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Number Crunching: VFLW – Week 1 Finals

WEEK one of the 2018 Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s finals series went off with a bang, with two favourites beaten in blockbuster matches. With the Hawks claiming victory over Collingwood, they advance to the Grand Final in two weeks’ time whereas the Pies have this weekend to decide their fate in the preliminary final. A surprise, but well-fought, win against NT has also bolstered Geelong into the preliminary final. The Cats found themselves trailing for most of the game, but with a magnificent fourth quarter, they were able to snatch the victory in the end.

Hawthorn’s dominance on Saturday was attributed to the excellent game and leadership of captain, Emma Mackie. Mackie was the player to disrupt the goal-for-goal game, kicking two unanswered majors against the Pies. She kicked a total of three goals for her team. Similarly, Hawthorn’s Rosie Dillon had an amazing game, moving the ball across the field with 20 disposals. Dillon’s ability wasn’t only in moving the ball through the Pies’ defence, but also up forward, as she kicked a goal.

Despite losing, Collingwood showed serious promise. Hawthorn’s defence was far too tight for the Pies, but a solid performance from Chloe Molloy attempted to keep the team afloat. Molloy kicked two of the Pies’ three goals for the match, showing her determination to win, especially with her final goal in the dying minutes of the match. Molloy’s drive showed potential for a Collingwood comeback, but Hawthorn still persisted with its strong backline.

Despite a ‘rocky’ start to the Cats’ semi-final, they displayed more and more determination as the game went on. Richelle Cranston was a major catalyst in this, being able to win even the toughest contests, with five marks and two goals. Due to Cranston’s resilience, she was able to kick an absolute screamer of a goal from more than 50 metres out to seal the game for her side. Another important player for Geelong was TAC Cup Girls Best and Fairest, Nina Morrison. Morrison showed keen skill, being able to link the ball through NT’s defence and into the goal square. Morrison’s disposals aided in Geelong’s dominance in the final quarter. She will be a key player against Collingwood in the preliminary final.  

Kicking half of her team’s goals, Marijana Rajcic was a powerhouse for NT in the first half. Rajcic’s ability to consistently mark the ball and kick goals was a main factor in NT leading for the majority of the game. With Rajcic’s third goal coming at the start of the fourth term, it was thought that she would have won NT the game. Similarly, Jenna McCormick was a primary reason for NT’s success earlier in the game. McCormick moved the ball all around the field, usually being the key connection to a goal for Rajcic.

Top player stats: VFLW Finals Week 1

PLAYERTEAMGBHDKEKIEHEHIEHRCMUMMKSTKS
Emma MackieHawthorn304011340004
Rosie DillonHawthorn10387291124
Chloe MolloyCollingwood30343021238
Richelle CranstonGeelong Cats211123320556
Nina MorrisonGeelong Cats01744330117
Marijana RajcicNT Thunder30415011343
Jenna McCormickNT Thunder101074390220

Number Crunching: VFLW – Round 16

WITH the 2018 Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s regular season now over, the finals have been set with Collingwood, Hawthorn, NT and Geelong placing in the top four. Now we look ahead to see who is most likely to claim the premiership this season.

As the minor premiership winners, Collingwood’s season has been most consistent, losing only once in Round 14 to NT and drawing with Geelong all the way back in Round 2. The Magpies’ performance as a team has earned them top position for majority of the season, with their strong midfield and defence proving to be too much for most teams. Sophie Alexander and Jaimee Lambert proved to really step up for the club throughout the season and surely will make a difference in the finals series.

In second position, Hawthorn has had an interesting debut season. The Hawks lost two games this season, one in Round 5 against Collingwood and the other in Round 13 against Darebin. Both games were close margins, showing their ability to fight until the end. The Hawks’ experienced backline and star forwards have allowed them to defend off teams and climb their way up the ladder. Hawthorn’s Rebecca Beeson and Sarah Perkins have been making their marks on the new club, leading their victories.

