Geelong has superior to the second week of the AFLW finals with a complete 18-point win over Essendon at Kardinia Park.
The dwelling aspect took maintain of the sport early and have been not often threatened as they ran away with a 7.9 (51) to five.3 (33) victory. Next week they may face the loser of this afternoon’s qualifying final between Melbourne and North Melbourne in a semifinal.
The Cats made up for a disappointing outing in final yr’s finals sequence the place they kicked simply 1.8 (16) in opposition to North Melbourne in the elimination final.
They matched their purpose complete from that sport after barely 50 seconds in opposition to Essendon, as Georgie Prespakis received a clearance, organising a mark to Chloe Scheer inside 50. She wheeled and kicked lengthy to Irish participant Aishling Moloney, who completed the transfer off.
Essendon’s defence was underneath fierce stress early, and the Cats made it two minutes later, as some deft footwork from Moloney arrange Jackie Parry.
The ball was coming inside 50 with worrying frequency for Essendon’s defence, and Scheer was on the top of one other transfer taking a mark close to the goalsquare to transform for Geelong’s third.
The Cats had a setback when Scheer was taken all the way down to the rooms later in the primary quarter, and was quickly dominated out for the day with a shoulder harm.
Inside the final two minutes, the Bombers’ Amber Clarke was taken off on a stretcher after receiving a glancing blow to the top in a marking contest. She returned in the second half after passing a HIA.
Given the deficit of inside 50s (11-2) in the primary quarter, Essendon was fortunate to be down by simply 3.4 (22) to 0.1 (21) at quarter time.
The Bombers lifted their sport in the second time period, nevertheless it took a few makes an attempt earlier than they received on the board, Sophie Alexander scoring their second main after a 50.
They could not hold the momentum, nevertheless, and Nina Morrison arrange Julia Crockett-Grills for a purpose, earlier than Moloney took a diving mark 30m out and slotted her second and Geelong’s fifth with eight minutes to go.
The dwelling aspect have been dominating possession, ahead entries and scoring alternatives. Amy McDonald added one other after grabbing a faucet from Parry to kick one from the goalsquare, then Essendon answered by means of Maddy Prespakis a minute later.
But her sister Georgie delivered a giant blow to the Bombers with 90 seconds left in the half, leaping excessive to spoil an Essendon mark, then regathered, steadied and drilled an excellent purpose.
The Cats led by 36 points at the principle break.
The third quarter was a a lot nearer affair, however neither aspect may convert, with Geelong kicking two behinds to no rating to steer by 38 points.
The Bombers completed strongly, with objectives to Maddy Prespakis, Bonnie Toogood and Ellyse Gamble, however the activity of catching the Cats was too onerous.
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