Published on July 11, 2018 3:47 pm

Essendon's tackling pressure has been high in 2018 despite only one win (Photo by Kadek Thatcher)

STATS CENTRAL: VFL Women’s Round 9

Essendon’s first victory for the season last weekend came on the back of strong tackling pressure, as Stats Central looks at the key stats and players that influenced the results of games in Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s Round 9.



Conditions were tough at Casey Fields – indicated by a round-high 193 total tackles being laid – and while the likes of Demons tall Taryn Orgill (18 disposals, 15 hitouts, eight clearances and eight tackles) thrived on the contest, Bianca Jakobsson still managed to find space for a round-high 19 uncontested possessions – seven more than any other player on the ground.


NT THUNDER 13.7 (85) d GEELONG 2.8 (20)

NT went more direct with the ball than the Cats, recording 149 kicks and 59 handballs compared to Geelong’s 119 and 113 respectively, with Jessica Sedunary having a game-high 15 kicks from which she bagged four goals. Her scoreboard contribution means the Thunder have now booted the five highest scores of the VFL season.


HAWTHORN 6.6 (42) d WILLIAMSTOWN 6.2 (38)

Hawthorn took almost all game to overcome the dogged Seagulls, with Williamstown conceding 65 more disposals and 14 more inside-50s but out-tackling the Hawks 87-53. Seagulls skipper Sarah Chapman laid a round-high 15 tackles but her team was ultimately sunk by two final-term goals to Hawthorn’s Rebecca Beeson (who also recorded 19 disposals and six tackles).


ESSENDON 5.4 (34) d RICHMOND 3.8 (26)

The Bombers may be the competition’s bottom-ranked team for disposals per game but they know how to apply pressure when not in possession, ranking third for average tackles. Essendon lost the disposal count but won tackles 102-86 against the Tigers, with Hayley Bullas (game-high 13 tackles) and Maddy Collier (nine) leading the way.



The Bulldogs controlled play for much of the match inside and outside the contests, dominating not only clearances (40-28) but uncontested possessions (110-60). Naomi Ferres (game-highs of 20 disposals, 14 contested possessions and nine clearances) was tough in tight while Ash Guest (18 and six inside-50s) excelled in space for the victors.



Collingwood’s work in close was a key factor in this victory, the Magpies winning the contested-possession count 135-115 and clearances 31-27 – which saw them generate 37 inside-50s to 25. 2018 AFLW Rising Star Chloe Molloy led her team in all these categories, recording 15 contested possessions, nine clearances and nine inside-50s.


* Read a recap of VFL Women’s Round 9.

Watch highlights from all Round 9 VFL Women’s matches.

See full results, goalkickers and best players from VFL Women’s Round 9.


Round 9 stats leaders:

Jaimee Lambert Collingwood  23
Elise O’Dea Darebin Falcons 22
Lauren Arnell Southern Saints 19
Chloe Molloy Collingwood 18
Maddie Shevlin Casey Demons 16
Tait Mackrill Essendon 16
Julia Crockett-Grills Hawthorn 16
Taryn Orgill Casey Demons 15
Maddy Collier Essendon 15
Jessica Sedunary NT Thunder 15
Madeline Keryk Geelong Cats 14
Nat Exon Darebin Falcons 14
Angela Foley NT Thunder 14
Renee Forth NT Thunder 14
Jess Duffin Williamstown 14
Emma Mackie Hawthorn  15
Bianca Jakobsson Casey Demons 13
Elise O’Dea Darebin Falcons 10
Richelle Cranston Geelong Cats 10
Naomi Ferres Western Bulldogs 10
Sophie Abbatangelo Melbourne Uni 10
Maighan Fogas Geelong Cats 10
Jessica Edwards Collingwood 10
Madeline Keryk Geelong Cats 9
Rebecca Beeson Hawthorn 9
Kate Hore Casey Demons 9
Madisen Maguire Geelong Cats 9
Madaleine McMahon Geelong Cats 9
Hayley Trevean Geelong Cats 9
Lauren Tesoriero Richmond 8
Bianca Jakobsson Casey Demons  7
Jaimee Lambert Collingwood  7
Kate Gillespie-Jones Melbourne Uni  7
Elise O’Dea Darebin Falcons 6
Sarah D’Arcy Collingwood 6
Rebecca Beeson Hawthorn 5
Kate Tyndall Darebin Falcons 5
Meghan McDonald Darebin Falcons 5
Ashleigh Guest Western Bulldogs 5
Aasta O’Connor Darebin Falcons 5
Grace Buchan Collingwood 5
Emma Swanson NT Thunder 5
Renee Forth NT Thunder 5
Rebecca Pearce Geelong Cats 5
Sophie Abbatangelo Melbourne Uni 4
Sarah Chapman Williamstown  15
Stacey Poke Casey Demons 14
Hayley Bullas Essendon 13
Lauren Arnell Southern Saints 11
Alice Edmonds Richmond 10
Maddy Collier Essendon 9
Brooke Lochland Western Bulldogs 9
Lisa Williams Essendon 9
Sally Seabrook Williamstown 9
Jasmine Garner Williamstown 9
Monique Maitland Southern Saints 9
Elise O’Dea Darebin Falcons 8
Taryn Orgill Casey Demons 8
Maddie Shevlin Casey Demons 8
Angela Foley NT Thunder 8
Alice Edmonds Richmond  38
Simone Nalder Essendon 36
Tamara Luke Hawthorn 29
Eliza Hynes Collingwood 25
Jasmyn Hewett NT Thunder 23
Nicole McMahon Western Bulldogs 21
Rhiannon Watt Southern Saints 18
Candice Adams Melbourne Uni 18
Clara Fitzpatrick Melbourne Uni 17
Amanda Tessari Western Bulldogs 16
Hannah Mouncey Darebin Falcons  DNP 15
Jessica Sedunary NT Thunder 4 13
Kaila Bentvelzen Casey Demons 1 9
Darcy Vescio Carlton BYE 9
Jess Duffin Williamstown 1 8
Kate Darby Geelong Cats _ 8
Sophie Alexander Collingwood DNP 8
Tara Bohanna Southern Saints _ 7
Angela Foley NT Thunder 2 7
Maddy Guerin Darebin Falcons _ 7
Marks Total Games
Jess Duffin Williamstown 45 8
Meghan McDonald Darebin Falcons 43 8
Sarah D’Arcy Collingwood 37 7
Kristi Harvey Carlton 36 8
Meg Hutchins Hawthorn 30 8
Kate Gillespie-Jones Melbourne Uni 29 6
Tamara Luke Hawthorn 29 8
Jacqueline Graham Richmond 28 8
Jasmine Garner Williamstown 26 6
Mia-Rae Clifford Geelong Cats 26 8

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