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Lifelong footballer Prespakis finally gets to pull on an AFLW jumper

Madison Prespakis’ football journey began at her local club, Romsey as a four year-old.

She played Australian Rules with the boys from Auskick level up to Under 14s, where she was told she had to stop playing football. Now, Prespakis has grasped an opportunity she never thought she would receive. She was selected at pick three in the AFL Women’s Draft, and was the first metropolitan player selected. Prespakis is over the moon to be playing at Carlton, admitting this opportunity looked dead and gone four years ago.

“It’s been a long time coming and for me,” she said. “I thought my career was going to be cut short with the boys. “I didn’t think I’d get this opportunity. “Now that it’s come ahead, I really jumped at it with both hands and worked as hard as I could. “Dreams come true, it’s not fake because it actually happens and for me, it’s come true. “I’m just so happy.”

Prespakis admits she still remembers her time at Romsey, and is thankful for not only her experience at that club, but all of her junior clubs.

“I reflect on those days a lot,” she said. “I went down there (Romsey) a few weeks ago. “For me, that was my home and I was always down there playing with the boys and yeah, I just love everything about that club. “I’m very thankful for them and thankful for every pathway I’ve had to come through to get where I am today.”

Since playing at Romsey, Prespakis has enjoyed time at the Sunbury Lions and the Calder Cannons, excelling at both clubs. At the Lions, she was named best-on-ground in her last Under-18 premiership with the club, while at the Calder Cannons, she won the Best and Fairest this year. Prespakis’ family has been there all the way through, and she is extremely grateful for their support through her football journey.

“For my family, I think it’d mean everything to them to see me achieve the dream that I’ve always really wanted to since I was a little girl,” Prespakis said. “I know my Dad will be so proud of me. “He’s been there from the start to now and unfortunately for my Dad, he has to take that little step back and let me do what I’m doing but it’s all thanks to them.”

Her family was also the reason why she decided to nominate for the Victorian metropolitan region. The decision knocked back her chances of being selected at number one to head to Geelong, but Prespakis says she doesn’t regret her decision.

“Geelong did obviously come into talk and for me, my family comes first,” she said. “For me to be close to the home, I felt that I had to be in a Melbourne-based team. “After nominating metropolitan for the draft, I didn’t have any regrets. “Now I’m a ‘blue bagger’ so I’m really excited.”

The player that did get selected at pick number one, Nina Morrison, has been right up there with Prespakis all year. The pair were the joint winners of the TAC Cup Girls Best and Fairest and shared the AFL Women’s Under 18 Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. Prespakis couldn’t speak more highly of the Geelong midfielder, and believes she will excel at the Cats.

“Obviously we go back to back with a few things together,” the Vic Metro midfielder said. “She’s a package player. “She is where she is today because of hard work and yeah, she deserves everything that comes her way.”

Focusing on her own football future, Prespakis wants to keep playing her style of football in Carlton colours.

“I suppose just for me, I just want to play good footy and keep playing the footy I play and play my role,” she said. “My first goal probably now is to get through pre-season and hopefully tick off Round 1.”

Season reviews: VFLW – Carlton

IT was hard to make a definitive statement on Carlton’s year throughout the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s season, with the Blues experiencing mixed results. A strong end to the season allowed them to finish in the middle range of the ladder.

 

Position: 7th
Win-loss: 14-6
Percentage: 105%

Results:

Round 1: Defeated Southern Saints by 22 points
Round 2: Defeated Western Bulldogs by 46 points
Round 3: Lost against Hawthorn by 51 points
Round 4: Lost against Geelong by seven points
Round 5: Lost against Darebin by 49 points
Round 6: Lost against NT Thunder by 36 points
Round 7: Lost against Collingwood by 37 points
Round 8: Lost against Melbourne Uni by six points
Round 9: Bye
Round 10: Defeated Williamstown by 29 points
Round 11: Lost against Collingwood by 17 points
Round 12: Defeated Richmond by 41 points
Round 13: Lost against Casey by 10 points
Round 14: Bye
Round 15: Defeated Darebin by 25 points
Round 16: Defeated Essendon by 75 points

 

Key players:

#3 Darcy Vescio

Won the VFLW leading goal kicker award (Rohenna Young Medal) with 26 goals from nine games. Averaged 2.89 goals per game due to her liveliness in the forward line and cleverness with the ball in hand. Undoubtedly, her season highlight was when she kicked nine majors against the Bombers in Round 16. Of those nine goals, eight were all of Carlton’s first half goals.

#6 Gabriella Pound

Pound was solid in defence all season, using her run and carry to penetrate the ball out of defensive 50. She gave her opponents trouble with her football smarts and could lock down a key player very convincingly. Despite only playing six games, Pound finished in the top 10 of Carlton’s Best and Fairest count. She played one of her best games in Round 16 when she gathered 25 disposals, took four marks and laid two tackles.

