West Coast Eagles dominate first half, but miss opportunities as ladder leaders Brisbane Lions grab big win

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 right now.

The Lions held a lesson in scoreboard stress throughout a third-quarter blitz which noticed them put the daring Eagles to mattress on their option to a ten.5 (65) to 2.8 (20) victory.

West Coast impressed early with their stress on a Brisbane outfit, who couldn’t discover house to execute their methodically recreation fashion and have been being crushed convincingly within the contest.

Brisbane had conceded only one purpose within the opening two rounds, but West Coast’s Aisling McCarthy (17 touches) doubled that within the opening minutes after she slotted a set shot following an intercept mark.

Bella Lewis takes a strong grab against Brisbane at Hickey Park.
Digicam IconBella Lewis takes a robust grab in opposition to Brisbane at Hickey Park. Credit score: Albert Perez/by way of AFL Pictures

This gave the guests loads of early confidence they usually put Brisbane’s defence beneath 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 objectives) kicked a late purpose in opposition to 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), but trailed by some extent.

The sleeping Lions awoke after the primary break, discovering their type of the first two video games to placed on a clinic in a five-goal third time period.

Because the Eagles wilted within the Queensland warmth, so did their stress and Brisbane discovered the house they’d beforehand not been allowed to interrupt 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 way of the center of the bottom, holding them scoreless within the time period to increase their result in a seemingly insurmountable 35 factors.

McCarthy, skipper Emma Swanson (12 touches) and prime draftee Bella Lewis (14 disposals) did their greatest to raise West Coast within the ultimate time period, but with key goal Andrea Gilmore sidelined with a suspected concussion, the Eagles had hassle discovering point of interest 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 recreation with three objectives.

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.

Finest – 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.