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Mind over matter: Pies reaping the rewards from ADF program

JORDAN Membrey is a different person now compared to her first year of AFLW, with the Collingwood forward crediting her time with the Australian Defence Force as the key to her development. In addition to her AFLW career, Membrey is an active reserve member with the Melbourne University regiment, serving as a Cavalry Scout in the armoured vehicle crew.

AFLW
Why this Grand Final is so special for a Crow who's done it all

ALTHOUGH finals campaigns are a regular feature for Adelaide's Marijana Rajcic, this one is special. Rajcic's partner, Crows' captain Chelsea Randall, missed last year's Grand Final after sustaining a concussion during the preliminary final, and Rajcic is excited at the prospect of running out alongside Randall this time.

AFLW
Bright Svarcs: Lions' sister act finally on the main stage

IT WAS almost a magical moment - two sisters playing at the elite level together, one passing the ball off to the other to kick a goal - but it wasn't to be. Cathy Svarc laughed while recollecting the "almost awesome" goal she nearly shared alongside her younger sister, Ruby.

AFLW
Eye of the Tighe: Why Irish Docker never wavered from her AFLW goal

AINE Tighe moved to Perth, having never set foot in Australia, solely to play AFLW but didn't manage a game until two years later. Afflicted by two ACL ruptures in as many years, the Irishwoman decided to sit out the Covid-19 Pandemic in Perth instead of going home, while she waited for her chance to do what she came for.

AFLW
The reality check that made Kirby Bentley a 'completely different person'

KIRBY Bentley embraces the word Gnalla in all she does as a Noongar woman from Mount Barker, a small country town four hours south of Perth. She knows the importance of community, collaboration, and shared experiences. She's played two team sports professionally, is coach of the Western Bulldogs VFLW side and prioritises her family above all else.

AFLW
'It's about the love of women's football': The president leading a remote Indigenous town

WHEN the Arnhem Crows Football Club won the women's Grand Final for the second year running, the community of Barunga was bare, everyone was 45 minutes away at the game in Katherine. The remote Indigenous community, with a population of approximately 400 people, hired a bus to get everyone there and club president Helen Lee made sure everyone knew they belonged.

AFLW
Indigenous trailblazer's incredible journey from YouTubing rules to Competition Committee

WATCHING her neighbours play in the mud of the marsh beside her home is how former West Coast ruck Alicia Janz was introduced to Australian Football. Deep in the Kimberley, the local fire brigade of Derby - Janz's hometown - would carve out a square in the mudflats and fill it with water to play something she describes as "kind of rugby, kind of footy ...

AFLW
'Can I come and play for Willunga?' Why Mumma Jules is a big drawcard

JULIE or 'Mumma Jules' Clifton wouldn't say she's the boss at Willunga Footy Club, despite holding numerous titles including water runner, photographer, boundary umpire and now president. The club sits 47km south of Adelaide, nestled among the McLaren Vale wine region in a town that attracts visitors with its nearby vineyards and weekend farmer's market, which has won the award for best in Australia.

FEATURE WRITING

The Age
04/15/2022
'A kick in the gut': August season start a double blow for some AFLW players

Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size Through a twist, Harriet Cordner could miss two AFLW seasons in just a matter of months. Richmond's vice-captain had her 2022 season ended in round three against Fremantle in January, when she was injured in an innocuous second-quarter incident.

The Age
04/09/2022
Pearce puts family before call on her football future

Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size Melbourne champion Daisy Pearce will take some time with her family before deciding on her playing future, saying after Saturday's AFLW grand final heartbreak that it was time to "step away and kind of make a plan".

The Age
04/08/2022
The burning questions about the AFLW grand final

By Sarah Burt Updated first published at Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size WHO ARE THE PLAYERS TO WATCH? ADELAIDE Ebony Marinoff: The midfielder is second-highest for disposals in the league with an average of 24.5. Her strengths lie in clearances and long kicks forward.

The Age
04/01/2022
Demon Mithen ready to deliver on the biggest stage

By Sarah Burt Updated first published Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size The MCG has hosted 2952 matches of men's AFL and VFL football, and on Saturday it is finally the women's turn.

The Age
03/26/2022
Ruby ready for redemption against Lions, as Pies keep fateful moment in mind

Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size It's a moment from last year's preliminary final that won't be soon forgotten in the Collingwood AFLW camp. A ball bouncing the wrong side of the goal line cost them, as the Brisbane Lions snatched a four-point victory, ending the Magpies' finals campaign, with the Lions going on to eventually win the premiership.

The Age
02/12/2022
Brazill chases childhood dream after toughest of decisions

By Sarah Burt Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size As Ash Brazill flew to England to compete in the recent Quad Series with the Australian Diamonds, she had no inclination that she was about to make a heart-wrenching decision between two of her great loves, netball and AFL, a battle which netball eventually won.

