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Bombers' massive win as Daniher becomes a Lion - AFL
Joe Daniher is a Brisbane player after Essendon chose not to match the Lions' free agency offer
JOE DANIHER is a Brisbane player after Essendon chose not to match the Lions' offer to the restricted free agent. Daniher will take up a three-year deal in Brisbane while the Bombers will receive a first-round pick as compensation - currently No.7 overall. WHO'S MOVING? All the latest trade and contract news A year after Daniher sought a trade to Sydney that was blocked by Essendon, the injury-plagued key forward is off to Queensland to take up a spot in the preliminary finalists' front half. Daniher, who joined the Bombers in 2012 under the father-son rule to continue his family's legacy at the club, returned from his groin troubles this year to play four games for the Bombers. He has played 15 games in the past three seasons as he has struggled with debilitating osteitis pubis problems but has been buoyed by the Lions' medical department. The 27-year-old played 108 games for the red and black and was Essendon's best and fairest winner in 2017, when he was named an All-Australian.
Best to worst: Every Richmond and Geelong player's ranking ahead of the Grand Final - AFL
AFL Player Ratings point to a trio of Tigers as the best players set to take the field on Saturday, but the Cats have a more even Grand Final side
SATURDAY'S 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final will go a fair way in determining the long-term legacies of Dustin Martin and Patrick Dangerfield as individual greats, but the stats point to the Richmond star as the best player set to take the field on Saturday night. Martin ranks third in the competition for AFL Player Ratings, while Dangerfield is not far behind him in eighth. The Tigers will have three of the four highest-rated players on the field come Saturday with Shane Edwards and Dion Prestia alongside Martin, but the Cats boast a slightly more even spread. Geelong has 11 of the 20 top-ranked players, with Tom Hawkins the No.1 key forward in the competition and Gary Ablett the No.1 general forward. FIRST BOUNCE What time does the Toyota AFL Grand Final start? Nick Vlaustin may rotate off to help the Tigers stop 'Tomahawk', with the intercept Tiger ranked No.2 among the competition's general defender crop. DANGER v DUSTY Superstars to collide for rare Grand Final gift Richmond ruckman Toby Nankervis stood up with an outstanding final quarter in the preliminary final, but his Cats counterpart Rhys Stanley sits 16 spots ahead of him in the list below. PLAYER RATINGS TOP 44 1. Dustin Martin (Rich) 562.6 (midfielder)2. Patrick Dangerfield (Geel) 533.8 (midfielder)3. Shane Edwards (Rich) 501.1 (midfielder)4. Dion Prestia (Rich) 489.6 (midfielder)5. Gary Ablett (Geel) 467 (forward)6. Tom Hawkins (Geel) 422.3 (key forward)7. Nick Vlastuin (Rich) 403.8 (defender) 8. Kane Lambert (Rich) 397 (midfielder)9. Sam Menegola (Geel) 387.2 (midfielder)10. Joel Selwood (Geel) 386.2 (midfielder)11. Mitch Duncan (Geel) 384.9 (midfielder)12. Rhys Stanley (Geel) 384.6 (ruck) 13. Mark Blicavs (Geel) 366.6 (key defender)14. Trent Cotchin (Rich) 354.1 (midfielder)15. Jack Riewoldt (Rich) 344.8 (key forward)16. Cameron Guthrie (Geel) 328.9 (midfielder)17. Brandan Parfitt (Geel) 319.9 (midfielder) 18. Harry Taylor (Geel) 318 (key defender)19. Dylan Grimes (Rich) 313.3 (key defender)20. Shai Bolton (Rich) 309.5 (midfielder) 21. Bachar Houli (Rich) 305.7 (defender) 22. Zach Tuohy (Geel) 293.8 (midfielder)23. Tom Lynch (Rich) 292.6 (key forward)24. Gryan Miers (Geel) 292.4 (forward)25. Luke Dahlhaus (Geel) 287.7 (forward)26. Daniel Rioli (Rich) 278 (forward) 27. Liam Baker (Rich) 277.9 (defender)28. Toby Nankervis (Rich) 276.2 (ruck)29. Jayden Short (Rich) 275.5 (defender)30. Jack Graham (Rich) 266.9 (midfielder)31. Kamdyn McIntosh (Rich) 264.4 (midfielder)32. Mark O'Connor (Geel) 252.7 (defender)33. Gary Rohan (Geel) 249.6 (forward)34. Jack Henry (Geel) 242.3 (defender)35. David Astbury (Rich) 237.6 (key defender)36. Tom Stewart (Geel) 235.7 (defender)37. Jed Bews (Geel) 223.3 (defender)38. Jason Castagna (Rich) 219.3 (forward)39. Nathan Broad (Rich) 197.6 (defender)40. Jake Kolodjashnij (Geel) 194.1 (defender)41. Noah Balta (Rich) 164.9 (key defender)42. Lachie Henderson (Geel) 155.1 (key defender)43. Marlion Pickett (Rich) 94.6 (midfielder)44. Sam Simpson (Geel) 41.2 (forward) *based on no changes to preliminary finals teams
