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2018 AFL Women’s Draft Preview

TOMORROW marks another chapter in the rise of AFL Women’s with the third draft since the competition’s inception, and this year is likely to be littered with primarily youth players as the talent numbers increase at junior ranks. We take a look at tomorrow’s draft and answer some key questions you might have.

What time does it start?

The AFL website will stream the AFL Women’s Draft from 11.45am, with the official proceedings to get underway from midday. After initial speeches and welcoming, Geelong coach, Paul Hood will have the first two chances to read out the names of players to run out in the blue and white hoops.

Who will be pick one?

It was a race to the finish between Nina Morrison andMadison Prespakis – with a number of others putting their hands up – but expect the tackling machine from the Falcons, Morrison to be the first name called out after nominating Geelong as her region of choice, whereas Prespakis nominated Vic Metro.

Which players can teams select?

For the first time, there will be six Victorian sides heading to the draft, with Geelong and North Melbourne joining the league. Given it’s regional base, the fact AFL Women’s players are still on part-time contracts and the costs associated with committing to the competition, the Cats have the ability to select any player that picked the “Geelong only” region, or the “All of Victoria” region. The other five teams may select players from the “Vic Metro” region, or the “All of Victoria” region. For the interstate clubs, they select players that have nominated their state. With only one side in each state, it means they will head to the draft knowing which players they will add to their list – but still hold suspense for their fans!

Who are the names to look out for?

Aside from Morrison and Prespakis, who will likely be off the board early, other Victorians to keep in mind are Olivia Purcell (Geelong only), who will come into consideration at Pick 2, as will cricketer/footballer, Sophie Van De Heuvel, who has had interest from multiple clubs, including the Cats. Given Geelong is guaranteed to lock away Purcell, the Cats have the ability to select Van De Heuvel with Pick 2, and then secure her for 2019 before the other Victorian sides enter the draft. Dandenong Stingrays skipper, Jordyn Allen, and Gippsland Power’s Tyla Hanks are the other two who have come into consideration in the first round early, with Collingwood and Melbourne waiting on exactly what Geelong will do with Pick 2, and Carlton with Pick 3. For Geelong fans, other names to look out for a bit later on are Georgia Clarke and Rebecca Webster, who both primarily play off half-back, with Webster also able to fill a role on the inside.

Across the country, Sabreena Duffy is the name that will be the big one for Fremantle fans, with the West Australian captain leading the team throughout her accolade-littered junior career and will join the purple army. Nikki Gore has been the name whispered throughout South Australia this year, and the Crows will be very excited to have her on board, while Alyce Parker is the steal of the draft at Pick 12, with the Thurgoona Bulldogs star right up with the top couple of players in the draft crop. The Brisbane Lions have an interesting dilemma on their hands with both ruck, Lauren Bella, and utility, McKenzie Dowrick, worthy first round picks after the latter chose to leave Western Australia and nominate for Queensland. North Melbourne also has first access to Tasmanian players as part of their arrangement coming into the league, so twin sisters, Libby and Chloe Haines will be high on their radar, as could Lauren Stevenson as the three players from the Apple Isle who have stood out the most this year.

What about mature-agers?

There are still plenty of mature-agers floating about that will slot into AFL Women’s sides at the draft. Jayde Van Dyk is a young star who took out the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s Rising Star Award. There was talk of her potentially going Pick 1, and while it is hard to see Geelong not choosing the Falcons poster girl, Van Dyk could well come into consideration at Pick 2, or perhaps Pick 7 depending on the level of interest from other clubs. While the list of region choices is not publicly available, the fact the talk about her potentially going Pick 1, meant there is a hint she might have selected the “All of Victoria” region.

Outside of Van Dyk, others who have shone in the VFL Women’s who were not already picked up are Essendon hardnut, Hayley Bullas, who was a tackling machine, and named in the VFL Women’s Team of the Year. She is sure to attract interest from clubs after her superb season, as is Richmond’s Alice Edmonds who was also named in the Team of the Year on the bench. Collingwood’s Jess Edwards comes with high regard for her leadership and versatility, with the South Australian recruit sure to be another coming into consideration for clubs, including the Magpies.

Who is already drafted prior to the draft?

There are three players who have already been selected in the AFL Women’s Draft after being subjected to a bidding process. Abbie McKay, the first ever father-daughter selection was picked up by Carlton with Pick 16, after matching a bid for the tough, inside midfielder. Meanwhile, Collingwood has picked up two of it’s VFL Women’s players in Team of the Year representative, Sophie Alexander and Erica Fowler. Alexander drew a bid from Melbourne at Pick 31 – the only Victorian team between Collingwood’s two picks – that has cost the Magpies Pick 29. Fowler did not draw a bid and was penciled in Round 9, with the final selection of the AFL Women’s Draft – Pick 70.

Some players worth keeping an eye on their names throughout the draft?

The first place to look is the AFL Women’s Academy, which holds the players who have been identified as some of the top talents prior to this season. Emerson Woods blitzed the testing at the AFL Women’s Draft Combine and will be one that might come into consideration in the early stages of the draft, while ruck, Rene Caris is the standout tall from Victoria, and Georgia Macpherson is a rebounding defender who can play tall or small. Courtney Jones has shown an ability to play at either end or through the middle, while Denby Taylor will not stray too far from the Falcons homebase when she lands at Geelong.

There are those teenagers who have impressed more at senior level, including Collingwood’s Daisy Bateman, Katie Lynch and Hannah McLaren, Williamstown’s Megan Williamson, Carlton’s Maddy Brancatisano, Hawthorn’s Mikala Cann and Southern Saints’ Eleanor Brown. For South Australia, Janet Baird and Danielle Ponter are classy players who could be Crows players by the end of tomorrow, while Courtney Hodder (Fremantle) whose AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships were ruined by injury, and Tori Groves-Little (Brisbane) are other AFL Academy players who will be considered.

Where can I find out more information about the players?

We have conducted 60 interviews with top-age players, including every Victorian representative in 2018. To hear their story in their own words, head to our AFLW Draft Features page.

AFLW Draft preview: North Melbourne

NORTH Melbourne has gone bang in the AFL Women’s off-season, poaching experienced players from everywhere. With first access to Tasmanian talent, the Kangaroos go into the AFL Women’s Draft with an advantage. But entering the draft at pick 25 is always hard to do, so it will be interesting to see how Scott Gowans and the coaching staff approach it.

 

NORTH MELBOURNE AFLW LIST (24/30)

  • Sophie Abbatangelo
  • Kaitlyn Ashmore
  • Daria Bannister
  • Jenna Bruton
  • Alison Drennan
  • Jess Duffin
  • Jasmine Garner
  • Brittany Gibson
  • Kate Gillespie-Jones
  • Jasmine Grierson
  • Danielle Hardiman
  • Moana Hope
  • Emma Humphries
  • Emma Kearney
  • Elisha King
  • Emma King
  • Taylor Mesiti
  • Georgia Nanscawen
  • Tahlia Randall
  • Ashleigh Riddell
  • Maddison Smith
  • Jamie Stanton
  • Jessica Trend
  • Jessie Williams (rookie)

DRAFT PICKS

25, 36, 53, 57, 62, 67, 71, 74, 77

POSSIBLE DRAFT PROSPECTS

Young talent will be hard to come by for North Melbourne, with late draft picks due to its recruiting spree in the off-season. However, the Kangaroos have a distinct advantage, with first access to plenty of Tasmanian talent. The most talked about Tasmanian draft prospects are Chloe and Libby Haines. The Tasmanian twins were two of the most dominant players in the Tasmania and Central Allies Under 18 team this year and also contributed well for their local side, Burnie Dockers. Lauren Stevenson is a determined defender who could land at North Melbourne. She is an experienced over-ager who works hard and can lock down key players. In terms of the Victorian metropolitan talent, Eastern Ranges midfielder/forward, Gabriella De Angelis could still be available at their pick after 24 picks, which would be a handy pick-up for the Roos. De Angelis shone in the midfield for the Ranges during the TAC Cup Girls season and developed her forward prowess in Vic Metro colours and with the Southern Saints later in the year. Her Ranges teammate, Charlotte Wilson could also feature in North’s line-up, with her ability to play in multiple positions.

