Crows find beauty in ugly win over North ahead of final

Adelaide's ugliest win of the AFLW season has become a thing of beauty as they prepare for a preliminary final against North Melbourne.

In round nine, Adelaide pipped the Kangaroos by three points in a result now giving the Crows fresh confidence entering Sunday's high-stakes rematch.

Adelaide, in the October 29 fixture, lost all key statistics except the scoreboard.

North had more scoring shots, more disposals, 16 more inside 50s, more clearances - and led for all but five minutes.

But Adelaide coach Matthew Clarke's charges scored the last goal of the game to pinch a win.

Adelaide players celebrate their win over North Melbourne.
Adelaide were outplayed but beat North Melbourne 41-38 the last time they met in AFLW.

"Doc (Clarke) said the stat sheet against North last time, they probably should have got up," Crows forward Jess Waterhouse said.

"But we were lucky and were able to manage it in the last couple of minutes to make sure we came away with the win.

"It does give us confidence we can win in tough situations."

Waterhouse forecasts a hot contest against the Roos, who thrashed reigning premiers Melbourne by 41 points in a qualifying final to earn hosting rights for the prelim.

The Crows fell to a two-point defeat to the Brisbane Lions in a qualifying final but rebounded to down Sydney by 67 points in their semi-final.

Waterhouse booted two goals in the win over the Swans, after being overlooked for the two previous games.

"I'm a pretty competitive person so I used that (non-selection) as motivation to come out firing," she said.

"I'm really proud that I was able to play my part, score a couple of goals, be in some plays that led to goals as well, and just play my role as a pressure small forward.

"Sometimes it's hard to get involved in that position but I definitely had some fire in the belly."

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