#10 Sarah Hosking

The AFL Women’s midfielder showed her trademark ferocity at the contest during the VFLW season. Hosking was able to find the football in congestion and tackle hard, making her one of the most dangerous players on the field. In her seven matches, she was named best-on-ground three times by her coaches. She played one of her best games against Richmond when she kicked a goal, gathered 21 disposals, took five marks and laid 10 tackles.

#17 Tilly Lucas-Rodd

Finished third in Carlton’s Best and Fairest count after a really consistent season. Lucas-Rodd impressed with her long kicks and football smarts around the ground. Was also a key link-up player for the Blues throughout the season, playing a team role. Despite a 49-point loss to Darebin, Lucas-Rodd stood up with 23 disposals, three marks and three tackles.

#40 Kristi Harvey

The Blues skipper was inspirational this season, with some huge tackling and great goals up forward. Her long, booming kick was a highlight of her game and she used it to effect on plenty of occasions. Harvey was able to move the ball really well through the ground, using her high football IQ to do so. She kicked eight goals from 13 games and played a blinder of a game against the Pies in Round 11. In that game, she kicked three majors, racked up 17 touches and took six marks.

 

Season summary:

The Blues stormed out of the blocks early with two convincing wins to kick off their VFLW campaign. It then suddenly looked disastrous for Carlton, losing its next six matches before the bye. The bye however seemed to be a blessing in disguise, as the Blues won four of their last six games to finish seventh. In Round 15, Carlton sat eighth on the ladder with a percentage of 90.85. But their Round 16 thrashing of the Bombers allowed them to rise up the ladder, and see their percentage increase by 14 to finish off a promising inaugural season.

Number Crunching: VFLW – Round 13

IN this week’s edition of Number Crunching, we look at which teams have been the most damaging in this year’s Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition. While it is easy to look at the ladder and see who is doing well, we decided to take a look at which teams have recorded the biggest winning margins and the biggest average winning margins this season.

The top three biggest winning margins all belong to the dominant NT Thunder outfit. The Thunder defeated the Bombers, Melbourne University and even the fourth-placed Cats all by more than 60 points. It is easy to see why the Thunder have the highest percentage in the VFLW, sitting on 219.20 after Round 13.

These three big wins, among many others, have helped contribute to NT’s average winning margin. This margin sits at 45.2 points after 13 rounds, but it could get reduced by the season’s end, as the Thunder faces the Pies and Hawks in the closing rounds of the competition. Surprisingly sitting behind the Thunder in second is Carlton, who has an average winning margin of 34.5 points. Although the Blues have only won four games this season, they have been able to beat teams convincingly, with their biggest winning margin of the season being 46 points. One team that has had to work hard for its wins is Melbourne University. The Mugars have won three games this season with an average winning margin of 5.67 points, and are therefore no stranger to close encounters.

 

Biggest winning margins (Rounds 1-13)

Round

Score

Margin

3

NT 14.12.96 def Ess 4.0.24

72 points

4

NT 13.10.88 def Melb Uni 3.1.19

69 points

9

NT 13.7.85 def Geel 2.8.20

65 points

13

Geel 10.7.67 def Rich 1.2.8

59 points

6

WB 12.11.83 def Will 4.3.27

56 points

1

NT 12.14.86 def Darebin 5.2.32

54 points

2

Carlton 9.7.61 def WB 2.3.15

46 points

11

Geel 10.8.68 def Casey 4.3.27

41 points

12

Carl 7.10.52 def Rich 1.5.11

41 points

10

NT 7.8.50 def Darebin 1.4.10

40 points

5

NT 13.5.83 def WB 7.5.47

36 points

7

Coll 8.5.53 def Carl 2.5.17

36 points

8

Casey 6.11.47 def Ess 3.3.21

26 points

 

Highest average winning margins

Rank

Team

Average winning margin

1

NT Thunder

45.2

2

Carlton

34.5

3

Richmond

33.67

4

Geelong Cats

31.62

5

Williamstown*

31

6

Darebin

29.86

7

Western Bulldogs

24.67

8

Collingwood

21.9

9

Hawthorn

19.89

10

Southern Saints

19.4

11

Casey Demons

15.4

12

Essendon*

8

13

Melbourne University

5.67

 

*These teams have only recorded one win this season.

Number Crunching: VFLW – Round 12

IN this week’s edition of number crunching, we look into the best performances from AFLW players in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s 2018 season. Due to so many teams being shuffled around from what they were back in 2017, this season has shown how players can adapt in weaker and stronger teams. In no particular order, here is the best 10 AFLW players in the VFLW.

