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Aussie Rules: A look at the week ahead

We have a hectic week of sporting action to look forward to in the week ahead with the AFL grand final set to take place along with the NRL preliminary finals, international rugby union, soccer and cricket.

It does not get any bigger than the AFL grand final on the Australian sporting calendar and the date is finally here.

The build up to the grand final has already started and the excitement will continue to gather in the days ahead as Geelong prepare to take on the Sydney Swans.

Not only that we are closing in on the NRL grand final and have two cracking preliminary finals to look forward to on Friday and Saturday.

It is one of the busiest weeks we have had in a while with international cricket, rugby union and soccer on the agenda for Australia.

The men’s cricket side are set to face India in three T20 internationals, while the Wallabies will be out for revenge when they face New Zealand in the Rugby Championship.

And just to round off the week the Socceroos are back in action as preparations for the FIFA World Cup get underway with two games against New Zealand.

It is a bumper week so let’s take a closer look at what is coming up.


 

AFL – Grand Final Geelong v Sydney Swans

After a super exciting AFL campaign in 2022 it now comes down to just one game, the grand final at the MCG.

It has all the makings of a cracking game as Geelong and the Sydney Swans do battle for the flag and it will be a tough one to call.

Geelong booked their place in the big dance with a comfortable win over the Brisbane Lions, while the Swans edged out Collingwood by one point to join them in the grand final.

The last time Geelong won the flag was back in 2011 and they suffered heartbreak back in 2020 when losing to Richmond in the grand final.

They have been the top team of 2022 but it will all count for nothing unless they can get the job done on Saturday.

Sydney last won the premiership back in 2012 and have a total of five grand final wins to their name.

NRL – Preliminary Finals

It is preliminary final time in the NRL and again there are two exciting games to look forward to this week.

The first preliminary final will see the North Queensland Cowboys entertain the Parramatta Eels in Townsville on the Friday night, kick-off 19:50 (AEST).

The Eels overcame the Canberra Raiders with ease in the semi-final and will need to raise their game again against the Cowboys, who have enjoyed a week off.

The second preliminary could be an absolute cracker when minor premiers Penrith take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs in a repeat of last season’s grand final.

Souths beat the Cronulla Sharks to book a date with the Panthers at Accor Stadium on Saturday night, kick-off 19:50 (AEST).


 

Rugby Union -  New Zealand v Wallabies

The Wallabies are still licking their wounds after losing the Bledisloe Cup clash against the All Blacks in controversial circumstances last week.

They will be keen for revenge but will have to win at Eden Park, something they have not done in 36 years at the famous venue.

The Rugby Championship is now out of reach but there is pride to play for and the Wallabies will be going all out for the win.


 

Soccer – Socceroos v New Zealand

The Socceroos will begin their World Cup campaign when they take on the might of France in the opening group game on 23rd November.

As things stand they have two friendly matches against New Zealand and both of them will be played in the week ahead.

The first game will take place on Australia soil on Thursday 22nd September. It will take place at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane before they cross the Tasman to take on the Kiwis at Eden Park on Sunday 25th September.

Graham Arnold has named a 31-man squad and plans to field a different starting eleven in each game.


 

Cricket – India v Australia

Australia begin their preparations for the T20 World Cup with a three-match series against India in the week ahead.

All three games will be played in India with the first match taking place on Tuesday 20th September, before further games on the 23rd and 25th September to wrap up the series.

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