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Sport The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Finals Week 1

00:41  01 october  2020
00:41  01 october  2020 Source:   theroar.com.au

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  AFL Power Rankings: The home and away season wrap up Here we are.

By joining The Roar you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions. The Swans probably don’t have the cattle to play finals , but all this talk of a descent into wooden spoon territory is nonsense. They have a strong record at Adelaide Oval and will flex their muscle over a new-look Crows side.

By joining The Roar you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions. Collingwood should get back on track with two wins this week . (Dylan Burns/ AFL Photos via Getty Images). Finals are increasingly likely for St Kilda, something that can no longer be said for the Gold Coast, who were so

I didn’t think we’d make it all those months ago, but look at us – we’ve made it to the finals.

Everyone’s fresh from their week off and we’ve got four genuine crackers to get this year’s finals series underway. It doesn’t get much better.

It also doesn’t get much better than my ripping score of nine in the home-and-away season’s final round. By my calculation it’s the only perfect round anyone’s managed this season. That takes me up to 100 points and sees me claim the expert tipping title for 2020. You beauty.

A case for every team in the 2020 finals

  A case for every team in the 2020 finals After one of the bumpiest rides in 2020, the AFL have impressively managed to play a 17-game season across the hubs, with the eight strongest sides dealing best with the circumstances and grabbing their place in the race for the cup. Here’s why each top-eight side could win the premiership in 2020. Port Adelaide Power Why they can win it Ken Hinkley’s men should be commended for their 12-month turnaround, coming from tenth in 2019 to minor premiers in 2020. Travis Boak is having a classy season, averaging 23 disposals, but all eyes fall onto Robbie Gray, who seems to get better with age.

Anyone can contribute to The Roar and have their work featured alongside some of Australia’ s most prominent sports journalists. The Bulldogs’ shock victory over West Coast earlier this week has pushed them back into the finals frame, and it appears as though one of these two sides will make up

By joining The Roar you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions. There’ s only one candidate for the Shoe-In of the Week in my books and that’ s Brisbane to give North They’ve been sitting on top of the AFL ladder since the start of the season and keep going from strength to strength

Eight points for Liam Salter were enough to see him finish second with 95 points, while seven for reigning champion Marnie Cohen saw her finish the year in third on 92.

We’ll of course continue to tip our way through the finals series, and I hope you stick around right to the very end.

Stirling Coates

Port Adelaide, Brisbane, St Kilda, West Coast

Two big hoodoos have a chance to be broken in this year’s qualifying finals. First, Port Adelaide are looking to claim just their third win over Geelong since their famous victory at Kardinia Park in 2007.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: All Australian team

  The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: All Australian team There may be no football to salivate over this weekend, but we do have one of the marquee events on the calendar this evening: the announcement of the All Australian side. The squad of 40 was only announced on Tuesday afternoon, but there’s no time to dillydally, because we’ll have our 22 in a matter of hours. We won’t be playing for points here, but I’ve wrangled in Marnie Cohen (Liam Salter was unavailable) and we’ll both offer our thoughts on who should be given a blazer, or at least a nice Zoom background, this evening. In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a quick run-down of the 40-man squad.

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The Cats have a 15-2 record over the Power since then, including their two meetings in finals since and this year’s home-and-away meeting by 60 points. If we were playing at the Gabba, I’d get behind Chris Scott’s side, but Port’s form at the Adelaide Oval has been irrepressible this year and I’ll back them to notch another win.

The big hoodoo on everyone’s lips, of course, is Richmond’s total domination of the Lions. They’re a perfect 15-0 over Brisbane since Damien Hardwick took the reins – but all good things come to an end and I reckon this streak is due for a snap.

Their home-and-away meeting may have gone the Tigers’ way by 41 points, but this was a totally misleading margin thanks to unprecedented Brisbane inaccuracy. Chris Fagan’s men had the right approach, but kicked a shocking 4.17 (with only one of those behinds being rushed) – the Tigers won’t be so lucky this time.

