Collingwood and Carlton have come together to pay tribute to former Greater Western Sydney star Jacinda Barclay before doing battle in the AFLW’s season opener.
The two clubs joined the officiating umpires in a circle in the middle of Ikon Park before the match for a minute’s silence to honour Barclay.
A former Australian baseball representative who turned her hand to AFLW, Barclay passed away last October at the age of 29.
She kicked 11 goals from 23 games across four seasons for the Giants and was described by her family after her death as a “shining comet that soared through this world casting her radiant light of love on all she met”.
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FIRST HALF: PREMIERSHIP HOPEFULS FIRE BLANKS
AFLW flag fancy Carlton has fallen flat in its season-opener, failing to register a single score in the first half against Collingwood.
On their home ground at Ikon Park, the Blues were shown up by the Magpies, who only hit the scoreboard themselves on the cusp of the main break.
In a fierce battle between the bitter rivals, neither team kicked a goal in the opening term — the Pies managing the only score, a behind.
However, Collingwood got going in the second quarter and dominated possession to set up a 4.2 (26) to 0.0 (0) halftime advantage.