Melbourne thrash Fremantle with record AFLW score to keep grand final hopes alive

AFLW Round 7: Melbourne v Fremantle Daisy Pearce of the Demons in action during the 2017 AFLW Round 7 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Fremantle Dockers.
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Emma Humphries of the Demons (left) celebrates with Brooke Patterson of the Demons.

Daisy Pearce of the Demons (centre) celebrates with Shelley Scott (left) and Laura Duryea of the Demons during the 2017 AFLW Round 7 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Fremantle Dockers.

Daisy Pearce of the Demons shakes hands with Ebony Antonio of the Dockers.

Alyssa Mifsud of the Demons is tackled by Stephanie Cain of the Dockers.

Shelley Scott of the Demons (left) celebrates with Daisy Pearce of the Demons.

Daisy Pearce of the Demons is tackled by Stacey Barr of the Dockers.

Gemma Houghton of the Dockers kicks the ball ahead of Brooke Patterson of the Demons.

Amy Lavell of the Dockers in action ahead of Jasmine Grierson of the Demons.

Richelle Cranston of the Demons in action.

Daisy Pearce of the Demons is tackled by Stacey Barr of the Dockers.

Melissa Hickey of the Demons is tackled.

Kirby Bentley of the Dockers in action.

Emma Humphries of the Demons celebrates a goal with Aliesha Newman (left) and Deanna Berry of the Demons.

Aliesha Newman of the Demons (left) celebrates a goal with Madeleine Boyd of the Demons.

Ainslie Kemp of the Demons is tackled by Tarnica Golisano of the Dockers.

Daisy Pearce of the Demons in action.

Ebony Antonio of the Dockers celebrates a goal.

TweetFacebookWhy Melbourne won the gameIt was a pretty clinical team performance. Sure, there were stand-out games from Pearce, Elise O’Dea and Lily Mithen, but the Demons had contributors across the board and across the four quarters. Richelle Cranston, Karen Paxman and Shelly Scott were others to shine.

With eight goals to their credit by half-time and just two majors from the visitors, the match was done and dusted. They were solid and organised in defence.

Melbourne took full advantage of their numerous entries in the forward 50 but most times they had set up their attacks from the defensive half. In contrast, Freoat times looked disorganised in attack.

The play of the gameIt was a wonderful team goal for the Demons at the 10-minute mark of the third quarter that ultimately gave them the highest score by any team this season.

Starting with Pearce in the back pocket, the Dees were nearly blemish-free as they carried the ball forward, eventually finishing in the hands of Paxman who slotted truly. At this point Melbourne had a deadly accurate 10.0 and the highest winning margin was also well within their sights.

Therewere many highlights but this coast-to-coast effort is one worth tracking down on the replay.

The moment that people will talk aboutIt’s a little unfair to single out a Fremantle lapse, but it did reflect the fortunes of the two teams on the day.

The Demons were dominating possession and the scoreboard midway through the second quarter when the Dockers made a rare foray forward. They desperately needed their third goal to somehow get back into the match.

Melbourne was penalised for a deliberate out of bounds, giving Freo’s Kirby Bentley a free kick deep in the left forward pocket. She did the right and creative thing by playing on but then tried too much. After evading her opponent, she should have snapped truly but instead dished off a handball. Opportunity missed.

What the win / loss means for the teamsIt was win number five for the Demons, including their fourth in their final five games, ensuring a positive finish to their regular season. Whether or not they somehow sneak into the season decider, they can look ahead with positivity to next year.

Fremantle’s season was already cooked, of course, but they finish with one win, five losses and one draw.