FEARLESS 2022: He’s back! Rounds 3 and 4 reviewed

Hi all, we’re back with another year of crap masquerading as footy chatter. There’s enough talk about all the games so we’re keeping the same format of in and out in 4 lines. Lord knows there’s enough coverage of the great game through all the media and social media outlets. It’s hard to escape at times.

 

I’d like to kick off the year on a promising note. Brad Scott said there will be no rule changes. He’s in charge now so hopefully he is true to his word. Might I add that after witnessing the blatant push in the back against Brisbane’s Harris Andrews on Friday Night at Geelong, it begs the question: when is it push in the back? Two hands fairly and squarely in the back, forcing the player out of the contest…a clear definition I’d be thinking. However as usual the AFL prefers opaque and tangential nonsense. KISS + Keep It Simple Stupid. Don’t give the umpires power to interpret. It’s like them trying to determine the mindset of a player heading towards a boundary line…we all grew up being taught the boundary line is our friend!

 

Apparently not! Another basic tenet of the game being interpreted and argued for no real reason. Go figure!

 

Here we go again…hope your team is having a good start to the year.

 

Cheers PT

 

2022 FEARLESS Rd 3: Dimma to Dan: No more Covid close contacts! Most agree except the AFL!

 

Within minutes of the start, you could tell Swans were off in their game against the Dogs at Marvel on Thursday night. Call it a Buddy hangover! Save for a Hayward 1st qtr goal, the Dogs were playing with a greater intensity. Shocking inaccuracy in the 2ndqtr by the Dogs =1.7, saved by the Dogs defence, keeping the Swans scoreless in the 2nd. Inaccuracy recurring for Dogs but an 11pt win ideal. Tim English starred.

 

The Demons looked like they were going to cruise away from the Bombers in the 1st qtr. 3.5 wasteful, as was 0.4 The Bombers found touch in the 2nd, reducing the lead, despite Clarry Oliver’s efforts for the Dees. Returning forward Sam Wei-demon kicked 4.3, matched only by 2 metre Peter with 4.1 at the other end. Dees too strong in the last. Bombers better but still 0-3 W:L Draper/Phillips ruck combo won out for Dons.

 

Jordan Dawson showed why both SA clubs were keen to get him for 2022 after he left NSW. A Friday Night Showdown highlighting a fierce rivalry. Port controlled the game for the most part, most thought the Power were home. However 2 Himmelberg goals reduced the Port lead to gettable in the dying minutes. Crow Dawson, recipient of the free (after Sholl had gone off), A point…no an off break goal. Port 0-3 W:L

 

After the AFLW preliminary finals were played, twilight centre stage was occupied by GWS and the Gold Coast in the last frontiers Cup. The Giants were never headed, led by rising midfield stars Taranto and Green and a resurgent skipper in Coniglio. Up forward, re-invented Blue/Sun Casboult kicked 3, matched by Himmelberg 3. For all the praise afforded the Suns in 2022…it seemed more of the same. GWS 26pts.

 

A classic was Collingwood and Geelong at the G on Saturday Night. Too early to call it a finals preview, but it was entertaining. A wasteful Pies team might be left to wonder 3.7 in the 1st qtr. Especially after a 9.1 3rd qtr gave Collingwood a 5 goal lead at ¾ time. De Goey 1.4 chief culprit. Jeremy Cameron 6.1 kicked 3 in the last as the Cats made a final surge to a 13pt win for Joel Selwood’s captaincy milestone game

 

Only the inner sanctum at North Melbourne could tell if the death of Irish ex-rookie Red Og Murphy had any impact on the playing group’s psyche. The Lions kicked 4 goals in 4 minutes and potential was there for things to get ugly. And it did! The Roos got a lesson in the difference between a stuggler and a finalist. Brisbane looked like a well-oiled machine, a win by 108pts. Roos just roadkill! McCarthy 5, Bailey 4.

 

Carlton v Hawthorn drew @66000 to the G on Sunday. Not bad, shades of the 80s when the rivalry was at its fiercest. The Blues started like a house on fire, leading by 34pts at the 1st break. Hawks started to reel them in to the tune of the last qtr as a seesawing tussle, a fight to the death. Blue royalty Silvagni kicked the winner at the 20 minute mark of the last. CJ repelled the Blues but CCurnow combined with McKay.

 

Maddie’s Match at Marvel Stadium got off to a flyer with 12 goals kicked in the 1st qtr. 6 apiece, before the Tigers kicked away in the 2nd to lead by 13pts at the half. The Saints burst of energy stalled until the last qtr when the shellshocked Tigers had no answer for a rampaging Max King with 4 goals in the last and a 7 goal Saints last qtr overturned a 4pt Tiger 3 /4 time lead into a runaway Saints win by 33pts. Membrey 3.

