See the key stats that helped Collingwood overwhelm the Western Bulldogs and win their first women’s flag in the 2019 Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s ‘Love the Game’ Grand Final.
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COLLINGWOOD 7.10 (52) d WESTERN BULLDOGS 2.3 (15)
KEY TO VICTORY: The Magpies certainly boast some quality players in the contest, but it was superior work behind the ball that allowed them to register 17 scoring shots to five in this match. Jaimee Lambert (game-high 16 contested possessions and five clearances) and Brianna Davey (game-high six clearances and 14 contested possessions) starred for Collingwood in close, but the Bulldogs barely lost the contested-possession count (113-115) and actually beat the Magpies in clearances (33-27).
Hard-nuts such as Ellie Gavalas (team-high 14 contested possessions) and Kirsty Lamb (13), as well as Brooke Lochland and Nicole McMahon (team-high five clearances each), saw the Bulldogs match Collingwood in tight, but it was what happened when the ball got into space that separated the sides. A defensive structure built around Lisa Hardeman Medal winner Stacey Livingstone (25 disposals, 10 marks and nine rebound-50s) saw the Magpies consistently clean up rushed Bulldogs possessions from congestion and find time to set up their own more deliberate thrusts forward.
Collingwood recorded 126 uncontested possessions to just 54 – led by Livingstone and Lambert with 14 each – and took 58 marks to 22, illustrating how the Magpies were able to control the game’s tempo. Only five Bulldogs held more than one mark for the match (Collingwood had 17), which meant they couldn’t stop the opposition generating repeat forward-line entries for long periods at a time – and with dangerous Magpies like Lambert (two goals), Sophie Alexander (two), Chloe Molloy (one) and Gemma Lagioia (one and two score assists) gaining those extra opportunities inside 50, they made the Bulldogs pay.
BEST STAT: Collingwood certainly learnt from its semi-final loss to the Bulldogs two weeks prior, when the Magpies had three more scoring shots but lost by 12 points. As in the Grand Final, they recorded significantly more uncontested possessions (96-66) than the Bulldogs that day but took three fewer marks (29-32). A change in approach to be more composed with the ball and find teammates in space by foot going forward clearly proved a match-winner on Sunday for senior coach Penny Cula-Reid.
GRAND FINAL STATS LEADERS
DISPOSALS (28): Jaimee Lambert (Collingwood)
KICKS (23): Stacey Livingstone (Collingwood)
HANDBALLS (13): Brianna Davey (Collingwood)
MARKS (10): Stacey Livingstone (Collingwood)
TACKLES (11): Brooke Lochland (Western Bulldogs)
CLEARANCES (6): Brianna Davey (Collingwood)
CONTESTED POSSESSIONS (16): Jaimee Lambert (Collingwood)
UNCONTESTED POSSESSIONS (14): Jaimee Lambert (Collingwood) and Stacey Livingstone (Collingwood)
INSIDE-50s (7): Bailey Hunt (Western Bulldogs)
REBOUND-50s (9): Stacey Livingstone (Collingwood)
HITOUTS (26): Sharni Layton (Collingwood)
GOALS (2): Sophie Alexander (Collingwood) and Jaimee Lambert (Collingwood)