After three rounds in the 2017 AFL Women’s season we now have two teams in Adelaide and the Brisbane Lions that remain undefeated, with Carlton and Melbourne sitting one win behind them, but very much still in the hunt for a top-two finish and a Grand Final berth.
Notably, Fremantle and the GWS Giants remain winless having played out the first draw in AFLW history, while disappointingly for Magpie fans, Collingwood with three defeats, remains at the foot of the ladder.
The early game on Saturday saw the Giants host Fremantle at Blacktown and after some confusion with both teams sporting white shorts in the first term, Fremantle with eight scoring shots to two, held a handy 11-point lead at half time.
The Giants would not be denied however, with the lead swapping hands in the final term until an Aimee Schmidt goal tied the scores with three minutes to play. Despite a final thrust forward by the home side in the dying seconds, the teams remained locked together as the final siren rang.
Next up was the clash between Brisbane and Collingwood at South Pine Sports Complex in Brisbane, and it was the Lions that started the better in their first home game of the season, keeping Collingwood goalless, while taking a ten-point lead into the long break. However, the Pies wouldn’t say die and pushed the Lions all the way, still attacking hard as the final siren went. It was to no avail though, as Brisbane kept its unbeaten record intact with a crucial four-point win.
To end Saturday’s footy action, the pioneering sides in women’s footy, Western Bulldogs and Melbourne battled it out under lights at the Whitten Oval.
It was Melbourne that started the better, gaining a decisive 14-point advantage over the Bulldogs during the second term. Despite a third term fight back from the Bulldogs, the Demons steadied and claimed the vital four points, keeping their top-two chances alive with a 14-point win.
Sunday morning saw Adelaide’s Thebarton Oval host the top of the table clash between the undefeated Adelaide Crows and Carlton. With a terrific attendance of more than 9000 fans watching on, a low-scoring encounter saw the Crows claim the points, thanks to a long-range goal from best-afield Erin Philips which gave Adelaide the lead for the first time in the final quarter. Earlier, Carlton started much the better, but faded after half time with key playmaker Brianna Davey off the ground during the third term, to which the Crows were able to begin winning more of the ball, ultimately claiming top spot over the unlucky Blues.
Now it’s time to reveal the vote-getters, and the updated leaderboard after Round 3.
GWS Giants v Fremantle
Kara Donnellan (Fremantle) – 5 votes
Lara Filocarno (Fremantle) – 4 votes
Ashley Sharp (Fremantle) – 3 votes
Emma Swanson (GWS) – 2 votes
Britt Tully (GWS) – 1 vote
Brisbane Lions v Collingwood
Emma Zielke (Brisbane) – 5 votes
Sarah D’Arcy (Collingwood) – 4 votes
Sabrina Frederick-Traub (Brisbane) – 3 votes
Kate McCarthy (Brisbane) – 2 votes
Lauren Tesoriero (Collingwood) – 1 vote
Western Bulldogs v Melbourne
Daisy Pearce (Melbourne) – 5 votes
Karen Paxman (Melbourne) – 4 votes
Ellie Blackburn (Bulldogs) – 3 votes
Alyssa Mifsud (Melbourne) – 2 votes
Emma Kearney (Bulldogs) – 1 vote
Adelaide v Carlton
Erin Phillips (Adelaide) – 5 votes
Brianna Davey (Carlton) – 4 votes
Chelsea Randall (Adelaide) – 3 votes
Ebony Marinoff (Adelaide) – 2 votes
Lauren Arnell (Carlton) – 1 vote
ROUND 3 LEADERBOARD
Karen Paxman (Melbourne) – 14
Erin Phillips (Adelaide) – 14
Brianna Davey (Carlton) – 13
Ebony Marinoff (Adelaide) – 11
Daisy Pearce (Melbourne) – 9
Emma Kearney (Bulldogs) – 9
Kara Donnellan (Fremantle) – 8
Ellie Blackburn (Bulldogs) – 7
Chelsea Randall (Adelaide) – 6
Sabrina Frederick-Traub (Brisbane) – 6
Sarah D’Arcy (Collingwood) – 6