Shepparton export Angela Foley will have the chance to create history on Saturday in the AFL Women’s grand final after Adelaide secured second spot on Sunday afternoon.
After trailing Collingwood early in the final term, the Crows lifted to draw away late and record a 24-point victory in stylish fashion, booting five unanswered majors in the last stanza.
Foley was once again important for her side, racking up 10 disposals in the win to continue her great season.
It was do or die for Foley’s team after Melbourne had ousted the Crows with a dominant win against Fremantle earlier at the weekend, but star players Erin Phillips (22 disposals and three goals) and Sarah Perkins (15 disposals and four goals) lifted to drag their side into the inaugural AFL Women’s decider.
In a somewhat controversial decision, the grand final will be played at Metricon Stadium as a curtain-raiser to the AFL round one match between Gold Coast and Brisbane.
The Lions’ women’s side has played all of its home games at the South Pine Sports Complex in Brendale, but that facility has a capacity of only about 3000 and, while a move to the Gabba was mooted, the quality of the turf was deemed not viable to host the grand final.
If Adelaide is to snare premiership glory it will have to turn the tables on the Lions from when they last met only a fortnight ago.
In that round five clash the Crows led for much of the game, but a Kate McCarthy major at the start of the final term gave Brisbane a lead that it never surrendered.
Foley collected 13 touches and was named in the best in what was her first taste of an AFL Women’s defeat in the three-point loss, and will be keen to exact revenge for the result that placed her side’s chances of history in jeopardy.
The Lions are yet to be beaten in the competition though and will present a tough task, but either way the public is sure to be treated to a finale worthy of the brilliant season that has preceded it.
The inaugural AFLW Grand Final match will begin this Saturday at 1pm.