AFLW Team of the Week/Leesa Catto Media MVP votes: Round 3, 2018

We were treated to one incredible round of footy during round three, and it was especially enjoyable if you’re a fan of a non-Victorian AFLW team.

The non-Vic clubs won all four matches against Victorian opposition, claimed 52 out of the possible 60 votes in this week’s Leesa Catto Media MVP, and earned 15 of the 21 spots in the Team of the Week.

Quite remarkably, Carlton’s Brianna Davey still holds the lead in the Media MVP voting despite missing round three and being out for the rest of the season, a testament to how many players have stood up and played important games so far this year and thus spreading out the votes.

Here are the Leesa Catto Media MVP votes and the Team of the Week for round three!

TOTW/Leesa Catto Media MVP votes: Round 1, 2018
TOTW/Leesa Catto Media MVP votes: Round 2, 2018


Back pocket: Bianca Jakobsson (Melbourne)
Key stats: 15 disposals (7 kicks, 8 handballs) 86.7% DE, 4 marks, 3 rebound 50s
Previous TOTW: R2 (CHB)
For a team that was under the pump for the majority of the final three quarters against Freo, Bianca Jakobsson was very impressive. She was great last week and just missed making the Team of the Week in round one, so the change to the backline has been great for Jakobsson’s career. 86.7% disposal efficiency from an intercept defender is exactly what you want.

Full-back: Kate Lutkins (Brisbane)
Key stats: 18 disposals (12 kicks, 6 handballs) 61.1% DE, 4 marks, 5 rebound 50s
Previous TOTW: R1 (CHB)
Kate Lutkins is a special blend of both a key defender and rebound defender, able to win her on-on-one as well as transition the ball. She is having a sensational season so far, picking up the pieces and almost making up for the loss of Sam Virgo this season as well as still fulfilling her role. It’s quite remarkable.

Back pocket: Chelsea Randall (Adelaide)
Key stats: 24 disposals (12 kicks, 12 handballs) 63.5% DE, 15 contested possessions, 6 tackles, 5 rebound 50s, 4 one-percenters
Previous TOTW: R1 (HFF)
Erin Phillips received a lot of the plaudits for Adelaide’s come-from-behind win over the Bulldogs, but without Chelsea Randall doing the dirty work in the defensive 50, the Crows wouldn’t have even been in a situation to come back. Particularly in the final quarter when the Dogs pressed for 10-odd minutes, Randall was at the forefront, clearing the ball from defence and doing the little things.

Half-back flank: Ebony Marinoff (Adelaide)
Key stats: 21 disposals (15 kicks, 6 handballs) 52.4% DE, 15 tackles, 5 rebound 50s, 4 inside 50s
Previous TOTW:
Ebony Marinoff was back to her brilliant best with Erin Phillips in the team, able to harass more and use the footy more effectively. Her 15 tackles came close to breaking Sarah Hosking’s tackle record of 16 (which she took from Marinoff), and she looked much more effective without the burden of being the team’s number one midfielder.

Centre half-back: Ebony Antonio (Fremantle)
Key stats: 11 disposals (9 kicks, 2 handballs) 72.7% DE, 7 tackles, 4 rebound 50s, 1 goal
Previous TOTW:
Ebony Marinoff put in maybe her best AFLW effort to date, doing her usual defensive work outstandingly and also pushing forward to kick a goal. That goal came at a point when the game had reached somewhat of a stalemate, and Antonio went back from outside 50 and almost casually stroked the ball home for a momentum-changing goal.

Half-back flank: Lisa Webb (Fremantle)
Key stats: (17 disposals, 13 kicks, 3 handballs, 70.6% DE 4 marks, 3 tackles, 1 goal
Previous TOTW: R2 (HBF)
Two AFLW games played, two TOTW appearances for Lisa Webb. She is a brilliant inclusion for Fremantle and fills a gap on the half-back line that allows Freo to transition the ball much easier. She also showed her ability to slot home a set shot, adding another level of versatility to her game.

