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Lee Gaskin, AFL Media  March 22, 2017 4:50 PM

Bec Goddard Presser March 22 Crows AFLW Coach Bec Goddard speaks to the Media ahead of the inaugural AFLW Grand Final against Brisbane at Metricon Stadium on Saturday.
We want to go with the fastest team possible that's available to play

Adelaide coach Bec Goddard is keeping the Brisbane Lions guessing ahead of the inaugural NAB AFL Women's Grand Final, speculating the Crows could make tactical changes ahead of Saturday's encounter at Metricon Stadium.

The Crows are keen for quick ball movement so they can reverse their three-point loss to the Lions in Round Five at Norwood Oval.

"You've got to get the balance right and it's got to be an individual match-up, player by player," Goddard said.

"It's been one of our strengths this year, we look at one on one and we want the girls to beat their opponent one on one.

"We've got to make sure the match-ups, one on one, are correct.

"Did we have the match-ups right against Brisbane the first time, one on one? Probably not.

"So, we want to go with the fastest team possible that's available to play."

Marinoff hunting slice of history

The Lions restricted the Crows to just four goals when they met earlier in the season.

The Crows won their first four games of the season before losses to the Lions and Melbourne set up a sudden-death showdown with Collingwood last weekend.

A dominant last quarter got the Crows over the line as they used the ball quickly and created attacking opportunities.

"We saw in the Collingwood game, in the last quarter, our ball movement was really fast," Goddard said.

"It might not have looked the prettiest, but it was really fast.

"As a consequence, we gave our forwards the best chance to kick goals.

"Brisbane like to roll back into our attacking half and drop all of their numbers as quickly as possible and they're very well drilled at it."

Crows defender Courtney Cramey will take part in the side's open training session at Football Park on Wednesday night, but is in doubt for the Grand Final with concussion symptoms.

"She's doing all the right things with her recovery," Goddard said.

"With concussion, there's not much you can do, just wait and do the tests and hope the result comes up your way.

"Courtney will be given as long as possible to recover from that."

The Crows will fly to the Gold Coast on Thursday to give themselves 48 hours together as a squad, including the Darwin-based players, to prepare for the historic match.

"Throughout the season the travel schedule has been hard," Goddard said.

"This weekend, we thought it was great to get the girls together a little bit early and just enjoy each other's company as part of Grand Final week.

"They're all going to be sitting around at home or work thinking about the game anyway, so we thought it was best to get them together to do that."