TSL Women’s weekly wrap: Round 18

A potential Grand Final preview was played in this round, with ladder-leader, Glenorchy taking on second-placed Clarence. In Round 18, it was the Roos who came out on top, but the Magpies will certainly want revenge in the finals. Meanwhile, third-placed Launceston got the perfect preparation for finals with a big win over cellar-dwellers, Burnie.

 

LAUNCESTON 4.10 | 7.15 | 9.17 | 13.20 (98)
BURNIE 0.0 | 0.1 | 0.1 | 0.2 (2)

GOALS:

Launceston: B. Rattray 5, A. Dickson 2, D. Taylor 2, E. Manix-geeves 2, M. Binns, M. Radford
Burnie: Nil.

BEST:

Launceston: M. King, A. Dickson, B. Rattray, C. Thuringer, N. Ristrom, C. Stanley
Burnie: L. Haines, L. Stevenson, E. Duncombe, K. Johnson, L. Badcock, C. Chandler

Launceston jumped out of the blocks early in this game, scoring four goals to none in the first quarter. However, the Blues could have put more damage on the board had they kicked accurate. They kicked 10 behinds in the first quarter alone but bounced back in the second with 3.5, while only restricting Burnie to one point at the main break. In the second quarter, Launceston continued to pile the scoring pressure on the Dockers. While the Blues were only restricted to two goals in the third term, they made amends of it in the last, kicking four goals to end with a 96-point victory.

Brie Rattray did a lot of the damage up forward with five majors while Angela Dickson, Dearne Taylor and Emma Manix-Geeves chipped in with two. Dickson and Rattray were also named among the best but the shining light was Tasmania’s only Under-18 All Australian representative, Mia King. King was named best on ground in the loss against the Dockers, making it her fourth time among the better players on the ground. Another Under 18 representative was named best on ground for the Dockers with Libby Haines taking top honours. State teammate, Lauren Stevenson also played a good game for Burnie, being named second-best in the loss.

 

GLENORCHY 0.1 | 2.4 | 2.4 | 3.7 (25)
CLARENCE 1.4 | 2.4 | 6.6 | 6.8 (44)

GOALS:

Glenorchy: N. Lynch 2, S. Eaton.
Clarence: S. Pennicott 2, J. Minifie, J. Farrow, D. Elliston, N. Pearce.

BEST:

Glenorchy: E. Barwick, G. Sullivan, N. Daniels, B. Barwick, J. Williams, T. Corrie
Clarence: S. Pennicott, M. Smith, N. Bresnehan, J. Limbrick, L. Ochayi, B. Scott

Ladder-leader, Glenorchy was dealt with a wake-up call in this game, and it came straight away in the first quarter when Clarence got the first goal on the board and took the early lead. The Magpies then responded in the second, outscoring the Roos two goals to one to level up the scores at half time. But Clarence put the foot on the accelerator in the third quarter, keeping Glenorchy scoreless while also kicking four goals. This gave the Roos a 26-point lead at the last break, making it very difficult for the Magpies to make a comeback. To their credit, they outscored the Roos in the last quarter by keeping them scoreless and kicking one goal themselves, but by then, the damage was already done.

Sophie Pennicott made it 13 goals from 13 games for Clarence when she kicked two goals on the weekend. Pennicott was also named best on ground in the win, making it her sixth time in the best. The rest of the goals came from Under 18 duo, Jessica Minifie and Jenna Farrow as well as Darcy Elliston and Natalie Pearce. Surprisingly, the second highest goal kicker in the competition, Jacinta Limbrick didn’t get a major on the board, but she was still named in the best. She was complemented by Maddison Smith, Nicole Bresnehan, Loveth Ochayi and Bronte Scott. Nietta Lynch completed her wonderful season in front of goal by kicking two for Glenorchy. She finished the regular season on top of the goal kicking table with 34 goals from 14 games. Sandy Eaton was the other goal kicker for the Magpies. Elise Barwick was the most impressive Magpie in the game while Gennaveve Sullivan and Natalie Daniels also had good games.

TSL Women’s weekly wrap: Round 16

CLARENCE and Launceston continued their remarkable seasons in the Tasmanian State League (TSL) with big wins over the weekend. Clarence smashed the Tigers by 130 points while Launceston won by 94 points against Burnie.

 

CLARENCE FOOTBALL CLUB 5.1 | 8.4 | 13.7 | 20.10 (130)
TIGERS FOOTBALL CLUB 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 | 0.0 (0)

GOALS:

Clarence: M. Smith 5, D. Elliston 3, H. Scott 3, S. Pennicott 2, J. Limbrick 2, J. Minifie, B. Goward, N. Garlo, J. Farrow, T. Ford.
Tigers: Nil.

BEST:

Clarence: J. Limbrick, G. Pennicott, M. Smith, S. Hinks, J. Minifie, C. Wells
Tigers: M. Neal, H. Squires, T. Roxann, L. Reid, S. Grimsey, C. Brooke

After opening up a 52-point margin at quarter time, the Roos simply put their foot on the accelerator in the second half. They kicked 12.6 in two quarters while also managing to keep the Tigers scoreless for the entire game. Maddison Smith was the highlight up forward with five majors, taking her season tally to 23 goals from seven games, which is just four goals off the leader, Nietta Lynch from the Magpies. Smith was complemented by Darcy Elliston and Hannah Scott, who both kicked three majors, while Sophie Pennicott kicked two. Second-placed leading goal kicker, Jacinta Limbrick kicked just the one goal but was still named best-on-ground for Clarence. Tasmania Under 18 representatives, Netty Garlo and Jenna Farrow also kicked majors in the massive win. Fellow state representatives, Chloe Wells and Jessica Minifie also contributed well with both being named in the best, while Minifie also got on the board with a goal. For the Tigers, Marla Neal, Hannah Squires, Tyler Roxann, Liarna Reid, Samantha Grimsey and Cara Brooke were the standouts.

 

BURNIE FOOTBALL CLUB 0.0 | 0.1 | 0.1 | 0.1 (1)
LAUNCESTON FOOTBALL CLUB 3.1 | 9.1 | 13.2 | 15.5 (95)

GOALS:

Burnie: Nil.
Launceston: B. Rattray 5, M. Binns 2, A. Dickson 2, M. Radford 2, C. Taylor, N. Ristrom, D. Taylor, G. Hill.

