Cavan Gaelic footballer Aishling Sheridan kicked the first goal of the new AFLW campaign to help Collingwood to a win against Carlton  on Thursday.

After 10 months, the action finally returned Down Under, and with such a heavy Irish presence in the league it was perhaps no great surprise that a player from the Emerald Isle was to the fore on the opening day.

Carlton are one of the favourites to win the title outright this year but Collingwood came into this one off the back of an impressive pre-season, and they well and truly hit the ground running.

There were over 6,000 fans present at Ikon Park, where Collingwood stormed out of the blocks. 

The Magpies were without the injured Sarah Rowe but Sheridan got their first goal seven minutes into the second quarter - and that opened the floodgates.

Chloe Molloy (2) and Brianna Davey punished the Blues further to give their side a 4-2 (26) to 0-0 half-time lead.

Carlton woke up in the third quarter, scoring three goals without reply before Sheridan split the posts again to settle her team.

More Carlton pressure in the final quarter saw them get back to within six points but it was too little too late as Collingwood held out for a 5-3 (33) to 4-3 (27) success.