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Team Selection: VFLW – Round 16

ROUND 16 marks the final round of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s home and away season. While the top four might be locked in, teams will still be looking to finish strongly. Two debutants look to take to the field this week alongside an array of changes. The last round of the 2018 season opens with the Southern Saints taking on the Tigers.

 

SOUTHERN SAINTS v. RICHMOND

Round 16 – 25/08/2018

11:00AM

SkyBus Stadium

Both out of the finals race, the Southern Saints and Richmond will be lining up for the last game of the season to kick off Round 16. The Saints have made five changes ahead of the match, featuring the inclusion of AFLW star, Lauren Arnell. They have also called upon TAC Cup Girls leading goal kicker, Holly Bate to join the field, alongside Sandringham midfielder, Eleanor Brown, Amy Silver and Eastern Ranges defender, Charlotte Wilson. Missing out this week are Alice Ryan and Sasha Long.

The Tigers will be returning from their Round 15 bye this weekend and have made four changes to their line-up. Nuala Clarke, Niamh Clarke, Gabrielle Deller and Ellie George have all been named to take to the field. On the other hand, AFLW duo, Emma King and Lauren Tesoriero have both been named out which is sure to leave room for younger players to stand up one last time in the 2018 season.

Southern Saints

B: 16. K. Thompson, 23. J. Rolland, 30. C. Wilson
HB: 29. M. Macdonald, 17. L. Olsen, 4. G. Ricardo
C: 39. E.  Brown, 2. A.  Brown, 43. S.  Heath
HF: 49. A. Allsopp, 15. T. Bohanna, 24. K. Ripari
F: 10. L. Arnell, 13. C. Munn, 35. G. De Angelis
R: 28. R. Watt, 8. A. Drennan, 32. S. Johnson
Int: 45. S. Binder, 42. C. Jones, 40. M. Maitland, 19. A. Silver
23P: 3. H. Bate

In: E. Brown, A. Silver, H. Bate, L. Arnell, C. Wilson
Out: A. Ryan,  S. Long

Richmond

B: 84. L. Bieniara, 63. J. Graham, 69. E. Burry
HB: 54. L. Bailey, 73. L. Davie, 83. J. Gardner
C: 75. B.  Lynch, 85. N.  Clarke, 88. P.  Monahan
HF: 61. J. Colwell, 89. G. Deller, 76. E. Ross
F: 93. C. Bernardi, 81. E. George, 53. K. Dixon
R: 68. A. Edmonds, 60. K. Dempsey, 52. J. Kennedy
Int: 86. N. Clarke, 71. R. Edmeades, 72. J. Radnell, 59. A. Woodward
23P: 92. T. Smith

 

HAWTHORN  v. GEELONG CATS

Round 16 – 25/08/2018

11:30AM

Box Hill City Oval

After its impressive interstate win over the NT Thunder last weekend, Hawthorn will be needing a repeat effort when it comes up against the Cats on Saturday. A win this weekend could cement the Hawks a top two finish. They have made three changes ahead of the clash, bringing in Claire Dyett and Jess Sibley. Nicky Cormack has also been named as the 23rd player.

Following suit, Geelong has also made three changes this week. Hayley Trevean and Hannah Mangan have both been named in while Geelong Falcons’ Tarryn Love has been selected as the 23rd player. Vic Country representatives, Georgia Clarke, Nina Morrison and Olivia Purcell have all been named out.

Hawthorn

B: 32. K. Ebb, 5. C. Perera, 11. D. Haines
HB: 25. M. Hutchins, 36. J. Van Dyk, 21. P. Randall
C: 12. T.  Nestor, 1. E.  Mackie, 13. E.  Nixon
HF: 33. E. Gilder, 8. R. Beeson, 35. C. O’Donnell
F: 22. T. Luke, 28. S. Perkins, 7. P. McWilliams
R: 19. L. Wotton, 24. R. Dillon, 6. J. Crockett-Grills
Int: 45. M. Cann, 26. C. Dyett, 40. E. Macdonald, 31. J. Sibley
23P: 53. N. Cormack

