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Snapshot for Round 9 of the AFLW season

A look at round nine of the AFLW season, including the Western Bulldogs' first win of the AFLW season and the fight for the $1 million McClelland Trophy prize.

Crows celebrate victory during the AFLW Round 9 match between the Adelaide Crows and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Norwood Oval in Adelaide, Sunday, October 29, 2023. Image AAP

THEY SAID IT: "It's been such a disappointing season for us - there's no sugarcoating that by any means, so to finally get a win, it's so special to us. Now we get to walk off the field and I get to see my teammates happy and that's all I care about right now, to see the raw emotion in those girls and how happy they are" - Ellie Blackburn held back tears after leading her side to their first win of what has been a horror season for the Western Bulldogs.

PLAYER OF THE ROUND: Pick your Prespakis. Older sister Maddy engineered the Bombers' 32-point win over Carlton to seal a maiden AFLW finals berth. Prespakis racked up 27 disposals, seven clearances, 17 contested possessions against her former club. Then, later on Saturday night, younger sister Georgie starred against Richmond with 27 disposals, nine clearances and a goal.

THE MOMENT: Geelong forward Chloe Scheer took a mark of the year contender when she flew above Richmond's Beth Lynch to take a spectacular grab. Scheer won the award last year and now has a shot of defending her crown.

TALKING POINT: The fate of the McClelland Trophy and its accompanying $1 million prize money was a big talking point all weekend. The club with the most combined points across this season's AFL and AFLW competitions will receive the title plus $1 million, shared between the club and their players. Melbourne all but claimed the prize with a win over Fremantle, almost secured it when the Brisbane Lions lost to St Kilda, then claimed it in full when Collingwood were stunned by Sydney.

STATS THAT MATTER: Ally Anderson, Ebony Marinoff and Emily Bates became the first players in the league to reach the 75-games milestone. All premiership players, the three have yet to miss a game in the competition.

TRIBUNAL WATCH: Geelong forward Jacqueline Parry could be in trouble for grabbing the jumper of Eilish Sheerin and dangerously slinging her to the ground. Luckily for Parry, Sheerin wasn't hurt in the incident, meaning she may just escape with a fine if the tackle is deemed to have crossed the limits.

INJURIES: E. Barwick (GC, concussion), I. Pritchard (WB, knee), H. Woodley (WB, ankle), J. Lambert (Saints, ribs), J. Flynn (Fremantle, back)

WHAT'S NEXT: Reeling from a disappointing loss to St Kilda, Brisbane go head-to-head with Melbourne for the first time since their upset grand final loss last year. Meanwhile, fellow flag contenders North Melbourne and Adelaide have an easy cruise to the end of the home-and-away season, playing strugglers Western Bulldogs and West Coast respectively. Sydney have a must-win clash against Fremantle to seal their first finals appearance, with St Kilda and Collingwood still in the mix for a top eight spot.


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