Round 13 of the 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership competition looks to be a quiet affair, with six of the sides enjoying their bye week.
The Adelaide Crows, Collingwood Magpies, Essendon Bombers, Fremantle Dockers, Greater Western Sydney Giants and Hawthorn Hawks all will be idle. This is the final week of byes; from here forward, it is non-stop to the finals.
For those who like competitive Aussie Rules football, there is not much in the way of compelling action to be found in round 12.
Port Adelaide Power has to venture north to Brisbane, but only an almost incomprehensible stumble could see that game coming down in the Lions’ favour.
The Carlton Blues will host the Gold Coast Suns. At stake is nothing more than a possible one-rung move for either of the sides currently ranked 13th and 16th.
The West Coast Eagles will travel to play the Geelong Cats, with the only suspense there being the size of the margin by which the Cats will pluck the Eagles.
The Melbourne Demons will be hosted by the Western Bulldogs. That would seem to be the most interesting game of the entire round. The Bulldogs find themselves currently at number eight on the ladder, needing to beat the number six Dees in order to keep the defense of their premiership intact, or at least off life support.
The Bulldogs are one step back from where they were going into the finals last season, when they surprised everyone by raising the flag from the number seven position following the home-and-away season.
The Demons, on the other hand, have been above average for the current season and have legitimate aspirations of a top-four finish. The Dees, their supporters and Coach Simon Goodwin are doing their best to soldier on and have hopes that Max Gawn will make his return in the next couple of weeks for the final push to the finals.