Round 1 and 2 Reviews: Fearless returns from the wilderness

FEARLESS 2017 Rd 1 – Enough of the undercards… here comes the main event!

 

Season 2017 opened with the Yarran D’Amico Cup between Richmond and Carlton. Dustin Martin added a few more zeroes to stalled contract negotiations and a number of positives emerged for the Baby Blues and the reformed Tigers, inspired by the new MCG statue of own legend KB, without the combover. The Widowmaker Nankervis set the Tiger tone in the ruck. Weitering , Tigers by 43.

 

Collingwood hosted the Reigning Premiers at the G on the Friday night with Pendles setting the tone with sidearse. 35 stats and 2 goals each but the Dogs held sway for most of the night. No doubts about the Magpies ability to get the ball (4 plyers over 30+) but their spine is lacking a bit at both ends. No doubt jeers for Travis Cloke’s goal inspired the new Dog against his old club. Patchy Dogs by 14pts.

 

4.35 Saturday kicked off Saturday footy to allow for the magnificent AFLW telecast live from Queensland. The Saints took on the Demons at Etihad, an unhappy hunting ground of late for the Melbourne supporters who found it. What started impressively for the Saints soon went south by half time as the Demons not only smashed StKilda/Etihad hoodos but earnt title of most likely in 2017.

 

Just to throw expected form lines out the window, Port’s trip to the SCG resulted in a win for the first time in yonks. Sydney couldn’t match the Power from Alberton after half time, a display that would’ve pleased Ken Hinkley no end and caused the Horse to vomit on his charfbag. Wingard and the underrated Young led the Powerful showing. Young Sam Powell Pepper looked good. Port by 28.

 

Essendon FINALLY got to get players back onto the AFL arena that is the MCG to host Hawthorn. Maybe the Bombers got to live a feeling that’s better than a finals win, a feeling of relief and solidarity that the saga was over. In the 3rd qtr, the spark was lit. The Hawks had been leading but the Dons wrested it back and never let go. Dons by 25. #1 draftee McGrath looked right at home as did skipper Heppell.

 

Banal marketing aside, the QQQQ clash turned in a beauty. Gold Coast were on the improve, the jungle drums had beaten over the summer. As for the Lions… well.. who’d’ve known that Brisbane would hold a 5 goal lead at qtr time at Club Metricon. This extended to ½ time and Def Leppard were singing Rocket to the Suns. 8 goals to 3 and the Suns had responded in the 3rd but Fagan’s Cubs held on by 2.

 

West Coast came to a sun-drenched and open-roofed Etihad to take on the Roo-juvenation. The young Roos led at the first change leaving former Roo Petrie with deja-Roo and a broken hand. New Eagle Sam Mitchell did as he pleased collecting 38 touches and feeding many down Josh Kennedy’s throat on the way to 7.0, Le Cras 4 providing good support. North needed to make less errors. Eagles by 43.

 

GWS might’ve believed all the hype generated in AFL land about them winning the Flag. Shut the Door! End it Now…Fi Fy Fo Fum, the Premiership is about to come…Sorry to intervene but Adelaide begged to differ. Apart from a lapse, the Crows exposed the Giants shortcomings and how by 56pts. Betts 4, Jerker Jenkins 3, Rory (Son Of Roy) Laird with 40 stats. Giants’ coach Leon’s Getting Larger fuming.

 

Geelong headed to Freo to take on the Fyfe-led Freo. Dangerfield v Fyfe always a duel to watch but that was the only highlight for the home team, apart from 2016’s standout Cam McCarthy’s much overdue debut for the Dockers. McCarthy 3 – solid, a target. Fyfe 28 stats. The Cats had too many answers though for the post Pav Purple Haze…Geelong by 42pts. Ex-Blue Tuohy solid for the Cats.

 

FEARLESS 2017 Rd 2 – The heat is … on. Why? It’s only Round 2 … 21 more to go…

 

Live ladder, Mick Molloy screamed, at the Thursday front bar as the Tigers overcame Bucks Pies. Yes, Richmond was undefeated and looking slightly more aspirational than 2016. Making Your Mind Up was a big hit for Bucks Fizz and could well apply to the Pies forward setup. Cox in week one, Cox out week two…tall or small. Richmond’s rejigged footy department and midfield paying early dividends.

 

The Doggies unfurled their flag on Friday night at Etihad, their first in 62 years as well known. The Swans then proceeded to break the shackles of the GF 2016 defeat and storm out qtr time lead as big man Tippett went down. A classic final quarter saw the Swans regain the lead off Reid/Buddy heroics before Son of Billy Picken answered the call with Bont and Jong to lead the Dogs to a gritty 23pt win.

 

Adelaide came to the MCG to take on the Hawks attempting to break a hoodoo that had lasted 6 games. It didn’t start well when forward Jenkins copped a knee in the ribs. As the third qtr progressed the Crows got the lead and it was no looking back, despite Poppy’s screamer and the ball magnetism of the other Mitchell. Crows break the Hawk shackles by 24pts to stay undefeated for the Showdown.

 

Watching the 2 newbies play is like eating Special K… only if you must. Suns’ trip to the Rooty Hill Reserve to tackle GWS was nothing short of a total eclipse. A margin of 102 points told the lopsided story and the return trip to Carrara and the Fun Parks wouldn’t have been without a Rocket – yeah! As for Ablett… gee we hope he gets found! GWS redeem themselves after the horror trip to Snowtown.

 

Gabbatoir Reservoir finally deemed suitable for AFL after Ashes’ test wickets (for Nov 2017), Adele concerts and Debbie does Queensland. The Bombers braved the elements, keen to prove that last week’s win was no fluke. Lions likewise… new skipper Beams led the charge for the Lions with 2 goals and 33 touches, a return to his best. But the Bombers this was no Fantasialand. Orazio 5, Dons by 27.

 

The Saints shot out of the blocks over in the west, leaving West Coast to eat their dust. Indeed 13 scoring shots by the Saints could’ve been more accurate and put a major dent in the Eagles hopes. 6.7 to 4.0 at qtr time. It wasn’t until Josh Kennedy got going in the last did the Eagles bring the crowd to life. Basically, bad kicking is bad footy and the Saints let one slip. Kennedy 4, Eagles home by 19pts.

 

Neale Daniher was quoted as saying footy sux some times. As it was when the more-fancied Cats pinched the lead off the Roo-juvenation with 3 minutes to go and for the first time. The younger Roos outfit had pressured and harassed before Danger broke free of Froggy Dumont’s tag to partner Selwood and Tomahawk in the heist. Cats by 1 pt after trailing at Etihad for 95% of the game. Ouch.

 

Public Enemy once sang “Don’t Believe the Hype!” As it was with Melbourne, the big tip for 2017’s improver. Bolton’s Baby Blues made the Dees look every bit as if they were believing their own press. Don’t sell your fans short… the Dees fans turned out in good numbers and looked like they were a carbon copy of 2016’s model. Maybe Carlton could’ve won, but the Demons at least rose up by 22pts.

 

Fremantle made the trip to the Adelaide Oval to take on Port Adelaide in the Colonial Wharfies Cup. They needn’t have bothered. Ross Lyon may as well clone Nat Fyfe x21 if they want to win. Port were inspired by a resurgent Robbie Gray with 30 stats and 6 goals. Charlie Dixon likewise with 4. Country Ken might’ve a way to rid Port of its flakiness. Port by 89. Showdown LOLXXOMG looms as a beauty.

 

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