AFL Round 15 – Review: The plot thickens just a bit more

As we progress thru the season the true contenders show their heads and the pretenders fall by the wayside. Do the results of round 15 expose anyone? That would be much debated in the various forums, bars, internet chat rooms etc…

One thing is absolute at present. If you think the Essendon matter is clear cut then think again…reasons abound as to why the resolution is  still a month away. Whatever happens, at present I feel a bit for those in the firing line as  presently there is much supposition out there, in the absence of much more detail. However if the AFL’s integrity is at stake, we can only assume that they will come out swinging.

Bucks took aim at the media after suggestions that a depleted Collingwood was struggling this year. Having just beaten Carlton by 41 points, he was well placed to fire the broadside. The Pies had got lucky when big Blue Waite went down injured and proceeded to turn a 4 goal deficit into a solid win. Ben Reid goals rubbed salt in.

Julia Gillard’s move out of The Lodge coincided with her beloved Bulldogs roadtrip to Canberra to play the San Fransisco Giants. Adam Cooney might look to an acting career after he overreacted to Taylor Adams’ haymaker. Johannisen’s injury due to Cameron was ugly but not reportable. GWS lost the lead late, a maiden win doggone!

The Tigers banner dared to dream, talk of the f word, should they win. North had other ideas, turning in the Roos most complete performance of the year. An 8 goal to nil 2nd qtr and a strong defence set up a 62 point win. A strangely listless Tigers’ outfit may yet appear in the finals. Dimmer however was more likely to use another f word!

Tropic Thunder 6 took place at the Gabbatoir when the Gazza-less Suns travelled north. Leuenberger repayed the faith of a new contract, leading the Lions big men brigade, ably assisted by Big Johnno Brown, a reborn Staker and the Mask of Zorko. Sons’ Campbell Brown’s 200th – he’s played 186 more than dad Big Mal. Lions 33pts

Jeffrey Gibb Kennett’s reign over Hawthorn may yet be remembered for leaving the curse. At various times the Hawks looked they may challenge Geelong but it was all to no avail. Wayward kicking by both sides didn’t help, but 85,000 fans braved the cold to get an enthralling contest. Cats by 10pts – Hawks might need a witch doctor!

Lake AAMI hosted the clash of potential finalists between Sando’s Crows and Woosha’s Weagles. A strong start by Shaun McKernan was followed by an errant elbow…geez video killed your brother Corey’s Brownlow! Crows coughed up a win. Josh Kennedy sealed a win with great wet ground skills for a big fella. Eagles 6pts.

Melbourne hosted Sydney at the G. Good to hear Demons’ caretaker coach Neil Craig say what a great opportunity it was to learn for his young side by playing the reigning Premier -honesty in an age of spin. Swans were probably never going to lose. Demons put in a solid effort with Jack “the Giraffe” Fitzpatrick kicking 3. Swans by 31pts.

Out: Riewoldt for the Saints. In: Pavlich, Sandilands, Barlow and Mundy for Freo at home. Hmmm similar scenario really…Freo was never going to lose but given that the WA-infused Watters’ rebuild of the Saints led at the midway mark of the third, the Saints had done ok. Saint Tommy Lee kicked 3, Pamela – nowhere near. Freo by 30.

The Bombers lost their leader Jobe by late in the 1st qtr with a shoulder injury as Port had surged to the lead. Marginal big men at Bomber land Bellchambers (5 goals), Pears and Hooker led the charge. Ex-Don Monfries (4 goals) firing Port. Bombers went up a cog in the 2nd qtr. Port’s woeful waste up forward didn’t help. Dons by 30.

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