Category: VFLW

Season reviews: VFLW – Williamstown

DESPITE four wins and 10 losses this season, Williamstown had plenty of players that stood up at various times during the season. With only one win going into Round 14, the Seagulls stormed home for three consecutive victories to end their season on a high.

 

Position: 11th
Win-loss: 4-10
Percentage: 70%

Results:

Round 1: Lost against Collingwood by 18 points
Round 2: Lost against Southern Saints by 30 points
Round 3: Lost against Geelong by 53 points
Round 4: Defeated Richmond by 31 points
Round 5: Lost against Casey Demons by 12 points
Round 6: Lost against Western Bulldogs by 56 points
Round 7: Bye
Round 8: Lost against Darebin by 14 points
Round 9: Lost against Hawthorn by four points
Round 10: Lost against Carlton by 29 points
Round 11: Lost against Western Bulldogs by 40 points
Round 12: Bye
Round 13: Lost against NT Thunder by 45 points
Round 14: Defeated Richmond by one point
Round 15: Defeated Essendon by 28 points
Round 16: Defeated Melbourne University by 38 points

 

Key players:

#2 Jess Duffin

Duffin had the perfect season for Williamstown, taking out the VFLW Best and Fairest as well as her own club Best and Fairest. She was also named in both the AFL Draft Central Team of the Year and the VFLW Team of the Year for her stellar year in the midfield. Her long kick and ability to win the ball in congestion made her an absolute standout for the Seagulls. She also got among the goals, kicking 13 goals from 13 games. Duffin was also named in the best players in all but one of her games, and was named the best-on-ground in three of her games. One of her best games was against Darebin, where she racked up 31 disposals, three marks and five tackles.

#4 Emily Paterno

Paterno was another solid player for Williamstown, kicking nine goals from 13 games. She was a solid ball-carrier and knew how to win it when she needed to. Paterno finished in the top 10 of Williamstown’s Best and Fairest after a consistent year with the Seagulls. She played a solid game against Casey with two goals, 15 touches, three marks and eight tackles.

#25 Jasmine Garner

Despite playing just nine games for the season, Garner shone in each one, being named in the best four times out of her appearances for the Seagulls. Much like when she was playing for Collingwood, Garner was utilised at both ends of the ground and it made a difference, as she finished fifth in Williamstown’s Best and Fairest. Garner was also named on the half-forward line in the VFLW Team of the Year. She played one of her best games against the Bombers where she was named best-on-ground for the Seagulls with 24 disposals, seven marks, five tackles and two goals.

#34 Jacinta Reid  

Reid played 13 games for the Seagulls this season, and was named in the best five times, highlighting her ability to step up and perform. Playing predominantly in the back pocket, Reid was often the player who would mop up the ball and get her team out of trouble. Her run and carry was a great asset of her game, as were her quick hands. She came second in the Seagulls’ Best and Fairest with 74 votes (13 votes behind Jess Duffin). Reid played an impressive game against the Bulldogs with 11 disposals and three marks.

#35 Jenna Bruton

Bruton managed 11 games this season for Williamstown and was impressive in every one of them. She was able to rack up high numbers of disposals due to her ability to find the football and use it well both by hand or by foot. Bruton finished third in Williamstown’s Best and Fairest with 71 votes. She was named best-on-ground for the Seagulls against Carlton, with one goal, 29 disposals, five marks and seven tackles.

 

Season summary:

It was a difficult season for the Seagulls, only recording one win from 13 rounds. They stormed home in the last three weeks with three wins on the trot, giving them confidence going into next season. There was also plenty of individual recognition, with Jess Duffin taking out top honours in the VFLW and Williamstown Best and Fairest counts, while her and Garner were named in the VFLW Team of the Year. Up and coming players such as Jacinta Reid, Jorja Rowe and Sarah Chapman all showed promising signs in games this season, so with a strong pre-season, the Seagulls could experience improvement next year.

Season reviews: VFLW – Southern Saints

THE Southern Saints were one of the surprise packages of the season, finishing eighth with only two AFL Women’s player on their list in Lauren Arnell and Laura Attard. Many would have expected the new team to finish on the bottom of the ladder but the Saints snuck away with a few crucial wins, including handing NT Thunder its first defeat of the season.

