Premiership delight as Dees do it for Daisy

The Demons have done it for Daisy, redeeming themselves after a heartbreaking season six grand final loss to win the season seven AFLW premiership.

It was a sell out at Brighton Homes Arena, and despite criticism, the christening of the new Brisbane Lions' home base saw the turf in great condition.

It was an intense game and the Brisbane defence was elite, seeing Melbourne struggling early on to get their opportunities.

The Lions managed two majors in the first, dominating the play, leaving the Demons goalless.

In the second quarter, Daisy Pearce's Dees managed to get it into the forward 50 but just couldn't capitalise until the wind picked up and it was all Melbourne who locked the ball in their forward half.

The Demons got on the board with five minutes to go in the second via the boot of Blaithin Mackin, managing to reduce the margin to three. There were concerns for the Lions when their captain Bre Koenen hobbled off for attention on her right leg.

Shannon Campbell of the Lions and Karen Paxman of the Dees starred for their respective sides in the first half. Koenen also showed her value; the structure of the Lions backline changed without her and her work on Melbourne's Kate Hore was vital.

There was a collective sigh of relief when Koenen returned to play in the third, albeit with a heavily strapped right knee.

The Lions led by two at half-time, having been left scoreless in the second, and the predicted storm looked to threaten the game but didn't eventuate.

Tayla Harris booted an impressive goal from a passage of play orchestrated by Daisy Pearce, putting the Dees four points ahead, the first lead change of the day.

Brisbane forward Courtney Hodder hadn't touched the ball yet early in the third, although she had managed four tackles.

Melbourne were still in control of the game, but it could have been a different story if not for a missed opportunity after the siren to Brisbane's Dakota Davidson at the end of the third. Instead, the Dees were still up by two at the final break.

Brisbane were kept to just three behinds in the second half, while Kate Hore and Tyla Hanks starred for the Demons with three marks and eight tackles for the former and four tackles for the latter.

When the siren sounded, the Dees had done it and an emotional Daisy Pearce addressed the packed out stadium as she relished the moment.

Shannon Campbell of Brisbane was named the best on ground with eight marks and 19 disposals, struggling to speak.

Daisy Pearce refused to address any queries surrounding her possible retirement requesting that the speculation doesn't "ruin this moment for me."