May 17, 2019

AFL

A highly unhelpful guide to Round Nine

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The only guide to the round that admits it’s completely unhelpful. What it lacks in insight, it makes up for with wild theories and detours onto unrelated topics.

It’s your unhelpful guide to Round Nine. 

Friday

West Coast vs Melbourne (OS) Seven & Fox 8:10pm

I’ve had some traumatic moments in my life — Flying Jetstarall of high school and watching Shane Warne’s talk show.

But aside from the 1988 and 2000 Grand Final, nothing compares to the traumatic experience of last year’s Preliminary Final.

It started badly only to get dramatically worse, to the point where Eagles fans were being nice to me. I’ve never felt such pity before, outside of my love life.

Even now, the words ‘Optus Stadium’ fills me with dread, causing me to often wake up at night in a cold sweat screaming ‘where are the Demons? Why aren’t they here? Did the plane get delayed?’

It’s cruel that the AFL have made the Demons return to Perth. Personally, for the sake of my sanity, I think we shouldn’t have to return there this century.

But here we are, and at least the Dees are bringing lots of injuries and poor form.

This is all the Eagles to lose, and if they had the misfortune to watch the Demons-Suns game, they wouldn’t have seen anything to worry them.

West Coast’s biggest concern is, can they get the percentage boost they should from this ritual slaughter? 

Saturday

Collingwood vs St Kilda (MCG) Fox 1:45pm

A few weeks ago, Saints supporters began to wonder if they might experience some happiness this year, but no, reality, like the bully it is, reasserted itself.

Now they have more injuries than the entire span of M*A*S*H and are sitting 12thon the ladder.

Facing a Pies side on the MCG isn’t ideal either and not when they just struggled against the Blues. 

The Pies will be more focused than a uni student on an alarming amount of No-Doze.

Am I giving the Saints no chance? No, I’m giving them about as much chance as me finding happiness in this life.

Collingwood have named Jordan De Goey, but there’s a fair injury cloud hanging over him. 

The bloke who runs my local fish and chip shop has a cousin who knows De Goey’s primary school teacher’s mechanic, and he reckons De Goey won’t play.

It’s pretty tight information.

I’ll be sad if De Goey doesn’t play as it means we won’t get to have the commentators tell us how important he is to Collingwood every five seconds.

Pies to win this.

Brisbane vs Adelaide (G) Fox 2:10pm

The Lions are an exciting team this year because they score as much as anyone, their problem though is they give up as many points as the clubs sitting in the bottom four.

Adelaide have in fact scored 100 points less this season than the Lions, yet the Crows have a defence, which is something handy for an AFL club to have.

The Lions best chance of playing well defensively here is the Crows forward line, who too often have to be featured on milk cartons.

Imagine if the Crows forward line was as good as people often think they are. They’d be premiers.

Both sides have a chance to prove they’re going to be a force in the finals this year with a win here. 

A win here makes either side 6-3. For the Lions that would be above expectations, for the Crows that’s on par. 

I’m super excited to listen to Adelaide radio talkback if the Crows lose this. IT would be a level of anger we haven’t experienced since the Crows 2018 season.

I’m tipping the Lions.

Geelong vs Western Bulldogs (GMHBA) Fox 4:35pm

This week, Tom Boyd announced he was retiring. While it would have been great for him to have had a long career, he retires having accomplished more than I ever have and he’s only 23. 

A lot of focus has been on Boyd’s salary, but he did help the Doggies break a 62-year Premiership drought, which to me is worth all the money a club can get its hands on. I mean, what price for pure happiness?

Often paying above market rates for a player can have huge success, Hawthorn’s move to land Ty Vickery being another obvious example.

Now the Bulldogs want to build on their two wins in a row and claw their way back into finals contention, but they face the best team in the world currently. Yes, the world. If the Americans can bang on about World Champions all the time, so can we, at least in the AFL.

Geelong have been scarily good at times this season, even with their stars out they’ve brushed aside teams with the same ease Gary Ablett beats MRO charges.

