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VFLW: Casey drop first ever match

CASEY’S inaugural VFL women’s team took to Casey Fields on Sunday, but despite a gallant effort, fell to Hawthorn by seven points.

Casey Demons 3.6 (24) defeated by Hawthorn 4.7 (31).

In a historic encounter, the Demons held a two-point lead at three quarter-time, but were overran by the Hawks, conceding the only two goals of the final term.

Just two minutes into the last quarter Hawthorn captain Emma Mackie booted a long goal and gave the Hawks the lead, before teammate Claire Dyett toe-poked one through to ultimately end Casey’s chances.

Coming off the round one bye, Casey started slowly, allowing Hawthorn’s Emily Gilder to kick the opening goal of the match, but it didn’t take long for the Demons to find their groove.

Rebecca Guglielmino became the first goal scorer for Casey, importantly snapping one into the wind to keep her side within three points at quarter-time.

A slight breeze at Casey caused momentum shifts throughout the game, allowing the Demons to get on top at the change of ends.

Sophie Phillips was the first to kick truly in the second term, gifting Casey its first lead for the game and Ruby Clayton followed to extend the buffer to 12 points by the main break.

The Demons forward press was impressive, failing to allow Hawthorn any space with ball in hand and keeping them scoreless for the entire second quarter.

With bodies desperately diving after the ball, Kate Hore copped a nasty blow to the head in a collision with Pepa Randall and was forced into the rooms.

Laura Duryea was helped off the field shortly after with a leg injury, temporarily leaving the Demons two down on the bench.

Injury soon struck again for Casey as Aliesha Newman fell awkwardly on her right leg, but quickly returned to the field.

The Hawks were able to get back on top in the third quarter courtesy of star forward Sarah Perkins.

Casey skipper Amy Harrison had the daunting task of nullifying the dangerous tall and had her measure early, but Perkins lifted after half-time clunking four marks in front of goal.

Fortunately for the Demons, Perkins only converted on one occasion, allowing Casey to maintain a two-point lead at the final change.

As the game wore on, Casey began to play in unison, linking up by hand and running the ball forward, but weren’t able to find the goals in the last quarter, as the Hawks defended well late in the game.

Casey had eight Melbourne-listed players from the AFLW season line-up on Sunday, with Katherine Smith providing drive for the Demons out of the centre, while Jasmine Grierson showed her class when rebounding from half-back.

All players on the field wore blue wrist tape to raise awareness for the beyondblue foundation.

Casey will look to register its first victory in round three, contesting the Southern Saints at SkyBus Stadium next Saturday afternoon.

CASEY DEMONS     1.0   3.3   3.3   3.6  (24)
HAWTHORN             1.3   1.3   2.7   4.7  (31)

Clayton, Guglielmino, Phillips