RICHMOND TIGERS V HAWTHORN HAWKS PREDICTION
THURSDAY – JUNE 18 – 7:40 PM
AFL Round 3 gets underway on Thursday night with a cracking contest between two low scoring sides from last weekend.
Richmond played the first game of the resumed competition last Thursday in what was a rather underwhelming clash with Collingwood. At fulltime the game was a 36 all draw with the Tigers coming home strong after trailing early in the second term by 4 goals.
The second game of Round 2 saw Hawthorn travelling to Geelong to take on the Cats. Scores were tied a few minutes shy of halftime, and at the break, the Cats lead by a goal. Hawthorn were swamped in the second half as the Cats ran away with the match, scoring 10 goals in the second half, while the Hawks could only muster 1, going down 108-47
Richmond has won their last 4 games against the Hawks, with the most recent being in Round 9 last year, where they won by 6 goals.
Tigers: Josh Caddy, Noah Cumberland.
Hawks: Will Golds, Dan Howe, Jarman Impey, Changkuoth Jiath, Jaeger O’Meara.
Milestones: Luke Breust needs 4 goals to reach 400 for his club and career.
WESTERN BULLDOGS V GWS GIANTS PREDICTION
FRIDAY – JUNE 19 – 7:50 PM
AFL Footy Tips Round 3 will be largely in favour of the GWS Giants as they square off against the winless Bulldogs.
The Western Bulldogs made a solid start last weekend against St.Kilda but conceded 2 majors late in the first to trail by 3 points. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs that was as close as they got as the Saints ran away with the game to win 88-49.
The Giants were expected to score a win against the Kangaroos last weekend and got off to a steady start. AT halftime, the scores were tied at 18 all. GWS kicked 3 of the first 4 goals of the second half to skip away, but were reeled in as the Roos kicked 5 straight goals to take the lead and eventually win by 20 points.
GWS has won 4 of their last 5 games against the Western Bulldogs, including their last encounter in the 2019 finals series, where the Giants scored a big win by 58 points.
Bulldogs: Ben Cavarra, Taylor Duryea, Riley Garcia, Lachie Hunter, Roarke Smith, Easton Wood.
Giants: Matt Flynn, Tom Hutchesson, Adam Kennedy, Tim Taranto.
Milestones: Callan Ward needs 17 more disposals to reach 5000 for his career.
NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS V SYDNEY SWANS PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JUNE 20 – 1:45 PM
AFL Round 3 Preview for this encounter will see the undefeated Roos hosting the 9th placed Swans.
The Kangaroos backed up their solid Round 1 victory with a brilliant performance last weekend against the 2019 Grand Finalists GWS. The Giants had a 3 goal lead late in the third term, but the Roos rallied brilliantly to score an 80-60 victory.
The Sydney Swans had a bad start to their Round 2 clash with Essendon last weekend, as they fell behind by 3 goals midway through the first term. Sydney clawed back to be within a goal by halftime, but could only trade goals without skipping clear. They failed to get the lead and finished the match with a 6 point loss.
Sydney has won their last 2 games against North Melbourne, with the most recent being in Round 9, 2019. The last three games between these sides have all been decided by just one goal.
Kangaroos: Charlie Comben, Luke Davies-Uniacke, Majak Daw, Taylor Garner, Ben Jacobs, Nick Larkey, Flynn Perez, Kayne Turner, Dom Tyson, Ed Vickers-Willis.
Swans: Joel Amartey, Lance Franklin, Michael Knoll, Sam Naismith, Sam Reid, Jackson Thurlow.
Milestones: Shaun Atley will play his 200th club and career game.
COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES V ST.KILDA PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JUNE 20 – 4:35 PM
AFL Round 3 tips are going to be a little tricky with this game, with both sides inside the top 6 on the ladder.
Collingwood reopened the season last Thursday night with an uninspiring 36 all draw with Richmond. The Pies got out to a handy early lead but were steadily reeled in by the Tigers before ending in a draw. Collingwood now sit fourth on the table.
St.Kilda were not expected to win last weekend against the 2019 finalists Western Bulldogs. However, Saints fell behind early in the first quarter but closed it with a 3 point lead. They then kept improving throughout the game to run out with an impressive 88-49 victory.
Collingwood have won their last two games against St.Kilda. In Round 9, 2018, the Pies won 100-72 and then, most recently they won 112-71 in Round 9, 2019.
Magpies: Dayne Beams, Mason Cox, Levi Greenwood, Tom Langdon, Ben Reid, Adam Treloar.
Saints: Oscar Clavarino, Jarryn Geary, Darragh Joyce.
Milestones: Brayden Maynard will play his 100th club and career game.
BRISBANE LIONS V WEST COAST EAGLES PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JUNE 20 – 7:40 PM
AFL Round 3 tips for this match suggest a win for the Lions, but it will be a very close contest.
The Brisbane Lions were expected to score a relatively comfortable victory against the Dockers last weekend, but everytime they skipped clear, Freo fought back. In the end, the Lions kicked a very late major to record a 2 goal win.
West Coast were also a side expected to score a comfortable win last weekend, as they took on the lowly Gold Coast Suns. Both sides could barely be separated throughout the first half, as the Suns held a 3 point lead. The Suns exploded after the break and bagged 8 goals to the Eagles solitary goal, as the Suns won by 44 points.
Brisbane won the last match between these two sides, 102-58 back in Round 1 last year. It ended a run of 8 straight losses to West Coast.