In: C. Dyett, N. Cormack, S. Carroll, J. Sibley
Out: O. Flanagan,  E. Woods

Geelong Cats

B: 44. R. Goring, 40. A. Teague, 26. R. Pearce
HB: 25. E. Coventry, 1. J. Woollett, 34. A. McDonald
C: 4. C.  Blakeway, 45. M.  Keryk, 3. H.  Burchell
HF: 2. D. Orr, 5. J. Ivey, 33. H. Trevean
F: 7. M. Clifford, 6. M. Boyd, 8. K. Darby
R: 41. C. Stevens, 30. R. Cranston, 13. M. Fogas
Int: 23. I. Currenti, 11. M. Klingbeil , 17. H. Mangan, 10. L. Taylor
Emg: 27. R. Benham, 28. M. Fedele, 15. M. Janssen
23P: 53. T. Love

In: T. Love, H. Trevean, H. Mangan
Out: G. Clarke, N. Morrison, O. Purcell

 

CASEY DEMONS v. COLLINGWOOD

Round 16 – 25/08/2018

11:30AM

Casey Fields

The Casey Demons will face the current ladder leaders this week for their final game of the 2018 season. They have selected five inclusions for the match, highlighted by AFLW players, Harriet Cordner and Catherine Phillips, who can hopefully steer the team to a win to end the season. They will take to the field alongside Gippsland Power defender, Emily Haeusler, Lorianne Lowerson and Jasmine Garner. Taking to the sidelines will be former Vic Country skipper, Darcy Guttridge and Dandenong Stingrays skipper, Jordyn Allen.

With a guaranteed top two finish, the Pies have made an array of changes this week in order to keep legs fresh. AFLW players, Illish Ross and Jamiee Lambert are sure to see the Pies’ strong form continue when they take to the field this week. Similarly, Julia Halaseh-Russo, Carle Rooks, Jessica Edwards and Sarah King have also been selected to play. Named out this week are Sophie Alexander, Daisy Bateman, Erica Fowler, Elise Korteman, Hillary Grubb and Hannah McLaren.

Casey Demons

B: 18. K. Bentvelzen , 27. A. Harrison, 37. L. Lowerson
HB: 3. R. Clayton, 41. T. Mesiti, 23. G. Gourlay
C: 7. B.  Jakobsson, 28. M.  Gay, 35. C.  Phillips
HF: 9. A. Johnson, 12. G. McLean, 26. S. Sloane
F: 24. N. Garner, 46. E. Haeusler , 22. K. Guttridge
R: 29. E. Zanker , 21. H. Cordner, 17. S. Scott
Int: 47. M. Hogg, 14. T. Orgill, 25. M. Shevlin, 8. M. Tatham
23P: 50. A. Dunn

In: E. Haeusler , L. Lowerson, H. Cordner, N. Garner, S. Phillips, C. Phillips
Out: D. Guttridge,  J. Allen

Collingwood

B: 72. K. Lee, 18. R. Schleicher, 21. I. Ross
HB: 22. S. Casey, 12. S. Livingstone, 52. N. Hales
C: 50. G.  Buchan, 13. J.  Lambert, 99. S.  Marsh
HF: 77. C. Leighton, 73. G. Biedenweg-Webster, 28. H. Whitford
F: 3. N. Hildebrand, 93. S. King, 2. C. Molloy
R: 11. E. Hynes, 47. J. Edwards, 41. K. Stratton
Int: 70. J. Ferguson, 60. J. Halaseh-Russo, 61. A. Malander, 90. C. Rooks
23P: 59. K. Lynch

In: J. Halaseh-Russo , I. Ross, C. Rooks, A. Bild , J. Edwards, S. King, J. Lambert
Out: S. Alexander, D. Bateman, E. Fowler, H. Grubb, E. Korteman, H. McLaren

 

DAREBIN  v. WESTERN BULLDOGS

Round 16 – 25/08/2018

12:00PM

Bill Lawry Oval

Falling just short of the top four, Darebin will still be looking to finish the 2018 season strongly in Round 16 when it comes up against the Dogs. They have named six inclusions for the occasion, starring AFLW midfielder, Elise O’Dea, alongside Cherelle Byrne, Esther Honybun, Jessica Dal Pos and Northern Knights midfielder, Marnie Jarvis. Chelsea Delbridge has been named as the 23rd player.

