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Tiarne Swerksy  March 17, 2017 2:48 PM

AFLW dares to dream Listen to key defender Nicola Stevens as she reviews Collingwood's win over Greater Western Sydney at the Holden Centre on Sunday.
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Jess Cameron has been one of Collingwood's leading lights in the first season of the AFLW competition.

In what may be their final AFLW match of 2017, Collingwood’s Women’s team will be striving to finish the season on a four-game winning streak as they face the Adelaide Crows at the Holden Centre on Sunday afternoon.

 

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As is well documented, the Magpies began the season with a 0-3 record, but have stormed back into Grand Final contention after a sensational midseason turnaround.

The Magpies couldn’t be better prepared for a showdown with the Crows, after trouncing the Giants by 36 points, in what was the highest scoring team performance (55 points) of the season.

After finally playing their first home game of the season at the Holden Centre, coach Wayne Siekman said his side felt more comfortable.

“To get a win on our home deck was really clinical. I’m really proud of this group,” Siekman told the media at his post-match press-conference.

“In the first couple of weeks, there was a lot of hype and pressure and we felt that. After going 0-3, and then the momentum we built against the Bulldogs and Freo, I’m really proud that we came back here and put in an effort like that.”

Collingwood currently sit fifth on the ladder, and will need results to fall their way to have any chance of making the March 25th Grand Final.

Adelaide can cement their Grand Final berth against the Brisbane Lions by defeating Collingwood on Sunday afternoon.

The Crows started the season 3-0, but have since lost two games in a row, leaving the finals race wide open.

Sunday afternoon’s blockbuster is a must-win clash for both sides, and the stage couldn’t be bigger. Collingwood, with all of the momentum on their home turf, will look to leapfrog three other teams to make the Grand Final, while Adelaide will be vying to hold onto their second place ladder position.

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- Other AFLW results: For Collingwood to have any chance of making the Grand Final, they need Fremantle (6th on the ladder) to defeat Melbourne (3rd on the ladder) at Casey Fields on Saturday. Collingwood would then need to defeat Adelaide convincingly to make up the huge percentage gap. Finally, the Magpies will then rely on the undefeated Brisbane Lions to beat Carlton at Ikon Park, and if all falls into place, Collingwood would secure a spot against the Lions in the Grand Final.

- Our Rising Star: 20-year old Brittany Bonnici was awarded one of two Round 6 Rising Star nominations, which marked Collingwood’s first nomination of the AFLW competition. The midfielder amassed 18 disposals and five tackles in her best performance to date against the Giants, and will no doubt be looking to back it up against the Crows on Sunday. If you’re trying to keep an eye on her, look for the Magpie in the No. 8 guernsey wearing her trusty helmet!

- The Eastern Devils match-up: Collingwood defender Meg Hutchins will likely line-up against her former VFLW Eastern Devils teammate and now Adelaide Crows forward Sarah Perkins on Sunday. Perkins has been one of the best stories to come out of the AFLW this season so far, and she won’t be shy when she comes up against some of her former teammates. Collingwood is full of ‘Devils players’ with Sarah D’Arcy, Lauren Tesoriero, Sophie Casey, Kendra Heil and even assistant coach Brendan Major (who is the head coach at the Devils) all representing the local women’s senior club at the Pies.

Match Details
AFLW Round Seven – Collingwood v Adelaide
When: Sunday, March 19 – 1:35pm (EDT) 
Where: Holden Centre Oval, Olympic Blvd, Melbourne – FREE ENTRY
Broadcast: Fox Footy (Channel 504 on Foxtel – live from 1:30pm)
Follow @CollingwoodAFLW on Twitter, on Instagram and Facebook and head to collingwoodfc.com.au for live updates throughout the match.