And that is the home & away season done!
Here are the answers from this round’s clashes.
West Coast vs. Richmond
Worst Friday night game of the season?
In a word; yes.
Don’t feel too bad if you missed it. Apart from a little piece of fight from Richmond in the 2nd quarter, it was all West Coast.
I’m all for the open round 22 fixture from now on Fonzie.
Will we see a Richmond team (who also have a good record at Subiaco) fighting hard to impress Damien Hardwick?
The players looked like they just wanted the season to end.
How will expected forced retiree’s Mark Coughlan Nathan Brown and Troy Simmonds perform?
It looks like Troy Simmonds may be retained, but Brown and Coughlan after being pushed out the door.
Brown tried in vein with nothing going for him, and Coughlan was largely unsighted.
What a shame considering how injuries have killed their careers.
We all know how good Nathan Brown was, but Mark Coughlan was a damn good player from 03’ till his knee injury in 06.
After a shocking performance last week, will West Coast play any better? Or just be waiting for the season to end?
They were a different team.
Shows how much better they play Subiaco.
How will Ben Cousins go in his first game at Subiaco against his old club?
Got into a few skirmishes with the Selwood boys (Adam Selwood had a clause inserted into his contract after the Cousin’s fiasco allowing him to leave if something like that happens again), but was probably the Tigers best player. Although; that wasn’t too hard.
How will Graham Polak perform after a rusty return for AFL football last week?
He has a long way to go, there’s no doubt about that.
Geelong vs. Fremantle
How will Geelong take their final hitout before the finals?
Do what they have to do in the first half, and then ease it up in the second.
Nicely done Cats.
How will Brad Ottens perform in his first game since round 2?
Stats wise, he had a poor one with 13 possessions and 8 possessions, but his second efforts were excellent.
He’ll definitely improve.
Will Mark Blake do enough to keep his spot from Shane Mumford?
Meh. He was okay.
How will Freo perform in their last game after a looooooooooong year?
Their first half was extremely poor (9 to 2) but they stayed with Geelong thereafter which was mildly impressive.
Will we see a glimpse of the Geelong that was feared for so long?
In that first half we did.
With a game into Ottens and Chapman most likely back; it’s looking good for the Cats you’d think.
Are there any players that may be losing their spot for Geelong?
Blake should keep his spot, Gamble will most likely be out for Chapman you’d think, although there Max Rooke’s quad kept him in the forward pocket so he may be a forced change. ‘Doubt it though.
Hawthorn vs. Essendon
Will the Hawks be flat or fired up?
If they weren’t t people down in the second half, they would have won as well.
How will their forward line perform?
Beau “hey good lookin’” Dowler was excellent in the first half with his excellent hands in the wet, Bateman was also very good up forward in the first-half.
In the second half, the ball came in so much more slower and they struggled.
Will it just be their big stars that perform like it was last week?
Yep, pretty much. Although Dowler was stepped up as well.
Will either team look like that they deserve to play in the finals?
You’ve got to be in it to win it I guess…….Adelaide must be ecstatic that they finished 5th though
How will returning pair Matthew Llyod and Patrick Ryder perform?
Bye Bye Lloydy! Good news for Neagle though.
Ryder was okay considering he was up against Renouf going solo and Hodge in spurts as well.
Will Jobe Watson be able to shrug off his ankle injury and play better than his poor game last week?
He was good. Obviously, he wont get any better, because normally, he would have dominated in those conditions.
Will Hawk fans actually turn up after a shocking crowd of 34 000 turned up last week?
77, 000 ……Credit to them considering the weather.
It was pretty miserable.
Where were they last week though?
Carlton vs. Adelaide
Can Carlton’s good form translate to a win against Adelaide, a team they have trouble beating?
Nope. Dismantled and embarrassed.
“My kindom for Hadley”
How will Carlton come out to play after they had 3 players suspended for off-field issues?
They actually started really well, kicking 5 out of the first 6 goals of the game.
Adelaide killed it thereafter though.
Will Adelaide be able to transfer their good showing from last week against
West Coast against in-form opposition?
Their pressure at the ball carrier was first-class as was their zone.
If they carry that into the finals, then they are a genuine threat this year.
Will it be another effortless but high-yielding performance from Brendan Fevola, like it has been for the past few weeks?
Effortless; no. High-yielding; yes.
How will their forward-line perform without important smalls, Gartlett and Betts?
It performed pretty poorly showing how reliant they can be on Fev’.
Can Jason Porplyzia perform well with Brett Burton in the same forward line?
Yep! Watch out people.
Their forward line is probably their biggest weapon coming into the finals believe it or not.
Can Kurt Tippett kick his first bag in a while against a Carlton defence that struggles with height?
With no Jammison there, the best way to expose them is to have someone there that is 195cm+.
Jamar, Tippet and White are players to show this to be true.
