Danger back in town
PATRICK Dangerfield and Brett Deledio will head back to where it started for the biggest clashes of their AFL careers.
This weekend’s preliminary finals will be the first time the Geelong star and the key Greater Western Sydney recruit go up against their former clubs in finals.
In Deledio’s case, it will be the first time he plays against Richmond.
Minutes after his best-afield performance on Friday night, Dangerfield enthusiastically declared “bring it on” when asked about facing Adelaide on Friday night.
The following day, Deledio will take to the MCG in the Giants’ twilight final, before a raging pro-Tigers crowd.
It is also the first time Dangerfield and Deledio have played in a preliminary final.
Saturday night’s resounding semi-final win over West Coast broke a finals drought for Deledio.
The previous three finals in his decorated 249-game career were Richmond’s successive elimination final exits from 2013-15.
Dangerfield’s stunning performance against Sydney ensured he will be the No.1 story of preliminary finals week.
Does he start in the middle against the Crows, or at fullforward? In a tactical masterstroke, the Cats played him out of the goal square from the first bounce of their semi-final against the Swans.
It rattled Sydney, who were the big pre-game favourites, and Dangerfield kicked four first-half goals in the 59-point win.
Even before Geelong’s triumph, Adelaide forward Josh Jenkins had stirred the pot about a possible preliminary final against his ex-teammate.
Dangerfield returned serve on Saturday, saying Jenkins was not the sort of person to sugar-coat anything.