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2022 Toyota AFL Premiership
Sydney Swans v Collingwood
Preliminary Finals •
95 14.11
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94 14.10
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    A Grand Final place is on the line when these two teams meet on Saturday

    Darcy Moore and Sam Reid compete for the ball during the preliminary final between Collingwood and Sydney at the SCG on September 17, 2022. Picture: Getty Images

    SYDNEY and Collingwood face off at the SCG, fighting for a spot to meet Geelong in next week's Toyota AFL Grand Final.

    The Swans are bidding to reach a first premiership decider since 2016, while the Magpies' last Grand Final appearance was four years ago.

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    Both teams will go in as selected, with Braeden Campbell named Sydney's medi-sub and Nathan Kreuger the Pies'.

    Sydney v Collingwood at the SCG, 4.45pm AEST

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    MEDICAL SUBS
    Sydney:
    Braeden Campbell
    Collingwood:
    Nathan Kreuger

    07:32

    SUMMARY

    It’s the first preliminary final at the SCG since Tony Lockett’s match-winning point in 1996 as the red-hot Swans and Magpies face off in a twilight clash that will have 48,000 fans in attendance after the game was declared a sell-out on Monday. The form-lines could not be stronger for either side with Sydney winning its past eight games and looking almost certain to be unchanged for a fourth straight game. Collingwood has only lost two of its last 15 games, but one of those was against the Swans at the SCG only a month ago in round 22. After Trent Bianco impressed against Fremantle as Taylor Adams’ replacement with 16 disposals, it’s unlikely we’ll see any changes to the Magpies team. Sydney is gunning for its first Grand Final appearance since losing to the Bulldogs in 2016. Collingwood is aiming to get back to the last Saturday in September for the first time since 2018, where it lost in a heartstopper to the Eagles.

    Where and when: SCG, Saturday September 17, 4.45pm AEST

    WHAT HAPPENED THIS YEAR?

    Round 22: Sydney 11.11 (78) defeated Collingwood 7.8 (50) at the SCG

    It was a hyped-up encounter that would have a huge bearing on a top-four place and the Swans’ three big match-winners in Franklin, Heeney and Papley shone up forward with seven goals between them to keep the home side ahead all afternoon. A heroic Dane Rampe bump on Brody Mihocek when a certain goal beckoned in the last quarter snuffed out any chance of another miraculous Magpie comeback. The Swans tackle count win of 72 to 53 was again a key reason behind the win in a game that Jordan De Goey was a late withdrawal from in a savage blow to the Pies.

    06:43

    WHAT TO WATCH FOR

    Sydney
    The Swans are absolutely flying off the back of eight wins in a row with a super settled side, but with the pre-finals bye and then the week off after winning the qualifying final, they’ll have only played one game in three weeks. That has led to preliminary finals teams being a little cold from the start before, but John Longmire did say they had a big training hit-out on Saturday to try and counter that effect. The key to the Swans’ game is their manic pressure and tackling, which they are ranked second for in the competition, so it’s unlikely to be an issue but they can’t afford to be slightly off the pace early.

    00:37

    Collingwood
    Craig McRae admitted after the loss to Sydney in round 22 that his team struggled with forward entries on the unique dimensions of the SCG, and so the Magpies’ training ground has been remodelled to help with that going into this week. Their forward line movement will be closely monitored as a result, in particular that of Jamie Elliott who managed just six disposals at the SCG a month ago and has finished goalless in five of his last six matches on the road.

    Jamie Elliott celebrates a goal during Collingwood's semi-final against Fremantle on September 10, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

     THE STATS THAT MATTER

    Sydney
    Collingwood’s score of 7.8 (50) the last time they came to the SCG was its lowest of the season as the Sydney defence, led by Paddy McCartin with nine intercept possessions, shone in cutting off the supply into the Pies forward line at a ground they struggled to adjust to. McCartin has only been outmarked in four of 53 one-on-one contests this season and looms as a key man again. The Swans also rank second for scores from forward half interceptions, with the likes of Isaac Heeney and Will Hayward prepared to do plenty of hard defensive work running the other way. If the Sydney has that part of its game in order again it'll be tough for Collingwood to kick a winning score. 

    Collingwood
    Just because it’s the obvious stat doesn’t mean it’s not worth pointing out. Since Round 16, the Magpies have won six of the seven matches in which they’ve trailed at three-quarter time. The loss to Sydney at the SCG may have been the only outlier there, but it’s still a phenomenal achievement that means their hopes of an upset cannot be discounted. They simply need to hang in there at the least against a Swans team that has won the last quarter 18 times this season – equal first in the comp. If the Pies can do that, their incredible belief will mean they’ll fancy their chances of victory.

    IT'S A BIG WEEK FOR…  

    Lance Franklin
    It feels blasphemous to write the legend’s name under this category but after his seven-disposal, zero-goal game against Steven May in the first final there’ll be many an eye on Buddy to see how he bounces back. He’s likely to get another supreme opponent in Darcy Moore, which will make for a gripping contest, as the 35-year-old tries to respond and lead his team to victory. He needs just six more goals to draw level with Jason Dunstall on 78 for the second most goals kicked in VFL/AFL finals. 

    00:18

    Jordan De Goey
    He’s the Magpies’ difference maker and was sorely missed in their loss to the Swans a month back. With Taylor Adams out, the Pies need De Goey firing, just like he did with 24 touches and 10 score involvements against Fremantle. You’d expect Sydney tackling machine James Rowbottom to watch him closely at stages, but if the Collingwood superstar can break free and have an impact moving forward, it’ll give the Magpies a much better chance of a Grand Final appearance.

