We’re not quite at the pointy end of the season, but it’s certainly starting to take shape. It’s part of AFL culture to consider which team is the favourite to be the Premier, so who do we think is the favourite right now? We’ll get onto that soon but, in the meantime, listen in The AFL Protected Zone podcast: Ramadan And The Golden Crescent Of AFL.
AFL culture: Preview Game 2 – Geelong v Adelaide
This could be the Grand Final preview – two very good teams. Adelaide had most of their name engraved onto the premiership cup until two very disastrous games. Geelong were next in the queue, but lost three matches in a row, before righting their ship and steadying to win two games in a row against Western Bulldogs and Port Adelaide. That’s quality opposition.
Adelaide is a very gifted and talented team, and the sum of its parts seem to make it an even better team. We love the Adelaide captain Taylor Walker’s moustache so much that if Adelaide win the premiership, it will need to be engraved on the cup as well. They’ve got all-round fire power in front of the goals. Six times this year, they’ve scored 20 goals in a game in all sorts of weather, even last week in the waterlogged Adelaide Oval. Their defence is a little bit leaky, as was shown when they were flogged by North Melbourne in Round 7. That was like seeing a hot knife slicing through butter.
Geelong look good, but not as good as Adelaide. They have different firepower, only reaching 20 goals twice so far in this season. But it’s not all about the goals. Obviously, a team needs to kick goals to win a game, but it also needs to stop its opponent from scoring them. Geelong’s backline seems settled and stable, and they also have the best player in the league, Patrick Dangerfield.
The key to winning this game for Geelong is to nullify Adelaide’s midfield and block the ball supply to their tall timbers in the forward line. A surprise attack is essential here, not dissimilar to the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor in 1941, or North Melbourne’s pure football in Round 7. If you can recall, at the end of the first quarter, North Melbourne led Adelaide by 64 points. 64 points! Melbourne also showed the pathway to victory, with a solid running game in Round 8, where they defeated Adelaide by 41 points. Not quite Pearl Harbor, but maybe more like the Battle of Sevastopol during 1941–42.
For Adelaide, block the Dangerwood combination (Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood), and it’s all over for Geelong.
Geelong will need to apply pincer movements onto key players, Rory Sloane and Taylor Walker, but if they can stop them, other Adelaide players will fill the gaps. Actually, Geelong’s key task will be stop 18 key Adelaide players, keeping the ball away from them, and running as fast as they can. Are they up to it? Yes, but it’s not likely. Adelaide are too big, too strong, too skillful, too fast and too handsome to drop this game.
It will be a cracker of a game, but Adelaide to win. It’s the Grand Final Preview, in our humble opinion. #AFLCatsCrows
- Eddy Jay – Adelaide, 16 points.
- Lintang Enam – Adelaide, 21 points