AFL Round 5: How about a nine-day week and footy on every day? Nope.

 

 

Yet another Thursday night clash saw Brisbane host Richmond and Jack Riewoldt and Jonathon Brown kick 4each for their respective sides. The Tiger attack was boosted by the presence of Dusty NeckTatts and Flash Gordon who each kicked 3, posing issues for the Orange Roughie in the Brisbane coaches box. Tigers 43pt win big away.

 

Pressure killed the Kangaroos in the form of the Magpies’ defensive mindset across the G on Saturday. Magpies’ Maxwell and a reinvented Fasolo repeatedly mopped up without fear of a Roo opponent. Up forward Travis Cloke kicked 4 in a half to dispel critics. Swanny too got as many stats as his tatts. Pies by 35pts – Roos’ Bucks fizz.

 

The Purple haze swarmed into Sydney to take on Buddy’s boys in what many expected as a finals preview. An even first qtr gave way to a Swans’ return to “bloods footy”. The Dockers playing catch up as Buddy found a drier SCG more to his liking with 4, matched by the Pav. Swans by 17. The Horse smiled, Josh Kennedy 38 stats.

 

Port flew west to take on a 2014 improver in the Eagles. Inaccuracy by the big Eagle forwards didn’t help as Kennedy (1.5) and Darling (2.3). Port started well but the Eagles had hit the front at the half. A more even spread of goals by Port helped, led by ex-Eagle Brad Ebert (2.1,26stats). Eagles 7.14 at home but Port left winners by 14pts.

 

Only an 8yo Saints’ supporter would’ve tipped what happened at Etihad on Saturday night. The more highly-fancied Bombers’ might’ve got ahead of themselves with a 3 goal lead at qtr time. Champion Saint Nick had other ideas, kicking 5 and running Bombers into the ground to inspire a meritorious 16pt win.  Don Stanton 3, 29 stats…

 

But for an ounce of luck, the Demons might’ve pulled off a remarkable win on Sunday against the Suns at the G. 5.2 to 3.3 in the last qtr by the Demons saw them lose by 8pts. Son of Gary (2.1, 32 stats) exorcised the Demons, his team kicking 11.20. Chris Dawes kicked 2.4, showing his own kicking Demons. N. Jones (30 stats)

 

The debut of #1 draft pick Tom Boyd made the GWS forward line truly the land of the Giants. Patton, Cameron and Boyd will cause headaches soon enough, but on Sunday the Crows took their Adelaide Oval advantage to the max after an even first qtr. Big Jenkins (4) and pretty big Dangerfield (5, 33 stats) led the way. Crows 65pts.

 

In the media storm of the week, Blues coach Darth Mick had stuck true to his footy smarts. Is the game is played 90% above the shoulders? Carlton’s 7 goals in the 1st qtr = total from rd4. Bulldogs were just hostages. Blues 1st win by 28pts, never going to lose, even a 6min hameo(hammy/cameo) to Supersub C Judd couldn’t derail it.

 

Easter Monday drew the round to a close in the best possible manner. If ever anyone doubted where footy is at then watch this game. 80000+ saw Geelong and Hawthorn in yet another encore performance for the punters and to disprove the disbelievers. Tomahawk ragdolled the Hawks to kick 5 and Steve J put on a clinic. Cats by 19pts.

 

…and now for the Anzac Day trilogy at the G, in Windy Wellington and in Perth…

 

 

 

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