The AFLW nears its conclusion this weekend with the last of the home and away fixtures to be played out this weekend before the Grand Final on March 25.
Brisbane have already cemented a spot in the big one, while the other slot is still up for grabs and will be settled this Sunday, when Round 7 concludes.
Here is our preview of what should be a fascinating conclusion to the season. .
Saturday March 18
Melbourne v Fremantle Tips
-Casey Fields (4.35pm)
Melbourne will remain in the hunt for a Grand Final berth if they can knock over Fremantle on Saturday but they will have an anxious wait as they need Adelaide to drop their fixture the following day. The Demons prevailed in a thriller by two points against the Crows last weekend and will look for Karen Paxman and Daisy Pearce to continue their dazzling form. Their opponents, Fremantle, broke through for their first win last weekend after a few near misses. They conquered Carlton at Domain Stadium and will be an awkward proposition for the Dees. Kara Donellan looms as a match winner for the visitors in what should be a close one.
GWS Giants v Western Bulldogs Tips
-Manuka Oval (7.10pm)
The two sides square off in a battle to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon. Both sides have won just one of their six encounters and are firmly out of the race. The Giants were flogged by Collingwood last weekend, going down by 36 points, while the Bulldogs pushed Brisbane, losing to the top side by seven points. Emma Kearney and Ellie Blackburn have had solid seasons for the Doggies, while Erin McKinnon has been one of the Giants better players. This one could go either way.
Sunday March 19
Collingwood v Adelaide Crows
- Olympic Park Oval (1.35pm)
Both sides can qualify for the Grand Final but Collingwood will need a minor miracle, even if they win big. Adelaide will advance through to the decider with a win and will be looking to string together four solid quarters, after leaving their run too late against the Demons last weekend. Erin Phillips and Chelsea Randall have been in stellar form for the Crows while Sarah 'Tex' Perkins has been amongst the goals this season. Collingwood come off a strong win against the Giants and have been playing their best footy late in the season. Moana Hope shone with two goals last weekend, and the clash in the ruck between Emma King and Rhiannon Metcalfe should be crucial here. If the Magpies can win some of the key one on one battles they may very well spoil the Crows party.
Carlton v Brisbane Lions
-Ikon Park (3.35pm)
Brisbane are two games clear in top spot and will host the Grand Final regardless of the outcome of their clash against Carlton. Like Collingwood, the Blues can sneak into the big one but will need results to go their way. Their hopes of a spot in the big one were all but dashed last weekend in the 16-point loss to Fremantle. The Blues have struggled for consistency but enjoy the services of the competition's leading goal kicker, Darcy Vescio. Expect the Lions to keep their foot on the pedal, however. With the likes of Kate McCarthy, Emma Zielke and Sharni Webb in the lineup, they should have too much firepower.