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2023 NAB AFLW Season 8
Melbourne v Geelong Cats
Semi Finals •
45 6.9
Full Time
50 7.8
Cats Won By 5
IKON Park,  Melbourne  • Wurundjeri

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    Semi Final | Game Day Guide

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    MATCH DETAILS

    MELBOURNE V GEELONG
    Date: Sunday 19 November
    Time: 3:05pm (AEDT)
    Location: IKON Park, VIC | Wurundjeri

    NO MORE SECOND CHANCES

    Melbourne will face Geelong for the second time in their history this Sunday for a do-or-die clash. 

    The Demons are coming off a lost to North Melbourne, but a second place finish on the ladder gives them a second chance. While Geelong are coming off a win against Essendon last week.

     

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    TICKETING

    Fans are encouraged to get down to IKON Park 2:05pm, when gates open, before the first bounce at 3:05pm. Tickets to the game can be found here.

    MATCH INFORMATION

    Patrons attending IKON Park are encouraged to use public transport.  

    There will be limited public parking available at the ground and limited off-street parking in Royal Parade due to watermain replacement works.   

    Public Transport Victoria will be proving additional tram services on Royal Parade and Lygon St.  

    Tram 
    No. 19 Tram (City-North Coburg) runs from the city to Royal ParadeWalker St / Stop 16, then 3 minutes walk to Ikon Park. 

    Train 
    Take the Upfield Line to Royal Park Station, then 13 minutes walk to Ikon Park. 

    Bus 
    Route 123 Bus to Walker St / Stop 16, then 3 minutes walk from Ikon Park. 

    Gates open

    General Public | 2:05pm (AEDT)
    Match Start | 3:05pm (AEDT)

    AROUND THE GROUNDS

    Activations will begin from 2:00pm at Gate 6:

    • Walk through hells gates at gate 6, as you enter the stadium 
    • Melbourne Football Club marquee with club giveaways - spin the wheel to win prizes 
    • Hertz face painting - show your Demon Spirit and get your face painted
    • Demon Shop
    • YoPro - Yoghurt freebies and photo opportunities
    • Red Bull - cooper mini car with free red bull can hand outs
    • AAMI DJ booth playing your favourite songs
    • Macca's - inflatable handball targets
    • Food and beverage trucks inside between gate 4 and 5

    FOLLOW THE GAME

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    VIC/TAS: Seven Network, Fox Footy + Kayo - 3:00pm
    NSW/ACT: Seven Network, Fox Footy + Kayo - 3:00pm
    QLD: Seven Network, Fox Footy + Kayo - 2:00pm
    NT: Seven Network, Fox Footy + Kayo - 1:30pm
    SA:
    Seven Network, Fox Footy + Kayo - 2:30pm
    WA: Seven Network, Fox Footy + Kayo - 12:00pm

    All times local

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    If you're on the go, you can watch the game for free via womens.afl or the AFLW Official App.

    Subscribers of Kayo can also watch the game. 

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    - SEN
    - ABC 774
    - AFL Nation

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    Fast finish too late for surging Dees

    Melbourne has fallen just short of Geelong in its semi-final matchup.

    GEELONG survived a late scare to knock reigning premier Melbourne out of the finals with a five-point win at Ikon Park on Sunday afternoon.

    Down by 30 points at three-quarter time, the Demons threw absolutely everything at the Cats in the final term, including three goals from Eden Zanker, but ultimately it wasn't enough.

    The Cats ran out winners 7.8 (50) to 6.9 (45), with a late Lauren Pearce shot on goal fading late to dash the hopes of Melbourne fans.

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    Nina Morrison was the star of the show, gathering 29 disposals, eight tackles and 10 clearances, while moving around the contest with ease. It was, in part, thanks to the work of Georgie Prespakis (13 tackles, 19 disposals) who maintained great pressure on Melbourne's midfield.

    Geelong came out of the blocks on a mission, knowing Melbourne was in a vulnerable position and where it could get the best of the home side. Disrupting the Demons' ability to chain together possession, forcing turnovers and flicking the ball into space of their own is how the Cats got the upper hand.

    Despite an array of dangerous forward options for the Cats, it was star midfielder Amy McDonald who kicked the opening two goals of the game, signalling to the Melbourne midfield that they needed to be more accountable to their direct opponents if they were to win the game.

    Coming off the half-back line, Becky Webster (19 disposals, 357m gained) was a key playmaker, often finding room to drive the ball into attack.

    Small Demon Shelley Heath, known mostly for her shutdown roles through the midfield this year, was forced into playing as a key defender for large portions of the game, often giving up 20cm or more on her direct opposition.

    Eliza West (28 disposals, eight clearances) made a welcome return, while Maddi Gay (seven intercepts, 18 disposals and a goal) was utilised right across the ground for the Demons.

    This continues the most successful season in Geelong's AFLW history, reaching a second ever preliminary final, but the first under the current top eight finals system. The Cats will now face Brisbane on Saturday night.

    MELBOURNE     0.2    1.4    1.7   6.9 (45)
    GEELONG          2.4    4.5    6.7   7.8 (50)

    GOALS
    Melbourne: Zanker 3, Gay, Hanks, A.Mackin
    Geelong: A.McDonald 2, Parry, Darby, Crockett-Grills, Scott, Moloney

    BEST
    Melbourne:
     Hanks, West, Zanker, Pearce, Paxman, Gay
    Geelong: Morrison, Webster, A.McDonald, M.McDonald, Parry, Darby

    INJURIES
    Melbourne: 
    Nil
    Geelong: Nil

    Crowd: 5,057 at Ikon Park

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