2020 AFLW Elimination Finals Tips & Preview

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With the AFL putting a halt to the AFLW home and away season, it’s straight on with the finals behind closed doors in this unique situation sport all over the world finds itself in.

The finals have also changed with every game being an elimination and four teams from each conference participating.

According to the AFLW Website, the finals will work as follows:

“The first-placed side in Conference A, North Melbourne, will play the fourth-placed side in Conference B, Collingwood, and vice versa with Fremantle (first in B) and Gold Coast (fourth in A).

The remaining two semi-finals are also cross-over matches, with GWS (second in A) taking on Melbourne (third in B) and Carlton (second in B) hosting Brisbane (third in A).”

With a premiership on the line, the pressure of finals footy will ramp up and anything can happen.

For now, let the finals begin and hopefully, we get a winner or four in this unprecedented weekend of Footy

North Melbourne Vs Collingwood

Saturday 21 March,12:40pm, IKON Park

North Melbourne and Collingwood at Ikon Park should make for a great matchup as both teams play their historic first AFLW finals match.

Collingwood have been one of the great improvers this season, coming back from outright last to a finals berth in unprecedented circumstances and North Melbourne are on a mission.

Last weekend, the Roos had a bit of a slow start against Geelong in the first half but then managed to boot 10 straight goals with Jasmine Garner clearly North’s best.

North Melbourne have been a class unit all season and go into this match firm favorites for a reason.

While they didn’t know it at the time, Collingwood’s 29 point win over the Lions secured them a spot in the AFLW finals.

The Pies dominated all day, however their inaccurate kicking of 5 goals, 13 behinds cost them what would have been a percentage booster but that’s all changed now.

North’s accuracy in front of goal along with their class and polish should see them easily account for Collingwood who despite their great improvement this year – they won’t get in the way of the Kangaroos.

The market has set the line at -19.5 in favor of North and they should be able to beat it.

Back North Melbourne to beat the Line (-19.5) @ $1.88

GWS Giants Vs Melbourne

Saturday 21 March,2:40pm, Giants Stadium

The cross-conference finals get underway between GWS (2nd in A) and Melbourne (3rd in B) at an empty Giants Stadium.

Throughout the four seasons of the AFLW, the Dees have been knocking on the door of the finals only to miss out by small margins but now given the unprecedented circumstances, they’ll be pumped to feature at the business end of the season.

Melbourne go into this game coming off a tough loss to Carlton by 16 points last weekend in tough conditions of Alice Springs and having to back it up for more travel to Sydney on such short notice isn’t ideal.

The Demons missed plenty of opportunities last week to capitalize on their inside 50 dominance in the first half and allowed the Blues to come back and win despite being eight points up at half-time.

GWS thrilling win over the Crows was one of their finest in their AFLW history.

The Giants seem to adapt to any conditions they face and the likes of Cora Staunton and Alyce Parker are superstars.

Melbourne’s recent form and backing up travel will have an impact and happy to take the Giants as the underdog in this one.

Back GWS @ $2.95

Fremantle Vs Gold Coast Suns

Saturday 21 March,4:40pm, Fremantle Oval

The Dockers are currently on the biggest winning streak in AFLW history of six games and you would expect it to continue as they host the Gold Coast Suns in this cross-conference final.

Freo’s game against the Bulldogs last weekend at Whitten Oval was regarded as one of the best AFLW games of the season and the highest aggregate in a high-scoring affair which saw them get over the line by 15 points.

You’ve got to hand it to the Gold Coast Suns, they have had a fantastic and unique debut AFLW season where just about anything and everything has happened.

They’ve found themselves with an unlikely finals appearance but having to back it up with consecutive trips to Perth, and especially on short notice is a tough ask no matter what the circumstances are.

Anything can happen in finals football but the Suns winning this would be more than a miracle.

Back Fremantle to beat the Line (-15.5) @ $1.88

Carlton Vs Brisbane Lions

Sunday 22, March,1:10pm, Ikon Park

The Blues will go into this game with a heap of momentum while the Lions have hit a bit of a form slump of recent.

To state the obvious, if you’re going to get back into your best Football – now is the time to do it so the Brisbane Lions will have to address their scoring issues averaging 23 points in their past three games.

Carlton, on the other hand, is clearly the in-form team of the competition.

Since being dubbed “hopeless” after the Blues loss to Collingwood, Tayla Harris has been an absolute stand out along with the likes of last years rising star Madi Prespakis

The Blues look to be a team on a mission this season and are positioned well to go one better than runner up in the Grand Final.

The bookies have set the line at -14.5 the way of Carlton and they should be able to easily beat it.

Back Carlton to beat the line (-14.5) @ $1.88