Collingwood retains top spot, the Western Bulldogs rise up the ladder, and the teams in the top four shuffle about – all in the Round 9 Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s review.
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CASEY DEMONS 3.3 (21) d SOUTHERN SAINTS 1.4 (10)
IN A NUTSHELL: Casey kept Southern Saints goalless for the first three quarter on their way to a third victory for the season. Leading by just 12 points at three quarter time, Casey scored the first goal of the final term to put the result beyond doubt, with the Saints unable to record their first major till the eight-minute mark of the final quarter.
KEY MOMENTS: In trying conditions, Casey’s ability to score two goals in the first half set up the win, while keep the Saints to one goal for the game.
FORMLINES: Casey has won back to back games for the first time this season. / The last month has been a W L W L roller coast for Southern Saints.
NEXT WEEK: Richmond v Casey Demons (Queen Elizabeth Oval, Bendigo) / Geelong Cats v Southern Saints (Deakin Uni)
NT THUNDER 13.7 (85) d GEELONG CATS 2.8 (20)
IN A NUTSHELL: A strong start by NT Thunder – a six goal to nil first half – helped setup a sixth win for the season for the Thunder. The home side were challenge by the Cats in the third term, but despite Geelong having more scoring shots – five to two – the Thunder’s accuracy with two straight for the term compared to only one Cats major proved the difference.
KEY MOMENTS: Thunder finished strongly with a five goal to one final term to run away with the win.
FORMLINES: NT Thunder broke a two-game losing streak, to record a sixth win / Geelong suffered its second loss of the season, slipping from first and undefeated a fortnight ago, to fourth and just half a game inside the top four.
MULTIPLE GOALKICKERS: Sedunary (NT Thunder) 4, McCormick (NT Thunder) 3, Foley (NT Thunder) 2
NEXT WEEK: Darebin v NT Thunder (Preston City Oval) / Geelong Cats v Southern Saints (Deakin Uni)
HAWTHORN 6.6 (42) d WILLIAMSTOWN 6.2 (38)
IN A NUTSHELL: Williamstown burst from the blocks with a four goal first term, to establish an early lead which they held for the majority of the match. Hawthorn trailed by nine points at the final change, and were able to hold Williamstown scoreless, while adding two goals of their own to hit the lead for just the second time in the match at the 18 and a half minute mark through Rebecca Beeson – her second of the final term – with the Hawks holding the lead at the final siren.
KEY MOMENTS: Hawthorn kept Williamstown goalless in the second and final terms, while at the same time were able to score at least one goal every quarter to keep the scoreboard ticking over throughout the game.
FORMLINES: Hawthorn has won back to back matches, to sit in second spot, and just half a game off top spot. / Williamstown suffered a fourth straight defeat.
MULTIPLE GOALKICKERS: Flanagan (Hawthorn) 2, Beeson (Hawthorn) 2, Paterno (Williamstown) 2.
NEXT WEEK: Melbourne Uni v Hawthorn (Main Oval, Melb Uni) / Carlton v Williamstown (IKON Park)
— Hawthorn VFLW (@HawthornFCW) July 8, 2018
ESSENDON 5.4 (34) d RICHMOND 3.8 (26)
IN A NUTSHELL: Despite Essendon jumping out to a seven-point lead at quarter time, Richmond bounced back in the second term, kicking all of its three goals for the game in the quarter, and leading by five points at half time. Three goals to nil in the second half ensured Essendon sang the song for the first time this season.
KEY MOMENTS: Monique DeMatteo kicked the all-important only goal of the final term to help the Bombers to a historic first ever win.
FORMLINES: The seven-game losing streak is over for Essendon, recording a first ever VFL W win. / Richmond has suffered back-to-back defeats, following on from back-to-back wins.
MULTIPLE GOALKICKERS: DeMatteo (Essendon) 2
NEXT WEEK: Western Bulldogs v Essendon (Henry Turner Reserve) / Richmond v Casey Demons (Queen Elizabeth Oval, Bendigo)
— Essendon VFLW (@EssendonFCW) July 8, 2018
WESTERN BULLDOGS 9.6 (60) d MELBOURNE UNI 6.3 (39)
IN A NUTSHELL: A four goal to nil first term setup the win for the Bulldogs, who led by 32 points before Melbourne Uni added a first score for the match. After Caitlin Greiser added the first major for the game for Uni, the home side won the battle on the score board with six goals to four to finish the game, but the damage had been done early.
KEY MOMENTS: The Western Bulldogs held Uni scoreless in the first and third terms, while ensuring they scored a goal in every quarter.
FORMLINES: The Western Bulldogs recorded a fourth straight win to continue a mid-season rise up to ladder, now just a game and a half outside the top four, in seventh spot. / After a last gasp with over Carlton, Melbourne Uni lost its sixth match of the season.
MULTIPLE GOALKICKERS: Lochland (Western Bulldogs) 3, Greiser (Melbourne Uni) 3, Ashmore (Melbourne Uni) 2.
NEXT WEEK: Western Bulldogs v Essendon (Henry Turner Reserve) / Melbourne Uni v Hawthorn (Main Oval, Melb Uni)
COLLINGWOOD 7.3 (45) d DAREBIN FALCONS 2.3 (15)
IN A NUTSHELL: After an even first half, with just five points separating the teams at half time, Collingwood kicked away in the second half with five goals to one to secure top spot for a second week running.
KEY MOMENTS: Collingwood were able to hold Darebin goalless in the second and final terms, and restricted the Falcons to solitary goals in the first and third terms to help them to victory.
FORMLINES: The undefeated run of Collingwood continues, with a seventh win for the season, including six in a row / Darebin remains half a game outside of the top four with a third loss for the season.
MULTIPLE GOALKICKERS: McIntosh (Collingwood) 2, Hildebrand (Collingwood) 2.
NEXT WEEK: Collingwood bye / Darebin v NT Thunder (Preston City Oval)
— Collingwood Women's (@CollingwoodFCW) July 8, 2018