Giants star Chloe Dalton has seen shut up who’re the very best within the competitors as she previews every of the finalists. Plus, who the tipsters are favouring this weekend.
The six finest groups in AFLW have emerged from essentially the most difficult season within the competitors’s historical past.
This Saturday North Melbourne hosts Fremantle at Arden St, whereas the Brisbane-Collingwood conflict has been postponed as a result of a Covid-19 outbreak among the many Magpies squad.
Giants star Chloe Dalton has had a first-hand view of the finalists this yr and in an unique column charges every staff as they problem for the premiership.
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A convincing 39-point win over St Kilda in spherical 10 secured one other minor premiership for the Crows. Again Adelaide’s backline has proved near-on impenetrable this yr, as they averaged the bottom factors scored towards within the competitors at simply 19.
Not solely does their form behind the ball create turnovers, Adelaide’s elite use of the ball and kicking effectivity ranks them highest within the comp for his or her potential to maneuver the ball from defensive 50 to inside ahead 50.
Key participant: Sarah Allan commanded the Crows again line, averaging 5.5 intercept possessions per recreation and will likely be a linchpin within the Crows recreation plan shifting into finals.
Verdict: Think they may make it to the massive dance off the again of an elite midfield, however objective kicking accuracy to show their downfall.
A extra constant Demons aspect emerged in 2022, closing out tight video games that in earlier years might have been their undoing.
The Demons boast a deep, versatile midfield, with the likes of Karen Paxman, Lily Mithen and Tyla Hanks inflicting harm with their ahead run. Melbourne can rating by a number of strategies — off the circulation of the sport or from contested marks inside 50m.
Melbourne ranked first within the competitors for scoring photographs from inside 50, at 40 per cent.
Key participant: Tayla Harris led the competitors in contested marks, averaging 2.4 a recreation, which will likely be key in persevering with to create scoring photographs in finals.
Verdict: My choose to win the flag.
The Lions will likely be trying to win back-to-back Premierships in 2022 after cementing their place as the very best attacking staff within the competitors, averaging 49.6 factors per recreation.
Following from their profitable 2021 season, Brisbane has been capable of finding scoring choices throughout the park, with Greta Bodey (10), Sophie Conway (10), Jess Wardlaw (7), Courtney Hodder (6), Zimmorlei Farquharson (6) and Taylor Smith (6) all hitting the scoreboard.
Key participant: Brisbane will look to Emily Bates to proceed main from the entrance throughout finals. Bates averaged 22 disposals and 10.9 contested possessions in 2022.
Verdict: They have the expertise of finals footy and may progress to spherical two however miss the composure of Lutkins to go all the best way.
Throughout 2022 the Kangaroos have exhibited their trademark model of uncontested play. With the best variety of common disposals and common marks, their potential to manage the ball permits them to dictate the ensuing model of play. Top groups have been capable of mitigate North Melbourne’s uncontested exterior recreation, which would require them to adapt in the course of the stress of finals.
Key participant: Jasmine Garner averaged 21 disposals in 2022, kicked 10 targets, averaged 10.4 contested possessions a recreation. Garner can win the ball constantly on the contest after which transfer ahead to trigger harm on the scoreboard.
Verdict: They have struggled towards prime groups, however I don’t assume they may progress by first week of finals.
The Dockers completed two targets brief within the quest to overhaul North Melbourne for fourth spot on the ladder. After an exhausting season tainted by WA border closures and well being and security protocols impacting star gamers, the Dockers should now win three away finals if they’re to assert the flag. Pressure was once more on the centre of the Dockers recreation plan, they completed because the top-ranked staff for tackles. With ball in hand, Fremantle used lengthy kicking and the pace of their ahead line to get out the again and kick targets.
Key participant: New captain in 2022 Hayley Miller grew considerably as a participant. She jumped from 13 to 18 common disposals from 2021 to 2022, and kicked 9 targets in 2022, up from one within the earlier season.
Verdict: Have had sufficient time to get better from Covid, and can trigger an upset at Arden Street.
Collingwood got here into the 2022 season as real premiership contenders, earlier than dropping key midfielders Bri Davey and Brittany Bonnici to ACL ruptures. Early on, the Magpies struggled to constantly convert, nonetheless, they’ve come residence sturdy the ultimate three rounds, incomes sixth spot on the ladder. A convincing 66-41 win over the Bulldogs in Round 8, a slender 30-28 loss to minor premiers Adelaide, earlier than a dominant Round 10 win over Richmond 47-9; Collingwood have demonstrated they do have the power to hit the scoreboard.
Key participant: Jaimee Lambert has as soon as once more established herself as a constant star within the competitors, averaging 21 disposals per recreation, 300 metres gained, 10.4 contested possessions and 4.6 clearances per recreation.
Verdict: The have had a very sturdy end to the season, however it’s arduous to see them progressing by week considered one of finals after a return from well being and security protocols.
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All-Aus, B&F: Expert verdicts on each AFLW award
Lion Emily Bates has been topped the News Corp AFL Women’s Player of the Year, pipping Adelaide ballwinner Ebony Marinoff by only one vote.
Bates, who has emerged as a key contender for the league finest and fairest award after a stellar season at finalist Brisbane, was named the very best participant within the sixth AFLW competitors by News Corp reporters at video games throughout the season.
