It’s hardly worth mentioning the pathetic tips for this week with a score of 5 and if this continues maybe the preview will not give you a winner in the future but just a hint of a possibility. Aaggghhh!!
Geelong 19.10.124 defeated Sydney 16.7.103
What a privilege it was to watch the 1st quarter of this game in which 15 goals were kicked! The speed of handpasses, interceptions, the kicking accuracy and the commitment was something to see. The scoring certainly slowed down over the next 3 quarters, as you would expect, but that 1st quarter was something you don’t see very often. High scoring was not due to poor defence it was simply that the ball was coming into the forward 50 so quickly the backs hardly had time to catch their breath. The game reminded me of the Carlton V Richmond Grand final (1972 I think) in which 50 goals were kicked and it really rained goals. I suspect both these teams might find it easier next week with Sydney playing St Kilda and Geelong meets the Western Bulldogs. I might add that the Sydney V St Kilda game will be played in Wellington, New Zealand!
Hawthorn 18.10.118 defeated Fremantle 11.10.76
The Dockers never recovered from that 5 goal deficit they allowed in the 1st quarter but also conceded a couple of easy goals in the last to give the Hawks a 7 goal win. Missing players like Pavlich and McFarlane might have been too difficult to cover for Fremantle but to be brutally honest they were not in the same class as Hawthorn. Freo will have to play well to beat Richmond in Perth next week and Hawthorn might find it tough against North Melbourne.
Collingwood 16.17.113 defeated Richmond 11.13.79
It took the Magpies a half of football to shake off the determined Tigers but in the 3rd quarter they seemed to get it all together and kicked 8 goals to 2, certainly enough to take the sting out of the game in the last quarter and allow Collingwood to maintain the margin. 50 metre penalties given by Richmond didn’t help their cause either. Only a 5 day rest for the Pies who meet Essendon in the traditional Anzac Day game at the MCG in what should be another cracker. There were 82,000 at the MCG for this game and you can expect an 80,000 plus crowd again for a Collingwood game. The Tigers travel to Perth to play the Dockers.
Essendon 19.14.128 defeated St Kilda 13.13.91
For some reason it was thought the Saints might have a chance in this match but a big 3rd quarter by the Bombers, who already led by a reasonable margin at half time, made the game very one sided and gave Essendon an unbeatable lead at the last break. The trip west, the drug issue and the suspension of 2 players seemed to make no difference and the Bombers hold top position heading into Anzac Day. St Kilda will not make the finals. They have a long trip to New Zealand to play Sydney. Do teams who travel to a new place like this get to do some sightseeing as well?
Carlton 12.17.89 defeated West Coast 7.23.65
The Blues, or should that be the ‘whites’?, finally broke the ice and won a game of football by beating West Coast in Perth, which last season was almost impossible to do but this year has been done every time they’ve played there. You can’t win a game by kicking 7.23 either, unless the opposition kicks 5.27 I suppose. It was amazing watching Yarran race down the flanks on 3 occasions, leaving opposition in his wake and slotting through a goal each time. Carlton will wear their traditional Guernsey next week when they play Adelaide (why did they have to wear white against the Eagles?) and a surprisingly poor form West Coast take on the undefeated Port Adelaide at AAMI.
Port Adelaide 16.8.104 defeated Gold Coast 9.12.66
If ever a tipster would think that a competitive Suns team had a chance to win another game it was this match up against the Power. At the end of the first quarter you would be forgiven to still be thinking that. Then Port kicked 9 goals to 1 in the 2nd quarter and it was an impossible task for the Gold Coast to come back from that. The Power is still undefeated after 4 rounds! Gold Coast plays the Giants next week in a game they would be expected to win and Port takes on the Eagles at home.
Melbourne 22.12.144 defeated GWS Giants 15.13.103
Last week we had top teams like Sydney and West Coast kicking 11 goals in a quarter of football and this week even lowly Melbourne was able to kick 12 goals in a quarter which, incidentally was a record for them! The Demons faced a 19 point deficit going into the last quarter and ended up winning by 7 goals but not before the spectre of an ignominious defeat stalked them for 3 quarters. Is that winning form good enough to beat the Lions at the Gabba next week or was that a flash in the pan for the Dees?
Adelaide 12.8.80 defeated Western Bulldogs 4.4.28
While the Demons were kicking record scores for a quarter the Bulldogs were setting their own not so glorious record of their lowest score ever or something close to it. The Bullies opening win may have been an aberration after all and they have a lot of work to do to get back into being a finals contention team. Adelaide sits at 2-2 and considering the weather during the first half it was a pretty convincing win nonetheless. No game will be an easy one for the Western Bulldogs who can take a crack at knocking off unbeaten Geelong next round while Adelaide meets Carlton in what should be an interesting match.
North Melbourne 18.17.125 defeated Brisbane 9.8.62
It was going to be a long, hard day in the office for the Lions when during the first quarter the Kangaroos had kicked 4.7 to zip and in a game that they dominated all day North registered their first win of the season by over 10 goals. The Lions have a few problems none of which seemed to be highlighted when they won the NAB Cup. North’s winning form might be short lived seeing they play Hawthorn next week and Brisbane hosts the Demons who eventually easily beat the Giants in their first win.