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Ruck'n'Roll
1st April 2024, 02:01 PM
First of the 5 game 'season' for our women is Saturday April 6th at the Whitton Oval v's the 'Dogs.

Swans to feature in the VFLW (https://www.sydneyswans.com.au/news/1511872/swans-to-play-matches-in-vflw)

With 3 Sydney games.

liz
5th April 2024, 04:16 PM
VFLW: New faces to feature against Bulldogs (https://www.sydneyswans.com.au/news/1522646/vflw-new-faces-to-feature-against-bulldogs)

Here's the team. It will be led by Ham (in the absence of McEvoy and Molloy).

Good to see the family connections at the club extend still further with the inclusion of one of the VFLW top-up squad. I wonder if she can kick.

Ruck'n'Roll
5th April 2024, 05:20 PM
Hi LIz

Shall we assume that as both brothers could kick, Senna can too?

For some reason, I assumed that 'Lexi and Sheppard's suspension from the AFLW would affect their playing in the VFLW - so I'm a bit confused.

Of the VFLW selections Scott says "we're going in to win it" - then explains the first players picked will be newbies and fringe-dwellers.
I like the selection policy but can't realy reconcile it with his comment.
A bit more confused.
I'm not even sure how we could win it if we only play 5 games and the other teams play 14. Or does he mean against the 'Dogs?
My confusion knows no end.

liz
5th April 2024, 05:31 PM
It would seem a bit OTT (in my opinion) if Sheppard's and Hamilton's suspensions cost them the whole VFLW tournament AND two AFLW matches. That's staying clear of any moral judgements, but just comparing it to the suspensions that other players silly (or unlucky) enough to get caught have been handed.

In terms of "winning it" I presume Gowans means the match, given we can't, as you point out, win the whole damn thing. My confusion is also abundant, but mostly around why we're only playing five games and not the whole ration. Though I guess that's not new news.

Mel_C
5th April 2024, 07:50 PM
For some reason, I assumed that 'Lexi and Sheppard's suspension from the AFLW would affect their playing in the VFLW - so I'm a bit confused.


When the suspensions were announced, I read that they were eligible to play in the VFLW.

Mel_C
5th April 2024, 07:53 PM
A shame that they're playing the same time as the men's game.

liz
6th April 2024, 01:18 PM
Shall we assume that as both brothers could kick, Senna can too?



She's just kicked our first ever VFL goal (after some ordinary attempts from the likes of Ham) so I guess we have our answer. She can kick!

Ruck'n'Roll
6th April 2024, 01:52 PM
When the suspensions were announced, I read that they were eligible to play in the VFLW.
Both you and Liz were correct, I must have assumed the VFLW games would be treated like a preseason game - but WRONG

On the other hand I'm glad to see her out there. It's the best 1/2 of football I've seen 'Lexi play. Has the wood on her opponent and is using two handed taps - Gardner is on fire but 'Lexi is helping with some silver service delivery.

Ruck'n'Roll
6th April 2024, 05:42 PM
A fun game to watch.
Young Holly made me forget all about Aleisha what's-her-name.
Grunden looked very exciting on occasions.
The Montana Beruldsen conversion project may well bear fruit.
Abbey Martin could do with a few good steak dinners.
Sarah Skinner was one of the better dogs players.

liz
6th April 2024, 07:22 PM
Hopefully there'll be a stream replay available at some point. I'm annoyed I couldn't (or chose not to) watch after quarter time.

The part that I did watch I was impressed by the bigger size of bodies running through the middle than we had last year. Giselle Davis (Davies?), in particular, added something to the line up.

ootf
6th April 2024, 07:56 PM
And of course (your) Tanya Kennedy went well Liz (commentators unkindly called her the brick wall :-)). Some of the Swans link up play through the middle was very good, with Ham looking very strong in this company.

Maybe they'll swing Davies around a bit (back/forward) if Lexi is going be 2nd ruck for the AFLW team - Davies looked good. Other additions Hauseger and Grundin were quiet but ok, nice to see Cooper get the goals albeit easy ones.

