AFLW Season 7: Round 3 Talking Points – Mixed Results
It was a real mixed bag of results in Saturday’s action of the AFL Round 3 Women’s Action for Season 7, with some close matches and some blowouts. Here are some of the talking points from the four games featured.
North of Melbourne
By Elly Kirlis
Adelaide Crows won their second game of the season with a 14-point win over North Melbourne. North Melbourne scored the first two goals of the game and kept the Crows scoreless in the first quarter, before the reigning Premiers scored the next four to claim victory.
The battle between Ferguson and Woodland
The match between Jasmine Ferguson and Ashleigh Woodland was a key game not to be missed throughout this contest. While Ferguson made it difficult for Woodland to get inside the front 50, Woodland always found a way to get involved in the game, especially with the increase in physicality as the game progressed.
The coaching movement that made all the difference
With Jasmine Garner having her own lane in the first half, the Crows coach Matthew Clarke moved Chelsea Randall onto her in the second half which was the game changer. While Garner had the running flow, Randall didn’t allow Garner to have that easy space and stop his footy touches, limiting Garner to seven touches in the second half.
Crows stars step in big moments
As the Crows continued to fight their way back into the game, the Crows’ big stars stepped up when it mattered, especially in the second half. Ebony Marinoff caused North Melbourne headaches in midfield, being able to use his speed and bring the foot down from the front 50. As the usual Crows stars stepped up, Randall, Madison Newman, Abbie Ballard and Teah Charlton used their speed and were able to win their individual battle and split the load. Danielle Ponter also stepped in the forward line when it was important to score a crucial last-quarter goal, giving the Crows the lead as the scores were tight.
By Elly Kirlis
In the first AFLW Battle of the Bridge game, the GWS Giants recorded their first victory for Season 7, with a dominating 47-point win over Sydney at SCG. With the Swans up and about early, the Giants came out of the blocks in the first quarter, scoring the game’s first three goals and not allowing the Swans easy footy access.
Lexi Hamilton is instrumental in the forward line
When Alexia Hamilton moved from defensive end to forward 50, she was a key target for the Swans and made her presence and opportunities felt, including scoring her first goal of her AFLW career. While Hamilton has been brilliant in the defensive line in the first two rounds, the Swans shouldn’t be afraid to use him in the front line if needed.
Welcome Nicola Barr
Nicola Barr returned from a knee injury yesterday and made her presence felt in the game. She provided that leadership on the pitch and had an impact on the game, finishing with 15 eliminations, two marks, one tackle and two goals.
Giants youth make the most of opportunities
While it was a tough week for the Giants with a few more injuries added to the roster, the young Giants stepped up in the Derby, making the most of their opportunities and playing with confidence. Meghan Gaffney, Madison Brazendale and Zarlie Goldsworthy had their effect, bringing a lot of energy to the team and giving the Giants confidence. Goldsworthy on his debut was particularly impressive, finishing with all nine touches, but had four tackles and two majors on the board.
By Peter Williams
Collingwood won the Battle of the Unbeaten Teams in Geelong in what was a bitter defensive tussle between the teams. In a hard-fought game that saw no goals scored until the third quarter – and just three kicks for the game – the Magpies held on to win by four points, with defender Jordyn Allen’s final quarter goal the game winner as Magpies. lifted, 2.3 (15) to 1.5 (11).
A tale of two halves
It was a game that relied on front-half dominance, and was definitely a two-half story, as the Pies “dominated” the first half, while the Cats were — according to the coach. Dan Lowther – “poor” with their use of the ball. Early in the second half, Geelong regained the upper hand, but it wasn’t until the final term that the Cats really continued to hammer the Pies defence. Surprisingly, a rare in-50 against the Pies scored the only goal of the day, going to Allen to win the game.
Defensive stars rise for the lead
The defenses of both teams were presented as the difference before the match, and they lived up to expectations. In black and white, Lauren Butler (10 steals, four rebounds and 87.5 percent kill efficiency), Allen (eight steals at 70.6 percent) and Stacey Livingstone (five steals, five rebounds at 87.5 percent ) were remarkable. The Cats had lower elimination efficiency due to pressure from Magpies forwards, but Annabel Johnson, Chantel Emonson and Meghan McDonald all had five or more interceptions.
live in the moment
Olivia Fuller had a memorable match through the ruck, contributing in multiple facets throughout the game. Fuller had nine kills, two marks, five tackles, 20 hits and four interceptions. Critically, Fuller used the ball with an efficiency of 88.9%, the highest of any Cat with more than two eliminations. She was able to work alongside debutant Kalani Scoullar in the win. Taking on North Melbourne next week and its host of greats, Fuller is emerging as a crucial player.
Moy the midfielder
In tough conditions against a seasoned onball division, Collingwood’s Chloe Molloy again exemplified what she can do when playing in midfield. As the Cats had the upper hand in clearances – and got the upper hand in the disputed ball in the second half – Molloy was able to finish with 15 eliminations, four clearances, but a whopping 329 yards gained from 87% time on the ground . Molloy ran further than any other player with the ball in hand and gave a glimpse of the point of difference she provides in there.
By Alyce Collett
The Brisbane Lions made a statement in the annual Q-Clash, beating crossover rivals the Gold Coast Suns by 73 points. Brisbane flexed their muscles from the start and Gold Coast went scoreless for two and a half quarters.
Brisbane ruthless from the start
Brisbane dominated territory play from the start, and although it took them a while to score a goal, once they did they never looked back from there. They scored three goals in three and a half minutes towards the end of the first quarter, which was really a sign of what was to come. Gold Coast, on the other hand, went scoreless for two and a half quarters.
Gold Coast sometimes struggled to become meaningful in the 1950s
If you take a look at some of the stats from the clash, you’d think the game was a much closer affair than it actually was. Gold Coast won on hits by six, but Brisbane won punts by five and inside 50s by 10. One factor that caused such a disparity between the stats and the end result was that many of Gold Coast’s inside 50s n weren’t very deep, so they really couldn’t do anything with them before Brisbane bounced the ball up again.
A little warning shot for the Suns
Coming off the euphoria of last week’s victory, the Suns would have entered the game with eons of confidence, but were put to the sword early. The kind of performance the Suns have given shows where the Suns really are, not quite able to match it with the best teams at the moment. It certainly gives a lot for Cameron Joyce and his team to work for the rest of the season.
Emily Bates just does Emily Batesy things
The winner of the Q-Clash medal was none other than reigning W medalist Emily Bates, and she was a very deserving winner. She finished with 21 touches, five makes and a whopping 11 tackles, and took a major step in the victory – her 1,000th career elimination. She was also instrumental in the middle for the Lions, setting up much of their attack.
Other Stellar Lions
Bates wasn’t the only Lion to star in the huge victory, with Jesse Wardlaw delivering four major kicks, and Ally Anderson (28 eliminations, eight marks, seven tackles) and the often underrated Cathy Svarc (20 eliminations , eight tackles) raging through the middle. It was a particularly impressive game from Svarc, who came into play averaging just six kills per game for the season so far.