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Western Australia weekly wrap: WAFL pre-season fixtures announced

FANS will get their first taste of West Australian Football League (WAFL) footy for 2018 with pre-season fixtures kicking off on Saturday March 10. Recently released fixtures will see all nine WAFL clubs warm up for the regular season in a three-round format, with matches to be played in four 25-minute quarters with no time on.

An interesting feature of the first round of pre-season matches will be the introduction of a last touch out of bounds rule, which will see a free kick awarded, instead of a boundary throw in, against the team who had last possession of the ball before it was deemed out of bounds.

Although the rule has not been slated for the regular season, it will be interesting to see if welcoming feedback from fans and clubs will see the WAFL follow the SANFL’s lead, with the rule implemented into regular season matches in South Australia since 2016.

Following the release of pre-season fixtures for the seniors’ competition, hundreds of young footballers will be hoping to put their best foot forward in the WA State Under 16’s Carnival.

The carnival, which will run throughout March, will feature all nine WAFL clubs who will play six games each. Each WAFL team will be made up of footballers from the club’s metropolitan and regional recruiting zones.

After the carnival is complete, a squad of 50 players will be selected from WAFL clubs to participate in a trial game on Friday March 14.

Players who impress selectors in the trial match will then be inducted into the WA state team, which will then compete at the NAB AFL State 16’s Championships in July.

WAFL League Pre-Season Fixtures

ROUND 1
Saturday, 10 March   
11:30am – Subiaco v West Perth at Leederville Oval
2:00pm – East Fremantle v East Perth at East Fremantle Oval
3:45pm – Claremont v Peel Thunder at Claremont Oval
4:15pm – South Fremantle v Swan Districts at Fremantle Community Bank Oval

ROUND 2
Saturday, 17 March
11:30am – East Perth v South Fremantle (venue TBC)
2:15pm – Peel Thunder v Subiaco at Bendigo Bank Stadium
3:45pm – Claremont v Perth at Claremont Oval
3:45pm – West Perth v East Fremantle at HBF Arena

ROUND 3
Friday, 23 March 
7:00pm – Subiaco v East Fremantle at Leederville Oval

Saturday, 24 March 
1:30pm – Peel Thunder v East Perth at Bendigo Bank Stadium
1:45pm – Swan Districts v Claremont at Steel Blue Oval
2:15pm – Perth v South Fremantle at Lathlain Park

WA State Under 16’s Carnival Fixtures

MATCH 1
Friday March 9
Subiaco v West Perth – 5.00pm – Leederville Oval
East Fremantle v East Perth – 5.30pm – East Fremantle Oval

Saturday March 10
Claremont v Peel Thunder – 8.45am – Claremont Oval
South Fremantle v Swan Districts – 9.00am – Fremantle Community Bank Oval

MATCH 2
Friday March 16
Peel Thunder v Subiaco – 5.30pm – Bendigo Bank Stadium

Saturday March 17
West Perth v East Fremantle – 8.30am – HBF Arena Joondalup
Claremont v Perth – 8.45am – Claremont Oval

Sunday March 18
South Fremantle v East Perth – 10.30am – Fremantle Community Bank Oval

MATCH 3
Friday March 23
East Fremantle v Subiaco – 5.00pm – East Fremantle Oval

Saturday March 24
Peel Thunder v East Perth – 9.00am – Bendigo Bank Stadium
Swan Districts v Claremont – 4.30pm – Steel Blue Oval

Sunday March 25
Perth v South Fremantle – 10.30am – Lathlain Park

MATCH 4
Friday March 30
Subiaco v East Perth – 9.00am – Leederville Oval
Peel Thunder v East Fremantle – 9.30am – Bendigo Bank Stadium
West Perth v Claremont – 2.00pm – HBF Arena Joondalup

Monday April 2
Perth v Swan Districts – 3.00pm – Lathlain Park

MATCH 5
Saturday April 7
South Fremantle v Subiaco – 9.00am – Fremantle Community Bank Oval
East Fremantle v Perth – 5.00pm – East Fremantle Oval
Swan Districts v Peel Thunder – 5.00pm – Steel Blue Oval
East Perth v West Perth – 5.00pm – Leederville Oval

MATCH 6
Saturday April 14
Peel Thunder v Perth – 9.30am – Bendigo Bank Stadium
West Perth v South Fremantle – 10.00am – HBF Arena Joondalup
Claremont v East Fremantle – 5.00pm – Claremont Oval
Subiaco v Swan Districts – 5.00pm – Leederville Oval

WA State 16’s Trial Game

Friday April 20

AFLW Weekend Wash-up: Round 3

JUST when it looked like certain teams were starting to get ahold of the competition, the three undefeated sides all suffered losses to signify just how close the AFLW is this year. The Western Bulldogs, Melbourne and Carlton all tasted defeat, while Collingwood remained the only side without a win after going down to GWS.

Adelaide 6.5 (41) def Western Bulldogs 5.4 (34)

Adelaide was seeking to salvage something from its disappointing start to the season against the in-form Western Bulldogs. In a come-from-behind win, the Crows claimed their first scalp of the season, winning against the undefeated Bulldogs. With a lacklustre start to the 2018 fixture, the Crows pulled out all stops to help secure their first hard-fought win, claiming victory by seven points.   

Key moment:

The naming of Erin Phillips was a moment that many Adelaide fans, and football fans in general, had been waiting for. In her long-awaited return, the superstar proved to be the missing piece in the Crows’ winning formula, slotting four goals and racking up 15 disposals. In recent weeks Adelaide had missed Phillips’ class and football know-how around the ground. Her excellent decision-making and ability to understand the play allowed for her teammates to fulfil their roles with ease. 

Impressers:

Chelsea Randall has consistently proved to be the hero of this Adelaide outfit, and Saturday was no different, as she racked up an important 21 disposals. Adelaide United and Crows superstar, Jenna McCormick was also unstoppable with two very important goals. Her final goal secured the first win for the Crows in what turned out to be a close encounter. Bulldogs full-forward, Katie Brennan continued to star for her side, scoring two goals and laying five tackles in their loss to the Crows. Her tackling pressure was second to none, and she made sure that her physical presence was felt around the ground. Former Calder Cannon, Monique Conti impressed again, amassing 15 touches at a hot Norwood Oval. Experienced midfielder, Emma Kearney also showcased her footy skills, and was the Bulldogs’ leading possession-getter with 20 touches. 

