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Magpies swoop, leaving stunned Kangaroos goalless

Despite Kaitlyn Ashmore’s strong first quarter, the Kangaroos couldn’t capitalise on their entries into the forward 50, leaving their scoreboard bare.

Aggression was high in the second quarter, both sides holding strong defensively. Pie Jordan Membrey slotted the only major of the term, the Kangaroos with just three behinds for the half.

A messy third quarter saw no scoreboard movement at all, and by the final term the writing was on the wall.

Magpie Brianna Davey breaks away with the ball at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night.

Magpie Brianna Davey breaks away with the ball at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night.Credit:Getty Images

Collingwood offered a very physical contest and Molloy booted her second for the day. Her seventh consecutive game having scored, she joins Carlton’s Tayla Harris as record holder for goal scoring in successive weeks.

Collingwood Coach Steve Symonds said his team’s ability to stay on task despite small errors was the difference.

“Whether our group could have done that twelve months ago I don’t know, I think we would have dropped off a bit and played a bit safer but we have progressed as a group and today they stuck to task and went all the way which was great.”

Kangaroos Coach Darren Crocker said his side needed to tidy up some “clunky” play, and said they should be “disappointed but not disheartened, there is still a lot to play out in this season”.

All-Australian Magpie Sharni Norder returned after sitting out last match with a quad injury but with 10 hitouts to 15 against North Melbourne’s Emma King, Norder seems back on track.

Kangaroo Brooke Brown on debut had only three disposals but managed a skilful tackle. The versatile 23-year-old moves between defence, the forward line and ruck.

Collingwood’s new senior assistant coach Scott Gowans undoubtedly had some valuable tips for his side, having coached the Kangaroos for two years. In charge of midfield and ball movement, the last game Gowans coached for North Melbourne was, ironically, their 2020 semi-final win over Collingwood, immediately prior to the termination of the season due to Covid-19.

Tigers find fight but are denied again as blues storm to win

CARLTON 0.2 4.2 7.3 8.3 (51)
RICHMOND 3.0 4.1 5.1 7.4 (46)

GOALS – Carlton: Prespakis (2), McEvoy, Harris, Vescio (3), Stevens
Richmond: Stahl (2), Wakefield (3), Brennan (2)
BEST – Carlton: Prespakis, Vescio, Harris, Egan, J. Hosking, Moodie, Downie
Richmond: Wakefield, Brennan, Seymour, Frederick, Brancatisano, Stahl
CROWD: 2212

Richmond have suffered their 10th straight loss and remain winless in the AFLW following a five-point defeat to Carlton at Ikon Park on Saturday afternoon.

After a 34-point loss to the Blues in last season’s opener, the Tigers, in their second clash against Carlton, needed to show how far they have come since their inaugural AFLW game.

Following a dominant performance against the Saints last week, the Blues, who ran out in orange socks, to signify the club’s commitment to gender equality for the prevention of violence against women, weren’t going to give the visitors their first win.

Darcy Vescio of the Blues, left, is tackled by Hannah Burchell of the Tigers during round four.

Darcy Vescio of the Blues, left, is tackled by Hannah Burchell of the Tigers during round four. Credit:Getty Images

Having made just one change to their line-up, naming defender Jess Edwards in place of skipper Katie Loynes, the Blues were rendered goalless in the first term, Courtney Wakefield booting two of Richmond’s three goals. The Blues’ usual fast play was nowhere to be seen initially, which looked to continue into the second with veteran Katie Brennan booting one straight from the siren.

Courtney Wakefield celebrates a goal for the Tigers.

Courtney Wakefield celebrates a goal for the Tigers. Credit:Getty Images

Reigning league best and fairest winner Madison Prespakis ascended, slotting two for the Blues, fellow Carlton young gun Lucy McEvoy and Tayla Harris added to the tally, leaving the locals one up at half-time.

When the going gets tough, Darcy Vescio gets going and with a spectacular hanger and three goals in the third, Carlton’s two-time leading goal kicker handed them a 14-point lead at the final break.

Darcy Vescio, right, and Harriet Cordner compete for the ball.

Darcy Vescio, right, and Harriet Cordner compete for the ball. Credit:Getty Images

Richmond’s Tayla Stahl and Wakefield booted their second and third goals, respectively, leading to an arm wrestle in the dying moments, but Nicola Stevens wouldn’t allow it on her home turf and added one for the ladies in blue, leaving the Tigers licking their wounds and dreaming of an elusive victory.

Richmond star Monique Conti marked her 25th AFLW game with a clinical midfield performance and 26 disposals.

The 21-year-old AFLW All-Australian is a premiership player, in which she was named best on ground. The former Bulldog also has a best and fairest award to her name from each of her AFLW clubs.

Jess Hosking earned her sibling bragging rights after lining up against identical twin, Sarah for the first time in their AFLW careers. Jess was named at half-forward and tallied 19 disposals while Sarah racked up 15 against her former side.

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