The 2021 AFLW season has been one of the most competitive ever, but at the end of it all it’s Adelaide and Brisbane left standing to compete in the grand final.
The two teams have been among the most successful in the competition’s history, and another classic is expected today. Get the lowdown on everything you need to know before the big game.
When is the AFLW grand final?
Saturday, April 17 at 2:00pm AEST — that’s this afternoon! The game is being played in Adelaide, where it will be 1:30pm bouncedown local time.
The AFL has played around with all the fixtures for Saturday to ensure this is the only game being played in that time slot.
Where is the AFLW grand final, and how big will the crowd be?
As mentioned, the game is in Adelaide. That’s down to the Crows finishing on top of the ladder at the end of the season, while the Lions finished second.
A massive crowd is expected on the day, with South Australia’s COVID restrictions allowing up to 40,000 people in the ground for the game. Given the Crows’ last grand final appearance at Adelaide Oval brought in 53,034, a capacity crowd could be on the cards.
And in more good news, the AFL has ruled that the two teams can run onto the field through banners before the game starts, a tradition that had been lost due to coronavirus restrictions.
How can I watch the AFLW grand final?
The game will be broadcast live around the country on the Seven Network, Fox Footy and Kayo Sports.
You can also tune in to ABC Grandstand’s live radio commentary here, or follow all the action with our live blog.
What’s this I hear about Adelaide’s captain and concussion?
That’s right, Crows captain Chelsea Randall is out of the grand final after suffering a concussion in the preliminary final win over Melbourne.
In what was the first major test for the league’s new concussion rule, which forces any concussed player to take 12 days off to recover, Randall’s diagnosis meant she had no choice but to miss the game.
Randall will be sorely missed in the heart of Adelaide’s defence.
What is the history between these two teams?
This is the second grand final these teams have played against each other, the first coming back in the league’s inaugural season in 2017.
The Crows claimed the premiership on that day, as they did in 2019 when they smashed Carlton to win their second flag.
For both clubs, this is their third AFLW grand final appearance, but while the Crows have a perfect 2-0 record, Brisbane is yet to taste success on the season’s final day.