VFLW - Round 11 vs Darebin @ Bill Lawry Oval, 12noon Saturday 21 July 2018

B: 25. R. Neaves, 17. T. Hetherington, 5. M. Warburton
HB: 20. J. Anwyl, 7. K. Hicks, 27. A. Morcom
C: 46. C. Ugle, 22. N. MacDonald, 9. L. Williams
HF: 18. K. Heil, 6. A. Quigley, 35. V. Moreau
F: 3. M. DeMatteo, 16. L. Morecroft, 32. T. Mackrill

R: 30. S. Nalder, 8. H. Bullas, 44. M. Collier

Int: 15. L. Caruso, 4. N. Hardy, 43. D. Ponter, 1. J. Trend

23P: 36. C. Rendelmann

Emg: 45. E. Flack, 40. G. Golds, 12. B. Kearney, 37. I. Malliaras

In: M. Warburton, B. Kearney, I. Malliaras, D. Ponter, G. Golds, C. Rendelmann

Out: A. Ward, B. Winbanks

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If fit, surely Kearney replaces the (very young) Winbanks in the ruck.


B: 31. E. Gardner, 10. G. Lawson-Tavan, 21. K. Roe
HB: 32. G. Colvin, 14. M. McDonald, 49. R. Hibbert
C: 15. A. Lister, 9. M. Eastman, 11. K. Tyndall
HF: 12. J. Dal pos, 26. T. Olcorn, 13. K. Shierlaw
F: 44. S. Fairchild, 45. N. Deiter, 43. H. Mouncey

R: 40. L. Pearce, 30. E. O’Dea, 7. L. Mithen

Int: 34. S. Egan, 1. E. Honybun, 48. L. Jacobs, 24. B. Patterson

23P: 39. M. Jarvis

Emg: 37. J. Bertoni, 2. N. Callinan, 28. A. Morrow, 46. L. Szigeti

In: K. Shierlaw, L. Mithen, L. Szigeti, J. Dal pos, M. Jarvis, N. Callinan, S. Egan, J. Bertoni

Out: S. Simpson, A. O’Connor, N. Exon, C. Delbridge

Darebin is fifth on the ladder with five wins. Beaten all the teams they’ve played below them, lost to all the teams they’ve played above them.

This is awkward as we’re still bottom of the ladder, but at least Willy have conceded more points than us now.

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Darebin (5th, 5-4) failed to upend the NT Thunder for the second time this season, losing by 40 points last round. Essendon (13th, 1-8) came close to a second win last week but agonisingly fell six points short of the Western Bulldogs.


Can Essendon take a second scalp this season? After winning their first game against Richmond in Round 9, the Bombers backed it up with an extremely competitive showing against the in-form Bulldogs. They trailed their opponents heavily in hitouts, disposals and inside-50s but proved extremely efficient with their ball use, with only one goal proving the difference.


Darebin failed to bring the necessary pressure needed to curb a dangerous NT line-up last week. The Falcons had 28 fewer disposals than the Thunder but also laid 30 fewer tackles. Attacking pressure was also lacking, with Darebin getting a return of three scoring shots from 24 inside-50s.

Being played at Bill Lawry Oval, 92 Westgarth St Northcote


We stopped late and they didn’t.

2.2.14 lost to 5.11.41

That’s our lowest score for the year.

The #43 you see setting up the second goal is the AFL-banned Hannah Mouncey.

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Although just five Bombers had ever played in a side that had beaten Darebin, their pressure denied the Falcons the width to move the ball quickly inside their forward half and limited the ease with which they could kick on goal at Bill Lawry Oval. Trailing by two straight kicks at the final change with the wind at their backs, the Bombers steeled themselves for a shot at knocking off a highly-fancied opponent. However, a quick goal to Falcon ruck Lauren Pearce made the task ominous before a long bomb from Lauren Szigeti carried the pack and snuffed out the Bombers’ hopes. The final scoreboard saw Essendon 27 points in arrears, 2.2 (14) to 5.11 (41).

Essendon displayed its best football across the second and third quarters when it first played sharp, direct football to win the second quarter (with Monique De Matteo’s spectacular bouncing goal on the run a crowd-thrilling highlight) and then shut Darebin down when kicking against the wind.

Returning from duties at the Under 18 Youth Girls’ National Championships, Molly Warburton displayed a surety in winning the ball and clearing out of defence in just her second senior match while Danielle Ponter’s strong hands and lethal right boot combined not only for her second-quarter goal but influence on the contests further upfield. The loss of Ponter to an ankle injury halfway through the final quarter was a blow to Essendon that, compounded by Tait Mackrill sitting the match out with a knee injury sustained in the third quarter, left the Bombers two short on rotations.

Essendon heads into its second bye round next weekend and coach Brendan Major says his side has come on leaps and bounds since its first bye five weeks ago.

“We’re heaps better,” he declared. “We’ve improved structurally, we’ve improved defensively, we’ve improved all over.”

After its Round 12 bye, Essendon will play ladder-leaders Collingwood at RAMS Arena on Sunday August 5 in the Round 13 White Ribbon Round.

Essendon 0.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 (14)
Darebin 2.1 3.5 3.8 5.11 (41)

Best – (Ess) MacDonald, Caruso, Hardy, De Matteo, Madden, Williams.

Goals – (Ess) Ponter, De Matteo.

      – (D) Pearce 2, Mouncey, Szigeti, Mithen.

By Callum O’Connor

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