Saturday 8th September, AAMI Stadium
The second of the qualifying finals sees the Sydney Swans travel to Adelaide to take on the Crows.The Crows finished the season in 2nd position whilst the Swans slipped to third after having led the competition for most of the season due to recording three losses from their last four matches. It was a tough run into the semis for the Swans with the above three losses suffered at the hands of fellow finalists Collingwood (78-70), Hawthorn (102-95) and last week against Geelong (112-78). The Swans were more than competitive in each match and led both Collingwood and Hawthorn until the dying moments of the game. Adelaide have had a much sweeter time of it in the past month and, despite recording a shock loss against Brisbane three weeks back, have since recorded comfortable victories against the struggling Melbourne and GWS outfits. These wins will have put them back on track but the Swans will be a stark contrast to their recent opponents.
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The Crows have only lost one game at AAMI this year (Round 9 v Collingwood) so this will be a daunting task for the Swans with the game all but a sell-out. The Swans recent record of 1-3 probably reads better than it appears and they have been tenacious side all year (they lead the competition in tackles) and expect that they’ll push the Crows for the entire match. One must for the Swans will be to stop Adelaide on-baller Scott Thompson who has had a stellar season and finds himself amongst the leaders of the competition in Disposals, Kicks, Contested Possessions and Clearances. For the Crows it’ll be imperative to stop Sydney start Adam Goodes who kicked five of Sydney’s fourteen majors last time they two sides met in round six this year. On that occasion it was the Crows who prevailed by less than a kick (99-94) and there won’t be as much between the pair as the Head to Head market may suggest.
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