The last time these two sides met, saw Collingwood go down in a 3-point thriller at the Whitten Oval. The messaging to come out of that match was don’t underestimate the Lions.
Both teams have matched it with the best in the competition, but Brisbane got the wood over Collingwood and has a home turf advantage.
Both teams possess strong lineups. Collingwood’s greatest strength is its quality engine room made up of the dynamic trio of Brianna Davey, Britt Bonnici, and Jaimee Lambert. As well as young stars like Joanna Lin and Mikala Cann completing and adding to what is already hard to stop midfield.
The Lions have weapons of their own with the likes of Ally Anderson and Cathy Svarc, who fly under the radar but are just as hard to stop as Davey and Bonnici.
One of Brisbane’s greatest strengths is its forward line with Dakota Davidson and Jesse Wardlaw providing a deadly and potent duo in the front half. Add goal sneaks like Jess Wuetschner and Courtney Hodder who are both just as dangerous around goals with any space to work with.
This Preliminary final will see Collingwood’s first since the club’s inception whereas the Brisbane girls are experienced finals campaigners, making it as far as the Grand Final in the first two years of the competition.
A key matchup will be Cathy Svarc and Brianna Davey, with Svarc getting the chocolates in the last clash. Svarc was able to quell the influence of Davey, restricting her to just 14 disposals. But one thing is for sure, you can’t keep Davey down for long.
The last time the two sides met, Brisbane kicked 11 behinds and Collingwood kicked eight. In saying that the keys to the game may be simple but the first team to capitalize on its opportunities will book themselves a spot in the Grand Final.
With a Grand Final spot on the line, will the ‘Pies swoop or will the Lions pounce once again.