AFL Women's

AFLW catch-up: How are the big names tracking in the winter competitions?

AFL Women's

Most of the state league women’s competitions are reaching the midway points of their seasons which makes it a good time to give an update on how some of the big AFLW players are faring. The trade period has come and gone meaning most lists are only a few draft picks away from being finalised.

Unfortunately I can only give detailed analysis of the VFLW, but using statistics and match reports, we’ll also take a look at how those in the WAWFL, SAWFL and the QWAFL are performing. Team by team, here’s how some of the big guns are tracking for AFLW season two.

Adelaide

Ebony Marinoff: Marinoff recently joined the Darebin Falcons in the VFL Women’s competition and has been among the best players on ground in her first two outings. She also played one game in South Australia for Morphettville Park before making the change.

Chelsea Randall: Randall has only played the three games for Salisbury and has kicked three goals. She was named best on ground in her first game back.

Sarah Perkins: Perkins played her first game back for the Eastern Devils in the VFLW last week and was quiet on return. Expect her to start dominating as she gets more games under her belt.

Others: Captain Erin Phillips retired from the WNBA after being waived by the Dallas Wings, but doesn’t currently have plans to play any winter season footy. Anne Hatchard has kicked six goals from five games for Adelaide University and has been one of the standout Crows of the competition.

Brisbane

Sabrina Frederick-Traub: The former West Australian made the move to Queensland and has joined Yeronga in the QWAFL. She’s kicked six goals from her four games so far this season.

Emily Bates: Bates has been among the best for Yeronga all season as the midfielder has kicked eight goals from six games.

Jessica Wuetschner: Wuetschner has kicked 11 goals from five games, the most of any Brisbane listed player. She’s currently playing for Cooparoo in the QWAFL.

Others: Sharni Webb and Jamie Stanton have kicked nine and eight goals respectively for their sides and Tahlia Randall has kicked seven goals for Wilston Grange while also making a few appearances in the VFL Women’s competition.

Carlton

Darcy Vescio: The AFLW season one leading goal kicker had a quieter start to the season before exploding with seven goals for Darebin on the weekend. The Carlton gun has played six of the seven games so far this season, which is against the trend of other marquee players who have taken some time off.

Bri Davey: Davey has played five games for the Sharks, but has had a relatively quiet season so far. She’s been named in the bests twice and has kicked two goals for the year.

Tayla Harris: Harris played one game in division one for the Aspley Hornets and kicked five goals, but has mostly focused on her boxing career. She has signed with the Sharks in the VFLW, but is yet to debut.

Others: Kate Shierlaw has kicked five goals from her five games for Melbourne University in her debut VFLW season, Alison Downie has kicked four goals from seven games for Diamond Creek and has been among their best players this season. New Blue Nicola Stevens has played six games for Melbourne University and has been a consistent performer.

Collingwood

Moana Hope: Hope is set to make her debut for Melbourne University this weekend after leaving the St Kilda Sharks mid-season.

Emma King: King has been a rock for the Eastern Devils this season and is the dominant ruck of the competition. King has moved to Victoria from Western Australia.

Jaimee Lambert: Lambert joined the Pies from the Bulldogs and after an injury played AFLW season has gotten back to some of her best form for the Eastern Devils in the two games she’s played for them.

Others: Captain Stephanie Chiocci has played five games for Diamond Creek and has looked more at home at VFLW level. Jasmine Garner has kicked 11 goals from her six games for St Kilda and has held up her end of the bargain with Hope moving on.

Fremantle

Kara Donnellan: The Fremantle captain has played three games for Swan Districts and hasn’t kicked a goal.

 Ashley Sharp: 20-year-old Sharp has had a big year for Swan Districts, kicking 15 goals from 10 games. She was nominated for the AFLW Rising Star award and should go from strength to strength for the Dockers.

Dana Hooker: Fremantle’s inaugural best and fairest has kicked eight goals from nine games for the Coastal Titans.

Others: Marquee Kiara Bowers is still recovering from an ACL injury and hasn’t pulled on the boots this season. Ebony Antonio has kicked six goals from her six games for Swan Districts.

GWS

Jess Dal Pos: GWS’ inaugural best and fairest winner has been playing in Victoria for reigning premiers Darebin as part of their incredible midfield depth. Dal Pos has been a vital part of the team while the likes of Arnell and Daisy Pearce have been out of the team.

Nicola Barr: Barr has played eight games for the top of the table Sydney University Bombers. The Bombers are undefeated and Barr has been named among the best players in all eight of her performances.

Ellie Brush: Brush has kicked 12 goals from her six games for the Bombers. She had a few strong games for the Giants, but might be ready to take the next step in 2018.

Others: Of GWS’ marquee players, Emma Swanson has only played the one game from East Fremantle and Renee Forth isn’t due back from her ACL injury until September. Forth has relocated to New South Wales from Western Australia and no longer plays for the Coastal Titans.

Melbourne

Daisy Pearce: Pearce played her first game back for Darebin on the weekend and had a strong performance, hours after sitting on the Channel Seven Game Day set. The Melbourne captain has plenty of time to get some footy under her belt.

Elise O’Dea: O’Dea has been one of Darebin’s best players all season. The midfielder has kicked four goals and has established herself as the captain of the deepest midfield in women’s football at any level.

Alyssa Mifsud: Mifsud has kicked 12 goals from seven games for the Western Spurs, including five against Box Hill in round two. She currently sits in third place on the goal kicking leader board.  

Others: Karen Paxman and Melissa Hickey have been consistently good for the Falcons in their seven and six games for the side respectively. New recruit Bianca Jakobsson has had a relatively quiet season for Cranbourne so far.

Western Bulldogs

Ellie Blackburn: Blackburn was among the best players in the AFLW competition and has carried that form into her six games for Melbourne University. She’s been named in the bests three times.

Katie Brennan: Brennan has only played the three games for Darebin after missing a chunk of the AFLW season with injury. She’s kicked for goals for the season, but finds herself playing further up the ground at VFL level.

Emma Kearney: Kearney has played seven games for Melbourne University and has kicked seven goals so far this season. The midfielder was best on ground in the side’s win over reigning premiers Darebin in round one.

Others: Aasta O’Connor has only played the three games for Darebin, but the veteran is showing good form and will be able to go around again for the Bulldogs. Lauren Spark has kicked five goals from her seven games for Melbourne University and Nicole Callinan has had a strong season for Darebin.

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