Round 22 AFL Preview

Melbourne vs Sydney @ The MCG - 19:50

Our first game of Round 22 sees the Sydney Swans travel to the MCG to take on the Melbourne Demons in a match that will have zero impact on the Top 8, and will only give the winning team a boost as they make plans for the 2020 pre-season. Both of these teams are coming off solid (Sydney) and very good (Melbourne) seasons in 2018, but both have had very disappointing years in 2019 that will see them likely to finish in the bottom quarter of the ladder. For the Demons, Steven May looks like missing the rest of the year, and at the Swans, they don't have any further injury worries, so should be looking to include players they can move forward with next season. Max Gawn should rack up over 50 hit-outs in this match, giving the Dees first use of the ball often enough to get a win.
Melbourne by 14 points

Carlton vs St. Kilda @ The MCG - 13:45

On Saturday afternoon the MCG will play host to a match between the Carlton Blues and…

Round 21 AFL Review

GWS Giants 4.5.29 defeated by Hawthorn 13.7.85

In a first for not only the Giants and Hawthorn but for the entire history of the AFL, on Friday night at UNSW in Canberra, it snowed during a match of footy. While this happens all the time in European and American sports, it was an Australian first, and it made for a very impressive sight! Perhaps the snow and cold were why the Giants appeared to do everything slower than their Hawthorn opponents. Whatever it was, the Hawks made them pay by keeping GWS to it's lowest ever score; hey, that's two firsts in the one match! Nice work AFL. Having lost their key-forward, Jack Gunston, before the match had begun, the Hawks spread the goal-kicking around, with nine players getting on the scoreboard. While the midfield dominated the Giants, again it was James Sicily (33 Disp, 6 Marks) who marshalled the troops down back, keeping the Coleman Medal leader to a single goal.

Melbourne 7.11.53 defeated by Collingwood 1…

Round 21 AFL Preview

GWS Giants vs Hawthorn @ UNSW Canberra - 19:50

Our Friday night match-up takes us to... Canberra? (yep, that's what the fixture says!) where the 5th placed GWS Giants are at 'home' to a Hawthorn outfit that may have found themselves out of finals contention after their loss to the Kangaroos last weekend. The last time these two teams met it was at the MCG in Round 8, where the Hawks kept the Giants to one goal, four points for the entire second half of the match, a feat they will need to achieve again if they are to get past a Giants team that is very much still in the hunt for a Top 4 berth. Will the Hawks Mathew Walker get a promotion after kicking 9 goals from 12 attempts in the VFL, and what will the Giants do with Jeremy Cameron and Josh Kelly as they return from injury? If either is right for a call-up, it will be a big plus for their team!
GWS Giants by 25 points

Melbourne vs Collingwood @ The MCG - 13:45

At the MCG on Saturday afternoon the D…

Round 20 AFL Review

North Melbourne 12.14.86 defeated Hawthorn 9.10.64

With a lot riding on the outcome of this game, the Hawks jumped out of the gates, and fireworks smoke, to take a big early lead in their match-up against the Kangaroos at Marvel Stadium on Friday night, but then the quarter time siren sounded and things began to change. Once the whistle blew to start the second quarter, the North Melbourne players picked up the pace, and aggression, and started to win the ball through the middle, changing the tide of the game completely. Ben Brown (14 Disp, 6 Marks, 5 Hit-outs, 4 Tackles and 4 Goals), Jack Ziebell (18 Disp, 5 Tackles and 3 Goals) and Mason Wood (12 Disp and 2 Goals) all began to get some touches and kick goals from them. The only Hawk to stand up to the Roos was James Worpel (37 Disp, 5 Marks and 5 Tackles), but he could only do so much... Congratulations go to the new full-time North Melbourne Coach, Rhyce Shaw, who gets to celebrate a win from his first, sort of, …

Round 20 AFL Preview

North Melbourne vs Hawthorn @ Marvel Stadium - 19:50

Marvel Stadium is the venue for Friday-night footy this weekend, as North Melbourne and Hawthorn meet in our first match of Round 20, and while it looks like it is near impossible for the Kangaroos to make the finals in 2019, the Hawks still have the ability to sneak into the lower rungs of the Top 8. While Shaun Atley and Scott Thompson will be hoping to pass fitness tests, Majac Daw's season is very much over after suffering a hamstring ("Oh no, I've done a hammy!!!) injury in the VFL. For the Hawks, Tim O'Brien is likely to come back into the side, while Jack Scrimshaw will be hoping to play his first game since Round 10, besides those two, the Hawks side is looking pretty settled as they eye being a part of the action in September.
Hawthorn by 21 points

Essendon vs Port Adelaide @ Marvel Stadium - 13:45

In the second game played at Marvel Stadium within 15 hours (I hope the surface holds u…

Round 19 AFL Review

Collingwood 9.12.66 defeated by Richmond 14.14.98

In this round's blockbuster match at the MCG, everyone was looking to see how these two top-of-the-table teams were travelling as we quickly approach the finals, and after a blazing fast start, the Tigers ran out comfortable victors over the Magpies by 32 points. In a match where the majority of the first half was played in the rain, Richmond ran all over their opponents, opening a six-goal lead going into the half-time break; and it was only that close after Collingwood managed to kick a couple of late goals as the second quarter clock ticked down. Once the weather improved, so to did the Magpie's play, but even with this, they were never able to make any real inroads into the lead the Tigers had won through the first fifty-five minutes of the match. Collingwood has a chance to work into some form when they meet the Suns next round, while the Tigers take on the Demons.

Hawthorn 7.18.60 defeated by Bris…

Round 19 AFL Preview

Collingwood vs Richmond @ The MCG - 19:50

With only percentage separating the two teams in this match, Friday night's game at the G sees arch-rivals Collingwood take on a resurgent Richmond who are going for their fifth win in a row. While Collingwood had a memorable win over West Coast two weeks ago, they fell to the GWS in a manner that would have been disappointing to the players, coaches and fans, but on this Friday night, they have the chance to remedy that performance on the biggest stage there is! The Tigers are coming off a solid win against the Power last weekend and will be looking to keep their push for a top-four berth, and a home final, on track. Even with Jack Riewoldt and Tom Lynch finally getting to play together, along with the rest of the team having the chance to string games together, beating a quality Magpies team will be no easy task!
Richmond by 15 points

Hawthorn vs Brisbane @ UTAS Stadium - 13:45

At their home-away-from-home of UTAS …