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Essendon VFLW Grit Shines Despite Defeat to Carlton



In a hard-fought battle against a formidable Carlton side, Essendon VFLW showed resilience despite succumbing to a 24-point loss at Windy Hill. Despite challenging weather conditions and facing off against a predominantly AFLW-listed Blues squad, the Dons displayed determination throughout the game, with glimpses of promise in the early stages.


Sarah Perkins provided a moment of brilliance with a long-range goal, offering a glimmer of hope for the Bombers just before halftime. However, the second half proved to be a test of endurance as the Dons grappled with a relentless contest dominated by contested ball situations, ultimately struggling to make a significant impact on the scoreboard.


Despite the defeat, standout performances emerged from Essendon’s ranks, with Maddison Ford showcasing exceptional defensive prowess with 22 disposals and nine marks, demonstrating composure in challenging conditions. Additionally, Ruby Mahony’s midfield presence was notable, tallying 23 possessions and 13 tackles, underscoring her resilience and determination on the field.


The loss sees Essendon slip to fifth on the ladder, but the upcoming fixture against ladder-leaders Williamstown presents an opportunity for redemption and a chance to assert their mettle once again. With their previous encounter resulting in a draw, the Dons will look to capitalize on their strengths and mount a formidable challenge against their formidable opponents at DSV Stadium next Saturday.


As the VFLW season progresses, Essendon remains steadfast in their pursuit of success, buoyed by the resilience and determination displayed in each match. Despite setbacks, the Bombers remain focused on their goals, driven by a collective desire to overcome challenges and emerge stronger with each outing on the field.

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