AFLW - round 4 vs Tiggers @ North Port Oval, 2:10pm Sunday 18 September 2022

Richmond will be attempting to manage Essendon’s multi-pronged forward line without integral key defender Bec Miller, who will miss a few weeks with a short-term hamstring issue.

Ruck Poppy Kelly is also set to miss the game with an ankle injury, and no timeline has been set on her return, but in better news, skipper Katie Brennan (foot) is a test for her first game of the season.

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I’m still traumatised by Brennan from 3 years ago, in one of the very very very rare games where Nalder got badly beaten.

Not sure who the match-up on her is (Vogt?)… so fail the test, sorry not sorry.

At least we debuted CBomb and AshleyCooper that day. And we had Tiwi talent.

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Before anyone noticed, fixes start time (translated it wrong from Greece time).

AFLW Round 4: Essendon v Richmond
Dreamtime at ETU Stadium | Sunday September 18, 2:10pm AEST

Broadcast: Dreamtime at ETU against the Tigers will be broadcast live and ad free on Fox Footy.

Tickets: Secure your spot with adult tickets available for just $10, while under-18s can come along absolutely free (ticket redemption is required.) Grab your tickets here.

Getting to and into the game:

  • Gates will open at 1:00pm for an 2:10pm bounce.
  • Parking is available in the streets surrounding ETU Stadium, please be sure to check any council signage for restrictions.
  • Entry to ETU Stadium will be via two gates along Williamstown Road and then a third gate on Ingles Street. Tickets will also be available to purchase on the day, subject to availability, from the ticket window located at the Williamstown Road entry.

What’s On:

  • Our first AFLW Dreamtime game is proudly presented by our game day partner Coles and hosted by Jaynaya Winmar.
  • Join us for an official Welcome To Country by Boon Wurrung Custodian and Senior Elder N’arwee’t Aunty Carolyn Briggs at 2:06pm.
  • The Game Ball will be presented on behalf of Coles to the umpires by Deanne Rioli.
  • Players from both teams will come together before the bounce for a special gift exchange with Aunty Pam Pedersen AO.
    • The Essendon Football Club will gift a beautiful basket created by Yorta Yorta woman Samantha Jetta. Samantha uses tradition weaving practices to create contemporary pieces.
    • The Richmond Football Club gifts two Michelle Kerrin (Arrernte/Luritja woman) artworks which depict stories which are part of a much larger story. They explore the feelings of home, her connections to Culture, language, and community. It explores her relationship with her own Country, and with her own people.
    • Presented by Coles as part of their Mushroom partnership and First Nations Pathway Program, talented Indigenous artist, Bumpy will be performing at 1:40pm so be sure to arrive early. The Noongar woman and Naarm artist’s stirring voice is transportive, arresting listeners with complex, intimate and multi-faceted truths of loss, joy and connection.

What are we wearing?

  • The Essendon Football Club is proud to unveil its inaugural AFLW Indigenous guernsey, designed by two students from Thornbury Primary School. To learn more about the design and story behind it please click here.
  • On behalf of Coles, both designers, Momo and Jackie, will run out in the guernsey with the team on Sunday, with their classmates forming the guard of honour.

Partners and Activations:

  • Keep an eye out for the team from Toyota Forklifts, who will have some very calming giveaways throughout the game.
  • You can also grab yourself a 2022 AFLW team poster, thanks to Palo Alto Networks, by visiting the membership and merchandise marquee.
  • Our first 10x AFLW members to our Membership Marquee will receive a Fujitsu Comfort Pack.
  • Elders and community representatives will take part and lead a Little Long Walk at half-time around the oval to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures.
  • At three quarter time in partnership with Coles, you can witness a skills showcase from our First Nations Women’s Pathway participants.
  • Macca’s Kick 2 Kick will be back post game on Sunday afternoon. Make sure you bring your footy to the game to take part!


  • Your Mobile Membership via the Essendon App is your ticket to the game. All the information you need to access your Mobile Membership can be found here.
  • Members who have redeemed a ticket via Ticketmaster using their membership must use their Ticketmaster issued ticket to enter the venue. If you have any issues with your ticket, please see the membership team outside the ground near the pedestrian crossing on Williamstown Road.
  • Our Member Services team will be located inside the main entry gate of the stadium at the Williamstown Road end of the ground. If you are an adult AFLW member wanting to collect your Foundation Member Picnic Rug, please remember to bring your coupon from your member pack to redeem.
  • All access for this game is general admission.
  • The EFC Member Zone is located at the Williamstown Road end of the ground, exclusively for our AFLW members. Enjoy a spot on the hill with umbrella coverage and beanbags a plenty. Simply show your AFLW mobile membership card to enter the zone.


