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Reigning premiers notch up nail biting win

Australia

Adelaide hosted the Western Bulldogs at Norwood Oval in front of 7,830 fans. It was a tight tussle from both teams who gave it their all in a high pressured and exciting contest. Adelaide’s woeful kicking towards goal cost them in the end in a narrow one-point loss to the reigning premiers the Western Bulldogs. It was a memorable win for the Western Bulldogs who had never registered a win against Adelaide.

Image Source: @Western Bulldogs AFLW

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Cat's first win tops of historic night for the club

Australia

A grandstand finish for Geelong’s women’s team on a historic night for the club who pulled off a one point victory in front of their home crowd faithful. AFLW 3.0 opened at the home of newcomers Geelong Cats, GMHBA stadium who hosted Collingwood in front of 18,429 adoring Aussie Rules fans. 

Image Source: Geelong Advertiser

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AFLW Season 3.0 Preview

Australia

It's exciting knowing that this time tomorrow AFLW 3.0 will be back and it sure is great to have football back for 2019!

If the first two seasons of the AFLW are anything to go by as far as the growth of women’s sport and crowd attendances, then AFLW 3.0 will be biggest and best season yet with the inclusion of two new AFLW teams and the new conference format. The Lions will be out to prove themselves after being the team to beat in the first two seasons, as they made the grand final for two consecutive years but did not come away with the premiership, so will AFLW 3.0 be the season they finally finish the season on a high as AFLW premiers.

Image Source: AFL Women's 

The Western Bulldogs will be the hunted this season after an incredible grand final upset win over the Lions, but the question is can the Dogs win back to back or will another team make history and win their first AFLW premiershipω In AFLW 3.0 the inclusion of North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos and the Geelong Cats is massive. There is a lot of speculation that North Melbourne will provide headaches for the rest of the competition due to the amount of stars they have picked up from other clubs in the AFLW expansion including former Western Bulldogs captain and premiership player Emma Kearney and classy Lions trio Kaitlyn Ashmore, Brittany Gibson and Tahlia Randall. 

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Zielke and the Lions will be no easy beat in AFLW 3.0

Australia

Since the inaugural AFLW season, Emma Zielke has been a household name at the Brisbane Lions with her leadership and star talent.

Zielke captained the Lions in the first two seasons after she was signed as a priority access player in August 2016 before the inaugural AFLW season in 2017. “It was one of the best memories so far, I was extremely grateful and excited for the opportunity.”

 Zielke handed over the captaincy to Leah Kaslar for AFLW 3.0.

 “Leah is a great leader, being the Vice Captain the past two seasons I have leant on her in both seasons,” Zielke said. “I know she will be great, she gives it her all every time she steps out on the track and is fearless. I look forward to running out behind her this season!”

Image Source: Jason O'Brien/Getty Images AsiaPac

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Round 1 AFLW Teams

Australia

Image Source: AFL Women's 

The AFLW is finally back for it's third season and it promises to be the best season of the AFLW yet with two new teams North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos and Geelong Cats making history and joining the competition. First match of the season will commence this Saturday at the cattery and this match will be a history breaking match for the Geelong Cats, a team playing their first ever AFLW match. 

Round 1 extended team lists have been released below

Geelong Cats vs Collingwood, Saturday 2nd February 6:45pm at GMBHA Stadium

Geelong Squad 

Position

Name

#

Name

#

Name

#

Backs

A.Teague

40

R.Goring - C

44

C.Blakeway

4

Half Backs

D.Taylor

28

M.McDonald

11

R.Webster

21

Centreline

 

 

R.Garing

12

 

 

Half Forwards

S.Van De Heuvel

27

M.Boyd

26

N.Morrison

9

Forwards

K.Darby

8

P.McWilliams

23

J.Ivey

5

Followers

A.O'Connor

14

J.Crockett-Grills

6

O.Purcell

16

Interchange

D.Orr

2

M.Keryk

45

M.McMahon

24

 

M.Fogas

13

M.Clifford

7

 

 

Emergencies

G.Rankin

10

R.Caris

1

 

 

 

EMG4

EMG4_NO

 

 

 

 

In: - A.Teague, R.Goring, C.Blakeway, D.Taylor, M.McDonald, R.Webster, R.Garing, S.Van De Heuvel, M.Boyd, N.Morrison, K.Darby, P.McWilliams, J.Ivey, A.O'Connor, J.Crockett-Grills, O.Purcell, D.Orr, M.Keryk, M.McMahon, M.Fogas, M.Clifford

Out: - None

 Collingwood Squad

Position

Name

#

Name

#

Name

#

Backs

J.Allen

6

A.Brazill

10

I.Ross

21

Half Backs

S.Livingstone

12

S.Casey

22

E.Grant

5

Centreline

 

 

B.Bonnici

8

 

 

Half Forwards

L.Butler

23

S.D'Arcy

4

M.Cann

25

Forwards

S.Rowe

7

S.Alexander

24

C.McIntosh

20

Followers

S.Layton

1

S.Chiocci - C

17

J.Lambert

13

Interchange

R.Schleicher

18

G.Gourlay

32

S.Dargan

46

 

K.Stratton

41

E.Fowler

15

 

 

Emergencies

H.Whitford

28

K.Lynch

16

 

 

 

EMG4

EMG4_NO

 

 

 

 

 

 

In: - J.Allen, A.Brazill, I.Ross, S.Livingstone, S.Casey, E.Grant, B.Bonnici, L.Butler, S.D'Arcy, M.Cann, S.Rowe, S.Alexander, C.McIntosh, S.Layton, S.Chiocci, J.Lambert, R.Schleicher, G.Gourlay, S.Dargan, K.Stratton, E.Fowler

