Round 10: Sal’s thoughts and tips for this week’s footy.


Greetings All,


Not much on footy side to consider this week – most likely as most Carlton fans could not face looking at the press.  That being the case it is straight into the prognosis.


Still a bit Goey ($1.45) vs Schached Up ($3.15)


More noise about Jordy this week after booting six against one of the weakest defenses in the competition.  He has talent and plays the game on instinct, true assessments need to be made when facing the best opposition.  His Pies take on the Dogs who have selected Josh Schache while taking the axe to Wallis, Dunkley and Webb.  Not reading much into either’s form from last week – the Pies had limited opposition and the Dogs simply did not handle the conditions.  The pristine conditions of the marvelous Loungeroom will hold no fears for them this week.  Form overall says the Pies who hold a large percentage gap over the Dogs also – sticking with the form.


Travel Bugged? ($1.11) vs ReMembreying how to kick ($9.80)


The Tigers have hit the road twice and been conquered twice.  So Adelaide and West Coast are both pretty good, they are likely to be the teams they visit in September if they should fall from the top.  Back on home turf against the wayward kicking Saints should see them back on the winners list.


High Beams ($3.50) vs Gridironed ($1.38)


Well done to Brisbane in their handling of Dayne Beams relinquishing the captaincy as he battles through personal trauma and change, wishing him well as he deals with the grieving of his father’s death.  Well done also them in notching a well-deserved win and doing it in fine style – win, lose or draw the Lions are great to watch.  They face the gridiron playing lads from Sydney who might need to curtail some of their extra-curricular pastimes losing Callum Mills for the season.  He was a vital cog in Sydney’s quest for the flag.  Suspect it won’t matter too much this week although the Lions will certainly be on again at the Gabba.


Big Sav ($1.07) vs Deestroyed ($13.00)


Esava Ratugolea has quickly become an important part of the Cats line up, big and brave with good skills to match.  Something about giving the big blokes time.  The Blues don’t have that luxury looking for all hands on deck as injuries mount up and Murphy looking at another extended stint on the sidelines.  Thoroughly torn apart by the Demons last week and possibly a similar result this week given few of these players would have played any footy at the Cattery.  Carlton’s last game there was 21 years ago.


Patton the Back ($1.48) vs Dead Cats Bounced ($3.05)


A contrasting week for the Giants and Bombers.  The Bombers win over the Cats relieving the pressure at Tullamarine, it has grown on the Giants suffering three losses in a row.  Not quite as much scrutiny based in Sydney.  They welcome back a few key players in Patton, Kelly and Buntine and will appreciate being back at the Showgrounds!  The home turf long with a better team in has me favouring the orange men.


Ceglar Time? ($2.30) vs Spine-tingling ($1.75)


Will the Hawks play Ceglar to counter the West Coast two ruckmen?  Plenty of discussion on the topic this week, the reality is that most clubs can’t play two ruckmen unless one of them is Nic Nat.  A glance down the spine for the Eagles indicates their strength – Barrass, McGovern, Yeo, Darling and Kennedy is as strong as anyone in the competition.  Plenty going right for the Eagles, a few things going right for the Hawks.  A home game in the Loungeroom against West Coast is not one for them.  Hawthorn will be hungry after last week’s loss and Clarko plans better than most, West Coast are vulnerable after what will have been a week of back-slapping at home.  Going with the Hawks.


The Italian Ride ($1.92) vs Hobart Home ($2.06)


Quite topical that Giro could make his debut for Freo with the other Giro coming to a finale in Rome.  But then he might not get in either.  Nevertheless Freo will be happy to get home after another tough loss on the road.  They face the Roos who are building a pretty nice fortress of their own on the banks of the Derwent.  At home Freo to win.


Blue Belters ($1.81) v Dog Belters ($2.20)


Both the Demons and Crows dished out significant beltings last week, they face each other in the Red Centre,  it promises to be a great contest.  The Dees have feasted on teams in the nether regions of the ladder, they were no match for Richmond and were torn apart by Hawthorn.  They need a good performance this weekend or the term Flat Track Bully Boys might just make its way forward.  The Crows are proven Home Track Bully Boys, they will have as much on the line as Melbourne.  So far Adelaide has covered their injuries pretty well, will they have the depth up against a contender away from home?  I am not sure Melbourne have same depth and believe Adelaide’s bottom six are better, so in a flip of the coin going with the Crows.


Friar Time


The Animals were spirited but no match for the Friars last week whose 2nd and 3rd quarter dominance split the game apart.  It has set up The Match of Saturday, top of the table clash in D2 with the Friars heading to Bundoora to take on the undefeated Old Paradians.  A date in the calendar that both clubs have been eyeing off since the pre-season.  Should be a beauty!  The Under 19s performed well as part of the Whitefriars College Open Day festivities on Sunday with a solid win over Old Geelong, they take on Old Scotch at Friar Park this week.  The girls played in an entertaining encounter last week to record a solid victory over Aquinas, they have the early morning game and trip to Altona playing second placed Williamstown CYMS.  The Friar Girls are currently sitting in third place.


Go Blues, Go Friars,


Cheers, Sal

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