AFLW 2022: Follow all the results and news from Round 7
Tayla Harris has put together a record-breaking performance as Melbourne franked its premiership chances with a stunning last-gasp win over reigning premier Brisbane.
A Tayla Harris forward masterclass handed Melbourne a stunning comeback victory over Brisbane in an AFLW thriller at Metricon Stadium on Monday night.
Lions forward Greta Bodey had a kick after the siren to win the match for Brisbane – exactly like last year’s nailbiter between the teams – but it fell short again to give the Demons a stirring three-point victory.
Brisbane led 22-0 in the second quarter but the Demons finished over the top of the home side with Harris to the fore.
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Melbourne were coming off an eight break while it was Brisbane’s third match in nine days. And it eventually showed as Harris took control.
Harris kicked two goals, took seven contested marks, accumulated 13 disposals and had seven scoring involvements in a dominant individual display that helped snap a five-game winning streak for her old club Brisbane.
Melbourne senior coach Mick Stinear said Harris was “extraordinary” in the win.
“We were definitely on the back foot at half-time. Their intensity around the ball, their work rate, it taught us a lot in a short space of time,’’ he said.
“Our midfield was able to respond, Daisy (Pearce) throughout the course of the game helped our backline and our ball movement and Tayla Harris ahead of the ball was extraordinary and really kept us in the game.
“Tonight we saw her (Harris) work-rate. I don’t’ think she got much of a rest because she was so important to us.
“Continually competing in the air and giving us a contest. She was marking a lot of them tonight, but then her ability to finish as well and her ability to kick the ball inside 50.
“She’s quite a remarkable player and really pleased she’s enjoying her footy.’’
Harris was No.1 in the competition for contested marks and No.2 for goals before the first bounce and she continued her menacing form by being a constant threat all night.
Daisy Pearce started up forward alongside Harris a but went into the backline in the second term and was a cool, calm and collected influence, notching up 16 touches while Karen Paxman had 23 disposals for the visitors.
The Lions dominated the opening term but could only kick the one goal through Orla O’Dwyer to take a nine-point lead into the first break but two quick goals through Sophie Conway and Bodey handed Brisbane a commanding 21-0 buffer.
Alyssa Brannan booted goals either side of halftime for the Demons as Melbourne kicked three majors in the third term to slash Brisbane’s lead to just one point at the last change.
The Lions torched the Gold Coast by 69 points at the same venue on Thursday night but the clash with another legitimate flag contender was a different kettle of fish.
Sophie Conway was on the end of a slick team goal from Brisbane in the second term that showcased all of the Lions’ skill and hardness at the footy. Emily Bates won the ball off the ground, stepped through traffic and found a flying Orla O’Dwyer who sent the ball long into the forward line where Courtney Hodder cleverly tapped the ball on to Conway who streamed into goal.
The race for the top two is heating up. Before the first bounce on Monday night, five teams – Adelaide, Fremantle, Melbourne, Brisbane and North Melbourne – all had just the one loss for the season. Any defeat at this point of the season will have a major impact on the make-up of the finals. The Lions will lament letting that one slip after leading by 22 points.
Demons debutant Tahlia Gillard did not take long to get involved as she took an impressive contested mark in the opening salvos. The 18 year-old was selected at pick no.42 by Melbourne in last year’s draft and the 189cm-tall defender looked at home at the top level early. Ex-Geelong best-and-fairest winner and 2020 All-Australian Olivia Purcell made her club debut with the Demons after suffering an ACL injury last season.
Brisbane’s magical mystery tour of four games in 15 days finishes in Perth on Sunday when they take on the West Coast Eagles. The clash with the Demons was their third outing in nine days and the hectic schedule appeared to take its toll in the third term when the Demons kicked three goals to one to roar back into the match. The ferocious pressure and fierce tackling from the first two quarters dropped off as the Dees moved the ball with much more ease.
