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Daniel Talia Presser September 14 Daniel Talia speaks to media in the lead up to our preliminary final next Friday.
AFL 2017 First Qualifying Final - Adelaide v GWS Giants

Daniel Talia

We're in a really strong position mentally and physically to have a crack at getting in the Grand Final.

Adelaide defender Daniel Talia wants to get rid of the pre-finals bye, with the Crows set to hold a mini-match to keep themselves primed for a premiership assault.

The Crows will play only two games in four weeks ahead of next Friday night's Preliminary Final against Geelong or Sydney.

"I'd probably like to see it scrapped, to be honest," Talia told reporters.

"It halts a bit of momentum, but that's up to the AFL.

"My opinion's not going to change that.

"I just think that team that wins the first week, you've got two byes in three weeks and I'm not a huge fan of it, but that's for the AFL to decide."

The Crows will have an internal game on Saturday to ensure they won't be flat and short of match practice.

Both of last year's winning qualifying finalists failed to make the Grand Final.

With 15 days between their Qualifying Final and Preliminary Final, the Crows spent a couple of days on the Gold Coast this week to freshen up.

The Crows will have a solid training session at Football Park on Saturday, which will include a practice game.

"We've got a really big session coming up on Saturday where we're going to do a bit of match-play and keep it as normal as possible and treat it almost like a game," Talia said.

"For us, we can focus on that and not worry about what's going on on the weekend, other than the game on Friday night, we'll take an interest in that.

"We're in a really strong position mentally and physically to have a crack at getting in the Grand Final."

Talia will have played one game in five weeks after he missed the Round 23 loss to West Coast with an ankle injury, but he was confident he wouldn't be short of a run after putting in the work on the training track.

"If you train with the right intensity and the right purpose and compete with the right guys at training, it doesn't feel like you've missed much footy," he said.

"But if you're not training and not getting that continuity in playing, it can definitely halt your momentum and the way you play footy.

"If you treat it the right way, it's not a big issue, but if you weren't getting that match practice in, I think it could affect you."