2020 Fearless Round 1: The Corona Virus…Strange times Archie…indeed… strange times!


Well hello everyone. I don’t have a pressing time frame for this and hence the complete and utter lack of urgency.


It’d be fair to say that even though the footy has been stalled, the opinions still feel as vocal as ever. Is anyone actually listening? I’m quite enjoying the silence on the footy media front and not having to listen to footy media is quite blissful. The AFL’s Talking Heads should really be on the road to nowhere…


To be honest though, I don’t think former Dogs vice captain Lachie Hunter could’ve picked a quieter time to become front-page news. The only thing that’ll take his name out of the papers at the moment is when Gillon announces that the footy’s back…


Having said that, Lachie Hunter might well thank his lucky stars that no-one was hurt out of his random act of foolishness. I recall, as do many, what happened to Darren Millane when he took to the wheel of a car, having had way too much to drink. That was the worst possible outcome for a young man and for Collingwood and the footy public in general.


I’m sure remorse is what springs to Lachie’s mind at present. However spare a thought for luck too, young fella. The consequences could’ve been far worse.


*What is it about Middle Park? About fifteen years earlier, a drunk politician did likewise on Beaconsfield Parade and took out four cars…is it because there are so many cars parked on the street at most times of the day?


The saying goes: in order to be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid…


Oh well, enough said!


See you next time…whenever that is…


Yours in/out of isolation


Cheers PT



Round 1: Report


The new world order commenced with a crowd of zero, replacing an expected 90,000 as the Tigers and Blues kicked off season 2020. Jack Martin debuted as a Blue and was right at home in front of no people thanks to time at Gold Coast. Four goals endears yourself to new fans. Kreuzer down with serious foot injury, as the Tigers went out to a 51 point lead before racking cue. Blues closed in, couldn’t seal the deal. Tigers home by 24 points.


Zero crowd a reality, as Dogs took on the Pies to work out whether a pretender or a contender on display. Turned out there were both. Dogs had some good pre-season form and were confident of climbing the ladder. Pies, however, didn’t need to worry. Great team effort by Collingwood saw off a Dogs side that didn’t fire a shot. Grundy led the Pies to a 52 point win, leading young Dog Tim English a merry dance.


The hype machine had the Bombers progressing up the ladder in 2020. Freo had the different scenario of a new coach. Expectations cost Ross Lyon the job….were they unrealistic? Jacob Townsend didn’t waste time kicking 3 goals in his first quarter as a Bomber. A flyer by Essendon slowly got reeled in by the Dockers but both suggested progress. Freo’s Sam ‘Two Blues’ Sturt kicked 3 on debut, a key forward at last!?!


Like Freo, Adelaide has new coach syndrome with Matthew Nicks steering the SS Westlakes away from the rough waters of the past two seasons. Sydney’s cygnets, on the other hand, got back on the Horse. Heeney with 4 goals and Florent were cygnets guided by Bloods Parker and Kennedy, who managed to steal the points, despite the Crows solid first quarter. No Buddy, no worries. A Tex long bomb from 50m arc nearly…


GWS sought redemption in 2020. The Cats likewise, despite Prelim v Grand Final exits. Accurate kicking helped GWS steer away to a 15 point lead at the half. Crow-turned-Giant Jacobs exerted his influence, as opposed to Crow-turned-Cat Jenkins, quiet on debut.. second half saw GWS maintain accuracy and forward potency – enough to kill off the Cats’ challenge. GWS at home by 32 points… Greene and Perryman 4 each.


Gold Coast’s promising pre-season withered on the vine, as Port powered away to a cracking 47 point win at Club Metricon. A battle of two up-and-coming teams, the reality differed from the outset. Port controlled proceedings and the Suns chased tails all night. Led by experienced Boak and Rockliff, the Power dominated possession and efficiency. Draftees Rowell (1) and Anderson (2) for Suns totalled 30 touches.


Saints could’ve led by 10 goals, such was their dominance over the Roos in the first half. Inaccurate scoring was an issue for the Saints of late. That re-emerged as momentum swung back towards the Roos after halftime. Dominance of a 29 point lead featuring 13 scoring shots to 4 slowly began to dwindle. Unseen North players arose, despite losing three players to game-enders. All aboard the Cunners train to a 2 point win.


Hawthorn hosted Brisbane on Sunday at the ‘G’ in front of three men and, just maybe, a dog. Hawks were in the rare status as up-and-comer, unveiling a new General. After an even first quarter, the Hawks took control with Tom Mitchell easing back after a knee reconstruction. Greater forward efficiency aided the Hawks with Breust, Burgoyne and Wingate each finishing with 3. Hawks by 27 points, the Lions become one of the hunted.


Ex-Eagle-Hawk Xavier Ellis said his former team lost its home ground advantage without crowds. An empty Optus Stadium greeted Melbourne, desperate to atone for a disappointing 2019. Dees were competitive but lack of forward options was costly. Eagles superior amid the Optus Cone of Silence! Jack Viney very good and Flyin’ Ryan’s 3.3 proved a viable forward pocket. Dee debutant Pickett a live-wire with 2 goals.


…see you when we resume for Round 2…till then, stay well in iso…and exercise for your sanity…


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  1. ‘The AFL’s Talking Heads should really be on the road to nowhere…’ – love it! Applicable across all codes. Most of them are just so much a waste of (airwave) space.

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