Author: Taylah Melki

Weekend previews: VFLW – Round 10

WITH the end of the season nearing and ladder positions becoming increasingly important, all clubs will be looking to secure another win. The Magpies have continued their impressive ways, yet to drop a game this season and have a well-earned rest, while the Falcons will be looking to bounce back and redeem their Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s campaign.

 

Darebin vs. NT Thunder

Saturday July 14, Preston City Oval, 12:00PM

After suffering a big loss in the previous round, Darebin will be hoping to join the winners list. The Falcons struggled to hit the scoreboard, only slotting two goals for the game and will be wanting their stars such as Elise O’Dea, Nat Exon and Meghan McDonald to stand up for them once again. They were influential across the ground, applying plenty of pressure and racking up a number of touches. But Darebin will need more of a team performance to bring down the Thunder, who have been firing on all cylinders. With six wins under their belt, the Thunder will be wanting to secure their spot in the top four with another dominant performance. In round nine’s outing, Jessica Sedunary wreaked havoc up forward with four goals between them and will be aiming to bring that same accuracy and intensity. The likes of Emma Swanson and Jasmyn Hewett were also influential for NT, making for a very hotly contested battle across the ground.

 

Geelong vs. Southern Saints

Saturday July 14, Deakin University, 1:00PM

Both Geelong and the Southern Saints have had an up and down season so far and will be fighting hard to get some consistency. After a disappointing loss in round nine, the Cats will want to put out an impressive four quarter performance. Geelong will be relying on Richelle Cranston’s ability to go in hard and win the contested footy, while Rebecca Goring has also been in hot form in recent weeks.  The Southern Saints are coming off a loss, but have shown some good signs over the past dew rounds. The likes of young gun Ashleigh Allsopp impressed, while experienced player Lauren Arnell found plenty of the footy.  

 

Carlton vs. Williamstown

Sunday July 15, Ikon Park, 11:30AM

The Blues have struggled this season, only managing two wins, but a victory over Williamstown could help to keep them off the bottom of the ladder. A shining light for the side has been Darcy Vescio, who is sitting third in the leading goal kickers. Vescio has been running hot since returning, scoring nine goals in four games and will be hoping to continue her impressive form. Her teammates such as Kristi Harvey and Katelyn Cox have also been instrumental and will play a major role in trying to secure Carlton’s third win of the year. On the other hand, the Seagulls will want to prove themselves after coming off four straight losses. Experienced players such as Jess Duffin and Jenna Bruton will need to stand up once again if the Seagulls are any chance to secure their second win.

Western Bulldogs v. Essendon

Sunday July 15, Henry Turner Reserve, 1:00PM

Essendon will be going into this round 10 match up with their tails up after securing their first win of the season. But the Western Bulldogs will be looking to dampen Essendon’s season and increase their chances of playing in the finals. Currently, the Bombers have only managed one win for the season and with the Dogs coming off an impressive win, they could be in for some more hardship. The Bulldogs have plenty of star players such as Ellie Blackburn and Naomi Ferres who can really open the game up and provide some good run and carry, which will make it hard for the Bombers. For the Dons, they will be wanting to wriggle off the bottom of the table and claim another big scalp. Monique Dematteo starred last week bagging two goals while Maddy Collier impressed with her tackling pressure and kicking efficiency, and will be hoping to keep that form going.

 

Melbourne University v. Hawthorn

Sunday July 15, Melbourne Uni Main Oval, 2:30PM

Hawthorn is in hot form, sitting pretty in second position on the ladder and will be looking to make it five straight wins on Sunday. The Hawks have been in ominous form with the likes of Rebecca Beeson and Jayde Van Dyk firing. Their cleanliness around the contest and ability to hit up a target has been important for the brown and gold and they will be looking to maintain that form. Meanwhile for Melbourne Uni, youngster Caitlin Greiser has stood out, slotting three goals and proving how damaging she can be up forward. Teammates such as Kaitlyn Ashmore and Emma Kearney have also been influential and will be looking to make an impact on the contest against the Hawks. 

 

Richmond v. Casey

Sunday July 15, Queen Elizabeth Oval, 2:30PM

With neither side officially out of finals contention, it will make for a hotly contested match with the Tigers sitting eighth on the ladder and the Demons ninth. After a disappointing start to the season, the Casey Demons have found some recent form, winning their past two games and will be looking to extend their winning streak against the Tigers. The Demons showed some good grit last week to hang on with the likes of Holly Bailey starring in her first game and Taryn Orgill at her damaging best. On the other hand, Richmond is coming off a narrow loss and will be looking to bounce back. Youngster, Sophie Damon left a lasting impression last week, named amongst the best and scoring a major, while the likes of Lauren Tesoriero also stood tall, winning plenty of the footy. Jessica Kennedy and Evelyn Burry will also be influential in shaping the outcome of Sunday’s game.

Season reviews: TAC Cup Girls – Murray Bushrangers

AFTER a positive start to their TAC Cup Girls campaign, the Murray Bushrangers fell away late, losing their last five games of the season. They came out firing, claiming some big wins against the Pioneers and Cannons but struggled to keep that momentum going for the rest of the season.

Position: 7th
Win-loss: 3-5-1
Percentage: 101.72%

Results:

R1: defeated Calder Cannons by 46 points
R2: defeated Bendigo Pioneers by 40 points
R3: drew with Gippsland Power
R4: defeated Western Jets by 25 points
R5: lost to Geelong Falcons by 9 points
R6: lost to Sandringham Dragons by 15 points
R7: lost to Greater Western Victoria Rebels by 6 points
R8: lost to Eastern Rangers by 46 points
R9: lost to Northern Knights by 30 points

Key players:

Rebecca Webster: Webster was a key player for the Bushrangers, providing good leadership and demonstrating her silky skills. The AFLW Academy player was a real standout with her ability to create space and shrug tackles. She was not afraid to go in hard and win the footy and was influential around the stoppages. Webster provided good run and carry across the ground and was a real play maker, creating plenty of thrusts forward to help create scoring opportunities for her teammates. She also worked hard down back providing good run out of defence and applying plenty of physical pressure through laying strong tackles on her opponents. Due to her skill and footy smarts, Webster was named in the AFL Draft Central Team of the Year after receiving four nominations throughout the season for the AFL Draft Central Team of the Week. The talented midfielder continued to impress with her clean hands in congestion and ability to hit players on the lead.

Eloise Ashley-Cooper: Ashley-Cooper was a real workhorse down in defence for Murray with her ability to take impressive intercept marks and impose herself on the contest. She tackled hard throughout the season and was a real general down back, controlling the flow down in defence. Her slick hands were invaluable for the Bushrangers as she helped to get them out of trouble in defence and wasn’t afraid to take on the opposition. Ashley-Cooper’s run and carry was also a great asset for the Bushrangers as she helped to open up the play for her teammates. Her impressive footy smarts won her two nominations in the AFL Draft Central Team of the Week and just narrowly missed the AFL Draft Central Team of the Year, instead named in the second team for hard work and class down back.

Olivia Barber: Barber was Murray’s leading goal kicker for the season, slotting seven goals. She was a key player for the Bushrangers with her ability to lead up at the footy and create good forward pressure by laying strong tackles and trapping the ball inside 50. The youngster has been a real revelation, displaying her footy smarts and composure under pressure, and booted two goals for Vic Country in the Under 16s win over NSW/ACT on the weekend.

Tamara Smith: She was a clear standout throughout the season, showcasing her ability to hit the packs hard and use her skills to extract the footy out of stoppages. Smith was creative with ball in hand and more importantly showed great composure when under pressure. The talented midfielder competed hard throughout the season and starred with her dash across the ground. Her ability to create forward bursts was important for the Bushrangers as her kicks into the 50 and tackling pressure added even more forward momentum for her side.  Smith was included in the AFL Draft Central Team of the Year after being named in the AFL Draft Central Team of the Week three times, credit to her classy use of the footy.

Grace Egan: Egan was another star down back for Murray, showcasing her marking talent and hunger to win the footy. She never backed away from a contest and used her quick hands to work the ball out of defence and move the footy forward. Egan imposed herself on the contest, laying strong bone-crunching tackles and being a real workhorse. Throughout the season, she displayed her running power with her ability to rebound off the defensive 50 and create play up ahead for her teammates. Credit to her good year she was named in the AFL Draft Central Team of the Week three times.

Julia Harvey: The small midfielder/forward always caused headaches for opposition sides, buzzing around the field and winning plenty of the football when at the coal face. She would go forward and hurt opponents on the scoreboard, having good goal sense, and a knack for getting into the right positions to score. One of a number of players who was named in the Vic Country squad, she will look to provide good speed and a hard edge to the team up forward. Booted six goals in the 2018 TAC Cup season.

Millie Brown: The bottom-age AFLW Academy member managed eight games and got better as the season went on, named among the best in her final three matches. In the absence of a number of others including Webster and Egan at various times in the final few rounds, Brown provided the Bushrangers forwards with a penetrating kick from midfield, and good strength when in defence. With a year still remaining at TAC Cup level, she is a player who will be looked upon to step up in 2019.

Season summary: 

The Murray Bushrangers would not have expected to finish seventh in the ladder in 2018, but the main focus of development has been fulfilled. Many Bushrangers players have developed in leaps and bounds, and the team has strong players across every position on the ground. From Julia Harvey in the midfield to Grace Egan in defence to Olivia Barber in the forward line, Murray had options all over the ground. With many top-age players moving on from the program, it allows younger players such as Chelsea Hargreaves, Millie Brown, Kate Adams and Claudia McKimmie to step up in 2019.

Season reviews: TAC Cup Girls – Gippsland Power

AFTER a round one loss, the Gippsland Power came out firing, winning its next game and drawing in round three. The Power endured an up and down season but showed some really good patches of play. The side was in most of their games but could not quite get across the line in their last four games of the season.

Position: 8th
Win-loss: 3-5-1
Percentage: 69%

Results:

R1: lost to Oakleigh Chargers by 67 points
R2: defeated Western Jets by 15 points
R3: drew with Murray Bushrangers
R4: defeated Calder Cannons by 3 points
R5: defeated Bendigo Pioneers by 12 points
R6: lost to Northern Knights by 15 points
R7: lost to Eastern Ranges by 9 points
R8: lost to Greater Western Victoria Rebels by 14 points
R9: lost to Sandringham Dragons by 24 points

Key players:

Tyla Hanks: She reached new levels for the Gippsland Power this season with her silky skills on display each game. Hanks led from the front and dominated throughout the season with her clean hands at the stoppages and impressive evasive skills to break away from opponents and propel her team forward. Her ability to turn her opponents inside out was impressive as it helped to create more opportunities across the field for her teammates. Hanks’ work rate was phenomenal and her ability to hit targets proved to be essential for the Power. Hanks was never phased by the pressure, showing great composure and footy smarts with ball in hand. Hanks was named as vice-captain in the AFL Draft Central Team of the Year and made an appearance in the Team of the Week line-ups every time she played, which was credit to her ability to impact on the ground. Hanks also impressed in the AFLW Academy side, starring with her impressive skill set.

Emily Haeusler: Haeusler consistently imposed herself on the contest, laying strong tackles and using her body to win the footy both in the air and at ground level. She impressed so much that she was named in the AFL Draft Central Team of the Week four times and cemented a spot in the AFL Draft Central TAC Cup Girls Team of the Year, credit to her hard work and determination. Haeusler was a key player down back for the Power and really helped to set up behind the ball. Her run off half back was instrumental for Gippsland and her safe hands provided great confidence for her teammates. Haeusler showed great composure throughout the season and was a good on-field leader.

