Match-ups to de­cide game

South Western Times - - Swfl Grand Finals -

Ahead of this weekend’s SWFL grand fi­nal we look at the five key match-ups that could help de­ter­mine who wins the 2017 premier­ship...

Thomas Quaife (HBL) v Brett Peake (BY)

Re­li­able Li­ons de­fender Quaife has played on Peake on the past three oc­ca­sions with great suc­cess. But the for­mer Fre­man­tle Docker and St Kilda player has been mov­ing up the ground a bit more this fi­nals series and play­ing on the wing or at half-back. This should not trou­ble Quaife though, who is a for­mer long dis­tance run­ner and has great car­dio.

Rhys Gelmi (HBL) v Harry Creasey (BY)

Gelmi has been coach Derek Hall’s num­ber one tag­ger this sea­son and de­spite Bun­bury hav­ing a deep mid­field, the ob­vi­ous match-up is Creasey. The 19year-old Bull­dog has taken his game to a new level this sea­son and was the best player in the weekend’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal. Gelmi is likely to run with the young mid­fielder and look to win his own ball around the con­tests.

Kristin Thorn­ton (HBL) v Codey Hay (BY)

This match-up is a lit­tle out of left field in that Hay may not have the pace to keep up with Thor­ton. But with fel­low de­fender Kane Bu­mann act­ing as the third-man up in most con­tests and Hay’s abil­ity to win one-on-one con­tests, he could stop the for­mer Syd­ney Swan from tak­ing the game away from the Bull­dogs. Hay will need help from his mid­field though.

Bailey Tay­lor (HBL) v Pa­trick Far­rant (BY)

Ar­guably two of the league’s best teenagers will do bat­tle this weekend when Tay­lor does his best to curb the in­flu­ence of the mer­cu­rial Far­rant. Tay­lor has the speed and leap­ing abil­ity to stop Far­rant. Bun­bury’s ris­ing young­ster was quiet in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal, but rarely does he have two of those in a row and the big oc­ca­sion of a grand fi­nal suits his tal­ent.

Zach Piper (HBL) v Ai­dan Clarke (BY)

This is not so much a de­fen­sive match-up as it is one that will ex­cite and en­ter­tain. Both young mid­field­ers have plenty of speed and like to run-and-carry on ev­ery oc­ca­sion. Come Sun­day, they will look to use their speed to their ad­van­tage and put pres­sure on their op­po­si­tion’s de­fence. Clarke is one of the keys to Bun­bury’s game-plan, while Piper has some­thing spe­cial about him.

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