KILMIHIL’s Ailish Considine collected a second AFLW Premiership medal on Sunday morning after the Adelaide Crows claimed a 29-16 Grand Final win over Melbourne Demons at the Adelaide Oval.
Ailish a former dual player for Clare’s senior camogie and ladies football sides started the final as an interchange player but racked up a tackle, a mark and three disposals during her time on the pitch. The result ensures that the Crows are the undoubted dominant force of the AFLW having claimed three of the five Premiers since its inception since 2017.
Adelaide had controlled the first half and were rewarded with goals from Jasmyn Hewett and Erin Phillips, but Melbourne made sure the deficit was only 10 at the main break thanks to a second-quarter goal from Alyssa Bannan. Danielle Ponter struck back for the Crows early in the third quarter and although Kate Hore replied with a goal for the Demons, Ponter nabbed another in the fourth quarter to seal a 13-point win and the title.
She said of the latest success, “The celebrations compared to the commiserations last year are a welcome change. It’s been a good couple of days. This win feels very different to my first one in 2019. That was so unexpected and unknown. This time around it was more of a relief. Coming up short last year was heart-breaking. We had that raw feeling so long after. Getting to the final again this year, it was more of a relief that we finally got over the line. The overwhelming joy of getting back on top, and finishing with a shiny cup at the end, was pretty special”.