The final four have been revealed as the two dominant sides easily accounted for their lower ranked opponents and AFLPlayers.com.au have found those who played an underrated hand from the weekend’s play.
Geelong: Darcy Lang
Brought in for his first game since Round 14, Darcy Lang couldn’t have made a bigger impression. The 21-year-old collected 24 disposals — 18 uncontested — took 10 marks and laid six tackles as the Cats stormed into their eighth Preliminary Final in 11 years. Lang also rarely wasted a possession, disposing the ball at 87 per cent efficiency, all but securing his place in next week’s blockbuster at Adelaide Oval.
Sydney: Zak Jones
In a game where there weren’t many contributors for the Swans, Zak Jones never stopped trying. The younger brother of Melbourne’s co-captain only collected the 17 touches — his sixth lowest tally for the year — but used the ball at 82 per cent efficiency to be one of the club’s best distributors.
GWS: Jonathon Patton
While Stevie J stole the show in the second semi-final, teammate Jonathon Patton complemented the retiring champion well in the Giants forward line. Patton collected a career-high 23 disposals, kicked two goals and took 10 marks while continuing to work up and down the ground. The Giants will need another big effort from the premier forward if they’re to overcome a rampaging Richmond next weekend.
West Coast: Tom Barrass
It was a tough night at the office for the Eagles who bowed out in underwhelming fashion but Tom Barrass is one who can hold his head high. The strong-marking Eagle contributed 12 one-percenters and seven marks to continue to thwart the Giants’ attacks, particularly in the early portion of the match. The key position defender also didn’t waste any of his 15 disposals, using the ball at 100 per cent efficiency.