CARLTON 13.9 (87) defeated GOLD COAST 4.3 (27)
Darcy Vescio has kept Carlton’s flickering finals hopes alive, booting five goals to defeat a winless Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium on Friday night to produce the AFLW’s highest score.
In the teams’ first meeting in AFLW history, it was crunch time for Carlton following a heartbreaking four-point loss to Fremantle despite a strong performance on home turf, when they lost in the final minutes.
The Suns handed the Tigers their second-ever win last week and with only two rounds left to get a victory on the board they were hungry, made clear by Suns co-captain Sam Virgo opening their account moments into the first term.
Gold Coast’s Maddi Levi returned forward last week and continued her impact up front, booting a second for the Suns. Teammate Alison Drennan followed suit, leaving a stunned Carlton side making haste to get the ball to Vescio, who slotted a clean set shot to get them on the board.
Vescio notched two majors in a row to send the Blues ahead in a dominating display.
An impressive solo effort by Lucy Single gave the Suns a goal, but the Blues retaliated with one from former cricketer Natalie Plane, leaving them two points ahead at the main break.
Vescio added yet another to open the second half, young gun Lucy McEvoy also slotting an untouched ball to extend Carlton’s lead.
The Blues’ All-Australian, Nicola Stevens, continued her career-best season with a major, having scored in each game this season, and returning Blue Brooke Walker added another.