Friday 7 February
    Completed Match between Richmond and Carlton
    Saturday 8 February
    Completed Match between GWS Giants and Gold Coast Suns
    Saturday 8 February
    Completed Match between Melbourne and Kangaroos
    Saturday 8 February
    Completed Match between Brisbane Lions and Adelaide Crows
    Sunday 9 February
    Completed Match between Collingwood and West Coast Eagles
    Sunday 9 February
    Completed Match between St Kilda and Western Bulldogs
    Sunday 9 February
    Completed Match between Fremantle and Geelong Cats
    Friday 14 February
    Completed Match between Western Bulldogs and Melbourne
    Saturday 15 February
    Completed Match between Kangaroos and GWS Giants
    Saturday 15 February
    Completed Match between Gold Coast Suns and Richmond
    Saturday 15 February
    Completed Match between West Coast Eagles and Fremantle
    Sunday 16 February
    Completed Match between Geelong Cats and Brisbane Lions
    Sunday 16 February
    Completed Match between Carlton and Collingwood
    Sunday 16 February
    Completed Match between Adelaide Crows and St Kilda
    Friday 21 February
    Completed Match between St Kilda and Melbourne
    Saturday 22 February
    Completed Match between Western Bulldogs and Carlton
    Saturday 22 February
    Completed Match between Gold Coast Suns and Brisbane Lions
    Saturday 22 February
    Completed Match between Fremantle and Collingwood
    Sunday 23 February
    Completed Match between GWS Giants and West Coast Eagles
    Sunday 23 February
    Completed Match between Richmond and Kangaroos
    Sunday 23 February
    Completed Match between Geelong Cats and Adelaide Crows
    Friday 28 February
    Completed Match between Collingwood and Melbourne
    Saturday 29 February
    Completed Match between Richmond and Geelong Cats
    Saturday 29 February
    Completed Match between Kangaroos and Gold Coast Suns
    Saturday 29 February
    Completed Match between West Coast Eagles and Western Bulldogs
    Sunday 1 March
    Completed Match between Adelaide Crows and Carlton
    Sunday 1 March
    Completed Match between St Kilda and Fremantle
    Sunday 1 March
    Completed Match between Brisbane Lions and GWS Giants
    Friday 6 March
    Completed Match between Gold Coast Suns and Geelong Cats
    Saturday 7 March
    Completed Match between Kangaroos and Adelaide Crows
    Saturday 7 March
    Completed Match between GWS Giants and Richmond
    Saturday 7 March
    Completed Match between Carlton and St Kilda
    Sunday 8 March
    Completed Match between Collingwood and Western Bulldogs
    Sunday 8 March
    Completed Match between Melbourne and West Coast Eagles
    Sunday 8 March
    Completed Match between Fremantle and Brisbane Lions
    Friday 13 March
    Completed Match between Geelong Cats and Kangaroos
    Saturday 14 March
    Completed Match between Brisbane Lions and Collingwood
    Saturday 14 March
    Completed Match between St Kilda and Richmond
    Saturday 14 March
    Completed Match between Melbourne and Carlton
    Sunday 15 March
    Completed Match between Western Bulldogs and Fremantle
    Sunday 15 March
    Completed Match between Adelaide Crows and GWS Giants
    Sunday 15 March
    Completed Match between West Coast Eagles and Gold Coast Suns
    Saturday 21 March
    Completed Match between Kangaroos and Collingwood
    Saturday 21 March
    Completed Match between GWS Giants and Melbourne
    Saturday 21 March
    Completed Match between Fremantle and Gold Coast Suns
    Sunday 22 March
    Completed Match between Carlton and Brisbane Lions

Round 1 Sunday 3 February

North Hobart Oval
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    Match report: Roos thrash Blues on memorable debut

    NORTH Melbourne opened its AFLW account in fine style with a dominant 36-point win over Carlton at North Hobart Oval on Sunday afternoon.

    Led superbly by midfield duo Ashleigh Riddell and Emma Kearney, the Kangaroos jumped to a 24-point lead during an impressive three-goal second quarter burst and were rarely troubled after the long break, cruising to a 7.10 (52) to 2.4 (16) victory at their southern home.

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    The 'Roos and and Blues go head to head in round 1 of the AFLW

    Much of the talk ahead of North Melbourne’s debut in the AFLW revolved around their high-profile recruits and it was the likes of former Magpies Emma King (two goals and seven tackles), Moana Hope (one goal) and Jessica Duffin (18 disposals and seven marks) who led the way in the first half.

