AFLW – Round 2 Report

AFLW – Round 2 Report

 

It was a historic second round of the AFLW season over the weekend which saw an 89-year-old attendance record for women’s sport in Australia broken, as 41,978 fans watched on as Fremantle beat Collingwood to surpass the previous best attendance figure of 41,000. The round was equally as monumental for AFL Europe as all five women with affiliations to the game in Europe stepped out for their respective sides for the very first time on the same weekend.

Laura Corrigan-Duryea’s Demon’s and Kate Shierlaw’s Carlton side were the two big winners of the round, with both stamping their credentials on the competition with strong performances that see them remain unbeaten, with Lauren Spark’s Western Bulldogs also featuring on the winners list and joining those two clubs in the top three.

Afleurope.org will be keeping a close eye on the progress of all five listed AFLW players with a connection to AFL in Europe right throughout the season, so stay tuned each week for updates on how each of the girls are tracking.

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Cora Staunton – #13 – Greater Western Sydney Giants – Recruited from GAA

After a strong performance in her much hyped AFLW debut last round, Gaelic champion Cora Staunton was one of many Giants who were kept quiet on Friday night as her GWS side suffered a 21-point defeat at the hands of Carlton.

After GWS had lead narrowly until quarter time when a lightning storm saw conditions deemed too unsafe which caused the match to be delayed by thirty-five minutes and stemmed any of the momentum the Giants may have had, with Carlton dominant from that point onwards.

Despite their best efforts, Staunton and the other GWS forwards were starved of service by a rampant Blues midfield who resigned the Giants to their second straight defeat, turning Saturday’s clash against Collingwood at Olympic Park in Melbourne into a do or die proposition if they are to keep their season alive.

 

Kate Shierlaw – #25 – Carlton Blues – Formerly Wimbledon Hawks (2016)

On the winning end of that matchup was Kate Shierlaw, who helped her side get on top of GWS after quarter time despite the Western Sydney weather making for a trying night for the talls.

The win takes Carlton to the top of the early season table but it should have come with a significant percentage boost had they converted their chances, with the conditions only partly to blame for their wayward 3.12 (30) score.

Shierlaw and the Blues face their toughest test of the season so far next Saturday when they host Brisbane at Ikon Park, and they will need to do it without star captain Bri Davey after she ruptured her ACL which will see her miss the remainder of the year. Fellow superstar Tayla Harris could also miss the clash against her former side after leaving the ground with her arm in a sling, which could see Shierlaw have an increased presence down forward.

 

Laura Corrigan-Duryea – #11 – Melbourne Demons – Irish Banshees Co-Captain (2017 International Cup)

Laura Corrigan and the Demons were the biggest winners of the round as they toppled the reigning premiers Adelaide by 32-points at Casey Fields, with the Irish International Cup winning skipper earning plenty of plaudits for her defensive efforts on imposing Adelaide full-forward Sarah Perkins.

Corrigan kept the Crows spearhead scoreless and to just the three disposals for the match whilst picking up six of her own, as the Dee’s showed why they are premiership favourites in many circles on the back of a dominant whole team performance where selecting the best on ground votes would prove extremely difficult.

Melbourne travel to Perth this week to face Fremantle where a win will be crucial for both sides seasons, with the Dee’s looking to stay undefeated and claim top spot on the table from Carlton and the Bulldogs, while Fremantle aim to push for a spot in the top two.

 

 

Lauren Spark – #11 – Western Bulldogs – Formerly Wimbledon Hawks (2015/16)

Lauren Spark continued her extremely strong start to the year at full-back for the Western Bulldogs on Sunday as they saw off the challenge of the Brisbane Lions to remain unbeaten with a nine-point victory away from home.

Spark matched up on Lions star Sabrina Frederick-Traub and had the better of the dynamic forward right throughout the match, keeping her opponent goalless and providing plenty of rebound for the Dogs with four marks and nine disposals of her own.

The Dogs head to Adelaide this Friday night for a huge match against the struggling Crows, who will need to win to keep their season alive whilst the Bulldogs look to win their third straight match and claim top spot from the Blues.

 

Lauren Tesoriero – #7 – Collingwood Magpies – Formerly Wandsworth Demons (2017)

After missing Collingwood’s opening round loss to Carlton with a back injury suffered in the warmup, Tesoriero was declared fit to play and added to the Magpies squad to travel to Perth for their second-round clash with the Dockers and immediately provided a strong presence in the middle of the ground.

In front of the biggest Australian crowd for a standalone women’s sporting fixture in history at the new Perth Stadium, Tesoriero was busy gathering eleven disposals and laying two tackles as the Pies kept the Dockers in check for much of the contest.

Despite strong performances from Tesoriero and her Collingwood teammates Steph Chiocci, Melissa Kuys, Jess Duffin and Christina Bernardi, Fremantle proved too strong in-front of a parochial home crowd on the back of a best on ground effort from Dana Hooker.

The loss means that the Pies first home game of the year against the Giants this weekend takes on the extra importance of an elimination final, with both sides needing to claim their first victory of the season to mount a late surge at the top sides.

 

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