Some of the keys to week one of the Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s ‘Love the Game’ Finals Series were Hawthorn’s ability to find the ball in space and a second-half lift in intensity by the Geelong Cats, as Stats Central looks at the stats and players that influenced the results of the weekend’s games.
SEMI FINAL: HAWTHORN 5.2 (32) d COLLINGWOOD 3.3 (21)
Hawthorn proved just that bit better in a range of stats in this hard-fought win, topping the counts for contested possessions (132-125), hitouts (48-40) and clearances (37-33) but perhaps more importantly outpointing the Magpies in uncontested possessions (109-83) and marks (45-39). The Hawks found more space in which to use the ball effectively, allowing them to kick five goals from 24 inside-50s – more efficient than Collingwood’s three majors from 27 entries. Rosie Dillon (game-high 10 uncontested possessions) and Tamara Luke (nine and a game-high seven marks) were Hawthorn’s prime-movers, while Emma Mackie converted their work on the scoreboard with three goals from 18 disposals.
* Watch a replay of Collingwood vs Hawthorn.
ELIMINATION FINAL: GEELONG CATS 7.9 (51) d NT THUNDER 6.6 (42)
Trailing by 15 points at half time, the Cats desperately needed a lift in intensity to overcome NT in the second half – and they got it. Geelong gained control at stoppages to eventually win the clearance count 41-25, which saw it generate 38 inside-50s to the Thunder’s 23 and 16 scoring shots to 12 as a result. The Cats also out-tackled NT 76-67, with TAC Cup Girls graduates Olivia Purcell (19 disposals, nine tackles and eight clearances) and Nina Morrison (18, seven and four) as well as experienced tough nuts Richelle Cranston (19, a game-high nine inside-50s and two goals) and Madeline Keryk (16 and nine tackles) leading the way for the victors in contests.
* Watch a replay of NT Thunder vs Geelong Cats.
* Watch highlights from VFL Women’s Finals Week 1 matches.
* See full results, goalkickers and best players from VFL Women’s Finals Week 1.
Finals Week 1 stats leaders:
|Ebony Marinoff||NT Thunder||19|
|Jenna McCormick||NT Thunder||17|
|Angela Foley||NT Thunder||16|
|Olivia Purcell||Geelong Cats||14|
|Richelle Cranston||Geelong Cats||13|
|Nina Morrison||Geelong Cats||11|
|Anne Hatchard||NT Thunder||10|
|Ebony Marinoff||NT Thunder||9|
|Emma Swanson||NT Thunder||8|
|Jasmyn Hewett||NT Thunder||8|
|Jenna McCormick||NT Thunder||7|
|Richelle Cranston||Geelong Cats||5|
|Maddie Boyd||Geelong Cats||5|
|Anne Hatchard||NT Thunder||4|
|Marijana Rajcic||NT Thunder||4|
|Ebony Marinoff||NT Thunder||12|
|Madeline Keryk||Geelong Cats||9|
|Olivia Purcell||Geelong Cats||9|
|Nina Morrison||Geelong Cats||7|
|Richelle Cranston||Geelong Cats||6|
|Maighan Fogas||Geelong Cats||6|
|Jayde Van Dyk||Hawthorn||6|
|Jasmyn Hewett||NT Thunder||24|
|Kate Darby||Geelong Cats||12|
|2018 LEADING GOALKICKERS||Last Rnd||Total|
|Hannah Mouncey||Darebin Falcons||DNP||19|
|Kate Darby||Geelong Cats||_||15|
|Mia-Rae Clifford||Geelong Cats||1||15|