Nick Maxwell: Round seven preview

May 11, 2012, 5:26 am

Can Masten put a top to Stanton?

MELBOURNE v HAWTHORN



The ‘Dees have been solid in the

last two weeks and will again be looking to be very competitive around the ball -
clearances and contested possssion. The Hawks were good against St.Kilda last
week but have lost Hodge again, hopefully just for the one week. It is great to
see Stephen Gilham return from a knee reconstruction.


KEY MATCH UP



Rioli v Bartram



Bartram is usually entrusted with

the opposition’s best small defender so expect him to try and shut down Cyril,
who kicked a career high six goals last week.


TIP - Hawthorn



GWS v GOLD COAST



What a battle this will be. I know a

lot of people believe the Giants will win, but The Suns have been so impressive
of late, taking it up to North and Essendon before almost bringing down the
Dockers last week. Cameron and Cornes are big ins for the Giants while
the Suns’ skipper returns.


KEY MATCH UP



Warnock v Cameron



Cameron returns this week and is the

favourite for the rising star. The Giants will need him to kick a bag if they
are to win the four points here.


TIP - Gold Coast



ADELAIDE v GEELONG



This promises to be a huge game with

both teams expected to be a part of the September action. The Crows gave Sydney
their first defeat of the year and are in excellent form while the Cats regain
Lonergan and captain Joel Selwood who were late withdrawals last week.


KEY MATCH UP



Porplyzia v Scarlett



Whichever Crows forward gets

Scarlett needs to play a clever game, ensuring he can’t help out Taylor and
Lonegan, who have the bid jobs on Tippett and Walker. The more one on one’s
they can get, the better the Crows’ chances are.


TIP - Geelong



RICHMOND v SYDNEY



The Swans had their first loss of

the year last week while the Tigers regained some confidence by defeating the
Power. Goodes will be a huge loss for Sydney.


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Maric v Seaby



The Richmond big man had career best

stats to this point of the year averaging 30 hit outs per game, and with
Mumford still missing for Sydney, Seaby will need to be on his game.


TIP - Sydney



ESSENDON v WEST COAST



The Eagles are the only undefeated

team in the league while the Bombers only have the one loss - by a solitary
point. Get your coins out, this could go either way.


KEY MATCH UP



Stanton v Masten



I know that Selwood is the Eagles

number one tagger, but he is a real tough in and under type. If he plays on a
wing on Stanton, his contested work could be lost. Masten could be the man to
stop Stanton, who has had an excellent start to the year.


TIP - Essendon



BRISBANE v COLLINGWOOD



The ‘Pies have strung a couple

together, while the Lions will be looking forward to this game, having beaten
the Magpies in a similar game two years ago.


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Maguire v Cloke



The Collingwood big man was quieter than

usual last week against Brian Lake, and Maguire is a similar player - a hard,
physical player.


TIP - Collingwood



NORTH MELBOURNE v WESTERN BULLDOGS



The ‘Dogs are getting better each

week as they become accustomed to their new gameplan. The Kangaroos on the
other hand need to win games like this - against other teams looking to reach
finals - if they are to take that step.


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Bastinac v Griffin



Griffin is the Bulldogs game

breaker, averaging 27 touches and 5 clearances per game - he needs some
serious attention. Bastinac may well get the job, allowing Swallow and Ziebell
to make the play.


TIP - North Melbourne



FREMANTLE v PORT ADELAIDE



The Dockers received a big scare

against the Suns last week, while the Power were disappointing against
Richmond. Power coach Matty Primus has come under some unfair scrutiny this
week, so his players will come out all guns blazing.


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Boak v Crowley



Boak is quickly establishing himself

as a gun midfielder and will need to be at his best to escape the clutches of
Crowley.


TIP - Fremantle



ST KILDA v CARLTON



Will Fisher come up? He could hold

the key. Without him, the Saints will find it tough to hold down Waite,
Hampson, Walker and co in the air. The Blues have just one defeat to their name
while the Saints were good for 3 quarters against the Hawks.


KEY MATCH UP



Jones v Murphy



Or will he go to Judd? My guess is

Murphy, who has averaged 31 disposals per game in 2012.


TIP - Carlton