The five grand factors: Will Dusty become the greatest ever finals player? - AFL
AFL.com.au looks at the five biggest factors to consider ahead of the Grand Final
WHERE will Saturday night's Grand Final be won and lost? And how do both Richmond and Geelong gain a crucial advantage? FIRST BOUNCE What time does the Toyota AFL Grand Final start? AFL.com.au looks at the five biggest factors to consider ahead of the Grand Final. WILL DUSTY BECOME THE GREATEST EVER FINALS PLAYER? Dustin Martin is perhaps one Grand Final away from being considered the game's greatest ever finals player. The Richmond superstar is gunning to become the first ever three-time Norm Smith medallist, while he could also add a third premiership to his incredible list of accolades on Saturday night. Remarkably, in his 11 finals since the start of 2017, Martin averages 22.5 disposals, 4.4 clearances, 12.9 contested possessions and 8.8 score involvements per game. From those 11 finals, the brilliant Tiger has also kicked 21 goals himself and provided a further 15 goal assists. It's rare air, a record that few players including fellow dual Norm Smith Medal winners like Gary Ayres, Andrew McLeod and Luke Hodge have managed. Champion Data also notes that Martin's average of 20.1 AFL Player Ratings points throughout those 11 finals matches are significantly more than any other player in the same period (Luke Shuey's average of 17.0 from eight matches is the second-most of any player with more than one final). Adelaide couldn't counter Martin in 2017, and Greater Western Sydney failed to get close in 2019. Can Geelong in 2020? Cam Guthrie could be his direct match-up through the middle, while Jake Kolodjashnij has been earmarked as a potential opponent should Martin go forward. DANGER v DUSTY Superstars to collide for rare Grand Final gift WHERE DO YOU PLAY DANGER? Forward or midfield? It's the conundrum that has grown in significance over the last five matches, where Geelong superstar Patrick Dangerfield has pushed forward successfully to average two goals per game. However, perhaps an even more pertinent question on Saturday night might be can Richmond take the option away from Geelong coach Chris Scott? Dangerfield's forward splits throughout the finals series have been relatively simple. Against Port Adelaide, where the Cats trailed for much of the game, Scott smashed the 'break glass in case of emergency' sign and Dangerfield spent 67 percent of his time in the midfield. Against both Collingwood and Brisbane, where Geelong built steady leads from the outset, Scott was able to use Dangerfield more sparingly through the midfield. In those two games, Champion Data notes that he spent just 14 percent and nine percent of his time in the middle respectively. Able to have an impact in both areas of the game, Geelong is likely to continue being flexible with where Dangerfield plays on Saturday night. If the Cats lead early, expect him in attack. If the Tigers make a hot start, expect him in the middle. HOW DO YOU COUNTER TOMAHAWK'S RUCK THREAT? Tom Hawkins is a genuinely good forward 50 ruckman. A feature of last Saturday night's preliminary final victory over Brisbane was his ability to physically beat Oscar McInerney at stoppages, but it was not a one-off. Remarkably, Champion Data notes that Hawkins has won first-possession at forward 50 stoppages a total of 32 times this season. It doubles that of Marcus Bontempelli, who ranks second in that particular category with just 16. Hawkins uses his size to win front position, then frequently takes possession rather than trying to tap to a teammate. Although he won 11 hitouts (with three to advantage) in the preliminary final, it was his ability to cleanly grab the footy and gain more territory or even the occasional shot on goal that was the most dangerous aspect of his time in the ruck. It's just another threat that the Coleman Medal winner poses in the Geelong forward line. It will be intriguing to see whether Richmond uses athletic 194cm youngster Noah Balta likely to be his defensive match-up for the game in the ruck against Hawkins as well. CATS MUST BRING THE BALL TO GROUND This is a non-negotiable. Regardless of who is the target inside 50, whether it's Tom Hawkins, Patrick Dangerfield or Gary Rohan, they must make a contest. Richmond is among the best transition teams in the competition, and it starts from the intercept work of its defenders. Champion Data notes that the Tigers average 14.7 intercept marks and 