Looking ahead, Adelaide are set to play GWS next weekend, while the Dogs face the Blues, who have just come off a disappointing loss to the Lions.

Carlton 2.6 (18) def. by Brisbane 6.4 (40)

After two straight wins, the Blues were searching to remain undefeated and continue to sit pretty on the top of the ladder. But Brisbane had other ideas. The Lions continued their dominance in the competition, as they secured a 22-point win over their undefeated opponents. The away side outclassed the Blues all over the ground, especially in front of goal.

Key moment:

Carlton’s impressive tackling was on show again, and Shae Audley led the way with a game-high 10 tackles. But Brisbane was up for the challenge, combating the Blues’ pressure with a defensive wall of their own. The Lions got plenty of players to the ball and trapped the footy within their forward 50. They stopped any forward momentum from the Blues, through laying impressive tackles to help increase scoring opportunities for their dangerous forwards.  

Impressers:

Young gun and former hockey star, Sophie Conway had another stellar game, bagging two goals. The 18 year-old goalsneak showed her ability to get into dangerous positions and capitalise on her scoring opportunities, keeping Brisbane’s winning streak intact. Teammate Emily Bates also impressed on Saturday night, tallying 20 possessions and going at 63 per cent disposal efficiency. In defence, it was the experienced Kate Lutkins who racked up 18 touches in an impressive outing for the Lions. Darcy Vescio continued her scoring ways, slotting another goal for the Blues in their first loss of the season. Vescio ended up with 10 touches for the game and three tackles, showing the intensity that she brings to the game. Collingwood recruit, Nicola Stevens also continued to dominate, racking up 13 possessions for the game and imposing herself in the contest.

In round four, the Blues will face the Western Bulldogs who are fresh off a loss, while Brisbane are playing the Fremantle Dockers.  

Collingwood 5.5 (35) def. by Greater Western Sydney 7.6 (48)

With both teams coming off a round two loss, the game was shaping up to be a highly contested match, as both Collingwood and GWS hoped to secure their first win of the season. In front of their home crowd, the Magpies showed their might in the first quarter, but fell 13 points short of that sweet victory. The Giants took control of the game late in the second quarter, and wrestled it back again in the last quarter to help score their first win for their 2018 campaign.

Key moment:

The momentum shift in the second quarter sparked the fightback for the Giants, who looked down and out in the first quarter. GWS’ approach to the contest looked more dangerous, with the players looking hungrier for the ball. The Giants had an increased number of players around the footy, and applied good tackling pressure. They peppered the goals in the second term with seven scoring shots to Collingwood’s one, placing constant pressure on the home side’s backline.

Impressers:

Collingwood sensation, Chloe Molloy had an explosive last quarter showing off her ability to break lines and take important intercept marks. Her run-and-carry was greatly needed, inspiring a few forward bursts late in the game for the Magpies. Melbourne Uni forward, Moana Hope inspired in her come-back game, slotting two impressive goals for the Pies to kick-start her 2018 season. Emma King also stood tall in Collingwood’s loss, taking plenty of contested marks and imposing herself on the contest. GWS forward, Aimee Schmidt starred, scoring the first two goals to open the Giants’ account for the match. Fellow forward, Phoebe McWilliams dazzled yet again, with another two goals and 12 disposals. Playing against her former team, Alicia Eva proved her worth, class and skill, racking up an impressive 23 disposals.

Collingwood will face the second-placed Melbourne Demons next week in the Northern Territory next weekend, while GWS play the Adelaide Crows who are fresh off their first win for the season.

Fremantle 6.0 (36) def. Melbourne 4.7 (31)

The Dockers shocked the Demons at Optus Oval, claiming their second win of the season. Melbourne had an impressive start to the year, winning its first two games of the year, but Fremantle destroyed their undefeated run, winning by five points. The Demons dominated the contested possessions, contested marks and tackles inside forward 50, but it was Fremantle’s accuracy in front of goal that proved to be the difference. The home side eventually prevailed in a seesawing contest, slotting six goals to Melbourne’s four.

Key moment:

Fremantle’s accuracy in front of goal allowed them to take the game away from the Demons, who dominated in most areas of the game. The Demons had plenty of scoring opportunities, with 11 shots to the Dockers’ six, but they were unable to convert them to goals, which left the game open for Fremantle. Even though the Dockers had less opportunities to capitalise with 24 inside 50s to Melbourne’s 34, their potency in front of goal ensured them the win.  

Impressers:

Fremantle debutant, Emily McGuire played a huge role in their win, slotting two impressive goals. The Swans District recruit started her AFLW career in style, bagging her debut goal to kick off proceedings for the Dockers, and scoring the winning goal for the game. Coastal Titans recruit, Lisa Webb also showcased her class, tallying 17 disposals and laying three tackles for the match. Tegan Cunningham was on fire for the Dees, bagging two goals, and taking plenty of grabs. Cunningham hit the packs hard and contested for the ball in the air, giving her teammates plenty of chances around the ground.

Powerful forward, Richelle Cranston also impressed for the Demons with 11 disposals, and plenty of goal assists. Her surge forward helped Melbourne get back into the game in the third quarter. The skill and class of Daisy Pearce was on show again, as she amassed a whopping 24 touches. Experienced midfielder, Karen Paxman continued on her merry way, racking up 15 possessions and slotting through a goal in her side’s unexpected loss to Fremantle.

Fremantle go on to play the ominous Brisbane Lions next weekend, while Melbourne face the winless Collingwood, who will be searching to redeem themselves after a shocking start to the season.  

Tasmania weekly wrap: Coaches forum and new talent pathway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AFLW previews: Round 3

IN a round that had it all last week, it is hard to predict what will happen in round three. There is no doubt the players will be motivated to deliver standout performances to gift their sides much-needed wins, as they aim towards the ultimate prize – an AFLW premiership. This week, there will be plenty of new faces in AFLW colours, players coming up against their old sides, and even a former Calder Cannons coach going head-to-head with the TAC Cup Best and Fairest winner.

