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The Round started off with an expected rout of Collingwood by Adelaide at Adelaide Oval. I mean, there’s no way the Pies go into Adelaide and hand the Crows their lunch, right?
That they did. Handily. Well done to the Pies!
With that surprise coming early on Friday morning
North American Friday night brought about a lot of good games to watch. The early one featured the GWS Giants playing the Fremantle Dockers in Canberra. The Dockers are improving, but are not quite there yet. Let’s call it that the Giants handed them their brunch:
Ok, now is where we start talking about teams handing other teams their lunch, breakfast, dinner, and brunch. Let’s say that the Richmond Tigers handed the Brisbane Lions their per diem. Yes, the final score really was 110-17!
To the Doggies’ credit, their game against the Sydney Swans was expected to be a beatdown and was anything but. The Bulldogs led most of the first half until Sydney took the lead in the 3rd. Western fought back but, in the end, the Swans barely hung on with a late goal to win by 7.
In the battle of expected Wooden Spoon contenders, the Roos took sweet sweet advantage of their Tasmanian “home” ground and made the Blues look like the Lions did earlier. The final was 116-30 and I’m not sure which team is in worse shape, the Blues or the Lions.
Finally, in the battle of the Coasts which was actually held in Perth with Gold Coast NOT the home team, the West Coast Eagles made sure to let everyone that expected them to drop this year (yes, me included) know that rumours of their demise have been greatly exaggerated. Granted, it’s the Suns, but a 139-59 whipping is a 139-59 whipping.
Saturday night brought three more games and a heck of a game at the Etihad between the league-leading Power and the struggling Essendon Bombers. What a great time, then, for the Bombers to play their best game of the season! Seriously, this was the Bombers squad that everyone expected would show up this year and make the push deep into finals. They took care of the Power by 4 goals.
I don’t like the Melbourne Demons Football Club. It’s funny/weird because I actually really like their players. Max Gawn is awesome in his ZZ Top beard and Jesse Hogan is the kind of player you would want at your club. It’s the front office and the fanbase that is hateable. Thus, it was very nice to see the Hawthorn Hawks toy with the Demons for about half a quarter before systematically dismantling them. The final score was 115-48.
The last game of the Round had my Geelong Cats playing their first game at their real home of
Simonds GMHBA Stadium (fuck it, let’s call it Kardinia Park because that’s what it has always been in the days before naming rights). As expected, the Cats made short work of the struggling Saints by a score of 103-56.
Let’s take a look at the ladder, shall we?
|2||West Coast Eagles||3||1||0||12||136.1|
|5||Port Adelaide Power||3||1||0||12||117.0|
|7||North Melbourne Kangaroos||2||2||0||8||133.9|
|14||Gold Coast Suns||2||2||0||8||83.0|
|16||St. Kilda Saints||1||3||0||4||68.0|
We got a lot of blowouts this week including a couple of truly unexpected ones. Very few people had Collingwood even staying close to the Crows. There are no more undefeated teams and we still have only Brisbane and Carlton winless.
Let’s also take a look at the award-winning Balls Graph (TM):
We still have a TON of movement in the middle with only GWS consistently on top and the bottom four (I’m thinking five) more clearly defined. It’s going to be one heck of a ride this season!
Footy Tipping Contest
Here is where we are after Round 4:
|P||TIPPER||Round Tips||Round Margin||TOTAL Tips||TOTAL Margin|
|1||Joliet Jake Delhomme||7||98||26||118|
|13||Game Time Decision||3||38||15||177|
We’ve got two new entries this week! Well done, gents! Also a hearty well done to Joliet Jake Delhomme, who continues to tear up the tipping and is now all alone in first place. Everyone except one person got their footy tips in. Does that mean foot fetish pic???
You should know me by now.
DON’T FORGET TO PUT THE FOOTY TIPS IN!
AFL Round 5
Here is the schedule for this week (all times Pacific):
Friday, April 20, 2018
2:50 AM (Late Thursday Night) – Sydney Swans v Adelaide Crows at the SCG
Oh, the schedule is not kind to the Crows. Going to Sydney after losing to the Pies at home spells losing streak.
8:45 PM – St. Kilda Saints v GWS Giants at Etihad Stadium
Another chance to watch the Giants at a decent hour. They should make a meal of the Saints.
11:35 PM – Carlton Blues v West Coast Eagles at the MCG
The Blues have to win eventually, right? RIGHT?!?
Saturday, April 21, 2018
2:40 AM (Late Friday Night) – Port Adelaide Power v Geelong Cats at Adelaide Oval
This is now a really dangerous game for the Cats. Having the Power coming off an embarrasing loss means trouble for the visitors.
3:10 AM (Late Friday Night) – Fremantle Dockers v Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium
Despite West Coast losing the opener, it looks like the Perth home field advantage is back as neither Fremantle nor West Coast have dropped a game at Optus Stadium since.
10:20 PM – North Melbourne Kangaroos v Hawthorn Hawks at Etihad Stadium
The Roos may be coming back down to earth after this game while the Hawks are looking better and better.
11:40 PM – Brisbane Lions v Gold Coast Suns at the Gabba
Hey look! Gold Coast gets to play a game in Queensland! Too bad it’s in Brisbane’s home ground. At least they’re not the designated “home” team…
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (WHAT THE?!?)
2:25 AM (Late Monday Night) – Melbourne Demons v Richmond Tigers at the MCG
Yes, we have games on Australian Tuesday night and Australian Wednesday due to the ANZAC holiday. The first one pits the Demons against the red-hot Tigers.
10:20 PM – Collingwood Magpies v Essendon Bombers at the MCG
While the second one pits the surging Pies against the surging Bombers. Special guernseys will be worn for both games. Also, interesting note, the same four teams involved in the ANZAC Day games will play each other next week to make sure no one gets an unfair advantage.
I do love the unique guernseys that the teams bring out for special occasions. Here are the ones for this year’s ANZAC Round:
Collingwood’s 2018 ANZAC Day Guernsey features the traditional “Rising Sun” ANZAC Appeal shield and Remembrance Red Poppy. It recognises the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, honouring all 57 Collingwood players who served in that conflict by featuring their names on the guernsey’s central white stripe. The black stripes also display archival images of a number of those players in uniform, and the Ode of Remembrance is included on the inner neck.
Designed by PUMA, Richmond’s on-field apparel partner, the 2018 Anzac Day Eve guernsey carries a watermark of an Australian solider, standing in a field of poppies, and also features the 2018 Anzac Appeal logo. The Lest We Forget motif and the match details also appear on the reverse of the jumper. And finally, as per all guernseys worn by the Tigers in season 2018, the guernsey proudly displays the gold 2017 AFL Premiers logo.
Note: I couldn’t find Melbourne’s 2018 ANZAC Day guernsey. I have a feeling they will simply wear last year’s. Also, I saw that the Melbourne Demons Shop sells them for outrageous prices. In other words, fuck the Demons.
I have to say that I really really like Collingwood’s ANZAC Day guernsey. If I actually was a Pies fan, I’d buy that in a second. Only $130 Australian for the Adult version!
That’s all for this week. Next week will be pretty weird, schedule-wise. You will most likely get two AFL Beats, one on Monday an another on Thursday. All part of the fun in the world’s greatest league. Suck it, EPL!
See you next week.
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