64.6 intercept possessions in victories this year, significantly more than in defeats (10.6 and 58.8 respectively). Furthermore, they haven't lost this season when taking more than 14 intercept marks in a game. The ability of players like Dylan Grimes, Nick Vlastuin, Noah Balta and David Astbury to intercept and begin chains from the backline is the centrepiece of how they play. Keeping them accountable, which largely happens by either marking or bringing the ball to ground to retain possession in the front-half, will therefore be key for the Cats. Balta is likely to take Hawkins, but Dangerfield moving forward could force Grimes into a direct match-up and has been earmarked as a way Geelong could counter Richmond's intercept threat. Grimes (five intercept marks) and Vlastuin (four) dominated the last time they played the Cats (a 26-point victory in round 17), as the Tigers finished with 16 intercept marks for the match. Allowing them to take as many this weekend won't bode well for Chris Scott's side. THE TIGERS ARE WINNING OUT OF THE MIDDLE Just when you thought Richmond wasn't already hard to beat, the Tigers have now become an elite centre clearance side as well. Richmond had a centre clearance differential of -1.7 during the home-and-away season, ranked 16th in the League. However, during the finals series, that differential has improved to +8.0. It's the best of any finals side by some distance. The improvement was noticeable during last weekend's preliminary final win. In a round 11 loss to Port Adelaide, Richmond lost the centre clearance battle 5-20. On Friday night, the Tigers won the centre clearance battle 11-4 against the same opposition and subsequently won the match. The turnaround has come at the perfect time, given the location of this year's Grand Final. A series of past Brisbane players and coaches have spoken publicly about the importance of winning centre clearances at a Gabba ground that is second only to the SCG for the shortest in length in Australia. Winning that contest from the centre on Saturday night could therefore be pivotal to winning the territory battle, and maybe even the premiership itself.
Star Cat misses training with illness, isolating from teammates - AFL
Patrick Dangerfield has no concerns with the health of star teammate
GEELONG superstar Patrick Dangerfield has no concerns with the health of power forward Tom Hawkins, despite the Coleman medallist missing training on Tuesday. Hawkins skipped the light session at Southport, instead isolating from teammates after coming down with illness. FIRST BOUNCE What time does the Toyota AFL Grand Final start? Dangerfield said he hadn't seen Hawkins, but was "not too concerned". "We all trained in separate groups today and our main session is tomorrow (Wednesday) night and I am sure he will be out there," Dangerfield said. The 30-year-old is playing in his first Grand Final, and said despite the enjoyment of qualifying, it would mean little unless Geelong saluted on Saturday night. "I have some great mates who have played in grannies and havent been part of a successful side and it is a really tough day to deal with and one they still often think about," Dangerfield said. "I have plenty of teammates that were involved in premiership reunions every year and you hear the stories that come out of those years and that is what myself and those who havent been lucky enough to be a part of it, that is what we want to join in, that is why we want to be able to share those stories over a few beers. "That is the thing that puts a smile on my face and there are a few wonderful stories within our group." DANGER v DUSTY Superstars to collide for rare Grand Final gift After blowing a 21-point half-time lead and losing to Richmond in a preliminary final last year, Dangerfield said the Cats had learnt lessons and were a different team this time around. He also noted Geelong would be far different from the team that lost to the Tigers in round 17, with Gary Ablett and Joel Selwood "handy inclusions". "When you get the momentum swings and playing the game in your forward half, you've got to make sure you capitalise on those opportunities," he said. "Richmond can obviously score very quickly and they move the ball quickly. GF HISTORY CALLING Joel, Tigers chasing records "We're definitely a different side to last year. We're playing well at the right time." Jack Steven ran laps at training in his recovery from a hamstring injury, but is a long shot to play on Saturday.
