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Territory link in AFL finals clash

- GREY MORRIS

TERRITORIA­NS Brandan Parfitt and Steven Motlop will lock horns in an AFL final again on Friday when their clubs Geelong and Port Adelaide meet in a qualifying final.

The match-up comes a year after Motlop booted three goals in Port Adelaide’s 16point win over Geelong in the 2020 qualifying final.

One year on and Parfitt’s Cats are back in Adelaide after a last-quarter collapse against Melbourne cost them the minor premiershi­p.

“We went away from playing the percentage­s and made a couple of little mistakes that hurt us,” was Parfitt’s summary of the loss after Geelong had led by 44 points.

“But it was a good learning experience.

“We watched the video as a group on Monday and the players took a lot out of it.

“Being a home-and-away game, we can really reflect on it and not play like that in the big finals matches that really count.”

Parfitt, who will play his 12th finals game in what will be game No.94 in a Geelong jumper, said the players were hungry for success against a Port Adelaide side playing in front of its home crowd.

“Beating a good side like Port at home will be tough,” he said. “But everyone’s confident in their own ability to win these games and advance further into the finals.”

Parfitt’s finals tally compares well with Motlop’s 13, with 11 of them in a Geelong jumper before he joined Port Adelaide at the end of the 2017 season.

But a grand final has eluded the youngest of the Motlop brothers, despite playing in three preliminar­y finals with Geelong.

For Parfitt and his Geelong teammates, the “real season” kicks off tonight.

“Going into this year we all had a goal of making the top four and we’ve done that,” he said.

“Now the real season starts and it’s up to us to put our best foot forward after coming so close last year.”

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