The triumphant return of a Tasmanian Kangaroo headlined round six of the AFL Women’s season, with the campaign well and truly reaching its business end. 

Collingwood Magpies v North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos – Marvel Stadium, Saturday March 9

Daria Bannister – North Melbourne #2

It has been a long, testing road for Tasmanian Daria Bannister.

Having ruptured her ACL in round one of the 2018 season, the former Bulldog has been forced to watch on and wait her time to return to the big stage.

And what a return it was.

Bannister couldn’t have imagined a better start to her debut in the royal blue and white, with the Launceston product gathering the football inside 50 at the five minute mark, turning around and snapping through her maiden AFLW major, made all the sweeter by her time spent on the sidelines.

Finishing with three disposals in her return match, Bannister will be much better for her 50% game time on return and could prove to be a key figure as the Kangaroos aim to stay alive and go deep in finals football.

Brittany Gibson – North Melbourne #18

Gibson was productive once again for the Kangaroos, finishing with 12 disposals – her second highest tally for the season – all the while continuing her role as the general of this Kangaroos’ defensive unit.

Going at over 80% efficiency, Gibson’s campaign continues to go from strength to strength.

 

Western Bulldogs v Melbourne Demons – Marvel Stadium, Saturday March 9

Ellyse Gamble – Western Bulldogs #14

Gamble took to the field for the third time this season on Saturday and made an impact, laying five tackles in a strong display.

On top of five hit outs, two disposals and a mark, Gamble’s physicality around the ground has made her a welcome return to this Bulldogs outfit.

 

Brooke Patterson – Melbourne Demons #24

Brooke Patterson lined up for her second game of the season at Marvel Stadium on Saturday, finishing with two disposals and two tackles out of defence as the Demons recorded a thrilling one-point victory.

Patterson spent time on Isabel Huntington in the tight tussle. IC: AFL Photos

 

 

Carlton Blues v Brisbane Lions – IKON Park, Sunday March 10

Jessica Wuetschner – Brisbane Lions #23

Things didn’t go the Lions’ way on Sunday afternoon but Tasmanian Jess Wuetschner delivered one of her strongest performances of the season to date in the 16-point loss that signaled the end of Brisbane’s quest for finals football.
Kicking 1.2 from her 14 disposals, Wuetschner also took six marks and laid a tackle to be among her side’s best players.