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So the season begins…

….well the season within the season! The AFL finals race is here, at long last – sometimes I wonder why the season is so long, I mean what happened in round 4, or 7 or 15 for that matter that now has a real effect on eight teams quest for immortality… another topic for another time!  Six Victorian team, two interstate, balance has been restored and one would say it’s a fair chance the premiership cup won’t be travelling far from the ‘G post 5pm September 26!

Before that one day in September though we have three weeks of finals to get through, lets have a look at the matches, what you will see and what you won’t!

Adel v Ess – AAMI, Friday night

Adel v Ess

If last weeks effort by Adelaide is anything to take notice off… Essendon don’t bother getting on the flight! An awesome display by a team that many believe has the slightest of sniffs this September. Suspensions and the impact of such a physical game last weekend will see Essendon’s season over come Friday night, a season to be considered a success all the same.  Adelaide by 30 plus.

What you will see –

A dominate Adelaide forward line potentially wreck havoc! Something for all teams to worry about over the next few years; Otten, Porplyzia, Burton, Knights, Tippet, Hentschel and Dangerfield drifting in, good signs for the future!

What you won’t see –

Essendon’s characteristic run and carry. Jobe Watson needs a rest, Ryder is out, Prismall is out, Monfries and Stanton played their big game last week. well done Dons, hope not to see you back next year!

Geel v WB – ‘G, Saturday Arvo

Geel v WB

Absolute cracker ensuing! This will be a final to remember.  At this point of the season there is not much that separates these two teams.  Looking at the last eight weeks subjectively the Doggies should be all over this, however Geelong has been the dominate power of the AFL for two and a half seasons and may just be about to turn it back on.  evenly matched Brian Lake very well could be the difference here, Geelong’s much rated backline cant do much about midfielders that continually drift forward and kick goals, it will be up to the awesome talent located in Geelongs engine room to come to party and put a stop to this, because the form Lake is in he will bath up Tommy Hawkins, and the big Moon in the process!  Dogs by 10 points.

What you will see –

Ablett stamp himself as one of the truly great midfielders playing the game, but also the emergence of Shaun Higgins doing the job for the other side.  Keep an eye out for more Aker brilliance, 85,000 plus just means he will turn it on

What you won’t see –

A blow out, Geelong might start well, but just watch the Dogs fight back!

Bris v Carl – Gabbatoir, Satday Night

blue lion

Some sneaking work from Michael Voss has Carlton wondering what to expect come Saturday night, Simon Black looked gone against the Swans, if so why didn’t he come off? Hhhmmm! The blues had won three in a row, against some good teams coming into last weekend’s blowout against the Crows, not good prep before the finals.  Brisbane has been solid all year without being spectacular.  Carlton with two wins in Queensland this year should give them plenty of confidence. Blues by 20 plus points.

What you will see –

Simon Black playing and Brendan Fevola lighting up the Gabba.  Eights goals last time to Fev and you can expect the same this time round, no backman for the Lions leaves the door open for 10!

What you won’t see –

A display from Carlton’s midfield like last week.  stinging criticism from Terry ‘sunbed’ Wallace will have Murphy, Gibbs, Scotland and Judd running both ways like they were back doing the beep test!

StK v Coll – ‘G, Sunday

magpies

Game of the round.  Collingwood in cracking form, till last week, and the Saints putting together a remarkable 20-2 season, although slightly losing their way towards the end.  I’m slightly worried for the St Kilda faithful that they may have peaked to soon, but with the quality of players they have, that sort of touch doesn’t just disappear, unless the focus does! Collingwood believe they are a huge chance to go all the way, the army will storm Melbourne from all over the country should they pull it off… might be time to mobilise the troops. Pies by 3 goals

What you will see –

Nick Riewoldt play like a man possessed. Time for the big blonde leader to stamp his authority on the game, will be the best centre half forward in the game come the end of the finals.  Keep an eye on Dale Thomas also, overdue for a hanger and with 90,000 plus in the stands may send everyone away with something to talk about

What you won’t see –

Luke Ball and Max Hudghton running around.  This will be the decision R Lyon will be amending next week when the saints look to avoid going out in straight sets!

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