Norm Smith Medallist
- Mar 7, 2013
- AFL Club
23rd Player: RICH - 53. M. Edwards WILL - 17. Z. Hardiman
IN: S. Damon, K. Jacques , M. Conti,
OUT: E. Gunn, G. Campbell, R. Miller
IN: Z. Hardiman, , K. Carew, K. Smith
OUT: M. Hope, S. Dunell, J. Reid
AFLW Listed Players (Listed AFLW for 2019 season):
Richmond - Madeline Brancatisano, Phoebe Monahan, Sabrina Frederick, Monique Conti
WILL - Nil
Richmond 5th - Played 10 Won 6 W Lost
Williamstown - 13th - Played 10 Won 1 Lost 9
R1 (W) 12.7.79 v Darebin 7.2.44
R3 (W) 8.10.58 v Essendon 3.5.23
R4 (W) 5.7.37 v Melbourne Uni 4.10.34
R5 (W) 8.7.55 v Geelong 5.3.33
R6 (W) 7.7.49 v NT Thunder 3.10.28
R8 (W) 9.11.65 v Casey Demons 4.2.26
R9 (L) 2.10.22 v Western Bulldogs 4.4.28
R10 (L) 1.3.9 v Melbourne Uni 11.11.77
R11 (L) 6.2.38 v Hawthorn 7.9.51
R12 (L) 3.4.22 v Collingwood 3.8.26
R2 (L) 1.3.9 v Western Bulldogs 8.8.56
R3 (L) 2.1.13 v Casey Demons 7.6.48
R4 (L) 4.2.26 v Hawthorn 4.11.35
R5 (L) 4.8.32 v Melbourne Uni 6.7.43
R7 (L) 1.5.11 v Darebin 4.7.31
R8 (W) 4.2.26 v NT Thunder 1.9.15
R9 (L) 1.1.7 v St Kilda 9.5.59
R10 (L) 4.8.32 v Collingwood 9.3.57
R11 (L) 4.2.26 v Carlton 9.5.59
R12 (L) 1.2.8 v Essendon 7.5.47
Well after 4 losses in a row, to label this game as a "must win" is massively understating just how important a win against the last placed Williamstown is. Our top 4 chances depend on it and, however unlikely, other teams still have a mathematical chance of taking our finals spot.
We welcome the return of Kodi Jacques and Monique Conti comes back into our midfield to cover the loss of Grace Campbell. We should hold the upper hand in this area with Alana Woodward in good form and Jess Kennedy having her best game for the season last week against the Pies.
Alana Woodward and Jess Kennedy
Our back 6 did an amazing job against the high scoring Pies. McLaren, Monahan, Makur-Chuot and Davie should be too strong for Willy even with the loss of Rebecca Miller. Lisa Davie is probably one of the lesser known names in the team but her role in the back 6 has been important. Lauren Bailey is named back in defence after spending time in our forward line but it's a role she should be comfortable with after being recruited into the AFLW by the Bulldogs in 2017 as a dashing half back. Sophie Damon must be jumping out of her skin as she comes into the side for her first game of the year after debuting last year against Essendon.
Lisa Davie and Sophie Damon
Wlliamstown have also struggled to keep sides to a low scores and our forward line should be far too potent. One striking difference, and this could be due to no alignment with an AFLW team, is the advantage the Richmond side has in height. Frederick and Wakefield at 182cm and 180cm tower over named key backs Whiting and Pederson who are both under 170cm with few other tall options available should the Tiger duo be on song.
Williamstown shouldn't be taken lightly though as they have pushed quality sides in Melb Uni and Collingwood. They had about the same scoring shots as their opponents and only inaccuracy prevented them from getting close to upset wins. Megan Williamson has been a standout for the Seaguls particularly in the last month. The 19 year old former Bendigo Pioneers player was BOG in the corresponding game last year when we went down by 5 goals. She will no doubt feature prominently again for the Gulls and she should come under the attention of AFLW scouts.
I think we should be far too good (if we are switched on) and will come away with a comfortable win, possibly climbing back into the top 4.
Other Round 13 games:
Essendon V Southern Saints
Collingwood V Carlton
Casey Demons V Darebin
Geelong V NT Thunder
Melb Uni v Hawthorn