Adelaide vs. Western Bulldogs 

Saturday, February 17, 1.35pm ACDT at Norwood Oval

Reigning premiers, the Adelaide Crows, take on the in-form Western Bulldogs who are yet to be seriously threatened. This is just the second time these sides will meet in the AFLW competition. In their first clash, the Crows were victorious by 25 points, but this year is a different kettle of footballs on many fronts. Captain and AFLW MVP, Erin Phillips is yet to play a game this year, but will be returning for Saturday’s home game. It is a crucial game for the Crows, whose finals hopes hang on winning this one. After being recruited from Norwood itself, Marijana Rajcic will have the opportunity to debut at Norwood Oval, where she is set to slot into the Adelaide defence. The Bulldogs will be looking to continue their solid form, on the back of a convincing win against the dangerous Lions, where Bonnie Toogood and Libby Birch scored Rising Star nominations for the round. Melbourne recruit Jess Anderson will make her debut this week, after coming into the side to replace the injured Isabel Huntington.   

Carlton vs. Brisbane 

Saturday, February 17, 7.45pm AEDT at Ikon Park

Even though the Blues fought out a crash-and-bash game in the wet against GWS, you could not see the excitement of the win on their faces, as captain, Brianna Davey was stretchered off with a knee injury in the last quarter looking very distressed. Her injury  will have shaken up the players, who will face their biggest challenge of the season this week. With coach Damien Keeping still battling illness, they will have to dig deep on home soil against Brisbane, who are fourth on the ladder with one win. Brisbane’s Jess Wuetschner will need to fire again in front of goal, and we will expect Sabrina Frederick-Traub to return to her round one form, after last’s week struggle.

Collingwood vs. GWS

Sunday, February 18, 4.35pm AEDT at Olympic Park Oval

The deceivingly small heavyweight Alicia Eva will be playing against her old club at the Pies’ nest, with both clubs having everything to lose in this game. Eva will also face off against Chloe Molloy and Sarah Dargan – two Calder Cannons players she coached, who don the black and white. Both sides are yet to secure a win so you can expect hard bumps and no love lost in the clash between these two club as they strive to keep any finals hopes alive. Melbourne Uni forward, Moana Hope comes back into the side this round, and will be hoping of a repeat performance of last year’s match against GWS, where she was dynamic in the forward line, and owned her role. War-horse, Meg Hutchins has been named for the Magpies, who will provide a much-needed presence in defence to steady the side, and revive their confidence in the backline. The Pies will be hungry for a win after a taxing loss to Fremantle in front of a record crowd at the hard-surfaced Optus Stadium. 

Fremantle vs. Melbourne

Sunday, February 17, 3.35pm AWST at Fremantle Oval

Fremantle are coming off an epic win. They did their fans proud with their first win on home soil, performing solidly against Collingwood in front of a historic crowd. No doubt their collective spirit will be high, and they’ll be brimming with confidence that they can back up the win against a consistent Melbourne outfit on Sunday at Fremantle Oval. Forward, Emily McGuire will debut for the Dockers, replacing the experienced Stacey Barr, who was suspended for striking. Melbourne have been unstoppable so far in the competition, and they add Brooke Patterson and Harriet Cordner to their side travelling to Fremantle. 

Crunching the numbers: AFLW – Round 2

ROUND two of this year’s AFLW season created many headlines. There was a record-breaking attendance in Fremantle, a goal-of-the-year contender at Casey Fields, and Carlton’s Sarah Hosking’s display of tackling prowess. But not all the headlines showed positive signs, with Brianna Davey, Isabel Huntington and Brianna Green going down to season-ending injuries. The weather also generated some headlines, with a storm delaying GWS’ encounter with Carlton, and wild winds dominating the day in Melbourne on Saturday. Fair to say, it was most definitely an eventful weekend for the competition.

GWS vs. Carlton

Friday night’s match was a hard-fought slog in dire conditions. A huge storm resulted in a 30-minute game suspension just after the first quarter, and a wet ground made it almost impossible for clean footy. The players found it hard to mark the wet ball, with only 41 grabs taken for the night. But the Blues were the better judge of the conditions, and executed their running game better than the Giants. Regardless of their low goal-kicking efficiency (20 per cent), the Blues were able to get more points on the board through their determination inside 50 (56 per cent). The Hosking twins starred with their hard-ball gets and ferocious tackling (Sarah 16, Jess five), as did skipper, Brianna Davey (16 disposals) before being stretchered off in the final term.

Melbourne vs. Adelaide 

Despite a hot and windy game at Casey Fields, the Demons still managed to execute an all-round elite performance, even adding a goal of the year contender to top off the day. Melbourne’s ability to penetrate the ball against the wind was remarkable in a game that by all accounts, should have been played in one half of the ground. Four goals against the wind in the second quarter set the Dees up to take back-to-back victories to start the season. It was a dominant showing against the reigning premiers, with Melbourne’s star midfield trio Karen Paxman (21 disposals), Elise O’Dea (19 disposals) and Daisy Pearce (17 disposals, 11 tackles) putting on a clinic. In defence, it was Bianca Jakobsson who looked like marking everything that came her way (seven marks), and caused some real trouble for the Crows. As a team, Melbourne had the most total disposals (248) and inside 50 marks (13) of the round, and they had 15 players with more than 10 disposals. They also had six different goal scorers, and limited Adelaide’s goal-scorers, in Sarah Perkins and Abbey Holmes, to three disposals each.

Fremantle vs. Collingwood

The Dockers took their first win of the year in front of a record-breaking home crowd of 41,975 in a heated and fiery clash against the Pies. Collingwood came out strong, kicking the first two goals, but Fremantle came back with four of their own before half-time. The Pies had more disposals (222 v 193), out-marked their opposition (66 v 42), and had a round-high contested marks (11). But for the second week in a row, they could not capitalise in front of goal, or come away with the win. Fremantle, on the other hand, dominated in the clearances (21 v 12), and reigning best-and-fairest, Dana Hooker starred with 21 disposals, in which 17 of them were kicks.

Brisbane vs. Western Bulldogs

The final game of the round resulted in back-to-back wins for the Bulldogs, after beating the Lions on the road in the scorching heat. However, it was ultimately bitter-sweet, as they lost their number one draft pick, Isabel Huntington, to a season-ending ACL injury. In round two, the Bulldogs yet again displayed their efficiency with the ball (64.4 per cent), recording the highest kicking efficiency for the round. Even though Brisbane was superior in the ruck hit-outs (30 v 19), the stellar Bulldogs midfield, led by Kirsty Lamb (20 disposals) and Emma Kearney (18 disposals), were able to capitalise. Despite a smaller winning margin this week, the Bulldogs almost doubled their opponents in marks (62 v 34) and conversion rate (63 per cent v 33 per cent). After a slow start, the away team kicked four unanswered goals in the second term to set up their victory, and despite a late two-goal comeback by the Lions in the last quarter, they were able to hold on.

