VFLW - Round 15 vs Willy @ Windy Hill, 3pm Saturday 18 August 2018

B: 20. J. Anwyl, 17. T. Hetherington, 41. M. Warburton
HB: 27. A. Morcom, 7. K. Hicks, 25. R. Neaves
C: 18. K. Heil, 22. N. MacDonald, 9. L. Williams
HF: 35. V. Moreau, 16. L. Morecroft, 1. J. Trend
F: 28. C. Portlock, 3. M. DeMatteo, 6. A. Quigley

R: 30. S. Nalder, 8. H. Bullas, 46. C. Ugle

Int: 15. L. Caruso, 44. M. Collier, 26. A. Madden, 19. B. Winbanks

23P: 10. E. Cornish

Emg: 45. E. Flack, 4. N. Hardy, 37. I. Malliaras, 39. C. Rendelmann


B: 19. E. Meade, 20. S. Seabrook, 8. C. Portelli
HB: 1. R. Dardengo, 24. A. Saxton, 34. J. Reid
C: 22. M. Lowe, 2. J. Duffin, 11. K. Smith
HF: 4. E. Paterno, 25. J. Garner, 33. S. Van De Heuvel
F: 16. A. Cameron, 39. S. Whiting, 12. G. Harris

R: 9. R. Achampong, 17. S. Chapman, 35. J. Bruton

Int: 30. A. Melnikas, 44. I. Porter, 13. N. Wallace, 36. M. Williamson

23P: 15. E. Gardner

Emg: 18. R. Jackson, 37. M. James, 32. B. Stevens, 27. L. Suleiman

In: B. Stevens, M. James, L. Suleiman, E. Meade, A. Melnikas, R. Achampong

Out: J. Cranny, B. Hateley

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Essendon (13th, 1-11) has lost its last four games and failed to match the Geelong Cats last round, losing by 45 points. Williamstown (12th, 2-10) won its second game of the season with a one-point victory over Richmond last round, making into two from two against the Tigers this year.


Which team will avoid the wooden spoon? A win to the Seagulls will bestow the ‘honour’ onto the Bombers, while a loss means anything could happen in next week’s final round. Looking back on prior form, both sides have almost matched more consistent sides on occasion this year, with Williamstown narrowly losing to Hawthorn and Essendon coming close to the Western Bulldogs. The Bombers have had a tough fixture over the past month playing only sides that feature in the top half of the ladder, with the experience potentially working to sharpen them for battle. However, the Seagulls possess three bona fide AFLW stars in Jess Duffin, Jenna Bruton and Jasmine Garner who last week starred in the win over Richmond.


Essendon’s Simone Nalder was a dominant presence in the ruck against a number of Cats last week. Standing at 186cm, the 28-year-old was one of her team’s best with 35 hitouts, two marks and four tackles in the loss, while Williamstown’s Sally Seabrook was out-matched in the ruck against Tigers tall Alice Edmonds last round.

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Essendon’s round 15 clash with Williamstown will feature the trial of three new rules in VFL Women’s.

When the Bombers take on the ninth-placed Seagulls, the following rule changes will be in place:

  • The goal square will be extended from 10 metres to 18 metres.
  • Boundary umpires will stand 10 metres inside the boundary line for throw-ins.
  • The minimum distance a kick must travel for a mark will be reduced from 15 metres to 10 metres.

Convenient the VFLW is after, not before, the VFL game then!

They got excited and added a fourth trial rule (and it’s an ugly one):

  • Free kicks paid against the last disposal to go out of bounds between the 50m arcs

Man with the paint machine has to run to both ends of the ground to extend the goal squares… The VFLm game had some very long quarters.

For the moment, sun and no rain.

Wind has just gone nuts. Grandstand roofs are making unpleasant sounds…

You’ve gone too early. And ■■■■ it’s cold.

Wind to the school end. It’s got a LOT colder with that change coming through.

Poor ladies, balls going backwards kicking into the wind.

We are kicking with the wind.

Gamevjust ss brutal as the men.

(And my typing.)

Willy girl dead.

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Heavy rain now.

Trapped our end. My hands are snap frozen.

Willy on the full on the northern side three times now!

This is entertaining in a brutal sense but no stoppages and no scores.

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Rain intensifies.

Williams backs into trouble and pinged 25 out.


0-6 on their first forward foray.

Two minutes left in the quarter.

#1 Trend kicks a rolling point from outside fifty.


0.1.1 we trail 1.0.6 at quarter time.

No, I am not going to the huddle. I’m soft.