MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Brodie Grundy of the Magpies and Shane Mumford of the Giants compete in the ruck during the AFL Preliminary Final match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 21, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Four years on from their dramatic 2019 preliminary final battle, Collingwood and GWS will do battle once again for the first spot in this year's Grand Final.

It will be two very different teams that line up on Friday night for the Magpies and Giants compared to 2019's rendition, with plenty of new faces on either side and one player even crossing to the opposition since then.

Ahead of Friday night's sold-out blockbuster, we take a look back at the outcome of the 2019 preliminary final, as well as the changes that have taken place at both clubs since then.


1. The Outcome

The Giants' victory in 2019 was perhaps one of the biggest upsets in finals history. After defeating Geelong in week one of the finals, Collingwood was expected to return to the grand final after their heartbreaking grand final loss in 2018.

However, a five-goal third quarter from the Giants set up the victory and paved the way for the club's first grand final appearance in club history. Even bigger was the fact that they won without stars Toby Greene, Lachie Whitfield, Stephen Coniglio, and Callan Ward.

A resurgence from Collingwood in the final quarter almost saw them take victory, kicking 4.5 to the Giants' 1.1, however, inaccuracy and their poor third quarter proved costly, with their comeback coming too late.

Brodie Grundy was best-on-ground with 25 disposals, a monumental 73 hitouts, and 10 clearances, while then-GWS midfielder Tim Taranto stood up in the absence of the Giants' sidelined midfielders, finishing with 26 disposals, five marks, six tackles and a goal.

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