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Perkins, Phillips power Adelaide to AFLW Grand Final berth

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    The Adelaide Crows are into the first ever AFLW Grand Final thanks to awesome performances from Sarah Perkins and Erin Phillips.

    They will travel to play the undefeated Brisbane Lions in Queensland next week, searching to become the first ever AFLW premiers.

    The match was arguably the most thrilling that we’ve seen so far in this AFLW season, with twists and turns at the Magpies putting up some serious fight.

    Adelaide were the dominant team early but just couldn’t make it count on the scoreboard, and their innaccuray left them vulnerable to a Collingwood counterattack.

    Despite that, they were still busy enough in front of goal to lead by 13 points at halftime, and it looked like they were bound to carry on with a win.

    Sarah Perkins was a key player in that first half for them – she put through two goals of her own before halftime and also assisted two others.

    However it was all Collingwood in the third term, they kicked three goals to no score from the Crows and lead by seven points at the final change.

    That put Adelaide in a dire position – they needed to recover the lead and hold it until the end of the game, or it was season over.

    Perkins rose again to be their guiding light – she banged through the first two goals of the final term, taking her total to four for the day, and putting Adelaide in front.

    From there it was all the Crows. Erin Phillips kicked two great ones to extend the margin, finishing with three from the day, before Jess Sedunary put the icing on the cake.

    Jenna McCormick and Rachel Killian were Adelaide’s other goal-kickers from the day. For Collingwood Mo Hope and Jess Cameron had two each, and Alicia Eva, Christian Bernardi and Jasmine Garner kicked singles.

    The result means the end of the Melbourne Demons’ season – they would have made the grand final had the Crows lost.

    Instead, it’s going to be the Brisbane Lions versus the Adelaide Crows next weekend for the ultimate prize in women’s footy.

    Final score
    Collingwood Magpies 7.4.46
    Adelaide Crows 10.10.70

    Josh Elliott
    Josh Elliott

    Josh Elliott may be The Roar's Weekend Editor, but at heart he's just a rusted-on North Melbourne tragic with a penchant for pun headlines - and also abnormal alliteration, assuredly; assuming achievability. He once finished third in a hot chilli pie eating contest. You can follow him on Twitter @JoshElliott_29 and listen to him on The Roar's AFL Podcast.

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    The Crowd Says (5)

    • March 20th 2017 @ 6:34am
      Perry Bridge said | March 20th 2017 @ 6:34am | ! Report

      Perkins and Phillips – 7 goals between them – the Lions defenders know exactly what their major tasks are next week.

      • March 20th 2017 @ 12:05pm
        Ken Spacey said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:05pm | ! Report

        So Perry any views on how after all the hype the crowds have fallen away? Only 2,500 at this one!

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          March 20th 2017 @ 12:20pm
          TomC said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:20pm | ! Report

          Very hot day in Melbourne, home side no chance of making the grand final.

          These things seem pretty obvious, but of course Ken’s only interest is being nasty about women playing sport.

          • March 20th 2017 @ 3:05pm
            Ken Spacey said | March 20th 2017 @ 3:05pm | ! Report

            No Ken is trying to balance the hype that surrounds everything the AFL does with the reality of what happens. After a big start it has tapered off and like the men’s version the non AFL states crowds and media interest is modest. Please don’t lecture people on supporting women’s sport when the richest, -most media connected sport is catching up, not leading on women’s participation. The crowds are a very good as a season average but they have flat lined quite quickly. If you read other forums you’ll see Perry gets around a fair bit as well.

        • March 20th 2017 @ 12:49pm
          Casper said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:49pm | ! Report

          2,500 seems about right for Goschs Paddock. Looked pretty full to me.

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