I was the only person who tipped Richmond in this fixture last year, and I’m going against the grain again.

A team of 2020's most under-appreciated players

  A team of 2020's most under-appreciated players With plenty of focus on this week’s All Australian team announcement, it feels appropriate to focus on those other players who have enjoyed a successful 2020. Having unashamedly watched almost every game of 2020, putting together a team of those players who fly under the radar is an enjoyable and difficult task. There have been plenty of predictions and squads prepared throughout the season, heaping praise and putting a lot of attention on stars of the competition that will likely receive individual awards.

It was a much better week for (almost all of) The Roar ’ s AFL expert tipping panel last week , with myself, Liam Salter and The Crowd all putting up Friday night is probably the least anticipated grand final rematch since Port Adelaide and Geelong’s reunion in 2008. As I said on Tuesday, the Giants

2020 AFL finals series Week 1 First qualifying final : Port Adelaide Power vs Geelong Cats 7:40pm By joining The Roar you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions. The 2020 AFL finals will be played over four weeks in October, with the grand final scheduled for October 24 at the Gabba.

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I noted St Kilda’s poor record against finals sides in my Tuesday column, but I should have given the Bulldogs similar attention. The Saints may be 3-4 against top eight sides in 2020, but the Doggies were 1-6, with their only win a two-point triumph over the Eagles.

Luke Beveridge’s side may be in better form, but this was true last season before they wet the bed. It’s an unpopular pick, but I’ll back the Saints to make a statement with a surprise win to kick off Saturday.

The last match of the round requires the least explanation. Collingwood are simply not in the same class as the rest of this year’s finalists and will probably cop a bruising against the Eagles, who are also the Shoe-In of the Week.

Marnie Cohen

Geelong, Richmond, Western Bulldogs, West Coast

Finals are finally here! I am so excited, I can barely hide it.

In a normal world the 2020 premiers would’ve already been crowned. The AFL grand final should’ve taken place last Saturday. So we’re a little behind, but it’s better late than never, right?

Truthfully, I don’t know if I feel confident about any of these tips or results. There have been some major twists and turns this season so, really, anything could happen. Further to that, there have been some key results between these sides that have influenced my tips as well. Let’s get into it.

2020 AFL finals series: Week 1 preview

  2020 AFL finals series: Week 1 preview At last.

By joining The Roar you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions. Carlton – after a ridiculously tumultuous week – will head into their game against Brisbane with an interim Brisbane are gunning – and successfully aiming – for finals and, although the travel factor will play against the

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Geelong and Port Adelaide are probably the two sides under the most pressure to perform this finals series. Geelong have made it to the prelims so many times before only to fall at the final hurdle. This is truly the best they’ve looked, especially with Tom Hawkins in rare form.

As for Port Adelaide, they’ve been on top of the ladder since Round 1 and now need to back it up. The Cats are a huge chance to get on top of the minor premiers – they thrashed Port when they met earlier in the season and, while that game was played on the Gold Coast, the location didn’t play a huge part in the result.

I really want Brisbane to win on Friday night, but how can you go past Richmond on the back of that winning record? Trick question – you really can’t. That’s not to say the Lions aren’t a chance – they have been able to back up their explosive 2019 season with another top-two finish and they are genuinely a great side.

But they’re about to face the flag favourites, who they haven’t defeated for over a decade. Here’s hoping this game is more like the first half of the 2019 qualifying final, rather than the second.

(Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

I can’t see Collingwood having any answers for West Coast in Perth. The Magpies haven’t looked overly impressive in their last few games, especially up forward where they seem to have little firepower. West Coast, on the other hand, have been able to cover their losses game after game and, in front of a home crowd, it’s unlikely that they will disappoint.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Finals Week 1

  The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Finals Week 1 A health pandemic, a shortened season and 20 rounds of intriguing footy later, the NRL finals are finally upon us. Here are The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions for this weekend’s qualifying and elimination finals. There was a time when this day never looked like it was going to come, but now, with cases low in New South Wales and Queensland, it can be said with some relative certainty that we are going to get a finals series.

