HERE'S a quick look back at round five of the NAB AFL Women's competition.
- Adelaide, 10.4 (64) v North Melbourne. Adelaide booted 10 goals against the stingiest defence in the competition. The 64 points is the most the Kangaroos have conceded in their short AFLW history.
- Brisbane, 1.2 (8) v Geelong. The Lions' rollercoaster season continued. A week after kicking their second-highest score (49 points), they recorded the lowest-ever AFLW score of eight points while struggling to contend with the Cats' suffocating defence. The previous lowest score was nine points, by Greater Western Sydney (round four, 2017 and round two, 2018) and Collingwood (round two, 2019).
- Emma Kearney (North Melbourne), 31
- Kiara Bowers (Fremantle), 23
- Chelsea Randall (Adelaide), 23
- Erin Phillips (Adelaide), 23
- Jess Duffin (North Melbourne), 23
Leading goalkickers for the round
- Tegan Cunningham (Melbourne), 3
- Kate Darby (Geelong), 3
- Kellie Gibson (Fremantle), 3
Overall leading goalkicker
- Stevie-Lee Thompson (Adelaide), 9
- Centre clearances – 6, Dana Hooker (Fremantle), breaking her own record set in round two
- Intercept marks – 10, Jess Duffin (North Melbourne)
- Contested intercept marks – 5, Jess Duffin (North Melbourne)
- Uncontested marks – 9, Kaitlyn Ashmore (North Melbourne)
- Pressure points – 96, Kiara Bowers (Fremantle)
- Shannon Campbell (Brisbane), concussion
- Phoebe McWilliams (Geelong), two dislocated fingers
- Shelley Scott (Melbourne), shoulder
- Jess Trend (North Melbourne), right ankle
- Angelique Stannett (Fremantle), knee/hamstring tightness
- Erin McKinnon (GWS, late withdrawal), thumb
- Evie Gooch (Fremantle, late withdrawal), calf
- This was a game of contrasts, with Geelong kicking its highest-ever score in its short history (35 points) and Brisbane kicking its – and the competition's – lowest (eight).
- The Cats' midfield made a concerted effort to prevent the Lions from getting their outside run going, clamping down on Ally Anderson and Emma Zielke with fierce tackling, forcing stoppage after stoppage.
- The Lions struggled with a fierce wind pushing the ball towards the boundary line, with the Cats content to lock the game on that side of the ground once they had established a lead.
- Key forward Kate Darby stood up for Geelong in the absence of suspended forward duo Maddie Boyd and Aasta O'Connor, kicking three goals. Fellow forward Phoebe McWilliams missed most of the second half after dislocating the ring and middle fingers on her left hand.
- Collingwood was in the lead for vast portions of the match and had a 10-point buffer at three-quarter time after Sarah Rowe kicked a goal after the siren.
- It took some Darcy Vescio magic – a roving snap in the final few minutes – to drag the Blues over the line, after they had dominated play in the final quarter for little scoreboard reward.
- The Magpies debuted a new-look forward line, with Sophie Alexander and Jordan Membrey joined by 18-year-olds Jordy Allen and Katie Lynch, and 19-year-old Darcy Guttridge. All three are highly talented, having been selected within the first 11 picks in the past two drafts, but will take a bit more time to adjust to the pace of AFLW.
- Tayla Harris' battle with accuracy continued. After a three-poster effort against Geelong last week, her first set-shot hit the post. But she responded soon after, winning a free kick for holding the ball and converting.
Petitioning for hitting the post to be worth 9 points, PLEASE— Tayla Harris (@taylaharriss) March 3, 2019
- Greater Western Sydney is probably out of finals contention, needing two wins and a draw between fellow Conference B sides Brisbane and Carlton to have any hope of a shock preliminary final berth.
- Melbourne, by contrast, remains in the hunt for a preliminary final spot, adding valuable percentage to keep the pressure on the top sides in the hotly contested Conference A.
- Demon Maddison Gay was moved forward from the midfield and was a constant threat, working well with Tegan Cunningham and Aliesha Newman. The set-up was too much for Giants.
- Giant Courtney Gum and Demon Shelley Scott are two of the more experienced AFLW players, their bodies hardened to the crash and bash of football. So, a collision between the two was always going to be big, the marking contest hard enough the impact was picked up by the effects microphone on the Fox Footy broadcast. Scott spent time off the ground in the immediate aftermath.
- The much-anticipated clash was a tight one for the first three quarters, with the Crows capitalising on their marginal ascendancy to scoot away with what was in the end a comfortable win.
- North skipper Emma Kearney and Crows co-captain Erin Phillips (the past two AFL best and fairest winners) had an entertaining battle, finishing with 54 disposals and 11 marks between them. Phillips kicked two goals to take her season tally to eight, one behind teammate and competition leader, Stevie-Lee Thompson.
- The Roos started well with the first two goals but conceded 10 of the next 12.
- North's first loss was in its maiden home game in Melbourne.
- The Dockers have been the improvers of 2019 and remain in contention for a preliminary final spot in Conference A after a fighting win over the Western Bulldogs in stifling conditions at home. The Dockers are third on percentage behind Adelaide and North Melbourne, with matches against Geelong (GMHBA Stadium) and the Kangaroos (Fremantle Oval) to come.
- Veteran Kiara Bowers again played a starring role for Fremantle, with 23 touches, 16 tackles, eight clearances and one goal. Teammate Dana Hooker was also superb, especially at stoppages.
- The Bulldogs led early in the last term, despite being badly beaten in the inside 50 count.
- Monique Conti (20 disposals) and co-captain Katie Brennan (18 touches and one goal) tried hard for the reigning premiers, who – barring some extraordinary results – will not reach the final four.
- Forward Isabel Huntington kicked a goal for the Dogs in her long-awaited return to footy. The No.1 pick from the 2017 draft ruptured the ACL in her right knee early last season and re-injured the knee last December. The 19-year-old has also previously had her left knee reconstructed.