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Season reviews: VFLW – Essendon

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

 

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

Results:

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

 

Key players:

#1 Jessica Trend

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

#8 Hayley Bullas

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

#25 Rebecca Neaves

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

#44 Maddy Collier

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

#46 Courtney Ugle

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

 

Season summary:

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

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 wash-up: VFLW – Round 9

AFTER nine rounds of Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s action, all teams now have a win under their belt. The only winless team to date, Essendon recorded its first ever VFLW win while the Cats stumbled again for their second loss in a row.

 

Casey Demons 3.3.21 defeated Southern Saints 1.4.10

After defeating the red-hot NT Thunder two weeks ago, the Southern Saints slumped to the ninth-placed Casey Demons. The Demons kept the Saints goalless for three terms and managed to add on three themselves in a low-scoring affair.

In her return to the Casey line-up, Taryn Orgill played a blinder of a game in the ruck. She was complemented by midfielder, Madelaine Shevlin who backed up last week’s promising performance against the Bombers with another solid outing. Defender, Georgia McLean and forward, Melanie Hogg also played well in their side’s 11-point win. Hogg was complemented in the forward line with goals from Kaila Bentvelzen, Sophie Phillips and Taylor Mesiti.

For the Saints, it was up to the defenders to keep the Demons to a low score. They did this successfully and it was thanks to the likes of new Brisbane recruit, Lauren Arnell and Eastern Ranges gun, Ashleigh Allsopp. They were complemented by midfielder, Amy Silver who played a solid game for the Saints. Up forward, Danielle Lawrence kicked the side’s only goal while Kayla Ripari gave her all, earning her the best on ground accolade from her coaches.

 

NT Thunder 13.7.85 defeated Geelong Cats 2.8.20

By: James Halley

An aggressive mindset has helped lift NT Thunder to a massive 65-point win over Geelong. Geelong was down two on the bench after half time, losing Lara Williams (knee) and Anna Teague (shoulder) to injury. The Thunder’s manic pressure just did not give Geelong a chance from the first bounce until the last.

Thunder forward, Jessica Sedunary kicked the first three goals of the match, which demonstrated pure supremacy up forward. AFLW teammate, Jenna McCormick kicked another just after 19 minutes which was ultimately match over. Unable to score a major in the first term, the drought would continue for the Cats in the second. It was not through a lack of trying or possession though. They had the first four scoring shots of the term for the return of three behinds and an out of bounds on the full. Sally Riley profited from a 50 metre penalty to extend NT’s lead to 33 points at half-time and what started out as a positive quarter for the visitors had just got a lot worse. Minutes into the third term, Geelong was able to kick its first through Danielle Orr after a mark and a 50-metre penalty. Only one more major would be scored for the term to Thunder’s Emma Swanson, which was a great snap from the boundary.

The last term was not so even as the Thunder were hungry for goals and a percentage boost. McCormick and captain, Angela Foley kicked two each to take their side’s goal kickers to an impressive spread of seven. Sedunary and McCormick were real standouts for NT up forward, combining for seven goals. Angela Foley played a captains game with 20 disposals and two goal. Richelle Cranston was a real standout for the Cats in the midst of their hiding from the NT. She kicked one of Geelong’s two goals as well as finishing with 20 disposals, highlighting that she didn’t stop trying all day. Teammate, Madeline Keryk was a workhorse in the midfield, leading everyone in disposals with 23.

 

Hawthorn 6.6.42 defeated Williamstown 6.2.38

Hawthorn was given an almighty scare by the 12th-placed Seagulls on Sunday. Williamstown kicked four straight goals in the first quarter to open up an early 16-point lead, which shocked the Hawks from the get-go. The Seagulls’ lead narrowed at each of the breaks, and it ultimately turned into a deficit at full-time, as Hawthorn’s experience prevailed and slowly edged the margin in its favour.

Two goals from former Eastern Ranges forward, Olivia Flanagan and Greater Western Sydney (GWS) forward, Rebecca Beeson were extremely handy for the Hawks. The two goals from Beeson in particular were crucial, as she kicked them both in succession in the last quarter, with the second one giving her side the match-winning lead. The pair were complemented by majors from Samara David and Clare O’Donnell. In defence, Jayde Van Dyk stood up as usual while Ellie Macdonald tore it up in the midfield.

Williamstown was able to share its goal kicking around on the day, with Emily Paterno being the only multiple goal-kicker. Isabelle Porter, Western Jets star, Sharnie Whiting and North Melbourne duo, Jess Duffin and Jasmine Garner also got a major on the board. Meanwhile, Rebecca Dardengo and Jamilla Cranny held the fort down well in the back line, enabling the Seagulls to keep their lead for the majority of the game.

 

Essendon 5.4.34 defeated Richmond 3.8.26

It took them nine rounds to get a win, but the Bombers have finally got one on the board, defeating Richmond by eight points at their spiritual home, Windy Hill. Essendon kicked the first goal of the game before the Tigers fought back and kicked three second-term goals to wrestle the lead back. However, Essendon’s resilience and Richmond’s inaccuracy proved to be a recipe for disaster for the away side.

GWS talent, Maddy Collier played a fantastic game in the midfield for the Bombers, as she continues to play some wonderful football for her side. She was aided by good delivery from Simone Nalder in the ruck, who has not let her team down this season. Tait Mackrill also continued her good form in the middle of the ground while Rebecca Neaves was solid as always in defence. Up forward, Monique DeMatteo starred with two majors while Sunbury Lions duo, Natasha Hardy and Alex Quigley, and Canadian star, Kendra Heil were able to get solitary goals on the day.

Nalder’s opposite ruck also starred, with Alice Edmonds having another blinder for the Tigers. She was complemented by her back-up ruck in Murray Bushrangers star, Sophie Damon, who was also able to get a goal on the board to back up her solid debut in the yellow and black. On the receiving end of the duo’s solid ruck work was the likes of captain, Jessica Kennedy and Bethany Lynch, who were able to make the most of the tap work. Up forward, Lauren Tesoriero impressed while Courtney Wakefield did well in defence.

