AFLW Round 3 - Adelaide Crows v Western Bulldogs
"There's a first time for everything".
That saying has been circling my mind for the past few months as I transit from one career to another. The courage to try something new is essential to learn, to grow, and to change. I believe that.
So, with that in mind, I thought I'd combine my love of writing with my sports photography and have a go at reviewing a match.
Here it is... not only my first report of a sporting contest, but my first combined imagery and written documentary piece.
My first time for this has come, and gone. The first time is now done.
The Adelaide Crows women’s team is back with vengeance after Saturday’s first win of the season over the Western Bulldogs at Norwood’s Coopers Stadium. It was a result that Adelaide coach Bec Goddard had forewarned. “Beware of writing us off,” she told the Adelaide Advertiser last Thursday. And right she was, as co-captain Erin Phillips returned after a quad injury to impact with a quad of a different sort – no less than four goals from the reigning AFLW best and fairest champion.
The contest was a physical one-on-one competition that saw passionate Crows defender Dayna Cox reported after striking Bulldogs’ Ellie Blackburn in the first quarter. An open-handed push by Cox to the chest of Blackburn resulted in the winded Bulldog being side-lined to recover. Nevertheless, Cox went on to dominate in the Crows defence line throughout the match.
Other stand-out Adelaide Crows performances came from midfielder Ebony Marinoff and forward Sarah Perkins—Marinoff a whopping 21 disposals and 15 tackles.
At the half time break the Crows trailed the Bulldogs by five points but the Doggies’ lead was short-lived. Adelaide half-forward Jenna McCormick kicked her first (of two) goals just three minutes into the third quarter, giving Adelaide the lead for the first time in the game. Just moments later the Bulldogs replied with another major resuming their advantage. The tense third quarter saw the lead change time again, but the 4,900-strong Adelaide crowd sensed the taste of victory in the air when star of the match Erin Phillips scored her third goal and inspired her team further win-ward. The quarter ended with Adelaide forward Sarah Perkins’ failing to convert an opportunity which would have equalised scores.
Coopers Stadium came alive in the final quarter with the visitors booting just one minor and Phillips’ fourth goal putting the Crows in a one point lead. McCormick marked in the goal square moments before the final siren sounded and Phillips immediately lifted her head to the skies in relief. Whether McCormick converted or not, the Crows had sealed their first win of the season. McCormick’s second goal after the siren proved the icing on the Crows’ cake.
Adelaide faces GWS Giants at Blacktown ISP in round 4 on Sunday 25 February.
Final score, Adelaide (6.5.41) Western Bulldogs (5.4.34).