PREVIEW | VFLW Semi Final 2 2024

TODAY’s semi-final in the VFL Women’s may have very different ramifications to yesterday’s match, but the significance of it does not dimmish.

Whoever wins today is straight through to their first ever VFLW Grand Final, while the loser has to back up next week and battle the Western Bulldogs for a spot in the decider.

SEMI FINAL TWO

Williamstown vs North Melbourne
2pm
DSV Stadium

RECENT FORM

Williamstown has been one of the most consistent sides all season. Last time they dropped any points was back in Round 7, and got to this match with a win in last weekend’s qualifying final over the Western Bulldogs.

North Melbourne meanwhile have been up and down at times this season, but have won six of their last seven matches and come into today’s clash after demolishing Essendon in last weekend’s elimination final.

HEAD TO HEAD

These two sides have met five times in the past.

Despite the form of both sides this season, it is actually the Kangaroos who lead the head-to-head ledger, four matches to one. However, that one win the Seagulls have recorded was the last time these sides met.

LAST TIME THEY MET

Last time these sides met was back in Round 8 this season, which saw the Seagulls emerge four point victors.

The lead flipped several times in the first half and it was not until the back end of the third term that the Seagulls managed to gain the upper hand on proceedings.

Sharnie Whiting bagged two majors for the victors that day, while Nyakoat Dojiok kicked three majors for North Melbourne.

CHANGES FROM LAST WEEK’S SIDES

Williamstown:

In: Mikayla Plunkett
Out: Eliza Straford

North Melbourne:

NO CHANGES

KEY PLAYERS

Williamstown’s biggest strength comes from their midfielders, with their inside midfielders arguably the strongest group in the competition this season.

Eliza Straford missing today’s game with a knee injury is a massive out for the Seagulls, but they still have Emily Eaves and Megan Williamson that are sure to cause havoc for the Kangaroos.

On the flipside, North Melbourne’s forward line is prolific, with many different avenues to goal at their disposal.

Not only can key targets in Nyakoat Dojiok and Emily Paterno kick big bags, but midfielders like Alana Barba can too.

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