IT'S celebration time for three clubs in the rebel VFLW competition this week, with Southern Saints, North Melbourne and Essendon all having players marking their 50th appearances in the competition.

The Saints will enjoy a triple treat in their clash with Carlton at Wilson Storage Trevor Barker Beach Oval on Sunday, with Olivia Flanagan, Georgia McLean and Ebony Nixon all playing their 50th matches, the Kangaroos have double the party with Molly Eastman and Annabel Scott raising the bat against Williamstown on Saturday, while former Bombers captain Courtney Ugle against Hawthorn in the minor premiership showdown on Sunday makes six milestone women across the weekend.

Four rebel VFLW clubs have turned to NAB League Girls talent to boost their teams in Round 12, with Port Melbourne naming three debutants including 16-year-old Eastern Ranges' prodigy Ava Campbell and Casey Demons selecting boom Dandenong Stingrays youngster Amber Clarke, while highly-rated Murray Bushranger Keeley Skepper will play for Collingwood.

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Geelong and Williamstown have wrapped star midfielders up in cotton wool for the season, with the Cats resting ball magnet Laura Gardiner plus Georgie Rankin, while Seagulls star Aimee Whelan has been withdrawn by AFLW newcomer Sydney.

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Saturday, May 14, 10am @ AIA Centre
(, 9.55am)
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Collingwood 5-1. At Olympic Park: Collingwood 1-0. Streak: Collingwood 3 (last loss 2019 2nd Semi Final). Last time: Collingwood 11.6 72 def Western Bulldogs 1.2 8 (Olympic Park, June 19, 2021)

G Matser, K Skepper, C Van Der Vlies
OUT: J Membrey (unavailable), T Cowan, G Ricardo (omit)
DEBUT: Keeley Skepper, 18, Murray Bushrangers; Charlotte Van Der Vlies, 18, Oakleigh Chargers

IN: M Marks, T Meier, E Vale, J Woods
OUT: L Bibby (hamstring), I Barker, T Skenderis, A Xanthos (omit)

Prediction: Collingwood by 46

Southern Saint Olivia Flanagan plays her 50th VFLW game on Sunday alongside Georgia McLean and Ebony Nixon. Picture: Quinn Rooney/AFL Photos

7.DAREBIN (5-6) v 5.GEELONG (7-4)

Saturday, May 14, 11.05am @ Genis Steel Oval, Preston
(, 11am)
HEAD-TO-HEAD: 2-2. At Preston City Oval: Darebin 1-0. Streak: Geelong 1 (last loss 2019). Last time: Geelong 11.9 75 def Darebin 1.5 11 (Bill Lawry Oval, April 24, 2021)

A Caddy, K Hazlett, M Meyer, S Normington-Dickens, V Smiljanic
OUT: V Blackwood, E Buckley, M Haas, M Huta, C Weston-Sirett (omit)

IN: E Coventry, C Leonard, P Scott, K Scoullar (debut), P Sheppard, C Simpson (debut)
OUT: L Gardiner, G Rankin (managed), M Boyd (unavailable), K Hardingham, A McKeegan, K Stacey (omit)
DEBUT: Kalani Scoullar, 18, GWV Rebels; Charlotte Simpson, 18, Geelong Falcons

Prediction: Geelong by 25


Saturday, May 14, 2pm @ Williamstown
(, 1pm;, 1.55pm)
HEAD-TO-HEAD: North Melbourne 2-0. At Williamstown: Never Met. Streak: North Melbourne 2. Last time: North Melbourne 6.8 44 def Williamstown 1.4 10 (Arden St, March 13, 2022)

S Hosking, L King, S McCarthy, C McWilliam
OUT: E Mangan (finger), A Price (hip), A Whelan (Sydney Swans), I Young (omit)

IN: C Fitzgerald, L Loughnane, T Moss
OUT: E Maurer (illness), G Alomes, L Wright (omit)

Prediction: North Melbourne by 9

Annabel Scott crossed from the Western Bulldogs to North Melbourne this year and will play her 50th game against Williamstown on Saturday. Picture: Martin Keep/AFL Photos
North Melbourne's Molly Eastman reaches 50 VFLW games on Saturday ahead of her move to the Sydney Swans AFLW team. Picture: Morgan Hancock/AFL Photos


Saturday, May 14, 2pm @ ETU Stadium
(, 10.55am)
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Casey Demons 2-1. At North Port: Casey Demons 1-0. Streak: Casey Demons 1 (last loss 2021). Last time: Casey Demons 5.5 35 def Port Melbourne 4.1 25 (Casey Fields, February 12, 2021)

N Borg, A Campbell, C Dyett, K James, J Joyce, C Mailer, A Peterson
OUT: E Harley (broken arm), I Stutt (health and safety protocols), F Taylor (unavailable), M Kennedy, C Locke, G Wilson, B Winbanks (omit)
DEBUT: Ava Campbell, 16, Eastern Ranges; Keely James, 19, Oakleigh Chargers; Cassidy Mailer, 18, Murray Bushrangers

IN: K Angelis, M Chaplin, A Clarke, T Fellows, S Rummel, C Selleck
OUT: C McCrossan (foot), B Smith (quad), K Angelis, C Conroy, Y Duursma, I Makai (omit)
DEBUT: Amber Clarke, 17, Dandenong Stingrays

Prediction: Casey Demons by 37

2.HAWTHORN (10-1) v 1.ESSENDON (10-0-1)

Sunday, May 15, 9.30am @ Box Hill City Oval
(, 8.30am;, 9.25am)
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Hawthorn 3-2. At Box Hill: 1-1. Streak: Essendon 2 (last loss 2019). Last time: Essendon 4.5 29 def Hawthorn 1.10 16 (Box Hill, April 10, 2021)

K Hay, J Hutchinson, O Meagher, N von Bertouch
OUT: T Cunningham (managed), J Trend (achilles), L Guastella, E Shannon (omit)

IN: M Anthony, I Ayre, E Hosking, A Morcom
OUT: L Caruso, E Cornish, O Manfre, T Williams (omit)

Prediction: Hawthorn by 1

Essendon's Courtney Ugle is the sixth player to reach 50 VFLW games this weekend. Picture: Quinn Rooney/AFL Photos

4.SOUTHERN SAINTS (7-3-1) v 9.CARLTON (3-7-1)

Sunday, May 15, 11am @ Wilson Storage Trevor Barker Beach Oval
(, 10.55am)
HEAD-TO-HEAD: 2-2. At Trevor Barker: Never Met. Streak: Carlton 1 (last loss 2021). Last time: Carlton 5.3 33 def Southern Saints 3.7 25 (Ikon Park, February 19, 2022)

G Buchan, A Peck, C Slater
OUT: O Flanagan (hip), C Ryan, P Staltari (omit)

IN: S Gibbs, E Honybun, L Suleiman, R Wilcox
OUT: E Wood (concussion), M Jarvis, L Robertson, E Smallacombe (omit)

Prediction: Southern Saints by 19

Brendan Rhodes’ winners: Last Round: 4.5. Season: 51.5

Twitter: @BRhodesVFL

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