In the first semi-final, Collingwood plays Hawthorn. Earlier this season in Round 5, these two teams played off with Collingwood winning 4.4 (28) to 3.3 (21). The semi is sure to be tight though, with both teams coming more into form as the season has continued. Despite Hawthorn’s strong style of play and improvement from Round 5, the Magpies’ consistency will take them further and most likely with a premiership.

NT placed third overall, which is a surprise because throughout the season, the Thunder was consistently second. NT has only lost three of its games this season and proved to be a major competitor in the league. Despite being the only interstate side, NT’s ability to flow as a team game them the upper hand in majority of games. This was highlighted in its match against the undefeated Collingwood, allowing NT to make a mid-game comeback and lead to the Pies’ only defeat.

Geelong’s finals clench came after Carlton’s surprise win over Darebin, but the Cats’ hard work has paid off. Other than having lost to Hawthorn, 3.7 (25) to 6.5 (41), Geelong had won five straight games and been building up to its finals campaign. Geelong’s mix of young talent and AFLW stars have allowed for a dynamic play, with players like Mia-Rae Clifford and Kate Darby having fantastic seasons for their club.

Earlier in Round 9, Geelong suffered a devastating defeat to NT, losing 2.8 (20) to 13.7 (85). Geelong has improved from then but so has NT, only losing one game since that round. Geelong is undoubtedly an excellent team but NT has continuously been better, therefore they are at a greater advantage. If NT makes it to the final, they have the highest chance of beating Collingwood (as they are the only team to do it) but would struggle against Hawks, due to losing to them earlier in the season.

VFLW Final Ladder

POSITIONTEAMPLAYEDWINSLOSSESDRAWSPERCENTAGEPOINTS
1Collingwood141211185.0650
2Hawthorn141220179.5248
3NT Thunder141130193.2644
4Geelong Cats141031163.2242
5Darebin14860109.5632
6Western Bulldogs1477083.8728
7Carlton14680104.8524
8Southern Saints1459092.4220
9Melbourne Uni1459077.7820
10Casey Demons1459069.720
11Williamstown14410069.9716
12Richmond14410068.7116
13Essendon14113039.844

Number Crunching: VFLW – Round 15

WITH only one home and away round left, it is time to look into the players who are leading in goals kicked for the 2018 Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s season. 

With 18 goals, Darebin’s Hannah Mouncey has consistently been in the top spot. Mouncey’s debut season in the VFLW has been important for lifting her team, famously kicking five goals in her side’s pummelling of Casey Demons earlier in the season. Mouncey’s versatile nature as a half-forward has been able to guide Darebin’s wins, week-in and week-out.

Second on the list is Carlton’s Darcy Vesico. Vescio has made a big impact this season, despite only playing eight of the 13 games so far. With 17 goals, the full-forward leads for the goals for the club and at this rate can still take top position by the season’s end. Vescio is ranked second overall for average goals kicked per game with a consistent 2.12.

And finally, Jessica Sedunary takes third place. Sedunary has been a key part in NT’s dominance this season, with 15 goals in only 10 matches for her team. With NT certain to make finals, the half-forward’s ability to convert in front of goal is something that could lead to her team’s debut season being a premiership one too.

Top 10 Most Goals Kicked (As of Round 15)

Player

Team

Matches

Goals

Average Goals

Hannah Mouncey

Darebin

11

18

1.64

Darcy Vescio

Carlton

8

17

2.12

Jessica Sedunary

NT Thunder

10

15

1.50

Tara Bohanna

Southern Saints

13

15

1.15

Jordann Hickey

NT Thunder

13

14

1.08

Kate Darby

Geelong Cats

12

14

1.17

Danielle Orr

Geelong Cats

13

13

1.00

Mia-Rae Clifford

Geelong Cats

13

13

1.00

Sarah Perkins

Hawthorn

10

12

1.20

Sophie Alexander

Collingwood

12

12

1.00

 

Top 10 Highest Goal Averages Per Game (As of Round 15)

