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Swan Districts maintain perfect record with strong win over Claremont

SWAN Districts have cruised to their ninth West Australian Football League Women’s (WAFLW) win of the season from nine games, delivering a solid performance against Claremont, breaking away in the second half to triumph by 19 points at Revo Fitness Stadium on Sunday afternoon. A four goal to one second half saw the competition’s top side continue their unbeaten streak through 10 rounds.

Following the cancellation of last week’s round of action across Western Australia due to a COVID-19 scare, WAFLW action returned for round 10 as Claremont hosted the powerhouse of the competition in Swan Districts. The first quarter began in typical Swan Districts fashion, as the game was tightly contested with an extremely hot footy. Both teams battled to burst their way through packs and scoring was pushed aside in exchange for a territory battle. Claremont kicked the first goal through Tessa Doumanis, as they shot out to an early lead. This lead did not last long though, as Swan Districts responded shortly after through Bianca Webb, and following another goal for the term, they began to gain control of the game, which they would never surrender from then on. The second quarter saw two goals from each team, as both teams consistently peppered the ball inside 50, with inaccuracy interrupting Swan Districts’ momentum. Claremont trailed by 11 points at the main break, with plenty to improve on as Swan Districts snatched control of the game but just could not deliver scoreboard punishment.

The third quarter saw more of the same, with the poor scoring accuracy of Swan Districts keeping Claremont within striking distance. The fatigue of players began to set in during the third term, with a solitary Swan Districts goal the only major of the quarter. The backlines of both sides found themselves working overtime with poor inside 50 entries resulting in plenty of intercept possessions for the term. With Swan Districts holding a 17-point lead going into the final term, Claremont found themselves still in the game, but it would require a bigger effort than the first three quarters. However, their opponents were simply too good to close out the game, kicking two goals to seal the game early in the term. Finishing the game with a win by just over three goals, Swan Districts became the first game in WAFLW history to win nine games in a row. They will prove hard to stop.

For the victors, Hyde was exceptional with her work on the wing. She ran hard all day from contest to contest as her wing was where the ball was often found. Her first quarter goal was a fantastic reward for effort, and she never dropped her intensity for the remainder of the game. Teammate Dana East was just as good, displaying her fantastic ability to maintain clean hands when the ball is in dispute. For Claremont, Ella Smith fought hard all day to keep her side in the game, and put her body on the line all day, demonstrated by the hard hit she wore late in the final term. Doumanis was also prominent with her two goals.

Around the leagues, Peel Thunder kicked away to finish the round with a 29-point triumph over East Fremantle at David Grays Arena on Saturday evening. Despite only five points separating the teams at half time, Peel Thunder proved too good and kicked six goals to three in the second half to secure the win. For Peel Thunder, Kate Bartlett kicked three goals, while Ella Roberts and Aisha Wright added two apiece, and Kira Phillips threatened to have a big day, kicking 1.6. Courtney Rowley and Sabreena Duffy were named the side’s best. For East Fremantle, Roxanne Roux, Sharon Wong, Madeline Ross and Gabrielle O’Sullivan each booted one goal. Laura Mcclelland and Phillipa Seth were named in the bests for the side.

A strong final term from Subiaco saw them burst away with a 25-point victory against a brave South Fremantle side at Leederville Oval on Sunday night. South Fremantle trailed by only three points at the final break, but Subiaco were able to flick the switch and nail the game shut with a three goal to nil final term to seal the win. For Subiaco, Madizen Wilkens, Amy Hunt, Tarnica Gosliano, Abbey Dowrick and Jamie Rust were the goalkickers while Jayme Harken was best afield. For South Fremantle, Liusaidh Gilchrist kicked a goal and was her side’s strongest performer, while Zoe Huggett kicked the other goal for the team.

2021 WAFL Women’s Round 10 preview: Sides return after forced cancellation

AFTER Round 9 matches were unable to go ahead due to the state lockdown, the Round 10 teams – which saw the return of the State Academy talents and more AFL Women’s players – were largely left the same with a few odd movements.

Up first is Peel Thunder taking on East Fremantle with the former stacked with returning talent and the latter also including some serious excitement. The reigning premiers have been able to bring their State Academy talent in recently named Most Valuable Player (MVP) Ella Roberts, with Courtney Rowley, Jaide Britton, Bella Mann, Beth Schilling and Aisha Wright all back in the side. Add in AFL Women’s talents in Sabreena Duffy, Sarah Verrier and Katie Jayne Grieve and the home team is absolutely stacked. Nel Baxter is another to return and slot straight onto a wing opposite Rowley as Chloe Wrigley has been named onball, while Roberts joins Grieve, Kira Phillips and Kate Bartlett inside 50, and Verrier is named off half-back with Cassie Davidson, Tanisha Anderson and Ebony Dowson among the players back there.

The Sharks have been able to add their two State Academy talents back into the side after the AFL Women’s Under 19 Championships in Chloe Reilly and Mylee Leitch, while Anjelique Raison is another young gun returning for the match. Gabby O’Sullivan will be a massive boost to the Sharks in the second half of the season, as will Philipa Seth up the other end, with the pair coming in alongside experienced forward Sara Lewis. The Sharks had to make six changes last week with Rachel Ashley and Gabby Radojkovich among the outs, though one name who has quietly snuck into a forward pocket is Roxanne Roux, who is a tall target that might just worry the Peel Thunder defence. If she can get off the chain with her athleticism and AFLW experience, then watch out.

The match of the round has to be the top of the table battle between the undefeated Swan Districts and one of the Swans’ biggest threats in Claremont. The Tigers have added in their State Academy players with Emily Bennett and Matilda Dyke going straight back into defence, and Amy Franklin named in her preferred position up forward. Matilda Sergeant and Jasmin Stewart come back to state level with captain Ella Smith returning alongside ruck Matilda Husband. The midfield featuring Jess Low, Sasha Goranova and Hayley Bullas is a major strength for the Tigers, while Dyke and Sophie McDonald holding the key position defence roles alongside Bennett, Rachel Ortlepp and Laura Pugh, while Amy Fortescue is one out from Round 9 to 10 selection sheet named as an emergency. Claremont have the talent to win the ball in the midfield and give their forwards first chance, but the Swans lineup is absolute A-grade and are the premiership favourites right now.

