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Team of the Week: VFLW – Round 8

AFTER their impressive wins over the weekend, Melbourne University and Casey have three representatives each in this week’s best 22. Meanwhile, Essendon, Williamstown and NT only have one player each who made the cut after their disappointing defeats in round eight of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition.

Jess Duffin was exceptional for the Seagulls against Darebin and was a shinning light, despite their loss on Sunday. Her 31 disposals was a massive feat and her 25 kicks were truly impressive. Joining Duffin as a lock in the Team of the Week was Collingwood forward, Sophie Alexander. She kicked a round-high four goals to accompany her 18 disposals.

The AFL Draft Central VFLW Team of the Week has seen a regular set of defenders perform well week in, week out. The likes of Meghan McDonald, Jayde Van Dyk, Jacqueline Graham and Courtney Ugle have seen their names appear in the best 22 on many occasions this season, which is reward for their defensive efforts. 

Alice Edmonds played a prolific ruck role for Richmond in the absence of AFLW North Melbourne ruck, Emma King. Edmonds gathered 17 touches as well as giving the Richmond midfield silver service. She was unlucky to miss out on selection this week, but was edged out of the team by Carlton’s Breann Moody.

Williamstown pair, Georgia Harris and Jenna Bruton are also unlucky to miss out on a place in this week’s best 22, after each of them had standout performances. Harris was a spearhead up forward with two goals while Bruton recorded 27 disposals. However, it was not enough for her to claim a spot this week with teammate, Duffin edging her out.

Team selection: VFLW – Round 7

A host of TAC Cup Girls will make their Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s debut this week, as they prepare for the AFL Women’s National Under 18 Championships commencing on July 9. A couple of traditional rivals will go head-to-head this weekend as well with both Carlton and Collingwood and Hawthorn and Essendon battling it out for a round seven victory.

 

SOUTHERN SAINTS v. NT THUNDER

Round 7 – 23/06/2018

11:15AM

SkyBus Stadium

The Southern Saints will have to fight hard to get back on the winner’s list this week as they face the undefeated NT Thunder this Saturday. Sandringham Dragons duo, Eleanor Brown and Jemma Owen will retake to the field this week after representing Vic Metro in the AFL Women’s National Under 18 Championships. They have been named in alongside Carlton AFLW player, Laura Attard, Eastern Ranges pair, Gabriella De Angelis and Charlotte Wilson as well as Dandenong Stingrays duo, Shelley Heath and Courtney Jones.

NT Thunder have made 11 changes with lots of Northern Territory talent being re-injected into the side. Tabitha May will be making her senior debut this week after being named most valuable player in round one of the AFL Women’s National Under 18 Championships. Coming back to the side will be defenders, Tahlia Holtze, Jemma Iacono, Morgan Johnstonand Lisa Roberts. Similarly, Jasmine Anderson, Lucy Adam and ruck, Jess Allan will be welcomed back into the midfield. For the forward line, the skillful Jasmyn Hewett will return from rest alongside Jordann Hickey and Ruth Wallace. However, the Thunder has rested AFLW Adelaide Crows stars, Sophie Armitstead, Georgia Bevan, Courtney Cramey, Chelsea Randall, Deni Varnhagen, Jenna McCormick and Sally Riley in line with an AFL Victoria directive to reduce the number of South Australian-based players in the team each weekMadeline Gault, Sue Nalder and Kristy Irvine will also miss this week’s match up.

Southern Saints
B: 29. M. Macdonald, 14. I. Quintal, 30. C. Wilson
HB: 17. L. Olsen, 38. S. Karlson, 31. G. Walker
C: 39. E. Brown, 2. A. Brown, 52. T. Gordon
HF: 21. D. Lawrence, 15. T. Bohanna, 27. K. Macqueen
F: 35. G. De Angelis, 13. C. Munn, 33. J. Owen
R: 28. R. Watt, 8. A. Drennan, 32. S. Johnson
Int: 10. L. Arnell, 18. L. Attard, 43. S. Heath, 40. M. Maitland
Emg: 49. A. Allsopp, 24. K. Ripari, 19. A. Silver, 22. D. Smith
23P: 42. C. Jones

In: E. Brown, J. Owen, L. Attard, G. De Angelis, C. Jones, C. Wilson, S. Heath
Out: S. Bolding, A. Ryan, K. Thompson

NT Thunder
B: 5. M. Roberts, 7. L. O’Shea, 44. M. Johnston
HB: 18. T. Holtze, 37. S. Allan, 13. L. Roberts
C: 12. J. Anderson, 3. A. Foley, 32. K. Streader
HF: 31. J. Sedunary, 11. J. Hickey, 15. R. Wallace
F: 28. R. Forth, 20. J. Hewett, 6. L. Motlop
R: 25. J. Allan, 17. E. Swanson, 43. K. Duggan
Int: 1. L. Adam, 10. S. Barnett, 41. A. Chittick, 19. J. Iacono
Emg: 42. G. Cusack, 23. S. Mauboy, 47. T. May
23P: 48. N. Gore

In: T. May, J. Hickey, T. Holtze, M. Johnston, J. Iacono, J. Hewett, L. Adam, R. Wallace, N. Gore, L. Roberts, J. Anderson, J. Allan
Out: D. Varnhagen, C. Cramey, S. Riley, G. Bevan, S. Armitstead, M. Gault, C. Randall, K. Irvine, J. McCormick, S. Nalder

 

COLLINGWOOD v. CARLTON

Round 7 – 23/06/2018

01:00PM

Warrawee Park

Collingwood will be coming off a week’s rest when it takes on Carlton at Warrawee Park this weekend. The Magpies have made four key changes to their line-up, bringing in AFLW talents, Ruby Schleicher, Kristy Stratton and Emma GrantLeah French will also join the side this week, while Mua LaloifiGabrielle Biedenweg-Webster, Sarah Cameron and AFLW player, Holly Whitford have been named out. Oakleigh Chargers forward, Daisy Bateman comes back into the side as the 23rd player after scoring three goals on debut for the Magpies.

Carlton has made five changes in the lead up to this week’s match, starting with the exciting inclusion of this year’s TAC Cup Girls Northern Knights captain, Maddy Brancatisano. She will come in as the 23rd player and bring her leadership experience after leading her side to the inaugural TAC Cup Girls Grand Final. She will be joined by another TAC Cup Girls leader in Gippsland co-captain, Tyla Hanks, who was one of the best on ground for Vic Country in its first Nationals hit-out. Carlton AFLW players, Natalie Plane and Bridie Kennedy have also been named to take the field this week, as well as sister of Breann Moody, Celine Moody. They will have big shoes to fill with AFLW teammates, Jess Hosking and Sophie Li being rested. Oakleigh Chargers forward, Isabella Gietzmann and Rachel King have been omitted while Courtney Bromage has shifted her focus from football back to her studies for the remainder of the season.

Collingwood
B: 52. N. Hales, 61. A. Malander, 72. K. Lee
HB: 22. S. Casey, 18. R. Schleicher, 47. J. Edwards
C: 81. B. Jones, 4. S. D’Arcy, 99. S. Marsh
HF: 49. S. Alexander, 77. C. Leighton, 2. C. Molloy
F: 54. H. Grubb, 75. E. Fowler, 13. J. Lambert
R: 11. E. Hynes, 5. E. Grant, 55. L. French
Int: 65. E. Browning, 50. G. Buchan, 63. P. Nash, 41. K. Stratton
Emg: 56. P. Davey, 53. R. Grant, 62. E. Korteman, 68. S. Yoannidis
23P: 66. D. Bateman

Carlton
B: 24. R. Hicks, 7. S. Last, 56. C. Williams
HB: 34. A. Chuot, 5. D. Pedersen, 40. K. Harvey
C: 55. C. Dalton, 32. N. Plane, 18. T. Lucas-Rodd
HF: 38. L. McCarthy, 50. J. Borg, 90. B. Walker
F: 27. K. Cox, 42. C. Hardeman, 41. K. Cunico
R: 16. B. Moody, 26. S. Audley, 51. T. Hanks
Int: 82. N. Burns, 23. B. Kennedy, 36. C. Moody, 37. B. Schultz
Emg: 45. R. King, 35. S. Li, 66. T. Plowman, 63. O. Vesely
23P: 8. M. Brancatisano

In: O. Vesely, N. Plane, T. Hanks, M. Brancatisano, B. Kennedy, C. Moody
Out: J. Hosking, C. Bromage

 

CASEY DEMONS v. WESTERN BULLDOGS

Round 7 – 23/06/2018

04:00PM

Casey Fields

Both the Casey Demons and Western Bulldogs come into round seven with one win under their belt and hungry for more. Coming off last week’s bye, the Demons have brought in AFLW players, Laura Duryea and Kate Hore, Bianca Jakobsson and Katherine Smith. They will be joined by Dandenong Stingrays and Vic Country captain, Jordyn Allen, as well as Taylor Mesiti and Sally Fyfield. This week the Demons also signed Shae Sloane, sister of Rory Sloane, who will don the red and blue jumper for the first time this weekend as the 23rd player. The former Volleyroos captain is an exciting addition to the team.

