AFLW ScoreCentre: Carlton and Collingwood victorious in Saturday's AFLW clashes
Carlton has its AFLW season off and running after a hard-earned win against a gallant Geelong on Saturday.
The more-experienced Blues were pushed to the limit by the home side before winning by 14 points, 4.7 (31) to 2.5 (17) in a defence-dominated contest.
The second-round win provided Carlton midfield gun Maddy Prespakis with family bragging rights over younger sister Georgie, the Cats number 2 pick in last season's draft.
Both were valuable contributors to their teams, with Maddy raking up 29 possessions and Georgie working hard for her 15 disposals before being forced off under the blood rule after a knock to the face in the last quarter.
It was the first time two sisters have played against each other in an AFLW game.
The pair was involved in several midfield contests and Maddy gently chided Georgie over one of them.
"We both left Thursday morning to go to training and said good luck to each other. It's just the best," said Maddy.
"She tried to sell me a bit of candy (baulk), but didn't finish with a goal, so she has to work on that a bit."
Carlton captain Kerryn Harrington was brilliant with 23 possessions, marshalling the defence with able assistance from Gaby Pound to nullify Geelong's scoring opportunities.
Geelong skipper Meg McDonald held Blues sharpshooter and AFLW leading goalkicker Darcy Vescio scoreless, but the Blues found enough options to continually edge ahead in the dour battle.
Magpies outclass Saints
Midfielder Brittany Bonnici stepped up in the absence of Collingwood's co-captains, turning in a dominant best-afield performance to haul the Magpies to a 27-point victory over St Kilda.
The Magpies are without Brianna Davey (ACL) for the season, while Steph Chiocci (Achilles tendon) was a late withdrawal but Collingwood still proved too good to win 6.5 (41) to 2.2 (14).
Bonnici racked up 26 disposals, 11 contested possessions, six clearances and 10 tackles to inspire the Magpies as one of three stand-in co-captains alongside defenders Stacey Livingstone and Ruby Schleicher.
Gun midfielder Bonnici was well supported by Jaimee Lambert (25) disposals and Sarah Rowe (18), while Aisling Sheridan booted two goals and Sabrina Frederick proved a focal point up forward at Victoria Park.
While the Saints were kept goalless for the opening three quarters, Olivia Vesely (15 touches) was solid through the midfield, while Cat Phillips and Bianca Jakobsson had 20 and 17 disposals respectively.
Both teams were affected by COVID-19 related absences.
St Kilda was without coach Nick Dal Santo, with Paddy Hill deputising.
Collingwood star forward Chloe Molloy and St Kilda's Rhi Watt both missed out through the league's health and safety protocols.
The Magpies seized full control of the game by the first break.
Bonnici alone racked up seven disposals, three clearances and three tackles to help drive Collingwood to a 21-point lead at quarter-time, while the Magpies kept St Kilda scoreless.
The Saints were far more competitive in the second term but only added a point to their tally.
Collingwood extended their lead when Sabrina Frederick failed to make the distance from relatively close range but Aisling Sheridan crumbed with aplomb to extend the lead to 28.
Sheridan struck again on the run in the third term to all but put the game beyond doubt.
Mikala Cann's snap early in the fourth term, Collingwood's sixth goal on the bounce, gave them a match-high 39-point lead.
The Saints finally drew blood when Molly McDonald thumped a powerful left-footed effort home midway through the final term.
In the final minute, Jakobsson found Kate Shierlaw, who grabbed a big mark and converted to keep the scoreline respectable.
Collingwood is now two wins from two and top of the ladder, while the Saints are still searching for their first victory after losing to Richmond first-up.