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AFLW Round 2 Preview: Lions v Bulldogs

Anderson ready for Bulldogs Ally Anderson is ready for the AFLW Lions first home game this weekend, it will be a hot one so Ally has her hydration station ready to go with free water and sunscreen, you can also buy a slurpee cup for unlimited refills of slurpee for the day.

Brisbane v Western Bulldogs   
3.35pm AEST, Sunday, February 11  
South Pine Sports Complex, Brendale

Gates open at 12.30pm with the Queensland Police and Fire Department playing each other in a curtain raiser beginning at 12.30pm. Can't make it - No stress! Catch the game live on Fox Footy nation-wide, live stream from the AFLW App or watch on 7Mate in Brisbane only. Live updates will also be the Lions AFLW Twitter

First-round victors Brisbane and the Western Bulldogs will meet in stifling conditions, with predicted high humidity and the temperature expected to reach 37 degrees. 

The AFL has confirmed the Heat Policy will not be implemented during the match this Sunday.    

To assist with hydration for the players, both clubs are permitted to have an additional two water carriers throughout the match. 

After overpowering last year's premier in the Grand Final rematch, the Lions are not resting on their laurels leading into round two.      

"There's a lot to worry about playing the Bulldogs," coach Craig Starcevich told SEN.    

"They've got some good midfielders we need to keep an eye on."    

Sabrina Frederick-Traub was unstoppable in her first game without Tayla Harris, who moved to Carlton over the off-season.    

"She's got great presence," said Starcevich, who was impressed by her 10-mark effort.    

"She's quite an imposing sight when she gets her arms up high and takes the ball at the highest point."

Ally Anderson was another standout player during the round 1 clash against the Crows, collecting 12 tackles. 

"My headspace is just to bring as much intensity and a product of that is tackling and pressure," Anderson said.

"Hopefully, I can bring that same sort of pressure in attack on Sunday."

On Thursday afternoon, Brisbane named two former Blues in their extended squad; Nat Exon and Isabella Ayre.  

The Bulldogs will also be looking to build on their round one momentum, something they were unable to do in 2017.    

After a dominant victory over Fremantle in the opening round last year, the Dogs went on to lose their following five games.    

"We don't want to focus on that too much [last year's record]. We're a completely different outfit this year," Dogs defender Hannah Scott said on Wednesday.    

"Last year we were over-possessing it by hand [and] it's been a coaching focus to use the football [better]."    

Bulldogs first-gamer Daria Bannister will miss the remainder of the season after rupturing her ACL against Fremantle. Rookie Kimberley Rennie has been upgraded in her place.    

Bannister is the only confirmed out for the Dogs, with Bailey Hunt and Hayley Wildes joining Rennie as potential ins.

Make sure you don’t miss your chance to see the Brisbane Lions take on the Western Bulldogs during Round 2! 

AFLW Match Day Info: Round 2

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