2021 AFLW Round 5 Tips & Preview

AFLW Footy just gets better and better every single week.

Round 5 is the Indigenous Round and along with the terrific jumpers we’ll see on display we’ll be in for some cracking matches.

The Round kicks off with the Cats and Tigers fighting it out for their first win of the season and highlights include some big games such as Freo taking on the Lions this Saturday and the Pies and Des on Sunday.

Who will win their first game for the year?

Will Freo and Collingwood remain unbeaten?

Are we in for another Erin Phillips masterclass?

This weekend is set to be a beauty and we’re confident we’ve found some winners in our AFLW Round 5 Tips & Preview.

Geelong Vs Richmond

Friday 26 February, 7:10pm, GMHBA Stadium

Just like Gough Whitlam’s 1972 election campaign, for the Richmond AFLW team – It’s time.

The Tigers first AFLW win is coming.

In fact, it’s coming this Friday night as they travel down the highway to face fellow cellar-dweller Geelong.

Out of all the teams yet to win a game this AFLW season, Richmond has been the best of the lot.

Richmond played what was easily their best game in their short AFLW history, giving the highly-fancied Carlton an almighty scare before going down by only one goal.

The likes of Monique Conti starred, Katie Brennan was able to make an impact on the scoreboard and Courtney Wakefield continues to play a vital role for the Tigers.

Geelong has struggled so far in AFLW season 2021. 

The Cats are yet to win a game and are coming off a 29 point loss dished out by St Kilda.

While Geelong did record their highest score of the season – three goals, they tend to look lost especially inside 50.

If Richmond doesn’t win this game, they never will.

For this season at least.

They’ll go in clear favourites in the head to head betting. 

Tigers by 16+ points (around three goals) seems to be as good a value bet you’ll find for this Round of AFLW. 

Back Richmond by 16+ Points @ $2.55

Western Bulldogs Vs GWS Giants

Saturday 27 February, 3:10pm, Whitten Oval

The Western Bulldogs will look to make it four wins on the trot as they host GWS at Whitten Oval this Saturday afternoon.

The Doggies made it three in a row with a big 13 point win over Melbourne and are having their best run since their AFLW premiership year of 2018.

They say good kicking is good football, and the Bulldogs did just that last week kicking 6-1 with seven scoring shots from 19 inside 50s.

GWS head into this game having won two on the trot, making the most of being back home in Sydney.

The Giants dominated all over the ground last week as they defeated West Coast by 20 points, as well as  winning the disposal count, clearences, contested possessions and inside 50’s.

While they will go into this game the underdog, the Giants will most certainly give the Western Bulldogs a run for their money, however, you can’t go past an in-form Doggies playing on their Whitten Oval fortress.

Back Western Bulldogs to beat the line (-15.5) @ $1.88

Fremantle Vs Brisbane Lions

Saturday 27 February, 5:10pm, Fremantle Oval

Third-placed Brisbane travels out west to take on the unbeaten top-of-the-ladder Fremantle Dockers in what could easily be the match of the Round.

Factoring last year’s abruptly interrupted season, Fremantle has won its past 11 games and look simply unstoppable at times.

After a sluggish first half against the Gold Coast Suns, the Dockers shifted into gear piling on 6-7 after half-time.

The Dockers also took 10 marks inside 50, and dominated all over the ground.

Brisbane heads to Freo having been subject to an Erin Phillips masterclass, going down to Adelaide by 12 points last weekend.

The Lions had a poor first quarter but were able to get themselves back in the game but it was too little, too late.

Throughout their AFLW history, it’s been very rare for the Lions to suffer two losses on the trot and they do have a reputation for causing an upset.

This game will be a beauty, and it will be close.

I’ll go each way.

Back Either Side 1-15 or Draw @ $1.75

North Melbourne Vs Carlton

Saturday 27 February, 7:10pm, UTAS Stadium (Launceston)

I’m not a coach, but I would assume the North girls spent a lot of time having shots for goal at training this week after a shocking performance against Collingwood last week.

Two weeks ago, we were speculating that North wouldn’t lose a game this season.

The Kangaroos have now lost two in a row and failed to kick a goal – a total of 0-8 (8), the lowest score in North’s short but impressive AFLW history.

