AFL Round 3 Tips & Preview

St.Kilda, the Western Bulldogs, Geelong, Port and the mighty Brisbane Lions (proudly sponsored by Neds) are sitting on top of the Ladder.

There’s a Grand Final rematch in our mix.

The new rules are confusing, the Tigers aren’t favourites for the first time in a long time and highly fancied teams such as Melbourne and Essendon are yet to register a win.

What will happen in Round 3 of the AFL?

Our preview gives a unique insight ahead of another big weekend of Australian Rules Football.

ADELAIDE v GEELONG
Geelong win 1-39 points

Round 3 kicks off with the Gary Ayres AFL Coaching Career Cup between the Crows and Cats at Adelaide Oval.

The Crows are coming off a big win over the Swans at the SCG and the Cats have come off a thumping win over the Dees at home and beating Collingwood the week previous.

In your best Jerry Seinfeld voice “What is the deal with this game?”

Adelaide has its best chance to get some redemption after a shocking Round 1 performance at home and the Cats are looking to start the season 3-0.

While beating the Swans in Sydney sounds good on paper, it’s become the norm of recent, with the Swans going down 8 of 12 times at home and Sydney actually hasn’t been that great.

The Cats, on the other hand, have been quite good to start this season and the likes of Dangerfield, Constable and Duncan dominating in the midfield could prove too much for the Crows.

They won’t be playing on each other but the matchup between Rory Sloane and Patrick Dangerfield will be great to watch at the centre of the ground, and if the coaches wanted to, they’d put them up against each other in the middle and we’d be in for a cracking contest. Alas, it won’t happen – but it’s a good idea. 

For what it’s worth, the Cats have been playing far better Football of recent and if they can find themselves two-three goals ahead by three-quarter time, not even a stadium packed with rabid South Australian’s could get the Crows home. 

MELBOURNE v ESSENDON
Melbourne 40+ points

Well, well what do we have here?

Two highly fancied teams to go deep into September have started this season Owen – Two.

They meet this Friday night at the MCG where one team will be 1-2, Owen – Three or heaven forbid (or yes please) a draw!

Their start to the season, to use rhyming slang absolutely former Geelong/Essendon player Brent Prismall – abysmal or hilarious depending of which end of the football spectrum you are on.

Despite many fans/experts tipping them for the flag, winning back-to-back trade period premierships and not winning a final years people still believe in the Bombers.

Essendon had a chance last week to beat the lowly St.Kilda and played the worst first half of Football seen in years and blew it.

The Bombers are under more pressure than David Bowie and Queen could ever sing about.

They need to win otherwise they are going to cop it and the social team here at Neds have a heap of Essendon Memes good to go so naturally, in the name of good content and baiting Bomber fans, we’re backing the Dees.

Now, Melbourne has also had an Owen-Two start to the year, they’ve been a little slow.

The Demons need to find their mojo and what better chance to do it than against Essendon on a Friday night at the G?

Essendon could tag and bully Max Gawn, but the big fella could simply remind the players that they play for a club that hasn’t won a final for 15 years.

Despite going down to the Cats by 80 points last week, the Dees actually got 72 inside 50s for only six goals.

It’ll sting.

If they make just a slight improvement on that, they should break a few more Bomber hearts this Friday night.

CARLTON v SYDNEY
Carlton win

Is it just me or are the Sydney Swans not that good anymore?

People have been writing them off for years and they’ve been notoriously slow starters but their form even just before last year’s finals was rather ordinary.

Not only have the Swans been slow starters to seasons, but they’ve also been slow starters to both of their games this season.

The Swans kicked five goals in their favour in the third quarter last week to get back into the game against the Crows and lost.

They also only kicked one goal for the first half in their Round 1 clash against the Doggies.

Carlton is also Owen-Two.

But no one fancies Carlton to be part of finals action anytime soon.

The thing is, the Blues have actually played some decent footy and have been competitive in both their hit-outs against Port and Richmond.

Honourable losses are one thing, but this is a fair dinkum chance for the Blues to get the 4 premiership points and Carlton will like the opportunity they have against Sydney.

Buddy Franklin does like playing against Carlton, he did kick a bag of 10 against them back in 2017 but if the Blues small forwards of Fasalo, Gibbons and Polson can fire up and Mitch McGovern can fill the void in Charlie Curnow’s absence, the Swans could find themselves Owen-three come Saturday night.  

GWS v RICHMOND
Richmond Line +7.5

Write them off.

No Rance. No Riewoldt. Dusty is no good anymore. The Magpies beat them again.

Richmond is done in 2019.

After Round 2.

Well, probably not, but it’s not going to be an easy month or so for the Tigers.

This will be the first time since Round 9, 2009 back when Terry Wallace was the coach that either Alex Rance or Jack Riewoldt hasn’t featured in a Richmond team.

Dustin Martin, Trent Cotchin, Kane Lambert and Dion Prestia aren’t players that will play two bad games in a row and they will stand up.

