AFL Saturday Night Round 23 Preview

Cats v Giants My Preview
Geelong will be looking to build on their win last week against the Pies. The likes of Mitch Duncan, Sam Menegola and Scott Selwood have covered for the loss of inspirational skipper Joel Selwood. Their decision to play one dominant ruckman in Zac Smith payed dividends with them playing more runners. Their forward line will be boosted by the return of suspended key man Tom Hawkins. The emergency of Zac Tuohy and Tom Stewart in the back line has been instrumental in them obtaining a top four spot and the elusive double chance. Daniel Menzel and James Parsons have played their role in the forward structure. The loss of Hawkins has meant Harry Taylor has played a pivotal role up forward in the last couple of weeks. The tall timber in defence has been exceptional, with Lonergan and Henderson functioning well together in the back half. The likes of Motlop and Mackie should play a key part in the result of the game with both of them being imperative parts of the Cats structure. Having been in and out of the side through injury this year, there is an opportunity for them to cement their spots in the line up and help the Cats dismantle the Giants.

GWS have been incredibly consistent. They have coped with the loss of key players through injury and suspension; Shane Mumford and Jeremy Cameron just to name a couple. Josh Kelly has been a standout and should figure prominently on Brownlow night having played at a consistent level throughout the season. The addition of Brett Deledio and Devon Smith have added some much needed goal kicking options for the reliable Giants. Lachie Whitfield and Steven Coniglio have added some much needed polish through the midfield. Toby Greene and Jonathon Patton have returned to form at the right end of the season.

This promises to be a fascinating battle between 2 top 4 teams. The battle in the midfield will be pivotal in deciding the final result. Having goal kicking midfielders has been a hallmark of both these sides; that makes them both contenders for the elusive flag in what appears to be one of the more even seasons in the history of the competition.

Cats Game Breaker: Sam Menegola
Giants Game Breaker: Josh Kelly
Prediction: Giants

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