Orla O'Dwyer stars as Lions book Grand Final spot

Sarah Rowe’s ‘Pies were narrowly beaten.

aflw-lions-magpies AAP / PA Images Orla O'Dwyer of the Lions (right) and teammates celebrate victory. AAP / PA Images / PA Images

ORLA O’DWYER was the Irish winner early this morning as her Brisbane Lions side booked their place in the AFLW Grand final.  

The Lions overcame Collingwood — featuring compatriots Sarah Rowe and Aishling Sheridan — in their preliminary final on a scoreline of 45-41. 

Tipperary native O’Dwyer notched a goal and 11 disposals while Mayo’s Sarah Rowe had seven disposals for the ‘Pies, as the Lions ran out narrow four-point winners at the Gabba. Rowe was denied a goal by this unlucky bounce: 

The Lions will take on Adelaide in next Saturday’s showpiece, after they saw off Melbourne in the other semi-final.

The Crows – who will host the Grand Final — are chasing their third flag. They had Clare star Ailish Considine as an emergency reserve.  

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Murray Kinsella, Bernard Jackman and Gavan Casey look back on a mixed weekend in Europe for the provinces before previewing Exeter-Leinster and Wales-Ireland.

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