Lauren Butler ’s list of accolades just keeps on growing, now a part of footballing history as a player in Collingwood’s first ever women’s premiership side.
Butler and the VFLW Magpies graced the Ikon Park surface on Sunday morning, defeating the Western Bulldogs very comfortably for the 2019 flag.
The 7.10 (52) to 2.3 (15) premiership win was the first in Collingwood women’s history including three seasons of AFLW, one of VFLW and three seasons of Magpies netball.
Collingwood led all day and broke away in the third, blowing its lead out to a very comfortable 26 points.
Butler was a solid point of defence deep in the backline, rotating on multiple players and using her lightning speed to pick up numerous loose balls.
A 12-point semi-final loss to the same side seemed a world away on Sunday with the Pies dismantling the Bulldogs’ highly successful kick-and-mark game with ease, hunting ferociously on the biggest day of the calendar.
Collingwood and Butler will now look towards the 2020 AFLW season, determined to have a crack at the national competition after a tough 2019 season which saw the side win just one game.
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