The Brisbane Lions stamped their premiership credentials with a devastating show, beating the Gold Coast by 73 points in the AFLW QClash at the Gabba.
- Jesse Wardlaw scored four goals in the Lions victory
- The result was the Suns’ heaviest AFLW loss
- Giants, magpies and ravens also claimed victories
GWS, Collingwood and Adelaide Crows were the other teams to win Saturday in the AFLW Indigenous Round.
The Lions were ruthless against their Queensland rivals, amassing 12.10 (82) to 1.3 (9) with Jesse Wardlaw doing much of the damage with four goals.
Electrifying Wardlaw had an influence on the pitch and near the goal, while Emily Bates gave her all with 21 eliminations and 11 tackles.
AFLW’s best and most loyal defending champion, Bates was one of many players in a dominant midfield alongside ball winners Alexandra Anderson (28 eliminations, one goal) and Phoebe Monahan (25).
Greta Bodey was another threat to Lions and finished with three majors, while Zimmorlei Farquharson added two.
The records were rewritten when the Suns recorded their biggest loss in AFLW, while the Lions’ 33 goals in the first three rounds set a new benchmark for the competition.
The Lions have had little trouble scoring this season, but have shown against the Suns that they can match even with the best in defense as they have conceded only one goal.
QClash seemed far from one-sided when the Suns matched their more imaginative opponents for the first 10 minutes, but once Wardlaw kicked the first goal, the dam wall exploded and Lions added two more in as many. minutes.
The Suns were goalless and 42 points down at half-time, but they were more competitive after the main break and had more shots on goal to get at least a reward for their efforts.
Charlie Rowbottom led the way for the Suns with 16 disposals and should learn a lot from taking on the Lions onball brigade, while veterans Lauren Ahrens (16) and Alison Drennan (15) also fought hard.
Ellie Hampson (12 possessions) and Shannon Danckert (9) also fought the match by returning to the squad, but the Lions proved once again that the Suns need to add more talent to hope to compete with the best teams.
The giants secure the victory in the derby
Greater Western Sydney began their season with a massive 47-point derby triumph over Sydney in AFLW’s first game at the SCG.
Nicola Barr was the spark for the Giants when he scored two goals in the first half in an electric first match of the season that helped to secure a 9.11 (65) to 2.6 (18) win on Saturday.
The first number one pick in the draft, Barr put her name back in the record books when she earned the opening major by becoming the first scoring shooter in an AFLW Sydney derby.
The Swans (0-3) started brilliantly but only managed two backs before the Giants (1-2) came into play and the floodgates opened soon.
The experienced Giants midfield proved too agile on the outside and finished in first place 246-170 in disposals, while Alyce Parker (22 possessions) and captain Alicia Eva (19) led the way.
Meghan Gaffney showed good signals and used the ball well in her first game with the Giants, while fellow rookie Zarlie Goldsworthy added a third term highlight with a clever goal and an enthusiastic celebration with family and friends close to the team. fence.
Veteran Cora Staunton entered two majors and made sure there was plenty of spice in the first clash between cross-town rivals in an ongoing battle with Swans defender Alana Woodward.
The Swans moved the ball forward often enough to only score 35-25 in the 1950s, but failed to make the most of their opportunities near goal.
Rebecca Privitelli was a major culprit and finished with 0.3, but the 27-year-old was one of the Swans’ best offensive options against her old team.
Ally Morphett was another former Giant among the Swans best players, the young ruck made his presence felt during the breaks while Lisa Steane had a quieter first outing after switching clubs.
Alexia Hamilton was thrown forward and kicked the Swans’ lone major in the first half after a strong pack score in the goal box, while Brooke Lochland added another right after the main interval.
GWS will head to Giants Stadium for the first time in season seven to host the West Coast on Saturday, while the Swans will be on their way to face Port Adelaide later that day.
Magpies continue to win in shape
Collingwood kept his start to the season undefeated and inflicted his first defeat on Geelong with a grim four-point win at Kardinia Park.
Neither side managed to score a goal in an irregular first half, before the Magpies eventually ran away in an all-out war of attrition, 2.3 (15) to 1.5 (11).
Collingwood recorded the first six inside-50s and beat the Cats 19-5 in the opening period, setting the tone for an early half of the court’s dominance that wasn’t translated on the scoreboard.
Geelong spent most of his time chasing and tackling while the Magpies racing brigade – led by Captain Steph Chiocci, Aishling Sheridan and Jaimee Lambert – had it all on their terms.
It was more or less the same in the second verse, at the end of which Collingwood was leading from 0.3 to 0.1.
The Cats were being beaten, but their defense was back on its feet: by that time, Geelong’s back line had conceded a goal in 10 quarterfinals this season.
Fast-paced defender Alana Porter finally scored her first goal of the afternoon – and the first of her AFLW career – with a fine finish with 9:13 remaining in the third to give the Magpies the lead.
Georgia Clarke replied with Geelong’s first, converting a free kick to equalize scores in the three quarters.
The Cats’ midfield trio of Georgie Prespakis, Amy McDonald and Rebecca Webster reversed the script to start climbing straight to the top and give Geelong a repeated advantage over position on the pitch.
Upstream, Jordyn Allen scored and scored to give Collingwood the lead midway through the fourth period.
Prespakis ‘snap and Meg McDonald’s flying shots could only register behind as Geelong searched for a late winner, the ball remaining camped in the Cats’ attacking 50’s along the stretch.
Magpies center-back Lauren Butler was almost caught holding the ball and Cats striker Chloe Scheer nearly thwarted too high, but the referees’ whistles were pushed aside as Collingwood’s pressured backline defended gloomily by the full-time siren.
Ponter lights up as the ravens hook Roos
Danielle Ponter lit up Unley Oval, while Ebony Marinoff gave a midfield lesson as Adelaide overcame some initial swings to grind out a 14-point win over North Melbourne.
Man of the match Marinoff (29 eliminations, 13 tackles, seven inside-50s, six downs) worked tirelessly both ways, while Darwinian-born Ponter, Michael Long’s nephew and Cyril Rioli’s cousin, raised the crowd. with two goals from the top shelf.
The Crows controlled the proceedings from the quarter-time onwards after being overtaken by the Kangaroos, who started their only two majors – through Alice O’Loughlin and Vikki Wall – during a period of ascent in the first quarter.
The counter pressure from the Kangaroos was immense and their midfielder Jasmine Garner began to exert his influence.
They took a 12-point lead early in their second term before a moment of disgrace ignited the stagnant Crows.
Center-back Sarah Wright accidentally hit the ball out of bounds before taking a penalty from 50 meters for not giving the ball directly to Hannah Munyard, who duly entered to kick Adelaide’s first.
Finally, the premier in office were absent.
The Crows closed the time strongly and slashed North’s lead to one point when Danielle Ponter scored an elegant chessboard goal with 52 seconds left.
The Kangaroos were without winger Amy Smith after the break after she suffered a concussion in the second period in a collision with Marinoff and were unable to make it back to the top.
Behind a noticeable lift in midfield, the Crows got the better of a goalless tug-of-war in the third quarter to equalize at the last change before dominating the fourth.
Chelsea captain Randall, who had his hands full with Garner in a thrilling four-quarter duel, won a crucial 50-50 on the ground against the Roos superstar, who set the table for Ponter to shine.
Ponter picked up the pill, circled Jasmine Ferguson and Wright, and ended up brilliantly putting Adelaide in total control before Caitlin Gould iced her out with a late major.
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