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AFLW Prelims Rewind: Two best teams through to Grand Final, but a star in doubt

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The Season Seven Grand Final is upon us, and it's the Brisbane Lions and the Melbourne Demons lining up at the Lions new home ground, Brighton Homes Arena at 2:40pm on Sunday.

The Demons will be looking to redeem last season's Grand Final loss, as they enter their second decider for the year, while the Lions are hunting flag No. 2.

Separated by just 0.3% on the ladder at the end of the home and away season, it's set to be a thrilling match, but the scores weren't so close during the preliminary finals where the sides ended North Melbourne and Adelaide's flag hopes.

Here are this week's moments that mattered.


Tayla Harris shoulder niggle

Demons star Tayla Harris found herself in trouble with a left shoulder injury early in their preliminary final against the Kangaroos.

She was able to play out the game but Melbourne will be in strife if their main ruck isn't in fine form at the Grand Final.

Demons coach Mick Stinear said it's unlikely she will sit out the premirship game.

"There was a bit of discomfort during the game, but she fought through it really well," he said.

"We took her out of the ruck, I guess just to limit the contact and really try and use her as a weapon forward and just gave Eden (Zanker) a chance to go in there, who was moving a bit more freely.

"But no, she's okay. But it was certainly uncomfortable for the majority of the game, but credit to her to keep fighting out and competing, so I can't see her wanting to miss out next week."

Daisy goal sends them to another Grand Final

It was a fairytale finish for Demons skipper Daisy Pearce, who kicked the sealer in their win against the Kangaroos.

Neither side led by more than two goals until Pearce spectacularly edged them further ahead and ultimately won them the game.

Since losing last season's Grand Final, there has been conjecture around Daisy's playing future but she has dismissed any retirement announcements until the Grand Final is over.

Ebony Marin-off her game

Decorated player Ebony Marinoff was the target of the Brisbane Lions, whose game plan was clear - limit the impact Marinoff could have on the game.

For the first time since 2018, Marinoff was held to fewer than 20 disposals over three consecutive games (she had 17 in Week 1 of the finals, 12 against the Pies in the semifinal, and 18 this weekend just gone against the Lions).

The home and away season saw Marinoff average 26.5 disposals, 5.6 inside 50s But those numbers have dropped to 15.7 disposals and just 0.7 inside 50s for the past three matches.

It just shows the impact the midfielder has on the Crows' success.

Davidson delivers ... again!

Known for her over-the-top celebrations, Dakota Davidson slammed the ball through in the third quarter, in their win against the Adelaide Crows, giving the Lions a 35-point lead and celebrating triumphantly as she is well known for.

Since her debut in 2021, she's booted 31 goals in 38 games and has celebrated each in a similar fashion. With one more game left to come in Season Seven, could we see the biggest celebration of them all?

Garner finishes on a high

AFLW Champion player of the year, Jasmine Garner may not fulfill her dream of winning a Grand Final this year after the Kangaroos were defeated by Melbourne, but she has ended a stellar individual season on a high, posing a statline of 24 disposals, 19 kicks, three marks and 10 tackles in her side's loss.