Three Sunday matches round off Round 9. Some very intriguing matches. Listen to our podcast, or read below. Some very interesting predictions.
Game 1: Essendon v West Coast
Much of the focus of this match will be on jacket twirling, a tradition started in 1993, when Kevin Sheedy’s ‘Baby Bombers’ defeated the reigning premiers, West Coast, in a tight match at the MCG – by two points! In his excitement, Sheedy took off his jacket, twirled it around, and around. And around. And then some. The Essendon supporters followed, and it has been a tradition in matches between Essendon and West Coast that has lasted until this day. West Coast are very poor travelers in Melbourne, and something happens to them when they get off the plane at Tullamarine Airport and travel to the Melbourne CBD by Skybus. It’s a long trip, it messes with their minds and they usually take this confusion onto the ground. An airport rail link in being proposed in Melbourne, but not in time to assist West Coast with their travel woes. On the other hand, Essendon play in Melbourne very often, and it doesn’t hold any fears for them. They’re in good form and, to add a bit of spice to this contest, their current coach – John Worsfold – played for West Coast on the day the jacket twirling tradition commenced in 1993. It will be John Worsfold twirling the jacket today for Essendon. #AFLBombersEagles
- Eddy Jay – Essendon, 19 points.
- Lintang Enam – Essendon, 17 points
Game 2: Melbourne v North Melbourne
Melbourne returned to the winners’ circle last week, with a pasting of the April premiers, Adelaide. They’re very good, but they’re also very inconsistent. North Melbourne also gave Adelaide a pasting the week before, so they also have the potential to play very good football. But they were exposed last weekend by Sydney, and it’s not quite clear where the real North Melbourne team sits in this wonderfully inconsistent and unpredictable 2017 AFL season. We think Melbourne’s best will beat North Melbourne’s best but it really does depend which team turns up today. Melbourne to win. #AFLDemonsRoos
- Eddy Jay – Melbourne, 33 points.
- Lintang Enam – Melbourne, 25 points
Game 3: Fremantle v Carlton
Fremantle have become the smoking surprise packet this year. After starting the year with 0–2, and predictions of a repeat of their 2016 season disaster, they’ve won five from their past six matches, including the heart-stopping after-the-siren victory over Richmond last weekend. Carlton won this corresponding match last year by four points, but they might not have much luck this time around. They are a developing team and have performed reasonably well this year, but not well enough to defeat Fremantle at their home ground. #AFLFreoBlues
- Eddy Jay – Fremantle, 31 points.
- Lintang Enam – Fremantle, 29 points