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Scouting notes- VFLW- Round 16

IT was a big final round of Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s football. Williamstown got a big win against Melbourne University while Collingwood continued its remarkable season. We watched the Seagulls take on the Mugars as well as the Pies take on the Demons in an entertaining weekend of football.

 

Casey Demons vs. Collingwood 

By: Carly McClen

Casey:

#7 Bianca Jakobsson

Dominant in her role for the Demons. She had 10 kicks and seven marks. Took strong marks and kicked to targets and also scored from a 50 metre penalty. She was strong in defence, particularly in the first half.

#15 Sophie Phillips

Booted a much-needed goal in the third quarter. Had nine kicks and played her role well for four quarters.

#17 Shelley Scott

Kicked a goal from a 50 metre penalty early and presented well as a forward target in the first half.

#25 Madelaine Shevlin

Likes to get off the blocks first and create, she’s an exciting forward. Kicked the first goal of the game for the third week in a row.

#28 Maddison Gay

Had 15 kicks. Ran hard for all four quarters and was often first to the ball. Was pivotal in the first half at absorbing Collingwood’s pressure and sending the ball back into attack.

#29 Eden Zanker

Dominant in her role with six kicks and seven handballs, she ran hard all day and was pivotal in the Dees’ first-half dream start.

 

Collingwood:

#2 Chloe Molloy

Molloy had the usual class-above performance, particularly in the second half. After Eliza Hynes began controlling the clearances, Molloy swarmed, creating bursts from the centre and delivering the ball into the forward 50 directly for scoring opportunities. She even just missed a goal from 55 metres out with an unlucky bounce. Had 15 kicks for the game and converted from a 50 metre penalty. Molloy was pivotal in securing the win and the minor premiership.

#3 Nicole Hildebrand

Was an ominous presence on the half-back line and continued to send the ball back into Collingwood’s forward half. She intercepted an early burst in the third quarter from the centre clearance, and the ball rarely made into the Demons’ attacking zone for the quarter. Hildebrand was lethal at pushing up and getting to the ball first with five strong marks (the most in her team) and strong defensive kicking. It showed her versatility and her capacity to play multiple vital roles for her team.

#12 Stacey Livingstone

For a tall forward, she moved around the danger area like a small; hunting, gathering and snapping. With some bad luck and a couple of close misses, she was able to nail two goals for her side and prove herself as a reliable forward resource.

#13 Jaimee Lambert

Hunted in the forward line consistently and was rewarded with three opportunities she was never going to miss. She had 10 kicks for her side. In one instance, Lambert relished in the space provided when Eliza Hynes moved out into the ruck in the second half.

#18 Ruby Schleicher

Loved the forward line and used it to chase and create space, providing a solid target and securing two goals for her team. She also moved cleverly with Lambert and Molloy in the forward line to make space and get goals on the scoreboard.

#21 Iilish Ross

Coming back into the side, Ross resumed impressively with 10 kicks.

#58 Eliza Hynes

Hynes was really strong in the ruck. In the third quarter when it really counted, she was able to bring the Demons’ attack to a halt, with the ball rarely entering Casey’s forward line after the first bounce.

 

Melbourne University vs. Williamstown 

By: Taylah Melki

Melbourne University:

#3 Kaitlyn Ashmore

She used her speed and agility to get into damaging positions and worked tirelessly all game to try and keep her side in the game. Ashmore showed her impressive skills to keep the ball alive and juggle it around the boundary line. Executed a beautiful pick-up off her toes late in the fourth, highlighting her silky skills and ability to shake off an opponent.

#12 Martha Cantwell

Cantwell had a really good first quarter, hitting targets and showcasing her pin-point accuracy to create a scoring opportunity for her teammate. She went in hard at the stoppages and put her body on the line to win the footy at the coal-face. She showed good vision to lower her eyes and hit a leading target in the forward half of the ground.

#26 Caitlin Greiser

Greiser showed good hustle throughout the game to try and keep the ball in play in the Mugars’ attacking 50. Slotted a nice goal in the first quarter, showing good composure for a youngster. She was forced into the ruck late in the third term and proved her versatility. She showed good awareness to sneak out the back and bag another goal in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter, highlighting her ability to read the play and impact the contest.

#41 Katherine Gillespie-Jones

She was in everything in the opening quarter, making an impact around the stoppages and getting her hands to the ball. Her hands were strong throughout the game, taking a heap of marks and working tirelessly across the ground to win the ball and use it effectively. Continued to find the footy and used good speed to break away from stoppages and propel her team forward. Gillespie-Jones used the ball well and opened up space across the ground with her clever kicks, allowing teammates to create overlap run.

#50 Chloe Haines

Haines covered the ground with ease and proved that she is a force to be reckoned with, winning a lot of the footy and going in hard at the contests. She was not afraid to back herself in one-on-one situations and showed good footy awareness to keep her feet and hit up teammates. She was relatively effective by hand and foot, and took a heap of strong contested and uncontested marks, showing good composure under pressure. Haines also applied a lot of physical pressure, laying solid tackles to bring down her opponents.

 

Williamstown:

#1 Rebecca Dardengo

Really built into the game and used the footy effectively and efficiently. Dardengo’s beautiful kicking style was on display with long bombs into the middle of the ground to try and open up the space for her teammates. She was clean around the stoppages and was able to flick the ball out of congestion. Dardengo racked up a heap of the footy and showed her strength, taking a few good grabs.

#2 Jess Duffin

Duffin looked damaging in the forward 50, reading the flight of the ball well and positioning cleverly to protect the drop of the ball to take a good grab in the first quarter. Missed a relatively easy shot on goal in the first minute of the game, but made up for her misfortune by nailing three majors for the game. She was not afraid to get involved, body-lining the footy to win the hard ball. She found some really good space in the forward 50 and took a heap of strong marks. Duffin was a real play-maker, creating half chances for her teammates.

#8 Chloe Portelli

She started to accumulate the touches in the second term and used the footy cleverly to hit targets while under pressure. Portelli fought hard all game to win the footy and showcased her strong hands, taking a strong mark in the third. Led into space and created a good option across the ground. She showed great awareness to burn off her opponent and then check-side her kick to bag a major.

#25 Jasmine Garner

Hit the packs hard, applying heaps of pressure to trap the ball inside the Seagulls’ attacking 50. Garner read the play well and took a strong intercept mark about 20 metres out in front of goal. She showcased her strong kicking action by nailing a good goal in the opening quarter. She worked hard up the ground to win the footy and make an impact on the contest throughout the match. Her solid hands were on display, clunking a few big grabs and racking up a lot touches, highlighting her effectiveness and efficiency by hand and foot.

#30 Ashlee Melnikas

She was influential throughout the game, nullifying the impact of ball magnet, Emma Kearney. Melnikas showcased her running ability, going step for step with Kearney and applying plenty of physical pressure. She took a really strong mark in the defensive 50 and demonstrated her footy smarts with a clearing kick to a one-on-one in the middle of the ground in the second term. She was a tackling machine, proving that she is not afraid to put her body on the line to win the ball.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 16

MANY teams had pride on the line this week and were able to end their seasons in style, with struggling teams, Williamstown and Richmond getting victories. Meanwhile at Box Hill, a huge clash between traditional rivals, Hawthorn and Geelong saw the Hawks claim a coveted top-two spot, and a valuable double chance.

 

Southern Saints 3.4 (22) defeated by Richmond 4.1 (25)

This game was a tight one throughout with the biggest margin being nine points. At the first break, the scores were even with both sides kicking a goal each to open up the match. Only a point was scored in the second quarter, which gave the Southern Saints the slim one-point margin at halftime. The closeness continued in the third term, with both teams kicking a goal each. In the last quarter, the Saints and the Tigers both upped the ante, but it was Richmond who did it better, outscoring the Saints two goals to one to win the quarter, and the game.

The Tigers managed to win their first game in six rounds with just two goal kickers on the day. Kate Dixon and Christina Bernardi managed to each get two majors on the board, with Dixon’s second goal giving her side the biggest lead of the game. Bernardi also found a lot of the footy with 24 disposals, seven marks and eight tackles. It is no surprise to see that her teammate, Phoebe Monahan topped the disposal count for the Tigers, as she has been doing so for most of the season. In her side’s last game of the year, she racked up 28 disposals and laid six tackles, capping off an excellent year.

The Saints too had a multiple goal kicker, with Courtney Munn kicking two goals from her 12 disposals. Vic Metro representative, Gabriella De Angelis was the other goal kicker with one goal from her seven disposals. In the midfield, it was the Alisons who dominated with Alison Brown and Alison Drennan each racking up 28 disposals. Brown also took five marks and laid three tackles while Drennan laid four. TAC Cup Girls trio, Eleanor Brown (19 disposals, four marks and four tackles), Ashleigh Allsopp (16 disposals, four marks and four tackles) and Shelley Heath (15 disposals, two marks and seven tackles) were also prominent contributors in this game.

 

Hawthorn 6.5 (41) defeated Geelong 3.7 (25)

In the biggest match of the round, it was Hawthorn who got the early breakaway after an even first quarter. The Hawks kicked three goals to Geelong’s one in the second quarter, giving them a 14-point lead at the main break. They were able to extend their lead in the third with one goal, while keeping Geelong goalless. The Cats had a chance to fight back in the last quarter, but kicked 1.4, which gave Hawthorn the win.

AFLW duo, Sarah Perkins and Rebecca Beeson each kicked two majors on the day while Claire Dyett and Rosie Dillon booted through one each. Beeson had a dominant game with 22 disposals, five marks and six tackles and was complemented by fellow goal kicker, Rosie Dillon, who racked up 17 disposals and eight tackles. Skipper, Emma Mackie was huge on the day with 20 disposals and five tackles while Jayde Van Dyk was as resilient as ever down back with 18 disposals, four marks and five tackles.

Despite her side’s loss, Richelle Cranston was the leading disposal-getter on the ground with 25 touches as well as three marks and five tackles. Maddy Keryk wasn’t far off though with one goal, 24 disposals and nine tackles in another great game in the blue and white hoops. Kate Darby and Mia-Rae Clifford also got on the scoreboard with one major each. Darby gathered 12 disposals, three marks and eight tackles while Clifford was kept quiet with six disposals.

 

Casey Demons 4.5 (29) defeated by Collingwood 9.7 (61)

By: Carly McClen

In a blizzard of sun at Casey Fields, the combination of the return of captain, Jessica Edwards, the Nicole Hildebrand factor on the half-back line, a hungry-for-goals Jaimee Lambert, Ruby Schleicher loving the forward line, and the usual class-above performance by Chloe Molloy was more than enough to seal the minor premiership for the Collingwood Magpies. In its inaugural 2018 VFLW season the Pies have dropped just one game against NT Thunder. They have consistently held off growing-in-stature sides such as the Demons and Saturday was no different.  

