The Blowtorch preview, each membership’s burning query, fixture, ideas, commentators, predictions, TV instances

A Carlton energy has evaporated in current weeks, additional exposing their present flaw.

Plus why Sydney has to get up or face one other early-game downside.

Each membership’s burning query forward of Spherical 15, in addition to the ideas and commentators for each Fox Footy sport in our final weekly preview: The Blowtorch!

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AFL ROUND 15 FIXTURE (All instances AEST)


Thursday, June 23, 7:20pm at MCG

The right way to watch on Fox Footy: Channel 504 from 6.30pm, with Sarah Jones, Jason Dunstall, David King, Leigh Montagna, Brad Johnson and Jon Ralph.

Demons’ burning query: Is that this the beginning of a downward spiral?

A month in the past, Melbourne seemed like they have been cruising in the direction of back-to-back premierships. They’d simply received their seventeenth sport in a row and gave the impression to be the clear benchmark of the competitors. Quick ahead to late June, and the reigning premiers have misplaced prime spot after struggling three losses in a row. Their type droop was exacerbated by a wild evening at a French restaurant which noticed Steven Might and Jake Melksham concerned in a bodily altercation. Is that this the way it all ends for the Demons? Triple premiership Brisbane ahead Jonathan Brown doesn’t suppose so. “The bye has come at a very good time for them, bear in mind they’re equal prime of the ladder, they simply misplaced their means the previous few weeks with personnel,” Brown advised On The Sofa. “Steven Might is a large out clearly, clearly (Max) Gawn is a priority going ahead, however you are feeling as in the event that they’ll be capable of re-energise and get that strain again that I don’t suppose we’ve seen that nicely within the final two or three weeks.” If they’re to show issues round, Melbourne legend Garry Lyon confused they wanted to repair their ahead connection which had turn into “a little bit of a catastrophe”. Since Spherical 8, the Demons are ranked 14th for scores per inside 50. “I don’t know in the event that they’ve run out of concepts however there’s no creativeness in the way in which they go ahead,” Lyon mentioned. St Kilda’s longest-serving captain Nick Riewoldt mentioned lots of duty now fell on Luke Jackson’s shoulders within the absence of Gawn. “They’ve had the luxurious of getting been in a position to ship Max Gawn ahead and if it hasn’t been him taking massive clunks ahead of the ball, nicely then they haven’t actually seemed all that threatening. He’s going to need to do nearly all of his work now within the ruck.”

Steven Might set to return from suspension | 01:05

Lions’ burning query: Can they repair their defensive points?

Brisbane is likely to be driving excessive in prime spot on the ladder, however that doesn’t imply that each one is nicely and good in the way in which they’re enjoying. Of their three video games previous to their win over St Kilda, the Lions conceded a median of 104 factors and since Spherical 8, they’ve ranked sixteenth for factors in opposition to from the defensive half. And people numbers concern Brown. “That to me doesn’t appear like a premiership workforce, and so they’ve given up massive chunks of scores in small durations of the sport,” Brown mentioned. “They’ve given up scores from stoppages as nicely in order that they’ve acquired to have the ability to tidy that space up as a result of that’s their ‘one wooden’ – they’re a powerful stoppage workforce.” Brown additionally threw the problem down on the toes of Joe Daniher and Harris Andrews within the second half of the season. “Daniher has come again into the workforce, he’s going to do some little bit of ruck however he’s acquired to kick targets – three-plus targets a sport. And it’s the bookends for me – I believe Harris Andrews and Joe Daniher, they want the most important 10 weeks of their profession to get Brisbane over the road to win a premiership.”


Friday June 24, 7pm at Marvel Stadium

The right way to watch on Fox Footy: Channel 504 from 6.30pm, with Garry Lyon, Jonathan Brown, Nathan Buckley, Kath Loughnan and Jon Ralph.

Bulldogs’ burning query: When does Josh Bruce return?

