AFL Round 15 – Fearless Review: Settled then, Sunday night footy in winter is a 100% dud.

Politeness governed Paul Chapman’s first game as a Bomber against his ex-Cat teammates and fans. Don Dyson Hansel clocked over 40 stats as the Cats started well, leading by 5 goals at the half. The Dons blasted 5.5 in the 3rd to take a 4pt lead at 3 /4 time. The Cats responded as expected thru Stevie Motlop to win by 9pts.

The Suns recovered last week in warmth, a far cry from the bitter cold and wet conditions greeting them against the Hawks in Tassie. Harbrow racked up stats as the Suns exploded out of the blocks. Lewis’ goal in the 2nd kickstarted the Hawks’ 9 goal spree. Game over. Hawks by 53pts. Cyril’s hammy pop – an unnecessary risk?

Richmond got their mojo back against the Saints after three solid weeks of unrewarded toil. The Saints got to see Rhys Stanley show some form after a spell in the magoos. Shane Savage and Billy Longer also showed their worth. Critics of Tiger skipper Cotchin might think again – 168 supercoach pts as the Tigers got a 44pt win.

Fremantle and West Coast in Derby XXXX, as the state of WA came to a standstill. The Eagles got the better of the first half using their forward press to stifle Freo’s forward moves. The Dockers got going after the half, thru livewire Stephen Hill (32, 3 goals). A seesawing encounter saw Freo home by 7pts.

North hadn’t won at the Gabba since 2005 and looked ready to atone thru the 1st qtr of Saturday night’s game against the Lions. Then the Roos stopped as if trapped in headlights. Fittingly the Lions saluted for retiring hero Brown. The Roos continue on the rollercoaster. Nothing gained from Harvey-Scott-Rockliff face-off. Lions by 4pts.

Sydney got their chance to extract Rd 1 revenge on their western upstarts, the GWS, in the Harbour Hoedown. It all started with a bang, unfortunately for Heath Shaw it was his head against Tippett’s knee. Sickening to watch. Buddy brought attention back to the footy (5 goals). Smith, Kelly, Whitfield rising Giants. Swans home by 46.

Marcus Bontempelli got his chance to live the dream, booting the winner for the Dogs in their clash with the Demons at Etihad on Sunday. Etihad isn’t the Demons’ happiest hunting ground but a tight one ensued after the Demons fought back from over 6 goals down in the 2nd. Dog Stringer 4 goals. Jamar starred 43hitouts, 3 goals.

Adelaide Oval was the focus in SA as the Crows-Port Showdown saw Port a warm favourite. Sando’s Crows had slowly improved in 2014. A 10pt Port lead at the half went as the Crows went on the offensive kicking 3.6 to 0.4 in the 3rd. Injuries hurt Port but the Crows won – that hurt more. Crow Jacobs won the KG Cornes medal.

A wet, cold and wintry night greeted the Pies-Blues at 7.10pm at the MCG.  A crowd of @40000 a testament to the cocktail of errors. The Pies got off to a flyer but the Blues managed to keep pace thru the 2nd, 3rd and 4th qtrs, thru Chris’ Judd and Yarran. Sidebottom reemerged. Pies by 15pts. No more Sunday night footy, thank god.

 

 

 

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