St Kilda v Richmond
MCG, Friday 7:40pm
Both sides will be looking to improve on their disappointing starts to the year. St Kilda should have beaten Geelong and fell
at the last hurdle. Richmond also looked like they could defeat Carlton but fell away in the last quarter. There were positive
signs for the Saints with their midfield looking good as usual and Nick Riewoldt looking like a force up forward. St Kilda’s
defence looked exceptionally strong with Raphael Clarke playing very well along with James Gwilt and of course Brendon
Goddard. Jack Riewoldt had a sensational start to the season for the Tigers last week and this week the match will be a
shootout between the Riewoldt cousins. Even with Jack Riewoldt firing, the Saints should still be too strong for the Tigers.
Prediction: St Kilda by 30 points
North Melbourne v Collingwood
Etihad Stadium, Saturday 2:10pm
Collingwood started their premiership defence off well last week with a convincing win over Port Adelaide. Even though Port
Adelaide are not the best side going around, Collingwood played very well. North Melbourne are coming off a tough game in
the heat of Subiaco against the Eagles that they were unsuccessful in. North’s young side will be tired coming from that
game and facing up against the might of Collingwood who have almost a full list to pick from, they should be no match.
Prediction: Collingwood by 34 points
Port Adelaide v West Coast
AAMI Stadium, Saturday 2:40pm
While Port Adelaide ended up losing to Collingwood by 75 points, the final margin did not reflect how well they played. Port Adelaide stuck with Collingwood for most of the game and had a 6 goal third quarter which raised a few Collingwood
eyebrows. Port Adelaide will be without their big forward Jay Schulz who went down with a knee injury last week. Recruit
Jarrad Irons looks like he might become a fantasic player for Port Adelaide up forward. West Coast recorded a good win
over North Melbourne but the loss of Mark LeCras will hurt them.
Prediction: West Coast by 8 points
Gold Coast v Carlton
Gabba, Saturday 6:50pm
The Gold Coast will make their much anticipated debut this weekend. AFL fans will be keenly watching to see where the
Suns are at. Ablett, Brown, Harbrow, Brennan, Bock, Rischitelli are among some of the established AFL players to defect,
as well as the huge draft concessions that the Gold Coast has had. How will this team perform? The team was poor in the
VFL last year but now all the young bodies are a year older and they have the guidance of the experienced players. The
Blues will not be underestimating the Gold Coast, especially as it is hard to gauge exactly how good they are. Expect the
Suns to show some signs, but the Blues’ superior experience and maturity will see them over the line.
Prediction: Carlton by 16 points
Fremantle v Geelong
Patersons Stadium, Saturday 5:40pm
Fremantle were disappointing last week and coming off a shocking pre-season they would be keen to perform in their first
home game. Geelong played a hard game last week but they should be able to back it up against an underdone Fremantle
outfit. Geelong are keen to return to the top of the game again with a new coach determined improve Geelong’s game.
Prediction: Geelong by 24 points
Western Bulldogs v Brisbane
Etihad Stadium, Sunday 1:10pm
The Bulldogs stunned everyone last week when they were comprehensively beaten by Essendon. The Bulldogs certainly
did not look like the flag contenders that many consider them to be. The Bulldogs were killed in the midfield and also an
underdone backline without Lake and Gilbee certainly heard them. Expect them to rebound and show the footy world that
they mean business. Brisbane have been terribly unlucky with injuries and their captain will again be having a lengthy wait
on the sidelines after sustaining terrible facial fractures. They won’t be a match for the Dogs on the rebound.
Prediction: Western Bulldogs by 46 points.
Sydney v Essendon
ANZ Stadium, Sunday 2:10pm
Everyone thought that Essendon would have their cockiness shot down last week by the Bulldogs. The game couldn’t have
turned out any differently. Essendon look like an exciting team and James Hird seems to have done something there that
has got the very best out of the Bombers. The Bombers should focus on not getting ahead of themselves after a start to the
season that surprised everyone. Sydney would have been expecting to beat Melbourne last week and they would be
disappointed with the eventual draw. Both of these sides have new coaches and I expect the game to be very close.
Essendon will be slightly too good though.
Prediction: Essendon by 7 points
Hawthorn v Melbourne
MCG, Sunday 4:40pm
The Hawks opened their season with a very disappointing loss to the Crows. Many had tipped Hawthorn to climb the ladder
again this year and that certainly wasn’t the start they were looking for. Melbourne are also a side on the rise. Hawthorn
are a more experienced team however and should account for Melbourne here.
Prediction: Hawthorn by 22 points