AFL Round 23 – Review: Believe in Fairytales

FEARLESS 2014 RD 23: Believe in fairytales. The Tigers did it. It’s now game on!

 

Maybe it was buckley’s or none, Collingwood’s chances against Hawthorn. That didn’t stop the Magpies from starting like a house on fire. Debutant Gault kicked his first goal within 5 minutes and Gunston’s first of 5 came nearing qtr time but slowly the Hawks reeled in the valiant Pies and rolled them into puff pastry by 65pts.

 

Carlton started their clash against Essendon amazingly leading by 5 goals at qtr time. A brilliant sky and yet a disappointing 57000 crowd proceeded to get the crowd pleaser that the AFL wanted in daylight hours. An 8:1 2nd qtr by the Bombers brought them back into the game. Blues’ Matt Watson kicked 4 in 2nd gear. 2014’s 1st draw.

 

A top 4 spot for the winner of the Freo-Port clash at Subi. After a see-sawing first half, Freo powered away to a 38pt lead before Port stormed home with the last 5 goals. So close but so far. Schulz 6, Gray 33 but Ballantyne & Walters got 7. Both forward lines productive, Freo’s Neale 34 and the Dockers now go to Sydney’s west.

 

It was there that the Tigers sought to climb the mountain to win game no. 9 in a row, this time over the ladder-topping Swans. Rain forecast and a massive Swan’s own goal by leaving out a sore Buddy, coupled with Richmond’s fast opening and the stars were beginning to align. That the Tigers managed to hold on by 3pts says it all.

 

Brisbane ran onto Simonds Stadium Geelong hoping to get close to the Cats like they did in 2013. The Cats and especially Tomahawk had other ideas.  62pt margin belies the progress the Lions have made in the 2nd half of 2014 but losing ball magnets Rockliff and Zorko didn’t help. The Cats finetuning. Hawkins 7, Selwood 3 votes?

 

Resting players before finals is almost flirting with your form. So with 5 regulars out, North hosted Melbourne at Etihad. Mason Wood made his debut for the Roos (not Bunnings!) and the Demons came to play, level at the first 2 changes. 10 goals from North players totalling 12 games, it worked ok. Roos home by 30pts. 5x Demons 24+.

 

The Coasters Cup was to be of significance to the citizens of Perth, but the Tigers fixed that. As it was, a 52pt win by West Coast at Club Metricon earned the Eagles 9th spot. Kennedy kicked 8 but Eagles coach Adam Simpson must look to reconstruct without any premiership players whereas Bluey McKenna just wants Gazza back.

 

Adelaide Oval became the truckstop for the last time as local hero Ben “Truck” Rutten played his last game as did AFL legend St Lenny. Crows beat a Saints’ side that is in Richo’s rebuild. Betts 5. A 79pt win for the Crows but it’s semantics. Crows’ coach Sando has his work cut out what’s needed for 2015 – there’s talent there but..

 

Retirees Josh Hunt (Cat/Giant) and Gia (Bulldog thru and thru) hit Etihad with gusto in their last outing. GWS sought to break another hoodoo – no wins at Etihad. GWS started well and looked likely to spoil Gia’s party but no…the Dogs came back and nearly stole it. GWS’ Devon Smith kicked the winner. GWS’ Borat-style song is s*^t!

 

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