AFL Round 18 Selections by Graeme Kelly

Without entering into the possible permutations four teams have a chance of securing the last two places available in the AFL play-offs. The Magpies, currently sixth on 38 points, ensured their place when with Jordan de Goey and Mason Cox … Read more

AFL Round 17 Selections by Graeme Kelly

St Kilda has had a dismal record since last reaching the AFL finals in 2011.   The Saints finished down in 14th place last season with three wins and three losses after Brett Ratten came in as a caretaker coach … Read more

AFL Round 16 Selections by Graeme Kelly

Last year the Western Bulldogs made a late charge to reach the play-offs and go through to the qualifying final. The odds seem against the club being able to achieve a similar result this season. The Bulldogs have just seven … Read more

AFL Round 15 Selections by Graeme Kelly

All attention in the next four days will centre on the clash between Brisbane and Collingwood at The Gabba on Friday night. The skirmish – the last game in the round – is vital to the premiership aspirations of both … Read more

AFL Round 14 Selections by Graeme Kelly

As Round 14 looms umpiring remains a highly contentious issue for the AFL. The under-performance by umpires, in the main, was exemplified during Port Adelaide’s 10-point win over Hawthorn at Adelaide Oval last Saturday night. The free-kick count in the … Read more

Round 13 Selections by Graeme Kelly

The AFL hierarchy has encountered a multitude of dramas so far this year. Most of these problems have been handled skilfully, considering the circumstances, but one over-lying disgrace remains. That is the standard of umpiring which, again in the main, … Read more

AFL Round 12 Selections by Graeme Kelly

Port Adelaide is continuing to prove it is worthy of being League leader.   After overcoming the defending premiers Richmond at Adelaide Oval in Round 11 Power will now be confronted by three-time AFL premiers Geelong at the Gabba on … Read more

AFL Round 9 Selections by Graeme Kelly

At this stage, as Round 9 looms, 12 teams are right in the race to be playing in the finals.   Melbourne – with the game against Essendon in hand –  Sydney and Hawthorn are only six points behind eighth … Read more

AFL Round 8 Selections by Graeme Kelly

The first question to be answered in Round 8 is how effective the Western Bulldogs will prove.   In this disrupted season the ability of the teams to perform has varied from week-to-week but none more so than with the … Read more

AFL Round 7 Selections by Graeme Kelly

A rampant Geelong and a combative Collingwood will travel across the content to meet in a blockbuster clash at Optus Stadium in Perth on Thursday night. It is a tough assignment for both sides but despite the long journey they … Read more

AFL Round 6 Selections by Graeme Kelly

Brisbane again features in the match of the round this time against Geelong at the Sydney Cricket Ground as the AFL this week heads into previously uncharted waters. With all 10 Melbourne clubs now interstate the pressure will be on … Read more

AFL Round 5 Selections by Graeme Kelly

The encounter with Carlton at Marvel Stadium on Thursday night will be something of a grudge match for highly capable St Kilda coach Brett Ratten. The coach of Carlton from 2007 to 2012 Ratten was unceremoniously dumped by the Blues … Read more

AFL Round 4 Selections by Graeme Kelly

The way the drama is shaping up there will be more interest this week in the off-field turmoil than the round four matches.   For none of the nine games scheduled from Thursday sets the blood tingling.   Arguably the … Read more

AFL Round 3 Selections by Graeme Kelly

Highly significant matches – vitally important for both West Coast and Adelaide – will take place in Queensland this weekend.   The Eagles suffered a disastrous start to the club’s stay in a sunshine state quarantine hub when thrashed by … Read more

AFL Round 2 Selections by Graeme Kelly

Saints in Load of Trouble It is difficult to not feel sorry for St Kilda coach Brett Ratten, his players and the club’s supporters.   The Saints have serious financial problems and there seems every chance the situation is going … Read more

AFL Week 1 Selections by Graeme Kelly

It will be an eerie, surreal atmosphere with fans being locked out of Round 1 AFL matches. An interesting sidebar will be whether not having the fanatical support from their club members will impact on the way players perform. That … Read more

