Sunday Territorian 7 Mar 2021
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SUNDAY MARCH 7 2021 SPORT 51 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Brisbanes Dakota Davidson celebrates a goal against GWS with teammate Sophie Conway in Canberra. Picture: Getty BRISBANE continued its ominous form against Greater Western Sydney yesterday, overrunning the Giants by 38 points at Manuka Oval. A week after ending Fremantles 11-game winning streak, a two-goal performance from Dakota Davidson and youngster Isabel Dawes helped the Lions temporarily jump to the top of the ladder, pending Collingwoods match against the Bulldogs today. The Lions struck the first blow early when Tahlia Hickie kicked a nicely weighted ball inside 50 which allowed Davidson to run forward and kick a classy running goal. The Giants had no answers for a relentless Brisbane side that added another five goals to enter the main break 41 points up. More impressively, for the third time this season, the Lions kept their opposition goalless for the first half. Elle Bennetts had the chance to give GWS the perfect start early in the third term but missed a snap in front of goal. Soon after, Dawes kicked her second goal to give Brisbane a 49-point lead and put the game out of reach. GWS fans were finally given some relief in the third quarter after former Demon Katherine Smith kicked her first goal in Giants colours. Bennetts then added a second goal in the fourth term, but by then the sting was well out of the game. It was an imposing victory by the Lions but an unhappy return to Canberra for the Giants, who were playing their first game at Manuka Oval in 722 days. OMINOUS LIONS FEAST ON GIANTS Gold Coast lifted early in the second and got on the board through Leah Kaslar before the Crows, who threw Phillips into the middle for a centre-square cameo, rifled the next five goals. The run was capped when Phillips goaled after being switched back to attack, holding off Cheyenne Hammond with one hand and marking with the other. Kate Surman, who along with Drennan and Lauren Ahrens had a real crack for the visitors, goaled on the cusp of halftime. But the Suns were forced to wait until late in the fourth stanza before troubling the scorers again. GOALS Adelaide: Ponter 4, Phillips 2, Randall 2, Hatchard, Woodland, Martin, Scheer, Thompson. Gold Coast: Kaslar, Surman BEST Adelaide: Ponter, Phillips, Hatchard, Marinoff, Randall, Thompson Gold Coast: Drennan, Ahrens, Surman, Groves-Little ADELAIDE narrowly missed making AFLW history but enhanced its top-two aspirations with a 70-point demolition of Gold Coast at Norwood Oval yesterday. The Crows won 13.7 (85) to 2.3 (15), the home sides score one point shy of the Western Bulldogs all-time benchmark, but their bigger concern came with a couple of injuries. Nikki Gore suffered a suspected fractured left ankle in the opening minute following an accidental collision with teammate Marijana Rajcic. Midfielder Hannah Button sat out the last quarter with her left arm in a sling and her shoulder iced after injuring herself while trying to tackle Alison Drennan in the dying moments of the third term. Gold Coast had its own injury worries when reigning best-and-fairest winner Jamie Stanton was stretchered off the arena five minutes into the contest after damaging her left ankle while tackling Anne Hatchard. Hatchard and Ebony Marinoff proved too tough in the middle while Territorian Danielle Ponter (four goals) and Erin Phillips (two) provided the finishing touches in a clinical display. The Suns pressure and clearance work was admirable early but the Crows defence proved impenetrable, Adelaide holding an opposition side scoreless in the first quarter for the fourth consecutive week. Injuries mar big win for Crows Star Territorian Danielle Ponter. Picture: James Elsby/ AFL Photos via Getty Images DEMONS KEEP AFLW FINALS CHANCES ALIVE AFTER DOWNING SAINTS MELBOURNE remains in touch with the top six following an impressive 9.12 (66) to 3.4 (22) victory over St Kilda. Consecutive losses for the Demons over the past two weeks saw them fall to seventh place on the AFLW ladder, but their victory at RSEA Park has kept their finals chances alive. Captain Daisy Pearce led from the front with 2.1 and 13 disposals, while Karen Paxman (24 touches) and Eden Zanker (23 touches) also starred. The game was played completely in the Demons front half early, with the St Kilda defence under siege from the very start. Melbourne didnt make the most of its opportunities but was able to keep St Kilda scoreless and kick two first-quarter goals through Pearce and Alyssa Bannan. St Kilda finally got its first major on the board in the second quarter, courtesy of Nat Exon. It kickstarted a promising few minutes for the Saints, who suddenly started getting repeat forward-50 entries and looked threatening for the first time. But St Kildas good work was soon undone after a controversial ruck infringement free kick inside 50 led to a Tegan Cunningham goal and put Melbourne 18 points up at halftime. It was more of the same after the break, with Pearce, Bannan and Jacqueline Parry all adding goals in the third term and putting the game out of reach for St Kilda, which fell to its fourth loss of the season. GOALS Melbourne: Pearce 2, Ban nan 2, Scott, Cunningham, Parry, McNamara, Hore St Kilda: Exon, Whitfort, Luke BEST Melbourne: Gay, Pearce, Hanks, Zanker, Bannan St Kilda: Priest, Patrikios, Exon, Phillips, Watt Daisy Pearce celebrates.