VFLW Round 3 vs Geelong

Darebin Falcons 0.2-2 def by 12.6-78 Geelong

Darebin Falcons took to the road again this week, travelling to Geelong on a bit of a squally Easter Saturday.   Although the squad would not have been happy with the scoreline, there were encouraging signs for the team to work on from this game.  With a strong breeze creating a clear scoring end, the Falcons were not able to adjust to conditions in the first half.  Unfortunately a late goal to Geelong in the first quarter was followed by 2 quick goals against the breeze in the second quarter.  With a bit more composure and care on the rebound 50’s, Darebin were able to take a stand late in the quarter but were unable to create opportunities in the forward line.  

The third quarter, Geelong were again able to capitalise on the breeze.  For the final quarter, the Falcons did dig in and with improved intensity at the contests, were able to win more ball.  Unfortunately unable to convert several opportunities, only two behinds were added to the scoreboard.  The scoreboard illustrates the intensity of the VFLW 2023 competition aligned with the fast approaching AFLW preseason, and the challenge for our team to respond. 

Captain Steph Simpson showed good skills and so much hard work for the midfield, with 14 kicks, 4 handballs and 5 tackles for the game.  Ever consistent Ange Gogos also brought the pressure with an impressive 10 tackles, as well as 11 kicks and 5 handballs.  Defender Vic Blackwood played well in the first half but an ankle injury took her to the sidelines.  Shannon Eagan had a game high of 31 hitouts, again showing athletic ability to match up against strong rucking players.  Vanya Smiljanic took her opportunities when moved from half back to the wing, playing a good role for the team.  The weather also picked up, with the game finishing in icy wind and sleeting rain.

Seeing the group stick together was one of the take aways for Coach Aasta O’Connor.  “It was positive to finish the way we did.  We would have like to be more competitive, and our training sessions will continue to identify those areas of the game.   Our squad is working on the things that we can control, and how we can develop as a group.”

This week the Falcon of the Week was awarded to Ange Gogos.  Competing strongly over four quarters, Ange often put her body on the line.  Her disposals including 5 clearances and 5 inside 50s, demonstrated her perseverance and willingness to compete.

Next match will be Saturday 15 April, Darebin playing Williamstown at DSV Stadium,  Morris Street, Williamstown, 10am

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