Where and when: MCG, Friday September 20, 7.50pm
What it means for Richmond: A win will add another chapter to the extraordinary story of the Tigers’ 2019 season. They dropped as low as ninth mid-year, have had four on-field captains, and suffered injuries to a raft of big-name players.
What it means for Geelong: A chance to get the preliminary final monkey off the back. The Cats have lost their past three opportunities to get into the Grand Final, in 2017, 2016 and 2013.
The stat: Richmond was without eight of its current best 22 the last time these sides met in round 12, resulting in a 67-point loss for the Tigers. David Astbury, Shai Bolton, Nathan Broad, Brandon Ellis, Kane Lambert, Toby Nankervis and Jack Riewoldt all missed the clash.
The match-up: Dustin Martin v Patrick Dangerfield
While the two are unlikely to go head-to-head, the dynamic superstars will go a long way to influencing their teams’ fortunes, capable of dominating in the middle or out of the goalsquare.
It’s a big week for: Gary Ablett
Could a loss signal the end of Ablett’s storied career? The Little Master struggled to get into last week’s semi-final win, finishing with 14 touches and zero goals, his third-lowest tally for the year. But you can never write off an Ablett in September.
Big call: Schwarzwalder to get poleaxed after Richmond win their way through to another GF.
Mottsy’s Tip: Tigers by 25 points.
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