Dan­ger back in town

Geelong Advertiser - - AFL - ROGER VAUGHAN

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.

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