Grand Final history calling Joel, Tigers with many medals apart from one - AFL
Richmond and Geelong have an abundance of premiership experience
GEELONG captain Joel Selwood will write his name into the history books and become the club's first ever four-time premiership player, should the Cats overcome Richmond in Saturday night's Toyota AFL Grand Final. In a decider laden with premiership experience, there are also 14 Tigers who will look to become triple-premiership players should Damien Hardwick's team record its third flag in four seasons. But it's Selwood who could make the most history, with the Geelong skipper the sole survivor of all three Cats teams that tasted the game's ultimate success in 2007, 2009 and 2011. GRAND PLANS What time does the Grand Final start? Selwood, Harry Taylor, Tom Hawkins and Mitch Duncan were all part of the team that claimed the 2011 premiership and remain entrenched in Geelong's current side, while Cam Guthrie was also at the club in that season but was not picked for the Grand Final. Joel Selwood and Tom Hawkins celebrate Geelong's 2009 premiership. Picture: AFL Photos Club legend Gary Ablett, who will be looking for his third premiership, was part of the teams that claimed glory in 2007 and 2009. However, he left for Gold Coast in 2010 and wasn't part of the 2011 premiership. BARRETT Shades of Lethal in Little Master's last dance Elsewhere at Geelong, Luke Dahlhaus has enjoyed flag experience with the Western Bulldogs in 2016 and is aiming to become a dual premiership player with a second club this weekend. Meanwhile, Gary Rohan was part of two losing Grand Final teams with Sydney in both 2014 and 2016 but will be looking to right the wrongs of years gone by and win his first premiership on Saturday night. GF SET FOR 30K CROWD Gill hails incredible momentum While there are 16 Cats players aiming for their first taste of success, there is only one Tiger young defender Noah Balta who is set to play on Saturday night without having already won a flag. A total of 14 Richmond players (Nathan Broad, Dylan Grimes, Nick Vlastuin, Bachar Houli, Dion Prestia, Dustin Martin, Jason Castagna, Jack Riewoldt, Toby Nankervis, Shane Edwards, Trent Cotchin, David Astbury, Daniel Rioli and Kane Lambert) could become triple-premiership stars with victory. There are seven more (Liam Baker, Kamdyn McIntosh, Marlion Pickett, Jack Graham, Tom Lynch, Shai Bolton and Jayden Short) who played in one of either the 2017 or 2019 premiership teams. But the premiership history doesn't end with the players ahead of Saturday night's Grand Final at the Gabba. The coaches, too, have also had their special moments on Grand Final day. Hardwick was a premiership player with Essendon in 2000 and Port Adelaide in 2004, as well as leading Richmond to the 2017 and 2019 flags as a coach. Damien Hardwick celebrates Essendon's 2000 premiership victory: Picture: AFL Photos Meanwhile, Chris Scott won two premierships as a player with Brisbane in 2001 and 2002 but was named as an emergency in 2003 before leading Geelong to the 2011 flag as a coach. LIKELY TEAMS (PREMIERSHIPS ALREADY WON) RICHMOND B: Nathan Broad (2), Dylan Grimes (2), Noah Balta (0)HB: Liam Baker (1), Nick Vlastuin (2), Bachar Houli (2)C: Kamdyn McIntosh (1), Dion Prestia (2), Marlion Pickett (1)HF: Jack Graham (1), Tom Lynch (1), Dustin Martin (2)F: Jason Castagna (2), Jack Riewoldt (2), Shai Bolton (1)FOLL: Toby Nankervis (2), Shane Edwards (2), Trent Cotchin (2)I/C: David Astbury (2), Jayden Short (1), Daniel Rioli (2), Kane Lambert (2)Coach: Damien Hardwick (4)Total Premierships: 39 GEELONG B: Jack Henry (0), Harry Taylor (2), Jake Kolodjashnij (0)HB: Lachie Henderson (0), Mark Blicavs (0), Tom Stewart (0)C: Mitch Duncan (1), Joel Selwood (3), Sam Menegola (0)HF: Luke Dahlhaus (1), Gary Rohan (0), Gryan Miers (0)F: Gary Ablett (2), Tom Hawkins (2), Sam Simpson (0)FOLL: Rhys Stanley (0), Patrick Dangerfield (0), Cam Guthrie (0)I/C: Mark O'Connor (0), Brandan Parfitt (0), Zach Tuohy (0), Jed Bews (0)Coach: Chris Scott (3)Total Premierships: 14
