2021 AFLW Round 6 Tips & Preview

Richmond Vs North Melbourne

Friday 5 March, 5:10pm, Punt Road

After finally breaking through for their first-ever AFLW win, can Richmond make it back-to-back victories against North Melbourne this Friday night?

Probably not.

The Tigers were outstanding and they did it style easily accounting for Geelong with an emphatic 47 point win at GMHBA Stadium.

Richmond is clearly the standout of the teams that are down the bottom of the ladder and will take plenty of confidence heading into this game, but North is a class above.

North Melbourne was back at their best after a couple of disappointing weeks, getting the job done over Carlton in Launceston by 22 points.

Two early goals in the opening minutes of the game and five straight goals in the last quarter saw the Kangas get back to their winning ways.

Now back in the top six, North needs to keep winning to ensure they play finals this year.

The Kangaroos are the overwhelming favourite in this game, and rightfully so, however, Richmond has been proven to be highly competitive and no easy beat this season.

North at the 1-25 margin seems about right.

Back North Melbourne 1-25 @ $2.05

GWS Giants Vs Brisbane Lions

Saturday 6 March, 3:10pm, Manuka Oval

After breaking Freo’s 11 game winning streak, the Brisbane Lions will head to our nation’s capital as the heavily backed favourite against the GWS Giants.

Brisbane just keeps on keeping on.

In one of the best defensive efforts, the Lions kept Freo at bay for the entire day and notched up a famous win on the road.

Currently sitting second on the AFLW ladder with five wins and a solitary loss, many will expect them to see this match against the Giants as a percentage booster.

It just depends on which GWS team shows up.

The Giants can be a really good team some weeks, but frustrating in the others, as was the case last week against the Western Bulldogs and copping a 25 point loss at the Whitten Oval.

At the time of publishing, the Lions were the short-priced $1.14 favourite in the head to head betting.

They should be able to get the job done and given the line has been set at -21.5, you’re better off taking the 25+ margin to just get a smidge more on the likely profit.

Back Brisbane Lions 25+ Points @ $1.95

Adelaide Vs Gold Coast Suns

Saturday 6 March, 5:10pm, Norwood Oval

This game is not a matter of who will win this, but what margin the Adelaide Crows will win this by.

The betting has the Crows at $1.04, Suns $10 in a two-horse race and it’s quite possibly the longest line that’s ever been set in the history of AFLW betting -37.5 in favour of the Crows.

Adelaide absolutely obliterated St Kilda last week with a thumping 53 point win, keeping the Saints to a score of just 1-2 (8)

The Gold Coast came oh-so-close to their first win of the season last week against West Coast, going down by 1 point with inaccurate kicking costing them their chance of four premiership points.

I never like to go the NO BET option in any of my tips, but that line is quite high.

So, I’ll take the risk and go with the Suns to cover it.

Adelaide will win this, but the Suns are capable of getting within 37.5 points of them.

Back Gold Coast Suns to Cover the Line (+37.5) @ $1.88

Melbourne Vs St Kilda

Saturday 6 March,7:10pm,Casey Fields

Melbourne and St Kilda kicked a total of two goals between them last weekend, so you could argue that they’ll be evenly matched this Saturday night at Casey Fields.

You would hope the Dees have done a few extra kicking drills, backing up a performance of 2-12 with 1-8.

Melbourne struggled with the Collingwood defence last week, and the scoreboard doesn’t lie.

Now sitting outside the six, Melbourne desperately needs to win this one.

St Kilda copped an absolute belting at the hands of Adelaide last weekend, kicking just the one goal for the entire game.

On the form, Melbourne is a far better side than the Saints but if their kicking woes continue, don’t rule out an upset here.

But I can’t see that happening.

I’m expecting the Dees to make a statement and as such, I’ll be backing them at the 25+ margin.

Back Melbourne 25+ Points @ $2.50

Carlton Vs Geelong

Sunday 7 March, 12:40pm, IKON Park

Sitting outside the top six, Carlton will very much look forward to playing lowly Geelong at Ikon Park this Sunday.

