AFLW Grand Final Preview and Tips - Western Bulldogs v Brisbane Lions

Adam Cusworth 21 Mar 2018
  • Preview and Predictions for the AFLW Grand Final
  • Western Bulldogs face Brisbane Lions

The AFLW reaches its conclusion this weekend when the Western Bulldogs take on the Brisbane Lions in the Grand Final of the blossoming competition on Saturday March 24 at 12.35PM. 

The two sides secured a birth in the big one after triumphing in their respective Round 7 matches and the decider at Ikon Park promises to be a beauty. 

AFLW Grand Final Preview


The Western Bulldogs are the $1.70 favourites in early markets with sportsbet, while Brisbane are at $2.17. The Bulldogs are likely to enter as favourites, despite having their star forward, Katie Brennan, suspended for a sling tackle in the recent win over Melbourne. That has dominated the news in the early lead up to the decider. 

The Paul Groves coached outfit claimed victory over the Demons with a goal in the dying stages to claim their spot. They won five of their seven regular season games, including a victory over the Lions in Brisbane in Round 2. 

On that occasion, Brennan was a solid contributor for the Bulldogs, who set up a nine-point win with four unanswered goals in the second term of that clash. 

Brisbane can be buoyed by the fact that they finished that game off well, kicking the last two goals of the contest. The Lions won four of their home and away games and come into this after comprehensively defeating GWS by 40 points in the final lead up game. 

The stars for Craig Starcevich's side have been the powerhouse forward, Sabrina Frederick-Traub, as well as Alexandra Anderson, Emily Bates and Jamie Stanton. Frederick Traub booted four majors against the Giants and will be hard to stop on Saturday. 

The Lions have the added experience of having played off in last year's decider and while they lost that encounter to Adelaide, the experience should hold them in good stead. 

Key players for the Bulldogs include Emma Kearney and Ellie Blackburn as well as last week's winning goalscorer, Brooke Lochland, and Monique Conti. 

Stats


The Bulldogs were the competition's highest scoring side this year with 312 points, however, Brisbane conceded the fewest amount of points (196) meaning this is a classic attack vs defence scenario. 

The two sides have met on two occasions in the past two years and the ledger is squared at one win apiece. Last year it was the Lions by seven points in Brisbane, this year the Dogs prevailed by nine at the same venue. This is the first time they have met in Melbourne. 

Brisbane have journeyed to Melbourne on three occasions in the past two years for two losses and a win. They are one from two at Ikon Park. The Bulldogs have played at the venue on one occasion for a loss to Carlton last year. 

Prediction


The Bulldogs have been the most consistent of the two sides throughout the year and have the added benefit of not having to travel. They should be able to deal with the likely absence of Brennan and If they can curb the influence of Frederick Traub they will be comfortable winners. 


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AFLW Grand Final Preview and Tips - Western Bulldogs v Brisbane Lions

The AFLW reaches its conclusion this weekend when the Western Bulldogs take on the Brisbane Lions in the Grand Final of the blossoming competition on Saturday March 24 at 12.35PM.

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