Around the state leagues: Gamble pays off for Dogs, retiring Lion goes out a winner


Due to the lockdown in Perth and Peel areas, round nine of the WAFLW was postponed.


North Adelaide got back on the winners list with a convincing 27-point win over Woodville-West Torrens Eagles. Norwood went three games clear in top spot with a 10-point win over West Adelaide. A fourth-quarter goal to Madeliene Green gave Glenelg the win over South Adelaide by just three points, while Central Districts prevailed by just one point against Sturt. 

AFLW-Listed Players

Katelyn Pope shone in her second game back at her home club North Adelaide, collecting 18 disposals, eight tackles and kicking a goal. 

Crow Renee Forth was good for Woodville-West Torrens in her team's loss, collecting 13 disposals and six tackles. 

AFLW trio Sarah Dargan, Ailish Considine and Chelsea Biddell were solid contributors for West Adelaide but couldn't get their team over the line against ladder leaders Norwood.

Lisa Whitely was one of South Adelaide's best in the tight loss to Glenelg with 17 disposals and five marks. Crows teammate Montana McKinnon was great in the ruck for South Adelaide with her 31 hitouts and 12 disposals.

Chloe Scheer played her first SANFLW game of the year and starred with five tackles and five clearances and a game-high 21 disposals.

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State League Players

Tayla Thorn featured for the Roosters in the win against the Eagles with her two goals and Kristi Harvey was also good with her 15 disposals and six marks. 

Eagles mid Anastasia Falkenberg continued her great form collecting 23 disposals, six tackles and kicking her side's only goal of the match.

South Australian Under-19 MVP Lauren Young returned for West Adelaide and was impressive with her 16 disposals, four marks and six inside 50s. Under-19 teammate Zoe Venning was also good for the Bloods with her 13 disposals and six tackles.

Norwood's Alison Ferrall and Sophie Armistead were in the best for the Redlegs, tallying 13 and 15 disposals respectively.

Jessica Bates has been one of Glenelg's most consistent performers and got her season-high 25 disposals in the close win over South Adelaide. South Australian Under-19 representative Brooke Tonon also played a role with her 20 disposals and six tackles.

Another South Australian Under-19 player Tahlita Buethke was in South Adelaide's best with her 23 disposals and six clearances. Her teammate Jorja Borg kicked the Panthers' only two goals. 

Shelby Smith was the Bulldogs' next best after Chloe Scheer with her 11 disposals and 10 tackles. 

Sturt duo Elsie Dawes and Zoe Prowse kept their team in the contest, Dawes with her 14 disposals and five marks and Prowse with her work in the ruck.


Maroochydore held on to second place on the ladder with its 27-point win over Aspley. Bond University kept its unbeaten streak alive against University of Queensland. Yeronga South Brisbane handed Coorparoo a 13-point loss in their clash. Wilston Grange got its first win of the season over Coolangatta Tweed. 

AFLW-Listed Players

Brisbane Lion Jessy Keeffe announced her retirement from football last week and played one last game for Yeronga South Brisbane at the weekend. Her team gave her the best send-off possible with the win over Cooparoo.

State League Players 

Both Brooke Matheson and Jessee Sills kicked two goals for Maroochydore in the win with Jessee Sills also in the team's best alongside twin sister Kelsee for her efforts.

Charlotte Mullins kicked a goal and was in the best for Aspley, and was well-supported by Lucy Thompson and first-gamer Kiana Riley.

Grace Brennan kicked all of University of Queensland's goals in the clash against Bond. Mikayla Martin and Meagan Cook got the votes for their performances in the loss as well.

Helping Bond University remain undefeated were Mikayla Pauga with her two goals and Shannon Danckert and Giselle Davies with their tireless efforts across the ground.

Jenae Govan was in the best for Coorparoo and hit the scoreboard, teammates Kayla Geddes and Hannah Mclaughlin also got the votes for their efforts in their side's loss.

Wilston Grange's Brooke Sheridan's two goals helped the Gorillas on their way to their first win of the season. Charlotte Maree Taylor and Kitty Adams played a role in the sides first win too.

