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Dees win women's clash

General action during the 2014 Womens Exhibition match between the Melbourne Demons and the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on June 29, 2014. (Photo: Sean Garnsworthy/AFL Media)
General action during the 2014 Womens Exhibition match between the Melbourne Demons and the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on June 29, 2014. (Photo: Sean Garnsworthy/AFL Media)

MELBOURNE has won the second AFL women’s match, defeating the Western Bulldogs by 46 points at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The Demons 10.12 (72) defeated the Bulldogs 4.2 (26).

The match was evenly poised early on, but when Melbourne took control midway through the opening term, it held the lead for the rest of the match and never looked like losing.

Chelsea Randall, who was outstanding in the first AFL women’s match last year, backed up with another stellar performance and was named Melbourne’s best on ground. She took a whopping 14 marks.

Skipper Daisy Pearce again shone with 23 disposals and Ellie Blackburn had a game-high 27 disposals. Kiara Bowers also had 23 touches.

Tayla Harris kicked three goals for the Demons, with Kirby Bentley, Kellie Gibson, and Randall booting two each. Randall finished with 2.5. Nicolette ‘Sissy’ Dunn also booted a major.

Moana Hope booted three of the Dogs’ four majors.

In a highly-entertaining game, the match featured some outstanding skills, courage and contests.

It was a fantastic display of the country’s finest female players and a great endorsement for women’s football.

The Demons have now won both AFL matches against the Bulldogs, with Melbourne winning the inaugural clash at the MCG last year.

The match

First quarter: Melbourne 4.2 (26) to Western Bulldogs 1.2 (8)

The Demons booted the first goal courtesy of Gibson and soon after the Bulldogs responded through Hope.

But Melbourne upped the ante in the latter part of the term, registering three in a row, including Gibson’s second and a couple of freakish goals via Dunn and superstar Randall.

By the first break, the Dees held an 18-point advantage.

Second quarter: Melbourne 7.7 (49) to Western Bulldogs 3.2 (20)

The Demons continued to hold sway in the second term, booting three goals to two, breaking away to a 29-point lead at half-time.

Randall added her second and had 12 touches by the main break, as Harris booted consecutive majors.

Blackburn had 17 disposals by half-time and Pearce had a dozen possessions.

Third quarter: Melbourne 7.10 (52) to Western Bulldogs 4.2 (26)

Scores were hard to come by in the third term, with just one major was added.

Hope was the lone goal scorer, as she landed her third for the Dogs. 

The Demons managed just three behinds, but still led by 26 points entering the final stanza.

Final quarter: Melbourne 10.12 (72) d Western Bulldogs 4.2 (26)

After a goalless third term, the Demons hit back strongly in the last quarter, booting three goals to zip, running away with a 46-point win.

Bentley landed two goals in the final term and Harris, after taking a spectacular mark, booted her third for the match.

The Bulldogs failed to register a score in the final term.

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