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Scouting notes: AFLW U18 Championships – Friday, July 13

IN an entertaining final day of AFL Women’s Championships football, Vic Metro, Queensland and Vic Country came out on top in their respective matches. Overall, Metro and Country only dropped one match over the tournament’s two series, which is credit to some great team performances. Peter Williams and Julia Montesano travelled down to Bond University to note down the great individual performances on the final day of matches. 

 

Vic Metro vs. Central Allies 

Vic Metro:

By: Julia Montesano

#6 Madison Prespakis

The star of the day and the tournament for Vic Metro, Madison Prespakis was simply unstoppable. Her kicking was fantastic throughout the game, as her long kicks would create many forward thrusts. In particular, she delivered a great kick into the goal square that favoured her teammate in a one-on-one position, which was great lowering of the eyes by Prespakis. Repeated these efforts when she displayed an excellent second effort to get the ball back after being spoiled, brushed off her opponent and delivered a perfect kick to the advantage of Gabby Newton who goaled. She then hit up Madeline Brancatisano perfectly in the middle of the ground with a nice kick. Her tackling too was superb as she laid an excellent tackle on Janet Baird while she was trying to fend Prespakis off. Prespakis kept holding on and got a dropping the ball free kick in the end, which is not easy to do against a player of Baird’s speed. Followed this up with an excellent run-down tackle on Madeline Gault, displaying excellent closing speed on another speedy player in the Central Allies outfit. Capped off her day with an unbelievable goal which came about when she received the handball off Katie Lynch in the forward 50 and threaded the needle to kick her first goal of the day on a difficult angle close to goal.

#8 Georgia Patrikios

Executed good run and carry along the boundary line and followed this up with a nice kick down the line. Displayed excellent agility and run and carry through the middle of the ground and topped it off with a long kick that could’ve been her goal if Daisy Bateman didn’t kick it off the line. A highlight of her game was when she ran towards the ball, picked it up off the deck, side-stepped and kicked it forward. Kicked a nice goal to cap off her hard work throughout the day.

#9 Daisy Bateman

Executed a great spoil to get the ball out of bounds, continuing to display that same effort that she’s been displaying all tournament. Was able to read the play well when she spotted that Georgia Patrikios’ long bomb towards goal wasn’t going all the way, managing to get her toe on the ball on the goal line to make it a sure goal. Her second goal was courtesy of a good mark on the lead, which she has been able to do so well at during the tournament. 

#14 Isabella Grant

One of Grant’s best games of the tournament for mine. Displayed good agility and run and carry through the middle of the ground, managing to dodge her opponents really well. Repeated this effort in the forward line where she was able to evade her opponents once again and get the ball to Daisy Bateman. Also executed great bodywork to save a goal in the goal square and then pounced on the ball to ensure that it didn’t sail through. At this point, she displayed great run and carry once again and handballed the ball out of trouble. In another instance, she did well to push her opponent under the ball when it was looking likely that she was going to get a goal.

#18 Abbie McKay

Executed a nice pick-up off the deck and then fired off a quick handball to Madison Prespakis. Managed to pick up the ball cleanly off the deck and handball it out of congestion, displaying great hands throughout the day. Executed a great chase to tackle on her opponent, which was credit to her putting on great pressure. Followed this effort up with another chase tackle, exemplifying how good her tackling was on the day. Displayed great strength in the contest to battle through and get a kick away. Also showed great speed to get a nice clearance out of the middle of the ground.

#20 Gabby Newton

Nicely snapped a good goal for Metro’s second of the day. Took an excellent contested mark against Montana McKinnon, who was marking everything on the day for Central Allies. Newton also positioned herself at the back of the pack and used her strong hands and bodywork to get the mark inside 50, which was one of the best marks of the day in my opinion. She went back and made no mistake, kicking her second major of the day, finishing off her tournament with yet another bout of multiple goals.

#21 Eleanor Brown

Brown showed intent to win the footy all day and exemplified this through taking a great one-on-one mark. She also picked off a loose ball well and gave off nice quick hands to the middle of the ground. Executed a good pick-up of a loose ball and followed this up with a nice burst of run and carry. Displayed a good second effort after she dropped a mark, demonstrating her ability to find the footy, which she did plenty of times on the day. Executed a good trap of the footy and then gave off a nice handball out to the running Katie Lynch.

#22 Katie Lynch

A really consistent tournament topped off with another great performance from Lynch. Executed a good pick-up and quick clearing kick out of a stoppage. Did one better in another instance when she picked up the ball cleanly off the deck again and just bullocked her opponent off her and streamed forward. She showed great strength in that one-on-one battle and showed that same strength when she gave off a great handball out of the pack in a forward stoppage to Madison Prespakis who goaled. Showed great hands on the deck again with a nice pick-up and run and carry through the middle of the ground. Lynch continually stood up in tackles and often managed to follow up with deft kicks, showing good contrasts in her game.

#23 Sarah Kendall

Kendall had a superb game against the Central Allies as she had to shoulder the ruck duties in Carla Rendelmann’s absence. I thought she won the ruck battle on the day and showed this when she executed a great tap to Eastern Ranges teammate, Mikala Cann. Also made an impact around the ground when she executed a good pick-up and gave off a nice handball from the stoppage to Isabella Grant. Took a great intercept mark and followed this up with nice hands to a running teammate beside her. Displayed nice run and carry and followed this up with a good kick into the forward line.

#25 Cleo Saxon-Jones

Kicked one of the goals of the day when she executed an excellent pick-up and snap from the boundary line that went through the goals. I thought she played well as the back-up ruck, which was shown when she got a good tap to get it to the advantage of her teammate. Executed an excellent high kick to the goal square which set up a spectacular Gabby Newton mark. Picked up the ball cleanly off the deck in another instance and was able to switch the ball nicely across the ground. Did well when she fended off her opponent and got a nice high kick away towards goal.

#31 Britney Gutknecht

Another player who got on the board with two majors, Gutknecht was a dangerous forward for Metro. Executed a great pick-up off the deck and nicely ran into goal for her first of the day. She played as a deep forward and I thought she did well, thanks to her good body work. This was exemplified when she took a nice one-on-one mark. Kicked a nice goal for her second of the day, which she crumbed off a dropped mark.

 

Central Allies:

By: Peter Williams

#1 Madison Bennett

Small in stature but big in heart, Bennett always threw herself into the packs or any sort of danger with disregard for her own safety, but to help the team. She hunts the footy and spreads well. Was unlucky not to get a free after good positioning in the final term in a one-on-one in the goal square.

#2 Rachelle Martin

Kicked a fantastic goal from a quick pick up off the deck and snap, showing natural goal sense and game smarts with limited time under pressure. Another highlight was a third quarter tackle on Madison Prespakis, bringing her to ground, which is hard to do.

#4 Madeline Gault

One of Central Allies’ best, playing a fantastic role in defence. She had a good balance between offence and defence in the back half, providing run and drive, while also matching up well one-on-one. She saved a goal in the second term with a quick kick out of the danger zone outnumbered on the last line. She won a free in the third term at half-forward for going in hard, and pushed up the ground through the midfield and had a good inside 50 in the second half.

#7 Janet Baird

A real speedster who laid a fantastic early tackle on Emerson Woods and created options up forward in the second half in particular, leaping for the ball, but not quite clunking it. She followed up well with good second efforts.

#8 Danielle Ponter

A quieter first half, but finally hit the scoreboard in the fourth term where she showed off great running to receive the ball, give the quick handball off, receive it back and run into a goal from 20m under pressure and calmly slot it. She won more of the footy playing up the ground and was one of the more noticeable players in the last term.

#10 Hannah Munyard

Had her as Central Allies’ best in the match because of her four quarter efforts. She won numerous clearances throughout, and just won a truckload of the football. Munyard found space and provided an option on the outside, while also burrowing in and winning the pill on the inside. She attacks the contest with vigour and nailed a great goal in the final term with a snap after picking it up off the deck. Just a well-balanced player across the board.

#28 Montana McKinnon

A big opening half, McKinnon just moved really well for a taller player, clunking some big grabs and creating a presence both in the ruck and around the ground. She has good vision and she took a huge grab on the last line at full-back to save a certain goal. Really important early in the clash.

#29 Esther Boles

The captain played a hard working inside role and has quick hands at ground level. She attacked the contest well and earned a free kick for a high fend off in the final term. A real contested player who loves the going tough.

 

Queensland vs. Eastern Allies 

Queensland:

By: Julia Montesano

#4 Chloe Gregory

Executed a nice hack kick out of a stoppage, demonstrating her ability to get it and kick it. Picked the ball up well cleanly off the deck and followed this up with good run and carry to get the ball forward. Executed a great spin and step around her opponent followed by a beautifully delivered kick to Isabel Dawes. Picked up the ball off the deck cleanly again and managed a lovely kick down the line while she was getting tackled. This kick landed into the hands of her teammate perfectly, demonstrating her ability to spot up a teammate. Gregory also displayed excellent run and carry on the boundary line.

#5 Lily Postlethwaite

Executed a great holding the ball tackle in the opening minutes to win a free kick out of the middle. Took a great running mark and followed this up with a lovely stream into the forward line. She just missed the snap at goal but nonetheless it was a great effort to stream down there. Executed an excellent pick-up and followed this up with great running down the line, displaying excellent pace. Did well to push off her opponent off the ball and force her over the line, showing great strength. Highlights of her game included when she burst out of the middle for a fantastic clearance and followed this up with a centering kick from a boundary throw in to earn Charlotte Hammans a set shot on goal.

#6 Zimmorlei Farquharson

Farquharson’s hands were spectacular during this match. She took a nice lead-up mark to a Serene Watson kick and also took an excellent running mark. In this instance, she dived on the low ball and it landed into her chest, demonstrating her ability to read the play brilliantly. Also took a great overhead mark in a one-on-one contest. Farquharson executed an excellent spin and kick forward that nearly sailed through the goals. She also showed great strength to get a handball out while being tackled.

#7 Isabel Dawes

Smothered the ball well in one instance, managing to execute one percenters in her game. Won a free kick moments later and hacked it down the forward line with a nice kick to Lily Postlethwaite. Hacked a kick out of congestion again, showing her ability to just get the ball and kick it. Also took a nice mark on the lead, capping off a solid tournament for her.

#8 Jade Ellenger

Executed a good pick-up off the deck and a nice hack kick. Displayed a great second effort when she didn’t get the ball in the first instance as she then got a handball out on hands and knees. Picked up the ball well off the deck again cleanly, spun and then followed this up with quick hands. Ellenger displayed excellent run and carry and also took a nice mark, followed by delivering a nice kick into the forward line. Executed a fantastic run-down tackle in the middle of the ground on one of the most dangerous players, Alyce Parker who was streaming through for a clearance, which I thought was a highlight of her game.

#14 Tori Groves-Little

Groves-Little’s tackling stood out from the rest on the day. She laid an excellent strong tackle to win herself a dropping the ball free kick in the middle of the ground. Followed this up with another great tackle that disposed her opponent of the ball. In another instance, she wrestled the ball out of her opponent’s hand and ran and carried through the midfield. Followed up this great run with a nice kick down the line.

#18 Ellie Hampson

Hampson displayed her remarkable agility during this match, side-stepping many opponents that came her way. In one instance, she side-stepped two opponents and then got the ball away and followed up this same effort again in the third quarter. Hampson took an excellent mark on the last line of defence to save a goal, complementing her agility with strong hands. Throughout the match, she continued to side-step opponents with ease and also managed to hit targets after some incredible footwork. At one point, she grabbed the ball and held it in one hand, fended off a player and got a clean handball out. Hampson used her big, long kicks to kick well out of full back when she was required to. Also executed a fantastic run-down tackle to earn herself a set shot on goal.

#20 Natalie Grider

Was brave to run back with the ball in defence and executed a nice kick out of defensive 50 after that. Grider took a nice one-on-one mark, displaying strong hands. A highlight of her game was when she executed an excellent goal-saving tackle on the goal line, making her opponent kick it off her knee which therefore didn’t count for a goal. Followed this effort up by chasing another nimble player on the ground in Netty Garlo.

#24 Charlotte Hammans

Another great game from Hammans who did plenty of nice things during the match. She was able to chase the ball down and get a handball out while being tackled. Also executed great run and carry and followed this up with a good handball into space. Laid an excellent strong tackle to win the holding the ball free kick and then followed this up with another solid tackle to stop her opponent from hacking it out of defensive 50. She kicked what turned out to be the winning goal after reading a perfect centring kick from Lily Postlethwaite.

#26 Serene Watson

One of the most consistent players on the day, Watson was huge for Queensland. Executed a nice pick-up and followed this up with a good spearing pass to a teammate who was able to get it forward. This started the link that led to Queensland’s first goal of the day. Watson displayed great run and carry throughout the day and also took a great intercept mark off an Allies hack kick. Was able to pick up the ball cleanly and kicked the ball well down the line.

#34 Jesse Tawhiao-Wardlaw

Led up well to the ball in the forward line and got two goals for her hard work inside 50. She led to the ball well in the first quarter to register Queensland’s first major of the day. Tawhiao-Wardlaw won a free kick and got her second goal of the day before half time. She took another great forward line mark in the third quarter, demonstrating her strong hands throughout the day.

 

Eastern Allies:

By: Peter Williams

#1 Alyce Parker

One of the performances of the carnival. Practically would have topped most statistical categories, and only needed to just finish off a few shots on goal that missed or fell short. But the list of what she did do well is fairly extensive as she cracked in hard, laid big tackles, won the contested ball, continually cleared it out of congestion and burst away with a first few quick steps. At times it looked like there were three of her out there, winning the ball in defence and being on the end of it in attack. Strong in the air or at ground level, stands up in tackles and wins the ball on a string, she just continually runs, and despite her team going down, she never gave in and thought she was best on ground in the loss.

#10 Camilla Taylor

Had a few opportunities throughout the game, winning a free kick in the second term and kicking long, then kicked inside 50 to a contest later on, but the ball was a bit high in the air and could be spoiled. Taylor also had a shot on goal from 30m out but just missed. She was presenting up forward which was good to see.

#11 Eliza Cumming

Had a busy first term just buzzing around the stoppages and showed good hands at half-forward and a strong body at the contest. Faded out a little bit then took a great intercept mark in the final term and kicked forward. Presented up the ground.

#14 Mia King

Another impressive game from King, who gets in under the pack and wins the footy, while also running hard to the outside to be on the receiving end as well. Almost got herself a goal in the first term, but could not quite get boot to ball in space. She worked it well out of defence at a stoppage in the second quarter and did well later on to spoil the ball across the line and stop a mark.

#16 Lauren Stevenson

A solid game from the defender who showed good composure under pressure and was able to kick calmly out of defence. She got involved in each term and just moved the ball well and also laid some big tackles and added defensive pressure to the ball carrier. Stevenson took a good intercept mark and kicked forward in the fourth term.

#17 Netty Garlo

Stepped up again after a solid game too and has that great acceleration and teamwork to use her speed to advantage. Laid a great tackle in defence in the opening term, and then bumped an opponent off the ball deep in defence to save a likely goal. Moved into the midfield at times and won a free for going in hard, then showed off her jets by putting the after burners on and bursting away from a would-be tackler.

#20 Alexis Hamilton

The player of the first term, Hamilton nailed two vital goals. Her first was from a free kick and the subsequent set shot from 35m out was perfect. Then, with a second to go, Hamilton clunked a huge mark – she had to get it one bite before the siren – and kept her composure to slot the goal at put the Eastern Allies up at quarter time.

#21 Chloe Haines

Was one of many trying to hold up the fort in defence, thumping the ball long. It was hard work back there later in the game, but she worked hard one-on-one and rebounded as best she could.

#25 Libby Haines

Was a quieter game compared to her past two, but worked hard in the back half, diving down for a mark in the fourth term but could not quite hold it. Kicked out on occasions and used her long boot to advantage.

