AFL Round 2: Form? Don’t write anyone off just yet!

 

 

Thursday night footy saw Richmond hosting Carlton at the G. The Tigers had some shackles to break, the Blues with an 11-1 recent wins record. Tigers got off to a flyer thru Deledio before Mr Fixit Everitt quelled his influence from there. Inaccuracy saw Tigers kick 2.6 in the third and Blues 3.7 in the last. Tigers by 12. Ty Vickery got 4.1

 

Bomber’s Bombers took on the Premiers at Etihad with Sam Mitchell, Hawk gun, a late out. The Hawks dominated the first half,  32pt lead  at the half. The Dons not overawed, kicked 6.3 to 0.4 in the 3rd qtr to turn it into a scrap to the death, despite key injuries (Ryder, Hodge).  Cyril kicked the winner with 2mins left. Hawks by 4pts.

 

The Saints played GWS at Etihad in Saturday sunshine with St.Kilda out to a 4pt lead at qtr time, only to be overturned by Giant Devon Smith on his way to 5 goals. Ably assisted by the ruckman Giles with 4 goals, the Giants kept the Saints honest. Son of Tracksuits Templeton, Eli kicked the winner. Saints by 7pts.  Riewoldt got 5 goals.

 

Adelaide Oval’s resurrection as SA’s home of footy kicked off with a Showdown generally dominated by Port. A second qtr fightback by the Crows got them back in the game, but a broken leg to young Crow Brad Crouch typified where the Crows being behind the 8 ball. Port powered away in the 2nd half to win by 55pts. Wingard 4.

 

Oddly enough, the Suns were not allowed to shine in the wet at Pattersons against Fremantle. A terrific start, the first two goals by Day and Matera, was soon brought undone by ill discipline. From there, it was either Crowley’s sleeperhold on Gary Ablett, the Dockers press or the wet but the Suns failed a big test, losing by 48pts.

 

Sydney’s home game at Homebush against Collingwood normally comes mid-year. Both sides struggled to hit targets despite good condition of the ground. Ex-skipper Maxwell played as if nobody wanted to play on him and helped the Pies to setup a win in the 2nd half. New skipper Pendlebury helped with 33, Beams 30. Pies by 20pts.

 

Queensland wet greeted Geelong as it strode onto the Gabbatoir to play the Lions. This didn’t seem to bother Steve Johnson on his way to 37 stats but it did affect the accuracy of scoring attempts. 1.7 in the first quarter improved to be 8.7 in the second. Lion Sam Mayes showed how with 4.0 but the Cats had the better firepower and won.

 

If ever Paul Roos was unfamiliar with the collective psyche of the Melbourne players under pressure, he would’ve been educated on Sunday. The West Coast Eagles came, saw and conquered by 93pts. The Eagles 6.5 to 0.1 in the first qtr set them up for a big win, although Demon injuries have also cruelly felled their manpower. Kennedy 4.1

 

12 months ago, Majak Daw kicked 6 goals. Fast forward a year and Bulldogs unveiled Kim Jong Il another of footy’s diverse recruiting patterns. The Vietnamese-born kid’s debut was probably the only highlight of the first half, a dour struggle where 4 goals were kicked under the Etihad roof. The game opened up after the half. Roos by 29pts.

 

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