AFLW 2021

The 2021 AFLW Grand Final saw Brisbane secure their first premiership in the competition defeating Adelaide by 18 points at Adelaide Oval. 

2021 AFLW Season

After COVID-19 disrupted the AFLW 2020 season that saw no Grand Final or Premiership team decided, the clubs are after a fresh start in 2021.

The 2021 saw the fifth season of the AFLW competition and fixtures kicked off on the 28th of January.

The AFLW Grand Final for 2021 took place on April 17 between Brisbane and Adelaide and saw the Lions salute by 18 for their first Premiership victory in the AFLW competition.

The AFLW is Australia’s national Aussie Rules football league for women. The league is run by the AFL, and is now contested between 14 clubs spanning across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.

Founded in 2016, the inaugural season of AFLW began in 2017 with a total of eight teams. Despite its young history, the first match was held in 2013 between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs following an inquiry from the AFL Commission surrounding the state of grassroots football in Australia.

Since then, the AFLW has become a popular competition drawing fans in the thousands. The first premiership game was played on March 25, 2017 between Brisbane and the Western Bulldogs, drawing a crowd of over 15,000 people.

To date the most successful AFLW club is the Adelaide Crows who won back-to-back premierships in 2018 and 2019.

Likewise, AFLW remains a popular play for punters gearing up for the men’s AFL season, and with a further four expansion clubs announced for the 2020 season (Gold Coast, Richmond, St Kilda, West Coast), be sure to check out all of our AFL women’s season betting markets and previews below.

Aussie Rules history was made in the opening round of the 2020 AFLW season when GWS 1.3 (9) defeated the Gold Coast 1.2 (8) in the lowest combined score in AFL / VFL / AFLW history.

The 2020 AFLW season was disrupted and later cancelled on March 22, 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

2021 saw the biggest and best AFLW season in the competition’s history with Brisbane winning the Grand Final in Adelaide defeating the Crows by 18 points.

2022 AFLW Premiership Betting

AFLW 2021 Grand Final Result: Brisbane defeated Adelaide by 18

The 2021 AFLW Grand Final took place on April 17 between the Crows and Lions at Adelaide Oval after an outstanding season with Brisbane taking out their first premiership title with an upset 18 point win.

  • AFL Grand Final Winner: Brisbane Lions
  • Result: Brisbane by 18
  • Score: Adelaide 3.2 (20) lost to Brisbane 6.2 (38)

2021 AFLW Season

  • AFLW Season Number: 5
  • Number of AFLW Teams: 14
  • Reigning AFLW Premiers: Brisbane Lions (2021)
  • Regular Season Rounds: 9
  • Start: Thursday January 28, 2021
  • Regular Season End: Sunday March 28, 2021
  • Finals Star: Saturday April 3, 2021
  • AFLW Grand Final Date: 17th of April, 2021

The AFLW 2021 season was the fifth season of the professional Women’s AFL competition.

There was an expanded number of Women’s AFL teams in the league with 14 clubs divided into two conferences for 2020 and that continues for 2021.

The 2021 AFLW season was made up of a nine round regular season after which the AFLW Finals took place across three weeks.

AFLW Premiers: Grand Final Results

2017 Adelaide Crows Brisbane Lions Metricon Stadium 4.11 (35) – 4.5 (29)
2018 Western Bulldogs Brisbane Lions Ikon Park 4.3 (27) – 3.3 (21)
2019 Adelaide Crows Carlton Blues Adelaide Oval 10.3 (63) – 2.6 (18)
2020 Cancelled
2021 Brisbane Lions Adelaide Crows Adelaide Oval 3.2 (20) – 6.2 (83)

2021 AFLW Teams

The current AFLW teams are the:

  • Adelaide Crows (SA)
  • Brisbane Lions (QLD)
  • Carlton Blues (VIC)
  • Collingwood Magpies (VIC)
  • Fremantle Dockers (WA)
  • Geelong Cats (VIC)
  • Gold Coast Suns (QLD)
  • Great Western Sydney Giants (NSW)
  • Melbourne Demons (VIC)
  • North Melbourne Kangaroos (VIC)
  • Richmond Tigers (VIC)
  • St Kilda Saints (VIC)
  • West Coast Eagles (WA)
  • Western Bulldogs (VIC)

Following the 2020 AFLW clubs expansion the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory and Tasmanian are the only states or territories not represented with an AFL Women’s team. That said, the North Melbourne Demons are in partnership with Tasmania to draft players from the state.

The 14 AFLW teams are divided into two conferences that face off over an eight-round home-and-away season.

The AFLW finals then plays out over three weeks featuring the top three teams from each progression during the knock-out stage.

