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Liam Ryan kicked 3 objectives as West Coast Eagles beat Brisbane Lions on the Gabba. (AAP: Darren England)
West Coast wraps up a top-two end, the Demons energy previous the Giants and the Kangaroos beat the Saints as the house and away season involves an finish.
The primary spherical of finals might be Richmond v Hawthorn, West Coast v Collingwood, Melbourne v Geelong and Sydney v GWS.
AFL Finals Week One
- First Qualifying Ultimate, Richmond v Hawthorn (MCG) — Thur Sept 6, 7.20pm AEST
- First Removal Ultimate, Melbourne v Geelong (MCG) — Fri Sept 7, 7.50pm AEST
- 2nd Removal Ultimate, Sydney Swans v GWS (SCG) — Sat Sept eight, four.20pm AEST
- 2nd Qualifying Ultimate, West Coast v Collingwood (Perth Stadium) — Sat Sept eight, eight.10pm AEST
Eagles get the task completed in opposition to Lions
West Coast Eagles have locked up 2nd spot at the AFL ladder with a breezy 26-point win over Brisbane.
It used to be an excellent pre-finals tune-up for the Eagles, who fended off a Lions outfit that had stored certainly one of their sloppiest performances all yr for final.
The 14.14 (98) to 11.6 (72) end result guarantees West Coast will play two finals at Perth Stadium, beginning with a qualifying ultimate in opposition to Collingwood.
The Lions lacked poise when the sport used to be at the line and trailed via up to 44 issues simply ahead of three-quarter time.
West Coast midfield trio Dom Sheed (30 disposals), Jack Redden (29 disposals) and Luke Shuey (27 disposals) ran rebellion, contributing 21 of the crew’s 42 clearances.
Up ahead, Jack Darling kicked 4 objectives whilst Jamie Cripps and Liam Ryan chipped in with 3 apiece.
For Brisbane, it used to be a disappointing finish to a promising season.
They have been willing to no less than form the highest 4 of their ultimate project of 2018, and given the huge enhancements they’ve made in trainer Chris Fagan’s 2nd marketing campaign on the helm, it used to be rightly billed as a risk recreation for the Eagles.
It without a doubt seemed like one all the way through the primary quarter, with the lead converting palms six instances as avid gamers got here to phrases with the slippery prerequisites after a morning of heavy rain.
However West Coast killed off the competition in simply the second one time period, booting 4 objectives and proscribing the Lions to 2 behinds to steer via 35 issues on the lengthy ruin.
They have been by no means in any actual doubt after that, despite the fact that Brisbane rallied within the final quarter and outscored West Coast 4 objectives to 2 to present the 16,367-strong Gabba crowd one thing to cheer about.
Dayne Beams used to be absolute best for the Lions with a game-high 32 touches.
However the guy who changed him as captain, Dayne Zorko, struggled once more beneath the force of a heavy tag and used to be saved to simply 16 disposals via Mark Hutchings.
Demons beat GWS, however accidents bitter win
Christian Petracca used to be one of the vital absolute best on flooring for the Demons of their giant win over GWS. (AAP: Julian Smith)
Melbourne will host Geelong in a house removing ultimate after steamrolling GWS via 45 issues on the MCG to safe 5th spot at the AFL ladder.
The Demons have been diminished to 2 males at the bench for Sunday afternoon’s 2nd part however ran rebellion within the 3rd quarter, piling on 5 unanswered objectives on how you can a 15.12 (102) to eight.nine (57) triumph in entrance of a 37,285-strong crowd.
Melbourne will take at the Cats on the MCG within the first week of the finals whilst GWS, who end the season in 7th position, face a sudden-death conflict with cross-town opponents Sydney.
The Dees head into their first finals marketing campaign since 2006 stuffed with self assurance after backing up final week’s win over West Coast with an imperious efficiency in opposition to the Giants.
Brownlow Medal contender Max Gawn endured his very good season with 37 hitouts, 18 disposals and a target, Christian Petracca and Tom McDonald every booted 3 majors, and Angus Brayshaw (32 touches) used to be prolific within the midfield.
Top mover Stephen Coniglio (32 disposals, two objectives) used to be influential for GWS however Josh Kelly (19 touches) was the most recent famous person to fight beneath a troublesome tag via James Harmes.
Giants ruckman Rory Lobb performed no section within the fourth quarter.
Melbourne misplaced Dean Kent to a shoulder harm within the opening mins whilst Dom Tyson (wrist) joined him within the rooms overdue in the second one time period.
But it surely mattered little with the Giants taking a look out in their intensity in simply their 2nd look on the MCG this season after beating Collingwood in spherical two.
Melbourne led via simply 13 issues after a good first part however their dominance on the contests all the time appeared prone to repay in the end.
The Giants’ woes have been exemplified overdue within the 3rd quarter when Jeremy Cameron appeared to handpass to Zac Langdon in entrance of an open target however didn’t hit the objective, prompting jeers from the Melbourne devoted.
GWS have been lacking no less than 8 contributors in their absolute best 22 however famous person ahead Toby Greene, veterans Brett Deledio and Matt de Boer, and key defenders Aidan Corr and Sam Taylor are indexed to go back for week one of the vital finals.
Waite is going out a winner as North beat Saints
Jarrad Waite (C) kicked 3 objectives for the Kangaroos in his ultimate AFL recreation ahead of retirement. (AAP: Hamish Blair)
North Melbourne has ended its AFL season on a successful word however famous person ahead Ben Brown could not kick sufficient objectives in his facet’s 23-point victory over St Kilda to say the Coleman Medal.
With either side out of finals competition, Brown’s bid to overhaul Richmond’s Jack Riewoldt within the race to say the AFL’s goalkicking award used to be the primary focal point at Docklands.
Desiring seven objectives to attract degree, Brown kicked 3 within the first part however could not set up some other within the 17.15 (117) to 14.10 (94) win to fall in need of Riewoldt, who claimed his 3rd Coleman Medal with 65.
North have been 10th and the Saints 16th heading into the general spherical of the home-and-away season, with the ones ladder positions mirrored in a deficient crowd of 19,866 on the St Kilda domestic recreation.
The Roos stepped forward to 9th with the end result however Alan Richardson’s facet remained in 16th spot and end a season the place finals have been was hoping for, if no longer anticipated, with simply 4 wins, a draw and 17 losses.
No less than the Saints did not flip their feet up when North threatened to run away with the competition.
Brad Scott’s males seemed relaxed sufficient up via 22 issues at quarter-time then 35 on the primary ruin.
St Kilda appeared wobbly when the margin blew out to a game-high 42 issues early within the 3rd time period however a four-goal rally made it a 23-point recreation on the final alternate.
Trent Dumont used to be exceptional for the Roos, with a career-high 38 possessions and a target.
Ben Cunnington (29 disposals) and Shaun Higgins (29) have been additionally influential.
Retiring ahead Jarrad Waite signed off with 3 objectives in his 244th and ultimate fit, and the previous Blue used to be mobbed via his teammates after he hit the publish with a collection shot following the general siren.
If Roos veteran Scott Thompson is to proceed his 222-game profession, he might get started the 2019 season overdue after he used to be reported for a crude hit on Jack Steele.
Jack Steven (34 and two) and Steele (35 possessions and two objectives) led the best way for the Saints.