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2023 NAB AFLW Season 8
Brisbane Lions v Geelong Cats
Preliminary Finals •
38 6.2
Full Time
34 5.4
Lions Won By 4
Brighton Homes Arena,  Ipswich  • Yagara/Yugara

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    Game Day Guide: AFLW Prelim vs Cats

    IT'S PRELIM WEEK 🎉 And we're back home at Brighton Homes Arena!

    IT'S PRELIM WEEK 🎉 And we're back home at Brighton Homes Arena!

    Who: Brisbane Lions vs Geelong Cats
    Where: Brighton Homes Arena
    When: Saturday 25th November at 6:45pm (local)
    Gates Open: 5:30pm, entry from gates 1 & 6
    Entry Conditions: Please read here

    OPEN TRAINING
    Wednesday 22nd of November from 4:15pm. Come down to Brighton Homes Arena to meet and greet AFLW players! 

     

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    Tickets → Prelim final on sale now. Kids go free* under 18!
    *Must redeem a free junior ticket via Ticketmaster

    We encourage fans to buy tickets early, before arriving at Brighton Homes Arena. Those who are hoping to buy from the ground will need to scan one of the available QR Codes to do so. The event is a Mobile Online Ticketing event, this means your phone is your ticket, for the best experience, we recommend you download, login and add tickets to your mobile wallet via the  Ticketmaster App before you get to the venue. Our enhanced digital tickets means that you won’t be able to use screenshots of tickets to get into the venue, please transfer any additional tickets prior to arrival.

    Please ensure your mobile phone is charged to allow your tickets to scan on arrival at the venue, If you do have issues with this, or accessing your ticket, please visit our Box Office with your ID and Order Number and our team can assist you on the day. Any other questions on Mobile Ticketing head to Ticketmaster Mobile Tickets

    Parking → Secure a Car Park 3 SOLD OUT 

    Suites → Watch the AFLW in style from the Suites on the upper terrace, the suite-est place in Springfield. SOLD OUT

    Upper Deck → Whether you are mixing business with pleasure or wanting to elevate your footy experience with your friends, we guarantee you’ll want to make yourself at home on the Upper Deck! SOLD OUT

     

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    Lions Park → This round outside Brighton Homes Arena treat the kids to face painting and bungee trampolines! Inside the Arena we have a Maccas swing for the kids! There will be flag making station and a glitter bar, make sure to find those throughout the Arena! 

    Food & Drinks → Throughout the game we not only have food and drinks available from Wilde Kitchen & Bar but will also have food trucks; Asian Snacks, It's a Wing Thing, Joy Turkish Street Food, Miss P's Ice Cream and The Tasty Pocket.

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    Make sure you check out the new Youi Community Hill and Canteen while you’re visiting our new home at Brighton Homes Arena. This space has been proudly developed in partnership with Youi and Brisbane Lions Football Club to celebrate our passion for footy and community. ‘The Hill’ is a gathering spot for all local players and supporters to come together and roar with pride for our Lions. Our ‘Community Canteen’ helps local clubs raise funds that go directly back to the community. This weekend, you can support local legends  by purchasing sausage sangas and drinks from the ‘Community Canteen’. While Youi and the Lions created this space, we want you to make it your own. Go Lions!

    Lions Shop → Our main shop is located near gate 1, inside next to reception. we will also have a Lions Pop Up Shop outside on the concourse available between 1:45pm til final siren for you to get your merch fix! 

     

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    Train → The easiest way to get to Brighton Homes Arena is by train to Springfield Central Station. Your event ticket entitles you to TRAVEL FREE, to and from matches, on the Queensland Rail City Network (excluding Airtrain). Starting at Redcliffe you can get a direct train to the Springfield Central, stopping right at our Gate 1 entrance. Jump on from all the major stations in the city; Bowen Hills, Fortitude Valley, Central & Roma Street and you'll be out at Springfield Central in roughly 30mins!

