B: 15. L. Caruso, 7. K. Hicks, 25. R. Neaves
HB: 20. J. Anwyl, 29. C. Laan, 27. A. Morcom
C: 1. J. Trend, 22. N. MacDonald, 9. L. Williams
HF: 32. T. Mackrill, 23. L. Morecroft, 35. V. Moreau
F: 4. N. Hardy, 18. K. Heil, 6. A. Quigley
R: 30. S. Nalder, 44. M. Collier, 8. H. Bullas
Int: 3. M. DeMatteo, 45. E. Flack, 37. I. Malliaras, 46. C. Ugle
23P: 19. B. Winbanks
Emg: 14. J. Barker, 26. A. Madden, 28. C. Portlock, 47. A. Ward
In: I. Malliaras, J. Barker, A. Ward, C. Laan, B. Winbanks, A. Madden, A. Quigley
Out: B. Kearney, T. Hetherington, D. Ponter
So basically we’ve lost two-thirds of our goals from last week plus the two talls without which we fell apart in the last quarter last week.
Quigley back in for some replacement goal-power.
We’re going all or nothing if Morecroft does indeed start at CHF instead of FB.
B: 84. L. Bieniara, 63. J. Graham, 69. E. Burry
HB: 61. J. Colwell, 73. L. Davie, 88. P. Monahan
C: 60. K. Dempsey, 81. E. George, 75. B. Lynch
HF: 80. J. Louttit, 79. L. Tesoriero, 55. C. Wakefield
F: 82. G. Bibby, 62. T. Muller, 89. G. Egan
R: 68. A. Edmonds, 59. A. Woodward, 52. J. Kennedy
Int: 53. K. Dixon, 64. E. Gunn, 77. J. Hocking, 76. E. Ross
23P: 90. S. Damon
Emg: 86. N. Clarke, 85. N. Clarke, 70. E. Findlay, 58. C. Musico
In: S. Damon, J. Colwell, C. Musico, E. Findlay, N. Clarke, L. Tesoriero
Out: J. Gardner, L. Stephenson
2018 Rd 5 @ Swinburne Centre: Richmond 8.6 (54) d Essendon 3.2 (20)
FORM COMING IN
Essendon (13th, 0-7) continues pursuing a historic first win, with the Casey Demons overpowering the Bombers by 26 points in Round 8. Richmond (7th, 3-4) lost its fourth match this season against in-form Hawthorn last week, narrowly beaten by four points on their home turf.
What does Essendon need to do to win? Ultimately the Bombers will need to impact the scoreboard to win, but they first need to rectify the fact that they rank last in the competition for inside-50s. Val Moreau has a team-high 16 inside-50s but sits outside the top 18 VFLW players in this area. Essendon should also try to find someone to assist Hayley Bullas with clearing the ball out of congestion, with Bullas boasting 15 more clearances than any of her teammates.
GWS Giants AFLW player Phoebe Monahan has been enjoying a very consistent campaign with the Tigers this season. Monahan finished with an equal-match-high 26 disposals against the Hawks last week and the defender seems to make an impact wherever she plays on the ground, leading Richmond in rebound-50s and recording dominant figures in clearances, inside-50s and tackles.
A very light misting of rain as we wait for the teams to emerge.
I am the second person in the Hird Stand.
Sun pokes its head out as we get ready to start.
MORECROFT GOES FORWARD.
If our midfield can break even…
Centre bounce is off to the northern side, middle must be a mess.
In our goal square…
Quigley out the back, but a point only.
Caruso intercept mark, 35 metre penalty. Shot falls short by less than 15 metres.
Trapped at our end.
Neaves is the replacement full back.
#1 Trend for us is points.
Kickout is intercepted. Through to Mackrill then to Hardy: GOAL.
Ball ventures to the other half of the ground: booooooooo.
DeMatteo and Morecroft take on four Tigers and harrass a ball-up at our end.
Three consecutive frees and Richmond have a set shot from 45.
OK, the last free coincided with them marking anyway.
But we are clearing it regardless.
Our defensive pressure is immense all over the ground.
Kirby Hicks runs down a Tiger running into goal!
A big Neaves play is a rebound 50 AND an inside 50.