This weekend’s action was highlighted by the return of the monster 22 team VFL men’s competition, which you can read out about in this week’s special edition.
Catch up on the action from the state leagues all over Australia.
Clarence Kangaroos vs North Launceston Bombers – Round 3
On Saturday afternoon Clarence hosted North Launceston for their first home game at Blundstone Arena since 2019.
A tightly fought game, both teams were evenly matched in the first quarter.
Clarence were unable to register any score in the second quarter while North Launceston star Bradley Cox-Goodyer was the only player kicking goals, bagging three total on the day.
Clarence’s Jacob Steele put in an early submission for mark of the year with a huge hanger over North Launceston’s Thomas Bennet.
Clarence dominated the third quarter, booting seven goals and leading by 25 points into three quarter time. Three of those goals came courtesy of Ollie Preshaw who would be the day’s leading goal scorer with four.
Despite a North Launceston surge in the fourth the Roos would hold on to win 11 points.
The highlight players for the Bombers were captain Jay Foon with 31 disposals and the rucking dominance of Alexander Lee with 58 hitouts.
Clarence’s midfield continues to impress with Ethan Jackson cementing himself as one of the top players this season with 26 disposals.
Serial ball winner Baxter Norton is proving to be a great pickup for Clarence this year.
Clarence playing coach Jeromey Webberley had his best game of the season so far with a game high 33 disposals.
Clarence will enjoy a week off in round four with a bye. North Launceston will hope to bounce back against Lauderdale at Skybus Oval on Saturday.
Final Score: Clarence 12.1.(73) def. North Launceston 9.8.(62)
Glenorchy Magpies 10.7.(67) def. Lauderdale Bombers 5.11.(41)
North Launceston Blues 17.9.(111) def. Kingborough Tigers 5.12.(42)
Bye: North Hobart Demons
West Perth vs Subiaco – Round 3
Subiaco clinched a thrilling three-point victory over West Perth on Saturday afternoon in round three of the WAFL to remain undefeated in 2021.
With a strong breeze behind them, West Perth jumped out of the gates early, booting five goals in the first quarter.
Connor West was collecting the footy at will through the middle of the park for the Falcons, allowing Tyler Keitel and Keegan Knott to convert in the forward 50.
Subiaco turned the tide in the second quarter with the wind, kicking seven goals for the term including two goals from Harry Marsh.
The third quarter saw the pressure around the contest fierce as both sides refused to take a backwards step.
Subiaco were able to eventually break the contest open, resulting in two late goals to Ben Sokol and consequently the Lions would retain a 15-point lead heading into the final change.
The Falcons came out all guns blazing in the final term and a Rudy Riddoch major saw them edge in front as the game reached its crescendo.
Enter Sandover Medallist Lachlan Delahunty, who masterfully tapped the ball down to a roving Greg Clark, who stepped his way through traffic in the forward pocket and kicked truly to send Subiaco back into the lead.
Subiaco would hold on to win by three points and retain its spot on top of the WAFL ladder after three rounds.
Final score: West Perth 14.7.(91) def by. Subiaco 14.10.(94)
East Fremantle 13.10.(88) def. East Perth 9.9.(63)
Claremont 16.14.(110) def. Perth 12.6.(78)
South Fremantle 14.11.(95) def. Peel Thunder 11.11.(77)
Swan Districts 13.16.(94) def. West Coast 8.7.(55)
Swan Districts vs Subiaco – Round 8
Swan Districts have dug deep to remain undefeated in the WAFLW through eight rounds of the season, defeating Subiaco by eight points on Saturday afternoon.
The fourth placed Subiaco Lions were held scoreless in the first quarter, as Swans ran riot at Steel Blue Oval to lead at the first break by 33 points.
Jessica Cox and Eliza Gelmi dominated the contest as they kicked five unanswered goals with a strong wind at their backs.
With the aid of that wind in the second quarter, Subiaco gained control of the contest, holding Swans scoreless for the term and kicking three goals to bring themselves back into the contest.
Carrying on the good work, Swan Districts were outscored by Subiaco in the third term despite its wind advantage.
The undefeated side held just a six-point lead heading into the final quarter.