The Demons were gallantly effective until half-time with the backline displaying a strong collective effort, absorbing the Pies’ forward attacking. For the third week in a row, the Demons’ first goal kicker was Maddie Shevlin. With solid forward pressure, she was able to snap an early goal, keeping the chase within eight points at quarter time.

In the second quarter, the Demons outscored Collingwood with goals to Bianca Jakobsson and Shelley Scott. But the game’s momentum changed in the second half when Pies coach, Penny Cula-Reid made a game-changing move which the Demons were simply unable to respond to. Eliza Hynes came out of the forward half and into the ruck. The Pies then quickly began dominating clearances and the move created crucial space for Lambert and Molloy to do their thing. The Pies comfortably played their style of game from that point on, keeping the Demons to just one major score.

Hildebrand was an ominous presence on the half-back line and continued to send the ball back into Collingwood’s forward half. Hildebrand intercepted an early burst in the third quarter from the centre clearance and the ball rarely made into the Demons’ attacking zone for the quarter. Hildebrand was lethal at pushing up and getting to the ball first with strong marks and defensive kicking. It showed her versatility and multiple vital roles she can play for her team. Cula-Reid’s message to the Magpies was ‘it’s there if you want it’ and they took it, booting 3.4 in the final term to seal another clinical victory.

 

Darebin 6.6 (42) defeated by Western Bulldogs 6.10 (46)

After being held goalless in the second quarter, the Bulldogs came from behind and ended their season on a high against Darebin. They were down by 18 points at the main break before kicking two goals to one in the third quarter to reduce the deficit. The Bulldogs then managed to clinch the lead for the first time in remarkable fashion, with premiership hero, Hannah Scott kicking the sealer after the siren to end the Bulldogs’ season on a high note.

Scott also booted a goal earlier in the game and was sensational throughout with 17 disposals, three marks and ten tackles. She was complemented by Ashleigh Guest, who was the leading disposal-getter on the ground with 23 touches to go with her six marks and four tackles. Sarah Jolly, Brittany Wunhym, Mary Sandral and Kirsten McLeod each got a major on the board for the Bulldogs. Jolly was the pick of the bunch with 12 disposals and five tackles while McLeod was not far off with 10 disposals and five tackles.

Melbourne AFLW duo, Lauren Pearce and Lily Mithen led the way for the Falcons, continuing to play consistent football for their side. Pearce gathered 14 disposals and took seven marks while Mithen led the way in disposals for Darebin with 18 touches to go with her six marks and six tackles. She also kicked a goal for the Falcons and was joined on the scoreboard by Kate Shierlaw, Kate Tyndall, Lauren Szigeti, Cherelle Byrne and Hannah Mouncey. Annalyse Lister led the way in tackles for Darebin with seven for the game to go with her 11 disposals.

 

Essendon 2.5 (17) defeated by Carlton 14.8 (92)

Carlton saved its best until last in this game, storming out of the blocks early to kick four first-quarter goals, giving Essendon a minimal chance to fight back. The onslaught continued in the second quarter with the Blues piling on another four majors to take their halftime lead to 49 points. Carlton’s eight goals all came off the boot of Darcy Vescio, who also saved her best until last. She ended up with nine goals for the day while the Bombers themselves could only manage two in the 75-point loss.

Not only did Darcy Vescio kick nine goals, but she also gathered 18 touches and seven marks in a dominant all-round game. She wasn’t alone inside 50, with Vic Metro’s Abbie McKay, Vic Country’s Rene Caris, Oakleigh’s Isabella Gietzmann, skipper, Kristi Harvey and former Williamstown player, Jess Malouf all kicking a goal at Windy Hill. Caris was the shining light with 20 disposals while Harvey racked up 10 touches to go with her six marks and four tackles. Gabriella Pound was the leading disposal-getter on the ground with 25 disposals to go with her four marks.

Although it was a miserable day for the Bombers, Kendra Heil and Alex Quigley both kicked a goal for their side. Quigley was also named in the best with 13 disposals, six marks and five tackles. She was not too far behind Essendon’s leading disposal-getter, Courtney Ugle, who gathered 19 disposals, four marks and four tackles. Hayley Bullas also racked up the disposals with 17 touches to go with her four tackles, which is a stat that she has been dominating in this season.

 

Melbourne Uni 4.5 (29) defeated by Williamstown 10.7 (67)

By: Taylah Melki

In what was a one-way affair after quarter time, Williamstown dominated against Melbourne University. The Seagulls made the most of their scoring opportunities with their crisp ball movement and two-way running. Melbourne University started off hot, showing good intent but struggled to combat both the offensive and defensive pressure that Williamstown applied after the first quarter.

For Williamstown, Jess Duffin had a day out, bagging three goals and gathering plenty of the footy. Her hands in close were second to none, dishing off handballs into space and running hard to create forward play for the Seagulls. Jasmine Garner was also among the Seagulls’ best, amassing a heap of touches and hitting the scoreboard. Rebecca Dardengo backed up her impressive performance from last week, applying plenty of pressure, while Emily Gardner was also busy across the ground imposing herself on the contest.

Gardner’s Western Jets teammate, Caitlin Greiser starred for Melbourne University, positioning well and booting two majors for the game. Teammates, Emma Humphries and Kaitlyn Ashmore were also instrumental for the Mugars, winning plenty of the ball and using the footy effectively and efficiently. In her first game of the season, Tasmanian Under 18 representative, Chloe Haines impressed with her ability to impact the contest and hit targets while under pressure.

Weekend previews: VFLW – Round 15

WITH just two weeks remaining in the home and away season, the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s ladder is really beginning to take shape. Following its huge win over Collingwood last week, the NT Thunder now sits in top spot (44 points) with just one game remaining on their schedule. Collingwood (42 points) and Hawthorn (40 points) sit right behind the Thunder and will be hoping that their game in hand can catapult them into top spot once all is said and done. Geelong sits comfortably in fourth position for now but a slight slip-up could see Darebin seize the opportunity and move to within half a game of the coveted spot.

 

Collingwood vs Southern Saints

Saturday August 18, Ted Summerton Recreational Reserve, 2PM

The Magpies look to bounce back from their first loss of the season this past week as they host the Saints in an important contest. Collingwood has made several changes, with the most important being the return of superstar, Chloe Molloy, who returns to the line-up after two weeks on the sidelines. AFLW captain, Steph Chiocci will miss the game after having played herself into some nice form following a return from injury. Despite the loss last week, Sophie Alexander was particularly impressive with 23 disposals as she continues to be a key part of the Magpies’ premiership quest. The Saints put together a very strong game against the Falcons last week, battling right to the end against an in-form Darebin side before losing by just four points. The duo of Eleanor Brown and Alison Drennan were superb and did everything they could to drag their side over the line. Finals are now officially out of the question for the Saints, however there is plenty to play for in order to build moving forward as well as individual success, with Tara Bohanna currently in the top five goal scorers of the competition.

 

Western Bulldogs vs Melbourne University

Saturday August 18, VU Whitten Oval, 2PM

After an incredible two month stretch where the Bulldogs won six games in a row, they have now dropped two consecutive games and as a result find themselves officially out of finals contention. Another poor performance last week saw them suffer one of the biggest losses of the season in a lifeless 55-point loss against the Hawks. The Bulldogs were simply dominated in every category with the Hawks having almost 100 more possessions and well over twice the amount of inside 50s. A rebound performance across the board is certainly needed in order for the Bulldogs to finish the season on a high. Melbourne University comes into the game in some good form of its own, following a 53-point smashing of Casey. The win continues what has been a good month of footy, having won two matches over that stretch after a poor start to the season. It was stars aplenty last week as Madison Prespakis put together another huge game with 28 possessions in a best on ground performance. The forwards also dominated with Sophie Abbatangelo and Caitlin Greiser each kicking two goals.

 

Essendon vs Williamstown

Saturday August 18, Windy Hill, 3PM

The Bombers host Williamstown in their first of two home games at Windy Hill to close out the season. Currently sitting in last place with just one win to date, the Bombers have two winnable games in the next two weeks to close their inaugural season on a high and move up the ladder. Hayley Bullas continues to be a shining light for the side, with an astounding 17 tackles last week to go along with 20 possessions in one of the best individual performances of the season. Jessica Trend has also put together a nice stretch of form and will be key for the Dons in the final two games of the season. The Seagulls come off an unbelievable comeback win against Richmond which saw them register just their second victory of the season. Down by as many as 20 points midway through the third quarter, Williamstown battled all the way back to steal a one-point victory. The second half performance should instill confidence into the side as it has a big opportunity to close the season out well. After weeks of reliance on Jess Duffin and Jenna Bruton, the role players for the Seagulls really stepped it up last week, particularly Jasmine Garner who was damaging with two goals and 21 possessions.

 

NT Thunder vs Hawthorn

Saturday August 18, TIO Stadium, 4PM

The Thunder recorded their sixth consecutive victory last week with a massive win over the previously undefeated Collingwood, which saw them move into first place with just two rounds remaining. The Thunder have the bye this week so this will be their home and away season finale and can also lock up a top two finish with a win. Angela Foley took the game away from Collingwood last week with 29 possessions and two goals and was complemented by Ebony Marinoff (28 possessions) and Jenna McCormick (31 possessions) also putting together strong games. For the Hawks, this game is critical in order for their top two push and a home final. A win pushes them into a tie with the Thunder, with an opportunity to surpass them in the final round into either first or second. A loss on the other hand could be very damaging, as they face Geelong in the final round and become in danger of falling to fourth come the end of the season. Sarah Perkins has been in terrific form recently, including her three-goal haul against the Bulldogs last week. She will be key in going toe-to-toe against the prolific offence of the Thunder down the other end. Another marquee game late in the season, which will shape the entire season once again.

 

Darebin vs Carlton

Sunday August 19, Bill Lawry Oval, 12PM

Darebin looks to keep its slim finals hopes alive when it takes on Carlton at home. Having won their last three games, the Falcons have put themselves in a position to contend for the final spot in the top four. Hannah Mouncey put together her best performance in some time, kicking two goals to go along with 16 possessions, however she will miss the game in what could be a costly out. Elise O’Dea does return to the line-up and should boost their midfield. Lauren Pearce also continues to be dominant in the ruck, winning plenty of centre clearances for the Falcons midfielders as well as getting plenty of the ball herself, tallying 21 possessions last week. Carlton come in fresh off the bye and is looking to continue its strong end to the season. The Blues sit in ninth position with just four wins thus far. However, the Blues have played some good footy over the past month, although results may not show it. Darcy Vescio has the opportunity to win the goal kicking title this week, currently sitting on 16 goals, needing three to surpass leader, Mouncey.

