Footy on my mind – grand final previewPosted: September 30, 2011
2011 Grand Final
Saturday, MCG 2.30PM
COLLINGWOOD v GEELONG
Weather: 15 degrees with expected rainfall in the afternoon
B: Alan Toovey Ben Reid Harry O’Brien
HB: Nick Maxwell Chris Tarrant Heath Shaw
C: Jarryd Blair Dane Swan Dale Thomas
HF: Ben Johnson Leigh Brown Alan Didak
F: Steele Sidebottom Travis Cloke Luke Ball
Foll: Darren Jolly Scott Pendlebury Andrew Krakouer
I/C: Leon Davis, Chris Dawes, Sharrod Wellingham, Alex Fasolo
Emg: Tyson Goldsack Cameron Wood Ben Sinclair
IN: Alex Fasolo
OUT: Dayne Beams (groin)
B: Tom Lonergan Matthew Scarlett Josh Hunt
HB: David Wojcinski Harry Taylor Corey Enright
C: Andrew Mackie Jimmy Bartel Joel Selwood
HF: Travis Varcoe Tom Hawkins Steve Johnson
F: Paul Chapman James Podsiadly Trent West
Foll: Brad Ottens Cameron Ling Joel Corey
I/C: James Kelly, Matthew Stokes, Mitch Duncan, Allen Christensen
Emg: Shannon Byrnes Darren Milburn Cameron Guthrie
*There are injury concerns over key Magpies Darren Jolly & Ben Reid, with Tyson Goldsack & Cameron Wood waiting as emergencies should both Jolly and Reid not come up on Saturday.
*Key Cats Steve Johnson and David Wojcinski also may miss the final side on Saturday, with Shannon Byrnes and Darren Milburn the likely call ups if Johnson and Wojcinski don’t play.
*The Cats are fitter and come in on better form than the Magpies, and also have the edge over their opponents, given their wins over the Pies in Round 8 and 24 this season.
*In both of those wins, Geelong shut down Collingwood’s free-flowing game style dominating the inside 50s by a staggering 62-42 in round 8 and 68-35 in round 24.
*Unless the Pies can find a way to win the clearances and the inside 50s to give their key forwards Travis Cloke and Chris Dawes some opportunities to put pressure on the scoreboard, they could be in for a long afternoon.
*I’m expecting a very tight contest but I like Cats, who are coming in healthier, fitter and in better form.
TIP: Geelong by 5 points