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TBOW

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I thought Brennan had a crap year. Did she just get in because of Richmond?
Brennan finished the year reasonably well as did Richmond - Izzy started the year well and faded as did the dogs.
Probably a bit of recency bias in the decision but by no means a horrible call - Brennan had 2 more goals for the year and loads more disposals - Izzy 8 more contested marks.
 

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I thought Brennan had a crap year. Did she just get in because of Richmond?
First look at it for a while relatively injury free, and showed why she was so highly rated pre AFLW. Mobile, highly skilled and can take a mark. Very valuable combo in AFLW (or anywhere really).
 

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VFLW on tonight at Whitten Oval as the Doggies host the Saints.

Free entry and game starts at 7.30pm.

Radio coverage from 6:30pm on WARFRadio.com and 89.1 FM at the ground.
 

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VFLW on tonight at Whitten Oval as the Doggies host the Saints.

Free entry and game starts at 7.30pm.

Radio coverage from 6:30pm on WARFRadio.com and 89.1 FM at the ground.

I've got a feeling most people will be otherwise occupied tonight
 

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Well deserved.

Do you have the top 3 / top 10? Other awards?

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TBOW

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Apparently we are looking at adding Elle Bennets from GWS in the off season.

https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/wo...s/news-story/625aee24f569218b34d3fc9e00ae152f

Don't know much about her but she has this little write up in the GWS season review on the AFL website.

Unsung hero: Elle Bennetts finished fourth in the Giants' best and fairest, but her hard running on the wing often flies under the radar in the wider AFLW world. Also a netballer, Bennetts has worked hard at improving her game since joining the club as a rookie ahead of the 2018 season. She averaged a career-high 14.8 touches in 2021.

https://womens.afl/news/72172
 

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Apparently we are looking at adding Elle Bennets from GWS in the off season.

https://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/wo...s/news-story/625aee24f569218b34d3fc9e00ae152f

Don't know much about her but she has this little write up in the GWS season review on the AFL website.

Unsung hero: Elle Bennetts finished fourth in the Giants' best and fairest, but her hard running on the wing often flies under the radar in the wider AFLW world. Also a netballer, Bennetts has worked hard at improving her game since joining the club as a rookie ahead of the 2018 season. She averaged a career-high 14.8 touches in 2021.

https://womens.afl/news/72172

Interesting. Bennetts will be 32 y.o. by the time the next AFLW season begins. Another mature body to help out the young 'uns'?

Best news from that article is that other clubs aren't even bothering to ask the question of Elle Blackburn. She's as loyal as they come.
 

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Stats from this weekends VFLW game, Brown dominating again...

Disposal Efficiency
WB: 55%
CA: 54%

Kicking Efficiency
WB: 47%
CA: 43%

Hitouts/To Advantage
14/2 - Tessari
7/1 - Moody
5/1 - Gamble
3/1 - Pritchard

Hitouts To Advantage

WB: 5
CA: 5

First Possessions
WB: 30
CA: 27

Clearances/Centre Clearances

WB: 22/4

CA: 27/5

Contested Marks
WB: 4
CA: 5

Marks Inside 50
WB: 8
CA: 9

Defensive 50 Intercept Marks
WB: 8
CA: 4

Score Launches
2 - Moody, Ferres, Gogos
1 - McLeod, Brown, Lagioia, Gamble, Pritchard, Fitzgerald, Tessari, Wright, Morrison, Betts, Vale, Asciak

Inside 50 Efficiency
WB: 50%
CA: 29%

Shots At Goal
WB: 18 (22%)

CA: 10 (30%)

Ranking Points
143 - Brown
137 - Vale
129 - Lagioia
122 - Fitzgerald
115 - Pritchard
112 - Morrison
109 - Ferres
109 - Gogos
101 - Tessari
94 - Betts
90 - Ruedin
76 - Scott
75 - Wright
67 - McLeod
51 - Pinchin
51 - Asciak
47 - Hards
40 - Moody
35 - Cook
31 - Gamble
27 - Sargent

Free Kick Summary
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Score Sources
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Player Summary
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Stats from this weekends VFLW game, Brown dominating again...

