Cats forward woes exposed by Lions
SOMETIMES too much can be read into stats, not on Sunday at GMHBA Stadium.
The reason Brisbane remain undefeated can be found by a scan of the numbers which for the second week in a row was painful reading for Geelong.
After losing the inside-50 count 13-48 last week against Fremantle, the Cats could only manage one more compared to the Lions 39 entries.
And when the home team did go in there they failed to take a grab with Brisbane leading the inside 50 marks 8-0.
So there's little wonder the scoreboard at the end had the Lions running out comfortable 19-point winners - 6.3. (39) to 3.2 (20).
"We just really struggled to connect with the ball from forward to midfield, we just weren't able to retain possession in the front half of the ground," Cats coach Paul Hood lamented afterwards.
"We will review the game and have a really good look at whether it's personnel or our effort and method."
That was before Lions star Emily Bates (22 possessions) and Sophie Conway (15 disposals and eight tackles) took over and fed exciting young forward Jesse Wardlaw who was the star of the show, kicking three goals.
CELEBRATION OF THE YEAR
Brisbane's Dakota Davidson has put in an early nomination for goal of the year.
But it was the celebration after her third-quarter effort which almost stole the show.
Davidson ran onto the loose ball 40m out, sold candy to a Geelong opponent and brilliantly nailed the kick around her body.
She then took off Ronaldo-style with her arms outstretched as her excited teammates tried to catch up with her.
It was Davidson's first goal of her career with the 21-year-old drafted last year from the University of Queensland.
"She's got a lot of spirit, from day one she has made an impact as she's got a bit of personality," Brisbane coach Craig Starcevich said.
The Geelong faithful are used to coming to GMNBA Stadium and hanging off every move of their two midfield stars.
Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield have fulfilled that role for the past few years but there is a new one-two punch at the Cattery.
Teenagers Olivia Purcell and Nina Morrison were dominant in the first half, combining for 20 touches as the Cats took a five-point lead into the main break.
For Morrison, the 2018 No. 1 draft pick who only played one game last year because of a serious knee injury, it was an exciting reminder of her class.
She started in the middle of the ground and finished with 18 possessions while Purcell, who had a game-high 27 touches last week against Fremantle, had 16 disposals after being subdued in the second half.
DAUGHTER NOT LIKE FATHER
Millie Brown lined up at fullback in just her second game and was quickly being lauded for having more defensive skills than her father Paul, a talented half-forward for the Cats throughout the 1990s.
"Millie Brown officially has more spoils in her AFLW career than her old man did in his career," one observer remarked.
The Cats father-daughter recruit showed poise beyond her years as she stepped up in the absent of the injured Meghan McDonald, collected 18 possessions in an enthralling battle with Wardlaw.
3 - Emily Bates (Brisbane)
2 - Jesse Wardlaw (Brisbane)
1 - Nina Morrison (Geelong)