AFLW Round 6, 2018

Carlton 0.1 1 2.1 13 2.2 14 3.4 22
Melbourne 6.3 39 7.5 47 7.8 50 8.9 57
Venue: IKON Park, Carlton.
Date: Sunday March 11, 2018 (6.40 pm)
Result: Lost by 35 points
Crowd: 6,300
Goalkickers: Tayla Harris, Darcy Vescio, Georgia Gee 1.
Reports: Nil
Umpires: Simmonds, Guy, Johansen
Injuries: Attard (hand)
Ladder: 8th

Game Review

Demons too strong for Blues
Melbourne has leapt up to second on NAB AFLW ladder after it beat Carlton by 35 points at Ikon Park on Sunday. Three goals apiece from Elise O’Dea and Tegan Cunningham, and two from Kate Hore, secured victory for the jubilant visitors, who are hitting form at the perfect time. The Demons – who will play off with the Bulldogs next Saturday night for a place in the Grand Final – ran out to a 38-point first-term lead after a record six goals. But the win came at a high cost as veteran defender Melissa Hickey left the field in tears with a knee injury. With ice on the outside (medial) of the left knee, Hickey joined in the three-quarter time huddle, allaying initial fears of an ACL injury, but Melbourne will wait on scans. The Demons kicked three goals in the first five minutes but were tamed thereafter in the race for percentage. "I have not seen us play a better quarter of football than that opening term," said Melbourne coach Mick Stinear. "In terms of their ability to connect with each other, aggression, composure. We were ferocious around the footy but we kept clear heads. "There will be a few sore bodies out there but the thought of playing in what is essentially a preliminary Grand Final will get them up pretty quickly." The Carlton game-plan failed to worry Melbourne as the Demons flooded the midfield from the first bounce and kept the hosts pinned inside their defensive 50 for the first quarter. "We clearly had some issues in that first quarter around our intensity," said Carlton coach Damien Keeping. "We have demonstrated that we are able to be effective. We’ll take the learning opportunities and travel to Fremantle as a united group. We have one more game to stand for something as a group. "Winning next week will be our sole focus. Anything behind that we will worry about afterwards." The Blues' form continued to stutter after their first two wins of the season as the Melbourne midfield trio of Karen Paxman, Daisy Pearce and Elise O’Dea proved too strong. Georgia Gee, 18, kicked her first League goal to add to majors from Darcy Vescio and Tayla Harris, but it was all over after the first quarter. - Tom Pountney for AFL.com.au


B: 5 Kate Gillespie-Jones 6 Gabrielle Pound 23 Bridie Kennedy
HB: 8 Maddison Gay 31 Danielle Hardiman 18 Tilly Lucas-Rodd
C: 3 Darcy Vescio
HF: 21 Nicola Stevens 22 Tayla Harris 10 Sarah Hosking
F: 9 Kerryn Harrington 30 Alison Downie 4 Madeline Keryk
Ruck: 16 Breann Moody 11 Jessica Hosking 26 Shae Audley
Interchange: 14 Laura Attard 19 Georgia Gee 15 Tiahna Cochrane
2 Katie Loynes 35 Sophie Li
Coach: Damien Keeping
Emg: 32 Natalie Plane 7 Sarah Last

In: Tiahna Cochrane (rookie), Laura Attard, Madeline Keryk, Jessica Hosking

Out: Lauren Brazzale (injured), Courtney Webb (rested), Lauren Arnell (concussion), Reni Hicks (rested)


AFLW Debut and Only Game: Tiahna Cochrane
First Goal: Georgia Gee
Last Game: Laura Attard, Madeline Keryk (Carlton)

AFLW Coaches Votes

10 - E. O'Dea (Melb.)
7 - L. Pearce (Melb.)
6 - S. Scott (Melb.)
5 - T. Cunningham (Melb.)
2 - K. Hore (Melb.)

Best and Fairest Votes

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