The 2022 AFLW season is well underway and while playing footy in January is a bit weird, it’ll be great to have seven* (*touch wood) games to sink our teeth into over the weekend.
With champion players like 2021 AFLW best and fairest winner Bri Davey and Izzy Huntington from the Western Bulldogs out for the season with injury, here’s hoping this weekends games isn’t marred by the stars getting hurt.
The standard of play gets better every week and there’s plenty of value to be found for the putners as we preview this weekends AFLW action in our Round 2 tips and preview
***PLEASE NOTE THE BRISBANE LIONS v WESTERN BULLDOGS CLASH HAS BEEN POSTPONED WITH GEELONG NOW PLAYING CARLTON THIS SATURDAY NIGHT.
Friday 14 January, 7:10pm, Punt Road Oval
A truly fascinating game awaits us this Friday night as the Tigers play host to the Dees at Punt Road.
Melbourne head into this game as raging hot $1.26 favourites, after a big win over the Western Bulldogs in Round 1 have many AFLW pundits as their flag fancy – leading the premiership market at $4.25.
Gun Melbourne recruit Tayla Harris eased up forward for the Demons while the midfield looks scary at times.
Richmond, on the other hand, look to be this years improvers.
An impressive 38-point win over the Saints in the season opener and the likes of Mon Conti dominating in the middle with a dynamic forward line of Courtney Wakefield and Katie Brenan worked beautifully.
This Friday night will be a huge test for Richmond, coming up against the experience and class of AFLW establishment side Melbourne.
The Demons should win this one, but expect the Tigers to be highly competitive and there is good value for the underdog.
With the line being set at -15.5, best take the tri-bet option for a bit of value and go either team by 15.5 or less.
You’d expect that team to be Melbourne, but if the Tigers get within a couple of kicks – it’s better to take the even money on offer.
Back Either team to win by less than 15.5 points @ $2.05
Saturday 15 January, 3:10pm, Victoria Park
The Pies take on the Saints this Saturday arvo at Victoria Park.
Simply writing that as the opening sentence brings a heap of nostalgia and all the feels of how footy used to be.
As for the game itself, Collingwood should go on and win this comfortably.
While the season ending injury to 2021 league best and fairest Bri Davey will have an impact, the Magpies looked outstanding all over the ground in their impressive 19-point win over the Blues in the season opener.
The Magpies open the betting at Winx-like odds of $1.10 and should account for an injury and COVID riddled Saints outfit who will not only be missing a fair few players but new coach Nick Dal Santo has isolation to deal with.
St Kilda was dominated by the Tigers siren to siren last week and you can expect a similar outcome at the hands of Collingwood this weekend.
Pies by plenty, so take them at the line to ensure a somewhat decent return.
Back Collingwood at the Line (-25.5) @ $1.88
Saturday 15 January, 7:10pm, GMHBA Stadium
Gold Coast Suns
Sunday 16 January, 12:40pm, Whitten Oval
A different team from another West will call the Whitten Oval “home” on Sunday when the Eagles take on the Suns in what will be the first of a doubleheader down at the Kennel.
Both sides will be looking to register their first win for season 2022.
With WA locked out from the world for at least the next month or so, the Eagles and Dockers will spend the next few weeks on the road as is the case for all national sporting teams from Perth right now.
Despite going down to Freo in the Round 1 Derby by 28-points, the Eagles look like they are starting to improve in just their third season in the AFLW.
They will open betting as the $1.70 favourites, and perhaps unlike their men’s team they might enjoy hub life.
The Gold Coast Suns will be desperate to get a win, given they went through the entire 2021 season without a victory.
Some key players are back from an injury ravaged 2021 season there is some young talent on the list, especially number one pick Charlie Rowbottom who was impressive in her first game.
This game is a real toss of the coin, and with both teams having a similar start to season 2022 its truly up for grabs.
I’m going to back the upset and take the Suns to register their first win since 2020 at the $2.15 on offer.
Back Gold Coast Suns @ $2.15
Sunday 16 January, 3:10pm, Norwood Oval
Sunday’s clash between the Crows and Kangaroos could easily be match of the round.
Adelaide came back with a vengeance and smashed the Brisbane Lions in a meeting of last years Grand Finalists and North Melbourne did what they needed to do in an arm-wrestle over the Cats.
The Crows did it comfortably over the Lions, holding them goalless in the first three quarters while Ash Woodland dominated up forward booting four goals in their 30-point win.
North Melbourne was able to get it done in a very scrappy game against the Cats and it was obvious they missed the likes of Emma Kearney in the midfield.
The Crows, on the other hand, have a talented list and very much have redemption in mind.
