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Team Selection: VFLW – Round 9

WITH both Geelong and the NT going down in recent weeks, the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition has been blown wide open. Collingwood is now the only undefeated side in the competition, but sides like Hawthorn are hot on their tails. To catch up, many teams have made some crucial changes to snatch a round nine victory.

 

CASEY DEMONS v. SOUTHERN SAINTS

Round 9 – 07/07/2018
11:30AM
Casey Fields

The Demons will take on the Saints this weekend in the first match of round nine. The Demons had a strong performance last week but are still to bring in some important new talent for this round. This includes former Vic Country Captain, Darcy Guttridge, who will return to the backline. Other ins include Eastern Rangers junior, Melanie Hogg who has been moved from the emergency list into the starting 22 for the first time this season. Jemma Turner will also pull on the blue and red jumper in her debut. Amy Harrison will also return this week alongside Taryn Orgill and AFLW Academy member, Brooke Struylaart. These players will have big shoes to fill, with AFLW talents, Harriet Cordner and Catherine Phillips named out.

The Saints have made six changes to their line-up following their bye last round. They have brought Kayla Ripari, Amy Silver and Ashleigh Allsopp from the emergency list to the starting 22, while Sandringham midfielder, Eleanor Brown, Dandenong Stingrays pair, Courtney Jones and Shelley Heath and Eastern Ranges duo, Charlotte Wilson and Gabriella De Angelis to the sidelines due to the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships. Former Vic Metro player, Georgia Ricardo will also make her debut with the Saints this weekend and is in an exciting prospect for the club. Beaumaris junior, Sasha Long has been named as the 23rd player.

Casey Demons

B: 23. L. Lowerson, 4. A. Harrison, 12. G. McLean
HB: 24. D. Guttridge, 18. K. Bentvelzen , 8. M. Tatham
C: 7. B.  Jakobsson, 10. K.  Hore, 9. A.  Johnson
HF: 22. K. Guttridge, 11. E. Zanker , 17. M. Hogg
F: 15. S. Phillips, 19. T. Mesiti, 21. B. Struylaart
R: 14. T. Orgill, 25. M. Shevlin, 6. A. McDonough
Int: 20. S. Fyfield, 2. A. Newman, 5. S. Poke, 1. J. Turner
Emg: 27. H. Bailey, 3. R. Clayton, 26. A. Marshall, 13. K. Smith
23P: 16. A. O’Sullivan

In: D. Guttridge, M. Hogg, J. Turner, A. O’Sullivan, A. Harrison, T. Orgill, B. Struylaart, H. Bailey
Out: M. Wright,  H. Cordner,  S. Sloane,  C. Phillips

Southern Saints

B: 18. L. Attard, 14. I. Quintal, 29. M. Macdonald
HB: 17. L. Olsen, 38. S. Karlson, 31. G. Walker
C: 52. T.  Gordon, 2. A.  Brown, 19. A.  Silver
HF: 33. J. Owen, 15. T. Bohanna, 24. K. Ripari
F: 21. D. Lawrence, 13. C. Munn, 27. K. Macqueen
R: 28. R. Watt, 8. A. Drennan, 32. S. Johnson
Int: 49. A. Allsopp, 10. L. Arnell, 40. M. Maitland, 4. G. Ricardo
Emg: 11. T. Annear, 34. S. Casey, 48. B. Hanrahan, 22. D. Smith
23P: 9. S. Long

 

NT THUNDER v. GEELONG CATS

Round 9 – 07/07/2018
04:00PM (ACST)
TIO Stadium

Both the Thunder and the Cats will be desperate to get back on the winner’s list where they have sat for the majority of the season, after both suffering losses last week. The round nine clash will be held at Thunder’s fortress, TIO Stadium, and the side has made eight changes ahead of the game. Captain, Angela Foley has been named in the mix for Saturday’s game alongside former Adelaide Crows AFLW teammate, Tayla Thorn. Thunder has also named an exciting debutant for round nine, welcoming former NTFL Waratah and premiership player, Sharona Bishop to the field. Sharona’s endurance and running is sure to set her apart when she comes up against the Cats this week as 23rd player, as she has trained as part of the Indigenous Marathon Project. Also in this week are Kristy Irvine, Deni Varnhagen, Katie Streader, Machaelia Roberts and Jessica Sedunary.

The Geelong Cats have named three ins for their round nine team. AFLW ruck, Erin Hoare is a significant out for the Cats this week, as she will be leaving big shoes to fill. In her place, Rebecca Pearce will return to the side as well as Evelyn Dhamarrandji and Richelle Cranston.

NT Thunder

B: 16. S. Armitstead, 10. S. Barnett, 13. L. Roberts
HB: 9. L. Jeffrey, 35. T. Thorn, 55. H. Martin
C: 2. E.  Jones, 3. A.  Foley, 40. D.  Varnhagen
HF: 24. G. Bevan, 31. J. Sedunary, 22. J. McCormick
F: 11. J. Hickey, 42. G. Cusack, 8. S. Riley
R: 20. J. Hewett, 28. R. Forth, 17. E. Swanson
Int: 43. K. Duggan, 21. K. Irvine, 7. L. O’Shea, 32. K. Streader
Emg: 12. J. Anderson, 19. J. Iacono, 4. S. Nalder, 5. M. Roberts
23P: 46. S. Bishop

In: D. Varnhagen, J. Sedunary, J. Iacono, H. Martin, A. Foley, K. Streader, T. Thorn, S. Bishop, K. Irvine, M. Roberts, S. Nalder
Out: L. Motlop,  T. Holtze,  N. Gore,  R. Metcalfe,  M. Johnston,  C. Cramey, A. Chittick

Geelong Cats

B: 25. E. Coventry, 40. A. Teague, 44. R. Goring
HB: 34. A. McDonald, 16. L. Williams, 26. R. Pearce
C: 3. H.  Burchell, 51. M.  Keryk, 10. L.  Taylor
HF: 13. M. Fogas, 4. C. Blakeway, 2. D. Orr
F: 6. M. Boyd, 8. K. Darby, 17. H. Mangan
R: 24. M. McMahon, 7. M. Clifford, 30. R. Cranston
Int: 36. E. Dhamarrandji, 18. M. Maguire, 33. H. Trevean, 35. K. Woodroffe
Emg: 37. T. Andree-Jansz, 28. M. Fedele, 19. E. Ramsay
23P: 27. R. Benham

In: R. Pearce, E. Ramsay, R. Cranston, E. Dhamarrandji
Out: E. Hoare

 

HAWTHORN  v. WILLIAMSTOWN

Round 9 – 08/07/2018
11:30AM
Box Hill City Oval

Sitting second on the ladder, but only after a narrow win last week, the Hawks will be looking to secure another four points against Williamstown this week to remain strong finals contenders. For the round nine match they have welcomed back their skipper, Emma Mackie who should bring experience and leadership back to the line-up. On the other side of the spectrum, the Hawks will also be bringing in Whitehorse junior, Abbey Tanner, who will bring enthusiasm and fresh legs when she debuts in the ruck. Alison Dowler and Dianna Haines have also been named in.

Williamstown will be relying on plenty of new faces to deliver when they come up against the Hawks on Saturday. Redan junior, Jamilla Cranny, Caroline Springs junior, Krystyn Raymundo and Western Jets star, Sharnie Whiting will all debut this week, and the Seagulls have also welcomed Kaitlin Smith and Shae-Lee Murphy-Burke back to the team. Jorja Rowe and Jenna Bruton have been named out with injury.

Hawthorn

B: 5. C. Perera, 32. K. Ebb, 31. J. Sibley
HB: 13. E. Nixon, 36. J. Van Dyk, 21. P. Randall
C: 25. M.  Hutchins, 1. E.  Mackie, 40. E.  Macdonald
HF: 4. S. Carroll, 28. S. Perkins, 14. O. Flanagan
F: 8. R. Beeson, 33. E. Gilder, 22. T. Luke
R: 29. A. Tanner, 9. M. Kuys, 6. J. Crockett-Grills
Int: 34. A. Dowler, 11. D. Haines, 12. T. Nestor, 35. C. O’Donnell
Emg: 17. S. David, 24. R. Dillon, 39. S. McNamara, 15. S. Yule
23P: 48. Y. Price

In: A. Dowler, D. Haines, E. Mackie, A. Tanner, S. David, R. Dillon, S. Yule
Out: L. Wotton,  J. Barnden,  C. Papadopoulos

Williamstown

B: 31. J. Cranny, 10. B. Hateley, 1. R. Dardengo
HB: 19. E. Meade, 20. S. Seabrook, 32. B. Stevens
C: 22. M.  Lowe, 36. M.  Williamson, 11. K.  Smith
HF: 4. E. Paterno, 25. J. Garner, 44. I. Porter
F: 17. S. Chapman, 6. S. Cross, 12. G. Harris
R: 9. R. Achampong, 2. J. Duffin, 16. A. Cameron
Int: 30. A. Melnikas, 3. S. Murphy-Burke, 8. C. Portelli, 7. K. Raymundo
Emg: 21. S. Dixon, 26. J. Heard, 29. K. Koropeckyj, 13. N. Wallace
23P: 39. S. Whiting

In: S. Whiting, S. Murphy-Burke, K. Koropeckyj, J. Cranny, K. Raymundo, N. Wallace, K. Smith
Out: J. Rowe, J. Bruton, J. Reid

 

ESSENDON  v. RICHMOND

Round 9 – 08/07/2018
11:30AM
Windy Hill

The Bombers will take on the Tigers in a classic clash of rival clubs on Sunday. The still winless Essendon will want to do some soul searching now that the halfway mark of the season has been surpassed. The Bombers have made four changes going into round nine, bringing in Irena Malliaras, Chloe Laan and Alex Quigley. Oakleigh Chargers ruck, Bridie Winbanks has been named as the 23rd player. Important key forward, Danielle Ponter will miss the clash due to the AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships alongside Elizabeth Kearney and AFLW defender,Tanya Hetherington, who have also been named out.

The Tigers have made a few changes in the lead up to the round nine game. However, contrary to expectation, Sophie Conway will not be able to make her Richmond debut due to rupturing her ACL at training. On a more positive note, Murray Bushrangers ruck, Sophie Damon will be debuting in the yellow and black. Molan is a versatile player who is an exciting prospect for the club. All-rounder, Jenna Colwell and AFLW talent, Lauren Tesoriero have also been named in.

