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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 those sides to cope with the difficulties of playing away from home.

The Cats will probably suffer worse than the other Victorian clubs by losing the advantage of playing on the narrow confines of the ground at GMHBA Stadium.

This served Geelong well when in Round 5 the side over ran the Gold Coast Suns, who lost brilliant youngster Matt Rowell and their mojo during the game.

The victory lifted the Cats into third place on the ladder while the Lions went into second by humbling League leaders Port Adelaide by 37 points.

The win by Brisbane indicated that the team – with players such as Daniel Rich, Lachie Neale, Mitch Robinson and Hugh McCluggage making valuable contributions – has come of age.

The Lions played with a quicker, better combined and a more corridor-focussed style than they did last year.

On that basis Brisbane should defeat the older Geelong side, whose senior players – despite the win over the Suns – are expected to have trouble matching the speed of the Lions.

Another feature match will be between Port, which retained the No.1 spot despite being comprehensively beaten by Brisbane, and Great Western Sydney at Metricon Stadium early on Sunday afternoon.

Unfortunately for the club the clash at the Gabba underlined a lack of cohesion at Port.

With big man Charlie Dixon reverting to his old ways and, consequently being largely ineffective, the Power also gave the impression of being undersized, which will be an even greater problem against the Giants.

Although well into the veteran category Shane Mumford starred in the ruck and showed mobility by snapping a goal.

He should be able to carry on from there against Rory Lobb and company.

Harry Himmelberg and Jeremy Finlayson each kicked four goals for the Giants and will be dangerous while Josh Kelly and Toby Green will no doubt also be headaches for the Power.

Gold Coast has an ideal chance to prove its players are coming of age against the disappointing Melbourne at Giants Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Suns – particularly after Rowell was injured – lost their way against the far more experienced Geelong and will need to regain their confidence soon rather than later if they are to be a finals contender.

St Kilda, now in fourth position, has a golden opportunity to cement its place in the top eight against the lowly Fremantle at Metricon Stadium early on Saturday afternoon.

The Saints were quite convincing defeating an improving Carlton last week while the Dockers struggled to beat the last placed Adelaide so they should have the odds in their favour.

 

Last Week Tipped: 5

2020 Total: 22

 

Brisbane by 26pts

Collingwood by 15pts

St. Kilda by 30pts

West Coast by 32pts

Gold Coast by 10pts

Essendon by 22pts

GWS Giants by 36pts

Richmond by 13pts

Western Bulldogs by 20pts