Williamstown’s Jess Duffin played for Collingwood in the AFLW in 2018 and will play for North Melbourne in 2019. She has had a fantastic season so far in Seagulls colours, playing nine games. Duffin has kicked eight goals and has constantly been chosen as one of the best on ground for her games. Her disposals and mark stats are always high, and that’s something that deserves to be seen in the next AFLW season.

Following Duffin is Collingwood star, Chloe Molloy. Though only a first year player in the 2018 AFLW season, the 19 year-old has made a name for herself with her athleticism and style of play. With only playing six games so far, Molloy has been quieter than expected but has made an impact despite this. Molloy is still a young player, so it’s exciting to see her progress.

The next and final Collingwood player in the top 10 is Jamiee Lambert. Lambert has had a brilliant season for Collingwood, kicking six goals in the eight games she has played. The midfielder is a near shoo-in for the Best and Fairest due to her experience leading to her strong performances. Despite being sometimes overlooked during the AFLW, Lambert shouldn’t be this season.

Richelle Cranston, current Geelong player and former Demons player, has been strong in the Cats midfield. With playing nine games and ranking in the top six in eight of those games, it’s clear that the coaches see how Cranston is a force on the field. Cranston has led the competition for inside 50s and continues to have high stat numbers in disposals.

Reigning AFLW Best and Fairest winner and Bulldogs premiership player, Emma Kearney has picked up where she left off in the AFLW, dominating for Melbourne Uni in the VFLW. Kearney, who recently transferred to North Melbourne, has only played six games for Melbourne Uni this season but has still been strong as their centre. The midfielder has frequently displayed her strong style of play for Melbourne Uni and will continue to show that as the season wraps up.

Following Kearney is Carlton superstar, Darcy Vesico. Vescio is always a prominent face in the AFLW and VFLW, and for good reason. Even though she has played six games this season, Vesico has kicked 15 goals, making her second ranked in the league for goals kicked. The key forward also has one of the highest goal averages in the league, with 2.50 goals per game.

Nat Exon has proven to be an elite player for both Darebin and the Brisbane Lions. Exon has had a great season and is one of the top Best and Fairest prospects for the league, with ranking in the top six for her team in six out of her seven games played. Exon has continuously performed with an unrivaled persistence, proving her necessity in the midfield for Darebin.  

NT Thunder has had a historical debut in the VFLW, currently sitting second on the ladder. It would be unfair to not acknowledge the amazing players like Jessica Sedunary who have put them there. Sedunary, who also plays for the Crows, has had an unbelievable VFLW debut herself, kicking 14 goals in her eight games for NT. She is the third highest goal kicker in the league and has been a key factor in NT’s success.

Another key player for NT has been their captain, Angela Foley. The versatile Adelaide midfielder/defender has been a notable leader for the young Thunder side, kicking seven goals in the nine games she has played for the Thunder. Foley has been a real link in NT’s midfield, allowing her teammates to have a very fluid style of play this season. Her position as in the middle has allowed her to dominate the field for her team.

The final player for this list is NT and Greater Western Sydney’s (GWS) Emma Swanson. Swanson is NT’s fourth highest goal scorer with nine goals in her nine games, leaving her with a nice 1.1 average. The GWS marquee star has been an important player for NT, usually playing in the forward line. Swanson’s dynamic style of play has led to her being an important player for NT, placing her as one of their best players in a team full of weapons.

Best Games For Each Player

PLAYER

TEAM

DATE

BST

G

BHD

KE

KIE

HE

HIE

HR

CM

UM

MKS

TKS

Chloe Molloy

CollingwoodSat 2/6313562021341

Jaimee Lambert

CollingwoodSat 23/61001062171233

Jess Duffin

WilliamstownSun 13/51301223365382

Richelle Cranston

Geelong CatsSat 14/71016911261345

Emma Kearney

Melbourne UniSun 3/6120107105100227
Darcy VescioCarltonSat 5/52311051123251
Nat ExonDarebinSat 2/6110826070224
Jessica SedunaryNT ThunderSat 16/6131571251452
Angela FoleyNT ThunderSat 26/51001166191452
Emma SwansonNT ThunderSat 5/53208108590553

 

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 7

AFTER being told to reduce its Adelaide-based AFLW players, the NT Thunder experienced its first loss of the season. Meanwhile, Collingwood capitalised on this loss at Warrawee Park, defeating Carlton by 25 points. Hawthorn too, got a big win against traditional rivals, Essendon, making for a very tight squeeze in the top four of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s ladder.

 

Southern Saints 6.2.38 defeated NT Thunder 2.6.18

By: Peter Williams

If you had said at the start of the season the side without any AFL Women’s players would topple the premiership favourite, littered with Adelaide superstars, you would have been in the minority, but that is exactly what happened on the weekend. The Southern Saints, on the back of some sterling performances from their TAC Cup Girls contingent, were too quick and slick for the Thunder, who were missing a number of their top players after an AFL Victoria ruling asked them to restrict the South Australian based players. It was the first loss the NT Thunder has had this season, with the Southern Saints piling on three last quarter goals to claim the 20-point victory.