Disposal Efficiency
WB: 55%
CA: 54%

Kicking Efficiency
WB: 47%
CA: 43%

Hitouts/To Advantage
14/2 - Tessari
7/1 - Moody
5/1 - Gamble
3/1 - Pritchard

Hitouts To Advantage

WB: 5
CA: 5

First Possessions
WB: 30
CA: 27

Clearances/Centre Clearances

WB: 22/4

CA: 27/5

Contested Marks
WB: 4
CA: 5

Marks Inside 50
WB: 8
CA: 9

Defensive 50 Intercept Marks
WB: 8
CA: 4

Score Launches
2 - Moody, Ferres, Gogos
1 - McLeod, Brown, Lagioia, Gamble, Pritchard, Fitzgerald, Tessari, Wright, Morrison, Betts, Vale, Asciak

Inside 50 Efficiency
WB: 50%
CA: 29%

Shots At Goal
WB: 18 (22%)

CA: 10 (30%)

Ranking Points
143 - Brown
137 - Vale
129 - Lagioia
122 - Fitzgerald
115 - Pritchard
112 - Morrison
109 - Ferres
109 - Gogos
101 - Tessari
94 - Betts
90 - Ruedin
76 - Scott
75 - Wright
67 - McLeod
51 - Pinchin
51 - Asciak
47 - Hards
40 - Moody
35 - Cook
31 - Gamble
27 - Sargent

Free Kick Summary
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Score Sources
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Player Summary
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Thank you! What are the rules about how many AWFL players can play in VFL?
 

TBOW

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Interesting. Bennetts will be 32 y.o. by the time the next AFLW season begins. Another mature body to help out the young 'uns'?

Best news from that article is that other clubs aren't even bothering to ask the question of Elle Blackburn. She's as loyal as they come.
Yeah that is interesting - I wasn't aware.
Makes sense to add a mature body around the kids - we could definitely have used her this year.
 

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TIPPED by many coaches pre-season as a team set to rise, the Western Bulldogs certainly lived up to expectations.
After recording just one win (in round one) in 2020, the Dogs were a comfortable top-six side for much of the season, before tiring and finishing in eighth.

Coach: Nathan Burke

Leadership group: Ellie Blackburn (captain), Brooke Lochland (vice-captain), Ash Guest, Bailey Hunt, Izzy Huntington, Kirsty Lamb, Bonnie Toogood

2021 finishing position: Eighth, five wins and four losses, 88.2 per cent

Best team performance: Western Bulldogs 6.6 (42) defeated Carlton 5.6 (36) in round two.

The Dogs broke through for their first win in a year in style, knocking off the much more fancied Carlton, which cut the margin to six on the siren. It was a complete team buy-in by the hosts, choking the Blues' run and causing turnover after turnover. Skipper Ellie Blackburn kicked two fourth-quarter goals in the win.

Best individual performance: Ellie Blackburn led the AFLW best and fairest count after round four following a scintillating start to the year. In a crowded field, her best performance arguably came against the Blues in round two, leading from the front with 22 disposals, 412m gained, five marks, three clearances and two goals.

NAB AFLW Rising Star nominations: Jess Fitzgerald, Eleanor Brown

Debutants: Jess Fitzgerald, Issy Grant, Sarah Hartwig, Isabelle Pritchard (AFLW debuts); Katie Lynch (club debut)

Most improved: The Bulldogs' top draft pick in 2018, Eleanor Brown came into her own in her third season of AFLW footy. Noted for her elite endurance as a junior, she initially spent some stints on the wing, but took greater responsibility with higher-quality forwards in her second season behind the ball. Her confidence in coming off her player for effective intercepts grew as the year progressed.

Star recruit: Just the one recruit in Katie Lynch over the winter trade period, but the Bulldogs reinvented the young former Pie, swinging her from the forward line to a key defensive post. It took a few weeks to find her feet, but Lynch became a "lynch-pin" of the Dogs' backline, holding out Lauren Spark before the veteran's ankle injury.

Unsung hero: One of only a few sides to play two genuine rucks, Kim Rennie's importance to the Western Bulldogs was emphasised when injuring her ankle in round six. The Dogs seriously struggled in the following two weeks against strong sides, with her tap-work and marking around the ground missed.

