AFLW Opposition Observation

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The news coming out of Princes Park last year about Tayla wasn't crash hot which was actually surprising as they were just shooting themselves in the foot by lowering her trade value. Lots of clubs ended up saying thanks but no thanks.

Hoskings are good pals with Tayla so I am sure Sarah would have been in Sheahan's ear but we said no. Spooked.

In the end Blues sent Tayla to the Dees plus pick 44 in exchange for pick 32. A steal.

Has been noticeably quieter off the field this year. Dees and Tayla have handled this well.
Think a lot of the lack of interest was also to do with the fact that everyone seems pretty certain she has a heads up agreement to head to one of the expansion teams for a packet. Remains to be seen if that is the case but you could understand a team not really in direct contention not wanting to upset the list plan to get her when she's going to be leaving after a season

Melbourne makes sense because even if they have her for just one year she could make the difference between winning and losing the flag
 

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Think a lot of the lack of interest was also to do with the fact that everyone seems pretty certain she has a heads up agreement to head to one of the expansion teams for a packet. Remains to be seen if that is the case but you could understand a team not really in direct contention not wanting to upset the list plan to get her when she's going to be leaving after a season

Melbourne makes sense because even if they have her for just one year she could make the difference between winning and losing the flag
Fair points, she would have had to stand out a year though.

I think being team mates with Daisy at Melb when they were exhibition games was a big factor too.
 

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How the F did St Kilda lose that game???

Just dumb footy. You would have thought St Kilda were behind and searching for that score to win.

Have the ball multiple times in the last two minutes and absolutely no sense to keep possession and run the clock down.

That’s on the potato they have as a coach.

it was also on the senior players on the ground, not just the coach, to make the slow play happen

Kate Shierlaw ragdolling a GWS player in the last few seconds just as Kat Smith was kicking into the fwd line 70 metres out didn't help
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it was also on the senior players on the ground, not just the coach, to make the slow play happen

Absolutely but its not like there's an abundance of on field leadership at the Saints. It happened so often that it was clear there were no messages coming from the bench to hold play up. With 1.30 to go Tarni White marked it inside 50 and she played on within 2 seconds. At that stage you would think messages would have gone out to hold things up.

With 32 seconds to go Eva kicks it out on the full right in front of the bench. That should have been the ball game right there. You can see the boundary line, no one is madly gesturing to hold it up. The coach knows and the bench knows there's 30 seconds to go. There just doesn't seem any instruction at all. The camera goes to Dal Santo pretty much straight after Eva kicks it out and he's clearly not in communication with the bench. He just simply says "boundary" just like a fan sitting in the outer. (what he should have been saying is "hold it")

I am not sure who it was that kicked it in but she should have waited until the umpire called her to play on but, no, she took 2 seconds to kick it.

IMO Dal Santo is learning on the job which is fine if he is coaching St Kilda reserves, or some team in suburban footy but he is not he's in charge of a team in the premier women's competition. His players deserve better. He is a big reason why they sit stone motherless last with a 0-7 record and a percentage of 47.
 

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Absolutely but its not like there's an abundance of on field leadership at the Saints. It happened so often that it was clear there were no messages coming from the bench to hold play up. With 1.30 to go Tarni White marked it inside 50 and she played on within 2 seconds. At that stage you would think messages would have gone out to hold things up.

With 32 seconds to go Eva kicks it out on the full right in front of the bench. That should have been the ball game right there. You can see the boundary line, no one is madly gesturing to hold it up. The coach knows and the bench knows there's 30 seconds to go. There just doesn't seem any instruction at all. The camera goes to Dal Santo pretty much straight after Eva kicks it out and he's clearly not in communication with the bench. He just simply says "boundary" just like a fan sitting in the outer. (what he should have been saying is "hold it")

I am not sure who it was that kicked it in but she should have waited until the umpire called her to play on but, no, she took 2 seconds to kick it.

IMO Dal Santo is learning on the job which is fine if he is coaching St Kilda reserves, or some team in suburban footy but he is not he's in charge of a team in the premier women's competition. His players deserve better. He is a big reason why they sit stone motherless last with a 0-7 record and a percentage of 47.
Just talks the talk young NickyDS
 

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Wtf Fremantle down 7-84 against Melbourne at 3 quarter time in Perth
 

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Melbourne are moving the ball as well as I’ve seen any side move it in any season of AFLW.

Thought the crows of a couple of years ago were fantastic but this Melbourne side is better. Quick, tall, and skilful
 

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Blues star, Magpies pair reportedly in sights of expansion clubs​

The four arriving AFLW clubs are sure to make waves this off-season.​


MITCH KEATING
MARCH 5, 2020

Carlton gun Madison Prespakis and Collingwood pair Sarah Rowe and Jaimee Lambert are understood to be on the radar of expansion sides that are set to cause waves this upcoming off-season for the AFLW.

