AFL Round 8 – Fearless Review: Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums



Sydney beat Hawthorn by 2.7. A wayward Buddy (Hawk-turned-Swan) kicked 2.7…funny who had the last laugh. Kurt Tippett kicked 4.0 and maybe can give his new teammate a lesson in controlling waywardness (that may extend to driving lessons!). The footy public has seen what the Swans recruiters had envisioned with Reid also back. Swans home by 19 pointts. The Hawks’ small defence less the skipper Hodge proved Jack Dyer’s epiphany: the small men get tired but the big men stay big!


The Colonial Wharfie Cup saw Port Adelaide host Fremantle, a celebration of two proud football regions. The question as the game evolved was could Ross Lyon’s men maintain their sleeperhold for four quarters or could the evasive Port runners put on the afterburners. Enter Chad Wingard, Port’s young gun to seal the deal. Port 5.6 to 2.1 in the last was a statement. Port is a contender and Fremantle is not done with yet.


AFL Legend Bob Davis once called the Brisbane Bears “the too old, too slow, couldn’t catch a tram, blonde tips in his hair all-stars”. Brisbane Lions wearing the old Bears jumper against Essendon brought back so many memories of Carrara in the late 80s and early 90s…where is Reuben Pelerman these days? As it was the 2014 Lions couldn’t quite get the Bombers whose polish got them over the line by 8pts again.


Pink all around due to the AFL’s ‘Field of Women’ game dedicated to breast cancer awareness when Melbourne hosted the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night at the G. The two sides went neck and neck to the 21minute mark of the last qtr when Dogs’ Stewart Crameri goaled twice to ensure a Dogs 16pt win. Libba Jnr (27 stats, 2.1)


The GWS got lost in their own land of the Giants, being the West Coast forward line at Pattersons on Mother’s Day. Josh Kennedy kicked 11.0 ably supported by Jack Darling (3), Cox (2), NickyNatNoo (1) compared to the 12.5.77 totalled by the Giants. It was ugly for all bar the home crowd. GWS skipper Ward valiant as usual but the Eagles found touch and a % boost, a win by 111points. Rhys Palmer (29), Le Cras (4).


In the late 80’s, pop act Yazz sang “The Only Way is Up”. So it was for the Saints after their flogging by the Hawks. Carlton, however, was trying to kickstart their season, led on the night by Yazz. Chris Yarran found sparkling touch with 5 goals, ably assisted by young gun Menzel with 3 and recruit Everitt who shut out Saints veteran Montagna. Saints looked possible late in the 3rd, Blues too polished by 32pts.


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