In case you missed it: A snapshot of round four

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

Highest score

  • Adelaide, 9.11 (65) v Fremantle. After managing just 17 points in round one, the Crows have responded with scores of 57, 66 and 65.

Lowest score

  • Carlton, 1.8 (14) v Geelong. It was a nightmare game in front of goal for the Blues, who had ample opportunities but struggled with accuracy.

Most disposals

  • Karen Paxman (Melbourne), 25
  • Erin Phillips (Adelaide), 25
  • Lily Mithen (Melbourne), 22
  • Rebecca Beeson (Greater Western Sydney), 22
  • Anne Hatchard (Adelaide), 22

Leading goalkicker for the round

  • Emma King (North Melbourne), 3 

Overall leading goalkickers

  • Stevie-Lee Thompson (Adelaide), 7
  • Emma King (North Melbourne), 7


  • Ellie Blackburn (Western Bulldogs), head knock
  • Leah Kaslar (Brisbane, late withdrawal), left calf
  • Courtney Cramey (Adelaide), hamstring
  • Sarah D'Arcy (Collingwood, late withdrawal), hamstring
  • Erin McKinnon (Greater Western Sydney, late withdrawal), illness
Richelle Cranston clashes with Brianna Davey

GEELONG 2.7 (19) def CARLTON 1.8 (14)

  • Both teams had a nightmare match in front of goal, with Carlton in particular failing to capitalise on a third-quarter period of dominance. Tayla Harris alone hit the post three times.
  • The question around Brianna Davey's best position continues, after the Blues captain started in defence (primarily on Phoebe McWilliams) but changed the game when she played in the centre in the second half.
  • It wasn't a pretty win, but Geelong scored a crucial four points in the race for a preliminary final berth by knocking off a fellow Conference B contender.
  • Both teams will be sweating on the MRO report, with Blue Sarah Hosking reported for forceful front-on contact and Cat Maddie Boyd reported for rough conduct (coincidentally, on Sarah's twin Jess).

BRISBANE 7.7 (49) def WESTERN BULLDOGS 2.5 (17)

  • Brisbane hit back with a vengeance after losing to Melbourne by 39 points last week, kicking its highest score of the season.
  • The young Lions played important roles in the win, with McKenzie Dowrick, Jesse Wardlaw, Jacqui Yorston and Nat Grider (who have played 10 games cumulatively) all having moments of dominance.
  • The Bulldogs have struggled to score (averaging just three goals a match), with the volume of delivery having a major effect. The Dogs are averaging only 171.3 disposals a game, better only than Collingwood.
  • Ellie Blackburn was sent to hospital as a precaution after a head knock but was released fairly quickly and no reported symptoms of concussion.

ADELAIDE 9.11 (65) def FREMANTLE 3.5 (23)

  • The Crows dominated most of the second half of this contest, with six unanswered goals to hand the Dockers their first loss of the season.
  • Not for the first time, co-captain Erin Phillips was a class above and finished with equal-round-best of 25 disposals. The 2017 competition best and fairest was hampered by a quad injury for much of last season but is fit and firing again and shapes as the competition's most dangerous player, capable of playing forward and on the ball.
  • The Dockers came into the match as the competition's highest-scoring team (averaging just shy of 60 points a game), but managed only three goals – all in the first half.   
  • Kiara Bowers was again impressive, with 19 disposals, five marks and 10 tackles.


  • The Giants posted their first win of the season, with their four-goal opening term with the breeze at Morwell in Victoria's east enough of a buffer. 
  • The Giants recorded 10 of the game's first 11 inside 50s.
  • Rebecca Beeson and former Pie Alicia Eva (both with 22 disposals) were among the best for the winners, while ex-Lion Jordan Membrey, Jaimee Lambert and Sarah Dargan tried hard for the Magpies.
  • Collingwood's 0-4 start to the season follows 0-3 starts in 2017 and last year. The Pies are the competition's only winless team.

NORTH MELBOURNE 6.2 (38) def MELBOURNE 5.4 (34)

  • The Demons dominated large portions of the match, with North's three-goal second term the difference between the two. The Dees won the disposal count, 231-186.
  • Emma King was once again a handful charging out of the goalsquare. Her height and reach make it tough for opponents and help her draw free kicks. She is the competition's equal-leading goalkicker, despite playing large portions of matches in the ruck.
  • Melbourne made a puzzling decision early not to tag Emma Kearney, instead backing Karen Paxman to be effective at half-back. Kearney was highly influential in the Roos' dominant patch, but was quieter after half-time when Paxman paid her closer attention.

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