Tara Bohanna booted three goals, but it was the work of Lauren Arnell (19 disposals, two marks, six tackles and one goal) and Kayla Ripari (14 disposals, one mark and two tackles) who played selfless roles, using experience and strength to trouble the Thunder defence. Shelley Heath was superb on debut for the Saints, making the most of her 11 disposals, but more importantly, six tackles. Courtney Jones and Gabriella De Angelis also had cameo’s throughout the game, while Charlotte Wilson played a steady defensive game in the back half. Alison Drennan played another four quarter game with 21 disposals and 13 tackles. Eleanor Brown also had a solid 12 disposals and four tackles in the win.

For the visitors, Angela Foley had the ball on a string with 26 disposals, five marks and three tackles, while Emma Swanson picked up 17 disposals, one mark and laid six tackles. Jess Sedunary was strong down forward, laying eight tackles and booting a goal from 10 disposals, while Jess Allan was vital in the ruck. Sarah Allan and Katie Streader were other important players for NT.

 

Collingwood 8.4.52 defeated Carlton 2.5.17

Collingwood continued its undefeated streak and in the process continued Carlton’s winless streak. The two traditional rivals went head-to-head at Warrawee Park, where the Magpies led at every change and kept the Blues goalless up until three quarter time.

Oakleigh Chargers forward, Daisy Bateman shone on her TAC Cup Girls home ground, kicking two goals. She was the only multiple goal scorer for the day and took her goal kicking season tally to five goals from two games in the black and white. Captain, Jessica Edwards played her best game for the Pies, racking up 23 disposals, four marks and 11 tackles. She was complemented by former Calder Cannon, Chloe Molloy, who kicked a goal to go along with her 20 disposals.

Katelyn Cox was the shining light for the Blues, with a goal, 19 disposals and five marks next to her name. Vic Country representative, Tyla Hanks was also a solid contributor, racking up 14 disposals and laying seven tackles in her second game for Carlton. Fellow TAC Cup Girls player and Northern Knights captain, Maddy Brancatisano amassed seven disposals.

 

Casey Demons vs. Western Bulldogs

By: Peter Williams 

The Western Bulldogs recorded their second win in a row, but not without a scare, holding on against the Casey Demons to win by just three points. The Dogs had all the ascendancy late in the third term, but the Demons booted the final two goals of the game to force the visitors on the back foot and start to worry about what had looked to be an assured four points. With the inclement weather and the fading light posing extra challenges for the players, both sides produced a hard fought slog from which the Bulldogs will be happy to bank the four points.

Brooke Lochland was absolutely sensational for the Bulldogs, racking up 25 disposals, five marks and booting 1.2, but most importantly laying a whopping 13 tackles, stopping her opponents in their tracks. Hayley Wildes was equally as important, notching up 24 disposals, one mark and five tackles while also slotting an important goal. Libby Birch had 18 disposals, four marks and six tackles coming out of the back half, while Kirsten McLeod was the one multiple goal scorer on the ground with two majors.

For the Demons, Katherine Smith was the best with 26 disposals, one mark, six tackles and a goal, while Casey Sheriff was inspirational on the inside with 19 disposals, three marks and five tackles. Harriet Cordner was strong in attack with 14 touches, three marks and a goal, while Aliesha Newman (13 disposals, five tackles and a goal) and Eden Zanker (15 disposals, two marks, three tackles and two behinds) were other important forwards. Darcy Guttridge provided some great run off half-back for the Demons, amassing 16 disposals on the night.

 

Melbourne Uni 6.3.39 defeated by Darebin 7.9.51

Two female football powerhouses went head-to-head at Hamilton to play out their annual Pride Match. After both teams came off a loss last week, it was Darebin who was able to bounce back, winning by 12 points.

This was largely thanks to three goals from Hannah Mouncey, as she bounced back from being held goalless against Geelong last week. Former Northern Knight, Maddy Guerin also had an impressive performance, guiding her team to a win. She was complemented by Annalyse Lister, Shree Fairchild, Lauren Jacobs and former Carlton player, Kate Shierlaw.

Vic Metro and Calder Cannons captain, Madison Prespakis shone in her second game for the Mugars, scoring a goal and being named best on ground by her coaches. She did this amongst AFLW stars such as Emma Kearney, Kate Gillespie-Jones and Jasmine Grierson, who were also named in the best. Asha Price was Melbourne Uni’s only multiple goal scorer, and was complemented by Katie Angelis and Airlie Runnalls who also got on the board.

 

Hawthorn 5.11.41 defeated Essendon 2.1.13

After scoring a goal in the first 20 seconds of the match, Hawthorn never looked back, leading at every change. Essendon applied great pressure throughout the game to cause inaccuracy, but it wasn’t enough as the Bombers couldn’t capitalise on the scoreboard.