After last week’s loss, the Western Bulldogs will be wanting to finish the season on a high note in Round 16. Ahead of the match, they have made multiple changes, bringing in Elise Muller, Rachael Gastin, Brittany Wunhym, Tiarna Ernst and Alicia Rooth. Mary Spurs has been named as the 23rd player.

Darebin

B: 31. E. Gardner, 10. G. Lawson-Tavan, 21. K. Roe
HB: 32. G. Colvin, 14. M. McDonald, 24. B. Patterson
C: 15. A.  Lister, 9. M.  Eastman, 11. K.  Tyndall
HF: 36. C. Byrne, 45. N. Deiter, 13. K. Shierlaw
F: 39. M. Jarvis, 17. S. Simpson, 46. L. Szigeti
R: 40. L. Pearce, 20. M. Guerin, 30. E. O’Dea
Int: 12. J. Dal pos, 44. S. Fairchild, 22. G. Hammond, 1. E. Honybun
23P: 50. C. Delbridge

In: E. O’Dea, C. Byrne, E. Honybun, J. Dal pos, M. Jarvis, C. Delbridge
Out: A. Morrow,  L. Jacobs,  R. Hibbert,  A. Pronesti,  M. Wilson

Western Bulldogs

B: 5. R. Martinuzzo, 40. N. Gills, 42. N. Paul
HB: 15. R. Ashley, 19. T. Ernst, 35. S. Ruedin
C: 29. J.  Davies, 20. A.  Guest, 27. E.  Muller
HF: 10. S. Jolly, 32. A. Mifsud, 4. D. Teasdale
F: 41. A. Scott, 6. K. McLeod, 37. B. Wunhym
R: 47. N. McMahon, 22. H. Scott, 9. T. Dinuccio
Int: 12. J. Francke, 25. R. Gastin, 31. A. Gunn, 30. A. Tessari
23P: 38. M. Sandral

In: E. Muller, R. Gastin, B. Wunhym, T. Ernst, M. Sandral
Out: L. Spark, B. Toogood, A. Goldring

 

ESSENDON  v. CARLTON

Round 16 – 25/08/2018

03:00PM

Windy Hill

The 2018 season has resulted in only one win for Essendon, so it will be hungry to finish with a victory in the final game of the season. The Bombers have brought Natasha Hardy into the forward line while Calder Cannons ruck, Eleanor Cornish has been named out.

Coming up against the Dons, Carlton has made three changes. The Blues’ skipper, Kristi Harvey has been brought back into the side to lead her side out for the final time in the home and away season. Another exciting inclusion this week for Carlton is father-daughter prospect, Abbie McKay, daughter of premiership player, Andrew McKay. The Vic Metro representative will debut this weekend, named as the 23rd player. Jess Malouf has also been added to the mix, while AFLW listed players, Reni Hicks and Alison Downie will take to the sidelines.

Essendon

B: 20. J. Anwyl, 17. T. Hetherington, 41. M. Warburton
HB: 7. K. Hicks, 25. R. Neaves, 27. A. Morcom
C: 18. K.  Heil, 8. H.  Bullas, 9. L.  Williams
HF: 16. L. Morecroft, 35. V. Moreau, 1. J. Trend
F: 3. M. DeMatteo, 4. N. Hardy, 6. A. Quigley
R: 30. S. Nalder, 44. M. Collier, 22. N. MacDonald
Int: 15. L. Caruso, 26. A. Madden, 46. C. Ugle, 19. B. Winbanks
23P: 23. A. Nichols

