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AFL Finals

Week 1

About coaching and loyalty!


Lou Richards has just said it and I will say it too

That it’s a bloody tragedy if Malthouse coached the Blues.

Once you wear the Magpie colours no other jumper’s right

Everything you see from then is simply black and white!

Where the hell’s tradition gone?  The one stop football club?

Always having drinks with mates at the same old pub?

Political correctness has taken us by storm

Acknowledging minorities is now the bloody norm!

Players changing teams and no-one says a word

Ex-team mates even shake their hand, I tell you it’s absurd!

Mick took Collingwood to heights , supporters filled with glee

They even won a premiership, beautiful to see!

The time he spent in black and white of that he made the most

It was easy to forget the fact he once coached at West Coast!!

Carlton is the enemy and regardless of Mick’s schemin’,

Helping Blues to win the premiership? They must be bloody dreamin’!

Hawthorn V Collingwood at the MCG Friday night

The Pies struggled to make it into the top 4 this season mainly due to a dysfunctional forward set up consisting of 2 out of form forwards – Cloke and Dawes. The opposite applies to the Hawks who have a host of options up forward even in the absence of Buddy. Collingwood will have to play its best ever game of the year to win this and earn that week’s rest. We all know finals are different to home and away so a Magpie win is possible. Hawthorn will have to choke. This is a tip I hope is wrong.

Hawthorn by 18


Adelaide V Sydney at AAMI Saturday

The winner of this game is certainly going to be hard to pick as Sydney’s winning form disappeared when playing the top sides. The Crows played sides below them enabling them to pinch 2nd spot on the ladder and get this home final. A win by either team also gets them a home prelim final so expect no ‘beg pardons’ as these two teams go hard for the ball. Home ground advantage might be worth something but won’t stop Sydney winning the game.

Sydney by 12


Geelong V Fremantle at the MCG Saturday

How can I make a case for Fremantle? I think the remaining teams in the finals would breathe a sigh of relief if the Cats were knocked out by the Dockers but it’s just difficult to see that happening. The loss of McPharlin for Freo is a big blow as it would have been his job to look after Hawkins. There is just too much finals experience in the Geelong line up to think that they will lose this against Fremantle.

Geelong by 25


West Coast V North Melbourne at Paterson Sunday

North’s final position and the fact that they have ended up playing West Coast in Perth is the fruition of their worst nightmare for the finals. It’s not easy for any team to win here against the Eagles and they will be a bit angry at losing their position in the top 4. It should be a good game and North has the ability to win but sensibility says stick with what you know will happen.

West Coast by 27

Article last changed on Thursday, September 06, 2012 - 7:39 PM EDT

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