Category: Womens

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 7

ROUND 7 sees a top-four clash, where the Southern Districts will take on Pint. In other games, Tracy Village will take on Darwin, the Magpies host the Tigers while Pint and the Wanderers will go head-to-head. The Wanderers and Tigers will be searching for their first win of the season in this massive round of Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) Women’s.

 

TRACY VILLAGE V DARWIN BUFFETTES

Saturday 17 November, 10.30am

TIO Stadium

Tracy Village is coming off a bye, while the Buffettes have come off a tough loss to the Warriors. Darwin kept with the reigning premiers for most of the game, proving to be one of the main contenders to take on the Warriors this year. This will be a tough match for the Razorbacks, who sit fifth on the ladder with three wins and two losses. However, they will take pride in their most recent win in Round 3, where they beat Nightcliff by 95 points. The Razorbacks will really need to keep an eye on the Puruntatameri girls, who were on fire last week. Latina and Christine ruled the forward line while Sherayn ruled the whole ground, named as the best player for Darwin.

 

PALMERSTON MAGPIES V NIGHTCLIFF

Saturday 17 November, 1pm

TIO Oval No 2

Palmerston has an opportunity to secure a big percentage boosting win here. The Magpies currently sit sixth on the ladder, and will be wanting to make a big statement as they approach the midpoint of the season. Northern Territory Under 18 representatives, Janet Baird and Tabitha May have been the standouts for Palmerston, with Baird scoring seven goals and May being named in the best four times. The Tigers will need to tame this exciting Magpies duo, otherwise it could be another ugly week for them on the scoreboard. They will be desperate to cause the upset and secure their first win of the season, but Palmerston will be just as hungry to get its season back on track, which should make for a fierce battle.

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V WARATAH

Sunday 18 November, 10am

Norbuilt Oval

The Crocs come into this match after kicking 12 behinds in two consecutive matches. While they scored seven goals in Round 5, they only managed four in Round 6. Southern Districts still managed to get the win last week, but that was against a weaker side in the Wanderers. Waratah, on the other hand, is a team that will punish the opposition if they kick inaccurately. The Warriors also have the power to hurt the scoreboard with their dangerous forward line, which is spearheaded by Lisa Miceli, who is leading all scorers in the competition with 13 goals from four games. This game will be decided by who dominates the forward line better, as both sides possess plenty of fire-power inside 50. For the Southern Districts, Kelsey Patterson, Tayla Thorn and Charles Deegan will be keen to get on the scoreboard while for Waratah, if Miceli is complemented by Amy Chittick and Sue Nalder up forward, it could lead to another big win for the reigning premiers.

 

PINT V WANDERERS

Sunday 18 November, 2pm

MCG

In a second versus second-last clash, Pint hosts the Wanderers on Sunday. The Queen Ants are coming off two consecutive wins, recovering well from their Round 4 bye. The Wanderers on the other hand, are coming off five consecutive losses, having not won a game yet this season. However, they will take plenty of confidence into this game, as their smallest loss came against Pint in Round 2. In that game, the Queen Ants narrowly escaped with a four-point win, so the Wanderers would be hoping to be on the other end of the tight margin this time round. Arthurina Moreen was the Wanderers’ only goal scorer in that match, so the team will need her to fire again in this clash. For the Queen Ants, they will be trusting Kristen Smits to keep up her good form inside 50, and Erin Hetherington to continue her dominance on the field.

Weekend wash-up: NTFL Women’s – Round 6

THE Warriors proved once again that they are still the best team in the competition by defeating arch-rivals, Darwin. The Southern Districts beat Nightcliff, but the damage to the Tigers was less severe due to another week of inaccuracy by the Crocs. Palmerston got another win over the Wanderers, while Pint is currently sitting in second place after smashing St Marys.

 

WARATAH  0.0 I 3.2 I 3.2 I 7.9 (51)
DARWIN BUFFETTES  0.1 I 3.1  I 4.2  I 6.4 (40)

GOALS:

Darwin Buffettes: M. Turner 3, J. Anderson, C. Fewings, N. Anderson.
Waratah: L. Puruntatameri 3, C. Puruntatameri 2, S. Nalder, A. Healy.

