The first of the 2017 AFL Finals will be played on a Thursday night at Adelaide Oval between the Adelaide Crows and the GWS Giants. This is shaping as a massive clash with both teams being very good throughout the season. The Crows have had the wood on the Giants this season but they could definitely turn that around on Thursday night. View our Adelaide Crows vs GWS Giants preview.
When: 19:50 | Thursday 7/9/2017
Where: Adelaide Oval
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The Crows went into their last match of the home and away season knowing that they had already secured top spot with Geelong’s win over the Giants and surprisingly that loss for the Giants saw them finish fourth and take on the Crows in Adelaide.
The Crows have looked very good in a majority of matches this season and can post some huge scores when all players are firing although leading into the end of the season they have shown they are capable of bad patches of play which saw them draw with the Magpies and lose to the Swans.
The Giants as well have been relatively poor heading into the finals series and non more so than there game against the Cats where they were comprehensively beaten.
Can the Giants bounce back? I don’t think so unless the Crows are again slow out of the barriers and the Giants can capitalise and put a space on them early.
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Crow Sloane still in doubt for AFL final
Adelaide are still uncertain whether vice-captain Rory Sloane will play in Thursday night’s AFL qualifying final against Greater Western Sydney.
Sloane was on light duties at Adelaide’s training on Wednesday as he continues his recovery from appendix surgery on Tuesday last week.
While Sloane has declared he wants to play, Adelaide coach Don Pyke says his selection committee has many factors to weigh up when they meet on Wednesday afternoon.
“He had a light run this morning and we will finalise it this afternoon,” Pyke told reporters.
“He will need to do a fair bit more than he did this morning … he was just able to do some running this morning but he has still got a fair bit of ground to cover.”
Pyke refused to say whether Sloane had received medical clearance to play against the Giants in the Adelaide Oval fixture.
But the second-year head coach said it was possible Sloane would be named in Adelaide’s team and then face a last-minute fitness test on Thursday.
“We’ll see. We will just assess exactly what his chances are of playing and make the decision from there,” Pyke said.
“It is also not only what his capacity is based on the surgery but also what is best for him and best for the team as well. Those things all come into account.”
Adelaide claimed a double-chance courtesy of finishing top and are assured another home final, regardless of the result of the clash against the Giants.
“We have got to look at it from a viewpoint about what is best for his short-term – and we would love to have him playing tomorrow night – but if that is going to have an impact for him longer term, or impact his ability to perform at the level he wants to,” Pyke said.
“We will make a smart decision.
“Players want to play. Sometimes we have got to look at what is best for them and what they’re capable of, and that is what we will weigh up.”