Chloe Molloy celebrates a goal during Sydney's elimination final against Gold Coast on November 11, 2023. Picture: AFL Photos

ADELAIDE can't afford to be overly focused on Sydney game-breaker Chloe Molloy in Saturday night's semi-final, coach Matthew Clarke says.

The Crows mentor has two contingencies in place for the star Swan in the knockout final at Adelaide's Norwood Oval.

"One is to apply an individual player to try and shut her out of the game," Clarke told reporters on Friday.

"But the reality is she's just quality and she's going to have some influence at some point in time.

"You want to be aware and understand the strengths of your opponent.

"But you also need to make sure we don't lose sight of what we want to do ... always, it's team-orientated footy regardless of whether you have a specific match-up for one player."


Molloy booted three goals in Sydney's 17-point elimination final win against Gold Coast last weekend which set up what Clarke described as a "unique" semi-final.

Three-time premier Adelaide has never played the Swans, who didn't win a game last season.

"Welcome to the AFLW, there's some interesting things happen," Clarke said.

"I have obviously become pretty familiar with their work, particularly over the last month. Their footy has been outstanding, they have really surged towards the end of the season.

Aliesha Newman celebrates a goal by grabbing the Indigenous jumper that she designed in the elimination final between Gold Coast and Sydney at Heritage Bank Stadium on November 11, 2023. Picture: AFL Photos

"The last fortnight, their pressure has really elevated – they laid a record number of tackles (106) last weekend.

"But also offensively, they're quite strong, they move the ball to the outside of the contest really quickly and obviously Molloy is a threat down forward."

Clarke said the lack of previous exposure worked both ways for the semi-finalists.

"It's much harder for them too though, we're both in the same boat," he said.

"You can draw a fair bit from watching the tape and making sure that you're aware of the style that they're going to play.

Adelaide players look dejected after a loss during the qualifying final against Brisbane on November 11, 2023. Picture: AFL Photos

"It will be unique for both teams but I don't think it favours one team or the other."

Clarke has made one change to his minor premiers who slipped to a two-point qualifying final loss to Brisbane last Saturday, with small forward Jess Waterhouse replacing axed tall defender Najwa Allen.

"It's a match-up that one, ultimately Sydney's threat is probably more ground level," he said.

The Swans lost attacker Bec Privitelli, who injured a foot against Gold Coast, with Montana Beruldsen summoned.