05/03/2024

Swan Districts pulled off a one-point thriller this weekend. Photo: Swan Districts Women's Football / Facebook

The best of the best of the SANFL and WAFL put their hands up for selection for the state match, while Coburg went down in a VFL thriller.

Victoria

VFL

Collingwood vs Coburg – Round 4

There is no more iconic duo at the moment than the Pies and playing absolute thrillers in the VFL competition.

This was a game that looked over at the three quarter time siren. Collingwood held a 38-point lead, Coburg scoring its singular goal for the quarter in the dying minutes through young midfielder Nathan Boucher.

What followed in the final term was an absolute forward assault by the Lions. They would kick four answered goals to work the margin back to just 13 points before Jordan Booth kicked a settler for the Pies.

The margin would reach seven points at the 25-minute mark, Coburg holding all the momentum. Unfortunately for the away side, they would miss three shots at goal despite creating inside 50s and scoring opportunities ad nauseum.

Collingwood came away four point winners, showing once again its ability to ride out games despite surging opposition, moving up to seventh position.

AFL-listed youngster Jack Ginnivan kicked three goals, his best game yet in black and white. Small Sam Fowler was in everything, with 19 disposals, six marks, six tackles and three goals.

For Coburg, 13th position isn’t truly indicative of how it stands in 2021, losing now to strong opposition in Collingwood and sixth-placed Frankston.

Mid Charlie Thompson added three more goals to his season tally, now averaging 26 disposals, five tackles and just over a goal a game. Ruck Kyle Galloway has now handled two AFL listed rucks convincingly after last week’s win against Brisbane, averaging 31.5 hit outs.

Coburg will now lock its sights firmly onto Port Melbourne, the fellow standalone side looking vulnerable after a capitulating loss to Williamstown in round three and a bye this week.

Collingwood will travel with the AFL side to face Sydney, assuming the game isn’t delayed due to COVID restrictions in New South Wales.

Final score: Collingwood 14.11 (95) def. Coburg 13.13 (91)

Other results:

Geelong 17.15 (117) def. Northern Bullants 11.6 (72)

Williamstown 17.13 (115) def. Frankston 4.7 (31)

Southport 24.9 (153) def. North Melbourne 7.4 (46)

Box Hill 8.5 (53) def. by Werribee 13.12 (90)

Footscray 11.11 (77) def. Carlton 8.11 (59)

Byes: Aspley, Brisbane, Casey, Essendon, Gold Coast, GWS, Port Melbourne, Richmond, Sandringham, Sydney

VFLW

Hawthorn vs Darebin – Round 10

A late-season charge from Hawthorn is every chance to unsettle what had looked like an already decided finals series, with just four rounds left to run in the season.

Before this round the Hawks were sitting in a dismal 10th position with a percentage of 72.26. After a huge 62-point demolition of the Falcons, they now sit eighth with a percentage of 88.25.

A crop of strong additions over the past month including Ali Drennan (24 disposals, 9 tackles), Tamara Luke (24 disposals, 37 hitouts, six marks, one goal), Kristy Stratton (24 disposals, 10 tackles, two goals), Katelyn Cox (17 disposals, eight tackles, one goals) and Phoebe McWilliams (12 disposals, one goal) has seen the Hawks morph into a completely different side.

From rounds 1-6 the Hawks averaged 28 points. In rounds 7-10 that has increased to an average of 46 points. Inside 50s have also increased from 28 to 34 per game in that time period.

Bec Goddard’s new look Hawthorn has now won two of its last three matches after an absolute steamrolling of Darebin on Saturday morning.

The Falcons had few shining lights, but midfielder Kathleen Roe shone strongly with 21 disposals and three tackles, continuing her strong season. Veteran Giant Annalyse Lister laid an incredible 19 tackles to go with her 17 disposals.

It was a day the Falcons would like to quickly forget, barely moving the ball past the Hawks rock-solid defence and only registering 13 inside 50s total.

They now have a chance to notch up their second win of the season against a similarly struggling Williamstown at Downer Oval.

For the Hawks though, finals are well and truly alive. They need everything to go right, starting with a win against North Melbourne on Sunday.

Final score: Hawthorn 10.9 (69) def. Darebin 1.1 (7)

Other results:

Western Bulldogs 4.14 (38) def. Carlton 3.6 (24)

Geelong 5.9 (39) def. Essendon 2.4 (16)

North Melbourne 2.1 (13) def. by Collingwood 10.15 (75)

Port Melbourne 4.4 (28) def. by Southern Saints 8.4 (52)

Williamstown 0.0 (0) def. by Casey 9.5 (59)

Alex Catalano

Tasmania

TSL

Clarence vs Launceston – Round 6

Ladder leaders Launceston and Clarence met at Blundstone Arena in round six. Launceston was coming in undefeated while Clarence had triumphed over North Launceston at Blundstone three weeks earlier.

