FEARLESS 2019 – Round 1: Better late than never without Foreman, Shatner, Winkler

Déjà vu again! Bolton’s Baby Blues barely passed wind in the 1st qtr as the Tigers exploded out of the blocks, led by Tiger Tom Lynch who immediately showed why he has earnt the big $. Meanwhile Bryan Adams put on a rock concert of a high standard at Rod Laver. When I left the G, it was 34pts. Despite a Blue awakening, Tigers by 33.

 

Collingwood and Geelong put on a rusty display x2 as the match practice (or lack thereof) kicked in. Only polished player was Tim Kelly, a WA local at heart if the suitor wore blue and gold. Kelly’s worth goes up, Gazza proves worth as a forward. Pie Elliott a solid return with 3 goals. Last qtr a cracker. Rockabye Tomahawk. Cats by 7pts.

 

Melbourne toyed with Port early. It looked like how far, then Port’s first goal and the lead was 12pts by midway in the 1st. Whilst not wanting to be accused of getting ahead of themselves, the Dees were reeled in by Port. Not a devastating loss for the Dees but reminded that it starts again. The Hoff 5, R. Gray Rockliff, Watts ran amok. Port by 26.

 

Wearing its most enduring away jumper ever, Hawthorn took the field at Adelaide Oval on Saturday. Tom who? No Mitchell, no worries. Tom DudeA goes down and the Crows defensive stocks drop with his ACL. However either the Crows were well down or the Hawks were better than most expected. Clarko’s cunning rebuild. Hawks by 32.

 

I’m surprised that Marvel Stadium didn’t leave more players thor after season opener between the Western Thordogs and the Swans. Witnessed by Hollywood Royalty in Thor Hemsworth and Jason Bourne, the Dogs held sway for the most until the Swans barnstorming finish in the first qtr. The playing surface needs repair pronto. Dogs 17pts.

 

Meanwhile up in Queensland, the reigning premiers met Lachie Neale, Brisbane’s high profile recruit. Stored up with ammo from derbies past, Neale managed to inspire his teammates as did new recruit Jarryd Lyons. Eagles’ flying start was eviscerated as the home side showed its potential in the 2nd and en route to a 44pt smashing. Eagles dive.

 

StKilda hosted the Gold Coast at Etihad and I don’t know why some would call it a clash for the wooden spoon but it’s a bit early to make that call. A close game decided by a point was what occurred for the record. Both sides have a point to prove after 2018.

Alex Sexton kicked 4, forgotten man called Bruce kicked 3. Saints by the barest of..

 

Giants Stadium saw the GWS host Essendon in a strangely lop-sided clash that wasn’t expected. A 12 goal win and the Giants had consigned the Bombers for a bout of soul searching earlier than expected in 2019. Cameron 4, ex-Pie Keeffe and Cornholio 3 and 31 stats. The Dons gave Woosha and line coaches some headaches from start to finish.

 

Speaking of headaches, Roos coach Scott got plenty from insipid Roos charges at Optus Stadium. Fremantle looked like a finals contender, or maybe North’s efforts needed the Benny Hill music. Freo’s recruiting hit paydirt with Conca, Schulz and Colyer good. North’s skeletal Bailey Scott, Rising Star. Freo by length of Ascot Racecourse straight.

 

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