Preliminary finals preview

Nick Maxwell September 21, 2012, 12:30 pm


Well it's preliminary final week, the four best teams face off for a shot at premiership glory. While there have been doubts over all four clubs at different points during the year, they finished top four at the end of the home and away season and remain there this weekend.


This one promises to be an absolute cracker. In their last two meetings only 14 points separated them, so we know this one will be close. The Swans got under a lot of peoples guards during the year due to their outstanding consistency and team play - things that people don't look at before the season starts but become very aware of as the season progresses.
They regain Heath Grundy but lose Ben Mcglynn, who has been critical all year in a number of roles.
The Magpies continue to defy the odds, defeating West Coast after a challenging week dealing with the death of former team mate and friend John McCarthy. In an emotional victory they looked back to their high pressure best, forcing the Eagles’ players into error and then capitalizing going forward. With McCarthy's funeral yesterday, their usual routine has been changed again and the football public will be wondering if they can go back to the well emotionally two weeks in a row.

Darren Jolly v Shane Mumford

Jolly was huge last week taking on Cox and Natanui and more than holding his own. The Pies won the clearances and he was a highly effective part of the victory. We all know what Mumford is capable of, and given the quality and evenness of the Swans midfield, the winner of this match up will go a long way to their team winning.

Kennedy v Pendlebury

Two of the Brownlow fancies look like going head to head through the midfield. Kennedy broke the 40 possession barrier last time these two teams met, so he needs to be nullified. Pendlebury is the stand in skipper and his consistency is always applauded.

Tip - Collingwood


The Hawks have held premiership favoritism for much of the year, and go into this game the shortest priced finals’ favourites in history. To make matters worse for the opposition, they regain Lewis and Young to further strengthen their line up.
The Crows come off a gusty win over the Dockers after falling behind early. If they can get enough ball going forward they will be hoping their twin towers - Tippet and Walker - can worry the Hawthorn key defenders.

Walker v Shoenmakers

The Crows big man has developed into one of the best key forwards around, an opinion that is strengthened by his 5 goal haul last week. Shoenmakers continues to grow and has taken some big scalps this year.

Dangerfield v Shiels

The Crows youngster is a rare talent who is more than capable of being the difference. His combination of speed, power and goal kicking ability makes him a very dangerous proposition. Shiels tends to be the Hawks’ first choice stopper, and will have him in his sights.

Tip - Hawthorn

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