With seasons six and season seven taking place in the same calendar year, the Adelaide Crows have the unique opportunity to win two AFLW premierships a calendar year.
With this goal in mind, the group will look to atone for their Round One loss to the Melbourne Demons when they take to the field to begin finals proceedings on Friday.
The ultimate dream of winning a premiership has already been won and done for the Crows this year, winning their third flag in April. But a rare opportunity to make it two in 2022 beckons, should they make the grand final in a few weeks.
Speaking to the media at the AFLW finals launch, Crows forward Ailish Considine is measured but says that the squad has used the momentum of the season six campaign to launch into season seven.
“I think any squad going into it would love to have two [premierships] in one season,” Considine said.
“It keeps the candle burning because you haven’t waited long, the six-month wait is a long time to have a break for from season to season so I think having that opportunity to win two in a year, that’s a great prize.
“The buzz has definitely kept the continuity of the squad going and keeping the girls together and no one took too much of a break. We were kind of straight back into it after really about a month off so it was really nice to just roll into the next season and try and get a second cup in one [year], any team would want to do that.”Embed from Getty Images
This season has brought about many changes each game for head coach Matthew Clarke due to injuries and form slumps. Abbie Ballard, Teah Charlton, Madison Newman, Montana McKinnon, Zoe Prowse, Kiera Mueller, and Keeley Kustermann have all been beneficiaries of the changes this season with all of them proving they need more time at the level.
The necessity of these changes has provided opportunities to the younger and more inexperienced players, Considine sees this as a positive meaning that the Crows are more match-hardened and more versatile as a result.
“It’s been a really good opportunity for a lot of players to get a run and to get the experience of playing AFLW games so I think that while there’s been a couple of changes week-in and week-out I think at the end of the season that means that we have a really strong squad heading into finals,” she said.
“I think the form has come close to the finished product but there’s still room for people to come in and out and find out, you never know injuries and anything like that can happen so at least we have got a really good squad who are ready to set in at any stage.”
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One of the two losses for the Crows during the season came at the hands of a rather impressive but brutal Melbourne Demons outfit in Round One. Playing them again in the first week of finals, Considine speaks about what they took out of the game and how it spurred them on throughout the season.
“They really came at us hard and it was a game that we took a lot of learning from,” Considine explained
“Sometimes you take more learning from the game that you lose and they taught us some lessons through that from that game [that took us] through the entire rest of the season.
“They really brought the pressure and they beat us at our own game and it was a brilliant performance by Melbourne. We’ve been working hard throughout the season to try and right those wrongs from that day and continue to improve as the season goes on so it was a very important game for us to run through and learn from.”
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