04/03/2024

The Brisbane Lions continue their charge to finals with a seven-point win against North Melbourne. (Image: AFLW Website).

Brisbane maximised their opportunities against North Melbourne to secure a win to keep them at the top of the AFLW ladder. The Lions had less disposals than the Kangaroos but they made them count throughout the match.

Ally Anderson lead the charge for her side and stood out for the Lions with 24 disposals. Natalie Grider (14), Orla O’Dwyer (14) and Emily Bates (13) also helped Brisbane take out the win on the road.

Ash Riddell (22), Jasmine Gardner (21) and Emma Kearney (19) were among the Kangaroos main contributors for disposals.

However, their strong efforts weren’t able to be converted to a much needed contribution to the scoreboard.

The Roos fired up in the opening term and saw their first goal put on the board through Emma King. But their momentum soon came to an end where Brisbane held control for majority of the game.

North Melbourne had some early opportunities to get in front. However, missed shots at goals would see the side struggle to fend off the Lions that were hot on their heels. Even with North players defending lone opponents, their inaccuracies would end up being their downfall.

Brisbane had got on top of the Kangaroos’ woes early and dominated in attack, as they kicked 3.1 from their 11 inside-50 entries during the first half.

Jesse Wardlaw was a force to be reckoned with as she involved herself in critical passages of play. This included her goal that helped to extend the Lions lead.

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The Roos found some relief through goals from Emma Kearney, Emma King and Vikki Wall.

Brisbane’s seven-point win on Saturday night put them back on the leaderboard and strengthens their chance to finish the season in the top season.

The next challenge for Brisbane is against the Adelaide Crows next Friday, meanwhile, North Melbourne will take on Port Adelaide next Saturday.

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