It was a historic weekend in the newly revamped VFL Women's as Carlton, Collingwood, NT Thunder, Richmond, Essendon and Hawthorn all played their inaugural matches.
Carlton opened the historic weekend with a 22-point win over Southern Saints.
The Blues led for the entire game to finish 9. 5. (59) to 5. 7. (37), largely due to a decisive first and third quarter.
NT Thunder continued the winning streak for the new teams with a 12. 14. (86) to 5. 2. (32) win over the Darebin Falcons.
Coach Tim Weatherald said his side didn't have any expectations heading into the match against the reigning minor premiers.
“We didn’t have any expectations at all and we just knew that we were playing against the best and for us that was great because the challenge was to beat the best," he told NT Thunder media.
“For us to come away with our first win it couldn’t be any better than it is at the moment.
“We’re going to have highs and lows throughout the year, but it’s not going to get much better than that first win,” Weatherald said.
History was made for Collingwood’s as they recorded a win against Williamstown.
After an even start, the Magpies ran out to be 18-point victors.
Collingwood’s VFLW coach Penny Cula-Reid felt relief and satisfaction in the result and the players efforts.
“This is just the beginning of our journey,” Cula-Reid told Collingwood Media.
“It’s just so refreshing to have the girls win the first game and feel confident to be able to execute the things that we are trying to do in training,” she said.
The Tigers claimed a 38-point victory over the Western Bulldogs 6.5 (41) to 0.3 (3).
Richmond dominated play from the get-go as they attacked the game and defended well, ceasing all the Bulldogs’ forward.
“There’s a real Richmond brand trickling down from AFL, to VFL level, but then also through to our girls now at VFLW,” Coach Tom Hunter told Richmond media.
“What was pleasing about it was the way they controlled the game.
"They showed composure with ball-in-hand, took some really great options, and moved the ball the way we wanted to,” he said.
Essendon were the only team not to secure a win but nonetheless, as the club grow, develop and invest in aspiring young female footballers.
Hawthorn, who also introduced their first women's team, ran out 39-point winners with 8.12 (60) to 3.3 (21) scoreline.
Hawthorn took an early lead and would continue to as it took until the second quarter for Essendon to get their first points on the board.
In the third term, Essendon got their first ever major.
Hawthorn, who played under Box Hill Hawks in 2017, had a brilliant game away from home to start their 2018 campaign.