The Crows have recalled midfielder Justine Mules ahead of Sunday’s crucial AFL Women’s clash with Collingwood at Olympic Park Oval.
Mules, 22, has featured in three of the Club’s six AFLW games this season and was an emergency for last week’s match against Melbourne at TIO Stadium.
She replaces rebounding defender Tayla Thorn, who has been omitted.
Onballer Monique Hollick and untried ruckwoman Lauren O’Shea are the emergencies for Sunday’s clash with the Magpies.
A Grand Final spot is on the line in the final round of the inaugural AFL Women’s season. The undefeated Brisbane Lions have already confirmed their place and will host the decider in a fortnight’s time.
The Crows will almost certainly advance if Melbourne fails to defeat Fremantle on Saturday evening. If the Dees are successful, the Crows’ clash with Collingwood becomes an all-or-nothing contest.
Earlier, Crows women’s coach Bec Goddard said her team would keep a narrow focus heading into the weekend.
“We can’t rely on other teams’ performances, we’ve got to rely on our own,” she said.
“All we can look at is winning the game this weekend.”
The Crows have lost two consecutive games by a combined margin of just five points. Collingwood, conversely, has won three matches in succession including a convincing 36-point win over Greater Western Sydney last Sunday.
“The girls were really disappointed in their game last week. We were soundly beaten in a number of areas,” Goddard said.
“They’ve all been really close games. But that’s the nature of AFLW.”
Sunday’s clash at Olympic Park Oval will be broadcast live on Channel 7 in South Australia from 1pm SA time. The match will also be telecast live nationwide on Fox Footy.
Fans in other states can watch on 7Mate or via the AFL App. Please check local guides for more information.
The Club’s women’s side will be the only Crows team in action this weekend.
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The team is –
IN: Justine Mules
OUT: Tayla Thorn (omitted)