AFL Round 1 My Preview
The 1st Round of the AFL Season in 2019 should be an entertaining 1 as it is tough to pick a definite winner for this Round. Hopefully there is plenty of attacking footy played as there has been a long preseason in preparation for the 2019 AFL season.
My choice of a definite winner for this Round: Bombers
Thursday Night Game
Blues v Tigers
The Blues will look to improve this season and they will see this game as an opportunity to prove that they are heading in the right direction in the 1st game of the season against 1 of the contenders from last season in the Tigers. This is a good chance for the Blues to cause an upset.
Key matchup: Andrew Phillips v Toby Nankervis
Blues Game Changer: Harry Mckay
Tigers Game Changer: Dion Prestia
My Prediction: Blues
Friday Night Game
Magpies v Cats
This should be an intriguing contest with both teams looking to prove that they will contenders this season. The Magpies will be without Taylor Adams and Will Hoskin-Elliot missing through injury.
Key matchup: Brodie Grundy v Rhys Stanley
Magpies Game Changer: Adam Treloar
Cats Game Changer: Sam Menegola
My Prediction: Cats
Saturday Afternoon Games
Demons v Power
This is a difficult game to decipher who will be victorious in it; the Demons will see this as a chance for the Demons to show that they are contenders like last season and for the Power to substantiate that they deserve to play finals this season.
Key matchup: Max Gawn v Scott Lycett
Demons Game Changer: Angus Brayshaw
Power Game Changer: Travis Boak
My Prediction: Power
Crows v Hawks
The Crows will look to get a good start to the season against a Hawks team forced to play without the Brownlow Medallist from last season, in Tom Mitchell. This is a great opportunity for the Crows to boost their morale after a long preseason.
Key matchup: Sam Jacobs v Ben Mcevoy
Crows Game Changer: Matt Crouch
Hawks Game Changer: Liam Shiels
My Prediction: Crows
Saturday Night Games
Bulldogs v Swans
The Bulldogs will look to improve on their performances in the preseason, while the Swans will see this game as a good chance to get off to a good start.
Key matchup: Jack Macrae v Josh Kennedy
Bulldogs Game Changer: Mitch Wallis
Swans Game Changer: Luke Parker
My Prediction: Bulldogs
Lions v Eagles
The Lions have a chance to prove that they are worthy of playing finals this season as they face a tough test 1st up against last season’s premiers.
Key matchup: Stefan Martin v Nathan Vardy
Lions Game Changer: Jarryd Lyons
Eagles Game Changer: Jack Darling
My Prediction: Lions
Sunday Afternoon Games
Saints v Suns
This game is the most boring on paper, at least based on where the teams finished last season and according to most experts, but life isn’t played on paper.
Key matchup: Josh Bruce v Jack Hombsch
Saints Game Changer: Jack Billings
Suns Game Changer: Anthony Miles
My Prediction: Suns
Giants v Bombers
Based on the Bombers preseason form this is an easy game to tip a winner in, but preseason doesn’t count for anything and the Giants are missing 1 of their leaders in Callan Ward
Key matchup: Tim Taranto v Dylan Shiel
Giants Game Changer: Tim Tarranto
Bombers Game Changer: Jordan Ridley
My Prediction: Bombers
Dockers v Kangaroos
This is a tough game to pick a winner; both teams will view this match as a winnable one.
Key matchup: Sean Darcy v Todd Goldstein
Dockers Game Changer: Rory Lobb
Kangaroos Game Changer: Ben Cunnington
My Prediction: Kangaroos