The Western Bulldogs have been flying in 2021, sitting on the prime of the desk when ahead Josh Bruce went down clutching his knee in Spherical 21. From that time within the season, the Canine misplaced the subsequent three straight to slide out of the highest 4. Whereas managing to come back via three straight do-or-die finals to succeed in the grand last in opposition to Melbourne, the lack of Bruce remained a sore level for the ahead line. In 2022, a bunch of gamers have been rolled via the assault finish, together with Jamarra Ugle-Hagan, Josh Schache and Buku Khamis. However Bruce stays the participant the Canine are determined to get again. Bruce kicked three targets from his 9 disposals. Talking after the match, Bruce mentioned he anticipated at the very least one other fortnight within the VFL as he strives for match health. However because the Canine sit a sport outdoors the eight with video games in opposition to Brisbane and Sydney to comply with, the temptation could also be to deliver Bruce again sooner quite than later. The Canine then have video games in opposition to St Kilda, Melbourne, Geelong and Fremantle – six straight in opposition to prime eight groups.

Hawks’ burning query: Does Hawthorn’s defence cease Aaron Naughton?

Early within the season Fox Footy’s Nick Riewoldt mentioned the Hawks could have already recruited their “subsequent premiership again six”, such was the reward for Hawthorn’s defence. Sam Frost proved himself as a lockdown defender whereas James Sicily and Will Day confirmed their intercepting prowess. However with Frost now sidelined with a knee harm, the query of who steps as much as tackle Naughton arises. The star Canine has kicked 35 targets in 13 video games – together with two baggage of 5 and three baggage of 4. However in opposition to the Hawks, Naughton is but to kick a giant haul – with simply 4 targets from his 4 video games.

Gov out of hospital however return unsure | 02:01


Friday June 24, 8:40pm at Optus Stadium

The right way to watch on Fox Footy: Channel 503 from 8.30pm, with Adam Papalia, Jason Dunstall, Brad Johnson, Matthew Pavlich and Jon Ralph.

Eagles’ burning query: Will West Coast rush Nic Naitanui straight again?

West Coast confirmed enchancment within the loss to Geelong final weekend as a bunch of premiership gamers returned to the road up. Elliot Yeo and Dom Sheed got here again via the WAFL first, as did skipper Luke Shuey. Now the choice on whether or not to hurry ruck star Nic Naitanui straight again into the road up looms for coach Adam Simpson. Since Naitanui final performed – the Spherical 4 win over Collingwood – the Eagles have received the hitout depend simply as soon as – with +6 v GWS. Within the different 9 video games, West Coast are averaging a dismal -24 hitouts per sport. The bottom hitout depend got here within the massive loss to Brisbane, the place the Eagles received simply 13 hitouts for the whole conflict on the Gabba. Naitanui is now 32 and out of contract on the finish of the season. Whether or not he needs to play on stays to be introduced.

When Naitanui returned from a critical knee harm in 2019, he performed one match within the WAFL first. The trail West Coast determine for Friday evening may very well be the distinction between a win and a loss.

Bombers’ burning query: Do the gamers discover type away from dwelling?

Essendon hasn’t received a sport outdoors of Victoria this season. And now they journey west to Perth to tackle an Eagles facet that’s slowly constructing as their gamers return from harm. The final time the Bombers tasted success interstate was greater than one year in the past – in Spherical 14 in opposition to Hawthorn at College of Tasmania Stadium. Coach Ben Rutten is confronted with altering up a profitable facet, or sticking fats with the gamers who acquired the job finished over St Kilda in Spherical 14. Darcy Parish looms as a possible inclusion, however Rutten mentioned he’s centered on discovering steadiness in his facet. “It’s a steadiness about ensuring we get some cohesion out of our guys via there but additionally we’ve acquired some good choices as nicely,” he mentioned. “So simply balancing that up. I don’t suppose it’s too troublesome. However when the chance’s there, Darcy was out and we had a man are available and fill his position, that’s what we’re after. We don’t need to be too reliant on Darcy or another particular person.”

Suns’ Japanese grandfather joins music | 01:19


Saturday June 25, 1:45pm at Marvel Stadium

The right way to watch on Fox Footy: Channel 504 from 1pm with Sarah Jones, Mark Howard, Jordan Lewis, Jonathan Brown and Tony Armstrong.

Blues’ burning query: What has occurred to their midfield grunt?