The Age
01/06/2022
Double trouble in Tigerland: Hosking twins reunite at Richmond

The first time identical twins Sarah and Jess Hosking played footy together, they had one school lunchtime to rally a team to play at the local oval in Mount Eliza. On Friday night, down the road at Frankston Oval, they will don the yellow and black of Richmond together for the first time.

The Age
01/01/2022
AFLW season preview: Footy is back, in early January

Footy is back on Friday night, when St Kilda and Richmond open the 2022 AFLW season. There's been turbulence in the build-up, with COVID-19 making its presence felt at clubs during the pre-season, and likely to be a factor throughout the campaign.

The Age
10/17/2021
'It was devastating:' Olympic cycling face-plant triggers review into athlete safety

By Sarah Burt Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size It was a moment few will forget, when Australian cyclist Alex Porter's handlebars snapped from his bike just a kilometre into a 4000-metre race, leaving the 25-year-old's face battered and bruised, as well as Australia's hopes for the team pursuit gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

The Age
09/09/2021
'I'm happy to be here': Dokic says stepping away from top-level sport can change lives

By Sarah Burt Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size Jelena Dokic wishes she had taken a proper break from tennis much sooner than she did. The Australian former world No.4 had been suffering from depression for a decade before she realised she needed to step away from the professional circuit to deal with the trauma of family abuse that she has since detailed in her memoir, Unbreakable.

Ampproject
09/03/2021
It's a new era in Australian netball and Kelly Ryan is set to make it count

As a child, Kelly Ryan loved playing centre for the Strathmerton Bulldogs in country Victoria. Her new role is a far cry from that, but she's just as central to the game. The newly appointed Netball Australia CEO has made the transition from AFL to Netball, pulling on a fresh bib and leaving the footy world with a stamp of real change.

The Age
04/08/2021
Emerging from the darkness: Chiocci flying high with the Magpies

Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size Steph Chiocci, Collingwood's inaugural AFLW captain, has been at the helm for the side's entire five-year lifespan. Candid about the dark mental space she found herself in during the team's less successful early years, she will lead them onto the Gabba this Saturday in their first preliminary final.

The Age
04/16/2021
Admiration of the nation: How the Crows built an AFLW powerhouse

Adelaide's head of women's football, Phil Harper, has been with the club since inception. "We had to go far and wide at the very start. Erin Phillips was playing basketball in Dallas, Texas, Jenna McCormick was playing soccer in Iceland and half the side were in Darwin or Canberra," he said.

The Age
02/18/2021
Why youngsters are dominating the veterans in AFLW

By Sarah Burt Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size In 2017, the inaugural season of AFLW, marquee players such as Tayla Harris, Daisy Pearce and Erin Phillips were the faces of the new league. These three are still going, but their achievements have paved the way for their successors.

The Age
05/01/2021
'She knows my voice, so I'll just keep going': AFLW star's heartbreak over mother's dementia

By Sarah Burt Updated first published at Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size Nicola Stevens wears many hats. Collingwood's first AFLW draft selection and best-and-fairest winner, and then inaugural All-Australian team member. Now at Carlton Football Club, the osteopath juggles footy training with being co-director at a Kensington Clinic.

The Age
03/18/2021
How blowouts could put the brakes on AFLW expansion

Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size In round six of the AFLW season, Adelaide's Danielle Ponter booted four goals and Gold Coast trudged off Norwood Oval following a crushing 70-point loss. The Crows, winner of two premierships from a possible three, had just become the first team in AFLW history to slot 13 goals in a game.

The Age
03/04/2021
Hips or hormones? New study to tackle ACL toll in AFLW

Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size There are few more distressing scenes than a footballer grounded, clutching their knee in pain, but AFLW's round five was marred by this scene four times over. It began last Friday afternoon, when the Brisbane Lions confirmed Lily Postlethwaite had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in her knee.

The Age
01/29/2021
Indigenous AFLW players pave the way

This was published 5 months ago By Sarah Burt Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size Krstel Petrevski is enthusiastic about footy training in any weather. The 19-year-old from the Kija-Jaru mob in Western Australia laughs when asked if she prefers to train in the heat or the wet.

Siren
08/27/2020
Review: Beyond The Boundary | Siren

Sarah Burt reviews Netflix's cricket documentary Beyond the Boundary with one big question: can it be both a light and a lesson for women's sport? What do you get when you cross two Perrys and one hundred dancing cricket bats? Apparently a five-month lockdown and a ban on all live sports...

