FEARLESS 2017 Rd 8 – Born From an Egg on the Mountaintop – The AFL Launches in the Far East!

Winning ugly is better than not winning, such could be Adam Simpson’s comments after the Eagles held off the Bulldogs on Friday Night in Perth. An 8pt win reflective of both teams’ inaccuracy 9.15 to 8.13. Under the radar Andrew Gaff, Eagles star wingman, another game, another 35 stats … Josh Kennedy’s yips came home to bite at home when normally saved for the MCG … 3.6! Redpath 3.1


Ex-Hawk footy boss turned Lions coach Fagan returns to face his old mob Hawthorn against Brisbane in Launceston’s U-Tas Stadium. An even-ish 1st half saw the Hawks take a 13pt lead into the 2nd half and expand out to a 38pt win. Ex-Lions skipper Rockliff busted a shoulder en-route to 30stats and ruck Martin collected 63hitouts. Hawks got more injuries, notably Cyril … journeyman Henderson kicked 3.


Saints hosted Blues at Etihad and a verbal and physical stoush and melee turned battle royale in the days afterwards. He said/she said a classic scenario but who really knows what was said? The Sainters proved too good for Bolton’s Baby Blues in the end. Young guns Billings, Ross, Newnes, Cripps, Silvagni and SPS show both clubs are heading in the right direction. Saints by 19pts.


Don’t you forget about me… sang Stevie J. His direct Magpie opponent Brayden Maynard had booted 2 last qtr goals to keep the Magpies’ noses in front. However, GWS snatched a win as Stevie reminded all about his classic forward pocket roving skills to kick the sealer and provide enough celebratory spittle to water the ground for 2 weeks! The Pies brave but close enough doesn’t get the chockies!


The Black and Red Wheat Sheafs took on the Cats to enhance Kevin Sheedy’s vision of helping the farmers. To be truly effective in this regard, the game has to be held at the Cattery (post-renos perhaps!) Ungarie’s favourite grandson Joe Daniher led the Dons charge with 5.2, ably assisted new Bombers Stewart, Green and Tiwi’s Tippa. James Kelly 300 a chairlift from both clubs. Dons by 17pts.


Accusations Melbourne had got ahead of themselves in season 2017, Saturday night’s impressive 41pt win over the Crows in Adelaide might give reason to believe. Ex-Don Hibberd continued his renaissance helped by Salem, Oliver and Viney and Demon journeyman Pedersen with 3 goals. Boxer Shorts’ Bernie’s tagging job on Rory Sloane again proved effective. Cats need to watch Tackle Happy!


Tiger fans got the opportunity to sing “I don’t like Mundy” yet again as the Freo veteran sealed the game after the siren. How? Given that Richmond had just hit the front with 21 seconds to go…anybody? Three names tell the tale – Sandilands, Neale, Mundy – they were the orchestrators of the heist. Even Ross Lyon had left the coaches box believing the Tigers won. Brad Hill recruit of 2017.


Confucius say WTF! It was a China Crisis for the Shanghai Suns and Black Man Ray wasn’t there to help out! (Refer itunes!) Dodging rockets from the changeroom or from Kim Jung Un to the north, the Suns just weren’t up to it and Port powered to an impressive 72pt win in the maiden AFL game in China. KB was right – both sides pocketed $600K and the locals went to the corporate marquees in droves.


Sydney Swans maintained winning form for the second week in a row, comprehensively outplaying the yo-yo-esque kangaroos in a display reminiscent of say last year’s form. North looked flatter than roadkill as Swans skipper Kennedy led his merry band of young and old mates Heeney, Reid, Parker and Newman to a rousing 7 goal win. Robbie Tarrant flew the flag for the Roos keeping Buddy in check.


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