Published on July 8, 2019 3:37 pm

Vaomua Laloifi (R) in action for the Western Bulldogs in VFL Women's Round 9


The Western Bulldogs inflicted Richmond’s first defeat of the Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s season in Round 9, while Hawthorn is just hanging on to its top-six spot after losing to the Geelong Cats in the 2018 Grand Final rematch.

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STORY OF THE MATCH: The Saints (2nd on ladder, 7-1 record) posted their sixth straight win with a dominant performance at Wilson Storage Trevor Barker Beach Oval on Saturday. Five different goalkickers had hit the scoreboard for Southern before Williamstown (12th, 1-6) scored their first and only major of the match five minutes into the second quarter, the Seagulls ultimately unable to back up last week’s upset victory over the NT Thunder.

KEY PLAYERS: Caitlin Greiser, Courteney Munn and Jacqui Vogt all finished with two goals for the Saints. Alison Drennan (27 disposals) was the game’s leading ball-winner and Rhiannon Watt (21 and a game-high 25 hitouts), Melissa Kuys (20) and Cat Phillips (16 and a game-high 12 tackles) were also important for the winners, while Danica Pedersen (17 and a game-high six marks) and Megan Williamson (eight tackles and one goal) were among Williamstown’s best players in defeat.

NEXT UP: Southern will shoot for seven triumphs on the trot when it heads to Deakin University in Geelong to meet the Geelong Cats (8th) on Saturday. / The Seagulls face the daunting task of taking down ladder-leader Collingwood at Victoria Park on Saturday morning.


GEELONG CATS 4.7 (31) d HAWTHORN 3.6 (24)

STORY OF THE MATCH: Geelong (8th on ladder, 4-4 record) gained some measure of revenge on reigning premier Hawthorn (6th, 4-4) in the 2018 Grand Final rematch at Box Hill City Oval on Saturday. The Cats went goalless in the first term and trailed by 13 points at quarter-time but had worked their way into the lead by the main break. A see-sawing second half saw both teams miss chances inside 50, but Richelle Cranston’s second major early in the final stanza – the only goal of the term – proved the difference for Geelong, which has now won three consecutive games.

KEY PLAYERS: Cranston (pictured in tweet below) was also the most prolific player of the contest with 28 disposals, but Rebecca Webster (21 disposals and a team-high seven tackles) and Amy McDonald (19 and six) were also influential through the Cats’ midfield. The Hawks were well served in close by Rebecca Beeson (team-high 25 disposals) and Rosie Dillon (24, a game-high eight tackles and one goal) as well as captain Tamara Luke (15, a game-high nine marks and one goal).

NEXT UP: Geelong faces a challenge to keep its winning streak going, set to take on the Southern Saints (2nd) at home at Deakin University on Saturday. / Hawthorn goes ‘tertiary’ in Round 10 too, venturing to La Trobe University in Bundoora to meet Carlton (11th) on Saturday morning.


MELBOURNE UNI 5.8 (38) d CASEY DEMONS 4.9 (33)

STORY OF THE MATCH: A first-term burst saw Melbourne Uni (7th on ladder, 4-4 record) avoid a third straight loss and instead inflict Casey’s (9th, 3-5) fifth consecutive defeat on Saturday at Casey Fields. The Mugars conceded the first goal of the match eight minutes into the opening term but quickly responded with four majors of their own prior to quarter-time. The Demons later kicked the only two goals of the final stanza while holding their opponents scoreless, but Melbourne Uni’s early lead proved too big for them to overcome.

KEY PLAYERS: A pair of North Melbourne AFLW-listers enjoyed monster outings for the Mugars, Jess Duffin racking up a game-high 39 disposals and Kate Gillespie-Jones recording 33 touches and one goal as well as game-highs of 12 marks and 15 tackles. Jasmine Grierson (17 disposals and seven marks) and Katie Angelis (two goals) were also important for the victors, while Libby Birch (team-high 24 disposals as well as nine tackles and one goal) and Eden Zanker (21, 16 hitouts and one goal) stood out for Casey.

NEXT UP: Melbourne Uni will test itself against a Richmond (3rd) outfit on the rebound from its first defeat of 2019 on Sunday at the Swinburne Centre. / The Demons stay at home to host the Western Bulldogs (5th) at Casey Fields on Saturday morning.


