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Match Report: Blue ribbon day for AFLW

AFLW Highlights: Carlton v Collingwood The Blues and Magpies clash in the Round 1 of AFLW action
Stephanie Chiocci led Collingwood onto the field in their first match in the AFLW competition.

A scintillating four-goal performance from Carlton marquee forward Darcy Vescio has powered her side to a 35-point win over Collingwood in the first match of the AFL Women's competition in front of a sellout crowd at Ikon Park on Friday night. 

The venue was officially declared a lockout midway through the first quarter, with up to 2000 patrons unable to get into the ground. It led AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan to venture outside Ikon Park to apologise to those people waiting.

The capacity crowd inside the ground was treated to a cracking contest, with the intensity – particularly early in the match – at a high standard on a stunning evening in Melbourne.

The Blues made the early running thanks to three first-half goals from Vescio and took a three-goal lead into half-time, before running away with a triumphant 7.4 (46) to 1.5 (11) victory.

Carlton midfielder Nat Exon led the way with her endeavour at the footy, while Brianna Davey (26 disposals and a goal) – another marquee Blue - rebounded strongly from defence and pushed forward to do damage on the scoreboard.

Magpies skipper Steph Chiocci (nine disposals) was among her side's best for much of the contest, until she was helped from the field following a nasty head knock in the final term.

Collingwood forward Sarah D'Arcy (14 touches) did her best to overcome the deficit with a strong second-half performance, but the Blues were far too classy across the ground and look like one of the teams to beat in the inaugural AFLW competition.

 

COLLINGWOOD        1.2    1.4    1.5    1.5  (11)
CARLTON                
 3.0    4.1    6.1    7.4  (46)

GOALS - Collingwood: Garner 
Carlton: Vescio 4, Arnell, Davey, Jakobsson

BEST - Collingwood: D'Arcy, Chiocci, Barden, White 
Carlton: Davey, Vescio, Exon, Jakobsson, Arnell, Keryk

INJURIES - Collingwood: Emma Grant (concussion), Stacey Livingstone (shoulder), Helen Roden (left leg), Steph Chiocci (concussion) 
Carlton: Natalie Plane (ankle), Nat Exon (corked thigh)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Annie Mirabile, Nathan Toner, Jack Spencer

Official crowd: 24,568 at Ikon Park, Carlton