Swan Districts has also been able to roll out the welcome mat for plenty of inclusions as the State Academy members return for Round 9. Dana East, Nyra Anderson, Melisha Hardy, Sarah Lakay, Emma Nanut and Tara Stribley are all back into the side which has an extended bench, as AFL Women’s-listed players Kellie Gibson and Bianca Webb all return as well, Caitlyn Appleford is the other including of the 11 changes to the Swans, with the entirely new midfield of Lakay, East, Webb and Gibson will flank the damaging Mikayla and Brianna Hyde on the wings. The reliable Emily McGuire is at half-back, with young gun Jaime Henry also there while Jess Cox and Kloe Taylor are among the other young talents coming through the team, and Sarah Wielstra named up forward. The Swans will be keen to have a win over the Tigers and all but lock up top spot this season.

In the final game of the round, Subiaco hosts South Fremantle in a battle of  fourth against sixth. South Fremantle has also allowed for a ton of chances, as Makaela Tuhakaraina and Lauren Wakfer return from State Academy duties, with Sarah Wright also back on the extended interchange. Lauren Vecchio has come in to provide some extra experience, and Lara Rodin-Zimdahl, Cali Hunt and Ashleigh Little are the others to be coming back into the team. The Bulldogs will be heavy underdogs against an unbelievably strong ladder leaders lineup, though the forward line of Little, Wakfer, Ebony Clarkson and Tuhakaraina combining with Zoe Huggett, and then through the midfield Pia Durk, Kiara Templeman and Aaliyah Ugle will be one to watch, and particularly great experience for the younger South Fremantle players.

The Lions have not been forced to make any changes back in Round 9, and have instead recalled some experience in Hayley Miller, Ange Stannett, Beatrice Devlyn and Ashtyn Cowie. The midfield battle will be fascinating with Jess Ritchie in the ruck as Tarnica Golisano, Abbey Dowick and Lara Filocamo will look to win first possession. Kia Buckley, Jamie Rust and Madi Wilkins are among the talents forward of centre for the Lions, and Claire Ortlepp and Jayme Harken those holding up in defence. Maggie MacLachlan has been named on an extended interchange, and the depth of the Lions is clear in a game they should win to create separation from the bottom two sides and look towards finals footy.

WAFL WOMEN’S ROUND 10 FIXTURES:

Peel Thunder vs. East Fremantle
Claremont vs. Swan Districts
Subiaco vs. South Fremantle

2021 WAFL Women’s Round 8 preview: Swans load up on AFLW talent to continue winning streak

A CLEAR divide has developed in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Women’s competition, as the top three sides – led by the undefeated Swan Districts – are at least 12 points clear of the bottom three sides. The Swans have not dropped a game in seven outings and sit pretty eight points clear at the top of the ladder, with a massive percentage of 263.7. Peel Thunder and Claremont are separated by less than six per cent thanks to five wins from seven matches, before East Fremantle and Subiaco appear to be fighting it out for the last finals spot. The Sharks have the superior percentage – by 9.67 per cent, while South Fremantle hold up the table as the only side yet to win a game in 2021.

The opening game of the round sees reigning premiers Peel Thunder hitting the road to take on reigning wooden spooner and a side yet to register a win in the club’s short history, in South Fremantle. The Thunder will welcome back Demi Liddle who slots straight into the midfield group alongside Chloe Rigley, Gracie Fenton and Ebony Bilcich. The loss of the likes of Courtney Rowley, Jaide Britton and Ella Roberts to the State Academy has not impacted the Thunder, and they are expected to get the job done here with the damaging forward line of Kira Phillips, Bailey Molloy and Kate Bartlett all able to hit the scoreboard, and Tanisha Anderson, Ebony Dowson and Cassie Davidson at the back.

The Bulldogs on the other hand have a steady midfield group of Tahlia Holtze, Lauren Vecchio and Liudsaidh Gilchrist, though will be missing the likes of Makaela Tuhakaraina, Ash Reidy and Lauren Wakfer from the side who will return next week from their State Academy duties. Pia Durk, Kiara Templeman and Zoe Huggett are important components of the side, with Hunter Cronin and Aaliyah Ugle others to keep an eye on forward of centre for the league’s cellar dwellers.

Just when it looked like Swan Districts could not get any stronger without its contingent of youth stars, the Swans have brought back the Hyde twins, with Mikayla and Brianna Hyde both in the team. Mikayla has already played this season at state level, but is expected to feature more heavily now Fremantle’s AFL Women’s campaign is over. Brianna on the other hand was co-captain of the State Academy squad, but fell a week short of recovering from injury to play, and will look to have an impact in this game. Chanel Jetta will join the likes of AFL Women’s listed talents Kellie Gibson and Imahra Cameron back into the side. They also have the in-form Jess Cox, along with fellow youngsters Jaime Henry, Kloe Taylor and Danielle Wright, while Emily McGuire has been named at full-forward in a change of ends.

Subiaco have not opted to name any outs just yet, with Ellie Blackmore an important inclusion back in the side on a wing, whilst Taylisha Brown, Maud-Annie Foley and Dahna Lee have all been added to the extended interchange. Jess Ritchie, Tarnica Golisano, Lara Filocamo and Abbey Dowrick are a strong midfield group, as Claire Ortlepp and Jayme Harken provide the defensive impact, and youngsters Kia Buckley and Jamie Rust will benefit once again alongside Tarnee Tester at half-forward. The Swans will be strong favourites to go 8-0, but Subiaco are forming a more solid team to attack the second half of the year.

In the final game of the round, East Fremantle will look to cause an upset against Claremont with both teams making some changes at the selection table. The Tigers have welcomed back AFL Women’s listed Eagles, Hayley Bullas and Sophie McDonald, alongside Adele Arnup, Ayesha Razvi and Mackenzie Thompson, with Melissa Mettam, Emily Pickett and Julia Uhe coming out but remaining at emergencies. Bullas will team up with Sasha Goranova and Jess Low in the midfield which will cause some headaches for the sharks, whilst McDonald will join forces with consistent defenders, Rachel Ortlepp and Amy Fortescue in the back half.

East Fremantle welcome back Kahra Sprylan into that midfield mix, as well as full-forward Stephanie Dalton who replaces Sara Lewis, defender Rachel Ashley, and then Doma Fedele and youngster Gabby Radojkovich coming onto the bench. Alli Nokes, Samara Pluschke and Torrens Revell were among the outs for the home team ahead of the clash. Rosie Walsh remains at full-back for the Sharks, with Hayley O’Donnell, Ashleigh Gomes and Madeline Ross creating some run on the outside, and clever Larissa Versaci up forward. Sharon Wong and Kate Inglis-Hodge will look to take control with Sprylan in a massive midfield battle against the equally-talented Tigers onball brigade.

