Sport Western Bulldogs remain unbeaten after impressive win over Brisbane Lions

13:26  11 february  2018
13:26  11 february  2018 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

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BEST - Brisbane Lions : Bates, Anderson, Zielke, Wuetschner. Western Bulldogs : Lamb, Kearney, Bruton, Blackburn. You wouldn’t have known [ after the game] – standing in the huddle, it was all about the win ; everything she does is for the team.

Key forward Isabel Huntington injured as the Bulldogs run out 9-point winners over last year's AFLW grand finalists the Lions . — Brisbane Times (@brisbanetimes) February 11, 2018.

Hot pursuit: Western Bulldogs forward Isabel Huntington evades a tackle by Kate Lutkins of the Lions.© AAP Hot pursuit: Western Bulldogs forward Isabel Huntington evades a tackle by Kate Lutkins of the Lions.

The story of the first home game for the AFLW Brisbane Lions this season was written in the space of five minutes in the second quarter. After an enthusiastic but ineffective first term in which neither the Lions nor the Western Bulldogs registered a major, Isabel Huntington scored twice, both from strong marks in the goal square.

Two minutes after that, her right knee buckled under her and the tall forward was stretchered off. It was cruel: this was the exceptionally talented forward’s first competitive match since undergoing a knee reconstruction after an under-18s exhibition game in 2016.

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It didn’t slow the Bulldogs down, though, as they took control of the game. Hannah Scott scored with a wind-assisted shot out of heavy traffic and Jenna Bruton scrambled another moments later to give the Dogs a 23-point lead at half time, too much for the Lions to claw back after failing to convert their chances.

If points were awarded for enthusiasm, then you can hand them to the crowd that braved hot and humid conditions to flock to the ground at suburban Brendale, in Brisbane’s north. At least an easterly breeze took the edge off the heat, but it also made life doubly difficult for the players who had to run around in it.

In the first quarter, the Lions ran hard and had more of the play with the help of the wind, but sprayed their chances; the Dogs were a little cleaner and calmer, but couldn’t find a path to goal until they had the breeze at their own backs and Huntington broke the game open, before breaking down.

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THE BRISBANE Lions remain unbeaten in the NAB AFL Women's competition after notching a fiercely determined 13-point win over Fremantle on Sunday.

Western Bulldogs have overcome an injury to skipper Easton Wood to edge past Brisbane by 14 points and move into the AFL top eight. After enjoying a 28-point lead at Saturday's first break, the Bulldogs were 11 points down at three-quarter time but battled back to win 14.19 (103) to 13.11 (89)

The Lions gave themselves a sniff early in the third quarter when Jess Wuetschner curled in a shot from the boundary line, but while they held the Bulldogs scoreless for the term they only managed another behind for the quarter, leaving them with too much ground to make up in the last, even as the wind dropped.

For the Dogs, Kirsty Lamb and Emma Kearney were the prime ball-getters with 20 and 18 possessions respectively, while Emily Bates dominated for the Lions. But the Dogs were more composed when they had the ball, and better organised in defence when they didn’t.

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Brisbane Lions : McStay 3, Bewick 2, Christensen, Zorko, Green, Taylor, Robertson, Hanley. BEST Western Bulldogs : Stringer, Wallis, Murphy, Picken, M Boyd, T Boyd. Brisbane : Beams, Taylor, Martin, Christensen, Redden, Hanley.

The two teams traded a flurry of goals late in the last quarter with Alex Anderson and Wuetschner keeping the contest alive for the Lions, but a steady set shot by Aisling Utri was enough to close the game out for the Bulldogs. But it was a win tinged with sadness, and they’ll be praying the scans for Huntington are kinder than expected.

Crunch time: Bulldogs' Katie Brennan marks under pressure.© AAP Crunch time: Bulldogs' Katie Brennan marks under pressure. Western Bulldogs coach Paul Groves said after the match he was emotionally “exhausted” on behalf of Huntington. “We don’t know yet, clearly. We’ll wait for the scans, for a diagnosis,” he said, before making it obvious he feared the worst: “I just feel so much for her.

“But the character of her, the type of person she is, it’s just another little blip, for her. She will get back from it. I don’t think I’ve met a better person, the character that she is. You wouldn’t have known [after the game] – standing in the huddle, it was all about the win; everything she does is for the team.

“Ari [Bannister] did the same last week as well. She knew she’d hurt her knee pretty badly; she went in for her operation yesterday, so we’ve got two 18-year-olds who were going really well facing potentially long battles. But the plus is they’re not in community footy, they’re in the AFL system, and they’ll have the best surgeons.”

Lions coach Craig Starcevich said a 10-minute lapse in the second term, during which Huntington kicked two goals before her injury, cost his side the game. “And really, she’s the match winner, when you look at it, taking two contested marks,” he said. “They’d be hurting – they’ve got the win, but they’ve lost one of their guns.”

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