You should expect both Adelaide and North Melbourne to be right up there come finals time if the pundits are anything to go by, but the Crows at any of their respective AFLW homes in the city of churches is always a daunting prospect.
This should be a close game, but the Crows to lead at every quarter looks like a good bet to get around.
Back Adelaide to lead at Every Quarter @ $2.25
Sunday 16 January, 5:10pm, Whitten Oval
AFLW Round 2 finishes off with the Dockers “hosting” GWS at Whitten Oval.
Freo open the betting as $1.36 favourites with the Giants the $3.10 underdogs at time of publish, but both sides are coming off solid Round 1 wins.
Given it’s a neutral venue, the home ground advantage is really not a factor here so there might be some value in taking the Giants at the price on offer.
Freo was a class above West Coast last week in the Derby with stars such as Kiara Bowers and Ebony Antonio starring, kicking three goals in their 28-point win.
The Giants also come off an impressive Round 1 win, after trailing at quarter time they managed to get the job done by 15 points in very humid conditions up in Mackay.
GWS has been a mid-range team for the past few years, and if they were to conjure up a victory against a highly fancied Freo would really boost their credentials.
However, it’s hard to go past Freo so we’ll back them at the line.
Back Fremantle at the Line (-12.5) @ $1.88
Friday 5 February, 7:45pm, Whitten Oval
The AFLW’s annual pride-game between the Bulldogs and Blues has fast become a highlight of the Women’s football season and this year’s edition is set to be a beauty.
Both teams came out of Round 1 with a defeat and will be keen to register their first win of the season on Friday night.
Carlton was held goalless for the first half of the season opener against Collingwood at Princes Park with the Magpies midfield catching out the Blues whenever they tried to get the ball inside their 50.
As always, 2020 Madi Prespakis starred with 18 disposals and five clearances but it was too little, too late.
Despite the late charge, the Blues went down by a goal.
For the Bulldogs, they’ll be frustrated with the wayward kicking which potentially cost them the game against the accurate Saints in a shoot-out.
Izzy Huntington and Bonnie Toogood are becoming quite the combination up forward and skipper Ellie Blackburn continues to impress.
The market has Carlton the favourites to win this match, but the Western Bulldogs are at overs ($2.85 at time of publish) to get the win at this one, especially with the game being played at Whitten Oval.
Back Western Bulldogs H2H @ $2.85
Saturday 6 February, 3:10pm, Victoria Park
Coming off a big win in Round 1 over arch-rival Carlton, the Magpies return to their heartland of Victoria Park and will now take on the Cats after originally being scheduled to play the Gold Coast Suns.
In what was an arm-wrestle, to begin with, Collingwood was simply outstanding in the season opener.
Chloe Molloy and Bri Davey are excellent up forward and their defence headed by Stacey Livingstone shows that the Magpie women are no easy beats in season 2021.
Geelong has had all week to lick their wounds after being demolished by North Melbourne.
The Cats remained scoreless until in the final quarter and just struggled with their ball movement for the entire match.
The only way is up for the Cats but based on that performance against the Roos, there’s no way they’ll be able to beat an up and about Collingwood
Back Collingwood 25+ Points @ $2.35
Saturday 6 February, 5:10pm, Casey Fields
Coming off a 21 point win to kick off their season, Melbourne will go into this clash with the Tigers who are still yet to win an AFLW game the clear $1.14 head to head favourite at time of publish.
The Demons were able to turn the game around early in the second quarter after trailing by a point.
Three goals in the second quarter, five unanswered and a masterclass from All Australian frequent flyer Karen Paxman saw Melbourne do it easily.
While they go into the game at Winx-like odds, they shouldn’t underestimate the Tigers.
Richmond’s AFLW team is still very much a work in progress.
Tigers fans will take comfort that the signs of improvement are there but were simply outclassed by the Brisbane Lions who ran away with a 29 point win.
Skipper Katie Brennan will rue the 0-3 she kicked for the day.
The line has been set at -24.5 in favour of Richmond.
I just can’t see the Tigers covering it, but they might get within striking distance.
Best to take the Dees to beat the line in this one.
Back Melbourne to Beat the Line (-24.5) @ $1.88
Sunday 7 February, 1:10pm, Arden Street
An interesting game on our hands this Sunday at Arden Street as the Roos host the Saints.
North Melbourne looks scary. Bloody scary.
The Kangaroos destroyed Geelong in their round 1 clash to the tune of 62 points, holding the Cats goalless until late in the fourth quarter and is currently sitting on top of the AFLW ladder with a whopping percentage of 788.9%
Emma Kearney (22 disposals), Ash Riddell (20) and Jemma Bruton (19) found themselves with plenty of the footy, Emma King booted three goals.
