The AFL season comes up for air as we see a short period with out footy for the first time in 20 days.
The AFL ladder is starting to take shape with some familiar sides forcing their way into the top four in recent weeks, I talk about West Coast and Geelong but the premiership favourites and reigning premiers Richmond sit in sixth spot and have some work to do in the coming weeks if they are to make their way in to the four and secure the all important double chance.
Collingwood and GWS had big losses to bottom eight sides last week. They need to turn things around quickly if they are to have any chance of being legitimate flag contenders.
I am interested to see what the Western Bulldogs and Melbourne do over the next couple of weeks – they are two sides that are seemingly finding form and could pinch one of the top eight spots off a Collingwood or GWS.
It is also important to acknowledge that this round is Sir Doug Nicholls round. Sir Doug Nicholls round recognizes and celebrates the contributions of Indigenous players to our great game.
Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs meet on Saturday afternoon in what may prove to be a crucial game in determining who makes and who misses the finals.
The Dogs made light work of a woeful Crows out fit with young gun Aaron Naughton the star of the show kicking six. The Demons started outsiders against Collingwood but were dominant going onto win by 56 points. That’s three big wins in a row now for them.
Teams are yet to be released for this game so we are flying blind on that front – but expecting skipper Max Gawn to return for the Demons. The Bulldogs are also likely to get a few back.
It promises to be a good contest. The Western Bulldogs represent the value here in the head to head market at $2.15.