Women's Footy VFLW 2019 Thread

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VFLW SEASON PREVIEW: WESTERN BULLDOGS
New Western Bulldogs VFLW senior coach Sean Kavanagh gives his thoughts on the club’s upcoming Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s season.

2018 FINISH:
6th (7-7 record)
2018 BEST AND FAIREST: 1. Naomi Ferres / 2. Ashleigh Guest / 3. Libby Birch
2018 TEAM OF THE YEAR SELECTIONS: Libby Birch
2018 AFL WOMEN’S DRAFTEES: Lauren Butler (Collingwood), Jessie Davies (Western Bulldogs)
OTHER CURRENT AFL WOMEN’S DRAFTEES FROM CLUB (as VU Western Spurs):
  • Selected in 2016: Ashleigh Guest (GWS/Melbourne), Ainslie Kemp (Melbourne), Sarah Lampard (Melbourne), Shelley Scott (Melbourne)
  • 2017: Naomi Ferres* (Western Bulldogs)
2019 SEASON START: vs Williamstown @ Downer Oval (Point Gellibrand), Saturday May 18 (CLICK HERE for full fixture)

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* CLICK HERE for information on purchasing a 2019 membership for Western Bulldogs and other VFL Women’s clubs.

KEY RECRUITS (non-AFLW-listed)
Ellie Gavalas
(23yo in 2019, from Marcellin OC): “Ellie is an inside midfielder with explosive speed. She loves a goal and her attack on the footy has been a real highlight this pre-season.”
Katelyn Betts (21yo in 2019, from Mount Evelyn): “Caitlin is a similar player to Ellie. Coming through half back, her ability to find the footy and hit up targets with her foot skills is very good. She’s also displayed a really high footy IQ.”
Jessica Crundall (21yo in 2019, from Donvale): “Jess will play as a mid-sized half forward. Her marking skills and athleticism as well as her ability to win the ball at ground level have made her a standout through our practice matches.”

PRE-SEASON PERFORMERS
Mickayla Ward
(33yo in 2019, nine VFLW games): “Mickayla is coming back from a serious shoulder injury and has progressed slowly through the pre-season. She’ll play as a key forward and hopefully move her way into the midfield as the season goes on.”
Mary Sandral (20yo in 2019, one VFLW game) and Simone Ruedin (27yo in 2019, five VFLW games): “We’re looking for continued progress from Mary and Simone this year. Both will play in key positions after having injury-free pre-seasons. They’re super fit and ready to make an impact.”

AFLW DRAFT PROSPECTS
“I’d be hoping any of those six players I’ve mentioned could become genuine AFLW Draft prospects this year.”

LEADERSHIP MATERIAL
“We’ll be looking to have our leadership group sorted in the week before our first match (Round 2).
“There are some natural leaders in the group, like Mickayla Ward (see above), and they’ll work in combination with some of our returning AFLW players as well.”

TEAM STRENGTHS
“We’ve had a fairly substantial turnover of our list; we had a talent ID day late last year which saw an influx of new players. Their energy around our playing group and their willingness to take on new ideas, new structures and new game plans over the summer has been fantastic.
“Our whole focus is our ability to put pressure on the opposition and make the opposition turn the ball over. We want to be really tough to play against.”

ASSISTANT COACHING PANEL
  • Rohenna Young (from Old Xaverians)
  • Other positions still TBC

HEADLINE YOU WANT TO SEE
“‘Western Bulldogs VFLW girls a new breed’. There’ll be new beginnings and opportunities in our second year at VFLW level since coming over from the VU Western Spurs. The program is only getting bigger and better.”
 

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Playing list announced early next week with a handful of AFLW players set to play for Bulldogs VFLW.

Fixture:
R1: Bye
R2: WILLIAMSTOWN vs WESTERN BULLDOGS (PG) 7.00PM SATURDAY MAY 18
R3: WESTERN BULLDOGS vs MELBOURNE UNI (VUWO) 4.30PM* SATURDAY MAY 25
R4: WESTERN BULLDOGS vs GEELONG CATS (VUWO) 11.30AM* SUNDAY JUNE 2
R5: WESTERN BULLDOGS vs DAREBIN FALCONS (VUWO) 12.00PM SATURDAY JUNE 8
R6: CARLTON vs WESTERN BULLDOGS (IKON) 11.00AM* SATURDAY JUNE 15
R7: COLLINGWOOD vs WESTERN BULLDOGS (MRR) 11.30AM SATURDAY JUNE 22
R8: WESTERN BULLDOGS vs HAWTHORN (VUWO) 12.00PM SATURDAY JUNE 29
R9: WESTERN BULLDOGS vs RICHMOND (VUWO) 4.00PM* SATURDAY JULY 6
R10: CASEY DEMONS vs WESTERN BULLDOGS (CF) 11.30AM SATURDAY JULY 13
R11: SOUTHERN SAINTS vs WEST. BULLDOGS (RSEA/TBBO) 3.10PM* SUNDAY JULY 2
R12: WESTERN BULLDOGS vs NT THUNDER (MARS) 2.00PM SATURDAY JULY 27
R13 Bye
R14: WESTERN BULLDOGS vs ESSENDON (VUWO) 4.00PM* SATURDAY AUGUST 10
R15: RICHMOND vs WESTERN BULLDOGS (SC) 12.30PM SATURDAY AUGUST 17
R16 DAREBIN FALCONS vs WESTERN BULLDOGS (BLO) 12.00PM SATURDAY AUGUST 24

* Games are double headers with the VFL teams
 
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The Bulldogs VFLW match against Williamstown on Saturday night will also have radio coverage.

Live from 6pm (first bounce 7pm) on RSN Carnival 2 (digital radio), WARFRadio.com and the VFL app.

Worth noting that making her debut for the Doggies on Saturday night is American Danielle Marshall (Arizona Hawks).
 

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2019 VFL Women's R1

Williamstown 0.2 1.2 1.2 1.3 (9)
Western Bulldogs 2.5 2.6 7.7 8.8 (56)

GOALS:
Williamstown: Whiting
Western Bulldogs: Ward 4 Marshall 2 Jolly Sandral

BEST:
Williamstown: Meade Dixon Dardengo Whiting Shannon Melnikas
Western Bulldogs: Toogood Ferres Sandral Ward Betts McMahon

Big win to start the season, Captain Ward (Callan's sister) with four big goals, only played 3 games last year but looked solid, might be a chance to get rookie drafted this year (will turn 33 in September). The American Marshall also looked pretty good kicking 2 goals. Toogood was by far our best and best on ground back to her 2018 AFLW best, hopefully she can take this into 2020.

Champion Data stats should be up by Monday for anyone interested.

Next Saturday we play University at Whitten Oval 4:30pm
 
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