Mon, Sep 17, 11:05am by Staff Writer
Melbourne and Collingwood both won knockout finals on the weekend to book their spot in the preliminary finals.
The Demons dispatched of Hawthorn by 33 points on Friday night and have moved into second favouritism for the premiership at $5.
Tom McDonald booted four goals for the Dees, while Hawthorn’s Jack Gunston managed three goals and five behinds in an uncharacteristically wayward goalkicking performance from the forward.
Jack Viney was instrumental in the midfield for Melbourne, racking up 27 disposals.
Brownlow Medal favourite Tom Mitchell was kept quiet, with only 24 touches after coming off the ground earlier in the match through injury.
Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn have his side repeated first use of the ball and the Dees capitalised in the second quarter, kicking three goals to nil to lead by 13 points at half-time.
It was a six goal third quarter that busted the game open, but when Hawthorn kicked three quick goals in the final term to cut the margin to just 12 points, it was a long goal by Jake Melksham that settled the Dees’ nerves and they kicked away for a big win.
They travel to Optus Stadium to take on West Coast in a preliminary final next Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles had the weekend off after beating Collingwood by 16 points in the qualifying final. They are $5.50 to win the flag this season.
Collingwood dominated the Greater Western Sydney Giants in the opening quarter, at one stage amassing 15 inside 50s to three. They only managed three goals in the first term though, as the Giants rallied back to draw within seven points at the main break.
It was neck-and-neck in the second half, as both sides had the lead at various stages, but it was a three-goal outburst early in the last quarter that ensured the Pies tasted victory.
Steele Sidebottom had 31 touches for the Pies, while Giants midfielders Lachie Whitfield and Stephen Coniglio each had over 30 disposals.
Jordan De Goey was again instrumental up forward for the Pies, booting three goals.
Jeremy Cameron didn’t have his kicking boots on, managing only one goal from four shots.
The Pies take on Premiership favourites Richmond on Friday night, in a clash of two old, traditional rivals.
Close to 100,000 fans are expected to pack the MCG for that game, with the Pies big underdogs.
Richmond is a $1.95 favourite to win the flag, while the Pies are paying $5.50.
The shortest-priced quinella to make the Grand Final is Richmond/West Coast paying $2.50, with Melbourne/Richmond the next best at $2.75.
AFL Premiership Odds
West Coast $5.50
AFL Grand Final quinella
Richmond/West Coast $2.50
Collingwood/West Coast $5
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