Around the state leagues: Hawks snatch victory in thriller, Sturt secures finals spot


Sturt v Glenelg

Sturt locked in its place in the SANFLW finals with an emphatic 40-point win over Glenelg to close out the regular season. 

Kate Harris' class was again on show for the Double Blues with her 18 disposals, 15 tackles and a goal in the clash. Alex Pearce was dominant in the ruck for Sturt and Ally Ladas' two goals helped Sturt in the must-win clash.

Recent Port Adelaide signing Poppy Scholz put up a good battle in the ruck for Glenelg and Piper Window also did her best to keep the Bays in the game with her 15 disposals and seven tackles. 

Norwood v South Adelaide

South Adelaide clinched the SANFLW minor premiership with its six-point win over Norwood at Coopers Stadium.

The Panthers held onto the minor premiership thanks to the performances of Elise Barwick and Soriah Moon who had 17 and 19 touches respectively. 

Molly Brooksby led all players on the ground with her 26 touches while Tahlita Buethke had a another solid performance for the Redlegs.

North Adelaide v Woodville-West Torrens

Woodville-West Torrens snapped a two-game losing streak to finish the 2023 SANFLW season with an eight-point win over North Adelaide. 

Annie Falkenberg had a team-high 20 disposals for the Eagles followed closely by 2023 draft prospect Shineah Goody who had 16 of her own. 

For North Adelaide, Isabella Starmer had a dominant day in the ruck with her 24 disposals, 40 hitouts, seven clearances and nine tackles. Kristi Harvey and Jess Edwards benefited from the service notching 28 and 23 disposals, respectively.

Central Districts v West Adelaide

Central Districts will take some strong form into the SANFLW finals after it disposed of last-placed West Adelaide by 25 points in the final round.

Katelyn Rosenzweig put in a big performance for the final round of the season finishing with three goals, 19 disposals, seven marks and five tackles. Elaine Grigg and Caitlen Teague combined for 23 tackles and also found plenty of the footy for the Bulldogs. 

Lauren Young again starred for West Adelaide kicking two goals from 22 disposals, six marks and five tackles. 


Collingwood v Southern Saints

The Southern Saints returned to the top six with their tight five-point win over Collingwood at Victoria Park. 

The Saints had plenty of contributors with AFLW-listed player Deanna Joliffe starring with 16 disposals and 13 tackles. Madison Capsalis and Winnie Laing were also strong in the win.

Jess Bates and Elizabeth Jackson combined well for the Pies but couldn't get their side over the line. 

Essendon v Geelong

Geelong held on to defeat Essendon by two points to go a game clear in top spot on the VFLW ladder and snap the Bombers' five-game unbeaten streak. 

Renee Garing continues to impress in her return to footy finishing with 21 disposals and 11 tackles in the win. Fellow AFLW teammates Olivia Fuller and Ingrid Houtsma also had a say in the win. 

Essendon's Grace Dicker had an impressive 20 tackles in her side's loss while Resse Sutton found plenty of the footy. 

Casey v North Melbourne

Casey made it two wins in a row with its 13-point win over North Melbourne at Casey Fields. 

Niamh O'Neill was dangerous inside 50 for the Demons with her three goals from 15 disposals and six marks. Marla Neal and Amber Kinnane were important in the contest for Casey combining for 13 clearances. 

Marli Klaumanns-Moller had 14 touches and 12 tackles for North while Jess Mourney led the disposals for the Roos with 17.

Box Hill v Carlton 

Former Brisbane player Gabby Collingwood was the hero on debut for Box Hill, kicking the winning goal in the dying seconds to help her side to a one-point win. 

Grace McRae and Akayla Peterson both had 16 touches in the Hawks' win while Nadia Von Bertouch was a presence in the air with her seven marks.

Carlton's Jess Good was the most dominant player on the ground with her 26 disposals, 32 hitouts, nine marks and nine clearances. 

Port Melbourne v Williamstown 

Williamstown had to come from 12 points down at three-quarter time to hold on for a four-point win over Port Melbourne. 