BEST:

Darwin Buffettes: M. Turner, T. Docherty-cole, M. Roberts, D. Ah Wang, N. Dunn
Waratah: S. Puruntatameri, A. Healy, L. Roberts, J. Kolodziej, A. Stanley

It was an arm-wrestle in the first quarter as only one behind was scored between both teams. The stalemate continued until the Buffettes stuck their nose in front in the third term, but Waratah came back hard in the final term to walk away as 11-point winners. It was the name Puruntatameri that popped up all over the ground, Sherayn, Christine, and debutant, Latina Puruntatameri dominated for the Warriors. Latina and Christine kicked five goals between them while Sherayn was named best-on-ground. Darwin midfielder, Tikesa Docherty-Cole fought tirelessly in the centre of the ground while forward, Meredith Turner booted three for the day. Unfortunately, Turner lacked the usual support, with Machaelia Roberts unable to hit the scoreboard. Waratah defenders, Lisa Roberts and Alicia Stanley were the other standouts as they proved once again to be a rock in defence. The Buffettes tested the Warriors, but now know they must play four quarters of football if they want to beat the reigning premiers.

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS  1.3 I 3.4 I 4.10 I 4.12 (36)
NIGHTCLIFF  0.0 I 0.1 I 1.1 I 1.1  (7)

GOALS:

Southern Districts: T. Holtze, A. Bartlem, T. Thorn, C. Deegan.
Nightcliff: Not supplied.

BEST:

Southern Districts: B. Clarke, C. Deegan, A. Bartlem, I. Sleeth, M. Moussa
Nightcliff: Not supplied

For the second week in a row, the Crocs have been inaccurate. Although they walked away with the points last Saturday, it could come back to haunt them against better opposition. Tahlia Holtze, Tayla Thorn, and Charles Deegan returned to hit the scoreboard for the second week in a row as they were fed multiple opportunities at goal by midfielders, Amelia Bartlem and Maria Moussa. The duo had a day out with the support of ruck, Indy Sleeth, who owned the hit-outs for the Southern Districts. Nightcliff, unfortunately, once again put on a quieter performance with no real standouts. Even though the Crocs scored inaccurately, the Tigers could only manage one goal for the game.

 

ST MARYS 1.4 (10)
PINT 9.8 (62)

GOALS:

Pint: M. Keeble 3, K. Smits 3, E. Greaves 2, D. Suddaby.
St Marys: S. Garner.

BEST:

Pint: Not supplied
St Marys: Not supplied

The Queen Ants have been biding their time, but are proving to be a real contender in this year’s competition. Pint leading goal kicker, Kristen Smits kicked three for the day but may have been outshone by first-gamer, Madeline Keeble, who made a good first impression by kicking three of her own. St Marys forward, Simone Garner was the Saints’ only shining light as they suffered another painful defeat.

 

PALMERSTON MAGPIES  (63)
WANDERERS  (35)

GOALS:

Palmerston Magpies: J. Stassi 2, F. Puruntatameri 2, M. Ellanora, N. Medbury, J. Baird, H. Davey, W. Barlow
Wanderers: Not supplied

BEST:

Palmerston Magpies: L. Santo, T. May, V. Mounsey, F. Puruntatameri, J. Stassi
Wanderers: Not supplied

The Wanders put up more of a fight last weekend, but the Magpies’ strength proved to be their undoing. Tabitha May has been named in Palmerston’s best again, but it was Freda Puruntatameri that showed this week it was all about the name Purunatatameri by kicking two majors. Jessica Stassi is proved to be a more versatile midfielder by pushing forward and kicking another two goals for the Magpies. Natasha Medbury showed similar traits as she scored one of her own. The Wanderers showed a little more effort this week, but must continue to build despite the loss, as the Magpies continue to fly.

