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AFLW: Around the state leagues

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Emma Mackie celebrates a goal as the Hawks advanced to the VFLW Grand Final

HAWTHORN has progressed to the VFLW Grand Final after it defeated Collingwood by 11 points in a qualifying final.

The Hawks will play the winner of this weekend's preliminary final between Geelong and Collingwood.

The Glenorchy Magpies beat Launceston by 21 points in the Tasmanian State League Women's preliminary final last Saturday. The Magpies play the Clarence Kangaroos in the Grand Final on Saturday in Launceston.

The University of NWS-Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs slipped past the Auburn-Penrith Giants by a goal to book their place in Saturday's Sydney Women's premier division Grand Final against Macquarie University at Blacktown.

Here's a look at how some of the AFLW-listed players at your club performed last weekend.


Marijana Rajcic booted three goals in the VFLW for the Northern Territory Thunder in a nine-point loss to Geelong in an elimination final at Port Melbourne.

Ebony Marinoff led the Thunder with 28 disposals and a game-high 12 tackles.

Sarah Perkins kicked one of Hawthorn's five goals in the VFLW against Collingwood.


Bella Ayre was best on ground for the Bendigo Thunder as they claimed back-to-back Northern Football League women's premierships. Ayre's ball use was exemplary as the Thunder overpowered the Keilor Bulldogs to win by 39 points.

The 2018 Grogan Medal count takes place In Brisbane on Sunday night. A number of awards will be announced, including the QWAFL best and fairest, rising star and coach and team of the year.


Abbie McKay has been formally nominated by Carlton as a father-daughter selection at this year's NAB AFL Women's draft. The 17-year-old made her debut for the Blues in the VFLW in round 16 against Essendon and kicked a goal in their 75-point win.

The Blues made 10 changes to their VFLW list following the conclusion of the 2018 home and away season. Genevieve Green, Caroline Hardeman, Kimberley Cunico, Tess Plowman, Louella McCarthy, Danica Pedersen, Bailey Schultz, Mika Suzuki, Georgia Fisher and Sarah Last, who also played for the AFLW team, won't have their VFLW contracts renewed.


Sarah D'Arcy had 20 disposals in the VFLW for Collingwood in its loss to Hawthorn in the qualifying final. D'Arcy's 17 kicks were the most of the any player on the ground.

Chloe Molloy kicked two of the Magpies' three goals and had a game-high eight tackles. They play Geelong on Sunday at Port Melbourne for a spot in the Grand Final.


An exciting season in women's football in Western Australia concluded a fortnight ago, with East Fremantle defeating Subiaco in the WAWFL Grand Final. Subiaco's Hayley Miller capped an impressive season for the Lions by taking out the WAWFL Dhara Kerr fairest and best award, after finishing runner-up in 2017.


Richelle Cranston racked up 19 touches and kicked two crucial goals for Geelong in its VFLW elimination final victory against the Northern Territory Thunder at Port Melbourne. Her second goal late in the final quarter put the result beyond doubt, as the Cats won by nine points.

Hannah Burchell kicked two goals in the third quarter for the Cats, as they clawed back from a 15-point half-time deficit to trail by just one point at the final change.

Nina Morrison, joint winner of the TAC Cup best and fairest award with Madison Prespakis, amassed 18 disposals and seven tackles for the Cats. The Geelong Falcons star is regarded as a potential top pick in this year's NAB AFL Women's Draft, with her composure with the ball one of her strongest attributes.

Richelle Cranston was among her team's best in the VFLW elimination final. Picture: AFL Photos

Greater Western Sydney

Rebecca Beeson was among Hawthorn's best in the VFLW win over Collingwood by 11 points at Port Melbourne. She had 19 touches, three marks and four tackles, as the Hawks progressed to the Grand Final.

Jacinda Barclay kicked a goal and was among the University of NSW-Eastern Suburbs Bulldogs' best in their six-point preliminary final win against the Auburn-Penrith Giants.

Emma Swanson had 19 disposals in the VFLW for the Northern Territory Thunder against Geelong.


Melbourne captain Daisy Pearce will not take part in the 2019 AFLW season as she is expecting twins in early March. Pearce is a two-time All Australian at AFLW level and has won the Demons' best and fairest award in their first two seasons.

North Melbourne

Maddison Smith will be part of the Clarence Kangaroos side that takes on Glenorchy in the Tasmanian State League Women's Grand Final on Saturday in Launceston. Smith was one of the Roos' best in their qualifying final win against Glenorchy by 19 points a fortnight ago.

Madison Prespakis was co-winner of the TAC Cup best and fairest award with the Geelong Falcons' Nina Morrison. Prespakis played 12 games this season in the VFLW for Melbourne University, North's affiliate team.

Western Bulldogs

Emma Mackie slotted three of Hawthorn's five goals in the VFLW as it beat Collingwood by 11 points at Port Melbourne. Mackie kicked the Hawks' last three goals and was one of the best. She had 18 touches and four tackles in a stellar performance in the midfield.

Tiarna Ernst was awarded the MVP Education and Training award at the AFLPA MVP Awards in Melbourne. The award recognises the player who has successfully combined football with work, education and training. Ernst, an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Monash Health, played five games for the Western Bulldogs in the VFLW.