    Jordan De Goey celebrates a goal for Collingwood against Melbourne in round 21, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

    PREDICTION

    Sydney by 14 points

    Expect a much-improved performance from Collingwood to its last trip to the SCG, but it’s still hard to see it being enough for victory. The Swans have looked flawless for two months and their litany of match-winners should serve them well in front of a raucous home crowd. It’ll be tight but Sydney should triumph.

    Swans squeeze past Pies in CLASSIC to secure Grand Final spot

    The Swans held off an incredible Magpies comeback at a sold-out SCG

    Lance Franklin and Paddy McCartin celebrate Sydney's preliminary final win over Collingwood on September 17, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

    HISTORY has repeated itself at the SCG. 

    The last time Sydney played a preliminary final at its home ground, Tony Lockett kicked a goal after the siren to sink Essendon by a single point.

    Twenty-six years later, Sydney has progressed to another Grand Final by the same margin in a famous win over Collingwood on Saturday night. 

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    The Swans are heading to a fourth Grand Final in just 12 years under John Longmire's watch after ending Collingwood's fairytale campaign in heartbreaking fashion.

    08:02

    After leading by 36 points when Logan McDonald kicked the opening goal of the second half, Sydney supporters could almost pull the trigger on flights and hotels in Melbourne.

    But Collingwood never give up under Craig McRae. And it never gave up on Saturday.

    Nine times it won games by single digits in 2022. But a 10th proved one too many, with Sydney prevailing 14.11 (95) to 14.10 (94) in a thrilling finish.

    SWANS TO SWEAT ON SAM Injury to forward could disrupt GF plans

    After finishing 2019 and 2020 in the bottom four, the Swans returned to September briefly last year, but are now heading to Melbourne next Saturday to face Geelong at the MCG after winning a ninth straight game. 

    Swans co-captain Luke Parker drilled the opening goal of the game inside the first two minutes, and from there, Sydney never relinquished the lead, kicking the first four goals of the game to open up an advantage 15 minutes into the contest that rarely looked like being undone until a thrilling final quarter. 

    00:38

    The game looked over early in the third quarter when McDonald converted his first touch into a major, but the Magpies just kept coming and coming. 

    They kicked the last two goals of the third quarter then the first of the last to give them a pulse. When Tom Papley kicked his third goal, Sydney finally looked home, but then Brody Mihocek, Will Hoskin-Elliott and Steele Sidebottom kicked goals in time-on to almost do the unthinkable.  

    Papley was in everything from the opening bounce until the final siren. Niggling, celebrating and finishing crucial shots to entertain and antagonise the 45,608 – the third biggest crowd at the SCG for an AFL game – in the house. 

    03:23

    With his future beyond this season still undecided, Lance Franklin arrived at the SCG facing the prospect he might return to his car having played for the final time in his phenomenal career. If he was going out, he was going out in style. 

    All-Australian small defender Brayden Maynard started on him, instead of Darcy Moore or Jeremy Howe, but Franklin quickly showed there would be no repeat of his off night against Melbourne a fortnight ago. When he kicked two goals in the second quarter, Collingwood made a move. Howe replaced Maynard but the ball still followed Franklin everywhere, with the eight-time All-Australian finishing with a pair of goals to help the Swans progress to another Grand Final.

    PIES' AGONY McRae proud of effort after Magpies fall just short

    Just like it has done many times at home this season, Sydney made a blistering start to put four goals – all from turnovers – on the board before Collingwood had even scored. It took an opportunistic goal from Hoskin-Elliott for the Magpies to finally score, before Jamie Elliott converted from the spot Franklin kicked his 1000th goal from in round two to stem the bleeding. 

    00:29

    Collingwood would gradually reduce the deficit across four quarters, but would ultimately fall by the narrowest of margins to end a stunning rise from second last to the final four.

    FIVE TALKING POINTS But it's just one point that matters - again!

    Magpies captain Scott Pendlebury continued his brilliant finals series with another vintage performance at the age of 34, amassing 29 disposals and six tackles, while Jack Crisp backed up his standout performance in the semi-final with a near best-on-ground effort, finishing with 29 disposals, 11 clearances and a goal. 

    Now Franklin has at least one game left – maybe one more year – but Sam Reid might miss the Grand Final after being substituted before the start of the third quarter due to a groin injury

    The Swans didn't go all the way when Plugger kicked that famous point in 1996. They won't start favourites against a Geelong side that has won 15 in a row, but they will head south believing they can win a flag for the first time since 2012.

    ALL THE HIGHLIGHTS

    SYDNEY                      6.3       11.7       13.10       14.11 (95)
    COLLINGWOOD         3.0        7.1         10.5        14.10 (94)

    GOALS  
    Sydney:
    Papley 3, Franklin 2, Clarke, Heeney, McDonald, McInerney, Parker, Reid, Rowbottom, Stephens, Warner
    Collingwood:
    Elliott 2, Hoskin-Elliott 2, McCreery 2, Bianco, Cameron, Crisp, N.Daicos, J.Daicos, Ginnivan, Mihocek, Sidebottom

    BEST  
    Sydney: Mills, Papley, Warner, Gulden, Parker, Blakey, Rowbottom
    Collingwood:
    Crisp, Pendlebury, Moore, Sidebottom, N.Daicos, Lipinski, Quaynor

    INJURIES  
    Sydney: Reid (groin)
    Collingwood:
    Cox (groin)

    SUBSTITUTES  
    Sydney: Braeden Campbell (replaced Reid in the third quarter)
    Collingwood:
    Nathan Kreuger (replaced Cox in the third quarter)

    Crowd: 45,608 at the SCG

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