Despite only two more inside 50s and 10 more tackles, the North Melbourne girls do not muck around with the Sherrin.
The Saints will also go into this game with plenty in the favour, starting the season with a 9 point win over the Western Bulldogs.
St. Kilda’s final score of 8-3 (51) was their highest ever AFLW score.
We’re hopefully in for a free-flowing high-scoring game of footy played at an old-school suburban ground this Sunday. How good!
North to get the job done.
Back North Melbourne 1-24 points @ $2.20
Gold Coast Suns
Sunday 7 February, 3:10pm, Hickey Park
As is the norm in the current climate, a last-minute change to the AFLW fixture sees the Brisbane Lions now host the Gold Coast Suns in a Q-Clash at Hickey Park.
Brisbane was simply too good in their season opener against Richmond, with the ever-reliable Lions getting the job done by 29 points.
The early running and controlling the play from the middle saw the Lions prove simply too good in a well-rounded performance from both young and old.
Gold Coast, on the other hand, started well in their match against Melbourne leading at quarter-time before some costly mistakes.
The Suns gave away some 50-meter penalties and allowed the Dees to kick five unanswered goals, putting the game beyond doubt and losing their first clash of the year by 21 points.
It was great to see Sarah “Tex” Perkins back playing footy at her new club, taking a contested mark, kicking a goal at the quarter-time siren and adding another in the third.
She would be one to consider for first goal kicker in this game.
When these two teams met last season, they fought out a thrilling draw in one of the more memorable matches which was a brilliant way to start the rivalry between the two Queensland teams.
However, the Lions look to be far too strong and should be able to get the job done in this one.
Back Brisbane Lions 1-24 Points @ $2.20
Sunday 7 February, 5:10pm, Blacktown
A last-minute scramble as the chaos of the current COVID-climate means at short notice the Giants will host Adelaide in a closed-doors clash at Blacktown on Sunday.
While there may not be a lot of preparation time on the cards for both sides, it’s fair to say Adelaide will go in as clear favourite.
The likes of Erin Phillps, Chelsea Randall and Rhi Metcalfe being back to full fitness makes a massive difference in the Crows AFLW lineup as they easily accounted for West Coast last weekend.
Despite missing a fair bit of footy, Erin Phillips is still as good as it gets in the AFLW.
It’s been a tough start for GWS, on and off the field for reasons beyond their control.
They had a crack against Freo early on, but were outclassed in the second half going down by 30 points.
The Giants will be glad to be back in Sydney, but the Crows should be way too good for them, even with the short notice to get ready to play this weekend.
Back Adelaide 25+ Points @ $2.95
It’s easy to dismiss the AFLW competition as being low scoring, but any competition with plenty of close encounters, upsets and drama is always something to follow with keen interest – especially for punters.
Round 2 of the 2020 AFLW season will see teams make history with their first ever win, possible hoodoos broken and some good, honest footy.
With upsets and close encounters more than often in this competition, finding a winner can be a hard task but we’re confident we can find them ahead of Round 2.
Friday 14 February, 7:40pm, Whitten Oval
The two pioneer clubs of AFLW the Bulldogs and the Dees meet in a Group B matchup in what could be considered game of the round at Whitten Oval this Friday night.
Both teams go into this match coming off wins in Round 1 with the Dees getting over the line in a thriller over North by two points and the Western Bulldogs dominating by beating the Saints by 25 points in their Moorabbin homecoming.
The Dees and particularly Daisy Pearce were sensational last weekend.
Pearce who made her return after giving birth to twin boys finished with 12 disposals and played a vital role in the game.
North had led for most of the day until Eden Zanker put the Demons in front in the last quarter.
The Western Bulldogs couldn’t have been more impressive in their hitout against the Saints.
Despite losing the likes of Katie Brennan and Monique Conti to Richmond over the off-season the Bulldogs looked like a well-oiled unit as they easily accounted for the Saints in their debut match.
When St.Kilda tried to get back in the match during the third quarter the Doggies defense stood out along with their experience in the league.
Bulldogs premiership player Bonnie Toogood also stared with two goals as was former no.1 draft pick Izzy Huntington who might be under an injury cloud but reports suggest she could be back in the side this Friday depending on a concussion test.
This Friday night’s game is going to be a tight matchup and you’d also have to factor in things like the open wind of the Whitten Oval, which could play a vital role in scoring.
Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs have fought out some thrilling matches in the three previous seasons of the AFLW with the past two contests being decided by two points in 2018 in a virtual elimination final and one point last year when the two sides met at Marvel Stadium.