Prespakis has been among the Blues' most valued players since arriving at the club as the third overall selection in the 2018 National Draft. Having claimed the AFLW best and fairest two years later, Prespakis has amassed a decorated record across her 32 appearances in the navy blue, averaging 20.8 disposals, 10.6 contested possessions and over 250 metres gained per match.

Prespakis' dominance in Carlton's midfield has placed the 21-year-old as a coveted target for Essendon ahead of their inaugural season in the AFLW.

The Bombers will enter the seventh campaign of the AFLW next season, with CODE's Daniel Cherny reporting the Tullamarine club are already looking to lure Prespakis to Bomberland this off-season.

An Essendon fan growing up, Prespakis could be lured to the red and black after just four seasons at Princes Park.

It is understood that Prespakis is yet to disclose her intentions for the future with Carlton, with her potential departure another major loss for the Blues.

Across their six seasons in the AFLW, Carlton have bid farewell to key names in Bri Davey, Hosking sisters Jess and Sarah, Tayla Harris, Chloe Dalton, Alison Downie, Tilly Lucas-Rodd and Kate Shierlaw in years gone by.

The Blues aren't the only club feeling the heat from potential advances from expansion sides, with Sydney understood to be eyeing Irish Magpie Sarah Rowe.

Rowe has been a mainstay in Collingwood's midfield in recent seasons, with the 26-year-old enjoying a stellar 2022 season.

The Magpies are also set to be in a tussle with incoming club Hawthorn for the services of star veteran Jaimee Lambert, according to Cherny's report.

The Hawks are believed to be keeping tabs on both Lambert and Giant Rebecca Beeson, with the latter having been a member of the Hawks' VFLW system in the past.

The Bombers, Hawks, Swans and Port Adelaide will all join the AFLW next season to form an 18-team league, in line with their male counterparts.

The Power are anticipated to place strong attention toward local talent, with current Adelaide players sure to be of interest, with non-moreso than Erin Phillips.

Phillips, the daughter of club great Greg, has been long linked to Alberton since the club's inception.

The 2022 AFLW home and away season will conclude next week, with Carlton among the clubs narrowly within the finals picture.
 

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Mitch must be a Blues fan as I reckon I have more of a chance of playing AFLW finals than Carlton.
 

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What's everyone make of the improvement across the other teams in the comp?

The foundation team clearly have some advantage. Maybe time spent together. Maybe it's their programs maturing. Maybe getting their core list sorted early, and recruiting for need, rather than just having to take the best available talent. Not sure.

Out of the current top 6, it's only North who've caught the foundation teams. IMO, plenty of that comes down to the list build - targeting height and inside mids, then building around that. Gotta give kudos to their program, too. They seem to improve every year.

Then there's the middle pack - Bulldogs, GWS and Carlton. Not so sure about GWS, but the Dogs and Blues have lost enough top-end talent - especially KPP and inside mids - to explain why.

So is it marking players and inside mids that make the most difference?
 

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What's everyone make of the improvement across the other teams in the comp?

The foundation team clearly have some advantage. Maybe time spent together. Maybe it's their programs maturing. Maybe getting their core list sorted early, and recruiting for need, rather than just having to take the best available talent. Not sure.

Out of the current top 6, it's only North who've caught the foundation teams. IMO, plenty of that comes down to the list build - targeting height and inside mids, then building around that. Gotta give kudos to their program, too. They seem to improve every year.

Then there's the middle pack - Bulldogs, GWS and Carlton. Not so sure about GWS, but the Dogs and Blues have lost enough top-end talent - especially KPP and inside mids - to explain why.

So is it marking players and inside mids that make the most difference?

So is it marking players and inside mids that make the most difference?
Mids definitely, i mean quality ball users by hand & foot
can't have too many ball getting mids IMO, all the top 6 sides have them

Conti x 2 or 3, would help get the I50 to 35 -40/game at a minimum, would be huge for us
 

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I know its the way the cookie crumbles sometimes but having so many potentially one sided games in the last round of the season between finals bound teams and those out of the top 6 would not be what the AFL would have been hoping for.
 

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MAR 11. 2022.

History made: Former Roo to become Bombers' first AFLW player​

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GEORGIA Nanscawen is set to be signed by Essendon as the club's inaugural AFLW player.



I was hoping we might have picked up Georgia in the draft last year. Been absolutely killing it in the VFLW over the last couple of years. She didn't nominate. Now we know why.
 

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