It was the debutants who led the way for the Hawks, as Greater Western Sydney (GWS) forward, Rebecca Beeson and Eastern Ranges duo, Emerson Woods and Mikala Cann all had solid performances. Beeson was the leading disposal-getter on the ground, racking up 24 touches and taking five marks. Cann was able to get on the scoreboard with a goal and amassed 21 disposals, complementing this with a whopping 10 tackles. Teammate, Woods also kicked a goal, as well as racking up 13 disposals and taking four marks.

For the Bombers, it was GWS midfielder, Maddy Collier who led the way, as she racked up 17 disposals, four marks and six tackles. Hayley Bullas also got a lot of the ball, accumulating 17 disposals and backing up her 18 tackles last week with five at Box Hill. Defender, Jessica Trend was also impressive as she wandered up forward for a goal and amassed 13 disposals.

Weekend previews: VFLW – Round 7

ROUND seven sees the ladder-leaders in Geelong having a bye, meaning that this week is the time to shine for the next tier of teams. With traditional rivals doing battle and teams close on the ladder going head-to-head, this weekend’s Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s action is unmissable.

 

SOUTHERN SAINTS v. NT THUNDER

Round 7 – 23/06/2018

11:15AM

SkyBus Stadium

After losing their first game in four weeks, the Southern Saints will be hungry to regain that winning form. But coming up against the undefeated Northern Territory (NT) Thunder is no easy feat, as it sits second on the ladder with an average winning margin of 53 points. This match pits current AFLW stars against the next generation of potential elite footballers, as NT’s host of Adelaide players will do battle against some of the most exciting TAC Cup Girls players. Last time Sandringham star midfielder, Eleanor Brown played for the Saints, she amassed 25 disposals and kicked a goal, as did Eastern Ranges forward, Gabriella De Angelis. Expect big games from these talented players as well as Dandenong Stingrays duo, Courtney Jones and Shelley Heath, who both bring about X-factor in their game.

 

COLLINGWOOD v. CARLTON

Round 7 – 23/06/2018

01:00PM

Warrawee Park

Originally a curtain-raiser before the men’s game, the women now get their own stage on Saturday at Warrawee Park where a cracking match is set to take place. Both teams would be keen for a win, as the Pies are coming off a bye and the Blues are coming off their fourth consecutive loss. It is not all doom and gloom for Carlton though, as their leading disposal-getter in round four, Tyla Hanks comes back into the side following a solid performance in the big ‘V’ for Vic Country. She will be joined by a host of AFLW players such as Bridie Kennedy, Natalie Plane and Tilly Lucas-Rodd. It will be interesting to see how they match up against Collingwood’s AFLW contingent, which features the likes of Best and Fairest winner, Chloe Molloy, midfielder, Jaimee Lambert and defender, Sarah D’Arcy.

 

CASEY DEMONS v. WESTERN BULLDOGS

Round 7 – 23/06/2018

04:00PM

Casey Fields

With each team only tasting victory once this season, both sides would go into this game thinking that they are a chance to record their second win. The Bulldogs come in with all the momentum, having recorded their first win of the season last week, when they thrashed Williamstown. Casey are not far off though, having defeated the Seagulls in the previous round. Demon, Harriet Cordner will have a tough task this week, as she will have to shut down the in-form Jessica Francke, who is coming off a five-goal performance. Be sure to keep an eye out for Vic Country captain, Jordyn Allen, who will start up forward for Casey to prove her versatility, after spending most of her TAC Cup Girls season either in defence or in the midfield.

 

MELBOURNE UNI  v. DAREBIN

Round 7 – 23/06/2018

06:30PM

Melville Oval, Hamilton

Unfortunately, this VFLW season hasn’t gone to plan for Melbourne Uni with the Mugars only recording one win so far. They will be thrilled to welcome back Calder Cannons captain, Madison Prespakis back into the midfield, after her last game saw her rack up 23 disposals. She will be able to take advantage of a Darebin side without two of its most influential midfielders, as AFLW duo, Lily Mithen and Nat Exon will not feature in a must-win clash for the Falcons. After a disappointing performance last week where no goal was scored for three quarters, expect a big game from gun forward, Hannah Mouncey, who did not kick a goal in the match at GMHBA Stadium. She currently leads the VFLW goal kicking tally with 12 goals from five games.

