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AFLW Round 4, 2017        

AFLW Round 4, 2017

Melbourne 0.1 1 3.2. 20 5.6 36 6.6 42
Carlton 0.1 1 2.3 15 2.5 17 5.6 36
Venue: Casey Fields
Date: Saturday February 25, 2017 (11.35 am)
Result: Lost by 6 points
Crowd: 3,965
Goalkickers: Bella Ayre 2.0, Bianca Jakobsson 1.1, Darcy Vescio 1.1, Katie Shierlaw 1.0, Nat Exon 0.2, Rushed 0.2.
Reports: Nil
Umpires: Brodie Rayner, Ben Cheever, Patrick Burns
Injuries: Nil
Ladder: 4th


Game Review

Carlton fell to its second consecutive loss of the NAB AFL Women’s League on Saturday, going down to Melbourne by six points at Casey Fields. A packed crowd of 3,965 filled the stands to see the Blues just fall short after overcoming a 19-point three-quarter-time deficit to draw scores level. Darcy Vescio (five disposals, one goal) was well held by the Melbourne defence and the absence of key defender Brianna Davey was telling. The Demons had come to play, winning in disposals (245-154), handballs (102-46), contested possessions (112-89) and tackles (58-43). Melbourne’s spread of ball-getters was much stronger than that of the Blues, with seven Demons collecting more disposals than Carlton's top ball-winner Sarah Hosking.

Hosking (12 disposals, seven handballs, three tackles) was arguably the Blues' most influential player, while fellow midfielders Nat Exon (10 disposals, five handballs, four tackles) and Madeline Keryk (10 disposals, five tackles) worked hard in the contests. The tenacity of Shae Audley (nine disposals, five tackles) helped the Blues get back into the game late in the second half, while two goals from key forward Bella Ayre from just five disposals and two marks was a real shining light for Carlton. Hosking (12 disposals, seven handballs, three tackles) was arguably the Blues' most influential player, while fellow midfielders Nat Exon (10 disposals, five handballs, four tackles) and Madeline Keryk (10 disposals, five tackles) worked hard in the contests. The tenacity of Shae Audley (nine disposals, five tackles) helped the Blues get back into the game late in the second half, while two goals from key forward Bella Ayre from just five disposals and two marks was a real shining light for Carlton. Kicking efficiency will again be an area of focus and improvement for the Blues, who produced their worst for the season at 42 per cent, but one of the positives was that they were able to better the Demons for inside 50s (28-22). Now sitting in fourth on the AFLW ladder following close losses in successive weeks, the Blues will be looking to rebound against the fifth-placed Western Bulldogs at Ikon Park on Saturday in another double-header with the JLT Community Series. - Justin Cooper; Carlton Media.

Best players; S.Hosking, N.Exon, M.Keryk


Team


B: 12 Lauren Brazzale 22 Bella Ayre 14 Laura Attard
HB: 15 Nat Exon 3 Darcy Vescio 35 Biana Jakobsson
C: 13 Lauren Arnell (c)
HF: 6 Gabriella Pound 31 Danielle Hardiman 9 Rebecca Privitelli
F: 25 Kate Shierlaw 30 Allison Downie 4 Madeline Keryk
Ruck: 26 Shae Audley 18 Tilly Lucas-Rodd 5 Kate Gillespie-Jones
Interchange: 2 Katie Loynes 20 Tahni Nestor 23 Jessica Kennedy
27 Allison Brown 16 Breann Moody 10 Sarah Hosking
Coach: Damien Keeping
Emg: 8 Kate Darby


Changes:
In: Jessica Kennedy, Tahni Nestor
Out: Sarah Last (injured), Kate Darby (omitted)

Milestones

Debut: Tahni Nestor
First Goal: Bella Ayre, Kate Shierlaw

MVP Votes

3 - Karen Paxman (MELB)
2 - Elise O'Dea (MELB)
1 - Bella Ayre (CARL)

Best and Fairest Votes

8 - Sarah Hosking
5 - Tahni Nestor, Alison Downie
4 - Katie Loynes
3 - Maddie Keryk, Nat Exon, Breann Moody, Kate Shierlaw
2 - Danielle Hardiman, Bella Ayre
1 - Darcy Vescio, Rebecca Privitelli, Bianca Jakobsson

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