With even the AFL Trade and Free Agency period now having a sponsor with Gillette plastered over everything, can it be too long before commentary of the opening round sounds like this:
Welcome back and we are minutes away from the kick off to the Toyota AFL season with the traditional Round 1 match-up between Carlton and Richmond.
A late change with an Advice Line Injury Update on Jeremy Duigan. An injury in the Dencorub warm up has him a late change, Doc Larkins saying it looked like a Betocchi ham-string and he is replaced by Josh Bootsma, who will wear the Subway Sub vest.
The Blues in their traditional white Tropfest Film Festival shorts tonight, the Tigers kicking to the Mirvac development end, Carlton to the Cricketers Arms end.
A lot of talk in the lead up that Carlton coach Mick Malthouse Theatre will return to the Collingwood style of play around the boundary and take play down the CFMEU left wing side, in favour of the Bolt Report right wing in front of the Great Southern Stand side. Let’s see how the move from the Westpac Centre to Visy Park has gone in the KFC off season and the NAB Cup.
Ready to start, the Coca Cola countdown clock runs us down to the siren and the OPSM umpire bounces the Volkswagen Sherrin onto the Toyota logo and we are away.
First Aussie Disposal to Cotchin within the Centre Federation Square and he kicks it Inside Football Inside 50 where Riewoldt takes a Big M Mark of the Day contender.
Too easy there for Richmond, Cotchin getting the Coroma Bathrooms tap from Maric, and Riewoldt will line up for the first Crown Casino goal of the season.
Slight angle but no mistake from Jack, and that’s a Good Guys goal of the day and the Virgin Mobiles scoreboard has the Tigers with first blood.
Centre Bounce Trampoline again, this time the Land Kruezer gets it down to Murphy, gets his handball out and then held, so a Free Tibet kick to the Blues. Murphy grabbed by the jumper, the Tigers looking to impose themselves with more Holeproof Underdaks hard tackles this season.
Murphy, plays on, goes inboard, kicks to the King Gee forward pocket, off hands to Place your Betts, handball to Garlett, off a step, loads up, has it got the Cash and Carry?!
No, it hits the Australia Post for one point. The Richmond Coaches Telstra T-Box will be relieved as theTigers lead one straight to one behind.
And so on, and so on, and so on.