Key duels in AFL grand final

AFL GRAND FINAL KEY MATCH-UPS:

LANCE FRANKLIN (Swans) v DALE MORRIS (Bulldogs):

Franklin has made big impact in his return to finals this year. There haven’t been any big bags but Buddy has booted some trademark show-stoppers and teed up plenty of goals. Morris is among the contenders to be tasked with stopping the superstar, who destroyed the Bulldogs with eight goals in a 2008 qualifying final

JOSH KENNEDY (Swans) v MARCUS BONTEMPELLI (Bulldogs):

These two big-bodied midfielders will have a big say in who wins a gripping battle between the two engine rooms. The Swans’ on-ball brigade has been magnificent in the past fortnight, especially Kennedy who has broken tackles and won no shortage of contested footy. Bontempelli has showed both grunt and guile beyond his years this season and put his side in front in a thrilling finish to their preliminary final

KURT TIPPETT & SAM NAISMITH (Swans) v JORDAN ROUGHEAD & TOM BOYD (Bulldogs):

The ruck battle will be crucial as always. The Bulldogs will be sweating on an injury update on Roughead, who missed the second half of their preliminary final. Shane Mumford tallied 46 hitouts in that game and Luke Beveridge won’t want Tippett and Naismith to enjoy that sort of ruck dominance

DANE RAMPE (Swans) v JAKE STRINGER (Bulldogs):

Rampe was given the all-important job on Stringer in round 15 and is likely to have the same responsibility at the MCG. Stringer has been inconsistent this year but his best is capable of busting any game open. All Australian defender Rampe has taken his game to another level this season and was one of the Swans’ best in their preliminary final belting of Geelong

NICK SMITH (Swans) v CLAY SMITH (Bulldogs):

Injury-prone Clay Smith has kicked 17 goals in 12 games since returning from a third knee reconstruction in round 15. An equal career-best haul of four goals in the Dogs’ preliminary final could result in him being marked in the grand final by his Sydney namesake, the Swans’ go-to man when it comes to negating the opposition’s most-dangerous small forward

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