Siren
02/05/2021
Moody Blue's Fight to be Pick of the Litter | Siren

Sarah Burt talks to star twins Breann and Celine Moody who are lining up for opposing teams tonight in the first ever AFLW Pride Round. Breann and Celine Moody have been on the same team since birth, but Friday night's clash at Whitten Oval will show the twins just how they fare head to head.

carltonfc.com.au
02/05/2021
Seeing double: Moody sisters ready for battle

BREANN and Celine Moody have been on the same team since birth, but Friday night's clash at Whitten Oval will show the twins just how they fare head to head. 23-year-old rucks Breann (Carlton) and Celine (Western Bulldogs) are set to match-up and off the back of losses for both in Round one, there'll be no sisterly mercy.

MATCH REPORTING

The Age
05/08/2022
Magpies fall to fast-finishing Fever, Vixens win thriller

Another arm-wrestle took place in the fourth term, with the Magpies edging ahead. But mistakes from a slightly inaccurate Shimona Nelson - who shot 88 per cent for the match - and Garbin, gave the home side a chance to come back.

The Age
04/09/2022
Heartbreak for Demons as Crows surge to third AFLW premiership

Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size Daisy Pearce and her Demons have been left heartbroken at Adelaide Oval, as Erin Phillips and the Crows won their third premiership in six years in front of a home crowd of nearly 17,000.

The Age
04/10/2022
Bombers get first win of the season with victory over Crows

Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size Essendon have registered their first win for the season, the Bombers breathing a sigh of relief at Marvel Stadium on Sunday afternoon when the siren sounded on a four-point victory over Adelaide.

The Age
04/02/2022
AFLW showdown: Demons will be out to stop Adelaide's third flag

By Roy Ward and Sarah Burt Updated first published at Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size Adelaide Crows have ridden their finals experience and their quality forward line to a fourth AFLW grand final beating Fremantle Dockers at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

The Age
03/27/2022
Free entry for MCG prelim as Brisbane book clash with Demons

Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size BRISBANE 1.4 4.5 6.8 10.10 (70) d. COLLINGWOOD 0.1 1.1 2.1 3.2 (20) Reigning premiers Brisbane have booked their ticket for a preliminary final at the MCG next Saturday after defeating Collingwood in their elimination final at the Gabba.

The Age
03/19/2022
Dockers through to AFLW prelim after spoiling Kangaroos' home advantage

Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size FREMANTLE 1.1 5.2 8.2 11.3 (69) d. NORTH MELBOURNE 1.4 3.5 3.7 4.7 (31) North Melbourne have been left heartbroken and out of the finals race after a 38-point loss to Fremantle at Arden Street on Saturday afternoon, the first time they've lost at their home ground.

The Age
03/12/2022
Crows take minor premiership for second straight year

Adelaide are one win away from hosting a third grand final, having secured a home preliminary final and a week off, silencing St Kilda at RSEA Park on Sunday afternoon. With a spot in the finals already locked in, the focus for the Crows was to keep St Kilda to under 35 points for the day and win the game, which would secure them a favourable finals scenario.

The Age
03/06/2022
Gee seals win as Blues put sword to Suns' season

The Suns threw their best at the Blues, but their defensive structures withstood all they had in the second half. Ruck Breann Moody, nicknamed 'The Tractor', was again resolute for the Blues, working strongly into defence to shore up the back line and effectively keep Gold Coast out of the contest.

The Age
02/06/2022
Roos put an end to Dockers' undefeated streak

However, Fremantle's Ebony Antonio produced some brilliance with 20 seconds left in the third term, taking on a couple of defenders before snapping an important goal to keep her side within touching distance at the final change.

The Age
01/21/2022
Magpies too strong for the Cats

The Magpies led by 11 at the final break but Geelong found reward for effort eventually, with a major from Darcy Moloney. Chloe Molloy was the recipient of a 50-metre penalty, booting her second for the night. Geelong tried to respond, managing repeat entries, but couldn't end Collingwood's undefeated run.

The Age
01/16/2022
Woodland dominates again as Crows silence the Kangaroos

Adelaide were 12 points up at the main break, while Ash Riddell held up the midfield for the Kangaroos in the first half with 15 disposals at the main break. Hatchard dominated for the Crows, with seven disposals in the first six minutes of the third term, while Woodland edged her leading goalkicker tally ahead, slotting her third for the day and seventh in seven quarters.

The Age
01/08/2022
Huntington injury adds to Bulldogs' pain in loss to Demons

Skipper Ellie Blackburn was strongest for the Bulldogs heading into the main break, with 12 disposals, while former Bulldog Libby Birch led the Demons with seven kicks, three handballs and two marks as they took a 23-point lead.

The Age
07/17/2021
Netball 2021: Collingwood Magpies edge past Melbourne Vixens in derby clash

Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size Collingwood have again silenced cross-town rivals the Vixens with a 52-48 win at Netball SA stadium in the second Victorian derby moved this season. In another tumultuous week, Super Netball was forced to adjust theround-11 fixture and relocate four teams to Adelaide on Thursday.

