Round 20 Review: Fearless – Welcome to Rio!

The unrelenting media focus had been on Tigerland with nowhere to hide. After conceding a 4 goal headstart against the Magpies, Richmond responded in the best and most emphatic fashion…a win. An Aish goal tied it midway thru the last, then goals to Ellis Lloyd and Rieweoldt hit Coach Dimma’s misery for 6! Bucks fizzer as new Tiges Markov, Marcon, Short and Moore help the usual suspects.

Massive Power failure by Port at the SCG. A 41pt lead at qtr time by Swans had flicked the switch on Port’s faint finals aspirations, putting them on life support. Swans midfield tyros Parker Hannebery and Mitchell quelled the efforts of their Port opponents, despite the best efforts of Wines and Pittard. A broad forward spread helped the Swans whereas Port’s forwards went missing. Swans 11 goals.

The usual circumstance at the G in the last qtr of a Hawks v Dees game at the G over the last decade…Cyril puts the Hawks in front at the 11 min mark and the MCG members collective groan registers on the Richter Scale. Here they go again….but wait..Stretch, Bugg, Pedersen, Tyson x2 goals and the Dees smash another hoodoo that had lasted 10 years by 29pts. Viney massive 39, Tyson 30.

Gold Coast had done everything right to beat fellow newbie the GWS at Club Metricon on Saturday, except win. A GWS win by 7pts was more a case of pulling the result out of the fire. Mumford, the maligned Scully and Greene led the Giants charge and Cameron kicked 4. Tom Lynch, acting head Sunnyboy, kicked 4 and tried to get his teammates over the line. GWS win ugly but get job done.

That 61 beat 47 under the roof at Etihad shows the defensive nature of the Dogs v Roos clash. Dogs won thru defensive pressure, Roos win contested stuff but lose up forward. Attempts at physicalizing the Bont were met with a “whatever dude!” and a complete team defence. Injuries had cruelled both sides September dreaming and continued on the night. Dogs Smith, Roos Brown and Thompson done.

Brisbane may as well have spent the night team bonding in the Barossa and forfeited, rather than lose by 138pts to the Pride of South Australia. Fortunately, the viewing public outside SA was embracing the Rio Olympics as was the viewing public in Queensland. Leper’s Lions are young cubs and were thrown under CamryCrows Team Bus. Son of Roy brought his own ball again 36, Crouch, Sloane 34.

After weeks of valiant efforts, Carlton fell in a hole against St.Kilda. The Blues looked flat and tired for club favourite Andrew Walker’s retirement game. The Saints looked brilliant by comparison. Skunk Membrey is looking like recruit of the year for goalkickers! Another 5 and he was literally left alone like a skunk. Josh Bruce chipped in with 4. Zach Touhy booted 3 for the Blues, a lone hand. Saints 71.

The Cats may have been guilty of underestimating the Bombers. A win by 66pts may point otherwise but the Cats forward spread didn’t function quite as well as intended. Or maybe they just thought it was going to be a % booster. 4.10 didn’t enhance the Bombers progress, but with 4 weeks to go, Essendon’s annus horribilis is in its twilight. Evergreen Enright 29 stats. Bomber Brown 18 marks.

Fremantle were the derby hosts against crosstown rivals West Coast. Josh Kennedy enhanced his Coleman Medal prospects with 7. The Frenchman supported with 3. Freo got off to a solid start but the Eagles seized control in the third, emphasising the gap between the two with a 10 goals to 4 2nd half. Masten 33 good, but Kennedy won the Glendinning Medal. Eagles’ local bragging rights by 46pts.




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