Jazz Ferguson: Ferguson was instrumental for the Gippsland Power with her ability to tackle hard and use the footy efficiently and effectively. She flew under the radar for most of the season but was a real stand out when the going got hard, as she was not afraid to go in and win the footy at ground level. Her hands under pressure were invaluable, being able to dish out clever handballs to teammates streaming forward and taking big intercept marks to help out in defence.

Nikia Webber: She was another key player for Gippsland, posing as a scoring machine who was dynamic up forward and providing a good option inside the forward 50. Webber ended the season with 12 goals, credit to her accuracy in front of goal and work rate to lead up at the footy. She was strong to the ball and worked hard throughout the season to win the footy and create some good forward pressure by laying tackles and imposing herself on the contest. The youngster proved that she will be a serious force to be reckoned with in years to come.

Amy Dunn: The co-captain stood tall in the ruck all season and was rewarded with selection in the extended Vic Country squad. She went forward and provided target as well, and worked in tandem with Jazz Ferguson.

Chandra Abrahams: A talented utility who was named in the Under 16s Vic Country squad. Still working on consistency throughout four quarters, but she has quite a few tricks up her sleeve and her goal against Bendigo Pioneers off a couple of steps from 50m was an indication of what she is capable of. Still a couple of years off, so one to watch to see how she develops.

Season summary: 

Gippsland Power were the feel-good story of the year. After finishing at the bottom of the ladder last year without a win, the Power triumphed to three wins this season, including one against the reigning premiers, Calder Cannons. The Power was also able to keep the Murray Bushrangers at bay, drawing with them in round three. The side was led magnificently by co-captains, Tyla Hanks and Amy Dunn, who played selfless football throughout the year. There is plenty to like about this Gippsland side after playing a season of confidence-boosting football.

Season reviews: TAC Cup Girls – Eastern Ranges

THE Eastern Ranges started the season in hot form, winning their first four games and putting their stamp on the competition. But the surprise loss to the previously winless Western Jets derailed their positive start to the season, as they went on to lose against the impressive Geelong Falcons shortly after. Overall Eastern  had a solid season and showcased plenty of young up and coming talent.  

Position: 4th
Win-loss: 6-3
Percentage: 149%

Results:

R1: defeated Greater Western Victoria Rebels by 19 points
R2: defeated Dandenong Stingrays by 39 points
R3: defeated Oakleigh Chargers by 28 points
R4: defeated Bendigo Pioneers by 17 points
R5: lost to Western Jets by five points
R6: lost to Geelong Falcons by 31 points
R7: defeated Gippsland Power by 9 points
R8: defeated Murray Bushrangers by 46 points
R9: lost to Calder Cannons by 24 points

Key players:

Emerson Woods: The Eastern Ranges co-captain had a stellar season, as she was named in the AFL Draft Central Team of the Week on three occasions. After an impressive performance against the Gippsland Power in round seven, she found herself in amongst the mix once again. Further credit to her dominant season, Woods was named in the AFL Draft Central TAC Cup Girls Team of the Year. Woods was dominant through the midfield and up forward, and was a real workhorse, competing hard to win the footy at the coal face. She displayed her footy smarts throughout the season and her leadership skills were on show for the Ranges, helping to release teammates into space. She was influential for Eastern, leading from the front and inspiring her players to work hard to win the ball.  Her strong hands and clever use of the footy was invaluable for the Ranges and was a real reason why she was chosen in the Team of the Year.   

Laura McClelland: McClelland was another standout for Eastern with her clean hands and ability to impact the scoreboard. She constantly provided strong leads and was a good target up forward for the Ranges. McClelland finished the season with 11 majors from her nine games, averaging a goal a game. Her accuracy in front of the sticks helped to get Eastern over the line and created a good contest both in the air and at ground level.

Mikala Cann: Cann was also amongst the best for the Ranges with her tackling pressure and ability to extract the footy out of the stoppages. She was named in the AFL Draft Central Team of the Week for two consecutive weeks in rounds eight and nine after strong performances for the Ranges. Cann showcased her creativeness with ball in hand and highlighted her ability to hit the scoreboard throughout the season. Over the duration of the season, Cann grew in confidence and became even more composed with ball in hand, showing her ability to cope under pressure and make smart footy decisions.

Georgia Macpherson: She impressed with her consistent efforts across the four quarters in each game of the season. Macpherson was renowned for her strong hands and booming kick which helped to propel her team forward and create some good momentum.  The Ranges really relished having her in the team as she provided great variety and hit the packs with speed. Her ability to pick up the ball cleanly and dish it out to a teammate was impressive as she helped to open up space across the ground for her side.

Sarah Kendall: Kendall showcased her versatility to play both in the ruck and defence, impacting on the contest in either position. She was named in AFL Draft Central’s TAC Cup Girls Team of the Year after finding herself in the Team of the Week three times. Kendall had good hands in close and was a key member for the Ranges. Her composure under pressure was second to none and her ability to hit targets was important for her side. Not only was her accuracy by foot good but so too was her hands in tight situations and strength around the ball to lay crunching tackles.

Lauren Szigeti: She was a pivotal player throughout the season for Eastern as she acted as a real general down back. Her strong hands in defence were invaluable as she was took plenty of intercept marks and helped to set up play out of the Ranges’ back 50. Szigeti was instrumental in setting up their defensive structure.

Scouting notes: TAC Cup – Round 7

In a big round of TAC Cup footy there was plenty of action to soak up with key players starring across the ground for all the teams. However, it proved to be a big round for the forwards with the likes of Eastern Ranges forward, Jamieson Rossiter impressing with a bag of six and Bushrangers forward, Hudson Garoni slotting seven goals.

 

Calder Cannons v. Northern Knights

By: Michael Alvaro

Calder Cannons:

#5 Curtis Taylor

Taylor was undoubtedly the Cannons’ best throughout the day, spending most of his minutes in the midfield despite starting forward. He almost dragged his side back to level pegging with a sensational second half, and his second goal which came from a sharp shark at an inside-50 stoppage had the Cannons up and about. That goal, and much of his good work in congestion came about on account of his vice-like grip and lightning hands, which he used to full effect. Taylor pin-balled around the stoppages all day and ran hard through the ball, showing a good work rate to follow up his clearances by moving forward with them. With his constant threat and influence in key areas, it was a really good showing from the Cannons’ number five.

#8 Lachlan Sholl

While he was subdued well in the first half by Northern’s Braedyn Gillard, Sholl forced his way into the game late when it was in the balance. Assuming his usual position at half-back, he continued to use the ball well by foot when given time in a hotly contested match. With the ball lodged in the Cannons’ attacking half for long periods of time during the second and third quarters, Sholl did not have many opportunities to show off his trademark dash and damaging kick, but found a bit of the ball higher up the ground late on and had an impact.

#27 Tye Browning

Starting deep forward, Browning looked dangerous as Calder’s primary target early in the first term. He showed off his good lateral movement and clean hands with some smart crumbing, as well as some solid lead-up marking. He was moved higher up the ground during the second quarter to have more of an impact around the ball, and it worked, with Browning tackling hard and winning plenty of possession. While he did not often have much room to move, Browning was composed with ball in hand and delivered some deft short passes by foot.

#33 Jack Evans

It was a quiet day for Evans, who battled it out in the midfield for most of the game. Attending a high number of centre bounces, Evans had good support around him and used his frame to advantage in creating space for them at the drop of the ball. He was often the link in the chain as the Cannons went forward, but could not quite get himself in the position to use his disposal in more damaging ways. Still, he was efficient when given the chance.

 

Northern Knights:

#3 Braedyn Gillard

Arguably the best afield, the Knights skipper contributed in more ways than one to his side’s win. Playing most of the game as a half-forward, Gillard took on the responsibility of keeping Calder livewire Lachlan Sholl accountable, and kept him relatively quiet for three quarters while managing to snare two goals. His impressive work rate allowed him to play the position effectively, working high up the ground to win the ball and running back hard to create goal opportunities. With the Cannons coming back hard, Gillard was thrown into the centre bounce at the start of the last quarter, lining up next to the dangerous Curtis Taylor. He made an immediate impact – collecting the ball momentarily from the tap and laying a crunching tackle moments later to set the tone for the quarter. He was busy throughout, and continues to be a pillar of consistency for the Knights.

 #7 Harrison Grace

Like his skipper, Grace spent most of the game forward and provided a good presence as Northern tried to lock the ball in their half. He had a couple of highlights in the second quarter while working up the ground – contesting the ball where he was outnumbered at least two-to-one on two separate occasions, bringing it to ground and giving his teammates a chance to mop it up. Not only is he a pest with his constant niggle, but he looked dangerous with the ball in close around the forward 50, which was highlighted as he flicked out an assist to Braedyn Gillard in the third term. He also took a good contested overhead mark in the final quarter to cap off his day. 

 #16 Tom Hallebone

The rangy Knights ruckman has been in a good vein of form lately, improving as the weeks go by. While he had a slight size and reach advantage over the two Calder ruckmen, Hallebone showed he was no one-trick pony and used his body well at the stoppages. His taps to advantage always impress when they come off, and he had the chance to really get on top in the fourth quarter as Daniel Hanna and Mitch Podhajski were forced to cover for the injured Cannons rucks. Still, he played well within his limits throughout the game – especially with ball in hand as he often handed it off to Northern’s runners instead of kicking the ball himself.

 

Murray Bushrangers v. Dandenong Stingrays

By: Brandon Hutchinson

Dandenong:

#3 Jamie Plumridge

Plumridge kept himself busy throughout the midfield, getting plenty of the hard ball and involving himself in a good deal of the linkups. He had a handful of successful second efforts that caused important stoppages and brought quick hands to earn interceptions. Composed but aggressive, Plumridge puts his head over the play and rips the pill from congestion, assisting in driving the attack. An outstanding work rate and competitive spirit were all on display Saturday afternoon.

#29 Bailey Williams

Easily the most dynamic tall in the competition, Williams put on a clinic for spectators at RAMS Arena. His work rate in the one on ones was outmatched, taking big, contested grabs as a forward, crumbing the spills and providing immense pressure to the Murray backline when trying to rebound. He was involved in most of the link plays, assisted through a great footy sense, and was dangerous up high and on the loose ball. He dominated in the ruck contest against Ben Kelly and bagged himself a few centre clearances. Williams’ work was summed up well when he won a centre tap, smothered a kick and then proceeded to pin the ball carrier. Besides bagging one himself, the high pressure tall was involved in much of the scoring, assisting a few directly. Williams’ display was not only best on ground but one of the best individual performances I have witnessed in the TAC Cup to date.

 

Murray:

#4 Laitham Vandermeer

The Bushrangers played much of their transition football through Vandermeer. He was smooth out of congestion with the ball tucked under his arm and had no trouble finding space and picking the right pass. He showed off clean skills and explosive runs, adding class to the Murray link ups. A dangerous presence along the wings, he picked hit spots well to break Dandenong lines, and in the final term, he scooped and booted from 40 out and put home a well-deserved goal.

#18 Hudson Garoni

With a significant difference in scoring shots going Dandenong’s way, it was Garoni’s efficiency in front of the sticks which kept his team from a shutout first half. In the beginning of the second he kicked two off the back of careful leads, and a third on the run to bring back his side. He had four at the main break and went onto kick three more before full-time. Despite a larger opponent, Garoni’s footy sense, explosive leads and strong hands made it impossible to rip the ball from him. His style of footy is clean and solid, showcasing a key forward in the purest form.