If the Blues can shrug off their slow starts of recent, they should be able to account for the Cats easily.

The first quarters have been a bit of a problem for Carlton this season, scoring only 1 goal 2 behinds in their past five games.

The Blues were competitive in the second and third quarters last weekend against North but were eventually blown away to the tune of a 22 point defeat.

They won’t struggle against Geelong.

It was yet another horror show for the Cats, who were made to look like witches hats against Richmond.

Geelong was scoreless at half-time and recorded 62 fewer disposals. It was just grim all round.

The line has been set at -27.5 in favour of Carlton and the Blues will easily beat it.

Back Carlton to beat the line (-27.5) @ $1.88

Collingwood Vs Western Bulldogs

Sunday 7 March, 2:40pm, Victoria Park

The unbeaten Magpies host the in-form Bulldogs in what is easily the match of the round at Victoria Park.

Six rounds in and Collingwood remains the only unbeaten team in the AFLW, sitting a game clear on top of the ladder.

They did it easy over the Dees with a 35 point win and are going along just nicely.

The Western Bulldogs have won four out of their past five and will fancy themselves as the one to burst the Magpies bubble.

Coming off a big win over the Giants, the Bulldogs forward line is really starting to get into gear with the likes of Izzy Huntington and Bonnie Toogood becoming quite the goalkicking duo.

Collingwood will go into the game as the favourite, but this game should be a thriller and hopefully go down to the wire.

I’ll take either team by 15.5 points or less in this one.

Back Either Team to win by 15.5 points or less @ $1.95

West Coast Eagles Vs Fremantle

Sunday 7 March, 4:40pm, Optus Stadium

The logistical nightmare that is writing a fixture in the current climate has resulted in West Coast and Fremantle meeting for the second time this season.

That’s pretty impressive given it’s a nine round home and away season with 14 teams, however, they’ll have to make do.

These two sides met back in Round 3 when the Dockers beat West Coast by 9 points.

West Coast heads into this match coming off their first win of the season – a one point thriller against the Suns and Freo were handed their first loss in 11 games against the Brisbane Lions.

Freo was held to just the one goal last week, and inaccuracy cost them dearly in a low-scoring affair.

The Dockers are the heavily backed $1.04 favourites, with West Coast the $10 outsider in a two horse race.

No one will give the Eagles a chance, nor should they.

However, given the unevenness of this contest I’m steering clear and for the first time in season 2021 I’m opting for a NO BET option.

NO BET


We’re down to the business end of the 2020 AFLW season and with three rounds remaining until the finals this weekend will make or break a number of clubs seasons.

Some clubs will be making a charge towards finals football, some will be getting the calculator out hoping other results go their way and some are already planning Mad Monday.

There are some great matchups ahead of us and the skill level and the games are getting better and better.

We give our tips and preview ahead of what is set to be an exciting weekend of AFLW action.

Geelong Vs North Melbourne

Friday 13, March,7:10pm, GMHBA Stadium

Coming off a solid win over the Gold Coast Suns in humid conditions in Mackay, the Cats play host to premiership favorites North Melbourne at GHMBA Stadium this conference A matchup.

North Melbourne goes into this match the clear $1.25 favorite.

Sitting on top of the conference A ladder, the Kangaroos have established themselves as the highest scoring team in the AFLW with an average of 48.6 points per match.

The Kangaroos made a clear statement last weekend smashing last year’s reigning premiers Adelaide by 42 points in Hobart.

North averaged at least two goals per quarter and looked sharp.

Not only can North get the wins but they’ve made a habit of smashing teams this season, which was their downfall in missing finals football under last season’s conference system.

The Cats have been on the improve of recent winning their last two games after starting the season 0-3.

They are currently knocking on the door of the top three of the conference which puts them in contention to play finals but their poor percentage of 97.9 and facing the high scoring and dominant North Melbourne might not help their cause, even if it is at home.

To the Cats credit, they were able to get on with the job after trailing by half-time in the humid conditions at Mackay going on to win by 20 points.