Essendon

B: 15. L. Caruso, 7. K. Hicks, 25. R. Neaves
HB: 20. J. Anwyl, 29. C. Laan, 27. A. Morcom
C: 1. J.  Trend, 22. N.  MacDonald, 9. L.  Williams
HF: 32. T. Mackrill, 23. L. Morecroft, 35. V. Moreau
F: 4. N. Hardy, 18. K. Heil, 6. A. Quigley
R: 30. S. Nalder, 44. M. Collier, 8. H. Bullas
Int: 3. M. DeMatteo, 45. E. Flack, 37. I. Malliaras, 46. C. Ugle
Emg: 14. J. Barker, 26. A. Madden, 28. C. Portlock, 47. A. Ward
23P: 19. B. Winbanks

In: I. Malliaras, J. Barker, A. Ward, C. Laan, B. Winbanks, A. Madden, A. Quigley
Out: B. Kearney,  T. Hetherington,  D. Ponter

Richmond

B: 84. L. Bieniara, 63. J. Graham, 69. E. Burry
HB: 61. J. Colwell, 73. L. Davie, 88. P. Monahan
C: 60. K.  Dempsey, 81. E.  George, 75. B.  Lynch
HF: 80. J. Louttit, 79. L. Tesoriero, 55. C. Wakefield
F: 82. G. Bibby, 62. T. Muller, 89. G. Egan
R: 68. A. Edmonds, 59. A. Woodward, 52. J. Kennedy
Int: 53. K. Dixon, 64. E. Gunn, 77. J. Hocking, 76. E. Ross
Emg: 86. N. Clarke, 85. N. Clarke, 70. E. Findlay, 58. C. Musico
23P: 90. S. Damon

In: S. Damon, J. Colwell, C. Musico, E. Findlay, N. Clarke, L. Tesoriero
Out: J. Gardner, L. Stephenson

 

MELBOURNE UNI  v. WESTERN BULLDOGS

Round 9 – 08/07/2018
02:30PM
Melbourne University Main Oval

After beating Carlton last week, Melbourne Uni will be in search of win number three when it comes up against the Western Bulldogs on Sunday. Melbourne Uni have named three ins, including North Melbourne AFLW recruit, Sophie Abbatangelo, Lauren Belza and Marta Cantwell. The Mugars have also named some big outs for round nine with the likes of super midfielder and captain, Ashleigh Riddell taking to the sidelines as well as Kangaroos recruit, Jamie Stanton.

For the Dogs, AFLW players, Angelica Gogos and Kim Rennie have been named out, leaving room for other AFLW talent to stretch their legs. Bailey Hunt, Alyssa Mifsud and Deanna Berry have all been named in for the round nine match. Rachel Ashley will also take to the field, alongside debutant VU Western Spurs junior, Jessie Davies.

Melbourne Uni

B: 4. A. Saundry, 41. K. Gillespie-Jones, 24. S. Wilson
HB: 10. K. Ashmore, 8. C. Fitzpatrick, 31. D. Hardiman
C: 20. L.  Belza, 18. A.  Tupper, 17. E.  Hay
HF: 11. P. Cordes, 34. A. Price, 22. D. Edward
F: 1. S. Abbatangelo, 12. M. Cantwell, 38. K. Angelis
R: 33. C. Adams, 2. H. Ibrahim, 25. S. De Bortoli
Int: 19. L. Ahrens, 6. E. Keaney, 44. A. Runnalls, 35. M. Shone
Emg: 28. A. Dalley, 13. R. Green, 43. L. Munday, 16. T. Watson
23P: 26. C. Greiser

In: R. Green, A. Dalley, S. Abbatangelo, L. Munday, L. Belza, M. Cantwell, T. Watson
Out: J. Stanton,  A. Riddell,  E. Humphries

Western Bulldogs

B: 9. T. Dinuccio, 42. N. Paul, 19. T. Ernst
HB: 45. J. Davies, 18. E. Birch, 14. E. Gamble
C: 15. R.  Ashley, 16. N.  Ferres, 10. S.  Jolly
HF: 7. D. Berry , 32. A. Mifsud, 2. E. Blackburn
F: 1. B. Lochland, 44. M. Ward, 41. A. Scott
R: 47. N. McMahon, 17. H. Wildes, 20. A. Guest
Int: 21. B. Hunt, 5. R. Martinuzzo, 27. E. Muller, 51. K. Rebuffo
Emg: 13. L. Bailey, 6. K. McLeod, 38. C. O’Brien
23P: 37. B. Wunhym

In: B. Hunt, A. Mifsud, R. Ashley, J. Davies, D. Berry
Out: K. Rennie, A. Gogos

 

COLLINGWOOD v. DAREBIN

Round 9 – 08/07/2018
02:30PM
Victoria Park

After a convincing win last weekend, Collingwood will look to hold top spot when it comes up against the formidable Darebin outfit in round nine. For all of the players this will be an exciting game, as the girls get their first opportunity to step foot onto the Pies’ hallowed turf, Victoria Park this season. It will be an especially exciting game for Elise Korteman,who will pull on the black and white guernsey for the first time. Gabrielle Biedenweg-Webster, Eliza Hynes and Rebecca Grant have also been named in, while Katelyn Lee, Paige Nash, Erica Fowler and Sophie Alexander have been named out.

Darebin has made four changes to its round nine team, bringing in Anna Morrow, Janelle Bertoni and Maddison Wilson. Nikola Deiter has also been included for her first game of the season. Shree Fairchild and Lauren Jacobs have been named out.

Collingwood

B: 52. N. Hales, 61. A. Malander, 62. E. Korteman
HB: 47. J. Edwards, 18. R. Schleicher, 21. I. Ross
C: 50. G.  Buchan, 41. K.  Stratton, 99. S.  Marsh
HF: 55. L. French, 73. G. Biedenweg-Webster, 54. H. Grubb
F: 77. C. Leighton, 92. S. King, 2. C. Molloy
R: 11. E. Hynes, 5. E. Grant, 4. S. D’Arcy
Int: 53. R. Grant, 13. J. Lambert, 20. C. McIntosh, 28. H. Whitford
Emg: 88. M. Brown, 56. P. Davey, 81. B. Jones, 68. S. Yoannidis
23P: 57. J. Ferguson

In: B. Jones, G. Biedenweg-Webster, P. Davey, S. Yoannidis, E. Hynes, E. Korteman, R. Grant
Out: P. Nash,  S. Alexander,  E. Fowler,  K. Lee

Darebin

B: 31. E. Gardner, 27. S. Hogan, 21. K. Roe
HB: 32. G. Colvin, 14. M. McDonald, 49. R. Hibbert
C: 2. N.  Callinan, 20. M.  Guerin, 11. K.  Tyndall
HF: 40. L. Pearce, 22. G. Hammond, 17. S. Simpson
F: 36. C. Byrne, 37. J. Bertoni, 29. S. Normington – Dickens
R: 41. A. O’Connor, 30. E. O’Dea, 56. M. Wilson
Int: 45. N. Deiter, 1. E. Honybun, 28. A. Morrow, 24. B. Patterson
Emg: 9. M. Eastman, 8. N. Exon, 43. H. Mouncey
23P: 52. A. Pronesti

In: M. Eastman, N. Deiter, A. Morrow, J. Bertoni, M. Wilson
Out: S. Fairchild, L. Jacobs

Weekend wash-up: VFLW – Round 8

IT was not a good weekend for the home sides in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition, as five out of the six home teams went down to the away sides in their respective matches. The only home win was perhaps the biggest win, as the Western Bulldogs knocked the Geelong Cats off the top of the VFLW ladder. But with the average round eight winning margin being 15 points, wins certainly did not come easy for those victors.

 

Essendon 3.3 (21) defeated by Casey Demons 6.11 (47)

In a morning of scattered rain and cold wind, it was the Casey Demons who recorded their second win of the season. With only one behind a piece in the opening quarter, it looked like Essendon was really going to push the Demons in the conditions. But the away side stepped up after that, kicking two goals in each quarter to record a 26-point win at RAMS Arena.

Melbourne AFLW defender, Katherine Smith is certainly enjoying her midfield role at Casey, as she continued her good form with a 22 disposal game. She was outdone by fellow AFLW defender, Bianca Jakobsson, who tore it up in the back line with 20 disposals, six marks and nine tackles. Casey’s leading goal kicker, Kaila Bentvelzen also impressed with one goal and 18 disposals and she was joined by Harriet Cordner, who almost shared identical stats with her. Cordner also kicked a major and racked up 17 disposals on the day.

Although the Bombers didn’t get the win, they sure were glad to welcome forward, Danielle Ponter into the side. Ponter kicked two goals from her four disposals and also laid two tackles. In terms of disposals, Jessica Trend led the way for Essendon with 20 touches, as well as two marks and six tackles. Speaking of tackles, Hayley Bullas was back to her ferocious best, laying 18 tackles for the second time this season. She was complemented by GWS defender, Maddy Collier who recorded a season-high herself with 14 tackles.

 

Carlton 6.6 (42) defeated by Melbourne Uni 7.6 (48)

Carlton recorded another close VFLW loss on Saturday, going down to Melbourne Uni by a goal. The Blues stormed out of the blocks with five goals in the first quarter and looked like they were going to win their first game since round three. But the Mugars fought back in the second quarter, keeping Carlton scoreless and kicking three goals themselves. It was then extremely close in the second half with Melbourne Uni scoring 2.4 to Carlton’s 1.4, which ultimately led them to a much-needed victory.

Kate Angelis starred for the Mugars, kicking three of her side’s seven majors. In the middle, it was captain, Ashleigh Riddell who led the way once again with 24 disposals and four tackles. While AFLW Best and Fairest, Emma Kearney was kept quiet with 12 disposals, she led the way for tackles on the ground, laying nine of them. Western Jets forward, Caitlin Greiser had a solid performance in her first game for Melbourne Uni, kicking a goal, racking up six touches and laying six tackles.

For the Blues, Kerryn Harrington performed well, as she kicked two goals and racked up 16 touches. She got some good delivery from AFLW teammate, Sophie Li who recorded a game-high 27 disposals. Natalie Plane was next in line with 24 disposals and also laid six tackles to complete a good all-round game. Oakleigh Chargers forward, Isabella Geitzmann also did well, kicking a goal from her five disposals.

