by Daniel Viles
MAROOCHYDORE v YERONGA SOUTH BRISBANE
Saturday 17 June 2023, 2pm at Domino’s Oval, Maroochydore
Live stream with commentary on YouTube
Head-to-Head: Played 13 – Maroochydore won 6; Yeronga SB won 6; Drawn 1
Head-to-Head at Domino’s Oval: Played 6 – Maroochydore won 3; Yeronga SB won 3
Last time they met: 29 April 2023 – Maroochydore 8.11 (59) d Yeronga SB 3.5 (23) at Leyshon Park
Round 10 of the Bond University QAFLW provides both Maroochydore and Yeronga with a realistic opportunity to end their winless streaks of five and eight games respectively.
While both sides have had their defensive issues, they have also managed to score a major in every match this year (a feat not managed by two teams above them on the ladder), suggesting that an open match is not just possible, but likely.
The match is likely to be decided in Yeronga’s forward 50. The Devils have generally created plenty of attacking opportunities but often lacked the composure to turn them into points.
Their first quarter against Coorparoo in Round 4 (three goals in ten minutes) shows the kind of football Yeronga can produce when it all comes together.
Against this, Maroochydore’s defence has shown repeatedly that it can absorb pressure for long periods, their horror six-goal first quarter against the Kings last week being a notable aberration. Even when the Roos’ attempts to clear the defensive third break down in midfield, the backline has kept them in games even when the inside 50 count is lopsided against them.
Maroochydore is able to include Kaiya Hides and Indi Williams now that their Lions Academy commitments are over, and introduce local junior Brydie Eva for her debut having recovered from two knee reconstructions.
Yeronga continue to search for the combination to unlock their first victory of 2023, making four changes from the side that kept Southport honest last week. Ruck and key forward Emily Bleney has been recalled, as have outside midfielders Ebony Milne and Jamie Howell. Georgia Cuffe, formerly of QFAW side Mount Gravatt, will make her QAFLW debut on the ball.
FB | 48 Renee Teys | 6 Poppy Tindal | 28 Zara Hurley
HB | 25 Sara-Jane O’Grady | 2 Kelsee Sills (c)
C | 5 Kate Fowles | 39 Imagen David | 49 Kaiya Hides
HF | 47 Hayley Edgar | 24 Grace Perry | 1 Jessee Sills
FF | 23 Ebony Otto | 58 Indi Williams
FOL | 57 Lilly Baker | 7 Demi Norton | 50 Tarah Muir
IC | 3 Brydie Eva | 15 Dakota Hooper | 21 Anneka Williams | 22 Lily Logan
EMG | 31 Chloe Turner | 33 Holly Hurley | 41 Lucy McEachen | 55 Kiah Thompson | one may be added
Coaches: Dave Hume and Hetti Malone
IN: Kaiya Hides; Chloe Turner; Indi Williams
OUT: Alyssa Armstrong; Jya Epstein; Dakota Hooper; Sophie Peters
YERONGA SOUTH BRISBANE
FB | 49 Laura Wagner | 3 Georgia Carmody
HB | 22 Kara Stock | 8 Lucy Bellinger (c) | 5 Jess Matthews
C | 4 Camilla Burnett | 9 Ebony Milne | 7 Tiarnah Isua
HF | 6 Courtney McDonnell | 17 Charlotte Millen | 2 Georgia Hewett
FF | 14 Madison Goodwin | one to be added
FOL | 30 Peppa Poultney | 34 Chelsea Winn | 25 Georgia Cuffe^
IC | 10 Madi Twin | 31 Holly Mills | 38 Emily Bleney | 40 Farradai Hopkins | 55 Jamie Howell (vc)
EMG | 18 Madie Satyasiv | 20 Kasey Holleran | 21 Sophie Dunne | 45 Tamika Smith | 46 Bree Black
Coach: Lisa Milne
IN: Emily Bleney; Georgia Cuffe; Jamie Howell; Ebony Milne
OUT: Bree Black; Sophie Dunne; Madie Satyasiv; Tamika Smith; Taylah Welch
COORPAROO v UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Saturday 17 June 2023, 2pm at Giffin Park, Coorparoo
Head-to-Head: Played 22 – Coorparoo won 18; University of Queensland won 4
Head-to-Head at Giffin Park: Played 10 – Coorparoo won 7; University of Queensland won 3
Last time they met: 29 April 2023 – Coorparoo 12.10 (82) d University of Queensland 0.2 (2) at Base Architecture Meadows
Coorparoo will have an opportunity to move into the top four of the Bond University QAFLW if they can defeat University of Queensland at home on Saturday afternoon.
