While the AFL returned this week, the state leagues continued to put up classic affairs all over Australia.
Second half shoot outs, clutching wins at the death and shifting ladders gave local fans plenty of spectacle in this week’s showing of state footy.
Victoria – VFLW
Carlton vs North Melbourne – Round 4
What was evident from the get go of this match was how Carlton was about to capitalize on its opportunity.
From the five minute mark of the first quarter the ball was locked into North Melbourne’s forward 50. When a free kick came the way of Carlton, the Blues girls were able to clear congestion to transition the ball to the the other side of the ground. Winnie Laing was able to step in and get the first major for Carlton
In the second quarter Carlton was able to to keep the ball up its end of the ground for most of the quarter but it wasn’t enough to stop North Melbourne kicking to goals in the second quarter to Carlton’s one behind.
North Melbourne forward Brooke Brown was outstanding, kicking four goals for the Kangaroos. North Melbourne’s pressure was and intensity was evident, with Beth Lynch finishing the game with eight tackles and Katelyn Cox with 12 tackles along with 20 disposals
Carltons fast start held the side in good stead to get over the line, with the game being close for the remainder of its run.
Final score: Carlton 8.4.(52) defeated North Melbourne 6.8.(44)
Western Bulldogs 3.4.(22) defeated by Willamstown 5.8.(38)
Geelong 3.5.(23) defeated by Port Melbourne 6.3.(39)
Casey 6.6.(42) defeated Southern Saints 2.5.(17)
Essendon 10.10.(70) defeated Darebin 0.3.(3)
Collingwood 3.10.(28) defeated Hawthorn 2.1.(13)
South Australia – SANFLW
Norwood vs North Adelaide – Round 4
Norwood has delivered a warning to the rest of the competition with a 22-point win over reigning premiers North Adelaide at The Parade on Saturday.
The loss was the Roosters’ first in 16 outings and has resigned them to second-place, leaving the Redlegs to snatch top-spot.
It took just 4 minutes for Norwood to get on the scoreboard through a goal to Mattea Breed, and they never looked back, kicking an accurate 5.0 (30) to 1.2 (8).
Leah Cutting was impressive for the hosts gathering 17 possessions and 26 hit-outs whilst Kristi Harvey picked up a match-high 18 touches for the Roosters.
The third quarter saw North Adelaide’s only goal for the day, as Tayla Thorn kicked truly in the third minute, hoping to light a spark for the Roosters.
But it wasn’t to be as Norwood made sure of the result, finishing with goals to Ella Murison and Jade Halfpenny.
A dominant display in the ruck (42-15) gave their midfielders first use, also leading clearances (30-24) for the day, with debutant Sachi Syme leading-all with 5.
This weekend Norwood will endeavour to continue their good form when they take on third-placed Glenelg whilst North Adelaide look forward to last year’s grand final rematch, facing South Adelaide at Flinders University Stadium.
Final score: Norwood 5.0.(30) defeated North Adelaide 1.2.(8)
Woodville-West Torrens 4.1.(25) defeated Central District 2.4.(16)
West Adelaide 3.4 (22) defeated by Glenelg 4.4 (28)
South Adelaide 3.7.(25) defeated Sturt 2.2 (14)
Western Australia – WAFLW
Claremont v Peel – Round 5
In the match of the round, the second and third placed sides on the WAFLW ladder played out a thriller at Revo Fitness Stadium. The Fremantle and West Coast AFLW recruiting teams will be loving the high quality football that the WAFLW has produced this season.
Both Claremont and Peel came into the clash with a 3-1 record, and it was the reigning Premiers Peel Thunder who got out to the fast start, holding the Tigers goalless in the opening term.
Ella Roberts showcased why she is a number one pick fancy for the 2022 AFLW draft, kicking a classy goal and was backed up by teammates Kate Bartlett and Kira Phillips who both bagged two majors over the course of the game.
However, it was the Tigers who took ascendency as the match wore on with five scoring shots in the second term but only being able to convert the one goal.
Peel held a four point lead heading into the final term, but a huge last quarter effort from Matilda Dyke and Jessica Low saw repeat forward 50 entries for Claremont, with Katherine Bennett capitalising in front of goal with her second for the game.
Claremont eventually ran out three point victors over reigning premiers Peel Thunder, solidifying their second spot on the ladder and maintaining pressure on the undefeated Swan Districts at the conclusion of round five.
Final score: Claremont 5.6.(36) defeated Peel 5.3.(33)
South Fremantle 4.2.(26) defeated by East Fremantle 10.12.(72)
Swan Districts 7.12.(54) defeated Subiaco 2.6.(18)
Queensland – QAFLW
Aspley vs Yeronga South Brisbane – Round 4
Yeronga claimed second place after a dominant performance against the undefeated Aspley Hornets in an inaccurate 22 point win.
Rugby convert Christine Okesene, who also nominated for the AFLW draft last year, kept her team in good stead kicking three of its five goals. Having not played since round one against Coolangatta, it was a great return to form.
AFLW Lions Zimmorlei Farquharson and Jordan Zanchetta did their part in the midfield, while Madison Goodwin continued her consistent efforts in the guts all afternoon.
While it was the Hornets first loss of the year, Morgan Lanigan hit the scoreboard and was dangerous in the forward pocket, named as Aspley’s best. Courtney Daniec and Michaela Campbell also registered majors.
Aspley has another tough task against the undefeated Bond University this week, while Yeronga will be aiming to continue its strong form against sixth placed Maroochydore.
Final score: Aspley 3.1.(19) defeated by Yeronga South Brisbane 5.11.(41)
Maroochydore 4.10.(34) defeated Coolangatta Tweed 0.1.(1)
University of Queensland 4.7.(31) defeated by Coorparoo 5.2.(32)
Wilston Grange 1.0.(6) defeated by Bond University 10.15.(75)