Essendon has kept the Western Bulldogs goalless to move into top spot on the VFLW ladder and guarantee a second consecutive finals berth.

The Bombers comprehensively outplayed the Bulldogs at Whitten Oval on Saturday, extending their lead in each quarter to romp to a 7.7 (49) to 0.2 (2) victory.

And with previous league leader Casey going down to Hawthorn on Sunday, Essendon finishes round 10 in first position as the only undefeated side.


The Bombers, who have scored 185 points more than next highest-scoring side Hawthorn, again controlled possession in their attacking half to register 24 more inside 50s than the Bulldogs.

Joanne Doonan and Cecilia McIntosh were the main beneficiaries with two goals apiece, while debutant Stephanie Asciak, Federica Frew and Renee Tierney added singles.

Joanne Doonan continued her strong form with two majors. (Photo: Bray Taylor)

Recruit Amelia Radford starred again with game-highs in disposals (30), tackles (six) and inside 50s (six), while co-captain Georgia Nanscawen (29 disposals, six tackles, five clearance) continued her dominant form.

The Bombers will face sixth-placed Darebin from 11am at Preston City Oval on Saturday, with four rounds of the home and away season remaining.

WESTERN BULLDOGS  0.0  0.0  0.1  0.2 (2)
ESSENDON  2.2  4.3  5.5  7.7 (49)

Goals: Doonan 2, McIntosh 2, Asciak, Frew, Tierney

Disposals: Radford 30, Nanscawen 29, Dicker 20, Marshall 19, MacDonald 18