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Pies finally break through with their first win in 2019

Australia

Collingwood secured their first win of AFLW 3.0 by a goal over Brisbane Lions at Victoria Park on a fine sunny day in Melbourne.

This win meant a lot to the Magpies, as they broke their 364 day winless drought. 

At the start of the match there was a minute of silence for the terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand. 

The youthful Magpies caused headaches for the Lions who were eyeing off a finals spot in Conference B.

In the second half, the Lions had their chances at goal but they will rue the missed opportunities at goal.

The Magpies game plan was short kicking, they had better build up, ball movement and defensive pressure was electrifying all day.

This Magpies win means that the Lions will miss out on playing finals next week and the Cats have made the finals in their inaugural AFLW season.

Image Source: Michael Dodge

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"Kick it to Snake in the pocket!"

AustraliaThe title of this story is actually very close to the real title of a book "Long Bombs To Snake", which was a collection of sport stories from The Footy Almanac. Funny how the title very nearly came to life in Adelaide yesterday when a venomous Brown Snake entered the field during a pre-season trial match between North Adelaide and South Adelaide.

The irony here is that last season North Adelaide was involved in a high profile "19th" player on field incident during the SANFL finals. There is NO suggestion that the snake involved was aligned to either club.

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Dockers A-GAME cruises them to victory

Australia

The Fremantle Dockers were all class as they notched up a solid 27-point win over a strong North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos at the Fremantle Oval in a splendid day in Fremantle.

This win by the Dockers means that the Dockers will feature in the Conference A finals next week and North have just missed out after a remarkable inaugural AFLW season.

The Dockers will hope the injuries for two of their major stars Sabreena Duffy and Dana Hooker will not be too significant so they will play next week in the finals. 

It was the pressure and ball movement of the Dockers that was first class all match.

North matched it with the Dockers all match, but they could not make the most of it when they had the ball inside their forward half of the ground.

At the start of the match there was a minute of silence for the terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Also the players wore black armbands, as a show of respect for the New Zealand tragedy.

Image Source: Daniel Carson

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Crows put the Dees to the sword and lock up finals spot

Australia

Adelaide Crows put on a demolition job of Melbourne by 61 points at the Casey Fields on a sunny day in Melbourne. 

The Crows were ruthless and tough, whereas the Dees struggled to play their brand of football all day.

This win means the Crows will definitely be in the Conference A finals and the Dees will miss out again on a AFLW finals series for the third consecutive year. 

The Dees recorded the lowest ever AFLW score.

Marijana Rajcic was solid in defense for the Crows for the entire match.

Harriet Cordner was the shining light for the Dees with 19 disposals.

Crows were well and truly on their game plan for the whole match at Casey, the Dees could not wrestle back the momentum.

At start of the match there was a minute of silence for Christchurch, New Zealand for yesterday’s terrorist attacks.

The win was set up with the Crows impressive first half, as they kept the Dees scoreless and all their players were working hard for each other.

Image Source: Michael Wilson

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Giants spoil the Cats hopes of making the finals

Australia

The GWS Giants pulled off a comprehensive win by 30 points over the Geelong Cats at the UNSW Canberra Oval in a fine cool night. 

This win by the Giants has spoilt the Cats chances of making the finals in AFLW 3.0 and the Blues will take part in the Preliminary Finals next week.

At the start of the match there was a minute silence for the lives lost in the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand today.

A highlight of a dark day in our world came when the first Muslim women's player to ever play AFLW Haneen Zreika notched up her first ever AFLW goal in the first quarter. 

Image Source: Matt King 

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Preliminary Final Day In Dubai

Middle East
When you take a look at the cold, hard data, the Dubai Dragons will today win through to The AFL Middle East grand final next week against the Multiplex Bulls. Everything points to that result playing out, including logic. Better form, home ground, history, talent – it all adds up to a win for the Dragons.

But that is what makes footy so much fun – the unexpected. The two teams have met twice this year, both times seeing a Dragons win. But dig a little deeper under the surface and there are nuggets of information that suggest that the Abu Dhabi Falcons are not out of this race yet.

Round 2 at the Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi saw the Falcons desperately unlucky to lose to the Dragons by just two points. The Dragons held the lead all day until the Falcons produced a stunning last quarter fightback to nearly take the game. A reproduction of that form today could certainly change a result.
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Round 7 AFLW Teams

Australia

Round 7 teams have been released below

GWS Giants Vs Geelong, Friday 15th March 7:15pm at UNSW Canberra Oval

GWS Giants Squad

Position

Name

#

Name

#

Name

#

Backs

P.Randall

21

E.Brush

10

A.Farrugia - C

18

Half Backs

P.Monahan

28

T.Hetherington

9

N.Barr

8

Centreline

 

 

R.Beeson

6

 

 

Half Forwards

Y.Bonner

27

J.Dal Pos

7

E.Bennetts

22

Forwards

D.Gisu

30

C.Staunton

13

C.Bernardi

4

Followers

E.McKinnon

23

A.Parker 

3

A.Eva

2

Interchange

L.Stephenson

12

H.Zreika

24

L.Whiteley

15

 

C.Gum

26

B.Perry

19

 

 
Emergencies T.Mackrill 32 M.Collier  14    

In: - P.Monahan, D.Gisu, H.Zreika

Out: - J.Hicks (Injured), J.Barclay (Injured), I.Nielsen (Omitted) 

