An exciting end of the home-and-away season in the AFLW saw a goal in the final seconds of a match to decide who was going to the Grand Final, and an upset victory in the final match denying the reigning premier a chance to go back-to-back.
A goal by Brooke Lochland in the final 90 seconds of the match between Western Bulldogs and Melbourne propelled the Bulldogs into the Grand Final, knocking out Melbourne and pushing Brisbane into second position.
Adelaide then had to defeat Collingwood in the final match on Sunday to leapfrog Brisbane and reach the Grand Final, and it was looking very good for them, 17 points up just before half-time. Perhaps they were thinking too much about next week, with Collingwood running over the time of them, scoring five goals to zip in the second half.
In the other matches, Fremantle defeated Carlton in the battle of the wooden spoon, handing Carlton that rare honour of being at the top and bottom of the ladder in the same season but, unfortunately for them, at the bottom of the ladder at the end of the season and the prize of the wooden spoon.
Brisbane jumped Greater Western Sydney in the first quarter and handed out a thrashing, ending the season on a high and booking a spot in the Grand Final, although they did have to wait a day to have it confirmed, when Collingwood defeated Adelaide on the Sunday.
Another great home and away season, but it really needs to be extended. A seven-game season and one final is not enough, and we hope the AFL looks at extending the season to at least 14 games, and a few finals.
Next Saturday at 1:05, the Western Bulldogs play against Brisbane in the Grand Final, Brisbane seeking redemption after their 6-point loss in last year’s decider. It promises to be a very exciting match, although the Bulldogs may have to do it without their star player, Katie Brennan, after she was banned for one match for a rough tackle.
FREMANTLE 2.2 3.2 6.4 9.5 (59)
CARLTON 2.0 3.5 5.7 6.12 (48)
Fremantle: Lavell 2, Donnellan, Miller, Webb, Gibson, Sharp, Antonio, Hooker
Carlton: Harris 2, Downie 2, Vescio, Loynes
Fremantle: Hooker, Antonio, Webb, Donnellan, Lavell, Miller
Carlton: Harris, S.Hosking, Loynes, Downie, Gay, Arnell
Fremantle: O’Sullivan (head knock), Janz (knee)
Carlton: Audley (head knock)
Umpires: Rawlings, Simmonds, McPhee
Official crowd: TBC at Fremantle Oval
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 1.1 1.3 3.5 3.6 (24)
BRISBANE 6.2 7.3 8.4 10.4 (64)
Greater Western Sydney: Tully, Gum, Staunton
Brisbane: Frederick-Traub 4, Wuetschner 3, Conway, McCarthy, Webb
Greater Western Sydney: Eva, Farrugia, Bennetts, Dal Pos, Tully, Swanson
Brisbane: Frederick-Traub, Anderson, Bates, Zielke, Wuetschner, Lutkins
Greater Western Sydney: Nil
Umpires: Howorth, McGinness, Crosby
Official crowd: 2253 at Blacktown International Sportspark
WESTERN BULLDOGS 0.0 3.2 3.2 5.3 (33)
MELBOURNE 1.1 2.1 3.7 4.7 (31)
Western Bulldogs: Kearney, Brennan, Berry, Lochland, Conti
Melbourne: Cranston, Paxman, Smith, Hore
Western Bulldogs: Kearney, Blackburn, Bruton, Spark, Conti, Birch
Melbourne: Paxman, Smith, L Pearce, Downie, O’Dea, Jakobsson
Western Bulldogs: Nil
Melbourne: Lampard (knee)
Umpires: Mirable Dore, Johanson
Official crowd: 7593 at VU Whitten Oval
COLLINGWOOD 1.1 3.1 5.3 8.5 (53)
ADELAIDE 2.5 4.6 4.8 4.8 (32)
Collingwood: Garner 3, Bernardi 2, Hope, Kuys, Tesoriero
Adelaide: Wallace, Hatchard, McCormick, Thompson
Collingwood: Garner, Bernardi, Brazill, Lambert, King
Adelaide: Phillips, Marinoff, Randall, Allan, Thompson
Adelaide: Randall (head knock)
Umpires: Young, Rowe, Guy
Crowd: 2,300 at Olympic Park Oval