 

Position: 8th
Win-loss: 5-9
Percentage: 92%

Results:

Round 1: Lost against Carlton by 22 points
Round 2: Defeated Williamstown by 30 points
Round 3: Defeated Casey Demons by eight points
Round 4: Defeated Essendon by 36 points
Round 5: Bye
Round 6: Lost against Hawthorn by 33 points
Round 7: Defeated NT Thunder by 20 points
Round 8: Bye
Round 9: Lost against Casey Demons by 11 points
Round 10: Lost against Geelong by 38 points
Round 11: Lost against Melbourne University by three points
Round 12: Lost against Hawthorn by nine points
Round 13: Defeated Western Bulldogs by 31 points
Round 14: Lost against Darebin by four points
Round 15: Lost against Collingwood by 38 points
Round 16: Lost against Richmond by three points

 

Key players:

#8 Alison Drennan

Drennan was one of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s premier midfielders, constantly racking up the touches week-in, week-out. She was classy with the ball-in-hand and strong in congestion. She took out the Southern Saints’ Best and Fairest, along with Rhiannon Watt, and made the VFLW Team of the Year in what was a stellar season for her. Her season earned her an AFL Women’s contract with North Melbourne. One of her standout games was in Round 2, when she gathered 35 disposals to go along with seven tackles and a goal.

#15 Tara Bohanna

Tara Bohanna was a star up forward for the Southern Saints, kicking 15 goals from 14 matches. She presented well at the football and was able to peel off players inside 50. Bohanna finished inside the top 10 in the Southern Saints’ Best and Fairest and finished equal third in the VFLW goal kicking tally. Bohanna had two three-goal hauls during the season, highlighting her impressive ability to hit the scoreboard.

#17 Leah Olsen

Leah Olsen was an extremely reliable defender for the Southern Saints. Often playing on a half-back flank, Olsen could match up on key players and produce exciting run and carry. She finished fourth in the Southern Saints’ Best and Fairest with 86 votes. Olsen was a key contributor in almost every game for the Saints. She played a great game in Round 9, when she gathered 18 disposals and laid four tackles.

#24 Kayla Ripari

Ripari excited with her dash across half-forward and her clever ball-use. She was often calm with the ball in hand and aggressive without it, laying some bone-crunching tackles during the season. Ripari finished seventh in the Southern Saints’ Best and Fairest after playing every game and making solid contributions. One of her more impressive games was against the NT Thunder when she was named best-on-ground for her side with 14 disposals and two tackles.

#28 Rhiannon Watt

Watt was arguably the best ruck in the VFLW competition, using her height to advantage to give her midfielders prime use of the ball. She was agile at ground level as well, as she was able to rack up the numbers during the season as well. She won the Southern Saints’ Best and Fairest, along with Alison Drennan, and made the VFLW Team of the Year as the leading ruck. She had a standout game in Round 12, with 20 disposals, four marks and seven tackles.

 

Season summary:

The Southern Saints should be extremely proud of their season, having hardly any AFL Women’s players on their list. They trusted their young talent to pull through and they did, recording a respectable five wins this season. While the losses outweighed the wins, it wasn’t by much, as five of their nine losses were under 10 points. The Saints are building their list along nicely for an AFL Women’s berth in 2020, and could be a key contender in the VFLW next year if they get some more AFL Women’s talent on their list.

Season reviews: VFLW – Richmond

RICHMOND started and ended its Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s season with a win, but fell away in the middle. The Tigers lost every game between their byes, but had some impressive and unexpected wins against the Bulldogs, Melbourne University, Southern Saints, as well as Essendon. With an AFLW team on the horizon, the future is bright for these players, as they will get the opportunity to further prove themselves by cementing some more wins in the 2019 VFLW season.

Position: 12th
Win-loss:
 4-10
Percentage: 69%

Results:

Round 1: Defeated Western Bulldogs by 38 points
Round 2: Lost against Darebin by 39 points
Round 3: Lost against Collingwood by 43 points
Round 4: Lost against Williamstown by 31 points
Round 5: Defeated Essendon by 34 points
Round 6: Defeated Melbourne University by 29 points
Round 7: Bye
Round 8: Lost against Hawthorn by four points
Round 9: Lost against Essendon by eight points
Round 10: Lost against Casey by 18 points
Round 11: Lost against NT Thunder by 23 points
Round 12: Lost against Carlton by 41 points
Round 13: Lost against Geelong by 59 points
Round 14: Lost against Williamstown by one point
Round 15: Bye
Round 16: Defeated Southern Saints by three points

 

Key players:

#52 Jessica Kennedy

Kennedy captained Richmond for its inaugural VFLW season. She is an inside midfielder who is quick, courageous and is also an incredibly smart footballer. She took out Richmond’s Best and Fairest by one vote with 49, with Jacqueline Graham finishing second.