The Age
02/26/2021
Richmond blast Geelong to ring up first win

By Sarah Burt Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size RICHMOND 2.1 6.3 7.4 9.6 (60) GEELONG 0.0 0.0 1.0 2.1 (13) GOALS - Richmond: Brennan 3, Wakefield 2, Seymour, McKenzie, Frederick, Jacques. Geelong: Cranston, McDonald. BEST - Richmond: Conti, Brennan, McKenzie, D'Arcy, Seymour, Frederick. Geelong: Cranston,A.

The Sydney Morning Herald
06/05/2021
Thunderbirds take flight from foot of ladder, Pies can't break Fever

The Vixens brought in youngster Allie Smith for Kate Eddy in wing defence, as they looked for fresh legs with the reigning premiers finding themselves behind by five with ten minutes to go. The Vixens shuffled their midcourters again, bringing Eddy back and scrambling to feed the ball to Kumwenda.

The Age
03/19/2021
Vescio leads the Blues to new high

This was published 3 months ago Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size CARLTON 13.9 (87) defeated GOLD COAST 4.3 (27) Darcy Vescio has kept Carlton's flickering finals hopes alive, booting five goals to defeat a winless Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium on Friday night to produce the AFLW's highest score.

The Age
05/29/2021
Magpies' weak hands in slip against Swifts

Despite Shimona Nelson's scoring power for the Magpies, two critical errors early in the final quarter forced Richardson to call a timeout with the scores at 51-47. "Strong hands," Richardson implored Nelson with nine minutes on the clock. She also told her mid-courters to "give and go" and pass with composure.

The Age
02/24/2021
AFLW best-and-fairest Prespakis hit with one-match ban

Madison Prespakis can't defend her AFLW best and fairest after being hit with a one-match suspension for rough conduct against Richmond's Sarah Hosking. Prespakis will miss Carlton's match against North Melbourne in Launceston on Saturday night. Prespakis was cited for a dangerous tackle laid during the Blues' narrow win over the Tigers at Ikon Park on Saturday.

The Age
07/03/2021
Magpies' poor passing costs them dearly as Vixens upstage Lightning

Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size Adelaide Thunderbirds defender Shamera Sterling proved the difference as her club denied Collingwood victory in their Super Netball clash in Adelaide on Sunday. The Jamaican import finished with eight of her side's 14 intercepts in a 62-54 win over the Magpies, which draws the two clubs level on 3-6 records, just four points adrift of fourth-place.

The Age
01/29/2021
Saints edge Dogs in battle of the Burkes

By Sarah Burt Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size St Kilda have defeated the Western Bulldogs by nine points under lights at RSEA Park in their 2021 season-opener on Friday night.

The Sydney Morning Herald
06/12/2021
Tables turn as Magpies swoop in on Vixens

Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size Eight hundred kilometres from home, cross-town rivals Collingwood and the Vixens went head-to-head on Saturday night with the Magpies defeating last year's premiers 67-51. In support of FightMND, the round seven Melbourne Derby was relocated to Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney.

The Sydney Morning Herald
05/15/2021
Magpies swoop on Super Netball win, Thunderbirds left languishing

Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size Collingwood have secured their first win for the Super Netball season - keeping them within striking distance of the top four - after edging out the Thunderbirds at John Cain Arena on Saturday.

The Age
02/12/2021
Dogs run over the top of Cats as father-daughter pick debuts

This was published 4 months ago By Sarah Burt Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size GEELONG CATS 0.0 0.1 1.2 1.3 (9) WESTERN BULLDOGS 1.1 1.3 1.3 3.6 (24) GOALS - Geelong: McWilliamsW Bulldogs: Huntington, McLeod, Fitzgerald BEST - Geelong: Purcell, McWilliams, McDonald, O'Connor W Bulldogs: Huntington, Blackburn, Lamb, Ferres, Lochland, McLeod CROWD: 1124 at GMHBA Stadium The Western Bulldogs shrugged off the announcement of a snap lockdown in Victoria, refusing to be put on...

The Age
02/13/2021
Melbourne Demons end North's winning run

By Sarah Burt Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size MELBOURNE 1.3 7.4 8.4 9.6 (60) NORTH MELBOURNE 2.1 3.1 7.3 8.3 (51) GOALS: Melbourne: 3 Parry, 2 Cunningham, 2 Hore, Scott, Paxman. North Melbourne: 2 Garner, 2 Bannister, Kearney, Campbell, Abbatangelo, Eddey.

Audio work

Spotify
Introducing Halftime Huddle

Listen to this episode from Siren: A Women in Sport Collective on Spotify. Siren is thrilled to announce our first official collaboration - introducing: Halftime Huddle! Halftime Huddle is Sarah Burt and Taylor Capannolo, a podcast team with a passion for women in sport, sharing stories and great conversation.