Round 3 Sunday 11 September

Ikon Park
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    It's a draw! Blues, Power all square after Sunday thriller

    CARLTON and Port Adelaide have played out the first draw of the AFLW season after a shot on goal from Blues first-gamer Lily Goss fell short as the final siren sounded.

    The Blues trailed by 13 points at half-time and threatened to run over the top of their less experienced opponents at Ikon Park on Sunday.

    They kept the Power scoreless in the final term and Goss won a free kick for high contact from Kate Surman with just seconds left, giving her the chance to win the game.

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    She took her kick from just inside the 50-metre arc as the siren sounded, but it did not make the distance.

    The teams finished locked on 4.3 (27) apiece in a result that denied expansion side Port Adelaide its first win in the national competition.

    Last Two Minutes: Blues-Power goes down to the wire

    03:34 Sep 11. 2022. 1:57 PM

    With the scores level and the siren about to sound, a thriller at Ikon Park came down to the final kick of the game

    It came after the Power suffered losses to West Coast and the Western Bulldogs in the opening two rounds of their debut season.

    "It's a very odd feeling when you do draw," Power captain Erin Phillips told Fox Footy.

    "I'm really proud of our group and we seem to keep building each week.

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    05:41 Sep 11. 2022. 2:08 PM

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    "In the two previous games, our momentum was getting there and our game was getting there.

    "It's disappointing we couldn't get over the line but it's definitely progress."

    O'Dea starts off 50th game in perfect style

    00:29 Sep 11. 2022. 12:27 PM

    Elise O'Dea calmly slots this set shot to give her side the first major in her 50th AFLW game

    Carlton had three players celebrating their 50-game milestones, Elise O'Dea, Jessica Dal Pos and Breann Moody, who all kicked goals.

    O'Dea gave them the perfect start with one of two Blues majors in the first quarter, but Port Adelaide hit back with a stunning surge in the second term.

    Jade De Melo kicked two goals as the Power piled on four in quick succession to hit the front before half-time.

    Port surge continues as De Melo joins the party

    00:38 Sep 11. 2022. 12:55 PM

    Jade De Melo levels scores with this skillful finish continuing her side's recent momentum swing

    Moody and Dal Pos kicked the only two goals of the second half to get Carlton within two points early in the final term.

    Darcy Vescio and Vaomua Laloifi both had chances to put the Blues in front but scored behinds that were only enough to level the scores.

    Captain Kerryn Peterson (21 disposals), Mimi Hill (19) and Abbie McKay (26) were among Carlton's best.

    Impressive 18-year-old midfielder Hannah Ewings (21 disposals) was outstanding for the Power, who were also well served by Angela Foley (14), Abbey Dowrick (14) and Phillips (13).

    The draw was Carlton's first since the inaugural AFLW season in 2017.

    Blues continue hot start through Harrington's runner

    00:34 Sep 11. 2022. 12:31 PM

    Kerryn Harrington nails this brilliant running goal late in the opening term to add to her side's dominant start

    CARLTON               2.1    2.1    3.1    4.3 (27)
    PORT ADELAIDE    0.1    4.2    4.3    4.3 (27)

    Carlton: Dal Pos, Moody, O'Dea, Peterson
    Port Adelaide: De Melo 2, Levicki, Moloney

    Carlton: McKay, Peterson, Hill, Moody
    Port Adelaide: Ewings, De Melo, Moloney, Dowrick, Dunn

    Carlton: Nil
    Port Adelaide: Nil

    Levicki snaps home Port's first

    00:55 Sep 11. 2022. 12:44 PM

    Olivia Levicki puts through her side's first major of the afternoon with this brilliant snap early in the second term

    What's next?

    Port Adelaide's pursuit of their first ever AFLW win goes on, and it might not get a better chance to break the drought than at home next Saturday against fellow expansion club Sydney, who is also without a win so far in their inaugural season. The Blues next face a trip west to Perth where they will take on the Dockers at Fremantle Oval.

    Say what?

    Carlton coach Daniel Harford
    "I'm really pleased with how we responded in the second half. We were comprehensively outplayed in that second quarter, out-hunted and outworked. But to be able to rally and rebound from that and get to a point where we could win the game was really pleasing, because that second quarter looked pretty disastrous in many respects."

    Port Adelaide coach Lauren Arnell
    "It's another frustrating result, however, we just keep on taking so much from every game that we play. We're generating more and more belief in what we're capable of, and there's massive growth in that. There's a little bit of pride there and then there's that frustration of you create another opportunity to win a game that's not quite there. We'll stick together and keep working towards that first win."

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