The final week the AFL JLT Series sees all of the competitions 18 sides in action and should provide a final glimpse of how sides are travelling as we head towards Round 1 of the home and away season, which begins on March 23.
The JLT action kicks off with a double header on Thursday March 9 and concludes on Sunday. Here is our preview of the nine games in store for what will be an intriguing weekend.
Thursday March 9
Gold Coast Suns v Western Bulldogs Tips
Metricon Stadium (5.50pm)
Gold Coast take on last years premiers, the Western Bulldogs, in the opener on Thursday. After last week's shock defeat to Brisbane, a number of the Bulldogs star players are set to return. Expect them to bounce back..
West Coast Eagles v Melbourne Tips
Subiaco Oval (8.40pm)
This should be an interesting clash with the form side, Melbourne, travelling to Perth to take on West Coast, who were understrength when losing to GWS earlier on before giving local rivals, Fremantle, a touch up. Expect the home side to get up in a close one.
Friday March 10
GWS Giants v North Melbourne Tips
Manuka Oval (5.50pm)
The flag favourite’s, GWS, host the unbeaten North Melbourne outfit in Canberra. Can the Kangas continue on their merry way? Their new look outfit has surprised so far but will be tested by GWS, who will be looking to bounce back after going down to cross-town rivals, Sydney, in wet conditions last weekend. GWS to win.
Fremantle v Carlton Tips
Subiaco Oval (8.40pm)
Fremantle rebounded after an ordinary showing against West Coast in their first hitout to defeat Collingwood in week 3. Carlton's form has been a cause for concern and the young side will need to show something to boost the optimism of their fans as we head towards the season opener against Richmond in a fortnight. Dockers will get the job done easily here
Saturday March 11
Richmond v Collingwood Tips
Ted Summerton Reserve in Moe, VIC (1.10pm)
Richmond is one of a handful of sides to have won both of their contests thus far and come up against Collingwood at Moe. The Magpies have won one of their two games and were beaten with a kick after the siren by the Dockers last weekend. Both sides face make or break years after disappointing campaigns in 2016.
Adelaide Crows v Brisbane Lions Tips
Hickinbotham Oval in Noarlunga, SA (4.10pm)
Adelaide play host to Brisbane on Saturday in the southern suburbs of the City of Churches and will be out to settle on their best 22 with a handful of players set to miss Round 1. Despite an encouraging win against the Western Bulldogs, the Lions head in as underdogs and may struggle to make it two in a row.
Sunday March 12
Port Adelaide v Hawthorn Tips
Hickinbothom Oval in Noarlunga, SA (1.10pm)
With the heat on Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley, the Power have done little to inspire so far in dropping both of their hitouts in the JLT. Hawthorn have unveiled their new recruits and while there is still some work ahead for Alistair Clarkson and his coaching staff, their side should have too much firepower in this one.
Geelong Cats v Essendon Tips
Queen Elizabeth Oval in Bendigo, VIC(4.10pm)
Geelong and Essendon travel to the central Victorian town of Bendigo and both will be looking to break their duck after going down narrowly in both games to date. The Bombers continue to gel with their returning players, while Geelong have been a tad inconsistent. Look for the Cats to ramp things up here and come away with a win.
St Kilda v Sydney Swans Tips
Lavington Sports Ground in Albury, NSW (7.10pm)
St Kilda and Sydney were the standout performers in the most recent round of the JLT and clash on the Victoria/NSW border this weekend. The Saints are tipped to continue to improve this year but will find this weekend's match a more challenging proposition than what they faced against Carlton last weekend. Sydney should win this.