AFL Grand Final Preview by Graeme Kelly

Experience is expected to be the telling factor in the AFL Grand FInal clash between Richmond and Greater Western Sydney at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.   The Tigers, who will have the majority of the 90,000-plus crowd on … Read more

AFL Preliminary Finals Preview by Graeme Kelly

The odds are that Collingwood, even without Jordan de Goey, can earn the right to avenge last year’s devastating five points AFL grand final loss to West Coast.   After dumping Geelong in the qualifying final the Magpies meet Greater … Read more

AFL Semi-Finals Preview by Graeme Kelly

Geelong’s recent record in finals is a worry as the club prepares for Friday night’s first semi-final against West Coast at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.   For the Cats have lost 10 of their 12 finals matches since the side’s … Read more

Brisbane vs. Richmond Form Preview

Saturday, September 7 Second Qualifying Final Brisbane vs Richmond, Gabba, 7.25pm AEST   Brisbane 2019 Season Record: 16 Wins, 6 Losses Last 5 Games LOSS Richmond 55-82 WIN Geelong 75-74 WIN Gold Coast 144-53 WIN Western Bulldogs 98-80 WIN Hawthorn … Read more

GWS Giants vs. Western Bulldogs Form Preview

Saturday, September 7 Second Elimination Final GWS Giants vs Western Bulldogs, Giants Stadium, 3.20pm AEST   GWS Giants 2019 Season Record: 13 Wins, 9 Losses Last 5 Games WIN Gold Coast 127-55 LOSS Western Bulldogs 65-126 LOSS Hawthorn 29-85 WIN … Read more

Geelong vs. Collingwood Form Preview

Friday, September 6 First Qualifying Final Geelong v Collingwood, MCG, 7.50pm AEST   Geelong 2019 Season Record: 16 Wins, 6 Losses Last 5 Games WIN Carlton 129-61 LOSS Brisbane 74-75 WIN North Melbourne 69-14 LOSS Fremantle 61-95 WIN Sydney 107-80 … Read more

AFL Finals Week 1 Selections by Graeme Kelly

Patrick Dangerfield has been starring but Gary Ablett may be the key factor for Geelong against Collingwood in the first AFL qualifying final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday night.   Now 35 years old Ablett still retains much … Read more

AFL Finals Outlook by Graeme Kelly

Going into the first AFL finals round the most intriguing question is whether Brisbane can reverse the loss to Richmond at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Round 23.   There certainly are several reasons that the Lions can go into … Read more

AFL Round 23 Selections by Graeme Kelly

An incredible season of home-and-away upsets comes to an intriguing conclusion this weekend.   After 22 rounds Brisbane – 15th last year –  Geelong, West Coast, Richmond, Collingwood, Greater Western Sydney and Essendon have secured places in the finals.   … Read more

AFL Round 22 Selections by Graeme Kelly

This is the week for Geelong’s headline players – led by Patrick Dangerfield, Gary Ablett and captain Joel Selwood – to prove they are still super stars if the Cats are to defeat Brisbane at the Gabba. Although still league … Read more

Graham “Polly” Farmer by Graeme Kelly

(Born March, 1935 – died August, 2019)   Graham “Polly” Farmer is arguably the greatest ruckman to play Australian Football. He was also a trailblazer for indigenous people playing the game. “Polly”, who died in Perth on August 14 aged … Read more

AFL Round 21 Selections by Graeme Kelly

A most intriguing question hangs over whether Geelong can remain in top place on the AFL ladder. After winning 11 of their first 12 matches the Cats have lost four of their last seven games including three of the last … Read more

AFL Round 20 Selections by Graeme Kelly

With Essendon seventh with 11 wins and a percentage of 104.2 only one place in the finals seems vacant with four rounds of the AFL season remaining. At this stage three teams – Adelaide, Western Bulldogs and Port Adelaide – … Read more

AFL Round 19 Selections by Graeme Kelly

What an amazingly competitive season, littered with upsets and a few “corpses” as far as the coaches are concerned. With round 19 coming up this weekend – there are only four home-and-away games after that – there is only one … Read more