#28 Alice Mitchell

Another solid effort from Mitchell who is strong overhead and presents around the ground. A reliable user who has solid vision, she just worked hard throughout the match.

 

Vic Country vs. Western Australia

Vic Country:

By: Peter Williams

#1 Shelley Heath

One of the best on the ground in the first term, she ran and ran and ran. She had a fantastic run along the wing and worked hard for second and third efforts, playing the role that got her into the side. Nimble with great agility, she broke down the opposition defence and continually pushed hard throughout. Still solid throughout the game presenting, but the first term was huge. Took a good mark one-on-one in the final term as well.

#6 Tyla Hanks

Started well with some early touches on the inside and rotated between midfield and forward. Had a good sidestep and a lovely weighted kick to Gippsland Power teammate Amy Dunn in the forward pocket in the second term. Hanks showed good tackling pressure inside 50 in the third quarter and produced a good spoil on the wing to knock it out of bounds. I probably mozzed her for her set shot from 20m out saying ‘you can put this one in the books’ before as what always happens, she missed, hitting the post.

#7 Olivia Purcell

The next best behind Sophie Van De Heuvel, Purcell was fantastic throughout the match, racking up the ball at will and winning plenty of clearances. She played up forward too and had a big role transitioning between midfield and forward. She set up Van De Heuvel with great hands in the opening term, and in the third quarter, narrowly missed a shot on goal herself. Produced a fantastic weighted kick to half-forward in the third quarter and kept running throughout the game.

#8 Sophie Van De Heuvel

The star of the show, bounced back from missing opportunities in the last game, to nailing her chances in this one. Kicked a great running goal in the first term, clunked a big mark in the forward 50 in the third term and delivered, then pounced on a loose ball and snapped truly just after that. She also pushed up the wing and took some strong marks and set the play up for her teammates up forward.

#9 Nina Morrison

Morrison showed great vision at half-forward and gave off quick hands, using her pace and agility to advantage. Had a good charge in from half-back to lay a tackle in the middle and then ran forward and and gave the quick hands to Sophie Van De Heuvel in the forward 50. Took a good mark in the forward 50 but her shot just fell short.

#18 Denby Taylor

Created good run and intercept work throughout the game. Taylor pushed up from half-back and took the game on which was good to see. In the third term, she broke a tackle with the arm break, and kept running before kicking long inside 50.

#21 Rene Caris

The AFLW Academy ruck worked hard around the ground and took some big grabs in the defensive half of the ground. She was strong overhead and pushed out to the wing, spreading well.

#22 Rebecca Webster

Another good game on the inside, Webster played well on the inside and won a lot of the ball in contested situations. She also dropped back and used the ball cleanly coming out of defence. Worked well with Olivia Purcell in the middle and was able to execute the ball out to the running teammates on the outside.

#23 Lucy McEvoy

Had the opportunities she had the past two games but just missed the set shots. She was still very strong overhead, led really well and took some great marks, trapping the ball and making sure her defender had no opportunity to spoil. She seemed unbeatable in the air, and while she missed three gettable chances, she got on the board with a great snap on goal in the fourth term. Still a very good performance and dominant in the air.

#24 Millie Brown

The bottom-ager showed some tricks, twisting and turning in midfield and across half-back. She danced around a few opponents and was able to dispose of the ball cleanly, while also showing good defensive pressure in attack to knock a defender off her kick.

#25 Georgia Clarke

Prominent early when the going was hot. Took a couple of vital intercept marks and possessions, kicking long up the wing. She was able to move the ball well and in the second term kicked to Tyla Hanks’ advantage up forward.

#32 Courtney Jones

Her best game of the carnival for mine. Just presented all day long, was clean by foot and delivered low darts into the forward line, hitting up Lucy McEvoy twice, and Jordyn Allen at half-forward. Kicked a good goal from a set shot in the final term after setting up all her teammates. Great movement and agility throughout, a really strong performance.

 

Western Australia:

By: Julia Montesano

#3 Brianna Hyde

Executed a great pick-up and calm kick to a teammate on the wing. Read the play well to get it out the back and also delivered a nice kick out of full back, rather than rushing it and hacking it. Hyde did well on the last line of defence and took a great intercept mark to complement her good work. Also delivered a nice kick to a teammate down the line, which demonstrated her nice kicking throughout the day.

#5 Mikayla Hyde

Led well to the footy and took a good mark on the boundary line. Executed a good pick-up off the deck and followed this up with a great second effort to tackle Emily Haeusler after she got dispossessed. Consequently, she won the free kick, which was the start of a passage of play that turned into a scoring shot. Hyde delivered a nice kick down the line and was rewarded for her hard work with a goal. In this instance, she read the ball well off the back of the pack to kick her first goal of the day.

#9 Sabreena Duffy

Duffy was Western Australia’s best player in this match in my opinion. She chased the ball well and gave off a nice handball in close. Picked the ball up cleanly off the deck and delivered a nice kick into the forward line. Executed a great hack kick off the ground to get it forward, which showed great awareness because she knew she couldn’t pick it up otherwise players would come at her. Delivered some good long kicks out of full back when she needed to and also showed great agility from the kick-ins, as she ran one way then the other, evading her opponent. Executed a great fend-off and then gave off a good handball back to McKenzie Dowrick. Duffy shifted to the midfield in the third quarter and did well to lower her eyes from a centre square free kick and spot up Roxanne Roux on the lead. Did a great job to get a kick off the side of her boot to an outside teammate as well.

#17 McKenzie Dowrick

Like her sister, Dowrick’s long kicks were a common feature in her game. She delivered a great long ball into the forward line and also executed a nice long kick down the line on multiple occasions. Did well to break away from a tackle and head forward. Showed great strength when she still managed to get a handball away while being tackled by Olivia Purcell, who is a strong tackler. Also demonstrated great work to spoil it over the line with two opponents near her.

#20 Abbey Dowrick

Cleanly picked up a spilt ball off the pack and followed this up with a nice long kick. This was a trait of her game as she used her kick to penetrate the ball forward. Demonstrated great run and carry throughout the day, and loved to get into space. Dowrick showed good agility and got a nice handball away.

#22 Sonia Dorizzi

I thought Dorizzi was able to win the ruck battle at times and tried hard when she was not winning that battle. Did well to come to the ball and caresses it into her chest, rather than waiting for it. Gave off a good handball back to reset the forward structure, rather than just hacking it inboard. This showed her football smarts on the day. She also executed a long kick into the forward line and took a great intercept mark, capping off a good day for her.

#23 Emma O’Driscoll

O’Driscoll was a solid rock in defence for the Black Swans. Took a great intercept mark and also executed a great spoil to get the ball away from a mark. Did extremely well to accelerate to the ball and spoil. Picked up the ball cleanly and then burst out of defence. Took a great intercept mark where she positioned herself well and got forward of the ball to take it uncontested.

Scouting notes: VFLW – Round 9

ESSENDON has finally recorded its first Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s victory, getting over the line against Richmond in Round 9. At the other end of the table, Geelong suffered its second consecutive loss, this time at the hands of a rejuvenated NT Thunder outfit. This leaves the red-hot Collingwood remaning at the top of the ladder, looking unstoppable at the minute. James Halley and Carly McClen watched two of the big games on the weekend.

NT Thunder vs. Geelong 

By: James Halley 

NT Thunder:

#3 Angela Foley

She was able to cap off a good game with two goals late in the last term, which were both great majors on the run. She had a wonderful captains game as she led from the front with 18 touches of her own as well.

#20 Jasmyn Hewett

She convincingly won her ruck duel against Maddy McMahon. She scored a goal in the last quarter after being able to penetrate a long kick out of a pack on the arc.

#22 Jenna McCormick

McCormick was a presence up forward with three goals. Her second goal was a monster of a kick with a set shot from 50 metres out making the distance. Her third was a case of her being in the right place at the right time, highlighting her good positioning on the day.

#28 Renee Forth

Forth was instrumental in the back line with many intercept possessions and beating her opponent convincingly. This was evident as she was able to pick up 17 disposals and with 14 of them being kicks, It shows that the team trusts her to distribute the ball from the back half.

#31 Jessica Sedunary

Sedunary was the difference between the two sides with her brilliance up forward. She kicked three first-half goals and one final term major with all differing difficulty. Her fourth was a real highlight as she managed to stream down the centre and kick a beautiful running goal.

 

Geelong Cats:

#2 Danielle Orr

After a 50 metre penalty, she was able to convert from a set shot for Geelong’s first goal of the game. She has really strong hands and presented hard all day at the midfielders distributing the ball forward.

#6 Maddie Boyd

Boyd fought really hard in the guts along side Keryk. She was serviceable and got her hands to the ball 16 times. She could have been a multiple goal scorer but could not manage to score a major with two behinds to her name

#30 Richelle Cranston

Cranston was able to finish with a goal in a passage of play in which she took the initial clearance. She was able to use her football smarts and dribble the kick along the ground to avoid oncoming opponents. She gathered her fair share of the ball as well as she finished with 20 disposals.

#36 Evelyn Dhamarrandji

Her leg speed was utilised over and over by Geelong, as she was not afraid to take the game on time after time. Being the 23rd player will give her some experience and confidence that she will hopefully be able to build on in the future.

#51 Madeline Keryk

Keryk was Geelong’s best midfielder for the match finishing with 23 disposals. She was at the bottom of packs all day trying to win the ball for Geelong.

 

Collingwood vs. Darebin 

By: Carly McClen 

Collingwood:

#2 Chloe Molloy

Became the first Collingwood women’s player to kick a goal at Victoria Park in the opening minutes of the match. A class above player with often two players on her; her ability to dart past them easily and do what she wants to do makes her look head and shoulders above the rest. Had a solid performance in the black and white

#3 Nicole Hildebrand

Shone in her club debut with two goals in the second half. Showed poise in losing her opponent to take strong marks and nail a set shot that never looked like missing from a difficult angle. Set up a goal with a clever pass to half forward, Gabrielle Biedenweg-Webster for the Pies’ final goal.

#4 Sarah D’Arcy

Took strong marks at the right times and was able to read the movement of play well. Got into good defensive positions to block the many inside fifty attempts by the Falcons.

#5 Emma Grant 

A strong player who took marks at crucial times when Darebin were pressing hard in the first quarter. Made an impact to hold Falcons scoreless in second term.

#11 Eliza Hynes

Played a solid ruck role. Delivered a goal from just inside 50.

#13 Jaimee Lambert

Talented player to watch. Read the play well and got space to take important marks and hit targets in kicking.

#18 Ruby Schleicher

Took important marks and was pivotal in absorbing Darebin’s pressure, particularly in first half.

#50 Grace Buchan

Hunted the footy all day and was pivotal in her role in stopping the Falcons movement, particularly in first half.

 

Darebin:

#1 Esther Honybun

Kicked a goal late in the first quarter and is a talent to watch. Was well held by Pies defence.

#8 Nat Exon

She was busy in the first half and able to absorb pressure from Collingwood to hold them scoreless in second term.

#11 Kate Tyndall

Kicked a goal late in the third quarter. Played her role well under immense pressure from Collingwood.

#20 Maddy Guerin

Busy for four quarters and played her role well.

#30 Elise O’Dea

Won a lot of the ball by applying consistent pressure and chasing all day

#40 Lauren Pearce 

Another player who was pivotal in holding back the Pies’ attack in first half.

Scouting notes: AFLW National Championships – Monday, July 9

IN an entertaining opening day of AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships on the Gold Coast, Vic Country, Vic Metro and the Eastern Allies came out on top. However, their opponents, Queensland, Western Australia and the Central Allies were exciting to watch and were competitive in patches as they tried to get over the line. Peter Williams and Julia Montesano were there to witness all the action at Metricon Stadium. 

 

Vic Country vs. Queensland 

Vic Country:

By: Julia Montesano

#1 Shelley Heath

Heath was like a mosquito on the day, pestering her opponents with her speed and ‘never say die’ attitude. She laid great pressure on the ball carrier when she thought she was in space, which created a contest as numbers flooded to the ball. Her tackling was fierce all day, and she was able to win a free kick at the top of the 50 from her effprts to send Country forward. Heath displayed an excellent second effort when she executed great run and carry after dropping  a mark. She created great run down the wing and a scoring opportunity for Country, creating many forward thrusts from her hard work in defence.

#2 Julia Harvey

Harvey played a fantastic game in the forward line, and if it wasn’t for McEvoy’s purple patches, she would’ve been the best forward on the ground. She took a great mark and kicked it well down the line. Also executed an excellent snap around the body, thanks to some great positioning in the forward line. This resulted in her second goal of the day, proving how lively she was inside 50. Harvey led well towards the footy, and provided some X-factor when she spun one way then the other then centered it well towards the middle of the ground.

#5 Emily Haeusler

Haeusler had a really solid game in defence, proving to be important on the day for Country. Her clean hands off the deck were outstanding and she used them to effect on multiple occasions. After a clean pick-up, Haeusler was able to spot a one-on-one contest to kick to or kick the ball nicely down the line. She was an agile mover throughout the day and displayed wonderful acceleration down the line. Took a great intercept mark and executed a great fend off, which enabled her to handball it out of trouble. A highlight of her game was when she displayed great hands to send the ball across the goal line, saving a major.

#6 Tyla Hanks

Hanks began her day with a great goal on the run to get Country on the board. She stayed forward for most of the game, involving herself in as many contests as she could. Her hands in close were on display, and an excellent fend off and kick down the line made for great viewing. Hanks nicely delivered a kick to Julia Harvey on the lead and followed it up with a great chip kick to Nina Morrison when she saw no other option down the line, which demonstrated her elite kicking on the day. When she went back into the midfield temporarily, she had an immediate impact, as she hacked it out of the middle of the ground which resulted in Lucy McEvoy running into a goal.

#7 Olivia Purcell

Purcell got plenty of the ball on the day, playing a lively game through the midfield. She delivered a good handball to reach the player behind her and displayed excellent quick hands out of the contest. Purcell lowered her eyes on many occasions and found the right option rather than hacking it clear, showing her composure in the contest.

#8 Sophie Van De Huevel

Van De Heuvel was lively for Country throughout the day. She was able to pick up the ball off the deck and execute quick hands to get the ball out of trouble quickly. Her hands in general were great all day, allowing for quick transition throughout the afternoon. A highlight of her game was when she used brilliant acceleration to lay a great run-down tackle, earning her a set shot on goal.

#9 Nina Morrison

Nina Morrison was the star of the side on the day, displaying exciting run and outstanding hands throughout the day. She took a great contested mark and executed those signature quick hands on the wing, beginning with a bang. She then executed a good pick up off the deck and fired off a handball to keep the play flowing for her side. Morrison also did well to prevent a mark thanks to her gut-running to involve herself in the one-on-one contest. She was then able to centre it back towards the goal square, creating a forward play for Country. Morrison simply played out of her skin, getting plenty of the ball and demonstrating an incredible work rate. Delivered a magnificent kick into the forward line that rolled through the goals, capping off her great day with a reward in front of the big sticks.

#14 Jordyn Allen

Executed an excellent fend off and a great handball forward. She showed great composure as she always does the on last line of defence. This was shown when she executed a good pick up off the deck and used nice body work to evade her opponent. I thought Allen did well to act as a second hand in defence and a solid link in the chain on the day.

#18 Denby Taylor

Taylor laid a fantastic tackle to stop her opponent in her tracks and win the free kick, starting off her nice day in defence. She delivered a nice long kick into space and followed it up with a great pick up off the deck, hacking into space. Taylor was able to read the play and the situation well, and was courageous in the back line. This was shown when she took a great mark with an opponent coming hard at her.

#20 Isabella Shannon

Took a good mark off a Shelley Heath free kick and displayed a nice kicking action towards goal that just missed on distance. Shannon also chased the ball hard down the line and flicked the ball on well at ground level, demonstrating a high footy IQ.

