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High Fives

Welcome to "High Fives" the personal column of our ace Footy Director "Magic Mike".

A happy Hawker at heart, this diehard footy tipping analyst has an eye like a hawk when it comes to detail, statistics and knowledge of the game. The feathers will be flying as the battle commences to become Score Five's top tipster. However just remember Magic Mike may come to your rescue throughout the season if you forget to submit those tips. Some expert advice from Magic is to "tip with your head and not your heart"...

Stop Press:  Magic will again be joined each week by footy legend Peter Daicos as a guest tipper, so our players will get the benefit of two great minds.

And now over to Magic Mike...

previous predictions -

2012 - Round 22.... 2012 - Round 21.... 2012 - Round 20.... 2012 - Round 19.... 2012 - Round 18

 

Hard to believe it’s all over for another year folks, and unfortunately for Carlton coach Brett Ratten it looks to be coming to an end for their one time premiership player. Mick Malthouse looks set to take the reins at Visy Park which will surely irk president Eddie, who basically pensioned Mick off as tired and finished at the top level. Premiership coaches don’t grow on trees and Eddie knows that and deep down knows what he gave up. Just cannot wait for the Blues/Pies match up next year ….. how big will that be?

Anyway punters, on behalf of Supremo, Daics and myself thanks for joining us this season, and if you end up as one of our lucky prize winners we look forward to catching up with you at the 2012 Grand Final.

 

Hawthorn v West Coast (MCG Friday 7:50pm) – Roll the Eagles and a Hawthorn-Collingwood Friday night qualifying final looks a near certainty where the Hawks will be looking for revenge after last year’s prelim heartache. The Hawks beat Collingwood in Round 1 and then obliterated them in Round 17 …… expect them to start hot favourites should that encounter occur. The Eagles look to be building and don’t write off them off just yet. Andrew Embley is working towards his best, Josh Kennedy will be better for the run and the NicNat-Cox combination is by far the best big man act in the game. With Freo winning last week against the Roos a first up derby final now looks unlikely.

Magic Tips: Hawthorn (Home Win) 11-30 margin

Daics Tips: Hawthorn (Home Win) 31-50 margin

 

Geelong v Sydney (Simmonds Stadium Saturday 1:45pm) – The Cats host Sydney at Simonds Stadium with a win certain to stitch up an MCG elimination final. Geelong will probably stay at home regardless for week one of the finals, pending other results, but the mental aspect is big as these two sides could meet in a semi-final in a few weeks time. Even though they lowered their colours last week the Swans are moving along just nicely ahead of a tough game at the Cattery. Sydney has hardly missed a beat this season but you’d think nothing short of a thrilling loss to Geelong will hold them in good stead for tilt at the flag. The form of dual Brownlow Medalist Adam Goodes remains a concern for the Bloods. On the flip side, expect Shane Mumford to continue building after his comeback from injury and continue his great form well into September.

Magic Tips: Geelong (Home Win) 0-10 margin

Daics Tips: Sydney (Away Win) 11-30 margin

 

Adelaide v Gold Coast (AAMI Stadium Saturday 2:10pm) – The Crows only played about 40 minutes of football against the Demons and in that time they piled on 15 goals. Not a bad hit out considering they were playing for little more than some MCG confidence. Adelaide are set to finish 2nd and take on the Swannies in the first week of finals action. Their opponents for this week, the boys from the Gold Coast, had their 2012 grand final against Carlton last week. Make no mistake about it, last week was the best win in the club's short history and should give them something to build on over the summer. So impressive given how long their injury list is with senior players Jared Brennan (ankle), Michael Rischitelli (knee), Zac Smith (ankle), David Swallow (knee) and Nathan Bock (leg) all missing. Expect a hammering folks and lock in the Banker/51 point double.

Magic Tips: Adelaide (Home Win) 51+ margin "BANKER"

Daics Tips: Adelaide (Home Win) 51+ margin "BANKER"

 

GWS v North Melbourne – (Skoda Stadium Saturday 4:40pm)‘Mad Monday’ can’t come quick enough for the young Giants, but there is still some work to be done before the post-season festivities can begin. Young guns Greene, Coniglio, Shiel, Smith, Bugg, Mohr, Treloar and Cameron are safe as houses for 2013. Look for the fringe dwellers, those who have been in and out of the team all season (think Buntine, Wilson, Clifton, Hoskin-Elliott and Co) to be giving it their all if selected to put their spot on the list beyond doubt. Kangaroos coach Brad Scott will be looking for significant improvement this week after being smashed by Fremantle as they can’t afford to be brushed aside during the finals by a West Coast or Geelong in similar fashion to last week’s debacle. Elder statesmen Brent Harvey and Drew Petrie could come down with a bout of “general soreness” while it wouldn’t surprise if Robbie Tarrant or Lachie Hansen are given a breather after a busy couple of months.

