VFLW - Round 9 vs Cats @ The Hangar, 11am Sat 20 May 2023

Orritt gets it to Manfre.

Mia is in pain after lifting Liv in celebration.

Prpic dodges two to get it out to Sutton.

Cannons Sutton, Ford, and Grunden.

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Your Sir Doug Nicholls round captains.

From malliashots:

Nigel Barrie:

Davidge goes CLUNK.

Ford may not be 6 foot, but she has levers.

Grace will never be CBomb, but she gives fun kicking photos.

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See if anyone actually reads these.

by Blake Gaffiero

Essendon have fallen just short in a tight contest against ladder leaders Geelong on Saturday by two points.

The 4.2 (26) to 4.4 (28) loss snaps a five-game winning streak for the Dons, who battled impressively after several changes to the line-up, their first outing of the season without any AFLW-listed players.

Essendon took slim leads into every change but were ultimately undone by back-to-back Geelong goals in the first five minutes of the last term.

Grace Dicker ’s physicality was a standout again, finishing with 20 tackles in a sign of the team’s willingness to defend hard on the day.

Mia-Rae Clifford hit the scoreboard twice and the fence once, and Reese Sutton stood up with 18 disposals and seven clearances when the contest was up for grabs.

The Bombers will be buoyed by their ability to stand up against the competition’s best, remaining in the top six ahead of their matchup with Darebin at La Trobe University this Sunday, proceedings opening at 10:30am.

ESSENDON 1.0 3.0 3.1 4.2 (26)
GEELONG 0.0 2.1 2.2 4.4 (28)

GOALS: Clifford 2, Ugle, Manfre

We love it when you snarl, Kendra.

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No Tribunal action from this game.

Orritt, from malliashots.

I failed to identify the purpose of the arm bands.

Coach votes:

Essendon 4.2 (26) def by Geelong Cats 4.4 (28)
10 Analea McKee (GC) = 5+5
7 Charlotte Simpson (GC) = 4+3
4 Olivia Fuller (GC) = 4
4 Reese Sutton (ESS) = 2+2
3 Grace Dicker (ESS) = 3
1 Renee Garing (GC) = 1
1 Sophie Molan (ESS) = 1


70 Jess Bates (COL)
45 Tahlia Meier (WB)
40 Maddie Di Cosmo (CAR)
39 Tessa Boyd (SS)
34 Emily Eaves (WIL)
29 Renee Garing (GC)
29 Ashlee Thorneycroft (CAR)
28 Maddie Boyd (BHH)
28 Winnie Laing (SS)
28 Kaitlyn O’Keefe (PM)
28 Audrey Rhodes (NM)
28 Charlotte Simpson (GC)