#68 Alice Edmonds

She was outstanding in the ruck for Richmond all year, exceeding expectations. Her dominance gave the likes of Kennedy first use of the football in the middle of the ground. She was rewarded with VFLW Team of the Year honours on the bench as a relief ruck.

#53 Kate Dixon

Dixon was named the vice-captain for the Tigers in season 2018, and took charge of the forward line with her presence. She was the spearhead at full-forward that Richmond needed to crash packs and take pack marks. She won the club’s goal kicking with nine goals from fourteen games.

#63 Jacqueline Graham

Jacqueline Graham had an outstanding year, playing in the back line for Richmond. Nothing would get past her which led to her being named in the AFL Draft Central Team of the Year. She was further rewarded for her efforts in the back half with finishing second in the club’s best and fairest count, one vote behind winner, Jessica Kennedy. She was able to not just beat her opponents but also spread and win her fair share of the ball, which was an advantage for the Tigers as they used her damaging kicks to start attacks from the back half.

 

Season summary:

Finishing twelfth may not have been the result that Richmond was looking for ahead of the 2018 season, however four wins in season 2018 will spur the Tigers on for greater success in 2019. Although they did have some blowout losses, they did not let defeat keep them down. They finished the season off strong, losing to Williamstown by one point then beating the Southern Saints by three. The season highlight for the Tigers would be in Round 1, when they knocked off AFLW premiers, the Western Bulldogs by 38 points in a win that surprised many.

Season reviews: VFLW – NT Thunder

THE NT Thunder was one of the most dominant sides of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s season. The Thunder suffered a shock exit in the finals but nonetheless should be proud of a remarkable debut season in the VFLW.

 

Position: 3rd
Win-loss: 11-3
Percentage: 193%

Results:

Round 1: Defeated Darebin by 54 points
Round 2: Bye
Round 3: Defeated Essendon by 72 points
Round 4: Defeated Melbourne University by 69 points
Round 5: Defeated Western Bulldogs by 36 points
Round 6: Defeated Carlton by 36 points
Round 7: Lost against Southern Saints by 20 points
Round 8: Lost against Collingwood by 16 points
Round 9: Defeated Geelong Cats by 65 points
Round 10: Defeated Darebin by 40 points
Round 11: Defeated Richmond by 23 points
Round 12: Defeated Casey Demons by 12 points
Round 13: Defeated Williamstown by 45 points
Round 14: Defeated Collingwood by 10 points
Round 15: Lost against Hawthorn by 25 points
Round 16: Bye

 

Key players:

#3 Angela Foley

The NT Thunder captain was a dominant force in the midfield and was rewarded for her efforts. She came third in the VFLW Best and Fairest and earned a spot in the Team of the Year. Foley consistently racked up high number of disposals, highlighting her ability to find plenty of the footy during the season. She had an impressive game in Round 1 when she gathered 30 disposals, kicked a goal, took five marks and laid three tackles.

#17 Emma Swanson

The Greater Western Sydney (GWS) forward was a key player for the Thunder this season. She was able to out-muscle opponents in the forward line and could also float into the midfield to gather some key possessions. This versatility earned her a spot on the interchange bench in the VFLW Team of the Year. She too had a standout game in Round 1 with 31 disposals, two goals, five marks and three tackles.   

#28 Renee Forth

Forth’s excellent season in Thunder colours saw her move over to the Adelaide Crows for the 2019 season. She impressed with her high football IQ and ability to get in the right spots to get the ball. Like Swanson, she was a versatile player who played consistent football throughout her 12 games. One of her best games was in Round 11 when she racked up 18 disposals, five marks and three tackles.

#29 Marijana Rajcic

Rajcic was a player that dominated all over the ground for the Thunder this season. Her marking was quite impressive, as was her long kick. Her run and carry was also a key attribute of her game. Rajcic kicked 11 goals from her seven games for NT. One of her standout games was in Round 1, when she kicked 3.4, gathered 25 disposals and took eight marks.

#31 Jessica Sedunary

Sedunary came fifth in the VFLW goal kicking tally with 15 goals from 11 games. She also earned a spot in the VFLW Team of the Year thanks to her liveliness in the forward line and her excellent goal sense. Sedunary’s strength and fitness stood out as she inflicted her powerful run and carry on opposition sides. She was the star of the day against Geelong, kicking four goals, gathering 17 disposals and laying three tackles.

