15/08/2022

The Bays have secured a spot in the SANFLW Grand Final. (Picture: glenelgfc.com.au)

Glenelg secured a spot in the SANFLW Grand Final, East Perth won its first game of 2021 and the Western Bulldogs moved into the VFLW top six.

Tasmania

TSL

North Launceston vs Launceston – Round 8

In a grand final rematch on Friday night, North Launceston handed its crosstown rivals its first loss of the season.

North Launceston are the first team to challenge the Blues this year, the reigning premiers heading into round eight with a monstrous percentage of 295%.

Launceston got off to a hot start, but the Bombers were quick to bring the fight. Heading into the main break the Blues led by nine points.

There was only a five point difference heading into three quarter time. North Launceston won a hard-fought final quarter and came out victorious by 15 points.

North Launceston captain Jay Foon led from the front with 28 disposals and two goals. Launceston was accurate, but the Bombers’ defence was able to hold off league leading goalkicker Dylan Riley and the Blues’ attack, keeping Riley goalless.

North Launceston forwards Jack Rushton and Zachary Burt combined for five goals.

It was a midfield grudge match, but North Launceston rovers Ben Simpson and Jack Avent came out on top with 23 and 21 disposals respectively.

Launceston will have to process its first loss of the season through a bye next weekend. North Launceston will roll on with growing confidence as they face last-placed North Hobart on Saturday.

Final score: North Launceston 11.12 (78) def. Launceston 10.3 (63)

Other results:

Kingborough 21.11 (137) def. North Hobart 4.4 (28)

Clarence 16.14 (110) def. Lauderdale 4.10 (34)

Bye: Glenorchy

Simon Andrews

South Australia

SANFL

South Adelaide vs Glenelg – Round 7

Glenelg has kept the good times rolling with a sizzling 40-point win over fellow premiership contender South Adelaide at Flinders University Stadium on Sunday. 

The Tigers dominated much of the first half but two South Adelaide goals from Joel Cross and Jake Tarca as half time approached had the home side trailing by just eight points at the major break. 

However, it was a run of six unanswered goals in the third quarter which propelled the Bays to their seventh victory in a row, keeping them as the only unbeaten side in 2021.

They dominated possession for large parts of the contest and were ferocious with their pressure, out-tackling the Panthers and making their on-ballers look slow and sluggish. 

Despite this, South Adelaide had more clearances and took the ball inside fifty more often, just failing to capitalise and falling short with the delivery. 

Once again, the potent Glenelg forward line made it difficult for the South Adelaide defenders to have all the bases covered as Liam McBean (three goals), Lachie Hosie (two) and Luke Reynolds (one) all stood up.

South Adelaide veteran Bryce Gibbs took no time getting involved in the contest, kicking a long-bomb goal within the first 30 seconds and finishing the game with 31 disposals. 

His teammates Joseph Haines (26 disposals, 10 marks) and Cross (23 disposals) also battled manfully through the middle. 

Captain Chris Curran was instrumental across half back for the visitors, picking up 33 disposals, whilst Matthew Allen (26 disposals) and Luke Partington (25 disposals) were strong also. 

Final score: South Adelaide 9.8 (62) def. by Glenelg 15.12 (102)

Other results:

West Adelaide 5.4 (34) def. by Woodville West Torrens 21.8 (134)

Sturt 11.9 (75) def. by Central District 12.13 (85) 

Norwood 12.20 (92) def. Adelaide 6.8 (44)

Port Adelaide 13.8 (86) def. North Adelaide 11.12 (78)

SANFLW

Finals Week One

Glenelg has booked its place in the grand final with an impressive 23 point win over reigning premiers Norwood in the second semi final on Saturday. 

The Redlegs, who have been the standout team all season, were kept to just three scoring shots in a disappointing performance. 

The contest was still in the balance at three quarter time as just five points separated the two sides. 

But three last quarter goals for the Bays from Meara Girvan, Caitlyn Swanson and Jess Searle was the icing on the cake for an evening where goals were at a premium. 

The result would have been a bitter pill to swallow for those at the Parade, but have the opportunity to rectify it this weekend thanks to the double chance they earned. 

AFLW-listed Crow Ebony Marinoff starred for Glenelg with 23 disposals and 10 tackles and was only showed up by teammate Caitlin Gould, who finished with 23 disposals, six marks and a goal. 

Najwa Allen (16 disposals, seven tackles) and Leah Cutting (16 disposals, six tackles) were the standouts for Norwood.

Final score: Norwood 1.2 (8) def. by Glenelg 4.7 (31)

West Adelaide has lived to fight another day as it came from behind midway through the last quarter of its first semi final against South Adelaide on Saturday. 

