Collingwood ease past Dockers to open AFLW account


Collingwood have demolished Fremantle by 21 points to register their first win of the AFLW season.

Led by superstar captain Brianna Davey, the Magpies never trailed at Victoria Park on Sunday to keep the Dockers scoreless in the first and third terms.

Nell Morris-Dalton was Collingwood's only multiple goal-kicker, with two, as the Magpies prevailed 7.4 (46) to 3.7 (25).

Fremantle refused to throw in the towel, winning the last quarter after the ball spent the majority of the term in the visitors' attacking half.

Davey was brilliant with 19 disposals and a crucial goal, Aishling Sheridan (21 possessions) had one of her best games for Collingwood, while fellow star Britt Bonnici (20) put in another top performance in her comeback from an ACL injury.

"They're finding their feet," coach Steve Symonds said of the Magpies.

"Probably in the last two games they've fatigued towards the back end of the contest and that's only natural.

"Their performance in the first half of games has been really strong.

"We think as they get more match fitness week by week ... we'll start seeing our group get stronger and stronger as the season goes."

Former league best-and-fairest winner Kiara Bowers could not have done anything more for Fremantle, finishing with a game-high 23 possessions and 18 tackles.

"Obviously disappointed we didn't get the win, but really proud of the girls' effort," Dockers coach Lisa Webb said.

"We've got a lot to build on, especially in that last quarter."

In a blow for Fremantle, utility Gabby O'Sullivan will undergo scans once she returns to Perth after injuring her shoulder in the first term.

Collingwood had the tough task of facing Melbourne in round one, matching it with the reigning premiers for the first-half before being blown away in the third term.

Fremantle were coming off an eight-point win over West Coast in their derby.

Collingwood will be back at Victoria Park next Sunday when they host Gold Coast, while the Dockers are at home to expansion club Hawthorn at Fremantle Oval on Saturday.