Jezza Cameron and Harry Himleberg for the Giants will enjoy all the benefits of a Rance free backline and the matchup between Phil Davis and Tiger recruit Tom Lynch will be great to watch.

GWS will probably win this game with a weakened Richmond line up, but if the Tigers get up it will silence a lot of critics and they will want to make a statement this Saturday.

BRISBANE v PORT ADELADIE
Lions 1-39 points

How bloody good is the Brisbane Lions (proudly sponsored by Neds)?

Make no mistake, once again the Lions are the PRIDE OF BRISBANE TOWN.

When a team travels to the Gabba-toir this year, you’re Ridin’ into the danger zone.

Because right now the Brisbane Lions are dangerous.

Coming back from five goals down against North Melbourne, the Lions blitzed home in the final quarter to secure an awesome 20 point win making it a 2-0 start to the year.

As we have promoted during the week, the Lions are yet to lose a game since we became the co-major sponsor and we can’t see that changing.

Granted, Port Adelaide have also started the season 2-0 and Port have been impressive in both hitouts but you can’t beat the momentum surrounding the mighty Brisbane Lions (proudly sponsored by Neds)

The Gabba will be pumping on Saturday night and it will feel like the glory days again, but the thing is – the glory days, are now.

COLLINGWOOD v WEST COAST
West Coast (Win)

Get ready for the Grand Final Replay!

And we mean Grand Final replay.

The ideal situation is that Collingwood finds themselves with a five-goal head start only to find West Coast coming back in the last quarter to find Dom Sheed having a shot at goal from a difficult angle to get the Eagles home.

That’s what I feel non-Collingwood fans are hoping for in this match, an exact replay of last year’s Grand Final.

Collingwood won their idea of a Grand Final by dominating the Tigers last week and West Coast proved too good at Optus Stadium over the Giants.

Even if Collingwood wins this, it’ll hardly be considered “revenge” – it’s not boxing, West Coast still have the 2018 premiership cup in the cabinet at Subiaco.

If Darcy Moore and Jordan Roughhead give the Eagles forward line grief and Dayne Beams dominates in the middle, they are a chance. 

If West Coast wins this, not only will it be the third time on the trot they’d have been Collingwood at the MCG and have a psychological mind f**k over the Pies that not even a Collective Mind Adelaide Crows pre-season camp can do.

It would also mean they’ve had a Berocca and some Hungry Jack’s to cure that premiership hangover.

 

WESTERN BULLDOGS v GOLD COAST
Dogs 40+ points

Normally, you’d pencil this game to be a bit of a snooze fest but the Suns v Dogs game at Marvel Stadium this Sunday arvo could actually go alright.

The Doggies are coming off two thrilling wins and last weekend’s win over the Hawks was memorable and they’ll be up and about in Footscray right now.

If the Western Bulldogs go on to win this, they’ll be 3-0 to start the season and Dogs fans will be believing that the glory days of 2016 are back.

Despite no one thinking anything of the Gold Coast Suns this season, they’ve actually been quite competitive in their first two games and come off a great win over Freo at home.

For the Dogs to win this, they don’t need to change much.

So far into 2019, they’ve been quite good at getting the ball inside their 50 and scoring.

With all due respect to the Suns, they need a team to have a bad day to have a chance at winning and with the Dogs up and about it ain’t happening on Sunday.  

HAWTHORN v NORTH MELBOURNE
Hawthorn Line -12.5

After a week of feeling hard done by the umpires, Hawthorn needs to get on with the business of winning games of Footy.

Playing North Melbourne at the G gives them the perfect opportunity to do that.

Credit where credit is due, Clarko didn’t have a sook about the umpires crappy and pedantic free-kicks, Hawthorn blew a Five goal lead and allowed the Bulldogs to win by 19.

That is soooo Un-Hawthorn.

North also had their chance to put away the Lions, but the Brisbane Lions (proudly sponsored by Neds) ran away with the match.

It’s hard to believe in North Melbourne.

Hawthorn will be a little bit down about it all.

Expect this match to be a bit of a grind, but the Hawks should get the job done.

FREMANTLE v ST KILDA
Fremantle 40+

The unbeaten Saints travel to meet Freo coming off a loss to the Gold Coast Suns.

That is something I didn’t expect to write at the start of the season but, here we are.

Fremantle was more than ordinary against Gold Coast and will make the most of playing at home, where they belted North Melbourne way back in Round 1.

The Saints have won their first two games and if you include the JLT series matches – haven’t lost any match played this year.

Are the Saints back in town?

No, they are just visiting.

The Dockers forward line of Jesse Hogan, Rory Lobb, Cam McCarthy and Matt Taberner should be able to find plenty of the footy and dominate this Sunday.

Freo has flat-track bullies written all over them. They will dominate at home this season and the Saints will find it hard to get the win in Perth.