AFLW Round 10, 2022a

Carlton 3.2 20 3.2 20 4.7 31 4.7 31
Western Bulldogs 1.0 6 3.2 20 3.3 21 5.4 34
Venue: Ikon Park, Carlton.
Date: Friday 28th October, 2022 (6.10 pm).
Result: Lost by 3 points.
Crowd: 1193
Goalkickers: E. O'Dea 2.0, P. Schaap 2.0, K. Skepper 0.2, B. Moody 0.1, K. Peterson 0.1, G. Pound 0.1, Rushed 0.2.
Reports: Nil.
Umpires: Nick Jankovskis, Cameron Jones, Nicholas Scott.
Injuries: Nil.
Ladder: 14th

Game Review

Blackburn the hero as Dogs clinch finals spot in last-gasp win - Gemma Bastiani.

Ellie Blackburn has saved the Western Bulldogs season, securing her side's second-ever finals berth with a late goal against Carlton on Friday night. The final eight is now set after the Bulldogs snatched a three-point win over the Blues, 4.7 (31) to 5.4 (34), as the sun set at Ikon Park. In the slippery conditions thanks to a signature Melbourne-in-November downpour before the opening siren, both teams struggled to take the ball cleanly early. It was Carlton who settled faster, keeping the ball in its forward half, and slamming through three opening quarter goals via Poppy Schaap and Elise O'Dea.

Momentum swung back the way of the Dogs in the second quarter as Ellie Blackburn and Richelle Cranston kicked impressive goals of their own to even the scoreboard heading into the half time break. The Blues got out to a 10-point lead at three-quarter-time before the Bulldogs were saved by a match winning Ellie Blackburn with just two minutes remaining. Several experienced Blues stepped up in their final game of the season, with captain Kerryn Peterson (20 disposals), Elise O'Dea (two goals) and Darcy Vescio (12 disposals, four marks) all having an impact, but emerging youngsters Poppy Schaap (two goals) and Amelia Velardo (11 disposals, four tackles) showed exactly why they are on an AFLW list. The Western Bulldogs looked most dangerous when they got space out the back and ran toward goal, particularly when Sarah Hartwig was their deepest forward, while the Blues were more focused on surge footy, bringing the ball to ground in attack and generating shots from there. Western Bulldogs’ midfielder Lizzy Georgostathis was handed a role on Carlton young gun Keeley Skepper and had some impressive wins down back in what may just be a new position for the 21-year-old. Meanwhile Lucy McEvoy spent most of the night up forward for the Blues. Defender-turned-midfielder Eleanor Brown, fresh off kicking her first goal last week, started the game well, moving around the stoppages with pace but was ruled out of the remainder of the game in the third term with concussion and will now enter the competition's 12-day protocols.

Jess Good's defensive apprenticeship
Last week Carlton's Jess Good played almost solely in defence showing off her quick hands and ability to read the ball, and it was all in preparation for this week where she went head-to-head with the Bulldogs' Celine Moody for the bulk of the game. Moody, who has had a strong season playing out of the goalsquare, has shown her strength in the air but on Friday Good was able to match her, and follow her into the ruck as she rotated with Alice Edmonds. Good, the former basketballer, has come along in leaps and bounds in just her second season of footy.

A true captain's goal
With two minutes left on the clock and Carlton ahead by three points the Dogs needed someone to step up and put them in front, and who else but captain Ellie Blackburn to do it. As the Bulldogs tried and tried to hit the scoreboard but kept coming up short, it was Blackburn who won the ball at the top of the 50m arc, stepped an opponent and slammed through the game saving goal, securing her side's place in finals for just the second time.

What's next?
For Carlton, it's season over, finishing up with two wins, two draws and six losses as focus shifts to season eight, meanwhile the Bulldogs are finals bound, with their fixture to be confirmed on Sunday evening.

Best: M. Hill, A. McKay, D. Vescio, K. Peterson.

Blues pipped at the post

The Blues fall three points short of victory at IKON Park.

It was a devastatingly close loss in the final game for the season for Carlton, going down by three points at IKON Park. Leading for almost the entire game, a late goal from the Bulldogs in the dying seconds of the fourth term sealed the deal. Carlton started the game strong, with Poppy Schaap and Elise O’Dea both kicking two goals each - three of those from stoppages - while Gab Pound provided good forward pressure in attack. The experienced O'Dea recorded 10 tackles to go with her two majors, playing a crucial role in the Blues locking the ball inside their forward half. With a clear breeze heading towards the Legends Stand, the scoring was indicative of whichever side was kicking that way, leaving the other team to put their defence to the test. Darcy Vescio was once again a rock in the back half, finishing with seven intercepts, four tackles and 273 metres gained. The midfield duo of Mimi Hill and Abbie McKay was as strong as it has been all season, with the two combining for 44 disposals, 27 contested possessions and eight clearances, while skipper Kerryn Peterson also gathered 20 disposals and and nine contested possessions. The backline held down the fort when the wind was blowing the Dogs' way, with Paige Trudgeon playing a solid game in defence while Brooke Walker stood up in some crucial moments to generate some run and carry. There were contributors all over the ground for the Blues, with Taylor Ortlepp (11 disposals) holding the dangerous Kirsty Lamb to nine disposals. Keeley Skepper was a bright spark for the Blues, buzzing in the forward line and totalling five score involvements, but it was a frustrating third term for the Blues (1.5) which brought about their undoing come the final siren. Carlton’s handball game was what kept them ahead of the Western Bulldogs (98-73), utilising their hands in slippery and wet conditions, but the Dogs had the better of them in the hitouts and the clearances, slotting most of their goals from forward stoppages. It was a disappointing way for Carlton to end their season, but they left it all out on their home ground against a finals-bound side as the Western Bulldogs locked in a finals berth at the death.

Best: E. O'Dea, A. McKay, K. Peterson, M. Hill, D. Vescio, T. Ortlepp.


B: 26 Paige Trudgeon 8 Vaomua Laloifi
HB: 9 Kerryn Peterson (c) 15 Jess Good 11 Annie Lee
C: 23 Daisy Walker 1 Amelia Velardo 24 Brooke Vickers
HF: 7 Brooke Walker 34 Taylor Ortlepp 3 Darcy Vescio
F: 10 Mimi Hill 13 Lucy McEvoy
Ruck: 16 Breann Moody 46 Elise O'Dea 5 Abbie McKay
Interchange: 2 Jess Dal Pos 25 Keeley Sherar 6 Gab Pound
35 Poppy Schaap 4 Keeley Skepper
Coach: Daniel Harford
Emg: 32 Natalie Plane 28 Imogen Milford 17 Charlotte Hammans

In; Gab Pound
Out; Imogen Milford (omitted)


Last Game: Lucy McEvoy, Brooke Walker

AFLW Coaches Votes

10 - Ellie Blackburn WB
5 - Deanna Berry WB
4 - Mimi Hill CARL
4 - Elise O'Dea CARL
3 - Kerryn Peterson CARL
2 - Katie Lynch WB
1 - Isabelle Pritchard WB
1 - Darcy Vescio CARL

AFLW Team of the Week

Interchange: Darcy Vescio

AFLW Best and Fairest Votes

Club Best and Fairest Votes

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