The two conference leaders enjoy a bye in the opening week of the finals. The two Semi-Final knockouts see the Conference A 2nd placed team host the Conference B 3rd placed club (Semi Final 1), and the Conference B 2nd placed team host the Conference A 2nd placed club (Semi Final 2).

The second week of the AFLW finals (Preliminary Finals) sees the Conference A 1st placed team host the winner over the first Semi-Final, and the Conference B 1st placed team host the winner of the second Semi Final.

The AFL Women’s Grand Final then takes place between the two Preliminary Final winners.

Adelaide Crows

Four seasons into the AFLW and the Crows have established themselves as the powerhouse Women’s Aussie Rules team of the competition winning two out of the first three premierships (up until 2020). The Crows also share a rich talent pool with a mix of players from both South Australia and the Northern Territory. They chased another Premiership title in the 2021 AFLW Grand Final, but lost to the Lions by 18 points after taking out that year’s Minor Premiership.

  • Established: 2016
  • Home City: South Australia & Northern Territory
  • Home Stadium: Norwood Oval
  • Premierships: 2017, 2019

Brisbane Lions

The Lions have been a force to be reckoned with having played in three AFLW Grand Finals including securing their maiden title in an upset over the Crows in the 2021 AFLW Grand Final at Adelaide Oval.

  • Established: 2016
  • Home City: Brisbane, Queensland
  • Home Stadium: MBC Sports Complex
  • Premierships: 1 (2021)

Carlton Blues

Runners up to the Adelaide Crows in the 2019 AFLW Grand Final, Carlton looks set to make a big impact in 2020 as they aim to go one better this season.

  • Established: 2016
  • Home City: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Home Stadium: Princes Park
  • Premierships: 0

Collingwood Magpies

The Pies had the honour of playing in the first ever AFLW match back in 2017 against arch-rival Carlton in front of 24,568 fans resulting in the gates being locked out at Princes Park.

  • Established: 2016
  • Home City: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Home Stadium: Victoria Park
  • Premierships: 0

Fremantle Dockers

Freo was the first WA club to join the AFLW and now face the prospect of a Derby as cross-town rivals the West Coast Eagles join the competition in 2020.

  • Established: 2016
  • Home City: Perth, Western Australia
  • Home Stadium: Fremantle Oval
  • Premierships: 0

Geelong Cats

The Cats impressed in their first AFLW season making it to a Preliminary Final going down to the Crows.

  • Established: 2018
  • Home City: Geelong, Victoria
  • Home Stadium: Kardinia Park
  • Premierships: 0

Gold Coast Suns

Queensland has proven to be a rich breeding ground of female AFL talent and the addition and it will all be on show as the Suns join the AFLW in 2020.

  • Established: 2020
  • Home City: Gold Coast, Queensland
  • Home Stadium: Metricon Stadium
  • Premierships: 0

Greater Western Sydney Giants

Along with an AFLW team, the GWS Giants are heavily invested in women’s sport with a team in the Super Netball competition.

  • Established: 2018
  • Home City: Sydney, New South Wales
  • Home Stadium: Bankstown ISP Oval
  • Premierships: 0

Melbourne Demons

The Dees have been oh-so-close but oh-so-far in trying to make it to the AFLW Grand Final in the first few seasons of the the competition.

  • Established: 2013
  • Home City: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Home Stadium: Casey Fields
  • Premierships: 0

North Melbourne Kangaroos

An Aussie Rules club known for innovation, North Melbourne will align with Tasmania for the AFLW creating a two-state team. The Roos have proven to be a force to be reckoned with just one season in.

  • Established: 2018
  • Home States: Victoria & Tasmania
  • Home Stadium(s): Multiple
  • Premierships: 0

Richmond Tigers

With their home of Punt Road Oval being considered too small to host matches, the Tigers will call Princes Park home for their inaugural AFLW season.

  • Established: 2020
  • Home City: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Home Stadium: Princes Park
  • Premierships: 0

St Kilda Saints

Not only are Saints fans excited to have an AFLW team but it marks the return of St Kilda playing home games at their heartland Moorabbin

  • Established: 2020
  • Home City: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Home Stadium: Moorabbin
  • Premierships: 0

West Coast Eagles

The Eagles join the AFLW in 2020 ensuring that their epic rivalry with Fremantle is set to go to the next level with a Derby.

  • Established: 2020
  • Home City: Perth, WA
  • Home Stadium: Mineral Resources Park
  • Premierships: 0

Western Bulldogs

One of the pioneer clubs of the AFLW, the Western Bulldogs already have the 2018 premiership to their name and the Whitten Oval is packed with adoring fans every time they play at home

  • Established: 2013
  • Home City: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Home Stadium: Whitten Oval
  • Premierships: 2018