FEARLESS 2021 – Round 22 Review: Penultimate Round Bravos

Hi all, rather than continue with the Captain Grumpy theme, a chance with the second last round to celebrate:


Many players retire (by choice or forcibly) at season’s end…Shaun Burgoyne and Eddie Betts probably lead the charge as does Marc Murphy and David Mackay from the Crows in terms of game numbers in career. Others are obviously Bachar Houli, David Astbury, Tom Rockliff, Shaun McKernan, Levi Greenwood and Chris Mayne. There will be more no doubt. Not to mention those that will be forced to look elsewhere such as Tom Lynch and Daniel Talia. Again, there will be more as clubs soon come to learn their fate in season 2021. Now a time for reflection and hopefully, more than anything, a sense of pride in your achievement. To play in the AFL is akin to being given a gift, as far as I’m concerned, and what you choose to make of it..well… is largely up to you and your efforts. There are plenty in the lower leagues that never make it, nor get the opportunity. Granted there are other mitigating circumstances such as injury and opportunity (or lack of), coaching and related appointments, game plans, and maybe a sense of timing to determine the individual’s longevity in the AFL.


However it plays out, may the retirees enjoy long and healthy retirements in their respective next fields of endeavour, both professionally and personally. It’s fair to say that social media is full of opinions. Disregard the bad ones, mainly for your own sanity. Enjoy the good ones, there are plenty of well-intentioned and knowledgeable people out there, so hopefully they speak accordingly.



2021 FEARLESS Round 22: Does Your Team Actually Want To Play Finals….?


An 8pt game if ever there was one as the GWS hosted Richmond on Friday Night. Originally was at Giants Stadium then Marvel Stadium thanks to the TaliDan and Groovy Gladys. The Giants announced that they wanted to play finals and the Tigers played like Emperor Nero, fiddling while the empire crumbled. Toby Who? Timmy Taranto picked up the slack with 4 1st 1/ 2 goals. GWS 39pts.


Hawthorn was going to play out the season, according to outgoing Clarko. They certainly did that against the September-bound Bulldogs at Utas in Launceston on Saturday. The Dogs looked a far cry from the finals and only led for 10% of the game. Surely a team that kicks only 5.7 needs a good hard look! Was Josh Bruce that important? Credit to the harassing Hawks, Daniel Howe 34. Hawks by 27.


The Saints wanted to play finals and started accordingly against the Cats at the Cattery on Saturday twilight. The slow starting Cats trailed by 19pts at qtr time, as Captain Jack led the Saints standards with a productive forward 50. Cats reduced the lead during the 2nd, led by the Danger and the Homeless Man, and attrition to get the lead to win by 14pts. Cameron 4, Tomahawk and Membrey 3.


Initially Carlton wanted to play finals as witnessed in the 1st qtr at the Adelaide Oval. A wayward Blues took a 4pt lead into the 1st break over Port in veteran Marc Murphy’s 300th and final game. From then on it was Port Powerful. The Blues managed 3.3 to 1 /2 time and then 0.6 after the main break. Port then racked on the last 19 goals to win by 95pts. Dixon 4. Eddie Betts’ last game in SA.


Brisbane hosted Collingwood at the Gabba and the Lions took only a qtr to burn off their opposition. While the Pies were competitive for the 1st qtr, the Lions kicked 7 goals in the 2nd and 3rd qtrs to ice the game. An 85pt win was spearheaded by Crazy Frog Cameron with 6 and Daniher ad McStay with 3 each. Ex-Cat Cockatoo stringing some game time together with 2. Neale 31, Crisp and McBags 30.


The first half saw the Swans regain some touch against North at Marvel on Saturday night, leading by 5 goals at the half. The Roos regained some composure afterwards, getting to within 4pts in the last. The momentum swung and young North forward Ford Pills cashed in with 2. Enter Will Hayward with 2 in the last to regain team poise. Injuries to Blakey and Kennedy hurt. Swans by 14. Hall 30.


Melbourne hosted the Custard Crows at the MCG and, far from being a mismatch as ladder positions might indicate, the Crows were competitive throughout. However a 23pt lead at the last change blew out to 41pts by the end. A solid Dees win, led by Fritsch with 7, 4 in the last. Crow veteran Seedsman led the way with 36 and the unwanted Lynch with 29. Crow Darcy Fogerty 3, Dees too much polish.


Speaking of too much polish, the Bombers travelled to GMHBA Stadium in Geelong to be hosted by the Gold Coast Suns, no less. Maybe the Gold Coast thought would provide similar conditions to the Gold Coast. The Suns started well with 2.2, but kicked 2.4 for the other 3 qtrs. Meanwhile the Bombers rammed home the Package. Stringer 19 disposals, 5 goals. Dons by 68pts. Keepings off?


Derbies like Sunday’s Fremantle v West Coast Eagles game at Optus Stadium are worthy of higher audiences. From start to finish, a high octane affair, even though the Dockers’ blistering start indicated they wanted finals action. Eagles managed to shake off any lethargy from a 31pt 1 /2 time deficit in the 2nd half. A Serong party trick goal iced the game, Freo by 15pts. 1st Derby win in 11.


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