The players who enhanced their reputations in week one of finals

SEN - Thu, 12th Sep 2019 - 0 Comments

Australian Football Hall of Famer Terry Wallace has named the players who he thinks enhanced their reputations during week one of the finals.

The opening week of the finals series saw Richmond and Collingwood progress through to preliminary finals with GWS and West Coast living to fight another day.

Wallace knows a thing or two about performing in September having won three premierships with Hawthorn during the club’s golden era in the 1980s.

"It’s the pointy end of the season, the best playing against the best … and usually the cream rises to the top,” he told SEN Afternoons.

"The intensity levels get higher, the need to perform gets higher and the reputations get greater.”

Below are the players who enhanced their reputations:

Luke Shuey (West Coast)

"He was a Norm Smith Medallist last year, in the first final since then I thought he was a real standout."

Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)

"He just tried to drag Geelong over the line almost by himself."

Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood)

"Pendles, in his 300th, has always been a big game performer. To do it again in the manner that he did was brilliant."

Steele Sidebottom (Collingwood)

"Coming into a final first up after a couple of weeks off with that type of injury … he did not miss a beat in that game."

Lachie Whitfield (GWS)

"He is just a serious, serious player. He is cream and he did it when the game was on."

Dylan Grimes and Dustin Martin (Richmond)

Luke Hodge (Brisbane)

"The only thing with him is I don’t think he can enhance his reputation any more than it already is."

This week sees Geelong host the Eagles at the MCG on Friday night and Brisbane taking on GWS under lights at the Gabba on Saturday night.

The winner of the two semi-finals will take on the Tigers and Magpies for a spot in the Grand Final.

Listen to Terry Wallace's chat on SEN Afternoons in the player below