Round 5 AFL Preview

Brisbane vs Collingwood @ The Gabba - 19:35

In our first game of Round 5 we see the Lions at home to the Magpies, and after last week's huge loss to the Bombers, I am sure the Lions will be VERY happy to get back to the Gabba. In spite of their progress in Season 2019, how happy will the Lions be to play Collingwood?
While it was a very scrappy game last week, the Magpie's forwards seemed to wake up in the third quarter and steer the Pies to a win, and I think that they will be too much for the Lion's backs to handle all game in this one.
Collingwood by 19

North Melbourne vs Essendon @ Marvel Stadium - 16:20

Both of these teams had really good wins last round, with North over-running the Crows and Essendon thrashing the Lions at the 'G'.
After their terrible start to 2019, the Bombers found their groove last round, with McDonald-Tipungwati putting on an exhibition across the forward fifty, while their speedy smalls made good use of the bal…

Round 4 AFL Review

Sydney 11.12.78 defeated by Melbourne 15.10.100

To fully appreciate this win we need to take a brief look at footy history. In 2017 Richmond revolutionised footy by playing a single marking forward, with everyone else there to put pressure on the opposition. In 2018 the Eagles went dirctly against this by playing two tall forwards, along with a resting ruckman to add to the West Coast forest. We now have the Demons out to re-invent the game once more, by playing no-one over 6'2" in the forward line and the genius has paid off!
What this means for both teams in Season 2019, I think the next couple of weeks will give us a good indication, but don't be surprised to see Sydney head into territory uncharted for many years, the lower rungs of the AFL ladder.
An interesting aside... This was the first match Lance Franklin has been in where Syndey has lost to the Demons, a time spanning their previous 16 attempts.

Collingwood 11.12.78 defeated Western Bu…

Round 4 AFL Preview

Sydney vs Melbourne @ The SCG - 19:20

To kick off Round 4 we have two teams that are struggling at the start of the 2019 season. The Demons are sitting at the bottom of the ladder (what the...?), while the Swans have managed the one win, against Carlton. As both teams are in pretty poor form so far, let's look back at the history between these two clubs and see if that gives us any help...
It seems that no matter where they have played over the past half a decade, the Swans have come away with the win and even with Max Gawn winning the hit-outs, in their Sydney sand-trap (should the AFL apologise to the soccer players?), the Swannies should be able to edge out the disappointing Demons.
Sydney by 11

Collingwood vs Western Bulldogs @ The MCG - 19:50

Both teams in this match had a disappointing Round 3 and will be looking to bounce back with a win. While the Magpies had a narrow loss to the reigning premiers, the Doggies went down to the visiting Suns, a result …

Round 3 AFL Review

Adelaide 10.15.75 defeated by Geelong 14.15.99

The Cats have kept their unbeaten start to the 2019 season alive with a hard-fought road win over the Crows. Geelong's great start to the season is certainly setting them up well to stay in the Top 8 as the season wears on and players get injuries and just... tired.
In spite of having a good number of Forward 50 entries, the Crows were unable to kick the ball through the big sticks. This was largely due to the tireless efforts of Blicvas; geez he just doesn't stop running. When you add in his height and strength, I reckon Mark would have to be one of Geelong's most important players. Fortunately for the Catters, Tim Kelly looks to be right for their next game after hobbling off in the 4th quarter.

Melbourne 18.4.112 defeated by Essendon 20.10.130

Played on an 'almost' balmy Friday night at the MCG, both the Demons and Bombers had their share of the game through the first half. Then the 3rd quart…

Round 3 AFL Preview

Adelaide vs Geelong @ Adelaide Oval - 19:50

After beating Collingwood and Melbourne across the first two rounds of the season, Geelong is probably the form team of the competition and definitely deserve to be at the top of the ladder as we head into Round 3. On the other hand, Adelaide had a bad loss at home to Hawthorn in Round 1 and managed to get past Sydney, away, in Round 2.
With this being such a tough call I am going to have to rely on history to give me some help. The last three times these teams have met in Adelaide, the Crows have got the win and, as this game is in Adelaide, I am going to have to stick with the home team. Just!
Adelaide by 18

Melbourne vs Essendon @ The MCG - 19:50

While Melbourne lost to Geelong down at GMHBA (huh?) oval last weekend, Essendon lost to the Saints in a truly lackluster showing; I'm not sure what is going wrong over at Windy Hill but I wouldn't be too impressed if I was a Bomber fan! The same could certainly be s…

Round 2 AFL Review

Richmond 10.6.66 defeated by Collingwood 17.8.110

Well, there you go... The Pies bounced back from last week in the best way possible, by thumping fellow finals contender Richmond.
Collingwood entered the game with an obvious plan in place, and the team executed it brilliantly, showing up the opposition across every part of the ground! I feel only Dylan Grimes can be holding his head high after that match. When you add Riewoldt's injury it was a double bad night for the Tigers.
I reckon all other teams just got that bit more concerned about playing the Magpies this year, and on Thursday night's form, so they should be.

Sydney 8.14.62 defeated by Adelaide 12.16.88

After a tight contest through the first three and a half quarters, Adelaide managed to take some control over the game as the third quarter neared its end. While Buddy had managed to answer most of the Crow's goals, ending with three goals himself, the Swans weren't able to keep pace wit…

Round 2 AFL Preview

Richmond vs Collingwood @ The MCG - 19:20

Geez, it's only the first game of the round and already we have a tough one to pick!
Last week the Tigers did enough to keep Carlton at bay but, unfortunately for Collingwood, they couldn't hold the Cats (see, Tim Kelly) at bay enough to get a win. In the end, the Pies went down by 7 points.
Both Collingwood and Richmond looked rusty; Richmond got the win; Collingwood played the much better team... Why can't we ever get apples vs apples???
Have the Tigers learned from their Preliminary Final loss or will the Pies midfield run rampant again? I'm going with a lesson learned.
Tigers by 7

Sydney vs Adelaide @ The SCG - 19:50

OMG Sydney was just horrid against the Bulldogs last week! *ECHO* OMG Adelaide was just horrid against the Hawks last week! So what went wrong for these two teams? What can we learn from this game? *hears crickets...*
Since 2015 all but one game between these two teams has gone to the home te…