WE'RE only two rounds in, but the cream is starting to rise to the top in the NAB AFLW competition
Adelaide produced another imperious performance and are now one of six teams yet to lose, the Dogs produced one for the ages, while Gold Coast slumped to a record-low score in the QClash.
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Read on to catch up with all the round two action.
Highest scoring match
- Western Bulldogs 6.6 (42) def Carlton 5.6 (36). For the second week running, the Bulldogs have been involved in the highest-scoring match, as they broke through for their first win since round one last year.
- Monique Conti (Richmond), 27
- Alyce Parker (GWS), 27
- Georgia Patrikios (St Kilda), 27
- Brianna Davey (Collingwood), 25
- Ebony Marinoff (Adelaide), 24
- Maddy Prespakis (Carlton), 24
- Britt Bonnici (Collingwood), 24
Leading goalkicker for the round
- Jesse Wardlaw (Brisbane), 4.0
- Dakota Davidson (Brisbane), 4.0
- Ailish Considine (Adelaide), head knock
- Jordyn Allen (Collingwood), late withdrawal with illness
- Annise Bradfield (Gold Coast), knee
- Krstel Petrevski (Melbourne), hamstring
- Bianca Jakobsson (St Kilda), corked back
- Andrea Gilmore (West Coast), hand
- Niamh Kelly (West Coast), finger
- Parris Laurie (West Coast), leg
- Bailey Hunt (Western Bulldogs), calf
- Bulldogs skipper Ellie Blackburn was instrumental in her team's first win since round one last year, booting two fourth-quarter goals. The Dogs' high-pressure game was instrumental in the win, making life incredibly difficult for Carlton to exit their defensive 50.
- Carlton coach Daniel Harford wasn't mincing words post-match, labelling the side's performance as "awful". Young midfield trio Maddy Prespakis, Georgia Gee and Mimi Hill battled hard, but disposal and decision-making under pressure from the rest of the team left something to be desired.
- Collingwood continues on its merry march up the ladder. If last year indicated the Pies were on the rise, they have well and truly arrived in 2021. Ruby Schleicher's rebounding work is much improved, while co-captain Brianna Davey is clearly benefiting from a full pre-season, dominating in clearances and up forward.
- Geelong wasn't as bad as the scoreline suggests, but had serious problems across half-forward, breaking down and struggling to get through a tough Pies defence. Top draft pick Darcy Moloney showed a few nice glimpses, but Liv Purcell needs more support in the middle.
- For the second week running, the Dees were a bit slow out of the starting blocks, but like last round, it didn't matter a jot. Melbourne was highly accurate in front of goal, with its tall forward line – including new addition Alyssa Bannan – stretching the Tiger defence.
- There's no questioning this is an improved Richmond side from last year, but it still isn't quite up to scratch. The midfield remains an issue – although in time, the development of Sophie Molan and Ellie McKenzie will help – with Monique Conti needing more support now.
- It wasn't quite the masterclass we saw last week, but the Roos slowly but surely cruised away from the Saints, with their depth and fitness the difference. It's difficult to individualise after a well-rounded performance, but the hard running and composure of Emma Kearney – particularly early – was a key factor in the win.
- The Saints would have been pleased with their second quarter, but failed to capitalise on the scoreboard on their brief period of dominance. They failed to score after half-time, with Georgia Patrikios battling away almost single-handedly in the midfield. Kate Shierlaw was a strong target, pushing high up the ground, and Rhi Watt blanketed Emma King.
- It was a comprehensive and handy percentage-boosting performance from Brisbane, with tall forwards Jesse Wardlaw and Dakota Davidson capitalising on some strong midfield work. The defence was also at its best, holding Gold Coast to just two scoring shots.
- Not one for memory bank for the Suns, but unfortunately one for the record books. The Suns – who it must be said, with plenty of fresh faces this year – now hold the "honour" of recording the lowest AFLW score. Jamie Stanton was well-held by Cathy Svarc, while recruit Ali Drennan can hold her head high.
- Another tough opponent for the Giants, who have had the misfortune of drawing Fremantle and Adelaide in their first two weeks. They just didn't quite have the depth in the midfield to go with Adelaide, putting the backline under enormous pressure. Coach Al McConnell also highlighted disposal (41 per cent) as a serious issue.
- Adelaide really put the foot down in the final quarter, and seven goalkickers (including Danielle Ponter with three) would have been pleasing for Matthew Clarke. The old guard of Erin Phillips, Ebony Marinoff and Anne Hatchard were the real drivers out of the engine room.
- Are there any conditions Kiara Bowers doesn't relish? After dominating in the heat, she starred in torrential rain, winning her second Derby medal. Gemma Houghton kicked a goal for the ages from the boundary, and the team's accuracy issues (in tough conditions) prevented this from being a more comprehensive victory.
- West Coast lost no admirers for their four-quarter efforts, but once again struggled to pierce their attacking 50. They look a different side with Imahra Cameron in attack, and Mikayla Bowen tried to pull the side over the line herself, but with seven already sidelined, injuries are continuing to mount.
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