Published on August 12, 2019 12:46 pm

Mel Hickey (centre) played her first VFLW match for the Geelong Cats in Round 14 (Photo by Arj Giese)


The Casey Demons, NT Thunder and Essendon are out of Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s finals contention, with the Geelong Cats now the only team outside the top six that can still break into the post-season – despite losing to Melbourne Uni in Round 14.

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STORY OF THE MATCH: The Falcons (11th on ladder, 4-8 record) recorded their fourth win in seven games – after starting the season winless through five matches – in accounting for Williamstown (13th, 1-11) for the second time in 2019. Following a two-goal first half at Downer Oval on Saturday, Darebin piled on four majors in the third quarter to truly end the contest.

KEY PLAYERS: Melbourne AFLW-listed stars Lauren Pearce (equal-game-high 25 disposals, 49 hitouts and one goal) and Elise O’Dea (25 disposals) were again the statistical standouts for the Falcons, who were also well served by Lauren Arnell (16 and one goal), Reni Hicks (16 and 17 tackles) and Annalyse Lister (15, nine tackles and one goal). / Moana Hope (21 disposals) and Sharnie Whiting (20 and six marks) were the major ball-winners for the Seagulls, with Megan Williamson (17 and 10 tackles) and Ruby Tripodi (12 and nine tackles) applying plenty of pressure on Darebin.

NEXT UP: The Falcons meet Carlton (12th on ladder) at La Trobe University in Bundoora on Saturday. / Williamstown hosts the Geelong Cats (7th) at Downer Oval on Sunday.


MELBOURNE UNI 7.2 (44) d GEELONG CATS 4.6 (30)

STORY OF THE MATCH: Melbourne Uni (6th on ladder, 7-6 record) kept the Cats (7th, 6-6) out of the top six for finals with a crucial victory at Deakin University in Geelong on Saturday. Geelong had the ball inside forward 50 more often than the Mugars across the match, but the victors booted three goals in each of the first and third terms to set up their second triumph over the Cats this season (also winning by 44 points in Round 1).

KEY PLAYERS: Jasmine Garner led all comers with 31 disposals, 10 marks and nine tackles for Melbourne Uni. Fellow North Melbourne AFLW-lister Brittany Gibson proved a difference-maker with three majors from 12 touches, while Jenna Bruton (19 disposals and one goal) and Mugars skipper Emma Kearney (18 and one goal) – in her first VFLW outing for 2019 – also shone. / Richelle Cranston (18 disposals), Kate Darby (17 and 21 hitouts), Madisen Maguire (two goals) and Geelong Falcons product Lucy McEvoy (13 and four tackles) were all among Geelong’s best players.

NEXT UP: Melbourne Uni has a bye this week before welcoming the NT Thunder (9th on ladder) to Melbourne University Main Oval in Round 16. / The Cats need to win both their remaining games against Williamstown (13th) at Downer Oval on Sunday and then Carlton (12th) in order to jump above the Mugars – should they lose to NT – or Hawthorn – should it lose both its games – into the finals.


HAWTHORN 3.7 (25) d CASEY DEMONS 3.4 (22)

STORY OF THE MATCH: Hawthorn (5th on ladder, 7-4-1 record) posted a vital victory ahead of clashes with the VFLW’s top two teams and simultaneously ended the finals hopes of the Demons (8th, 5-8) in a Box Hill City Oval thriller on Saturday. The Hawks never trailed but were unable to move more than two goals clear of a gallant Casey at any time, the Demons ultimately forcing Hawthorn to hold them at bay after a Harriet Cordner goal 11 minutes into the final stanza brought them within a kick of the lead.

