The Collingwood Magpies defeated the Sydney Swans 45-14, in a spirited contest at Victoria Park. Collingwood gained ascendancy in the match through turnover conversions, scoring 34 points off turnovers compared to eight for Sydney.
Sydney, much like last week against St Kilda, came out of the gates strong.
Swans’ goals from Aliesha Newman against her former club and Rebecca Privitelli bookended a Magpies goal by Eliza James, giving Sydney a four-point lead at quarter time.
Although Collingwood missed some opportunities in the first quarter, overall, it was a fair result as Sydney was good value for the lead.
However, the tenuous lead evaporated in the second quarter when Chloe Molloy marked and goaled.
The play was particularly impressive because Molloy suffered ill effects from a collision with a teammate.
Jordan Membrey kicked a pair of goals for the Pies either side of half-time to extend the lead to 18 points. The superstar now has notched an incredible 14.0 score for her career.
The behind-less goal-scoring streak is a record, not only for AFLW but also V/AFL.
After Membrey’s second goal, Sydney looked visibly exhausted, and the team appeared to withdraw into their half and defensive 50. On multiple occasions the ball was pushed forward into the Swans’ attacking 50 with no players available to convert.
Two goals by club debutant Olivia Barber completed the rout for Collingwood.
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Sydney seemed to struggle with stringing possessions together and ceded possession to their opponent far too often. Far too often the Swans gained possession in the forward 50 and weren’t able to capitalise.
The Swans’ Twitter account was also aware of wasteful possessions costing the team throughout the match.
Swans’ coach Scott Gowans indicated that part of the issue for the Swans fading in games is match fitness.
Gowans said that with “the six or seven pre-seasons [for other] teams versus our 12 weeks, you can get them running-fit, but you can’t get them match-fit for that sort of intensity. We were just hanging on for dear life”.
Meanwhile, some positives Sydney takes away is that Molly Eastman led all players on the ground with 10 tackles. Added to this the fact that AFLW debutants Sarah Ford and Kate Reynolds did not look out of place is a great realisation for the Swans.
The Magpies, however, look primed for a deep playoff run this season, the midfield was dominant throughout the match. Illustrating the dominance, the top-ten disposal getters for the match all wore black and white stripes.
Next for the Swans is the first-ever Sydney Derby, as the team takes on the GWS GIANTS at the SCG on Saturday. Collingwood, meanwhile, faces fellow undefeated team, Geelong, at the Cattery.
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