Round 11 – Sal’s Preview: All locked up!

Greetings All,


All locked up here in Melbourne for the next week, let’s hope for some great entertainment on the telly!


Ain’t it Sweet ($1.65) vs Dee-liberate ($2.50)


The Dogs finally get Tim English, in his absence they have unearthed a ripper in Jordon Sweet.  Those two will be up against it taking on the Gawn-Jackson combination.  Much more to this game than that contest.  Whether or not the call was made for deliberate last week it was a wake up call for Melbourne so expect them to backup strongly.  They have the big boys up forward to expose the doggie defenders, however their mates at ground level need to ensure likes of Duryea, Williams and Daniel don’t get too creative.  At the other end May and Lever should be able to cope with Naughton and Bruce, but there is plenty of other talent that needs to be controlled.  Control of this game will be in the middle.  Melbourne have the quality, the Doggies can match it and have a bit more depth to run through there.  This will be a ripper that should be at the G in front of 80,000 alas it’s in the Loungeroom with no-one attending.  Coin has come up Bulldogs, but nearly landed on its edge.


KOTJ ($1.24) vs Mummy’s Boys ($5.00)


Lions won the battle of the big cats – reckon we could get another couple of bouts before this season is done!  They take on the Giants who were magnificent in defeating the Eagles.  Shane Mumford rising to the challenge with a huge grab and again showed his value to this club.  It’s at the Gabba and the Lions are in scintillating form so hard to go against them.


Moore Please ($4.50) vs No Place like Holmes ($1.27)


Darcy Moore gets to play his 100th game, he will have been pleased to get Jordan Roughead back to help out last week and nearly upset Port.  It is a drab and ugly game the Pies play but it nearly paid off.  Can it work against the Cats who have brought in Holmes to replaced the concussed Duncan?  Geelong move the ball smartly these days but are not averse to playing keepings off also.  Don’t think it will work and Geelong to win.


Kitty Litter ($1.48) vs Made a Blue ($2.96)


Gold Coast suffered the fate of many that head to Kardinia Park, they go to Sydney to take on the Hawks who lost their first game to Carlton and the G since 2000.  Losing Hartigan could give the Suns an edge with Ben King being difficult to match up.  Going with the Gold Coast here in an important game for both teams.


The Power of 111 ($1.31) vs Noble Rot ($4.00)


The Saints and Roos suffered big losses last week.  For St Kilda it has been a week of soul-searching, we will see if they found one here.  Like the Suns and Hawks an important game for both teams, more critical for the Saints if they have any aspirations of playing finals.  Think Ratts’ lads will find the semblance of a soul.


Yeo Yeo ($1.33) vs Strung Up ($3.95)


Rhys Matheson labelled himself the barometer for the Lions, the Eagles and Bombers welcome back theirs.  Elliot Yeo is almost as vital as playing in Perth for the Eagles and will stiffen the midfield.  While for the Bombers Jake Stringer provides the X-factor that can lift his team to a higher level.  I am going with home ground and Yeo factor.


The Power of One ($1.29) vs The Power of Two ($4.20)


Port and Freo both got over the line in close games last week.  Port over the Pies by one in a pretty poor performance from a team with high ambition, they should improve back at home.  Their current form though will be of some concerns to coach Kenny even if he won’t admit it.  Freo managed to get over Buddy and the Swans through the usually errant Nat Fyfe.  They will be feisty as always, but if Port are too maintain high ambitions they win this pretty easily.


Lynch Pinned ($1.36) vs DeeStroyers ($3.70)


Well Dimma how do the fans like going to Parramatta?  The Tigers host Adelaide up there and lose Tom Lynch for a couple with a knee injury, how it affects the forward line will be intriguing.  They may get three of the band back together with Prestia, Bolton and Cotchin named in the starting 18.  The Crows will be buoyed by their victory over the Dees and will front up here with the same “take the game on” attitude.  Just think Richmond will bounce back pretty hard after last week.


Love Bitten ($1.51) vs Plowing Ahead ($2.92)


Handy for the Blues with Tom Hickey succumbing to injury, he has been fantastic for the Swans.  Not so handy is that their regular nemesis Buddy Franklin warmed up for this one with a lazy six last week.  The Blues tested the tribunal again and failed again with Lachie Plowman, pretty tough being suspended to self-preservation but there is responsibility for your opponent also.  At least he won’t be given the job on Buddy!  If the Blues can control Papley and Franklin they can win, their record in that area is not great so going with the Swans.


Friar Time


Well there is none this week after big wins over Peninsula last week.  The Girls pulled off a great upset over Old Brighton while the thirds went to Monash and tried valiantly but ultimately going under.


Go Blues,


Cheers, Sal


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