Sarah Rowe scored a brilliant goal on her first AFLW appearance of the season as Collingwood eased past Geelong Cats at a sold-out Victoria Park.

Rowe missed last week's season-opening defeat of Carlton due to a shoulder problem but she returned in style on Saturday.

Geelong made a strong start before fading in the last two quarters as the Pies pulled away for a 6-9 (45) to 2-4 (16) victory. Rowe scored in the final quarter after being teed up by fellow Irishwoman Aishling Sheridan.

At Casey Fields, Dubliner Sinead Goldrick helped Melbourne Demons to a 7-2 (44) to 2-4 (16) win against Richmond.

After a tight first quarter the Demons began to take control, ultimately grinding down their spirited opponents to close out a comfortable success.

There's a busy schedule on Sunday as Cora Staunton's Greater Western Sydney come up against Ailish Considine's Adelaide Crows. 

Ailish Considine column: The show will go on against Sydney

Sunday fixtures

North Melbourne v St Kilda 
Brisbane Lions v Gold Coast Suns
Greater Western Sydney v Adelaide Crows
West Coast Eagles v Fremantle