WAFL WOMEN’S ROUND 8 FIXTURES:

South Fremantle vs. Peel Thunder
Swan Districts vs. Subiaco
East Fremantle vs. Claremont

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2021 WAFL Women’s Round 6 preview: Wholesale changes as young guns head to South Australia

MOST sides – but particularly Swan Districts and Peel Thunder – will be heavily depleted in Round 6 of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) competition. Both sides have built a reputation on their abundance of young talent coming through the teams, and now they will need to work around the amount of forced changes in their respective games, with the Swans forced for eight changes due to the AFL Women’s Under U19s matchup between South Australia and Western Australia, and five of six changes for Peel. South Fremantle (two), East Fremantle (one) and Subiaco (none) have fewer forced changes due to the game, but a number of switches at the selection table have still occurred.

Swan Districts will be without Nyra Anderson, Naomi Baker, Dana East, Melisha Hardy, Sarah Lakay, Emma Nanut, Tara Stribley and Bella Edgley for the huge top of the table clash against Claremont, meaning a number of other talents will need to step up. They regain some key position options in the likes of Sarah Wielstra – who missed last week – and Fiona Boucher, while Hayley Cole and Olivia Cripps are among other inclusions for the Swans. They still have a young onball brigade with teenagers Jessica Cox and Kloe Taylor in there, whilst Mikayla Hyde has been named at full-forward alongside the dangerous Mikayla Morrison and Taylah Edwards. Young guns Jaime Henry and Danielle Wright are also in there, too young for the AFL Women’s Under 19s selection.

Claremont on the other hand also have quite a few outs, with five changes including Matilda Dyke heading to South Australia. Sasha Goranova, Kate Orme, Andie Payne and Mikayla Western are also out of the match, though the Tigers do regain the likes of Sarah Garstone and Emma Lendrum among others. Emily Bennett is another player out of the Tigers’ lineup due to her commitments in South Australia, but was not named as an out given she missed the Round 5 clash as well. Amy Fortescue and Rachel Ortlepp will hop to hold down the defensive fort this week, whilst the midfield of Jess Low, Tessa Doumanis and Ella Smith is quality, and former State representatives in Garstone and Jacinta Valentini will look to make the most of their chances against a steadfast defence. This game is a huge chance for Claremont to knock off the undefeated Swans.

At the other end of the ladder, the bottom two sides in Subiaco and South Fremantle lock horns in a must-win game for both teams. The Lions only have the one forced change in Tarnee Tester out of the side, while Maggie MacLachlan replaces that AFL Women’s experience by coming back into the side alongside Holly Hyder, Maud-Annie Foley and Kate Pocsidio. The Lions have a largely unchanged lineup heading into the clash, with Jamie Rust looking strong last week, and Tarnica Golisano, Lara Filocamo and Ellie Blackmore working around Jessica Ritchie at the stoppages. Youngsters Kia Buckley and Abbey Dowrick have the capacity to be game-changes, while Madi Wilkins was impressive, and Claire Ortlepp a reliable source of rebound from the back half.

For South Fremantle, they have lost Makaela Tuhakaraina and Lauren Wakfer to State Academy duties against South Australia, whilst last week’s debutant Bella Clarke is also among six outs this week. Coming into the side are a few important talents in ruck/forward Ella Ward, and midfielder Kiara Templeman, while Shakira Pickett is an excitement machine. Liusaidh Gilchrist and Pia Durk are always dangerous for the red and whites through the middle, whilst the forward trio of Hunter Cronin, Zoe Huggett and Lauren Vecchio is threatening. They will need to be at their best given the outs for the Bulldogs, but will enjoy the challenge taking on a side they narrowly fell short of in Round 1.

In the final match of the round, reigning premiers Peel Thunder – who are coming off two losses in three games – will look to bounce back against East Fremantle. The Thunder have been gutted – in a good way – at the selection table, with their enviable amount of young guns all heading to South Australia. Jaide Britton will co-captain her state at the championships – and as the only fit captain for the first clash against South Australia will toss the coin at Flinders University Stadium – while Jade Briggs, Bella Mann, Ella Roberts and Courtney Rowley will also miss the Thunder’s game. Into the side comes another Rowley in Angel Rowley, whilst Ebonee Hardy is the other player coming in that is named in an extended team. The Thunder will have plenty of talent across the ground, with Kate Bartlett, Bailey Molloy and Kira Phillips all capable of dominating inside 50, while Tanisha Anderson, Cassie Davidson and Ebony Dowson are rock solid up the other end.

East Fremantle have only lost one player to the Academy game in Chloe Reilly, but have lost a ton of experience elsewhere, as full-back Kimberley Boulton, experienced midfielders Sharon Wong and Ann McMahon, as well as Kate Inglis-Hodge are among the outs in the match. It opens the door for a number of other Sharks to come back in, with Evie Gooch the big name returning for Round 6. She joins Cadian Lodge, Nikki Phillips and Stephanie Dalton in slotting straight into the starting side. The Sharks will lack experience, but still have youth, as Anjelique Raison and Gabby Radojkovich are forward talents, and Alli Nokes providing the physicality in defence. Ashleigh Gomes, Kahra Sprylan and Larissa Versaci have the experience to overcome the Thunder midfield, whilst Alex Williams and Hayley O’Donnell are still in the backline, and Madeline Ross up forward meaning the home team could cause an upset and string their third win together and join the Thunder on 3-3.

WAFL WOMEN’S ROUND 6 FIXTURES:

Swan Districts vs. Claremont
Subiaco vs. South Fremantle
East Fremantle vs. Peel Thunder

Picture credit: Owen Davies / Peel Thunder

Swan Districts flex muscles with strong win against Subiaco

SWAN Districts have retained top spot on the ladder after setting up their Sunday afternoon win with a dominant first half performance to win 7.12 (54) to 2.6 (18). In 37-degree heat, the Swans led Subiaco 44-1 at half-time, in what was a clinical performance with contributors all over the ground. In a surprise turn of events, the second half belonged to the visitors as Subiaco were able to negate the attacking ball movement of Swan Districts and outscore their opponent 17-10 to finish the game with promising signs. The second half fade out may disappoint the Swans, but their scintillating first half meant the result was never in doubt.