 

The Cottesloe Amateurs returned to Perth in time for its derby against the Freo Heave Hos. Coach Simpson welcomed back a few faces like Nic Nat Noo and Flyin Ryan, whilst Ted Lasso was sent back to the WAFL. That’s about where the game ended. Freo doubled the Eagles at qtr time and the Eagles didn’t score in the 2nd qtr. A 34pt 1 /2 time lead becomes a 55pt Freo win, unleashing the Fremantle rock n roll sea shanty!

 

 

2022 FEARLESS Rd 4: Congratulations to AFLW Premiers Adelaide, 3 flags in 6 years…a dynasty!

 

Dan Houston kicked Port’s 1st goal midway in the 3rd qtr. Yes, correct! The Dees had escaped by that stage and whilst Port hadn’t been playing too badly, the game was gone and Port were heading the oblivion known as 0-4. Whilst the travelling Demons didn’t set the world on fire, a 5 minute 5 goal burst just before the half blew the game apart. Demons by 36pts, led by the skipper Gawn feeding Demon midfielders.

 

The last time Brisbane won at Geelong, I think a bloke called Leppitsch was marshalling the Lions backline. Coach Fagan said the gloves were off and whilst it didn’t quite work the tv and crowd punters saw a quality game between two teams that should be neck deep in September action. Losing star back Stewart and the Battered Es-av? No worries! Calm heads, Cats home by 10pts. Tomahawk 5. Push in the back – extinct?

 

Response. That was what the North faithful wanted. That was what the coaching staff wanted. Against the Swans in Sydney, anything would be earned. Nothing was to be obtained easily. The rain had subsided and the Roos set about challenging the Swans through Jack Ziebell’s surprise appearance up forward with the 1st goal. He ended up with 5 and although the Swans got home by 11pts, the Roos had regained respect.

 

West Coast Eagles slowly reemerged from their alias as the Cottesloe Amateurs, largely due to regaining players from H & S protocols. Against Daicos FC, the Eagles flew east to Marvel for a match against a rival that had started well. When the game was there to be won, it was the Eagles who got the job done, breaking the shackles to register a win by 13pts. Not pretty, but effective. Pies search inward for answers.

 

Rumours of their demise had been greatly exaggerated as the Tigers performed an exorcism on the Dogs forward efficiency on Saturday night at the MCG. The Dogs kicked 7.19 – in the words of John McEnroe You Cannot Be Serious! The Tigers, however, just went on their merry way after half time. 50% efficiency inside forward 50 to the Dogs 46%, Tigers shooting accuracy 63% to 27%. Yep..you can lead a horse…

 

Meanwhile Jaymie Graham stepped up to the mike for the 2nd week in a row as Freo stand-in coach. As the Dockers saw off the Giants by 34pts, the Freo forward line was anything but the land of the Giants. More likely the land of the midgets. O’Driscoll, Schulz, Switkowski, Colyer, Frederick, Walters…the Purple midgets kicked 6.0 to 0.4 after troubles with accuracy disappeared. Leon’s Ferrari is now wildly erratic!

 

The Bombers held on for their first win of the year by holding off the Crows at Marvel on Sunday. The final qtr pulsated from end to end as Marvel games often do. Darcy Parish leading the Dons stats count and 2m Peter booting 3. Tex made a welcome return from the gallows with 4, ably assisted by the audacious young Crow Rachele with 3. Calm heads on the Dons when it mattered most, especially Waterman.

 

Saints alive at the G on Sunday as the Moorabbin juggernaut gained steam over the hapless Hawks. Not too many expected the Saints to be firing so early in 2022, but with a forward line of King 4,Membrey 4, Gresham 4 and Hill 4, it was certainly productive. The Hawks weren’t in it after qtr time as the Saints marched onwards to a 69pt win. Sinclair and Steele 30+ stats, Tom Mitchell 32, Mitch Lewis 3.5. Ouch!

 

Carlton headed to Club Metricon expecting another win under Voss the Boss. What they didn’t count on was the Suns ripping up the script and leading at every change. And then Patrick Cripps got subbed off and…yikes a hammy! Chol celebrated his return home with 3 and the unheralded Malcolm Rosas likewise for the Suns. Zac Williams 36 stats, overshadowed by Noah Anderson, Touk Miller and Lachie Weller 30+

 

 

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