AFL Round 8 Preview: The Sage Speaks

Greetings and Salutations to all,

 

A couple of days in Sydney gives some relief from the AFL media whirlwind!  Then to make it worse a couple of crazy millionaires go and take Buddy off the front pages as well.  And then there might have been a bit of a tribunal case.  Melbourne did well to defend Jack Viney and I believe the right result occurred, but the hysteria over the whole thing was ridiculous.

It is unfortunate my sojourns to the south have been curtailed, but that does not stop the Great Sage from being heard.  Contact was made at half time on Friday night bemoaning the quality of the officiating, I assured him that the Blues plight was not really a result of the umpires.  But the Sage considers his opinions carefully and presents a balanced view on all matters football unless it cloaked in Red and White.  The umpiring remains horrendously inconsistent within games, that infuriates fans.  Instead of practicing umpiring in the Little League, Wayne better improve the standard in the big league or we will asking to release the Giesch again!  A pleasure to hear from the Sage!

This week we have a skinny schedule and incredibly only one game in Melbourne on the weekend, what a stinker the fixture has been this year.  And what an opportunity missed by the AFL – surely they should have done a promotion for fans to head to their local league games and support footy at the coal face in Victoria!  An opportunity missed – but I’ll be watching the young Friars.

 

On to the skinny week.

 

Buddyful ($2.82) vs Buddyless ($1.54)

The fixturers might have got this one right with Buddy clashing with his old club in primetime at the Olympic Stadium.  Hopefully the surface at the venue is ready for AFL footy as the game certainly has tasty appeal.  The Hawks are flying, but the loss of Lake and Mitchell is of some concern especially with Sydney having Franklin, Reid, Tippett and Goodes all selected.  If they can stretch the Hawk defence they could cause some damage.  With that I am selecting the home side to reign and put themselves right in the frame for 2014.

 

Galway Pipe ($1.58) vs Western Champs ($2.70)

Freo might be champs of Perth, but plenty of questions on their crosstown rival.  The loss of two key defenders in McPharlin and Dawson won’t help them against the rampant attacking forays that Hinkley’s Port will bombard them with.  The clash of styles makes this a most intriguing contest and great challenge of attack over defence, creativity over system, KAOS over Control!  Again going with the home side who seem to have really taken to Adelaide Oval and up against Freo who are still understrength.  Hmmm put a ‘tache on Kenny and he might have a bit of the Siegfried about him!

 

The Holmes Less ($4.40) vs Curtail it ($1.25)

The Bombers unveil new recruit Kurt Aylett against Brisbane who are strengthened by the return of Jonathan Brown despite the loss of their CEO.  The Bombers were pretty good after half time last week and should be too strong for the battling Lions who are not able to get close their best on the park.

 

Heard it on the Gripe Viney ($3.00) vs In Dahl Haus ($1.48)

Jack stays in the team, how big has the week been for the Demons and what effect will it have.  That is the greatest variable for this match.  The Dogs looked good for a while but could not go with the Dons when they pressed hard.  They will come out snarling and their motivation and effort levels will be high.  The Dees can win if they have not been too drained by the efforts over the week and great value at $3.00, but I am tipping the Dogs to prevail as their desperation levels reach new heights.

 

The Corporation ($1.08) vs The Upstarts ($11.50)

West Coast get the opportunity to get some points on the board and their form back as they face up to the Giants who are missing Jeremy Cameron.  It could be a Mother’s Day Massacre but I expect GWS to put up stiff, but ultimately futile, resistance.

 

Seaford ($3.30) vs Prime Time Pushovers ($1.41)

The two worst performers of last week get to face off on a Monday night – might be beaten by the cooking show in the ratings!  The Saints had it tough against the Hawks and whilst a win was not expected the magnitude of the margin stings.  Their opponents had the prime time spotlight for the third time in the season and stunk it up in first half for third time.  Fingers pointing everywhere at Carlton but clearly not enough at themselves.  Waite is missing again, somehow Mick has to come up with a forward plan without him.  For the Saints Riewoldt isolated might work, but the Blues don’t have such a player so anytime you want to be creative Mick please do so!  It might be a bridge too far for the Saints to come back from last week and I don’t think they will, but if any team will give them a sniff then the Blues will especially on national TV!

 

Travelling North

The Adelaide carnival is clinging on before the circus completes its move north to Brisbane.  Of note around the country that John O’Shea picks up control of the Sheikh’s Darley operations with Team Snowden about embark on their own arrangements.  At Morphettville runners are coming from all angles to fill the barriers for time honoured Goodwood Hcp (G1, 1200m, HCP)Pago Rock (14) has been a consistent performer and is down in the weights and looks a great chance in an open affair, D Oliver takes the ride on Unpretentious (5) who has a finish that is anything but that and will be a great chance if the swoopers can run on.  Miracles of Life (19) got back on the winners list and must rate a chance and Ready to Rip (13) looks just that.  There are many more chances in what looks to be a terrific event.

Selections Adelaide Race 7 – 14-5-19-13

 

The Brisbane season opens up with the BTC Cup (G1, 1200m, WFA) and only has eight acceptors, but they are a pretty good eight.  The Boom Brothers quinellad a race two weeks ago, I reckon a Queensland trifecta might get up here.  With Spirit of Boom (2) to turn the tables on Temple of Boom (3), but splitting them in the middle Buffering (1).  If it is wet then Tiger Tees will be a big chance but my actual fourth pick is Snitzerland (7).

Selections Brisbane Race 7 – 2-1-3-7

 

Friar Time

The Friars got back on the winners list with a solid win over Old Mentonians in ordinary conditions.  The Under 19s skipped away to big lead over Old Brighton, who rallied and came back to take the lead.  But an increased effort from the lads saw them reclaim that lead and have their noses in front at the final siren.  This week they travel to another well-credentialed team in Old Trinity which will be a stern test, the Seniors head to Brunswick to clash with NOBSP in critical game for both teams.

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all that are,

 

Go Blues, Go Friars, Go MGGS!

Cheers, Sal

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