Three rounds to go and the top 5 teams are set in that they will finish in the top 5. The existing order might change for positions 1 and 2 and the order might change for positions 3 to 5 but these teams are certain to be playing in the finals. Positions 6, 7, 8 and 9 seem a little hazy as the teams that keep shuffling around in this area are showing inconsistent form so, depending on how they manage the last 3 rounds, we will see who is to be playing finals come September.
Injuries to key players late in the season will also affect top teams and certain to test the depth of their player lists.
With 3 rounds to go tipsters leading the competition will be a few points ahead. The preview hasn’t done badly so allowing for you not following stupid tips you should be somewhere around the leading 10 tipsters. No tanking because no recruits to pick from as they are all going to the new team in Sydney, the Giants. Any 7’s from here on in will almost win you the competition but you will need some misses by the leaders. The preview picked 6 but it should have been 7. So choose carefully in the next 3 weeks and see if you can’t win a few tipping dollars.
Collingwood 14.5.89 defeated St Kilda 10.10.70
The final margin was the same as the margin at the end of the 1st quarter. The Pies seemed to have the measure of the Saints most of the night and when Collingwood was 34 points ahead it looked like they might go on with it. To the credit of St Kilda they kept at it but could not put the score on the board. A workmanlike win to the Pies. A thumb injury to Maxwell has come at a bad time as it means 4 weeks off which brings him back into the team for a second semi. One game then the grand final. The Saints need some more forwards because if Reiwoldt and Milne don’t fire then the scoring is left to rucks and rovers, not ideal. The Pies take on the Lions next week and the Saints play Sydney.
Hawthorn 31.11.197 defeated Port Adelaide 5.2.32
Were the Brisbane Bears ever this bad when they started? Port Adelaide has won a flag and was runner – up in another. They have now suffered two monumental thrashings in consecutive weeks and they require financial support from the AFL!! Hawthorn played irresistible footy with Buddy kicking 8 and Rioli chipped in with 6. It was all one way traffic. Another sad day for the Power. Make that dismal. The Hawks have a big test next week against Carlton and the Power? Doesn’t matter who they play.
Carlton 16.19.115 defeated Fremantle 12.13.85
The Blues worked their way to a half time lead of about 5 goals and were able to maintain it through the game. Fremantle was gallant in defeat but it’s another loss for them and puts them in a precarious position with regards to finals aspirations. Carlton remains 4th and only has West Coast to worry about. Facial injury to Thornton will keep him out for a while and Judd got another 3 Brownlow votes I hear. Freo have a tough one against North Melbourne next week.
Essendon 23.12.150 defeated the Western Bulldogs 15.11.101
Any thought that this was going to be a close game was put to bed at the end of the first quarter. The Bombers kicked 7 straight for the period to the Bullies 1. Game over. A mini surge by the Bulldogs in the 3rd got them to within 4 goals but Essendon steadied and won easily in the end. That win by the Bombers may have been just enough to give them a finals berth. 4 points clear of Sydney and 6 ahead of Freo. Essendon plays West Coast in Perth next week. Uh oh.
Brisbane18.15.123 defeated the Gold Coast Suns 8.13.61
The Suns kept within striking distance for a short time but the Lions were not going to allow their little Queensland brother the opportunity to cause another upset. A 6 goal lead at 3 quarter time was built upon by Brisbane who kicked 8 in the last quarter which is a change from the usual insipid effort they have produced previously in that period. That losing streak by the Lions may have been halted playing the Suns but they play the Magpies next week in Melbourne. Nasty. The Suns play a much improved Adelaide.
West Coast 16.14.110 defeated Melbourne 9.8.62
The second quarter set up this win for the Eagles after which they led by 47 points. Melbourne rallied in the 3rd quarter but the deficit was always going to be too much and so it proved. West Coast finished better then the Dees and won by 8 goals keeping their final 4 hopes alive and burying finals hopes for the Demons a little deeper. The Eagles just have to win next week and hope that the Hawks do them the favour and roll Carlton.
Richmond 14.15.99 defeated Sydney 7.14.56
All the signs were there that the Tigers would win the game – not. It’s hard to believe a score line like that considering the past form but you get that in the big games. Bah! Rubbish! Teams need to swabbed sometimes. It will be interesting to see who wins between Richmond and Melbourne next week. Based on form it’s the Tigers but it’s a game that will no doubt surprise.
Geelong 14.12.96 Defeated Adelaide 12.13.85
Wow what a game! The Crows certainly lost the game but they did not lose their supporters who would have been overjoyed at the performance the players put on to push the Cats to the limit. Only 6 points separated them with about 7 minutes to go before Geelong steadied with a late goal. Does a coach make that much difference? The Pods starred for the Cats too. Geelong has the bye next week. Adelaide plays the Suns so they can get 2 from 3 in that game.