Coming off their first win of the season, the Bulldogs have pulled the ace from their sleeve this week, bringing in AFLW premiership captain, Ellie Blackburn for her VFLW debut. She will be joined by another debutant in AFLW premiership forward, Deanna Berry. Both girls are no stranger to a tough game of football and are sure to add class to the Dogs’ line-up. Laura Bailey, Nicole Paul, Brittney Wunhym and Katerina Rebuffo have also been named in for the round seven clash.

Casey Demons
B: 37. L. Lowerson, 27. A. Harrison, 15. S. Phillips
HB: 34. D. Guttridge, 21. H. Cordner, 16. C. Sheriff
C: 25. M. Shevlin, 22. K. Guttridge, 8. M. Tatham
HF: 18. K. Bentvelzen , 29. E. Zanker , 41. T. Mesiti
F: 38. J. Allen, 12. G. McLean, 7. B. Jakobsson
R: 14. T. Orgill, 13. K. Smith, 2. A. Newman
Int: 48. S. Fyfield, 9. A. Johnson, 6. A. McDonough, 5. S. Poke
Emg: 3. R. Clayton, 47. M. Hogg, 30. A. Marshall, 33. L. Rutter, 49. B. Struylaart
23P: 26. S. Sloane

Western Bulldogs
B: 9. T. Dinuccio, 42. N. Paul, 5. R. Martinuzzo
HB: 26. T. Morgan, 18. E. Birch, 38. C. O’Brien
C: 13. L. Bailey, 21. B. Hunt, 10. S. Jolly
HF: 1. B. Lochland, 12. J. Francke, 6. K. McLeod
F: 7. D. Berry , 32. A. Mifsud, 41. A. Scott
R: 24. K. Rennie, 2. E. Blackburn, 17. H. Wildes
Int: 31. A. Gunn, 29. T. Hamilton, 47. N. McMahon, 51. K. Rebuffo
Emg: 16. N. Ferres, 40. N. Gills, 36. A. Gogos , 27. E. Muller
23P: 37. B. Wunhym

In: L. Bailey, N. Paul, B. Wunhym, N. Gills, D. Berry , E. Blackburn, K. Rebuffo
Out: E. Mackay, R. Ashley, A. Tessari

 

MELBOURNE UNI  v. DAREBIN

Round 7 – 23/06/2018

06:30PM

Melville Oval, Hamilton

Melbourne Uni will go into this week’s clash against Darebin missing two Kangaroo recruits, Jamie Stanton and Danielle HardimanMarta Cantwell has also been named out. In their place, Vic Metro captain, Madison Prespakis will be welcomed back to the field alongside the fearless Sophie Abbatangelo, Asha Price, Alexandra Saundry, Candice Adams and Lauren Munday.

Darebin has made six changes to its round seven side. This involves the inclusion of AFLW player, Nicole Callinan as well as Cherelle Byrne, Janelle Bertoni, Shree Fairchild and Eastern Ranges and Vic Metro defender, Lauren Szigeti who comes in as the 23rd player. The Falcons will be going into the game without powerhouse, Lily Mithen, who is a former captain of Vic Country, and Melbourne AFLW player. Fellow AFLW midfielder, Nat Exon is another big out for the Falcons this week.

Melbourne Uni
B: 27. J. Anderson, 29. K. Klatt, 6. E. Keaney
HB: 53. J. Grierson, 43. L. Munday, 24. S. Wilson
C: 10. K. Ashmore, 15. E. Kearney, 44. A. Runnalls
HF: 11. P. Cordes, 9. K. Price, 2. H. Ibrahim
F: 1. S. Abbatangelo, 34. A. Price, 7. A. Riddell
R: 33. C. Adams, 41. K. Gillespie-Jones, 18. A. Tupper
Int: 19. L. Ahrens, 38. K. Angelis, 20. L. Belza, 4. A. Saundry
Emg: 28. A. Dalley, 45. M. McDonald, 35. M. Shone, 16. T. Watson
23P: 46. M. Prespakis

In: S. Abbatangelo, C. Adams, L. Munday, A. Price, T. Watson, A. Saundry, M. Prespakis
Out: J. Stanton, D. Hardiman, M. Cantwell

Darebin
B: 32. G. Colvin, 27. S. Hogan, 49. R. Hibbert
HB: 48. L. Jacobs, 14. M. McDonald, 21. K. Roe
C: 2. N. Callinan, 9. M. Eastman, 15. A. Lister
HF: 26. T. Olcorn, 24. K. Shierlaw, 56. M. Wilson
F: 22. G. Hammond, 43. H. Mouncey, 17. S. Simpson
R: 41. A. O’Connor, 20. M. Guerin, 12. J. Dal pos
Int: 36. C. Byrne, 44. S. Fairchild, 31. E. Gardner, 11. K. Tyndall
Emg: 37. J. Bertoni, 1. E. Honybun, 29. S. Normington – Dickens, 30. E. O’Dea
23P: 35. L. Szigeti

In: S. Fairchild, L. Szigeti, G. Hammond, N. Callinan, S. Normington – Dickens, C. Byrne, J. Bertoni
Out: L. Skipper, N. Exon, L. Mithen

 

HAWTHORN  v. ESSENDON

Round 7 – 24/06/2018

11:45AM

Box Hill City Oval

Hawthorn will be looking for repeat efforts of last weekend when it takes on the winless Essendon. They have brought in two debutants for the occasion, including Eastern Ranges duo, Emerson Woods and Mikala Cann. Both girls have proven to be tough competitors after their TAC Cup Girls experience this year. Clare O’Donnell and Nicky Cormack have had to make way for the young midfielders.

Yet to experience victory, Essendon will be desperate for a win, coming off the bye. The Bombers have trusted in three debutants to bring them the result they desire. Greater Western Sydney defender, Tanya Hetherington and 17-year-old Calder Cannons defender, Molly Warburton will hopefully bolster the Dons’ defensive pressure. Another 17-year-old Cannons recruit, Carla Rendelmann will also play her first game, being named as the 23rd player. Aysha Ward and Monique DeMatteo have also been named in while Jessica Anwyl, Danielle Ponter, Alex Quigley, Jenna Barker and Erin Bult have been named out.

Hawthorn
B: 22. T. Luke, 21. P. Randall, 31. J. Sibley
HB: 4. S. Carroll, 36. J. Van Dyk, 13. E. Nixon
C: 17. S. David, 1. E. Mackie, 9. M. Kuys
HF: 14. O. Flanagan, 25. M. Hutchins, 33. E. Gilder
F: 8. R. Beeson, 28. S. Perkins, 5. C. Perera
R: 32. K. Ebb, 39. S. McNamara, 6. J. Crockett-Grills
Int: 45. M. Cann, 40. E. Macdonald, 16. C. Papadopoulos, 19. L. Wotton
Emg: 37. J. Barnden, 24. R. Dillon, 11. D. Haines, 29. A. Tanner
23P: 43. E. Woods

In: D. Haines, M. Cann, A. Tanner, R. Dillon, E. Woods, J. Barnden
Out: C. O’Donnell, N. Cormack

Essendon
B: 25. R. Neaves, 7. K. Hicks, 5. M. Warburton
HB: 17. T. Hetherington, 16. L. Morecroft, 27. A. Morcom
C: 44. M. Collier, 37. I. Malliaras, 46. C. Ugle
HF: 35. V. Moreau, 18. K. Heil, 47. A. Ward
F: 4. N. Hardy, 12. B. Kearney, 22. N. MacDonald
R: 30. S. Nalder, 9. L. Williams, 8. H. Bullas
Int: 15. L. Caruso, 3. M. DeMatteo, 32. T. Mackrill, 1. J. Trend
Emg: 14. J. Barker, 49. E. Bult, 26. A. Madden, 28. C. Portlock
23P: 36. C. Rendelmann

Team of the Week: VFLW – Round 6

AFTER the Queen’s birthday bye it is still Geelong and Northern Territory (NT) Thunder who are sitting pretty on top of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s ladder with five wins after six rounds. Essendon are still on the bottom of the ladder as the only side yet to record a win following the Western Bulldogs’ triumph in round six.

