In case you missed it: A snapshot of round two

HERE’S a quick look back at round two of the NAB AFL Women's competition. 

Highest score

  • Fremantle, 10.6 (67) v Brisbane. The 67 points were the most the Lions have conceded in AFLW competition.

Lowest score

  • Collingwood, 1.3 (9) v Melbourne. This was the Magpies' lowest AFLW score. 

Most disposals

  • Ally Anderson (Brisbane), 26
  • Elise O'Dea (Melbourne), 26
  • Dana Hooker (Fremantle), 24
  • Ash Brazill (Collingwood), 23
  • Anne Hatchard (Adelaide), 22
  • Emma Kearney (Western Bulldogs), 22

Leading goalkicker for the round

  • Stevie-Lee Thompson (Adelaide), 4 

Overall leading goalkicker

  • Jess Wuetschner (Brisbane), 5

Records broken

  • Ball-up hit-outs to advantage – 10, Erin Hoare (Geelong)
  • Centre clearances – 5, Dana Hooker (Fremantle)
  • Equal-most effective long kicks – 11, Ash Brazill (Collingwood) 


  • Emma Swanson (Greater Western Sydney), left shoulder
  • Cora Staunton (Greater Western Sydney), nose
  • Ash Riddell (North Melbourne), right ankle
  • Emma Grant (Collingwood), shoulder
  • Emma Mackie (Western Bulldogs), late withdrawal with concussion
  • Aasta O'Connor (Geelong), right knee
  • Tayla Harris (Carlton), late withdrawal with shoulder complaint
  • Chelsea Randall (Adelaide), late withdrawal with hamstring tightness


  • Lightning struck twice on Friday night at Drummoyne Oval, where for the second time in exactly a year play was delayed due to storms. Initially slated for a 7.15pm start, the match eventually started at 7.59pm in heavy rain. Play was further delayed with four minutes remaining in the second quarter when lightning caused a power outage, with three light towers going out. Giants coach Alan McConnell's quick thinking was on show when he raced to the fence to have an impromptu chat with his team, which stood inside the boundary line.
  • Players went to the rooms until power was restored, then played out the remaining four minutes, before a shortened half-time break (six minutes). The match was completed without further incident.
  • North Melbourne ruck Emma King's strong form continued. Coach Scott Gowans moved her forward in the final quarter and she kicked two goals in the opening four minutes, putting the result beyond doubt. At 187cm, she is nearly impossible to combat leading out of the square.
  • The Kangaroos' midfield may have won a lot of plaudits, but their backline has been difficult to penetrate. Danielle Hardiman, Tahlia Randall and Jasmine Grierson are all capable of playing on talls or smalls and are clean ball-users.
  • The Giants might have had the most difficult start to the season of any side, up against the perennially strong Brisbane and competition pace-setter North Melbourne. But being in conference B, regarded as the "weaker" of the two, means a preliminary final is not out of reach. 

AFLW Match Highlights: GWS v North Melbourne

04:59 Feb 8. 2019. 10:17 PM

The Giants and Kangaroos clash in Round 2 of the AFLW

MELBOURNE 3.8 (26) def COLLINGWOOD 1.3 (9)

  • Melbourne walked away with a 17-point win, keeping the Magpies to their lowest ever AFLW score. Collingwood’s only goal came late in the last quarter.
  • It was a tight contest in the centre with both sides goalless until late in the second term, when Demons midfielder Elise O’Dea scored the opener.
  • O’Dea and Karen Paxman worked tirelessly through the middle for the Dees. O’Dea collected a game-high 26 disposals.
  • Melbourne ruck Lauren Pearce gave her onballers a ride with her precision stoppage work.
  • Although Melbourne was in control in the centre, Magpies Ash Brazill and Brittany Bonnici did well to limit their scoring.

AFLW: R2 Magpies v Demons Q4

18:36 Feb 9. 2019. 7:00 PM

Watch the full replay of the fourth quarter

WESTERN BULLDOGS 5.4 (34) def GEELONG 2.4 (16)

  • The Bulldogs continue to fly under the radar, despite being the reigning premiers and winning their first two matches. They controlled play well with 36 marks to the Cats' 26, and increased their clearances from last week's 10 to 29.
  • Meghan McDonald was one of Geelong's best for the second straight week, patrolling the backline. Her form underlines the importance of players biding their time in state leagues.
  • Phoebe McWilliams made an impact on her return from a hamstring complaint, but coach Paul Hood said she would be better for the run. The former Giant marked well but was off target with her goalkicking.
  • Ellie Blackburn and Kirsty Lamb (who both had 18 touches) are quickly forming a strong one-two midfield punch in the absence of competition best and fairest Emma Kearney (North Melbourne). Blackburn is spending more time in the middle, while Lamb has improved with greater responsibility.

AFLW Match Highlights: Western Bulldogs v Geelong

04:59 Feb 9. 2019. 9:09 PM

The Dogs and Cats clash in round 2 of the AFLW

ADELAIDE 9.3 (57) def CARLTON 7.2 (44)

  • Adelaide opened its 2019 account in an entertaining contest against a much-improved Carlton.
  • The Crows would be feeling justified in the decision to move Stevie-Lee Thompson forward after her four goals. Thompson played primarily across half-back in the first two seasons of the competition, but has found her rhythm up forward.
  • At one stage in the third quarter, the Blues held a 17-point lead, only for the Crows to systematically claw it back.
  • First-year Carlton midfielder Madison Prespakis is a hot favourite to receive a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination for her best-on-ground performance. She racked up 20 disposals and kicked a last-gasp fourth-quarter goal.
  • Erin Phillips led from the front for the Crows, finishing with 21 disposals and a crucial third-quarter goal to swing the momentum in her team’s favour. 

AFLW Match Highlights: Carlton v Adelaide

04:49 Feb 10. 2019. 7:36 PM

The Blues and the Crows go head to head in round 2 of the AFLW

FREMANTLE 10.7 (67) def BRISBANE 6.4 (40)

  • Fremantle was the competition's highest scorer for a second week in a row, with 10 goalkickers contributing 18 goals in two matches.
  • Brisbane midfielder Ally Anderson improved significantly last year and looks to have taken her game to another level, becoming one of just four AFLW players to record at least 25 disposals, five tackles and a goal in a match.
  • Another two goals from Lion Jess Wuetschner sees her leading the competition goalkicking outright, while fellow forward Lauren Arnell has slotted in well after crossing from Carlton.

AFLW Match Highlights: Fremantle v Brisbane

04:30 Feb 10. 2019. 8:04 PM

Watch The Dockers and the Lions clash in round two of the AFLW

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