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.
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