Launceston came out swinging, kicking nine unanswered goals until Roos youngster Colby Whiteclaw put Clarence on the scoreboard halfway through the second quarter.

Heading into half time Launceston were leading by 68 points.

Clarence put up a spirited fight in the third, outscoring the Blues. However, these efforts proved insufficient as Launceston would hold on for a 72-point victory,

The defending premiers remain undefeated in 2021 with five victories straight.

Michael Musicka returned to the forward line and kicked three goals in the first half. He made way in the midfield for the returning Jake Hinds who racked up 23 disposals and an additional three goals of his mine.

TSL leading goal scorer Dylan Riley is holding firm at the top of the table with a four goal performance.  

The other major ball winners for Launceston were Brodie Palfreyman and Joe Groenwegen with 24 and 25 touches respectively.

The shining light for the Roos was Ethan Jackson with a game high 26 disposals. 

Launceston will attempt to keep its unbeaten run going at home against Lauderdale next week, while Clarence hopes to bounce back as it faces North Hobart at Blundstone Arena.

Finals Score: Launceston 17.8 (110) def. Clarence 5.8 (38)

Other results:

North Launceston 12.13 (85) def. Kingborough 7.12 (54)

Glenorchy 16.12 (108) def. North Hobart 3.13 (31)

Bye: Lauderdale

Simon Andrews

Western Australia

WAFL

Subiaco vs ClaremontRound 6

Subiaco handed Claremont its first loss of the WAFL season, running away 40-point victors on Saturday afternoon. 

The Lions were coming off a disappointing loss in round five, but bounced back in a big way to sit pretty on top of the 2021 WAFL ladder at the conclusion of round six.

They jumped out of the gates in the first quarter to lead by 15 points at the first change, and goals to Nicholas Martin (20 disposals, four goals) and Sandover Medallist Lachlan Delahunty (29 disposals, 12 hitouts) early in the second piled on the misery for the Tigers.

Delahunty was terrific in the ruck and up forward, while defender Michael Braut continues to put his hand up for the AFL mid-season draft. The 23-year-old took 12 marks on his way to 27 disposals as he repeatedly repelled Claremont’s attacking forays and delivered another best on ground performance.

Claremont went 70 minutes between its first goal and its second, which came in the third quarter. Lachlan Martinis (26 disposals) and Jye Bolton (23) led the way in the middle, while Alex Manuel kicked three of its seven goals for the match. 

Likely first round AFL draft pick Matthew Johnson was kept quiet in his second game at WAFL level. The tall ball-winning midfielder had just the six touches playing up forward, but will continue his development in the WAFL after dominating the Colts level for Subiaco. 

Subiaco now looks ahead to a clash with the struggling Swan Districts, while Claremont will be out to redeem itself when it faces a surging East Fremantle outfit.

Final score: Subiaco 13.16 (94) def. Claremont 7.12 (54)

Other results:

Perth 11.11 (77) def by. Peel Thunder 14.8 (92)

West Perth 9.8 (62) def. Swan Districts 8.5 (53)

South Fremantle 10.4 (64) def. East Perth 8.9 (57)

East Fremantle 22.15 (147) def. West Coast 3.4 (22)

Jasper Chellappah

WAFLW

Swan Districts vs Peel – Round 11

Swan Districts’ undefeated streak lives another day after a one-point scare from the second placed Peel Thunder who tested them in a top of the table clash at Steel Blue Oval.

The Swans dominated the first three quarters until the Thunder fought back in the final quarter, kicking three goals and limiting the Swans to a solitary behind.

Both sides were strengthened with the return of AFLW stars Mikayla Bowen, Kellie Gibson, and Stephanie Cain (Swans) and Demi Liddle (Thunder), all who featured prominently across the day.

Within the first two minutes, Sarah Wielstra kicked the Swans’ first major of the day, quickly followed by three behinds, only one kicked by the Thunder. Exciting draft prospect Tara Stribley closed the quarter with her first goal of the day.

Peel’s Kaitlyn Hayes answered back with a goal in the opening minutes of the second term, only for Kellie Gibson to kick the Swans’ third goal moments later. With six minutes left, Kate Bartlett and Kira Phillps booted two more goals to put the Thunder within one point going into half time.

A well fought third quarter put the Swans in a comfortable position heading into their final quarter – Stribley, Mikayla Bowen and Mikayla Hyde responsible for the three goals kicked for the quarter.