Player

Team

Matches

Goals

Average Goals

Anne Hatchard

NT Thunder

3

9

2.67

Darcy Vescio

Carlton

8

17

2.12

Daisy Bateman

Collingwood

5

10

2.00

Katelyn Rosenzweig

NT Thunder

1

2

2.00

Lauren Butler

Western Bulldogs

2

4

2.00

Mickayla Ward

Western Bulldogs

3

5

1.67

Stacy Livingstone

Collingwood

3

5

1.67

Hannah Mouncey

Darebin

11

18

1.64

Jessica Sedunary

NT Thunder

10

15

1.50

Marijana Rajcic

NT Thunder

6

8

1.33

Number Crunching: VFLW – Round 14

AS the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition begins to wrap up, patterns are clearly seen as powerful players dominate in the round-leading stats. In this week’s edition of Number Crunching, we look into those players who lead in goals, disposals, handballs, tackles and marks in Round 14.

Hawthorn has had a fantastic debut season, currently sitting third on the ladder on 40 points. This can be mainly due to great performances from players like Sarah Perkins. Perkins was the leading goal kicker for Round 14 with three in Hawthorn’s big win against the Dogs.

NT Thunder’s Jenna McCormick lead the round in disposals. McCormick’s key role in the blockbuster match-up between first and second was a vital and match-winning one. With 31 disposals in total, the half-back’s presence in NT’s comeback and eventual win in the tight 38-28 game against Collingwood was one to remember.

Saints midfielder, Alison Drennan led the way in handballs. For Round 14, Drennan recorded 22 handballs in the Saints’ clash against Darebin. The Falcons have had a great season thus far, despite her team’s below-average ranking at seventh on the ladder.

Hayley Bullas of Essendon leads this round in tackles. Bullas laid a whopping 17 tackles in the match, but Essendon still conceded to the stronger Geelong side. Bullas continues to be a strong player for Essendon, constantly being top ranked in tackles for her team.

Finally for most marks, two players take out the top position. Hawthorn’s Ebony Nixon as well as previously mentioned round leader, McCormick lead with an equal seven marks. Nixon’s command as a half-back for Hawthorn allowed her to have plenty of space to get six out of seven marks uncontested, assisting her team in another vital win. McCormick’s ability to do the same in difficult conditions against her team’s major competition proved to be also exactly what NT needed.

Round 14: Most individual disposals

Player

Team

Disposals

Jenna McCormick

NT Thunder

31

Jess Duffin

Williamstown

30

Alison Drennan

Southern Saints

30

Angela Foley

NT Thunder

29

Ebony Marinoff

NT Thunder

28

 

Round 14: Most individual handballs

Player

Team

Handballs

Alison Drennan

Southern Saints

22

Eleanor Brown

Southern Saints

15

Maighan Fogas

Geelong Cats

14

Sophie Alexander

Collingwood

13

Hayley Trevean

Geelong Cats

13

 

Round 14: Most individual marks 

Player

Team

Marks

Jenna McCormick

NT Thunder

7

Ebony Nixon

Hawthorn

7

Lauren Spark

Western Bulldogs

6

Meghan McDonald

Darebin Falcons

6

Nicole Callinan

Darebin Falcons

6

 

Scouting notes: VFLW – Round 14

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

 

Casey Demons vs. Melbourne Uni

By: Peter Williams

Casey Demons:

#11 Eden Zanker

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

#12 Georgia McLean

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

#16 Casey Sherriff

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

#19 Amy Dunn

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

#22 Jordyn Allen

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

#24 Darcy Guttridge

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

#25 Maddie Shevlin

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

 

Melbourne University:

#1 Sophie Abbatangelo

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

#7 Ashleigh Riddell

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

#21 Rebecca Webster

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

#26 Caitlin Greiser

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

#29 Kathryn Klatt

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

#37 Libby Haines

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

#38 Kate Angelis

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

#48 Madison Prespakis

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

 

Darebin vs. Hawthorn

By: Taylah Melki

Darebin:

