Round 24 AFL Preview
Last Week 5/9 Season Total 137/198
And so, here we are at the back end of the
season. Seven teams are confirmed for
the top eight and two teams will be fighting it out for that last coveted
position. The Matilda’s unfortunately
fell short but united the nation against
And alas there is a bye next week. What do we do with ourselves then? Keep an eye on the blog here and I’ll deliver my annual “State of the Game” address, which I’m sure will be enlightening.
Essendon vs Collingwood MCG Friday Night
What exactly is Collingwood
attempting? It is like Fly has them
approaching the season in reverse.
Normally you lose a few on the way and then build to unstoppableness as
the season reaches its crescendo. The
Pies on the other hand were in unbeatable form early in the season and look a
bit listless towards the end. There’s
one more game to build momentum before the finals and this is it. Can you get momentum from a single game? My High School Science teacher taught me that
momentum is the product of mass and velocity, and that momentum is conserved
based on the laws outlined by
Hawthorn vs Fremantle MCG Saturday Afternoon
For these two teams this is just a prelude to Mad Monday. Luckily for them, it has been scheduled in Melbourne rather than Launceston where there is more flexibility over Mad Monday options. Hawthorns Giant-killing run ended last week when Melbourne stopped them and Fremantle, who seemed to be in a small vein of form against Brisbane and then West Coast were taught some valuable lessons. How do these two teams approach a game where they are not testing themselves against the best, not trying to disrupt a contender and their ladder positions won’t even change? Not a spectators delight (I’m going out for the afternoon) and not even a tipsters delight as who knows which way it could go? Time for a guess. Hawthorn by 16 points.
In a real twist on my earlier statements
about Mad Monday, these two teams could have been on the Gold Coast, but the
AFL scheduled this one down in
If Collingwood faulter, Brisbane can claim
top spot. But if they lose, they could
fall as far as 4th. The
reality is that they must win this one.
A win last week against an injury hit Pies outfit and they seemed to
play themselves back into form. Saint
Kilda are looking pretty good and can finish anywhere from 5th to 8th
depending on results. As good as Saint
Kilda have been, the winning record the Lions have at The Gabba means you just
can’t tip them.
One of the two games that actually matter
West Coast vs
Last week was the worst possible result for
West Coast. It was the strangest attempt
to tank that I have ever seen. Winning
the game means that Harley Reid moves to
This game is only important for Port
Adelaide. A nice tune up before the
finals and a win could get them as high as 2nd or a loss as low as 4th. They will know if the win changes anything
for them once the
It’s tough to understand what this game
might mean for both combatants? A win
It comes down to this for GWS.