The Kings ensured their losing streak ended at three with a 66-point victory over Maroochydore last week. The win cut Wilston Grange’s lead over them on the ladder to two points. Another win to Coorparoo and loss to Wilston Grange this week would see Coorparoo return to the top four after a month out.
In their way is a Red Lionesses outfit on its own three-game losing streak but who must have taken a lot of confidence from their performance against Bond University, going down by nine points after leading at half-time and then creating multiple chances to win in the final term.
Coorparoo will need to find a way of stopping Ava Seton who leads the QAFLW in both contested possessions and clearances. Hannah McLaughlin has been given a close marking, if not a tagging, role in several matches this year and Bec Randazzo may give her that job again.
Alternatively, the Kings may decide that attack is the best form of defence and create space for Jess Watts to run riot as she did in last week’s Impact Player of the Round performance. This may require Ross Clayfield to employ Lara Mason in a similar shutdown role to that of McLaughlin.
Coorparoo will once again have the services of defender-turned-winger Laura Blue and the pacy Gabby Fares. Former rower Liz Hills makes her state league debut at full forward.
For UQ, wide runner Eva Sartor comes in for her fellow Lions Academic Erin Gilbert.
FB | 6 Ari Reilly | 18 Lucy Schneider
HB | 36 Ayla Fraser | 15 Ajla Fetahagic | 30 Taya Oliver
C | 12 Jo Miller | 3 Sally Young (c) | 47 Laura Blue
HF | 39 Jacinta Baldwick | 9 Emma Zielke | 42 Grace Roberts-White
FF | 26 Chelsea Chesterfield | 34 Liz Hills^
FOL | 59 Coco Garton | 24 Hannah McLaughlin | 4 Jess Watts
IC | 13 Gabby Fares | 22 Binta Lamin | 23 Charlotte Edmunds | 27 Megan Evans | 31 Jasmine Fretwell
EMG | 1 Bridget Taylor | 8 Mel Sweeney | 19 JJ McLean
Coach: Rebecca Randazzo
IN: Laura Blue; Gabby Fares; Liz Hills
OUT: Bonnie Farrell; Bridget Taylor; Kaitlyn Zelinski
UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
FB | 21 Jessi Henning | 12 Charlotte Andrews
HB | 8 Lucy McCormick | 19 Jasmine Dekker | 7 Madi Crowley-Long (c)
C | 34 Ashleigh Moyle | 24 Laura Roy | 5 Meagan Cook
HF | 4 Kadie Fletcher | 17 Brooke Sheridan | 41 Harriet Knijff
FF | 22 Julia Dawson | 1 Gracie Champion
FOL | 56 Lucy Hicks (vc) | 16 Ava Seton (vc) | 9 Lara Mason
IC | 6 Lauren Middleton | 10 Jacinta Fisher | 35 Elka Barnett | 38 Eva Sartor | one may be added
EMG | nil
Coach: Ross Clayfield
IN: Eva Sartor
OUT: Jane Childes; Erin Gilbert
BOND UNIVERSITY v WILSTON GRANGE
Saturday 17 June 2023, 2pm at Bond University Oval, Robina
Live stream on YouTube
Head-to-Head: Played 11 – Bond University won 8; Wilston Grange won 3
Head-to-Head at Bond University Oval: Played 5 – Bond University won 4; Wilston Grange won 1
Last time they met: 29 April 2023 – Bond University 11.9 (75) d Wilston Grange 2.5 (17) at iiNergy Oval
Bond University will be looking for a more convincing performance when it hosts Wilston Grange in Round 10 of the Bond University QAFLW on Saturday.