Lions: Marcus Adams, Dayne Zorko.
Eagles: Jarrod Cameron, Mark Hutchings, Jeremy McGovern, Mitch O’Neill, Luke Shuey, Daniel Venables.
Milestones: Grant Birchall will play his 250th career game.
Andrew Gaff will play his 200th club and career game.
Harris Andrews will play his 100th club and career game.
Jamie Cripps will play his 150th club game.
GEELONG CATS V CARLTON BLUES PREDICTION
SATURDAY – JUNE 20 – 7:40 PM
This game is expected to be one of the easier footy tips Round 3 to pick.
Geelong came up against a tricky opponent last weekend in Hawthorn and after a tight first half, this match was in the balance. But the Cats ran away with the game after the major break as they booted 10 goals to 1 to romp home with a big 61 point victory.
Carlton met the similarly placed Melbourne last weekend and while they weren’t favourites, the Blues very nearly pulled off a win. Carlton were scoreless in the first term and trailed by 32 points. At halftime they trailed by 29 points after kicking 2 late goals in the second. The Blues then scored 2 goals to 1 in the third and then kicked 3 goals to 1 in the fourth to level the scores late in the match, but a late behind to the Dees gave them a 1 point victory.
Geelong has won their last 3 games against Carlton, with the most recent being a 68 point win in Round 23, 2019.
Cats: Nakia Cockatoo, Josh Jenkins, Jake Kolodjashnij, Stefan Okunbor, Gary Rohan.
Blues: Charlie Curnow, Tom De Koning, Paddy Dow, Zac Fisher, Brodie Kemp, Matthew Kreuzer, Caleb Marchbank, Nic Newman, Jack Silvagni.
Milestones: Jack Martin will play his 100th career games.
GOLD COAST SUNS V ADELAIDE CROWS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JUNE 21 – 1:05 PM
AFL Round 3 preview for this match has the Suns as slight favourites after their good win last weekend.
The last placed Suns were expected to be easy fodder for the West Coast Eagles last weekend, but in a stunning second half performance, they managed to kick clear of the Eagles and run away with an impressive 44 point victory.
Adelaide came up against Port Power last week in the local derby and got off to a good start, kicking the first two goals before the Power hit back with 4 straight majors. The Crows scored a goal to keep with 10 points of Port midway through the second term, before things went downhill for the Crows. Power then kicked 9 unanswered goals to stretch out to a commanding 91-27 lead at three quarter time and streaked away in the fourth to win handsomely 110-35.
The Suns have never beaten the Crows, losing all 13 games played thus far. The most recent clash was in Round 17, 2019 where the Crows won 151-56.
Suns: Sam Day, Brandon Ellis, George Horlin-Smith, Anthony Miles, Izak Rankine, Mitch Riordan.
Crows: Jake Kelly, Riley Knight, Rory Sloane, Tyson Stengle, Patrick Wilson.
Milestones: Rory Atkins will play his 100th club and career game.
Brayden Fiorini will play his 50th club and career game.
ESSENDON BOMBERS V MELBOURNE DEMONS PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JUNE 21 – 3:35 PM
AFL Round 3 tips for this match will see the Don’s as the favourites.
Essendon currently sit third after 2 Rounds, as one of the 3 sides to have won both games so far this year. They got out to a decent lead very early last weekend against the Swans, but as would happen all game, the Swans would fight their way back into the game, only for the Don’s to kick clear again. Sydney scored 2 late goals to get within 1 of Essendon, but conceded a late goal, giving Essendon a 6 point victory.
The Dee’s had a tough clash last weekend against the lowly Carlton Blues, barely doing enough to score a tight 1 point victory in a low scoring affair. The win gave Melbourne their first of the year. Their attack is struggling, ranking better than only the last placed Western Bulldogs.
The last time these sides met was in a high scoring affair back in Round 3 last year, where Melbourne scored an impressive 130-112 victory.
Bombers: Joe Daniher, Sam Draper, Orazio Fantasia, Noah Gown, Tom Hird, Lachie Johnson, Kobe Mutch.
Demons: Marty Hore, Kade Kolodjashnij, Herry Petty, Braydon Preuss, Aaron Nietschke.
Milestones: Oscar McDonald needs 7 disposals to reach 1000 for his club and career.
FREMANTLE DOCKERS V PORT ADELAIDE POWER PREDICTION
SUNDAY – JUNE 21 – 6:05 PM
AFL Round 3 Preview for this final match of the round is set to see the Power come away with a win.
Freo are one of just 4 sides that have yet to win a game in 2020, however they haven’t been disgraced in either of their games so far this year. In Round 1, they went down by a goal to Essendon and last weekend they gave the Lions a fright, but ultimately fell short by 2 goals.
Port Adelaide sit at the top of the table after 2 games, thanks to 2 very good wins. Last week their local derby with the Crows saw the Power come away with a sizeable and impressive victory by 75 points, as they bagged 17 goals to Adelaide’s 5.
These sides last met in Round 23, 2019 where it was the Power who got up with a comfortable 110-67 win.
Dockers: Blake Acres, Sean Darcy, Stefan Giro, Joel Hamling, Liam Henry, Alex Pearce, Sam Switkowski, Nathan Wilson.
Power: Trent Burgoyne, Ryan Burton, Torbin Cox, Willem Drew, Mitch Georgiades.
Milestones: Travis Colyer will play his 100th career game.
Steven Motlop needs 3 goals to reach 200 for his career.