Friday Night Lights: AFL Round 9, Geelong v Western Bulldogs

It’s the cats and dogs fighting with each other and this will be the first match to be played at the revamped Simonds Stadium (the oval previously known as Skilled Stadium, Shell Stadium, Baytec Stadium, Kardinia Park), which now houses 36,000. That’s a lot of people to see Geelong lose, because surely that’s what’s going to happen.

Geelong have been listless recently, losing three games in a row, after starting the season at 5–0. If this continues, Geelong might emulate their 1999 experience where they commenced the season with 5–0, only to lose their next nine games. They are too reliant on the ‘Dangerwood’ factor (Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood), and if either of these two players are out of form, the other 20 players don’t step up to the plate.

They’re up against the reigning premiers Western Bulldogs (we don’t hear that very often, because they’ve only been the reigning premiers once, except for the time they were known as Footscray). Although they’ve been inconsistent for this year, they’ve shown enough this year to show that they are still a force to be reckoned with. They haven’t won at Simonds–Skilled–Shell–Baytec–Kardinia Park since 2003, but Friday night is looking good for them.

Geelong haven’t defeated any top sides this year, and they’ve been defeated by teams that are not likely to scare anyone this year – Collingwood, Gold Coast and Essendon. Geelong have problems, which were masked by their fast 5–0 start to the season. They’ll be exposed by the Western Bulldogs yet again.

Predictions:

  • Eddy Jay – Western Bulldogs, 18 points.
  • Lintang Enam – Western Bulldogs, 12 points
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