Carlton have been one of many strongest centre-clearance groups within the AFL within the opening three months, averaging an additional 3.5 per sport than their opposition up till Spherical 12. However of their final two video games in opposition to Essendon and Richmond, they’ve been off the boil in that division with 9 fewer mixed throughout each video games. The sport in opposition to the Tigers was significantly alarming as Carlton not solely misplaced that battle 9-13, however the basic clearances as nicely by a whopping 14 (27-41). “The clearance sport, the actual robust a part of the beginning of their 12 months, has suffered over the previous few weeks. And also you have a look at the personnel which are lacking and clearly (ruckman Marc) Pittonet has been out of the facet, he’s a behemoth for them – he’s a giant, bodily presence – (and) Adam Cerra out,” Riewoldt mentioned. Compounding their current struggles within the center is that it has left their decimated backline much more uncovered. “You’ve acquired to guard your again six,” Lyon mentioned. “While you’ve acquired no (Jacob) Weitering and no (Mitch) McGovern and no (Oscar) McDonald, (Caleb) Marchbank now goes out, in case you’re shedding it on the supply, then that is placing your most weak space of your workforce below strain.” Defenders Zac Williams, Luke Parks and Sam Durdin are additionally out injured. “I’ve by no means seen one place group so affected by accidents,” Brown mentioned. With the Dockers, Saints, Eagles and Cats to come back, Riewoldt confused the significance of Carlton’s midfield getting their act collectively on the stoppages. “It’s a frightening month forward when you think about the blokes which are lacking from this line-up. The groups they play in opposition to, they’re loaded with guys that may mark the footy in entrance of the ball.”

Dockers’ burning query: Can they win a flag seven years after their final finals sequence?

Fremantle are quick changing into one of many fairytale tales of the 12 months below third-year coach Justin Longmuir. They discover themselves in third spot on the ladder, equal on 10 wins with Brisbane (first) and Melbourne (second), having already claimed their scalps in addition to these of Geelong and Carlton. However it’s been seven years since they final completed within the prime eight, and regardless of how nicely they’ve been performing this 12 months, Brown wasn’t certain the present group would be capable of win the premiership this 12 months at their first try. “I actually like what Fremantle is doing, I simply couldn’t see them profitable a premiership first up,” he mentioned. Riewoldt added: “They’re uncommon tales, the teams that get there earlier than their time.” However Lyon was retaining an open thoughts, saying: “There’s a college of thought that you just’ve acquired to get there and also you’ve acquired to expertise it, I believe it could be an enormous ask, it could be an unlimited ask, for them to do this. However who is aware of? This season shapes as one that you just’ve acquired to get it proper on the proper time of the 12 months.” Of extra fast concern for Fremantle is their turnover sport. Since Spherical 8, they’ve ranked fifteenth within the league for factors from turnovers. “We talked them up as an excellent turnover workforce, the numbers don’t match that up in the previous few weeks. I do know they’ve had wins, they’ve overwhelmed Brisbane who’re in fact a top-four workforce, however in case you have a look at Fremantle’s turnover sport, it simply hasn’t been what Justin Longmuir would’ve hoped for,” Brown mentioned. Lyon agreed, saying: “Popping out of this sport, we’ll watch and see what that is. I believe they’ve solely received turnover twice within the final seven video games. So for a facet who arrange so nicely defensively behind the footy, that may be a little concern.”

Hardwick confirms Dusty return for Rd 15 | 01:34


Saturday June 25, 4:35pm at MCG

The right way to watch on Fox Footy: Channel 504 from 4.30pm with Anthony Hudson, Dwayne Russell, Garry Lyon, Nick Riewoldt and David King.

Tigers’ burning query:Are the Tigers of outdated again to wreak havoc once more?

