Darren Jolly
Darren Jolly

Collingwood ruckman Darren Jolly admits Sydney will have a 'point to prove' against the Magpies in Friday night's blockbuster preliminary final.

Swans veteran Jude Bolton will play his 300th game in the showdown at ANZ Stadium and Jolly, who spent five seasons at Sydney before joining Collingwood at the end of 2009, believes his former team-mates will rise for the occasion.

"They'll have some emotion behind them with Jude's 300th," Jolly told reporters at the Westpac Centre on Monday.

"They'll be out to perform well for him and I'll be out to hopefully spoil the party."

The Magpies have won their past 11 matches against the Swans, including seven at ANZ Stadium, but Jolly said the Swans should not be deterred by the daunting record.

"Come finals time it's a different game. It's more intense," he said.

"Sydney will be fired up and ready to go. Their home turf, home crowd, they'll have a point to prove.

"We've got to go up there and produce what we produced on the weekend and keep that record going."

Collingwood beat West Coast by 13 points on Saturday to advance to the preliminary final and travel to Sydney buoyed by their remarkable record away from Victoria.

The Magpies had posted 11 consecutive away wins before losing that proud record through a Round 21 loss to West Coast. However, they have not lost a final outside of Victoria since 1994 when they were also beaten by the Eagles in former captain Tony Shaw's last game.

"We travel pretty good in general, wherever we go. I don't think there's any secret formula to what we do," Jolly said.

"Getting out of Melbourne and being together at the hotel - I don't know whether it makes us a bit closer come game day and we want to perform for each other.

"Our record away from Melbourne is pretty good and certainly we hope that extends on Friday night."

All Collingwood players will attend the funeral service for former team-mate John McCarthy in his home town of Sorrento on Thursday before boarding a flight to Sydney later that afternoon.

The 22-year-old died after falling from a roof at a Las Vegas casino last week.

"We're going to the funeral on Thursday and that will be an emotional time for the boys, but we will go away and spend some time with each other and get around as a team," Jolly said.

The Magpies remain hopeful that Chris Dawes (knee) and Alan Didak (calf) will be available for the journey, though the duo will undergo fitness tests later in the week.

"It's super important that they both play," Jolly said.

"It's hard to gauge what they did today because hardly anyone did anything today, but they're up and about. On Wednesday we'll have get an indication if they can get up or not."


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