Round 12 of the AFL season is the first of the bye rounds, kicking off with a Friday night clash that we could see again in September. AFL Tips and Preview below.
Friday 7th June, 19:50 (AEST)
|Garthwaite, Vlastuin, Grimes||B||Tuohy, Kolodjashnij, O’Connor|
|HB||Balta, Edwards, Houli||HB||Blicavs, Taylor, Stewart|
|C||Baker, Prestia, McIntosh||C||Dangerfield, Kelly, Duncan|
|HF||Rioli, Castagna, Butler||HF||Dahlhaus, Ratugolea, Hawkins|
|F||Martin, Lynch, Townsend||F||Ablett, Rohan, Clark|
|FOL||Soldo, Cotchin, Caddy||FOL||Stanley, C.Guthrie, J.Selwood|
|I/C||Stack, Higgins, Graham, Naish||I/C||Henry, Miers, Atkins, Parfitt|
History: Played 194: Richmond 88 v Geelong 103 (3 draws).
Last Meeting: AFL Round 20, 2018: Richmond 12.13 (85) defeated Geelong 12.10 (82).
Final Thoughts: A cracking way to get round 12 underway. While the Cats have been ruthless in opening up an eight-point gap at the top of the table, question marks continue to hang over the Tigers’ heads. A 37-point loss at the hands of North Melbourne last week underlined their stop-start season, and a win over the Cats would silence some of the growing doubts. While Chris Scott’s side have won seven on the trot, their last five wins have all been against bottom eight sides. As such, the prospect of Tigers in front of their vocal MCG support presents their best test in over a month. And given they’ve lost to the yellow and black the last three times, motivations could hardly be higher.
Saturday 8th June, 13:45 (AEST)
|Newman, Weitering, Plowman||B||Hodge, Andrews, Rich|
|HB||Marchbank, Casboult, Thomas||HB||Witherden, Gardiner, Answerth|
|C||Setterfield, Cripps, Cuningham||C||McCluggage, Neale, Robinson|
|HF||Gibbons, C.Curnow, O’Brien||HF||Rayner, Hipwood, McCarthy|
|F||McGovern, McKay, E.Curnow||F||Cameron, McStay, Taylor|
|FOL||Kreuzer, Walsh, Fisher||FOL||Martin, Zorko, Lyons|
|I/C||Simpson, Petrevski-Seton, Dow, Silvagni||I/C||Robertson, Allison, Mathieson, Smith|
History: Played 33: Carlton 15 v Brisbane 18.
Last Meeting: AFL Round 16, 2018: Brisbane 18.12 (120) defeated Carlton 7.13 (55).
Final Thoughts: We’ve spoken several times this season about the Blues and finally, the Bolton bubble has burst. The club had little choice but to sack the four-year coach after another disastrous performance last weekend. We saw the new-coach-bounce work wonders for the Roos last week, so how will interim coach David Teague fare this week? Positively (in one of the few positive notes this week), the Blues have won five of their last six against the Lions at Marvel. Chris Fagan’s side, conversely, are flying. A brilliant come-from-behind win against the Hawks last week put them within touching distance of the top four. They’ll see this week as a good chance to boost their percentage.
Saturday 8th June, 16:35 (AEST)
|Gold Coast||North Melbourne|
|Ballard, Burgess, Harbrow||B||Williams, Thompson, McDonald|
|HB||Joyce, Hombsch, Weller||HB||Atley, Tarrant, Pittard|
|C||Sexton, Brodie, Lukosius||C||Dumont, Anderson, Polec|
|HF||Holman, Wright, Powell||HF||Ziebell, Wood, Simpkin|
|F||Martin, King, Miller||F||Zurhaar, Brown, Thomas|
|FOL||Witts, Swallow, MacPherson||FOL||Goldstein, Cunnington, Higgins|
|I/C||Corbett, Fiorini, Miles, Murdoch||I/C||Davies-Uniacke, Larkey, Durdin, Turner|
History: Played 33: Carlton 15 v Brisbane 18.
Last Meeting: AFL Round 16, 2018: North Melbourne 14.11 (95) defeated Gold Coast 8.10 (58).
Final Thoughts: As mentioned, the new-coach-bounce worked wonders for North last week, with Rhyce Shaw guiding his troops to a brilliant 37-point win over the Tigers. And the young coach has a huge chance to go 2-0 this weekend, facing a Suns outfit who have lost seven in a row. While the Suns have struggled in recent weeks, games against the Giants and Cats haven’t helped. This game represents a genuine chance for Stuart Dew’s side to snap their losing streak. Their 5-6 record against the Roos is their equal-best against any of the competition’s sides, and while they start as $3.03 underdogs could feasibly cause an upset at home. Predicted rain on the Gold Coast is likely to make for a low-scoring affair.
