“She sees the game really well, has got great awareness around her and she is a good ball user,” Stinear said.
Sinead Goldrick completed the traditional Irish initiation into Australian football when she took off on a blistering run through the middle only to be penalised for not bouncing the ball with the recruit from Dublin impressing with her pace.
Star midfielder Lily Mithen rolled her ankle in the second quarter but should be fine for round one against North Melbourne on February 8 while Ainslie Kemp, who has recovered from an ACL injury, sent a scare through the camp when she went down as well. However, Stinear said the 22-year-old had also rolled her ankle.
He was more impressed with the standard shown in the match as they prepare to play the Kangaroos at Casey Fields in round one.
“Defensively we were far better than we have been in previous seasons so that is exciting for the team,” Stinear said.
Collingwood also had Chloe Molloy returning from a serious lisfranc foot injury with the rising star winner showing she had lost little of her agility, having two early shots at goal and evading three opponents at once in one passage of play that deserved to be on a highlight reel.
Brianna Davey was strong in defence in her first game for the Magpies since crossing from Carlton while Jaimee Lambert was dynamic in the midfield.
The Blues went down to North Melbourne in their practice match at Ikon Park, recovering from a six-goal deficit early in the second quarter to go down by just eight points with No.2 draft pick Lucy McEvoy starring for Carlton.
Carlton’s Lauren Brazelle was carried from the ground on a stretcher in the second quarter after a head knock and sent to hospital for scans with fierce tackling a feature of the match, with the Kangaroos’ early intensity too much for the Blues.
The Western Bulldogs suffered a blow when their skipper Ellie Blackburn suffered a hand injury in the second quarter and she was sent for scans. The Bulldogs were too good for the Cats with Bonnie Toogood kicking three goals for the home team at Whitten Oval.
The Cats will be pleased to show some system after being disappointing last week against Melbourne and will take some confidence into their round one road trip to play Fremantle.
St Kilda also won their practice match against Gold Coast that was played at Southport in Queensland. Both teams enter the competition this season with the Saints opening their season against the Western Bulldogs at Moorabbin on February 9.
Peter Ryan is a sports reporter with The Age covering AFL, horse racing and other sports.