BEST: 

Burnie: E. Doig, L. Stevenson, E. Duncombe, S. Aitken, L. Wijesingha-Frohmader, S. Rodman
Launceston: B. Rattray, M. King, M. Binns, A. Dickson, M. Radford, C. Taylor

Launceston’s accurate kicking was the key to a big winning margin in this game. After kicking 3.1 in the first quarter, the Blues piled on six unanswered goals in the second term to open up a 54-point margin at half time. The behinds were slim in the second half as well, with the away side kicking 9.4 to claim a 94-point win. Brie Rattray was the star up forward with five majors while Mikayla Binns, Angela Dickson and Meg Radford each kicked two. Radford, who is a Tasmanian Under 18 representative, has now kicked 11 goals from five games. Fellow Under 18s representatives, Camilla Taylor and Georgia Hill also got on the board with a major, and Taylor was also named in the best, along with Radford. Rattray was named best-on-ground with that five-goal performance, and was complemented by Eastern Allies player, Mia King, who was the only Tasmanian representative in the 48-player AFL Women’s Under 18 All-Australian squad this year. King came up against fellow Tasmanian representative, Lauren Stevenson in this game, who was named second best in Burnie’s loss. Emily Doig was judged best afield. Emily Duncombe, Shelby Aitken, Lila Wijesingha-Frohmader and Shaeli Rodman were the other impressive players for the Dockers. Tasmanian Under-18 representative, Samantha Langmaid also featured in the loss.

TSL Women’s weekly wrap: Round 15

IN Round 15 of the Tasmanian State League (TSL) Women’s, ladder leaders Glenorchy were too good for Burnie, while Launceston held off Clarence in a thriller.

GLENORCHY 2.1 | 4.6 | 6.14 | 14.19 (103)
BURNIE 0.0 | 0.0 | 1.0 | 1.0 (6)

GOALS:

Glenorchy: M. Sutcliffe 4, N. Lynch 3, S. Eaton 2, T. Corrie 2, H. Smith, M. Jacobs , S. Skinner.
Burnie: E. Duncombe.

BEST:

Glenorchy: N. Lynch, E. Barwick, M. Sutcliffe, S. Skinner, B. Barwick, H. Ryan
Burnie: L. Stevenson, L. Haines, C. Haines, S. Langmaid, E. Duncombe, E. Doig

Top-of-the-table Glenorchy showed exactly why it has been the benchmark team this season, with a comprehensive 97-point win over cellar dwellers, Burnie. After a tight first term which only saw the Magpies boot two goals, they began getting more chances, booting 2.5 in the second term and heading into the main break five goals ahead, but holding their opponents scoreless. The third term was much of the same for the home side as they missed opportunities to boot 2.8, while Emily Duncombe booted Burnie’s first – and only – goal of the match. If the Magpies were still rusty coming off a bye, they shook the cobwebs aside in the final term, piling on 8.5 to storm to a huge win at home. Macklyn Sutcliffe booted four majors in the win and was named among the best, while Nietta Lynch nailed three goals and was awarded best on ground. Sandy Eaton and Thomasa Corrie both booted two goals apiece, while Elise Barwick was also impressive for Glenorchy. As for Burnie, teen trio Lauren Stevenson, Libby Haines and Chloe Haines were the Dockers’ best, again putting their best foot forward to mount a case for the upcoming AFL Women’s Draft.

 

CLARENCE 0.0 | 1.2 | 3.2 | 4.4 (28)
LAUNCESTON 2.1 | 3.3 | 4.7 | 5.8 (38)

GOALS:

Clarence: T. Ford 2, G. Mitchell, D. Elliston.
Launceston: C. Webb 2, A. Green 2, D. Taylor.

BEST:

Clarence: R. Archer, L. Ochayi, T. Bortignon, N. Bresnehan, K. Johnson, T. Ford
Launceston: C. Thuringer, A. Halaby, C. Stanley , E. Manix-geeves, C. Taylor, A. Carey

Launceston has won a thrilling contest against Clarence in a battle between second and third on the table. The two teams are evenly matched, and it played out on the weekend, with the visitors holding Clarence scoreless in the opening term, while booting two goals themselves. Both sides managed a goal in the second term, before the Roos hit back with two of their own in the third, to draw within 11 points. Launceston’s inaccuracy was hurting and could have been further in front had they not kicked 1.4 in the third quarter. The final term saw both sides kick a goal, and Clarence cut the deficit by a point, but it was not enough, as Launceston held on to a memorable 10-point victory. Courtney Webb and Abbey Green both booted two majors for the winners, while Tiarna Ford was the multiple goal kicker for the Roos. Chanette Thuringer, Amy Halaby and Courtney Stanley were Launceston’s top players in the win, while for Clarence, Rachel Archer, Loveth Ochayi and Tahlia Bortignon were voted the top players.

Weekly wrap: TSL Women’s

BIG wins for Clarence and Launceston headlined the round of footy in the Tasmanian State League (TSL) Women’s. With only two rounds to go, Glenorchy has secured its spot at the top of the ladder despite having the bye this week.

 

BURNIE FOOTBALL CLUB 0.0 | 0.0 | 1.1 | 1.1 (7)
CLARENCE FOOTBALL CLUB 2.0 | 3.0 | 7.3 | 12.3 (75)

GOALS:

Burnie: I. Henwood.
Clarence: K. Smith 3, J. Limbrick 2, N. Heggie 2, H. Scott 2, T. Ford, B. Goward, G. Mitchell

BEST:

Burnie: C. Haines, L. Haines, L. Stevenson, C. Chandler, J. Brown, E. Doig
Clarence: S. Pennicott, G. Mitchell, J. Farrow, B. Goward, D. Ellisten, R. Archer

Clarence started this game slowly with only three goals in the first half, but Burnie started even slower, not scoring until the third quarter of the game. After this, the Roos kicked into gear, kicking nine goals in the second half to Burnie’s one major. Keeghan Smith booted home three majors for the winners while Jacinta Limbrick, Natalie Heggie and Hannah Scott all contributed as well with two goals. Burnie’s only goal came from Isabella Henwood. But the signs weren’t all bad for the Dockers, with Tasmania Under 18 state representatives, Chloe Haines, Libby Haines and Lauren Stevenson being the best three players of the game. For Clarence, Sophie Pennicott, Grace Mitchell, Jenna Farrow, Bella Goward, Darcy Elliston and Rachel Archer performed well for their side in the 68-point win.

 

LAUNCESTON FOOTBALL CLUB 2.3 | 6.5 | 7.7 | 7.10 (52)
TIGERS FOOTBALL CLUB 0.0 | 0.1 | 0.1 | 0.1 (1)

GOALS:

Launceston: C. Webb 3, A. Green 2, M. Binns, G. Hill
Tigers: Nil

BEST:

Launceston: M. Binns, A. Green, C. Webb, K. McLaughlin, D. Taylor, A. Dickson
Tigers: M. Neal, C. Brooke, O. McGow, H. Squires, J. Murphy, M. Smith

Launceston dominated this match, not allowing the Tigers to kick a goal for the day. Instead, Carlton AFLW rookie, Courtney Webb (three), Abbey Green (two), Mikayla Binns and Georgia Hill piled on the majors for the winning side. Webb, Green and Binns were subsequently named in the best after complementing their solid performances with goals. Dearne Taylor and Angela Dickson also played good games for Launceston in their side’s big win. For the Tigers, Marla Neal, Cara Brooke, Olivia McGow, Hannah Squires, Jessica Murphy and Milly Smith all impressed.

