PREVIEW | VFLW Round 6 – Is a ladder shake up coming?

THIS week’s VFLW fixture is back to being a little bit more spread out, with about half the fixture slated for Sunday.

Southern Saints vs Casey Demons
Saturday at 9:45am
Trevor Barker Oval

Things went far from to plan for both these sides last week, so in what will be a nice, early start for both sides they will be hoping last week does not become a long term trend.

Both these sides are also equal on the ladder wins wise, and with how tight the ladder is for the most part, a win this weekend will be big.

Zoe Barbakos is one of three inclusions for the Saints this week in a club debut for the former Hawk, while Saraid Taylor is one of five Demon inclusions and is also playing in new colours at this level for the first time this weekend.

North Melbourne vs Geelong
Saturday at 11am
Arden St Oval

This clash is also an intriguing one in the context of the season.

Both of these sides are coming off a loss, and are a similar situation ladder wise to the two in the first game.

Kate Reynolds returns to the North line up for the first time since being suspended in Round 1, and the Roos also gain back skipper Jessica Jones.

Geelong welcomes two Coates Talent League stars as part of four inclusions, with Seisia White and Kiara Woods both making the step up.

Collingwood vs Essendon
Saturday at 11am
Victoria Park

At the same time but across town a rivalry with plenty of history across multiple leagues will have another instalment as the Pies host the Bombers.

Both of these sides are just starting to get into the groove of their seasons, and so will not want that momentum to come unstuck tomorrow.

Collingwood has made a whopping seven changes, bringing in names such as Lucy Cronin and Sarah Sansonetti.

Essendon for its part has made a whopping eight changes, including bring back young stars Marnie Robinson and Ava Jordan.

Port Melbourne vs GWS
Saturday at 3:05pm
ETU Stadium

GWS will be making one last trip south to Melbourne this season as they come to Port Melbourne.

They will face a Borough side whose great start to the season has come undone a bit in the last fortnight, so will be desperate to turn things around, especially at home.

The Borough are going to have to get the job done without Jordan Mifsud and Emily Harley, who are both injured and are two of four changes this week.

However all of GWS’ outs are AFLW listed players, including Katherine Smith and Mikayla Pauga.

Western Bulldogs vs Carlton
Sunday at 11am
Whitten Oval

Sunday’s action begins in Melbourne’s west, with a match that could perhaps go either way.

Both of these sides have not had consistent seasons to date, and will see this match as very winnable.

The Bulldogs have a massive inclusion amongst their massive list of inclusions, with the club’s AFLW skipper Ellie Blackburn one of eight changes that also includes Mia-Rae Clifford.

Carlton for their part gain back Mel Staunton, but lose Mimi Hill and Lila Keck.  

Williamstown vs Darebin
Sunday at 12pm
DSV Stadium

The Non AFLW Cup sees the two non aligned sides of the competition battle it out again.

Unlike the other match ups this weekend, this is a rematch from Round 1, so Darebin will be hoping history does not repeat itself from that evening.

Each of these sides have a massively important player in their omissions list this week, with Ashlee Thorneycroft missing for the home side and Sally Lynch missing from the visitors.

Box Hill vs Sydney
Sunday at 3:35pm
Box Hill City Oval

The weekend’s action ends with perhaps the most intriguing clash of the lot.

The Hawks have been the pace setters all season, but face their biggest challenge yet in a Sydney side stacked with AFLW talent.

Box Hill has made two changes, bringing in Teagan Bradley and Tess Cattle, while Sydney has brought in five of their AFLW list, while resting the likes of Laura Gardiner and the only non AFL listed player from last week Brooke Bailey.

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