AFL – SEMI FINALS WEEK 3 PLAYS
Welcome to Week 3 of the AFL Semi Final series where we are down to the Grand Final playoffs, in which the winning teams will be heading to the MCG for the GF.
Second Preliminary Final: Friday, September 23rd, 7.50pm, MCG
GEELONG v SYDNEY SWANS
SPORTSBET BETTING: GEELONG $1.65 – SYDNEY SWANS $2.30
The Sydney Swans responded to their qualifying final loss to cross-town rival Greater Western Sydney with a 36-point win over Adelaide, but it came at a significant cost. The Swans will give co-captain Jarrad McVeigh (calf) and speedster Gary Rohan (knee) every chance to prove their fitness, with ruckman Kurt Tippett (jaw) at the head of the queue to return. Geelong, meanwhile, has had the perfect preparation and will enter Friday night’s blockbuster having played just one match in 27 days following the pre-finals bye. The Swans’ six-day turnaround may not be ideal but John Longmire’s men will draw inspiration from their away win over the Cats in round 16. The star-studded midfield battle is sure to entertain and the physicality between these two hardened teams will be the centrepiece of the night.
Round 16: Sydney Swans 15.8 (98) d Geelong 9.6 (60) at Simonds Stadium
After a tumultuous week leading into his 200th game, Swans co-captain Kieren Jack put his bitter family dispute with his parents aside to star with 24 disposals and three goals, kicking the game’s opening goal with a clever snap across his body. The Swans set up the win with a four-goal-to-two third quarter to open up a 27-point lead at the last change.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R16, 2016, Sydney Swans 15.8 (98) d Geelong 9.6 (60) at Simonds Stadium
R19, 2015, Geelong 14.11 (95) d Sydney Swans 9.9 (63) at Simonds Stadium
R7, 2015, Sydney Swans 18.12 (120) d Geelong 11.11 (77) at the ANZ Stadium
R11, 2014, Sydney Swans 22.16 (148) d Geelong 5.8 (38) at the SCG
R22, 2013, Geelong 13.14 (92) d Sydney Swans 7.6 (48) at Simonds Stadium
OUR TIP: GEELONG by 14
First Preliminary Final: Saturday, September 24th, 5.15pm, SPOTLESS STADIUM
GWS v Western Bulldogs
SPORTSBET BETTING: GWS $1.36 – WESTERN BULLDOGS $3.25
Two of the competition’s most exciting sides will do battle at a sold-out Spotless Stadium, and the reward will be historic for the winner. The Giants are in their first ever finals series and with every win are creating new milestones, while the Bulldogs are chasing their first grand final appearance since 1961, and just their third of all time. GWS had the luxury of sitting back with the week off after its stunning win over the Sydney Swans, and they must have been impressed by the Dogs, who followed up their crucial win over West Coast on the road by bouncing the three-time reigning champs. This game will show off some of the game’s best young talent, with Stephen Coniglio, Dylan Shiel, Josh Kelly, Marcus Bontempelli, Caleb Daniel and Jack Macrae all in stunning touch.
Round 9, Greater Western Sydney 15.8 (98) d Western Bulldogs 10.13 (73) at Spotless Stadium
The Bulldogs went in without suspended duo Matthew Boyd and Jack Redpath, while injuries to Robert Murphy, Jason Johannisen, Matt Suckling and Marcus Adams left the backline extremely undermanned. The visitors made a bright start but poor finishing cost them dearly, and the Giants’ big names stepped up, despite the loss of defenders Matt Buntine (concussion) and Tim Mohr (hamstring). Heath Shaw ran riot in the back 50 and had 36 kicks for the day, while star forwards Jeremy Cameron, Toby Greene and Steve Johnson booted 10 goals between them.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R9, 2016, Greater Western Sydney15.8 (98) d Western Bulldogs 10.13 (73) at Spotless Stadium
R9, 2015, Western Bulldogs 16.17 (113) d Greater Western Sydney 11.2 (68) at Etihad Stadium
R23, 2014, Greater Western Sydney 18.7 (115) d Western Bulldogs 15.19 (109) at Etihad Stadium
R4, 2014, Western Bulldogs 17.8 (110) d Greater Western Sydney 12.11 (83) at Manuka Oval
R15, 2013, Western Bulldogs 13.9 (87) d Greater Western Sydney 12.11 (83) at Manuka Oval
OUR TIP: GWS by 10pts
*** HEAD 2 HEAD SELECTIONS ***
H2H MULTI: $2.24
Here are our best plays for Week 3 for the 2016 AFL Semi Final Series.
Friday: Geelong v Sydney Swans
OUR SELECTION: GEELONG (Margin: 1-39pts) ($2.20)
Saturday: GWS v Western Bulldogs
(SPOTLESS Stadium – 5.15pm)
SELECTION: GWS (Tri Bet: Over 15.5pts) ($1.62)
TWO LEG MULTI PAYING: $3.56
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