THIS weekend’s preliminary final will see the triumphant Geelong Cats take on the Collingwood Magpies, who will be enacting their double chance. While they might have finished on top of the ladder after the home and away season, Collingwood fell short of the Hawks last week. On the other hand, the Cats will be desperate to continue their form from last week’s win against the Northern Territory (NT) Thunder. Both teams will be pulling out all the stops to secure a place in the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s Grand Final next week and they have each made team changes to suit.
COLLINGWOOD v. GEELONG CATS
B: 72. K. Lee, 18. R. Schleicher, 67. H. McLaren
HB: 22. S. Casey, 12. S. Livingstone, 52. N. Hales
C: 50. G. Buchan, 13. J. Lambert, 99. S. Marsh
HF: 8. B. Bonnici, 49. S. Alexander, 28. H. Whitford
F: 3. N. Hildebrand, 75. E. Fowler, 2. C. Molloy
R: 58. E. Hynes, 47. J. Edwards, 41. K. Stratton
Int: 73. G. Biedenweg-Webster, 4. S. D’Arcy, 5. E. Grant, 63. P. Nash
23P: 70. J. Ferguson
In: G. Biedenweg-Webster, S. Livingstone, J. Ferguson
Out: D. Bateman, I. Ross
Stacey Livingstone will be an important inclusion to the Pies outfit this weekend. After missing Round 1 of finals, the AFLW star has been named in the back line, taking the place of Iilish Ross. Also coming in this week is Gabrielle Biedenweg-Webster who has been named on the interchange after being elevated from last week’s emergency list. Her tenacity for the ball and skill up forward will hopefully give the Pies an edge this weekend. Gippsland Power ruck, Jasmine Ferguson will also come in as the 23rd player. She takes the place of Daisy Bateman.
B: 26. R. Pearce, 44. R. Goring, 40. A. Teague
HB: 34. A. McDonald, 25. E. Coventry, 1. J. Woollett
C: 4. C. Blakeway, 13. M. Fogas, 3. H. Burchell
HF: 17. H. Mangan, 5. J. Ivey, 2. D. Orr
F: 7. M. Clifford, 6. M. Boyd, 8. K. Darby
R: 46. E. Hoare, 30. R. Cranston, 45. M. Keryk
Int: 28. M. Fedele, 24. M. McMahon, 41. C. Stevens, 33. H. Trevean
23P: 16. O. Purcell
In: M. Fedele
Out: N. Morrison
Confident with last week’s team, Geelong has only made one change in the lead-up to its clash with the Pies. Michelle Fedele is the only change to this week’s starting side but is nevertheless a crucial inclusion. The 2014 VFLW premiership player will be able to inject some finals composure into the team to help them bring home the win. She comes in for Vic Country representative, Nina Morrison.