After a gradual begin to the season which noticed them win two of their first six video games, the Richmond juggernaut is slowly constructing momentum, and after profitable six of their final seven, they’re now sixth on the ladder and only a sport outdoors the highest 4. And in case you’re questioning in case you’ve seen this Richmond workforce earlier than, you’re not experiencing a case of deja vu, as a result of the 2022 Tigers are enjoying quite a bit just like the groups that received three of 4 flags between 2017-20. Of their final seven video games, Damien Hardwick’s males have ranked first within the competitors for factors from turnovers, factors differential from turnovers, forward-half turnovers created and factors from forward-half turnovers. It is likely to be sufficient to ship “a shiver down the remainder of the competitors’s backbone”, in keeping with Lyon. Riewoldt agreed, and recommended they may win their fourth premiership in six years in the event that they proceed alongside this trajectory. “That is what we have been placing up week after week after week via the 4 years they have been the dominant workforce – these have been the numbers and these have been the blueprints for Richmond going and profitable the free flags,” he mentioned. “A participant like (Noah) Balta is available in who’s a freakish expertise, however this 12 months it was gamers like (Nick) Vlastuin and (Dylan) Grimes and (Dion) Prestia via the center of the bottom as nicely. If they’ll keep wholesome, I believe they’re going to be proper there once more, the Tiges.”

Cats’ burning query: Is their current offensive drop-off trigger for concern?

The Cats are the workforce in fourth spot that the Tigers are at present chasing within the battle for the double likelihood. And whereas they’re as soon as once more a premiership contender with 4 wins in a row, Geelong’s current performances in opposition to bottom-10 sides have maybe papered over a few of their cracks. Since Spherical 8, Chris Scott’s workforce ranks tenth for factors from turnovers, eleventh for factors from clearances and ninth for ball motion. “While you speak about offensively, a Geelong facet that’s acquired names like (Jeremy) Cameron, (Tom) Hawkins, (Tyson) Stengle who’re in good nick, but it surely’s simply dropped off a bit,” Lyon mentioned. Nevertheless, Brown noticed it as a constructive that they’re not firing on all cylinders, but nonetheless profitable video games. “It has dropped off just a little bit however they’re going in addition to anybody within the comp in case you have a look at their wins and losses … they’re going rather well in order that they’re most likely good indicators. I don’t suppose they’ve hit their straps completely so there’s lots of up facet … and also you’ve acquired Patrick Dangerfield nonetheless to come back again in so if Patrick Dangerfield needs to cement his legacy as one of many all-time greats, he finishes the 12 months off robust. He’s recent as a daisy, this harm might need come on the proper time.” One thing to regulate is the Cats’ efficiency in opposition to increased high quality opposition throughout their heavy mid-season coaching load. “(They have been) just a little bit sluggish in opposition to a much-improved West Coast Eagles on the weekend,” Lyon mentioned of Geelong.

Large Cat ‘clearly the AFL’s greatest’ | 02:18


Saturday June 25, 7:25pm at SCG

The right way to watch on Fox Footy: Channel 504 from 7.20pm, with Mark Howard, Jonathan Brown, Nathan Buckley, Nick Riewoldt and Kath Loughnan, adopted by Finest on Floor.

Swans’ burning query: Can they treatment their gradual begins?

For all the great that Sydney have finished this 12 months, particularly beating Melbourne on the MCG, they’ve been vulnerable to taking pictures themselves within the foot and undoing their good work. And so it was final weekend, as they have been comfortably defeated by Twelfth-placed and injury-hit Port Adelaide to seek out themselves battling to remain within the prime eight. And one among their greatest points is their gradual begins to video games. Of the 13 matches they’ve performed to this point this 12 months, they’ve solely lead at quarter-time on 4 events, rating them thirteenth within the league in that class. “It’s turn into a little bit of a typical theme for them is they simply don’t get out of the blocks,” Riewoldt mentioned. “They’ve been so sluggish to start out video games. Now, they’ve been in a position to overcome that, however on the weekend it was only a bridge too far for them in the long run in opposition to Port Adelaide.” Brown recommended a trigger for that is likely to be the very fact their midfield group is younger. “Not lots of management, ‘Joey’ (Josh) Kennedy is out injured and (Luke) Parker doesn’t spend as a lot time in there, (Peter) Ladhams is a youthful sort ruckman,” Brown mentioned. Riewoldt added: “I simply suppose it’s the inconsistency that comes with a younger group and likewise they’re a ball-movement workforce and when groups take that away from you, and that’s your actual energy as a facet … what do you flip to?”

Ladhams will study from ‘mind snap’ | 01:19

Saints’ burning query: Can they be much less predictable coming into ahead 50?

