Round 16 – Sal’s Preview: Going the early crow


Greetings All,



A tough week for tipping with some venues still to be determined and interstate teams facing hubs in Victoria.  Then the personal challenge of moving house might just have the scribe erring on the side of brevity.  Some may think that’s a benefit!



Loungeroom Lizards ($1.12) v Sun Baked ($6.40)


Just when we thought the Tigers would hit their straps, the Saints outplayed them at their own game.  This week they have the challenge of playing in the Loungeroom.  How will that 3km journey affect them?  The injury list that looked promising took a turn with Balta and Broad gone and Vlastuin in some doubt.  Fortunately for Richmond they face the disappointing Suns who seem to have hit their limit for 2021.  Tigers should get back to the winners list, can they stay on it?



Catatonic ($1.27) v Strung Up ($4.50)


Another couple of last week’s losers contest in the marquee timeslot.  Did the Cats just misfire in Brisbane or is there more to it?  The ruck remains an issue, Dangerfield is battling, and the defense looks stretched against the best.  The Bombers though are not the best, but they are improving.  Stringer catches the eye, but Parish and Merrett deliver the consistency.  They certainly gave the Demons a scare last week, but Geelong at Geelong is usually a safe tip.



A GoodWin ($1.20) v Be a Hero ($5.70)


The Giants are stuck in Melbourne and get to back up at the G, where they would hope to put on a better showing than the one against Hawthorn last week.  They have an interesting choice as to whether they bring Hogan straight back into the line against one of his former clubs.  The Demons survived the Bombers last week in a spluttering performance, a game they would have dropped in years gone by.  While the margin was slim sometimes you need to win ugly.  Reckon they will have the same issues from the Giants, but reckon they can win ugly again.



Sloane Down ($4.10) v 9.8 from the Russian Judge ($1.30)


Adelaide were victims of one sublime quarter from the Blues and to add to the pain it appears Rory Sloane may be cooked for the season also.  They get back home to host the rampaging Lions who were sensational against Geelong.  A couple of dumb acts on the weekend, one of them from Joe Daniher – he just does not need to do that stuff.  How the adjudicators react to him in the future will be interesting!  Reckon the Lions might get the first win over Adelaide at Adelaide Oval.



What a Bewley ($1.71) v Eight was Enough ($2.20)


Freo host the Blues but won’t get to at home.  We are still none the wiser about where or when this will be played.  No matter where Freo will be confident they can win anywhere after beating the Pies in Melbourne last week without Nat Fyfe.  The fight of the Blues after Weitering was hit late was refreshing after the insipid efforts and support from recent weeks, but it did see another dumb act with Zac Williams bouncing an opponent’s head into the turf.  Great to drag the opponent out, but that was enough.  Their eight goal second quarter showed the not often seen capability of the team.  Freo need to notch this to stay close to a finals berth, the Blues will need to play more than one quarter.  Reckon the Dockers might be up to another win on the road.



Jack ($3.50) v Great Scott ($1.37)


The Giant killers in Hawthorn did it again with another well-planned attack on the opponent.  They need to come up with the same again as they host Port, who got home against Sydney thanks to a terrific late goal from Scott Lycett.  The Hawks have had better personnel in the team and recent results reflect that.  They will be feisty, but Port usually have been too good for those in the lower reaches of the ladder.



South Melbourne ($1.90) v Chum ($2.08)


It’s not Albert Park but the Swans get a home game in Victoria to take on the Eagles who were devoured by the Bulldogs last week.  The Eagles have the talent on the park but are just not delivering consistently and will need to be at their best against a team that pushed Port all the way.  Too much noise is being given to Buddy’s approach to 1000 goals – I suspect this is more external than internal.  The talent says West Coast, but Sydney just keeps on fighting to maintain their place in the eight.  Reckon they will keep the dream alive this week.



Pig Out of the Middle ($1.89) v Big Game Hunters ($2.12)


Never one to appease the eye was Levi Greenwood, but he always did his job for the team at both the Roos and Pies.  Unfortunately, he’s had to call time on his career this week.  His Pies face the Tiger killers.  The Saints showed just what they are capable of on Friday, which probably adds to their fans’ frustration.  Their best is very good and usually gets produced with Marshall and Ryder in the team.  They are in the team this week.  Reckon they can back up.



Get to the Telly ($1.07) v The Noble Prize ($13.50)


To borrow from an edition past, “we run to the telly to watch Bontempelli,” and he is compelling viewing – as are his team at the moment.  There is more to Dogs than the Bont, but he is both the cake and the icing!  They take on North who notched their second win, another in Tassie, and against lowly competition.  This is in the loungeroom and against higher opponents. Dogs to win.




Friar Time


Solid wins to the to the 1s and 2s over Oakleigh last week, maintaining the teams in 2nd place on both tables.  The thirds kept their finals hopes alive with a great win away at Elsternwick, while the Girls trip to Brighton was not as successful.  This week, we are off to the runway at PEGS – always a tough ground to play on.  The Girls host Old Haileybury at Friar Park, while the 3s travel to South Yarra up against 4th placed MHSOB in what is a definitive 8 point game.



Go Blues, Go Friars,



Cheers, Sal.




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