COLLINGWOOD has registered four straight AFLW wins for the first time, underlining their premiership credentials with an impressive 20-point triumph over North Melbourne.
Gun midfield trio Brianna Davey, Brittany Bonnici and Jaimee Lambert were superb for the Magpies as they dominated the contest early at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night.
Their control in the engine room laid the platform for the 4.4 (28) to 0.8 (8) victory, which gave Collingwood a perfect 4-0 record this season.
Star forward Chloe Molloy was the only multiple goalkicker, finishing with two majors for the Pies in front of 2254 fans.
North Melbourne were left to lament a slow start and wasted opportunities in front of goal as they slipped to consecutive losses.
It was the first time the Kangaroos have been held goalless, resulting in their lowest-ever AFLW score.
Davey, Bonnici and Lambert combined for 28 disposals and five clearances in the first quarter alone as Collingwood seized the ascendancy in the opening stages.
They capitalised with goals through Aisling Sheridan and Molloy to take a 14-point lead into the first break.
Molloy showed her class and tenacity in laying a tackle, gathering the loose ball and snapping truly from 35m in a superb individual passage of play.
Jasmine Garner and Ash Riddell lifted around the ball to help give the Kangaroos some drive and Kaitlyn Ashmore starred in the back half.
But North Melbourne lacked killer instinct in attack.
Collingwood’s speed and superior ball movement was telling as they kept their opponents at arm’s length after quarter-time.
Co-captain Davey led from the front and finished with 31 disposals and seven clearances in an outstanding performance.
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COLLINGWOOD 2.2 3.2 3.4 4.4 (28)
NORTH MELBOURNE 0.0 0.3 0.5 0.8 (8)
Goals: Collingwood Magpies: C Molloy 2 A Sheridan J Membrey. North Melbourne Kangaroos:
Venue: Marvel Stadium.