In: N. Hardy, A. Nichols
Out: E. Cornish

Carlton

B: 50. J. Borg, 25. T. Morgan, 6. G. Pound
HB: 34. A. Chuot, 5. D. Pedersen, 66. O. Vesely
C: 55. C.  Dalton, 19. G.  Gee, 90. B.  Walker
HF: 40. K. Harvey, 36. C. Moody, 18. T. Lucas-Rodd
F: 20. C. Bromage, 3. D. Vescio, 15. I. Gietzmann
R: 31. R. Caris, 8. M. Brancatisano, 27. K. Cox
Int: 82. N. Burns, 7. S. Last, 17. J. Malouf, 37. B. Schultz
23P: 2. A. McKay

In: K. Harvey, A. McKay, J. Malouf
Out: A. Downie, M. Suzuki, R. Hicks

 

MELBOURNE UNI  v. WILLIAMSTOWN

Round 16 – 26/08/2018

02:30PM

Melbourne University Main Oval

Melbourne Uni has brought in a mix of its new North Melbourne AFLW recruits to play out their last game of the season. This includes Emma Kearney, Katherine Gillespie-Jones, Emma Humphries and Danielle Hardiman. Airlie Runnalls has also been named in alongside Tasmanian Under 18 representative, Chloe Haines, who has been named as the 23rd player in her debut. Haines comes from the Burnie Dockers and is the twin sister of Libby Haines, who also plays for Melbourne University.

Williamstown go into its final game of the season unchanged. Coming off back-to-back wins, the Seagulls will be hoping to finish off the season with another victory.

Melbourne Uni

B: 12. M. Cantwell, 29. K. Klatt, 6. E. Keaney
HB: 20. L. Belza, 31. D. Hardiman, 17. E. Hay
C: 19. L.  Ahrens, 15. E.  Kearney, 47. E.  Humphries
HF: 1. S. Abbatangelo, 41. K. Gillespie-Jones, 21. R. Webster
F: 38. K. Angelis, 26. C. Greiser, 9. K. Price
R: 8. C. Fitzpatrick, 3. K. Ashmore, 7. A. Riddell
Int: 22. D. Edward, 2. H. Ibrahim, 44. A. Runnalls, 18. A. Tupper
23P: 52. C. Haines

In: A. Runnalls, C. Haines, E. Kearney, K. Gillespie-Jones, L. Munday, D. Hardiman, E. Humphries
Out: M. Smith,  J. Anderson,  M. McDonald,  J. Limbrick,  A. Saundry,  M. Prespakis

Williamstown

B: 19. E. Meade, 20. S. Seabrook, 8. C. Portelli
HB: 1. R. Dardengo, 24. A. Saxton, 34. J. Reid
C: 22. M.  Lowe, 30. A.  Melnikas, 11. K.  Smith
HF: 4. E. Paterno, 25. J. Garner, 33. S. Van De Heuvel
F: 17. S. Chapman, 39. S. Whiting, 2. J. Duffin
R: 9. R. Achampong, 35. J. Bruton, 16. A. Cameron
Int: 12. G. Harris, 44. I. Porter, 13. N. Wallace, 36. M. Williamson
23P: 15. E. Gardner

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.

Player focus: VFLW – Round 3

THE NT Thunder has been one of the in-form teams of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition and we decided to focus on one of the hottest young talents in the competition. Nineteen year-old, Eloise Jones played her first season in the AFLW for Adelaide, and was nominated as a Rising Star during the season. Jones will line up for the NT Thunder in the VFLW season, and played mainly on the wing in the Thunder’s big win over Essendon at TIO Stadium. We analysed Jones’ game, including movements, stats and more*.

*Please note that statistics may be different to Champion Data due to definition and human error.  

