Round Two in AFLW 2.0 was punctuated by injuries and records – along with some cracker goals of course.
While there was roughly the same number of goals kicked as in the first week, all second round matches saw margins greater than a goal.
Wild weather again featured, with a storm and scorching heat through the weekend, as Carlton, Western Bulldogs and Melbourne maintained winning starts to the season.
Carlton 3.12 (30) d Greater Western Sydney 1.3 (9)
Friday night at Drummoyne Oval
In between a lightning delay, and the deluge, Carlton made it a perfect start to their season, with a 21-point win over GWS.
For those who weren’t there on Friday night this is why the game was delayed!— GWS GIANTS (@GWSGIANTS) February 11, 2018
Thanks to midfielder Tait Mackrill’s sister, Jemma, who snapped this incredible pic. #NeverSurrender pic.twitter.com/0VQnZty2eG
In a tough outing for the home side, GWS nabbed the opening goal, which turned out to be their only major as they were unable to work their way into the contest.
Confirmed on Saturday, Carlton captain Brianna Davey ruptured her ACL in the final quarter.
Adding to their woes, Tayla Harris came off worse for wear after she effected the last tackle of the win.
The Giants weren’t without injury concerns, with Britt Tully awaiting scans on her shoulder this week, after leaving the field before halftime.
Carlton player Sarah Hosking made a record 16 tackles, among only three players hitting double figures in that area in round two.
Melbourne 8.8 (56) d Adelaide 4.0 (24)
Saturday at Casey Fields
Melbourne dominated the Adelaide Crows on Saturday afternoon to keep last year’s premiers winless.
Four goals in the second term set the Demons up nicely, flexing their midfield muscle to show serious premiership intentions.
The Crows were again without Erin Phillips, and while coach Bec Goddard saw more to the loss than her absence, there’s no doubt the side isn’t quite firing without her.
Karen Paxman turned in another starring appearance, with 21 disposals, earning some rest in the fourth quarter as the home side maintained their comfortable lead.
Kate Hore wasn’t far behind her, with 20 disposals.
Fremantle 6.4 (40) d Collingwood 4.3 (27)
Saturday night at Optus Stadium
A record crowd turned out to christen Perth’s new stadium, as Fremantle recorded an impressive win over Collingwood.
After Collingwood kicked the first two, the Dockers were able to work their way into the match, reply with three and take a lead into the first break.
The home side didn’t look back, and despite a Magpies surge in the third quarter, delighted the crowd with a win.
Dana Hooker (20 disposals, two goals) put in a stirring performance, thriving in the new stadium.
Collingwood coach Wayne Siekman conceded that his side didn’t rise with the Dockers as they lifted their game, but one standout was Chloe Molloy who continues to impress in the backline.
Western Bulldogs 5.3 (33) d Brisbane 3.6 (24)
Sunday at South Pine Sports Complex
In Sunday’s Brisbane heat, the Western Bulldogs held on to win over last year’s finalists Brisbane Lions.
While the opening term didn’t produce any majors, the Bulldogs scored four in the second term and held Brisbane goalless in the first half.
Isabel Huntington snapped two goals early in the second but went down in agony in the second term and it was confirmed earlier tonight she has ruptured her ACL and will miss the remainder of the season.