Tasmania’s Lauren Stevenson grasps last-minute opportunity with both hands

EIGHTEEN year-old, Lauren Stevenson thought she would not have the opportunity to represent the Eastern Allies in 2018.

She was told by her coaches to give the younger girls a chance, which she was completely accepted. But then her coaches backflipped in the most pleasing way she could imagine.

“I went and played for Tasmania against NSW/ACT and yeah I don’t know, they just had a meeting apparently and they changed their mind on the rule and they said ‘we want you to come up and play in the Eastern Allies’,” Stevenson said. “I was over the moon, I was shocked, I was not expecting it because I’d finally accepted that I couldn’t go away but you know that’s fine, give the other girls an opportunity. “Then when I got that phone call, I was at work and I was buzzing at work. “I’m so fortunate and lucky to get another opportunity.”

With that opportunity, Stevenson revolutionised her game, thanks to the help of AFLW players, Alicia Eva and Nicola Barr. The Greater Western Sydney (GWS) duo coached the Eastern Allies in the 2018 AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships and Stevenson believes their advice was invaluable.

“This tournament, Alicia (Eva) and Nicola (Barr), who’s the back coach, have asked me to play behind the player this time and mix it up and just spoil,” the 18 year-old said. “So I’ve changed my game a bit which has been different, but I have learnt a lot from playing a totally different game. “I can’t thank them enough for helping me and showing me the vision of what I did right and what I did wrong.”

Back home at Latrobe in Tasmania, Stevenson thrives off the advice of her Dad, who was a keen footballer. When she was younger, she did whatever she could to be involved in football because like many other girls, she was told she was not allowed to play football after finishing off Auskick.

“My Dad was a really good footballer when he was younger and stuff and he’s telling me all about his football,” the Eastern Allies defender said. “I’d always go and help him at his club and run water for them or umpire, get around the footy boys and loved it there. “Anything I could do to help, I was happy to because I just loved it.”

Her father repays the support now, as does the rest of her family, who travelled up to the Gold Coast to watch Stevenson take the field.

“My whole family’s really supportive and really invested into my football,” she said. “My mum’s up here at the moment and Pop’s watching me which is really good [this interview was conducted at the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships at Gold Coast]. “Dad’s really helped me with wanting to go for a kick, he’s more than happy to come help me with a kick, come to as many games as possible, same as my mum and my sister. “They’ve all really helped me a lot with everything.”

Stevenson currently works with her Dad as a stable hand, which means very early starts to the day. But despite this, the 18 year-old maintains a full focus on footy, using most of her day after work to perfect her skills and fitness levels. Her typical routine is by no means a light one, as she describes how she balances work with footy.

“In the morning, it depends on when the jockeys come in as well what time we start, but 5am start, get to the track, take the horses in, work them all, do all the usual stuff, then we will finish at around 11-12pm,” Stevenson said. “I picked up another training session, so Mondays I’d finish up at the track, come back and do a speed session and then finish that off, have a little downtime, then I have football training that night so I’d go to that. “The next day, the same things, get up early, finish at 12, then I have a strength session that night at the gym. “There’s training on every night.”

In addition to her extra training, the 18 year-old is also a part of North Melbourne’s senior academy. She has participated in many other training programs which add to her impressive football accolades as well, showing how determined she is to succeed in the sport.

“I’ve gone through the AFL Tasmania program which has been great,” the defender said. “I’m doing all the TIS (Tasmanian Institute of Sport) testing, going through all the carnivals and all that jazz but now that North Melbourne came in and they’re affiliated with Tasmania, they started up a senior academy. “I think there’s about 20 girls in it in the senior academy in Tasmania. “We all got strength and conditioning programs that we work with in our coaches and our regions and everything like that. “Every week you feel you’re improving in your strengths and in your power, your speed and your endurance. “It has helped me a lot and I wouldn’t be where I am now without those programs.”

Not only has she been able to develop her skills, but being in the academy has also allowed her to narrow down her options in terms of picking an AFLW team.

“I’ll nominate for North Melbourne,” Stevenson said. “ I would love to play for North Melbourne, I’ve barracked for them since I was little so I would love to pull on their jumper. “But if that doesn’t happen, I’d love to just play for any AFL club really.”

TSL Women’s: The run home

WITH five rounds remaining, the five-team Tasmanian State League (TSL) Women’s is shaping up and we take a look at how the five teams have gone to date.

1 Glenorchy (10 wins, 1 loss | 295.79% | 40 points)

After a Round 1 loss to Launceston, Glenorchy has won 10 on the trot and raced to the top of the table, getting stronger as the season went on. A narrow 13-point win over Clarence heading into this weekend’s bye has the Magpies holding a clear advantage in top spot. With Burnie in between two byes, and then Tigers and Clarence to finish off the home and away season, Glenorchy are well positioned at the top of the table.

Sarah Skinner has the most bests to her name, having been named in the Magpies’ best eight of a possible 10 times. Macklyn Sutcliffe has found her way into the bests and also booted nine goals in her 11 games – third overall for the club, while Brieanna Barwick has booted four goals and been named in the best six times. Nietta Lynch leads the goal kicking with 25 from 11 games, ahead of Natalie Daniels with 12 majors.

2 Clarence (7 wins, 3 losses | 400.56% | 28 points)

The Roos are a clear second, 12 points behind Glenorchy, but have a superior percentage of more than 400. When they win, they really win, with four scores over the ton, and their opponents restricted to four goals or less in every game except for a Round 3 loss to Glenorchy. They play every other side in the run home, with a bye in the penultimate round.

Georgia Pennicott has been named in the best five times from 10 games, while Bronte Scott, Nicole Bresnehan and Sophie Pennicott have also been among the best more often than not. Jacinta Limbrick leads the goal kicking with 20 majors, ahead of Maddison Smith (15), Natalie Heggie (14) and Darcy Elliston (10).

3 Launceston (6 wins, 4 losses | 278.83% | 24 points)

Launceston started the season on fire with a win over Glenorchy and big victories over Burnie and Tigers. They went down to Clarence in Round 4 and sit with six wins from 10 games, coming off the back of a thumping 132-point belting of Burnie. In the final five rounds they play Burnie twice more, Clarence and Tigers.

Angela Dixon has been the top player thus far this season, named in the best six times from 10 games, averaging a goal of game at the same time. Abbey Green has also been impressive, named in the best five times from nine games and having booted nine goals. Young star Mia King has played the six games, booting four goals and named in the best on two occasions. Courtney Webb leads all-comers with 15 majors in just five games, but 11 of those came in that huge win over Burnie.

4 Tigers (2 wins, 9 losses | 15.25% | 8 points)

Tigers have had just the two wins for the season, both of which came against Burnie. Last weekend, Tigers had the lowest winning score of the year with 1.5 (11) to defeat the Dockers by two points, repeating the effort they had earlier in the year when they won by 26 points at home. In the final five rounds they have two byes and play Launceston, Clarence and Glenorchy.

Marla Neal has been superb all season for Tigers, named in the best 10 times from 11 games, while Cara Brooke has found her way into the bests nine times in 11 games. Gillian Millar (six) and Jessica Murphy (five) have also been prominent players for Tigers. In terms of goal kickers, Kristy Baker has four majors, while Erin Maree Lucas booted her three goals against Burnie earlier in the season.

