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Aussie Rules: What is on in the week ahead

We have another big week to look forward to with both the NRL and AFL finals underway while the Australian cricket team go head-to-head with New Zealand in a three-match ODI series.

The first week of the AFL Finals is done and dusted with the two elimination and qualification finals out of the way.

We now have two semi-finals to look forward to with the winners of each going through to the preliminary final to be one step away from the grand final. For the losers their season is over so it is do or die.

Unlike the AFL, the NRL do not take a break following the end of the regular season and we jump straight into finals with some cracking games to come.

There is also cricket on the agenda for the Australian men’s side.

Following a three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe they now step up a notch when they face New Zealand in the same format of the game.

It is a busy and exciting week so let’s take a closer look at what is to come.

NRL – Finals gets underway

It has been an outstanding 2022 NRL campaign so far and if the finals follow the same path we are in for an absolute treat.

Starting with the qualifying finals. Minor premiers Penrith will face a tricky encounter against the Parramatta Eels who finished the regular season in fourth place on the ladder.

Again the Panthers have been the team of the year so far, just suffering two defeats all season. However both of those defeats came against the Eels who will fancy their chances of coming out on top once again.

In the other qualification final, two of the surprise packages of the campaign, the Cronulla Sharks and North Queensland Cowboys meet.

Again the winners will go straight through to the preliminary final, the losers will get another chance in the semi-finals where they will meet the winners of the two elimination finals.

Speaking of which, Melbourne Storm, who had to settle for fifth on the ladder, will entertain the Canberra Raiders who edged out the Brisbane Broncos to finish eighth.

Then in the other game we have an absolute cracker as two fierce rivals, the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs, go head-to-head at the Allianz Stadium.

With the losers set to be eliminated, strap yourself in for this one, it is going to be fierce.

Aussie Rules – Demons and Pies in semi-final action

The AFL finals are well and truly underway and we have more of an idea of who will be heading to the grand final.

The Sydney Swans booked their place in the preliminary final with an impressive win over Melbourne at the MCG on Friday night.

Melbourne will now stay at the MCG and play Brisbane in the first semi-final on Friday. The Lions sent the Richmond Tigers packing in their elimination final and will now look to upset the reigning premiers in Melbourne.

Meanwhile minor premiers Geelong are also one step away from the big dance after beating Collingwood, who will now get another chance in the semi-final.

The Magpies will also be at the MCG on Saturday when they take on Fremantle who overcame the Western Bulldogs in their elimination final.

Just to be clear the winners of Melbourne v Brisbane will go on to meet Sydney in the preliminary final, while the winners Collingwood v Fremantle will play Geelong in the other prelim.

It could not be more tense and we are set for two epic semi-final showdowns. 

Cricket – Australia v New Zealand ODI series

Australia edged past Zimbabwe on their return to action when winning the three-match series 2-1. Aaron Finch’s suffered something of a humiliating loss in the third ODI against Zimbabwe and will need to respond.

Now they move things up a notch and we have three exciting games to look to when New Zealand make the trip across the Tasman.

There will be a number of players who need to start playing their way into form following the disappointing performance in the third ODI against Zimbabwe. In particular captain Finch and the middle order batsmen who collapsed.

All three matches against New Zealand will take place at Cazalys Stadium in Cairns as the Aussie hit the road again. The matches will take place on the 6th, 8th and 11th and Australia will be hoping to wrap up another series win.

After that they head to India for some T20 action.

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