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VFLW Preview: Round 16

VFLW reporter Meg Saultry previews the Southern Saints' Round 16 clash against the Tigers. - St Kilda Saints,AFLW
VFLW reporter Meg Saultry previews the Southern Saints' Round 16 clash against the Tigers.

The Southern Saints will be wanting to end their season on a high with a win over Richmond on Sunday in their final match of the season.


Where: SkyBus Stadium, Frankston

When: Saturday 25 August

Time: 11am

Conditions: Sunny, with a high of 11 degrees

Form guide:

The Southern Saints (7th, 5-8) failed to match a bigger-bodied Collingwood last week, with the 38-point loss their biggest since Round 10. The Saints were held goalless all afternoon, and coach Peta Searle is desperate for her girls to respond against the Tigers.

Richmond (11th, 3-10) come into the game on the back of a seven-game losing streak. Tom Hunter's side sat out last week with the bye, and the well-rested Tigers will be equally desperate to post one final win before season’s end.

READ: 'Timid' Southern Saints outclassed

Selected team:

B:   K. Thompson, J. Rolland, C. Wilson
HB: M. Macdonald, L. Olsen, G. Ricardo
C:   E. Brown, A. Brown, S. Heath
HF: A. Allsopp, T. Bohanna, K. Ripari
F:    L. Arnell, C. Munn, G. De Angelis
R:   R. Watt, A. Drennan, S. Johnson
Int:   S. Binder, C. Jones, M. Maitland, A. Silver
23P: H. Bate

Players to watch:


Georgia Ricardo

Ricardo was the Saints most effective ball-user against Collingwood last week, with 14 disposals at 71% efficiency. The 19-year-old also laid seven tackles and took two marks before she came off mid-way through the last quarter with a head knock.

Samantha Johnson

‘Sammie’ has been a consistent performer for the Saints this season, complementing both Rhiannon Watt and Ali Drennan in the engine room. The 26-year-old finished with a team-high 10 tackles against the ‘Pies last round, along with 17 possessions.


Pheobe Monahan

The Giants’ AFLW midfielder has been in fine form for Richmond in this year's VFLW season, and she starred in the Tigers’ Round 14 loss to Williamstown with 25 disposals and seven tackles.

Christina Bernardi

The 28-year-old continues to play her state football in the VFLW after a trade from Collingwood to the Giants in the AFLW. She was another standout in the Tigers’ loss to the Seagulls, booting one goal and laying seven tackles.