Sydney will have to overcome both Melbourne’s wild weather and their horror recent run at the MCG if they are to knock off Carlton in Friday night’s elimination final.
The Swans have not recorded a win at the MCG this season in worrying signs for coach John Longmire, amid fears last year’s brutal grand final demolition job by Geelong has left lingering scars.
Amid the severe weather currently sweeping across Victoria, Sydney will take on one of the in-form teams of the competition in Carlton for a place in the semi finals.
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The Blues are riding a massive wave of momentum, having won nine-straight games before their final round loss to GWS.
But with captain Patrick Cripps back, and Sam Docherty and ruck Marc Pittonet returning it’s a bolstered Blues outfit who will play the club’s first final since 2013.
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Interestingly, it was the Swans who ended Carlton’s charge in that finals series – but only two players remain in Sydney’s line up from that win.
It’s been more than six years since these two sides have faced off at the MCG – in their only meeting at the venue since the qualifying final of 1986.
In fact, the last time Sydney beat Carlton at the MCG was way back in 1918 in ominous signs for the Swans’ hopes on Friday night.
This match gets underway at 7:50pm AEST from the MCG.
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There was no late change to either side with Jesse Motlop (Carlton) and Robbie Fox (Sydney) named as the subs.
It wasn’t a great start by the Swans pre-game with their banner falling apart in the windy conditions.
And it didn’t get much better from the opening bounce as Sam Docherty got the Blues off to a hot start, and his teammates quickly got around him.
Just seconds later, Charlie Curnow dribbled through his side’s second as the big MCG crowd erupted.
“The Swans just need to take a breath – they are under siege in this early stage,” former Swan Jude Bolton said.
“They couldn’t have started better, Carlton,” commentator Matthew Richardson added.
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