COLLINGWOOD 6.4 (40) d ESSENDON 3.2 (20)

STORY OF THE MATCH: A stellar season continues for Collingwood (1st on ladder, 7-1 record), the Magpies notching their seventh win in a row in accounting for Essendon (10th, 2-6) at Windy Hill on Saturday. The Bombers bagged the game’s first goal after 10 minutes of play, but Collingwood replied with the next four majors – including two to in-form AFLW-lister Jaimee Lambert – to take a match-defining 20-point lead into half-time.

KEY PLAYERS: Lambert finished with three goals from a game-high 25 disposals to further her formidable claims for the 2019 Lambert-Pearce Medal, with Chloe Molloy (17 disposals and one goal) and Mikala Cann (team-high nine tackles and one goal) others to hit the scoreboard for the Magpies. Simone Nalder proved a force in the ruck for Essendon with a clear game-high 40 hitouts, while tough on-baller Georgia Nanscawen won 18 touches (a team-high) and laid 13 tackles – an equal-game-high alongside teammate Isabel Currenti.

NEXT UP: Collingwood welcomes Williamstown (12th) to Victoria Park on Saturday morning. / The Bombers have the bye in Round 10 before facing off with the Darebin Falcons the following Saturday.


NT THUNDER 7.5 (47) d CARLTON 6.9 (45)

STORY OF THE MATCH: A big final-term comeback allowed the Thunder (4th on ladder, 5-3 record) to snatch victory from Carlton (11th, 1-6) after trailing by as much as 22 points late in the third quarter at TIO Stadium in Darwin on Saturday. The Blues couldn’t manage a major in the fourth stanza as three goals from Adelaide AFLW premiership forward Danielle Ponter and one from Gemma Cusack helped see NT home against its fading opponents for the second time in four weeks (following a seven-point win in Round 5).

KEY PLAYERS: Ponter’s three majors came from just nine disposals, with Cusack finishing with two from six touches. Anne Hatchard had plenty more than that, racking up a game-high 36 disposals to be among the Thunder’s most influential players along with Jasmyn Hewett (22 disposals and 12 hitouts) and Janet Baird (12 and a game-high seven tackles). Gabriella Pound topped Carlton’s stats sheet with 29 touches, while Jess Hosking (22 disposals and one goal) and Sarah Wright (15, a game-high nine marks and one goal) were also prominent for the Blues.

NEXT UP: NT returns to Victoria for a match against the Darebin Falcons (13th) at Preston City Oval on Sunday. / Carlton’s quest to revive its season doesn’t get any easier in Round 10, with Hawthorn (6th) coming to La Trobe University in Bundoora.


WESTERN BULLDOGS 4.4 (28) d RICHMOND 2.10 (22)

STORY OF THE MATCH: The Bulldogs (5th on ladder, 5-3 record) were the first team to topple Richmond (3rd, 6-1) in 2019, capitalising on their opponent’s inaccuracy to secure an upset victory at VU Whitten Oval on Saturday. The Tigers led by a point at both half-time and three-quarter-time but had recorded six more scoring shots in both cases. That wastefulness ultimately came back to haunt them, as Kim Rennie’s second goal midway through the final stanza – the only major of the term – saw the Bulldogs end their three-match losing run.

KEY PLAYERS: Hannah Scott (game-high 25 disposals) and Bailey Hunt (18) were the Bulldogs’ key ball-winners, with Sarah Jolly (13) and Mary Sandral (13 and a game-high seven marks) also among their best players. Kate Dempsey led Richmond with 21 disposals and five marks, while one of the club’s key 2020 AFLW recruits Sabrina Frederick kicked a goal from nine touches and four marks in her first match in the yellow and black since crossing from Brisbane.

NEXT UP: The Bulldogs now travel to Casey Fields to meet the Casey Demons (9th) on Saturday morning. / The Tigers will look to rebound against Melbourne Uni (7th) at the Swinburne Centre on Sunday.


The Darebin Falcons (7th on ladder, 1-6 record) enjoyed the bye in Round 9, with Essendon (10th, 2-6) to sit out Round 10. The Bombers, however, will compete in an invitational match against the GWS Giants at The Hangar (Essendon FC) from 10.30am on Saturday.

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