Almost overshadowing the upcoming next round of the finals is 2009 No.1 draft pick Tom Scully. Scully was signed with the Melbourne Demons, but after months of rumor has resigned with the new Greater Western Sydney club. All are wondering how much Scully will be paid. The media are throwing out figures close to $6 million over six years to the potential champion. Not bad for playing 31 AFL games so far.
Friday night at the MCG, Hawthorn take on Sydney. This finals clash will be a ripper. The Swans are the danger team, with few injuries and setbacks, and are boosted by a solid win over St. Kilda last week. Combine this with the big question over Hawks star Buddy Franklin's injury, and things are looking good for Sydney.
Saturday night in Perth sees West Coast take on Carlton. The Eagles will need to shut down Blues star Chris Judd to have any chance. Judd's statistics this season show he dominates the game. The Eagles will be leaning heavily on their home-ground advantage to take one more step towards the final prize.
Whatever the result of these games, the winners go on next week to play Collingwood and Geelong. The winner of those games enter the AFL Grand Final Saturday 1st October. If the tipsters are right, this week's semi-final matches will mean nothing! The majority of The Age newspaper pollsters pointing to a Geelong vs Collingwood Grand Final. Both teams earn a rest this week.
AFL Church Service
A Collingwood Grand Final goes well for Pies' chaplain Brendon Nottle. He will be speaking at the AFL Grand Final Service on Wednesday 28th September, 1pm at Scots Presbyterian in the Melbourne CBD. All are welcome to hear Capt. Nottle, who works with the CBD Salvation Army, share a message about Jesus. A BBQ in Collins St and Premiership Cup on display will make it an event worth attending.
More details at: scotschurch.com/whats-on/details/575-grand-final-service