 

#2 Eloise Jones- NT Thunder  

Q1:

0.00: Started on the wing
2.42: Attempted smother on Danielle Ponter’s kick out of the pack
4.34: Ran from defensive 50 to centre square
5.40: Moved forward to receive a kick from the boundary line
5.59: Ran towards Chelsea Randall to assist her when she had the ball in hand
6.09: Ran and chased two Essendon players in the centre square
8.05: Ran to receive a handball but Machaelia Roberts missed her with the handball
9.01: Laid a high tackle on Natasha Hardy in defensive 50
10.45: Attempted to pick up the footy but just slipped through her hands in the centre square
12.24: Moved inside the centre circle to play as an onballer after Alex Quigley’s goal
13.35: Ran hard to take an intercept mark in the Thunder’s forward line off Kirby Hicks’ kick from full back, but the ball slipped through her hands
18.25: Collected the footy off the deck off Jordann Hickey’s kick and kicked it towards goal, but it goes out on the full

Q2:

0.00: Started on a wing
1.37: Marked a free kick from Emma Swanson in the forward 50 on a tight angle from about 45 metres out
1.57: Kicks the ball to the top of the square instead of going for goal
3.55: Used fast closing speed to put pressure on Maddy Collier, who kicked back into the corridor inside NT’s forward 50
4.40: Jones takes a great contested mark off Jess Allan’s centering ball, and got the opportunity to have a shot at goal from 30 metres out directly in front
4.54: Jones misses the shot at goal
6.40: Takes an intercept mark of a Hayley Bullas kick from about 50 metres out from goal after running on from the interchange bench
6.43: Pinpoints the kick inside 50 to Tayla Thorn
9.54: Jones leaps for a fantastic uncontested overhead mark just outside the goal square, straight in front from Chelsea Randall’s kick to the square
10.02: Kicks her first goal of the day
17.57: Jones picks up a loose ball and kicks it along the ground inside 50

Q3:

0.56: Tried to snatch the ball off an Essendon opponent while she was being tackled by Emma Swanson
2.02: Ran behind Renee Forth on the set shot to get a chance to run into goal from long range, but didn’t receive the handball
8.04: Laid a tackle on Valerie Moreau and the ball spilled out of bounds
8.32: Jones punches the ball towards Georgia Bevan from the throw-in stoppage
8.52: Dived on the ball while Hayley Bullas was being tackled by Michelle Ellis to create a stoppage
9.06: Jones picked up the ball off a deck from the ruck tap and is immediately tackled by Lisa Williams. Creates a stoppage
16.40: Tayla Thorn hacks it forward and Jones picks the ball off the deck and takes off from the back half
16.41: Handpasses over the top to Emma Swanson in space

Q4:

0.00: Started on the wing
5.08: Jones picks up a kick that falls short inside 50 and handballs it off to captain, Angela Foley
6.47: Jones gets a loose ball, spins around her opponent and hacks it inside 50
10.18: Jones marks a long switch kick from Angela Foley
10.20: Kicks the ball straight to Samantha Barnett, but the ball slips out of her hands
17.59: Jones lays a tackle on Jessica Trend. Creates a stoppage
18.17: Jones gets the clearance from the stoppage, waves away her opponent and kicks the ball to Georgia Bevan just outside the centre square, who marks

Total stats: One goal, zero behinds, three tackles, five marks, one contested mark, four uncontested marks, nine kicks, two handballs, 11 disposals, one free against

Overall, Jones played really well on the wing, using her great hands to effect at multiple times. She opted to kick rather than handball, which paid off for her throughout the afternoon. The 19 year-old also floated up forward at times and generally made an impact when she did, kicking one goal for the afternoon. Jones was named third best in the Thunder’s 72-point win over the Bombers.

Scouting notes: VFLW – Round 3

AFTER three rounds of Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s football, NT, Hawthorn, Geelong and Collingwood are the undefeated teams. Down the other end of the ladder, Casey, Williamstown, Essendon and the Bulldogs hare yet to experience their first win. We watched three games on the weekend and took notes on all the players that impressed across the round. 

 

NT Thunder vs. Essendon

By: Julia Montesano

NT Thunder:

#26 Chelsea Randall

Always put her head over the footy and busted her way through tacklers. Showed her agility with an excellent spin around her opponent, turning her inside out to get the ball forward. Her intercept marking was fantastic as usual, she reads the footy so well. I thought her running was also fantastic this game, as she impacted the contest at both ends of the ground. When she was kicking the ball inside 50, she instructed her forwards of where to go, showing great on-field leadership. A highlight was when she delivered a kick perfectly to Eloise Jones, which was one of many perfectly pinpointed kicks. Randall chases every ball hard and tackles even stronger, giving her opponent no chance to dispose of the ball at times. Her composure with the ball in hand is exquisite. Randall proved that she can do anything when she took an excellent contested mark, ran around the player on the mark and attempted a torpedo inside 50.

