Showing posts from August, 2020

Round 14 AFL Preview

Thursday, August 27 Hawthorn vs Essendon @ Adelaide Oval - 16:40 In their match against Essendon at Adelaide Oval on Thursday evening, the Hawks have a chance to go some way to getting out of the serious funk they find themselves in. Last round both teams put up a good fight before going down to better teams, with the Hawks losing to the Power by 10 points, and the Bombers falling to the Tigers by 12 points. Even though Essendon are a game and a half ahead of Hawthorn on the ladder, both teams are in similar form at this time. It should be an entertaining match on Thursday. Hawthorn by 14 points Richmond vs West Coast @ Metricon Stadium - 19:10 Richmond will certainly need to lift their game if they are to have any chance of getting a win over an Eagles team that is flying high and fast at the moment. While they aren't at the top of the ladder, it is West Coast who has shown themselves, through a long stretch of quality play, to be the form team of the competition. Bot

Round 13 AFL Review

Friday, August 21 Gold Coast Suns 4.3.27 defeated by Carlton 7.18.60 On Friday night at TIO Stadium, we had the first game of Sir Doug Nicholls round taking place between the Suns and Blues. As the half-time siren sounded to send the players off for the long break, the Blues should have had the game 100% sown up! They had outscored the Suns five goals, seven points to two goals, for a huge ten scoring shots advantage. This theme of absolute game dominance, but wasteful finishing, by Carlton, would continue until the final siren. Carlton's Marc Murphy was probably the most influential player on the ground, ending with 28 Disposals that included 11 score involvements; hopefully they weren't all points... Saturday, August 22 Western Bulldogs 12.8.80 defeated Melbourne 7.10.52 At Metricon Stadium the Western Bulldogs have turned around a 7-point half time deficit into a quality 28-point win on the back of a 6-goal third-quarter effort on Saturday afternoon. With Melbou

Round 13 AFL Preview

Friday, August 21 Gold Coast vs Carlton @ TIO Stadium - 19:50 To kick-off Sir Doug Nicholls round this year, sees the Gold Coast Suns and Carlton Blues heading to TIO Stadium in Darwin for their match on Friday night. While it has nothing to do with the match, I am sure both teams are grateful they haven't had to head to Darwin, from Melbourne, for their encounter! Moving on... With these two teams being evenly matched across their last five matches, and both the Suns and Blues playing much better footy in 2020, this has become a harder match to pick. As such, I am going to go with form in this one, which the Blues have, just. Carlton by 13 Saturday, August 22 W. Bulldogs vs Melbourne @ Metricon Stadium - 13:45 Metricon Stadium with two in-form teams battling it out on Saturday afternoon when the Western Bulldogs play hosts to the Melbourne Demons. In a boost for the Doggies it is looking likely that Johannisen and Josh Bruce will be right to return for this match, whil

Round 12 AFL Review

Thursday, August 13 Sydney 10.6.66 defeated Greater Western Sydney 3.7.25 At half-time of this match between Sydney and their cross-town rival GWS, in shades of their 2019 Grand Final dismantling, the Swans had kept their opponents to a single, solitary goal, while kicking five of their own! While I kept waiting for the giant GWS comeback, it never eventuated, the Swans kept on top of their opponents to get a much-needed win for the team from harbourside. As someone who expects Sydney to finish down the bottom of the ladder, and the Giants to finish up near the top, I keep waiting for GWS to click into gear and start racking up the wins in 2020. Not only has this not happened, but they are also looking likely to drop out of the eight. Friday, August 14 Geelong 14.7.91 defeated Port Adelaide 4.7.31 Well, there you go... Just when you think you have some idea of how Season 2020 is progressing, and how the various teams are travelling, the top of the ladder Power has had thei

Round 12 AFL Preview

Thursday Sydney vs GWS Giants @ Optus Stadium - 20:10 We finally get another "derby" when Sydney meets GWS at Optus Stadium in Perth on Thursday night. The Swans are currently in 17th position on the ladder after pushing through a season where the team has been decimated by injuries to top-line players. Unlike their opponents from down the Parramatta River, the Giants have won their last three matches, to be sitting in 7th spot on the ladder, where Collingwood is breathing down their necks. While the Giants only have a slight 3 to 2 win advantage across their past five matches, on form alone they should get a comfortable win here. Greater Western Sydney by 29 points Friday Geelong vs Port Adelaide @ Metricon Stadium - 19:50 With Geelong having won four of the last five contests between these two teams, the ladder-leading Port Power will need to ensure they are playing to their best if they are to keep their win-streak going. After their big win over the Saints la

