AFLW Round 4 – North Melbourne v Gold Coast: Poetry in Motion

A report on the Kangaroos-Suns AFLW match, composed in Sapphic stanzas



Arden Street, the late summer sun shines warmly
Royal blue and white all around the bound’ry
Ladies run out to represent the Kangas


Gold Coast girls in Macca’s-ish red and yellow
Jamie Stanton back to her old home oval
Won one, drawn one, facing a sterner challenge
Down here in Melbourne


Sophie Abbatangelo gets the first one
Crumbs a contest easily in the goal square
Kicks it truly, celebrates with her teammates
Six points to zero


Gold Coast come back, making the most of chances
Opportunists Ernst and Kalinda Howarth
Quarter time they’ve taken a narrow lead, it’s
Thirteen to eight points


Kangas’ second quarter is where they win it
Trendy, Kingy, Bateman all hit the scoreboard
Daisy’s snap a beauty from in the pocket
Dominant quarter


Suns girls won’t go quietly, get two quick ones
Only three points difference now between them
Emma King though steadies from Kearney’s brilliant
Run down the left flank


Abba now defending commits a howler
Gives away a fifty, a gift to Ahrens
Less than one goal in it with ten to play still
Truly game on now


Ash Riddell, the midfielder pocket rocket
Ninety seconds left feeds it out to Kashy
Coolly hits up Bateman who’s streaming goalwards
Ices the sealer


Hearts to Hearts rings out all around the oval
Debutants receiving a sports drink shower
Arden Street debut bringing home the chocolates
Join in the Chorus



NORTH MELBOURNE    1.2   4.5   5.7   6.11 (47)
GOLD COAST                     2.1   2.2   4.3   5.4 (34)


North Melbourne: Bateman 2, Abbatangelo, Elisha King, Emma King, Trend.
Gold Coast: Howarth 2, Ahrens, Ernst, Surman.


North Melbourne: Garner, Kearney, Riddell, Gavalas, Gilroy, Bateman
Gold Coast: Stanton, Dunn, Bella, Pregelj, Howarth.


Our Best: Garner 3 (North Melbourne), Kearney 2 (North Melbourne), Bella 1 (Gold Coast).




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