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NAB AFL Women’s Competition - Round 2
Collingwood v Melbourne
Ikon Park
Saturday 11 February, 7.40pm EDT

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Access for the public is via Gates 5 and 6. Please note this game is part of an AFLW double-header and will follow the earlier Carlton v GWS Giants match at Ikon Park commencing at 3.35pm. The ground will not be cleared or gates closed in between the two matches.

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Our game against the filth has been moved to Ikon Park in understandable, yet strange circumstances. A double header Collingwood home game against Melbourne at Carlton's home ground on Carlton's family day. Still, good reason being that there'll be a bigger crowd.

List will probably be released later tonight, but there will definitely be no Richelle 'Rocky' Cranston as she's serving a one match suspension for absolutely cleaning up a Brizzy player last week.

Still have reservations but also think the loss last week would have woken our girls up and HOPEFULLY our coaching team has done something about our forward structure.

Despite the hellish weather last week, we were great at times with getting the ball out defensively (see below highlights video of Mel Hickey using her body and the girls working as a team to pop out the ball rather than holding it in) and you could see some the seeds of some good ball movement starting to grow.

Daisy is a gun in the midfield and made some nice clearances, but alas was tagged a fair bit and had comprised impact. We have no idea how lucky we are to have gotten the best player as our skipper. Expecting a much better performance from her against the scumbags and hopefully a snag roll or two.

Karen Paxman had the most touches and lived up to her rep as a hard running, good decision maker - confident that she'll back it up.

Elise O'Dea aka "Junior" kept trying to lift the team and really got into the game towards the end. If she does this from the get go and doesn't get caught with the ball as often then she'll be a brilliant asset. 

The experience and connection that Paxman, Hickey and O'Dea share from multiple Darebin flags is visibly evident and they bring the other players into the game. If they maintain this in defense and at stoppages, I think we have a good chance at getting the win.

Others to look out for are Lily Mithen, Shelley Scott and Laura "Irish" Corrigan (bit undisciplined at times but she steps up). 

Mo Hope was kept to 0 goals and 4 touches last week. Hope we repeat that for her again.

We only really let Brisbane get away by giving up two 50's (which I still doubt was right, but anyway) so if we can clear that up and get some early scoreboard pressure then I think we can get the chocolates.

There'll be plenty of butchered kicks, sloppy skills but there will also be some great exciting moments. If we get our first win, it'll be even sweeter due to the fact that the filth will have lost both of their first two games.

 

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The team:

B: M.Downie, M.Clifford, K.Smith
HB: D.Pearce, L.Duryea, S.Scott
C: H.Cordner
HF: K.Paxman, D.Berry, L.Mithen
F: S.Lampard, J.Anderson, C.Phillips
Foll: L.Pearce, M.Hickey, E.O’Dea
I/C: E.Humphries, A.Newman, S.Jolly, J.Grierson, M.Boyd, A.Mifsud
Emerg: A.Kemp, B.Patterson

IN: S.Jolly

OUT: R.Cranston (suspended)

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Going to be an interesting crowd situation. I foresee a lock out on its way but more importantly I see a logistical nightmare as Carlton supporters leave but supporters of Collingwood and Melbourne are left outside due to an inability of ground staff to mange the transition.

My question is ... if I can foresee the obvious why can't the AFL :rolleyes:

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Interesting comments by Collingwood's coach re the Time-On rules.  http://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/wayne-siekman-calls-on-afl-to-change-afl-womens-timeon-rules-over-manipulation-fears/news-story/be71a44a3d3e42bcc105b02e8470dab9

Essentially, because there is no Time-On when points are scored this is open to manipulation. His example was that a team can run down the clock by taking as much time as they like after the opp kick a point.  And it is an extra advantage if that team is in front and kicking against the wind.  Brisbane seemed wise to this last Sunday and took 30 seconds after points to kick the ball in. 

Hopefully the AFL change the rules but I doubt it will be in season.  In the meantime I hope our team is wise to this tactic

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23 hours ago, Diamond_Jim said:

Going to be an interesting crowd situation. I foresee a lock out on its way but more importantly I see a logistical nightmare as Carlton supporters leave but supporters of Collingwood and Melbourne are left outside due to an inability of ground staff to mange the transition.

My question is ... if I can foresee the obvious why can't the AFL :rolleyes:

My apologies..... I see the Carlton game is scheduled for 3:30pm so it should be well and truly over with the crowd dispersed before the Melbourne-Collingwood game begins at 7:35pm :)

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Ok, seriously, is Katie Brennan a niece or cousin of a Channel 7/Fox executive?

Last week the entire third quarter and large chunks of the rest of the game was a chat with her about any random thing people could think of. Now we've just spent 20 minutes of the pre-game talking to her about her favourite training mats, or something.

Got no problem with her, she seems perfectly nice, but what is going on with the commentary plan?

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