I waited nearly all year for it to happen, and in the end it didn’t.
In my predicted team for Round 9, every player that was selected took the field.
The team that has been chosen in the Round 10 predicted team strongly mirrors the positions that the teams they will play in on Round 10, with the exception of the interchange bench.
There are four teams that have a bye in Round 10; Carlton, Fremantle, Hawthorn and West Coast.
Five players retain their position from Round 9’s predicted team in Round 10’s predicted team of the week; Jack Billings, Jack Macrae, Jade Gresham, Dustin Martin and Tom Papley.
B: Rory Laird (Adelaide Crows), Harris Andrews (Brisbane Lions), Caleb Daniel (Western Bulldogs)
HB: Brayden Maynard (Collingwood), Michael Hurley (Essendon), Michael Hibberd (Melbourne Demons)
C: Jack Billings (St Kilda), Hugh Greenwood (Gold Coast), Jack Macrae (Western Bulldogs)
HF: Jade Gresham (St Kilda), Sam Day (Gold Coast), Mitch Duncan (Geelong)
FF: Dustin Martin (Richmond), Eric Hipwood (Brisbane Lions), Charlie Cameron (Brisbane Lions)
Foll: Tim English (Western Bulldogs), Luke Parker (Sydney Swans), Tom Papley (Sydney Swans)
Int: Dan Houston (Port Adelaide), Matt Crouch (Adelaide Crows), Lachie Whitfield (Giants), Jed Anderson (North Melbourne)
Rory Laird will need to replicate his display in Round 9 if the Adelaide Crows are going to be any chance of causing an upset against the Melbourne Demons. Harris Andrews will prove that he has been one of the most important players for the Lions if they are to defeat Richmond. Caleb Daniel should prove that he has the potential to be in the All Australian starting 22. Brayden Maynard will substantiate why he is such an important part of Collingwood’s team. Michael Hurley will probably be given the job of curtailing the influence of Jeremy Cameron, which expect Hurley to do so successfully. Michael Hibberd showed what a good player he is in Round 9, despite his team being obliterated. Expect him to prove that his performance wasn’t an aberration.
Jack Billings will prove why he is one of the best wingers and half-forward flankers in the AFL. Hugh Greenwood will probably go head to head with Zak Jones. Expect Greenwood to win the battle. Jack Macrae should help the Western Bulldogs cause an upset against Port Adelaide.
Jade Gresham will be tough for the Gold Coast to negate, as he is such a quality player. Sam Day should be too good for the St Kilda defenders to curtail his influence on the game. Mitch Duncan will be a pivotal part of the Geelong team when they take on North Melbourne. Dustin Martin is an exceptional player, which he showed in Round 9 and should replicate in Round 10 as Brisbane Lions don’t have anyone who could negate his influence on the contest. Eric Hipwood will be difficult for Geelong to stop as far as the impact Hipwood has on the game in their Round 10 game. Charlie Cameron will be tough for Richmond to stop as Cameron should continue his good form.
Tim English should assist the Western Bulldogs in causing an upset against Port Adelaide. Luke Parker will be difficult for the Collingwood midfield to stop. Tom Papley should prove why he warrants All Australian selection.
Dan Houston should substantiate why he is one of Port Adelaide’s most important players. Matt Crouch will need to be at his best if the Crows are to claim their first win of the season. Lachie Whitfield should prove why he is one of the most consistent utility players in the AFL. Jed Anderson has the opportunity to display why he has been a revelation in 2020 in North Melbourne’s clash with Geelong.