The eight teams of the AFLW scored a combined total of 283 points in the just completed round of play, so the only thing that was genuinely raised was the controversy sparked by a memo that contained advice on how to reduce congestion and increase scoring.
The Greater Western Sydney Giants put 48 points on the board in beating the Collingwood Magpies’ 35. The Pies 35 would have won every other game, save for the 40 – 18 win by the Brisbane Lions over the Carlton Blues.
The Adelaide Crows broke their duck with a 41 – 34 win over the Western Bulldogs and the Fremantle Dockers enjoyed a narrow 36 – 31 victory over the Melbourne Demons.
If there were flags for the individual rounds, the Giants’ 48 points would have been the winner and the spoon would have gone to the Blues for managing to put only 18 points on the board for their match with the Lions.
The game that provided the upset of the week was the Dockers’ victory over previously unbeaten Melbourne. It took a bit of luck, as the Fremantle side was shut out so far as scoring behinds was concerned, while Melbourne kicked seven. The difference was in the six-pointers, with Fremantle kicking six to the Dees’ four.
The results of round three, along with putting up three competitive matches, is that the race for the flag has opened up considerably. If the Demons had managed to remain unbeaten, they would have been a game up on the other sides.
Now, on the other hand, five of the competition’s eight sides have 2 – 1 records with a month of play remaining until the 2018 AFLW Grand Final. Those five are Brisbane, Melbourne, Western Bulldogs, Carlton and Fremantle.
The Lions have the best percentage, at 135.71 percent, compared to 133.33 percent for Melbourne and 131.82 percent for the Dogs.
Last year’s premiers, the Adelaide Crows, are quite a ways back at 69.42 percent, ahead of only Collingwood, but with four games remaining, the writing is not yet on the wall for the 2018 AFLW competition.