South Australia weekly wrap: Prospects shine and Panthers prevail in SANFL Fast Footy

LAST weekend saw the inaugural SANFL Fast Footy competition played at Norwood Oval. Fast Footy is a modified version of the game, played with 12 per-side across 3 zones and Supergoals able to be scored from outside 50m. Introduced a week before AFLX, this footy format is geared towards fast paced high scoring games.

It was a new concept for players and coaches and most clubs opted for a focus on youth in selecting their sides, giving young players opportunities at a high level with unlimited player rotations. All SANFL clubs, apart from Central Districts, participated in the competition which was held over 2 days with each team playing 2 games, and the top 4 teams playing finals games.

Only two top-age players eligible for the 2018 National AFL Draft took the field over the tournament – those being potential top 10 pick Izak Rankine and his fellow Level 2 AFL Academy member Luke Valente.

Rankine continued to add to his highlight reel, bagging two goals and celebrating one of the with a backflip. Players from all teams were encouraged to celebrate their goals in style. It finishes off a big few weeks for Rankine who recently took first place in the local 100m sprint meet, Camden Classic. 

South Adelaide prevailed as the winner of the 10-game tournament with a victory over Woodville-West Torrens by five points in the final and taking the $10,000 prize-money. For the Panthers, former AFL listed player Keegan Brooksby lead the way with solid performances in all games. Other players from Panthers to shine were Matt Raitt, booting 10 goals across the games and youngster Liam Fitt impressing.

Eagles youngsters Cooper Gaffney and James Rowe showed class and a nose for goal respectively in all games, along with former-Magpie Tom Gray, who was their most consistent player.

Port Magpies fielded a young side, seeing Chinese Recruit Chen Shaoliang take to the field for the first time.  

Glenelg, under new coach former AFL assistant Mark Stone, showed promising signs for 2018 with Ian Milera and Darcy Bailey being most dangerous around goal.

Sturt lost both their matches, but continued blooding youngsters across their games, with Blake Kennedy hitting the score board.

West Adelaide players Tom Keough (ex-Gold Coast) was a standout, and new recruit Nick Jaensch impressed around goal.

At North, players of interest Keenan Ramsay along with Matt McDonough were solid.

Adelaide fielded a mixture of players currently training with their Academy squad, and Josh Vandermeer was the most consistent.

From Norwood, youngsters like Luke Valente got opportunities, with the under-18 prospect looking like he is in for a good year. Others to contribute were ex-AFL listed players Luke Surman and Declan Hamilton.

Team Selection: AFLW – Round 3

REIGNING AFLW Best and Fairest, Erin Phillips will pull on the Adelaide jumper for the first time in 2018, in a mouth-watering prospect for all footy lovers. The Adelaide captain missed the first two weeks of the season with a quad injury, but will be back to give her side the kick-start that it needs against a Bulldogs side without number one draft pick, Isabel Huntington.

Despite Brianna Davey’s season-ending knee injury, there is good news for Blues fans, as Katie-Jayne Grieve will make her debut at Ikon Park. Grieve comes from South Bunbury in Western Australia, and was given a chance to pull on the navy blue jumper, as her impressive endurace caught the eyes of Carlton recruiters.

A person who knows what it feels like to play in a navy blue jumper is Bella Ayre. She played six games for the Blues last year, but this time round, she will be a Lion. Ayre gets the opportunity to play against her old side on Saturday night in what could be a feisty encounter.

On Sunday, Collingwood’s pick 20 Sarah Dargan will get another chance to prove her worth in black and white, after a quiet season-opener from her.

Melbourne Uni’s Moana Hope will also return for the Pies, after being controversially dropped last week. She will be breathing a sigh of relief, as GWS has left key defender, Renee Tomkins, out of the side for this week meaning that Hope could use her improved fitness to run rampage in the forward line, and cause a heap of issues for the Giants.

One of the biggest inclusions of the round is Meg Hutchins, who returns to the Collingwood line-up after sitting out the first two rounds. Hutchins’ on-field leadership is second-to-none, and will be vital in trying to secure a victory for the winless Pies.

Ahead of its huge clash against the Dees, Fremantle has named two debutants for the clash at Fremantle Oval, both recruited from Swan Districts. Half-forward, Emily McGuire will have the opportunity to display her clever ball-use and goal sense, while Tayla McAuliffe will be counting her lucky stars. The 18 year-old came into the side as an injury replacement for Kirby Bentley, but will now get her chance to show what she’s made of against a strengthened Melbourne lineup.

The Dees welcome Harriet Cordner and Jasmine Grierson to the side for the first time in 2018, adding more experience and versatility to the already dangerous lineup. Expect Cordner to lay plenty of tackles, and Grierson to display some brilliant footy smarts in the backline.

 

Saturday, February 17

Adelaide v Western Bulldogs at Norwood Oval, 1.35pm ACDT

ADELAIDE

B: M.Rajcic 32, S.Allan 39, D.Cox 31

HB: S.Thompson 14, R.Killian 7, D.Varnhagen 9

C: E.Phillips 13

HF: A.Holmes 1, J.Hewett 20, J.McCormick 5

F: R.Wallace 15, S.Perkins 28, J.Sedunary 17

Foll: R.Metcalfe 11, C.Randall, 26, E.Marinoff 10

I/C: R.Lugg 45, J.Allan 25, G.Bevan 4, J.Mules 23, E.Jones 2

Emerg: A.Hatchard 33, S.Riley 8

In: M.Rajcic, R.Killian, E.Phillips

Out: S.Riley, T.Radan, A.Foley (suspension)

 

WESTERN BULLDOGS

B: L.Birch 18, L.Spark 11, N.Callinan 10

HB: H.Scott 22, B.Toogood 28, B.Lochland 1

C: E.Blackburn 2

HF: J.Bruton 35, K.Brennan 3, M.Conti 8

F: D.Berry 7, A.Utri 23, N.Ferres 16

Foll: A.O’Connor 4, E.Kearney 5, K.Lamb 27

I/C: T.Ernst 19, H.Wildes 17, J.Anderson 26, A.Gogos 36, B.Hunt 21

Emerg: E.Mackie 25, K.Rennie 24

In: J.Anderson

Out: I.Huntington (knee)

