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AFL Finals: All The Ins And Outs From Every Team

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AFL Finals: All The Ins And Outs From Every Team

SECOND SEMI-FINAL - GEELONG CATS v GWS GIANTS

Friday 3 September - Optus Stadium, 7:50pm

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GEELONG
In: Z. Tuohy, E. Ratugolea, M. Holmes
Out: S. Simpson (omitted), L. Dahlhaus (omitted), M. O'Connor (hamstring), S. Higgins (managed)

Last week's sub: S. Higgins (replaced M. O'Connor)

B: J.Henry, L.Henderson, J.Kolodjashnij

HB: Z.Tuohy, M.Blicavs, T.Atkins

C: C.Guthrie, M.Duncan, I.Smith

HF: E.Ratugolea, J.Cameron, G.Rohan

F: B.Close, T.Hawkins, G.Miers

FOLL: R.Stanley, J.Selwood, P.Dangerfield

I/C: J.Bews, M.Holmes, S.Menegola, B.Parfitt

EMG: S.Higgins, S.Simpson, D.Fort, Z.Guthrie

GWS
In: B. Hill, C. Stone
Out: T. Greene (suspended), T. Green (arm), S. Reid (hamstring)

Last week's sub: T. Bruhn (replaced I. Cumming)

B: J.Stein, S.Taylor, I.Cumming

HB: L.Ash, N.Haynes, L.Whitfield

C: J.Kelly, S.Coniglio, H.Perryman

HF: T.Taranto, H.Himmelberg, D.Lloyd

F: Z.Sproule, J.Hogan, M.de Boer

FOLL: S.Mumford, J.Hopper, C.Ward

I/C: T.Bruhn, B.Hill, C.Stone, C.Idun

EMG: J.Riccardi, K.Briggs, P.Davis, J.Peatling

VERDICT:

Two huge losses for the Giants with Toby Greene missing through suspension and young gun Tom Green through injury make defeating the Cats a much tougher task. The Cats have elected to bring in both experience and height with defender Zac Tuohy and forward Esava Ratugolea coming in while 2016 premiership player Luke Dahlhaus has been dropped after his six-disposal effort against Port Adelaide last week. Shaun Higgins could be the medical substitute again after being left out of the Cats' 22.

KEY MATCH-UPS:

Jeremy Cameron v Sam Taylor

A week after keeping Swans superstar Lance Franklin to three goals, young Giant Sam Taylor will face off against former teammate Jeremy Cameron. Look for Taylor to play on Cameron when inside 50 with the ever-reliable tall in for another huge match-up this week.

Rhys Stanley/Esava Ratugolea v Shane Mumford

In the battle of the big men, Geelong will look to outwork Giants big man Shane Mumford with a two-pronged ruck attack of Rhys Stanley and inclusion Esava Ratugolea. Mumford's tap work should be enough to give his midfield first use inside but expect the Stanley and Ratugolea to try and outwork Mummy around the ground and drift forward. This could be one of the game's most important duels.

BEST BETS (odds correct as of 03/09/21):

First goalscorer:

Jeremy Cameron (GEE) - $8

Tom Hawkins (GEE) - $9

Jesse Hogan (GWS) - $11

Most disposals:

Joshua Kelly (GWS) - $3.75

Cameron Guthrie (GEE) - $4

Duncan Mitchell (GEE) - $4.50

The Giants will be without star man Toby Greene. Credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons
The Giants will be without star man Toby Greene. Credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons

FIRST SEMI-FINAL - BRISBANE LIONS V WESTERN BULLDOGS

Saturday 3 September - The Gabba, 7:20pm

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BRISBANE
In: D. Robertson, J. Payne
Out: D. McStay (concussion), J. Prior (omitted), R. Mathieson (medi-sub)

Last week's sub: R. Mathieson (replaced D. McStay)

B: M.Adams, D.Gardiner, B.Starcevich

HB: G.Birchall, H.Andrews, D.Rich

C: H.McCluggage, D.Zorko, M.Robinson

HF: L.McCarthy, T.Fullarton, Z.Bailey

F: K.Coleman, J.Daniher, C.Cameron

FOLL: O.McInerney, J.Lyons, L.Neale

I/C: D.Robertson, J.Berry, N.Cockatoo, J.Payne

EMG: C.Ah Chee, R.Lester, R.Mathieson, C.Ballenden

WESTERN BULLDOGS
In: None
Out: J. Johannisen (medi-sub)

Last week's sub: J. Johnannisen (unused)

B: E.Wood, A.Keath, B.Williams

HB: T.Duryea, R.Gardner, B.Dale

C: A.Treloar, J.Dunkley, L.Hunter

HF: L.Vandermeer, A.Naughton, B.Smith

F: T.Liberatore, T.English, C.Weightman

FOLL: Le. Young, J.Macrae, M.Bontempelli

I/C: J.Schache, M.Hannan, C.Daniel, R.Smith

EMG: M.Wallis, Z.Cordy, A.Scott, J.Johannisen

VERDICT:

The loss of tall defender Dan McStay for the Lions is a big one with the inclusion of key defender Jack Payne signalling a shuffle of some of the back six for the clash with the Dogs. They've also brought in Deven Robertson for the omitted Jaxon Prior. The Dogs have selected an unchanged line-up from the side that defeated Essendon last week with defender Zaine Cordy named as an emergency after being a late withdrawal last week while Norm Smith medallist Jason Johnannisen likely to be the medical substitute again after being named as an emergency.

KEY MATCH-UPS:

Hugh McCluggage v Lachie Hunter

Two of the competitions premier wingman will battle it out with both proven ball winners. McCluggage and Hunter both had 24 disposals last week so expect both to carry that good form into a do or die final on Saturday night.

Charlie Cameron v Bailey Williams or Easton Wood

After kicking five goals in a losing side last week, expect Lions small forward Charlie Cameron to cop a fair bit of attention from either Bailey Williams or Easton Wood inside 50. Both would be solid matchups on the livewire goal sneak while Taylor Duryea could also be an option for coach Luke Beveridge.

BEST BETS (odds correct as of 03/09/21):

First goalscorer:

Charlie Cameron (BRI) - $8.50

Aaron Naughton (WB) - $9

Joe Daniher (BRI) - $10

Most disposals:

Jackson Macrae (WB) - $2.25

Lachie Neale (BRI) - $3.75

Marcus Bontempelli (WB) - $6.50

Featured Image Credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons

Topics: Aussie Rules, afl, Aussie Rules Football, Odds, Injury news, Team News, Australia

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