|Venue:||Henson Park, Sydney NSW.|
|Date:||Saturday 1st October, 2022 (12.10 pm).|
|Result:||Lost by 17 points.|
|Goalkickers:||G. Pound 1.1, M. Hill 0.1, B. Moody 0.1, L. McEvoy 0.1, Rushed 0.2.|
|Umpires:||Samuel Nippress, Andrew Mitchell, Harrison Birch.|
|Injuries:||Lily Goss (shoulder)|
Blues beaten in SydneyThe Game Changers fell to a second consecutive defeat. - By Cristian Filippo.
Carlton has fallen to a second consecutive defeat after falling to GWS by 18 points. On a blustery day at Henson Park, the Blues were wasteful against a fiery Giants outfit in the 1.5 (11) to 4.5 (29) defeat. In Gabriella Pound’s 50th game and Taylor Ortlepp’s debut, the Blues were one short in the opening stages after a shoulder injury to Lily Goss. Starting the game in attack, it was Pound who looked to gain momentum for the Blues. In her milestone game, a holding-the-ball free kick and true set shot got the Blues on the board: in doing so, she continued the perfect return of Game Changers in their 50th hitting the scoreboard. However, it was an all-too-rare moment of quality in attack for the Blues, who had the ascendancy in the contest but couldn’t make that count where it matters. Continuing the theme of recent weeks, Abbie McKay (23 disposals) and Mimi Hill (21 disposals) were Carlton’s prime movers in the middle, combining for six clearances in the first term on the way to 11 for the game. Winning the clearances by 10, it was the good work of Breann Moody and Jess Good in the ruck - with 40 hitouts to five - that gave the Blues first use.Trailing by 13 points at the main break, Carlton had a brief flurry in the third term, keeping GWS scoreless. It wasn’t to much avail, however, as the Blues were unable to convert their opportunities into goals, kicking just one goal from eight shots on goal. But the Giants were able to dominate possession around the ground, finishing with 60 marks for the game and recording the majority of their four goals on the back of repeat entries and Blues turnovers: 38 inside 50s to 27 was indicative of the home side’s forward territory. Not for the first time in 2022, Vaomua Laloifi was engaged in an enthralling battle with her direct opponent. While Cora Staunton kicked the final two goals of the game, there wasn’t much more Laloifi could’ve done for her side, collecting 13 intercepts among her 16 disposals. The Game Changers return to action next Friday night, taking on St Kilda at RSEA Park.
Best: V. Laloifi, A. McKay, B. Moody, K. Peterson, M. Hill.
GWS makes a Giant statement against the Blues - Daniel Kelly
Greater Western Sydney emphatically responded to last week's 96-point loss with an assured 17-point victory over Carlton on Saturday afternoon. The 4.5 (29) to 1.6 (12) win keeps the Giants' finals hopes alive, while the Blues' campaign continues to stutter. Alyce Parker (18 disposals, five clearances) and Georgia Garnett (17 disposals, 12 marks) led a host of Giants ballwinners, including Jodie Hicks (14 disposables), Nicola Barr and Alicia Eva (13 disposals each). Emily Goodsir made an emphatic return from maternity leave with a game-high nine tackles.Cora Staunton kicked two goals for the Giants, including a fourth quarter major which broke the back of the Blues, while Emily Pease also booted two. Vaomua Laloifi (16 disposals) was Carlton’s best in an intriguing battle with Staunton which yielded no loser. Laloifi’s mobility and defensive prowess saved a larger margin. For Carlton, Abbie McKay (23 disposals, eight tackles, seven clearances), Mimi Hill (21 disposals, four clearances), and Breann Moody (22 hit outs) competed honestly all day but their effect was mostly nullified. Gabriella Pound contributed the Blues' only major.
The Giants' intent to draw a line under their embarrassing defeat to Adelaide was obvious as they tackled ferociously all game, especially inside their own attacking 50. They matched their aggression with tactical nous as Carlton often struggled to move the ball out of its defensive 50 due to the positioning and discipline of the Giants' defenders behind the ball. Conversely, the Giants looked relatively free-flowing as they moved the ball on rebound through the centre of the ground finding free players. GWS had likely conceded pre-match that it would not win the ruck contest (Carlton was +35 in hitouts) and the resulting clearances (+12 to the Blues). However, they more than made up for this by winning around the ground contests thanks to Parker, Hicks, Barr and Eva. Carlton had long periods where they controlled possession and had repeat entries into their attacking 50, especially early in the first and third quarters. But on each occasion, the Giants' defence of Annalyse Lister, Tarni Evans and Tanya Hetherington bent but did not break as they absorbed the Blues' attacks. GWS’s composure was also on display late in the second and third terms where it chipped the ball across half back and the wing in the final two minutes of each quarter. The time-killing tactic invited embarrassment if Carlton had been able to intercept and break quickly, but the Giants' short game was superb and assured as they ran out the game with confidence and breathed life into their season.
Injuries brings opportunities
Pepa Randall’s cruel ACL injury created an opportunity for Goodsir to return to the Giants' list. Goodsir missed season six and the start of season seven after the birth of her son, Cruz, in February. With Brìd Stack’s a late out with a calf injury, Goodsir returned to the Giants' side for the first time in two seasons. She did not waste her opportunity, racking up the most tackles on the ground and providing outside run.
Staunton prevails in spearhead shootout
The AFLW’s two historical leading goalkickers took to the same field at Henson Park. Carlton’s Darcy Vescio (55 AFLW goals prior to this match) and the Giants' Cora Staunton (52) battled it out at opposite ends of the ground but the Irishwoman clearly had the better day. In addition to her two goals, Staunton was a physical presence in marking contests and took on some ruck battles against the Blues' Moody. Vescio could not increase their tally, being well held by Annalyse Lister.
Carlton will open round seven against St Kilda at RSEA Park on Friday evening, while the Giants take on Collingwood on Sunday afternoon at Victoria Park.
Best: V. Laloifi, A. McKay, M. Hill, B. Moody.
|B:||26 Paige Trudgeon||8 Vaomua Laloifi|
|HB:||6 Gabriella Pound||33 Serena Gibbs||24 Brooke Vickers|
|C:||23 Daisy Walker||46 Elise O'Dea||9 Kerryn Peterson (c)|
|HF:||11 Annie Lee||34 Taylor Ortlepp||13 Lucy McEvoy|
|F:||3 Darcy Vescio||20 Lily Goss|
|Ruck:||16 Breann Moody||10 Mimi Hill||5 Abbie McKay|
|Interchange:||2 Jess Dal Pos||15 Jess Good||32 Natalie Plane|
|25 Keeley Sherar||4 Keeley Skepper|
|Emg:||35 Poppy Schaap||17 Charlotte Hammans||15 Jessica Jones|
In: Taylor Ortlepp, Darcy Vescio, Paige Trudgeon.
Out: Christina Bernardi (unavailable), Charlotte Hammans (omitted), Imogen Milford (omitted).
MilestonesDebut: Taylor Ortlepp
50 Games: Gabriella Pound
AFLW Coaches Votes10 - Georgia Garnett (GWS)
4 - Jodie Hicks (GWS)
4 - Emily Pease (GWS)
4 - Alyce Parker (GWS)
4 - Abbie McKay (CARL)
4 - Vaomua Laloifi (CARL)