|Venue:||Manuka, Canberra ACT.|
|Date:||Sunday 27th February, 2022 (7.10 pm).|
|Result:||Won by 18 points.|
|Crowd:||1,839 (restricted capacity)|
|Goalkickers:||D. Vescio 2.2, A. McKay 2.1, G. Gee 1.1, M. Prespakis 1.1, C. Jones 1.0, N. Stevens 0.2, M. Guerin 0.1, Rushed 0.1.|
|Umpires:||Matthew Baigent, Dean Garroway, Samuel Nippress.|
Match ReviewBlues go back-to-back, Darcy makes history
Carlton star Darcy Vescio has made AFLW history, becoming the competition's first player to kick 50 career goals. Vescio reached the milestone in the Blues' 18-point win against Greater Western Sydney at Manuka Oval on Sunday, as the visitors led from start to finish. A pair of third-quarter goals from Vescio helped the Carlton take control of the contest, twice marking and goaling in a five-minute span to provide an advantage the Blues would never surrender as they ran out 7.9 (51) to 5.3 (33) winners. Georgia Gee had kicked the game's opener, able to run into an open goal and capitalise on strong defensive pressure from Maddy Prespakis.
Carlton controlled the majority of the play and won the ball at ground level, but imprecision by foot cost them and the Giants struck either side of quarter-time through Tait Mackrill and Cora Staunton. The topsy-turvy encounter continued as Courtney Jones danced around an opponent and put Abbie McKay through for a Carlton goal before Prespakis showed class, drilling a set shot from 35m. Giant Katie Loynes was next to hit the scoreboard, snapping truly against her old side, to leave GWS two points behind at the main break. Carlton began the second half firing and kicked clear through Vescio, but an impressive running goal from Nicola Barr kept the Giants within reach, down 13 points at the final break.
But McKay kicked her second to put them 19 points clear to start the last and the Blues dug in to claim the 18-point win. Gab Pound impressed for the Blues with 21 disposals while Prespakis was at her busy best with 20. Carlton had 70 more disposals than the Giants, controlling much of the game with uncontested possession. GWS struggled to get their game going, perhaps showing signs of fatigue after also having played three games in eight days. Nicola Barr (17 disposals) and Alicia Eva (17 disposals, six clearances) were among the Giants' best, and Cora Staunton kicked two goals from limited opportunities. Both teams are now 3-5 for the season and remain slim chances of making finals. - Michael Rogers
Champion Blue Darcy Vescio became the first AFLW player to kick 50 career goals with their second major of the night. Georgia Gee found the star forward with a sharp pass, before Pepa Randall's late tackle cost the Giants a 50m penalty. Vescio strolled in from point-blank range to boot their 50th major, beating fellow guns Erin Phillips (46 goals) and Tayla Harris (44) to the milestone.
Did you see that?
Former Carlton veteran Katie Loynes marked her first outing against her old side with a second-quarter goal that lifted the Giants' collective spirits. Loynes, 35, perfectly roved a stoppage at the top of the GWS attacking 50, threw the ball on the boot and watched it sail through the big sticks. The moment wasn't lost on her teammates, who swamped her in celebration.
Forward-minded Blues finish job
The Blues have recorded an 18-point victory over the Giants in Canberra - By Rose Zarucky, Carlton Media.
The Blues stormed home with an 18-point victory over the GIANTS in Indigenous Round. Playing at Manuka Oval for the first time, Carlton prioritised their front-half game, recording a substantial amount of forward 50 entries and tackles in comparison to Greater Western Sydney. In a night that was already positive, Darcy Vescio became the first AFLW player to record 50 career goals, setting the Game Changers alight on the final siren.
The first five minutes were an arm wrestle, with neither team able to keep possession of the ball. Georgia Gee showed some class to slot the first goal, off the back of a strong contest from Lucy McEvoy. Kerryn Harrington was responsible for clearing the ball from the defensive 50 while Paige Trudgeon also used her intercept ability to keep the GIANTS from retaining possession. Both teams missed opportunities due to turnovers going forward, with the contest proving to be physical and messy. Abbie McKay played a strong game in congestion, always in the centre of packs and moving the ball efficiently down the line. Mimi Hill was busy as usual, recording three clearances and three intercepts while Gab Pound and Daisy Walker used their defensive nuance to keep the ball moving out of dangerous territory. The Giants slotted a goal after the siren which evened up the contest at the first change.