 #28 Kyle Clarke

The biggest point from Clarke’s game is that he is an exciting footballer to watch. On the wing, Clarke was crafty and slick, breaking lines and throwing off his opponents with stutters, fakes, spins and quick passes. His agility is great in close and his skill work polished, but his highlights don’t appear as much as we’d like. A unique talent, Clarke showed off his prowess by somehow caressing an around the body goal off a step, under pressure, while falling forward. There might have been a sprinkle of luck in there, but it all looked quite natural.

 

Greater Western Victoria Rebels v. Gippsland Power

By: Brandon Hutchinson

GWV:

#9 Lochie Dawson

Dawson was easily one of Rebels’ hardest workers across the four terms. His efforts across the ground contributed to a good deal of link ups, exhibiting a smart read on the flow of play. The hard ball was no stranger to Dawson, fighting hard against the grain and causing some serious transition through outstanding clearance work. Clean and effective, Dawson was a sure standout for the struggling Rebels.

 #14 Jed Hill

Hill’s workrate was standout and consistent for the Rebels on Saturday. With intense pressure around stoppages and attack on the ball carrier, Hill forced a number of turnovers. Good off hands, he ran with great pace along the wings, cleverly linking up the ball to break defensive lines. His transition work was smooth and quick around congestion, and his second and third efforts resulted in a few wins for the Rebels. Quieter in the second half, Hill’s first half highlighted his potential and work rate when the ball gets within his grasp.

 

Gippsland:

#4 Sam Flanders

Flanders kicked four goals for the game, often resulting in the final stop in a midfield link. Leading his team to a comfortable victory in the fourth, Flanders put away two goals, to consolidate their win. His efforts in gaining the loose ball shone bright in a contest against two GWV players that ended in a stalemate. Positioning well, Flanders performed under the incoming ball and kicked true from set shots, finishing the game with 4.2.

#5 Xavier Duursma

A hard worker from start to finish, Duursma left nothing behind on the field. Fierce on the ground and confident in the air, he positioned well around the ground to provide a clear passage forward. In the third, Duursma kicked his two goals, one on the run and the second from a set shot. He worked hard to earn the football and ran hard with ball in hand, burning his man. Poised and dominant, Duursma’s presence was clear in the Power’s transition.

#23 Noah Gown

Gown’s read under the ball put GWV backman on the wrong foot in the contest. With sharp vision and strong form, Gown was too hard to beat in a contest. His overhead marks plucked the pill out of the air and gave him opportunities to capitalise in front of goal. Unfortunately, Gown’s kicking was subpar, hitting one of his three shots. Despite this, he earned his opportunities and assisted his fellow forwards in hitting the scoreboard proving his worth all the same.

#25 Kyle Reid

Reid was an eligible pick for best on ground, as his work in the backline was important in keeping the Rebels at bay. Putting pressure on the forwards and cutting off the opposition ball, Reid boomeranged much of the incoming transition into a Power counter attack. He cleared the ball plenty of times and guided much of the movement from the back half of the ground. The last line of defence and a pillar for his team, it was Reid’s footy IQ most on display, presenting keen decision-making under pressure and an accurate read on the crumb.

 

Oakleigh Chargers vs. Western Jets

By: James Goller

Oakleigh:

#1 Riley Collier-Dawkins

Collier- Dawkins when given the opportunity is not afraid to take the game on. When in congestion he showed the ability to have clean hands. The midfielder ran back well defensively in one passage where he spoilt the Jets play and rebounded strongly from it.

#5 Xavier O’Neill

O’Neill played in the midfield for majority of the day in tough wet conditions. He used his speed to break the game open at times and won plenty of the footy in and around at stoppages. In the last quarter, he moved down to the back flank and rebounded strongly taking a intercept mark as well to cap off a solid performance.

#23 Isaac Quaynor

He started the game well showcasing his ability to run off the back flank strongly. Quaynor is renowned for his run and carry type of play and usually makes solid decisions. His impact was limited in the second half but still ended up with 13 touches and five tackles for the game.

#79 Bailey Griffiths

Griffiths was in the ruck for majority of the day and used his height advantage well to win the footy. He competed hard all day for the Chargers but in difficult conditions dropped a simple mark in the defensive 50.

 

Western:

#11 Zak Butters

Butters had a really good game showcasing his elite use of the footy and good awareness with ball in hand. He was able to put on a fair amount of pressure to his opponents laying five tackles for the match. When in congestion he was able and willing to compete hard to win the ball and used his clean hands to open up opportunities for his teammates.

#31 Emerson Jeka

Jeka was one of the best on ground for the Jets and was especially good early in the match. He took a heap of great contested marks and slotted a couple of clutch goals. He could have kicked more today if he had his kicking his kicking boots on but still impressed up forward for Western.

#33 Xavier O’Halloran

O’Halloran was in the midfield for majority of the day and contested hard for the footy. He Imposed himself around the ground laying some strong tackles and applied plenty of pressure throughout the game. O’Halloran gained a number of clearances during the four quarters and also showcased his footy smarts a number of times. He kicked a great goal from 50-55 meters out after the siren in the third quarter which lifted the Jets. He was not afraid to break through packs and take the game on.

#38 Buku Khamis

Khamis was the intercept marking king for the match with at least five of his 12 grabs intercepts for the Jets. His ability to read the play allowed him to leave his player and take strong marks. Not only that but Khamis used the ball effectively and efficiently. Sometimes his decision making can be questioned however today he was outstanding and racked up plenty of the footy.

#45 Aaron Clarke

Clarke was another Western Jet that had a good day at the office. He showed some real promise up forward kicking two goals. The 194cm player also pinched hit in the ruck and showed great agility across the ground.

 

Eastern Ranges vs. Bendigo Pioneers

By: Liam Connop

Eastern:

#13 Jamieson Rossiter

Rossiter played as a key forward and kicked an impressive six goals given the wet conditions. Though he is only a medium-size for a key position player, he demonstrated a great ability to kick a long-range goal, with his lovely left-foot kicking style allowing him to kick a few of his majors from 40 meters or more out on a set shot. Rossiter was also great in one-on-one contests, using his strength to push off his opponent and take contested marks. He was arguably the difference in this game.

#17 Cody Hirst

Hirst was a welcome addition back into the side after a month layoff. Playing at half-forward, Hirst was lively early setting up a scoring opportunity and almost kicking one himself. However, his day was cut short early into the second quarter, where he appeared to hurt his knee on the wing and was helped off the ground by trainers.

#24 Kye Quirk

Quirk played as an onballer for the duration of the game, and was able to utilise the domination of his ruckman to win the ball at the stoppages and help to propel the Ranges forward. Quirk covered the ground well and, whilst not being as prolific as he can be, was a prominent factor in his side’s comfortable win.

 

Bendigo:

#9 Zane Keighran

Keighran started slowly in the first quarter. However, an incident in the second quarter seemed to spark him into the match, where he was pushed into the fence before quickly retaliating in a healthy show of aggression. Shortly after, Keighran booted two goals in a row to keep his side in the contest in the first half, and continued to demonstrate pressure around the packs, with some strong tackling and good defensive efforts.

#20 James Schischka

Schischka is a medium-sized midfielder who moves well and reads the play well in the stoppages. He was not as prolific in winning the ball as in previous weeks, but showed his class at times in a tough day for the Pioneers. Schischka showed signs he could develop into a nice-moving midfielder.

 

Sandringham Dragons vs. Geelong Falcons

By: Owen Leonard:

Sandringham:

#28 James Rendell

Predominantly locked into an intriguing battle with Geelong’s Dane Hollenkamp, Rendell consistently created contests providing opportunity for the Dragons’ small forwards, albeit went goalless for the day. In addition, though, the key position prospect spent time in the ruck where he was more than serviceable, winning 18 hit-outs.

#32 Joe Griffiths

The ruckman was impressive at Trevor Barker Oval on Sunday, winning the majority of hit-outs. However, the mobility of Griffiths was more notable, who seemed to almost turn into another midfielder at ground level. A complete ruck performance, with 20 hit-outs well complemented by two goals.

Geelong:

#30 Oscar Brownless

It was a relatively quiet first half for the Geelong Cats father-son prospect, and frustration showed giving away a downfield free kick early in the third term – one of five frees against. However, the midfielder managed to get himself into the game as it progressed and finished with a respectable 20 disposals along with an equal game-high 12 tackles in a losing side.

#39 Connor Idun

Playing a traditional centre half-forward role, Idun was a constant target up the ground. Contributed with six marks, 13 disposals and three tackles.

#41 Cooper Stephens

 In a healthy return, the versatile Geelong player went forward and was effective in his ball use, with 11 efficient disposals for the day. Consistently presenting as a strong forward option, Stephens concluded the match with five marks and a goal.

#48 Blake Schlensog

The Falcon exhibited notable intercept marking ability in the first half, and set-up play from defence. Schlensog also went forward and kicked an impressive goal to put the Falcons 29 points clear in the second quarter. He finished with two goals for the day.

#49 Dane Hollenkamp

Hollenkamp was assigned the task of matching-up on James Rendell which he passed with flying colours, ultimately restricting the Dragon to just one behind. He seemed to be the general down in defence and was one of the Falcons’ best.

Weekend previews: TAC Cup Girls – Round 9

ROUND nine marks the last game of the home and away season, making the fight for a spot in the top two hotly contested. With the Geelong Falcons securing their spot in the grand final, it is left to the Northern Knights and Sandringham Dragons to fight for second spot on the ladder. Down the other end of the table, the Jets, Cannons and Pioneers will be wanting to claim their second win of the year and end the season on a high.

NORTHERN KNIGHTS v. MURRAY BUSHRANGERS

Round 9 – Saturday 12 May, 11.15am

RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

The Knights suffered their first loss of the year and will be looking to get back into the winning books with a dominant display against the out-of-form Bushrangers. Northern will be desperate to secure their spot in the grand final and will be relying on the likes of their star players such as Maddy Brancatisano, Gabby Newton and goal-kicking machine, Alyssa Bannan to get them over the line on Saturday.  

After only managing to score a point for the whole match in their round eight clash, the Murray Bushrangers will be looking to bounce back and put on an impressive performance against the Knights. Though both teams are filled with plenty of firepower in the midfield, Murray will be boosted with the return of AFLW Academy player, Rebecca Webster, who provides plenty of run and carry through the midfield. Claudia McKimmie and Olivia Barber will also make their way back into the Bushrangers side in hope of winning their fourth game for the year.

 

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS v. OAKLEIGH CHARGERS

 Round 9- Saturday 12 May, 11.15am

RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

The Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels have won their past four games and will be hoping to bring their hot form into Saturday’s clash with the Chargers at Craigieburn. Sophie Van De Heuvel has been a machine up forward for the Rebels while the likes of Chloe Leonard have also been important across the ground for GWV.

The Oakleigh Chargers have had an up and down season but will be looking to end the year on a high note by claiming their fourth win. The Chargers have been bolstered by the inclusion of Laura Mayne and Emily Hastie, and will be relying on Daisy Bateman, who was deadly in front of goal last week.

