Published on June 17, 2019 5:09 pm

Lou Wotton (L) wins a hitout for Hawthorn in VFL Women's Round 6 (Photo by Kadek Thatcher)

VFLW REVIEW: Round 6

Reigning premier Hawthorn posted a much-needed third straight win in Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s #SockIt2MND Round 6, with Collingwood, Richmond, the Southern Saints and Carlton also victorious on the weekend.

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CARLTON 3.8 (26) d WESTERN BULLDOGS 1.4 (10)

Not many would have picked this result based on form: A first win of 2019 for Carlton (10th on ladder, 1-4 record) and a first loss for the Bulldogs (3rd, 4-1). Only one major in total was kicked through three quarters at Ikon Park before the Blues booted two goals to one in the final term to secure victory. Courteney Bromage scored the first of those shortly after the last change, while Carlton co-captain Natalie Plane answered the Bulldogs’ only goal with the match-sealer with less than three minutes remaining.

Jess Hosking (23 disposals, nine tackles and eight rebound-50s) and Emerson Woods (18) were named among the best players for the Blues, with Carlton’s 2019 AFLW Rising Star Madison Prespakis (28) the game’s leading ball-winner. Ellie Blackburn played her first VFLW match of the season for the Bulldogs after recovering from a toe injury and recorded team-highs of 26 touches and eight inside-50s, with Ellie Gavalas (18 and six clearances) also influential in defeat.

The Blues will now enjoy a bye before facing the Geelong Cats at Ikon Park in Round 8, while the Bulldogs take on ladder-leader Collingwood at Morwell Recreation Reserve on Saturday morning.

 

HAWTHORN 8.8 (56) d ESSENDON 3.2 (20)

The premiership defence is back on track for Hawthorn (7th, 3-2) after two losses to start the season, the Hawks comfortably posting a third straight win at the expense of Essendon (9th, 1-4) at Windy Hill. The Hawks set up the result with three goals to one in the opening stanza and then four unanswered majors in the second quarter to create a 40-point lead by half time, with the Bombers the only team to show signs of early sluggishness after both sides had a bye last week.

Hawthorn’s on-ball brigade caused havoc at stoppages, as Pip Peschke (a game-high 24 disposals and five clearances), Rebecca Beeson (23 and six) and Rosie Dillon (22 and seven) regularly sent the ball inside 50 where dangerous Hawks forwards Olivia Flanagan (three goals from 12 disposals) and Phoebe McWilliams (one from 18 and eight marks) could capitalise on the scoreboard. Meanwhile, the toughness of Essendon’s Shae Audley (21 disposals, 13 tackles and six clearances) stood out in a losing cause.

Hawthorn moves on to an important clash with top-four team the Southern Saints at Box Hill City Oval this Saturday morning, with Essendon off to the Top End to meet the NT Thunder in Darwin that afternoon.

 

COLLINGWOOD 11.13 (79) d DAREBIN FALCONS 0.1 (1)

Collingwood (1st, 5-1) has strung together five wins following a first-round loss in accounting for the Falcons (13th, 0-5) at Preston City Oval. The Magpies piled on four goals in the first term, three in the second and four in the fourth en route to gaining 63 percentage points and jumping undefeated Richmond into top spot on the ladder.

The victors boasted a handful of match-winners who proved too much for Darebin to handle, with Chloe Molloy (game-highs of 25 disposals, eight marks and five goals), Jaimee Lambert (21, nine clearances and four goals) and Brianna Davey (21, eight clearances and one goal) all starring. Fellow Collingwood AFLW-lister Sharni Layton (18, 12 hitouts and five clearances) was also important in her first VFLW outing, while Brisbane AFLW player Lauren Arnell returned to her former VFLW club for the first time since 2017 and picked up a team-high 14 touches for the Falcons.

The Magpies next face top-four rivals the Western Bulldogs at Morwell Recreation Reserve on Saturday morning, with Darebin seeking a maiden win for 2019 against Williamstown at Bill Lawry Oval that afternoon.

 

RICHMOND 7.7 (49) d NT THUNDER 3.10 (28)

A sluggish start wasn’t enough to stop Richmond (2nd, 5-0) maintaining its unbeaten record with a hard-earned triumph over NT (8th, 3-2) at TIO Stadium in Darwin. The Tigers trailed by as much as 17 points early in the second quarter before reeling off four consecutive majors either side of half time and snatching the lead for the first time in the match. The inaccurate Thunder had chances to reduce their deficit to under a goal during the final stanza, but Richmond made them pay for their misses with a strong finish.

Gabrielle Seymour enjoyed a stunning VFLW debut for the Tigers, stepping in for Alice Edmonds in the ruck and starring with 18 disposals, 33 hitouts and six tackles. She was joined in Richmond’s best players by fellow tall Jenna Colwell (16, seven hitouts and one goal) and the in-form Katie Brennan (team-highs of 19 disposals, seven marks, six clearances and two goals). Angela Foley had a game-high 24 touches and kicked two majors for NT, while teammate Hannah Martin laid 13 tackles.

The Tigers have the bye this week to focus on chalking up a sixth straight win in Round 8, when they clash with the Casey Demons at Queen Elizabeth Oval in Bendigo. The Thunder stay in Darwin for Round 7, welcoming Essendon to TIO Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

 

SOUTHERN SAINTS 6.13 (49) d MELBOURNE UNI 3.3 (21)

Fresh off a bye, the Saints (4th, 4-1) looked to make a statement to the VFLW in defeating a Melbourne Uni (6th, 3-3) team stacked with an influx of top-end AFLW talent at Wilson Storage Trevor Barker Beach Oval. Two weeks after overrunning the Casey Demons late in a tight contest, Southern booted five goals to one in the second half (and had 15 scoring shots to two) to turn a five-point half-time deficit into a powerful triumph over the Mugars – who have now lost three of their last four games.

Kate Shierlaw and Caitlin Greiser each bagged two majors for the Saints (Greiser also kicking five behinds), with teammates Tilly Lucas-Rodd (a team-high 27 disposals and four clearances), Alison Brown (22 and six inside-50s) and Olivia Vesely (18) also prominent. Melbourne Uni welcomed Jenna Bruton (game-high 30 disposals), Kate Gillespie-Jones (22) and Jasmine Garner (16 and 10 tackles) back into the line-up, but their prolific performances weren’t enough to deliver victory.

Southern comes up against Hawthorn in Round 7, facing the reigning premier at Box Hill City Oval on Saturday morning. The Mugars have a bye before hosting Essendon at Melbourne University Main Oval in Round 8.

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