Max King is without doubt one of the most fun younger forwards within the competitors, however the Saints are delivering the ball to the 21-year-old means too usually, and it’s hurting the standard of their inside 50s. King is focused a whopping 38 per cent of the time St Kilda enter their ahead 50 which is essentially the most of any participant within the competitors. The subsequent three gamers on the Saints’ record in that class are Jack Higgins (17 per cent), Tim Membrey (15) and Rowan Marshall (12). Brown mentioned St Kilda’s reliance on King was unhealthy. “He’s a terrific younger participant, I like watching him play, little question about it, however he’s focused essentially the most of any participant within the competitors – 38 per cent, that’s far too predictable for the opposition defences, they’ll load up round him. Final 12 months that they had a greater steadiness between King and Membrey as the 2 fundamental ones. They endure (from one thing) a bit just like what Sydney endure with being too ‘Buddy-centric’. Very often when Buddy shouldn’t be there, they go higher Sydney, in order that they’ve acquired to get that steadiness proper.” Lyon agreed that the Saints’ inside-50 goal proportion was “out of whack”, saying: “When you’ve acquired extra choices, you turn into much less predictable, from a defensive viewpoint you’re unsure the place it’s going, after which King will get a greater have a look at it when you begin to goal others.” However Riewoldt recommended the Saints’ points of their ahead line ran deeper. “You have a look at these three guys, Max King shouldn’t be nice defensively, Higgins the identical, Rowan Marshall the identical, so if you’ve acquired the resting ruckman, King, Higgins and (Jade) Gresham resting ahead … the ball bounced out of that ahead 50 fairly simply on the weekend,” the Saints legend mentioned.


Sunday, June 26, 1:10pm at Blundstone Area

The right way to watch on Fox Footy: Channel 504 from 1pm, with Anthony Hudson, Dermott Brereton, David King, Ben Dixon and Jon Ralph.

Kangaroos’ burning query: The place do the targets come from?

North Melbourne have kicked greater than 10 targets simply twice in 2022 as targets are proving laborious to come back by. Nick Larkey has kicked 22 targets from his 12 video games, whereas Cam Zurhaar sits second with 15 targets from 10 video games – after beginning the season with three straight goalless video games. Zurhaar is within the combine for a return in Spherical 15 is an enormous increase for the Roos struggling ahead line. The transfer of skipper Jack Ziebell ahead paid off in opposition to the Swans however hasn’t given the facet the consistency ahead coach David Noble would have wished. Ziebell will miss the sport with Adelaide via harm. Callum Coleman-Jones is within the combine to return however didn’t hit the scoreboard within the VFL in his look earlier this month. He’s kicked only one objective from his 5 VFL appearances this season.

Roos again younger star after criticism | 01:47

Crows’ burning query: Can Adelaide kick straight?

The Crows have struggled with accuracy in 2022. Within the conflict with Gold Coast final weekend, the Crows ought to have had the lead late within the contest, however their wayward radar value them any shot for victory. They then conceded six of the final seven targets of the match to look at because the margin blew out. Coach Matthew Nicks lamented his facet’s incapacity to kick straight in opposition to the Suns. “I really feel like a damaged report right here once more, it’s execution,” he mentioned. “I’ve nice respect for Gold Coast … however we misplaced that sport of footy. We handed that sport of footy to the opposition … Most individuals will probably be speaking about Adelaide’s incapacity to kick targets … and it’s a difficulty now we have to repair.” Even ahead Taylor Walker admitted the Crows’ execution was “not on the stage” it wanted to be. However will the facet deal with the difficulty earlier than the conflict with North?


Sunday, June 26, 3:20pm at MCG

The right way to watch on Fox Footy: Channel 503 from 3pm, with Kath Loughnan, Brad Johnson, Eddie Betts and Jon Ralph.

Magpies’ burning query: Will Collingwood gamers have focus?

