We take a look at this afternoons AFL Preliminary Final between the Richmond Tigers and the GWS Giants. The Tigers go into the match as the favourites to book a spot in the Grand Final to take on the Crows who demolished Geelong last night. The Giants definitely looked better last week smashing the Eagles so this could be a close one if both teams turn up to play.
When: Saturday, September 23, 4.45pm (AEST)
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The Tigers simply must win.
So many dreams are on the line in this game.
GWS could be the biggest party spoilers of all time.
They were fantastic against the Eagles and if they repeat the dose, then away they go.
The only thing I did tip correctly last week, was getting Rory Lobb into the ruck and Stevie J back into the starting side.
Lobb is better when he has stuff to do and doesn’t get in Jonathon Patton’s way.
Stevie J was just good.
I heard some commentators say he didn’t do much in the first half but who cares.
He changed the game from a hopeful win to a lock.
The Giants have re-signed Josh Kelly which is smart from both sides of the fence and now they can take the logical step to a premiership if they beat Richmond.
They won’t be as bad against the Crows or Geelong if they make the Grand final as they were in the past month.
The Cats beat them by 44 and the Crows by 36.
If they happen to get to the big dance, they could cause the upset of all upsets.
Dusty Martin will have nothing on his mind other than winning this game.
The Brownlow is his, the contract is tucked away.
The only thing missing is a grand final.
They could just get home on the roar of the Tiger bandwagon.
I would say faithful, but half of them have only just regained their faith after years of missing their weekly pilgrimage.
Giants will need to lead to win.
The Tigers could come from behind or lead.
One things for sure, I’ll be watching and listening to the ‘yellow and black’ if they win.
Richmond comfortably by four plus goals.
Richmond at $1.57
GWS at $2.45
Tip: Richmond at $1.57
Line tip: Richmond -9.5
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B: B.Ellis, A.Rance, D.Grimes
HB: B.Houli, D.Astbury, N.Vlastuin
C: K.McIntosh, T.Cotchin, J.Townsend
HF: K.Lambert, D.Martin, J.Caddy
F: D.Butler, J.Riewoldt, D.Rioli
FOLL: T.Nankervis, D.Prestia, S.Grigg
I/C: S.Edward, J.Graham, N.Broad, J.Castagna
EMG: S.Hampson, S.Bolton, C.Ellis
B: Z.Williams, P.Davis, H.Shaw
HB: N.Haynes, A.Tomlinson, N.Wilson
C: D.Shiel, S.Coniglio, T.Taranto
HF: M.de Boer, H.Himmelberg, T.Scully
F: S.Johnson, J.Patton, B.Deledio
FOLL: R.Lobb, J.Hopper, J.Kelly
I/C: A.Corr, L.Whitfield, T.Greene, C.Ward
EMG: D.Smith, H.Perryman, S.Reid