Queensland and Western Australia top AFL Women’s Academy

QUEENSLAND and Western Australia loom as the big challenges to Victoria in next year’s AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships after both states had a whopping 10 players named in the 2019 AFL Women’s Academy. Following on from the 22 combined played named from Victoria, Queensland – who defeated Vic Metro for the first time in the state’s history this year – and Western Australia – who matched it with the Victorian sides for the most part – have both shown to have plenty of talent pushing through their development programs.

The Victorian contingent of the AFL Women’s Academy can be found HERE.

Of the 26 players named from non-Victorian states, 19 are eligible to be drafted next year – including two that missed out this year – while seven will become eligible for the 2020 AFL Women’s Draft. Among the top players named in the AFL Women’s Academy are South Australian ruck, Montana McKinnon who was named as her state’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the championships and All-Australian in the forward pocket, while Queensland’s Lily Postlethwaite was named her state’s best in each of the three games. Fellow Queenslanders, Serene Watson and Belle Dawes were also named in the All-Australian side along with Postlethwaite.

Western Australia’s 10 nominees included talented midfielders, Mikayla Bowen and Abbey Dowrick, twin sisters, Mikayla and Brianna Hyde, talented sportswoman, Courtney Hodder, and the exciting Roxanne Roux. Outside the two non-dominant states, New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory (NSW/ACT) had three nominees, with Lillian Doyle, Georgia Garnett, and bottom-ager Tarni Evans named, while Tasmanian, Mia King was the sole representative from the Apple Isle.

The players, along with the 22 chosen from Victoria, will take part in a series of three camps, beginning on December 16 at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra.

NSW/ACT [3]: Lillian Doyle (Grafton), Georgia Garnett (Kellyville/Rouse Hill Magpies), Tarni Evans (Queanbeyan Tigers)*
Queensland [10]: Annise Bradfield (Southport)*, Belle Dawes (Wilston Grange), Zimmie Farquharson (Calamvale Leopards)*, Kitara Farrar (South Cairns Cutters), Charlotte Hammans (Bond University), Ellie Hampson (Hermit Park Tigers), Dee Heslop (Yeronga), Lily Postlethwaite (Moreton Bay Lions), Serene Watson (Bond University), Tarni White (Coorparoo).
South Australia [2]: Montana McKinnon (South Adelaide), Jaimi Tabb (Woodville-West Torrens)
Tasmania [1]: Mia King (Launceston)
Western Australia [10]: Mikayla Bowen (Swan Districts), Rosie Deegan (Subiaco, WA), Abbey Dowrick (Subiaco)*, Courtney Hodder (Peel Thunderbirds)+, Brianna Hyde (Swan Districts)*, Mikayla Hyde (Swan Districts)*, Emma O’Driscoll (Swan Districts)+, Tayla Pescud (Swan Districts, WA), Roxanne Roux (East Fremantle), Sarah Verrier (Peel Thunderbirds)*.

* Bottom-age, not eligible until 2020 AFL Women’s Draft
+ Over-age, were eligible for the 2018 AFL Women’s Draft but were undrafted

Victorian contingent named for AFL Women’s Academy

TWENTY-two talented future AFL Women’s hopefuls who will run out in the TAC Cup Girls competition next year have been named in the 2019 AFL Academy squad. From the 12 TAC Cup Girls sides, nine are represented in the 22-player squad, which features 12 top-age players, and 10 bottom-age players (eligible for the 2020 draft).

Dandenong Stingrays and Northern Knights lead the way with four representatives each,  while Eastern Ranges, Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels and Western Jets have three members apiece in the squad. Murray Bushrangers have had two representatives make it, while Calder Cannons, Geelong Falcons and Sandringham Dragons each have one in the final squad. The Bendigo Pioneers, Gippsland Power and Oakleigh Chargers are the only sides without a representative.

There are four eligible father-daughter selections to come into consideration over the next couple of years, as Millie Brown (Geelong) and Isabella Grant (Western Bulldogs) will be eligible for the 2019 AFL Women’s Draft, while Tarni Brown (Collingwood) and Alice Burke (St Kilda) will be carefully monitored ahead of the 2020 AFL Women’s Draft.

