With solely three rounds of the AFL Ladies’s season remaining earlier than the finals, time is working out for a variety of groups.
There are two top-of-the-conference clashes in each swimming pools this weekend, the primary seeing two-time grand finalists the Brisbane Lions come up towards the Geelong Cats, and the opposite with competitors pacesetters North Melbourne internet hosting 2017 premiers the Adelaide Crows in Werribee.
Meantime, Collingwood will probably be determined to get on the board when internet hosting Carlton, whereas the Better Western Sydney Giants will probably be out to construct on final week’s win over the Pies after they host Melbourne in Blacktown.
The opposite match sees each Fremantle and the Western Bulldogs look to make amends for poor Spherical four showings.
Right here is your information to Spherical 5.
Brisbane Lions vs Geelong Cats
After two dismal losses towards Fremantle and Melbourne, Brisbane wanted to bounce again in the event that they have been to have any likelihood of reviving their finals hopes – they usually did so in devastating trend final Saturday evening.
Of their first assembly towards the Western Bulldogs since final 12 months’s grand remaining, the Lions not solely exacted some revenge, but additionally hammered the Canines by 32 factors to rocket as much as the highest of Convention B.
Ahead Sabrina Frederick-Traub rebounded from a forgettable exhibiting towards the Dees to be one of many Lions’ finest.
The Cats – who have been additionally coming off two losses, although to the Western Bulldogs and Crows – survived a serious scare towards Carlton earlier than finally prevailing by 5 factors, the outcome seeing them declare second place in Convention B.
However they are going to be with out Maddie Boyd and Aasta O’Connor for the journey to Brisbane, after copping suspensions for tough conduct and placing, respectively.
Prediction: Brisbane Lions by 14 factors.
Carlton vs Collingwood
Final week, Collingwood slumped to a brand new low – falling to their fourth straight loss.
A scoreless first quarter towards the Giants in Morwell noticed the Pies pressured to play catch-up, however whereas they scored 4 majors to 1 after quarter-time, they ended up falling brief by 9 factors.
On Saturday evening they’ve their finest likelihood but to interrupt their duck, in what shapes as a mockbuster at Ikon Park, with the Blues languishing on one win for the season.
After breaking via for his or her first win in over 12 months, towards the Giants in Spherical three, Daniel Harford’s facet fell agonisingly wanting a second consecutive win after they went right down to the Geelong Cats by simply 5 factors final Saturday evening.
Had Tayla Harris not hit the submit twice within the third quarter (in addition to dropped some gettable marks), the Blues might so simply have gained consecutive matches for the primary time because the opening two rounds of final season.
As an alternative, they continue to be third in Convention B and whereas a win will go a great distance in direction of retaining their finals possibilities alive, it might additionally see the Pies edge nearer to the general picket spoon (not solely have they not gained a match, their share is 56.2).
Prediction: Carlton by six factors.
GWS Giants vs Melbourne
After three straight losses, the Giants roared again into finals rivalry due to a robust first quarter towards the Pies, during which they kicked 4 targets and saved their opposition scoreless.
However whereas they may solely handle one main thereafter, they did sufficient to register their first win for the season and maintain alive their possibilities of qualifying for the finals for the primary time.
In the meantime, the Dees are coming off one other gut-wrenching loss, this time to competitors pacesetters North Melbourne, a outcome which has them sitting in fourth place within the highly effective Convention A.
They’d taken the lead early within the final quarter, due to a aim from Aliesha Newman, however a controversial free kick awarded to North’s Emma King allowed her to kick a aim which finally sentenced the Dees to one more slender defeat.
Their journey to Blacktown will come precisely two years to the day since they suffered a five-point defeat on the identical venue in pouring rain – a outcome which finally resulted in them lacking the grand remaining on share.
It additionally stays the Giants’ solely ever win at Blacktown – they usually’ll be hoping to win their second of their final match on the venue for this 12 months.
Prediction: GWS Giants by 4 factors.
North Melbourne vs Adelaide Crows
One other severe take a look at awaits North after they tackle the resurgent Crows of their first house recreation in Melbourne, however final for the season, in a top-of-the-conference showdown.
Due to a contentious free kick within the remaining quarter, the Roos saved their undefeated report intact and with a per centage of over 200, it’ll be arduous seeing them miss the finals.
The Crows, meantime, have rebounded from their heartbreaking, one-point loss to the Western Bulldogs to win their final three on the trot, the newest a powerful 42-point win over Fremantle.
They’d led by solely three factors at halftime, however kicked six majors to none after to submit their largest win for the season, with Ebony Marinoff and Erin Phillips the Crows’ finest.
Nonetheless, at house, Scott Gowans’ facet ought to declare the factors and safe a finals berth.
Prediction: North Melbourne by eight factors.
Fremantle vs Western Bulldogs
The ultimate match of the spherical sees Fremantle and the Western Bulldogs coming off heavy defeats, after they face off in Perth for the primary time.
The beforehand unbeaten Dockers had trailed the Crows by solely three factors at halftime, however misplaced their approach after that to go down by 42 factors and be knocked out of the highest two of Convention A.
In the meantime, the reigning premiers crashed to their second consecutive defeat, and their heaviest for the 12 months, taking place to Brisbane by 32 factors at house within the grand remaining rematch.
Regardless of having the breeze behind their backs within the first quarter, the Canines failed to attain a aim and from that time have been on the again foot.
However whereas they did elevate within the second half, the sight of co-captain Ellie Blackburn being stretchered off within the remaining quarter nearly summed up the Canines’ horrible evening.
The outcome leaves them on the backside of Convention A and the very last thing they’d need as they try to maintain their premiership defence alive is to move west to face a Fremantle facet desirous to bounce again in entrance of their followers.
Prediction: Fremantle by 12 factors.