PREVIEW | VFLW Round 9 – Let’s get a move on

AS the last month of the 2024 VFLW season fast approaches, things continue to remain intriguing.

Williamstown vs Carlton
Saturday at 10am
DSV Stadium

Last weekend this match would have looked very different for both of these sides, however it remains just as important for both sides.

The Seagulls are second on the table and will be looking to keep that buffer to the chasing pack, while the Blues are a game out of finals and will need to bank as many wins as possible to keep in touch with the top six.

Neither side has made many changes this week. The Seagulls have brought in Zoe Day, while among Carlton’s inclusions this week is Bendigo Pioneers pair Jemmika Douglas and Alexis Gregor.

North Melbourne vs Essendon
Saturday at 2pm
Arden St Oval

This clash has similar levels of importance to the one starting four hours earlier.

Essendon currently sits in fourth on the ladder, but is only one game ahead of those outside the six.

The Roos on the other hand are a game out of the six, and really cannot afford to slip any further behind, especially with other sides around them so close.

Kayla Peake is the big out for the Roos this week, but Essendon have much bigger outs, with Alex Morcom and Bailey Hunt among the five outs.

Casey vs Geelong
Saturday at 2:30pm
Casey Fields

Neither of these sides will be happy with how last week went for them, and so will bring plenty of fire and energy to Casey Fields tomorrow afternoon.

These two are also looking for a major boost in consistency after an up and down two and a half months.

Sophie Casey and Sarah D’Arcy headline Casey’s inclusions, while the Cats have made eight changes, including bringing in Jamilla Cranny and Gabbi Featherston.

Collingwood vs Western Bulldogs
Saturday at 3pm
Victoria Park

Saturday’s action ends in Collingwood, with the in form Pies taking on the equally in form Bulldogs.

Both of these sides will be looking for a percentage booster this weekend, with the percentages of both sides significantly poorer than the teams around them.

Collingwood have made a whopping 10 changes, bringing in the likes of Lilly Pearce and Jordan Ivey, with the latter finally over a foot injury and able to play her fist game of 2024.

The Bulldogs’ for their part have made six changes, including bringing in Eleanor Cornish and Mia-Rae Clifford.

Box Hill vs Darebin
Sunday at 12:05pm
Box Hill City Oval

The first game on Sunday looks very different then it did before last weekend.

Both sides come into the clash off the back of breaking winless runs, so will have an added boost of confidence heading into this clash.

The Hawks have made seven changes, and while they gain Nadia Von Bertouch back, they do lose Tilly Lucas-Rodd.

Darebin meanwhile have made only the three changes, but do welcome back with open arms former premiership star Nicole Callinan.

Southern Saints vs Port Melbourne
Sunday at 3pm
Trevor Barker Oval

The final match of the weekend sees two sides who are in a bit of a form slump and are desperate for a win battle it out.

The Borough are currently fifth on the ladder but have only one of their last five matches, while the Saints have not won a match since Round 2.

The Saints will warmly welcome back Deanna Jolliffe and Melanie Bertuna, while Gabrielle Seymour will be a very welcome addition to the Borough line up this weekend.

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