The AFL Academy features plenty of players who tasted action at the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships last year, including versatile key position players, Lucy McEvoy, Gabrielle Newton and Isabella Grant, exciting playmaker, Georgia Patrikios, and ever reliable utilities, Lucinda Cripps and Sophie Molan.

The 22 players will join 26 others from across the country for a series of three camps, beginning on December 16 at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra.

AFLW Talent Manager Aasta O’Connor said after just two years the NAB AFLW Academy is achieving great results.

“At the recent NAB AFLW Draft, 19 Academy players joined AFLW clubs,” O’Connor said. “With four further expansion teams entering the AFLW competition in 2020, the high performance coaching we provide these players is even more important.”

The full list is as below:

Calder Cannons [1]: Georgia Patrikios
Dandenong Stingrays [4]: Lucinda Cripps, Molly McDonald, Isabella Shannon, Tyanna Smith*
Eastern Ranges [3]: Tarni Brown*, Laura McClelland, Olivia Meagher*
Geelong Falcons [1]: Lucy McEvoy
GWV Rebels [3]: Maggie Caris*, Sophie Molan, Isabella Simmons*
Murray Bushrangers [2]: Olivia Barber*, Millie Brown
Northern Knights [4]: Alyssa Bannan*, Britney Gutknecht, Ellie McKenzie*, Gabrielle Newton
Sandringham Dragons [1]: Alice Burke*
Western Jets [3]: Isabella Grant, Isabelle Pritchard*, Cleo Saxon-Jones

*Not eligible until 2020

Weekend previews: NTFL Women’s – Round 6

THIS Saturday, it’s the clash of the titans when the Darwin Buffettes meet the undefeated Waratah, followed by the Southern Districts and Nightcliff. On Sunday, Pint will attempt to crawl over St Marys at Gardens Oval, while the Palmerston Magpies look to continue their good form against the Wanderers.

 

DARWIN BUFFETTES V WARATAH

Round 5 – Saturday 10 November, 10:30am

TIO Stadium

This is the fight the Territorian women have been waiting for, as first meets second and the premiers of 2018 meet the premiers of 2017. This classic rivalry dates back to 2017 when the Buffettes defeated the Warriors, who had won the previous four premierships. Waratah would return in 2018 and reclaim its title against Darwin early this year, which brings us to Saturday. Lisa Roberts and Lauren O’Shea may have their hands full with Darwin forwards, Machaelia Roberts and Meredith Turner, however, the Buffettes will need to contain Waratah forward, Lisa Miceli, who has kicked 13 goals from three games. It will be a real battle of attrition as the best take on the best this weekend.

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS V NIGHTCLIFF

Round 5 – Saturday 10 November, 5:00pm

TIO Oval No. 2

The Southern Districts Crocs played strongly but were inaccurate last weekend. The move to push Tayla Thorn forward to support Charles Deegan seems to be paying off and Tahlia Holtze is playing the role of goal-sneak quite well. Southern Districts defenders, Ebony Miller and Holly Englehardt will be feeling confident this weekend with the Tigers only multiple goal-scorer being Jamie Lee Puatjimi, with two majors for the season. This could get ugly again for Nightcliff with the Crocs looking hungry for a top four spot.

 

ST MARYS V PINT

Round 5 – Sunday 11 November, 11:30am

Gardens Oval No.2

Pint pulled off a shock win last week against the Razorbacks and is looking to step up the pace against St Marys. Cassie Henderson has become the queen of the Queen Ants with her performance in the midfield, as week after week she brings her team home. Henderson kicked two goals against Tracy Village with small forward, Ellie Ryan kicking two of her own. Saints forward, Jaylene Boundary has had to shoulder the goal responsibilities alone this year, and she will need support if St Marys want to end its losing streak.

 

PALMERSTON MAGPIES V WANDERERS

Round 5 – Sunday 11 November,  2:00pm

Asbuild Oval

Palmerston is coming off the bye, and young guns Tabitha May and Janet Baird have stepped up in each game. Baird currently leads the Magpies’ goal scoring with eight, and May is providing an X-factor that allows her to transition from forward to midfield and help support Natasha Medbury. Palmerston has turned its season around with its last victory over the Southern Districts, but the Wanderers need to show something to keep them off the bottom of the ladder.

