Mon, Sep 24, 10:49am by Staff Writer
Collingwood and West Coast have progressed to the 2018 AFL Grand Final after preliminary final victories last weekend.
The Pies shocked most of the football world when they defeated a highly-fancied Richmond side by 39 points at the MCG on Friday night.
Collingwood stunned Richmond with a 10 goal first half, as the Tigers managed only two majors in a sloppy performance.
They are $1.67 to win the Premiership, their first since 2010.
Richmond battled back in the second half, drawing within four goals at one stage before the Pies kicked away again.
American Mason Cox was incredible for the Pies in a best on ground performance.
He booted three goals and took 11 marks, many of them in the forward half. The Tigers had no defender capable of curtailing his influence, and his back-to-back first half goals stamped Collingwood’s dominance.
Jordan De Goey kicked four goals for Collingwood, proving that he is one of the most talented forwards in the competition.
He easily beat All Australian defender Alex Rance, as the Collingwood forward line had all the answers.
At the defensive end it was a steady performance from the black and white, who restricted Richmond to only eight goals in the match.
The Tigers were the best final quarter team in the AFL this season, but left themselves a 43-point three-quarter time deficit to chase down.
Jack Riewoldt was the lone man up forward for Richmond kicking five goals, while Jack Higgins kicked two.
It was a quiet night for Dustin Martin, with the 2017 Brownlow Medalist managing only 19 possessions, while captain Trent Cotchin led the way for Richmond with 25 touches.
The West Coast Eagles stamped their ticket to the Grand Final with a 66-point thumping of Melbourne at Optus Stadium.
The Eagles are $2.25 to win the Premiership on Saturday afternoon and showed just how electric they can be last Saturday afternoon.
West Coast had 12 scoring shots to three in the first quarter, but only led by 29 points.
It could have been far worse for the Demons, but that reality eventuated in the second quarter.
West Coast piled on another six goal, while Melbourne were still left searching for their first major at half time.
Melbourne’s first goal came early in the third quarter, where they kicked five goals. The Eagles also piled on another five goals to lead by 61 points at the last change.
The forward duo of Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling were hard to stop for the Dees, combining for seven goals.
Mark LeCras and Jamie Cripps each kicked three for West Coast, while livewires Liam Ryan and Willy Rioli had one apiece.
West Coast dominated every statistical category as they led disposals, contested possessions, mark, clearances and tackles.
Incredibly it was Melbourne who had more inside 50s, but they failed to capitalise and many of their entries were shallow and not a threat to the Eagles backline.
Jack Redden led all players on the ground with 31 disposals, while Angus Brayshaw and Clayton Oliver both had plenty of it for Melbourne.
AFL Grand Final Odds
West Coast $2.25 v Collingwood $1.67
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