Established AFLW powerhouse Adelaide underlined who’s boss in the City of Churches with a thrilling 60-point thrashing of Port in the first AFLW Showdown.
- Adelaide and Port Adelaide met for the first time in the AFLW
- Adelaide has held its last two AFLW opponents goalless
- Hawthorn secured their second AFLW win by three points over West Coast
Port were kept clean for the first time this season in an 8.15 (63) to 0.3 (3) victory.
Chelsea Randall was imperious for the Crows, kicking three goals and recording 27 possessions to claim the inaugural Showdown Medal.
Crows legend Erin Phillips was tagged by Sarah Allen in what was her first outing against her former team, but still managed 14 disposals.
The only negative factor for the Crows was power forward McKenzie Dowrick, who suffered a potentially serious right knee injury that forced her off the field in the third quarter.
After last week’s 96-point demolition of GWS, Adelaide outscored their opponents 23.22 to 0.4 in the final eight quarters.
Randall, Ebony Marinoff (24, one goal) and Anne Hatchard (23, one goal) were far too strong for their less experienced Power opponents.
Port teenager Alex Ballard again defended superbly on the backline while captain Erin Phillips battled valiantly but unluckily against her former team.
Adelaide dominated from virtually the start, showing much more polish and firepower in attack.
Randall scored the first ever AFLW goal between the two teams, finishing neatly after expertly beating Caitlin Gould’s crossbar inside the first three minutes.
Moments later, the Crows skipper nailed her second and celebrated by raising both arms and grabbing her jumper in glee as she steered Adelaide into a 14-point quarter-hour lead.
In the second term, Hatchard came on big to kick a goal and Randall also kicked her third before Ash Woodward booted a six-pointer after the half-time siren to put the Crows 35 points clear.
After the main break, there was more of the same.
Marinoff secured the first center of the third period and finished her good work with a major in the opening 40 seconds as Adelaide went from strength to strength.
Former Crow Ange Foley missed a chance to score Port’s only goal after the three-quarter bell.
Hawthorn won a nail-biter in Frankston
A second-quarter masterclass from Hawthorn veteran Jesse Duffin inspired the Hawks to a second thrilling AFLW win in as many weeks.
Hawthorn looked home against West Coast when dual-Ireland star Áine McDonagh scored her first career goal midway through the final term on Friday night to put the hosts eight points up.
But a beautiful layup by Aimee Schmidt from the boundary line shortly after got the Eagles back within two.
It made for a thrilling finish to the game in Frankston but the Hawks held on for a 6.8 (44) to 6.5 (41) win.
Hawthorn trailed by 18 points in the first quarter but, like last week against Sydney when they were four goals down, fought back with a superb performance.
And it was the inspired decision to move Duffin up for a second term that proved decisive.
She hadn’t hit a goal in more than three years but recorded three of her team’s four majors to put them eight points clear of the Eagles after the long layoff.
After losing their first four AFLW games, the Hawks have now won back-to-back games and the expansion club are just one win outside the top eight.
But the win was marred by the news of key forward Tegan Cunningham, whose name appeared in the book in the final quarter for a foul on West Coast’s Charlotte Thomas, courtesy of late.
After a quarter of an hour, Hawthorn’s pressure was excellent and they comprehensively beat West Coast 83-58, while also enjoying a sizeable advantage in the 50s (30-21).
Duffin had 12 disposals with her three majors. Aileen Gilroy also played a key role for the Hawks with 15 touches (10 contested) and 10 tackles, as did captain Tilly Lucas-Rodd with 14 disposals, six tackles and a goal.
Lucas-Rodd’s opposite number Emma Swanson was outstanding for the Eagles with 28 touches (14 contested), seven disposals and a goal, while Isabella Lewis (10 tackles) also struggled with 24 touches (18 contested), nine disposals and a goal.
The visitors took advantage of the strong wind in the first quarter to score the opening three goals in just nine minutes.
After Duffin single-handedly turned the tide in the second term as the Hawks registered all 15-under-50s for the quarter, the momentum shifted back towards West Coast in the third and a smart Jaide Britton goal leveled the scores.
But despite having the wind at their backs, a couple of failed sets from Swanson and Kate Bartlett prevented them from taking the lead.
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