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Aussie Rules: Swans and Pies out to book date with Geelong

Geelong have booked their place in the AFL grand final and on Saturday night the Sydney Swans and Collingwood will do battle for the other spot in the big dance.

Geelong have been the team of 2022 so far and it is only fair they get the chance to cap off a great year by winning the flag at the MCG.

They thrashed the Brisbane Lions by 71 points on Friday night and are now the team to beat.

Both Sydney and Collingwood would fancy their chances in the grand final, but first off all they have to get there and it will come down to one game of gripping footy at the SCG on Saturday night.

Both sides have been in good form in the latter part of the season and the Swans have carried that into finals.

Collingwood may have lost their qualifying final against Geelong but they bounced back well to beat Fremantle last week and should be ready to go.

It will be interesting to see if the week off serves Sydney well. It certainly did for Geelong as they smashed a sluggish Lions side who had already played two games in finals.

It is hoped that Saturday night’s game will be a tighter affair than Friday and better for the neutral, but only time will tell.

Let’s take a closer look at the game with the bounce not far away.

What: Sydney v Collingwood
Where: SCG, Sydney
When: 16:45 (AEST) Saturday 17th September 2022
How to watch: 7mate, Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: Sydney 21/50, Collingwood 19/10        

Team news

Sydney were impressive in their qualifying final win over Melbourne and coach John Longmire looks set to stick with the same side that booked a place in the preliminary final.

There are no fresh injury worries for the Swans so it will be a case of sticking to a winning formula against the Magpies.

It means that young forward Logan McDonald will keep his place in the side. There had been a suggestion that Longmire could make changes depending on the opposition but McDonald is set to figure.
Collingwood also have the bonus of being able to stick with the side that defeated Fremantle last week.

There is still no Taylor Adams, but the man that came in to replace him, Trent Bianco, did a fine job and will be rewarded with another start at the SCG.

Beau McCreery and Josh Carmichael have been involved in a car accident in the lead up to the game but thankfully everyone escaped unharmed and the duo have travelled to Sydney as planned.


Swans wary of De Goey threat

It has been a year of ups and one or two downs for Collingwood gun Jordan De Goey but he is looking to finish 2022 on the high of all highs by winning the grand final.

He has been in sparkling form and one of the reasons Collingwood have surged up the ladder. De Goey missed the previous meeting at the SCG and that could have had something to do with the 27-point loss.

The controversial star is back and could make a huge difference and Swans ace Dane Rampe says he will get the respect he deserves. But they are not too concerned and will be mainly focusing on their own game.

"There's no doubt De Goey's in good form, but it's not something we're overly concerned about. We've just got to respect him, which we will,” Rampe said.
"He makes plenty of difference. Watching their last two games, he's been pivotal to what they've been doing. It's just another thing we have to be mindful of, but we're confident in what we're doing."

Franklin tipped to bounce back

There has also been plenty of talk about the form of gun Swans forward Lance Franklin in the lead up to the game after he was kept quiet by Melbourne.

However Franklin has proven he is the man for the big occasion and again Rampe is backing him to come good. He also kicked three goals in the round 22 meeting against Collingwood and will be out to produce something similar.

"He didn't have his greatest game, but knowing Bud and the competitor he is, you almost don't have to worry about him because you know he's primed himself for a big one," Rampe said of the 35-year-old.

"If anything, you can see it in the way he's walking around with a bit more of a steely resolve."

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