Preliminary Finals Preview
This weekend of AFL promises to be a fascinating one. The first quarter will be important in both games, with a quick start proving to be vital in previous Preliminary Finals. Hopefully we will see some attacking football played by all four sides and a close margin in both games!
Crows v Cats Preview
This game features two of the better midfields in the AFL. Menegola, Scott Selwood and Mitch Duncan will be pivotal from the Cats perspective, while the Crows will look to Mackay, Atkins and co to provide run.
The Crows made two forced changes, with the injured Brodie Smith and Mitch Mcgovern out of the side. Despite that, they get some quality back in the side with midfield maestro Rory Sloane and experienced utility Andy Otten, while the Cats chose to make two changes with reliable defender Tom Lonergan and Nakia Cockatoo coming in for James Parsons and Zach Guthrie.
Then there is the ruck battle. Both Zac Smith of the Cats and Sam Jacobs of the crows are coming off games where they were influential. Then there are the respective forward lines, who it appears will be both be going in with three tall forwards. Can’t wait to see what eventuates!
Crows Game Changer: Matt Crouch
Cats Game Changer: Sam Menegola
My Prediction: Cats
Tigers v Giants Preview
This game promises to be an exciting game for the neutral. The Giants will be aiming to play in their first grand final. The Tigers will be aiming to claim an elusive premiership that has eluded them for some time.
The Tigers will be going into the game with one dominant ruckman in Nankervis and one key forward in Jack Riewoldt. The Giants will go in without Jeremy Cameron and Shane Mumford. Rory Lobb will play a key role for the Giants, taking the number one ruck role due to the injury suffered by Mumford.
Dustin Martin will need to be nullified if the Giants are to win the game, while the Tigers may look to tag the recently re signed Josh Kelly. It promises to be an interesting contest with both teams coming off comprehensive victories.
Tigers Game Changer: Shaun Grigg
Giants Game Changer: Josh Kelly
My Prediction: Giants