Round 9 – Sal’s preview: Another great round of footy

Greetings All

 

The incident involving Dan Rioli and Shai Bolton on the weekend has been a circus for the journos this week.  Not sure the stalking outside Punt Road will get the desired result.  Not sure how a couple of fringe players at Tigerland feel about it though.   Sydney Stack and Callum Coleman-Jones were given pretty short shrift when they transgressed last year.

 

It’s great that Dimma doesn’t condone violence – but reckon the level was interesting for Shai to break his wrist.  Players should be able to go out and not be harassed and threatened, but there has to be better ways to deal with it.  As for the double standard, it is the same as has been going for years.  As Orwell wrote ‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others’.

 

Enough on the Tigers another great round of footy coming,

 

 

Chips In ($3.50) vs Big Game Hunters ($1.39)

 

The Cats hunted the Tigers down and came out on top, the forward line with Hawkins, Cameron and Rohan functioning beautifully as the midfield simply outworked the premiers.  They face the Saints whose concern about the three headed monster has them bringing James Frawley back in off only a single reserves game 12 days earlier.  St Kilda themselves have named a top heavy forward line, reckon that is right down Geelong’s alley.  The main threat to the Cats will be if Paddy Ryder can control the rucks, otherwise reckon the Cats have this covered.

 

Heeneyous ($1.35) vs Did Better ($3.75)

 

The Pies got back on the board and travel to the SCG for what promises to be a solid test.  Sydney were mighty against the Demons but could not bridge the final gap, the potential inclusion of Heeney will help.  The Pies beat who they had to last week, not sure they turned the corner to get over the Swans.

 

North ($1.39) vs South ($3.50)

 

The Hawks of the North host the Roos of the South in the keenly contested ‘lip-service’ derby.  For both these clubs the Tasmanian commitment has been one way traffic, a handy place to play our lesser fixtures and we can make some coin for it as well.  The Taswegians seem to have had enough and demanding their own team and justifiably so.  Anyway on the game between 17th and 18th I suspect Hawthorn will just be able to edge out the Roos.

 

Hard to Swallow ($3.75) vs O Dear ($1.34)

 

Brisbane have found a rich vein of form and coping well without the Brownlow Medallist.  The travel down the highway facing Gold Coast who are trying hard but have significant challenges in the ruck.  The Big O should be able to give the Lions a good enough advantage to win this.

 

Don’t be Shai ($1.59) vs Brigg it on ($2.66)

 

Both the Tigers and Giants lose key personnel.  Finlayson and Keefe out for the Giants could affect their structure at both ends of the ground, while Richmond are down to virtually just one of their premiership midfielders.  At least that one is Dusty.  The Giants will bring a debutante in the ruck in Kieren Briggs, a massive challenge up against Nankervis.  The Giants best is good enough especially if the Tigers turn up like last week.  Richmond are still intact at both ends of the ground and will have been challenged after last week, expect them to bounce back.

 

Get a Clurey ($1.75) vs Libbarated ($2.28)

 

The Port defenders just do their job, Tom Clurey often looks mismatched and still comes out on top – did so last week keeping Tex goalless.  They will have a tougher test against the Dogs who simply outworked the Blues when the game mattered.  It was a lesson they learned the week before from Trent Cotchin and the Tigers.  Libba having 13 clearances on his own!  Will that be good enough against Port?  It has to come from the middle, no matter the result their defender were again exposed.  If the Dogs can’t control the middle Dixon, Georgiades, Marshall, Rozee will have a field day.  At home Port should come out on top.

 

Truck at Work ($1.71) vs Roadkill ($2.30)

 

The Dockers remain on the road after have their game shifted last week and head to the Loungeroom to face the Bombers.  They just missed last week but again showed they are a good work in progress.  Losing Stringer takes away some flair and spark that he can provide.  Expect Freo to be better, however at home Essendon can get one on the board.

 

A Little Weid ($1.36) vs In the Pitts ($3.60)

 

At 8-0 Melbourne are in heady territory, they have a couple of challenges with Luke Jackson added to the injury list.  A one for one replace with Sam Weideman, however it will probably mean some changes to their ruck set up.  The inclusion of Jackson to the team has been a differentiator.  Max will need to be used more, that should not be an issue against the Blues and Pittonet.  De Koning might prove a different challenge if selected but a big ask against Gawn.  Expect a strong response from the Blues after the fade out last week.  While Harry is a star on the rise, just think the Melbourne defense is too well organised for Carlton too kick enough goals.  Especially when you consider the porous defense.

 

Free Willie ($1.11) vs Texas Hold ‘em ($8.60)

 

The Crows have lost four on the trot, Tex wants to play but the coach is resting him for later in the season!  What on earth will be the point if they keep on losing, like they will to the Eagles this week.  Off the field West Coast have their Rioli behaving badly challenges.

 

Friar Time

 

Big wins to the Friars in the Seniors and Reserves over Brunswick last week as did the Girls over Old Melburnians, the thirds could not make the quaddie going down by a point with a kick after the siren.  This week the seniors head to Oakleigh who pulled off a win over Kew last week, should be a great contest.  The Girls play Old Haileyburians at Caulfield with the thirds will host the Jackas

 

Go Blues, Go Friars,

 

Cheers, Sal

 

 

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