On the stats sheet, North did well, and they at least held Collingwood to a final score of 4-4 (28)

Speaking of coaches, had Daniel Harford not given his Blues girls an almighty spray at quarter-time last weekend, they probably would have lost to Richmond.

Carlton got into gear in the second quarter and did just enough to get the win over the Tigers by just one goal in a high-scoring contest.

It was great to see Darcy Vescio back in some really good form and the Blues lost Maddy Prespakis during the week who was handed a one-week suspension for a sling tackle on Tiger Sarah Hosking.

Prespakis being out of the Blues side puts a serious dent in their chances of causing an upset over North.

North are too good and there’s no way this team is losing three on the trot.

Back North Melbourne 1-24 @ $2.05

Adelaide Vs St Kilda

Sunday 28 February, 1:10pm, Norwood Oval

If you’re contemplating a Same Game Multi or backing some of the player markets for this game, you have to consider Erin Phillips.

Yet again the two-time AFLW MVP winner reminded everyone why at this stage of the League’s short history – she is the GOAT.

Phillips kicked four goals, including the sealer last weekend against Brisbane.

She was in beast-mode going inside 50, 21 disposals, eight marks and also managed four clearances.

Yet again, it’s worth pointing out that Phillips had to stop playing footy at age 13 and didn’t play a proper match for a further 18 years.

Just imagine had AFLW been a thing 20 years earlier, but we’re glad we’ve got her now.

Footy is a team game, but Phillips can and will win games off her own boot and her Crows teammates just lift when she’s on the field.

St Kilda are very much the underdog in this game, the Saints had a terrific 29 point win over Geelong last week and recorded their highest-ever AFLW score.

The prospect of watching Phillips on one end and the Caitlin Greiser is a tantalising prospect.

However, the Crows should be simply far too good for St Kilda and I’ll take them at the 25+ points.

Back Adelaide 25+ Points @ $2.25

Collingwood Vs Melbourne

Sunday 28 February, 3:10pm, Victoria Park

Sunday’s clash between the Pies and Dees at Vic Park is set to be an absolute beauty.

Collingwood has really come alive this AFLW season.

Currently sitting 4-0 and second on the ladder, the Magpies had arguably their best win when they stunned North, beating them by 20 points.

Chloe Molloy’s work up forward and Stacey Livingstone in defence has proven to be an excellent combination for the Magpies who just keep on keeping on.

Melbourne will be filthy about their performance in their 13 point loss to the Western Bulldogs list.

If you only read the stats sheet, all of the numbers pointed to a Dees win except where it mattered most, on the scoreboard.

Melbourne had double the scoring shots, inside 50s, clearances but just couldn’t kick a goal to save themselves – their final score 2-12 (24)

Collingwood will go into this game the favourite, and rightfully so but Melbourne is excellent value as the $2.55 (at time of publish) underdog.

Expect the Dees to bounce back and deliver Collingwood their first loss for the season.

Back Melbourne @ $2.55

West Coast Vs Gold Coast Suns

Sunday 28 February, 5:10pm, Mineral Resources Park

Both the Eagles and Suns will do what they can to finally get their first win for AFLW season 2021.

West Coast has not been too bad recently and will be glad to be back in Perth after a bit of time on the road.

One positive of last weekend is that they managed to record their highest score of the season but still went down to GWS by 20 points.

The Eagles’ first half performances in their past two matches have been excellent, but they have a tendency to drop away after the main break.

While there are four teams yet to win a game, the Suns sit last on the AFLW ladder.

The Gold Coast girls looked competitive in the first quarter against Freo, but were blown away from the second quarter managing just 6 inside 50s.

Leah Kasalar kicked their entire score – 1-0 (6)

This game is very much in favour for the West Coast Eagles.

Back West Coast to beat the line (-7.5) @ $1.88


2020

Round 5 of the AFLW sees matches being played far and wide around Australia this weekend.

Kicking off in Mackay on Friday night and finishing off in Fremantle Sunday afternoon, regional centres such as Wagga and Morwell will host games along with some old school matchups such as the Blues taking on the Saints at Princes Park.

The highly anticipated clash between the two undefeated sides Fremantle and Brisbane is set to be one to look forward to but there’s plenty of great footy ahead of us this weekend.

