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It’s a virtual elimination final for both the GWS Giants and Melbourne Demons as they do battle at The Gabba. Join The Roar for live scores from 7:40pm (AEST).
After looking like they were on their merry way to a finals return, disaster struck for Greater Western Sydney last week with an unfathomable loss to the last-placed Adelaide Crows. They still hold onto eighth place by 0.9 percentage points, but they’ve got a tricky fortnight to navigate and need to win.
Melbourne have just about thrown their finals chances out the window over the last fortnight too, dropping very winnable matches against Sydney and Fremantle to fall four points outside the top eight. A better percentage means two wins should see them get back in, but that’s far from a guarantee.
The Giants got up by 26 points when these sides played last in 2019, although the Demons had won three of the four previous matches. This will be the fifth different venue to host a GWS-Melbourne clash in just 13 all-time meetings between the sides.
Opening bounce: 7:40pm (AEST)
Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane
TV: Fox Sports, Seven (except WA)
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass
B: Sam Reid, Lachlan Keeffe, Heath Shaw
HB: Adam Kennedy, Nick Haynes, Zac Williams
C: Lachie Whitfield, Jacob Hopper, Harry Perryman
HF: Jeremy Cameron, Harrison Himmelberg, Matt de Boer
F: Toby Greene, Jeremy Finlayson, Brent Daniels
FOL: Shane Mumford, Josh Kelly, Tim Taranto
I/C: Tom Green, Daniel Lloyd, Connor Idun, Jack Buckley
B: Joel Smith, Steven May, Jake Lever
HB: Jayden Hunt, Trent Rivers, Christian Salem
C: Ed Langdon, Christian Petracca, Adam Tomlinson
HF: Aaron vandenBerg, Sam Weideman, Bayley Fritsch
F: Mitch Brown, Jake Melksham, Charlie Spargo
FOL: Max Gawn, Jack Viney, Clayton Oliver
I/C: Alex Neal-Bullen, Oskar Baker, Kysaiah Pickett, Neville Jetta