Saturday, July 19, 2014

Talking sport

A little late, but I've got there...


  • Not a fan of the split round.  
  • Given their big win over the Magpies, Essendon are keeping the pressure up on the Gold Coast.  The Round 22 match between Essendon and Gold Coast will likely determine which of them makes the eight. The pressure is on the Suns to learn how to win without Ablett. Would be a shame if the Suns play their first final without Ablett.
  • Collingwood is also in danger of slipping out of the eight if they can't find their form. Maxwell's retirement may just push them on.
  • If the Swans beat the Hawks at the MCG (next weekend) it will be a club record 13th win in a row. 
  • Fremantle will be happy with the focus & talk centered on the Swans.  At the beginning of the year they were my pick and with their draw, I'm predicting them to finish 1st or 2nd.   
  • Really impressive win by the Warriors - given the tightness of the competition at the moment I am hoping they can put pressure on the teams above them and secure a top 4 finish.
  • Penrith are equal first with Manly, and may be top come the end of the season. With the ladder as it stands, the loser in week 1 of the finals, won't really want to play any of the winners from the other games (a lot of the favourites are down the bottom of the eight). 
  • The NSW Waratahs topped the table and play the lower ranked winner from this weekend's matches between the Brumbies (4th) & Chiefs (5th) and the Sharks (3rd) & Highlanders (6th). While the Crusaders play the higher ranked winner. Suspect the Waratahs will play the Brumbies next weekend, while the Sharks will travel to Christchurch - but anything can happen :)

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