 

Casey vs Geelong

Sunday August 19, Casey Fields, 1PM

Round 15 comes to an end when Casey hosts Geelong. The Demons will not take part in September action, however a win over Geelong could be potentially damaging to the Cats’ hopes of playing finals. The home side will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing performance against Melbourne Uni, losing by 53 points in a game they were favoured to win. Maddie Shevlin was a shining light for the Demons with 22 possessions and the team’s only goal. AFLW star, Bianca Jakobsson was also impressive. The Cats can secure their spot in the top four with a victory and potentially move up towards a top two finish if they win their final two games, given the tough competition the teams above them face. Geelong has made a habit of beating up on lower teams and Sunday should present them with another opportunity to do so. Danielle Orr and Mia-Rae Clifford were great last week with two goals each. Richelle Cranston was her usual self with 24 possessions as she continues to build on what has been an impressive season.

Scouting notes: VFLW – Round 14

MELBOURNE University, Darebin and the NT Thunder all recorded crucial wins in Round 14 of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition. Our writers were there to watch these three teams on their way to victory, and noted down some of the top performers in each cracking match.

 

Casey Demons vs. Melbourne Uni

By: Peter Williams

Casey Demons:

#11 Eden Zanker

Showed good strength around the ground playing through the ruck and spending time forward. Zanker showed off her athletic capabilities, often leaping much higher than the opposition ruck and getting a clean tap to her midfielders. She also laid some great tackles and looked comfortable in the position.

#12 Georgia McLean

Had a few classy moments in the second half, breaking up a series of stoppages with great acceleration, but her shot on goal just missed. She applied good pressure on the ball carrier to force a ball over the boundary line, and read the taps from her rucks well, hitting the ball at top speed to burst away from her opponents.

#16 Casey Sherriff

A prominent player in defence who stepped up in the second half. In the third term she stopped a certain Sophie Abbatangelo goal, going back with the flight to earn a free kick, and then in the next play, used her smarts to keep the ball in play and in front of her, kicking it along the ground to gain extra distance. In wet conditions, Sherriff was one of the cleanest players around and showed good vision and disposal by hand or foot to teammates around the ground. Laid some vital tackles too, balancing between offensive and defensive traits.

#19 Amy Dunn

The Gippsland Power tall contributed in patches on debut, lining up at full-forward as the 23rd player. In the second term she contested strongly one-on-one and won a free kick on the wing for in the back and gave the handball off to a running teammate. In the final quarter, she marked the first ball inside 50, working hard on the lead. Her shot on goal missed to the right and was rushed over.

#22 Jordyn Allen

Showed off her trademark penetrating kick, leading out from half-forward and weighing her disposal well. She applied pressure to the ball carrier and was neat by hand or foot in transition and while she did not win a heap of the football, she laid some great tackles.

#24 Darcy Guttridge

A general in defence, Guttridge just patrolled the backline and showed great attack on the ball carrier. In the opening term she showed good strength to shrug off a tackler at half-back and kick cleanly to the wing. She constantly pushed up to the wing and hit the contest at full speed, trying her best to pump the ball long. She is a straight runner and can kick long inside 50. Copped a knock in the final term and was helped off, but could at least walk to the bench which was promising.

#25 Maddie Shevlin

Had a big day out around the ground, winning plenty of the football in the midfield and taking a kick-first approach. She laid some good tackles, but her highlight of the day was a monster kick from 50 metres which bounced through for a huge goal.

 

Melbourne University:

#1 Sophie Abbatangelo

Played a perfect forwards game, finishing with two goals, but also assisting her teammates in a couple more. She lead out and took strong marks, missing an early chance but then conjured something out of nothing, snapping a ball from the pocket. In the second term she set up Caitlin Greiser with a great lead out and then pass to her advantage, then nailed a second goal from a set shot which bent around the post to curl in. In the final term she marked deep and was unselfish to handball off to Kaitlyn Ashmore who ran in and kicked the easiest of goals.

#7 Ashleigh Riddell

The Melbourne University captain was prominent throughout the four quarters, cracking in hard and winning the ball in tight. She would spread to the outside, and hit the scoreboard with a fantastic goal off a step from the left boot deep in the pocket under pressure. She showed how clean she was at ground level on the wet turf, and also had good vision and decision making to kick to her teammates’ advantage in space. She continued to run hard all game and won her fair share of the ball.

#21 Rebecca Webster

Had a good inside game, working hard and putting pressure on the ball carrier, as well as using her stronger frame to assist her teammates. She laid some good tackling pressure in the opening term to force a turnover, and had a highlight reel moment in the second term where she charged from congestion. Unfortunately she found out how wet the ground was, taking a bounce which saw the ball roll away from her, but she recovered and handballed clear. Really strong in the midfield and clean at ground level.

#26 Caitlin Greiser

A prominent forward on the day who was one of Melbourne Uni’s best, dropping into the hole in the first term and intercepting a quick kick from a Demons defender. Her shot was on target but touched on the line. Not long after she used footy smarts to keep the ball in front of her while being chased, enabling a teammate to pick it up in space. She worked hard inside 50 to outbody her opponent in the second term, turn around and kick the goal from 15m out. She had another chance moments later with a snap under pressure but just missed. In the third term she lead out, protected the ball drop well and kicked inside 50. But her highlight-worthy moment came with less than two minutes to go as she won a one-on-one, picked up the ball tucked against the boundary line and snapped on goal, bouncing once before going through for goal of the day.

#29 Kathryn Klatt

Liked her work out of defence, she rarely made a mistake in her ability to peel off her player, take a good intercept mark and kick long, or think her way out of trouble. She was clean and accurate with her disposal on a day which made it tough considering the conditions, and had a number of crucial rebounds throughout the game.

#37 Libby Haines

Just a handful of touches on debut, but she put pressure on her opponents when down back. She used quick hands to keep the ball moving, and the one thing that stood out, perhaps more than any other player, was her closing speed and tenacity at the ball carrier. She mowed down opponents and in the final term, laid two huge tackles in a row, rewarded for her second effort, working super hard defensively.

#38 Kate Angelis

A tackling machine, Angelis just thrived on the contested ball and applying pressure all over, tackling an opponent in the second term to force a turnover. She also pounced on a loose ball and kicked it off the ground for a great goal.

#48 Madison Prespakis

You begin to run out of things to say about this talent, and it is easy to see why. She wins the ball at ease and just has fantastic vision and ability to fire handballs to teammates at will. She missed a shot at goal running in early, as the breeze tucked it away, and another only after which was intercepted. In the third term, Prespakis showed unbelievable courage going back with the flight to spoil a mark and managed to avoid giving away a free, then got up and a moment later, snapped a goal out of nothing. Bounced off opponents at stoppages and never stopped running, having the ball on a string and dominating. Best on ground again.

 

Darebin vs. Hawthorn

By: Taylah Melki

Darebin:

#2 Nicole Callinan

She was solid throughout the game, winning plenty of the ball and taking a heap of good contested marks. Callinan’s use of the ball was efficient and effective, hitting up targets while under pressure, showing good composure with ball in hand.

#7 Lily Mithen

Mithen applied plenty of physical pressure, laying a really strong tackle and winning a holding the ball call in their forward 50 leading to a goal from a teammate who played advantage. She used the footy well throughout the game showing great composure with ball in hand to check her kicks and hit up a teammate.

#14 Meghan McDonald

Solid down in defence once again, hitting the packs hard and showed good composure under pressure. She showcased her class with a clean pick up off her toes and then good hustle to break a tackle and get boot to ball in the second quarter. McDonald continued her impressive intercept marking game, taking some goal saving grabs down back once again for the Falcons. She was a key player down back proving how important she is to their side.

#15 Annalyse Lister

Lister took a good strong mark going back with the flight in the second quarter and showed good agility to get around her opponent and then bomb it inside 50. Her second efforts were good all game, showing she was not afraid to put her body on the line and win the ball at the coal-face.

#22 Georgia Hammond

Good strong juggling mark just outside the goal square and converted in front of goal. Hammond showed some good hustle to trap and win the footy at ground level in the forward 50 and was clean in and around the stoppages with a really good pick up off the deck in the middle of the ground. She highlighted her footy smarts to dish off to a teammate and create a forward thrust for her side.

#40 Lauren Pearce

Pearce continued her good form, taking a heap of good strong intercept marks which was credit to her ability to read the flight of the ball. She consistently impacted the contest and showcased her footy smarts, winning plenty of taps in the ruck and hitting it to her team’s advantage. She laid a crunching tackle in the third term where she chased down her opponent and won a holding the ball call, showing how important the one percenters are.

# 43 Hannah Mouncey

Mouncey had a really good game for the Falcons taking a heap of contested marks under pressure and offering good leads through the middle of the ground for her teammates to hit up. She provided a good presence in the forward line and was effective in the ruck, showcasing her footy smarts with some good taps to advantage. She worked herself into the game and hit the scoreboard at a critical moment with a clever scrumming goal in the third term. Mouncey also bagged another major in the fourth quarter, helping to secure the win for the Falcons.

 

Southern Saints:

#2 Alison Brown

Brown showcased her good hands in tight and around the stoppages. She used her long kick to clear the ball and move it forward for her team. She really started to work herself into the game in the second half, highlighting her strong hands and ability to read the flight of the footy. Brown worked tirelessly throughout the game, impacting the contest and scrapped hard at ground level to extract and win the footy.

#28 Rhiannon Watt

Watt was solid across the ground for the Southern Saints and showcased her good quick hands to release teammates into space. Her leads up at the footy were strong, helping to create space in the forward half and took a big contested mark. Watt created a real presence up forward and worked tirelessly throughout the game, proving to be one of the key players on the field. 

#36 Sophie Bolding

She showed some good dash and covered the ground with ease, highlighting her ability to run both ways. Bolding burnt off her opponent in the third term while streaming into the forward 50 but missed her shot at goal. She had some good passages of play but just missed a sense of composure with ball in hand, needing a few more steps to balance and compose herself before having a shot at goal or dishing off to a teammate.

#39 Eleanor Brown

Had a really solid game for the Southern Saints and was not afraid to go in hard and win the footy at the stoppages. Brown showcased good clean hands in close and worked hard to release her teammates on the outside. Her ability to get into damaging positions and use the footy effectively and efficiently was second to none. She was strong around the stoppages, scrapping hard and imposing herself on the contest as well as laying some strong tackles across the field.  