KEY PLAYERS: Rebecca Beeson clearly led the Hawks with 24 disposals (as well as recording six marks and 10 tackles), ahead of Rosie Dillon with 16 touches. Phoebe McWilliams kicked two goals in the win, Georgia Bevan laid 17 tackles and Lou Wotton (11 disposals, 44 hitouts and 10 tackles) was influential in the ruck. / Sarah Lampard stood out for Casey with game-highs of 28 touches and seven marks, while fellow Melbourne AFLW-listers Maddy Guerin (16 disposals and one goal) and Tyla Hanks (13 and nine tackles) were also prominent in defeat.

NEXT UP: Should the Geelong Cats win both their remaining games, Hawthorn needs at least one win against either the Southern Saints (2nd on ladder) at Wilson Storage Trevor Barker Beach Oval on Sunday or Collingwood (1st) in Round 16 to be assured of its finals spot. / The Demons host the NT Thunder (9th) at Casey Fields on Sunday.


RICHMOND 10.9 (69) d CARLTON 3.3 (21)

STORY OF THE MATCH: Richmond (3rd on ladder, 8-4 record) is assured of a finals spot somewhere between third and sixth positions following a comfortable win against Carlton (12th, 2-9-1) at Ikon Park on Saturday as well as the Geelong Cats’ loss to Melbourne Uni. After managing only six behinds in the opening quarter, the Tigers piled on four goals in each of second and third terms to put the Blues away.

KEY PLAYERS: Richmond’s main goalkickers were Tayla Stahl and Murray Bushrangers graduate Teagan Brett with three majors each. Monique Conti racked up a game-high 26 touches and kicked a goal for the Tigers, as fellow AFLW signings Alice Edmonds (14 disposals and 32 hitouts) and Courtney Wakefield (12, seven marks and one goal) also put in strong performances. / Lauren Brazzale led Carlton with 18 touches and one major, while Gab Pound (15 and eight tackles) and 2019 Northern Knights premiership player Britney Gutknecht (13 and six tackles) also contributed well.

NEXT UP: Richmond can lock in a berth in the first elimination final between third and fourth positions in two weeks with victory over the Western Bulldogs (4th on ladder) at the Swinburne Centre on Saturday. / Carlton faces the Darebin Falcons (11th) at La Trobe University in Bundoora on Saturday.



STORY OF THE MATCH: As with Richmond, the Bulldogs (4th on ladder, 8-4 record) have effectively booked a finals spot with two rounds to play after defeating Essendon (10th, 4-8) at VU Whitten Oval on Saturday. The Bombers had a very slim chance of reaching the post-season if they prevailed in Round 14, but the Bulldogs snuffed out those hopes with a consistent performance that saw them kick goals in each quarter.

KEY PLAYERS: Brooke Lochland and captain Mickayla Ward both booted two majors for the Bulldogs, with Ellie Gavalas (game-high 26 disposals), Ellie Blackburn (25, seven tackles and one goal) and Naomi Ferres (21) their leading ball-winners and Western Jets youngster Elisabeth Georgostathis (eight) named among the team’s best players. / A pair of Calder Cannons graduates shone for Essendon in defeat, with Georgia Patrikios (21 disposals and 11 tackles) and Alana Barba (five and six tackles) joining the likes of Shae Audley (19) among the Bombers’ top performers.

NEXT UP: The Bulldogs will leave themselves open to dropping into the second elimination final between fifth and sixth positions in two weeks should they fall to Richmond (3rd on ladder) at the Swinburne Centre on Saturday. / Essendon comes up against ladder-leader Collingwood at Victoria Park on Saturday.


Three teams had a bye in Round 14: Collingwood (1st on ladder, 11-1 record), the Southern Saints (2nd, 10-2) and NT Thunder (9th, 5-7), with the Magpies and Saints to compete over the next two rounds for the right to host a qualifying final and NT’s faint finals hopes now gone following the weekend’s wins to Hawthorn and Melbourne Uni.

Collingwood instead spent Sunday defeating the GWS Giants 3.4 (22) to 1.3 (9) at Victoria Park in the season’s final invitational match featuring the New South Wales AFLW team.

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