A goal from the Giants in the first two minutes was not how the Blues wanted to start the quarter. An unselfish play from Courtney Jones led to a McKay snap on goal, putting the Blues back within a point of the GIANTS. Brea Moody was everywhere on the ground, using her height advantage not only in the ruck, but also for contested marks. Pound’s kicking efficiency was valuable while a sharp goal from Maddy Prespakis was the boost that Carlton needed.
Carlton were able to lock the ball in their forward 50, resulting in a goal from Darcy Vescio, tipping their career goal tally to 49 which was followed quickly by their 50th. The GIANTS responded quickly with a goal of their own, but the Blues were able to lock it in their half again. Mua Laloifi was busy down back, creating opportunities for her teammates to get the ball back in their hands, with the play getting a bit sloppy as the clock ticked down. Carlton had 14 tackles inside the forward 50 compared to the Giants zero, making the most of their scoreboard opportunities to head into the final quarter with a 13-point lead.
The Blues started the quarter as they finished the last: with the ball pinned in their forward 50. McKay’s tenacious tackling earned her a free kick resulting her second goal of the game - the first time McKay has scored multiple goals. Vescio and Gee were buzzing about the goals but were unable to capitalise, while Courtney Jones put her first of the game on the board late in the quarter.
1. Mua Laloifi and Gab Pound could be the most underrated backs in the competition. The two combined to lead the backline all the way up to the forward 50, allowing their fellow defenders to stay back and guard the back half. Their intercept play along with their physical presence made them a very dangerous duo, with Pound recording 10 intercepts while Laloifi recorded seven. Combined with skipper Kerryn Harrington and young gun Paige Trudgeon, the Carlton backline is a force to be reckoned with.
2. Maddy Prespakis added another layer to her game, kicking one goal and getting plenty of the ball in the front half. Prespakis also gathered four score involvements and ten contested possessions which allowed her teammates to get their hands on the ball in front of goal.
3. The Blues made their forward pressure a priority. Recording 19 forward 50 tackles to the GIANTS' two, the Blues piled on the pressure where it counted: inside the forward 50. This allowed Carlton to turn their pressure into scores on the board.
Moment of the match
DV3 makes it DV50. Darcy Vescio became the first ever AFLW player to kick 50 career goals. In true Darcy fashion, they banged two through within a minute, creating history and putting the Blues in front when they needed it.
Best: G. Pound, M. Prespakis, M. Hill, D. Vescio, K. Harrington.
|B:||8 Vaomua Laloifi||6 Gab Pound|
|HB:||2 Jess Dal Pos||26 Paige Trudgeon||23 Daisy Walker|
|C:||10 Mimi Hill||1 Grace Egan||9 Kerryn Harrington (c)|
|HF:||3 Darcy Vescio||13 Lucy McEvoy||22 Courtney Jones|
|F:||21 Nicola Stevens||18 Maddy Guerin|
|Ruck:||16 Breann Moody||4 Madison Prespakis||5 Abbie McKay|
|Interchange:||19 Georgia Gee||46 Elise O'Dea||32 Natalie Plane|
|25 Keeley Sherar||15 Jess Good|
|Emg:||12 Lauren Brazzale||20 Charlotte Wilson|
No changes from the previous game.
MilestonesDarcy Vescio became the first player in AFLW history to reach the 50 goal milestone.
AFLW Coaches Votes10 - Gabriella Pound
8 - Madison Prespakis
4 - Nicola Barr (GWS)
3 - Mimi Hill
3 - Darcy Vescio
1 - Kerryn Peterson
1 - Abbie McKay
AFLW Team of the WeekDefenders: Gabriella Pound
AFLW Best and Fairest Votes3. Madison Prespakis (Carl)
2. Gabriella Pound (Carl)
1. Tanya Hetherington (GWS)