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2021 VFLW FIXTURE:

ROUNDOPPONENTTIME/DATEVENUERESULT
1Southern Saints (H)10:30am, Sunday, February 28NEC HangarLOSS: Match Report
2Casey Demons (A)1pm, Sunday, March 7Casey FieldsWIN: Match Report
3Hawthorn (H)11am, Saturday, March 13NEC HangarWIN: Match Report
4Darebin (H)10:30am, Sunday, March 21NEC HangarWIN: Match Report
5Port Melbourne (H)10:30am, Sunday, March 28NEC HangarLOSS: Match Report
6Hawthorn (A)10:30am, Saturday, April 10Box Hill City OvalWIN: Match Report
7Williamstown (H)11am, Saturday, April 17NEC HangarWIN: Match Report
8Collingwood (A)11am, Sunday, April 25NEC HangarLOSS: Match Report
9Carlton (H)10am, Saturday, May 1Windy HillWIN: Match Report
10Geelong (A)1pm, Saturday, May 8Deakin (Geelong)LOSS: Match Report
11Western Bulldogs (H)11am, Saturday, May 15Windy HillLOSS: Match Report
12North Melbourne (H)10am, Saturday, May 22Windy Hillpostponed/abandoned
13Darebin (A)12pm, Saturday, May 29Bill Lawry Ovalpostponed/abandoned
14Williamstown (A)1pm, Saturday, June 19Downer OvalWIN: Match Report
15Darebin (A)12pm, Saturday, June 26Bill Lawry OvalWIN: Match Report
EFCasey Demons (A)12pm, Saturday, July 3Casey FieldsWIN: Match Report
SFCollingwood (A)12pm, Saturday, July 10Victoria ParkLOSS: Match Report
PFGeelong (H)12pm, Saturday, July 31Windy HillLOSS: Match Report
 
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R4: Gave Darebin a 67 point thrashing

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Some ripper photos to go with the write up as well.

VFLW Bombers claim third straight win

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A best-on-ground performance from captain Georgia Nanscawen has set up the Bombers for their third straight VFLW win in a 67-point victory over Darebin at the NEC Hangar on Sunday.

The Bombers adapted to the slippery conditions to keep Darebin goalless and claim a 10.10 (70) to 0.3 (3) triumph, moving into fourth position after round four.

Nanscawen led from the front with her clean possessions and tough tackles through the midfield, combining with second-gamer Grace Dicker to repeatedly drive the ball forward.

Mia-Rae Clifford was creative with her ball work to set up Felicity Theodore for the first major of the day, with Marianna Anthony and Alana Barba hitting the scoreboard shortly after.

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Marianna Anthony flies for a grab. (Photo: Celie Hay)

The Bombers didn’t give their opponents any space in the second quarter and continued to extend their lead, with Dicker scoring her first goal as a Bomber. Theodore converted for her second, while Clifford and Natalie MacDonald followed soon after.

Following an early third-quarter goal from Jessie Davies, the Bombers’ pressure dropped off and allowed Darebin to come into the game, but Alex Morcom continued her consistent form to ensure the opposition didn’t capitalise.

In the final term, Anthony put her body on the line to lock the ball in the Bombers’ forward fifty and Barba was able to change the momentum with her second goal.

MacDonald was lively in the forward line, converting for her second major and finalising a 67-point winning margin.

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Natalie MacDonald continued her impressive form on Sunday. (Photo: Celie Hay)

Coach Brendan Major was impressed with his side’s win over Darebin, especially with Dicker’s performance and Nanscawen’s leadership.

“Grace Dicker, for a second game, played really well and I think our half-backs were playing well but Georgia killed it today,” Major said.

“She got a lot of the ball, structured up well, communicated, her defensive work rate was fantastic, so she was really good.”

At half-time the Bombers led by 47 points, with Major reminding his team of the need to focus on playing its style of footy, rather than focusing on the scoreboard.

“When we’re losing games, I talk to the playing group about not worrying about the scoreboard. That doesn’t change when we are winning. For us it’s about building what we’re trying to do and building the type of footy we want to play,” Major said.

“It’s great to get points and it’s great to be up but it’s more important for me how we’re playing.”

The Bombers will now turn their focus to next week’s game against league leader Port Melbourne, which Major sees as an opportunity to test his side’s structures against strong opposition.

“We’ve got a really tough side next week so we’re going to play Port Melbourne, they’re top of the table,” Major said.

“It’s a really good opportunity for us try out our systems while we’re playing a really, really strong opposition, so it’s going to be a big week for us.”

The VFLW Bombers will host Port Melbourne at the NEC Hangar in round five from 10:30am on Sunday.

ESSENDON 3.3 7.5 8.6 10.10 (70)
DAREBIN 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 (3)

GOALS: Theodore 2, Barba 2, MacDonald 2, Anthony, Clifford, Dicker, Davies

Best: Nanscawen, Anthony, Dicker, MacDonald, Barba, Morcom
 

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Essendon (4th) v Port Melbourne (1st) will be a radio and video streamed game this Sunday.