Exam or no exam, I’m getting drafted today

THERE are many dominant midfielders in this year’s AFL Women’s Draft, but Alyce Parker may be the best.

The athletic machine has been smashing various youth girls competition for the last three years, each time with All Australian honours. She is the one player the state of New South Wales (NSW) has been waiting for, a true warhorse that gets the clearances, crashes the packs, and makes the difference between winning and losing. Parker can do it all, including getting drafted to the Greater Western Sydney (GWS) Giants in the morning, and sitting an agriculture exam the same afternoon. Although the day was pretty intense, Parker is used to multitasking.

“I guess it’s what you have to do, and in my circumstance coming from NSW and HSC (High School Certificate) going on this time, it’s unavoidable but definitely manageable,” she said. “I’m looking forward to getting through it.”

Parker comes from a country town, where football thrives in her local community. She played in the boys competitions in her youth until a pathway for women opened up at Parker’s high school.

“Obviously, the country footy is really popular where I come from, and I guess that’s what brings a town together, ” she said. “I probably got into it through the boys, playing with the boys especially at my age, (with) the girls (there) wasn’t the opportunity, but yeah going into high school the girls footy just exploded, and that’s where my journey began.”

It wasn’t always about football for Parker, as she also competed in cricket, basketball, netball, tennis, cross country, and athletics as a junior. With seven different sports, Parker wasn’t sure which direction she was headed in, but ultimately chose football.

“It was probably about 12 months ago I wasn’t sure what to do,” she said.  “I love my netball, my swimming, my tennis. I couldn’t actually choose a sport, and a lot of people kept saying that I needed to, and I wanted to enjoy everything as much as I could. “I guess the decision made itself when I entered back into the NSW pathway again, my third year the amazing people that came in like, Alicia Eva, and Nic (Nicola) Barr, they just drew me to the sport and they’re the reason why I wanted to do football.”

Alicia Eva coached the Eastern Allies this year, with Parker her prized player. Now Parker has become her teammate, and Eva’s response on the GWS GIANTS website was nothing short of positive.

“She covers the ground really well aerobically,” Eva said. “Her ability to break out of traffic, drive her legs through into space and then get the ball moving long is her hallmark trait at the moment. “She’s got really solid hands, so she can go forward and take a grab as well.”

The Giants will begin their 2019 season on February 3 at the Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex. If fit, Parker could be a certainty to face the Lions.

AFLW Draft review: Western Bulldogs

THE reigning premiers have chosen to defend their premiership title by bolstering their forward line stocks. While the Bulldogs lost star players such as Emma Kearney, Jenna Bruton and Aasta O’Connor, they don’t seem to be too worried, recruiting some young, experienced and international talent into their 2019 side.

 

What they needed:

  • Midfielders to replace Emma Kearney, Daria Bannister and Jenna Bruton
  • Ruck/ versatility to fill the void of Aasta O’Connor
  • Defenders to cover the loss of Rachel Ashley, Laura Bailey and Kim Ebb

 

Players selected:

Eleanor Brown – Sandringham Dragons

Eleanor Brown will be a fitting replacement for Emma Kearney in the midfield. She possesses elite ball-use, especially by hand, often disposing of the ball quickly and cleanly to escape congestion. Brown also has a long and powerful kick, and can make an influence all over the ground. She spent some time at half-back during the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, racking up numerous disposals. She can also mark the ball well, making her a good fit to replace the loss of an important premiership trio.

Aisling McCarthy – Tipperary (Ireland)

Coming from the Crosscoders program, McCarthy impressed the Bulldogs, who took the forward with their 23rd pick. McCarthy played in the forward line for her Gaelic football side, and has now crossed over to Australian Rules to display her speed and agility in the competition. She will be a great addition to one of the most exciting forward lines in the league, which contains the likes of Katie Brennan, Isabel Huntington, Bonnie Toogood and Brooke Lochland.

