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Adelaide captain Chelsea Randall has suffered an ankle injury following a massive 22-point loss to the Brisbane Lions in an AFLW blockbuster AFLW blockbuster at Carrara.
- Lions won 8.5 (53) to 4.7 (31) against the Crows
- Randall was kicked off the field in the final quarter.
- The Tigers won the Blues 6.8 (44) to 5.4 (34)
After being treated for a split lip after clashing with Sophie Conway in the second quarter of the Lions’ 8.5 (53) to 4.7 (31) win on Friday night, Randall closed late in the fourth term.
She had to ice her right ankle after landing awkwardly in a marking contest with Orla O’Dwyer.
When she was not in the hands of trainers, Randall (23 tackles, seven clears) was inspirational, while Ebony Marinoff (33 tackles) was generally prolific.
But the Lions – who established their win with a disastrous 4.1-to-nil second stint – were more contributors across the board.
Ally Anderson (22 tackles) was the main ball-winner, Kathy Swark (12 tackles) held the entire evening and Conway and Jesse Wardlaw (two goals each) kept the scoreboard ticking.
Crowe had strong first-period advantages in the inside 50s (14–6) and clearance (12–2), but led only three points in the first change, thanks largely to Brisbane’s desperate defence.
The spectators continued to dictate stoppages after quarter-time, but the Lions turned the tables badly in the Territory Battle to lead 22 points at the main break.
The Lions started their third stint in the 50s with 11 of the first 12 but were unable to find the big sticks this time.
Against the grain – less than a minute from three-quarter time – Randall pulled off the mark of a strong contest against de Heslop and Conway and scored a goal that smothered his side.
Conway’s second major within the opening 90 seconds of the fourth, followed by an injury to Randall ended the Crows’ challenge as the Lions jumped from strength to strength, confirming their status as flag favourites.
Tigers fight back to beat the blues
Courtney Wakefield starred with a career-high four goals as Richmond’s hot streak continued with a 10-point comeback win over Carlton.
The Tigers scored the first four goals and were left behind on 26 points before pulling themselves back into the competition, dominating 6.8 (44) to 5.4 (34) in a tight end at Princes Park.
Wakefield and midfield gun Monique Conti (30 disposes) were crucial for the Tigers, who are looking to finish in the top four after conceding six consecutive wins.
The Blues were squandering a huge missed opportunity, their top-eight hopes now in jeopardy with two rounds to play.
Former Blues Sarah Hosking (18 disposes, one goal) and Grace Egan (18 disposals) were both strong performers against their older side.
Mimi Hill was Carlton’s best with 20 disposals and a goal, with captain Karin Peterson (15 disposals, one goal) also leading in her 50th match.
The Blues stunned the visitors off a hot start, quickly dominating and registering the first 11 forward entries.
He took a 19-point lead in quarter-time.
But the Tigers slowly returned to the match, largely inspired by Conti’s work around the competition.
Three straight Wakefield goals put the Tigers in front for the first time in the middle of the third quarter, before the Blues got a steady through Kylie Schepper.
Wakefield put up the Tigers in the final quarter with a mark in goal square and captain Katie Brennan kicked the sealer with less than a minute on the clock.