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  • Rikki Lambert

Brisbane finish AFLW minor premier by slimmest margin

Melbourne and Adelaide will face off in an AFLW grand final rematch on Saturday afternoon in round 1 of the finals, after the Demons fell just 1 point short of toppling Brisbane on top of the ladder.

Melbourne thrashed a goalless West Coast by 78 points but 79 was the mark needed to eclipse the Lions and take top spot. Melbourne will face 2021 grand final opponent Adelaide who had a scare, defeating St Kilda by 16 points.

Richmond will play the minor premiers after a draw with North Melbourne, the third in the 2023 season.

Collingwood, thrashed by the Lions by 55 points on Friday night, finished 6th and will play an elimination final against the Western Bulldogs in their third clash of the season. The 'Dogs left it late against Carlton, winning by three points on a slippery Melbourne Friday evening.

Fifth placed Geelong fell just five points short of setting a new AFLW record winning margin, adding to Sydney Swans' fans men's grand final woes with an 81 point home rout against the winless Swans at GMHBA Stadium.

2022 debutants Essendon and Port Adelaide played in both wet and dry with the Bombers prevailing on Sunday by 27 points.

In other matches with no affect on the finals, Fremantle overran newcomers Hawthorn by five points on Saturday and the GWS Giants got off to a fast start and ran out 2 goal winners against the Gold Coast Suns.

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