AFL Round 9 – Fearless: The bump is not dead but it’s on the critical list

With mullet replaced by porn mo, Tex Walker returned to the Crows side from a knee reco. The City of Churches came to a standstill as Collingwood had flown west to sellout the new Adelaide Oval. The Crows’ slow start allowed the Magpies to fly out of the blocks before the game evened up. But if they can’t amp up the siren to cover a full house…I mean really. Tex’s rustiness (0.4) covered by Josh Jenkins kicking 4. Crows by 19pts to kickstart their season back into gear. Wayward kicking for both.

Buddy Franklin’s history against Essendon is well-known. A 5 goal haul for Buddy the Swan probably then came as no surprise. A 7-goal first qtr by the Swans at Etihad just about put the Bombers out of the contest. Kennedy 39 stats, Tippett and McVeigh 3 goals each but the Bombers fought it out as Goddard, Zaka and Hibberd racked up the stats. Swans won by 55pts but Dan Hannebery’s bump on Hurley will cause angst.

That Jack Watts got a standing ovation towards the end of the Demons game against Richmond meant maybe Watts is feeling more settled within the Demons’ Roos-led structure than ever before. The Tigers led at half time but seem to be lacking confidence at present. Compounding this was chronic inaccuracy with 9.20, unhelpful in a close finish. Journeyman Pedersen enjoyed his best game too. Demons by 17.

A virus floored its two best players of 2014, but Brisbane took the field against North with a couple of its team still full of gastro. North proceeded to show no mercy. Led by evergreen Boomer, the Roos started well for a change. Inaccuracy prevented anything greater than an 87pt win as the Roos kicked 17.23 to 6.2. The four qtr defensive effort would’ve impressed coach Brad Scott. For the Lions, a day to forget.

Super Pav strode onto Paterson’s for game 300 against the Cats, the first WA-based player to reach that milestone in the AFL. Matthew Pavlich has been an ornament to the game, highlighting much of what we value therein. That Freo got off to a super start left the Cats in their wake. A 5 goal qtr time lead to the home side led to a 32pt win. Catchup footy is never easy, despite good efforts from Stevie J, Selwood and Tom Hawkins. Ballantyne, Mzungu and Mundy supported the Pav. Sandilands and Zac Wolfmother Clarke chaired Pav off the ground. He’s still after permission to land.

Just in case anyone forgot, Gary Ablett Jnr can really play. The young Saints got a close look. The senior Saints got a timely reminder. 37 touches and 4 goals a masterclass for the AFL world. 4 goals to Matera and Tom Lynch helped the Suns to another Etihad win by 38pts. Saints’ intensity lifted after 1/2 time, reducing a 10 goal ½ time lead. Jack Steven led the Saints push to respectability, but the Suns are good.  

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