AFLW Round 1, 2022a

Carlton 2.0 12 2.0 12 3.0 18 3.0 18
Collingwood 2.0 12 4.2 26 5.4 34 5.6 36
Venue: Ikon Park, Carlton.
Date: Thursday 25th August, 2022 (7.10 pm).
Result: Lost by 18 points.
Crowd: 4,128
Goalkickers: Austin 1.0, D. Vescio 1.0, B. Moody 1.0.
Reports: Nil.
Umpires: Robert O'Gorman, Gen Devenish, Courtney Gibson.
Injuries: M. Hill (corked thigh).

Game Review

Pies power past Blues in season-opener - Gemma Bastiani.

Collingwood has extended its winning streak against Carlton to four games, defeating its rival by 18 points in the AFLW season seven opener. Going head-to-head at Ikon Park, the Pies controlled the game after quarter-time to ultimately win 5.6 (36) to 3.0 (18). Collingwood dominated territory, trapping the ball in its forward half by setting up expertly behind the play and intercepting everything that came out, ultimately winning the inside 50 count 36 to 18. Making life tough for Carlton's defence, the Pies' forward pressure was outstanding, particularly from Eliza James in game 11. Typically good users of the ball, the Blues defenders were forced into poor choices and disposal. Under that pressure, Carlton lost concentration in its defensive 50, allowing the smart Pies forwards to get into space and lead for the ball.

Jordyn Allen's attacking mindset out of Collingwood's defensive half was incredibly damaging, spreading hard, stepping her opponents repeatedly and delivering the ball forward, and also sneaking forward to hit the scoreboard herself. The opening quarter was an armwrestle, with debutant Mia Austin kicking Carlton's first before Jordan Membrey reciprocated for Collingwood in her return from an ACL. Membrey has now kicked 12 straight goals in her 19 games. After the first break, however, Collingwood controlled the flow of play, spreading hard and stretching their opponents. For the Blues, Lucy McEvoy's shock selection after a shoulder injury last month proved to be an important one. Playing in defence, Lucy McEvoy racked up 23 disposals, six tackles and 10 intercepts for the night.

Debutants have an impact
Carlton key forward Mia Austin made her mark early, taking a strong contested mark and going back to kick the opening goal of the game on her debut. But she wasn't the only player to step up in their first game, with Collingwood's Imogen Evans bringing the physicality around the ball, then pressing forward to also hit the scoreboard herself.

Moody changing the momentum
Just as Carlton was begging for someone to step up and kick a goal, Breann Moody did just that. From a stoppage at the top of the Blues' goalsquare, Moody shoved opposing ruck Alison Downie out of the way, snatched the ball out of the air and drilled her side's third goal of the evening. Going back to the centre stoppage, she slammed the ball forward to gain ground, and followed up with another strong contested mark.

Up next
Both Carlton and Collingwood will take on new sides next week, with the Blues set to face Essendon at ETU Stadium, and the Pies hosting Sydney at Victoria Park.

Best: M. Hill, L. McEvoy, B. Moody, A. McKay.


B: 26 Paige Trudgeon 8 Vaomua Laloifi
HB: 24 Brooke Vickers 9 Kerryn Peterson (c) 13 Lucy McEvoy
C: 2 Jess Dal Pos 46 Elise O'Dea 6 Gab Pound
HF: 3 Darcy Vescio 15 Jess Good 32 Natalie Plane
F: 37 Phoebe McWilliams 25 Keeley Sherar
Ruck: 16 Breann Moody 10 Mimi Hill 5 Abbie McKay
Interchange: 18 Maddy Guerin 11 Annie Lee 23 Daisy Walker
1 Amelia Velardo 22 Mia Austin
Coach: Daniel Harford
Emg: 4 Keeley Skepper 17 Charlotte Hammans 33 Serena Gibbs


Debut: Mia Austin
Debut (Carlton): Phoebe McWilliams, Amelia Velardo
50 Games: Darcy Vescio
50 Games (AFLW): Phoebe McWilliams
First Goal: Mia Austin

AFLW Coaches Votes

10 - Ruby Schleicher (COLL)
6 - Lucy McEvoy (CARL)
5 - Lauren Butler (COLL)
4 - Mimi Hill (CARL)
3 - Jordyn Allen (COLL)
1 - Tarni Brown (COLL)
1 - Abbie McKay (CARL)

AFLW Team of the Week

Interchange: Lucy McEvoy

AFLW Best and Fairest Votes

Club Best and Fairest Votes

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