AFL – SEMI FINALS WEEK 2 PLAYS
Welcome to Week 2 of the AFL Semi Final series where we are down to the final 6 teams of the competition.
Second Semi Final: Friday, September 16th, 7.50pm, MCG
HAWTHORN v WESTERN BULLDOGS
SPORTSBET BETTING: HAWTHORN $1.56 – WESTERN BULLDOGS $2.50
Hawthorn’s path towards a record-equalling fourth premiership in a row became significantly tougher the moment Isaac Smith missed his after-the-siren shot in the epic two-point qualifying final loss to Geelong last Friday night. Like last season, the Hawks now have to win three cut-throat finals to clinch the flag, starting with a dangerous semi-final assignment against the Western Bulldogs at the MCG. The Dogs will be brimming with confidence after dominating their elimination final clash with West Coast at Domain Stadium and could worry the reigning premiers if they bring the same intensity around the ball.
Round three: Hawthorn 14.9 (93) d Western Bulldogs 13.12 (90) at Etihad Stadium
The Bulldogs dominated possession and contested ball but couldn’t put the Hawks away after leading by 19 points at the final change. James Sicily booted all three of his goals in the last quarter to help clinch an epic win.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R3, 2016, Hawthorn 14.9 (93) d Western Bulldogs 13.12 (90) at Etihad Stadium
R3, 2015, Hawthorn 19.13 (127) d Western Bulldogs 8.9 (57) at Aurora Stadium
R19, 2014, Hawthorn 16.11 (107) d Western Bulldogs 6.9 (45) at Aurora Stadium
R17, 2013, Hawthorn 13.17 (95) d Western Bulldogs 11.10 (76) at Aurora Stadium
R16, 2012, Hawthorn 17.14 (116) d Western Bulldogs 6.8 (44) at Etihad Stadium
OUR TIP: HAWTHORN by 14
First Semi Final: Friday, September 9th, 7.50pm, SCG
SYDNEY SWANS v ADELAIDE CROWS
SPORTSBET BETTING: SWANS $1.64 – ADELAIDE $2.30
The Swans are battered after a bruising qualifying final loss to Greater Western Sydney, and lost ruckman Kurt Tippett (jaw) and defender Callum Mills (hamstring) for their clash with Adelaide. The minor premiers blew their chance of securing a vital home preliminary final with the loss against the Giants, but must regroup quickly with the in-form Crows and their multi-dimensional forward line coming to town. Crows’ skipper Taylor Walker, Eddie Betts, Josh Jenkins and Tom Lynch have kicked 219 goals between them this year, and present an enormous challenge for the Swans’ defence, who are the best performed group in the competition this season. Nick Smith will get the job on Betts and will want his midfielders to apply a lot more pressure up the ground than they did against GWS, while All Australian Dane Rampe will be looking to respond after lowering his colours to Jeremy Cameron last week.
Round four: Adelaide Crows 16.17 (113) d Sydney Swans 15.13 (103) at Adelaide Oval
The two teams played out a classic in front of over 51,000 fans, with the Crows’ composure under pressure late in the game helping them over the line. Lance Franklin and Isaac Heeney kicked four goals each for the Swans, as did Eddie Betts for the home side, and it was the small forwards’ final goal that sealed the result late in the game.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R4, 2016, Adelaide Crows 16.17 (113) d Sydney Swans 15.13 (103) at Adelaide Oval
R18, 2015, Sydney Swans 17.15 (117) d Adelaide Crows 9.11 (65) at the SCG
R3, 2014, Sydney Swans 21.8 (134) d Adelaide Crows 9.17 (71) at Adelaide Oval
R11, 2013, Sydney Swans 19.13 (127) d Adelaide Crows 6.14 (50) at AAMI Stadium
2QF, 2012, Sydney Swans 11.5 (71) d Adelaide Crows 5.12 (42) at AAMI Stadium
OUR TIP: SYDNEY SWANS by 10pts
*** HEAD 2 HEAD SELECTIONS ***
HAWTHORN, SYDNEY SWANS
H2H MULTI: $2.55
Here are our best plays for Week 2 for the 2016 AFL Semi Final Series.
Friday: Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs
OUR SELECTION: HAWTHORN (Margin: 1-39pts) ($2.10)
Saturday: Sydney Swans v Adelaide Crows
(SCG – 7.25pm)
SELECTION: SYDNEY SWANS (Margin: 1-39pts) ($2.25)
TWO LEG MULTI PAYING: $4.72
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