THIS s it. The final Sunday of the Queensland Australian Football League Women’s (QAFLW) season. The Big Dance.
Whatever you want to call it, the 2022 QAFLW Grand Final is upon us, with the University of Queensland Red Lionesses and the Southport Sharks set to do battle to decide who will lift the premiership trophy aloft.
UQ and Southport have not made the Grand Final by accident. They have both been two of the top sides all season, and have both earned their rightful place in the decider. On Sunday both sides will be aiming to create a little bit of history.
For UQ, it will be trying to go back-to-back in the top grade, which is one of the hardest things to do in football. For Southport, the Sharks will not only be trying to go back-to-back after winning the Division 1 title last year, but also trying to win the flag in their first season in the top grade, which is also not an easy thing to do.
These two teams have met twice already this season, with recent history not spelling promising signs for the Sharks on Sunday. Back in Round 9 it was the Red Lionesses who got the chocolates and also inflicted the first loss on the Sharks this season, and in round 15 it was the Red Lionesses who got the job done yet again.
However, in both the Round 9 and Round 15 clashes, many of the key stats were much tighter then the score line would have suggested, including disposals, marks and inside 50s, so if Southport can make the most of more of their opportunities on Sunday then they may stand a better chance.
Both sides have plenty of talent that are sure to keep fans glued to the action on Sunday.
For UQ, the likes of Steph O’Brien, Jacqui Russell, Isobel Hartog, Kaitlyn Day and Kristen Tyquin have all had stellar seasons, and even the likes of Jessi Henning and Ashanti Jackson have really stood up in recent weeks.
Meanwhile for Southport, it is their taller players in particular that are the ones to watch out for. Darcie Davies, Selina Priest and Brianna McFarlane are all dangerous and tall forward targets, while Madeleine Watt, Kaylee Kimber and Caitlin Miller have all had stellar performances in the last few weeks in particular playing various positions.
Ultimately, the Grand Final sees the top two sides battle for the ultimate prize in Queensland footy, but who will lift the premiership cup aloft?
The 2022 QAFLW Grand Final will take place on Sunday at 1pm at Leyshorn Park, Yeronga. The match will be livestreamed.