Fixture reveal: Will Richmond finally win this weekend?The high marking Tayla Harris and her Carlton teammates are still searching for their first AFLW win of the 2021 season.

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The AFL has released its reworked fixture for the third round of the AFLW season as it continues to grapple with COVID-related restrictions.

The round will see West Australian teams travel for the first time this year, while Collingwood will also be on the road, heading north to face Brisbane at Hickey Park on Sunday afternoon.

The Lions-Magpies clash will be one of the must-see matches of the weekend, with both teams currently undefeated.

Carlton – an early 2021 premiership contender – is still searching for its first win of the year and will need to beat St Kilda on Saturday afternoon to keep its season on track.

Richmond, meanwhile, could be in line to record the very first win in the club’s AFLW history when it faces West Coast on Sunday at home at Swinburne Centre from 5.10pm.

Another contender for match of the round will be between undefeated side Adelaide and Fremantle – ranked third and fifth, respectively, on the ladder by percentage – when they face off at Norwood Oval on Sunday.

Geelong will host the Western Bulldogs to open the round on Friday night, while Melbourne and North Melbourne will face off at Casey Fields on Saturday.

The AFL has already been forced into rewriting its Round 2 fixture twice as it grappled with COVID outbreaks in both Perth and Melbourne and the subsequent border restrictions, and head of women’s footy Nicole Livingstone said the league would continue to take the advice of governments and health officials as it worked through fixtures for upcoming rounds.

“These continue to be unprecedented times and the fixture this year will continue to respond to and reflect the situation across country,” she said.

“We will continue to remain as adaptable as we listen to and work closely with each stakeholder to ensure the best possible outcome for everyone in the game.

“While COVID-19 continues to impact the community, the health and welfare of our players and the community remains the priority and we remain committed to delivering a full season in a safe manner anchored in the advice of respective governments, public health officials and medical experts.”

Crowds will be in attendance unless otherwise advised.

Tickets to GMHBA Stadium will go on sale for home members from 12pm AEDT on Thursday, February 11.

On-sale for the general public commences at 1pm AEDT.

Tickets to all other AFLW matches listed above will go on sale for home members from 10am locally, Friday February 12.

On-sale for the general public commences at 11am local time.

GIANT OFFERED ONE MATCH BAN

Greater Western Sydney utility Tarni Evans has been offered a one-match suspension after being charged with rough conduct for a dangerous tackle on Adelaide’s Ailish Considine that left the Crow concussed during their game on Sunday.

The Giant has been offered the one-match ban with an early plea.

Evans, 19, tackled Considine from behind as Adelaide’s Irish recruit was running into her forward-50 during the third quarter of their clash at Blacktown International Sportspark.

While Considine was able to walk unaided from the oval, she didn’t pass a concussion test and was ruled out for the rest of the game, which the Crows went on to win by 47 points.

The Match Review Officer assessed the incident as “careless conduct, medium impact and high contact”, classifying it as a one-match ban as a first offence.

Other matches also came under MRO scrutiny and Carlton’s Madison Prespakis, Richmond’s Iilish Ross and Melbourne’s Lily Mithen were all found guilty of rough conduct (dangerous tackle) in their respective games, and were all offered a reprimand with an early plea.

Richmond’s Sophie Molan, was charged with striking Demon Sinead Goldrick, and was also offered a reprimand with an early plea.

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