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AFL Round 19 review

Roar Guru
3rd August, 2014

The top eight has just been completely rearranged again. With the finals just around the corner, the race for the top eight is now even more uncertain after a few unexpected results.

I’ll review a huge round of footy and look at how my tipping went.

Did Sydney win after a rare defeat?
Yes. An interesting game was played out at the SCG on Friday night. A strong start by the Swans was the only difference between the sides.


Sydney came out of the blocks without Franklin, who was a late withdrawal. Essendon then slowly brought their way back in the third quarter, but couldn’t quite peg back the difference as a magical Ben McGlynn goal late in the third quarter all sank the Bombers.

The Swans continue on their merry way at the top end of the ladder, as they recovered well from their exhilarating loss to Hawthorn last week. Essendon can’t be too dispirited, as they were competitive and would have done extremely well if not for their mediocre start.

They have improved a lot since their early season smashing from the Swans, so they can take some positives out of the match as they are looking good towards September. Sydney can try and build up their form towards the finals, and Essendon can try and get a home final.

Who won the Saturday night blockbuster?
Geelong did in what was an interesting match to say the least. An inconsistent North Melbourne came out of the blocks fast and dominated most of the first quarter, with many misses plaguing the scoreboard as Geelong fought back in the latter minutes of the first quarter.

Geelong never looked back from there as some poor umpiring decisions against Brent Harvey rattled the poor Kangaroos, who never regained the run that they had in the first quarter. Geelong continued on with their consistent form, as they made the Roos pay for some poor choices.


The Cats can now look towards a top two finish and a home final, as they are the outside chance in September. Watch out for the Cats if they can build on their form. The Roos really need some form built, as too many players didn’t do enough on Saturday night. The Kangaroos have a stern test ahead of them in the next few weeks as they fight to get a home final.

I tipped 6/9, with my incorrect games being Adelaide-West Coast, Melbourne-Brisbane and Gold Coast-St Kilda.

I was two off for the margin of the Freo-Carlton game, six off for the Bombers-Swans game and eight off for the Tigers-Giants and Collingwood-Port games.