Centre: Emma Kearney (Western Bulldogs)
Key stats: 20 disposals (14 kicks, 6 handballs) 65% DE, 3 marks, 6 tackles, 3 clearances, 5 rebound 50s, 3 inside 50s, 1 goal
Previous TOTW: R1 (C), R2 (C)
In victory or defeat, Emma Kearney is just picking herself every week for that centre position. She is as consistent as they come, always maintaining a high disposal efficiency, winning clearances, rebound efficiently and even kicking the opening goal against Adelaide. We thought she might be fatigued after such a heavy schedule in the past 24 months, but Kearney just doesn’t seem to slow down in the AFLW.

Half-forward flank: Alicia Eva (GWS)
Key stats: 23 disposals (20 kicks, 3 handballs) 65.2% DE, 3 marks, 4 tackles, 4 inside 50s
Previous TOTW:
Against her old team, Alicia Eva put in an excellent performance. While Courtney Gum did the work on the inside, Eva did it on the outside, and the pair are proving to be a formidable one-two combination at stoppages. She’s likely leading GWS’s best and fairest count after three rounds.

Centre half-forward: Tegan Cunningham (Melbourne)
Key stats: 10 disposals (7 kicks, 3 handballs) 70% DE, 6 marks, 4 contested marks, 5 tackles, 3 inside 50s, 2 goals
Previous TOTW: R2 (CHF)
Tegan Cunningham will be disappointed not to make more of her efforts and kick more than the two goals, but she was still excellent despite the ball being up the other end for long periods. Her frame makes it almost impossible for the opposition to beat her in contested marking situations, and Cunningham showed her prowess at ground level with an impressive crumbed goal against Fremantle, too.

Half-forward flank: Ellie Blackburn (Western Bulldogs)
Key stats: 17 disposals (13 kicks, 4 handballs) 64.7% DE, 5 tackles, 5 clearances, 4 inside 50s
Previous TOTW: R1 (RR)
Ellie Blackburn is advertised: she wins plenty of the footy, uses it well, gets clearances and sends the ball inside 50 regularly. It will be interesting to see what the Western Bulldogs do with Blackburn now that both Isabel Huntington and Katie Brennan are out for the season, as we saw her push forward more following Brenann’s injury last year.

Forward pocket: Emily McGuire (Fremantle)
Key stats: 6 disposals (4 kicks, 2 handballs) 100% DE, 3 tackles, 2 goals
Previous TOTW:
What a debut game it was for Emily McGuire. Not only did she kick the momentum changer with a beautiful, composed snap, she kicked the goal that would ultimately decide the match from deep in the pocket also with a snap. She might’ve only touched the ball six times, but those touches had a lot of value, as shown by her remarkable 100% disposal efficiency effort.

Full-forward: Erin Phillips (Adelaide)
Key stats: 15 disposals (12 kicks, 3 handballs) 63.3% DE, 11 contested possessions, 3 marks, 3 clearances, 3 inside 50s, 4 goals
Previous TOTW:
It’s good to have the best player in the competition back. Erin Phillips added to her personal highlight reel with four goals, including one goal of the year contender pressed hard up against the boundary line. She also had a strong impact when playing through the centre with the Crows were seeking an avenue to comeback. As Western Bulldogs coach Paul Groves said, if this is Erin Phillips at 65-70 per cent fitness, god help the rest of the competition.

Forward pocket: Phoebe McWilliams (GWS)
Key stats: 12 disposals (5 kicks, 7 handballs) 66.7% DE, 3 marks, 2 contested marks, 2 goals
Previous TOTW: R1 (FP)
Is Phoebe McWilliams the best key forward in the AFLW right now? Every week she seems to have an impact, even in the big round two loss against Carlton. In round three, McWilliams showed us something a little bit different, kicking her two goals from set shots on very tight angles in a swirling wind. That is no simple task.