#42 Courtney Jones

Jones was cool, calm and collected throughout the game, taking a good strong mark under a heap of pressure from the Falcons. She slotted a big goal from about 40 metres out, showing her footy smarts and composure to go back and take her time to keep the Saints in it. Jones flicked the ball out of congestion with ease and was relatively accurate by foot, ensuring that she checked her kicks and hit her targets.  

#43 Shelley Heath

Heath showed some good break-away speed to burst away from the pack and was good in tight, dishing off effective and clever handballs. She worked herself into the game, gathering a few possessions and tackling well to win the ball for her team. Her strong hands were a highlight of her game along with her good leads into space through the middle of the ground.

 

Collingwood vs. NT Thunder

By: Julia Montesano

Collingwood:

#3 Nicole Hildebrand

Hildebrand delivered a good kick inside 50, penetrating the ball forward. She won a good one-on-one battle against Jenna McCormick. Also delivered a nice centering kick into the centre square.

#8 Brittany Bonnici

Laid some great tackles, showing her intent to win the footy. A highlight of her game was when she streamed through a couple of players and gave off the handball. Also took a good intercept mark.

#28 Holly Whitford

Delivered a magnificent pinpointed pass to Kristy Stratton on the lead inside 50. In another instance, Whitford sold the candy, evaded two tackles and thumped the ball forward, which was a highlight of her game. She also displayed good run and carry towards forward 50 during the game.

#54 Hillary Grubb

Grubb won a lot of the footy and got a well-deserved goal on the board for her efforts. Executed a great fend-off and followed it up with a nice kick inside 50. Grubb also displayed great run and carry through the middle of the ground.

#59 Katie Lynch

Lynch was able to read the play well and show good composure. Delivered a nice short kick to Hannah McLaren and took a good mark on the edge of defensive 50 out of the full back kick-in. Also delivered a good kick to Jessica Edwards, which started a forward thrust.

#66 Daisy Bateman

Had excellent awareness to chip a kick to Stacey Livingstone in the goal square rather than try to attempt the goal from a difficult angle. In another instance, Bateman read the bounce of the footy beautifully and converted her first major of the day.

#67 Hannah McLaren

Played a sensational game for the Pies and was their best-on-ground in my opinion. She executed a good burst of speed and followed this up with quick hands out of the pack. Was able to play on out of defensive 50 to find a target, highlighting her footy smarts out of the back half. McLaren also took some good defensive marks and did whatever she could to get the ball moving. This was demonstrated when she gave off a great handball on hands and knees which opened up the play for the Pies. In another instance, she evaded her opponent well and got the ball forward. Also gave off a nice high handball to get it out of the contest.

 

NT Thunder:

#3 Angela Foley

Took a good intercept mark off a Brittany Bonnici kick. Also read the the play well to get her boot on the ball and kick a goal to bring the margin within one point.

#5 Machaelia Roberts

Roberts did well to kick the ball inside 50, always trying to penetrate the ball forward. She was able to hit targets with her kicks and even did so while being tackled on one instance. Roberts executed a great pick-up of the footy and followed this up by streaming inside 50 to put the Thunder in front in the dying stages.

#11 Jordann Hickey

Hickey was the main target up forward and led hard to the footy all day. She was able to kick the ball nice and straight through the goals, highlighting her sound kicking action. Hickey too showed great run and carry inside 50 with an exciting element of acceleration. She was able to use this acceleration on her leads, bursting away from her opponents to mark the ball lace-out.

#22 Jenna McCormick

Like Thorn, McCormick played a sensational game for NT. Delivered a nice spearing pass to the wing, getting the ball on her boot plenty of times. Also delivered a nice long ball down the wing and also used her hands well, executing a long handpass. Executed a nice kick toward forward 50 and backed it up with some great intercept marking throughout the game. A highlight of her performance was when she stopped Jessica Edwards in her tracks when she was streaming inside 50. Laid another great tackle to dispossess her opponent and kick it down the line.

#31 Jessica Sedunary

Executed a good kick while being pushed, showing her strength in the contest. Did well to burst through traffic and showed good run and carry out of the back half. Sedunary also hit up Sue Nalder nicely inside 50.

#55 Tayla Thorn

She was NT’s best for mine. Executed a good fend-off and burst well into the forward line. She evaded a couple of players and kicked it to Jordann Hickey for a set shot in a marvellous piece of play. Thorn fended off well again in another instance, this time against the strong Emma Grant. Worked well with Hickey inside 50, delivering another good kick to her. Thorn displayed excellent run and carry and combined this with good bursts of speed. Took a great uncontested mark off a Sue Nalder kick that dropped short to give her a shot at goal. Also laid a great tackle on Stacey Livingstone.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 14

COLLINGWOOD lost its first game of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s after 14 rounds of action and consequently lost top spot on the ladder. At the bottom of the ladder, the Seagulls experienced a rare highlight for their season when they clinched a thrilling one-point win over Richmond. With only two rounds to go, the ladder could still change in what looks to be a thrilling finals series.

 

Casey Demons 1.6 (12) defeated by Melbourne University 10.5 (65) 

By: Peter Williams

Melbourne University has claimed a huge 53-point win over Casey Demons, courtesy of a dominant first half. The Mugars booted the only five goals of the first two quarters, with the Demons managing just the one behind in challenging conditions. With the ground wet and the blustery wind causing problems for some, the Mugars made the most of it. Casey played well in the third term, with Maddie Shevlin producing a huge 50 metre goal for the Demons’ only of the game, to outscore the visitors. Unfortunately for the home team, Melbourne University got back on top in the final term, booting two goals early to wrap up the match, and then two in the final two minutes to blow the margin out to almost nine goals.

Madison Prespakis starred again for the winners, doing some unbelievable things, including a snap out of nowhere for a goal, on her way to 28 disposals, two marks, six tackles and a goal. Captain Ashleigh Riddell was prominent with 18 disposals and an important first quarter goal, while Sophie Abbatangelo (15 disposals, four marks and two goals) and Caitlin Greiser (12 disposals, three marks and two goals) worked hard together in attack.

For Casey, Shevlin was the big ball winner, racking up 22 disposals and booting the Demons’ only goal, while Casey Sherriff was arguably the best for her clean ball use in defence, racking up 14 disposals and laying six tackles. Sherriff teamed well with Darcy Guttridge back there, who picked up 11 disposals and three marks, while Eden Zanker was promising in the ruck.

 

Darebin 7.1 (43) defeated Southern Saints 6.3 (39)

By: Taylah Melki

It was a good old fashioned shoot-out at Bill Lawry Oval, with both the Falcons and Saints going goal-for-goal. In a hotly contested match, Darebin looked to have broken away in the second term, but the Saints fought back to go in even at half-time. Accuracy did not seem to be a problem for either team with no behinds scored in the first half of footy, credit to their cleanliness by foot. But in the end, it was the Falcons that secured the win by four points in a very tight game to keep their finals hopes alive.

The Falcons were on song with the likes of Hannah Mouncey finding the goals and imposing herself around the contest with her strong hands. Teammates, Lily Mithen and Georgia Hammond were also impressive with their clean hands at the coal face and ability to dish off clever handballs under pressure. Down in defence, Meghan McDonald played her usual role, taking a heap of intercept marks and controlling the defensive 50 for the Falcons.

Meanwhile for the Southern Saints, Alison Brown showcased her good hands in tight, extracting the footy out of the congestion cleanly and cleverly. Rhiannon Watt provided a good target up forward and worked tirelessly throughout the match to win the footy. Courtney Jones was impressive for the Saints, opening their scoring account and getting involved in the contest, as was Alison Drennan who was influential across the ground with her silky skills.

 

Collingwood 4.4 (28) defeated by NT Thunder 5.8 (38)

Collingwood experienced the losing feeling for the first time this year on the hallowed turf of Victoria Park. The Pies couldn’t kick a goal during the whole second half while the Thunder kicked three crucial majors to claim a vital win, and top spot on the ladder.

Captain, Angela Foley had a blinder of a game, being one of two multiple goal kickers for the Thunder, as well as racking up 29 disposals and taking four marks. The other multiple goal kicker was 23 year-old, Jordann Hickey, who booted home two majors from her 10 disposals. In terms of disposals, Adelaide AFLW forward, Jenna McCormick led the way with 31 touches to go along with seven marks.

Vic Metro forward, Daisy Bateman was one of four single goal kickers for the Pies, and also racked up nine disposals. Her Oakleigh Chargers teammate, Hannah McLaren racked up the disposals, gathering 20 touches for the Pies. She was complemented by a great all-round game from Sophie Alexander, who gathered 23 disposals and laid six tackles. Former Murray Bushrangers defender, Iilish Ross led the way in the tackling department, laying 11 for the match.

 

Geelong Cats 8.11 (59) defeated Essendon 2.2 (14)  

Geelong took care of business at GMHBA Stadium, recording another big win over another cellar-dweller in the competition. This time, Essendon was on the end of the big margin, only managing two goals for the game, while the Cats booted eight.

Danielle Orr and Mia-Rae Clifford were the two multiple goal kickers for the Cats with two majors each. In the midfield, it was Richelle Cranston who dominated yet again with 24 disposals, two marks and three tackles. Geelong Falcons duo, Olivia Purcell (18 touches) and Nina Morrison (16 touches) also contributed well on the day.

For the Bombers, Hayley Bullas provided some positives with her 20 disposals, three marks and a whopping 17 tackles. She was complemented by the consistent Jessica Trend, who racked up 18 disposals, five marks and nine tackles. Trend led the way for marks in the match, taking the most grabs out of any player in the match. Alex Quigley and Monique DeMatteo were Essendon’s goal kickers.

 

Richmond 5.7 (37) defeated by Williamstown 5.8 (38) 

Williamstown has recorded a thrilling come from behind win to secure its second win of the season. The Seagulls hadn’t scored a goal up to half time, but found their mojo in the second half, outscoring Richmond five goals to two.

North Melbourne recruit, Jasmine Garner had a marvelous game for the Seagulls, kicking two goals and racking up 21 disposals as well as five marks. Her fellow Kangaroos recruit, Jess Duffin led the way in disposals, gathering 30 touches as well as two marks and four tackles in another sensational performance. Jenna Bruton’s fierce attack on the ball was key to Williamstown’s victory, as she laid a game-high 12 tackles to go with her 19 disposals.

