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Adelaide has lost superstar Erin Phillips to a knee injury ahead of another crunch round of AFLW games. See the latest teams, tips and the indigenous jumpers teams will wear.

Four women reveal how proud they are to wear specially designed jumpers to celebrate their heritage as part of AFLW Indigenous round this weekend.

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Maddy Brancatisano – Richmond

Richmond star midfielder Maddy Brancatisano said one of the best things about playing for the Tigers is having programs such as the Korin Gamadji Institute (KGI) to help educate individuals on the culture and history of Indigenous people.

“As a non-Indigenous player running out in the jumper, it’s our chance to show the wider community our support for Indigenous culture.” Brancatisano said.

The Tigers are wearing Barkindji artist and KGI alumni Chantelle Mitchell’s “journey” design this weekend against Geelong.

“Chantelle explained her story and added an extra layer to the sash and on the back, a journey piece for us that’s actually in the shape of a ‘W’ which is pretty cool,” Brancatisano said.

Kaitlyn Ashmore – North Melbourne

A crucial cog in the North Melbourne side, Kaitlyn Ashmore is excited for this weekend as she continues her “journey to finding out more” about her Indigenous heritage.

“The round itself represents so much; the history and celebrating the culture as well,” Ashmore said.

“Doing it with the two other Indigenous girls in my team is incredibly lucky and I’m so fortunate that it’s coming to the AFLW this weekend.”

Collaborating on their design with Kununurra woman Emma McNeill, teammate Mia King and men’s player Jy Simpkin, Ashmore is eager to share the “beautiful” jersey with the community.

“It’s about bringing everyone together, our fans and brothers at the club. I think what Emma has done, especially with the Kangaroo paw in the middle; it brings together family and protectors.”

Krstel Petrevski – Melbourne

A proud member of the Kija-Jaru mob in Halls Creek, Melbourne midfielder Krstel Petrevski is excited to “bring communities together and support Indigenous culture with every other culture and every other being” this weekend.

Petrevski’s design of Melbourne’s jersey acknowledges Indigenous people, past and present who have influenced both the club and herself.

“On the jumper you can see 31 symbols, they represent each and every player on our AFLW list,” the 20-year-old said.

“We are one club so I wanted to acknowledge all the Indigenous boys in the men’s side as well; that just shows the culture of the clubs coming together as on

Aliesha Newman — Collingwood

Collingwood has elected to wear their Indigenous jumper designed by proud Yorta Yorta and Gunnai man Dixon Patten in all away matches this season.

The design features two magpies flying upwards with outstretched wings as well as Gum leaves that are significant to the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation whose land Collingwood resides on.

“The round is a good opportunity to be able to educate within the wider community and to be able to spark conversation around different topics,” said Magpie Aliesha Newman, a proud Ningy Ningy woman.

“To be able to showcase what aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people before us have been able to do, not only in AFL and sport but within the wider community is so special.”

Stacks on after the siren as Saints left shattered

—Ronny Lerner

A goal after the siren from Katherine Smith has seen Greater Western Sydney defeat St Kilda by two points in a dramatic arm wrestle in Blacktown on Wednesday evening.

The Saints looked on track for their first win of the season when a booming Tarni White set shot from 48m out gave them a three-point lead with three minutes left in the match.


But after Smith took a mark 65m out from the Giants’ goal with a few seconds remaining, she was awarded a 50m penalty presumably for an off-the-ball incident involving St Kilda co-captain Kate Shierlaw.

Smith was then brought within 15m of goal and cool as a cucumber, she slotted the match winner to keep her team’s faint finals hopes alive.

St Kilda AFLW coach Nick Dal Santo was left gutted following his side’s heartbreaking after-the-siren loss to Greater Western Sydney on Wednesday evening, saying: “It really hurts.”

