On Saturday we met fellow strugglers Geelong at Bendigo. Queen Elizabeth Oval looked an absolute picture, one of Australia’s prettiest grandstands.
There were goals each early. A very high standard quarter, clean hands everywhere, although not much action on the scoreboard. Our goal though Courtney Wakefield on the end of a perfect pass from Phoebe Monahan.Embed from Getty Images
Immediately in the 2nd Q McClelland goaled from a free after long hopeful bomb from Brennan. Then … a Cats clinic. Darby, McDonald, McWilliams and Cranston did as they pleased for the hoops, great hands. They had 11-2 i50s for the quarter. They kept just getting over the back of us with long kicks. I think our back six was a strength in the first two games but connection has gone missing in the 2nd quarter last week and this week. Cats got some lucky 50s [that were technically there but geez]. 19-46 at half time.Embed from Getty Images
We are getting nothing from the umpies – a broken record this season. It’s odious to compare AFLW players to famous male counterparts of course but Akec Makur Chuot has some early Alex Rance about her. It’s now 19-60 and the game’s gone.
Sabrina Frederick is a big power forward but her field kicks are disappointing. When we are humming (probably round 8) we’ll be seeing Campbell or Conti or Brennan or Monahan cruising past Sabs for the handball.Embed from Getty Images
Suddenly, we pinged three in a row through Bernardi, Wakefield, Jacques, that’s our best five minutes of the season. Conti instrumental in all three.
- McDonald kicked it straight to Bernadi on the hotspot.
- Bernardi strong mark from a quick kick to advantage from Brennan.
- Great forward pressure from Wakefield held the ball in f50, then Kodi Jaques followed up her own high kick, took a handball from Conti, and rolled a lovely bouncing shot over and under the defence and through the middle. 37-60 and suddenly the complexion is changing.
Then Sabs puts in repeat efforts and is rewarded with a free, and salutes with a big roost from 40m. Its 43-61.
On the brink of 3QT Brennan was clattered by Ivey who didn’t look at the ball at any stage – chose to crunch a player that didn’t have the ball. Later Ivey was rightfully given a one week spell.Embed from Getty Images
Katie Brennan spent the 3rd quarter on the bench. “Resting a player with possible concussion – its a no brainer” says Peta Searle, awkwardly.
Grace Campbell might be a bit lippy, she seems to inspire some rough responses. Makur Chuot gives it away, Monahan and Miller collide and the Cats goal to relieve pressure. Great chain of possession ended with Wood streaming into kick her first goal and she shanks it. Another chain started by a surging Rebecca Miller ended with a Conti give-and-go and a indecisive kick, neither pass nor shot. But she’s been massive for us.
Katie Brennan was initially given the thumbs up to return to the game then suddenly, the cue was in the rack. “The Tigers brains trust have thought better of their assessment…” says Sam Lane, awkwardly.
Final score: Geelong 10 7 67 d Richmond 7 3 45
Conti had 28 touches, Monahan 20. Bernardi with just 4 touches was tagged out of it. Ella Wood had just 2 touches but 4 tackles. Wakefield took 5 marks and kicked 3 goals, more than the whole side managed in their previous games. Alice Edmonds made 32 hitouts and 4 tackles.Embed from Getty Images
The Maureen for best player
5 votes – Monica Conti
4 votes – Courtney Wakefield
3 votes – Phoebe Monahan
2 votes – Alice Edmonds
1 votes – Grace Campbell
4 Makur Chuot
2 Brennan, Edmonds, Frederick
The Kate Sheahan Shield for players recruited with AFLW experience [eligible: Burchall, Bailey, Tesoreiro, Frederick, Bernardi, Conti, Whitford, Ross, Makur Chuot, Monahan]
4 Makur Chuot
2 Brennan, Frederick
The Peggy O’Neal Claret Jug for best AFLW first year player [eligible: everyone else not in above list]
The Kate Dixon Grip of Death for our top tackler
19 – Conti, Jacques, Sansonetti
18 – Campbell
17 – Woodward
16 – Brennan
12 – Wakefield