Crows crush Dogs with Scheer brilliance to lock up finals spot

ADELAIDE has stormed into the NAB AFLW finals with a comprehensive 56-point win over the Western Bulldogs.

Ebony Marinoff led the way with 24 possessions for the Crows, who confirmed their finals berth with a 12.6 (78) to 3.4 (22) win at Norwood Oval on Sunday.

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Adelaide had winners across every line with Anne Hatchard, Rhiannon Metcalfe and Stevie-Lee Thompson important at the contest, while Chloe Scheer booted three goals.

A top-two finish is still a possibility following the win that came on the heels of a 28-point loss to Melbourne.

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"It was an excellent response ... as a group they were pretty disappointed," Adelaide coach Matthew Clarke said.

"Obviously last week's game wasn't our best but ... to come out and remedy some of the issues that we had was really pleasing.

"It's the most even AFLW season we've had and to know that we're going to be part of that finals series - which will potentially be the best we've ever had - is a great place to start.

"We've still got a bit of work to do, but to be part of it is really pleasing."

Skipper in the perfect spot to find the big sticks

00:45 Mar 21. 2021. 5:58 PM

Chelsea Randall uses the space and puts another major on the board for the Crows

The loss dropped the Dogs to eighth on the ladder, with a 4-4 win-loss record, and eliminated them from finals contention.

"We have a lot of milestones that we try to achieve," Bulldogs coach Nathan Burke said.

"The most games we've ever won in a home and away season is five, so we need to win five.

"At 5-4 it's a winning season so we'll work on that."

This tackle was just Toogood

00:34 Mar 21. 2021. 4:55 PM

Bonnie Toogood's crunching tackle results in her second major of the game

Brooke Lochland and Ellie Blackburn worked hard for the Bulldogs, but Adelaide's intensity and pressure on the ball carrier troubled the visitors from the outset.

After booting just two goals in their last-start loss to Melbourne, the Crows flew out of the blocks with three majors in the first quarter.

Bonnie Toogood brought the margin back to 13 points at quarter-time with her first, but the Bulldogs were besieged in the second term.

Adelaide's pressure forced turnover after turnover, Scheer and Caitlin Gould each adding their second goals inside the last minute to send the home side into the main break with a 33-point lead.

Ash Woodland kicked the only goal of the third quarter, players on both sides appearing to fatigue in the warm conditions.

Danielle Ponter climbed high to take a stunning mark early in the final term.

She didn't convert after the big grab, but the clinical Crows finished the job and boosted their percentage with a four-goals-to-one quarter.

Ponter flies high in this MOTY contender

00:28 Mar 21. 2021. 5:59 PM

Danielle Ponter takes a huge grab early in the forth quarter

ADELAIDE                        3.1     7.3     8.4     12.6     (78)
WESTERN BULLDOGS     1.0     2.0     2.2     3.4     (22)

Adelaide: Scheer 3, Gould 2, Woodland 2, Phillips, Jones, Martin, Button, Randall
Western Bulldogs: Toogood 2, Lamb

Adelaide: Scheer, Marinoff, Hatchard, Phillips, Woodland, Jones
Western Bulldogs: Blackburn, Lochland, Lamb, Toogood

Adelaide: Nil
Western Bulldogs: Nil

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