VFLW - Round 7 vs Willy @ The Hangar, 11AM Saturday 17 April 2021

Just putting this up now as the time (and changed location) hasn’t been announced yet.

Thanks to La Presidenta for the info.

Looks like I will get a chance to search for Conor’s car after all.

Willy lost 25-35 to St Kilda today.

Willy report on that game is at the below link. I read it and then immediately forgot all the names it mentioned. Willy commentating on volatile weather at Sandy is pretty funny though.


Please don’t assume the AFL knows what the hell they’re saying.

Crowds are permitted at all VFLW matches this weekend. Spectators are allowed to enter the field of play at any stage.

@PH_WARFRadio will be covering the game from 10am.

I gotta work :cry:

Snell is back in (no conflicting Vic Country duties).

Replaces Nanscawen’s right calf.

Positions named are very similar, except Clifford has been switched to the HBF. Curious, if it’s not urine extraction (Quigley is only an emergency, so that would mean zero “proper” key forwards).

But, but…is C-Bomb playing? :thinking::flushed:

Not sure if actual question, but CBomb is named on the bench.

Our backline would monster our forward line… if they could catch them.

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In selection news for next week (maybe, hopefully) Collingwood have NOT rushed their key AFLW players into their VFLW team this week.

EDIT: they have just 7 AFLW players in their team this week. I’d say their VFLW team is scary enough already (but not scary enough to beat us last time). If you go by number clashes it appears Chiocci and Bonnici (significant midfielders) will not play VFLW this year.

But if Davey, Livingstone, Lambert turn up… eek.

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Here are Willy’s stats leaders this year:

  • Ashlea Melnikas (named on the ball) is 4th for tackles in the league (immediately behind the honey badger).
  • Erin Meade (named at CHF but scoreless this year) is 7th overall for kicks, with Georgia 2nd and Frew 10th.
  • Aimee Whelan (named in the middle) is 4th for handballs, surrounded by Ugle, Barba, and Nanscawen.
  • Elizabeth McGrath (named as ruck) is 7th for hit-outs. As commented upon in previous weeks, this tells me absolutely nothing about whether she influences games.

DraftCentral preview:

One of the teams looking to keep in touch with the top two sides is Essendon, after the Bombers came from behind to defeat Hawthorn last week at Box Hill. They managed to do it without star midfielder Georgia Nanscawen who succumbed to injury early in the match, and they will need to do it again without her, relying on the likes of Alana Barba, Courtney Ugle and Eloise Ashley-Cooper in the midfield. Bendigo Pioneers’ Elizabeth Snell returns to the red and black in a five-day turnaround from a successful outing for Vic Country, with Calder Cannons duo Kasey Lennox and Zali Friswell remaining in the side.

Williamstown stand between Essendon and the Bombers’ fifth win, with the Seagulls not far off the top six despite having just the two wins from six games. The midfield trio of Ashlea Melnikas , Megan Williamson and Aimee Whelan will be hard to beat, with Scarlett Dunnell up forward and Erin Meade in defence among the others to keep an eye out for in the blue and gold. Even without Nanscawen, Essendon will be favoured to get up here at home, but the Seagulls will give them a run for their money.

Willy FC preview:

Williamstown will unleash a new debutant on Saturday morning when the team looks to bounce back against Essendon at The Hangar .

Irishwoman Claire Ryan is set to feature in her first game of the season after recovering from a hamstring injury, while dashing utility Gabby Biedenweg-Webster is in line to feature in her first match since Round 4.

Northern Territory duo Lauren Gooden and Emily Casey will retain their place in the side after impressing in their debuts last week against the Southern Saints.

The Bombers sit third on the ladder after six rounds with a 4-2 record.

While a squad of 24 has been named, in line with the league’s new rules teams this season field 16 players on the field and five on the interchange bench.

Williamstown’s Round 7 clash against Essendon will get underway from 11:00am at The Hangar this Saturday, April 17. Crowds are permitted. The VFL app currently displays the match as being played at Windy Hill - please ignore this error.

Claire Ryan
Gabrielle Biedenweg-Webster


AFL.com.au preview:

  • Williamstown started incredibly well against the Southern Saints but were unable to keep the game on their terms as the clash continued. Essendon kept their top four hopes alive with their close win over the Hawks. It was the experienced VFLW campaigners that stood up for Essendon, including Cecilia Mcintosh, Mia-Rae Clifford and Courtney Ugle getting the Bombers over the line in that clash and their experience will be the difference coming up against a young Seagulls side.
  • Aimee Whelan has been the Seagulls’ most consistent performer this season and had one of her best outings against the Saints in round 6. She finished with a team high 20 disposals, eight tackles and a goal. Whelan will be able to give Williamstown something extra at the contest.
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Glorious morning for footy.

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Bomber Shop is open.

Light wind is mostly blocked by the Hangar.

YouTube stream is happening!

Friswell is too young to have both knees taped.

Ooh, decent breeze through currently. Favours the northern Bullant Hill end (left of screen).

This will (not) surprise you: Clifford warms up with the forwards.