Round 10 of the AFL season throws up some head-scratching matchups that will leave punters double and triple-checking their tips. AFL Tips and Preview below.
Friday 24th May, 19:50 (AEST)
|Mills, Melican, Rampe||B||Maynard, Roughead, Greenwood|
|HB||Lloyd, Aliir, Thurlow||HB||Crisp, Howe, Madgen|
|C||Heeney, Papley, Florent||C||Sidebottom, Pendlebury, Phillips|
|HF||Blakey, Reid, McCartin||HF||Thomas, Reid, Hoskin-Elliott|
|F||Hayward, Franklin, Parker||F||Stephenson, Mihocek, Wells|
|FOL||Sinclair, Hewett, Kennedy||FOL||Grundy, Beams, Wills|
|I/C||Clarke, Dawson, Fox, O’Riordan||I/C||Mayne, Treloar, Aish, Brown|
History: Played 226: Sydney 84 v Collingwood 141 (1 draw).
Last Meeting: SCG, round 20, 2018: Sydney 11.7 (73) defeated Collingwood 10.11 (71).
Final Thoughts: Two wins in two for the beleaguered Swans has allowed John Longmire a big sigh of relief. If anything, the wins against North Melbourne and Essendon have further underlined that the Bloods are tracking in the right direction. While they won’t make finals in 2019, young guns Tom Papley, George Hewett, Nick Blakey and Tom McCartin are leading from the front. There’s lots to like. They face a huge test against the Pies this week, however injury-riddled Nathan Buckley’s side are. For the past two weeks they’ve waited until the final term to turn it on, but the wins keep coming. And with a hugely impressive record in the harbour city, they should chalk up another four points at the SCG on Friday night.
Saturday 25th May, 13:45 (AEST)
|Sicily, Frawley, Impey||B||Broadbent, Clurey, Houston|
|HB||Stratton, O’Brien, Hardwick||HB||Jonas, Howard, Byrne-Jones|
|C||Scully, O’Meara, Henderson||C||Duursma, Rockliff, Amon|
|HF||Breust, Puopolo, Scrimshaw||HF||R.Gray, Westhoff, Motlop|
|F||Wingard, Lewis, Gunston||F||S.Gray, Ryder, Rozee|
|FOL||Ceglar, Worpel, Shiels||FOL||Ladhams, Powell-Pepper, Boak|
|I/C||Burgoyne, Glass, Morrison, Cousins||I/C||Farrell, Frampton, Lienert, Butters|
History: Played 34: Hawthorn 15 v Port Adelaide 19.
Last Meeting: University of Tasmania Stadium, round 11, 2018: Hawthorn 9.10 (64) defeated Port Adelaide 9.7 (61).
Final Thoughts: Which Hawthorn will turn up this weekend? The one capable of knocking off the Giants, or the one that can fizzle late? Alastair Clarkson’s side are one of the most inconsistent in the competition, and are yet to win two games in a row in 2019. They do, however, jet off to Launceston on Saturday – a venue they’ve won an incredible 25 of their last 28 games. Port were back in the winners circle last week after a win against the Suns. But aside from victory over the Eagles in round five, they’ve struggled against other sides in finals contention. A win here would sure-up their position in the top eight, and give a good young side further confidence.
Saturday 25h May, 14:10 (AEST)
|Western Bulldogs||North Melbourne|
|Johannisen, Trengove, Crozier||B||Williams, Thompson, Macmillan|
|HB||Daniel, Cordy, Wood||HB||Atley, Tarrant, Pittard|
|C||Hunter, Liberatore, Dale||C||Simpkin, Dumont, Polec|
|HF||Smith, Naughton, Lloyd||HF||Anderson, Larkey, Zurhaar|
|F||McLean, Bontempelli, Wallis||F||Ziebell, Brown, Thomas|
|FOL||English, Dunkley, Macrae||FOL||Goldstein, Cunnington, Higgins|
|I/C||Suckling, Richards, Lipinski, Williams||I/C||McDonald, Wood, Davies-Uniacke, Turner|
History: Played 161: Western Bulldogs 80 v North Melbourne 78 (3 draws).
Last Meeting: Marvel Stadium, round 21, 2018: North Melbourne 12.13 (85) defeated by Western Bulldogs 13.14 (92).
Final Thoughts: The Dogs are on the fringe of the eight, and need to win these games should they wish to be there in September. Two impressive wins over the Tigers and Lions was followed up with a loss to ladder-leaders Geelong last week – far from the most jarring of defeats. The Roos, however, will provide a tough test. After a poor start to the season, Brad Scott has side troops back playing competitive footy. They staged a stunning comeback against the Swans in the wet last week, but ran out of time to chase down the lead. This one – like many of the recent clashes between these sides – could easily go down to the wire again.