Melbourne: 0.0 1.0 4.4 5.5 (35)
Brisbane: 1.3 3.5 4.5 4.8 (32)
Demons: Harris 2, Bannan 2, West
Lions: O’Dwyer, Conway, Bodey, Farquharson
Roos underline flag credentials as Pie suffers setback
North Melbourne did its AFLW premiership credentials no harm on Sunday afternoon with a dominant 23 point win over Collingwood at North Hobart Oval.
The Roos continued their blistering mid-season form to lead the match from start to finish to register a landslide 6.2 (38) 2.3 (15) victory.
North’s defence was at its stingy best on Sunday which combined with its super slick ball movement allowed the Roos to continually repel Collingwood’s forward attacks and turn them into opportunities at the other end.
The Roos dominated the match from the get go and despite losing the clearance count early were far too good on the outside to continually move the ball swiftly from one end to the other to put the Pies defence under constant pressure.
The win was set up after a huge first quarter which saw North hold a 13-5 inside 50 advantage which was capitalised on by forward Tahlia Randall and red hot midfielder Jasmine Garner, who kicked two of the first three goals of the match.
At the end of the first quarter the Roos led by 13 points and from there were never troubled as they stormed home for their fifth straight victory.
Garner was at her unstoppable best yet again for the Roos with the midfielder showing once again why she is the in- form player of the competition.
The hard-nosed midfielder was dynamic all over the ground to not only register a game high 26 disposals but also kick three goals to outscore the Pies herself in a massive performance.
Ashleigh Riddell (30 disposals) and Roos skipper Emma Kearney (24 disposals) were other key contributors while for the Pies Ruby Schleicher (20 disposals, three tackles), Jaimee Lambert (18 disposals, one goal), and Brittany Bonnici (18 disposals) battled hard.
Following the victory the Roos skipper was super pleased with her side’s ability to control the footy.
“We’ve been building slowly and we know that Collingwood are a great side so I’m absolutely buggered and that was a good effort,” Kearney said.
“I was really pleased with our ability to move the ball and we controlled it a lot more.
“Previously we’ve gone down the line a bit too much so it was a bit of a focus going into this week just to control it as much as possible.”
The win makes it five straight for the dominant Roos who now hold a 6-1 win-loss record to place themselves firmly in premiership contention with just three rounds remaining.
The win also helped North Melbourne atone some revenge on the Pies who knocked the Roos out of finals last season in a nailbiting six point win in the Qualifying Final.
While the Roos are now sitting pretty in third spot with just one loss for the season the Pies now fall to 4-3 to sit at sixth and be in a tough fight for a finals spot with just three rounds remaining.
The Pies day was soured further with the loss of forward Erica Fowler who went down with a suspected serious ankle injury in the third term.
NORTH MELBOURNE 2.1 4.2 5.2 6.2 (38)
COLLINGWOOD 0.1 1.2 1.2 2.3 (15)
North Melbourne: Garner 3, Randall 2, M.King
Collingwood: Velardo, Lambert
North Melbourne: Garner, Riddell, E.King, Kearney, Eddey, Brown, Ashmore
Collingwood: Schleicher, Lambert, Bonnici, Newman, Rowe
North Melbourne: Nil
Collingwood: Fowler (ankle)
3- Jasmine Garner
2- Ashleigh Riddell
1- Emma King
Heat, poor facilities no issue for Tigers
Following criticism of the conditions at West Coast’s AFLW home, Richmond coach Ryan Ferguson had nothing to complain about after his side’s win over the Eagles.
Collingwood, after last weekend’s clash with West Coast, slammed the facilities at Mineral Resources Park after they were forced to endure sub-par conditions as the first visiting team to the ground this season.
The Pies were presented with poorly-lit, stifling hot facilities that lacked a bathroom and were not up to AFLW standard.
During that game, played in extreme conditions, the television broadcast crossed often to the West Coast hierarchy sitting on the balcony of their adjacent $60 million state-of-the-art administration centre and training rooms.
But Ferguson wasn’t complaining after the Tigers 23-point win on Saturday.
