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Collingwood versus Brisbane Lions final result, highlights


Aliesha Newman of the Magpies kicks the ball.
Aliesha Newman of the Magpies kicks the ball.

Brisbane has booked its spot in the first AFLW game at the MCG in next week’s preliminary final against Melbourne.

On Sunday the Lions were too much for a beleaguered Collingwood, which had been ravaged by Covid in the lead-up to the game, running out 50-point winners.

After an arm-wrestle in the first 10 minutes of the game, Brisbane took control and never looked back, running all over the Pies as they struggled with a mix of lingering effects of Covid and the warm weather.

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Brisbane had the better of the early chances in front of goal but was wasteful, missing three relatively easy shots, while the Pies missed one of their own.

A fortuitous free kick to Jess Wardlaw handed her the opportunity to kick the game’s first and she split the middle from 30m out on a slight angle.

The Pies’ tough preparation looked to be catching up with them late in the quarter as they were second to the ball, a trend that continued into the second term.

Sabrina Frederick fights for the footy between two Lions. Picture: Russell Freeman/AFL Photos via Getty Images
Sabrina Frederick fights for the footy between two Lions. Picture: Russell Freeman/AFL Photos via Getty Images

The Lions started to flex their muscle both on the scoreboard and physically, turning the pressure valve right up on Collingwood.

The Pies’ main weapon, Jaimee Lambert, found going tough as she came in for some extra attention from Brisbane’s midfielders, and Imogen Barnett was taken out of the game for a concussion test.

Orla O’Dwyer continued her stellar season and was best-on-ground to halftime with 12 disposals and a goal, while Cathy Svarc applied the clamps in the middle with six tackles.

The Lions dominated territory with 20-10 inside 50s on the back of owning contested possessions by 16.

Collingwood made the perfect start to the second half with a running goal from Aliesha Newman to cut the margin to 16 points.

But a 50m penalty to Wardlaw handed her a second goal of the game and a first career goal to Ruby Svarc snuffed out the Pies’ charge.

Jesse Wardlaw celebrates a big goal for the Lions. Picture: Russell Freeman/AFL Photos via Getty Images
Jesse Wardlaw celebrates a big goal for the Lions. Picture: Russell Freeman/AFL Photos via Getty Images

Emily Bates showed why she is one of the favourites for the AFLW best-and-fairest with a huge third quarter and had three clearances and 13 touches to the final break.

Collingwood coach Steve Symonds said the Pies were struggling with their run at three-quarter time and it turned the final quarter into a victory lap for the Lions as the game was never in doubt.

Mikala Cann has arguably been the most improved player in AFLW this season and had another outstanding game with 20 disposals and seven tackles.

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There were tears of joy in the Lions’ rooms before the game as Maggie Harmer found out she was going to debut just moments before the opening siren.

Brisbane’s first draft selection in 2021 came in for Indy Tahau, who was ill in the lead-up to the game.

The 18-year-old showed some bright signs and finished the game with six disposals and two tackles.

Stephanie Chiocci cops a late bump from Sophie Conway. Picture: Russell Freeman/AFL Photos via Getty Images
Stephanie Chiocci cops a late bump from Sophie Conway. Picture: Russell Freeman/AFL Photos via Getty Images

BOUNCE OF THE BALL

Sarah Rowe’s phone wallpaper all season has been her kick that bounced backwards off the goal line in last year’s preliminary final – the extra six points would’ve seen the Pies play in a Grand Final.

There was some bitter irony for Collingwood in the second quarter as O’Dwyer snapped towards goal and the ball bounced towards the behinds but took a left-turn and split the middle of the goals.

INTERCEPT QUEENS

It was a battle of two of the best intercept defenders in AFLW between Ruby Schleicher and Nat Grider.

Both finished with seven intercepts and were vital to their sides.

Schleicher couldn’t get her usual rebound going as she was dragged deep in the Lions’ attack, but still managed to finish with 312m gained.

Grider shut down most of the Pies’ forward thrusts and had 145m gained.

SCOREBOARD

LIONS 1.4 4.5 6.8 10.10 (70)

PIES 0.1 1.1 2.1 3.2 (20)

MOTTERSHEAD’S BEST

Lions: O’Dwyer, Bates, Anderson, C. Svarc, Wardlaw, Grider.

Pies: Cann, Molloy, Schleicher, Butler, Rowe.

GOALS

Lions: Wardlaw 2, Bodey 2, Hodder, O’Dwyer, R. Svarc, Farquharson, Campbell, Anderson.

Pies: Frederick, Newman, Molloy.

INJURIES

Lions: Tahau (ill) replaced in selected side by Harmer. Pies: Nil.

Venue: The Gabba

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