#2 Nicole Callinan

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

#7 Lily Mithen

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

#14 Meghan McDonald

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

#15 Annalyse Lister

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

#22 Georgia Hammond

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

#40 Lauren Pearce

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

# 43 Hannah Mouncey

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

 

Southern Saints:

#2 Alison Brown

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

#28 Rhiannon Watt

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

#36 Sophie Bolding

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

#39 Eleanor Brown

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

#42 Courtney Jones

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

#43 Shelley Heath

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

 

Collingwood vs. NT Thunder

By: Julia Montesano

Collingwood:

#3 Nicole Hildebrand

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

#8 Brittany Bonnici

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

#28 Holly Whitford

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

#54 Hillary Grubb

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

#59 Katie Lynch

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

#66 Daisy Bateman

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

#67 Hannah McLaren

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

 

NT Thunder:

#3 Angela Foley

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

#5 Machaelia Roberts

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

#11 Jordann Hickey

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

#22 Jenna McCormick

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

#31 Jessica Sedunary

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

#55 Tayla Thorn

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

Number Crunching: VFLW – Round 13

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

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

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

 

Biggest winning margins (Rounds 1-13)

Round

Score

Margin

3

NT 14.12.96 def Ess 4.0.24

72 points

4

NT 13.10.88 def Melb Uni 3.1.19

69 points

9

NT 13.7.85 def Geel 2.8.20

65 points

13

Geel 10.7.67 def Rich 1.2.8

59 points

6

WB 12.11.83 def Will 4.3.27

56 points

1

NT 12.14.86 def Darebin 5.2.32

54 points

2

Carlton 9.7.61 def WB 2.3.15

46 points

11

Geel 10.8.68 def Casey 4.3.27

41 points

12

Carl 7.10.52 def Rich 1.5.11

41 points

10

NT 7.8.50 def Darebin 1.4.10

40 points

5

NT 13.5.83 def WB 7.5.47

36 points

7

Coll 8.5.53 def Carl 2.5.17

36 points

8

Casey 6.11.47 def Ess 3.3.21

26 points

 

Highest average winning margins

Rank

Team

Average winning margin

1

NT Thunder

45.2

2

Carlton

34.5

3

Richmond

33.67

4

Geelong Cats

31.62

5

Williamstown*

31

6

Darebin

29.86

7

Western Bulldogs

24.67

8

Collingwood

21.9

9

Hawthorn

19.89

10

Southern Saints

19.4

11

Casey Demons

15.4

12

Essendon*

8

13

Melbourne University

5.67

 

*These teams have only recorded one win this season.

Rosenzweig getting closer to achieving childhood dream

SOUTH Australian forward, Katelyn Rosenzweig has always dreamed of pulling on an Adelaide Crows jumper.

Ever since she filled in for her local Under 11 boys side, the 18 year-old has not looked back, and is taking every opportunity she can to achieve every young footballer’s ultimate dream.

“Growing up, I always wanted to play for the Crows,” Rosenzweig said. “It’s so weird that it could be a reality soon.”

She was always determined even as a young Under 11s player, as she describes her initial discovery of the sport.

“I started playing football when I was about nine,” Rosenzweig said. “The reason I started was the Under 11 boys needed a spare player instead of forfeiting for the game and I just jumped in for a week and just haven’t stopped putting the guernsey on week by week since then.”

Not only has she been pulling on the guernsey for many years, the young forward has achieved monumental milestones in it too. Just last month, Rosenzweig was kicking goals for the Central Allies side in the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships, and was named in the 48-player All Australian squad for her efforts inside 50. She said she was thrilled to have received the opportunity to represent the dual-state side.

“(I feel) pretty privileged (to get selected for Central Allies) because I know how hard everyone from SA had worked to get into the state team, let alone to come to Central Allies,” the forward said. “I just didn’t take the opportunity for granted. “I’m trying my best up here regardless of injuries or what not.”

