Round 7 contained one major upset plus as predicted a number of games that could have gone either way. We had seven people who did very well and picked eight winners with a further 39 people picking seven winners. Of those that picked eight winners Will Pearce (Class of 1983) was closest to the margin in Collingwood’s fairly comfortable win over Port Adelaide and as such is this week’s winner. Congratulations Will, you manage to win the weekly prize at least once a year with your relatively straightforward but highly successful strategy of just picking the home sides every week!
With regard to overall standings Nathan McCracken is our new leader having picked 42 winners, Paul Van Luxemborg has been joined in second place by Hayley Giles on 41 winners with a further four people on 40.
Round Eight will again have most of us over analysing a number of games.
1: Sydney v Essendon – Sydney sit bottom of the ladder and will hope to get Buddy back in the team this week but even with that and home ground advantage it would be hard to pick them other than as a roughie;
2: Western Bulldogs v Brisbane – This game is being played in Ballarat. The Bulldogs had lost four in a row up until the weekend including losses to Gold Coast and Carlton so it is hard to know what side will show up this week while Brisbane will be very happy to be sitting 4th;
3: Carlton v Collingwood – A clash between traditional rivals, but that’s about as much as I can talk this game up;
4: Gold Coast v Melbourne – Are Melbourne going to start a run to justify the pre-season hype? Probably not but they would want to beat a Gold Coast side who have been much better than expected and put the frighteners amongst Eagles fans with a strong second half showing;
5: St Kilda v West Coast – This game is a bit of a litmus test for both teams, the Eagles were far from convincing while St Kilda has lost their last two games;
6: Port Adelaide v Adelaide – The Showdown with the teams sitting 6th and 7th on the ladder. Port came up short against a powerful Collingwood unit while Adelaide beat Fremantle in a war of attrition. Tough one to pick with any confidence;
7: North Melbourne v Geelong – Geelong are in great form and while North smashed Carlton it’s almost impossible to make a case for them in this one;
8: Hawthorn v GWS – Hawthorn has lost three of its last four games while GWS will probably get Phil Davis and Josh Kelly back into a very strong side; and
9: Fremantle v Richmond – Fremantle were super competitive against Adelaide while Richmond’s bubble was somewhat expectantly burst. Richmond still have a lot of outs but the Tiger Army will be out in force at Optus Stadium on Sunday.
Finally, if you are one of a few people yet to pay their entry fee for this year’s competition it would be very much appreciated if you could organise payment of $50 ASAP.
Payment can be made by:
1: Direct credit to: Mazenod Old Boys Association - Commonwealth Bank
(with your surname and first initial as a reference)
2: Credit Card (Visa or Mastercard) to the Mazenod front office.
Call: 9291 6500
3: Cheque payable to Mazenod Old Boys - Gladys Road, Lesmurdie WA 6076
Good luck and thanks for the support!
Mazenod Old Boys Committee