 

Season summary:

The Thunder recorded the biggest percentage of the VFLW season after some big winning margins throughout the season. The side was one of the most dominant outfits of the season with plenty of AFLW contingent suiting up in the VFLW season. Homegrown talent like Tayla Thorn, Lateesha Jeffrey, Tahlia Holtze, Kylie Duggan and Kristy Irvine also showed good signs during the year, signalling a bright future for the side.

Season reviews: VFLW – Melbourne University

MELBOURNE University endured a difficult Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s season, suffering both close and hefty losses. The Mugars enjoyed plenty of individual success but could only record five season wins. They will be hoping to better their win-loss tally next season.

 

Position: 9th
Win-loss: 5-9
Percentage: 78%

Results:

Round 1: Lost against Geelong by 39 points
Round 2: Defeated Essendon by eight points
Round 3: Bye
Round 4: Lost against NT Thunder by 69 points
Round 5: Lost against Geelong by one point
Round 6: Lost against Richmond by 29 points
Round 7: Lost against Darebin by 12 points
Round 8: Defeated Carlton by six points
Round 9: Lost against Western Bulldogs by 21 points
Round 10: Lost against Hawthorn by five points
Round 11: Defeated Southern Saints by three points
Round 12: Lost against Collingwood by 19 points
Round 13: Bye
Round 14: Defeated Casey Demons by 53 points
Round 15: Defeated Western Bulldogs by 33 points
Round 16: Lost against Williamstown by 38 points

 

Key players:

#3 Kaitlyn Ashmore

Despite missing five games during the season, Ashmore still managed to make an impact in her nine games. She was named in the best three times and kicked seven goals as well. She had a standout game in Round 9 with two goals, 15 disposals and six tackles.

#7 Ashleigh Riddell

The skipper was the Mugars’ star player of the season, proving to be a fierce midfield bull. She won Melbourne University’s Best and Fairest count and earned a spot on North Melbourne’s AFL Women’s list as a result of her consistent season. Riddell was also named in the VFLW Team of the Year at half back, highlighting her versatility. She was a ball magnet against the Pies in Round 12, gathering 33 possessions, four marks and seven tackles.

#15 Emma Kearney

Despite playing just seven games, Kearney managed to come second in Melbourne University’s Best and Fairest count, along with Kate Gillespie-Jones. Kearney dominated in the midfield, picking up where she left off in the 2018 AFL Women’s season. She played a stellar game against the Falcons in Round 5, tallying 30 disposals, taking three marks and laying seven tackles.

#26 Caitlin Greiser

The Western Jets forward made a seamless transition into VFLW, being a dominant force in the forward line. Greiser used her strong hands and accurate kicking to make an impact during the season. She won the Melbourne University Coaches Award as a result of her efforts. Despite a heavy loss in Round 14, Greiser was a shining light with two goals, 12 disposals, three marks and five tackles.

#41 Kate Gillespie-Jones

Gillespie-Jones was an integral part of Melbourne University’s defence. She was able to trouble opposition forwards with her strength and intercept marking, as well as her long kick. Gillespie-Jones earned a spot in the VFLW Team of the Year after averaging 17 disposals, five marks and five tackles in her 10 games. She also the placed second in the Mugars’ Best and Fairest count. One of her best games was in Round 5 when she gathered 26 disposals, took six marks and laid 10 tackles.

 

Season summary:

Despite just the five wins, the Mugars came close on many occasions, with over half of their losses being under 10 points. There was plenty of individual success during the season, with 10 players on Melbourne University’s list earning an AFLW contract with North Melbourne. With the potential of multiple players returning to the VFLW with more AFLW experience next year, the Mugars could rise up the ladder and build on their 2018 VFLW campaign.

Season reviews: VFLW – Hawthorn

THE premiers of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition were one of the in-form teams throughout the season. The Hawks scraped through for some close wins while also showing their dominance with some big victories.

