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Monday, September 5, 2011

AFL Review Round 24

AFL Review Round 24
The tipping in the last week was a bit of a disaster, for me anyway, with just 4 correct. It’s hard to read much into the games with Carlton going down to the Saints allowing St Kilda to have a home final against Sydney next week, Collingwood being thrashed by Geelong and the result having no influence on next week’s games, The Eagles giving the Crows a good hiding and looking to take that form into the game against the Pies at the MCG. The Hawks rested about 9 players in their match against the Gold Coast and almost lost and then Sydney easily beat the Lions. The rest of the games had no bearing on the final 8 but there were some interesting results, particularly Power’s win against Melbourne which made sure that Port Adelaide did not win the wooden spoon. Seeing most experts
saw the Suns as finishing 17th it was good for them to be vindicated in round 24.
It was an intriguing result in the Geelong versus Collingwood game because the Pies lost just one game during the year, also to the Cats, but by a meagre margin. Based on what we have seen of Collingwood this season you would have to say it was way out of character and surely that’s not the Collingwood we will see in the finals. Surely? While the Cats won the game in a canter they still have to face Hawthorn in their first final next week and that won’t be an easy game for them to win. In the other final are we likely to see an almost 200 point turnaround because the Eagles won by almost the same amount by which the Pies lost!!! For the other games can the Saints turn it around and continue onto another grand final and beat Sydney next week and can Carlton lose their blues and account for an unpredictable Essendon?
From a tipping point of view the winning tipster would have scored over 140 points for the season to win the comp. Probably 148 would go close.
I hope you all enjoyed the Reviews this season and other snippets of info passed on from other countries that I visited and the cultures and customs I experienced. While a few million people in Australia enjoy their football and their sport and the Aussie way of life I can assure you that many millions lead a totally different life oblivious to our great country and what happens there. Makes the world an interesting place that’s for sure and I hope in the next 100 years we can introduce these countries to “Football, meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars”, good steaks on the BBQ, green salads with dressing, cold beer, steak knives, roast lamb with vegies, pork crackling, pubs and beer gardens, clean beaches, responsible driving and Neighbours on TV. Well maybe not the last one!
Enjoy the finals – Go Pies!
Geelong 22.17.149 defeated Collingwood 8.5.53
Cats! Mag…nificent! Pies! Cat…atonic! Sob!
Hawthorn 16.10.106 defeated Gold Coast 14.13.97
The Suns lost this in the premiership quarter, the 3rd playing against the Hawthorn seconds. That’s all.
Western Bulldogs 15.17.107 defeated Fremantle 8.13.61
Nice finish to the season for the Bulldogs and Freo kicked a higher losing score then Collingwood.
Sydney 18.11.119 defeated the Brisbane Lions 9.13.67
Seems the Lions needed to catch the early flight home so they left for the airport 5 minutes into the last quarter!
St Kilda 13.8.86 defeated Carlton 9.12.66
The Saints get a home final against the Swans at Etihad. The Blues face the Bombers and they better not lose that one.
West Coast 22.13.145 defeated Adelaide 7.8.50
Collingwood loses by 96 and the Eagles win by 95. That makes for an interesting scenario for next week’s final between the two teams.
Port Adelaide 17.10.112 defeated Melbourne 15.14.104
In hindsight the sacking of Bailey as the Melbourne coach was not a good idea. Port miss the wooden spoon and the Demons aren’t much better.
North Melbourne 15.14.104 defeated Richmond 13.13.91
A game that always could have gone either way but to add to the abysmal tipping this weekend the Tigers lost and North won.

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