AFL Beat 2018 Finals Week 2

This week,  we will have an abbreviated AFL Beat as real life got in the way.


Welcome to Balls of Steel’s AFL Beat!

The Semi-finals started with the surprising Melbourne Demons taking on the Hawthorn Hawks at the MCG. The Demons had not been this far in finals in 17 years while the Hawks had missed finals last year for the first time in what seemed like 17 years.

Would experience win out? No,  it did not.  The Demons played extremely well and held off a push by the Hawks in the third for the 104-71 victory.  Here are the highlights:

In the second semifinal,  we had a similar scenario since the Pies had not tasted finals in a few years while the Giants have been deep in finals in the last few years.

Again,  recent experience did not win out.  I don’t want to get ahead of myself,  but there is something special about these Pies that reminds me of last year’s Tigers.  The Pies won 69-59 (NICE!) and here are the highlights:

Again,  I don’t want to get ahead of myself,  but I think the winner of the Tigers-Pies game wins the Grand Final.


Finals Week Three Schedule

Here is the schedule (All times Pacific):

Friday,  September 21, 2018

2:50 AM (Late Thursday night / Friday morning) – Richmond Tigers v Collingwood Magpies at the MCG

10:20 PM – West Coast Eagles v Melbourne Demons at Optus Stadium

Winners will meet at the Grand Final at the MCG on Friday, September 28, 2018 (Pacific time).


Footy Tipping Contest

Here is where we are after the second week of finals:

P TIPPER Round Tips Round Margin TOTAL Tips TOTAL Margin
1 SonOfSpam 2 21 149 646
2 Sunrisesunrise 0 43 146 681
3 Spanky Datass 2 16 141 802
4 BALLS 1 21 140 689
5 Litre_Cola 1 39 139 674
6 WhyEaglesWhy 0 33 133 719
7 Dolph Ucker 1 25 132 889
8 BFC 1 14 129 656
9 Game Time Decision 2 11 122 765
10 Joliet Jake Delhomme 0 33 110 821
11 JPF 0 33 106 804
12 nomonkeyfun 0 33 101 768
13 blaxabbath 0 33 91 814
14 Sharkbait 0 33 89 857

SonOfSpam has essentially wrapped up the competition with a perfect week and an o-fer from Sunrisesunrise. Only an o-fer for the rest of the season and perfect picks from Sunrisesunrise PLUS a narrowing of the margin difference will allow him to overtake SonOfSpam. Props again to Game Time Decision who put up another perfect week.  There are still final ladder positions to fight for, so



That’s all for this week.  There are three games left and I believe they will all be on Fox Sports 2.  Watch them!



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Ball’s AFL Beat is my favorite feature on DFO because I don’t understand any of it.


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–D. Trump


My former colleague who is a Pies fan is not as optimistic as I am about their chances down the stretch.


Guess I can put my imaginary GWS gear away until next season…*sigh*
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Is your middle name “Herbert”?


Fuck off, Hawthorn!!!!!
Go Collingwood!!!!!

Yay, Miranda!!!!!
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Game Time Decision

jersey tucked into pants, 2/10


/willing to reach in and help her correct that