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AFLW Semifinals Rewind: Lightning, Crows, and Roos put on a show

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This week's moments that mattered include the dazzling lightning storm which wreaked havoc in Adelaide, Jasmine Garner's massive performance, and Eliza James backing up her performance in Week 1.

Each Monday, Sarah Burt will bring you the moments which mattered from each round of the AFLW season, whether it's a clutch kick for goal, a ladder-altering result, coaching masterpiece, a quirky stat, or an incredible story.


Lightning strikes twice at Unley

The Crows and Collingwood were forced to battle the elements at Unley Oval with severe thunderstorms, torrential rain and flooded grounds making for an eventful semifinal. The game was delayed by 30 minutes initially due to lightning and saw the first quarter played out mostly in a break for weather. Towards the end of the first term a thunderstorm hit and saw players forced to sit in the rooms for 45 minutes until the weather eased.

When play was allowed to continue, the Crows managed to grind out a 12-point win, which sees them into yet another preliminary final. Should the Lions or Demons be worried?

Eliza James not a one hit wonder

Collingwood youngster Eliza James broke the record for the greatest number of goals ever booted by one person in an AFLW final last week. After a prolific performance she wasn't slowing down this week either, with Collingwood's only goal and four tackles as the Pies went down to Adelaide in trying conditions.

Crows skipper ruled out at last minute

Crows Skipper Chelsea Randall was heartbreakingly ruled out of the Crows semi-final clash under concussion protocols despite being cleared earlier in the week and not having any concussion symptoms.

Randall suffered a head knock in their loss to the Demons and was cleared but the Club medical staff announced they'd been given new footage which showed a different angle, forcing them to change their mind.

Sadly, it's the second time she's has missed a final following a head knock, after being sidelined from the 2021 Grand Final against the Brisbane Lions.

Randall addressed the media on Friday saying: "In this scenario, I feel it is frustrating and I am disappointed around the system and process in place because clinically I was cleared," she said. "If I had the same knock at training, we wouldn't have vision and I would be clinically passed and I would be able to play."

Jas Garner cannot be stopped

Superstar and this year's AFLW Coaches award winner Jasmine Garner was the difference for North Melbourne on Saturday, she ended the day with two goals (of the Kangaroos eight), four marks and 22 disposals.

Tiger's rough conduct to be examined

Richmond's Sarah Hosking will have the MRO investigate a rough incident with North Melbourne's Mia King early in the third quarter of their semifinal clash. She gave King a hard bump at a centre square bounce which resulted in the Kangaroo immediately heading to the bench to have her ribs assessed. King returned to the field later but it's not clear whether Hosking made contact with King's head. If cited, Hosking could miss Round 1 next season.