5 Burnie (1 win, 9 losses | 15.07% | 4 points)

Burnie sits at the bottom after losing to Tigers last round, and has just the one win – an impressive 25-point win over Tigers in Round 8. They came agonisingly close to repeating the feat in Round 13, going down by two points. Having only booted one goal in the first five rounds, they booted 14 in the next three, and have booted 16 for the season to date.

The team is led by young stars Libby and Chloe Haines, and Lauren Stevenson, who all represented the Eastern Allies at the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships. Libby Haines has been named in the best seven times, Chloe Haines six and Stevenson six, and along with Courtney Chandler, have been the standouts for Burnie. Hannah Martin has booted five goals in three games to lead the goal kicking, while Emma Humphries has three.

AFLW U18 Championships reviews: Eastern Allies

WITH an opening day win and two admirable performances in the remaining games, the Eastern Allies would be pleased with the performances at the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships. They had four All-Australians in the squad, but plenty could consider themselves unlucky, and we take a look at some of the key players, and results of the championships.

 

Key players:

Alyce Parker

The clear standout player from the Monday through to the Friday in the Championships and is well deserving of her Most Valuable Player (MVP) accolade for the Eastern Allies. There were big wraps on her ability and seeing her live, she is up there with the best players in the country and has a well balanced game. Her strength in midfield was a clear standout and a few fend-offs were reminiscent of Madison Prespakis, and the pair are not too dissimilar in the way they cover ground and influence a contest. Parker was probably a few unlucky misses away from having a complete carnival. A really well balanced player and does not do a lot wrong.

Alexia Hamilton

Hamilton showed she can play at either end, rebounding well in defence, then having stints up forward. Her final game got a massive tick for her ability to play in attack – booting the Eastern Allies only two goals for the game in the first term, and clunking a huge pack mark on the final siren and converting the set shot shortly after. Earned All-Australian squad honours and was consistent in her role throughout the carnival.

Brianna McFarlane

Earned All-Australian honours and was one of those players that was consistent across the board in the three games. Leading up from the forward 50, she booted a goal against the Central Allies on the first day, and had a number of other dangerous opportunities up the attacking end. Hailing from Coolangatta, McFarlane would have felt right at home on the southern Queensland grounds.

Mia King

A classy bottom-ager who showed plenty of potential across the week. She was Tasmania’s only All-Australian squad nominee, and backed up her good form in series one, with consistent form in series two. Playing through the midfield, she showed she is not afraid to crack in and win the hard ball, while spreading well and hurting the opposition on the outside. Will be one to look for next season as she continues to develop.

Lauren Stevenson

Overager from Tasmania, but she was ultra-impressive in defence. She rebounds really well, is good one-on-one and backs herself in taking the game on. Stevenson was certainly one of the shining lights across the carnival, because she settles the defence down and runs off her opponent to kick long downfield. Along with Libby and Chloe Haines, she showed Tasmania has plenty of footballing talent that can stand up on the big stage.

Lillian Doyle

Had the one standout game, but boy it was a game to remember. When the Eastern Allies were narrowly up at the final break, two huge goals to Doyle in the last quarter gave the side the separation it needed to defeat the Central Allies. A bottom-ager who can play tall or small roles, Doyle is another one who will be closely watched next year after some impressive forward craft his year.

Chloe Haines

Played everywhere really, predominantly in defence, but went forward and provided good pressure up there too. She has a long kick, and like her sister, did what she could to help the team. The Eastern Allies had a strong defence which was shown across the three days, and Haines was a big reason for this. She was the best player against Western Australia on the Wednesday, and while the final game was a little quieter, she spent practically the entire game in the back 50.

Libby Haines

Spent time through the midfield and in defence, and particularly stood out on the opening day and then against Western Australia in the loss. Strong overhead and moves well, she was able to roam on the outside, while also spending time on the inside to win her own football. Has a long kick and was versatile, nearly always beating her opponent one-on-one.

Netty Garlo

The X-factor of the team who was remarkably just 15 years old at the carnival. With two more years of development to come, you can see why they have picked her to match it against more experienced players. Her acceleration, speed and hardness at the contest was fantastic, and once she builds more consistency and game sense, she will be a really strong all-round prospect. Played off half-back and on the inside, one of those players you would not want to be chasing you down.

Georgia Garnett

Tough as nails and a classy mover, Garnett was a player who played a really important role in the midfield. She has a very neat sidestep, and while she is not a huge accumulator like others, she uses the ball well and is often the one players turn to in transition. Copped a knock on the final day, but got back up and ran straight to the next contest after choosing to stay on. A real team player.

 

Results:

Monday July 9

EASTERN ALLIES: 2.1 | 3.4 | 3.5 | 6.8 (44)
CENTRAL ALLIES: 0.2 | 1.3 | 2.3 | 2.4 (16)

GOALS:
Eastern Allies: Lillian Doyle 3, Zoe Hurrell, Brea Quinlivan, Brianna McFarlane.
Central Allies: Arthurina Moreen, Katelyn Rosenzweig.

ADC BEST:
Eastern Allies: Lillian Doyle, Alyce Parker, Chloe Haines, Zoe Hurrell, Brianna McFarlane.
Central Allies: Nikki Gore, Katelyn Rosenzweig, Esther Boles, Montana McKinnon, Arthurina Moreen.

 

Wednesday July 11

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 1.1 | 3.2 | 4.3 | 7.3 (45)
EASTERN ALLIES: 0.0. | 0.1 | 2.3 | 2.3 (15)

GOALS:
Western Australia: Mikayla Hyde 3, Caitlin Hill, Kate Bartlett, Abbey Dowrick, Sarah Verrier.
Eastern Allies: Chloe Haines, Brea Quinlivan.

ADC BEST:
Western Australia: Sabreena Duffy, McKenzie Dowrick, Mikayla Hyde, Matilda Sergeant, Abbey Dowrick, Emma O’Driscoll.
Eastern Allies: Chloe Haines, Alyce Parker, Brea Quinlivan, Libby Haines, Alexia Hamilton, Georgia Garnett.

 

Friday July 13

QUEENSLAND: 1.2 | 3.4 | 4.5 | 5.5 (35)
EASTERN ALLIES: 2.1 | 2.2 | 2.6 | 2.6 (18)

GOALS:
Queensland: Jesse Tawhiao-Wardlaw 2, Charlotte Hammans, Georgia Eller, Taylor Smith.
Eastern Allies: Alexia Hamilton 2.

ADC BEST:
Queensland: Lily Postlethwaite, Ellie Hampson, Serene Watson, Chloe Gregory, Jade Ellenger, Zimmorlei Farquharson.
Eastern Allies: Alyce Parker, Netty Garlo, Lauren Stevenson, Alexia Hamilton, Mia King, Alice Mitchell.

Scouting notes: AFLW U18 Championships – Friday, July 13

IN an entertaining final day of AFL Women’s Championships football, Vic Metro, Queensland and Vic Country came out on top in their respective matches. Overall, Metro and Country only dropped one match over the tournament’s two series, which is credit to some great team performances. Peter Williams and Julia Montesano travelled down to Bond University to note down the great individual performances on the final day of matches. 

