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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 18 July 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 18 JULY 2015 29 SPORT Another sentimental weekend of AFL A big weekend of clashes will conclude with two emotionally charged games After a big weekend of football for both South Australian clubs last week - none more so than Adelaide on the back of Phil Walsh's death - the two clubs have set their rivalry aside for their latest Showdown clash this weekend. Also highlighting the round is the St Kilda v Richmond clash, commemorating 'Maddie's Match' - in honour of St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt's late sister. With North Melbourne and Essendon squaring off last night at Etihad Stadium, the round's remaining eight games will serve some defining matches. Geelong Cats v Western Bulldogs - Saturday 1.45 pm, Simonds Stadium After a three week hiatus the Cats served an insipid performance last week against the ever-unpredictable North Melbourne outfit - despite welcoming back club champions James Bartel and James Kelly. The 41 point loss to the Kangaroos, along with their loss to Melbourne at Skilled four weeks ago, will be etched in their minds as they take on the fast finishing Western Bulldogs. The Dogs travelled to Cairns to take on Gold Coast last week and for the most part it seemed the Suns had their measure. Going into the final break 26 points down (after managing only four goals for three quarters) the Dogs piled on 10 goals in the final term to take victory from their opponents' grasp. The Cats need to revitalise their dwindling season and will take solace in the fact that they've beaten the Western Bulldogs in their last five outings. Gold Coast Suns v GWS Giants - Saturday 2.10 pm, Metricon Stadium That game last week against the Dogs could have been telling for the Suns. A big win against North Melbourne the week before and looking likely for two in a row, but the young side could not stem the Bulldogs’ run, led by captain Bob Murphy out of half-back. A win last week could have lifted them one spot on the ladder into sixteenth. The Suns' opponent GWS found its winning touch again last week to lift it back into the top eight after a 35 point win over St Kilda. Another win this week and Leon Cameron's boys can rightly start dropping a prospective 'F bomb' (Finals of course) around the club. The Giants have won only one of their last five meetings against the Suns, but that win was a 66 points drubbing in round four earlier this year. Collingwood Magpies v West Coast Eagles - Saturday 4.35 pm, Etihad Stadium Collingwood has lost its last three games by a total of 20 points. The close encounters have come against the likes of Fremantle, Hawthorn and Port Adelaide, which has led to a few raising of the eyebrows this season. But despite 'honourable losses' the club is yet to claim a big scalp this season. Playing in front of a home crowd might have a say in this game. The Eagles on the other hand are travelling beautifully. They boast the greatest percentage in the league, sit second on the ladder (one Adelaide and West Coast players pay their respects to the late Phil Walsh last week. game behind cross-town rival Fremantle) and have won nine out of their last 10 games. Travel may play a factor in this match, but on their last outing the Eagles smashed the Pies to the tune of 10 goals. Despite that Collingwood has won three out of the last five clashes between these two clubs. Sydney Swans v Hawthorn Hawks - Saturday 7.20 pm, ANZ Stadium The 2014 Grand Finallists square off for the second time this year - the Swans winning the first in a close one by four points at the MCG. The Hawks hadn't hit their strides at that stage and since that round eight clash haven't dropped a game - including last week's smashing of ladder leader Fremantle by 72 points. These two clubs often set up mouth-watering encounters and this clash shouldn't be an exception. Hawthorn sitting in fourth can jump the Swans with a win and have defeated Sydney on three of their last five outings. Fremantle Dockers v Carlton Blues - Saturday 7.40 pm, Domain Stadium On paper this match seems rather one-sided. First versus sixteenth and being in the West it would be hard to go past Fremantle. But the Dockers are shaky. Since round eight they've beaten Adelaide by 11 (A), lost to Richmond at home by 27, beaten Gold Coast by seven (A), beaten Collingwood at home by seven, beaten Brisbane at home by 36 points and last week got smashed at the hands of reigning Premier Hawthorn by 72 points. Carlton on the other hand has found a second wind under caretaker coach John Barker. Whilst the club sits on only three wins it has challenged Richmond and the Western Bulldogs in the last two weeks and beaten Gold Coast the week before. Fremantle holds a slim lead in their last five outings, having won on three occasions. Melbourne Demons v Brisbane Lions - Sunday 1.10 pm, MCG Both of these sides aren't travelling well in 2015, but Melbourne has shown improvements under coach Paul Roos that will have fans dreaming after a decade of pain. Last week Melbourne lost a close one to Essendon at this very ground by nine points, whilst the Lions suffered a 21 point loss at home to topfour side Sydney. Brisbane hasn't lost a game in five outings against Melbourne and will be looking to continue that trend. Port Adelaide Power v Adelaide Crows - Sunday 3.20 pm, Adelaide Oval A gripping Showdown in Adelaide will see the clubs come together to commemorate Phil Walsh in the Crows' first game in the City of Churches since the tragedy. Port Adelaide has confirmed Victorian Government partners with AFL Premier Daniel Andrews announces multicultural embrace Ahead of the AFL's Multicultural Round, dubbed 'Many Cultures, One Game' Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced a new partnership between his government and the sporting body. The announcement took place at the home of foot- ball - the MCG - in the company of AFL General Manager Clubs and AFL Operations Travis Auld, Collingwood President Eddie McGuire and current players Jobe Watson, Dale Thomas and Jimmy Toumpas. Premier Andrews said it was about connecting people through the love of sport. "What better way to unite people than through a shared passion for our greatest game?", he said. "What we celebrate one culture, we enrich every other culture. That's what diversity is all about." "I urge Victorians to join the conversation and help us embrace diversity." The initiative will be supported by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, to help the AFL host a number of programs, including a multicultural festival at Yarra Park. Aside from the AFL the campaign is also supported by Netball Victoria, FIFA Victoria, Twitter Australia, Facebook, Google Australia, Australia Post, Australian Super, VECCI, Westpac, Victorian Traders Hall and the Scanlon Foundation. The AFL's Multicultural Round will feature in round 19 of the Premiership Season from 7-9 August. The Victorian Government has teamed up with the AFL for Multicultural Round. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/JULIAN SMITH PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/TONY MCDONOUGH that players from both clubs will run through a joint banner, club songs will play as the teams complete their warm-ups, a special rendition of INXS's Never Tear Us Apart will feature images of the late Walsh and the victorious team's song will not be played post-match. Port Adelaide has won four of the last five Showdowns. St Kilda Saints v Richmond Tigers - Sunday 4.40 pm, Etihad Stadium In another emotionally charged game, this (the final of the round) will be dedicated to the late Maddie Riewoldt, the sister of St Kilda captain Nick and cousin of Richmond forward Jack. The game dubbed 'Maddie's Match' aims to raise awareness and money for bone marrow failure. Richmond comes into this one after a big win over Carlton, whilst St Kilda lost to the GWS Giants in Sydney last week. The Tigers sit 5-0 in their past five meetings.
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