Eagles hold out Bulldogs in first AFLW win
After three challenging weeks to open their AFLW life, the West Coast Eagles are on the board after holding on for a four-point win over the Western Bulldogs at Leederville Oval in Perth.
The Eagles didn't show a whole lot in their opening three losses to Collingwood, Fremantle and the GWS Giants. They only kicked five goals in total in those matches but they were a vastly more impressive looking team on home turf.
Eagles duo Imahra Cameron and Grace Kelly celebrate a goal.Credit:Getty Images
West Coast kicked three goals to one after half-time with Grace Kelly kicking what was ultimately the sealer early in the fourth term in the 4.6 (30) to 3.8 (26) victory.
Eagles captain Emma Swanson was brilliant with 22 possessions and six clearances. Dana Hooker also had it 19 times, Niamh Kelly 16 and her sister Grace 14 as the Irish pair showed exciting signs.
Eagles coach Luke Dwyer was upbeat after the match, and said: "It's a really great feeling to get our first win for the football club on a few fronts.
"I think in terms of reward for effort for the players along with the staff and obviously the coaching group.
Bulldog Ellie Blackburn is tackled by Mikayla Bowen.Credit:Getty Images
"We're disappointed and we thought the girls' effort again was unquestionable," Burke said.
"There's some learnings we'll take out of it that we will need to address during the week."
The Eagles started well and kicked the only first-quarter goal thanks to a clever snap from Ashlee Atkins. The Bulldogs looked lively with a couple of strong marks to Toogood before she left the field.
However, by half-time the Bulldogs were up by five points after a Danielle Marshall goal from a free kick in the goal square and then Kim Rennie after a strong contested mark.
West Coast took back control in the third quarter with an early goal from Swanson and a strike of luck off Hayley Bullas' back-heel as she was falling to the ground to lead by seven at the last change.
That became 12 points when Grace Kelly ran into an open goal. The Bulldogs got one back from usual defender Isabel Huntington. They had another golden chance courtesy of Kirsten McLeod. She missed her set shot and the Eagles held on for the four-point win.
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