A suspected serious knee injury to Collingwood superstar Brianna Davey has soured a strong win over arch-rivals Carlton at Ikon Park on Sunday.
Davey went down late in the fourth term while attempting a change of direction to lay a tackle.
Collingwood's 19-point win was punctuated not only by Davey's injury, but three goals from 50m penalties thanks to some undisciplined acts from the Blues in the 6.8 (44) to 3.7 (25) result.
A vocal crowd of 3,511 watched on as Carlton got off to a strong start, snatching an early goal from a clever Lucy McEvoy rove off the pack, but after that Collingwood took control of the game.
Cleverly using the ball by foot, the Pies looked to attack through the corridor and provide their bolstered forward line with plenty of opportunity.
Jaimee Lambert and Sarah Rowe starred for the Pies, winning 22 and 21 disposals respectively, while pressure across the ground forced poor ball movement from the Blues.
Carlton often looked to long, high kicks inside 50, playing right into the hands of Stacey Livingstone, Ruby Schleicher and Lauren Butler who mopped up and rebounded all day.
Midfielder Grace Egan was also felled at the start of the second quarter, copping a knee to the back while courageously going back with the flight of the ball, and failed to return for the game.
An unfortunate blow
Collingwood had the game tied up with less than five minutes remaining when co-captain and competition best and fairest winner Brianna Davey planted her foot and fell to the ground. The star previously tore her ACL in 2018 when playing for the Blues and had a knowing look of devastation on her face immediately.
Carlton will be ruing lazy errors leading to three straight goals for the Pies off the back of 50m penalties. With one minute remaining in the first half, Darcy Vescio fell victim to the new stand rule, putting Ruby Schleicher in the goalsquare for the easiest of goals. Thirty seconds later, Elise O'Dea failed to return the ball on the full to ex-teammate Alison Downie, which saw Downie kick her 10th straight goal after the siren. O'Dea was again the culprit halfway through the third, with Aishling Sheridan guided to the goalsquare by the umpires.
The roar of the crowd
There might have been just over 3,000 fans in the house, but it certainly felt louder. With every crunching tackle, umpiring decision and goal kicked, the stands erupted. None more so than for each of Courtney Jones and Abbie McKay's first goals in the AFLW. Both kicked toward the Blues' cheer squad, the roar was deafening.
Carlton will travel north to take on the smarting Brisbane Lions who have their own raft of injury concerns, while Collingwood will host St Kilda at Victoria Park.
CARLTON 1.0 1.2 3.4 3.7 (25)
COLLINGWOOD 0.4 3.6 4.7 6.8 (44)
Carlton: McEvoy, Jones, McKay
Collingwood: Rowe, Schleicher, Downie, Sheridan, Alexander, Allen
Carlton: Prespakis, McKay, Moody, Harrington
Collingwood: Lambert, Schleicher, Allen, Rowe, Davey
Carlton: Egan (back)
Collingwood: Davey (knee)
Crowd: 3,511 at Ikon Park