AFLW - round 1 vs Hawks @ Docklands, 7:10pm Saturday 27 August 2022

Summary of “match simulation” and practice matches:

  • Essendon lost to recent Grand Finalist Melbourne 6.6.42 - 12.12.84
  • Essendon beat fellow newbies Port Adelaide 8.8.56 - 5.6.36
  • Hawks lost to recent wooden spooners WCE 6.5.41 - 11.4.70. Tamara Luke kicked 4 of their 6 goals.
  • Hawks lost to Richmond 1.2.8 - 8.4.52

For further context, in games involving those teams above:

  • Melbourne destroyed Fark Carlton 13.8.86 - 2.4.16
  • West Coast lost 2.1.13 - 2.7.19 to Freo
  • Port played Adelaide behind locked doors, and no score was revealed by either team. Safe to say Port did not win, or it would have been news.
  • Richmond destroyed Freo 10.11.71 - 1.2.8 (over there)

Based on this week’s squads, Hawks are likely to have a notable height advantage on us.

Source tells me about 6,000 tickets were sold for this sell out.

I had seen some people talking about 10,000 capacity, but that number (off of the 97/98 VFL Grand Finals) was when the old grandstand on the flank was there, plus before the recent additions of the cricket nets and Sandridge Events Centre.

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By Marnie Vinall

Hawks held to one goal in loss to Tigers

On Sunday, Hawthorn fans were treated to a first taste of what’s to come for the inaugural women’s team as the Hawks took on Richmond in the first instalment of a double-header at the MCG.

Richmond held Hawthorn to just one goal and two behinds in their 44-point victory, and overrun the newly put together side.

Hawthorn put up some good defensive pressure, especially from Jess Duffin and Jenna Richardson, and held off a fierce and more-experienced Richmond for the majority of the game, before the Tigers really put their foot down in the final term and unravelled the Hawks’ structure.

Coming up against the Tigers’ elite midfield – which includes Monique Conti, Jess Hosking, Ellie McKenzie and Grace Egan – Hawthorn’s prized new draftee Jasmine Fleming, paired with captain Tilly Lucas-Rodd, put up a good fight. Kaitlyn Ashmore was also ferocious, laying some crunching tackles and applying pressure to Richmond’s attack, but it wasn’t enough.

Dominique Carbone and the Hawks celebrate a goal.
Dominique Carbone and the Hawks celebrate a goal.CREDIT:GETTY IMAGES

Overall Hawthorn looked the part of a new side, patchy in game style and missing some connection but had some good passages of play and linking teamwork that showed promise. They just need to find some avenues to goal.

Was always a worked shoot… and not a particularly good one.



After an overwhelming demand for its first-ever AFLW game, the Essendon Football Club is proud to announce that its round one clash with Hawthorn will now be played at Marvel Stadium.

Originally scheduled to be played at ETU Stadium in Port Melbourne, the Bombers will now face fellow inaugural team Hawthorn at Marvel Stadium at 7:10pm on Saturday, August 27.

Two clubs with a long-standing rivalry will now create a new chapter in their rich history. Bombers fans will not want to miss this momentous occasion.

Essendon CEO Xavier Campbell said that the club saw unprecedented demand for their first AFLW game and is thrilled that more of the red and black family will have the opportunity to be involved in the historic match.

“This week, Essendon fans got behind our AFLW side and sold out our first game within 24 hours,” Campbell said.

“With immense pride, I’m pleased to announce that this game has now been moved to Marvel, so more Essendon members and fans will have the opportunity to show their support for our inaugural side.

“This move means that two clubs with passionate supporter bases will now be able to truly celebrate this important moment in both their histories.

“We want Bombers fans to fill the stands at Marvel Stadium on August 27 and be there as our AFLW side runs out for the first time.”

Tickets to the relocated game will be on sale at 12pm tomorrow.

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The match will be played at the same scheduled time, 7:10pm and fans who have already purchased their tickets to the Round One match will be able to access Marvel Stadium with their existing tickets.

The AFL is pleased to advise that due to unprecedented ticketing demands, the inaugural NAB AFLW match between Essendon and Hawthorn on Saturday 27 August has been moved from ETU Stadium to Marvel Stadium.

With the initial allocation of tickets selling out within 24 hours, the relocation gives more members from both clubs and more footy fans in general the opportunity to attend the history making match between the two clubs.

Tickets go on sale at 12:00pm AEST tomorrow, Monday 15 August via Ticketmaster. Tickets are $10 for adults and entry is free for patrons under the age of 18.

The match will be played at the same scheduled time, 7:10pm and fans who have already purchased their tickets to the Round One match will be able to access Marvel Stadium with their existing tickets.2

The clash follows a blockbuster opening round between Collingwood and Carlton at IKON Park on Thursday, the Grand Final rematch on Friday and a stellar line up throughout, with Port Adelaide and Sydney Swans marking their first-ever AFLW games on the Saturday afternoon.

Now in its seventh season, NAB AFLW continues to grow its loyal fanbase, with record membership numbers and attendance rates seen off the back of Season Six and the competition now complete with 18 teams.

AFL EGM Clubs, Finance and Broadcasting Travis Auld said the clubs and their fans made the move possible with their enthusiasm for their clubs’ inaugural match.

