Just two weeks after the televised AFL Women’s match, another feast of female footy is served up with four state league Grand Finals being played over this weekend.
The Tasmanian Women’s League has the honour of kicking off this festival of footy when the Burnie Dockers look to stop Clarence from winning back-to-back flags at Aurora Stadium on Saturday.
|Darebin and Melbourne Uni will contest the first VFL Women’s Grand Final.
Image: Chris Eastman
Back in the Semi-Final it was the Dockers who got the early jump to lead by nine points at quarter time, until being brought to a grinding halt by Clarence, who went on to win 25 points and gain direct entry to the Grand Final.
Through the home and away season, the teams split the ledger one win each.
The Roos will be looking for match-winning performances from the in-form Jacinta Limbrick and captain Zoie Crawford, while Burnie will be hoping for something special from their Western Bulldogs representatives Emma Humphries and Ellyse Gamble.
AFL Tas Video Stream, live at 9:00am Saturday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaQGnQdUyIo
Up in the sunshine state, the QWAFL will see a new premier crowned after the back-to-back-to-back champions Cooparoo failed to make the finals.
The minor premiers, Coolangatta-Tweed, will be looking to go one better than their runners-up finish last year; however, they face a mighty challenge, taking on Yeronga South Brisbane at their fortress of Leyshon Park.
Last week the Bluebirds gained their entry in the big dance with a comfortable win over the Zillmere Eagles. However, it was smooth sailing for the Devils, with their game against the Red Lions abandoned due to poor weather and a rematch held the next morning.
It was heart-attack city with the Devils almost bombing out of the finals, if not for a late goal from Emily Bates to give them a two-point victory.
Both sides head into the match looking for their superstars to deliver in the big one. The Bluebirds will be wanting Leah Kaslar to give them first use of the ball, and hoping Maddy Roberts and Selina Goodman can feed the ball to their forwards Jordan Membry and Kalinda Howarth.
On the flip side, Emily Bates, Sam Virgo, Courteney Bromage and Kate McCarthy will be wanting to run amok on their home deck and pinch the flag.
AFLQ Video Stream, live at 5:30pm Saturday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WjlGSn3d2s
Girls Play Footy Radio simulcast: http://stereo.wavestreamer.com:3911/listen.pls
On Sunday, without question, most of the attention of the female footy community will be on the VFL Women’s Grand Final between the Darebin Falcons and Melbourne University.
For the underdog Mugars, it will be their first Grand Final appearance in eight years, and they made it to the big show the long way around.
A loss to the Falcons moved the Mugars down to third on the ladder, and despite being placed in the sudden death run, they dispatched the Eastern Devils and St Kilda Sharks with ease, signalling they’ve found the right form at the right time.
The Darebin Falcons, however, are simply incredible; they head into Sunday gunning for their fourth flag in a row and ninth since 2006
In their last 100 matches of football, the Falcons have won 94, with their last loss coming in round two last year, ironically to Melbourne Uni.
The Grand Final will be a star-studded affair, with five AFL Women’s marquees and four priority picks to take the field at Coburg City Oval.
Players who haven’t be signed yet by an AFL club but could break the game open include Darebin’s hard-as-nails midfielder Sarah Hammond, along with the Robert Harvey-esque Elise O’Dea who can run all day.
For the Mugars, in defence Nicole Hildebrand, Nicola Stevens and Cecilia McIntosh will be the most important players in the team. If they can deny the Falcons any inside 50 marks, it might be enough to give their side a chance at a massive boil-over.
Sunday at Coburg City Oval also features the Grand Final for the VWFL Premier Division between Bendigo and Deer Park at 12:00pm, plus in VWFL Division One’s Kew vs Darebin from 10:00am.
Girls Play Footy Radio, live at 1:30pm Sunday: http://stereo.wavestreamer.com:3911/listen.pls
AFL Vic Video Stream, 2:30pm Sunday: http://websites.sportstg.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-118-0-0-0&assoc=118&sID=356606
The last Grand Final to round out a massive weekend is the South Australian Women’s Football League Division One clash between Morphettville Park and West Adelaide at Aldi Arena, Sunday from 2.30pm (CST),
Morphies’ will go into the game red-hot favourites, having the better of the Bloods in all their 2016 clashes and packing a side full to the brim with champion players.
From SA captain Courtney Cramey to former Melbourne Demons ruck Danielle Goding, from young stars like Ebony Marinoff to the goal kicking machine in Lexia Edwards, it’s almost impossible to contain them all at once.
On the opposite side of the ledger, West Adelaide will have 11 players who have played 20 games or less pulling on the red and black jumper on Sunday, but will approach the game with a no fear attitude.
Without doubt the newer recruits will be looking toward veterans Cassandra Hartley, Sarah Masiero and Tara McDermott to lead the way and show them what Grand Final football is all about.
Also at Aldi Arena on Sunday is the Division Two grand final between Mount Lofty and Mount Barker beginning at 12:15pm (CST).
SAWFL Grand Finals: No live video stream or radio coverage has been announced.