AFLW 2023 Round 9 Preview: Friday

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  • Gold Coast

Heritage Bank Stadium

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For Gold Coast, every game is a must win from here on out in the race to the finals. They will be disappointed about how last week ended and will be keen to bounce back in a big way tonight.

For the Giants, it is all about ending the year with positive momentum. They picked up their second win of 2023 last week and will be keen to win two on the trot and keep building.


These two have met every season since the Suns came into the competition in 2020. Unfortunately for the Suns, the Giants are a bit of a bogey team as they have never defeated the Giants once in four meetings.

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Both of these teams tend to handball the ball more than they kick it, so how that clashes will be intriguing to watch.

Both of these teams have also had worse inside 50 efficiency than their opponents this season, so will need to improve that and make the most of every chance they get tonight.

Key Match Up/s

Claudia Whitfort vs Nicola Barr

The two tough nuts of the midfield, they are also the initial cogs of the whole attacking set up for their respective teams. Barr’s importance and responsibilities have also grown in the past few weeks, so there is more pressure on her to have a huge influence for her team.

Jamie Stanton vs Katherine Smith

The forward options for the Suns are wide and varied, but one of their most dangerous is Stanton. Smith or whoever ends up on her will have plenty to do tonight, especially since Stanton has already proven this season how dangerous she can be at Cararra.

Lauren Ahrens vs Zarlie Goldsworthy

Up the other end, and the danger woman for the Giants that the Suns need to watch out for is certainly Goldsworthy. Coming off a five goal game last week Goldsworthy is in rich form, so Ahrens or whoever ends up on her will certainly have an important job.

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