AFL Round :1 Fearless’ Review – Vale Dean Bailey. Now the six month roller coaster begins….

 

 

Fremantle came to Etihad to play Collingwood in the season opener. The Dockers walked away 70pt winners against an injury-riddled Magpies side. Sympathy? Sorry don’t go looking to Freo for that. The Dockers were brutal and clinical after an even first quarter, with only 2 players out of the Grand Final side. Bucks to drawing board..

 

Battle of the Bridge they called it – what rubbish! It should be called what it is: the culture clash: the Eastern Suburbs’ Lattes vs the Westies.. Buddy debuted for the Swans to  taunt the GWS. The GWS had the last laugh with a 32pt win steamrolling the Swans in the last qtr. One small step for the AFL, one giant leap for the GWS!

 

Richmond travelled to Club Metricon – widely tipped to feature deeper into finals in 2014. The Suns have a short history of being Richmond’s nemesis. Tiger tours of Queensland haven’t ended well, bar 2013. The maiden trip to Gold Coast saw the Suns continue the torment. Slingshot footy in the last qtr killed off the Tiger effort.

 

Port’s heat training took on Carlton’s altitude training as a race to the finish of an entertaining game at Etihad (post GP). A glowing endorsement for heat training, Port left the Blues reeling with a 7.5 to 1.2 last qtr. Napoleon Westhoff fired for Port with 5 goals and Robbie Gray 4. Gibbs 23 stats, 2 goals for the Blues. Port home by 33pts.

 

Adelaide wore black armbands onto Simonds Stadium in honour of their late assistant coach Dean Bailey. Sentiment is still alive and well in footy, as Hamish McIntosh took the field in his first AFL game for the Cats, his first AFL game since rd 7, 2002. A strong Crows challenge wasn’t enough. Cats by 38pts in champ Jim Bartel’s 250th.

 

A club trying to emerge from dark shadows, some of its own making, was able to also draw on emotion in solidarity and tribute to a legend, Dustin Fletcher. The Dons were able to salute for Fletch in an ad for free agency, as Goddard and Chapman were ably assisted by Watson and Heppell. North’s best frontrunners also complied. Dons by 39.

 

The streets of Launceston turned brown and gold as the Hawks unfurled their 2013 flag at Aurora Stadium, the Hawks holiday house. What is odd from the preseason is that media seem to have forgotten that Brisbane finished only a kick from the 2013 finals. The Lions gave cheek and physicality for 3 qtrs but Hawks in the end by 44pts.

 

An intense and physical clash between the Saints and Demons probably isn’t what the punters expected but fans of both clubs would’ve been heartened. Inaccuracy blighted a contest heavily featuring the rawness of youth. Roosy’s Demons got the yips kicking 0.8 in the 2nd. St. Nick led the way with 3 goals and 23 stats. Saints by 17pts.

 

A forgotten Eagle reintroduced himself to the world of AFL with 5 goals and 27 stats. Welcome back Mark Le Cras! Simpson’s donkeys got their season off to a flyer with a 65pt win over a spirited Red dogs’ outfit. Young Pups Macrae (31 stats, 2 goals) and Hunter (24,2) announced themselves as players as did a fully fit Shaun Higgins (23,2).

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