Five things we learned: Unsung Tiger is made for huge moments - AFL
It's not just Dusty and Lynch who can win big games for Richmond, plus more lessons from the Power v Tigers prelim
In Friday night's Five things we learned, brought to you by Haier, the world's No.1 appliance maker, we discover that it's not just Dusty and Lynch who can win big matches for the Tigers, and a Port veteran might be too courageous for his own good. POWER v TIGERS Full match coverage and stats Kane Lambert loves the big moments Forget Dustin Martin, Tom Lynch and Jack Riewoldt. Lambert, the former rookie who was overlooked in five national drafts, bobbed up for three massive moments in the final term. The 28-year-old worked through traffic to kick a goal after six minutes, before snapping to perfection from a deliberate out of bounds free kick deep in the forward pocket five minutes later. His majors were the Tigers' only two of the quarter. Then with the Power pushing for victory, Lambert won a crucial clearance with less than 30 seconds left to put the game beyond doubt. Power veteran's courage shines through until the end Even if Port Adelaide had made the Grand Final, midfielder Brad Ebert would have been unlikely to play after another concussion scare. Ebert ran back with the flight of the ball in a frantic final term to deny Tiger Jack Riewoldt a certain mark in attack. However, upon landing, he hit his head on the Adelaide Oval turf and staggered into the hands of Power trainers. An emotional Ebert embraced his teammates as they left the field and led the defeated Port side into the rooms. Already without a contract for 2021 and after a history of concussion incidents, coach Ken Hinkley confirmed that Ebert's brave spoil was the final on-field moment of his 260-game career. The Tigers prove they can win a different way During the home and away season, Richmond was ranked 17th in the competition for clearance differential compared to their opponents. But just a week after winning the clearance battle against St Kilda, the Tigers again dominated that area of the ground in the second half against the Power. The Tigers went 28-9 in clearances in the second half. It also proved a big tick to the Tigers' decision to go with one recognised ruckman in Toby Nankervis (plus assistance from David Astbury) against Power pair Scott Lycett and Peter Ladhams. Richmond's Toby Nankervis wins the tap ahead of Port Adelaide's Scott Lycett. Picture: AFL Photos The kids weren't overawed on the preliminary final stage Slamming through a first term goal from close to 50m, Xavier Duursma delivered an arrow, celebrated with teammates and then charged towards Tiger Tom Lynch to respond to a war of words. And it was all in the space of 20 seconds. Along with Connor Rozee (two first half goals), Duursma was involved in almost every key moment in the opening half. And 20-year-old defender Noah Balta the only Tiger playing without a flag completely dominated 2020 All-Australian Charlie Dixon forward despite giving up 6cm and 7kg. Dixon managed one goal early in the final term but was held to 10 disposals. Peter Ladhams will come under Match Review scrutiny The Power big man was put on report for a swinging arm on Tiger Noah Balta during the first term. Ladhams appeared to collect Balta 'below the belt', and if graded as a hit on the 'groin' region with intentional conduct and low impact, could rule him out for the opening game of 2021. It was a mixed night for Ladhams, who offered little in the first half, but stepped up to kick a crucial goal to give the Power hope in the dying stages.
