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AFLW | One Dog in team of the week

AFLW Post Match | Roaming Ellie BulldogsTV follow Ellie Blackburn around the rooms to chat to some of the players and their families after their win against Geelong in AFLW Round Two.

Despite a strong 18-point win against Geelong on Saturday night, only one Western Bulldogs player features in the's AFLW team of the week for round two.

Co-captain Ellie Blackburn earned selection for a second week running, after her 18 dipsosals, eight marks and a goal against the Cats.

It was a performance that saw her earn maximum votes from both coaches.

The team, brought to you by AccorHotels, is selected to mirror the All Australian team: five defenders, six midfielders (including a ruck), five forwards and five interchange players.  

Like the All Australian team, players have been selected in general categories, rather than in traditional positions.


Defenders: Sarah Allan (Adelaide), Ash Brazill (Collingwood), Jess Duffin (North Melbourne), Kerryn Harrington (Carlton), Meg McDonald (Geelong)

Key backs Allan (14 disposals, five marks and four rebound 50s), Brazill (23 disposals, five marks and five rebound 50s) and McDonald (21 and four marks) were all rocks in defence for their respective sides.

Harrington was one of Carlton's best with 20 touches and five rebound 50s, while Duffin (18 disposals and six marks) holds her spot in the team of the week after another assured effort against Greater Western Sydney.


Midfielders: Emma King (ruck, North Melbourne), Ally Anderson (Brisbane), Ellie Blackburn (Western Bulldogs), Dana Hooker (Fremantle), Emma Kearney (North Melbourne), Elise O'Dea (Melbourne)

King did not record the most hitouts for the round, but she had the most impact of any ruck, turning the North Melbourne match on its head with two quick goals in the fourth.

O'Dea and Anderson became the third and fourth players ever to record at least 25 disposals, five tackles and a goal in an AFLW match.

Hooker (24 touches and a record five centre clearances) was her classy best against Brisbane while AFLW best and fairest Kearney's clean skills was the difference in wet conditions at Drummoyne Oval.


Forwards: Sabreena Duffy (Fremantle), Ashley Sharp (Fremantle), Cora Staunton (Greater Western Sydney), Stevie-Lee Thompson (Adelaide), Jess Wuetschner (Brisbane) 

Fremantle top-scored for the round (67 points) and has two forward representatives in Duffy and Sharp who were dangerous throughout and kicked some stunning goals.

At the other end of the field, Wuetschner (two goals) was always threatening, while Staunton didn't kick a goal for the Giants but had nine inside 50s and 15 touches in poor conditions.

Usual back-flanker Thompson was a revelation up forward with four goals and some superb play.


Interchange: Nicola Barr (Greater Western Sydney), Anne Hatchard (Adelaide), Phoebe McWilliams (Geelong), Erin Phillips (Adelaide), Maddy Prespakis (Carlton)

Hatchard is a vastly improved player whose midfield work (22 touches, seven tackles and four clearances) saw her have a big impact against the Blues. Counterpart Prespakis thrived in her second AFLW game.

Phillips was a point of difference against Carlton, Barr tackled hard in an under-siege Giants defence while McWilliams was a dominant focal point for Geelong, her goalkicking accuracy the only thing letting her down.

The 2019 regulars:
(Players who have been selected twice this season)

Ally Anderson (Brisbane)
Ellie Blackburn (Western Bulldogs)
Ash Brazill (Collingwood)
Jess Duffin (North Melbourne)
Emma King (North Melbourne)
Meg McDonald (Geelong)
Maddy Prespakis (Carlton)
Cora Staunton (GWS)
Jess Wuetschner (Brisbane)