Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Local’s AFLW delay

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Less than a week after being drafted into the AFL Women’s competitio­n, Echuca’s Annabel Johnson has found herself on the precipice of her first football flag.

However, when that time comes is yet to be seen considerin­g the latest Victorian COVID-19 lockdown.

Johnson and her Geelong VFL Women’s teammates booked their place in the 2021 Rebel VFLW Grand Final last Saturday, beating Essendon by 28 points in a preliminar­y final at Windy Hill.

It came four days after Johnson was selected by Geelong with pick 15 in the July 27 NAB AFL Women’s draft.

In what is her first season of competitiv­e football, Johnson was among the best in the preliminar­y final, collecting 16 disposals and banking a third-quarter goal to help break the game open for the Cats.

Geelong will face off against reigning 2019 VFLW premier Collingwoo­d in the decider, which was initially scheduled for this Sunday at Port Melbourne.

The grand final will be Cat’s second since 2018, though they ultimately lost that to Hawthorn.

In an interestin­g twist, the Pies will head into the clash having not played in more than four weeks after the last Victorian COVID-19 lockdown also prolonged the final series.

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