The AFL Finals series continues on Saturday night at Spotless Stadium when the Greater Western Sydney Giants play hosts to West Coast.
Greater Western Sydney: Adam Tomlinson, Phil Davis, Heath Shaw; Nathan Wilson, Aidan Corr, Brett Deledio; Lachie Whitfield, Callan Ward, Tom Scully; Josh Kelly, Jeremy Cameron, Rory Lobb; Toby Greene, Jonathon Patton, Matt de Boer; Shane Mumford, Stephen Coniglio, Jacob Hopper.
West Coast: Brad Sheppard, Eric Mackenzie, Tom Barrass; Liam Duggan, Jeremy McGovern, Shannon Hurn; Andrew Gaff, Matt Priddis, Elliot Yeo; Lewis Jetta, Jack Darling, Dom Sheed; Malcolm Karpany, Drew Petrie, Jamie Cripps; Nathan Vardy, Sam Mitchell, Luke Shuey.
Just 7 games have been played between these two sides, with the Eagles dominating, winning 5 to the Giants 2. The Giants have won the last two games, with the most recent being a 21 point victory in Round 22 this year.
The Giants season got off to a woeful start as they were belted by Adelaide by 8 goals. The Giants bounced back in brutal style, hammering the Suns by 102 points 160-58 in a clinical performance. Round 3 saw the Giants beat the Roos by 7 goals and they won again against Port Adelaide by 112-81. In Round 5 they were victorious against cross-city rivals Sydney by a comfortable 7 goals margin. GWS then had a phenomenal match against the defending champions and managed to beat the Western Bulldogs by a tiny 2 points. After losing to Saints by 23 in Round 7, the Giants won their next four games, beating Magpies by 3; Tigers by 3, Eagles by 8 and the Bombers by 16, before getting pipped by the lowly Blues by 1 point. They beat the Lions by 10 goals before picking up back to back draws against the Cats and the Hawks. The Giants then lost their cross city clash with the Swans by 13 and were woeful in attack against the Tigers, losing 64-45. They found winning form again with a scrappy 2 goal win over Freo before beating the Dees by 35 in a dominant defensive display. The Giants then beat the Bulldogs by 8 goals and the Eagles by 21 points, but were belted in their last Round by Geelong 103-59. GWS lost their opening finals game to the Crows by 6 goals last week.
West Coast got off to a flying start in their 2017 campaign picking up a 43 point win over the Kangaroos in Round 1 before scoring freely again in Round 2 to beat St Kilda by 19 points. Their strong attack was stopped dead in its tracks by a very thorough Richmond side who won 76-65. In Round 4 the Eagles beat rivals Sydney by 26 before going down to the Hawks by 50. The Eagles bounced back with a 41 points win over Freo, a 10 point victory against Port, and an 8 point win over defending premiers, the Bulldogs. In Round 9 their good form ended abruptly when they were belted by Essendon 125-64, which lead to further losses against GWS by 8 and the Suns by 3 points. They’ve been much better after the bye, beating Geelong by 13, falling to Melbourne by just 3 before beating the Bulldogs by 7 points. After losing to Port by 32 points, the Eagles had an up and down run, Beating the Dockers by 5 goals, losing to Collingwood by 8, beating the Lions by 68 points, losing to Saints by 8, beating Carlton by 3 goals and then losing to the Giants by 21 points. They beat top side Adelaide by 29 points in the final round of the year. They beat Port last week in their elimination final by just 2 points.
Midfielders – These sides are evenly matched in attack and defence, making the struggle for possession ever more vital.
The Giants will be out to put the Eagles away and begin their surge to their maiden Grand Final.
Greater Western Sydney $1.44
West Coast $2.80