Mar 31, 2022
A highly unhelpful guide to Round Three
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 Three.
Western Bulldogs vs. Sydney (Marvel) 7:20pm Seven/Fox
Buddy Franklin won’t be rested this week, and in a feat perhaps even more impressive than kicking 1000 goals, hasn’t come down with covid or any communicable diseases.
Even better, Buddy got his ball back this week, with the person who ran off with it getting a photoshoot.
Usually, when you run off with something that isn’t yours, you get a photo taken but it’s a mug shot.
You certainly don’t get given a bunch of gifts. It feels a bit like we’re negotiating with terrorists here, it’s only going to encourage them.
The Western Bulldogs aren’t travelling particularly well this year, what with the losing and the media blow ups.
The good news is they get Bailey Smith back this week, a man who has a giant billboard up near my house of him in just his underwear.
I now refer to him as ‘the man who caused a thousand car accidents.’
Aside from the rippling muscles, the six-pack, the piercing blue eyes and the chiselled jaw, I’m perplexed as to what people see in him.
I’m tipping the Swans.
Melbourne vs. Essendon (MCG) 7:20pm Seven/Fox
Two overlapping Friday night games, what fixture innovation from the AFL!
Why are they doing such a silly thing, apart from it being in their nature?
Apparently, it was to give the AFLW Grand Final ‘clean air’ when it was scheduled for Saturday, only for covid to ruin those plans.
Ahhh yes, the AFL giving the AFLW ‘clean air’.
Like when they ran the abomination that was AFLX against it, or how they move it around more than an unloved stepchild.
It’s taken just a fortnight for the Bombers to dispel any hopes Essendon supporters may have brought with them into the season.
Losses, injuries, Ben Rutten looking like a haunted man, ex-players saying they are soft. It usually takes until round eleven or twelve for us to tick all those boxes.
The only thing I need to get Bingo! is someone to write a column calling for the return of James Hird.
Now they face the reigning premiers, who had a real struggle with the Suns last week, the game being most notable for Luke Jackson’s performance.
You could see him adding zeroes to the end of his next contract in real-time.
I’m tipping Melbourne
Adelaide vs. Port Adelaide (AO) 8:20pm Fox Footy
The AFL’s promotion of the Showdown as a marquee game continues, this time hiding it behind another game.
South Australians don’t need the AFL to constantly remind them they are an afterthought, but the AFL do it anyway just to be helpful.
In many ways, not having to watch the Crows is a blessing. The Crows are so bad, if they were Will Smith, the slap would have missed, and he would probably have injured himself doing it.
With the Crows struggling, the Showdown could have been seen as very one-sided, but as luck would have it, the Power have been working hard to get down to the Crows level.
I would have never thought there was a chance Port Adelaide could lose to the Crows this season, but they lost to Hawthorn, so really anything is possible.
I’m tipping the Power, but if they lose, David Koch will be ringing Alastair Clarkson before the final siren has finished.
Greater Western Sydney vs. Gold Coast (GS) 4:35pm Fox Footy
Losing to Richmond’s VFL side means the Giants’ start to the season is competing strongly with Port Adelaide and Essendon for ‘worst start to the year.’
The Giants seem keen to boost scoring averages in the league, conceding over 100 points in their first two games.
This has been a real team effort, everyone in their midfield seems to have taken on the ‘supervisor’ role.
Worryingly, they now face a Suns team who are quite partial to getting in and under.
They made the Dees really work for it on the weekend.
So good are the Suns that I’ve heard several of their players mentioned in the media, and not as part of a ‘what Victorian team is this Suns player coming to next year’ story.
We do truly live in extraordinary times.
I’m tipping the Suns
Collingwood vs. Geelong (MCG) 7:25pm Seven/Fox
Geelong was involved in some capacity in the Buddy celebrations last week, but this week, they face the second on the ladder Collingwood.
How Collingwood are in second place on the ladder is beyond explanation. Like seeing a cow on a roof.
