Essendon v Port Melbourne
Port Melbourne will play in its first ever VFLW Grand Final after defeating Essendon by 30 points in the Preliminary Final on Sunday.
Essendon had all of the chances in the first half but couldn’t capitalise, leaving the door open for Port Melbourne. As the game wore on, the Borough increased the pressure around the ground which led to five unanswered goals in the second and third quarters to set up the win.
Emily Harley starred for Port Melbourne, kicking three goals from 16 disposals and acting as the focal point up forward. Kaitlyn O’Keefe and Jessie Williams combined well through the middle, finishing with 20 and 18 disposals respectively.
Maggie McKellar was impressive in defence for Port Melbourne and Laura Wright applied plenty of pressure with her 10 tackles.
For the Bombers it was Grace Dicker who tried to will her side back into the contest with her 21 disposals and 15 tackles.
Sophie Molan again impressed with 24 disposals and Bella Clark was strong in defence for the Bombers.
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Southport v Coorparoo
Southport held Coorparoo goalless on its way to a third straight win in the penultimate round of the QAFLW.
Carly Remmos impressed for the Sharks, leading with her 22 disposals, nine tackles and a goal in the 89-point win. Kristi Harvey and Sarah Ingram also found plenty of the football while Maggie O’Connell led on the scoresheet with her four goals.
It was a tough day out for Coorparoo but Sally Young and Bonnie Farrell stood tall finishing with 20 and 18 touches respectively, Farrell also finished with a game high 10 tackles.
Wilston Grange v Maroochydore
Wilston Grange turned the game around in the second half to overcome a 10-point deficit to run away 26-point winners over Maroochydore.
Kylie Welsh put in a big performance to get Wilston Grange over the line, finishing with 35 disposals, 20 contested possessions and two goals.
Keyshia Matenga was also impressive with her 31 disposals while Charlize Anderson impacted the scoreboard with her three goals from 17 disposals.
Demi Norton and Lilly Baker did their best to keep Maroochydore on top of the contest with their 25 and 18 disposals respectively.
Aspley v University of Queensland
After kicking the first three goals of the contest University of Queensland had to hold on against a fast finishing, but inaccurate, Aspley team who fell short by eight points.
Delisted Brisbane Lion Ava Seton had a day out against Aspley collecting 20 disposals, nine tackles and two goals in the win for University. Laura Roy wasn’t far behind with her 22 disposals while Ashleigh Moyle was also amongst the best.
Lucia Liessi was important at the contest for Aspley with her nine clearances from 24 touches. Lucy Pengally had an impact and Maddison Kawa had a game high 12 tackles.
Yeronga South Brisbane v Bond University
Bond University bounced back from its loss in round 14 with an 89-point win over Yeronga South Brisbane.
Courtney Sexton found plenty of the football in the win with her 30 disposals while Nyalli Milne had an all round performance with her 21 disposals and three goals.
Ava Usher was also important for Bond University finishing with 22 disposals and eight inside 50s.
For Yeronga South Brisbane Lucy Bellinger led the midfield with her 23 disposals and Sophie Dunne and Madison Goodwin were also in the votes.