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Beeson shines

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The first weekend of AFLW 3.0 saw six VFLW premiership Hawks represent their respective clubs.

GWS Giant Rebecca Beeson headlined the cast from the brown and gold, notching a team-high 18 disposals at an impressive disposal efficiency of 78 per cent.

Unfortunately for Beeson, her inspired effort was not enough as the Giants fell two points short of Brisbane.

Beeson’s teammate Pepa Randall was quiet in the backline, registering two disposals but put in some solid defensive efforts for the Giants.

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Premiership teammates Mikala Cann and Julia Crockett-Grills faced off on Saturday night when they suited up for Collingwood and Geelong respectively.

Both Cann and Crockett-Grills relished the physical nature of their season opener as Cann laid seven tackles and Crocket-Grills four to go with her 12 disposals in the Cats’ one-point win. 

In her second season at the Western Bulldogs, Emma Mackie had her best game at the top level, gathering 12 disposals, four marks and two tackles – her previous highest possession tally was six.

Making her AFLW debut with Carlton, Jayde Van Dyk had four touches as her side fell to a far superior North Melbourne outfit by six goals.

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