 

Richmond 4.1 (25) defeated by Hawthorn 4.5 (29)

By: James Halley

Hawthorn has edged Richmond by four points in a tense afternoon at the Swinburne Centre in round eight of the VFLW competition. Richmond was dealt with a blow before the first whistle with several big stars out for their round eight encounter. AFLW stars Emma King, Sophie Conway, Lauren Tesoriero and Christina Bernardi were all absent from their clash with Hawthorn. But the Tigers proved their depth as they matched up to one of the most experienced teams in the league. Meanwhile, Hawthorn welcomed back spearhead Sarah Perkins after being rested last week with concussion.

Ruck, Alice Edmonds was productive for the Tigers on the day. Her contested work at stoppages and her movement around the ground were supreme. She gave the Richmond midfielders an advantage with her taps all day. Midfielder, Phoebe Monahan was one of Richmond’s best as she collected 26 disposals and topped most of Richmond’s stats for the day.

Jayde Van Dyk was everywhere for Hawthorn, amassing a game-high 26 disposals. She took numerous intercept possessions to help rebound attacks for the Hawks. She was rarely beaten one-on-one, displaying her all-round game.

 

NT Thunder 4.4 (28) defeated by Collingwood 6.8 (44)

NT succumbed to its second consecutive loss by going down to the Magpies in Darwin. The Thunder handed them top spot in the process, after Collingwood put the foot on the accelerator in the second half to overturn a half-time deficit. The Pies kicked 5.3 to NT’s 2.2, which saw them keep their undefeated streak alive.

Collingwood forward, Sophie Alexander was absolutely sensational with four goals, 18 touches, seven marks and five tackles. AFLW defender, Sarah D’Arcy joined Alexander on seven marks, with the duo leading the way in that statistic. Meanwhile Collingwood Best and Fairest winner, Chloe Molloy had the ball on a string, recording 24 touches, six marks and four tackles. She was complemented by captain, Jessica Edwards, whose form keeps improving. The skipper racked up 20 touches and laid a whopping 12 tackles at TIO Stadium.

W-League star, Jenna McCormick led the way for the Thunder with 21 touches and six marks, playing a great all-round game. She was complemented by Adelaide AFLW teammate, Sally Riley who recorded 20 touches. Jasmyn Hewett was also solid, kicking a goal from her 18 disposals and laying seven tackles. GWS forward, Renee Forth also kicked a goal and racked up 15 touches and five tackles in the process, continuing her solid form for the Thunder.

 

Williamstown 5.7 (37) defeated by Darebin 7.9 (51)

Darebin recorded its second consecutive win with a 14-point win over the Seagulls. However, Williamstown didn’t make it easy for the Falcons, reducing a 24-point quarter time deficit to an eight point margin at three quarter time.

Georgia Hammond starred for the Falcons, kicking three of her side’s seven goals. She was complemented by Lauren Pearce, Stephanie Normington-Dickens, Nat Exon and Stephanie Simpson who all kicked one goal for the day. Melbourne AFLW midfielder, Elise O’Dea was deemed the best-on-ground for the Falcons with another solid outing in the middle of the ground.

For Williamstown, Georgia Harris was the only multiple goal kicker with two majors next to her name. Bendigo Pioneers captain, Megan Williamson also got on the board with the first goal of the match, boosting her confidence in the yellow and blue. Fijian ruck, Rachel Achampong was fantastic for the Seagulls, and she was aided by great performances from Sally Seabrook and North Melbourne duo, Jasmine Garner and Jess Duffin.

 

Western Bulldogs 4.4 (28) defeated Geelong Cats 1.0 (6)

The Western Bulldogs have hit their straps at the perfect time of the season with their third consecutive win. This time, they knocked off ladder-leaders, Geelong with a stunning performance at Ballarat. The Bulldogs led at every change and kept the Cats scoreless for three quarters, handing them their first loss of the season in the process.

Mickayla Ward kicked half of her team’s goals and was joined by Elise Muller and AFLW midfielder, Ellie Blackburn on the scoreboard. AFLW trio, Ashleigh Guest, Naomi Ferres and Libby Birch also impressed for the Dogs in what was a great defensive effort on the day.

In her return to the Cats line-up, forward, Kate Darby kicked Geelong’s only goal of the match in the last quarter. She was aided by good performances from Hayley Trevean, Maighan Fogas and Maddy McMahon. Former Carlton midfielder, Maddy Keryk also continued her good form in the blue and white hoops, being named among the Cats’ best once again.

