Click here for your ultimate guide to the 2018 Macca’s League Preliminary Final between Woodville-West Torrens and North Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.
PRELIMINARY FINAL – 2.15pm
Eagles v North Adelaide
Live telecast on Channel 7 Adelaide and 7Plus
Live video stream at sanfldigitalpass.com.au
Live radio on 1079 Life FM and via the SANFL App
Live radio on ABC Grandstand
WHAT THEY SAID
BY THE NUMBERS
Eagles have won seven of the past eight matches against North.
The Eagles’ first final (1991 Qualifying) and first finals win (1992 Qualifying) were against North.
Round 7 – North 14.7 (91) d Eagles 13.4 (82)
Round 14 – Eagles 18.13 (121) d North 8.10 (58)
Last Finals Meeting
2013 First Semi-Final – North 15.10 (100) d Eagles 12.11 (83)
Jack Hayes (Eagles) v Cameron Craig (North)
Pictured above, Jack Hayes and Cameron Craig are likely to be matched up against each other again inside the Eagles’ attacking 50m arc. Hayes has had no problem getting his hands on the ball during the major round but has been inaccurate in front of goal by recording a total of 1.4 across both finals. A strong mark overhead, Hayes’ ideal scenario is being able to play on to convert rather from a set shot. Craig has had another very solid season for the Roosters, displaying great discipline on his direct opponents while also threatening to take the odd contender for Statewide Super Mark of the Year.
Louis Sharrad (Eagles) v Aidan Tropiano (North)
Two of the Macca’s League’s toughest inside midfielders could go head-to-head in the centre square. Sharrad loves a scrap and isn’t afraid to win the hard ball at the stoppages. Tropiano is much the same but also found plenty of the ball to be the leading disposal-winner on the ground during last Sunday’s First Semi-Final win against Sturt. The Sandover Medallist had 34 touches, using most of them to positive affect against the Double Blues. He will need to watch Sharrad carefully at the stoppages, with the former Magpie making a habit of being the third man up to win a decisive hit out for his team.
Lewis Hender (North) v Patrick Giuffreda (Eagles)
The tough assignments keep coming for the Eagles co-captain and Sunday’s Preliminary Final promises to be no exception for the man known as ”Goofa.” After restricting Shane McAdam in the Qualifying Final and keeping Norwood livewire Simon Phillips goalless in the Second Semi-Final, Giuffreda will now likely turn his attention to the red hot Hender, who had a huge influence on the First Semi-Final. Hender was particularly prominent early when there was plenty of heat in the contest before finishing with five goals and 25 disposals. The creative left-footer doesn’t need to have much of the ball to have a damaging impact on the contest so Giuffreda will be watching him closely.
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