The ultimate two video games of Spherical 14 characteristic an important recreation between the dominant Cats, who’ve misplaced just one recreation this 12 months, and the bettering Port Adelaide, out to safe a finals berth, in addition to a rematch between the Western Bulldogs and Collingwood.
Since their Spherical four loss to Higher Western Sydney by 4 factors, Geelong has taken all earlier than them, successful eight video games straight. So they’re they due for a slip-up, or can they proceed that type all the way in which to the finals and past?
There isn’t any doubt that they’re a brilliant crew with a rare quantity of expertise. In addition they have a robust listing with depth throughout all areas. It’s laborious to see how they are often overwhelmed except they undergo numerous game-ending accidents that upsets their stability towards a fired-up opponent.
Each Port Adelaide and Geelong will probably be near full power and the match will probably be performed at Adelaide Oval in entrance of a partisan Energy crowd. The chance to regain their place within the eight must be a particularly motivating for Port Adelaide, as a win would safe their playoff place on Saturday night time, probably as excessive as seventh.
A superb begin within the first quarter would see the group on aspect and supply them with additional momentum.
Then again, Geelong will probably be eager to have a good time the a number of recreation milestones that ought to fall on the night time.
Harry Taylor will turn out to be the 17th Geelong participant to succeed in 250 video games, and Cameron Guthrie will turn out to be the 78th Cat to play 150.
Lachie Henderson – if he passes a health check – will play his 50th recreation for Geelong, having performed 15 for Brisbane and 102 for Carlton beforehand.
As well as, Tom Hawkins will be a part of present team-mates Joel Selwood and Harry Taylor within the Geelong high 20 game-players of all time when he attracts stage with two nice former captains of the membership, Reg Hickey and Michael Turner.
The Sunday recreation at Marvel Stadium between the Western Bulldogs and Collingwood would be the second assembly of those two sides this season.
Of their April encounter in Spherical four on the MCG, the Bulldogs put in an enormous third quarter to guide Collingwood on the remaining break however had been overpowered within the final time period to lose by 14 factors.
In that recreation Jaidyn Stephenson kicked two targets, however his ban for the subsequent ten weeks for playing will see him sidelined till the finals and his velocity across the ahead line will probably be sorely missed.
Will it’s sufficient to tip the tables in favour of the Bulldogs? Will the Collingwood gamers really feel let down sufficient for the sting to be taken off their recreation, or if Dale Morris is ready to return from damage to play for the Bulldogs, will that give his team-mates a raise?
In that case, that will simply be sufficient to alter the results of this recreation, which I count on to be shut.