 

GIPPSLAND POWER v. SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS

Round 9 – Saturday 12 May, 1.00pm

RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

The Gippsland Power are coming off a loss last week and will be wanting to end the season with a win. They have brought in some big-name players such as Charlize Bird and Julia Redmond in hopes to try and end Sandringham’s winning spree. The Power will be hoping that the likes of Tyla Hanks, Emily Hauesler and Jazz Ferguson continue their impressive form to help them claim the club’s fourth win of the year.

For the Sandringham Dragons, all eyes will be on the Northern Knights clash, if the Knights lose the Dragons can sneak into the top two by winning against the Power. The Dragons have been in red hot form and bring in the likes of superstars Molly Denahy MaloneyLaura Amelung and Winnie Laing to further boost their line-up, making for a hotly contested match.

 

WESTERN JETS v. GEELONG FALCONS

Round 9 – Saturday 12 May, 1.00pm

RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

The Western Jets will be hoping to cause a big upset and ruffle the feathers of the Falcons in what is set to be their last game of the 2018 season. The Jets will be looking to the likes of Caitlin Gashi, Elisabeth Georgostathis and Caitlin Greiser who starred last week to help them claim a major scalp against the undefeated Falcons.

After eight rounds the Geelong Falcons are yet to drop a game and will be looking to put out another strong performance against the eleventh-placed Jets. Geelong have been strong around the contest thanks to players like Denby Taylor down in defence along with Olivia Purcell and Nina Morrison who are not afraid to go in and win the footy. To help further strengthen their line-up going into the grand final, defender, Sarah Hungerford has been named in the 22.

 

CALDER CANNONS v. EASTERN RANGES

Round 9 – Saturday 12 May, 2.45pm

RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

The Calder Cannons are coming off a narrow loss to the Stingrays but will throw everything at the Ranges to secure their second win of the season. The Cannons have plenty of firepower across the ground with the likes of captain Madison Prespakis, Laura Cocomello and Molly Warburton consistently starring for them.

Meanwhile, the Eastern Ranges have come home hard, bagging a 46-point victory over Murray in last week’s clash. The Ranges will fall just short of making it to the grand final but have proved that they have plenty of talent with the likes of Olivia Meagher, Ashleigh Allsopp and Jess Provan standing tall for Eastern, making for an interesting clash between the two sides.

 

DANDENONG STINGRAYS v. BENDIGO PIONEERS

Round 9 – Saturday 12 May, 2.45pm

RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

Late in the season the Stingrays have found some hot form, claiming three wins on the trot, and will be hoping to add to their total. Dandenong have made a host of changes for their clash against the Pioneers with the likes of Eloise Allen-Burns and Alice O’Sullivan being named in the 22. A win against Bendigo could push the Stingrays as high as sixth place on the ladder.

On the other hand, the Pioneers would love to get a win against the Stingrays to end their year on a high and propel them up the table. They will be pleased to see the return of Jemma Finning and Maeve Tupper, while they will be hoping that Megan Williamson continues her impressive form.

TAC Cup Girls: Team Selection – Round 8

ROUND eight marks the penultimate round of the TAC Cup Girls home and away season, intensifying the fight for a spot in the finals. Many teams have made some big changes through bringing in key players, while others have been faced with some big outs.

CALDER CANNONS v. DANDENONG STINGRAYS

Round 8 – Friday 4 May, 7.30pm
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

The Cannons will be without Molly Hemburrow and Grace Dicker but bring in a host of other players to fill the void. After missing round seven, forward, Terira Fry will take the field and be a good option inside 50 for the Cannons. They will also be pleased to see the return of star defender, Molly Warburton who will help to boost Calder’s line-up and complement the likes of Madison Prespakis in the middle off the ground.

The Stingrays have brought in six players for their round eight clash against the Cannons, with the likes of Jess Guy-Toogood down in defence. Key forward Brooke Struylaart will also return and will offer a great target up forward for Dandenong, while Natalie Eve Taylor will also take her spot in the forward line alongside Struylaart.

Calder Cannons

 B: 41. G. Prespakis, 46. G. Elarmaly, 8. E. Vale
HB: 11. A. Barba, 48. C. Brown, 21. G. Patrikios
C: 34. Z.  Hardiman, 38. L.  Cocomello, 43. C.  Leahy
HF: 29. S. Elias, 17. E. Cornish, 37. F. Holloway
F: 32. T. Fry , 49. T. Crook, 25. A. Magri
R: 18. C. Rendelmann, 3. M. Prespakis, 2. F. Theodore
Int: 30. S. Cameron, 22. M. Muller, 6. K. Reid, 9. M. Warburton
Emg: 44. I. McNeill-Wren, 33. B. Pepper, 27. E. Woodley

In: M. Warburton, S. Cameron, K. Reid, B. Pepper, T. Fry , I. McNeill-Wren
Out: M. Hemburrow,  G. Dicker,  I. Young

Dandenong Stingrays

 B: 46. J. George, 40. R. Clancy – Dillon, 4. J. Guy-Toogood
HB: 15. J. Allen, 35. L. Cripps, 16. A. West
C: 28. T.  Smith, 12. M.  McDonald, 31. B.  Vernon
HF: 1. S. Heath, 26. I. Shannon, 29. B. Struylaart
F: 48. A. Carroll, 44. S. Ryan, 39. N. Taylor
R: 45. M. Graham, 3. C. Jones, 20. E. Wilson-Macdonald
Int: 19. B. Borchard, 10. A. Jordan, 50. A. Nagtzaam, 30. P. Swayn
Emg: 5. E. Allen-Burns, 21. G. Hodder

In: N. Taylor, A. Nagtzaam, B. Struylaart, J. Guy-Toogood, E. Allen-Burns, P. Swayn
Out: T. Giddings-Constable, S. Stratton, Z. Hill, A. O’Sullivan

 

EASTERN RANGES v. MURRAY BUSHRANGERS

Round 8 – Saturday 5 May, 11.30am
Warrawee Park, Oakleigh

After a good win last week, the Eastern Ranges have not made many changes, only bringing in a handful of players. A big inclusion for the Ranges is the return of mid/forward, Olivia Meagher who will provide an extra spark across the ground. Brittany Cubitt, Sophia Zappia and co-captain, Charlotte Wilson have also been named in the line-up.

Murray will be without key player Rebecca Webster who provides great composure and footy smarts with ball in hand but will be boosted with the return of Ada Chessor and damaging forward Julia Harvey. Another big in for the Bushrangers is Sophie Damon who is a consistent and versatile player, while Grace Kelly has also been named to start up forward.

Eastern Ranges

 B: 11. M. Edwards, 23. C. Smith, 41. J. Richardson
HB: 37. G. Macpherson, 49. C. Wilson, 48. L. Szigeti
C: 8. C.  Delbridge, 21. M.  Cann, 24. K.  Ridley
HF: 38. L. McClelland, 40. T. Merrett, 3. E. Woods
F: 18. A. Allsopp, 28. L. Kelly, 22. C. Chamberlain
R: 46. S. Kendall, 6. G. De Angelis, 39. O. Meagher
Int: 10. N. Cormack , 16. E. Horne, 47. J. Provan, 45. M. Wandin
Emg: 34. S. Bowden, 9. P. Buruma, 35. B. Cubitt, 36. J. Grace, 50. S. Zappia

 In: S. Zappia, O. Meagher, L. Kelly, B. Cubitt, C. Wilson

Murray Bushrangers

B: 14. A. Duguid, 39. H. Doohan, 26. E. Nicholson
HB: 16. E. Ashley-Cooper, 32. N. Watts, 5. C. Hargreaves
C: 6. K.  Adams, 22. T.  Smith, 3. P.  Crelley
HF: 21. C. Boschetti, 1. J. Harvey, 41. Z. Spencer
F: 11. A. Chessor, 37. S. Damon, 10. G. Kelly
R: 34. E. McPherson, 4. C. Knight, 19. M. Brown
Int: 13. E. Balaburov, 40. M. Burke , 35. M. Jones, 33. M. Trethowan
Emg: 44. M. Eze, 25. E. Freeman

 In: G. Kelly, E. Freeman, S. Damon, J. Harvey, E. Balaburov, A. Chessor, M. Jones, M. Eze
Out: S. Locke, C. Mckimmie, G. Egan, E. Jones, O. Hall, R. Webster

 

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS v. WESTERN JETS

Round 8 – Saturday 5 May, 1.00pm
Warrawee Park, Oakleigh

In hope of claiming their third win for the season, the Oakleigh Chargers have made a few changes to their line-up, bringing Elisabeth Jackson and Tricia Cowan. Speedy midfielder Alana Porter has also been named which will help to boost the midfield depth for the Chargers. Absent from the clash will be Zoe Makris and Georgia Byrne who will watch from the sidelines.

The Western Jets will be pleased to see the return of talented forward, Caitlin Greiser who is a scoring machine while Eden Cassar has also been named as an emergency for the Jets clash against the Chargers. The likes of Allison Chivell and half-forward Jasmine Goodman have been not been named in this week’s squad.

Oakleigh Chargers

B: 2. M. Hill, 45. T. Cowan, 13. T. Morton
HB: 14. H. McLaren, 68. A. Dyer, 50. C. Nancarrow
C: 30. G.  Lagioia, 19. E.  Harley, 5. A.  van Oosterwijck
HF: 3. J. D’Amato, 29. M. Bertuna, 10. A. Oloughlin
F: 38. D. Bateman, 18. I. Gietzmann, 9. E. Jackson
R: 11. B. Winbanks, 32. C. O’Malley, 16. A. Porter
Int: 70. P. Fennell, 43. E. Hastie, 31. K. Hunter-Scott, 15. A. Ling, 26. A. Micallef, 51. G. Relph

In: P. Fennell, E. Jackson, A. Ling, G. Relph, A. Porter, T. Cowan
Out: L. Mayne,  T. Nichols,  Z. Makris,  G. Byrne

 Western Jets

B: 8. E. Gardner, 31. K. Rebuffo, 2. C. Gashi
HB: 27. P. Ozols, 30. I. Pritchard, 40. S. Whiting
C: 19. O.  Forsythe, 13. C.  Jansen, 14. I.  Grant
HF: 43. C. Greiser, 39. C. Saxon-Jones, 12. K. O’Keefe
F: 34. T. Evans, 41. S. Forbes, 38. E. Hitch
R: 25. T. Kolevski, 16. E. Georgostathis, 33. L. Basto
Int: 5. M. Daw, 21. M. Fenech, 17. I. Freeman
Emg: H. Bult, E. Cassar, M. Gregory, E. Hannett

In: E. Cassar, C. Greiser, H. Bult, E. Hitch, S. Forbes, I. Freeman
Out: A. Chivell, J. Goodman, A. Bolt

 

GEELONG FALCONS v. NORTHERN KNIGHTS

Round 8 – Saturday 5 May, 1.15pm
St Mary’s Oval (Kardinia Park West Oval), Geelong

Both teams have brought in the big guns for the top-of-the-table clash. The Falcons have made five changes to their line-up in hope to keep their undefeated record in-tact. After missing round seven, star defender, Denby Taylor is set to take the field along with midfielder Tarryn Love who has been absent from the team due to injury. Jemma Dover and Eliza Shannon have also been named in Geelong’s extended squad.

The Knights have brought in the cavalry ahead of their clash against the first-placed Falcons, naming leading goal-kicker Alyssa Bannan to help cause havoc up forward for Geelong. Abigail Bennett will also return for the Knights, helping to boost their forward line while the likes of Maeve Chaplin and Sarah Moore will be watching on from the sidelines.