First bounce at The Hangar is 10.30am - free entry.

Radio stream (with pre-game show) from 9.30am via WARFRadio.com and video stream from 10:15am via Youtube.com/AFLVictoria
 

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Actually kinda have to support the Borough for this one. Their alignment with my club takes dibs
 

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If a team had a strong ruckman they'd dominate. Pretty much every ruck contest the ball drops straight down into congestion.
To be able to tap the ball to where wanted to would open the game right up. So that's what I'd be recruiting.
 
R5: 11pt loss to Port Melbourne

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VFLW Bombers fall to league leaders
Essendon VFLW’s three-game winning streak has come to an end in an 11-point loss to the undefeated Port Melbourne on Sunday.

The Bombers fought hard all day but the pressure from the league leaders proved too much, with the Boroughs winning 6.2 (38) to 4.3 (27) at the NEC Hangar.

The intensity was high from the first bounce with both teams fighting hard at contests.

Georgia Nanscawen and Eloise Ashley-Cooper competed in midfield to lock the ball in the Bombers’ attacking half and create multiple forward entries.

The Bombers were first to hit the board, with Federica Frew converting on the run. The Boroughs answered with consecutive goals, changing the momentum and establishing control over the opening term.

Both teams were locked in a tough contest throughout the second quarter, with neither team giving their opposition any space.

Alex Morcom and Eloise Gardner stood strong, taking contested marks and cutting off the opposition’s forward entries, while Emma Mackay provided great run along the wing.

Port Melbourne broke free from the pressure of Essendon to score two quick goals and take a three-goal lead into the main break.

Defenders from both sides were working overtime in the third quarter as the ball went back and forth. Alana Barba fought with intent through the midfield, snapping a goal from a forward contest to break the deadlock.

The Bombers kept Port Melbourne goalless in the last term and managed to reduce the deficit through a major from Felicity Theodore.

Vice-captain Courtney Ugle was impressed with the Bombers’ intent across the four quarters, but disappointed in their inability to maintain the high-intensity game played by the Boroughs.

“We knew they were going to come out hard at the ball and against us. We knew that they were bigger body quality side, obviously haven’t lost a game this season so far so we knew the fight was going to be brought,” Ugle said.

“We probably owned the first five minutes of every quarter, but then they kind of ran on top of us. I think we kind of broke down on the field and we looked a little bit tired, but our thought and endeavour and intent couldn’t be questioned.”

Despite the defeat, Ugle was impressed with the individual performances of Barba, Mackay and Gardner.

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Eloise Gardner was a standout against Port Melbourne. (Photo: Celie Hay)
“Alana Barba was exceptional. You can see the way when she doesn’t have any pressure on herself, she just glides and uses the ball really well. I thought that Emma Mackay was great out on the wing as well, confidence to just get the ball and go,” Ugle said.

“'Logger’ (Gardner) was strong down back as well and took some really great marks. She looked really composed when she was hitting up targets.”

Although disappointed, Ugle believes the loss to the competition’s benchmark will better the team in future games.

“I think it is really good for us to be hit with a tough game like that. I think it’s only going to drive us to come back and be hungry for the back half of the season,” she said.

“But what Port did really well was they used the ball well and they were a lot cleaner than us. They were able to execute better than us and they are a quality side and we fully respected that. Playing against a quality side like that is only going to make us better.”

Ugle was pleased with her team’s ability to push Port Melbourne until the final siren, looking to the upcoming Easter bye as an opportunity to reset ahead of the rest of the season.

“I think attitude is a big thing. As we came off, some emotions were pretty high and I think that just goes to show how invested we are about this group, this club and the growth of our football,” she said.

“It’s nice to see the emotion but we really need to regroup, come back together. We’ve got two weeks off now to rest our bodies, rest our minds, and come back and regroup because we know that we can play great footy. We just need to believe in ourselves.”

The VFLW will have a competition-wide bye over Easter before the Bombers return for their round six clash with Hawthorn at Box Hill City Oval on April 10.

ESSENDON 1.1 2.1 3.1 4.3 (27)
PORT MELBOURNE 3.0 5.1 6.1 6.2 (38)

Goals: Frew 2, Barba, Theodore

Best: Ashley-Cooper, Ugle, Barba, Morcom, Frew, Nanscawen

Easter is a bye weekend for the VFLW, so the next game is Round 6 @ Hawthorn, Box Hill, 10 April, 10.30AM
 

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Good to see north getting rolled in the afl, but gee it makes me wish we had a side. Signs good this year, but you'd think we'd have to be a consistent top side when the call is made for expansion. North's licence shoulda went to a stand alone tassie side.
 