Team Selection: VFLW- Round 8

A host of TAC Cup Girls stars may be out of Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s action this week but the sides are still littered with young talent from the competition. Many sides also welcome back AFLW stars and key players, as they look to get a round eight win.
Essendon v Casey Demons
Kicking off round eight, Essendon and the Casey Demons will go head to head at RAMS arena. Still in search of victory, Essendon will be bringing back Danielle Ponter and Jessica Anwyl, in place of Molly Warburton and Carla Rendelmann. Former St Kilda player, Carlee Portlock has also been promoted to the starting 22 after spending weeks as one of the emergencies. Liz Flack has been named as the 23rd player. The Casey Demons will be hungry for a win this week after their narrow loss to the Western Bulldogs last weekend. They have made four changes for their round eight line up, bringing in Frankston’s Amy Marshall, who will pull the red and blue jumper on for the first time this year. They have also welcomed back AFLW duo Cat Phillips and Kate Hore as well as Taylor Mesiti.
Essendon
B: 15. L. Caruso, 16. L. Morecroft, 7. K. Hicks
HB: 27. A. Morcom, 17. T. Hetherington, 25. R. Neaves
C: 44. M. Collier, 8. H. Bullas, 46. C. Ugle
HF: 22. N. MacDonald, 18. K. Heil, 35. V. Moreau
F: 4. N. Hardy, 43. D. Ponter, 28. C. Portlock
R: 30. S. Nalder, 9. L. Williams, 32. T. Mackrill
Int: 20. J. Anwyl, 3. M. DeMatteo, 12. B. Kearney, 1. J. Trend
Emg: 14. J. Barker, 37. I. Malliaras, 6. A. Quigley, 47. A. Ward 23P: 45. E. Flack
In: J. Anwyl, J. Barker, E. Flack, D. Ponter, C. Portlock, A. Quigley Out: M. Warburton, C. Rendelmann
Casey Demons
B: 37. L. Lowerson, 27. A. Harrison, 30. A. Marshall
HB: 48. S. Fyfield, 12. G. McLean, 2. A. Newman
C: 7. B. Jakobsson, 21. H. Cordner, 35. C. Phillips
HF: 18. K. Bentvelzen , 29. E. Zanker , 41. T. Mesiti
F: 34. D. Guttridge, 22. K. Guttridge, 15. S. Phillips
R: 14. T. Orgill, 13. K. Smith, 10. K. Hore
Int: 9. A. Johnson, 6. A. McDonough, 5. S. Poke, 25. M. Shevlin
Emg: 3. R. Clayton, 46. M. Hogg, 49. B. Struylaart, 39. M. Wright 23P: 26. S. Sloane
In: M. Hogg, M. Wright, A. Marshall, C. Phillips, K. Hore, T. Mesiti, R. Clayton Out: J. Allen, M. Tatham, C. Sheriff
Carlton v Melbourne Uni
Carlton will be bringing in plenty of fresh legs this week to take on Melbourne Uni. Of seven changes, the Blues will rotate in two AFLW players in defender, Kerryn Harrington and midfielder, Sophie Li. Star AFLW ruck, Alison Downie will also come in this week for the first time in the 2018 Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s season. Olivia Veseley, Genevieve Green and Isabella Gietzmann have all also been named in for the round eight clash. The seventh inclusion, coming in as the 23rd player, is Northern Knights player, Mika Suzuki, who will be debuting on Saturday. Melbourne Uni have also made a plethora of changes this week. Headlining the changes is the exclusion of Emma Kearney from the round eight line up leaving big shoes to fill, alongside Madison Prespakis, AFLW star, Jasmine Grierson, Kathryn Klatt, Kira Price, Lauren Belza and Jessica Anderson. Melbourne Uni have named North Melbourne recruits, Jamie Stanton and Danielle Hardiman back in for the round eight match up alongside Sophie Abbatangelo, Elyce Hay, Clara Fitzpatrick, Mietta McDonald, Taylah Watson and Western Jets forward, Caitlin Greiser.
Carlton
B: 24. R. Hicks, 8. K. Harrington, 56. C. Williams
HB: 50. J. Borg, 5. D. Pedersen, 34. A. Chuot
C: 55. C. Dalton, 35. S. Li, 90. B. Walker
HF: 33. G. Green, 42. C. Hardeman, 32. N. Plane
F: 15. I. Gietzmann, 36. C. Moody, 45.
R. King R: 16. B. Moody, 40. K. Harvey, 27. K. Cox
Int: 82. N. Burns, 30. A. Downie, 7. S. Last, 66. O. Vesely
Emg: 26. S. Audley, 23. B. Kennedy, 38. L. McCarthy, 63. T. Plowman 23P: 13. M. Suzuki
In: A. Downie, T. Plowman, R. King, S. Li, I. Gietzmann, O. Vesely, G. Green, M. Suzuki, K. Harrington Out: T. Hanks, T. Lucas-Rodd, M. Brancatisano, B. Schultz, K. Cunico
Melbourne Uni
B: 4. A. Saundry, 41. K. Gillespie-Jones, 50. J. Stanton
HB: 10. K. Ashmore, 8. C. Fitzpatrick, 31. D. Hardiman
C: 2. H. Ibrahim, 7. A. Riddell, 45. M. McDonald
HF: 11. P. Cordes, 34. A. Price, 22. D. Edward
F: 38. K. Angelis, 17. E. Hay, 24. S. Wilson
R: 33. C. Adams, 18. A. Tupper, 47. E. Humphries
Int: 19. L. Ahrens, 6. E. Keaney, 44. A. Runnalls, 35. M. Shone
Emg: 1. S. Abbatangelo, 13. R. Green, 43. L. Munday, 16. T. Watson 23P: 26. C. Greiser
In: R. Green, S. Abbatangelo, J. Stanton, E. Hay, C. Fitzpatrick, C. Greiser, D. Hardiman, M. McDonald, E. Humphries, T. Watson
Out: J. Anderson, K. Price, K. Klatt, L. Belza, E. Kearney, M. Prespakis, J. Grierson
Richmond v Hawthorn
Coming off last week’s bye, Richmond has made six changes to its round eight side. A few big name outs will strike a blow in the tigers outfit, including power forward, Christina Bernardi and fellow AFLW players, Amelia Barden and Lauren Tesoriero. North Melbourne AFLW recruit, Emma King, strong ruck, Jenna Colwell and Emily Findlay will also miss the round eight game. This leaves room for others to step up, with the likes of AFLW star, Sophie Conway, Grace Bibby, Trish Muller, Emma Gunn, Jacinta Louttit and Ellie Georgie being named in. After resting from concussion last week, Hawks fans will be excited to see Sarah Perkins back on the field for Hawthorn this weekend. They have also named Tahni Nestor, Rosie Dillon  and Clare O’Donnell to take to the field. Meanwhile Eastern Ranges pair, Mikala Cann and Emerson Woods have been named out.
Richmond
B: 84. L. Bieniara, 63. J. Graham, 69. E. Burry
HB: 88. P. Monahan, 73. L. Davie, 71. L. Stephenson
C: 60. K. Dempsey, 81. E. George, 75. B. Lynch
HF: 80. J. Louttit, 54. S. Conway, 55. C. Wakefield
F: 82. G. Bibby, 62. T. Muller, 83. J. Gardner
R: 68. A. Edmonds, 59. A. Woodward, 52. J. Kennedy
Int: 53. K. Dixon, 64. E. Gunn, 77. J. Hocking, 76. E. Ross
Emg: 86. N. Clarke, 85. N. Clarke, 61. J. Colwell, 79. L. Tesoriero 23P: 89. G. Egan
Hawthorn
B: 21. P. Randall, 32. K. Ebb, 31. J. Sibley
HB: 9. M. Kuys, 36. J. Van Dyk, 13. E. Nixon
C: 4. S. Carroll, 8. R. Beeson, 35. C. O’Donnell
HF: 24. R. Dillon, 25. M. Hutchins, 33. E. Gilder
F: 22. T. Luke, 14. O. Flanagan, 28. S. Perkins
R: 19. L. Wotton, 1. E. Mackie, 6. J. Crockett-Grills
Int: 37. J. Barnden, 12. T. Nestor, 16. C. Papadopoulos, 5. C. Perera
Emg: 17. S. David, 11. D. Haines, 40. E. Macdonald, 39. S. McNamara 23P: 48. Y. Price
In: D. Haines, C. O’Donnell, R. Dillon, T. Nestor, S. Perkins, Y. Price Out: M. Cann, E. Woods
NT Thunder v Collingwood
After suffering their first loss of the season, the Thunder will be looking for a win on the home turf this weekend when it takes on the undefeated Collingwood. The Thunder has made numerous changes to its list, bringing in three debutants. Lateesha Jeffrey will follow in her father’s footsteps, who also represented Thunder, when she takes to the field for the first time this weekend. The former Southern Districts captain and best and fairest winner in the NTFL Women’s Premier League is sure to bring some class to her new team. NTFL Premiership player for Waratah, Gemma Cusack will also debut this week, alongside seventeen-year-old Nikki Gore who has been part of the South Australian Academy and has been named as the 23rd player. Others named in for this week include co-vice-captain, Sally Riley, Sophie Armitstead, Georgia Bevan, Jenna McCormick, Eloise Jones, Courtney Cramey and Rhiannon Metcalfe. Collingwood will be bringing back proven talent and also showcasing new talent in round eight. AFLW players Cecilia McIntosh, Holly Whitford, Ruby Schleicher and Illish Ross will be welcome additions to the side, all adding experience and drive to Collingwood’s line up. Gippsland Power junior, Jasmine Ferguson will pull on the black and white jumper for the first time this weekend and will be starting as 23rd player. Similarly, Fitzroy junior, Sarah King will also debut in round eight.
NT Thunder
B: 16. S. Armitstead, 7. L. O’Shea, 13. L. Roberts
HB: 9. L. Jeffrey, 10. S. Barnett, 22. J. McCormick
C: 12. J. Anderson, 14. C. Cramey, 2. E. Jones
HF: 24. G. Bevan, 42. G. Cusack, 17. E. Swanson
F: 6. L. Motlop, 30. R. Metcalfe, 8. S. Riley
R: 20. J. Hewett, 28. R. Forth, 19. J. Iacono
Int: 43. K. Duggan, 11. J. Hickey, 18. T. Holtze, 44. M. Johnston
Emg: 41. A. Chittick, 47. T. May, 35. T. Thorn 23P: 48. N. Gore
In: G. Cusack, C. Cramey, S. Riley, G. Bevan, S. Armitstead, N. Gore, T. Thorn, R. Metcalfe, E. Jones, L. Jeffrey, J. McCormick
Out: R. Wallace, K. Streader, J. Sedunary, S. Allan, J. Allan, A. Foley, L. Adam, M. Roberts
Collingwood
B: 52. N. Hales, 61. A. Malander, 72. K. Lee
HB: 47. J. Edwards, 18. R. Schleicher, 21. I. Ross
C: 50. G. Buchan, 41. K. Stratton, 99. S. Marsh
HF: 55. L. French, 77. C. Leighton, 54. H. Grubb
F: 5. E. Grant, 49. S. Alexander, 2. C. Molloy
R: 75. E. Fowler, 13. J. Lambert, 4. S. D’Arcy
Int: 92. S. King, 20. C. McIntosh, 63. P. Nash, 28. H. Whitford
Emg: 53. R. Grant, 81. B. Jones, 51. G. Ploegsma, 68. S. Yoannidis 23P: 70. J. Ferguson
In: S. King, H. Whitford, S. Yoannidis, J. Ferguson, I. Ross, R. Grant, G. Ploegsma, C. McIntosh, R. Schleicher
Out: E. Browning, D. Bateman, E. Hynes, S. Casey, E. Korteman
Williamstown v Darebin
Williamstown will take on a formidable Darebin outfit this weekend and has made three changes to its line-up. Jorja Rowe has been named back in the squad for her second game of the season. The Seagulls have also named Sharni Dixon and Ashlea Melnikas to take to the field. Darebin has named six changes to their round eight line-up, including a range of AFLW stars. Brooke Patterson, Nat Exon and Elise O’Dea will bring leadership and experience back to Darebin’s side this week. Esther Honybun will also rejoin the Falcons this week as well as talented young Knights junior, Alex Pronesti who has been named as the 23rd player.
Williamstown
B: 1. R. Dardengo, 10. B. Hateley, 8. C. Portelli
HB: 19. E. Meade, 20. S. Seabrook, 34. J. Reid
C: 2. J. Duffin, 17. S. Chapman, 22. M. Lowe
HF: 4. E. Paterno, 12. G. Harris, 28. J. Rowe
F: 16. A. Cameron, 6. S. Cross, 44. I. Porter
R: 9. R. Achampong, 25. J. Garner, 35. J. Bruton
Int: 21. S. Dixon, 26. J. Heard, 30. A. Melnikas, 32. B. Stevens
Emg: 3. S. Murphy-Burke, 24. A. Saxton, 27. L. Suleiman, 13. N. Wallace 23P: 36. M. Williamson
Darebin
B: 31. E. Gardner, 27. S. Hogan, 21. K. Roe
HB: 32. G. Colvin, 14. M. McDonald, 49. R. Hibbert
C: 2. N. Callinan, 20. M. Guerin, 1. E. Honybun
HF: 40. L. Pearce, 22. G. Hammond, 17. S. Simpson
F: 36. C. Byrne, 43. H. Mouncey, 29. S. Normington – Dickens
R: 41. A. O’Connor, 30. E. O’Dea, 8. N. Exon
Int: 44. S. Fairchild, 48. L. Jacobs, 24. B. Patterson, 11. K. Tyndall
Emg: 37. J. Bertoni, 45. N. Deiter, 9. M. Eastman, 26. T. Olcorn 23P: 52. A. Pronesti
In: L. Pearce, N. Deiter, E. O’Dea, N. Exon, T. Olcorn, B. Patterson, A. Pronesti, J. Bertoni, E. Honybun
Out: L. Szigeti, K. Shierlaw, J. Dal pos, A. Lister, M. Wilson
Western Bulldogs v Geelong Cats
After a triumphant win over the Casey Demons last weekend, the Dogs will be looking to build momentum against ladder leaders, Geelong, in round eight. For the clash they have welcomed back seven players, including AFLW players, Naomi Ferres, Angelica Gogos, Ashleigh Guest and Tiarna Ernst. Ellyce Gamble and Mikayla Ward have also been named in. Returning from their round seven bye, the Geelong Cats will be looking to continue their undefeated streak. For the round eight match they have included the young former Geelong Falcon, Tiahna Andree-Jansz who will join the side for her first game of the season. Also named in are power forward, Kate Darby, Maddie Boyd, Hayley Trevean and Krista Woodroffe. Rebecca Pearce, Emma Oliver, Richelle Cranston, Lily Brancatisano and Georgia Watson will miss this week’s clash.
Western Bulldogs
B: 5. R. Martinuzzo, 14. E. Gamble, 42. N. Paul
HB: 9. T. Dinuccio, 18. E. Birch, 19. T. Ernst
C: 13. L. Bailey, 16. N. Ferres, 10. S. Jolly
HF: 2. E. Blackburn, 6. K. McLeod, 51. K. Rebuffo
F: 1. B. Lochland, 44. M. Ward, 41. A. Scott
R: 24. K. Rennie, 17. H. Wildes, 36. A. Gogos
Int: 20. A. Guest, 47. N. McMahon, 27. E. Muller, 38. C. O’Brien
Emg: 12. J. Francke, 25. R. Gastin, 21. B. Hunt, 34. E. Mackay 23P: 37. B. Wunhym
In: E. Muller, E. Mackay, E. Gamble, N. Ferres, R. Gastin, A. Guest, A. Gogos , M. Ward, T. Ernst
Out: A. Gunn, T. Hamilton, T. Morgan, D. Berry
Geelong Cats
B: 25. E. Coventry, 40. A. Teague, 44. R. Goring
HB: 34. A. McDonald, 16. L. Williams, 35. K. Woodroffe
C: 3. H. Burchell, 45. M. Keryk, 18. M. Maguire
HF: 37. T. Andree-Jansz, 4. C. Blakeway, 2. D. Orr
F: 28. M. Fedele, 8. K. Darby, 24. M. McMahon
R: 46. E. Hoare, 7. M. Clifford, 13. M. Fogas
Int: 6. M. Boyd, 17. H. Mangan, 10. L. Taylor, 33. H. Trevean
Emg: 11. M. Klingbeil , 19. E. Ramsay, 31. G. Watson 23P: 27. R. Benham
In: Andree-Jansz, K Darby, M Boyd, H Trevean, K Woodroffe
Out: R Pearce, E Oliver, R Cranston, L Brancatisano, G Watson

Queensland weekly wrap: Suns, Lions go down; spirited Inclusion Carnival finish

THIS week in Queensland football was highlighted by the efforts of Queensland’s squad in the National Inclusion Carnival. Despite not registering a win in the second division, the team fought hard to represent their state with pride against the best in the country. Elsewhere, both AFL teams suffered losses while the Brisbane’s AFLW side notched their second win in the Winter Series.

