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AFLW Round 3 | Photos Mai Nguyen of the Giants handballs during the Women’s round three match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
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Action during the Women’s round three match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Kara Donnellan captain of the Dockers (L) and Amanda Farrugia captain of the Giants (R) take part in the coin toss during the Women’s round three match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Mai Nguyen of the Giants signs autographs for fans after the Women’s round three match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Kara Donnellan captain of the Dockers (C) leads the Dockers onto the field during the Women’s round three match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Ashleigh Guest of the Giants takes a mark during the Women’s round three match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Nicola Barr of the Giants is challenged by Tiah Haynes of the Dockers during the Women’s round three match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Renee Tomkins of the Giants is tackled by Ashley Sharp of the Dockers during the Women’s round three match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Renee Tomkins of the Giants is tackled by Ashley Sharp of the Dockers during the Women’s round three match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Stephanie Walker of the Giants wrestles with Taylah Angel of the Dockers after a tackle during the Women’s round three match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Jacinda Barclay of the Giants kicks during the Women’s round three match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Amanda Farrugia of the Giants walks from the field with team mates after the Women’s round three match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Amanda Farrugia captain of the Giants (R) leads the Giants onto the field during the Women’s round three match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Stephanie Walker of the Giants celebrates a goal during the Women’s round three match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Phoebe McWilliams of the Giants (L) celebrates with Nicola Barr of the Giants (R) after kicking a goal during the Women’s round three match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Action during the Women’s round three match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Belinda Smith of the Dockers is challenged by Stephanie Walker of the Giants during the Women’s round three match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Action during the Women’s round three match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Ashleigh Guest of the Giants handles the ball during the Women’s round three match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Jess Dal Pos of the Giants is tackled during the Women’s round three match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Jacinda Barclay of the Giants takes a mark during the Women’s round three match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Ashley Sharp of the Dockers celebrates with team mates after kicking a goal during the Women’s round three match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Stephanie Walker of the Giants is tackled by Taylah Angel of the Dockers during the Women’s round three match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Stephanie Walker of the Giants is tackled by Taylah Angel of the Dockers during the Women’s round three match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers at Blacktown International Sportspark on February 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

The boundary umpire throws the ball in during the Women’s round three match between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons at Whitten Oval on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, . (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

A general view of play during the Women’s round three match between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons at Whitten Oval on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, . (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

A general view of play during the Women’s round three match between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons at Whitten Oval on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, . (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Lily Mithen of the Demons kicks whilst being tackled by Jess Gardner of the Bulldogs during the Women’s round three match between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons at Whitten Oval on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, . (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Emma Kearney of the Bulldogs kicks whilst being tackled during the Women’s round three match between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons at Whitten Oval on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, . (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Lauren Pearce of the Demons marks over the top of Lauren Spark of the Bulldogs during the Women’s round three match between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons at Whitten Oval on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, . (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

