Published on June 14, 2019 1:40 pm

PREVIEW: VFL W Round 6

Meg Saultry previews Round 6 of the Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s season which also doubles as the #SockIt2MND round.

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CARLTON vs WESTERN BULLDOGS – Saturday 10.30am @ IKON Park (video stream game HERE)

 

FORM THIS SEASON

Carlton (11th, 0-4) came the closest they have yet to their first win last round, losing to NT Thunder by seven points in a home game. Western Bulldogs (1st, 4-0) comfortably beat Darebin by 28 points in Round 5 to continue their season undefeated.

 

KEY QUESTION

Who will be able to get the game on their own terms? Both the Western Bulldogs and Carlton play very different styles of football. The Bulldogs prefer to find the uncontested possession and are very strong by foot and in the air. Meanwhile Carlton are much stronger around the contest, and can dominate in clearances, but haven’t yet been able to translate this work on the scoreboard. And what will be most concerning for Carlton will be despite the Dogs more uncontested style of play, the return of AFLW skipper Ellie Blackburn and tackling machine Angelica Gogos will further boost the Dogs stocks around the ball.

 

KEY STAT

Carlton rising star Madison Prespakis was strong in her return to VFLW last round, and finished with 29 disposals, 10 more than any other teammate. Prespakis especially worked well in tandem with ruck Breann Moody (33 hitouts), though this dominance ultimately it didn’t translate further down the field.

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ESSENDON vs HAWTHORN – Saturday 11.30am @ Windy Hill

 

FORM THIS SEASON

Essendon (9th, 1-3) are returning off of a bye, though before their week off, had secured their first win of the year in Round 4, beating Carlton by 17 points. Hawthorn (8th, 2-2) squared their ledger with a second consecutive win over Williamstown in Round 4, before also having the bye last round.

 

KEY QUESTION

Will Hawthorn’s inaccurate goal kicking be their down fall one week? Despite dominating possession against Williamstown in Round 4, Hawthorn again reverted to a problem they had several times last year; inaccurate goal kicking. The Hawks can usually find their way out of trouble to still win these matches, but in saying that, they could make much greater statements on the competition if they took more of their chances down forward.

 

KEY STAT

In the Bombers first win before their bye, it was forward Alex Quigley, in her first match this year, who kicked three goals to help the Essendon post a winning score.

 

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DAREBIN FALCONS vs COLLINGWOOD – Saturday 12 pm @ Preston City Oval

 

FORM THIS SEASON

Darebin Falcons (13th, 0-4) has struggled to dominate a match yet, and have an average losing margin of 35 points in their first four loss to Richmond, Melbourne Uni, Hawthorn and Western Bulldogs. Collingwood (3rd, 4-1) won their fourth match in a row last round, narrowly accounting for Casey Demons by four points.

 

KEY QUESTION

Can Darebin withstand Collingwood’s pressure? The Pies have some of the best numbers in regards to tackling in the competition, especially for a top six team. While losing sides must bring that pressure to stop their opponents, Collingwood seems to relish on the fact their tackling pressure can help them win games. And its not just one or two players lifting the load. Several Pies players are consistently applying upwards of five tackles a match. In their clash against Collingwood, Darebin will need to meet and exceed their opponents’ output if they stand a chance of winning.

 

KEY STAT

Former Carlton AFLW player Reni Hicks was a force to be reckoned with last round, laying a remarkable 19 tackles against her Western Bulldogs opponents. The 20-year-old has averaged 11 tackles in her three games this year, and will be a key player in curtailing Collingwood’s possessions.

 

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NT THUNDER vs RICHMOND – Saturday 4pm @ TIO Stadium

 

FORM THIS SEASON

A 33 point loss to Collingwood in Round 4 remains NT Thunder’s (7th, 3-1) only blemish so far this year, who rebounded well with a seven point win over Carlton last week. Richmond (2nd, 4-0) remain one of two teams undefeated this season, with their 22 point win over Geelong last round continuing their dominant form.

 

KEY QUESTION

Can Richmond be defensively minded if needed? Richmond are the highest scoring team in the competition this year, averaging eight goals a game. But they also have the lowest rebounding rate, though this is likely down to the fact they are playing so well forward of the ball. While they haven’t yet been challenged down the other end of the oval, this could all change against NT Thunder. The Thunder can penetrate inside 50 more than any other team in the competition, which should prove to be a new challenge for Richmond’s defenders.

 

KEY STAT

Richmond will be missing ruck Alice Edmonds when they play up north. Edmonds continued form in the ruck was highlighted last round when she easily won the battle over Geelong’s ruck Rene Caris. With NT Thunder the lowest team for hit-outs this season, Edmonds’ absence could be blessing for Thunder’s midfielders when the two teams meet.

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SOUTHERN SAINTS vs MELBOURNE UNI – SUNDAY 12pm @ Wilson Storage Trevor Barker Beach Oval

 

FORM THIS SEASON

Southern Saints (4th, 3-1) celebrated wins over Collingwood, Carlton and Casey Demons in their first four games before having the bye last round. After losing two matches in a row, Melbourne Uni (5th, 3-2) was welcomed back onto the winners list with an 11-point victory over Williamstown last round.

 

KEY QUESTION

Which team will use the ball better? The Southern Saints and Melbourne Uni are number one and two for the highest average disposals in a game this season, although it’s actually Melbourne Uni who has a slightly better efficiency with both hand and foot. With another set of key ins for Melbourne Uni, the Mugars will be further boosted by strong baller users, so although the Saints have no problem finding the ball, they’ll need to better control how they use it, especially by foot.

 

KEY STAT

Southern Saints midfielder Samantha Johnson made a strong impact when she returned the the Saints line up for their past two games. As the club’s runner up best and fairest winner last year, Johnson collected a match high 24 disposals in the Saints win over Casey Demons before the bye, to go along with her 18 disposals in Round 3.

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*ROUND 6 BYE – Casey Demons, Geelong Cats, Williamstown

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