AFL Round 10 – Fearless Review: Make the bye rounds mid-season please

(BYE: Brisbane, Essendon, Fremantle, Melbourne, St. Kilda, Sydney)


Slow starts have killed North in some games in 2014. The good sides will not let you get back in when the gate has been bolted shut. Geelong did this at will without star Stevie J.  Bartel and Kelly picking up his slack.  Geelong at home is a tough ask for any team and if you snooze you lose. Some junk time goals made North’s effort seem better than it was. A 20pt loss says respectable but could easily have been 12 goals.


Once feet were removed from foreign orifices (post Jumping Jack’s media circus last week), Jack reminded the footy world that he could play with 11 goals to sink GWS. The Travelling Tiger faithful were in full voice too..Steve Morris kicks a point, “get back to the backline”. Jack kicking a point got met with “Stick to the game plan Jack”…same voice too, heard over the din of 3 men and a felafel in the crowd at Spotless Stadium in Western Sydney. Dustin Martin’s still in good form. Tigers easy.


And speaking of peanuts, Foxtel once again allowed “Press Red For Ed’s Head” – really just another excuse for Eddie McGuire to spruik matters black and white in the commentary team beside Daicos, Shaw and Chrisso – three Magpie stalwarts. If he was serious he would’ve channelled Legendary Perth commentator George Grljusich and started referring to Eagles and Mike Priddis, Dave Cox and Norm Natanui. Ernie Yeo’s teeth gave a good example of why mouthguards should be worn. Ed didn’t explode as the Pies managed to wrestle the lead late in the game to win by 8pts.


The Hawks had won the last 5 over Port as they flew to the City of Churches for the top-of-the-table clash on Saturday night. Injuries have come to the Hawks at the wrong time but Port didn’t care, controlling the game effectively all night. Jordan Lewis led the 2nd half fightback, but Port’s young guns Boak, Polec and Wingard held sway. The Power home at home by 14pts, shooting clear at the top of the ladder.


Gold Coast hosted Western Bulldogs on Sunday and the visitors took it right up to the Suns from the start. Liam Pickenafight stood Gary Ablett and provoked the champ’s errant elbow, sending Brownlow betting markets into freefall. The elbow resulted in a jerking head movement by Picken but the actual video was inconclusive as to point of contact. Both head and chest would’ve got the same reaction. Adam Cooney though can consider himself lucky, cannoning into Ablett’s head. Reality as predicted, the Suns at Club Metricon were too good for their opponents by 7 goals.


Carlton hosted Adelaide with the CFC emblem in Blackadder ITC font, a throwback to days of history when quills wrote. Adelaide wore their “artists palette” away jumper just to add to the visual aesthetic. What unfolded was a tight game where Eddie Betts nearly broke the hearts of his ex-teammates with a lone hand in the last qtr, but the frenetic daisy chain of events in the last minutes aligned in the direction of a Carlton win. 5pts the margin, Darth Mick was happy with the 4pts and Daisy’s form.


  1. Earl O'Neill says

    I got a few good laughs from the Richmond fans. “Substitute him!” after Jack kicked a point, f’rinstance.

Leave a Comment