#21 Rene Caris

Caris was solid in the ruck and shouldered most of the duties throughout the day. She also displayed good hands at the contests, delivering some nice handballs into space. She is an absolute work horse in the ruck and barely took a rest on the day.

#22 Rebecca Webster

Executed fantastic run and carry through a bunch of opponents in the middle of the ground to create the one-two with Nina Morrison, which ultimately resulted in a forward entry for Country. Webster continued to create opportunities thanks to her ability to rack up plenty of the ball. She displayed great acceleration to hunt the ball down and centered it well with a booming kick in the middle of the ground. She was exceptional all day.

#23 Lucy McEvoy

McEvoy was the star of the day for Country, booting through five goals for the match. Her first goal came from a great contested mark, which put Country 15 points in front. Also provided a highlight when she executed an excellent pick up off the deck followed up by a great spin around her opponent on the boundary line. McEvoy proved to be the excitement machine when she kicked three goals in two minutes late in the second quarter, which pretty much sealed the win for Country even at that point in the game. Her marking was outstanding throughout the day. Whether she was on the lead or in a contested situation, it was more than likely that she would take it. On the goal line, McEvoy snatched the ball from the opposition to kick her fourth major of the day, and followed this up with some excellent positioning work to kick her fifth. You just knew it was her day when she celebrated before the ball went through the goals!

#32 Courtney Jones

Took a great mark from a kick in down the line and contested well throughout the day. Followed this up with a  good intercept mark and an excellent handball under pressure. She displayed excellent pressure in the one on one contest to keep the ball in play, tackled her player and won a free kick for it. Using it well as always, Jones delivered a great kick to Sophie Van De Huevel in the forward line, spotting up a great option.

 

Queensland:

By: Peter Williams

#5 Lily Postlethwaite

Really impressed with her game through the midfield. She has that good balance of offense and defence with the way she goes about her football. Postlethwaite has clean hands at ground level or in the air, shows good vision in the way she is able to handpass into space to her teammates, and has a neat sidestep she uses to evade an oncoming tackler. She also lays tackles herself and leads by example. She worked well on the inside and outside, kicking inside 50 to advantage on a number of occasions.

#6 Zimmorlei Farquharson

Queensland’s best for mine because of her ability to show relentless work rate and tackling pressure. Farquharson lead up to the ball on countless times, reading the play well when she noticed her midfielders were about to win the clearance. She laid some strong tackles and was smart when she went into the middle. Farquharson’s strong run-down tackle at half-forward in the second half to win a free was indicative of the effort she showed throughout the match. She also has a handy vertical leap, taking a strong grab in the final term, just missing the set shot.

#7 Isabel Dawes

A really hard runner who laid a fantastic tackle on Nina Morrison in the second term to win a free. She just continued to run and put her hand up as an option on the outside. Dawes also dives in and is not afraid to win the hard ball as well.

#8 Jade Ellenger

Covered ground really well and was one of Queensland’s more prominent ball winners. She laid a number of strong tackles and won a free for a push in the back in midfield and kicked neatly inside 50. She reads the taps well at stoppages and has a good closing speed which helps in marking contests and in congestion.

#17 Brooke Randall

Had a really big third term, laying a bump on Shelley Heath and winning the footy on the wing, then laid a great tackle in defence to lock up the ball after it was knocked down in a marking contest on the last line. Randall showed good vision to handball into space over a long distance.

#18 Ellie Hampson

One of Western Australia’s best, Hampson showed great intent in defence and pushing up the ground when required. She set the tone for a great run-down tackle in the opening minutes as Country ran in to score, forcing a behind. Hampson has a penetrating kick and is strong overhead, with good vision. She attacked the ball at speed and had the smarts to quickly give the ball off to Lily Postlethwaite for her to kick long inside 50. A really promising player off half-back.

#19 Dee Heslop

Started strongly up forward, using good positioning to pounce on a loose ball and snap truly for Queensland. She came off for a break, and almost instantly won the footy upon return, having a long kick to the goal square which just missed. The ball did not go down there as much later in the game, but she presented well and had a lovely kick inside 50 in the third quarter.

#20 Natalie Grider

Started the game really strongly, taking a mark against the flight on the wing in the opening term. She won a free kick inside 50 for holding but her shot on goal just missed. She showed off her good agility and speed to lay some strong tackles through the middle and up forward. Grider was not afraid to go in hard through the midfield.

#22 Georgia Eller

Eller lead up at the football well early and won a free for in the back. She was clean at ground level and kicked the ball to a dangerous area inside 50.

#24 Charlotte Hammans

A strong player across the ground, winning possessions through defence and midfield. She stood up in a tackle and was able to kick the ball to midfield, and then without the pill she lead hard and took a strong mark on the lead and dished off to Hayley Moore. An early snap on goal in the third term just missed, but she was lively inside 50. She produced a great kick on the move to Zimmorlei Farquharson who dragged down a big grab.

#26 Serene Watson

Watson showed good vision at the coal face, able to weigh her kicks and find Natalie Grider on the wing. She also took a good intercept mark on the defensive 50 and once again used top vision to hit-up a teammate up the ground.Good vision to weigh her kick out of a stoppage and find Natalie Grider on the wing. Good defensive intercept mark at back 50, great vision to spot a running player on the wing

#27 Tiarna Ahwang

A smart player who had a good tap at ground level when she knew she could not take possession cleanly, and won a free for in the back for the effort. Ahwang took a good intercept mark inside the attacking 50.

#28 Kitara Farrar

One of Queensland’s best, starting like a house on fire, shrugging off a tackle in defence and showing polish to deliver cleanly. She had a great balance of offensive and defensive qualities, laying a few good tackles, while creating dash out of defence. Farrar was clean throughout the match and was a lovely kick of the football under pressure. She used her hands to advantage and on the final siren took a terrific intercept mark and kicked forward.

#35 Lauren Bella

A strong and clever ruck, she had a good battle with Rene Caris. She palmed down to her midfielders well and then sometimes cleared the zones with big thumps. She turned it on as the game went on.

 

Vic Metro vs. Western Australia 

Vic Metro:

By: Julia Montesano

#6 Madison Prespakis

As usual, Prespakis got plenty of the ball on the day and while she did not provide real X-factor, she was still her talented self. Executed an excellent take on the boundary line and accelerated wonderfully towards her forward end of the ground, which set up a forward opportunity for Metro. Showed great acceleration again when she burst out of a contest and delivered a lovely kick into the forward 50, presenting hard up forward throughout the day.

#7 Mikala Cann

Made her way into the game as each quarter progressed, ending up being the leading disposal-getter for Metro. As always, Cann displayed good hands throughout the day and delivered a good handball under pressure. She always fought hard for the footy and her good handballing often provided a good link in the chain. Cann was particularly explosive out of stoppages, helping Metro get forward on multiple occasions.

#8 Georgia Patrikios

Patrikios was solid all day and provided excitement when she got the ball in hand. In one instance, she spoiled the ball well which saved a certain Western Australia goal. Also displayed excellent acceleration and delivered a lovely kick into the forward line, backing it up with excellent running in the forward line. In this instance, she ran behind Mikala Cann to run into goal but just missed. Despite this, her trademark side step was on show, which is always exciting to watch. Patrikios delivered a great kick into the forward line and displayed excellent run and carry.

#9 Daisy Bateman

As usual, Bateman was as lively as ever up forward, creating plenty of chances and converting two majors herself. For her first goal, she read the ball well when it ricocheted off a teammate’s head to kick Metro’s second of the day. Bateman positioned herself well in the forward line and put herself in prime spots to kick majors. A highlight of her game was when she executed a strong tackle to win a holding the ball free kick and then delivered a great centering ball.

#10 Madeline Brancatisano

Brancatisano worked hard in the midfield and used her strengths to her advantage throughout the day. Executed a great burst of acceleration after a wonderful pick up of the footy following a smother. Followed this up with great strength to battle through a tackle and displayed good hard ball gets in general. Also delivered a good handball that allowed Georgia Patrikios to stream forward, demonstrating her clean hands on the inside.

#13 Molly Warburton

Warburton delivered a good chip kick off the ground to get it forward and did well when she cleverly stopped the ball with her foot. Took a great mark in the back line and followed it up with a second effort to get the ball out of an opponent’s hands who she nearly turned it over to, showing her intent to back up her efforts throughout the day.

#14 Isabella Grant

Took an amazing contested mark running back with the flight of the ball, which was undoubtedly the highlight of her game. Grant collided with her player side on, then saw that nobody was on the mark and streamed forward with a long kick. Also displayed clean hands when she delivered a good handball to release Georgia Patrikios on the outside. Grant’s run and carry out of defence was exciting and excellent throughout the day.

#15 Hannah McLaren

Started off her day when she dived across the goal line to save a certain goal for Western Australia. Also executed a great fend off as well as excellent run and carry in defence. McLaren showed her agility in the back line throughout the day, proving to be a handy player for Metro.

#17 Georgia Macpherson

Took a great intercept mark in the back line and was generally solid as always in defence. Made a rare cameo up forward when she kicked an excellent goal off the back of the pack. She also did well to come to the footy rather than waiting for it, creating opportunities for Metro.

#18 Abbie McKay

McKay was a handy player for Metro, working hard in the midfield. She delivered a nice long kick down the line, and her kicking in general was quite good. She emerged wonderfully out of the pack to kick a snap from boundary line, showing sheer acceleration. Although she just missed, it fell into the hands of Gabby Newton.

#20 Gabby Newton

Newton was one of the leading disposal-getters on the day, finding the ball wherever she went. She ran well throughout the day and her hands and kicking were marvellous as usual. When she went up forward, she missed an easy shot but followed with a goal, displaying good intent to keep going until she gets the reward. Ended up with two majors for the day in a great all-round game. Newton also moved well throughout the day and evaded her opponents with effect.

#22 Katie Lynch

Lynch’s hands were solid as usual for Metro and she created opportunities in almost every instance when she got the ball. Executed a great fend off to free the ball from pressure and get it forward. She then followed this up with a good mark inside 50 for a set shot chance. She always got the ball in different areas on the ground, displaying wonderful endurance and her willingness to win the footy.

#31 Britney Gutknecht

Kicked a great goal on the siren to get the energy up for Metro. Gutknecht also executed a great handball while being tackled and did really well to fend off a couple of players and aim for a snap at goal. She was quite lively when she got the ball in hand.

#32 Lauren Szigeti

Szigeti provided a good link in the chain in the back line, as she was always ready to mop up the ball when her side was in trouble. Continually applied great pressure on her opponent and kept feet while she on the ground, which was crucial in that instance. Also took some great one on one marks on the day.  

 

Western Australia:

By: Peter Williams

#2 Mikayla Bowen

One of the most impressive West Australians through the midfield, she was fierce, but also clean, and showed great closing speed. She covered ground really well, winning the ball in all thirds of the ground and laid a number of big tackles on Metro forwards Georgia Patrikios and Daisy Bateman, who are both very agile. A nice kick of the football, Bowen fought hard at the coal face to win the contested ball as well.

#5 Mikayla Hyde

Finished with one major – coming in the last quarter and was lively up forward. She showed good pace along the wing and was able to execute quick handballs at half-back, covering the ground well.

#9 Sabreena Duffy

A really lively type, she caused headaches up forward for the Metro defence, having an early snap on goal which was spoiled on the last line by Hannah McLaren. In the second term she had a great shot on goal from long range, and also had a clean pick-up off the deck to kick forward. Provided good run between midfield and half-forward.

#10 Matilda Sergeant

One of West Australia’s top prospects on the day, Sergeant was clean with ball in hand and provided great rebound out of the back half. She had a nice sidestep around an opponent in the third term to handball clear to a running teammate. In the final term she clunked a mark on the wing and kicked forward, then took another on the defensive 50 but her kick went a little too wide and was out on the full. A strong tackler on the day.

#11 Shannon Whale

Played more of a defensive role on the likes of Britney Gutknecht and Daisy Bateman, and matched them one-on-one in the contest. She managed to win more of the football in the second half, winning a couple of crucial one-on-ones including one in the final term. She won a free for push in the back and then produced an elite kick to the wing which cleared the zone, found a teammate perfectly and she delivered inside 50 which lead to a Mikayla Hyde goal.

#14 Rikkiesha Carling

Really busy in the first half and just continued to win the football throughout the four quarters. Clean, fast and courageous, Carling sometimes rushed her kicks going forward, but her intent and acceleration was impressive. She kicked to Roxanne Roux’s advantage on the half-time siren resulting in a goal, and after copping a knock in the third term, came back on and still laid some strong tackles.

#16 Tanisha Anderson

Kicked Western Australia’s first goal of the game by pouncing on a loose ball and nailing the goal under pressure from all sides deep in attack.

#17 McKenzie Dowrick

A star on the day, the top-age AFL Women’s Academy member was the most consistent West Australian in the match. She set the tone with a strong tackle on Emerson Woods on the wing, which allowed Sabreena Duffy to take it away. She produced a nice clearance in the second term and gave it to Roxanne Roux on a silver platter and then in turn to Kate Bartlett who converted. A thumping kick, good in traffic and able to intercept behind the ball as well, Dowrick is a really versatile player.

#20 Abbey Dowrick

A fierce attack on the ball, she played through the middle and consistently added pressure into the team. She slowed down opposition defenders from clearing the zone in the second term and took a great intercept mark at half-back later on. A shot on goal in the final term form long range but it missed to the left.

#21 Kate Bartlett

A really impressive game up forward, the overager reads the play well and leads hard at the football. She just clunks marks with Velcro-like hands and also forces turnovers through her run-down tackles. She started the third term on fire, leading up, receiving the handball, going one way and then the other and snapping towards goal with great goal sense and agility. Finished the game with two majors and was the clear standout forward in the match.

#22 Sonia Dorizzi

For a taller player, Dorizzi has great closing speed and is versatile in the way she plays. She can win the ball in the air or at ground level, and is often decisive in the way she palms the ball down. She had a set shot on goal on the three quarter time siren but it hit the post.

#24 Roxanne Roux

Really impressive game with some highlight-reel worthy moments. The first was a huge bone-crunching tackle at half-back to win a free and kick long. Then she took a massive grab, clunking the mark with a big vertical leap and hit-up Caitlin Hill up forward. Another tackle late in the second term forced a turnover and she had a shot on goal in the last quarter but it went too far to the right. Finishing off a terrific game, Roux laid a huge tackle on Marnie Jarvis to stop her running into goal, and then Katie Lynch at half-forward, rewarding the West Australian with a free.

#27 Caitlin Hill

Hill continued to lead up at the football throughout the game and took a number of strong marks. While she did not manage a major in the game, she had a number of opportunities, although had a strange lead-up, swaying the ball a bit side to side, with her set shot hitting the post.

 

Eastern Allies vs. Central Allies 

Eastern Allies:

By: Peter Williams

#1 Alyce Parker

A standout performer and one of the top players on the day. Through the midfield she was everywhere and her clear class shone through in the match. Parker is rarely worried out of it or rushed, she just glides out of congestion with ease, which was shown in the second term when she was in between four players and just worked her way out of it with a quick glide, then had a shot on goal which just fell short. She had a couple of other chances in the game but could not quite convert, but her work rate and ability to impact the contest was evident.

#11 Lillian Doyle

The match winner in the end, Doyle capped off her performance with two goals in the last term and just put the game beyond reach for the Central Allies. All three goals came from opportunistic moments and Doyle has a great goal sense and ability to pounce when required. A great dribble goal to seal the game was a highlight.

#13 Zoe Hurrell

Was solid up forward across the game but hurt the opposition on the scoreboard in the final term, kicking a vital goal. Moments earlier she missed a set shot after taking a good mark, but made no mistake with her second attempt.

#16 Lauren Stevenson

A really good defensive pressure player, she was able to work hard one-on-one and provided a good spoil on the wing pushing up the ground. She also laid some strong tackles and was constantly involved with pressure plays.

