In Case You Missed It: AFLW Round 5 2023

IT was a nice spread out round of AFL Women’s over the weekend, with four days worth of action and plenty of surprises along the way.

Geelong (4.1.25) lost to Melbourne (11.8.74)

  • Melbourne’s undefeated record remained in tact after a solid win over Geelong.
  • Geelong certainly challenged the Dees for a fair chunk of the match, but once Melbourne’s handball game got going, it was hard to stop.
  • Gabby Colvin played an important role in shutting down Chloe Scheer, which helped significantly sway the tide of the game.

Richmond (4.6.30) defeated Fremantle (5.7.37)

  • Fremantle got back on the winners list with a win over Richmond.
  • Richmond fought back late in the second half, but ultimately left their run too late.
  • Richmond’s approach to feeding its forward 50 was poor in the first half, which allowed the Dockers to skip ahead.

Carlton (6.8.44) defeated Sydney (6.3.39)

  • Carlton also got back on the winners list with a hard fought win over the Swans.
  • The Swans almost caused an upset, but ultimately ran out of time to fully complete it.

Western Bulldogs (6.0.36) lost to St Kilda (8.6.54)

  • St Kilda picked up a second win in a row after defeating the Bulldogs to keep their opponents winless to start 2023.
  • Despite a second term Bulldogs fightback, the Saints held firm to keep their opponents to one goal in the second half to take the win.

West Coast (6.3.39) defeated Port Adelaide (4.9.33)

  • West Coast finally got on the board in 2023 with a win over the Power.
  • It was close for much of the night, but strong ball movement is what ultimately helped the Eagles prevail.

Collingwood (6.7.44) defeated Essendon (3.6.24)

  • Collingwood returned to the winners list with a solid win over Essendon.
  • Alana Porter was particularly impressive as the Magpies kicked away late to take the win.
  • Things went from bad to worse for Essendon late when Sophie Alexander was carted off late with a serious head knock.

North Melbourne (4.8.32) defeated GWS (0.2.2)

  • North Melbourne bounced from last weekend’s shock loss with a win over GWS.
  • In a low scoring affair, the Giants really pushed the Kangaroos but errors transitioning into attack really cost the young Giants.
  • It was such a low scoring match due to the high number of tackles and defensive pressure from both sides.

Hawthorn (5.2.32) lost to Brisbane (8.11.59)

  • Brisbane continued on its merry winning ways, defeating Hawthorn largely thanks to a move into the midfield from Breanna Koenen.
  • Dakota Davidson also dominated, booting three majors.
  • Hawthorn relied too much on midfield dominance, but their defence struggled while under siege.

Adelaide (7.5.47) defeated Gold Coast (2.3.15)

  • Adelaide kept its undefeated record in tact, largely thanks to its firepower after the Suns matched it in the midfield.
  • Madison Newman dominated with a career best game of 25 disposals, nine marks, and 501m gained, which was 178m more than anyone else on the park.
  • However, Lucy Single claimed another scalp in her tagging career, reducing Ebony Marinoff‘s influence on the game.

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