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The guys made for the big ones

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has backed midfielder Liam Picken to perform against Hawthorn.
Liam Picken has stood up in the big games
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Ahead of this weekend’s preliminary finals, Sportfan’s Tadhg Kennelly named his top three most pivotal players so far in September. In the big games, these are the players who have stood up for their teams and are all vital to their chances of winning the flag. 

3. Liam Picken (Western Bulldogs)

"Some players are made for finals football," noted Kennelly to Sportsfan's Will McCloy.

"Liam Picken has been incredible for the Western Bulldogs."

"He's kicked six goals in two games as a small forward. He was a rugged tagger; now he's become a real genuine forward."

"He's taken contested marks … for a small man, he's had a big impact on what the Dogs have done."

"It's his energy, and his fight and want to keep the ball inside his forward line."

2. Jeremy Cameron (GWS)

"He was one coming into the finals who wasn’t playing great football," said Kennelly.

"Big-game players and big key-forwards are crucial to winning premierships."

"If he stands up through the next two weeks … they are a genuine chance of winning the grand final."

"They are premiership favourites right now … because of this guy and his ability to kick goals and stand up in big moments."

"Now he’s got the confidence that he’s up and going."

1. Josh Kennedy (Sydney Swans)

"You can’t go past Josh Kennedy," insisted Kennelly.

"He’s won numerous best and fairests, numerous All Australians … he’s tough, he's hard."

"The surprising thing about Josh that people don't know [is] he is extremely strong, [but] Josh does very little weights. He does no leg weights, does very little upper body [work]."

"He's just so naturally strong."

"He’s a huge thing for the Swans as far as the leadership goes, as far as actually winning that ball inside."

Check out Tadhg Kennelly's take on the big-game players leading into the preliminary final weekend here or by clicking the video player above