Queensland successful at National Inclusion Carnival

Queensland produced a successful campaign at the 2018 AFL National Inclusion Carnival, finishing the week-long event with a fourth-place finish overall. The AFL National Inclusion Carnival aimed at bringing together footballers with intellectual disabilities from across Australia in a round-robin style carnival to provide them with the chance to represent their state or territory.

Queensland played very well on Tuesday June 19 in the Lighting Rounds where all teams played off to determine division allocation. Queensland won enough games to qualify in Division 1 alongside Vic Metro, Vic Country and South Australia. Queensland showed off their Queenslander spirit despite not winning a game in Division 1, playing with pride having already achieved a great feat to just be in Division 1. A further achievement for the state was the naming of captain Josh Correa and vice-captain Brad Lawrence in the 2018 AFL All-Australian Inclusion Team.

To cap off the carnival, all teams watched the Hawthorn vs. Gold Coast match at UTAS Stadium and did a lap of honour on the field at half-time.

Lions and Suns go down

The Lions and Suns both suffered losses in the AFL this past round. First up on Saturday was the Suns and Hawks from Tasmania where Gold Coast got off to a good start to lead 22-13 at quarter time thanks to two goals from Tom Lynch. The Hawks kicked into gear though after quarter time though, seizing control by kicking 11 goals to two over the final three terms including a hat-trick to Jack Gunston to run out 96-43 winners.

Jarryd Lyons was impressive for the Suns with 29 disposals bettering his season average of 24. Peter Wright and Tom Lynch were the Suns’ multiple goal kickers with Lynch taking his goal kicking tally to 20 for the season thus far.

The Suns next face Collingwood on Saturday night at Metricon from 7:25pm.

The Lions went down 109-82 to the GWS Giants at the Gabba in game highlighted by a massive hit from Jeremy Cameron on Lions star Harris Andrews. Eleven minutes into the contest Andrews copped an intentional flying elbow from Cameron in a marking contest that would halt the game for a few minutes. Andrews was taken off the field and would play no further part in the match, a big blow for the Lions. Incidentally, Cameron would later cop a five-match ban from the AFL Tribunal.

The loss of Andrews would prove costly as the Giants big forwards Cameron and Jon Patton kicked three goals apiece to lead their side home.

Eric Hipwood brought his kicking boots drilling three straight goals whilst Allen Christensen kicked two along with 17 touches. Luke Hodge and Daniel Rich were brilliant of half back despite the losing effort collecting 30 disposals each. Josh Kelly also had 30 to lead the way for GWS.

The Lions the Dockers on Sunday afternoon from Optus Stadium Perth at 4:40pm.

Lions win second AFLW Winter Series game

The Brisbane Lions’ AFLW side made it two from two in the Winter Series with a strong victory over GWS North on Saturday at Graham Road.

It was the Lions’ fast start that set up their victory. A three goals to zero opening quarter was the difference in the end as GWS North would storm back with four goals to two over the next three terms. Unfortunately for GWS North it was too little too late as the Lions walked away eleven point victors. It could have been a bigger win if not for the Lions’ inaccuracy in front of goal.

Sophie Conway kicked two goals in a great performance up forward whilst Emily Bates was terrific in the midfield, along with ruck Jessy Keeffe.

Lions 3.3 4.4 5.9 5.10 (40)
GWS North 0.1 3.2 3.2 4.5 (29)

The Lions’ next Winter Series match is against the Gold Coast Suns on Saturday, July 14, at 4.40pm at Metricon Stadium.

Queensland weekly wrap: Scott stars for Allies; U16s go down

WITH the National Championships underway at the Under 16 and 18 levels, there has been plenty of opportunity for Queensland youngsters to strut their stuff on the big stage. Meanwhile at the elite level, it was a disappointing weekend for the AFL sides, but the Lions AFLW side roared in their winter series opener.

Suns academy prospect stars for Allies

Potential father-son and Gold Coast academy prospect Bailey Scott played a starring role in the Allies’ Round One victory over Vic Country in the under 18 National Championships. Scott was in the conversation for best on ground grabbing 23 touches and kicking two goals. The 186cm midfielder also had five clearances and five tackles to round out a complete game.

Brisbane Lions Academy’s Connor McFadyen was very solid also collecting 19 disposals, an impressive feat for a 190cm key position player who also spent some time in the midfield.

Queensland representatives in the Allies squad have a tough matchup this Saturday when they face Vic Metro, who looked in full control against Western Australia in their first-round win. Scott particularly will have his work cut out when he goes face to face with Vic Metro’s gun midfielders Bailey Smith and Rhylee West. Tip-off is 11:00am from Southport AFC, Saturday June 16.

Queensland U16 go down to Tassie

The NAB AFL Under 16 Championships started on Monday when the division two sides battled in Blacktown. Tasmania, Queensland, NSW-ACT and the Northern Territory will fight it out for the title over three rounds, with the division one state sides opening their championships later this month.

Queensland went down to Tasmania by 22 points. Read the full report here.

Tough week for Suns and Lions

It was a hard pill to swallow for the Gold Coast Suns, going down by over 100 points to fellow expansion team Greater Western Sydney. Aaron Young kicked two goals to be the Suns only multiple goal scorer whilst Jarrad Harbrow was busy off half-back with 27 touches. It’s been a tough few weeks with the loss in Shanghai to Port and now two big defeats on the trot. The Suns though have only had one true home game this season and should smell a win this coming round when they face St Kilda at Metricon Saturday afternoon.

The Lions may only have themselves to blame for their loss to Essendon. The Lions were without arguably their two most influential players in Charlie Cameron and Mitch Robinson and they proved to be big losses not being out on the field for Brisbane. The Bombers ran out 84-62 victors in a game of lacklustre finishing in front of goal.

The Lions were missing Cameron’s class in front of goal all day and it was no more evident than in the last term when three consecutive misses for goal. Daniel McStay missed from 15 metres out in front which would have put the Lions right back in it after a day where he took some great marks. Essendon did enough to win by 22 in the end, with Jake Stringer kicking three for the Bombers and Zach Merrett grabbing 29 possessions. For the Lions, Daniel Rich and Alex Witherdan got 29 apiece also with Harris Andrews also a fair case for best on ground.

The Lions have the bye next week then face the Giants at the Gabba in Round 14 on a Saturday afternoon.

Fagan pops his hammy

During the 2018 Big Freeze where coaches slid in on the Monday clash between Melbourne and Collingwood, Chris Fagan bizarrely managed to injure himself. Fagan requires surgery after scans showed he ruptured his hamstring tendon after slipping during Monday’s Big Freeze MND event at the MCG. Fagan fell awkwardly as he left the icy pool of water following his turn to take the plunge to raise money for motor neurone disease research. Fagan’s slip is another sight of bad luck for the brave Lions during this one-win season.

Lions roar in AFLW Winter Series opener

The Brisbane Lions AFLW side opened their Winter Series with a monster 18.8 (106) to 0.0 (0) victory over the GWS Giants South side. Jess Wuetschner and Sophie Conway benefitted most up forward kicking seven majors between them. The scoreboard might not suggest it, but GWS did have numerous attacking opportunities, but the Lions’ defence was rock-solid and rebounded the ball back every time.

Next up for the Lions is a home match against GWS North in two weeks’ time at Graham Road Aspley on Saturday, June 23 from 11am.

NSW/ACT weekly wrap: Gum recognised, support swells for Tathra bushfires

FROM award-winning Giants, to bushfire relief donations and the announcement of the Kickstart and All Nations squads for the upcoming National Diversity Championships; it has been a big week in NSW/ACT football.

Tathra bushfires donations

Donations are still being taken to support the township of Tathra after recent bushfires tore through the area. The Bega Valley Shire Council has set up a Mayoral Appeal Fund from which people are able to donate, in order to raise much-needed funds for the victims and town. Local football club Tathra Sea Eagles will hold a raffle/auction at the Tathra Bowling Club on April 7 with all money raised going to the appeal. Additionally, AFL Sapphire Coast are encouraging spectators at the Sapphire Coast Junior Lightning Premiership on April 7 in Bega and Bermagui to dig deep, with all donations also going towards the appeal.

Much like the GWS GIANTS at last week’s match in Canberra, the Sydney Swans will also be collecting money at this Sunday’s match at the SCG.

For more information on how to donate, head to the AFL NSW/ACT website on the Tathra Bushfires page.

Gum takes out AFL Players MVP

GWS Giants first-year player Courtney Gum was voted by her peers as the Most Important Player in the AFLW for season 2018. Gum polled 219 votes in the award to win comfortably from Melbourne’s Karen Paxman (150) and Adelaide’s Chelsea Randall (128). Gum also just fell short of winning the Best First Year Player, edged out by Collingwood young gun Chloe Molloy, 84 votes to 79. Gum finished 10 votes clear of Brisbane’s Sophie Conway in third. The GWS midfielder also finished second in the Most Courageous Award behind Randall. Giants captain Amanda Farrugia was also recognised by the AFLW Players for her efforts, finishing second behind Melbourne’s Daisy Pearce in the Best Captain Award.

Just a day later, Gum was selected in the 2018 AFLW All-Australian team as ruck rover. She joined ruck Erin McKinnon and speedy midfielder Alicia Eva as the other Giants recognised with the honour. On the night, Gum also finished equal second in the AFLW Best and Fairest award, six votes behind winner Western Bulldogs midfielder Emma Kearney. Gum polled nine votes to share runner-up with Molloy and Fremantle’s Dana Hooker. Sydney youngster Rebecca Beeson was also nominated for the 2018 National Rising Star Award, nominated for her round one performance against Melbourne this season.

Eva honoured with Best and Fairest

GWS Giants star Alicia Eva was recognised for her consistent 2018 season last night, taking out the Gabrielle Trainor Medal at the GWS Giants Best and Fairest Awards Night. The NSW/ACT Youth Girls Head Coach wasted no time making her mark in Western Sydney since crossing from Collingwood at the end of the inaugural AFLW season. Eva finished the count on 79 votes, 10 clear of Courtney Gum, while Amanda Farrugia claimed third place. In other awards, Elle Bennetts took out the 2018 Rising Star Award, Erin McKinnon claimed the Community Award, Gum won the Members’ Choice Award, and Britt Tully was presented with the Coaches Award.