Along with Fremantle, North Melbourne are without doubt the best team in the AFLW right now and should be able to get the job done over the Cats.

The line has been set -16.5 in favor of them and a 3-4 goal buffer is very much in the Kangaroos range.

Back North Melbourne to Beat the Line (-16.5) @ $1.90

Brisbane Lions Vs Collingwood

Saturday 14 March,3:10pm, Hickey Park

This cross-conference match-up between the Lions (A) and Magpies (B) could prove to be one of the more fascinating games of the round.

Brisbane are currently second on the AFLW ladder but are coming off a loss to the unbeaten Fremantle in Perth and the Magpies kept their finals hopes alive with a solid 32 point win over the Western Bulldogs in Morwell.

Despite the three goal loss to Freo, Brisbane weren’t too far off the pace last weekend.

They beat the Dockers in disposals and clearences but just struggled with the inside 50s.

Emily Bates has proven herself to be an absolute ball-magnet with 27 disposals to her name.

Collingwood will travel to Brisbane with plenty of confidence.

The Pies 32 point win over the Bulldogs now has them sitting fourth on the conference B table and they’ll need to keep on winning and winning convincingly to keep their chances alive.

With three out of five so far this season, it’s already been a big improvement for the Pies who finished outright last in 2019 with only one win.

Chloe Molloy has proven to be an all-rounder, kicking two goals in the first quarter last week and then easily moving into the midfield. She will be one the Lions will no doubt have their eyes on this week.

No team is yet to come back from playing Freo in Perth and win the following week in the AFLW.

Collingwood are the underdog at $2.10 and can really match it with the mostly consistent Brisbane on their day.

The Pies to have a win and keep their finals hopes alive in this one.

Back Collingwood @ $2.10

St Kilda Vs Richmond

Saturday 14 March,5:10pm, RSEA Park (Moorabbin)

The two new expansion teams St Kilda (B) and Richmond (A) meet this Saturday afternoon in a cross conference match up at Moorabbin.

This will be the first time the Richmond Football Club has played in a game for premiership points since Round 13, 1988 when the Saints without Tony Lockett got the job over the Tigers by 25 points.

Historical aspect aside, we are looking at possibly a match up between the best expansion team versus the worst.

Throughout the first five rounds of their AFLW history, St.Kilda have always been competitive.

The Saints gave their fans value for money (even if admission is free) and the likes of Nat Exon, Olivia Vesely and Rosie Dillion are amongst their best with 40 possessions between the trio.

They were far from disgraced by Carlton last weekend in their 21 point loss and ultimately it was the Blues third quarter which got them over the line.

Some had Richmond in the mix to be a premiership contender at the start of the AFLW campaign with their high-prized recruits but that’s really come to backfire.

The Tigers remain the only team yet to register a win and their run home very much has their maiden season resulting in being winless.

Richmond suffered a 45 point loss to GWS in Wagga and never looked in the contest.

Mon Conti has proven again to be a star for the Tigers with her 21 disposals and six tackles, her explosive run from the midfield to Christina Bernadi which resulted in a goal was the only highlight for the Tigers.

The Saints will prove far too good for Richmond this Saturday and the line of -15.5 in favor of St.Kilda is generous – to the Tigers that is.

Back St.Kilda to Beat the Line (-15.5) @ $1.90

Melbourne Vs Carlton

Saturday 14 March,7:40pm, TIO Traeger Park (Alice Springs)

Alice Springs is in for a treat as it plays host to the conference B matchup between Melbourne who are second on the B ladder against Carlton who are third.

This could easily be the game of the round.

Carlton has shown they are a force to be reckoned with and have easily proven to be one of the most entertaining teams to watch in the AFLW competition.

The first half of their 21 point win over St.Kilda was a see-sawing affair before they kicked away in the third quarter to chalk up another win.

Melbourne had to get the job done over West Coast last week and they most certainly did that with a very comfortable 59 point win.

They also held the Eagles to the equal lowest score in AFLW history of 1.1 (7) – matched with Geelong’s efforts in last years Preliminary Final against Adelaide.