“Quite simply the fans of both clubs, and supporters of women’s footy in general showed why we needed to move to a bigger venue by selling out the game so quickly,” Mr Auld said.

“Two proud clubs, a historic occasion for them and another historic moment for the NAB AFLW competition.”

AFL General Manager Women’s Football Nicole Livingstone said the relocation was a testament to the impact the game is having and the appetite for Women’s football.

“We know the appetite for NAB AFLW is huge, but the strength of sales across all nine Round One matches and having an inaugural game sell out in a day is amazing. To be able to see two teams – and traditionally archrivals, no less – debut to a packed Marvel Stadium is the stuff dreams are made of.

“The league is whole; matches are being played in front of thousands of fans and girls across the country are aspiring to be elite players when they grow up – we’re in an incredible place coming into our seventh season and I couldn’t be prouder of every single person who got us here.

“I want to thank every fan who has already bought their tickets to Round One, be it at IKON, Marvel, Blundstone Arena, North Sydney Oval – wherever the team you love is playing that weekend, I have no doubt they’ll do you proud. If you haven’t got yours yet, get in quick or risk missing out on being part of history.” Livingstone said.

Nicole Livingstone will be available to media tomorrow, Monday 15 August at Marvel Stadium. Time approx. 10:30am (Exact time TBC Monday)

The full 2022 NAB AFLW Season Seven Competition fixture can be downloaded here.

Tickets are $10 for adults and entry is free for patrons under the age of 18 – secure yours at

NAB AFLW Season Seven

Round One
Saturday 27 August
Essendon vs Hawthorn
Marvel Stadium

All Season Seven matches will be broadcast live on the Seven Network, FOX FOOTY, Kayo, and streamed live via the Official AFL app and and the Official AFLW App thanks to Telstra.

10 rounds? :woman_facepalming: What a ■■■■■■■ joke!

Yeah, it’s not a legit league like the VFLW…


Our first victim opponent:


B: Louise Stephenson – Akec Makur Chuot
HB: Jess Duffin – Mackenzie Eardley – Aileen Gilroy
C: Charlotte Baskaran – Tamara Smith – Kaitlyn Ashmore
HF: Bridie Hipwell – Sarah Perkins – Kate McCarthy
F: Sophie Locke – Tegan Cunningham
R: Tamara Luke – Jasmine Fleming – Tilly Lucas-Rodd
INT: Tahlia Fellows – Janet Baird – Bridget Deed – Catherine Brown – Ainslie Kemp

EMG: Jenna Richardson – Dominique Carbone – Lucy Wales

Remaining players: Laura Elliott, Emily Everist, Aine McDonagh (rookie), Isabel Porter, Eliza Shannon, Lucy Wales

Inactive: Zoe Barbakos


The ever exciting Ashmore had a stellar campaign last year, so there is no reason to suggest this will not continue into season 7.

Ashmore has also had a fresh start coming across to the Hawks, and with such a young list around her, her role will be even more crucial this season.

BIG YEAR FOR: Tilly Lucas-Rodd

Lucas-Rodd is one of those players who finds herself in a very different situation in season 7 compared to season 6.

After having a stellar season at St Kilda which included making the All Australian squad but was never one of the real leaders of the club, she has come across to Hawthorn and is not only one of the most experienced faces in a new side but is the captain of it. Lucas-Rodd now has a lot of responsibility on her shoulders this season, so season 7 will be a true test of her full capabilities.


How will they score?

If there was anything to take out of yesterday’s practise match against Richmond, it was that their ability to transition the ball into their forward 50 and score is currently sub par. It is messy and unreliable, and Richmond were far too easily able to turnover the ball and rebound.

Hawthorn certainly have the talent in their forwards to put a decent score on the board, but if they cannot get the ball to them then it does not matter how talented they are.

How will their ruck department work?

Hawthorn’s ruck department is a potentially intriguing proposition.

It appears that Cunningham is the first choice ruck at the moment, but this may be just to give Wales time to develop.

Regardless, how they work this dynamic and find the right balance will be interesting to watch this season.

Is youth the key to success?

One thing anyone looking at Hawthorn’s list will realise that their list is very young, with the vast majority of their list between the ages of 17 and 22.

Now normally the key to success is a mix between youth and experience, so it will be interesting to see if Hawthorn can buck the trend.

Regardless, if they can keep the majority of the team together for a while it bodes well for future success.

Can they match it with the other expansion sides?

Compared to some of the other expansion sides, Hawthorn did not quite land the star power that those other clubs managed to do, which may be the reason that there was not as much talk about them leading up into the season.

How that affects them and how they match it with the other expansion sides remains to be seen, but they do play all three new teams by the end of the season so we will know for certain then.

PREDICTION: 12th to 15th

Because next week is at Marvel and General Admission, are we making a Blitz bay to go absolutely nuts at the game?


Count me in for that (and a meet-up beforehand???)


Great idea

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I just envisioned us going end-to-end, following Fede.


That’s an option.

Ticketmaster are dangerously incompetent:


Bought tickets and pumped. Taken too long.

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Abby not happy we’re gonna smash the Hawks, again.

Well, at least Ticketmaster sent this out: