Collision course

AS we edge another week closer to the AFL finals, and another week of exposed late season form or lack of it, here is a look at how I see the remainder of the year panning out and an early look at possible finals match ups.

Joel Selwood and the Cats look set to take on the Hawks in September.

Joel Selwood and the Cats look set to take on the Hawks in September.

The AFL organisation itself will be extremely satisfied if the first week of the finals looks the way I have it, similar to a lot of other predictions.

With some key games that could go either way included, I predict the Swans to take out the minor premiership, with Hawthorn second, Geelong third and Fremantle fourth. 

This will leave us with two blockbuster finals for direct entry to the preliminary final in the third week. 

Sydney will be hard to stop in Sydney, but you can expect Ross Lyon will have his men firing, with some great match-ups to determine the outcome. 

And of course the Hawthorn and Geelong final will help continue one of the great modern rivalries. 

These two clubs always put on an amazing four quarter battle and with so much at stake, this will be another cracker.

In the bottom half of the draw, we will most likely get a South Australian showdown between the Crows and the Power. 

With the current crowds and atmosphere at Adelaide Oval, this will be a huge result not only for the AFL, but the game in general. 

The other minor final looks like being North Melbourne versus Essendon. 

Perhaps this rivalry is not what it used to be, but it will be fierce as both clubs fight for a second week in the finals if not more.

Therefore, I see Collingwood missing, Gold Coast have faded badly and West Coast and Richmond’s early season form will hurt their finals aspirations as they perform admirably late in 2014.

This will be a huge result not only for the AFL, but the game in general.

First week of the AFL finals to be a showdown between fierce rivals

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