The round robin stage of the 2017 AFL Female Diversity Championships has concluded, with both of Victoria’s squads achieving positive results across their six matches. Mitch Wynd reports.
The All-Nations squad, coached by Sabrin Nyawela, finished with four wins, one loss, and a draw to secure them a place in the Grand Final tomorrow against Western Australia.
Victoria’s All-Nations squad hit the ground running in their first match, with a 13.4 (82) to 1.1 (7) win over Tasmania. They then followed up with a 10-point win over NSW/ACT, before their sole defeat of the campaign to South Australia, 3.5 (23) to 1.1 (7).
Despite a draw against Queensland in their fourth match, Victoria finished strongly with comprehensive victories over Northern Territory and Western Australia to set up a Grand Final birth.
Our Kickstart squad, under the coaching of AFLW player Natalie Plane, also produced some quality football to finish fourth in the competition, finishing with three wins, two losses, and a draw.
Like the All-Nations squad, the Victorian Kickstart team had a strong start to the competition, claiming wins in their first two matches, with a 28-point victory over South Australia and a 42-point win against NSW/ACT.
Like their fellow state team, our Kickstart side also endured a drawn game, unable to separate themselves from a determined Tasmania outfit, finishing with 25-points a piece at the final siren.
Despite a 29-point win over Western Australia, Victoria’s Kickstart squad were unable to maintain its winning ways, narrowly going down to Queensland by six-points and the Northern Territory in a seven-point thriller.
The 2017 AFL Female Diversity Championship Grand Finals will kick off on Friday morning, with the All Nations Cup between Victoria and Western Australia commencing at 8am, followed by the Kickstart Grand Final at 9am between Western Australia and Northern Territory.
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