Round four of the AFL Women’s season has come and gone, with the North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos registering another victory and a luckless Bulldog making her return.
Western Bulldogs vs. Brisbane Lions – Victoria University Whitten Oval, Saturday February 23
Ellyse Gamble – Western Bulldogs #14
It had been a long wait for Tasmanian Ellyse Gamble to play her seventh AFLW match.
The talented key position player missed the entire 2018 season after injuring her ankle in January but finally pulled on the red, white and blue again in the Bulldogs’ ___-point loss to the Lions.
Gamble worked her way into the contest as the match unfolded, collecting eight touches, three marks, two hit outs, a rebound 50 and an inside 50 after playing a variety of roles as a forward and then intercepting defender.
Jessica Wuetschner – Brisbane Lions #23
Wuetschner’s season went from strength to strength at the Whitten Oval on Saturday, kicking a goal and matching her season-high 13 disposals of the week before.
With a crucial goal early in the second term, the Tasmanian opened up a two-goal buffer for her side, with this proving to be one they never looked back from en route to a 32-point triumph.
Now with six goals to her name, Wuetschner sits one goal behind competition leaders Emma King and Stevie-Lee Thompson, and looms as a key figure for the Conference B leaders.
Melbourne Demons vs. North Melbourne Tasmania Kangaroos – Casey Fields, Sunday February 24
Emma Humphries – North Melbourne #6
It was a quieter match for Humphries on Sunday afternoon, with the former Demon finishing with two disposals in a tense victory.
Although not finding plenty of the football Humphries still managed to work into the game through defensive pressure and defensive acts – a key reason behind the Kangaroos’ ability to get over the line. Tasked with curbing the influence of Lily Mithen, Humphries again spent much of her afternoon on the wing.
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Brittany Gibson – North Melbourne #18
Gibson’s impressive start to life as a Kangaroo continued on Sunday, finishing with 10 disposals and three tackles in a thrilling four-point victory.
Maintaining her role as the general of North Melbourne’s defence, while also rotating through the midfield, Gibson is a crucial element to the current success of this North Melbourne outfit.