AFL Beat Post Quarantine Update

This week…

Footy is back!!

Welcome to Balls of Steel’s AFL Beat!

Previously, the AFL announced that games for the 2020 season would resume starting on June 12, 2020. This week, the AFL released the schedule for Rounds 2, 3, 4, and 5.  Here are the games in all their glory.  Please remember that all times are Pacific:

Round Two

Thursday, June 11, 2020

2:40 AM – Collingwood Magpies v Richmond Tigers – at the MCG

Friday, June 12, 2020

2:50 AM – Geelong Cats v Hawthorn Hawks – at GMHBA Stadium

8:45 PM – Brisbane Lions v Fremantle Dockers at the Gabba

11:35 PM – Carlton Blues v Melbourne Demons at Marvel Stadium

Saturday, June 13, 2020

2:40 AM – Port Adelaide Power v Adelaide Crows at Adelaide Oval

2:40 AM – Gold Coast Suns v West Coast Eagles at Metricon Stadium

8:05 PM – GWS Giants v North Melbourne Kangaroos at Giants Stadium

10:35 PM – Sydney Swans v Essendon Bombers at the SCG

Sunday, June 14, 2020

1:05 AM – St. Kilda Saints v Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium

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Round Three

Thursday, June 18, 2020

2:40 AM – Richmond Tigers v Hawthorn Hawks- at the MCG

Friday, June 19, 2020

2:50 AM – Western Bulldogs v GWS Giants – at Marvel Stadium

8:45 PM – North Melbourne Kangaroos v Sydney Swans at Marvel Stadium

11:35 PM – Collingwood Magpies v St. Kilda Saints at the MCG

Saturday, June 20, 2020

2:40 AM – Geelong Cats v Carlton Blues at GMHBA Stadium

2:40 AM – Brisbane Lions v West Coast Eagles at the Gabba

8:05 PM – Gold Coast Suns v Adelaide Crows at Metricon Stadium

10:35 PM – Essendon Bombers v Melbourne Demons at the MCG

Sunday, June 14, 2020

1:05 AM – Fremantle Dockers v Port Adelaide Power at Metricon Stadium

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Round Four

Thursday, June 25, 2020

2:40 AM – Sydney Swans v Western Bulldogs at the SCG

Friday, June 26, 2020

2:50 AM – GWS Giants v Collingwood Magpies at Giants Stadium

8:45 PM – Port Adelaide Power v West Coast Eagles at Metricon Stadium

11:35 PM – St. Kilda Saints v Richmond Tigers at Marvel Stadium

Saturday, June 27, 2020

2:40 AM – Essendon Bombers v Carlton Blues at the MCG

2:40 AM – Gold Coast Suns v Fremantle Dockers at Metricon Stadium

8:05 PM – Brisbane Lions v Adelaide Crows at the Gabba

10:35 PM – Melbourne Demons v Geelong Cats at the MCG

Sunday, June 28, 2020

1:05 AM – Hawthorn Hawks v North Melbourne Demons at Marvel Stadium

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Round Five

Thursday, July 2, 2020

2:40 AM – West Coast Eagles v Richmond Tigers at Metricon Stadium

Friday, July 3, 2020

2:50 AM – Collingwood Magpies v Essendon Bombers at the MCG

8:45 PM – Carlton Blues v St. Kilda Saints at the MCG

11:35 PM – Geelong Cats v Gold Coast Suns at GMHBA Stadium

Saturday, July 4, 2020

2:40 AM – Western Bulldogs v North Melbourne Kangaroos at Marvel Stadium

2:40 AM – Brisbane Lions v Port Adelaide Power at the Gabba

8:05 PM – Adelaide Crows v Fremantle Dockers at Metricon Stadium

10:35 PM – Sydney Swans v Melbourne Demons at the SCG

Sunday, July 5, 2020

1:05 AM – GWS Giants v Hawthorn Hawks at Giants Stadium

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You will notice that the South Australian and Western Australian teams will not be hosting any games.  This is due to the travel restrictions in place in those states.  The Showdown between the Adelaide Crows and the Port Adelaide Power is the only game that will be held in either of those states and that’s because it’s in Week 2, before all the travel happens.

Those teams will be headquartered in the Gold Coast and will play their “home” games at Metricon Stadium, the home of the Gold Coast Suns. They will be allowed to go up to Brisbane for road games since that’s still within the state of Queensland. 