#24 Georgia Bevan

Bevan was unstoppable in the midfield, as she was a ball magnet at every contest. She laid a fantastic tackle that halted the Bombers’ momentum, which slowed down a fast passage of play. Delivered a nice clearing kick from the centre square which sailed a long way towards forward 50. Bevan was able to burst through the middle towards inside 50 on plenty of occasions, racking up key clearances for the Thunder. She executed a great hack kick out of a pack and used that same quickness to tackle opponents immediately, stopping them in their tracks. She earned a free kick off one of her tackles, and booted the kick through for a goal, topping off her hard work throughout the day.

#3 Angela Foley

Started her day off marvellously with a great outside of the boot kick towards goal that sailed through. Foley had the ball on a string, getting plenty of the footy and clearing it out of the pack on many occasions. She usually makes an impact in defence but against the Bombers, she created so many scoring opportunities, which played a huge part in piling the pressure on the Bombers. Foley always tackled hard, and displayed great vision to switch the ball to Georgia Bevan who was on her own in space. Executed a good spin around her opponent to get the ball into space inside 50. Played a great captain’s game.

#17 Emma Swanson

Swanson was extremely lively inside 50. She displayed great hands as well as quick and accurate kicking. Laid a great run-down tackle to trap the ball inside 50, and backed it up with strong tackling throughout the game. A highlight of Swanson’s game was when she chased the ball on the ground, ducked under a pack to get the ball and worked in tandem with Sarah Allan for a great one-two to set up a forward thrust for NT, which resulted in an Angela Foley goal. Took a great leading mark when she worked in tandem with Deni Varnhagen, who told her where to run. Swanson was strong force in the contest, taking a good contested one-on-one mark. For one of her goals, she read the ball well off the bounce to pick it up and kick it through for a major. She has been on fire in the season so far.

#40 Deni Varnhagen

Varnhagen was everywhere, with her trademark long kick having an impact throughout the day. What impressed me most about Varnhagen was her unselfish play, as she always looks up when she gets the ball in hand. She used her booming kick to boot a goal from long range, and also used it on the boundary line. The kick went high but stayed in. demonstrating Varnhagen’s ability to manipulate her kicks. A highlight of her game was when she burst through a pack of players to kick a goal. She also delivered plenty of great goal assists, with one to Renee Forth and another to Emma Swanson off a beautiful long kick to the goal square, which landed perfectly out the back of the contest. Took a great intercept mark and executed a lovely lace-out kick to Emma Swanson. Varnhagen just gets and goes whenever she gets the ball, which is a real asset in her game.  

#28 Renee Forth

Burst well out of the centre and delivered a lovely chip kick inside 50. Displayed great acceleration throughout the afternoon. Read the play wonderfully and looked like one of the smartest players out there. This was demonstrated when the ball fell out the back of the pack and she snapped it around the body perfectly for a great goal. Forth took a great intercept mark to send the ball back inside 50 and got plenty of the ball. I thought she did her best work at the top of 50, where she would deliver long booming kicks that would create space for the Thunder’s forwards.

 

Essendon:

#6 Alex Quigley

Started her day by taking a strong mark between two players in a pack. She then delivered the ball perfectly inside 50 for Essendon’s first score of the match, which was a Lisa Williams miss. Ran well next to her teammate to create the one-two. Quigley kicked a remarkable goal when she picked up the ball and snapped around the body from long range. Quigley showed great goal sense, and has been doing so at the beginning of the competition.

