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.
have also changed with every game being an elimination and four teams from each
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).”
premiership on the line, the pressure of finals footy will ramp up and anything
For now, let the finals begin and hopefully, we get a winner or four in this unprecedented weekend of Footy
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.
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.
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
Melbourne have been a class unit all season and go into this match firm favorites
for a reason.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
thrilling win over the Crows was one of their finest in their AFLW history.
seem to adapt to any conditions they face and the likes of Cora Staunton and
Alyce Parker are superstars.
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
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
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