Round 13 AFL Preview
Last Week 5/7 Season Total 72/10
Now in the midst of the bye rounds. I don’t mind that the players would like a
mid-season rest, but I really don’t like the way it is stretched over 4
weeks. Just take a single week off and
be done with it would be my preference.
Maybe I should buy the TV rights so I can run the league. Like the
When I was a younger man, I travelled with
my future wife to
I laughed…nervously. We enjoyed our trip and I still talk with Ahmed on occasion to this day. We laugh that he thought we were trying to get kidnapped. Ahmed, undoubtedly the best tagger in the business.
Sydney vs Saint Kilda SCG Thursday
While he’s not really a limelight kind of
guy, the lead up to this match will be the celebration of Lance ‘Buddy’
Franklin who will achieve his 350th game milestone. It’s been a stellar career and here in the
twilight of it we should all pause and recognize it. If you get the chance to go along to a match
where he is playing this year, you should take it. Despite advances in medical technology, I doubt
you will see another 1,000 goaller in your lifetime. Sydney put Carlton’s season to the sword in
their last game and spent last week resting up so will have some nice fresh
legs to spring from. Blakey signed a
deal so long that Sydney will be able to resurrect him from the grave when the
technology allows it and so things are all starting to look up for Sydney. Saint Kilda limped their way to the bye and
would have relished the opportunity to stop in at the clubhouse for a sandwich
and an ale before tackling the back 9.
This game is at the SCG and these teams matching up at this venue points
Footscray vs Port
After a loss to
Hawthorn was monstered last week, and the
match was essentially over by the 14-second mark of the first quarter.
The Crows seemed to have the game in their
grasp on the weekend. That was until a
9-goal burst by the Suns put the game to bed.
It was a disappointing loss for
What to do about
There’s only a small percentage of the
population that will remember a time that this match was not called the Queens
Birthday match, so long was her reign.
Of course, I know this is not true.
The Sovereign’s Birthday match has only been a consistent fixture since
2001. It’s also more recently been
installed as The Big Freeze match to raise money and awareness for the
devastating impact of Motor Neuron Disease.
It’s a great cause to rally around and it’s something that took the life
of a friend of this column a few years back.
If you have the means to donate, please do. Now let’s take a look at last week. Melbourne cruised to an easy, and yet ugly to
watch victory over Carlton, pushing ahead at the end of the first quarter and
maintaining that lead for the rest of the match. Collingwood had an easy kill on the cards,
but a mid-match rally by the Eagles had Pies fans sweating a little before the
young (and old) Eagles tired for the Pies to run out convincingly. All of the talk of course has been on the
DeGoey bump and its expected consequences.
There wasn’t really a story in it, but much is written on it
anyway. In summary, he did it, he’ll cop
his whack (I’m writing this before the tribunal decision, but don’t be
surprised if he gets a concession for anguish caused by Dom Sheed’s
tweet). The biggest concern for
Collingwood is what DeGoey is going to do on his time away from play. I’m off to
Anyway, as a third vs first contest, it
should be a bit of a doozy. Looking more
closely we have that deadly ruck duo of Gawn and Grundy (is 1 + 2 > 3?)
against Cameron and Cox. Two elite
midfields with Petracca, Oliver, Viney, Brayshaw vs Pendlebury, Daicos, Mitchell,
Adams and then you have somewhat average attacks versus elite defenses. The game is just dripping with good points to
watch. Who will win it? Collingwood have had the better of this
fixture over the years, but I think, in this case, turnabout is fair play.
The bye rounds continue. I’ll take this opportunity to do a quick mid-season review of the teams.
The Cats are going a lot worse than people
are saying. They have had issues getting
their experienced bodies on the park and in the first half of their season the
best team they have beaten is Essendon.
The bulk of their wins have been against teams ranked 11th or
lower. The old defense of “You can only
play who are scheduled to play” might be their undoing as they have the
overwhelmingly worst run home. Out of
the 11 games they have left the average rank of those teams is 6 which means
they will be playing mostly top eight teams.
This can be looked at in two ways.
Either that they are shot…not making the eight on that draw, or it could
be such a battle hardening run home that they will be cherry ripe for finals…if
they make it. Plenty of
I feel like we’ve been here before. The Suns are on the verge and could possibly break through…but then they don’t, and Hardwick becomes their new coach. Many have been happy with their run of late, but it has been a pretty soft draw and they’re not beating the teams they need to if they want to push for finals. However, this time, their soft draw may work to their advantage, because although they have had one of the top 5 softest draws up to the bye, they have the second easiest run home after the bye. The average rank of the teams they play is 10. This could put them in a position to push for the top 8 and an historic finals berth.