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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).

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