A general view of play during the Women’s round three match between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons at Whitten Oval on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, . (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Lauren Pearce of the Demons marks over the top of Lauren Spark of the Bulldogs during the Women’s round three match between the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons at Whitten Oval on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, . (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Megan Hunt of the Lions runs for the ball during the Women’s AFL round three match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at South Pine Sports Complex on February 18, 2017 in Brisbane, . (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Lions players enter the field of play during the Women’s AFL round three match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at South Pine Sports Complex on February 18, 2017 in Brisbane, . (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Emma Zielke of the Lions is congratulated by team mates after kicking a goal during the Women’s AFL round three match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at South Pine Sports Complex on February 18, 2017 in Brisbane, . (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Ruby Schleicher of the Magpies and Sharni Webb of the Lions compete for the ball during the Women’s AFL round three match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at South Pine Sports Complex on February 18, 2017 in Brisbane, . (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Sarah D’Arcy of the Magpies is pressured by the defence during the Women’s AFL round three match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at South Pine Sports Complex on February 18, 2017 in Brisbane, . (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Sharni Webb of the Lions is injured during the Women’s AFL round three match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at South Pine Sports Complex on February 18, 2017 in Brisbane, . (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Ruby Schleicher of the Magpies in action during the Women’s AFL round three match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at South Pine Sports Complex on February 18, 2017 in Brisbane, . (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Sabrina Frederick-Traub of the Lions takes on the defence during the Women’s AFL round three match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at South Pine Sports Complex on February 18, 2017 in Brisbane, . (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Players compete for the ball during the Women’s AFL round three match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at South Pine Sports Complex on February 18, 2017 in Brisbane, . (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Sabrina Frederick-Traub of the Lions takes on the defence during the Women’s AFL round three match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at South Pine Sports Complex on February 18, 2017 in Brisbane, . (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Lions run out for the start of the Women’s AFL round three match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at South Pine Sports Complex on February 18, 2017 in Brisbane, . (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Lions celebrate winning the Women’s AFL round three match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at South Pine Sports Complex on February 18, 2017 in Brisbane, . (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Emma Zielke of the Lions takes a mark during the Women’s AFL round three match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at South Pine Sports Complex on February 18, 2017 in Brisbane, . (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Brisbane fans at the Women’s AFL round three match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at South Pine Sports Complex on February 18, 2017 in Brisbane, . (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Bree White of the Magpies is tackled during the Women’s AFL round three match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at South Pine Sports Complex on February 18, 2017 in Brisbane, . (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Emma Zielke of the Lions kicks during the Women’s AFL round three match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at South Pine Sports Complex on February 18, 2017 in Brisbane, . (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Emma King of the Magpies and Katie Lutkins of the Lions compete for the ball during the Women’s AFL round three match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at South Pine Sports Complex on February 18, 2017 in Brisbane, . (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Katie Lutkins of the Lions reaches for the ball during the Women’s AFL round three match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at South Pine Sports Complex on February 18, 2017 in Brisbane, . (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Magpies celebrate a goal during the Women’s AFL round three match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at South Pine Sports Complex on February 18, 2017 in Brisbane, . (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Moana Hope of the Magpies is tackled during the Women’s AFL round three match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at South Pine Sports Complex on February 18, 2017 in Brisbane, . (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Magpies and Lions compete for the ball during the Women’s AFL round three match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at South Pine Sports Complex on February 18, 2017 in Brisbane, . (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Jessica Cameron of the Magpies attempts a mark during the Women’s AFL round three match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at South Pine Sports Complex on February 18, 2017 in Brisbane, . (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

TweetFacebookMelbourne v Western Bulldogs, Whitten OvalMELBOURNE1.1 3.5 5.76.7 (43)WESTERN BULLDOGS1.3 1.3 3.44.5 (29)

Goals:Melbourne: A Mifsud 3 D Berry H Cordner M Hickey.Western Bulldogs:C Clarkson H Wildes J Gardner K McLeod.

Best: Melbourne:D. Pearce, K. Paxman, A. Mifsud, E. O’Dea, M. Hickey, S. ScottWestern Bulldogs: E. Kearney, E. Blackburn, K. McLeod, H. Scott, A. Gogos

Flag favourites two weeks ago after beating Fremantle at the same venue, the Western Bulldogs’ hopes of winning the first AFLW premiership are in tatters after they were beaten by Melbourne at the Whitten Oval on Saturday night. Having threatened to break the game open after a dominant second quarter in which they held the Bulldogs scoreless, the Demons withstood a stubborn resistance from the hosts, who kept pegging away in the second half. Melbourne never surrendered the lead after half-time though, and having climbed up off the canvas to beat Collingwood last week are now back in business following their 14-point win over the Dogs.

WHY MELBOURNE WON

The Bulldogs entered the clash without captain and forward Katie Brennan, who missed the match with an ankle injury after playing the first two games of the season despite discomfort. While that obviously help didn’t their cause, more of a concern was Melbourne’s ascendancy in the midfield battle. With skipper Daisy Pearce, Elise O’Dea and Karen Paxman all busy, Melbourne easily won the disposal, clearance and inside 50 count. Worries about the Dees’ forward line have also been allayed. Former basketballer Alyssa Mifsud was the star inside the arc, kicking three goals to help secure her side’s second win of the year. Emma Kearney was again excellent for the Bulldogs, while stand-in captain Ellie Blackburn was also prominent, but there were too few winners for Paul Groves’ side.

PLAY OF THE GAME

With scores level in the second term, Pearce gathered in heavy traffic in the right forward pocket. Despite pressure from Bulldog Aasta O’Connor, Pearce showed her poise to dish off a handball to teammate Deanna Berry, who snapped beautifully from a tight spot to kick the opening major of the term, capitalising on an empty goal square.