 

Position: 2nd (Premiers)
Win-loss: 12-2
Percentage: 180%

Results:
Round 1: Defeated Essendon by 39 points
Round 2: Defeated Casey Demons by seven points
Round 3: Defeated Carlton by 51 points
Round 4: Bye
Round 5: Lost against Collingwood by seven points
Round 6: Defeated Southern Saints by 33 points
Round 7: Defeated Essendon by 27 points
Round 8: Defeated Richmond by four points
Round 9: Defeated Williamstown by four points
Round 10: Defeated Melbourne University by five points
Round 11: Bye
Round 12: Defeated Southern Saints by nine points
Round 13: Lost against Darebin by four points
Round 14: Defeated Western Bulldogs by 55 points
Round 15: Defeated NT Thunder by 25 points
Round 16: Defeated Geelong Cats by 16 points

 

Key players:

#1 Emma Mackie

The skipper led from the front in marvellous fashion this season, putting her body on the line and proving to be an inside bull. Mackie’s football smarts partnered with her power gave opposition midfielders headaches, as she was able to move the ball swiftly through the midfield. Mackie had a cracking game in Round 3 against the Blues, racking up 29 disposals, taking four marks, laying 11 tackles and kicking a goal.  

#5 Chantella Perera

The Lisa Hardeman medalist was a standout all season, with coach, Patrick Hill trusting her to shut down dangerous opposition forwards The former basketballer showed her agility in defensive 50, taking athletic marks and showcasing her exciting run and carry. Perera placed fifth in Hawthorn’s Best and Fairest count.

#8 Rebecca Beeson

The Greater Western Sydney (GWS) star was a ball magnet this season, consistently racking up high numbers of disposals. Beeson had the ability to float up forward and also dominate in the midfield, proving to be a highly versatile player for the Hawks. Her kicking and handballing was fantastic and she always endeavoured to go forward with the ball in hand. Beeson placed second in Hawthorn’s Best and Fairest count. She starred in Round 15 with 30 disposals, eight marks and three tackles.

#25 Meg Hutchins

The heart and soul of female football was a joy to watch this season, proving that despite retiring from AFL Women’s, she can still play the game very well. Hutchins was dominant in the back line, taking plenty of intercept marks and getting her side out of trouble on multiple occasions. She could shut down key players or play as a loose player, and could succeed in both roles. Hutchins came third in Hawthorn’s Best and Fairest count and stood out in Round 7, when she racked up 19 disposals and took five marks.

#36 Jayde Van Dyk

A deserved Hawthorn Best and Fairest winner, Jayde Van Dyk was an absolute star in the backline. Van Dyk impressed with her football smarts and agility, combining them both to use the ball well both by hand or by foot. The VFLW Rising Star could stop key players in their tracks and used her run and carry to effect multiple times this season. She led the way in Round 8 when she gathered 26 disposals, six marks and nine tackles against the Tigers.

 

Season summary:

The premiers didn’t do much wrong this season, only dropping two games. Among the 12 wins, Hawthorn experienced some real character-building wins, with seven of those wins being under 10 points. This showed the Hawks’ composure and resilience to get the win, making them deserved premiers of the VFLW.

Season reviews: VFLW – Geelong

GEELONG had one of the most consistent Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s seasons. The Cats only suffered one big loss during the season with the other two being respectable margins. They turned it on in the finals and made it all the way to the big stage from fourth place.

 

Position: 4th (Runners-up)
Win-loss: 10-3
Percentage: 163%

Results:

Round 1: Defeated Melbourne University by 39 points
Round 2: Drew with Collingwood
Round 3: Defeated Williamstown by 53 points
Round 4: Defeated Carlton by seven points
Round 5: Defeated Melbourne University by one point
Round 6: Defeated Darebin by 15 points
Round 7: Bye
Round 8: Lost against Western Bulldogs by 22 points
Round 9: Lost against NT Thunder by 65 points
Round 10: Defeated Southern Saints by 38 points
Round 11: Defeated Casey Demons by 41 points
Round 12: Bye
Round 13: Defeated Richmond by 59 points
Round 14: Defeated Essendon by 45 points
Round 15: Defeated Casey Demons by 37 points
Round 16: Lost against Hawthorn by 16 points

 

Key players:

#7 Mia-Rae Clifford

Clifford was a deserved VFLW Team of the Year member after she transformed her game this season. After previously spending time as a defender, Clifford made the forward line her own at the Cats and had a consistent season in front of the sticks. She kicked 15 goals from 17 games and topped off her solid year with a fifth place finish in Geelong’s Best and Fairest count. One of her best games came in Round 5, when she kicked two goals, gathered 20 disposals, took eight marks and laid seven tackles.

#13 Maighan Fogas

Fogas was a ball magnet throughout the year for the Cats. She was an agile player who could use the football really well, whether it was by hand or by foot. Fogas finished second in Geelong’s Best and Fairest count after a solid year in the midfield. She was a crucial player in Geelong’s one-point win over Melbourne University, racking up 23 disposals and laying eight tackles.

