Round 18 has run its course, and with it the Home and Away SuperCoach season. Now is the time to tell all. Did you fulfil your Minor Premiership aspirations? Finish top 4? Find yourself at an unfortunate 9th place? Win a wooden spoon?
Whatever your circumstance, we’d love to hear about it!
Score / Captain / Overall
Although Fremantle found a way to win at the MCG last week and retained their break on top of the ladder, they will relish the return home this week. The Giants will not enjoy the trip west as much. After losing to Geelong and dropping from the top 8 the last thing they need is a return to the ground they have never conquered.
In fact, in five games at Domain stadium they have an average losing margin of over 90 points.
Even with Fyfe out and Phil Davis strengthening the GWS backline, it is a big ask for the young Giants to defeat the ladder leaders at home.
Thommo’s tip: Fremantle by 20 points.
The Baby Bombers host the Baby Bulldogs in a game that boasts some of the best young talent in the league. Essendon currently has a six game winning streak over the Doggies but their kids will have to stand up if they want to defeat the vastly improved Western Bulldogs at their favourite hunting ground.
Amazingly Beveridge’s young list will be only one game behind Hawthorn in third place if they win today so expect to see a hungry Bulldogs outfit on display.
Welcome back to the big league Jonathan Giles!
Thommo’s tip: Western Bulldogs by 25 points.
The Saints have never won a game at Adelaide Oval and with the loss of Nick Riewoldt to injury, the task has become no easier. Port’s recent form hasn’t been overly impressive but the dream of making finals should motivate the players to maintain their perfect record over the Saints at their new home.
Can the Saints cover the loss of their captain or will Port continue their push for September?
Thommo’s tip: Port by 3-4 goals.
Amazingly the Blues have won the last two games against the Kangaroos! North Melbourne do have a habit of losing the simple games at times, but after finally returning to the top 8 the players shouldn’t lack for motivation to bring their A game tonight.
While North has a reason to be motivated, Carlton has 138. Losing by 138 points stings the pride and Barker will have spent the week reminding his players of the intensity and effort required to play sport at the elite level. If they don’t show some spirit this week, they may hammer home a few more nails in another coach’s coffin.
It will be interesting to see what sort of reception Jarrad Waite receives in his first game against his old flame, his 200th overall.
Thommo’s tip: North by 30 points.