And while Dal Santo insisted he didn’t see the controversial off-the-ball incident in the dying seconds involving his co-captain Kate Shierlaw which saw the Giants awarded a 50m penalty, bringing Katherine Smith within 15m of goal, the former St Kilda AFL star was left to rue his team’s management of yet another tight finish.

For the third time in four games, the winless Saints have lost by less than a kick, and their game sense late in close matches is starting to wear on Dal Santo.

“The ability for the Giants to get the ball into a scoring position probably wasn’t great defensively by us,” Dal Santo said post-match.

“We had enough opportunities to keep the ball in our forward 50, let alone put another score on the board to give us more of a little bit of a buffer. She’s a tough one.

“I think there’s a little bit of education (needed). We’ve been in a similar situation two or three times this year … where we were in position to score or have the ball on our forward half and just had the inability to kick a goal, let alone let the opposition run the length of the field late in the game.”

However, Dal Santo remained hopeful that his 0-7 Saints weren’t far away from breaking through for a win this year.

“I thought our effort today off the back of a short preparation was really good and that’s a really good starting point for us,” he said.

“We’ve just got to get better, it’s as simple as it is.

“They put their best foot froward tonight, I was really proud of their efforts.”

A relieved GWS coach Alan McConnell was full of praise for his charges in the final frantic moments.

“We’ll take it any day of the week,” he said.

“We’re in the winning business and we won. It probably wasn’t looking that way for a little bit there late in the game, but happy to get home.

“In the end we executed under extreme pressure – that last passage of play was a series of people delivering in a pretty significant moment of the game and then the shot on goal was another example of that.”

Alyce Parker and Alicia Eva combined for 43 disposals in the middle of the ground and McConnell described their efforts as “pivotal” to the victory.

The 6.5 (41) to 5.9 (39) result drew the Giants within a game of the top six and with fellow bottom-eight sides Richmond, Carlton and Geelong in their run home, they remain a sniff of some finals action, but will probably have to win all three games to qualify.

After registering the two lowest scores in their history in the past two games – 1.1 (7) and 0.5 (5) – GWS found the going a lot easier against the winless Saints who remain bottom of the ladder with an 0-7 record as rookie coach Nick Dal Santo continues to chase his maiden win.

However, fresh from registering a league equal record low score of 0.2 (2) last week, St Kilda were much improved this time around, kicking their highest score of the season.

But despite having more inside 50s (34-25) and scoring shots (14-11), the inaccurate Saints just couldn’t get the job done.

Alyce Parker was sensational for the Giants, racking up 21 disposals (16 contested) and nine clearances, while Alicia Eva was also instrumental with 22 touches and nine tackles. Cora Staunton’s three goals also proved crucial.

For the Saints, Tilly Lucas-Rodd was once again brilliant with 20 possessions (12 contested) and 10 tackles, while Cat Phillips finished with 20 disposals too.

The first half was an arm wrestle which produced five lead changes as both sides went goal for goal, but the Saints’ squandered numerous chances in the second quarter to re-take the lead. Instead, they booted four behinds in a row late and had to be content with a two-point deficit at the major break.

Staunton was a major reason why GWS enjoyed a lead heading into the third term, with two of her three goals kicked before halftime, both of which were lovely set shots.

Her early accuracy held the hosts in good stead in the third quarter, as they came out hard to increase the margin to 11 points.

But despite their early domination of the term, the Giants failed to put away the Saints who were able to stay in touch at three-quarter time thanks to Nicola Xenos’ second goal which helped cut the deficit to four points.

Staunton looked like she sealed the win for GWS when she kicked a brilliant goal early in the final quarter, however goals to Caitlin Greiser and White looked like they were going to be enough to get the Saints their first win, before the incredible drama unfolded down the other end of the ground at the death.