The Dees win was the fourth largest margin in AFLW history.

You could have mistaken Melbourne’s game for a training drill last week as they had 62 more disposals and 24 inside 50s.

It was also pleasing to see former Crow and cult AFLW star Sarah Perkins back in action with a couple of goals at full forward.

Carlton will prove a much tougher test for the Dees this weekend.

Expect this one to go down to the wire, but despite Melbourne’s dominance last weekend and the likely heat I’m willing to back the underdog in Carlton for this one.

Back Carlton @ $2.90

Western Bulldogs Vs Fremantle

Sunday 15 March,1:10pm, Whitten Oval

The undefeated Fremantle travel down to Whitten Oval to take on the Western Bulldogs who have had a very ordinary 2020 AFLW season in a conference B match up.

Fremantle remain the only team in the AFLW yet to drop a game and I can’t see it happening this weekend either.

Forward Sabreena Duffy is a superstar, booting 4.4 in their 18 point win over Brisbane and the Dockers girls play a pretty simple but effective brand of direct kicking and hard tackling footy that’s clearly working for them.

The Western Bulldogs one and only win for this season was back in round 1 against the Saints but they haven’t looked any good since then.

The Bulldogs didn’t score a goal until the second half in their 32 point loss against Collingwood last week and had only 15 inside 50s for the entire game.

The stats sheet and form line suggests they’ll be in for a struggle against Fremantle even if it is at their home ground.

Our market has placed the line at -16.5 in favor of the Dockers and they should easily beat it this Saturday keeping their unbeaten season rolling on.

Back Fremantle to beat the line (-16.5) @ $1.90

Adelaide Vs GWS Giants

Sunday 15 March,3:10pm, Richmond Oval

This conference A matchup that will make or break either sides seasons as Adelaide takes on GWS this Sunday.

You can pretty much rule out the Crows to go back-to-back in 2020.

Injury has gotten the better of a lot of their star players and the Crows were smashed by North Melbourne last weekend in Hobart.

They now sit fifth on the conference A ladder with two wins and a very low percentage of 80.3%

Not only do the Crows need to win this and every other remaining match by a lot, they’ll also need a number of results to go their way so while still mathematically possible to play finals it remains highly unlikely.

GWS will go into this game taking plenty of confidence in their 45 point thumping of Richmond and it could have been an even higher margin with their 21 scoring shots for the match.

Currently sitting on third place in the conference A ladder and in a position to play finals with a healthy percentage a big win over the Crows could help consolidate their spot at the business end of the home and away season.

The Giants are yet to beat Adelaide in the previous three seasons of the AFLW however, there was a draw between the two back in Round four 2018.

While superstar Erin Phillips is likely to return for the Crows in this match, GWS have a lot to play for and are in-form.

The market has put Adelaide in as favorite but you can’t ignore recent form and the Giants look a great bet at the $2.75 head to head price.

Expect a big, big sound in Adelaide town this Sunday.

Back GWS @ $2.75 

West Coast Eagles Vs Gold Coast Suns

Sunday 15 March,3:10pm, Mineral Resources Park

Round 6 finishes off with a cross-conference clash between expansion sides West Coast (A) and the Gold Coast Suns (B)

Both teams have already achieved their historic first wins and would no doubt fancy themselves going into this match.

Gold Coast Suns have proven to be no easy-beat in their first AFLW season.

The Suns have had a mixed bag with a win, a couple of close losses and that draw against the Lions in the first AFLW Q-Clash which will no doubt go down as one of the games of the season.

Despite the 20 point loss to the Cats last weekend, they were competitive for most of the match and were even up by six points at the half-time break.

Ultimately it was the experience of Geelong and playing in the humidity of Mackay that got the better of them last weekend.

It is still mathematically possible for the Gold Coast Suns to be in the finals mix but they would need a number of things to go their way, along with simply winning for it to happen.

West Coast looked like witches hats in their 59 point loss against Melbourne last weekend.

The stats sheet makes for grim reading.