In Round 6, Williamstown and the Western Bulldogs have dominated this round’s AFL Draft Central VFL Women’s Team of the Week to have four players each. Melbourne University and the Southern Saints only have one representative each after their disappointing performances in round six.

Jessica Francke of the Western Bulldogs was a automatic pick for the Team of the Week, as she dominated the forward line with five goals. Richmond’s Jenna Colwell was also very instrumental up forward with two goals and 14 disposals. Other regulars who made the team include Williamstown’s Jess Duffin and Jenna Bruton, as well as Western Bulldogs’ Libby Birch and Geelong’s Richelle Cranston.

Lily Mithen tried hard all day for Darebin but unfortunately not quite enough to earn a spot in the Team of the Week. Melbourne University duo, Ashleigh Riddell and Emma Kearney were also unlukcy omissions, as they were shinning lights in a disappointing outing for the Mugars. 

Scouting notes: VFLW – Round 6

DESPITE a weekend plagued with miserable weather, the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s teams still gave it their all on the field. We saw two games on the weekend where two powerhouses dominated the match.

Carlton vs. Northern Territory

By: Taylah Melki

Carlton :

#11 Jess Hosking
She worked tirelessly all game and put her body on the line taking some big hits. Hosking showed great footy awareness and smarts to hit targets while under pressure in difficult windy conditions. She was a real ball magnet winning plenty of touches and tackling hard. 

#16 Breann Moody
Was a standout for the Blues in a disappointing outing competing hard. She was good in the ruck and showcased her jumping ability with clever taps to advantage and helping to set up plays around the stoppages.

#17 Tilly Lucas-Rood
Lucas-Rodd provided good strength around the contest for the Blue Baggers laying a strong tackle in the second quarter resulting in a dropping the ball free. She played on quickly and showcased her ability to hit targets.

#35 Sophie Li
Li looked dangerous and lively all game with her explosive speed and impact on the contest. She took a really good strong contested mark in the second quarter getting up high. One of the highlights of the game for Carlton was Li’s work at the centre bounce reading the tap out of the ruck and bursting through the centre bounce and nailing a kick into the forward 50. Her ability to hit targets and create forward momentum for the Blues was important as well as her work down back.

#42 Caroline Hardeman
She attacked the ball hard and did not take a backwards step all game. Hardeman displayed her ability to cleanly pick up the footy at full pace and use the ball effectively and efficiently. She provided a much needed goal for Carlton kicking their first major in the dying seconds of the first half credit to her ability to get forward and provide a good lead and strong hands. She was among their best demonstrating her footy smarts and racking up plenty of touches.

#56 Caitlin Williams
Williams was a definite stand out for the Blues covering the ground well and imposing herself on the contest. She is a smooth mover and that showed around the coalface extracting the footy and using it cleanly around the stoppages. She worked tirelessly all game and went in hard at the contest consistently.

 

Northern Territory:

#4 Sue Nalder
Demonstrated some very clever passages of play and her follow-up work around the ground was impressive. She was a real ball magnet and created plenty of scoring opportunities for her teammates. Nalder also slotted a goal herself to open the Northern Territory’s account.

#5 Machaelia Roberts
Roberts was smooth in traffic and showcased her ability to burst away from the pack. She was lively and demonstrated her footy IQ with her clever work around the boundary line to keep the ball in play.

#14 Courtney Cramey
Cramey was strong onto the footy and used her beautiful long penetrating kick to hit targets while under pressure. She consistently created a good contest working hard to win the footy and release it to her teammates. She bagged a goal in the third term to top off an already solid performance for the Northern Territory. She was a tackling machine laying a whopping nine tackles for the game thanks to her hunger and desire to win the footy at all costs.

#22 Jessica McCormick
McCormick was one of the many standouts for the NT with her ability to cover the ground and impose herself on the contest. Her ability to punch and smother the ball but continue to stay in play and follow up with a tackle was impressive. McCormick’s consistent pressure and willingness to get herself to the contest was second to none. She was not afraid to get involved and put her body on the line laying strong tackles and working her opponent over to win to one-on-one battles.

 #26 Chelsea Randall
Randall was her consistent self, imposing herself on the contest and tackling hard. She competed hard to win the footy and made a strong contest each time the ball was near her. Randall covered the ground efficiently and was strong both in defence and attack. She could have quite easily almost taken Mark of the Year climbing up one of her opponents back and flying at full stretch, but dropped it when coming down.

#31 Jessica Sedunary
Was damaging up forward for the Northern Territory from the beginning of the game. She slotted a good goal in the opening term right in front of the big sticks from about 30m out. But it did not stop there, slotting another major in the second term running into an open goal credit to her work to run hard and push forward. She displayed a good kicking action and was clean with ball in hand. Her work around the stoppages was good getting in hard to win the footy and picked the footy up cleanly.

#37 Sarah Allen
Was very consistent throughout the game and was good in congestion. She worked hard to open up space for her teammates and created good forward momentum setting up a scoring opportunity. Allen competed well in the ruck with plenty of taps to advantage allowing her midfielders to run onto the ball.

 

Geelong Cats vs. Darebin

By: Julia Montesano

Geelong Cats:

#30 Richelle Cranston
Had the best hands of the day, intercepting everything that came her way. Displayed good run and carry, accelerating brilliantly with the ball in hand. Cranston was able to mix her power well with her skill, demonstrated by a nice deft kick off her opposite foot, avoiding blazing away and tricking her opponent. Her tackling was immensely strong and used her body to take some ripper marks. A highlight of her game was when she fended off a player.

#2 Danielle Orr
Kicked the ball nice and long towards inside 50, creating plenty of scoring opportunities. She was involved in some nice passages of play, proving why she was selected for Geelong’s AFLW side. Was also able to kick the ball nicely down the line and take some strong marks inside 50. Her body work was sound throughout the day.

#46 Erin Hoare
Did a fantastic job in the ruck, using her height and impressive leap to give her midfielders prime opportunity to chase the footy well. Took a lovely inside 50 mark and was able to rove off her own tap work. Her body work was also fantastic as it helped her get into good marking positions. Hoare’s endurance was second to none as she worked hard across the ground to get on the end of some passages of play.

#40 Anna Teague
Had the task of playing on Hannah Mouncey and held her down to just one behind for the day. She was not afraid to go in hard for the ball and tackle aggressively, playing a great defensive role. Also displayed good run and carry which enables Geelong to slingshot the ball back into its forward 50.

#7 Mia-Rae Clifford
Clifford was the star of the day, racking up the possessions and giving her all for the Cats. Delivered some good kicks around the body and led to the footy well. Her kicking was nice and precise, which was demonstrated with a good kick to the top of the square. Clifford took a lovely mark on the goal line, reading the flight of the ball perfectly and booting through a goal. Did it up the other end as well as she took a great diving mark in defensive 50, which got the Cats out of trouble.

#28 Michelle Fedele
Delivered a good kick to the top of the square, creating a scoring opportunity for the Cats. Was generally lovely inside 50. She had a highlight when she turned her opponent inside out and snapped at goal. The ball was marked by Mia-Rae Clifford on the goal line but it was undoubtedly a highlight for Fedele.

 

Darebin:

#45 Hannah Mouncey
Mouncey displayed strong work to stand up in contests. She is also quite mobile with her run and carry, and follows this up by using her long kick to advantage. Did not have a great day up forward but worked up the ground well to try and create opportunities for her side.