Out: - None

 

Adelaide Crows vs Western Bulldogs, Saturday 2nd February 7:40pm at Norwood Oval

Adelaide Crows Squad 

Position

Name

#

Name

#

Name

#

Backs

R.Forth

27

S.Allan

39

C.Cramey

22

Half Backs

A.Foley

3

C.Randall

26

S.Thompson

14

Centreline

 

 

E.Marinoff

10

 

 

Half Forwards

D.Varnhagen

9

A.Hatchard

33

C.Scheer

4

Forwards

E.Jones

2

M.Rajcic

32

J.Mules

23

Followers

J.Foley

24

E.Phillips - C

13

D.Cox

31

Interchange

M.Nankivell

12

H.Martin

6

J.McCormick

5

 

A.Considine

16

S.Li

19

 

 

Emergencies

S.Riley

8

D.Ponter

15

 

 

 

EMG4

EMG4_NO

 

 

 

 

In: - R.Forth, S.Allan, C.Cramey, A.Foley, C.Randall, S.Thompson, E.Marinoff, D.Varnhagen, A.Hatchard, C.Scheer, E.Jones, M.Rajcic, J.Mules, J.Foley, E.Phillips, D.Cox, M.Nankivell, H.Martin, J.McCormick, A.Considine, S.Li

Out: - None

Western Bulldogs Squad

Position

Name

#

Name

#

Name

#

Backs

L.Birch

18

L.Spark

11

B.Hunt

21

Half Backs

N.Callinan

10

T.Ernst

19

H.Scott

22

Centreline

 

 

B.Smith

12

 

 

Half Forwards

N.Ferres

16

K.Brennan - C

3

M.Conti

8

Forwards

K.McLeod

6

E.Mackie

25

A.Utri

23

Followers

K.Rennie

24

K.Lamb

27

E.Blackburn

2

Interchange

B.Toogood

28

C.Moody

13

E.Brown

9

 

A.Gogos

36

D.Berry

7

 

 

Emergencies

A.McCarthy

15

S.Karlson

26

 

 

 

EMG4

EMG4_NO

 

 

 

 

In: - L.Birch, L.Spark, B.Hunt, N.Callinan, T.Ernst, H.Scott, B.Smith, N.Ferres, K.Brennan, M.Conti, K.McLeod, E.Mackie, A.Utri, K.Rennie, K.Lamb, E.Blackburn, B.Toogood, C.Moody, E.Brown, A.Gogos, D.Berry

Out: - None

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AFLW Back In Town This Weekend

AustraliaAfter the off-season, footy is back in town this weekend with the much-anticipated return of the AFLW competition. Round 1 will see the debut matches for both Geelong and North Melbourne. It also sees the Western Bulldogs step onto the fields of battle to defend their 2018 premiership title.

As the women's game continues to grow, the footballing community cannot wait to see the women warriors take the field. This includes younger women and girls who dream themselves of playing for their club on the way to a career at the top.

Below is the AFLW promotional video released this week.

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Saints To Raise Hell – NTFL

Australia
It is a forlorn hope for St Mary’s. Two games out of the top five and a poor percentage with just three games to play means that the Saints can’t reach the NTFL Premier League finals. There just aren’t enough miracles left to make it happen. However, they can raise merry hell over the final three rounds, and they started last weekend against the Darwin Buffaloes.

Snapping a four game losing streak, the incentive was there for the Saints. If finals aren’t going to happen, let’s make life difficult for those in the running. Their victory over the Buffaloes saw them come from behind at the main break and kick eleven goals to two in the second half to run out 37 point winners. The loss for the Buffaloes may not see them miss finals, but it will give them the shakes, knowing they are far from invincible.
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Pound positive as Blues look to improve

Australia

Gab Pound has called Carlton home since 2017 when she made her debut in Round 1 against Collingwood.

“You couldn’t describe it, it was just an insane feeling it was very surreal and emotional,” Pound said. “I’m getting emotional thinking about it right now.”

“It was amazing to not only play AFL but women’s sport I think, we were given a massive platform and people were interested in it. A filled up Ikon Park and we never expected that so pretty insane to get that amount of people coming and watching. It was a magical night and yes it was pretty insane.”

Image Source: Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images AsiaPac

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Antonio primed as Dockers set for 2019 AFLW season

Australia

Fremantle Dockers AFLW best and fairest winner Ebony Antonio is primed and raring to go as the 2019 AFLW season is almost upon us.

Antonio debuted for the Dockers in Round 1, 2017 against the Western Bulldogs and it was a surreal feeling for her. “It’s hard to describe that feeling but yes I guess it was quite overwhelming,” Antonio said.

Image Source: Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images AsiaPac

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Bombers Thinking Big – NTFL

Australia
After bringing down the reigning premiers, the Tiwi Bombers will be reassessing their goals for the 2019 season. Their victory against the Southern Districts Crocs proved that they have the “A” game capable of reaching finals and causing havoc when they get there. But ahead is a period of developing consistency and belief – mixed with hard work – to finish the season well. Nevertheless, they now sit in fourth place and finals are theirs to lose.

Travelling to the Crocs home ground, and trailing at half time, the Bombers were up against it. But four unanswered third quarter goals saw the Bombers grab the lead and were good enough to increase that in the last quarter to win by 22 points. The loss was costly, though not terminal, for the Crocs as they lost their third game from their past four starts and need to regroup, answer the wake-up call and re-establish their premiership credentials.
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