Apr 22, 2022
A highly unhelpful guide to Round Six
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 Six.
Greater Western Sydney vs. St Kilda (Manuka) 7:50pm Seven/Fox
It’s the return of Toby Greene, a man many people claim is somehow persecuted.
I guess he is if ‘persecuted’ means ‘getting in trouble because you regularly do silly things that are easily avoidable'.
Which it doesn’t, but the meaning of words seems less important these days than they once did.
For St Kilda, this has ‘danger game’ written all over it. They’ve won four in a row; things seem to be going well and their opponent is 1-4.
It’s enough to make any Saints supporter positively terrified.
Surely though, the Saints can take care of a Giants team that currently looks more lost than my driver when he accidentally took us through the outer suburbs of Melbourne.
It was the furthest out I’ve been in Melbourne, aside from speeding past the lesser suburbs on the way to the pointy end of the peninsula.
I can still remember the terrifying stares of the rough teens that roamed the streets of that outer suburb.
Yes, I’ll never forget that detour through Balwyn.
Saints to win.
Western Bulldogs vs. Adelaide (Mars) 1:45pm Fox Footy
On the rare occasions people meet me for the first time, they invariably use phrases like ‘underwhelming’, ‘disappointing’ or ‘a real let down’.
These are also phrases that can be applied to the Bulldogs’ season, although unlike me, the Doggies have a chance to change people’s perspective.
On the other hand, Adelaide’s season has been seen as broadly positive, as people thought they would suck a lot more than they have so far.
It’s another reminder that expectation setting is important, and why people having a low opinion of you is a real positive.
Why, if I keep spelling and grammatical errors in this column to about one in every sentence, people give me compliments for improving.
This game is being played in Ballarat, so if you’re a Crows fans travelling to the game, remember, Ballarat has a subtropical climate, so shorts and t-shirts are all you’ll need to pack.
I’m tipping the Bulldogs.
Port Adelaide vs. West Coast (AO) 4:35pm Fox Footy
Like the federal election, Port Adelaide’s season can’t end soon enough.
But like Labor, who caught a break with Albo getting covid, meaning he can’t be interviewed for a while, Port gets the Eagles, meaning they’re a possible chance of having their first win.
In fact, with Ollie Wines returning, the Power look set to get a win that will give them a false sense that things are improving.
Perhaps the most damning thing about Port Adelaide’s season is the Eagles have won more games than them.
Yes, a rotating cast of top-ups and fill-ins have a better record than a team that argued it was on the cusp of a premiership.
I can’t tip the Eagles despite this fact; I saw them play the Swans last week and my brain can’t accept the fact that team can win a game.
Fremantle vs. Carlton (OS) 7:40pm Seven/Fox
Fremantle have already beaten some of the AFL’s top sides this season, Adelaide, West Coast, Greater Western Sydney and Essendon. It’s an impressive list.
And now they get a crack at the Blues, who are rock solid and not shaky at all.
The Blues get Patrick Cripps back and I’m confident they’re not rushing him back or anything.
Based on Carlton’s form, they’ll want to be up by about seventy points at halftime to win this.
Fremantle’s growing confidence can be seen both off and on the field. A Dockers supporter broke into West Coast’s football headquarters at Mineral Resources Park this week.
Elliot Yao recounted the fan was ‘blind drunk, with a stubbie in his hand, rolling around the oval, pretending to shadow kick, take marks, give it to the crowd.”
Apparently, this sort of behaviour isn’t unusual at Eagles’ training, so it took everyone ages to realise it wasn’t an Eagles player.
Fremantle to win.
North Melbourne vs. Geelong (BA) 1:10pm Fox Footy
Geelong are hopeful Tom Hawkins will have managed to stop cartwheeling in time to play this game.
The Match Review Officer found Hawkins ‘exaggerated the contact’ last week but didn’t penalise him.
This is not weird in the AFL world. Melbourne discovered you can be found not guilty of tanking and still be fined.
Now we discover you can be found guilty and not penalised.
AFL punishments are very much based on the ‘vibe’ at AFL House on the day rather than logic or consistency.
You’d think in the push to make the umpires' lives easier, that cracking down on players who stage for free kicks would be a sensible thing to do, but ‘sensible thing to do’ and ‘the AFL’ don’t appear together in a sentence very often.
