Round 2 of Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s saw the reigning premiers get on the board for 2018, one team record its first-ever VFL Women’s victory and only the second draw in VFLW’s three seasons to date.
MELBOURNE UNI 5.6 (36) d ESSENDON 4.4 (28)
The Mugars (9th, 1-1) took their time to wear down Essendon (12th, 0-2) at Windy Hill, coming from seven points behind at half time and kicking three goals to one in the crucial third quarter to get their noses in front.
Melbourne Uni skipper Ash Riddell led her team from the front with three majors from 22 disposals, while 2018 AFL Women’s Best and Fairest Emma Kearney started her VFL Women’s campaign by recording game-highs of 25 disposals and 16 contested possessions.
DAREBIN FALCONS 6.7 (43) d RICHMOND 0.4 (4)
A week after Richmond (7th, 1-1) held the Western Bulldogs goalless, the Tigers themselves went without a major as reigning premiers the Falcons (8th, 1-1) got on the board for 2018 at the Swinburne Centre.
Hannah Mouncey booted three of Darebin’s four first-quarter goals to help kill off the contest, as Lauren Pearce (17 disposals and 35 hitouts) controlled proceedings in the ruck and Meghan McDonald racked up a game-high 23 disposals and took a round-high 10 marks for the winners.
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HAWTHORN 4.7 (31) d CASEY DEMONS 3.6 (24)
The Hawks (3rd, 2-0) kept Casey (10th, 0-1) goalless in the second half to come from 12 points down at the main break and maintain their perfect record to start the season.
Hawthorn captain Emma Mackie was crucial for her team in tight, recording game-highs of 21 disposals, 14 contested possessions and six clearances, with Sarah Perkins influential inside 50 for the Hawks in kicking 1.3 from her 10 disposals.
CARLTON 9.7 (61) d WESTERN BULLDOGS 2.3 (15)
The Blues (2nd, 2-0) inflicted the bottom-placed Bulldogs’ second defeat to start 2018 at RAMS Arena in Craigieburn, kicking three unanswered goals in the first half to help put the match away.
For the victors, Breann Moody was influential for the second straight week in the ruck with 13 disposals and 13 hitouts, Jess Hosking bagged two majors from her 13 disposals and Sophie Li recorded equal-game-highs of 22 disposals, 14 contested possessions and five clearances.
SOUTHERN SAINTS 8.8 (56) d WILLIAMSTOWN 4.2 (26)
The Saints (6th, 1-1) notched their first-ever VFL Women’s win, blowing the Seagulls away with a four-goal-to-one second quarter and opening up a game-defining 27-point lead by half time at Williamstown Football Ground.
Southern’s Danielle Lawrence sits atop the competition’s goalkicking table after booting four majors from her 11 disposals while teammate Alison Drennan (35 disposals, 28 contested possessions and 10 clearances) enjoyed a massive statistical game, countering Jess Duffin’s 20-disposal, three-goal effort for Williamstown.
COLLINGWOOD 3.9 (27) drew with GEELONG CATS 4.3 (27)
The Magpies (5th, 1-0-1) and Cats (4th, 1-0-1) played out only the second draw in the three seasons of VFL Women’s at Olympic Park Oval, with Collingwood’s early inaccuracy (0.8 in the first half) forcing it to kick two final-term goals to salvage a tie.
Jaimee Lambert (28 disposals, 11 tackles and six clearances) and Sarah D’Arcy (25, seven and six) were important in the clinches for Collingwood, while Renee Garing (29 disposals, 24 contested possessions and seven clearances) was a standout for Geelong.
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Round 2 stats leaders:
|Hayley Wildes||Western Bulldogs||16|
|Emma Kearney||Melbourne Uni||15|
|Ashleigh Riddell||Melbourne Uni||15|
|Alison Drennan||Southern Saints||15|
|Matilda Lucas Rodd||Carlton||14|
|Meghan McDonald||Darebin Falcons||14|
|Renee Garing||Geelong Cats||14|
|Sian Wilson||Melbourne Uni||14|
|Alison Drennan||Southern Saints||20|
|Renee Garing||Geelong Cats||15|
|Elise Coventry||Geelong Cats||13|
|Hannah Ibrahim||Melbourne Uni||12|
|Kate Hore||Casey Demons||12|
|Alison Brown||Southern Saints||11|
|Emma Kearney||Melbourne Uni||10|
|Rhiannon Watt||Southern Saints||10|
|Meghan McDonald||Darebin Falcons||9|
|Meghan McDonald||Darebin Falcons||10|
|Kate Darby||Geelong Cats||7|
|Hannah Mouncey||Darebin Falcons||6|
|Lauren Pearce||Darebin Falcons||6|
|Shevaun Hogan||Darebin Falcons||5|
|Hayley Wildes||Western Bulldogs||4|
|Sian Wilson||Melbourne Uni||4|
|Marlee Tatham||Casey Demons||12|
|Kelly Thompson||Southern Saints||10|
|Jessica Anderson||Melbourne Uni||10|
|Esther Honybun||Darebin Falcons||9|
|Stacey Poke||Casey Demons||8|
|Emma Oliver||Geelong Cats||8|
|Rhiannon Watt||Southern Saints||37|
|Lauren Pearce||Darebin Falcons||35|
|Clara Fitzpatrick||Melbourne Uni||30|
|Kimberley Rennie||Western Bulldogs||19|
|Taryn Orgill||Casey Demons||18|
|2018 LEADING GOALKICKERS||Last Rnd||Total|
|Danielle Lawrence||Southern Saints||4||5|
|Hannah Mouncey||Darebin Falcons||3||4|
|Danielle Orr||Geelong Cats||1||4|
|Ashleigh Riddell||Melbourne Uni||3||3|
|Alisha Habib||Geelong Cats||1||3|