Round 21 Review: Ahh The Olympics…. like an old friend you haven’t seen in ages…by Fearless

The Pies dropped Travis Cloke and took on the Dogs with Darcy Moore (3.3) back into the key forward setup. But for a 3 pt loss, it might have actually worked. Poor Travis? The Dogs looked shaky but managed to get it together, whilst the Pies kept them honest. The Pies levelled thru Maynard but the Dogs got the last 3 points separately. Tense and tough. The Bont starred 26 stats, 2 goals. Treloar 35.

 

Carlton travelled to the Gabbatoir, keen to finish strongly. The Lions had the chance to perform for the Brisvegas faithful. And they did, leading by 42 pts before running out of puff and scraping off the canvas for a 4pt win. Lions skipper Rockliff enormous yet again, leading from the front with 39. Lions forward Close regained touch after a knee reco with 4, as did Big Blue Casboult with 4.2, Silvagni 3.

 

For a side hellbent on making the finals, the Roos went to the MCG, the big stage and froze in the 1st qtr, allowing the Hawks to kick 8.4 to 1.0. Game over really! The Roos sought to regain respect by hauling the margin back to a “gettable” 13pts before allowing the Reigning Premiers to surge again to a 39 pt win. Mitchell 37 led the usual Hawk suspects while Petrie 3.1 a lone hand for the battered Roos.

 

The time was right for some Nic Nat Noo heroics and so it will come to be that a timely piece of maximisation of space and skill saw Nic slap the ball thru for the sealer on the siren at Spotless Satdium on Saturday. The GWS coulda shoulda woulda..but the Eagles did. Luke Shuey played the role of Atlas lifting Eagle teammates to a meritorious 1pt “away” win. Giant Rory Lobbed in 4 but it was NNN’s day!

 

After Buddy had kicked 6 and the Swans had put the Saints’ finals aspirations to the sword by 70pts, Saints were left to play for Pride. And they did in the Pride Game, the AFL’s effort to help awareness of LGBTI. St.Kilda had rainbow numbers on the back of jumpers, but the Swans were too professional. A great 1st half by the Saints soon gave way to the Buddy Franklin Hour, ably supported by 3 with 3.

 

Melbourne has spent much of 2016 under Roosy, exorcising Demons of all types. A win in Adelaide over Port, the latest exorcism after Port had won the last 7 starts. Port needs to get sponsorship from Cadbury Flake – they’re the flakiest in the AFL. Full credit to the Dees, a 40 pt win unplugging Port’s credibility in 2016. Port Coach Hinkley must be grateful he’s nearly bald, not much left to tear out!

 

The Bombers snapped a 17 game losing streak. Sunnyboys melted under the intense Melbourne winter sun. An open roof at Etihad surely exposed the Gold Coast to a series of “Rockets Yeah!” 20 yo Zach Merrett captained Essendon in the absence of BJ and what a result, 6 pt win relief after a long and arduous year. Fantasialand 3, Irish McKenna 2, Zaka – no tag, 40. Young Sun Touk Touk Miller 39.

 

Richmond managed to play well for three quarters against Geelong before grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory. The Tigers got out to a 36 pt lead before the last break but the Cats kicked 6.9 in a barnstorming finish, compared to a Tigers solitary goal. A timely reminder for both teams about playing for 4 qtrs. Linc McCarthy a speccy, Menegola 2, Motlop 1.4. Brownlow Dusty Neck Tatts 36.

 

Adelaide travelled west and didn’t cause too much concerns for the footy tippers by beating the listless Freo Dockers by 12 goals. Son Son Walters 5, a shining purple light. Adelaide’s goalkickers Betts 6, Jenkins 5, Lynch 2 put on a clinic. Amid the rumours of possible player departures, Freo saw hope with youngsters Neale, Langdon, Blakely, Hughes, Collins and led by Hill. Custard Crows finals fine tuning.

 

 

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