Bond University QAFLW Round 3 Preview

By Ant Wingard




Coorparoo v Aspley

Saturday, March 14 9:45am
Hickey Park

This game will be live-streamed here

Coorparoo’s search for their first win of the season has been given a significant boost with the inclusion of three premiership players back into the team.

The Kings have failed to capture the four points in either of their opening two rounds but are well positioned to do so in Round 3 against Aspley.

Tori Groves-Little has returned to the Kings following her sole game for the SUNS last week while Macie Brown returns from injury and reliable defender Charlotte Edmunds will also play her first game of the season.

Those three changes bolster the Kings line-up while Emma McKenzie, who was solid in Round 1 with two goals, will also return to ply her trade inside 50 once again.

The Hornets though, ought to feel feverish ahead of the contest as they are too searching for their first win of the season.

After a big loss in Round 1, the Hornets showed big improvement and pushed the Bluebirds in Round 2 for three quarters. Aspley have runs on the board too having defeated the Kings at the same venue early in the season last year.

For the clash, Aspley have made just one change with Morgan Lanigan the only out while Jordan McConnell has come into the side.


Coolangatta Tweed v Yeronga

Sunday, March 15 2:30pm
Maroochydore Multisport Complex

Coolangatta Tweed and Yeronga are gearing up for what is sure to be the match of the round.

The two sides occupy two of the top three spots on the ladder with both yet to lose a game making their clash this weekend quite fitting at the standalone Sunday fixture.

The Devils have been perhaps the most well-rounded team so far this season with a dominant midfield and multipronged forward line damaging across their opening two games.

For the Bluebirds, effort has been their biggest asset and while they haven’t blown teams away, they have managed to get results when it matters most – a hallmark of just about any finals team.

Both teams have made several changes for the clash with Coolangatta Tweed losing midfield gun Maddy Roberts and crafty forward Sally Riley from the fray.

Together, the AFLW pair have been among the Bluebirds’ top performers thus far. Whitney Knight and Jannifer Gomes also lose their place.

Holly Mirfield and Uma Brennan have returned as well as Kerry McCauley and Rebecca Brooks to Nicole Graves’ team.

For Yeronga, the loss of Lucy Bellinger – who will make her AFLW debut for Brisbane against Collingwood – will be countered by the re-inclusion of Lexia Edwards to the forward set up.

 Familiar names in Jordan Zanchetta and Zimmorlei Faruqharson will also return wile Gabby Collingwood and Vanessa Hart are among the outs.


Maroochydore v University of Queensland

Saturday, March 14 9:45am
Maroochydore Multisport Complex

The race for University of Queensland to get their season back on track will reach a reach an impasse this weekend when they travel to the Sunshine Coast for a matchup with undefeated Maroochydore.

The Red Lions have been rather quiet in the opening two rounds of the season but could change that against their rivals this weekend.

While Maroochydore have yet to lose a game, it’s rather difficult to get a firm understanding on where the Roos sit among the QAFLW pecking order. After all, the Roos’ wins have come against the Kings and Hornets, who like the Red Lions, are winless on the year and have struggled throughout games.

Should the Roos claim the win, it’d go someway into legitimising their finals credentials yet once again, it would come against another winless opposition.

The Red Lions have called up a number of their regulars for the crunch contest with Grace Brennan, who was deployed on the wing in Round 1, Shae Adams and Isobel Hartog while Grace Elliott has also been included.

Among their outs are impressive half-back Madi Crowley-Long, Lucy Arnold, Alex Moran and Mia Teubler.

The Roos have made just two changes for the game with Jessee Sills and Kelly Woods named maong the out and have been replaced by Angela Doyle and Kellie McPherson.

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