We’ve got our tips and preview covered ahead of Round 5 in the AFLW.

Gold Coast Suns Vs Geelong

Friday 6 March, 7:10pm, Great Barrier Reef Arena (Mackay)

On International Womens Day, Footy goes up north as Mackay plays host to the Gold Coast Suns and Geelong this Friday night at “Great Barrier Reef Arena” in this Conference A clash.

This is sure to be a highly entertaining game to kick off Round 5 as both sides are playing some very entertaining football.

In their four AFLW games, the Gold Coast Suns have lived up to their “never say die” attitude keeping North Melbourne at bay in an arm-wrestle at Arden Street, going down by 13 points but they didn’t lose any fans in the process.

The Suns have been playing a fierce, attacking, high-pressure style of play throughout their inaugural season and have proven to be no easy beat (unlike the clubs men’s team).

Geelong goes into this clash with a solid 22 point win over Richmond in Bendigo last weekend.

In what was a high-scoring game for both sides, the Cats six-goal second quarter proved to be what sealed the deal for their first win of the season.

The Cats final score of 10-7 (67) was their highest ever AFLW score and had really lay their issues of being able to impact on the scoreboard to rest.

So far in AFLW betting, backing the Suns at the line has gone four out of four and the bookies have them as favorites going into this match in Mackay.

However, with the Cats finally able to get some scores on the board they’ll have a heap of confidence going into this match and can pull off a solid win on the road this Friday night.

Back Geelong @ $2.20

North Melbourne Vs Adelaide Crows

Saturday 7 March, 3:10pm, North Hobart Oval

Hobart is in for a treat with the clash of AFLW Conference A heavyweights North Melbourne and Adelaide this Saturday afternoon.

North Melbourne was able to hold off a pesky Gold Coast Suns outfit last week going on to win by 13 points in their Arden Street homecoming.

The Roos had a number of skill errors and kicked three straight behinds in the final quarter before forward Daisy Bateman got the Roos home with her second goal late in the match.

Despite having the likes of Erin Phillips and Rhiannon Metclafe back in the side, the Crows went down to Adelaide by eight points in the meeting of last year’s AFLW grand finalists.

Adelaide allowed Carlton to kick the first three goals of the match and was playing catch up for the rest of the game.

Coming back from her ACL injury, Erin Phillips made a big impact on the game with 13 disposals and an impressive one-handed mark.

When the two sides last met in Round 5 of last season, the Crows won comfortably over North by 35 points.

The game was highlighted by the matchup between Erin Phillips and North’s Emma Kearney – the two players that have both won the AFLW MVP award and saw Phillips with 23 disposals and two goals from the midfield and Kearney a ball magnet – 31 touches to her name.

There’s every chance we could get a similar match up and possibly a closer game than the Crows flogging (in AFLW standards) of North Melbourne.

The market has the line at -6.5 in favour of the Roos and based on their recent form they should be able to get the job done over the Crows this Saturday.

Back North Melbourne to Cover the Line (-6.5) @ $1.90

GWS Giants Vs Richmond

Saturday 7 March, 5:10pm, Robertson Oval (Wagga)

The new-found rivalry between the Giants and Tigers adds a new chapter with the first AFLW clash between the two clubs in Wagga.

Richmond remains the only team yet to register a victory this AFLW season and the Giants come off a 28 point loss to Conference A leader Brisbane.

While the Tigers sit at 0-4, their final score of 7-3 (45) against Geelong was quite the respectable performance and were able to dominate at stages during the match despite going down by 22 points.

There’s something about the number 4 dominating for Richmond with Monique Conti the stand-out with 28 disposals to her name and received the maximum coaches votes for AFLW round 4.

It was easily Richmond’s best performance so far in their inaugural AFLW season and the first time they kicked more than two goals in a match.

The Giants found themselves with more of the ball last week but couldn’t cope with Brisbane’s pressure and were playing catch up football for the entire match.

The Tigers will go into this match with a heap of confidence after a very respectable performance against Geelong and will see this as the clubs best chance of getting their first win in the AFLW.

The Giants will go into this match favorite, but Richmond are not far away for getting their first win and at $3.95 in the head to head markets it’s worth a shot to back the Tiges.