GWS 1.0, 3.2, 4.5, 6.5 (41)


ST KILDA 1.1, 2.6, 3.7, 5.9 (39)


Giants: Staunton 3, Barr, Stephenson

Saints: Xenos 2, Richards, Greiser, White


Giants: Parker, Eva, Staunton, Dallaway, Randall, Barr

Saints: Lucas-Rodd, Phillips, White, Priest, Xenos, Greiser


3 — A.Parker (GWS)

2 — T.Lucas-Rodd (StK)

1 — A.Eva (GWS)

Venue: Blacktown International Sportspark Oval

Two rippers in a row

Staunton thought she kicked the goal of the game 20 seconds after three-quarter time when she sold some candy and banged it home from 40m out after receiving the handball from Nicola Barr. But three minutes later, Greiser submitted her own nomination when she gathered the loose ball, shrugged off Pepa Randall, turned on a dime, and slotted through a checkside punt.

GWS, Saints find scoring easier

By the seven-minute mark of the first quarter, the Giants had already bettered their full-time score from last round when Cora Staunton converted a set shot from 35m out. Seven minutes later, the Saints also outdid their Round 7 score when Nicola Xenos kicked truly from 30m out after being awarded a 50m penalty.

Hetherington halts Shierlaw

Midway through the second term, St Kilda forward Kate Shierlaw was running into an open goal but just as she gathered the loose ball, Greater Western Sydney’s Tanya Hetherington was there to save the day, tackling the Saints co-captain on the last line and preventing a St Kilda score.

Bullies’ comeback stops at draw

The Gold Coast and Western Bulldogs fought out a 41-all draw in a thriller at Metricon Stadium on Tuesday night with the visitors falling agonisingly short of a slice of AFLW history.

The dominant Suns led by 24 points at the start of the fourth term but the Bulldogs kicked four goals in five minutes to quickly level the scores with Nell Morris Dalton, Britney Gutknecht and Kirsty Lamb all hitting the scoreboard for the rampaging Dogs.

The teams traded behinds before Bonnie Toogood had a shot at goal for the Bulldogs in the last minute that would have handed the visitors the biggest comeback in AFLW history.

However, her kick missed everything and the final frenetic seconds were unable to break the deadlock.

Bulldogs senior coach Nathan Burke urged his side to “have a crack and create a story” at the last break when his side trailed by four goals.

“It was just ‘take the game on and let’s see what we can do’. We haven’t been in this position for quite some time so it was a case of let’s have a crack as we have the potential here to create a story that we can hang our hat on next time we are in that position,’’ Burke said.

“To run out the game like we did, I’m proud of them.’’

Both sides were 3-3 going into the clash and needed to win to stay in the hunt for a finals berth. They both missed the chance to join Collingwood on 16 premiership points.

The Suns were humiliated by Brisbane in the QClash last Thursday at the same venue when the Lions tore the Gold Coast to shreds in a 69-point thrashing.

Gold Coast senior coach Cam Joyce spoke after the thumping about the Suns losing some of the respect they had earned over the first five rounds.

And he said he had mixed emotions after the draw.

“I certainly didn’t know how to respond to that but I think for three quarters we did so much right,’’ he said.

“Off the back of last week’s game (against Brisbane), our ability to bounce back through our actions was the important thing and I thought the girls did a fantastic job of that.

“To be ahead by four goals at three quarter-time, playing the way we wanted to play, things were going just as we would have liked.

“The challenge was to keep that going but the Bulldogs cane back at us and came back at us strong.

“We were unable to stem the tide and here we are sitting with two points each.

With Rising Star favourite Charlie Rowbottom leading the way with a best-on-ground performance with 24 disposals, 17 contested possessions and six tackles, the Suns restored some pride but conceding four goals in the final quarter would have left a sour aftertaste for the home side.

The Bulldogs were playing their sixth game in 25 days and while they were clearly fatigued, the Suns are in the midst of a three-game, 10-day schedule and kicked away in the third term before the Dogs’ stirring late fightback.

Rowbottom kicked the first goal of her AFLW career in the third term when the Suns put the pedal to the metal first career with Tori Groves-Little and Jacqui Dupuy following with majors of their own to pile the pain on the Dogs and set-up a 24-point buffer by the last change.