Kate Bartlett – Peel Thunderbirds

The Bulldogs have further bolstered their inside 50 stocks with the addition of 19 year-old Kate Bartlett. Bartlett missed out on being drafted last year but will get her chance in the red, white and blue this season. It was hard to look past her at the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, as she dominated inside 50 for Western Australia, kicking six goals in five games and creating plenty of scoring opportunities. She earned a place in the All Australian team as a result, and will now fly across the country to join the Bulldogs.

Selena Karlson – Southern Saints

Selena Karlson will help aid the loss of Bailey, Ebb and Ashley, who departed the club in the off-season. She is a smart defender who played 12 games for the Southern Saints this season and finished in the top 10 of their Best and Fairest. Karlson was also named in the best three times.

Jessie Davies – Western Bulldogs

Jessie Davies is no stranger to the Western Bulldogs outfit, having spent time with them during the VFLW. She is a versatile utility who will add some depth to the side. Davies played seven games for the Bulldogs this season and is also a member of the VU Western Spurs. Having a player that can be used all over the ground will help the Bulldogs cover their off-season losses, especially that of Aasta O’Connor, who can be used in different areas of the ground.

 

How they went:

Instead of replacing their losses, the Bulldogs went in a different direction for the draft, opting to boost their already powerful forward line. This isn’t a bad strategy at all, as more firepower inside 50 gives them more of a chance to defend their premiership title. But in the midfield, they could struggle, as the loss of Emma Kearney, Jenna Bruton and Daria Bannister will be hard to replace. Thankfully, Eleanor Brown will fill a part of this void, thanks to her brilliant hands and strong kicking. Selena Karlson will also fill part of the absence of Ebb, Bailey and Ashley in defence, after playing for the Southern Saints this year. Having a versatile player like Jessie Davies will also be valuable to add support roles into different sections of the field. Despite a stellar inside 50 line-up, the Bulldogs could struggle through the midfield and in defence, with the loss of some key players. Aasta O’Connor’s void in the ruck has also not been filled, making the ruck situation an interesting one.

Weekend wash up: NTFL Women’s – Round 5

LAST weekend, we saw the first game of the year washed out due to weather conditions, Waratah and St Marys have received two premiership points each, with Waratah sitting comfortably on top of the ladder. Elsewhere, the Southern Districts bounced back against the Wanderers to win by 33 points, the Darwin Buffettes showed Nightcliff the horns, and Pint toppled Tracy Village to sit in third place.

 

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS: 1.3 I 2.6 I 7.7 I 7.12 (54)
WANDERERS 1.2 I 1.2 I 1.3 I 3.3 (21)

GOALS:

Southern Districts:T. Thorn 2, C. Deegan 2, T. Holtze, H. Engelhardt, A. Bartlem.
Wanderers: A. Moreen, N. Harwood, P. Glover.

BEST:

Southern Districts: E. Miller, H. Engelhardt, M. Moussa, C. Deegan, A. Bartlem, I. Sleeth
The Wanderers: P. Glover

The Southern Districts had the opportunities up forward to put away the Wanderers early, but failed to convert. However, after half-time, the Crocs grabbed the Wanderers by the throat and never let go. Tayla Thorn returned up forward to combine with spearhead, Charles Deegan, with both players kicking two majors a piece. Thorn’s Thunder teammate, Tahlia Holtze has managed to hit the scoreboard for the second week in a row. The Southern Districts will look to improve their goal kicking as they try to peek back into top four contention. As for the Wanderers, another week of poor football as they continue the search for their first win of the season.

 

NIGHTCLIFF   1.1 I 1.1 I 1.2 I 1.2 (8)
DARWIN BUFFETTES   1.2 I 11.5 I 14.6 I 15.9 (99)

GOALS:

Darwin Buffettes: M. Roberts 3, B. Stokes 3, T. Docherty-cole 2, Z. Anderson 2, M. Turner 2, B. Ward, C. Whan, K. Duggan.
Nightcliff: Not Supplied.

