The best team in the competition Geelong takes on the year’s Cinderella story Collingwood in a blockbuster qualifying final in front of a packed MCG.
The Cats’ (18-4, 144.2%) incredible longevity continued emphatically this year as they claimed their second minor premiership in four years. Having endured more than a decade full of near-misses since their last flag in 2011, their road to redemption begins this weekend as they aim to finally clinch that elusive 10th premiership.
Under first-year coach Craig McRae, the Magpies (16-6, 104.3%) have been the biggest surprise packet of 2022, catapulting themselves from 17th spot to the top four in the space of 12 months. Their success has been largely built on their incredible record in close games which has seen them win 11 of 12 games decided by 11 points or fewer.
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The winner of this game hosts the winner of Melbourne v Brisbane in the First Preliminary Final in a fortnight’s time.
The loser of this game hosts the winner of Fremantle v Western Bulldogs in the First Semi Final next week.
This match gets underway at 4:35pm AEST from the MCG.
Watch it live on Fox Footy (channel 504) from 3:30pm AEST.
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