Mel_C
6th April 2024, 09:01 PM
Wow we won by 62 points! I would love to watch a replay.

aardvark
7th April 2024, 02:17 PM
Sydney too strong for Bulldogs in VFLW (https://www.sydneyswans.com.au/news/1524784/sydney-too-strong-for-bulldogs-in-vflw)

Highlights here...

liz
9th April 2024, 12:47 PM
Former No.1 pick Montana Ham fires for Sydney Swans in warning to rivals (https://www.afl.com.au/aflw/news/1105090/former-no1-pick-montana-ham-fires-for-sydney-swans-in-warning-to-rivals)

Here's a positive article about the Swans' performance last weekend, with a particular focus on Ham but also touching on Cooper and the players we traded for.

I was impressed (in the goal reel) by a couple of passages of play from Hillier, including one where she produced a wonderful forward handball perfectly into the path of Kennedy, who didn't have to break stride, in the lead up to Cooper's second goal. And another where she was involved in a one-two with Ham for Ham's second (I think) goal.

Ruck'n'Roll
9th April 2024, 04:45 PM
I've been trying not to make any comparisons about Ham, don't want to jinx anything.

aardvark
11th April 2024, 05:24 PM
2024 REBEL VFLW COMPETITION
Sydney Swans v North Melbourne
Round 4 • Saturday 13 April 2024 • 1:05 PM

It's at Henson Pk if anyone's missing their dose of footy and would like to go along.

Ruck'n'Roll
14th April 2024, 09:37 AM
A lovely day on the grass, but what a colossal blow out.

More of the Swans AFLW team coming online, Smith, Hurley, Mitchell, Molloy.
I wonder how the ACL recovery of Bullas and Collier is going. Are still with the club?

CynthiaH wasn't wearing her helmet, so I didn't recognise her until the first of her goals made me check. Maybe she doesn't think she'll need it away from the midfield?

For the second week in a row Sheppard has been making herself extremely busy.

liz
14th April 2024, 12:45 PM
I saw Bullas sitting with a group of other non-playing AFLW squad members (Heads, Morphett, Sargent-Wilson, O'Sullivan, maybe a couple of others) a short distance from where I watched the second half. So that suggests she (Bullas) is still at the club.

It was an impressive performance all around, albeit against an opposition largely bereft of AFLW standard players. Some of what they displayed - most notably some impressive set shot conversion - should translate to AFLW level if they get the chances, opposition-independent as it is.

I was impressed by Vale's game patrolling the defensive 50m arc. Sure, there wasn't a huge amount of pressure down there (either physical or psychological) but she still showed calmness, clean hands and sound disposal.

My eye was also caught by the pace of blond-ponytailed number 16 weaving around the wing and half-forward. I had to look her up to learn it was Sarah Dargan. Beruldsen was another not afraid to use her pace to run around opponents.

aardvark
15th April 2024, 01:14 AM
Liz 16 was Sarah Grunden. Pick 16 in the last draft.

liz
15th April 2024, 11:55 AM
Liz 16 was Sarah Grunden. Pick 16 in the last draft.

Yeah, I knew that. I have no idea where I dredged the name "Dargan" up from my mind. When I wrote that it was with our draftee from last year in mind.

Ruck'n'Roll
17th April 2024, 11:21 AM
There was a Sarah Dargan with the Swans in 2022

Apparently North didn't play any of their AFLW listed players against us. I hope Casey do better in that regard.

liz
20th April 2024, 09:43 PM
That was another impressive performance by our VFLW team this afternoon. The first quarter was just a goal fest. Casey managed to slow us down for the rest of the game, but there were still passages of impressive ball movement and some great finishing. Molloy's goal was outstanding.

Once the game was under control you could see them trying some different things, as Gowans has foreshadowed they are trying to do. In the final quarter, kicking into the wind, they chose not to kick at all for periods, instead trying to move the ball the length of the ground via handball. It didn't always work, but it was fun to watch them try.

