The Wollongong Saints face the biggest test of their premiership defence in a grand final rematch with Western Magic at Blacktown on Saturday.
Unbeaten after six rounds, including a 43-point thumping of second placed Pennant Hills, the Saints are bracing for the backlash from the Magic, who were held scoreless in the final quarter of last year’s decider.
“After the premiership win, both teams have recruited and expanded well with the interest generated from AFLW,” Saints president Casey Moane said.
The Saints will also celebrate Ellen Crewdson’s 100th game, just the second player, after Kat Gow, to reach the milestone since the club was established in 2010.
In the AFL South Coast Women’s league, Bomaderry tackle Northern Districts at Artie Smith Oval hoping to maintain a share of competition lead, with rivals Wollongong Lions and Wollongong Saints set to start hot favourites against Nowra-Albatross and Dapto respectively.
Kiama Power and Ulladulla meet in another crucial showdown at Bonaira Oval.