Ruck: Emma King (Collingwood)
Key stats: 11 disposals (9 kicks, 2 handballs), 63.6% DE, 18 hitouts, 5 marks, 2 contested marks, 2 contested marks, 3 tackles, 4 rebound 50s, 3 inside 50s
Previous TOTW:
Recognised as the competiton’s best ruck for the past few years, Emma King was back to her brilliant best against GWS’s Erin McKinnon, who had claimed the ruck spot in the TOTW for the first two weeks. Her 18 hitouts were impressive, but it’s her work in the defensive end that won her the spot, dropping back at crucial moments to take some extremely important intercept marks.

Rover: Courtney Gum (GWS)
Key stats: 15 disposals (12 kicks, 3 handballs) 80% DE, 10 contested possessions, 5 marks, 2 contested marks, 5 tackles, 4 clearances, 4 inside 50s, 2 goals)
Previous TOTW:
Courtney Gum might’ve only had 15 disposals, but it felt like 30. She was everywhere, winning the contested ball, tackling hard, winning clearances, taking key grabs and kicking the two goals to start the fourth quarter that turned the contest on its head. She was best on ground by a long way, and though this is her first TOTW appearance, the 36-year-old is having a terrific first-up AFLW season.

Ruck-rover: Daisy Pearce (Melbourne)
Key stats: 24 disposals (16 kicks, 8 handballs), 66.7% DE, 3 marks, 4 tackles, 5 clearances, 4 inside 50s
Previous TOTW: R1 (HBF)
Everyone seemed off for Melbourne against Fremantle, except for Daisy Pearce. At times it seemed like she was made to try and do it all for the Dees, and as good as she might be, beating a determined outfit like Freo is impossible when it’s one player tasked with doing everything in the centre. Still, it was a memorable individual performance from “Dais”.

Interchange: Dana Hooker (Fremantle)
Key stats: 13 disposals (7 kicks, 6 handballs), 76.9% DE, 10 contested possessions, 5 clearances
Previous TOTW: R2 (RV)
Lots of praise is rightfully given to Fremantle’s Kara Donnellan, but you could argue that Dana Hooker is the Dockers’ most important player right now. She is a strong and effective contested ball winner and her clearance work against what is considered the best midfield in the AFLW was beyond sensational.

Interchange: Emily Bates (Brisbane)
Key stats: 20 disposals (9 kicks, 11 handballs) 65% DE, 4 marks, 6 tackles
Previous TOTW:
Emily Bates has only just missed out on making the TOTW in the first two rounds, but she raised her game to an even more impressive level to make the breakthrough. The way she moves with the football in space is threatening – it’s hard to understand why opposition teams haven’t tried to claim down on her more this year.

Interchange: Jamie Stanton (Brisbane)
Key stats: 18 disposals (14 kicks, 4 handballs), 61.1% DE 6 marks, 4 inside 50s
Previous TOTW: R1 (RV)
Similarly to Emily Bates, opposition teams need to start doing something about Jamie Stanton because if they don’t, she will continue to accumulate touches and be a key part of Brisbane’s transition through the midfield. She was one of the few composed players in the Carlton-Brisbane match, and it showed in her delivery.

Interchange: Kara Donnellan (Fremantle)
Key stats: 17 disposals (15 kicks, 2 handballs) 41.3% DE, 3 marks, 8 tackles, 3 clearances, 4 inside 50s
Previous TOTW:
It wasn’t Kara Donnellan’s best all-round performance, but she lifted her team after quarter time. Despite not having a touch until the second term, Donnellan turned it on in terms of her work rate at the coal face, tackling and getting the ball forward regularly. She was still Fremantle’s best on ground despite the slow start because of the way she turned the game.

Interchange: Sophie Conway (Brisbane)
Key stats: 8 disposals (7 kicks, 1 handball) 75% DE, 4 marks, 2 contested marks, 4 tackles, 2 goals
Previous TOTW:
Sophie Conway is off to a great start in her AFLW career, and her effort against Carlton was almost a statement of sorts. She’s hardly the biggest body in the competition, but she is rapidly becoming a presence in the forward line. A she demonstrated against the Blues, she needs to be bodied up well if she is to be stopped from taking contested marks and kicking goals.

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