Phoebe Monahan once again led the way in disposals for Richmond, gathering 25 disposals and seven tackles. Of those 25 disposals, 23 were kicks, highlighting her ability to get the ball on the boot and penetrate it forward. She was complemented by Lauren Tesoriero, who gathered 22 touches and took three marks. Kate Dixon was a focal point up forward, kicking two majors to go with her 10 disposals.

 

Hawthorn 11.13 (79) defeated Western Bulldogs 4.0 (24) 

The Bulldogs succumbed to their second consecutive loss, but this time the margin was much greater, hurting their late finals charge. The Hawks led at each break and did the most damage in the third quarter, where they kicked three unanswered goals.

The Hawks had three multiple goal kickers in Sarah Perkins (three), Emily Gilder (two), Phoebe McWilliams (two) and Rosie Dillon (two). One player that could have kicked multiple goals was Rebecca Beeson, who finished the match with one goal and three behinds. That didn’t seem to faze her though, as she was the leading disposal-getter on the ground, gathering 25 disposals. Julia Crockett-Grills and Meg Hutchins also found plenty of the footy, racking up 18 touches each.

For the Bulldogs, it was Lauren Spark who led the way in disposals. She gathered 17 touches and took six marks on the day. Ashleigh Guest was next best with 14, while Bonnie Toogood racked up 12 touches in her first VFLW game. Bailey Hunt provided some positivity for the Dogs, as she kicked a goal and led the way in tackles, laying eight for the match.

Scouting notes: VFLW – Round 12

AN entertaining Round 12 saw traditional rivals, Carlton and Richmond go head-to-head and Collingwood defeated Melbourne University in a tight tussle. Our writers watched both of those matches and noted the outstanding performances from the weekend.

 

Carlton vs. Richmond

Carlton:

#3 Darcy Vescio

Executed a nice pick-up off the deck and gave off a good handball to Natalie Plane. Delivered a great kick inside 50 that started the passage of play that resulted in a Kristi Harvey goal. Vescio moved higher up the ground in this game and created more opportunities through assists, as well as kicking it off her own boot. She combined the two well in a different role for her. Kicked a nice dribbling goal for her first of the game. Her second came from a good mark out the back and an easy conversion.

#6 Gabriella Pound

Took a nice intercept mark and delivered a good clearing kick. Was able to follow up the ball well and got clean hands away on plenty of occasions. Pound ended up getting lots of the ball and used it well both by hand and by foot.

#10 Sarah Hosking

Showed good endeavour to run towards 50 and try and boot through a goal. Followed this up with another bout of good endeavour to run and carry after a free kick. Hosking hunted the footy with purpose and as a result, got lots of the ball. She also won lots of free kicks because she went in hard for the ball and got rewarded. Executed nice run and carry to execute a switch kick.

#19 Georgia Gee

Took a nice mark on the flank and displayed good run and carry throughout the match. Gee seemed to always have space to run into which she was able to use well. Executed a good kick around the corner to Darcy Vescio. Gee’s marking and intent to move the footy on with the ball in hand was impressive.

#20 Courtney Bromage

Took a nice mark and laid a nice tackle laid in the forward pocket. Bromage was able to turn her opponent inside out and showed good footy smarts to soccer the ball along the ground to get it forward. Showed strong hands again and followed it up with a good kick. Also displayed good bodywork to impact the contest.

#27 Katelyn Cox

Delivered a nice centering ball which she used more than once to create scoring opportunities. Executed a nice kick to the top of the square to complement her good attacking work inside 50. Cox was able to evade her opponents well and followed it up with great kicks. Also applied good pressure on her opponent.

#34 Akec Chuot

Chuot played one of her best games for Carlton on Sunday. Displayed nice agility and good pace. This was demonstrated when she followed up her poor kick with sheer acceleration. She took an excellent stretched mark and demonstrated an excellent ability to play on from outside 50 to create a quick passage of play. She did well up and down the ground when rotating through back pocket to forward, excelling in both roles. Also spoiled a Phoebe Monahan kick inside 50, complementing a great game where she got plenty of the ball.

 

Richmond:

#60 Kate Dempsey

Took a good mark and applied good pressure on Georgia Gee who was hunting down the ball fiercely. Executed a nice tap of the ball to get it forward.

#63 Jacqueline Graham

Took a couple of nice intercept marks on the day. Kicked well and showed good intent to hunt down the football. Graham also displayed good work to get rid of the ball before she got tackled and then executed a good follow-up to get it back after she had lost it.

#64 Emma Gunn

Laid a nice tackle laid on Gabriella Pound. Also displayed good run and carry and did well to avoid a chasing opponent.

#69 Evelyn Burry

Laid an excellent smother on the pacey Georgia Gee, which generated plenty of crowd noise. Burry took a good mark on the outer side and laid an excellent run-down tackle to pressure a Kristi Harvey kick towards goal.

#79 Lauren Tesoriero

Got plenty of the ball thanks to her fierce attack. Tesoriero would often run through players, going in hard for the footy on multiple occasions. Took an excellent mark on the boundary line for a shot at goal and laid a good tackle on Gabriella Pound to trap the ball inside 50 after a kick out. Tesoriero was also able to execute good hands, such as when she got clean hands out to Alice Edmonds. Demonstrated good agility and run and carry for a big kick inside 50 toward goal.

#88 Phoebe Monahan

Tried hard for the Tigers all game and racked up lots of disposals. Delivered a nice centering ball to the top of the goal square and did well to cut off a kick on another occasion. Monahan was able to get a handball away while being brought to ground. Gave off a good handball out of congestion while under pressure.

 

Melbourne Uni vs. Collingwood

By: Taylah Melki

Melbourne Uni:

#7 Ashleigh Riddell

Was a ball magnet across the ground. Her ability to run both ways was impressive and provided a good option for her teammates. Was not afraid to go in hard and win the footy, putting her body on the line. Applied plenty of pressure and took a heap of strong marks. Provided a good option across the ground and created a forward thrust for her side.

#15 Emma Kearney

Looked dangerous up forward, scrumming well and reading the flight of the ball. Showed some good dash out of the back half and helped to open up space across the ground. Kearney impressed with her ability to break free from tackles and use the footy effectively and efficiently. She peppered away at the goals and slotted a much-needed major in the third term.

 #19 Lauren Ahrens

Racked up plenty of the ball and used the footy well. Good intercept mark and strong hands, she displayed her ability to read the flight of the ball.

#26 Caitlin Greiser

Strong hands to take a good intercept mark. Kept herself in the contest, bringing the ball to ground and giving her teammates an opportunity to run onto the ball and pick it up. Executed a long booming kick and provided a solid target in the forward line for Melbourne Uni.

 #41 Katherine Gillespie-Jones

She had a stellar game. She was in everything from the get go, working hard to stop the forward thrusts from the Pies. Gillespie-Jones had sticky fingers, impressing with her strong marks and good use of the footy. Her ability to read the play and drop back into holes was important for Melbourne Uni and she provided good link up play through the middle of the ground.

#48 Madison Prespakis

Imposed herself around the contest with her strong body and footy smarts. Good strong penetrating kick and used the ball well. Was never far from the contest and wasn’t afraid to put her body on the line. Had a hard tag throughout the game but that did not seem to phase her, winning plenty of footy across the ground.

#52 Kaitlyn Ashmore

Good strong mark and lead up at the footy. Had a set shot from about 35 metres out directly in front but was unable to capitalise, kicking it out on the full. Good speed to break away through the middle of the ground and set up a forward thrust.

 

Collingwood:

#2 Chloe Molloy

Used her break away speed to open up the space and propel her team forward. She showcased her clean hands and showed good agility to pick the ball up off her toes. Real classy player and displayed great composure given the repeat entries inside 50. Was a real ball magnet and set up a lot of play throughout the match. She showcased her ability to hit targets while under pressure and take strong marks.

#3 Nicole Hilderbrand

Executed a clean pick up off her toes and nailed an amazing goal from an impossible angle in the second quarter. She showcased her ability to dodge players and use the ball cleverly throughout the match.

#4 Sarah D’Arcy

D’Arcy started the game off really well, strongly demonstrating her good hands while under pressure, taking an impressive mark going back with the flight in defence. Was in everything in the opening term and showcased her footy smarts with her clearing kick and ability to hit targets.

#5 Emma Grant

Grant was solid down in defence and applied plenty of strong tackles on her opponents. She showcased her ability to win the footy at ground level, working hard to release the ball to teammates. She impressed with her strong hands and follow up work to provide a back-up play when her team needed her.

#8 Brittany Bonnici

Good clearing kick out of defence for the Pies and showed some good dash with ball in hand. Strong tackling pressure to trap the ball in Collingwood’s forward half. Positions well behind the ball and took a heap of good intercept marks at half back.

#17 Steph Chiocci

Looked a bit rusty to start off with but worked herself into the game, credit to her footy smarts. Laid a strong tackle in the first quarter in which she chased her opponent down. Opened up the space for her teammates and created plenty of scoring opportunities with her quick kicks into one on ones in the forward 50.

#21 Ilish Ross

She was really impressive and worked hard all game to win the footy. Her effort in both defence and attack was second to none, getting involved in the contest. She applied plenty of pressure, tackling hard to trap the footy and taking a number of strong marks.

#49 Sophie Alexander

Alexander was a real play maker up forward for the Pies, bagging two goals for the match. She looked dangerous throughout the match, hitting the packs hard and imposing herself in the forward half with her strong tackling pressure. She showcased her quick hands in and around congestion to move the ball out of the pack and into open space.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 12

COLLINGWOOD remains on top of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s ladder without a loss, after scoring six straight goals and no behinds to defeat Melbourne Uni. NT Thunder and Hawthorn also recorded wins and remain in contention to take top spot, sitting comfortably in the top four.

 

Carlton 7.10 (52) defeated Richmond 1.5 (11)

After nearly upsetting Collingwood at RAMS Arena last week, Carlton recorded an emphatic win over Richmond this week. The Blues opened up the game by kicking four first-quarter goals, and kept the Tigers goalless for the first half.

Captain, Kristi Harvey and AFLW forward, Darcy Vescio each kicked two goals on the day and were complemented by single goal kickers, Sarah Hosking, Georgia Fisher and Bailey Schultz. Hosking in particular played a wonderful game, adding 21 disposals, five marks and 10 tackles to her major. In terms of disposals, it was AFLW defender, Gabriella Pound who led the way with 27. Katelyn Cox also touched the ball a lot, racking up 18 disposals, four marks and also laying five tackles.

