There are numerous particular people on this sport, however it’s onerous to search out one having as a lot of an impression as Neale Daniher.
The previous Essendon captain and Melbourne coach fought for a few years on subject and within the coaches field, however is now battling motor neurone illness and combating for his life.
Since his analysis in 2013 and the launch of the Battle MND basis in 2014, he has helped elevate over $30 million in the direction of analysis in hope of discovering a remedy for the incurable.
Lately, the fundraiser has reached new heights due to the Huge Freeze slide on the G and its beanies accessible on the market.
Now, the annual Queens Birthday conflict between Melbourne and Collingwood is about extra than simply footy, because the group unites to help certainly one of its favorite sons and an important trigger.
With the Huge Freeze now in its fifth yr, Daniher handpicked 14 former Australian sports activities stars to slip down essentially the most well-known slope within the nation.
This yr’s line up contains former Australian basketballer Lauren Jackson, former Hawthorn legends Sam Mitchell and Cyril Rioli, former Bulldog stars Bob Murphy and Liam Picken and Olympic champion Anna Meares.
The road up additionally contains Collingwood premiership midfielder Dane Swan, who I’m certain they might’ve most popular to be lining up within the facet somewhat than the slide into the ice tub on Monday.
He could be a greater than helpful substitute for the injured Dayne Beams, who is ready to overlook as much as at the very least three months with a hip harm.
The Pies, will nonetheless be strengthened by the return of Mason Cox who will play his first sport since ANZAC day. It has come on the expense of Ben Reid, nonetheless, who makes method for the American. Brayden Sier is the opposite inclusion for Collingwood.
The Pies are sitting fairly inside the highest 4 with eight wins and three losses, nonetheless final week proved no match for an on-fire Fremantle outfit, lead by match-winner Michael Walters.
And whereas most will assume one other controversial rating assessment was the rationale for the Pies’ loss, the stats say in any other case.
Fremantle received the contested possessions, sort out and inside 50 rely, showing hungrier and extra decided to win the ball and take the 4 factors again to WA.
It was only a small bump within the street for the Pies, who received their earlier seven straight video games.
The identical can’t be stated concerning the Dees, who’re struggling on the opposite finish of the ladder and have did not again up their sensational 2018.
Whereas they’ve appeared higher in current weeks, a last-gasp loss to Adelaide in Darwin final week was their eighth for the yr.
One would recommend that 2019 is over for the Dees, however coach Simon Goodwin believes “something’s doable nonetheless on this season” for his workforce.
And immediately, as a number of key gamers return to the Melbourne line up, we’re going to discover out simply how good they’re.
Coming into Spherical 12, the Dees had registered essentially the most factors in opposition to them of any workforce this season.
Subsequently, the return of prized recruits Steven Might and Jake Lever could be music to Melbourne’s ears.
Each defenders will return from harm this week, with Might lining up for the primary time since Spherical 2, whereas Lever will make his first look since mid-2018.
And the excellent news didn’t cease there, with Christian Salem and Marty Hore additionally returning to the lineup, Oscar McDonald, Jay Kennedy-Harris, Josh Wagner and Billy Stretch making method.
Melbourne will want all of the power down again that they’ll get as they arrive up in opposition to the competitors’s best workforce inside 50.
Collingwood are travelling at 54 per cent going inside 50, equal with Geelong as the perfect within the league.
It’s a stark distinction to the Dees who’re essentially the most inefficient at 40 per cent.
What is going to decide the end result of immediately’s sport is which Melbourne outfit comes out to play.
The Pies have been fairly constant throughout the board and week in, week out you understand what you’re going to get.
However what Melbourne facet will we see? One among dee-termination or dee-saster?
I think that can have an effect on the ultimate end result.
So, who wins? Maybe the facet, or people, who take possession of the sport.
When Neale Daniher addressed either side through the week, he spoke of his grandson Cooper and instructing him the right way to take duty in life.
“Take duty – it doesn’t matter what occurs, it’s as much as you to do one thing about it,” he instructed Melbourne gamers earlier within the week.
“By doing that, what is going to emerge inside you is the higher facet of your character that can permit you to prevail.”
I believe it’ll be tight and difficult, however I believe the Pies have what it takes.
That’s my Monday forecast, what’s yours?