 

Vic Metro vs. Central Allies 

Vic Metro:

By: Julia Montesano

#6 Madison Prespakis

The star of the day and the tournament for Vic Metro, Madison Prespakis was simply unstoppable. Her kicking was fantastic throughout the game, as her long kicks would create many forward thrusts. In particular, she delivered a great kick into the goal square that favoured her teammate in a one-on-one position, which was great lowering of the eyes by Prespakis. Repeated these efforts when she displayed an excellent second effort to get the ball back after being spoiled, brushed off her opponent and delivered a perfect kick to the advantage of Gabby Newton who goaled. She then hit up Madeline Brancatisano perfectly in the middle of the ground with a nice kick. Her tackling too was superb as she laid an excellent tackle on Janet Baird while she was trying to fend Prespakis off. Prespakis kept holding on and got a dropping the ball free kick in the end, which is not easy to do against a player of Baird’s speed. Followed this up with an excellent run-down tackle on Madeline Gault, displaying excellent closing speed on another speedy player in the Central Allies outfit. Capped off her day with an unbelievable goal which came about when she received the handball off Katie Lynch in the forward 50 and threaded the needle to kick her first goal of the day on a difficult angle close to goal.

#8 Georgia Patrikios

Executed good run and carry along the boundary line and followed this up with a nice kick down the line. Displayed excellent agility and run and carry through the middle of the ground and topped it off with a long kick that could’ve been her goal if Daisy Bateman didn’t kick it off the line. A highlight of her game was when she ran towards the ball, picked it up off the deck, side-stepped and kicked it forward. Kicked a nice goal to cap off her hard work throughout the day.

#9 Daisy Bateman

Executed a great spoil to get the ball out of bounds, continuing to display that same effort that she’s been displaying all tournament. Was able to read the play well when she spotted that Georgia Patrikios’ long bomb towards goal wasn’t going all the way, managing to get her toe on the ball on the goal line to make it a sure goal. Her second goal was courtesy of a good mark on the lead, which she has been able to do so well at during the tournament. 

#14 Isabella Grant

One of Grant’s best games of the tournament for mine. Displayed good agility and run and carry through the middle of the ground, managing to dodge her opponents really well. Repeated this effort in the forward line where she was able to evade her opponents once again and get the ball to Daisy Bateman. Also executed great bodywork to save a goal in the goal square and then pounced on the ball to ensure that it didn’t sail through. At this point, she displayed great run and carry once again and handballed the ball out of trouble. In another instance, she did well to push her opponent under the ball when it was looking likely that she was going to get a goal.

#18 Abbie McKay

Executed a nice pick-up off the deck and then fired off a quick handball to Madison Prespakis. Managed to pick up the ball cleanly off the deck and handball it out of congestion, displaying great hands throughout the day. Executed a great chase to tackle on her opponent, which was credit to her putting on great pressure. Followed this effort up with another chase tackle, exemplifying how good her tackling was on the day. Displayed great strength in the contest to battle through and get a kick away. Also showed great speed to get a nice clearance out of the middle of the ground.

#20 Gabby Newton

Nicely snapped a good goal for Metro’s second of the day. Took an excellent contested mark against Montana McKinnon, who was marking everything on the day for Central Allies. Newton also positioned herself at the back of the pack and used her strong hands and bodywork to get the mark inside 50, which was one of the best marks of the day in my opinion. She went back and made no mistake, kicking her second major of the day, finishing off her tournament with yet another bout of multiple goals.

#21 Eleanor Brown

Brown showed intent to win the footy all day and exemplified this through taking a great one-on-one mark. She also picked off a loose ball well and gave off nice quick hands to the middle of the ground. Executed a good pick-up of a loose ball and followed this up with a nice burst of run and carry. Displayed a good second effort after she dropped a mark, demonstrating her ability to find the footy, which she did plenty of times on the day. Executed a good trap of the footy and then gave off a nice handball out to the running Katie Lynch.

#22 Katie Lynch

A really consistent tournament topped off with another great performance from Lynch. Executed a good pick-up and quick clearing kick out of a stoppage. Did one better in another instance when she picked up the ball cleanly off the deck again and just bullocked her opponent off her and streamed forward. She showed great strength in that one-on-one battle and showed that same strength when she gave off a great handball out of the pack in a forward stoppage to Madison Prespakis who goaled. Showed great hands on the deck again with a nice pick-up and run and carry through the middle of the ground. Lynch continually stood up in tackles and often managed to follow up with deft kicks, showing good contrasts in her game.

#23 Sarah Kendall

Kendall had a superb game against the Central Allies as she had to shoulder the ruck duties in Carla Rendelmann’s absence. I thought she won the ruck battle on the day and showed this when she executed a great tap to Eastern Ranges teammate, Mikala Cann. Also made an impact around the ground when she executed a good pick-up and gave off a nice handball from the stoppage to Isabella Grant. Took a great intercept mark and followed this up with nice hands to a running teammate beside her. Displayed nice run and carry and followed this up with a good kick into the forward line.

#25 Cleo Saxon-Jones

Kicked one of the goals of the day when she executed an excellent pick-up and snap from the boundary line that went through the goals. I thought she played well as the back-up ruck, which was shown when she got a good tap to get it to the advantage of her teammate. Executed an excellent high kick to the goal square which set up a spectacular Gabby Newton mark. Picked up the ball cleanly off the deck in another instance and was able to switch the ball nicely across the ground. Did well when she fended off her opponent and got a nice high kick away towards goal.

#31 Britney Gutknecht

Another player who got on the board with two majors, Gutknecht was a dangerous forward for Metro. Executed a great pick-up off the deck and nicely ran into goal for her first of the day. She played as a deep forward and I thought she did well, thanks to her good body work. This was exemplified when she took a nice one-on-one mark. Kicked a nice goal for her second of the day, which she crumbed off a dropped mark.

 

Central Allies:

By: Peter Williams

#1 Madison Bennett

Small in stature but big in heart, Bennett always threw herself into the packs or any sort of danger with disregard for her own safety, but to help the team. She hunts the footy and spreads well. Was unlucky not to get a free after good positioning in the final term in a one-on-one in the goal square.

#2 Rachelle Martin

Kicked a fantastic goal from a quick pick up off the deck and snap, showing natural goal sense and game smarts with limited time under pressure. Another highlight was a third quarter tackle on Madison Prespakis, bringing her to ground, which is hard to do.

#4 Madeline Gault

One of Central Allies’ best, playing a fantastic role in defence. She had a good balance between offence and defence in the back half, providing run and drive, while also matching up well one-on-one. She saved a goal in the second term with a quick kick out of the danger zone outnumbered on the last line. She won a free in the third term at half-forward for going in hard, and pushed up the ground through the midfield and had a good inside 50 in the second half.

#7 Janet Baird

A real speedster who laid a fantastic early tackle on Emerson Woods and created options up forward in the second half in particular, leaping for the ball, but not quite clunking it. She followed up well with good second efforts.

#8 Danielle Ponter

A quieter first half, but finally hit the scoreboard in the fourth term where she showed off great running to receive the ball, give the quick handball off, receive it back and run into a goal from 20m under pressure and calmly slot it. She won more of the footy playing up the ground and was one of the more noticeable players in the last term.

#10 Hannah Munyard

Had her as Central Allies’ best in the match because of her four quarter efforts. She won numerous clearances throughout, and just won a truckload of the football. Munyard found space and provided an option on the outside, while also burrowing in and winning the pill on the inside. She attacks the contest with vigour and nailed a great goal in the final term with a snap after picking it up off the deck. Just a well-balanced player across the board.

#28 Montana McKinnon

A big opening half, McKinnon just moved really well for a taller player, clunking some big grabs and creating a presence both in the ruck and around the ground. She has good vision and she took a huge grab on the last line at full-back to save a certain goal. Really important early in the clash.

