Richmond beats West Coast, Carlton restricts St Kilda to the equal-lowest score in AFLW history, while Adelaide posts a convincing win over GWS in Sydney.
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West Coast v Richmond
Crows thrash Giants
The Adelaide Crows have scored a crushing 40-point win over GWS at Sydney’s Henson Park.
The Crows had recorded a shock one-point defeat to the Western Bulldogs in round six but were never seriously challenged by the Giants in a 5.15 (45) to 0.5 (5) victory.
The margin was great enough to lift the premiership favourites back to the top of the ladder on percentage above Fremantle, with both sides boasting 6-1 records.
Ebony Marinoff gathered 22 disposals to become the first AFLW player to surpass 1,000 career possessions.
Not a noted goal kicker, Marinoff finished off some teammates’ hard work with a major in the final quarter to put the icing on the cake as the winning margin blew out.
She also registered a match-high 16 tackles, double the tally of teammate Teah Charlton, who was the next most prolific tackler on the ground.
Anne Hatchard (24 disposals) and Eloise Jones (20) also starred for Adelaide, while league-leading goal kicker Ashleigh Woodland kicked two second-half majors.
It took Woodland’s tally to 14 for the year, just two shy of the single-season record.
Saturday’s match was the first of three in eight days for the Giants as they play catch-up after a raft of COVID-19 cases in their squad forced an earlier match to be rescheduled.
Saints humbled by Blues
Winless St Kilda has produced the equal-lowest score in AFLW history, failing to kick a goal in a 46-point thrashing from Carlton.
The understrength Saints started brightly, with Jessica Matin hitting the post from a set shot in the opening stages.
But it was as close as the visitors got to a goal in the 7.6 (48) to 0.2 (2) defeat at Princes Park.
St Kilda’s final score was equal to the record-low tally posted by Gold Coast against Brisbane last year.
It was the Saints’ sixth defeat in as many matches under new coach Nick Dal Santo this season and a disappointing return after they went within a kick of beating both West Coast and Brisbane in the previous two rounds.
Carlton was dominant in the first half, piling on five unanswered goals to surpass its previous highest score of the season before reaching the main break.
Both sides went scoreless during the third quarter but the damage had already been done.
Blues coach Daniel Harford got his wish for a four-quarter effort from his players, who pulled away in the final term to snap a four-match losing streak.
Darcy Vescio and Breann Moody kicked two goals each, as Madison Prespakis (20 disposals), Georgia Gee (20) and Mimi Hill (18) racked up touches at will.
Vaomua Laloifi and Gabriella Pound impressed in a Carlton defence that gave little away throughout the match.
Tilly Lucas-Rodd (24 disposals and nine tackles) worked tirelessly for the outclassed Saints, with teammates Catherine Phillips (22 disposals) and Bianca Jakobsson (17) winning plenty of the ball.
Source: AFL NEWS ABC