Geelong Falcons

B: 37. S. Dinneen, 36. A. Chapman, 21. K. Haustorfer
HB: 32. M. Sheppard, 23. L. McEvoy, 27. D. Taylor
C: 18. N.  Morrison, 39. T.  Love, 35. S.  Walmsley
HF: 10. S. Atkins, 42. S. DeGiacomi, 16. L. Gardiner
F: 31. E. Mahoney, 38. R. Tierney, 50. S. Williams
R: 33. Z. Inei, 7. O. Purcell, 6. P. Sheppard
Int: 15. J. Devarakonda, 40. E. Shannon, 20. D. Smith, 2. E. Vella
Emg: 5. J. Dover, 34. S. Hungerford, 26. M. Skinner

In: T. Love, S. Williams, D. Taylor, J. Dover, E. Shannon
Out: L. Ryan, B. Thompson

Northern Knights

B: 27. P. Kearney, 26. E. Clayton, 32. A. Snow
HB: 10. P. Chisholm, 18. S. Sansonetti, 13. M. Suzuki
C: 12. O.  Dikranis, 5. M.  Brancatisano, 2. M.  Jarvis
HF: 7. A. Bennett, 6. A. Bannan, 21. E. McKenzie
F: 1. M. Antypas, 24. A. Pronesti, 22. B. Gutknecht
R: 4. N. O’Connor, 23. G. Newton, 14. J. Fitzgerald
Int: 17. C. Fitzgerald, 20. J. McCarthy, 3. N. Morris-Dalton, 29. T. Pulcino
Emg: 8. G. Ceravolo, 33. T. Curavic, 30. M. Rodezno

In: G. Ceravolo, A. Bannan, M. Rodezno, J. McCarthy, C. Fitzgerald, A. Bennett
Out: G. Malloy, M. Chaplin, S. Moore

SANDRIGNHAM DRAGONS v. BENDIGO PIONEERS

Round 8 – Saturday 5 May, 1.15pm
Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham

Though Sandringham are going from strength to strength they have made a host of changes, bringing in key defenders Nayley Borg and Chelsea Bowen to help shut down the Pioneers forward line. Isabella Stutt has also been included for their clash against the Pioneers while Molly Denahy Maloney and Ruby Woods have been listed as omissions.

On the other hand, the Bendigo Pioneers have only made three changes to their starting line-up with Tess Goodrem returning. The Pioneers will be without Dayna Kelly Guthrie, Maeve Tupper and forward Grace Barton for the trip to Sandringham.

Sandringham Dragons

B: 40. N. Borg, 60. G. Strangio, 65. C. Saultry
HB: 23. C. Bowen, 32. S. Hartwig, 58. G. Bridges
C: 30. E.  Brown, 43. A.  McKay, 5. J.  Tait
HF: 3. S. Rothfield, 39. M. Purcell, 53. I. Stutt
F: 50. H. Bate, 1. M. Wilson, 38. M. Cairns
R: 20. A. Dalley, 36. J. Owen, 25. I. Eddey
Int: 31. B. Arnold, 46. A. Burke, 24. T. Grasso, 64. E. McNamara
Emg: 49. L. Amelung, 2. W. Laing, 13. D. Walker

In: N. Borg, L. Amelung, I. Stutt, D. Walker, M. Cairns, C. Bowen
Out: G. Cooper, M. Denahy Maloney, R. Woods

Bendigo Pioneers

B: G. Murley, 24. E. Gretgrix, 32. S. Reilly
HB: 27. B. Hards, 20. K. Douglass, 3. C. Isaac
C: 12. T. Coad, 28. M.  Williamson, 29. E.  Snell
HF: 26. L. Newton, 8. S. Knoll, T. Shepherd
F: 16. E. Cooper, 17. G. Sladden, 22. M. Ward
R: 25. T. Stewart, 2. M. Baldwin, 19. K. Jacques
Int: 6. M. Curran, 11. J. Finning, T. Goodrem, 5. E. Turnbull

 In: T. Shepherd, T. Goodrem, G. Murley
Out: D. Kelly-Guthrie, M. Tupper, G. Barton

 

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS v. GIPPSLAND POWER

 Round 8- Saturday 5 May, 3.00pm

Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham

The Rebels rung in the changes for their match against the Power, making eight changes to their squad. The changes will see the inclusion of Chloe Leonard and Ella Bibby who will start in the forward line for Greater Western Victoria (GWV). Georgia Pidgeon and Hannah Simpson will be missing from defence but the Rebels have included the likes of Lauren Sykes to help fill the void down back.

After narrowly going down in round seven, the Gippsland Power will be pleased to see the return of forward, Nikia Webber who provides a great target inaide 50 and across the ground. Leila Raymond and Jennifer Ross are also set to take the field while Hayley Balmer and Tylah Whitehead have been named as emergencies for the match.

Greater Western Victoria Rebels

B: 11. T. Marra, 45. A. Humphries, 14. L. Sykes
HB: 15. T. Jasper, 25. G. Clarke, 4. A. Nicholson
C: 27. N.  Dojiok, 34. S.  Glover, 28. I.  Simmons
HF: 13. C. Leonard, 41. K. Harris, 18. S. Van De Heuvel
F: 44. E. Bibby, 43. M. Caris, 2. R. Saulitis
R: 35. R. Caris, 16. L. Butler, 23. S. Molan
Int: 6. N. Butler, 20. T. Heath, 5. V. Jewell, 33. I. Robson
Emg: 9. J. McAuliffe , 1. A. Trigg

In: A. Trigg, E. Bibby, A. Nicholson, L. Sykes, J. McAuliffe , C. Leonard, N. Butler, V. Jewell
Out: L. Moloney ,  G. Pidgeon,  I. Rustman,  B. Gregory,  H. Simpson,  D. Henson

 Gippsland Power

B: 17. S. Trewin, 65. J. Redmond, 45. L. Van Berkel
HB: 6. E. Haeusler , 8. C. Abrahams , 49. M. Shaw
C: 48. C.  Prestidge, 28. T.  Hanks, 30. A.  Rippon
HF: 13. H. Andrews, 27. N. Webber, 12. M. Fitzsimon
F: 1. E. Jones, 60. E. Williams, 11. S. Walker
R: 58. A. Dunn, 10. T. Dower, 57. J. Ferguson
Int: 29. C. Bray, 7. L. Raymond, 4. J. Ross, 50. M. Van Berkel
Emg: 21. H. Balmer, 9. T. Whitehead

In: J. Ross, N. Webber, L. Raymond, T. Whitehead, H. Balmer
Out: C. Bird, S. Beaton, E. Cornish

TAC Cup Girls previews: Round 7

WITH only three weeks left before the the grand final, there are plenty of new faces coming in for round seven along with some big time players that are also back in the mix. The Geelong Falcons and Northern Knights will be looking to keep their undefeated record in tact while the Eastern Ranges will be hoping to secure their spot in the top four.  With Oakleigh notching up their second win of the season last week they will be hoping to bring that form into their round seven clashes.

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS v. DANDENONG STINGRAYS

Round 7 – Saturday 28 April, 12.00pm
Warawee Park, Oakleigh

Both teams are coming off big round six wins, making for a hotly contested match between the two sides. The Oakleigh Chargers will be looking to make the most of their home ground advantage against the Stingrays. Unfortunately, they lose the likes of midfield duo, Alana Porter and Katie Lynch along with defender Nicola Xenos, who is a general down back for the Chargers. With two wins under their belt the Chargers will be looking to storm home and claim their third win of the season.

The Stingrays claimed a 54-point win in last weeks’ match with the likes of Courtney Jones dominating up forward and slotting two majors while captain, Jordyn Allen imposed herself in and around the contest. But Dandenong will be missing the class of AFLW Academy forward, Brooke Struylaart who has gone down with an injury, making for an interesting clash on Saturday.

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS v. MURRAY BUSHRANGERS

Round 7 – Saturday 28 April, 12.00pm
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

With three wins each, both the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels and Murray Bushrangers will be looking to notch up their fourth win of the season, making for a good contest across the ground. The Rebels will be pleased to see the likes of forward, Renee Saulitis and talented midfielder Stephanie Glover – who has predominantly played in defence – both take the field for their clash against Murray. But the Rebels have some key outs for the match with Ella Wood joining a number of talented players on the boundary.

The Murray Bushrangers will be looking to bounce back after a loss last week. They will be bolstered by the return of key players, Eloise Ashley-Cooper and Chelsea Knight who provide good composure with ball in hand. Unfortunately, Murray will be without some of its most consistent players such as Sophie Damon and Julia Harvey for the trip to Craigieburn. The Bushrangers will be hoping to secure another win for the season and look to climb back into a spot in the top four.

 

EASTERN RANGES v. GIPPSLAND POWER

Round 7 – Saturday 28 April, 1.00pm
Healesville Sporting Complex, Healesville

After two losses in a row, the Eastern Ranges will be hoping to peg one back against the Gippsland Power who are hot on their heels on the ladder. Eastern will look to the return of Georgia Macpherson and Paige Buruma in the absence of key defender, Abbey Tognazzini and gun forward, Olivia Meagher. A win on Saturday will keep them in the hunt for a top four finish with the end of the season near.

The Gippsland Power will be looking to bounce back after a tight battle against the undefeated Northern Knights. Unfortunately, they will be without potent forward, Nikia Webber, who will be hard to replace with her accuracy in front of goal. Gippsland have brought in forward, Sophie Walker to apply some scoreboard pressure, while the Power will continue to look to the likes of star midfielder, Tyla Hanks to provide a spark for them across the ground against the Ranges.

 

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS v. WESTERN JETS

Round 7 – Saturday 28 April, 1.00pm
Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham

The Sandringham Dragons secured their fourth win of the season in round six against the Murray Bushrangers, moving themselves into the top four. The Dragons will be hoping to bring that type of intensity and pressure this week against the Jets, bringing in forward, Taylah Grasso and defender, Grace Bridges to continue their winning streak.

For the Jets, their leading goal-kicker, Caitlin Greiser will be absent from their clash against the Dragons on Saturday. The Jets have notched up one win for the season and will be looking to secure their second against Sandringham.

 

NORTHERN KNIGHTS v. BENDIGO PIONEERS

Round 7 – Sunday 29 April, 12.45pm
Preston City Oval, Preston

After six rounds of footy the Northern Knights are still undefeated and will be looking to bring that pressure against the Bendigo Pioneers. Playing at home the Knights will want to make the most of their home ground advantage and play an impressive four quarters of footy. The Knights have named scoring machine, Alyssa Bannan and the versatile Abigail Bennett as emergencies, but have brought in the likes of Jessica Fitzgerald and Neve O’Connor to help balance out the team.

The Pioneers have won just one game for the season and would love to cause a big upset against the undefeated Knights. Though they will be missing a few major players such as Olivia Taverna and Bree Heiden, they have brought in the likes of defender Sharmaine Reilly for the clash at Preston.

 

CALDER CANNONS v. GEELONG FALCONS

Round 7 – Sunday 29 April, 2.00pm
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

The Geelong Falcons are yet to lose a game and will be hoping to continue their hot form against the Calder Cannons. The Falcons have been strong up forward with the likes of Sachi DeGiacomi dominating in front of goal. Though the Falcons may be without one AFLW Academy player Denby Taylor, Geelong have brought in the likes of another AFLW Academy member in Eliza Shannon, which is testament to their depth of players. The Falcons will have to contend with not just Calder Cannons gun midfielder, Madison Prespakis but so too her sister, Georgie Prespakis, which will make for an interesting match up.

