Showing posts from July, 2020

Round 9 AFL Preview

Wednesday W. Bulldogs vs Richmond @ Metricon Stadium - 19:10 In a battle of two Melbourne teams on Queensland's Gold Coast, we see the Western Bulldogs playing host to the Richmond Tigers in a match that both teams need to win if they are to keep their place in the Top 8 as we begin the second half of the 2020 season. Coming off their narrow win over the Suns last week, the Bulldogs will certainly be starting as favourites, especially after the Tiger's poor showing in their match against the Giants. The Tiger mids will have their hands full, while the Doggie's forwards will need to work especially hard to get away from a quality Richmond backline. Bulldogs by 9 points Thursday Carlton vs Hawthorn @ Optus Stadium - 17:40 On Thursday night at Optus Stadium, we have two teams on very different trajectories when a resurgent Blues play host to a struggling Hawthorn outfit that has lost its last four matches with barely a whimper. A hurdle the Blues will need to

Round 8 AFL Review

Thursday Gold Coast 6.10.46 defeated by Western Bulldogs 7.9.51 At Metricon Stadium on Thursday night, the Western Bulldogs won a scrappy game against the Gold Coast Suns. In a match that never got too far into double-digit deficits, and in spite of the Suns having more Inside 50s, Clearances and Marks, the Doggies managed to paw their way in front of the Suns and keep their noses there during a tense last quarter where Gold Coast looked like they may be able to make up the bad start to the quarter to get the win. After his being outing last round, the Sun's Izak Rankine wasn't able to shine so brightly, and it wasn't just because of the rain! With four last quarter shots on goal, he couldn't get any to go through the big posts. Friday GWS Giants 9.8.62 defeated Richmond 6.14.50 In a match where both teams were missing a number of regular starters, the GWS Giants have managed to get some pay-back against Richmond for their Grand Final belting in 2019, by wi

Round 8 AFL Preview

Again we have a round taking place over 5 days, with the rumour that after round 8 we may have a game every day of the week as the AFL 'condense' the fixture and play 33 games in just 19 days. Thursday Gold Coast vs W. Bulldogs @ Metricon Stadium - 19:40 Our first match of Round 8 sees two teams coming off good wins last round, as the Suns take on the Bulldogs at Metricon Stadium on Thursday night. Against the Swans, the Suns had 27 scoring shots to their opponents 15, showing that they pretty much dominated the match, and could have won by an even bigger margin if they had kicked straight. For the Bullies, once they got rolling, they demolished the Bombers to run out 42-point winners. While Essendon won the hit-outs, the Bulldogs won just about every other area of the ground for a big win. Western Bulldogs by 23 points Friday GWS Giants vs Richmond @ Giants Stadium - 19:50 In our Friday night fixture, we have an inconsistent GWS Giants team coming up against

Round 7 AFL Review

Thursday Geelong Cats 5.5.35 defeated by Collingwood 8.9.57 In his first game back from suspension, Collingwood's Jordan DeGoey proved the difference between the two teams as Collingwood kicked off their stint in the WA Hub with a 22-point win at Optus Stadium on Thursday night. At the other end of the ground, the Pies defence again showed that they are the tightest backline unit in the AFL this season. To make matters worse for the Cats, skipper Joel Selwood left in the first quarter with a hamstring concern, while up-and-coming Jordan Clark went off with a shoulder injury in the third. Things may have been different with those two players on the field, but either way, the Pies got the job done. Friday Essendon 7.9.51 defeated by Western Bulldogs 14.9.93 On the back of a second-half eight-goal to three effort by the Western Bulldogs, they have brought the Bombers back to the turf with their 42-point win on Friday night on the Gold Coast. The Bomber's brain tru

Round 7 AFL Preview

Thursday Geelong vs Collingwood @ Optus Stadium - 20:10 In our first game of the week, the Geelong Cats take on Collingwood in the new WA Hub on Thursday night. After both teams had good wins over quality opponents, this game is shaping up as a quality match to watch. Collingwood changed things up last weekend, largely as omissions forced their hand, and it worked! The Magpies went on to give the Hawks a fair lesson. For the Cat's fans, while they had to wait until the second half of the match, their team didn't disappoint, outscoring Brisbane by eight goals to two for a 37-point win. Geelong by 14 points Friday Essendon vs W. Bulldogs @ Metricon Stadium - 19:50 As the Bombers meet the Bulldogs at Metricon Stadium on Friday night, Essendon will be looking to keep their winning ways going, while the Bulldogs will need to put their last game behind them, and find new avenues to goal; while the Doggies had heaps of the ball, they couldn't convert them into goals.

Round 6 AFL Review

Thursday Geelong Cats 11.7.73 defeated Brisbane Lions 6.10.46 On the back of a seven-goal third quarter, the Geelong Cats have come from behind to beat the Brisbane Lions at the SCG on Thursday night. After being outpointed during the first two quarters, Geelong midfielders Dangerfield and Sellwood really grabbed the game from the start of the second half, combining for eight centre clearances that really helped propel their team forward. With Charlie Cameron well held by the Cat's defence, the Lions often looked at a loss as to how they were going to kick a goal, and with an Inside 50 efficiency of just 35%, they struggled to do just that. Friday Collingwood 8.11.59 defeated Hawthorn 3.9.27 On Friday night at the SCG, the Collingwood Magpies put a tumultuous week behind them and burst out of the blocks to get a win against a Hawthorn team that had beaten them in twelve of their last thirteen encounters. Even though it may not be for very long, with their 32-point victory, the Ma