Richmond’s only goal came from star midfielder, Phoebe Monahan, who also led the way for her side in disposals. Monahan recorded 20 touches, took three marks and laid nine tackles. She was complemented by Jacqueline Graham, who also recorded 20 disposals as well as taking seven marks. Graham led the way for marks on the day, while Kate Dixon wasn’t far behind with five.

 

Southern Saints 4.5 (29) defeated by Hawthorn 5.8 (38)

After a tight tussle throughout the match, Hawthorn escaped with a nine-point win. At half-time, the Hawks had only scored seven behinds while the Saints had kicked three straight majors. Then after the main break, Hawthorn straightened up and got the upper hand, kicking 5.1 to the Saints’ 1.5.

It was an even performance in terms of goals for the Hawks, with no multiple goal-kickers on the day. Instead, Rebecca Beeson, Emily Mcilvena, Sarah Perkins, Emily Gilder and Lou Wotton all kicked a major each. As usual, the experienced Jayde Van Dyk was as impressive as ever in defence, and earned best on ground honours from her coaches for her efforts in the back half. She was complemented by great games from Clare O’Donnell, Kim Ebb, Julia Crockett-Grills and Ebony Nixon.

The Saints too also shared the goals around with Danielle Lawrence, Tara Bohanna, Kayla Ripari and Ashleigh Allsopp all getting majors on the board. Rhiannon Watt dominated in the ruck and was consequently named the Saints’ best player on the day. Samantha Johnson, AFLW Academy member, Courtney Jones, Leah Olsen and star midfielder, Alison Drennan also performed well on Saturday.

 

NT Thunder 8.9 (57) defeated Casey Demons 7.3 (45)

With a 42-point lead at half-time, it looked like the Thunder was going to come away with a thumping win. But a late fightback from the Demons reduced the final margin to 12 points, after they kicked five goals to none in the second half.

Jordann Hickey and South Australia Under 18 representative, Katelyn Rosenzweig led the way in goals, each kicking two majors for the Thunder on Saturday. Rosenzweig also led the way in marks, taking five for the day to go along with her 14 disposals. Fellow forwards, Jenna McCormick and Emma Swanson also had stunning performances on the day, despite not getting on the scoreboard. McCormick racked up 26 disposals, two marks and five tackles while Swanson touched the ball 24 times, took four marks and laid four tackles.

Casey also had two multiple goalkickers, with Melbourne AFLW duo, Eden Zanker and Shelley Scott each kicking two majors. Bianca Jakobsson was one of the most impressive Demons on the day, racking up 20 disposals and taking five marks. Katherine Smith wasn’t too far off, as she recorded 19 disposals, laid five tackles and kicked a goal. Kaila Bentvelzen also did well with almost identical stats, kicking a goal to go along with her 18 disposals and eight tackles.

 

Melbourne Uni 2.7 (19) defeated by Collingwood 6.0 (36)

By: Taylah Melki

The Pies have made a name for themselves this season, sitting pretty at the top of the ladder, and this game was no different. Melbourne University set the tone early with plenty of forward 50 entries but was unable to capitalise on its scoring opportunities. The Mugars had some good glimpses of play but were unable to keep up with the relentless pressure of the Magpies who ended up coming away with a 17-point win. It took a while for the Magpies to get into the game but they showcased their dash across the ground and fierce intensity to win the footy.

For the Pies, the likes of young gun Chloe Molloy impressed once again with her silky skills and ability to read the play, taking some strong intercept marks across the back half. In the midfield, stars such as Steph Chiocci and Brittany Bonnici took control, showcasing their footy smarts with clever kicks. Grace Buchan starred for the black and white with her quick release handballs to teammates and work around the stoppages. Sophie Alexander was also important for Collingwood, scoring two majors and looking ominous up forward.

Melbourne University has plenty to look forward to, with the likes of youngsters Madison Prespakis and Caitlin Greiser showing great promise with their composure with ball in hand and ability to win the footy. Prespakis was in everything once again, imposing herself on the contest. Meanwhile, the likes of Emma Kearney and Kaitlyn Ashmore were impressive, showcasing their experience with ball in hand.  Kearney starred with her dash across the ground and long penetrating kick into the forward 50.

Scouting notes: VFLW – Round 11

ROUND 11 of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s saw some tight matches take place across the weekend. Our writers watched three games and noted the standout performers. 

 

Richmond vs. NT Thunder

By: James Halley

Richmond:

#60 Kate Dempsey

She scored Richmond’s sole goal of the last term, barraging through a scrimmage and gathering a loose ball get. Along with Lynch, she gave Richmond run on the wing, using her prolific kicking to set up shots on goal.

#75 Bethany Lynch

She played on the wing in a new role for her. She was quite prolific, making many runs along the flanks using her speed to burn off opponents.

#55 Courtney Wakefield

She kicked the first goal of the game from an easy set shot. After taking a great pack mark, she kicked truly to kick Richmond’s second goal of the game from the goal square. Only a minute later she kicked another after her opponent became worried after her previous effort and gave away a holding free behind the ball. She took many contested marks, throwing her weight around.

#88 Phoebe Monahan

She was a shinning light for Richmond in the midfield. She was the everywhere person for the Tigers. When the third quarter onslaught began, she was placed back to try and stem the flow.

 

NT Thunder:

#11 Jordann Hickey

She was able to finish a goal along the ground after the ball trickled out after a big pack contest. Late in the game she took a big pack mark and kicked her second goal for the game with an unconventional helicopter set shot.

#26 Abbey Holmes

She played as the focal point at full forward after her heroic four goals last week. Although she didn’t have the same impact on the scoreboard this week she was still influential. She crashed many packs and set up numerous other goals. It just wasn’t quite her day in front of goals.

#17 Emma Swanson

She managed to soccer through goal on the goal line after a Holmes effort on goal was denied. She was quite simply in the right place at the right time. For the whole game she was in the midst of attacks for the Thunder and it was clear that she had a presence.

#20 Jasmyn Hewett

She was the clear winner in the ruck against her lesser light opponents. With Alice Edmonds and Emma King out of Richmond’s team, she took advantage in the hit outs and clearances and gave the Territory midfield silver service.

#52 Ebony Marinoff

Hewett and Marinoff were the perfect pair in this match as it was tap to clearance over and over. In just her second match for NT, she had a best on ground performance in the midfield.

 

Carlton vs. Collingwood

#8 Madeline Brancatisano

Played her familiar role from the Northern Knights through the middle and crashed in hard, earning an early free. She read the taps well around the ground and had a number of touches through the middle of the game, handballing out of congestion to a teammate on the outside. One handball in particular started a chain in the third term which led to a Kristi Harvey goal.

#10 Sarah Hosking

A really strong performance both figuratively and literally. The inside midfielder laid some massive tackles and had some vital clearances out of the middle. She did not mind getting involved in a few scuffles when the battle got heated, and did everything she could for her side. Some of her clearances bursting out of the middle were really eye-catching including one in the final term as she desperately tried to turn the tide of momentum.

#13 Mika Suzuki

Coming in as the 23rd player, Suzuki did well with her pressure and determination to crack in and win the hard ball. She won a good clearance on the wing by going in hard in the opening term. In the third quarter she had a purple patch, marking in space and kicking forward, then was involved in a play not long after. Bumped off the ball by an opponent, she bounced back up and kept chasing the ball carrier and laid a fantastic tackle.

#19 Georgia Gee

A pocket rocket around the ground. Often found chasing the ball carrier or throwing herself under a pack, Gee provided great defensive attributes throughout the match.

#27 Katelyn Cox

Prominent through the middle, Cox crashed into packs and constantly fought hard for the contested ball working in tandem with Sarah Hosking. She then spread to the outside and provided some good run for the Blues

#37/51 Tyla Hanks

Had an unusual jumper change in the middle of the match, but regardless of the number on her back, still did plenty of nice things throughout the game, Playing up forward and pushing up the ground, Hanks kicked a vital goal from a tight angle in the third term and set up another earlier in the term with a good fend-off and snap to Kristi Harvey who nailed the goal. Hanks had a chance later in the third quarter but just missed. The ball did not get near her in the last term, but it was a promising third term where she was all over the action.

#40 Kristi Harvey

Enormous throughout the match. Harvey played up the end where the breeze was blowing towards, booting three goals in a half up forward and then rebounding everything she could with strong marks in the back 50. Her two goals in the third term were telling, and missed a chance for a third. Her kicking into the breeze proved tough at times, but he dominance with her strong body and reading of the play was very good.

 

Collingwood:

#2 Chloe Molloy

Played predominantly through the midfield and did as much defensively right as she did offensively. While she was not on the end of goals, she was helping set up her teammates. In the first half she applied some good shepherds and tackles to lock the ball up. Had a shot on goal in the final term from an Iilish Ross handball, but hit the post.

#3 Nicole Hildebrand

Playing up forward, Hildebrand lead out and provided a target for her midfielders. She took a courageous mark under pressure in the opening term and kicked forward, then had a flying shot on the goal in the second quarter but just missed. A fantastic effort from tight in the pocket was just touched on the line.

#4 Sarah D’Arcy

A booming kick, D’Arcy was able to boot the ball long into dangerous positions, and was able to give off quick handballs to teammates when they went forward. In the final term she had a shot on goal which hit the post, and then showed composure under pressure on the last lane, stepping around an opponent and then took an extra second to hit-up a target at half-back.

#8 Brittany Bonnici

One of the best on ground in my opinion for her ability to read the play and attack the ball hard coming off half-back and along the wing. She often left her opponent to win the football and kick long down the ground. In the second term she avoided being caught holding the ball by using her strength to fend off Georgia Gee. Later that quarter she ran off half-back, beat her opponent to the ball and delivered it lace-out inside 50. Had a flying shot on goal but missed, then continued running hard in the third term and did not have to do a lot in the final term back there.

#12 Stacey Livingstone

Changed the course of the game with a purple patch in the third term. With Carlton doing all the attacking and no goals kicked up the Grand Boulevard end, Livingstone broke the deadlock with a couple of goals in as many minutes. She snapped a goal for her first, and then ran into space from a Jessica Edwards long bomb, out-sprinted her opponent and booted a goal on the run.

#18 Ruby Schleicher

Used the ball well going forward and kicked a lovely ball to a teammate early in the game and also pushed back into defence and laid strong tackles. Just bobbed up throughout the game and had some nice moments.

#21 Iilish Ross

Stepped up in the second half, having booted Collingwood’s first goal in the second term with a flying shot running in towards the big sticks. In the third term, she worked hard on the inside, gave quick handballs off to outside teammates and created good run going forward. In the final term she laid an important tackle on the wing and gave the handpass to Chloe Molloy in the final term after winning a free on the boundary, but Molloy’s subsequent shot missed.

