AFL Round 7: Fearless Review

FEARLESS 2014 RD 7: May the Forth Be with you. The Expansionists are here!

 

When you kick 8 of your 10 goals in the last qtr, it’s fair to say that the opposition has had your measure defensively. And so it was when Carlton played Collingwood on Friday night. The Pies shot out of the blocks, limiting Carlton to 1 1st half goal. A 57pt 3 /4 time lead got whittled to a 34pt win. Bucks saw Pies do it well for three qtrs.

 

By the time the Saints realised the game was not at Etihad on Saturday afternoon it was too late. A 145pt win to the Hawks highlights the need to turn up ready to play. A 10 goal Hawk 3rd qtr put the result beyond any doubt, if there was any. Ryan Schoenmakers’ forward debut got 4 goals with others. The young Saints will learn.

 

Despite less than 7000 Vulcans turning up to a cold and wet Star Trek Oval in Canberra, the ACT AFL experiment needs to continue. The Giants are always going to struggle to get big crowds until they are successful. However a Jay Schulz clinic with 6 goals proved Port to be a show worth watching. Port was too good by 35pts

 

The Demons travelled to Adelaide in search of their first win in yonks. A win or a 6 goal lead – for Demon fans it’s hard to know what was better. Both went the Demons’ way. An exceptional 3pt win will be overshadowed by Jack Viney’s “alleged” bump on Crow Tom Lynch. Chris Dawes’ presence in the Demon attack was awesome.

 

The Lion cubs will learn from their 79pt defeat by the Sydney all whites. Minus warrior Big Browny, the Lions simply couldn’t create any goals. Goodes got 3 for the Swans, Kennedy picked up possessions at will, continuing a stellar year. Paparone 2, Rockliff (30stats) were good for Brisbane. The Roar won the A-league at least!

 

The Bulldogs love to beat Essendon. It is etched in lore at the Whitten Oval, alongside the names of the 1954 Premiership players. The 2nd qtr looked like it might come together for the Dogs, but the Bombers’ 6 goal 3rd qtr brought the game back to evens. In the end Essendon had the polish to win by 8pts. Fletch and Dyson Hansel (25 stats)

 

You could say that the umpires paid odd frees, that the Perth trip causes havoc to travelling teams, or that there is a secret AFL charter to get success into frontier teams, but ultimately these are all excuses, opinions or just B/S. A simple reality for North, the Gold Coast was far better by 43pts and Gary Ablett was quite well held.

 

Richmond nearly pulled off a win against the Cats, a feat the Tigers hadn’t achieved for God-knows how long. We’re heading into the dangerous mind of the supporter – ifs, buts and maybes. Sam Lloyd kicked 3 for the Tigers and Jackson (34 stats). Stokes and Johnson led the Cats’ stats. Could’ve gone either way but Cats by 5pts.

 

Perth came to a standstill for derby XXXWTFLOL. Two evenly-matched sides, Freo and West Coast took to Pattersons intent on improving their 2014 stocks. Freo grabbed the early momentum and kept the lead, except for a 3rd qtr surge from the Eagles. Wolfmother Clarke kicked 3 as Freo won by 19. Eagles yips hurt again (7.12).

                       

 

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