Blues down Pies in low-scoring AFLW opener

Posted on 12/17/2018

Collingwood’s Jasmine Garner marks in front of Carlton’s Brianna Davey, who had 16 possessions.Another bumper crowd watched Carlton open an AFL Women’s season with a win over Collingwood, but low scoring remains an issue for the fledgling league.

There was no repeat of the lockout for last year’s inaugural season opener, but a healthy crowd of 19,852 fans saw the Blues hang on for a 3.4 (22) to 2.2 (14) win at Ikon Park on Friday night.

While the AFL will be pleased at the turnout, efforts to encourage greater scoring fell flat with neither team able to kick a goal in the second half.

“I think when each team had the footy they were able to move it fairly effectively, but once it got inside 50 we perhaps didn’t convert as well,” Carlton coach Damien Keeping said.

“We’ll go back and have a look.

“With the flow of the game it felt like we were creating (scoring) opportunities and Collingwood were as well.

“It may have just been that last line of execution that each team fell down on.”

Carlton skipper Brianna Davey led the way with 16 possessions, with high-profile recruit Tayla Harris also prominent for the home side.

The former Brisbane Lion had ten disposals and kicked a goal after taking a trademark contested mark.

First-round draft pick Chloe Molloy starred in her debut game with 20 touches for the Magpies.

While the standard of the contest was higher, rule tweaks like the last touch out of bounds free kick failed to ramp up the scoring as hoped.

“Certainly our defence was very strong but we just couldn’t take our opportunities going forward,” Magpies coach Wayne Siekman said.

“That’s all it is … they were there to be taken. We just couldn’t kick them.

“We had opportunities but it was two clubs who put a lot of trust in their defence in the game.”

Collingwood’s Sarah D’Arcy was reported for kicking Carlton’s Sarah Hosking in the groin in an ugly incident in the third quarter.