Crows down Dogs to stay unbeaten in AFLW

Adelaide remain undefeated after upsetting the Western Bulldogs in Friday night’s AFL Women’s encounter.

A bumper crowd of 7669 fans poured into Whitten Oval, but the hard-edged visitors impressed to win an entertaining match 7.6 (48) to 2.11 (23).

Adelaide’s Ebony Marinoff earned a Rising Star nomination last week and put in another eye-catching display with 17 disposals and seven tackles.

Crows co-captain Erin Phillips, coming off an a first-up three-goal performance, played another starring role with 16 touches.

For the Bulldogs, Emma Kearney (23 disposals), Hannah Scott (19) and Ellie Blackburn (17) were important, but the Crows had a more-even contribution.

The Dogs were left to rue missed opportunities after opening the game strongly.

They peppered the goals early, but failed to capitalise, kicking a wasteful five behinds in the first term.

The Crows made them pay through Sarah Perkins, the full-forward’s goal sending her side into the first break with a three-point lead.

Dogs skipper Katie Brennan opened the scoring in the second quarter, but the visitors finished the half well to edge 11 points in front.

The third quarter followed a similar script to the first two, with the home side starting well only to lose ground in the face of a Crows counter-attack.

Adelaide led by just three points midway through the term, but rattled home with three goals to open up a match-winning 20-point lead at the last break.

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