Well tipsters it is a rare event but worthy of mention to let you all know that the preview selected the 8 winners this long weekend. There were doubts with some of the selections and at three quarter time it looked like I had swung the wrong way with the Geelong versus Hawthorn game but as predicted, the Cats just seem to be able to squeeze wins out of tight games.
A glorious day in north east China today, about 27 degrees, light cloud and little wind, heaps of pollution and crazy traffic. Normal. The foreigner Olympics ended today so there is a week for the body to recover. Hallelujah. Medal presentations at a Korean restaurant and seeing I won gold in the basketball, bronze in the soccer and silver in the tennis and cricket I just have to be there so the review is just a short version but I am sure you will excuse me.
We are into the second half of the season and the previews are going along okay.
St Kilda 12.9.81 defeated Western Bulldogs 8.9.57
A game played between a couple of out of form teams and neither team would take a lot of confidence out of the match. That result just about finishes off the Bullies for a finals appearance and the Saints might beat enough middle of the road teams to make an elimination final.
West Coast 15.16.106 defeated Adelaide 10.7.67
The scoring in this game was all at one end, possibly due to a strong breeze favouring that end goal. 19 of the 25 goals were kicked at the scoring end. The Eagles progression continues very nicely towards a final appearance after the wooden spoon last season and Adelaide will have an early finish to the season.
North Melbourne 18.14.122 defeated Gold Coast Suns 9.9.63
North was ahead by 7 goals at the end of the first quarter and about the same at half time. That’s almost an impossible margin to overcome for most teams let alone a team as new to the game as the Gold Coast Suns although having said that they did it once already to Port Adelaide. Harvey celebrated a milestone game and the Roos were never headed and finished 10 goal winners. Expected.
Geelong 13.10.88 defeated Hawthorn 13.5.83
It was amazing to see the Hawks hold the Cats to just 4 points in the 3rd quarter after both teams had kicked so many goals in the first half. But that feat was overshadowed in the final quarter when the Cats held Hawthorn scoreless in the last! How is that possible in a game of football with two skilled teams? 19 goals kicked in the first half and just 7 goals in the second half. Great game. Well tipped.
Carlton 19.10.114 defeated Brisbane 9.9.63
The Blues were never headed by the Lions and by three quarter time they had worked up minimum sweat to have a 10 goal lead, the margin being the same at the end of the game. Walker kicked 5 to add to his 6 from the previous week. Welcome back to Kreuzer as well.
Sydney 9.21. 75 defeated Richmond 9.11.65
The Swans continue to win the tight games, a bit like Geelong. They came from behind in the last quarter and got themselves about 4 goals in front before the rain pelted down drowning any hope of a Richmond revival which was gaining momentum in the last few minutes.
Fremantle 15.8.98 defeated Essendon 9.10.64
The Dockers had this game won by the end of the first quarter and at one stage in the third quarter they were a point shy of a 10 goal lead. Fremantle was able to coast in the last quarter allowing the Bombers a few complimentary goals and some respectability. The early rampaging Essendon form is beginning to wilt a little so it will be interesting to see how they finish the second half of the season. Fremantle consolidated in the nick of time.
Collingwood 19.15.129 defeated Melbourne 6.5.41
The Magpie machine was at its awesome best as they steamrolled Melbourne who managed a total game score that was 2 goals less than Collingwood kicked in the final quarter! Cloke had 5 up to half time and if the Pies missed Dane Swan and Dale Thomas it wasn’t noticeable