Australian Football League (AFL) Semi Finals Live Geelong Cats vs North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL Semi Final match will be kick off at MCG Stadium,Melbourne,Friday 12 September 2014 online, 19:50 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
Which team will win the right to face Sydney in the preliminary final? The Cats suffered a second half lapse which saw them go down to the Hawks whilst the Roos came back from five goals down to upset Essendon.
The Cats will be without key ruckman Hamish McIntosh whilst midfielder Allen Christensen is unlikely to recover from a back injury. They will be sweating on the fitness of Steve Johnson who has been troubled by a sore foot. If Johnson, doesn’t get up expect Lincoln McCarthy or Jed Bews to be up for a recall. The Kangaroos will welcome back Brent Harvey from suspension whilst Leigh Adams and Lachie Hansen are a chance to return.
North came from behind to keep their season alive last week in a confidence enhancing win. They are 5-4 head to head and against the line vs top-eight teams this year and come into the second weeks of the finals on a five game winning streak. Geelong, although losing to Hawthorn last week, is humming at the right time of the year winning eight of their last ten games (although five of those wins have come by under 14-points). The Cats have a 6-4 record (4-6 against the line) vs fellow top-eight sides in 2014.
The Cats were far too strong for North Melbourne in round 19 this year with Mitch Duncan, Tom Hawkins, Josh Caddy and Steve Motlop all kicking multiple goals. Joel Selwood led the way with 29 touches, 12 marks and seven inside 50s for the Cats in the easy 32-point win. For the Kangaroos, Aaron Black kicked two goals and Lindsay Thomas three whilst midfield battlers Sam Gibson and Levi Greenwood topped the stats sheet. The Kangaroos were their own worst enemy that Saturday night kicking 10.19 to Geelong’s 16.15.
Geelong and North Melbourne have faced each-other 155 times with Geelong leading 95-60 with one draw. North holds a 3-2 record over the Cats in finals. Geelong has won three of their last five games and 10 of their last 12 against North. Geelong is 14-7 against North Melbourne at the MCG. Chris Scott holds a 4-2 (3-3 against the line) advantage over brother Brad in the coaches box – in their six matches as head-coaches since 2011. These two have played tight games recently with their last five games separated by an average of just 16-points. Since 2010, the Cats are 5-6 both head-to-head and against the line in finals. Since 2007, the Cats are 10-7 in the finals – including two flags. North’s win last week was their first finals win since 2007, going 1-2 since then. The last six Geelong-North games have totalled over 182-points – albeit four of those games have been at Etihad.
B: Taylor, Lonergan, Rivers
HB: Mackie, Enright, Guthrie
C: Kelly, Selwood, Duncan
HF: Motlop, Brown, Murdoch
F: McCarthy, Hawkins, Bartel
R: Blicavs, Caddy, Horlin-Smith
IC: Stokes, Thurlow, Walker, Varcoe
EMG: Bews, Hartman, Smedts
IN: Brown, McCarthy
OUT: Johnson (Foot), McIntosh (knee)
B: Luke McDonald, Scott Thompson, Michael Firrito
HB: Sam Wright, Nathan Grima, Shaun Atley
C: Nick Dal Santo, Andrew Swallow, Daniel Wells
HF: Levi Greenwood, Ben Brown, Brent Harvey
F: Lindsay Thomas, Drew Petrie, Aaron Black
Fol: Todd Goldstein, Ben Cunnington, Jack Ziebell
Int: Ryan Bastinac, Jamie Macmillan, Kayne Turner, Sam Gibson
Emer: Ben Jacobs, Joel Tippett, Aaron Mullett
OUT: Jacobs (omitted)