North Melbourne ends Western Bulldogs unbeaten run as Jasmie Garner returns for Kangaroos

North Melbourne jumped into the top 8, ending the Western Bulldogs’ unbeaten start to the AFLW season with a 15-point win at the packed Punt Road Oval.

Jasmine Garner (26 dismounts) shone in the Kangaroos’ 6.7 (43) to 4.4 (28) triumph.

She was wonderfully assisted by Jenna Bruton as the Kangaroos held the advantage over the Dogs’ vaunted on-ball brigade.

Katie Lynch and Isabella Grant’s intercept mark on defense was a feature for the Bulldogs, while 17-year-old Rylie Wilcox’s two goals kept their side in a game that was level for most of the afternoon.

The Kangaroos combined their strength in this competition with ferocious tackles to dictate the game early, firing the first shot through half-forward Isabella Eddy, who deftly found the goal in the first 90 seconds

The Hounds weathered the early storm and stabilized, taking the lead at quarter time when Rocky Cranston went into an open goal.

Powerful Irish Vikki Wall found a goal to start the second term, which was largely played on North’s terms.