AFL: GWS vs Sydney Preview
Updated: Oct 12, 2021
After an incredible AFL home and away season, another season with COVID-19 disruptions, disrupted fixtures, limited crowd numbers across most states, and some games without crowds again, we are down to the final eight teams for 2021. After all the drama, the die has been cast for an incredible finals series
It comes down to eight teams, two will be gone at the end of this weekend. But excitement is starting to build. So sit back and enjoy what looks to be an intriguing first week of 2021 AFL finals action. Best of luck to all eight teams, let's preview the match-up between GWS & Sydney.
Sydney vs GWS
After an incredible AFL home and away season, another season with COVID-19 disruptions, disrupted fixtures, limited crowd numbers across most states and some games without crowds again, we are down to the final eight teams for 2021. After all the drama, the die has been cast for an incredible finals series.
We turn our attention to the first elimination final, another Sydney derby final, with the Sydney Swans taking on the Greater Western Sydney (GWS) at the UTAS on Saturday afternoon. These sides are meeting for the third time in a final, with GWS prevailing on both occasions. These sides come into this clash with Sydney sitting in the sixth position, with a 13-7 record. GWS sits in the seventh position with 11 wins, 10 losses, and a draw.
It’s fair to say that Sydney has been a bit of the dark horse this year. Not many expected them to be in the eight and in premiership contention, but people should not underestimate the sixth place Swans. No one will forget they against all odds started with four wins straight in season 2021, only to have their streak ironically bought to an end by GWS themselves in round 5.
Josh Kelly kicked the match-winner with a little over a minute left on the clock, as Tom McCartin’s kick after the final siren fell short. The last time they met, however, the Swans were good enough by 26-points, with Franklin and Papley kick eight goals between them.
Sydney - Lance Franklin, Isaac Heeney, Tom Papley, Hayden Mclean, Jordan Dawson, Jake Lloyd, Justin Mcinerney, George Hewett, Luke Parker,
GWS - Jesse Hogan, Callan Ward, Jacob Hopper, Josh Kelly, and Tim Taranto.
Toby Greene will need to hit the scoreboard a bit better for GWS as he had four scoring shots for only one goal.
Given the fact that Sydney has won seven of their last eight games, and GWS only scrapped over the line against the struggling Carlton last week, it’s fair to say that Sydney is the team to beat in this one. If Franklin and Papley can be on fire again, they will be unstoppable, and they are keen for some vengeance for the previous finals defeats against GWS.
Sydney by 36-points.