7:50 PM (AEST) Friday, May 4 at GMHBA Stadium, Geelong
Round 7 of the AFL begins this Friday night when Geelong plays hosts to the Greater Western Sydney Giants in what is expected to be a great contest.
Geelong: Zach Tuohy, Jake Kolodjashnij, Tom Stewart; Jed Bews, Mark Blicavs, Zach Guthrie; Tim Kelly, Joel Selwood, Mitch Duncan; James Parsons, Esava Ratugolea, Sam Menegola; Brandan Parfitt, Tom Hawkins, Daniel Menzel; Rhys Stanley, Patrick Dangerfield, Gary Ablett.
Greater Western Sydney: Adam Tomlinson, Phil Davis, Heath Shaw; Nick Haynes, Jeremy Finlayson, Matt de Boer; Sam J. Reid, Callan Ward, Lachie Whitfield; Daniel Lloyd, Jonathon Patton, Jeremy Cameron; Tim Taranto, Harry Himmelberg, Brett Deledio; Rory Lobb, Josh Kelly, Dylan Shiel.
Just 8 clashes between these sides, with the Cats dominating, winning 6 times to the Giants solitary victory, while 1 other game has been drawn. They last met in Round 23 last year where the red hot Cats ran away with a 44 points victory.
Geelong were considered as one of the small group of teams destined to reach the 2017 decider, and after running second on the ladder (by percentages), they were on track to prove those predictions right. However their form in the finals was rocks and diamonds. They lost to eventual premiers Richmond by 51 points before belting Sydney by near 10 goals. In the Preliminary final, they went down by 61 points to Adelaide. The Cats began 2018 with a tight 3 point win over Melbourne. They then lost by a solitary minor to Hawthorn. The Eagles then beat them by 15 points in Round 3. They bounced back with an 8 goal hiding of the Saints before beating Power by 34 points. Last week they lost a gritty contest with the Swans by 17 points.
The Giants continued on their way as one of the competitions leading sides and best attacking outfits in 2017 but were again left wanting in the finals, failing to fire when it mattered. They started their 2018 season with some ominous form, suggesting they just may be the early season favourites for the title. They flogged the Bulldogs in Round 1 by 82 points, which they followed up with a 95-79 win over Collingwood. GWS again struggled to beat their big brother Sydney, losing by 16 points. They bounced back in Round 4 with a stingy 82-51 win over Freo before playing out a 73 all draw with Saints in a sloppy performance. Last week they beat Brisbane 77-43, conceding just 5 majors.
Geelong front 3 v Giants back 3 – The defence of the Giants this year has been very consistent and proven very tough to get through. The Cats have a great bunch of forwards, making for a great battle.
Geelong at home will be tough to beat. They looked more convincing in their loss to a top side than the Giants did in their low scoring win against a bottom team.