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Coaches’ Corner: Showdown Edition

IN a weekly series at Rookie Me Central, we cast our eyes and ears around the league to gather thoughts from AFL Women’s coaches, and see what they had to say post their respective matches on the weekend. It is over to Adelaide and to the Showdown for this week’s edition, where we heard from […]

Crocker praises teams’ defensive pressure

NORTH Melbourne AFLW Coach Darren Crocker knew the importance of his side’s victory against the Sydney Swans with four rounds left in the regular season, noting his side’s defensive pressure was key to getting the win. “It was an important game for us,” Crocker said. “Sydney are obviously at a different stage of their development […]

Lions’ desperation key to Bombers win

BRISBANE coach Craig Starcevich was thrilled his side could get back on the winner’s list with a big victory over Essendon in challenging conditions on Sunday. The top of the table Lions lost their first game of the season to Richmond in Round 5, but blew the Bombers away early to lead 42-0 until late […]

Happy Stinear looking for a more consistent Dees

ALTHOUGH Melbourne got their fifth win of the season on the weekend, Melbourne coach Mick Stinear acknowledged that his side did not have things all their own way against Fremantle. “It was very much a grind. I would say we got outworked, clearances and around the contest for the day. I feel like they’re a […]

Tigers claw into top eight with Suns win

RICHMOND is four points and percentage inside the top eight, winning a crucial game against Gold Coast at Punt Road to move clear ahead of the ninth placed Suns. A loss would have seen the Tigers tumble back to ninth themselves, but in winning their fourth consecutive match, Richmond moved to a 4-2 record and […]

“Proud” Bernasconi pleased with Giant turnaround

IT has been a tough few weeks in GWS land, but after his side defeated Carlton on the weekend Giants coach Cam Bernasconi said that he was “super proud of the girls.” “It was a challenging week” he said. “Footy’s a funny thing. It’s 100 minutes of football can really shape your week, and last […]

EJ magic helps Pies survive Saints scare

ADMITTING it was far tighter than he had hoped given the statistical dominance by his side, Collingwood coach Steve Symonds was just pleased to come away with the four points during the Magpies’ two-point win over St Kilda on Saturday. The Magpies had 16 more inside 50s (37-21), 21 more contested possessions and 14 more […]

Cats clawing win “means everything”

GEELONG’S heart-stopping win against the Western Bulldogs at Mars Stadium yesterday meant more than just the four points for the Cats, who have now achieved their most successful season on record. In his second season at the helm of the blue and white hoops, Dan Lowther is pleased with what his squad has been able […]

Moves help Hawks hunt Eagles

A SERIES of moves – by a mixture of design and coincidence – helped Hawthorn win its second straight game of the AFL Women’s season, taking out West Coast by three points in a blustery Frankston last night. Hawthorn coach Bec Goddard was the mastermind behind the moves, which included Jess Duffin going forward to […]

Clarke satisfied with “strong performance masterclass”

ADELAIDE Crows AFLW Coach Matthew Clarke was satisfied with his side’s 96-point win over GWS and the consistency his team showed for four quarters. “That was strong. Our contest numbers were off the chart, and we were efficient too,” Clarke said post-match. After a tough start to the season and not playing the style the […]

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