Women’s footy legend returns as regular season ends

IT has finally reached the end of the regular 2022 Victorian Football League Women’s (VFLW) season, and although the season ends for for six teams after the weekend, which six teams that will be has not fully been determined yet. It also has not been determined who will finish where within the top six, so there is still so much to play out this weekend.

Hawthorn vs Williamstown
Tomorrow at 11am
Box Hill City Oval

Although the season may end for the Seagulls tomorrow, there is still plenty to play for for the Hawks. They will finish in the top three, but where in that top three remains to be seen. They can still make top spot, but only if they win and Casey topple Essendon.

Hawthorn have called in the big guns to try and get the job done, bringing back women’s footy legend and former Hawk Meg Hutchins, who did retire at the end of last season but is coming back this weekend. Meanwhile for the Seagulls, a frustrating season comes to an end tomorrow that began with so much hope but will unfortunately result in another missed finals campaign.

Essendon vs Casey
Tomorrow at 11:05am
Windy Hill

This should be an enthralling and entertaining clash. First versus third, with the safety of avoiding an elimination final next week potentially on the cards for the winner. If Essendon wins, the Bombers stay top and will host the qualifying final next week. Lose, and the Bombers could drop to second.

For Casey, if the Demons win and the Hawks lose, they could jump up to second. There is a mathematical way for Casey to jump to first if results go their way, but they have a huge percentage gap to make up so the likelihood of that happening is not very high.

Both sides have some very handy inclusions this week. Natalie MacDonald returns for the Bombers, while Georgia Campbell, Tahlia Gillard and Alison Brown all return for the Dees.

Carlton vs Western Bulldogs
Tomorrow at 1pm
Ikon Park

Unlike many of the matches this weekend, neither of the sides in this one can make finals anymore, so will both be keen to finish their seasons on a high. Carlton has the home ground advantage in this one, but Ikon Park is no fortress for the Blue Baggers, so the Bulldogs will smell a whiff of an opportunity for a win here, and they will be desperate for a win to avoid having a winless season.

The Bulldogs will also be boosted by the fact that although Carlton gain Marnie Jarvis and Rylie Wilcox back this week, the Blues do have a huge out this week in Jorja Borg.

Collingwood vs Geelong
Tomorrow at 2pm
AIA Centre

This will be the most season-defining match of the entire weekend. What happens here will not only determine the final make up of the top six, but who finishes where in the bottom half of the top six as well.

Geelong wins, and they will finish fourth and still have the shot of earning themselves a double chance due to the unique way the VFLW finals run. Lose or draw, and things get more complicated.

Collingwood on the other hand have their entire season on the line, however they only need to win or draw to ensure their season continues into next week. Remarkably, after what looked like a pretty nasty injury last week Katie Lee has been named for the Pies this week, which will give the side a huge boost in morale as she has been arguably their best player all season.

Port Melbourne vs Darebin
Tomorrow at 4:05pm
ETU Stadium

This is the clash of the sides that will be frustrated with how 2022 went for them, but for different reasons. After a stellar debut year in the VFLW, Port Melbourne were looking to go even better in 2022 but quite frankly the opposite has happened.

Meanwhile for the Falcons, all was looking good mid season for a miraculous finals berth after so many years down the bottom of the ladder, but some missed opportunities ensured that finals are no longer an option for them. Both sides will be keen to finish their season on a high, and both will come into the match optimistic of their chances.

Southern Saints vs North Melbourne
Sunday at 9:45am
Trevor Barker Oval

The game may or may not be season defining, and no one will know until the Collingwood and Geelong game finishes the day before. If Collingwood loses, North is still a chance to make finals, and if Geelong lose, the Saints are still a chance to finish fourth and give themselves an opportunity to fight for the double chance.

Both sides have some handy inclusions for this one. The Saints regain Kayla Ripari back but lose Winnie Laing, while North regain Jemma Blair but lose Brittany Gibson.

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