“I’m not sure what they (Collingwood) were presented with last week, but clearly changes were made,” he said.
“We had what we required.
“There were port-a-loos, plenty of space and fans to make sure it was not too still and muggy.
“We didn’t make an issue of the heat and the things we got provided with were more than acceptable to what we needed to go out and perform.”
It was 34 degrees when the game started at 4.10pm in Perth, but got cooler as the game progressed.
Roos’ boon from WA border ban lift
North Melbourne could be the winner of the WA Government’s decision to remove their strict border restrictions on March 3.
WA premier Mark McGowan announced midweek the ‘wall’ between the west and the rest of Australia would finally come down.
It means all AFLW teams can move around freely in time for Round 9 fixtures.
West Coast can travel freely to Melbourne to play the Kangaroos in the final round with confidence they can return home after the match without being forced into quarantine.
“That final round game against North Melbourne, is after the border is coming down,” Eagles coach Michael Prior said.
“I think we will go to Melbourne and play that game, not have to come back and quarantine.
“If the borders were up, North may have had to come over. But, at this point, we’ll be going over for that last game.”
Crows sweat on scans after Phillips’ ACL scans
Adelaide superstar Erin Phillips is set to undergo scans on Sunday to determine if she has suffered a potentially career-ending knee injury.
Phillips, 36, landed awkwardly on her left leg in a marking contest against GWS on Saturday.
She limped to the bench unassisted nine minutes into the last quarter of the Crows’ 40-point win at Henson Park in Marickville and did not return to the field.
The decorated veteran ruptured her left anterior cruciate ligament during Adelaide’s grand final win over Carlton in 2019 and required a knee reconstruction.
It was her second reconstruction after she ruptured the ACL in her right knee playing basketball in 2007.
Crows coach Matthew Clarke said it was too early to tell if Phillips had suffered a third ACL rupture.
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“She’s got a sore knee, got assessed by the doctors and they decided not to continue on with the game, but until we get further assessment we won’t really have a definitive diagnosis,” Clarke told News Corp from the team’s hotel.
“(The physios) really don’t know (if it’s an ACL) … they’re not in a position to say.
“She’s OK, she’s downstairs with her teammates enjoying a good win, she seems in good spirits.
“Her demeanour is good and positive.
“We’ll just wait and see really …. there’s not much we can do about the situation until we have certainty.”
Adelaide flew in and out of Sydney on Saturday for the clash against the Giants.
Phillips was adjudged best player on the ground in Adelaide’s grand final wins against Brisbane in 2017 and the Blues in 2019.
She also took out the AFLW’s best-and-fairest award in her club’s premiership-winning years.
Even in the twilight of her career, she remains a key figure in her club’s bid for a third flag.
“She’s a superstar of the competition and she’s been in ripping form this season again,” Clarke said.
“She’s demonstrated that she’s more than capable of maintaining the amazing standard that she’s achieved since the start of the competition.
“So she’s still a really important player.”
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After suffering their first loss of the season last week, the Crows had winners across every line against GWS, with Ebony Marinoff leading the way with a 24 possessions.
Anne Hatchard (23 touches) and Eloise Jones (20) were also influential, while Ash Woodland extended her lead at the top of the goalkickers leaderboard, kicking two majors to take her season tally to 14.
Alyce Parker (22), Alicia Eva (16) and Pepa Randall (20) all battled hard, but the Giants had too many passengers as they slumped to a 2-4 season record with just one goal coming in their past eight quarters of football.
The Crows, who lost dynamic forward Stevie-Lee Thompson to a tight hamstring in the warm-up, kept the Giants goalless to halftime.
But, in a continuation of a frustrating trend, they also kept the home side in the game with poor kicking for goal.
The visitors could easily have had three goals on the board at the first break, but instead kicked four behinds to lead the scoreless Giants.
Lisa Whiteley broke through for the first major of the game early in the second term after the former Giant took a superb contested mark deep in attack.