 

Melbourne Uni 6.3.39 defeated by Western Bulldogs 9.6.60

The Western Bulldogs kept their red-hot winning streak alive with a win over Melbourne Uni. The Bulldogs came out of the blocks early with the first four goals of the match before the Mugars fought back with two goals in the second term. They were then held scoreless in the third term before mounting a mini comeback in the fourth, ultimately falling short to a rejuvenated Bulldogs outfit.

AFLW leading goalkicker, Brooke Lochland starred for the Bulldogs, kicking three goals and being a workhorse for her side. Bulldogs AFLW teammate, Naomi Ferres was also impressive with another solid outing in the midfield in this VFLW season. This time, it was ruck, Nicole McMahon and winger, Rachel Ashley who joined the party, with each player having a solid outing in the red, white and blue. Inside 50, full forward, Mickayla Ward performed well, kicking a goal for her side and demonstrating a high work rate.

It was a strange situation for Emma Kearney on Sunday, as the new Kangaroos recruit went head-to-head against her former Bulldogs teammates for the first time since making the move over to Arden Street. She did not seemed fazed by the occasion though, playing another great game for the Mugars in the midfield. Bendigo Pioneers graduate, Aisling Tupper also performed well in the middle of the ground, as she continues to impress this season. Up forward, it was Western Jets forward, Caitlin Greiser who led the way, kicking three majors for the day. She was complemented by two goals from new North Melbourne recruit, Kaitlyn Ashmore who played a magnificent game for the Mugars.

 

Collingwood 7.3.45 defeated Darebin 2.3.15

By: Carly McClen

It was the first time a Collingwood women’s football team came out to play on the spiritual home ground of the mighty Magpies, the iconic Victoria Park. With star Brisbane Lions recruit, Nicole Hildebrand playing a fantastic game, and a usual class-above performance from Chloe Molloy, the Pies won convincingly and continued their undefeated run. 

In the first half, the teams matched up evenly providing a tough contested game to watch, with both teams applying consistent pressure and causing missed targets in kicking.  The rain favoured the Darebin Falcons but the talent and ball use of the Magpies and sheer pressure for four quarters made inside 50’s rare for the Falcons and it showed on the scoreboard. 

Important marks in defence by Magpie, Ruby Schleicher, and Grace Buchan’s consistent hunting of the footy all day helped keep Darebin to one straight shot in the first half when Esther Honybun was able to convert.  The Falcons applied consistent pressure on Collingwood with Elise O’Dea winning a lot of the ball. The first half majors Collingwood scored were from Molloy and Eliza Hynes

The third quarter was a different story and Collingwood was able to get away and play their game.  Emma Grant was strong and did her job well. Sarah D’Arcy took strong marks in defence right when Darebin were using more initiative with the ball and even a bigger presence and dominance from Aasta O’Connor did not hold back the Pies. 

Falcon, Kate Tyndall converted from a 50 metre penalty with 25 seconds to go in the third quarter but it was Collingwood’s second half. Nicole Hildebrand let loose, taking some strong marks and kicking two goals including one set shot from a 45 degree angle that never looked like missing when she peeled a little to the left and threaded it cleanly. Hildebrand then set up a goal passing cleverly to Gabrielle Biedenweg-Webster who played on and kicked their final goal in the last quarter.

There were two players taken off the ground with injuries. Shevaun Hogan was taken off for Darebin and Magpie, Kristy Stratton was taken off on a stretcher with a suspected knee injury.

Scouting notes: VFLW – Round 8

THE Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition has a new ladder-leader, as Geelong succumbed to its first loss of the season to lose the privilege. This gave top spot to Collingwood, who in the process handed the NT Thunder its second consecutive loss. At the halfway mark of the season, the competition is starting to take shape, and we watched three games on the weekend to see how some of the action panned out.

 

Essendon vs. Casey

Essendon:

#4 Natasha Hardy

Led well to the footy and took a great mark lace-out on the chest. Her on-field leadership is evident.

#28 Carlee Portlock

Portlock had some good moments in the red and black. She did well to smother the ball off her opponent’s boot. Portlock was good defensively as she bumped her opponent and contested well with another running opponent to send the ball out of bounds.

#32 Tait Mackrill

Laid an excellent bump on Katherine Smith, showing that she’s not afraid to go against experience. Mackrill showed courage again when she took on her opponent and did it well, kicking the ball long down the line and penetrating it forward.

#25 Rebecca Neaves

Showed great awareness to spot her opponent playing on quickly, as she then won the ball back for her side by laying a great tackle. Neaves also laid a great smother while being held by an opponent to send the ball out of bounds.

#18 Kendra Heil

Laid a great tackle while her opponent was off and running and was awarded a free kick for her efforts. Her forward pressure was outstanding as she still managed to push her opponent under the ball and put pressure on Aliesha Newman when she was ducking and weaving. The ball eventually spilt to Danielle Ponter who got her second goal of the day, thanks to Heil’s efforts.

#35 Valerie Moreau

Showed a ‘never say die’ attitude when she tapped the ball along, chasing it through the whole 50 metre arc. Moreau got reward for her effort in the next passage of play with a soccer off the ground in the goal square, converting Essendon’s first of the day. Also delivered a nice kick to Courtney Ugle on the outside, showing good awareness of her teammates.

#43 Danielle Ponter

Good return to the side with two goals, which were both snaps. Ponter was lively in the forward line and read the play well.

 

Casey:

#13 Katherine Smith

Smith got three early touches in the space of a minute, and you just knew she was in for another big game. She was able to deliver a good handball while being tackled, demonstrating strength in the contest. Smith showed nice run and carry and followed it up by executing a good effective kick to hit up a teammate. Brilliantly picked up a loose ball that bounced over her head and then ran into the space. Also did well defensively, which was shown when she laid an excellent tackle to stop Essendon captain, Lisa Williams on the run.  

#21 Harriet Cordner

Took a good mark and then delivered a nice kick down the line. She contested well wherever she was, shown by her taking a great intercept mark at the top of the 50 metre arc to send the ball back forward for Casey.