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If y’all will remember, we did have one Round played way back in March.  Here are the results:

Richmond Tigers 105 – 81 Carlton Blues

Western Bulldogs 34 – 86 Collingwood Magpies 

Essendon Bombers 63 – 57 Fremantle Dockers

Adelaide Crows 71 – 74 Sydney Swans

Gold Coast Suns 29 – 76 Port Adelaide Power

GWS Giants 105 – 73 Geelong Cats

North Melbourne Kangaroos 56 – 54 St. Kilda Saints

Hawthorn Hawks 90 – 62 Brisbane Lions

West Coast Eagles 78 – 51 Melbourne Demons

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

P TEAM W L T PTS %
1 Port Adelaide Power 1 0 0 4 262.1
2 Collingwood Magpies 1 0 0 4 252.9
3 West Coast Eagles 1 0 0 4 152.9
4 Hawthorn Hawks 1 0 0 4 145.2
5 GWS Giants 1 0 0 4 143.8
6 Richmond Tigers  1 0 0 4 129.6
7 Essendon Bombers  1 0 0 4 110.5
8 Sydney Swans 1 0 0 4 104.2
9 North Melbourne Kangaroos 1 0 0 4 103.7
10 St. Kilda Saints 0 1 0 0 96.4
11 Adelaide Crows 0 1 0 0 95.9
12 Fremantle Dockers 0 1 0 0 90.5
13 Carlton Blues 0 1 0 0 77.1
14 Geelong Cats 0 1 0 0 69.5
15 Brisbane Lions  0 1 0 0 68.9
16 Melbourne Demons 0 1 0 0 65.4
17 Western Bulldogs 0 1 0 0 39.5
18 Gold Coast Suns 0 1 0 0 38.2

 

Normally, here is where I would stick the Balls Graph, but it just doesn’t make sense with one data point.  I’ll add it after Round Two.

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Footy Tipping Contest

Here is where we are after Round One:

P TIPPER Round
Tips
Round
Margin
Total Tips Total Margin
1 Dolph Ucker 8 2 8 2
2 BALLS 6 1 6 1
3 BC Dick 6 3 6 3
4 SonOfSpam 6 4 6 4
5 Litre_cola 6 5 6 5
6 BFC 6 13 6 13
7 Yeah Right 5 2 5 2
8 Game Time Decision 5 6 5 6
9 Reverend Mayhem 5 24 5 24
10 Joliet Jake Delhomme 5 26 5 26
11          
12          
13          
14          

 

We have just barely started, so it’s the perfect time for new folks to join in!  The link to join the Tipping Pool is below:

https://mobile.footytips.com.au/competitions/?competitionId=401652

You should be able to join the competition without a password.  All you have to do is create an account with ESPN Australia.  Please note that it will be different than your North American ESPN account!

DON’T FORGET TO PUT THE FOOTY TIPS IN!

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That’s all for this week.  As we get closer to the start of the season, I’ll remind you who picked which team to root for, I’ll provide advice on which team to pick if you haven’t picked one yet, and we’ll do a mini-preview of the season to come.  See you next week!

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Dolph Ucker

I was pretty pumped for the start of this season. Really pumped. When the first week came and I managed to tip 8/9, I was even more pumped. Then everything went dark. Now I am pumped again.
/and stoned
/and needing a thesaurus

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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The future is now.

BaldingSpiritually

As a former Cowboys fan and current Carolina Hurricanes, I’d like to become a fan of a team that’ll fill me with hopes only to smash them in the end while laughing at me. Can someone help me?

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

a former Cowboys fan

How often do you have to go to the CA meetings?

BaldingSpiritually

Not too often, but when we do we’re advised to wear a mask to protect our families from shame.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

[puts on custom Cowboys (NFL sanctioned) mask, leaves house in duallie with 11 Cowboys and 9 Lakers stickers on the back]

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh
Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

NSFDFO (Water color tits) for Mr. Balls:

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Art by Danni Shinya Luo.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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litre_cola

So the tipping pool has offered whether we want to start from scratch or continue on? Might piss off Dolph though.

litre_cola

As is then.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

We’ll get them free photos too.

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Game Time Decision

my plan is to win the wooden spoon

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

Being spanked by a wooden spoon is another fetish Mr. Hippo will disapprove of.

Sharkbait

Which team should I support? My sporting choices are Football Patriots, Futbol Spurs, Ice Football Rangers.

Based on the last 2, I can handle a team that drives me to drink heavily.

The Maestro

I’ve never tipped AFL before, so this is gonna be an adventure. Let’s see what carnage unfolds!

litre_cola

I accepted your application. As for tipping, always look at the odds and since teams do not get to travel to WA then the travel excuse is void.

Moose -The End Is Well Nigh

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Rikki-Tikki-Deadly

I’ve never tipped…before

“Hey, me neither!” – LeSean McCoy

nomonkeyfun

“It’s only the tip.”

/high school boys