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AFLW: Blues topple Giants after storm delay

AFLW Highlights: GWS v Carlton The Giants and Blues clash in round 2 of the AFLW
Katie Loynes celebrates a goal with Darcy Vescio in the Blues' easy win - AFLW,GWS Giants,Carlton
Katie Loynes celebrates a goal with Darcy Vescio in the Blues' easy win

CARLTON had to weather a storm in more ways than one en route to a 21-point NAB AFLW victory over Greater Western Sydney on a dramatic night at Drummoyne Oval. 

The first AFLW fixture at the boutique ground in Sydney's inner-west was delayed – and almost abandoned altogether – as an electrical storm circled at quarter-time.

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AFL officials, in consultation with umpires, put a halt to the action and players left the field for 20 minutes. 

The break seemed to benefit an inaccurate Carlton, who returned to notch a 3.12 (30) to 1.3 (9) triumph in the absence of senior coach Damien Keeping. 

He did not make the trip north after spending part of the week in hospital, with assistant Nick Rutley taking the reins. 

Keeping was not the only casualty – Blues' skipper Brianna Davey was taken from the field on a stretcher with a serious leg injury in the final term. 

She had been the visitors' best before her early exit, while Jess Hosking (14 disposals) and Sarah Hosking, who notched 15 tackles in the wet, also shone.

Rutley said the club, and captain faced a nervous wait.

"We've got to wait for scans, we'd like to get back to Melbourne with our doctors and get some concrete information," he said. 

"Hopefully there's some positive news."

The Giants started well and – fresh from her three-goal effort in round one – forward Phoebe McWilliams slotted the opening major of the night from a free kick. 

It was the home side's last.

At the other end, Carlton had their chances but could not convert. However, when Jess Hosking hit the post nine minutes into the second term scores were level – albeit 1.0 (6) to 0.6 (6).

Eventually the Blues' dominance in possession and territory told.


Snaps from Nicola Stevens and Katie Loynes either side of half-time delivered Carlton a 13-point advantage, nine scoring shots to one. 

And, despite losing their best player to injury in the last quarter, the Blues remained on top, using the greasy ball better on a humid night in the Harbour City.

GWS coach Alan McConnell said his side made too many mistakes.

"I thought they were a bit better structured than us," he said. 

"They managed to get one spare behind the ball too often which we endeavoured to try and address but ever quite got right."

For the Giants, second-gamer Courtney Gum impressed with 16 touches while Alicia Eva had an entertaining battle with Sarah Hosking, and finished with 17 disposals and nine tackles.

Point of difference

There was a moment, as spectators and officials ran for cover amid teeming rain and dramatic lightning strikes, this game looked like it could be called off altogether.

It was not the first AFLW fixture to be affected by weather – last season's opening-round clash between Melbourne and the Brisbane Lions was also delayed because of an electrical storm. 

The rain tumbles down at Drummoyne Oval as the media takes cover. Picture: Riley Stuart

It was over when...

Trailing by more than two goals in the shadows of three-quarter time, GWS needed a captain's goal, but skipper Amanda Farrugia tugged her set shot from 20m out after the siren. 

It meant the home side had not kicked a major since early in the first term, and ensured Carlton were right on top going into the final quarter. 

Got the job done

Carlton onballer Sarah Hosking was sent to Giants star Alicia Eva in the first term. GWS had been on top early and Eva was running riot in the middle.

However, Hosking stuck to her like glue and finished the night with 16 tackles in conditions only a mudlark could relish. Eva still left a mark on the game with 17 disposals.

GWS captain Amanda Farrugia fires out a handball in the wet. Picture: AFL Photos

On the rise

GWS midfielder Courtney Gum shone on debut last week, and continued that good form against the Blues. Gum, 36, has plenty of experience which will prove invaluable for the young Giants as they continue their development. 

She finished the night with 16 touches, and eight tackles. 

Say what?

"I actually said at the time (of the weather delay) 'What else are they going to throw at us?' The coach has been in hospital. We've been all over the place." - Carlton assistant coach Nick Rutley

What's next?

Both clubs will be in Melbourne in round three: Carlton are on home turf at Ikon Park against the Brisbane Lions, while the Giants face a tough away clash against Collingwood.


GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY   1.0   1.0   1.2   1.3 (9)
CARLTON   0.4   1.7   3.7   3.12 (30) 

Greater Western Sydney: McWilliams
Carlton: Stevens, Loynes, Vescio 

Greater Western Sydney: Ferrugia, Gum, Eva, McWilliams, McKinnon
Carlton: Davey, J Hosking, S Hosking, Audley, Vescio, Harrington 

Greater Western Sydney: Tully (shoulder)
Carlton: Davey (leg) 

Reports: Nil.

Umpires: Rawlings, Crosby, Newell

Crowd: 4,952