Carlton have held off Essendon’s last-term resurgence to win by one point as their fierce rivalry extended to the AFLW.
Trailling by 19 points at the last change, the Bombers kicked the only three goals of the final term before the Blues held firm and won 5.2 (32) to 4.7 (31) on Sunday at Port Melbourne.
Jo Doonan had the last two shots at goal of the game, but the first hit the post and the second also missed with 35 seconds left.
Captain Kerryn Peterson then took the kickout and after her long bomb to a crowded wing, Carlton were able to close out the match.
In the first AFLW match between the two clubs, Blues star Darcy Vescio proved the difference with her three goals.
All eyes were on Essendon star Maddy Prespakis and, to a lesser extent, Georgia Gee after their high-profile move from Carlton to the expansion club.
A Prespakis goal in the last term brought Essendon to within three…