Geelong Cats Squad

Position

Name

#

Name

#

Name

#

Backs

C.Blakeway

4

R.Goring

44

M.McMahon

24

Half Backs

M.Hickey - C

18

M.McDonald

11

D.Taylor

27

Centreline

 

 

R.Cranston

30

 

 

Half Forwards

J.Ivey

5

M.Boyd

26

S.Van De Heuvel

27

Forwards

K.Darby

8

P.McWilliams

23

D.Orr

2

Followers

E.Hoare

46

R.Garing

12

O.Purcell

16

Interchange

A.O'Connor

14

M.Clifford

7

H.Burchell

3

 

J.Crockett-Grills

6

M.Keryk

45

 

 

Emergencies

M.Fogas

13

G.Clarke

17

 

 
 

 

 

 

In: - S.Van De Heuvel, A.O'Connor, H.Burchell

Out: - R.Caris (Omitted), G.Rankin (Omitted), G.Clarke (Omitted)

Melbourne vs Adelaide Crows, Saturday 16th March 4:45pm at Casey Fields 

Melbourne Squad

 

Position

Name

#

Name

#

Name

#

Backs

M.Downie

2

H.Cordner

21

K.Smith

13

Half Backs

S.Lampard

8

C.Phillips

35

C.Emonson

11

Centreline

 

 

E.O'Dea 

5

 

 

Half Forwards

M.Gay

3

K.Hore

10

S.Scott - C

12

Forwards

E.Zanker

29

T.Cunningham 

1

A.Newman

16

Followers

L.Pearce

15

L.Mithen

14

K.Paxman

4

Interchange

B.Jakobsson

7

T.Hanks

28

M.Guerin

22

 

A.Kemp

36

S.Heath

30

 

 

Emergencies

J.Hickey

31

B.Patterson

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

In: - A.Kemp

Out: - B.Patterson

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A Duck In The Yard – Ailish Considine (Adelaide Crows)

Europe
“Ducky? I’m not really sure, it’s just a family nickname I was given as a child. You might have to ask my mother! However, one of my earliest memories is of my brother teaching me how to solo on the run in the back garden when I was like three or four years old. He had me running around my mother’s washing basket which was almost the same height as me!”

And so begins the interview with Ailish Considine, recruited by the Adelaide Crows last year after she impressed enough to catch the eye of recruiters at the CrossCoders program. Like so many before her, Ailish has a story of curiosity which became desire, commitment and now success.

Her journey began in Ireland, “playing with West Clare Waves at home was really the first time I was introduced to playing the game. Rosie Currane recruited a few of us to play a tournament in November 2017 because her brother Mike had organized it. Obviously the Irish girls already playing Australian football over in Australia made me more aware of the AFLW.”
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Cairns Footy Still A Shining Light

Australia

 

Last year, AFL Cairns lost its annual AFL Premiership match to fierce rival, Townsville. After a proud history of hosting pre-season cup AFL matches, the city received a VFL match in 2010 between the Gold Coast Suns and the Bendigo Bombers (affiliated then with Essendon). 

From 2011 to 2018, Cazalys Stadium then hosted AFL Premiership matches featuring the Gold Coast Suns – a regular, linked heavily to the club’s talent academy in Cairns. Their opponents, Richmond, Western Bulldogs and North Melbourne, put on a show which captivated Cairns’ audiences on and off the field – but now that match is gone and questions remain as to the impact that will have on the local game, especially at grassroots level.

But four past and present VFL/AFL players use their knowledge of their time involved in Cairns footy, and on the bigger stage, to consider the state of Cairns footy – past, present and future.

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Oxford And Birmingham Share Spoils

Europe
The inaugural season of the AFL England National University League came to a close last weekend with the Oxford University team taking the honours in the men’s grand final, whilst the University of Birmingham women’s team won their title.

The grand finals bring to an end a season of fun and enjoyment for the university teams of Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham and southern Wales, but more than that it was a showcase of talent within the universities. Players who are not already aligned with clubs for the upcoming season now have a pipeline in place with a successful first season at university level.

The success of the program has already prompted interest from other university-based teams across England and beyond and it will be interesting to see whether the competition expands further next season.
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Blues Gee and Lions Yorston rising star nominations in Round Six

Australia

The Round Six NAB AFL Women's Rising Star Nominees are Carlton's Georgia Gee, 19 and the Brisbane Lions' Jacqui Yorston, 18.

These two midfield nominations have come from the same match over the weekend.

Gee was selected by the Blues in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft at pick no.12 from Beaconsfield JFC and Dandenong Stingrays.

Gee's nomination has been coming for weeks now, as she has had many solid performances for her Blues throughout the season.

Image Source: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images & Herald Sun

In Round Six, Gee accumulated 12 disposals, eight kicks and two tackles in the Blues 16-point win over the Lions at Ikon Park last Sunday afternoon.

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Blues charge to the top of Conference B

Australia

Carlton secured a 16-point win over the Brisbane Lions on a typical Melbourne weather day with rain and shine at Ikon Park.

In a match that was similar to a elimination final for Conference B, the contest was hot all day.

The Blues decisive win was steered by Maddie Prespakis, Amelia Mullane and Tilly Lucas-Rodd.

This win was set up by the Blues in the second half, where the Blues took full control over the Lions scoring four goals to two.

Image Source: @FoxFooty

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