We are accustomed to seeing wet weather slogs that occur in the men’s AFL during the winter, but it’s rare to see two elite teams do battle in stinking hot conditions.
That was the case when Adelaide and Melbourne clashed in round six in Darwin, with the Crows coming in off a loss against Brisbane and the Demons needing victory in order to stay in the hunt for the Grand Final after being shocked by GWS the week prior.
We watched two of the best AFLW teams slog it out in 30-degree heat and 70 per cent humidity, and the intense clash was so memorable that it comes in at number four in our countdown of the 10 best AFLW matches of 2017.
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Though they were in desperate need of victory, it looked as though the Dees were going to get blown out of the water after the Crows took a 13-0 lead into the quarter time break.
Melbourne stabilised in the second term before putting the pedal down in the third, outscoring the Crows by 27 points to 6 in the middle two quarter to completely turn the game on its head.
Aliesha Newman’s running goal looked like it was the dagger in the contest, but the resilient Crows battled back to create a thrilling finish.
Kellie Gibson pounced on the chance to soccer home a goal with less than 90 seconds remaining, and when Sarah Perkins expertly snapped home another Crows goal just 20 seconds later, the margin was reduced to only two points.
Though the momentum was completely with Adelaide, Melbourne would not allow another midfield clearance lapse, clogging up the defensive third and playing for stoppages to hold onto victory in a heart-pounding finish.
All the highlights from Melbourne’s narrow win over Adelaide can be viewed below!
Adelaide: 2.1, 3.1, 3.1, 5.2 (32)
Melbourne: 0.0, 2.1, 4.3, 5.4 (34)
Adelaide: Sally Riley, Georgia Bevan, Chelsea Randall, Kellie Gibson, Sarah Perkins
Melbourne: Deanna Berry, Daisy Pearce, Alyssa Mifsud, Shelley Scott, Aliesha Newman
Adelaide: Erin Phillips (20), Angela Foley (13), Courtney Cramey (11), Ebony Marinoff (11)
Melbourne: Karen Paxman (21), Daisy Pearce (20), Lily Mithen (16), Elise O’Dea (16)