#18 Brianna McFarlane

Kicked a great goal in the second term and was among the best across the four quarters, providing an option by leading up and getting involved in the play. One of a number of versatile Eastern Allies players who contributed to the win.

#21 Chloe Haines

Started in defence and took a good mark at half-back and used her raking kick to hit-up a target on the wing. Moments later she was on the receiving end of a free kick inside 50, with her shot on goal just missing. She had a couple more opportunities but could not quite make them count, spraying one out on the full and the other just missing when it came off the side of her boot. Was still clearly in the Eastern Allies’ best and was always involved in the play. A great smother in attack late in the game was indicative of her intent on the day.

#25 Libby Haines

Strong overhead and at ground level, she laid some good tackles and took good grabs in space. Haines’ second efforts were impressive and she covered the ground well and was another player who was versatile in where she could play and impact the contest.

#28 Alice Mitchell

Just had a few impressive moments throughout the game, particularly in the first half. Mitchell showed good hands in passing quickly to teammates and also great strength, producing a good fend-off in the opening half. Just buzzed around and was a solid contributor in the win.

 

Central Allies:

By: Julia Montesano

#4 Madeline Gault

Worked hard to win the footy throughout the day. Showed tenacity and intent to win the footy and when it didn’t work out for her, she kept trying. Never gave up for the Central Allies on the day and did well defensively, laying some great tackles.

#5 Tabitha May

Executed great run and carry down the line and showed sheer speed throughout the day. Took a good mark in defence but also made an impact in other areas of the ground. She was simply in everything and put a lot of pressure on the ball carrier.

#15 Nikki Gore

Gore was an important player for the Central Allies, doing all the little things to ensure her side stayed in the hunt. Laid some good tackles on the day and delivered some nice kicks into space to get the ball out of trouble. In one instance, she laid an excellent run down tackle to shut down an opponent, displaying excellent closing speed. Also took a good mark and followed this up with some great run and carry down the line.

#19 Arthurina Moreen

Moreen is an excitement machine and was responsible for two of the Central Allies’ goals. She converted her side’s first major of the day when she got a free kick and converted the set shot. Her run and carry was also exciting as it created opportunities for her side to stream forward.

#26 Katelyn Rosenzweig

Rosenzweig was one of the Central Allies’ best players on the day thanks to a lively performance up forward. Executed a great pick up and quick kick and took many good marks in the in the forward line. Kicked the ball well around her body to get it forward, creating many forward thrusts for her side. A highlight of her day was when she trapped the ball magnificently and did nicely to get up and kick around the body for her second goal of the day.

#28 Montana McKinnon

McKinnon’s hands were the best of the day for the Central Allies. McKinnon always managed to position herself well and took some memorable grabs. Did well in a contested situation and a one on one situation, showing her versatility. Also displayed great kicking, demonstrated when she delivered a nice high kick out of the contest.

#29 Esther Boles

Boles was huge for the Central Allies, doing everything she could to win the ball. She ran hard to every contest that she was involved in to try and win the footy. Delivered a nice kick to the top of the square and her kicks in general were sound and precise. A highlight of her game was when she took a great one hand grab and executed a great clearing kick from a stoppage.

Scouting notes: National U18 Championships – Round 5

WE made the trip down to Etihad Stadium yesterday and saw the conclusion to the National Under 18 Championships. Here we take a look at every player in both games and see how they fared on the night. Lenny Fogliani, Cameron Ross, Scott Dougan, James Goller, Craig Byrnes, David Chapman, Jamie Morgan and Damon Mattiazzo all combined to provide the notes.

Allies vs. Western Australia:

Allies:

#1 Conor Budarick

Budarick was a strong tackler for the Allies having eight for the day – he was really fierce in the contest. He played like a smart footballer and made good decisions with the ball. His kicking was good all day and included three inside 50s. The 2019 draft prospect spent most of his time on the wing and through the forward line.

#3 Josh Stern

Stern had 10 possessions for the day. He showed courage going back with the flight in a marking contest – he didn’t flinch. He kicked the ball really well, especially in the last term. Stern also displayed good hands in the contest, playing mostly up forward pushing up the ground.

#6 Rhyan Mansell 

The hard nosed defender was impressive, laying seven strong tackles. He brought a bit of aggression out there and proved very hard to beat one on one, rarely losing a contest. He didn’t have a lot of the ball only collecting five possessions but used it well. Mansell showed a little bit of spread and speed off the back flank but needs to add more of that to his game so he can be a solid contributor both defensively and offensively, not just defensively.

#7 Jesse Quint

Quint had a okay day, gathering 10 possessions. A highlight was his hands in congestion. He kicked a nice goal to go with four inside 50s and kicked the ball well.

#10 Chayce Jones

The Tasmanian had a strong day at the office playing midfield and resting up forward. Jones is really hard at it in the contest and laid seven tackles for the game. When he doesn’t have the ball he was the willingness and desire to put as much defensive pressure on as he can. He kicked the ball well and made good decisions with ball in hand. He was both strong on inside and outside.

#11 Keidean Coleman

Coleman had seven possessions for the day playing down back, he was very strong defensively laying five tackles. He does have the ability to break the lines but he wasn’t able to do it enough having only two rebounds.

#12 Mitchell O’Neil

Definitely one to write down for the 2019 draft. He has really good hands in congestion. O’Neill also took a nice contested mark. He had 18 possessions and kicked the ball well, also booting a nice goal. He took the game on and was able to rebound well having three rebound 50’s for the game. O’ Neill made the All Australian team.

#15 Guy Richardson

The backman had 19 possessions for the day, I thought he played really well mopping up defensively. He was also good offensively rebounding four times and showcasing his really good foot skills. Richardson showed some good run and carry and the ability to break the lines. Defensively he was good one on one.

#17 Thomas Matthews

Another Allies defender who had a strong game, Matthews has really solid pressure in the contest. He only laid three tackles, but the work he does off the ball that doesn’t get any stats for was noticeable. He took five marks and a couple of those were intercepts. Matthews was great offensively as well having five rebounds. He kicks the ball well and showed some run and carry.

#19 Bailey Scott

The captain had a fantastic day for Allies. He played more in the midfield collecting 30 possessions. His clearance work was really good having six. He had really good hands in congestion and tackled really strongly showing some aggression with five tackles for the game. He kicked the ball well, especially late when he hit team mate Nick Blakey on the chest with a 40-meter kick. Scott was able to hit the scoreboard as well with a goal. He rebounded strongly with three rebounds and also had three inside 50s. The skipper also took a great mark.

#20 Fraser Turner

The wingman is a great runner and ran hard all day, slotting two great goals on the run at critical times. He had 24 possessions and showed strong hands in the contest. Turner rebounded really well having three for the game and his kicking was solid all day. Turner plays mostly on the wing is a outside damaging player.

#23 Michael Mummery

Mummery had a quiet day with only the four possessions, however, he was really good defensively laying five tackles. He also was good one on one in marking contests, taking a fantastic contested mark.

#28 Matthew Green

The tall midfielder put good pressure on the opposition and used his trademark long handballs into space to set up teammates running passed. Just the 11 disposals on the night, but he had a couple of crucial intercepts late, including one tackle which earned him a holding the ball free kick. Also had a couple of clearances and inside 50s on the night to end up with a solid performance.

#29 Joey Reinard

The forward showed some good glimpses in patches, kicking a goal early in the piece, working hard for leads and being creative through midfield. Not a high accumulator, he presents when required and plays that medium-tall role well.

#31 Connor McFadyen

The 190cm utility continues to impress with his super quick hands and strong contested marking ability. He took a great grab on the goal line in the second half to nail a vital goal, then handed one off to Mitch O’Neill who kicked truly from long range. He uses his body well one-on-one and has shown promising signs he can develop into an inside midfielder who drifts forward and has an impact.

#36 Matthew McGuiness

Playing in defence, McGuiness rebounded well from the back 50, working in tandem with Jacob Koschitzke and Nick Baker. Positions himself well and is able to put pressure on opposition forwards, while taking some strong marks.

#37 Jacob Koschitzke

One of the most improved players across the tournament, Koschitzke played another strong game out of full-back, taking some good contested marks and rebounding strongly. He showed good courage backing back with the flight on a couple of occasions and applying his penetrating kick to clear of the defensive zone.

#40 Kieren Briggs

The clear dominant ruck on the ground once again and deserving of the Allies’ Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the carnival. It was clear Briggs has a huge tank and covers the ground well, barely taking a break. His second efforts are a highlight and he continually does the defensive things right as well. I would be surprised if it was not just the GIANTS keeping an eye on the overager.

#41 Mathew Walker

The Murray Bushrangers forward started slowly but worked into the game in the second half. He kicked a good goal on the move, and missed a chance to add a second. Walker showed good hands in close, giving off lightning quick handballs to teammates and opening up space for them.

#44 Caleb Graham

The athletic big man was often found pushing up onto a wing and showing off his versatility. He laid a really big tackle early in the piece and took a great intercept mark and drove the ball long inside 50. Not a huge accumulator, but a long kick of the football and can play anywhere.

#46 Tarryn Thomas

The potential top 10 pick was relatively quiet again by his lofty standards, but he did pick up in the last quarter where he kicked a great set shot goal to get the Allies team up and about. He has the cleanest hands at ground level, and could pick up a soaking ball with velcro-like hands. Had a big clearance in the first term that resulted in a Nick Blakey goal. Thomas was terrific defensively laying a number of good tackles to stop opponents in their tracks.

#47 Nick Baker

Played up the ground through the midfield as well as at half-back and was strong one-on-one. He managed to get his hands on the football a bit and continued to remain involved in the contest. He was one of the Allies’ more prominent ball winners in the match.

#49 Nick Blakey

Just enormous. After being held early, Blakey came into the game with a bang once moving into the middle, winning two early clearances in the second half. He used his big body to impact the contest and then drifted forward to provide a contest. He had a brilliant dart of a pass to Mathew Walker in the third term and his disposal by foot was terrific. Just got better with every game he played and yesterday was huge when the game was on the line.

 

Western Australia:

#2 Jarrod Cameron

The lively small forward wasn’t as influential as compared to his dazzling performance against Vic Country, but still showed glimpses of his potential. His desire to run and chase opposition defenders is outstanding for someone his age, and his ability with ball in hand is unbelievably good.

#4 Graydon Wilson

The dynamic defender was outstanding for Western Australia, with his run and carry, skills and vision all on display. He also produced the match-saving spoil and tackle that secured WA the victory.

#6 Wil Hickmott

A late inclusion into the squad, Hickmott’s class was on full display. His vision, skills and reading of the play are at a fantastic level for someone his age. Carlton will be monitoring him closely as he is the son of former player Adrian Hickmott

#8 Luke Moore

The South Fremantle product finished with 13 possessions and two goals but the stat line doesn’t emphasise how good he was. In the first quarter, he stood up in a tackle and got the ball to Brad Oldfield who duly converted the opening goal of the game. Then late in the first quarter, he gathered the ball at full pace, sidestepped an opponent and snapped one through. The youngster has been likened to Alan Didak and shapes as a genuine match winner for any AFL club.

#9 Tyron Smallwood

Smallwood was extremely lively in the forward half for the Sandgropers, often setting up attacking forays. Not unlike Adelaide star Tom Lynch, Smallwood was the connector between the midfield and the forward line and he played the role to perfection.

#10 Rylie Morgan

The Claremont product was outstanding in the midfield. A beautifully balanced player with exceptional skills and sound decision-making, Morgan wielded an influence on the inside and the outside. He shapes as a potential bolter come draft night.

#11 Luke English

The acting captain of the day, English showed why he is such a highly rated prospect. He was tough, combative, skilful and smart against the Allies. He finished with 25 possessions and six tackles in what was a tremendous display.

#12 Jeremy Sharp

The bottom-ager did his stocks for the 2019 AFL Draft no harm whatsoever with an accomplished display against the Allies. His vision, speed, skills and smarts all make him an attractive player, and he would be thoroughly deserving of All-Australian selection.

#13 Jason Carter

The Fremantle Next Generation Academy player showed glimpses of why he is such a highly rated prospect. His dare to take the opposition on should excite the Fremantle recruiters and his speed was unmatched by any Allies player.

#14 Sydney Stack

The Northam product’s stocks continue to soar by the week. Against the Allies, Stack was aggressive, tough, skilful and dynamic. In the last quarter, he soared for a mark, roved his own crumbs and dribbled through a goal. He finished with 20 possessions and seven clearances.

#15 Jordan Clark

Arguably the best player on the ground, Clark deservedly took home the WA Most Valuable Player award. He finished with 29 possessions and 11 rebounds, and was often a catalyst for WA’s drive from the back half to the forward half. His skills, vision, composure and toughness will all make him an AFL star.

#16 Ethan Hansen

Hansen started the game in terrific fashion, taking an early intercept mark and gathering plenty of possessions. He showed the ability to kick on both sides of his body and his decision-making with the ball in hand was superb. Hansen was able to use his speed to escape the congestion and to provide run on the outside of the contest, which proved handy for Western Australia going forward. In the third quarter, Hansen read the play superbly and was able to take an intercept mark at full speed in the middle of the ground, resulting in a Western Australian goal. Hansen had 19 disposals and more than 300 metres gained.

#18 Deven Robertson

The bottom-age midfielder looks to be one to keep an eye on in next year’s draft. He didn’t have massive numbers by any means but what impressed me the most with Robertson, was his work-rate. He chased hard defensively and he was able to make plenty of contests in all areas of the ground, due to his gut-running.

#20 Luke Foley

Foley was pivotal in the midfield for Western Australia, setting the standard required for his teammates by making a strong impression early. He accumulated disposals in all areas of the ground, on the inside and outside of the contest. His clearance work was really good, but his tackling was even better. Foley never gave up and he tried his hardest to make an impact, both offensively and defensively.

#21 Tyson Powell

Powell started in defence and was solid. He tackled strongly and had some nice defensive spoils. In the second quarter, Powell coped a big knock and was unable to have the same influence. He bounced back in the second half and was responsible for the in-form Connor McFayden at times. Powell continued to spoil strongly and he started to find more of the ball as the game went on.

#23 Louis Miller

Miller was prominent down back and was one of Western Australia’s best on the day. His competitiveness and strength in the contest were noticeable throughout the match. Miller positioned himself well defensively and rebounded effectively. He amassed 22 disposals and used the ball well. The highlight of the day came in the second quarter when Miller took an eye-catching pack mark over four players on the wing.

#24 Regan Spooner

The classy defender spent a considerable amount of time on the in-form forward, Nick Blakey. Spooner kept Blakey to one goal in the first half and played his role fabulously. His ball use was top-notch and he was clean below his knees. His finest passage of play came in the second quarter when he kicked an absolute bullet inside 50 to the leading Tom Medhat.

#26 Jake Pasini

Pasini started the game in the defence and was solid. He did not have the same stats to most of his teammates, but he undeniably played a crucial role in limiting the Allies forwards impact during the game.

#27 Tom Medhat

The versatile forward was Western Australia’s most dangerous in the first half and he proved difficult for the Allies defenders to stop. He kicked his team’s second goal of the match with a running goal from 40m out, demonstrating his composure in pressure situations. Medhat found plenty of space in the second quarter and kicked his second goal only three minutes into the term. He pushed into the midfield at times and showed the ability to win the contested ball. Medhat kicked his third goal of the term in the dying minutes and was one of the main reasons behind Western Australia’s dominance in the first half. He didn’t have the same effect in the third and fourth quarters, but he continued to work hard at making himself an attractive option in the forward 50.

#29 Dillion O’Reilly

O’Reilly started in the forward half and shared ruck duties with Jack Buller throughout the game. He showed his athleticism early, winning some impressive jumping hit-outs to give his midfielders first use. O’Reilly kicked his first goal of the day in the second term, with a terrific snap around the body. He continued to hit the scoreboard for Western Australia, booting his second goal in the third term after leading successfully into a large amount of space inside 50.

