In case you missed it: A snapshot of the preliminary finals

HERE'S a quick look at the NAB AFL Women’s competition preliminary finals.

Highest score

  • Adelaide, 11.7 (73) v Geelong. It's the sixth week in succession the Crows have been the round's highest scorer. They also recorded their highest-ever AFLW score, surpassing the 70 they recorded in round seven, 2017.

Lowest score

  • Geelong, 1.1 (7) v Adelaide. Without spearhead Phoebe McWilliams, the Cats were comprehensively strangled, scoreless until the 12-minute mark of the final term.

Most disposals

  • Ebony Marinoff (Adelaide), 27
  • Erin Phillips (Adelaide), 23
  • Lauren Brazzale (Carlton), 22
  • Maddy Prespakis (Carlton), 19
  • Jess Foley (Adelaide), 19
  • Anne Hatchard (Adelaide), 19

Leading goalkicker for the round

  • Danielle Ponter (Adelaide), 3

Injuries

  • Kara Donnellan (Fremantle, late withdrawal) knee soreness
  • Ashlee Atkins (Fremantle) shoulder
  • Evie Gooch (Fremantle), wrist
  • Hayley Miller (Fremantle), shoulder
  • Kerryn Harrington (Carlton), shoulder
  • Maddy McMahon (Geelong, late withdrawal), delayed concussion
  • Georgia Clarke (Geelong), head knock
  • Courtney Cramey (Adelaide), head knock

CARLTON 9.10 (64) def FREMANTLE 4.4 (28)

  • Aside from six minutes in the middle of the first quarter, Carlton led for the entire match, pushing out to a 37-point lead at the start of the fourth before winning by 36.
  • Carlton's Lauren Brazzale is hardly a household name despite having played 19 of a possible 21 AFLW games over the past three years, but she was arguably the Blues' best running on the wing. Her 22 disposals (including 16 kicks) was a much higher tally than her previous high of 12.
  • After a several days of headlines as a target of social media trolls, Tayla Harris responded in the best way possible. Not only did she take several strong contested marks and kick a goal, she also ran and tackled hard, creating pressure up forward.
  • The medical staff were very busy inside the Fremantle rooms post-match, with a number of players nursing injuries. Coach Trent Cooper said there would be several who would have struggled to play next week if the Dockers had won. Dana Hooker (chest and quad), Ashlee Atkins (shoulder), Evie Gooch (wrist), Kiara Bowers (hip) and Hayley Miller (hamstring) were all sore.

AFLW Match Highlights : Carlton v Fremantle

05:36 Mar 23. 2019. 5:01 PM

The Blues and the Dockers clash in the preliminary finals

ADELAIDE 11.7 (73) def GEELONG 1.1 (7)

  • It was yet another comprehensive performance from Adelaide, which will be hot favourite to win its second AFLW premiership.
  • The Crows kept the Cats scoreless until the 12-minute mark of the final term, when Richelle Cranston converted from the goal-square after a free kick and 50m penalty.
  • Star Adelaide midfielder Ebony Marinoff was unstoppable and put in another well-rounded performance with 27 disposals, 12 clearances, seven tackles and two goals.
  • Jess Foley might not win every hit-out, but her work around the ground as a ruck sets her apart. Against Geelong, she had a career-high 19 disposals, six tackles and kicked a goal.

AFLW Match Highlights: Adelaide v Geelong

05:46 Mar 24. 2019. 3:08 PM

The Crows and the Cats clash in the Preliminary Final of the AFLW

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