Last Time: Who gives a toss about last time???!!!
It'll be interesting to see if this game actually does go ahead at Metricon Stadium on Saturday or whether it gets shifted south to Melbourne and becomes a Blues home game. Nothing is certain in the world of COVID-19, but some things such as "Cartel Behaviour" remains more predictable than ever:
- Airlines jacking up the price of fares as soon as the Federal Government subsidises "half-price" tickets; and
- Petrol prices leaping 40c/ltr the day before the Easter Break commences.
While the win against the Dockers was welcome, it was probably the most unconvincing 45 point wins I've seen and we'll need to play a more disciplined game if we're to beat the Suns.
Points from last weeks game:
- While we don't often help ourselves, we really got stooged by the umps at times against Freo.
- Parks made his debut and was OK in his first outing at AFL level.
- Jack's back and the further the match went the better Silvagni got.
- Cripps found a lot of the ball last week, but his decision-making in the second half was horrible.
- Gibbons keeps-on-keeping-on much to his haters disgust!!! You mofos know who you are.
- Levi's on struggle street with his knee. Give him a rest for a week or 2 in and bring in the big Mac.
- SPS found some form and speed last week. Put him in the middle FFS!!!
- Jones played an absolute cracker and is long as its not too dewy will look to be rock solid again,
- McKay kept his feet and presented up to the ball carrier. Simple game footy.....when you get off your arse!!!
- Lack the killer instinct to really put the opposition to the sword when we've got the opportunity.
Speed has been a massive weapon for the Suns ever since they entered the competition and the new rule with the stationery man-on-the-mark will only serve to assist their game style. Missing both Witts and Rowell is a big blow to the Suns, but they've nevertheless been reasonably impressive in their first 3 outings. King and Rankine have the potential to be match-winners up forward, while the superb run, carry and pin-point delivery that Lukosius provides can be hard to stop if left unchecked to do his own thing. Greenwood, Miller & the quickly maturing Anderson will prove to be threat around the stoppages especially if the Blues mids don't have their act together. While the pressure will have eased slightly on Teague, Cain "the Hatchet-man" Liddle will be lurking somewhere in the shadows to make sure things go to script.
B: Parks, Jones, Plowman
HB: Docherty, Weitering, Saad
C: Williams, Cripps, Newnes
HF: Fogarty, McDonald, Gibbons
F: Betts, McKay, Silvagni
R: Pittonet, Setterfield, Walsh
IC: E.Curnow, Cottrell, SPS, Stocker
In: Setterfield, Stocker, Cuningham
Out: Casboult (inj), Murphy, Dow (omitted)
Prediction - Find it hard to believe we don't still have a stack of improvement in us. McKay to kick 6.1, Setters to run through Greenwood and the Blues win by a lazy 37 points.