Carlton and Port Adelaide played out the first tie of the AFLW season after Blues first-teamer Lily Goss’ shot on target fell short on the final whistle.
The Blues were 13 points down at half-time and threatened to overtake the top of their less experienced opponents at Ikon Park on Sunday.
They kept the Power scoreless last season and Goss won a free kick for a high contact from Kate Surman just seconds from time, giving her a chance to win the game.
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She took her kick just inside the 50-yard arc when the siren sounded, but she didn’t make the distance.
The teams finished the game with 4.3 (27) points each, denying expansion team Port Adelaide their first win in domestic competition.
It came after the Power suffered losses to West Coast and the Western Bulldogs in the first two rounds of their debut season.
“It’s a very strange feeling when you play a tie,” Power captain Erin Phillips told Fox Footy.
“I’m really proud of our group and we seem to be growing every week.
“In the previous two games, our momentum got there and our game got there.
“It’s disappointing that we couldn’t get over the line, but it’s definitely progress.”
Carlton had three players celebrating their 50-game milestones – Elise O’Dea, Jessica Dal Pos and Breann Moody – and they all scored.
O’Dea gave them the perfect start with one of two blues majors in the first quarter, but Port Adelaide hit back with a stunning surge in the second quarter.
Jade De Melo scored twice as the Power scored four in quick succession to take the lead before half-time.
Moody and Dal Pos struck the only two goals of the second half to put Carlton on two points early in the final term.
Darcy Vescio and Vaomua Laloifi both had chances to put the Blues ahead but came from behind just enough to level.
Captain Kerryn Peterson (21 retirements), Mimi Hill (19) and Abbie McKay (26) were among Carlton’s best.
Impressive 18-year-old midfielder Hannah Ewings (21 retirements) was paramount for the power, which was also served well by Angela Foley (14), Abbey Dowrick (14) and Phillips (13).
The draw was Carlton’s first since the inaugural AFLW season in 2017.
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