#7 Lily Mithen
Mithen was lively around the contest and pestered the opposition with her hunger for the footy and hard tackling. Laid a good smother and got a handball out while being tackled, showing her all-round smarts in the contest.

#32 Gabrielle Colvin
Stood up well in defence despite plenty of Geelong pressure. Tackled well and had strong hands.

#41 Aasta O’Connor
O’Connor’s ball use was great and she filled the role of Lauren Pearce pretty well. Delivered a nice long kick inside 50 and used good body work in the ruck. A highlight of her game was where she lowered eyes to find Hannah Mouncey on the lead inside 50.

#8 Nat Exon
Exon was everywhere on the day and did extremely well to get something going for Darebin. She displayed relentless pressure as well as good run and carry. Also delivered a nice kick inside 50. A highlight of her game was when she accelerated brilliantly into inside 50 space, leading to the drop of the ball magnificently.

#17 Stephanie Simpson
Was pivotal for the Falcons as she kicked their only two goals of the day. Used her agility to bop up in the contests and be a lovely presence inside 50. Her first goal was a good one as it was a nice snap around the body for the Falcons’ first goal of the day.

Team of the Week: VFLW – Round 2

ROUND two of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s gave the football world a more clear picture of where each team sits. Richmond has crashed back down to earth after being smashed by Darebin on Saturday. After their win, the Falcons showed that they cannot be ruled out after their mammoth loss to NT in round one. The Hawks also stamped themselves as contenders with their second straight win.

Darebin dominated Richmond, and the Team of the Week with three players getting a spot in the best 22, headlined by Hannah Mouncey who was dominant up forward with three goals. Melbourne University also had three players, including new North Melbourne recruit, Emma Kearney who finished with 25 disposals. The Southern Saints got some love this week after their first win in the competition, with Danielle Lawrence (four goals) and Alison Drennan (35 disposals) making their way into the best 22. 

With so many standout midfielders this week, it was too hard to fit Carlton’s Sophie Li and Collingwood’s Sarah Dargan into the Team of the Week, but they should still be commended for wonderful performances. 

Scouting notes: VFLW – Round 2

ROUND two of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s produced many highlights, with some teams experiencing victory for the first time while others had to deal with the odd feeling of a draw. But no matter what the result was, the entertainment was still top notch across all games. We were at three games on the weekend and took down notes on some of the top performers.

 

Richmond vs. Darebin 

By: James Halley

Richmond:

#76 Ella Ross

She was a constant contributor all day for Richmond, finishing with 18 touches. She was the link from midfield to forward many times, and went inside 50 four times.

#64 Emma Gunn

She applied really good forward pressure. She was rewarded for her good work with a shot on goal from a free kick from the square but it hit the post.

#71 Louise Stephenson

Very good tackler and won herself a free for holding the ball in a chase-down tackle early in the first term. The Giant played mostly in attack, and set up many attempts on goal. Although none prevailed, she still had a serviceable game with 10 disposals.

#59 Alana Woodward

Her pressure was huge and exemplified by her tackling. She finished with 11 tackles, the most on the ground.

#61 Jenna Colwell

She was the Tigers best and most influential in the midfield, with 25 disposals for the match. Although she did not score any goals this week, she can hold her head up high.

 

Darebin:

#40 Hannah Mouncey

She presented well at the ball and she was able to mark the ball on the lead from 50 metres out. She kicked a goal off one step from the long range to start the game. She repeated this a minute later with another contested grab and goal from 50 metres. She kicked her third for the quarter when she was left out the back and waltzed into an open goal square. Mouncey took another mark on the lead but could not convert, with her shot off a few steps hitting the post. She set up her teammate in the last for a goal with a really clever piece of play hitting her on the chest 50 metres away.

#27 Shevaun Hogan

She played at full-back and played more of a quarter-back role as she always stayed at least a kick behind the play and time after time the Tigers midfielders kicked it straight to her.

#14 Meghan McDonald

McDonald was the best midfielder on the day for the Falcons finishing with 23 disposals. Her teammates always tried to get the ball in her hands as she is a very good kick. She kicked the ball 14 times on the day. 

#17 Stephanie Simpson

Kicked a good snap from the boundary early in the first after a kick-in mistake from the Tigers. She had a shot from general play, which didn’t go through as it hit the post. She intercepted a Tiger seconds later and it was the same result, a behind.

#63 Lauren Pearce

Dominated the ruck and even brought out a don’t argue! She also managed to get a lot of the ball around the ground as she finished with 17 disposals.

 

Carlton vs. Western Bulldogs

By: Julia Montesano

Carlton:

#41 Kimberley Cunico

Took a lovely one-on-one mark and earned a 50 metre penalty. She made no mistake from close range and slotted through the Blues’ third goal of the match. Took a great mark in the goal-square, and almost had to wrestle it from Celine Moody! Kicked her second goal of the game in this instance.

#35 Sophie Li

Ran hard all day and got some nice kicks away. Uses the ball with precision and kicks deftly, never having to rush. Read the bounce of the ball perfectly and sent it back into the Blues’ forward 50 when it looked like the Bulldogs were going to slingshot it towards their goal. Did everything she could to trap the ball inside the boundary line and just generally tried hard all game. 

#11 Jess Hosking

She got plenty of the footy and chased it down wherever it went. She didn’t give up all day. Kicked a great goal to begin the last quarter and celebrated in style. Looked like she was really enjoying herself out there. Hosking was at the bottom of every pack, showing her determination to get the footy. Had a brilliant day out, kicking the last goal of the game for the Blues after marking it straight in front to give herself a nice set-shot.

#16 Breann Moody

Has excellent run and carry for her height and is another Carlton player that’s a fighter. Produced a nice passage of run and carry and when the bounce didn’t go her way, she kept moving it forward instead of giving up on it, soccering it forward.

#31 Kate Shierlaw

Took a sensational mark on the lead in the third quarter. She kicked truly from a set shot and kept Carlton’s momentum going. Her goal gave them their biggest lead of the match at the time, which was 31 points. Had great awareness to see that the kick was dropping short from a set-shot and marked out on the lead from close range. Had a really good day in the forward line, finishing off her work with a play-on mark from the goalsquare. This resulted in her second goal of the day.

 

Western Bulldogs:

#24 Kimberley Rennie

Picked the ball up nicely and hit a target well. Got a good kick away while being tackled. Took a great mark on the lead in defence with a couple of players pushing and shoving her.

#14 Ellyse Gamble

Took a nice intercept mark that saved a forward 50 entry for the Blues. Followed up the ball well when it was on the ground and didn’t give up on it despite it rolling away. Got a high free kick while she pursued the ball, so she got reward for her efforts. Lead to the ball well in defence to ensure that the Carlton forwards didn’t. Read it best in that instance, and was generally good at reading the play throughout the afternoon. 

#17 Hayley Wildes

Wildes made history! She kicked the Bulldogs’ first ever VFLW goal from a tight angle on the boundary line. When it sailed through, the players sure got around her! Also produced great run and carry where she backed herself to take a couple of bounces. This created an inside 50 entry for the Dogs. She looks like she’s fitting in well at this level. Really proactive around the ground and with the ball in hand. Took a great one-on-one mark in the centre square. Executed a great side-step and big kick inside 50 off one step. 

#34 Emma Mackay

Executed brilliant run and carry. Backed herself to run away with it. She was proactive when she got the ball and always had the intent to use it cleanly. She was a solid presence around the ground for the Bulldogs.     

#9 Tayla Dinuccio

Did well to prevent a Darcy Vescio mark then followed up the spilled ball to get a kick away out of defensive 50. Did some nice things in defensive 50 and was able to accumulate the ball. 

 

Collingwood vs. Geelong 

By: Taylah Melki

Collingwood:

#4 Sarah D’Arcy

D’Arcy consistently went in hard to win the footy at ground level, getting down low to get first hands at it. She was never far from the contest and used her long clearing kick to help propel her team out of defence.  

#13 Jaimee Lambert

Lambert was at her usual best, showcasing her clean pick-ups at the coalface and opening up space to try and create a good spread across the ground. She impressed with her ability to breaks line and shrug off tackles while using her explosive speed through the middle of the ground to propel the Pies forward. Lambert was not afraid to scrap hard to win the footy and was a real play-maker for the Pies. She particularly instrumental in the middle of the ground.

