05/03/2024

Brisbane were all class in the 54-point win against Hawthorn. (Image: @aflwomens - Twitter).

The Brisbane Lions edge closer to the minor premiership, after a number of players stood up on Saturday night when it was needed the most.

The Brisbane Lions caused headaches at Skybus Stadium, with a number of young stars keeping Hawthorn remaining goalless for the majority of the night.

Despite the Hawks putting on the pressure early in the opener, Ruby Svarc’s shot at goal helped her side to get going. The forward’s opportunity later in the first term set up what would be a memorable night for the Lions.

Jesse Wardlaw was among the other guns who helped to contribute to the Lions’ 59-point win against the Hawks. The season’s leading goal scorer finished the night with three goals, as well as 15 disposals.

Her performance helped to boost her tally to 17 goals, putting her the leading goalkicker award even closer within her reach.

The Lions’ score was significantly impacted as well through Dakota Davidson. Davidson lit up the field with her two goals that she made in the first and fourth quarters.

Greta Bodey (15 disposals), Emily Bates (22 disposals), and Sophie Conway (13 disposals) also pocketed majors, each with a goal to their names.

Brisbane’s attack proved once again to be powerful, essentially keeping the Hawks scoreless for the majority of the game.

But a high point for the Hawks was found in the second term, where Jess Duffin scored the Hawks’ only goal of the night. The goal came off the back of an intercept of Akec Makur Chuot (17 disposals) who was another standout for Hawthorn.

It was a special moment for vice-captain Duffin who played in her penultimate AFLW game.

Jasmine Fleming (19 disposals), Lucy Wales (15 disposals), and Tilly Lucas-Rodd (13 disposals) also impressed for the Hawks.

Despite good signs shown from Hawthorn towards the second half of the game, it wasn’t enough to overcome the in-form Lions.

Brisbane dominated in clearances 30 – 22 during the night.

Ally Anderson proved to be a handy asset, topping 30 disposals. Her performance of the night could likely see her in contention for a second All-Australian call-up this year. Emily Bates, Belle Dawes (19 disposals), and Cathy Svarc (18 disposals) also impressing.

Brisbane’s final stop on their run to the end of the regular season is Metricon Stadium. They will meet Collingwood next Saturday at 8:30 pm.

Meanwhile, Hawthorn will close out their season next Saturday. Their final challenge will be up against Fremantle at Fremantle Oval at 7:10 pm.

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