Fearless, Round 9: Melbourne has copped enough! Focus elsewhere please…seriously it’s like shooting fish in a barrel

Having set a dubious precedent (players with sleeve tatts don’t squib, do they?), Josh Hunt and his Cats took on the Dogs in the Little River Hoon Cup. Weather jibes aside, a reasonably tight game saw Stevie J put on a clinic to assist the Cats get home by 20pts. The Cats’ cream rose but Principal Skinner, among many dog pups, on the up.

Richmond hosted Hawthorn at the G, meaning no home ground advantage at all. An 8pt game to prove whether the Hawks were premiership favourites or there was some legitimacy to the Tiger revival. An emphatic 62pt win by the Tigers, led by Jumping Jack’s 6 and Ivarn’s mullet and Richmond is on the march. Hawks were never in it.

Saturday saw the Power Source Cup as the Suns took on the Power for the first time their maiden AFL victory at AAMI in 2011. Port dreamed of 2 in a row, and after half time made it happen. Port kicked 10.9 to 3.4 in the half, converting a 1pt lead into a 48pt win. Boak, Pearce and Brad Ebert led the Power surge. Solar 1, Coal 1

Ask any non-Saints supporter who their club should recruit and Lenny Hayes would make the top 5 of the compiled list. The admired Saint warrior played his 250th game and his teammates duly saluted. The Swans gave the Saints an early fright before Milne and Saad Wonder Soap ignited the forward 50. The remodelled Saints by 28pts.

Sheedy’s Martians took on Sheedy’s Ex-Club at Skoda Stadium somewhere in Sheedy’s Sydney Western Suburbia (?near the Rooty Hill Leagues Club). If Sheeds wanted to motivate Jobe to 60+ possessions then…well done Kev – throw in the “I’d have traded him” jibe!  As tipped, Sheeds’ old mob taught his new mob a 66pt lesson.

The Feathered Scavengers Cup took place at AAMI as the Crows hosted the Magpies, pitting besties Bucks and Sando in opposing coaches’ boxes. Daisy Thomas might have played better games but better quarters doubtful. He set the Pies on fire to break open an even game and led the Pies to a slogging 26pt win. Pies ACL #4 – Keeffe.

Fitzroy’s Ashes 1996 Cup took place early on Sunday between the two suitors for the skeleton of the former Fitzroy FC. The Roos were jilted and followed up with 2 premierships and the Lions won the 3peat. It was almost deja-roo as the NMFC shot out to a 58pt lead before winning by 16pts. Brisbane got 10 goals to 4 in the 2nd half.

Carlton took on Melbourne at the G on Sunday and had the same lethargy associated with their earlier GWS clash. Sluggish until the last change, the Blues them rammed home the message, kicking 7.3 to 0.3 to win by 58pts. Eddie Betts kicked 5 and Robinson and McLean filled the void left by Murphy’s injury each gathering 33 stats.

The Battle for WA bragging rights took place on Sunday twilight (?) in Perth as the Eagles took on the Purple Haze. Ross Lyon is fast becoming the Garry Kasparov of the AFL, turning footy into chess. Fortunately Matt Rosa had other ideas on his way to the Glendinning Medal for BOG with 43 touches as the Eagles got home by 48pts.

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