A blustery and hot location gave a definite advantage to the team kicking with the wind. Both teams were hungry for their first win, and while the Magpies probably had their best game yet, they didn’t manage to get their first win.
The first quarter saw Collingwood kicking against the wind. The Pies frenzied response to a quick GWS goal saw many handballs and shorter kicks working together to push the ball into their 50 but didn’t translate into any shots for goal; leaving the Pies scoreless in the first term. Livingstone worked hard in defence as did Casey and Hildebrand and whilst the Pies seemed to get off to a slower start, they had eased into the game by the 10-minute mark. The Pies showed their desperation and physicality letting the Giants know that it would not be an easy game.
In the second term the Pies came out swing with Stratton scoring the first point. Sharni Layton earned her pay with an effective tap and a well-placed kick to Membery in front position in front of the goals. Sarah Dargan also scored closing the gap. The team effort of a tight defensive game kept the Giants to just a point. The Pies had better movement and found more space this quarter but still had trouble finding targets.
After the break the Pies really piled on the defence making it very difficult for GWS in their 50 despite the unwarranted free kick to Farrugia and both teams kicking the ball out of bounds several times in a row due to the windy conditions.
In the final quarter Ross and Grant were excellent at backing up, with Alexander being held in front goals and no whistle from the umpire. Hynes was good in the ruck, but her kicking was ineffective. Membrey was awarded a free in front of goals and scored her second for the game in her debut for the Pies. Shevlin also showed great promise easily scoring her first AFLW goal with Dargan and Rowe adding another point each to the total. The last 3 minutes of the game saw Collingwood find their rhythm with a good running game and whilst they looked like a threat they were beaten by the clock.
The Giants had a flying start with a quick goal. They managed to find space easily and at times found a way around the intense Collingwood defence. Kicking with the wind in the first quarter helped cement their score and ultimately the win. Subsequent quarters brought mixed results with Staunton having the only attempt at goal in the second term. Clever use of the ball and a good running game kept the opposition busy, but the Giants had trouble breaking through the defence. Their cracking first quarter was what ultimately got them over the line.
Injuries and Umpires
Nicole Hildebrand copped a roll on the head from a hard tackle on Mackrill and left the field but was later cleared to continue playing.
The umpires missed a few free calls, especially for Collingwood but the windy conditions would not have helped them with their task. However, the ridiculous call of contact on Farrugia against Collingwood did dish out an unfair advantage. Fortunately, the ¾ time siren intervened. If the commentators say “There is nothing in that” then there is nothing in that. And whilst no team really wants charity from the umpires, when a player is held in front of goals and not given a free kick, it can make one question what the umpires are looking at. Yes, yes, it was hot and windy and possibly they had momentarily clocked off, it happens to the best of us.
Final Score Pies 4 3 27 Giants 5 6 36 Giants by 9 Points
Collingwood have been working hard to work together and it showed on the field in this game. With the exclusion of Ash Brazill due to concussion, most of the team really stepped up and gave their all. Even with a slow start, once the team found their rhythm they looked like a cohesive unit. A 0 score in the first quarter was in no way indicative of the efforts.
Membrey was an effective inclusion and the newbies, Shevlin and Layton showed promise of things to come. Bonnici was relentless in defence as was Lambert, Livingstone and Hildebrand (before and after the head roll). MacIntosh had an impressive game that showed why she is a leader and a good role model. It really was a team effort in this game and does show just what they are capable of. If the Pies can produce 4 full quarters of a good hard game and tidy up their kicks they could be on the end of a win or two. I hope this game has silenced a few of the naysayers and garnered more support for this sport, these women and for that matter women in sport in general.
Supporters should also ease up on the Coach. We need to remember that Collingwood lost some ‘big’ players and are rebuilding. And one could argue that the results are slow at coming but they are there and were apparent this week. This was evident in the performance of the whole team and the confidence of some of the newer players. Looking forward to next week’s game. Go Pies!
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Pretty Black and White Wrap Up Fremantle V Collingwood AFLW – Fremantle Oval, Saturday 16 February 2019
The Pies were taken by surprise by the tenaciousness and speed of Freo. The Dockers scored easily within the first minute of play.
Collingwood had some good defensive work by a few players but were too slow to offload the ball. They were also unable to get the ball into their 50. Notably, Steph Chiocci gave a good 50 metre chase and her opponent was caught with the ball. D’Arcy worked hard in the middle of the ground and there were some good contests however, the Pies poor disposal was very quickly capitalised on by the Dockers.
The second quarter from the Pies started slowly with them too slow to the ball and too far off their players. Freo effectively shut down Collingwood and lapped up their errors, entering the half time break with a 31-point lead and the Pies trailing with just two behinds.
