Unpredictable VFLW season continues down it’s unpredictable path

THIS season is proving to be a very unpredictable one in the VFL Women’s competition, and the results over the weekend just gone only continued that.

One of those was the final match of the weekend, which saw Collingwood comfortably down Box Hill by 24 points.

It did not even take Collingwood 40 seconds to get on the scoreboard when Jessica Bates slotted one through to get their scoring off and running.

Scoring was hard to come by for much of the quarter though as the ball lived between the 50s for much of the term.

Collingwood’s second goal of the term finally came about 12 minutes after its first, this time off the boot of Eleri Morris, and the Magpies had an 11 point buffer which they ended up taking into quarter time.

It did not go all Collingwood’s way in the first term, with fearless captain Caitlin Bunker going down with concussion early in the term.

The second quarter was an even lower scoring affair than the first.

With both defences holding strong and much of the play again between the 50m arcs, goals were even harder to come by.

Nyakoat Dojiok’s goal inside the opening five minutes was the only one for the term, and as such the Magpies lead was out to three goals at the main break.

The third quarter was where Box Hill’s resurgence started.

Despite dominating forward territory and possession early, it took a while but finally almost seven minutes into the quarter it got its first goal of the game off the boot of Jordan Mifsud.

However its second goal would not come for another almost 10 minutes, when Emerson Woods slotted one through with about four minutes to go in the quarter.

Crucially for the Hawks though, they had managed to keep Collingwood goalless for the entire third quarter, and as such were only a goal behind them heading into the last term.

Monique DeMatteo was quick to ensure the Hawks were unable to keep that momentum going in the last term when she slotted through a goal from about 40m out to restore Collingwood’s lead to two goals.

Amanda Tessari countered about two minutes later with a goal of her own for the Hawks, but that would be the end of the Hawks resistance.

Two further Collingwood goals from some unlikely suspects in Rene Caris and Riley Christgoergl in quick succession further cemented Collingwood’s lead, before one last goal in the dying seconds from Alana Porter was the icing on the cake on an impressive performance from the Magpies.

Bates (27 disposals) and Matilda Zander (20 disposals) topped the ball winners tally for Collingwood, while Matilda Van Berkel (13 touches) did so for Box Hill.

In other results:

  • Williamstown are on the board in 2023, after it downed the Darebin Falcons by 22 points.

Momentum switched many times across the match, but ultimately the Seagulls finally put their foot down in the last quarter to take the win.

Eliza Straford, Sara Cameron and Alyssa Mifsud all kicked two goals each for their respective sides, while some of the main ball winners on the ground included Jasmine Kawa (24 touches), Nicole Julian (19 touches) and Emma Mackay (16).

  • Port Melbourne has picked up another tight win, this time by a mere three points over the Western Bulldogs.

Despite the Bulldogs kicking the sole goal of the final term to the Borough’s two behinds, it was ultimately enough for the Borough as they held on.

Stephanie Williams and Stella Reid were both the stars in front of goal for the Borough with two goals apiece, while Imahra Cameron kicked two of her own for the Bulldogs.

The main ball winners were mainly Bulldogs, with Lauren Caruso the lone Borough inside the top five. The other members of the top five included the likes of Dominique Carbone and Sarah Skinner.

  • Carlton continued its good start to the season, comfortably beating North Melbourne by 35 points.

Things were tight in the first term but certainly not after that as Carlton put its foot down and ran away with it on the scoreboard.

Eliza Wood, Brooke Vickers and Mia Cowan all kicked two goals for Carlton, while most of the main ball winners were also Blues. Audrey Rhodes was the lone Roo at the top of the disposals tally with 19 touches to her name.

  • The Southern Saints have slipped to their second loss in a row, this time losing to Geelong by 10 points.

In trying conditions, it was a low scoring affair but the Cats ultimately managed to pile on some scoring late to take the win.

Charlotte Simpson was a ball magnet for the Cats, finishing with 31 touches, while Jemima Wrigley topped the disposals tally for the Saints with 20 of her own.

  • Essendon bounced back from two consecutive losses with a narrow two point win over Casey.

Essendon dominated early, but Casey came right back at it. However the Bombers could have put the Dees away much more easily if they had kicked straight.

Paige Scott was the sole multiple goalkicker on the ground with three to her name, while Megan Fitzsimon topped the disposal tally for the game with 23 touches to her name.

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