Western Bulldogs v Geelong Cats
Friday 3rd June at Marvel Stadium, 7:50pm
Both sides are in winning form and the Bulldogs find themselves back in the top eight. But a loss to Geelong could see them back on the outside looking in, and a win could see them as high as sixth position. Geelong will be looking to consolidate their position in the top eight, to keep ahead of the congested mid-table. This is a toss of the coin game, but Geelong are the old pros.
Cats by 7
Adelaide Crows v West Coast Eagles
Saturday 4th June at Adelaide Oval, 1:45pm
A long and painful losing streak will finally come to an end for one of these two clubs. Adelaide has shown some resilience in recent weeks, but a 101-point loss to the Bulldogs last round just compounds the misery for West Coast. They have become the competitions easy beats and it is hard to see when, or if, they will secure another win this season. Adelaide should comfortably cruise to a much needed victory.
Crows by 40
Gold Coast Suns v North Melbourne Kangaroos
Saturday 4th June at TIO Stadium (NT), 4:35pm
Gold Coast are slowly, but surely creeping their way towards the top eight and they have proven to be a resilient team this season. North Melbourne’s season of woes continue, with percentages keeping them off the bottom of the ladder. Gold Coast should win, and win big which will keep their finals aspirations very much alive.
Suns by 56
Melbourne Demons v Sydney Swans
Saturday 4th June at MCG, 7:25pm
Melbourne’s impressive winning streak came to a grinding halt last round at the hands of Fremantle, but that will not dent the confidence of the reigning premiers. Sydney have been inconsistent in recent weeks to find themselves teetering on the edge of the top eight. Melbourne at home should be too much for the Swans to handle.
Demons by 30
Hawthorn Hawks v Collingwood Magpies
Sunday 5th June at MCG, 2:10pm
Collingwood will be feeling confident after knocking off Carlton last round to secure back-to-wins, while Hawthorn were not able to back up from their stirring win over Brisbane two weeks ago with a disappointing loss to Gold Coast. With a spot in the top eight in their sights, Collingwood will be motivated to get the job done at the ‘G’.
Magpies by 19
Fremantle Dockers v Brisbane Lions
Sunday 5th June at Optus Stadium, 5:20pm
This could be one of the games of the season as third-placed Fremantle take on second-placed Brisbane in what should be a very entertaining game of footy. Fremantle will be on cloud nine after snapping the 17-game winning streak of the reigning premiers, while Brisbane have been patchy at best in recent weeks. Another toss of the coin game, but the long trip out west for the Lions might give Fremantle the edge.
Dockers by 2
Round 12 Byes: Carlton Blues, Port Adelaide Power, St Kilda Saints, Essendon Bombers, Greater Western Sydney Giants, Richmond Tigers
Feature Image: TIO Stadium, Darwin (Photo: austadiums.com)