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Misiti vs Bradley

Who would you rather have ?

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EVEN at 36, Carlton's Craig Bradley remains one of the competition's premier running players.

And in 330 games with the Blues he has proved himself one of the greats of the code.

He's won three best and fairests, finished second four times and third twice, plus being named All-Australian seven times.

Essendon centreman Joe Misiti, 25, is at the peak of his powers after 159 games.

Enjoying an excellent if unsung season, Misiti has placed in his club's best-and-fairest top three on three occasions in the past four years.

This year the pair both get the ball on average around 24 times a game and will be key players on Friday night.

CRAIG BRADLEY

Kicking

When in space has very good disposal. Under pressure will kick quickly downfield, something opponents should be aware of.

Pace

Like Kevin Bartlett before him, the superbly fit Bradley retains his leg speed, an asset he uses to go on long, bouncing runs.

Versatility

Can play half-back, wing, centre, onball, half-forward or either pocket. Would also be capable of playing full-forward if given the chance one out.

Tagging

Has been both the tagger and tagged in his career and does both with aplomb, something Garry Hocking would attest to. Can shake a tag by moving to half-back or outrunning his opponent.

Toughness

Despite opposition supporters calling him a squib for years, the reality is Bradley has never shirked an issue. If he was under every pack, Carlton would miss his run.

Handball

As his stats this year show (248 kicks, 155 handballs), kicking is his priority, as it should be when you have his pace. Sometimes uses handball to get out of trouble.

Best skills

Kicking on the run, leadership, smartness and leg speed.

Big games

As is expected of a champion, his record stands up when it matters most.

JOE MISITI

Kicking

Not overly long but a measured and straight exponent of the drop-punt. Normally uses the ball to his team's advantage.

Pace

Like Brett Ratten, isn't overly quick yet relies on reading the play and sure ball-handling to overcome a lack of leg speed.

Versatility

Fairly limited in that he really does appeal as a centreman/ruck-rover and not much else. And as such is one of the few Bombers who has regularly played the same position.

Tagging

Has sometimes struggled in the past when manned up for four quarters. This season he's been given a surprising amount of latitude, although maybe it's a case of just who do you tag at Essendon.

Toughness

Not a real in-and-under player in the mould of Adrian Fletcher, but clever enough and sure enough with his hands to avoid the big bangs. Just floats around the ground at his own pace.

Handball

Has one handball for every kick (222 kicks, 221 handballs), so as you would expect is good with his hands. Needs to be to make up for lack of leg speed and is creative with his hands.

Best skills

Very good at most things, although only outstanding at accumulating possessions, which is a handy start.

Big games

A good finals series would reinforce that he belongs in the competition's upper echelon.
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