Footy preview – round 2

Round 2 Preview

St Kilda v Richmond

North Melbourne v Collingwood

Port Adelaide v West Coast Eagles

Fremantle v Geelong

Gold Coast Suns v Carlton

Western Bulldogs v Brisbane Lions

Sydney Swans v Essendon

Hawthorn v Melbourne

FRIDAY APRIL 1ST 7.40PM, MCG

ST KILDA V RICHMOND

ST KILDA

B: S Baker Z Dawson R Clarke

HB: F Ray S Fisher B Goddard

C: J Gram L Hayes L Montagna

HF: D Armitage N Riewoldt B Peake

F: S Milne S Gilbert R Gamble

FOLL: B McEvoy N Dal Santo C Jones

I/C: J Gwilt, J Blake, S Dempster, D Archer

EM: J Geary N Winmar A McQualter

INS: Daniel Archer

OUTS: Andrew McQualter (omitted)

RICHMOND

B: C Newman L McGuane D Connors

HB: S Grigg D Astbury R Conca

C: D Martin T Cotchin B Deledio

HF: B Houli T Vickery S Edwards

F: R Nahas J Riewoldt M Morton

FOLL: A Graham D Jackson N Foley

I/C: B Helbig, J Batchelor, J King, M White

EM: B Nason W Thursfield S Tuck

INS: Jake King

OUTS: Alex Rance (suspension)

Both clubs head into Round 2 without a win, and will want to atone for disappointing performances. The Saints went down to the Cats in a shocker by 1 point at the MCG, while the Tigers fell into pieces in the last quarter to lose to the Blues by 20 points, after leading by 13 at the last change. Both St Kilda and Richmond return to the same venue for a highly-anticipated clash between the Riewoldt cousins. Andrew McQualter makes way for St Kilda debutant Daniel Archer, while Tiger Alex Rance will miss due to a 3-match suspension, and Jake King comes back in. The Tigers will go hard but can’t see them matching the Saints.

ST KILDA BY 18 POINTS.

SATURDAY APRIL 2ND 2.10PM, ETIHAD STADIUM

NORTH MELBOURNE V COLLINGWOOD

NORTH MELBOURNE

B: B Rawlings N Grima S Thompson

HB: M Firrito R Tarrant C Richardson

C: D Wells L Anthony J Ziebell

HF: B Harvey L Hansen L Thomas

F: C Garlett D Petrie A Edwards

FOLL: T Goldstein A Swallow L Adams

I/C: B Cunnington, S Atley, S McMahon, S Wright

EM: B Warren B Speight C Pedersen

INS: Todd Goldstein, Drew Petrie, Nathan Grima

OUTS: Ben McKinley, Cameron Pedersen, Ben Warren (all omitted)

COLLINGWOOD

B: H Shaw C Tarrant A Toovey

HB: H O’Brien B Reid S Wellingham

C: A Didak S Pendlebury D Thomas

HF: D Beams T Cloke A Krakouer

F: S Sidebottom C Dawes B Macaffer

FOLL: D Jolly D Swan L Ball

I/C: L Brown, J Blair, S Buckley, B Johnson

EM: L Davis L Rounds L O’Keeffe

NO CHANGE

Collingwood  head into Round 2 in great form, on the back of their 75-point demolition job of Port Adelaide last week at Etihad Stadium. They come back to the same venue to clash with North Melbourne, who were gallant in a 4 point defeat by the West Coast Eagles in Perth. Brad Scott’s Roos have plenty of upside, but despite the return of keys Todd Goldstein, Drew Petrie and Nathan Grima, the Pies will again be too good.

COLLINGWOOD BY 30 POINTS.

SATURDAY APRIL 2ND 2.40PM, AAMI STADIUM

PORT ADELAIDE V WEST COAST EAGLES

PORT ADELAIDE

B: T Logan A Carlile J Trengove

HB: J Pittard T Chaplin P Stewart

C: D Pearce D Cassisi C O’Shea

HF: D Stewart J Westhoff K Cornes

F: J Irons C Cornes R Gray

FOLL: D Brogan T Boak M Thomas

I/C: S Salopek, D Rodan, M Broadbent, C Hitchcock

EM: B Ebert N Salter J Davenport

INS: Chad Cornes

OUTS: Jay Schulz (knee)

WEST COAST EAGLES

B: W Schofield D Glass S Hurn

HB: B Waters M Brown S Selwood

C: M Rosa M Priddis A Embley

HF: B Ebert J Kennedy L Shuey

F: M Nicoski Q Lynch J Darling

FOLL: D Cox A Selwood D Kerr

I/C: N Naitanui, P McGinnity, B Sheppard, A Gaff

EM: T Swift C Wilson A Hams

INS: Daniel Kerr, Nic Naitanui, Patrick McGinnity

OUTS: Mark LeCras (groin), Chris Masten (knee), Ashton Hams (omitted)