Kicking goals is not something the 18 year-old has always being accustomed to, admitting that she spent her junior years at the other end of the ground.

“I’d been playing back line for the last three years and then my coach, Matthew Slade (North Adelaide South Australian National Football League Women’s coach) chucked me down forward for a game and I got a few on the board and he just kept putting me down there for the season,” she said. “I’m pretty happy with the improvement of my game this year compared to previous years.”

This year, Rosenzweig dominated the goal kicking for her SANFL Statewide Super Women’s team, North Adelaide. She kicked 15 goals from 11 games, four majors clear of Greater Western Sydney (GWS) midfielder, Courtney Gum, who finished in second place.  The forward admits that this is a memorable moment for her in her football career.

Rosenzweig has also improved in other areas of her game to complement her goal kicking, but is still set on improving her all-round game in order to pull on that coveted AFLW jumper.

“I’ve been told my marking ability and obviously my kick’s pretty good but definitely need to get fitter and maybe just read the play a bit earlier than I have been lately,” she said.

Playing against bigger bodies is something that Rosenzweig has had experience in, as she moved straight into a senior women’s side after finishing off playing with the boys.

“When I stopped playing, they just brought a team to Angle Vale for girls but I had to play with the senior women and get a permit to play up because I was too young,” she said.

Just last week, Rosenzweig experienced a similar feeling, running out with the NT Thunder in its  Round 12 Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s match against Casey. The 18 year-old got on the board with two goals and also racked up 14 disposals as well as five marks in the historic clash in Alice Springs.

Highly committed to her craft, Rosenzweig travels about an hour and a half from school to football, and only rests on Monday and Fridays. With this commitment instilled on her, Rosenzweig is on the right path to achieving her lifelong dream to play Australian Rules football.

Number Crunching: VFLW – Round 12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Games For Each Player

PLAYER

TEAM

DATE

BST

G

BHD

KE

KIE

HE

HIE

HR

CM

UM

MKS

TKS

Chloe Molloy

CollingwoodSat 2/6313562021341

Jaimee Lambert

CollingwoodSat 23/61001062171233

Jess Duffin

WilliamstownSun 13/51301223365382

Richelle Cranston

Geelong CatsSat 14/71016911261345

Emma Kearney

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

 

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 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.

Weekend previews: VFLW – Round 9

WE officially head into the second half of the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s season this round, as the competition continues to heat up. Huge games this week see the once unstoppable NT Thunder looking to bounce back and return to the winners list when it takes on second-placed Geelong Cats. Another huge game pits the league-leading Pies against the explosive Darebin Falcons at Victoria Park. 

 

Casey vs Southern Saints

Saturday July 7, Casey Fields, 11:30AM

The Demons have had a disappointing start to the season and find themselves with just two wins from their first six games. Although not out of contention for the finals, if they wish to play any part in the series at the end of the season they will have to start stringing together some wins, as they did last week in their dominance over the Bombers. Bianca Jakobsson and Katherine Smith have been in great form recent weeks and will be key to the Demons kick-starting their run to the finals. The Saints come off their second bye sitting comfortably at 4-2, right up with the top contenders. This weekend’s clash is a huge game for them, given they take on two flag fancies in Geelong and Hawthorn in the coming weeks, so the Saints will be looking to take care of business in a game they should win. Alison Drennan has been a star for the Saints this season and as always will be instrumental in the Southern Saints earning a victory.

 

NT Thunder vs Geelong

Saturday July 7, TIO Stadium, 4PM

In the game of the round, the second-placed Geelong takes on the NT Thunder in Darwin. The Thunder had been in unbelievable form prior to faltering the past two weeks against the Saints and the Magpies. With just two points separating them the Thunder from the Cats, the home side can move back into third place and close the gap on the Hawks and Pies at the top of the ladder. Their defence was absolutely dominated last week in the match-up against Collingwood and will need to put in a better collective performance if they wish to beat the impressive Geelong outfit. The Cats’ perfect start to the season came to an end last week, as they suffered their first loss of the season in an extremely disappointing outing which saw them kick just one goal. Star players, Renee Garing and Richelle Cranston missed the game and the team were unable to step up in their absence with poor performances across the ground. Cranston returns to the line-up this week and will be hoping to return to her form from earlier in the season.