The Eagles recorded 62 fewer disposals, 24 less inside 50s and were even unable to take a mark inside 50 last weekend..

The Suns have proven to be a highly competitive four quarter team this season whereas West Coast can compete for a quarter or so before being blown out.

Our market has placed the line at -8.5 in favor of the Gold Coast and they should be able to easily cover it.

Back Gold Coast Suns to Cover the line (-8.5) @ $1.90


2019

There are only two Rounds left in season three of the AFLW and its a race for the top two spots in both conference A and B.

This weekend sees a historic double-header with the first AFLW matches to be played at Marvel Stadium and some fascinating matchups.

We have analysed all four games set to take place this weekend and our complete AFLW Round 6 tips can be found below.

Geelong Vs Fremantle

Saturday 9 March, 2:35pm, GMHBA Stadium

Fremantle makes the trip down to GMHBA Stadium in what should be a fascinating matchup against the Cats.

Geelong had a successful trip up North last week easily accounting for the Brisbane Lions and achieved their highest score of 5. 5 (35) in their short AFLW history in their 27 point win.

Once the Cats found themselves in front at half-time, the game was never in doubt and dominated for the rest of the match as the held the Lions midfield at bay.

A standout performance from forward Kate Darby was a highlight for the Cats with forwards Maddie Boyd and Aastar O’Connor out with suspension, booting three goals.

The likes of Richelle Cranston (23 disposals), Olivia Purcell (20 and nine tackles) and Renee Garing (18 and eight tackles) were also vital in the Cats big interstate win

Geelong now finds themselves one game clear on top of the Conference B table and in prime position to play a preliminary final in their first AFLW season.

After a bad loss on the road, Fremantle got back into their high-scoring, winning ways fighting off a Western Bulldogs comeback with an 18 point win at Fremantle Oval.

The Bulldogs were spirited, but the Dockers were able to outlast them in the hot conditions.

Fremantle’s win keeps them in touch with conference A leaders Adelaide and North Melbourne who are both on 16 premiership points.

Freo have clearly been the improvers of season 2019.

The likes of Kiara Bowers being a ball-magnet with 23 touches, 16 tackles, eight clearances and one goal played a vital role for Freo.

Dana Hooker has also been a standout for the Dockers with 21 disposals and nine solid tackles.

In order to play Finals football, Fremantle will need to beat Geelong this weekend and North Melbourne at home in order to qualify in Conference A.

Geelong hasn’t been a high-scoring side so far in its first AFLW season but playing at GHMBA Stadium it’s always hard to not tip the Cats be it AFL, VFL or AFLW.

BACK GEELONG TO WIN @ $2.40

Collingwood Vs North Melbourne

Saturday 9 March, 4:45pm, Marvel Stadium

The Magpies and the Kangaroos meet in what will be the historic first AFLW match played at Marvel Stadium.

Collingwood had the chance win their first game of their AFLW season but blew it against Carlton last weekend.

Sarah Rowe kicked a goal after the three quarter time siren to put the Pies 10 points up but some magic from Carlton’s Darcy Vescio got the Blues over the line resulting in a six-point Magpie loss.

Top draft picks Katie Lynch and Jordy Allen impressed for the Pes kicking two goals between them.

Ash Brazil was also able to get back to dominating in defence after returning from a concussion the previous week.

With 0 wins and 5 losses, The Pies are now the only team where it is mathematically impossible to qualify for a Preliminary Final under the controversial conference system.

North Melbourne suffered their very first AFLW loss going down to Adelaide by 35 points in Werribee last week.

The Roos kicked the first two goals of the game but allowed the Crows to kick 10 of the last 12 goals of the match in the highly anticipated top of the table clash.

It was yet again another outstanding performance from Emma Kearney with her matchup against Erin Phillips and Jess Duffin’s 23 disposals/11 marks in defence was a standout in North’s very first AFLW defeat.

Despite going down to the Crows, North will prove simply too good for the struggling Collingwood and should win comfortably.

