Game Day AFLW - Dogs vs Demons 7:00pm AEST

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Premium Gold
Jul 12, 2010
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Melbourne Aces
I criticised Brown early last year and she ended up having a great season.

Well this seasons target is Morris-Dalton. Doesn't do enough with the ball. Very disappointing

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Premiership Player
May 17, 2004
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Club should get some clarity about holding the ball never after tonight’s game.

I thought the rule was very clear though - if Dogs player, pay Melb free. If Melb player, ball up. We got one in the last quarter paid to us - I'm sure its b/c the umpire made a mistake.

Those umpires were atrocious live. The inconsistency was appalling. First quarter where Moody was pushed out but a holding free paid to them, Pearce pushed Grant in the middle of the back and mark paid to her.

Burke/Lee/Grant/Bains should be kicking in the door at the AFL umpiring dept Monday morning.

Also, Blackburn is 10x the player that their captain is, yet Pearce was positioned in front in every promotional shot leading into round 1.

Blackburn is a star, but she needs mature bodies helping her out.


Premiership Player
May 25, 2014
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Blackhawks, SF Giants, 49ers, Jazz
I was pretty cooked by games end but Daisy Pearce’s drive by about us not playing Melbourne at Casey was surely directed to the AFL & not us, we don’t schedule the games.

Oliver Gigacz

Premium Platinum
May 14, 2009
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Absolutely shattered for Huntington just about the only player other than Blackburn we couldn't afford to lose. I thought when Huntington went down we could be in for a 10+ goal loss but I was impressed that we fought back the way we did.

Our start to the game couldn't have been any worse with basic errors at every turn. Having 3 players on the goal line and not 1 of them rushing it through is just unforgivable at any level let alone the AFLW.

We also just kept bombing it and not building any chains and a the end of the first quarter we were -20 for short kicks which is off the chart. More and more clubs are switching to the short kick chain model but it's something that we have not really tried yet which is concerning.

In patches it seems our basic skills just fell away, something that's happening less and less in the AFLW. Maybe it's just because we are so young but it's certainly something to keep an eye on.

Blackburn was outstanding as usual and I thought Bennetts was excellent through the middle while Pritchard and Ferres impressed in defence, especially with how inexperienced we were down there.

Some things of note...

We had 9 players under 21, Melbourne had 4.

We didn't generate a single goal, with all 3 coming from turnovers.

We have continued our 2021 trend of being extremely undisciplined and giving away free kicks that just shouldn't be happening at this level. The free kick count for holding, high tackle and push in the back was 11-5 the Dees way.

We had 18 unforced turnovers while Melbourne just had 6, this is the biggest differential in AFLW history.

Now as always…

Centre Bounce Attendance

10 - Bennetts, Blackburn
9 - Moody
8 - Georgostathis
5 - Fitzgerald
4 - Edmonds, Ling
2 - Lamb

Ruck Contests (Hitouts / To Advantage)
31 - Edmonds (14 / 1)
27 - Moody (9 / 2)
2 - Toogood (0 / 0)
1 - Cranston (0 / 0)

Hitouts To Advantage
WB: 3
ME: 4

First Possessions
WB: 21

ME: 26

Clearances / Effective Clearances
WB: 18 / 15
ME: 15/ 20

Tackle Efficiency
WB: 76%
ME: 69%

Spoil Efficiency
WB: 64%
ME: 77%

WB: 4

ME: 7

Forward Half Kicking Efficiency
WB: 41%
ME: 49%

Defensive Half Kicking Efficiency
WB: 51%
ME: 58%

Forward Half Contested Marks
WB: 6
ME: 6

Defensive Half Contested Marks
WB: 7
ME: 6

Score Launches
1 - Bennetts, Blackburn, Huntington, Lamb, Moody, Pritchard, Snell

Shots At Goal
WB: 8 (38%)
ME: 15 (40%)

Scoring Profile (Western Bulldogs / Melbourne)
Set Shot: 2.1 / 3.2
Snap: 0.1 / 3.4
On Run: 1.0 / 0.2
Mark Play On: 0.0 / 0.0
Ground Kick: 0.0 / 0.0

0M-15M: 0.0 / 1.0
15M-30M: 2.1 / 4.3
31M-40M: 0.1 / 1.1
41M-50M: 1.0 / 0.4
51M+: 0.0 / 0.0

Targets Inside 50

8 - Bombed/Rushed
3 - Toogood
1 - Cranston, Fitzgerald, Georgostathis, Lagioia, Morris-Dalton

Kick In / Kick In Play On
7 / 6 - Ferres
3 / 3 - Guest

Defensive 50 Marks
WB: 14
ME: 8

Defensive 50 Intercept Marks
WB: 5

ME: 3

Defensive Half Turnovers
WB: 29
ME: 23

Forward Half Turnovers
WB: 33

ME: 32

Unforced Turnovers
WB: 18

ME: 6

Unforced Turnovers By Player
4 - Blackburn
2 - Fitzgerald, Morris-Dalton
1 - Bennetts, Cranston, Ferres, Georgostathis, Guest, Ling, Pritchard, Snell

Dropped Marks (Uncontested Only)
WB: 0

ME: 2

No Pressure Errors
WB: 6

ME: 6

Turnovers/Frees/50M Penalties Punished By Goals
1 - Blackburn, Ferres, Pritchard

Pressure Gauge

WB: 168 (Poor)
ME: 217 (Elite)

WB: 208 (Elite)
ME: 206 (Elite)

WB: 210 (Elite)
ME: 212 (Elite)

WB: 214 (Elite)
ME: 210 (Elite)

WB: 198 (Above Average)
ME: 211 (Elite)

Free Kick Summary

Score Sources
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Premiership Player
May 17, 2004
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
I'm a big fan of Lochland, but there are a couple of contests in that last quarter she wouldn't want to see again. She took a good contested mark later, but her earlier efforts, esp for a senior player, were not a great example for a team full of youngsters.

On the plus side, Brown is a solid defender, kept Harris relatively quiet. I think Grant might make a good KPD too, she just looks and moves like a natural footballer.

Any chance Morris-Dalton and Moody can pinch-hit as KPFs in Issie 's absence? Might be asking a bit much of resting rucks in summer games though.


Premiership Player
Sep 3, 2007
In a good place when we win
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Listening to Nathan Burke's post match interview it's obvious we've started the season with several important players on the injury list. This forces us to play some players who are fringe in terms of skill level and/or experience and I think that clearly showed out last night. Hopefully, when we get a more settled team available, we should see a marked improvement because there were signs of good system after the poor first quarter.

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