The two-time All-Australian earlier this season credited key way of life adjustments for her step as much as turning into one of many prime gamers within the competitors, citing scrapping desserts and sauces as one step to the highest.
The league finest and fairest will likely be awarded on the W Awards on April 5, which will likely be held at Crown Palladium.
Crows ahead Ash Woodland can even be recognised on the W Awards after she claimed prime goalkicker honours for the house and away season with 19, after booting two targets to surpass Demons star Tayla Harris and Giants powerhouse Cora Staunton.
Docker Kiara Bowers completed fourth within the Herald Sun award on 16 votes regardless of lacking greater than a month of the season by suspension and harm, with Pie Jaimee Lambert rounding out the highest 5, tied with Kangaroos record-breaker Ash Riddell.
“Jaimee … I know everyone rates her, but I think she is severely underrated in the competition,” Magpies coach Steve Symonds mentioned as his staff progressed to a semi-final this weekend towards Brisbane.
“In my mind, she is a top-five or six player in the competition. She’s a super player who steps up when she needs to.
“She’s just so smart with what she does with the ball. She’ll never shirk an issue.
“She has that fire … and her ability around the ball and to set us up is really, really strong.
“She’s sore … she’s been battered around a bit, and she’s copped plenty of attention but she keeps stepping up to the plate and keeps on playing well.”
Lions coach Craig Starcevich mentioned his staff was champing on the bit to host a house last and “to get back on the Gabba (this) week will be awesome”.
NEWS CORP AFLW PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Emily Bates (Bris) 19
Ebony Marinoff (Adel) 18
Anne Hatchard (Adel) 17
Kiara Bowers (Frem) 16
Ash Riddell (NM) 15
Jaimee Lambert (Coll) 15
LEAGUE BEST AND FAIREST
It’s robust to go previous Emily Bates. The Brisbane star has been an extremely constant contributor for the Lions this season, sitting fifth for disposals within the competitors and sixth for contested possessions. The ballwinner capped her residence and away season with 18 touches on the weekend, 12 clearances and 11 tackles. Close to finest on floor in each recreation and that consistency may very well be rewarded by the umpires come April 5.
It’s arduous to look previous Gold Coast’s Charlie Rowbottom. As the No. 1 draft choose, Rowbottom got here in with loads of hype and delivered to sit down among the many competitors’s finest for contested disposals and tackles in her first season. But Carlton’s Mimi Hill would possibly simply be the one to offer the Sun a run for her cash. Hill returned from an ACL harm in Round 5 and didn’t look again, rapidly delivering a finest on floor exhibiting and backing it up week after week. Her expertise only one key asset in exhibiting she generally is a power.
Very tough to overlook minor premiers Adelaide. Experience, consistency and a confirmed monitor report to get it achieved on the prime degree is tough to prime right here. The Demons — who will face both Collingwood or Brisbane after per week off — pose a giant risk if they will get previous their preliminary last opponent, with the Lions looming giant. Would like to see a Crows v Dees grand last — two skilled AFLW powerhouses going face to face.
SEE THE 22 UNDER 22 SQUAD
The AFL Players’ Association on Tuesday introduced the squad from which its annual 22Under22 staff will likely be chosen.
The last staff, which is voted on by supporters, will likely be revealed as a part of the AFLPA’s MVP occasion on Tuesday, March 29.
And it’s sizzling premiership likelihood Brisbane whose youth is on the forefront, with 5 gamers within the last squad.
Twenty gamers from final yr’s squad have been nominated for choice once more, with the Prespakis sisters Madison – final yr’s vice-captain – and Georgie picked alongside each other.
THE FULL 22UNDER22 SQUAD
Teah Charlton (Adel)
Eloise Jones (Adel)
Montana McKinnon (Adel)
Danielle Ponter (Adel)
Natalie Grider (Bris)
Courtney Hodder (Bris)
Jade Ellenger (Bris)
Jesse Wardlaw (Bris)
Tahlia Hickie (Bris)
Madison Prespakis (Carl)
Mimi Hill (Carl)
Georgia Gee (Carl)
Jordyn Allen (Coll)
Lauren Butler (Coll)
Mikala Cann (Coll)
Emma O’Driscoll (Frem)
Sarah Verrier (Frem)
Dana East (Frem)
Mim Strom (Frem)
Rebecca Webster (Geel)
Georgie Prespakis (Geel)
Nina Morrison (Geel)
Chloe Scheer (Geel)
Claudia Whitfort (GC)
Ellie Hampson (GC)
Serene Watson (GC)
Charlie Rowbottom (GC)
Alyce Parker (GWS)
Shelley Heath (Melb)
Eliza McNamara (Melb)
Eden Zanker (Melb)
Tyla Hanks (Melb)
Mia King (NM)
Isabella Eddey (NM)
Daria Bannister (NM)
Monique Conti (Rich)
Tarni White (StOkay)
Eleanor Brown (WB)
Isabelle Pritchard (WB)
Mikayla Bowen (WCE)
WEEK ONE FINALS FIXTURE
North Melbourne v Fremantle, Saturday 2.10pm (AEDST), Arden Street Oval
Brisbane Lions v Collingwood, Saturday 4.10pm (AEDST), Gabba