Summary: North Melbourne and Melbourne secured impressive victories in AFLW matches over the weekend. North Melbourne broke their record for highest score as they defeated Port Adelaide by 63 points. Melbourne’s Alyssa Bannan starred with five goals as her team thrashed West Coast by 70 points. Collingwood also had a successful outing, beating Carlton by 17 points to secure a spot in the top eight.
In AFLW action, North Melbourne and Melbourne put on dominant performances to secure comfortable victories. North Melbourne overcame a slow start to defeat Port Adelaide by 63 points, breaking their record for the highest score in AFLW history. Melbourne forward Alyssa Bannan played a starring role, kicking a career-high five goals to lead her team to a 70-point win over West Coast. Collingwood also had a successful outing, beating Carlton by 17 points to secure a place in the top eight.
Despite a slow start, North Melbourne quickly took control of the match after Alice O’Loughlin kicked the first of her two goals. The Kangaroos went on to score 13 of the next 15 goals, ultimately winning 13.9 (87) to 3.6 (24). This victory surpassed their previous highest score of 12.4 (76) set in 2020. Ash Riddell and Tahlia Randall impressed with goal of the year contenders in the second quarter. Despite their strong performance, North Melbourne is currently second on the ladder, behind undefeated Adelaide.
Melbourne’s Alyssa Bannan was the star of their match against West Coast, kicking five goals and setting up several others for her teammates. The Demons dominated the game, leading by just 15 points at halftime before pulling away in the second half to win 11.16 (82) to 2.0 (12). The final inside-50 count was heavily in favor of Melbourne, highlighting their dominance.
Collingwood continued their strong form with a win over Carlton. The Magpies got off to a hot start, kicking three goals in the first quarter and keeping Carlton scoreless. Despite a more competitive performance from Carlton in the second half, Collingwood held on to win 4.3 (27) to 1.4 (10). Captain Bri Davey led the charge for Collingwood with a standout performance, finishing with 21 possessions, 15 tackles, and nine clearances. The win propels Collingwood into the top eight.
With these impressive victories, North Melbourne, Melbourne, and Collingwood are looking strong as they head into the final games of the AFLW season.
Tags: AFLW, North Melbourne, Melbourne, Collingwood, Victory, Record-breaking, Domination, Top eight