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MIDFIELD V MIDFIELD PREMIERSHIP V PREMIERSHIP

Posted by Josh on September 26, 2009

 

 

As most people know these days the game is played and won in the midfield. Geelong and St.Kilda have most arguably the 2 best midfield’s in the game. So when the 2 teams go head 2 head today in what should shape out to be a cracking match it will be, MIDFIELD V MIDFIELD. So I will look at how the midfield’s should line up against each other and see the battle’s inside THE BATTLE!

# 2 Steven King V #24 Mark Blake

This will be one of the most intense battle’s ruckman V ruckman, enemy V enemy. After King took Blake’s spot in the memorable 2007 Grand Final, Blake would always find a way for revenge. Today is Blake’s day and if Blake can get the wood on King early. Bye, Bye St.Kilda. Winner: Blake (Geelong)

 #38 Clinton Jones V #29 Gary Ablett

Jones V Yablett. Tagger V Gun. Saint V Cat. Ablett is clearly the best of the best, but if Clint Jones can stop Ablett and help the Saints win the flag surely Jones has to be the best of the best. Obviously not. Last Time Jones went head to head with Yablett, Ablett had 27 touches but weren’t that effective as most of them were in the back half. Ablett kicked 2 goals though and today in a low scoring game Jones can’t afford Ablett to be kicking goals. Winner: Ablett (Geelong)

#7 Lenny Hayes V #45 Cameron Ling

Hayes V Ling. Last Week Hayes was on fire. Bursting through the middle, evading tackles, hitting players lace out and most importantly kicking a crucial goal. Hayes will have to be stopped. Hayes is a great and courageous player and deserves a premiership for his great ability. But premierships don’t come easy, but I believe if Hayes does what he did last week, he’ll be very hard to stop. Winner: Hayes (St.Kilda)

#26 Nick Dal Santo V #3 Jimmy Bartel

Leader V Leader. Bartel has already been here, done that but Nick Dal Santo won’t leave without a fight. I thought this would be a great match-up. Both ball winners and both outstanding talents. I’m not sure if Dal Santo is ready to live the dream but I think he could. If and when St.Kilda win, Dal Santo will have been a huge part of the victory. Dal Santo has shown the way to all the youngsters at St.Kilda this year and after he was dropped last year his game has improved to new heights. Winner: Bartel (Geelong)

#22 Farren Ray V #11 Joel Corey

Last Year, Ray was an average player at the Western Bulldogs and this year Ray and St.Kilda have taken his game to a new level. Ray has shown his true potential this year and today will be a real challenge. I believe Ray can play on a star player like Corey but I’m not sure if Ross Lyon will agree. Ray needs to play his normal game and he’ll get through. Ray is my roughie for the Norm Smith. Winner: Ray (St.Kilda)

#11 Leigh Montagna V #14 Joel Selwood

Selwood has played 3 seasons now and played in 3 Grand Finals. I believe today he will have to do it the hard way and play on prolific ball winner Leigh Montagna. Selwood has been great in his last 2 Grand Finals so there is no reason why he won’t be the difference today. Montagna needs to concentrate on winning the ball but also make sure that Selwood does not get hold of him. If any of these players make an impact on the scoreboard, the other will get a big spray. Winner: Montagna (St.Kilda)

The Winner: Saints 3-3 Geelong

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St.Kilda V Geelong-Toyota AFL Grand Final 2009

Posted by Josh on September 24, 2009

 

 

Umpires: Ryan, McBurney, Rosebury 

All The Odds:

Outright: St.Kilda $2.40 Geelong $1.58

Line: St.Kilda +8.5 $2.05 Geelong -8.5 $1.74

First Score: St.Kilda point $3.75 St.Kilda goal $3.60 Geelong point $3.50 Geelong goal $3.25

First Goal Scorer: Riewoldt $9 Chapman $9 Mooney $10 Johnson $11 Koschitzke $11

Most Disposals: Ablett $2.80 Hayes $6 Montagna $7 Corey $7.50 Bartel, Dal Santo $8

Leading Goal Kicker: Riewoldt $3.75 Chapman $5.50 Mooney, Johnson $7.50

Teams:

Geelong vs. St Kilda
B:Darren Milburn – Matthew Scarlett – Corey Enright
HB: Tom Harley – Harry Taylor – Andrew Mackie
C: Joel Corey – Cameron Ling – James Kelly
HF: Jimmy Bartel – Cameron Mooney – Steve Johnson
F:Travis Varcoe – Tom Hawkins – Paul Chapman
Foll:Mark Blake – Joel Selwood – Gary Ablett
Int:Brad Ottens, Shannon Byrnes, Max Rooke, David Wojcinski
Emerg: Shane Mumford, Simon Hogan, Mathew Stokes