The Demons go into this match favorite to win but it’s worth getting on the Dogs to beat the line (+4.5) on their home deck, especially as we should expect another close encounter between these two sides.
Back Western Bulldogs to beat the Line (+4.5) @ $1.90
Saturday 15 February, 3:10pm, UTAS Stadium (Launceston)
Despite both starting the season with wins last weekend, both North Melbourne and GWS will hope they don’t have to play in either high-cross winds or a torrential downpour of rain in Launceston this Saturday afternoon.
This A conference game could prove to be a fascinating contest.
North started last weekend’s game strong against the Dees, kicking the first two goals of the match only to have a goalless second quarter and eventually going down to Melbourne by two points despite being five up at three quarter time.
The likes of Ash Riddell dominated with 20 disposals to her name, as did Jas Garner and skipper Emma Kearney but it simply wasn’t enough for the Kangaroos.
GWS managed to get over the Gold Coast Suns by one point last weekend in horrible conditions.
While the game was the lowest scoring AFLW contest in the competitions four year history, the Giants managed to hold on in a slog with two goals kicked in the entire match.
Defender Alyce Parker is a ball magnet and managed 22 disposals and some solid tackles in the horrible conditions.
GWS ability to grind out that one point win over the Suns must be commended and North will be hurting letting the game slide against the Demons.
North Melbourne are a very talented AFLW team and with the short length of the competition the Kangaroos will want to get a much needed early win to get their season underway and they should be able to get the job done over GWS.
Back North Melbourne to Cover the Line (-11.5 Points) @ $1.90
Gold Coast Suns
Saturday 15 February, 5:10pm, Metricon Stadium
Richmond make the trip to the Gold Coast to take on the Suns in this Conference A match up in where it’s most likely one of these sides are going to get their historic first win.
The Tigers are coming off a 34 point loss to Carlton in their debut last week and despite being able to keep the Blues at bay early on – the experience of the Carlton outfit was simply too good for them as was evident in the third quarter.
The floodgates opened and Carlton piled on four unanswered goals and Richmond never stood a chance.
Richmond didn’t score a goal until midway in the fourth quarter when high prized recruit Sabrina Fredrick had the honour of kicking the first AFLW goal for the Tigers.
The Gold Coast Suns had a baptisim of fire, and by fire, we mean torrential rain.
The Suns women were able to give GWS an almighty scare and missed out on winning by one singular point.
Brittany Perry had the honour of kicking the first (and only) goal for the Suns women and they spent the first half of the match in front.
Despite playing a team that was an original AFLW side in the Giants the Suns showed they could really make a go of it.
Both sides will relish the opportunity to play on Metricon Stadium and this game will most likely be another slog and low scoring contest with both sides finding their feet.
Richmond go into this match favorite but with the line of (+7.5) the Gold Coast Suns getting close to them makes for excellent value.
Back Gold Coast Suns To Cover The Line (+7.5 Points) @ $1.90
West Coast Eagles
Saturday 15 February, 7:10pm, Optus Stadium
Optus Stadium plays host to the historic first AFLW version of the Derby as the Eagles play host to Freo in this conference B matchup.
The Eagles went down by 27 points in their first AFLW hitout against Collingwood but they showed plenty of promise, especially in the first quarter.
Dana Hooker kicked the Eagles first (and only) AFLW goal and the Eagles managed to get nine inside 50’s but couldn’t capitalize.
The Eagles managed to keep the pressure on the Magpies but eventually were blown away by the more experienced Collingwood outfit, compared to West Coast playing not only their first AFLW match but fielding a team with 10 debutants.
Fremantle started their AFLW season in style with a solid 16 point win over the Cats in what was arguably the best game of Round one.
Sabreena Duffy was the star for Freo as she booted three goals in the first three quarters and kicked the goal that sealed the game for the Dockers.
Freo dominated for most of the match despite the Cats being up by two points at quarter time.
Fremantle also kicked the second-highest score of AFLW Round 2 and should be too experienced and polished – not to mention not having to travel back from Melbourne for a West Coast side that showed plenty of promise but are probably in for a long first season.
Back Fremantle to Cover The Line (-14.5 Points) @ $1.90
Sunday 16 February, 1:10pm, GMHBA Stadium
If there’s one thing you can take out of following the AFLW over its short history – it’s to never, ever write off the Brisbane Lions.
The young Lions – who had eight debutants playing managed to beat last year’s premiers (an injury depleted) Adelaide Crows by 13 points in what many regarded to be the upset of the round.
The Lions make the trip to GMHBA Stadium to take on the Cats who are coming off a 16 point loss to Freo as favorites.
Brisbane’s pressure and ability to get the job done infront of goal was vital in their win last weekend but the question remains if they can back it up against Geelong at the Cattery.
