Lions too good for Eagles in Brisbane
West Coast's wait for a win in the 2021 AFL Women's competition will continue, failing to kick a goal after half time on their way to a 45 point loss against Brisbane at Hickey Park on Monday.
The Eagles made a superb start to the game but kicked an inaccurate 1.6 in the opening stanza, the two time Grand Finalists in the AFLW overpowering the visitors in the second half as they returned to the top of the ladder with a 10.5 (65) to 2.8 (20) victory.
West Coast came in to the match as massive underdogs against an undefeated Brisbane team playing on it's home ground, but made a brilliant start with Aisling McCarthy kicking the opening goal of the contest, the Eagles in the ascendency courtesy of an early clearance and inside 50 dominance.
They were wasteful in front of goal however, kicking one goal five for the quarter as the Lions took their one chance in front of the big sticks courtesy of Dakota Davidson, who volleyed a loose ball through from 20 metres out in the final minute of the term.
Daniel Pratt's side continued their dominance early in the second quarter as first year player Andrea Gilmore kicked her first AFLW goal with a clever snap from the left forward pocket, but Brisbane were able to steady with two goals before the half time siren to scrape their way to a lead at the major break.
The Lions flicked a switch from there on in, kicking 5.4 to no score in the third term to run away with the game, youngster Taylor Smith (three goals) and Davidson (two) finishing off some fine play upfield.
Two more goals followed in the final term to put the finishing touches on a 45 point win, the Lions top of the table with an incredible percentage of 512 as one of the four undefeated teams in the competition after three rounds.
West Coast faces Greater Western Sydney in round four at Blacktown International Sportspark, while Brisbane will meet Adelaide in what is a Grand Final rematch from the inaugural season of the AFL Women's competition.
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