Nick Maxwell: Round 18 preview

Nick Maxwell July 30, 2012, 6:45 pm


ESSENDON v HAWTHORN

I saw the Hawks first hand last week and they were very sharp. In contrast, the Bombers were on the receiving end of a big loss to the Cats, as their injury list continues to increase.

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Jason Winderlich v Clinton Young

Very happy to see Jason back in the game. He’s had a terrible run with injury, coming off a knee reconstruction and hamstring problems. I’d love to see him running up and down the wings against the Hawks’ speedster.

TIP - Hawthorn

GEELONG v ADELAIDE

The Cats were impressive over the Bombers last week and return to their home ground which is a fortress! The Crows will be without Tippett due to injury but regain Taylor Walker from suspension.

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Vince v T.Hunt

Vince returned to his best and fairest winning best last week with 4 goals and 25 touches. He needs to be kept in check!

TIP - Adelaide

NORTH MELBOURNE v MELBOURNE

The ‘Roos are one of the form teams in the competition and will be a tough prospect back at Etihad. The Demons return from Darwin and will be hoping to celebrate the 250th game of former skipper Brad Green with a win.

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Petrie v Frawley

Who else but Petrie? He has been the best forward in the game in the last month kicking 18 goals in that period. Frawley will get first go at stopping the big man.

TIP - North Melbourne

GWS v COLLINGWOOD

Both teams come of big losses and will want a turn around in form. Sheeds will enjoying coming up against a team he has had a lot of history against, while the Magpies need to get back on the winners list, looking to do so without 8 of their 2010 premiership players.

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Cloke v Davis

Sheedy was at his best in his press conference this week, joking that it was good of the ‘Pies to bring Cloke to them so they can have a close look at him before making a play for his services beyond 2012. Davis may be the one to have first look.

TIP - Collingwood

CARLTON v RICHMOND

You’d think this could be last roll of the dice for the Tigers in relation to the finals race, and if the Blues go down, it’s going to be tough for them. Two arch enemies, both desperate to be playing in September. This should be good viewing!

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Morris v Betts

Eddie is always capable of being the match winner and need a good match up. Morris has been super impressive in his first year of AFL football.

TIP - Richmond

GOLD COAST v SYDNEY

The Swans continue to lead the competition and will be looking to cement top spot with some added percentage. The Suns on the other hand have had a good few weeks, pushing Geelong all the way before beating the Tigers, then missing out against the Lions when they really should have win according to their coach.

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Richards v Lynch

With Sam Day being rested, the Suns will need Lynch to play well - this kid continues to improve and will one day be an All-Australian. Richards has claims to that title this year, consistently beating the best forwards around.

TIP - Sydney

PORT ADELAIDE v FREMANTLE

In the past the Dockers may have dropped one of these type of games. They look however to be a different side this year, and with their skipper performing so well, will be hard to beat. Power won ‘ugly’ against the Dees’ last week and at home, always seem to perform significantly better than when they’re away.

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Fyfe v Broadbent

The Fremantle young gun returns after a shoulder reconstruction and it’s great to see. He is an out and out star, and obviously a quick recoverer! Broadbent has had a very good season for the Power.

TIP - Fremantle

ST KILDA v WESTERN BULLDOGS

The Saints had their chances against the ladder leaders last week but missed a few important opportunities. The Dogs also had their chances but couldn’t finish the job against the Blues last week. A win for the Saints could see them return to the the top eight.

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Minson v McEvoy

It’s obvious to say that a dominant ruckman gives you first opportunity through the middle, but the Dogs will also need big Will to hit the scoreboard. It has been an achillies heal for them, and going forward to snag a few will be a high priority!

TIP - St.Kilda

WEST COAST v BRISBANE

No-one gave the Lions a chance when these two teams met earlier in the year. They won. Will history repeat here? I doubt it. Shuey is an important ‘in’ for the Eagles, and at home, are always hard to beat.

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Hudson v Natanui & Cox

He will get an occasional cut out from Merrett, but the Lions’ veteran will basically take on the best ruck combination around on is own. If they are to win, he will need to be at his combatant best.

TIP - West Coast

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