    FREE TRAVEL is from 2.45pm until last scheduled service of the day. One additional train is due to leave Springfield at 8.58pm.
     
    Remember to always plan your trip: Additional Springfield Line Information - Additional Translink Event Information

    Bus → Several route services service Springfield Central / Orion Shopping Centre including Route 526, 527, 528.

    Drive → Our address is 16 Eden Station Drive, Springfield Central 4300. Exits 31 or 33. Our address is 16 Eden Station Drive, Springfield Central. Paid parking is available for purchase in Carpark 3 (SOLD OUT). Limited street parking is available. Additional street parking is available on Australia Ave or in the Springfield Park 'n' Ride located on Springfield Greenbank Arterial, a short walk from Gate 1.

    Accessible Parking → Accessible parking is available at Springfield Central Station accessible parking. Spaces are on a first come basis.

    Drop Off/Pick Up → Vehicle drop off and pick up is available at Springfield Central Train Station. Vehicles cannot remain here and will need to find parking offsite. 

    Bike & Walking → Bike and walking paths are available to access the stadium, including a dedicated path parallel to Mountain Creek. Bike racks are available at Springfield Central Station.

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    Watch → Free to air on 7Mate or stream on Fox Sport, Kayo, AFLW Official App or AFL Live Official App

     

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    08:09

    The Cats took it up to the Lions for the majority of the game, with keeping the reigning premiers goalless in the opening quarter before Brisbane worked their way back into the contest in the 3.9 (27) to 4.1 (25) win.

    BRISBANE      0.2     1.4    2.7     3.9     (27)
    GEELONG       1.0     1.0     2.0     4.1    (25)

    GOALS
    Brisbane:
     Davidson, O'Dwyer, Bates
    Geelong: Scheer 3, Emonson

     

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    Match Preview: AFLW Prelim vs Cats

    Preliminary Final has us PUMPED!

    Preliminary Final has us PUMPED! 

    There’s nothing better than finals footy.

    We’re back home at Brighton Homes Arena as we prepare to host Geelong in a Preliminary Final.

    For the winner, a spot in the big dance. For the loser it spells seasons end.

    Here’s everything you need to know before Saturday’s cat fight!

    Last Time We Met

    It’s been a minute since we last played Geelong. How long you ask? 666 days to be exact and this time in the highest stakes game of the season.

    Our last encounter, Geelong travelled up to Maroochydore in Round 4 of Season 6 where the Lions held on to win by 2 points against a late Cat’s surge. 

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    Excited About

    Dak’s Milestone

    It’s an exciting time for one of our Lionesses, with Dakota Davidson set to run out for her 50th game tomorrow!

    A popular figure around the club, Daks has been pivotal up forward this year, leading the competition in contested marks and recently notching 50 career goals. She looks to be her usual energetic self up forward come Saturday night and goes head-to-head with Geelong key forward Jacqueline Parry.

    Busting packs and terrorising backs in 50 games for Daks

    Match-ups we’re keen for

    Ally Anderson vs Georgie Prespakis

    This one is set to be a biggie!

    Both women have been in scintillating form this season and will go toe-to-toe in the engine room where the battle will be at its fiercest.

    Anderson has averaged 25.5 disposals, 5.6 tackles, and 4.3 clearances in Season 8, leading the way for the Lions this year. Meanwhile, Prespakis has posted equally impressive figures averaging 24.5 disposals, 7.2 tackles, and 6.7 clearances.

    You’ll want to grab the popcorn for this battle!

    Grab your tickets for the Prelim, on sale now.

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    Match Report: Into The Grand Final We Go

    Shannon Campbell proved to be Brisbane's hometown hero after putting her side into a fifth NAB AFLW Grand Final with a four-point victory over a spirited Geelong on Saturday evening.

    Shannon Campbell proved to be Brisbane's hometown hero after putting her side into a fifth NAB AFLW Grand Final with a four-point victory over a spirited Geelong on Saturday evening. 