Phoebe McWilliams claimed both the Leading Goal Kicker Award for her seven goals in season 2018, while also recognised with the 2018 Mark of the Year for her hanger against Collingwood in round 3. Cora Staunton‘s amazing goal in round six against the Western Bulldogs saw the goal sneak claim the Goal of the Year Award.

NSW/ACT Kickstart and All Nations squads announced

The AFL NSW/ACT Kickstart and All Nations squads for the upcoming 2018 AFL National Diversity Championships were announced last week. More than 300 players from across Australia will descend on Blacktown for the five-day tournament. The Kickstart squad is comprised of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander players aged 14 and 15 years old, while the All Nations side contains players from 16 different multicultural backgrounds. Canberra’s Gerrit Wanganeen will coach the Kickstart side at the championships, while AFL Multicultural Ambassador Kynan Kilpatrick will take the reigns of the All Nations team.

To view the full squads, head to the AFL NSW/ACT page.

Queensland weekly wrap: AFLW Lions fall short; former Roos skipper swallowed up in mini-draft

It has been a heartbreaking week for Brisbane Lions fans as they saw their women’s side fall agonisingly short in the AFLW grand final, while their AFL counterparts lost their season opener at the hands of St Kilda. Meanwhile, the NEAFL/QAFL mini-draft highlighted a busy week elsewhere.

AFLW Grand Final | Brisbane Lions vs. Western Bulldogs

The Western Bulldogs overcame a goalless first half to clinch a thrilling six-point victory over the Brisbane Lions in the AFLW grand final at Ikon Park. A three-goal-to-nil third term proved the difference as the Dogs defied the absence of suspended skipper Katie Brennan, putting a dramatic week behind them to capture the premiership.

Both teams struggled to score early on with the conditions and heat of the contest proving difficult. Lions young star Sophie Conway kicked the game’s lone goal of the first half. Conway capped off a neat passage of play by converting a set shot from 15 metres after being spotted by Jess Wuetschner. Conway should have returned the favour minutes later when she had Wuetschner alone near goal, instead going for goal herself and wasting a gilt-edged opportunity. Still, the Lions’ pressure around the ground was outstanding, and they dared to take the game on. But a handful of half-chances in the second term amounted to nothing, so while the Dogs were held scoreless for the quarter, so too were the Lions with just a goal in it at halftime.

The complexion of the match changed soon after the break. The Dogs began to take control in the middle and implemented a direct style of play. With the rain having abated, Deanna Berry unloaded from just beyond 50 metres to kick the first goal of the game for the Bulldogs. Kirsten McLeod dribbled another Dogs through moments later to turn the tide of the match. Young Bulldog star Monique Conti tumbled through the Dogs’ third major moments before three-quarter time, and the wave was palpable. This had been their premiership quarter.

Wuetschner found an opening early in the final term, goaling to renew Lions’ hope. Then Jamie Stanton continued to find the footy, helping to set up a chance to the hitherto quiet Sabrina Frederick-Traub, but the big forward missed, cutting the margin to an even goal. Later in the term Emma Kearney won a holding the ball free kick with a tackle on Lions’ Kaitlyn Ashmore 30-metres out from goal. She kicked truly to all but seal the deal with five minutes left to play. Wuetschner goaled from a stoppage with three minutes to go, cutting the margin to just five points. In the end it wasn’t enough for the Lions, losing by a goal in the decider for the second year running.

Final Scores:

WESTERN BULLDOGS   0.1   0.1   3.2   4.3 (27)
BRISBANE LIONS         1.1   1.1   1.1   3.3 (21)

Goals:

Western Bulldogs: Berry, McLeod, Conti, Kearney
Brisbane Lions: Wuetschner 2, Conway  

Best:

Western Bulldogs: Conti, Blackburn, Kearney, Birch, Spark, Bruton
Brisbane Lions: Lutkins, Stanton, Wuetschner, Zielke, Ashmore  

QAFL clubs vie for NEAFL talent in mini-draft

As the football season draws closer, Queensland clubs from both the NEAFL and QAFL competitions have staged the 2018 QAFL mini-draft this week. The mini-draft exists to align every Queensland NEAFL primary listed player to a QAFL club, with representatives from the clubs tasked with selecting players in reverse ladder order and who have no previous alignment to their list. In the circumstance where a NEAFL player is not selected by their team on any given weekend, they will be available for selection for their aligned QAFL club that weekend.

Eight former AFL players have been aligned to QAFL clubs in 2018, including former North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow, who we could potentially see suiting up for Wilston Grange, and Matt Hammelmann, who could return to Morningside.

Port Douglas reigns supreme in North Queensland Premiers Challenge

The Port Douglas Crocs showed on Saturday why they are widely regarded as one of the best regional teams in the state, when they accounted for the Townsville-based Hermit Park Tigers by 45 points in the inaugural NQ Premiers Challenge. The battle of AFL Cairns and AFL Townsville 2017 premiers was scheduled to be the curtain raiser for the AFL’s Gold Coast Suns vs North Melbourne match at Cazaly’s Stadium, however persistent rain saw the match moved to the newly revamped Watsons Oval in Cairns.

Final Scores:

Port Douglas 10.11 (71) defeated Hermit Park 4.2 (26)

Goals:

Port: Daniel Moore 5, Adam Gross 2, Mitchell Bohm, Kaine Freyling, Kallum Oates.
Tigers: Jack Davidson, Jason Di Betta, Benjamin Holden, Josh Hall.

Coolangatta and Robina make womens football history

Coolangatta and Robina earned themselves a slice of womens football history at the weekend when the two clubs were crowned the inaugural Alpha Sport Women’s Showdown champions in their respective divisions. Coolangatta’s QWAFL side outlasted QWFA Division 1 powerhouse Aspley in the final, winning 3.1 (19) to 1.0 (6) to claim first place in the tournament on Saturday at Leyshon Park. Sunday’s leg saw Robina go undefeated and defeating Coomera in the final by 37 points.

Scouting notes: AFLW – Grand Final

THE AFLW grand final lived up to expectations, with a close encounter deciding who was to be crowned the 2018 AFLW Premiers. The Western Bulldogs prevailed in the wet, but Brisbane matched it up to them all game, going down by just six points. Former Calder Cannon, Monique Conti was the star of the day, winning Player of the Match. 

Western Bulldogs vs. Brisbane

#1: Monique Conti- Western Bulldogs

Capped off a spectacular debut season by being named best on ground. Stepped up when the Bulldogs needed it most, was fantastic in the second half. Clean with the footy all game and was able to find plenty of it. Had 13 possessions and kicked a goal which extended the Bulldogs’ lead heading into the final term.

#2: Ellie Blackburn- Western Bulldogs

The stand-in captain for the day. Got plenty of the ball early to set the tone for her team and continued her great play throughout the game. Ended with 17 possessions and was extremely clean and efficient with the footy, given the wet weather.

#3: Emma Kearney- Western Bulldogs

Even with the heavy attention she received from the Lions midfielders, still managed to play a great game. Recorded 15 possessions with a goal and was not afraid to match the physicality thrown her way by the Lions.

#4: Kate Lutkins- Brisbane

Undoubtedly would have been named best on ground had Brisbane won. Was a brick wall all day, did not allow anything to get past her. Had a game-high 21 possessions and took six intercept marks in an outstanding effort.

#5: Jamie Stanton- Brisbane

Among Brisbane’s best and was an absolute ball magnet. Had 20 possessions, 17 being kicks, and did her absolute best to keep the Lions in the game.

#6: Jenna Bruton- Western Bulldogs

Continued a great run of form with another strong performance. Had 13 possessions and was able to create separation from her opponent to add two marks. Also had seven tackles.

#7: Ally Anderson- Brisbane

Got a lot of the ball in the midfield with the 16 possessions and showed great levels of physicality around the contest, adding six tackles.

#8: Emily Bates- Brisbane

Reliable as usual. Was great in a number of ways. Bates had 15 possessions, created space from her opponent to register three marks, and set the tone for her team with five tackles.

#9: Kirsty Lamb- Western Bulldogs

Very nice all-round game. Moved well through the middle of the ground with 12 possessions and the contested game style led to her laying eight tackles.

#10: Jess Wuetschner- Brisbane

Struggled to get into the game early but was fantastic in the second half. Her two goals kept Brisbane in the game. 

#11: Angelica Gogos- Western Bulldogs

Fantastic effort down in defence. Got lots of the footy, and shut down several forward 50 entries from Brisbane thanks to her ability to read the play. Put herself in the right positions and applied wonderful pressure which saw her lay nine tackles.

#12: Brooke Lochland- Western Bulldogs

Not quite her normal impact on the scoreboard but was always dangerous and attracted plenty of attention from Brisbane defenders. Her pressure was fantastic as she laid six tackles, many of which were inside 50.

#13: Sophie Conway- Brisbane

Very nice game. Kicked the opening goal of the game and continued to look dangerous in the forward line throughout the game. Ended with 10 possessions and two tackles.

#14: Breanna Koenan- Brisbane

Had a big impact down in defence which saw a lot of the footy down their way. Pressure was key to her success and as a result she was able to stop several scoring chances for the Bulldogs.

#15: Kaitlyn Ashmore- Brisbane

Fantastic game. Impacted the match in a number of different statistical categories and put in a great effort all game. 14 possessions, three marks and four tackles.

#16: Sabrina Frederick-Traub- Brisbane

Didn’t quite have the spectacular performance she had in prior weeks but still played a solid game. Received plenty of attention when up forward which limited her impact, but looked good when moving up the ground.

#17: Kirsten McLeod- Western Bulldogs

A quiet game by the numbers with just three touches but was effective in each of them including a goal. Forward 50 pressure was relentless and was amongst the tackle leaders with six.

#18: Kim Rennie- Western Bulldogs

Alongside Aasta O’Connor, she absolutely dominated in the ruck. Had 14 hit-outs to go along with O’Connor’s 19 hit-outs and helped the Bulldogs midfield get on top.

#19: Aasta O’Connor- Western Bulldogs

Rotated with Kim Rennie in the ruck and was terrific. Her 19 hit-outs were the most of anyone in the ruck and she was instrumental in the Bulldogs getting on top in the clearances.