#24 Maddy McMahon

McMahon was a real handy player for the Cats as they were able to throw her into a variety of positions. She impressed with her versatility throughout the year and looked like a ready-made AFL Women’s player, which earned her a spot on Geelong’s list. McMahon finished third in Geelong’s Best and Fairest count after averaging 14.1 disposals, 2.7 marks and 12 hitouts per game this season. She led the way in Round 4 with 22 disposals, four marks and five tackles in the Geelong’s win over Carlton.

#30 Richelle Cranston

Cranston was a deserved winner of Geelong’s VFLW Best and Fairest, with a stellar year in the midfield. Her strength in congestion was almost unmatchable as she was able to break the lines and use her long kick to propel her side forward. Cranston was also named in the VFLW Team of the Year as she consistently racked up high numbers of disposals throughout the season, proving to be a real headache for opposition sides. She had a stellar game in Round 5, gathering 26 disposals, taking five marks and laying six tackles.

#44 Rebecca Goring

The Geelong skipper led from the front all season, matching up on key players in defence and keeping them quiet. Goring was smart with her ball use, and used it well by hand and by foot. Her run and carry out of defensive 50 was also handy, as it allowed the Cats to go forward with ease. In Round 11, Goring played a great game against Casey, racking up 18 disposals and taking seven marks.

#45 Madeline Keryk

Keryk has probably been one of the most successful mid-season recruits in the VFLW. She played 12 games for the Cats this season (including finals) and her impact was profound. Keryk’s inside work was spectacular as she was able to feed the ball out of congestion with quick hands. Her run and carry was also key as it allowed her to break the lines and use her long kick to send the Cats forward. She had a remarkable finals series, but in terms of the home and away season, she dominated in Round 11 with 19 disposals, four marks and 11 tackles.

 

Season summary:

The future is certainly looking bright for Geelong, with the Geelong Falcons TAC Cup Girls side winning the premiership, the VFLW side featuring in the Grand Final and the AFL Women’s list starting to take shape. A lot of VFLW players showed plenty of promise and a lot of players could slot into an AFL Women’s side. The Cats produced some big winning margins during the year and scraped over the line on other occasions, showing their ability to get the job done. Geelong will certainly head into the VFLW next year as one of the premiership favourites.

Season reviews: VFLW – Essendon

ESSENDON’S first season in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition is certainly not what the side would have hoped for. But some close losses and pulling through for a win late in the season has given the Bombers some positives to take out of the year.

 

Position: 13th
Win-loss: 1-13
Percentage: 40%

Results:

Round 1: Lost against Hawthorn by 39 points
Round 2: Lost against Melbourne University by eight points
Round 3: Lost against NT Thunder by 72 points
Round 4: Lost against Southern Saints by 36 points
Round 5: Lost against Richmond by 34 points
Round 6: Bye
Round 7: Lost against Hawthorn by 27 points
Round 8: Lost against Casey Demons by 26 points
Round 9: Defeated Richmond by eight points
Round 10: Lost against Western Bulldogs by six points
Round 11: Lost against Darebin by 27 points
Round 12: Bye
Round 13: Lost against Collingwood by 26 points
Round 14: Lost against Geelong by 45 points
Round 15: Lost against Williamstown by 28 points
Round 16: Lost against Carlton by 75 points

 

Key players:

#1 Jessica Trend

Trend was one of Essendon’s most reliable players, often being a stalwart in defence. Her football smarts were second to none and allowed her to see plenty of the football. She finished fifth in Essendon’s Best and Fairest count and has earned herself an AFL Women’s contract at North Melbourne as a result of her consistent year at the Bombers. She was Essendon’s leading disposal-getter in Round 8 with 20 touches. Trend also took two marks and laid six tackles in that match.  

#8 Hayley Bullas

The most ferocious tackler in the competition, Bullas gave opposition midfielders headaches. She was a workhorse on the inside for the Bombers this season and won the Best and Fairest as a result. Bullas played all 14 games this season, consistently earning a spot in the side for her midfield efforts. Remarkably, she racked up more than 10 tackles on five separate occasions, with the standout being in Round 4 when she laid a whopping 19 tackles.

#25 Rebecca Neaves

Like Trend, Neaves was also a reliable player for the Bombers, playing a solid role in defence. Neaves was able to move the ball swiftly out of defensive 50 and was a good marker of the football. She came third in Essendon’s Best and Fairest count after an excellent year.