#34 Brad Oldfield

Oldfield was outstanding in contested situations, winning the ball in tight and dishing the ball out by hand to his teammates. Oldfield found plenty of space in situations that you shouldn’t, which helped him make the correct decisions with ball in hand. In the first term, he was involved in an important passage of play where he kicked the ball inside 50 to a teammate and then sprinted extremely hard to make himself an appealing option to receive the ball back, resulting in the first goal of the game. His work rate and hard running was evident across four quarters.

#35 Mitchell Georgiades

The bottom-ager played on Nicholas Baker and arguably beat him in the first half. He booted two essential goals in the space of 10 minutes in the second term, instantly becoming one of the most dangerous forwards on the ground. Georgiades showcased his sticky hands and the ability to mark the ball at its highest possible point. His set-shot goal kicking was spot on and his technique was sublime. He was unable to have the same influence in the second half, but his 10-minute burst in the second quarter was enough to get me excited for his draft year in 2019.

#36 Jack Buller

Buller’s competitiveness and ground level work for a big man was on display from the get-go. He was beaten in the hit-out department to the bigger and stronger opposition ruckmen Kieran Briggs, but as soon as the ball hit the deck, Buller basically turned into a midfielder. His follow up work was magnificent, his pressure on the opposition was clear and he won plenty of contested possessions. After his dominant first half, Buller went into the main break with 11 disposals to his name. He was much quieter in the second half, but there’s no doubt he was one of Western Australia’s main contributors in the first two quarters.

 

Vic Metro vs. South Australia

Vic Metro:

#1 Jack Mahony

The bottom ager started a little shaky by foot early. He has really good hands in congestion and has the endeavour to put on pressure and really goes in the contest with pace. He showed courage when taking a mark back with the flight, knowing there would be contact. Mahony kicked a ripping snap goal at the start of the third term. With a goal and 17 possessions to his name, he played well.

#2 Joe Ayton-Delaney

Ayton-Delaney has the ability to really break the lines and hurt his opposition with it had five rebounds to his name which shows this. However, he did make some poor decisions with the football. He tends to use the ball fairly well, however his decision making leads him to turn over the footy and this happened a few times. Interested to see how he goes in the back-end of the year for Xavier College and Oakleigh Chargers.

#3 Zak Butters

Yesterday was set to be Butters’ last game for the season as he is going in for shoulder surgery next week. Sadly his season send-off ended early with a injury to the same shoulder. He showed a willingness to take the game on with his three possessions. Butters is quite small in stature, but is a slick and crafty player.

#4 Rhylee West

West did not have a big day against South Australia only having the 12 possessions. He has really solid hands in close, also making decent decisions with it. He kicked fairly well especially when he tried to open the play up. The Western Bulldogs father-son prospect is looking like at this stage a late first round, or early second round selection.

#5 Matt Rowell

Rowell had a fantastic day at the office, with the hard nosed midfielder collecting 20 possessions for the day. Rowell has break away speed from stoppages which caught the eye. On top of that he has really good hands in congestion. He is a fantastic tackler and managed seven for the day. He used the ball well on his left and right having four clearances and three inside 50s. Definitely one to watch for the 2019 draft.

#6 Curtis Taylor

Taylor is pure class inside the forward 50. He had eight possessions for the day, but really made each one of them effective in play – two of his forward tackles resulted in set shots. He also had two inside 50s and was dangerous up forward for Vic Metro, booting two goals.

#7 Angus Hanrahan

A quieter day for Hanrahan with 12 possessions. He is a real interesting type; starting forward he did not have much impact, but after moving to the wing he started to get his hands more on it. He has good hands in close and managed nine handballs. Only having three kicks for the day is slightly disappointing as his real strength is his kicking on his left and right. It’s hard to tell exactly where Hanrahan fits. I think he could fit around the mid second round to fourth round. Really depends on his second half of the year.

#8 James Rowbottom

Rowbottom is a real inside mid. He did not have a lot of the ball with just the 12 possessions compared to his other Championship games, but he was a strong tackler for Metro laying seven, with one of the tackles being a goal-saving one. He gave a little bit of spread from stoppages and his kicking was okay. Rowbottom’s draft stocks have risen from the championships

#12 Tom McKenzie

McKenzie played off the half-back flank and was one of Metro’s best in the first half. He provided run and carry out of the defensive 50 and his ball use was very good, on most occasions. He stayed composed under pressure, especially when South Australia were repeatedly entering their forward 50. He did most of his damage in uncontested situations but has proven in the past that he can win the ball on the inside when necessary.

#14 Isaac Quaynor

Along with the majority of his teammates, he started slowly but quickly found himself more involved as the game went on. He spent most of his minutes further up the ground, rather than deep, which is a position I do enjoy him in. His best passage of play came in the third quarter when he showcased his agility and speed with an exciting blind turn in the middle of the ground, effectively releasing the ball by hand to an outside runner.

#15 Bailey Smith

The hard-running, endurance beast was one of Metro’s only shining lights in the first half. Smith never gave in and tried hard all game, even when things were not going his way. His tackling was strong as always and he won the ball in contested and uncontested situations, which is why he’s so highly rated. His clearance work was impeccable and he was able to find plenty of the ball, finishing with 22 disposals. His positioning and effort in the defensive 50 were below par at times, but it is something that he will work on during his development.

#16 Noah Answerth

It was an up-and-down game for Answerth, who received a red card at the half-time break and missed the first 15 minutes of the third term. He showed that he can have a big impact on the contest with his ball-winning ability and link-up play, but was completely exposed in defensive situations. Answerth was responsible for the red-hot forward Izak Rankine, who was near-impossible to stop. There were a couple of moments that Answerth was caught ball watching, forgetting to give Rankine enough attention, which resulted in Rankine booting some very easy goals, with no defensive pressure applied. This is common with junior footballers and of no big concern. He will improve in this area as he progresses through his development.

#18 Xavier O’Halloran

The captain gradually worked into the match and was vital in stages throughout the second half. O’Halloran only had the 10 disposals but definitely made them count, which makes him such a damaging player. He did his best work in the forward half of the ground and was involved in one of cleanest passages of play in the game. In the third quarter, he was able to drill a 40-metre kick inside 50 to the leading Ben King, who marked and kicked truly, keeping Metro in the game. O’Halloran hit the scoreboard himself in the last minute of the third, after taking a strong contested mark 20 metres out.

#19 Jack Bytel

Bytel was at his best in tight, where he could gather possession and release the ball by hand to his teammates on the outside. His ball use by foot was inconsistent. He turned the ball over on multiple occasions but also displayed that he can hit targets in high-pressure situations, on both feet. Bytel spent some time down back in the second half but was unable to have any real influence on the match.

#23 Buku Khamis

Khamis spent some time on the highly-rated Connor Rozee, with the athletic rebounding defender doing his best in trying to limit his impact. Khamis read the play well, his ball use was good and his intercept marking was a standout. Khamis has progressed rapidly over the past year and did his draft chances no harm.

#24 Noah Anderson

The exciting bottom-ager from the Oakleigh Charges contributed to Metro’s midfield and looms as one of the top prospects for next year. He didn’t have the biggest effect on the game but his ball-winning ability, speed and clean ball use was a sign of things to come in 2019.

#26 Riley Collier-Dawkins – The big bodied Oakleigh midfielder was in and around the stoppages for long periods of the night, but struggled to have the impact of earlier matches. He often won first possession, but struggled to find the opportunity to release as the South Australians wrapped him up quickly. While he would only win eight disposals, Collier-Dawkins still produced moments that showcase why he is now regarded a first round prospect. He took a great overhead mark and played on with acceleration inside 50, but couldn’t finish off his work by foot. In the third term he raised his arms high at a stoppage to release a teammate brilliantly on the outside, before showing his defensive presence by producing a heavy tackle on Valente later in the quarter.

#27 Will Kelly – Starting on Lukosius, Kelly was one of the only Vic Metro defenders to keep his opponent accountable with offensive run during the early onslaught. He intercepted and rebounded with style, but also defended admirably by holding the most talked about player of the draft pool to one goal. He went forward in the final term and looked capable leading to space, while also setting up Bailey Smith in the corridor. The son of Craig and brother of Jake at Adelaide finished with 17 disposals to be one of Vic Metro’s better players. You suspect the Pies won’t let another Kelly father/son prospect slip on this occasion.

#28 Ben Silvagni – The second of the Silvagni boys came to Etihad Stadium with some expectation from the Carlton faithful and he started okay forward considering the lack of early opportunities. He took a nice overhead mark on the lead inside 50, before a brilliant piece of play on the wing where he shrugged a tackle, disposed the ball to a teammate and ran hard forward to receive the kick on the arc. A disappointing set shot after the half time siren could have given his side some life going into the break, but instead instigated a small melee. He was moved to defence in the second half and faded as the match wore on.

#29 James Blanck – After an excellent performance in defence against Vic Country at the MCG, Blanck was given a small reality check by a rampaging South Australian side. He was exposed physically against the bigger Hugo Munn in the first term, who out muscled him one on one on two occasions. He positioned himself better as the game went on, but couldn’t have the same impact offensively as his previous game. He finished the night spending time in the ruck.

#34 James Rendell – Rendell is another father/son prospect who has ties with Brisbane through his father Matt’s 164 games for Fitzroy. The 198cm forward/ruck has shown signs of promising AFL attributes throughout 2018 and again produced moments of interest against South Australia. After a quiet first half he came to life in the third term, kicking a banana out of congestion that bounced to Jack Mahony in the corridor to set up a goal. He then produced one of the highlights of the game to take a towering pack mark deep inside 50 and kicked truly to continue his side’s fight back at the time. A goal, 12 hit outs and 11 possessions was a solid outing when considering minimal Vic Metro contributors.

#35 Thomas Hallebone – The lanky 201cm Northern Knights ruckman had moments throughout the day to suggest that he can develop into a capable prospect with time. While only winning five disposals for the game, he took a strong intercept mark in the first term. In the ruck he has skills, highlighted by a soft touch that the midfielders can easily read. He is currently more effective at the centre bounces where he can jump at the ball, as the bigger bodied, albeit shorter James Siviour was able to easily push his 83kg frame out of position at around the ground stoppages.

#36 Ben King – King again proved his potential No.1 pick worth with a four goal haul on arguably the biggest pathway stage against a mighty South Australian outfit at Etihad Stadium. While he lacked opportunities in the first term with the ball seemingly forever at the other end, he took his chance in the second quarter with a series of strong marks and smart leads. He attacked the ball at its highest point, often leaving his opponent with no chance. That was highlighted perfectly in the third term as he brought down a contested mark on the move with Riley Grundy right on his hammer creating immense physical pressure. He made the most of his shots on goal too, kicking four goals straight from only seven disposals. The recruiters also got their wish of the dream King/Lukosius match up in the second half, but unfortunately it was a bit of a letdown as they rarely competed aerially.

South Australia:

#2 Hayden Sampson

Sampson as dangerous around the ball and put his head into the pack on numerous occasions. Probably would have liked to be a bit cleaner off the ground but his 15 disposals and three clearances were important

#4 Kade Chandler

Another SA player that goes in hard. Played his role as small defensive forward and crumbed a good goal from the pocket and set up a teammate’s goal with some great pressure.

#10 Martin Frederick

Really stepped up and provided a number of dashing drives from half-back. With 16 disposals he used the ball also really well, broke some tackles due to his pace, and nearly got a goal bursting inside 50. Has really improved his draft chances and is a Port Next Generation Academy.

#11 Finn Betterman

The midfielder had a quieter game but still managed to lock in four tackles, which is what you need to do when the ball is not coming your way. Can play the first receiver really well and his possessions normally matter.

#13 Connor Rozee

This was the return to form we were waiting for, Rozee had the 18 disposals and four clearances. Managed the miracle goal out of the back of the pack with a smart kick and was smooth when he had it. But it was his desperation that really showed off as he was diving for smothers, chasing at speed and on multiple occasions jumped up to intercept or bring to ground a Vic Metro kick, killing off their rebound.

#14 Izak Rankine

One word – Magic! Booted five goals and about four of them were goal of the game contenders. Just so special, and no doubt his highlights package will be something to marvel over. A class above on the night.

#16 Tom Lewis

Literally living at the bottom of a pack, this inside bull was outstanding. Had 18 disposals and eight tackles. Lewis continues to find the footy under enormous contested pressure and dish out to teammates. A memorable play was where he was on the ground in the pack, got the footy, stood up, bursted out of the congestion with 2-3 Vic Metro players on him and dished to a teammate. Scored a nice goal in the last quarter.

#18 Oscar Chapman

The third tall was outstanding and able to demonstrate all his flexibility. Opened up with a holding the ball tackle that hit Munn for the goal and was continuously harassing Metro defenders and providing blocks for his other forwards. In the last quarter he was taken off the leash and exploded kicking 2.2 including a fantastic pack mark 15m out. Finished with a game high seven marks and 14 disposals

#22 Jacob Kennerley

Was important key ball winner for SA and was dominant early on the wing linking play to the SA forwards. Always looked damaging with the ball and used it well and when Vic Metro came back in the third quarter he worked back well. Certainly one of SA’s best for the day finishing with 22 disposals.

#23 Aaron Nietschke

Was a quiet game for Nietschke possession wise, but he did show glimpses of what he can do. Worked hard in and under when the opportunity was there. He has had better games, but his body size and work rate made him a valuable member of the team

#25 Tom Sparrow

Another player who had an impact when it was his turn, and finished with 17 disposals and five inside 50s and did like some of his work down back when he won some key one on ones and fed the ball out. Another contributor who rarely lost a contested ball when in his area.

#27 Jez McLennan

Another solid and productive game for the defender. Managed to grab some intercept marks and always was poised with the football and efficient. Looked well balanced and calm when Vic Metro had a run in the third quarter. A key for the SA defence all tournament and absolute leader down back. His seven tackles were evident of his work rate and willingness to chase and compete. Great leadership shown.

#30 Ben Jarvis

The goal sneak is a real enigma as he always looks dangerous near the footy and around goal and was rewarded with another two goals. He roved a ball off the pack at speed and class which showed off his ability. He worked up the ground at times and was also good in at the contest. Drifted in and out of the game, but when he is near the footy, things happened that really benefit his team.

#31 Mihail Lochowiak

Was prominent early in the game with dash, but did try to do too much at times and turned the ball over. Once he adjusted to the pace of the game he made a solid contribution and when Vic Metro were coming made a nice lead and goal to stem the flow. A bit more poise and polish to his game will be key to his development as his pace, willingness to take the game on and size are all impressive

#32 Luke Valente

A quieter game for the captain, but as a true leader really worked into the game after a quiet first quarter. Still finished with 18 disposals for SA, but what stands out is his composure in traffic, and decision making is generally spot on. Seemed to have a bit more time than others which showed his class. Liked how he dug in during the third quarter to win some key football. His evasion and side step is excellent

#33 Tyler Martin

Had limited possessions but this game really saw his class when challenged. Would rarely be beaten for the footy and just a classic “played your role” game which was vital for the team. He reads the play well and is the third man up at times with timely spoils as well as finishing with five marks intercepting when required.

#34 Jackson Hately

Hately produced another fantastic performance when it mattered most in the title decider. Hately capped off a consistent carnival with 23 disposals in the final game a team high and also a game high of six inside 50’s. He had ten disposals in the first quarter as the Croweaters could no wrong, his brilliant quarter was shown in finding Rankine with a pin-point kick inside 50 to his advantage on the lead. Hately was deservedly named in the forward line of the U18 All Australian team.

