Fearless 2018 Round 15 – ‘Bye Bye’ Bye Rounds, return to normal scheduling

The Jumping Jack show overshadowed the Rance v Lance show as the Tigers hosted Sydney at Etihad on Thursday night. Jack Riewoldt stole the limelight on his way to 16 marks and 3 goals. The Tigers had all the answers, even after Reece Conca’s ankle went snap. Swans had too many passengers for a top of the table clash. Richmond by 26pts.

Pure and utter adrenaline under the Etihad roof on Friday night as the Dogs sought to break a long-standing hoodoo against the Cats that had dated back to at least 2010. Despite Lin Jong’s cameo being halted by injury, the Dogs had most things go right and got lucky when Harry Taylor’s postmatch shot on goal skewed through for a point. Dogs 2pts.

Carlton stalwart Kade Simpson passed 300 games in poor weather at the ‘G on Saturday as his Blues hosted Port. Typically Simmo racked up the stats, inspiring his teammates, en route to 37. Unfortunately for them, while the return of Murphy helped, Port had a better spread of talent. Blues brave, but R Gray, the Hoff and Wingard assisted Port to a 21pt win.

West Coast looked like they were continuing their solid Adelaide Oval form, a fair achievement given injuries had destroyed their forward 50 setup. 20pts up at the last change. Enter the Tex! Doing his best Hulk Hogan impersonation and dragging his team and the entire Murder of Crows across the line. That’s leadership! Crows 10pts.

6.3 to 1.2 in the 2nd quarter, indicated Collingwood had broken the Suns at Club Metricon on Saturday night. A 7pt lead at quarter time becams a 38pt lead at the half. 4.8 to 4.9 in Collingwood’s favour in the 2nd half. A 39pt win to the Pies, an indication that the Suns tightened up or the Pies eased off? An ACL means Lynden Dunn for 2018. Ouch.

An 8pt game personified as the Hawks travelled to Rooty Hill to play the Giants. 9th v 10th. Both had shown enough to be considered potential finalists in 2018. Despite Tom “Brownlow” Mitchell racking up 50, the Hawks just couldn’t seem to wrestle the lead off GWS. Ward led the Giant charge, helped by Lobb 3, Kelly and Cornholio. GWS 11pts.

Melbourne returned to the MCG to host the Saints, a game most punters thought would’ve seen the Dees return to the winners list. For the most part, it was the opposite. The Saints brought their A-game and pressure for 4 qtrs. Did the Dees just show up expecting to win? Mental Demons? Fritsch 4, Membrey, Gresham 4. Saints alive 2pts.

The Bombers and the Roos under the roof at Etihad, proof that the game is fast and the length of the oval is covered quicker than ever. The Dons are a fast-paced outfit with skill to restore confidence in the finals possibility. McKernan 4, Fantasia 4, Heppell 34 led well. Roos outgunned, a possible win clouded by inaccuracy at the end. Dons 17pts.

Brisbane travelled the width of Oz to tackle Freo at Optus. Sandi-less Freo opened up the game to Lions ruck Stefan Martin to dominate inexperienced Apeness. Then Fyfe goes down…the home side started to look vulnerable. Brisbane had already started well. Beams 33, McStay 3…Lions feast by 55pts. Ross Lyon… the only unhappy Lyon.

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