Thursday 28 January
    Completed Match between Carlton and Collingwood
    Friday 29 January
    Completed Match between St Kilda and Western Bulldogs
    Saturday 30 January
    Completed Match between Gold Coast Suns and Melbourne
    Saturday 30 January
    Completed Match between West Coast Eagles and Adelaide Crows
    Sunday 31 January
    Completed Match between Geelong Cats and Kangaroos
    Sunday 31 January
    Completed Match between Richmond and Brisbane Lions
    Sunday 31 January
    Completed Match between Fremantle and GWS Giants
    Friday 5 February
    Completed Match between Western Bulldogs and Carlton
    Saturday 6 February
    Completed Match between Collingwood and Geelong Cats
    Saturday 6 February
    Completed Match between Melbourne and Richmond
    Sunday 7 February
    Completed Match between Kangaroos and St Kilda
    Sunday 7 February
    Completed Match between Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Suns
    Sunday 7 February
    Completed Match between GWS Giants and Adelaide Crows
    Sunday 7 February
    Completed Match between Fremantle and West Coast Eagles
    Friday 12 February
    Completed Match between Geelong Cats and Western Bulldogs
    Saturday 13 February
    Completed Match between GWS Giants and Gold Coast Suns
    Saturday 13 February
    Completed Match between St Kilda and Carlton
    Saturday 13 February
    Completed Match between Melbourne and Kangaroos
    Sunday 14 February
    Completed Match between Adelaide Crows and Fremantle
    Sunday 14 February
    Completed Match between Richmond and Collingwood
    Monday 15 February
    Completed Match between Brisbane Lions and West Coast Eagles
    Friday 19 February
    Completed Match between St Kilda and Geelong Cats
    Saturday 20 February
    Completed Match between Carlton and Richmond
    Saturday 20 February
    Completed Match between Fremantle and Gold Coast Suns
    Saturday 20 February
    Completed Match between Kangaroos and Collingwood
    Sunday 21 February
    Completed Match between Brisbane Lions and Adelaide Crows
    Sunday 21 February
    Completed Match between Western Bulldogs and Melbourne
    Sunday 21 February
    Completed Match between GWS Giants and West Coast Eagles
    Friday 26 February
    Completed Match between Geelong Cats and Richmond
    Saturday 27 February
    Completed Match between Western Bulldogs and GWS Giants
    Saturday 27 February
    Completed Match between Fremantle and Brisbane Lions
    Saturday 27 February
    Completed Match between Kangaroos and Carlton
    Sunday 28 February
    Completed Match between Adelaide Crows and St Kilda
    Sunday 28 February
    Completed Match between Collingwood and Melbourne
    Sunday 28 February
    Completed Match between West Coast Eagles and Gold Coast Suns
    Friday 5 March
    Completed Match between Richmond and Kangaroos
    Saturday 6 March
    Completed Match between GWS Giants and Brisbane Lions
    Saturday 6 March
    Completed Match between Adelaide Crows and Gold Coast Suns
    Saturday 6 March
    Completed Match between Melbourne and St Kilda
    Sunday 7 March
    Completed Match between Carlton and Geelong Cats
    Sunday 7 March
    Completed Match between Collingwood and Western Bulldogs
    Sunday 7 March
    Completed Match between West Coast Eagles and Fremantle
    Friday 12 March
    Completed Match between Gold Coast Suns and Richmond
    Saturday 13 March
    Completed Match between St Kilda and GWS Giants
    Saturday 13 March
    Completed Match between Kangaroos and Western Bulldogs
    Saturday 13 March
    Completed Match between Melbourne and Adelaide Crows
    Sunday 14 March
    Completed Match between Carlton and Fremantle
    Sunday 14 March
    Completed Match between Brisbane Lions and Collingwood
    Monday 15 March
    Completed Match between West Coast Eagles and Geelong Cats
    Friday 19 March
    Completed Match between Gold Coast Suns and Carlton
    Saturday 20 March
    Completed Match between Geelong Cats and GWS Giants
    Saturday 20 March
    Completed Match between Collingwood and St Kilda
    Saturday 20 March
    Completed Match between Brisbane Lions and Kangaroos
    Sunday 21 March
    Completed Match between Richmond and West Coast Eagles
    Sunday 21 March
    Completed Match between Adelaide Crows and Western Bulldogs
    Sunday 21 March
    Completed Match between Fremantle and Melbourne
    Friday 26 March
    Completed Match between Western Bulldogs and Richmond
    Saturday 27 March
    Completed Match between Kangaroos and Fremantle
    Saturday 27 March
    Completed Match between Melbourne and Brisbane Lions
    Saturday 27 March
    Completed Match between Gold Coast Suns and Geelong Cats
    Sunday 28 March
    Completed Match between Adelaide Crows and Collingwood
    Sunday 28 March
    Completed Match between GWS Giants and Carlton
    Sunday 28 March
    Completed Match between West Coast Eagles and St Kilda
    Saturday 3 April
    Completed Match between Melbourne and Fremantle
    Saturday 3 April
    Completed Match between Collingwood and Kangaroos
    Saturday 10 April
    Completed Match between Adelaide Crows and Melbourne
    Saturday 10 April
    Completed Match between Brisbane Lions and Collingwood
    Saturday 17 April
    Completed Match between Adelaide Crows and Brisbane Lions

Round 4 Saturday 20 February

Ikon Park
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    Blues breathe a sigh of relief after holding off spirited Tigers

    CARLTON survived an almighty scare against Richmond on Saturday, producing a quickfire comeback and then holding its nerve at the death on the way to a tense five-point victory at Ikon Park.