As for St Kilda and the Bulldogs, the experience of the Dogs will prevail. They’ll be desperate to make up for their early exit in last year’s final series and they should be able to do so.

Liam Salter

Port Adelaide, Richmond, Western Bulldogs, Collingwood

Finals? Asking as a Freo fan: what are they? All kidding aside, it’s good to have survived a very tumultuous season to reach what is bound to be a strange finals series.

We begin tonight in my city, as ladder-leaders Port Adelaide host Geelong. The Power forced their fans to wait until the final match of the home-and-away season to celebrate the minor premiership; Geelong secured their top-four spot with a much closer than expected victory over the Swans.

Neither game is what you’d consider a warm-up for finals, though the Power get some points here for beating a top-eight team. Both sides have claims to favouritism: the Cats, battle-hardened and holding the biggest win over Port this year; the Power, youthful and with a kind of underdog ruggedness that has often been underappreciated.

A hard tip: I’ll hesitantly go the Power, though Geelong is sure to prove my hesitation right.

(Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Then there’s Brisbane, ostensibly beneficiaries of a massive finals home-ground advantage but who would be nervous about the albatross around their neck: Richmond. The Lions haven’t beaten the Tigers in Brisvegas since I was six and would have crappy memories about last year’s hefty loss to that team in a qualifying final.

For all of Brisbane’s successes this year, that and the fact that their forward line simply isn’t a dependable part of the team means despite the Gabba setting, it is hard to go past the irresistible Tigers.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Semi-finals

  The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Semi-finals Eight has become six, and this weekend it’s all-knockout footy, with upsets potentially on the horizon in both matches. This is The Roar’s NRL expert tipping for the semi-finals. Last weekend’s elimination and qualifying finals turned out to be a fairly straightforward week for tipping, with most of the panel landing four our of four. Unfortunately for AJ and The Barry, they both tipped the Roosters and landed with three. It means you, the Crowd, now have a three-point lead on AJ at the head of affairs, while Mary and David both draw to within three points of AJ.

On Saturday the Saints – far and away the biggest premiership underdogs – begin their campaign against the Dogs, who did the impossible in 2016 from the same seventh position they find themselves in this year.

Personally, this is the most exciting game of this weekend’s quartet: both play an exciting brand of footy and both are such likeable teams. Equally matched on the ladder, it’s the Bulldogs who have found themselves less discussed than their opponents despite the fact they’re a more experienced and better team when it matters.

My heart says Saints here but my head suggests their scratchy record against top teams this year and their inexperience in finals means I’ll have to back the Bulldogs – who are, of course, no bastions of consistency themselves.

(Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

We finish up in Perth, as the Eagles host Collingwood. Neither team has excelled much this year – the Pies especially, who, after maybe the Saints, are the weakest finals side. The Eagles had a better end than start to the season, but injuries mean this is the first time in a while that their finals campaign is lacking something special.

Not that the Magpies can claim much high ground there either. West Coast’s home ground advantage helps but, despite the Pies’ mediocre season, I’ll roll the dice and say they’ll score an upset win here.

Finals W1 Stirling Marnie Liam Crowd
PA vs GEE PA GEE PA ?
BL vs RCH BL RCH RCH ?
STK vs WB STK WB WB ?
WCE vs COL WCE WCE COL ?
Last week 9 7 8 8
Total 100 92 95 106

The AFL all-time great alphabet teams: Letter W .
The W team has a prolific midfield, a talented forward line and a mercurial backline. Read the previous alphabet teams here. Back line David Wirrpanda (West Coast 1996-2009) 227 games, 131 goals David Wirrpanda became the youngest player to debut for the West Coast Eagles when he ran onto the field in Round 5, 1996. Over the next few years injury and poor form saw him play only sporadically, but from 2001 he became a regular in defence for the Eagles. A dashing back pocket or halfback flanker, Wirrpanda’s ability to break lines and clear from defence became a vital part of West Coast’s successes mid-decade.

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