The second preliminary final in the AFL will take place on Saturday afternoon at the iconic MCG between Richmond and the GWS Giants.
Richmond: Brandon Ellis, Alex Rance, Dylan Grimes; Bachar Houli, David Astbury, Nick Vlastuin; Kamdyn McIntosh, Trent Cotchin, Jacob Townsend; Kane Lambert, Dustin Martin, Shane Edwards; Dan Butler, Jack Riewoldt, Daniel Rioli; Toby Nankervis, Dion Prestia, Shaun Grigg.
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.
Just 8 games have been played between these sides with the Tigers winning 6 times to the Giants pair of wins. They last met in Round 18 this year where Richmond won a low scoring contest 64-45.
Richmond won the season opening game convincingly against an inconsistent Carlton side by 43 points. They6 then overcame Collingwood by 19 points in Round 2. The Tigers managed to beat a strong West Coast side by 11 points in Round 3. They remained undefeated after hammering the Lions by 52 points. In Round 5 they held off a strong Melbourne outfit by 13 points before suffering their first loss of the season, a demoralising 76 point loss to the Crows. They then suffered 3 losses by less than a goal; to the Bulldogs by 5, The Dockers by 2 and the Giants by 3 before ending the run with a 15 point win over the Bombers and a comfortable 6 goal victory over the Kangaroo’s in Round 11. After the bye the Tigers had a tight 9 point loss to the Swans before beating Carlton by 26 and the Power by 13 points. In Round 16 the Tigers were hammered by 67 points by St Kilda before bouncing back with the first of their current four game winning streak, with a 31 points win over the Lions; the Giants by 19, the Suns by 33 and Hawthorn by 29. They then fell short to Geelong by 14 points but recovered in emphatic fashion, beating the Dockers by 104 and the Saints by 41. In the first week of the finals, the Tigers powered past Geelong 91-40 to advance to week three and get a weeks rest.
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 but bounced back last week with a brilliant 67 point flogging of the Eagles.
Richmond defence v GWS Attack – The Tigers have been consistently solid in defence all year while GWS have been a strong attacking unit for 2 seasons now.
The Tigers are on home soil and playing with a lot of confidence. They’ll be tough to beat.
Greater Western Sydney $2.50