The massive Tiger changes from R11 that will have Ken worried - AFL
The stats which show Richmond will have almost an entirely new midfield in its Power rematch
IT'S NO SECRET the Richmond team lining up in Friday night's preliminary final will be very different to that which faced Port Adelaide back in round 11. But a comparison of the Tigers' centre-square bounce attendances that match and in last week's semi-final win shows just how influential these changes could be. Dion Prestia (syndesmosis), Shane Edwards (personal), Toby Nankervis (syndesmosis), Trent Cotchin (rested/hamstring) and Jack Graham (unselected) weren't present in the midfield which was belted by the Power in their only clash this season. Defenders David Astbury (knee) and Bachar Houli (personal) were also unavailable. Richmond centre bounce attendances in round 11
|Ivan Soldo (ruck)||19|
|Mabior Chol (ruck)||9|
|Toby Nankervis (ruck)||16|
|David Astbury (ruck)||4|
|Noah Balta (ruck)||1|
Ken's advice on day one still inspiring young Power star - AFL
Connor Rozee on how coach Ken Hinkley has shaped his young career
FROM the moment Connor Rozee stepped into Port Adelaide, he was given licence to play his way. Fly for your marks. Go for your goals. Shimmy past opponents. Try things you know you can pull off, even if it doesn't always work. And as the Power youngster gears up for Friday night's preliminary final against Richmond, Rozee won't be straying from the advice of coach Ken Hinkley that has made him one of the AFL's emerging stars. LOCKED IN Preliminary final match-ups, start times "Pretty much as soon as I walked in the door Ken said 'There's going to be a lot of new things you're going to have to learn and a lot of structures different to what you've previously played under, but the main thing is we want you to bring your strengths'," Rozee told AFL.com.au. "The main reason they draft players is because they've got strengths they can bring to the team and if they can bring those strengths it will make us a better team. "That's what he told me from day one and is what has made me a better player since then." Rozee, Zak Butters and Xavier Duursma the Power's three first-round picks from the 2018 NAB AFL Draft have come to symbolise Port's turnaround from middle-of-the-road to premiership challengers. 22UNDER22 TEAM REVEALED Three-time Bomber skipper, third cap for gun Blue Brash, confident, fast, skillful, tough and competitive, the trio burst onto the scene last season and have taken strides in different ways in 2020. Butters was selected in the All-Australian squad of 40, Duursma bounced back from being omitted to play a key role in the Power's qualifying final win over Geelong and Rozee was developing his game in the midfield before a foot injury changed the course of his year. Port knows its youth goes beyond the trio, including the more experienced Dan Houston, Sam Powell-Pepper and Darcy Byrne-Jones as well as the untried Miles Bergman and Dylan Williams, and Rozee said the club had emboldened them to push their abilities. "The way we as young people play our best footy is by instinct and naturally taking the game on and that's how we bring our strengths," he said. MEGA-PREVIEW Will the Tigers down Port in this blockbuster prelim? "We're all pretty quick, skillful sort of players so being able to play a bit more naturally without having to worry about external things as much has been good for us and good for our learning coming through the AFL. "We've got a lot of time to learn about structures and that sort of thing but it's been just to go out and play footy and have fun." Rozee, who finished second in last year's NAB AFL Rising Star and fourth in Port's best and fairest after booting 29 goals in his debut season, has had new challenges in his second season. Firstly it was about growing his game further up the field, playing as a midfielder for the Power. Then, in round seven against Carlton, the 20-year-old suffered a plantar fascia injury in his foot which is still not fully healed as the Power dial up their premiership pursuit. "I haven't been as consistent as I was last year. I had a few issues with the foot so I haven't been at 100 per cent for a couple of months now," he said. "In saying that I'm still happy to be part of a successful team and if that