Game Day AFLW R1 v WCE

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freo1997

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I wasn't as impressed with the result as you lot are. Eagles are unfit, but both teams skills bar a few dockers were shocking. It was windy so i might let that slide.

If we play like that for the rest of the season..especially away we're going to struggle.

All the other teams need to do is build a defensive wall when the ball is in their fwd line, as we don't seem to have a good system getting the ball out. It's get ball and kick ball without looking as far as we can. Competent Aflw teams will rebound that easily.

We do seem a little more measured and comfortable in the fwd half of the ground. Houghton looks a little bit tubby and not in her usual condition..hopefully we get her firing on all cylinders soon because when she's on that can separate us from the other teams. Honestly didn't realise Kara was playing. Seen her out and about and always seems like a kind/down to earth person so not trying to be rude, but that tap on the shoulder shouldn't be far away.
 

Granny Val

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Let's hope due diligence was done and Swanson was reported! To think, she was the player they selected as their inaugural captain!
It happened right in front of us. She kicked a goal, and then went straight over to Hayley Miller and punched her in the face.
But there was no tv footage of the incident.

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arsesmart

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I wasn't as impressed with the result as you lot are. Eagles are unfit, but both teams skills bar a few dockers were shocking. It was windy so i might let that slide.

If we play like that for the rest of the season..especially away we're going to struggle.

All the other teams need to do is build a defensive wall when the ball is in their fwd line, as we don't seem to have a good system getting the ball out. It's get ball and kick ball without looking as far as we can. Competent Aflw teams will rebound that easily.

We do seem a little more measured and comfortable in the fwd half of the ground. Houghton looks a little bit tubby and not in her usual condition..hopefully we get her firing on all cylinders soon because when she's on that can separate us from the other teams. Honestly didn't realise Kara was playing. Seen her out and about and always seems like a kind/down to earth person so not trying to be rude, but that tap on the shoulder shouldn't be far away.
If we not one of the most competent teams in the AFLW after barely being beaten over the past three seasons I don't know who is.

The reality is the AFLW is a part time league, where a large percentage of players have had less than five years playing the game at any decent level (if at all). Of course skills are going to be patchy. Inconsistency comes with the territory. It's going to be a far cry from what you are able to produce in a full time league like the AFL men's, where even the newest recruits are generally well seasoned with years of playing footy.

Watching your own team, with the natural tension that comes with it, those rough edges are much more apparent. However, you closely watch enough other games where Freo aren't involved, even with the supposed "more competent" teams and it's clear to me our skill levels aren't off the pace at all.

At this stage of the league's development individual moments will hold a lot more sway, things are going to be rough and ready and pristine polish will be more individual and rarer than consistently team.
 

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eastfreo75

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Just some thoughts.
1. Gabby in the middle was gold.
2. Tighe was underwhelming but having her relief Strom in the ruck is structurally massive.
3. All of our goals came from the midfield.
4. Antonios’ performance are poles apart. Ebony is a gun and Kara should be replaced in the team. Difficult situation to sort out.
5. Swanson seriously a grub and so is the Weagles with all the other cheap shots like chicken wing tackled from the third player in.
6. The commentary was extremely bad. Talking up the Eagles but didn’t understand that their was a strong wind favouring the northern end.
7. Skills were down, 2 goals for the Eagles were off stupid turnovers.
8. No counter to the player behind the ball. Teams will keep doing it and we won’t win a flag until we work it out.
9. 6 player debuts is a lot. Massive Room for improvement.
10. Body wise our girls look like athletes but some of the Eagles would be considered overweight in the normal population.
 

oldgoat

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There is a brief moment of it..
Not sure it was a punch to the face, very clumsy no doubt.

A bit like the Gaff atrocity.
She was doing one of those "illegal" assaults that is wrongly accepted as "part of the game".
Particularly "grub behaviour" in striking/pushing payer on the ground...cowardly would do.
In doing so she made elbow contact with the face.
If she is sanctioned it will be because she made forceful contact with the face, probably not her intention.
The problem is the original intentional act,
forcefully striking a player
on the ground,
out of play,
and off the field.
Rub her out for that!

And the theres the commentators...
"burst of emotion" or "premeditated coward punch"
 
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Halfbaked

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Last year, and guess it hasn't changed, the ball the ladies use is lighter than a male ball.
I had a kick with one last year. It's hard work kicking it into any wind.
 

SHill Shall

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Just some thoughts.
1. Gabby in the middle was gold.
2. Tighe was underwhelming but having her relief Strom in the ruck is structurally massive.
3. All of our goals came from the midfield.
4. Antonios’ performance are poles apart. Ebony is a gun and Kara should be replaced in the team. Difficult situation to sort out.
5. Swanson seriously a grub and so is the Weagles with all the other cheap shots like chicken wing tackled from the third player in.
6. The commentary was extremely bad. Talking up the Eagles but didn’t understand that their was a strong wind favouring the northern end.
7. Skills were down, 2 goals for the Eagles were off stupid turnovers.
8. No counter to the player behind the ball. Teams will keep doing it and we won’t win a flag until we work it out.
9. 6 player debuts is a lot. Massive Room for improvement.
10. Body wise our girls look like athletes but some of the Eagles would be considered overweight in the normal population.
I thought Tighe displayed a heap of deft touches in the fourth quarter which belied her inexperience and Irish background. Somewhat bizarrely she seemed like a natural footballer.
 
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eastfreo75

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I thought Tighe displayed a heap of deft touches in the fourth quarter which belied her inexperience and Irish background. Somewhat bizarrely she eemed like a natural footballer.
I expected her to dominate, which in hindsight was expecting too much from her first game.

The deft touch to OD was something special.
 

CapitalA

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I thought Tighe displayed a heap of deft touches in the fourth quarter which belied her inexperience and Irish background. Somewhat bizarrely she eemed like a natural footballer.
She had more hit outs and a lot more hitouts to advantage than Strom!

I give Strom a bit of sh*t, but she did look a lot better this game than last year so I hope her development continues.
 

Geoff

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Cuthbertson has a turning circle of an aircraft carrier, expected a lot more from last years all Australian. Swan sons goal was a direct result of Cuthbertson doing a dinky kick out of defence.


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SHill Shall

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She had more hit outs and a lot more hitouts to advantage than Strom!

I give Strom a bit of sh*t, but she did look a lot better this game than last year so I hope her development continues.
I’m a bit the same. After one game I’m now expecting Tighe to come through and take the no. 1 spot.
 

Taylor

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Turbo says she has the potential to be the best player in the game for a reason, I just wish she had been fit for the last couple of years so Bigger could have been elbowing me saying "Told you!"
 

masai tu

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Definitely worried about Kara, you need to accept when you’ve used up all your petrol tickets. She has been a legend for the team, but is being passed by teammates. Invaluable around the training track.

Step aside with dignity.
 

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