The Western Bulldogs’ AFLW team romped it home yesterday with small forward Brooke Lochland lighting up Whitten Oval with seven majors, in a record for the Women’s league.
The exciting performance from former ice skater Lochland shows the potential of the women’s game, with the crowd roaring every time she neared the ball.
The Bulldogs needed to stand up against Carlton, and stand up they did despite missing key players in Katie Brennan and Izzy Huntington. Both Brennan and Huntington were unavailable due to injury, but the gaps in the line-up were ably filled by goalkicker Lochland and the tenacious Bonnie Toogood, who contributed three goals to the Dogs’ impressive tally of 12.14.86.
Carlton were almost polar opposites to the Dogs, scoring just 2.1 for the entire match. Spearhead Tayla Harris was missing, suspended, and Darcy Vescio was missing full stop.
Vescio has at times appeared to be the competition’s most exciting player, but it was a dog of a night for the Carlton small who only managed three disposals, one mark and one tackle for the match.
It was Lauren Arnell who provided grit and leadership for the Blues, slotting two majors and maintaining a determined attack on the contest all night (despite one brain-fade in front of the opposition goal).
Next week the Bulldogs take on an as yet (at the time of publication) winless Collingwood, while the Blues aim to bounce back against the Crows.
WESTERN BULLDOGS 1.4 6.8 8.9 12.14 (86)
CARLTON 0.0 0.0 2.1 2.1 (13)
Western Bulldogs: Lochland 7, Toogood 3, Blackburn, Bruton
Carlton: Arnell 2