 

Carlton v Brisbane at Ikon Park, 7.45pm AEDT

CARLTON

B: R.Hicks 24, D.Hardiman 31, G.Pound 6

HB: K.Harrington 9, A.Downie 30, K.Gillespie-Jones 5

C: S.Li 35

HF: K.Shierlaw 25, T.Harris 22, N.Stevens 21

F: G.Gee 19, D.Vescio 3, K.Loynes 2

Foll: B.Moody 16, S.Hosking 10, M.Gay 8

I/C: L.Brazzale 12, T.Lucas-Rodd 18, K.Grieve 28, J.Hosking 11, S.Audley 26

Emerg: S.Last 7, N.Plane 32

In: K.Gillespie-Jones, K.Grieve

Out: B.Davey (knee), S.Last

 

BRISBANE

B: N.Hildebrand 22, K.Lutkins 13, J.Stanton 17

HB: K.Ashmore 10, L.Kaslar 11, S.Campbell 20

C: E.Bates 1

HF: N.Exon 15, T.Randall 16, E.Zielke 8

F: J.Wuetschner 23, S.Frederick-Traub 14, K.McCarthy 9

Foll: S.Webb 4, J.Zanchetta 7, A.Anderson 18

I/C: B.Koenen 3, A.Clarke 21, I.Ayre 2, S.Conway 12, B.Gibson 25

Emerg: M.Hunt 6, G.Collingwood 28

In: I.Ayre

Out: G.Collingwood

 

Sunday, February 18

Collingwood v Greater Western Sydney at Olympic Park Oval, 4.35pm AEDT

COLLINGWOOD

B: E.Grant 5, R.Schleicher 18, I.Ross 21

HB: C.Molloy 2, S.Casey 22, T.Morgan 26

C: C.McIntosh 20

HF: M.Kuys 9, J.Garner 43, S.Chiocci17

F: C.Edwards 1, L.Tesoriero 7, C.Bernardi 6

Foll: E.King 60, J.Lambert 13, A.Barden 38

I/C: B.Bonnici 8, B.White 33, H.Whitford 28, J.Duffin 27, M.Hutchins 25, S.Dargan 46, M.Hope 23

In: R.Schleicher, M.Hutchins, S.Dargan, M.Hope

Out: S.Livingstone (shoulder), E.Hynes

 

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY

B: A.Farrugia 18, T.Hetherington 9, P.Randall 21

HB: N.Barr 8, L.Stephenson 12, E.Brush 10

C: A.Eva 2

HF: J.Dal Pos 7, P.McWilliams 3, J.Hicks 5

F: J.Barclay 34, A.Schmidt 11, R.Beeson 6

Foll: E.McKinnon 23, C.Gum 26, E.Swanson 17

I/C: P.Smyth 15 M.Collier 14 P.Monahan 28, C.Staunton 13 E.Bennetts 22, B.Tully 16, R.Forth 27

In: L.Stephenson, J.Hicks, P.Smyth, M.Collier

Out: M.Boyd, R.Tomkins

Fremantle v Melbourne, Fremantle Oval 3.35pm AWST

FREMANTLE

B: H.Miller 19 A.Williams 9 E.Gooch 8

HB: B.Smith 18 C.Davidson 33 G.O’Sullivan 22

C: D.Hooker 17

HF: L.Webb 16 E.McGuire 31 K.Donnellan – C 15

F: M.Caulfield 29 A.Lavell 7 A.Atkins 37

Foll: A.Janz 30 S.Cain 20 E.Antonio 12

I/C: L.Mascall 14, G.Houghton 27, A.Sharp 1, J.White 11, L.Filocamo 4, T.Haynes 6, T.McAuliffe 25

In: E.McGuire, T.Haynes, T.McAuliffe

Out: S.Barr (suspension)

 

MELBOURNE

B: M.Downie 2, L.Duryea 11, K.Smith 13

HB: A.Guest 17, B.Jakobsson 7, E.O’Dea 5

C: M.Hickey 18

HF: K.Hore 10, S.Scott 12, C.Phillips 35

F: R.Cranston 30, T.Cunningham 1, L.Mithen 14

Foll: E.Hoare 46, K.Paxman 4, D.Pearce – C 6

I/C: J.Grierson 19, B.Patterson 24, E.Humphries 3, L.Pearce 15, A.Newman 16, H.Cordner 21, A.Mifsud 9

In: J.Grierson, H.Cordner

Out:

Team of the Week: AFLW – Round 2

THERE were a number of standout players in round two who continued their good form from the week before, while some fresh faces also impressed in the four games last weekend. Each week, we will compile the AFL Draft Central Team of the Week, where the best 21 players of the round get a spot, while others may be unlucky to miss out.

Carlton captain Brianna Davey has been a standout throughout the first two rounds of the AFLW season. The skipper is currently leading the AFLW coaches’ votes with 13, alongside Bulldog, Emma Kearney. With five minutes left in her second-round encounter with GWS, she unfortunately tore her ACL and will be out for the remainder of the season, which will undoubtedly be a major blow for the ladder-leaders.

Melbourne has dominated this week’s best 21 with five representatives, following a stellar performance against the reigning premiers. But their opposition was not as fortunate, with only one Crow featuring in the Team of the Week. Similarly, only one Giant made it into this week’s squad, after they lost to the Blues. 

Although Davey suffered a season-ending injury, she was still an automatic selection in the round two Team of the Week, with a best-on-ground performance against the Giants, amassing a perfect 10 coaches’ votes. The Carlton captain was a lock in the backline, gathering 16 possessions and leading from the front all day.

Darebin superstar, Karen Paxman was the other standout from the weekend, collecting 21 disposals in an impressive display. After missing most of last week’s match with a lower-back injury, Paxman has joined experienced leaders, Daisy Pearce and Elise O’Dea to form a formidable trio in the Melbourne midfield. It is a trio that will be hard to match, and is a big reason why Melbourne are undefeated, and flag favourites.

