Kate O’Halloran answers all your questions ahead of tomorrow’s AFLW preliminary finals and the grand final next weekend.
What teams will be left standing after the qualifying finals?
AFLW’s qualifying finals were played in two weeks this season. A COVID-19 epidemic at the Pies caused their match against the Lions to be postponed for a week.
The match was finally over, but the Lions proved too strong for Collingwood. A small but vocal Gabba crowd supported them to a win of 50 points.
The Pies were unable to finish the game. Steve Symonds, coach, asked in his post-match press conference if his players, who he claimed had been cleared medically, were up to the task.
However, Collingwood was unable to compete with the best sides this season. After losing star midfielder Bri Davidy (round 1) and Brit Bonnenici (round 8) to ACLs, Collingwood persevered admirably.
Brisbane sent a reminder to the competition that they are underrated. They won the contested possession count by 41 marks within 50 by 11, tackles and 15 by 15, respectively, and cleared the air by 14.
They will now face the Demons to secure a place in the fourth grand final, which is a record since the inception of the competition.
The Dockers easily defeated the Kangaroos at Arden Street Oval in a match that many thought would be close to the 38-point mark.
This was the second consecutive qualifying loss for the North Melbourne Tasmanian team, who had earlier beaten the Dockers in Hobart and would have loved to be back at their Victorian home.
However, the Dockers have made Melbourne their home away from home this season. They spent over a month traveling and won all four fixtures in Victoria.
This will be a great advantage for their away match against the Adelaide Crows, who are the season’s minor premiers.
Where and when will the preliminary finals be played?
Both finals will be held on Saturday, April 2.
The first, between Melbourne Lions and Brisbane Lions will take place at 12:40 AEDT at MCG.
It is the first AFLW match to be played at the MCG. This fulfilled the hopes of many women who took to the field, including Daisy Pearce, captain of the team. She wants to end her playing career with a premiership.
said that Brisbane’s defender Nat Grider has won a premiership.