  • Get your hands on all the latest AFLW merchandise inside the main gate, in the massive merchandise and membership marquee. Grab a badge, scarf or beanie and be sure to show your member card or mobile membership to receive 10% off!

Food and Beverages:

  • A wide range of footy fare and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase around the ground on Sunday.
  • A special Sunday sausage sizzle will also be taking place, raising funds for the incredibly impactful Long Walk programs across Australia, with thanks to our proud partner Coles. Prices are sizzling, with snags just $2.50!

(AFL code monkeys are weird; note where the number is shown, and that other stats that ARE collected, such as contested marks, don’t get shown.)

Main point is it’s a near tie.

Tiggers lost to Geelong at a no-scoring-allowed Kardinia Park (and only because Prespakis the younger said “stuff this”), more credibly lost 27-36 to Adelaide (well, the final score looks OK, but they conceded the last six scores), and got to play with the newbie Dawks last week.

Our forwards coach Kirby Bentley perhaps rashly promised to do custom boots for the whole team this week… she is the guest for this week’s W Show (nice click bait title!)

Essendon v Richmond at ETU Stadium, 2.10pm AEST

In the AFLW’s first ever Dreamtime Match, the established Tigers must face a bullocking Essendon side that is full of confidence. The Bombers are the highest scoring first-year side the competition has seen, averaging 56 points per game, while also piling on a massive 84 points last week. Much of this scoreboard dominance has come late in games, where they have kicked 3.2 (20) in each of their three final quarters and conceded just eight points in the same time period. This looms as dangerous for the Tigers, as final quarters have been their worst this season, kicking just 14 points – 13 of which were in last week’s win over Hawthorn.

On paper Richmond’s midfield group looks like it should easily take control of the game, with Monique Conti, Grace Egan, Sarah Hosking, and Ellie McKenzie running point, but they have averaged just 19 clearances per game to date, the fewest of any side this season, while the Bombers are getting first hands to it an average of 25.7 times. If Essendon continues that clearance work, the Tigers will be under pressure as the Bombers are kicking a goal from a quarter of their inside 50 entries.

Tip: If Essendon can protect its backline from too much pressure, it’s in with a shot for a third win. Essendon by six points.

I have this as our fourth easiest game remaining (the others being the remaining two newbie teams, plus Geelong), and we need at least four more wins to make finals (our percentage is very useful).

Pies are the next, and then you have (good luck) Melbourne and the Bears.

(It’s shithouse how the AFLW shares so little code with the AFL: e.g. where’s the ladder predictor? Seven weeks to go, teams play just a portion of the opposition, it would rapidly make things clearer.)

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Monique Conti is an absolute jet and could tear us apart if we dont hold her accountable. Its how Fark Carlton won by having Vesico go nuclear.

Excited to see how the women do Dreamtime, hopefully one day we’ll get it at night time in a stadium like the men do.

I reject your lamestream media narrative.

Considering I was 50cm away from your vantage point, I reject your rejection!

A nuffie like me could have kicked all three of those umpired set shots (OK, the one from the boundary would be marginal…)

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Will be covering this one, so first time I’m speaking to Nat. Keep an ear out in the post match presser all. :wink:

Match-up wise this is an interesting one. This will be the best midfield group we’ve come up against, and Conti’s form speaks for itself. We have to at least consider a tag. Seymour and Kelly against Killa and Dani is going to be difficult too. Can say firsthand that Steph is absolutely full of confidence at the moment though, and why wouldn’t she be?

Like DJR said, if Brennan is back, I think we’re in trouble. If it’s primarily Wakefield, I think we can cover their forwards between Kenny, Vogty, Dani and Morcs. McKenzie worries me a little though - I don’t know if we can match her explosiveness when she’s inside 50.

Cat played an awesome game last week. Can’t see the Tigers giving her as much space though - might be more of a scrap this week and less free flowing footy. Time will tell! Just keen to finally watch these brilliant women play for AFLW premiership points in person for the first time.


This code monkey just did the exercise and the loser of this week’s game finishes ninth… six wins are required.

Lily-Rose will!




Fullbacks: Danielle Marshall, Ellyse Gamble
Half back: Ash Van Look, Alex Morcom, Soph Van De Heuvel
Centre: Steph Cain, Maddy Prespakis, Cat Phillips
Half forward: Georgia Gee, Soph Alexander, Daria Bannister
Full forward: Amber Clarke, Bonnie Toogood
Followers: Steph Wales, Jordan Zanchetta, Paige Scott
Interchange: Joanne Doonan, Jacqui Vogt, Alana Barba, Lily-Rose Williamson, Jess Wuetschner

In: Lily-Rose Williamson
Out: Mia Van Dyke


Are you able to sit in the grandstand with a GA ticket?

Yep. Cool people stand infront of the grandstand though.