The big sides of the SANFL got their first wins for the 2021 season, while the women’s competitions approach the halfway point of the season after the Easter break.
With footy in full swing in Tasmania and the men’s competition just a week away in Victoria, catch up on all the action from the men’s and women’s state league competitions this week.
Glenorchy Magpies vs. Clarence Kangaroos – Round 2
After a bye in round 1, Glenorchy kicked off its season against rivals Clarence at home on Saturday afternoon.
Both teams battled the elements with strong winds and inconsistent showers to contend with at KGV.
Clarence maintained control for the first half and enjoyed a 24-point lead at half time. Glenorchy managed to fight back in the third and heading into the final break scores were level at 52-52.
Clarence were eventually too strong in the third quarter as they booted five goals to eventually win by 33-points.
Glenorchy’s Ben Kamaric was the obvious best on ground as he ended up with a game high five goals and 30 disposals. He led from the front in Glenorchy’s third quarter fightback, the star midfielder was involved in all five of Glenorchy’s comeback goals, snagging four himself.
Clarence’s dominance in the midfield and strong connection into the forward half is what won them the game in the fourth quarter.
Recruits from North Hobart Baxter Norton and Jarrod Harper are developing as a strong wing duo for Clarence, both racking up 25 disposals.
Ethan Jackson is proving to be one of the main players to watch this season, backing up his display of 35 disposals against Lauderdale in round one with 26 this week.
Clarence will enjoy its first home game of the season this weekend against North Launceston at Blundstone Arena, while Glenorchy will welcome Lauderdale to KGV on Saturday.
Final score: Clarence 13.9.(87) def. Glenorchy 8.7.(55)
Kingborough Tigers 15.6.(96) def. Lauderdale Bombers 10.7.(67)
North Launceston 17.22.(124) def. North Hobart 1.5.(11)
Both Port Adelaide and the Adelaide Crows have kickstarted their 2021 campaigns with wins against Central District and West Adelaide respectively last weekend.
Having fallen to Norwood in round one, the Magpies came from behind at Alberton on Saturday, accounting for the Bulldogs by 17 points.
Central District’s lead was 26 points at half time following impressive first-half efforts from Ethan East (three goals), Thomas Graham (two) and Aiden Grace (two).
They failed to register a score in the second half, seemingly helpless as the Magpies ran over the top of them, kicking 6.8 is a barnstorming second half.
Jarrod Lienert (23 disposals) and Boyd Woodcock (23 disposals) were impressive around the ball for the home side while Luke Surman kicked 3 goals.
At Hisense Arena, the Adelaide Crows prevailed by just six points in a tight tussle with West Adelaide.
The lead changed 12 times throughout the match, with the margin reaching a maximum of two goals when Ben Davis kicked truly in the third minute of the game.
Scores were level going into the last quarter and with Josh Gore unable to take advantage of two early opportunities following three-quarter time, the door was left ajar for the Crows.
James Matthews’ goal in the 25th minute would seal the victory for the Crows as they got their first win under new coach Michael Godden.
Veteran Matthew Wright (27 disposals) was the standout for the Crows and was ably assisted by young-star Jackson Hately (26 disposals).
Keiran Lovell (39 disposals) was best afield for the Bloods.
Final scores: Port Adelaide 8.16.(64) def. Central District 7.5.(47), West Adelaide 11.10.(76) def. by Adelaide 12.10.(82)
North Adelaide 9.12.(66) def. by South Adelaide 11.11.(77)
Sturt 6.9.(45) def. by Norwood 10.6.(66)
Glenelg 13.13.(91) def. Woodville-West Torrens 9.8.(62)
Claremont vs South Fremantle – Round 2
2020 runner up Claremont redeemed themselves in a 16-point victory over reigning premiers South Fremantle in round two’s grand final rematch.
The first half was a tight contest between the two – the Bulldogs leading by nine points at half time.
However, the Tigers delivered a dominant display to clutch the win in the final two quarters, kicking 70 points to the Bulldogs’ 45.
It was business as usual for two-time Sandover Medallist Jye Bolton as he and Lachlan Martinis, were a dangerous duo for Claremont. They combined for 63 touches and nine tackles – Bolton also kicking a goal.
Up forward, Kane Mitchell made his presence felt and delivered one of the best performances for the day (25 disposals, eight marks and three goals.)
The electrifying forward had assistance from Alexander Manuel also booted three goals, while Anthony Treacy, Callan England and Bailey Rogers scored two goals each.
Ruckman Jack Buller led the tackle count with ten, applying ceaseless pressure all day in contests.
For South Fremantle, inaccuracy was costly – with only 48.15% of shots converting, despite Cody Ninyette and Mason Shaw kicking four and five goals respectively.
Also featuring prominently for the Bulldogs was Dylan Main and Haiden Schloithe, who had plenty of touches, combined for eight tackles and six marks.
Going into round three, Claremont are hot on Subiaco’s heels as they too, go 2-0 into their contest against Perth away. Meanwhile South Fremantle hope to get over the top of Peel Thunder at home.
Final Score: Claremont 17.6.(108) def. South Fremantle 13.14.(92)
East Fremantle 8.5.(53) def by. Subiaco 12.14.(86)
East Perth 7.7.(49) def by. Peel Thunder 24.10.(154)
West Perth 19.6.(120) def. West Coast 6.6.(42)
Perth 6.13.(49) def by. Swan Districts 14.15.(99)
East Fremantle vs Swan Districts – Round 7
Swan Districts continued their undefeated run, securing another win for the season, this time against East Fremantle to keep their undefeated run alive.