#44 Maddy Collier

The Greater Western Sydney (GWS) midfielder showed her experience in the red and black, playing some stellar games throughout the season. Collier seemed to find the football with ease and kicked it nicely. Her quick hands and tackling were also impressive features of her game. She led the way for the Bombers in Round 11, racking up 21 disposals, four marks and six tackles. Collier was also named best-on-ground by her coaches in five of her 12 games this season.

#46 Courtney Ugle

Ugle’s run and carry out of defence often saved Essendon from some big losses this season. She was smart with the ball in hand and could use it well both by hand or by foot. For a defender, she still managed to rack up plenty of touches, highlighting her ability to find the football under duress. She came second in Essendon’s Best and Fairest count. One of her best games was against Collingwood in Round 13 where she gathered 16 disposals and laid five tackles.

 

Season summary:

Despite just the one win, Essendon did come close on a couple of occasions. The Bombers were able to push the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne University right until the end, going down in both those games by less than 10 points. Two losses by more than 70 points would have dampened their spirits, but the Bombers would be going into the off-season excited about their young list. Additionally, exciting players like Valerie Moreau and Kendra Heil would boost their chances of getting a few more wins in 2019.

Season reviews: VFLW – Darebin

THE Darebin Falcons should be pleased with the overall results of the season taking out a number of wins. But they will be left ruing their missed opportunities, losing to two teams below them on the ladder in the last few rounds of the home and away season, keeping them out of finals contention.

Position: 5th
Win-loss: 8-6
Percentage: 110%

Results:

Round 1: Lost against Northern Territory by 54 points
Round 2: Defeated Richmond by 39 points
Round 3: Bye
Round 4: Defeated Casey by 69 points
Round 5: Defeated Carlton by 49 points
Round 6: Lost against Geelong by 15 points
Round 7: Defeated Melbourne Uni by 12 points
Round 8: Defeated Williamstown by 14 points
Round 9: Lost against Collingwood by 29 points
Round 10: Lost against Northern Territory by 40 points
Round 11: Defeated Essendon by 27 points
Round 12: Bye
Round 13: Defeated Hawthorn by four points
Round 14: Defeated Southern Saints by four points
Round 15: Lost against Carlton by 25 points
Round 16: Lost against Western Bulldogs by four points

 

Key players:

#7 Lily Mithen

The Melbourne AFLW midfielder had a strong finish to the season, accumulating plenty of the footy. She was efficient by foot and showed her ability to go in hard and win the footy at the coalface. Mithen applied plenty of physical pressure throughout the VFLW season and was a key cog in helping to get the midfield firing for the Falcons in times of need. She had one of her best games in Round 15, gathering 21 touches and laying five tackles showcasing her ferocity and willingness to win the footy.

#12 Jessica Dal Pos

The Greater Western Sydney (GWS) midfielder had another consistent season in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s, playing an important role in the Falcons midfield make-up. Her use of speed and experience was pivotal to help create overlap run and provide an opportunity for her teammates to get into space. Dal Pos is a real playmaker across the ground for the Falcons and continued to display her high quality skills throughout the season, especially in Round 13, racking up 15 disposals and laying eight tackles.

#14 Meghan McDonald

She had an impressive season for the Falcons and displayed her array of skills down back, showing good composure while under pressure. Her ability to check her kicks and try and create space was important for Darebin. McDonald’s clean hands were a clear standout in the defence end, going back with the flight on multiple occasions and putting her body on the line to win the contested footy.

#30 Elise O’Dea

O’Dea was her ever reliable self throughout the whole season showing her experience and high footy IQ to really hurt her opponents. She starred in Round 13, amassing 26 possessions and a goal. O’Dea only managed to play the six games for the season but she played a crucial part in the Falcons side, providing strength and composure with ball in hand.

#43 Hannah Mouncey

Mouncey was the runner-up in the VFLW leading goal kicker award, showing her dominance and accuracy in front of goal, slotting 19 majors from 12 matches. She proved to be an integral part in the Falcons forward line, providing strong leads and taking a heap of good strong contested marks. Mouncey showed great composure with ball in hand and was relatively efficient, ensuring that she hit up a teammate on the lead. She really stamped her authority on the game in Round 4, kicking a bag of five against Casey, highlighting her ability to break games right open with her power and skill.

 

Season summary:

Overall, Darebin had a successful season, racking up eight wins. After a big loss in Round 1, the Falcons pulled themselves together and proved why they are a force to be reckoned with, putting sides to the sword with convincing wins over Casey and Carlton in consecutive weeks. The Falcons have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming 2019 season after establishing themselves as a dominant team, but will want to iron out the little inconsistencies that cost them the four points in the 2018 VFLW season.