Hatchard made it a 16-point game at halftime, the prolific onballer bouncing her shot through after marking strongly.
Marinoff passed the 1000-possession mark during a typically influential display that also included a whopping 16 tackles.
The star midfielder intercepted a kick out of defence in the dying seconds of the third quarter, but her shot at goal after the siren from 45m out wasn’t deemed a stat by the league’s official statistics keepers as it was an unrealistic attempt.
She made it 1000 career disposals early in the final term, when she broke up a GWS play and threw the ball onto her left foot in traffic.
Marinoff’s 1002nd possession was a rare goal, the veteran poking home the fifth goal of her decorated 49-game AFLW career.
The Giants came close to ending their goal drought in the third quarter when Cora Staunton hit the post.
They trailed by 26 points at the last change and had the opportunity to get on the board in the last minute of the contest, but Parker’s soccer off the ground from the top of the goalsquare hit the post.
The result sets up a tantalising top-of-the-table clash between ladder leaders Fremantle and the second-placed Crows on Saturday at Fremantle Oval. GWS will host Carlton at Manuka Oval on Sunday.
GIANTS 0.0 0.2 0.3 0.5 5
CROWS 0.4 2.6 3.11 5.15 45
PHELAN’S BEST Giants: Parker, Eva, Randall, Hetherington. Crows: Marinoff, Hatchard, Jones, Charlton, Allan, Phillips, Woodland, Ponter.
GOALS Giants: Nil. Crows: Woodland 2, Whiteley, Hatchard, Marinoff.
INJURIES Giants: Nil. Crows: Thompson (hamstring – late withdrawal), Phillips (knee).
TIGERS PASS DIFFICULT PERTH TEST WITH FLYING COLOURS
– Brad Elborough
Their first trip West, difficult COVID-19 quarantine conditions, nor temperatures in the mid-30s could get in the way of the Tigers scoring a 23-point win over West Coast on Sunday.
The space that Mineral Resources Park provides suited the run of Monique Conti and Ellie McKenzie, who led Richmond to a 10.8 (68) to 7.3 (45) victory.
It was just their second of the season, having last tasted victory in Round 1 against St Kilda.
Despite falling to 10th on the AFLW ladder before Round 7, the Tigers have looked dangerous in attack this season and have kept a respectable percentage of 81.2; the best of the sides outside of the top six.
The damage was done in the opening term when a lead was set up that was too big for the Eagles to overcome, despite the home side kicking its biggest score of the season.
A TIGER AMBUSH
West Coast has been known for its slow starts this season – the Eagles haven’t won a first quarter.
Richmond had two goals on the board after just five minutes; both off the boot of Tayla Stahl.
It should have been three, but Gabrielle Seymour missed her soccer attempt from just outside the goalsquare.
The Tigers found themselves 13 points in front and the Eagles had managed only six touches between them all, compare to Richmond’s 24.
It was West Coast’s sixth opening term this season without a goal; its fourth without any score at all. Richmond kicked two goals in the last 90 seconds of the first term to lead by 25 points at the first break.
Sunday was a big reminder of how much the Tigers have missed McKenzie this season, who was sidelined for the first four rounds with a calf injury.
She had nine touches against the Western Bulldogs in her comeback game two weeks ago, then 15 against North Melbourne last week.
McKenzie was the catalyst to the Tigers strong start against the Eagles, with seven possessions in the opening term. Her ball use was as impressive as was her workrate.
By halftime, she had 13 touches, only Eagles captain Emma Swanson with more (15).
The No. 1 pick from the 2022 draft also kicked an important goal late in the second term to take the margin back out to 24 points after the Eagles had got on a bit of a roll and booted a couple of majors.
BAD TRENDS APLENTY
In every Eagles loss this season, an opposition player has managed to kick multiple goals.
Having been goalless in the past three games, Stahl had two in the opening term and finished the games with three.
Katie Brennan kicked a goal in the opening term, keeping alive her record of kicking a goal in every game this season.
