Four rounds into the 2023 AFLW season and this latest series of matches saw Adelaide register its largest-ever AFLW score, North Melbourne's unbeaten Tasmanian run end, and St Kilda find its first victory of the season.
Here are Edge of the Crowd's Round 4 AFLW Best and Fairest votes.
Hawthorn (11) def. Melbourne (70)
3. Olivia Purcell (MEL)
2. Emily Bates (HAW)
1. Eden Zanker (MEL)
With Melbourne putting 70 points on the board in this win over Hawthorn, the club now becomes the outright leader to have scored 70+ points in an ALFW match (eight times). Olivia Purcell helped the Demons to the feat, collecting 29 disposals, 464 metres gained, five tackles, five score involvements - including a goal assist, and three rebounds.
Against tough opposition, Emily Bates was one of Hawthorn's best, tallying 21 disposals (13 contested), along with nine tackles, seven clearances, and four inside 50s. Eden Zanker kicked a career-high three goals from 14 disposals for the Demons as she also took eight marks (two contested), laid four tackles (three inside 50), and had eight score involvements.
GWS (37) def. by Adelaide (106)
3. Ebony Marinoff (ADEL)
2. Anne Hatchard (ADEL)
1. Alyce Parker (GWS)
In the nation's capital, Adelaide inflicted plenty of pain on GWS to record the club's biggest-ever AFLW score and the second-largest total in league history. Ebony Marinoff was instrumental in the monstrous win, gathering a career-high 40 disposals (gaining a new AFLW record 737 metres gained), along with 12 inside 50s, nine clearances, eight tackles, and nine score involvements - including a goal assist.
Anne Hatchard played a good game for the visitors, tallying 22 touches with six tackles, four clearances, having an impact in the attacking half too with nine score involvements - including a goal and two goal assists -, and three marks inside 50. Alyce Parker was the Giants' best, collecting 31 touches (21 contested) to go with 10 clearances and six score involvements, wayward in front of goal however, kicking two behinds.
Carlton (40) def. by Richmond (47)
3. Grace Egan (RICH)
2. Kate Dempsey (RICH)
1. Katie Brennan (RICH)
Richmond improved on its 2023 season with a fourth-quarter comeback victory over Carlton, with Grace Egan playing one of her finest matches in the yellow and black. Egan picked up 28 disposals (16 contested) at 71 per cent in a game where she also laid 10 tackles, seven clearances, and four score involvements.
Kate Dempsey had a career-best 26 touches (at 73 per cent and gaining 472 metres) on the weekend in a match where she also had seven inside 50s and six intercepts. The Tigers skipper had a good showing at Ikon Park, kicking two first-term goals from 18 disposals (at 72 per cent), while having six inside 50s, laying five tackles and taking four marks.
Port Adelaide (42) def. by Geelong (70)
3. Nina Morrison (GEEL)
2. Amy McDonald (GEEL)
1. Chloe Scheer (GEEL)
The Cats put away the Power at Alberton Oval, neve giving up the lead for the entire match where Nina Morrison starred for the victorious side. Morrison was everywhere on her way to gathering a game-high 32 touches along with five marks (two inside 50, two contested) and five score involvements - including a goal and two goal assists.
Amy McDonald had 30 touches on Saturday afternoon, working around the stoppages to have six clearances along with six tackles and five intercepts. Chloe Scheer improved her season goalkicking tally to double digits with a bag of four goals - one in each quarter - from eight disposals with three marks (all inside 50).
Sydney (34) def. West Coast (21)
3. Ally Morphett (SYD)
2. Laura Gardiner (SYD)
1. Chloe Molloy (SYD)
The first of Sunday's fixtures saw Sydney take care of West Coast, with Ally Morphett a big reason for the home side holding on. The ruck took care of things at Henson Park, tallying 34 hitouts in a monstrous performance that saw her collect 20 touches (18 contested) and 10 clearances along with five inside 50s and two rebounds.
Laura Gardiner worked her way to registering 19 disposals, with a constant pressure on her opponents signalled by laying 11 tackles along with three inside 50s. Chloe Molloy had 13 disposals but kicked two early goals to get the Swans off to a sizeable lead as she had five marks, four tackles (three inside 50), and four clearances.
North Melbourne (33) def. by Brisbane (35)
3. Jasmine Garner (NM)
2. Ash Riddell (NM)
1. Ally Anderson (BL)
Brisbane toppled the previously unbeaten North Melbourne, and in Tasmania too no less, with a tense final quarter comeback. While her team went down at the final siren, Jasmine Garner was again on fire for the Kangaroos, amassing 30 disposals - her third consecutive 30+ game - for 657 metres gained at 70 per cent to go with seven tackles, seven intercepts, six clearances, five inside 50s, and five score involvements - including a goal and a goal assist.
Ash Riddell was Garner's partner in crime through the midfield and finished the day with 31 touches, gaining 448 metres, to go along with six tackles, six clearances, four inside 50s, and three rebounds. Ally Anderson was the best of the Lions outfit on the day, collecting 28 touches with five tackles, five clearances, and four marks.
Essendon (50) def. Fremantle (30)
3. Bonnie Toogood (ESS)
2. Mim Strom (FRE)
1. Stephanie Wales (ESS)
Essendon continued its winning ways at Windy Hill to run out 20-point winners over Fremantle with a five-goal-to-two second half. Bonnie Toogood was the main player to wreck havoc on the game, collecting 21 disposals (13 contested), kicking two goals each at crucial times, while laying nine tackles (four inside 50), having five inside 50s and seven score involvements overall.
It's the two rucks for each respective team who round out the votes, with Fremantle's Mim Strom collecting 33 hitouts in a display that saw her have 11 disposals with six tackles and four clearances with seven intercepts and five one-percenters. Stephanie Wales picks up one vote for a 19-disposal, 14-hitout game that included six marks, six score involvements, and five clearances.
St Kilda (47) def. Collingwood (35)
3. Sabrina Frederick (COLL)
2. Brittany Bonicci (COLL)
1. Georgia Patrikios (STK)
Although her team lost by two goals, Sabrina Frederick had arguably her best game in the black and white. The Magpies' forward/ruck was everywhere, enjoying a day out through collecting 30 hitouts - a career-high - while also amassing 16 touches (11 contested) with five tackles, five clearances, and a goal - the first of the game.
Brittany Bonicci was at her best also despite the loss, gathering 22 touches of the footy (gaining 401 metres) to with 11 tackles and five clearances along with six inside 50s and seven intercepts. Georgia Patrikios did well for the Saints, using her 17 disposals well and placing pressure on the opposition with six intercepts, six clearances, five marks, a goal and a goal assist.
Gold Coast (48) def. Western Bulldogs (44)
3. Charlie Rowbottom (GCS)
2. Lucy Single (GCS)
1. Deanna Berry (WB)
Gold Coast held on for victory against a fast-finishing Western Bulldogs outfit with Charlie Rowbottom helping get her side over the line. Rowbottom had 28 disposals (13 contested) at 64 per cent along with eight tackles, seven clearances, and three inside 50s.
Lucy Single had 22 touches (gaining 414 metres) during the win with nine tackles and seven intercepts, working across all areas of the ground with four inside 50s and three rebounds. Bulldog Deanna Berry collected a career-high 21 disposals (gaining 518 metres), working through eight inside 50s, three rebounds, and three tackles inside 50 while kicking a fourth-quarter goal.