The Western Bulldogs have fallen to Collingwood by 37-points in the 2019 VFLW Grand Final at IKON Park.
A five-goal to none second half saw the Magpies stretch a five-point half time advantage to a hefty full-time lead and claim the silverware.
Brooke Lochland was dangerous throughout the contest for the Bulldogs, while captain Mickayla Ward’s inclusion offered the Bulldogs great leadership across the forward half of the ground.
The Bulldogs backline were put on the back-foot early, faced with early forward entries by the Magpies, however allowed only minor scores until Jamie Lambert broke the deadlock and slotted two goals in as many minutes during red time in the opening term, to hand the Magpies a 17-point lead at the first break.
It was all Bulldogs in the second quarter with the ball locked inside the forward 50 for majority of the term. Bailey Hunt intercepted many Magpie attempts to clear the ball and ensured the ball was kept inside the Bulldogs’ forward arc.
Sophie Molan slotted the Bulldogs’ first goal of the season decider, after her tackle was rewarded with a free kick for holding the ball. Emma Mackay followed trend and found a major of her own to narrow Collingwood’s lead to 5-points at the main break.
Collingwood pressed from first bounce of the second half as Chloe Molloy converted an early foray forward. It took Collingwood another 12 minutes to kick their second goal in the quarter through Sophie Alexander, before Alexander kicked truly again to hand Collingwood a 26-point lead at the final change.
The Bulldogs forwards worked hard to create chances in the fourth term but could only produce two behinds with Collingwood seizing their chances to put the game beyond doubt with goals at the 13th and 17th minute mark of the final term.
It was to be that the minor premiers Collingwood would emerge holding the premiership cup aloft, with Collingwood key defender Stacey Livingstone awarded the Lisa Hardeman Medal for best-on-ground on the back of a 25 disposal, 10 mark performance.
Western Bulldogs 0.1 2.1 2.1 2.3 (15)
Collingwood 2.6 2.6 5.9 7.10 (52)
Western Bulldogs: S.Molan, E.Mackay
Collingwood: S.Alexander 2, J.Lambert 2, M.Cann, G. Lagioia, C.Molloy
Western Bulldogs: B. Lochland, E. Gavalas, K. Lamb, N. Ferres, S. Ruedin, A. Guest
Collingwood: S. Livingstone, J. Lambert, G. Lagioia, S. Layton, N. Xenos, B. Davey