Adelaide Crows vs Geelong Cats Live Scores and Results – AFL Preliminary Finals 2017

Friday‘s AFL Preliminary Final 2017 match is between Adelaide Crows and Geelong Catswith the game to be played at the Adelaide Oval.

View our AFL live scores, stream, odds and results for the game between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats.

When: 19:50 | Friday 22/9/2017

Where: Adelaide Oval

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Teams:

CROWS

B: R.Laird, D.Talia, J.Lever

HB: L.Brown, K.Hartigan, J.Kelly

C: R.Atkins, R.Sloane, D.Mackay

HF: R.Douglas, T.Walker, C.Cameron

F: T.Lynch, J.Jenkins, E.Betts

FOLL: S.Jacobs, B.Crouch, M.Crouch

I/C: R.Knight, P.Seedsman, H.Greenwood, A.Otten

EMG: W.Milera, A.Keath, R.O’Brien

IN: A.Otten, R.Sloane

OUT: B.Smith (Knee), M.McGovern (Hamstring)

 

CATS

B: T.Stewart, T.Lonergan, Z.Tuohy

HB: A.Mackie, L.Henderson, J.Bews

C: M.Duncan, J.Selwood, M.Blicavs

HF: S.Motlop, H.Taylor, D.Lang

F: D.Menzel, P.Dangerfield, T.Hawkins

FOLL: Z.Smith, S.Menegola, S.Selwood

I/C: N.Cockatoo, J.Kolodjashnij, B.Parfitt, R.Stanley

EMG: Z.Guthrie, J.Murdoch, J.Parsons

IN: T.Lonergan, N.Cockatoo

OUT: J.Parsons (omitted), Z.Guthrie (omitted)

 

AFL News:

Adelaide’s different AFL defence means Geelong are not banking on lightning striking twice for Patrick Dangerfield.

While he is certain to spend time up forward in Friday night’s preliminary final against the Crows, Dangerfield will have more of his usual midfield role.

The Brownlow Medallist is the No.1 talking point ahead of the clash, given Geelong’s decisive ploy last Friday in the upset semi-final win over Sydney.

The Cats started Dangerfield as their deep forward, rattling the Swans’ defence.

He kicked four first-half goals and was best afield, spending most of the match in attack rather than his usual role as a crucial member of Geelong’s midfield rotation.

But a big reason why the move worked was because Sydney played a one-on-one defence, meaning the Cats could isolate Dangerfield and Swans opponent Dane Rampe.

Dangerfield kicked Geelong’s first two goals and, with his fellow midfielders playing superbly, they could maintain the surprise match-up.

Cats coach Chris Scott notes that the Crows play a team defence – a strategy that will make it much harder for Geelong to isolate Dangerfield inside 50.

So regardless of where Dangerfield starts at Adelaide Oval, he will switch between the midfield and attack.

“Looking at the two teams, it’s almost a matter of saying ‘where are they similar?’,” Scott said of Adelaide and Sydney.

“They’re probably similar around the contest in some respects, but the rest is completely different.”

Scott added their main issue was not where Dangerfield started, but making sure they adjusted quickly to circumstances as the game unfolded.

“A little bit depends on the opposition and the way they set up,” he said.

“We rarely do things just to make it destabilising for the opposition – but if that’s a flow-on effect, then it helps in your decision making.”

Two days out from the game, Dangerfield knows where he will start against the Crows.

“I know where he’d like to start, but it’s not black and white for him,” Scott said.

“He has a preference, but I think if we played him in the other spot, I think he’ll be okay.

Scott also said he had not paid much attention to speculation this week surrounding their tactics.

“I’m not aware of the advice – I’m pretty protected from the maniacs,” he said.

Geelong will add speedy forward Nakia Cockatoo to their squad for Friday’s game.

He has had hamstring injuries this season and has not played since round 19, meaning a big roll of the dice if the Cats play him.

“He’ll be in the squad … he’ll be on the plane,” Scott said.

Tom Lonergan will return from the illness that kept him out of the semi-final, while Tom Stewart (hamstring tightness) is also likely to play.

“It would be a big surprise if he was unavailable,” Scott said.

Meanwhile, Cats defender Jed Bews has signed a two-year contract extension.

ck of red-hot favourite Martin.

 

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