VFLW Geelong Cats VFLW 2021 Season thread

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Watched the live-stream last night before watching a replay of the AFLW match. Had a very shaky start with the Bulldogs actually having the first 4 scoring shots of the match, but once we settled down we were just too good for them and had a lot more system all over the ground.

Was really impressed with Claudia Gunjaca up forward. Took several strong marks, some of them one handed and looked very mobile. The skipper Michelle Fedele looked very lively around the ground as well. Of the AFLW listed players, Steph Williams was relatively quiet apart from a bit of a purple patch in the last quarter when she intercepted 2-3 Bulldogs kick ins in a row in the last quarter and finally converted on the 3rd. She also attempted one of her daring solo runs in the last quarter but the ball never bounced back to her and it fizzled out to a boundary throw-in. She definitely needs to work on her running bounces at training, as if she gets that right she'll most likely kick a goal of the year contender by season's end.

I was somewhat disappointed with Maddie Boyd though. She did present well across the middle of the ground, but was slow as treacle when she needed to chase, even at the lower level. Some of her decision making was ordinary as well. At one stage she got the ball in the forward line and had a player free streaming into goal where she could've just handballed the ball over and it would've been a certain goal. However, for some reason she decided to stop, turn around as if to snap the ball, got confronted by a couple of opponents, then turned back to pass it to the teammate she should've passed it to in the first place, but they were now covered themselves and the Bulldogs ended up forcing a ball up. Was a great opportunity to score which was stuffed up by piss poor decision making.

Will be interesting to see going forward which AFLW players we decide to play in the VFLW for the rest of the season. I'd probably go for the younger players in the squad - players like Moloney, Gardiner, Remmos, Barber, Caris, Van De Heuvel, Millie Brown, Georgia Clarke and Maguire. Use the rest of the VFLW season to allow those youngsters to form some synergy playing together which they can then bring to the 2022 AFLW season.
 

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Could Meissner become the guest first German to play AFLW? We've played 5 games and she's been in the bests on 4 occasions - curious to see how she goes across the rest of the season, but this is a promising start to her football journey out here



Returning ruck Olivia Fuller was also instrumental in the win, along with German defender Theresia Meissner, forward Claudia Gunjaca and AFLW listed Stephanie Williams, who kicked two goals.

Goals: Geelong: S. Williams 2, N. French, P. Sheppard, C. Gunjaca

Best: Geelong: P. Sheppard, O. Fuller, T. Meissner, C. Gunjaca, T. Tatlock, S. Williams

 

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Could Meissner become the guest first German to play AFLW? We've played 5 games and she's been in the bests on 4 occasions - curious to see how she goes across the rest of the season, but this is a promising start to her football journey out here
Does anyone know how she ended up here? It'd be pretty amazing in normal circumstances, let alone with a pandemic raging.
 

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One thing I'm kinda curious with in regards to the AFLW & VFLW is that they've clearly tried to align the two better this year and to make it easier in regards to AFLW players lining up for the aligned VFLW team, but what happens with AFLW players who have been delisted?

Are they eligible to sign up for a VFLW team or are they still connected with the aligned side which you would think may make things awkward, as one would think that selection preference would be given to those still on the senior list

Apologies if that make no sense
 

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Interesting question. Wouldn't playing lists be pretty much set in stone at this point? Having said that though, would you really want to stick around after being delisted?

Maybe they could introduce some kind of mid-season draft or recruiting period, maybe for those teams who are stand alone clubs to pick up those who are delisted.
 

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I'd think they wouldn't necessarily want to stick around, but I could imagine a good number of them would want to look at their options of somewhere to play over winter with the aim of getting onto another AFLW list via FA or the draft

If they aren't able to play in the VFLW then it could make that second chance hard unless they were willing to move interstate to play
 

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The VFLW Bendigo Bank Cats will travel to Casey Fields to face the Casey Demons at 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

With the AFLW season completed for the Geelong Cats, this weekend will see five AFLW-listed Cats come into the squad, with Georgie Rankin, Carly Remmos, Madisen Maguire, Darcy Moloney and Laura Gardiner all set to play.

Updates will be available on the Catswomens Twitter and Instagram pages throughout the afternoon.

