GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 09: Gary Ablett and Mitch Duncan of the Cats celebrate a goal during the round 12 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at GMHBA Stadium on June 9, 2018 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Preliminary final week is arguably the biggest week of footy for the year, the opportunity to qualify for the big dance.

Over the years we have seen some truly incredible individual performances during the penultimate week of the season.

Anthony Koutoufidies in 1999 against the Bombers, Jarryd Roughhead against the Power in 2014 and who can forget Gary Ablett against the Pies in 2007.

Performances that carried their team to victory, now we look at the 10 best performances from the 2020 preliminary final weekend.

10. Connor Rozee (Port Adelaide)

The second-year star has dimmed his lights a touch this year compared to the lofty standards he set in 2019, however, when the big stage arrived, Rozee stepped up. Two brilliant goals were the trademark of the mercurial forwards game, suspect he will play a big role in some big finals going forward.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 26: Connor Rozee of the Power celebrates after kicking a goal with Zak Butters of the Power during the round 6 AFL match between Port Adelaide and North Melbourne at Adelaide Oval on April 26, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

9. Brandan Parfitt (Geelong)

It wasn’t Parfitt’s best game by numbers by any means, but his composure with ball in hand when the game was in the balance was brilliant. In last years preliminary final he looked a tad overwhelmed and didn’t handle the pace of the game, but this year he showed his improvement and was a key in the Cats win.

GEELONG, AUSTRALIA – MAY 26: Brandan Parfitt of the Cats (left) congratulates Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats on a goal during the 2018 AFL round 10 match between the Geelong Cats and the Carlton Blues at GMHBA Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

8. Dustin Martin (Richmond)

Not at his best Dusty but he’s a big game player who knows how to pick a moment, he started like a house on fire and booted two first-half goals to keep the Tigers in-touch when Port had the momentum.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 07: Dustin Martin of the Tigers celebrates during the 2019 AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Brisbane Lions and the Richmond Tigers at The Gabba on September 07, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

7. Mitch Duncan (Geelong)

Arguably the games most underrated player, Duncan has had an unbelievable finals series. He again stepped up in the crunch and in a game where the ball was red-hot, his class and poise with ball-in-hand was key to separating the two teams.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 17: Mitch Duncan of the Cats celebrates a goal during the 2017 AFL round 04 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 17, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

6. Kane Lambert (Richmond)

Lambert has been one of the Tigers most important players in their period of dominance, he didn’t have his best night but he came up big in the clutch, booting two goals that proved to be the game winners. His snap from the boundary after a controversial free-kick will live in the memory of Tigers fans forever should they win next week.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 30: Kane Lambert of the Tigers celebrates during the 2017 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 30, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

5. Brad Ebert (Port Adelaide)

Ebert’s last act of his AFL career was typical of the courage Ebert has displayed for his whole career, going back with the flight of the ball and spoiling a certain mark for Jack Riewoldt, saving a goal. But his game leading up to that point was superb, he was tough and did everything he could to get his team over the line.

4. Gary Ablett (Geelong)

Class is permanent, as age catches up with our games champions the best have the ability to harness their best. They may not be able to dominate a whole game but when the moment calls for it, they step up and show us a glimpse of their best.

Ablett did so, he wasn’t ready to bow out just yet and his third quarter was huge, his two goals were crucial. The second of which is trademark Gary Ablett, a running goal from outside 50 wound the clock back. His third quarter allowed the Cats to hold off a Brisbane come back.

3. Gary Rohan (Geelong)

Rohan’s performance was made all the bigger by his poor finals record. He has struggled to find his best or any form really when it comes to the finals, but on Saturday night he played like a man possessed.

GEELONG, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 28: Gary Rohan of the Cats celebrates a goal during the 2019 AFL round 06 match between the Geelong Cats and the West Coast Eagles at GMHBA Stadium on April 28, 2019 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos)

He was not going to let that record get the better of him. That takes a lot of mental strength and his three goals were just reward for hard work.

2. Tom Hawkins (Geelong)

Hawkins has recovered from a poor first final in fine fashion in the last fortnight. While he only booted 2 goals, he kept Brisbane defender Harris Andrews busy which allowed Geelong’s other forwards to get in on the act. The role Hawkins played was crucial in the Cats victory.

GEELONG, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 30: Joel Selwood of the Cats is congratulated by Tom Hawkins after kicking a goal during the round 23 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Brisbane Lions at Simonds Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
  1. Toby Nankervis (Richmond)

The big ‘Nank’ came up strong when his team needed him, dominating the airways late in the game and provided a level of safety the Tigers defence needed as the Power peppered the forward half.

He clunked some big grabs including a game-winner in the final minute. With no Ivan Soldo, Nankervis has had to step up and boy has he, a huge boost going into next week’s decider.