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

AFL Round 18 Selections by Graeme Kelly

Fair haired half-back Daniel Rich can expect to have a dual reason to celebrate after Brisbane’s clash with North Melbourne at the Gabba on Saturday night. Rich will chalk up his 200th game in the encounter and the Lions can … Read more

AFL Round 15 Selections by Graeme Kelly

A vital clash for Essendon coach John Worsfold looms when the Bombers meet Greater Western Sydney at Marvel Stadium on Thursday night. At the beginning of the season Essendon was rated as a “certain” finals prospect and possibly a premiership … Read more

AFL Round 12 Selections by Graeme Kelly

North Melbourne’s caretaker coach Rhyce Shaw has an ideal chance to boost his claims for a permanent role when the Kangaroos meet Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium on Saturday. The new and aggressive approach Shaw instilled in his players proved … Read more

AFL Round 11 Selections by Graeme Kelly

It will be a serious test of the maturity of the Brisbane players when the Lions host Hawthorn at the Gabba on Saturday night. Coach Chris Fagan and his team have three obstacles to overcome going into the match. Firstly … Read more

Round 7 AFL Selections by Graeme Kelly

Coach Adam Simpson, quite rightly, questioned the desire of the West Coast players after another dismal performance against Geelong. The reigning premiers are down in 12th place on the premiership ladder with three wins and three losses. However, the Eagles … Read more

AFL Round 6 Selections by Graeme Kelly

So far the AFL season has been even but topsy-turvy with no team unbeaten or winless after just five rounds. However, a few questions should be answered in round 6, which stretches over five days beginning with Richmond against Melbourne … Read more

AFL Round 5 Selections by Graeme Kelly

Until last weekend the game between traditional rivals Hawthorn and Geelong at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday was shaping as one of the season’s Marquis matches. Then both sides suffered defeats with the Hawks going down to St. Kilda … Read more

AFL Round 3 Selections by Graeme Kelly

Another marquis clash coming up on Saturday when last year’s grand finalists the West Coast and Collingwood clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday. The Eagles prevailed by five points in the premiership decider but the Magpies may have … Read more

AFL Round 2 Selections by Graeme Kelly

Last Week: 4 2019 Total: 4   Season Defining Clash On Thursday Night   Collingwood has the chance to lift its game and redeem itself in Thursday’s clash with Richmond at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It is another marquis clash for the … Read more

AFL Round 1 Selections by Graeme Kelly

OPENING AFL CLASH HARDLY EXCITING   The AFL season is opening with a decidedly low-key encounter between Carlton and Richmond at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday night. The Blues finished last, with just two victories last season, while the … Read more