Footy season is almost here and to get the ball rolling or bouncing or, if you're an Eagle, sailing out of bounds on the full, the AFL have organised a bit of a kick to kick session, or a run up and down with the ball session if Ross Lyon has had a bad week, that they like to call the National Australia Bank Cup.
As has become the tradition, several groups of three teams will take part in an opening round of matches with the two WA clubs hosting Geelong which will probably save the Fremantle players from having to wee in a cup, with any ASADA types that that might be lurking about having their hands full. Well not full but busy.
The game will consist of three matches. The Eagles will play Geelong first, so you can spend the early part of the afternoon enjoying the last couple of races from Ascot at the mobile TAB. Fremantle take on Geelong at about 5.45pm than then they get a crack at West Coast to finish of the night. Each match has two twenty minute halves and the rules are made up on the night using a big chocolate wheel. The games will only be broadcast on Foxtel.
All three teams are obviously taking things seriously with Fremantle refusing to name a midfielder, Geelong steering clear of a ruckman and, well, it's always hard to tell if West Coast are joking or not when their selections come out.
1. Hayden Ballantyne, 3. Zac Dawson, 4. Jayden Pitt, 5. Garrick Ibbotson 6. Danyle Pearce, 8. Nick Suban, 9. Matt de Boer, 10. Michael Walters, 11. Tom Sheridan, 12. Jonathon Griffin, 13. Tendai Mzungu, 17. Hayden Crozier, 18. Luke McPharlin, 21. Michael Barlow, 22. Tanner Smith, 23. Chris Mayne, 25. Josh Mellington, 26. Kepler Bradley, 28. Peter Faulks, 31. Aaron Sandilands, 32. Stephen Hill, 33. Cameron Sutcliffe, 34. Lee Spurr, 35. Haiden Schloithe, 36. Alex Silvagni, 37. Michael Johnson, 38. Jack Hannath, 39. Sam Menegola, 41. Paul Duffield, 44. Jesse Crichton, 46. Clancee Pearce
1. Mitch Brown, 2. Billie Smedts, 3. Jimmy Bartel, 5. Travis Varcoe, 7. Harry Taylor, 11. Joel Corey, 12. Trent West, 13. Tom Lonergan, 14. Joel Selwood, 15. Jordan Schroder, 19. Taylor Hunt, 20. Steve Johnson, 21. Jordan Murdoch, 22. Mitch Duncan, 23. Josh Caddy, 25. Jared Rivers, 26. Tom Hawkins, 27. Mathew Stokes, 28. Allen Christensen, 29. Cameron Guthrie , 31. James Podsiadly, 32. Steven Motlop, 33. George Horlin-Smith, 34. Josh Walker, 36. Brad Hartman, 37. Cam Eardley, 38. Jackson Sheringham, 39. Shane Kersten, 40. Jackson Thurlow, 41. Jesse Stringer, 42. Ryan Bathie , 44. Corey Enright, 45. Joel Hamling, 46. Mark Blicavs
1. Mitchell Brown, 2. Mark LeCras , 3. Andrew Gaff, 7. Chris Masten, 8. Beau Waters, 10. Scott Selwood, 11. Matt Priddis, 12. Sharrod Wellingham , 13. Luke Shuey, 14, Jacob Brennan, 15. Jamie Cripps, 16. Eric Mackenzie, 17. Josh Kennedy, 18. Bradd Dalziell, 19. Adam Carter, 22. Callum Sinclair, 23. Darren Glass, 25. Shannon Hurn, 26. Sam Butler, 27. Jack Darling, 28. Ashley Smith, 29. Scott Lycett, 30. Blayne Wilson, 31. Will Schofield, 32. Andrew Embley, 33. Josh Hill, 34. Mark Hutchings, 35. Patrick McGinnity, 36. Fraser McInnes, 37. Adam Selwood, 40. Cale Morton, 42. Jeremy McGovern, 43. Ashton Hams, 46. Simon Tunbridge