VFLW Game Day VFLW 2021 Season - Preliminary Final loss to Geelong

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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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50m protected zone free kick from the goal square for Williamstown, so basically an automatic goal. 10-6.

Commentator is a lark talking pay cheques at Docklands.

Not sure if that rule makes sense in this format – free kick in the goal square is a massive penalty when the scoring is low.
 

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3QT

Essendon 3.7.25
Williamstown 1.2.8
 
R7: Smashed Williamstown by 30!

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VFLW Bombers too strong for Williamstown

Essendon VFLW cements its spot in the top four with a comfortable win over Williamstown.

By Celie Hay - 1 hr ago

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The VFLW Bombers celebrate a goal against Williamstown. (Photo: Celie Hay)

The VFLW Bombers have recorded their fifth win of the season and cemented their spot in the top four, defeating Williamstown by 30 points at the NEC Hangar on Saturday.

The Bombers, who entered the game placed third, overcame the Seagulls' strong physical presence to run away with a 6.9 (45) to 2.3 (15) win.

After controlling the game early, the Bombers struggled to convert in front of goals, keeping the Seagulls in the game.

Libby Hosking and Ashley-Cooper were influential early and fought hard through the midfield to get the ball forward.

Zali Friswell applied strong forward pressure and was rewarded for her efforts with a goal just before the first-quarter siren.

Momentum turned after the quarter break with the Seagulls breaking through for their first goal of the day, but Kasey Lennox and Eloise Gardner were strong across the backline, cutting off the Seagulls’ run to rebound the ball into the forward line.

The Bombers answered the Seagulls’ fast start through a goal from Mia-Rae Clifford to take a 10-point lead into half-time.

Williamstown’s physicality continued to pressure the Bombers into the third quarter as the ball was locked in a contested battle across the ground.

Essendon finally broke through the Seagulls' pressure to score late in the third quarter with an on-the-run snap from Federica Frew.

The Bombers started the final term with intent, with Friswell scoring her second goal for the day before Alana Barba got on the board for her first.

But the Seagulls kept fighting to break the Bombers’ scoreboard pressure with their first major of the quarter.

Frew hit the scoreboard for her second major just before the final siren, sealing a 30-point win.

Coach Brendan Major was impressed with his side’s ability to withstand Williamstown’s physicality, but could see room for improvement in his team’s communication.

“It was a real fight; we knew it was going to be and they came out with committed numbers to the contest. We had to keep with them and win every possession we got,” Major said.

“I think they coped with the physicality OK but it sort of affected our communication a little bit so we want to really make sure that when teams come at us physically that we keep the communication going.”
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The VFLW Bombers form a huddle during their clash with the Seagulls. (Photo: Celie Hay)

Major was pleased with the way his leaders stood up in the absence of captain Georgia Nanscawen, who was out with a calf injury.

“We’ve got some good leaders; ‘Ugez’ (Courtney Ugle) was a great leader for us last year and we’ve got ‘Coops’ (Eloise Ashley-Cooper) who is a good young leader so they structured up and moved the ball well,” he said said.

“But you’re not going to be able to replace a ‘G’ (Georgia Nanscawen) in leadership or on the field so it’s one of those things that we’ll just keep battling through for as long as she is out.”

The Bombers had multiple players in Lennox, Friswell and Elizabeth Snell come up from the NAB League to player their second games at VFLW level.
Major was impressed with the way the trio fitted into the Bombers’ line-up and the impact they had across the ground.

“Friswell competed one versus two, one versus three a lot of the time with them committing more numbers to defence, and I think she did well. Lennox is really strong. She’s a very strong one-on-one player so to come in and play like that, she was great,” he said.

“‘Snelly’ (Elizabeth Snell) is really clean, being a slight body around the contest, she had to really fight today. She did well and it’s a great taste of football at the higher level.”

The Bombers will return to the NEC Hangar next Sunday to take on Collingwood at 11am.

ESSENDON 1.4 2.5 3.7 6.9 (45)
WILLIAMSTOWN 0.0 1.1 1.2 2.3 (15)

Goals: Friswell 2, Frew 2, Clifford, Barba
Best: Frew, McIntosh, Clifford, Gardner, Lennox, Friswell
 

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Game will be live from 10am on WARFRadio.com and 89.1FM at the ground.

Video stream (search VFLW on YouTube) will pop up just before the first bounce at 11am.
 

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Collingwood's key defender is in a neck brace (precautionary) so this could be interesting. Our rebound sounds good on the radio stream!
 

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haha thanks for the shoutout WARF radio :handok:
 

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Is our VFLW side a very young side compared with the AFLW teams? Some of ours look like they're only 16 or 17 years old.
Not sure but Collingwood have some of their AFLW players back now, so we're going okay regardless.

