Lauren Spark and the Western Bulldogs claim AFLW Flag
After eight weeks and thirty-three enthralling games of football, the curtain has closed on the 2018 AFLW season in spectacular fashion for former Wimbledon Hawks star Lauren Spark and her Western Bulldogs teammates.
Spark and the Daughters of the ‘Scray lifted the Premiership Cup after triumphing over the Brisbane Lions by six points, in what was an extremely tight contest from siren to siren on a rain-soaked Princes Park.
The Melbourne weather made for tough conditions throughout the match and it certainly limited scoring opportunities, with the Lions registering the only goal in the first half as the Dogs were held to just one behind to halftime.
Not to be discouraged, The Dogs mounted a spirited surge after the main break which saw them boot three goals to Brisbane’s none in the third quarter, with Monique Conti, Ellie Blackburn & Emma Kearney staring up the ground as Lauren Spark did as she has done all season and held down fullback with aplomb.
Lauren was best afield last weekend, so she got plenty of post-game love. She will have another critical job this weekend. Has a good GF record too – BOG in GF for @wimbledonhawks from memory? Thx for watching from GB & enjoy the game.
— Jason Bennett (@JasonBennettTV) March 19, 2018
Despite one final charge from the Lions that almost saw them steal the lead back in the dying stages, the Bulldogs held firm and registered a famous win, adding the AFLW Premiership Cup to a trophy cabinet at the Whitten Oval that is now receiving plenty of love after 50 years of neglect.
AFL Europe would like to congratulate Lauren, Phoebe McWilliams, Cora Staunton, Lauren Tesoriero, Laura Corrigan-Duryea & Kate Shierlaw who all flew the flag for Aussie Rules in Europe superbly throughout the 2018 season.