The Bulldogs have taken the honours in round 1 of the 2021 AFLNZ Women’s Premiership, defeating the Magpies by 10 points at North Harbour Stadium.
It was a quiet first quarter on the scoreboard as both sides were playing defensive footy and were strong around the contest.
It was more free flowing in the second term as both sides kicked 2 goal apiece. Jolyn Collins and Alice Roy shone for the Magpies, while Ceyan Drollet and Izzy Goodwin were in on the action for the Bulldogs.
The third quarter was the difference between the two sides as the Dogs kicked 17 points to stretch their lead. Caitlin Hannah had a strong quarter along with Melissa Baer who was at her dominant best.
The Magpies finished with 2 goals in the final quarter but were unable to catch the Bulldogs who held on to a 10 point win.
Sam Bramwell made her debut for the Bulldogs and had a game to remember. With plenty of possessions and silky skills, Sam was the difference between the two sides.
The support cast:
Caitlin Hannah continues to be an integral part of any side that she plays in and had another superb game for the Bulldogs.
The consolation effort:
Buell Verkade was the number 1 draft pick for the Magpies and she didn’t disappoint. Buell is an out and out leader on the field and produced a best on ground performance for the Magpies.
“It was an outstanding game of football today and both sides were fantastic. Really looking forward to game 2 and seeing how our side develops further.” Bulldogs Head Coach, Mick Coultard.
“Congrats to the Bulldogs on a well deserved win. They seemed to get to the ball a little bit quicker than our side and took every opportunity that came their way.” Peter Geale, Magpies Head Coach.
Bulldogs: Kristin Farrell 2, Melissa Baer 1, Caitlin Hannah 1
Magpies: Maggie Land 2, Chloe Rahui-Durkin 1, Luzette Hermon 1
Best on ground:
Bulldogs: Sam Bramwell
Magpies: Buell Verkade