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Loss used as driving force

AFLW: Key moments in Round 1 loss Review the biggest plays and turning points in Collingwood's round one AFL Women's loss to Carlton at IKON Park.

Collingwood coach Wayne Siekman says his side will use the pain of Friday’s close loss to Carlton to galvanise itself for the remainder of the AFL Women's season.

Speaking at his post-match media conference, Siekman conveyed the mood in the Collingwood rooms after their eight-point loss in the season opener.

“The girls are hurting,” he said.

“It’s a big competition now and they need to hurt and know what it feels like in this position and use that as a driving force next week when we get back on the track.”

Siekman says that while the balance of play was even between the two sides, ultimately a lack of composure at key moments cost the Pies.

“We felt we were winning the clearances and having good work around there and just wasn’t clean enough and missed a fraction of composure, that’s all it was,” he said.

“Everyone had the fumbles at times tonight.

“We could have had two open goals just before three quarter time and early in the last quarter we could have had another open goal.

“They’re easy goals that we just needed to take.”

Siekman praised the team’s overall defence, as Collingwood managed to restrict Carlton’s star-studded forward line to just three goals for the match. He notes this has been a focus area for the team from last season and that he is pleased with the improvement shown.

“It’s (defence) something we’ve really worked on,” he said.

“Early last year we were really poor in that area and let in a lot of easy goals.

Collingwood coach Wayne Siekman addresses his players during the three quarter time huddle.

“We’ve worked hard as a football club and team defence is going to be a strength of ours if we continue to improve in that area.

Collingwood’s back six included two teenaged debutants Chloe Molloy and Ilish Ross. Siekman singled out the two rookies for individual praise after the game.

“She’s a terrific talent,” he said of Molloy.

“We made the call about two weeks ago and said we’re going to send you down back, we want you to learn how to be a defender.

“We look more attacking when she’s down there.”

While Ross was less prolific than her teammate on the stat sheet, Siekman valued her defensive efforts.

“Ilish Ross, in her debut playing on Darcy Vescio, not many would have expected that,” Siekman said.

“I don’t think Darcy had too much of the ball.

“For a young girl like that to play on one of the best players in the competition and do that job, full credit to our recruiting team.”

Collingwood will have a chance to notch its first win of the season on Saturday evening against Fremantle in the second round of the AFL Women’s season at the new Perth Stadium.