BACK NORTH MELBOURNE +25 POINTS @ $2

Western Bulldogs Vs Melbourne

Saturday 9 March, 7:15pm, Marvel Stadium

The AFLW double-header at Marvel Stadium continues with the Western Bulldogs hosting Melbourne.

Melbourne had a vital 39 point win over the GWS Giants in Blacktown last week keeping them in finals contention as part of conference A.

Moving Madison Gay from the midfield to the forward line proved a great move and she worked well with Teagan Cunningham and Alishia Newman.

Yet again, Melbourne finds themselves needing percentage boosters in order to play AFLW finals having missed out on both seasons one and two’s Grand Finals on percentage.

With the conference system in place, Melbourne could miss a preliminary final place with the likes of Adelaide and North Melbourne dominating the “A” group.

The Dees scored 8.9 (57) and will want more goals this weekend to keep their preliminary finals hopes alive.

The Western Bulldogs have all but ruled themselves out of contention of playing in a preliminary final and winning back-to-back flags after their 18 point loss to Fremantle last weekend.

Despite being owned in the inside 50s 37-17, the Daughters of the West had their chances and found themselves in front by a point early in the fourth quarter thanks to a Brooke Lochland goal from a free-kick in the goalsquare.

Monique Conti was the star for the Bulldogs with 20 disposals to her name as was their ever reliable captain Katie Brennan with 18, but Freo was simply too good for them.

With Melbourne’s finals hopes on the line along with needing percentage and the Dogs out of contention, this won’t be like the thrilling virtual elimination final we saw at the Whitten Oval last year.

Melbourne should win and win easily.

NO BET

Adelaide Vs GWS Giants

Sunday 10 March, 1:35pm, Unley Oval

Coming off a convincing win over the Roos last week, Adelaide returns home to host GWS this Sunday.

The Crows now find themselves on top of the conference A ladder after their 35 point win.

Adelaide has now won four matches on the trot and yet again Erin Phillips was the standout with 23 disposals and two goals from the midfield.

Despite North Melbourne kicking the first two goals of last week’s match, Adelaide kicked 10 of the last 12 goals of the game.

Their final score of 10. 4 (64) was the highest of AFLW Round Five.

GWS went down to Melbourne by 39 points last week and have likely ruled themselves out of finals contention as a result.

While it is still mathematically possible for the Giants to secure a preliminary final birth, they would need to win their last two matches and for the Carlton-Brisbane clash to result in a Draw for them to have a chance at finishing second on the conference B ladder.

Scores were level at quarter-time but it was all Melbourne from there as the Giants kicked only one more goal for the game, kicking a total of two for the entire match.

With Adelaide sitting on top and on a roll, they smell blood and a percentage booster.

It won’t be a nice trip for the Greater Western Sydney Giants AFLW team this Sunday at Unley Oval.

BACK ADELAIDE TO BEAT THE LINE (-26.5) @ $1.88

Carlton Vs Brisbane Lions

Sunday 10 March, 4:05pm, Ikon Park (Princes Park)

AFLW round six finishes up with Carlton hosting the Brisbane Lions at Princes Park this Sunday afternoon.

Thanks to forward Darcy Vescio, the Blues managed to get over the line over the old rival Collingwood by five points last week.

The win has put Carlton closer to a preliminary final berth sitting in second place on the conference “B” ladder.

Poor kicking has been a serious issue for the Blues in season 2019, having kicked the first seven scoring shots for the match but only one goal from Tayla Harris.

Besides her final quarter heroism, Darcy Vescio also struggled in front of goal – kicking three behinds.

Brisbane had a tough day at the office against Geelong last Round, going down by 27 points and kicking their lowest score in AFLW history – 1. 2 (8) for the entire match.

The usually reliable Lions midfield were dominated by the Cats, with them clamping down on Emma Zilkee and Ally Anderson with a fierce tackling combination.

The Lions have had an up and down season and will need to win in order to have any chance of reaching a preliminary final.

With that in mind, they are very good at rebounding from bad losses and should Carlton still struggle with kicking could be a chance to get an upset win.

