Demons too strong for Brisbane

A classy Melbourne outfit was too strong for the Brisbane Lions in yesterdays AFL women’s exhibition match.

The Demons, made up of players from the Victorian Women’s Academy, ran out 71-point winners over the Lions, made up of players from the Queensland Women’s Academy.

While the endeavor of the Lions cannot be questioned, Melbourne had a bit more polish across most lines.

They were getting their hands on the footy first, and were a lot cleaner going forward.

Brisbane battled hard, but just couldn’t get the game on their terms early enough.

Megan Hunt and Sam Virgo were the standouts for Brisbane, both winning the one-on-one battle with their opponents.

Captain Emma Zielke was strong in the midfield, and Kate McCarthy used her pace to kick two nice goals.

Regardless of the result, it wan an historic occasion for the team.

It was the first time a Queensland women’s team has played on the MCG, and the first time a Queensland women’s team game has been televised, with all the action live on Fox Footy and streamed on the AFL website and app.

With the AFL celebrating Indigenous Round this week, it was fitting to see Brisbane’s three indigenous players, Shaleise Law, Delma Gisu, and Ally Anderson, all playing well.
MELBOURNE             6.4 8.5 10.7 14.7 (91)
BRISBANE LIONS     0.0 1.0 1.1 3.2 (20)

Melbourne: Cameron 6, Boyd 3, Eva, Foley, Kemp, D Pearce, L Pearce
Brisbane Lions: McCarthy 2, Law

Melbourne: Cameron, Blackburn, Hardiman, Hosking, Lockland, D Pearce, Boyd
Brisbane Lions: Hunt, Virgo, Zieke, Anderson

By Andrew Wiles

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