The AFLW has made even greater steps towards replicating the men's AFL competition with guernsey clashes, club fines and incredibly unsatisfying Fremantle results.
Here's the wrap.
FREMANTLE DREW WITH GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY (43-43)
It's always a bit of a laugh when two sides without a win play each other and some absolute zany character says 'what if it's a draw'. Now we have an answer to that question. What happens when two sides without a win play out a draw? Universal disappointment.
Fremantle dominated forward entries, racking up 33 inside-50s to 19, and had more scoring shots (6.7 to 7.1) but couldn't capitalise to claim all four points.
At the end of the match you couldn't separate the two sides, nor could you for most of the fixture, as Fremantle brought the wrong uniforms. Fremantle had not brought their purple-dominant guernsey, as was requested by the AFL, and so for the first half both teams played in white uniforms with white shorts until GWS were able to switch to dark shorts at half-time.
Fremantle were fined $10,000 as a result, continuing the wonderful start to a year of rebirths.
"Pretty frustrating," said Fremantle coach Michelle Cowan, talking either about winless start to the year, the experience of players and spectators watching two indistinguishable sides, or the lack of context given to her quotes.
BRISBANE DEFEATED COLLINGWOOD BY 4 POINTS (27-23)
Brisbane are undefeated after three rounds, defeating a wasteful Collingwood at South Pine Sports Complex on Saturday.
Collingwood had 50 more possessions than the Lions (195-145) but were unable to translate that statistic into forward entries with Brisbane leading inside-50s 19 to 18.
Brisbane were more direct and no better example of this was when Kate McCarthy collected the ball behind the centre circle and took five bounces in a blistering run to the goal square, kicking one of her two goals unopposed.
Collingwood are now clear on the bottom of the ladder, the only team without a premiership point.
"I'd drown them all. That always works with women in football," said Eddie McGuire, maybe.
MELBOURNE DEFEATED WESTERN BULLDOGS BY 14 POINTS (43-29)
A battle of the midfields with the Demons coming out on top, Karen Paxman and Daisy Pearce collected 27 and 26 disposals respectively for Melbourne while Ellie Blackburn and Emma Kearney earned 26 and 25 for the Dogs.
The Western Bulldogs were unable to gain any dominance in their forward 50 taking no marks in their attacking zone. Melbourne not only entered inside 50 more often but managed eight marks in the critical area.
"We continue that improvement and by the look in the girls' eyes, they want to get better," said Melbourne coach Mick Stinear.
"What I mean to say is, their eyes are red. It's either a fierce determination or someone farted on the towels. I'm not looking at you, Gassy Gav (Melbourne's trainer)."
ADELAIDE DEFEATED CARLTON BY 3 POINTS (17-14)
Adelaide have remained on top of the table after winning their important clash against Carlton by three points thanks to a 60m goal from co-captain Erin Phillips.
In a low-scoring affair, Adelaide were able to keep Carlton scoreless in the final quarter to overrun the Blues after being kept scoreless themselves in the first quarter.
"As we expected, it was a real contested game and it would have been exciting to watch. With the game so short and quarters going for 15 minutes, one or two little things can influence significantly on the contest. I don't think there was anything in particular that we can put our finger on right now," said Carlton coach Damien Keeping, the gist of which can be summed up in the following dot points.
"It was an absolute thriller. Credit to Carlton and the defensive pressure they put on the first half and we just battled away. Part of our game plan is to go with speed and Carlton, to their credit, they set up really well and slowed us right down," said Crows coach Bec Goddard, giving Carlton 2 credits which can be used to continue the game or to bring in Player 2.