27/05/2024

Melbourne delivered an electric performance in its 49-point win against the Gold Coast Suns. (Image: @aflwomens - Twitter).

A fiery performance from Melbourne has helped Daisy Pearce end her 50th game in style after the Gold Coast Suns went down at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night.

The milestone woman contributed to her side’s win, pocketing a goal in the early minutes of the opener. Pearce also was a force to be reckoned with on the night, involved in some important passages of play. She finished off the night with 11 disposals and two tackles.

In the much-welcomed win, the Demons sent a strong message to the rest of the competition in the thrilling match. It now sees them surge into second place and trail just behind current premiership favourites the Brisbane Lions with seven wins.

While a tight-scoring affair ensured in the opening minutes of the game, Melbourne soon took control with Pearce, Kate Hore, and Tayla Harris making immediate impacts.

The early impact from the Demons saw the Suns struggle to handle their opponents’ strong offensive system. With the ball being kept in the front half of the ground, the presence of Libby Birch and Shelley Heath caused headaches for Gold Coast as it could only manage rushed disposals.

Despite a small glimmer of hope for the Suns through a goal from Jac Dupuy in the second term, it didn’t seem to sway the game as the Demons continued to dominate.

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Although the Suns showed determination through the likes of Alison Drennan (20 disposals), Charlie Rowbottom (19 disposals), Lucy Single (17 disposals), and Claudia Whitfort (16 disposals), it wasn’t enough to stop the Demons in their tracks.

Melbourne saw a fair share of the side stand up in the 49-point win and contribute significantly to the scoreboard.

Alongside 50th gamer Pearce, Tayla Harris impressed with three goals and 14 disposals, and Kate Hore and Eden Zanker had two goals each. Whilst Megan Fitzsimons also scored a goal on the night.

Next up for Melbourne will be Essendon. The two sides will face each other next Sunday at Casey Fields. While Gold Coast hosts Carlton at Metricon Stadium on Friday.

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