Will we see Gary Ablett can keep his elbowing streak alive? All across the country, you can feel the excitement as his streak continues. 

Young kids are elbowing each other like crazy, and it’s great to see them getting involved with the game.

Cats to win this.

Essendon vs Fremantle (MS) Fox 7:25pm

Essendon has made five changes for this game in the coaching equivalent of when you’re losing at FIFA and you just start smashing all the buttons in frustration.

John Worsfold has assured supporters they are on the right track, an assurance that Essendon supporters have found about as comforting as a politician making you a pre-election commitment.

A loss here and Worsfold may need to consider all the exciting opportunities there are working in the footy media.

Unlike Essendon, Fremantle are right on track, that is to fulfill Ross Lyon’s stated aim to ruin any enjoyment football can bring.

The Dockers have done a good impression of a top team at points this season but just when you think they are about to get over the line, they do things like lose to Richmond’s VFL side in Perth. 

I’m no experts, but I don’t know why they did that, if I was Ross Lyon I wouldn’t have let my players do that.

I’m tipping the Dockers to win.

North Melbourne vs Poleclimbers (BA) Seven & Fox 7:25pm

North have improved in recent weeks, beating Carlton and then pushing Geelong. 

That said, the only thing they could do is improve after the horror start to the season. It would be no surprise if Brad Scott gets them to improve just enough not to get fired and another year goes by for the Kangaroos.

Now they get to face a fellow very ordinary side who are coming off a win against a fairly ordinary side.

A win here means, well nothing really. I guess it has some impact on the mid-season draft, an event so exciting I’ve been having trouble sleeping.

It now seems Sydney’s highlight of the season will be a grown man climbing up a pole. Their fans might as well have been to a woodchopping competition and saved themselves some time.

Who knows who could win this? I can make a strong case for why both sides will lose but winning is a lot harder.

I’m tipping North.

Sunday

Port Adelaide vs Gold Coast (AO) Fox 1:10pm

Oh Port, they started with such promise, giving their supporters hope before reminding them that this is a cold, cruel world.

Back-to-back losses to Collingwood and Adelaide has readjusted expectations downwards, which is a familiar tune for the Power.

Now they get to play the Suns at home, which has danger game written all over it in big scary letters.

A loss to the Gold Coast would pretty much stick a fork in the Power for another year. 

The Suns are coming off one of the most inept finishes to a game, letting the Demons score twice in the final moments, with the Suns managing to out-bumble Melbourne.

Gold Coast seems to be attempting to challenge Carlton for the most honourable defeats in a single season. 

I’m tipping the Power because as interesting as it would be to see Adelaide Oval go up in flames, I’ve grown quite fond of that stadium.

Richmond vs Hawthorn (MCG) Seven & Fox 3:20pm

Jarryd Roughead will continue his coaching stint in the VFL this week, as Alastair Clarkson hope that terrifying his players will continue to motivate him.

Beating the Giants on the MCG is a lot different to beating the Tigers on the MCG though. 

The Giants play the MCG like I play golf; Richmond play the MCG like Tiger plays golf.

Hawthorn haven’t won two games in a row at all this year, something I’d never thought I’d write. 

One thing that’s good to do in a season is to win lots of games in a row. If you can string lots of wins together you can really go places. It’s taken years of studying football to figure this out, but I share my insights with you free of charge.

Richmond may have everyone injured, but they still managed to go over to Perth and beat the Dockers. This may be Hardwick’s best coaching season yet, getting them to 5-3 with a list held together by string and sticky tape.

Unfortunately, they’re also returning to Perth, and I’m tipping the Hawks.

Greater Western Sydney vs Carlton (SSS) Fox 4:40pm

Stephen Coniglio has been ruled out due to the finger injury he suffered in round six. 

I guess it makes sense to wait until you’re playing Carlton before taking care of some low-level medical maintenance. 