#20: Nat Exon- Brisbane

Was all over Emma Kearney all day, and did her best to minimise her impact but overall was beaten. A couple of undisciplined acts which led to free kicks against her at unnecessary times

Weekend Wash-up: AFLW – Grand Final

WITH a premiership on the line, both teams brought their A-game on Saturday. The players went hard for the footy and had to contend with the miserable Melbourne conditions, but it was the Western Bulldogs that prevailed to win their first AFLW premiership against the Brisbane Lions.

Western Bulldogs 4.3 (27) defeated Brisbane 3.3 (21)

After a week plagued with off-field controversy and appeals, Bulldogs captain Katie Brennan’s bid to play was unsuccessful. But that did not seem to bother the Dogs, who came out firing in the second half to claim their first AFLW Premiership. In difficult and wet conditions, the Lions made all the running in the opening term, scoring the only goal for the half. Brisbane looked to have put the memories of last year’s grand final loss to bed early, but fell short to a determined Bulldogs side who claimed a one-goal victory. The game was tightly poised, with both teams competing hard for the footy and while at times succumbing to the wet weather, the Bulldogs found a way to dig deep and win the low-scoring affair.

Key moment:

In the end, it all came down to the Bulldogs desperation and commitment to the footy. The Dogs showed why the third quarter is known as the premiership quarter, bagging three goals and keeping the Lions scoreless. The Western Bulldogs applied plenty of forward pressure to trap the ball in their forward 50. Their relentless tackling and hunger for the ball gifted them with two quick back-to-back goals in the opening few minutes of the second half, putting the Lions under immense pressure. The Bulldogs had 16 tackles inside their forward 50 compared to Brisbane’s nine, showing their ferocity and commitment to win the ball. 

Impressers:

Brisbane Lions Rising Star nominee, Sophie Conway had a belter of a game, opening the scoring account for the Lions. Conway was in everything in the opening term and showed great poise and more importantly clean hands in very slippery and wet conditions. Down the other end for the Lions, superstar Kate Lutkins was at her destructive best, taking huge contested grabs. The Wilston Grange recruit racked up 21 touches for the Lions and was the leading disposal-getter for the match. Jess Wuetschner also had a stellar game in a disappointing outing for the Lions. Wuetschner applied plenty of pressure, laying four tackles and scoring two vital goals to keep the Lions in the game. For the Western Bulldogs, the likes of Emma Kearney had a huge game, slotting an important goal and amassing 15 disposals. Young gun Monique Conti stood up for the Dogs scoring a goal, and showing great footy awareness on her way to being best on ground despite being the youngest player out there. Angelica Gogos was a tackling machine for the Bulldogs, laying nine tackles for the match, while the ever-reliable Ellie Blackburn starred with 17 touches and clean hands.

Scouting notes: AFLW – Round 7

ROUND seven determined the fortunate grand finalists who will battle it out at Ikon Park on Saturday. The Bulldogs controlled their own destiny at VU Whitten Oval, when they secured a thrilling two-point win over Melbourne. The Brisbane players on the other hand were nervously watching the Pies face the Crows, praying for the first – and probably last time for a Collingwood win. Once the Pies upset the Crows, there was a feeling of jubilation among the Lions players, who had to battle hard for their grand final spot throughout the season. It is very rare to see a season being determined by the last game of the home and away season, but in the AFLW, anything can happen.

GWS vs. Brisbane

 By James Halley

#1: Sabrina Frederick-Traub- Brisbane

She managed to snap the Lions’ first goal in congestion, which set up a big game for her. Two minutes later she took a massive contested mark close to goal and slotted the goal straight through the middle. She kicked a miraculous goal form the boundary, a check-side kick with opponents coming for her from every angle. It was amazing stuff and great football to watch. She then set up Wuetschner for her second goal with a good pass 30 seconds later. She was able to assist McCarthy in her first goal of the season by using her large frame to her advantage by putting shepherds on the two oncoming opponents. Due to her dominance she often makes a second defender assist in the contest, which in cases ended with a free kick to her, which is really valuable for the Lions. She kicked her fourth goal of the match in the dying minutes of the game from a relatively easy set shot but nonetheless, she still racked up impressive numbers against the Giants.

#2: Ally Anderson- Brisbane

She was everywhere for the Lions as she amassed the most disposals on the ground with 25, and 19 of those were kicks.

#3: Emma Zielke- Brisbane

She was able to keep the ball alive in the dying seconds of the last quarter with a lunging tackle to be awarded a holding-the-ball free kick, which gave the Lions another chance to attack before the quarter ended. She has a long, penetrating kick.

#4: Emily Bates- Brisbane

She is an important midfielder and accumulator for Brisbane. Her 21 disposals was impressive and her 62 per cent kicking efficiency was a feature in another great game.

#5: Jess Wuetschner- Brisbane

Her creativity creates panic in the forward 50 for the defenders. She missed an easy set shot early in the first quarter, which was disappointing. But she then snapped a wonderful goal from the boundary in a showcase of class and skill for her first goal of the game. Wuetschner was able to goal from a set shot once again after beating her opponent to the ball on a lead for her second goal of the game. With 15 seconds left in the game, she was able to slot through another impressive major from a snap to cap off a terrific all-round game for the Lions.

#6: Alicia Eva- GWS

She has great kicking skills and that was shown against Brisbane as she hardly missed a target. She also has great chase-down speed as she was able to chase down the Kate McCarthy, who has been dubbed as one of the fastest players in the game.

#7: Kate Lutkins- Brisbane

The defender was one of Brisbane’s best once again against GWS, as she was a rock in the back-line. Many of her 16 disposals came from creating the forward attack for the Lions.

#8: Tahlia Randall- Brisbane

Contested extremely well with Erin McKinnon in the ruck. Was aggressive around the ground as well, laying six tackles.

#9: Sophie Conway- Brisbane

Conway’s speed was on show late in the first term when she burnt her opponent, burst into the 50 and goaled on the run to kick the fourth Brisbane major in a row. She was able to deliver a perfect tackle on the GWS captain and was awarded a free kick as a result in the last quarter.

#10: Brittany Gibson- Brisbane

She seems to have the answers every time she is one-on-one in the back-line, and constantly beats her opponent.

#11: Britt Tully- GWS

She gained a shot on goal early with a supremely good tackle and then slotted the major to kick the Giants’ first goal of the game. Kept the ball rolling from there with another impressive outing for the season.

#12: Jamie Stanton- Brisbane

She was influential for Brisbane in the midfield as she finished with 14 disposals for the match.

#13: Pepa Randall- GWS

She was left one-out most of the day and her effort could not be questioned, as the tall defender held her own in a defence that was being threatened constantly.

#14: Amanda Farrugia- GWS

The GWS captain tried her hardest all day on the ball. She finished with 14 disposals for the match.

#15: Jessica Dal Pos- GWS

Dal Pos finished with 14 disposals and showed why she is the reigning GWS best and fairest, with her class on show for all.

#16: Sharni Webb- Brisbane

When presented with the task of converting a straight-forward kick 25 metres out after receiving a 50-metre penalty, she goaled with no worries. Saved her best game until last for the Lions.

#17: Emma Swanson- GWS

She has good precision kicking under pressure, especially concerning the 45-metre kicks.

#18: Jacinda Barclay- GWS

After hunting down her Brisbane opponent and winning a free kick as result for holding the ball in the third quarter, she won a set shot on goal and missed as the ball hit the woodwork. However, she had very sticky hands throughout the night and racked up 10 disposals to go with her efforts around the ground.

#19: Breanna Koenen- Brisbane

She is a very good reader of the ball and is a dangerous interceptor.

#20: Cora Staunton- GWS

She is good in play-on situations where she can turn and kick around the corner. She was able to mark on the lead but could not convert, as she went for her snap shot at goal straight in front and missed to the near side. She was able to run on and kick her first goal of the game from the goal-square to cut Brisbane’s lead down to under 30 points.

 

Fremantle vs. Carlton

#1: Dana Hooker- Fremantle

Dana Hooker could do no wrong against the Blues. Was a ball magnet throughout the match and never stopped trying. Used the ball well both by hand and by foot. Kicked a well-deserved goal in the fourth quarter to extend Fremantle’s lead.

#2: Kara Donnellan- Fremantle

Definitely the favourite to win Fremantle’s best and fairest this year. Another solid effort by the captain, and worked in tandem with Hooker to cause some headaches for the Blues. Was the most aggressive game I have seen her play this season, laying nine tackles.

#3: Ebony Antonio- Fremantle

A really impressive day out for the defender. Laid the most tackles of the afternoon with 10. Was a crucial presence on the ground when Fremantle began to take the game away from the Blues. Even managed to kick a goal to top off another great day for her.

#4: Sarah Hosking- Carlton

Her leadership was inspirational for the Blues, never giving up all day. Tackling pressure was insane once again, laying nine tackles for the day. Seemed bulletproof in the midfield, and was the one player that seemed to get under the skin of the Fremantle players.

#5: Tayla Harris- Carlton

Harris saved her best until last for the Blues, kicking two goals and racking up 15 disposals. She was able to work up the ground really well, and get back inside 50 when she was needed. Displayed her incredible endurance and footy smarts. Has great spatial awareness, and always knows where to go when the ball is making its way up the ground.

#6: Lisa Webb- Fremantle

Amazing debut season for her. Capped it off with a 16-disposal performance against the Blues. Worked well with players like Donnellan, and provided a great link in the chain for the Dockers. Never over-used the footy. Got the Dockers within a point with a goal to start the third quarter.

#7: Hayley Miller- Fremantle

Zipped around the footy all afternoon. Has improved her kicking each game and Saturday was no different. Out of her 13 disposals, 10 of them were kicks, showing how comfortable she is to put the ball on her boot and penetrate it forward for her side. Went back with the flight of the ball courageously at the start of the third quarter, highlighting her ability to always put her body on the line for her teammates. Unfortunately it has resulted in a collapsed lung but she is one tough cookie and will use the off-season to come back more courageous than ever.

#8: Amy Lavell- Fremantle

Lavell has shown signs of her best footy all season but on Saturday, she turned those signs into a reality. She had a great day out in the forward 50, and got plenty of the ball to go with it. If she works hard in the off-season, she could double up and play as that midfield/ forward type role rather than just being a forward.

#9: Alison Downie- Carlton

Another consistent performance from Downie. Good to see her have an impact in the forward line, rather than just act as a back-up ruckman to Breann Moody. Could and should play a role as a key forward for the Blues. Combining with Tayla Harris inside 50 would be a lethal combination for the Blues.

