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AFL Canberra: Women’s Division 2 Grand Final Preview

The Queanbeyan Tigerettes and Molonglo Juggernauts will collide in the Women’s Grade Division Two Grand Final for the second straight year at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval.

Queanbeyan have set the benchmark in the business end of the season, having just missed out on making the Division One competition on percentage.

Since the competition was split in to two divisions, Queanbeyan’s closest game was a 20-point win over Ainslie, reflecting their dominance in this division.

The Tigerettes took a massive step towards winning their third straight premiership with a dominant victory over Ainslie to catapult them straight in to the Grand Final.

The Tricolours were bundled out of the finals in straight sets, after running in to a firing Juggernauts outfit.

Molonglo come in to the decider on the back of two straight do-or-die wins, having disposed of ANU with ease, before clinching their second Grand Final appearance in their third season after making light work of Ainslie.

The Juggernauts have not dropped a game since the competition was split in to two divisions, having brushed all comers aside in their charge to the Grand Final.

Key Players

Queanbeyan stars Lani Watson and Ella Ross were rewarded for their brilliant form with selection in the NSW/ACT Women’s Squad to play Queensland earlier this season.

Midfielder Ross was also a part of the Canberra representative side that laced up the boots against Sydney, partnering six of her Queanbeyan teammates in the fixture.

Molonglo’s Zoe Skyrianos has enjoyed a brilliant run of form in the back-end of the season, being named in the side’s best on five consecutive occasions.

In an enticing battle, Molonglo’s Lori Dunn will go head-to-head with Tigerettes sharpshooter Hannah Dunn in a bid to be named the Division Two leading goal scorer.

The pair will both enter the Grand Final with ten majors apiece, and snapping at their heels are Juggernauts Nicole Goodwin and Sally Moylan.

This Year

The two sides have met just once since the 2014 Grand Final, with the Tigers claiming the spoils.

A rematch was scheduled for Round 3 of the Division Two competition, but torrential rain forced the closure of Allinsure Park, and the fixture was abandoned.

Round 9: Queanbeyan 10.4.64 defeated Molonglo 4.8.32
Lani Watson kicked four goals in a Best on Ground performance for the home side. Queanbeyan’s win meant that they would head in to the second half of the season leading the bottom half of the table, as the competition was split in to two divisions prior to the finals.

Final Word

A rematch of the 2014 Grand Final will be a great test for these two sides, with Molonglo’s form in the finals an indication that they are back with a vengeance.

Queanbeyan will be looking for their third straight flag, whilst underdogs Molonglo are in search of their first.

The big game experience that the Juggernauts claimed in last year’s Grand Final has proven invaluable to date, and they will need to utilise every ounce of it if they are to bring the silverware to Stirling Oval.



(PHOTO: Joshua Matic/The Queanbeyan Age)

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