Round 13 – Sal’s Preview: As the carousel starts up

Greetings All,


The merry-go-round kicks off with the end of Nathan Buckley’s tenure at the Pies.  Was always a big decision for the club whose playing list is in a parlous state, mostly due to the decisions of others but with some influence from Nathan.  The 2022 coach needs to be the coach till 2026, it would be a big ask to have the coach for the last 10 years go another 5.  He departs without the ultimate glory but with a plenty of class and respect.  Loved by the Pies as a player while despised by the opposition supporters, really a reflection of how good he was.  Got the coaching role through Eddie’s transition deal that was poisoned by Mighty Mick.   He still took the team to a Preliminary Final in his first year as coach and was a kick away from the ultimate in 2018.  Plenty of good coaches have not won a flag – Nathan is on that list.  That may be rectified in the years to come – it just won’t be at Collingwood – that would make an opposition supporter happy!


Meanwhile the Blues are in review and a few other clubs might start checking how sturdy their dominoes are.


After all that we have a few games on the weekend including his last hurrah!  We are back to guesswork with Thursday Night games.


FTBB? ($2.00) vs Locked Out ($1.98)


A tough week for the Cats having to be couped up just to get to get to Adelaide for this game.  They get a few handy types back including Dangerfield.  Port lose Fantasia but will lose a lot more if they are beaten.  Aside from the victory over the Tigers they have come up short against any of the contenders while having their way with the lesser lights.  Geelong at home is the perfect test for them.  The Port defense has been good but just think having to contain both Hawkins and Cameron will soak up too many resources and leave opportunities for Rohan and Dangerfield as he goes forward.  Reckon they might fail the test and going with Geelong.


Horse Tails ($1.17) vs Locked Down? ($6.40)


Clarko’s not going anywhere.  So he has told us all, however the reality is that the Hawks are not in an entirely dissimilar position to the Pies.  The list is compromised, much of that has been at the hands of the coach.  He is contracted for 2022 but the Hawks also need a coach for the long term.  Perhaps they might take inspiration from their opposition.  Sydney have entrusted John Longmire to set the direction for the club and they have introduced a bunch of young players that have them threatening the northern end of the ladder.  Meanwhile Sydney win this.


Coxless ($2.00) vs Some Sunny Day ($1.99)


A night of carnage for the Dockers last week losing Cox, Logue and Fyfe to injury and Nathan Wilson to stupidity!  They host the Suns who are looking the other way with injuries with the potential return of Sam Day, Matt Rowell and Jack Bowes.  Being in Perth has me favouring Freo but that could swing if there is another casualty from last week with Sean Darcy still suspect.


Family First ($1.94) vs Swooped ($2.02)


The Saints will head to Cairns with the bare minimum of the list (or even less) as they struggle with a long injury list plus Membrey and Ross having family priorities.  They take on Adelaide who went down to the Magpies performing another one of Buckley’s Roadtime Raids.  Despite that I expect that St Kilda can’t get enough quality on the field and Adelaide will be good enough to win this.


Bellerive ($4.20) vs Parramatta ($1.29)


The Giants head to Hobart where they can expect a frosty reception from the Roos.  In their fortune they expect to regain Walsh, de Boer and Greene.  That should be good enough to prevail.


Hoo Dun It ($2.28) vs Bombs Away ($1.77)


West Coast didn’t really beat the SCG hoodoo last week, they just beat Carlton.  A sterner test awaits at home against the Tigers.  They were seemingly threatened by the Bombers last week before they slammed on seven unanswered goals.  A reminder as to why the premiership will go through Punt Road.  Another band member back in Lambert this week, Tigers to get over the Eagles


Where’s the Lid? ($1.21) vs The Buck Stops Here ($5.60)


Always a danger game when a coach departs.  Plenty of love for Nathan should have his players up for this and nothing better to send him out with a win over the ladder leaders.  It’s handy having good forwards, the Pies are so much better with Jamie Elliott in the team.  Melbourne put paid to the Lions and continue to meet every challenge.  They will be looking forward to a strong contest from the Pies – every tough game being a better preparation for what lies ahead.  As feisty as Collingwood will be for Bucks, the ruck and midfield strength of the Demons should give them first use of the footy and enough supply to take another one.


At least the Blues can’t drop one this week,


Cheers, Sal



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  1. Daryl Schramm says

    I see the FTBB moniker is still flying high over Alberton Sal.

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