Forget Bite Ya Nails…it’s Pull Ya Hammy Round down at Essendon!
Ealy in the final term last night, the opening match of Bite Ya Nails round looked poised for a tight finish. That is, until the arse fell out of Essendon…or, more specifically, the muscle just below it! The Doggies fell behind at three quarter time after a strong start but finished with six unanswered goals to stay undefeated and totally ruin our idea of tight finishes for every match this weekend. Talk about selfish…
But the Western Bulldogs have four wins on the board and a date with Richmond next Sunday…great start to the year for them. Essendon, on the other hand, have upcoming games against the Saints and Magpies and an injury list longer than Dustin Fletcher’s arm!
Bite Ya Nails Round continues today with four matches:
THE “SHOULDA BEEN LAST WEEK” MATCH
Sucked in Saints…we beat ya to it!
Telstra Dome, Melbourne – 2:10pm (local): St Kilda v Geelong (TEN)
- These two sides have built up a decent rivalry over the past few years, ever since they were identified as the two big Victorian hopes to break Brisbane’s stranglehold on the premiership cup. Fans are wondering why they weren’t playing last week?
- That rivalry was forged on both teams having young and exciting lists and while the Saints have threatened a couple of times, it was Geelong who delivered last year.
- St Kilda were highly fancied to be the main contenders for Geelong’s crown after winning the NAP Cup…but they lost last week so now they are shit, apparently. How the Sainters respond is probably the biggest talking point of today’s game.
- So…have these teams actually played in any nail-biters recently? Well, the Saints got up by one point in round 19, 2002. Can’t get any closer than that!
Apart from last year’s preliminary final, Cats coach Mark Thompson has not had to bite his nails too much recently. That might change when most of his side lines up in that Victoria-Dream Team clash in May!
THE “ANDREW SWALLOW” MATCH
(Source: realfooty.com.au – John Donegan)
MCG, Melbourne – 2:10pm (local): North Melbourne v Melbourne (FOX)
- Last season, Melbourne were still looking for that first win of the season and were just about to break their duck against the Roos until a final minute Andrew Swallow goal sunk the Dees!
- Amazingly, Swallow is not playing today! He is one of three changes for the Kangas…surely they could have let him just run around taunting his opponents. “Remember me?”
- Usually, these two clubs are neck-and-neck at the bottom of the membership ladder but this year North Melbourne have left the Demons for dead in that area and looking to draw a good sized crowd today…just to rub it in!
Interesting too see how accurate Melbourne are in front of goal today…now that they have some goal posts to aim for at training!
- These are the margins of victory between Sydney and West Coast in the past seven matches: 12, 1, 1, 1, 2, 4 and 4! Of those seven meetings, four of those have been in the finals. That’s insane!!
- Leo Barry became a legend when his high-flying mark saved Sydney’s bacon in the 2005 grand final but the Eagles turned the tables the following year in an equally sphincter-loosening finale.
- The Eagles have a few injury and illness concerns and the Swans are planning an all-out attack. So they might continue this unusual trend of kicking lots of goals – good for them!
- At least the Swans won’t have to worry about entertaining fans to survive when the second Sydney team arrives. Andrew Demetriou has virtually guaranteed they will not go under due to the League expansion…sure that he didn’t have his fingers crossed behind his back?
THE “LYNCH-WAKELIN MEMORIAL” MATCH
GABBA, Brisbane – 7:10pm (local): Port Adelaide v Brisbane (FOX)
Any clash between Port and Brisbane must pay homage to the 2004 grand final! Will we see any premeditated hay-makers tonight? Now that Jono Brown is a bit more mature, we think probably not!
- Ok – this round is actually meant to be about tight finishes….but the margin was just seven points last year, two points in 2005 and one point in 2003. So they are good for a nail-biter every couple of years or so.
- Port Adelaide haven’t won a game yet this season and even though Mark Williams insists nobody is panicking at the Power right now, they might start if they are 0-4 after tonight.