News – AU – Crows hit suns as injuries rise in AFLW


Adelaide narrowly missed making AFLW history but stepped up its two endeavors with a 70-point demolition of Gold Coast at Norwood Oval on Saturday

The Crows won 137 (85) to 23 (15), the home team scored a point less than the Western Bulldogs benchmark, but their bigger concern came with a couple of injuries

Nikki Gore suffered a suspected broken left ankle in the first minute after an accidental collision with teammate Marijana Rajcic

Midfielder Hannah Button sat with her left arm in a sling and her shoulder frozen in the last quarter after injuring herself trying to attack Alison Drennan in the final moments of the third season
Gold Coast had its own injury concerns when reigning best and fairest winner Jamie Stanton was stretched from the arena five minutes into the competition after he injured his left ankle while attacking Anne Hatchard

Hatchard and Ebony Marinoff proved too tough in the middle while Danielle Ponter (four goals) and Erin Phillips (two) put the finishing touches on a clinical presentation

The sun’s printing and clearing work was admirable early on, but the crows’ defensive wall proved impenetrable Adelaide kept an opposing team goalless for the fourth straight week in the first quarter

Gold Coast picked up early in the second and stepped onto the board through Leah Kaslar before the crows tossing Phillips into the middle for a cameo shot the next five goals to keep the competition out of reach bring

The run was capped when Phillips scored the goal after attacking again He held Cheyenne Hammond back with one hand and marked

with the other

Kate Surman, who together with Alison Drennan and Lauren Ahrens had a real blast for the visitors, took aim just before halftime

But the suns had to wait until late in the fourth verse before worrying the scorers again as the crows dominated on both ends

Adelaide Football Club, Gold Coast Football Club

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