AFLW Finals 2021: News and analysis from preliminary final weekend

Adelaide’s courageous captain Chelsea Randall has been helped from the ground and ruled out of the Crows AFLW preliminary final against Melbourne, after suffering a head knock in a heavy collision with Demon Eliza McNamara.

At the eight-minute mark of the first quarter, Randall and McNamara were both running hard toward the ball near the centre of Adelaide Oval when they clashed heads in the contest, both falling onto the grass.

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Ohhhhh jeez that’s brutal, hope both are ok

They both stayed motionless on the turf for a few moments before being helped from the ground by their respective club medicos.

Adelaide says Randall has suffered a head knock and won’t return to the field, with the Demons also confirming that McNamara won’t to play.

At halftime, the Crows lead the Demons 2.1 (13) to 0.3 (3) with Adelaide star Erin Phillips kicking the games only two majors.

Eliza McNamara and Chelsea Randall were ruled out of the match after their head clash. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

The winner will play in next weekend’s AFLW grand final against the winner of Brisbane and Collingwood, who will face off at the Gabba this afternoon.

If Randall and McNamara fail their concussion tests, they will automatically be ruled out of the grand final (should their team win), under the new AFL concussion protocols that demand players rest for a mandatory 12 day after suffering a concussion.

Randall has been ruled out once in 2021 under the new protocols after experiencing delayed concussion earlier this season.

Captain Chelsea Randall will play no further part in today's game after a heavy collision.

Eliza McNamara will take no further part in today's game.

She came from the field in the first term after a big collision with Adelaide's Chelsea Randall.#FiredUp | #AFLWCrowsDees

Originally published asVideo: Sickening head clash mars AFLW prelim

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