What worked:

- A multitude of first-round draft picks over the past few years are starting to have an impact on the Dogs' side. While they obviously tired as the season progressed, the team has a good spread of young talent across the ground – Katie Lynch, Sarah Hartwig and Eleanor Brown in defence, Jess Fitzgerald and Gabby Newton in the middle and Izzy Huntington and Bonnie Toogood (albeit via the rookie list) up forward.

- Given her All-Australian form in defence in 2020, there were question marks over Izzy Huntington's return to the forward line this year, but for the most part, the Dogs covered the switch well. Huntington – the best contested mark in the competition – kicked 12 goals for the season, although added just three to her tally in the final four games as supply dried up.

What needs improvement:

- The Western Bulldogs averaged the fewest number of disposals in the competition, just below Geelong and Gold Coast, who recorded one win between them. While there's something to be said for not over-possessing the ball and being efficient in your usage, it's not sustainable when trying to compete with the top end of the ladder.

- Frustratingly, it will just take time for the young Bulldogs to build the endurance (both physical and mental) to ride out a full, ever-lengthening AFLW season. The cancelled 2020 VFLW season would have hurt the players in their late teens/early twenties, and the more inexperienced players struggled against the bigger bodies of Collingwood and Adelaide.

Early call for 2022: The Bulldogs won't catch quite so many teams off guard in 2022, and having moved into the middle bank of sides, may end up with a more difficult draw. They'll need to find a few more paths to goal in order to compete with this year's finalists, with a lot relying on the rate of improvement from the young players.

Season rating: 6/10
 

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TIPPED by many coaches pre-season as a team set to rise, the Western Bulldogs certainly lived up to expectations.
After recording just one win (in round one) in 2020, the Dogs were a comfortable top-six side for much of the season, before tiring and finishing in eighth.

Coach: Nathan Burke

Leadership group: Ellie Blackburn (captain), Brooke Lochland (vice-captain), Ash Guest, Bailey Hunt, Izzy Huntington, Kirsty Lamb, Bonnie Toogood

2021 finishing position: Eighth, five wins and four losses, 88.2 per cent

Best team performance: Western Bulldogs 6.6 (42) defeated Carlton 5.6 (36) in round two.

The Dogs broke through for their first win in a year in style, knocking off the much more fancied Carlton, which cut the margin to six on the siren. It was a complete team buy-in by the hosts, choking the Blues' run and causing turnover after turnover. Skipper Ellie Blackburn kicked two fourth-quarter goals in the win.

Best individual performance: Ellie Blackburn led the AFLW best and fairest count after round four following a scintillating start to the year. In a crowded field, her best performance arguably came against the Blues in round two, leading from the front with 22 disposals, 412m gained, five marks, three clearances and two goals.

NAB AFLW Rising Star nominations: Jess Fitzgerald, Eleanor Brown

Debutants: Jess Fitzgerald, Issy Grant, Sarah Hartwig, Isabelle Pritchard (AFLW debuts); Katie Lynch (club debut)

Most improved: The Bulldogs' top draft pick in 2018, Eleanor Brown came into her own in her third season of AFLW footy. Noted for her elite endurance as a junior, she initially spent some stints on the wing, but took greater responsibility with higher-quality forwards in her second season behind the ball. Her confidence in coming off her player for effective intercepts grew as the year progressed.

Star recruit: Just the one recruit in Katie Lynch over the winter trade period, but the Bulldogs reinvented the young former Pie, swinging her from the forward line to a key defensive post. It took a few weeks to find her feet, but Lynch became a "lynch-pin" of the Dogs' backline, holding out Lauren Spark before the veteran's ankle injury.

Unsung hero: One of only a few sides to play two genuine rucks, Kim Rennie's importance to the Western Bulldogs was emphasised when injuring her ankle in round six. The Dogs seriously struggled in the following two weeks against strong sides, with her tap-work and marking around the ground missed.

What worked:

- A multitude of first-round draft picks over the past few years are starting to have an impact on the Dogs' side. While they obviously tired as the season progressed, the team has a good spread of young talent across the ground – Katie Lynch, Sarah Hartwig and Eleanor Brown in defence, Jess Fitzgerald and Gabby Newton in the middle and Izzy Huntington and Bonnie Toogood (albeit via the rookie list) up forward.

