In terms of how this season has gone Round 9 was relatively straightforward. We had eight people pick nine winners with a further 42 people picking eight. Of those who picked nine winners Kade Rafferty got the margin spot on in the Eagles scrappy win over Melbourne last Friday and as such wins the $100. Congratulations Kade!
With regard to overall standings Nathan McCracken remains out in front having picked 55 winners, Paul Van Luxemborg and Hayley Giles have been joined in second place by Stefanie Bosa and Margaret Anderson on 54 winners with a further seven people on 53.
SIR DOUG NICHOLLS
Round 10 recognises and celebrates indigenous players and culture and is named in honour of Sir Doug Nicholls. Sir Doug, who epitomised the spirit of reconciliation, played 54 games for Fitzroy and was a brilliant all-round athlete. The first Aboriginal person to be knighted, he also served as Governor of South Australia and was devoted to the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
All 18 clubs will wear special indigenous-themed Guernsey’s during the round.
The Round kicks off with Sydney v Collingwood – Lance Franklin appears likely to miss his fifth game in a row which certainly won’t help Sydney’s chances against a very good Collingwood side;
Hawthorn v Port Adelaide – This game is being played down in Tasmania. The Hawks picked up a couple more injuries on the weekend and Port may get a few back for this one, tough one to pick;
Western Bulldogs v North Melbourne – Both sides have been pretty competitive of late but I figure most people will pick the Bulldogs;
Adelaide v Eagles – 6th v 7th yet neither side is in particularly good form. The Eagles have a pretty good record at Adelaide Oval but will start as outsiders;
Gold Coast v Geelong – While the Gold Coast have been competitive I don’t see anyone tipping them to beat Geelong;
Richmond v Essendon – Dreamtime at the G. Richmond have won the last five games against Essendon and even though they have lost second string ruckman Ivan Soldo to suspension they will start favourites here;
Melbourne v GWS – The Giants have lost 14 of their last 16 games at the G. That’s a stat that doesn’t inspire too much confidence. Melbourne have looked better of late but GWS are sitting third for a reason;
St Kilda v Carlton – Carlton hasn’t beaten St Kilda since 2015. That being said they have not won too many games against anyone since 2015 ;
Fremantle v Brisbane – Lachie Neale returns to Perth for the first time, he’s having an incredible season. Brisbane sit 4th but don’t travel too well, Fremantle has lost its last three games and I don’t think there will be much in this.
Good luck and thanks for the support!
Mazenod Old Boys Committee
Old Boys Year 12 BBQ
The Mazenod Old Boys Association knows that the little things can make all the difference to a boy’s day. Simply putting a BBQ lunch on can put a spring in their step. The Old Boys just wanted to say well done on getting to the half way mark of Year 12 and all the best for the upcoming exams and work experience!
Thank you to Sebastien Fiolo (89) and Iggy Moro (87) for giving up their time to cook and Dave Vallis for the BBQ’s.
Jeremy Logan (87)
Head of Mazenod Old Boys