Tensions boiled over in a frustrating first half for Carlton in their season-opening six-point loss to Collingwood in the AFLW.
The Magpies held off the Blues at Ikon Park for the second year in a row, producing a scintillating four-goal run in the second quarter to set up the 5.3 (33) to 4.3 (27) victory.
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A shell-shocked Carlton fought back from a scoreless opening half with three quickfire third-quarter goals.
But the damage had already been done and the comeback ultimately proved in vain as a capacity crowd of 6712 watched on in the first ticketed match in the competition's history.
Carlton’s inability to score in the first half led to a small stoush on the boundary line in the dying moments of the second quarter between two former teammates.
Reigning AFLW best and fairest, Carlton’s Madison Prespakis, got former Blues teammate Bri Davey holding the ball when Davey grabbed her Carlton rival’s singlet as she got up.
Prespakis took issue and wrestled Davey to the ground, prompting teammates of both players to rush in to break up the fracas.
Prespakis and Vescio being slammed left, right, and centre, yet they're still turning the game around for the Blues. Phenomenal players #AFLWBluesPies
— Dani Brown (@itsdanibrown) January 28, 2021
The push and shove eventually died down, paving the way for a fired up Blues outfit to launch a spiroted, but ill-fated second hald comeback.
Blues captain Kerryn Harrington kicked a goal after the fulltime siren to sum up their second-half dominance.
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Led by the electric Chloe Molloy, Collingwood were all over the Blues - who failed to score until seven minutes into the third quarter.
The Magpies dominated general play in the first quarter, with Brittany Bonnici starring in the middle, but only had one behind to show for it.
But once Irish speedster Aishling Sheridan kicked the first goal, the floodgates opened.
Star Molloy slotted two majors in as many minutes, with the first being booted out of the stadium and onto the Princes Park walking track.
But the real dagger came just before halftime when former Blues captain Brianna Davey kicked an exciting running goal in her first game as Magpies co-captain.
Collingwood defender Stacey Livingstone again had the better of her duel with All-Australian forward Tayla Harris.
Their match-up was eagerly anticipated after Livingstone last year labelled the Blues spearhead "useless" in an explosive post-game interview.
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