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West Coast v W.Bulldogs
AFLW Round 4, 2020
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Niamh Kelly in action. Photo: aflphotos.com.au
Date
Sat, 29 February 2020 (4.10pm WST)
Attendance
2,455
Result
Won by 4
Score
WCE 4.6.30 - 3.8.26 WB
Brownlow
3 E.Swanson (WCE)
2 D.Hooker (WCE)
1 G.Newton (WB)
Ladder
7th
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West Coast scored an historic and nail-biting win over the Western Bulldogs at Leederville Oval, marking the squad's first AFLW victory. The Eagles led for much of the contest and opened up a two-goal margin when Grace Kelly kicked her first goal in the last term, and held on as the Dogs threatened to steal the lead back in the dying stages. Skipper Emma Swanson led from the front with 22 possessions and a goal, and Kelly had 14 touches and several scoring chances.

Summary[]

1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
West Coast 1.3.9 1.4.10 3.6.24 4.6.30
Western Bulldogs 0.2.2 2.3.15 2.5.17 3.8.26

Goals: Atkins, Bullas, G.Kelly, Swanson

Best: Swanson, N.Kelly, Hooker, G.Kelly, Laurie

Injuries: Nil

Milestones: Davidson WCE debut, McGuire WCE debut

Records: WCE first AFLW win

Named sides[]

West Coast Bulldogs
B: 14.Smith 26.Radan B: 14.Gamble 11.Spark
HB: 27.Perera 33.Davidson 35.McDonald HB: 31.Herron 4.Huntington 16.Ferres
C: 1.Bowen 19.Cameron 12.N.Kelly C: 21.Hunt 27.Lamb 12.Lagioia
HF: 8.Collier 15.G.Kelly 2.Gibson HF: 5.Newton 8.Toogood 6.McLeod
F: 31.McGuire 9.Atkins F: 26.Marshall 17.Georgostathis
R: 25.Laurie 13.Swanson 17.Hooker R: 24.Rennie 2.Blackburn 15.McCarthy
I: 5.Dowrick 7.Devlyn 24.Bullas I: 9.Brown 19.Guest 20.Munyard
6.Bonser 4.Guard 22.Scott 18.Gutknecht
E: 32.Orme 20.Bartlett E: 10.Callinan 28.Van Oosterwijck

In: Davidson, McGuire

Out: Tester (foot), Orme

New: Cassie Davidson (Fremantle), Emily McGuire (Swan Districts)

From the papers[]

The Sunday Times[]

"The Eagles started well and kicked the only first-quarter goal thanks to a clever snap from Ashlee Atkins. The Bulldogs looked lively with a couple of strong marks to Toogood before she left the field.

However, by half-time the Bulldogs were up by five points after a Danielle Marshall goal from a free-kick in the goal square and then a Kim Rennie major after a contested mark.

West Coast took back control in the third quarter with an early goal from Swanson and a stroke of luck off Hayley Bullas' back-heel as she was falling to the ground to lead by seven at the last change.

That became 12 when Grace Kelly ran into an open goal. The Bulldogs got one back from usual defender Isabel Huntington."[1]

References[]

https://www.womens.afl/match-centre/2020/120/wce-v-wb

  1. Chris Pike, The Sunday Times (1 March 2020, p.53), "Clinched by an act of Grace"
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