Despite North’s big loss last week, David Noble says his team is better than they were at this stage last year. This is probably true.
Personally, I’m a lot like David Noble. When I perform badly at work, I say ‘Yeah, but you should have seen how bad I was this time last year.’
Unfortunately, that excuse doesn’t hold much water in a professional environment, as I discovered this week when my licence to fly hot air balloons was cancelled.
I’m tipping Geelong.
Gold Coast vs. Brisbane (MS) 4:10pm Fox Footy
You can take your Showdowns, you Derbies, even you ANZAC Day clash, it’s the Q Clash that captures footy fans' imaginations.
What’s at stake? Just the bragging rights of ex-Victorians living in Queensland thank you very much.
It’s a tough ask for the Suns as the Lions are well on track to finish high on the ladder before disappointing their fans in the finals.
And the Lions have all the motivation to win this, it would extend their Q Clash winning streak to seven, the longest ever in the storied history of this fixture.
The Suns are right on the point of either falling away to being one of the bottom teams, their resting state or turn things around and fulfilling the potential some people think they have.
To take the pressure off the Suns, they should know that not many people think they have potential.
Lions to win.
Richmond vs. Melbourne (MCG) 7:25pm Seven/Fox
Jack Viney and Jake Lever are shock outs for this game due to COVID-19 protocols.
Surely with the watering down of restrictions, even if you have Covid you should be allowed to play?
Trying to stop disease spreading is so last year.
The Dees do get Ben ‘Angry’ Brown back from suspension and they have a few other good players, but Viney is arguably their most underrated player.
If you had a dollar for every time a bit of play Viney starts results in a Demons goal, you would have enough money to be a Melbourne fan too.
Damien Hardwick is focusing on the important things are the moment, saying ‘What we’ve got to get better at is attracting free kicks’.
When a senior coach is publicly stating that playing for frees is a focus for his team, you realise something is deeply wrong with the game.
It’s almost like the AFL have rewarded those who stage for frees and penalised those that don’t!
Perhaps we could just make the winner the team that gets the most free kicks in a game? After all, it’s what we fans come to the game to see.
I’m tipping Melbourne.
Hawthorn vs. Sydney (UTS) 12:30pm Fox Footy
It’s been a big week for Hawthorn, with a victory over the old enemy on Monday and word that Jeff Kennett and Cyril Rioli have reportedly made contact this week.
My heart is so full that things are going so well for the Hawks.
That said, further contact with Jeff Kennett is not necessarily a way to improve a situation.
What is sure, is Hawthorn are better than many people thought, but how much better?
This we do not know. It’s a mystery, like who was Jack the Ripper? Who was DB Cooper? And who exactly apart from other journalists is watching Footy Classified?
The Swans have had to travel a bit lately, to Perth and now Tasmania, but they had a light training run in Perth and they apparently get Buddy Franklin back to face his old side.
He had finger surgery recently, which my computer tried to autocorrect to ‘figure surgery’ which is silly as that requires much longer off.
I’m tipping the Swans.
Essendon vs. Collingwood (MCG) 3:20pm Seven/Fox
Essendon are pretending Jake Stringer and Zac Merrett will be back for this game but given they have ages to change their extended squad, everyone knows this is nonsense.
Still, the Bombers need to at least try and give their fans some hope, even if it is false.
With a solitary win over the Crows, Essendon have had one of the worst starts to a season since Australia’s Naughtiest Home Videos with Doug Mulray.
A loss here to Collingwood and Ben Rutten may be in big trouble. I mean their only win came when he wasn’t coaching.
This is always a worry. I remember going on holiday once and the work experience kid filled in for me and was by all accounts much better.
The only thing that stopped her from replacing me was she had to finish grade six.
Mick Malthouse came back to Collingwood this week to give the players a speech on the significance of their ANZAC Day clash.
I love learning about Australia’s history. I can trace that love back to Australia’s victory in the 1983 America’s Cup when Alan Bond said, ‘this is Australia’s greatest victory since Gallipoli.’
Malthouse motivated Essendon at the start of the season, predicting they’d win the premiership, so Collingwood fans would be terrified right now.
I’m tipping the Pies.
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