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AFL 2021 LIVE updates: Goodwin tells Demons it’s time to ‘really shine’ against Cats

Key posts

  • The medical subs
  • ‘Conditions irrelevant’ says Yze
  • Watch: Melbourne v Geelong preview
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Finals experience (games played)

The Cats have a massive advantage in finals experience over the Demons tonight

MELBOURNE 70
Ben Brown 8, Jake Lever 6, Christian Salem 4, Christian Petracca 4, Tom McDonald 4, Jack Viney 4, Alex Neal-Bullen 4, Charlie Spargo 4, Max Gawn 4, Clayton Oliver 4, Angus Brayshaw 4, Michael Hibberd 4, James Harmes 4, Bayley Fritsch 3, Steven May 1, Jake Bowey 1, Harrison Petty 1, Trent Rivers 1, Tom Sparrow 1, Ed Langdon 1, Luke Jackson 1, Kysaiah Pickett 1, James Jordon 1

GEELONG 338
Joel Selwood 36, Tom Hawkins 28, Mitch Duncan 22, Isaac Smith 22, Gary Rohan 22, Patrick Dangerfield 22, Mark Blicavs 20, Lachie Henderson 17, Cameron Guthrie 17, Zach Tuohy 15, Jake Kolodjashnij 15, Sam Menegola 15, Jed Bews 14, Rhys Stanley 12, Shaun Higgins 12, Jeremy Cameron 11, Jack Henry 10, Gryan Miers 9, Tom Atkins 6, Esava Ratugolea 4, Zach Guthrie 3, Brad Close 2, Max Holmes 1

Joel Selwood.Credit:AFL Photos

The medical subs

No late changes for Demons or Cats. James Jordon (Demons) and Shaun Higgins (Demons) are the medical subs.

Demons veteran Nathan Jones has not come into the side. Interesting to see the Demons chose a first-year senior player to be their sub while the Cats have again gone with the vastly experienced Higgins.

No shortage of options…

‘Conditions irrelevant’ says Yze

Melbourne assistant coach Adam Yze says his side is ready to face their destiny in tonight’s preliminary final against Geelong in Perth.

Rain has been falling pre-game and the Demons have had to wait for two weeks to take on the Cats after winning in the first week of the finals.

But Yze said they were ready to go.

“It’s been a tough couple of weeks, the boys have trained hard and we were lucky enough to train here a couple of times,” Yze told Fox Footy.

“The conditions are irrelevant, the boys can’t wait to get out there.”

Watch: Melbourne v Geelong preview

Good evening

G’day everyone and welcome to tonight’s AFL preliminary final live blog as Melbourne Demons take on Geelong Cats for a place in the grand final. I’m Roy Ward and I’ll be leading the blog along with the great Ronny Lerner.

It’s been a long two weeks for Melbourne fans as they waited for tonight’s match while Geelong has had to do it the long way losing in week one then earning a clash with the Demons by winning last weekend’s semi final.

We will have plenty to bring to you tonight in the lead-up to the first bounce at 7.50pm AEST.

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