Preview- Round Eleven 2018 (AFL)
Round Eleven should be a good weekend of footy because the Competition has become more even of recent times. This is illustrated by the Lions beating the Hawks and the Swans losing some of its home games. The Blues, Saints and Lions have been competitive of recent times, while the Suns and Giants have a point to prove, having been disappointing of recent times.
My choice of a definite winner for this Round: Magpies
Swans v Blues
Surprisingly the Swans have struggled at home, winning just two of five home games this season. The Blues have managed only a solitary victory. Despite not winning last week they took a step in the right direction with a competitive performance.
Key matchup: Luke Parker v Patrick Cripps
Swans Game Changer: Isaac Heeney
Blues Game Changer: Patrick Cripps
My Prediction: Swans
Bulldogs v Demons
The Bulldogs sit two games outside the top eight and are in need of the four points on offer. The Demons have managed three comprehensive wins in the last three games, but this game should prove to be a danger game for the Demons.
Key matchup: Jack Macrae v Clayton Oliver
Bulldogs Game Changer: Toby Mclean
Demons Game Changer: Jesse Hogan
My Prediction: Bulldogs
Hawks v Power
The Hawks have been out of form, losing their last three matches. The Power sit outside the top eight, but they have a game in hand.
Key matchup: Ben Mcevoy v Patrick Ryder
Hawks Game Changer: Jack Gunston
Power Game Changer: Tom Rockliff
My Prediction: Power
Suns v Cats
The Suns had a good start to the season, but have only have a total of three wins. Despite not being in their best form, the Cats sit sixth on the ladder.
Key matchup: David Swallow v Gary Ablett
Suns Game Changer: Lachie Weller
Cats Game Changer: Sam Menegola
My Prediction: Cats
Bombers v Tigers
The Bombers sit twelfth on the ladder, having won their last two games, having a good run of form of late. The Tigers were outplayed last week in the third quarter, showing that they are beatable. They managed to bounce back following a thumping from the Eagles. This game is more intriguing than it would have been two weeks ago.
Key matchup: David Zaharakis v Shaun Grigg
Bombers Game Changer: James Stewart
Tigers Game Changer: Josh Caddy
My Prediction: Bombers
Eagles v Saints
The Eagles had a close win against the Hawks last week to win their ninth in a row. The Saints have lost by less than five goals in each of their last three games, being more competitive, making this game a tougher proposition for the Eagles than it would have been earlier in the season.
Key matchup: Jack Steven v Andrew Gaff
Eagles Game Changer: Jack Darling
Saints Game Changer: Jimmy Webster
My Prediction: Eagles
Kangaroos v Lions
The Kangaroos have been one of the surprise packets of the season, sitting in fifth place on the ladder. The last four weeks the Lions form has been good, playing a good brand of football, which has translated to one win and three close losses. This should be a tough and tight contest.
Key matchup: Todd Goldstein v Stefan Martin
Kangaroos Game Changer: Ben Jacobs
Lions Game Changer: Lewis Taylor
My Prediction: Kangaroos
Magpies v Dockers
The Magpies have won three of their last four matches, while the Dockers have been disappointing winning just four of ten matches. The Magpies should be too good in this one.
Key matchup: Scott Pendlebury v Nat Fyfe
Magpies Game Changer: Steele Sidebottom
Dockers Game Changer: Nat Fyfe
My Prediction: Magpies
Crows v Giants
The Crows put in possibly their worst performance with coach Don Pyke at the helm. Pyke let them know his disgust in the way the Crows played in the three quarter break in a unique fashion, by saying nothing! The Giants have been out of form losing their last four games.
Key matchup: Sam Jacobs v Rory Lobb
Crows Game Changer: Richard Douglas
Giants Game Changer: Josh Kelly
My Prediction: Crows