Nathan Burke, who played 323 games and won three Best and Fairest games at the Saints, will lead the Bulldogs for a second AFLW season – a disappointing 1-5 campaign in 2020

But his first outing in 2021 will be against St Be Kilda, who designed Alice Burke under the father-daughter rule last November. While Nathan watches in the driver’s box, Alice will make her debut with her father’s famous number 3 on her back

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Since the rain stayed away, both teams put on a brilliant display of AFLW Footy, scoring six hits in the first quarter

Alice’s Saints got off to the perfect start when All-Australian striker Caitlin Greiser scored the first goal of the game after Razor gave Ray Chamberlain a free kick and 50-yard penalty against the Bulldogs

Nathan’s Bulldogs hit back quickly, and Bonnie Toogood and Captain Ellie Blackburn responded with goals of their own

But as the game opened up, Kate Shierlaw and Georgia Patrikios benefited from exhilarating passages of play that gave the Saints the lead.But striker Isabel Huntington marked and took aim just before the quarter of an hour to give the dogs a three-point lead procure

The Bulldogs had territorial dominance at the start of their second term, with the first three falling within the 50s of the quarter.But the Saints have put the game back on their terms, forcing the ball forward, resulting in three direct goals for Tyanna Smith led Darcy Guttridge and Jacqui Vogt gave the Saints a handy 13-point lead at halftime

The third quarter was an arm wrestling, but the Bulldogs’ best players battled late. Ellie Blackburn lay her side on her back and had a mountain of runs while Huntington converted a set shot on the three-quarter siren to steal St. Reduce Kilda’s lead to eight points

In contrast to the last two AFLW seasons, there will be no conferences this year All 14 teams will be represented on a single ladder, and the top six clubs will qualify for a three-week final series

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