Two exciting contests take place this week in the second week of AFL finals with four teams fighting to keep their premiership dream alive. It’s do or die now and each team must step up or face the disappointment of “what could have been.”
Adelaide V Fremantle – Friday 14/9/12 – 8:40pm
Adelaide performed tremendously throughout the regular season and that is why they deserve their second chance this weekend. They were well below their best when going down to Sydney last week but that may have been just the shock they needed. Coach Sanderson admitted the big occasion got to his troops so expect them to turn that around this weekend. Adelaide were far too good for the Dockers in both clashes in the regular season but they can’t rest on that as the Dockers will be primed for a big performance.
It was strong defence that saw the Dockers topple Geelong last weekend and one would imagine they will again base their game around that this weekend. The Crows kicked 17 in both regular season encounters with the Dockers and Fremantle will be looking to restrict that number this weekend. Key players were missing from their round 20 loss to the Crows but both Aaron Sandliands and Nat Fyfe will be their to boost the men from the west on Friday night.
Collingwood V West Coast – Saturday 15/9/12 – 7:45pm
There’s no doubting the ‘Pies are a big game team but they were made to look ordinary when meeting a white-hot Hawks on Friday night. They went down by 38 points on that occasion but have no time to dwell on the loss as they face a confident Eagles side this weekend. They will have to overcome the loss of captain Nick Maxwell but still have plenty of stars with big game experience.
The Eagles were phenomenal when thumping North Melbourne on the weekend but everybody knows they are tough to beat at home. There is still a query over whether they can take that form to a full house at the MCG that will be boisterous in their support for the ‘pies. Collingwood lose skipper Maxwell but West Coast will have to deal with the absence of vice-captain Beau Waters. The Eagles will again look to youngster Jack Darling to provide spark after he was pretty much uncontainable during their dominant first-week win.
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