From the opening bounce, the Swans stamped themselves on the game, dominating clearances and opening up a three-goal lead heading into the first break, and they were not done yet. The exceptional ball movement continued into the second quarter as the pace and ball use of their midfielders and backline created plenty of scoring opportunities for their forward line. Subiaco were beaten around the ball, and when they finally constructed some good play, their forward 50 entries let them down. It almost seemed like a message to the rest of the competition, as the Swans showcased their ability to win the ball and hurt their opposition with their clean ball movement. With a 43-point half-time lead, things were looking ominous for not only Subiaco, but all the teams in the path of the Swans.

The second half told a much different story. Subiaco showed no signs of the team that was stunned earlier on, controlling the game and putting their opponents under constant relentless pressure. Inaccurate kicking meant Subiaco only closed the gap by 10 points, but the signs were promising for a young team in the midst of a rebuild. The fourth quarter was more of the same, with Dana East’s second goal sealing the result and sending her side to the top of the ladder, undefeated after five rounds.

The loss of Sarah Wielstra from the team allowed regular fullback Aimee Ralph to spend more time in the ruck and around the ground, an opportunity she grabbed with both hands. Ralph exerted her influence all over the ground, whether it was perfect palm downs to her midfielders on the run, winning ground balls in an often scrappy game, or hurting the opposition on the scoreboard, chiming in for a goal of her own. The coaches would be wrapped with her ability to adapt to another position and put in a best on ground performance. East was damaging through the middle, using her pace around the ground and kicking two goals. Fellow midfielder Jessica Cox was damaging at ground level, winning plenty of clearances. Mikayla Morrison hit the scoreboard with two goals of her own, while Bella Edgley and Nyra Anderson kicked one goal each.

For Subiaco, the midfield duo of Tarnica Gosliano and Lara Filocamo were major factors in the second half fightback, winning the ball not only at centre clearances but all over the ground. The duo stepped up to bring their team back into the game, and were well assisted by Sarah Walters on the wing, who fought hard in the first half, winning plenty of the ball despite the constant pressure by the Swans. Taylisha Brown and Hayley Corlett kicked one goal apiece.

The win put Swan Districts one game clear on top of the ladder as they prepare to host second placed Claremont in a blockbuster clash on Saturday morning. Subiaco currently sits in fifth place at one win and four losses but will be looking to break the drought against the 0-5 South Fremantle on Saturday afternoon.

In other games this weekend, East Fremantle put in an outstanding performance, smashing the last placed South Fremantle 10.12 (72) to 4.2 (26). For East Fremantle, the goal kickers were Gabby Radojkovich and Paisley Prentice with two goals each and Chloe Reilly, Sharon Wong, Madeline Ross, Ann Mcmahon, Anjelique Raison and Ashleigh Gomes all kicking one goal. Their best players were Alex Williams, Wong, Ellie Sanders, Mcmahon and Kahra Sprylan. For South Fremantle, the goal kickers were Zoe Huggett with two goals and Makaela Tuhakaraina and Makayla Cocking with one goal each. Their best players were Pia Durk, Casey Byrne, Lauren Wakfer and Lauren Vecchio.

At Revo Fitness Stadium, Claremont won in a thriller against the Peel Thunder, claiming the win 5.6 (36) to 5.3 (33). For Claremont, the goal kickers were Katherine Bennett with two goals and Sasha Goranova, Ella Smith and Madeleine Scanlon with one goal each. Their best players were Matilda Dyke, Jessica Low, Bennett, Mackenzie Webb and Jacinta Valentini. For the Peel Thunder, their goal kickers were Kate Bartlett and Kira Phillips with two goals each and Ella Roberts with one goal of her own. Their best players were Chloe Wrigley, Cassie Davidson, Courtney Rowley, Bella Mann and Abby Barnden.

WAFLW Round 4 wrap: Swans hold off Sharks in impressive win to remain undefeated

SWAN DISTRICTS have remained undefeated in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Women’s competition, posting an impressive 28-point victory over East Fremantle at New Choice Homes Park yesterday in NAIDOC Round. The Swans headed into the clash at 3-0, while the Sharks won their first game of the season last round to get on the board at 1-2. While the visitors ended up pouring on four of the last five goals of the game, it was anyone’s match up until the last 10 minutes of the game.

The Swans did not waste any time getting on the board with Taylah Edwards soccering through a major just 90 seconds into the match. East Fremantle kept peppering the goals and dominating possession throughout the mid-part of the quarter, but once the Swans took control and locked it inside their own forward half, it took the lightning quick hands of Nyra Anderson and the silky boot of Mikayla Morrison to banana home a magic goal with one minute left in the term.

Swan Districts lead by 11 points at quarter time, but East Fremantle showed it was up fo the fight, as a dropped mark by Sarah Wielstra inside defensive 50 allowed Evie Gooch to pounce and slam a goal home from 40m out. Soon youngster Gabby Radojkovich was on the board to double their score, making multiple defensive efforts before turning and kicking truly to put her team in front. Swan Districts controlled play for the remainder of the quarter, but could only manage the three consecutive behinds to go in front with four minutes to play and take a narrow one-point lead at the main break.

Still in front but facing their stiffest challenge yet, the top of the table Swans showed why they are yet to drop a game with three consecutive goals in the first half of the term. First it was Bella Edgley – after being well held in the first half – who took a fantastic contested grab between two opponents and slotted the goal, then it was the one-two from Wielstra and nailing a major off a few steps, before Morrison benefited from a Tara Stribley run and Edgley deep kick to make it three on the trot.

With the third term winding down, it looked as though the 22-point lead would be a massive barrier coming into the final term, but then the experienced Gooch had other ideas, slotting back to back majors. Both were the perfect small forwards goals, staying down, reading the drop at the back of the back and running into an open goal, or finding the space to slot them home. By the time the siren rang after her second, the Sharks deficit was back to a manageable 10 points.

The first major in the contest was crucial for both sides, and it was Hope Ugle-Haward who hit one of the least pretty set shots you will see with a low floater, but it proved effective and the six points were added to the Swans score. One of the plays of the day came from East Fremantle not long after as Chloe Reilly was on the end of a series of fast disposals to get it deep and her athleticism and footy IQ did the rest, kicking it from the goalsquare to cut the deficit to under two kicks again.

While East Fremantle was back in it, that would soon be snuffed out as Danielle Wright and Dana East would combine brilliantly, and Mikayla Morrison‘s (third) and Sarah Wielstra (second) would also add additional majors to their name in the quarter. The final margin was a strong 28 points, but the 9.8 (62) to 5.4 (34) victory in favour of the Swans was anything but easy.

