An inspiring on-ball efficiency by Maddy Prespakis arrange Carlton to interrupt by means of for his or her first win of the AFLW season in opposition to St Kilda on Saturday afternoon.
Prespakis was unstoppable along with her ball-winning capacity to amass 24 possessions within the Blues’ 6.4 (40) to 2.4 (16) win in sunny situations at RSEA Park.
The Saints assigned Cat Phillips to a heavy tag on Prespakis within the second half, however the competitors’s 2020 finest and fairest winner emphasised why she received the very best particular person award.
Carlton’s capacity to kick targets from Alison Downie and Nicola Stevens into the wind within the third quarter was additionally pivotal to the breakthrough victory after one of many flag favourites began the season with two losses.
“We went again to the drafting board and labored on all the pieces and labored on our group sport. On the finish of the day, we simply began taking part in footy for the enjoyment,” Prespakis stated.
“We checked out it as group care, to get round one another and decide one another up. You cop a variety of negativity while you’re shedding and it isn’t enjoyable, however we caught collectively rather well.”
The Blues launched Elise O’Dea from a midfield unit to alternate in attacking and defensive roles with the wind and when kicking into it.
However they misplaced nothing from her absence across the centre bounce duels and stoppages as younger midfielders Grace Egan (24 possessions) and Abbie McKay (17) stepped as much as the duty.
O’Dea was a spare participant within the backline when the Saints kicked to the scoring finish within the first and third quarter. And the previous Melbourne chief was a useful assistant for Mua Laloifi within the enormous activity of containing harmful goalkicker Caitlin Greiser.
She completed with 21 disposals and tailored shortly to the function of a ahead, kicking Carlton’s opening main from a free within the first minute of the second quarter.
Greiser had underlined the issues she posed by goalling on the run along with her solely contact of the opening interval because the Saints attacked with the sturdy breeze at their backs.
Carlton hit again after a scoreless first time period, constructing on the ruck work of Breann Moody and the busy Prespakis across the packs.
It was no shock that Prespakis booted the Blues’ first purpose with a fast left foot shot from a stoppage within the second quarter. It was already her 13th possession within the sensible on-ball show.
St Kilda had particular person winners, like defender Rhiannon Watt preserving Blues ahead Tayla Harris goalless. However the Blues collective teamwork and stress was far superior.