A close victory has put Bonnie Toogood’s Western Bulldogs in the box seat for a maiden AFLW grand final berth.
With just two rounds remaining in the regular season, the Dogs sit on top of the table — a game and significant percentage ahead of third.
Mansfield product Toogood racked up eight touches and a crucial goal in the eight-point win against Collingwood on Sunday.
Lauren Tesoriero’s Magpies remain a mathematical chance of featuring in the decider, but would need a mountain of results to go their way.
The former Eagles coach had seven touches and three marks in the defeat.
Shepparton’s Angela Foley had 13 disposals and five marks in Adelaide’s 35-point win against Carlton.
The Crows shook off an early challenge from the Blues before storming ahead in the contest.
For Carlton, former Euroa coach Sarah Hosking had 11 touches and four tackles, while Nathalia’s Reni Hicks was kept busy dealing with Adelaide’s dangerous forward line.
●Caleb Marchbank was impressive in Carlton’s JLT Community Series triumph against St Kilda.
The Benalla product had an equal match-high 25 disposals in the 22-point victory, while also dragging down six marks.
Tallygaroopna export Steele Sidebottom was just as important for Collingwood with 24 disposals and three tackles, but his side still fell 10 goals short of GWS.
Ballarat’s Mars Stadium had plenty of Goulburn Valley exports on show.
Seymour’s Josh Schache turned out in Bulldogs colours for the first time and snagged a goal, while Shepparton-bred Jarman Impey’s 15 touches included six inside-50s for his new Hawks.
Rennie’s Daniel Howe (nine disposals and four tackles) and Benalla’s Harry Morrison (four touches) also blew the cobwebs off in the pre-season fixture, which Hawthorn lost by 22 points.
Kyabram’s Nick Holman looks like he is prepared to take his second chance at AFL level with both hands after an exciting debut for Gold Coast.
The rookie laid eight tackles in the Suns’ 56-point smashing of Geelong, while also booting a goal and accumulating 15 disposals.
Shepparton’s Will Brodie was solid for the Suns, claiming 14 touches and four tackles, and Mooroopna product Jarrod Harbrow amassed nine possessions.
For Geelong, Finley’s Tom Hawkins had 12 disposals and five marks, while Cobram excitement machine Esava Ratugolea could be in for a big year after shaking off injury troubles with six touches, two hitouts and a goal.