Tiger women aiming high after practice match win

While dual All-Australian and former Brisbane Lions key position player Frederick was her side’s major target up forward, the damage was done at ground level as Stahl, Christina Bernardi and Courtney Wakefield wreaked havoc. Tigers captain Katie Brennan showed glimpses of her class, kicking a goal but playing predominantly through the midfield. On notice: Sabrina Frederick’s Richmond side sent a message to their AFLW rivals with a pre-season win over the Eagles.Credit:AAP Youngster Sophie Molan – taken at pick No. 7 in last year’s draft – left the field in…

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Melbourne Demons star Daisy Pearce shows class in comeback as Western Bulldogs captain Ellie Blackburn injures her hand

“She sees the game really well, has got great awareness around her and she is a good ball user,” Stinear said. Sinead Goldrick completed the traditional Irish initiation into Australian football when she took off on a blistering run through the middle only to be penalised for not bouncing the ball with the recruit from Dublin impressing with her pace. Star midfielder Lily Mithen rolled her ankle in the second quarter but should be fine for round one against North Melbourne on February 8 while Ainslie Kemp, who has recovered…

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Harley Bennell suffers another calf setback as he attempts to win spot on Melbourne Demons list

Melbourne have confirmed that uncontracted midfielder Harley Bennell suffered another minor calf strain on Wednesday as he attempts to earn a spot on their list for 2020. Although the injury is considered minor, it is a major blow for the 27-year-old who is training with the Demons in the hope of being added to their list during the pre-season supplemental selection period. Harley Bennell.Credit:Getty Images Bennell has played just two games in four seasons since he was traded to Fremantle from the Gold Coast with calf problems giving him no…

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AFL finals pain a spur for Lions: Birchall

It is something Birchall can relate to. Following Hawthorn’s 2008 grand final upset of Geelong, the Hawks lost a thrilling preliminary final to Collingwood in 2011 and went down to Sydney by 10 points in a classic 2012 decider when heavy favourites. “Early days at the Hawks we actually lost some close finals as well,” Birchall told reporters. “I know what it’s like to lose close finals, so it can only get the team stronger and closer together. “As long as we grow and learn from it, I can see…

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I will be right for round one

“[I’m] just focusing on round one – that’s the important stuff. But if I’m healthy and ready to go for the Marsh [Community] Series, I’ll definitely want to get some game time in.” The Cats have pre-season matches next month against the Gold Coast Suns and Essendon before the season proper begins against Greater Western Sydney on March 21. Stewart has been with skipper Joel Selwood (hamstring) and Mitch Duncan (shoulder/hip) in the rehabilitation group after the latter pair underwent post-season surgeries. Fellow backman Jake Kolodjashnij has also dealt with…

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Adelaide Crows captain Rory Sloane insists he has a stern side

“That all comes back to how comfortable you are, or how good your relationships are, with guys and I think I’ve got good a very good relationship with pretty much everyone in this playing group so that’ll be more than fine.” Some eyebrows were raised when the Crows’ 2020 leadership group was announced on Tuesday night, with former captain Taylor Walker and dual All-Australian defender Daniel Talia left out. But Sloane described the experienced duo’s decision to depart the leadership group as “the ultimate sign of great leadership”. “They didn’t…

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Jess Weutschner struck by lightning while working as stevedore

“Physically I am A-OK, but I’m still processing things mentally,” she said. “I am feeling a bit flat physically so will be resting my body. “I was very lucky and I’m feeling very fortunate. “The doctors have given me the all clear to return to training, so I’m looking forward to getting back to footy, getting back to normal. “Thank you to everyone for their care and concern.” She has been ruled out of the Lions’ practice match against Greater Western Sydney in Sydney on Sunday but remarkably remains in…

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Daisy Pearce to return to action on Saturday as Demons’ captain

Twice voted as the AFLW’s best captain and the first captain of the AFLW All-Australian team, Pearce is one of the game’s stars and her return is anticipated as the depth of talent in the competition continues to build. Pearce will be supported in the role by Karen Paxman, who has been named vice-captain for 2020. Paxman has been All-Australian in each year of the AFLW, finishing runner-up behind Adelaide’s Erin Phillips as the AFLW’s most valuable player in 2017. Melbourne’s AFLW coach Mick Stinear said the Demons were lucky…

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Smith to ready for round one but Bombers wait on Daniher

“Yeah, I’ll be good to go from day one. I’ve completed all the sessions and I’ve got my eyes on round one,” he said. Smith was the 2018 Crichton Medal winner but had to find other ways to develop last season after injuring his trochlear. “It’s never fun and I am not someone who likes watching football, especially at the time, we weren’t going too well,” he said. “You feel a bit helpless but I did other things, a little bit of coaching, a little bit of recruiting stuff. I…

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Jake Carlisle says he was never going to leave St Kilda Saints

The Saints were reportedly willing to trade Carlisle last year in a bid to free up salary-cap space and attract young talent but the 134-game veteran said he never wanted to leave. “I was never going anywhere. I just wanted to, obviously, get through the year because it had been tough and reset this off-season and go again, which I have,” he said. “All has been positive so far, which is good. I don’t worry about the outside noise anymore.” The key defender said he did not meet with rival…

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