#10: Stephanie Cain- Fremantle

One of the feel-good stories of the AFLW season, Cain produced a wonderful performance to send the Dockers off on a high note. Used the ball well both by hand and by foot, and running game was strong all day.

#11: Kellie Gibson- Fremantle

Amazing to see her out on the field after being told she had to sit out the 2018 season. A fit off-season for her should send shivers through the competition, as she was able to make an impact in her first game in Fremantle colours. The former Crow was able to boot through a heart-warming goal that gave the Dockers their biggest lead of the game, plus she racked up 11 disposals.

#12: Katie Loynes- Carlton

Has had a brilliant season for the Blues and Saturday was no different. 14 disposals with 13 of them being kicks, and rightly so, she is a wonderful kick of the footy and should always back herself to penetrate the ball forward. Her and Hosking were two of the hardest players on the field.

#13: Tiah Haynes- Fremantle

Tiah Haynes was another Docker who was able to use the ball well both by hand and by foot. Showed great intent throughout the whole game, and has a great footy IQ.

#14: Melissa Caulfield- Fremantle

Solid performance from Caulfield. Got plenty of the ball and used it well. Always around to lend a helping hand to her teammates.

#15: Breann Moody- Carlton

Moody dominated the ruck once again, contesting well with Alicia Janz. Was not able to work up the ground as effectively as she usually does, but she still produced a commendable performance given the pressure that the Blues were under.

#16: Maddison Gay- Carlton

Really nice foot skills and footy smarts from Gay. She played a fierce game, laying six tackles, showing her consistent hunger to find the ball.

#17: Ashley Sharp- Fremantle

Really even performance across the board from Sharp. Six kicks, six handballs, one goal and one behind. Did everything she could to play her part in a memorable Fremantle victory.

#18: Tilly Lucas-Rodd- Carlton

Mopped the ball up well in the back-line as usual. Did not get a heap of the footy but her impact was felt in defence, thanks to her on-field leadership and footy smarts.

#19: Lauren Arnell- Carlton

Always puts her best foot forward for the Blues and she did just that on Saturday. Dug in deep for Carlton when Fremantle started to get on a roll. Uses her footy smarts to her advantage wherever she is on the ground.

#20: Cassie Davidson- Fremantle

Nine disposals with seven of them being kicks. Davidson was able to move the ball quickly with each possession, and was composed when she needed to be. Great game awareness.

 

Western Bulldogs vs. Melbourne

By Connor Ferris 

#1: Emma Kearney- Western Bulldogs

Another spectacular outing, and was the best player on the ground for the Dogs. Kearney racked up a team-high 20 possessions, hit the target on almost all her kicks and polished off her great work with a goal.

#2: Karen Paxman- Melbourne

Her usual fantastic self. Led the Dees midfield with 22 possessions, was in and around the contest all game and even drifted forward in the second quarter, scoring a much-needed goal for Melbourne against the breeze. Kicked another two behinds on top of that.

#3: Jenna Bruton- Western Bulldogs

Unbelievable game. Was involved in a number of key passages of play, most notably the clearance and ultimately game-winning assist to Brooke Lochland for the game-wining goal. 18 touches and a game-high 10 tackles.

#4: Ellie Blackburn- Western Bulldogs

Not her usual high number of possessions but was sent down back in the first and third quarter to provide a numbers advantage as Melbourne had the breeze. Her defensive work shut down a number of scoring opportunities for the Demons, helping nullify their advantage of kicking with the breeze.

#5: Hannah Scott- Western Bulldogs

Another good effort on the half-back flank. Gave the Bulldogs a bit of everything with nine possessions, two marks and three tackles. When it looked like Aliesha Newman was running into an open goal in the third quarter, Scott’s desperate chase-down led to Newman missing, in what was a telling moment in the game.

#6: Daisy Pearce- Melbourne

Was heavily targeted by the Dogs midfielders but was able to break free and still have a nice impact. Had 17 possessions, showed good defensive pressure and added a minor score.

#7: Elise O’Dea- Melbourne

Great game once again, fought so hard all game alongside fellow midfielders, Pearce and Paxman. Had 15 touches, many of which were contested.

#8: Lauren Pearce- Melbourne

 Continued a great stretch of form after being recalled three games ago. Got the better of the ruck contest and was great around the ground.

#9: Katherine Smith- Melbourne

One of the best for Melbourne. Stood up, providing whatever help was needed. Had 11 possessions and six tackles.

#10: Monique Conti- Western Bulldogs

Continues to grow in leaps and bounds each week. Conti was able to read the play extremely well and was using her speed to her advantage more often. Drew a free kick and converted a set shot early in the last quarter as the Dogs edged in front.

#11: Kirsty Lamb- Western Bulldogs

Ran with Daisy Pearce and displayed high levels of physicality to disrupt her game. Played quite well herself with nine touches.

#12: Aisling Utri- Western Bulldogs

Very nice game. Looked dangerous moving further down the ground, and had four marks from her 10 possessions. Had a chance to kick a goal in the second quarter but was unable to convert, registering a minor score.

#13: Brooke Lochland- Western Bulldogs

CLUTCH! Held in check for most of the game with just seven possessions but kicked the biggest goal of her career to send the Dogs through to the grand final. Forward 50 pressure was fantastic throughout the contest.

#14: Kate Hore- Melbourne

Had a nice game up forward. Moved very well and lead to space, resulting in four marks. Kicked the crucial goal for Melbourne to put them in front with under 10 minutes to go.

#15: Harriet Cordner- Melbourne

A very steady hand down in defence. Stopped a number of the Dogs attacks going forward. Ended up with 11 touches and applied good pressure, adding two tackles.

#16: Libby Birch- Western Bulldogs

Impressive game deep in defence, ensured Melbourne’s forwards were not able to have the impact they would have liked.

#17: Bianca Jakobsson- Melbourne

Intercept marking was off the charts. Looked the hero for the Dees with two crucial grabs in the final five minutes but unfortunately it was not enough.

#18: Hayley Wildes- Western Bulldogs

Played well when she was up in the midfield, 10 possessions and much like her other midfielders, her defensive effort stood out with three tackles.

#19: Meg Downie- Melbourne

Had herself a nice game. Among the best on ground for Melbourne, ended with 12 possessions and really moved the ball well.

#20: Lauren Spark- Western Bulldogs

Played on Tegan Cunningham and kept her to no touches for the night. Was key in slowing down Melbourne’s forward-line.

Collingwood vs. Adelaide

 By Taylah Melki 

#1: Jasmine Garner- Collingwood

She had a stellar game and starred in the forward-line, bagging three goals. Looked lively from the beginning of the game, getting involved in the contest and fighting hard to win the footy. Garner showed great skill and awareness throughout the match to get herself into dominant scoring positions.

#2: Jaimee Lambert- Collingwood

Lambert was a ball magnet for the Magpies gathering plenty of touches. She used the footy cleanly and was a tackling machine. She was by far one of Collingwood’s best players on the day showcasing her composure with ball in hand, and skill to hit targets and set up play.

#3: Jess Duffin- Collingwood

Dominated for the Pies, winning plenty of touches. Duffin racked up 18 disposals with 16 of them being kicks showcasing her impressive kicking skills and ability to hit targets.

#4: Ebony Marinoff- Adelaide

Marinoff got plenty of possessions and used the footy efficiently. She had clean hands around the contest and imposed herself on the game with crunching tackles. She was a beast in the middle of the ground, breaking away from the play to open up space.

#5: Erin Phillips- Adelaide

Was at her devastating best, winning the ball in close and using the footy cleanly. Racked up the touches and used her accurate kick to help propel her team forward and out of trouble.

#6: Moana Hope- Collingwood

Got plenty of the footy and made herself a key target up forward. Did a lot of hard running to get on the lead and was rewarded for her effort. She took good contested grabs and slotted an impressive snap around the body.

#7: Christina Bernardi- Collingwood

Impressed all over the field and was in everything. Bernardi competed hard for the footy and got herself into damaging positions. She scored two goals for the match and racked up plenty of touches.

#8: Ruth Wallace- Adelaide

Had excellent hands and took big contested marks. Went back with the flight of the footy and put her body on the line. Contested hard for the footy and used her booming kick. Slotted an important goal for the Crows and complemented the forwards.

#9: Chloe Molloy- Collingwood

Was steady down back, won plenty of the footy and controlled the Crows forward movement. Had good positioning and applied heaps of pressure. She used her long and penetrating kick to surge the Pies forward.

#10: Chelsea Randall- Adelaide

Had clean hands and saved a certain goal, getting back to help her teammates out. Took heaps of huge intercept grabs in the second quarter and helped to propel her team forward. Showcased her impressive leap and strong hands above her head.

#11: Emma King- Collingwood

Dominated in the ruck, winning heaps of the hit outs. Placed the ball in damaging positions, allowing her teammates first hands at the footy.

#12: Ash Brazill- Collingwood

In her second game for the season she was lively. She went in hard for the footy and took a heap of contested marks. Brazill showed great awareness and tackling pressure throughout the game and got plenty of disposals. She played a huge role on Erin Phillips and used her physicality to try and pressure Phillips off the ball.

#13: Amelia Barden- Collingwood

Had a few shots on goal and was proficient with ball in hand. Burst through the packs and worked hard to create space.

#14: Sarah Allan- Adelaide

Competed hard for the footy and gathered plenty of the footy. Showcased her impressive kicking ability and had clean hands taking plenty of marks.

#15: Caitlyn Edwards- Collingwood

Showed some great run and carry, breaking the lines to get into space. Competed hard for the ball and tackled well.

#16: Marijana Rajcic- Adelaide

She had plenty of the footy and used her speed to help stream forward in the third term. Rajcic played a huge role in the back-line, taking big marks.

#17: Melissa Kuys- Collingwood

Scored an important goal for the Pies and used her experience to help control the tempo of the game. Kuys used the footy efficiently, hitting all her targets.

#18: Justine Mules- Adelaide

Kept her feet in the contest, standing up in the tackles. Mules gathered plenty of touches and used her booming kick with 11 of her 13 disposals being kicks.

#19: Stevie-Lee Thompson- Adelaide

Bagged a goal and looked dangerous throughout the game. Showed her kicking ability with eight of her nine touches being kicks.

#20: Brittany Bonnici- Collingwood

Was influential across the ground. Showed great on-field leadership and used the footy cleanly. Bonnici stood up in tackles and showed great strength to fend off players while fighting hard to win the contested footy at ground level.