Round 11 Preview – The Gazza Football League

Greetings all,


It’s back to a full round and pressure on the scribes with another Thursday Night fixture.  But first, to address the issue of the week and that is Gary Ablett, I love watching the best players and there is none better than G Ablett.  But the sycophantic media scrum treatment of him is quite ridiculous.  Whether he was suspended or not was of little bother, I am glad he is playing and can win the Brownlow, but if the panel found his indiscretion worthy of a suspension then so be it.  The name of the trophy has always been Fairest and Best and that has held true over time even if a player is not suspended – just check with Diesel Williams in 1993.


But the attention given to his treatment by taggers is terribly inconsistent – yep he gets a heavy tag every week and deals with it pretty well but not many players have the umpires ear like the little champ.  But he is no different to Marc Murphy, Trent Cotchin, Stevie Johnson, Patrick Dangerfield and plenty of others who are heavily tagged on a weekly basis. They must all feel dirty at the end of the games they play with how they are treated, but the media will often use the term “toughen up princess” for anyone but Gazza.  They are all ball players that we want to see execute their skills; taggers have a place in the game but need to stay within the rules.  Umpires are too scared to pay the free kicks they deserve, if they did I am sure the game would clear up as the best players would get access to the contest which they are being denied by means foul and fair but usually foul.


But it is on to the footy with this scribe picking the lot last week after a lean week prior.


Randwick ($1.45) vs No Butts Please ($3.15)

The Cats are in a spot of bother losing Lonergan who has been excellent against Franklin over the journey and their defensive maestro in Enright, getting Stevie J back from his indiscretion will certainly help.  But the major factor tipping me to the Bloods is that they are coming off a rest where as the Cats will be coming off consecutive 6 day breaks.  They are a resilient lot at Geelong and they do play well at the SCG and $3 is a rarity for the cats, but these Swans are looking ominous.


Motley Crue ($11.00) vs Cloke and Swagger ($1.09)

I doubt the impending return of Tommy Lee for the Saints will be keeping Bucks awake at night.  For that matter I don’t reckon the form of Travis Cloke is costing him much sleep either – the Pies have so many players hitting the scoreboard the form of the big forwards is a sideshow.  I suspect the opposition teams will be more concerned if they do find form.  They will get a chance for redemption this week against the inexperienced Saints defence and no matter what they will kick a winning score.


Dawes Slammed ($8.20) vs The Heirs Apparent ($1.13)

The league leaders still can’t convince the markets of their credibility for the flag, maybe it is because of how few games they play at the G.  The Dees host them this week – but in the Red Centre – they don’t venture onto the hallowed turf till August for their one game there.  The Dees have shored up the defence but Dawes has made a difference up forward and will be sorely missed.  Port to win.


Cubs ($3.20) vs Swann Song ($1.44)

The Blues travel to the Gabbatoir  – are they playing Greg Swann’s next employer?  They have won 4 from 5 but have been anything but convincing, but wins are wins and Leppa would not care how they looked for his team.  Both teams have been hit by injuries through the year, but Brisbane have suffered more than anyone.  If they can get the skipper on the park he has always terrified the Carlton defence, but no matter I suspect the Blues will balance the ledger in the Saturday twilight zone.


The Moral Compass ($1.75) vs Jack’s Back ($2.30

I prefer to call the Dreamtime game the Daryl John Kerrigan game – “Tell ‘em they’re Dreamin’”.  Both clubs would seem to be again in 2014 and this game has has an even greater status with each team desperate to keep their season alive.  More noise from the Tiges asking the captain and coach to be more aggressive, where as everyone else is talking about Essendon but they seem to have bunkered down.  They will be looking forward to playing footy.  This is a flip of the coin game for mine.  Just rate the Bombers above the Tigers and they are my selection, however if the Tigers can get their running going again Essendon could struggle to keep up which makes their odds attractive.


Need a Compass ($1.73) vs Gazza Coasting ($2.22)

The Crows lost their way last week plenty of cheap possession behind the ball but no penetration, but from the previous effort against the Pies we know they are capable.  The party is over for the Gold Coast whose record is very good, but their flying start was predicated and predicted by the fixture.  They go into “Amen Corner” over the next few weeks on the road to Adelaide and West Coast and hosting Sydney and Geelong.  I reckon Adelaide will be primed for this and are my selection.


Stop Picken on me ($6.00) vs Maritime Workers ($1.17

A tough week for Liam Picken who I am sure will be under heavy scrutiny but it should be a tough week for the Dogs who cannot put four quarters together.  Meanwhile Get Stuffed Lyon has his team back strangling the opposition and what appears to be a forward line capable of kicking the extra two goals he wants.  Back on the deck where he honed his defensive gameplan, they will prove too tough for the Dogs who have even bigger questions on their forward line than the Dockers.


Using a Bolt On ($1.03) vs Midgets ($26)

Not a great week for the Giants to face the Hawks who, despite not having their regular coach, will have no problems self-regulating themselves through this one.


The Corporation ($1.67) vs Spirit got Lost ($2.38)

The spirit was hiding again in the opening stanza against Geelong and can’t afford to be missing taking on the Eagles who were meritorious in the loss to the Pies.  Whatever positives North have, their backline is undersized.  Whilst they do a great job, up against the monsters like Hawkins they battle.  West Coast has no shortage of monsters up forward and thus will prevail in this encounter.


Boom, Boom

The Boom Brothers went 1-2 in the big one last week, this we have the Queensland Oaks (G1, 2400m, 3yo Fillies)Arabian Story (1) looks the winner, has been running well against the best opposition and has always looked like an Oaks prospect.  Others of some interest at each way odds are Star Fashion (4), Paris Match (9) and Terai (11).

Selections Eagle Farm – Race 7 – 1-9-11-4


Friar Time

The Friars got back on the winners list climbing over Bulleen-Temp in the last quarter. They face Yarra Valley in the local derby at Leeds St this week in another game where a win will put a gap between them and the relegation zone.  The Under 19s came up against a spirited and strong Uni Blues outfit and a poor second quarter cost them dearly, they face Uni Blacks at the same venue this week and will look to atone.


Go Blues, Go Friars, Go MGGS


Cheers, Sal


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