AFLW – Round 4 Report

AFLW – Round 4 Report

It was another history-making round of AFLW over the weekend that saw records tumble, torrential rain at one venue and close to 40-degree temperatures at another, as the race for the top two continued to heat up.

Laura Corrigan-Duryea, Kate Shierlaw, Cora Staunton, Lauren Spark & Laura Tesoriero continued to fly the flag for AFL in Europe, with all five women stepping out for their respective sides and turning in strong performances which are dissected below. will continue to keep a close eye on the progress of all five of these listed AFLW players who have ties 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

There is still a pulse in the GWS Giants season after they secured a hard-fought draw in incredibly trying conditions in Western Sydney against the reigning premiers Adelaide over the weekend.

While the rain that blanketed much of the east coast on Saturday made ball handling incredibly difficult for all players, it didn’t stop Cora Staunton from putting in a very prominent performance which saw her feature in the Giants best handful of players on the day, gathering six disposals and registering three shots on goal, including this effort to give her side the lead before half-time with the only goal of the second term.

Adelaide was able to mount a second-half comeback with the aid of some ferocious tackling from Ebony Marinoff, who finished with an incredible 21 tackles for the match to set a new record and help keep the Crows season alive.

There was nothing splitting the two teams at the final siren but it was enough to ensure both teams chances at a top two spot remain mathematically possible, as they both sit 6-points off the top two with three games to play. Staunton and the Giants face the long trip to Perth this week to face the Dockers in a do or die test that will decide whether their slim premiership dream remains alive.


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

After a tight loss in Perth the week prior, Laura Corrigan-Duryea and the Demons have fallen short for the second consecutive match at the weekend, losing to Collingwood by 34 points in oppressive conditions in Alice Springs.

With temperatures heading towards 40 degrees, Corrigan-Duryea was brave as ever in defence for the Demons but could do little to hold out a potent Collingwood forward line led by Moana Hope and Christina Bernardi.

Despite the Demons matching Collingwood across most of the major statistical categories, the Pies busted the game open after halftime kicking six goals to Melbourne’s one to lift them to their first win of the season and see Melbourne drop a game behind the ladder leaders.

Melbourne will get their chance to reclaim a top two spot when they host the Brisbane Lions on Friday night at Casey Fields.


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

It was a massive Friday night for Lauren Spark and the Western Bulldogs as they claimed the top spot on the AFLW ladder with a resounding 73-point win over Carlton at the Whitten Oval, on the back of a record seven goals to small forward Brooke Lochland.

The Dogs were quick out of the blocks and dominated the first quarter of play, setting the tone for the remainder of the match as they never looking back on their way to kicking the first eight goals of the game against a depleted Carlton line-up.

Spark matched up against formed Wimbledon Hawks teammate Kate Shierlaw for much of the match but was also given a rare opportunity to leave the defensive post that she has made her own this season, pushing up the ground in the absence of superstar key forward Katie Brennan and narrowly missing with her first attempt on goal.

Such was the authority of the Dogs performance that they have now climbed to the top of the table with an enormous percentage gap on the second-placed Lions, which could prove crucial in their bid for a home Grand Final, with their next task a highly winnable Sunday afternoon appointment against the bottom-placed Magpies in Moe.


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

It was another exceptionally tough weekend for Kate Shierlaw and her Carlton side over the weekend, with the huge absences of Bri Davey and Tayla Harris making a big challenge against the Western Bulldogs on Friday night an even tougher task and one which ultimately proved too much for the Blues to handle.

Despite gallant efforts in the middle from Sarah Hosking, Maddy Keryk, Lauren Arnell and Breanne Moody, Shierlaw and the other Carlton forwards received very little service to work with as the side went scoreless until the 17-minute mark of the third term whilst trailing by 57-points.

The loss was a huge blow to the Blues who now drop out of the top four, and crucially with only four points separating first to fifth suffer a huge dent in their percentage. They will be out to redeem themselves on Saturday night in Adelaide as they face the Crows, who will be just as desperate for a win to mount a late charge for the top two.


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

Lauren Tesoriero was lively in her third game for the season as the Pies registered their first win of the season against the premiership contending Demons, gathering seven possessions and laying three strong tackles to help her side in their upset victory.

After competitive showings in their previous three games, Collingwood finally got off the mark in season 2018 thanks to big games from Tesoriero, Jaimee Lambert & Steph Chiocci in the middle, as well as the contributions of Mo Hope & Christina Bernardi down forward effort in stifling Alice Springs heat.

The Pies will be looking to cause another upset and climb off the bottom of the ladder on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Moe to face the Bulldogs, with Tesoriero clear to play after being cited for rough contact on Melbourne’s Bianca Jakobsson


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