#35 Jacob Collins

Norwood’s Jacob Collins was called up for his first game of the carnival and rewarded selectors with a solid game. Collins had plenty of touches early on as the South Australian defence exited Vic Metro’s forward line with ease. Collins ball use from defence early was terrific as South Australia punished Vic Metro’s poor forward entries. Had a knock in second quarter which curtailed his influence somewhat, but still managed to have 13 disposals and five inside 50s.

#37 Riley Grundy

Grundy had the easiest job on field in the first quarter as the service to Ben King was nothing sort of horrific. But once Vic Metro responded, delivery to King was maximised as the height difference between King (202cm) and Grundy (195cm) in the marking contests started to show. Grundy struggled at times to compete with King aerially, as King finished with four goals. Grundy has had a solid carnival down back with Will Gould and has done decent jobs on the each team’s key forward.

#42 Jack Lukosius

Lukosius took a back seat to the Izak Rankine show early on and was quiet in the first term. In the second quarter Lukosius kicked his first goal after a great passage of play by the SA onball brigade, as Munn tapped it down to Lukosius who converted on ground level. In the second half the recruiters got their carnival wish as Lukosius was sent back to stop King from continuing his dominance. Lukosius certainly assured the SA backline and took intercepting marks down back to prove that he is almost the prototype footballer that can play in almost any position. His brilliant carnival was capped off with the centre half-forward position in the U18 All Australian team and is likely to be taken at pick one in the AFL National Draft.

#43 Will Gould

Under-age defender Will Gould was a monster down back for his side as he also had a carnival high of 17 possessions for the match. Gould took it upon himself to be more adventurous out of defence once he was joined by Jack Lukosius down back proving his versatility. Gould was deservedly awarded with a spot in U18 the All-Australian team on the interchange, as massive achievement for the 2001-born player.

#44 James Siviour

Siviour produced his best performance for the title decider as he took care of ruckman Tom Hallebone, Joe Griffith’s replacement. Siviour contributed with 28 hitouts, 10 disposals and goal, his intercepting down back was a highlight as took six marks for the day, as Hallebone could only manage one.

#47 Hugo Munn

Munn was on fire in the first quarter as he dominated opponent James Blanck tacking a pack mark and converting truly and another contested mark against his opponent and fed a running Rankine who kicked it from the goal square. Munn has showed some brilliant signs and efforts throughout the carnival as finished as one of the top goal kickers with Lukosius, Rankine and King.

Scouting notes: VFLW – Round 7

IT was a cracking weekend of Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s football where the ladder-leaders went down and TAC Cup Girls players shone in their respective games. We watched three games on the weekend and took notes on who performed well in each outing.

 

Southern Saints vs. NT Thunder

By: Peter Williams 

Southern Saints:

#8 Alison Drennan

It’s clear she is a big ball winner through the midfield, covering ground with ease and getting to contest after contest. She lays plenty of tackles and burrows in under the packs. Drennan also has a nice first few steps to charge away from a contest and kick forward.

#10 Lauren Arnell

The former Blues skipper now Lion, was one of the Saints’ best early on, booting a goal late in the first quarter leading to space and kicking truly for a long range set shot. She had another in the second term but it was touched on the line. Provided some important nous up forward.

#15 Tara Bohanna

Booted a great goal off a step from a loose ball in the second term, and finished the game with three majors to be the dominant forward on the ground. Put an end to the contest with her two majors in the final quarter within a few minutes of each other to hand the Saints a vital win.

#24 Kayla Ripari

Played up forward and I thought immediately ‘her stats won’t look good but she is doing everything right’. The kind of forward who hunts the ball, hunts her opponents and just continues to play the brand of football teammates love. She crashes packs, gives off handballs, applies shepherds, does all the one percenters and thought she did a terrific job.

#30 Charlotte Wilson

The Eastern Ranges defender was really impressive on debut, particularly in the first term where she often got in front of her opponent, won the ball with clean hands and handballed clear. She was courageous and not afraid to switch play when she had a chance. Took a few strong marks back there too.

#33 Jemma Owen

Good defensive pressure up forward and along the wing, showing good vision on her knees to handball into space to a teammate without her breaking stride in the opening term. In the second quarter she was agressive and laid a shepherd so Ripari could get a clear kick to Bohanna in the second quarter for a goal.

#35 Gabriella De Angelis

A hard-working, clever player who had a couple of real highlights. In the opening term she had a smart pick-up near the boundary line and had the composure to kick in-board to the leading Lauren Arnell who goaled. Then in the second term, De Angelis showed off her work rate by receiving the pass on the wing from Shelley Heath, then kicked to half-forward, sprinted hard into the forward line and was involved in the next pass deep inside 50.

#39 Eleanor Brown

Can find the ball with ease and moves well for a taller player. Clean and just got involved around the ground, playing in her preferred wing position. She showed quick hands on both the inside and outside to keep it moving. The one improvement I would give to her is to not get too sucked in to the play because I noticed her opponent would drift out into space behind her while she ran towards the contest. Another solid performance though.

#42 Courtney Jones

Started on the bench and came on to have an immediate impact. Her first pass was a perfectly weighted kick to Lauren Arnell on the wing. She showed good hands at ground level to handball to a teammate in space and applied some good hip-and-shoulders. Jones took a strong intercept mark in defence and kicked long to Shelley Heath.

#43 Shelley Heath

The best of the TAC Cup Girls and looked natural at the level. Despite being smaller than her opponents, she never stopped running and generally used the ball pretty well. She was not afraid to back into a contest and won a free kick in one instance because she was pushed in the back doing so. Reads the ball well in the air or at ground level and showed great hands in close. A huge cheer came in the second term when she stood strongly in a marking contest to spoil, her opponent recovered, picked up the ball, ran off, but Heath did not give up and ran her down, earning a free kick.

#49 Ashleigh Allsopp

Kicked the opening goal of the game, roving forward to read the ball drop off hands.

 

NT Thunder:

#3 Angela Foley

Just wins so much of the ball and works hard on the inside. She is a strong tackler and a piercing kick of the football. She showed great vision and smarts to chop off a Gabriella De Angelis pass and kick forward, cutting short a potential goal surge from the Saints. Foley is a powerful kick and was NT’s best early, winning the ball in all thirds of the ground.

#5 Machaelia Roberts

Put her body on the line in the opening term, had a running shot on goal but was tackled doing so and it just missed. Worked hard in the forward line, providing a strong body and pressure to her opponents down there.

#12 Jasmine Anderson

A big contributor through the midfield, she often played on some of the talented TAC Cup Girls in Eleanor Brown or Shelley Heath, and won her fair share of the footy. She worked well with Angela Foley and Emma Swanson in the middle and spread out to the wings, winning it on the outside and kicking forward.

#17 Emma Swanson

A really strong tackler. Just fierce with the way she went about it, making sure her opponents earned every touch and won a number of frees for holding the ball. She worked hard on the inside and applied plenty of defensive pressure to the ball carrier so the Saints midfielders knew to be wary of her around the stoppages.

#25 Jess Allan

A superb job in the ruck, I thought she was one of their best. Her hands were good and she was mobile with her second efforts. She often won the tap, then roved her own work, but the most noticeable thing was her spread around the ground. She would take the important contested mark or intercept grab at half-forward or half-back, and ran hard to get to positions to impact.

#31 Jess Sedunary

Had a highlight moment in the first term, booting a goal off the ground in the goal square, just pouncing on the loose ball and using her smarts to get the Thunder on the board. It was not a day for forwards, but Sedunary kept trying throughout.

 

Casey Demons vs. Western Bulldogs

By: Peter Williams 

Casey:

#7 Bianca Jakobsson

Donning the long sleeves, Jakobsson took some great overhead marks and just kept getting involved across the four quarters. A contributor without being dominant, Jakobsson was a good link in the chain from defence to midfield, pushing up the ground and influencing the contest.

#13 Katherine Smith

A big game from Smith who was one of Casey’s best in the wet. She laid some fantastic tackles, including one on the opposition ruck in the final term. Buzzed around the stoppages and won it on the inside or out, and also did all the defensive things right. Played what you would call a wet weather brand of footy and led by example.

#16 Casey Sheriff

Really liked her game because she never took a backwards step. Just so strong in close, and the amount of times she would extract the ball from a tight situation was amazing. On one occasion she ripped the ball from an opposition player and got it out of the zone. She also showed her smarts by being able to have a deft kick avoiding her opponent who was about to pounce.

#21 Harriet Cordner

Had a shot on goal on the edge of three quarter time and just nailed it – it was perfect in the wet and luckily it just cleared the line. Got more involved in the final term, producing a thumping kick off half-back while standing up in the tackle. Pumped the ball long inside 50 in the final term too.

#22 Kasey Guthridge

Showed some promising signs, just needs to build confidence. Won a few frees and threatened to break the lines, but sometimes stop-started. Took some good marks around the ground and had a good long kick.

#29 Eden Zanker

The key forward was enormous in conditions that were not suited for taller players, taking several strong grabs, or bringing the ball down in front and working hard with second efforts to pass to teammates in space. She took a great mark sliding on her knees in the opening term, and was unlucky not to have a goal earlier with a snap just being rushed through. A second quarter set shot just missed, with the kick travelling 50 metres, showing her ability to fire from long range. She presented up the ground throughout the game, making leads out of the forward 50, and assisted with rucking when up forward, showing a good vertical leap. A very impressive performance, unlucky not to be rewarded with at least a goal or two.

#34 Darcy Guttridge

Really good early on, has that great acceleration and fearlessness through the contest. She has quick hands and once she sees an opening she takes it. Her power through acceleration is great, and she has a lovely long penetrating kick. She has the smarts when under pressure at ground level to punch it clear, using good vision to spot a teammate free on the outside. Works well through traffic and is really suited to the half-back role with the way she attacks the contest and kicks cleanly.

#38 Jordyn Allen

Played a role similar to the one we have become accustomed to at half-back in the TAC Cup Girls competition. She would win the football in the defensive half and kick long to the wing. Often her kicks are more to the advantage of her teammates rather than directly to them, but she has good decision making which helps. She was clean despite the conditions, and worked hard up the ground to win possessions on the wing as well.

#49 Brooke Struylaart

The Dandenong Stingrays’ AFL Women’s Academy member kicked a great opportunistic goal from a snap out of nothing, showing her great goal sense.

 

Western Bulldogs

#1 Brooke Lochland

A severely underrated player in the whole scheme on things. She has that great balance between offence and defence, and can hurt the opposition in a number of ways – kicking goals and running them down in bone-crunching tackles. She looked dangerous from the get-go with a number of chances early, hitting the post from a 20 metre set shot. But she worked hard, laying some fierce tackles, and pushed up the ground, then worked back, tiring her opponents. She took a great mark dropping back inside 50 in the third term and slotted the goal from 20 metres out on a slight angle. One of the Dogs best.

#2 Ellie Blackburn

In her debut game, Blackburn only lasted a half before coming off after a hard hit late in the second term. She played her usual game, winning plenty of it on the inside and running to the outside, and the opposition let her know they were there, with Blackburn drawing a number of free kicks. A true warrior, hopefully it is not a major injury.

#6 Kirsten McLeod

The forward ended up being the most damaging for the winners on the scoreboard, slotting two goals, including the first of the game with a quick pick-up and snap off a step. She made it two with another snap in the third term and had a chance for a third in the final term, but her shot went across the face. She laid a number of tackles and put pressure on her opponents both up forward and through the midfield.

#12 Jessica Francke

The Bulldogs forward took a good mark deep in the pocket in the second term, but her shot just missed. She did not manage to kick a major after a good game last week, but showed a good set of mits in the wet weather and led at the football, taking some strong grabs and using her body well one-on-one.

#17 Hayley Wildes

A smart player who pounced on a loose ball and ran into an open goal for the Dogs’ second goal. She was instrumental throughout the game, stepping up particularly when Ellie Blackburn went off, and refused to give in, putting in a four-quarter effort and covering the ground well.

18 Libby Birch

The important rebounder off half-back, Birch continued to remain involved throughout the four quarters. She has that smart sense to know when to push up the ground, and when to drop back. She would have recorded plenty of metres gained as she often intercept marks and takes off down the wing. She had a good deep kick inside 50 in the third term and worked hard throughout the game with good running.

#32 Alyssa Mifsud

Another Dogs forward who provides the dual-edge sword of offensive and defensive pressure on the opposition. She harasses the ball carrier and has great second and third efforts, never giving in and eventually laying a strong tackle on the possessor of the pill. Did not end up with a goal, but continually pressed hard in the attacking end.

#51 Katarina Rebuffo

The Western Jets player did not look out of place in the contest when the ball came in her zone. She showed a willingness to lay tackles and put pressure on the ball carrier.

 

Hawthorn vs. Essendon

By: Julia Montesano

Hawthorn:

#8 Rebecca Beeson

Beeson did not disappoint. She went in hard for every ball that she could, demonstrated when she went head-first into a contest. Although she came off groggy, she still got straight back up and prepared for the next incoming contest. She bobbed up in a lot of spots for the Hawks throughout the day, taking some lovely marks and using her speed and smarts to move play on quickly. She delivered some nice kicks on the day as well, proving to be a vital link in the chain. Was lively in the forward line as well where she has had so much success for Greater Western Sydney (GWS).

#22 Tamara Luke

Luke was damaging in the first quarter, booting the opening goal of the game in a matter of seconds, prompting an opening of the floodgates for the Hawks. After spending most of last year in defence, she looked right at home up forward at Box Hill, kicking two goals for the day. Her work rate was exceptional as she didn’t just sit back in the goal square. She made her direct opponent for most of the game, Tanya Hetherington work hard as Luke often found herself taking big grabs at the top of the 50 metre arc, creating scoring opportunities with her booming kick. Hetherington and teammate, Lauren Morecroft had to rotate playing on Luke because of her domination in the forward line. Great game from the experienced player.

#25 Meg Hutchins

Hutchins was composed with the ball in hand and provided fantastic outside run. Her kicks were penetrating and precise, giving her teammates prime opportunity to run a mock up forward. She was often the spare player in a contest, always ready to receive a handball or kick on the outside, demonstrating her exquisite positioning throughout the day. Loves to wheel around and go.

#37 Jade Barnden

Yet another debutant who impressed in her first outing for the Hawks. A classy runner that knew how to find the footy, Barnden used it well and was always there to help a teammate out. Her pressure around the ball was good and resulted in her getting a lot of it. She often generated good outside run and had solid hands throughout the day.

#45 Mikala Cann

Cann was superb in her Hawthorn debut. There was a never a moment where she did not go in hard for the footy, showing constant hunger and determination. After two early behinds, Cann got on the board with a running goal, being rewarded for her hard work in the contest. Usually it is her hands that are exceptional when she plays for the Eastern Ranges, but at Box Hill, her kicks were just as good. What stood out for me was her follow up work, as she proved how impressive her endurance is by running through after the kick and getting into a good position to receive the ball again.

 

Essendon:

#1 Jessica Trend

Trend was a key cog in defence, penetrating the ball well in the back line. Her kicks were long and she used them to effect to rebound the ball whenever she could. She positioned herself well against bigger bodies and did whatever she could to win the ball. Even floated up forward to kick Essendon’s second goal. Pressured well in defence to ensure that Hawthorn only scored five goals from 16 scoring shots.

#17 Tanya Hetherington

Hetherington was dealt with a big task in her first game for the Bombers, having to play on Tamara Luke. Hetherington competed well and was great aerially, bringing down some strong marks. She brought vital experience and footy smarts to the back line which the Bombers are in need of. Never did too much with the ball in hand and always tried her best to create slingshot footy from the defensive 50. Was thrown up forward in the last quarter to provide a target for the Bombers, which is a move that could occur throughout the season.

#32 Tait Mackrill

Just like in round one, Mackrill was one of Essendon’s best players. She crashed in hard at the contests, often bollocking her way through two or three players to surge the ball forward. Her marking was spectacular and was often in a contested situation, demonstrating good composure in congestion. Her kicks were long and strong, often getting the Bombers out of trouble. She was a big part of Essendon’s manic pressure game. Was thrown forward to try and steer the ship for the Bombers and competed well.

