ESSENDON’S dominance of Casey Demons in last Sunday’s rebel VFLW second semi-final was significant in more ways than one.

While securing their first VFLW Grand Final berth, the Bombers inflicted the single worst day on the Demons since they joined the competition in the 2018.

Casey’s score of 1.3 9 matched the lowest score in its history against Darebin from that first year, while the Bombers’ 11.10 (76) and the 67-point margins are also records that had stood since that same day at Bill Lawry Oval.

The result also gave Essendon leads in its head-to-head records overall, against the Demons at Windy Hill and in finals football and sent Casey behind in finals wins and losses.

Essendon's VFLW players celebrate their record-breaking second semi-final win over Casey Demons. Picture: Essendon Football Club

Meanwhile, Southern Saints recorded their highest score against Hawthorn and their biggest win at Box Hill City Oval in their first semi-final victory.

The rebel VFLW finals series continues on Sunday with the massive preliminary final between the Demons and Saints at Port Melbourne’s ETU Stadium, with the ball set to bounce at 4.05pm and finish under the Borough’s fantastic new lights, which will be officially opened in the VFL clash between Port and Werribee on Friday night.

The preliminary final will be streamed live on AFL.com.au starting five minutes before the bounce, as well as being able to be heard on www.warfradio.com from 3pm.

It also represents the last opportunity for the players selected to impress AFLW recruiters before the NAB AFL Women’s Draft takes place next Wednesday night.

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VFLW Match Replay: Essendon v Casey

The Bombers and Demons clash in the semi-final of the VFLW Competition

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LEADING GOALKICKER

33 Federica Frew (Ess) 3 – Rohenna Young medallist
21 Mia-Rae Clifford (Ess) 1
21 Mia Skinner (Gee) bye
21 Kristy Stratton (Haw) 1
21 Jessie Williams (Haw) 0
18 Cecilia McIntosh (Ess) 0
16 Renee Tierney (Ess) 0
13 Tamara Luke (Haw) dnp
12 Grace Dicker (Ess) 0
12 Tahlia Fellows (Cas) dnp
12 Sarah Skinner (NM) bye

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VFLW Match Replay: Hawthorn v Southern Saints

The Hawks and Saints clash in semi-final of the VFLW Competition

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rebel VFLW FINALS WEEK 2 CLUB MILESTONES

  • Casey Demons fell behind in its finals win-loss record (1-2)
  • Essendon took the lead in its head-to-head record v Casey Demons at Windy Hill (2-1)
  • Essendon took the lead in its overall head-to-head record (30-29-1) and finals head-to-head (3-2)
  • Hawthorn fell behind in its finals win-loss record (1-2)
  • Southern Saints took a head-to-head lead v Hawthorn (4-3) and squared its record at Box Hill (2-2)

rebel VFLW FINALS WEEK 2 CLUB RECORDS

(Figures in brackets are the previous record)

  • 1.3 9 Casey Demons' equal lowest VFLW score (1.3 9 v Darebin, Bill Lawry Oval, 2018; 2.9 21 v Essendon, Windy Hill, 2022)
  • 11.10 76 Casey Demons' highest VFLW score conceded (11.7 73 v Darebin, Bill Lawry Oval, 2018)
  • 67 Casey Demons' biggest VFLW loss (64 v Darebin, Bill Lawry Oval, 2018)
  • 11.10 76 Essendon's highest score v Casey Demons (5.5 35, Casey, 2021 EF; 5.2 32, Windy Hill, 2019)
  • 67 Essendon's biggest win v Casey Demons (9, Casey Fields, 2021; 6, Windy Hill, 2022)
  • 8.7 55 Southern Saints' highest score v Hawthorn (7.9 51, Trevor Barker Oval, 2019; 2.5 17, Box Hill, 2019)
  • 16 Southern Saints’ biggest win v Hawthorn at Box Hill (3, 2019)

rebel VFLW FINALS WEEK 2 FIRST GOALS

  • Essendon: Amelia Radford (16th)
  • Hawthorn: Abby Favell (2nd)
Essendon's breakout star Amelia Radford booted her first VFLW goal in the second semi-final - her 16th match. Picture: Darrian Traynor/AFL Photos

In a first for the rebel VFLW, all finals matches in 2022 are live streamed free on afl.com.au and the AFL Live Official App, as well as live and on demand at www.vflw.tv. Finals matches are also being broadcast on www.warfradio.com
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