Back Richmond @ $3.95

Carlton Vs St Kilda

Saturday 7 March, 7:10pm, Ikon Park

The Conference B clash between the Blues and Saints at Ikon Park is a fascinating match up and a head scratcher for punters.

This will be the first time Carlton and St Kilda have met at the ground for premiership points since Round 20, 2003 when the Saints demolished the Blues by 91 points.

That is highly unlikely to happen on Saturday night.

While the Blues are the clear favourite at $1.35 in our market, the Saints have caused a major upset against the Dees and almost got over the line against Fremantle last week.

Carlton however, were sensational last week getting one-up over the Crows after last years Grand Final flogging.

The Blues kicked the first three goals of the match and managed to hold off any challenges from Adelaide with one of the clubs best wins in their AFLW history getting the job done by eight points.

It was also the first time that Carlton had defeated Adelaide in the AFLW.

The Saints go into this game coming off a heartbreaking loss to Fremantle at Moorabbin.

Having led for most of the day, the Saints lost the game with a cruel 50 meter penalty which managed to get Freo into the game and shot off the post from Freo’s Gemma Houghton broke St.Kilda hearts.

Since joining the AFLW this season the Saints have proven to be a side not to underestimate.

The bookies have the line -9.5 in favor of Carlton and based on recent form the Saints are in in the game until the final siren and it’s worth backing them at the line in this clash.

Back St. Kilda to Beat the Line (+9.5) @ $1.90

Collingwood Vs Western Bulldogs

Sunday 8 March, 1:10pm, Morwell Recreation Reserve

With both sides coming off losses last week, this Conference B matchup between the Pies and Dogs will make or break their 2020 seasons.

Collingwood come into this game coming off a 20 point loss to Melbourne where they were completely dominated all day and lost star defender Ash Brazil to a torn ACL injury.

The Magpies currently sit fourth on the Conference B ladder and will be hoping that the Saints beat Carlton by a considerable margin if they want to be in the buffer zone to play finals.

For the Western Bulldogs it was a case of too little, too late despite their final quarter comeback against the Eagles in Perth last weekend.

The four point loss to the West Coast Eagles has put a massive blow on their finals chances, although still mathematically alive, but injury has got the better of the Daughters of the West of recent.

A major out for the Bulldogs is key-forward Bonnie Toogood in this game along with the next three weeks after suffering a low grade PCL injury in the first quarter last weekend.

Collingwood goes into this match favorite with the line set at -7.5 their favor.

With more to play for they should be able to get the job done over the Bulldogs this Sunday.

Back Collingwood to Cover the Line (-7.5) @ $1.90

Melbourne Vs West Coast Eagles

Sunday 8 March, 3:10pm, Casey Fields

The Dees host the Eagles in a Conference B match up with Melbourne being the hot favorite and West Coast the rank outsiders.

West Coast go into this match coming off their historic first AFLW victory holding off the Western Bulldogs by four points.

It’s been a great turnaround for West Coast who went from being kept scoreless by GWS the week before to dominating the majority of the game and holding off a Dogs comeback.

They’ll go into this one with plenty of confidence but facing Melbourne will be a real test of where they are at.

Melbourne currently sit second on the Conference B ladder and will really want to get the four points to make sure they are safe in the top three going into the last half of the home and away season.

The Dees rapidly improved last weekend in the perfect conditions of Marvel Stadium with seven goals from 30 inside 50s and a solid 20 point win over Collingwood.

It was a far better improvement than the one goal scored against the Saints the week prior.

The bookies have put the line at -19.5 in favour of the Dees but the windy, unpredictable conditions of Casey Fields, along with West Coast going into the game with a bit of confidence can put them within striking distance of Melbourne and worth taking.

Back West Coast to Cover the Line (+19.5) @ $1.90

Fremantle Vs Brisbane Lions

Sunday 8 March, 5:10pm, Fremantle Oval

They’ve saved the best till last with the clash of the undefeated sides Fremantle taking on Brisbane as they both aim to get top spot on the Conference A ladder.

The Lions head to Freo coming off a solid 28 point win over the GWS Giants, avoiding the second-half fadeout they have been prone to and were relentless from start to finish.

Brisbane led by 12 points at half-time and then kicked three unanswered in the third quarter to put the game beyond doubt.