There are a few under 20s on the list but I'm not sure who is actually playing.


Cecilia McIntosh is in her 40s 👀 Good effort!
 

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3QT:

Collingwood 3.3 21
Essendon 2.4 16
 

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Ah, there's the tweet. Bit slack.

 

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A loss. :(

Final scores;
Collingwood 5.8 38
Essendon 4.4 28
 
R8: 10pt loss to Collingwood

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VFLW Bombers beaten in tight battle
The VFL Bombers fall short against the second-placed Magpies on Anzac Day.
By Celie Hay - 3 hrs ago
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Essendon VFLW’s inaugural Anzac Day game has ended in a 10-point loss to the undefeated Collingwood on Sunday.

The Bombers led the second-placed Magpies for the first half but couldn’t maintain their lead to the final siren, with Collingwood running away with a 5.8 (38) to 4.4 (28) win at the NEC Hangar.

Contests were tight from the opening bounce with neither side conceding any space, but the Bombers managed to control the game early with the majority of the play positioned in their forward half.

The Bombers’ forwards put their opposition under pressure early but failed to capitalise on the scoreboard, scoring three behinds before converting their first major through Mia-Rae Clifford.

The Magpies answered quickly to the Bombers’ early dominance to score their first goal, but Cecilia McIntosh fought hard to stop any opportunity for consecutive majors with strong contested marks across the backline.

After a tight first quarter, both teams continued their high-level intensity into the second term with Eloise Ashley-Cooper fighting hard through the midfield to get the ball into space.

Both teams struggled to project the ball forward, resulting in only the one behind being scored for the Magpies, and the Bombers taking a two-point lead into half-time.

Returning from the main break, the Magpies hit the board early in the third term to score consecutive goals and take the lead for the first time.

The Bombers lifted after a chase-down tackle from Felicity Theodore, with her effort inspiring an after-the-siren goal to Clifford - her second major - to reduce the Magpies’ lead to five points heading into the last quarter.

Clifford continued her dominance up forward, scoring her third major within the opening minutes of the third term and further reducing the margin to two points.

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Mia-Rae Clifford celebrates one of her three goals. (Photo: Celie Hay)

As the contest heated up, the Magpies had to fight hard to hit the board again with Eloise Gardner and Kendra Heil standing strong across the Bombers’ backline.

But Collingwood managed to break down the bombers defence with consecutive mid-quarter goals to further extend its lead.

The Bombers broke the run of the Magpies with a snap from Emma Mackay, but the deficit was too much with Collingwood holding on for a 10-point win.

Leadership group member Mia-Rae Clifford said although the loss was “a heart breaker”, there were lots of positives that will benefit the Bombers heading into the last part of the season.

“We knew Collingwood were going to throw everything at us so it was a really good challenge for us coming into the back end of the season and I think it could have been anyone’s game at the end of the day,” Clifford said.

“Unfortunately today it went their way, but taking the positives out of that and knowing that we only have a few things to tweak is a real positive moving forward.

“I believe in all the girls in the team, and I know the coaching staff do, so we are just that one per cent away from cracking open the top-two sides.”

When the game was in the balance, the Bombers stayed focused and fought hard, something Clifford said was a key learning from their round one loss to the Southern Saints.

“Ever since round one when we came up against the Saints, I think after that game we’ve had a massive focus on always staying in the game and being in every contest, so today was no different,” she said.

“The girls have come a long way since round one and I think we are mentally always in it and we never drop our heads. That’s our number one rule and we always pick each other up so that will never change for the rest of the season.”

Although Clifford starred with three goals, she attributed the team’s ability to push Collingwood to the work done by the backline.

“Our backline, they’ve been solid throughout the whole year; the intercept marking by ‘C-Bomb’ (Cecilia McIntosh), spoiling from Nicole (Julian), ‘Logger’ (Eloise Gardner) gets up in the air, ‘Kenny’s’ (Kendra Heil) ferocity at the ball, ‘Morcs’ (Alex Morcom) reading of the play as it comes to the ground,” Clifford said.

“I’m not going to single out one person but I’m going to say the whole back collectively, they’re always put under pressure and I’m so grateful to have them on my team.”

The Bombers will turn their focus to returning to the winners list when they face eighth-placed Carlton on Saturday, in their first game at Windy Hill for the season.

ESSENDON 1.3 1.3 2.4 4.4 (28)
COLLINGWOOD 1.0 1.1 3.3 5.8 (38)

Goals: Clifford 3, Mackay
Best: McIntosh, Ashley-Cooper, Clifford, Davies, Gardner, Heil
 

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