The VFLW Bombers are playing their first ever finals series. (Picture: Essendon VFLW/Twitter)

Claremont was eliminated from WAFLW finals, Essendon qualified for its first VFLW finals series while the VFL returned in full swing.


TSL – Round 11

Kingborough has moved to third on the ladder and secured its biggest win of the season, after defeating Clarence by 31 points at Twin Ovals.

The Tigers had not beaten a team in the top four before Saturday, but their victory against the Kangaroos allowed them to accomplish this feat and jump the Roos on the ladder.

The occasion was even more special for Kingborough, as it also claimed the Gadomski-Riewoldt Trophy.

The annual game raises funds for the Alex Gadomski Fellowship (named after the late son of Kingborough President Paul and brother of player Lachie), a Tasmanian research fellowship that works in conjunction with Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision to find a cure for bone marrow failure syndromes.

The Tigers were clinical in the first half, restricting the Roos with their slick ball movement, control in the middle and effort down back.

They had kicked nine goals to two by the main break, including keeping Clarence goalless in the first quarter.

Even with its spearhead Tyler Carter on the sidelines, Kingborough still had plenty of avenues to goal, with talls Marcus Gardner and Cooper Sawdy kicking five between them by half-time.

Scoring slowed down in the third quarter, with Kingborough’s Will Campbell registering the only major for the term.

Clarence rallied in the last quarter and kicked four goals after the game was already over, to make the final scorecard look a bit better.

Eddie Cole took home the Alex Gadomski Medal for Kingborough, after another dominant performance in the middle.

Gardner was strong in the ruck and made a massive impact when he drifted forward, clunking a couple of big marks and kicking a game-high three goals.

Lachie Gadomski was a stabilising force down, on an important day honouring his late brother.

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“The care these boys show to me, I lost a brother but I’ve got 21 others right here. Very proud of the performance today.” (Picture: Tasmanian State League/Facebook)

Jarrod Harper was Clarence’s best in defeat, he was awarded the Alex Gadomski Medal for his unrelenting effort and the way he accumulated the ball around the contest.

The experienced Keegan Wylie stood up across half-back, while playing coach Jeromey Webberley moved himself into the midfield and competed strongly.

Final score: Kingborough 11.9 (75) def. Clarence 6.8 (44)

Other results:

Launceston 22.15 (147) def. Glenorchy 5.4 (34)

North Hobart 4.11 (35) def by. Lauderdale 15.12 (102)

Hamish Spence

South Australia

SANFL – Round 11

Sturt has finally put the four quarter effort they’ve been searching for in 2021 together, in a 41-point demolition of Port Adelaide at Alberton on Sunday.

Mere weeks after losing Jed McEntee to the same side and Ash Johnson to Collingwood in the AFL Mid-Season Draft as well as Zane Kirkwood to retirement, the Double Blues emphatically stole the show in a smaller round of SANFL footy. 

Finishing with 11 different goal kickers, Sturt looked dominant early and took it up to a side unlike it had all year, leaving the Magpies to find the answers. 

Sturt was clinical inside forward 50 and rebounded excellently, with the likes of Matt Crocker, Jack Penfold and Steven Slimming moving the ball from defensive 50 with ease. 

The home side struggled under pressure and despite dominating ruck contests, couldn’t get their hands on the ball first and were dominated with clearances and possession. 

There were still shining lights for the Power reserves side however, with Sam Mayes finishing with a match-high 27 disposals and Dylan Williams kicking six of the side’s seven goals. 

The 185cm forward was dominant up forward and was a presence the Double Blues didn’t have an answer for.

Small forward Josh Hone was good up forward for the visitors, finishing with three goals, whilst Adam Trenorden finished with two. 

Tom Lewis and Abe Davis dominated in the midfield for Sturt, finishing with 26 and 25 disposals respectively. 

It is now the second week in a row, following their 68-point loss to Woodville-West Torrens last week – that the Magpies have been outdone by a side with more will, drive and desire in a worrying sign for the second half of the season. 

The Magpies will now face North Adelaide, who sit just behind them in sixth on the SANFL Statewide Super League ladder, next week in a crucial game in the contest of their season. 

Final score: Port Adelaide 7.8 (50) def. by Sturt 14.7 (91)

Other result:

Central District 10.10 (70) def. West Adelaide 7.10 (52)

Patrick Goldsmith


VFL – Round 10

The Victorian teams returned in full swing, and there was plenty to celebrate with a slew of exciting results across the entire round.

Cats and Dogs fans were treated to a double-header, Footscray getting the win away from home as Josh Schache put up a six-goal haul to show both Luke Beveridge and the rest of the AFL that he’s still a strong forward option

Patrick Lipinski (36 disposals, six tackles, five clearances, 3.2) and Jordan Clark (25 disposals, three goals, eight marks put on a show for their respective sides.

The Northern Bullants got as close as they have all season to a win, kicking five final quarter goals against fellow standalone side Frankston after trailing by 50 points at three quarter time.

Captain Tom Wilson went beserk in the middle, finishing with 34 disposals, 12 marks, seven tackles and six inside 50s. Dolphins forward Mitch Cox had his best game of the season, kicking five goals, while former Bomber Josh Begley increased his season total to 14.