The Calder Cannons have notched up only one win for the season and would love to claim a huge scalp in the undefeated Falcons. The Cannons will have their hands full trying to contain Geelong but with the return of Makeisha Muller and Laura Cocomello, the Cannons could put up a good fight and create a strong contest.

Team Selection: TAC Cup Girls – Round 6

With the AFLW Academy games done and dusted, the TAC Cup Girls sides have plenty of players available for selection going into round six, making way for several changes to their line-ups. The Western Jets claimed a big scalp, knocking off the undefeated Eastern Ranges and will be hoping to bring that form into the current round. Meanwhile, the Dandenong Stingrays are still on the hunt for their first win of the 2018 season. Up the other end of the ladder, the Geelong Falcons and Northern Knights remain unbeaten sitting first and second and will be bolstered by the return of some of their key players.

GEELONG FALCONS v. EASTERN RANGES

Round 6 – Saturday 21 April, 12.45pm
McDonald Reserve, Belmont

This match up could prove to be one of the biggest games of the round with the Falcons sitting pretty at the top of the ladder and the Ranges in third. The two teams are littered with classy players across the field who ooze footy smarts and good ball use.

The Eastern Ranges defence will be bolstered with the return of defenders Abbey Tognazzini and Ashleigh Allsopp who were sorely missed in the previous round. They both offer great composure and strength down back for the Ranges and work well together to shut down their opponents. Co-captain Emerson Woods will also be set to return as well as midfielder/forward Olivia Meagher who wins plenty of footy across the ground. However the loss of Georgia Macpherson is a tough one.

With the Geelong Falcons still boasting an unbeaten record, they have only made a few changes to their line-up to take on the Eastern Ranges. Geelong will see the return of Olivia Purcell and Nina Morrison who are contested ball winners and are clean in and around the stoppages. The Falcons will also recall Lucy McEvoy to the midfield, but Tarryn Love will miss the game after an injury late in their last match.

Geelong Falcons

B: 38. S. Dinneen, 37. A. Chapman, 22. K. Haustorfer
HB: 33. M. Sheppard, 35. S. Hungerford, 28. D. Taylor
C: 18. N.  Morrison, 11. L.  Lesosky-Hay, 36. S.  Walmsley
HF: 10. S. Atkins, 42. S. DeGiacomi, 27. M. Skinner
F: 6. P. Sheppard, 39. R. Tierney, 2. E. Vella
R: 34. Z. Inei, 24. L. McEvoy, 7. O. Purcell
Int: 15. J. Devarakonda, 16. L. Gardiner, 21. D. Smith, 4. B. Thompson
Emg: 5. J. Dover, 29. L. Ryan, 40. E. Shannon

In: N. Morrison, L. McEvoy, D. Taylor, J. Dover, O. Purcell, E. Shannon
Out: E. Lawson,  E. Allan,  T. Love,  S. Milsome

Eastern Ranges

B: 11. M. Edwards, 43. A. Tognazzini, 50. S. Zappia
HB: 18. A. Allsopp, 49. C. Wilson, 48. L. Szigeti
C: 8. C.  Delbridge, 21. M.  Cann, 41. J.  Richardson
HF: 38. L. McClelland, 40. T. Merrett, 3. E. Woods
F: 22. C. Chamberlain, 28. L. Kelly, 47. J. Provan
R: 46. S. Kendall, 39. O. Meagher, 10. N. Cormack
Int: 35. B. Cubitt, 6. G. De Angelis, 51. J. McCormick, 15. J. Torney
Emg: 34. S. Bowden, 17. M. Kendall, 23. C. Smith, 42. M. Taverna

In: A. Allsopp, C. Chamberlain, S. Bowden, J. Provan, M. Edwards, T. Merrett, A. Tognazzini, O. Meagher, E. Woods
Out: G. Macpherson, E. Horne, I. Ball, M. Wandin, J. Grace, P. Buruma

 

GIPPSLAND POWER v. NORTHERN KNIGHTS 

Round 6 – Saturday 21 April, 3.15pm
Morwell Football Ground, Morwell

The Northern Knights dominated once again last week even with the absence of key players keeping their undefeated run in-tact. The Power will be full of confidence after a good win over Bendigo last week making for an intriguing contest.

The Knights will be pleased to see the likes of midfield star Gabby Newton back out on the field while key forward Gulia Ceravolo is set to play against the Power after they both missed round five. However the in-form Ellie McKenzie and talented Neve O’Connor and Ciara Fitzgerald will all miss the match.

The midfield battle will be one to keep an eye on with the likes of Tyla Hanks returning for the Power up against the midfield trio of Newton, Maddy Brancatisano and Alyssa Bennett who are important onballers for the Knights. Gippsland will also the return of Leila Raymond and Caitlyn Beale who are vital to the Power’s line-up as they offer a good contest around the footy.

Gippsland Power

B: 47. E. Cornish , 45. L. Van Berkel, 17. S. Trewin
HB: 8. C. Abrahams, 65. J. Redmond, 6. E. Haeusler
C: 1. E.  Jones, 57. J.  Ferguson, 30. A.  Rippon
HF: 13. H. Andrews, 32. C. Bird, 12. M. Fitzsimon
F: 29. C. Bray, 27. N. Webber, 10. T. Dower
R: 58. A. Dunn, 28. T. Hanks, 49. M. Shaw
Int: 59. C. Beale, 7. L. Raymond , 4. J. Ross, 9. T. Whitehead
Emg: 2. S. Beaton, 11. S. Walker, 60. E. Williams

In: C. Bird, S. Walker, C. Beale, T. Hanks, L. Raymond
Out: H. Balmer,  M. Van Berkel

Northern Knights 

B: 27. P. Kearney, 32. A. Snow, 20. J. McCarthy
HB: 10. P. Chisholm, 18. S. Sansonetti, 12. O. Dikranis
C: 9. M.  Chaplin, 5. M.  Brancatisano, 2. M.  Jarvis
HF: 6. A. Bannan, 31. T. Shell, 8. G. Ceravolo
F: 1. M. Antypas, 24. A. Pronesti, 3. N. Morris-Dalton
R: 26. E. Clayton, 22. B. Gutknecht, 23. G. Newton
Int: 7. A. Bennett, 33. T. Curavic, 16. T. Manson, 13. M. Suzuki
Emg: 25. T. Mills, 30. M. Rodezno     

In: G. Ceravolo, E. Clayton, T. Curavic, G. Newton, T. Manson
Out: E. McKenzie, N. O’Connor, C. Fitzgerald

 

MURRAY BUSHRANGERS v. SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS 

Round 6 – Saturday 21 April, 3.30pm
Norm Minns Oval, Wangaratta

The Dragons will be hoping to continue their impressive form again this week against the Murray Bushrangers who will be boosted with the return of key players across the ground. Suffering a loss to the Falcons last week the Bushrangers will be searching to keep their finals hope alive with a big win against the Dragons. Sandringham and Murray have both recorded the same number of wins making for a highly contested match with both teams evenly poised across the ground.

The inclusion of gun midfielder Rebecca Webster will provide the Bushrangers with some composure with ball in hand. Webster has a great ability to read the play and is vital throughout the middle of the ground for Murray. The return of Millie Brown for Murray will provide a target up forward with her strong hands and accuracy in front of goal. The Bushrangers will be without Eloise Ashley-Cooper and Chelsea Knight who both provide good run and carry for the team.  

Sandringham have gone in with a relatively unchanged line-up but have the likes of Taylah Grasso and Grace Bridges as emergencies. Both players have strong hands and provide composure down back for the Dragons. The strong form of Sandringham lately means the Dragons will go in confident, but will need to be at their best to topple the Bushrangers.

Murray Bushrangers

B: 21. C. Boschetti, 39. H. Doohan, 32. N. Watts
HB: 8. O. Hall, 42. G. Egan, 26. E. Nicholson
C: 31. S.  Locke, 17. R.  Webster, 33. M.  Trethowan
HF: 19. M. Brown, 6. K. Adams, 1. J. Harvey
F: 37. S. Damon, 34. E. McPherson, 5. C. Hargreaves
R: 43. T. Verhoeven, 22. T. Smith, 36. C. Mckimmie
Int: 11. A. Chessor, 3. P. Crelley, 10. G. Kelly, 20. R. Winiata

In: R. Winiata, G. Kelly, R. Webster, T. Verhoeven, C. Hargreaves, P. Crelley, C. Boschetti, M. Brown
Out: Z. Spencer,  C. Knight,  E. Freeman,  E. Balaburov,  M. Cook,  M. Jones,  M. Eze,  E. Hibble

Sandringham Dragons

B: 31. B. Arnold, 60. G. Strangio, 13. D. Walker
HB: 23. C. Bowen, 32. S. Hartwig, 65. C. Saultry
C: 30. E.  Brown, 43. A.  McKay, 5. J.  Tait
HF: 50. H. Bate, 56. G. Emberton, 25. I. Eddey
F: 49. L. Amelung, 3. S. Rothfield, 1. M. Wilson
R: 20. A. Dalley, 36. J. Owen, 64. E. McNamara
Int: 46. A. Burke, 33. M. Denahy Maloney, 2. W. Laing, 39. M. Purcell
Emg: 58. G. Bridges, 24. T. Grasso, 42. R. Woods

In: T. Grasso, R. Woods, G. Bridges

 

GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS v. CALDER CANNONS

Round 6 – Sunday 22 April, 11.30am
MARS Stadium, Ballarat

After a disappointing game against the Dragons in round five, the Calder Cannons will be looking to get back into the winners books with the return of some key players. The Rebels have also rung in the changes, making seven changes to their line-up.

The Cannons will be pleased to see the return of star midfield duo Madison Prespakis and Georgia Patrikios who win plenty of the footy and are smooth operators. Their ability to win the ball at ground level helps to propel their team forward. Molly Warbuton has also been named for the Cannons after playing in the AFLW Academy game and will be a good addition both in the centre of the ground and down back in defence. The likes of Emily Vukovic and Lethea Phillipou are also expected to take the field for Calder.

The Rebels did not shy away from the changes bringing in the likes of half-forward Lucy Moloney to help provide a target up forward. GWV will be pleased to see the return of key midfielder and play maker Sophie Van De Heuvel, along with Rene Caris and key defender Georgia Clarke. On the other hand, the likes of Georgette Douhadji and Stephanie Glover are among the outs for the Rebels.

