The Cats and the Swans will take centre stage on Friday night at the MCG as they play for a spot in the AFL Semi Finals. The Cats were just plain old bad against the Tigers on Friday night and it will be tough for them to turn the form around in a week against a red hot Sydney team although the rain that has hit Melbourne may help their chances. View our Geelong Cats vs Sydney Swans Tips and Odds below.
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Geelong did not give much at all against the Tigers on Friday night and it is hard to see them back up this weekend with a win over the in form team in the competition the Swans.
It looked a two man show for the Cats with Dangerfield and Hawkins keeping the team together until the later stages of the match when it all fell apart.
The Swans went in as the hot favourites against the Bombers and they showed why basically putting the game to bed during the second quarter. An easy win saw them able to rest players and they’ll go into Friday nights match as the red hot favourites.
B: T.Stewart, T.Lonergan, Z.Tuohy
HB: A.Mackie, L.Henderson, Z.Guthrie
C: M.Duncan, J.Selwood, M.Blicavs
HF: S.Menegola, H.Taylor, B.Parfitt
F: D.Menzel, T.Hawkins, J.Parsons
FOLL: Z.Smith, P.Dangerfield, S.Selwood
I/C: J.Bews, J.Kolodjashnij, D.Lang, S.Motlop
IN: D.Menzel, D.Lang
OUT: C.Guthrie (calf), J.Murdoch (omitted)
B: N.Smith, H.Grundy, C. Mills
HB: J.McVeigh, D.Rampe, Z.Jones
C: I.Heeney, J.Kennedy, J.Lloyd
HF: D.Towers, L.Franklin, G.Hewett
F: K.Jack, C.Sinclair, S.Reid
FOLL: S.Naismith, D.Hannebery, L.Parker
I/C: H.Cunningham, N.Newman, T.Papley, G.Rohan
EMG: A.Aliir, J.Foote, D.Robinson
Cats vs Swans News:
Cats pose big threat in AFL semi
Pundits are lining up to write Geelong off but you won’t find Sydney coach John Longmire among them.
The surging Swans will start favourites on Friday night, when they face the Cats at the MCG in a semi-final.
It is a product of Sydney’s hot recent form, which continued in a 65-point shellacking of Essendon at the SCG, but also Geelong’s meek loss in week one of the finals.
The Cats were competitive during the first three quarters of their qualifying final against Richmond then simply outclassed, eventually losing by 51 points.
Longmire’s men enjoyed a 46-point win over Geelong in round 20 of this year’s regular season but the 2012 premiership coach expects a far tougher challenge this week.
“We tend to jump on and off teams pretty quickly this time of year based on their last performance,” Longmire told reporters after his side’s impressive win over the Bombers.
“We go down there with a real battle ahead against a quality team with really good players.
“Their defensive stuff was pretty good (against Richmond). I think it was only 13 points the difference at three-quarter time. The Tigers needed to do everything right.
“There’s a reason why they finished where they did.”
Hobbled key forward Lance Franklin suggested the Swans would need to “be at our best to beat” Geelong.
Franklin booted four goals against the Bombers, while Gary Rohan, Callum Sinclair, Dean Towers and Josh Kennedy also kicked multiple goals.
Longmire was impressed with several elements of his side’s polished performance, especially their knack of clutching contested marks up forward.
“We were able to get on top in the air down there. That certainly makes a difference, because players up the ground get a lot of confidence out of that,” he said.
“We really lifted a gear or two (after quarter-time) and played some really strong power footy.”
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