Another Super Saturday in this classic 2017 Marn Grook season, and we provide the AFL Preview. So many super games to look forward to, games that will shape the season even further. Two close matches so far in Round 10 – will this continue, or will there be a few blowouts?
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AFL Preview Game 3: Western Bulldogs v St Kilda
This is a danger game for both teams. The Western Bulldogs are the current premiers, and while they’ve played well in patches this year, they’ve been very inconsistent. St Kilda have been very good – for some matches – but fell in a heap against Sydney last week and are sitting just outside of the top eight. Both teams are virtually equal on the ladder, occupying eighth and ninth, separately by 0.6 per cent. St Kilda have managed to surprise this year – they defeated heavily favoured Greater Western Sydney a few weeks ago – and pummeled Hawthorn at the Hawks’ Tasmania stronghold. We think St Kilda will surprise again, even without Nick Reiwoldt, continuing some further pain for Western Bulldogs, and edging their way to a first finals series since 2011. #AFLDogsSaints
- Eddy Jay – St Kilda, 11 points.
- Lintang Enam – St Kilda, 19 points.
AFL Preview Game 4: Melbourne v Gold Coast
Gold Coast are certainly racking up their frequent flying points, returning from their 20-hour trip from Shanghai and now heading to Alice Springs, for one of the rare Marn Grook matches in the Northern Territory. If Melbourne remember to play football, rather than using the boxing skills they showed against North Melbourne last weekend, they’re in with a good chance. Gold Coast are missing their star player, Gary Ablett, but it should give their other players a chance to fill in the void. We not sure if tipping the Gold Coast can be considered an upset, but [cliche alert] the Suns should rise to the occasion. #AFLDemonsSuns
- Eddy Jay – Gold Coast, 23 points.
- Lintang Enam – Gold Coast, 25 points.
AFL Preview Game 5: Richmond v Essendon
Dreamtime at the ’G. There’s no better way to celebrate Marn Grook Indigenous Round. It’s a grand spectacle, and football is usually quite good as well. Richmond have lost three games in a row by five points or less, including one game after the siren. These types of losses are soul destroying and three in a row will test their resilience. The good news for Richmond is that in 2017, no round has contained more than two games decided by less than a kick, and Round 10 has already used up this quota in the Geelong–Port Adelaide and Sydney–Hawthorn matches. But, knowing Richmond, they’ll probably lose this one in a different way – a point after the siren after conceding two consecutive 50-metre penalties. They’ve only had one poor match this year – against Adelaide – and another loss will put another nail in their season’s coffin. Essendon, on the other hand, are playing with great enthusiasm, and are really enjoying their football. A bit of spark in this match is provided with the rumours that Essendon are trying to recruit star Richmond mid-fielder, Dustin Martin, for the 2018 season. Suspicions will be confirmed if Martin puts in a poor game, or kicks directly to his Essendon opponents (which could be his 2018 teammates). Watch this space! Essendon to win. #AFLTigersBombers
- Eddy Jay – Essendon, 33 points.
- Lintang Enam – Essendon, 37 points.
AFL Preview Game 6: Adelaide v Fremantle
Adelaide returned to the winning list last week, and Fremantle just keep winning – six out of their last seven matches. They will be without their star ruckman, Aaron Sandilands but, as the cliche goes, one player does not make the team – it’s the 22 that make up the full team. No “I” in “TEAM”, and all that sort of business. We’ve marveled at the ability of Adelaide to pile on the goals, but we’ve also liked the look of Fremantle in getting out of tight situations and winning some close games. There will also be the opportunity for Fremantle to sing The Redemption Song – their last visit to Adelaide Oval resulted in an 89-point thrashing at the hands of Port Adelaide, but seems like a full century ago. Fremantle to run run run, and run a few rings around Adelaide. They’ll be celebrating their seventh victory from their last eight matches, continuing their climb up the ladder. #AFLCrowsFreo
- Eddy Jay – Fremantle, 11 points.
- Lintang Enam – Fremantle, 19 points.