St Kilda
B:Jason Blake, Zac Dawson, Steven Baker
HB: Brendon Goddard, Sam Fisher, Sam Gilbert
C:Farren Ray, Lenny Hayes, Nick Dal Santo
HF:Andrew McQualter, Justin Koschitzke, Clint Jones
F:Stephen Milne, Nick Riewoldt, Jason Gram
Foll:Steven King, Leigh Montagna, Adam Schneider
I/C: Luke Ball, Raphael Clarke, Sean Dempster, Michael Gardiner
Emg:David Armitage, Jarryn Geary, James Gwilt

In: Dempster
Out: Robert Eddy

Player Profiles:

GEELONG

#2 Tom Harley Games: 197 Goals: 12

#3 Jimmy Bartel Games: 156 Goals: 96

#4 Andrew  Mackie Games: 105 Goals: 60

#5 Travis Varcoe Games: 55 Goals: 51

#6 Brad Ottens Games: 209 Goals: 238

#7 Harry Taylor Games: 42 Goals: 6

#9 James Kelly Games: 146 Goals: 63

#11 Joel Corey Games: 198 Goals: 61

#14 Joel Selwood Games: 69 Goals: 23

#17 Shannon Byrnes Games: 75 Goals: 58

#20 Steve Johnson Games: 129 Goals: 250

#21 Cameron Mooney Games: 191 Goals: 250

#24 Mark Blake Games: 78 Goals: 11

#26 Tom Hawkins Games: 42 Goals: 57

#29 Gary Ablett Games: 167 Goals: 217

#30 Matthew Scarlett Games: 227 Goals: 16

#33 Max Rooke Games: 133 Goals: 56

#35 Paul Chapman Games: 174 Goals: 238

#39 Darren Milburn Games: 255 Goals: 90

#40 David Wojcinski Games: 152 Goals: 48

#44 Corey Enright Games: 174 Goals: 49

#45 Cameron Ling Games: 203 Goals: 113

ST.KILDA

#1 Jason Gram Games: 100 Goals: 51

#2 Steven King Games: 233 Games: 83

#7 Lenny Hayes Games: 213 Goals: 71

#10 Steven Baker Games: 177 Goals: 34

#11 Leigh Montagna Games: 121 Goals: 68

#12 Nick Riewoldt Games: 181 Goals: 397

#13 Adam Schneider Games: 140 Goals: 159

#14 Luke Ball Games: 141 Goals: 58

#15 Michael Gardiner Games: 157 Goals: 100

#16 Raphael Clarke Games: 56 Goals: 6

#18 Brendon Goddard Games: 136 Goals: 54

#19 Sam Gilbert Games: 60 Goals: 12

#22 Farren Ray Games: 99 Goals: 37

#23 Justin Koschitzke Games: 141 Goals: 170

#24 Sean Dempster Games: 81 Goals: 13

#25 Sam Fisher Games: 119 Goals: 13

#26 Nick Dal Santo Games: 167 Goals: 88

#27 Jason Blake Games: 160 Goals: 33

#32 Andrew McQualter Games: 58 Goals: 29

#38 Clinton Jones Games: 49 Goals: 15 

#43 Zac Dawson Games: 36 Goals: 2

#44 Stephen Milne Games: 187 Goals: 377

Key Match Up’s:

Clinton Jones V Gary Ablett

Brownlow Medallist Gary Ablett just simply has to be stopped by Clinton Jones if the Saints want to win on Saturday. Last Time they met in Round 14 Ablett had: 101 SC points, 27 disposals, 70% efficiency, 4 clearences, 2 goals and 8 goal involvements. While Jones collected 22 disposals of his own and managed to hurt Ablett on the scoreboard, kicking a goal.

Nick Riewoldt V Harry Taylor

Harry Taylor has had the wood on Saints big man Nick Riewoldt in recent times. But the chances are that where ever Riewoldt goes he will be taken by 2 or 3 Cats. The Cats said they would not attack Riewoldt because of his damaged knee, but if I were Roo I would keep an eye out for any big bumps. Riewoldt took 7 contested marks last week against the Dogs, hopefully Taylor can limit the amount of marks because if Riewoldt is let off the leash, the Cats are in danger.

