VFLW Match Report: Dogs get the W

Our VFLW Hawks suffered a second loss of the season on Sunday afternoon, to the Western Bulldogs.

After four consecutive games at Fenjiu Stadium, our VFLW Hawks travelled to Footscray, to play in the back half of a double header at Whitten Oval. 

It was the Hawks who got the first score of the game, through one of Hawthorn’s newest AFLW recruits in Sophie Butterworth. But from there it was all the Dogs, who pulled together a trio of goals to lead by 15 points at the first break. 

The second term was a quarter of just two majors, the first from the Bulldogs in the very early stages. While the Hawks goal came through AFLW’s Sophie Locke at the 18-minute mark, still trailing by 13 points come half time. 

Quarter three saw a further two goals from the home side, either side of a Hawks goal via AFLW’s Ainslie Kemp, who was named best on ground for the Hawks for her Round 7 performance. We trailed by 22 points at three quarter time.

The fourth quarter saw the Dogs slot another two goals, before Box Hill-listed debutant in Mia Zielinski had her moment and put through the last goal of the day. In the end it was a 25-point defeat at the hands of a strong Bulldogs outfit. 

Our best players were a balance of AFLW-listed and VFLW talent, with Kemp, Laura Elliot Tilly Lucas Rodd, joined by Captain Tamara Luke, Ellie McLinden and Rosie Dillon rounding out the votes. 

Box Hill                         1.0       2.3       3.3         4.6        (19)      

Western Bulldogs          3.3       4.4       6.7      8.7   (55)

Best: Kemp, Elliot, Lucas-Rodd, Luke, McLinden, Dillon.

Goals: Butterworth, Locke, Kemp, Zielinski. 

Disposals: Baskaran (16), Deed (13), Lucas-Rodd (12), Dillon (9), Thorne (8), Luke (8).


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