Round 20 – Sal’s Preview: Pardon the diversion

Greetings All and Happy Ashes to you,


Not sure the first sessions were what we wanted to see, but what an effort from Steve Smith and the tail!  Rhyce Shaw filled the first slot, which of the other “on the job” applicants will also get their wish?  Are there any other dominos to fall?  Plenty of discussion points but with a test match on we are straight into the footy!


Shawed Up ($1.92) vs Pure Silk ($2.06)


The Roos have lost their last three but all to opposition in the top six, hosting the Hawks sounds like an easier assignment, we can be sure they will be very competitive.  The Hawks lost to Brisbane by 27 points but still managed to have more scoring shots, more efficiency this week sees them with a chance.  Shaun Burgoyne takes over the mantle of most games by an indigenous player and there appears plenty more on the radar, is Boomer in his sights?  Tough match to call but think the Roos forwards might have an edge over the Hawks defense and I expect the Tarrant-Thompson duo to make life tough at the other end so just favouring the Roos.


Strung Out ($1.55) vs Koched Up ($2.78)


Jake Stringer showed his capability last week against ordinary opposition he was unstoppable in the middle, this week’s opponents are not going too well in there either.  David Koch amping up the pressure on Coach Kenny just to make life harder for Port, they are shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic at the moment with Scott Lycett being this week’s fall guy.  Just can’t see Port winning any games away from home.


P-Plates ($1.33) vs Off Rampe ($3.95)


The Maserati driver has had a good couple of weeks making good use of a few spare parts, getting Delidio back helps this week.  Up against their cross town rivals will make it a willing contest, however just another challenge for the Swans playing without their best forward and now their best defender in Dane Rampe is out this week.  As willing as it might be the Giants should control this game.


Is he Lyon? ($3.45) vs Hollywood ($1.39)


Not sure the acting career is on for Mark Blicavs, he going OK on the footy field as are the Cats who travel west to take on Freo where the club and coach do not seem quite on the same path.  The home ground will suit Freo, but they are challenged with personnel so will need to be at their very best to win, not sure they will be.


The Carousel ($1.41) vs Rat and Chips ($3.35)


The Adelaide merry-go-round continues with Josh Jenkins taking his turn out of the team while Eddie gets a reprieve along with Gibbs and Douglas, they host the Saints who kept their 100% record under Brett Ratten.  Ratts has gone “all in” on his desire to get the job.  A huge test against a Crows line up under enormous scrutiny.  Picking Adelaide with the home ground advantage, however if the Saints can keep it close it will be a very nervous home team.


Deesappointing ($5.00) vs Stacked Up ($1.24)


Sydney Stack misses his first game with injury, but the rest of the Tigers are on fire although also losing Trent Cotchin.  Should not be an issue up against the disappointing Melbourne.


Descending Birds ($1.14) vs The Other Big Ben ($7.60)


The Pies succumbed to the Tigers pretty quickly last week and will be keen to arrest the fall and get back on the winners list against the Suns.  Gold Coast may have gone down to the Bombers but gee they have an exciting prospect in Ben King.  Now they just need to keep him.


All Aboard ($3.40) vs Yeo Yeo ($1.40)


The Blues bandwagon is loaded , unfortunately for 2019 it is like the Gambler’s “train bound for nowhere”.  The last few weeks have been very positive and maybe the train will have a destination in the future.  A huge test against the reigning premiers who will be keen to put their stamp on this one to enhance the prospect of a home final.  Elliott Yeo gets to 150 games and likely to have the task on Patrick Cripps.  Suspect thepremiers will be too strong and experienced for the Blues.


Kings of the Jungle ($1.41) vs Rare Air ($3.30)


The Lions are passing every test now and going for seven on the trot against the finals aspiring Bulldogs.  The great shame is that they are aspiring without Dale Morris whose partially torn ACL went all the way.  What a great servant he has been for the club.  The Lions will welcome back Harris Andrews who will be a great match up for Aaron “Air” Naughton.  At the Gabba just think the Lions will be too good.


Friar Time


Another undefeated weekend for the Friars, but two of them were draws.  The seniors conceded the first two goals against the Unicorns and were down at the first break, but kicked the other 11 goals for the game to win a very defensive contest.  The ressies shared the points with Melbourne High.  The Under 23s stay in the finals hunt with a win over Fitzroy.  The girls gave up the lead to the CYs in the last quarter but managed to get back to level against the wind.  Other results fell their way and they take on Westbourne in the 1st Semi Final this Saturday in the away shorts.  The senior teams have week off while the Under 23s take on the 2nd placed SKOBs at Friar Park.


Go Friars, Go Blues


Cheers, Sal


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