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Statewide Super League Second Semi Final Preview

By Zac Milbank


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By The Numbers

Overall Record
Played: 84
Eagles: 56
North: 28

Played: 9
Eagles: 3
North: 6

At Adelaide Oval
Played: 7
Eagles: 3
North: 4

2020 Meetings
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
2018 Preliminary – North 15.10 (100) d Eagles 14.11 (95)
2013 1st Semi Final – North 15.10 (100) d Eagles 12.11 (83)
2012 Elimination Final – North 15.5 (95) d Eagles 12.15 (87)

What They Said

Key Match-Ups

Jack Hayes (Eagles) v Tanner Smith (North)
He’s been touted by opposition coaches as the one player they would love to recruit and now the Eagles’ Jack Hayes is set to show why in the major round. Extremely versatile, Hayes is an incredibly strong contested mark in attack while also being able to relieve Jarrad Redden in the ruck. Missed Round 14 with a minor ankle injury but is fully fit for the Second Semi. Smith has missed the past two games with a foot injury but will be a welcome addition to the Roosters defence. Expect him to play a major role in trying to quell Hayes’ influence.

Jordan Foote (Eagles) v Andrew Moore (North)
These two are among the best big-bodied midfielders in the competition with their sizeable influence at the stoppages. Foote has been building strong form in the second half of the season while also being a danger around the goals as evidenced by the 3.4 he kicked against Glenelg in Round 12. Moore was viewed as one of the favourites for the Magarey Medal before injuring his hamstring in Round 11. The Roosters’ joint vice-captain has since missed the past three minor round matches giving him limited preparation heading into the Second Semi Final.

Lachlan Jones (Eagles) v Lewis Hender (North)
If this match-up eventuates it could be one of the most exciting in the Second Semi Final. Hender is an extremely dangerous and unpredictable premiership forward, who can play tall or small such is his spring in the air. Once the ball hits the ground he loves to go to work on his left foot from tight angles in the pocket. Jones, one of SA’s brightest AFL Draft prospects this year, has thrived on all challenges thrown at him by coach Jade Sheedy this year. The Power Next Generation Academy prospect loves to fly high for his marks while also spoiling strongly when the time comes. And with his raking kick from defence, the 18-year-old also provides plenty of rebound for the Eagles.

Eagle Jack Hayes in action in Round 3 this year.