Round five of the AFL Women’s season proved to be a tricky one for our Tasmanian contingent, with the Kangaroos’ suffering their first loss in the competition. 

 

Brisbane Lions vs. Geelong Cats – Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex, Saturday March 2

Jessica Wuetschner – Brisbane Lions #23

Jess Wuetschner’s Lions side were thwarted by the travelling Cats on Saturday, with the often-mercurial Tasmanian also kept relatively quiet.

Held goalless for the second time in as many weeks (although her side only kicked one major for the match), Wuetschner finished with seven disposals, two marks and two tackles in the 27-point loss.

 

GWS Giants vs. Melbourne Demons – Blacktown International Sportspark, Sunday March 3

Brooke Patterson – Melbourne Demons #24

Melbourne’s impressive form continued in round five, accounting for the Giants by 39 points in Blacktown, with Tasmanian-born Brooke Patterson playing her first game of the season.

The 29-year-old finished with six disposals and three tackles in a solid return game, with the Demons set to play the Western Bulldogs and Adelaide in the final two rounds.

 

North Melbourne Tasmania Kangaroos vs. Adelaide Crows – Avalon Airport Oval, Sunday March 3

Emma Humphries – North Melbourne #6

Humphries, like many of her teammates, was kept relatively quiet on Sunday afternoon – finishing with three disposals and three marks.

Although not busy on the stats sheet, Humphries made sure her presence impacted the game – taking a strong mark running back with the flight of the ball in the second term.

Despite concerns surrounding a head knock she sustained back in round three, Humphries showcased her courage in this moment as she again put her body on the line for her team.

 

Brittany Gibson – North Melbourne #18

The North Melbourne vice-captain found herself playing a variety of roles in Sunday’s loss, spending time in defence, in the midfield and inside forward 50.

Finishing with 10 disposals, four marks, two rebound 50s and two clearances, Gibson toiled away dutifully as the ‘Roos tasted defeat for the first time.

 

Fremantle Dockers vs. Western Bulldogs – Fremantle Oval, Sunday March 3

Ellyse Gamble – Western Bulldogs #14

Ellyse Gamble lined up for her second game of the season in the Bulldogs’ three-goal loss to the in-form Dockers in the west.

Moving between roles as a forward and ruck, Gamble finished with five hit outs and a possession, with the reigning premier now sitting at the bottom of a highly-competitive Conference A.