Semi Finals Saturday 12 November

Unley Oval
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    Lightning, storms wreak havoc as Crows sink Pies in wet and wild semi

    LIGHTNING strikes twice, so it was only fitting the skies above Unley Oval illuminated as reigning AFLW premier Adelaide kept its back-to-back premiership dream alive.

    The Crows defied both the elements and a determined Collingwood to prevail by 12 points in a drama-filled semi-final on Saturday – winning 3.5 (23) to 1.5 (11).

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    It sets up a clash with Brisbane next weekend for the right to face either Melbourne or North Melbourne in the season seven decider.

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    There was nothing smooth about how the Crows punched their preliminary final ticket.

    A 30-minute delay to the start of the game due to lightning was followed by another 43-minute delay at quarter-time as a severe thunderstorm caused havoc.

    Joanna Lin and Abbie Ballard during the semi-final clash between Adelaide and Collingwood at Unley Oval on November 12, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

    By that stage, the Crows had a handy two-goal buffer courtesy of goals to Eloise Jones – the equal-second-quickest in AFLW history at just 20 seconds after the first bounce - and Lisa Whitely.

    Anne Hatchard's dribbling left-foot effort extended the margin to 3.3 (21) to 0.3 (3) at the main break.

    The Crows had the game under control.

    Eliza James' goal at the six-minute mark of the third quarter sparked life into the Magpies.

    James strikes gold as Pies begin climb

    00:30 Nov 12. 2022. 6:08 PM

    Eliza James pops up at a pivotal time to deliver Collingwood's first major

    They were re-energised and full of vigour.

    Spot fires broke out with a free kick reversed not once, but twice, due to off-the-ball indiscretions by both teams.

    It was a torrid last quarter – neither side kicking a goal as the Crows hung on with a gutsy performance.

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    Ruck Caitlin Gould completely dominated her individual battle finishing with 28 hitouts to go with 14 disposals, including 12 contested possessions and seven clearances. 

    Hatchard overcame a slow start to finish with a game-high 24 disposals, but it was the Crows' high-pressing defence, led superbly by stand-in skipper Sarah Allan, that the Magpies couldn't get through.

    Crafty Hatchard scores off magical bounce

    00:38 Nov 12. 2022. 5:38 PM

    Anne Hatchard bursts through the pack and somehow manages to get this kick to dribble through

    Jaimee Lambert gathered 23 disposals to be best for the Magpies, who can hang their heads high after a strong campaign.

    The first blow
    It took just 20 seconds for Crows forward Eloise Jones to etch her name in the record books with the second-quickest goal in AFLW history. Caitlin Gould won the opening clearance and banged the ball forward. Rachelle Martin moved it on before Jones was in the right place at the right time to grubber it through.

    Fiery Jones drills opening beauty

    00:35 Nov 12. 2022. 4:24 PM

    The Crows catch fire off the opening bounce with this historic Eloise Jones goal

    Midfield battle
    Aishling Sheridan did a superb tagging job on Crows star onballer Ebony Marinoff, restricting the All-Australian to just 11 disposals. Anne Hatchard was quiet early with two first-quarter touches, however she got more involved after the thunderstorm stoppage to finish with 24 touches, while youngster Teah Charlton had 15 disposals. Magpies midfielder Jaimee Lambert worked hard with 23 disposals, but didn't have enough support. 

    Hatchard oozes class on big stage again

    02:14 Nov 12. 2022. 7:30 PM

    Anne Hatchard leads the Crows' charge with an excellent performance

    Up next
    The Crows will face Brisbane in a preliminary final next weekend at a venue to be decided, while season seven is over for the Magpies.

    ADELAIDE                            2.1      3.3      3.3      3.5 (23)
    COLLINGWOOD                  0.2      0.3      1.5      1.5 (11)

     Jones, Whiteley, Hatchard
    Collingwood: James

     Gould, Hatchard, Charlton, Newman, Allan, Biddell
    Collingwood: Lambert, Schleicher, Sheridan, Butler, Molloy, Chiocci

    Collingwood: TBC

    Collingwood: Nil

    Reports: Nil

    Crowd: 2,476 at Unley Oval

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