Collingwood Magpies break opening round hoodoo with win over West Coast Eagles


“We’ll get scans tomorrow to see what’s going on, but hopefully it’s a bad corky and I’m being a bit soft,” Davey told Fox Footy after the game.

Under new coach Steve Symonds, the Magpies looked a more assured and cohesive group, scoring a crucial goal into the wind in the third term off the boot of midfielder Stephanie Chiocci, who was among her side’s most influential players.

Magpies star Chloe Molloy made an impressive return after missing last season with a foot injury, kicking her team’s first goal and spending time all over the ground, finishing with 10 possessions, four tackles and a goal.

Magpies utility Brittany Bonnici said her side felt some pressure to open the season with a win.

“I don’t think there is any hiding how proud us girls are to get the win in round one,” Bonnici said.

What the Magpies did well was collect themselves after some early errors and zero in on the most promising passages into the forward line on a day where the wind swirled and could be deceiving.

“We knew the first quarter, even the second quarter, the pressure was just on and it was heat, heat, heat,” Bonnici said.

Brianna Davey went down with a leg injury in the third quarter and didn’t return to the field.Credit:Getty Images

“We had the ability to adapt and we finally started to keep a collective of players from the year before so we understand each other, understand the way we play and communicate, which goes a long way.

“Having that team dynamic going forward was massive in those third and fourth quarters. We are starting to get that chemistry, which is nice.”

The Eagles put on a good showing for just their first game as the team begins life in AFLW.

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Eagles captain Emma Swanson said her side had much improvement to go and she was also happy to see Hooker kick the club’s first AFLW goal.

“It was a bit of a mongrel kick but she was happy to see it sail through and the girls got around her,” Swanson said.

“It’s something we will keep working on, there were a few looks at goal early in the opening quarter and something we want to capitalise on in the future.”

The Eagles lost Ashton Hill to a serious-looking knee injury in the first quarter and she will undergo scans to find the extend of her injury.

Former Australian Diamonds defender Sharni Layton gave the fans a highlight late in the last term when she sealed the Pies’ win with a mark and goal before celebrating with her arms out wide.

Bonnici was excited about the support the team could gain if they can string a few more wins together.

“That’s what you play footy for,” Bonnici said.

“If I wanted to play tennis or something where you need to be quiet during the game I would go and do it but we want our fans roaring and to see the girls putting a score on the board and everyone celebrating – that’s the fun of footy.”

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