East was absolutely outstanding throughout the contest for the Swans, standing up in crunch moments alongside fellow youngsters, Sarah Lakay and Jessica Cox. Bianca Webb and Aimee Ralph were also named amongst the bests for their efforts, while Emily McGuire did as she pleased off half-back. For the Sharks, it was no surprise to see Gooch named as best-on for her three goals, while Sharon Wong, Marni Alston and Kahra Sprylan were also impressive in the victory.

In other results, Peel Thunder and Claremont both increased their lead in the top three, gaining their third wins of the seasons. The Tigers won their third on the trot with a 20-point victory over Subiaco, getting up 7.4 (46) to 4.2 (26). Leading by only a goal at half-time, the Tigers booted three goals to one in the third term to gain separation and set up the win. Amy Franklin slotted three goals in her best performance of the year for the visitors, named amongst the best with Sasha Goranova (one) and Kate Orme (one), while Brooke Whyte and Matilda Dyke also impressed. Sarah Garstone and Madeleine Scanlon were the other Tigers’ goalkickers. For the Lions, Kia Buckley kicked a major and was named amongst the best, with Abbey Dowrick, Amy Hunt and Beatrice Devlyn also hitting the scoreboard. Caitlin Walker, Claire Ortlepp and North Adelaide premiership player Katelyn Pope were also in the team’s best.

Meanwhile Peel Thunder piled on 13 goals in a high-scoring 41-point win over South Fremantle. The reigning premiers bounced back from their first loss of the season in style to have 19 scoring shots, and kick seven and six goals in the respective halves, and record a 13.6 (84) to 7.1 (43) victory. Kate Bartlett‘s ridiculous goal-streak continued with three more majors in the game, as Bailey Molloy (three) and Ella Roberts (two) also kicked multiple majors. Chloe Wrigley, Courtney Rowley, Jade Briggs, Greta McKinley and Kaitlin Hayes all kicked majors for the winners. Ebony Bilcich was named best-on for Peel, while Rowley, Molloy, Bartlett and Skipper Van Peer also stood out. South Fremantle’s Ashleigh Reidy slotted two goals, amongst a host of individual goalkickers. Lauren Wakfer, Zoe Huggett and Kiara Templeman all kicked majors and were named among the best, while Aaliah Ugle and Sheridan Kowald also added their names to the goalkicking list. Pia Durk and Makaela Tuhakaraina were also impressive despite the loss.

Round 5 action kicks off on Friday night with an all-Fremantle clash between the Bulldogs and Sharks, before Claremont and Peel thunder lock horns on Saturday, and Swan Districts and Subiaco face off on Sunday.

WAFL WOMEN’S ROUND 4 RESULTS:

Subiaco 4.2 (26) defeated by Claremont 7.4 (46)
Peel Thunder 13.6 (84) defeated South Fremantle 7.1 (43)
East Fremantle 5.4 (34) defeated by Swan Districts 9.8 (62)

2021 WAFL Women’s Round 4 preview: Sharks to test waters against Swans

SIDES will welcome back some key inclusions for Round 4 of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Women’s competition, as the top three sides face the bottom three sides to try and gain further separation on their opposition. The three games feature a predicted tight one between Subiaco and Claremont, with the Lions hoping to level out their season at 2-2, whilst the Tigers could move to 3-1 and potentially have an eight-point gap on the bottom three sides. Peel Thunder are in a similar boat, sitting at 2-1 after a loss to Swan Districts in Round 2, but will be looking to take out their frustrations on a young South Fremantle side looking for its first win. In the other game, the red-hot Swan Districts will travel to face East Fremantle with the Swans hoping to stretch their unbeaten streak to four, while the Sharks will hope to cause an upset and grab their second consecutive win after getting on the board last week.

Subiaco will have been disappointed by some missed opportunities in Round 3 in front of goal, scoring just one behind in a big loss to East Fremantle. Luckily the Lions have loaded up on talent for this round with captain Tarnica Golisano returning alongside the experienced Lara Filocamo, and young gun Abbey Dowrick. Claremont on the other hand also welcome back a couple of top talents with Jess Low back into the side after missing last week, and Kate Orme also into the team.

There are plenty of matchups to watch in the game, but the inside clash between Filocamo and Claremont captain Ella Smith should not be missed, while Jayme Harken will hope the inclusions of the Subiaco players will lead to more chances inside 50. She will have to content with West Coast’s Sophie McDonald, while up the other end, fellow AFL Women’s player Maggie MacLachlan will look to team up with Jessica Ritchie to quell young gun AFL Women’s Academy member Amy Franklin, and the dangerous Brooke Whyte. Mikayla Western showed plenty of toe for Claremont last week and Emily Bennett provided the run in tandem with Rachel Ortlepp, whilst Rachel and sister Claire could cross paths at some point during the day. Subiaco have some impressive talent running around in Kia Buckley, Beatrice Devlyn and Ellie Blackmore who can bring the ball down in transition, and will be hoping to turn it around with a good result here, but the Tigers are a difficult team to beat and expect them to be favourites.

Moving onto the East Fremantle and Swan Districts clash, the Sharks will need to be at their absolute best to try and quell a Swan Districts outfit that has kept the opposition guessing with an extended bench. Depending on AFL Women’s selection, the likes of Mikayla Morrison – who kicked four goals last week – is still available, and the Swans have included a number of players to pick from before the bounce, and of those, Chanel Jetta is the one named on the field at half-forward. The Sharks on the other hand will breathe a sigh of relieve with the return of Kahra Sprylan, while Marni Alston and Torrens Revell have also been added to the bench. Kate Inglis-Hodge and Brianna Green are among the outs with the latter set to be needed for AFL Women’s duties.

The key to the match will be whether or not Swan Districts can get off the chain like Morrison and her teammates did last week against reigning premiers, Peel Thunder. Bella Edgley just keeps kicking goals, and the likes of Taylah Edwards and Sarah Lakay provide good targets inside 50. The week before, Nyra Anderson slotted three goals and is a proven state league talent who can cause all sorts of headaches for the opposition defence. The Sharks defence of youngster Alli Nokes alongside the experienced Kimberley Boulton and Alex Williams have the capacity to limit the opposition in the back half, while the experienced midfield of Sharon Wong, Ann McMahon and Evangeline Gooch will look to take control over their younger opposition which could feature the slick Dana East and hard nut Jessica Cox. The front half combination of young trio, Anjelique Raison, Gabby Radojkovich and Chloe Reilly have serious X-factor and upside for the Sharks, with Emily McGuire, Lauren Osborne and Aimee Ralph helping steady the versatile movers in Jaime Henry and Tara Stribley. Swan Districts should be strong favourites in this, but East Fremantle hit their straps last week.