    North Melbourne coach Scott Gowans said he had entered the game with full faith in his playing group despite external debate as to how quickly the band of experienced stars and AFLW debutants would click on the field.

    "It’s funny, you do get protective of your group and I heard a lot of people saying, ‘Are they going to jell?’ and I just knew they would," he said.

    "In girls footy it’s that sense of belonging we always speak about and I knew they had that, but I wasn’t quite sure how they’d cope from a skills perspective under pressure. They did all right (but) there’s a lot of growth areas for us which is terrific.

    "It’s a tight competition and it’s not just a matter of just jelling, it’s a matter of playing good footy for seven weeks."

    For Carlton, Tayla Harris provided a lively target in the forward half but the Blues struggled to capitalise on forward entries, a stat they won 29-26, as the Kangaroos rebounded time and again and were able to control the game with superior foot skills and spread from the contest.

    Following the defeat, Blues coach Daniel Harford was in no doubt as to the quality of opposition his side had encountered to launch their 2019 season.

    "They’re pretty good. I think we’ve seen the benchmark pretty quickly in the competition," he said.

    "The girls didn’t get to show what they’re capable of because the opposition was too good."

    North’s first AFLW goal came courtesy of the impressive King who kicked truly from the right forward pocket in front of North Hobart Oval’s iconic Horrie Gorringe stand midway through the opening term.

    Reigning AFLW best and fairest Kearney was forced to work her way into the contest having been kept very quiet by the close-marking Jess Edwards during a tight opening term, but ran the game out well to finish with an equal game-high 18 disposals and five tackles. 

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    King’s memorable moment

    Having kicked just the one goal during her two seasons at Collingwood, North Melbourne recruit Emma King etched her name in the record books as the first Kangaroo to boot a major in the AFLW. Her first-quarter goal came courtesy of a free kick in the opening term but she followed up with a strong mark in the goalsquare to boot her second after half-time and finished with a game-high seven tackles in an impressive all-round performance.

    Battle of the bulls

    Carlton coach Daniel Harford sent first-gamer Jess Edwards to tag North Melbourne skipper and marquee recruit Emma Kearney at the opening bounce, dubbing it a ‘battle of the bulls’ post-match. Edwards kept Kearney to a solitary disposal in the first term and snapped a goal of her own to win the opening round, but Kearney was good enough to work her way into the game and share the honours with Edwards on the day.

    The locals loved it

    Just a touch under 5000 spectators turned out to see the first AFLW game in Tasmania and were rewarded by seeing the home side run away to a comfortable victory. The moment plenty had waited to see, however, came late in the final term when Brittany Gibson, a product of the Burnie Dockers before playing 16 games at Brisbane during the past two seasons, nailed a goal on the run and celebrated in style as teammates flocked around her.

    Tasmanian fans celebrate the win with Kangaroos players after the game

    The biggest difference

    While the Blues were able to come away with three more forward entries than North Melbourne, they just couldn’t control the game the same way the Kangaroos did, something best evidenced in the marking discrepancy. At the final siren, North Melbourne had racked up 56 marks opposed to Carlton’s 23, their superior kicking and hard running to space proving too much for the Blues to match.

    Say what?

    "Everything we’ve done from the way we’ve trained to how we have structured the gameplan, style of footy, the learnings, it’s all built to play in that week nine of the competition. You always try to head for excellence and if you fall just short at least you’re going to be pretty good."
    - North Melbourne coach Scott Gowans

    "They just lost their way a bit, the girls. Once they got the scoreboard against them a little bit and the opportunities inside our forward half disappeared they lost their confidence, lost their nerve a little bit."
    - Carlton coach Daniel Harford 

    What’s next?

    North Melbourne hit the road to take on Greater Western Sydney at Drummoyne Oval on Friday evening while the Blues host the Crows at Ikon Park on Sunday afternoon.

    NORTH MELBOURNE     1.4     4.8     6.9     7.10     (52)                  
    CARLTON                        1.2     1.2     2.2     2.4      (16)           

    GOALS
    North Melbourne: King 2, Garner, Hope, Drennan, Riddell, Gibson
    Carlton: Edwards, Davey  

    BEST 
    North Melbourne: Riddell, King, Garner, Kearney, Duffin
    Carlton: Harris, Edwards, Prespakis

    INJURIES 
    North Melbourne: Nil
    Carlton: Nil

    Reports: Nil 

    Umpires: Annand, Heffernan, Rebeschini

    Estimated crowd: 4896 at North Hobart Oval

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