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Blues finally on the march in AFLW

Blues finally on the march in AFLW

An inspiring on-ball efficiency by Maddy Prespakis space up Carlton to destroy by for their first win of the AFLW season against St Kilda on Saturday afternoon.

Prespakis became once unstoppable along with her ball-winning skill to amass 24 possessions in the Blues’ 6.4 (40) to 2.4 (16) win in sunny conditions at RSEA Park.

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The Saints assigned Cat Phillips to a heavy brand on Prespakis in the second half, nonetheless the competition’s 2020 simplest and fairest winner emphasised why she won the most reasonable possible individual award.

Carlton’s skill to kick targets from Alison Downie and Nicola Stevens into the wind in the third quarter became once additionally pivotal to the breakthrough victory after one of the flag favourites began the season with two losses.

“We went abet to the drawing board and labored on everything and labored on our crew recreation. At the finish of the day, we lawful began playing footy for the enjoyment,” Prespakis said.

“We checked out it as crew care, to procure round each and each other and lift each and each other up. You cop quite about a negativity whereas you are losing and or not it’s not stress-free, nonetheless we caught together in truth smartly.”

The Blues launched Elise O’Dea from a midfield unit to alternate in attacking and defensive roles with the wind and when kicking into it.

But they misplaced nothing from her absence round the centre jump duels and stoppages as young midfielders Grace Egan (24 possessions) and Abbie McKay (17) stepped up to the job.

O’Dea became once a spare participant in the backline when the Saints kicked to the scoring finish in the first and third quarter. And the aged Melbourne chief became once a helpful assistant for Mua Laloifi in the colossal job of containing awful goalkicker Caitlin Greiser.

She finished with 21 disposals and adapted fleet to the function of a ahead, kicking Carlton’s opening main from a free in the first minute of the second quarter.

Greiser had underlined the considerations she posed by goalling on the sprint along with her only contact of the opening length as the Saints attacked with the strong bolt at their backs.

Carlton hit abet after a scoreless first term, building on the ruck work of Breann Changeable and the busy Prespakis round the packs.

It became once no shock that Prespakis booted the Blues’ first purpose with a short left foot shot from a stoppage in the second quarter. It became once already her 13th possession in the most reasonable possible on-ball demonstrate.

St Kilda had individual winners, savor defender Rhiannon Watt keeping Blues ahead Tayla Harris goalless. But the Blues collective teamwork and stress became once some distance superior.

Blues finally on the march in AFLW