small category.

St Kilda – Victorian Pool

Draft selections: 6 (4), 24 (16), 34 (23), 49 (26), 51 (32)

Off-season summary:

After a strong maiden AFL Women’s season, the Saints have came away with plenty of promise to build on. While the losses of Alison Drennan (Gold Coast) and Jess Sedunary (Adelaide) will be felt along with the retirement of Courteney Munn, St Kilda managed to bring in a couple of solid defenders to bolster the team. Bianca Jakobsson and Jayde van Dyk are those defenders set to make an impact, with the Saints’ draft hand also looking strong. That hand, as discussed below will help them secure father-daughter selection, Alice Burke at not too pretty a penny. Overall, the new Victorian team looks in good shape, boasting a solid core and some exciting members of the next generation.

A draft look:

Given the balance on St Kilda’s side, recruiters and coaching staff can look at taking the best available throughout – particularly with pick six (four). With one of McKenzie or Smith poised to be taken first off the board, the Saints can look at the likes of Alyssa Bannan and Sarah Hartwig as realistic targets. Of course, the Bulldogs may well opt to secure a key forward with pick two, meaning that Smith could even fall to St Kilda pending what Melbourne do with pick three.

The first pair mentioned are both dynamic midfielders with plenty of weapons and game-breaking abilities, while Bannan is an athletic key forward, and Hartwig a defensive marking machine. Of course, St Kilda has also already confirmed the addition of Alice Burke, the daughter of club legend and current Bulldogs coach, Nathan. The tough midfielder will likely cost the Saints one of their later picks. With the others remaining, the strong Dandenong Stingrays ties could also be maintained, given pre-listed players such as Molly McDonald and Isabella Shannon both came from the region.

Tasmania weekly wrap: Coaches forum and new talent pathway

TASMANIAN coaches will have the rare opportunity to hear from some of the AFL’s top mentors in a series of free coaching workshops held in Ulverstone, Launceston and Hobart on Sunday, February 25.

Four-time AFL premiership coach Alistair Clarkson will speak to Launceston coaches at the Windsor Park from 2.30pm with any coaches in the north of the state encouraged to come along.

For those in the north west, Tasmanian Hall of Fame and Richmond legend Matthew Richardson will speak at the Ulverstone Recreation Ground from 11am.

If you are based in the south, head along to North Hobart Oval from 12pm to hear from current North Melbourne coach Brad Scott.

Along with a keynote address from footy’s finest mentors, the free Tasmanian Football Foundation Coaching Forums will give an overview of the new TFF Coaching Mentor Network, introduce the new Coach.AFL membership system.

The forum follows on from the first JLT Community Series match at Kingston Twin Ovals on February 24. Scott’s North Melbourne side takes on Melbourne from 2.05pm; tickets are on sale now.

Meanwhile in junior football news, aspiring AFLW players are training at their respective Tasmanian State League Women’s clubs ahead of the brand new Wrest Point TSLW Under 18 Development Series.

The new competition which will run next month, is a huge step in the Tasmanian Female Pathway, leading into State Youth Girls Academy selection and, in time, selection for the AFLW Under 18 National Championships. AFL Draft Central will be covering the TSLW Under 18 Development Series, working in conjunction with AFL Tasmania to promote the talented youngsters coming through the ranks. For more information on the development series, head to the TSL website.

Finally, earlier in the month, Trisha Squires took over from Rob Auld as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of AFL Tasmania. Ms Squires became the first female AFL state CEO and has held positions of partnerships and community engagement manager at AFL Tasmania, as well as CEO of the REACH Foundation.

Squires’ appointment came amidst recent crisis in the TSL, with longstanding club Burnie forced to pull out of this year’s competition

AFLW U18 Champs: Vic Country vs. Vic Metro

The NAB AFL Women’s U18 Championships begin this Saturday for Vic Country and Vic Metro, with the two Victorian teams to meet at Simonds Stadium at 2.30pm.

The match is the final game in Round 1, before all states travel to the Gold Coast for the completion of the Under 18W Championships from July 10 where Vic Country and Vic Metro will face Queensland, the Allies (Tasmania, South Australia & Northern Territory), NSW/ACT and Western Australia.

The game will be live video streamed via the AFLW YouTube account (link below) and Vic Country & Vic Metro U16 futures will clash as a curtain raiser at 12.30pm.

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The players selected in the squad of 24 for the Round 1 clash have been bolded, with the finals squads of 24 that will head to Gold Coast for the remaining of the carnival will be named next week.

