Lopsided AFLW conference system laid bare

The AFLW's lopsided conference system will be laid bare next weekend when at least one powerhouse team misses a spot in the finals.

Under this year's new system, only the top two teams from each conference will reach the AFLW finals. However, based on this year's results, Conference A boasts the four best teams in the league.

Conference A leaders Adelaide, who have a 5-1 win-loss record and a percentage of 184.3, only need to avoid a heavy loss to Melbourne on Saturday to secure a berth in the finals.

Second-placed North Melbourne and third-placed Fremantle also boast 5-1 records. The two teams will clash at Fremantle Oval on Saturday afternoon in what is effectively an elimination final.

Fourth-placed Melbourne (4-2) need to beat Adelaide by about five goals to be able to leapfrog the Crows into the top two. If the Demons win, two teams with 5-2 records from Conference A will miss the finals.

Conference B features a host of strugglers, with the race for that group's two finals berths down to three teams.

Carlton lead that conference with a meagre 3-3 record and a percentage of 98.2, with Geelong (3-3, 74.2 percent) in second spot.

Amazingly, third-placed Brisbane are still in the finals hunt despite their 2-4 win-loss record and poor percentage of 69.9 per cent.

The Lions take on Group B cellar dwellers Collingwood (0-6), and a win in that match could see them leapfrog either Carlton or Geelong into the top two.

Geelong can secure their finals berth with victory over GWS in Canberra on Friday night, while Carlton take on the Bulldogs on Sunday.

The Blues beat Brisbane by 16 points on Sunday to give themselves a good chance to secure a finals berth.

Adelaide defeated GWS by 32 points earlier in the day to ensure they enter the final round on top of group A.