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Round 20 AFL Preview

Friday
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

Saturday
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

Friday
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.

Saturday
Hawthorn 7.18.60 defeated by Bris…

Round 19 AFL Preview

Friday
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

Saturday
Hawthorn vs Brisbane @ UTAS Stadium - 13:45

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

Round 18 AFL Review

Friday
Adelaide 10.15.75 defeated by Essendon 15.6.96

On Friday night at Adelaide Oval, the Crows showed the same form, or lack thereof, that was on display against the Port Power just two rounds ago. While they started this home match completely dominating their Bomber opponents, coming out after halftime it was like we were seeing a different team take the park! After trailing Adelaide by 30 points near the end of the second quarter, the Bombers suddenly 'clicked' and piled on twelve of the last fifteen goals kicked for the match, totally eclipsing the Crows and surely putting their coach under some pressure as his team struggles to stay in the Top 8. Credit for this win largely has to go to the Essendon coach, John Worsfold. After watching his team get smashed most of the first half, Worsfold made some great lineup changes that played a large part in his team's great comeback victory.

Saturday
Richmond 15.11.101 defeated Port Adelaide 9.9.63

At the MCG on Saturd…

Round 18 AFL Preview

Friday
Adelaide vs Essendon @ Adelaide Oval - 19:50

In the first game of Round 18, the Adelaide Crows come up against an Essendon team that has won four of its last five matches, including it's last three in a row. After their dismal showing a couple of weeks ago, the Crows hit back hard in their match against the Suns, but the way Gold Coast has been playing I don't know how much that means when assessing Adelaide's form in the lead-up to this match. The Bombers will be hoping that Dyson Heppell will be over his foot injury, but in a big blow, defender Michael Hurley looks unlikely to play again this season after suffering a shoulder injury last week. With the Crow's team being settled after last weekend's big win over the Suns, I wonder how Bryce Gibbs is feeling after leaving the Blues to play at Adelaide only to find himself in their reserves team?
Adelaide by 14

Saturday
Richmond vs Port Adelaide @ The MCG - 13:45

At the MCG this Saturday the Richmond T…

Round 17 AFL Review

Friday
West Coast 12.5.77 defeated by Collingwood 11.12.78

On a perfect Friday night for football at Optus Stadium, the Collingwood Magpies made their way to Perth to take on the in-form West Coast Eagles. In a match that was close throughout, the Magpies have triumphed over a newer rival to end up one-point winners of a very high-intensity, and exciting game of footy. In spite of the Eagles holding sway for most of the match, they were never able to create any decent lead over the visiting Magpies, and once the third-quarter rolled on, the Magpies lifted a gear and made everything hard for the Eagles once the ball got near the grass. This intensity picked-up even more in the last, where the ball spent nearly 80% of the time in Collingwood's half of the ground. At the end of the match, the Pies had moved up to second spot on the ladder and Nathan Buckley was a much happier coach.

Saturday
Sydney 8.14.62 defeated by Carlton 9.15.69

On a blustery afternoon in Sydney, the Swans came up ag…

Round 17 AFL Preview

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

The first game of the round pits the second-placed West Coast Eagles against the third-placed Collingwood Magpies at Optus Stadium in Perth on Friday night. The Eagles are coming off a huge win over their cross-river rivals and will be feeling pretty good about their chances of putting a bit of space between themselves and the team immediately below them on the ladder. I've heard on the grapevine that the Magpies players have had their training loads increased, in preparation for their run at another finals campaign. If this is true, it would explain their lacklustre performances over the past few weeks. Adding to the loss to the Eagles in the Grand Final last year, whether at Optus Stadium or the MCG the Magpies haven't been able to match the Eagles over their past four matches and, riding a wave of improving performances, I think the Eagles will again be too much for the Magpies to match over in Perth.
West …

Round 16 AFL Review

Friday
Hawthorn 9.13.67 defeated Collingwood 9.9.63

At the MCG on Friday night, Hawthorn played host to a Collingwood outfit who has hit a bit of a mid-season slump. Having been settled in second place for most of the season's first half, Collingwood has now suffered two consecutive losses, the first being a belting at the hands of the Kangaroos. This was a game that Hawthorn had to win to have any chance of scraping into the Top 8 at some stage of the year, and in spite of trailing the Magpies throughout the match, key forward Mitch Lewis kicked truly to give the Hawks their first lead at the midway point of the final term. Try as they might the Magpies were unable to re-take the lead, falling to a team that had smaller numbers of every stat except Inside 50s. The Hawks James Scilily was just fantastic, repelling so many of Collingwood's forward moves. He finished the match with 28 Disposals and 14 Marks.

Saturday
Essendon 11.10.76 defeated Sydney 9.12.66

In a huge blo…

Round 16 AFL Preview

Friday
Hawthorn vs Collingwood @ The MCG - 19:50

Going back over the past half a decade of contests between these two teams, it is pretty easy to see that Hawthorn has had the wood over Collingwood for all that time and more. Over those seven matches, Collingwood has only won one; I sense a "boogie team" here...
When you add in last weeks performances, where Collingwood were absolutely belted by North Melbourne and Hawthorn put up a great fight against West Coast, only getting overtaken in the final minutes of their match, this game could be a very close contest that goes either way.
Based on current intent, injuries and Collingwood's problems with getting a win against the Hawks, I'm going to give the nod to Hawthorn keeping their superiority of the Magpies intact.
Hawthorn by 9 points

Saturday
Essendon vs Sydney @ The MCG - 13:45

In Saturday's first game, we have the Essendon Bombers playing host to the Sydney Swans at the MCG, and after last weekend's…

Round 15 AFL Review

Thursday
Essendon 12.5.77 defeated GWS Giants 10.11.71

On Thursday night at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, the Essendon Bombers played well above their current ladder position to overcome the GWS Giants by the margin of a single goal. Even though they had more Disposals, Clearances, Contested Possessions, and shots on goal, the Giants weren't able to attack with the fluidity or success, that we had come to expect of them after their past few weeks, and while the Bomber's Cale Hooker managed the winning goal, in the last minute of the match, it was the Bomber's defence that set-up this great win for the club. While Essendon will be sweating on Tom Belchamber's injured calf, the Giants will desperately be searching for heart and consistency.

Friday
Geelong 14.12.96 defeated Adelaide 10.9.69

At GMHBA Stadium on Friday night the Geelong Cats overcame a dogged Adelaide Crows to again showed the footy world why it is they are sitting on top of the league ladder. Throug…