The Sharks started strong keeping the Swans scoreless in the first quarter, while kicking one of their own. However, the Swans responded, kicking the only goal of the second quarter to secure a one-point lead at half time.
Eventually, Swan Districts overpowered East Fremantle in the second half, kicking two goals themselves, racing towards a 17-point lead at three quarter-time.
They broke the game open in the final stanza, kicking four more majors to clutch a 37-point victory and ensure their undefeated record remained intact.
For the Swans, Shannan Rene and Fiona Boucher kicked two goals apiece, while Abbygail Bushby, Hope Ugle-Hayward and Taylah Edwards all kicked one.
Jessica Cox, Stephanie Graskoski, Danielle Wright and Lauren Osbourne were all standouts.
Georgie Cleaver and Sara Lewis were East Fremantle’s two goal scorers, while Samara Pluschke, Sharon Wong, Madeline Ross, Laura McClelland and Nadya Browne were their best for the day.
Final score: East Fremantle 2.2.(14) def by. Swan Districts 7.9.(51)
Claremont 8.4.(52) def South Fremantle 0.5.(5)
Peel Thunder 6.6.(42) def Subiaco 3.4.(22)
Surfers Paradise vs. Redland-Victoria Point – Round 2
Redland-Victoria Point made history on Saturday, winning the club’s first ever QAFL Senior Division game after being promoted from Division 2 in 2021.
The 2020 Division 2 grand finalists had plenty to prove against the Demons, demonstrating that they can be a force of the competition for the year ahead.
A plethora of goalkickers headlined the day for the Sharks, Harrison Kerr and Joshua Brown nailing four majors each. Kerr was electric at ground level, a key linking piece in assisting teammates to score goals of their own.
Making the move from Kenmore, midfielder Matthew Waters was named best on ground for his work in the guts, kicking two goals of his own to cap off his tremendous day.
Waters has kicked 70 goals over 44 games in his past three seasons, and is looking just as dangerous as ever.
For Surfers Paradise, it was more of the same from 2020.
The 2019 premiers have dropped off significantly, winning just two games last year and finishing in seventh place.
Some of the highlights in a poor performance included ruckman Thompson Smith kicking three majors, while vice-captain and reigning best and fairest winner Jack Prestegar did everything he could off the half-black flank, including kicking a goal halfway through the last to try and wrestle momentum back for the Demons.
The Sharks will take on Labrador away from home, the Tigers searching for their first win since round 6 last year. Surfers Paradise take on the also winless Sherwood Districts.
Final score: Surfers Paradise 15.6.(96) def. by Redland-Victoria Point 24.10.(154)
Broadbeach 15.7.(97) def. Labrador 9.11.(65)
Palm Beach Currumbin 8.11.(59) def. by Morningside 15.12.(102)
Sherwood Districts 9.16.(70) def. by Mt. Gravatt 12.12.(84)
Wilston Grange 10.8.(68) def. by Maroochydore 25.18.(168)
Aspley vs. University of Queensland – Round 6
University of Queensland bounced back in a big way against the Hornets, after losing two-straight games heading into the Easter break.
Red Lions forward Grace Brennan has propelled herself to the top of the league goalkicking tally with a five goal haul, one of the best players on the day. She has already smashed her personal best record of three goals in 2019.
Midfielder Stephanie O’Brien was named best on ground, kicking a goal of her own to add to her team’s already dominant score.
It was hard to find positives in what was a horror day for the Hornets. Youngster Lucy Pengelly kicked just her third QAFLW goal, the only major for the Hornets all day.
Pengelly’s half-back teammate and fellow young gun Hayley Moore battled hard to create play all day for the Hornets. The netball convert was named best on ground for Aspley for the first time, playing her best game yet.
The Hornets are now languishing in sixth with three wins and three losses, in what is an extremely competitive race for a finals spot at the midway point of the season. A win against fourth-placed Maroochydore next week could revitalise their season.
For the Red Lions, the pressure is off for another week. A first vs second clash with the undefeated Bond University will truly test their mettle in round seven.
Final score: Aspley 1.4.(10) def. by University of Queensland 10.11.(71)
Yeronga South Brisbane 1.2.(8) def. by Bond University 9.7.(61)
Coolangatta Tweed 5.0.(30) def. by Coorparoo 10.11.(71)
Wilston Grange 5.5.(35) def. by Maroochydore 13.7.(85)
Port Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs – Round 6
Port Melbourne have continued its dominant start in the VFLW with a win against the Western Bulldogs at ETU Stadium.
Port Melbourne dominated the first half, keeping the Bulldogs goalless while kicking four of its own. Sabrina Fredrick made her Port Melbourne debut, kicking two goals for the game and taking some strong marks.
The Bulldogs had a strong second half, winning the third quarter but not quite capitalising on opportunity when given. Ruck Molly Denahy Maloney had a best on ground performance and absolutely dominated the third.
AFLW young gun Isabelle Pritchard was among the best, adding another game to her consistent start to the VFLW season.
In the final quarter the Dogs had repeat inside 50’s but just couldn’t convert while Port Melbourne were able to score two of its own goals to round out the game.
Final score: Port Melbourne 6.6.(42) def Western Bulldogs 1.2.(8)
Hawthorn 1.10.(16) def. by Essendon 4.5.(29)
Southern Saints 5.5.(35) def. Willamstown 4.1.(25)
North Melbourne 4.6.(30) def. by Darebin 6.6.(42)
Casey Demons 4.6.(30) def. by Geelong 5.2.(32)
Collingwood 2.10.(22) def. Carlton 0.4.(4)