ADELAIDE is the last team through to the Season 7 AFL Women’s Preliminary Finals, after defeating Collingwood by 12 points. In game largely dictated by the weather, the Crows proved far too strong to advance to the preliminary final.
It took Collingwood until the third quarter to put a major on the board, and although they kept Adelaide scoreless in the third term and goalless in the last, it did not matter as Adelaide were too strong in the first half.
Quick goals are starting to become a habit for Adelaide
For the second week in a row, Adelaide got the first goal of the game in record breaking time. Last week it was Danielle Ponter 19 seconds against the Demons, while yesterday it was Eloise Jones in a mere 20 seconds. The two goals are the fastest in AFL Women’s history, and both came in successive weeks in big games.
Thunder and Lightning, it’s getting exciting!
The Adelaide weather certainly played havoc in this clash. With a huge storm sweeping over Unley Oval, the game was initially delayed by 30 minutes and then delayed again by 20 minutes at quarter time. The storm caused huge issues with the visibility, with those watching at home unable to truly understand how dark it got due to the camera settings. The amount of water on the ground after the storm was quite a site to see.
Not all the Crows star in the normal way
While Anne Hatchard saw plenty of the ball, finishing with 24 touches and six tackles, Ebony Marinoff only touched the ball 12 times. However, she certainly found other ways to make her impact on the game. She landed a whopping 13 tackles in the game, so she laid more tackles than she disposed of the ball. However the likes of youngsters Madison Newman (19 disposals) and Teah Charlton (15) filled the void.
Lambert stars again as Moy gets off the chain
Despite the tough result, one Pie that can hold their head up was Jaimee Lambert. The ball magnet had a nice and healthy dose of leather poisoning, finishing with 23 touches in a game where good clean disposals were at a premium. She also had six clearances and had a couple of behinds. Chloe Molloy also got off the chain in the wet with 15 disposals, six marks, seven tackles and three clearances.
How will this game affect Adelaide next week?
This match was quite a slog fest, which may ultimately take a toll on the Crows. They already have a tough challenge next week in the form of Brisbane, but the fact that today’s match was a slog will not help them in their recovery and preparation.