The hype surrounding of AFL Women’s continued into a second week, with fans continuing to come in drones to see the action. Across the weekend, we saw a better brand of football, with many closer games, more goals and a higher level of skills from the players. We also got a better chance to see which teams could be pushing for a Grand Final berth, while others seem to have more questions than answers two weeks in.
Adelaide 7.6.48 defeated Western Bulldogs 2.11.23
The Crows won over a new legion of admires as they remained undefeated with a win over the more-fancied Western Bulldogs. Over 7,500 fans were in attendance in Whitten Oval to witness the game, which in all was an even contest, but was marred by the Bulldogs’ inaccuracy in front of goal. The Bulldogs scored just two majors from their thirteen scoring shots, and failed to capitalise on their dominance in the midfield.
Emma Kearney, who is bound to feature among the voting for the league’s best player, Hannah Scott and Elli Blackburn were all big ball winners for the Dogs, but the Crows were the ones to capitalise, scoring three late goals in the third quarter which would ultimately be the difference in the game. First round pick Ebony Marinoff was again one of the Crows’ best, picking up eighteen disposals and six tackles while full forward Sarah Perkins led the goal kicking with two majors for the night.
Carlton 7.5.47 defeated GWS Giants 5.4.34
It was perhaps the best of the eight AFLW games so far, with Carlton edging out the Giants to keep their winning streak intact. The margin never grew beyond 14 points until part-way through the final term when Lauren Brazzale kicked the Blues’ seventh goal of the match. The Giants were never out of the game though, but Carlton booted five of the final six goals to keep GWS still searching for their maiden win.
Carlton’s marquee players were again standouts. Darcy Vescio kicked two vital goals, while Brianna Davey continued to establish herself as one of the league’s premier midfielders, collecting 20 disposals for the game. The Giants were again without their two marquee signings, yet Jessica Dal Pos continued to thrive with ten tackles, while Nicola Barr and debutant Ellie Brush also played a lead role in the Giants’ engine room.
Collingwood 4.1.25 defeated by Melbourne 7.2.44
The Demons notched their first win of the season with as they came from behind to beat Collingwood in the second match at Ikon Park for the day. The Pies made their way out to a 19-point lead at halftime, with Melbourne kicking just one goal for the first half, before the Demons mounted six goals to zero in the second half to seal the win.
The Magpies’ final goal was kicked with 7:39 remaining in the second term, with the Demons recording five more Inside 50s in the second half which was ultimately the catalyst for the win. Moana Hope kicked her first goal of the season in the first quarter, but was again held quiet by the opposition’s defenders; mustering just four disposals and two marks for the game. Cat Phillips starred with 2.1 as Melbourne’s most dangerous forward while Daisy Pearce (16), Elise O’Dea (15) and Karen Paxman (15) were all valuable contributors for the Demons.
Fremantle Dockers 3.5.23 defeated by Brisbane Lions 5.6.36
After battling it out in stormy conditions last week, Brisbane managed to win on the road again, this time bettering the Dockers at Fremantle oval. Fremantle had stepped up a notch after their disappointing loss to the Bulldogs last week, but remain searching for their first win of the competition. The game suited Brisbane’s tall forward line, with Tayla Harris (two goals), Jessica Wuetschner (two) and Sabrina Frederick-Traub (one) all imposing themselves on the game.
Fremantle’s improvement was evident, recoding seven more inside fifties than last week, but could fire off eight scoring shots. Both teams saw their share of dominance in the first half, with four lead changes before the main break. With scores separated by just two points at half time, a close contest looked imminent, but only two goals kicked in the second half, both to Brisbane, were enough to secure the win.