Two genuine upsets so far in Round 8 (Essendon defeating Geelong, and Melbourne defeating Adelaide – in Adelaide!). Will this continue for the final three games on Sunday?
Game 1: Richmond v Fremantle
We keep asking if Richmond is ‘the real deal’ in 2017 and, we are still not sure. A close game against Western Bulldogs last weekend and, whether they’re the real deal or not, their problem was not being able to seal the deal, going down by five points. Fremantle are doing something, but we’re still not sure what it is. Played incredibly well in the Western Derby – for three quarters – and about two quarters against Essendon last week. They do like playing at the MCG though, unlike their Perth counterparts, West Coast. One thing we are sure about – if Richmond are in front by two points at the 32-minute mark of the final quarter, Bachar Houli will kick the ball towards the boundary line, not straight down the middle of the ground to a Fremantle player, like he did in the corresponding match in 2015. By the way, that Fremantle player, David Mundy, kicked the goal, siren went, Fremantle won by four points. #AFLTigersFreo #AFL
- Eddy Jay – Fremantle, 8 points.
- Lintang Enam – Fremantle, 21 points.
Game 2: Gold Coast v Port Adelaide
Not since the very first match between these two clubs in 2011 – when Gold Coast broke through for their first victory in the AFL – has a Gold Coast–Port Adelaide game held so much so interest. Why? Because it’s also the first AFL Premiership Game played in China. Gold Coast defeated Geelong last week, but Geelong are not the team that we all think they might be. Port are playing well, but have a lost a few close games. The colours might make the difference, with Gold Coast wearing the home ground colours of China – the red and the yellow – much to the chagrin of the Port hierarchy. Gold Coast to win this first Shanghai Showdown, because we feel that their sports science team will handle the conditions better than Port. #AFLSunsPort #AFL
- Eddy Jay – Gold Coast, 8 points.
- Lintang Enam – Port Adelaide, 28 points.
Game 3: North Melbourne v Sydney Swans
Another exciting match between two cellar dwellers. Forget top of the table clashes: a clash between the bottom teams is where all the real excitement resides. This one is 15 v 17 – mouth watering! After Buddy Franklin’s efforts last week, where he kicked eight goals against Brisbane, we suggest all the complaints about his $1 million per year contract are unfounded. Pay the man $2 million each season, or even three. North Melbourne are not as bad as their ladder position suggests – many honourable losses this year, then a win against Gold Coast, and then a 59-point shellacking of Adelaide last week. Sydney are still spluttering, but look out if Buddy Franklin kicks a bag. North Melbourne to win a close one at the Docklands Stadium. #AFLNorthSwans #AFL
- Eddy Jay – North Melbourne, 3 points.
- Lintang Enam – North Melbourne, 22 points.