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AFL Round 23 preview

Roar Guru
29th August, 2014
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It’s time for the last round of the AFL season before the finals series starts in September. In what has been a hotly-contested league table, the top eight will finally be decided when the action ends of Sunday.

Here is my preview of the action and my tips for all the games.

Who gets fourth?
Most of the media coverage has been over the last spot in the top eight, so many people have forgotten about the battle for fourth between Fremantle and Port. For the first half of the year Port Adelaide were invincible and couldn’t be beaten. But then everything changed as they became susceptible and fell from the top four.

Over the past two weeks they have started to turn their form around though, as their demolition job against Carlton showed. They now have their real test against a Fremantle side that could have finished in the top two if it wasn’t for a few games that they could have won.

I think that Fremantle will win as it is at Paterson’s, but Port Adelaide have enjoyed the open spaces at that ground (shown by their win earlier in the season over West Coast) so they will challenge.

Tip: Fremantle by 25.

Can Richmond make the eight?
The main story of this week, well for the last month or so, has been about the runaway train which is the Richmond Tigers. Their season was pronounced dead eight weeks ago when their home-and-away record was at 3-10, but eight wins in a row has them playing for a spot in the finals.

They play ladder leaders the Swans in a must win match. If they lose than they will most likely land in ninth or 10th, allowing West Coast, Adelaide and possibly even Collingwood to overrun them. But if they win then they will make the eight, and play in a second successive year of finals footy, much to everyone’s shock.

Sydney will be looking to secure top spot though, as a win would certify it. This will be a hotly contested game, but Kurt Tippett, Lance Franklin and Adam Goodes will get off of the leash and win the game in the second half.

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Sydney by 31

Tips:
Hawthorn by 35
Essendon by 48
Freo by 25
Sydney by 31
North by 87
Geelong by 49
West Coast by 11
Adelaide by 66
Bulldogs by 37

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