Hawthorn secure first AFLW win as lockout games frustrate some fans

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Collingwood claimed the first win over club arch rivals Essendon in a contested and physical game in wet weather conditions at AIA Centre. The Magpies took the points with an 11-point victory.

It was a scrappy arm wrestle for the majority of the game, before back-to-back goals from 18-year-old Eliza James gave Collingwood a healthy lead, which Essendon’s attack couldn’t breach. Maddy Prespakis was the star of the game with 31 disposals, five clearances and a goal, but her side couldn’t breach the Magpie’s impenetrable defence.

Post-game Fox Footy boundary rider Megan Waters asked Collingwood goalscorer Chloe Molloy if there was anything better than singing the song in front of a home crowd, to which the Magpie star quipped back: “Yes, singing it when you beat Essendon”.

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Collingwood claim first win over Essendon in the AFLW

Collingwood claim first win over Essendon in the AFLWCredit:Getty

Hawthorn secure maiden AFLW victory

Hawthorn secure their first win in the AFLW over fellow expansion side Sydney, who are still without a victory. In front of a sold out crowd at Punt Road Oval, the two sides battled hard in a heated contest with plenty of push and shove. Hawthorn, who came out in their Indigenous guernseys, with the needed edge in the end, claiming a slim four-point win.

Sydney burst out of the starting gate with four goals within the first 12 minutes of the opening term, three of those off the boot of Brooke Lochland, but they didn’t get another all game.

Hawthorn’s Aileen Gilroy.

Hawthorn’s Aileen Gilroy.Credit:AFL Photos / Getty Images

Hawthorn, on the other hand, responded with the next five majors, including three from young gun Tahlia Fellows. Lochland had another opportunity in the dying minutes of the game, which would have secured the win for her side, but slipt over right in front of goals with Hawthorn defender Emily Everist right on her tail.

Speaking to Fox Footy, Hawthorn’s Kaitlyn Ashmore, said it was “two tough inexperienced sides wanting their first win … so a good contest as you’d expect”.

Earlier in the day, North Melbourne’s win put them in the top eight halfway through the home and away season, while the Western Bulldogs undefeated run comes to an end.

Tayla Harris shines

Melbourne’s Tayla Harris booted three goals against her old team Carlton, bringing up her 50th career goal in the AFLW, as the Demons made short work of the injury-weakened Blues at Ikon Park.
Liv Purcell had 30 disposals for the Demons in their 42-point win. Mimi Hill battled gamely with 33 possessions for the Blues.

AFLW ROUND FIVE

Western Bulldogs: 2.1 2.1 3.4 4.4 (28)
North Melbourne: 1.2 2.4 4.4 6.7 (43)
GOALS
Western Bulldogs: Wilcox 2, Moody, Cranston. North Melbourne: Eddey, Wall, Abbatangelo, E.King, Craven, Randall
BEST
Western Bulldogs: Blackburn, Wilcox, Bennetts, Lynch, Berry. North Melbourne: Garner, Bruton, Riddell, King, Kearney

Collingwood: 1.1 2.2 3.3 4.4 (28)
Essendon: 1.1 2.2 2.4 2.5 (17)
GOALS
Collingwood: James 2, Butler, Molloy. Essendon: Alexander, Prespakis
BEST
Collingwood: Brazill, Cann, Butler, Molloy, James. Essendon: Prespakis, Cain, Phillips, Toogood, Bannister

Sydney: 4.2 4.3 4.5 4.7 (31)
Hawthorn: 1.0 3.2 5.3 5.5 (35)
GOALS
Sydney: Lochland 3, Privitelli. Hawthorn: Fellows 3, Gilroy, Baskaran
BEST
Sydney: Ham, Lochland, Hamilton, Whelan, Morphett. Hawthorn: Fellows, Fleming, Lucas-Rodd, Ashmore, Wales

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