As has been the case throughout their entire AFLW history, people have written off Brisbane yet they keep winning and find themselves on top of the conference A ladder.

Freo go into this game with a one point come from behind victory over the Saints at Moorabbin last weekend.

Behind for most of the day, the Dockers managed to equal the score with two minutes to go and win the game thanks to Gemma Houghton hitting the post to record a memorable one point win.

Freo can consider it the great escape, but Brisbane look to be on a mission.

Both clubs have produced some memorable contests in the first three AFLW seasons and I expect it to be yet another close one.

Brisbane for the upset makes for great value.

Back Brisbane to Win @ $2.60


2019

There are only three rounds left in season 3 of the AFLW and the competition is really starting to separate the girls from the women.

While the conference system is, for lack of a better word – a debacle where the best teams who are in conference A are set to miss the finals, it’s looking like the  “B” teams are starting to find good form when it matters.

We’ve previewed every game ahead of Round 5 and our insight and tips can be found below.

Brisbane Lions Vs Geelong

Saturday 2 March, 3:45pm, Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex

A fascinating Conference B match awaits us as the Brisbane Lions hosts Geelong at the Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex this Saturday.

Coming off a 39 point loss to the Dees the previous week, the Lions got some revenge over the Western Bulldogs with a convincing 32 point win in the Grand Final re-match.

The Lions win was the first time a Conference B team has defeated a Conference A team, putting Brisbane on top of the B table and in prime position for another finals campaign.

Lions youngsters played a vital role in Brisbane’s win with McKenzie Dowrick, Jesse Wardlaw, Jacqui Yorston and Nat Grider all getting plenty of the Football.

Brisbane also had six individual goal-kickers between them.

It was a total team performance from the Lions that we’ve come to expect since AFLW started and controlled the play from start to finish.

The Cats were lucky to escape defeat in their low-scoring and highly inaccurate match against Carlton last week.

Geelong was able to dominate for long periods of the game by locking the football in their forward line, putting pressure on Carlton’s defence.

However, had Carlton’s Talya Harris been able to kick straight in the second half of last week’s match, the Cats may not have won.

The addition of Richelle Cranston and Maddy Keryk have proven a vital asset for Geelong with both players getting plenty of the footy.

Brisbane on their day have proven to be a high-scoring and attacking team with a solid defence behind them, Geelong have been lucky to win both of their AFLW games.

Despite this being a “top of the table” clash in conference B – the Lions should be able to easily account for the Cats, who can play well in passages but struggle to get the scores on the board.

TIP BRISBANE AGAINST THE LINE -9.5 @ $1.88

Carlton Vs Collingwood

Saturday 2 March, 7:15pm, Ikon Park (Princes Park)

It’s the clash of traditional rivals this Saturday night as Carlton hosts Collingwood at Princes Park.

While the opening game of AFLW season one between the two sides was a memorable night and a saw a lock-out crowd at the ground, this match will be not even close to that.

Carlton had every chance to get the win against Geelong last week but kicked themselves out of the game in what was a frustrating five point loss to the Blues.

The football gods were clearly against Tayla Harris as she hit the post three times and captain Brianna Davey hasn’t quite worked out where she belongs on the ground, starting out in defence before playing in the centre for the second-half of last week’s match.

The Blues backline of Kerryn Harrington and Gab Pound have been reliable for Carlton bit it’s the inaccuracy of the forwards that would have helped the Blues cement a win and a top-two conference B spot.

Collingwood is yet to win a game in season 2019 and are the only winless team in the AFLW.

Despite a fast finish, it was too little, too late for the Magpies as they went down to GWS by nine points in Morwell last week.

GWS managed to get 10 of the first 11 inside 50s of the game and put the outcome beyond doubt early in the match.

The Magpies failed to score in the first quarter and spent the entire game playing catch-up Football.

Collingwood’s inability to score early in matches has been a major weakness and is why they are at the bottom of both conference B and the AFLW in general.

NO BET

GWS Giants Vs Melbourne

Sunday 3 March, 1:35pm, Blacktown International Sportspark

The Dees make the trip to Blacktown to face the Giants fresh off their first win of season 2019.

Melbourne got close to knocking off the all-conquering Kangaroos last week going down by four points at Casey Fields.

