Fearless 2017 Round 14: Heath Shaw – now that’s a press conference

Like the Phoenix in folklore and Harry Potter, the Hawks rose from the ashes of season 2017. Ably led by the veteran Silk, the Hawks dispelled any fears of a wasted 2017. Adelaide didn’t play to their standing as top team. Is it disrespect? Who knows of the collective Crows mindset? A 5-2 goal last qtr by the Hawks saw Tom Mitchell and ex-Crow Henderson put the silencer on Adelaide Oval by 14pts.


Gary Rohan deserved some luck after a wretched run with injury. So to be in the right place at the right time in the dying seconds against a valiant Bombers outfit, Rohan got lucky at the SCG. Managing to fend off Bomber Gleeson, Rohan took the mark to kick the winning goal. The ups and downs of the last qtr hit warp speed until Rohan’s fate known. A classic game for Friday night footy. Swans by 1pt.


Robbie Gray set about Port’s game against Collingwood at the MCG on Saturday as if to prove a point. With 20 stats and 5 goals, he reminded the footy world that he’s a star. Oh what Bucks would give to get someone of that calibre. Crisp and Adams led the Pies valiantly, assisted by Peter Moore Jr with 3 goals. Port sought to make a statement after the previous week by 31pts. Pies powerless…


Brisbane coach Fagan would’ve done well to remind his Lions that GWS were a young team too and sitting on top. However the GWS composure is far greater as it showed against the Lion Cubs enroute to a 10 goal win at the Gabba. The potency of GWS forward 50 also a notable difference with Cameron, Patton and Greene all 4. Lion Rhys “The Beast” Mathieson 32 stats promising as was Robertson 23.


‘Heartbreak City’, an 80s hit, was the tale of the tape for the Roos against the Dogs at Etihad on Saturday Night. The Dogs began to run out of puff as Ben Cunnington marshalled his fellow North troops back from the 14 min mark of the last. 26pts down to almost a lead but for Jake Stringer’s heroics, continuing on from the Higgins tackle prior to 3QT. Dogs win by 1pt. Picken 3, Waite 3…


Melbourne smashed another hoodoo on Saturday night, winning for the first time in WA for 13 years. A colossal effort from Jack Viney, Cam Pederson and matchwinner Tom McDonald helped a last gasp win over the Eagles by 3pts. Eagles coach Simpson will review the last 10 minutes thoroughly to search for answers as to how a 16pt lead evaporates. Ex-roo Petrie 4, McGovern 3, T McDonald 5, Viney 38!


Fremantle nearly reminded the AFL of its famous finals win at the Cattery when Michael Walters’ snap drifted thru for a point with 6 secs left on the clock. A collective PHEW from the Geelong faithful as the Cats had got out of jail at home by 2pts with 3.5 to 0.2 in the last. Skipper Selwood having been KO’d early, Freo took the game from qtr time but just couldn’t close it out. Menzel 3, Freo’s Tucker 3.


Richmond were keen to get back on the winner’s list against an improving Bolton’s Baby Blues on Sunday at the G. A competitive opening by the Blues soon gave way to a wayward Richmond assuming the lead by the 1 /2. Blues ruckman Kreuzer continued to assist his side with 1st use, combining with Gibbs who finished with 38. However the Martin-led Tigers had all the answers by 26pts. Jack 3.


The Gold Coast Suns were at a decided disadvantage under the Etihad roof on Sunday twilight against the Saints – no Gazza. Despite nipping at the Saints’ heels all night and an occasional lead change in the 1st half, the Saints seized control after the main break to win by 31pts. Nervous moments aside in the last, the Saints head into the 8. 33 scoring shots to 22 but inaccuracy a sin. Rooey 3, Billings 30.


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