Then there were five.
The AFL’s finals series is getting down to the pointy end, with the five Hampden league exports still a chance to be a part of the action.
Camperdown’s Easton Wood and Ken Hinkley, Cobden’s Gary Rohan, Koroit’s Willem Drew and South Warrnambool’s Jamarra Ugle-Hagan all remain in the hunt for glory with their respective clubs.
Wood and Ugle-Hagan with the Western Bulldogs, Hinkley and Drew with Port Adelaide and Rohan with Geelong.
Wood has been selected in the back pocket for his side’s preliminary final clash against the Power.
The Bulldogs earned their spot after a thrilling one point win over Brisbane Lions, while the Power enjoyed a week’s break after its qualifying final win over Geelong.
Ugle-Hagan has missed selection this week, but will continue to put his hand up at training for a spot in the grand final if the Bulldogs progress.
Hinkley will lead the Power into its second successive prelim, while Drew will play in his first after being named rover.
The pair’s clash will be played at Adelaide Oval tomorrow night at 7.30pm,
Rohan produced a more prominent display in the Cats semi-final win over Greater Western Sydney Giants to book a spot in the other preliminary final against Melbourne.
The two sides played out a last-round thriller three weeks ago, with Max Gawn kicking a goal after the siren to claim the minor premiership.
The pair’s clash will be played at Perth’s Optus Stadium tonight starting at 7.50pm.
The Cats win over the Giants subsequently ended South Warrnambool’s Leon Cameron’s season.
The Giants coach lost no admirers for taking his side to the preliminary final after encountering numerous COVID challenges throughout the season.