When you least expect it, expect it. So the saying goes and the saying would seem apropos, as the Collingwood Magpies stunned the Adelaide Crows 53 – 32 in the final round of AFLW play Saturday at the Olympic Park Oval.
Maybe not so much of an unexpected surprise as it might seem at first glance, however, as Melbourne is where South Australian sides go to die, at least so far as Aussie rules footy is concerned.
The Crows seemed to have the game well in hand during the first two quarters. The Pies crept back into it in the third quarter and completely dominated the fourth to send the Crows back to Adelaide to look for good vantage points from which to watch the 2018 AFLW Grand Final.
The form for the competition held, as the Western Bulldogs and the Brisbane Lions will not take part in the AFLW Grand Final next Saturday, March 24. The game has been moved from the Bulldogs’ regular VU Whitten Oval to Ikon Park, where seating capacity is much greater.
Had the Crows managed to hold onto the advantage they enjoyed for the bulk of the game, they would have jumped ahead of the Melbourne Demons and into the Grand Final, as the Dogs beat the Dees in their season-ender, a 33 – 31 nail biter at Whitten Oval.
In good news for sports fans, entry to the 2018 AFLW Grand Final is free of charge.
AFL head of women’s football Nicole Livingstone said of the AFLW Grand Final, “Ikon Park is now fondly remembered as the venue of the first ever AFLW match where a huge crowd crammed in to witness history. We want to ensure AFLW members and fans have the opportunity to attend the first AFLW Grand Final to be played in Melbourne and Ikon Park offers a capacity of just over 20,000.”
Would it be okay to say, based on Livingstone’s words, that Ikon Park now enjoys ikonic status?