    But the Lions will be sweating on scans for star forward Dakota Davidson, who left the field in the third quarter with what appeared to be a serious knee injury.

    In her absence, Campbell was thrown forward and ultimately kicked the final goal of the game to put Brisbane in front with five minutes to go. 

    The 6.2 (38) to 5.4 (34) victory came despite Geelong's persistence, remaining a threat until the last siren. 

    The home side led for much of the game but found itself on the back foot early in the last quarter by way of an Aishling Moloney goal out the back.

    Young gun Belle Dawes was immense through the middle for Brisbane, with 22 disposals, 13 tackles and nine clearances for the evening, while Orla O'Dwyer's aggressive run on the wing bore 21 disposals, 556 metres gained and a goal in an important performance. 

    Brisbane's ability to defend the full width of the ground really hurt the Cats. There was no clear opportunity to switch the footy to the open side or pick off a neat kick into the corridor because the Lions were covering the ground too well. 

    Cathy Svarc (12 disposals, 10 tackles), although not playing any specific tagging role, spent the evening causing havoc for Geelong's gun midfield trio of Amy McDonald, Nina Morrison and Georgie Prespakis. Her ability to quickly shut down space to apply pressure was getting under Geelong's skin, as she restricted clean breakaway from congestion.  

    But it was when the Cats were able to find that small margin of space around the contest that they got on top. With Prespakis propelling the ball forward, Geelong was then able to put the Lions' defence under pressure, allowing Jackie Parry (two goals, seven disposals) to use her strength in front of goal. 

    Prespakis (21 disposals, six clearances) worked her way into the game, while Morrison (nine clearances, 20 disposals) picked up where she left off last week. 

    The sides traded goals throughout the second and third quarters. Geelong looked threatening throughout the third term, trapping Brisbane in its defensive pocket, but the visitors simply couldn't turn that into scoreboard pressure. 

    Inaugural Cat Renee Garing bids goodbye to AFLW with the loss, having announced her retirement earlier this year. Garing played 33 games, returning this season after giving birth to her son last year. 

    Pain for Daks 
    Late in the third term as Brisbane spearhead Dakota Davidson was working to apply a strong tackle deep in attack, she unfortunately came off second best, injuring her left knee. Spending a lot of time on the deck before hobbling off with trainers, Davidson was distraught on the bench and ultimately ruled out for the remainder of the game. As Brisbane's leading goalkicker this season, and main target in attack, the club will be sweating on her availability for next week's Grand Final. 

    Scheer's alright 
    With an injury cloud coming into the game after fracturing her collarbone in Geelong's elimination final win over Essendon a fortnight ago, Chloe Scheer proved to the world that she was fully fit. Firstly by taking down Jen Dunne in a strong tackle to test out her collarbone, before dobbing a casual goal around the body from 45m the following quarter. 

    Up next 
    Brisbane will play its fifth Grand Final in eight AFLW seasons, continuing an impressive run of success. Where the game will be played is still unknown, depending on Sunday's match between North Melbourne and Adelaide. Should the Crows get up, the Lions will host a second consecutive Grand Final at their home of Brighton Homes Arena. For Geelong, it's season over, after its most successful campaign yet. 

    BRISBANE                   2.1    4.2    5.2   6.2 (38) 
    GEELONG                    0.1    3.3    4.4   5.4 (34) 

    GOALS   

    Brisbane: Davidson 2, Hodder, Mullins, O'Dwyer, Campbell,  
    Geelong: Parry 2, Scheer, Scott, A.Moloney 

    BEST   

    Brisbane: Anderson, O'Dwyer, Ellenger, Dawes, C.Svarc, Koenen 
    Geelong: Prespakis, D.Moloney, Morrison, Kearns, Gunjaca 

    INJURIES   

    Brisbane: Davidson (left knee) 
    Geelong: Nil 

    Crowd: 4903 at Brighton Homes Arena 

     

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