AFL Round 12 Preview

Your comprehensive guide to the weekend's action.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

The Blues added two shock inclusions for the match with West Coast; bringing in Heath Scotland and Andrew Carrazzo to tackle the league’s best team. Carrazzo went down very early in the season but was in career best form while Scotland was expected to miss around four matches. Both inclusions will definitely help the Blues who were better last weekend when they fell just short of the in form Cats, but West Coast are coming off a bye round rest and will remain a class above.

Why does Carlton have three of the next four Friday night games?

Adelaide-St Kilda is a Friday night matchup worth staying in for. Two good teams coming off wins (Adelaide had a week off after travelling to Perth and silencing the Dockers), but for my money the Crows will be eager to defend their home ground against a Melbourne challenger that may have to return in the early stages of the finals later this year. Graham Johncock is a late exclusion with a bad back while the Saints bring back to big names in Ben McEvoy and Sam Fischer.

As usual, Kevin Sheedy has swapped what looks like half of the Greater Western Sydney squad. Jonathon Giles is out, as is Stephen Coniglio, but Rhys Palmer, Dean Brogan and first game no.1 pick Jon Patton are all included to take on the Tigers. Last week was more of an aberration rather than anything else for the Tigers, but Richmond may need another week before they sneak into the eight.

North-Gold Coast looks pretty uninspiring and even the host of changes probably won’t have me watching. Zac Smith and first year player Kyal Horsley are back in for the Suns while Lindsay Thomas finally returns to the Roos.

Brisbane is off to the MCG on Sunday to receive a thumping from the Hawks. Hawthorn smashed a similar teams in terms of competitiveness last week as the slowly look more and more like a top side that they weren’t over the first month of 2012. Meh.

There is no way I'm watching North Melbourne play the Gold Coast, so I sure won’t be watching the Western Bulldogs take on Port Adelaide. Sorry.