#61 Amy Malander

Put out a complete performance for the Pies, helping to create forward thrusts for her teammates. She competed hard in and around the stoppages and showcased her clean hands which was important for Collingwood.

#63 Paige Nash

Nash was inspirational up forward for the Pies. She showcased her footy smarts and ability to read the play getting into damaging positions across the field.

#75 Erica Fowler

Fowler competed well in the ruck, showcasing her impressive lead and ability to read the flight of the footy. She won a few taps to advantage which allowed her midfielders to run onto the footy and break through the packs. Fowler’s follow-up work was really good as well.

 

Geelong:

#2 Danielle Orr

Orr was a playmaker for Geelong, showcasing her footy smarts and ability to hit targets even when under pressure. She impressed with her willingness to go hard at the footy and imposed herself at the contest, laying strong tackles.

#3 Hannah Burchell

Opened the Cats’ goal-scoring account, kicking the first major of the game in the second quarter. She worked hard all game and committed herself to winning the footy.

#7 Mia-Rae Clifford

She provided some good run and carry for the Cats and really opened up space in the middle. Having to compete with the wind, she impressed with her strong kick which helped to propel her team forward.

#30 Richelle Cranston

Cranston was a tackling beast in the first quarter of the game applying heaps of physical pressure on her opponents causing them to turn the footy over. She laid an impressive tackle in the first quarter leading to a holding the ball free kick, allowing the Cats to try and create some forward momentum. She made the most of her strong booming kick and played on quickly to help keep the game moving.

#34 Amy McDonald

McDonald was really clean out of defence and thought her way out of trouble. She used her speed to evade on coming players and highlighted her footy smarts and composure to hit targets even while under pressure.

#36 Evelyn Dhamarrandji

She was strong up forward took a strong contested mark in the opening quarter to help set the tone of the match. Dhamarrandji impressed with her follow-up work at ground level and fight to win the ball and dish it out to her teammates.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 2

IT is only round two in the new-look Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition, but we already have our first draw! Carlton and Hawthorn also headlined the round, with both teams taking their win tally to two from two early on in the season. 

 

Essendon 4.4 (28) defeated by Melbourne Uni 5.6 (36) 

Melbourne Uni’s straight kicking was a huge factor in the game, with five straight majors at three-quarter-time giving them the lead, which Essendon held at half-time. A goalless fourth quarter made for a nerve-wracking contest for both sides but it was ultimately the Mugars who prevailed. 

Diamond Creek recruit, Ashleigh Riddell was the star of the day for Melbourne Uni, kicking three of her side’s five goals and racking up 22 disposals. AFLW best and fairest, Emma Kearney was the leading disposal-getter on the ground, recording 25 disposals which included 15 kicks. Bendigo Pioneers graduate, Aisling Tupper also had another successful outing for the Mugars, racking up 13 disposals and laying seven tackles. 

Danielle Ponter once again got on the scoreboard for the Bombers and was joined by Canadian teammate, Valerie Moreau. Jessica Anwyl also got on the board, which complemented her 11 disposals and three tackles. Captain, Lisa Williams was the Bombers’ leading disposal-getter, racking up 19 of them to go along with her 10 tackles. Canadian, Kendra Heil, who has recovered from two ACL injuries, recorded five disposals and five tackles. 

 

Richmond 0.4 (4) defeated by Darebin 6.7 (43) 

By: James Halley 

Darebin was able to bounce back after its big round one loss to NT Thunder with an emphatic victory over Richmond, who were red-hot after their impressive maiden club victory last week. But on Saturday, Richmond could not back their performance up, although they fought gallantly against the experienced Darebin side in drizzly conditions.

Darebin blazed away early in the match and kicked four unanswered goals in the first 10 minutes. But the Tigers kept them at bay for the remainder of the game, which proved to be an armwrestle. After the first quarter, Richmond boosted their intensity around the ball and drove harder into contests. Darebin scored just one goal in the second term, three points in the third, and one goal in the fourth. It was a much fiercer battle than what the scoreboard suggested.

Hannah Mouncey was a level above in this match. Whether it was in a one-on-one contest or on the ground, she was hard to stop. She was huge for Darebin as she kicked three goals with two coming from outside 50. Stephanie Simpson was also quite prolific for the Falcons as she kicked two goals to go along with her 13 disposals in a tantalising display. Meghan McDonald was another important contributor for Darebin in the middle of the ground as she collected 23 disposals, which was the most on the ground.

Among the best for the Tigers was Jenna Colwell with 25 disposals, as the midfielder showed her all-round game. She even had a stint in the ruck! Tiger, Alana Woodward was really effective in putting pressure around the ball, gathering 11 tackles, the highest on the ground. Kate Dempsey was prolific for the Tigers with 18 touches and 14 kicks.

 

Casey Demons 3.6 (24) defeated by Hawthorn 4.7 (31) 

At three-quarter time, the Casey Demons were on the verge of making history. But the Hawks flexed their muscles and kicked two goals to the Demons’ three behinds in the fourth quarter, which kept their winning momentum going.

Chantella Perera led the way for Hawthorn, and complemented captain, Emma Mackie, who was able to back up her solid round one performance at Casey Fields. Adelaide AFLW forward, Sarah Perkins also played a convincing game despite not hitting the scoreboard on Sunday. Jayde Van Dyk, Ebony Nixon and Louise Wotton were the other standout performers on the day. 

For Casey, it was Melbourne AFLW defender, Katherine Smith who was the shining light. Smith found some consistent form at the end of the AFLW season and continued to deliver in the Demons’ first match in the VFLW competition. She was complemented by fellow AFLW defender, Darcy Guttridge, who also had a solid outing at Casey Fields. Rebecca Guglielmino was the history-maker for the Demons, kicking their first goal of the competition early on in the first quarter. 

 

Carlton 9.7 (61) defeated Western Bulldogs 2.3 (15)

The Blues made it two from two in their inaugural VFLW season. But the Bulldogs managed to also make history on the day, with Hayley Wildes kicking the team’s first ever goal.

Carlton had three multiple goalkickers at RAMS Arena, with Jess Hosking, Kimberley Cunico and Kate Shierlaw each kicking two goals. Hosking in particular was a star, as she was at the bottom of every pack and generated great run throughout the day. AFLW ruck, Breann Moody was sensational, as she worked around the ground to make her impact felt. Midfielder, Sophie Li also did some nice things on the day, running hard and using the ball really well to get the Blues going forward. Jorja Borg was another standout, particularly making her presence known with some aggressive tackles.

Hayley Wildes was unstoppable for the Bulldogs, as she accumulated plenty of the ball and made history in front of goals. She was joined by Rachel Ashley on the scoreboard, who scored the Dogs’ second goal of the day, and in their VFLW history, in the last quarter. Kimberley Rennie also played a fantastic game for the Bulldogs, racking up the disposals all over the ground. Tayla Dinuccio and Emma Mackay also contributed with some nice moments in the 46-point loss.

 

Collingwood 3.9 (27) drew Geelong 4.3 (27) 

By: Taylah Melki

It was a tight tussle throughout the game but neither side could be separated with 27 points each. In difficult windy conditions the first major was not scored until the ninth minute of the second quarter. Both teams fought hard but the Pies were plagued with inaccuracy in front of goal, slotting nine behinds for the match. For most of the game the play seemed to take part in the midfield with both teams struggling to keep it in their forward 50, making scoring opportunities few and far between.

For the Pies, the likes of Jaimee Lambert stood tall in tricky conditions, slotting a goal and using her run and carry to help propel the Magpies forward. Lambert impressed with her ability to impact the contest and use her quick hands at stoppages to help open space for Collingwood. Sarah D’Arcy was another key player for the black and white, making her presence felt across the field and using her long clearing kick to help relieve the pressure. Mua Laloifi was named amongst Collingwood’s best with her strong performance against the Cats, winning plenty of the footy and imposing herself on the contest.

