Melbourne Demons vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL Women’s live scores, blog

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    Melbourne Demons vs Fremantle Dockers

    AFL Women's Round 7, March 18

    Casey Fields
    Melbourne Demons Fremantle Dockers
    70 SCORE 16
    11 Goals 2
    4 Behinds 4

    Match result:

    The Melbourne Demons were far too strong for the Fremantle Dockers at Casey Fields, winning by an AFLW record 54 points.

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    Final score
    Melbourne Demons 11.4.70
    Fremantle Dockers 2.4.16

    Match preview:

    The Melbourne Demons and the Fremantle Dockers will go head to head to kick off the final season of the AFL Women’s competition. Join The Roar from 4:35pm (AEDT) for live scores and a blog of the match.

    After an exciting first six weeks of the competition it all comes down to this final round for the clubs.

    The Melbourne Demons overcame a spirited game from Adelaide in a battle of two of the best teams in the competition, Fremantle have struggled all season long winning just the one game last weekend against Carlton.

    The match could have big implications for the makeup of the grand final, Brisbane has already booked a spot in the final, but the other team will likely come down to either the Melbourne Demons or the Adelaide Crows.

    With Adelaide well on top in percentage Melbourne will either need a big win over the Dockers or for the Crows to get beaten in their final game.

    Fremantle will be hoping to get the win and not finish off the inaugural season at the bottom of the ladder.

    The news of captain Kara Donnellan being withdrawn from the squad Thursday night will make things harder for the Dockers. Vice Captain Kirby Bentley will be leading the side out for their final clash.

    The competition has been a huge success for the AFL and women’s sport in Australia and knowing that it could be the final time both teams play this year they will want to go out with a bang.

    Prediction
    With the stakes being so high for the Demons and the fact Fremantle is missing its leader I feel Melbourne will be too strong.

    Can they get the big win needed to catch up to the Adelaide percentage and take second spot? Probably not.

    Melbourne Demons by fifteen points

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    • Roar Guru

      6:37pm
      Sam Walker said | 6:37pm | ! Report

      Melbourne Demons too strong for the Fremantle Dockers.

      The Melbourne Demons were far too strong for the Fremantle Dockers at Casey field winning by an AFLW record 54 points 11.4.70 defeated 2.4.16.

      The Demons were playing for a chance at the grand final and needed a big win to get the percentage required to leapfrog the Adelaide Crows, sadly the 54 point win was not enough for the Demons to get the percentage however they are ahead of the Crows who will play tomorrow against the Collingwood Magpies.

      Fremantle was playing catch up from the opening bounce as the Demons kicked a goal within the first two minutes of the game, Fremantle answered back quickly but then the Demons again responded and kicked the next 4 goals to go into the first break 18 points in front.

      The Dockers who were missing their captain who was a withdrawal late on Thursday night due to a hamstring injury were just not strong enough, they put up a good fight at times and really pressured the Demons well throughout. With Melbourne needing the win and by a big margin they were trying to just get the scores on the board and were doing it freely and accurately, not kicking a behind until the start of the final quarter.

      Elise O’Dea was impressive for the Demons collecting 24 disposals, While Catherine Phillips was also big for the Demons picking up 17 disposals and kicking 2 straight goals. Fremantle was led by Dana Hooker but they had too few scoring options up forward and they were just unable to get enough of the ball to get their forwards in a position to score enough.

      Fremantle finish the season with just the 1 win from their 7 games. Melbourne now play a waiting game to see if the Magpies are able to beat the Adelaide Crows and help the Demons get through to the Grand Final.

      Stats.

      Player Stats

      Leading disposals

      Melbourne
      Elise O’Dea 24
      Daisy Pearce 22
      Lily Mithen 21

      Fremantle
      Dana Hooker 20
      Lara Filcarno 14
      Amy Lavell 11

      Goals

      Melbourne
      Deanna Berry 2
      Alyssa Mifsud 2
      Catherine Phillips 2

      Fremantle
      Gemma Houghton 1
      Ebony Antonio 1

      Team Stats

      Disposals
      Melbourne 270 : Fremantle 159

      Clearances
      Melbourne 20 : Fremantle 14

      Inside 50’s
      Melbourne 34 : Fremantle 23

      Marks inside 50
      Melbourne 12 : Fremantle 2

      Contested Possessions
      Melbourne 119 : Fremantle 91

      Thank you for joining me, Stay tuned for The Roar’s coverage of the 2nd game tonight Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Western Bulldogs Starting at 7:10pm.

    • Editor

      6:18pm
      Josh Elliott said | 6:18pm | ! Report

      That is a massive result – huge implications. Notably, it means Collingwood & Carlton are out of the running.

      • Roar Guru

        6:39pm
        Sam Walker said | 6:39pm | ! Report

        Will be interesting to see how the Pies go tomorrow against the Crows knowing they have nothing to really play for.

    • Roar Guru

      6:17pm
      Sam Walker said | 6:17pm | ! Report

      Game Over. Demons get the win by 54 points.

      Melbourne 11.4.70 Fremantle 2.4.16

    • Roar Guru

      6:15pm
      Sam Walker said | 6:15pm | ! Report

      The percentage catch up may not be in reach of the Demons but the win is just as important for them.

      Berry has a shot at goal but kicks it straight into the person in the mark, rebounds the smother but it goes wide for another behind.

      Melbourne 11.4.70 Fremantle 2.4.16

      1:30 left in the final quarter.

    • Roar Guru

      6:12pm
      Sam Walker said | 6:12pm | ! Report

      Goal Melbourne,

      Great goal from the Demons as 2 Fremantle players crash into one another opening up an easy shot at goal.

      Melbourne 11.3.69 Fremantle 4.2.16

      4:00 minutes left in the game.

    • Roar Guru

      6:11pm
      Sam Walker said | 6:11pm | ! Report

      Few Demons players getting a bit sore late in the game, which could be worrying for next week if they make the finals.

    • Roar Guru

      6:08pm
      Sam Walker said | 6:08pm | ! Report

      Behind Demons.

      Inaccurate kick at goal goes wide for the Demons.

      Melbourne 10.3.63 Fremantle 2.4.16

      7:40 left in the final quarter.

    • Roar Guru

      6:07pm
      Sam Walker said | 6:07pm | ! Report

      Great pressure from the Dockers causes the Demons to make an easy attempt at goal look hard and the Demons are only able to get a minor score.

      Melbourne 10.2.62 Fremantle 2.4.16

      9:05 left in the final quarter.

    • Roar Guru

      6:04pm
      Sam Walker said | 6:04pm | ! Report

      Behind Demons.

      Finally they get a minor score, after the ball is toe poked through for a behind.

      Melbourne 10.1.61 Fremantle 2.4.16

      11:35 left in the final quarter.

    • Roar Guru

      6:01pm
      Sam Walker said | 6:01pm | ! Report

      Final quarter underway.

      Demons with a 44 point lead.

      Looking at the live ladder they are still 24% away from overtaking the Crows.

      Dockers will look to play spoiler by not laying down and let the Dee’s trample them.

    • Roar Guru

      5:58pm
      Sam Walker said | 5:58pm | ! Report

      Demons now have the largest score in the AFLW this season so far, currently have the largest lead in the AFLW as well.

    • Roar Guru

      5:53pm
      Sam Walker said | 5:53pm | ! Report

      End of the 3rd quarter,

      Demons lead by 44 points. 10.0.60 plays 2.4.16

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