Greater Western Victoria Rebels 

B: 15. T. Jasper, 26. G. Pidgeon, 14. L. Sykes
HB: 19. K. McAloon, 25. G. Clarke, 4. A. Nicholson
C: 27. N.  Dojiok, 8. E.  Wood, 10. H.  Simpson
HF: 3. L. Moloney , 21. D. Henson, 18. S. Van De Heuvel
F: 7. A. McAuliffe, 13. C. Leonard, 22. I. Rustman
R: 35. R. Caris, 16. L. Butler, 23. S. Molan
Int: 6. N. Butler, 20. T. Heath, 11. T. Marra, 1. A. Trigg
Emg: 42. B. Gregory, 41. K. Harris

In: L. Moloney , K. Harris, G. Clarke, A. Nicholson, R. Caris, S. Van De Heuvel, E. Wood
Out: R. Saulitis,  A. Humphries,  S. Glover,  G. Douhadji,  J. McAuliffe ,  I. Simmons

Calder Cannons

B: 42. K. Sutton, 48. C. Brown, 8. E. Vale
HB: 11. A. Barba, 15. G. Marsland, 2. F. Theodore
C: 29. S.  Elias, 21. G.  Patrikios, 9. M.  Warburton
HF: 32. T. Fry , 17. E. Cornish, 34. Z. Hardiman
F: 37. F. Holloway, 46. G. Elarmaly, 25. A. Magri
R: 18. C. Rendelmann, 3. M. Prespakis, 23. G. Dicker
Int: 10. M. Hemburrow, 31. K. Petrevski, 36. L. Philippou, 12. E. Vukovic
Emg: 16. C. Hodgson, 44. I. McNeill-Wren, 50. B. Tolson

In: M. Warburton, E. Vukovic, G. Patrikios, L. Philippou, C. Hodgson, I. McNeill-Wren, M. Prespakis
Out: T. Crook, L. Cocomello, I. Young, M. Muller, A. Driscoll

 

BENDIGO PIONEERS v. OAKLEIGH CHARGERS

Round 6 – Sunday 22 April, 2.00pm
Golden Square, Bendigo

They Bendigo Pioneers will be hoping to assert their dominance in their home game against the Chargers on Sunday. With both teams evenly poised it will make for a highly contested match with good match ups across the ground.

The Pioneers have made minimal changes to their side with the likes of Gemmi Murrell and Grace Sladden making way for Elizabeth Snell and Eloise Gretgrix. Bendigo will be looking to the likes of Kodi Jacques who showed great endurance and composure with ball in hand as well as their captain Megan Williamson who offers consistency and an attack on the footy.

Similarly, the Oakleigh Chargers have only named one out for the match with Tiana Johnson out of the team. The likes of versatile full-forward Hannah McLaren is set to take on the Pioneers while important midfielder Gemma Lagioia will also return after injury. McLaren’s presence up forward will provide a great target for the Chargers and Lagioia’s work in the middle will help to propel her team forward.

Bendigo Pioneers

B: 24. E. Gretgrix, 32. S. Reilly, 9. D. Kelly-Guthrie
HB: 27. B. Hards, 20. K. Douglass, 3. C. Isaac
C: 11. J.  Finning, 28. M.  Williamson, 15. T.  Goodrem
HF: 30. B. Heiden, 8. S. Knoll, 31. H. Stewart
F: 21. H. Spencer, 7. G. Barton, 1. M. Tupper
R: 25. T. Stewart, 2. M. Baldwin, 19. K. Jacques
Int: 10. A. Bodilly, 12. T. Coad, 26. L. Newton, 29. E. Snell, 14. O. Taverna, 5. E. Turnbull

In: A. Bodilly, E. Snell, E. Gretgrix, E. Turnbull
Out: G. Murrell,  G. Sladden

Oakleigh Chargers

B: 5. A. van Oosterwijck, 45. T. Cowan, 17. N. Xenos
HB: 2. M. Hill, 39. T. Nichols, 14. H. McLaren
C: 31. K.  Hunter-Scott, 50. C.  Nancarrow, 30. G.  Lagioia
HF: 3. J. D’Amato, 43. E. Hastie, 19. E. Harley
F: 29. M. Bertuna, 38. D. Bateman, 18. I. Gietzmann
R: 11. B. Winbanks, 32. C. O’Malley, 41. K. Lynch
Int: 33. G. Byrne, 70. P. Fennell, 15. A. Ling, 22. Z. Makris, 69. L. Mayne, 26. A. Micallef, 21. C. Moon, 16. A. Porter

In: L. Mayne, C. O’Malley, J. D’Amato, G. Lagioia, H. McLaren
Out: T. Johnson

 

DANDENONG STINGRAYS v. WESTERN JETS

Round 6 – Sunday 22 April, 3.00pm
Shepley Oval, Dandenong

The Stingrays have made multiple changes going into round six in hope to secure their first win for the season. Meanwhile the Western Jets have retained a relatively unchanged line-up after notching up their first win of the season. The Jets showed moments of brilliance last week to topple their undefeated opponents.

For the Stingrays, they will welcome back the likes of Jordyn Allen and versatile player Courtney Jones who offers great composure with ball-in-hand.  Key defender Rose Clancy-Dillon will also return after missing round five. Clancy-Dillon provides great strength down back and might be asked to curb influential Jets forward Caitlin Greiser.

Greiser will be out to dominant for the Western Jets sitting fifth on the goal scoring tally. Greiser offers a great target up forward for the Jets and is accurate in front of goal, but has been named in the ruck once again this week. The Jets will also see the likes of Isabella Grant return who offers a good presence across the ground while Lauren Basto and Katarina Rebuffo have also been named to take on the Stingrays. 

Dandenong Stingrays

B: 5. E. Allen-Burns, 51. Z. Hill, 18. S. Bayne
HB: 15. J. Allen, 40. R. Clancy-Dillon, 1. S. Heath
C: 12. M.  McDonald, 35. L.  Cripps, 31. B.  Vernon
HF: 44. S. Ryan, 26. I. Shannon, 28. T. Smith
F: 46. J. George, 29. B. Struylaart,
R: 45. M. Graham, 3. C. Jones, 20. E. Wilson-Macdonald
Int: 48. A. Carroll, 42. A. O’Sullivan, 2. S. Stratton, 16. A. West

In: A. West, J. Allen, S. Ryan, J. George, C. Jones, R. Clancy – Dillon, B. Struylaart
Out: L. O’Connell-Webb,  J. Lilley,  H. Thomas,  A. Jordan,  B. Borchard,  M. Layfield,  G. Hodder,  J. Guy-Toogood

Western Jets

B: 22. A. Chivell, 31. K. Rebuffo, 8. E. Gardner
HB: 21. M. Fenech, 30. I. Pritchard, 44. C. Myors-Moore
C: 14. I.  Grant, 13. C.  Jansen, 27. P.  Ozols
HF: 2. C. Gashi, 26. I. Negri, 36. J. Goodman
F: 19. O. Forsythe, 40. S. Whiting, 12. K. O’Keefe
R: 43. C. Greiser, 39. C. Saxon-Jones, 16. E. Georgostathis
Int: 33. L. Basto, 41. S. Forbes, 28. E. Hannett, 3. A. Lowe
Emg: 29. E. Cassar

In: I. Grant, L. Basto, K. Rebuffo
Out: L. Spargo, H. Bult

Team Selection: TAC Cup Girls- Round 5

WITH round five upon us there have been plenty of changes across the board with the AFLW Academy playing Geelong in a practice match on Tuesday. The Geelong Falcons, Northern Knights and Eastern Ranges will be looking to keep their undefeated record intact while the Western Jets and Dandenong Stingrays will be searching for their first win of the 2018 season. Though many teams have been forced to make changes through losing players to the AFLW Academy, it will allow plenty of new and young talent to shine in the upcoming matches.

WESTERN JETS v. EASTERN RANGES 
Round 5 – Saturday, April 7, 12.15pm
Williamstown Football Ground, Williamstown

The Western Jets and Eastern Ranges are set to kick off the round in Williamstown with the Ranges looking to continue their undefeated run. On the other hand, the Jets will be hoping to notch up their first win of the season, making seven changes to their line-up.

With the likes of co-captain Emerson Woods and fellow midfielder Olivia Meagher out for the match, the Eastern Ranges will be relying on their depth to get them across the line against the Jets. The absence of Ranges defender Abbey Tognazzini and Ashleigh Allsopp will test their strength down back as they are key players for their team, but the inclusion of Sophia Zappia will provide some much needed composure.

For the Jets, the loss of forward Isabella Grant will be hard to replace as she provides some good dash across the field and uses the footy well. Grant was one of seven changes for the Western Jets who have named the likes of Katarina RebuffoEden Cassar, Emily Hannett and Chelsea Jansen to take on the undefeated Eastern Ranges.

Western Jets

B: 29. E. Cassar, 31. K. Rebuffo, 2. C. Gashi
HB: 21. M. Fenech, 30. I. Pritchard, 44. C. Myors-Moore
C: 19. O.  Forsythe, 13. C.  Jansen, 27. P.  Ozols
HF: 3. A. Lowe, 36. J. Goodman, 26. I. Negri
F: 39. C. Saxon-Jones, 41. S. Forbes, 40. S. Whiting
R: 43. C. Greiser, 16. E. Georgostathis, 4. L. Spargo
Int: 22. A. Chivell, 8. E. Gardner, 28. E. Hannett, 12. K. O’Keefe

In: E. Cassar, L. Spargo, C. Jansen, E. Hannett, J. Goodman, S. Forbes, K. Rebuffo
Out: I. Grant, M. Gregory, K. Ratu,  A. Bolt 

Eastern Ranges

B: 17. M. Kendall, 50. S. Zappia, 45. M. Wandin
HB: 37. G. Macpherson, 49. C. Wilson, 48. L. Szigeti
C: 8. C.  Delbridge, 6. G.  De Angelis, 16. E.  Horne
HF: 38. L. McClelland, 36. J. Grace, 41. J. Richardson
F: 42. M. Taverna, 28. L. Kelly, 15. J. Torney
R: 46. S. Kendall, 21. M. Cann, 10. N. Cormack
Int: 19. I. Ball, 9. P. Buruma, 35. B. Cubitt, 51. J. McCormick

In: M. Kendall, N. Cormack , S. Zappia, C. Chamberlain, J. Grace, S. Bowden, T. Merrett, I. Ball
Out: A. Tognazzini, A. Allsopp, O. Meagher, E. Woods

 

BENDIGO PIONEERS v. GIPPSLAND POWER 
Round 5 – Sunday, April 8, 11am
Epsom Huntly Reserve, Epsom

After a gallant effort last week against the Eastern Ranges, the Bendigo Pioneers will be hoping to bring their impressive form into round five. They were sound in defence but were ultimately outclassed by their undefeated opponents. The Power however fought hard to secure a three-point win against Calder, resulting in minimal changes to the team’s line-up.

The Pioneers go in unchanged after their strong performance last week with the likes of Kate Douglass and Megan Williamson proving their worth with their impressive work across the ground.

On the other hand, Gippsland Power have made five changes, with star midfielders Tyla Hanks and Leyla Berry unavailable for the game. The likes of fellow teammates Jazz Ferguson and Alana Rippon will have to stand up in the contest. The Power have included Charlize Bird, Tahlia Dower and Leila Raymond in their squad for their trip to Epsom.

Bendigo Pioneers

B: 3. C. Isaac, 32. S. Reilly, 14. O. Taverna
HB: 24. E. Gretgrix, 20. K. Douglass, 25. T. Stewart
C: 11. J.  Finning, 28. M.  Williamson, 21. H.  Spencer
HF: 30. B. Heiden, 8. S. Knoll, 26. L. Newton
F: 27. B. Hards, 7. G. Barton, 1. M. Tupper
R: 9. D. Kelly-Guthrie, 19. K. Jacques, 2. M. Baldwin
Int: Unknown. A. Bodilly, 15. T. Goodrem, 5. E. Turnbull

Gippsland Power

B: 2. S. Beaton, 45. L. Van Berkel, 29. C. Bray
HB: 6. E. Haeusler , 65. J. Redmond, 17. S. Trewin
C: 1. E.  Jones, 57. J.  Ferguson, 30. A.  Rippon
HF: 10. T. Dower, 8. C. Abrahams, 12. M. Fitzsimon
F: 4. J. Ross, 60. E. Williams, 27. N. Webber
R: 58. A. Dunn, 13. H. Andrews, 49. M. Shaw
Int: 21. H. Balmer, 47. E. Cornish , 50. M. Van Berkel, 9. T. Whitehead

In: C. Bird, T. Dower, L. Raymond , C. Prestidge, M. Van Berkel
Out: T. Hanks, L. Berry

 

NORTHERN KNIGHTS v. OAKLEIGH CHARGERS 

Round 5 – Sunday, April 8, 12.15pm
Preston City Oval, Preston

With the Knights sitting second on the ladder they will be hoping to continue their red-hot form, even though they have had to ring through the changes. The Northern Knights were forced to make five changes due to the AFLW Academy game taking place. Meanwhile the Oakleigh Chargers have named a huge extended list after losing three players to the Academy game.

