PREVIEW | QAFLW Round 16: Tune up for finals with ladder positions set

NO MAJOR movement can occur on the 2023 QAFL Women’s season, but gaining form ahead of the finals series could be vital for the teams. The top four teams all face a bottom four opponent meaning an even keel for each of the competitors.

Saturday, July 29 @ Graham Road, 2:00pm

Third placed Aspley Hornets will be fired up after a shock loss to University of Queensland last round which denied them a double chance opportunity. The Hornets do need to win here to avoid the potential of Coorparoo making up the 41.35 per cent in a “mathematical” possibility, but realistically, will retain the home final next week against the Kings.

Wilston Grange could theoretically overtake the Red Lionesses if the Gorillas can have a huge win to cover the 20.82 per cent, but a competitive effort at the Hornets Nest will be the minimum the Gorillas look to take from the match.

Jessica Stallard has booted 20 goals for the year and is equal in the leading goalkicker stakes with Southport’s Maggie O’Connell. No doubt her teammates will look to feed her as much as possible, particularly if the Hornets have the game in the bank. Rachael Vetter (15 goals) is also not far behind, while Charlize Anderson (12) is the most for the Gorillas.

Gemma Donataccio has not played a bad game all year and will again be a key player for the Gorillas, while Mackenzie Findlay and Keyshia Matenga have also been impressive. Louise Tyson and Mikayla Martin have been consistent performers for the Hornets.

Expect the Hornets to bounce back with a win, but the Gorillas will not make it easy on them.

Saturday, July 29 @ Neil Upton Oval, 2:00pm

Maroochydore will finish the season in seventh and Coorparoo in fourth – unless the Kings have a record-breaking win to make up the 41.35 per cent on Aspley while the Hornets lose – but both will be keen to pick up the four points. Finishing their season at home, the Roos have shown to be stronger there, and could pose a few issues for a Kings outfit that will quickly want to forget its worst performance of the year last week against Southport.

Saturday, July 29 @ Fankhauser Reserve, 2:00pm

Southport responded to its first loss of the season against Bond University with a commanding win over Coorparoo, and solidified the minor premiership. The Sharks take on the winless Yeronga South Brisbane in a top-against-bottom clash, and barring a miracle, the Devils will head into the 2023/24 off-season without a win in the season.

Saturday, July 29 @ Graham Road, 4:45pm

Wrapping up the round of action is second placed Bond University up against fifth placed University of Queensland. Though both have solidified their spots – barring Wilston Grange crushing Aspley – the Red Lionesses showed last week the are capable of doing some damage by defeating the Hornets. With the Bull Sharks missing some quality players due to the AFLW Under 18 Championships, they could be vulnerable to the impressive reigning premiers.

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