Collingwood have surged into the AFLW’s top-eight after their hot start proved enough to account for rivals Carlton by 17 points at Ikon Park.
Boosted by an upset victory over the Brisbane Lions last week, the Magpies carried that momentum into Sunday’s match and dominated from the first bounce.
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The contest was over by quarter time after Collingwood kicked three goals and kept the shell-shocked Blues scoreless.
As the rain set in during the second term, the Magpies’ lead held firm as they prevailed 4.3 (27) to 1.4 (10) in a low-scoring scrap.
Carlton were far more competitive after halftime, but lacked any attacking prowess as they failed to kick their first and only goal until late in the third quarter.
In her 50th game, Irish product Sarah Rowe was in everything for Collingwood and finished with 18 touches.
But it was captain Bri Davey who led the charge with another superb performance from the 2021 league best-and-fairest winner.
Davey booted the first goal of the game against her former club after roving off ruck Sabrina Frederick to perfection.
Skipper Bri Davey was the star of the Magpies’ 17-point AFLW win over rivals Carlton. Credit: AAP
The 28-year-old stuffed the stat sheet to finish with 21 possessions, 15 tackles and nine clearances.
The only downside for the Pies was a hamstring injury to key veteran Ash Brazill, who pulled up sore in the last term.
Blues captain Kerryn Peterson fought bravely with 20 possessions but their midfield was badly outworked, especially in the first half.
After a slow start to the season, the Magpies have jumped into eighth with a 4-3 record and should fancy their chances of making finals in this sort of form.
Collingwood will gear up for a crucial clash with sixth-placed Geelong next Sunday at Victoria Park, a match that could determine both teams’ finals prospects.
Carlton remain in finals contention at 4-3, but sit below the Pies on percentage ahead of a trip to face GWS on Saturday.
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