Around the States: April 1

Luka Lesosky-Hay (L), Emily Harley (M) and Pip Peschke (R) celebrating a goal in Port Melbourne's victory on Sunday. Photo: Port Melbourne Football Club

With the start of the men’s competitions for the SANFL, WAFL and TSL on the horizon, catch up on all the action from the women’s leagues this week.

You can read last week’s edition of Around the States here.

Victoria – VFLW

Essendon vs Port Melbourne – Round 5

It was a battle of contenders at Tullamarine on Saturday, with the undefeated top of the ladder Port Melbourne taking on fourth placed Essendon.

With the Bombers fresh off a three-game win streak, the side’s confidence was high coming into another game at home.

Federica Frew was electric all game, kicking two goals including an incredible snap around her body to start the second quarter strong for the Bombers.

Eloise Ashley-Cooper and Alexandra Morcom did the hard stuff consistently, with Alana Barba floating between the midfield and the forward line, not wasting a single disposal.

The Bombers wasteful forward entries were consistently cut off by a poised and focused Borough backline. Hannah Maclaren didn’t let the ball get past her, an intercept marking pillar that couldn’t be moved.

Pip Peschke had the job tagging Dons’ skipper Georgia Nanscawen, and kept her quiet for the better part of the morning. Courteney Bromage both laid tackles and found space on the outside to quickly clear the football.

Cleo Saxon-Jones completely out-marked Eloise Gardner, and found a way to kick goals from anywhere. Her two goals were the difference in the end, and kept the Borough ball rolling to remain undefeated heading into round six.

Final score: Essendon 4.3.(27) defeated by Port Melbourne 6.2.(38)

Other results:

Collingwood 8.4.(52) defeated Casey 3.6.(24)
Southern Saints 9.13.(67) defeated Darebin 1.1.(7)
Carlton 9.11.(65) defeated Hawthorn 5.5.(35)
Western Bulldogs 0.6.(6) defeated by Geelong 5.10.(40)
North Melbourne 4.6.(30) defeated Williamstown 4.2.(26)

Alex Catalano

South Australia – SANFLW

South Adelaide vs North Adelaide – Round 5

In the grand final rematch, the most unexpected of results became a reality as North Adelaide’s Taylor Thorn kicked a point in the dying seconds to tie the game. 

The final siren sounded with scores locked on 21 apiece, Sheena Peters of South Adelaide kicking the only goal of the last term before minor scores from Nicole Campbell and Jess Kirk saw the Panthers hit the front by a solitary point. 

The game itself was an arm wrestle with neither side able to open up a substantial lead, similar to what we saw in last season’s grand final which saw North run out seven point victors. 

Montana McKinnon was instrumental for the Panthers in the ruck, coming out with 16 hitouts to go with her game-high 25 disposals and eight marks. 

Nicole Campbell helped herself to 24 disposals and laid six tackles as well as kicking what would eventually be a vital and rare point in the last quarter.

For North, veteran Lauren Daniel had 21 touches including 19 kicks and five clearances, the most of any player on the oval.

No player kicked multiple goals, meaning there were six individual goalscorers across both teams. 

Madison Bennett kicked her maiden SANFLW goal for the Panthers, as did Alannah Rochow and for North Tayla Gordon kept up her one goal per game average as she was the only player to hit the scoreboard in the third quarter. 

The draw is enough to keep both sides inside the top four but with first placed Norwood taking on the third placed Eagles next week, North and South will be left rueing a missed opportunity to climb the table. 

Final score:  South Adelaide 3.3.(21) drew North Adelaide 3.3.(21)

Other results:

Sturt 2.7.(19) defeated by Woodville-West Torrens 3.5.(23)
Norwood 3.11.(29) defeated Glenelg 4.3.(27)
Central District 8.9.(57) defeated West Adelaide 5.5.(35)

Ben Lennon

Western Australia – WAFLW

Swan Districts vs Claremont – Round 6

There was plenty on the line for Swan Districts and Claremont as they went head-to-head in a top of the table clash at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday. Placed first and second respectively, only one team would come out with their winning streak intact.

Despite both sides missing key players due to WA Under 19s commitments, neither team was deterred with other players stepping up in their absence.

The first quarter was highly contested, with two goals apiece. Hayley Cole got the first goal of the day, however, Claremont’s Ella Smith quickly answered. Mikayla Morrison put the Swans in the lead again while Brooke Whyte tied the scores at quarter time. 

Following, each team had one scoring opportunity. Claremont recorded a behind, while Taylah Edwards capitalised, giving Swans held a five-point lead over the Tigers.

In the second half, it soon turned into a one sided affair as Taylah Edwards kicked her second major, and goals from Aimee Ralph, Chanel Jetta and Hope Ugle Hayward saw the Swan’s lead extend to 33 points.

Swans’ Skipper Emily McGuire and Lauren Osbourne were outstanding in defence, limiting the Tiger’s forward 50 entries. Their composure and generation of rebound 50s rendered the Tigers goalless in the second half. Jessica Cox looked solid in contests and stoppages meanwhile, Aimee Ralph was excellent in the ruck, but is on report. Mikayla Hyde was dangerous in the forward line, but did not record a major.

From Claremont, Katherine Bennett and Jessica Low were courageous in the midfield, maintaining composure when under ceaseless pressure, while Adele Arnup saw plenty of the ball. In defence Rachel Ortlepp took plenty of marks and moved the ball out of the backline smoothly. 

Swan Districts remain undefeated, sitting at first, while Claremont slid to third with four wins, and two losses, both to the Swans.

Swan District look to keep its winning streak alive against East Fremantle next week, while Claremont hope to fight back against South Fremantle at home.

Final score: Swan Districts 7.4.(46) defeated Claremont 2.1.(13)

Other results:

Subiaco 11.12.(78) defeated South Fremantle 1.0.(6)
East Fremantle 2.7.(19) defeated by Peel Thunder 9.5.(59)

Rebecca Ruthven

Queensland – QAFLW

Coolangatta Tweed vs University of Queensland – Round 5

Bottom of the ladder Coolangatta Tweed pulled off a huge upset over the University of Queensland for its first win of the QAFLW season.

The fourth placed Red Lions were set to continue their strong start to the season, but found themselves on the back foot after the major break

Coolangatta held a steady 14-point at half time, before keeping the Red Lions goalless for the remainder of the match to run out eventual 35-point victors.

Kitara Farrar was dominant up forward for the home side, kicking three goals.

A strong backline performance from Coolangatta held Red Lions leading goalscorers Lucinda Benjamin and Grace Brennan to just one goal between them.

Laquoiya Cockatoo-Motlap found plenty ball in the middle all day for Coolangatta, as did Meagan Cook for the Red Lions.

Coolangatta Tweed will look to keep the ball rolling with a home game against Coorparoo on Saturday afternoon, while a third vs fourth battle looms for the Red Lions against Aspley.

Final score: Coolangatta Tweed 7.10.(52) defeated University of Queensland 2.5.(17)

Other results:

Bond University 10.8.(68) defeated Aspley 4.1.(25)
Coorparoo 7.4.(46) defeated Wilston Grange 3.4.(22)
Maroochydore 4.7.(31) defeated Yeronga South Brisbane 4.3.(27)

Alex Catalano

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