The AFL Finals finished off with two fantastic matches that named the 2010 AFL Grand Final teams. The Collingwood Magpies and Geelong Cats kicked off the last week of the AFL Finals with a thriller at the MCG.
Many fans were anticipating this showdown between the top two teams in the AFL. Pre-match predictions were going both ways as this year’s Minor Premier was taking on the reigning champions. Though, the winner was very clear from the start of the game as the Magpies clobbered the Cats 120-79. It was a stunning display of their talent that saw the ‘Pies go up 17 points within the first ten minutes. Each member of the squad did their part to shut down the former champion Cats, but credit must be given to certain players. This includes Travis Cloke (3 goals), Dane Swan, and Scott Pendlebury.
Despite the thorough trashing, the Cats had their moments. They were able to put together a short-lived rally late in the game. This included the tireless efforts of Gary Ablett who played a fantastic game regardless of the score. He had an amazing 40 possessions. While the Geelong Cats will miss out on their first AFL Grand Finals in four years, the Collingwood Magpies will be heading to the Grand Finals for the first time in nearly ten.
They will be facing the St Kilda Saints who came out over the Western Bulldogs in their Preliminary Final on Saturday. It wasn’t quite the landslide of the previous match, but it had fans on both sides on their feet. It seemed the Saints underestimated the Bulldogs as the Western team hit the grounds hard to grab the upper hand. In fact, the Dog went into the long break with a one-goal lead.
Feeling their Grand Final hopes slipping away, the Saints came back with a very impressive third quarter performance led by skipper Nick Riewoldt. With seven goals in the third term they were not only able to catch up to the Bulldogs, but they surpassed them to secure the 88-64 victory. Riewoldt finished with 21 possessions and three goals. Other impressive St Kilda performances came from Leigh Montagna (33 disposals), Lenny Hayes (26), and James Gwilt (24).
While the Saints had an impressive come-from-behind victory, it is hard to see them overtaking the likes of the Collingwood Magpies. The ‘Pies are going in as heavy favourites, but this should be a ruthless battle to the end. Both teams will be missing two players apiece as the Saints will be without Raphael Clarke and Jesse Smith and the ‘Pies will be without Tom Hunter and Brad Dick.
Be sure to check out the odds available at Ladbrokes.com.au to place your bets before the game kicks off Saturday, September 25.
2010 AFL Grand Final Odds
|Collingwood||1.43||1.92 (-16.5)||2.00 (-19.5)||2.25||3.35|
|St Kilda||2.85||1.92 (+16.5)||2.00 (+13.5)||3.45||13.00|