#35 Valerie Moreau

The Canadian pocket rocket was really lively early on the day, getting plenty of touches in the first quarter. She was one of the reasons that Essendon got in top in the first term, with her great run and carry as well as her ability to create forward thrusts from the back half of the ground. Took a nice mark in defensive 50, and took it right up to Rhiannon Metcalfe, despite the size difference, with a really strong tackle, which stopped her flow. Moreau used the ball well off a free kick with a perfectly delivered kick inside space in the 50 metre arc for the Bombers.  

#8 Hayley Bullas

Took a nice mark and used it to switch the play and open up the ground. Bullas was really proactive with the ball in hand, creating plenty of opportunities for Essendon to get forward. Bullas loves to get the footy and run, and does it really well as she has immense speed and endurance to back up her innate agility.

#7 Kirby Hicks

Did a great job of kicking out for the Bombers. She was able to easily transition from a long, booming kick to a short, deft kick in order to hit a target. Hicks had one of the longest kicks of the ground, which was handy for the Bombers to try and get some momentum going forward. A highlight of her game came in the form of a great run-down tackle to save a goal.

#46 Courtney Ugle

Laid a perfect tackle on Jessica Sedunary, where she pinned one arm and got a free kick. Ugle tried hard for the Bombers all day, displaying good run and carry throughout the back half. She was rewarded for hard work with free kicks. She often mopped up well on the back line and showed great composure for her side.

#30 Simone Nalder

Nalder was Essendon’s best-on-ground for me because her marking was second to none. Although the Bombers faded away in the end, without her strong hands, the margin in the end would’ve been even bigger. She took a great contested mark that saved a crucial goal, courageously clunking the ball and bringing it down in a pack. Nalder was a general down back, holding her own in the toughest of contests. She probably had the best set of hands on the ground and used them to effect, making her Essendon teammates proud.

 

Collingwood vs. Richmond

By: James Halley

Collingwood: 

#93 Vaomua Laloifi

She is really good deep in defence under immense pressure. She was probably the cleanest player on the ground in the wet conditions. When many would fall to their feet, she would keep her composure and gather many loose balls.

#73 Gabrielle Biedenweg-Webster

She was a really dangerous forward for Collingwood with one goal for the day. She kicked Collingwood’s third for the game with a free kick from the pocket, using her smarts to run around the corner to open up the angle and have an easy shot. 

#11 Eliza Hynes

She played in the ruck and was a lot taller then every other player. She used her height to her advantage as she took a pack mark in the goal square for the first goal of the game. She also took numerous marks.

#46 Sarah Dargan

Dargan is often used as the distributor into the forward 50, and she is quite proficient in the role. She rarely misses a kick!

#53 Rebecca Grant

She has a very nice kick where she can pinpoint teammates deep forward. After immense pressure, she was let out the back and kicked one through the goals to finish the half.

 

Richmond:

#77 Justine Hocking

She won herself a free kick on the 50 and after ill-discipline from Sarah D’Arcy. Hocking was then brought forward 50 metres and kicked Richmond’s first goal for the game from the goal line. She bobbed up a few times and did her job when needed. Hocking was not disgraced. 

#63 Jacqueline Graham

She has a lot of courage as she took a mark going back with the flight in the second term. She was a key player for Richmond, taking numerous intercepts possessions. She is very clean with her hands and rarely drops a mark.

#76 Ella Ross

She was able to kick a miraculous soccer goal from the pocket in the third quarter. This was the highlight of the game for Richmond.

#58 Courtney Musico

Due to the large amount of ball that came her way in defence, she was solid in her role. She chose to spoil almost every time the ball came near her. This was effective in parts but cost Richmond a goal as well. Going for a simple chest mark would have been more effective. 

#64 Emma Gunn

After a scrimmage in the goal square she managed to get a kick away but only managed a point for the Tigers’ first score for the game. She was lively all day but just couldn’t convert in front of goal.

 

Williamstown vs. Geelong

By: Julia Montesano

Williamstown:

#9 Rachel Achampong

Delivered a really long kick off one step, and displayed that same skill throughout the game. A highlight of her game was when she took a great one-handed mark. I thought she did really well in the ruck, getting plenty of hit-outs and getting penetration on her taps. She worked hard at the contest, and she was in most ruck contests, displaying her endurance around the ground.

