AFLW Round 3 Highlights
The margins keep getting bigger and the competition even more fierce as Round 3 of the AFLW played out over the weekend – giving us some of the biggest wins we’ve seen so far this season.
Last weeks ‘one to watch’ certainly didn’t disappoint, with North Melbourne backing the Western Bulldogs into a corner with a 31-point win in Launceston on Friday night to keep their top spot on the Conference A ladder. Four goals by Courteney Munn in her very first game for the Kangaroos sealed the deal, with the Bulldogs unable to claw their way back despite three goals in the final term.
North Melbourne Kangaroos (8.5.53) def. Western Bulldogs (3.4.22)
With no victories since Round 2 of the 2018 season, the Blues have a lot to prove this year – and prove it they did with a 29-point win over the Giants on Saturday at Blacktown International Sportspark. NAB Rising Star nominee Maddy Prespakis nailed 3 goals for Carlton, proving to be an impressive recruit. The Giants are going into Round 4 with no wins under their belt, however their talented forward line (Staunton, Bernardi, Bonner and Barclay) put them in good position for a comeback in later rounds.
Carlton Blues (10.5.65) def. GWS Giants (5.6.36)
The Dockers remain unbeaten after the Magpies failed to swoop in on Saturday night at Fremantle Oval. Fremantle were up by 31 points at half time, and continued their streak to come home with a 33 point victory. After suffering their third loss in as many rounds, Collingwood will be scrambling for a win against GWS next week.
Fremantle Dockers (7.9.51) def. Collingwood Magpies (2.6.18)
The Cats had their claws out on Sunday at Norwood Oval, but it wasn’t enough to defeat Adelaide’s murder of Crows who came through with a 29-point triumph. 2017 AFLW Best and Fairest winner Erin Phillips was a force to be reckoned with for Adelaide, booting three goals and finishing the game with 19 disposals. Despite the loss, Geelong has retained second spot on the Conference B ladder.
Adelaide Crows (10.6.66) def. Geelong Cats (6.1.37)
Game two on Sunday between the Demons and the Lions gave us our biggest margin of the round, with Melbourne bringing it home with a 39 point landslide win over the tired Brisbane Lions. Five unreturned goals in the second quarter saw Melbourne lead by 40 points at half time. Melbourne forward Aliesha Newman lead the way with three goals in the first half.
Melbourne Demons (9.6.60) def. Brisbane Lions (3.3.21)
Upcoming Round 4
Saturday 23rd February
Geelong Cats v Carlton Blues (GMHBA Stadium)
Western Bulldogs v Brisbane Lions (VU Whitten Oval)
Adelaide Crows v Fremantle Dockers (TIO Stadium)
Sunday 24th February
Collingwood Magpies v GWS Giants (Morwell Recreation Reserve)
Melbourne Demons v North Melbourne Kangaroos (Casey Fields)
One to Watch
Geelong Cats v Carlton Blues
Carlton is on top of the Conference B ladder, and Geelong are sitting right on their heels. With two losses and a win each under their belt, the Cats and the Blues will both be trying to get into that top spot on the Conference B ladder.
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