/ 19 April 2021

Lions win first AFLW premiership

After two grand final losses, Brisbane Lions were 3rd time lucky, taking out their first AFLW premiership by beating the Adelaide Crows 38-20 on Saturday. Brisbane’s defensive line proved too much for the reigning premiers, who went into the game as favourites. Lion’s defender Kate Ludkins was awarded Best on Ground for her dominant efforts throughout the match, and Courtney Hodder, who earlier in the week won the Best First-Year Player Award, pulled off an impressive soccer-like goal. Captain Emma Zielke didn’t see the end of the game due to a hammy strain. The 32yo announced her retirement after the game, saying it was a “fairytale ending”. Speaking of recent retirees, former Collingwood vice-captain Sharni Norder yesterday called for the AFLW to establish a full season that pays players to be full-time athletes.

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