Nick Maxwell: Round 11 preview

June 8, 2012, 3:32 am

ROUND ELEVEN

CARLTON v GEELONG

This game is a genuine blockbuster. The Cats took some time to dispose of the young Giants and must overcome the ‘Giants factor’ - 5 times this year a team has lost the week after playing them. The Blues have been under the microscope this week, and will be glad they can make amends in the first game of the round.

KEY MATCH UP

Chris Judd v Taylor Hunt

The skipper will put it upon himself to lead the Blues out of their form slump, and with the loss of Scotland compounding the absence of Murphy and Carrazzo through the middle. Hunt has often been the main tagger for the Cats

TIP - Geelong

RICHMOND v FREMANTLE

The Tigers are coming off two big wins and are growing in confidence. They were headed by the Saints last week after dominating much of the game, yet found enough to hit the scoreboard when it counted. The Dockers have dropped 3 in a row and obviously need to win to stay in touch with the top 8.

KEY MATCH UP

Riewoldt v Dawson

Jack is back with 14 goals in the last two weeks, and what would please his teammates is the fact he’s 2nd in the league for inside 50 tackles, showing he’s prepared to work hard without the ball.

TIP - Richmond

GOLD COAST v ST KILDA

The Saints just kept coming against the Tigers last week and just fell short. This one is one they can’t afford to drop, which Scott Watters will be hammering home.

KEY MATCH UP

Rischitelli v Dal Santo

Rischitelli did a good job on Sidebottom last week, limiting his influence. Expect him to go to Dal Santo who is the Saints ‘prime mover’ through the middle.

TIP - St.Kilda

ESSENDON v SYDNEY

The Bombers were surprise losers last week, while the Swans comprehensively beat the Dogs. Both teams sit in a strong position on the ladder, but will be keen not to lose points against those around them in top 4 contention.

KEY MATCH UP

Stanton v McVeigh

The Swans love to keep the game in tight, and won’t want to release the Bombers’ best ‘outside’ runner in Stanton, who has averaged 28 disposals per game in 2012.

TIP - Essendon

PORT ADELAIDE v HAWTHORN

The hawks put together a dismantling of the ‘Roos last week. Buddy’s 13 was what everyone was talking about, but that was the end result. Their attack on the football and the man was back to their absolute best. The Power have strung 3 wins together and were excellent across the board beating the Blues last week.

KEY MATCH UP

Sewell v Hartlett

Sewell kept Kangaroos skipper Andrew Swallow to just 16 touches last week, gathering 21 himself and laying 9 tackles. Hartlett showed he is over the injuries that have crippled the early years of his career, delivering arguably the best performance of his career with 26 disposals and 3 goals.

TIP - Hawthorn

MELBOURNE v COLLINGWOOD

This one all of a sudden becomes a tight game after the ‘Dees registered their first win of the year over Essendon. Before last years blowout, the Queen’s Birthday game had been very close, with a 1 point win to the ‘Pies and a draw over the two previous years. Mark Neeld knows many of the Collingwood players back to front and will be trying to use his inside knowledge to stop the team he spent the last 3 years at.

KEY MATCH UP

Magner v Swan

Magner has been an important mature age recruit for the ‘Dees, adding a big body in the midfield. He has done some good jobs on premium midfielders, and with Pendlbury out, he could head to Swan who is returning from a hamstring injury.

TIP - Collingwood