The margin never reached greater than six points throughout the night, as the two sides went goal for goal, already knowing the winner would face a deflated Norwood side the week after. 

Both the first and third quarters were riddled with errors in front of goal, with neither side converting a major for the two quarters. 

So therefore when it came to crunch time in the last quarter, two West Adelaide goals to Sarah Dargan and Melanie Elsegood were enough to establish the match winning margin of four points. 

Best for the victors was Lauren Young with a match-high 20 disposals and six tackles whilst Lisa Whiteley was impressive for South Adelaide, picking up 16 disposals and seven tackles. 

The Bloods are full of confidence, having won four games in a row as they go into the penultimate game of the season. 

Final score: West Adelaide 4.5 (29) def South Adelaide 3.7 (25)

Patrick Goldsmith

Western Australia

WAFL

East Perth v West Coast – Round 7

East Perth got its first win of the 2021 season in round seven, piling on the misery for a winless West Coast WAFL side.

The hosts ran riot to claim the four points with the good news out of the Eagles camp being the return of Elliot Yeo in limited game time. 

Both sides entered the contest looking for their first four points of the season, and it was a cagey three quarters of the game. Only three goals between the teams were kicked in the first term, and just two more goals were scored in the second and third respectively. 

East Perth was wasteful in front of goals, but young gun Matt Young righted the ship with two goals straight, and midfield jet Rohan Kerr added a goal to his prolific 31 disposal game. 

Yeo played limited minutes, but looked his usual self in that time. The star West Coast midfielder finished with 13 disposals and eight tackles, looking a level above the competition. 

Stan Wright is another young gun who has found his rhythm since his call up from the Reserves level, finishing the game with 13 disposals and three inside 50s. 

Aidan Lynch couldn’t capitalise on his opportunities in front of goal but dominated the match on his way to 29 disposals and 1.4.

Final score: East Perth 12.13 (85) def. West Coast 3.10 (28)

Other results:

East Fremantle 6.10 (46) def by 14.4 (88)

Peel Thunder 7.10 (52) def by West Perth 12.8 (80)

Perth 11.8 (74) def. South Fremantle 7.12 (54)

Swan Districts 7.8 (50) def by Subiaco 8.10 (58)

Jasper Chellappah

WAFLW

Subiaco vs Swan Districts – Round 12

Just one round after getting out of jail against Peel by one-point, Swan Districts has done it again against Subiaco.

A neck-and-neck first half provided a thrill for spectators, the Lions leading at one point at the quarter time break while the Swans lead by the same margin at the half.

There were six individual goalscorers for each of the first half goals, 20-year-old former state representative Kia Buckley kicking the highlight for the Lions as she shook off multiple defenders.

Buckley has now kicked eight goals in 10 games for the season, letting WA recruiters know not to overlook her again.

There would be no further scores in the second half, as the rain poured down nearly non-stop until the final siren.

Swan Districts continue a season of dominance despite the scares of the past two games, remaining undefeated with 12 wins on the trot, matching Collingwood’s streak in the VFLW.

As the regular season gets closer to its close, the Swans next challenge comes against an East Fremantle side snapping at Subiaco’s heels for a finals spot.

Subiaco need a win against the second-placed Peel to stave off the challenging East Fremantle and all but secure its place in finals.

Final score: Subiaco 3.4 (22) def. by Swan Districts 3.5 (23)

Other results:

Peel 4.5 (29) def. South Fremantle 0.5 (5)

East Fremantle 6.9 (45) def. Claremont 3.6 (24)

Alex Catalano

Victoria

VFLW

Southern Saints vs Western Bulldogs – Round 12

In a 12-team competition, how is it possible that there are still 10 teams (mathematically) capable of making finals with just two rounds to play in the season?

The story of the 2021 VFLW competition is one of teams who refuse to give up, the Saints and the Bulldogs epitomising this in a desperate battle at Trevor Barker Beach Oval on Sunday afternoon.

With just one goal scored for the first 36 minutes of the match, neither side was giving up any ground inside forward 50, the defensive lines holding strongly and forcing ball up after ball up and contest after contest.

Hannah Stuart (25 disposals, six tackles) and Annabel Scott (18 disposals, eight tackles) didn’t let the ball out of their sights for the Saints and Dogs respectively, Scott being particularly crucial for her side in the dying stages.

The future of the AFLW was on show, youngsters Tyanna Smith and Elisabeth Georgostathis breaking the game open in the throes of half time with key goals.

After wasted opportunities by the Saints to start the second half, the Dogs took back the lead and stormed home with three goals straight to go up 13 points with 10 minutes remaining in the game.

