Hawks-Magpies blockbuster coming up as AFL finalists confirmed
The first week of the AFL finals has been set with a blockbuster top-four clash in Melbourne, interstate battle in Adelaide and elimination matches to take place in Melbourne and Perth.
Collingwood secured fourth position on the ladder with their 32-point victory over Essendon at the MCG on Saturday night and that books the Magpies in for a battle for a preliminary final berth against minor premier Hawthorn back at the MCG next Friday.
Adelaide's 91-point win over Gold Coast at AAMI Stadium on Saturday and Sydney's 34-point loss to Geelong at Simonds Stadium allowed the Crows to clinch a home qualifying final against the Swans next Saturday.
The battle of survival next week between the bottom four teams in the eight has West Coast hosting North Melbourne at Patersons Stadium on Sunday afternoon and reigning premier Geelong taking on Fremantle at the MCG on Saturday night.
West Coast dropped out of the top four after their 25-point loss to Hawthorn and Collingwood's win over Essendon.
The Kangaroos travel to Perth to take on the Eagles after only managing to beat Greater Western Sydney by 28 points.
Fremantle could have set up a clash with the Eagles in Perth if they'd lost against Melbourne on Saturday night but the Dockers ran out comfortable 61-point winners to seal seventh and a match-up with the Cats.
It's a rematch from the 2010 semi-final when the Cats won by 69 points.
The winners of the Hawthorn-Collingwood and Adelaide-Sydney qualifying finals will advance straight to hosting a preliminary final with the losers to host the victors of the West Coast-North Melbourne and Geelong-Fremantle elimination finals.
Poll: Who was the player of round 23 in the AFL premiership season 2012?
- Sam Mitchell (Hawthorn)
- James Kelly (Geelong)
- Patrick Dangerfield (Adelaide)
- Scott Thompson (North Melbourne)
- Dane Swan (Collingwood)
- Nathan Fyfe (Fremantle)
- David Armitage (St Kilda)
- Trent Cotchin (Richmond)
- Jonathan Brown (Brisbane Lions)
- Brock McLean (Carlton)
Total votes: 10085.
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