BEST:

Darwin Buffettes: T. Docherty-cole, R. Henderson, M. Turner, M. Roberts, T. Dhu, Z. Anderson
Nightcliff: Not Supplied.

For the first quarter, Nightcliff was holding firm against Darwin with only one point the difference. Unfortunately when the second quarter started, the Tigers were in for a nightmare. Buffettes guns, Machaelia Roberts, Meredith Turner, and Bianca Stokes dominated, which saw Darwin walk away 91-point victors. Roberts is now ranked second in the competition for goals with Turner trailing behind her at third. The Buffettes continue to steamroll yet another team, as Nightcliff fell again in another poor week.

 

PINT 1.2 I 2.3 I 4.4 I 7.6 (48)
TRACY VILLAGE 0.4 I 1.8 I 1.11 I 1.12 (18)

GOALS:

Pint: D. Suddaby 2, E. Ryan 2, K. Smits 2, J. McFee.
Tracy Village: A. Gray.

BEST:

Pint: Not supplied
Tracy Village: L. Douglas, K. Lansdown, A. Gray, K. Brown, S. Bailie-mace, T. Eagle

In a surprising twist, the Queen Ants have held the Razorbacks to one goal. Tracy Village was peppering the goals all day, but its inaccuracy proved costly as Pint forwards  Danielle Suddaby, Ellie Ryan, and Kristen Smits kicked truly with six goals between them. The Razorbacks have had a very consistent season so far, but last weekend they learned the true meaning of bad kicking is bad football. Pint on the other hand, has crawled into third spot and is looking very dangerous.

AFLW Draft review: North Melbourne

NORTH Melbourne had a solid list even before the draft started, so it was interesting to see which direction the side would take in the AFL Women’s Draft. The Kangaroos picked up an exciting young trio and complemented them with some talented state league players, making them a side to watch in 2019.

 

What they needed:

  • More forwards to support Moana Hope and Maddison Smith
  • Another defender to support Katherine Gillespie-Jones and Danielle Hardiman
  • Midfield depth

 

Players selected:

Daisy Bateman – Oakleigh Chargers

Bateman lit up the TAC Cup Girls competition in 2018, coming second in the goal kicking and averaging the most goals per game. She continued her TAC Cup Girls Team of the Year form into the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, kicking five goals from four games to be named in the All Australian side. She also played six games for Collingwood in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition, kicking 10 goals. That’s why it was surprising that she made the move to North Melbourne, after a successful stint with the Pies and the Chargers, who Collingwood has a strong connection with. She will be a great fit in the Kangaroos’ forward line with her ability to sneak behind the pack and out-mark bigger opponents.

Courteney Munn – Southern Saints

Courteney Munn is likely to be a focal point inside the North Melbourne arc. Standing at 182cm tall, she kicked 10 goals from 14 games with the Southern Saints this season in the VFLW. Munn was named in the best three times. She will complement the likes of Moana Hope and Maddison Smith well, providing some tall timber in what is set to be an exciting Kangaroos forward line.

Chloe Haines – Burnie Dockers

Chloe Haines was one of the Eastern Allies’ star players in the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, patrolling the defensive 50. She has a great set of hands and a booming kick that often sees her side escape out of trouble. While playing for Burnie, Haines proved that she could head up forward and do some damage in the front half of the ground, kicking six goals in 12 games. She was also named in the best five times for Burnie, and featured twice during the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships. Haines will provide great support for Gillespie-Jones and Hardiman in the back half of the ground.

Libby Haines – Burnie Dockers

Libby Haines likes to roam around the midfield, using her strength to power through congestion. She uses the ball well both by hand and by foot and can take a solid mark. She was an important player for the Eastern Allies and also contributed well for the Burnie Dockers in the Tasmanian State League (TSL) Women’s competition. She played 11 games for the Dockers and was named in the best five times. For the Eastern Allies, she was named in the best on three occasions. She will be able to add to the depth of Emma Kearney, Daria Bannister and Jenna Bruton in the midfield.

