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AFL Round 7 Selections by Graeme Kelly

A rampant Geelong and a combative Collingwood will travel across the content to meet in a blockbuster clash at Optus Stadium in Perth on Thursday night.

It is a tough assignment for both sides but despite the long journey they will be chockfull of confidence after scoring convincing wins in Round 6.

The Cats humbled Brisbane at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Magpies were untroubled to defeat Hawthorn at Giants Stadium.

Geelong virtually won the match against the Lions will a brilliant seven goal to one point burst, in the third quarter.

The effort was even more impressive considering the Cats lost midfielders Mitch Duncan and Quinton Narkle in the first quarter.

The Magpies will have trouble – as any side will – handling Patrick Dangerfield, who was again a driving force against the Lions.

Sam Menegola, along with Joel Selwood and Gary Ablett, will also represent problems for Collingwood while Tom Hawkins and Gary Rohan are becoming increasingly effective in attack.

The Magpies headed west from Sydney after scoring a comprehensive 32-point win over the Hawks.

Fortunately, considering the ability of the Geelong forwards, Darcy Moore is playing in exceptional form in defence for the Magpies.

Isaac Quaynor, Adam Treloar and Scott Pendlebury can be relied upon to be prolific kick winners while Brody Mihocek, who scored four goals against the Hawks, is a proven strong marking, accurate kicking forward.

In the end the Cats should have the edge, but only narrowly.

Another vital encounter will be between Greater Western Sydney and Brisbane at Giants Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Giants, 10th, and Brisbane, third, both need the win after disappointing losses last week.

Interestingly G.W.S.’s players seemed to lack the necessary fitness to combat Port Adelaide at Metricon Stadium while the Lions were completely lost when the Cats unleashed their devastating third quarter display.

The home ground advantage should provide the advantage the Giants need to win this one.

After playing at the Gabba in Round 5, then at Metricon, Power – the league leaders – return to the Gabba for a clash with Carlton on Sunday afternoon.

A lot will depend on the outcome for the Blues, who thrashed a disheartened Western Bulldogs by 52 points.

That was a significant win for the Blues and the club will be out to prove it is a serious finals contender by beating the Power and might just do so.

The round extends into Monday when St. Kilda and Adelaide confront each other at Adelaide Oval.

The Crows are really struggling and the Saints will be desperate for another win after being downed, rather surprisingly, by Fremantle.

St Kilda are far harder to beat at Marvel Stadium than elsewhere which gives Adelaide a golden opportunity to register its first victory of the season in a close one.

 

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