FEARLESS 2022: Round 19 – And Of Course…That’s What Happens When You Change The Rules

Finals preview…intensity…dour defence. Mistakes at critical times as Richmond hosted Fremantle at Marvel on Friday night. All for…well, 2 points that’s what! 2022’s first draw at 7.10 each. Commentators with collective hysteria. Last few minutes saw no score after Docker Banfield tied it up. Tigers didn’t Noah how to win. Coulda, woulda, shoulda…Intrigue…anyone know why Tiger Ben Miller got subbed off..?

 

Hawks up by 46pts at qtr time in Hobart where they hadn’t played before (since 1991). The Roos came crashing back down to earth with a thud. Hawks veteran Gunston returned with 5 and the last three quarters were a draw. Little comfort to the Blundstone crowd as the Launceston mob won. First time the two “Tassie” teams had played in Hobart. Mitchell 32, UDL 30 and 2 goals, Hall and Newcombe 30 each too.

 

A 7-goal Swans lead at qtr time at the SCG was effectively enough to see off the Crows. A winning margin of 33pts slimmed down to 3 goals in the 3rd qtr as credit to the Crows refusal to buckle. Crows ruckman O’Brien giving plenty of service to his mids, led by Laird’s 38. However Sydney seemed to always have the upper hand with Hayward and Franklin 3 each. Swans 22 tackles to 9 inside 50 says much about the game.

 

The Cats travelled to the City of Churches to tackle the Power. Port didn’t offer much resistance in the 1st half, trailing by 34pts at the half. An 8 goal Port 3rd qtr brought the locals back to life and restored the crowd buzz. From there it was game on with the unheralded Cat Tom Atkind having 7 tackles and Tomahawk kicking 2 late goals to break the deadlock. Good sides win. Cats 9 on the trot, away by 12pts. Amon 25.

 

Tropic Thunder XXWTF!? Saw a close one, unusual for the two teams as the Lions have ruled the roost for a while in Queensland. The Suns looked good at the half with a one goal lead and maintained that heading into the last. However, the cream rose to the top and the Lions kicked away to a 17pt win. Miller and Neale led the stats. Casboult 4, debutant Hollands 2 for Suns but friendly fire injury to young gun Ballard costly.

 

2020 #1 draft pick Jamarra Ugle-Hagan needed a breakout game and against the reigning Premier at Marvel on Saturday Night it was Jamarra – you beauty! 5 goals highlighting the kid’s raw ability. Moreso for Bevo his Dogs showed they could match it with the best and rise to a 10pt win led by the Bont and Tim Napoleon Dynamite English! A 5 goal to 1 last qtr a highlight for the Doggie faithful who now venture to the Cattery!

 

Carlton Giant Blues took on the GWS cabal, as Dwaynepipe Russell referred to their supporters! All of the mango and charcoal army was drowned out by an eager Blues fanbase, not yet willing to say the f-word. It was almost another f-word muttered when GWS roared back into the game at the half, led by gun forward Toby Greene. An 8 goal to 3 2nd half restored the Blues superiority, a 36pt win. Curnow 4, Cripps 34.

 

Jamie Elliott had the stuff of boyhood dreams to kick the winner after the final siren, as the Pies downed the Dons by 4pts at the MCG on Sunday…the learning curve for both teams in action. The Pies never say die and execution of skill under pressure. Bombers got an untimely lesson in how not to defend a lead and – ouch – how not to defend the last twenty seconds! Arguably the Bombers blew it. Ginnivan’s head MIA!

 

The Saints went about winning ugly by 28pts in the West on Sunday against the Eagles. The Saints last quarter was intriguing to watch, almost a collective attempt at grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory. Gun Eagle Kelly 4 stats only – held by Saints young gun Windhager. The Saints last qtr was almost summed up by Mason Wood grabbing the ball, turning, slipping over, getting up and still kicking the sealer.

 

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