#49 Sophie Alexander

After having a few chances through hard leading in the second term and missing a shot in that quarter, Alexander stepped up in the final quarter, booting two goals and being the difference on the scoreboard in that term. She led into space and marked, then nailed the set shot from 20m out. A second shot from a standing start missed, but a long range bomb from outside 50 got the crowd up and about to seal the game.

#52 Nicole Hales

A brave game in defence, in what was a hard-working effort for two quarters and an easier game in the opposite quarters. She battled away in defence, coming up at the ball and pumping it out of the danger zone. Hales laid some good spoils and put body contact on her opponents.

#63 Paige Nash

Showed a great attack on the football and won a free for front-on contact midway through the first term. She was able to rebound the ball out of the defensive half, proving particularly important in the final term when Carlton was attacking.

#99 Shayla Marsh

Worked well on the outside winning a bit of the ball through midfield and half-forward and trying to kick it forward. Missed a chance in the final term kicking it out on the full, but more often than not looked to kick long inside 50 and put it to dangerous areas.

 

Southern Saints vs. Melbourne University

Southern Saints:

#4 Georgia Ricardo

Had a number of chances on goal early in the game but just missed, but buzzed around the forward line and laid a great blind-side run-down tackle on an opponent in the third term at half-back.

#8 Alison Drennan

The prominent midfielder just wins the football at will and goes in hard around the packs. She draws free kicks from getting to the ball first and from opponents aware of what she can do. She laid a great tackle to force a turnover at a crucial stage in the final term.

#15 Tara Bohanna

Made a huge difference by the end of the game and could have done even more damage had she managed to kick a couple of gettable chances. She booted two goals in the final term, and had two more chances – one from a snap and another from a set shot – but both missed. Created havoc up there all day though and was one of the best Saints.

#24 Kayla Ripari

Plays that high half-forward and defensive forward role well, in the sense that she tackles, creates forward pressure, and can still have offensive chances. She runs hard, has clean hands and had a chance in the second term but her shot which was on target, took a wrong bounce and went off for a behind.

#28 Rhiannon Watt

Enormous through the ruck and around the ground, she was one of the Saints most influential players. She worked strongly at the ruck stoppages and drifted into defence to clear the ball out of the back half and into safety.

#30 Charlotte Wilson

Had a solid game in defence, running down an opponent at half-back to force a turnover in the opening term and then took a good mark in the third term after reading the play well.

#33 Jemma Owen

Went in hard and won the football, clearing it out of the congestion to teammates on the outside. Owen booted a fantastic goal in the third term, winning the ball at ground level, turning her opponent inside out and snapping around the body for it to bounce home. Showed good strength at the coal face.

#35 Gabriella De Angelis

Was another Saint who stepped up in the last term and put the ball into dangerous positions. She guarded a Jemma Owen snap to allow it to bounce through in the third term and then tried to create some of her own chances in the final quarter.

#39 Eleanor Brown

Really impressive performance from Brown who stepped up after returning from the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships. She showed good hands and game smarts by chopping off a number of passes including a handball from an opponent at ground level in the first term and a kick at half-back in the second term. Won plenty of the football and was a shining light on the outside.

#42 Courtney Jones

Was a prominent player in the second half, kicking well out of the congestion and taking a good run inside 50 with a bounce and a shot which just missed, Had a long range shot from 45m out but it fell short. Copped a knock in the final seconds of the game but at least was able to limp off rather than be carried off.

#49 Ashleigh Allsopp

Booted an important goal in the final term after a chance in the second term. She lead into space and made the most of her opportunities. Allsopp also pushed up to the wing to create a target for her teammates.

 

Melbourne University:

#1 Sophie Abbatangelo

Gave off a goal assist to Madison Prespakis in the first term and then played behind the ball. She took a good intercept mark at half-back in the second term and worked hard to mop up in defence and lead by example with composure.

#6 Elizabeth Keaney

One of the Mugars’ best, she had a massive win in the third term when she went up against three opposition players in defence. The ball bounced high and she ran hard to spoil it to an area that she could get too, laying a follow-up tackle to lock the ball in. One of the most prominent players throughout the game.

#7 Ashleigh Riddell

Went in hard through the middle and won the footy to release quickly by hand. Showed composure under pressure and was able to dispose of it well going forward.

#17 Elyce Hay

Had an almost highlight-reel worthy run in the second term, taking four bounces along the wing, but her kick ended up being a bit scrappy along the ground. Hay created good spread and won the foot at half-back and along the wing.

#20 Lauren Belza

Very composed under pressure and this showed in the dying seconds when the Saints were attacking. Belza took crucial mark in the goal square and kicked out to make sure the visitors retained the lead.

#21 Rebecca Webster

Did not win a heap of it, but showed glimpses of her talent. She received the handball in midfield in the final term, fended off two players and kicked neatly to half-forward.

#26 Caitlin Greiser

The tall forward did a lot of leading up the ground and started the game with the first goal. While not a huge accumulator there were a couple of moments to point out that were smart play. One came in the second term when leading at the football she was worked under it but drew multiple opponents because of her strength and it lead to an Asha Price goal. Then in the final term, she kept the ball in front of her when an opponent was in pursuit, kicking it 20m along the ground for Imogen Milford to kick the final quarter goal, sealing the game.

#34 Asha Price

Worked hard up forward for two goals and was the main target deep inside 50. She had another couple of chances including a shot from 15m out but hit the post. In the second term she lead out and doubled back to run into goal. Was a forward who had her chances and rewarded with the two majors.

#38 Kate Angelis

Kicked a fantastic goal from just inside 50 early in the third term and used her strong body throughout to impact the contest in the midfield or up forward. She was unlucky not to get a free for front-on contact n the third term in a marking contest which would have given her a shot on goal 20m out straight in front. A solid performance.

#48 Madison Prespakis

Kicked a goal from just inside 50 on the run and spread well throughout the four quarters, winning a heap of the ball. She was often under pressure but used it fairly well and was strong by fending off an opponent in the third term, weaving back inside to kick forward but it was unfortunately intercepted. She copped a big front-on knock midway through the final term but bounced straight back up. A really strong performance from the top star and she continues to get the job done at senior level.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 11

LADDER leader, Collingwood was given a big scare by the gallant Blues while Melbourne Uni just scraped over the line in a tight contest at Frankston. The Pies now have the NT Thunder on their heels, after they recorded a handy win over Richmond. The Thunder sit second on the ladder and will be keen to push the high-flying Pies in the coming rounds.

 

Williamstown 4.5 (29) defeated by Western Bulldogs 10.9. (69)

After a close first quarter that saw the Seagulls and Western Bulldogs level, Williamstown was not able to keep that momentum after that. Instead the Bulldogs went bang in the second quarter, kicking four goals to none in a display of dominance. From then on, the away team was able to flex its muscles and come away with a comfortable 40-point win.

Alyssa Mifsud performed well inside 50 for the Dogs, kicking three goals from her seven disposals. She was complemented by Greater Western Victoria (GWV) captain, Lauren Butler, who also kicked three majors for the day to go with her 13 disposals and four tackles. Sarah Jolly was a ball magnet as she racked up 23 disposals, seven marks and six tackles to go along with a nice goal.

For Williamstown, Andrea Cameron was the shining light, recording 20 disposals and kicking a goal. The other goals came from Western Jets forward, Sharnie Whiting, Emily Paterno, Jorja Rowe and Chloe Portelli. Paterno in particular attacked the ball hard, laying seven tackles and accumulating 15 disposals.

 

Darebin 5.11 (41) defeated Essendon 2.2 (14)

Darebin has returned to its winning ways, defeating Essendon by 27 points. The Falcons held the Bombers scoreless in the second half while managing to kick two goals themselves in a tight battle.

Melbourne AFL Women’s ruck, Lauren Pearce starred in this match, kicking two of her side’s five goals, racking up 19 disposals and taking 10 marks. Eastern Ranges defender, Lauren Szigeti also racked up the possessions with 17 touches to go along with her four marks. Greater Western Sydney (GWS) star, Jessica Dal Pos also had a good day out with 17 disposals and eight tackles.

Dal Pos’ AFL Women’s teammate, Maddy Collier was one of the Bombers’ most influential players on the day, racking up 21 disposals, four marks and six tackles. She was complemented by tackling machine, Hayley Bullas who recorded 19 touches. Monique DeMatteo and NT Under 18 representative, Danielle Ponter were Essendon’s goalkickers.

 

Richmond 4.5 (29) defeated Northern Territory Thunder 7.10 (52)

By: James Halley 

After an even first term which saw just two points separating the teams, Northern Territory (NT) Thunder was able take control of the contest. Richmond started the better out of the two, kicking the first three scoring shots of the game, with Courtney Wakefield kicking 1.2.

Wakefield continued to cause headaches for NT in the second quarter, booting her team’s two majors for the term. After an Emma Swanson wonder goal from the boundary it left the visitors trailing by five points at half-time. NT owned the third quarter as Thunder piled on three goals to none and attempted to build a decent lead in a low-scoring match. The last quarter continued the Thunder dominance with another two goals piled on. Richmond was held goalless in the second half in superb defending by NT.

Wakefield was one of Richmond’s best with three goals, while Phoebe Monahan was one of the Tigers’ best midfielders in a hard day against seasoned AFLW players. While there were many standouts for Northern Territory, highlighted by Ebony Marinoff in the midfield. Marinoff is a contested freak. She was helped out by the ruck dominance of Jasmyn Hewett.

 

Geelong Cats 10.8 (68) defeated Casey Demons 4.3 (27)

A six goals to two second half earned the Cats a convincing victory at Queens Park. Geelong maintained its lead at every quarter break and didn’t look like slowing down throughout the match, holding a two-point lead at quarter time and booted five goals to one over the next two quarters to lead by 28 points at the last change. A four goals to two final term resulted in Geelong running away with a 41-point win to continue its fantastic form.

Up forward, Maddie Boyd and Kate Darby each kicked two majors. Maighan Fogas also chipped in with one goal and was the leading disposal-getter with 25 disposals as well as six tackles. Rebecca Goring also performed well with 18 disposals and seven marks.

Casey Sherriff played a wonderful game for the Demons with 14 of her 15 disposals being kicks. She also led the way for marks with nine and laid nine tackles. Consistent performers, Madelaine Shevlin and Katherine Smith also racked up 15 apiece while Kaila Bentvelzen kicked two majors.

