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AFLW Finals Week 1 Rewind: Finals off to a flying start

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Giants will 'never forget' Jacinda Barclay (1:12)

GWS star Alyce Parker remembers the life and legacy of the late Jacinda Barclay, and says her former teammate remains a big part of the values and attitudes currently lived by at the Giants. (1:12)

This week's moments that mattered include Eliza James' huge performance, but the Pies will be sweating on some injury concerns, and some poor foresight from the AFL has us scratching our heads!

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.


Magpies will be sweating on injury concerns

Collingwood will be sweating on the outcome of some injuries sustained in their very physical contest with the Western Bulldogs on Sunday. In her 50t,h game Ruby Schleicher left the field in pain with an ankle injury but managed to play it out until the final siren. It would have been a busy night in her house, with housemate Sarah Rowe also going down and failing to return to the field, she had complaints of a "pulling" feeling in her knee.

They'll face the Adelaide Crows thus week and will need to be at their best to defeat the reigning premiers, and with Rowe and Schleicher in question it'll be a long wait to see how they fare. Their teammates Mikala Cann and Tarni Brown were both cleared of concussion during the game too.

Eliza James in on fire

Eliza James made history as the first AFLW player to boot four goals in a final, the young Magpie managing to almost double her season tally. In just her 20th AFLW game she managed the four majors from 13 disposals - impressive for someone who ended the last season with five goals in total. She also managed two marks and two tackles, and with the final score margin at five points it's fair to say the young gun was the difference for her side.

Is the dynasty slipping

The Adelaide Crows have won three of a possible five Grand Finals, including last year against the Melbourne Demons. They lined up in Grand Final rematch this round and failed to pull through, with the Demons progressing to the tune of 21 points. It means that the Crows won't have a week off and will instead face Collingwood this week in a do-or-die clash for a place in a preliminary final.

Randall's return for finals - just in time?

Crows skipper Chelsea Randall returned to the field for her side after nursing an ankle injury from Round 8. She was expected to miss three to five weeks but came back for the side's huge clash with Melbourne. However, she didn't have the same prolific impact as usual, ending the day with just seven touches. She did notch six tackles but her scorecard was well below her season average of 17.8 disposals and ten contested possessions. Hopefully she's better for the run, and will be ready to go this week.

Scheduling woes ... again!

The current fixture scheduling will clash with the Matildas' Melbourne friendly against world No. 2, Sweden, seeing some fans frustrated at the AFL's lack of foresight. The Tigers and Kangaroos final is at Punt Road at 1.40pm, just 400 metres away from AAMI Park where the friendly is being hosted at 2.45pm, with some fans having purchased tickets weeks ago it means the two women's sports are pitted against each other. Not ideal.