Round 11 – Fearless: Sir Doug Nicholls Round! A celebration of contribution.

 

 

Both Sydney and Carlton made a much better fist of their jumper designs for this round. Marngrook game probably went as predicted with a spirited Carlton leading at the half, before Swans went up a cog to earn a 30pt win. Callum Sinclair staged for a free, despite a good game and Jack Silvagni kicked 2 after earning recall as an inside mid. Buddy 3.

 

Dees had overcome any Etihadophobia in the leadup to their game against the Dogs. Or so it seemed, until the Dogs got off to a flyer, leading by 8pts at qtr time. To make matters worse, gun recruit Lever had limped off with a suspected ACL with Melksham soon to follow. The Dees corrected their ship in the 2nd and powered to a solid 49pt win.

 

UTas Stadium hosted the match of the day as the Hawks hosted Port Power. Hawks jumper looked like something off The Simpsons –  a collection of Homer’s favourite skewers. Port powered to a 4-goal lead at qtr time before some local knowledge and a great Tassie record got the Hawks home by 3pts. Port too erratic, Hawks solid again.

 

GC returneth to Metricon Stadium as did the clubs’ first skipper and former favourite Sun/son Gazza. 37 stats and 3 goals indicated Gazza enjoyed his “homecoming” in his 2nd life as a Cat. His teammates enjoyed same, running out to an 85pt win. Selwood, Duncan, Menegola and Danger all racked up the stats. Suns Coach Dew-ly dismayed.

 

Essendon played Richmond in the dreamtime game on Saturday night at the G. The contest entered before it started. A 4-goal lead for the Tigers became bigger as the night progressed. Tigers home by 71pts. The Package delivered with 29stats but fittingly Shane Edwards delivered more 2 goals, 31stats. Alex Rance might do diving post-footy.

 

The last qtr was the Saints’ dreamtime against West Coast on Saturday night at Optus Stadium…and they nearly pulled it off. Tim Membrey had rediscovered his accuracy and finished with 6. The margin however was 8 goals in favour of the Eagles at 3 /4 time, even with gun Darling down. Eagles by 13pts. Josh Kennedy 6. Seb Ross 32stats.

 

Giant-turned-Roo Paul Ahern finally played his 1st AFL game since being drafted #7 by GWS in 2014. 29 stats not a bad start, given that he’d endured 2 knee recos in succession. 55pt Roos lead at the 1/ 2 became a 54pt win. Lions’ bravely soldiered on with 1 on the bench. Ex-Skipper Beams led well with 32 stats and 5 goals. Higgins 38.

 

Collingwood v Freo at the G. Debutant Pie Brody Mihochek kicked 4 goals on debut as 25yo. Nat Fyfe accidentally ko’s Pie Greenwood and there goes the Brownlow! Steele Sidebottom stepped up with 37, as did Hoskin-Elliott with 6 goals. Tom Phillips continued breakout year with 36, 3 goals. Freo travelling form woes, losing by 61pts.

 

Adelaide hosted GWS in the Injury Lists Cup, both sides with impressive Indigenous jumpers…GWS’ actually better than their normal charcoal and mango jumper with the BIG Gatorade G. After being routinely pilloried in the media for lack of it, the Giants showed real ticker. Zac Langdon 3, Cameron 3, Ryan Griffen 3, Kelly 31. GWS 16pts.

 

 

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