WHAT HAPPENED: Geelong 15.8 (98) d Sydney 5.9 (39), GWS 19.11 (125) d West Coast 9.4 (58). THEY SAID IT: “Our blokes looked a bit buggered tonight, to be honest. We didn’t have much energy.” Swans coach John Longmire comments on the effort of recovering from their woeful 0-6 start to the season finally catching up with them.
MAN OF THE SEMIS: A toss-up between Geelong coach Chris Scott and his star player Patrick Dangerfield. Cats captain Joel Selwood hailed Scott as their best player on Friday night, saying the coach led them superbly after their poor qualifying final against Richmond. The move of Dangerfield to the goal square was a masterstroke that rattled Sydney’s defence. His four first-half goals led the way in a famous Geelong win. KEY MOMENT: Young Geelong defender Tom Stewart personified their night. After a poor match against the Tigers, where he fell victim to a Dustin Martin fend-off at a crucial moment, Stewart was outstanding in the second quarter. He first blunted a Swans attack and then raced after the ball down the outer wing, finally crash-tackling Luke Parker. Little wonder he has hamstring tightness. TALKING POINT: If the Giants kick a goal and there’s virtually no applause, does it count? GWS will go from hosting the lowest VFLAFL finals crowd in 101 years to the MCG colosseum next Saturday, where the Tiger Army will be in full roar. There will not be much orange in the expected crowd of 80,000plus. But Giants coach Leon Cameron says his players have plenty of experience with hostile crowds. As he says, once the ball bounces, it’s 22 v 22.
STATS THAT MATTER: Giants forward Steve Johnson returned to form with six goals in their secondhalf romp. That’s his best haul since Round 20, 2011, and his biggest “bag” in 25 finals. TRIBUNAL WATCH: Nothing at this stage. But just a friendly reminder that Richmond stars Dustin Martin and Trent Cotchin and Adelaide’s Charlie Cameron have two financial sanctions against their names this season. If they win next week, but the MRP decides they should be charged with another classifiable offence, they’re looking at an automatic grand final suspension. KEY INJURIES: Mitch McGovern (Adel, hamstring), Rory Sloane (Adel, appendix removal), Tom Stewart (Geel, hamstring), Tom Lonergan (Geel, food poisoning), Steve Johnson (GWS, knee).