AFLW 2023 Round 8 Preview: Friday

TONIGHT Round 8 of the AFL Women’s begins with a clash that perhaps would have looked very different on paper only a week ago.

  • Team
  • Hawthorn
  • Richmond

Friday at 7:45pm
Cazaly’s Stadium

Recent Form

Hawthorn picked up a much needed boost of confidence last weekend with a win over the Swans and now sits only one win behind its opponent for tonight on the ladder. The Tigers on the other hand hit a snag last week and went down to the Bombers, and need to get back on the winners list quickly if they want to remain in contention for finals.


These two sides did meet in Hawthorn’s inaugural season last year, but it was certainly a much happier two hour for the Tigers with the Tigers winning by almost six goals.

Key Stat Areas

Hawthorn has been doing better in the hit outs and stoppage clearances than Richmond, while the Tigers have been doing better in both centre clearances and overall clearances than the Hawks this season.

Hawthorn has also been doing better in overall tackles than the Tigers, but the Tigers have a better tackles inside 50 tally for the season than their hosts tonight.

Key Match Up/s

Kaitlyn Ashmore vs Emelia Yassir

Last week Yassir really elevated her game and showed how dangerous she can be if she is let off the leash at all. Luckily for the Hawks they have Ashmore, who is quick enough on foot and experienced enough to know how to keep someone like Yassir quiet.

Jenna Richardson vs Katie Brennan

It is no secret how dangerous Brennan can be, and in her milestone match she will be even more keen to have a big game. This means Richardson or whoever else ends up on her will have a busy night, and certainly rack up the kilometres in the legs.

Emily Bates vs Monique Conti

Two of the best midfielders in the competition for a reason, these two are sure to provide plenty for their teams and plenty of entertainment for the fans. These two are also both vital for the success of their teams, so if one is able to keep the other quiet they will give their team a huge boost.

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