Brisbane’s Ally Anderson and Melbourne’s Kate Hore have fair reasoning to feel unlucky not to be selected in the Team of the Week, with both playing terrific games over the weekend. Anderson never gave up for the Lions with 16 touches, while Hore played a major role in handing Adelaide its second straight loss, collecting 20 disposals for Melbourne across half-forward. 

FB: Brianna Davey (Carl), Chloe Molloy (Coll), Hannah Scott (WB)

HB: Bianca Jakobsson (Melb), Lauren Spark (WB), Chelsea Randall (Adel)

C: Dana Hooker (Frem)

HF: Melissa Caulfield (Frem), Christina Bernardi (Coll), Aliesha Newman (Melb)

FF: Jess Wuetschner (Bris), Tegan Cunningham (Melb), Ebony Antonio (Frem)

FOLL: Tahlia Randall (Bris), Melissa Kuys (Coll), Karen Paxman (Melb)

I/C: Courtney Gum (GWS), Sarah Hosking (Carl), Emma Kearney (WB), Kirsty Lamb (WB), Elise O’Dea (Melb)

Scouting notes: AFLW Round 2

THERE were big crunches, exciting goals and high-flying marks in an entertaining round of AFLW on the weekend. The AFL Draft Central women’s footy writers watched every game closely, and analysed each player, ranking the top 20 players from each game, and will continue to do so each week.

Carlton v GWS  

#1: Sarah Hosking- Carlton

The vice-captain was intimidating in the midfield, and really broke her way into the game in the third quarter. Got a lot of the footy, racking up 12 disposals. Great on-field leader. Broke the league record for tackles, laying 16 of them on the night!

#2: Tayla Harris- Carlton

Leading patterns were exquisite. Cracking hands on display all night, and presented as a contested marking beast. Created so many opportunities all over the ground, not just up forward. Huge tackle on GWS’ Renee Forth in the dying seconds showed how keen she is to do well for her new side. 

#3: Brianna Davey- Carlton

So clean with the footy in hand. Lowered her eyes whenever she got the ball and looked for an option. Knee injury was devastating for all footy fans, not just the Blues faithful.

#4: Shae Audley- Carlton

Real good in-and-under style game. Always dished off the footy to her teammates. Great hands under pressure.  

#5: Jess Hosking- Carlton

Was up and about early. Got plenty of the footy and had clean hands throughout the night.  

#6: Tilly Lucas-Rodd- Carlton

Carlton looked stronger with her back in the side. Aggressive tackling was on display all night. She always dug in deep at the heart of the contest.  

#7: Courtney Gum- GWS

Made an impact all over the ground. Almost looked like the footy followed her at one point in the game. Saw her head pop up at every contest.  

#8: Alicia Eva- GWS

Played along the boundary a lot at the start, trying to get a gauge of the conditions. Once she did, she was unstoppable. Was the leading disposal-getter for the Giants.  

#9: Lauren Brazzale- Carlton

Such an active player, went in hard at the footy whenever the ball came into her vicinity. Just needs to polish her kicking in front of goal. Could benefit from a longer run-up when taking a set shot.  

#10: Amanda Farrugia- GWS

Tried hard and dug in deep all night. She has a great ability to run through the corridor, and uses it really well. Shame she missed the shot at goal at three quarter time, which would’ve taken some pressure off her side. 

#11: Renee Forth- GWS

Long, booming kick that was executed well, even in the trying conditions. Got a lot of the footy and can absorb strong tackles. Crunched by Tayla Harris at the end, but came off better than Harris did.  

#12: Jessica Dal Pos- GWS

Aggressive in defence. Put her head over the footy and was in plenty of contests in the middle of the ground. Much better performance this week after a quiet round one from her.  

#13: Alison Downie- Carlton

Showed intent early. Good on-field leader and a smart kicker.

#14: Gabriella Pound- Carlton

A real gritty performance from the youngster. Had a go in the midfield, and rushed down back to put her head over the footy. Good overhead mark for a small player.

#15: Nicola Stevens- Carlton

Effort around the footy paid off as she kicked Carlton’s first goal of the night.

#16: Darcy Vescio- Carlton

Work rate improved so much after last week. Showed more belief in herself. Had four shots on goal, but could only convert one. Does not need to rush.

#17: Georgia Gee- Carlton

Proactive early, just lacked a bit of polish. Has heaps of pace. Strong chase in the forward line ended up with her having a snap at goal, which just missed from a tricky angle.

#18: Sophie Li- Carlton

In hard at the footy. Didn’t stop trying all night.  

#19: Nicola Barr- GWS

Aggressive, and took the game on multiple times. High-risk, high-reward type game from her.  

#20: Rebecca Beeson- GWS

Great courage shown in defence throughout the night. Can take a cracking mark.  

 

Melbourne vs. Adelaide  

#1: Karen Paxman- Melbourne  

One of the performances of the year already. Hard to beat in a contest with her elite agility, and beautiful kicking. Always lowered her eyes and picked the smartest option. All 21 of her disposals were classy and skilful. 

#2: Bianca Jakobsson- Melbourne  

Took a ridiculous amount of intercept marks. She was like a brick wall in the backline, no-one could penetrate past her. When disposing of the ball, she had good control and was able to kick into space. 

#3: Tegan Cunningham- Melbourne

Provided good presence up forward, and marking was good particularly in the second quarter. She was able to work up the ground a lot. She showcased not only her goal-sense, but her fantastic endurance.

#4: Elise O’Dea- Melbourne  

Executed penetrating kicks throughout the whole game. She was smart and read every situation really well. Knows how to find a teammate. Another impressive game from the Darebin premiership captain, as she ended up with 19 disposals. 

#5: Aliesha Newman- Melbourne  

First touch not only ended up in a goal, but a potential goal of the year! Her pace caused real issues for the Crows, and she used her bursts of pace wisely. Every time she got the ball, you knew something exciting was about to happen. 

#6: Kate Hore- Melbourne  

Displayed excellent pace all afternoon. She always went in hard at the footy, particularly in the forward line. Real in-and-under type game from her. Racked up 20 disposals in an impressive performance.

#7: Daisy Pearce- Melbourne  

She was the best reader of the footy on the field. Shutdown tackling was exquisite, laying 11 of them. Did all the hard work in the middle, and ended up with 17 disposals. 

#8: Ebony Marinoff- Adelaide  

Had a great ability to run and carry. Always looked to play on and keep the game moving. Thumping kick. The reigning AFLW Rising Star fought hard for the Crows, with a team-high 18 disposals.