The Saints press would not stop.

Smith wouldn’t relent, finishing the day with 18 disposals and a game high 11 tackles. Hannah Stuart finished with 25 disposals of her own.

Eventually, the rolling Saints contest broke through. A kick in hope inside 50 landed in the hands of Gabriella De Angelis, righting her missed wrongs earlier in the game and bringing it back to just a six point margin with a minute to play.

The final bounce saw just 23 seconds left on the clock.

Georgia Patrikios fired off a bullet handpass to Stuart, who launched a missile deep into the Saints forward line as the final seconds ticked down in every player’s mind.

Dani Marshall and Nikita Wright were the heroes for the Bulldogs, combining to bring the ball to ground and clear it to safety, winning the game and securing sixth position in the dramatic race to finals.

The Saints now sit seventh, holding the best percentage in the bottom six. They now face the task of taking on an equally desperate North Melbourne team who just claimed a down-to-the-wire victory over Essendon.

For the Bulldogs, it’s a match-up with the vulnerable Casey Demons at Whitten Oval, who’ve now lost their last two games straight, putting their finals position in jeopardy.

Final score: Southern Saints 3.9 (27) def. by Western Bulldogs 5.3 (33)

Looking at the Roos, Saints and Blues who sit just outside the top six, the equation for finals is simple. Win both remaining games and hope that either the Bombers or Bulldogs can drop at least one of their final two matches.

Hawthorn don’t have it quite so easy.

With the Southern Saints and Essendon’s high percentages, the 10th placed Hawks need a miracle for everything to go right.

For the Hawks to have the best chance to make finals they need:

  • To win both remaining games against top four sides Port Melbourne and Geelong
  • The Western Bulldogs to lose to Casey and Collingwood
  • The Southern Saints to lose both of their games to North Melbourne and Carlton, and neither of the two sides to win their remaining games

Suffice to say all eyes will be on this Saturday’s clash between Hawthorn and Port Melbourne at Box Hill City Oval.

Other results:

Essendon 3.7 (25) def. by North Melbourne 4.5 (29)

Casey Demons 5.5 (35) def. by Port Melbourne 8.1 (49)

Carlton 4.7 (31) def. Geelong 3.4 (22)

Darebin 3.3 (21) def. by Collingwood 11.6 (72)

Williamstown 2.9 (21) def. by Hawthorn 6.7 (43)

VFL

GWS vs Port Melbourne – Round 6

The Borough were unfortunately not able to secure a win for legendary coach Gary Ayres’ 250th game at the helm, but they fought hard until the bitter end.

Away from the comforts of Victoria for the second time this year after losing convincingly to Aspley in round one, both sides were searching for their second win of 2021.

Port Melbourne got off to a cracking start, kicking the first four goals of the game and sitting handily in front halfway through the first term.

Eli Templeton and Matt Signorello continued their cracking form, the pair finishing with four goals between them, Templeton also leading all players for disposals with a whopping 40.

Milestone man Harvey Hooper had his strongest midfield game yet, finishing with his season-high of 30 disposals.

For the Giants, it was AFL-listed youngster Tanner Bruhn who got the ball rolling, firing off three goals in 20 minutes across the end of the first quarter and start of the second to get his side back in it.

Giants academy graduate Rhys Pollock fired off three goals of his own, the small forward returning to where it all started this season after a stint at the Canberra Demons in the NEAFL.

Fellow pupil James Peatling was impactful all over the ground, leading GWS for disposals with 33 and marks with 11.

Port Melbourne now slump to the bottom four, with a poor 1-4 record its worst ever start to a season under Ayres. The losses haven’t come against strong competition, with losses to Aspley (18th), Coburg (14th) and now GWS (17th).

The Borough will have a chance to right their wrongs against the in-form Box Hill on Saturday afternoon, while GWS can keep the ball rolling against Brisbane.

Final score: GWS 11.9 (75) def. Port Melbourne 9.12 (66)

Other results:

Geelong 15.15 (105) def. Coburg 7.6 (48)

Southport 17.14 (116) def. Gold Coast 5.3 (33)

Frankston 5.17 (47) def. by Footscray 19.14 (128)

Brisbane 12.8 (80) def. by Richmond 21.16 (142)

Aspley 12.10 (82) def. by Sandringham 14.9 (93)

Essendon 11.4 (70) def. by North Melbourne 12.13 (85)

Carlton 6.10 (46) def. by Box Hill 19.16 (130)

Casey Demons 12.13 (85) def. Sydney 6.9 (45)

Northern Bullants 3.5 (23) def. by Werribee 27.21 (183)

Byes: Collingwood, Williamstown

Alex Catalano

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