Carlton’s superior options up forward set up a comfortable 21-point win against a dogged St Kilda at Ikon Park on Saturday night.
The Blues had several contributors on the scoresheet in the 8.2 (50) to 4.5 (29) victory that extends last season’s runners-up to 4-1 in the AFLW competition.
While the midfield battles were generally halved, with Maddy Prespakis busy for the Blues and Georgia Patrikios equally tireless for the Saints, it was that variety inside the forward 50 by the home team that applied the scoreboard pressure after a high-scoring opening quarter.
Both teams possessed dangerous targets deep in their forward 50 zones. Carlton had the strong-marking Tayla Harris lurking at every forward entry and St Kilda players instinctively sought out Caitlin Greiser, one of the longest kicks in the competition.