Bonnie Toogood’s Western Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the AFLW season on Saturday to reigning champion Adelaide.
The Mansfield netball product had another eight touches and three marks to continue her solid start to her debut season after the Dogs rookie-listed her with pick 11 in October’s draft and upgraded her to the senior squad ahead of round one.
Erin Phillips was the clear difference between the two sides in her first match for the season, racking up 15 disposals and booting four goals in the seven-point victory.
Former Eagles coach Lauren Tesoriero had a quiet game for Collingwood on Sunday afternoon.
The Magpies watched their chances of featuring in this year’s grand final slip away as Greater Western Sydney claimed a 13-point win at Olympic Park Oval.
Tesoriero’s team is two games behind second place with just four matches remaining in the regular season.
Carlton also suffered its first loss of the year after once again struggling to hit the scoreboard effectively against Brisbane.
The Blues kicked 2.6 to Brisbane’s 6.4 to taste defeat at Ikon Park.
Former Euroa netball coach Sarah Hosking and twin sister Jess combined for 19 disposals, six marks and five tackles through the middle of the ground for the home side, while Nathalia product Reni Hicks was ferocious in defence, but in the end it was not enough to steer Carlton to success.
The ladder is extremely tight after three rounds, with Toogood’s Bulldogs (third) and the Blues (fourth) finding their respective places in the top five on percentage alone.
Tesoriero’s Magpies remain last and winless, while Angela Foley’s Crows retain hope of defending their inaugural crown.
The Shepparton product missed this weekend’s match through suspension, but will return for a crucial clash against GWS.