Hawks claim maiden AFLW win as Kangaroos, Pies climb ladder

Hawthorn have broken through for their first AFLW victory after overrunning a fast-starting Sydney to score a thrilling four-point victory at a packed Punt Road Oval.

The Hawks gave up a four-goal start but after a fierce spray from coach Bec Goddard at the first change, wrestled back the momentum to set up a 5.5 (35) to 4.7 (31) triumph on Friday.

The Swans made a scintillating start with four majors in the opening 10 minutes but from there the Hawks turned the game into more of a contested battle and kept their opponents goalless.

The Hawks took a three-point lead into the final term but with both teams desperate not to concede a goal the margin barely moved despite the ball flying into the Swans forward 50 as the final siren sounded.

Third-gamer Tahlia Fellows made the most of the Hawks’ territory advantage after quarter-time with three goals, while Jasmine Fleming continued her outstanding debut season.

The 17-year-old midfielder Fleming finished with 16 disposals and 10 tackles to lead the way with Tilly Lucas-Rodd (12, 11) in support and defender Akec Makur Chuot (13 touches) also crucial to the comeback.

Brooke Lochland was the spark for the Swans’ electrifying start, buzzing around inside the forward 50 and slotting three of the Swans’ four goals in the opening term after they failed to kick a major last week.

Lochland finished with 17 disposals and had a chance to steal the game late as a ball bounced around close to goal but was quickly closed down by multiple Hawks palyers.

Cynthia Hamilton starred for the Swans, playing in the ruck, the midfield and at times up forward, as the 18-year-old gathered a game-high 19 disposals.

The Swans’ co-captain Maddy Collier had 10 touches in her first game of season after recovering from an ankle injury.

Garner leads North to win over Dogs

North Melbourne have leaped into the top eight and ended the Western Bulldogs’ unbeaten start to the AFLW season with a 15-point win at a sold-out Punt Road Oval.

The Roos held strong in the last quarter to end the Dogs’ unbeaten start to the season.(Getty Images: Morgan Hancock)

Jasmine Garner (26 disposals) was brilliant in the Kangaroos’ 6.7 (43) to 4.4 (28) triumph.

She was wonderfully assisted by Jenna Bruton as the Kangaroos had the edge on the Dogs’ vaunted on-ball brigade.

Katie Lynch and Isabella Grant’s intercept marking in defence was a feature for the Bulldogs, while 17-year-old Rylie Wilcox’s two goals kept her side in the match, which was in the balance for the majority of the afternoon.

The Kangaroos combined strength at the contest with ferocious tackling to dictate proceedings early, firing the first strike through half-forward Isabella Eddy, who found goal smartly in the opening 90 seconds.

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