Will Stevie J get one more chance?

Wednesday, 06 September 2017, 12:14:35 PM. D-DAY has arrived for Steve Johnson ahead of the opening week of finals.

The Giants will name their team to take on Adelaide tonight, with Johnson under intense pressure to maintain his spot in the side.

The veteran forward put in a shocker against Geelong in Round 23, with many questioning if he had anything left in the tank.

The Crows have their own set of selection headaches.


Adelaide coach Don Pyke was far from committed to the concept of playing Rory Sloane just eight days after the All-Australian midfielder had appendix surgery.

“He had a light run this morning,” Pyke said of Sloane. “We will finalise that this afternoon.

“We will weigh up what is best for him — and best for the team as well.

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Will Rory Sloane get up for the Crows? Picture: Sarah ReedSource:News Corp Australia

“It is a discussion on whether he is fit and available,” added Pyke in answering the question on whether Sloane had been cleared by his doctors.”

Essendon’s Orazio Fantasia and Michael Hurley look set to take on Sydney in the AFL elimination final after completing training but Cale Hooker was a notable absentee.

Fantasia (hamstring) and Hurley (calf) took part in the Bombers’ training drills on Wednesday and match simulation and moved well.

But swingman Hooker did some passing drills with a trainer and spent time on the sidelines talking to the team doctor without joining the main group. Teammate Brendon Goddard said Hooker had done some non-weight bearing running inside instead of training with teammates and, given his value to the team, he would be given until the last minute.

“We’d like to have him there and he’s doing everything he can,” Goddard said. “He’s running on the Alter-G machine so we’ll get a gauge of how he pulls up.” Goddard said he had spoken with Hurley and Fantasia after Wednesday’s session and the pair told him they were confident of facing the Swans at the SCG on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Geelong coach Chris Scott says the unique nature of the Richmond forward set-up and the prospect of cold and wet conditions will affect the make-up of the Cats team for Friday night’s AFL qualifying final.

Geelong will make at least one change, with skipper Joel Selwood certain to return after recovering from ankle surgery.

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Who will Joel Selwood replace in the Geelong side? Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

The Tigers have had great success this year using Jack Riewoldt as their only tall marking option in attack, supported by a host of fleet-footed types at ground level.

It raises the prospect of the Cats leaving out a key-position player such as combative youngster Wylie Buzza.



Such a move could free up swingman Harry Taylor to reprise his successful defensive forward’s role against four-time All-Australian Alex Rance from the most recent meeting between the sides in round 21, when the Cats won by 14 points.

“We’re not a team who say that irrespective of the opposition and irrespective of the weather we just roll out the same 22 in the same spots — we put some work into that,” Scott said on Wednesday.

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