Aspley and Gold Coast both put up 100+ points to finish their shoot-out in a thriller, the Hornets surge home through late goals to Matt Hammelmann and Ryan Bastinac not enough as the Suns held on.

North Melbourne won just its second game of the season over Coburg, while Port Melbourne valiantly went down once again to Carlton.

Meanwhile, at Downer Oval, the Williamstown and Richmond clash ended in dramatics.

Both sides were dead even as the siren blew, star midfielder Mitch Hibberd having marked the ball outside 50 to give the Gulls a chance to win the game.

His long-range shot nearly made the distance, but the ball was called dead as soon as it hit the fists of his teammates, and no score could be awarded.

The draw was the perfect finale to what was a fantastic return for VFL footy.

This upcoming weekend boasts a host of quality matches. Port Melbourne and Williamstown do battle in a clash of traditional rivals at North Port Oval, the Bullants face Carlton for the first time since ending their alignment while Frankston and Collingwood fight for a spot in the eight.


Geelong 9.9 (63) def. by Footscray 14.12 (96)

Frankston 13.15 (93) def. Northern Bullants 10.4 (64)

Southport 24.13 (157) def. Brisbane 7.8 (50)

Aspley 18.17 (125) def. by Gold Coast 19.17 (131)

North Melbourne 11.11 (77) def. Coburg 11.8 (74)

Werribee 15.8 (98) def. GWS 7.8 (50)

Port Melbourne 10.8 (68) def. by Carlton 12.11 (83)

Essendon 7.9 (51) def. by Box Hill 15.12 (102)

Williamstown 11.8 (74) drew Richmond 10.14 (74)

VFLW – Round 13

It was the penultimate round of the home and away season for the VFLW competition, and there were multiple games that decided finals positions.

Hawthorn’s chances to make its first finals series under Bec Goddard were still well and truly alive, and it arrived at Box Hill City Oval with a mission.

The game looked sealed at three quarter time, Geelong dominating clearances and uncontested possession around the ground.

AFLW cult hero Sarah Perkins and Eastern Ranges co-captain El Chaston kicked final quarter goals to bring the Hawks agonisingly close, but it wasn’t to be.

Veteran defender/utility Meg Hutchins (20 disposals, four marks, six tackles, two inside 50s) didn’t look anywhere near retirement, while Geelong AFLW youngster Laura Gardiner (33 disposals, one goal, five inside 50s, eight clearances) had a career best game out of the middle.

Across the grounds, Essendon booked its ticket to its first ever VFLW final series with a 21-point win over Williamstown away from home.

Georgia Nanscawen (20 disposals, 14 tackles, nine clearances) and Alana Barba (17 disposals, 11 tackles, seven clearances, five inside 50s) continued their midfield dominance for the Bombers, leading their side to victory.

Calder Cannons youngster Zali Friswell kicked their third goal of the VFLW season, while Bendigo Pioneer Tara Slender made the most of the few opportunities she had pushing out of centre half forward, taking two marks and laying three tackles.

Meanwhile, Tyanna Smith has singlehandedly kept the Southern Saints in finals contention, moving up to sixth spot in a gutsy win over the Blues.

She would stream through the middle of the ground, breaking the lines and putting the Saints a goal up in the dying minutes.

Smith finished with 22 disposals, eight marks, six inside 50s, four inside 50s and two goals.

Coming into the final round, Geelong will need to defeat Collingwood to keep a top two place, the Bulldogs (against Casey) and Saints (against North) will be battling for the last finals spot.


Hawthorn 4.2 (26) def. by Geelong 4.8 (32)

Collingwood 11.6 (72) def. Western Bulldogs 1.2 (8)

Williamstown 2.2 (14) def. by Essendon 4.11 (35)

Casey 9.6 (60) def. Darebin 1.1 (7)

Carlton 6.5 (41) def. by Southern Saints 7.5 (47)

Port Melbourne 8.7 (55) def. North Melbourne 2.0 (12)

Alex Catalano

Western Australia

WAFLW – Finals Week 1

Two low-scoring, but high intensity, finals opened the WAFLW finals series.

Swan Districts were dominant for the majority of their game against Peel going forward of centre, but couldn’t capitalise a single time on scoreboard. They would ultimately finish the game 0.11.

Tara Stribley, Sarah Wielstra, and Emily McGuire all scored multiple behinds throughout the day, ruining basically every opportunity they had.

Former Docker Katie-Jayne Grieve kicked the first goal of the game late in the first term for Peel, off a handy assist from young gun Ella Roberts.

The loss was just the Swans second of the season, qualifying for finals on top of the ladder after a dominant year.

Meanwhile, Subiaco eliminated Claremont from the finals as it continued its strong run of form. The Lions won four of their last five games of the season, the form team of the competition.

Subiaco trailed by four points coming into the final term, but a controversial free kick to 21-year-old Amy Hunt gave the Lions the spark they needed to take the lead and finish the game strongly.

Swan Districts and Subiaco will now fight off on Sunday for a chance to challenge Peel in the 2021 WAFLW Grand Final.

Alex Catalano

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