After the break, the Pies looked a little livelier with Bonicci being matched up with Hooker from Freo. This worked well and forced Freo to look for another of their many options. Sarah D’Arcy finally bagged a goal after two 50 metre frees in a row and Jordyn Allen contributed a point. MacIntosh, the team veteran, sprang to life and was dishing out some good tackles. Brazill was effective in defence but was caught with the ball as her team mates couldn’t find their words.
The Pies managed to find themselves for the last quarter with Jaimee Lambert scoring a quick bouncing goal. The Pies put more pressure around the ball and stoppages. Shevlin added another point as her debut contribution to the score and it appeared that Fremantle were, for a short time, taken by surprise.
The Magpies pulled out some great smothers, 3 in a row, which kept to Dockers to a point for the bulk of the quarter. Sarah Rowe had an outstanding chase down, catching her player with the ball. Hildebrande demonstrated her frustration by throwing the ball away from the Freo player that was awarded a free call and gave away a 50-metre penalty in front of goals sealing the fate of the Pies.
This team has ten hungry goal kickers, a very effective game and great use of the ball and corridors. Their game is well organised with players backing each other up and communicating continually. They have tidy footwork, good pace, great athleticism and all-round good team work. I could go into how good individuals were but then … just read the above.
Injuries and Umpires
Ash Brazill was absolutely creamed by the opposition and came off with a sore head as she was sandwiched between two players. Bonicci copped a similar greeting and spent the rest of the final term on the bench.
I thought the umpiring lacked a bit of consistency this week with Fremantle definitely getting away with a longer time to hold the ball and not dispose of it. The Pies didn’t seem to get the same favour from the Umpires which didn’t help their game or morale.
Final Score Fremantle 7 9 51 Collingwood 2 6 18
To those looking on, it would appear that Collingwood didn’t know what they were doing and lacked fitness, ball skills and hunger. And whilst I’m not giving them an out, I would suggest that possibly the travel did have an influence (jetlag and dehydration) on their game. If we look back to game one, this team had the makings of a good solid, competitive team.
Against a well organised side such as Fremantle, Collingwood need to take away some good hard lessons. As I said last week, I think this team lacks cohesion. There are a few very good individuals and other good players that could give more. Since when did you allow a team mate to get caught with the ball? “You’re hot, you’re hot” would suffice to let them know they are about to be tackled. Some players were not watching the ball into their hands and I would suggest that perhaps one player, that missed the ball 3 times, has depth of field perception issues. The coaching team should have picked this up by now.
The Pies need stronger targets, a more organised game or copy Freo and use the middle corridor, better communication and more effective use of the ball.
Social media has been really awful about this team and the outcome of Saturday’s game. I think kicking someone while they are down doesn’t help them stand up. And for that matter all the hate about women in sport and how “Men have been playing for 100 years” and do it better, suggests that the public need to give it more time and a lot more support. It’s only been 3 seasons!
My final point; it is Collingwood and for the die hards, we bleed, live and breathe black and white. Let’s get behind our women’s team and give them the support that they need. This will inspire a bit confidence and produce a better result.
#Collingwood #Forever #EveryBlackandWhiteTeam
Interesting 4 quarters with Collingwood going down by 17 points in the end making this their second loss of the 2019 season. However, the low score was indicative of the tough defence on both sides.
Stand out for Collingwood, Ash Brazill, who at one point seemed to be a back, in the ruck and a forward as the ball moved into the Collingwood goal end. Her intelligent play held Melbourne to a low scoring game in the first two quarters with her outstanding defence stopping the ball just in front of the posts.
The Pies were formidable in defence in the first half which saw the Dees with a lot of possessions and unable to convert. Conversely the Pies remained scoreless for the 2nd quarter and a hurried kick by Ash Brazill still didn’t bring reward. After the Collingwood Captain, Steph Chiocci, called a group huddle at half time, the Pies broke out with more energy and tighter defence in the 3rd quarter with Lambert delivering solid tackling throughout. However, things weren’t much better on the scoring front.
Schleicher, Bonnici and Chiocci were also outstanding in the second half, opening up the game which helped Collingwood forward, Sarah Dargan, finally bag a goal in the fourth term.
The Dees had a mass of possessions and at times a nice running game with players finding space away from Magpie defence. O’Dea gave them their opening goal in the 2nd quarter whilst Lauren Pearce took an outstanding mark directly in front of goals and tidied up with 6 points. Melbourne dominated in the 2nd quarter and from there, took control of the game.
Tyla Hanks had a great Debut bagging two goals in the 3rd quarter and is a player to watch. Tegan Cunningham gave her all in defence and managed to shut down the Magpie attack.
