Round 13 – Fearless: The Bye Rounds #2

On the Bulldogs last trip to Adelaide they kicked 2.14. This time they met a Port Power side with less Watts. Port saluted in a manner that most tipsters thought likely…a 57pt win not necessarily reflective of the difference between the two sides. The Bulldogs managed to catch up often, but each time Port would get clear. When Dan Houston kicked the last goal, the crowd yelled “Houston! Port don’t have a problem anymore.” Bevos Bullies better, but Port finetuning and getting consistency on the road to finals.


Sporting a new mohawk, Aliir slotted back into the Sydney defence in a timely manner as the Swans took on the top of the table Eagles at the SCG. Buddy’s 2.5 probably saved the Eagles from a heavier loss as the Swans finally took a stronghold on a home game. A 15pt win a tough result for the Eagles to bear without Jack Darling, they’ll bounce back. For the Swans, however, progress…compared to where they were at this stage of the 2017 season, although the last qtr of 0.6 was a worry. Cygnet Ollie Florent 29 stats.


Sitting like a shag on a rock, the media said Carlton Coach Brendan Bolton resembled. No one to support him they cried…by virtue Bruce The Shark lies in waiting to pounce. 0.7 is what Carlton kicked in the first half against Freo at Etihad on Saturday. That added further credence to the theory, especially in the same time frame Freo, a shaky traveller, kicked 12.5. Game over by half time. Neale, Mundy and Fyfe ran amok, ably assisted by Big Sandi and a poor Carlton effort. A 57pt Freo win, Carlton won 2nd half.


Relief…pure and utter! Such was Alan Richardson’s facial expressions post-siren. The hitherto listless Saints were sinners in the first 3 quarters against Gold Coast at Club Metricon on Saturday afternoon. Stuart Dew must’ve liked his team’s efforts as Suns players found touch in a game that normally rated as an 8pt game. This was more like a 20pt game, given its relative significance in the timing of the season. Enter the Suns final qtr yips (4weeks for a total of 2pts). Saints got momentum, Gresham kicks winner.


The Crows had every right to rate themselves, going into their game against Hawthorn at the G on Saturday Night. And on the flight home, I’m sure they downgraded that rating. A 3rd qtr where 0.0 was their score and the Hawks kicked 7.2 and game over. Even 2.5 in the last by the Hawks saved Adelaide some embarrassment as the Crows kicked 1.3. The Crows forward set up had kicked 4.8 for the night. Tom Mitchell 40, JaegerBomber 30, Sicily 3.0..Crows ruck Jacobs 2…Don’s Pykers. Hawks home by 56.


The Tigers returned to their safety net at the MCG, where they had won their last 15 games. They were hosted by the Cats on a wet Sunday afternoon and welcomed back Dusty from his NZ trip and calf strain. Also, Premiership hero Dan Fevola-Rioli for his 1st game of 2018. Big Cat Rhys Stanley produced his best AFL game enabling the Cats midfield juggernaut many opportunities. Joel Selwood led with 29 and 2 goals but it was the Tigers whose last qtr stole the show by 18pts. Tomahawk 3. Cats wayward.

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