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AFLW Round 6 Preview: Lions v Collingwood

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Round 6 v Collingwood Magpies 
3.35pm AEST, Saturday, March 10
Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex, Burpengary

A top-two position will be firmly on the Brisbane Lions' mind when it meets Collingwood in its final home game of the season.

The Lions recalled round three NAB AFLW Rising Star nominee Sophie Conway, along with Emma Pittman and Megan Hunt. Nicole Hildebrand will be missing with injury, while youngsters Jordan Zanchetta and Gabby Collingwood have been omitted.

The Magpies played a physical brand of football against the Western Bulldogs last weekend, with Lions forward Jess Wuetschner predicting the team was ready for the same approach from the visitors.

"A lot of teams try to rattle us. We just focus on playing footy and that's what we will do again," she told

"If one of our teammates is being targeted, we want to protect our players. We are all about cold aggression and we will bring that into the game again.

"[Collingwood] are a very physical team and I expect the contest to be hot, even though we are the ones playing for that Grand Final spot."

The Magpies are out of contention with only one win. They will be looking to finish the season positively, but will have to do so without captain Steph Chiocci, who was suspended for the remaining two matches of the season after she made front-on head-high contact with Bulldogs defender Libby Birch last weekend.

Three Pies will have three debuts this week: cross-code athletes Ashleigh Brazill (netball) and Georgie Parker (hockey), and Kristy Stratton, pick 21 in last year's NAB AFLW Draft. Parker has been elevated from the rookie list, replacing defender Sophie Casey (hamstring). Tara Morgan also returns, while fellow defender Iilish Ross will miss with a stress fracture in her left foot.

Collingwood coach Wayne Siekman said his team wanted to finish the season well after a solid final quarter against the Bulldogs,

"In the last quarter, from a coaching perspective, we threw caution to the wind and looked quite dangerous and damaging," he said.

"[In round four] we beat premiership favourite Melbourne [and last week] we played a quarter-and-a-half of football and nearly beat the top side.

"That should give us a lot of confidence going to Brisbane."

Match Information


Entry is free. 

AFLW makes its debut in Burpengary, at the Moreton Bay Sports Complex! The Brisbane Lions will be taking on Collingwood in their last home game of the regular season for Round 6 of the NAB AFL Women’s Competition.

There’ll be plenty of great activities and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy including a kids zone with face-painting, hairstyling, temporary tattoos and awesome inflatables, a DJ and great giveaways. There will be a range of food options to suit everyone, and great drink options available. 

After an exciting match, look out for your favourite players giving away footballs and signing autographs, with thanks to The Coffee Club, then head on to the field like your AFLW heroes for McDonald's Kick to Kick post-match!

Gates open at 12.30pm with the U18 AFLW Hyundai Help for Kids Lions Academy and Suns Academy playing each other in a curtain raiser beginning at 12.30pm. 

Parking and shuttle bus services

Please note that Aquatic Centre Drive, Burpengary will be closed to motorists. Free shuttle bus services will be available for patrons attending the match.

Patrons are encouraged to catch public transport to Morayfield Train Station using their go card or by purchasing a ticket. Regular free shuttle bus services will operate opposite the station to and from the venue for patrons attending the game.

Shuttle bus services

Shuttle bus services to and from the event will operate from the front of Morayfield State High School, Visentin Road, Morayfield (outside Morayfield Train Station) between 12noon and 7pm

Limited off-street parking and shuttle buses will also be available near the corner of Morayfield Road and Uhlmann Road, Burpengary. See parking information below for more information.

Limited parking - Corner of Uhlmann Road and Morayfield Road, Burpengary

Limited off-road car parking will be available near the corner of Morayfield Road and Uhlmann Road, opposite the Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex. Regular free shuttle bus services will operate to and from the venue for patrons attending the game. 

Please note once parking at this location is full, patrons will be directed to parking and shuttle bus services operating from Council Land further down Morayfield Road. Please follow the direction of Police and traffic control.

Disability parking

A disability drop off area, as well as limited disability parking will also be available at the venue located along Aquatic Centre Drive (upon presentation of a valid Queensland Government disabled parking permit). Patrons attending the event who require disability parking are encouraged to call AFLQ on 0414 468 820 for more information. 

Ground Information

Seating is not provided for this event. Patrons are permitted to bring along their own folding chairs to use. 

Half Time

Caralyn Jordan-Williams, from the Lions AFLW side's Official Partner Austraffic, will be shaving her head at half timeas part of the World's Greatest Shave to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs