THE VFLW Blues have shown they have more than just wet weather tricks up their sleeves, defeating Hawthorn by 30-points at IKON Park.
Carlton welcomed two new Blues into the side with Olivia Madden and Phoebe Chisholm making their debuts for the Club.
AFLW-listed Blues’ Courtney Jones and Serena Gibbs both featured in the coaches best, finishing the match with multiple goals apiece to help the VFLW Blues record their highest-ever score.
Carlton got an early run on Hawthorn thanks to timely back-to-back goals from Courtney Jones. After the Blues scrambled the ball over the line to record a few rushed behinds, the Hawks eventually hit the scoreboard, beating the Blues in a footrace towards an open goal. Serena Gibbs rounded out Carlton’s opening scores with a stunning major notched from a set shot, awarded after wrapping her opponent up in a superb tackle.
The Blues’ momentum carried from the first quarter as Stephanie Lawrence delivered a beautiful kick to Paige Trudgeon, who marked it cleanly on her chest before going back and kicking the goal. Hawthorn upped their offensive pressure, managing to move the ball into their forward 50 more frequently. However, the Hawks failed to take scoring opportunities and make an impact on the scoreboard. Carlton continued to chain pass the ball down the field and deliver to their forwards, three shots at goal just falling short of the required distance.
Carlton continued to pile on the goals, Maddison Wilson finishing off a solid team effort to work the ball into position. Courtney Jones showed that she only likes to kick goals in twos, letting rip from the boundary to score a miraculous goal before following up with another from a set shot. The Blues’ defenders were out in force, Ally Bild doing everything in her power to spoil the Hawk’s party. This time on the receiving end, Stephanie Lawrence was gifted a mark from Akayla Peterson and goaled. Esther Honeybun left the field with an ankle concern, however later returned to the game.
Tensions began to run high as Hawthorn started to find space out the back and convert goals. Crunching tackles were handed out by Amelia Klingbeil and Amber Micallef. The Hawks had a dominant last quarter, but in the end, it wasn’t enough to upturn the enormous 5-goal margin set by the Blues.
Carlton 3.4 1.3 5.3 0.1(65)
Hawthorn 1.0 0.2 0.2 4.1(35)
Jones 4, Gibbs 2, Trudgeon, Wilson, Lawrence
Bild, Madden, Jones, Zampaliogne, Gurr, Gibbs