On paper the primary Sunday sport at Docklands seems like a decent contest: 11th-placed St Kilda versus 10th-placed Richmond.
Richmond has received just one sport greater than the Saints and each groups are seemingly battling for a spot within the high eight with 9 video games remaining. Each groups have received solely two of their previous 5 video games and the Tigers have misplaced their final three.
Each groups have swung the axe: the Saints omitted three gamers and misplaced one other by means of damage, whereas Richmond have omitted seven gamers from Spherical 13.
Why then is Richmond the shortest-priced favorite within the remaining seven video games of Spherical 15?
The reply lies within the high quality of the video games performed, the standard of the alternative gamers chosen and the arrogance, type and angle of the golf equipment concerned.
St Kilda has a coach who’s hanging onto his place by a thread and can be sacked as quickly because the Saints are out of competition for a spot within the eight, whereas Richmond have a profitable premiership coach who has been lacking a variety of key gamers all through the season however is step by step getting a few of them again on board.
Josh Caddy, who by the age of 24 had already performed at three golf equipment, will play his 150th AFL sport. The 45th participant to look at fledgling membership Gold Coast, he nonetheless stays on the Suns high 100 lists at No. 52 in video games performed and No. 30 in objectives scored. A profitable stint of 71 video games at Geelong over 4 years was not sufficient for him to realize any high 100 rating there, however in three seasons on the Tigers he has already kicked sufficient objectives, together with a outstanding 46 in 2018, to take a seat in 94th place amongst Richmond’s all-time high 100 aim scorers.
Can Brisbane show themselves once more in opposition to a fired-up Melbourne who’re coming off an excellent win in opposition to Port Adelaide? I imagine so, and I’ll watch with curiosity the efficiency of AFL elite participant Luke Hodge, who has snuck into the Lions high 100 sport gamers just lately, to see if his type is sweet sufficient for an additional season. There isn’t a doubt he has carried out a helpful position on the membership since commencing there, however the query stays as as to if that position is required subsequent 12 months.
For Melbourne, hopefully Michael Hibbard will play his 50th sport for the Demons so as to add to his 84 video games at Essendon.
The ultimate sport within the west will see the Blues tackle Fremantle with out their celebrity Patrick Cripps. Either side have had damage issues, with Jesse Hogan and Stephen Hill lacking for the Dockers and Cripps, Harry Mackay and David Cuningham out for the Blues.
Whereas Carlton have been enhancing week on week just lately, with these three lacking gamers and with the added incentive for the Dockers of a spot within the closing eight it’s onerous to see the Blues with the ability to trigger an upset by beating the crew at present eighth on the ladder away from house.