Samantha and I welcome you to the next round of our tipping competition. This round is a big long one with 7 games on this weekend and then another 2 coming up mid-week with ANZAC day.
Lets have a look and see what we can see in our crystal ball
Sydney v Adelaide (as seen by Darren)
Ooh la la as a Crows supporter I am very nervous about tonight’s game kicking of the round. It certainly could be a blow out or a defining moment on the way to another GF appearance. Let’s look at the facts; Crows were down right crap last week; Crows have not got a good record against Sydney for quite a while; Crows injury count is added by 3 and 3 big ones at that with 2 of the replacements being newies; One positive for the Crows tonight. Last week the crows looked like they would have rather been in the warm sitting around a fire with some marshmallows. Well tonight the weather is warm and fine so they will enjoy it more.
So who am I going to pick tonight? Crows of course!
Crows 31 pts
St Kilda v Greater Western Sydney (as seen by Darren)
Okay so who will win this game. There is one big overriding reason why I will be making my selection the Giants and simply put the reason is that St Kilda is playing!! My biggest amazement with this game is why on earth are St Kilda $4 to win this game. Shouldn’t they be $10?
Giants 56 pts
Carlton v West Coast Eagles (as seen by Darren)
This result is similar to the reasons of why GWS were going to win and why the Eagles are going to win. Eagles have been the surprise packet so far, this season and have been doing well. For a side like Carlton who continually stay at the bottom, even with draft tips each year, is amazing. Oh, that’s right they keep giving all their players away.
Can’t see Eagles dropping this even if they are coming off to the MCG for a twighlight game no one will attend.
Eagles 35 pts
Port Adelaide v Geelong (as seen by Darren)
Another what will happen game. A game that brings fears to both sides if they drop it. Port’s record against the Cats is woeful, 1 win in the last 9 encounters. My vision at the start of the year was that Geelong would not make the 8, so far they are doing well enough to still encourage I made the correct statement. So who will win? Geelong has had no fears at coming to AO (well against Port that is) and ok yes a couple of wins against the Crows. Port well they have lost the great recruit Tom Rockliff this week so they will be searching hard to find another replacement to cover his 12 possessions he averages each game. It will be a very close encounter and I may even give Power the nod, JUST.
Power 6 pts
Fremantle v Western Bulldogs (as seen by Darren)
Ok here we go this could be the first good game of the round. The Doggies have found a bit of late and they will rejoice in getting Tom Boyd back on the park and say “Good Luck Boydy” . This could be a close game but only IF the Doggies started kicking straight! I had a laugh reading somewhere about how their accuracy this year is so bad that there is real concerns they will even land at Perth and more likely come down somewhere near Broome. At an accuracy rate of 37% this year I can understand that comment.
Dockers 27 pts
North Melbourne v Hawthorn (as seen by Sam)
The Roo’s have had some good wins against Saints and Carlton, but who hasn’t?? They face an impressive Hawks side who seem to have recovered from their 2 year rebuilding phase. Hawks to win this and win it well.. Mitchell for 47 disposals.
Hawks by 40pts
Brisbane v Gold Coast (as seen by Sam)
If this isn’t the game to get Queenslanders excited about footy then I don’t know what is?! Both these teams put on a woeful display last week. Brisbane will be desperate to kick a goal in the first half, while the Suns will be looking forward to a play game away from Perth. The Lions go into this game as favourites, how a team goes into a game as favourites when they score SEVENTEEN points the week before is beyond me!!
Suns by 21pts
Melbourne v Richmond (as seen by Sam)
Well Melbourne showed us all why they will never win a premiership any time soon. After leading in the first quarter the Dees decided they would try and see if kicking only 1 goal in 3 quarters could get them a win. Richmond demolished the Lions in a training drill last week. They will be too good for the Dees with Dusty an unstoppable force to be reckoned with.
Tigers by 10pts
Collingwood v Essendon (as seen by Sam)
Footy on a Wednesday does it get any better than that? The ANZAC Day clash is arguably the biggest game of the year bar the GF and what a BLOCKBUSTER this game will be!! If you don’t get chills during the Last Post are you even alive? These clubs have met 23 times on ANZAC day since 1995 with the Pies holding the record of 13 wins to Bombers 9 wins and 1 draw. Both teams are coming off great wins against Crows and Port. Who knew if you put a player in the right position things work better for a team?! Grundy ran circles around Jacobs last week, so it will be good to see how Bellchambers plans to stop him this week. This will be a close contest with Bombers kicking the winning goal in the last minute of the game.
Bombers by 5pts