The second annual AFL women's game was held on Sunday between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Football Club. It was a highly skilled game as the best female footballers in the country came together in front of a crowd of 5500 at Etihad Stadium. Melbourne University was represented by nine senior players, five coaching staff and one under 18 youth girl, the most involvement by any club in the country.
The girls put on a great display as both teams battled hard and looked dangerous in the first 5 mins. But when Melbourne's inside midfield class started to gain ascendency, their line breaking run and potent forward line got on top early. Western Bulldogs fought back after half time, winning the third quarter however Melbourne proved too strong adding another three goals to their lead in the last quarter.
Final scores were Melbourne 10.12.(72) to the Western Bulldogs 4.2.(26)
Melbourne Uni midfielder Ellie Blackburn dominated in the middle for Melbourne and was named in the best just behind player of the match Chelsey Randall.
For the Western Bulldogs it was Melbourne Uni captain Emma Kearney who worked tirelessly all day in the middle, providing some important clearances in a tough day for the Bulldogs midfield. She was supported in the middle by Melbourne Uni student and scholarship holder Madeline Keryk. Lauren Spark was also named in the best as she played key roles all around the ground eventually being moved onto the dangerous Tayla Harris, restricting her influence on the game.
Bulldogs and Melbourne Uni defender Nic Stevens was unable to play in the game due to an ACL injury a couple of weeks earlier and was tough exclusion for the Bulldogs.
It was a great day for women's football and fantastic to see such a strong involvement by Melbourne University players and coaches.
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