Will these teams look like ones that can make it past the first week of the finals?
It could be straight sets for the Pies if they lose against the Saints and have to play the Crows………….
Luckily for Carlton, they play a team that they have beaten twice pretty easily this year in Brisbane.
Are there any players that may be losing their spot?
Chris Johnson (Melbourne did well there) and Steven Browne would be certainties.
Van Berlo came off injured but he should be fine for next week.
Sydney vs. Brisbane
How will Sydney send off Crouch, O’Loughlan and Barry?
Their first half killed them. The second half was excellent but Brisban always had enough in the tank to win.
The pictures of the 3 leaving the ground were great. Pity Fox Sports didn’t show them though.
Will Brisbane be taking it easy after a bruising encounter last week?
Nope, and now they have Josh Drummond as a maybe after injuring his quad……
The guy cannot take a freakin’ trick.
Can Travis Johnstone continue to keep his career alive with another ‘good enough’ performance this week?
In Brisbane’s best players, and was lucky not to make my top-3 in the review.
Nice timing Travis.
How will Mitch Clark go after being monstered by Darren Jolly the first time he played the ruck by himself earlier in the year?
Love’ this guy. Killed Jolly whilst running himself into the ground again forcing himself to come off the ground with light-headedness.
Has to be All-Australian ruckman.
Will the Lions play like a team that will make the second week of the finals?
They should, but that’s about it.
Port Adelaide vs. North Melbourne
What type of Port Adelaide will turn up?
The same one that has turned up most of the year.
Will Port be able to send off Peter Burgoyne and Brendan Lade like they deserve to be sent off?
The performances of Chaplin , Pearce and the two Cornes boys were shocking.
Must not be fans of Lade and Burgoyne.
How will North perform after an excellent performance last week against the Saints?
Back it up with another gritty win is how!
And now they finish only 6pt’s behind the Hawks after all of that rubbish they served up for most of the year…..
After an excellent 200th game, can Brady Rawlings back it up with another good performance?
He’s doing well, but he’ll definitely struggle next year with the kids coming through.
Melbourne vs. St Kilda
How is Lenny Hayes elbow going?
Strapped as expected. Don’t you love modern medicine?
He had another issue with his foot as well.
Didn’t hurt him too much considering he picked-up 37 possessions.
How is Nick Reiwoldt’s knee, after an awkward fall last week?
Looked like it gave him bother to be honest. Frawley had his number in the first half and then was moved off him which allowed him to then dominate.
He’ll be fine with the 6-day break you’d think.
How will the Saints perform in their first game of the year at the MCG?
Okay. As a Pie supporter, I can’t wait to see them test the Saints for real.
How will they perform in the expected wet and windy conditions?
They were pretty unconvincing against the bottom team if you ask me.
Bring on next week I say!
Will Zac Dawson be able to make up for a shocker of a game last week?
He should retain his spot though. The Collingwood forwards should play him into form!
Will Mark Jamar be playing up forward again? Or was it too successful?
He’s finished the season off pretty well I must say!
Can Russell Robertson continue on from last week’s good game and prove that he is worth another show?
Unfortunately for him, I’d say no.
Are there any players that may be losing their spot for St Kilda?
Robert Eddy, Ben McEvoy, and Raph Clarke are all under pressure you’d think with quality to come straight in.
Collingwood vs. Western Bulldogs
Which team will look more likely to be a true Grand Finalist?
And boy did they want to play Geelong by the looks of their celebrations……
Will both teams be preserving themselves for the finals next week?
That running goal from Higgins was a prime example. Everyone behind him was walking whilst he had no pressure coming to him from goal as well.
Can the Bulldogs sustain their excellent intensity from last week against Geelong?
In patches. When they had it applied to them in the 3rd quarter, it looked like they were going to crumble, but they got through it.
Will it be as entertaining as the last time they played when the Pies scraped through by 1 point?
Not quite. Both teams definitely seemed careful not to injure themselves.
It was a bit weird being at the ground.
How will John Anthony go against Brian Lake, who absolutely monstered him last time?
God damn Brian Lake is good. BOG easily.
Can the Collingwood forward line prove that they are good enough do damage in September?
Nope. And therein lies where they will struggle.
Will Collingwood’s defence excellent form continue?
Collectively they were poor, although when you looked at them individually, they all did really well!
How will the in-form Jarrod Harbrow go against Leon Davis after Davis managed to kick 4 goals on him?
Harbrow was very, very good, although he played on Locyker who was one of the best for the Pies as well. It was a good battle between the two.
Are there any players that may be losing their spot?
Brad Dick is a definite for Sidebottom in my opinion. McCarthy and Goldsack will most likely make way for Pendlebury and Brown as well.
For the Bulldogs, someone is going to have to make way for Ryan Griffen.
Sam Reid might be the unlucky one.