Season reviews: VFLW – Collingwood

THE Magpies took the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition by storm, winning 13 straight excluding the draw in Round 2. Unfortunately, they fell short when it counted, which was in the finals. The Magpies would be happy with their season but so too disappointed they could not take home the silverware.

 

Position: 1st
Win-loss: 12-1-1
Percentage: 185%

Results:

Round 1: Defeated Williamstown by 18 points
Round 2: Drew with Geelong
Round 3: Defeated Richmond by 43 points
Round 4: Defeated Bulldogs by eight points
Round 5: Defeated Hawthorn by seven points
Round 6: Bye
Round 7: Defeated Carlton by 36 points
Round 8: Defeated Northern Territory by 16 points
Round 9: Defeated Darebin by 29 points
Round 10: Bye
Round 11: Defeated Carlton by 17 points
Round 12: Defeated Melbourne Uni by 19 points
Round 13: Defeated Essendon by 26 points
Round 14: Lost against Northern Territory by 10 points
Round 15: Defeated Southern Saints by 38 points
Round 16: Defeated Casey by 32 points

 

Key players:

#2 Chloe Molloy

Molloy proved to be one of Collingwood’s greatest assets throughout the VFLW season. In the AFLW, the youngster claimed the Rising Star Award, made the All-Australian team and won Collingwood’s best and fairest credit to her class, skill and high footy IQ. Molloy carried on in the VFLW, and was an absolute machine on the footy field, going in hard at the contest. She offered great run and carry and more importantly a safe set of hands across the ground. Unfortunately, she is set for a long stint on the sidelines next season after getting injured in the preliminary final, which will be a huge loss for the Pies.

#4 Sarah D’Arcy 

D’Arcy was one of Collingwood’s most consistent players across the board. She was able to play her role without fail in many games across the season and she was hard to stop when she did. D’Arcy was one of the Pies’ most solid performers in the finals, and was a key reason why the side experienced so much success during the home and away season. Against Hawthorn in the first week of finals, D’Arcy gathered 20 disposals, took six marks and laid five tackles in a great all-round game.

#13 Jaimee Lambert

Lambert’s experience and class around the contest was a focal point of her game. She proved to be a real play-maker and goal sneak for the Magpies, ending the season with 10 goals from her 12 matches. The new recruit slotted right into the Collingwood line-up and was a real bull around the contest, applying plenty of forward pressure. Round 16 was a standout for the 24 year-old, who had the footy on a string. She racked up 15 touches, laid four tackles and bagged three goals, causing havoc across the ground.

#21 Iilish Ross

Ross had a consistent season for the Pies, attacking the ball hard and hitting the packs strongly. She starred in Round 13, laying a whopping 12 tackles, amassing 18 touches and nailing a goal to prove her versatility and skill. Throughout the VFLW season, Ross was clean with ball in hand and showed good composure to think her way through tricky situations. The youngster provided plenty of run and carry and showed a strong pair of hands while under pressure. Her ball use was clean and precise, drawing her teammates to the space and the footy.

#47 Jessica Edwards

Captained the side after crossing from South Australia and did a terrific job. Often coming off half-back or along the wing, Edwards was able to impact the contest regularly and gain her team serious ground. She put her body on the line and brought her teammates into the game. A strong leader and one that would be looked at by AFL Women’s clubs for her impact on and off the field.

#49 Sophie Alexander

Alexander’s tackling pressure was intense, showing she was not afraid to put her body on the line. Her intent was fierce and she consistently helped to lock the ball in the Pies’ attacking half. She also displayed good bursts of speed to help open up space across the ground and provide overlap run for her teammates to get into damaging positions. More importantly though she proved to be a handful in the forward line with her accuracy in front of goal causing havoc for her opponents. She was the club’s leading goal kicker managing 14 goals from her 14 games.

 

Season summary:

After an impressive start to the season, Collingwood was left ruing its early exit from the finals series, bowing out in the preliminary final. The Pies finished on top of the ladder with only one loss to their name, but they failed to make the most of their position in the finals. They proved to be the benchmark of the VFLW competition with their fierce intent and willingness to take the game on but will be wanting to go one match better next season and take home the premiership. The Magpies showed great composure with ball in hand and showcased their ability to pick sides apart, credit to their patience and solid structure.