A wasteful West Coast missed a possibility to trigger the upset of the season, happening to the table-topping Brisbane by 45-points regardless of a dominant first half at Hickey Park at this time.
The Lions held a lesson in scoreboard strain throughout a third-quarter blitz which noticed them put the daring Eagles to mattress on their means to a ten.5 (65) to 2.8 (20) victory.
West Coast impressed early with their strain on a Brisbane outfit, who couldn’t discover house to execute their methodically sport fashion and had been being overwhelmed convincingly within the contest.
Brisbane had conceded only one purpose within the opening two rounds, however West Coast’s Aisling McCarthy (17 touches) doubled that within the opening minutes after she slotted a set shot following an intercept mark.
This gave the guests loads of early confidence and so they put Brisbane’s defence underneath the pump by going into assault on seven extra events within the opening time period.
The Eagles couldn’t put their dominance on the scoreboard although and their inaccuracy got here again to harm them when Dakota Davidson (two targets) kicked a late purpose towards the run of play to get the Lions going.
West Coast continued to outplay Brisbane within the second time period and at half-time they led on the clearances (18-8), inside 50s (18-8) and contested possessions (59-43), however trailed by some extent.
The sleeping Lions awoke after the primary break, discovering their type of the primary two video games to put on a clinic in a five-goal third time period.
Because the Eagles wilted within the Queensland warmth, so did their strain and Brisbane discovered the house they’d beforehand not been allowed to break aside the Eagles’ press and ship the ball deep inside 50.
Former Carlton captain Lauren Arnell (18 disposals and a purpose), Sophie Conway (15 disposals) and Natalie Grider (15 touches and 7 tackles) outclassed West Coast by means of the center of the bottom, holding them scoreless within the time period to lengthen their lead to a seemingly insurmountable 35 factors.
McCarthy, skipper Emma Swanson (12 touches) and prime draftee Bella Lewis (14 disposals) did their finest to elevate West Coast within the closing time period, however with key goal Andrea Gilmore sidelined with a suspected concussion, the Eagles had hassle discovering focus up ahead.
In a scary proposition for the remainder of the AFLW, Brisbane discovered a 3rd key goal, with former Gold Coast Solar Taylor Smith having a break-out sport with three targets.
Brisbane 1.0, 3.1, 8.5, 10.5 (65)
West Coast 1.5, 2.6, 2.6, 2.8 (20)
Objectives – Brisbane: T Smith 3; D Davidson 2; G Bodey, A Anderson, J Wardlaw, L Arnell, E Bates. West Coast: A McCarthy, A Gilmore.
Greatest – Brisbane: L Arnell, T Smith, S Conway, N Grider, G Bodey, D Davidson. West Coast: A McCarthy, P Laurie, I Lewis, E Swanson, C Perera.
Accidents – West Coast: A Gilmore (concussion), T Bresland (again).
Umpires: A Whetton, C Melin, J Strybos. Venue: Hickey Park.