Demons' improvement a scary prospect for AFLW rivals


Amid talk Melbourne could go through the AFLW season unbeaten, coach Mick Stinear has forecast significant improvement from his team in coming weeks.

It's a scary proposition for the Demons' flag challengers, who have witnessed the reigning premiers make a barnstorming start to the new campaign.

They brushed aside Collingwood by 42 points in round one and had little trouble swatting away Greater Western Sydney in a 77-point thrashing last week.

The Western Bulldogs are widely tipped to be little more than another speed bump on the road to success when the long-standing rivals meet at Casey Fields on Saturday.

But Stinear and his hungry-as-ever playing group are far from satisfied.

"In the first halves over the last couple of weeks we've leaked early goals and we'd just like to be a bit more organised earlier," Stinear said.

"We want teams to earn their goals, rather than through mistakes or us being unorganised.

"So we can probably sharpen up on our team defence and continue to be consistent with our contest.

"Our offence is flowing off the back of those areas so we'll continue to invest in them and try to be as hard to play against as we can be."

Despite Melbourne's hot start, Stinear isn't ready to seriously contemplate going through the 10-round season - plus finals - unbeaten.

The coach is wary talented rivals could upset his side if the Demons lift their gaze from immediate targets.

"Every team would like to win every game and we certainly go out to try to win every game," Stinear said.

"But there's some really strong, competitive teams in this competition and you've just got to be ready every week.

"We've got the Bulldogs this week ... that's our next challenge and we'll be going to Casey to get the four points."

The round-three battle will be the 10th Hampson-Hardeman Cup fixture between Melbourne and the Bulldogs, played in honour of two pioneers of women's football.

"It's a cup that our group holds dear because of what the Bulldogs and Melbourne have done together to help create a platform for AFLW to exist," Stinear said.

"We'll be looking forward to putting on a good game and competing well."

Melbourne are likely to be boosted by the return of Paxy Paxman for the Bulldogs clash after the hard-running midfielder missed last week with a low-grade quadriceps strain.