Gabba off table, Lions in AFLW scramble

Brisbane's venue options for a home AFLW grand final are dwindling after cricket authorities ended any hope of a Gabba decider.

The top-of-the-ladder Lions will play a preliminary final next week at Gold Coast's Metricon Stadium.

But they could be denied a grand final in their home state should they win, with cricket, concerts and construction thwarting their choices.

Cricket Australia and Queensland Cricket have rejected informal enquiries from the AFL to utilise the Gabba given the quick turnaround between T20 World Cup fixtures and next month's Test against South Africa.

The ground will also host a Sheffield Shield game from December 1, a fixture deemed imperative to trial the surface before the Proteas clash with Australia from December 17.

The Lions' newly-built Springfield training base and stadium is complete but not yet ready to host fixtures, while the November 26 grand-final date is sandwiched between two pre-booked concerts at Metricon Stadium.

Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex, a boutique stadium in north Brisbane often used in the regular season by the Lions, is perhaps their last home-ground option.

While the AFL ticked off on Richmond hosting a semi-final at the 2,800-capacity Punt Road this weekend it's unlikely to be as accommodating for the season's biggest game.

Speaking last week AFLW boss Nicole Livingstone had hoped a "great relationship with cricket" would lead to a solution.

But she said they would wait until the finalists were decided before a potential scramble with Melbourne venues Ikon Park and Marvel Stadium shaping as options regardless of who qualifies.