AFLW 2023 Finals Preview: First Preliminary Final
TODAY, the all important AFL Women’s Season 8 Preliminary Finals begin. But will today see the crowning of a fifth time Grand Finalist or a first time one?
Today at 7:45pm
How They Got Here
Brisbane come into this clash after a weekend off earned thanks to a qualifying final win over Adelaide, while Geelong has had to go the long way around and find themselves in today’s game off the back of an impressive win against Melbourne last week.
There is a bit of history between these two sides. They have met three times previously, with Brisbane winning two of those three previous meetings.
Key Stat Areas
Both of these sides are poor when it comes to hitouts and stoppage clearances, but quite strong when it comes to centre clearances.
Geelong’s inside 50 count is better than Brisbane’s, but the Lions have been far more efficient inside 50 than the Cats have this season.
Key Match Up/s
As Melbourne learnt the hard way last week you cannot afford to leave Prespakis free even an inch if you want to succeed, so Brisbane cannot afford to make the same mistake today. Thankfully the Lions have Dawes, who rmatches up well with Prespakis and can play that run-with tagging role if need be.
It is no secret how dangerous Davidson is up forward for Brisbane, so Geelong will need to mark her closely all day. Luckily they have McDonald, who has the experience and know how to match it with the star forward.
Up the other end Geelong will be grateful to have the crafty Scheer returning today, with her sneakiness and ability to work at the foot of their talls absolutely crucial. Monahan is going to have a busy day, and cannot afford to give Scheer any space.