The Suns led by six points at halftime despite the Bulldogs having 12 more inside 50 entries and 22 overall disposals with Tara Bohanna booting two goals in the second quarter for the desperate and dogged home side.

Sarah Perkins kicked the only goal of the first quarter with the Suns forward winning a free kick and kicking truly from long range.

The two first half goals to the Bulldogs came via Jessica Fitzgerald and Britney Gutknecht who both soccered the ball off the ground to keep their side in touch with the Suns.

Burke said Ellie Blackburn tweaked her ankle and shoulder and should be fit for the clash with Collingwood on Sunday in what amounts to a mini-final for the Dogs who are outside the top six, two points behind the sixth-placed Pies.

“We would have been equal with them (Collingwood) had we won so two points behind them. The position we are in now, every game is going to be big. We’ve put ourselves in a position where every game is a must-win,’’ Burke said.

“If we are good enough, we’ll win them, if not, we’ll look to next year.’’

Suns set too early

On Monday night, Melbourne ran over the top of Brisbane in the second half with the Lions playing their third game in nine days. The Bulldogs were playing their third game in nine days on Tuesday night and they were blown off Metricon Stadium in the third term by the Gold Coast. Just like the Lions, the Dogs looked tired and their run dropped off. The Suns have had a hectic schedule too but looked fresher and more focused. And then the fourth term started and a re-energised Dogs kicked four goals in five minutes to set-up the grandstand finish.

Ellie burns them

Ellie Blackburn had 10 touches in the midfield for the Bulldogs in the first term but an ankle issue forced her to go forward in the second quarter when she had just the two disposals but some excellent pressure helped create time and space for teammate Britney Gutknecht to kick the opening goal for the visitors. She spent an extended time on the interchange bench in the third term when the Suns made their run. She was thrown into the midfield late and was central to the late fightback.

Terrific Tara

Gold Coast forward Tara Bohanna had a purple patch in the second term. She was awarded a goal after teammate Kalinda Howarth booted the ball off the ground in the goalsquare with the Sherrin cannoning into Bohanna’s foot and over the goal line. A few minutes later, Bohanna swooped on the loose ball in the attacking 50 and snapped the ball on the run for a beautiful and skilful finish in front of goal.

Tough Tex

Sarah Perkins made a significant impact in the opening minutes when she won a won free kick with a crunching tackle. She played on quickly from 50 metres and produced a towering drop punt that bounced through for the opening goal of the match. The goal was a reward for the Gold Coast’s fierce tackling and pressure in the early salvos.

Gold Coast Suns 1.2 2.3 6.4 6.5 (41)


Western Bulldogs 0.1 2.3 2.4 6.5 (41)


Suns: Bohanna 2, Perkins, Rowbottom, Groves-Little, Dupuy

Bulldogs: Morris-Dalton 2, Gutknecht 2, Fitzgerald, Lamb

Greg Davis’ best

Suns: Rowbottom, Drennan, Bohanna, Perkins, Bella

Bulldogs: Blackburn, Lamb, Georgostathis, Morris-Dalton, Gutknecht

Greg Davis’ votes

3 — Charlie Rowbottom

2 — Ellie Blackburn

1 — Kirsty Lamb


Suns: Nil

Bulldogs: Ellie Blackburn (ankle)


Saturday, February 26

Fremantle v Adelaide at Fremantle Oval


B: S.Verrier 5 E.O’Driscoll 3

HB: T.Toth 33 A.Tighe 10 J.Low 30

C: E.Antonio 12 A.Stannett 4 S.Cain 20

HF: M.Morrison 11 G.Houghton 27 M.Hyde 28

F: A.Franklin 14 M.Tuhakaraina 13

Foll: M.Strom 21 H.Miller – C 19 G.O’Sullivan 9

I/C: D.East 8 J.Stewart 7 K.Antonio 15 L.Pugh 32 A.Runnalls 22

Emerg: S.Wielstra 24 M.Sergeant 23

In: A.Franklin

Out: R.Roux (Injured)


