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AFL Round 19 preview

Roar Guru
30th July, 2014

The 2014 AFL season is starting to get exciting. In the lead-up to the finals, many teams are fighting for their seasons in many different ways. I’ll preview another huge round of footy and show you my tips.

Can Sydney win after a rare defeat?
The Swans couldn’t have been too disappointed after last week’s loss. They played a cracker of a game against a team that is one of the better sides in the AFL over the past few years. It showed that Sydney could take it up to a team that is full of quality.

But now they need to make sure that they regain the winning feeling by beating a rampant and in-form Essendon side, led by a man in freakishly awesome form in Jake Carlisle.

Ted Richards is going to have his work cut out for him as he looks to tame the Bomber who has taken so many contested marks and kicked a fair amount of goals over his past two matches.

The Swans need to dominate in the midfield and not fall back after last week’s defeat. Essendon will challenge early but won’t be able to consistently maintain a four-quarter effort over Sydney. Swans by 28.

A Saturday night blockbuster
These two teams have an interesting connection over the past few years, and not just because of the family relations between the clubs. Chris and Brad Scott leading the two teams’ means nothing as North Melbourne have somehow managed to beat a successful Geelong side for the past few years.

Last year, North Melbourne was a team full of potential, but couldn’t finish games. Yet against the Cats they produced a fantastic effort to hold off a Geelong team that finished a goal away from the grand final.

This time around you never know. They have been inconsistent as they followed up a brilliant win against Hawthorn by losing to a struggling Carlton. Now they have to beat a consistent yet unrecognised Geelong side that looks set to make the top four once again.

They have done it in the past few years, but you can never quite be sure. They have the talent to do very well, and have knocked off four of the top five teams, with the only team they haven’t beaten being Geelong.


You always know what you are going to get with Geelong, so even though that could be seen as a disadvantage, against a weird and crazy Roos outfit it will be an advantage. Cats by 11.

Freo by 7
Swans by 28
Adelaide by 43
Richmond by 19
Saints by 10
Cats by 11
Melbourne by 16
Hawthorn by 33
Collingwood by 14