AFL Round 14

A guide to this weekend's AFL action.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Three weeks of bye round fustration are finally behind us. Now we can move on with a full schedule footy.

It’s a dire time for the Carlton Blues who need a win in the worst kind of way. No sympathy from the Hawks who receive Jordan Lewis back from suspension and Brendan Whitecross returns from a short stint on the side lines.

Carlton’s ins aren’t quite as great. There’s Shaun Hampson, who can help, but the other is the cartoon character looking Josh Bootsma. It’s win or go home time for the Blues who have now dropped a spot out of the eight after losing five from six.

Fremantle’s position isn’t that much better. Now in a rough patch after a great start to the season has them looking from outside into the eight. A great win against the Tigers a fortnight ago was put to waste when they let the Bombers steal a win on their home turf last weekend. They draw Collingwood this week, but receive livewire Hayden Ballantyne back from suspension. They too are a win out of the eight, but their chances against a hot Collingwood seem slim, even with no Scott Pendlebury for the Pies, but Irish rookie Caolan Mooney makes his debut at the expense of a fellow four leaf clover, Marty Clarke.

A juicy Saturday showdown at AAMI Stadium Saturday- Adelaide hosts the Tigers. Adelaide lost their top 4 spot after a disappointing loss last week to a lowly North Melbourne while Richmond had a bye last week, but are still coming off that surprise loss to the Dockers at the MCG. Both teams feature elite midfields, but if Adelaide bring their best they should get over the line.

West Coast have opted not rest anyone against the winless Gold Coast suns and unless Gary Ablett goes for 89 possessions and 13 goals, they probably should have.

Sydney have also opted not to rest a player against the one-win Giants, which is refreshing at least, and the Swans will lift their percentage up higher as they look to move from second to first on the premiership ladder.

Essendon have been down the past month or so, but the Bulldogs were awful last week in their heartless loss to the Lions. Won’t even bother with a prediction.

…and while Port have had their cute little moments in 2012, they should get the business from Geelong. I will however, go out on a limb to predict Paul Chapman comes out sporting a 60’s style afro.

You have to feel for Melbourne. They managed, with all their heart, to muster up two wins this year after a historically bad start and then last week they lose one of their best performing players for the year in Mitch Clarke. Picking Melbourne this week may just win you your footy tipping comp.

North did well to beat the Crows last week, but they won’t go back-to-back against the rested Saints. Nice try fellas.