In: G. Rankin, C. Remmos, M. Maguire, D. Moloney, L. Gardiner
Out: A. McAuliffe, R. Pearce, L. Negri, L. Ryan, M. Boyd, S. Williams


Round 6 VFLW Team
B58. B. Beckley38. T. Meissner39. T. Tatlock
HB32. B. Pratt10. G. Rankin29. C. Remmos
C55. P. Sheppard
HF17. G. Clarke43. M. Fedele7. M. Maguire
F40. T. Smith60. C. Gunjaca31. J. Woollett
R13. O. Fuller4. D. Moloney18. L. Gardiner
Int36. S. DeGiacomi35. S. Elsworthy42. A. Johnson
41. L. Martin37. E. Oliver


 

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Around the state leagues:

VICTORIA

Essendon kicked three goals to none in the final quarter to over Hawthorn by 13 points at Box Hill City Oval. The Southern Saints put in a strong four-quarter performance to come away 10-point winners over Williamstown. Darebin upset North Melbourne at home to claim their first win of the season. Port Melbourne and Collingwood remain the only two undefeated teams in the VFLW with the respective wins over Western Bulldogs and Carlton, while Geelong held off the fast-finishing Casey Demons to keep its winning streak alive with the two-point victory.

AFLW-Listed Players

Young Cat Carly Remmos had a near best-on-ground performance for Geelong with her influence all over the ground including an important goal. Darcy Moloney was also in the best for her 16 disposals and nine tackles in the close win.


State League Players
Eliza West did her best to kept the Casey Demons in the game gathering 22 disposals against Geelong while opponent Theresia Meissner had another great performance to help the Cats hold on.


As for some former Cats:
The recently delisted trio of Nadia von Bertouch, Tamara Luke and Nicole Garner made an instant impact for their first games for the Hawks with all three featuring in the Hawks' best.

Mia-Rae Clifford had two crucial goals for Essendon and was helped by Simone Nadler, Alexandra Morcom and veteran Ceceilia Mcintosh.


 

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I'm keen to get to some of our games to see how the teams going and to get a better look at Theresia Meissner, because she's come out from Europe, only been playing the game for a couple of years and seems to be getting a mention in our bests most weeks.

If there's a way of adding her to the AFLW list as a rookie/international rookie, I hope we're right on top of things because while she may not make it at the next level, I'd be frustrated if another side acted first and she showed herself to be a handy player

Teams look at Irish recruits, so why not expand to other countries also

Here's a write up on her from about 18 months ago, and it reads really positive - https://afleurope.org/belushis-presents-player-spotlight-theresia-meisner/
 

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Preview for our next match

Casey Demons v Geelong at Casey Fields

  • Third takes on fourth in this high-stakes clash between Casey and Geelong. Both teams currently sit on three wins and only a fraction of percentage splits which will being looking to cement its place in the top six, with five teams hot on their heels. The Cats will be feeling confident having dominated the Western Bulldogs in their first away trip all season, but Casey will not have lost confidence after a valiant performance against the undefeated Collingwood.
  • Pressure around the contest will be important for Geelong against a Casey Demons outfit that leads the competition in hitouts (third in hitouts to advantage) and in clearances. Pressure won’t be hard for the Cats who lead the competition in tackles, led by Tamara Smith.

 

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Preview for our next match

Casey Demons v Geelong at Casey Fields

  • Third takes on fourth in this high-stakes clash between Casey and Geelong. Both teams currently sit on three wins and only a fraction of percentage splits which will being looking to cement its place in the top six, with five teams hot on their heels. The Cats will be feeling confident having dominated the Western Bulldogs in their first away trip all season, but Casey will not have lost confidence after a valiant performance against the undefeated Collingwood.
  • Pressure around the contest will be important for Geelong against a Casey Demons outfit that leads the competition in hitouts (third in hitouts to advantage) and in clearances. Pressure won’t be hard for the Cats who lead the competition in tackles, led by Tamara Smith.

Pretty sure that's who we played last week. We've got North Melbourne out at Queens Park on Sunday this week.
 

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Pretty sure that's who we played last week. We've got North Melbourne out at Queens Park on Sunday this week.
I shoulda paid more attention - it came up in my Twitter feed yesterday but I didn't take enough attention now did it

I'm curious with this week, why Queens Park rather than Deakin
 

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