Showing posts from September, 2020

Round 18 AFL Preview

Thursday, September 17 North Melbourne vs West Coast @ Metricon Stadium - 19:10 As North Melbourne comes up against West Coast on Thursday night, there will be only one thing on each of the teams' minds! For the Kangaroos it will be finishing the season off on a positive note to not risk being Season 2020's Wooden Spoon recipients. As they are on a totally different path going into the last round, the Eagles will be firmly focused on getting a win here to do all they can to snag a Top 4 finish, getting them a double chance heading in to the finals. While the Roos motivation should definitely be there, the Eagles have so much more to play for in this one. West Coast Eagles by 37 points Friday, September 18 St. Kilda vs GWS Giants @ The Gabba - 19:50 In an exciting end to the AFL's 2020 season, we have another game that has a lot of bearing on how the home and away season's ladder will pan out, and which of these clubs will finish in the Top 8. With their good

Round 17 AFL Review

Thursday, September 10 St Kilda 6.14.50 defeated by West Coast 9.11.65 In this match-up, we were once again shown the great importance of kicking the ball through the two big sticks! While St Kilda and West Coast had the same number of scoring shots on Thursday night, it was the Eagles who made more of their opportunities as they went on to beat the Saints by 15 points at the Gabba. After all the speculation about Tim Kelly leaving Geelong for West Coast, the native West Australian is proving his worth at his new club, and this game further showed his value. Kelly finished the match with 30 Disposals, 6 marks, 4 tackles and a big 9 clearances. Friday, September 11 Geelong 4.7.31 defeated by Richmond 7.15.57  In what was probably their best defensive effort all season, the Tigers have comfortably beaten a Selwood-less Geelong at Metricon Stadium. To add to the praise for Richmond's back six, Geelong's Tom Hawkins was held goalless until the final quarter, by the eme

Round 17 AFL Preview

Thursday, September 10    St. Kilda vs West Coast @ The Gabba - 19:10 With last round's results, this match between St Kilda and West Coast just got more interesting, and harder to tip! In Round 16 the Saints went marching past the Hawks, and the Eagles fell to the Bulldogs by a slender two points. After their long winning-streak, the Eagles have now lost two of their past three and have the potential of dropping a spot on the ladder, falling behind the Saints, if they can't get a win in this one. The young Saints need to keep their pressure up, while the Eagles need to get their mojo back! West Coast by 13 Friday, September 11   Geelong vs Richmond @ Metricon Stadium - 19:50 In a battle of the felines, the fur should certainly be flying in this match between two of the Top 4 teams on the ladder at Metricon Stadium Friday night! Over the past two months, Geelong has been building up until they are now the most in-form team in the competition. The Tigers have been g

Round 16 AFL Review

Saturday, September 5  North Melbourne 6.6.42 defeated by Port Adelaide 11.12.78 At Metricon Stadium on Saturday night the Power cruised past North Melbourne to keep hold of the top spot on the ladder at Round 16. While some people think the win wasn't by that much, the Power had twenty-three scoring shots to the Roo's 12, and while a lot of goals were left on the table, it is a pretty convincing win for the Power. Unfortunately, for Port Adelaide, young-gun Butters foolishly lifted his elbow up and made contact with the head of a North Melbourne player. All things being equal, we should see Butters get suspended for some period of time going into the finals. Sunday, September 6  St Kilda 11.14.80 defeated Hawthorn 9.12.66 Having been about even with their opponents at Metricon Stadium when going into the half-time break, Hawthorn was unable to stop St Kilda from adding to their win tally on Sunday afternoon. With Paddy Ryder now in the ruck for his new team, the S

Round 16 AFL Preview

Saturday, September 5 North Melbourne vs Port Adelaide @ Metricon Stadium - 19:40 On Saturday night the second-last placed North Melbourne has the unenviable task of coming up against a Port Adelaide team that just keeps on winning, well, except when they play the in-form Cats! To make matters look like this is an even bigger challenge for the Kangaroos is that, across their last five meetings, the Roos have only won one encounter, but on the upside, that win was in Round 22 last season. With the Power playing a high standard of footy in 2020, you gotta go with them. Port Adelaide by 35 points Sunday, September 6 St. Kilda vs Hawthorn @ Metricon Stadium - 13:05 While St Kilda is just clinging on to their place in the Top eight after having lost three of their past five matches, they are coming up against a Hawthorn team that has fallen into a real hole over the past couple of months. While Hawthorn is leading the "five-game-head-to-head" stat, three to two, it is

Round 15 AFL Review

Tuesday, September 1 Hawthorn 7.6.48 defeated by Adelaide 12.11.83 How good is winning? If you put that question to a certain AFL team, and their coach, I am sure more their replies would go on for quite a while, and why not? After going fourteen rounds without a win, the Adelaide Crows have not only beaten a dejected Hawthorn, they gave them a fair thumping! While the match was even across the first quarter, and into the second, the Crows started to gain ascendency midway through the second, resulting in the Crows outscoring the Hawks ten goals to six across the last three quarters.  West Coast 9.6.60 defeated Essendon 6.9.45 The Bombers McDonald-Tupingwutti put in a great game, in which he was everywhere across the forward arc, ending the match with four-goals straight. Unfortunately, for "Tippa", his teammates weren't as accurate as he was, with the rest of the team kicking nine points to go with their two goals. For the Eagles, Barrass was great down back

Round 15 AFL Preview

Tuesday, September 1 Hawthorn vs Adelaide @ Adelaide Oval - 17:40 In a battle of two teams who will have no impact on this year's finals series, we see Hawthorn take on the team firmly attached to the bottom of the ladder, the Crows. Last round the Hawks didn't fully plan for Daniher's return for the Bombers, or else they just couldn't handle him, while the Crows had the luxury of a round off; while it is no longer a weekend, I am sure every team enjoys the extra time to recover. While Hawthorn has been disappointing in 2020, they should have enough in the tank to take care of the Crows in this one. Hawthorn by 22 West Coast vs Essendon @ The Gabba - 20:10 After having their 8-game winning streak halted by an improved Tiger effort last round, the West Coast Eagles will be out to get their finals push back on track as they come up against an Essendon team that has welcomed back the very important Joe Daniher. While it is looking like the Bombers chance at ma

Round 14 AFL Review

Thursday, August 27   Hawthorn 10.11.71 defeated by Essendon 13.9.87 The Bombers have welcomed Joe Daniher back into the fold with a quality 16-point win over the Hawks on Thursday night. Not only did Daniher look excited to be back in the fold, he celebrated at Hawthorn's expense, ending the match with a game-high three goals to his name. At half time it was looking like Hawthorn had Essendon's measure, as they took a seventy-six to sixteen-point lead into the long break. In a remarkable turn-around, the Bombers outscored the Hawks eleven goals to three in the second half, netting them the win. Richmond 14.4.88 defeated West Coast 9.7.61 This match saw both teams lose an important player early on. The Eagles lost key forward Josh Kennedy and the Tigers lost key backman Dylan Grimes; it was the Tigers who did the better job of covering for this loss, as they went on to record a 27 point win and break West Coast's impressive win streak in the process. As a result