It was a historic weekend for Tasmanian football, with North Melbourne bringing AFL Women’s to the state for the club’s inaugural match.
With three Tasmanians taking to the field in the royal blue and white, a passionate 4727–strong home crowd buoyed the Tasmanian Kangaroos to a comprehensive 36-point victory over the Blues.
And while North Hobart Oval saw the Tasmanian trio of Brittany Gibson, Emma Humphries and Nicole Bresnehan impress, another Tasmanian in Jessica Wuetschner played a big role in the Lions’ win over the Giants.
Here is your Tasmanians in the AFLW wrap for round one, 2019.
North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos vs Carlton – North Hobart Oval, Sunday February 2
Emma Humphries – North Melbourne #6
The former Melbourne Demon had a solid showing in her first game as a Tasmanian Kangaroo.
Humphries became more involved in the second half, moving the ball forward to create chances, including one of her own that sprayed out of bounds.
It was a steady start to life at North Melbourne for the 24-year-old, finishing with seven disposals and four marks.
Nicole Bresnehan – North Melbourne #12
Nicole Bresnehan made her presence felt in her debut AFLW outing, coming off the bench to have a big impact in the opening term.
Laying a huge tackle to start before getting another three disposals in quick succession, Bresnehan calmed any nerves with a strong start to the contest.
A contributor throughout the contest, the 21-year-old finished with seven disposals, two marks and two tackles.
Brittany Gibson – North Melbourne #18
As a lifelong North Melbourne supporter and as a proud Tasmanian, this was a big day for the Kangaroos’ vice-captain.
Gibson, a former Brisbane Lion, played a key role for her new side with seven disposals, three tackles and two marks, largely as a defender.
However, Gibson did deliver one of the highlights of the match with a sensational running goal from 50 that put the icing on a very enjoyable cake for the North Melbourne Tasmania Kangaroos.
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— AFL Women's (@aflwomens) February 3, 2019
Brisbane Lions v GWS Giants – Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex, Sunday February 2
Jessica Wuetschner – Brisbane Lions #23
Wuetschner lived up to her reputation as a genuine x-factor in round one, kicking three crucial goals in a tense low-scoring affair against the Giants.
The 2018 All-Australian took advantage of her opportunities, and made the Giants pay dearly.
A clever snapped goal early in the second term drew the Lions level with the visitors, while two big goals in the third term proved pivotal in securing the Lions a thrilling two-point triumph.
ensured the Lions held a slim lead heading into the final term before eventually running out two-point winners.
With three of her side’s four majors on top of two tackles and nine disposals, Wuetschner had as big an influence on this contest as anyone.