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NAB AFL Women’s - Round 5

GWS GIANTS v Melbourne

Friday, March 3
Blacktown International Sportspark


JLT Community Series - Round 3

GWS GIANTS v Sydney Swans

Friday, March 3
Blacktown International Sportspark


Gate Opening:

Gates open from 4:30pm.


Entry is FREE to both games for all 2017 GIANTS and GIANTS AFLW members with game access, simply present your membership card at the gate for entry (subject to capacity). 

You can upgrade your membership to ensure entry in to this game by clicking here and entering your barcode. General admission tickets start from $20 for an adult and are available here.

Broadcast details:

The AFL Women’s game will be shown live on Fox Footy (channel 504) from 5pm with a live stream on AFL.com.au. The men’s game will be live on Fox Footy from 7:30pm.

Getting to the game:

Public Transport:

Bus: Busways 728 service from Blacktown & Mount Druitt Stations stops directly at Blacktown International Sportspark, standard fares apply.

Shuttle buses will operate from Doonside Railway Station to Blacktown International Sportspark every 15-20 minutes from 3pm to 10.30pm


Limited paid parking is available at Blacktown International Sportspark Sydney via Gate A and Gate B. A fee of $10 per vehicle applies.

Match Day Activities:

  • Free slushies at AFL W
  • Fan zone
  • Meet and greet AFL W players at half time of AFL match
  • Face painting

AFLW Match Day Partner:

Sydney Airport is proud to be a foundation partner of the GIANTS’ AFLW team, supporting women who are leading the way in their chosen field. The three-year partnership forms part of the airport’s commitment to leading and learning in the Sydney community.


We've got our first interstate game this week and it happens to be against the bottom of the ladder GWS Giants. This reeks of a danger game in my opinion - Melbourne needing a win to keep finals hopes alive against a winless team. Suffice to say if we do not bring it and we lose then not only are we are out of the running for the first AFLW flag, but it'll be in the most embarrassing circumstances.

GWS pushed Carlton in Round 2 I believe, nearly got a win over Collingwood but were then rolled last week by the Lions. Who knows what they'll bring, but there is a lame-ish video of Stevie J training them on their website so maybe that might have some kind of impact.

One thing I do know is that we have been increasing the intensity and skill across the whole team after each round so if we continue that then this week we could potentially belt the living christ out of the opposition and gain some good percentage in the process. Here's hoping Daisy outdoes her 29 touches against Carlscum and becomes the 1st AFLW player to crack 30.

If we get the chocolates then we'll have won 4 in a row, which is fantastic (and required) momentum in this short comp. This will see us at a minimum 3rd place on the ladder, and if Adelaide lose to the Lions then we will be equal with them albeit on a lower percentage.

Will the travel and weather have an impact on the team? Hard to say. I'm hoping they recover well as we have Adelaide in Darwin the following week in another must-win game.

At the end of the day, I'm tipping we will get a big win here - but there's always the chance with the MFC of being let down at the most integral moment.

Team should be released Thursday night.

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Adelaide 7.6. 48       GWS    1.6 12

Carlton 7.5 47          GWS 5.4 34

Fremantle  6.7 43     GWS   7.1 43

Brisbane 6.7 43       GWS   1.3 9


GWS has the worst 'against' score in the game, at 181, but it might be more significant that they have given away at least 40 points in every game. There's not been one specific blowout.

They obviously have a mixed record as far as their own scoring. GWS' total failure to score against the top teams is part of why Adelaide and Brisbane have such good percentage. But they did manage to crack Freo's leaky defense (second worst after GWS) and Carlton's rather inconsistent one.

So the opportunity is there to clamp down on GWS' scoring, and to also enact a goal-fest of our own, and it might be the deciding point of whether our percentage can climb high enough to break past whichever of Adelaide and Brisbane falter. 

Time to find out if the 'falter when we're expected to win' curse covers the women's team as well as the mens.

I don't think so, I think the leadership is too good on the women's team.

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A bit annoyed this game is on at 5 in the afternoon. Was looking forward to a friday night watching the game, guess I will have to record it and ignore all news outlets until I watch it.

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29 minutes ago, Chris said:

A bit annoyed this game is on at 5 in the afternoon. Was looking forward to a friday night watching the game, guess I will have to record it and ignore all news outlets until I watch it.

Would have been better if we were also playing the giants in the JLT and formed a proper double header. Not sure why the AFL didn't look at this for all clubs with women's teams, surely it would boost the attendance and TV ratings. 

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Great news here

Have yet to see these kind of foot skills in the AFLW, hope it carries across in games. She looks a good height too...


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Melbourne AFLW team: round five

Backs: Jasmine Grierson, Mia-Rae Clifford, Katherine Smith

Half Backs: Daisy Pearce, Laura Duryea, Richelle Cranston

Centres: Harriet Cordner

Half Forwards: Karen Paxman, Alyssa Mifsud, Lily Mithen

Forwards: Sarah Lampard, Jessica Anderson, Cat Phillips

Followers: Lauren Pearce, Mel Hickey, Elise O’Dea

Interchange: Emma Humphries, Maddie Boyd, Aliesha Newman, Ainslie Kemp, Deanna Berry, Sarah Jolly

Emergences: Elise Strachan, Shelley Scott

Unavailable/injured: Stephanie De Bortoli, Meg Downie, Brooke Patterson, Pepa Randall

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Tackles evaporated in the first quarter, beginning to balance now.

15-4 inside 50s in our favour at half time, but we're down two goals against the bottom team.

I'm glad they are being 'authentic' Demons, but now they've proven they understand our traditions, it would be great if they rose above them.

A 10 goal second half and I'll be content again!

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Umpires terrible, but the worst thing about the game is Kelli Underwood's horrendously repetitive commentary and appalling nasally voice, which features the flatest vowels I've ever heard.  She makes reporter Teagan Dolling from 7 news sound like Queen Elizabeth. 

I now have it on mute.

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