Saturday 25th May, 16:35 (AEST)
|Keath, Talia, Brown||B||Hurn, Schofield, Sheppard|
|HB||Kelly, Hartigan, Laird||HB||Duggan, McGovern, Cole|
|C||Smith, B.Crouch, Milera||C||Sheed, Yeo, Hutchings|
|HF||Murphy, Walker, Lynch||HF||Redden, Darling, Rioli|
|F||Greenwood, Himmelberg, Betts||F||Ryan, Kennedy, Cripps|
|FOL||O’Brien, Sloane, Jones||FOL||Vardy, Shuey, Gaff|
|I/C||Gallucci, Mackay, Atkins, Ellis-Yolmen||I/C||Waterman, Allen, Petruccelle, Nelson|
History: Played 46: Adelaide 21 v West Coast 25.
Last Meeting: Adelaide Oval, round 15, 2018: Adelaide 12.16 (88) beat West Coast 12.6 (78).
Final Thoughts: Match of the round, this. Seventh v sixth, and two sides who should contend for the top four come season’s end. The Eagles go in with three straight wins, and after a slow start to the season are finally hitting their straps. With games against the Dogs and Swans to come before the bye, Adam Simpson’s side are tracking nicely. They also have a great record in Adelaide, with seven wins in their last nine there. The Crows’ four-game streak was undone by the smallest of margins last week and will be dangerous back at home, however. Can Eddie turn it on in Sir Doug Nicholls round?
Saturday 25th May, 19:25 (AEST)
|Harbrow, Burgess, Ballard||B||Kolodjashnij, Henry, Stewart|
|HB||Miles, Hombsch, Weller||HB||Blicavs, Taylor, O’Connor|
|C||Holman, Martin, Powell||C||Atkins, Kelly, Duncan|
|HF||Lukosius, Wright, Corbett||HF||Rohan, Fort, Hawkins|
|F||MacPherson, Sexton, Ainsworth||F||Ablett, Dahlhaus, Parfitt|
|FOL||Witts, Swallow, Bowes||FOL||Stanley, C.Guthrie, Selwood|
|I/C||Fiorini, Joyce, King, Murdoch||I/C||Tuohy, Clark, Parsons, Miers|
History: Played 10: Gold Coast 2 v Geelong 8.
Last Meeting: GMHBA Stadium, round 23, 2018: Geelong 22.10 (142) defeated Gold Coast 5.10 (40).
Final Thoughts: The last time these sides met, the Suns were given a 102-point shellacking. This time, however, things should be different. Perhaps not the result – with the ladder-leading Cats going in as strong favourites – but rather the margin. Stuart Dew has sured up his side from a contested ball perspective, and they’ve lost by over 50 points just once this season. However, they face a Cats side that are no.1 for average points scored this season. Added to the fact they’ve won five on the bounce, and Chris Scott’s side should maintain their buffer at the top of the AFL ladder.
Saturday 25th May, 19:40 (AEST)
|Garthwaite, Astbury, Grimes||B||Laverde, Hooker, Hurley|
|HB||Stack, Edwards, Houli||HB||McGrath, Ambrose, Saad|
|C||Ellis, Prestia, McIntosh||C||Redman, Merrett, Begley|
|HF||Baker, Caddy, Rioli||HF||McKenna, Stringer, Zaharakis|
|F||Balta, Lynch, Castagna||F||Bellchambers, Francis, McDonald-Tipungwuti|
|FOL||Coleman-Jones, Martin, Higgins||FOL||McKernan, Shiel, Heppell|
|I/C||Broad, Menadue, Bolton, Vlastuin||I/C||Parish, Guelfi, Langford, McNiece|
History: Played 202: Richmond 94 v Essendon 104 (4 draws).
Last Meeting: MCG, round 22, 2018: Richmond 12.9 (81) defeated Essendon 11.7 (73).
Final Thoughts: The Dreamtime clash is invariably a cracker, and this year promises to be no different. Richmond are flying under the radar, and last week’s win over the Hawks proved they’ll be right up to their necks in it in 2019. Damien Hardwick’s side was back to their rabid-selves, while Dustin Martin’s 37-disposal effort delighted the faithful. The Bombers scraped past the Dockers to arrest a three-game losing streak, and need further points to prove they’ll be in September contention. But Richmond have won 10 of the last 12 encounters over the Dons, and should prove too strong again.
