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Pies help Victoria to AFLW victory

AFL Media  September 3, 2017 7:00 PM

AFLW: Lovely dribbler from Lambert Jaimee Lambert pounces for a brilliant goal

Five of Collingwood's AFLW stars helped propel Victoria to a 97-point win over the Allies in Saturday night's State of Origin.

Captain Steph Chiocci, forwards Sarah D'Arcy, Jasmine Garner and Moana Hope and new recruit Jaimee Lambert wore the Big V in the exhibition match that drew 10,000 people to Etihad Stadium.

How the Magpies performed
Victoria
Steph Chiocci
8 kicks, 5 marks, 12 handballs, 20 disposals, 1 tackle

Sarah D'Arcy
6 kicks, 2 marks, 4 handballs, 10 disposals, 3 tackles, 1 goal

Jasmine Garner
9 kicks, 5 marks, 8 handballs, 17 disposals, 2 tackles, 5 goals

Moana Hope
7 kicks, 5 marks, 3 handballs, 10 disposals, 0 tackles, 1 goal

Jaimee Lambert
11 kicks, 5 marks, 6 tackles, 17 disposals, 4 tackles, 1 goal, 2 behinds

The Allies
Emma King
7 kicks, 2 marks, 2 handballs, 9 disposals, 2 tackles, 40 hitouts

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Collingwood ruck Emma King soars.

Garner's big night out
The Collingwood forward is touted as being one of the best marks in the game, but it was her goal-kicking prowess that set her apart. The 23-year-old, who has been in red-hot form in the VFLW, finished with five goals. Her mobility was particularly noticeable, with repeat efforts and leads to the right spots. Garner looks to have improved her fitness since the AFLW season, and is one to watch next year.

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Jasmine Garner celebrates one of her five goals.

A young forward on the rise
Sarah D'Arcy had an excellent night for the Vics, working well with her fellow forwards and swapping between full-forward and higher up the ground. She was clean with the ball and set up teammates well. Her shining moment came in the second quarter, when she timed her run to the goal-square perfectly, tapped the ball to herself and kicked a banana goal from an acute angle.

Story of the night
Victoria put on an exhibition at Etihad Stadium, thumping the Allies by 97 points in the inaugural AFL Women's State of Origin clash on Saturday night.

The Vics were hungry from the outset, and a six-goal second term set up the massive 0.17.11 (113) to 0.2.4 (16) win.

Daisy Pearce led from the front for the victors with a remarkable 37-possession game, easily the most on the ground.

Victoria's mobile forward line worried the Allies defence all night. With the A-grade midfield reading the taps of Allies ruck Emma King to perfection, the Vics had first use of the ball and continually got the ball as deep as possible. 

The Allies had stacked their forward line with talls – Tayla Harris, who was hampered with a proppy left knee, Sabrina Frederick-Traub and Katie Brennan – but struggled to deliver the ball effectively to give them a chance. 

Victoria's sheer number of midfielders meant Ellie Blackburn (24 disposals, three goals) and Jaimee Lambert (17 and one) played forward to great effect.

Mo Hope may have been the highlight of last year's exhibition match, but fellow Collingwood forward Jasmine Garner stole the show on this occasion with five goals.

It was a dirty night for the Allies, who lost Emma Zielke (ribs), Chelsea Randall (corked quad) and Kirby Bentley (knee) to injury. 

Emily Bates battled hard in the middle for the Allies, while King, Brennan and Ebony Antonio were in the best. 

The Vics had stars all over the park, but Pearce, Brianna Davey and Garner were particular standouts.

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The victorious Victorians.

VICTORIA    0.2.2    0.8.5   0.11.7    0.17.11 (113)
ALLIES         0.1.1    0.2.2    0.2.2     0.2.4 (16)

Supergoals: Nil

GOALS
Victoria: Garner 5, Blackburn 3, Ashmore 2, Eva, Lambert, Paxman, Kearney, Pearce, D'Arcy, Hope
Allies: Harris, Wuetschner

BEST
Victoria: Pearce, Paxman, Donnellan, Garner, Eva, Kearney, Blackburn
Allies: King, Bates, Antonio, Brennan, Marinoff

INJURIES
Victoria: Lambert (hip)
Allies: Harris (knee), Zielke (ribs), Randall (thigh), Bentley (knee)

Umpires: Tom Bryce (SA) Ben Cheever (Vic) Martin Rodger (Vic)

Crowd: 10,000 (approx) at Etihad Stadium