Nicole Bresnehan – Clarence Roos

Nicole Bresnehan had a consistent year for the Roos in the TSL Women’s competition. She was named in the best seven times out of her 14 games, and also chipped in with two goals for the season. She also spent some time with North Melbourne’s VFLW affiliate, Melbourne University, playing one game for the Mugars. Bresnehan is also a proven leader, vice-captaining the Roos this year. She is a utility who can contribute around the ground, adding to North Melbourne’s depth in terms of versatile players. Alongside Jasmine Garner and Jess Duffin, Bresnehan could thrive in Kangaroos colours.

 

How they went:

North Melbourne had one of the strongest lists going into the AFL Women’s Draft after a remarkable off-season that saw many star players being poached from their clubs. Now with a couple of exciting young talents to top it off, the Kangaroos are looking more threatening than ever. Daisy Bateman and Courteney Munn provide a good variety of size in the forward line to complement Moana Hope and Maddison Smith, while Chloe Haines is a good addition to the back 50. Her twin sister, Libby boosts the midfield and Nicole Bresnehan tops off a long list of versatile players. With this list, North Melbourne is set to excite many in its opening season of AFL Women’s.

AFLW Draft review: Melbourne

MELBOURNE will field a new-look line-up in 2019, suffering a loss of players to expansion clubs, North Melbourne and Geelong. With only five spots (they passed one pick) in the draft, the Demons had to pick their players carefully.

 

What they needed:

  • Midfielders to aid the loss of Daisy Pearce (inactive) and Richelle Cranston
  • Rucks to replace Erin Hoare and Alyssa Mifsud
  • Defenders to support Talia Radan and cover the loss of Laura Duryea and Anna Teague

 

Players selected:

Tyla Hanks – Gippsland Power

Hanks was one of the hardest and most skillful midfielders in the TAC Cup Girls competition. She plays very similarly to Madison Prespakis through her clean ball-use and long kicking. She can also head up forward when her side is in trouble, making her a very valuable asset for the Demons. Hanks was awarded with a place in the TAC Cup Girls Team of the Year and the AFL Women’s Under 18 All Australian side, after being a co-captain of the Gippsland Power this year. She will be a key player in helping to aid the loss of Daisy Pearce.

Madeline Brancatisano – Northern Knights

Like Hanks, Brancatisano also had a leadership role this year, leading her Northern Knights to a TAC Cup Girls Grand Final. Brancatisano is a smart inside midfielder who has clean hands and a consistent desire to win the ball in congestion. She can also add valuable defensive pressure in the middle, proving how much of a role player she is. Brancatisano earned a spot in the TAC Cup Girls Team of the Year and also spent some time with Carlton in the VFLW, adding some valuable experience to her game ahead of her AFL Women’s debut in 2019.

Jordann Hickey – NT Thunder

Jordann Hickey covers the loss of Alyssa Mifsud, who was delisted by the Demons in the AFL Women’s off-season. Hickey was consistent up forward for the NT Thunder this season, kicking 14 goals from 14 games. She played 14 matches and was named in the best three times. Hickey’s overhead marking and accurate kicking will be quite valuable in the Demons’ line-up, and she can also act as a back-up ruck.

Shelley Heath – Dandenong Stingrays

Shelley Heath is a great addition to the Melbourne line-up, thanks to her exciting run and carry out of the back pocket. She will inject some speed into the defensive 50, and could burn off a lot of players with that pace. Heath is also clever with the ball in hand, thanks to her clean hands and long kicks. She should do well to cover the losses of Anna Teague and Laura Duryea in the back line.

 

How they went:

Melbourne definitely needed midfielders in this draft and the Demons took two great ones in Hanks and Brancatisano. The duo will be great additions to a potent midfield that contains the likes of Karen Paxman and Elise O’Dea. Up forward, Tegan Cunningham will combine with Jordann Hickey, giving the Demons a powerful line-up inside 50. The Demons might struggle in defence, as the loss of bigger bodies such as Anna Teague could hurt them. It will be interesting to see how Melbourne approaches its ruck situation after losing Erin Hoare and Alyssa Mifsud. The Demons could have picked up a designated ruck in the draft but elected not to.