North Melbourne jumped into the top eight and ended the Western Bulldogs’ unbeaten start to the AFLW season with a 15-point victory at the Punt Road Oval.
- North Melbourne led by another fine on-ground performance from midfielder Jasmine Garner
- Teenager Riley Wilcox scores two goals to keep Bulldogs alive
- Roos’ victory marked the start of a big day for the AFLW, with a total of four matches
Jasmine Garner (26 disposes) was brilliant in the Kangaroos’ 6.7 (43) to 4.4 (28) victory.
He was surprisingly assisted by Jenna Bruton as the Kangaroos had the edge over the waning on-ball brigade of dogs.
Intercept marking from Katie Lynch and Isabella Grant in defense was a feature for the Bulldogs, while two goals from 17-year-old Riley Wilcox kept her side in the match, which was in balance for most of the afternoon.
The Kangaroos combined strength in the competition to quickly set the proceedings in a brutal manner, firing the first strike through half-forward Isabella Eddy, who smartly found the target in the opening 90 seconds.
The Dogs weathered an early storm, and Rocky Cranston went into an open goal, taking the lead in quarter-time.
Hard-running Irishwoman Vicki Wall found the target to start the second term, which for the most part was played on North’s terms.
The Kangaroos owned the corridor and dominated territory, but were unable to engage the head of the Wall, thanks mainly to some sterling bulldog defenses manned by Lynch and Grant.
Captain Ellie Blackburn had a great third stint and the Bulldogs got the target early but got North off the hook with three consecutive misses.
Emma King’s powerful mark and on goal the Roos paid off the Dogs and took a six-point lead in three-quarters of time.
Wilcox’s second goal smothered the Bulldogs in the fourth but North made the match stronger.
Three more AFLW matches will be played on Friday, as Collingwood plays Essendon, Sydney meets Hawthorne and Carlton meets Melbourne.