This was originally “confirmed” as starting at 11am but the club report for the Geelong game states it will start at 10am.
Article above has since been fixed.
Footscray are currently in seventh place two wins behind us and with less than half our percentage. The next three teams are three games and similarly huge percentage (>60%) behind us. Therefore winning next week essentially gets us to the finals.
Conveniently, the two of us have played Fark Carlton and Geelong the past two weeks. The winners of those games were consistent, but the scores most definitely were not:
“The Bulldogs’ ruck stocks took a hit in the game against Carlton, with Celine Moody copping a knock to her collarbone that will have her out for at least two weeks. Amanda Tesseri and Ellyse Gamble may be called on to shoulder more of the load, but it will be Moody’s ability to cover the ground and hit the scoreboard that will be missed.”
Ahrens (???) replaced by Yassir (DEBUT). Well, replaced for the midfield portion of her role – when I saw we had the kids in Lennox and Crook as the key defenders, I went “well, at least in an emergency we can sent Ahrens back”…and then I went “shiiiiiiiiit”.
NONE of the sixteen changes are on their VFLW list. They’re either AFLW-listed or junior top-ups.
Their three juniors coming in are debuting.
C. Moody – AFLW ruck (all 9 AFLW games this year)(noted above as injured)
E. Brown – AFLW key defender (all 9 AFLW games this year)
N. Ferres - AFLW small defender (8 AFLW games this year)
G. Lagioia – AFLW tiny speedster (4 AFLW games this year)
B. Pinchin – AFLW Bears key defender (no AFLW games this year)
C. Sargent – U19 key forward
S. Asciak – U19 midfielder
P. Cook – U19
S. Hartwig – AFLW key defender (all 9 AFLW games this year)
E. Georgostathis – AFLW mid/forward (all 9 AFLW games this year)
B. Gutknecht – AFLW midfielder (4 AFLW games this year)
I. Grant – AFLW 175cm midfielder (played 2 AFLW games this year)
A. Strahan – AFLW 172cm midfielder (no AFLW games this year)
E. Friend – U19 utility, played for Vic Country (AFLW Academy-listed)
N. Dojiok – U19 mostly defender (AFLW Academy-listed)
T. Meier – U19 midfielder (also a decent level cricketer)
Peter Williams at DraftCentral has Footscray as favourites, if they can neutralise our midfield. Good thing they lost their AFLW ruck, then.
The latest match on the Saturday is an early 11am fixture at Windy Hill, where the Bombers who are looking to push further up the table and just solidify that finals spot, take on a desperate Western Bulldogs outfit that has to win to stay in finals contention. If you want the best chance at seeing multiple AFLW Draft prospects this weekend, then this is the game to watch. Essendon have brought back Kasey Lennox and Zali Friswell, with talented top-age draft-eligible players Neve Crowley and Emelia Yassir also making their debuts. Crowley has been named in the back six with Lennox, though could play at either end, whilst Yassir will come off the bench and likely impact midfield or forward. Friswell is in a forward pocket. For the Western Bulldogs, a trio of Greater Western Victoria (GWV) Rebels will make their debuts, with Ella Friend, Nyakoat Dojiok and Tahlia Meier all named in the Dogs’ squad. With AFLW talent in Sarah Hartwig, Jess Fitzgerald, Britney Gutknecht and Isabella Grant among plenty of others, the Bulldogs are also not mucking around with their lineup and arguably should be favourites in this game on paper alone. The key is to try and quell the strong Bombers’ midfield which includes Georgia Nanscawen, Alana Barba and Eloise Ashley-Cooper who are always finding the ball, and then Mia-Rae Clifford up forward, and Courtney Ugle creating across the ground.
Their replacement rucks, per the article above, appear to be Amanda Tesseri and Ellyse Gamble.
They both appear to be full backs, have played close to all of their possible games this year (Gamble played 8 AFLW games before joining Tesseri in the VFLW), and before last week they had a combined 3 hitouts for 2021.
(They did combine for 19 last week and that was primarily against league-leader Jorja Borg, so they don’t appear to be awful numerically once they actually get a chance.)