Round 17 – Sal’s Preview: It’s moving time

Greetings All,


As our move is nearly complete, time has come for clubs to make their move with only 7 games to play.  With teams down to 13th only a game and half from 8th there are many possibilities, the likelihood really being little change from what we have.  As it is moving time, our teams this week feature some of the moves we have seen over the years.


Gavin Wanganeen ($1.75) vs “Diamond Jim” Tilbrook ($2.30)


The favoured son returned from Essendon for Port in their early AFL Days, for the Dees Jim Tilbrook was a much feted recruit from Sturt who did not quite live up to the glittering moniker bestowed upon him.  Port have quickly added Zak Butters to the team while Melbourne are looking to Ben Brown to solve their recent goal kicking woes.  2nd vs 4th makes it important enough, added though is that both teams have issues to rectify.  The Demon attack has been impotent in the last three weeks, Ben Brown appears one dimensional to make the required difference but perhaps the answer comes from further afield.  While Port needs to rid itself of the FTBB tag and there is no better way than to beat a flag aspirant.  Not sure Melbourne have addressed their front half issues and Port are at home so it is Power to win.


Terry Daniher ($1.33) vs Bryce Gibbs ($3.80)


TD was the recruit from Sydney that just kept on giving with brothers Neale, Anthony and Chris all playing for the Bombers and also nephew Joe until last year.  The Bryce Gibbs return to Adelaide was not as fruitful.  Essendon just have to win to keep in touch, the Crows need to perform better than their capitulation to the Lions.  Going with the Bombers in the Loungeroom.


Russell Greene ($2.24) vs Trent Croad ($1.79)


A party boy at the Saints Greene found himself transferred mid season to the Hawks and became a multiple premiership player.  Trent went to Freo but his heart never left the Hawks.  Freo dominated the Blues but were wasteful up forward if they can improve in that area reckon they will be able to win this one.


David Clarke ($3.60) vs Zac Touhy ($1.36)


David Clarke moved to the Blues at the end of his career at Geelong playing nine games in the premiership year of 1982, he ran on the ground for the big one suited up as a ruse but never got the medal.  Zac went the other way mid career and continues to be a vital part of the Cats team.  They take on the Blues without Jeremy Cameron which provides a different dynamic from recent weeks but the rest of the team is working well.  If that loss hurts then the potential for the Blues to be missing Cripps is almost mortal.  They are two in a row but need a significant lift again to beat the Cats – not sure it is there.


Joe Daniher ($1.25) vs Dan Hannebery ($4.80)


The move of Joe might just be the missing link for the Lions, while the Hannebery move to the Saints appears ill-fated.  The Saints survived the fightback from Collingwood last week, reckon they will be the ones needing to fightback at the Gabba.  Not many are successful.


Callan Ward ($1.42) vs Gary Ablett ($3.10)


Callan Ward was a shrewd investment by the Giants as they built their list providing great leadership and attitude, Gazza was supposed to do the same for the Suns but never really left Geelong.  Got himself a Brownlow in the process just didn’t drag the group up with him.  One of the reasons the Giants are stronger now and will win this game.


Tony Liberatore ($1.34) vs Plugger ($3.50)


Libba played Under 19s and Reserves at North before moving onto the Dogs, his imprint on the club remains with son Tom being a vital part of the team.  Tony Lockett is revered figure at both clubs he represented moving to Sydney as part of their “Star” strategy.  That strategy has Buddy Franklin strutting around in the red and white, his input will be vital if they are to beat the ladder leaders on Sunday.  The Dogs are playing great footy at the moment and not sure who from Sydney can stop the Bont.  Dogs for mine.


Phil Walsh ($1.69) vs David Cloke ($2.40)


The Pies and Tigers have a healthy dislike of each other, in the eighties this saw a spate of players being poached including Phil Walsh (Coll to Rich) and David Cloke (Rich to Coll).  Both teams need a good performance this week, Collingwood finished strongly against the Saints and a continuation of that could take it right up to the Tigers.  They are on a three game losing streak and look a shadow of last year’s premiership team.  Injuries are mounting and some are questioning their motivation levels.  Suspect that questioning will get answered on Sunday.


Ross Glendinning ($1.23) vs Doug Wade ($4.40)


After nine years with the Roos Ross Glendinning made his way home to be the inaugural skipper for the Eagles, he still has a strong presence in the West.  Doug Wade one of several experienced players recruited by North through the “ten year rule” along with getting Ron Barassi as coach and helped them win their first premiership.  The Eagles get back home and could make this a Monday Night Massacre.


Friar Time


The Friars ventured to the runway to record their first win at the venue, the Reserves are still to break the duck.  The Girls played a tough game against Old Haileybury to get home by a point while the Thirds were overrun by a handy MHSOB outfit.  It is snow week for the Ammos!


Go Blues or Go Skiing!


Cheers, Sal


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