It doesn’t matter if it’s AFLW or what some now dub as “AFLM” facing Geelong on their home deck is always a daunting prospect.
Geelong are coming off a loss and travelling back from Perth but they fought hard all day in a fierce contest against Freo and scores were level at the start of the fourth quarter.
Oliava Purcell was a ball magnet for the Cats with 27 disposals and Julia Crockett-Grills was also handy with 22 disposals and five marks to her name.
The Cats and Lions have met once before, last season in Round 6 when Geelong easily accounted for Brisbane with a 27 point win.
In that match, Brisbane kicked their lowest score of their AFLW history of 1-2 (8).
That result managed to help Geelong book a spot in the preliminary final under the controversial conference system.
When doing footy tipping, you know to back the Cats at home.
The Lions are young and had a great win, but I just can’t see them backing it up and Geelong to win at $2 is too good not to take up.
Back Geelong To Win @ $2
Sunday 16 February, 3:10pm, Ikon Park (Princes Park)
It’s an old-school suburban battle this Sunday as Collingwood heads to IKON Park to take on Carlton in a group B matchup.
The traditional rivals have met three times in the AFLW, including the historic first-ever match in the League and the Blues have won all three encounters.
Having finally won a Round 1 AFLW match, there’s no doubting that the Magpies would love to break another hoodoo and finally get one over Carlton.
The Magpies did impress in their win over the West Coast Eagles last weekend at Victoria Park, falling behind in the first quarter only to romp home by 27 points.
There has been clear improvement for the Magpies who finished last year on the bottom of the overall ladder with Chloe Molloy who missed last season with a foot injury impressing and former Australian Netballer Sharni Layton harnessing her footy skills and even kicking a goal.
Initially the game would have had much interest regarding Bri Davey who defected from Carlton to the Magpies playing against her old side, but an injury which some feared the worst has been described as a “Lower leg” injury, she will sit out this match but not the season.
The Blues easily accounted for Richmond who made their AFLW debut last weekend.
Carlton dominated all night against the Tigers, who despite their efforts to stay in the fight, the Blues proved too strong – booting four goals in the third quarter which put the game beyond doubt.
They have depth.
Lucky McEvoy on debut managed to get the Rising Star nomination with her 12 disposals and their forward line combo of Tayha Harris and Darcy Vecciso looks something to behold.
Not to mention Maddy Prespakis – last years Rising Star winner who dominated with 21 disposals, five tackles and a goal. She also topped the coaches votes this week.
All three meetings between the Blues and Pies have been relatively one-sided Carlton’s way and it will be a good test to see how much Collingwood have improved against a team not making their league debut.
With that in mind, Carlton’s class and polish should be able to get the job done in this encounter and they should be in consideration to go all the way this season.
Back Carlton To Cover The Line (-3.5 Points) @ $1.90
Sunday 16 February, 5:10pm, Richmond Oval
Adelaide will be licking their wounds from a shock loss to the Lions and St.Kilda still has plenty to learn ahead of this cross-confrence clash to finish of AFLW Round two.
The Crows went into the game with a fair few of their premiership winning team missing but Anne Hatchard was the standout for them with a League record of 34 touches as they went down to Brisbane by 13 points.
Many expected Adelaide who have dominated AFLW since it started in 2017 to win easily last week even with star players such as Erin Phillips and Rhiannon Metcalfe missing but they couldn’t get over the line against a determined Lions side.
Like the other three debutant clubs – the Saints had their Moorabbin homecoming spoiled going down to the Western Bulldogs by 27 points.
The Saints put up a fight in the second half of the game but the Dogs already had their number.
There is some talent at the Saints and it is clearly going to be a development year for them like most if not all of the four new expansion teams.
Playing Adelaide on the rebound in Adelaide appears to be a daunting task, but the line of -15.5 is generous and if they Saints can apply the pressure they did in the second half of last week’s game perhaps they can give the reigning premiers a scare.
Back St.Kilda To Cover The Line (-15.5 Points) @ $1.90
Round Two of the AFLW sees a return to suburbia with games being hosted at Victoria Park, the Whitten Oval and Princes Park this weekend.
It was a thrilling start to the third season of AFLW with four out of the five matches resulting in under a goal it just goes to show that because it isn’t high scoring, it doesn’t make it not exciting.
The two new teams in the competition Geelong and North Melbourne registered wins in their first matches and while it’s only Round One we already have an indication on just who are the teams to beat this AFLW season.
We have analysed all five games set to take place this weekend and our complete AFLW Round 2 tips can be found below.