Ashton Hill was given the job on her, but Brennan doesn’t need many chances to impact the game and finished with two.
She hasn’t missed hitting the scoreboard since Round 3, 2021, making it 13 consecutive games with a goal on Saturday.
She has kicked multiple goals nine times.
Amid the stats and achievements, though, came a fantastic moment when Akec Makur-Chuot kicked a goal in the last term. It was kicked in front of her Perth-based family that she hasn’t seen for a couple of years due to Covid restrictions.
SWANSON ON SONG
The Eagles were well served throughout by captain Swanson, again.
She finished with 22 touches and booted two of her side’s seven goals.
She was well supported by Dana Hooker, who had 24, sharing game-high honours with the Tigers’ Conti.
But finding help for that pair is a priority for the Eagles.
The next best on the stats sheet was Evangeline Gooch with 13 and Aimiee Schmidt with 12.
Schmidt also added three goals and again looked dangerous in attack. She was up and about against Collingwood last week, but managed only 0.3 from her chances.
There was quick action at Mineral Resources Park this week after reports that facilities presented to an away team were not to AFLW standard.
There was criticism of the facilities at the home of West Coast’s AFLW team, suggestions that Collingwood was forced to endure sub-par conditions as the first visiting team to Mineral Resources Park this season.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Eagles had not played at home before the Round 6 loss to the Magpies, forced to set up home on the east coast.
During the game, played in extreme hot conditions, the television broadcast crossed often to the West Coast hierarchy sitting on the balcony of their adjacent $60 million state-of-the-art administration centre and training rooms.
When the Magpies returned home, what they were presented with were labelled as sub-par.
But Richmond coach Ryan Ferguson wasn’t complaining about poorly lit nor stifling hot rooms, nor a lack of bathroom facilities after their 23-point win on Saturday.
“I’m not sure what they (Collingwood) were presented with last week, but clearly changes were made,” he said. “We had what we required.
“There were port-o-loos, plenty of space and fans to make sure it was not too still and muggy.
“We didn’t make an issue of the heat and the things we got provided with were more than acceptable to what we needed to go out and perform.”
It was 34 degrees when the game started at 4.10pm in Perth, but got cooler as the game progressed. Having tasted victory for the first time since Round 1 would have added to the way the Pies were feeling after the game.
They kicked away to a 24-point lead in the opening term against West Coast and won both the second and third terms, but let the Eagles win the last.
But after five consecutive losses, Ferguson said it was good for that his side got some reward for their efforts.
“They have been brilliant; lots of reasons why things have been happening,” he said. “We have been so confident in what we have been doing and confident we are improving, throwing challenges and feel we are united and growing.
“We feel we’re getting better and our game has been improving.
“The ability to absorb losses we wanted to win and stick the course and get some reward is important. They deserve it, but no one was going to give it to them. They needed to go and get it.”
The Magpies return to Melbourne and will host Geelong at Swinburne Centre on Saturday in a bid to win consecutive games for only the second time and the first time Round 7 and 8 last season.
EAGLES 0.0 2.2 4.2 7.3 (45)
TIGERS 4.1 6.5 8.7 10.8 (68)
ELBOROUGH’S BEST Eagles: Swanson, Hooker, Schmidt, Hill. Tigers: Conti, McKenzie, Seymour, Lavey, S Hosking, Stahl.
GOALS Eagles: Schmidt 3; Swanson 2; Bullas, Gibson. Tigers: Stahl 3; Brennan 2; McKenzie, Conti, Bernardi, MacDonald, Makur-Chuot.
INJURIES: Eagles: Collier (foot). Tigers: Nil.
UMPIRES: Fry, Gibson, McPhee, Jones.
CROWD: 878 at Mineral Resources Park
3 Conti (Tigers)
2 McKenzie (Tigers)
1 Swanson (Eagles)
BLUES TRIUMPH AS SAINTS HIT RECORD LOW
– James Mottershead
Carlton made light work of St Kilda who put up the equal-lowest score in AFLW history, falling to the Blues by 46-points.