#7 Bianca Jakobsson

Jakobsson marked everything that came her way at RAMS Arena, clearly not fazed by the wet and slippery conditions. Her intercept marking was a highlight as usual and her overhead marking was superb. Delivered a good underground handball in a contest, showing her determination to get the footy forward. Jakobsson executed a great spin and kick while she was right near the boundary line, which I thought was a highlight of her game. Laid an excellent tackle to stop Courtney Ugle in her tracks in what was a great defensive performance by the Melbourne AFLW player.

#35 Catherine Phillips

Phillips displayed good run and carry throughout the game, always looking to play on with the ball in hand. Executed a great follow-up after she dropped the mark by getting a quick handball out to a teammate on the outside. Displayed great acceleration with the ball in hand on the boundary line.

#25 Madelaine Shevlin

I thought Shevlin was one of Casey’s best players on the day. She delivered a nice kick to the top of the square that set up Casey’s first goal of the day, which allowed her forwards to run onto the loose ball. She also beautifully pinpointed a kick out of the centre square that traveled all the way to the forward pocket into the hands of Taylor Mesiti, showing her ability to create forward thrusts for the Demons. Shevlin got a lot of the footy and used it well, demonstrated when she gave off a great handball while being tackled. A highlight of her game was when she kept running hard after she received a handball to take a great overhead mark down the line.

#41 Taylor Mesiti

Attacked the ball well and leapt very high for each forward marking attempt. Was proactive up forward, demonstrated through a quick snap out of a contest. Although she was unlucky to miss, she read the flight of the ball well. Mesiti displayed great hands throughout the day and was one of the most dangerous forwards on the ground. Did well when she lowered her eyes instead of going for goal, finding a better option which ensured it a certain major for Casey,

#18 Kaila Bentvelzen

Bentvelzen took some great marks inside 50 and did well to assist her teammates, as she often drifted up the ground. Took a mark about 45 metres out and lowered her eyes, spotting a great option in Eden Zanker and spearing it perfectly towards her lead.

 

Richmond vs. Hawthorn 

By: James Halley

Richmond:

#88 Phoebe Monahan

She wasn’t afraid to push back to defence and help out when needed. She was the Tigers’ best midfielder in my opinion with 26 possessions.

#80 Jacinta Louttit

After claiming a kick that found itself out of bounds on the full, she kicked a great set shot from the boundary in one of the goals of the day.

#68 Alice Edmonds

Dominated in the ruck and around the ground. She was also a threat in the air and managed to take five marks for the day.

#64 Emma Gunn

After receiving a handpass from Kate Dixon, she found herself in some space and kicked a goal on the run from 20 metres out. She has pace to burn and she used it to her advantage to dispose of her opponents out of a ball up and have a shot on goal, which hit the post.

#77 Justine Hocking

She manages to get a fist in many contests and halve the contest. She saved a goal in a one-on-one battle in the second term on the goal line, which was a highlight of her game.

 

Hawthorn:

#9 Melissa Kuys

After taking the advantage from a holding the ball decision, she burst inside 50 and scored an easy goal for Hawthorn. In this instance, she displayed her elite game awareness. Although she didn’t have as much ball as she has had in the past, she had important moments and touches that were vital for the Hawks.

#36 Jayde Van Dyk

She is a rock down back and took many intercept marks. She had a very nice kick and was able to pinpoint passes through the middle. She read the ball better than her opponents on many occasions.

#35 Clare O’Donnell

She has really good hands, shown when she took a one-handed mark in the first term. After a great pass from Jade Barnden, she was able to snap a goal in congestion.

#25 Meg Hutchins

A highlight of Hutchins’ game was when she kicked a wonderful goal from the boundary in a display of class. She was also really prolific for Hawthorn with 22 disposals.

#33 Emily Gilder

She was able to kick the first goal of the game through getting the ball out of the back in the goal square, using her speed to her advantage. 

 

NT Thunder vs. Collingwood

NT:

#20 Jasmyn Hewett

Took a great leading mark inside 50 and was unlucky to miss a long range shot at goal. Also showed nice hands in defence when she took a good intercept mark in defence. Hewett ran well on the boundary line in a passage of play in defence, which got the ball out of danger for her side.

#8 Sally Riley

Riley played a team role on the day, often playing the role as the link in the chain. Came and helped out a teammate who had to deal with a ducking and weaving Sarah D’Arcy. Riley came in and put pressure on D’Arcy and caused her to turn it over. Also picked up the ball well off the deck and ran into space nicely. Always wanted to keep the ball moving throughout the game, shown through nice kicks and good running.

#2 Eloise Jones

Executed great run and carry with the ball in hand and then did well to keep running after her efforts to win it, demonstrating good second efforts. Jones delivered an excellent long kick down the line, and followed this up with a great flying attempt for a mark. Did well to trap it in a stoppage and win a free kick for a shot on goal.

#28 Renee Forth

Read the ball well on the day. She was able to get a great clearance through the middle of the ground and tried to create a lively presence up forward.

#14 Courtney Cramey

Accelerated well and had a great clearance. Cramey was able to move the ball well through the ground and made an impact in the middle. She did well on many instances to keep the play calm in the most dangerous spot of the ground, avoiding turning the ball over in the corridor. Cramey also shared the ball well with her teammates on the day with her quick and clean hands.

#22 Jenna McCormick

McCormick was lively up forward and loved to take the game on. Laid a couple of great tackles, showing her intent to win the footy, Her kicking was good on the day, often hitting a teammate or finding space for them to run into.

 

Collingwood:

#2 Chloe Molloy

Molloy was a star for Collingwood and if it was not for Sophie Alexander’s four goals, she was best on ground in my opinion. Picked the ball up off the deck swiftly and kicked it well into space. Was able to fend off a couple of players and accelerate into space in the back line then kicked it into space for her teammates to utilise it. Delivered an excellent kick out of the middle of the ground that landed right in the hands of Cecilia McIntosh. Molloy showed good initiative to kick the ball off the ground after a string of handballs caused congestion, demonstrating her high footy IQ. A highlight of her game was when she took a sensational intercept mark in defensive 50, as she hid herself behind the ball in the goal square and claimed the mark cleanly. Read a kick out of full back brilliantly and took a fantastic overhead intercept mark. She followed this up by delivering a perfect centering kick after that slipped through her teammates’ hands. Molloy also gave off a great handball under pressure, showing that she was able to use the ball well almost every time she got it.

