Spherical 16 preview (half three)

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The three Sunday video games are being performed in Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart and every recreation has a component of intrigue hooked up to it.

How actual is the Blues’ resurgence? To roll a possible top-eight facet on their residence floor whereas lacking your main playmaker is one thing to show opinions round, notably because it was achieved by outlasting the Dockers. Compared, this week the Demons would look like straightforward meat. Now just one place on the ladder and 4 factors forward of the Blues with a worse share, will the Demons’ horror season solely worsen?

While having no affect on the ultimate eight, the sport does spotlight a smattering of the elite gamers. The Melbourne’s number of Jordan Lewis means he’ll play his 312th recreation and be a part of a quartet of champions who retired on that quantity: Jack Dyer (Richmond), Robert Murphy (Western Bulldogs), Stephen Silvangi (Carlton) and Mark Riccuito (Adelaide) and transfer to equal 53rd on the AFL all-time prime 100 recreation gamers listing. Kade Simpson will be a part of Brisbane’s Marcus Ashcroft on 318 video games.

Having gained 4 of their previous 5 video games, and discovering themselves solely 4 factors exterior the highest eight, North Melbourne would contemplate themselves an actual probability for some September motion.

The Saints, three positions decrease on the ladder, are additionally solely 4 factors away from the highest eight however – given their poor share and lack of depth of their expertise pool it could be a really courageous man that gave St Kilda any probability of being there on the pointy finish of the season. Jack Billings and Shane Savage will each play their 100th video games for the Saints, and the in-form Robbie Tarrant will match the variety of video games performed by Phil Krakouer and Leigh Harding for the Kangaroos. Jack Newnes returns for the Saints, who will probably be lacking Dan Hannebury.

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Lachie Neale – top-of-the-line pickups by any membership in 2019 – will play his 150th AFL recreation when Brisbane heads to Sydney Showground Stadium to tackle Better Western Sydney in a recreation that may have vital ramifications for the make-up of the ultimate eight.

Though the primary 140 video games of Neale’s AFL profession have been performed for Fremantle, there isn’t any doubt that the ten video games performed this yr for Brisbane has been one of many causes that the Lions at present sit fifth on the ladder with a superb prospect of transferring even increased over the subsequent few weeks.

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Their first hurdle, nonetheless, is to beat the gifted Better Western Sydney who – regardless of recording some spectacular wins in the course of the season – have stumbled just lately simply sufficient for his or her finals credentials to once more be questioned.

Elite AFL prime 100 recreation gamers Luke Hodge (Brisbane) and Heath Shaw (Better Western Sydney) – who’re each taking part in for his or her second AFL membership – will function on this match.

Hodge at present sits at Quantity 19 on the AFL prime 100 recreation gamers, and Shaw will transfer to equal 89th with Lenny Hayes (St Kilda) and Wayne Campbell (Richmond).


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