The Saints didn’t score after the four-minute mark of the first quarter as Carlton blew them away with five first half goals.
Carlton had more of the ball early but St Kilda’s long and direct ball movement helped them to the better of the early scoring opportunities but two set shots to Kate Shierlaw and Jess Matin were wayward.
That was as good as it got for the Saints.
The Blues’ first meaningful entry put Catherin Phillips under pressure and the star winger was caught holding the ball just 10m from goal, where Keeley Shear converted from.
A quick centre clearance sent Carlton deep inside 50 again where All-Australian ruck Breann Moody was simply too big and tall for St Kilda’s defence.
All they could do was hold onto her in the goalsquare and the 24-year-old kicked truly to give Carlton the jump.
A third goal of the quarter for the Blues came thanks to a pinpoint Georgia Gee kick to Darcy Vescio’s advantage at the top of the goalsquare and they made no mistake after the siren to give Carlton a 17-point buffer at quarter-time.
Jess Good got on the end of some clean work up the ground from ball magnet Mimi Hill and Vescio, dribbling a goal through from the pocket to add to St Kilda’s early woes.
The navy-blue procession continued thanks to Courtney Jones, whose goal gave the Blues their best score of the season with seven-minutes to play in the second quarter.
The third quarter was played mostly between the arcs as both sides failed to register a score.
Tilly Lucas-Rodd provided a huge lift for the Saints around the ball and was able to wrestle midfield momentum back to parity, having a game-high 21-disposals and four clearances at three-quarter time.
A second goal to Vescio, a classy left-foot snap from 25m out, had the scoreboard ticking again and the star forward just two goals away from 50 career goals.
Moody joined Vescio with her second goal of the game, taking a strong mark in the goalsquare and converting.
Carlton’s defence held up late as they kept the Saints goalless for the first time in the club’s history.
GEORGIA AND GRACE
The first half was the Georgia Gee and Grace Egan show for the Blues.
Gee’s exceptional ball use was on full display as Carlton found the 22-year-old on the outside to drive them forward. Gee had 11-disposals and four score involvements in the half.
Egan epitomised the Blues’ free-flowing footy in the first half, winning the ball out of the clearance and working hard forward to give herself and teammates scoring opportunities. The 21-year-old had 10-disposals, 197m gained and five score involvements.
HILL’S LEATHER POISONING
Mimi Hill has had the ball on a string since returning from an ACL injury.
The second-year star had 13 first half disposals for the Blues, providing a crucial link in the midfield as she was able to set her teammates free from contests with her quick hands.
Hill, who had 26 and 25 disposals in her last two games, finished with 18-disposals.
St Kilda claimed the unwanted record of putting up the equal-lowest score ever in AFLW.
Their score of 0.2 saw them join Gold Coast, who put up the same score line against Brisbane last season.
The Saints didn’t score after the four-minute mark of the first quarter.
BLUES 3.1 5.5 5.5 7.6 48
SAINTS 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
MOTTERSHEAD’S BEST Blues: Gee, Egan, Hill, Moody, Vescio, Prespakis. Saints: Lucas-Rodd, Phillips, Jakobsson.
GOALS Blues: Vescio 2, Moody 2, Shear, Jones. Saints: nil.
INJURIES Blues: nil. Saints: nil.
3 G. Gee (CARL)
2 G. Egan (CARL)
1 M. Hill (CARL)
DOGS TOOGOOD FOR CATS IN SCRAPPY CLASH
It wasn’t pretty but the Western Bulldogs held off a late Geelong surge to beat the Cats by 12 points.
The game was a scrap, with only five goals kicked in Friday night fizzer.
Geelong kicked their only two goals of the game in a fourth quarter one-minute purple patch to pull within two goals, but the misfiring Bulldogs proved a class above.
The Dogs have now won three in a row to be knocking on the door of the top six with four games to play.
