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Cairns v Melbourne Oct 18
If it's Monday night then it must be game night in Cairns.
Melbourne finally got to crack open a champagne earlier in the round after squeezing past a spirited Kiwi outfit. All Blacks are out of the world cup, Breakers lose, could there be a worst week for our cousins? Melbourne got jumped by the green machine in round 1 and then had back to back losses to Perth. At least the win has been a relief.
Cairns were a little slow to start but a MASSIVE win over Perth is something that United are yet to achieve this season. Will that game be their "Grand Final"? or will Cairns use it as a sign of things to come.
Melbourne should be hots on favourite for this. Star studded players, coaches, hey even the water boy could make the cut at other clubs. Cairns have some stars too. Machado will give Trimble a little bit of trouble and Oliver has not disgraced himself. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Majok Deng is the X factor and if the beast turns up tonight, Cairns will get this one.
But United have their own X factor. He's got the face of a brooding teenager that's had his porn stash confiscated by dad for "further investigation", he is THE rooster when it comes to pulling fouls, and he has the wrist action that is needed beyond the arc. During the week he is a mild mannered Melbournian sipping decaf organic soy lattes out of his own cup from his favourite cafe in Brunswick and making sure he recycles his plastics to the Greta Thunberg standard, but come game night he is CG43...
I don't think Cairns will disgrace themselves tonight, but I just have the feeling that when Melbourne are down and need points, there will be some Taipan who with give CG43 a feather touch as he is shooting 3 and he will get the +1.
My score predictor says there is nothing in this and should be a +90 each game. Let's go for the home team shall we?