Port Adelaide were obliterated by Collingwood by 75 points last week, while their opponents, the West Coast Eagles, come across to AAMI Stadium after a tight 4 point victory over North Melbourne in Perth. No Brett Ebert and no Jay Schulz leaves the Power looking very bleak in attack while the Eagles have lost Mark LeCras and Chris Masten to serious groin and knee injuries. Daniel Kerr and Nic Naitanui are big ins for the Eagles, while Chad Cornes gets his chance to resurrect his career in what shapes as a make-or-break year at Port Adelaide. I’m tipping the Eagles to make it two wins in a row.

WEST COAST BY 10 POINTS

SATURDAY APRIL 2ND 6.50PM, GABBA

GOLD COAST SUNS V CARLTON

GOLD COAST SUNS

B: S Tape N Bock C Brown

HB: J Harbrow K Hunt N Krakouer

C: T McKenzie D Harris M Rischitelli

HF: D Stanley C Dixon A Magin

F: J Brennan Z Smith B Matera

FOLL: J Fraser D Swallow G Ablett

I/C: M Lock, J Toy, H Bennell, D Prestia

EM: M Weller M Coad D Gorringe

CARLTON

B: J Russell B Thornton M Watson

HB: N Duigan S White J Laidler

C: K Simpson C Judd H Scotland

HF: J Garlett J Waite C Yarran

F: E Betts S Hampson A Walker

FOLL: R Warnock M Murphy B Gibbs

I/C: A Carrazzo, D Armfield, M Robinson, E Curnow

EM: D Ellard L Henderson A Collins

INS: Matthew Watson

OUTS: Kane Lucas

The Gold Coast Suns well documented AFL debut is here – in a Round 2 clash against Carlton at the Gabba. The Suns have netted former Geelong premiership midfielder Gary Ablett and a host of players from opposing clubs – Nathan Bock (Adelaide), Michael Rischitelli (Brisbane Lions), Jared Brennan (Brisbane Lions), Josh Fraser (Collingwood), Jarrod Harbrow (Western Bulldogs), Nathan Krakouer (Port Adelaide), Daniel Harris (North Melbourne), Campbell Brown (Hawthorn), Danny Stanley (Collingwood) – while high draft picks David Swallow and Harley Bennell will play in the opening game for the AFL’s 17th club. The Blues, meanwhile, coming off a 20 point win against Richmond last Thursday night, have brought in key defender Matthew Watson for his AFL debut. The Suns are expected to make this game no easy one for their opponents, but many suspect the Carlton side is strong enough to make the Suns first official AFL game one to forget. I agree.

CARLTON BY 15 POINTS.

SATURDAY APRIL 2ND 5.40PM, PATERSONS STADIUM

FREMANTLE V GEELONG

FREMANTLE

B: G Broughton A Grover M Johnson

HB: R Palmer L McPharlin P Duffield

C: N Fyfe N Lower D Mundy

HF: K Bradley M Pavlich S Hill

F: H Ballantyne C Mayne J Van Berlo

FOLL: A Sandilands A McPhee N Suban

I/C: R Crowley, M Walters, M De Boer, D Roberton

EM: J Griffin J Pitt J Anthony

INS: Matthew De Boer

OUTS: Jayden Pitt

GEELONG

B: A Mackie T Lonergan J Hunt

HB: J Corey H Taylor C Enright

C: J Selwood C Ling D Wojcinski

HF: T Varcoe C Mooney P Chapman

F: M Stokes J Podsiadly S Johnson

FOLL: B Ottens J Bartel J Kelly

I/C: D Milburn, T Hawkins, T Hunt, M Duncan

EM: D Menzel A Christensen C Guthrie

INS: Paul Chapman, Cameron Ling, James Podsiadly

OUTS: Matthew Scarlett (suspension), Daniel Menzel, Cameron Guthrie (both omitted)

Both Fremantle and Geelong  head into their Round 2 clash on the back of wins in the opening round against the Brisbane Lions and St Kilda respectively. The Cats get Paul Chapman, Cameron Ling and James Podsiadly back which I think is enough to give them the 4 points. Question marks surround the Dockers after an inconsistent pre-season.

GEELONG BY 7 POINTS.

