AFL Beat 2019 Round 12

This week,

Tis just a scratch!
Is it possible the Blues can be happy?
And that’s apparently a behind

Welcome to Balls of Steel’s AFL Beat!

Round 12 Recaps and Highlights

Last week, I mentioned that I really hate the byes. It cuts down the number of games from 9 to 6 and it happens for 3 straight weeks! That’s not bueno.

But, instead of bitching, let’s make the best of it, shall we? This week, the first game had my Geelong Cats visiting the Richmond Tigers at the MCG in Melbourne. I woke up early on Friday morning to watch this and I apparently missed the competitive part of the festivities.

The Tigers started very well, but couldn’t show much on the scoreboard for it. In the second, the Cats woke up and went on a run that continued the rest of the game. The final margin was nice and healthy and somewhat surprising, to tell the truth.

Here are the full game highlights:

Richmond Tigers 37 Geelong Cats 104

The proper Friday Night game had the newly-coach-less Carlton Blues facing the Brisbane Lions at Marvel Stadium. The big question was whether the Blues would get the same interim-coach-boost that the North Melbourne Kangaroos got last week.

It turns out that they did! The Blues fell behind early and were down as much as 36 points in the second when they started a tremendous comeback. They managed to take the lead in the 3rd and held on during a back-and-forth fourth for their second win of the season!

Here are the full-game highlights:

Carlton Blues 78 Brisbane Lions 63

Later, the Gold Coast Suns hosted the North Melbourne Kangaroos in Queensland. Could the new-coach-boost lead the Roos to a second consecutive win?

Indeed it did! The Roos dominated from the start and never looked back in a game that really wasn’t close after the first ten minutes.

Here are the full-game highlights:

Gold Coast Suns 72 North Melbourne Kangaroos 99

Even later on Friday night, the GWS Giants traveled to Adelaide to take on the Crows in what was the Match of the Round.

It was a back and forth affair with the Crows getting out to a slight lead only for the Giants to reel them back in. At one point in the third quarter, the visiting Giants actually took the lead. The teams traded the lead again in the fourth.

In the end, the Crows scored the last four goals of the game and took the four points. Here are the highlights:

Adelaide Crows 82 GWS Giants 61

Due to the weird bye-week schedule, there was only one game on North American Saturday night: Sydney Swans vs. West Coast Eagles.

The Swans started the season on a bad foot, but have played better lately. They started the game well only to see the Eagles tie the score late in the first.

From that point forward, the Swans pulled away from the Eagles for a well-deserved home victory over the fourth-placed team.

Here are the full-game highlights:

Sydney Swans 116 West Coast Eagles 71

The last game of the week ended up being on Sunday night, which is why the AFL Beat is being published today, Tuesday, instead of the usual time of Monday morning.

The game was played on Australian Monday night because it was a special occasion: The Big Freeze. It’s a fundraiser for the fight against Motor Neurone Disease, which has afflicted former AFL great Neale Daniher and heavily impairs an individual’s ability to speak and function.

It is tradition that Australian celebrities go down a water slide into an icy pool (hence the “Freeze”). Blue beanies are sold to raise funds. It looks like the beanies are sold out online, but you can contribute here. You can see the slides here:

As for the game, the Collingwood Magpies beat the crap out of the Melbourne Demons. Here are the full-game highlights:

Collingwood Magpies 98 Melbourne Demons 57

Let’s take a look at the ladder, shall we?

1Geelong Cats111044151.3
2Collingwood Magpies93036127.5
3GWS Giants84032132.8
4West Coast Eagles84032103.0
5Adelaide Crows75028112.4
6Brisbane Lions75028103.1
7Richmond Tigers7502894.5
8Port Adelaide Power65024110.9
9Fremantle Dockers65024109.0
10Essendon Bombers56020102.9
11Hawthorn Hawks56020101.2
12North Melbourne Kangaroos5702094.2
13St. Kilda Saints5602085.6
14Sydney Swans4801689.9
15Western Bulldogs4701688.7
16Melbourne Demons3901276.0
17Gold Coast Suns3901270.1
18Carlton Blues2100877.3

Here is the Balls Graph:

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Thanks to the Giants’ shock loss and the Eagles losing in Sydney, that means the Cats have a two game lead over the Pies and a three game lead over the rest of the pack.

On the opposite side of the ladder, Carlton is only one game behind both Gold Coast and Melbourne, so they could yet escape the Wooden Spoon!


Footy Tipping Contest

Here is where we are after Round Twelve:

Total TipsTotal Margin
2Son Of Spam35867365
4BC Dick27663467
5Dolph Ucker43961378
7Why Eagles Why36760346
8Yeah Right33960482
9Game Time Decision45257421
10Joliet Jake Delhomme17853472

The big news this week is that Dolph Ucker has vaulted into the top five after a few weeks of good picking!

Fourth place is within reach and, with a few missteps by our leader, this thing could get interesting in the second half of the season!



AFL Round 13

The byes continue, so there will only be six games again. Here is the schedule for this week (all times Pacific):

Thursday, June 13, 2019

2:50 AM (Late Thursday Night!) – Adelaide Crows v Richmond Tigers at Adelaide Oval

The Crows are suddenly back in the chase while the Tigers are starting to feel the effects of all those injuries.

Friday, June 14, 2019

2:50 AM – Essendon Bombers v Hawthorn Hawks at Marvel Stadium

Both teams were on a bye last week, so it will be interesting to see how they come back from the week off.

8:45 PM – Gold Coast Suns v St. Kilda Saints at Riverway Stadium in Townsville, Queensland

This game is being held in a tiny town in Northern Queensland. I’ve no idea why, but I’m sure the locals are excited!

11:35 PM – Fremantle Dockers v Port Adelaide Power at Optus Stadium

This game will tell us a lot about both teams. Are they really contenders?

Saturday, June 8, 2019

2:25 AM – Carlton Blues v Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium

The Blues got the new-coach bump in winning this week. Can they do it again against a dodgy Doggies team?

10:20 PM – North Melbourne Kangaroos v GWS Giants at Blundstone Arena in Tasmania

The Roos play very well in Tasmania and the GWS do not want to drop two games in a row.


That’s all for this week! As I mentioned before, these next three weeks will be a bit awkward as the standings will not be even and positions aren’t really set. After the next two weeks, we can start making assumptions/conclusions as to where teams will end up.

Also, I want to thank everyone joined us for the Metro Pub Crawl last Saturday! I had a great time and I hope you guys did too!

See you next week!


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Woo hoo! Essendon’s unbeaten streak reaches two weeks!

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King Hippo

Kiwi #13 is also a badass. <3


Ha! BC Dick only got two this week! What a bad AFLer!

BC Dick

Gotta swing it if you’re gonna hit the upsets. Or just get em right, I guess.

King Hippo

Today, Hippo calls Kiwi #13

King Hippo

Has the Dutch economy cratered now that “legal weed” is no longer a niche?

/also Carlton WOO!!!! #BelieveInThCaptain