Ailish Considine was part of an Adelaide Crows side that almost made AFLW history, but enhanced its top-two aspirations with a 70-point demolition of Gold Coast at Norwood Oval.
The Crows fell one point short of the Western Bulldogs' all-time scoring record in the 85-15 win, with Considine claiming a mark and nine disposals.
The victory however came at a cost. Defender Nikki Gore was taken to hospital for X-rays after suffering a suspected fractured left ankle in the opening minute following an accidental collision with team-mate Marijana Rajcic, while midfielder Hannah Button sat out the last quarter with her left arm in a sling and her shoulder iced after it popped out in the dying moments of the third term.
"Hopefully that's not too bad. That was a strong performance, but the injuries do sour it quite a bit," Adelaide coach Matthew Clarke said afterwards.
Tipperary's Orla O'Dwyer made five tackles as the Brisbane Lions overran Western Sydney by 38 points at Manuka Oval.
Cora Staunton was part of the Giants side that simply had no answers for a relentless Brisbane side that claimed six goals to enter the main break 41 points up.
Dakota Davidson and Isabel Dawes were to the fore in a 55-17 win that helped the Lions temporarily jump to the top of the standings, pending Collingwood’s match against the Bulldogs on Sunday.
Aileen Gilroy was on the North Melbourne Kangaroos side that proved far too strong for Richmond at the Swinburne Centre.
At half-time, it looked like the Kangaroos were going to waltz away with a record victory, and aside from a third-quarter Tiger burst, it was a game dominated by the royal blue and white, who ran out comfortable 67-32 winners.
Melbourne enjoyed an impressive 66-22 win over St Kilda to keep alive hopes of a top-six finish.
Consecutive losses for the Demons over the past two weeks saw them fall to seventh place on the AFLW ladder, but their victory at Casey Fields has kept their finals chances alive.
Dubliner Lauren Magee was in action for the Demons, with captain Daisy Pearce (13 disposals), Karen Paxman (24 touches), Eden Zanker (23 touches and eight marks) and Tyla Hanks (22 touches) the key performers.