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VFLW: Round 2 Recap

SUMMARY

CASEY dominated the visiting Carlton side on Saturday running out convincing 31-point victors.

From late in the first quarter the Demons controlled the match and never were challenged.

It was a complete team performance, highlighted by the outstanding play of co-captain Bianca Jakobsson.

 

THE NUMBERS

DISPOSALS: Lampard 20, Jakobsson 18, Emonson, Guerin 16, Zanker 15, Clayton 14

GOALS: Guerin 2, Clayton, Oates, Smith, Tatterson, Winbanks

 

Balanced team results in dominant win

Round 2 was in stark contrast to the Demons opening round of season 2019.

Rather than needing a desperation fight back, the Demons showed poise, power, and devastation in Round 2.

They were never challenged in the one-sided match and were powered by a solid defensive footing to launch into attack.

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Sarah Lampard is a rock down back

The AFL-listed star has been tremendous in first two matches for Casey this season.

On Saturday, Lampard took control of the back six and was instrumental in holding the Blues to only two goals for the match.

Taking intercept marks and launching counter-attacks, Lampard finished with a team-high 20 disposals and a game-high nine tackles in a spectacular performance.

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Bianca Jakobsson may be the best player in the VFLW

For the second straight week, Bianca Jakobsson put on another outstanding clinic of football.

Our co-captain was instrumental in a number of Casey attacks resulting in goals.

Falling back in defence when she needed to and pushing deep into attack to create contests and bring the ball to ground, Jakobsson has a tremendous knack of knowing what her team needs.

Opposition teams will undoubtedly start game-planning for her. But it probably won’t matter, she is a jet.

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Libby Birch injury: the only dour moment

For the second week in a row, the Demons were down a rotation for the majority of the match after superstar recruit Libby Birch suffered a heavy tackle in the second quarter.

Charging through a pack with her no-nonsense style, Birch had both her arms pinned in a swinging tackle which resulted in her head hitting the ground.

After a few moments, Birch composed herself and was helped from the ground by the Casey trainers. She didn’t return for the rest of the match.

But her teammates continued to control the match and ran out winners.

With two impressive victories already on the young season, this Casey team is becoming a force in the VFLW.

 

A word from the coach

“We took a lot of learnings out of last week,” Keeping told Melbourne Media.

“There was a lot of nervous energy which went into the performance in Round 1.

“This week we were much more balanced… We were really clear on what we needed to execute… You saw that from the first bounce.” 

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Looking forward

Next up the Demons travel to take on the Williamstown Seagulls at Downer Oval on Sunday at 11:30am.

This will be the first match-up against for our team against former Casey Demons teammate Aliesha Newman who moved to the Seagulls in the off-season.

With the Seagulls suffering a heavy defeat in its opening match of the season, the Demons should be a rightful favourite on Sunday.