Saturday 8th June, 19:40 (AEST)
|Brown, Talia, Hartigan||B||Williams, Taylor, Shaw|
|HB||Smith, Keath, Milera||HB||Kennedy, Davis, Haynes|
|C||Atkins, Douglas, Gallucci||C||Deledio, Kelly, de Boer|
|HF||B.Crouch, Walker, Lynch||HF||Tomlinson, Himmelberg, Perryman|
|F||Murphy, Jenkins, Betts||F||Daniels, Cameron, Greene|
|FOL||O’Brien, M.Crouch, Sloane||FOL||Mumford, Coniglio, Hopper|
|I/C||Kelly, Seedsman, Ellis-Yolmen, Laird||I/C||Cumming, Taranto, Reid, Finlayson|
History: Played 11: Adelaide 8 v GWS 3.
Last Meeting: AFL Round 21, 2018: GWS 15.16 (106) defeated Adelaide 13.14 (92).
Final Thoughts: If Richmond v Geelong is the game of the round, this is a close second. The Giants are flying, with an average winning margin of 67.3 points in the last three rounds. Their visit to the Adelaide Oval this weekend also holds no fears. The Giants won both games there in 2018 (against both Adelaide sides), and defeated Adelaide in the home fixture, too. With recent history on their side, Leon Cameron’s side are fancied to spoil the long weekend party in the City of Churches. The Crows remain JUST inside the top eight on percentage. After two straight losses in rounds nine and ten, they only just got out of jail thanks to a wasteful Melbourne last week. To beat the Giants their midfielders will need to stand up considerably.
Sunday 9th June, 13:20 (AEST)
|Rampe, Melican, Lloyd||B||Sheppard, Schofield, Duggan|
|HB||Mills, Aliir, McVeigh||HB||Cole, McGovern, Jetta|
|C||Dawson, Parker, Florent||C||Cripps, Yeo, Gaff|
|HF||Blakey, Reid, Hayward||HF||Rioli, Darling, Redden|
|F||McCartin, Franklin, Heeney||F||Ryan, Kennedy, Petruccelle|
|FOL||Sinclair, Hewett, Papley||FOL||Vardy, Sheed, Shuey|
|I/C||Menzel, O’Riordan, Clarke, Cameron, Stoddart, Thurlow, Rowbottom, Rose||I/C||Waterman, Hickey, Nelson, Hutchings, Rotham, Cameron, Ah Chee, Smith|
History: Played 50: Sydney 29 v West Coast 21.
Last Meeting: AFL Round 13, 2018: Sydney 10.12 (72) defeated West Coast 7.15 (57).
Final Thoughts: The Swans welcome West Coast after two competitive, albeit unfulfilling efforts against the Pies and Cats. And this week, unfortunately for Bloods fans, threatens to be the same. They face an Eagles side in superb form, and one that could perhaps be the best challenger to premiership favourites Geelong. Adam Simpson’s side has won five on the bounce, and were ruthless in their 10-goal dismantling of the Dogs last weekend. For the Swans, out-of-form forward Buddy Franklin kicked 10 goals in the two games again West Coast last season. Could he lead the Swans to an upset win?
Monday 10th June, 15:20 (AEST)
|Maynard, Roughead, Greenwood||B||Hore, May, Lever|
|HB||Crisp, Moore, Howe||HB||Harmes, Frost, Fritsch|
|C||Phillips, Pendlebury, Mayne||C||Salem, Viney, Baker|
|HF||Thomas, Mihocek, Hoskin-Elliott||HF||Brayshaw, T.McDonald, Hunt|
|F||Stephenson, De Goey, Brown||F||Hannan, Smith, Petracca|
|FOL||Grundy, Sidebottom, Treloar||FOL||Gawn, Jones, Oliver|
|I/C||Sier, Cox, Aish, Varcoe, Reid, Quaynor, Daicos, Crocker||I/C||Spargo, Hibberd, Stretch, Preuss, Weideman, Neal-Bullen, Garlett, Wagner|
History: Played 236: Collingwood 148 v Melbourne 83 (5 draws).
Last Meeting: AFL Round 12, 2018: Melbourne 14.7 (91) lost to Collingwood 20.13 (133).
Final Thoughts: Collingwood were undone by the Dockers last week despite starting $1.16 favourites with Palmerbet. Was it a rare slip up or a sign of things to come? It’s hard to argue that it wasn’t the former. The loss was the Pies first in eight games, and many expect them to come out hard in the Queens Birthday clash. Nathan Buckley’s side have accounted for the Dees on the last two occasions, despite starting as outsiders. Melbourne will look to bounce back from a heartbreaking loss to the Crows last week in Darwin, blowing a considerable lead and wasting several chances late on to ice it. How will they respond in front of their biggest home-and-away crowd for the season?