As the women’s state leagues start to go down to the wire, the WAFL and WAFLW returned after a week off due to the lockdowns across Perth and Western Australia.
Read all of this week’s action across Victoria, WA, South Australia and Tasmania.
Port Adelaide has stunned last year’s premiers by 60 points at Alberton Oval on Sunday, resigning the Eagles to third place on the ladder.
Wearing the traditional prison bar guernsey which the AFL-side had fought so hard to wear earlier in the week, the Magpies were ferocious and clinical, registering 27 scoring shots to Woodville-West Torrens’ 12.
Seasoned AFL player Tom Rockliff was immense for the home side, collecting 34 disposals before he went off in the last quarter with a knee injury.
The win was set up by eight unanswered goals from the 19th minute of the first quarter, through to the 17th minute of the second quarter.
At that stage, the lead was 47 points, the same it would be at half time.
A five-goal to three second half proved the dominance was no fluke and punished the Eagles with their poorest performance for the year.
Lacking class and fluidity with the ball in hand, the visitors never got their game going and wasted opportunities going inside their forward-50.
Despite this, James Tsitas was at his mercurial best for the Eagles, amassing 39 disposals and four clearances.
Magpie Ben Edwards was a dangerous prospect up forward, nabbing four goals whilst Troy Menzel picked up three for the Eagles.
Final score: Port Adelaide 16.11.(107) def. Woodville-West Torrens 7.5.(47)
Sturt outlasted a plucky Adelaide Crows outfit to prevail by one-point, thanks to an Ash Johnson goal deep into time on in the last quarter on Sunday.
At serious risk of producing another fourth quarter fade out this season, the Double Blues held their nerve when required, despite giving up a third quarter, 20-point lead.
The Crows got the jump on the home side, opening up a 14-point lead in the first quarter, before they were quickly reeled back in by Marty Mattner’s men.
The middle part of the game was a see-sawing affair with both sides squandering scoring opportunities, despite producing free-flowing football.
It was a case of a golden opportunity gone begging for Crows’ coach Michael Godden, who is looking to prove himself as a coach again, this time with the new challenge of developing the Crows’ future AFL stars.
Darcy Fogarty was quality with 18 disposals and one goal, whilst Billy Frampton was well held up forward by opponent Luke Edmonds.
Abe Davis was the standout for the home side, picking up 33 disposals and a goal, whilst Johnson finished with four goals up forward.
Veteran Matthew Wright also starred with four goals for the Crows.
Final score: Sturt 12.12.(84) def. Adelaide 13.5.(83)
South Adelaide has lost for the first time in 2021, falling by nine points to a Norwood side who rejoin the winners list following two crushing losses in a row.
The Panthers, who have looked impressive so far in 2021 following the addition of Bryce Gibbs to their squad, started strongly but were overrun run by a hungrier Norwood outfit at the Parade last Friday.
Led by veteran-AFL player Richard Douglas – who amassed 30 disposals – Norwood were impressive in the second quarter establishing up a 26-point lead at half time.
Three-time AFL premiership player Paul Puopolo provided a highlight for the home side, as he took a strong mark over the top of an opponent before slotting home a goal.
The Panthers looked better in the second half and despite keeping Norwood goals, couldn’t bridge the gap before full time.
Final score: Norwood 7.9.(51) def. South Adelaide 6.6.(42)
North Adelaide 10.9.(69) def. by Glenelg 15.10.(100)
West Adelaide 13.7.(85) def. Central District 8.13.(61)
Central District failed to capitalise and take fourth spot following round nine, after losing to West Adelaide at Hisense Arena by 12-points.
The Bloods held a comfortable lead for the majority of proceedings, following a five-goal to two first half.
Neither side was able to capitalise in the third quarter, as just four behinds were registered.
The Bulldogs gave the home side a run for their money in the last quarter however, as goals to Chloe Scheer, Chantel Reynolds and Amber James reduced the deficit to ten points.