#28 Holly Whitford

Delivered a lovely kick down the line and took a good intercept mark in a matter of seconds later. Whitford executed a nice centering kick off one step under pressure, showing her knack of getting the ball and just kicking it when she needs to. Took a good mark and followed it up with a nice long range kick to find a teammate in the middle of the ground.

#20 Cecilia McIntosh

I thought McIntosh had the best set of hands on the ground. Whether it was a contested mark or letting the ball float into her chest, she always put herself in good positions to mark the footy. Did well in general defensively, which was shown by a great tackle that set up Collingwood’s first goal of the day. Also displayed excellent run and carry and followed this up with a great kick to the top of the square.

#21 Iilish Ross

Ross took a good one-on-one mark and did well to lower her eyes and find Leah French in space inside 50. Her side-step was a highlight of her game, and she used it to effect on two occasions in particular. In the first instance, this display of agility found a teammate inside 50 and on the second instance, it helped to calm down play for the Pies. Pushed her opponent under the ball later in the game, demonstrating an excellent ability to get it into space.

#41 Kristy Stratton

Delivered a great kick down the line to slow down play for the Pies. Had a great snap at goal, and was generally lively with the ball on hand. Stratton also took a great one-on-one mark and did well to play on quickly and get it forward for her side.

#49 Sophie Alexander

Sophie Alexander was best-on-ground for the Pies in my opinion, as her four goals were game-changing. She also did the little things such as when she took a great contested intercept mark to make up for her missed attempt at goal. In another instance, she initially shepherded an opponent for her teammate to run onto the ball, but then did the hard work herself. Alexander did really well to push her opponent under the ball, and followed it up by kicking a goal from outside 50 off one step. She showed that she can certainly kick the ball a long way as nearly all of her goals were from just inside 50! Her best goal was when she remarkably kicked a major from the boundary line from about 50 metres out. Alexander was never afraid to take it on and did the team thing whenever she was needed to. This was shown when she led well to a Chloe Molloy kick from outside 50 and was rewarded for her efforts with a goal. Also demonstrated good agility when she executed a great spin around her opponent and centering kick to Iilish Ross in the middle of the forward 50.

#47 Jessica Edwards

Edwards was solid for Collingwood throughout the day and never seemed to over-use the ball. Demonstrated excellent acceleration when she took the ball under her arm and kicked it long into inside 50 space from the centre square. Also delivered a great handball in space under pressure in defence. A highlight of Edwards’ game was when she ducked and side-stepped around her opponent to get the ball free. Followed that effort up with another great spin with the ball in hand to buy herself some more time, which shows how smart of a footballer she is.

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 of the Week: VFLW- Round 3

ROUND three of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s turned out to be a round of very one-sided matches.The Saints taking on the Demons turned out to be the best game of the round, with the Saints running out winners by eight points in a tough contest.

The winners are evident looking at this week’s best 22. Hawthorn, NT Thunder and Geelong are the best represented with four players each, while the Southern Saints and Collingwood have three players each.

Carlton and Williamstown are the worst represented teams of the round with no players making the cut, as both teams only managed two goals between them.

Thunder captain, Angela Foley was clearly the best performing player of the week. She gathered 28 disposals and kicked two goals in a huge performance, which played a big part in the big win over Essendon. She was a clear lock in the team this week. Richelle Cranston was also one of the best performers of the round, with 17 disposals.

NT Thunder’s Renee Forth was very unlucky to miss out on the Team of the Week with her one goal and 18 disposals against Essendon.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 3

AFLW experience is standing up in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition, with NT Thunder and Hawthorn getting big wins. However, the VFLW talent also made an impact in round three, with the Southern Saints, who have no AFLW players, getting their second consecutive win. The players endured sun, rain and even extreme heat to battle away at the task in an action-packed round three. 

 

Hawthorn 9.10 (64) def. Carlton 2.1 (13)

By: Taylah Melki 

In a dominant display, the Hawks stunned the Blues with a 51-point thrashing at Box Hill City Oval. The Hawks starred with their crisp ball movement and ability to shut down Carlton’s forward line, keeping them to two goals for the match. The Hawks had eight individual goal-kickers, highlighting their ability to share the workload up forward and get the footy into damaging scoring positions.

The likes of key forward Sarah Perkins stood up for the brown and gold, nailing two majors for the game. She provided a good target up forward for the Hawks while Emma Mackie was a tackling machine with 11 for the game. The captain also gathered 29 touches and scored a goal for the Hawks. The ever-reliable Meg Hutchins was also a key player for Hawthorn with nine tackles, 23 disposals and a major. Talented midfielder, Stephanie Carroll was another standout, imposing herself around the contest with 19 possessions and a goal to help get her team the four points.

In a disappointing outing for the Blues, Darcy Vescio was a shining light, scoring one of the two goals for Carlton while the other major came from Celine Moody. Lauren Arnell also imposed herself in and around the contest, applying 10 tackles for the game while young gun Kristi Harvey accumulated plenty of touches. Harvey was the leading disposal-getter for the Blues with 14-all of which were kicks.

 

Southern Saints 6.3 (39) def. Casey 4.7 (31)

By: Taylah Melki

In a last quarter thriller, it was the Southern Saints that claimed the eight-point victory. Casey had the majority of the play throughout the game, keeping the Saints to two goals up until three-quarter time. However, the Demons struggled to capitalise in front of goal, scoring seven behinds. The Saints on the other hand had a huge last quarter, bagging four goals to Casey’s one. The Saints lifted their intensity and applied plenty of physical pressure throughout the game, laying 30 more tackles with 97 to 67.