 

HAWTHORN  v. ESSENDON

Round 7 – 24/06/2018

11:45AM

Box Hill City Oval

After Carlton and Collingwood do battle on Saturday, another set of traditional rivals in Hawthorn and Essendon will go head-to-head on Sunday. The Hawks will be fancying their chances as they face a Bombers side who are yet to experience victory this season. Essendon will welcome in Calder Cannons young guns in Carla Rendelmann and Molly Warburton, but its forward line has taken a hit, as leading goal kicker, Alex Quigley and goal-sneak, Danielle Ponter will not take the field this week. It will be up to Canadian duo, Kendra Heil and Valerie Moreau to provide some X-factor inside 50. However, with an experienced Hawthorn defence featuring Meg Hutchins, Pepa Randall and Jayde Van Dyk, the task could prove quite difficult. Keep an eye out for the brilliant kicking of Eastern Ranges co-captain, Emerson Woods and TAC Cup Girls teammate, Mikala Cann,who brings immense speed to the midfield thanks to her athletics background. The Vic Metro duo will take the field for the brown and gold for the first time this season.

Team selection: VFLW – Round 7

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

 

SOUTHERN SAINTS v. NT THUNDER

Round 7 – 23/06/2018

11:15AM

SkyBus Stadium

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

COLLINGWOOD v. CARLTON

Round 7 – 23/06/2018

01:00PM

Warrawee Park

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

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

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

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

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

 

CASEY DEMONS v. WESTERN BULLDOGS

Round 7 – 23/06/2018

04:00PM

Casey Fields

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

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

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

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

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

 

MELBOURNE UNI  v. DAREBIN

Round 7 – 23/06/2018

06:30PM

Melville Oval, Hamilton

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

HAWTHORN  v. ESSENDON

Round 7 – 24/06/2018

11:45AM

Box Hill City Oval

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

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

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

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

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

Brancatisano relishes Knights’ captaincy role

NORTHERN Knights captain, Maddy Brancatisano enjoyed her leadership role throughout the TAC Cup Girls season, as she led her side to the inaugural TAC Cup Girls Grand Final.

Her sister, Lily captained the Knights last year and now plays for Geelong in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition. But despite the family name, Brancatisano did not expect to be handed the captaincy this year.

“I just did not think about it (being captain), it didn’t even come to my mind,” she said. “Then I got asked, I was so flattered. “It was awesome to lead those girls.”

The Knights midfielder ultimately led her side to a near perfect record, winning against every team except the Geelong Falcons. Leading a young side, the 18 year-old was initially focused on their development, but admits that she was able to develop her leadership as well.

“Being able to lead everyone and just direct them around, it helps also my confidence too,” Brancatisano said.

This certainly showed on the field, as the 18 year-old led by example with her clean hands, fierce tackling and elite ball-use. Not only did she benefit from the captaincy, but she also benefited from bonding with her teammates. Brancatisano says there was rarely a moment that she didn’t enjoy in their company. 

“I don’t think there was a session where we didn’t have fun or enjoy it,” the Knights midfielder said. “We got so close, it was like family.”

She believes that her captaincy role enabled her to showcase her own skills, which was well-recognised throughout the season. Brancatisano was named in the best four times and was rewarded with a place in the Vic Metro squad for the National AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships. Amidst her TAC Cup journey, the 18 year-old admits that playing for Vic Metro never really crossed her mind.

“You don’t really think about it (playing Nationals) in TAC Cup, it’s more just about the winning and developing,” Brancatisano said.  “When I got the invitation, I was rapt.”

With nationals football now on her busy plate, Brancatisano is prioritising Aussie Rules over her second love, basketball. But despite being in Year 12 this year, the Knights captain was reluctant to give up the sport she has been playing since she was a child.

“I’ve been doing it (basketball) my whole life and I’ve just grown up around it,” Brancatisano said. “I’ve never really been selected for many state things or anything so I’ve just been enjoying it and playing because I love it. “But at the moment, playing SEABL (South East Australian Basketball League), it’s such a high level so I’m rapt to be able to do that, even if I sit on the bench and play a few minutes. “Not sure if I’ll do it next year with football, but I’ll just see where that goes.”

She has a lot of football ahead of her, as she is training with Carlton’s Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s side and is about to hop on a plane to the Gold Coast to play for Vic Metro.

Even though she loves her sport, Brancatisano still has her sights set on university next year, but would love to continue to pursue her bright football career.

Season reviews: TAC Cup Girls – Sandringham Dragons

THE Sandringham Dragons nearly earned themselves a grand final berth with a strong run home. They won six straight games to end their season on a high note, with half of those wins being more than 50 points. The Dragons only lost to the two teams above them on the ladder, demonstrating their ability to put away weaker sides and show their strength in the competition.