Kitara Whap-Farrar's two goals kept Coolangatta Tweed in the game but weren't enough to hold on for a win. 

Alexandra Hamlyn and Leigh Alder also did their best to get Coolangatta over the line and were in the votes for their roles.

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The Western Bulldogs made it two from two after a five-game losing streak defeating the Southern Saints by 18 points. Port Melbourne was handed its first loss of the season by the Casey Demons. Geelong had its biggest win of the season overcoming Darebin by 64 points. Hawthorn got its second win of the season over Williamstown, while Essendon was pipped by Collingwood in their Anzac Day clash and North Melbourne convincingly beat Carlton by 41 points.

AFLW-Listed Players

The Western Bulldogs returned to the winners list with help from Danielle Marshall and Nell Morris-Dalton, who combined to kick all four goals for the Dogs. 

Ellyse Gamble returned and had a game-high 27 disposals. Elisabeth Georgostathis and Angelica Gogos were also influential with their 21 and 17 disposals, respectively. 

Alice Burke found plenty of the footy again for the Saints finishing with 27 touches and 10 tackles. 

Maddi Gay was one of the big inclusions for Casey and starred, collecting a game-high 22 disposals. Young Melbourne forward Alyssa Bannan also played her first match for Casey and had three goals in her debut.

Libby Birch was given the task on Sabrina Frederick in what was an intriguing match-up. Birch finished with five marks and 11 disposals while Frederick had three goals and six marks up forward for Port Melbourne.

Laura Gardiner has strung together some brilliant form for the Geelong VFLW team and took her game to new heights with three goals against Darebin. Olivia Barber also had three goals for the second week in a row. 

Georgie Rankin and Darcy Moloney were also in the best for the Cats in their biggest win of the season.

Jess Dal Pos returned to the Falcons after her AFLW season with the GWS Giants ended but couldn't help her side over the line. 

Collingwood forward Sophie Alexander returned to the VFLW and played a role in the tussle against the Bombers. 

Pies speedster Aliesha Newman also returned and hit the scoreboard in the win.

Vivian Saad and Daria Bannister were among the inclusions for the Roos and Bannister starred with two goals while Saad added some experience in the ruck.

Charlotte Hammans and Paige Trudgeon battled for the Blues through the midfield in a tough loss. 

State League Players

Eliza Morrison was in the Dogs' best with her 13 disposals, as was teammate Simone Ruedin who finished with 12 disposals and three marks.

Deanna Joliffe had one of her best outings for the Southern Saints with her 18 disposals, six marks and a goal. Tahlia Meyer featured in her first game for the Southern Saints tallying 26 disposals and six marks. 

Demons midfielder Eliza West was again lively with 21 disposals and eight tackles. Captain Samantha Johnson played her role for Casey collecting 13 disposals, seven tackles and kicking a goal in the win.

Olivia Barton did well in a Port Melbourne defence that was sometimes under siege finishing with a team-high 18 disposals. Mel Kuys and Holly Bailey fought in the midfield for Port, collecting 17 and 14 disposals respectively. 

Hayley Munro kicked Darebin's only goal of the contest and Ashleigh Gunn was in the Falcons' best for her efforts. 

Geelong's Claudia Gunjaca was key all around the ground in the win and was well supported by Paige Sheppard in the midfield.

Northern Territory's Dom Carbone has been lively up forward for the Hawks and was again instrumental with her two goals against Williamstown.

Meg Hutchins played her 250th game of football and was in Hawthorn's best for her work against the Seagulls.

Seagulls captain Erin Meade led from the front for her team and Eliza Strafford and Ella Baxter were tireless in the loss. 

Mia-Rae Clifford moved to second in the VFLW goalkicking with her three goals against Collingwood. Kendra Heil and Eloise Gardner did their best to keep the Bombers in the game.

Kira Price had one of her best games for the Roos while Laura Wright kicked two goals in the team's win.

Blue Eliza Wood kicked the side's only goal and was among the best, as was Byrannen Gurr and Teresa Zampaglione.

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