Digby Beacham’s AFL Preview: Grand Final

Melbourne v Western Bulldogs, Optus Stadium, 5.15pm Let’s cut to the chase. Melbourne are ideally placed to claim their first premiership since 1964. Healthy and having set up base in WA for what seems an eternity, the Demons will run out on to Optus Stadium not only crowd favourites, but… Read More

Digby Beacham’s AFL Preview: Semi Finals

FRIDAY Geelong v GWS, Optus Stadium, 5.50pm Is it as simple as week two of the finals equating to a ferocious Geelong response? It remains to be seen, but certainly Geelong on the rebound in September has in the past been a good formula following a poor opening post-season outing…. Read More

AFL Power Rankings: Finals Week 1

1. MELBOURNE Last week: 1 There is nothing more they can do to prove their legitimacy. Had Brisbane on the hop from the outset. Do a lot of things a lot of the time. As a result, are perfectly placed to advance to the grand final. 2. PORT ADELAIDE Last… Read More

Digby Beacham’s AFL Preview: Round 23

FRIDAY Western Bulldogs v Port Adelaide, Marvel Stadium, 5.50pm One more chance or cast to one side? That is the dilemma facing tipsters looking to settle on a selection here for what shapes as a critical round-23 fixture. The Western Bulldogs have been outclassed by Essendon and Hawthorn in successive… Read More

AFL Power Rankings: Round 22

1. MELBOURNE Previous: 2 On target to win their first minor premiership since 1964 … the year they last tasted flag success. Defensively sound and efficient at the contest. The return of Steven May and Tom McDonald will only strengthen their spine. Next up: Geelong 2. GEELONG Previous: 1 Have… Read More