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R6: WIN against Hawthorn

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The VFLW Bombers have returned to the winners list after defeating Hawthorn by 14 points at Box Hill City Oval on Saturday.

The Bombers struggled in the wet conditions and spent the majority of the game chasing the Hawks, but a late last-quarter surge allowed them to run away with the 4.5 (29) to 1.9 (15) victory.

Both teams fought with intensity from the opening bounce, with the ball being locked in contests for majority of the first quarter.

It took 15 minutes for the first goal to be scored through an off-the-ground kick from Mia-Rae Clifford giving the Bombers an early lead.

With the rain settling in, the Hawks quickly took control of the game early in the second quarter, locking the ball in their forward half and converting for their first major.

Midway through the second quarter, the Bombers suffered a significant blow with captain Georgia Nanscawen coming off with a calf injury.

Eloise Ashley-Cooper stood up to cover the loss of Nanscawen through the midfield, but the Hawks continued to pressure the Bombers and took a three-point lead into the main break.

The wet weather caused havoc during the third quarter as both teams were locked in contests and struggled to convert on the scoreboard.

The pressure was on the Bombers’ backs as the Hawks attempted to go forward. Eloise Gardner and Cecilia McIntosh didn’t give the opposition any space and cut off multiple scoring attempts with strong marks.

Ruck duo Lori Stepnell and Simone Nalder combined well to tackle the height of their opponents while Alex Morcom provided excellent run off the backline.

Debutants Zali Friswell and Kasey Lennox, who came up from the Calder Cannons’ NAB League side, didn’t look out of place in the Bombers’ side and were influential across the forward and back lines respectively.

After a goalless third term, the Bombers’ forwards were determined to overturn the deficit and came out with intent.

Federica Frew converted from a set shot to give the Bombers a two-point advantage before Natalie MacDonald snapped a goal from the pocket to further extend the lead.

The Bombers’ victory was sealed when Clifford scored her second major for the day late in the quarter.

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Nanscawen was proud of her team’s attitude throughout the game and the way they continued to fight even when they were behind on the scoreboard.

“I’m super proud of the team. Personally, it was disappointing to not be able to get through the game, but the way the girls stayed in the game with their heads held high and fought right to the end (was pleasing),” Nanscawen said.

“We were down for quite a bit of the game and to see the character that we showed to get back into it and to be able to hold the lead, it makes me really proud.”

Nanscawen attributed the fourth-quarter resurgence to her teammates’ confidence in each other and their ability to stay composed under pressure.

“I think just the belief that we knew we were in it even though we were down. We knew they would throw everything at us and we were able to hold it,” she said.

“It was about being composed and playing smart in the rain as well. We really did that and some girls really stood up in that last quarter.”

The two debutants, Friswell and Lennox, also impressed Nanscawen in the way they seamlessly fitted into the side and played their roles.

“They showed why they deserved to pull on the jumper, they both fought really hard. Obviously, some tough conditions for a tall back (Lennox) but both of them kept fighting right through,” she said.

“It’s exciting to see players like that in our team.”

After her injury, Nanscawen was pleased with the team’s ability to be flexible and the way the way they quickly adapted to her absence on the field.

“I was exceptionally proud of how they adapted. It would have been easy for them to drop their heads when you lose anybody in the team, but they didn’t do that at all,” she said.

“They fought right to the end and I’m super proud.”

The Bombers will return home for to the NEC Hangar round seven next Saturday to host Williamstown from 11am.

ESSENDON 1.1 1.2 1.3 4.5 (29)
HAWTHORN 0.4 1.5 1.8 1.9 (15)

Goals: Clifford 2, Frew, MacDonald
Best: Stepnell, Gardner, McIntosh, Morcom, Ashley-Cooper, Nalder
 

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Round 8 fixture confirmed, it'll be a home game against Collingwood on Anzac Day at 11am. I hope it's streamed...

This week's game is obviously tomorrow. WARF Radio should have live streams of both games, but I'm not sure about video streams;

So for tomorrow: 11am VFLW vs Williamstown, 1.30pm VFL @ Brisbane (I think, might also be 12), and AFLW Grand Final also 1.30pm Adelaide vs Brisbane. Our AFL game is obviously in the evening. Lots of footy on a Saturday!

Also, check out that ladder 😏

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Round 8 fixture confirmed, it'll be a home game against Collingwood on Anzac Day at 11am. I hope it's streamed...

This week's game is obviously tomorrow. WARF Radio should have live streams of both games, but I'm not sure about video streams;

So for tomorrow: 11am VFLW vs Williamstown, 1.30pm VFL @ Brisbane (I think, might also be 12), and AFLW Grand Final also 1.30pm Adelaide vs Brisbane. Our AFL game is obviously in the evening. Lots of footy on a Saturday!

Also, check out that ladder 😏

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They should play it at the 'G?
 

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Stream finally started, 9 minutes into the first quarter and it's 1-0...
 

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