It was Demon domination in for a fair amount of last weekend’s game, winning the disposal count 231-196 but a three goal blitz from North Melbourne in the third quarter denied the Dees the opportunity to be the first team to beat them.

Dees forward Aleisha Newman managed to get Melbourne in front when she kicked her second goal from a mark in the last quarter and was one of their standout players after a quiet first half.

Despite a comeback from the Magpies late in the game, GWS was able to easily account for Collingwood with a nine-point win on the road.

GWS had a four-goal first quarter and recorded 10 out of 11 of the first inside 50s for the game,

The match was never in doubt for the Giants after quarter time as they registered their first win.

Former Magpie Alicia Eva and Rebecca Beeson with 22 disposals each along with the dominance from the likes of Courtney Gum, Alicia Eva, Alyce Parker and Jessica Dal Pos was amongst the best for GWS.

The win now puts GWS in contention for a top-two spot in the Conference B table but with Melbourne finding themselves yet again in a position where they could miss finals on percentage, they will need to win all of their last three home and away games to ensure they don’t miss out – again.

Melbourne should be too good for the Giants on Sunday.

BACK MELBOURNE AGAINST THE LINE -10.5 @ $1.88

North Melbourne Vs Adelaide

Sunday 3 March, 4:05pm, Avalon Airport Oval (Werribee)

In what is undoubtedly the match of AFLW Round 5, the clash between North Melbourne and Adelaide in Werribee is set to be a ripper of a match.

North Melbourne was able to keep its unbeaten record but was given a run for its money with their four-point win over the Demons last weekend.

The Roos twice gave up the lead late in the second half of the game but remained persistent to get their fourth win on the trot.

Tall forward Emma King is very much living up to her role as “the new King of Arden Street.”

With three goals to her name including a controversial free kick in the last quarter which was able to help North get over the line.

Emma Kearney was outstanding in the midfield for the Roos and the much-maligned Mo Hope was able to prove her worth up forward with a great contested mark and a goal to give North the lead going into the last quarter.

The Crows couldn’t be more impressive against Freo in Darwin last weekend.

Their dominance in the second half was outstanding with six unanswered goals giving Freo their first loss for the season.

Yet again Adelaide’s Erin Phillips outclassed the lot of them with 25 disposals to her name.

After an injury-interrupted season 2018, Phillips is back with a vengeance and easily the most dangerous player in the AFLW.

The contest between both players to the AFLW MVP Emma Kearney and Phillips is set to be something to look out for in this game.

North showed last week that they can be vulnerable and if there’s any team that can beat them it’s Adelaide and the Crows are worth backing in the head-to-head market.

BACK ADELAIDE TO WIN @ $2.30

Fremantle Vs Western Bulldogs

Sunday 3 March, 3:05pm, Fremantle Oval

Round 5 finishes off with one of the most fascinating games of the weekend as Fremantle plays host to the Western Bulldogs.

Prior to last weekend’s 42 point loss to Adelaide, Fremantle was the highest-scoring team in the AFLW but managed to kick only three goals in what was a forgettable night for the Dockers in Darwin.

Kiara Bowers was the standout player for Freo with five tackles, five marks and 19 disposals for the night.

The Western Bulldogs were taken to town against Brisbane in the Grand Final rematch last weekend.

It’s the Bulldogs inability to score that is costing the reigning premiers dearly in season 2019.

The Bulldogs are averaging only 171.3 disposals a match and are only better than the lowly Collingwood.

It’s not worth writing off Freo after one bad away loss.

The Dockers have been one of the standout teams in season 2019 and will want to bounce back on their home deck and get back to their high scoring ways.

BACK FREMANTLE BY 25+ POINTS


2018

Round 5 of the AFLW season and we’re three games away from the Grand Final. It’s do or die for up to five teams and the likes of the Western Bulldogs and Brisbane can make their charge towards the decider.

We have analysed all four games set to take place this weekend and our complete AFLW Round 5 tips can be found below.

Melbourne Vs Brisbane Lions

Friday 2 March, 7:05pm, Casey Fields

Melbourne 34 – Brisbane 28

To say this is a must win clash for Melbourne is an understatement.

