Just four clubs remain in the hunt for the AFL premiership, with Collingwood, Geelong, Sydney and Brisbane all set to ponder potential changes to their lineups for the penultimate weekend of the season.

Geelong could be forced into at least one change through injury, while Chris Scott is also set to ponder a potential tagger role in hope of locking down Lion Lachie Neale.mBrisbane will nervously await the verdict of Jarrod Berry's Tribunal hearing, while two key-position players are expected to return.

Surprising changes are all that may occur for Saturday's fixture, with the Swans and Magpies holding no injury concerns from their respective wins over the Demons and Dockers in the past fortnight.

Here are our predicted ins, outs and lineups for the third week of the finals...

Geelong vs Brisbane

Friday, September 16
MCG, 7:50pm (AEST)


Defender Jake Kolodjashnij is the only notable injury worry for the Cats after he was subbed out of his side's qualifying final win over Collingwood with a knee issue. Scans haven't ruled him out of playing on Friday night, but a confirmed call is yet to be made. The Lions' tall forward threat of Daniher, McStay and Hipwood may mean the Cats are hopeful Kolodjashnij is fit. QF medical sub Mark O'Connor firms as the obvious stand-in option and could be utilised in a run-wth role on Lachie Neale in midfield. Brandan Parfitt was a surprise omission to face the Magpies and could earn a reprieve or the sub duties against the Lions.

Ins: Mark O'Connor
Jake Kolodjashnij

FB: Zach Guthrie, Sam De KoningTom Stewart
HB: Jed BewsJack HenryZach Tuohy
C: Isaac SmithJoel SelwoodMax Holmes
HF: Mitch DuncanJeremy CameronPatrick Dangerfield
FF: Tyson StengleTom HawkinsBradley Close
FO: Rhys StanleyTom AtkinsCameron Guthrie
INT: Mark BlicavsGary Rohan, Mark O'Connor,  Gryan Miers

EMG: Sam Menegola, Cooper Stephens, Jonathon Ceglar, Brandan Parfitt

Attention will be solely set on Jarrod Berry's Tribunal hearing this week as he and the club fight a one-game suspension for unneccessary or unreasonable contact to the eye region on Melbourne's Clayton Oliver. It's expected the Lions look to have the 'intentional' conduct charge downgraded to 'careless', which would result in a fine and see berry free to play. The odds are against him however. Rhys Mathieson and Mitch Robinson among the options available to replace Berry. Meanwhile, Oscar McInerney is expected to return from concussion protocols and will likely take Darcy Fort's spot despite the second-string ruckman's solid efforts against the Demons. Joe Daniher also set to be picked after being a late out for the birth of his daughter, with Tom Fullarton making way.


Ins: Oscar McInerney, Joe Daniher, Rhys Mathieson
Outs: Jarrod Berry (suspension), Darcy Fort, Tom Fullarton

Joe Daniher during the round 22 AFL match between St Kilda and Brisbane on August 12, 2022 (Photo by Cameron Grimes / Zero Digital Media)

FB: Jack PayneDarcy GardinerBrandon Starcevich
HB: Keidean ColemanHarris AndrewsDaniel Rich
C: Zac BaileyLachie Neale, Deven Robertson
HF: Cameron RaynerEric HipwoodDaniel McStay
FF: Lincoln McCarthyJoe DaniherCharlie Cameron
FO: Oscar McInerneyHugh McCluggage, Dayne Zorko
INT: Darcy WilmotRhys MathiesonCallum Ah CheeNoah Answerth

EMG: Darcy FortTom Fullarton, Ryan LesterMitch Robinson

Sydney vs Collingwood

Saturday, September 17
SCG, 4:45pm (AEST)


Well rested after their qualifying final win over the Demons, Sydney aren't looking to make any forced changes at the time of writing. Dylan Stephens was phenominal in his maiden finals appearance and will hold his spot. Qualifying final medical sub Braeden Campbell a chance to retain the role, with Sam Wicks and Ben Ronke also likely to be considered.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 01: Dylan Stephens of the Swans celebrates kicking a goal during the round seven AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Geelong Cats at Sydney Cricket Ground on May 01, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Ins: N/A

FB: Tom McCartinDane RampeJake Lloyd
HB: Robbie FoxPaddy McCartinNick Blakey
C: Ryan ClarkeCallum MillsOliver Florent
HF: Errol GuldenLance FranklinWill Hayward
FF: Tom PapleyLogan McDonaldIsaac Heeney
FO: Tom HickeyLuke ParkerChad Warner
INT: James RowbottomSam ReidJustin McInerneyDylan Stephens

EMG: Sam WicksBraeden CampbellJoel AmarteyBen Ronke


Hard to see Collingwood making a change this weekend. In-form midfielder Jordan De Goey had his shoulder iced after Saturday night's win and will likely have his recent AC joint ailment monitored, but all signs suggest he's good to go. Darcy Moore was able to overcome illness to face Fremantle, with Craig McRae hopeful his side have seen the end of the flu bout that has hampered his side this season. Josh Carmichael the unused sub and likely to hold the role. Nathan Kreuger, Ollie Henry and Finlay Macrae also options.

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Ins: N/A

FB: Jeremy HoweDarcy MooreBrayden Maynard
HB: Isaac QuaynorNathan MurphyNick Daicos
C: Steele SidebottomScott PendleburyJosh Daicos
HF: Will Hoskin-ElliottAshley JohnsonJamie Elliott
FF: Beau McCreeryBrody MihocekJack Ginnivan
FO: Darcy CameronJack Crisp, Jordan De Goey
INT: Patrick LipinskiMason Cox, Trent BiancoJohn Noble

EMG: Oliver Henry, Finlay MacraeJosh Carmichael, Nathan Kreuger