Lenny Hayes V Cameron Ling

Last Week Lenny Hayes tore the Dogs to pieces. Several clearences and his bag of tricks really hurt the Dogs. He scored a crucial goal and scored a huge 179 SC points. In Round 14 against Geelong Hayes racked up 33 touches and got 174 SC points next to his name. Hayes just has to be stopped.

Coaches Corner:

Ross Lyon

3 words: Stop Gary Ablett

Mark Thompson

St.Kilda’s zone has held teams to extremely low scores this year. It is similar to the zone that Sydney set up in 04, 05 and 06 when they made 2 Grand Finals. As Ross Lyon used to be an assistant at Sydney, you would imagine that is where the zone came from. Geelong needs to either use perfect kicking effciency or handball their way through the zone. Geelong needs patience and if they do St.Kilda will be having problems.

How They Will Win:

For St.Kilda to win Gary Ablett must be stopped. For Geelong to win Hayes must be stopped. But thats not all. There is plenty of other ways that either team can win. First of all: Last Year Geelong got the wobbles, missing numerous chances from set shots and from normal play. Geelong and St.Kilda for that matter must kick straight. Cam Mooney must keep his cool in front of the big sticks. Mark Blake will be up for this game as 2 years ago Steven King took Blake’s spot in the side. King will now be in the reverse role, playing against his own team-mates and more importantly against Mark Blake. Blake and Ottens will have to stop Gardiner and King floating forward as Geelong should have already learnt. St.Kilda have been the best team all year but….

THE WINNER…

Josh = Geelong by 8 points. Norm Smith: Jimmy Bartel.

Ben = Geelong by 14 points. Norm Smith : Nick Riewoldt

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BROWNLOW 2009

Posted by Josh on September 22, 2009

 

The AFL’s night of all night’s was kicked off by the first round, unlike last year when the AFL’s CEO, Andrew Demetriou, started the Brownlow Count in Round 2. The first round passed and like every year, we had 8 leaders. Here is the top 10 and that will be followed by all the clubs results:

1st Gary Ablett Jnr (Geelong) ……………………………………30 votes Starting Price: 2.70

2nd Chris Judd (Carlton) ………………………………………….22 votes Starting Price: 7.00

3rd Lenny Hayes (St.Kilda) ……………………………………….20 votes Starting Price: 41.00

4th Simon Black (Brisbane) ……………………………………….19 votes Starting Price: 14.00

4th Jonathan Brown (Brisbane) …………………………………19 votes Starting Price: 67.00

6th Nick Dal Santo (St.Kilda) …………………………………….17 votes Starting Price: 9.00

6th Adam Goodes (Sydney) ……………………………………..17 votes Starting Price: 8.00

8th Joel Selwood (Geelong) ……………………………………..16 votes Starting Price: 11.00

9th Nick Riewoldt (St.Kilda) …………………………………….15 votes Starting Price: 17.00 

9th Marc Murphy (Carlton) ……………………………………..15 votes Starting Price: 41.00

9th Bryce Gibbs (Carlton) ………………………………………..15 votes Starting Price: 51.00

The Teams-Top 5:

ADELAIDE Champion Data Favourite: Goodwin Total Votes: 83

Bernie Vince 13

Scott Thompson 11

Kurt Tippett 7

Tyson Edwards 7

Andrew McLeod 7

BRISBANE Drummond Total Votes: 85

Simon Black 19

Jonathan Brown 19

Luke Power 9

Mitch Clark 8

Daniel Rich 6

CARLTON Simpson Total Votes: 78

Chris Judd 22

Marc Murphy 15

Bryce Gibbs 15

Brendan Fevola 11

Kade Simpson 5

COLLINGWOOD Swan Total Votes: 75

Scott Pendlebury 13

Dane Swan 12

Alan Didak 12

Leon Davis 10

Josh Fraser 6

ESSENDON Watson Total Votes: 58

Jobe Watson 10

Jason Winderlich 10

Brent Satnton 8

Dustin Fletcher 5

Andrew Lovett 5

FREMANTLE Sandilands Total Votes: 42

Aaron Sandilands 10

Matthew Pavlich 10

Paul Haselby 7

Stephen Hill 4

Luke McPharlin 3

GEELONG Ablett Total Votes: 98

Gary Ablett 30

Joel Selwood 16

Paul Chapman 12

Jimmy Bartel 10

Joel Corey 7

HAWTHORN Mitchell Total Votes: 50

Sam Mitchell 13

Brad Sewell 13

Luke Hodge 7

Lance Franklin 4

Jarryd Roughead 4

MELBOURNE Davey Total Votes: 31

Aaron Davey 6

Brent Moloney 5

Colin Sylvia 5

Nathan Jones 4

Jack Grimes 3

NORTH MELBOURNE Swallow Total Votes: 44

Brent Harvey 9

Andrew Swallow 7

Adam Simpson 7

Drew Petrie 5

Hamish McIntosh 4

PORT ADELAIDE Cassisi Total Votes: 60

David Rodan 7

Warren Tredrea 7

Robbie Gray 6

Domenic Cassisi 5

Brett Ebert 5

RICHMOND Deledio Total Votes: 41

Matthew Richardson 6

Richard Tambling 5

Brett Deledio 5

Ben Cousins 5

Daniel Jackson 5

ST.KILDA Montagna Total Votes: 110

Lenny Hayes 20

Nick Dal Santo 17

Nick Riewoldt 15

Brendon Goddard 14

Leigh Montagna 13

SYDNEY Goodes Total Votes: 70

Adam Goodes 17

Ryan O’Keefe 11

Brett Kirk 11

Jarrad McVeigh 10

Rhyce Shaw 6

WEST COAST Priddis Total Votes: 53

Mark LeCras 9

Matthew Priddis 7

Daniel Kerr 6

Dean Cox 5

Shannon Hurn 5

WESTERN BULLDOGS Boyd Total Votes: 78

Matthew Boyd 14

Shaun Higgins 11

Jason Akermanis 10

Daniel Cross 8

Brian Lake 7

The Facts:

Gary Ablett polled 30 votes almost polling more votes than the whole of the Melbourne Team.

Last Year every time Dane Swan had more than 28 touches he polled at least one vote, obviously not doing that this year as he had more than 28 touches 17 times and only polled 12 votes.

Matthew Richardson played just 6 games this year and managed 6 votes. Amazingly winning the most votes for a Richmond player.

Chris Judd has polled 15 votes or more for 6 years in a row.

Scott Pendlebury was great odds to win the Pies most vote getter polling 13 votes and beating Dane Swan, Alan Didak and Leon Davis.

Champion Data tipped Brisbane’s top 3 vote getter’s to be: 1st Drummond 2nd Mitch Clark 3rd Luke Power. Amazingly Simon Black and Jonathan Brown were not in the Top 3. They finished equal 4th with 19 votes.

Amazingly Champion Data got Kade Simpson to be Carlton’s top vote getter and he finished 5th behind Judd, Murphy, Gibbs and Fevola.

In Round 6 when Hawthorn played Carlton, Brendan Fevola scored 8 goals and still couldn’t manage a vote.

Josh.

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ST.KILDA V WESTERN BULLDOGS-GAME REPORT

Posted by Josh on September 19, 2009

REPORT

With the first goal kicked by Dogs tagger Liam Picken, things started to look ugly. Cooney and Griffen kept bursting out of the pack and running right down the middle of the ground with 2 or 3 bounces. The Quarter Time score of 18-2 the Doggies way meant St.Kilda had been kept goal less for a whole quarter. A feat rarely achieved this season. Hayes and Riewoldt were keeping the Saints in the game. Riewoldt taking strong marks and Hayes hitting him up and crashing through people. St.Kilda gradually kicked their way into the game. Raph Clarke became an important player. Just as the Saints were clawing back into it, Mitch Hahn kicks 2 consecutive goals to blow the lead out to 15 points. At Half Time the lead was just 7 points. I wasn’t even at the game and I could feel the cheering of the crowd. After Half Time Dal Santo strangled the game having 12 touches in the 3rd quarter. The Dogs had 10 Inside 50 entries to the Saints 16 resulting in a 4 goal to 2 3rd term. Milne kicked a late goal and it turned out pivotal. The Dogs wasted chances and that left them 5 points up at the last break. Riewoldt had a scare with his knee but all was good. The last quarter started and the crowd lifted. The intensity was high and after a hard fought battle, St.Kilda managed to keep coming. Hayes had 13 amazing touches and Raph Calrke had 9 in the last term. Gilbert, Goddard and Fisher were all good off half back and in the forward 50 Kosi was taking strong marks. The lead was shared a few times and either team could have won. Riewoldt kicked a captain’s goal and Zac Dawson took some great marks down back. Raph Clarke kept on running though. Hitting targets as he went. Hayes and Riewoldt were the real shining lights. Riewoldt had 95 SC points and Hayes had 94 in the last term. With St.Kilda up by just 1 point and with a throw in, in the forward pocket and 2 minutes left, fans started to get nervous. The ball was loose on the ground after the throw in and the inspirational Nick Riewoldt managed to kick a very arguable goal off the ground. The Saints were up by 7 points and that was the final margin. As the ball was hoofed forward one last time for the Dogs and Callan Ward was flying high, the siren sounded. Dogs players fell to the ground and St.Kilda jumped around in joy. The Saints first Grand Final since 1997 and will have ago at their first premiership since 1966.