#9: Chelsea Randall- Adelaide  

Adelaide needed her all over the ground. Endurance and experience was on display throughout the afternoon. Played in the midfield then went to play in the backline. Excelled in both positions. 

#10: Lily Mithen- Melbourne  

Displayed great acceleration and played tight on her opponent. Racked up 20 disposals and laid seven tackles. 

#11: Richelle Cranston- Melbourne  

Her power is head-and-shoulders above the rest. Able to burst and accelerate through packs to move the ball forward. Got a major on the board to cap off another great day for her. 

#12: Ashleigh Guest- Melbourne  

Played a real aggressive game, and racked up an impressive 17 touches.

#13: Melissa Hickey- Melbourne  

Took the game on whenever she had the ball in hand. Displayed great leadership, and most importantly, she really looked like she enjoyed herself out there.

#14: Brooke Patterson- Melbourne  

A handy 10 disposals for the defender. Did well to shut down Adelaide’s dangerous forwards. 

#15: Dayna Cox- Adelaide  

 Executed great clearing kicks. Was one of Adelaide’s best. Came to the ball rather than waited for it, anticipation was impressive. 

#16: Ruth Wallace- Adelaide  

Another solid game from the youngster. Played on-ball for a bit, and displayed good pace and agility in patches. 

#17: Sarah Allan- Adelaide  

Was brave in the back-line. Had to do a lot of mopping up, as Melbourne’s slingshot footy meant quick entries into the forward 50. 

#18: Emma Humphries- Melbourne

Really smart player with a blistering kick. You know you’re safe when the ball is in her hand. 

#19: Laura Duryea- Melbourne  

Good defending on Sarah Perkins. Kept her to just three touches. 

#20: Alyssa Mifsud- Melbourne  

Had good presence around the footy, particularly in the forward line. 

 

Fremantle vs. Collingwood

By Connor Ferris 

#1: Dana Hooker- Fremantle

Great all-round game. Gained plenty of the footy whilst applying strong pressure all day. Polished it off with two goals, and was the driving force behind Fremantle’s first quarter fightback.

#2: Lisa Webb- Fremantle

One of the best players on the ground, had an electric start. Seventeen possessions (mostly kicks) hit her targets well throughout the game.

 #3: Jess Duffin- Collingwood

Ball magnet, and among the leading possession getters on the ground. Fifteen of her 17 possessions came by foot, and she made good use of them.

#4: Lara Filocamo- Collingwood

Fantastic game. Fremantle’s second leading possession-getter on the ground. Good use of the ball by hand and by foot. Also laid six tackles.

#5: Kara Donnellan- Fremantle

In and around the contest all day. One of the leading possession-getters on the ground, with a high number of them, contested.    

#6: Ebony Antonio- Fremantle

Excellent performance. High number of possessions, high levels of pressure, and good in the air, taking three marks.

#7: Melissa Caulfield- Fremantle

Made the most of her opportunities up forward with two goals. Provided a good target for the midfielders all day with six marks.

#8: Ashlee Atkins- Fremantle

Kicked Fremantle’s first goal of the game. In and around the contest inside 50. Inefficient in front of goal, kicking only one major and two behinds from three opportunities.

#9: Chloe Molloy- Collingwood

Followed up an excellent performance in round one with another strong outing. Fought through the physicality her opponents threw at her. Laid an excellent run-down tackle in the second quarter. Gained 15 possessions and displayed terrific ball use.  

#10: Melissa Kuys- Collingwood

Gained a lot of the ball all day in the midfield, and opened up a number of scoring opportunities for the Pies. Great all day, finishing with over 20 disposals.

#11: Hayley Miller- Fremantle

Played in the midfield for most of the day, and gained plenty of the ball. Used her pace and skill to drive the Dockers forward.    

#12: Stephanie Chiocci- Collingwood

Instrumental in the early stages of the game, helping Collingwood stem the flow after the Dockers got on a roll. One of Collingwood’s better players.

#13: Christina Bernardi- Collingwood

Excellent start to the game with a mark and goal. Was also involved in the play to set up Emma King’s goal early in the game. Added to her goal-kicking tally in the third quarter, booting through a major to keep Collingwood within striking distance.

#14: Gabby O’Sullivan- Fremantle

Read the ball very well through the air. Had several chances inside 50 both in the air and at ground level.

#15: Amelia Barden- Collingwood

Provided pressure throughout the entire match. Leading tackler on the ground and provided good ball use moving forward.

#16: Belinda Smith- Fremantle 

Provided good run out of defence, several rebounds 50s, and helped in shutting down Collingwood’s scoring opportunities.

#17: Jaimee Lambert- Collingwood

Played well in patches during the game. Used the ball well, and tallied up 13 possessions. Kicked a much-needed goal for the Pies in the last quarter.

#18: Caitlyn Edwards- Collingwood

Solid performance, gaining 13 possessions. A steady hand down in defence to help Chloe Molloy out, who received a lot of attention from the Dockers players.

#19: Lauren Tesoriero- Collingwood

Good start to the game with five possessions in the first quarter. Kept relatively quiet throughout the remainder of the afternoon. 

#20: Cecilia McIntosh- Fremantle

Put in the hard yards all night. Great leadership displayed in defence.

 

Brisbane vs. Western Bulldogs   

By Carly McClen 

#1: Kirsty Lamb- Western Bulldogs

Applied attacking pressure with the 15-20 metre kicks, similar to last week. Great vision to switch the ball in defence to create attacking opportunities.

#2: Emma Kearney- Western Bulldogs

Ran all day at a cracking pace in the heat. Precise kicking to forward targets creating scoring opportunities for her team, with a huge number of tackles.

#3: Lauren Spark- Western Bulldogs

Great defensive marking, and solid defending throughout the game. Good positioning and vision.

#4: Emily Bates- Brisbane 

Fast sidestepping midfielder. Had 21 disposals and five strong marks. Created much needed ball movement, particularly in second half, when a long kick nearly went through the goals. Would have surely converted if it was not against the breeze.

#5: Tahlia Randall- Brisbane 

Good consistent ruck work on O’Connor with effective follow-up on the ball. Effective hitouts against Ernst in second half.

#6: Ally Anderson- Brisbane 

Dominant first quarter. Won the hard ball. Pace right up in the heat. Good tackling which created free kicks. Played on and kicked a vital goal in final quarter.

