As predicted Round 22 was a belter with the games played amongst the top four sides being particularly memorable. Given the number of tricky games to pick I guess it wasn’t surprising that no-one managed to pick all nine winners but we did have three people who did extremely well in getting eight winners with a further six people getting seven winners. Of those that picked eight, Margaret Anderson was closest to the margin in Sydney’s win over an inept Melbourne side and as such picks up the $100. Congratulations Margaret!
With regard to overall standings Paul Van Luxemborg will be very happy to have opened up a two game break on his nearest rivals with just one round to go. Paul is on 128 with Helen Murnane and Natasha Watts in second and third place respectively on 126. There are a further seven people on 125 who would still harbour ambitions to get into the top three and get themselves some prize money. For those still in contention just a reminder that if at the end of Round 23 scores are tied then the aggregate points differential (from tipping the margin in the first game of each round) will be used to determine overall placings. The overall winner will receive $1,000, second place is $400 and third place $200.
The final round of the 2019 Home and Away season still has plenty of interest for teams in and around the eight.
Collingwood v Essendon – Both sides have secured a top eight position it’s now all about where they are going to finish. Collingwood looked the best they have for some time in demolishing Adelaide while Essendon had a 136 point turnaround from the previous week;
Sydney v St Kilda – Not much but pride to play for here. St Kilda haven’t beaten Sydney since 2012;
North Melbourne v Melbourne – This game is being played in Tasmania where North rarely lose. Melbourne fans will be glad to see the end of a horrible year;
Geelong v Carlton – Geelong should have enough incentive knowing that a win secures a top two finish;
Gold Coast v GWS – GWS need a morale boosting win heading into the finals after a couple of very disappointing losses;
West Coast v Hawthorn – If Hawthorn win and the Western Bulldogs lose it is likely the Hawks make finals. So while the Eagles will want to win and secure a top four finish I don’t expect this to be easy;
Western Bulldogs v Adelaide – This game is being played in Ballarat and if the Bulldogs win they will make the eight Adelaide will be hoping to win and that other results go their way;
Richmond v Brisbane – Another big game at the G, should be a belter; and
Port Adelaide v Fremantle – Port still have a chance of making the eight but it is unlikely. Fremantle fans will just be glad that the season is over.
Good luck and thanks for the support!
Mazenod Old Boys Committee