The Thunder’s fight back was led by Kate Bartlett, who kicked the only three goals for the quarter to put her team within a point. Bartlett’s efforts left her comfortably in first place for the competition’s goal kicking count.

Next round, Peel takes on a South Fremantle side still searching for their first elusive win while the Swans strive to keep their winning streak alive against a firing Subiaco side.

Final score: Swan Districts 6.6 (42) def. Peel Thunder 6.5 (41)

Other results: 

Claremont 2.7 (19) def by. Subiaco 4.6 (30)

South Fremantle 2.3 (15) def by. East Fremantle 5.9 (39)

Rebecca Ruthven

South Australia

SANFL

Round 6

Glenelg has outlasted all others to this point in 2021 to enter the state-game bye 6-0, following a gritty four-point victory over a gallant Sturt outfit on Sunday.

A Luke Reynolds goal in the 27th minute was enough to snatch back victory at the conclusion of four quarters of tough, hard-fought football. 

Five unanswered Glenelg goals from time on in the third quarter opened up an 18-point lead half way through the last quarter. 

But in impressive fashion, Sturt wrestled back momentum and the lead with it, as Ash Johnson goaled either side of a Zane Kirkwood major. 

At that stage, it appeared that this may be the barnstorming victory that Marty Mattner’s side needed to get their season going officially. 

Yet, as they’ve done many a time so far this season, the potent Tigers forward-line prevailed again, on this occasion it was Reynolds who stood up when needed. 

The Tigers are currently sitting top of the table in the league, reserves and U18 competitions, and Reynolds, Lachie Hosie and Liam McBean all find themselves in the top five of competition goalkickers this season. 

It was another case of so close yet so far for the Double Blues, this time winning the final quarter but not the overall contest. 

Best for the visitors was James Battersby, who picked up 35 disposals and eight clearances, whilst young guns Casey Voss and Tom Lewis were also impressive, with 27 disposals each. 

Magarey Medallist Luke Partington was prolific for the Bays, picking up 29 disposals and eight tackles whilst Matthew Snook was also impressive with 27 disposals. 

Final score: Glenelg 11.8 (74) def. Sturt 10.10 (70)

North Adelaide has jumped to sixth position on the Statewide Super League ladder following a percentage boosting victory over West Adelaide at home on Sunday. 

The 68-point win was set up by an eight-goal to two third quarter and impressive individual performances by former AFL player Billy Hartung (33 disposals and Lewis Hender (eight goals). 

The Roosters now have a percentage greater than two teams currently above them as they go into the state game bye.

Last year’s grand finalists have faulted at crucial times so far this year but impressed in an impressive victory over Norwood three weeks ago. 

The Bloods looked up for the fight when captain Tom Keough kicked truly at the eight minute mark of the second quarter to bring the margin back to eight points.

But four straight goals to the Roosters had the Prospect faithful cheering loud and proud at half time. 

With the margin reaching a game high 75-points early in the last quarter following Hender’s eighth goal for the day, the writing was on the wall. 

FInal score: North Adelaide 19.7 (121) def. West Adelaide 8.5 (53)

Other results:

Woodville-West Torrens 13.13 (91) def. by South Adelaide 15.9 (99)

Central District 7.10 (52) def. by Norwood 13.6 (84)

Port Adelaide 13.9 (87) def. Adelaide 10.13 (73)

The best of the SANFL will do battle with the WAFL in the state game this Saturday at Adelaide Oval.

SANFLW

Round 10 – Norwood vs Central District

Norwood have clinched the minor premiership with a game to spare, following a three point victory over sixth placed Central District at the Parade on Friday. 

The Redlegs have been the standout side so far in 2021, losing just two matches in their campaign. 

After a healthy first quarter and goals to Elizabeth Drake, Jade Halfpenny, Rosette Zerella and Najwa Allen, the home side took a 23-point lead into quarter time. 

But a strong response from the Bulldogs meant that the margin was brought back to just two points halfway through the third quarter. 

A tough last quarter which included the visitors squandering golden opportunities ended with Norwood having its nose in front. 

Allen was best for the Redlegs, picking up 18 disposals and kicking a goal whilst for Central District, Shelby Smith gathered 16 disposals and Katelyn Rosenzweig amassed 13 disposals and kicked a goal. 

Final score: Norwood 6.2 (38) def. Central District 5.5 (35)

Other results:

Woodville-West Torrens 0.4 (4) def. by Glenelg 11.6 (72) 

Sturt 2.1 (13) def. by South Adelaide 9.6 (60)

North Adelaide 2.7 (19) def. by West Adelaide 6.3 (39)

Patrick Goldsmith

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