Friday February 8, 7:15pm, Drummoyne Oval
GWS 23- North Melbourne 48
North Melbourne travels to the scenic Drummoyne Oval in Sydney’s inner-West to face the GWS Giants for a confrence cross-over match in a game that should be considered match of the round.
The Kangaroos may have only played one game in its AFLW history but are already fancied to win this year’s AFLW premiership (the favourite at $3.25) and for good reason.
In its first AFLW hitout against Carlton at North Hobart Oval last week, North Melbourne had 17 shots on goal which was the highest for any team in the first Round and thumped the Blues by 36 points.
North’s midfielders Ashleigh Riddel and Emma Kearney led the way and the Roos managed to get out to a 24 point lead after kicking three unanswered goals in the second quarter of last weeks match and had little trouble against Carlton.
The Roos recruits such as former Magpies Jasmine Garner, Emma King, Mo Hope and Jessica Duffin impressed and led the way for most of the match and showed that North Melbourne means business in this competition.
For the Giants, it was a case of not being able to hold on to a lead in their match against the Brisbane Lions last weekend.
GWS went down by two points to last years Grand Finalists as Lion Jess Wuetschner kicked three out of the four goals to defeat the Giants last weekend.
At half-time of last weekends match the Giants were seven points up but allowed Brisbane to kick three goals in the second half of the match and ultimately win the game.
In a thrilling final quarter, Giants Irish recruit Cora Staunton kicked a goal late in the last quarter to bring GWS within a point late in the game but time had the better of them.
Had GWS not chipped the ball inside their 50 within the last few minutes of the term, they could have snatched back the lead and the game but the Lions defence was too good for them.
GWS were held to 23 inside ’50s in last weeks game – the fewest of any side in AFLW Round One.
Two-time under 18 All-Australian Alyce Parker was amongst the Giants best with 18 disposals and their midfield looks strong with Courtney Gum, Jess Dal and Alicia Eva combining well.
While GWS has the talent to be an excellent AFLW side, North Melbourne’s star-studded lineup and what appears to be a very high scoring and attacking style of play should be simply too good for the Giants this Friday night.
BACK NORTH MELBOURNE AGAINST THE LINE -7.5 @ $1.88
Saturday 9 February, 4:45pm, Victoria Park
Collingwood 9 - Melbourne 26
Collingwood returns to its spiritual home Victoria Park to play the Demons this Saturday and while back in the day playing the Pies at Vic Park was a daunting task, it’s a little bit different in the era of AFLW.
Both the Magpies and the Dees are coming off close losses in Round One and will be desperate to win as with the short seven round AFLW season, no team can afford to lose their first two matches.
Collingwood was agonisingly short of beating the Cats last week going down by one point.
Recruited from the Magpies VFLW team, Sophie Alexander showed she meant business up forward kicking the opening goal of the game from 45 meters out and also went on to kick two behinds until an elbow from teammate Sharni Layton left her with a concussion.
Former Netballer Ash Brazil looked to be comfortable in defence for the Magpies while high profile recruit Sharni Layton will need a bit more time to get used to footy, giving away a 50-meter penalty allowing the Cats to kick their first goal.
The Magpies missed several direct shots at goal last week which ultimately cost them the game against the Cats.
Melbourne also comes off a loss going down to Freo by four points in hot conditions at home last weekend in a high-scoring entertaining affair.
The Dees midfield got most of the ball but the Dockers were able to match it with effective disposals compared to a handball-happy Demons.
The match was well fought out and the Dees were able to complete a 34 point turnaround in the third quarter, keeping Fremantle scoreless.
Melbourne’s tall-forwards of Tegan Cunningham and Eden Zanker proved a valuable combination while midfielder Lilly Mithen, Kaaren Paxman and Elise O’Dea got plenty of the footy in what many considered to be the best game of Round One.
The Demons are desperate to play AFLW finals football this season after two close Grand Final misses and with a few tweaks to their gameplan, along with their high scoring attacking style of football they should be too good and deny the Magpies a win at its spiritual home.
BACK MELBOURNE AGAINST THE LINE -7.5 @ $1.88
Saturday 9 February, 7:05pm, Whitten Oval
Western Bulldogs 34 - Geelong 16
The Western Bulldogs will unfurl their 2018 AFLW premiership flag in front of its home crowd at Whitten Oval as they take on Geelong.
The Cats won their historic first AFLW game against Collingwood by one point thanks to a behind from their number 1 draft pick Nina Morrison missing a set shot only to just miss resulting in a famous one-point win for the Cats.
In what was a slow start for the Cats, they were able to get into gear in the second quarter when Mia-Rae Clifford (formerly of Melbourne) able to put pressure in the midfield
Geelong local, Maddy Boyd who is now at her third AFLW club having played for Melbourne and GWS was the Cats top-scorer and will go down in history as the first person to score in the Cats AFLW history.
