On the back of 26 disposals and three goals, superstar North Melbourne midfielder Jasmine Garner was more than influential in her side’s victory over Collingwood at North Hobart Oval on Sunday afternoon.
The 23-point victory, which skyrockets the Kangaroos to third place on the AFLW ladder, also ensured North kept its Tasmanian undefeated streak going. The ground is quickly becoming a fortress for the Roos, and this win, over one of their biggest rivals, will go down as one of their best.
Playing against her former side in Collingwood, Garner was sensational all afternoon. She collected 26 disposals, three goals, and six marks in the victory
Collingwood’s backline, led by Ruby Schleicher, held up well in the opening stages of the contest. However, they allowed Tahlia Randall and Garner late goals, which handed the Roos a two-goal lead at quarter time.
Garner, along with the brilliance of Ash Riddell (30 disposals), and captain Emma Kearney (24 disposals), were all terrific in setting up the victory for the Kangaroos as they gave their side an 18-point advantage at the main break.
Garner is currently in career-best form which has been on show in the last few weeks, particularly last week against the Tigers, making her one of the most watchable players in the competition. This would continue once again on Sunday.
Trailing by 24 points at the final change, Collingwood left itself too much work to do in the final quarter, and North once again regained control of the game to ease into the victory. The final score read 6.2.(38) to 2.3.(15).
The loss leaves the Pies with a lot of work to do if they want to make the AFLW finals, and their task does not get any easier, with the likes of Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs still to come.
It would be a disappointing result for the Pies, who showed major signs of promise in the previous season and fell just short of the Grand Final.
The defeat would have even further implications for the Magpies, with experienced defender Erica Fowler suffering what appeared to be a significant ankle injury in the dying stages of the match.
Next week, the high-flying Kangaroos will take on fellow top four opponents in Melbourne at Casey Fields, while Collingwood return home to Victoria Park where they will face a red-hot Western Bulldogs outfit.
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