Defending a football premiership is no easy feat.
Just ask the AFLW version of the Adelaide Crows. Last year’s winner of the flag has played two games in the second season without a win, leaving them on the bottom rung, looking longingly up at the Victorian teams that have managed to be unbeaten at this early stage of the 2018 AFLW season.
The Carlton Blues, Western Bulldogs and Melbourne Demons have yet to lose, and all three carry percentages that would be the envy of any AFL club. Carlton’s is a video game-like 226.1 percent; the Dogs’ mark is 174.5 and the lady Dees are at 160.3.
Percentages can be misleading, particularly after just two games, but by contrast, the Crows are last courtesy of a 49.4 percentage that trails the next team up the ladder, the GWS Giants by almost 15 percentage points.
Hocking’s memo apparently failed to achieve the desired effect, however, as goal scoring was once again on the low end of the spectrum. Only Melbourne was able to crack 50, which they did by scoring 56 to the Crows’ 24 at Casey Fields.
Those 24 were a bonanza in comparison to the nine points the Giants put up against the Blues’ 30. The Giants kicked only one goal the entire game, so it might be time to craft another memo instructing the teams that defence is no longer permitted.
The AFLW is at least drawing some spectators, and it would seem that free admission is largely responsible. The only watchers who had to pay to get in for round two were those who wanted to get a glimpse of the newly built Optus Stadium in Perth, were almost 42,000 souls turned out to watch the Dockers beat the Collingwood Magpies 40 – 27.
The crowd at the Fremantle game would have to be considered something of an anomaly, but the Blues drew almost 20,000 to their home ground at Ikon Park.