Round 11 AFL Review

Saturday, August 8 Port Adelaide 13.15.93 defeated Richmond 11.6.72 In one of the more entertaining, and quality of play, matches of Season 2020 has seen the Power run out victors over the Tigers. Despite being outplayed for most of the time, the Tigers managed to take a narrow one-point lead into the final quarter at Adelaide Oval, but this lead wasn't to last long! Just seconds into the fourth, Robbie Gray kicked his third goal, which would be the start of his team's three goal to none run and see the Power ensure this quality win over a tough opponent. While the Power keep on steaming along, the Tigers need to work out how they are going to stop getting smashed in the middle. Brisbane 14.12.96 defeated Western Bulldogs 11.6.72 Brisbane's Eric Hipwood has booted five goals to lead his team to a win over the Western Bulldogs at the Gabba on Saturday night. While Hipwood made the most of the chances he was given, it was the Lion's midfield, being lead by Ly

Round 11 AFL Preview

Saturday Port Adelaide vs Richmond @ Adelaide Oval - 16:35 A battle between two teams that have been performing better than most sees the Power hosting the Tigers at Adelaide Oval on Saturday afternoon. Besides their loss to St Kilda, the Power have been taking all before them in their march back to the top of the ladder; they would have been very happy with Richmond beating Brisbane last weekend to give them a bit of breathing space in 1st spot! While the Tigers looked ordinary in their last loss, against the Giants three rounds ago, they have been playing a much better, high-pressure, brand of footy across the past few rounds. If both teams stay true to recent form, this will be a good match to watch! Port Adelaide by 13 points Brisbane vs W. Bulldogs @ The Gabba - 19:40 The second-placed Lions come up against the eight-placed Bulldogs at the Gabba on Saturday night. After Richmond doubled their score last round, the Lions will have only had a short period of time to wor

Round 10 AFL Review

Monday, August 3 Port Adelaide 8.7.55 defeated Western Bulldogs 5.12.42 Monday night saw Port Adelaide play hosts to the Western Bulldogs in a match where both teams were coming off tough losses the week before. Across the first half of the match it was the Bulldogs making the most of their attacking forays, with Sam Lloyd marking his return from injury by kicking two of the Doggies five goals, but their midfielder's hard work was often wasted through inaccuracy as shown by their score line of 5-goals 12-points. Coming out for the third-quarter, and being a few points behind, the Power's forward Charlie Dixon and midfielder Zac Butters got busy and turned the tide in favour of the home team, leading to the Power's 13-point win. Tuesday, August 4 Richmond 12.10.82 defeated Brisbane 4.17.41 In the battle of Season 2019's quarter-finalists, Metricon Stadium saw the Tigers coming up against a very in-form Brisbane Lions outfit on Tuesday night. While I am not su

Round 10 AFL Preview

Monday, August 3 Port Adelaide vs W. Bulldogs @ Adelaide Oval - 19:10 On Monday night we have a Port Adelaide team that is coming off a big win over the Demons last round - a few days ago. On the other side of the coin, the Western Bulldogs were run into the ground by a Richmond team that was starting to play as they did in 2019. With both teams sitting on three wins from their past five matches it could be easy to think this is an even match, but the Power is playing at their home ground, and have been in better form across the past month and a bit. The Bulldogs have some real quality across the ground, especially in the midfield, but the Power team looks to be able to match them, and then get ahead up forward. Port Adelaide by 19 points Tuesday, August 4 Richmond vs Brisbane @ Metricon Stadium - 19:10 At Metricon Stadium on Tuesday night we see two teams playing quality football meeting in what should be an entertaining match between the two kings of the jungle, the Tigers and Lions.

Round 9 AFL Review

Wednesday, July 29 Western Bulldogs 7.7.49 defeated by Richmond 13.12.90 As they came up against a form team, in the Bulldogs, at Metricon Stadium on Wednesday night, the Richmond Tigers, for the first time this year, started to look like last season's premiers. Having won four of their last five matches, the Bulldogs would have been forgiven for feeling positive, about their chances, heading into Wednesday's match. That wouldn't have lasted too long as the Tigers were intent on making sure everything the Doggies did was under pressure as the Tigers romped on their way to a 41-point win on the Gold Coast. Richmond's coach must be very happy with his team's performance, especially considering how many inexperienced players took the field. Thursday, July 30 Melbourne 4.8.32 defeated by Port Adelaide 12.11.83 Having come so close to tasting the joy of victory last round, the Demons were looking to continue their improved play as they came up against a Port Adelaide out