The Preliminary Final round wrapped up in thrilling fashion. Fans across the nation will be crying tears of joy or shame as the top two teams were named for the AFL Grand Final.
The weekend kicked off with a much-anticipated match between the Geelong Cats and the Collingwood Magpies. It was a game that many would rather have seen as a Grand Final match as it pitted the defending champions against this year’s Minor Premiers. Plenty of the pre-match predictions were going back and forth between the two, as it seemed a win could go either way, but as soon as the teams hit the MCG a clear winner was evident.
The ‘Pies hit the grounds running, immediately taking the upper hand in a stunning display of their talent. They had a 13 goal first half that put them up 62 points going into the long break, and they never looked back. While the Cats were able to gain some ground in the final quarter thanks to the never-ending efforts of Gary Ablett (40 possessions), they were too far in the hole. The ‘Pies ran away with a massive 120-79 victory. While the win can only be defined as a complete team effort, Travis Cloke, Dane Swan, and Scott Pendlebury did stand out throughout the night.
Saturday night saw the St Kilda Saints take on the Western Bulldogs in a hard fought battle that went back and forth. While plenty were predicting an outright win for the Saints, things got off to somewhat of a shaky start for the favoured St Kilda team. The Bulldogs came out ready for a fight, gaining the upper hand from the start. The underdog team even went into the half break with a one-goal lead. But, despite all their efforts, they were unable to hold onto that lead.
St Kilda rallied in a spectacular third quarter that saw them take seven goals to surpass their opponents. Once in the lead, the rejuvenated Saints didn’t look back and eventually went on to take the 88-64 win. It was a stunning second half performance led by skipper Nick Riewoldt. Leigh Montagna, Lenny Hayes, and James Gwilt also had notable performances.
With the third week of the AFL Finals all wrapped up, we can finally look forward to the 2010 AFL Grand Final. It will be an interesting match between the Magpies and the Saints, and Ladbrokes.com.au is already offering a plethora of odds. Check it out to put down your wagers leading up to this massive footy event.
AFL Finals Week 3 Results
|17/09/10||Collingwood Magpies – 120||Geelong Cats – 79|
|18/09/10||St Kilda Saints – 88||Western Bulldogs – 64|