Round 10 – Preview: Time for some circle work


Greetings All,


The result of the GWS – Carlton game did not really come as much of a surprise, after their turgid performance the week prior the Giants had to respond.  The problem is that Carlton also had plenty to respond to after their collapse against the Pies.  They should have been prepared for the onslaught, surely the coaching panel knew De Boer was going to Cripps, everything about the Giants was predictable, yet Carlton were not ready.


Or were they ready but just not up to it?  No doubt there is a chasm between the two teams in terms of both experience and skill, the Blues have to improve their best 22 let alone those who took the field last week.  Injuries are no excuse for effort, just look at the what the Tigers have delivered.  Injuries are an opportunity for young players to show their wares – unfortunately the culture of the club appears to extinguish the flair and vitality of youth before they make their debuts.


The coaches copped it – the players circled, this week’s opponents are also under scrutiny, should be interesting!


The umpires and judiciary in the spotlight again this week – all too much for mine.  Nevertheless a couple of important issues.  Daisy got off light with a $7,500 fine, umpire abuse needs to be quashed and this was the opportunity to make a statement and hand out a suspension.  Possibly unfair without precedent of suspension before in these type of matters, at least then El Supremo should have drawn the line and said suspensions are on the table for any similar charges from here on.


Reg ($2.78) vs Say No Moore ($1.55)


The mid-season draft looks to have taken its toll with the retirement of “Reg” Grundy this week – an interesting phenomenon developing here.  Reg has been a ripper for the Swans and leaves the game with a flag under his belt.  His team host the rampant Pies who have flicked the switch two weeks in a row two dispense of pesky inferior opponents.  They will need to do the same this week with Sydney building confidence off a couple of narrow victories.  Some consternation for the Pies losing Moore and Landon down back and bigger consternation if Buddy plays.  This all plays into the hands of the Swans however at some stage the Pies will pull away and keep the bandwagon rolling.


Launceston ($1.82) vs Shades of Gray ($2.20)


The Hawks got a fright from the Blues with their last sojourn to Launceston, Ben McEvoy was the key influence in that game dominating the ruck after Kreuzer went off.  His absence will test Hawthorn especially against  Port who play two ruckmen although given one is a first game player in Ladhams.  Port also get back Robbie Gray who can provide spark wherever required and more than offsets to return of Wingard for Hawthorn.  The Hawks have won their last three over Port at the venue and were probably banking on this one, however if Port can produce their best they should be good enough to win this one.


Speaking English ($1.67) vs The Devil in the Details ($2.42)


Brad Scott claiming the 6-6-6 rule is good for footy but has not helped his team is interesting, the problem being he didn’t say how it has hurt North.  In reality North just need their best players out there to be competitive and they are still short of the top grade.  The Dogs get Tim English back in which will make for a good battle against Goldstein.  Their efforts came up short at the Cattery last week, although they performed better than some other better credentialed sides have fared at the venue.  A very tough one to call, just think the Bulldogs line up looks pretty strong and they can win this.


Whatever the Bryce ($1.65) vs Flyin’ Ryan ($2.50)


Adelaide dropping Bryce Gibbs again is another indicator of the Blues plight, pretty sure his magnet would be on the board early at Bolton’s disposal.  The question being whether that would really be any good for Carlton.  However the Crows actually play West Coast who got the game they need to play against Melbourne last week.  Escaped with the victory but very hard fought.  Perhaps they wouldn’t have if umpires took the responsibility on the ground to penalise dangerous tackles instead of leaving it to the MRO.  Jetta has a week off his tackle on Tim Smith was obviously dangerous and 25m out from goal.  Depriving Melbourne a shot at goal (which would quite probably have missed) instead Jetta took the free resulting in an Eagles goal at the other end.  It started a run with Liam Ryan’s grab putting the exclamation mark on it!  Who knows what really would have happened, the bottom line is that umpires need to enforce rules on dangerous tackles or more players will get injured and more will get suspended.  Back to this game the Crows at home get my pick.


Overdew ($6.40) vs Safety Zone ($1.17)


No Danger for the Cats should be of comfort to the opposition, the Suns though have their own challenges.  Sam Collins has slotted into the key defensive post very well this year and his absence for a few week will be a challenge.  They won three on the trot and need to get another on the board.  Suspect that will remain the case after this week.


Dusted Off ($1.59) vs Joe Blow ($2.66)


Dusty got back to his devastating best last week and if he can hold that form Richmond will be even harder to stop.  That challenge is in front of the Bombers this week and not helped with the news of losing two of their best for the rest of the season in Joe Daniher and Devon Smith.  Not sure they are up to the challenge.


Deesolation ($2.56) vs Jack’s Place ($1.63)


The Giants responded last week but proved little, this week they head back to their haunted hallowed turf where teams have slayed them 14 out of 16 visits.  They take on Melbourne who nearly landed the Eagles last week, they showed the required effort but lacked the polish.  Expecting a pretty tough affair.  Provided the Giants are still smarting from the previous outing here I expect them to much more daring and willing to take the game on, they are always better at that with Mumford in the team.  They do need address their dependence on him, the Demons also rely heavily on Max Gawn which could provide the key indicator of where this game will be won and lost.  I am trusting the Maserati driver has learnt a bit more in the last two weeks and the Giants to clinch their third victory on the G


Out of Geary ($1.44) vs Arrested Development ($3.15)


Much has been made of the Blues dependence on Patrick Cripps, their opponents this week have a similar judging from results. For the Saints Jarryn Geary sets the tone for how to play and the rest of the team follow, he has missed the last four games with St Kilda losing them all.  Certainly also a tough draw in those four games, they did win games they were not expected to earlier in the season.  The Blues look like they are on The Gambler’s train bound for nowhere.  Player development appears at a standstill with a couple of exceptions, importantly unlike the Saints no-one prepared to follow the leader they just hang off him.  Perhaps the circle of truth might work this week, what tricks are left if it doesn’t.  Expecting an error riddled and torrid encounter with Saints to have that bit more belief in themselves to come out on top.


Sorry Hawks ($1.75) vs Travelling Well ($2.28)


Get Stuffed Lyon was clearly miffed that another team was delivering boring footy, so he fixed that last week with a miserable brand that came up short.  How will he attack a home game against the Lions who are travelling nicely taking along Hugh McClaggage who gets to play his 50th game.  Would have had plenty more headlines if he was based in Melbourne, learning and applying his craft very nicely in Brisbane.  An important one for Brisbane to notch one of the toughest road trips and reckon they might be able to do it.


Friar Time


Bullen Temp proved a feisty opponent as usual ultimately the Friars were able to get away for a solid victory, the reserves winning easily against short handed opposition.  With the gap left by St Johns the senior team have a weekend off.  The Under 23s came up against the benchmark last week in Old Xaverians who have effectively had an Under 23 team for a couple of year.  They fared manfully but the scoreboard suggests differently, this week we host St Kevins at Friar Park in the only home game for the week.  The girls withstood a final quarter charge from Old Ivanhoe to win by a point, this week they travel west to Old Westbourne.


Go Friars, Go Blues


Cheers, Sal


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