Injuries and Umpires
Emma Grant, Collingwood, left the field in pain with a suspect shoulder injury and will know her fate after scans during the week.
Sharni Layton, Collingwood, copped a shocking blow and retired to the bench in the 4th term with blood nose. Whilst Steph Chiocci got absolutely creamed after the mark and was not rewarded with a 50 metre free.
Final Score: 1 3 9 Pies 3 8 26 Dees
Melbourne have a good team on their hands especially if they can settle earlier in their game. They have a good running game and get plenty of ball. If they can work on converting possessions, they will be hard to beat.
Collingwood have a young team with a lot of talent but seem to lack cohesion. If they study Ash Brazill’s game and put some of her footwork, ball watching skills and play reading into training the result would be a very strong, well rounded athletic team. 2019 will be a good building year for them and they will be the team to watch in 2020. Go Pies!
Collingwood got off to a good start with a tight defensive game especially from Jaimee Lambert and the team veteran Cecilia MacIntosh. Sophie Alexander produced the first goal and first point from a long kick.
The Pies continued to apply defensive pressure to the Cats and kept them to one goal and 2 behinds for their first quarter.
Sharni Layton made her debut and did a reasonable job of it starting forward and then moving into the ruck.
Ash Brazill proved to be too good for the Cats attempt at goal by touching the ball on the line keeping them to a point.
The second quarter saw Stratton relentless in defence and Livingstone giving great backline defence but that didn’t stop the Cats from scoring just before half time. Emma Grant required a bit of strapping on the left thigh but continued to show good form on the field.
Early in the third term Sharni Layton collected the main goal kicker for the Pies, Sophie Alexander, with Alexander having to be stretchered from the field with a possible concussion. Laura Butler was called in to fill Alexander’s shoes. Despite losing Alexander the Pies Sarah D’Arcy, kicked a goal within minutes of the restart of play.
The Pies continued their defensive efforts with good tackling by Jordan Allen chasing down and tackling Geelong with what threatened to be a goal.
Lambert left the field briefly after a clash of bodies and returned with a strapped ankle, had a bouncing shot at goal and was rewarded with 6 points.
Sensational footwork by Brazill in defence sent the ball into Collingwood’s end. Grant chased hard but with no one home it made the conversion near impossible but free kick saw Stratton add a point to the tally. The 3rd quarter defensive pressure from the Pies saw the Cats kept to just two points with the Pies clocking up 2 goals and 2 behinds leading into the break.
The final term saw the Pies hopeful to win a season opener, but this was not to be. The Cats managed to open up their game and doubled their defensive efforts. The scores were levelled with the umpire calling “play on” after what looked like a push in the back for McIntosh on the Collingwood 50 metre line. Geelong showed their desperation with the ball making its way back to their end and a free kick for an obvious push in the back was awarded. The ball hit post giving Geelong the one-point lead that won them the game. With two minutes left in the final quarter the Pies were unable to answer the Cats.
The Cats start looked promising, but they could not break through the Collingwood defence even with the outstanding athleticism of Nina Morrison.
Maddie Boyd stepped up in her debut game and impressed Cats fans with their first goal and her first AFLW goal. The Cats were inspired by Boyd’s efforts and worked hard to level the score.
The second quarter saw Jodie Orr demonstrating why she is an asset to the Cats and Clifford managed to crumb a mark resulting in a goal.
Geelong found a free kick through the inexperience of Collingwood and gave Maddie Boyd her second goal before the halftime break leaving the Pies scoreless for that quarter.
With the stop start of the third quarter the Cats were unable to gain any momentum and were kept to just two points.
The final term saw the Cats come out swinging against a very tough Collingwood defence. Ivey levelled the score and Morrison put an end to the Pies dream of winning an opener, by a kick to the post.
Injuries and Umpires
Sophie Alexander will have scans during the week for a suspected concussion as will Jamie Lambert on her ankle.
I do think that if the free had been paid to MacIntosh for the push in the back, the end result may have been different. However, I was impressed by the consistency of the umpiring and I think that they saw and called the bulk of the penalties.
Final Score Pies 3 5 23 Cats 3 6 24
The Pies opened their season well and unfortunately were not rewarded for their efforts. If this first game is an indication of the season, then it looks like the Pies will have a good competitive season with a few wins. Hopefully they don’t dwell too much on the loss and continue to improve on their current form and their accuracy. Collingwood has some real talent in the team and I’m looking forward to a good season.
Geelong has a lot of talent and can’t find their targets easily but do seem to be a cohesive group. With consistency, improved defence and tackling, they should see a successful season.
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