Published on June 24, 2019 4:17 pm

Amy McDonald (Geelong Cats - centre) wins the ball in congestion in VFL Women's Round 7

VFLW REVIEW: Round 7

2018 grand finalist Geelong posted a crucial second win of the season against the Casey Demons in Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s Round 7, with Collingwood, Southern Saints, Darebin Falcons and NT Thunder joining the Cats on the winners’ list.

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GEELONG CATS 8.8 (56) d CASEY DEMONS 4.3 (27)

After three straight losses to highly-rated opponents, last year’s grand finalist Geelong (9th on ladder, 2-4 record) posted a crucial win against the Demons (8th, 3-3) at GMHBA Stadium – with both teams coming off a bye in Round 6. Casey kicked the game’s first goal with little more than a minute on the clock but soon fell behind and trailed from midway through the opening quarter until the final siren, as a high-pressuring Cats outfit inflicted the Demons’ third consecutive defeat.

For Geelong, Danielle Orr starred inside 50 with three goals from 20 disposals, Ruby Benham booted two majors from 11 touches and Amy McDonald (game-high 25 disposals) and Renee Garing (24 and 12 tackles) were prolific in the middle. Maddy Guerin was Casey’s leading ball-winner with 19 disposals, while Chantel Emonson (17, eight tackles and one goal) was also important in defeat.

The Cats next meet 10th-placed Carlton in a vital contest for both sides at Ikon Park on Saturday morning, with the Demons travelling to Queen Elizabeth Oval in Bendigo for an encounter with unbeaten Richmond.

 

COLLINGWOOD 13.5 (83) d WESTERN BULLDOGS 1.3 (9)

It was a case of no Brianna Davey, no Chloe Molloy, no worries for Collingwood (1st on ladder, 6-1 record) in a big win over the Bulldogs (5th, 4-2) at Morwell Recreation Reserve. The 74-point result follows the Magpies’ 78-point defeat of the Darebin Falcons last week, giving them a sixth win in a row and lifting their percentage to 243.2. The Bulldogs have now kicked only one goal in each of their last two games (including a loss to Carlton in Round 6), having started the season with four victories.

In the absence of two of its biggest stars, Collingwood benefited from a 26-disposal, four-goal performance from Jaimee Lambert, Brittany Bonnici’s 21 touches and three majors from Stacey Livingstone. The Bulldogs – who also lost Ellie Blackburn and in-form players Bonnie Toogood and Ellie Gavalas for the match – just couldn’t find the ball against the Magpies, Bailey Hunt finishing as their leading disposal-winner with 13.

Collingwood now enjoys a well-earned bye before facing Essendon in Round 9, while the Bulldogs will attempt to regain some form against reigning premier Hawthorn at VU Whitten Oval on Saturday afternoon.

 

SOUTHERN SAINTS 2.5 (17) d HAWTHORN 2.2 (14)

The Saints (2nd on ladder, 5-1 record) moved into the top two with a hard-fought triumph over Hawthorn (7th, 3-3) at Box Hill City Oval that was in the balance until the very end. Southern kicked the only goal of the first three terms – despite dominating the territory battle – before the Hawks snatched the lead with majors to Phoebe McWilliams and then Emily Gilder early in the final stanza. However, a Kate Shierlaw goal put the Saints back in front with less than nine minutes to play and they held on to record a fourth consecutive win.

Tilly Lucas-Rodd was Southern’s leading ball-winner for a second straight week with 25 touches, as Samantha Johnson (16 disposals and six tackles) and Alison Brown (15) were also named among the best players for the victors. Meanwhile, Jayde Van Dyk (team-high 21 disposals) and Pepa Randall (12 and five tackles) made an immediate impact upon returning to Hawthorn’s line-up after both had missed several games in recent weeks.

The Saints move on to a date with the Darebin Falcons at Wilson Storage Trevor Barker Beach Oval on Saturday afternoon, with the Hawks facing another tough challenge against the Western Bulldogs at VU Whitten Oval on the same day.

 

DAREBIN FALCONS 4.7 (31) d WILLIAMSTOWN 1.5 (11)

A first victory for 2019 was on the line at Bill Lawry Oval and the Falcons (12th on ladder, 1-5 record) didn’t let the opportunity slip in front of their home crowd. Williamstown (13th, 0-5) was fresh off a bye and first-gamer Tahlia Merrett put the Seagulls in front with the game’s first goal nearing quarter-time, but Darebin’s Samara David levelled the scores with a major midway through the second term and the Falcons didn’t look back from there.

Williamstown playmaker Moana Hope’s 27 disposals was 12 more than any other player on the ground, but Darebin was well served by a range of contributors. Falcons star Lauren Pearce recorded 15 touches, 44 hitouts and one goal, while Annalyse Lister (12 disposals and 10 tackles) and Esther Honybun (nine and one goal) were also influential for the winners.

Both teams now come up against strong opponents in Round 8, with Darebin taking on the Southern Saints at Wilson Storage Trevor Barker Beach Oval on Saturday afternoon and the Seagulls hosting the NT Thunder at Downer Oval that morning.

 

NT THUNDER 12.4 (76) d ESSENDON 1.6 (12)

NT (4th on ladder, 4-2 record) rebounded from last week’s 21-point loss to Richmond on home soil with a comprehensive win against Essendon (11th, 1-5) at TIO Stadium in Darwin. The Thunder kept the Bombers scoreless in the first half while piling on nine goals of their own – including three to Stevie-Lee Thompson and two each to Danielle Ponter and Jasmyn Hewitt – to build an unassailable 57-point lead by the main break.

Dayna Cox (15 disposals and six marks), Nikki Gore (14 and 10 tackles), Hannah Martin (13 and six tackles) and Jade De Melo (11 and two goals) were all prominent for NT in the absence of the likes of Chelsea Randall, Angela Foley and Sally Riley, while Essendon’s Georgia Nanscawen (22 disposals) was the game’s most prolific player and teammate Simone Nalder recorded seven touches, five marks and 17 hitouts.

The Thunder travels from the heat of the Top End to the cooler climes of Downer Oval for their Round 8 clash with Williamstown on Saturday morning, as the Bombers turn their focus to a meeting with Melbourne Uni at Melbourne University Main Oval on Sunday afternoon.

 

 

Carlton (10th on ladder, 1-4 record) and Richmond (3rd, 5-0) had a bye in Round 7, while a fully VFLW-listed Melbourne Uni (6th, 3-3) outfit fell to the GWS Giants 15.14 (104) to 1.0 (6) in an invitational match at Melbourne University Main Oval on Sunday.

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