Three more AFL games on Sunday to round off Round 7. Spectacular!
Game 1: Sydney v Brisbane
This is the battle of the cellar dwellers and this has shades of 1993 when both teams were regulars at the bottom of the ladder. For all of Sydney’s talent, they’ve definitely been playing like a 0–6 team. Brisbane, we can understand, but Sydney? What’s going on there? The common feeling is that Sydney hasn’t recovered from Grand Final defeats in 2014 and 2016, but there’s a rumour that there was a locker room punch up between players after their unexpected defeat to the Western Bulldogs and poor performance in last year’s Grand Final. Is that why Tom Mitchell and Xavier Richards wanted out at the end of last season? Still, there’s a game to be played now, and we expect Sydney to prevail.
- Eddy Jay – Sydney, 22 points.
- Lintang Enam – Sydney, 38 points.
Game 2: Fremantle v Essendon
The main discussion in Perth last week was whether the new Perth stadium should sell full-strength or mid-strength beer. Talk about a distraction! No wonder Fremantle lost the Western Derby last weekend. Essendon lost their kicking boots last week – bad kicking is bad football, and this lost them the game against Melbourne. A hard choice, but the home ground advantage (and the full-strength beer) will drag Fremantle over the line.
- Eddy Jay – Fremantle, 24 points.
- Lintang Enam – Fremantle, 17 points.
Game 3: Melbourne v Hawthorn
Which Hawthorn team will turn up this week? The team that has had losses of 86, 86 and 75 points over the past month? Or the team that thrashed West Coast by 50 points? We can’t tell. We never know which Melbourne team will turn up – it has been like this since 2007 ever since their tanking debacles – and this makes this game difficult to predict. Toss of the coin – Melbourne.
- Eddy Jay – Melbourne, 40 points.
- Lintang Enam – Melbourne, 19 points.