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North Magarey Medallist Campbell Combe puts pressure on Eagle Jordan Foote in the Second Semi Final. Could they meet in Sunday's Grand Final?

By Zac Milbank


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By The Numbers

Overall Record
Played: 85
Eagles: 56
North: 29

Played: 10
Eagles: 3
North: 7

At Adelaide Oval
Played: 8
Eagles: 3
North: 5

2020 Meetings
2nd Semi Final – North 11.11 (77) d Eagles 9.8 (62) at Adelaide Oval
Round 11 – Eagles 10.9 (69) d North 6.8 (44) at Maughan Thiem Kia Oval
Round 4 – Eagles 10.9 (69) d North 7.12 (54) at Prospect Oval

Last Three Finals
2020 2nd Semi Final – North 11.11 (77) d Eagles 9.8 (62)
2018 Preliminary – North 15.10 (100) d Eagles 14.11 (95)
2013 1st Semi Final – North 15.10 (100) d Eagles 12.11 (83)

Last Grand Final Wins
North – 2018 North 19.10 (124) d Norwood 15.15 (105) at Adelaide Oval
Eagles – 2011 Eagles 12.9 (81) d Central 11.12 (78) at Football Park

Both clubs have never met in a League Grand Final.

In the 1949 Grand Final, North Adelaide 13.17 (95) d West Torrens 9.18 (72) at Adelaide Oval 

What They Said

Key Match-Ups

Campbell Combe (North) v Jordan Foote (Eagles)
The newly-crowned Magarey Medallist gets his first opportunity to shine after winning SANFL’s fairest and most brilliant individual trophy. Campbell Combe laid a staggering 19 tackles against the Eagles in the Second Semi Final and he will be looking to ensure Jordan Foote doesn’t escape his clutches on the big stage. Foote nursed a slight calf injury in the last term of the Preliminary Final but it was precautionary as those in the know at Oval Avenue understand how vital he is to their premiership chances.

Lewis Hender (North) v Lachlan Jones (Eagles)
Hender is the sort of player who could turn a Grand Final on its head such is his impact with minimal disposals. The classy Roosters forward was a member of the 2018 premiership side and will be looking to hit the scoreboard just as he did in kicking the sealing goal against the Eagles in the Second Semi Final. Standing in his way will be exciting teenager Lachlan Jones, who will be setting himself for what looms as his last game for the club ahead of December’s AFL Draft. Jones’ fierce attack on the football has been a feature as well as his versatility.

James Rowe (Eagles) v Ben Jarman (North)
Could we see the former Henley Footy Club teammates stand each other on Grand Final day? Both sons of former Crows players, Rowe and Jarman could play out a fascinating duel inside the Eagles’ attacking 50m arc. Rowe was sensational with his five-goal haul to break open the Preliminary Final against South, often working higher up the ground to impact the contest. Jarman has been revitalised by coach Jacob Surjan this season, assigning him a rebounding defensive role where he can use his exceptional kicking skills.


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