Great opening to the season

BY – JACKSON CLARK

They say there are two types of seasons – footy season and can’t wait for footy season. Fortunately, being from the Northern Territory, I am spoilt and get my footy fix all year round. The Northern Territory Football League spans from October to March and immediately after that finishes, the AFL season starts. And what a start to the 2012 AFL Premiership Season it was!

A number of blockbuster matches kicked off this year’s proceedings in a first round that spanned over two weeks.

We witnessed history on Saturday the 24th of March with the first game of the AFL’s 18th franchise the Greater Western Sydney Giants. The Giants performed gallantly against the Swans in its first official match.

Carlton proved preseason form counted for little when it comfortably defeated Richmond in front of a massive crowd at the MCG on Thursday night. The Blues turned on the afterburners in the final term, much to the dismay of the Richmond supporters that hoped for so much more from their Tigers.

Friday night footy was back with Hawthorn proving why it is regarded as premiership favourites. The Hawks overcame the Nathan Buckley coached Collingwood side in front of another huge crowd. All the stars were on show with Buddy Franklin and Cyril Rioli providing many highlights and a terrific performance from Scott Pendlebury.

It was a massive day for footy on Saturday. Melbourne appeared to have all to play for after the tragic passing of Jim Stynes but produced a disgraceful effort against the Lions.

Ablett was a one-man show for Gold Coast with another 40-plus possession effort in his side’s loss to the Crows. Ball-magnet Scott Thompson almost matched Ablett’s effort and the Crow has had a whopping 90 disposals in his last two outings at Metricon Stadium.

Two brilliant games of footy were contested on Saturday night. Hamish McIntosh had the chance to win the game for the Kangaroos but missed the goal after the siren, giving the Bombers a narrow win. Over at Subiaco, Ross Lyon inspired his Dockers to a four-point win over reigning premier Geelong in a high-standard encounter.

On Sunday, Josh Kennedy proved the big key forward still exists with a seven goal haul in his Eagles side’s impressive display against Western Bulldogs. And in the final match of the round, Port Adelaide, spurred on by the local crowd, held off St Kilda to win by four points.

If the opening round was anything to go by, it is sure to be a fantastic season!

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About Jackson Clark

Born and bred in Darwin, Northern Territory, I am a young, aspiring football writer that lives and breathes the game of Australian Football. I'm also a keen player and coach.

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  1. Jackson – be careful, with all that footy you could get leather poisoning.

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