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The Sydney Swans and GWS Giants face off in the Second Elimination Final at University of Tasmania Stadium, with the winner to take on Geelong next week. Tune into do-or-die finals footy here on The Roar with live scores and commentary from 3:20pm (AEST).
Sydney surprised us all this year with their 15-7 season, finishing sixth. Last year they could only muster up five wins. And now they’ve got to get through a knockout Sydney Derby to progress to the next stage of the finals.
The Giants finished in 7th with 11 wins and won four of their last five games, to seal one of the last few finals spots. Those wins included victories over fellow top-eight sides Essendon and Geelong, plus putting the final nail in Richmond’s coffin. Let’s not forget they began the season 0-3.
These two teams have played twice in 2021 for a 1-1 record. The Giants won by two points in April on the back of a 4.6 to 2.1 final quarter, with Josh Kelly snapping the winner in the dying minutes. Then, in July, the Giants led by 29 points at quarter time only to lose by 26 after a goalless third term where the Swans kicked six of their own to turn the game.
This game will be spicy. The Swans have been more consistent than the Giants this season but the Giants have hit form at the right time of the year.
Both teams have a good mix of youthful talent and experienced older heads. It will come down to whether or not the Giants can continue their hard-edge form against Sydney’s run-and-gun brand. If the Swans get bogged down and forced into a scrap, it’ll give the Giants a sniff.
Swans by 23 points
Opening bounce: 3:20pm (AEST)
Venue: University of Tasmania Stadium, Launceston
TV: Channel Seven, Fox Footy
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel Now, Foxtel Go
Betting: Swans $1.70, Giants $2.14 (odds via PlayUp)
B: 7 Harry Cunningham, 43 Lewis Melican, 24 Dane Rampe (c)
HB: 27 Justin McInerney, 30 Tom McCartin, 44 Jake Lloyd
C: 34 Jordan Dawson, 29 George Hewett, 5 Isaac Heeney
HF: 21 Errol Gulden, 41 Hayden McLean, 9 Will Hayward
F: 45 Sam Wicks, 23 Lance Franklin, 11 Tom Papley
FOL: 31 Tom Hickey, 26 Luke Parker (c), 8 James Rowbottom
I/C: 1 Chad Warner, 13 Oliver Florent, 32 James Bell, 38 Colin O’Riordan
EMG: 16 Braeden Campbell, 18 Callum Sinclair, 20 Sam Reid, 42 Robbie Fox
IN: Chad Warner, James Bell
OUT: Braeden Campbell, Callum Mills
B: 42 Jake Stein, 15 Sam Taylor, 13 Isaac Cumming
HB: 7 Lachie Ash, 19 Nick Haynes, 6 Lachie Whitfield
C: 22 Josh Kelly, 3 Stephen Coniglio (c), 36 Harry Perryman
HF: 14 Tim Taranto, 27 Harry Himmelberg, 4 Toby Greene
F: 24 Matt de Boer, 23 Jesse Hogan, 28 Zach Sproule
FOLL: 41 Shane Mumford, 2 Jacob Hopper, 8 Callan Ward
I/C: 12 Tom Green, 38 Daniel Lloyd, 39 Connor Idun, 50 Sam Reid
EMG: 1 Phil Davis, 5 Tanner Bruhn, 18 Conor Stone, 32 Kieren Briggs
IN: Shane Mumford, Sam Reid, Tom Green, Stephen Coniglio (R23 medical sub)
OUT: Adam Kennedy, Kieren Briggs, Tanner Bruhn, Xavier O’Halloran