Published on May 16, 2018 5:36 pm

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REVIEW and STATS: VFL Women’s Round 2

Round 2 of Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s saw the reigning premiers get on the board for 2018, one team record its first-ever VFL Women’s victory and only the second draw in VFLW’s three seasons to date.

 

MELBOURNE UNI 5.6 (36) d ESSENDON 4.4 (28)

The Mugars (9th, 1-1) took their time to wear down Essendon (12th, 0-2) at Windy Hill, coming from seven points behind at half time and kicking three goals to one in the crucial third quarter to get their noses in front.

Melbourne Uni skipper Ash Riddell led her team from the front with three majors from 22 disposals, while 2018 AFL Women’s Best and Fairest Emma Kearney started her VFL Women’s campaign by recording game-highs of 25 disposals and 16 contested possessions.

 

DAREBIN FALCONS 6.7 (43) d RICHMOND 0.4 (4)

A week after Richmond (7th, 1-1) held the Western Bulldogs goalless, the Tigers themselves went without a major as reigning premiers the Falcons (8th, 1-1) got on the board for 2018 at the Swinburne Centre.

Hannah Mouncey booted three of Darebin’s four first-quarter goals to help kill off the contest, as Lauren Pearce (17 disposals and 35 hitouts) controlled proceedings in the ruck and Meghan McDonald racked up a game-high 23 disposals and took a round-high 10 marks for the winners.

Watch a replay of Richmond vs Darebin Falcons.

 

HAWTHORN 4.7 (31) d CASEY DEMONS 3.6 (24)

The Hawks (3rd, 2-0) kept Casey (10th, 0-1) goalless in the second half to come from 12 points down at the main break and maintain their perfect record to start the season.

Hawthorn captain Emma Mackie was crucial for her team in tight, recording game-highs of 21 disposals, 14 contested possessions and six clearances, with Sarah Perkins influential inside 50 for the Hawks in kicking 1.3 from her 10 disposals.

 

CARLTON 9.7 (61) d WESTERN BULLDOGS 2.3 (15)

The Blues (2nd, 2-0) inflicted the bottom-placed Bulldogs’ second defeat to start 2018 at RAMS Arena in Craigieburn, kicking three unanswered goals in the first half to help put the match away.

For the victors, Breann Moody was influential for the second straight week in the ruck with 13 disposals and 13 hitouts, Jess Hosking bagged two majors from her 13 disposals and Sophie Li recorded equal-game-highs of 22 disposals, 14 contested possessions and five clearances.

 

SOUTHERN SAINTS 8.8 (56) d WILLIAMSTOWN 4.2 (26)

The Saints (6th, 1-1) notched their first-ever VFL Women’s win, blowing the Seagulls away with a four-goal-to-one second quarter and opening up a game-defining 27-point lead by half time at Williamstown Football Ground.

Southern’s Danielle Lawrence sits atop the competition’s goalkicking table after booting four majors from her 11 disposals while teammate Alison Drennan (35 disposals, 28 contested possessions and 10 clearances) enjoyed a massive statistical game, countering Jess Duffin’s 20-disposal, three-goal effort for Williamstown.

 

COLLINGWOOD 3.9 (27) drew with GEELONG CATS 4.3 (27)

The Magpies (5th, 1-0-1) and Cats (4th, 1-0-1) played out only the second draw in the three seasons of VFL Women’s at Olympic Park Oval, with Collingwood’s early inaccuracy (0.8 in the first half) forcing it to kick two final-term goals to salvage a tie.

Jaimee Lambert (28 disposals, 11 tackles and six clearances) and Sarah D’Arcy (25, seven and six) were important in the clinches for Collingwood, while Renee Garing (29 disposals, 24 contested possessions and seven clearances) was a standout for Geelong.

 

* Watch highlights from all Round 2 VFL Women’s matches.

See full results, goalkickers and best players from VFL Women’s Round 2.

 

Round 2 stats leaders:

KICKS      
Sarah D’Arcy Collingwood  17  
Lisa Williams Essendon 16
Jenna Colwell Richmond 16
Hayley Wildes Western Bulldogs 16
Jaimee Lambert Collingwood 15
Emma Kearney Melbourne Uni 15
Ashleigh Riddell Melbourne Uni 15
Alison Drennan Southern Saints 15
Kristi Harvey Carlton 14
Matilda Lucas Rodd Carlton 14
Meghan McDonald Darebin Falcons 14
Renee Garing Geelong Cats 14
Sian Wilson Melbourne Uni 14
Kate Dempsey Richmond 14
Jessica Kennedy Richmond 14
HANDBALLS      
Alison Drennan Southern Saints  20  
Renee Garing Geelong Cats 15
Jaimee Lambert Collingwood 13
Elise Coventry Geelong Cats 13
Sophie Li Carlton 12
Hannah Ibrahim Melbourne Uni 12
Kate Hore Casey Demons 12
Jessica Trend Essendon 11
Paige Nash Collingwood 11
Alison Brown Southern Saints 11
Hillary Grubb Collingwood 10
Emma Kearney Melbourne Uni 10
Bailey Schultz Carlton 10
Rhiannon Watt Southern Saints 10
Meghan McDonald Darebin Falcons 9
MARKS      
Meghan McDonald Darebin Falcons  10  
Jess Duffin Williamstown 8
Kate Darby Geelong Cats 7
Hannah Mouncey Darebin Falcons 6
Lauren Pearce Darebin Falcons 6
Kristi Harvey Carlton 5
Kate Dempsey Richmond 5
Shevaun Hogan Darebin Falcons 5
Tamara Luke Hawthorn 5
Emma Grant Collingwood 5
Nicole Hales Collingwood 5
Shayla Marsh Collingwood 5
Hayley Wildes Western Bulldogs 4
Sian Wilson Melbourne Uni 4
Meg Hutchins Hawthorn 4
TACKLES      
Marlee Tatham Casey Demons  12  
Jaimee Lambert Collingwood 11
Alana Woodward Richmond 11
Holly Whitford Collingwood 11
Kelly Thompson Southern Saints 10
Lisa Williams Essendon 10
Jessica Anderson Melbourne Uni 10
Sarah Chapman Williamstown 9
Esther Honybun Darebin Falcons 9
Hayley Bullas Essendon 9
Rachel King Carlton 8
Stacey Poke Casey Demons 8
Steph Carroll Hawthorn 8
Emma Oliver Geelong Cats 8
Morgan Lowe Williamstown 8
HITOUTS      
Rhiannon Watt Southern Saints  37  
Lauren Pearce Darebin Falcons 35
Clara Fitzpatrick Melbourne Uni 30
Lou Wotton Hawthorn 26
Tamara Luke Hawthorn 21
Eliza Hynes Collingwood 20
Erica Fowler Collingwood 19
Kimberley Rennie Western Bulldogs 19
Simone Nalder Essendon 19
Taryn Orgill Casey Demons 18
2018 LEADING GOALKICKERS Last Rnd Total
Danielle Lawrence Southern Saints  4 5
Hannah Mouncey Darebin Falcons 3 4
Jess Duffin Williamstown 3 4
Darcy Vescio Carlton 1 4
Danielle Orr Geelong Cats 1 4
Kate Dixon Richmond _ 4
Jaimee Lambert Collingwood 1 3
Ashleigh Riddell Melbourne Uni 3 3
Alisha Habib Geelong Cats 1 3
Sarah Perkins Hawthorn 1 3

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