Over the weekend all 8 AFLW teams participated in practice matches in various states, the results are as follows;
Collingwood def Melbourne
Carlton def Bulldogs
GWS def Brisbane
Fremantle def Adelaide
People will say that it’s just a practice hit out and doesn’t mean much but with a short 7 week home and away season and only the top 2 teams playing off in a grand final means that every hit out for these teams is important if they want that coveted spot.
The 2018 AFLW season is a whole new ball game (yes that’s a cheesy pun I know) but there’s been some big changes since that first historic, packed out game at Olympic Park and we’re about to see how those factors will impact teams and their season ahead.
Trade period saw some big names switch clubs like Alicia Eva from Collingwood to GWS, Deanna Berry from Melbourne to the Bulldogs and of course Tayla Harris moving from Brisbane to Carlton, all of whom are sure to bring their A game to their new clubs.
Tayla Harris wearing the navy blue for new club Carlton
Watch out for Katie Brennan, having only played 2 AFLW games last season due to injury Katie went back to the VWFL and took out the league B&F. The Bulldogs captain is sure to make her presence felt back in the side.
Footy fans will also be keeping an eye on Magpies marquee player Mo Hope who had a less than impressive inaugural season despite all the hype. If you’re following her on social media you’ll notice that she’s really stepped up her training and fitness which should make a big difference to her overall game.
The next wave of crossover athletes to hit the AFLW are players like basketballer Monique Conti for the Bulldogs, soccer player Marijana Rajcic for Adelaide and Gaelic footballer Cora Staunton for GWS all of whom will be displaying their athleticism on the new playing field.
Cora Staunton is the 1st Irish player to be signed to an AFLW club
Along with some big player moves and rookies looking to make their mark in season 2 we can also expect to see a new rule modification where a team will be awarded a free kick when their opposition handballs or kicks the football out of play. The idea behind this change is to speed up the game while creating fewer stoppages which should in theory lead to more scoring opportunities.
In just over a week the first official game of the season kicks off and if you’re not up to date with all the game details then head over to http://womens.afl/matches to find out how you can watch the game live or in the comfort of your own home (which is not as exciting but sometimes logistically much easier).