Hannah Burchell helped to kick start the scoring for Geelong, kicking an important major and sparking a forward flurry for Geelong. The likes of new Geelong AFLW recruit Richelle Cranston also dominated for the Cats in the first quarter, imposing herself on the contest and laying plenty of bone-crunching tackles. Renee Garing was also a standout  for the Cats while Evelyn Dhamarrandji provided a good option up forward and impressed with her follow-up work across the ground

Team of the Week: VFLW – Round 1

ROUND one of the VFLW season was highly anticipated with the inclusion of new teams such as Northern Territory Thunder and the Richmond Tigers, who both sent warnings to the competition with convincing wins against two fancied opponents in the Bulldogs and the Falcons.

Every team has a representative in the Team of the Week, with players in losing sides such as Sophie Abbatangelo, Alison Brown and Jenna Bruton all earning spots. For the winning teams, it was NT Thunder who dominated the Team of the Week, with Angela Foley, Chelsea Randall, Emma Swanson and Marijana Rajcic all earning a spot in the best 22.

Kate Dixon was a walk-up into the Team of the Week, as she starred in the Tigers’ maiden VFLW win with four goals. Greater Western Sydney vice-captain, Emma Swanson was also superb with 31 disposals, dominating in the midfield. She also managed to go forward and slot two goals in the Thunder’s first win. Other AFLW players who made it into the team of the week include former Collingwood defender Meg Hutchins, current Magpies Jess Duffin, Sarah D’Arcy and Sarah Dargan, Carlton duo Darcy Vescio and Breann Moody and Western Bulldogs’ Hayley Wilde.

There are always some unlucky players and this week, it was Richmond’s Jenna Colwell, Hawthorn’s Emma Mackie and Carlton’s Sarah Hosking, who all put in great performances through the middle of the ground. In a stacked midfield, it was hard to fit them in in round one but they are sure to make an appearance later in the season.

Weekend Wash-up: VFLW – Round 1

AN eventful round one saw Carlton, Collingwood, Geelong, NT and Hawthorn emerge as winners. Many AFLW stars had fantastic performances but so did the lesser-known players, who stood up on the big stage. AFL Draft Central will produce a weekly comprehensive wrap that highlights the good performances, the flow of each game and all the best stats. 

 

Carlton 9.5 (59) defeated Southern Saints 5.7 (37)

Carlton has kick-started its Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s season off on the right foot with a 22-point victory over the inexperienced Southern Saints. It was danger signs early for the Frankston-based Saints, with Carlton piling on 5.3 to 0.0 in the opening term as livewire forward Darcy Vescio booted three first-quarter goals. But after quarter time it was much closer, with the Saints booting five goals to four, including four in the second term, with one end clearly being the scoring end with 13 of the game’s 14 goals being kicked up the one end.

For Carlton, Vescio was lively booting 3.1 from 17 disposals and five marks, while Breann Moody collected 17 disposals, took three marks and laid two tackles. Uncompromising midfielder Sarah Hosking was crucial on the inside, laying 10 tackles from 15 disposals and three marks, while also finishing with a goal. Madeline Keryk (13 kicks, four tackles) and Sophie Li (12 disposals, four tackles and one goal) were also impressive in the Blues’ win.

For the Saints, Alison Drennan laid a game-high 11 tackles to go with her 15 disposals, while Alison Brown topped the disposal winners for the Saints, totalling 17 disposals, and eight tackles in a strong performance. Samantha Johnson notched up 16 disposals, three marks and seven tackles, while Rhiannon Watt (14 disposals, four tackles) and Leah Olsen (13 disposals, two marks and six tackles) were also among the Saints’ best.

 

NT Thunder 12.14 (86) defeated Darebin Falcons 5.2 (32)

By: Michael Alvaro 

Darebin Falcons were dominated at their new home of Preston City Oval in the opening game of their title defence, falling by 54 points in their biggest loss since 2012.

In an explosive first half, the Thunder burst out to a 55-point lead with nine goals to one. While they were reigned back in the second half as the Falcons put on four goals to three, NT never really looked troubled. AFLW stars Chelsea Randall (23 disposals, five tackles, four marks, two goals) and Emma Swanson (31 disposals, five marks, three tackles, two goals) were impressive for the visitors, and simply looked a class above. Not to be outdone, Marijana Rajcic was ever-present up forward with 25 disposals, eight marks and 3.4 alongside Angela Foley (30 disposals, five marks, one goal).

Coming into the game, the story of the day was the debut of Hannah Mouncey, and she didn’t disappoint with 12 disposals, three tackles and one goal. While she still has a lot to work on, her second efforts were a good marker for her side. Mouncey’s Falcons teammate Meghan McDonald was her side’s best with 26 disposals and nine marks helping to alleviate much of the pressure that came Darebin’s way. She was aided by former-Northern Knight Maddy Guerin, who looked good at the stoppages with 16 disposals, four marks and four tackles on a tough day where the NT ball-winners dominated.

 

Collingwood 7.8 (50) defeated Williamstown 4.8 (32)

Collingwood’s new VFLW side overcame a spirited opposition to record a tight 18-point victory in the wet at Warrawee Park in Oakleigh. The Magpies found themselves trailing at quarter time but booted five of the next six goals to open up a comfortable lead. The Seagulls hit back booting two goals before the final break, but could not penetrate the strong Collingwood defence in the final term, as the Magpies booted the final goal of the game to win in a contested game.

Jess Duffin was best on ground despite the loss, amassing 22 disposals, eight marks, four tackles and booting a goal against her AFLW side in what was a simply sensational performance. Western Bulldogs’ premiership player Jenna Bruton did not miss a beat since crossing from Box Hill, notching up 29 disposals, three marks and three tackles, while another AFLW player – Jasmine Garner – collected 21 disposals, six marks and three tackles, and even went back in defence in the final term. Andrea Cameron was the best of the non-AFLW players, notching up 12 disposals, four marks and three tackles in a strong defensive game.

For the winners, Sarah Dargan lapped up the midfield minutes, having the ball on a string with 24 disposals and six tackles, almost capitalising on a goal from a clever snap, but it just missed. Sarah D’Arcy was sensational in defence for the Magpies, racking up 17 disposals, eight marks and laying seven tackles, while Jaimee Lambert collected 16 disposals – 13 kicks – and booted two goals in the forward half, while also providing plenty of defensive pressure with eight tackles. Others who impressed included Emily Browning (six disposals, five tackles and a booming goal) and captain Jessica Andrews with 13 disposals, two marks, two tackles and countless rebounds.

 

Richmond 6.5 (41) defeated Western Bulldogs 0.3 (3)

By: James Halley

The VFLW Tigers made history on Saturday as they claimed their first ever victory in the competition against the Western Bulldogs at VU Whitten Oval. Richmond controlled the match from the start and played just like their male counterparts, with forward pressure a centrepiece of its opening match.

Co-vice captain, Kate Dixon kicked the first goal of the match and she managed to finish with a game-high four majors. Jenna Colwell (two goals, 17 disposals, three marks) helped Richmond to put the result beyond doubt, as her side kept the Bulldogs scoreless on the day. The duo worked together flawlessly in the forward line and were aided by Jacqui Graham, who was a general down back with 29 disposals, seven marks and four tackles.

The Western Bulldogs had hardly any of their AFLW premiership players in their round one side, with only Kirsten McLeod pulling on the red, white and blue on Saturday. This paved the way for some second-tier players to have their opportunity on the big stage, and Emma Mackay was one to stand up. She had plenty of the ball all afternoon, racking up 24 disposals and clunking eight marks. Hayley Wildes (28 disposals, four marks) and Tayla Dinuccio (12 disposals, seven tackles) also had notable performances for the Dogs.

 

Geelong 7.10 (52) defeated Melbourne University 2.1 (13)

Geelong has started its season off with a big win, toppling Melbourne University with a 39-point victory. It was a tight opening half, with Geelong not capitalising on their shots on goal, booting two majors from eight scoring shots, while the Mugars booted 1.1 to remain just 11 points down at half-time. A five goals to one second half was ultimately the difference however, as the Cats skipped away to open their 2018 account in style.

Renee Garing was sensational with 30 disposals, three marks and nine tackles, while Melbourne AFLW midfielder Richelle Cranston notched up 20 disposals, five marks and two tackles, while Danielle Orr was the key goalkicker on the day, finishing the game with three majors from 12 disposals and four marks. Krista Woodroffe was good in defence with 11 disposals and eight tackles, while Hayley Trevean collected 21 disposals, three marks and three tackles.

