October 1, 2022.
GEELONG overcame the absence of suspended star Georgie Presbacks to spice up its Finals hopes with an exhilarating one-point victory over the Western Bulldogs.
Prespaces was suspended twice throughout the week for a harmful sort out and watched him from the sidelines in Ballarat on Saturday.
However Nina Morrison and Shelley Scott stepped as much as assist push Dan Lowther’s workforce to an essential victory 5.7 (37) to five.6 (36).
After trailing by 19 factors early within the ultimate quarter, the Bulldogs scored the final three objectives of the sport.
However they left their course too late, with the final main floating because the sirens sounded.
This was Geelong’s first-ever AFLW win over canines and took them above their opponents on the ladder with a a lot larger share.
Either side have 4-2 information.
The outcome additionally saved the cats within the high 4 combine.
Morrison (21 instances), Rebecca Webster (17) and Amy MacDonald (15) discovered loads of ball for Geelong, whereas Scott (2 objectives) and Chloe Sher (1 objective) have been harmful up entrance.
Bulldog captain Eli Blackburn (25 parcels) tried to boost her aspect and Alice Edmunds fought laborious towards the tide.
The pair helped the canines with a constructive liquidation tally of 29-19, however Geelong had loads of contributors across the floor.
The ball lived within the Bulldogs’ entrance half for prolonged durations of the opening interval because it generated a 10-4 benefit on the entrance entries.
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However the lead was solely two factors 1 / 4 of the time when former Cats star Rachel Cranston missed her free kick after the siren.
Cher discovered loads of room inside 50 to place Geelong forward for the primary time early within the second semester.
And the Cats, who saved their opponent goalless within the second quarter, would have made greater than seven factors within the first half had it not been for a sequence of missed alternatives in entrance of objective.
Mia Skinner made the spotlight of an excellent borderline objective throughout the third quarter and Geelong appeared at residence early within the fourth quarter when Julia Crockett Grylls prolonged the benefit to 19 factors.
Rylie Wilcox and Deanna Berry scored twice to assist the Bulldogs return to the competitors and Elle Bennetts’ late shot floated because the sirens sounded.
Either side swung in late modifications, with Billy Hunt becoming a member of the Bulldogs after Sarah Hartwig suffered neck spasms within the lead-up to the sport. Kate Darby additionally pulled out of the sport resulting from sickness, opening the door to Melissa Bragg for the primary time.
The Cats head to Warrnambool to face the Bombers on Sunday, whereas the Bulldogs journey to Casey Fields to face the Devils.
western Bulldogs 1.3 1.4 2.5 5.6 (36)
Geelong 1.1 2.5 4.6 5.7 (37)
western bulldogNewton, Blackburn, Wilcox, Perry, Bennetts
Geelong: Scott 2, Cher, Skinner, Crockett Grylls
western bulldog: Blackburn, Fitzgerald, Pritchard, Edmonds
Geelong: Morrison, A. Macdonald, Webster, Scott
western bulldog: no factor
Geelong: no factor
late the modifications
Western bulldog: Sarah Hartwig changed within the chosen aspect Billy Hunt
Geelong: Kate Darby has been changed on the designated aspect by Melissa Bragg
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