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AFL Round 15 preview

Roar Guru
26th June, 2014
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Round 15 of the AFL this year is the round of rivalries. Paul ‘Chappy’ Chapman faces his old team Geelong, Collingwood and Carlton battle once again and we have a Western derby and an Adelaide showdown.

I’ll preview the bigger games and show you my tips.

Can Chappy beat his familiar teammates down at Geelong?
Surely this has got to be hard for Paul Chapman. At the end of last year, Geelong got rid of him as they looked to welcome some more young talent to their team. Essendon swooped on the bald goal sneak and Norm Smith Medal winner.

Yet this year he has been in a team that have managed to do quite well, considering all of the pressure surrounding the drugs scandal. He faces up against his old team, who sit fifth after a disappointing loss to Gold Coast, in what is sure to be an enthralling Friday night blockbuster.

If the Bombers can get over the line, then they can fancy their chances for finals. If the Cats manage to rebound again, they can look towards the top four once more. With Tom Bellchambers out, I don’t think the Bombers can pull off another win against the Cats. Cats by 8.

Who wins the interesting showdown?
This is going to be a cracker. Adelaide have slowly started to resurrect their season come up against a high-flying Port outfit that is ready to win another showdown.

The last time these teams met the Crows were resilient, but couldn’t hold off the Power who ran home in front of a sold-out Adelaide Oval. The Adelaide Oval will be packed once again on a huge Sunday afternoon clash full of free-flowing footy.

I think that the Power will do enough to get over the line, but the Crows will put up a good fight and their big men in Josh Jenkins, Taylor Walker and James Podsiadly will challenge the Power’s tall defenders. Port by 27.

The ultimate rivalry continues
Collingwood and Carlton, yet again. They meet for the second time this year, after playing each other in Round 7. In that clash the Pies started off well before closing it out at the end.

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The Pies played quite well against the Hawks last week, but couldn’t quite lift where it mattered against a foe that has beaten them consistently over the past few years. I think that Collingwood will win and start to build again. The Blues will be down on confidence after last week’s disappointing loss to the Giants. Pies by 23.

Tips
Cats by 8
Hawthorn by 31
Richmond by 35
Fremantle by 16
Sydney by 44
North by 10
Bulldogs by 19
Port by 27
Pies by 23

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