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2024 rebel VFLW Competition
North Melbourne v Essendon
Round 9 •
69 10.9
Full Time
3 0.3
Kangaroos Won By 66
Arden Street Oval,  Melbourne  • Wurundjeri

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    VFLW R9 team: Club debutant among four ins

    The Kangaroos face a crunch Indigenous Round clash against traditional rivals Essendon

    Emily Paterno celebrates a goal for the Kangaroos against Williamstown in Round 8

    Charlotte Van der vlies is set to play for her first game for North Melbourne in Saturday's Indigenous Round clash against traditional rivals Essendon at Arden St Oval.

    A former VFLW Magpie, Van der vlies is among four changes to the Kangaroos side that lost narrowly to Williamstown in Round 8

    Paige Ryan and Marli Klaumanns-Moller come in for their first game of this season, while defender Kiara Delia also returns to the side.

    Delia and Klaumanns-Moller are named on the bench alongside Nicole Hales, Sarah Hosking and Emily Paterno.

    First Nations players Tahlia Meier and Mackie Sutcliffe will perform the coin toss ahead of the must-win game for the Roos, as they chase a spot in the top six.  

    Injuries have forced Abbie Hoiberg-Cox and Brooke Slaney out of the side this week, while Kayla Peake is unavailable and Marguerite Purcell has been omitted.

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    Round 9

    Saturday, May 18
    North Melbourne v Essendon at Arden St Oval, 2pm AEST

    B M.McSweeney (22) J. Jones (17)  
    HB A. Ling (24) T. Meier (2) A. Barba (26)
    C Z. Flanigan (16) M. Di Cosmo (12) E. Jackson (19)
    HF A. Rhodes (4) M. Zander (10) P. Ryan (27)
    F R. Tierney (34) N. Dojiok (40)  
    R K. Reynolds (44) E. King (5) C. Van der vlies (33)
    INT N. Hales (30) S. Hosking (13) E. Paterno (21)
      K. Delia (20) M. Klaumanns-Moller (14)  
    EMG G. Nicholas (9) M. Purcell (28) S. King (44)
    F. Theodore (1)    
    INS P. Ryan K. Delia C. Van der vlies
    M. Klaumanns-Moller    
    OUTS M. Purcell A. Hoiberg-Cox (inj) K. Peake (u/a)
    B. Slaney (inj)    



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    VFLW R9 wrap: Roos demolish Dons in clinical display

    North Melbourne’s VFLW side has claimed its fourth win of the season, powering past the Bombers to return to the winners list

    North Melbourne’s VFLW side has claimed its fourth win of the season, powering past the Bombers in convincing fashion at Arden Street Oval.

    In a game that never truly looked like going Essendon's way, North Melbourne came up big victors, keeping the visitors goalless in what grew to become a 66-point victory, 10.9 (69) to 0.3 (3).

    "We were really pleased with how the game played out today, it felt like we were able to move the ball really well and freely at times which was great, but it was built off of the back of some really strong defence and strong contest work," VFLW coach Brett Gourley told NMFC Media.

    "We were able to generate some really good handball chains through the middle and challenge that last line (of defence), we were really pleased with the effort from the girls."


    With the inside-50 count being even for the majority of the game, it was the Kangas who made the most of their opportunities, scoring 19 times out of 32 entries. 

    During the first half, however, the Roos struggled to convert, kicking 4.7.

    The home side showed some polish after the main beak though and put through six goals and two behinds for the second half, capitalising on its sharp ball movement which was a constant force throughout all four quarters.

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    "Our ball movement was really positive today. We were able to generate some speed on the ball on the back of some slow plays," Gourley said.

    "We spoke about trying to move a little bit faster than what we had been and give our forwards a good opportunity to score ahead of the ball.

    "Ball movement has been a focus and connecting from line to line, and we’ll continue to work on it but we’re super pleased with the progress that the squad's been able to make."

    Four minutes into the first term saw Audrey Rhodes convert the first goal of the game after a quick handball out of a scrap from Nyakoat Dojiok – who was lively all afternoon – found its way to the midfielder.

    Shortly after, Alana Barba (22 disposals, four clearances) finished cleanly to kick the first of her two goals for the day and continue North Melbourne's hot start.

    "Alana's in some outstanding form at the moment. Her ability to win the footy on the inside was great, but she was also able to hit the scoreboard," Gourley said. 

    "We’re really pleased with how she’s been able to go on the inside, as well as her ability to pick up on the outside and generate some ball movement for us."

    North Melbourne followed up its strong first quarter by continuing to deter Essendon's attacks and slingshot forward from its back-half. Amanda Ling, Nicole Hales, and Mara McSweeney all stood tall in defensive 50, picking off opposition entries at will before launching surges heading the other way.

    "I felt like we repelled a lot of their attacks, Amanda and Mara were pivotal to that," Gourley added. 

    A Tahlia Meier snap saw the Kangas pick up where they left off at the start of the third quarter as the small forward put the Roos up by 37 points.

    The buffer was extended again 10 minutes later when Sarah Hosking and Dojiok connected to send Zara Flanigan into space for her first goal of the game.

    Despite North Melbourne having a healthy lead heading into the final term, it didn't stop Emily Paterno from doing the dirty work as the veteran applied a strong tackle deep inside-50 to win a free kick before going back and slotting the set shot. 

    Within the first minute of the final term, Essendon managed to register its first score of the clash, but the Roos' defence remained stout and prevented the Bombers from sneaking through a major.

    "The way that our defenders set up behind the ball was outstanding," Gourley said. 

    "Our midfielders worked really hard to get back down into defence and give the backs a chop out as well … it was really nice to keep them goalless."


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    NORTH MELBOURNE     2.5    4.7    8.9    10.9 (69)
    ESSENDON                    0.0    0.0    0.0    0.3 (3)

    North Melbourne:
    Barba 2, Dojiok 2, Flanigan 2, Rhodes, Paterno, Meier, Hosking

    North Melbourne: Barba, Dojiok, Tierney, Ling, Rhodes, Di Cosmo


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