THE Western Bulldogs have recorded consecutive AFLW victories for the first time since 2019, edging winless Geelong by 15 points.
In a low-scoring scrap at GMHBA Stadium, skipper Ellie Blackburn was again the shining light on Friday night as the Bulldogs pulled away late to win 3.6 (24) to 1.3 (9).
After producing one of the best individual quarters in AFLW history to drag her team across the line against Carlton last week, Blackburn delivered another consistent performance to rack up a second-straight best-on-ground.
The 25-year-old finished with 25 possessions and laid nine tackles as Nathan Burke’s charges move to a 2-1 record and into finals calculations.
Despite controlling most of the game, the Bulldogs only led by a solitary point at three-quarter-time with the Cats’ only major came late in the third term through crafty forward Phoebe McWilliams.
Outstanding final quarter goals to Rising Star nominee Jess Fitzgerald and Kirsten McLeod, which both came on the run, sealed the result.
The last time the Bulldogs won back-to-back matches was in the opening two rounds of the 2019 season.
It was a special debut off the bench for Isabella Grant, the daughter of Bulldogs legend Chris Grant.
Geelong have scored a total of just four goals across their first three games this season and equalled their score of nine points against North Melbourne in round one.
In the last football game in Victoria before the state goes into a five-day lockdown, 1124 fans watched on at Kardinia Park.
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WESTERN BULLDOGS 1.1 1.3 1.3 3.6 (24)
GEELONG 0.0 0.1 1.2 1.3 (9)
Goals: Western Bulldogs: I Huntington J Fitzgerald K McLeod. Geelong: P McWilliams.
Venue: GMHBA Stadium.
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