Irish Watch: AFLW Preliminary Final Review

Ailish Considine becomes the first Irish woman to reach the AFLW Grand Final after Adelaide’s convincing performance against Geelong in the Preliminary Final.

With four of the five Irish players saying goodbye to season 2019 last week, it was up to utility Ailish Considine to fly the Irish flag as her Adelaide Crows belted Geelong to book a spot in the 2019 AFLW Grand Final.

Gracing the turf of the Adelaide Oval for the very first time, it was by far the biggest match of young Considine’s brief football career as 14,000 Crows fans came out to support the dominant Adelaide side.

With the weight of expectation on their shoulders, the Crows would be sharp from the outset with the class of their midfield setting the tone for what would be an absolute rout.

Playing as a pressure forward, Considine’s toughness around the contest and relentless harassment of the Cats defenders would be critical as they based their game plan on locking the ball in the attacking half and repeat forward 50 entries.

With stars such as Erin Phillips, Ebony Marinoff, Anne Hatchard, Chelsea Randall and Stevie-Lee Thompson around her, Considine has been able to settle brilliantly into her role and forge herself as a critical depth player in the powerful Crows machine.

In what was a dominant performance by the Crows, Considine would have one of her best games for the season, kicking a goal to go with eight disposals and three tackles.

She would also get the chance to show off the development of her foot skills, as after earning a free kick 25 metres out she would proceed to go back and easily slot the goal to add to the Adelaide barrage.

As the final siren blew, the Crows had blown the margin out to a whopping 66 points and completed one of the most dominant performances in AFLW history.

With her side now in their second grand final in three years, young Considine was at risk of missing out after receiving a rough conduct charge for a bump on Geelong midfielder Danielle Orr in the third quarter.

But some good fortune would see the MRO rule her eligible for the decider, with the incident not sufficient enough to warrant a suspension.

This will see Considine become the first Irishwoman to play in a grand final, as the Crows take on Carlton at the Adelaide Oval next Sunday afternoon.

 

By Zac Standish.