AFLW Round 1 Highlights
It was an exciting first round for the AFLW over the weekend. With most of the games coming down to a few points, these openers showed us that the coming season will be one to watch.
The opening game of the season on Saturday saw Geelong defeat Collingwood by a single point. It was the very first AFLW game for the Cats, with number one draft pick Nina Morrison kicking the winning behind that saw them to victory.
Geelong Cats (3.6.24) def Collingwood Magpies (3.5.23)
Saturday’s second game between Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs also came down to a single point, with the Western Bulldogs coming through with the win. Bulldogs captain Katie Brennan kicked the teams only two goals in the second quarter.
Western Bulldogs (2.6.18) def Adelaide Crows (1.11.17)
North Melbourne v Carlton on Sunday gave us the biggest margin of the round, with North Melbourne defeating the Blues by 36 points. A stellar debut to the AFLW by North Melbourne, their high profile recruits like Emma King and Moana Hope kicking three of the teams 7 goals. Special mention to Brittany Gibson and her 50m goal in the final quarter.
North Melbourne Kangaroos (7.10.52) def Carlton Blues (2.4.16)
Game two on Sunday saw Melbourne meet Fremantle at Casey Fields in Cranbourne. Fremantle defeated Melbourne by 4 points for their very first win on-the-road. The Dockers came back after half time with five unanswered goals in the third quarter, taking them into the fourth with a fourteen point lead over the Demons.
Fremantle Dockers (9.5.89) def Melbourne Demons (8.7.55)
The last game between Brisbane and GWS finished off the first round with another close game. Two points saw Brisbane to victory despite falling behind at half time. A goal from GWS’s Cora Staunton made Brisbane fans nervous late in the fourth quarter, but they held on to their lead.
Brisbane Lions (4.5.29) def GWS Giants (4.3.27)
Upcoming Round Two
Friday 8th February
GWS Giants v North Melbourne Kangaroos (Drummoyne Oval)
Saturday 9th February
Collingwood Magpies v Melbourne Demons (Victoria Park)
Western Bulldogs v Geelong Cats (VU Whitten Oval)
Sunday 10th February
Carlton Blues v Adelaide Crows (Ikon Park)
Fremantle Dockers v Brisbane Lions (Fremantle Oval)
One to Watch
Fremantle Dockers v Brisbane Lions
With both teams winning by only four points and two points respectively in Round 1, this game should come down to the wire. However, as the season progresses we hope to see plenty of close games!
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