 

Carlton 4.7 (31) defeated by Collingwood 6.12 (48)

By: Peter Williams 

Collingwood survived a scare from arch rivals Carlton to remain unbeaten, following a 17-point win over the Blues at RAMS Arena in Craigieburn. With the famous RAMS breeze blowing from the Grand Boulevard end, it meant nearly all the goals were kicked up the other end. In fact, Stacey Livingstone can hold claim to the only player to kick majors into the wind, booting two in the space of a couple of minutes, which were vital in the end. Carlton led by eight points at quarter time, but found themselves trailing at the half by five. It could have been a lot worse given the Magpies had eight scoring shots, but converted just the one goal, as the ball was trapped inside their forward half for the majority of the 20 minutes. Carlton nudged ahead with three goals to two in the third quarter, was Kristi Harvey and Livingstone both booted two, while young Blues star Tyla Hanks converted a tight-angled set shot from the boundary. The final term saw the Magpies predictably run away with it courtesy of the breeze and Sophie Alexander booted two majors and ensured the Magpies returned to the top of the table.

Harvey was a star at both ends, camping up the end with the breeze, converting when in attack and rebounding when in defence. Sarah Hosking was her usual dominant self around the stoppages and probably the best midfielder on the ground. Tilly Lucas-Rodd was also impressive, while Hanks and fellow TAC Cup Girls’ captain Madeline Brancatisano also showed glimpses of what they are capable of, as did Mika Sukuzi who came in as the 23rd player and showed good hardness at the ball.

The Magpies did not have a standout, rather having many contributors in the win, as Alexander and Livingstone both booted two majors, while Iilish Ross was impressive with her run and carry out of midfield into attack. Brittany Bonnicis attack on the football from half-back, and Nicole Hales‘ work in defence was also admirable. Ruby Schleicher used the ball well by foot in tough conditions, while Emma Grant, Chloe Molloy and Sarah D’Arcy worked hard through midfield.

 

Southern Saints 5.6 (36) defeated by Melbourne University 6.3 (39)

By: Peter Williams

In a thrilling contest that was never quite over until the final siren, Melbourne University toppled the Southern Saints in chilly conditions at Skybus Stadium in Frankston. The game brought plenty of AFL Women’s recruiters to Frankston, with some of this year’s top prospects battling away for their VFL Women’s sides. Melbourne Uni had all the ascendancy in the first term, booting the only two goals of the quarter, including a pin-point curling on-the-run goal from Calder Cannons star Madison Prespakis who set the tone for the match, right after fellow TAC Cup Girls player Caitlin Greiser had got on the board early. The second term was a tight affair, with both sides slotting a goal and competing relatively well with the blustery conditions. A two goals to one third term gave the Mugars a three-goal advantage heading into the final term and looked to have done enough. But when Ashleigh Allsopp and Tara Bohanna slotted goals, the deficit was less than a kick. Bohanna would have been kicking herself, missing two more gettable chances, as the Mugars’ Imogen Milford made them pay with the visitors only score of the final term – a goal. Bohanna kicked a major in the dying minutes, but great work from Melbourne Uni to hold up play in the final minute and ensure a narrow three-point win. There was some controversy at the end with young gun Courtney Jones going down with an injury in the final seconds of the game and the umpire called time off, but the siren sounded a few seconds later. With reportedly five seconds left on the clock, it mattered little what could have happened and all concern from both teams was with Jones’ injury which eventually saw her limp from the field a promising sign from first glance.

Prespakis was the clear standout once against for the Mugars, finding the ball everywhere and copping knocks left, right and centre and just getting straight back up again. Asha Price was impressive up forward, constantly leading for the football, while the likes of Elizabeth Keaney and Hannah Ibrahim were also named in the best. Captain Ashleigh Riddell lead from the front, while Sophie Abbatangelo and Elyce Hay were also good around the ground.

For the Saints, Rhiannon Watt was massive in the ruck and around the ground, while Bohanna, Kayla Ripari and Gabriella De Angelis formed a dynamic trio up forward, all offering something different to the Saints’ set-up. Eleanor Brown was ultra-impressive with her ability to read the play and chop off a number of passes directed inboard by her opposition. Jones was also good in transition, while Jemma Owen stepped up around the contest and put her body on the line on a number of occasions.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 10

HAWTHORN has regained top spot on the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s league after an important victory in round 10. Meanwhile, former ladder-leaders, Geelong regained some form after defeating the Southern Saints in a compelling round of football.

 

Darebin Falcons 1.4 (10) def. by NT Thunder 7.8 (50)

By: Taylah Melki

The NT Thunder set the pace early in this game, scoring three goals in the opening term and keeping the Falcons goalless to three quarter time. The Thunder applied plenty of physical pressure, tackling hard and getting numbers around the contest to win the ball at the coal face. Darebin seemed to struggle with the ferocity and intent of the Thunder, unable to move the ball into its attacking 50 throughout the game and failing to convert opportunities in front of goal.

The Thunder had a number of major contributors with the likes of Angela Foley dominating across the ground with her ability to win the footy in the contest and dispose of the ball cleverly and efficiently. Meanwhile, Abbey Holmes dominated on the scoreboard once again with her accuracy in front of goal proving to be deadly. Holmes slotted four goals and looked ominous up forward with her clean hands and ability to read the play. Fellow teammates, Ebony Marinoff and Georgia Bevan also showed their composure while under pressure, showcasing their ability to take the game on with clever kicks and good bursts of speed. Katie Streader also impressed with her fierce tackling and clean hands around the contest.

For the Falcons, the likes of Nat Exon stood up, especially in the third quarter, where she put her body on the line and competed for everything. She worked tirelessly all game and demonstrated her strength to be able to shake off a strong tackle and then deliver a clever ball inside 50. Though Hannah Mouncey did not impact the scoreboard, she did provide a strong option inside 50, taking some big strong grabs. Down back for the Falcons, Meghan McDonald was really solid and more importantly showed great composure with the ball in hand, using her long penetrating kick to clear the footy. The likes of Esther Honybun and Annalyse Lister were also solid throughout the match for the Falcons.

 

Geelong Cats 8.7 (55) defeated Southern Saints 2.5 (17)

Geelong got back on the winners list with a comprehensive 38-point win over the Southern Saints. After gathering momentum in recent rounds, the Saints have failed to register a victory after the bye, succumbing to their second loss in a row.

As usual, Kate Darby was solid up forward for the Cats with two goals and 14 disposals. She was complemented by Jordan Ivey who booted the first goal of the day with an amazing kick which brought the house down, as she played her first game in 14 months after she ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament. In the midfield, it was Richelle Cranston who wreaked havoc once again, racking up 29 disposals, four marks and five tackles. Hayley Trevean also racked up numbers in the 20s, recording 21 disposals, as well as a goal and six marks.

Alison Drennan starred for the Saints yet again, recording 27 disposals, four marks and six tackles. She got a heap of the ball on the day, as she almost doubled the second best amount of disposals accumulated by a Saint on the day. Leah Olsen recorded 15 disposals and laid three tackles, trying hard throughout the match for the Saints. Courtney Munn and Tara Bohanna were the goal kickers on the day.

 

Carlton 8.4 (52) defeated Williamstown 3.5 (23)

Carlton recorded its first win since round two, beating Williamstown by 29 points at the home of female football. The Blues controlled the game from start to finish, making it difficult for the Seagulls to wrestle back the lead.

AFLW star, Darcy Vescio returned to the Blues’ lineup this week and proved extremely valuable, kicking four of her side’s eight goals. Katelyn Cox also chipped in with two majors ad created great run and carry across the field. Captain, Kristi Harvey used her strong hands to advantage while Chloe Dalton showed her tackling prowess.

For the Seagulls, Western Jets tall, Sharnie Whiting starred with two goals on the day. In the midfield, Jess Duffin stood up once again, using the ball well to get it forward for her side. Fellow North Melbourne recruit, Jenna Bruton returned to the lineup against the Blues and contributed well on the day with a goal and an intent to win the footy at all costs.

 

Western Bulldogs 5.5 (35) defeated Essendon 4.5 (29)

The Western Bulldogs were given an almighty scare by Essendon. The Bombers looked to back up their first win of the year with a huge upset and did so by keeping the Dogs scoreless in the third quarter. The experienced side fought right back though, kicking 1.3 to 0.1 in the last quartet to seal the win.

Mickayla Ward was crucial on the day for the Dogs, kicking two of her side’s five goals. She was complemented by fantastic performances by Ellie Blackburn and Naomi Ferres in the midfield. Annabel Scott also contributed well on the day, kicking a goal and showing intent to win the ball all day.

Canadian forward, Valerie Moreau scored half her side’s goals on the day with another memorable performance inside 50. Up the other end, it was the dangerous duo of Rebecca Neaves and Courtney Ugle who battled hard for the Bombers all day. Usual defender, Lauren Morecroft even streamed up forward to kick a goal, proving her versatility.

 

Melbourne Uni 3.4 (22) defeated by Hawthorn 3.10 (28)

Inaccuracy hurt the Hawks on Sunday, as their victory came solely from a superior amount of behinds. However, they managed to sneak over the line to record their eighth win of the season and snatch top spot fromf Collingwood on the ladder.

Up forward, it was Nicky Cormack, Rebecca Beeson and Emily Gilder who booted through crucial goals on the day. Olivia Flanagan also stood tall inside 50 and contested well, despite not scoring a goal. In the back line, Jayde Van Dyk starred once again for Hawthorn and she was complemented by a great game from midfielder, Julia Crockett-Grills, who continues to rack up the disposals this season.

For the Mugars, their three goals came from Caitlin Greiser, Katie Angelis and Elizabeth Keaney. In defence, new Kangaroos recruits, Kate Gillespie-Jones and Danielle Hardiman teamed up to trouble the Hawks forward, which proved effective, as they kept the opposition to three goals.

 

Richmond 2.9 (21) defeated by Casey Demons 5.9 (39)

Both sides travelled over to Bendigo in a game that went down to the wire. Richmond led at the first and third changes but a three-goal to none fourth quarter undid all the hard work for the Tigers, as they succumbed to their third consecutive loss.

Young guns, Kasey Guttridge and Eden Zanker starred up forward, kicking two goals a piece for their side. They were complemented by new Melbourne AFLW recruit, Shae Sloane, who was able to get a major on the board and contribute well in a solid win. As usual, Katherine Smith tore it up in the midfield and continues to have a good season for the Demons.

Richmond’s goals came from Collingwood AFLW player, Lauren Tesoriero and Murray Bushrangers tall, Sophie Damon. In the midfield, captain, Jessica Kennedy has continued to back up her solid form, competing hard in the middle of the ground. Courtney Wakefield, Bethany Lynch and Emma Gunn also contributed well in the side’s loss.