    The Blues were forced to overturn a 22-point deficit against their plucky opposition to keep a stuttering season on track, resigning the Tigers to a 10th straight AFLW defeat in the process with a frantic 8.3 (51) to 7.4 (46) victory.

    BLUES v TIGERS Full match coverage and stats

    Unsurprisingly, Madison Prespakis was the inspiration behind the remarkable comeback win, continuing the form that helped her claim last season's AFLW best and fairest with 19 disposals and two goals in yet another dominant display.

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    The Blues and Tigers clash in round four of the NAB AFL Women's competition

    Monique Conti (26 disposals, four tackles) had been the driving force behind Richmond's early ascendency, but not even her constant presence in every contest could help the Tigers claim a long-awaited first win in the competition's history.

    Carlton had initially been stunned by Richmond's fast start, with the Tigers kicking four unanswered goals to begin the clash on their way to claiming a sizeable and surprising buffer just after quarter-time.

    Wakefield dives and seals Tiger's third

    00:25 Feb 20. 2021. 3:45 PM

    Courtney Wakefield kicks another major in dominant Richmond quarter

    But rather than dwell on the deficit, the Blues were sparked into action. Prespakis was everywhere, booting two goals in a matter of minutes to kickstart the comeback, as the hosts added four straight majors of their own to claim an unlikely lead by half-time.

    However, a dangerous Prespakis tackle – which saw Sarah Hosking come from the field for a concussion test before later returning – could come under scrutiny from the Match Review Officer.

    With the match evenly poised at the halfway point, Darcy Vescio picked her moment to help split it wide open. The Carlton forward was everywhere in the third term, adding three goals in the quarter alone to help the Blues gain complete control of the contest.

    Darcy Vescio so dangerous down forward in stellar third-quarter

    01:04 Feb 20. 2021. 4:58 PM

    Darcy Vescio's brilliant quarter brings her three goals

    But just when all hope of a drought-breaking win appeared lost, Richmond roared back to life. Tayla Stahl kicked her second and Courtney Wakefield added her third as the margin was whittled back to two points in an instant.

    Carlton needed a steadier and Georgia Gee was the calm head to provide it. Her wonderful run and squaring kick set up Nicola Stevens at the top of the goalsquare, ensuring the Blues had breathing space again.

    But still Richmond fought valiantly. Three straight shots on goal went either widely astray or were touched on the line in the game's dying stages, as the Tigers once again fell oh so close to that long-awaited first win.

    Is reigning AFLW best and fairest in trouble for this tackle?

    00:25 Feb 20. 2021. 3:56 PM

    Blues star Madison Prespakis lays a ferocious tackle on Richmond's Sarah Hosking

    Seeing double
    There had been much made of the reunion between identical twins Jess and Sarah Hosking, who were going head-to-head in the AFLW for the first time after Sarah's switch to the Tigers last year. But they didn't have to wait long to become reacquainted, with the pair starting the first centre bounce standing side by side. Jess ultimately claimed the points, with Carlton winning the contest and her 19 disposals bettering her sister's 15 touches.

    Jess and Sarah Hosking embrace after the clash between Carlton and Richmond in round four, 2021. Picture: Dylan Burns, AFL Photos

    The other battle
    There was another pivotal contest happening out of the centre, one that pitted two of the game's best and brightest young talents in Madison Prespakis and Monique Conti against each other. Both were superb as their teams' best players, lighting up the encounter with their skill and prolific ball-winning abilities. Prespakis finished with 19 disposals and two goals in Carlton's win, but Conti was perhaps the game's best player with 26 touches and four tackles.

    Prespakis strikes twice to put Carlton back in the game

    00:37 Feb 20. 2021. 4:13 PM

    Madison Prespakis kicks two brilliant goals to put the Blues on the board

    The moment
    Richmond had all of the momentum in the final quarter. The Tigers had kicked two straight goals and had reduced the margin to just two points, before Georgia Gee's game-changing play ensured Carlton was back on track. Gee took the advantage after the Blues had won a free-kick, moved the ball forward with two quick bounces, and kept her composure to find Nicola Stevens at the top of the goalsquare with a pinpoint kick. It was the game's defining moment in a seesawing contest.

    Say what?
    "The heart rate was elevated for a fair portion of that match. The start didn't go to plan, then we got ourselves back into the contest with some really good style and system and effort. Then in the last quarter, the scoreboard pressure came on and in the end we just clung on. It wasn't very impressive." – Carlton coach Daniel Harford

    "It's hard to sum up. The biggest part of me goes to being really proud of what we did and how we stuck to our game. We were challenged in so many ways and there were moments when Carlton got on top, but we were able to fight back and were able to give them something to deal with. I'm really proud of their effort and in the end, we just ran out of time." – Richmond coach Ryan Ferguson

    CARLTON         0.2     4.2     7.3     8.3 (51)
    RICHMOND
         3.0     4.1     5.1     7.4 (46)

    GOALS
    Carlton: 
    Vescio 3, Prespakis 2, McEvoy, Harris, Stevens
    Richmond: Wakefield 3, Brennan 2, Stahl 2

    BEST
    Carlton: 
    Prespakis, Vescio, Egan, McEvoy, Hosking, Harrington
    Richmond: 
    Conti, Hosking, Seymour, Wakefield, Brancatisano, Brennan

    INJURIES
    Carlton: Nil
    Richmond: Nil

    Reports: Nil

    Crowd: 2212 at Ikon Park

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