You can clearly see it’s up there, but it doesn’t make any sense.
What matters now, is making sure the cow gets down, it doesn’t belong up there.
Geelong should have all the motivation they need, with Joel Selwood playing his 227 game as captain, a record.
It’s no big surprise that Selwood keeps playing, he plays footy like I eat ice cream, with a reckless abandon that often leaves himself and others injured.
You always got the sense Selwood would run through a brick wall to get the ball, he’d die trying, and even if he died, he’d get a free.
I’m tipping the Cats.
Brisbane vs. North Melbourne (G) 8:00pm Fox Footy
North Melbourne got their win for the year, defeating a random assortment of blokes who happened to have their footy boots on them when they arrived at the stadium.
The Kangaroos now return to the AFL, and face a side who have trained together, even if Joe Daniher occasionally makes it look like they haven’t.
The Kangaroos will be without Tarryn Thomas this week, who suffered internal bruising against the Eagles.
Now I don’t know about you, but in my opinion, that’s the worst type of bruising. I like to keep my bruising external.
Lachie Neale was back to his best last week, gathering possessions, kicking goals, and winning the game.
He said he was inspired by Patrick Cripps’ performance from a few days before. Is this where we’ve got to? That Carlton are not only winning themselves, but inspiring other teams to win?
What version of the Marvel Multiverse are we in? I bet it’s the Andrew Garfield one.
Lions to win.
Carlton vs. Hawthorn (MCG) 1:10pm Fox Footy
Hawthorn being top of the ladder is the biggest surprise I’ve had since someone pointed out to me that both Hilary Swank and Ben Affleck appeared in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie.
The fact they are now facing an undefeated Carlton side and it’s round three just blows my mind.
I hope things turn around.
The whole fun of last season’s ‘Clarko to Sam Mitchell’ drama, was the knowledge it was going to be a delightful train wreck for years to come.
It was meant to be Malthouse-Buckley all over again.
There’s still time, and let’s hope this is just a bit of a blip that will make the subsequent fall more fun, but it’s not a good start.
The only good news is one of these teams is going to get a reality check this week.
Carlton haven’t just played good footy; they’ve been exciting at numerous points.
This is unnatural and I don’t like it.
Even me releasing the covid virus into their change rooms a fortnight ago hasn’t slowed them down.
Worse of all, I think they’re going to win this week. Lord help us.
St Kilda vs. Richmond (Marvel) 3:20pm Seven/Fox
Despite best endeavours, the St Kilda Football Club won last week, with no one more surprised than Saints supporters.
Watching St Kilda kick for goal is like watching Millionaire Hot Seat, the surprising bit is when someone gets it right, and you ask yourself, ‘why am I watching this?’
Richmond continues to juggle injuries, Jack Riewoldt and Dylan Grimes look set to return, but Dustin Martin is still taking time off.
It’s been fun watching the footy media come to terms with someone grieving for a parent. I’ve seen every take, from questioning him taking time off, demanding a timeframe, to giving him permission.
I’m sure Dusty is incredibly thankful that he gets all this advice, and he gets it all for free!
I’m tipping the Tigers.
A random collection of people vs. Fremantle (OS) 6:20pm Fox Footy
West Coast have had as many different lineups as the band The Eagles, and have the same amount of wins as them this season.
Apparently, they will get some players back this week, but it’s a mess over there in the West.
The only thing going for the Eagles, is Fremantle often see where the bar is set and then limbo under it.
I’ve heard people questioning why the Eagles have been hit so hard and not Fremantle, and the answer is, people want to socialise with Eagles players.
I can tell you; I’ve never had covid and the reason is, I exist in a special bubble, called ‘being deeply unpopular.’
Sometimes social distancing isn’t an action you take but is done to you.
I’ve got no idea who is going to win this one and will mainly be watching to see who Willi Rioili will attempt to injure this week.
I’m tipping the Dockers.
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