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Airport Toyota Women’s Weekend Outlook - June 30th, 2022

By Tara Murray

It’s a bit slower paced this weekend as the three Airport Toyota Women's divisions enter the second split round of the season.

While there’s less than half the amount of normal matches, the action is just as important in the run home to finals.

In Airport Toyota Women's Premier Division, four of the more high profile sides will be in action this weekend.

The old rivals of Keilor and Aberfeldie will be in action at Joe Brown Oval.

The Blues continue to beat all comers and will go into the game as favourites. They enter the match after a convincing win against a resurgent Hillside.

The Blues have so much experience across the board, with different players stepping up at different stages.

Laura Wright, who is still young in age, continues to bring her VFLW experience to the side. She’s been named in the Blues best in seven of her nine games, including best last round.

That experience will be vital against Abers, who now sits in the top four, ahead of a number of chasing teams.

Since playing the Blues the first time, Abers has won five of their next six games and turned into a real threat.

Last week was one of their better wins, knocking off a stuttering Westmeadows side.

Kylie Kennedy was named Abers' best and has been one of their better players in the run of wins.

This week will test how much Abers has improved throughout the season.

The other match is just as massive, with Oak Park hoping to cement its top two spot and in the process all but ending Hillside’s finals hopes.

The Sharks won the first matchup between the sides, which was an upset at the time but a lot has changed since then.

The Kangaroos have steadied after dropping a couple of matches with a good win against Maribyrnong Park last round.

Not surprising the stronger form has coincided with the return of their VFLW players. One of those players, Mali McLeod had her best game of the season last round and will only get better.

The Sharks are in a similar position with their VFLW returning and having an impact. For the Sharks though, they need to keep getting the wins.

Last round they took on the Blues and fell short, but so have most sides in the competition. This match is massive in shaping the top four.

In Airport Toyota Women's Division One, there is just one game this weekend.

Underlights the Sunbury Lions will host Gisborne at Clarke Oval. The Lions will be keen to be back on the ground after the bye last week.

The Bulldogs returned to form in the last round after a couple of big losses. Rachel Culvenor and Kirrily Mitchell were among the standouts last round with Culvenor good in recent weeks.

The last time these two teams met, the Bulldogs had a big win. They will be hoping for the same again, but the Lions have shown if they can keep the game contested they are hard to beat.

There’s just one match in Airport Toyota Women's Division Two this weekend, with Oak Park 2 hosting Sunbury Kangaroos 2.

This is the first time the two teams have played, after Oak Park forfeited earlier in the season.

Both sides will be hosting for their first win on field. Both have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks, but who turns out for each side could have a big bearing on the result.


Saturday 11:50am at Joe Brown Oval

Saturday 1:10pm at JP Fawkner Reserve

Saturday 4:50pm at Clarke Oval

Saturday 11:15am at JP Fawkner Reserve

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