For the reigning premiers, the Bulldogs were able to get the better of Adelaide in a very low scoring but thrilling affair at Norwood Oval last week.
Western Bulldogs co-captain Katie Brennan, who missed last years Grand Final due to suspension kicked both of the Doggies goals despite being tagged by Crows defenders.
Ellie Blackburn, the other Bulldogs co-captain had a busy night gathering 18 disposals in the midfield along with support from Hannah Scott, Lauren Spark and Libby Birch.
The Blackburn/Brennan combination looks to be a vital cog in the Bulldogs AFLW premiership defence.
The Western Bulldogs took full opportunity of a wasteful Adelaide last week and while Geelong looked impressive in its AFLW debut against the Pies, the Dogs should be too good for them at home in what should be a tight, close contest.
BACK GEELONG TO BEAT THE LINE +4.5 @ $1.88
Sunday 10 February, 4:05pm, IKON (Princes) Park
Carlton 44 - Adelaide 57
It may only be Round Two but given the short, tight AFLW season Sunday’s clash between Carlton and Adelaide at Princes Park will either make or break one of their seasons.
The Blues are coming off a 36 point thumping from North Melbourne in Hobart last week and much like their men’s team, it appears Carlton is in the “re-building” phase three seasons in.
Carlton actually won the forward entries/inside 50s in last weeks match 29-26 but failed to capitalise on them with North easily able to get back possession of the football on the rebound.
The Blues only kicked two goals for the match and one was from a controversial 50-meter penalty awarded to captain Brianna Davey when it looked like she dropped the mark.
Tayla Harris played a vital role for Carlton up forward and debutant Maddy Prespakis impressed but will need more help in the midfield.
For Adelaide, it was a case of far too many missed opportunities as they went down to the Western Bulldogs by one point in a low scoring hit out at Norwood Oval last week.
The Crows were able to push the reigning premiers to the edge but not enough to get the win.
Ebony Marinoff was a ball-magnet for Adelaide gathering 25 disposals and 10 tackles and Erin Phillips also was vital with 18 touches to her name.
Despite kicking the first two goals of the match, the Crows were kept goalless for the rest of the match and kicked 10 behinds.
Had Adelaide been able to kick straight, the result very much would have been a different story.
Adelaide not being able to make the most of its attacking style of play and missed shots at goal cost them the match and in the tight AFLW season, it could have an impact on the Crows aspirations to play finals football.
Overall, the Crows should be too good for Carlton and if they have worked on their accuracy in front of goal expect them to win and win big.
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Sunday 10 February, 3:05pm, Fremantle Oval
Fremantle 67 - Brisbane 40
Brisbane makes the long plane trip to Perth to face the Dockers at Fremantle Oval in what should be one of the more interesting matchups of the weekend.
The Dockers were outstanding beating the highly fancied Melbourne in the clubs first ever AFLW away win.
Coming back from 14 points down at the three-quarter time break the Dockers hit back hard in the last quarter to seal a famous four-point victory in a high scoring encounter.
Much of the attention was on the Dockers Kiara Bowers who finally made her AFLW debut after two seasons on the sidelines due to injury and overcoming three knee reconstructions.
Bowers played a vital role in Fremantle’s win with 13 disposals, 12 tackles and kicked the first goal in the last quarter to get Freo back in the game.
Along with Bowers, Freo’s new forward line of Gemma Houghton, Ebony Antonio and Sabreena Duffy proved their worth and will be a hard matchup for Brisbane’s strong defensive unit this weekend.
For the Lions, while it may only be Round One, their win over GWS puts them in a position where they should be able to play finals due to the conference system and short Rounds.
Brisbane does not play North Melbourne in a conference cross-over clash and face the likes of Collingwood and Carlton in upcoming fixtures where they will be highly fancied to win.
The Lions were able to beat GWS at home by two points in a thrilling contest last weekend.
Trailing by seven points at half-time, Jess Wuetschner was able to boot two goals and one from Sabrina Fredrick-Traub, they were able to come back with the lead by three-quarter time.
Brisbane’s midfield of Emily Bates and Ally Anderson played a vital role on the game with 22 disposals each but it was Jess Wuetschner who was the star performer for the Lions.
Throughout the short history of the AFLW, one should never write off Brisbane but they could meet their match with a high scoring, full of confidence Freo who will be wanting to prove a point to the AFLW world that they mean business.
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There was plenty of excitement in the opening weekend of the AFLW season and we are set for another quality round of action.
