Only positives for Tigers and Pies despite loss, Roos and Crows deserved preliminary finalists


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The AFLW season is down to four teams vying for premiership glory after the run and semi-final victory.

North Melbourne continued their ascent from eighth place before the start of the final, getting revenge on Richmond after their thrilling draw in the final round home and away; while Adelaide edged out Collingwood in a low-scoring game to book a date with flag favorites Brisbane.

Here’s how the four teams fared in the penultimate weekend of the season.

richmond

The Tigers were lulled into a false sense of security this final series by being placed in the top four.

Despite their disappointing loss to Kangas, I think they can still be proud of what they have achieved this season, and they will hopefully use that to build an even better team next season.

Monique Conti had a very enjoyable game, watching kick a goal and have 21 eliminations. Courtney Wakefield scored a goal in her last AFLW match, which was a very bittersweet moment for a women’s football icon.

Better luck next season, Richmond.

North of Melbourne

The Kangaroos put on a show against the Tigers and proved they deserved to be one of the top four teams in AFLW competition this season.

I’ve talked about the strength of the schedule before, but North Melbourne had arguably the toughest game of the entire season, having to play against all eight of the other nine top teams.

Against the Tigers, the Kangas were prepared, came with a game plan and executed it to perfection.

On to the Demons next weekend – if the Kangas want to win this, they’ll have to take their game to an even higher level.

Adelaide

The Crows fired again this week and broke their own record for fastest goal in AFLW history in their semi-final win over Collingwood.

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But if they want to beat the Lions in the preliminaries next week, they will have to continue that trend of scoring early and really put the pressure on the Lions.

Anne Hatchard had a magnificent game, scoring one goal and making six tackles, while ruckster Caitlin Gould had a fantastic seven clearances and 28 hits, which really set her team up for victory down the middle.

Anne Hatchard of the Crows celebrates a goal. (Photo by Sarah Reed/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Collingwood

The Pies never really had a chance against the Crows, and the only reason they were able to stay close in this game was because of bad weather and the circumstances it created.

Collingwood, throughout the season and again against the Crows, had far too many missed shots and wasted chances in front of goal.

I’m honestly excited to see what the Pies will do with this team this offseason, because they feel like a football club that really can only improve on what they already have. They need more team cohesion and better coaching and they could be a real threat in the eighth season.

Better luck next season Collingwood.




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