While the Bull Sharks have won their last three matches, all have been against teams in the bottom half of the ladder with their last two victories, against Maroochydore and UQ, not being secured until late in the match.
No side in the QAFLW, however, has been as disrupted by the Academy program as much as Bond and this weekend marks the first time since the opening day of the season when they’ve had more Suns Academy players available for selection than unavailable. The most notable inclusion is wunderkind Havana Harris who scored four goals in Round 1 and hasn’t been seen since.
Bond would be advised not to get too used to the feeling of being close to full strength given that eight of their players, including five in this week’s team, depart to play for Queensland Under 18s in July.
From Wilston Grange’s perspective, there is some benefit in playing Bond now before they’ve had time to rebuild their combinations. The Gorillas matched Aspley for territory last week with the inside 50 count level at 33-all, but were held to 10 scoring shots by the Hornets’ co-ordinated defence. The return from injury of half-forward Charlize Anderson will provide more unpredictability in attack and help find gaps in the Bond defence that won’t exist in future weeks. At the very least, the Tricolours should be confident of scoring their first point at The Canal since 2020 having been held scoreless twice since.
Other changes to the team lists include Lily Tarlinton resuming at full forward for the Bull Sharks and Georgia Johnson rejoining the team via the bench. Ash Moloney and Annabel Pettigrew will add muscle to the Gorillas’ defence having missed several weeks each with injury.
For statistically-minded Bull Sharks fans, Bond University has scored 497 goals in the QAFLW since joining in 2018. If you see usually harmonious Bond teammates bumping each other out of the way when a third goal is imminent, that’ll be why.
FB | 49 Kiara Bischa | 19 Evy Reeves
HB | 20 Paris Lightfoot (c) | 29 Jemma Blair | 10 Grace Moodie
C | 40 Charlotte Taylor | 7 Courtney Sexton | 11 Georgia Hutton
HF | 3 Shannon Nolan | 32 Havana Harris | 4 Tara Harrington
FF | 9 Bella Iverach | 56 Lily Tarlinton
FOL | 50 Jasmyn Davidson | 1 Josie McCabe | 17 Christy Landwehr
IC | 2 Georgia Johnson | 12 Sally Evans | 14 Gabby Deller | 31 Tobi Chapman | 53 Mia Salisbury
EMG | 55 Lexi Samuels | 59 Jessica Nguyen | 62 Paige Price
Coach: Andy Lovell
IN: Tobi Chapman; Havana Harris; Georgia Johnson; Evy Reeves; Lily Tarlinton
OUT: Sophie Balcombe; Ella Calleja; Mackenzie Farmer; Paige Price; Ava Usher
FB | 10 Ash Moloney | 17 Kylie Welsh
HB | 49 Shania Jones | 21 Jacinta Ens | 51 Gemma Donataccio
C | 5 Keyshia Matenga | 1 Mackenzie Findlay (vc) | 26 Uma Brennan
HF | 27 Naomi Celebre | 35 Charlize Anderson
FF | 19 Zimra Hussain | 15 Daisy Carter | 18 Siobhan Senior
FOL | 8 Kalista-Jayne Shiner | 40 Jayme Winter | 7 Chloe Litherland (c)
IC | 2 Abbey Brokken | 14 Annabel Pettigrew | 25 Maegan Dick | 29 Caitlyn Rawding | 37 Georgina Ott
EMG | 12 Lauren Shackleton | 13 Emily Keehn | 23 Caitlin Gunn
Coach: Brenton Meddings
IN: Charlize Anderson; Ash Moloney; Annabel Pettigrew
OUT: Megan Boscoe; Caitlin Gunn; Ella K. Smith
ASPLEY v SOUTHPORT
Saturday 17 June 2023, 4:45pm at Zupps Aspley Oval, Carseldine
Head-to-Head: Played 3 – Southport won 2; Abandoned 1
Head-to-Head at Zupps Aspley Oval: Played 1 – Abandoned 1
Last time they met: 29 April 2023 – Southport 6.8 (44) d Aspley 2.1 (13) at Fankhauser Reserve
In 2020, Aspley was winless in the Bond University QAFLW and the Southport women’s program didn’t exist; on Saturday, they meet in a top of the table clash at Zupps Aspley Oval.
