Maxwell Previews Round 5

April 27, 2012, 12:18 am

COLLINGWOOD

v ESSENDON

TIP
- Collingwood




FREMANTLE

v CARLTON




What

a cracking game this promises to be! The Dockers had a big win over the Saints -
their first win in Melbourne for a while. The Blues on the other hand will be
stung by their loss to the Dons, and will be keen to bounce back quickly.




KEY

MATCH UP


Griffin

/ Clarke v Kruezer / Hampson




With

Sandilands out, Clarke and Griffin will have to step up to stop the Kruezer /
Hampson combo. Winning the stoppages will go a long way towards them winning
the 4 points.


TIP

- Carlton


GWS

v WESTERN BULLDOGS




The

Dogs had a breakthrough win last week, while the Giants did a good job to only
go down by 46 points against the Crows in a competitive hit out.




KEY

MATCH UP


Callan

Ward v Liam Picken




The

GWS skipper takes on his old side for the first time. The Dogs won’t want Ward
to be a thorn in their side, so expect Picken, their number one stopper, to get first
crack at him.


TIP

- Western Bulldogs


NORTH

MELBOURNE v GOLD COAST




Brad

Scott will be disappointed in last week’s result where the ‘Roos went down to
the Swans after a big win over Geelong. The Suns will be without their skipper and
arguably the best midfielder in the league in Gary Ablett, so will need their
young on ballers to step up.




KEY

MATCH UP


Swallow

v Swallow




I

want to see it! Big brother Andrew has had an excellent start to the year
averaging 27 touches. He is crucial to the Kangaroos’ stoppages with 32
clearances this year - 15 more than the next best at the club.


TIP

- North Melbourne




MELBOURNE

v ST KILDA




Both

teams are coming off losses so this one really matters. The Saints need to stay
in touch with the top 8 for their finals aspirations while the ‘Dees want to
get their first win of the year.


KEY

MATCH UP


Dal

Santo v Magner




Magner

was excellent last week keeping Bulldogs skipper Matthew Boyd to just 19
touches, his lowest return of the year. Dal Santo is averaging 24, but you know
given time and space he is very damaging.


TIP

- St.Kilda




BRISBANE

v GEELONG




The

Cats had a close call last week, narrowly defeating the Tigers, while the Lions
gained some confidence with a big win in the ‘Q’ clash with the Suns.




KEY

MATCH UP


Selwood

v Raines




Raines

is the Lions’ best tagger and he’ll need to keep Selwood quiet if the Lions are
a chance to win. He has averaged 28 touches and 7 clearances a game and will be
keen to get his team a win in contested ball - an area Chris Scott mentioned
needed improvement.


TIP

- Geelong


HAWTHORN

v SYDNEY




This

should be another tight contest. Every year the Swans are underestimated and
every year they produce. They will get Adam Goodes back from suspension but
lose young gun Gary Rohan to a sickening broken leg. The Hawks return from
Perth where they had a bruising encounter with the Eagles.




KEY

MATCH UP


Kennedy

v Mitchell




I’d

like to see these ex-teammates go head to head in the middle. Kennedy is
averaging 29 possessions and 7 clearances per game while Mitchell is right
behind him with 27 and 6.


TIP

- Hawthorn

RICHMOND
v WEST COAST




The

Tigers were excellent last week, almost downing the Cats at home. Not many get
as close as they did. The Eagles are full of confidence and are undefeated.


KEY

MATCH UP


Cotchin

v Selwood




Scott

Selwood always goes to the oppositions best mid, and Cotchin is their key
through the midfield.


TIP

- West Coast


ADELAIDE

v PORT ADELAIDE




The

Showdown is usually a close, physical encounter and this one promises to be no
different. The Crows weren’t at their best last week against GWS, while the
Power was within striking distance for much of the game against the ‘Pies.




KEY

MATCH UP


Tippett

v Carlyle




Atipate

has been solid through the start of the season and will have his hands full
with Tippett who is coming off 4 goals last week.


TIP

- Adelaide