Footy on my mind – round 15Posted: July 2, 2011
AFL Round 15
Friday, July 1
Western Bulldogs v Melbourne
Saturday, July 2
Richmond v Carlton
Fremantle v Gold Coast Suns
Essendon v Geelong
Adelaide v Sydney Swans
Sunday, July 3
Brisbane Lions v Port Adelaide
Collingwood v Hawthorn
North Melbourne v St Kilda
Bye: West Coast Eagles
Western Bulldogs v Melbourne, Etihad Stadium, Friday 7.40pm (EST)
Alot riding on this game, the Dogs closing in on the top eight and the Dees looking to consolidate a top eighth placing for this year’s finals series. The Dees have a horrible record at Etihad Stadium but are in good form and based on that, tipping them to upset the Dogs.
Melbourne by 12 points.
Richmond v Carlton, MCG, Saturday 2.10pm (EST)
Two big clubs on the big stage with lots to play for – Carlton to cement a top four finals birth and the Tigers in the hunt for a spot in the eight. The inclusions of Waite and Robinson will help the Blues significantly and they’re a better side than the Tigers. Richmond building and not far away from being a top side, but probably another couple years away yet.
Carlton by 20 points.
Fremantle v Gold Coast Suns, Patersons Stadium, Saturday 3.10pm (EST)
Dockers are hard to beat in Perth and this will prove no different. The Suns have lost key forwards Dixon and Lynch to soreness while Rischitelli also will miss with injury. The Suns will have a crack but Dockers should be too good. Pavlich could have a field day up forward.
Fremantle by 32 points.
Essendon v Geelong, Etihad Stadium, Saturday 7.40pm (EST)
Essendon in real trouble at the moment, having lost their past five games and face a undefeated Geelong side who regain the likes of Ottens, Bartel and Kelly among others. A big build up to this match with Mark Thompson facing his old side for the first time since departing Skilled Stadium for Windy Hill at the end of last year. Bombers struggling and need to lift but Cats easily for me.
Geelong by 42 points.
Adelaide v Sydney Swans, AAMI Stadium, Saturday 7.40pm (EST)
Adelaide is another team on the slide and inconsistency has plagued this team all year. Neil Craig is under the pump, and so are the players. The Crows desperately need a win but can’t see it happening against the Swans who pushed the Pies all the way last week.
Sydney Swans by 25 points.
Brisbane Lions v Port Adelaide, Gabba, Sunday 1.10pm (EST)
Big game for pride of both clubs who’ve struggled the past couple years. Tipping the Lions based on the Jonathan Brown factor and it is being played in Brisbane. Expecting a close contest with mistakes on both sides but Lions for me. Will learn alot about both sides come the end of the game.
Brisbane Lions by 18 points.
Collingwood v Hawthorn, MCG, Sunday 2.10pm (EST)
Match of the round for me. Both sides are in the top four, the Pies starting to hit their best while the Hawks continue to press on despite their lengthy injury list. I worry about the Hawks’ defense and can’t see them containing the Collingwood forwards in Cloke and Dawes.
Collingwood by 25 points.
North Melbourne v St Kilda, Etihad Stadium, Sunday 4.40pm (EST)
Big clash for both clubs here. The Saints can’t afford to drop this game if they want to play finals and the Roos are in great form, having won their past four. Nick Riewoldt has struggled for form all season and needs to step up but I like the Roos in this one. Expecting an intriguing contest.
North Melbourne by 12 points.