We have passed the midway point of the inaugural AFLW competition and with just three games to go until the Grand Final, there are some crucial points up for grabs in the race for a spot in the big one.
The action kicks off on Friday when GWS host Melbourne. Here is our preview of the four games for the weekend.
Friday March 3
GWS Giants v Melbourne Tips
Blacktown International Sportspark (5.05pm)
The Demons led by three goals at three-quarter time before escaping with a one goal win against Carlton. Once again, Daisy Pearce was the star for Melbourne, while Elise O'Dea provided solid support in the middle of the ground. Karen Paxton set up plenty of attacking moves from halfback. The Demons are in 3rd position and have won their past three games after dropping their opener. A win here is crucial to their hopes of making the Grand Final. Winless GWS head in as underdogs against the Demons with the game a curtain raiser to the AFL men’s game between GWS and the Sydney Swans.
Saturday March 4
Carlton v Western Bulldogs Tips
Ikon Park (11.35am)
The two sides sit 4th and 5th on the ladder with Carlton one win clear of the Bulldogs, who have won just one of their four matches so far. The Blues missed out by one goal to Melbourne last weekend, while Collingwood rolled the Bulldogs. Breanna Davey should be fit after missing Carlton's fixture with a back complaint and will be a vital inclusion. The Bulldogs are slight underdogs for this, but if they can avoid a lapse in concentration like the one that occurred against Collingwood in the third term last weekend when conceding four goals, they can produce an upset. Look for Kristy Lamb and Ellie Blackburn to have a big say on proceedings.
Fremantle v Collingwood Tips
Rushton Park (1.35pm)
Collingwood finally broke through for a win last weekend, their first of the series after upsetting the Western Bulldogs and it was Jasmine Garner that stood tall with two goals, while Alicia Eva gathered plenty of the footy. Winless Freo were outmuscled by ladder leading Adelaide but led at the major break and if they can run and use the corridor as well as they did early on against the Crows, they are a big chance of registering their first win. Look for Kara Donnellan to continue her good form, while Kellie Gibson looms as another key for the home side.
Adelaide v Brisbane Tips
Norwood Oval (7.10pm)
The top of the table clash looks set to be a beauty and the winner will skip a game clear in top position, moving into the box seat for a Grand Final berth later on. Adelaide ran out 23-point winners against Freo last weekend with Ebony Marinoff continuing her good form, while Chelsea Randall was named best on ground. On the same weekend, Brisbane destroyed GWS by 36 points. The Lions will look for more brilliance around goal from Kaitlyn Ashmore but will have to withstand Adelaide's immense pressure. The Crows head in as slight favourites for this one in what should be one of the best games of the competition thus far.