My picks for round three

April 13, 2012, 5:55 am

ROUND THREE



 



CARLTON v COLLINGWOOD



 



Two of the games biggest rivals will

fight it out in front of 80,000+ on Friday night. The blues have been dominant
in their two games this year, while the Pies got their first win on the board
against the Tigers last week.


 



KEY MATCH UP



Pendlebury v Carrazzo



 



Carrazzo has started the year on

fire, tagging the oppositions key midfielder and getting plenty of the ball
himself. Will it be Brownlow favourite Pendlebury he has in his sights this
week?


 



TIP - Collingwood



 



RICHMOND v MELBOURNE



 



One team will register their first

win of the year. The Dees ran into a rampant West Coast last week while the
Tigers gave the ‘Pies a scare. 


 



KEY MATCH UP



Cotchin v MacKenzie



 



Cotchin has been touted as the next

captain at Tigerland, and his influence through the midfield will go a long way
to the result. MacKenzie is a tackling machine, and will have Cotchin in his
sights.


 



TIP - Richmond



 



PORT ADELAIDE v SYDNEY



 



As always, the Swans have been

underrated, and again look to be finals contenders. The Power have been very
good in the first two weeks and this one will be tight.


 



KEY MATCH UP



Shultz v Richards



 



With Butcher hurting his hamstring,

the Power will be relying on Shultz to kick them a big enough score. Richards
has started the season well, and will get first crack at the Power forward.


 



TIP - Sydney



 



FREMANTLE v BRISBANE



 



The Dockers will be disappointed

losing to the Swans last week and will love being back on their home deck. The
Lions were touched up by Carlton at home, and face a tough test, starting with
the longest plane flight in Australian football!


 



KEY MATCH UP



J.Brown v McPharlin



 



The Lions regain their skipper, and

although it’s a huge ask first up, they will need their captain to put on a
dominant display if they are to get the 4 points.


 



TIP - Fremantle



 



 



GOLD COAST v ESSENDON



 



The Suns were touched up by the

Saints and will be after a better display back at home. The Bombers have
started well at 2-0, and will be red hot favourites to remain unbeaten.


 



KEY MATCH UP



Lynch v Hurley



 



It was good to see Lynch sent to

centre half back on Nick Riewoldt last week and he would have learnt a lot.
This kid has a huge future, and learning from the best key forwards in the game
will help his development. it doesn’t get any easier - this time it’s Hurley!


 



TIP - Essendon



 



WESTERN BULLDOGS v ST KILDA



 



I’m looking forward to this one. The

Dogs are yet to win a game but have been very competitive against the Eagles in
round one, then pushing the Crows all the way last week. The Saints had a
confidence boosting win over the Suns last week. This game is a coin toss!


 



KEY MATCH UP



Jones v Boyd



 



Jones may go to Griffin, but given

he has only been back from injury 1 week, I’d go with Boyd. He is an out and
out star, who has added goal kicking to his resume. Keep him quiet, give
yourself every chance of winning.


 



TIP - St.Kilda



 



GWS v WEST COAST



 



This could get ugly. The Eagles have

kicked 46 goals in their first two games and against a developing Giants, could
be looking at 30 this week! We may see John Worsfold rest a few  in
preparation for the Hawks in round four.


 



KEY MATCH UP



Davis v Kennedy



 



Kennedy is an out an out star, while

Davis is one of the best young defenders around. Kennedy will get plenty of
opportunities  so it’ll be good to see how Davis goes.


 



TIP - West Coast



 



HAWTHORN v ADELAIDE 



 



This game should be a good one. The

Crows will need to be at their high pressure best if they are to topple the
Hawks, who are coming off a short break and a bruising game against the Cats.


 



KEY MATCH UP



Shoenmakers / Gibson v Walker /

Tippett


 



The Hawks defenders will have their

work cut out for them against the two Crows’ key forwards. They can take a
grab, but are both also dangerous at ground level.


 



TIP - Hawthorn



 



NORTH MELBOURNE v GEELONG



 



The ‘Roos showed no mercy against

the Giants last week while the Cats defeated the Hawks in a thriller. It was
the Cats’ midfield that got them over the line, so the North Melbourne mids
will need to be at their nest.


 



KEY MATCH UP



Midfield v Midfield



 



The Cats have had one of the best

midfields in the league for years with Bartel, Selwood, Chapman, Kelly and
Corey leading the way. The ‘Roos have a good young midfield led by their
skipper Swallow, and backed up by Bastinac, Anthony, Cunnington, Adams, Wells
and Brent Harvey. Brad Scott will need to win this area of the ground if he is
to defeat his twin brother Chris. 


 



TIP - Geelong