Saturday 17th June, 2.30pm Simonds Stadium


1 Sophie PHILLIPS 30-Jul-99 163 Dandenong Stingrays
2 Julia HARVEY 28-Apr-00 163 Murray Bushrangers
3 Ada CHESSOR 15-May-00 166 Murray Bushrangers
4 Aisling TUPPER 10-Jun-99 157 Bendigo Pioneers
5 Georgia GEE 28-Oct-99 157 Dandenong Stingrays
6 Holly WHITFORD 11-Feb-99 163 Gippsland Power
7 Ruby CLAYTON 19-Oct-99 163 Dandenong Stingrays
8 Abby FAVARO 17-Feb-99 170 Murray Bushrangers
9 Iilish ROSS 21-Jun-99 168 Murray Bushrangers
10 Bridie KENNEDY 23-Sep-99 172 Dandenong Stingrays
11 Tyla HANKS 15-Feb-00 156 Gippsland Power
12 Denby TAYLOR 16-Feb-00 170 Geelong Falcons
13 Jordyn ALLEN 06-Jul-00 173 Dandenong Stingrays
14 Darcy GUTTRIDGE 30-Oct-99 169 Gippsland Power
15 Eden ZANKER 11-Nov-99 182 Bendigo Pioneers
16 Samantha RYAN 12-Mar-00 170 Dandenong Stingrays
17 Grace EGAN 01-Jun-00 157 Murray Bushrangers
18 Georgia CLARKE 23-Jun-00 176 GWV Rebels
19 Brooke STRUYLAART 04-Jul-00 164 Dandenong Stingrays
20 Lauren BUTLER 20-Nov-00 170 GWV Rebels
21 Amy DUNN 31-Oct-00 177 Gippsland Power
22 Sophie DAMON 02-Nov-00 173 Murray Bushrangers
23 Rebecca WEBSTER 22-Oct-00 164 Murray Bushrangers
24 Isabella SHANNON 30-Jun-01 175 Dandenong Stingrays
25 Jasmine KAWA 23-Oct-99 171 GWV Rebels
26 Olivia PURCELL 05-Sep-00 160 Geelong Falcons
27 Courtney JONES 10-Sep-00 164 Dandenong Stingrays
28 Kodi JACQUES 27-Sep-00 162 Bendigo Pioneers
29 Sophie VAN DE HUEVEL 10-Dec-00 171 GWV Rebels
30 Nina MORRISON 13-Dec-00 165 Geelong Falcons
31 Millie BROWN 15-Jan-01 160 Murray Bushrangers
32 Lucy McEVOY 13-May-01 172 Geelong Falcons
33 Rene CARIS 18-Mar-99 184 GWV Rebels
34 Chloe BRAIN 22-May-99 158 Murray Bushrangers
35 Eliza SHANNON 23-Oct-99 173 Geelong Falcons



1 Lily BRANCATISANO 28-Mar-99 162 Northern Knights
2 Georgia PATRIKIOS 30-Mar-01 165 Calder Cannons
3 Madeline BRANCATISANO 05-Sep-00 167 Northern Knights
4 Lauren CARUSO 19-Nov-99 161 Calder Cannons
5 Aleesha HOBBS 10-Mar-00 171 Western Jets
6 Molly WARBURTON 10-Aug-00 166 Calder Cannons
7 Chelsea JANSEN 16-Sep-00 161 Western Jets
8 Sarah DARGAN 03-Feb-99 162 Calder Cannons
9 Isabel QUINTAL 11-Mar-99 168 Sandringham Dragons
10 Olivia VESELY 06-Dec-99 165 Sandringham Dragons
11 Eleanor CORNISH 12-Jan-00 170  Calder Cannons
12 Eleanor BROWN 21-Jan-00 176 Sandringham Dragons
13 Emerson WOODS 12-Jul-00 171 Eastern Ranges 
14 Sarah KENDALL 08-Jan-00 181 Eastern Ranges
15 Georgia McPHERSON 21-Feb-00 173 Eastern Ranges
16 Carla RENDELMANN 04-Sep-00 182 Calder Cannons
17 Charlotte WILSON 29-Dec-00 177 Eastern Ranges
18 Sophia ROTHFIELD 20-Apr-01 170 Sandringham Dragons
19 Laura McCLELLAND 03-Jul-01 174 Eastern Ranges 
20 Cleo SAXON-JONES 04-Nov-01 176 Western Jets
21 Gabrielle NEWTON 31-Aug-01 175 Northern Knights
22 Charis ULU-PENIATA 28-May-99 161 Sandringham Dragons
23 Neve O’CONNOR 23-Apr-00 184 Northern Knights
24 Hannah McLAREN 10-May-00 175 Oakleigh Chargers
25 Nell MORRIS-DALTON 05-Apr-01 173 Northern Knights
26 Madison PRESPAKIS 02-Nov-00 160 Calder Cannons
27 Isabella GRANT 21-Sep-01 174 Western Jets
28 Olivia FLANAGAN 10-Mar-99 171 Eastern Ranges
29 Georgia RICARDO 09-Jul-99 166 Sandringham Dragons
30 Maddy GUERIN 25-Oct-99 170 Northern Knights
31 Monique CONTI 09-Dec-99 165 Calder Cannons
32 Ysabelle PRICE 28-Dec-99 172 Eastern Ranges