Records will be broken when more than 60,000 people head to Optus Stadium to watch Fremantle do battle with Collingwood and there is no doubt that this will be the highlight of the weekend.
We have analysed all four games set to take place this weekend and our complete AFLW Round 2 tips can be found below.
Friday 9 February, 7:45pm, Drummoyne Oval
GWS 9 – Carlton 30
The inner-West of Sydney gets its first taste of AFLW this weekend as the Giants take on the Blues at Drummoyne Oval.
The Giants took everyone by surprise last week with their gallant loss to one of the premiership favourites Melbourne by only six points.
GWS developed a more attacking, direct style of play and by judging by last week’s performance the wooden spooners of the 2017 AFLW competition won’t be easy beats this season.
Centre Half Forward for GWS Phoebe McWilliams was able to kick three goals for the Giants last week and a cult hero has emerged with Irish import Cora Staunton was able to impress with a goal in the first half and is a player to watch.
Carlton was able to get the job done last week with their win over Collingwood in front of another packed house at Princes Park.
Gun trade pick up Tayla Harris from Brisbane was a standout for the Blues in what was a lacklustre affair with no goals scored in the second half.
Harris was able to kick a goal, took many contested marks and was able to put the pressure on our opponents in defence.
The Blues will need to work on their ability to score more frequently when up forward and with GWS developing a highly attacking style of play they should be too good for Carlton on Friday night.
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Saturday 10 February, 5:05pm, Casey Fields
Melbourne 56 – Adelaide 24
It’s a highly anticipated match between two premiership favourites.
The Dees were able to survive a scare from GWS last week while the Crows went down to Brisbane in the 2017 Grand Final rematch.
Adelaide will go into the game with all-Australian duo Erin Phillips (quad) and Courtney Cramey (hamstring) ruled out of the game due to injury.
With the season only being seven rounds, every win counts and reigning premiers Adelaide will desperately want to get a win on the board otherwise a loss this week could make it even harder for the Crows quest for back to back premierships.
Last week’s loss to Brisbane and the outs to two of their key players makes it hard for the Crows who face Melbourne away.
For the Demons, they were able to get the job done over a gallant GWS last week.
Dees forward Richelle “Rocky” Cranston was able to help get the Dees the win with two vital goals in the last quarter and reliable hands for Melbourne such as captain Daisy Pearce, Lilly Mithen and Elise O’Dea proved reliable and why they are a threat for the flag this AFLW season.
With star Crows players out with injury and Melbourne fighting fit, the Dees should be too good for Adelaide this Saturday.
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Saturday 10 February, 7:10pm, Optus Stadium
Fremantle 40 – Collingwood 27
Both the Dockers and the Magpies had disappointing and low scoring performances in the first round and will be desperate to put on a show for the highly anticipated first game at the new stadium.
Freo’s forwards last week weren’t able to manage a goal until the three-minute mark of the third quarter last week and didn’t seem to gel.
The Dockers were also scoreless up until half-time.
Fremantle was set back with injury and coach of their women’s team Michelle Cowan has hinted that several changes to the side would be implemented this week.
For Collingwood, it was a case of missed opportunities in the season opener against Carlton last week.
Carlton’s defensive pressure and the Magpies inability to score and hit a target were a major factor in the Magpies loss to Carlton last week.
The much-hyped move of Mo Hope to the midfield lasted for a quarter before being moved up forward and Pies captain Steph Chiocci’s inability to convert infront of goal prevented Collingwood from toppling the Blues.
Expect much improvement from both sides, however, should Collingwood be able to iron out the cracks from last week’s performance they should be capable of spoiling the party for Freo at the first footy game at Optus Stadium.
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Sunday 11 February, 4:35pm, South Pine Sports Complex
Brisbane 24 – Western Bulldogs 33
In what could be a potential grand final matchup, the Brisbane-Bulldogs clash this Sunday is shaping up to be the game of the round.
The Western Bulldogs underlined their credentials to be a threat to win the flag this year with their 26 point win over Fremantle last week.
The likes of Captain Katie Brennan and Ellie Blackburn led the way as the Bulldogs easily accounted for a struggling Dockers.
Brisbane was able to prove the doubters wrong and get revenge over Adelaide in the Grand Final re-match last week.
Despite people writing the Lions off and the loss of star player Tayla Harris to Carlton in the off-season, players like Sabrina Frederick-Traub and Jess Wuetschner were able to stand out.
Frederick-Traub was able to take up to 10 marks and be the main focus of the Lions attack while two vital goals in the second half from Wuetschner ensured a famous win for Brisbane.
Expect a tight, fierce contest this Sunday.
With Brisbane’s ability to see out games and playing in the Queensland humidity, expect the Lions to come home with the win.
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