Carlton have once again managed to consolidate their vice-like grip on 18thspot on the ladder. 

Richmond got ninth jokes and never spent as much time there as Carlton has holding up the ladder.

If they stay there any longer, they’ll be granted ownership under squatters’ rights.

The Giants will be looking to atone for a subdued performance last week and belting the living suitcases out of Carlton will make them feel a lot better. 

That doesn’t mean it will happen, Carlton almost beat Collingwood last week, so if they bring what they did in the first three-quarters of that game, they could be in a chance.

Tipping Carlton never made anyone happy though so I’m tipping the Giants.

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COMMENTS

Grannies4Rampe

May 17, 2019

Get over it Titus. Although bizarre, pole climbing was nowhere near as bad as the talk like a little girl comment. The Grannies, whose love is fickle at the best of times, are switching our affection to that new kid in the backline telling the others what to do. We just have to learn his name.

Brenton Davy

May 17, 2019

"If they stay there any longer, they will be granted ownership under squatter's rights"

Only because there is no promotion/relegation in the AFL. I have it on good authority that the Athelstone Raggies, from the South Australian Amateur Football League Div 3, are considering a High Court challenge against the AFL for denying them two automatic wins per year by keeping Carlton in the AFL.

Eve Vennell

May 17, 2019

The more jaded and sad you are, the harder I laugh. I hope Melbourne get ritually slaughtered every week purely for my column-reading benefit. Love your work T, keep it up!!

Nicole

May 17, 2019

...Shane Warne had a talk show?! No, don't show it to me. I don't need that kind of horror in my life.

stevo

May 17, 2019

Glad you called the Swans 'poleclimbers' and not 'poleshakers'.....and in doing so, you answered your own question as to why a free kick was not paid.....well done Titus.

stevo

May 17, 2019

I think we al know who helped the Dogs win their faux 'premiership'.....and it wasn;t Tom Boyd. In fact it wasn't anyone in Dogs colours.

Bree

May 17, 2019

I’m confused, who’s going back to Perth?

Anthony

May 17, 2019

“see Adelaide Oval go up in flames”. Surely the MCC will be first?

Eagle Eye

May 17, 2019

Pecker up Titus - there are two teams playing. Good luck ☺

Loving this topsy turvy season

May 17, 2019

I think Bree that Titus meant 'back from Perth' as in bit of jet lag happening there possibly?

And thanks Titus for another brilliant read.

Gav

May 17, 2019

As both a Jetstar Pilot and Carlton supporter....I share your trauma !

Bloke from the Outer

May 17, 2019

STEVO MAY 17, 2019
I think we al (sic) know who helped the Dogs win their faux 'premiership'.....and it wasn;t (sic) Tom Boyd. In fact it wasn't anyone in Dogs colours.

Good of you to mention Bob Murphy's inspiration.

Father Teresa

May 18, 2019

Some moments are bigger than the game.

Like the touching moment when Nathan Vardy Party checked on Big Maxy 'Smokin' Gawn's welfare after Flyin Ryan took Mark and Goal of the mellinium while testing out the new Toby 'can you check if I've stepped in chewing gum' Green rule.

Pure class and compassion.

Sascha Jeremy

May 19, 2019

Bill Shorten now knows what it feels like to be a Melbourne supporter in 2019. The opinion polls all predicted great things, we all believed it for a while until it all came crashing down unexpectedly.

Angel

May 21, 2019

I think we al (sic) know who helped the Dogs win their faux 'premiership'.....and it wasn;t (sic) Tom Boyd. In fact it wasn't anyone in Dogs colours. You got that right! It was the good for the game ol'AFL!

I love reading the comments, it makes me talk out loud to the computer!
Glad you called the Swans 'poleclimbers' and not 'poleshakers'.....and in doing so, you answered your own question as to why a free kick was not paid.....well done Titus.

GOLD. I’m tipping North.............by the way the Junior Sydney Swans team beat the Kangaroos!

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Jun 01, 2019

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