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AFLW match report: Pies hurt Lions' GF hopes

AFLW Highlights: Brisbane v Collingwood The Lions and Magpies clash in Round 06 of the AFLW
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Brisbane Lion Sophie Conway and Collingwood's Tara Morgan compete for the ball

COLLINGWOOD has derailed Brisbane's chances of going back to the NAB AFL Women's Grand Final with an upset 14-point win at Burpengary on Saturday.

The 8.5 (53) to 5.9 (39) victory was the Magpies' second of the season and came on the back of a scintillating four-goal opening quarter.

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Forward partners Christina Bernardi and Moana Hope kicked two goals apiece in the opening onslaught as the Pies moved the ball beautifully in the wet conditions.

The win moves them from last up into sixth position.

Collingwood coach Wayne Siekman said it was nice to get some reward for effort during a difficult season.

"To come up here and play against a team that’s got everything on the line, they’re playing for everything, [and] full credit to the 21 players who executed the game plan to perfection," he said.

"You wouldn’t know we were on the bottom before the round.

"Our actual stats, our disposal efficiency is quite high in the competition. We changed the way we played last year, it’s a much more [high] possession game."

For the Lions the loss is a disaster as they now need to beat Greater Western Sydney in the final round and also hope Adelaide - and likely Melbourne - lose.

Collingwood led by as much as 32 points and despite three late consolation goals by the Lions, were never challenged.

The Magpies were not only the more desperate team, but the more polished.

Bernardi was brilliant, kicking three goals from her 16 disposals and seven marks.

Hope also finished with three goals while Jasmine Garner gave the vaunted Lions defence headaches with her 17 disposals, six marks and 1.3.

Chloe Molloy (16 touches) was outstanding off half-back, while Caitlyn Edwards (12 touches and 10 tackles) was in everything, particularly in the scene-setting first half.

For a team that had everything to play for, the Lions were disappointing.

"The focus was to get a fast start and the opposite happened," coach Craig Starcevich said.

"Full credit to the opposition, their skill and execution and decision making under adverse conditions was exceptional.

"Destiny's out of our hands, so now we're watching results and hoping things go your way.

"They're (players) disappointed, no doubt about it, they've let an opportunity slip."

Emily Bates (20), Jamie Stanton (18) and Ally Anderson (17) got plenty of ball in the midfield, but it was often rushed and under pressure.

Did you see that?
The Lions were within 12 points and Bella Ayr had the ball at the top of the goalsquare, but what looked a certain goal was thwarted by Tara Morgan who launched herself across Ayr's boot for a desperate smother that stole the show. 

It was over when…
The Magpies steamrolled their way to four goals in the first 13 minutes. Bernardi kicked her first inside three minutes, Hope added one two minutes later with a sublime left foot snap, Bernardi added a second after a sweeping movement from the back half and Hope completed the carnage after a strong mark and 50m penalty. The match-winning gap was opened and they never looked back.

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If the Lions had even a sniff of a comeback it was snuffed out by Meg Hutchins' incredible third-quarter goal. After receiving a free kick for out-on-the-full, Hutchins went back and split the sticks from 35m out on the right boundary line – a truly amazing set shot in wet conditions. 

The ladder now
While the Pies moved from eighth to sixth, the story was the Lions – they blew it. Starting the round second and needing two wins to reach the Grand Final, they now need three results to go their way. They need to beat GWS then hope Collingwood upset Adelaide and Western Bulldogs beat Melbourne.

Say what?
"Full credit to the 21 players who executed the game plan to perfection. That's all you can ask for as a coach."
- Collingwood coach Wayne Siekman 

"The opposition were better than us, we didn't bring the level of intensity and pressure required. In the key moments early in the game, they were too good for us."
- Brisbane coach Craig Starcevich 

What’s next?
The Lions play Greater Western Sydney in Blacktown on Friday night at 7.05pm and must win to keep their Grand Final chances alive. Collingwood will look to finish its season with another upset when they host Adelaide at Olympic Park Oval on Sunday afternoon at 2.35pm (EDT).

BRISBANE                2.2       2.4       2.6       5.9 (39)
COLLINGWOOD        4.4       4.4       6.5       8.5 (53)

Brisbane: Frederick-Traub, Exon, Wuetschner, Lutkins, Ashmore
Collingwood: Bernardi 3, Hope 3, Garner, Hutchins

Brisbane: Lutkins, Frederick-Traub, Bates, Gibson, Stanton
Collingwood: Bernardi, Garner, Molloy, Hope, Edwards, Duffin

Brisbane: Nil
Collingwood: Nil

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Young, Strybos, Curtis 

Official (estimated) crowd: 2600 at South Pine Central Sports Complex (Burpengary)