Parry’s dream start
Jackie Parry pulled on the red and blue for the first time on Friday night, receiving her guernsey from Kate Hore in the rooms pre-game.
The 23-year-old, who had missed the early part of the season with a hamstring injury, got her debut off to the dream start with the opening goal of the game.
Hitting the scoreboard
After kicking just one goal against the Saints the week prior, Melbourne was far more efficient up forward at Marvel Stadium.
The Dees looked dangerous inside 50, slotting seven majors from their 30 forward entries to run away 20-point winners.
The midfield battle
Collingwood’s midfield is as strong as any in the competition, with Brianna Davey, Jamie Lambert and Brittany Bonnici all performing on Friday night, but Melbourne’s on-ball brigade held its own.
Karen Paxman was the star once again with 24 touches, as the Demons moved the ball quickly through the centre of the ground to create scoring opportunities.
Dees’ youngsters impress
The Dees’ strong start to 2020 has been on the back of the growth of some young stars.
Casey Sherriff’s development in just four games has been outstanding, playing her best game to date against the Pies with 12 disposals and a goal.
Former No.6 draft pick Tyla Hanks has been equally as impressive, chipping in with 15 touches and five tackles.
Lauren Pearce returns
It was a welcome sight for Melbourne fans as Laruen Pearce made her return to the field following knee surgery in December.
While the 27-year-old managed her workload throughout the game, she had 11 disposals and was influential in the ruck, proving why she’s one of the side’s most important players.
All for a good cause
It was a special occasion at Marvel Stadium, with the double-header raising funds for Australia’s bushfire crisis.
The Demons were privileged to play on the night, and lined up for the National Anthem alongside the All Stars ahead of the State of Origin clash.
Melbourne’s focus now turns to the Eagles, who it will take on at Casey Fields next Sunday afternoon.
Currently sitting second in Conference B, the Dees will be looking to secure another four points to keep them inside the top three.