SUPERCOACH SCORES

Good Performances:

L.Hayes 171

N.Riewoldt 162

S.Fisher 143

R.Clarke 105

Z. Dawson 84

B.Lake 111

M.Hahn 104

MY VOTES

3. Lenny Hayes. 34 touches, 13 in the last quarter and managed to kick a very important goal.

2. Nick Riewoldt. 18 touches, 11 marks, 7 contested, 4 goals in the 2nd half. Really led the team well.

1. Raph Clarke. 21 touches. I thought he played a fantastic game after always being the whipping horse.

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Josh

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THE All-Australian Team

Posted by Josh on September 15, 2009

The 2009 All Australian side

B: Corey Enright (Geelong), Matthew Scarlett (Geelong), Brian Lake (Western Bulldogs)

HB: Simon Goodwin (Adelaide), Craig Bolton (Sydney Swans), Nick Maxwell (Collingwood)

C: Leigh Montagna (St Kilda), Lenny Hayes (St Kilda), Joel Selwood (Geelong)

HF: Paul Chapman (Geelong), Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda – captain), Dane Swan (Collingwood)

F: Leon Davis (Collingwood), Brendan Fevola (Carlton), Jonathan Brown (Brisbane Lions)

R: Aaron Sandilands (Fremantle), Chris Judd (Carlton – vice-captain), Gary Ablett (Geelong)

I/C: Matthew Boyd (Western Bulldogs), Nick Dal Santo (St Kilda), Brendon Goddard (St Kilda), Adam Goodes (Sydney Swans)

 

Team by Team

Adelaide: 1

Brisbane: 1

Carlton: 2

Collingwood: 3

Fremantle: 1

Geelong: 5

St.Kilda: 5

Sydney: 2

Western Bulldogs: 2

 

A Few Stats

Saints  captain Nick Riewoldt was named with the (C) and Chris Judd (VC). It is the fifth time Cat defender Matthew Scarlett and Crow midfielder Simon Goodwin have been given the honours with both players being selected in the back half. The most talked about position was the full-back position which was taken by Matthew Scarlett and Brian Lake was named in the back pocket. The surprise was that Leon Davis was named in the side and West Coast forward Mark LeCras missed out after his outstanding year. Paul Chapman was surprisingly named at half-forward and Brendon Goddard was named on the BENCH for his first selection in the team. Nick Dal Santo, Matthew Boyd and Adam Goodes round up the bench. Dane Swan was named at half-forward as expected and Brendan Fevola was worthily selected at full-forward after winning the Coleman Medal. Simon Prestigiacomo, Mitch Clark and Sam Gilbert were unlucky not to be selected. Lance Franklin surely could have been selected in the forward pocket?

Josh

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Jotter Hawks Top 50-2009

Posted by Josh on September 12, 2009

1. Gary Ablett

2. Dane Swan

3. Nick Riewoldt

4. Matthew Scarlett

5. Brian Lake

6. Brendon Goddard

7. Leigh Montagna

8. Chris Judd

9. Lenny Hayes

10. Corey Enright

11. Jonathan Brown

12. Nick Dal Santo

13. Luke Hodge

14. Brendan Fevola

15. Aaron Sandilands

16. Adam Cooney

17. Marc Murphy

18. Alan Didak

19. Simon Prestigiacomo

20. Lance Franklin

21. Joel Selwood

22. Mitch Clark

23. Simon Black

24. Sam Gilbert

25. Leon Davis

26. Bernie Vince

27. Daniel Cross

28. Simon Goodwin

29. Sam Mitchell

30. Jason Porplyzia

31. Adam Goodes

32. Joel Corey

33. Jimmy Bartel

34. Matthew Pavlich

35. Scott Pendlebury

36. Hamish McIntosh

37. Josh Drummond

38. Bryce Gibbs

39. Tarkyn Lockyer 

40. Matthew Pavlich

41. Paul Chapman

42. Dean Cox

43. Andrew Mackie

44. Sam Fisher

45. Drew Petrie

46. Kurt Tippett

47. Jobe Watson

48. Brent Harvey

49. Chris Kinghts

50. Farren Ray

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