IN the AFL competition, the Carlton-Collingwood rivalry can be traced back to 1897, where both teams took part in the ‘new VFL’.
The AFLW Blues can trace their rivalry back to 2017, to the first ever AFLW game, in which they defeated the Pies by 35 points.
While a much more recent rivalry, the passion between the teams is the same, with each clash as important as the last.
Although they’ve battled in 254 games less than the AFL sides, the intensity and build-up of these games against enemies is much the same.
Carlton played Collingwood at Ikon Park in a game which went down as the Pies’ home game, due to the game being moved from Olympic Park Oval.
The interest and excitement of the game was too much for Collingwood’s home ground to hold, but even Ikon Park left 2000 spectators locked out.
It took one night in the history of AFLW competition for the Darcy Vescio show to roll around, with the excitement machine starring with four goals.
Carlton was dominant in the contest throughout the night, kicking the last seven goals of the game and treating over 24,000 fans to their first taste of AFLW.
Carlton started off the year recruiting Collingwood best-and-fairest winner Nicola Stevens, producing an extra sub-plot to a game which had so many already.
Stevens responded with 11 disposals and four tackles in Carlton’s back line.
It was also the first game in Navy Blue for Tayla Harris, who put her first Carlton goal on the board while also taking the 2018 Mark of the Year.
The Blues won by eight points in a rather low-scoring affair, restricting Collingwood to just two goals.
It went right down to the wire, but Carlton made it three from three against the old enemy.
Once again, the Blues had their No.3 to thank, with a Vescio snap in the dying minutes of the last quarter putting Carlton in front.
Rising Star Madison Prespakis gathered 21 disposals and booted a goal, producing one of her best performances of the year on a hot Saturday night at Ikon Park.
It was the first of four consecutive wins for Carlton on the way to a historic Grand Final berth.
Just as importantly for Carlton supporters, it meant the poignant message on the Game Changers wall held true: never lose to Collingwood.
Both teams are coming off strong Round 1 performance, with Carlton recording a 34-point win over Richmond.
With Prespakis and Lucy McEvoy intent on owning the future in Navy Blue, the hosts will be looking to produce an equally impressive performance and capitalise on its scoring opportunities early in the game.