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Brisbane Lions vs GWS Giants
AFL Women's Round 4, February 25
|South Pine Sports Complex|
|Brisbane Lions||GWS Giants|
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The Brisbane Lions had no trouble taking up their fourth straight win in AFL Women’s, blowing away the GWS Giants with six goals to one on Saturday.
Brisbane Lions 6.7 (43)
GWS Giants 1.3 (9)
Today’s game in sunny Brisbane could turn out to be tighter than the teams’ relative places on the AFLW table would suggest, as the Brisbane Lions host the GWS Giants. Join The Roar for a live blog of the game, starting from 4:35pm AEDT.
Equal top of the table Brisbane have been impressive throughout the competition, much to the surprise of some of those from southern states.
Brisbane should go into the game with some confidence, being undefeated and showing a mix of flair and run.
Emma Zielke and Sabrina Frederick-Traub were impressive in their victory against Collingwood, and Tayla Harris is beginning to get more of the ball.
Into their side this week comes Jordan Membrey into the forwards, replacing Shaelise Law, and Kate Deegan in the backline for the injured Tahlia Randall.
For the Giants, each week continues to see improvement, in skills and grit.
Their come-from-behind draw against Fremantle last week showed that the Giants are beginning to gel more as a team as well as developing greater skills under pressure.
It was also clear that the first game for marquee player Emma Swanson helped the team considerably, with her gaining 16 disposals and driving the midfield.
Jess Dal Pos also continued to impress, seeming to bob up everywhere.
Also impressive was ruck Erin McKinnon, who racked up 31 hit-outs and was nominated as the Rising Star for the week. Her work had a big effect on the stoppage efficiency of the team.
Out of the Giants’ team, however, is last week’s forward-line star, Jacinda Barclay, who has been suspended one week for rough conduct in a poorly executed tackle. She has been replaced by the back Alex Saundry.
While Mai Nguyen impressed in the forward line this week, Barclay’s suspension may mean that forwards like Kate Stanton will need to be more involved.
In the final stages of last week’s draw, Stanton was getting herself in the right areas, but could not quite take the marks that would have won the Giants the game.
Brisbane should be the better team today, but the last two weeks have shown that it’s hard to write off the Giants.
Join The Roar for a live blog of the game, starting from 4:35pm AEDT.