Position: 3rd
Win-loss: 7-2
Percentage: 208%

Results:

R1: lost to Geelong Falcons by 20 points
R2: defeated Oakleigh Chargers by 33 points
R3: lost to Northern Knights by 30 points
R4: defeated Dandenong Stingrays by 15 points
R5: defeated Calder Cannons by 55 points
R6: defeated Murray Bushrangers by 15 points
R7: defeated Western Jets by 50 points
R8: defeated Bendigo Pioneers by 71 points
R9: defeated Gippsland Power by 24 points

Key players:

Eleanor Brown: Brown was a prolific ball-user throughout the season, with her clean hands and long kicks allowing swift ball movement. She was a ball magnet in the midfield and could cover ground really well to back up her work in key areas of the ground. Her strong hands were also key in the season, as she took many intercept marks to help penetrate the ball forward for her teammates. Brown has had a busy off-season already, playing a game for both Vic Metro and the Southern Saints in the VFLW, excelling in both matches.

Bella Eddey: Eddey was a great user of the footy in the forward line, often getting on the end of a lot of goals throughout the season. She worked hard in and under the contests to win the footy and also presented well at forward entries to ensure that she could contribute to the Dragons’ fierce attacking. Has a huge tank and can run up and down the ground with the same intensity and effort throughout the game. Eddey was rewarded for her six goals from seven games in the TAC Cup Girls season with a spot in the Vic Metro U16 side in the AFL Women’s National Under 16 Championships.

Jemma Owen: Owen was a great leader for the Dragons and seemed to improve as the season went on. She played every game for Sandringham and was versatile in her approach to winning the football. Traditionally an inside midfielder, Owen always went in hard for the footy and tackled strongly. But she could also work up the ground and make an impact up forward, as she kicked six goals for the season. A hard runner, Owen always did her best to ensure she was first at the footy, which put immense pressure on the opposition. The Dragons captain has already had the opportunity to show off her skills on the big stage, as she lined up for Vic Metro at GMHBA Stadium in Series One of the AFL Women’s National Under 18 Championships.

Abbie McKay: A midfielder that loved to take the game on, McKay was a vital member in the Dragons’ squad. She had the ability to move the ball swiftly through the corridor, which was testament to her clean hands and precise kicking. Had the ability to float into defence where she would use those same attributes as well as strong hands to mop up the footy well for Sandringham. McKay often demonstrated good power to burst out of a stoppage and her work in close was an asset of her game. She was able to display her signature style of football in Vic Metro’s win over Vic Country at GMHBA Stadium, and is training with Carlton’s VFLW side in a bid to play with the club that her father played for.

Eliza McNamara: An exciting young midfielder that showed class and skill on the field. McNamara showed impressive endurance and great ball movement throughout the season, and was a key cog in the Sandringham midfield. She often provided excellently delivered kicks to her teammates and her hands in close were exceptional. It was difficult to identify that McNamara was a bottom-ager as her ball-use and ability to fight hard for the footy against a bigger body displayed extreme maturity on her behalf. Testament to this, she got to pull on the big ‘V’ and run out with Vic Metro in the AFL Women’s National Under 16 Championships.

Holly Bate: Bate was the TAC Cup Girls leading goal kicker of the season, booting through 18 goals from nine games. She particularly hit her straps inside 50 towards the end of the season, where she backed up a five goal performance with a seven goal performance in two consecutive weeks. Bate provided a good target up forward for the Dragons, as she often positioned herself well against an opponent or did enough to put pressure on them to turn the ball over. Her season was capped off with a spot in the Vic Metro side in the AFL Women’s National Under 18 Championships.

Alice Burke: Playing in defence, the Vic Metro Under 16s representative became one of the shining lights throughout a positive season, making the switch from the round ball game to seem natural in the back half. She rebounded well and pushed up the ground when required, named among the best on a number of occasions. One of a number of Under 16s that will continue to develop at the club holding out hope for sustained success.

Season summary:

The Dragons had a strong season where they were able to record some big winning margins and some narrow losing ones. With a long list of players, the Dragons had plenty of options to choose from each week and used young players like Winnie Laing, Sarah Hartwig and Alice Burke to create some excitement in their line-up. With a strong 2018 season, they are right in the mix for a top two spot next year.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 6

GEELONG and Northern Territory (NT) Thunder continued their dominance in round six, keeping their undefeated streaks alive. The Bulldogs also registered their first win in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition this year after welcoming back a host of AFL Women’s players.

 

Carlton 2.3 (15) defeated by NT Thunder 8.3 (51)

By: Taylah Melki

NT dominated from start to finish, keeping the Blues to one goal in the opening half of footy. Carlton struggled to compete with the defensive pressure applied by the Thunder players, who were solid down back and stopped any forward momentum sparked by the Blues. Up the other end, NT hit the scoreboard with ease.

Jessica Sedunary was in ominous form up forward for NT, slotting three goals for the match and competing hard to win the footy. Teammate, Jenna McCormick was also impressive imposing herself on the contest and hitting the packs hard. AFLW star, Chelsea Randall continued her consistent ways while Adelaide teammate, Courtney Cramey starred with 17 disposals showcasing her class around the stoppages on debut for NT.