means I have to take a little bit of a back seat and not play as big of a role as I did last year then I'm happy to do that because we're going deep into finals and I'd rather have team success than personal success, that's for sure." FINALS PREDICTOR Who will win the 2020 premiership? Rozee played three games with the help of painkillers following the injury before he had a four-week break to nurse his foot into better shape, and he has returned to a more forward role since getting back into the side. For now Rozee is fully focused on the end of this season. Port's players split into small groups to watch the Tigers overcome St Kilda in last week's semi-final and are ready to take on the reigning premiers at Adelaide Oval. Port's style is built to stand up in finals and Rozee, who played in North Adelaide's senior SANFL flag as an 18-year-old before arriving at the Power, said he had wondered about what it would be like to taste glory at AFL level, too. "I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about it. I think everyone in this situation likes to dream a little bit, and it's been a dream since I was a little kid, so to be two games away from winning a flag is exciting and there's a whole lot of emotions that come with it," he said. "But I know we've still got a huge task to come. Richmond are a great finals team and we haven't played finals in a couple of years. "It's really exciting, some of the boys have never played AFL finals in their life so they've let me know these opportunities don't come around all the time and we've got to try and make the most of this opportunity because we might not get another shot at it."
TEAMS: Tigers' ruck call, time running out for loyal veteran - AFL
Port Adelaide and Richmond have named their teams for Friday night's preliminary final
RICHMOND has opted against bringing in Mabior Chol as ruck back up for Friday night's preliminary final against Port Adelaide, instead sticking with an unchanged lineup. The Tigers and Power have both named unchanged teams for the clash at Adelaide Oval as they face off for a spot in next week's Toyota AFL Grand Final. FULL TEAMS Check 'em out Tigers coach Damien Hardwick has resisted the urge to bring back Chol to take on Power pair Scott Lycett and Peter Ladhams, instead sticking with Toby Nankervis and potentially the support of David Astbury in the ruck battle. Chol is one of the Richmond emergencies for the clash, alongside Oleg Markov, Josh Caddy and Jake Aarts. Port Adelaide, as expected, has stuck with the line-up that beat Geelong in the qualifying final. MEGA-PREVIEW Stats that matter, who wins and why Todd Marshall has been cleared to play after his shoulder injury while Xavier Duursma is also fit following his concussion. Veteran Justin Westhoff is an emergency as he heads towards retirement, with Riley Bonner, Boyd Woodcock and Jarrod Lienert also named as back-ups. Friday, October 16 First preliminary final - Port Adelaide v Richmond at Adelaide Oval, 7.20pm ACDT (7.50pm AEDT) PORT ADELAIDENo changes RICHMONDNo changes
Match Review: Lynch cops misconduct charge for kneeing Saint - AFL
The Match Review Officer has completed his findings from Friday night's second semi-final between Richmond and St Kilda
The AFL advises the Match Review of the Second Semi Final of the 2020 Toyota AFL Finals Series has been completed. One charge was laid. Charge Laid: Tom Lynch, Richmond, has been charged with Misconduct against Dougal Howard, St Kilda, during the third quarter of the Second Semi Final match between Richmond and St Kilda, played at Metricon Stadium on Friday October 9. In summary he can accept a $750 sanction with an early plea. Based on the available evidence, the incident was assessed as Misconduct. The incident was classified as a $1250 sanction as a second offence. The player can accept a $750 sanction with an early plea. -- Financial Sanctions for 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership Season:Please note, all financial sanctions payable under any existing code, rules or policy (including Tribunal fines, Code of Conduct, AFL Rules and AFL Regulations) will be reduced by 50 per cent for the 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership Season. The amounts listed above are the amended financial sanctions payable.