The first quarter was an arm wrestle with the Bulldogs having the best of the chances early before the Cats turned the tide late.
But a more defensive set up from Geelong limited its numbers ahead of the ball, making scoring opportunities almost impossible to create.
The Cats were able to limit the influence of Ellie Blackburn, who had just two disposals in the quarter.
The first goal of the game came five minutes into the second quarter after a fortuitous free kick to Celine Moody at half-forward.
Moody was able to pick out Kirsty Lamb, who placed a perfect pass to the lead of Bonnie Toogood just 25m from goal where she nailed the set shot.
The Bulldogs took control of the next 10 minutes, dominating field position and being rewarded on the scoreboard as Toogood turned provider for Elisabeth Georgostathis, who kicked a goal from 20m on the run.
Blackburn exploded into action during the second term, collecting 11 disposals and finishing the half with 165m gained.
Toogood continued to have her way with Geelong’s defence in the third quarter, kicking her second goal after a strong contested mark on the half-forward flank before receiving a 50m penalty and converting from point blank range.
The pace of Georgostathis was eye-catching and she was able to get on the outside and drive the Bulldogs forward with her run, having 17 disposals at three-quarter time.
Bec Webster lifted for the Cats and led all players on the ground for clearances at the final break with five.
Trailing by 25 points, Geelong needed the first goal of the last quarter, and it was the 21-year-old Webster who had the first opportunity of the last quarter but her shot bounced at right angles in the goalsquare and smashed into the goalpost.
Chloe Scheer kicked the Cats’ first goal of the game four minutes into the term from a stoppage to cut the margin to three goals.
A 50m penalty to Phoebe McWilliams allowed her to kick a goal from the goalsquare and bring the Cats within striking distance.
But the Bulldogs were the best team all night and flexed their muscle to hold the Cats off to continue their hot run of form.
Prespakis pre-game scare
Georgie Prespakis was nearly a late out for the Cats after injuring her back in the pre-game warm up.
The star first-year midfielder was doing run throughs when she pulled up quickly and grabbed her back.
The 18-year-old was put through a fitness test moments before the first siren but took the field, playing largely as a high half-forward.
She finished with six disposals and 11 tackles.
Toogood just that
Everything good that happens for the red, white, and blue involves Bonnie Toogood.
The 24-year-old had a hand in the first three goals for the Dogs as she proved again why she is one of the best key forwards in AFLW.
She hasn’t kicked a weight of goals to make the All-Australian team on just that metric, but is top 10 for goals per game, score involvements and contested marks, all vital measures of a key forward.
Prime time, prime waste
While the Cats have shown vast defensive improvement this season, they’re stuck on just one win but have played four of their seven games on Friday nights.
As a young team their footy has a distinct defensive flavour to it — coming into Friday night their games had a total of 341 points scored while Richmond, also sitting on one win from six games, have had 471 points scored in their games.
To grow AFLW, the league must be savvy with its prime-time slots, and that should mean a little less Geelong.
BULLDOGS 0.2 2.4 3.9 3.10 28
CATS 0.0 0.2 0.2 2.4 16
Bulldogs: Toogood, Lamb, Georgostathis, Blackburn, Brown.
Cats: Webster, A. McDonald, Morrison, Scheer.
Bulldogs: Toogood 2, Georgostathis. Cats: Scheer.
Bulldogs: nil. Cats: nil.
1525 at VU Whitten Oval
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
JAMES MOTTERSHEAD’S VOTES
3 B. Toogood (WB)
2 K. Lamb (WB)
1 E. Georgostathis (WB)
QClash clobbering: Records tumble in Suns horror show
Brisbane kicked their highest-ever AFLW score in the 69-point QClash clobbering of the Gold Coast in a night of records at Metricon Stadium on Thursday night.
The Lions’ total of 12.13.85 surpassed the 65 points booted by Brisbane’s in last year’s Queensland Derby when they kept the Suns to just two points.
The final margin was also Brisbane’s biggest ever winning margin. The total of 85 points fell just two short of the AFLW’s highest-ever score.
