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Wayward Dogs: Inaccuracy And Ill-Discipline Costly In Bulldogs' Loss To Adelaide

  • Wayward Dogs: Inaccuracy And Ill-Discipline Costly In Bulldogs' Loss To Adelaide

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 10: Katie Brennan of the Bulldogs addresses her teammates after the loss during the 2017 AFLW Round 02 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Adelaide Crows at VU Whitten Oval on February 10, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Western Bulldogs         0.5      1.6     2.9      2.11.23
Adelaide                           1.2      3.5     6.5       7.6.48

Goals
Western Bulldogs:
Brennan, McLeod
Adelaide: Perkins 2, Sedunary, Killian, McCormick, Gibson, Foley

Alex Docherty's Best
Western Bulldogs: Kearney, Blackburn, Scott, McLeod, Spark
Adelaide: Marinoff, Phillips, Perkins, Sedunary, Randall, Holmes

All throughout this past week, the spotlight was on the Western Bulldogs' women's team, who were slated to be the premiership favourites after dispatching the Fremantle Dockers last weekend. However, the Bulldogs became their own enemy on Friday night, as inaccuracy and ill-discipline cost the Bulldog ladies four valuable premiership points as they went down to an impressive Adelaide outfit by 25 points at the Whitten Oval.

The win now sees the Crows one of three teams to end the weekend 2-0, whilst the Doggies are now stuck in the midfield at 1-1, but the roles could've been reversed if the Dogs made the most of their opportunities in the first quarter. Going with the breeze, the Dogs had three behinds within the first four minutes of the game, before Adelaide cult hero Sarah Perkins kicked the first goal of the match midway through the term.

The Dogs continued to squander their opportunities until midway in the second quarter, when their leader Katie Brennan calmly converted her set shot on goal to give the Dogs their first goal of the night, and the lead once more, before the goals regained momentum of the contest and the lead through Perkins' second goal as well as impressive running goal through Jess Sedunary, to give the Crows an 11-point advantage at the main break.

The Dogs continued to push and started the second half on the right foot through Kirsten McLeod who goaled inside the first minute of the third after scoring four behinds in the first half, but the Dogs continued to register mostly behinds for all their hard work, and the Crows eventually made them pay for their inaccuracy late in the third term, with Rachael Killian goaling with a regulatory crumbing goal, followed by impressive goals from Jenna McCormick and Kellie Gibson in the final minutes to give Adelaide a commanding 20-point lead at the final break.

With their opposition on the ropes, the Crows sealed the game late with an Angela Foley goal, giving the Crows two wins from two games on a forgettable night in Footscray for the Bulldogs' girls. The one thing that should be addressed was the lack of discipline from the red, white and blues. The Crows doubled the Bulldogs' free kick count 30-15 as there were quite a few clumsy tackles, as well as late hits and late shoves in the back from the home team all throughout the night and it stood out in what was a very physical game.

Leading The Way

For the second-straight week, it's been Emma Kearney who led the game with the disposals, recording 23 touches and five tackles, but she also got some well-recieved assistance in the midfield from Hannah Scott, who had 20 disposals and three tackles as well as marquee player Ellie Blackburn who had 19 disposals and three tackles.

Whilst captain Katie Brennan was held reasonably quiet with a goal and 10 disposals, it was small forward Kirsten McLeod who was dangerous around the goals, but disappointed with 1.4, whilst I was also impressed with the game of Lauren Spark who tried her best in the third quarter to get the Bulldogs back into the contest - she finished the night with nine disposals and five marks for the match.

The Opposition

After being named as one of the Rising Star nominations last weekend, Ebony Marinoff showed why she looms as one of the hot favourites to take out this award with 18 disposals, six tackles and four marks for the game in a solid all-around game. Co-captain Erin Phillips who starred last week with three goals, starred again on Friday night with 17 disposals and four tackles, whilst their other co-captain Chelsea Randall had another strong showing with 11 disposals, four tackles and three marks.

Sarah Perkins, who was overlooked in the AFLW draft last year continued to prove doubters wrong with a two-goal game and loomed as a consistently dangerous threat down forward, as was Jess Sedunary who finished with a goal to her name and Abbey Holmes who looked lively with 12 disposals 

Points To Take From This Game

1. Kirsten McLeod has the makings to be one of the best small forwards in this competition. Last weekend she kicked 1.2 and on Friday night she kicked 1.4, whilst it's evident that she has the knack to get into all the right spots down forward, it's been her finishing off that's been the let down, but if she continues to go the way she has been going these first two rounds, I have no doubt she'll become one of the more dangerous small forwards in the AFLW competition.

2. Emma Kearney and Ebony Marinoff will be All-Australians by the end of this season. Last week they were best on ground in their respective games, and again on Friday night, they were the best two midfielders on the ground for mine, with Kearney leading all players on the ground with 23 touches while Marinoff was the Crows' leading possession-getter for the second-straight week with 18 disposals.

3. Adelaide were heavily underrated before the start of the AFLW season. I had them tipped to finish 7th before the season kicked-off, as did a few other people who dared to predict the unknown that was the AFLW. A lot of people expected them to knock off GWS comfortably, but now that they've beaten the Western Bulldogs on their own home turf, the premiership favourite title swings over to the Crows who, along with Carlton and Brisbane, are sitting pretty at 2-0.

Next Week

The Western Bulldogs' women's team have an eight-day break before they come back to the hallowed turf of Whitten Oval for the third-straight week as they take on the other team that started it all for the AFLW in Melbourne in what should be a cracking match. Both sides sit 1-1 after Melbourne defeated Collingwood in a fantastic come-from-behind victory on Saturday night and both sides are in danger of falling out of the running for a spot in the final two if they don't secure victory next week. 


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