Kate McQueen helped to kick-start the last quarter comeback, scoring two goals in four minutes. McQueen was influential around the ground with 18 touches and four tackles. The likes of Alison Brown and Alison Drennan also starred for the Southern Saints, each booting a major in the final term and lifting their intensity in and around the contest to open up space for teammates.

Former Bendigo Pioneer, Eden Zanker stood tall for Casey, taking five big grabs and scoring a goal in the final term to try and get the Demons back into the game. Melbourne AFLW player, Harriet Cordner lead the way for Casey gathering 19 touches, four marks and three tackles, while the likes of Kate Hore also impressed with her one goal and 16 possessions.

 

NT Thunder 14.12 (96) defeated Essendon 4.0 (24)

By: Julia Montesano

The NT Thunder have once again sent a huge warning to the competition with another thumping win. The Thunder kept the Bombers scoreless after quarter time while piling on 11 goals to make their way onto the top of the VFLW ladder.

Captain, Angela Foley was a star for the Thunder with two goals, 28 disposals and six tackles. Greater Western Sydney (GWS) vice-captain, Emma Swanson played a similar game, also kicking two goals, as well as amassing 19 touches and laying seven tackles. GWS teammate, Renee Forth also had a good day out with one goal and 18 disposals.

Hayley Bullas and Rebecca Neaves were the leading disposal-getters for the Bombers, each amassing 16 touches. Canadian duo, Kendra Heil and Valerie Moreau each provided highlights for Essendon throughout the game, with Heil booting through the first two goals and Moreau amassing 12 disposals and five tackles. But it was Simone Nalder who was the star for the Bombers, clunking five marks and racking up 13 disposals.

 

Collingwood 9.3.(57) defeated Richmond to 2.2.(14)

By: James Halley

In tough conditions at the Swinburne Centre, Collingwood claimed a 43-point victory over the Tigers. After an even first quarter, the Pies flew away in the second term to score five goals to nothing, which proved to be a match-winning lead. However, Richmond showed some fight to not let the match blow out as it did in the second term.

In the Pies’ forward line, Gabrielle Biedenweg-Webster led with two goals. Vaomua Laloifi was exceptional in defence, playing the role of a rock and not letting anything get past her all day. She was a leading force in restricting Richmond to two goals all afternoon.

For the Tigers, Jacqueline Graham was once again solid in defence. At the other end of the ground, Ella Ross was able to kick a beautiful goal from the boundary to provide a rare highlight in the wet conditions.

 

Williamstown 0.4 (4) defeated by Geelong 8.9 (57)

By: Julia Montesano

Geelong bounced back from its draw against the Pies in round two with an emphatic win over the Seagulls. The Cats kept Williamstown goalless throughout the game and put on a clinical performance away from home.

Northern Territory recruit, Evelyn Dhamarrandji was turning heads throughout the afternoon with her strong hands and goal-kicking ability. The clever forward booted through a game-high two majors at Williamstown Football Ground. At the other end of the ground, it was captain, Rebecca Goring who held down the fort in defence, with her composed kicks and clean hands. Forward, Megan McMahon and midfielder, Mia-Rae Clifford were also key contributors on the day.

For Williamstown, former St Kilda Shark, Rachel Achampong showed some good signs  in the ruck while Jessica Kile impressed on debut. Newly named North Melbourne player, Jess Duffin showed just how valuable she is with plenty of possessions around the ground and a ‘never say die’ attitude on the day. Duffin led by example and nearly booted through a wonderful goal to top it off. She was complemented by Jacinta Reid and Belinda Hateley, who dug deep for the Seagulls on the day.

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 2

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

By: James Halley 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Collingwood 3.9 (27) drew Geelong 4.3 (27) 

By: Taylah Melki

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

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

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

Weekend previews: VFLW – Round 2

ROUND two is here and it brings plenty of intriguing match-ups across the board. We preview each match and tell you which players to look out for.


Essendon vs. Melbourne Uni

Saturday 12pm at Windy Hill

Two big names are making debuts for their respected sides at Windy Hill.

One is a well-known name while the other is a name we will all come to know very shortly. AFLW best and fairest, Emma Kearney will run out for her first game with Melbourne Uni this year on Saturday. Kearney swapped the red, white and blue for the blue and white stripes in the AFLW off-season, and would be keen to continue to display the blistering form that we saw in the AFLW.

Kendra Heil is the other notable debutant, as she hails from Canada and made her way onto an AFLW list. Heil was drafted to Collingwood but a knee injury cut her AFLW career short. She now has the opportunity to show what she’s made of in the red and black on Saturday.

 

Richmond vs. Darebin

Saturday 1pm at Swinburne Centre

Richmond are coming off a big round one win while Darebin suffered a shock loss.

The Tigers have co vice-captain, Kate Dixon to thank for this, as she kicked four goals in the win over the Bulldogs. This week, she will be joined by GWS AFLW star, Louise Stephenson, who played two games for the Giants this year. They will both line up in the forward line and could be a formidable duo.

Darebin have responded by throwing former Ainslie footballer, Hannah Mouncey in the back pocket. Mouncey began her career at Darebin at full-forward last week and kicked a goal. AFLW stars, Lauren Pearce and Nat Exon are the notable ins for the Falcons. Pearce strung together a few good games towards the end of the AFLW season for the Dees while Exon was consistent as ever in the Lions midfield.

 

Casey vs. Hawthorn

Sunday 11.30am at Casey Fields

Casey have hired new coach, Damien Keeping to lead the Dees brigade against a Hawthorn team that came off a big round one win.

Keeping has not held back in his first round of selection, bringing in plenty of Melbourne AFLW players to combat Hawthorn’s fire-power. The Demons boast an all-AFLW half-back line with Jasmine Grierson, Harriet Cordner and Darcy Guttridge all looking to make their presence known at Casey Fields.

However, the Hawks also boast a dangerous back line, with Meg Hutchins, Pepa Randall and Melissa Kuys all lining up in the defensive half. But Hawthorn’s midfield could be the difference in this game, with Julia Crockett-Grills and captain, Emma Mackie coming off stunning round one performances. Also be sure to keep an eye out for the duo of GWS’ Phoebe McWIliams and former Eastern Ranges player, Olivia Flanagan, who will feature in Hawthorn’s forward line yet again.