B: C.Biddell 12 M.Rajcic 32

HB: E.Jones 2 S.Allan – C 39 N.Allen 8

C: A.Considine 16 A.Hatchard 33 S.Thompson 14

HF: R.Martin 5 C.Gould 1 H.Button 6

F: D.Ponter 15 A.Woodland 24

Foll: M.McKinnon 21 E.Marinoff 10 T.Charlton 25

I/C: L.Whiteley 22 H.Munyard 20 M.Newman 17 A.Ballard 27 J.Mules 23

Emerg: B.Tonon 28 Z.Prowse 4

In: S.Thompson, A.Ballard

Out: E.Phillips (Knee), B.Tonon (Omitted)

Richmond v Geelong at the Swinburne Centre


B: S.Sansonetti 18 R.Miller 15

HB: B.Lynch 32 J.Hosking 11 M.Shevlin 35

C: K.Dempsey 19 S.Hosking 7 M.Kiely 31

HF: T.Stahl 24 M.Brancatisano 5 A.Makur Chuot 34

F: K.Brennan – C 3 G.Seymour 28

Foll: P.Kelly 14 E.McKenzie 22 M.Conti 4

I/C: S.D’Arcy 12 M.Macdonald 38 S.Molan 1 C.Bernardi 6 K.Jacques 10

Emerg: S.Dargan 17 S.Reid 25

In: S.Molan, K.Jacques

Out: T.Lavey (Managed), E.Yassir (Ankle)


B: M.McMahon 24 M.Keryk 45

HB: C.Emonson 16 M.McDonald – C 11 G.Rankin 10

C: N.Morrison 9 G.Prespakis 41 S.Van De Heuvel 27

HF: D.Moloney 4 P.McWilliams 23 R.Kearns 22

F: C.Scheer 14 O.Barber 15

Foll: K.Darby 8 R.Webster 21 A.McDonald 3

I/C: M.Maguire 7 G.Featherston 32 J.Crockett-Grills 6 L.Gardiner 18 J.Ivey 5

Emerg: O.Fuller 13 Z.Friswell 20

In: M.Maguire, L.Gardiner

Out: Z.Friswell (Omitted), R.Caris (Omitted)

Melbourne v North Melbourne at Casey Fields


B: L.Birch 9 T.Gillard 17

HB: S.Goldrick 23 S.Lampard 8 S.Heath 30

C: K.Paxman 4 T.Hanks 5 E.McNamara 22

HF: A.Bannan 16 K.Hore 10 L.Mithen 14

F: D.Pearce – C 6 T.Harris 7

Foll: L.Pearce 15 E.Zanker 29 E.West 11

I/C: M.Gay 3 C.Sherriff 18 O.Purcell 2 J.Parry 19 S.Scott 12

Emerg: M.Fitzsimon 24 L.Magee 26

In: M.Gay, C.Sherriff

Out: M.Fitzsimon (Omitted), L.Magee (Omitted)


B: D.Hardiman 31 J.Ferguson 20

HB: B.Brown 36 E.Kearney – C 9 S.Wright 17

C: K.Ashmore 10 J.Bruton 35 I.Eddey 3

HF: A.O’Loughlin 6 T.Randall 16 E.Gavalas 22

F: E.King 60 S.Abbatangelo 1

Foll: K.Rennie 26 J.Garner 25 A.Riddell 7

I/C: A.Gilroy 8 D.Bannister 2 M.King 23 A.Smith 15 N.Bresnehan 12

Emerg: T.Craven 5 J.Duffin 27

In: J.Ferguson

Out: D.Bateman (Omitted)

Originally published as AFLW teams, tips, game reports: All the week’s action from the women’s league

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