Round 17 Review: Fearless on the Kangas and other footy matters

Kangas: Roadkill in waiting? Or can they rediscover their mojo?


Broooce would’ve been in the stratosphere of euphoria as Cyril’s once dodgy hammies powered thru a 50m+ kick to get the Hawks over the line at the death on Thursday night at the SCG. DELICIOUS! SPECIAL! DELICIOUSLY SPECIAL! Buddy had assumed limp status, unusual really given the magnitude of his year to date. Swans looked home and hosed but the Hawks do it yet again by 5pts. Rohan 4.


Freo’s competitive spirits were alive and well and nearly got them the 4pts against the Cats at Subi on Friday night. A bloke called Dangerwood had other ideas. Danger 31stats, 4 goals, Selwood 31 stats, 9 tackles, even old coot Enright got 30. Too much reliance on too few the critics cry. Fremantle’s year of regeneration has seen Blakely, Weller and Collins intro’d but Hill led the charge with 37. Cats by 17pts.


The Dreamtime return game saw Dusty NeckTatts get 43 stats trying to lead a Tiger renaissance with newbies coming in. Big Tiger Griffiths kicked 3 as the Bombers were competitive and gave Woosha some cause for optimism for 2017. Zach Merrett continues his stellar form, helped by Fantasia with 3.3 and Laverde 2. Both teams to be playing out 2016 ok but there’s something for coaches. Tigers by 19.


Port kicked 6.3 to 0.5 by North at Etihad in the 1st qtr at Etihad. Who was playing for a finals berth? The inaccuracy continued to plague North for the next two quarters getting to 5.17 at the last change before finally kicking 5.0 in the last. Port meanwhile conceded more time to the opposition’s forward half in the 2nd half but the damage had been done. Roos left to rue. Power continued surge by 28pts.


Cazaly Stadium saw the Western Bulldogs host (yes host!) the Sunnyboys in Queensland’s final footy frontier in Cairns. The Sunnyboys were subject to much Doggie heat and some local heat on a fine FNQ evening. From the outset, the Dogs had too much ability with the Suns midfield minus their established stars. Dogs inaccurate 3rd qtr saved the Suns from a major blowout. Dogs too good, home by 48pts.


Collingwood travelled interstate to the City of Churches to see if they could continue their impressive form against the Crows. Inaccuracy killed the Pies to start as 1.6 at the qtr break before outscoring the home team in the 2nd. The Crows got the yips in the 3rd but still outscored the Pies. Grundy breaking even with Big Sauce Jacobs and the Magpie midfield giving a good account. Crows by 28pts too good.


Were the Eagles good enough to win away from home? Facing off against Carlton at the G on Sunday, West Coast thought they could dispel the doubters. 33pts up late in the 3rdqtr: job done, you’d assume. Winning margin 7pts. At the end the doubters might not have been silenced after all. Carlton pushed Weitering forward for 2 and Cripps started dominating. A mixed bag for both teams. Docherty 32.


St.Kilda hosted the Demons who hadn’t ever exorcised their Etihad demons. According to SEN’s David Schwartz, Melbourne had won 1 game from 54 starts at the venue. How is that possible in this day and age. A positive start saw the Dees lead by 17pts at the first break. A 5.3 to 0.3 2nd qtr in favour of the Saints turned the game. Tim Membrey 4. Saints by 36. Demons conquered by demons and Saints.


GWS travelled north to the Gabbatoir to attempt to return to the winning list against Leper’s Lions. Inaccuracy by GWS in the 1st qtr before a 10 goal 2nd qtr by the GWS pushed the lead out to 51pts. A 7 goal 3rd qtr by GWS stretched it further to 74pts at the last change. Inaccuracy hindered the Lions in the last but Brisbane is at least getting games into youngsters. GWS 79pts. Ward, Kelly, Cameron 3.

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