The previous Hornets-Sharks meeting at Fankhauser Reserve in April was over almost before it began as a Southport ambush yielded a goal in the first minute en route to a 4.2 to 0.0 quarter time lead.
Since then, Aspley hasn’t worked out how to consistently score goals in the opening term (8 goals in last five first quarters), but has worked out how to stop them (6 goals conceded in last five first quarters).
The other major difference from the Round 3 encounter is the first absence of 2023 for Steph O’Brien who made 42 disposals, 10 inside 50s and 11 tackles that day. With Poppy Boltz also absent, the Southport midfield is severely depleted and will have to make do with Georgia Breward, Maddy Watt, Carly Remmos, Abbie Pluples, Tamsin Perry, Rianna Schipp… actually, I think they’ll be fine.
Aspley has made three changes from the side that finished movements so clinically in the win over Wilston Grange: Lucy Pengelly slots into halfback with Jaimie Bryant moving forward to the wing; Hannah Giles is named on the ball; and Holly Mirfield will spearhead the attack.
The Sharks have included four players whose natural home is in the forward line although Georja Davies has been named on the wing and Darcie Davies was brilliant at centre halfback in the Round 6 win over Coorparoo. Rianna Schipp and Selina Priest will co-captain the side in the absence of Jess Malouf.
FB | 13 Lucy Thompson | 10 Morgan Lanigan
HB | 20 Emma Pittman | 23 Ange Lingard (c) | 5 Lucy Pengelly
C | 16 Anna van de Wiel | 4 Courtney Daniec (c) | 15 Jaimie Bryant
HF | 9 Louise Tyson | 25 Jess Stallard | 12 Lucia Liessi
FF | 19 Hanna Brennan | 59 Holly Mirfield
FOL | 28 Anais Kirvan | 30 Mikayla Martin | 45 Hannah Giles
IC | 8 Maddy Kawa | 33 Gabby Roberts | 40 Rachael Vetter | 42 Izzy Kotatis | 54 Emma Lendrum
EMG | 31 Jaida Tabb | 35 Ella Desrettes
Coach: Luke Glacken
IN: Hannah Giles; Holly Mirfield; Lucy Pengelly
OUT: Rania Crozier; Ellyse McNiven; Ari Williams
FB | 1 Kristi Harvey | 11 Leigh Alder
HB | 2 Rianna Schipp (c) | 4 Hannah Davies | 35 Jess Maher
C | 8 Abbie Pluples | 14 Maddy Watt | 27 Georja Davies
HF | 10 Carly Remmos | 21 Selina Priest (c) | 58 Peyton Mackie
FF | 24 Alessia Smythe | 36 Maggie O’Connell
FOL | 29 Lilly Pearce | 47 Georgia Breward | 45 Maddie Gault
IC | 12 Tamsin Perry | 32 Tayla Gregory | 43 Darcie Davies | 46 Maddy Baldwin | 57 Ruby Mitchell
EMG | 6 Avalon Pearce | 17 Serina Balanda | 30 Matisse Hunter | 50 Indira Maradani
Coach: Peter Doherty
IN: Darcie Davies; Georja Davies; Tayla Gregory; Ruby Mitchell
OUT: Matisse Hunter; Jess Malouf; Steph O’Brien; Avalon Pearce
^ denotes QAFLW debut; † denotes QAFLW club debut
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