Photo: Eleanor Jeanne Photography

The Western Bulldogs secured a commanding 30-point victory over Collingwood VFLW in an enthralling clash at Victoria Park on Saturday afternoon.

It was a final-term surge that ultimately helped the Bulldogs seal their fourth-consecutive win, with a final score of 6.8 (44) to 2.2 (14).

The opening quarter was tightly contested, with the Dogs exerting relentless pressure over Collingwood.


Dominating possession, they kept the Magpies pinned in their defensive 50 for much of the term, with Dom Carbone the sole goal-scorer in this quarter, reflecting the hard-fought nature of the game.

The second quarter saw the Bulldogs continue their dominance, resulting in numerous stoppages that hindered Collingwood's efforts to gain momentum.

Jaime Henry played a pivotal role in these defensive efforts, while Mali McLeod added to the Bulldogs' lead before Jaimi Tabb's goal on the siren further extended their advantage, leaving the Dogs in a strong position at halftime.

Despite a shaky third quarter where the Bulldogs failed to convert any goals, their robust defence ensured they conceded only one goal to Collingwood. This defensive resilience was crucial ahead of the final quarter.

In the final term, the Bulldogs stepped up their game significantly. Keeley Hardingham and Sarah Skinner each scored a goal, sealing the victory as the scoreless Pies struggled to make any inroads.

Carbone was a standout with 20 disposals, six clearances, nine tackles and one goal, while Hardingham finished with 16 disposals, 14 hit-outs, four marks and a goal.

Skinner (17 disposals, seven tackles, three clearances, one goal) and Courtney Ugle (20 disposals, six tackles, four clearances) also impressed.

The Western Bulldogs will look to continue this winning momentum when they face the Southern Saints on Saturday at Mission Whitten Oval.


COLLINGWOOD: 0.1 1.1 2.2 2.2 (14)
WESTERN BULLDOGS: 1.2 3.4 3.8 6.8 (44)

Goals: Tabb, Skinner, Saulitis, McLeod, Hardingham, Carbone.