Essendon VFLW has made four changes to its side ahead of Saturday’s round nine clash against Collingwood at Windy Hill.                 

Eleanor Cornish is one of the notable inclusions, lining up for her first game with the side this year.     

Ruby Svarc and Erin Gogerly have also been named to return, after being sidelined for a number of weeks with injuries.                  

Kirby Hicks, Shae Audley and Cecilia McIntosh will look to continue their good form, with the trio putting in impressive performances in last week’s game, earning a spot in the round eight VFLW Team of the Week.                        

Kendra Heil will once again act as a key defensive post, recording a round-high seven rebound 50s in last week’s win over Melbourne Uni.           

Despite playing some midfield minutes last week, Molly Warburton will start in defence with support from skipper Courtney Ugle and rising youngster Eloise Ashley-Cooper.        

At the opposite end, Jessica Stassi and Lori Stepnell will start in the forward-line.    

Hayley Trevean (illness) and Lauren Ahrens (concussion) have been ruled out with injury, while Hayley Bullas will miss at least another week with a knee injury suffered against NT Thunder.

Star recruit Ally Anderson will also miss a second consecutive week due to AFLW commitments with the Brisbane Lions.   

Freda Puruntatameri has been named the 23rd player.  

Coming off the back of a 13-point win against Melbourne Uni, the Bombers will be looking to continue their winning streak on Saturday.

The team will be finalised ahead of the first bounce at 12pm, with live match updates available through the Essendon VFLW Twitter account.



7. Kirby Hicks

45. Eloise Ashley-Cooper

11. Molly Warburton


18. Kendra Heil

10. Eleanor Cornish

1. Courtney Ugle (C)


20. Alexa Madden

13. Shae Audley

28. Ruby Svarc


24. Sian Wilson

38. Erin Gogerly

5. Cecilia McIntosh


25. Lori Stepnell

31. Jessica Stassi

23. Maddy Collier


30. Simone Nalder

39. Maighan Fogas

43. Georgia Nanscawen


17. Federica Frew

33. Elizabeth Hosking

21. Katherine McFadyen


2. Isabel Currenti


14. Tessa Zagontinos

37. Irena Malliaras

26. Taylor Moss


6. Alex Quigley

23rd player

34. Freda Puruntatameri

In: Gogerly, Puruntatameri, Cornish, Svarc

Out: Morcom, Trevean, Ahrens, Petrevski

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.