 

Carlton vs. Western Bulldogs

Sunday 12pm at RAMS Arena

Last time Carlton played the Bulldogs in the AFLW, Brooke Lochland kicked seven goals. But the Bulldogs are without her amongst other important AFLW stars while Carlton is flying high after a round one win.

The Blues will be without Sarah Hosking this weekend but you wouldn’t even know, as Jess Hosking will be out there at RAMS Arena and is likely to bring the same aggression as her sister. Be sure to keep an eye out on Darcy Vescio in the forward line, who found some form last week with two goals and 17 disposals after a quiet season in the AFLW by her standards.

The Bulldogs have bolstered their midfield this week, bringing a current and former AFLW star into their round two line-up. Kimberley Rennie, Bailey Hunt and Hayley Wildes all featured in the Bulldogs’ premiership year and will be joined by Collingwood retiree, Bree White, who is an experienced star. Be sure to look out for debutant, Tara Morgan, who is likely to have the match-up on the dangerous Darcy Vescio on Sunday.

 

Williamstown vs. Southern Saints

Sunday 2pm at Williamstown Football Ground

Both teams are coming into round two searching for a win, after the Seagulls went down to the Pies and the Saints went down to the Blues.

Williamstown have left Jasmine Garner out of its round two side despite a wonderful performance last week. Garner played in the forward line for most of the game but was able to go back in the last quarter and make an impact. The Seagulls have still included Garner’s AFLW teammate, Jess Duffin in the side, who relished in her role through the middle of the ground. Bulldogs premiership player, Jenna Bruton is also a notable out, so it will certainly be a challenge for the Seagulls on Sunday.

That’s because midfielder, Alison Drennan kicked off her season perfectly with a dominant display in the midfield. Drennan collected 15 disposals and laid 11 tackles against the Blues and would love to have a repeat performance at Williamstown. Also be sure to keep an eye out for Samantha Johnson, who complemented Drennan well with 16 disposals and three marks.

 

Collingwood vs. Geelong

Sunday 2.30pm at Olympic Park Oval

While the men go head-to-head at the MCG, the women will take centre-stage just outside at Olympic Park Oval.

The Pies are coming off a close win against the Seagulls and their AFLW stars stood up in the performance. Sarah Dargan starred in the midfield with 24 disposals and six tackles while Sarah D’Arcy was a solid contributor in defence with 17 disposals and eight marks. Dargan and D’Arcy would be hoping to build on these performances against a formidable Geelong outfit.

The Cats have brought in a name that we will all come to learn in time, with Northern Territory player, Evelyn Dhamarrandji coming into their round two side. She will play in the forward line alongside Kate Darby, who has been in some nice form as of late. Richelle Cranston and Rebecca Garing will be the ones to look out for, as they dominated the midfield last week with 30 disposals and 20 disposals respectively.

Team Selection: VFLW – Round 2

ROUND two sees plenty of big AFLW names play their first game in the new-look Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition. We will also get to have a look at the Casey Demons this round, as they had the bye in round one. There are big matches across the board this week and the teams have brought in the big guns to give us another entertaining round of football. 

ESSENDON  v. MELBOURNE UNI

Saturday, April 12, 12:00pm
Windy Hill, Essendon

Essendon have selected Canadian, Kendra Heil for its round two encounter against Melbourne Uni. Heil was formerly on Collingwood’s AFLW list and previously played at Eastern Devils. GWS midfielder, Maddy Collier and West Australian, Courtney Ugle will also pull on the red and black at Windy Hill. 

AFLW best and fairest, Emma Kearney will suit up for Melbourne Uni for the first time this year, after a busy off-season for her. Rhiannon Green, Airlie Runnalls and Candice Adams are among the other ins to take on the Bombers. 

Essendon

B: 14. J. Barker, 16. L. Morecroft, 27. A. Morcom
HB: 26. A. Madden, 7. K. Hicks, 25. R. Neaves
C: 44. M.  Collier, 9. L.  Williams, 1. J.  Trend
HF: 35. V. Moreau, 6. A. Quigley, 43. D. Ponter
F: 3. M. DeMatteo, 30. S. Nalder, 4. N. Hardy
R: 12. B. Kearney, 8. H. Bullas, 32. T. Mackrill
Int: 20. J. Anwyl, 40. G. Golds, 18. K. Heil, 46. C. Ugle
Emg: 22. N. MacDonald, 37. I. Malliaras, 21. K. McFadyen, 10. D. Pedersen
23P: 15. L. Caruso

In: K. Heil, M. Collier, C. Ugle

Melbourne Uni

B: 25. S. De Bortoli, 29. K. Klatt, 24. S. Wilson
HB: 6. E. Keaney, 9. K. Price, 3. L. Walsh
C: 19. L.  Ahrens, 2. H.  Ibrahim, 45. M.  McDonald
HF: 1. S. Abbatangelo, 27. J. Anderson, 50. J. Stanton
F: 13. R. Green, 10. A. Price, 36. L. Watkin
R: 8. C. Fitzpatrick, 15. E. Kearney, 7. A. Riddell
Int: 12. M. Cantwell, 11. P. Cordes, 44. A. Runnalls, 18. A. Tupper
Emg: 33. C. Adams, 5. A. Gittings , 32. I. Milford, 43. L. Munday
23P: 35. M. Shone

In: R. Green, A. Runnalls, C. Adams, J. Stanton, L. Ahrens, E. Kearney
Out: L. Belza, D. Edward

 

RICHMOND  v. DAREBIN

Saturday, April 12, 1pm
Swinburne Centre, Richmond

Richmond have brought in GWS’ Louise Stephenson and Collingwood AFLW star, Lauren Tesoriero for the clash against the Falcons, Stephenson has been named in the forward line, alongside Tigers co vice-captain, Kate Dixon, who is fresh off a four-goal performance. Georgia Fisher and Grace Bibby are among the lucky ones to be included for the match at Swinburne Centre. 

