FEARLESS 2021: Round 12 – Sir Doug Nichols Round continues as Dreamtime hits Perth WA

 

BYES: GEEL, GWS, GC, HAW, NM, PA

 

Giants Stadium hosted the grand final preview for many punters to about ¼ of the crowd capacity. Melbourne were due to play Brisbane in the Alice but Covid got in the way. Regardless, it was a cracker, defined by two halves. Brisbane owned the 1st half and the Dees owned the game after the main break. Petracca and Clarry got the Dees back in the game, after Zac Bailey nearly set up a Lions win. The speed, the skills, the intensity – all there for the viewing public. Demons by 22pts. Tom Mc MeatMan and young electric Pickett 3, Bailey 4. Dees are playing for each other like never before.

 

Sydney Swans hosted St.Kilda at swapped venues to be recalibrated later in the year. The Saints had their woes in front of goal, but there’s nothing new in 2021. Meanwhile the Swans kept on keeping on as the surprise packet of the year. A miserly defence of unknowns, coupled with a more productive forward 50 and midfield. Game over. The effort was there for Saints coach Ratten, just the whole package is a work in progress. Recruit Crouch played his best game for the Saints, almost bringing his own ball with 38. Will Hayward 3, Swan Super Amartey good in 1st game. Swans by 9pts.

 

Jamie Elliott. The difference. End of story. Collingwood can credit the win to him due to his 6 goals in his first game back after injury. The Crows at home are a difficult proposition but 4 goals to Elliott in the 1st qtr and the Pies were looking more potent than in previous weeks. The Crows went up a cog in the 2nd due to the twin presence of Tex and Darcy Fogerty but inaccuracy haunted their efforts. Despite gaining the lead in the 2nd half, the Crows couldn’t do enough to get the win. Collingwood back on the winners list by 5pts. Elliott 6 goals, Laird 40 continuing his stellar year. Hot Pies again!

 

Due to Covid, the Dreamtime game came to Optus Stadium in Perth and was sold out within 17 hours, a fitting tribute to WA’s many fine Indigenous players and their careers. Essendon and Richmond squared off as the centrepiece of the Indigenous Round. Fittingly, it was Tiger Shai Bolton who provided many highlights. Darcy Parish continued his fine year with 44 stats and the Yookien Medal for BOG. With the Bombers hitting the front at the 10 min mark of the last, was it a case of déjà vu again? No. 7 goals to the Tigers, a fair way to establish who’s the boss. BANG! Tigers 39pts.

 

Undermanned best described the Eagles against Carlton at the SCG where Eagles hadn’t won since 1999. A raft of changes had led the Blues in as favourites. Try telling that to the 22 Eagles! Straight out to an 18pt lead early in the 1st and the Teague Train had been derailed. Yet the Blues stayed competitive, despite main man Harry McKay’s concussion forcing a Carlton rethink. Eagle Flyin’ Ryan proved the forward with impact with 4 goals and the Blues still had goalkickers and ballwinners. Carlton fans must tire of these 4 goal losses and yet they were in it, just not connected as a team.

 

Fremantle’s rib cage Indigenous jumper was eerily appropriate as the already skeletal playing list was further cruelled by another 4 injuries by game’s end. The Bulldogs were keen to get back on the winner’s list and had Aaron Naughton kicked as well as he marked, it might’ve been a bigger margin. As the Dockers sought to mount a serious challenge in the last, down goes Darcy, Cox and skipper Fyfe to leave the Dockers limping to the line. Josh Treacy filled in for Matt Taberner (a late out) with 3 goals. The Dogs spread the midfield load and Libba’s two goals sent Dogs on the way to a 28pt win.

 

 

 

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