Daisy Pearce dominates inaugural AFLW State of Origin

Lauren Arnell, Daisy Pearce and Moana Hope celebrate a Big V goal Photo: AAP

Lauren Arnell, Daisy Pearce and Moana Hope celebrate a Big V goal Photo: AAP

It was the Daisy Pearce show. The Victorian captain put on a master class in Saturday night's inaugural AFLW State of Origin match with 37 possessions to steer the Big V to a big victory in a best-on-ground performance.

Her efforts in the midfield were capitalised on by the Victorian forwards who kicked 17 goals to the Allies' two, to win the game by a whopping 97 points.

Presented with the best on ground award after the match, Pearce channelled the great Ted Whitten: "We stuck it right up 'em'".

What started off as an evenly contested match quickly opened up into a Victorian whitewash, with the skill and class of the Victorian midfielders outshining their opposition in front of a crowd of AFLW fans at Etihad Stadium.

The Allies had the upper hand in the first quarter, scoring the opening goal of the match. However, their forwards failed to capitalise on forward entries, scoring only the one goal for the quarter. 

On the other hand, Victoria's small forwards Ellie Blackburn and Jamie Lambert made the most of their opportunities resulting in their side going into the quarter-time break leading by seven points.

From the opening bounce of the second quarter it was clear the Victorians were looking to break away from their opponents. 

Pearce continued her dominance through the midfield, assisted closely by teammates Kara Donnellan and Karen Paxman. In an enormous team effort, the Victorians had six individual goalkickers, sending their team into the half-time break with a 39-point lead. 

Davey was pivotal down back, acting as an anchor and ensuring that any opportunities forward for the Allies were quickly combated.

It was clear that Allies coach Bec Goddard has asked her players to lift in the second half with her side coming out with greater intensity, led by Katie Brennan who had been moved into the midfield. But their solid start to the half was short-lived, with three of their key players going down with injuries.

Emma Zielke copped some friendly fire from a teammate who kneed her in the ribs, captain Chelsea Randall got a badly corked leg and Kirby Bentley went down with what seemed  a serious knee injury. The Victorians capitalised and took their lead out to 59 points, with Jamie Lambert and Garner continuing their dominance inside 50.

The misery continued in the final quarter, with the Victorians adding an extra six goals to their tally. 

Garner finished the game with five goals and Blackburn with three. The Allies remained goalless for the entire second half despite a number of forward entries.

BEST

Victoria: Pearce, Donnellan, Paxman, Garner, Davey

Allies: Jakobsson, Cramey, Antonio, Brennan

Phoebe McWilliams plays in the AFLW for GWS

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