Hey Footy Lovers,
Woooweee! What a week it has been, Sloan signs on for 5 years, it didn’t come home for England as they get booted from the World Cup, Billy Slater gets a bitter sweet send off in perhaps one of the best Origin games ever.
Let’s have a look at this week’s games...
Adelaide v Geelong
Have I mentioned that Sloan is staying a Crow? I for one am THRILLED with this news and it makes for some great contract extensions for the Crows this year. The keyboard warriors are already at It saying Sloan is “too old” and will be 33 in 5 years’ time and they need draft picks blah blah blah… they already have 3 picks inside the top 20 so I think we are looking pretty set for next year. Where was I? oh yes… Last Thursday night game of the season Crows v Cats, a must win games for either side, especially the Crows if they want to keep that slight glimmer of hope at finals. Geelong are a great side and it will be tough but..
St Kilda v Carton
What a riveting Friday night game this will be … pass.
Saints by 25pts
Hawthorn v Brisbane
Brisbane flogged the Hawks earlier this season, and the AFL stuffed up again by not sending Hodge to play in front of a big Hawthorn crowd at the MCG. Brisbane have been the surprise black horse this season in the sense they were still crap but far less crap then what they have been in recent years. As this game is being played in Tassie I don’t see the Hawks losing. I for one have enjoyed not having Hawthorn in finals the last couple years, but this year they are definitely in contention.
Hawks by 20pts
Melbourne v Western Bulldogs
This should be a no brainer especially with Bontempelli out. I read a classic line today “The Demons on the MCG as favourites terrifies me more than making small talk” I’m sure a lot of Melbourne fans can agree to that, but have faith..
Dees by 32pts
Gold Coast v Essendon
The AFL’s vendetta against Essendon continues. When they take to the field they have to take on the opposition and the umpires. The Bombers have a -35 free kick count over their past 3 games. However, the Gold Coast don’t need any assistance on losing they are perfectly capable of doing this all on their own. Bombers must win after their loss to the Pies last week to keep finals hopes alive.
Bombers by 34pts
Greater Western Sydney v Richmond
The Giants are coming back from a loss in Perth and the Tigers are coming off another win at the G. Richmond could take their B team, get flogged and it wouldn’t matter they will still finish top 2. Usually I would say Giants to win this as the Tigers are rubbish on the road, but they have no forward line and are looking ordinary.
Tigers by 19pts
Collingwood v West Coast
This has got to be game of the round, not to be missed. Second v Third, Pies have won 7 in a row and the Eagles haven’t beat the Pies at the MCG in 23 years! They have only played there once this year, narrowly beating Carlton. This is a hard one to tip, but if the Eagles get Darling or Kennedy back my money is on them. If they aren’t in, Pies to win it.
Pies by 12pts
North Melbourne v Sydney
North have exceed expectations this year but are still sitting outside the 8. They beat Sydney at the SCG earlier in the year by 2 points, but big deal nearly everyone has beaten Sydney at home this year. Swans have been exceptional away from home and haven’t lost one yet. Brown is leading the Coleman by 7 goals over Buddy, so that alone will make this a great game to watch. My money is still on Buddy to win this years Coleman and the Swans to win this.
Swans by 17pts
Fremantle v Port
Is this 2007 all over again? Port having an easy fixture, make the GF and lose by 119pts? I was told to be nicer to Port so I will give them this (and it pains me to say), they are going pretty alright at the moment and with Fyfe and Sandiands both out injured Port should have this in the bag.
Peeeeaaaar by 32pts
Enjoy your weekend everyone and remember Go Crows!