Davey stars in Pies' AFLW win over Cats

Jason Phelan
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Collingwood's perfect start to the AFLW season has continued after a Brianna Davey masterclass propelled the Pies to a 29-point win over Geelong at a sold-out Victoria Park.

The Magpies moved to a 2-0 record with a 6.9 (45) to 2.4 (16) win on Saturday, Davey starring with 25 possessions and a goal.

The Cats started brightly but failed to kick a goal after quarter-time as they slipped to an 0-2 record that sees them bottom of the ladder.

"It was tough early, but we knew Geelong would come at us," Pies coach Steve Symonds said.

"They certainly applied the pressure and we struggled a bit.

"We weren't very clean, but once the second half got going we got our rhythm going a little bit more.

"(We) started to make some wiser decisions with the ball and started winning the contest a little bit more."

Davey had plenty of willing helpers, with Brittany Bonnici (24 disposals), Ruby Schleicher (15 touches, one goal) and Sarah Rowe (15 touches, one goal) all prominent.

Geelong didn't score in the first three quarters of their 62-point thumping by North Melbourne in round one, but were out of the blocks quickly against the Pies with a goal inside the first minute.

In her AFLW debut, Olivia Barber reacted quickest in a desperate goal line scramble to toe poke through with her first kick at the elite level.

Madeleine Boyd added Geelong's second in an impressive opening term, but mental lapses proved costly.

The Magpies trailed by just two points at the first break after Schleicher goaled following a 50m penalty and Mikala Cann split the middle after back-to-back 50m penalties marched her from the wing to the goal line.

A superb Chloe Molloy snap gave the Pies their only goal for the second term as they edged out to a seven-point lead at halftime.

Both sides went goalless in the third, but Geelong were still in with a chance heading into the last quarter 10 points down.

However, Davey's class shone through, the on-baller expertly gathering a loose ball and stroking home the opening goal of the term and then streaming from the centre square from the restart to set up Rowe's brilliant major.

Rebecca Webster led the way with 18 possessions for the Cats, with Aasta O'Connor and Olivia Purcell each finishing with 16 disposals.

"The strong start was great, we were really pleased at quarter-time, and we'd got ourselves into a good position so that was a real positive," Cats coach Paul Hood said.

"But obviously we'd like to run out the game better and finish with more of a four-quarter performance.

"It's a better feeling than last week, but we need to continue to develop our game and get better."