My view on round two (part two)

April 6, 2012, 12:18 pm

ESSENDON v PORT ADELAIDE





Both teams are coming off good wins

in different scenarios. The Bombers were slow starters against the Kangaroos
last week and over ran them despite Hamish McIntosh having a shot for goal after the
siren to win the game, while the Power were very impressive, particularly
around stoppages against the Saints.




KEY MATCH UP



Hurley v Chaplin





Troy Chaplin had the gig on Nick Riewoldt last

week, prevented the skipper from being the match winner. This suggests he’ll
probably get first crack at Hurley, who in my opinion, is primed to take the
step from future star to genuine star this year. Chaplin will have to be on his
game.




Tip - Bombers





SYDNEY SWANS v FREMANTLE





The Swans beat the competition new

comers GWS 2 weeks ago, so they have had plenty of time to recover and prepare
for the Dockers. Fremantle were very impressive against the Cats last week in
Ross Lyon’s first game at the helm.




KEY MATCH UP



Fyfe v Jack / McVeigh





Someone has to go to Nat Fyfe. We

saw what he was capable of last year and he looks like he’ll go to another
level again in 2012. Sydney will need to prevent him from being the matchwinner
- both Keiren Jack and Jarrad McVeigh have done the job at different times in the past.




Tip - Fremantle





WEST COAST v MELBOURNE





The Dons are coming off a few tough

weeks - it has been a baptism of fire for new coach Mark Neeld. With all that
has been happening off the field, the game will be the perfect opportunity to
move the focus. Unfortunately the draw hasn’t been kind and they will be
running into an Eagles side that will not show any mercy.




KEY MATCH UP



Frawley v Kennedy





Josh Kennedy came back into the Eagles

line up without having played a game during the NAB cup. It’s fair to say he
didn’t miss a beat, kicking 7 goals in their win over the Dogs. James Frawley is an
All-Australian defender and loves getting the big jobs on key players.




Tip - Eagles





COLLINGWOOD v RICHMOND





Both teams are coming off losses in

round one - although both were against potential top 4 sides. The ‘Pies will
regain Some key personnel from injury, while the Tigers will be fired up to
take on one of the old enemy.




KEY MATCH UP



The Midfields





Both teams are more than capable of

kicking a winning score, so this one goes down to the midfield. The ‘Pies boast
some 2011 All-Australian mids in Scott Pendlebury, Dane Swan and Dale Thomas, as well as Luke Ball,
Steele Sidebottom, Jarryd Blair and co. But the Tigers are also very strong - Dustin Martin, Trent Cotchin,
Nathan Foley, Brett Deledio, Shaun Grigg and Daniel Jackson are just some of the talent they have putting
the ball into Jack Riewoldt.




Tip - Collingwood





ADELAIDE v BULLDOGS





The Crows continued their undefeated

run last week (after winning the NAB Cup), while the Dogs stayed with the
Eagles for a fair amount of the game.




KEY MATCH UP



Tippet v Lake





Brian Lake’s best football has

always been playing on the best forward, and he should get his chance this
week. Kurt Tippet has been getting plenty of opportunity with the Crows midfield
playing so well, so Lake will have his work cut out.




Tip - Crows





NORTH MELBOURNE v GWS





The ‘Roos were just one kick away

from the perfect start to the season, but will this week get the 4 points. The
whole industry continues to look forward to each time the GWS step out, to
watch these young guns in action as they develop at the level.




KEY MATCH UP



Petrie v Davis





Phil Davis is still very young, but they

went after him to play key position for the next decade. Drew Petrie will be a big
challenge - he throws himself at every contest, and is crucial to the success
of the ‘Roos season.




Tip - Kangaroos





ST KILDA v GOLD COAST





Scotty Watters would have been

disappointed with the result last week, but has the perfect stat to get the
Saints back in winning form - contested possession. The Power beat them by 25
last week, but with a midfield consisting of Nick Dal Santo, Lenny Hayes, Leigh Montagna, Clinton Jones
and Jack Steven, they will be keen to use their bigger bodies against the Suns
emerging midfield.




KEY MATCH UP



Warnock v Riewoldt





Matthew Warnock was good against the Crows

last week but will keep getting thrown the big jobs as the Suns develop the
young talent around him. Nick Riewoldt will be challenge 2 of the season!




Tip - Saints





GEELONG v HAWTHORN





The Cats lose Matthew Scarlett to suspension

but he wouldn’t have played on Buddy anyway. These two teams have a great
rivalry, and while the Hawks beat the ‘Pies last week, and the Cats are coming
off a loss as well as travelling back from the west, it will still be a tight
contest.




KEY MATCH UP



Franklin v Lonergan





I expect Tom Lonergan to get first crack

at Buddy, with Harry Taylor to give him a chop out. The pair have a reasonable
history against him, and given Geelong have won the last 7 times these two
teams have met, they may have found the recipe to halting Buddy’s influence.




TIP - Cats