- Given her All-Australian form in defence in 2020, there were question marks over Izzy Huntington's return to the forward line this year, but for the most part, the Dogs covered the switch well. Huntington – the best contested mark in the competition – kicked 12 goals for the season, although added just three to her tally in the final four games as supply dried up.

What needs improvement:

- The Western Bulldogs averaged the fewest number of disposals in the competition, just below Geelong and Gold Coast, who recorded one win between them. While there's something to be said for not over-possessing the ball and being efficient in your usage, it's not sustainable when trying to compete with the top end of the ladder.

- Frustratingly, it will just take time for the young Bulldogs to build the endurance (both physical and mental) to ride out a full, ever-lengthening AFLW season. The cancelled 2020 VFLW season would have hurt the players in their late teens/early twenties, and the more inexperienced players struggled against the bigger bodies of Collingwood and Adelaide.

Early call for 2022: The Bulldogs won't catch quite so many teams off guard in 2022, and having moved into the middle bank of sides, may end up with a more difficult draw. They'll need to find a few more paths to goal in order to compete with this year's finalists, with a lot relying on the rate of improvement from the young players.

Season rating: 6/10

I thought we'd struggle to win more than a couple of games prior to the season given the loss of so many good players. 8/10 for me.
 

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Stats from this weekends VFLW game, Brown dominating again...

Disposal Efficiency
WB: 55%
CA: 54%

Kicking Efficiency
WB: 47%
CA: 43%

Hitouts/To Advantage
14/2 - Tessari
7/1 - Moody
5/1 - Gamble
3/1 - Pritchard

Hitouts To Advantage

WB: 5
CA: 5

First Possessions
WB: 30
CA: 27

Clearances/Centre Clearances

WB: 22/4

CA: 27/5

Contested Marks
WB: 4
CA: 5

Marks Inside 50
WB: 8
CA: 9

Defensive 50 Intercept Marks
WB: 8
CA: 4

Score Launches
2 - Moody, Ferres, Gogos
1 - McLeod, Brown, Lagioia, Gamble, Pritchard, Fitzgerald, Tessari, Wright, Morrison, Betts, Vale, Asciak

Inside 50 Efficiency
WB: 50%
CA: 29%

Shots At Goal
WB: 18 (22%)

CA: 10 (30%)

Ranking Points
143 - Brown
137 - Vale
129 - Lagioia
122 - Fitzgerald
115 - Pritchard
112 - Morrison
109 - Ferres
109 - Gogos
101 - Tessari
94 - Betts
90 - Ruedin
76 - Scott
75 - Wright
67 - McLeod
51 - Pinchin
51 - Asciak
47 - Hards
40 - Moody
35 - Cook
31 - Gamble
27 - Sargent

Free Kick Summary
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Score Sources
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Player Summary
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Brown could take a Ruby Schleicher like jump in output next year.

Past years, she has looked a bit out of her depth and timid, and certainly was only so so in the VFLW.

But she really started to look comfortable and started to influence games in the latter part of the season. If she is taking that form into the VFLW, then she could have a big 2022.

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Summary from today's AFLW announcements...

Season 2021/22 will start in early December and run through until a week before R1 of the men's competition in March.

Increase to 10 home and away rounds, finals remain at 3 weeks.

2 new teams admitted in season 2022/23, remaining 2 in season 2023/24.

Personally I'm looking forward to seeing how a full AFLW season plays out with no interference of any men's games. Of course in the long run I'm still in favour of a full 23 week home and away season running concurrently to the men's competition, but I understand the reasoning for the Dec-Mar timing in the short term.

For those concerned about the summer heat, it won't be drastically different to what the first five seasons were.

Average maximum temperature for December-March over the past 30 years...

Melbourne
26.7 (Feb-Mar: 26.4*)

Adelaide
28.4 (Feb-Mar: 28.2*)

Perth
30.4 (Feb-Mar: 30.6*)

Sydney
26.3 (Feb-Mar: 26.2*)

Brisbane
29.9 (Feb-Mar: 29.7*)

*94% of all AFLW matches have been played in February/March.
 

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