This Friday’s final between Geelong and Sydney is set to be a classic. The Swans are the form side in the league, while Geelong is looking to rebound after their disappointing loss to Richmond last week.
As per usual, the battle will be won and lost in the centre of the field. Geelong and Sydney have two of the deepest midfield brigades in the AFL. Sydney coach, John Longmire spoke of the damage that ‘Dangerwood’ could cause: “He (Dangerfield) is a massive competitor and when you get him and Selwood together, two huge competitors with talent, it’s a pretty lethal combination”.
However, the Sydney midfield is no slouch. Longmire, in his understated way, spoke of the Swans’ clearance players:
“But we’ve got a few blokes who are OK in the contest and go OK in the 50-50 stuff.
“It’s about making sure all of our midfield group play really strongly against their midfield group, that’s where a lot of games are decided.” – John Longmire
It will be up to ‘Dangerwood’ and ‘Karker’ (I just made that second one up, I don’t love it) to get the ball to the goal kickers quickly. Tom Hawkins and Lance Franklin both have the quality to open up a match and change the outcome. Buddy proved this last weekend as he kicked three goals in the time it took me to go to the bathroom. Again, not something I am proud of. Regardless, if either Hawkins or Franklin can have the ball delivered to them quickly, it will set their side of for a trip to Adelaide for the preliminary final.
Key point to watch out for
Watch Geelong’s first quarter effort against the Swans. In their last two meetings, the Swans have piled on seven goals in both first quarters. If Sydney runs away early, they are too good to let the Cats back into the match.
Have your say: Geelong v Sydney
How do you see the game unfolding on Friday night?
Can Sydney keep their hot form rolling on? Will the Cats recover after their disappointing result last week?