The Jordan de Goey saga has dragged on for a lot of the Magpies’ bye break, however now there’s Jack Ginnivan and Isaac Quaynor issuing apologies too. The Pies head into the sport on the again of a four-game profitable streak, beginning again in Perth over Fremantle in Spherical 10. Their final win – the Queen’s Birthday blockbuster over Melbourne – got here after per week of controversy for the Demons after two teammates have been revealed to have fought at a public restaurant. Melbourne couldn’t muster up a win within the wake of their scandal – however can Collingwood? Jeremy Howe was ambushed as he left coaching on Monday, left to reply questions on his teammate. De Goey won’t play on Sunday after taking private go away. Secure to say the Magpies are worse off now than they have been as they walked off the MCG a few weeks in the past.

Magpies condemn De Goey for Bali journey | 02:16

Giants’ burning query: What do GWS do with Mark McVeigh?

Giants caretaker coach Mark McVeigh has made no secret of his intention to be a senior coach within the AFL. Since taking the reins from Leon Cameron again in Spherical 9, McVeigh’s 4 video games in expenses have been 4 of the highest 5 highest scoring video games for the membership this 12 months. Actually, McVeigh’s 4 video games in cost are all within the prime 10 highest scoring video games for the reason that elimination last win over the Western Bulldogs again in 2019. It’s clear McVeigh is getting targets out of this GWS line up. So the place does the membership go within the seek for a head time coach in 2023? “I undoubtedly really feel prepared. It’s solely been a four-week snippet, however I felt like I’d finished lots of work to get right here, whether or not you’re ok, nicely we’ll wait and see however I definitely really feel like I’m prepared,” McVeigh mentioned. “No matter occurs with the coach subsequent 12 months I absolutely help the membership. They’re going to verify they interview the proper individuals, which is totally proper, and so they’ll come out with the proper individual.” If the membership elects to go in a unique route to McVeigh, precisely the place he’ll find yourself in 2023 stays unknown.

Giants crowd numbers are ‘alarming | 00:54


Sunday, June 26, 4:10pm at Adelaide Oval

The right way to watch on Fox Footy: Channel 504 from 4pm, with Kath Loughnan, Dwayne Russell, Nick Dal Santo, Gerard Healy, Mark Ricciuto and Jon Ralph, adopted by Bounce and First Crack.

Energy’s burning query: Who do Port flip to within the ruck?

Scott Lycett continues to be sidelined till subsequent month, whereas mid-season recruit Brynn Teakle will miss at the very least six weeks after injuring his shoulder on debut. Now taking over one of many competitors’s greatest faucet ruckmen in Solar Jarrod Witts, the Energy might want to provide you with a ruck plan if they’re to get the 4 factors. Seven-gamer Sam Hayes stays the one ruck on Port’s record with expertise in a position to play this Sunday. Dante Visentini might make his debut after being snapped up with decide 56 in final 12 months’s draft. Port assistant Nathan Bassett mentioned the membership had “appreciated what now we have seen” in Visentini. Each Geelong and Hawthorn have been ruck decimated in 2022, and each opted to play and not using a recognised ruckman because of this. The Energy have that possibility with Jeremy Finlayson standing at 196cm. Sam Powell-Pepper is an possibility as a again up ruck – like Richmond’s Marlion Pickett has finished. “If the midfielders can do a very good job limiting the direct hits – that give the opposition these hit-outs to benefit and get out the entrance of a stoppage – then the follow-up across the ball turns into actually vital,” Bassett mentioned. “It’s a mixture of what the ruckman can do along with his hit-outs – and what the (midfielders) can do on the bottom … and the way the ruckman can help that.”

Type ladder has Suns on prime | 02:41

Suns’ burning query: Can Gold Coast keep within the finals race?

The Gold Coast Suns have by no means made it to the AFL post-season. However in 2022, they continue to be in competition for a spot within the prime eight. Fox Footy’s Leigh Montagna was stuffed with reward for the Suns after their 43-point victory over Adelaide. “They’re the most well liked workforce within the competitors,” he mentioned. “They’ve received 5 of their final six, a proportion of over 150, they’ve overwhelmed Sydney and Fremantle in that run of video games. They’re doing quite a bit proper.” Teenager Matt Rowell mentioned finals was a spotlight heading into the ultimate 9 rounds. “We’re not counting on anybody an excessive amount of in video games … all people’s enjoying their position,” Rowell mentioned. “Each sport to any extent further is a giant sport. We need to play finals and we all know we’ve acquired to win quite a bit.”

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