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AFLW: Thompson spurs comeback

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 10: Stevie-Lee Thompson of the Crows kicks the ball during the 2019 NAB AFLW Round 02 match between the Carlton Blues and the Adelaide Crows at Ikon Park on February 10, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 10: Stevie-Lee Thompson of the Crows kicks the ball during the 2019 NAB AFLW Round 02 match between the Carlton Blues and the Adelaide Crows at Ikon Park on February 10, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)

Stevie-Lee Thompson is just the third Crow to kick four goals in AFLW history, her haul inspiring her side to a stirring 13-point comeback victory over Carlton on Sunday.

She joined Sarah Perkins and Erin Phillips who have both notched four-goal hauls in the past.

The 26-year-old speedster had 17 disposals, 11 kicks, six inside 50s as the Crows booted six of the final seven goals.

Young Crow Eloise Jones had a clinical outing with two goals from just eight disposals.

Adelaide played patient footy with a round-high 140 uncontested possessions against the Blues, with Thompson recording a game-high 12 uncontested possessions.

Anne Hatchard, Jess Foley and Courtney Cramey collected 11 uncontested possessions each, helping turn the tide against a 17-point deficit in the third term.

Hatchard was at the centre of the action throughout the afternoon, with a game-high 22 disposals, the fifth highest tally for the AFLW in Round Two.

Not far behind her was Phillips with 21 touches.

The duo had 12 contested possessions and four clearances each while they combined for nine inside 50s and three score assists.

First-year player Hannah Martin led the Club with eight inside 50s from 13 disposals.

The Crows were ahead of the pack with a round-high 248 disposals, 151 kicks and 97 handballs.

Carlton, meanwhile, finished with 217 disposals, 137 kicks and 80 handballs, losing the uncontested possession count by 31.

They also fell short against Adelaide’s tackle titans, Ebony Marinoff laid eight and Hatchard six as the Crows beat them 71-55 in the count.