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Magpies go top after seeing off Demons

COLLINGWOOD has stamped themselves as AFLW premiership favourites after disposing of a wayward Melbourne by 35 points.

The Magpies, who went top of the ladder as the league’s only unbeaten team, destroyed the Demons on Sunday by running out 7.7 (49) to 1.8 (14) winners.

Collingwood kept Melbourne goalless until late in the third quarter in a commanding all-round display in front of 2931 people at the Magpies’ spiritual home of Victoria Park.

Dynamite forward Chloe Molloy produced another electric display with three goals to take her to equal top of the league goal-kicking list alongside Adelaide superstar Erin Phillips and Western Bulldogs ace Isabel Huntington.

But there were late concerns for Molloy as the Magpies star went off the field in the final term clutching her shoulder.

Collingwood also lost Jordan Membrey to a knee injury in the third quarter.

Magpies ball magnets Brittany Bonnici and Jamiee Lambert had days out with dominant displays in the midfield.

After struggling through their first three AFLW seasons, the Magpies have emerged as surprise flag threats under coach Steve Symonds.

Fremantle’s shock defeat to the Brisbane Lions on Saturday means Collingwood are a game clear on top of the table with a perfect 5-0 record.

The Demons, who were 3-0, have endured back-to-back horror defeats to kick a combined total of 3.20 in two weekends after booting 2.12 against the Western Bulldogs in Round 4.

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COLLINGWOOD 1.1 4.3 4.4 7.7 (49)

MELBOURNE  0.1 0.2 1.6 1.8 (14)

Goals: Collingwood: C Molloy 3 B Davey 2 A Sheridan M Cann. Melbourne: L Pearce.

Official Crowd: 2,931 at Victoria Park.