#35 Valerie Moreau

The Canadian jet competed hard at Box Hill, bollocking her way through contests. She kicked Essendon’s first goal of the day and was lively inside 50. Her kicking was sound and she worked hard to get the ball both on the inside and outside. Faded in and out of the game but overall she did well to keep Essendon in the game throughout the second and third quarters, applying plenty of pressure on her opponent.

#44 Maddy Collier

I thought Collier was Essendon’s best player on the day. She worked immensely hard to get the ball and created run and drive. While the Bombers struggled with the ball inside 50, Collier was always there to mop up errors. She had great hands and kicked the ball just as well, demonstrating composure with the ball in hand. Never seemed rushed to get a kick away and held the fort down well for the Bombers throughout the second and third quarter, where they pressured the opposition hard.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 6

GEELONG and Northern Territory (NT) Thunder continued their dominance in round six, keeping their undefeated streaks alive. The Bulldogs also registered their first win in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition this year after welcoming back a host of AFL Women’s players.

 

Carlton 2.3 (15) defeated by NT Thunder 8.3 (51)

By: Taylah Melki

NT dominated from start to finish, keeping the Blues to one goal in the opening half of footy. Carlton struggled to compete with the defensive pressure applied by the Thunder players, who were solid down back and stopped any forward momentum sparked by the Blues. Up the other end, NT hit the scoreboard with ease.

Jessica Sedunary was in ominous form up forward for NT, slotting three goals for the match and competing hard to win the footy. Teammate, Jenna McCormick was also impressive imposing herself on the contest and hitting the packs hard. AFLW star, Chelsea Randall continued her consistent ways while Adelaide teammate, Courtney Cramey starred with 17 disposals showcasing her class around the stoppages on debut for NT.

For the Blues the likes of Sophie Li and Caroline Hardeman stood out in a disappointing outing, gathering plenty of touches and working hard across the ground. Li lead the way for disposals, amassing 19 possessions credit to her ability to find the footy and use it efficiently. Jess Hosking was also influential for Carlton, hitting the packs hard and winning plenty of the footy, gathering 16 possessions for the game.

 

Western Bulldogs 12.11 (83) defeated Williamstown 4.3 (27)

By: Taylah Melki

The Western Bulldogs put on a masterclass at Henry Turner Memorial Reserve, keeping the Seagulls to four goals for the game and piling on a whopping 12 themselves. Their dominant start held them in good stead for the game, as they applied plenty of physical pressure. Williamstown struggled to control the goal fest, letting the Dogs run rampant in their forward 50.

For the Bulldogs, Alyssa Mifsud was an absolute star up forward, bagging five goals. She looked dangerous all game and found herself in damaging positions, credit to her ability to lead up at the footy and take strong marks. The other goal-scoring machine for the Dogs was Jessica Francke who slotted four goals for the game. Libby Birch and Hayley Wildes also impressed with their ability to win the footy and impact the contest.

Down the other end, Williamstown midfielder, Jess Duffin was one of the best afield, scoring an important goal and gathering plenty of touches. She competed hard all game and was aided by teammate Jenna Bruton who was influential across the ground. Jasmine Garner and Georgia Harris were key players for the Seagulls, scoring a goal apiece and applying good physical pressure on their opponents.

 

Geelong Cats 4.7 (31) defeated Darebin 2.4 (16)

By: Julia Montesano

The Cats kept their winning streak intact when they defeated the in-form Darebin Falcons. Geelong led for the whole game, but the Falcons won the last quarter as they scored all their goals in that period.

Mia-Rae Clifford scored half her team’s goals in a brilliant display. The Cats star also notched up 20 disposals and seven tackles in a great all-round performance. She was complemented by new Geelong AFLW recruit, Richelle Cranston, who was flawless in her 26-disposal, five-mark performance. Her tackling was also ferocious, as she laid six of them. Former Carlton midfielder, Madeline Keryk impressed in her debut in the blue and white hoops, kicking a goal and notching up 14 disposals.

AFLW duo, Nat Exon and Lily Mithen were the leading disposal-getters for Darebin, with 22 and 21 respectively. But a gallant performance from Stephanie Simpson nearly won the Falcons the game. Simpson kicked all of her team’s goals, booting two last quarter goals. She also laid five tackles in a solid performance.

 

Hawthorn 6.9 (45) defeated Southern Saints 1.6 (12)

By: Julia Montesano

This match was headlined by a lovely tribute to the passing of Eurydice Dixon, as the players stood arm in arm to pay tribute to the comedian. In terms of the game, the Hawks held the high-flying Saints goalless at half-time, going on to win by 33 points.

Emily Gilder had an impressive day out in the forward line, kicking two majors for the Hawks. She was complemented by former Collingwood AFLW defender, Meg Hutchins and Adelaide AFLW forward, Sarah Perkins, who also got a major on the board. Hutchins’ former AFLW teammate, Melissa Kuys was deemed best-on-ground by her coaches in her return to the Hawthorn line-up.

Despite having their first AFLW signing, Lauren Arnell in the side, the Southern Saints couldn’t get the job done on Sunday. But captain, Georgia Walker led the way for her side in a tough day out at Box Hill. Kate Macqueen was the side’s solitary goal-scorer while Eastern Ranges recruit, Ashleigh Allsopp had an impressive performance in her VFLW debut.

 

Richmond 6.6 (42) defeated Melbourne University 2.1 (13)

By: Taylah Melki

The Tigers applied plenty of defensive pressure at Queen Elizabeth Oval, keeping Melbourne University to a mere two goals for the whole game. In difficult wet and windy conditions, Richmond continued its winning ways with another four-quarter performance. Meanwhile Melbourne University struggled to compete with the intensity and class of the Tigers who seemed to dominate across the board.

Up forward for the yellow and black, the likes of Jess Gardner and Jenna Colwell stood tall, bagging important goals given the wet weather. New GWS recruit, Christina Bernardi was one of the best for the Tigers, showcasing her ability to win the footy at the coalface and use the footy well no matter the conditions. Teammates, Louise Stephenson and Lisa Davie were also influential across the ground, displaying their ability to create a contest and use the ball effectively.

For Melbourne University, Kaitlyn Ashmore worked tirelessly all game and slotted one of the two goals for her side. The likes of Prudence Cordes and Jasmine Grierson also starred in difficult conditions, using the ball well and hitting targets when it counted. Katherine Gillespie-Jones was another key player for Melbourne Uni, hitting the packs hard and gathering plenty of touches.

Weekend Wash-up: TAC Cup – Round 8

IT was a weekend of upsets, with two of the bottom three sides claiming victory, and the other levelling the scores in the dying minutes only to lose the lead again with a match-winning goal. Oakleigh Chargers grabbed a top four spot with victory against Murray Bushrangers on Saturday in the standalone day.

Northern Knights 7.7 (49) defeated by Eastern Ranges 10.8 (68)

By: Michael Alvaro

In perfect conditions at Preston City Oval, the Knights and Ranges could only manage three first half goals between them in what was an end-to-end contest. The travelling side broke the game open in the third quarter with five goals to two, as well as the opening two goals of the final term to set up an unassailable lead. The Knights fought to trim the margin back late, with forward Sunny Brazier booting two of the last three goals to have the final deficit sit at 19 points. 

Eastern were on top in the midfield battle thanks largely to midfielder Kye Quirk, who collected 39 disposals, 11 clearances, nine tackles and three marks. He was aided well by Adrian Kalcovski (24 disposals, six tackles) and skipper Joel Burleigh (18 disposals, 14 tackles), while their forward line clicked with three multiple goal kickers.

Stefan Uzelac (17 disposals, five marks, three tackles) stood up under pressure in defence for the Knights, setting them up well with 88% disposal efficiency to be named their best. Patrik Della Rocca provided a big body in the midfield, collecting 20 disposals, five marks, four tackles and a goal alongside bottom ager Josh D’Intinosante, who also had it 20 times to go with six marks and eight tackles. Brazier (13 disposals, six tackles, four marks, three goals) was their only real bright spot up forward, popping up in the right place when given the opportunity. 

The Ranges now climb off equal-last on the ladder with their second win for the year, while the Knights hold on to seventh place for another round.

Calder Cannons 7.19 (61) defeated by GWV Rebels 10.11 (71)

By: Liam Connop

In perfect footy conditions at RAMS Arena, the Cannons’ inaccuracy in front of goal cost them a golden opportunity to win the their fourth game of the season. Kicking with the breeze in the opening term, Calder dominated proceedings but could not put it on the scoreboard, kicking 2.8 (20) to quarter-time. This would come back to haunt them, as the Rebels kicked five goals to one in the second quarter to take the ascendency at half-time. The second half was an arm wrestle, with a couple of late goals giving the Rebels a 10-point win and their second win of the season.

Thomas Berry (16 possessions, six marks) was the X-factor in the game, showing off his pace and taking a mark that Warwick Capper would have been proud of. Elliott Lamb (24 possessions, eight marks) had an excellent game in the midfield, rarely wasting a possession. In what was an even performance from the Rebels, Matty Lloyd (23 possessions, seven marks) had a strong game in the midfield and across half-back, while Charlie Wilson and Mitchell Martin (three goals each) did the damage up forward.

For the Cannons, ball-magnet Mitchell Podhajski (30 possessions, 12 tackles, two goals) continued his outstanding season, while Curtis Taylor (29 possessions, 10 marks) backed up his best-on-ground performance last week, despite being wasteful in front of goals, booting five behinds. Lachlan Sholl (32 possessions, 18 handball receives) was also very impressive rebounding off half-back.

Western Jets 9.11 (65) defeated Bendigo Pioneers 8.10 (58)

Western Jets played their get out of jail card in the dying moments of their narrow win against Bendigo Pioneers. It was a close game throughout, until the Jets looked like they had broken free in the third term with three consecutive goals to open up a healthy 22-point margin. Bendigo refused to give in, booting the last two goals of the quarter to draw within eight points at the final break. When Hamish Murphy ran into an open goal in the final term it looked beyond the Pioneers, before Phill Moi Moi and Zane Keighran slammed home goals to tie the game with less than three minutes remaining. The Jets managed to get it forward and Malwal Maguang received a free kick, converting from a tight angle which ended up being the winning goal.

For the Jets, Buku Khamis (22 disposals, nine marks and four rebounds) was superb off half-back, controlling the airways and rebounding anything that came his way. Darcy Cassar was busy through midfield, linking up to a high half-forward, with a game-high 25 disposals and six inside 50s. Connor Thar (24 disposals, four clearances), Jack Watkins (22 disposals, 11 tackles) and Jaden Rice (21 disposals, seven clearances) were also among the key on-ballers, while Zak Butters (21 disposals, six marks) and Stefan Radovanovic (20 disposals, seven marks, six rebounds, four inside 50s and a goal) were instrumental from defence through to attack.

For the Pioneers, Keighran had 19 disposals, four marks and kicked that crucial goal, while Noah Wheeler was enormous in the middle with eight clearances and nine inside 50s to go with his 24 disposals – a key reason the Pioneers turned the momentum in the third quarter. Hunter Lawrence was busy with 23 disposals and six inside 50s, while Liam Marciano (22 disposals, seven rebounds) and Daniel Keating (14 disposals, seven marks, 19 hitouts and three rebounds) were top players once again.

Dandenong Stingrays 15.15 (105) defeated Sandringham Dragons 4.4 (28)

By: Ed Pascoe

Despite missing nine players from the Vic Country squad, top of the ladder Dandenong easily defeated a young Sandringham Dragons team. Dandenong played a great team defence with their defenders setting up well behind the ball and their forwards putting on good pressure to cause many mistakes for the inexperienced Sandringham defenders. Sandringham did not lack in effort, they where just beaten by a red hot team looking to impress on their home turf.

Ruckman Riley Bowman was a standout with two goals (15 disposals, five marks), moving well around the ground and often following up his ruck work to providing a good target when forward. Matthew Gahan had a field day in defence with his intercept marking and drive (19 disposals, seven marks) and young leaders Campbell Hustwaite (24 disposals) and Jamie Plumridge (23 disposals) controlled the midfield, Hustwaite was busy at stoppages while Plumridge owned the Wing with both players looking both strong and composed around the ball.

It was not all doom and gloom for Sandringham with young key defender Corey Watts (15 disposals, nine marks) a standout in defence with some good contested and intercept marks, while his long kicking was also an asset. Darcy Chirgwin (21 disposals, six tackles) showed class on the wing and was willing to work hard deep in defence, even managing a goal. Jeremy Goddard (14 disposals, 11 tackles) competed hard in the midfield – despite his small frame, he wasn’t afraid to go in and have a crack against the bigger Dandenong bodies.

Gippsland Power 10.5 (65) defeated Geelong Falcons 3.13 (31)

By: Ed Pascoe

As they say, ‘bad kicking is bad football’ and that rang true for Geelong who struggled to turn opportunities into goals, scoring 11 behinds before Samuel Torpy kicked a classy goal from the boundary late in the 3rd quarter. With the scorecard reading 3.13 Geelong will be ruing what could have been. Credit has to go to Gippsland however since they took their opportunities and their entries inside 50 made the difference. Gippsland still looked the better team on the day and deserved the win.

Gippsland had an even spread of contributors – Bailey Beck was influential on the wing using the ball well, taking some fantastic marks under pressure (seven marks, two contested) he also finished with 20 disposals and a goal in a classy display. The backline was well controlled with the likes of Tye Hourigan (15 disposals), Ryan Sparkes (24 disposals) and Bailey Patterson (19 disposals) all providing run and drive from the backline with the ball coming out of the defensive 50 very quickly. The midfield had a good mix with the grunt coming from overager Austin Hodge (18 disposals) and the class coming from fellow overager Tyrone Hayes (18 disposals).

Vic Country representative Blake Schlensog was the standout tall player on the ground competing hard and following up his ruck work (21 disposals) while also helping out the defence staying strong taking some quality intercept marks to finish with eight overall. Geelong’s other Vic Country representative and bottom ager Cooper Stephens was the standout midfielder for the day winning the contested ball at stoppages and also working hard to get on the outside. He had the ball on a string in the first three minutes to finish with 20 disposals. Sam Torpy kicked Geelong’s first goal late in the third quarter and finished the game with two of his team’s three goals, working hard to also collect 17 disposals.

Murray Bushrangers 7.10 (52) defeated by Oakleigh Chargers 17.10 (112)

A blistering first quarter set up Oakleigh’s huge 10-goal win over Murray Bushrangers in the standalone game on Saturday. The Chargers booted seven goals to two in a massive opening quarter, then maintained the rage with a 38-point lead at half-time courtesy of a four goals to three second term. After a low-scoring third quarter which saw the home side boot the only goal of the quarter, Oakleigh stormed home with six of the last seven goals to run away with the massive 60-point win and jump into the top four.

Matthew Day was a star with seven goals from 19 disposals and six marks, acting as the key forward in the absence of a number of players due to Vic Metro duties. Despite both sides missing a huge chunk of their top-end talent, a number of bottom-agers stood out. Trent Bianco racked up 19 disposals, four marks, three inside 50s, two rebounds and two clearances, while Dylan Williams had four inside 50s from nine disposals. Jack Ross was a standout in midfield with 19 disposals, five marks, six clearances, six inside 50s and four tackles, while Lucas Westwood had six rebounds from 17 disposals.

For the Bushrangers, Ely Smith was the highest disposal winner with 21 touches, three clearances, three inside 50s and six tackles, while Kyle Clarke had four clearances from his 18 disposals. Potential Brisbane father-son prospect Jake Bradshaw was busy with 18 disposals, four marks, three inside 50s and three rebounds. The classy Mathew Walker booted two important goals from his 15 touches, nine marks, seven tackles and five inside 50s to be a clear standout of the losing side. Mark Marriott and Ben Kelly were strong in the ruck, notching up 21 and 20 hitouts respectively.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 4

THERE were some close encounters in round four of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s, as teams begin to find their form. The round also saw many TAC Cup Girls players make their VFLW debut, with many more debuts to come. AFL Draft Central wraps up all the action from the weekend.

