2020 FEARLESS Round 7: Welcome to the truly national competition

Perth Hub Game Number 1: Who’d’ve thought Geelong would host Collingwood at Optus Stadium in Perth? A bit more certain was Mason Cox being dropped due to the wet forecast. Enter Jordan De Goey. Bruce called it a hiccup and apologised. Others, sexual assault. Regardless, the Magpie army were grateful for De Goey’s 5 goals as the Cats weren’t as solid as the hot Pies across the oval. Pies by 22pts. Treloar had 34.


Queensland Hub Game Number 18: Eagleby Bombers hosted Woodbine Bulldogs at Metricon and what a form change. The Dogs reversed their poor showing to run riot over the Shiel-less Dons. Macrae, Hunter and the Bont got the ball, Phillips beat English in the tap-outs and Wallis kicked 3. Dogs led from midway through the 1st and never let up. Another Point Break Dogs recruit Cody Weightman looked the goods.


Sydney Hub Game Number 4: Greenbank Giants hosted Birrong Lions at Giants Stadium in what was promising to be a finals preview. The Ferrari had been spluttering in season 2020, and Coach Cameron was hoping it’d fire up. Fagan’s Lions had other ideas, leading from go to whoa! Cam Rayner being the most spectacular of 4 double goalkickers. The Giants fought back late in the 3rd but to no avail. Himmelberg with 3.


Sydney Hub Game Number 5: Sydney Swans hosted the Gilead Suns at the SCG on Saturday twilight. Suns in their Eagles-like clash jumper had gone in favourites. Given the Swans injury toll, it wasn’t surprising. What Coach Dew saw and got was a mature team performance, not really seen consistently by the Suns. Izak Rankine continued his stellar start with 2 and the Suns mids were fed by evergreen Ruck Witts. Suns by 32pts.


Queensland Hub Game Number 19: Injury-riddled Red Hill Tigers hosted the injury-riddled Nerang Roos at Metricon. This game proved how the Tigers depth is serving them well and how a batch of injuries can dishevel a playing list. Chol, Eggmolesse-Smith and Aarts are all looking the goods for the Tigers’ future. The Roos can forget finals and continue to blood the youngsters. 2.11 won’t win you much! Tigers by 54pts.


Queensland Hub Game Number 20: Cooroy Blues hosted the Palm Beach Power at the Gabba on Sunday. That the game was decided after the siren is a shame. A great game where the Power won off Robbie Gray’s final kick. However at the 13 minute mark of the last quarter, the Blues’ last score by Harry McKay saw them lead by 7pts. The last 12 minutes saw Port dominate forward entry and possession and nearly blow it. Power by 3pts.


Sydney Hub Game Number 6: Minto Demons v Hinchinbrook Hawks at Giants Stadium. The raging bull Petracca has come of age and don’t the Demons look better. Sharing 29 stats with Oliver, the Dees look more potent. Add Sam Weidemann with 3 goals and the grand old flag has new life. Hawks however are the opposite – an ageing list and not much spark. Gunston 3, Wingard 2. Clarko has work ahead. Demons by 43pts.


Perth Hub Game Number 2: The Covid Derby saw Freo with hosting rights and the Eagles with bragging rights for the 10th time in a row. This is probably symbolic of where both teams are at currently. The Eagles returning to Perth to ramp up a run to the finals and Freo adjusting to the new coach without Fyfe, the Purple Haze guru. Nippy Frederick looks a good Freo recruit, Josh Kennedy kicked 4.4 and grabbed the BOGGA* medal. *BOGGA = Best On Ground Glendinning-Allan Medal.


Adelaide Hub Game Number 1: Adelaide hosted the Sunshine Coast Saints at Adelaide Oval, as whispers circled that the fixture would embrace all nights in coming weeks. A better effort by the Crows and the Big Tex, but only fitting that the Saints broke their 10 game hoodoo in the City of Churches by 23pts. Jack Steele and Dan Butler (with the Ned Flanders hairdo) led the Saints charge. Tex 3, Steele 29, Butler 3.




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