For Melbourne University, Sophie Abbatangelo starred in her first game for the Mugars, picking up 20 disposals, two marks and five tackles, while Hannah Ibrahim collected 17 disposals, two marks and seven tackles. Others who impressed for the losers were Clara Fitzpatrick (14 disposals, two marks and three tackles) and Bendigo Pioneers’ graduate Aisling Tupper (15 disposals, six tackles).

 

Hawthorn 8.12 (60) defeated Essendon 3.3 (21)

By: Julia Montesano 

It was an historic day for both sides, taking the field at the nostalgic Windy Hill ground. Hawthorn dominated play all day and reaped the rewards with a big win, but there was much to like about the Bombers.

All eyes were on Hawthorn’s AFLW players, and all of them delivered. Meg Hutchins was so clean with the ball in hand and kicked a lovely long-range goal, while Sarah Perkins displayed great hands throughout the day with three marks and kicked two goals to top off a great day inside 50. Julia Crockett-Grills was a star for the Hawks, amassing 20 disposals and clunking five marks, making her impact felt all over the ground. She was complemented by captain, Emma Mackie who displayed great ball use by hand and foot as well as throwing her body on the line to get the ball forward for the Hawks. She collected 19 disposals, took three marks and laid four tackles.

For Essendon, it was Tait Mackrill that displayed wonderful on-field leadership. She has magnificent ball-use by foot, with 11 of her 12 disposals being kicks. She also had clean hands, taking four marks. Rebecca Neaves was a star in defence, taking four big marks and working ruthlessly to slingshot the ball back into Essendon’s forward line. Calder Cannons premiership captain, Lauren Caruso had a promising start in the red and black, working well in defence and following the ball wherever it went. She amassed nine disposals and laid three tackles, earning a holding-the-ball free kick for one of them. Speaking of tackles, Hayley Bullas was the standout in that department, laying a game-high nine of them to go along with her seven disposals.

VFL Women’s 2018 season preview

THE new-look VFL Women’s season features 10 new teams in a 13 team competition. The sides feature plenty of elite AFLW, TAC Cup and local talent in what is shaping up to be a fascinating season of the state league. We have looked at each side’s players in the lead-up to the season’s commencement on Saturday.

 

Carlton Blues

The Carlton Blues have one of the most exciting TAC Cup Girls players joining their new team in 2018.

Gippsland Power co-captain and gun midfielder, Tyla Hanks will pull on the navy blue to test her skills against some bigger bodies. Hanks has been named in the best players in each game she has played for the Power this season and is a member of the AFLW Academy. Hanks will be joined by fellow AFLW Academy member, Rene Caris. Caris has been a solid force in the ruck for the Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels this season and has been awarded with a navy blue jumper. Oakleigh’s Isabella Gietzmann will also suit up for the Blues this season. Gietzmann plays cricket as well as footy and could be a potent player for Carlton.

The Blues have also secured the services of their AFLW players including 2017 AFLW leading goal-kicker, Darcy Vescio, 2018 club best and fairest, Breann Moody, 2017 TAC Cup Girls best and fairest, Bridie Kennedy, 2018 Carlton captain, Sarah Hosking and 2017 Carlton captain, Lauren Arnell.

 

Casey Demons

The Casey Demons have combined Melbourne stars with Dandenong guns in their inaugural VFL Women’s side.

Coach and former Melbourne defender, Colin Garland will be able to work with plenty of AFLW talent, including Aliesha Newman, Bianca Jakobsson, Kate Hore, Katherine Smith and Shelley Scott. Two well-known former TAC Cup Girls players will also join the Melbourne brigade, with Eden Zanker and Darcy Guttridge donning the red and blue in this VFL Women’s season. Zanker hails from the Bendigo Pioneers and starred in her late appearances for the Demons in the AFLW. Guttridge on the other hand is a former Gippsland Power player who suited up for the Pies in the AFLW season, and will now get an opportunity to combine her skills with a new group of players in the VFL Women’s season.

In terms of TAC Cup players, the Demons have gone with two talented Dandenong Stingrays to fill their side. Captain, Jordyn Allen is a key acquisition for the club, as she is a talented defender who oozes composure and class. She will be joined by forward, Brooke Struylaart, who knows how to find the goals and provides plenty of assists along the way.

 

Collingwood Magpies

Collingwood’s VFL Women’s coach is a pioneer in female football.

Penny Cula-Reid was instrumental in getting the Youth Girls competition up and running. After being told at the age of 14 that she could not play football with the boys anymore, she took the case to the Victorian and Civil and Administrative Tribunal, and AFL Victoria created the competition for the young female footballers. Although Cula-Reid only played two games for Collingwood, she played in excess of 150 games at the St Kilda Sharks VFL Women’s club and has a brilliant footy mind.

Collingwood will have a very strong line-up with plenty of its AFLW players joining the Magpie brigade in the VFL Women’s season. 2018 Collingwood best and fairest, Chloe Molloy will be joined by AFLW captain, Stephanie Chiocci, former Calder Cannon, Sarah Dargan, and plenty more. The club also has a strong connection to TAC Cup Girls club, Oakleigh Chargers, signing three players for its inaugural VFL Women’s campaign. Oakleigh captain, Hannah McLaren is the most notable of the signings. McLaren has been one of the Chargers’ most important players this year, demonstrating her versatility in the side’s line-up. Other Oakleigh signings include former players, Julia Halaseh-Russo and Sarah Cameron, who will be players to watch throughout the VFL Women’s season.

 

Darebin Falcons

The Darebin Falcons are the most successful VFL Women’s side, having won five consecutive premierships.

The Falcons have lost Melbourne AFLW captain, Daisy Pearce, who will take a year off from VFL Women’s. However, they have plenty of players from local roots, with all but three coming from Darebin. These include AFLW players, Karen Paxman, Elise O’Dea, Lauren Pearce and Maddy Guerin. But that’s just from Melbourne. The Falcons will also have the services of Greater Western Sydney star, Jessica Dal Pos, as well as Aasta O’Connor and Nicole Callinan from the Western Bulldogs. Perhaps the most notable signing is Ainslie’s Hannah Mouncey. The transgender footballer was ineligible for the 2017 AFLW draft, but will be keen to play some good football for Darebin.

Darebin has also recruited the services of three TAC Cup Girls stars. Northern Knights forward, Alex Pronesti will pull on the Falcons jumper this year, after kicking nine goals for the undefeated Knights so far. She will be joined by teammate, Marnie Jarvis, who has been a valuable player for the Knights with her agility and speed around the contest. Eastern Ranges defender, Lauren Szigeti also has the opportunity to pull on the Darebin jumper in the VFL Women’s season. Szigeti has been a solid asset in defence for the Ranges, and could have the same impact for the Falcons.

 

Essendon Bombers

The Essendon Bombers have recruited a number of Calder Cannons and Diamond Creek players to join the newly-formed VFL Women’s side.

Current Calder players, Carla Rendelmann and Molly Warburton have earned a spot on the Bombers’ list this year. Rendelmann is a dominant force in the ruck and has represented Vic Metro while Warburton is a hard-working defender who boasts a place in the AFLW Academy squad. Premiership Cannons captain, Lauren Caruso also has an opportunity to pull on the footy boots again after not playing as an over-ager in the TAC Cup Girls this season. Caruso was a fantastic on-field leader in the midfield and 2018 is likely not to be any different. The Calder trio will be joined by another solid ruck presence in Bridie Winbanks from the Oakleigh Chargers. In the upcoming VFL Women’s season, Winbanks will have an opportunity to go head-to-head against Chargers teammate, Hannah McLaren, who will play for Collingwood.

The Bombers have also poached 17 (14 VFL Women’s players and three development players) Diamond Creek players, including the face of their AFLW bid, Michaela Long, who is the daughter of Essendon legend, Michael Long. Essendon has also recruited some local talent, including Natasha Hardy, who hails from the Sunbury Lions in the Essendon District Football League (EDFL). Hardy is a fantastic on-field leader and adds a mature presence in the Bombers’ VFL Women’s line-up. She will be joined by another experienced player in GWS defender, Tanya Hetherington, who often matched up on the damaging key forwards in the AFLW this year.