#7: Jenna Bruton- Western Bulldogs

Good long kicking. Much improved ability to absorb tackles, showed her balance and strength. She backed herself and took courageous marks. Played with confidence throughout the game. In the second quarter she snapped a kick out of a pack cleanly for a great goal. Great ability to find space.

#8: Jess Wuetschner- Brisbane 

Two exciting goals. Used the last-touch rule cleverly to paddle the ball onto the foot of her opponent on the boundary, setting up a much-needed scoring opportunity. Nailed it with a clever bend from the boundary, reading the breeze like no one else on the day. Reliable with strong marking and kicking ability. Creative player.

#9: Sabrina Frederick-Traub- Brisbane 

Strong tackling. Presented well in packs but just couldn’t bring it down at times. Took a strong mark late in second quarter. In front of goal, she was susceptible to pushing her kick to the left, and was disappointed with it. Needed better delivery from the midfielders. 

#10: Kate Lutkins- Brisbane

Effective tackling keeping the Lions within reach until early in the final quarter. Good work-rate and running throughout the day.

#11: Bonnie Toogood- Western Bulldogs

Presence on field is felt by opposition due to her strength and imposing physique. She played steadily and took strong marks. Another great performance.

#12 Angelica Gogos- Western Bulldogs 

Strong tackling. Dug deep, fighting in packs to keep Bulldogs’ possession. Made good ground to apply pressure all day.

#13: Hannah Scott- Western Bulldogs

Great long goal in second quarter. Good ability to crash through packs and absorb tackles. Strong body and work rate. Excellent intercepting marks when it mattered in the last quarter.

#14: Deanna Berry- Western Bulldogs

Strong tackling and applied pressure all day. Created forward opportunities. Played both ends of the ground effectively when required.

#15: Brooke Lochland- Western Bulldogs

Solid performance again this week. Consistent tackles that stuck, and displayed strong marking. Ran into space with confidence to move the ball forward.

#16: Emma Zielke- Brisbane 

Worked hard both ways through the midfield. Ran hard, used the ball well, and created good ball movement. She possesses a quick handball which was useful in the contested situations. Skipper stood up when it mattered.

#17: Libby Birch- Western Bulldogs

Consistently effective again in her defensive role. Great defensive bursts from the midfield, and accurate kicking into the forward line. Strong leadership.

#18: Aisling Utri- Western Bulldogs

As per last week, solid performance. Covered a lot of ground with pace, swept up on the backline and moved the ball forward for her team. She ran well through the midfield, shutting down Brisbane’s opportunities to go forward, particularly in the first half. Great final-quarter goal.

#19: Kate McCarthy- Brisbane Lions

Creative midfielder, loves to run in space and can kick long and accurately into the forward line. Lifts the side with her exciting attacking.

#20: Aasta O’Connor- Western Bulldogs

Solid ruck work as usual. Precise long kicking to targets created scoring opportunities for her team.

Draftees named for AFLX

RICHMOND and Western Bulldogs have loaded up on youth in the AFL’s newest pre-season competition, AFLX. In the final night of the three-night competition, a total of 16 draftees from the 2017 National and Rookie drafts have been named, of which the Tigers and Bulldogs have supplied nine. At the other end of the scale, Zac Bailey (Norwood now Brisbane) and mature-ager Nick Holman (Central District now Gold Coast) were the only two from the northern states.

The top-end talent on show will certainly bring plenty of fans through the gates, with Richmond’s top pick Jack Higgins (Oakleigh Chargers), excitement machine Aiden Bonar (Dandenong Stingrays now GWS Giants) and top 10 pick Aaron Naughton (Peel Thunder now Western Bulldogs) are all named to play throughout the round robin format. Higgins could face ex-teammate Ed Richards if the Tigers meet the Dogs, while talented talls Noah Balta (Calder Cannons now Richmond), Ben Miller (Subiaco now Richmond) and Tom McCartin (Geelong Falcons now Sydney) were also named in their respective teams.

Gippsland Power’s sole draftee Callum Porter will also don the red, blue and white, as will a mature-ager who is very  familiar with the colours, having played with Footscray VFL last year after a stint at Carlton. Another former blue, Dylan Buckley will be out to impress for his new  side GWS, while Liam Baker will reunite with former Subiaco teammate Miller at the Tigers. Others that have been named in the sides are Nick Shipley (GWS Academy now GWS Giants) and Angus Styles (Sandringham Dragons now Sydney). Derek Eggmolesse-Smith played with Bendigo Pioneers last year and spent time with Richmond’s VFL side and now will front up for the senior team.

The AFLX competition is played on a ground with dimensions of between 100-120m in length and 60-70m in width, with four posts at each end and two 40m arcs. Each team will consist of 10 players per game – seven on the field and three on the bench – and there are no restrictions on rotations. No marks will be paid on backwards kicks (except in the forward 40m area) and the last touch out of bounds is a free kick. Kick-ins will occur after each score – even goals – while at least two players from each team must start each quarter inside each 40m arc and any deliberate rushed behinds will result in a free shot to the opposition team from the forward 40m arc resulting in a potential 10-point goal.

The full list of 2017 draftees named in the AFLX squads for Saturday evening are:

Brisbane: Zac Bailey (Norwood),

Gold Coast: Nick Holman (Central District)

GWS Giants: Aiden Bonar (Dandenong Stingrays), Nick Shipley (GWS Academy), Dylan Buckley (Carlton)

Richmond: Jack Higgins (Oakleigh Chargers), Noah Balta (Calder Cannons), Ben Miller (Subiaco), Derek Eggmolesse-Smith (Bendigo Pioneers), Liam Baker (Subiaco)

Sydney: Tom McCartin (Geelong Falcons), Angus Styles (Sandringham Dragons)

Western Bulldogs: Aaron Naughton (Peel Thunder), Ed Richards (Oakleigh Chargers), Callum Porter (Gippsland Power), Billy Gowers (Footscray VFL)

FIXTURE:

4.10pm – GWS Giants v Richmond
4.38pm – Sydney v Western Bulldogs
5.06pm – Richmond v Brisbane
5.34pm – Western Bulldogs v Gold Coast
6.02pm – Brisbane v GWS Giants
6.30pm – Gold Coast v Sydney
7.03pm – Grand Final