Kick Like a Girl: a Special Team-by-Team Preview for 2019
This week’s Kick Like a Girl takes a special turn in time for the upcoming 2019 AFLW season. Taking listeners through a team-by-team preview, Kick Like a Girl host Kate O’Halloran and VFL legend Leesa Cato share their thoughts and predictions. The teams are split into two groups, with Conference A including Adelaide, Fremantle, North Melbourne and West Footscray. Conference B includes Brisbane, Carlton, Collingwood, Geelong and Greater Western Sydney.
Best and Fairest: Erin Philips – ‘She’s just a leap above in terms of her athleticism.’
Players to watch: Jessica Foley, Chloe Scheer and Danielle Ponter.
How they’ll finish: A really good performance, perhaps finishing pretty high up in Conference A.
Best and Fairest: Kiara Bowers and Dana Hooker – ‘One of the most underrated players in the competition.’
Players to watch: Ebony Antonio and Kellie Gibson.
How they’ll finish: Could be a tough year, predicted to finish in lower half of the conference.
Best and Fairest: Emma Kearney – ‘a ball magnet, hard at it.’
Players to Watch: Ash Riddell, Daisy Bateman and Moana Hope.
How they’ll finish: Will challenge at the top of Conference A if they gel as a team quickly.
Best and Fairest: Elise O’Dea and Karen Paxman – ‘Her gut-running, her ability, her use of the ball.’
Players to watch: Sarah Lampard and Shelley Scott.
How they’ll finish: Not going to be as good as in past two years, predicting a much lower season.
Best and Fairest: Isabel Huntington.
Players to watch: Isabel Huntington.
How they’ll finish: Not predicting a premiership, perhaps top two for the conference.
Best and Fairest: Kate Lutkins.
Players to watch: Kate Lutkins and Sam Virgo.
How they’ll finish: Top two in Conference B, though not sure how they’d fair against teams in Conference A.
Best and Fairest: Brianna Davey and Madison Prespakis.
Players to watch: Chloe Dalton and Madison Prespakis.
How they’ll finish: Top two or three in the conference.
Best and Fairest: Steph Chiocci.
Players to watch: Sarah Rowe, Jordyn Allen, Sharni Layton and Ash Brazil.
How they’ll finish: Probably won’t push for a place in the finals.
Best and Fairest: Phoebe McWilliams, Mia-Rae Clifford and Nina Morrison.
Players to watch: Nina Morrison.
How they’ll finish: A fairly good season but with a few struggles, could really surprise a lot of people, too.
Best and Fairest: Cora Staunton, Yvonne Bonner, Courtney Gum, Christina Bernardi, Ebony O’Dea and Jacinda Barclay.
Players to watch: Tanya Hetherington and Alyce Parker.
How they’ll finish: No doubt they’ll be in the top two.