Underdogs shake up the VFLW hierarchy

LAST week in the VFLW, the common thread among many of the results was tight margins.

This week, it is unexpected results.

One of those was down in Geelong, with Port Melbourne defeating top of the table Geelong by seven points.

After a slow start from both sides, a dominant second quarter from the Borough was ultimately the difference as the Cats will rue a missed opportunity for a win.

As the sun shone down on Geelong, goals ultimately proved hard to come by in the first term.

Geelong in particular had plenty of opportunities to score, but just could not convert as Port’s defence piled on the pressure.

Geelong’s defence, particularly forward of centre, was even stronger though, so Port’s chances to get inside their forward 50, let alone score, were at a premium.

In the end, only four behinds combined were scored between the sides in the opening term, so the lead at quarter time was two points in favour of the Cats.

Things again started slow on the scoring front in the second term, but eventually the goals did finally start to come.

Despite how things had gone in the first term, that first goal when the way of Port Melbourne after Georgia Alomes snapped through a goal around her body.

However they did not hold the lead for long after Poppy Schaap snapped through Geelong’s first to take back the lead for the home side.

Things then took a negative turn for Geelong though when Eliza Wilson-MacDonald having to be helped from the field after a heavy collision.

The Cats also stopped scoring after that as Chanelle Slater and Emily Harley both kicked majors for the Borough, before Alomes slotted through her second in the shadows of half time to see the Borough take a 16 point lead into the main break.

Geelong sprang out of the gates in the third terms with a goal to Olivia Cicolini, and at the other end its defence was holding up very well and severely limiting the number of shots the Borough were able to get away.

However, the ball was still spending a far bit of time in the Borough’s forward half of the ground, so Geelong’s chances to score were also limited.

Port finally got its first goal of the second half on the board through Jessie Williams, but that goal came at about the 12 minute mark.

This goal sparked a resurgence in forward 50 time for Geelong, but the Borough defence proved too strong and so Geelong still could not put any more scores on the board.

Williams’ goals proved to be the final score of the term, and as such the Borough now had a 17 point lead heading into the final change.

Geelong kept peppering the goals early in the last term, but much to its frustration, it could not find the middle of the big sticks.

They finally found the middle seven and a half minutes to score the first – and what proved to be the final – major of the term thanks to the boot of Charlotte Simpson.

Unfortunately for the Cats that was the final major of the term as they only scored one more behind after Simpson’s goal. The Borough did not score at all in the final term and there was no doubt some worried faces in the Borough camp as the quarter progressed, but they need not worry as their side held on for a confidence boosting win.

In other results:

  • The Western Bulldogs were also among the upset winners on the weekend, downing Collingwood by 16 points.

The win was built off the back of the Bulldogs keeping Collingwood scoreless in the first quarter and goalless in the third, so by the time they themselves went goalless in the last, the hard work was already done.

Jaimi Tabb starred in front of goal for the Bulldogs with four majors, while four Bulldogs and a Magpie all topped the game’s disposal tally. Emmalyn Nekrep, Tahlia Meier, Dominique Carbone, Eleanor Bishop and Jessica Bates all finished with a game high 22 disposals.

  • Williamstown completed the trio of unexpected winners, with a comfortable 38 point win over Carlton.

After a tight opening term, Carlton did not score again until the final term unlike the Seagulls, who scored one of their biggest scores of the season to come away with the win.

Sarah Cameron starred in front of goal for the Seagulls with four majors, while Emily Eaves and Ashlee Thorneycroft led their sides in the disposal count with 17 disposals each.

  • The Saints continue to have the wood over Casey, this time defeating the Dees by eight points in what proved to be a tight affair.

The Saints were dominant for the first three quarters and kept the Dees goalless, but almost blew it as the Dees kicked three goals to none in the last to come right back at them. However the Dees ran out of time to completely come back.

Ciara Burke was the only multiple goal kicker on the ground, while Winnie Laing (20 disposals) and Belinda Woolcock (21 touches) led their teams on the disposal count front.

  • Essendon kicked away in the second half to defeat Darebin by 34 points.

The Falcons managed to restrict the Bombers to only nine points in the first half, but were unable to maintain the pressure as the Bombers kicked away in the second half to comfortably win.

Mia-Rae Clifford kicked three goals for the winners, while Reese Sutton finished with 22 touches. However, she was not the top ball winner on the ground, that was Angelica Gogos who finished with 32 touches.

  • Box Hill made it two wins in a row with a 22 point win over North Melbourne.

After a disastrous first term, the Hawks turned things around in the second and never looked back.

Sarah Humm was the only multiple goal kicker on the ground, while Sarah Humm (24 touches) and Annabel Scott (20 touches) finished with the most disposals.

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