Round 5: Nine games over five days

Round 5, to be played over 5 different days, kicks off tonight with beauty.


Adelaide will be desperate to atone their poor showing against Collingwood last round by recording a win against the Swans. The Swans, after just getting over the line against the Bulldogs, will be having none of that. The betting odds suggest the Swans are clear favourites but I’d be wary against the Crows as they try to regain some lost pride and just sneak home against the Swans.


Tomorrow, the Saints will struggle against GWS. The improvement Saints fans were expecting from their team this season has not been forthcoming and I’d expect that poor form to continue and Saints be no match for their opponents who should win comfortably.


Carlton, with key players out with injury, appear to be no match for the Eagles and will be in for another demoralising loss. Their lack of depth and in-experience will see them easily run over by West Coast who should kick a big score.


Port Adelaide, who had their power cut off last week by the Bombers will be in no mood to perform poorly again this week, especially in front of their home crowd. Geelong missing key players and others down on form will find their trip to the Adelaide Oval not to their liking and will struggle against a rebounding Crows.


Fremantle and the Western Bulldogs, both losers from last round, will be eager to put their seasons back on track and be desperate for a win. The Bulldogs, unlucky last week, seem to be finding improving form after their poor opening two games and although the odds suggest Freo should be comfortable winners at home, I have a feeling the Doggies might just pip them on the post by the barest of margins. Worth putting a dollar or two on the Doggies!


Hawthorn were very impressive smashing Melbourne last week and even with injuries to Rioli and Puopolo should get over the line against North Melbourne. If Goldstein has a good game against McEvoy and their mids can get the ball quickly to Ben Brown  then the complexion on the game could change. The Roos will all have to play well if they are to win the game.


The clash of the Brisbane teams should be a fairly urbane affair and on form you would expect the Suns to win but who knows, maybe, just maybe because of the Derby the Lions may come out to play and have a win. My rough for the round!


Anzac Day Eve will not be a time of remembrance for the Demons and I expect the Tigers to have another big day out continuing  Melbourne’s poor form. The Dees are a team big things were expected of, but at this stage it’s only the little things that are happening and Richmond to win well.


The traditional Anzac Day clash between Collingwood and Essendon sees two evenly poised teams keen to stamp some authority on the competition and follow up a good win from last week with another this week, but who will it be? The bookies have the Pies as slight favourites but I have a feeling it will be a blow out for the winning side. A lot of “ifs”in this game. If Daniher has a good game, which must be coming, if Sidebottom is held will that affect the result. Whatever happens I hope it is a cracking game and not a blowout. The Bombers for me!



About Colin Ritchie

Retired teacher who enjoys following the Bombers, listening to music especially Bob Dylan, reading, and swimming.

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