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Final holds no fears

Lee Gaskin, AFL Media  September 23, 2017 11:30 AM

AFL 2017 First Preliminary Final - Adelaide v Geelong

Crows forward Tom Lynch

It will be a fierce contest, that's for sure and it will be anyone's game

Adelaide forward Tom Lynch believes the Crows have shown without a doubt their style of football holds up in the finals.

And playing on the wider surrounds of the MCG – a venue the Crows have only visited sparingly this year – won't be a daunting prospect in the Grand Final.

The minor premiers returned to the club's West Lakes headquarters on Saturday morning excited at the prospect of breaking a 19-year premiership drought.

The Crows easily accounted for Geelong by 61 points in Friday night's Preliminary Final in front of a record crowd at Adelaide Oval.

The MCG doesn't hold any fears for the Crows, having won four of their past five games at the ground, along with a draw against Collingwood.

"We feel the brand of footy we play stands up in finals, hopefully we can do that again," Lynch said on Saturday.

"I wouldn't have thought there's any factors will come into a Grand Final day.

"It will be a fierce contest, that's for sure and it will be anyone's game."

Lynch was confident star midfielder Rory Sloane wouldn't earn the ire of the match review panel after his strong collision with Brownlow Medallist Patrick Dangerfield.

"I wouldn’t have thought so, they both went for the ball and they both just ran into each other," Lynch said.

Sloane made contact with Dangerfield's head, but the Cats superstar played the second half.

Lynch said it was important to recognise the significance of Friday night's victory before turning focus to the Grand Final against the winner of Saturday afternoon's preliminary final between Richmond and Greater Western Sydney.

"You've got to enjoy it," he said.

"They're extremely difficult to win, prelim finals, but I'm sure we won't reflect too much about it unless we go on with it.

"The guys will take a couple days to recover and refresh and lick their wounds, but then we'll move on pretty quickly and enjoy the week for what it is."

The Crows will hold an open training session at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday morning.