#22 Morgan Lowe

Laid a great wrap-around tackle that won her a free kick and finished with a nice kick towards the goal-square. Seemed to always pop up around the contest and never failed to make an impact with the ball in hand.

#19 Erin Meade

Meade is a really speedy player who has that trademark acceleration that can tear a game wide open. Unfortunately, her team couldn’t make much of an impact but she did. Meade was lively and got plenty of the ball. Her acceleration was a highlight of her game, as she just took the ball and burst into space.

#13 Nikki Wallace

Delivered a great kick towards the centre-square and showed good endurance when she followed up her kick to provide the next link in the chain. Executed a nice hack kick out of a contest towards the coal-face Always tried to provide an option for her teammate and never gave up trying throughout the afternoon.

#2 Jess Duffin

Duffin was the star of the day for the Seagulls once again. She was able to spin out of trouble on many occasions, giving her teammates opportunity to run. Did some of her finest work on the boundary line, as she delivered a quick-fire handball to a teammate and also curled the line perfectly with her kick towards the Seagulls’ forward 50. Duffin even managed to stop the best-on-ground in Richelle Cranston, when she stole the footy off her in the contest and burst away to kick the ball forward. She also took a fantastic pack mark in the back line and delivered a precise kick to a teammate. At one point, she beat four players in a contest inside 50, steaming towards goal.

 

Geelong:

#44 Rebecca Goring

The Geelong captain was solid as ever in the back line, mopping up everything that came her way. Was able to execute some really nice deft kicks out of defensive 50 and kicked it long when she needed to. Goring was never in a rush to get the ball out of defensive 50, always looking for an option instead of hacking the ball away. Her defensive pressure contributed to keeping Williamstown goalless.

#30 Richelle Cranston

Cranston was unstoppable for the Cats, she seemed to have the ball on a string for the whole afternoon! Her acceleration was unbelievable as there were numerous occasions where she would get the ball, tuck it under her arm and just burst. She got past whoever was in her way and did everything she could to propel Geelong forward. Cranston combined her exceptional speed and composure, when she lowered her eyes magnificently to hit Kate Darby perfectly on the lead. Cranston even mopped up well in the backline when she saved the ball going through for a point, keeping the ball in play and letting her defenders mop up on transition. She pinpointed her kick on another occasion when she hit Danielle Orr perfectly on the chest lace-out. Delivered some great balls inside 50. Whether it was long, short or speared, you just knew Cranston’s kick was going to hit a target.

#8 Kate Darby

I thought Darby did well around the ground, working hard to get the footy. She read the ball quite well in defensive 50 to take some handy intercept marks to disrupt the flow of the Seagulls. At the other end of the ground, she led to the ball really well and was a key presence inside 50, as she always is. She was lively and displayed good acceleration at times as well. A highlight for her was when she displayed good endurance to run hard and keep hunting a dribbling ball. Her effort paid off as the ball spilled out the back of the pack and she ran into an open goal to sign off on a good day at Williamstown.

#24 Maddy McMahon

Executed a perfect bump on her opponent, and attempted to trap the footy shortly after. She looked dangerous inside 50 throughout the afternoon. McMahon delivered a beautiful long kick towards the goal-square, always helping her teammates to get on the scoreboard. She got a major herself, capping off an unselfish performance in the forward line. The best part of her game for me was her strong hands, as she took a great mark in the goal-square as well as a great juggling mark in a pack.

#36 Evelyn Dhamarrandji

Dhamarrandji had a stellar performance in the blue and white hoops, as she killed it inside 50. Her marking was superb, clunking everything that came in her vicinity. She always kept her eyes on the footy in any situation, whether she was marking the ball in a pack or leading out rapidly to capture it on her chest. Also displayed good second and third efforts in multiple instances throughout the contest. At one point, she laid a strong tackle after her kick got smothered, then went and tackled an opponent in her vicinity to stop the ball from spilling out of a contest. Was not only on the end of goals, kicking two herself, but also got plenty of score involvements, with a nice kick from the centre-square towards the forward 50.