Contributed by: Tash Gunawardana Sunday, March 07 2021 @ 03:55 pm ACDT
After a tight opening half, Collingwood came out and stamped their authority on the match in the third quarter with four goals to run out 36-point winners over the Western Bulldogs at Victoria Park on Sunday afternoon.
A four-game winning streak came to an end for the Dogs, after the Pies swooped with seven second quarter goals.
With the win the Pies have now won six in a row, as they reclaimed their spot as ladder leaders with the 7.9 (51) to 2.3 (15) victory at their spiritual home.
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The Pies sent a message to the rest of the competition this afternoon that the premiership cup is there's for the taking after they steamrolled the Dogs in the second half.
The Dogs were left shellshocked and did not have any answers to stop the dominant performance from the Pies.
It was a real arm wrestle in the first half and then Collingwood came out in the third term with 18 inside 50s to one in the third.
Chloe Molloy added two goals in the outstanding third quarter from the Pies and debutant Abbi Moloney kicked her first goal in her career with her first kick (she finished with two goals).
What a third term it was from the premiership favourites the Pies.
They were cleaner, more organised and effective with the way they used the ball making the Dogs look second rate due their ability to spread the play well.
The young Dogs completely lost control of the match in the second half, because of the unrelenting pressure of the Pies and the Dogs defense were constantly kept on their toes.
Up until the third quarter, the Pies were unable to kick a goal scoring only seven behinds and the Dogs scored the only goal of the match in the second quarter.
It was a tight affair and it was hard to see it opening up so much in the third quarter, so much in the way it did.
But, credit to the Pies, they put on a premiership performance in the premiership quarter and showed why they remain the only undefeated side in the 2021 AFLW season.
Molloy finished with 12 disposals (69 percent efficiency) and two goals, while Brianna Davey was everywhere in the third quarter with 11 disposals and finishing with 28 disposals (68 percent efficiency), seven tackles and a goal.
Next week, the Pies will travel to play against the third-placed Lions on Sunday afternoon at Hickey Park in what will be the match of the round in round 7, while the Dogs will travel to Tasmania to play North Melbourne on Saturday twilight at North Hobart Oval to try keep their slim finals hopes alive.