Four AFLW powerhouses in Lauren Pearce, Karen Paxman, Nat Exon and Aasta O’Connor come into Darebin’s round two side. The Falcons have also listed forward, Hannah Mouncey in the back pocket in an interesting positional change.  

Richmond

B: 84. L. Bieniara, 77. J. Hocking, 69. E. Burry
HB: 73. L. Davie, 63. J. Graham, 70. E. Findlay
C: 60. K.  Dempsey, 76. E.  Ross, 58. C.  Musico
HF: 53. K. Dixon, 64. E. Gunn, 56. E. Hogan
F: 86. N. Clarke, 81. E. George, 71. L. Stephenson
R: 68. A. Edmonds, 61. J. Colwell, 52. J. Kennedy
Int: 83. J. Gardner, 62. T. Muller, 78. V. Tonin , 59. A. Woodward
Emg: 82. G. Bibby, 85. N. Clarke, 74. G. Fisher, 79. L. Tesoriero
23P: 75. B. Lynch

In: L. Stephenson, G. Fisher, G. Bibby, L. Tesoriero, N. Clarke
Out: J. Louttit

Darebin

B: 37. J. Bertoni, 32. G. Colvin, 43. H. Mouncey
HB: 9. M. Eastman, 34. S. Egan, 26. T. Olcorn
C: 8. N.  Exon, 31. E.  Gardner, 44. S.  Fairchild
HF: 20. M. Guerin, 22. G. Hammond, 29. S. Normington – Dickens
F: 49. R. Hibbert, 1. E. Honybun, 27. S. Hogan
R: 10. G. Lawson-Tavan, 15. A. Lister, 14. M. McDonald
Int: 48. L. Jacobs, 40. L. Pearce, 17. S. Simpson, 11. K. Tyndall
Emg: 5. K. McNiece, 28. A. Morrow, 41. A. O’Connor, 4. K. Paxman
23P: 35. L. Skipper

In: L. Pearce, K. McNiece, A. O’Connor, K. Paxman, N. Exon
Out: C. Byrne

 

CASEY DEMONS v. HAWTHORN

Sunday, May 13, 11.30am
Casey Fields, Cranbourne

The Casey Demons play their first game in the VFL Women’s competition, and have some exciting players lining up in red and blue. Melbourne AFLW players, Harriet Cordner, Jasmine Grierson, Kate Hore, Eden Zanker, Aliesha Newman, Laura Duryea and Katherine Smith will all line up for the Demons on Sunday. They will be joined by former Gippsland star, Darcy Guttridge, who has swapped the black and white in the AFLW for red and blue in the VFLW. 

After a big win against the Bombers, the Hawks have brought in four players in the hope of making it two from two in the competition. Chantella Perera, Dianna Haines, Jess Foster and Sarah McNamara all come into the side for the big clash at Casey Fields. 

Casey Demons

B: 12. G. McLean, 27. A. Harrison, 16. C. Sheriff
HB: 19. J. Grierson, 21. H. Cordner, 34. D. Guttridge
C: 4. C.  Emonson, 10. K.  Hore, 25. M.  Shevlin
HF: 22. K. Guttridge, 29. E. Zanker , 2. A. Newman
F: 1. R. Guglielmino, 11. L. Duryea, 15. S. Phillips
R: 14. T. Orgill, 6. A. McDonough, 13. K. Smith
Int: 18. K. Bentvelzen , 24. N. Garner, 9. A. Johnson, 5. S. Poke
Emg: 44. N. Fullwood, 48. S. Fyfield, 30. A. Marshall, 8. M. Tatham
23P: 3. R. Clayton

Hawthorn

B: 25. M. Hutchins, 21. P. Randall, 31. J. Sibley
HB: 9. M. Kuys, 13. E. Nixon, 36. J. Van Dyk
C: 15. S. Yule, 6. J.  Crockett-Grills, 12. T.  Nestor
HF: 24. R. Dillon, 22. T. Luke, 33. E. Gilder
F: 7. P. McWilliams, 14. O. Flanagan, 28. S. Perkins
R: 19. L. Wotton, 1. E. Mackie, 4. S. Carroll
Int: 17. S. David, 34. A. Dowler, 35. C. O’Donnell, 16. C. Papadopoulos
Emg: 18. J. Foster, 11. D. Haines, 39. S. McNamara, 5. C. Perera
23P: 26. C.  Dyett

In: C. Perera, D. Haines, J. Foster, S. McNamara

 

CARLTON  v. WESTERN BULLDOGS

Sunday, May 13, 12pm
RAMS Arena, Craigieburn

Carlton have rotated their AFLW players for the clash against the Bulldogs, as Sarah Hosking and Madeline Keryk make way for Kate Shierlaw, Reni Hicks, Jess Hosking and Sarah Last. But all eyes will be on Rugby 7s gold medalist, Chloe Dalton, who will make her VFLW debut on Sunday. Dalton will start in the back line for the clash at RAMS Arena. 

The Western Bulldogs have matched Carlton’s long list of AFLW ins by bringing in Bailey Hunt, Kimberley Rennie and Bree White. Hunt and Rennie featured in the Bulldogs’ premiership-winning year while White announced her AFLW retirement at the end of last year after playing some great football with the Pies. Tara Morgan and Natalie Gills are among the other ins who will pull on the red, white and blue on Sunday. 

