FEARLESS – Round 12 Review: The race is on…11 weeks to go and the 8 ain’t too certain

BYES: Essendon, Fremantle, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide, St.Kilda

and Western Bulldogs


Unto which the Cats look certain to take part in September, allowing the Tigers a quarter’s head start. After quarter time the Cats came to play, reeling in an 11pt deficit and heading into 1 /2 time with a 5-goal lead. Despite the 67pt loss, the Tigers should be a lock for September and will be better for the return of injured players. Tom Hawkins 4, G-ryan Miers 3, Duncan 34. Don’t forget the support cast (Danger, Kelly..)


Brisbane’s season had been solid so far and as they headed into 1 /4 time with a 3 goal lead against Carlton on Saturday, the lead soon ballooned out to 37pts and most thought “how far?” Enter the Marvel Marvel, Captain Carlton (the real one) and/or Atlas, Patrick Cripps put his teammates on his back and carried them forward. Blue Michael Gibbons’ goal kick started the Blues’ path to redemption, a win by 15pts. Cripps 38, 4.0.


Club Metricon saw the Roos’ return to the Gold Coast, after last year’s Cairns monsoon special. A 7 goal 1st qtr by the Roos, left the hosts flatfooted, an uncommon feature of the 2019 Suns. Roo recuit Tarryn Thomas showcased rare composure of a 19yo. The Suns were better after qtr time, but spent the next 3 quarters trying to rein in a 35pt 1 /4 time Roos lead. A 27pt loss suggested Gold Coast got better, but too little too late…


GWS travelled to the City of Churches to tackle the Crows, both teams well in contention for September action. Adelaide held sway for the most part for the game before the Giants sprung to life in the 3rd led by the underrated Taranto and his mate  Kelly. Captain’s goal by Tex midway thru the last regained the lead for the Crows and sparked Greenwood, Sloane and yet another Eddie golden goal. Crows 21pts.


West Coast had not won at the SCG since 1999. Trivia or truth..answer truth. So it was that Sydney was rarely headed. Sydney’s finals hopes had barely flickered in 2019 and the Reigning Premiers were on course for another tilt. The Swans won by 45pts, made even more meritorious with only 19 players (O’Riordan, Thurlow and Blakey all benched). A 41pt lead at ¾ time and the true Swans grit held on. Buddy, Papley 5 each.


Collingwood and Melbourne were both upstaged by the Big Freeze on Queen’s Birthday Monday. Once the footy got started, the Demons welcomed back key defenders Lever and May. The Pies showed why they were headed for September and the Dees showed why they were struggling. Better and more precise skills were on the Magpies side, as was a lethal fwd50. Gawn outpointed Grundy. Magpies by 41pts.


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