Maddie Edwards was impressive in the win finishing with 23 touches and 11 tackles while Tegan Brett had two crucial goals for the Seagulls. 

Kaitlyn O'Keefe was one of the Boroughs' best with her 18 disposals, 13 tackles and eight clearances, as was Jessie Williams who had 22 touches of her own. 

Western Bulldogs v Darebin

The Western Bulldogs enjoyed their second win of the VFLW season with an impressive 34-point victory over Darebin. 

Delisted Swan Sarah Skinner impressed with her three goals from 20 disposals as did former AFLW Bulldog Amanda Ling who finished with 22 touches.

Most dominant was Dominique Carbone who had 32 touches, 11 clearances, 10 tackles and a goal in the win. 

Angelica Gogos led the Falcons all day and finished with 27 disposals and 11 tackles in the Falcons' loss. 


Subiaco v Swan Districts

Swan Districts and Subiaco played out a one-point thriller to kick off round 11 of the WAFLW, with Swan Districts just holding on to take the points. 

Ruby Mahony and Cassie McWilliam were important for Swan Districts, both kicking goals and finding plenty of the footy in the win. 

Hanna Dethlefsen nearly played a lone hand in almost stealing the win for Subiaco, kicking three goals from her 11 disposals. 

East Perth v East Fremantle

East Fremantle was too good for East Perth, handing the Royals a 61-point loss at Leederville Oval. 

AFLW Academy member Georgie Cleaver had a big performance in the Sharks' win kicking two goals from 13 disposals, while Larissa Versaci led all comers with her 26 touches and nine tackles in the win. 

Julia Uhe fought hard for East Perth finishing with 21 touches in the tough loss. 

Peel Thunder v West Perth

Peel Thunder and West Perth were all tied up at three-quarter time but two last-quarter majors for the Falcons saw them steal the win by 11 points. 

Emily Bennet had an equal team-high 22 touches and also a goal in West Perth's win while Bianca Webb and Karla Stagg were noted for their efforts in the win. 

Greta McKinley was everywhere for Peel Thunder finishing the day with 29 disposals and seven tackles. 

South Fremantle v Claremont 

Claremont brushed off one of its toughest tests of the season with a 29-point win over second placed South Fremantle. 

Claremont had plenty of contributors in its big win with Jayme Harken and Matilda Sergeant finding plenty of the footy and Rachel Ortlepp, Jacinta Valentini and Georgia Webb all kicking multiple goals. 

Ariana Hetherington stood tall for the Bulldogs showing off her ruck craft with 27 hitouts, 14 disposals and five tackles. 


Bond University v Yeronga South Brisbane

Bond University enjoyed a big 68-point win over Yeronga South Brisbane at home.

Isabella Lowe, Lily Tarlinton and Isabella Iverach all enjoyed multiple goals in the win while Georgia Johnson and Lion Mikayla Pauga were in the best for their efforts. 

For Yeronga South Brisbane it was Camilla Burnett and Courtney McDonnell who battled for their side in the loss. 

Maroochydore v Wilston Grange

Wilston Grange was able to hold off a fast-finishing Maroochydore to come away seven-point winners. 

Wilston Grange was powered by strong performances by Chloe Litherland and Kylie Walsh in the win. 

For Maroochydore it was Lily Logan and Jessee Sills who fought for their side in the tight loss.

University of Queensland v Aspley

Aspley had to overcome a slow start to its matchup with University of Queensland but ran away 14-point winners after a strong second half. 

Anais Kirvan and Ella Smith were important for the Hornets comeback and were amongst their sides best. 

University of Queensland captain Madi Crowley-Long was commended for her efforts in the loss as was Ava Seton.

Cooparoo v Southport 

Southport showz no signs of slowing down with its unbeaten run continuing with a 31-point win over Cooparoo. 

Georgia Breward and Stephanie O'Brien were in the votes for their efforts in Southport's win as was recent Gold Coast Suns signing Darcie Davies

For Cooparoo, it was Hannah McLaughlin and Lucy Schneider who did their best to keep their side in the contest.