The first Round since Football’s return last week produced a shock or two, so what will Round 3 have in store for our WA Teams in the Queensland Hub?
SATURDAY NIGHT – Brisbane VS West Coast at theGabba
Life in Queensland got even tougher for the Eagles last Saturday Night when they copped a 44-point hiding to the Gold Coast.
Now the challenge gets bigger as they face the Dayne Zorko-led Brisbane Lions at the Gabba and in a shortened season, wins are more crucial in the 2020 AFL Season.
West Coast have made two changes from their loss to the Suns, Jeremy McGovern who was suspended is replaced with veteran defender Will Schofield and Josh Rotham comes in for Jackson Nelson who has been dropped with captain Luke Shuey managing to make it through this week.
One area that needs to be fixed is their ground ball work in the midfield and in post-clearances, having been ranked last despite snapping up Tim Kelly (who got cleaned up by Touk Miller against the Suns last week).
The Eagles defence will also be scarred with the suspension of Jeremy McGovern and against a Lions attack that has more avenues to score.
Take Jeremy Cameron for instance who booted four Goals against Fremantle, one Brad Sheppard may have the task of trying to contain the energetic goal sneak.
If the Eagles do not improve their intensity at the midfield ground ball and get their defensive pressure in order at the Gabba, its gonna be even tougher.
I’m afraid to say it will be the case at a ground where Brisbane have done very well at in recent years.
TIP- Brisbane By 27 Points.
SUNDAY TWILIGHT – Fremantle VS Port Adelaide at Metricon Stadium
Fremantle’s return to football did end in losing fashion with a 12-point defeat to Brisbane at the Gabba but there was positive signs and hints of the Dockers potential to kick a winning score.
Dockers have made big changes for their game against the Power on Sunday Afternoon with ruckman Sean Darcy not being risked due to his injury scare and Taylin Duman has been dropped.
Back into the side comes Caleb Serong, Connor Blakely, Nathan Wilson, Sam Sturt, Stephen Hill and making his long awaited return, former Demon Jesse Hogan.
For a list that was not expected to win many games in 2020 there was plenty of good things to come out of last week. Walters & Fyfe were outstanding as always with 52 touches between them and the improvement of Matt Tabener who took seven marks inside 50 may have a say in the match.
The support Fyfe received in the second half to help the Dockers clear out of the midfield was another sign, but against a Port side that showed ferocity and ruthlessness at the centre bounce, may be overpowered.
Port have more midfield depth especially with the young talent the Ken Hinkley led side has got and the Dockers will have to do everything they can to contain Steven Motlop who can bring the game his way with his overhead marking and run across the ground.
TIP- Port Adelaide By 9 Points.