AFL Round 14: Salute to Big Jonno Brown – a battered warrior calls time

The Discovery Channel docos will tell you that Lions can’t swim. That the streets of Freo flooded during Saturday almost reduced the Lions-Dockers game to water polo. The Lions got washed away in the 1st half, only to re-emerge for the half time argy-bargy near the race. 0.1 in the 1st half for the Lions didn’t get better. Freo by 83pts.

It is sad to say goodbye to the champions such as Jonathon Brown, but it is also sad to imagine the effects of multiple concussions as a mighty player heads into his later years. 250-odd games for a club that you barracked for because your dad played for them – not a bad effort. For such courage is his legacy as espoused by greats of the past – Voss, Matthews, Carey and Brereton. As Justin Leppitsch, Brisbane coach, said last week: He owes the club nothing. Fittingly a new chapter begins with the impending arrival of the 3rd child. Recovery from concussion followed by more noise!

And of the Lions, there is a big hole to fill. Even up to his last game, Jonathon Brown was capable of kicking goals and taking strong marks. Close, Paparone, Lisle and Martin will all try to fill the void, as will veteran Ash McGrath when he returns from injury. Disregard last week’s game, Freo in the wet is a hard opponent. Freo in the dry is a hard opponent too, but the time will come for the Lions to discover and train some young talent that has been unearthed. Taylor, Robertson, Gardiner, Aish to complement Rockliff, Redden and Zorko…Brisbane’s future is in the rebuild at present. If the courage of Jonathon Brown is the guiding light, then the players are in good hands..

Meanwhile…Richmond continued its vein of form that was so close to bagging a win. The last 3 weeks had seen the Tigers’ effort improve but the Swans was as close to a win as has been. Enter Lance Franklin, Hawk-turned-Swan to kick 4 in a low scoring encounter. The Tigers’ first half superiority got lanced by a show of Buddy magic. Swans 11pts.

The Dogs took their winning form to Adelaide Oval to take on ladder leaders, the Power from Port. A stellar start saw the Dogs head to the first change 4pts ahead. Port then turned on the afterburners, led by 8 goals from Jay Schulz. Once Port hit the front, despite Big Will’s goal, Power was too good. Port by 72pts. Griffen hurt.

There was a moment near 3 /4 time where Collingwood looked the equal of the Hawks and were about to take charge. Then the Hawks kicked 4 goals to one and reasserted its grip on the game. Bucks gave big Witts a spray “C’mon man your brother Harf is in the crowd!” Hawks kicked 5.3 to 4.1 in the last qtr to win by 29pts. Cloke 5, Breust 4.

Harley Bennell arrived in the AFL on Saturday twilight. Kicking 6 goals and grabbing 26 touches, the potential morphed into the superstar as his Suns overran Geelong at Club Metricon. It takes a special talent to reduce Gazza to a spectator, albeit one with 33 stats. As for the Cats, lower rotations due to injuries, but Suns shine by 40pts.

The Bombers got off to a flyer against Adelaide at Etihad on Saturday night. 3 goals in the opening 5 minutes had the visitors on the back foot, as did their inaccuracy. Once the Crows regained some ascendency, enter BJ Goddard. 16 stats in 3 qtrs, 16 in the last. The Crows were coming like a fast train. Jenkins 4. Bombers just by 9pts.

Carlton headed to Sydney’s west for the first time to tackle the GWS at Spotless, minus skipper Murphy. The Giants began to assert some superiority in the 2nd qtr 21pts ahead at the half. After the game Darth Mick was to bemoan the lack of leadership of his players who had been unable to wrest back the game. GWS by 8pts.

St.Kilda hosted West Coast and started well. Former Claremont teammates Tom Lee and Jeremy McGovern squared off as opponents. McGovern winning the head to head with 3 goals, Lee 1.1. It was young Saint Billings who stole the show with 3 goals and 25 stats. The Eagles found their groove after qtr time, home by 33pts.

Melbourne played North on Sunday twilight at the G. The Demons’ defensive game and forced inaccuracy by the Roos. Early in the 3rd qtr, North led by 7pts after Dawes goaled. Then 7 goals to one by the Roos – game over. Turnovers killed the Dees and North had made them pay by 41pts. Boxer Shorts Bernie Vince 41stats and 3 goals.

 

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