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Samoan Edwards leads Roos to Preliminary Final week

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Samoan-born forward, Aaron Edwards, was the stand out forward in today's AFL semi-final between North Melbourne and Hawthorn. In a match when all eyes were on the Hawks' twin towers of Lance "Buddy" Franklin and Jarryd Roughead, the "recycled" Edwards booted four goals and launched himself skyward to pull in one of the 2007 season's great marks. The forward is one of those rare success stories where a player is let go by a club (in this case West Coast) and plies his trade in a state league (the VFL), and is thrown a lifeline by a different AFL club. Edwards rewarded the Roos with his four which were the equal top contribution (with on-baller Brent Harvey) in a relatively low scoring game as North Melbourne redeemed themselves for last week's annihilation at the hands of Geelong, defeating Hawthorn 14.9 (93) to 8.12 (60). North now get a crack at Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium and Collingwood face the daunting task of Geelong, probably before close to a sell-out crowd of 100,000 at the MCG - the only risk to that being if Pies fans don't believe they have a genuine chance to winning.

AFL Samoa intends using Edwards as their inspiration for young Samoan boys taking to our sport and such heroics from the player can only help that cause. There aren't too many men of his size, carrying that much muscle bulk, who can leap high above a pack - maybe one day AFL scouts will turn their eyes to the South Pacific island to see if there's any more such talent.

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Samoan Edwards leads Roos to Preliminary Final week
Authored by: Ash Nugent on Sunday, September 16 2007 @ 06:59 pm ACST

I was at the game and Edwards took an absolute screamer last night. It would easily be up there for Mark of the Year but I think he's ineligible because they only look at marks taken in the Home and Away season.

I wouldn't worry too much about Collingwood not being serious about next week either. Melbourne papers are reporting that the Magpies have already begun taunting Geelong.

Samoan Edwards leads Roos to Preliminary Final week
Authored by: Brett Northey on Sunday, September 16 2007 @ 07:08 pm ACST

I'm sure most regular Magpies fans will be there, but I just wondered whether the occasional fan, the kind that pushes big crowds out to being massive crowds, wouldn't fancy their chances. Maybe Malthouse will borrow Port Adelaide's Mark Williams' voodoo doll - as soon as he started publicly questioning the Cats earlier in the year they started going down with injuries and Port snatched a narrow win. I suspect Geelong would be looking to play them in the Grand Final to extract some major retribution.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

Samoan Edwards leads Roos to Preliminary Final week
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Monday, September 17 2007 @ 11:47 am ACST

Probably an opportune time to remind or point out to some overseas folk that the Preliminary final is effectively the last of the 'fans' games.

The Grand Final tickets are so heavily allocated that just being a member of one's club is not enough. People require premium memberships to have guarranteed access to a GF ticket.

However - prelim final matches still effectively 'belong' to the 2 competing teams, and so the atmosphere at a packed Geel v Coll this Friday will probably surpass that at the Grand Final the following week. And that's why probably no one would contemplate NOT going.

btw - I can't get away over to Adelaide to see my Roos due prior commitments (but, gee, at 0-3, and Thommo out, we were destined for early draft picks!)

Edwards' spectacular mark
Authored by: Peter Parry on Monday, September 17 2007 @ 12:38 pm ACST
The Age newspaper in Melbourne had a story about Edwards' performance including a great photo of his inspirational mark - see it at: http://www.realfooty.com.au/news/news/kangaroo-edwards-puts-himself-forward/2007/09/15/1189277057424.html