Coming off a four-day break following their win over St Kilda in Melbourne on Sunday, the Lions blew the slow and sloppy Suns off the park, leading 20-1 at quarter-time and by 44-2 at halftime to set up their fifth win from six outings in 2021.
They will have little time to celebrate as they host Melbourne this Monday before heading across the country to take on West Coast on February 27 to complete a gruelling program of four games in 15 days.
The AFL have promoted the congested schedule of make-up games due to Covid as the “Festival of Footy”, but only one side was partying on the tourist strip as the Lions dominated proceedings across the first two terms to bank the premiership points by halftime.
The final margin could have been far greater given Brisbane’s overwhelming share of possession and field position as they butchered the ball in front of goal on a number of occasions.
The third term was a training session for the Lions who led by 59 points at the last change with Courtney Hodder claiming the QClash Medal for best-on-ground with two goals, 17 disposals and four tackles but left the ground late with a bloodied nose after a head clash.
Taylor Smith kicked three goals for Brisbane who were well served by every player in a Lions jumper with Emily Bates, Sophie Conway and Orla O’Dwyer all prominent.
The Gold Coast led the competition in contested possession and tackles before the first bounce but they were taught a brutal football lesson by the reigning premiers who cruised to their fifth-straight win while the Suns are now 3-3.
The Gold Coast’s first goal came early in the fourth term through Tori Groves-Little.
Suns senior coach Cameron Joyce said the Lions taught the home side a football lesson.
“We were comprehensively outplayed,’’ he said.
“We know they’re a really good footy team and we certainly respect that, but we’ve got a game in five days against the Dogs and we’ve got to get some respect back, which I think we’d earned in the first five rounds, but we lost a little bit tonight.
“We get beaten well tonight, but we also don’t lose our talent and our want to play the game. “Our contest, our tackle and our pressure that had been evident, they probably just overwhelmed us tonight.’’
The result had an all-too-familiar vibe to the Round 2 QClash shellacking dished out by the Lions in 2021. On Sunday, February 7 at Wilston-Grange’s Hickey Park, Brisbane smashed the Suns by 63 points, limiting the Suns to a record two points. Jesse Wardlaw kicked four goals that day as the Lions took 22 marks inside 50. The first Queensland derby in the AFLW was a 28-all draw at Metricon Stadium.
NO WIND, NO WORRIES
The difference it makes playing in an enclosed stadium. The Lions have been playing home games at the windswept Maroochydore complex on the Sunshine Coast and were coming off playing at a gusty Sandringham last weekend. With much more friendly conditions for football at Carrara, the Lions’ disposal efficiency matched their toughness, skill and experience. They pinged the ball around the ground to reduce the Suns to glorified traffic cones but their work in front of goal let them down.
SUNS STEP BACKWARDS
For all their hard-earned and highly respectable gains in 2022, the Suns took a step backwards in the Queensland derby. The performance was a throwback to the horror 2021 campaign when they went winless and claimed two unwanted records – the lowest score ever and the being on the wrong end of the biggest ever margin. The Lions completely outclassed the Gold Coast from the first bounce. The Suns had just two inside 50s across the second and third quarters to Brisbane’s 22.
SMITH STUNS FORMER TEAM
Ruck/forward Taylor Smith would have enjoyed the Brisbane win more than most. The Bond University product was drafted by her hometown Gold Coast and played the solitary game in 2020. She moved to Brisbane in a trade and played all 11 games in the 2021 premiership campaign. She booted three goals in a stellar display.
BRISBANE: 3.2 6.8 8.13 12.13 (85)
GOLD COAST: 0.1 0.2 0.2 2.4 (16)
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LIONS: Smith 3, Hodder 2, Dawes, O’Dwyer, Anderson, Wardlaw, Conway, Farquharson, Svarc
SUNS: Groves-Little, Perkins
Originally published as AFLW 2022: Follow all the results and news from Round 7