Two trailblazers of women’s footy will clash on the biggest stage as Erin Phillips’ Adelaide Crows host Daisy Pearce’s Melbourne in the AFLW grand final.
The Crows are no strangers to this time of the year, with Saturday’s match to be the club’s fourth AFLW grand final in six years.
But standing in Adelaide’s way of a third premiership will be the Demons, who are featuring in their first AFLW grand final after a terrific home and away campaign.
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While Phillips is regarded as the best player in the AFLW’s short history, Pearce is arguably the biggest figure in the competition.
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The match gets underway at 12:30pm AEST from Adelaide Oval.
As expected at the start of any grand final, it was a scrappy and tough in the trenches as neither side was giving an inch.
Jasmyn Hewett took a huge grab in the goal square late in the quarter and kicked truly from a tight angle to put through the first goal of the day.
The Crows took a seven-point lead into quarter-time, 1.1 (7) to 0.0 (0).
Adelaide started to really got on top in the second term, with all of the Demons clearances forward going back the other way.
“Kicking it to grass might be the best option, because you can see Adelaide are just so well drilled at setting up their midfielders to come back and clean up,” Channel 7 commentator Bec Goddard noted.
After a slow start, Erin Phillips ignited to hit the scoreboard after crumbing a pack to extend the Crows’ lead.
“That’s what she does, she is greatness, she’s got a winning instinct and she can smell a goal a mile off and it’s very hard to stop,” Goddard said.
Melbourne kicked a much-needed goal late in the second term after Alyssa Bannan capitalised off a sloppy turnover.
“Is that the spark Melbourne need?” Channel 7 commentator Jason Bennett questioned.
Adelaide took a 10-point lead into the main break, 2.7 (17) to 1.1 (7).
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