THE MOMENT

Saturday night’s match was the first of several double-headers involving both men’s pre-season games and AFLW games. It was fitting that these two clubs should be involved given their pioneering role in women’s football in recent years. The Demons made things even more special when their men – having only minutes earlier secured a narrow victory over the reigning premiers – again emerged from their change rooms and formed a guard of honour on the field for the Dees women. For a club starved of success in recent times, claiming a pair of away wins on the same day had to be savoured, even if it is only February.

WHAT THE RESULT MEANS

Consecutive home losses to Adelaide and Melbourne have the Bulldogs needing to win all five of their remaining games, and even then that mightn’t be enough to make the grand final. The Dogs are at home next week against winless Collingwood before a tough fortnight with away games against high-flying Carlton and the Brisbane Lions. After their surprise loss to the Lions in round one, Melbourne should have plenty of confidence when they return home to Casey Fields to face the Blues in what shapes as another important clash next Saturday.

GWS v Fremantle, Blacktown OvalGWS0.0 2.0 5.0 7.1 (43) d Fremantle1.3 3.5 5.5 6.7 (43)

Goals:GWS:McWilliams 2, Barclay, Brush, Nguyen, Schmidt, Walker. Fremantle:Sharp 3, Phillips, Barr, Donnellan.

Best:GWS:Tomkins, Swanson, Brush, Barclay, Farrugia, Tully.Fremantle:Filocamo, Sharp, Donnellan, Bentley, O’Sullivan

Injuries:GWS:Nil.Fremantle:Haynes (shoulder), Davidson (ankle)

Crowd:4000

The Giants and Fremantle Dockers played out the first AFL Women’s draw in a thriller at Blacktown, after a uniform clash forced GWS to leave the field at quarter-time and change into charcoal shorts.

Players from both sides slumped to the ground at Blacktown International Sportspark when the siren blasted with the scores at 43 points apiece after Aimee Schmidt had levelled things up for the home side with two minutes on the clock.

But the best game so far of the AFL Women’s competition had a bizarre twist in the first quarter when it emerged Fremantle had packed the wrong playing kit, meaning players from both sides looked almost identical from behind.

A Giants official was forced to make a mad dash to the club’s base at Homebush and pick up the alternative shorts given the Dockers had flown five hours to Sydney carrying the wrong colours.

The league informs each club of their uniform requirements during the week, and will investigate the incident on Monday to determine whether any action will be taken against Fremantle.

Neither Giants coach Tim Schmidt norhis Dockers counterpart Michelle Cowan believed the colour clash affected the game, and both were left to rue missed opportunities which could have given their respective teams a first win of the season.

“There were definitely some positives that came out of it and there were definitely some frustrating parts as well,” Schmidt said.

“Our first half was quite poor but to the girls’ credit, the second half they really responded to what we said at half-time.

“It’s a real learning exercise for the girls and we’ll look at the tape and go through a lot of stuff. It’s a valuable lesson.”

Cowan’s team, which had dominated to half-time, missed too many opportunities to put the game out of reach.

“Statistically we do pretty well, in contested possession we’re up by 15, our clearances we’re up by 12, tackles we’re up by 10, inside 50s we’re up by 14 –and you draw the game,” Cowan said.

“Footy’s about key moments and key opportunities. You’ve got to take those opportunities, the inside 50s 33 to 19, get your opportunities to score it’s pretty important to finish. Just key moments throughout the game and in that fourth quarter cost us.”

Fremantle lost two players to injury in the bruising encounter, Tiah Haynes forced off with a dislocated left shoulder after a crunching tackle by Jacinda Barclay before Cassie Davidson was helped from the ground late on with an ankle problem.

They jumped the Giants and led by nine at the first change with the home side still scoreless, but the change of shorts just about sparked them into life.

GWS kicked a couple in the second term but were lucky the margin was only 11 at the break with Fremantle peppering the goal, unsuccessfully for the most part.

The game exploded in the third quarter with Barclay kicking a crucial goal before her bullocking tackle on Haynes.

Renee Tomkins was immense in the back half for GWS while Ellie Brush imposed herself in the middle of the ground in a superb performance.

Both teams had their chances to win the game in the last quarter but had to settle for the draw.

Brisbane Lions v Collingwood, South Pine Sports ComplexBRISBANE LIONS 1.2 2.2 3.2 4.3 (27) dCOLLINGWOOD MAGPIES 0.0 0.4 2.4 3.5 (23)

Goals: Brisbane Lions:K McCarthy 2, E Zielke, S Frederick-Traub.Collingwood Magpies:J Cameron, S Chiocci, S D’Arcy

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