#29 Esther Boles

The captain played a hard working inside role and has quick hands at ground level. She attacked the contest well and earned a free kick for a high fend off in the final term. A real contested player who loves the going tough.

 

Queensland vs. Eastern Allies 

Queensland:

By: Julia Montesano

#4 Chloe Gregory

Executed a nice hack kick out of a stoppage, demonstrating her ability to get it and kick it. Picked the ball up well cleanly off the deck and followed this up with good run and carry to get the ball forward. Executed a great spin and step around her opponent followed by a beautifully delivered kick to Isabel Dawes. Picked up the ball off the deck cleanly again and managed a lovely kick down the line while she was getting tackled. This kick landed into the hands of her teammate perfectly, demonstrating her ability to spot up a teammate. Gregory also displayed excellent run and carry on the boundary line.

#5 Lily Postlethwaite

Executed a great holding the ball tackle in the opening minutes to win a free kick out of the middle. Took a great running mark and followed this up with a lovely stream into the forward line. She just missed the snap at goal but nonetheless it was a great effort to stream down there. Executed an excellent pick-up and followed this up with great running down the line, displaying excellent pace. Did well to push off her opponent off the ball and force her over the line, showing great strength. Highlights of her game included when she burst out of the middle for a fantastic clearance and followed this up with a centering kick from a boundary throw in to earn Charlotte Hammans a set shot on goal.

#6 Zimmorlei Farquharson

Farquharson’s hands were spectacular during this match. She took a nice lead-up mark to a Serene Watson kick and also took an excellent running mark. In this instance, she dived on the low ball and it landed into her chest, demonstrating her ability to read the play brilliantly. Also took a great overhead mark in a one-on-one contest. Farquharson executed an excellent spin and kick forward that nearly sailed through the goals. She also showed great strength to get a handball out while being tackled.

#7 Isabel Dawes

Smothered the ball well in one instance, managing to execute one percenters in her game. Won a free kick moments later and hacked it down the forward line with a nice kick to Lily Postlethwaite. Hacked a kick out of congestion again, showing her ability to just get the ball and kick it. Also took a nice mark on the lead, capping off a solid tournament for her.

#8 Jade Ellenger

Executed a good pick-up off the deck and a nice hack kick. Displayed a great second effort when she didn’t get the ball in the first instance as she then got a handball out on hands and knees. Picked up the ball well off the deck again cleanly, spun and then followed this up with quick hands. Ellenger displayed excellent run and carry and also took a nice mark, followed by delivering a nice kick into the forward line. Executed a fantastic run-down tackle in the middle of the ground on one of the most dangerous players, Alyce Parker who was streaming through for a clearance, which I thought was a highlight of her game.

#14 Tori Groves-Little

Groves-Little’s tackling stood out from the rest on the day. She laid an excellent strong tackle to win herself a dropping the ball free kick in the middle of the ground. Followed this up with another great tackle that disposed her opponent of the ball. In another instance, she wrestled the ball out of her opponent’s hand and ran and carried through the midfield. Followed up this great run with a nice kick down the line.

#18 Ellie Hampson

Hampson displayed her remarkable agility during this match, side-stepping many opponents that came her way. In one instance, she side-stepped two opponents and then got the ball away and followed up this same effort again in the third quarter. Hampson took an excellent mark on the last line of defence to save a goal, complementing her agility with strong hands. Throughout the match, she continued to side-step opponents with ease and also managed to hit targets after some incredible footwork. At one point, she grabbed the ball and held it in one hand, fended off a player and got a clean handball out. Hampson used her big, long kicks to kick well out of full back when she was required to. Also executed a fantastic run-down tackle to earn herself a set shot on goal.

#20 Natalie Grider

Was brave to run back with the ball in defence and executed a nice kick out of defensive 50 after that. Grider took a nice one-on-one mark, displaying strong hands. A highlight of her game was when she executed an excellent goal-saving tackle on the goal line, making her opponent kick it off her knee which therefore didn’t count for a goal. Followed this effort up by chasing another nimble player on the ground in Netty Garlo.

#24 Charlotte Hammans

Another great game from Hammans who did plenty of nice things during the match. She was able to chase the ball down and get a handball out while being tackled. Also executed great run and carry and followed this up with a good handball into space. Laid an excellent strong tackle to win the holding the ball free kick and then followed this up with another solid tackle to stop her opponent from hacking it out of defensive 50. She kicked what turned out to be the winning goal after reading a perfect centring kick from Lily Postlethwaite.

#26 Serene Watson

One of the most consistent players on the day, Watson was huge for Queensland. Executed a nice pick-up and followed this up with a good spearing pass to a teammate who was able to get it forward. This started the link that led to Queensland’s first goal of the day. Watson displayed great run and carry throughout the day and also took a great intercept mark off an Allies hack kick. Was able to pick up the ball cleanly and kicked the ball well down the line.

#34 Jesse Tawhiao-Wardlaw

Led up well to the ball in the forward line and got two goals for her hard work inside 50. She led to the ball well in the first quarter to register Queensland’s first major of the day. Tawhiao-Wardlaw won a free kick and got her second goal of the day before half time. She took another great forward line mark in the third quarter, demonstrating her strong hands throughout the day.

 

Eastern Allies:

By: Peter Williams

#1 Alyce Parker

One of the performances of the carnival. Practically would have topped most statistical categories, and only needed to just finish off a few shots on goal that missed or fell short. But the list of what she did do well is fairly extensive as she cracked in hard, laid big tackles, won the contested ball, continually cleared it out of congestion and burst away with a first few quick steps. At times it looked like there were three of her out there, winning the ball in defence and being on the end of it in attack. Strong in the air or at ground level, stands up in tackles and wins the ball on a string, she just continually runs, and despite her team going down, she never gave in and thought she was best on ground in the loss.

#10 Camilla Taylor

Had a few opportunities throughout the game, winning a free kick in the second term and kicking long, then kicked inside 50 to a contest later on, but the ball was a bit high in the air and could be spoiled. Taylor also had a shot on goal from 30m out but just missed. She was presenting up forward which was good to see.

#11 Eliza Cumming

Had a busy first term just buzzing around the stoppages and showed good hands at half-forward and a strong body at the contest. Faded out a little bit then took a great intercept mark in the final term and kicked forward. Presented up the ground.

#14 Mia King

Another impressive game from King, who gets in under the pack and wins the footy, while also running hard to the outside to be on the receiving end as well. Almost got herself a goal in the first term, but could not quite get boot to ball in space. She worked it well out of defence at a stoppage in the second quarter and did well later on to spoil the ball across the line and stop a mark.

#16 Lauren Stevenson

A solid game from the defender who showed good composure under pressure and was able to kick calmly out of defence. She got involved in each term and just moved the ball well and also laid some big tackles and added defensive pressure to the ball carrier. Stevenson took a good intercept mark and kicked forward in the fourth term.

#17 Netty Garlo

Stepped up again after a solid game too and has that great acceleration and teamwork to use her speed to advantage. Laid a great tackle in defence in the opening term, and then bumped an opponent off the ball deep in defence to save a likely goal. Moved into the midfield at times and won a free for going in hard, then showed off her jets by putting the after burners on and bursting away from a would-be tackler.

