We’ve always got big occasions to look forward to in our great game, but what are we most excited about this weekend? Zero Hanger counts down the ten things were looking forward to this weekend!
10. Double Header Friday
For the first time in AFL history, we will have a double-header on Good Friday, with the Bombers and Roos kicking off the festivities of footy at Marvel Stadium. We then head over to the west where the Power take on the reigning premier West Coast at Optus Stadium.
Good Friday has been screaming out for a double dose of footy and the AFL has delivered. Get ready to spend your full Friday afternoon on the couch!
9. Eddie the great
One of the all-time-great goal-sneaks clocks up 300 games on Sunday afternoon when the Crows take on the Suns at Adelaide Oval. Betts, 32, has put together a commendable career with three All-Australian jackets, three goal-of-the-year efforts, and leading Adelaide’s goalkicking award four times.
Starting his career at the Blues, Betts played 184 games for Carlton before returning to his home state of Adelaide at the end of 2013. Here’s to many more for the magician!
8. Kick for the kids
For the seventh consecutive year in a row, the Kick for the Kids, Good Friday appeal will go ahead with the Kangaroos and Bomber’s doing battle at Marvel Stadium on Friday afternoon.
$10 from every family ticket sold and $5 from every adult ticket sold will go towards the Good Friday appeal in hope of reaching the $100,000 target goal.
Since 1931, a total of $345 million has been raised and put towards the development and children of The Royal Children’s Hospital of Victoria. A great cause that continues to inspire many.
7. Dusty’s response
It’s been an extremely stressful couple of weeks for the 2017 Brownlow medallist after being suspended for two matches, downgrading it to just one match at the tribunal.
Martin issued an apology in his first tweet since August 2018, apologising for his actions and stating his want to move on from the situation.
The Tigers face Sydney at Marvel stadium this week in Dusty’s return game. Will John Longmire send one of his men to the short-fused Dusty, and if so, will Martin be able to handle it?
6. Fyfe vs. De Boer
Two big scalps in two weeks, the former Fremantle midfielder has beaten superstars Dustin Martin and Patrick Dangerfield. Additionally, he has landed both of the Brownlow medallists in hot water with the MRO.
A third Brownlow medallist awaits de Boer with the Giants taking on Fremantle in Canberra. Fyfe returns from the sickening head clash that saw him miss Derby 49 with a concussion. But he will look to get the Dockers back on track after a narrow loss to their arch-enemies West Coast.
Will de Boer the niggler strike again? Or will the class of Nat Fyfe prevail?
5. A Fast and Furious clash
The Bomers at Kangaroos meet at Marvel Stadium on Good Friday. The last time these two teams met it was a fast and high-scoring affair, it was one of the games of the year. In round 15 on a cool Sunday afternoon, JB and BT called 23 goals in just a half of footy.
Everything a match should contain this one had it – lead changes, fast goals, and big goal kickers. They meet again on Good Friday and what a time to emulate the same type of performance, neither team has got off to a great start, but this one has a lot riding on it.
4. Beams takes on the Lions
With doubts circling that the ex-Lions skipper wouldn’t be able to get up on Thursday night, it was later confirmed that the 2015 Merret-Murray medal winner would take his place at the Gabba.
When Beams shocked the footy world after joining the Pies in the off-season, many have awaited the chance to see Beams head back to his home state to take on the side he once captained.
The Thursday night sell-out has drama infused and will be one not to be missed.
3. Easter Monday
A match that is always highlighted by all footy fans whether you follow either of the teams or not. The two rivals meet again on Easter Monday in what is set to be a huge match. The young Hawks midfield will have their hands full with the Geelong midfield in Selwood, Duncan, Dangerfield, Kelly and Ablett rotating through. Alastair Clarkson’s undermanned linemen will need to be on their A-game to walk away with the four points.
It’s the type of rivalry where it doesn’t matter where either team are at on the ladder, it’s always going to be a classic. Settle in for this blockbuster.
2. It couldn’t, could it?
Well, these two have built a rivalry, to say the least. With the Eagles having the wood over the Power in their last three matches, two of them came in the most controversial fashion. A goal after the siren in extra time in an elimination final started it all when Luke Shuey sank the fifth-placed Power to proceed to the 2017 semi-final against the Giants.
Not even twelve months on it was Jeremy McGovern who sealed the deal with another goal after the siren, this time with lighter stakes. Port fans have had their fair share of heartbreak from the Eagles in recent times. There’s no way it can happen again, could it?
1. A Sold Out Gabba
For the first time in nine years, the Lion’s den is set to be sold out for their blockbuster clash against Collingwood. With the last time the Gabba being at full capacity was when Brendon Fevola made his debut for the Lions back in 2010.
A rejuvenated Lions side has drawn a bigger crowd in their first two games of the season with the young side pulling around the 20,000 mark on both occasions. That attendance is set to be smashed on Thursday night with the Lions hosting their first Thursday night clash since round five 2014 where they were able to amass 20,676.
Expect the Gabba to be pumping on Thursday night.