AFLW 2022 Grand Final LIVE updates: Crows and Demons do battle for 2022 premiership

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Hore gets her eye in

Melbourne continue their preparations

Hard-luck Demons finally get their chance

By Ronny Lerner

It’s been a long and heartbreaking road full of anguish and near-misses for the Demons, but after six years, they are finally playing in their first AFLW grand final.

In 2017 and 2018, they finished third in both seasons when only the top two qualified for the grand final.

In 2019, they finished with a 4-2 win-loss record, which was the same record as the top team in Conference B, but because they were in Conference A they finished fourth and didn’t even qualify for the finals.

In 2020, their preliminary final was called off due to the pandemic and last year, they lost their preliminary final to Adelaide by 18 points.

Melbourne enter the arena

And the Demons get accustomed to the Adelaide Oval surrounds before the big game as well.

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Crows in prep mode

The Adelaide girls are out on the park warming up ahead of their date with destiny

Nice day for a grand final

It’s a glorious day in Adelaide. Conditions couldn’t be any better for the showpiece match of the season.

‘Trust each other’: How Adelaide plan to stop Tayla Harris

By Lachlan Abbott

Crows defender Sarah Allan says Adelaide’s experienced backline will share the responsibility of defending Melbourne key forward Tayla Harris in Saturday’s AFLW grand final.

The full-back was selected as an AFL Women’s All-Australian defender at the W Awards on Tuesday night and is expected to spend time on Harris this weekend. Click here to read more.

Crows key defender Sarah Allan will face a potent Melbourne forward line this weekend.

Crows key defender Sarah Allan will face a potent Melbourne forward line this weekend.Credit:Getty Images

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The heartbreak behind the Demons’ AFLW premiership push

By Libby Birch

It was 2018, the final round of the home-and-away season, and I was playing for the Bulldogs. We had to beat Melbourne to make it to the grand final. The game was basically a preliminary final – Melbourne also had to win to make it.

We were down by a few points with just 90 seconds to play. A windy and wayward throw-in took the ball into our forward 50 where Bulldog Brooke Lochland kicked a snap to secure the first grand final berth for a Victorian team.

The Bulldogs were through, and the Dees were sent packing by the narrowest of margins. The siren sounded and despite the obvious elation and celebration around me, I clearly remember seeing the heartbreak of my friend Daisy Pearce and her Demons. Click here to read more.

Bulldog Brooke Lochland kicks the winning goal against Melbourne in the last round of 2018.

Bulldog Brooke Lochland kicks the winning goal against Melbourne in the last round of 2018.Credit:Getty Images

Can Daisy’s Demons win their first flag against the AFLW’s powerhouse?

By Sarah Burt

As Adelaide march into their fourth AFLW grand final in six years, Melbourne are facing their first opportunity for premiership glory at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

Melbourne skipper Daisy Pearce is no stranger to success on field, but this is her first shot at an AFLW flag, and as the possibility of imminent retirement hangs in the air, the Demons are determined to do it for Daisy. Click here to read more.

Chelsea Randall and Daisy Pearce.

Chelsea Randall and Daisy Pearce.Credit:Getty Images

The burning questions about the AFLW grand final

By Sarah Burt

Who are the players to watch? How can Melbourne contain Erin Phillips? What are the strengths of each time? All these questions, and more, are answered right here.

Adelaide’s Erin Phillips and Melbourne’s Alyssa Bannan.

Adelaide’s Erin Phillips and Melbourne’s Alyssa Bannan.Credit:AFL Photos / Getty Images

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Greetings, everybody

By Ronny Lerner

Hello everyone and welcome to our rolling Saturday live footy blog, and what a massive day it promises to be.

Kicking things off, it’s the big one – Adelaide and Melbourne in the 2022 AFLW Grand Final at Adelaide Oval.

Will the Crows consolidate their status as the league’s most dominant team with a third premiership in six seasons? Or will the Demons finally break through for a maiden flag after so many near-misses?

It promises to be a memorable grand final with legends Erin Phillips and Daisy Pearce going head-to-head.

After we’ve crowned this year’s women’s premiers, the AFL kicks into gear, and we head to the SCG where North Melbourne face the daunting task of tackling Sydney on their home deck.

The twilight contest pits Collingwood up against West Coast at Marvel Stadium, while the night-time double-header sees Richmond take on the Western Bulldogs at the MCG and Fremantle host GWS at Optus Stadium.

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