The Northern Knights will be set to take on the Chargers without Jessica Fitzgerald, who has been a standout for them throughout the first four rounds. Though the Knights are filled with midfield power with the likes of Maddy Brancatisano and Alyssa Bennett, they will be missing Gabby Newton who is a huge force in the ruck and can make her presence felt all over the ground. The Northern Knights have brought in Sarah Sansonetti who provides a good target up forward.

The Chargers have lost Hannah McLaren, who is a key up forward for them along with Gemma Lagioia, who is so important through the middle of the ground. Both were involved in a head clash in the first quarter of their round four clash against Geelong. The Chargers have their absence covered though, bringing in Katie Lynch, Daisy Bateman and Melanie Bertuna, who are some of Oakleigh’s most dominant players. 

Northern Knights

B: 12. O. Dikranis, 10. P. Chisholm, 20. J. McCarthy
HB: 17. C. Fitzgerald, 27. P. Kearney, 32. A. Snow
C: 6. A.  Bannan, 5. M.  Brancatisano, 2. M.  Jarvis
HF: 7. A. Bennett, 18. S. Sansonetti, 25. T. Mills
F: 1. M. Antypas, 3. N. Morris-Dalton, 24. A. Pronesti
R: 4. N. O’Connor, 22. B. Gutknecht, 21. E. McKenzie
Int: 9. M. Chaplin, 30. M. Rodezno, 31. T. Shell, 13. M. Suzuki

In: M. Rodezno, J. McCarthy, A. Snow, M. Chaplin, T. Shell
Out: M. Uwland,  G. Ceravolo,  J. Fitzgerald,  E. Clayton,  G. Newton

Oakleigh Chargers

B: 50. C. Nancarrow, 45. T. Cowan, 5. A. van Oosterwijck
HB: 26. A. Micallef, 39. T. Nichols, 17. N. Xenos
C: 31. K.  Hunter-Scott, 19. E.  Harley, 16. A.  Porter
HF: 29. M. Bertuna, 21. C. Moon, 43. E. Hastie
F: 70. P. Fennell, 38. D. Bateman, 18. I. Gietzmann
R: 11. B. Winbanks, 2. M. Hill, 41. K. Lynch
Int: 33. G. Byrne, 52. L. Harris, 6. T. Johnson, 15. A. Ling, 22. Z. Makris, 69. L. Mayne, 32. C. O’Malley, 51. G. Relph

In: L. Mayne, G. Relph, Z. Makris, D. Bateman, M. Bertuna, A. van Oosterwijck, K. Lynch
Out: E. Jackson, G. Lagioia, H. McLaren

 

DANDENONG STINGRAYS v. GREATER WESTERN VICTORIA REBELS 

Round 5 – Sunday, April 8, 12.45pm
Epsom Huntly Reserve, Epsom

The Dandenong Stingrays will be looking to notch up their first win of the season against the Greater Western Victorian Rebels (GWV) in Epsom. The Stingrays may be a bit deflated after another loss last week but will be hoping the changes will bring around some good fortune. The Rebels on the other hand will be hoping to get back into the winning books and claim their second victory for the season.

After another loss, Dandenong have not shied away from the changes, making six changes to their line-up. The Stingrays will be without Lauree Metcalfe and defender Courtney Jones who provides some strength down back. In to replace Jones is Jenna George who will have her hands full in defence.

After her short return for the Rebels, classy midfielder Sophie Van De Heuvel will be unavailable for selection leaving it up to the likes of teammates Nyakoat Dojiok and Denver Henson to compete in the midfield. Van De Heuvel is just one of four changes for GWV with Alyssa Humphries and Tess Heath set to come into the side for the likes of Rene Caris and Georgia Clarke. 

Dandenong Stingrays

B: 5. E. Allen-Burns, 51. Z. Hill, 37. J. Lilley
HB: 46. J. George, 35. L. Cripps, 12. M. McDonald
C: 1. S.  Heath, 32. M.  Layfield, 28. T.  Smith
HF: 19. B. Borchard, 31. B. Vernon, 48. A. Carroll
F: 7. L. O’Connell-Webb, 44. S. Ryan, 2. S. Stratton
R: 45. M. Graham, 26. I. Shannon, 20. E. Wilson-Macdonald
Int: 18. S. Bayne, 21. G. Hodder, 10. A. Jordan, 42. A. O’Sullivan

In: A. Carroll, A. Jordan, J. George, S. Bayne, M. Layfield, J. Guy-Toogood
Out: J. Allen,  C. Jones,  R. Clancy – Dillon,  B. Struylaart,  L. Metcalfe

Greater Western Victoria Rebels

B: 6. N. Butler, 26. G. Pidgeon, 19. K. McAloon
HB: 10. H. Simpson, 15. T. Jasper, 14. L. Sykes
C: 27. N.  Dojiok, 21. D.  Henson, 7. A.  McAuliffe
HF: 13. C. Leonard, 28. I. Simmons, 2. R. Saulitis
F: 12. G. Douhadji, 45. A. Humphries, 34. S. Glover
R: 22. I. Rustman, 16. L. Butler, 23. S. Molan
Int: 20. T. Heath, 11. T. Marra, 9. J. McAuliffe , 1. A. Trigg

In: L. Moloney , K. Harris, A. Trigg, A. Humphries, G. Douhadji, T. Heath
Out: G. Clarke, R. Caris, S. Van De Heuvel, M. Caris

 

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS v. CALDER CANNONS 

Round 5 – Sunday, April 8, 1.15pm
Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Sandringham

Sandringham will be looking to take advantage of its home ground and secure its third win of the season, while the Calder Cannons will be searching to claim their second victory. The Cannons have named an extended squad with two notable outs for the team, while Sandringham has only made a few changes for the clash on Sunday.

The Dragons have brought in a relatively unchanged line-up after last week’s strong win against the Stingrays. Sarah Hartwig stood up in defence in round four, showing her ability to tackle well and take important grabs. This will be needed again this week as Sandringham will be without Taylah Grasso and Grace Bridges who are key members of the Dragons backline. Meanwhile, Daisy Walker, Margie Purcell and Chloe Saultry have been named in the squad.

The Calder Cannons have made a few changes going into round five with the likes of Madison Prepakis and Georgia Patrikios lost to the AFLW Academy game. Molly Warburton (also in the Academy) will be missed down in in defence for the Cannons as she provides strength and composure. In their extended squad the Cannons have named Makeisha Muller to start at half-forward while Laura Cocomello and Ashton Driscoll are expected to play.

Sandringham Dragons

B: 46. A. Burke, 33. M. Denahy Maloney, 13. D. Walker
HB: 49. L. Amelung, 32. S. Hartwig, 23. C. Bowen
C: 30. E.  Brown, 43. A.  McKay, 5. J.  Tait
HF: 25. I. Eddey, 3. S. Rothfield, 36. J. Owen
F: 31. B. Arnold, 50. H. Bate, 1. M. Wilson
R: 20. A. Dalley, 64. E. McNamara, 2. W. Laing
Int: 56. G. Emberton, 39. M. Purcell, 65. C. Saultry, 60. G. Strangio

In: D. Walker, M. Purcell, C. Saultry
Out: T. Grasso,  G. Bridges

Calder Cannons

B: 44. I. McNeill-Wren, 48. C. Brown, 8. E. Vale
HB: 29. S. Elias, 17. E. Cornish, 35. I. Young
C: 32. T.  Fry , 31. K.  Petrevski, 37. F.  Holloway
HF: 34. Z. Hardiman, 46. G. Elarmaly, 22. M. Muller
F: 25. A. Magri, 49. T. Crook, 15. G. Marsland
R: 18. C. Rendelmann, 11. A. Barba, 23. G. Dicker
Int: 38. L. Cocomello, 4. T. Cook, 39. A. Driscoll, 2. F. Theodore

In: L. Cocomello, K. Sutton, G. Elarmaly, M. Muller, C. Macumber, A. Driscoll
Out: M. Warburton, G. Patrikios, M. Prespakis

 

GEELONG FALCONS v. MURRAY BUSHRANGERS 

Round 5 – Sunday, April 8, 2.30pm
Epsom Huntly Reserve, Epsom

The final game of the round could shape up to be one of the best spectacles for round five, as both teams will be evenly poised with quality players being absent for both teams. With huge outs in the midfield such as Rebecca Webster for the Bushrangers and Olivia Purcell for the Falcons, it will be a battle to see who can win the contested ball.

The Murray Bushrangers have been forced to make six changes to their line-up, losing star midfielder Rebecca Webster and Eloise Ashley-Cooper, who is important across the ground for the Bushrangers. Millie Brown will also be a big loss to Murray as she provides a good target up forward. But the Bushrangers have brought in the likes of Kate Adams to fill the void of Ashley-Cooper and Mikayla Jones up forward for Millie Brown.

For the Falcons they have brought in Mia Skinner to help provide a target up forward. It will be hard to replace the class of Olivia Purcell and Nina Morrison in and around the contest, who provide clean hands around the footy and use the ball well.

Geelong Falcons

B: 15. J. Devarakonda, 37. A. Chapman, 22. K. Haustorfer
HB: 38. S. Dinneen, 35. S. Hungerford, 33. M. Sheppard
C: 2. E.  Vella, 11. L.  Lesosky-Hay, 36. S.  Walmsley
HF: 10. S. Atkins, 42. S. DeGiacomi, 27. M. Skinner
F: 31. S. Milsome, 39. R. Tierney, 4. B. Thompson
R: 34. Z. Inei, 20. T. Love, 6. P. Sheppard
Int: 48. E. Allan, 16. L. Gardiner, 46. E. Lawson, 21. D. Smith

In: M. Holdsworth, B. Thompson, M. Sherman, D. Smith, P. Sheppard, L. Gardiner, M. Skinner
Out: N. Morrison,  L. McEvoy,  D. Taylor,  O. Purcell

Murray Bushrangers

B: 26. E. Nicholson, 39. H. Doohan, 32. N. Watts
HB: 6. K. Adams, 23. E. Hibble, 24. Z. Spencer
C: 44. M.  Eze, 1. J.  Harvey, 33. M.  Trethowan
HF: 11. A. Chessor, 8. O. Hall, 36. C. Mckimmie
F: 40. M. Cook, 42. G. Egan, 35. M. Jones
R: 37. S. Damon, 22. T. Smith, 4. C. Knight
Int: 13. E. Balaburov, 25. E. Freeman, 31. S. Locke, 34. E. McPherson

In: K. Adams, S. Locke, E. Balaburov, H. Doohan, Z. Spencer, M. Jones
Out: O. Barber, C. Hargreaves, P. Crelley, E. Ashley-Cooper, R. Webster, M. Brown