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Eagles go down in AFLW opener



West Coast has suffered a 27 point defeat in their inaugural AFLW match against Collingwood at Victoria Park.


In a game that was heavily affected by a strong breeze, the Eagles kicked the opening goal of the game through marquee player Dana Hooker, as she etched her name in to the history books with an accurate snap from 25 metres out.


Collingwood gradually gained the ascendency from quarter time onwards, kicking two goals with the breeze in the second term to lead by six points at half time.


A goal against the breeze from Pies midfielder Jaimee Lambert in the third term proved telling in the third as the Eagles failed to find avenues to goal.


Two more goals in the last term including a major for former Netball star Sharni Layton sealed the win, as West Coast couldn't add to their first term major.


It's Collingwood's first ever round one win in four seasons of AFLW, ahead of a blockbuster clash with Carlton in round two.


Both sides suffered injury concerns during the match, Pies recruit Brianna Davey suffering a lower leg injury that ended her day before three quarter time, while West Coast lost defender Ashton Hill to an ankle concern in the second quarter.


West Coast plays its first home game next Saturday against Fremantle at Optus Stadium, in the first AFL Women's Western Derby.


COLLINGWOOD 5.8 (38)

WEST COAST: 1.5 (11)

GOALS COLL: Layton, Lambert, Molloy, Chiocci, D'Arcy.

GOALS WCE: Hooker.

BEST COLL: Chiocci, Lambert, Molloy, Cann, Brazil, Livingstone.

BEST WCE: Hooker, Swanson, Dowrick, Cameron, Perera.

INJURIES: COLL: Davey (leg), WCE: Hill (ankle).


IMAGE: AFL website.

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