AFLW Round 3, 2018

Carlton 0.0 0 0.2 2 1.3 9 2.6 18
Brisbane Lions 0.1 1 1.2 8 3.2 20 6.4 40
Venue: IKON Park, Carlton.
Date: Saturday February 17, 2018 (7.40 pm)
Result: Lost by 22 points
Crowd: 6,200
Goalkickers: Maddison Gay, Darcy Vescio 1.
Reports: Tayla Harris (striking) 1 week, Katie Loynes (misconduct) reprimand
Umpires: Leighton Rowe, Cameron Dore, Nic McGinness
Injuries: Gee, Brazzale
Ladder: 4th

Game Review

Game Changers suffer first loss at home
Brisbane has outclassed Carlton to keep its 2018 NAB AFL Women's campaign alive in a ferocious clash at Ikon Park. Teenager Sophie Conway kicked two final-quarter goals to secure a 22-point victory for the visitors and end Carlton’s stint at the top of the ladder. Carlton had rallied through Darcy Vescio to draw within a goal early in the last term but former Blue Nat Exon took the fixture away from the home side when she landed her first AFLW major. The game opened up in the second term after Brisbane's running game had been stunted by a gritty Carlton defence in the opening stanza. And while the Lions dominated the inside 50s all night, it was not until the third quarter that they finally unlocked the Blues. Brisbane’s small forwards got on top of the Carlton defence, with Kate McCarthy often providing the impetus. Leah Kaslar kept former Lion Tayla Harris quiet, aided by the lack of clean ball to Carlton's key forwards throughout the night. “We were more composed in the second half which allowed us to find a way through,” said Brisbane coach Craig Starcevich. “When you keep bombing it into an outnumbered zone, the players will get frustrated but if you move the ball quickly enough, you can find a way through." Carlton assistant coach Nick Rutley conceded his side struggled all night against last year's runners-up. “I don’t think we had control of the game at any point,” he said. “The absence of (injured skipper) Bri Davey had a big impact, but we failed to execute. "(Senior coach) Damien (Keeping) will be back to work next week so I will go back to my position as forwards coach and the day job.” - Tom Pountney for AFL.com.au.

Best Players; Breann Moody, Maddison Gay, Kerryn Peterson, Jessica Hosking, Katie Loynes, Shae Audley


B: 6 Gabriella Pound 31 Danielle Hardiman 5 Kate Gillespie-Jones
HB: 30 Alison Downie 9 Kerryn Harrington 24 Reni Hicks
C: 35 Sophie Li
HF: 25 Kate Shierlaw 22 Tayla Harris 21 Nicola Stevens
F: 2 Katie Loynes 3 Darcy Vescio 19 Georgia Gee
Ruck: 16 Breann Moody 10 Sarah Hosking 8 Maddison Gay
Interchange: 5 Tilly Lucas-Rodd 28 Katie-Jayne Grieve 26 Shae Audley
12 Lauren Brazzale 11 Jessica Hosking
Coach: Mick Rutley
Emg: 7 Sarah Last 32 Natalie Plane


In: K. Grieve, K. Gillespie-Jones
Out: B. Davey (knee), S. Last (omitted)


AFLW Debut: Katie-Jayne Grieve
First Goal: Maddison Gay

AFLW Coaches Votes

6 - Kate Lutkins (BL)
5 - Kaitlyn Ashmore (BL)
4 - Emily Bates (BL)
4 - Leah Kasler (BL),
3 - Kate McCarthy (BL)
3 - Jamie Stanton (BL)
2 - Ally Anderson (BL)
2 - Sophie Conway (BL)
1 - Nicola Stevens (Carl)

Best and Fairest Votes

Match Highlights

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