Week 2 of the AFLW season and the standard is only improving. Not only are skills more polished, goals more frequent and positioning more intuitive, but not a single game was temporarily suspended due to the risk of death by lightning.
ADELAIDE DEFEATED WESTERN BULLDOGS BY 25 POINTS (48-23)
Adelaide sit atop the AFLW table after their second win in as many weeks, this time against the Western Bulldogs, greatly assisted by the Bulldogs' wayward kicking for goal.
The Bulldogs went 0.5 in front of the sticks in the first quarter, suggesting that Travis Cloke has been helping out with personal coaching at Whitten Oval.
Sarah Perkins, nicknamed 'Tex' because of her similar role to her male Crows counterpart Taylor 'Tex' Walker, as well as the fact that Tex Perkins is an Australian musician, as well as the fact that she fought against a union of soldiers to maintain independence and to keep slaves, kicked two goals.
Adelaide were much more direct having 26 more kicks (124-98) and 46 fewer hand passes (82-36), which also highlights their superior pressure around the ball.
"If you don't kick them (goals), you're going to be up against it. Momentum swings so much. You need to take them, not that the girls are deliberately trying to miss," said Bulldogs coach Paul Groves, looking shiftily to the side, one can only assume to try to extinguish the non-existent calls for an inquiry into match fixing.
CARLTON DEFEATED GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY BY 13 POINTS (47-34)
Carlton notched up their second win as well, defeating the Giants in a come-from-behind victory that saw GWS leading by more than two goals in the third quarter before the Blues finished strongly.
Brianna Davey was the major ball winner for Carlton with 20 possessions and Darcy Vescio was the only multiple goalkicker for the match booting two for the Blues.
Despite the close scoreline, Carlton won the majority of the football with 193 touches to 154, including a 102-82 contested possession count.
"For three quarters of the game we were pretty much on top, but unfortunately it is a 60 minute game and that’s when Carlton really hurt us," said GWS coach Tim Schmidt.
"It was only for like five minutes in each quarter where Carlton really hurt us and kicked a couple of quick goals and made us pay," he continued, neglecting to do the necessary maths which would have told him that five minutes each quarter equals 20 minutes, and in a 60 minute match that represents a third, meaning he looked like a complete bellend and everyone laughed at him out loud and pointed at him jeeringly.
MELBOURNE DEFEATED COLLINGWOOD BY 19 POINTS (44-25)
Melbourne registered their own comeback victory but from a greater deficit, keeping Collingwood scoreless for the second half and kicking the final six goals.
The depressing final quarter for Collingwood was only made worse by the report of Sophie Casey for head-high contact on Melbourne's Meg Downie, an act she was subsequently suspended two matches for.
"We didn't play the full 70 minutes, as per the Carlton match," said Collingwood coach Wayne Siekman, suggesting that he and Tim Schmidt should get together and discuss how they could better and more consistently represent the duration of an AFLW match, perhaps by referring to four quarters rather than a conditional length of time.
Collingwood must travel to Queensland next week in search of their first win, both concepts that are completely foreign to the male side. Travelling and winning.
BRISBANE DEFEATED FREMANTLE BY 13 POINTS (36-23)
Brisbane were considered by many to have claimed an upset victory last week against Melbourne but they consolidated with another much more convincing win against the Dockers.
Brisbane won each quarter (the first two by margins as little as one point) and kept Fremantle goalless for the second half.
Tayla Harris and Jessica Wuetschner kicked two goals each for the Lions while Kate Lutkins provided the around-the-ground pressure laying seven tackles.
"It's not ideal (to start the season 0-2) but I just want to say how good was that crowd? 10,000 people here. Certainly not the result we wanted, but a fantastic turnout by the WA football community," said Fremantle coach Michelle Cowan, taking a leaf from Ross Lyon's book 'How to Frustrate Fremantle Fans by Making Winning a Secondary Concern'.
"It's funny when we first looked at the draw the boys in the coaching squad all took a bit of a gasp. The girls looked at it and thought four chances to travel interstate, new competition, fantastic. To actually have two on the road, galvanise your team with a couple of wins is great impetus for the rest of the comp," said Brisbane coach Craig Starcevich, highlighting the lack of geographical knowledge from the male members of staff that Brisbane is in a different state to the rest of the clubs.
Brisbane will have their chance to play at home next week against the winless Magpies, while Fremantle will play GWS with both teams desperate for a win despite the Grand Final being on in a minute and the short season meaning they're both pretty well screwed.