An unchanged South Fremantle will head in to try and change their first two rounds results taking on reigning premiers Peel Thunder who will look to bounce back from a rare loss in Round 3. The Thunder went down to Swan Districts in a top-of-the-table clash following back-to-back wins in Rounds 1 and 2, wile the Bulldogs are yet to get on the board, pushing Subiaco in Round 1 before back-to-back substantial losses to Swan Districts and Claremont the last two weeks. Peel Thunder have gone in with an extended bench for the home clash, welcoming back the likes of AFL Women’s draftee Demi Liddle and young gun Beth Schilling for the clash. Schilling will join the most dynamic forward line in the competition with Kate Bartlett leading all-comers in the goalkicking having booted multiple majors every week, and the unbelievable Ella Roberts also creating havoc for the Thunder. With Greta McKinley and Jade Briggs rounding out the front five, the Thunder have a difficult attack to contain, with Tahlia Holtz, Makayla Cocking and Sheridan Kowald needing to find a way to restrict them.

Young ruck Lauren Wakfer has been named at full-forward for the Bulldogs this week, likely to rotate with fellow tall Ella Ward, while Zoe Huggett kicked three goals in Round 1, and with Aaliyah Ugle and Hunter Cronin, the red and whites have potential up front. Makaela Tuhakaraina going up against Chloe Wrigley in the middle with a be a great head-to-head to watch, while Pia Durk and Lauren Vecchio are ever-consistent despite the South Fremantle results. Top prospect Courtney Rowley and West Australian Under 19s co-captain Jaide Britton on the wings will provide great run for the thunder, as will Tanisha Anderson and Bella Mann off half-back. Given their relative experience – despite both teams being young – Peel Thunder at home should get the job done here, though it has been great to see the Bulldogs progress this year after their inaugural season last year.

The East Fremantle and Swan Districts clash at New Choice Homes Park is the live stream game this week, available via the WAFL Facebook page or YouTube channel.

WAFL WOMEN’S ROUND 4 FIXTURES:

Subiaco vs. Claremont
East Fremantle vs. Swan Districts
Peel Thunder vs. South Fremantle

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WAFLW Round 3 wrap: Claremont go back-to-back as Swans rise to top

CLAREMONT Tigers have stormed to their most dominant win of the year, defeating South Fremantle by 51 points in a Round 3 West Australian Football League (WAFL) Women’s victory. The Tigers looked on from the get-go, piling on five goals in the first term, and while the Bulldogs managed to match it with them through the middle two quarters, Claremont broke away again the last to boot 3.1 to 0.0 in the final term and win 11.7 (73) to 3.4 (22).

After having moments in her opening two games, it looked like AFL Women’s Academy member Amy Franklin was ready to tear the competition apart in Round 3. She took a strong mark early in the match, spun around and hit up Tessa Doumanis for a goal, then moments later marked close to goal and put it through the middle. By the time there were three minutes on the clock, Franklin had slotted her second, and almost had her third in the final minute, but it just missed. Luckily for the Tigers, a costly Bulldogs turnover resulted in Brooke Whyte capitalising for a fifth goal in the term.

Mikayla Western – the athletic and talented older sister of Fremantle’s equally-gifted Joel – turned it on with her X-factor inside 50 and also added her name to the goalkickers in the first term, whilst for the Bulldogs, Ella Ward got on the end of one off the back of great defensive pressure up forward from a host of young teammates.

The second term was a lot tighter, with Madeleine Scanlon having time to celebrate a goal with most of her teammates, but her first major in the competition would have to wait until later in the match as it was deemed touched on the way through. Tigers captain Ella Smith was one of the more enthusiastic celebrators with Scanlon’s would-be goal, then nailed one herself with a cheeky look over the shoulder at the goal umpire for the all clear prior to beginning her celebration.

Just when it seemed like party time for Claremont, Zoe Huggett managed to jag one back for the visitors with eight and a half minutes on the clock, as the young brigade of Aaliyah Ugle, Makaela Tuhakaraina and 16-year-old ruck Lauren Wakfer were all having an impact across the ground. However it was Adele Arnup who added another major to the board for Claremont, and the Tigers headed into half-time with a 32-point advantage.

If you had tuned into the match at half-time without a scoreboard, many would not have guessed that Claremont was so far up, as South Fremantle took it up to the Tigers, booting 1.3 apiece and showing they could put pressure on the opposition not only defensively, but on the scoreboard through scoring chances. Hunter Cronin snagged the goal of the day by turning one way and then the other to snap around her body to put it back to 23 points, only for Andie Payne to nail a goal on the run courtesy of a great handball from West Coast’s Sophie McDonald.

There were some sore bodies out there, particularly for South Fremantle as Wakfer, Kiara Templeman and Tahlia Holtze all came from the ground in the third term, with the latter two returning in the fourth quarter. Lauren Vecchio was desperately trying to lift her side in the second half, but the luck was with the Tigers, as any glimpse of an unlikely comeback was snuffed out early. McDonald watched as two Bulldogs collided next to the goalsquare and the AFL Women’s tall scooped up the ball and kicked it from a metre out.

Moments later, Jacinta Valentini backed up from hitting the post off a quick snap with a great goal off a turnover. Zoe Huggett had a snap close to goal which went off the side of the boot and bounced out of bounds, then she came off a bit ginger from the collision. There was just one more chapter to be written in Claremont’s fairytale for the day and it had to come off the boot of the excited Scanlan who, just before the siren, finally got to celebrate six points rather than one, and it sailed home perfectly.

Claremont had a remarkable 10 individual goalkickers in the match, with the likes of Whyte, Doumanis, Payne, Paige Hamilton-Smith and Matilda Husband impressing the coaches plenty. Franklin spent the second half in defence after her two-goal effort that could have been a couple more as well. For the Bulldogs, Ugle was electric, Vecchio, Holtze and Templeman were all strong, and Gabrielle Canicosa was also named among the best. Tuhakaraina showed some of the talent she possesses all across the ground and one who is incredibly dangerous with her combination of speed and power.

