|Venue:||Ikon Park, Carlton.|
|Date:||Thursday 28th January, 2021 (7.15 pm).|
|Result:||Lost by 6 points.|
|Goalkickers:||N. Stevens, D. Vescio, J. Hosking, K. Harrington 1.|
|Reports:||Madison Prespakis and Brianna Davey were given a repremanded for wrestling each other after an early plea. Aliesha Newman (Collingwood) reported for a dangerous tackle on Mua Laloifi (Carlton) in the fourth term - 1 week suspension.|
Game ReviewCarlton has fallen 6 points short to Collingwood in the opening round of the AFLW season. A slow start at Ikon Park left Carlton wanting in the first match of the 2021 AFLW season. The Pies defeated the Blues by six points after quelling their second half comeback efforts in the traditional rivalry. Here is how the game played out at Ikon Park.
Quarter 1: The first quarter was as scrappy as this traditional rivalry promised it to be, with both sides looking for a score at the first break. The Pies started strong with repeat entries inside 50, but were quelled every time by a valiant Blues defence featuring young gun Charlotte Wilson. From there the new Blues took charge, with Elise O’Dea showing leadership through the centre to finish the quarter on three disposals and two tackles. Mimi Hill was also a strong starter in her debut game, collecting four disposals before the quarter was up.
Quarter 2: Collingwood took control of the game in the second quarter. After another tied up five minutes to open the quarter, the Pies notched their first of the day which quickly became four. Despite tireless work from superstar Maddy Prespakis and the hard hit to end all hard hits from Katie Loynes, the Blues struggled to get inside 50 as the quarter progressed. Carlton finished the first half looking desperately for an avenue to attack and open their account in season 2021.
Quarter 3: Carlton needed a spark heading into the third quarter, with senior coach Daniel Harford moving down to the bench for the second half. Defender-turned-forward Nicola Stevens took it upon herself to be the difference for the Blues, kicking true to notch their first goal of the day. From then on, the Blues got on a roll with a classy goal from Darcy Vescio followed by the forgotten first AFLW goal from another ex-defender, Jess Hosking. The Pies finished the quarter strongly with a goal of their own, but the fourth quarter was there to be won with the Blues going in with a 13-point deficit.
Quarter 4: The game was there for the taking at the beginning of the final quarter. Levelling up the inside 50 count, the Blues launched into attack with repeat entries over the opening minutes of the term. But a tireless Collingwood defence kept Carlton at bay despite Hosking's attempt at doubling her career goal count. Despite keeping the Pies goalless in the final quarter and a last minute clunk from co-captain Kerryn Harrington, a goal on the siren wasn't enough to secure the four points.
Moment of the match:
It was a first goal four years in the making. A career defender, Jess Hosking made the switch into attack in the off-season to start in Carlton's forward line on Thursday night. Two quick goals from Nicola Stevens and Darcy Vescio set up Hosking with a chance, and a certain kick saw Blues across the ground celebrate the inaugural Blue.
Three things from the game:
1. Carlton's young defenders are beginning to mature. Through a Collingwood onslaught, third-year Blue Charlotte remained a consistent performer in a backline under attack. Wilson finished the first game of the season with eight disposals and five marks.
2. Grace Egan is the chaos midfielder we love to see at the centre bounce. After a standout first year in Navy Blue, Egan showed she's back better than ever in her second year. She finished the clash with 13 disposals, only trailing league best and fairest Maddy Prespakis in Navy Blue possessions.
3. The new Blues aren't wasting any time making a name for themselves. AFLW veteran Elise O'Dea showed plenty of heart in her new colours, consistently sparking the group through the midfield with her fiery pressure. But the real standout came from new draftee Mimi Hill, whose tireless work in the midfield earned her 12 disposals in her debut clash.
Best; M. Prespakis, G. Egan, C. Wilson, J. Hosking, A. McKay
|B:||32 Natalie Plane||31 Brooke Vernon||12 Lauren Brazzale|
|HB:||8 Vaomua Laloifi||20 Charlotte Wilson||9 Kerryn Harrington (c)|
|C:||46 Elise O'Dea|
|HF:||10 Mimi Hill||7 Tayla Harris||3 Darcy Vescio|
|F:||21 Nicola Stevens||11 Jess Hosking||2 Katie Loynes (c)|
|Ruck:||16 Breann Moody||4 Madison Prespakis||19 Georgia Gee|
|Interchange:||30 Alison Downie||18 Maddy Guerin||5 Abbie McKay|
|1 Grace Egan||17 Charlotte Hammans|
|Emg:||25 Jess Edwards||23 Daisy Walker|
MilestonesDebut: Mimi Hill, Charlotte Hammans
Debut (Carlton): Elise O'Dea, Maddy Guerin
First Goal: Jessica Hosking, Kerryn Harrington
AFLW Coaches Votes9 - Brittany Bonnici (COLL)
5 - Jaimee Lambert (COLL)
4 - Madison Prespakis (CARL)
4 - Ruby Schleicher (COLL)
4 - Stacey Livingstone (COLL)
2 - Jessica Hosking (CARL)
2 - Vaomua Laloifi (CARL)