 

Essendon vs Richmond

Sunday July 8, Windy Hill, 11:30AM

A day of rivalries for the Bombers as first they take on Richmond at Windy Hill in the VFLW before their men’s side take on the Pies at the MCG in a blockbuster. The Bombers will look to notch their first win of the competition against a side in Richmond who have also been struggling. The Tigers took out the first meeting between these teams a little over a month ago in a one-sided game, so the Bombers will be looking for revenge. Hayley Bullas continues to be a shining light for the winless side, giving 100 per cent energy and effort each week in the hope of one day pulling her side to victory. For the Tigers, they have rebounded from a slow start to the season and sit at 3-4 from their seven matches. The match-up against the Hawks last week showed they can match it with the best in the league, however they ultimately fell by less than a goal. Phoebe Monahan starred with 26 possessions, Jacqueline Graham added 22 possessions and Kate Dempsey also had an impressive outing.

 

Hawthorn vs Williamstown

Sunday July 8, Box Hill City Oval, 11:30AM

The Hawks have been fantastic this season and find themselves second on the ladder with six wins from their first seven outings and a healthy percentage. The strength of the Hawks is their ability to get contributions from so many and not be dependent on any one person on a given week. This was exemplified in their close win against the Tigers last week as they had strong games from a number of players including Meg Hutchins, Rebecca Beeson and Jayde Van Dyk to name a few. For Williamstown, it has been a difficult season with only one win to date and it will be extremely difficult to add one more against the red-hot Hawks. Jess Duffin had a game-high 31 possessions last week as she continues to dominate for the Seagulls and make her case as one of the best players in the entire competition. Jenna Bruton also churned out an impressive performance with 27 possessions, but will be duly missed this weekend.

 

Collingwood vs Darebin

Sunday July 8, Victoria Park, 2:30PM

What an incredible run it has been for the Collingwood Football Club of late! Not only are their men’s side on a six-game win streak and sitting second on the ladder but their VFLW side have been even more impressive, as they are unbeaten in their first seven games (including one draw). Perhaps the most impressive win of the season thus far came last week, when the Pies flew up to Darwin and defeated the Thunder. AFLW Best and fairest runner-up, Chloe Molloy has been in amazing form since returning to the line-up a month ago, not missing a beat from her great performances over the summer. The side as a whole have been firing on all cylinders as well with Sarah D’Arcy, Sophie Alexander and Jaimee Lambert among those. The Falcons sit in the middle of the table with five wins and two losses. A tough, grinding win against Williamstown last week put the Falcons in a good position heading into the stretch, with a favourable schedule coming up. Nat Exon played extremely well with 20 possessions and was her usual aggressive self, with nine tackles. After having a slow start to the year, AFLW standout, Elise O’Dea has started to find form in recent weeks, which will be great for the Falcons midfield as they look to get on top around the contest.

 

Melbourne Uni vs Western Bulldogs

Sunday July 8, Melbourne Uni Main Oval, 2:30PM

Melbourne Uni has found some form of late and look to build off it heading into the second half of the season. An impressive performance last week got the Mugars the win against Carlton with standout games from Ashleigh Riddell, who had 24 possessions and Katie Angelis, who booted three goals. With only two wins to date, the Mugars need to start stringing together some wins if they are to have any hope of featuring late in the season. The Bulldogs put together their most impressive performance of the season in their win against the previously unbeaten Geelong, holding them to just one goal. Ellie Blackburn dominated with 25 touches and a goal while Brooke Lochland continued her impressive run of late with another strong performance. With impressive outings in recent weeks, the Bulldogs have put themselves right back in contention for finals but like Melbourne Uni, must string the wins together, as two games separate them from the top five teams in the competition.