But led by Ailish Considine, who led all disposal getters with 25 and goal kickers with two, West Adelaide hung on.
Final score: West Adelaide 6.9.(45) def. Central District 5.3.(33)
Glenelg have gone one game clear in second place on the ladder, prevailing against third placed North Adelaide in a scrappy affair at Prospect on the weekend.
Just one goal was scored in the first half as both sides took turns wasting opportunities; North Adelaide with three in the first quarter and Glenelg with four in the second.
However, the action was goal-for-goal in the second half until Glenelg’s Meara Girvan snapped the streak in the last quarter with her third goal, giving the Tigers critical breathing space.
It proved to be all too important when the Roosters got the deficit back to under a goal through Jaimi Tabb, but it wasn’t to be.
Jessica Bates was the standout for Glenelg, picking up 24 disposals.
Final score: North Adelaide 4.6.(30) def. by Glenelg 5.5.(35)
Norwood 2.9.(21) def. by South Adelaide 4.3.(27)
Woodville-West Torrens 3.1.(19) def. by Sturt 9.8.(62)
Kingborough vs Clarence – Round 5
Clarence has laid claim to being the best team in the South after its 18-point win against Kingborough at Twin Ovals.
The Kangaroos set up their victory with a strong eight-goal to three first half, creating a buffer that the Tigers could not ultimately overcome.
After a fairly even third term, two late goals to Tom McCallum extended the Kangaroos’ lead to a game-high 36 points.
Kingborough flirted with a late comeback by kicking four unanswered goals in the final quarter, reducing the margin to 12 points.
But Keren Howlett’s third in the dying stages ensured that Clarence left as 18-point winners.
In what was potentially his late game for the club, young gun and Tasmania Devil, Oliver Davis, got to celebrate with a win and put on a show on his way out.
In a best on ground performance, Davis finished with 39 disposals, six clearances, eight marks and eight tackles.
After unluckily going undrafted last year, Davis is now heading to South Australia to play in the SANFL and train with Adelaide, in the hope of winning a list spot with the Crows in the mid-season draft or at the end of the year.
Howlett and Oliver Preshaw were dynamic up forward for the Roos with three goals each.
Co-captain Zac Buechner also did a stellar job on the last line of defence by keeping one of the league’s best key forwards and Kingborough’s spearhead, Tyler Carter, to one goal.
The Tigers’ on-ball trio of Lachie Clifford, Eddie Cole and Will Campbell were all among the side’s best in defeat, while Marcus Gardner dominated in the ruck.
Final score: Clarence 11.10.(76) def. Kingborough 8.10.(58)
Lauderdale 9.7.(61) def. by North Hobart 12.7.(79)
Launceston 30.13.(193) def. Glenorchy 7.3.(45)
Bye: North Launceston
Collingwood vs Gold Coast Suns – Round 3
A far from typical Friday 4PM timeslot provided plenty of entertainment for the after-work crowd, slowly filling in as the people of Melbourne clocked off.
The small but passionate Gold Coast contingent that flew in to watch their AFL side were just as eager to watch the development of their academy boys, both the graduate and current classes.
Will Bella hit the scoreboard again after kicking a bag of three last week against Sydney, taking his season high of seven marks and dominating aerially leading out of the forward 50.
Developing ruck/forward Patrick Murtagh moved around the ground well, finishing with 13 disposals, five marks, eight hit-outs and kicking a goal. Aiden Fyfe was a solid contributor on the wing, while Joel Jeffrey threatened all day in the forward line.
The match was one of momentum swings, the Pies looking in danger early before a five-goal second quarter gave them an 11-point lead going into half-time.
This was off the back of none other than Oliver Henry, who kicked three goals, had 22 disposals and a match-high 13 marks. Aerially, he was playing well above his 186cm frame.