#20 Alexis Hamilton

The player of the first term, Hamilton nailed two vital goals. Her first was from a free kick and the subsequent set shot from 35m out was perfect. Then, with a second to go, Hamilton clunked a huge mark – she had to get it one bite before the siren – and kept her composure to slot the goal at put the Eastern Allies up at quarter time.

#21 Chloe Haines

Was one of many trying to hold up the fort in defence, thumping the ball long. It was hard work back there later in the game, but she worked hard one-on-one and rebounded as best she could.

#25 Libby Haines

Was a quieter game compared to her past two, but worked hard in the back half, diving down for a mark in the fourth term but could not quite hold it. Kicked out on occasions and used her long boot to advantage.

#28 Alice Mitchell

Another solid effort from Mitchell who is strong overhead and presents around the ground. A reliable user who has solid vision, she just worked hard throughout the match.

 

Vic Country vs. Western Australia

Vic Country:

By: Peter Williams

#1 Shelley Heath

One of the best on the ground in the first term, she ran and ran and ran. She had a fantastic run along the wing and worked hard for second and third efforts, playing the role that got her into the side. Nimble with great agility, she broke down the opposition defence and continually pushed hard throughout. Still solid throughout the game presenting, but the first term was huge. Took a good mark one-on-one in the final term as well.

#6 Tyla Hanks

Started well with some early touches on the inside and rotated between midfield and forward. Had a good sidestep and a lovely weighted kick to Gippsland Power teammate Amy Dunn in the forward pocket in the second term. Hanks showed good tackling pressure inside 50 in the third quarter and produced a good spoil on the wing to knock it out of bounds. I probably mozzed her for her set shot from 20m out saying ‘you can put this one in the books’ before as what always happens, she missed, hitting the post.

#7 Olivia Purcell

The next best behind Sophie Van De Heuvel, Purcell was fantastic throughout the match, racking up the ball at will and winning plenty of clearances. She played up forward too and had a big role transitioning between midfield and forward. She set up Van De Heuvel with great hands in the opening term, and in the third quarter, narrowly missed a shot on goal herself. Produced a fantastic weighted kick to half-forward in the third quarter and kept running throughout the game.

#8 Sophie Van De Heuvel

The star of the show, bounced back from missing opportunities in the last game, to nailing her chances in this one. Kicked a great running goal in the first term, clunked a big mark in the forward 50 in the third term and delivered, then pounced on a loose ball and snapped truly just after that. She also pushed up the wing and took some strong marks and set the play up for her teammates up forward.

#9 Nina Morrison

Morrison showed great vision at half-forward and gave off quick hands, using her pace and agility to advantage. Had a good charge in from half-back to lay a tackle in the middle and then ran forward and and gave the quick hands to Sophie Van De Heuvel in the forward 50. Took a good mark in the forward 50 but her shot just fell short.

#18 Denby Taylor

Created good run and intercept work throughout the game. Taylor pushed up from half-back and took the game on which was good to see. In the third term, she broke a tackle with the arm break, and kept running before kicking long inside 50.

#21 Rene Caris

The AFLW Academy ruck worked hard around the ground and took some big grabs in the defensive half of the ground. She was strong overhead and pushed out to the wing, spreading well.

#22 Rebecca Webster

Another good game on the inside, Webster played well on the inside and won a lot of the ball in contested situations. She also dropped back and used the ball cleanly coming out of defence. Worked well with Olivia Purcell in the middle and was able to execute the ball out to the running teammates on the outside.

#23 Lucy McEvoy

Had the opportunities she had the past two games but just missed the set shots. She was still very strong overhead, led really well and took some great marks, trapping the ball and making sure her defender had no opportunity to spoil. She seemed unbeatable in the air, and while she missed three gettable chances, she got on the board with a great snap on goal in the fourth term. Still a very good performance and dominant in the air.

#24 Millie Brown

The bottom-ager showed some tricks, twisting and turning in midfield and across half-back. She danced around a few opponents and was able to dispose of the ball cleanly, while also showing good defensive pressure in attack to knock a defender off her kick.

#25 Georgia Clarke

Prominent early when the going was hot. Took a couple of vital intercept marks and possessions, kicking long up the wing. She was able to move the ball well and in the second term kicked to Tyla Hanks’ advantage up forward.

#32 Courtney Jones

Her best game of the carnival for mine. Just presented all day long, was clean by foot and delivered low darts into the forward line, hitting up Lucy McEvoy twice, and Jordyn Allen at half-forward. Kicked a good goal from a set shot in the final term after setting up all her teammates. Great movement and agility throughout, a really strong performance.

 

Western Australia:

By: Julia Montesano

#3 Brianna Hyde

Executed a great pick-up and calm kick to a teammate on the wing. Read the play well to get it out the back and also delivered a nice kick out of full back, rather than rushing it and hacking it. Hyde did well on the last line of defence and took a great intercept mark to complement her good work. Also delivered a nice kick to a teammate down the line, which demonstrated her nice kicking throughout the day.

#5 Mikayla Hyde

Led well to the footy and took a good mark on the boundary line. Executed a good pick-up off the deck and followed this up with a great second effort to tackle Emily Haeusler after she got dispossessed. Consequently, she won the free kick, which was the start of a passage of play that turned into a scoring shot. Hyde delivered a nice kick down the line and was rewarded for her hard work with a goal. In this instance, she read the ball well off the back of the pack to kick her first goal of the day.

#9 Sabreena Duffy

Duffy was Western Australia’s best player in this match in my opinion. She chased the ball well and gave off a nice handball in close. Picked the ball up cleanly off the deck and delivered a nice kick into the forward line. Executed a great hack kick off the ground to get it forward, which showed great awareness because she knew she couldn’t pick it up otherwise players would come at her. Delivered some good long kicks out of full back when she needed to and also showed great agility from the kick-ins, as she ran one way then the other, evading her opponent. Executed a great fend-off and then gave off a good handball back to McKenzie Dowrick. Duffy shifted to the midfield in the third quarter and did well to lower her eyes from a centre square free kick and spot up Roxanne Roux on the lead. Did a great job to get a kick off the side of her boot to an outside teammate as well.

#17 McKenzie Dowrick

Like her sister, Dowrick’s long kicks were a common feature in her game. She delivered a great long ball into the forward line and also executed a nice long kick down the line on multiple occasions. Did well to break away from a tackle and head forward. Showed great strength when she still managed to get a handball away while being tackled by Olivia Purcell, who is a strong tackler. Also demonstrated great work to spoil it over the line with two opponents near her.

#20 Abbey Dowrick

Cleanly picked up a spilt ball off the pack and followed this up with a nice long kick. This was a trait of her game as she used her kick to penetrate the ball forward. Demonstrated great run and carry throughout the day, and loved to get into space. Dowrick showed good agility and got a nice handball away.

#22 Sonia Dorizzi

I thought Dorizzi was able to win the ruck battle at times and tried hard when she was not winning that battle. Did well to come to the ball and caresses it into her chest, rather than waiting for it. Gave off a good handball back to reset the forward structure, rather than just hacking it inboard. This showed her football smarts on the day. She also executed a long kick into the forward line and took a great intercept mark, capping off a good day for her.

#23 Emma O’Driscoll

O’Driscoll was a solid rock in defence for the Black Swans. Took a great intercept mark and also executed a great spoil to get the ball away from a mark. Did extremely well to accelerate to the ball and spoil. Picked up the ball cleanly and then burst out of defence. Took a great intercept mark where she positioned herself well and got forward of the ball to take it uncontested.