FEARLESS 2022 – Round 16: The Season is Going to the Wire


A couple of 2022’s yoyo teams squared off at the Gabba on Thursday night. A form reversal was hardly surprising as the Lions took charge in the 3rd after a reasonably even first half. Cue Dogs dropping their bundle…a bit harsh but conceding 6.2 to 2.2 when the finals aspirations are up for grabs would’ve disappointed Bevo’s Bulldogs and their fans. The Lions at home by 41pts. Charlie Cameron 4 and BOG.


The Saints needed a big scalp to re-enter finals credibility. Carlton didn’t need to be that scalp on Friday night but meekly surrendered with wayward goalkicking…10.18 won’t get you too far. Despite the Saints’ carnage with injuries to a few players, the pressure the Saints brought for four quarters undid the normally precise Carlton ball usage and forward efficiency. While Saints’ injuries may be costly, a 15pt win eases the pain.


The Bombers owed Luke Parker a reception for the Swans star’s 250th game. In round 9 Parker had questioned the courage of Bomber Shiel. By the game’s end, the Bombers had whittled down a 26pt deficit to run away with a 9pt win off the back of Nick Hind’s roving goal at the 50m arc, Zach Merrett’s 3-goal heroics and The Package stamping the last qtr with his brilliance. Swans will regret 2.8 in the 3rd. Costly.


Adelaide started well against Melbourne on Saturday in the twilight of the City of Churches. A 1pt deficit at the half was shades of 2021 when the Crows caused the upset. However the steady hands at the Dees took control in the 2nd half, even without the ruck service of Jackson and Gawn. Oliver, Langdon, and Petracca gave Laird, Dawson and Keays a lesson in doing the job. Demons win away by 29pts. Petracca 33 and 3 goals.


Let’s be perfectly clear here. The clash jumpers between North’s away strip and Geelong’s Indigenous design were glaringly similar. So were the turnovers of the footy in North players hands. I doubt that they were interrelated though…for a good effort the Kangas lasted 1.5 quarters. The rest as they say was 2nd v 18th on 2nd’s home ground…umm…Cats by 112pts…ok people move on, nothing to see said Officer Barbrady.


Collingwood’s trip to Club Metricon turned up trumps and they came home with the 4pts. When the game is decided by 5pts, then maybe it’s line ball…however, Collingwood deserves a big tick for being composed and organized at the right time. Younger Daicos looking polished and older Daicos kicked 3 with Ginnevan. Rankine’s potential shined thru with 4. Result kills Suns final chances, but keeps Pies in the hunt for top 4.


Daniel Rioli probably doesn’t get enough publicity, despite the surname. His reinvention off the back flank (old school term) is one of the reasons, along with Liam Baker, for the Tigers’ resurgence. 28 stats and a goal, a good day for him, as the Tigers met a more resilient West Coast than earlier in the year. Jamie Cripps, likewise, not a big media magnet on the east coast. 3 goals, 24 stats. Tigers at the MCG by 35pts.


Wet weather football. To think the jungle drums were beating that maybe the game at Giants Stadium might’ve been called off is a nonsense..legal eagles and broadcasters should never have the final say. As it was, the Giants handled the wet better than the Hawks and the audience got a reasonably close and old- fashioned scrap, although neither side was playing for finals. Giants by 22pts. Giants’ Brown 4 in his 3rd game.


The Colonial Outposts Cup was played on Sunday at Optus Stadium when the WA Wharfies held on against the Port Stevedores. Granted, Port’s Gray and Marshall had chances to turn the result but both failed and probably sunk Port’s finals chances for 2022. Dockers by 8pts, managing to withstand Port’s fast finish. Rory Lobbed 5 majors whereas Port’s Wines racked up 39 stats in an entertaining clash of the seafarers.



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