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AFLW preview: Blues v Giants

AFLW Team Selection | Round 2 Carlton Media's Grace Phillips brings you all the team selection news ahead of our Round 2 clash against GWS at Ikon Park.

CARLTON (1st) vs GWS GIANTS (7th)

Where: Ikon Park, Royal Parade, Carlton North

When: Saturday, 11 February

Time: 3:35pm

Entry: Free


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Form guide:

Carlton produced arguably the best performance of the opening round, with a significant 35-point win over Collingwood in front of a capacity crowd of 24,568 at Ikon Park. Marquee players Darcy Vescio (four goals) and Bri Davey (26 disposals, one goal) made an immediate impact, while captain Lauren Arnell and Bianca Jakobsson (17 disposals, five marks, one goal) were strong contributors.


Conversely, GWS had a start it would wish to forget after going down to an impressive Adelaide by 36 points at a wet Thebarton Oval. In challenging conditions, the Giants were without their two marquee signings Emma Swanson and Renee Forth, registering only one goal for the match which came in the last quarter from Phoebe McWilliams.

Selected teams:

B: K. Loynes 2, B.Davey 1, L.Arnell 13 (C)
HB: G.Pound 6, K.Gillespie-Jones 5, S.Last 7
C: L.Brazzale 12
HF: L.Attard 14, K.Darby 8, N.Exon 15
F: J.Kennedy 23, B.Jakobsson 35, K.Shierlaw 25
FOLL: A.Downie 30, D.Vescio 3, A.Brown  27
INT:  R.Privitelli 9, B.Moody 16, S.Hosking 10, T.Lucas-Rodd 18, D.Hardiman 31, S.Audley 26 
Emergencies: T.Nestor 20, M.Keryk 4

IN: K.Darby, R.Privitelli, K Shierlaw
OUT: I.Ayre (injury), N.Plane (injury), M Keryk (injury)

 A.Saundry 4, K.De Pellegrini 9, M.Collier 14
HB: A.Farrugia 18, R.Tomkins 1,  A.Williams 20
C: M.Nguyen 2  
HF: R.Beeson 6, P. McWilliams 3, A.Schmidt 11 
F: K.Stanton 33, J.Barclay 34, A.Guest 19 
FOLL: C.Lawton 41, B.Tully 16, J.Dal Pos 7
INT: N.Barr 8,  E.Ross 15, E.McKinnon 23, J.Bibby 22, S.Walker 5, E.Brush  10 
Emergencies:  C.Briggs 31, H.Wallett 13 

IN: M.Nguyen, S.Walker, E.Brush
OUT: C.Briggs, H.Wallett, E.Swanson

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Players to watch:


Bri Davey

Davey was instrumental in the Blues’ win over the Magpies with 26 disposals, three marks and a goal that lifted the crowd to their feet. The former Matildas goalkeeper patrolled the back half, constantly spoiling Collingwood’s forward thrusts, but it was her ability to rebound and set up play so well that was most impressive.

Bianca Jakobsson

Another to impress in Round 1, the No.3 draft pick from Cranbourne spent the majority night off half-back to gather 17 disposals, five marks and a goal. Working well with Davey in the back half, Jakobsson provided great run and set up play with her intercept marking, and was moved to the forward line to devastating effect in the final term. Her versatility makes her a weapon for the Blues.


Phoebe McWilliams

One of the Giants’ best in their opening-round loss to the Crows, McWilliams battled in attack for 10 disposals, four marks and became the Giants' first-ever goalkicker. A former Victorian, McWilliams has played for the St Kilda Sharks over a 10-year period and her skills in attack make her an important match-up for any opposition.

Jessica Dal Pos

The 23-year-old was another Giant to feature prominently against Adelaide. The former VWFL star from the Darebin Falcons picked up 12 disposals and laid nine tackles. Her versatility, ability to find the footy, hard running and damaging left foot will have her high on the Blues' radar.


The weather is forecast to be sunny, reaching a top of 25 degrees in what is expected to be perfect conditions for football.