Meanwhile in other results, East Fremantle dominated Subiaco to grab the Sharks’ first win of the season, leaving the Bulldogs’ as the sole winless side thus far in season 2021. The defence of the home team was up to the task, kicking three goals in each of the halves – though were kept to just two points in the final term – to win 6.9 (45) to 0.1 (1).

Madeline Ross had a day out with three goals, while Gabby Radojkovich almost did, kicking three behinds for the Sharks. Alli Noakes, Larissa Versaci and Elle Sanders all kicked majors with the goal kickers standing out in the victory. Samara Pluschke and Laura McClelland were also impressive for the winners, while for the Lions, Beatrice Devlyn scored her side’s sole behind in the match. Liana Burchell, Tayla Thorogood and Sarah Walters were named Subiaco’s best in the loss.

In the top of the table clash between Peel Thunder and Swan Districts, it was the visitors who found a chink in the reigning premiers’ armour, defeating the Thunder by 28 points at David Grays Arena. With an abundance of talent on both sides, the match was fairly even throughout the first half as the Swans led by three points at quarter time and two points at the half, before putting the foot down. Seven goals to three in the second half sent a message to the rest of the competition that the black and whites mean business in the 2021 season.

Mikayla Morrison slotted four goals for the Swans, with Sarah Wielstra best-on for her work through the ruck and up forward with two majors, as did developing tall Sarah Lakay. Nyra Anderson and Taylah Edwards both slotted a goal, while Aimee Ralph, Jaime Henry, Melisha Hardy and Ashley Sharp were named amongst the best. For Peel, the most dominant forward in the competition in Kate Bartlett still slotted three majors, while State Academy member Aisha Wright kicked two in the loss. West Australian Under 19s co-captain Jaide Britton was best-on for the Thunder, while Chloe Wrigley and Nel Baxter were also amongst the best.

Next week the Thunder will look to bounce back in another home game, this time against South Fremantle, whilst the unbeaten Swan Districts travel to play East Fremantle. Subiaco hosts Claremont at Leederville Oval in a Saturday evening fixture with the other two games played at 2pm on Sunday, local time.

WAFL WOMEN’S ROUND 3 RESULTS:

East Fremantle 6.9 (45) defeated Subiaco 0.1 (1)
Peel Thunder 5.8 (38) defeated by Swan Districts 10.6 (66)
Claremont 11.7 (73) defeated South Fremantle 3.4 (22)

2021 WAFL Women’s Round 3 preview: Top of the table clash to highlight huge round

A TOP of the table clash between Peel Thunder and Swan Districts at David Grays Arena tomorrow evening is the highlight of a big Round 3 across the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Women’s competition. Both sides head into the clash with two wins under their belts, following Peel’s triumphs over East Fremantle and Subiaco, while Swan Districts took care of Claremont and South Fremantle.

Both teams have an abundance of youth prospects running around that will fill out the West Australian squad at the AFL Women’s Under 19s Championships. Courtney Rowley is one of the top prospects across the country, and a potential head-to-head with Tara Stribley on a wing makes it a battle to watch. Up forward, Thunder bottom-age talent Ella Roberts is one of the most damaging forward prospects running around, and teaming up with Kate Bartlett, Peel has a one-two combination that packs a punch.

It means the likes of Emma Nanut and Emily McGuire will be key players, as will the reliable Lauren Osborne, in containing the talented Peel outfit. In midfield, Jess Cox has been in great form for the Swans, and could lock horns with Chloe Wrigley. Unfortunately Brianna Hyde is still unavailable due to injury, which otherwise could have seen the West Australian Under 19s co-captains face off with Jaide Britton on Peel’s side.

While Peel Thunder has a damaging forward combination, it would be remiss not to look at the depth and talent up the Swan Districts end. Nyra Anderson slotted three goals last week, whilst Mikayla Hyde returned to the WAFL Women’s to have an impact, and then there is the rising talents in Dana East and Bella Edgley. Both booted two goals, with Edgley potentially having more with 2.2, and East being named best on ground for her work roaming up the ground.

A couple of raw talls running around with good aggression in the air and at ground level are Beth Schilling (Peel Thunder) and Sarah Lakay (Swan Districts) which would be a huge match-up if they go head-to-head. Add in the talented 15-year-old Jaime Henry going up against another growing talent in Aisha Wright, and there are matchups to watch all over the field.

In the early Saturday game, East Fremantle will search for its first win coming up against Subiaco following the Lions’ loss to Peel Thunder last week. Subiaco got on the board against South Fremantle in the opening round, whilst the Sharks have falling to the Swans and Claremont in the past two weeks. Kia Buckley was best afield for Subiaco last round, and will be looking to have an impact against the Sharks, while Chloe Reilly is relishing her role down back.

Rosie Walsh will be set for her second game back this season and look to influence in the ruck, while a host of young Sharks are building some good form despite the results. Anjelique Raison and Mylee Leitch have both produced some highlights this season, being able to add to the experience of Sara Lewis up forward, and the likes of Sharon Wong and Kimberley Boulton in midfield and defence respectively. The Sharks defence is rock solid, which will make life difficult for the Lions.

However outside of Buckley, the Lions have other young guns in Abbey Dowrick and Jamie Rust, as well as Maggie MacLachlan who has strung together a couple of games whilst waiting for her AFL Women’s call-up to the Dockers. Tarnica Golisano is a reliable player, while Ellie Blackmore and Courtney Guard are consistent performers.

In the final game of the round and standalone game on Sunday, Claremont is searching to go back-to-back with wins after defeating East Fremantle last week, while South Fremantle is still searching for its first win in club history. From a Bulldogs perspective, Poppy Stockwell is a talented forward when she can get access to the ball, with Ashleigh Reidy and Zoe Huggett also damaging in the forward half. Pia Durk has been a revelation coming into the side this year, while Tahlia Holtze and Lauren Vecchio are reliable players to back in to perform each and every week.

Claremont’s top young talent is Amy Franklin, a key forward who has the athleticism of a small forward, but can roll through the ruck as well. Strong in the air and hard to contain at ground level, she will look to have a greater influence this week after a promising Round 1, but a quieter Round 2. Jess Low was in a similar boat, being near best-afield in the Round 1 game, before a quieter Round 2 game, though Rachel Ortlepp was absolutely outstanding at half-back. She combined well with youngster Emily Bennett, while Emily Elkington was another who had her moments. Ella Smith and Sasha Goranova are consistent performers, while Amy Fortescue has not missed a beat since coming into the side from Queensland.

