ICYMI | 2024 VFLW: Round 3

A SUPER Saturday bonanza in the VFLW produced some surprising results and big winners as two new teams joined the fold. It was a bad week to be the home team, with six of the seven visiting teams leaving enemy territory with four points.

North Melbourne 4.7 (31) def. by Casey 5.4 (34)

Casey kicked off the weekend with an upset, downing the Kangaroos by a mere three points.

The Demons got the better of the starts, which helped them hold on as an inaccurate Roos fought back as the game progressed – albeit to no avail.

Joanna Lin and Niamh O’Neill were the top goal scorers for Casey with two each, while Audrey Rhodes and Maddie Di Cosmo were tackling machines for North Melbourne, laying 25 and 14 respectively.

Southern Saints 5.6 (36) def. by Geelong 8.6 (54)

Geelong continued the shocks to start the weekend, picking up its first win of the season with a three-goal defeat of Southern Saints.

The Saints led for most of the match, but things fell apart for them in the final term as the Cats stormed back to take the points.

Abbey McDonald was prominent in attack for the Cats despite only putting one goal on the board, while Samantha Gooden fought hard all day in the ruck despite shouldering much of the load.

Meanwhile for the Saints, Chloe Hunt again starred up forward with two majors, while Ella Friend saw plenty of the ball and got herself a goal.

Darebin 1.4 (10) def. by Essendon 5.10 (40)

Essendon is also on the board for 2024 after comfortably downing Darebin on Saturday.

The Falcons posted the first goal of the match but could not muster another as Essendon ultimately ran away with the result.

Ashlea Melnikas and El Chaston both continued their strong starts to the season with another strong performance for Essendon, while for Darebin Victoria Blackwood and Riley Christgoergl both impressed in defence.

Box Hill 5.7 (37) def. Collingwood 0.3 (3)

Box Hill remains undefeated this VFLW season after accounting for Collingwood to the tune of 34 points.

Although it was not to the scale of its first two wins this season, Box Hill still did it comfortably by keeping the Pies goalless all game.

Tamara Smith saw plenty of the ball for the Hawks, as did Charlotte Baskaran while also finishing as the only multiple goalkicker afield.

Meanwhile for Collingwood, Kaitlyn Day and Marnie Jarvis were prolific through midfield heading into attack.

Western Bulldogs 3.4 (22) def. by Sydney 12.12 (84)

Sydney Swans marked their entry into the VFLW in spectacular fashion, easily accounting for the Western Bulldogs.

The Swans kept their opponents to a single point in the first half and continued to run over the top with seven second half goals, despite the Bulldogs eventually posting three of their own.

Montana Ham kicked five majors in the win and saw plenty of the ball, while Laura Gardiner picked up a whopping 47 disposals and 14 tackles.

Meanwhile for the Bulldogs Sarah Skinner was prolific in midfield, and Isadora McLeay laid the same number of tackles as she had disposals, 11.

Carlton 5.5 (35) def. by GWS 6.7 (43)

GWS stamped an emphatic return to the VFLW with an eight-point win over Carlton.

The Blues led right through the first half, but a scoreless third quarter saw the Giants take the lead, and even though they also went scoreless in the final term, Carlton was still unable to reel in the deficit.

For the victors, Zarlie Goldsworthy and Kaitlyn Srhoj both had impressive outings and got their hands dirty around the ball.

Meanwhile for Carlton, Mia Austin was the only player on the ground to kick multiple goals, while Lily Goss proved prolific and almost had as many tackles as she had disposals.

Williamstown 1.3 (9) def. by Port Melbourne 5.2 (32)

Port Melbourne remains undefeated this season after defeating Williamstown.

After somewhat of a slow start from both sides, Port grew into the game as it progressed and the Seagulls fell short in their game of catch-up.

Eilish Sheerin was prolific for the Borough, picking up plenty of the ball and recording a lot of clearances, while Mackenzie Ford was a tackling machine.

Meanwhile for the Seagulls, Emily Eaves had another great game, while Sharnie Whiting was their only goalkicker.

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