AFL Preliminary Final – Collingwood v GWS
11 October, 2023
The first Preliminary final is here, Friday night footy at the MCG between the two best sides in the later half of the season.
The Giants have a big task to face here at the MCG tonight but have looked extremely impressive in recent weeks stringing together some very solid showings in the second half of the season and have looked a severe threat to go all the way in recent weeks. The Giants midfield has been ultra impressive headlined by the emerging talent, Tom Green who has been a key part of this and contributor to the Orange Team averaging 32 disposals 6 clearances and utilising his pace to break opposition lines. With Coniglio, Whitfield, Kelly and Callighan all having arguably career best seasons if the Giants can control and get first hands on the footy through this group they’ll go a long way to causing an upset here.
For the Pies they’ve been the side to beat all season and are looking to secure that this week by gaining a ticket to the last game in September. Nick Daicos returns who dominated the Giants the last time they met although could face a tag from to limit his influence on the game. The pies backline has been the key to their success all season and will need to stand up against a very consistent forward group headlined by Greene and Hogan. However, with the likes and experience of Pendlebury, Moore and Maynard and the speed and athleticism of Quaynor and Howe should be capable to lock down this in form forward group.
Going to be an extremely tough task for the Giants to go to the MCG and face a crowd of 80,000 plus Pies fans however, I believe they’re playing well enough and as a whole more consistent and clean football than Collingwood and expect them to cause an upset in a thriller against the pies.
Result – GWS by 9 points
First Goal scorer – Jesse Hogan
Most Disposals – Nick Daicos (Collingwood) & Tom Green (GWS)
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