25/05/2024

Bulldogs star midfielder Bonnie Toogood(Picture: Western Bulldogs/Website)

Bonnie Toogood proved why she will be one to watch come awards season with a classy game against the young Geelong side.

Bonnie Toogood proved why she will be one to watch come awards season with another classy game against the young Geelong Cats side looking for their second win of the season.

A Western Bulldogs win was the expected result, but after being pushed early, the dogs’ class stood tall and held on for a 12 point win at Whitten Oval after a late surge looked ominous.

One of those headlining stars within the Western Bulldogs AFLW side was Bonnie Toogood who kicked two early goals early in the second quarter to kickstart her team. She was also the key to the win as she was involved in every single Bulldogs goal of the evening.

Toogood finished with two goals, 12 disposals, seven marks, and one tackle. She was simply everywhere and involved in everything for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs also had several other standouts on the night. Elizabeth Georgostathis was immense in midfield, collecting 23 disposals, one clearance, two marks, six tackles, and kicking a goal. She was putting pressure on the Geelong players and setting up her teammates downfield.

Kirsty Lamb continued her rich vein of form shown so far this season and starred again with 26 disposals, three marks, seven tackles, and one clearance.

The captain Ellie Blackburn couldn’t be shut out either, collecting 22 disposals, four tackles, three marks, and three clearances. She showed her trademark toughness and got the in and under work done so that she could distrbute the ball out to her teammates all night long.

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The Bulldogs were playing at home tonight at Whitten Oval, playing in familiar windy conditions to their benefit in the first quarter, or so they thought because both teams went goalless in the first quarter even with the wind assistance.

The Bulldogs looked stretched towards the end of the game, playing their fifth game in three weeks due to rescheduled matches with a COVID interrupted season for them.

This along with injuries to Isabel Huntington (ACL) and Brooke Lochland last week (concussion) could have shaken them but they regrouped and showed the form presented last week to snatch the win from the previously undefeated Adelaide Crows in one of the best games in AFLW history.

The Cats were unable to capitalise on using the wind with their kicks towards their forward 50 being intercepted by the Bulldogs players and slingshotted forward to give the Bulldogs a 14 point buffer at the halftime break.

The Geelong Cats will enjoy a break before playing the Richmond Tigers at the Swinburne Centre on Saturday while the red-hot Western Bulldogs get an even longer break to play at Victoria Park on Sunday against the Collingwood Magpies.

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