Carlton has held on against a fast-finishing Richmond to record back-to-back wins in the AFLW.
- Darcy Vescio led the way for Carlton, with a game-high three goals
- The Tigers led by 22-points in the second quarter, but were trailing by half-time
- The victory is Carlton’s second this year, while Richmond remain winless
The Blues had to repel an onslaught of pressure late in the fourth quarter to win by five-points 8.3 (51) to 7.4 (46) at Princes Park on Saturday afternoon.
Forward Darcy Vescio led the way on the scoreboard for Carlton with three of the team’s eight goals.
Carlton’s Jess Hoskings and her identical twin sister, Richmond’s Sarah, were the focus of the Round 4 clash.
The twins were standouts on both sides, with the pair collecting 16 and 13 disposals respectively.
It was all Richmond at the start, with the Tigers kicking the first four goals of the game.
A 22-point lead early in the second quarter was as good as it got for the Tigers, who had their lead evaporated by half-time.
The Blues kicked four straight goals in the second quarter to take a one-point lead into half time.
They then kicked on in the third, scoring three goals to one to take a 12-point lead into the final term.
Carlton ruck Breann Moody dominated the stoppages, with 21 hit-outs in the win.
The Tigers came home strong in the final term, getting within two points with eight minutes to play.
But a run down the right-wing by midfielder Georgia Gee led to a pinpoint kick to the top of the square which was marked by Nicola Stevens.
Stevens’s goal pushed the Blues to what ultimately was an insurmountable lead.
Late flurries from the Tigers only produced three behinds to finish the match.
The win gives the Blues two wins and two losses for the year, while Richmond remain winless.