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AFLW Round 2 Rewind: Injuries continue to detract from the footy

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The case for and against AFLW doubleheaders with men's finals (2:02)

Sarah Burt and Marissa Lordanic debate whether scheduling AFLW matches before men's matches is worthwhile given the high ticket prices, poor scheduling and other factors. (2:02)

Each Monday, Sarah Burt will bring you the moments which mattered from each round of the AFLW season, whether it's a clutch kick for goal, a coaching masterpiece, a quirky stat, or an incredible story.


Thoughts with Brit Gutknecht after horror leg injury

Play was stopped for 30 minutes in the second quarter during Saturday's clash between Port Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs after Bulldogs utility Brit Gutknecht suffered a dual right leg snap under Port's Abbey Dowrick.

The 21-year-old suffered a broken tibia and fibula and underwent surgery on Sunday.

In distressing scenes, Bulldogs coach Nathan Burke was seen comforting clearly distressed players as Gutknecht's parents came on field to comfort her.

It won't be much consolation to any Bulldogs fan -- of fan of footy, for that matter -- but the Dogs ended up winning the first AFLW clash at Alberton Oval 3.10 (28) to 1.3 (9).

Disproportionate number of knee injuries continue to marr AFLW

In addition to Gutknecht's horror leg break, the injuries kept coming, in what is sadly becoming a weekly occurrence in the AFLW competion.

Hawthorn's Tamara Luke went down with a knee injury in the first ten seconds of the Hawks' clash against St Kilda on Sunday, and not long after, teammate Louise Stephenson also left the field with a left ankle injury. Though Stephenson returned briefly in the second quarter, the key defender was pulled from the game at halftime and later seen in a moonboot and crutches.

Out of the same clash, St Kilda will also be sweating on scan results; star Jayde Van Dyk had to leave the ground after in incident which left her clutching her knee.

Fingers crossed for good news, but as we've come to expect in AFLW's short history, knee injuries are never a good sign.

Blues bounce back against rivals Essendon

Carlton star Darcy Vescio was back in career best form on Sunday, booting three goals to help defeat Essendon by one point.

The Bombers had a resurgent final term, having been 21 points behind at the last change, and managed to kick the only three goals of the final quarter, but it was Blues star Vescio's efforts earlier in the match proved the difference in the first time the two clubs had met at AFLW level.

Interestingly after keeping Hawthorn scoreless in the final quarter last week and scoring three majors for themselves, a strong pattern is emerging for the Bombers, who posted 3.2 (20) in both of the final quarters so far in season seven. That's something the West Coast Eagles will need to be cognisant of this coming week.

Demons win their second in a row ... just

Melbourne survived a big scare at the MCG at the hands of the Kangaroos, a match-up that has never seen a margin higher than 10 points.

In her 25th game, Alyssa Bannan proved to be the difference for the Demons. With her team down by four points late in the match, she snapped for goal to put them ahead at the final siren.

Interestingly, Bannan finished the game on just 6 disposals, two handballs and three tackles - proving that when she does get the ball she will really make it count.

Lions roar to prove they're contenders for this year's flag

After a somewhat slow start, Brisbane annihilated GWS on Sunday, kicking 10 of the last 11 goals to beat the Giants by 47 points, just a week after smashing Fremantle by 49 points.

Down by two goals after 10 minutes, the Lions wrangled 35 unanswered points, with last year's best and fairest winner Emily Bates starring in the second term with 14 disposals and four inside 50s by the main break, as well as booting two goals in the third.

With by fare the most points scored through two rounds (147 points for - St Kilda is second with 119) and a percentage of 304%, the Lions are looking like they'll once again feature late in finals action.