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VFLW Preview: Round 13

VFLW reporter Meg Saultry previews the Southern Saints' Round 13 clash against the Western Bulldogs. - St Kilda Saints,Western Bulldogs,AFLW
VFLW reporter Meg Saultry previews the Southern Saints' Round 13 clash against the Western Bulldogs.

The Southern Saints will be looking to build on their promising performance against Hawthorn last week when they line up against the in-form Western Bulldogs at Henry Turner Reserve this Sunday.


Where: Henry Turner Reserve, Footscray

When: Sunday 5 August

Time: 12pm

Conditions: Partly cloudy, with a high of 14 degrees

Form guide:

After a slow start that saw the Western Bulldogs lose their first four matches, Debbie Lee’s side has been unstoppable ever since. The Bulldogs recorded their sixth win in a row in Round 11, defeating Williamstown by 40 points before sitting out last round with a bye.

The Southern Saints were in control of third-placed Hawthorn for three quarters last week before the Hawks kicked three unanswered goals to steal a nine-point victory over Peta Searle’s side. The Saints will be battling to break a four-game losing streak when they play the Bulldogs.

Selected team:

B:    T. Annear, S. Binder, C. Wilson
HB:  L. Olsen, S. Karlson, A. Silver
C:    E. Brown, A. Brown, S. Heath
HF:  M. Maitland, T. Bohanna, K. Ripari
F:     A. Allsopp, C. Munn, G. De Angelis
R:    R. Watt, A. Drennan, S. Johnson
Int:   S. Bolding, D. Lawrence, G. Ricardo, K. Thompson
23P: J. Tait

Players to watch:


Sarah Jolly

The former Melbourne AFLW player finished as one of the Bulldogs’ best in their Round 11 win over Williamstown, the midfielder gathering 23 disposals, seven marks and a goal. Jolly has managed to find plenty of the ball of late, with the 25-year-old in the Bulldogs’ top two possession-getters in her last two matches.

Alyssa Misfud

Another former Melbourne AFLW footballer, the forward has provided a key target up forward for the Bulldogs. The 23-year-old has kicked seven goals in her five games this season, including two bags of three, with one of those hauls coming from the Bulldogs’ win over Williamstown.


Rhiannon Watt

The Saints ruck continues to do it all this season, producing another best-on-ground performance against Hawthorn. The 30-year-old battled alone in the ruck (20 hit-outs) against Hawks pair Tamara Luke (17) and Lou Wotton (19), but also backed up her efforts with 20 disposals, 10 clearances and six inside-50s.

Samantha Johnson

‘Sammie’ has been a consistent performer for the Saints this season, complementing both Watt and fellow midfielder Ali Drennan in the engine room. Johnson finished with 13 possessions, 14 tackles and won six clearances against the Hawks last week.