For the Blues the likes of Sophie Li and Caroline Hardeman stood out in a disappointing outing, gathering plenty of touches and working hard across the ground. Li lead the way for disposals, amassing 19 possessions credit to her ability to find the footy and use it efficiently. Jess Hosking was also influential for Carlton, hitting the packs hard and winning plenty of the footy, gathering 16 possessions for the game.

 

Western Bulldogs 12.11 (83) defeated Williamstown 4.3 (27)

By: Taylah Melki

The Western Bulldogs put on a masterclass at Henry Turner Memorial Reserve, keeping the Seagulls to four goals for the game and piling on a whopping 12 themselves. Their dominant start held them in good stead for the game, as they applied plenty of physical pressure. Williamstown struggled to control the goal fest, letting the Dogs run rampant in their forward 50.

For the Bulldogs, Alyssa Mifsud was an absolute star up forward, bagging five goals. She looked dangerous all game and found herself in damaging positions, credit to her ability to lead up at the footy and take strong marks. The other goal-scoring machine for the Dogs was Jessica Francke who slotted four goals for the game. Libby Birch and Hayley Wildes also impressed with their ability to win the footy and impact the contest.

Down the other end, Williamstown midfielder, Jess Duffin was one of the best afield, scoring an important goal and gathering plenty of touches. She competed hard all game and was aided by teammate Jenna Bruton who was influential across the ground. Jasmine Garner and Georgia Harris were key players for the Seagulls, scoring a goal apiece and applying good physical pressure on their opponents.

 

Geelong Cats 4.7 (31) defeated Darebin 2.4 (16)

By: Julia Montesano

The Cats kept their winning streak intact when they defeated the in-form Darebin Falcons. Geelong led for the whole game, but the Falcons won the last quarter as they scored all their goals in that period.

Mia-Rae Clifford scored half her team’s goals in a brilliant display. The Cats star also notched up 20 disposals and seven tackles in a great all-round performance. She was complemented by new Geelong AFLW recruit, Richelle Cranston, who was flawless in her 26-disposal, five-mark performance. Her tackling was also ferocious, as she laid six of them. Former Carlton midfielder, Madeline Keryk impressed in her debut in the blue and white hoops, kicking a goal and notching up 14 disposals.

AFLW duo, Nat Exon and Lily Mithen were the leading disposal-getters for Darebin, with 22 and 21 respectively. But a gallant performance from Stephanie Simpson nearly won the Falcons the game. Simpson kicked all of her team’s goals, booting two last quarter goals. She also laid five tackles in a solid performance.

 

Hawthorn 6.9 (45) defeated Southern Saints 1.6 (12)

By: Julia Montesano

This match was headlined by a lovely tribute to the passing of Eurydice Dixon, as the players stood arm in arm to pay tribute to the comedian. In terms of the game, the Hawks held the high-flying Saints goalless at half-time, going on to win by 33 points.

Emily Gilder had an impressive day out in the forward line, kicking two majors for the Hawks. She was complemented by former Collingwood AFLW defender, Meg Hutchins and Adelaide AFLW forward, Sarah Perkins, who also got a major on the board. Hutchins’ former AFLW teammate, Melissa Kuys was deemed best-on-ground by her coaches in her return to the Hawthorn line-up.

Despite having their first AFLW signing, Lauren Arnell in the side, the Southern Saints couldn’t get the job done on Sunday. But captain, Georgia Walker led the way for her side in a tough day out at Box Hill. Kate Macqueen was the side’s solitary goal-scorer while Eastern Ranges recruit, Ashleigh Allsopp had an impressive performance in her VFLW debut.

 

Richmond 6.6 (42) defeated Melbourne University 2.1 (13)

By: Taylah Melki

The Tigers applied plenty of defensive pressure at Queen Elizabeth Oval, keeping Melbourne University to a mere two goals for the whole game. In difficult wet and windy conditions, Richmond continued its winning ways with another four-quarter performance. Meanwhile Melbourne University struggled to compete with the intensity and class of the Tigers who seemed to dominate across the board.

Up forward for the yellow and black, the likes of Jess Gardner and Jenna Colwell stood tall, bagging important goals given the wet weather. New GWS recruit, Christina Bernardi was one of the best for the Tigers, showcasing her ability to win the footy at the coalface and use the footy well no matter the conditions. Teammates, Louise Stephenson and Lisa Davie were also influential across the ground, displaying their ability to create a contest and use the ball effectively.

For Melbourne University, Kaitlyn Ashmore worked tirelessly all game and slotted one of the two goals for her side. The likes of Prudence Cordes and Jasmine Grierson also starred in difficult conditions, using the ball well and hitting targets when it counted. Katherine Gillespie-Jones was another key player for Melbourne Uni, hitting the packs hard and gathering plenty of touches.