The 2018 AFLW season continues this weekend and we are set for four big games over two days.
Carlton, the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne will all defend their unbeaten records, while Collingwood, GWS and the Adelaide Crows are still chasing their first wins of the season.
We have analysed all four games set to take place this weekend and our complete 2018 AFLW Round 3 tips can be found below.
Adelaide Crows Vs Western Bulldogs
Saturday 17 February, 2:05pm, Norwood Oval
To say this is a must-win game for Adelaide is an understatement.
The inaugural reigning premiers have lost their first two matches the last five games in the short AFLW season is sudden death if the Crows are to have a chance of going back-to-back this season.
It gets harder for the Crows with 2017 league MVP and Co-captain Erin Phillips out with injury and their other co-captain Ange Foley who was suspended for one match this week for kneeing Daisy Pearce in their 32 point loss to Melbourne last week.
To top it all off for Adelaide they face the Western Bulldogs who are one of the in-form teams of the AFLW season so far.
The Bulldogs were impressive on the road with their win over Brisbane last week, although the knee injury to their number one draft pick Izzy Huntington put a dampener on things after she impressed with two goals during the second quarter.
With the Western Bulldogs on a roll and playing impressive football they should be able to put a likely early end to Adelaide’s season this Saturday.
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Carlton Vs Brisbane Lions
Saturday 17 February, 7:40pm, Ikon Park
Gun Blues recruit Tayla Harris goes up against her old side Brisbane in what should be a serious grudge match at Princes Park this Saturday night.
Carlton was able to get over GWS in trying conditions in Sydney last week by 21 points and it came at a cost as their captain Brianna Davey went down with a knee injury ruling her out of footy for the next 12 months.
Along with losing Davey, their coach Damian Keeping is still on sick leave with interim coach Nick Rutley serving in the role until further notice.
Despite Brisbane going down to the Bulldogs last week, Carlton will have their work cut out for them in this match.
The Lions failed to score a goal in the first half against the Dogs but fought back in the second half of what would be the first regular season loss in Brisbane’s AFLW short history.
The likes of Ally Anderson, Emily Bates, Emma Zilke and Jess Wuetschner for Brisbane will be a good match up for Carlton’s Darcy Vescio, Nicola Stevens, the Hosking twins and of course, Talya Harris.
It will be interesting to see how Carlton rebound from the loss of their captain but if the Lions are able to get their act together they should be too good for the Blues at their home ground.
BACK BRISBANE LIONS @ $2.00
Collingwood Vs GWS Giants
Sunday 18 February, 4:35pm, Olympic Park Oval
Two teams yet to register a win this AFLW season face each other this Sunday at Olympic Park Oval.
Collingwood has been able to kick the first goal of the match in both of their games so far but haven’t been able to make most of the momentum for the rest of the match.
They’ll also be playing in front of a smaller crowd compared to the 41,000 at Optus Stadium in Perth and the near sell-out at Princes Park in round one.
The likes of gun recruit Chloe Molloy, forward Christina Bernardi who booted two goals last week have been standouts for the Magpies this season.
It will also be interesting to see if the high profile Mo Hope will make it back into the team after being dropped last week for poor form.
GWS were also able to score early in their match against Carlton last week but were also not able to get the momentum going.
A severe thunderstorm resulted in an extended quarter time break and it seemed to put the Giants off their game, as they failed to score for the rest of the match.
Another factor going into this match is how Giant Alica Eva who was best on the ground for GWS last week will go against her old side this Sunday.
So far GWS have been far more competitive this season but Collingwood should be able to get the job done on their home deck.
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Fremantle Vs Melbourne
Sunday 18 February, 6:35pm, Fremantle Oval
The Dockers will be coming off a high after an impressive win over Collingwood as they played the first game of footy at Optus Stadium in front of a record 41,000 crowd.
Their captain Kara Donnellan, last year’s best and fairest Dana Hooker and forward Mellissa Hooker were standouts as Freo proved too good for Collingwood.
But while Fremantle was able to impress the big crowd at the new stadium, they come up against league leaders Melbourne who will come to Fremantle Oval full of confidence as they have so far proven to be premiership favourites for this AFLW season.
The Demons won convincingly against last year’s premiers Adelaide by 32 points last week as Daisy Pearce and Karen Paxman put on a show at Casey Fields.
While travel may be a factor in this game, the Demons highly attacking and the high scoring game plan will prove too good for Fremantle as they return to the more intimate surroundings of Fremantle Oval this Sunday.
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