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VFLW team selection: Round two

BTV: VFLW | Inside round one A look behind the scenes of our VFLW opener against Casey at Windy Hill.

Essendon VFLW has made three changes to its side for its round two clash with Geelong at Central Reserve in Colac on Saturday.

Indigenous rookie Freda Puruntatameri will make her debut in the red and black alongside star recruit Ally Anderson and fellow newcomer Lauren Ahrens.

Anderson is an inaugural member of Brisbane’s AFLW side and starred for the Lions in 2019, earning their best and fairest and All-Australian selection.

The Indigenous midfielder averaged 21 disposals a game in 2019 and has proven durable in her three AFLW seasons, playing all 23 possible games.

Ahrens featured in 13 VFLW games for Melbourne University last season and will add size and strength to the side, with her aerial prowess a highlight.

 

Isabel Currenti, Katherine McFadyen and Molly Warburton sit on the interchange, while recruits Tessa Zagontinos and Elizabeth Hosking could potentially make their debuts against the Cats after being included as emergencies.         

Eloise Ashley-Cooper has been named as the 23rd player.   

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The Bombers will be looking to get back on the winners list against Geelong, having suffered a heartbreaking three-point loss to Casey in their season opener at the weekend.

The team will be finalised ahead of the match, with the first bounce at 12pm on Saturday.  

ESSENDON VFL'S ROUND TWO TEAM

Backs

29. Chloe Laan

4. Alexandra Saundry

7. Kirby Hicks

Half-backs

18. Kendra Heil

27. Alex Morcom

34. Freda Puruntatameri

Centreline

28. Ruby Svarc

8. Hayley Bullas

1. Courtney Ugle (C)

Half-forwards

46. Lauren Ahrens

38. Erin Gogerly

3. Monique DeMatteo

Forwards

25. Lori Stepnell

40. Arthurina Moreen

23. Maddy Collier

Followers

30. Simone Nalder

22. Natalie MacDonald

39. Maighan Fogas

Interchange

2. Isabel Currenti

21. Katherine McFadyen

11. Molly Warburton

 

9. Ally Anderson

Emergencies

14. Tessa Zagontinos

15. Lauren Caruso

33. Elizabeth Hosking

 

20. Alexa Madden

23rd player

45. Eloise Ashley-Cooper

Victoria Raptis is in the final year of her Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) degree at RMIT University. As part of their strategic partnership, Essendon Football Club and RMIT University are committed to providing opportunities for students, staff, players and the wider community.