The VFLW Bulldogs have fallen four points short to Port Melbourne on Saturday.

Wet and slippery conditions saw a repeat of history in the 5.2 (32) to 5.6 (36) affair, with the Bulldogs suffering another narrow loss to Port Melbourne for the second time this season.  

The Bulldogs dominated territory in the opening term, with Tallia Pulcino clearing the ball from the stoppage to put the first major on the board for the red, white, and blue.

Emmalyn Nekrep was next on the scoreboard by courtesy of a beautifully read play by Amanda Ling.

The dual action saw the Dogs lead by nine points heading into the first change despite the slipping and sliding Sherrin.

In the second term, Port Melbourne wrestled back control and kicked three unanswered goals.

A sense of urgency opened the third term and Dominique Carbone delivered to kick the opening goal, bringing the Dogs back to within three points. 

A back-and-forth possession battle infested the final term as the Borough took the lead.

It was Nekrep and Carbone who kicked one major apiece to bring the Bulldogs within four points in a thrilling finish before the final siren sounded.

Carbone was instrumental in the field, bagging two goals from 28 disposals, seven tackles, and four clearances.

Sarah Skinner impressed too, recording 20 touches and eight tackles.

Jorja Borg extended her stellar performance in her ruck recording 35 hit outs, three clearances and 12 disposals, while Ashleigh Snow was next in line totalling 18 touches.

Jaimi Tabb and Eleanor Bishop lead the clearance count collecting five apiece as well as 14 disposals respectively.

The VFLW competition will have league-wide bye next weekend, with the Bulldogs look to get back on the winners list against Williamstown the following Saturday at 10:00am at DSV Stadium.


WESTERN BULLDOGS   2.0   2.1   3.1    5.2   (32) 

PORT MELBOURNE  0.3   3.4   4.6   5.6   (36)

Goals: Nekrep 2, Carbone 2, Pulcino 1.