Rd20 2012 FEARLESS: Adios Olympics! After much ado, see you in Rio 2016!

It’s fair to say that MADNESS played well at the start of the Olympics closing ceremony. The ska/reggae/pop champions of the 80s haven’t been live on TV since an episode of The Young Ones when they played at the pub frequented rarely by the unruly 4 students.

In keeping with the MADNESS theme…when a bloke (Geelong captain Joel Selwood) gets a reprimand for pushing his brother (Eagle Adam) on the opposing team in the side of the torso…well it’s MADNESS I tell you. That would’ve happened whenever siblings played in the backyard…crikey what is happening with the MRP! In keeping with the MADNESS theme, the MRP have gone ONE STEP BEYOND!

West Coast hosting Geelong was an opportunity to satisfy the home crowd that Woosha had his men ready for September. Embley returned after months out and when the Tomahawk came crashing down to earth, the Eagles capitalised on the Cats sudden run of injuries. The Cats couldn’t hold on and were brave but Eagles by 5pts.

An overstretching of Nick Reiwoldt’s leg probably summed up the Saints afternoon against the Demons in the battle for eternity at the G on Saturday. Enter Beau Wilkes, ex-Eagle, to kick 5 goals and steer the Saints to victory. Melbourne, thru young Sam Blease with 5, reduced a 50pt deficit at ¾ time to a 25pt loss with an 8 goal last qtr.

Adelaide hosted Fremantle as the AFL’s finals focus headed to AAMI Stadium. Crow Daniel Talia’s afternoon on Matthew Pavlich would go far in determining the result. Talia had racked up some key scalps in 2012 and 2 goals to the Pav helped the Crows win by 28pts. Dangerfield’s influence couldn’t be stopped. The Crows stay in 2nd.

The 2035 Grand Final preview took place as the Gold Coast hosted the GWS at Club Metricon. GWS’ Hoskin-Elliott kicked 5 in his 7th game and Gazza Jnr kicked not one but two sealers to ensure the Suns a home win for the 1st time and the fireworks associated with NYE! Even veteran Campbell Brown earned another year in the AFL.

Carlton aimed to keep finals hopes alive with a win over the travelling Brisbane side. The Blues’ form, without their exiled skipper, had actually been good with only 1 loss. The Lions inconsistent 2012 might augur well for the future but while they were competitive for a half, Carlton brushed them aside to win by 36pts. Betts, Garlett 3.

Credit where it’s due, the Magpies travel and travel well. To win against the top side in Sydney after imposing a sanction on Swan and then incurring an injury to Thomas sets the Pies well up for September. GWS games aside, this was a great ad for the game in Sydney’s western frontier. Dayne Beams took centre stage with the sealer.

Whiskas Buddha Hocking took his Port charges onto Aurora on Sunday. Initially Buddha’s moves had impact with Port leading into the 2nd , before the Hawks unleashed an 8-goal barrage in the 2nd. Port stemmed the flow as Cyril subbed off with a shoulder, but the Hawks blasted Port in the last, 11 goals to 3. Hawks by 72pts.

That the Bulldogs trailed by only a goal against Richmond early in the third was a good thing after their week of Libba-ration. That the Bulldogs lost the game by 70pts said as much for the Doggies season as it did for the Tigers’ belief that anything is still possible. A % boost as Trent Cotchin stamped his class all over the MCG game.

6 of their best 22 still injured, Essendon took on North at Etihad in the Sunday twilight battle for 7th. North’s luck with injuries came unstuck by qtr time, losing Wells and Adams early. Boomer Harvey and ineffective Bomber field kicking dictated the 3rd qtr. A Hurley goal made it 3pts in the last, but North home by 24pts.

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