OM’G: Historic venues locked in for AFLW prelims

AFLW will be played at the MCG for the first time in the League’s history when Melbourne hosts its preliminary final next Saturday. 

Set to take place on Saturday, April 2 at 2:40pm, the Demons will play the winner of this Sunday’s qualifying final between Brisbane and Collingwood. 

Hours after the Demons step out onto the historic venue, Adelaide will host Fremantle at Adelaide Oval for the other preliminary final as the Crows look towards a record fourth Grand Final appearance. 

“We’re excited,” Melbourne captain Daisy Pearce told womens.afl

“The big opportunity is to get to host and play a preliminary final, so that overshadows everything. But yeah, to be playing at the home of footy and hopefully in front of a heap of fans, it’s going to be pretty exciting. Can’t wait.” 

While the MCG has never played host to an AFLW game before, the first women’s exhibition match was played at the ‘G in 2013, when Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs faced off. 

Melbourne returned to the venue in May 2016 to face Brisbane in another exhibition match, but an AFLW game has not been played at the MCG since the League launched in February 2017.  

Current Kangaroo Jess Duffin (née Cameron) kicked six goals in the outing, while other current AFLW players Daisy Pearce, Alicia Eva, Ellie Blackburn, Lauren Pearce and Emily Bates starred. Tayla Harris also lined up in Lions colours on the day. 

Since the competition launched in February of 2017, zero AFLW matches have been played at the venue. 

The men’s GWS v Gold Coast match originally scheduled for 1:10pm on the Saturday of the AFLW preliminary final will be moved to 4:35pm so as to not clash. 

The door also remains open for the AFLW Grand Final to be hosted at the MCG should Melbourne win through and earn home ground advantage. 

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