 

Geelong Cats

The Geelong Cats boast a number of AFLW players as well as some TAC Cup talent, but not who you may think.

GWV Female Talent Manager, Krista Woodroffe will line up for the cats in 2018, having an opportunity to do battle against Rebels ruck, Rene Caris, who will don the navy blue in the VFL Women’s competition. She will be joined by GWV defender, Georgia Clarke, who has been fantastic in the Rebels backline this seasonGeelong’s Mia-Rae Clifford will be another player who will be involved in an intriguing battle. Clifford, who is a former Melbourne AFLW player will play against the side that her partner, Penny Cula-Reid coaches, in the Collingwood Magpies.

Speaking of Melbourne, Geelong boasts two current AFLW Demons players on its VFL Women’s list. Powerful forward, Richelle Cranston and agile ruck, Erin Hoare will line up for the Cats in 2018. Hoare, who is a former Melbourne Vixen, got the opportunity to play AFLW this year for the Demons after being a rising star for the Cats last year.

 

Hawthorn Hawks

Hawthorn boasts a very experienced VFL Women’s list, with a host of AFLW players donning the brown and gold for the upcoming season.

Recently retired Pie, Meg Hutchins was one of the club’s first signings, and will provide a level head in defence. The forward line on the other hand, will be explosive with Adelaide’s Sarah Perkins and Greater Western Sydney’s (GWS) Phoebe McWilliams headlining the Hawks forward 50 line-up. Perkins was named as an AFLW All-Australian forward in 2017 while McWilliams was the Giants’ leading goal-kicker in 2018. Perkins grew up in Waverley and was a Hawthorn supporter growing up. The club also welcomes back Collingwood AFLW mid/ forward, Melissa Kuys, who captained Box Hill in 2017.

There is also no shortage of TAC Cup talent, with 2017 TAC Cup Girls Team of the Year member, Olivia Flanagan suiting up for the Hawks. Flanagan played for Box Hill last year and was also a key cog in the forward line for the Eastern Ranges. She will be joined by current Eastern Ranges players, Emerson Woods, Georgia Macpherson, Mikala Cann and Sarah Kendall. Woods is the co-captain of the Ranges side this year and is a member of the AFLW Academy. Macpherson is also a member of the Academy, and has been a key cog in Eastern’s defence this year with one some of the best hands in the TAC Cup Girls competition. Cann is a basketballer, and has showed her immense speed in the midfield this year for Eastern. Kendall has been dominant in the ruck and can also play a sweeping role in defence.

 

Melbourne University

There is plenty of TAC Cup Girls talent in the Melbourne University lineup this year, including one Calder Cannon who has been tearing up the competition so far.

Calder captain Madison Prespakis will have the opportunity to play VFL Women’s for the first time this year, and could be a key cog in the Melbourne University midfield. She will be joined by fellow AFLW Academy member, Rebecca Webster, who has been a versatile player across the midfield and in defence for the Murray Bushrangers this year. Up forward, Western Jet Caitlin Greiser will have an opportunity to continue her solid goal-kicking form into the VFL Women’s competition, after kicking eight goals for the Jets so far this season. Former Bendigo Pioneer, Aisling Tupper will be one to keep an eye out for, as the small and powerful midfielder starred for the Pioneers last season. Sandringham’s Alanna Dalley and Nicole Amiet round out the elite list of TAC Cup Girls players in the Melbourne University side.

As far as AFLW players go, Melbourne University only has one. But it is the best of the lot, as 2018 AFLW best and fairest, Emma Kearney will suit up for Melbourne University this season. After dominating in the midfield for the Bulldogs in 2018, Kearney will be a North Melbourne player in 2019, as the club prepares to enter AFLW for the first time.

 

Northern Territory Thunder

The Northern Territory (NT) Thunder unsurprisingly has a number of Adelaide AFLW players in its VFL Women’s side.

The club has a strong connection to the Crows, and could be a surprise package in the VFL Women’s competition. This is because the club has acquired the services of Adelaide co-captain, Chelsea Randall, Adelaide United’s Jenna McCormick, leading ruck, Rhiannon Metcalfe and exciting forward, Ruth Wallace. Defenders, Marijana Rajcic, Deni Vernhagen, Jasmyn Hewett and Angela Foley are among the other notable inclusions for the side.

The Thunder outfit also features two GWS players in Renee Forth and Emma Swanson. Forth was a solid presence for the Giants in the AFLW season, and is a mentor in the AFLW Academy program. Swanson is the GWS vice-captain and was a fantastic on-field leader for the side in 2018.

 

Richmond Tigers

Richmond have poached some Collingwood AFLW players ahead of its first season in the VFL Women’s competition.

Emma King, Lauren Tesoriero and Amelia Barden will swap the black and white for yellow and black, as they prepare to suit up as Tigers for the 2018 VFL Women’s season. All three players were key contributors to Collingwood’s AFLW outfit, with King dominating in the ruck, Barden having some nice moments in the forward line while Tesoriero was a lively player around the ground.

The Tigers have also acquired two Murray Bushrangers, Grace Egan and Sophie Damon. Egan has been a star in defence for the Bushrangers this season, and has also proven her versatility through stints in the midfield. Damon has been solid in the ruck for Murray and has been one of the most valuable players for the side in the TAC Cup Girls season. Eastern Ranges’ Jess Provan will also pull on a yellow and black jumper this season, after formerly playing at Diamond Creek.

 

Southern Saints

The Southern Saints are one of the new sides in the VFL Women’s competition, and have a diverse line-up.

The line-up will feature two Sandringham Dragons stars in Eleanor Brown and Jemma Owen. Brown has been a key cog in the midfield and has produced plenty of fantastic performances throughout the TAC Cup Girls season. Owen, who is the Dragons captain, has been leading from the front, as she has been dominant in the midfield and has even found herself up forward a couple of times, proving her versatility. Dandenong midfielder, Shelley Heath also joins the Saints side, and may have an opportunity to match up against TAC Cup Girls teammates, Jordyn Allen and Brooke Struylaart, who will suit up for Casey this season.

While the Saints have no AFLW players, they have a combination of players from Cranbourne, Seaford, and Mornington, recruiting local talent to boost their side’s chances in 2018.

 

Western Bulldogs

The Western Bulldogs have a host of AFLW premiership players in their VFL Women’s side.

Players include 2018 leading goal-kicker, Brooke Lochland, captain, Katie Brennan, and Rising Star nominees, Monique Conti, Aisling Utri and Bonnie Toogood. Star midfielder, Ellie Blackburn has also joined the side after making the move from Melbourne University. The club has also acquired the services of Bree White, who retired from AFLW in 2018 after playing for the Pies.

Three TAC Cup Girls players will also feature for the Bulldogs’ VFL Women’s outfit. GWV Rebels captain, Lauren Butler has been a wonderful leader for the Rebels this season, after making solid contributions in the midfield. Also joining the Bulldogs is Western Jets, Lauren Basto and Katarina Rebuffo. Rebuffo has been a key cog in defence for the Jets and will look to continue her form into the VFL Women’s season. Basto played for the Jets last season and would be keen to make an impact at the Bulldogs. 

 

Williamstown Seagulls

Williamstown has an even mix of local, AFLW and TAC Cup talent in its inaugural VFL Women’s side.

Bendigo captain Megan Williamson will play for the Seagulls this year, after being a shining light for the Pioneers in the midfield this season. She will be joined by AFLW Academy forward, Sophie Van De Heuvel. Van De Heuvel has kicked five goals in five games for the GWV Rebels this season, and has been a key link in the chain in the Rebels forward line. Western Jets defender, Sharnie Whiting will also have the opportunity to stay close to home, after doing a wonderful job in the Jets’ backline during the TAC Cup Girls season.

The Seagulls have one of the leading AFLW defenders lining up for their side this year. Collingwood’s Jess Duffin was dominant in the back line, and was able to show composure and class at all times. She will be joined by teammate, Jasmine Garner, who revolutionised her game through moving from the forward line to the back line. Garner showed that she can dominate in both roles, which is a dangerous prospect in the VFL Women’s competition. Bulldogs premiership player, Jenna Bruton rounds out the AFLW players who are featuring in the Seagulls outfit.