It is hard to predict winners across the weekend with all three games predicted to be close. Based on their early results, Subiaco, Peel Thunder and Claremont will be favourites, but the Thunder and Swan Districts clash will be the pick of the bunch.

WAFL WOMEN’S ROUND 3 FIXTURES:

Saturday, March 6:

East Fremantle vs. Subiaco @ New Choice Homes Park, 12pm
Peel Thunder vs. Swan Districts @ David Grays Arena, 5pm

Sunday, March 7:

Claremont vs. South Fremantle @ Revo Fitness Stadium

Picture credit: Owen Davies/Peel Thunder

2021 WAFL Women’s Round 2 preview: Grand Final rematch opens action

ROUND 2 of the West Australian Football League (WAFL) Women’s competition kicks off with a Saturday night and early Sunday morning fixture to help with the heat, as a number of young guns aim to state their claims against experienced opposition.

SUBIACO vs. PEEL THUNDER
Saturday, February 27 @ 6pm
Leederville Oval

A grand final rematch kicks off Round 2 of the WAFL Women’s, with reigning premiers Peel Thunder unfurling their flag last week, then grabbing their first points of 2021 with an impressive win over East Fremantle. Now they come up against a Subiaco side looking to also go 2-0 after surviving a late fightback from South Fremantle in the last quarter of their Round 1 encounter.

Ella Roberts picked up where she left off in 2020 last week, booting two first half goals before being locked down by the Sharks in the second half. Subiaco knows just how dangerous she can be, so expect another tough day for the teenager who will learn to deal with extra attention. Fellow young gun Courtney Rowley showed good signs in Round 1 and will look to build on that for Round 2, providing a crucial run-and-carry on the outside. Beth Schilling provided a target up forward for the Thunder in Round 1, and throw in Jade Briggs and Kate Bartlett, and the Thunder have heaps of X-factor inside 50. Tanisha Anderson and Jaide Britton are another couple of talents to watch out for, with Britton named as co-captain for Western Australia ahead of the Under 19 Championships.

Despite the Thunder getting up in the grand final last year, Subiaco had won all of the previous four clashes against the Thunder, and will be hoping to restore that back in this game. They have some young talent of their own with Claire Ortlepp off half-back and Jamie Rust up forward. Captain Tarnica Golisano will also give a four-quarter effort, whilst Fremantle AFL Women’s injury replacement player Maggie MacLachlan has been named for the game. Similarly, Kia Buckley and Abbey Dowrick have both been named on the bench with the hope they can return to the side.

Both these sides have some terrific young talent, as well as some crucial state league and top-level experience, so expect it to be a terrific match, though Peel Thunder will be favourites after stamping their authority in Round 1.

 

SOUTH FREMANTLE vs. SWAN DISTRICTS
Sunday, February 28 @ 9.30am
Fremantle Community Bank Oval

Two sides that were on opposite sides of the coin in nail-biting encounters do battle in the second Round 2 clash, with South Fremantle hosting Swan Districts at Fremantle Community Bank Oval. An early 9.30am fixture provides fans with a way of avoiding an averse weather conditions like the Swans suffered through during their six-point low-scoring win over Claremont last week. The Bulldogs lost the points, but certainly lost no fans in a spirited fightback against Subiaco in the final term only to fall short.

Pia Durk in the midfield has been touted as one to watch this season for the red and whites, with Lauren Vecchio the ever-reliable leader onball. Poppy Stockwell returns to the side as a crucial forward option, while Ash Reidy and Tahlia Holtze are others for the Bulldogs who have been named at opposite ends on the flanks. South Fremantle coach Beau McCormack said in the preseason that ex-rugby player Makaela Tuhakaraina is one to keep an eye on in 2021. Zoe Huggett booted three goals in the narrow loss last week and will be a key target once again inside 50.

Swan Districts are a young side, but have plenty of upside, with Dana East and Jessica Cox among the developing talents at the black and whites. They provide the inside presence with ruck Sarah Wielstra getting better by the week as a ruck/forward, while Tara Stribley is the outside distributor needed for that touch of clash. Bella Edgley was the difference for the Swans in Round 1, with her two goals because crucial in challenging conditions, while Jamie Henry is another young talent who will play in defence with the likes of experienced backs, captain Emily McGuire, and Lauren Osborne.

Swan Districts will be favourites to continued South Fremantle’s losing streak, but the Bulldogs showed terrific signs last week and been at home, they know anything is possible with the talent they have brought into the club.

 

CLAREMONT vs. EAST FREMANTLE
Sunday, February 28 @ 1pm
Revo Fitness Stadium

The final game of the round takes place at 1pm on Sunday when two Round 1 losers face-off. Claremont went down in a narrow loss to Swan Districts last week, whilst East Fremantle was competitive early, but ultimately overwhelmed by the end against a dangerous Peel Thunder outfit. The Tigers will be hungry for more success in 2021 after just letting the game slip despite having chances, while the Sharks will need to overcome the loss of Rachel Ashley to injury which was one of the turning points in the game last week after the returning utility booted two goals from full-forward.

East Fremantle have a balance of youth and experience on the field, but are a very different-looking side to 2020. Rosie Walsh returns to the side after missing Round 1 and will look to take up a ruck role teaming up with Laura McClelland who stepped up to League football last week. Sharon Wong provided the four-quarter consistency you expect from her, while Ashleigh Gomes and Kahra Sprylan will be some of the crucial talents in adding experience to the Sharks’ lineup. Chloe Reilly has been named to start in defence again, with the forward taking on fellow West Australian Under-19 State Academy talent Amy Franklin in a huge head-to-head. With Alex Williams named in a back pocket and Sara Lewis up forward, the Sharks having marking targets at both ends.

For the Tigers, Rachel Ortlepp was a source of rebound last week, and she will go head-to-head with another young talent in Zoe Gillard. West Coast’s Sophie McDonald has been named to suit up for the Tigers this week for some crucial stability in defence, while the onball brigade of Ella Smith, Jess Low and Sasha Goranova are as hard as they come. Up forward, Franklin is always an imposing figure with her marking and athleticism, while Jacinta Valentini and Sarah Garstone also have State Academy experience. The Tigers are a well-balanced squad with Brooke Hongell showing some promising signs up forward last week and will be keen to capitalise more in this match.

Claremont seem to be set for a win after getting so close last week, but some important inclusions for the Sharks mean they will be more competitive for longer.

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