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G'day tipsters and welcome to Round 13! We're well and truly into the second half of the season now and as the ash cloud clears we can still see our three amigos of KC, "Killer" Kingy and Old Mitch sitting proudly atop the leaderboard, with KC sneaking further ahead with an 8 pick last week. Speaking of picking 8, special mention must be made of Kirsten from ChitChat Media who scored 8 with an unbelievable margin of zip, nil, nada, zilch, nothing, sweet fanny adams.....Nice work!!
Onto the ball game..
The round kicks off on Friday night with a couple of nervous coaches and two teams that have lost four in a row. The Western Bullies take on Adelaide at the phone dome and whilst both teams have lost themselves a finals berth there's a fair bit of pride up for grabs. Bulldogs have possibly been a little bit less hopeless and should get over the line.
Tassie in June..Brrrr..the Gold Coast will be packing their uggies to head south to the Apple Isle on Saturday and after their Launceston flight landed in Hobart last night they'll probably just be happy to get away with out being smashed by the Hawks.
Roos V Bombers on Saturday arvo. This match up should be a little corker. Hirdy's purple patch appears to have gone a murky shade of brown and North have got a couple of good inclusions. Look out for the Roo boys in a close one.
Brisbane and Richmond both have their volcano travel woes, with the Lions scoring an extra couple of balmy Melbourne days and the Tiges jumping on a bus home from Sydney. What is more troublesome for Richmond is they were all wearing "doona suits" on the bus - and photos were taken....geez! They clash up north at the Gabba with the Tiges hot favourites.
Whilst the pussy cats are absolutely flying along, St Kilda are slowly and steadily sneaking their way back to the eight. Geelong have lost bad boy Selwood but should be able to keep the Sainters at bay.
Big Bad Sandilands is out for the Dockers this week and that's a Big Bad sign. The wharfies are playing Melbourne who are riding the rollercoaster that is their 2011 season. From whipping the Bombers one week to getting pantsed by the Pies last week. Who would know, but the home ground advantage could get them home.
The Bluebaggers are looking very much at home in the top four, playing some high quality football. They meet the Swannies on Sunday who have also found some good form in the middle part of the season. This should be a ripper game, but the class of the Carlton skipper through the midfield could be too much for the Bloods.
And to wrap it all up, it'll be a blood bath over in the West. The Weagles V Port. The Power are coming off a bye and no-one does well coming off the bye, especially not the struggling Port Adelaide.
Good luck tipsters and have a great weekend! Let's see if another 24 of you can pick 8!!!