Magic Tips: North Melbourne (Away Win) 51+ margin

Daics Tips: North Melbourne (Away Win) 51+ margin

  

Essendon v Collingwood – (MCG Saturday 7:40pm) – The fall from grace is set to be completed on Saturday night with the Bombers set to finish 12th after staring down on most of the competition for the first half of this season. A review like no other will commence at Windy Hill next week and the fallout will be interesting. Over at the Westpac Centre, well the wheels have just simply fallen off. Collingwood needs to find their mojo, and very quickly, otherwise an embarrassing straight sets finals exit looms. The Pies need to monster the Bombers and play themselves into a bit of form, especially Cloke, Didak, Dawes, Brown & O’Brien. Expect Krak to return this week …. he just has to in an attempt to provide some spark into the Pies forward line.

Magic Tips: Collingwood (Away Win) 31-50 margin

Daics Tips: Collingwood (Away Win) 31-50 margin

 

Fremantle v Melbourne – (Patersons Stadium Saturday 7:40pm) – The final game of the finals bound teams is an unusual Saturday night time slot for Perth games. The Dockers under Ross Lyon strangle their opposition, they knuckle down in defence, attack the contest with renewed vigor and most importantly, punish turnovers on the scoreboard. Big Aaron Sandilands put on a clinic at the weekend, while classy midfielders Stephen Hill and Nat Fyfe ran amok under the roof at Etihad Stadium. Watch for them to play a major role in Lyons’ tilt at that elusive flag. Tanking …. not the Dees, however they can’t really afford to win this ….. if they do they’ll trade picks 3 and 4 for 5 and 6 with the Bulldogs and surely lose any hope of snaring father-son gun Jack Viney in the second round.

Magic Tips: Fremantle (Home Win) 51+ margin

Daics Tips: Fremantle (Home Win) 51+ margin

 

Carlton v St.Kilda – (Etihad Stadium Sunday 1:10pm) – The Blues and Saints are the first out in the day of the “also-rans”. Lose this one and the Blues will likely finish 11th and pocket pick No. 10 in the draft. At the end of the day … the only thing that matters down at Visy Park at the moment is what happens with Brett Ratten. The disaster of last Saturday night was soured even more with an injury blow to super kid Andy McInnes who badly hurt his knee. Fingers crossed his rehab goes smoothly and he can slot back in for much of next season after a splendid second half of this year as an unobtrusive defender. The Saints have won more quarters than four top-eight sides and all non-finalists, highlighting how dominant they’ve been at times and can lay claim to being the best side outside the eight.

Magic Tips: St.Kilda (Away Win) 11-30 margin

Daics Tips: Carlton (Home Win) 11-30 margin

 

Richmond v Port Adelaide – (MCG Sunday 3:15pm) – It’s all about Jack this week ….. he’s one behind Pavlich in the Coleman Medal race and will know exactly what he needs to do come Sunday to snare his second award. If the Tigers are cruising, look for some constant feed coming his way. The Tigers accounted for the Bombers in style last week and will be a force in 2013. For the boys from Port, well they just can’t wait for Mad Monday and get the season over and done with. The big question at Alberton is who will be coaching them next year?

Magic Tips: Richmond (Home Win) 51+ margin

Daics Tips: Richmond (Home Win) 51+ margin

 

Brisbane v Western Bulldogs – (GABBA Sunday 4:40pm) – The Lions look set to claim their 10th win in the last match of the 2012 home-and-away season against the rudderless Western Bulldogs. A pass mark in anyone’s book given Michael Voss’s young Lions could only muster four victories in 2011. Look forward to watching the midfield of Rockliff, Rich and Redden next season with the return of No.1 ruckman Leuenberger. Watch out if the Lions can add a 200cm key forward to their list during trade week! The highlight of August at Whitten Oval has surely been the find of Lin Jong, with the dashing midfielder racking up 24 touches and booting a goal. Ryan Griffen and Matthew Boyd have cemented their status as elite AFL players this year, while Cooney’s 28-possession match is a huge positive for 2013.

Magic Tips: Brisbane (Home Win) 31-50 margin

Daics Tips: Brisbane (Home Win) 50+ margin

 Round 23 Tips summary

 

Fixture

Magic Mike's tips

 

Peter Daicos' tips

Home

vs

Away

Result

Margin

Banker

 

Result

Margin

Banker

Hawthorn

v

West Coast

Home

11-30

   

Home

31-50

 

Geelong

v

Sydney

Home

0-10

 

 

Away

11-30

 

Adelaide

v

Gold Coast

Home

51+

Banker

 

Home

51+

Banker

GWS

v

North Melbourne

Away

51+

   

Away

51+

 

Essendon

v

Collingwood

Away

31-50

 

 

Away

31-50

 

Fremantle

v

Melbourne

Home

51+

   

Home

51+

 

Carlton

v

St.Kilda

Away

11-30

 

 

Home

11-30

 

Richmond

v

Port Adelaide

Home

51+

   

Home

51+

 

Brisbane

v

Western Bulldogs

Home

31-50

   

Home

51+

 

 

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