SUNDAY APRIL 3RD 1.10PM, ETIHAD STADIUM

WESTERN BULLDOGS V BRISBANE LIONS

WESTERN BULLDOGS

B: B Stack L Markovic D Morris

HB: R Murphy T Williams L Picken

C: J Sherman M Boyd D Cross

HF: S Higgins L Jones J Hill

F: J Grant B Hall D Giansiracusa

FOLL: B Hudson A Cooney R Griffen

I/C (extended): W Minson, C Ward, J Roughead, B Moles, N Djerrkura, M Wallis, T Liberatore

INS: Will Minson, Jordan Roughead, Brodie Moles, Mitch Wallis

OUTS: Easton Wood (ankle)

BRISBANE LIONS

B: J Adcock D Merrett P Hanley

HB: C Stiller M Maguire A McGrath

C: J Redden S Black T Rockliff

HF: T Banfield M Clark R Bewick

F: R Lester J Patfull J Polkinghorne

FOLL: M Leuenberger A Raines D Rich

I/C: L Power, T Collier, A Buchanan, J O’Brien, C Beams, B McCauley, J Polec

INS: Luke Power, Tom Collier, Matt Maguire, Broc McCauley, Jared Polec

OUTS: Jonathan Brown (face), Brent Staker (knee)

The Western Bulldogs will be very keen to make amends after a disappointing 45-point loss to Essendon in the opening round, while the Lions will be keen to turn around a 2-point loss to Fremantle. The Dogs are still without Brian Lake, Ryan Hargrave and Lindsay Gilbee while the Lions will face the next 2-3 months without key figures Jonathan Brown and Brent Staker. Hard to see the Lions getting up, the Dogs should rebound.

BULLDOGS BY 25 POINTS.

SUNDAY APRIL 3RD 2.10PM, ANZ STADIUM

SYDNEY SWANS V ESSENDON

SYDNEY SWANS

B: P Bevan T Richards M Mattner

HB: R Shaw H Grundy A Everitt

C: L Jetta K Jack N Smith

HF: J Bolton A Goodes B McGlynn

F: R O’Keefe S Reid D Hannebery

FOLL: S Mumford J Kennedy J McVeigh

I/C: J White, B Meredith, C Bird, M Pyke, G Rohan, B Sumner, L Parker

INS: Brett Meredith, Craig Bird, Myke Pyke, Luke Parker

OUTS: Mark Seaby

ESSENDON

B: C Hooker D Fletcher K Hardingham

HB: C Dempsey D Myers M McVeigh

C: J Melksham J Watson J Winderlich

HF: L Jetta M Hurley B Stanton

F: S Crameri P Ryder D Zaharakis

FOLL: D Hille H Hocking D Heppell

I/C: S Lonergan, N Lovett-Murray, A Davey, K Reimers, T Bellchambers, B Prismall, B Howlett

INS: Alwyn Davey, Kyle Reimers, Tom Bellchambers, Brent Prismall

OUTS: Angus Monfries (injured)

The Swans played out in the draw against the Demons at the MCG in the opening round, while the Bombers were outstanding in their 45-point win over the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium. The Swans have dropped ruckman Mark Seaby to make way for more runners, while the Bombers have included Alwyn Davey for the injured Angus Monfries among others. Expecting a close game but giving the Bombers the 4 points.

ESSENDON BY 7 POINTS.

SUNDAY APRIL 3RD 4.40PM, MCG

HAWTHORN V MELBOURNE

HAWTHORN

B: R Ladson S Gilham B Stratton

HB: G Birchall J Gibson C Bruce

C: C Bateman S Mitchell S Savage

HF: C Young L Franklin S Burgoyne

F: D Hale J Roughead C Rioli

FOLL: B Renouf L Hodge B Sewell

I/C: X Ellis, B Guerra, J Lewis, M Osborne, B Whitecross, L Shiels, M Suckling

INS: Xavier Ellis, Brent Guerra, Luke Hodge

MELBOURNE

B: J Rivers J Frawley C Bartram

HB: L Tapscott C Garland J Grimes

C: J Trengove, C Sylvia J Bennell

HF: L Jurrah L Dunn R Bail

F: J Watts B Green A Davey

FOLL: M Jamar B Moloney N Jones

I/C: M Warnock, R Petterd, A Maric, S Martin, J Spencer, N Jetta, J Macdonald

INS: Matthew Warnock, James Frawley, Jake Spencer

Both Hawthorn and Melbourne come into their clash at the MCG following interesting results in the opening round, the Hawks lost to the Crows at AAMI Stadium, while the Demons drew with the Swans at the MCG. Both clubs will come out firing, keen to atone for last weekend. I’m tipping the Hawks in a close one, they have some very handy inclusions – Xavier Ellis, Brent Guerra and Luke Hodge.

HAWTHORN BY 17 POINTS.

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