BACK BRISBANE 1-24 POINTS @ $2.50


2018

There are only two rounds remaining in the AFLW season with a Grand Final spot on the line.

All but one team has a mathematical chance of making the Grand Final with games this week being the equivalent of an elimination final.

We have analysed all four games set to take place this weekend and our complete AFLW Round 6 tips can be found below.

Adelaide Crows Vs Fremantle

Friday 9 March, 6:05pm, TIO Stadium

Adelaide 40 – Fremantle 36

Everything is on the line for both the Crows and the Dockers.

Adelaide still has a hope of defending their 2017 AFLW premiership after beating Carlton last week but their draw the week previous to GWS could have serious implications of finishing second and making the Grand Final.

Despite missing the second half of last weeks game with a quad injury Erin Phillips is expected to make it back into the Crows lineup this week and in a strange turn of events midfielder Ebony Marinoff suffered a strange tongue injury, she too is also expected to return for the Crows this week.

For Freo, some poor decision making last week cost them the game against the Giants and has all but ruled them out of contention of qualifying for the Grand Final.

Although Fremantle has been competitive this season and will put up a fight but the Crows should be too good for them this Saturday night and keep their somewhat mathematical chances of making the Grand Final alive.

BACK ADELAIDE TO BEAT THE LINE

Brisbane Lions Vs Collingwood

Saturday 10 March, 4:35pm, Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex

Brisbane 39 – Collingwood 53

The Lions remain in pole position to make the Grand Final and face a depleted Collingwood outfit this Saturday in Brisbane.

To say this season has been disappointing for Collingwood would be an understatement.

The Pies struggled to get a win on the board until round 4, their captain Steph Chiocci has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a two-game suspension and it’s not even mathematically possible for them to make the final.

Brisbane comes off a six-point loss to Melbourne last week and was held without scoring in the first quarter, to which the Lions played catch up football for the rest of the game.

Should the Lions win on Saturday they would need the Bulldogs lose their next two games by significant margins along with winning their last two home and away games to ensure they get a home final at the Gabba which won’t be hindered by an Adele concert this year.

BACK BRISBANE TO BEAT THE LINE

GWS Giants Vs Western Bulldogs

Saturday 10 March, 7:10pm, UNSW Canberra Oval

GWS 46 – Bulldogs 28

The most improved team of 2018, GWS takes on the most impressive team of this year, the Western Bulldogs in Canberra this Saturday night.

GWS have had a solid three weeks wins on the road against Collingwood and Fremantle and were able to hold Adelaide to a draw.

The likes of Courtney Gum and ruck Erin McKinnon were standouts for the Giants stellar win over the Dockers in Perth last week.

For the Bulldogs, they sit on top of the ladder 4-1 and a win will all but assure them of top spot on the ladder putting them through to the Grand Final.

It hasn’t been easy for the Dogs either with the likes of number one pick Izzy Huntington and captain Katie Brennan out with injury for the rest of the season they’ve been able to back it up with impressive performances week after week this season.

The Giants will put up a fight to the Bulldogs on Saturday night, but with a home Grand Final spot on the line, the Dogs will be too good for GWS.

BACK WESTERN BULLDOGS TO BEAT THE LINE

Carlton Vs Melbourne

Sunday 11 March, 5:35pm, Ikon Park

Carlton 22 – Melbourne 57

Melbourne goes into this game at IKON Park hot favourites to beat Carlton this Sunday.

Daisy Pearce, Karen Paxman and Elise O’Dea are known as “the big three” for the Demons and ensured that the Dees broke their two-game losing streak last week against Brisbane.

The Demons will need to win and win big to ensure they avoid a repeat of last year when poor percentage cost them a spot in the Grand Final.

Despite a good start, Carlton’s season has fallen by the wayside. The Blues were top of the table after Round 2 but are now second last.

The Blues put up a fight against Adelaide last week but crashed in the second half to go down by 35 points.

With the Demons desire to make the Grand Final, they should easily account for Carlton on Sunday.

BACK MELBOURNE TO BEAT THE LINE