When the game was on the line in the final term, it was 17-year-old academy boy Youseph Dib who stood up for Collingwood, kicking two crucial goals to seal the three-point victory.
Other notable AFL-listed players for both sides included:
- Brayden Sier (28 disposals, one goal, six marks, five tackles)
- Reef McInnes (20 disposals, one goal, 11 tackles)
Gold Coast Suns
- Will Brodie (41 disposals, 10 tackles)
- Darcy Macpherson (33 disposals, nine tackles)
- Rory Atkins (20 disposals, two goals, six marks)
Gold Coast will enjoy a bye this weekend, while Collingwood take on Coburg fresh off an inspiring win over Brisbane in the Sunshine State.
Final score: Collingwood 9.11.(65) def. Gold Coast Suns 9.8.(62)
North Melbourne 3.6.(24) def. by Casey 19.17.(131)
Northern Bullants 6.11.(47) def. by Footscray 12.18.(90)
Werribee 18.16.(124) def. Richmond 6.7.(43)
Sydney 8.12.(60) def. by Geelong 9.10.(64)
Frankston 13.14.(92) def. Aspley 10.11.(71)
Williamstown 15.17.(107) def. Port Melbourne 10.9.(69)
Brisbane 8.7.(55) def. by Coburg 9.19.(73)
GWS 14.10.(94) def. Southport 8.16.(64)
Essendon 8.4.(52) def. by Carlton 14.17.(101)
Sandringham 15.8.(98) def. by Box Hill 19.14.(128)
Southern Saints vs Hawthorn – Round 9
In what was a round of blow-outs, it took until the final game of the weekend for a thrilling affair between the Southern Saints and Hawthorn at Trevor Barker Beach Oval.
The first of a VFL double-header at the ground, the Saints held on in the dying minutes of the game as the Hawks launched inside 50 after inside 50. Ground level pressure from Mel Bertuna (nine tackles), Alexandra Hynes (six tackles) and Alice Burke (five tackles) was crucial as the clock counted down.
It was Tara Bohanna who got the momentum going the Saints’ way, kicking two goals at important moments to lead her side to victory. AFLW-listed players Hannah Priest and Tahlia Meyer were useful in the middle all day.
For the struggling Hawks, there will be few but strong positives to take away from the game.
Emily Gilder had one of her best games in brown and gold, pushing forward for the first time all year and kicking two goals, like Bohanna, to keep her team in it.
Tamara Luke and Kate Dudley made for a deadly ruck duo, notching up 22 hit outs between them. The Hawks are slowly building a strong list after a few AFLW delistings, with Nadia von Bertouch, Georgia Bevan and Kirsty Stratton all solid contributors.
Perennially underrated Suns midfielder Ali Drennan enjoyed her first outing for the Hawks, with 18 disposals and seven tackles, picking up where she left off as a hard-nosed in and under player.
With just five rounds to go in the season, Hawthorn need to defeat bottom of the ladder side Darebin to remain in any chance of finals contention.
The Southern Saints have a huge challenge ahead of them in the coming weeks, taking on second-placed Port Melbourne at ETU Stadium followed by third-placed Geelong.
Final score: Southern Saints 6.8.(44) def. Hawthorn 4.8.(32)
Essendon 10.12.(72) def. Carlton 3.1.(19)
Darebin 5.4.(34) def. by Port Melbourne 8.10.(58)
Geelong 15.9.(99) def. Western Bulldogs 2.2.(14)
North Melbourne 4.2.(26) def. by Casey 10.8.(68)
Williamstown 0.2.(2) def. by Collingwood 11.3.(69)
After round four was set aside due to the emerging COVID-19 situation in WA, it was great news for footy fans as round five of the WAFL home and away season went ahead as planned.
South Fremantle vs Subiaco – Round 5
A crowd of 1,918 people watched South Fremantle end Subiaco’s unbeaten start to the season to the tune of 18 points.