Round 6 AFL Preview

Thursday Geelong vs Brisbane @ The SCG - 19:40 Geelong will join Brisbane in Sydney for their first game within the NSW Hub this Thursday night; I believe this initial stint in Sydney is planned to go for two weeks. Both of these teams had good wins last weekend, where the Cats clawed the Suns in the last quarter and the Lions used bigger claws to shred the Power by 37 points. In a boost for the Lions, they may get Zorko returning to the line-up after he surprised the doctors with a quick recovery from a calf strain. On this small ground, the Cats should be able to curtail some of the Lion's run but... Brisbane by 13 points Friday Collingwood vs Hawthorn @ Giants Stadium - 19:50 Two teams who suffered losses last round meet at GIANTS Stadium on Friday night this round, as Collingwood takes on a Hawthorn who got towelled up by the Giants last round. While the Hawks will be hoping Patton comes up for this important match, they will be without Luke Bruest for around a month. When t

Round 5 AFL Review

Thursday Carlton 8.7.55 defeated by St. Kilda 11.7.73 I don't know what the Carlton team are doing pre-match, but it sure doesn't involve caffeine or any form of music that gets you jumping around! In another match, the Blues let their opponents jump out to a solid lead during the first quarter and this time their opposition, being the Saints, was good enough to keep that lead while going on to win their third match of the season. This takes the Saints to 4th spot on the ladder, as their improved play has taken them past the Bulldogs, Tigers and Blues. Friday Collingwood 7.6.48 defeated by Essendon 10.3.63 The Collingwood Magpies have joined the other proclaimed Top 4 contenders to be playing poorly since the re-start of Season 2020, this time going down to the Bombers by 15 points on Friday night. After the Bombers lead by 28 points early in the last quarter, the Magpies hit back hard, getting the deficit to just three points. Just as it was looking like Colling

Round 5 AFL Preview

Thursday Carlton vs St. Kilda @ Marvel Stadium - 19:40 In our first match of the week, we have the Blues taking on the Saints at Marvel Stadium, on what will probably be another chilly night in Melbourne. Both of these teams have shown that they have taken big strides this season and will be keen to get another win on the board. Both of these team's strength is their midfield, with Carlton probably having an edge up forward, while St Kilda has some speedy players attacking the goals, making things hard for their opponents. If you like watching footy, this should be a good contest. Carlton by 11 points Friday Collingwood vs Essendon @ The MCG - 19:50 Both Collingwood and Essendon had very close losses last round and should be highly motivated to resume their annual (usually on Anzac Day) battle this weekend. While Collingwood was narrowly beaten by the Giants, the more important outcome from that match is the injuries the team suffered, and how those players will come u

Round 4 AFL Review

Thursday Sydney 5.9.39 defeated by Bulldogs 10.7.67 While the Swan's Tom Papley did his best to get his team into the game, it was all the Bulldogs at the SCG on Thursday night. After getting off to a terrible start, where they kicked a solitary point in the first quarter, the Swans just had nothing up forward as the Doggies kept their defence tight to repel the Swan's forward forays. Luke Parker was great for the home team, while the Bulldog mids shared the workload around to wear their opponent down on their way to a solid 28-point win on the road. Friday GWS Giants 10.6.66 defeated Collingwood 9.10.64 After missing last week's defeat, the Giant's Toby Greene put in a best-on-ground performance to help his team withstand another last-quarter blitz by Collingwood, to get a 2 point win on Friday night. The Giants lost Phil Davis and Zac Williams in the last quarter, while important Magpie defender Howe went down with a nasty looking knee injury, also in the

Round 4 AFL Preview

Thursday Sydney vs W. Bulldogs @ The SCG - 19:40 At the SCG this Thursday night the Swans and Bulldogs look to keep the wins coming as they face off under lights. The Swans did well to get an away win over the Roos last round, while the Bulldogs put in a much-improved effort to beat the Giants in a low-scoring contest. With both teams playing a tough, effort-filled style of footy this should be a very willing contest and one that will be good to watch if you loved 80's football. It will be interesting to see who lines up for the Swans, and we hope Tom McCartin makes a quick recovery. Bulldogs by 5 points Friday GWS Giants vs Collingwood @ Giants Stadium - 19:50 In their match against Collingwood at home this weekend, the Giants will need to show a solid reversal of form if they are to keep up with the improving Magpies, even at home! The Magpies bounced back from the ordinary match against the Tigers, to beat St. Kilda by a solid 44 points. Pies fans would have been ex

Round 3 AFL Review

The Essendon vs Melbourne game scheduled for Sunday afternoon was postponed as a medical precaution, after Essendon player Connor McKenna tested positive for Covid-19. It will be interesting to follow what happens next, though as far as tipping goes the game has been removed from round 3, which has been scored on the basis of eight games. Thursday Richmond 5.9.39 defeated by  Hawthorn 11.5.71 After their poor showing against the Magpies last weekend, most expected the Tigers to bounce back and make some inroads into their 2019 form. Nope! Hawthorn took control of this game right from the get-go, leading by 32-points at the first break after keeping Richmond to just 1 point for the quarter, and kicking five goals themselves. While the game never hit any great heights, especially with the shortened quarters, the Hawks were a class above the Tigers, and came away with a deserved win. Friday Bulldogs 7.8.50 defeated GWS Giants 4.6.30 Before the ball had even bounced for the