AFLW Season 7 Finals preview: Brisbane vs Adelaide (Preliminary Final 1)

BRISBANE and Adelaide are familiar foes on the big stage, but for the Season 7 edition, it comes a week earlier than the big dance. Both have won flags against each other, but now only one can advance to the decider to play the winner of either Melbourne or North Melbourne.

  • Team
  • Brisbane
  • Adelaide


Brisbane come into this clash well rested after their week off, which the Lions earned with a win in their qualifying final a fortnight ago. Adelaide meanwhile had to go the long way to get to the penultimate weekend. After losing in week one of the finals, the Crows overcame both Collingwood and the weather last week to make it to the preliminary final.


These two have quite the history between them. Brisbane and Adelaide have met eight times across the seven seasons of the AFLW, with Brisbane currently ahead on the ledger five wins to three. These eight clashes also include two Grand Finals, with each side having won a flag against the other.


Luckily for both of these sides, their injury lists are very short at the moment. Although she ultimately did not return to the side this week, Zimmorlei Farquharson was available for selection after recovering from a finger injury. Meanwhile over at the Crows, Ailish Considine is still recovering from her hamstring injury and is still listed as being a week away from returning.



B: S.Campbell 20 P.Monahan 11            
HB: B.Koenen 3 N.Grider 10 J.Ellenger 5
C: O.O’Dwyer 9 E.Bates 1 S.Conway 12
HF: C.Hodder 21 D.Davidson 14 I.Dawes 17
F: J.Wardlaw 30 G.Bodey 15
Foll: T.Hickie 2 C.Svarc 25 A.Anderson 18
I/C: K.Lutkins 13 D.Heslop 23 T.Smith 31 M.Pauga 27 R.Svarc 29

Emerg: L.Pullar 24 Z.Farquharson 22 S.Webb 4


B: S.Allan 39 N.Allen 8                   
HB: K.Mueller 13 C.Biddell 12 M.Newman 17
C: E.Jones 2 A.Hatchard 33 S.Thompson 14
HF: R.Martin 5 C.Randall 26 N.Kelly 23
F: A.Woodland 24 D.Ponter 15
Foll: C.Gould 1 E.Marinoff 10 T.Charlton 25
I/C: Z.Prowse 4 A.Ballard 27 H.Munyard 20 L.Whiteley 22 M.Rajcic 32

Emerg: M.McKinnon 21 B.Tonon 28 K.Kustermann 7


As any good final should, there are plenty of enticing match ups right across the ground. It is likely to be Sarah Allan that gets the unenviable task of trying to stop Jesse Wardlaw, which is going to be crucial if Adelaide want to win.

Up the other end Bre Koenen is likely to be the one tasked with stopping Ash Woodland. In the midfield it is Ally Anderson and Emily Bates up against the likes of Anne Hatchard and Teah Charlton.


It is hard to see Brisbane not winning this. They have been one of two teams to beat all year, they are playing in their home state and they have had the week off. On top of that, it is hard to see the conditions last week and the emotional toll of the death of Heather Anderson this week not having a toll on the Crows.

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