“To progress like we did today, that’s pleasing.”
Carlton AFLW senior coach Daniel Harford knows that despite his side’s devastating loss to the Adelaide Crows on Sunday, they’re on the right track for a comeback in AFLW season 3.
In a turn of events, the Crows stormed home victors by 13 points against an inexperienced Blues side, who had dominated up until mid-way through the third quarter.
But the Baggers have a lot to be proud of, stepping up from the heartbreak of last week and last season and giving their fans something to be excited for on the hallowed Princes Park turf they call home.
It’s a constantly improving game of AFLW; each season, each week proving tougher than the last and each player’s ability on the upward trajectory.
And after struggling to keep up in season 2018 and stumbling just last week, the Carlton faithful should be proud of the way their side presented in round 2 of the eight-week competition.
“We were so much better than last week, so if that linear progression keeps going we’ll be okay,” said Harford.
And the Head Coach is right. It was night and day from last week. The Blues were free flowing, utilised the corridor and contested the ball for a strong first half of footy.
But the young legs of the Baggers tired quickly and despite the promising start, Adelaide worked out the fast pace and high-contested style the Blues were utilising.
The Crows then took complete control and booted seven goals to one in the second half.
“We lost our way through the middle for a bit and that opened up a few opportunities for them to go into their forward half,” Harford said.