South Fremantle started slowly in the first term, and would have been further behind at the first change if not for the power of work done by Haiden Schloithe through the middle of the ground. The star Bulldog worked tirelessly all day to attain 39 disposals, nine marks and nine tackles. In a best on ground display, he also kicked two goals for the hosts.
Subiaco took a seven-point lead into the second quarter, and it was key talisman Ben Sokol who led the visitors once again in front of the big sticks. However, South Fremantle took control of the contest in the middle of the park, taking advantage of the wind to kick seven goals to two in the second quarter.
Mason Shaw was dynamic up forward, finishing with three goals for the game, while Jacob Dragovich finished with 29 disposals and worked hard to deliver the ball with precision inside 50 for South Fremantle.
With a 22-point lead at half-time, the job wasn’t done for South Fremantle as the side continued to put Subiaco to the sword in the third term. It kicked 4.5 in the third period as Schloithe once again ran riot – Subiaco was unable to contain the South Fremantle leader.
Mid-season AFL Draft hopefuls Harrison Marsh (formerly Sydney Swans) and Lachlan Delahunty (Sandover Medallist) provided some desperately needed class to keep the scoreboard respectable for Subiaco, but South Fremantle still maintained a 35-point lead at the final change.
The final term saw Subiaco peg back on the scoreboard, but the damage was done as South Fremantle ran out three goal winners on the day. Both sides now sit at 3-1 on the season and are eyeing a finals berth in what has been a hotly contested 2021 WAFL season to date.
Final score: South Fremantle 12.8.(80) def. Subiaco 9.8.(62)
East Perth 7.13.(55) def by. Swan Districts 10.8.(68)
East Fremantle 6.8.(44) def by. Perth 11.8.(74)
Claremont 16.11.(107) def. West Perth 8.7.(74)
Peel Thunder 24.12.(156) def. West Coast 12.5.(77)
Subiaco vs South Fremantle – Round 10
Subiaco slid into the top four after defeating a winless South Fremantle side by 25 points at Leederville Oval.
With the AFLW season done and dusted, the Lions were bolstered by the return of Dockers’ duo Hayley Miller and Angelique Stannett.
It was a tight contest for three quarters, and it was anyone’s game at three quarter time, however, a last quarter push from Subiaco got them over the line.
The first goal came courtesy of Liusaidh Gilchrist, who was one of the best performers for South Fremantle on the day. However, an intercepted kick out in their defensive half gave Subiaco their first goal, kicked by Madizen Wilkins.
Scores were level going into the second stanza, with both teams scoring 1.1. Subiaco had the only four scoring opportunities for the quarter, none of which converted to a goal, but took them to a four-point lead at half time.
Off the main break, South Fremantle had two shots on goal resulting in behinds before Zoe Huggett got their second and final major for the day. Subiaco kicked one behind and closed the quarter off with a goal from Amy Hunt.
The result could’ve gone either way in the final quarter, but Subiaco’s defensive work dried up South Fremantle’s scoring opportunities. With four behinds and goals from Tarnica Golisano, Abbey Dowrick and Jaime Rust, Subiaco ascended to victory.
The Lions’ finals hopes remain alive as they sit inside the top four for the first time this season, while the Bulldogs continue to search for their first win in the WAFLW.
Standouts for the Lions were Abbey Dowrick, Jayme Harken, Hayley Miller, Jamie Rust and Caitlin Walker.
Casey Byrne, Holly Denholm, Pia Durk, Liusaidh Gilchrist and Kiara Templeman stood tall in defeat for the Bulldogs.
Next weekend, Subiaco will test themselves away against third-placed Claremont, while South Fremantle will continue to chase a win as they take on East Fremantle at home.
Final score: Subiaco 5.10.(40) def. South Fremantle 2.3.(15)
Peel Thunder 8.11.(59) def. East Fremantle 4.6.(30)
Claremont 4.2.(26) def by. Swan Districts 6.9.(45)
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