 

Melbourne University 3.1 (19) defeated by NT Thunder 13.10 (88)

By: Taylah Melki

The NT Thunder dominated from start to finish, applying plenty of pressure on Melbourne University. The Thunder lead at all the breaks and did not seem to take their foot off the pedal, sharing the goal-kicking duties between them and continuing their undefeated start to the season. Melbourne University struggled to combat the intense pressure and slick ball movement of the Thunder but had some moments of brilliance.

Marijana Rajcic starred for NT, slotting two majors for the game and racking up plenty of touches while Jordann Hickey bagged three goals to help the Thunder on their way. Chelsea Randall was at her devastating best, closely followed by the likes of teammates, Angela Foley, who was the leading disposal-getter with 24 possessions, Sarah Allan and Machaelia Roberts, who gathered plenty of touches and imposed themselves on the contest. 

Ashleigh Riddell opened the account for Melbourne University, slotting an important goal and continuing her accumulative ways, gathering plenty of touches, Sophie Abbatangelo also bagged a major for Melbourne University in the opening term. In her debut game at VFLW level Calder Cannons captain, Madison Prespakis impressed, gathering 23 touches and imposing herself around the ground laying five tackles, proving why she is a future star of the game.

 

Darebin Falcons 11.7 (73) def. Casey Demons 1.3 (9)

By: Taylah Melki

It was a tight tussle but a third-quarter spark proved to be the difference between the two sides. The Darebin Falcons kept Casey to one goal for the game and applied plenty of scoreboard pressure after half time, going on to score nine majors. The Falcons seemed to outclass Casey, who struggled to keep up with the intensity and fast pace of the game.

The Falcons forward line came out firing after half time, with the likes of Hannah Mouncey and Maddy Guerin standing up for Darebin. Mouncey provided a strong option up forward taking plenty of good strong contested marks and leading up at the footy. Mouncey’s afternoon was topped off with five goals while teammate, Guerin bagged an impressive three goals. Eloise Gardner was never far from the action either with two goals while Karen Paxman and Nat Exon gathered plenty of touches and showcased their footy smarts in tricky situations.

Casey was ravaged with injuries in the last term but the likes of Kate Hore and Taryn Orgill were influential across the ground. Kasey Guttridge was the sole goal-kicker for the Demons while sister Darcy Guttridge imposed herself across the ground, racking up 17 touches and laying a big tackle. Making her debut appearance, Dandenong Stingrays captain, Jordyn Allen left her imprint on the game, taking four marks and racking up the disposals. Harriet Cordner was also an important player for Casey, amassing 13 touches and a whopping seven tackles in a difficult outing for her side.

 

Western Bulldogs 4.6 (30) defeated by Collingwood 6.2 (38)

By: Julia Montesano

Collingwood survived a fourth-quarter Bulldogs comeback to record its third VFLW win. The Bulldogs’ inaccuracy hurt them early, with only five points to half time.

Oakleigh Chargers forward, Daisy Bateman starred on the day, kicking three of the the Pies’ six goals. Teammate and Chargers captain, Hannah McLaren also put in a formidable performance, contributing six disposals and four tackles to be named in the best. AFLW star, Jaimee Lambert continued her fine form, this time against some former Bulldogs teammates. Lambert chipped in with a goal and racked up 19 touches. Vaomua Laloifi was named best-on-ground by her coaches, after clunking seven marks and amassing 13 disposals in defence.

Experienced campaigner and former Pie, Bree White was the leading disposal-getter on the ground with 21 touches next to her name to go along with five tackles. Bulldogs AFLW defender, Libby Birch was not too far off from White, as she racked up 20 disposals and six tackles in her first VFLW game. Nicole McMahon was awarded best-on-ground by her coaches with nine disposals, two marks and three tackles. Emma Mackay was also named amongst the best with one goal, 12 disposals and four tackles.

 

Geelong 8.3 (51) defeated Carlton 7.2 (44)

By: Julia Montesano

The scores were all-square at quarter time and three-quarter time in a seesawing contest. But Geelong’s three goals to two last quarter sealed the deal in the curtain-raiser at GMHBA Stadium.

Maddy McMahon starred for the Cats with 22 disposals, four marks and five tackles. She was complemented by explosive midfielder, Renee Garing, who continues to set the competition alight. Garing amassed 20 disposals and laid a whopping 12 tackles. Michelle Fedele was a wonderful presence up forward for the Cats with three goals, while fellow forward, Danielle Orr chipped in with a goal and 15 disposals. Mia-Rae Clifford also floated up forward to boot through a goal to go along with her 16 disposals.

For the Blues, it’s hard to look past AFLW forward, Darcy Vescio. Vescio kicked four of the Blues’ seven goals and amassed 11 disposals to go with it. Gippsland Power co-captain and AFLW Academy member, Tyla Hanks was the leading disposal-getter for Carlton in an outstanding VFLW debut. Hanks racked up 20 disposals, kicked a goal, and laid five tackles. Rugby 7s Olympic medalist, Chloe Dalton also pitched in with a goal to earn a spot amongst Carlton’s best. Recently announced captain, Kristi Harvey also had a solid outing with nine disposals and five marks.

 

Southern Saints 9.6 (60) defeated Essendon 3.6 (24)

By: Julia Montesano

The Southern Saints continued their great run of form with a commanding win over the Bombers. The Saints were down at quarter time but fought back immediately with a four-goal second quarter, which was the catalyst for a forward surge that the Bombers couldn’t combat.

Captain, Georgia Walker was named best-on-ground for the Saints and was complemented by Kate Macqueen, who backed up her solid round three performance. Sandringham Dragons star, Eleanor Brown played a great game, chipping in a goal and being named amongst the best. Fellow TAC Cup Girls talent and Eastern Ranges midfielder, Gabriella De Angelis also got on the scoreboard with a goal. She was one of the Saints’ eight goal-scorers.

Essendon’s defence stood up again with Courtney Ugle, Hayley Bullas and Kirby Hicks named amongst the best. Up forward, it was Alex Quigley who provided the shining light for the Bombers, kicking two of her side’s three goals. Simone Nalder also backed up her best-on-ground performance in round three by making her second consecutive appearance in the best for the Bombers.

 

Williamstown 8.4 (52) def. Richmond 3.3 (21)

By: Taylah Melki 

After a disappointing start to the season both teams brought their A-game, fighting hard to win the footy at the cold face but in the end it was Williamstown that came away with the four points, claiming their first win of the season. Williamstown put on a strong performance but really ran away with it in the final term.

In her first VFLW outing Greater Western Victoria (GWV) forward, Sophie Van De Heuvel impressed for Williamstown, competing hard at the contest, while experienced players such as Jasmine Garner and Jess Duffin stood up at the stoppages. Both Garner and Duffin bagged a goal each in the convincing win over Richmond. Georgia Harris also found her kicking boots, scoring two goals. Teammate, Morgan Lowe was also influential across the ground, applying plenty of physical pressure on her opponents and racking up the touches for Williamstown.

For Richmond, Lauren Tesoriero provided a lot of run and carry for Richmond and slotted two goals for the yellow and black. Emily Findlay also had an impressive game, imposing herself around the contest in what was a disappointing outing for the Tigers. The likes of Evelyn Burry and Lisa Davie worked tirelessly all game to try and create some moments of magic for their teammates and gathered plenty of touches for their hard work

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 3

AFLW experience is standing up in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition, with NT Thunder and Hawthorn getting big wins. However, the VFLW talent also made an impact in round three, with the Southern Saints, who have no AFLW players, getting their second consecutive win. The players endured sun, rain and even extreme heat to battle away at the task in an action-packed round three. 

 

Hawthorn 9.10 (64) def. Carlton 2.1 (13)

By: Taylah Melki 

In a dominant display, the Hawks stunned the Blues with a 51-point thrashing at Box Hill City Oval. The Hawks starred with their crisp ball movement and ability to shut down Carlton’s forward line, keeping them to two goals for the match. The Hawks had eight individual goal-kickers, highlighting their ability to share the workload up forward and get the footy into damaging scoring positions.

The likes of key forward Sarah Perkins stood up for the brown and gold, nailing two majors for the game. She provided a good target up forward for the Hawks while Emma Mackie was a tackling machine with 11 for the game. The captain also gathered 29 touches and scored a goal for the Hawks. The ever-reliable Meg Hutchins was also a key player for Hawthorn with nine tackles, 23 disposals and a major. Talented midfielder, Stephanie Carroll was another standout, imposing herself around the contest with 19 possessions and a goal to help get her team the four points.

In a disappointing outing for the Blues, Darcy Vescio was a shining light, scoring one of the two goals for Carlton while the other major came from Celine Moody. Lauren Arnell also imposed herself in and around the contest, applying 10 tackles for the game while young gun Kristi Harvey accumulated plenty of touches. Harvey was the leading disposal-getter for the Blues with 14-all of which were kicks.

 

Southern Saints 6.3 (39) def. Casey 4.7 (31)

By: Taylah Melki

In a last quarter thriller, it was the Southern Saints that claimed the eight-point victory. Casey had the majority of the play throughout the game, keeping the Saints to two goals up until three-quarter time. However, the Demons struggled to capitalise in front of goal, scoring seven behinds. The Saints on the other hand had a huge last quarter, bagging four goals to Casey’s one. The Saints lifted their intensity and applied plenty of physical pressure throughout the game, laying 30 more tackles with 97 to 67.

Kate McQueen helped to kick-start the last quarter comeback, scoring two goals in four minutes. McQueen was influential around the ground with 18 touches and four tackles. The likes of Alison Brown and Alison Drennan also starred for the Southern Saints, each booting a major in the final term and lifting their intensity in and around the contest to open up space for teammates.

Former Bendigo Pioneer, Eden Zanker stood tall for Casey, taking five big grabs and scoring a goal in the final term to try and get the Demons back into the game. Melbourne AFLW player, Harriet Cordner lead the way for Casey gathering 19 touches, four marks and three tackles, while the likes of Kate Hore also impressed with her one goal and 16 possessions.

 

NT Thunder 14.12 (96) defeated Essendon 4.0 (24)

By: Julia Montesano

The NT Thunder have once again sent a huge warning to the competition with another thumping win. The Thunder kept the Bombers scoreless after quarter time while piling on 11 goals to make their way onto the top of the VFLW ladder.

Captain, Angela Foley was a star for the Thunder with two goals, 28 disposals and six tackles. Greater Western Sydney (GWS) vice-captain, Emma Swanson played a similar game, also kicking two goals, as well as amassing 19 touches and laying seven tackles. GWS teammate, Renee Forth also had a good day out with one goal and 18 disposals.

Hayley Bullas and Rebecca Neaves were the leading disposal-getters for the Bombers, each amassing 16 touches. Canadian duo, Kendra Heil and Valerie Moreau each provided highlights for Essendon throughout the game, with Heil booting through the first two goals and Moreau amassing 12 disposals and five tackles. But it was Simone Nalder who was the star for the Bombers, clunking five marks and racking up 13 disposals.

 

Collingwood 9.3.(57) defeated Richmond to 2.2.(14)

By: James Halley

In tough conditions at the Swinburne Centre, Collingwood claimed a 43-point victory over the Tigers. After an even first quarter, the Pies flew away in the second term to score five goals to nothing, which proved to be a match-winning lead. However, Richmond showed some fight to not let the match blow out as it did in the second term.

In the Pies’ forward line, Gabrielle Biedenweg-Webster led with two goals. Vaomua Laloifi was exceptional in defence, playing the role of a rock and not letting anything get past her all day. She was a leading force in restricting Richmond to two goals all afternoon.

For the Tigers, Jacqueline Graham was once again solid in defence. At the other end of the ground, Ella Ross was able to kick a beautiful goal from the boundary to provide a rare highlight in the wet conditions.

 

Williamstown 0.4 (4) defeated by Geelong 8.9 (57)

By: Julia Montesano

Geelong bounced back from its draw against the Pies in round two with an emphatic win over the Seagulls. The Cats kept Williamstown goalless throughout the game and put on a clinical performance away from home.

Northern Territory recruit, Evelyn Dhamarrandji was turning heads throughout the afternoon with her strong hands and goal-kicking ability. The clever forward booted through a game-high two majors at Williamstown Football Ground. At the other end of the ground, it was captain, Rebecca Goring who held down the fort in defence, with her composed kicks and clean hands. Forward, Megan McMahon and midfielder, Mia-Rae Clifford were also key contributors on the day.

For Williamstown, former St Kilda Shark, Rachel Achampong showed some good signs  in the ruck while Jessica Kile impressed on debut. Newly named North Melbourne player, Jess Duffin showed just how valuable she is with plenty of possessions around the ground and a ‘never say die’ attitude on the day. Duffin led by example and nearly booted through a wonderful goal to top it off. She was complemented by Jacinta Reid and Belinda Hateley, who dug deep for the Seagulls on the day.

Scouting notes: Sydney Swans Academy vs. Gold Coast Academy

IN the final round of the Under 18 Academy Series, we checked out the Sydney Swans Academy taking on the Gold Coast Academy in what was a thrilling finish to a somewhat dour affair in windy conditions. Here are notes of the better players on the day.

SYDNEY SWANS

#3 Nick Blakey

Blakey played through the midfield and as a deep forward where he contributed another 3 goals. Blakey showed good awareness around the stoppages and used the ball well by hand and foot. His defensive effort was strong laying 5 tackles which resulted in turnovers to the favour of the Swans. Blakey continued to show his versatility throughout the carnival and this was another great example of that.

#23 Cooper Kilpatrick

Kilpatrick was a lively small forward using his speed and footy smarts to impact the score board finishing with 4 goal assists. Kilpatrick’s use of the footy was a standout by hand and foot despite the challenging wet and windy conditions. The Suns paid more attention to Kilpatrick in the second half though he was still able to have an impact again finishing as one of the Swans top possession winners.

#16 Josh Stern

Stern played a different role, playing across forward flank and the midfield. While Stern was down on possessions this week, he showed his class with ball in hand. Around the stoppages Stern showed his speed breaking away from the packs and clearing for the Swans. Stern showed his versatility when playing on a tall defender and was able to bring the ball to ground.

#24 Samuel Wicks

Wicks had his best game of the series, he was good around the clearances winning a lot of contested footy throughout the match. At times Wicks rushed his disposal when he had more time available to weigh up his options. Wicks defensive pressure was good finishing with 7 tackles.

GOLD COAST

#10 Bailey Scott

Scott was best afield, his use of the footy by hand and foot was exceptional in wet, windy conditions. Scott’s work rate was a highlight as he pushed himself to get to contests all around the field. Scott’s ability to know where his teammates were and his ability to clear the ball to them from stoppages was outstanding. Scott’s leadership around the field was evident.

#1 Fitzroy Greenwool

Greenwool’s speed and ability to run and carry and break the game open was a highlight throughout the game. Greenwool and Scott linked up well around stoppages with Greenwool able to clear the ball to Gold Coasts advantage throughout the game. Greenwool contributed on the score board as well kicking a great goal on the run.

#9 Cooper Portelli

Portelli played through the midfield, he was clean by hand and foot and was not afraid to take the game on through the middle. Portelli has a long penetrating kick which the Suns forwards took advantage of, the highlight being a kick deep into the forwards which was marked by Greenwool who ran into an open goal for what was goal of the day.

#13 Timakoi Bowie

Bowie had a fantastic first half getting a heap of the ball and generally used the footy well. Bowie is a big bodied midfielder who was strong at the stoppages and used his size to effect some strong tackles. In the second half, the Swans showed closer attention to Bowie which impacted on his ability to win the footy.