Sunday 25th May, 13:10 (AEST)
|Lockhart, Frost, Wagner||B||Kennedy, Davis, Haynes|
|HB||Hore, O.McDonald, Hunt||HB||Shaw, Taylor, Deledio|
|C||Brayshaw, Viney, Baker||C||Daniels, Perryman, Whitfield|
|HF||Jones, T.McDonald, Petty||HF||de Boer, Himmelberg, Greene|
|F||Garlett, Smith, Petracca||F||Finlayson, Cameron, Reid|
|FOL||Gawn, Salem, Oliver||FOL||Mumford, Taranto, Kelly|
|I/C||Harmes, Lewis, Spargo, Stretch, Preuss, Weideman, Fritsch, Wagner||I/C||Tomlinson, Lloyd, Hopper, Coniglio, Hately, Cumming, Simpson, Keeffe|
History: Played 11: Melbourne 6 v GWS 5.
Last Meeting: MCG, round 23, 2018: Melbourne 15.12 (102) defeated Greater Western Sydney 8.9 (57).
Final Thoughts: The Giants have one mission: Arrest the MCG hoodoo. In 16 games at the venue in their short history, they’ve won just two games. Their psychological issues at the ‘G were further underlined when, in round eight against the Hawks, they were completely outclassed despite starting as solid $1.55 favourites. This time (although, we’ve said this before) they should prove too strong. While the Dees have been solid in recent weeks, including an admirable loss to premiers West Coast last Friday, they should struggle in the spine against a Giants outfit that are looking dangerous.
Sunday 26th May, 15:20 (AEST)
|McKenzie, Brown, Savage||B||Simpson, Weitering, Newman|
|HB||Wilkie, Battle, Marsh||HB||Marchbank, Casboult, Thomas|
|C||Phillips, Ross, Newnes||C||Walsh, Cripps, Petrevski-Seton|
|HF||Billings, Bruce, Young||HF||C.Curnow, McGovern, E.Curnow|
|F||Kent, Membrey, Gresham||F||Gibbons, McKay, Silvagni|
|FOL||Marshall, Steele, Sinclair||FOL||Kreuzer, Dow, Fisher|
|I/C||Coffield, Dunstan, Acres, Clark, Longer, Long, White, Parker||I/C||Macreadie, Kerr, Setterfield, Fasolo, Stocker, Plowman, Kennedy, Cuningham|
History: Played 219: St Kilda 55 v Carlton 162 (2 draws).
Last Meeting: Docklands Stadium, round 17, 2018: St Kilda 16.20 (116) beat Carlton 7.10 (52).
Final Thoughts: The Blues are almost in crisis mode, and after a competitive start to the season have lost by 10-plus goals twice in the last three weeks. Brendon Bolton’s future is on the line, and they need to start chalking up wins – fast. This Sunday presents the perfect chance for that, against fellow bottom-eight side in the Saints. After going 4-1, the Saints have now lost four on the trot. But despite their losses they’ve remained competitive, something Bolton’s side can’t boast. As such, Alan Richardson’s troops should prove too strong.
Sunday 26th May, 17:20 (AEST)
|Hamling, Pearce, Ryan||B||Hodge, Andrews, Rich|
|HB||Duman, Wilson, Conca||HB||Witherden, Gardiner, Answerth|
|C||Langdon, Fyfe, B.Hill||C||Robinson, Neale, McCluggage|
|HF||Brayshaw, Cox, Blakely||HF||Rayner, Hipwood, McCarthy|
|F||Walters, Hogan, Matera||F||Cameron, McStay, McInerney|
|FOL||Lobb, Tucker, Mundy||FOL||Martin, Zorko, Lyons|
|I/C||Switkowski, Cerra, Hughes, Logue, McCarthy, Crowden, Banfield, Bewley||I/C||Christensen, Walker, Robertson, Hinge, Taylor, Lester, Ballenden, Smith|
History: Played 27: Fremantle 14 v Brisbane Lions 13.
Last Meeting: Optus Stadium, round 15, 2018: Fremantle 9.10 (64) lost to Brisbane 18.11 (119).
Final Thoughts: The Lions are back in the top four. After a stirring one-point win over the Crows, the romantic AFL story of 2019 is continuing. But this week represents a tough task, with the competition’s biggest away trip across to Perth. After a solid start to the season, the Dockers have lost three on the bounce. As such, the Lions will face a vociferous Perth crowd. Keep an eye on Lachie Neale, who return to his former club. Can he have an impact? He’ll be right in-and-under, as he always is.