Footy fever has gripped the nation as the final round of the AFLW draws to a close, Suncorp Super Netball is chugging along nicely and the AFL seems to be kicking goals off the field.
Crows kick into the AFLW grand final but venue remains a mystery.
We’re five days out from the first-ever AFLW grand final clash and, um, nobody seems to know where it’s happening?
On Sunday afternoon, the Adelaide Crows confirmed they’ll be flying up to Brisbane to meet the Lions on home turf this weekend after crushing the Collingwood Magpies by 24-points, but the venue of the match remains shrouded in mystery.
The AFL will confirm the location of the decider today (*cough* The Gabba *cough*) but the uncertainty didn’t dampen the South Australians spirits at Olympic Park Oval yesterday.
Crows cult star Sarah “Tex” Perkins booted four, while her teammate Erin Phillips added another three to bring their side home with 10.10 (70) to 7.4 (46) win.
Meanwhile, the Lions remained unbeaten with an unexpected draw against Carlton at Ikon park across town.
Funnily enough, pop superstar Adele may be to blame for the delay in choosing a location with Queensland Cricket concerned for the welfare of the Gabba’s pitch after her concert there earlier this month.
Some damaged areas of the oval had to be replanted last week and cricket officials claim six weeks without traffic — ie. footy boots — is needed to make sure the grass is ready for the first Ashes test, the Courier Mail reported.
Fears for Giants captain Kim Green downed by injury in Suncorp Super Netball.
Players were visibly shaken when captain of the Giants Kimberlee Green fell to the ground with a shriek after colliding with an opponent from the Adelaide Thunderbirds on the netball court on Sunday in Round 5 of the Suncorp Super Netball.
“It was awful. I think it shook us all,’’ Giants defender Bec Bulley told news.com.au after the game.
“I know what a tough cookie she is so to see that sort of reaction from her. It’s horrible.”
Green was out for a month last season with a partial ACL tear and there are concerns she may have suffered a more serious knee injury.
Even without their much-loved skipper the Giants managed an impressive win over the Adelaide Thunderbirds and Bulley celebrated her 200th game.
The AFL may be ready to welcome their first trans players to the field.
While the AFL men’s competition has not yet had an openly gay player in its midst, the league is continuing to actively take steps towards greater inclusivity of queer footballers.
The AFL says processes are now in place to consider any trans gender players who may wish to play at an elite level after supporting Broken Hill woman Kirsti Miller, who was barred from state leagues after undergoing gender reassignment surgery.
Football operations manager Simon Lethlean said the issue would continue to be dealt with on a “case-by-case basis” across the AFL and AFLW.
“We would use the appropriate combination of medical and legal experts and myself and speak to the person in question and deal with the facts and work through them as their circumstances apply,” he told the Herald Sun.
ICYMI, here’s what went down in round six of the AFLW last weekend (Post continues…)
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