The Demons, who have been fancied to make the Grand Final this season are coming off a 34 point shock loss to the Magpies in the 37-degree heat of Alice Springs and a five-point loss to Freo in Perth the week prior.

Melbourne was able to keep the Magpies scoreless at quarter time but crashed to let Collingwood run away with the game.

After an intense fortnight on the road, Melbourne returns home to Casey Fields with their Grand Final hopes fading away and face Brisbane who looks on track to cement their spot.

Sitting in second place on the ladder, Brisbane comes off a hard-fought win against Freo in what was a low scoring slog in wet conditions.

Lions forward Jess Wuestschner impressed with two out of three of the Lions goals last week and Brisbane’s pressure and second efforts are for all to see.

Brisbane will face a desperate Melbourne on Friday night but they should be able to fight them off and put an end to the Dees hopes of making the Grand Final this season.

BACK BRISBANE TO WIN @ $2.20

Fremantle Vs GWS Giants

Saturday 3 March, 5:05pm, Fremantle Oval

Fremantle 21 – GWS 39

Fremantle returns home after a seven-point loss to Brisbane while the Giants go into this game from a frustrating draw against the Crows at home last week.

Freo had their two-game winning streak snapped by Brisbane which has put a dent in their chances of a Grand Final birth.

The Dockers will need to win and win big if they are going to have any chance of getting their hopes of a GF appearance this season.

They face a GWS outfit who have been impressive over the past couple of weeks, but a poor start to the last quarter of the game against Adelaide last week saw them settle for a drawn match.

It was to be the second draw in three games played out at Blacktown.

Giants captain Alicia Eva has been a stand out with 22 disposals (which was more than any Giant could get for the whole game) and is an absolute asset to the GWS lineup.

Both teams are coming off playing in testing, wet conditions and low scoring matches but with Freo playing back at home, they should be too good for the Giants.

BACK FREMANTLE TO BEAT THE LINE @$1.90

Adelaide Crows Vs Carlton

Saturday 3 March, 7:10pm, Norwood Oval

Adelaide 55 – Carlton 20

The Crows coming off a draw against GWS face Carlton who was belted by the Western Bulldogs last Friday night.

While it is still mathematically possible, Adelaide’s draw to the Giants last week makes it near impossible that they will be able to defend their premiership.

2017 AFLW MVP Erin Phillips was quiet for the Crows last week while the Rising Star of last season Ebony Marinoff recorded a record 21 tackles in Adelaide’s draw against GWS.

Carlton is coming off a 73 point thrashing to the Western Bulldogs and destroyed any hope of them playing in the Grand Final this season.

The Blues scored only 2. 1 (13) for the entire match with all of the points scored in the final quarter. They also had gun recruit Tayla Harris out on suspension and co-captain Brianna Davey out with a season-ending knee injury.

Harris will return from her one-week suspension and add something to Carlton’s forward line but with Adelaide on the rebound, they will show no mercy for the Blues this weekend.

BACK ADELAIDE TO BEAT THE LINE @ $1.90

Collingwood Vs Western Bulldogs

Sunday 4 March, 2:35pm, Ted Summerton Reserve

Collingwood 41 – Bulldogs 49

It’s bottom vs top playing out in the regional Victorian town of Moe.

Collingwood comes off an impressive 34 point win over Melbourne last week with Mo Hope coming into form since being dropped in Round 2 along with Captain Steph Chiocci and Jaimee Lambert being impressive.

The win against Melbourne came off the back of a week of criticism directed towards the Pies squad and their coach.

Although the Magpies remain bottom of the ladder and can’t make the Grand Final they will want to get some late season wins to restore some pride and go into next season with some confidence.

For the Western Bulldogs, they come off a massive 73 point win over the Blues last week and sit on top of the ladder with 3 wins, 1 loss and a massive percentage of 200%

It was an AFLW record-breaking night for the Doggies as they achieved the largest winning margin of 73 points, the highest score in AFLW history 12. 14 (86) and forward Brooke Lochland booted seven goals.

The Western Bulldogs have impressed over the AFLW season so far and despite the setback of Captain Katie Brennan being injured and possibly missing the rest of the season, it hasn’t affected the team’s impressive performances.

The Dogs should be too good for an improved Collingwood this Sunday and all but march on to the Grand Final.

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