Saturday’s video games on the face of it seem simple to foretell, with three of the 4 dwelling groups anticipated to win.
The one exception is the primary recreation between Hawthorn and West Coast, through which the Eagles fly into city with their group strengthened by the long-awaited return of Nic Naitanui and in addition of Willie Rioli.
The Hawks, then again, are displaying indicators of placing the cue within the rack and have included first gamer Oliver Hanrahan, one in every of solely two new inclusions in Spherical 15. Hawthorn can even be with out the elite AFL purpose kicker Jarryd Roughead, who returned final week after a spell within the twos.
On a constructive notice, evergreen AFL elite recreation participant Shaun Burgoyne will draw degree on video games performed for Hawthorn with the legendary captain and coach David Parkin and in addition Darren Pritchard. Bear in mind that is Burgoyne’s second membership – he has served with distinction.
Liam Shiels will draw degree with Bert Mills, a 1930s participant who was a three-time greatest and fairest and captained and coached the Hawks.
For West Coast, Andrew Gaff will equal Adam Selwood’s tally of video games for the Eagles, whereas the underrated Brad Sheppard will match Matt Rosa.
Sydney will have fun Will Hayward’s 50th recreation for the membership and will account for the Gold Coast Suns within the twilight recreation on the SCG.
Collingwood’s dwelling recreation at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night time options one of many few video games the membership performs at Docklands, however with final week’s scrappy efficiency in opposition to the Bulldogs on the similar venue nonetheless recent of their minds, we will count on an improved efficiency in opposition to North Melbourne, the opposite group introducing new blood, within the type of Kyron Hayden.
For Collingwood, Steele Sidebottom – who in a really uncharacteristic efficiency kicked out of bounds thrice final week – will this week climb to share place 23 on Collingwood’s all-time high 100 recreation gamers listing with Les Hughes and Leon Davis. Hughes was often known as ‘Lofty’ or ‘Flapper’ and was nicely regarded by all. Born in 1884, he began on the Magpies in 1908 and performed in three premierships and 4 different grand finals. In his first grand last (1910) he was flattened simply after the sport began.
Ben Reid additionally climbs a bit increased up the listing, this week equalling Dick Condon and Des Healy.
For North Melbourne, Todd Goldstein will equal Stephen McCann and Ben Cunnington will equal Laurie ‘Twinkletoes’ Dwyer.
Within the last recreation on Saturday night time Port Adelaide will must be on kind to defeat the Western Bulldogs, who haven’t been given sufficient credit score for his or her slender loss to Collingwood. Hamish Hartlett will be part of Josh Francou in Port Adelaide’s high 20 recreation gamers of all time, whereas Tom Jonas will equal Jarred Schofield.
For Western Bulldogs, captain Easton Wooden, essentially the most skilled Bulldog on the park, will equal some huge names from the Bulldogs previous historical past: Alan Hopkins, Jim Gallagher and David Thorpe. Hopkins, cruelly named ‘Banana Legs’ was a excessive vote winner within the Brownlow Medal.