Carlton

B: 82. N. Burns, 12. S. Last, 24. R. Hicks
HB: 55. C. Dalton, 40. K. Harvey, 23. B. Kennedy
C: 17. T.  Lucas-Rodd, 11. J.  Hosking, 56. C.  Williams
HF: 45. R. King, 36. C. Moody, 35. S. Li
F: 20. C. Bromage, 42. C. Hardeman, 3. D. Vescio
R: 16. B. Moody, 37. B. Schultz, 32. N. Plane
Int: 27. K. Cox, 41. K. Cunico, 31. K. Shierlaw, 90. B. Walker
Emg: 8. M. Gay, 33. G. Green, 63. T. Plowman, 66. O. Vesely
23P: 50. J. Borg

In: K. Shierlaw, K. Cox, R. Hicks, S. Last, J. Hosking, K. Cunico
Out: S. Hosking,  M. Keryk,  L. McCarthy,  A. Chuot

Western Bulldogs

B: 9. T. Dinuccio, 30. A. Tessari, 26. T. Morgan
HB: 15. R. Ashley, 14. E. Gamble, 38. C. O’Brien
C: 20. R.  Gastin, 17. H.  Wildes, 34. E.  Mackay
HF: 11. A. Gunn, 12. J. Francke, 10. S. Jolly
F: 1. K. Clarke, 35. N. McMahon, 41. A. Scott
R: 24. K. Rennie, 21. B. Hunt, 33. B. White
Int: 40. N. Gills, 28. T. Hamilton, 46. T. Moss, 37. L. Murphy
Emg: 27. K. Nicolaci
23P: 43. A. Goldring

In: B. Hunt, K. Rennie, B. White, T. Hamilton, N. Gills, T. Morgan
Out: R. Martinuzzo, N. Paul, K. McLeod, E. McLaughlin, A. Rooth

 

WILLIAMSTOWN v. SOUTHERN SAINTS

Sunday, May 13, 2pm
Williamstown Football Ground, Williamstown

Williamstown come into the clash against the Southern Saints without Bulldogs AFLW midfielder, Jenna Bruton and Collingwood AFLW forward-turned-defender, Jasmine Garner. However, the Seagulls have brought in plenty of players in the hope of getting their first VFLW win. Sally Seabrook, Caitlyn Balshaw, Nikki Wallace, and Kaitlin Smith will all have the opportunity to run out for the Seagulls on Saturday. 

The Southern Saints have also welcomed in a host of changes as they also search for their first win in the competition. Megan Supple, Isabel Quintal, and Kelly Thompson have all been selected for the round two side. 

Williamstown

B: 8. C. Portelli, 24. A. Saxton, 32. B. Stevens
HB: 1. R. Dardengo, 10. B. Hateley, 3. S. Murphy-Burke
C: 44. I.  Porter, 17. S.  Chapman, 11. K.  Smith
HF: 4. E. Paterno, 12. G. Harris, 5. A. Walsh
F: 21. S. Dixon, 26. J. Heard, 22. M. Lowe
R: 9. R. Achampong, 13. N. Wallace, 2. J. Duffin
Int: 14. C. Balshaw, 19. E. Meade, 34. J. Reid, 20. S. Seabrook
Emg: 23. J. Bartolo, 28. J. Kile, 15. J. Malouf, 27. L. Suleiman
23P: 29. K. Koropeckyj

In: J. Bartolo, L. Suleiman, J. Kile, S. Seabrook, C. Balshaw, N. Wallace, K. Smith, J. Malouf
Out: A. Melnikas,  J. Bruton,  J. Garner,  A. Cameron

Southern Saints

B: 11. T. Annear, 14. I. Quintal, 26. A. Ryan
HB: 29. M. Macdonald, 38. S. Karlson, 17. L. Olsen
C: 16. K.  Thompson, 2. A.  Brown, 31. G.  Walker
HF: 12. J. Hull, 15. T. Bohanna, 21. D. Lawrence
F: 36. S. Bolding, 13. C. Munn, 27. K. Macqueen
R: 28. R. Watt, 8. A. Drennan, 32. S. Johnson
Int: 34. S. Casey, 40. M. Maitland, 24. K. Ripari, 23. J. Rolland
Emg: 45. S. Binder, 9. S. Long, 7. M. Supple, 6. J. Vissenjoux
23P: 22. D. Smith

In: M. Supple, J. Vissenjoux, I. Quintal, K. Thompson, S. Long
Out: A. Silver

 

COLLINGWOOD v. GEELONG CATS

Sunday, May 13, 2.30pm
Olympic Park Oval, Richmond

Collingwood go into the clash at Olympic Park Oval with a strong lineup, keeping all of their AFLW players in the round two side. The Pies have brought in Chloe Leighton to complement their AFLW stars in what should be a great contest against the Cats. 

Geelong has welcomed an exciting player from the Northern Territory, Evelyn Dhamarrandji, who will a player to watch throughout the VFLW season. She will be joined by Laura Taylor and Bianca Cheever in the round two side. 

Collingwood

B: 99. S. Marsh, 18. R. Schleicher, 28. H. Whitford
HB: 13. J. Lambert, 77. C. Leighton, 61. A. Malander
C: 52. N.  Hales, 11. E.  Hynes, 93. V.  Laloifi
HF: 5. E. Grant, 53. R. Grant, 54. H. Grubb
F: 56. P. Davey, 47. J. Edwards, 75. E. Fowler
R: 46. S. Dargan, 4. S. D’Arcy, 22. S. Casey
Int: 49. S. Alexander, 73. G. Biedenweg-Webster, 50. G. Buchan, 63. P. Nash
Emg: 81. B. Jones, 57. G. Knox, 51. G. Ploegsma, 68. S. Yoannidis
23P: 65. E. Browning

In: S. Yoannidis, C. Leighton, R. Grant
Out: L. French

Geelong Cats

B: 19. E. Ramsay, 44. R. Goring, 16. L. Williams
HB: 25. E. Coventry, 26. R. Pearce, 34. A. McDonald
C: 3. H.  Burchell, 12. R.  Garing, 7. M.  Clifford
HF: 17. H. Mangan, 2. D. Orr, 21. E. Oliver
F: 36. E. Dhamarrandji, 8. K. Darby, 32. A. Habib
R: 41. C. Stevens, 30. R. Cranston, 33. H. Trevean
Int: 22. B. Cheever, 13. M. Fogas, 15. M. Janssen, 10. L. Taylor
Emg: 29. M. Arthur, 23. I. Currenti, 28. M. Fedele, 35. K. Woodroffe
23P: 24. M. McMahon

In: L. Taylor, E. Dhamarrandji, M. Arthur, B. Cheever

BYE – NT THUNDER