Smith’s switch to the ‘Kennel’ paying off

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Geelong’s Jordan Ivey is tackled by Western Bulldogs’ Bailey Hunt and Belinda Smith during their clash on Saturday.
Camera IconGeelong’s Jordan Ivey is tackled by Western Bulldogs’ Bailey Hunt and Belinda Smith during their clash on Saturday. Credit: Getty Images

Pingrup’s Belinda Smith is relishing her time with her new club, as the Western Bulldogs won their second straight game in the AFLW competition at the weekend.

Smith switched to the Bulldogs after two seasons with Fremantle but the defender has been part of two wins in the early part of her club’s change after they disposed of Geelong by 14 points at Whitten Oval on Saturday.

The win left the Bulldogs as one of three undefeated teams in Conference A of the AFLW and Smith has been impressive down back in her new colours. The 23-year-old was one of three Bulldogs players to lay a team-high eight tackles in the win to go with four disposals.

The Bulldogs are second in their conference, ahead of their clash with North Melbourne in round 3. Mt Barker product Kirby Bentley gathered 11 possessions for Carlton in their 13-point loss to Adelaide at Icon Park on Sunday.

Mt Barker product Kirby Bentley.
Camera IconMt Barker product Kirby Bentley. Credit: Getty Images

Bentley was lively throughout, taking four marks to help set her side up going forward, but the Blues are still searching for their first win of the new season.

At Fremantle Oval, Parris Laurie and Fremantle marched to a second win after downing Brisbane by 27 points on Sunday.

Laurie, who hails from Denmark, made her AFLW debut last week for the Dockers and she had another absorbing battle in the ruck, finishing with four touches, while she also laid two tackles.

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