Amy Hunt was doing it all for Subiaco in front of goals and finished with three for the day, while Jessica Ritchie and Jayme Harken fought hard to retain possession for the Lions.
A physical final term saw Swans able to hold on, kicking one goal two against Subiaco’s solitary goal to run out eight point winners and keep its dreams of an undefeated season alive.
Sarah Wielstra stepped up for the Swans, kicking two goals on the day.
Final score: Swan Districts 7.6.(48) def. Subiaco 6.4.(40)
South Fremantle 3.3. (21) def by. Peel Thunder 10.8. (68)
East Fremantle 1.1. (7) def by. Claremont 10.6. (66)
Former Adelaide Crow Tyson Stengle was instrumental in Woodville-West Torrens’ dismantling of his former side on Saturday.
The former Adelaide Crow bagged four goals as the Eagles ran riot towards an 83-point victory at home.
Following his tumultuous departure from the AFL-side in the off season, Stengle didn’t play in rounds one and two, but was ready to go against the Crows.
His purple-patch of three goals to open the last quarter was simply icing on the cake, following an impressive afternoon for his side.
The Eagles’ firepower was on full displayer up forward, as Zane Williams (four goals), Clay Cameron (three) and Jack Hayes (three) all got in on the act.
It was Stengle’s former teammate at the Crows and current teammate Riley Knight who played an instrumental role out of the middle.
His 34 disposals and 10 clearances gave the Eagles prime use going forward.
In what was a tough day for the Crows, veteran Matthew Wright kicked two goals and amassed 21 disposals.
The Eagles’ premiership defence is back on track, following their loss at the hands of Glenelg last week.
This week they will face last years’ grand final opponent North Adelaide in the traditional ANZAC Day clash at Maughan Thiem Kia Oval.
Final score: Woodville-West Torrens 24.11.(155) def. Adelaide 11.6.(72)
Elsewhere, Sturt opened up their account for 2021 with a 50-point win over bottom-placed West Adelaide.
The wasteful Double Blues held a 56-point lead at three-quarter time, but managed just two behinds in the last quarter, failing to reach 100-points in a game once again.
Final score: Sturt 12.21.(93) def. West Adelaide 6.7.(43)
Norwood were shocked by North Adelaide at home on Friday night, registering just two goals across the four quarters.
The Roosters 92-point win was propelled by Lewis Hender’s six goal masterclass up forward.
Final score: Norwood 2.7.(19) def. by North Adelaide 16.15 (111)
Central District 5.12.(42) def. by Glenelg 10.16.(76)
South Adelaide 12.9.(81) def. Port Adelaide 10.12.(72)
Round seven SANFLW scores:
Norwood 6.3.(39) def. North Adelaide 1.2.(8)
Glenelg 5.5.(35) def. Central District 4.8.(32)
Woodville-West Torrens 4.0.(24) def. by South Adelaide 5.3.(33)
Sturt 9.8.(62) def. West Adelaide 2.5.(17)
Darebin vs Western Bulldogs – Round 8
The Western Bulldogs got their second win on the board for season 2021 after a dominant performance against the Darebin Falcons.
It was a perfect way to bounce back after a disappointing loss over Port Melbourne the round prior with the Bulldogs only managing one goal for the entire game.
In a complete turn around, the Bulldogs had five multiple goal kickers with Jemima Woods, Dani Marshall, Gemma Lagioia, Mary Sandral and Eleanor Brown all recording two+ goals for the game.
Vice-captain Katelyn Betts and AFLW listed Angelica Gogos lead by example, being two of the best on ground for the Doggies.
Although it was an overall disappointing performance from the Falcons, there were some positives with Western Bulldogs premiership player turned Falcon Nicole Callinan up there with the best for the Falcons, recording 29 disposals.
Samara David was brilliant up forward, kicking three out of the four of Darebin’s goals for the game.
Final Score: Darebin Falcons 4.0.24 def. by Western Bulldog, 14.9.93
Southern Saints 4.2.(26) def. by Collingwood 6.5.(41)
Essendon 6.9.(45) def. Williamstown 2.3.(15)
Geelong 7.6.(48) def. North Melbourne 5.2.(32)
Port Melbourne 7.6.(48) def. Carlton 5.2.(32)
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