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Round 9 AFL Review

Friday
West Coast 13.7.85 defeated Melbourne 9.15.69

In a 'let's do enough to win this' performance from the West Coast Eagles, they managed to overcome the Demons in the last quarter to record a 16 point win, and their third in a row, at Optus Stadium on Friday night. Over these three wins, the Eagles have played teams in the lower realms of the ladder and yet haven't even managed a four-goal win. Is this a result of the rule changes put into place this year (we haven't seen too many high scoring matches) or are the Eagles just, well, not that great at the moment?
For the Demons, it was a performance that built on previous week's better form, and one in which they were the better team for large portions of the match; finishing with only 9 goals to go with 15 points certainly cost them dearly in the end!
While the Demons are looking like the curve is now heading in an upward direction, helped by a great game from Max Gawn with 56 hit-outs, the Eagle…

Round 9 AFL Preview

Friday
West Coast vs Melbourne @ Optus Stadium - 20:10

This week the Melbourne Demons travel to Perth for their matchup against the West Coast Eagles, and while most pundits have written off the Demon's chances, I think it will be a closer game than expected.
Last round the Eagles got a win in Melbourne against St Kilda, but the Saints certainly ensured that the Eagles had to work for it. After their last-gasp one-point victory over the Suns at Metricon, the Demons should be feeling pretty good about the world but how will this impact them moving forward? Will they now believe they are world beaters or, more realistically, that they can win a game of footy?
While Melbourne's strength is their midfield, the same can be said for West Coast. The Eagles have the advantage of some quality big forwards to go with a well-drilled backline, and at home they have to be favourites, probably be a decent amount.
West Coast by 29

Saturday
Collingwood vs St. Kilda @ The MCG - 13:45

Well…

Round 8 AFL Review

Friday
Sydney 11.11.77 defeated Essendon 10.12.72

Wow, what an exciting start to Round 8 of the AFL season we had up at the SCG on Friday night! - I've recently read that we need more exclamation marks in writing, so expect to see as many as I can reasonably get away with!
After having lost their previous two matches, the Bombers came out looking like a team who wanted to stop the rot and get back on the winner's list and they held sway for the majority of the first three quarters. In their usual fashion, the Swans never let their heads drop and went about the business of reeling in their opposition on their preferred home ground, and reel them in they did! In a rather uninspiring match, the Swans got away with a fortunate win; Essendon's Myers' shot on goal *after the siren* fell short of the big sticks. Yep, he had a chance to be an absolute hero buuut... this turned out not to be one of those Disney Moments.
For the Bombers Fantasia (pronounce it correctly …

Round 8 AFL Preview

Friday
Sydney vs Essendon @ The SCG - 19:50

The Swans are in a form slump at the moment, with the Bombers not doing too well either. While the Bombers have put in a couple of strong performances, being against the Lions and the Magpies, they have also had some shockers. For the Swans, they have been consistently mediocre so far and will be hoping that Lance Franklin gets back into the team ASAP.
For the second week in a row the Swans are coming up against a team that relies on speed to move the ball, and when able to do so the Bombers are really impressive. As always, Sydney will be looking to keep the game moving through contested situations after contested situation, as much as possible. From these, they will look for a break that leads to a score. My questions for you all are... Who will stop Daniher and Tippa up forward, or run with the Bomber's speedy midfielders? Nope, I don't know either!
Even if Franklin is back for Sydney, the Bombers should have too many o…

Round 7 AFL Review

Friday
Collingwood 15.18.108 defeated Port Adelaide 10.9.69

In the Friday night game this week we got to watch a fast-starting Magpies burst out of the gates to kick 7 goals to 0 in the first quarter; I believe the Collingwood coaching staff cracked out the banana lounges early in the second quarter and partook of several pina coladas. After getting such a great lead so early, this Firday night match would have been more relaxing than most.
While Port Adelaide had shown some quality moments in past games, when they would flow smoothly from one end of the ground the other, their Collingwood opponents allowed no such freedom in this match, dominating possession right from the first bounce of the ball. While the Magpie forwards were efficient, Ben Ried must have forgotten his 'kicking boots' for a pair of slip-ons, kicking 1 goal and 4 behinds for the night, the Power forwards just didn't get the ball often enough to really show off what they could do. They also mi…

Round 7 AFL Preview

Friday
Collingwood vs Port Adelaide @ Marvel Stadium - 19:50

While I have no idea why Collingwood has a home game at Marvel Stadium (it makes as little sense as Richmond playing home games at Marvel),  they are hosting the in-form South Australian 'ex-Magpies' this coming weekend. As both teams had good wins on the weekend, this should be a pretty good contest. Since both side's strength lies in their respective midfield, the middle will be where this game is won or not and on this front, the Magpies have a slight advantage. When you add in one of the AFL's premier ruckman to the Pie's mix, being Brodie Grundy, their midfield should get first use of the ball more often than not. Up forward the Power have lost Robbie Gray to injury, while the Pies forward unit remains intact. For the Collingwood fans to have a good Friday night, their forwards had better wake up a lot sooner than they did when playing against the Bombers!
While Port Adelaide was good aga…