Collingwood 8.4.52 defeated Casey Demons 3.6.24
Collingwood remains undefeated with a 28-point win over the Casey Demons at home at Victoria Park. A dominant three-goal and 22-disposal game from AFLW-listed player Kristy Stratton inspired the Pies to the win.
Collingwood broke away in the first half and was able to hold on after a more even second half when Casey increased its intensity. Abbey Green made a successful return from injury in the ruck and Amelia Velardo was instrumental off half-back. Midfielders Jennifer Guy and Marla Neal played a big role for the Pies, collecting 26 disposals and seven tackles and 15 disposals and 13 tackles respectively.
Imogen Milford did all she could to keep the Demons in the hunt kicking all three of Casey’s goals to go with her 12 disposals. Megan Fitzsimmon also showed desperation at the contest, collecting 20 disposals and laying 11 tackles.
Southern Saints 9.13.67 defeated Darebin 1.1.7
The Southern Saints returned to the winners list for the first time in three weeks with a dominant 60-point victory over Darebin. The win came off the back of a six goal to nothing second half where the Saints’ defence held strong to keep Darebin scoreless.
The Saints have struggled to score this season, but kicked their highest score for 2021. Tara Bohanna was instrumental in this, collecting 24 disposals, eight marks and two goals in a best on ground performance. She was well supported by Tamara Luke (24 disposals) and Nadia Von Bertouch who had 13 disposals and five marks.
Samara David never stopped for the Falcons collecting 17 disposals, seven marks and 10 tackles, she was well supported by Georgia Lawson-Tavan with 25 disposals and eight tackles. Sabine Cowley Du Parquet kicked Darebin’s only goal of the game.
Carlton 9.11.65 defeated Hawthorn 5.5.35
A remarkable four-goal performance from Courtney Jones led Carlton to their third straight victory over the Hawks at Ikon Park. The AFLW-listed Jones played her best game, collecting 23 disposals and 10 marks to go with her four majors in a best on ground performance.
It was all Carlton for three quarters, kicking nine goals to the Hawks’ one before Hawthorn surged in the final quarter to kick four goals to nothing. It wasn’t enough for the Hawks, who were missing experienced leader Meg Hutchins for the clash, going down by 30-points.
Serena Gibbs and Bryannen Gurr were also in the best for Carlton, collecting 14 and 21 disposals respectively, with Gibbs also hitting the scoreboard with two goals. Kate Angelis kickstarted the Hawks’ fourth quarter surge with two consecutive goals, while Jenna Richardson worked tirelessly in the midfield.
A last minute goal from Amy Malander shows a great effort from the girls but unfortunately the last spurt in the final quarter came too late.— Hawthorn VFLW (@HawthornFCW) March 27, 2021
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Western Bulldogs 0.6.6 defeated by Geelong 5.10.40
The Western Bulldogs’ disappointing 2021 season continued, being held goalless by a strong Geelong side at Whitten Oval. The Dogs had the first three scoring shots of the game and won the territory battle, but couldn’t capitalise, allowing the Cats to wrestle back momentum and never relinquish it.
It was the Cats forwards who excelled at Whitten Oval, Stephanie Williams making the most of her chances kicking two goals from nine disposals. Claudia Gunjaca was clunking everything, taking nine marks, including four contested, and kicking a goal. Tamara Smith continued to apply plenty of pressure at the contest finishing with 16 tackles and 15 disposals.
Bailey Hunt was the best for the Dogs with her 26 disposals, and Danielle Marshall returned with 17 disposals and did her best to get the Dogs on the board with her two behinds. Nicole McMahon battled in the ruck and Eliza Vale showed some nice run on the wing.
Essendon 4.3.27 defeated by Port Melbourne 6.2.38
Port Melbourne continued its unbeaten start to its first ever VFLW season with an 11-point win over Essendon. A five goal to two first half set up Port Melbourne’s victory, ending the Bombers three game winning streak.
Essendon fought hard and were able to control the first five minutes of each quarter, even holding the Borough goalless in the third, but Port Melbourne’s experience, clean skills and usage of the ball allowed it to always wrestle back momentum. Hannah McLaren was instrumental in the back half for Port, taking nine marks and collecting 22 disposals. Pip Peshke was also influential through the middle, ending up with 17 disposals and nine tackles.
Federica Few hit the scoreboard twice for the Bombers from her 15 disposals, while Georgia Nanscawen’s excellent season continued with 24 disposals and 11 tackles.
North Melbourne 4.6.30 defeated Williamstown 4.2.26
North Melbourne thwarted Williamstown’s hopes of going back-to-back for the first time this season holding on for a four-point win at home at Arden Street. Williamstown led for the entire first half, kicking three to one for a 10-point lead before the Roos were able to make up the deficit in the third quarter.
Captain Meagan Kiely was the best for North Melbourne leading from the front with 22 disposals, nine marks and the goal that sealed the game. She was helped by Tahni Nestor off half-back and midfield duo Sarah Skinner and Molly Eastman.
The versatile Sasha Long collected a game high 23 disposals and Erin Meade was strong in defence for the Seagulls. Midfielders Aimee Whelan and Ashlea Melnikas were great around the contest.