Gardiner just continued to do what Gardiner does. Ham continued to demonstrate she is emerging as a top quality player. Beruldsen continued to show her wheels and much improved game sense. She could be a handful up forward.

Once we get to the AFLW season, you'd have to think that Privitelli, McEvoy, Morphett and Tarrant are automatic inclusions into the side. Maybe Lochland too, though I think she might have to fight for her spot. And then we have the likes of O'Sullivan and Steane also yet to be seen in this VFLW campaign but who will also fight to win a spot in the AFLW side.

Ruck'n'Roll
29th April 2024, 05:13 AM
Hey-la-day-la Ally Morphet's back.

No Gardiner, No Tarrant, No Privi, No McEvoy - No worries.

Kennedy excellent - how on earth was she overlooked. Ham also briliiant. Bella Smith looking our best tall forward option (sorry Lexi) - I think Giselle is the better option for 2nd ruck/miscellaneous-KPP-role and will relegate Lexi H. Heads seemed out of sorts, dropping several marks, but had her hands full with the size of Luke. Grunden didn't get a lot of posessions but those she got were class. Szigeti was good, not a 30-40 posession game as you'd get from Laura Gardiner but good.

So now they've obliterated the previously undefeated Hawks - gotta ask, how good are our women's team?
Undefeated, a percentage of 456%. The opposition had a sprinkling of AFLW listed players this week, but we had a full AFLW level team.

Last game next week is outside the SCG against Collingwood.

Ruck'n'Roll
5th May 2024, 07:20 PM
So now they've obliterated the previously undefeated Hawks - gotta ask, how good are our women's team?

Hopefully Scott got what he wanted from these VFLW guest appeareances.

Collingwood were definitely switched on.
For the first (and only) time we took on an ALFW quality opposition - and not only didn't we slaughter our opponent we actually lost.
Eliza Vale topping the posession count followed by Steane. Surprising no--one they aren't Gardner/Molloy.

Juneja looked very good - presumably we'll simply get her as a concession selection when the time comes.

liz
8th May 2024, 01:34 AM
Hopefully Scott got what he wanted from these VFLW guest appeareances.

Collingwood were definitely switched on.
For the first (and only) time we took on an ALFW quality opposition - and not only didn't we slaughter our opponent we actually lost.
Eliza Vale topping the posession count followed by Steane. Surprising no--one they aren't Gardner/Molloy.

Juneja looked very good - presumably we'll simply get her as a concession selection when the time comes.

I watched the first half from the Lakeside boundary before it started raining at half-time and I decided to head in to the SCG to keep dry. I probably only missed half of the third quarter that I might otherwise have watched before heading to the SCG anyway. I haven't gone back to watch the second half via replay but I might get around to it somehow. Given the final score was so close, I presume the Swans improved slightly in the second half because the Pies seemed on top during the first half that I saw.

The biggest difference to the other games was the pressure that Collingwood applied. The Swans had none of the space and time that they'd been gifted in other games. And while it wasn't raining during the first half, the ground was damp from the week's worth of rain, and clearly the ball was hard to handle. That brought undone most of the attempts to move the ball cleanly.

Despite the conditions and lack of team fluency, Ham again stood out to me as the classiest Swan out there. Morphett was OK - probably not with as much training under her belt as she'd like to have (and hopefully will have by the time the AFLW season starts). And she was up against Sabrina Frederick who, I imagine, is one of the trickiest rucks to compete against. She may not have the height or athleticism of Morphett but she has so much experience and knows how to use her bulk to make things difficult for any opponent.

Ruck'n'Roll
15th May 2024, 12:09 AM
Hopefully Scott got what he wanted from these VFLW guest appeareances.

Scott says the VFLW visit was very beneficial in this video Gowans on the new recruits to watch (https://www.sydneyswans.com.au/news/1554732/gowans-on-the-new-recruits-to-watch)